How do I love this, let me count the ways.  Books and hip hop … these are a few of my favorite things. Look how young LeVar Burton looks!! On every level, badass.

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Dennis Coffey

July 28, 2011

Smooth smooth funk. Parliament would be proud of this version (vocals by Mayer Hawthorne). From Dennis Coffey’s 2011 self titled release. Just one of the many stunners. Here’s a great interview with him about the new album. Take the 5 minutes and watch, it’s all good! Funk it up people.

Austra

July 27, 2011

Austra. Really digging their dark synth pop sound. The female vocals evoke strong images of Kate Bush … the music has an 80’s throwback vibe/goth sound, with drama and building power. Quite intoxicating …

Late Bloomers

July 26, 2011

They did. THEY WENT AND DID IT. The easiest of groove. The funkiest of hip hop. Three Shades of Brown is a lotta soul, funk, hip hop, and a touch of electronic. It’s all kinda musically magic. It’s nice to hear hip hop that treats their music with such indulgence.

Late Bloomers are magical and soulful.

Listener

July 25, 2011

Man, abrasive. Like paint remover. Listener is like the moment when the ants consume your foot and it instantly stings and hurts like hell. They are the jarring place where spoken word and music meet. It will mess you up and make you think.  It’s reeaal intense … and moustache-y.

I tried and tried to have the video right HERE for their collaboration track “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.” But my brain couldn’t make it happen. So click here to make it happen. And click it fo’ sure. Cuz it’s funny and rad and one of the best tracks on the new Beastie album. Fu-nny.

Did I mention it’s funny?   Click …… the …… link.

Dirty Beaches

July 22, 2011

Dirty Beaches, a one man kinda show aka Alex Zhang Hungtai, is lo-fi ear nectar.  Someone who purchased one of our address plaques, and had read through/listened through the Mixtape blog, suggested we give Dirty Beaches a listen. Frickin’ serious score. Totally sold on the Badlands release. Really. Reminds me of one of my all time fav bands, Deadbolt. Throw back vibe, this dirty/gritty feeling. Sometimes, lonesome. My initial reaction was, this would have been ideal for Twin Peaks. Then, reading through an interview he (Hungtai) did, Badlands was inspired by three David Lynch films. I definitely got his message! Listen …

It’s all a dirty dusty worn out loved groove for me.

Music info here      Blog found here