Thursday, November 30, 2006

WILD STYLE the Book. Coming early to mid 2007

Not much info around.
Coming from Miss Rosen/Powerhouse books..

"Charlie Ahearn's forthcoming book, Wild Style: The Sampler, the 25th anniversary book is planned for release in Spring 2007. Will feature never-before-seen images and stories documenting the making of Wild Style and it's influence on hip hop and pop culture for the past quarter century. Trust me, you will be hearing more about this for months to come"

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What tha?
For some bizarre reason I haven't been able to access this blog to post.
Looks like I can now. So hold on. I'll be back.
Meanwhile here's a picture too oogle at.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Australian painted NYC subway cars

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Sydney Show Opens: Friday August 18, 6-9pm continues 12-5pm following Saturday and Sunday. Gallery website.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Germany's MOMENTAN

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I've been a bit slack in the overseas department recently, so i'll endeavour to fix that up in the next week or so.

They're still making some excellent music over in Germany, despite all that bling rubbish that seems to dominate the main websites. Momentan are one of my recent finds that stick out. They have a cleverly designed website that has everything that might even convince you. They recently toured Europe with O.C. & El Da Sensai (who appears on the track Good Times on their 'SoulMates' EP). You can listen to their music on their main emcee's MySpace page or more on their deejays page. Personally I think it's quality stuff. Soulful & the beats, scratches & style are all on point.

The videoclip for the single 'Im Nachhinein' shows us the world famous Groove Attack record store in Cologne.
Perth's CLANDESTIEN new 7"
Those menacing sounding perpetrators of the dark side of Australian hip hop recently released their 1st 7" on the OzHipHop related label Wog. The b-side is lovingly titled 'Utter Shit'.As expected it's more for those who like their beats based around minor chords. The videoclip for 'Offguard' is on YouTube, though you can find more clips over at their website here. Seems like its still under construction.

• MP3: CLANDESTIEN - Ancillary Cover
KEEP IT CLASSIC online T-Shirt store.

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Online site for clothing. It's designed with some nifty sketches from the kids over at Illastrationz.
Check the new J-Dilla tribute t-shirt as well.

• Available through Keep it Classic.

Monday, August 14, 2006

JISOE. Melbourne graff documentary

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Thursday 24 August 6.30 pm
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Town Hall
Corner Oatley Road and Oxford Street, Paddington

Jisoe is set inside Melbourne's underground graffiti scene. The provocative film exposes for the first time how this international culture has carved an identity in Australian suburbia.

The film centres on Justin Hughes (aka Jisoe), a young graffiti artist who is part of an emerging Australian underclass. The story swings between Justin's gritty daily existence of painting trains and smoking drugs, to intimate, emotional moments such as the birth of his child, the deterioration of his relationship and, finally, his eventual mental breakdown.

Jisoe reveals a private, highly secretive (and paranoid) subculture, taking place completely in the face of the public. Although the film is set to a backdrop of ambitious graffiti art and a soundtrack including original local hip hop artists.

Website here.
Austin Texas Art
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Any excuse to show a nice pic like this will do. If you're in Austin, Texas this week then check this out.
SNAKES ON A PLANE - Josh Martinez
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By now everyone is aware of the infamous Snakes On A Plane internet madness. If not, then track some of the commentary & crazyness that has surrounded this film. Due in most part to the ludicrous title & the stupid theme that it conjours up. Read more about it here at Snakes On A Blog. It opens this week in the US. And all reports seem to think that it could be the greatest B-movie in recent years or a dire mess. It'll be interesting to see how the fanbase via the Net has helped or hindered its success. It stars Samuel Jackson & a heap a snakes.

So naturally there are already a plethora of tribute songs to the unseen film. The best of the lot in my opinion is Canadian emcee Josh Martinez & his mate Evil with their contribution. You'll be reciting the lyrics & humming the melody for days as I have. It's a sticker.

MP3: JOSH MARTINEZ ft. EVIL - Snakes On A Plane.
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This 12" from June (on the Spilt Milk label) is not off their new album via OM, 'The Healing', but is still an essential purchase. Love this tune. Produced by one of the members Symbolic 1 (Soul Kontrollerz) it's definitely the bump 'n hustle joint for the mid year. They seem to be getting a more enthusiastic vibe these days, before they were all as mellow as could be. They must be rocking some parties down there in Waco Texas. The b-side 'Makin' My Way' is alos a highlight & produced by Aussie lad M-Phazes. Make sure you give their latest album a listen. Nice cover artwork as well: look here.

• MP3: STRANGE FRUIT PROJECT - Up Jumped Da Boogie.

