Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Thanks to my homie, Jacob, I found out about this wikkid new underground hip-hop compilation....as a free download online! I don't know how long it's gonna be offered as a free download....so you should get it therrrr while the gettin's good!
"Definitive Swim" is a collection of new songs by artists on the Definitive Jux label, like: El-P, Mr.Lif, Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock, Cage, etc. And it starts off hot right from the get-go with a dope track by Camu Tao! Thanks to Def Jux and Adult Swim for putting this one together!
Check it out, folks...Enjoy!
V/A - DEFINITIVE SWIM (Def Jux/Adult Swim compilation)
DEFINITIVE JUX WEBSITE
ADULT SWIM WEBSITE
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Who is "Year Of The Dragon"?
Year Of The Dragon features guitarist Spacey T (formerly of Fishbone and black metal pioneers Sound Barrier) and vocalist Dirty Walt (a founding member of Fishbone), in addition to Rodcore on second vocals, Lonnie Jones on drums and Stick 3X on bass. Year Of The Dragon is basically some rippin', funky-ass metal; Very similar to that of Fishbone.
After having the fortune of touring as an opening act for Fishbone during the last tour that Spacey T and Dirty Walt did with Fishbone, I really grew a liking to Spacey and Walt. SUPER cool dudes! So it's great to hear them making more stellar recordings with other talented musicians!
Year Of The Dragon's first 6 song CD, "A Time To Love Is A Time To Bleed" (released in 2006) is an easy one to find in the Los Angeles/San Francisco area...but no so much anywhere else (other than on cdbaby.com). If you can find it, it's worth getting!
This track is one of my favourites...
YEAR OF THE DRAGON - Take Your Time
YEAR OF THE DRAGON - Take Your Time (LIVE VIDEO)
YEAR OF THE DRAGON MYSPACE
YEAR OF THE DRAGON SITE @ CENTRAL ELEMENTS
Monday, February 26, 2007
As I am slowly approaching my 30s, I seem to know many couples with babies on the way....including myself! And what a wild ride it is!
So one of the things that I'm constantly thinking about these days is the type of music and sounds that my new baby is going to be exposed to. And somewhere along the lines of many baby related emails I'm forwarded by my wife, her friends, and my family, I happened to be informed of Baby Rock Records! These people put together 20 cds (so far) of lullaby renditions of popular rock artists' best music. Classic! If you go to their sites (links below), you can listen to snippets of all their albums.
The other day I picked up two of their cds: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. They are both fantastic!
Anyways, if you or someone you know might find this of interest, pass it along and check it out!
Here's a lil' teaser for any new parents out there:
ROCKABYE BABY! Lullaby Rendition of LED ZEPPELIN - Over The Hills And Far Away
BABY ROCK RECORDS WEBSITE
BABY ROCK RECORDS MYSPACE
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
When I first heard the RX Bandits 2003 album, "The Resignation", I was thoroughly impressed....and I played that album over and over so many times that I had to put it down for a while. haha
So needless to say, I was eagerly awaiting their follow-up album. In August of 2006, they finally released the album, "...And The Battle Begun". This album didn't hit me over the head as hard as "The Resignation" did upon first listen, but after a few more listens it grew on me fast. The entire album is quite good!
The one track that continues to stand out for me is one called "Only For The Night". What an awesome song! I even emailed Matt Embree (RX Bandits' singer) to tell him so.....and he emailed me back with a pleasant 'thank you' and informed me that they would be touring back through Canada again soon. I then checked their website and I noticed that they are going to be back in Toronto on March 9th at The Opera House. If all goes well this time, I'll be there with bells on!
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovers out there! Time to make some luuuuuuuuuuv. :)
RX BANDITS - Only For The Night
RX BANDITS' OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
On this very day, back in 1945, Mr. Robert Nesta Marley was born. If Bob was still alive today, he would be 62 years old. Wouldn't that be a trip? What kind of music would he be creating if he were still around?
Well, in honor of the man who, I think, is still the most popular musical artist worldwide....
I will be singing with my "Mob Barley" group tonight in Burlington to pay tribute to Mr. Marley (see flyer HERE), and this Thursday in Toronto (another flyer HERE).
AND here is one of the best covers of "No Woman, No Cry" that I have ever heard. Charlie Hunter just captures the beauty of this song so well. A nice chillaxin' tchune. (The whole "Natty Dread" album is worth picking up too!) ;) Enjoy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB!!! We love you!!
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET - No Woman, No Cry
BOB MARLEY'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
CHARLIE HUNTER'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Monday, February 5, 2007
Towards the end of 2006, I went on a trip to Ireland. While I was there, I went to a Fringe Festival night in Dublin in an outdoor tent, and caught this killer band from Brighton, UK, called Los Albertos.
Needless to say, I was up dancin' and havin' a great time, and once they finished I bought a cd. I really had a thorough listen to the cd, "Information Overload", once I got back home....and still spin it a lot to this day! I am also trying to see if I can help bring these guys to play their first shows in Canada. Canada would eat this shit up!! Trust me.
Check out this funny drinking track, "Beer Panic", then go check out their MySpace and such! They're a tight bunch of lads (and lass) haha
So if you don't know, now ya know!
LOS ALBERTOS - Beer Panic
LOS ALBERTOS' MYSPACE
LOS ALBERTOS' OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Thursday, February 1, 2007
This new mixtape from Q-Tip (and DJ Dub MD) is a great teaser for his upcoming second solo album.
There are a few tracks on here that I've heard before...like "Poetry" (feat. Erykah Badu & Meshell Ndegeocello) from Roy Hargrove's album "Hard Groove", and "Hey" from the "Slam" Soundtrack, and "The Frog" (feat. Will.I.Am) from Sergio Mendes' album "Timeless".
Then there are some hot new tracks I'd never heard before....like "Passes You By" (a faster-tempo, almost Outkast-like track, with some heavy bass licks), "Keep It Moving" (a cool Hi-Tek production featuring Kurupt), "I Believe" (featuring D'Angelo...Great to hear him back in action!), "Request" (a simple song with great lyrics and message), and so many more!
So check it out yo....then drop me a comment and let's chat 'bout it!
Q-TIP - Abstract Innovations (Mixtape)