New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention.
Record dealer John Carraro reflects on introducing old music to the likes of Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Large Professor, Buckwild, Diamond D, Prince Be, Mr. Walt, and DJ Clark Kent, among others.
posted by chunking express
on Jun 1, 2014 -
Tim Cook beats a new path. Apple management are reported
to be finalising a deal with Beats Electronics to purchase the entire company for $3bn+ [more inside]
posted by asok
on May 9, 2014 -
Combining the voices of many struggles, peoples and nations, from LA to Chicago, Detroit to New Brunswick, Germany to Palestine, Phoenix to Greece, Nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕ , Tsalagi and Six Nations, to Anishinaabe and Mi’kmaq, and everywhere in between, the #NationHood Mixtape
brings together an amazing array of hip-hop, spoken word, beats, ideas and sounds from artists across the world. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Dec 3, 2013 -
William Benjamin Bensussen is a DJ and producer who started DJing in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter
, where his weird, heavy sound was generally a dancefloor killer, earning him the name The Gaslamp Killer
But he kept at it, and found a home in Los Angeles, performing with the Low End Theory
crew. On December 1, 2012, Gaslamp Killer joined an ever-growing list of notable DJs and appeared on BBC Radio 1 with an Essential Mix
"This runs the gamut, freak flag and spliff waving in the air. 2 brutal and beautiful hours of raw beats, boom bap, and Birdman. There is psych-rock, there is juke, there is Spaghetti Western. Exclusives from Lotus, HudMo, and Dilla.
" If you like what you hear, there's even more below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 17, 2013 -
If you've browsed some
of the many year-end Best Album Lists
, you might have seen AraabMUZIK's Electronic Dream rank highly
. If his name means nothing to you, check an interview with the then 19 year old Hispanic kid from Rhode Island
, who had recently graduated high school and connected with Dipset
, or the 20 year old drummer-turned-producer whose performance was copied by Kanye
(and other information on his life and times). Or maybe you follow producers, and knew he made the beat for Cam'ron's track I Used To Get It In Ohio
, or cuts on the Dipset Trance Party
mixes (DatPiff has volume 1
, and 3
). If you want to know more, you can check a mini AraabMUZIK documentary
(6:38 on YouTube), or just watch
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 26, 2011 -
"Born Shigeyoshi Murao
in 1926, he was universally known as Shig. His playful demeanor—not to mention his signature beard, Pendleton shirts, Royal Air Force exercise vest, horn-rimmed glasses, and bowler—rendered him unforgettable. But that did not make him easy to know.
Shig, who died in 1999, is largely remembered for an event that occurred on June 3, 1957, when two undercover agents from the San Francisco Police Juvenile Squad showed up at City Lights to buy a seventy-five-cent book of poetry
." [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Oct 5, 2011 -
The "Bonus Beats
" tracks on 12" singles were used by DJ's to either extend the mix of the main track, or sometimes played within a dj mix on their own. One DJ mourns their passing
. [more inside]
posted by analogue
on Jul 28, 2009 -
In the late Seventies and Early Eighties, Dial-a-Poem put out recordings of William S. Burroughs, John Giorno, Sonic Youth, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil, Diamanda Galas, Anne Walderman, Charles Bukowski, Amiri Baraka, Gregory Corso, Phillip Glass, Patti Smith, and many many more. Apparently, the incredibly awesome Ubuweb
has streaming mp3s of all twelve Dial-A-Poem releases here
posted by elr
on Sep 1, 2006 -
one of the most exquisite and influential poets of our era, died this morning at age 78. I'd link to a story, but it's not in the news yet. This is a note from one of Robert's friends: "American poet Robert Creeley passed away this morning at 6:15 am in Odessa, Texas, where he was fulfilling a Residency at the Lannan Foundation. (Mr. Creeley was a recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.) His wife of twenty-eight years, Penelope, and son Will and daughter Hannah were at his side. The cause of death was complications from respiratory disease." Though a comrade and muse
for Beat Generation writers like Allen Ginsberg
and Jack Kerouac
, Creeley was much less well-known, and had a style rather unlike theirs, distinguished by extreme economy of words and an understated approach toward emotion. Creeley was often cited as a pioneer by the so-called language poets
, and his most creatively generative friendship was with another poet's poet, the late Charles Olson
. Creeley's subtlety and balance will be missed.
posted by digaman
on Mar 30, 2005 -
funky do morro
From the ghettos of brazil comes this funky and fun music that recalls the energy and optimism of early 80's hip hop. Think Afrika Bambaataa and Malcolm McLaren. Before rap crossed over to the dark side.
posted by vronsky
on Feb 27, 2005 -
The Human Beatbox (Video).
I meant this to be a follow-up to another previous thread about this specific ability, but the search page won't give me my results. At any rate, this guy amuses, entertains and scares the bejeezus out of me all at the same time. Good enough for me!
posted by Dark Messiah
on May 1, 2004 -
Yay, after the flash fest that was Royksopp's 'Remind Me'
, here's anoter retro-pixel music video
(and a damn catchy choon), from Junior Senior
and it can be distributed freely too.
"A Tummy Touch-esque slab of nu-disco breaks. The single The Avalanches forgot to make, slick discoid beats, wonderful smile-inducing vocal & beats to make you throw down the funk."
according to breaksworld.com
posted by MintSauce
on Feb 27, 2003 -
On The Road...
coming to a theater near you (scroll down in link). Francis Ford Coppola is working on a film adaptation of Kerouac's classic (?), starring Brad Pitt. Genius? Heresy? I can see the Barnes & Noble tie-ins now...
posted by serafinapekkala
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Ken Kesey's page, in which:
He offers to burn copies of about two hundred minutes of recordings that he made of Neil Cassady, driving the Magic Bus, in 1964. Here's the kicker....no credit cards, no C.O.D.....you order them, they send them, they bill you, you pay them. Trust me, folks, if you're a fan of the Beats, this is amazing stuff. Hearing Kerouac's muse rant into the night while ballin' down the highway is a rare treat indeed.
posted by Optamystic
on Sep 25, 2000 -