Saturday, May 21, 2011

blog hey

yup. i got hacked.


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good luck saving for that home blog. you've only got a few hours till the world ends so get out there and shake a leg.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

who dat is?

lokid released his latest ep fear of heights on march 30th and it's a shame that it's taken me this long to hear about it. the new ep is great and i hope he'll start touring  a little closer to north america. paris seems like a long way to walk to see him perform at the moment.

the only way i can think to describe his sound is what if justice made chopped and screwed instrumental hip hop. if that makes any sense to you then you should download all his stuff because this wonderful young man is giving it all away for free on the link above.

Monday, May 16, 2011

kill the orcs, slay the orcs, destroy the orcs...

Goblin (Deluxe Limited Edition)tyler, wolf gang, odd future, golf wang and so on. you've probably heard of or heard at least a few of the offerings from the odd future crew by now and if you haven't then i'm not sure if i should recommend them to you. goblin came out about a week ago and i've been sitting on this review for about as long. shame on me.

tyler seems to be an intelligent, thoughtful, sarcastic slightly twisted young man like most young folks these days. there aren't many surprises on goblin for two reasons, one, tyler is a teenager so i would expect the album to be about girls, self esteem, daddy issues and fictitious murder. two, hip hop has been pretty boring for over a decade now so the bar of expectation has been set pretty low.

the strange thing about this album is that it took this long for american hip hop to do what rock did in the mid/late 70s and by that i mean turn "punk". not in a bad way but in a grimy, dirty d.i.y. way like punk rock did for rock and roll. sure there are tens of millions (if not more) basement producers all over the world that have been making tracks on their own but most of them are trying to live up to an ideal that professionals and record labels have said is the standard. if you don't use this synth sound or this type of beat with these plug-ins then no one wanted to listen to it because it didn't have the "professional" sound.

sonically, goblin is terrible. it's muddy, garbled and has trouble finding any kind of rhythm from time to time. tyler's flow is either a monotone growl or a monotone voice over that jumps around his off kilter beats. sometimes it's hard to tell what's keeping a track rooted to anything at all but all of that is actually kind of charming.

i'm glad to see a group of people trying something different and that's what this album is about. trying something different through established and accepted means of communication. it's a rap album that sounds like it could be a really bizarre prince tune or dark new wave electro thing. it's all over the map but it's all in the context of having fun and enjoying yourself instead of hoping that people will buy it and changing to accommodate people's tastes.

this is exactly how grime started and i hope more people embrace the idea. i can't be the only person that's bored as hell of fake ass punks talking about how they shoot people, sell drugs and pimp when everyone knows they're just acting. if people aren't talking about how dangerous they're pretending to be they're talking about partying or just have no message at all. let's have less frat boy rap and more artistic stuff happening here can we people?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

earworm of the day: beautiful

yup, that photo has no connection to this post other than the fact that it was the first image that popped up when i googled the word beautiful.

i've never been a snoop or pharrell fan but sometimes people just write a song that's so damn catchy it's almost impossible for me to not like it. beautiful is one of those songs.

kinda jazzy, kinda funky, kinda too much snoop but whatever.

Friday, May 6, 2011

it's the new style...

new stuff from david vangel for your listening pleasure. equinox records recently posted the first single off david's new album breadth control and you can get it here.

sandpaper script sets the tone nicely for what should be a mind blowing album. i was lucky enough to hear bits and pieces throughout the making of the album and it was a pleasure to hear it come together even if i only got a tiny taste.

i've always enjoyed david's music whether he was performing live or building bed tracks in his basement. david has a musical sensibility that i don't find often enough in instrumental music. his tracks bend and breathe, contract and expand, whisper and yell but i love how they always keep me guessing and wondering where he'll take us next.

the album will be available for sale on may 20th on vinyl, cd and dto.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

breathe with me...

my trip to riverdale park last saturday was my first day out that felt like spring. how sad is it that it's been raining ever since?

drive fast speed turns me on...

it's odd that three of these photos were taken in bars and the last one is on the highway but you'll notice that we're driving during the day and i am in the passenger seat.

anywho, these are some recent instagram posts. enjoy.