Sick of the holiday music yet? I was lucky and managed to only be in two retail establishments between Thanksgiving and Xmas that played cliche xmas tracks. Here's something that's festive but will hopefully be more refreshing than what we've all had to put up with for the last month. Merry Mary!
Whether you're into hip-hop, are a DJ, admire DJ's, have seen a DJ Hero commercial, have heard scratching on a Comedy Central station id, listen to the radio, listened to a "DJ" yell over an emcee's verse, or have a pulse you need to watch Scratch. It's the most complete documentary of the DJ culture made to this point and is respected by the truest of heads. It doesn't go in-depth into any one element, whether it be beat digging, competitions, the history, the future, the founders, or the techniques. But that's not the point. You'll get a holistic view and it's up to you to dig deeper. Watch it in full on youtube by following the link while I try and get a handle on a flare.
Mux Mool will be dropping a digital-only single January 26th called "Lucky Linda." His debut album, SKULLTASTE, should be out early next year. The below is an excerpt taken directly from the Ghostly International site in a valiant attempt at describing the indescribable.
"At first blush, Mux Mool’s “Lady Linda” seems an unconventionally low-key choice as the first single from the hyperactive producer. “Lady Linda (from Mux Mool’s debut full-lengthSKULLTASTE) doesn’t come roaring out of the gates—rather, it takes its time, shifting from foot to foot like a trench-coated figure in an alley, clutching a bone-dry breakbeat with a pocket full of vintage keyboard tones. But as the track progresses, the underlying sophistication of Mux Mool’s homespun hip-hop begins to take hold and “Lady Linda” reveals herself, blossoming with lush Detroit strings and a melancholy melody. By contrast, B-side “Hog Knuckles” picks up the pace with a deft cut `n paste guitar riff and a blithely stuttering beat. Taken as a whole, then—a warm, sweet A-side and a tart B-side—Mux Mool’s first single may in fact be the perfect introduction to the multifaceted artist. As with all Mux’s best work, the music’s pleasures lurk just below the surface."
Favorite video only I probably appreciate) Brown Bag Allstars, "Undeniable (Audible Doctor remix)" --- these guys run Fat Beats, the oldest hip-hop record store in NYC. I've hung out with most of the members and all of these shots were taken in the store.
Music Video of the Decade) Marco Polo/Masta Ace, "Nostalgia"
Billy Corgan and friends are back at it again with a new album coming not soon enough. They're leaking one track a month until it's done sometime late 2010. They'll also be touring behind the working album in the spring. "A Song For A Son" is the first release. Teargarden by Kaleidyscope is a massive project and will encapsulate 44 tracks! Smashing Pumpkins fans rejoice!
THE Mike 2600 dropped a digital-only EP this week entitled "Ready To Rock" through Emynd & Bo Bliz's Crossfaded Bacon label. Cop it here. Peep the interview-worth-reading here. There's stuff in the interview for fans, upstart designers, graphic-design nerds, record fiends, food aficionados, and DJ's. It's also fun to check out this tastemaker's Top 16 on turntablelab.com.