Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gold On The Ceiling: The Black Keys - "I Got Mine" (Lost TOBACCO Remix_08)



I guess it's kinda like that old All-American proverb [saying] says, "one man's trash is another man's treasure." But in this case, the one man, TOBACCO (Black Moth Super Rainbow) isn't exactly sure if what he has is a trash/treasure. TOBACCO took the liberty of remixing "I Got Mine" from The Black Keys' fifth album, Attack & Release (2008), but it was never officially released. And now, this lost treasure has somehow managed to find it's way onto The Internet(s). Seemingly with The Keys' consent, TOBACCO quietly uploaded his dusty old "I Got Mine" remix to BMSR's collective Soundcloud page late Thurs. afternoon.


When it wasn't used by the band, TOBACCO ultimately ended up chopping, editing, and re-using select portions of "I Got Mine" for his own track called "Super Gum." TOBACCO's remix and both original versions are featured down below for your comparison purposes, but be warned... "Super Gum" includes some GNARLY human/alien fucking scenes that are obviously pretty NSFW or life, for that matter! TOBACCO's final result ends up sounding something like Electro Hip-Hop - Think dare I say it, The Black Eyed Peas! ha Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney supposedly started recording demos for the eighth Black Keys album during July-August and if all goes well, the currently untitled follow-up to El Camino (2011) will see a world-wide release "sometime in 2013."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wolf Haley & Happy Place Present: Trash Talk - "F.E.B.N." (Wayne Brady, Hardcore?)


Hardcore Punk is one of the few genres that's never really has any of those cliche, defining "mainstream success" moments and maybe that's what's kept Hardcore so independent since it's late 1970-80's inception. Forget about Pop Punk bands like Blink-182, Sum 41, Green Day, etc... who I know and love, too. But that's definitely a different kind of slightly pussified, manufactured brand of Punk. Genre-shaping bands like Black Flag, The Misfits, Minor Threat (Fugazi), and Descendents were the closest prize-winning champs ever got to early Jersey/LA Hardcore success stories. Forget about all those damn cash cow Hot Topic re-issues, too. Go return that shit, man!


Trash Talk are a bi-racial Hardcore Punk band hailing from Sacramento, CA who just might have the POWER/balls to become the genre's first real "mainstream success." Lee Spielman, Garrett Stevenson, Spencer Pollard, and Sam Bosson just signed a record deal with Tyler, The Creator's micro-imprint, Odd Future Records. The label plans to press & issue their fourth studio album, 119 for an upcoming Oct. 9th release. From the looks of lead single "F.E.B.N," it won't be one of those dumbass Hip-Hop/Punk [Rap Rock] hybrid albums - Phew! 119 is the proper follow-up to Trash Talk's critically-acclaimed True Panther collection, Awake EP (2011). Labelmates MellowHype's new album, Numbers was recently bumped back a week and now Odd Future Records will also release it on the same day as 119, Oct. 9th. "F.E.B.N."'s music video was directed by Tyler, The Creator himself. and that'll be released online tomorrow, August 30th.

Drunk Drivin' On a Wednesdaaaaay: Mr. MFN eXquire - "Position of Passion" (50 Cent Remix)


Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is hands down one of the most outlandish, characteristically "un-commercial" major label signees to co-align with the big dogs since... I don't know, Frank Zappa or Alice Cooper. Mr. MFN eXquire is basically like a more crazy/broke version of Biggie & Ol' Dirty Bastard, who frequently raps about comic books, pro wrestling, and bitches; Tom Breihan almost perfectly described his overall persona once as "the perma-drunk guy in your building, the one who's still PARTYING loudly @ 4a.m. but who never gets told to keep it down, since he makes everyone vaguely nervous." Power & Passion EP/mixtape is slated for an Oct. 30-31st release, making it his first project since initially signing a deal with Universal Records back in April-May.