Friday, August 04, 2006

MONKEY SONS from Brighton.
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I definitely feel that Brighton is my favourite area for UK hip hop. The great sense of humour & purity appeals to me. And this new joint venture of 2 crews, Hundreth Money & Sons of the Tribe, seems to cement my opinion.

The kooks have written their website in Latin... You can download an excellent free album from the site. The live band/crew includes Bandog, formerly of Killa Instinct. It may be a live band, but f*ck me if it doesn't sound like beats, loops & samples.

MONKEY SONS website.

Have squizz at the awesome posse track... Brilliant performances from all the emcees.

• MP3: MONKEY SONS - X-Ray Eyes ft. Junior Disprol, Real D, Legs MC, Exile, Websta, MC Phet, TS One, Louie The Monkey, Tekneek, Rage, Eastborn, DJ Sasquatch.
• MP3: MONKEY SONS - Sunshine Days. A breezy summer anthem. Hot stuff.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

DJ Shadow's 'The Outsider'.

No point reviewing an album one doesn't like very much. So here's an excuse to up the best tracks from it. The one with the found studio vocal from 30 years ago just scraping in would be the almost interesting epic with Phonte of Little Brother. The rest is just disposable hyphy stuff or far too bland Coldplay-esque for my ears. At best it would make a decent 6 track EP. Or a wicked 2 track 12". The Q-Tip & Lateef joint Enuff is just generic club rap. Will probably be a hit.

Sadly this new album just didn't work for me at all. Sounds like he was reaching to get airplay on 3 diffent styles of radio stations. Lacks cohesion & suffers greatly. And I did want to like it. The decent tracks probably only stand out more because some of the others are horrid. Inbuilt prejudice in thininking that Shadow could do no wrong. Oh, I forgot about that Keane remix he did a few years back. As long as he enjoys it then its all good.

I wonder how many hyphy dudes owned Endtroducing?

• MP3: DJ SHADOW: - This Time.
• MP3: DJ SHADOW: - BackStage Girl ft Phonte Coleman
Tasmanian compilation, 'Alleyway Crawlers Volume 2'.

Split between instrumental tracks & some rappity rap tunes. It was a free CD recently given away at gigs & left in a few record stores. Worth a download for an insight into the scene happening down across the Tasman. Soon to be available for download on Altrueistic's website, but in the meantime I've upped a copy for you all.

1. Intro
2. Tempest - The Blade
3. EPC - Endless Nights
4. Projekt - Speed of Sound
5. Mizari - Self Preservation
6. Drastik X - Leave ya Half Baked
7. Rumn - The Expance
8. Assentrix - Fulfill your Fantasy
9. Altrueism - Wartime
10. Feline - Malaka
11. Crytearia - Last Impressions First
12. Axesent - that's Just me.

• Download here: Alleyway Crawlers Vol 2.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Stonesthrow new mix Chrome Children.

Peep the goods about upcoming CD/DVD & download the mix here.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

DEF WISH CAST - All Stars.

Thanks to Underrated magazine for upping thier new videoclip on the Tube.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


They've been the best source for true hip hop culture from NY, with a distinct focus on the originators via their weekly emails. Well now they have a page on MySpace.
Mike Relm's Dr Octagon mix.

Not familiar with Mike Relm? Don't worry, there's time to catch up with his stuff. Firstly by downloading his new Dr Octagon mix. He did tour down here in Oz with Money Mark last year. Not that anyone knew. You can go search for hsi rather incredible mix-cd, Radio Fryer. Have a look at his website to see more.

You can follow the links on The Return of Dr Octagon website or direct download from the link below.

Check this excellent live video of a show from Vancouver, Dec 2005.

Direct downloads.
MP3: The Remix of Dr Octagon mix. 20mins/192kbps/30MBs
MP3: Lyrical Swords Westside Rebellion Mix. 9mins/128kbps/9MBs
DJ Relm cutting up Adisa (The Bishop) Banjoko's Speech at Harvard with Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" plus Balance, the Bay Area Mixtape King.
Interview from April.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Boots Riley of The Coup interview.

Excellent audio interview with Boots from last month. Available in streaming or downloadable MP3 via the Minnesota Public Radio site.

Monday, July 10, 2006

German graffiti film WHOLETRAIN

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Four Munich graffiti-writer - one crew; their life: drawing styles, "bombing" trains; when suddenly another crew shows up in the city, a battle starts that will change the live of the four protagonists forever...

I've been waiting & waiting for more information to come to hand on this new German film. It will be released in Germany in October. It recently won an award for Best Narrative Feature at the UrbanWorld Film Festival. The train scenes were shot in Poland where the Polish authorities apparently said, 'yeah sure, you can use our trains. layups, sheds to make your film. That would never happen here in a million years.

