Monday, November 29, 2010
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Iceberg Slim “Reflections” (1976) ALA Records. Producer: David Drozen; Executive producer: Louis Drozen; Photography: Robert Wotherspoon. Former Chicago pimp and convict, Slim (Robert Beck) reformed and became a published and celebrated author with his first autobiography, PIMP, The Story of My Life in 1969. Slim passed away in 1992 at the age of 73. Rappers Ice Cube and Ice T, both cite Slim as the inspiration for their names.
With his polished delivery and smooth, almost soothing voice, Iceberg Slim could have been one of any number of beatnik poets, delivering elaborate monologues over smooth background music on 1976’s Reflections. The difference is Iceberg Slim (neé Robert Beck) was a pimp, and his stories are scathingly explicit, and, more often than not, extraordinarily compelling. The language can get graphic; this is not an album for the squeamish. For those who aren’t easily offended, though, this album will be spellbinding. Slim’s skills as a storyteller cannot be overstated; even at his crudest, he still spins riveting yarns. “The Fall” is virtually autobiographical, depicting his last days as a pimp and what sent him on a downfall to prison, leavened with scabrous humor.
“Broadway Sam” is a mean, hilarious story of another pimp who has the tables turned on him in prison. The second half of the record, though, is more poignant, as Slim remembers a lost love on “Durealla” and comes to terms with his relationship with his late mother on “Mama Debt.” Throughout the record, Slim is backed by jazzy music courtesy of the Red Holloway Quartet, which enhances the stories without overshadowing them. Many years later, of course, Slim would serve as the inspiration for gangsta rappers like Ice-T (who named himself after Slim) and Schoolly D. Too many of Slim’s followers, though, lack the mixture of street smarts and the intellectual and emotional depth shown here. For anyone interested in the roots of modern urban culture, Reflections is a must-hear. – Victor W. Valdivia, All Music Guide
Harlem River Drive Eddie Palmieri Roulette Records With Charlie Palmieri on Organ and Jimmy Norman, Vocals. (1971) Seminal early mix of latin, salsa, soul, funk and jazz. Have a listen to The
New single off Damu The Fudgemunk’s upcoming album “Supply For Demand” out today on wax and more. This is the only album worth buying this month considering it comes with the instrumentals too. Who still does that. Bless!
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Her album Hardmelk is available for stream and purchase on her bandcamp website.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Just when you thought you were safe in your crates, DJ Cam Jus steps into another realm of sonics sure to capture the listeners from the Bay area and beyond, to carve out a new voice in the musical landscape. Keep the music immortalized!
More Bounce by Cam Jus
1.Zapp & Roger - So Ruff, So Tuff
2.Ronnie Hudson - West Coast Poplock
3.Zapp & Roger - More Bounce to the Ounce
4.Vaughn Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
5.One Way - Cutie Pie
6.Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
7.Mtume - Hips
8.Dam Funk ft. MC Eight - Hood Pass Intact
9.Red - I Should Tell Ya Momma On You
10. Red - I Should Tell Ya Momma On You(Chops remix)
11.Bootsy Collins - Telephone Bill
12.Rick James - Ghetto Life
13.Rick James Cold Blooded
14.The Time - 777-9311
15.Prince - Controversy
16.The Time - Ice Cream Castles
17.One Way - Push
18.Slave - Watching You
19.Zapp & Roger - Computer Love
20.Parliament - Flash Light
21.Parliament - Not Just Knee Deep
22.Arcade Funk - Tilt
Henry Dagg is a sound sculptor and musician. Spine TV were lucky enough to be invited to the Biscuit House in Faversham, the studio where he builds astounding instruments that take your breath away.
We take an up close look at The Sharpsichord, a beautiful, hand-built tin barrel organ that took four years to complete.
Album, released in 1966, Nougaro decides to release French music out of its boundaries, far from commonly tread ground, above and beyond habitually visited places. For the word crazy Toulousain singer, his inspiration comes from a mix of other landscapes.
Brazil offers him bossa nova, sensuality and the standard Berimbau that he completely makes his own to create Bidonville, magnificently orchestrated by Baden Powell.
Next up he turns to Africa for the first time and its complex rhythms which he uses brilliantly on the tribal and bewitching L'Amour Sorcier.The Afro-Brazilian influence creates interesting avenues, but jazz remains Nougaro's main passion, the musical current he blends with best and through which his poetry is fully satisfied.
With covers (A Bout De Souffle borrowed from Dave Brudbeck) and compositions (Sing Sing Song) Nougaro's voice is a perfect match for the swing and syncopations of this demanding music.
Bidonville is a great jazz classic, with brilliantly composed songs of omnipresent inventiveness, and insolent youth.
"Guarded Things" is the newest single off of the album.
Directed, shot and edited by Hilton Carter
Andrea Choe: Costume and Production Design
Maia Wagle: Hair and Make-Up
Starring: Grace Ockiya, Fallon Mann, and Andrea Choe
Special thanks to Mike Cruz, Kara Marks, Melinda Fey, Nate Harvey, Nick Cope and Matt Gerbasi.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Currently Supporting|||||||||||||||||||Damu The Fudgemunk: Supply For Demand "Vinyl" [Artwork + Tracklist]
"One of my most anticipated albums for the 4th quarter is Damu’s Supply For Demand and all the details were recently released online. This one drops November 23rd and from the Y Society reunion track to the video you’re about to see after the jump, this joint looks like it’s gonna be really special. Read more below and peep the tracklist after the cut.
Supply For Demand is the latest release from the notable Washington DC producer/DJ/MC, Damu The Fudgemunk. The title is a nod to his growing and loyal fanbase, which this album is directly targeted at. Following the successful release of Damu’s critically acclaimed instrumental LP, How It Should Sound (April 2010), Damu & Redefinition Records felt it was only right to return with a new release, designed to satisfy the current fanbase while converting new listeners with some unexpected content. Supply features a handful of vocal tracks, several sprawling, multi-layered instrumentals, as well as a batch of music videos. Damu’s full capability is on display here, from his intricate scratching sequences, to his lush and complex sonic arrangements. While Damu is commonly known as a shy and reserved character, the album’s highlight is surely “DC Joint,” which finds Damu behind the mic, stepping out of his usual comfort zone to act as virtual tour guide; rapping effortlessly in great detail about the realities, highlights and lowlights experienced within his hometown of Washington DC. The beat is not jazzy, the rhymes are not typical Damu fodder, but somehow it all just works out perfectly. The album also features “Don’t Do It” a song that features Damu’s partner in rhyme, Insight, on the mic. “Dont Do It” is notable in itself, being the first Y Society song the group has released since their debut lp, “Travel At Your Own Pace” back in 2007, and also because it is the first track that the group shot a music video for. There is more to Supply For Demand, which will slowly be unveiled in the coming weeks, including several “making of” videos and a remix or two.
Vinyl Tracklist (Catalog Number: RDF008)
01 Supply For Demand
02 DC Joint (Ward 4 Version) (Damu Vocal Track)
03 Wonka Beat 4
04 Bright Side 25th Bday Remix (Damu Vocal Track)
05 Wonka Beat 5
06 Killin’ Time Rhyme (Damu Vocal Track)
07 Don’t Do It featuring Insight (Y Society)
08 Wonka Beat 6
09 DC Joint (Only Built For Washingtonians) Instrumental
10 Don’t Do It – Instrumental
11 Bright Side Remix – Jazzley Ou’Francis Instrumental