Mr. MFN eXquire manages to lace up some pretty slick rhymes, which are then over-laid on top of a beat hi-jacked from 50 Cent's sophomore album The Massacre, "Position of Power" (2005). While it was quietly self-released along with the label announcement a few months ago, eXquire just unveiled the companion music video for "Position of Power" late last night. Chock-full of scantily-clad strippers, dollar bills, and liquor... I guess it's be safe to say that the Brook Bobbins-directed "Position of Passion" video is fairly NSFW, my friends ha. Just in case you've been [seriously] slacking, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's break-out mixtape, Lost In Translation is luckily still available for download over @ Mishka's digi-label Bandcamp page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tramps Like Us Were Born to Run: The Gaslight Anthem - "Biloxi Parish" (Handwritten)


The Gaslight Anthem somehow managed to write & record one Hell of an E-Street Band-less Springsteen comeback album!; With that said, Handwritten really is just a top-notch "Post-Punk" Arena Rock-sounding record. Single-handedly helmed by seasoned Pearl Jam/Springsteen producer Brendan O'Brien, who was dealt the fairly difficult task of nearly re-shaping the band's signature sound from the ground up. For the most part, it chronicles Gaslight Anthem's journey from the NJ Hardcore scene to "mainstream recognition" [success] and that's something I think I'd feel hard-pressed about cramming into 100-200 words. "Biloxi Parish" is most likely my personal favourite track on Handwritten, but man, the whole damn album's pretty STELLAR and seamless! I guess Biloxi Parish was a small sub-division of Louisiana way back when in 1811-12... How any of that relates to The Gaslight Anthem or Brian Fallon (frontman) - I honestly have NO IDEA.


Sporting a densely-layered backing track comfortably fixed below an ever-changing rhyme scheme, I think it's safe to say that "Biloxi Parish" evenly represents all of the assorted elements spread across the record. I bought a copy of the album @ the mall a few weeks ago, after reading Tom Breihan's highly detailed "Album of The Week" review... I've been listening to Handwritten ever since picking it up, trying to write up a proper review, but ultimately sitting on it as it seemed far too expansive to contain like that. In his review, Breihan notes that Gaslight Anthem has gotten progressively less "Punk Rock" ever since releasing The '59 Sound [2008]. He notes that Handwritten has a sort of Arena Rock-type of feel - like classic 80's Bruce Springsteen or Pearl Jam - But I think The Gaslight Anthem sounds a lot like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers anymore.


Note-worthy tracks: "45," "Mulholland Drive," "Handwritten," and "Too Much Blood." The Gaslight Anthem's new album, Handwritten is now available in both standard and deluxe edition CD packages, which includes 2 bonus Nirvana/Tom Petty covers. Tickets pre-sales are now ongoing for The Gaslight Anthem's upcoming North American Tour, spanning between Sept. 11-Dec. 3, 2012.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Producers In 2012, Learn to Spread Love: Matthewdavid & The Mary Jane Girls? - FreEP (3)



A few things about Matthewdavid's new EP are almost instantly alarming "right off the bat:" (1.) That call-to-arms of a title - Producers In 2012 Learn to Spread Love EP! (2.) Submissive-looking Rick James flanked by 2 fucking 3-eyed tigers on the cover... vaguely reminiscent of a terribly AWESOME tattoo! (3.) The massive amount of "sound ground" that Matthewdavid somehow manages to cover over the course of 3 brief tracks: Soul, Dubstep, Chopped & Screwed, Hip-Hop, Pop, Dark R&B, etc. Matthewdavid's overall style is essentially an Ambient sort of Instrumental Hip-Hip, something largely popularized by guys like Clams Casino in recent years.