"Writer-director Florian Gaag was himself a member of Munich’s graffiti scene for many years. He later took up studies at Tisch School of the Arts in New York, also contributing to the Hip Hop magazine, “Juice”. Gaag persuaded well-known international graffiti artists Won, Cemnoz, Pure, Ciel and Neon to create both the graffiti and graffiti pieces for his film. Filmed in Munich and Warsaw, most of the young cast and crew working either in front of the camera or behind it were doing so for the first time."

Wholetrain website Seems to be de-activated at the moment.
Wholetrain trailer

Sunday, July 09, 2006

THE ASPECTS - Off the Lip.

One of my favourite UK crews, repping Bristol & this one of their best tracks from their awesome Mystery Theatre album of 2004. Its a solid looking video with Probe Mantis skating about on a surfboard. Featuring those other kooks from the Isle of Wight The Bees on the chorus. a bonus. Here's a link to one of my favourite ever UK hip hop clips, That's Why, from the Dirty Diggers based out of West Yorkshire. Also one of my fave songs from their underated debut album Diggers Don't Get Days Off. Just proves all you need is heart, a bit of talent & honesty. No wonder I hate videoclip mainstream rap when stuff like this exists. Check it here at Tru Thoughts. It's also included on their 2nd album Freakishly Strong (CD version) as a bonus clip.
MR T - Be Somebody.

Pure 100% 80's GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!
Les murs de l'Atlantique : Road trip - Graffiti de l'Ouest
aka Atlantic Walls

Nicely designed road trip focused book on contemporary French graffiti outside of the usual places. Over 200 pages/35o photos of artwork from the Atlantic coast region of France. Including areas such as Bordeaux & cities Rennes, Nantes, Niort & La Rochelle.

Alternatives: Publishers website. Includes page scans.

...and here's a nifty French Hip Hop site where you can watch a heap of videos of writers doing their thang. Look here at 90BPM.NET.
ADULT SWIM MP3 collections.
Free downloads from Adult Swim.
You can grab DangerDoom - Occult Hymn EP or the Chocolate Swim EP.
C-MON & KYPSKI - What's Happening?'

C-MON & KYPSKI - Shitty Bum

After I upped the Birdy Nam Nam video, I remembered I hadn't upped anything from the Dutch duo? 2 great clips that are very different, but very enjoyable. You can see them on their website, but YouTube streams are better.

C-Mon & Kypski website.
CUT CHEMIST - The Audience's Listening

All I can say is that it's easily one of the best frigging albums of the year in my books. I love it. J5's new album Feedback is a bit ordinary & it shows probably because of the absence of Chem & the use of outside producers. eg: Scott Storch's vomitous Black Eyed Peas styled track Brown Girl is one of the most pitiful & contrived radio friendly tracks I would never have thought J5 would lower themselves to make. It sounds unlike anything they've done before, but sounds like a million things others have done. Thankfully one listen to Cut Chemist's album & you know he would never go down that route in a zillion years. It's chock full of dynamic uptempo cut n paste styled compostions & quirky downtempo pieces of brilliance. Only 2 tracks have emcees, Edan & MR Lif on Storm (see here for MP3) & Hymnal on What's the Altitude. And a nice addition of a Astrid Gilberto vocal through the Brazilian inspired The Garden.

Easily one of the best albums of the year for me. No question. It delivers without even half a duff track. We all knew he had it in him, but many, including myself, were nervous only due to the fact that he was signed to Warner. Amazingly they must have left him to his own devices, because there isn't even a whiff of a suspicious odour with any of the tracks. I'd be hardpressed to even nominate an obviously radio friendly song.

The one thing that Cut Chem has over DJ Shadow is a definite sense of humour. I've seen the track listing for The Outsider & the mere fact that it has The Federation, Keak da Sneak & David Banner doesn't exactly have my heart racing. Even the Lateef/Q-Tip track 'Enuff ' sounds like generic club track. Though the soulful track, using a 40yr old found vocal, This Time (I'm Going To Try It My Way) is simply divine.

• MP3: CUT CHEMIST - My 1st Big Break
Classic double copy infused deejay wonderment.
Listen to this imaginative & original track for example. Its 2 turntables having a conversation over the phone...

Friday, July 07, 2006

OH NO - Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms

Okay, while someone has borrowed my Aloe Blacc album, I’ll have to twist my brain to put my ear to the speaker while yet another new Stones Throw album is pushed through my letter box. I wasn’t feeling Roc C’s recent debut, but an album that does include a contribution from C has been getting my gonads gushing. That would be the new experiment from Oh No ‘Exodus into Unherad Rhythms’. It’s a fully polyunsaturated corker. Sure to give yu a heart attack in epic proprortions. Why, well because it’s a collaborative effort with revered Canadian pianist/composer Galt MacDermot. Okay, maybe the 2 of them weren’t in the studio together, but Otis (Madlib) Jackson Jr’s little brother Michael managed to get his hands on the original recordings of the esteemed MacDermot. Obviously with his permission & blessing, for on the inside of the CD cover you can see Galt lounging with Oh No.

