Sunday, August 28, 2011

Benny Blanco feat. Geoff Ong - I Need A Dollar (Remix)

I try to post music styles/influences that have combined to clearly create newness and change musically as well as music that isn't afraid to use/reference politics to inspire and create critical thinking/change. This is a little of both as Benny Blanco uses the soul music of Aloe Blacc to drop his own rhymes on (which are filled with his own soul and politics). The lyrics are filled with realism and truth. We could use more of this.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Worldserviceenl's podcast - Music From Elsewhere

This is such a great podcast! Some of the best groovy, African Jazz I have found in a ling while. I already posted it and I have only listened to 15 min of the first podcast so I am eager to hear what other beauty lies here...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

L’Orchestre Nationale de Mauritanie - La Mone

01 La Mone by Nickel B

"...L’Orchestre Nationale was the first modern Mauritanian musical troupe. In 1967, the young president Moktar Ould Daddah sent Hadrami along with 14 other musicians to Guinea Conakry for musical training in what would be the first experiment in modernization — incorporating a brass section and electric guitars — but retaining the Hoddu and finding a particularly important place for the Mauritanian flute, the Neyfara, featured prominently on a number of tracks. Returning to Nouakchott, a town of no more 20,000 in the pre-drought Mauritania, the L’Orchestre National was the official band of the new country, playing in official capacity for the president in all social events, and providing a soundtrack of post-colonial aspirations..."

...Read the whole story at Sahel Sounds.....

Rahsaan Roland Kirk clip on Nightmusic

More Rahsaan Roland Kirk. This is a quick piece of a documentary on him and it even shows him playing the noseflute. He would sometimes have a flute in each nostril and up to 3 horns in his mouth at the same time. Also, he was notorious for handing out kazoos and whistles to the crowd. In the key of W.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk Live In London England

Rahsaan Roland Kirk could circular breathe and play what seems an infinite amount of instruments at one time. This clip has the legendary jazz drummer Phil Seaman playing behind him. It is taken from a pretty cool French documentary called "Sound". Parts 1-3 of the doc are available on youtube. I have his 1972 performance at Montreux on VHS and it is a gem of a performance (he gets the crowd going absolutely mad at the end). I found a clip of that performance on youtube but the whole thing is much longer and much more entertaining. If no one else posts the entire thing I will post it on youtube eventually. It's too good to not share it.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk "Seasons" in Montreux 1972

Incredible. Rahsaan Roland Kirk is an absolute hero.

Nina Simone - Baltimore

An underplayed Nina Simone song called Baltimore with some absolutely wonderful shots of Baltimore circa 1969. Some of those shots could be from today. It breaks this midwestern boy's heart to see how poor and broken many America's midwestern cities have become. My best friend's friend's brother was murdered in Milwaukee yesterday. It stems directly from lack of opportunity and desperation. All of this shit makes me so sad. Where have the jobs and opportunities gone to? There is much desperation among the people, conventional economics has utterly failed and all the politicians offer for fixes are more of the same. This will not end well.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mungo's Hifi - Divorce a l'Italienne

Some great tunage from Mungo's Hi-Fi.

Beats Antique - Beauty Beats

Beats antique is fresh world electronic music. I had the pleasure of seeing them live about 5 months ago and it is well worth the price of some dead presidents. They have just released their 2008 album, Collide, for free download on their website Collide - Beats Antique

Hard Times (J.Period Remix) f. Black Thought, John Legend & dead prez

I've been posting a lot of post dubstep/electronica, cumbia/world music here lately to showcase the MadChange in music but I won't forget to jump back to showcasing the MadChange that politically charged music can bring. Especially during an age where most lyricist aint sayin shit. So check out this ill remix of Hard Times (original Hard Times done by Baby Huey, then covered by John Legend and The Roots). Pay close attention to the lyrics, pure truth and fire. The whole mixtape by J. Period is amazing, cop it here: Wake Up! Radio (mixtape)

Bombs Over Baghdad Reggae Remix - DJ Theory

Bombs Over The Bay ft. Outkast, Wailing Souls, Santigold, Major Lazer by DJ THEORY

Wicked reggae remix of Bombs Over Baghdad, mixed with Wailing Souls beat and some sound bites from Santigold & Major Lazer.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Michael Franti & Spearhead ~ Listener Supported

A little something with a political bent because it has been too long since I posted something with lyrics like this. Great track from Michael Franti.

