Kinda like...Mad Max vs. As The World Turns. Except in Brooklyn. In the Winter.
I've had this record for like 3 years now but I came across it the other day while looking for the Beastie Boys/DJ Khaled Mashup by DJ Geometrix. Still sounds fresh.
Stumbled across this two days ago. Boys Noize always comes hard, but seriously, this is harder than a monochromatic Rubik's Cube! Pow!!
I currently have a Nujabes' record as my Blackberry ringtone and I just had to post this. Jun Seba (Nujabes was his name spelled backwards) was a Japanese hip hop producer whom most notably contributed to the soundtrack of Samurai Champloo, a popular anime. It's very, very sad that he passed away this past February. Many people around the world mourn his loss, yet many have no clue at all who Nujabes was.
I recently was introduced to Nujabes' work on Samurai Champloo and as a producer and hip hop fan I was simply in awe of his talent. His work has inspired me deeply and I have even sampled his record Mystline on a recent Monica Rush record. He did hip hop justice and I hope his legacy lives on as he is truly a giant in hip hop and music that will be greatly missed.
Please support my good friend Peter Pierre-Louis and his organization Akaye Vet. Peter was in Haiti when the quake hit and stayed behind to help in his community. He has since started Akaye Vet as a means of protecting the environment and spurring socioeconomic change in his country. He didn't ask me to write this, I am just very moved by his dedication and his efforts deserve some backing. A little can go a long way so please read about Akaye Vet on their website today and join in! Thanks in advance.
From the guys who brought you "Get Innocuous" (which was featured in Grand Theft Auto for all you GTA fans). Their new album is highly anticipated and if you're not familiar with LCDS you would definitely be making a nice contribution to your iPod by hitting up iTunes. As for this video for their single "Drunk Girls", I'm almost speechless. Just watch.
Wayne is always at the forefront. I really enjoyed this video, and not just for the female co-stars either. I definitely foresee a trend towards this handheld camera style of shooting in music videos. It makes the experience more personal, and these days allowing your fans access to your world is invaluable. It's kind of like you're hanging out with Lil Wayne. And even if you don't want to admit it, you'd probably have a really good time hanging out with Lil Wayne.
I want to get this thought out. Bare with me. Now, I grew up on jazz, hip hop and some classical. I was a happy camper with my Walkman just listening to rap during the day and WBGO at home in the evenings. My friend and longtime collaborator Dimitri showed me another world of music when I was about 17 or 18. Right about the time I was finishing high school. He introduced me to world music, rock and roll, ambient, drum & bass as well as other forms of electronic music. I remember our trips to Virgin Records (R.I.P.) by the Source Mall every Tuesday (when new releases came out). Back then there were listening stations where you could check out the whole album before buying it. We ran around that place like fat kids in a candy store. Putting on headphones and listening to any and every album we could; just listening and growing. We would spend hours in that store taking in new music. Anyone in Long Island remember late night trips to Tower Records? TR gave us that late night fix. Dimitri and I stayed up way late and night working on records and nothing was a better intermission than a trip to Tower Records.
Those were exciting times. Those hours spent taking in new music is what made me the person and producer I am today. I am a lover of music. I have an unbridled passion for melody and rhythm. And that passion has taken me a lot of places both literally and metaphorically. My thought is this: there is a world of music and art out there to be experienced. Do not spend the rest of your life tuning into the same station. Open your ears. Open your mind and your heart. Music has forged some of the most meaningful relationships in my life. It is universal and undying. I am inviting everyone to explore as much as they can. I guarantee you'll find it is more an exploration of yourself than anything else.
In the spirit of exploration I want to share an artist that I am very fond of. Frenchman Sebastien Tellier. His song La Ritournelle is a record that just speaks to me in such a way that I find myself listening for hours. I won't speak on the record much as it is for you to judge but I will say that the video is a perfect compliment. I hadn't seen the video until about six months after I had first heard the record. The ending is quite sad but again very fitting. I hope you enjoy.
OK so let's say you've got an extra $7,500 burning a hole in your pocket and you've been thinking about getting a new home sound system BUT you don't really know anything about audiophile. BAM!! In comes the McIntosh MXA60. McIntosh has been making top of the line audio gear since before your parents were born. Which means even Pop-Pop would recognize the classic black glass and blue backlighting. And even though you have no clue what this stuff is, here's a list of features this thing boasts:
- 75 Watts/Channel Output
- Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Input
- Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
- R-Core Power Transformer
- 24-bit Sampling 192 kHz Burr Brown DACS
WHO CARES! It plays CD's, MP3s, gets AM/FM and sounds better than ANY system ANY of your friends will ever own! FOR THE WIN!