I read that Stones Throw’s obsessive record nut Egon worked for Galt’s son Vince a few years back on his dad’s label Kilmarnock. So maybe this helped in connecting the dots for this eventual hook-up. I can honestly say it’s turned into my favourite album of the last few weeks after only a few days listening. Sure it definitely helps from its source material, but also by Oh No’s choice of emcees that bless the beats. Thankfully we mostly get a swag of artists who have something to say, such as Cali Agents (Planet Asia & Rasco), Poor Righteous Teacher leader Wise Intelligent, LMNO, Buckshot, Wordsworth, Posdonous, Frank N Dank, AG, Vast Aire, Dudley Perkins, etc. Even the Aloe Blacc & Roc C track ‘Keep Tryin’ is superb. Not one dud track. I can’t find anything to fault it by. It’s a rewarding experience & makes me want to pull out Does this say more for Oh No’s talents or for Galt MacDermot’s genius? Lets just hope that anyone who buys this might get a little inspiration to discover some of the back catalogue of this now almost 80 year old composer.

There will be a much deserved documentary film released next year called ‘Ear of the Hear: The Music of Galt MacDermot’. You can find a preview for it on the Net at He may seem obscure to most, but everyone would be familiar with his pivotal soundtrack recording of the musical ‘Hair’ or at least the songs, ‘Age of Aquarius, ‘Let the Sunshine In’, all those classic 60s hippie themes that came from the much covered soundtrack.

Above: Videoclip for 1st single T.Biggums - Oh No ft Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow.

• MP3: OH NO - Black ft Wise Intelligent.
• MP3: OH NO - Smile A Lil Bit ft. Posdonous.

Ear of the Heart: The Music of Galt MacDermot. Quicktime film preview for 2007 release.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

French turntable crew Birdy Nam Nam. Unbelieveable!!!

The most impressive deejay set I've ever seen, from the already stellar French quartet. Not exactly sure when this is from, but it has only just appeared online in the last couple of weeks. They did win the team event in 2002 at the DMC finals.
For its sheer originality & the amazingly impressiveness execution it's certainly one of the more refreshing sets I've ever seen. People seem to think they are re-creating the overture from the film 'Requiem For A Dream'.

Birdy Nam Nam website.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sorry guys.

Had the Sydney international Film Festival & World Cup watching going on, so been busy. Then the Logic Board on my G5 died for a 2nd time, so I won't be back in action until I get my computer back next week from service.

Loads of stuff to upload as well.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New The Roots single - Don't Feel Right

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The 1st song off the forthcoming album Game Theory (due late August/early September) with Maimouna Youssef on the hook. And it's a welcome return after the wishy washy unmemorable Tipping Point.

•MP3: THE ROOTS - Don't Feel Right

Ex-Roots member Malik Abdul Bassett is back?
It's been well known that Malik B never toured much with The Roots because of an apparent drug problem leading to them having to dismiss him from the group. Apparently he will re-appear on thier next album Game Theory. In the meantime he has managed to get himself into a studio to record a 7 track EP, Psyhcological. So i've upped 2 tracks. The track Wait sounds like something Ghostface would do.

You know something is up when Malik B doesn't have a MySpace page... Oof!

•MP3: MALIK B - Psychological
•MP3: MALIK B - Wait
New Jurassic 5 single - Work it Out

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What? Can they get a little blander please. With Dave Matthews on the hook. My mum would like this one. From the upcoming album Feedback (due June 27) which will include beats from Nu-Mark, Salaam Remi, Exile &... Scott Storch.

So is this what happens after Cut Chemist leaves the group?

• MP3: JURASSIC 5 - Work It Out.
DMOTE website

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Another Sydney veteran finally ups his website. Also a Big City Freaks member.

• Check website.

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Skote aka Zen aka Styles (Fab 4) of Sydney. Started writing circa 1984. Still going strong. His 1st attempt at a website. Some solid material here from a 22 year graff history.

• Check website.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Finnish duo THE KOLLABO BROTHERS - For My People

Finnish lads The Kollabo Brothers (DJ Kool Ski & Staffro) have released their debut album with guests that span the years. Old school fans will like the inclusion of tracks that feature people such as Grandmaster Caz, Donald D, then Craig G, Tim Dog & Paris. As well as Zion, Afu-Ra, & Suomi emcee Gambit. They even get the services of fellow Finns, the jazz dudes Teddy Rok Seven with a remix of the Diamond D track 'My Flows Blow'. I upped the other remix & the deejay track.

