Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"Coplita // Chancha Via Circuito ft. Miriam García

This one found me on SF radio. Continuation of a ripple of distinct imagery reaching out through a Californian journey...inexplicable. Praise the signal.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Presets // I Go Hard I Go Home

With a simple set and palpable borderlessness between audience and performer oddly reminiscent of the 90's, this early Presets show in Sydney Australia induced a dance party worthy of watercooler domination - that is, supposing these kids actually have office day jobs.  The energy is so powerfully hyped up and magnetic, it barely matters that the words are inaudible, and in fact, this is one of the most interesting live vocal treatments encountered across my music junkie scavenging.  It's all I can do to hold back the impulse to jump straight through my screen into the video to actually be there, immersed in the undeniable magic of this moment.  Lucky bastards.

As enthused and dynamic as this set is, not all the songs by Presets duo Julian Hamilton (vocals, keys) and Kim Motes (drums, keys) shoot sparks. Across the course of their elevated recognition, the music appears to have (de)evolved at times, waning and morphing in more generic directions, however there are gems scattered throughout. For further listening I'd recommend The Girl and the Sea.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bad Brains // Sailin' On

       this awesomeness.
DC // hardcore punk // 1977

They changed their name from Mind Power to Bad Brains.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fake Rick Ross vs. The Real Freeway Ricky Ross

Fake Rick Ross            v.s.           Real Rick Ross

William Leonard Roberts II (pictured left) is a rapper who assumed the name of one of the most famous crack dealers in L.A., Freeway Ricky Ross (right), who made $600 million in 2 years, pulling himself up out of the ghetto through swift business acumen.

Fake Rick Ross: "Only lived once and I got two kids/ And for me to feed them, I'll get two gigs," he raps. "I'll shovel shit, I'll C.O./ So we can bow our heads and pray over the meatloaf." Although, he  provided no explanation for lying about being a Correctional Officer to begin with, nor did he explain why he failed to pay child support for his children, the former 'cool-hunter-turned-hegemonic-tool' MTV named Ross as the Hottest MC in the Game.

Real Rick Ross: Freeway Ricky was unable to read or write until the age of 28, at which point he was imprisoned.  With the support of flash cards made by his cellmate, he learned to read out of the motivation to study law books and find a loophole in the 3 strikes rule under which he was incarcerated to lift the sentence he was given to life in the US Penitentary for recurrent non-violent crime.  After nearly a decade of unabating search, he found what his Harvard-trained lawyer had missed, and broke himself out legally.  Ricky also hired a private detective to track the cop witnesses used in his case and exposed their corrupt crookery (beating people, planting drugs, lying on police reports, ect).  Now he gives kids the real scoop on why it's dangerous to get in the drug game, but doesn't judge those who do because he understands the circumstance of living ghetto and being literally on your last dollar.  Since he sprung himself, he's been working on a documentary Crack in the System, which shines a light on his 20 year experience with the carceral system, and how unbeknownst at the time, his dealing days were a pawn in the Nixon Administration's Iran-Contra scandal, for which no officials were jailed.

This Joe Rogan interview with the real Freeway Rick Ross - whose moniker came from his owning properties along the Los Angeles Harbor Freeway- is fascinating, inspirational, and illustrates Ricky's thoroughly admirable character.  Two highlights: RR on brainwashing: "[Television and media makes kids think] you can't be important if you don't live this image".. JR: "There's no one is policing the police.  There's no one governing the government. That's the real issue.. [They got the guns, and not only that] they can change the laws. And we see what the fuck is going on now with this country. Every week they come up with some new, even more restrictive, even more Orwellian law that gets through that allows them to tap your phones with with no warrants, listen in on your phone calls, tap your fuckin' GPS systems so they can follow everywhere you go.  And they can do all this shit without warrants now.  And they do it supposedly under the guise of terrorism.  But it's really under the guise of making it easier for them to prosecute you for whatever the fuck they want to.  Cuz there's a goddamn business in locking people up in cages."

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Murlo // Magnetic Motions

deep underground in the Uk electronic scene lurks Murlo.  superseding this artist's simplistic sounds, are his trippy videos, such as the one for Into Mist, which tunes it's visuals on vacant digital worlds  following a liquid representation of movement and life as it searches somberly among static grecian statues for a suitable form to animate.  the top slice from Into Mist, entering at the 2:44 timecode mark, an amorphous magnetic dance of red pills on what i imagine to be globular braincells - replete in peculiarity with grotesque cherry laquered birdman heads as onlooking masters of ceremony-  can be enjoyed on loop in the vid for Roman Baths.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Galat // Russian Rhapsody

crushing on Galat right now.  #rapid.flow

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Japan's Rockabilly Dance Clubs

Even before the Internet was born, rock music was making its way overseas and dominating the charts–and Japan was no exception. The Western Carnival, which also featured country western music, was a revelation for the youth of Japan. The carnival, which roughly followed rockabilly’s original rise and fall, lasted for nearly 20 years, with its first show in 1958 and its final 56th show in 1977.

Just as it would be hard to imagine the genesis of hip-hop without breakdancing, it’s impossible to ignore the surprisingly acrobatic and enthusiastic dancing that has evolved in the Japanese rockabilly scene".  Equal parts impressive and silly, you could almost mistake it for a rock and roll take on capoeira.

All text lifted from "A brief history of Japanese Rockabilly" ->  Full article