A good mix is the perfect companion to the long work day, which makes a good mix catalogue very valuable. One such good resource is Montreal-based music blog Music is My Sanctuary. With a ton of good guest mixes new and old ranging from jazz to electronic and hip hop, plus fairly regular original mixes by the founder Lexis, there’s plenty to pick from in the archives. Add random interesting stuff (like the Feats per Minute bike above) and you have a music blog worth checking out.
Kitten is a Los Angeles indie band fronted by a 16 year old lead singer. This super stylish music video was directed by Tiger Tiger, who did a rad job of blending a teenage storyline with gritty visuals, broadening its appeal into more mature territory.
On top of that there’s a BMX element, starring Eric Lichtenberger (who killed it as the “love interest”!), with cameos by Andrew Jackson (who came through with some great shooting locations in his downtown LA neighborhood) and The Bank’s Andrew Krassowski.
Watch the video here.
Not sure if I’ll ever get sick of Nardwuar interviews. Another classic with ASAP Rocky.
Any Action Bronson fans out there should download that Blue Chips. It’s free.
This is the only thing I’ve listened to all day.
Recently been listening to this six-hour (!) DJ set by Prins Thomas recorded at Sur Bar in Kagoshima, Japan.
It seems it was first released in 2007, possibly on this thread?
“just got these recordings back from japan…
recorded at a tiny little bar but with an amazing soundsystem and a crowd of 50 people at the most…
questionable mixing, skipping needles : O
but hopefully something there to tickle your fancy”
Download after the jump.
VH1 has been running a documentary series on the evolution of Heavy Metal called (funnily enough) “Metal Evolution”. The series tackles all of the sub-genres having to do with influencing metal and has been really good (even the prog rock stuff).
I decided to check if Metal Evolution episodes were available online, and sure enough, they are! If you’re a fan of metal, documentaries in general or need an excuse to take a long dump, check this series out.
Click below to check out the first episode, then go HERE to see the rest.
NYC-based photographer and director Timothy Saccenti of Stem has a really interesting article up on PDN explaining how he got the above shot of trip hop artist Tricky. Saccenti’s shots always look really crazy, and usually I assume it’s some post-production madness, but as it turns out the above shot was only colour graded. Really clever use of technology to get a brilliant result. Check out the PDN article here, and to see the rest of the Tricky series, check out Saccenti’s website here.
Into Infinity is an art and music exhibition by Dublab and Creative Commons which combines audio loops and “visual circles.” Since 2008 the exhibitions have taken place in Japan, but earlier this year they released a digital exhibition and the result is excellent. Audio loops are randomly paired with 12″ vinyl-cover sized pieces of art, and the website is a basic affair with no flash to be seen. They also make good on their cc promise as you can not only download the music and art, but a full mirror of the site if you wish.
If you are really into this project and have eight minutes to spare, check out a comprehensive, rather bizarre mini-’documentary’ by Creative Commons Japan after the jump.
Damn… this is sounding like some vintage Nas right here.
Stripped down + Non-Robot Sounding beat = Win.
Via – TWBE
Yeeeaahhhh, Who remembers this??
I got out of the shower this morning and randomly started singing this.
This past September, I moved to New York from Vancouver B.C. The main reason for moving out here was motivated by my work and to basically push myself and to take everything I do to the next level. To say moving out here was a good decision is definitely an understatement.
One of the first big projects I’ve finished up is a music video for Theophilus London. Theophilus has had a bunch of mixtapes and great success over the past year or so, but he has just recently been signed to Warner Brothers and is getting ready to release his first full length album next month. The first single off the new album is titled ‘Last Name London’ and I was lucky enough to get to direct the video with my good friend Nathan Brown.
The video premiered on all the MTV channels as well as MTV.com yesterday and we are all extremely excited on how it turned out! You can check the video above and keep reading for some behind the scenes photos that I took during the shoot!
Tribe Called Quest represent represent…
I grew up on Tribe, love em. Looks like this doc is finally coming out soon, and it looks pretty good.
via – NahRight
Even though I’ve heard of Fleet Foxes before, I never actually heard them. No idea what they sounded like. When I bought the new album, I basically judged a book by its cover. I picked up the CD and thought “wow, cool cover and text”, I then turned it over to some pics of the band and thought “these look like some proper musical hippies”. That’s all, done deal.