My man Planet has a few songs uploaded from DJ Staffro over at his excellent Vinyl Athletes blog.

This is a slightly different version released on Japanese label Handcuts after initially coming out last year on Finnish label Kool Kat. Also available on double vinyl.

Associated label Recluse has some 12" single info.

Good luck in trying to track it down... Worth it though. Especially if you dig hearing some veterans on the mic.

• MP3: KOLLABO BROTHERS - My Flows Blow remix ft Diamond D
• MP3: KOLLABO BROTHERS - Words I Wrote ft Paris
• MP3: KOLLABO BROTHERS - Too Kool Brothers (deejay track)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I posted about this last year, then just saw it was on Bombing Science & ordered from them straight away. Looks like a great package with 2 hours of extra footage. Now that's the way to exploit the capabilities of the DVD format.

"Take a journey into San Francisco's mysterious graffiti underground. Witness the birth of the movement as told by the people that lived it. Piece By Piece puts you along side the graffiti writers, police, and local San Franciscans affected by this misunderstood art form. Documenting the last 20 years of creation and destruction, you'll hear the stories and adventures depicting this elaborate movement for the first time in history."

Piece by Piece website.
Public Enemy Sneaker
A Supreme and Vans collaboration.

Friday, May 26, 2006

New DAIM poster

What an effort & a half...
Glossy varnish 50 x 64 cm 'Can Mosaik' poster from Daim's website.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents

To be released in November 2006.
From the very nice publishers who brought us Futura, Graffiti World & Freight Train Graffiti.

Book Description
From the author of the enormously successful Graffiti World comes this spectacular follow-up, celebrating the contributions of women to contemporary graffiti and street art.

Female writers have always been in the vanguard of the graffiti movement, though often shunted to the sidelines by their male counterparts. This exhaustive volume places them front and center, featuring 1,000 full-color illustrations from some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Brazil’s Nina, Japan’s Sasu, Mexico’s Peste, and the Americans Lady Pink, Swoon, and Miss 17. Two eight-page fold-out collages, a fold-out poster jacket, and an authoritative text round out the impressive package. The first and only comprehensive survey of its kind, this book is sure to attract and expand upon the wide and enthusiastic readership that made Graffiti World such a runaway success.

About the Author
Nicholas Ganz, aka Keinom, is a young German graffiti artist who has traveled worldwide to become the leading authority on the graffiti scene. He lives in Essen, Germany. Nancy Macdonald is the author of The Graffiti Subculture: Youth, Masculinity and Identity in London and New York. She lives in London. Swoon is a New York City-based street artist.

Publishers website.
The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art (Volume 1, 1983-1988)

Wooah!! 444 pages with a DVD as well...

Book Description
The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art, volume one is the first in a series of four books that documents all aspects of Los Angeles graffiti art from 1983 to 2005. Focusing on the 1980s (1983 -1988), volume one recounts the first years of the graffiti movement in Los Angeles. Within the book, you will discover the truth behind the rich history, photos and stories. All experiences and DVD that is included are uncut and real. It¿s exciting and fresh to the point of understanding the culture, without cutting it up. The first volume contains over 446 pages and includes the following sections: Experiences: Every volume contains 56 exclusive detailed interviews. These interviews are free-style, not scripted, and are based on each writer¿s experience, personal views and memories. Spotlights: Special tribute to all writers/artists who made significant contributions and influences to the L.A. Graff scene. Pieces/Burners: Common to never seen before Pieces/Burners showcasing familiar works as well as numerous lost, legendary and forgotten murals. Battles: A special section dedicated to L.A.s first battles between some of the most prolific crews and writers of first era. Blackbooks: Historical detailed drawings done within sketch books called Blackbooks. Articles: Newspaper and magazine pieces related to historical L.A. Graff subject matter. R.I.P.: Memorials for all respected deceased Los Angeles Graffiti writers. DVD: A DVD will be included with each book. Each DVD contains over 30 slide shows of various L.A. writers. The DVDs consist of the graffiti writers breathing life into their own work while sharing their experiences with the authors. The DVDs are uncut, raw and true. Readers will be able to place a voice on the parade of slides from the respective writers.

Product Dimensions: 10.25 x 9.5 inches. 444 pages.
Weight: 6.2 pounds.
Alva & Reiling Publications; 1st edition (2006)

• Check the website for more info.
Amazon link.
• Interview with authors here.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Whew!! Thought while I was on a roll I should at least finish Part 2. Might take me awhile to create Part 3. Still looking through my crates of vinyl & CDs for ones I haven't able to find as yet. Trying to make them something worth having. Hope you appreciate the effort, 'cause I certainly do... Ha! - Idiot Proof.

