Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Queen Crescent – Queen Crescent (Album)

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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A great psych record from a San Francisco quartet. Reminiscent of prime Sabbath in the best way, and nicely spiced up with attractive prog touches and esoteric asides into vaguely Eastern territories. More trippy and mystical than headbanging, but will still rattle the bong nicely. Better than most retro-rock stuff I come across, possibly because all the band members are females and they make flutes sound heavy and name songs things like ‘I Wish a Muthafucka Would’.


Friday, May 29th, 2015
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New mix from Gila, the behind-the-boards half of the trench coat-rocking broken champagne bottle-wielding rap duo Gorgeous Children. There’s no tracklist available due to inclusion of super sexy secret tracks that don’t even have names yet, but there is Maxo Kream and Gucci Mane and new Gorgeous Children material on here, plus other good rap, all spliced together with some icey electronics and gravely textures… so what the fuck else do you even need to know.
The mix was originally premiered on Fresh Out The Box radio last night.

TRAILER: Rubble Kings (Documentary About 70s NY Gang Culture)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Shan Nicholson’s documentary on 70s gang culture has been ‘in progress’ for about 4-5 years now, and it’s finally getting a (limited) public release on June 19th. Things pertaining to 70s and 80s New York culture are always at least interesting and more often than not very awesome, so this is definitely a Must Watch.
via IW

Life After Dilla: 25 great post-Donuts instrumental hip-hop releases (Via FACT)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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I wrote a round-up of instrumental releases that have come out since Donuts for FACT Magazine. Despite the prodigious length, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive – there have been hundreds of albums and tapes released that fit the criteria, accounting all of them would’ve been impossible. So I mostly focused on my favorites, while also trying to keep in mind things like influence, public standing and the role each release played in its creator’s career. Note that the ‘post-Donuts’ designation in the title is a temporal reference, not a stylistic one. Some of the most interesting items released in this subgenre since 2006 have notably deviated from the influence and legacy of Dilla and other similarly canonical producers, and I specifically wanted to reflect this in my list as well. Enjoy.
Life After Dilla: 25 great post-Donuts instrumental hip-hop releases (Via FACT)

VIDEO: Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK1 (Live Improv For The Kinda Neat Podcast)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Kamasi Washington’s Epic is by far my favorite album of the year at the moment, so this is a must. Details below.

Kamasi Washington (saxophone) and Miles Mosley (bass) improvise a tune live in Cosmic Zoo studios before having a long conversation with Intuition on the Kinda Neat podcast.

VIDEO: John Carpenter – Night

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Dear lord please let them make an ongoing series of videos for Carpenter’s Lost Themes that continues the narrative started here. I’m dying to see the baseball bat guy go toe to toe with the sword guy.