Tuesday, October 28, 2008

About Damn Time

November 18th

Brazen in All Kinds of Ways

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Very Best Mixtape

A bit late on posting about this but ether way I am way excited about The Very Best. French born London living DJ/producers Radioclit teamed up with Malawi native Esau Mwamwaya a while back and have been making some seriously fun music. The name is a bit dorky but they kind of are too. With their little youtube video a while back you can see the range of artists they have been working with. This little joint right here is just the mixtape to their upcoming album due November. A lot of these tracks have already been rolling around the net, but about half of em are new to me atleast. Mostly mashups, covers, and remixes, its kind of a strange context for Esau, hollering in Chichewa over Michael Jackson, DJ Mujava, Cannibal Ox, and M.I.A.'s played out but still awesome joint of the decade "Paper Planes". This hybrid of Malawian sing-rapping is exciting for music of all walks of life. The "Black Phil Collins" and the dudes "who know way too much about africa" (quote Diplo) are definitely having a good time making this great music that could suit some kind of Lion King meets Hollertronix flick as the cover suggests.

The dudes are nice enough to give the mixtape away for free here

Real album drops November 1st and will be available for free download as well as a CD version.

Stopping The Bullshit

Taken from "DMX Here I Am" XXLmag Interview

XXL: Are you following the presidential race?
DMX: Not at all.

You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!

Barack Obama, yeah.

What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
Barack Obama?

What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.

You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.

I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.

So you’re not following the race. You can’t vote right?

Full Interview here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Took a Walk Down to St Bernard

Just felt like pointing out a few great New Orleans Bounce resources that make me happy. I had always had some trouble finding any bounce or older N.O. hip hop outside of a few DJ Jubilee mixes and some random compilations until now. A lot of the CDs are out of print and the 12''s are hard to find for us lazy people. Luckily some people on the internet are cranking out lost classics. These people are:

Matt Miller is the man responsible for the new documentary on NOLA Bounce "Ya Heard Me" (which I am dying to see), and has written a great article on the history of Bounce music here. You can view the trailer for the documentary here.

EMYND from Crossfadedbacon has started a great new bounce blog with great links to articles and mp3s. His Mad Decent mix is a great collection of tracks as well.

Twankle and Glisten has an amazing collection of classic 12"s and really rare albums from Louisiana and its updated all the time. Don't sleep on this one.

and of course Noz over at the reborn swanky looking Cocaine Blunts throws up joints from the crescent city now and again.

Don't sleep on these people

Monday, October 20, 2008

“All My Music is Inspirational"

Young Jeezy - "My President" (ft Nas)

On my way home from school in 2005 I saw a guy with headphones on yelling out the lyrics to "Get Your Mind Right". Later I heard "My Hood" atleast 3 times in a row at a barber shop in south Chicago.  Even if you never hid dope in the mattress, Jeezy's music is a motivational tool, just ask Michael Phelps. A good deal of time has passed since any Jeezy karaoke spottings occured, and Its been three years since "Lets Get it" dropped. The trap house was in need of a new anthem, and "The Inspiration" didn't really provide. Luckily in 2008 Jeezy won the trapper of the year award again (being beaten out by Malice and Pusha T in 2006) and was just in time for another economic crisis as well as an election. Whether or not Jeezy is the right candidate for CHANGE is an issue, he's already claiming his president is black. His dope boy swagger and movie beats are still intact, and this time dudes into politics. Like Juve did with "Get Your Hustle On" after Katrina, Jeezy did with "The Recession" as the stock markets fell. His rapping is at peak performance and he's still your favorite trapper's favorite trapper. Anybody seen the scale?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just Like Uncle Freddy

I am a few days late as I as in NYC last weekend, but an Alton Ellis post is needed. He had been having a rough year battling cancer and it was his time. One of my favorite Jamaicans no doubt. His rocksteady swagger and anti-rudeboy jams get a lot of play around these parts(not that I'm anti-rudeboy). He passed away last friday in a west london hospital. You will be missed Alton.

Some Classic Alton Joints:

Alton Ellis - Can I Change My Mind
Alton Ellis - Rocksteady
Alton Ellis - Ain't That Loving You
Alton Ellis - Cry Tough
Alton Ellis - Black Man White Man

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Crooklyn Zoo

This friday, saturday, and sunday is Bryank Eubanks and Andrew Lafkas' three days of music event in Brooklyn. I will be playing on saturday with my good friend Richard Kamerman and am really looking forward to all the music. Anyone in the area should definitely come out and hear some weird sounds. for more info, go to the rasbliutto page for more info.


October 10th 8pm $5
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
Sean Meehan: percussion

Mike Bullock & Andrew Lafkas: doublebass

October 11th 8pm, free
Listen Space
Brooklyn, NY

Dave Barnes: electronics & Richard Kamerman: electronics

Bonnie Jones: electronics, Jonathan Zorn: supercollider, & Mike Bullock: doublebass/electronics

Tucker Dulin: trombone & Barry Weisblat: electronics

October 12th 9pm, free
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tandem Electrics (Richard Kamerman/Reed Evan Rosenberg) & Bonnie Jones: electronics

Bryan Eubanks: electronics & Jonathan Zorn: supercollider

Kenta Nagai: guitar

Looking forward to the music and eating food! I would really appreciate it if someone took me to that cumbia record store in Queens too.

As for the slowdown on the blogging, I promise more when I return. My "Weird Africa" mix is close to done.