Archive for December, 2010
krieg’s outta town for the holidays, but i also enjoy getting drunk and boogying to funky jams. i’m pretty sure you do too. so, here you go.
this video, which came out with the accompanying single in 1985, is crazy bananas. the song is pretty damn funky too. i guess this is what single life was like for the guys in cameo circa ’85. looks like fun.
Whatever you do to unwind after work, do it to this next time:
It feels good.
Coming fresh off their hilariously smart NY Times Q & A, our homies Das Racist made a super special guest appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel Holiday Special last week. No, really. I’m serious. And, yes, shit is crazy… Heems and Victor pop out of an egg carton in Tony’s fridge and start rapping “Ek Shaneesh,” which, of course, has a reference to Mr. Bourdain in it (first verse, actually). Watch it like Youtube:
Today I found myself thinking about my 18 year old sister and her unrepentant love for all things Gaga. Lil sis’ was definitely ahead of the masses in her prophesy of Gaga’s stardom, bumping L.G. along with her cohort of various eastern European homies and homettes in High School. Anyhow – I have become an admirer of sorts of Gaga’s creative gravitas – wondering how her voice might be flipped over more avant-garde beatage.
I took to the interwebs and came across this offbeat gem – a remix of “Paparazzi” by James Tamborello (also known as Dntel or James Figurine) the beatsmith behind indie heroes, the Postal Service. Download two teaser tracks of his new release “After Parties” (as Dntel) here. Shouts to my lil sis, and to Drew Tewksbury of the LA Weekly music blog for the good look.
I Dig the random Golden Retriever too – maybe that’s too much Seattle taking hold… ah well, enjoy.
one of my favorite current beatmakers/ producers, st louis’ phaseone has a new single out tuesday as part of lefse records’ way slow series. phaseone takes 90s rnb and, duh, slows it down: “chords are held for hypnotic lengths of time, bass is dropped slowly and with purpose, synths melt together and vocal samples bend and weave in and out of one another.” go here to buy the tape, stream a-side “being with you” below (download it at pitchfork), and go to mad decent to stream the b-side “right & wrong” (and then subscribe to MD’s rss feed on google reader for the download).
phaseone – “being with you”
Here’s a new Christmas jam that’s catchy in all of the right ways from South Florida artist JRandall. At first, it seems a little cheesy. There’s no two ways about that. But give the video a chance to develop and JRandall’s voice and presence should start to grow on you. I’d honestly say dude is somewhere in between JT and Robin Thicke, with a solid sense of humor to go along with his music. Cause it takes a mixture of jokes and cajones to come up with a song like this.
i want money too, gappy ranks. english money would work just fine. (via)
UPDATE: so of course the main reason i know anything about gappy ranks is because of our very own wordlush posted some words about him a few months ago. well, lo and behold, me and wordlush have some kind of connection (obvs), because here i see dude wrote some more words over at large up about gappy ranks’ great 2010. get thee.
i’m really looking forward to the dam-funk show happening just two days from now tomorrow at nectar lounge in fremont (get tickets here). at the same time, i have no idea what to expect. stones throw’s page tells me it’ll be a “solo-live x dj set.” with someone as prolific as dam-funk (hello quintuple debut album. this is still my favorite.), a night of dude’s tracks would be well worth the price of admission. but i’d also be hella stoked if it’s just dam-funk playing modern funk and boogie cuts for a couple hours. i’ve had a soft spot in my heart for his mixtapes ever since that clae footwear beautiful music 4 beautiful people mix he put out more than a year ago, and which i still rock on the regular. i was really hoping another one might make it’s way on the internet this week (this had my hopes up) and make this post a little more newsworthy, but no dice. instead i’ll just put up this heater of a mix DF did awhile back for the folks over at lucky me. it is straight fire and well worth having partly because “all music was recorded via the ‘original wax’ recordings. no mp3′s or re-issues were used whatsoever.” the tracklist is after the jump, and if you’re in seattle this friday, get yourself to nectar.