And yes I know this is a pretty nerdy thing to do, but I wanted to do something thematical & graff comes naturally as a topic for me.

Arsonists - Underground Vandal
Looptroop - Adrenalin Rush
Raydar Ellis - Graffiti Rock
The Shapeshifters - Vandal Squad ft. Met Fly, Existereo
Bukue One - 4 Tha Graff Hedz
Kero One - The Cycle Repeats
The Narcissists - Graffwriters
Company Flow - End To End Burners
Tommy Tee - Aerosoul
Promoe - These Walls Don’t Lie
Souls of Mischief - Stealth Bombing
Longevity - Burners ft. Abstract Rude & St. Mark
Talib Kweli & Rakim – Subway Surfers aka Getting Up Anthem
Full Throttle - It's An Honour
DJ Vadim - 4 My Writers ft. Juice
Blade & The Bazay Jam Band – Getting’ It On 82 (Peril remix of 'Soda Pop')
Bucc - Style Wars

• Download here: Return of the Rhyme Vandals. 91MBs/66mins/192kbps

Friday, May 19, 2006

Lordz of Brooklyn - Bomb the System.

Headed by Kaves. Pretty crap emcees, in fact they can't rhyme at all on this song, but the sentiment is there & it's a pretty cool video anyway.

Upcoming documentary from Henry Chalfant...

Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Story features: Ray Barretto, Benny Bonilla, Orlando Marin, Manny Oquendo, Willie Colon, Africa Bambaata, Charlie Chase, Fabel, Luis Chaluisan (El Extreme), Kid Freeze, Track II, Trace, Bom 5, Sandra Maria Esteves, Bobby Sanabria and more.

The schools and lunch tables were our drums; we played clave with the spoons. -- Percussionist Manny Oquendo, student at PS 52 in the 1940s

The film presents a panoramic view of the music that blossomed in the latin community of the South Bronx from the late 1940's when mambo burst onto the New York cultural scene through the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. The film chronicles two generations who grew up literally on the same streets, and both used rhythm as their forms of rebellion - for the older generation it was the pulsating rhythms of Cuba; for their children it was the rhythms of rap. The film, designed for public television and possibly theatrical release, aims to bring attention to the Bronx neighborhoods and communities who, with few resources, transformed the world's pop culture.

In the post war years in an area of the Bronx spreading out from the Longwood/Hunts Point section, the music was in the air. Hundreds of Latino musicians lived there, including Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, the Palmieri brothers, Johnny Pacheco and many more. Most grew up in, or moved to the area from East Harlem or directly from Puerto Rico and Cuba. They rehearsed, jammed and played in apartments and courtyards, on rooftops and street corners, in social clubs, and dance halls. They transformed Afro-Cuban rhythms and styles like son, charanga, cha-cha-cha and mambo into the uniquely New York Latin sound that was later called salsa and which, even later, contributed to the development of the vibrant hip hop culture that thrives here today.

Dozens of ballrooms, clubs and theaters - such as the glamorous Hunts Point Palace (which in later years was used by breakers) and the Tropicana, the family oriented Teatro Puerto Rico, P.S. 52 which nurtured musicians and threw weekly dances, and the Casalegre and Casa Amadeo record stores - flourished in this area of the South Bronx. The waning of the music scene and the demise of the old clubs coincide with the era of the burning of the neighborhood and the emergence of hip hop. In the early seventies in the South Bronx, Black and Latino teenagers, like the salsa musicians before them, held parties and jams in schools, basements, parks and playgrounds. Tying their turntables, amps and speakers into the lamp posts for power, kids would gather to rap, spin records and break. So this is a story about resuorcefulness. Young people of little means made do with whatever they could get their hands on; in the case of salsa, they improvised on the hubcaps and fenders of cars, on cans and chain link fences; in the case of hip hop, a later generation of kids plugged into the street lamps and utilized their parents'old funk and salsa records as source material for new sounds.

Hip hop is commonly thought to be an African-american cultural form. Often overlooked in this view is the huge contribution of Puerto Rican and other latin youth have made to the development and continuing evolution of hip hop in all its forms. Alongside Kool DJ Herc, a Jamaican, and Grandmaster Flash, of Barbadian parentage, stood such Nuyorican artists as Rock Steady Crew's Crazy Legs, Ken Swift, Mr. Wiggles and Fable; Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers, Devastating Tito and Master O.C. of the Fearless Four and the graffiti masters, Lee Quinones and T-Kid. Mambo to Hip Hop is about how creative expression helped to foster community in the Bronx, and about how people used and are using that as a resource for cultural and civic renewal. The film is also about conflicts and connections between generations; about how music helped Puerto Ricans become New Yorkers; Concluding its story in the present, Mambo to Hip Hop will explore how the people of the South Bronx, working with so little in the way of material resources, saved themselves and their community, and contributed so much to the world's popular culture.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

RESPECT OVERDUE compilation.
Australian 70's Funk/Jazz/Soul.