Matthewdavid [McQueen]'s lengthy-titled EP comes on the heels of his Brainfeeder debut, Outmind (Feb. 2012) which was released in conjunction with his own label imprint, Leaving Records. They successfully self-released Matthewdavid's most recent project, a mixtape called Jewelry EP; It features a bunch of remixes/flips of popular songs, including "Miss You" (Rolling Stones) ... much like "All Night Long," an uncanny Mary Jane Girls cover that kicks off Producers In 2012 Learn to Spread Love EP. I'd almost imagine that Matthewdavid has some sort of full-length up his sleeve and ready for imminent release, since Outmind [sample above] came out back in mid-2011.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

London Bridge & a Buncha Other More Shit!: JJ DOOM - "Guv'nor" (Rizlab Project #4)


I wonder if [MF] DOOM ended up making an appearance @ The London Olympics a couple weeks ago... or could it have the fine doings of a skillfully-trained "DOOM-poster!?" Either way, DOOM has been living "across the pond" due to a scattered details exile since about 2010, which was when/where he originally linked up with Jneiro Jarel. KEY TO THE KUFFS is the resulting album that was slowly pieced together, recorded under the dual-moniker "JJ DOOM," and featuring guest verses from Damon Albarn, Khujo Goodie, Beth Gibbons, and Boston Fielder - members of Gorillaz, Goodie Mob, and Portishead aided fame (respectively).


DOOM is a very left-field, mysterious [prolific] kind of guy and KEY TO THE KUFFS really seems like a fitting album to be released in his 25th year as a performer! Ninian Doff directed the highly-Experimental, split-screen music video for "Guv'nor" as part of Rizlab Project #4, which was ultimately unveiled late Wed. afternoon; Let's face it, "Guv'nor"'s a pretty trippy affair and it's hard to tell, but it's made up of 2 mirror images the entire time... where DOOM ultimately "fades into himself" during the final scene. JJ DOOM's debut album, KEY TO THE KUFFS came out on CD just the other day on Lex Records/Stones Throw and the vinyl set'll be out by Sept. 18th.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roses Really Smell Like Poo-Poo-oo: Amaze 88 - "So Easy" (Kool A.D. USA Tour)


It takes a genuinely positive, modest man to take a bad situation and effortlessly turn it into a good one... Gerald "Amaze 88" Patterson is a multi-talented rapper-producer/artist who's based out of The Bay Area. He's logged studio time with Kool A.D. Das Racist & Talib Kweli, Bill Ding, Shayne Fontaine, Boots Riley, Main Attrakionz, and Frankie Flowers. I'll just let the man himself explain the rest: "[Love Affair] is a 15 track mixtape all done over the past six weeks by me vibing in my room. It stems from having someone back out of their mixtape to go with another producer. So, instead of shelving the beats like I've done so many times before... I stepped up to the plate and had some fun with it." Amaze 88 was supposedly in a Hardcore Punk band with Victor "Kool A.D." Vazquez back in high school, and even took his little sister to prom!


"So Easy" was released a couple days ago and it's actually the fourth music video created to go along with the mixtape. Amaze 88 says he "might do another video for Love Affair before I move onto the 2 mixtapes I'll release in the Fall/Winter of this year." Delicately laced over a chill, laid-back beat, "So Easy"'s companion music video is a pretty grainy, POV affair that simply follows Amaze 88 over the course of his average sun-drenched afternoon. Some additional Amaze 88-produced stand-out tracks just might include his Low End Theory era Tribe tribute, "What Tigga What," MOSHOLU's commissioned "The Actual" mega-mix, Bill Ding's "Beauxjack,"... "DUM DIARY," "La PiƱata," and "Donda" pulled from Kool A.D.'s STELLAR-ly orchestrated mixtape, 51. Stay tuned for an updated Amaze 88 post, complete with mixtape details and an EXCLUSIVE interview, my friends - coming soon to a computer screen near you!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mr. International Jones Presents: Fiend & Curren$y - "Wonderful" (Jet Life mixtape?)




