Illmatic – released on 4/19/94. This calls for a WTF!!! I just had one of those “damn, that dropped 19 years ago” moments. I know time doesn’t stand still, but just like that, illmatic is almost 20 years old!!! This album dropped when I was still riding bikes to record stores and buying cassette tapes! Seems like a whole other life and numerous music formats ago.
Needless to say, I love this album and still do. It’s timeless. NO. QUESTIONS. ASKED. If there’s a question, shut up. For me personally, I remember there being a certain mystique to this album. Most of the info I’d pick up came from NYC radio or magazines only, so you didn’t know every single thing about this project. Nas was relatively unknown, but all these great producers were backing him. The end product just feels right. And that cover…damn.
Ok, enough about my Illmatic boner, click below to check out a sweet album release press kit from 94.
With Vampire Weekend getting ready to release a new album, I’ve been revisiting their previous material, wearing more plaids and trying to apply to Ivy League colleges. ALSO! I’ve revisited the video part that introduced me to Vampire Weekend in the first place; Dan Cox in Tomorrow We Work. I loved Dan’s part and this video as a whole, so check it out again.
Shout out to Joe Cox.
Click below for Vampire Weekend’s new video for “Step”.
The latest episode of highlights the late J Dilla, one of the most respected producers in Hip Hop. Obviously Dilla is no longer with us, so they got his mom and other notable people to tell his story. They dig into his record collection, talk about his ways etc.. It”s a good watch.
Speaking of documentaries, I watched Sound City the other day and it was fucking awesome.
That”s right, FUCKING!
Sound City tells the story of a renowned recording studio called Sound City, which is located in Los Angeles. Many great records were made there. It was put together by Dave Grohl, has an and if you are a fan of music or rock history, eyeball Sound City.
Click below for the trailer, and go for more info.
Jake Seeley has quite the eclectic taste in music, which is exactly the kind of surprising shit I like to find out. To be honest, I assumed that Jake was mainly a hip hop kid for the longest time, but nope.
Click below for a breakdown of Jake’s favorite albums along with some words about each one from Jake himself. Killa!
Pitchfork TV has a cool short series with The XX covering the writing, rehearsing and performing the songs off their latest album. Check out the first video above and the second and third parts after the jump.
Over the last week, I’ve been blown away by 2 documentaries.
The first being “Bad 25″, which is a SPIKE LEE JOINT on Michael Jackson’s BAD album. Fan or not, this is a great behind the scenes look at the making of a HUGE album and all the things that go along with it.
The second being “Inventing David Geffen”, which is an American Masters episode on music executive/producer/all around badass David Geffen. I knew very little about David Geffen, even though he’s been behind some great stuff.
Both of these were VERY interesting, informative and featured commentary by some big names. I recommend any fan of documentaries to watch both, so moonwalk over to your couch and do so.
DOOM fans will be happy to know that he’s back with his wacky musical stylings. This time in the form of JJ Doom, alongside Jneiro Janel (cue Wikipedia look up). GUV’NOR is the first thing I’ve heard from this project, and I’ll automatically check for the whole thing since I’m down with the DOOM.
One things for sure, I watched this awkwardly interesting split screen video about 5 times in a row.
Semi related, MADVILLIANY is one of my favorite albums of all time.
Sigur Rós reached out to a handfull of people to create music videos for their latest album. Giving everyone the same budget and complete creative freedom, there have been some really interesting videos so far.
The latest video was shot by photographer Ryan McGinley and features a girl with no shoes (or pants) skipping all over New York City while wearing a gold wig that sparkles. Kind of a random description, but it’s a really great video. Our good friend Chad Moore worked on the video as producer and first camera… and I can’t forget to mention that every shot was filmed from a rooftop.
You can watch the video above and learn more about the project as well as watch all the other films that have been shot so far no the Sigur Rós website.
Let’s take a moment to recognize the awesomeness that is G N’ R Lies. Sure, It was released in 1988 and Axl Rose has since gone bat shit crazy, but this album is awesome. Out of nowhere, I recently decided to “obtain” this album again, and it still holds up for me. It’s got all the energy and sleaziness that you’d expect from that era.
“LIES” is pretty simple. 8 songs total, all awesome. The first side (yes, the first side) consisted of 4 live-ish songs while the second side consists of 4 stripped down acoustic tracks including Patience (above). The artwork was great, and I’m pretty sure it was the first time I saw boobs.