Chris from Nothside Records in Melbourne reading Stealth. Nice one.

Finally after what seems like almost forever we get the 3rd & most likely the final instalment of the ‘Respect Overdue’ series. This time it's through the Creative Vibes associated label, Basement Digs & it’s a blinder as well as being a fantastic indication that Australia wasn’t entirely a desert when it came to black originated music. Yes, it was extremely small, but at least there was enough to fill 4 CDs worth (Ubiquity/Luv n Haight also released an Australian funk/jazz compilation in the 90s). This new compilation shows that jazz was the more flavoured style back in the 70s, for only the tracks by Al Styne, The Life Organisation & ironically enough Helen Reddy with her version of ‘Hit the Road Jack’. To be fair, they step closer to big band cover versions that wouldn’t have been out of place in an RSL jukebox. Yes, we do get a few wah wah guitar licks, but on the whole its jazz fest. And Don Lane is a yank (he covers Bill Withers ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’), so it still looks as though we needed their help in creating this music. I can’t help but thinking that there must be better tracks out there than these. Its great & everything, but when the Masters Apprentice’s have the most exciting track on the album you have to wonder. You’d be hard pressed to name an Australian group that had a decent album’s worth of material that wasn’t jazz related from that era. Some of the tracks verge on easy listening & I’m saying that as a fan of the easy styles. It is an essential purchase no matter how you look at it, but no wonder Renee Geyer left this country. I want more from Al Steyne, for his rousing interpretation of Survivor’s ‘Vehicle’ (he wrote their 'Eye of The Tiger' song) is a slam down winner. Whatever I said about it, I still rate it.

Track listing...
Pink Steamroller The Life Organisation
Name Of The Game Billy Burton
Vehicle Al Styne
Song For Bobby Pyramid
Brown Tony Gould
Intergrations Charlie Munro
Feelin' Feline Trio
Rio De Camiro The Masters Apprentices
Nobody Nose Crossfire
December Dance Brian Brown Quintet
Hit The Road Jack Helen Reddy
Number One The Ted Vining Trio
Ain't No Sunshine Don Lane
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Tony Ansell

• MP3: The LIFE ORGANISATION - Pink Steamroller. 192kbps
• MP3: AL STYNE - Vehicle. 192kbps
RHYME VANDALS mix I did...
Okay, I've finished part 1 of my 2 part graffiti focused mixes. Took a lot of research & persistance so hopefully it goes down well. This one is a mix of US, English, Swedish, Norwegian & Australian tracks. I added bits of dialogue, used some effects & created a few edits, nothing too fancy schmancy, so it should flow okay. Part 2 should be just as solid. I could have made 3 x 60min mixes, but instead I cut it down to 2 x 70min mixes, so as not to force myself to include some 2nd rate tracks. I also wanted to use only contemporary songs. Rhymesayers member DJ Jay Bird already has a mix called Aerosolics that used a lot of the classics, so I went deeper. If was to release this properly I would've spent time adding cuts, but as this is a freebie I relented on spending more time on it. - Idiot Proof.

Typical Cats
- The Manhattan Project
Fort Minor - Spray Paint & Ink Pens ft. Lupe Fiasco & Ghostface Killah
KRS-One - Out For Fame
Company Flow - Lune TNS
Swarmy - Trains Mission
Looptroop - Ambush in the Night
Warlocks - Strictly Kings & Better
Blade & The Bazay Jam Band - Blades Theme (Jigsaw Jeff remix of Pacman)
Prefuse 73 - Wanted ft. Mr.Lif
Task Force - Still Bombing
Dilated Peoples - Night Life
Ex Vandalz - Industry Standard ft. Perk One, Rakaa Iriscience & 2Mex
Bias B - Hursty
Promoe - Freedom Fighters ft. Cos.M.I.C
Tame One - Homage 2 Da Bomberz
El-P - Bombing Pt. 2

• Download here: Rhyme Vandals. 97MBs/70mins/192kbps

Friday, May 12, 2006

MATTY B - Simple, But Effective.

Just wanted to up a track from his new album for the weekend.. Ha..

Shoguns Blurb...