I’m glad I picked up Helplessness Blues, because it’s a great album and definitely musical. It’s full of big soaring melodies and has an overall mellow vibe. Perfect for early mornings or rainy days kinda thing. Furthermore, the music breathes and doesn’t sound too digital or overproduced. Quality stuff for sure. If you’re into folk-y indie stuff, check out this album
It’s not often I come across albums good enough to write about here, but this one is definitely worth it.
So…. where to start with Tyler, The Creator.
Without boring you with wordy fluff, I’m just gonna cut straight to the point and say that nothing has piqued my interest in Hip-Hop land in recent years as much as this dude (and his OFWGKTA crew to a lesser extent). While we are constantly bombarded with cocaine rap and other general cliche rap stuff, Tyler and Odd Future rolled up outta left field.
I first started noticing the OFWGKTA (odd future wolf gang kill them all) acronym late last year, but only started really investigating earlier this year after continuing to notice a bunch of press. At first it was intimidating because the whole Odd Future thing was kind of like Wu-Tang, with a bunch of members and you didn’t know what was what or who was who. Nevertheless, it’s all pretty simple to figure out. As far as I’m concerned though, Tyler is the dude. THIS GUIDE will teach you everything you need to know.
To me, Tyler is part mysterious, part punk rock, part unfiltered teenager that has the wild lyrics and the energy to back it up. I guess all that combined is what ultimately drew me in. Originality!!!! If you think about early Eminem, than you have somewhat of an idea about what Tyler’s stuff is like. Don’t get me wrong though, Tyler’s stuff is waaaay harder. A warning, you should probably go into his music knowing that it’s tongue-in-cheek and if you are easily offended AT ALL, you should probably just listen to your Taylor Swift album instead.
GOBLIN, Tyler’s 2nd album (or first real one depending on how you look at it) falls just short of being a super-duper home run for me, but I’m still crazy about it. There’s just a few slow songs that I could personally do without, but the album is fuckin’ sick. There’s a Doctor/Psychologist theme throughout GOBLIN (similar to Tyler’s first album BASTARD) that ties it all together, and I suspect you will get something new from this album each time you listen to it. It’s not simple or status quo. I suggest downloading BASTARD first before getting into GOBLIN too. Get your Google on.
I know Tyler and O.F. are still relatively small, but I feel like they’ve gained popularity super quick. Like I mentioned before, there’s countless articles on them, they are on covers, performed on Jimmy Fallon and are on the radar of every “cool guy” out there. The music is not pop or easy to digest, which just adds to my confusion about it all. Either way, I’m stoked. Either these dudes are the greatest manufactured act of all time, or just what people need right now. I’m going with the latter.
I’m curious to hear peoples opinions on all this, let me know in the comments.
If you’re a guitarist/musician or just a music fan, than this is for you. Lot’s of notable people discussing the famous wah-wah pedal in a well put together documentary.
From Joey Tosi’s Vimeo page:
Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.
12 BEATS BY THE GENIUS PRODUCER OF LIL B’S “I’M GOD”, “I’M THE DEVIL”, “MOTIVATION”, AND “REALEST ALIVE”. Hailing from New Jersey Clammy Clams dropped his free instrumental mixtape to the cyber world a few days ago and honestly I’ve listened to nothing else since. Even if ‘rap’ isn’t something you care about… musically… these are all really compelling pieces of work that should be given some thought.
For full effect light a j, download this shit, slap it on your pod, and ride your bike better than ever before.
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Four apocalyptic BMXers feature in the new music video for Magnetic Man’s single Getting Nowhere ft. John Legend.
Check out this video of OK Go, where they Trick To Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back march through the streets of LA playing music with a bunch of people. They teamed up with Range Rover for this project and I guess they were linked up to some sort of GPS that tracked their paths on a map, forming a big OK GO… It’s pretty rad to see everyone cruising around playing music and it looks great when the sun goes down and the glow sticks are shining. Keep reading to watch the video and you can check out more about the project here.