Nancy Baym interview

Nancy Baym is a music scholar and I was just reading her interview (whole interview here) that was posted at Wax & Wayne's blog and thought I would repost a bit of it. The music landscape continues to confound and confuse "the industry" but not scholars like this who can pick it apart and make sense of it accurately. I especially like this bit of the interview:

Does the question of “social exchange” (as opposed to economic) become more important in an age of “social media,” or just more noticeable? Where does something like (unpaid) “fan labor” fit into the equation?
Social exchange is both more noticeable and more important. It’s always been there. When I talk to musicians about what they find most rewarding in their engagements with audiences, they never talk about the fan who paid them $100 for a CD when they were only asking for $10. They talk about hearing that their music helped someone deal with a loved one’s death, they talk about realizing people had traveled far just to see them perform, they talk about receiving art that fans had been inspired to create because of their music, they talk about getting to travel and meet people in different cultures. These are all social rewards and none of them rely on social media, though they often arrive through those means.
Fans engage in unpaid labor for social reasons rather than economic ones. In fact, they often view monetary compensation as devaluing what they do, which is common in fan communities. They do what they do for one another because they want to share the pleasure they take in the music. They also do it to build their own status in fan communities. They do it because it brings more music into their inbox. They do it because it’s a way to form social relationships with the artists they love. Sometimes they do it to build a base for a career in music themselves, and some do move on from running a fan site to working for the label, but it’s rarely intended from the get-go as a way to make money. Just as people in the music industries need to recognize the social values that matter in the music ecosystem, people who think about the work fans do as exploitation need to recognize and respect the social rewards that these fans receive and value in exchange for their labors. That said, the potential for exploitation is always there and is something everyone involved should be sensitive to.

Mariachi Connecticut Serenades a Beluga Whale

All mammals can appreciate some good old fashioned Mariachi.

Ben Tactic - Coroa de Ouro

Ben Tactic - Coroa de Ouro by Tactic

It's Moombahton Monday so here is some nice Moombahton from Ben Tactic. Get the free download while you can. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

MadCoins - Cumbia Mix (Cumbia Cinco de Mayo)


A chunk of the set I did at a local bar for Cinco de Mayo, download available. Un poco de Cumbia nueva y Cumbia vieja.

MadCoins - 'merica mix

A slew of golden era and old school hip hop recorded live for Sunday Service Night at Natt Spil bar in Madison, Wisconsin on 7/3/2011

Felix Laband - Red Handed

A chillout tune for a chill Sunday. Felix Laband is from South Africa and you are not.

Chong X - Balkanizer (Original Mix)

Moombahton-Balkan experimental ass shaker from Chong-X

Cumbia Cosmonauts - Cumbia Incoming

Cumbia Cosmonauts - Cumbia Incoming VJ clip from Tobi Armbruster on Vimeo.

A Nu Cumbia banger from Cumbia Cosmonauts along with a slick space exploration themed video.

Clams Casino - I'm God

Clam Casino is mean with the smoothed out beats, often havin an MC on top of the soundscapes he creates.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Madeleine Chartrand - Ani Kuni

Madeleine Chartrand I believe is French Canadian Native American (how is that for a run on ethnic group) and jams the fuck out on some Native American-Middle Eastern-French-Funk-Rock hybrid called Ani Kuni in 1972. Groundbreaking mad changey music from almost 40 years ago.

Mishka - Higher Heights

Mishka is channeling some Bob Marley type spirit here. One encompassing love.

Y La Bamba - Juniper (Music Video)

Though this is not in line with a lot of what I post here, it deserves posting. Hypnotic, soothing tune from Y La Bamba. Here is to seeing the world as we did when we were young and took the time to be amazed by all things, rather than judge all things.

Bibio - Sugarette

More Bibio from the UK.

Bibio - Fireant

Fireants! If this were the soundtrack to getting eaten by fireants I would welcome my arm getting chewed up.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ra from Django's Ghost on Vimeo.

If you don't know about Sun Ra then you are far too much from this world. Chaos or beauty? Or one in the same...

There are moments of the band covering tracks from the album Angels and Demons at Play. This! is one of my favorite albums in existence. Don't tell anyone or I may be turned over to the thought/weird police... Put it on in the background when you are cleaning or knitting or sweeping or fucking and see what it does for you. I dares you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sir Mix-A-Lot - Posse (schlachthofbronx edit)

Posse by Sir Mix-A-Lot like you've never heard it. Schlachthofbronx freak the beat to sound tropical/moombahton.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DO THE DILLA - A Tribute To The Drum Master

This is a really nice tribute to the master of the drums himself, J Dilla. Done by some Swiss dudes who apparently know how to knock some remixes out of the park. FREE DOWNLOAD! 