During the height of his mid-90's heyday, Fiend chalked up studio time with both No Limit Records (Master P) and Ruff Ryders Ent. (DMX). But the man AKA Ricky "International" Jones now calls Curren$y's micro-label, Jet Life Recordings homebase. I was first turned onto Fiend about a year or 2 ago with Tom Breihan's Stereogum entrance post; Breihan's future posts would chronicle Fiend's cleverly-executed sample flips of The Specials and Washed Out originals. While Fiend somehow managed to record and release roughly 6 mixtapes between 2011-12, he's remained un-characteristically silent throughout the latter 1/2 of this year. "Wonderful" was quietly released Tuesday afternoon and features a Funky RJ2 beat and a guest verse from Jet Life labelhead, Curren$y. I'm not really sure where this one'll eventually end up, but let's hope that a Fiend/Jet Life mixtape materializes "sooner than later!"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Get It Together: The Lazy MK's & The Pile O'Bones Brass Band - "Sabotage" (Inst. Post-Country?)




While it just might have substantially more cultural bearing now than say 3 months ago, The Lazy MK's originally released their "Sabotage" cover on Bandcamp way back in Jan. 2012. It's an interesting Bluegrass/Jazz take on a song that I really know and love; I think "Sabotage" was the first Beastie Boys track that I latched onto @ 10-12, partly due to it's Spike Jonze-directed action-packed, explosion-filled music video! When I was in grade school oh so many years ago (1990's), I first discovered Hip-Hop, Classic Rock, and Hardcore Punk ... a couple of my "cooler" older cousins first introduced me to Beastie Boys' shit and now I own [damn-near] their whole discography. Shouts to my cuz Josh for sending me a link to The Lazy MK's - "Sabotage" just the other day, via Facebook/email! *


Initially released as part of their on-going digital series, dubbed The Sunset Sessions, The Lazy MK's managed to recruit members of The Pile O'Bones Brass Band to help flesh out "Sabotage." It's funny because it starts out sounding pretty damn close to Beasties' original, complete with that scuzzed out guitar riff; But then band members Tyler Hammer, Chris Prpich, and Etienne Soulodre somehow seamlessly employ not only drums, bass, and steel guitar... but the horn-based talents of The Pile O'Bones Brass Band, as well. Largely an Instrumental Post-Country-leaning take, The Lazy MK's successfully implement a faint, yet POWERFUL chant of "Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage" during it's closing segment. The Lazy MK's 2011 debut full-length, Where We Bin is now available online for roughly $10.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rough Review, On a First Listen: Jonwayne - "CASSETTE" (Side A) Raps


I was pretty stoked to finally get a package from Stones Throw in my mailbox just the other day; It contained my Stones Throw "logo splatter" T-shirt and Jonwayne's new CASSETTE project, which came along with a FREE Walkman since my order was one of the first 60 processed. In theory, it's actually a perfectly great/ludicrous idea... 100% leak-proof, but @ the same time, nearly 3/4's of the market probably has no means to play the tape. Jonwayne & Stones Throw have some serious balls for releasing an "album" that'll very likely never see a digital, CD, or vinyl re-issue package and it's 2012, baby! ha I've been playing CASSETTE while on-the-go over the weekend, took some notes, and here's a rough review of Side A (Raps).



Track #1 ("Gross")

- chant-like vocal sample
- Stones Throw shout-out(s)
- eerily slowed down drums/keys
- Pop Culture references - John Lennon, Flintstones
- Hook: "Looking like a sperm
eating hard-boiled eggs in the trash."
(Gross)
- Dilla self-censored edit... "Crushin'"
- Peanut Butter Wolf shout
- cassette, Lo-Fi feel, tape hiss
- buzzed fade out


Track #2 ("Visitor")

- unstable, shaky beat
- MC-bashing... having year tag dates it
- flute whistle, Boom-Bap beat
- deep voice and thuddy horns
- Hook: "War us past me, so I'm just a visitor."
- angels/light ---> Hell/devil
- rhyme book references



Track #3 ("Raw Shit")

- That Jeremiah Jae feat.
- kid vocal or just pitched down?
- Hook: "This shit wild, this shit mean..."
- arrow & crossbow (rhymes)
- simple, plain beat
- JJ on middle verse, too?
- Spider Sense, @jonwayniac, Vex Ruffin ref
- arrest/veterans, echo @ end, laser sounds?
- Jonwayne closing verse and re-used hook.