"Matty B, Australia’s most likeable MC returns with his second album, ‘Simple But Effective’. Originally hailing from Perth, WA, Matty B kicked off his solo career in 2000 appearing on the first ‘Culture Of Kings’ compilation with his track “Courageous”. Since then, Matty B has been a popular inclusion on many Australian hip hop compilations such as ‘15 Oz Of Vinyl’ (Crookneck), ‘Mamma’s Kitchen’ (Obese Records) and most importantly, Triple J’s Super Request ‘Dog’s Breakfast’ compilation of the most frequently requested tracks on Triple J’s Super Request programme. ‘Simple But Effective’ contains some very memorable moments including “Aussie Weekender”, which Matty describes as “the follow up to ‘Fridays’, about taking time out to have some fun with your mates and enjoy a beer and the many beaches this beautiful country has” and the hilarious “I’m a Joke” which reminds us that we still have the ability to laugh at ourselves in the face of our imperfections. Matty has always delivered the truth about his country, in an Australian accent from the point of view of an average Australian bloke. Some may call it simple but it sure as hell is effective!"

MP3: MATTY B - Aussie Weekender. 192kbps
Produced by Dazastah (Downsyde).
Hip Hop BBQ.

Awesome Idea... Philly based, but spreading.
You'll recognise some people no doubt. Looks pretty damn fresh...
Check it...

The above picture is for illustrative purposes only & do not reflect the actual event. Aw shucks. Looks mighty tasty though.
Jesus Christ Superstar...
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Best image of the week. Found randomly on the Net.
Props to the artist?
Strictly Kings & Better DVD

Just like A.C., I can't find any information on this DVD. Anyone?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Omar - Sing if You Want To

Need some soul in your life? I mean some real contemporary soul. Its hard to bypass a new offering from the UK’s Omar. He’s been blessing the circuit for well over 14 years since his excellent debut track ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1992. He has been lying low for a few years, but its all worth it after a listen to this stunning return. Not least for the fact that the legendary Stevie Wonder is on the delightful ‘Feeling You’ or that Angie Stone turns up on ’All For You’. The rather frenetic almost broken beat tune ‘It’s So’ shows a new capability for Omar to ride some offbeat percussion whiel still keeping his own groove.

Readers here might be interested in the posse cut 'Gimme Sum'. Yeah, Omar has a posse jam with Common (Omar was on ‘Electric Circus'), Rodney P & newcomer Ashman. The hip hop connections most likely stems from Omar’s brother, the Skratch Professor, being a onetime deejay champion at a very young age & now helping out with the albums production by adding some heavier beats. Don’t despair if you want the warm soul, for its here in spades. In fact there’s quite a varied sound & I can’t determine which track I like best, the conga enhanced ‘Kiss It Right’ or the finale of ‘Ghana Emotion’ in which he contextualises his parents birthplace, their new house in Ghana & therefore his heritage through the music. It’s an incredible track, lyrically & musically & likely to make anyone stop in their steps. An incredibly rewarding album that is leagues ahead of the contemporary American sound & cements the fact that British soul seems to still have an edge over the over-produced American style.

Omar's website.

• MP3: OMAR - Gimme Sum ft Common, Rodney P & Ashman. 192kbps
• MP3: OMAR - Ghana Emotion. 192kbps

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Q-Bert & Supernatural show Sydney 6th May, 2006.

This was from the encore of the Elements Tour show at sold out gig at The Metro.
upped on YouTube by WaksOn.
New Cut Chemist is coming...

The Warner execs must've dictated the image change. Gone has his scruffy demeanour, long white t-shirt, unkempt hair, extra kilos & dirty fingernails. In comes the more photogenic styled up look. From early samples of the forthcoming album The Audience is Listening we need not fear too much of a departure. It could be easily said that he would have suffered in the sample clearance department with a higher profile. So it'll be interesting if anything.

Myspace page.

Some recent CUT CHEMIST goodies

• MP3: CUT CHEMIST - Coast to Coast from the Sound of L.A EP.
• MP3: JEM - They (Cut Chemist remix instrumental)
• MP3: AMMONCONTACT - Drum Riders ft. Brother J & Cut Chemist
• MP3: EDAN - Torture Chamber (Cut chemist remix) 12" version
• MP3: CUT CHEMIST - Storm ft. Edan & Mr Lif (first 12" off the new album)
• MP3: BREAKESTRA - How Do You Really Feel (Cut Chemist Atkins remix)
I presume he means the diet fellow & not Juan.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

DJ Dusk party. Los Angeles 12th May 2006.

In memoriam.
Look who will be celebrating his life? He must've pulled some power moves when he was alive. As long as his close friends aren't pushed to the side. I hope everyone remembers him as he would like to have been. Never met dude, but he seemed well solid.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Vinyl Wars- The Battle

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Upcoming Brazilian made TV series with stop animation characters. It's been in development for a while now, so I do hope their dreams are realised & it does come to fruition. Have a look through their Website here to see all the details & watch the cool trailer.