Rollerskaters - Sleep Tight (Star Slinger Remix)

Alright Star Slinger, after further review, I'm officially a fan. You will be hearing much, much more from this kid. Keep on!

Teams vs. Star Slinger - Punch Drunk Love | HD

Slick sampling, soulful track. Production by Star Slinger.

Star Slinger - Mornin' (Music Video Directed by Alan Jensen)

Nice morning groove by UK producer Star Slinger.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Got 5 On It (Daims & ChriSupreme MoomBAYton Remix) by DAIMS&CHRISUPREME

A little Luniz remix never hurt anybody. These guys flipped it with a Moombahton remix for the modern ass/dancefloor. 

flying lotus - 1983

Screw it, I'm on a roll (fly). 1983 like a mutherfucker!

Flying Lotus - Tea Leaf Dancers

More FlyLo but this time coming from planet trip hop, where I would like to one day immigrate to. YouTube comment I read on this track points this out: "Vocals are JUST on the verge of being too intrusive, but it holds the balance so its cool." Very true, her vocals are almost annoying but end up being perfect fro the instrumental and never actually annoying. Go FlyLo go.

Flying Lotus - Sketchbook

More FlyLo because you deserve it.

Mia Doi Todd - My Room Is White (Flying Lotus Remix)

Are we going to give up or are we going to try... Are we going to give up or are we going to try to learn what life is? This may be my favorite Flying Lotus remix. Beauty.

Mia Doi Todd - My Room is White

My room in Austin is actually white. My window is actually closed to traffic and all that racket. I am amazed by the tranquility of this song by Mia Doi Todd. I must admit I would not know of it unless Flying Lotus had remixed it into a brilliant, totally separate sounding track. He did somehow manage to keep the magic of this track intact while flipping the instrumental completely. Both these artists deserve more appreciation (Mia Doi Todd deserves it more, she is virtually unknown). Enjoy the tranquility.

Bonobo - Pick Up (Four Tet Remix)

And since I am in a Four Tet remix kind of mood here is him remixing Bonobo. Two masters of the fresh ass instrumental in one track.

MF Doom - Money Folder (Four Tex remix)

Your day needs some DOOOOOOM and some Four Tet. Here is both in one go. Now hook me with two apple pies and a small fries...

Nicolas Jaar - What My Last Girl Put Me Through

Beautiful soul cut up by Nicolas Jaar called "What My Last Girl Put Me Through". Am I right fellas...?

Little Dragon - Constant Surprises

Little Dragon bringing new Trip Hop to the world via their own type of change. Some call it coincidence but I call it fate.

Untold - Anaconda (Tribal Guarachero Mix)

Nice Tribal Guarachero mix of Untold's "Anaconda".

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Araabmuzik - Zombeez (Instrumental) *HQ*

When zombies come to kill me, I will be loopin this on the best system I can find while running out of ammo and snappin baseball bats on zombie scum. I am not enamored with this beat by any means I just think it would be a rad song to kill zombies to. Close your eyes and picture the slaughter. 

Eugene McDaniels - Lovin' Man 1971

R.I.P. Eugene McDaniels. He influenced the roots of hip hop with his socially and politically charged lyrics and with his song "Jagger The Dagger" which was sampled by a pile of great hip hop artists. Respect due to this man for his brave lyrical content which pushed change in music in the 1960s.

MR. DIBIASE Fine Tuning

Enjoy the smoothed out "Fine Tuning" by Mr. Dibiase. This song gets me about as high as a blunt of legal mary jane does, which i use for my cataracts. I would go as far as to say this song should be for sale at dispensaries in California.

Mr Dibiase - Brazilian Lady

Oh so nice with the beats is Mr. Dibiase. Watch out for this kid...

Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue

Very happytime British sound to this chune by Bibio. It sets hazy images/memories in my mind that cannot be quite focused on. I like the top Youtube comment quite a lot: "This song makes me want to go down to the botanical gardens, strip naked, and skip through the flowerbeds saying "La La La La La"! And then buy ice cream for all the strangers staring at me before the cops arrive."

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - My Cloud (Instrumental)

A beat Jamie XX created for Gil Scott-Heron's "My Cloud". It is a beat Dilla would be proud of.

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX - Home

More Gil Scott-Heron (rest easy) mixed by Jamie XX. Poetry in dub motion. Eerily timely lines flowing at the end from Gil Scott "Hang onto your rosary beads, close your eyes and watch me die" & "Might not be such a bad idea, seems like I need to get out of here". I say it was a bad idea.

Africa Hitech - Too Late Dub

Here is some future dub by Africa Hitech.