Track #4 ("Bukowski")

- previous YouTube stream... Jazzy
- Charles Bukowski, Beat Generation poet
- simple piano/whistle-based beat?
- big words used in rhymes
- "HJ's on Craigslist."
- moon couplet
- "Peddlin' rhymes since '97 + 10."
- beat stutters, rap stops, silence, END


"OK, it's official. CASSETTE has now sold more than anything else I've ever released. Thank you guys so much. I have a feeling you'll like this upcoming album. It's getting pretty weird but I'm assuming that's fine with you guys : ) To update, Zeroh and Austin Peralta are confirmed guests, but there will be more to announce. Anyways, we shouldn't even be talking about that yet. Here's a link to CASSETTE, if you haven't picked it up yet, and thank you so much for those who already have."

- Jonwayne (Facebook)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Let Me See That Tootsie Roll: DJ Sliink/DJ Tray - "The Cypher" (Cartel Stokerrr Posse)



I've gotta admit, over the past 10-15 years, I've heard about a lot of new, emerging genres that quickly come and go: Acid Jazz, Dark R&B, Skate Punk, Nu-Metal, Dubstep, Instrumental Hip-Hop, Grunge, New-Wop, House, etc... But I'd never heard of "Jersey Club," until late last night. My first real exposure to Jersey Club music was presented by the good people over @ Ad Hoc (formerly Altered Zones), DJ Sliink/DJ Tray - "The Cypher." The brief Soundcloud description section details that "The Cypher" showcases the vocal talents of 4 largely unknown rappers... Tah Breeziiy, Stacks Cartel, Sean Sheesh, and Ant_Jacoby. I have NO IDEA how the fuck they manage to stay on beat so well, over-laid against that fiercely 2-3x BPM "mess" of a well-constructed Hip-Hop beat! ha


Unable to find a whole lot of background info on the mysterious, fast-paced Jersey Club genre, I sent a simple, hope-filled email over to the man himself. DJ Sliink replied back earlier this morning, while never having met or even interacted, he was more than happy to lend a helping hand... with some all-important info on his North Jersey-based crew/genre:
"Basically, Jersey Club is an off-shoot of Baltimore Club, but I think [it's] more intense. It's been around for over 15 years in NJ, if I'm not mistaken, maybe longer. I'm in a group called Cartel Music and that's how the cypher came about. We try to get in the studio [as] much as possible. The group has general friends, DJ's, producers, rappers, and stuff like that. As far as Jersey Club, the OG DJ Tameil got blessed from the people from Baltimore to bring it down to Jersey many years ago, along with DJ Tim Dolla."

- DJ Sliink (Stacey White)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Slacker Rap-Rock?: Himanshu & The Bunnymen - "Killing Time" (WILD WATER KINGDOM)



While it was just announced late yesterday afternoon, WILD WATER KINGDOM is quickly shaping up to be[come] his second mixtape of 2012, and Heems has already tapped a wide array of beat-makers for possible inclusion: Diplo, Le1f, Harry Fraud, Yorrissey, "@keyboardkid206, @beautifullou1, AND @MikeFinito." Making a pretty un-characteristically bold move, Yorrissey (BLKHRTS) decides to employ a tricky sample pulled from Shoegaze godfathers, Echo & The Bunnymen on "Killing Time." It sounds a lot like Donnie Darko from the get-go and after a re-purposed vocal fragment [hook] plays out, Heems comes in... rapping full-force about being bored? For all intensive purposes, "Killing Time" just might be the true genesis of Slacker Rap-Rock. Along with friend-producer Yorrissey, Heems somehow manages to find the middle ground between self-loathing 80's Indie Rock and Underground Hip-Hop.


