Remember when DangerMouse got his big break from "The Grey Album"? (Jay-Z's "Black Album" vocals + The Beatles' "White Album" instrumentals + DangerMouse's mix) Well, I just stumbled upon a pretty kool mash-up/remix album that gives me a similiar vibe!
J.J. Brown of 5G Productions has put together "Re-Release Therapy", a remix of Ludacris' latest album "Release Therapy" with instrumentals from The Jackson 5! It's pretty interesting...and well done!
The other day my wife and I received a card and cd from her lovely cousin in Ireland, Johanna. Johanna has great taste in music and often sends us awesome cds from artists we have yet to hear about in Canada. This particular cd she sent us is the latest from a New Zealand group called Fat Freddy's Drop....and it's amazing! They really remind me of another NZ group called The Black Seeds....whom I also love! Fat Freddy's Drop are a great mix of reggae/funk/soul/hip-hop...and all things danceable!
Check out this song "Roady"....I believe it's a single of theirs, as there's a great video for the song too!
I've been a Ween fan for some time now...even after I came home one day in 1996 with "12 Golden Country Greats" happily clenched in my hands....not really taking the title of this new Ween cd seriously. haha Needless to say, I didn't listen to that cd too much then...but I love it now!
Ween have always been really kool with spreading their live recordings around, and they've had some great shows! I recently found this 36 song show of theirs from New Jersey, 2001...and it sounds pretty good! They do a lot of their classic material.
Now that I think about it, I think I started listening to Fu Manchu around the same time that I started smoking pot. 1995. The same year Fu Manchu's album "Daredevil" was released. The song "Sleestak" was the theme song to many a session. haha
The following year they released "In Search Of...", and on the tour in support of that, I managed to find my way to a show with some buddies at The Embassy in London....a tiny little hole of rawk. We loved it. After the show we smoked some hash with Ruben & Eddie (former guitarist & drummer) up in one of the dirty rooms upstairs...serving them their first "bottle tokes", as hash was apparently non-existent back in Cali. As young kids, we thought this was thee kooooooolest thing ever. haha
A few years ago I took my wife to see Fu Manchu for her first time, on their "Start The Machine" tour. She digs the band, the venue was great (Mod Club, Toronto), and she loved the fact that their was never a line up to get into the women's washroom!
The guys just released their latest masterpiece, "We Must Obey". I really dig it! When I first heard the song "Hung Out To Dry", I didn't even make it past the first few guitar riffs before I was starting the song over again. SO GOOD! The sounds on the guitars...the drums...everything...SO GOOD!
Check it out....Go see 'em live though! Stoner rawk at it's finest. ;)
I bought this cd on a trip to L.A. a few years ago, at the best cd store EVER (Amoeba Music), and was VERY glad I did. This is sort of a rare find, and a classic set by DJ Z-Trip!
For those of you who don't know DJ Z-Trip, you may have already heard him! Most Canadians I know were at that gigantic concert in Toronto a few years back with The Stones, AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, and a bunch more...well, Z-Trip was the DJ between bands that day!
I just love what Z-Trip is doing, and have been following his stuff for a while now. He's the ultimate dj when it comes to "rockin' the party right"...no matter what type of crowd is in front of him! Amazing! And that's all about really knowing music, and reading your audience properly. He's the man!
Like the note from Z-Trip on the cd says: "This CD is strictly promo only. If you are holding this in your hand consider yourself lucky. Again, I only did a small run of these for a reason. This is just to hold you over 'til the major label album drops."
And sure enough in 2005 he dropped "Shifting Gears", another very wikkid album you should go buy!
Maybe it's just cause I'm living in Canada, or maybe it's because I don't do the all-night-parties as often as I used to back in the '90s...but I haven't heard much about The Freestylers for a loooong time! The reason why I mention the Canadian thing is because The Freestylers' album "We Rock Hard" has been discontinued here for quite some time (for whatever reasons), and I don't know too many people around here that remember them...or so it seems. I do know that they released at least 3 other albums after "We Rock Hard"; "Pressure Point" in 2003, "Raw As Fuck" in 2004, and "Adventures In Freestyle" in 2006. I am not yet familiar with these other albums, but would like to check them out still!
Nonetheless, this song popped up on my random iTunes player this morning and it immediately threw me back to 1999, when the album was released, and I was partying it up like any kid moving away from home for the first time should! Wild times! And this album was the soundtrack to many a night.
The Freestylers are a mix of all kinds of dance music, but mainly hip-hop/drum'n'bass/big-beat/breakbeat/ragga/electro.... Just check it out.... :)
I've been listening to a lot of Hepcat lately. Great stuff!
Hepcat is one of those groups I've heard random songs by but never really got my hands on any full albums...until recently. I heard this song "Beautiful" first on a Hellcat Records compilation called "Give 'Em The Boot III" (2002). It is also available on their album "Push 'N Shove" (2000/Hellcat).
If you dig this, you should also hear my latest "Good Music Podcast: Episode 7: Skarifik!" (see link below)...and hear "No Worries", also by Hepcat (from their "Right On Time" album, 2002). This new podcast also has 31 other ska artists, old and new, from all over the world (Jamaica, UK, US, Canada, Australia, etc.)! I had fun making it, and I hope people are enjoying it out there....Lemme know!