Thursday, October 27, 2011

So check the work ethic in the name. The lesson might change, but the essence in the message is the same.

Geologic, Sabzi, Ra Scion at Sasquatch

Blue Scholars
What happens when you have two students who like to skip class and live in a city solely known for being a rock town? The formation of a rap group. Based in Seatlle Washington, Blue Scholars (a pun on the term "Blue Collar"), have significantly contributed to the rap culture revival in a city in which hip hop had become a flicker more than vestigial. DJ Sabzi and MC Geologic, the group duo, not only put out great music, but also lead activism empowering youth, minorities, and even communities nationally and worldwide. Incorporating unique instrumentals (such as horns) and multi-media elements to their sound, Blue Scholars attune your ears to sonic quality not normally encountered in today's main stream hip hop. In recent years, they have been given top votes including Best Album, Best Single, and Best Hip Hop Artist in Seattle's weekly awards polls. Combining social consciousness with action, lyricism with authenticity, and true talent with modesty, this is a rarity of a rap group the future was hoping to see. What could possibly make this group any better? The fact that they're performing at the Paradise in Boston on Thursday November 10th.

No Rest for the Weary (thanks Jamie)

North by Northwest

And some another sweet little jam

Mountain Aire - New Monsoon (thanks Fox)
Mountain Air

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Harry: Those skis yours? Girl: Yeah. Harry: Both of em?

Looking forward to shredding some fresh pow? The knarly knar knar? Well, check out a few of these tracks off "One for the Road," a ski movie coming out by Teton Gravity Research and filmed/music edited by Dustin Handley. It probably wont be surprising to you, WHEN you go see it in IMAX, that it won best soundtrack at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec.

check it out

Here are some of my favorite tunes off the soundtrack thus far...

American Royalty- Levrolution. Off of the One for the Road soundtrack

Jahdan Blakkamoore - All Comes Back to One (Nate Mars Remix) - Also off of the One for the Road soundtrack
Jahdan Blakkamoore - All Comes Back To One - Nate Mars dubstep remix by Soul of the Lion

Awolnation- Megalithic Symphony (also off One for the Road)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dogs love me cause I'm craaazy sniffable. I bet you never knew, I got the ill peripheral.

G. Love and the Special Sauce
Everyone knows G Love and the Special Sauce, right? Come on. They've been around since 1993! And met in Boston no less. And that sweet little ring to a name? A mental image of a light musical glaze over a doughy cinnabun, a dusting of some confectioner's sugar over fried dough, or some homemade marinara smothering a succulent chicken parm. I'll seagull that last bite. Well, anyway, whatever you imagine when you envision that Special Sauce, you can be sure it's mouth watering and made with love. G's love.

G. Love's coming to the House of Blues next week... Don't mind if I do! Want to come?

some fun cover action by the clash. Somehow this song has more views than the original by Toots and the Maytals

Santana piano gem that just rained down on me one day by accident... and now I cannot stop listening to it. I already sent it out to a bunch of trusty pals that love a good tune via gmail. But figured i'd post it anyway.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Man, you hungry? Have this sandwich, got my wallet, cheese, and lettuce

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino

If you fancy 30 Rock, rap, comedy, and acting then you will no doubt enjoy Donald Glover, also musically known as Childish Gambino. An interesting story line, this 27 year old multi-talent has dipped his diversity thumb into writing for 30 Rock, acting on the show Community, performing solo stand-up comedy, and signing as rapper Childish Gambino with Glassnote Records. He may not be the wittiest or most novel rapper on the lyrical front, but what he lacks in poetic volubility, he makes up for in animation and charisma. And while I am honestly not a big fan of his music thus far (too many awkward "f*ckin'" verbal crutches and repetitive verses about texting), I will be looking forward to his upcoming album, Camp, to be released in November, and of course his stand up comedy tours.

Childish Gambino's best work thus far, in my opinion...
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks by P3WBZ

I don't know what's better, the rap itself or George's exasperated face in this video of Glover free-styling...

And other genres...

Here's a free flowing tune I'd been enjoying recently by Max Sledgley entitled "Slowly"
Slowly by Max Sedgley by Sublime Music