Heems recently stated on Twitter that Beautiful Lou and Keyboard Kid will each produce a few mixtape joints, "RUNNING THRU THE JUNGLE WILL BE ON THERE BUT SO WILL ANOTHER SONG PROLLY ... Keyboard Kid blessed these Indian samples for Wild Water Kingdom. At least 3 joints on that." Fairly long-defunct mothergroup, Das Racist are currently prepping their sophomore LP for an expected 2013 release through a new partnership with Megaforce/Sony (Greedhead). But before then, each member seems to be planning some additional solo releases: Heems' WILD WATER KINGDOM, Kool A.D.'s 51 left-overs comp. "64," and hypeman Dapwell's long-rumored solo mixtape. Man, in closing... "Michael Jackson, $1 million. You feel me? Holler!"

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dancing with Myself, Oh Oh: Gotye - "Somebodies" (Fan Video Mash-Up)


The more I think about it, it's really just a coming-of-age type thing that almost all of us go through @ some point during our mid 20-early 30's: admitting that an old friend/fling is now just "somebody that [you] used to know." And that sheer, simplistic candor is exactly what makes Gotye's similarly-titled 2011-12 break-out hit single so gosh darn relate-able! The quintessential track @ the heart of all this, "Somebody That I Used to Know" was only semi-recently knocked off Modern Rock radio charts by "Call Me Maybe;" Not surprisingly, there has to be close to 28,000+ fan covers and parodies uploaded to YouTube. A number of well-known Hip-Hop producers have taken a shot @ remixing "Somebody That I Used to Know" ... Chuck Inglish, Dice Raw, Sugar Tongue Slim, and DJ Tiesto. Making Mirrors, which is actually Gotye's third album, is now available for purchase/enjoyment on both sides of "the pond."


"Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of "Somebody That I Used to Know" seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn't resist the massive remix-ability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.

 Thank you to everyone who has responded to "Somebody That I Used to Know," via YouTube. It's truly amazing! All audio and video in "Somebodies" is from the YouTube user videos featured, each of them a cover or parody of "Somebody That I Used to Know." No extra sounds were added to the mix, but I used some EQ, filtering, pitch-shifting, and time-stretching to make the music.

 Thanks to you for listening

!"

- Wally (Gotye)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rap Game Lebron James: RiFF RAFF - "BiRTH OF AN iCON" (Early Mixtape Review)




Diplo reportedly antied up some $3-5 million to sign "viral rapper" RiFF RAFF to Mad Decent for a staggering 8 album deal; The labelhead also threw in a $45,000 3-D/reversible gold-encrusted Cheshire Cat chain to further sweeten their deal. Over the weekend, RiFF RAFF unveiled his first official [mixtape] project for Mad Decent, BiRTH OF AN iCON. It's basically a collection of 25 re-mastered tracks total, including 7 BRAND NEW productions to hold fans over til his 2013 full-length. 16 of 25 tracks already have music videos, all varying in quality and some of which date way back to Spring 2011. RiFF RAFF's currently-untitled album will probably be released sooner than later and is supposed to highlight Dubstep production(s) from Diplo, Skrillex, and Rusko.


BiRTH OF AN iCON kinda plays out like a "Best Of" collection and it's material was selected from a super-sized mix of old tracks, remixes, and features ... that further display the vast talents of friends: Action Bronson, Derek DJA Allen, Lil Debbie, Flux Pavillion, Major Lazer, Harry Fraud, Chief Keef, Plain White T's, and Unicorn Kid. A few of my early favourites include "Original Don" (Remix), "Hologram Benz," "Bird On a Wire," "Brain Freeze," and "Only I Can Cure..." First, let it be known that RiFF RAFF is TOTALLY ridiculous, overly-confident, dapper, prolific, and generally sloppy; Tom Breihan quite aptly went on to describe his lyrical stylings as "Lil B [if he] achieved some sort of self-consciousness and figured out that he's pretty funny" or like a pre-Carter III Lil Wayne. Mad Decent is currently hosting a no-strings-attached [FREE] download link to BiRTH OF AN iCON over @ their label-run blog.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Am The World's 4gotten Boy: JAHAN LENN☮N - "DON'T COME AROUND HERE" (Tom PO PO-Petty)