LaCie offers a new flat cable that should make the back of your computer station a bit more manageable. In my studio I use Blue Heaven Flatline cable by a firm called Nordost. They were the first to introduce the flatline cable. This colourful LaCie cables kinda reminded me of that cable. It's cool to see how high end product design eventually makes it's way into the mainstream. I paid about $130 for THREE FEET of Blue Heaven Flatline cable!! Thankfully you can pick these 3.94ft LaCie's up starting at $9.99 for USB and $12.99 for FireWire/eSATA. Check them out here: LaCie Flat Cables.
I was out and about with my brother today and I was sharing a thought about the things I used to carry on my person everyday. There was a pen in my blazer's left breast pocket and the access card to my office in my front pants pocket. Leaving the house without either of these items prompted either a return trip to the house or great angst over the miserable day I was about to endure without them.
These days are a little different. The two things I do not leave home without are my Samsung and a good book. It's quite shocking how much little living we do. How little of the world we take in and how little we enrich ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. I'm trying to do better for myself.
Had a great time at dinner with my brother at a small Indian place uptown. Can't remember the name, but the wine was good and he enjoyed the mango chutney. We both enjoyed the conversation. Cheers to life.
This last photo was actually taken in LIC. I crossed the 59th and couldn't help snapping a few photos of a few of the new condos. This one is on the dead end on Purves. I thought the trash bag actually brought some life to the building. You kinda had to be there.
Soundtrack for the afternoon was all Bonobo.
Drake's flow on this record reminded me of the early 90's when I used to walk around with my Walkman listening to the latest hip hop. I'm talking back when Long Island rappers were still on top. (Any Keith Murray fans??) I stayed with extra tapes/cd's and batteries in my backpack. That's right, I was one of those kids walking home from school rapping to himself with his headphones on blast. And proud of it. So I decided to give this song an old school touch. The youth today might not appreciate this remix but for everyone born '81 and earlier put this on and reminisce.
OK I'm definitely going with the '91 Remix to Drake's 'Over'. Old school is where it's at and I'm taking it back. Should be up either tonight or early tomorrow! Subscribe today so you can get email notifications for new music!!
Shout-out to @notmarcocollins for the follow. Since you like Chromeo here is my take on Chromeo's Night by Night. Perfect for pole-dancing (not yet FDA approved though.)
I'm a little embarrassed to say that my iTunes library only contains a measly 10,134 songs. As a musician it should be somewhere around 20k plus. I'm working on it though. Anyway, in that collection are many of the original records that were sampled to create the contemporary hits of our generation. I thought it'd be kool to share a few as I come across them in my listening.
This is "The Edge" by David McCallum. The record appears on an album by producer David Axelrod which is why the album art shows Axelrod's name. With a bit of digging though I was able to find the back of the vinyl cover showing McCallum credited as the performer. You can listen to both records below. Enjoy.
This is in NO WAY an attempt to discredit the talent of the great producers of our generation. Many of them were and still are an influence to me. Rather, as a music lover this is merely an attempt to spread the joy of music history and knowledge!
It's happened to all of us. If just for an instant, we've all daydreamed about where Kobayashi creates those mythical, unicorn euthanizing beats. Those marriage proposal inducing lyrics. What kind of space age technology does Kobayashi use? A plastic kazoo perhaps? Thirteen plastic kazoos? Maybe. Few have lived to tell about what they have seen here. I recently invited CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to my Long Island studio for a sneak peek.
(48 hours after his visit Mr. Cooper was reported missing. Honestly...I have no idea where he is.)
B.L.U.E. Baby Bottle. Same microphone Bob Dylan uses. Click here to see him using it in an iPod commercial. He brought it to the shoot himself.
I fancy myself to be a fairly decent photographer. One day I would like to maybe travel the world with a D3 and put together a body of works I can truly be proud of. In the interim, I traveled to the mahogany table at the foot of my bed and snapped a picture of the now legendary Monica Rush currency. These lil' ditties are highly sought after fare at our NYC performances. And why wouldn't they be? I mean, wouldn't YOU wanna a 100 dolla bill with YOUR face on it? Just don't try paying for gas with one. I will not answer my phone when you call from the police station.
Nooooo idea why Pharell is in this but it's awesome nonetheless.