Archive for August, 2007


Pump Depeche Mode in my box and roll thick…


D-R-E & Snoop D-O double G, Mos Def & Kweli (Blackstar), Eric B & Rakim, and the list goes on for hot hip-hop duos who participated in the tag team arena of MCin’. By no means am I to suggest this group and their two songs I’m going to highly recommend can begin to step to the previously mentioned duos, but this I do know, these songs build on what those pioneers penned many years ago. The Reseda, CA act known as Styles of Beyond are comprised of MC Ryu and MC Tak who incorporate old school beats that are laced with bass heavy drum machine hits, screeching synths, sporadic scratches, and Casio melodies throughout. If you decide to go beyond these tracks, the beats are heavily on the rock kick.

On ‘Eurobiks’, the cadence of the deliveries are fierce, the bass is plenty deep and the chorus is perfected by a female vocalist mouthing something in perhaps French, I think. Regardless, this track screams to be turned up on your new speakers, Dr. T.

With ‘Mr. Brown’, the tempos of the rhymes are set a few BPMs below the previous track, which gives this cut more of a down-tempo feel. Again though, Ryu and Tak step in and out of the spotlight to drop their own unique verses about this mysterious Mr. Brown character. Listen for the eerie wind howl throughout the chorus and put it on BLAST!


Your new favorite video

L.A. rapper Murs has just put out what just could be the best video ever made.  Let me know if you recognize what he modeled it after…


Feed the Beat…


Unfortunately, this random, yet amazing offer expires today, but I found this funny enough to post.  Taco Bell is giving away food to bands on tour.  Just like you, they want to support the local music scene.  Chalupa that shit….

Taco Bell-Feed the Beat 


What Came First, the Music or the Misery?


A rather upbeat song filled with a depressing story.  I love songs like this.  And since I’m having one of those weeks, it only seems fitting to mention it. 

The song is appropriately called “Rain” and is performed by the band Bishop Allen.  Co-founder and lead singer, Justin Rice, nearly provokes a bad moment onto himself as a way for it to run its course so he can get on with his life.  He succumbs to the storm, and in a glorious moment of pop imagery, he paddles away in the flood on his guitar. 

You can catch Bishop Allen on tour with John Vanderslice in the fall.

I also recommend watching this video for a live street performance of “Click Click Click Click.”

“‘Cuz if it’s ever gonna get any better, it’s gotta get worse for a day.”

Bishop Allen :: Rain

Bishop Allen :: Official Site
Bishop Allen :: Myspace


Wait, these were the rough demos?


Bloc Party (Just a band) most likely caught me a few years ago for their booming sound and their excellent guitar work that was hook heavy from start to finish. And the drum play on both records is just insane. Both of their full lengths are modern day classics to me for their own reasons, with ‘A Weekend in the City’ rocking in a whole other way that their s/t record just doesn’t. (Price of Gas still slays) Anyways, via the net, 11 tracks surfaced that I found labeled as “A Weekend in the City Sessions”. These supposed session tracks are beyond album worthy. Hit me up if you need these throwaway tracks. Two of the 11 are below….

Bloc Party–‘The Once and Future King’

Bloc Party-‘Rhododendron’


Cash Rules Everything Around Me

Rich Girl

Here’s a fun little song fit for a Friday.  The song is called “Rich Girls” by NYC outfit, The Virgins.  The band does a fine job of mixing in a little R&B and ’70’s funk into their indie-rock landscape.  The walking bass line and scratchy guitar riff makes it nearly impossible to sit still while the lead singer bounces back and forth from spoken word to a half-assed falsetto. 

Check it before you buy that chick a drink tonight…

The Virgins :: Rich Girls

The Virgins :: Official Site
The Virgins :: Myspace


Wanna get away?


As the wind is fierce as ever outside and the sky is blacker than Angry’s coffee in the late afternoon, an endless mix of whisk you away to the beach playlist is looking even more ideal as I type this.

Did Internet radio ever become what it was supposed to be when it first broke many years back? I tried it and then quickly gave up when other sources of discovering new music surfaced, like none other than this infamous, yet slightly overlooked blog. So Sergent Garcia, who I’ve toted in the past is from France and rocks everything from salsa and reggae to hip-hop. According to him, he concocts “salsa muffin”. He’s affiliated with a station (not real) online that’s entitled Radio Timbo, that plays music that can whisk you away to a beach in the middle of the Caribbean or maybe just make you want to take Latin dance classes and for real diversity, they even have Missy Elliot tracks thrown in to confuse you.

The real beauty is if you’re not feeling the current song, simply click on the song below it to try something else. (Or do all online stations have this option?) It’s almost like an endless playlist of music you probably would never search out on your own, but may feel guilty that you never did when you discover how infectious some of it can be. Step out of your element today…

The endless Latin influenced playlist.

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