Since PO PO basically de-constructed right before our very eyes without even releasing an album, sole remaining brother Zeb Malik has christened a BRAND NEW musical moniker: Jahan Lennon. While readying his official [re-]debut and the proper follow-up to DOPE BOY MAGICK, Zeb sent a twisted Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover over to Stereogum late Thurs. afternoon. "DON'T COME AROUND HERE" here is an interesting take on the Southern Accents (1985) original; First off, Jahan Lennon decides to sub in a sitar and gun-shot rhythm for the stock Rock "N" Roll guitar/drum pattern.


Zeb Malik really did his best to try and describe his "Don't Come Around Here No More" cover to @tompetty on Twitter: "I did a trap cover of "dnt come around here" about my hometown, philadelphia ... thnk u for the inspiration *." While Jahan Lennon is busy finishing up his Mad Decent EP (October), Diplo's gonna release a Rock track along with Lennon called "About That Life" on August 30th... that'll be conveniently backed with a FRESH Action Bronson/RiFF RAFF track, too. Just in case you're still slacking for some reason, head on over to Mad Decent's web-store and pick up a copy of DOPE BOY MAGICK in a number of assorted packages, ranging from $9.99-25!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Doin' His Own Thing: Redd Kross - "Stay Away from Downtown" (Pop Punk Review?)



Oh, Tom Breihan, you've done it again!; After reading, watching, and ultimately rejecting Redd Kross' new music video for "Stay Away from Downtown," which was just released online late yesterday afternoon... I have somewhat hastily re-considered my initial opinion on the whole thing. Since reading Breihan's STELLAR album review of Researching The Blues [released today], I've realized that what I thought was it's biggest drawback is actually the album's greatest strength - That undeniably thick layer of Pop Rock sheen! Redd Kross are quite arguably just as Pop-driven as the music of Britney Spears, Katy Perry, or even Justin Bieber. But the fellas of Redd Kross have been earnestly practicing and improving since middle school, when the opened up for Black Flag @ a graduation party (1978).


Researching The Blues is the band's first album in some 15 years and honestly, it isn't trying to represent/become anything that they aren't legit 100% fully behind. Steven McDonald currently plays bass with Hardcore Punk super-group, OFF! and some of Redd Kross' former members have ended up playing with seminal Punk bands like: Misfits, Black Flag, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Circle Jerks, etc. Redd Kross' newly-formed "reunion line-up" is then rounded out by Jeff McDonald, Robert Hecker, and Roy McDonald - no relation. The present day version of the band has been re-activated since about 2004-06 and have written/recorded and toured behind new material, which is now being presented as Researching The Blues.

Brother Jeff McDonald recently co-directed a sweet-ass Lo-Fi music video "Stay Away from Downtown" along with friend-collaborator, Dave Markey. It looks a lot like some footage of a golden pleather jacket-clad KISS cover band... jamming in someone's basement in front of a green screen, which pans around the world. Researching The Blues is essentially "10 songs in just under 32 minutes" and it's now available on Merge & Burger Records [cassette], ranging in price from roughly $6-18; I know that I just ordered a copy of that limited edition Redd Kross tape (250) and man, so should you, before it's too late!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vice Records Presents: British Kids Reviewing Black Flag - "TV Party" (Anti-Caterpillarism?)


I think I'd have to honestly say that Black Flag, Misfits, Minor Threat (Fugazi), and Beastie Boys were the first 3-4 1980's Hardcore bands that I really got into @ the tender [aggressive] age of like 15-16. Always having a few "cool" older cousins, Hardcore Punk was the first type of music that I really discovered on my own! While they're all pretty great in the own ways, Black Flag still remains one of my favoutite bands, all these years later... particularly Rollins era Black Flag, of course. They were so much more than just another Punk band - Seamlessly mixing in bits & pieces of spoken word poetry, Blues-Jazz, Sludge/Doom Metal, Rhythm & Blues, Prog. Rock, Breakbeat, Contemporary Classical (1970's), and intricate guitar solos.


Vice Records' music channel, noisey recently too a trip "across the pond" to play some tunes for a few young critics. My best guess is that most of these kids are roughly 6-12, all of whom have varying opinions after initially hearing Black Flag's seminal Damaged hit single, "TV Party" (1982); Their responses range from utterly silly to downright weird to pretty accurate. Most of my favourite responses come from this one kid who vaguely resembles early 80's Wolf-Man Henry Rollins ... "The naughtiest thing I've ever done is scooter away from my dad on my scooter" and recounting that he thinks that [Rollins] has a "face with slugs on it!?" Some additional topics include the ins and outs of moshing, shout/singing, Caterpillarism, Root BEER, and attempting to define "Punk."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Jonwayne, Azizi Gibson, Jeremiah Jae, Quelle & Scoop DeVille - "Night School" (Posse Cut)



Shit man, the name John Wayne is almost instantly BADASS ... Even when it's missing the all-important word-separating space and "h" for extra emphasis, of course. Depending on who you ask, I guess it could be said that Jonwayne is kinda a Hip-Hop Cowboy; A rebel without a cause, and an un-worldly knack for producing a "darn tootin'" [perfect] beat! All the while, sharpening his Rap skills/chops, Jonwayne recently signed a deal with Stones Throw. Hard @ work compiling his debut LP for the Los Angeles -bred imprint, they've released a handful of FREE and re-packaged material over the past few months: Jonwayne F*cks Disney EP, Oodles of Doodles, This Is False (mixtape), a flexi-disc, and a $7.00 CASSETTE tape.


"Night School" was quietly mastered and uploaded to Jonwayne's personal Soundcloud page late July 30th, just a few days after Stones Throw outlined CASSETTE's rudimentary release. Wayne skillfully assembled a 5-man team of up-and-coming emcees/producers... Azizi Gibson, Jeremiah Jae, Quelle, Scoop DeVille, and Jonwayne himself. Hand-selected from a few different LA-based Hip-Hop collectives, who aren't exactly on "Pitchfork's speed-dial" [yet], these guys could easily out-Rap almost any seasoned posse in a battle! During his limited off-time while working with JJ DOOM, Jae somehow found time to design the "Night School" cover art in MS Paint. When it comes down to it, Jonwayne & Friends end up recording a GNARLY posse cut that could rival Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 in length (6:04).

Baby, Let's Stay Together: Kool A.D. & Samantha Miller - "Al Green" (Rap Tiny Dancer)


I'd like to propose an idea: The "HOTTEST" [most talented] rappers in the Hip-Hop Game right now, in my eyes @ least - Kool A.D. Action Bronson, Lil B, and Asher Roth should TOTALLY team-up for a collabo track or 2! Would it be wrong of me to then suggest that I think the all-important "missing link" between these guys is either Bieber (Scooter Braun) or Heems? Let's make it happen, Cap'n!.. with that said, I present to you, Kool A.D.'s new music video - "Al Green." The whole damn thing was entirely directed by Joey Marra + Habib Yazdi @ an empty photography/dance studio and features a beautiful ballerina, Samantha Miller.


While showing an admiration for the fine arts has indeed become something of a Hip-Hop right of passage, I think it's pretty safe to say that Kool A.D. "comes correct!" Comfortably nestled alongside about 20 other [Amaze 88] tracks, "Al Green" originally appeared on 51, which was released online back in April. I talk with Victor "Kool A.D." Vazquez fairly often through email and a few months back, he described a new-ish B-sides collection, "[I] have some left-over tracks from 51 sessions [that] I'ma put out on a tape called 63 @ some point, not sure when." Since this brutally un-official announcement back in May, 63 still has yet to see a proper release... But Kool A.D. recently dropped a STELLAR Kanye/Pusha-T freestyle called "EXOTISCHE KUNST" and announced a string of 8 scattered US Tour dates, running through August 23rd.