Monday, February 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Feelin' some home cookin' tonight so here's some funk straight from my home state. Preston Love's Omaha BAR-B-Q is 9 tracks of pure instrumental funk to satisfy any furl's taste buds. Love was raised in North Omaha before moving to LA and recording this rare album on Kent with Shuggie Otis in '69. He went on to be the west coast bandleader and saxophone session musician for Motown Records recording with everyone from the Temptations to the Four Tops. You can't talk about Nebraska music unless you're speaking of Mr. Love. This is by far one of my favorite album covers and tracklists of all time. Here's the tracklist, album and the groove "Cool Ade" for a feeler.
1. Chicken Gumbo
2. Chili Mac
3. Cream Dream
4. Neck Bones
5. Cool Ade
6. Omaha Bar-B-Que
7. Hoe Cakes And Sorghum
8. Shuggie's Chittlin' Blues (Shuggie's Boogie)
9. Pot Likker
Monday, April 2, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Posting an old classic since I haven't in a long time. This one never strays to far from me, a perfect sunny day listen you can let ride all the way through. For anyone who hasn't heard Ramsey, check out his vast catalog- he's a pioneer and has made a long career in stretching the possibilities within jazz piano. This record is one of my favorites along with Sun Goddess, Mother Nature's Son from '68 is an all instrumental reworking of select tracks off the Beatles' White Album. He collaborated with famous Cadet/Chess producer/composer Charles Stepney to create a truly amazing record full of both acoustic and electric piano, great funky drum beats and original arrangements. You will recognize every track whether you're a Beatles fan or not, then let these two take you on a ride that keeps steam the whole way through the album. Here's the feeler "Rocky Raccoon" below followed by the rest of the album...
Mother Nature's Son
Thursday, March 1, 2012
So at this point, this progression of hiphop posts has gone from highly polished to pretty damn rough with this final post. The Carter
I just found out this movie existed and I was pretty damn interested to find out what the hell it actually was. And it’s a fuckin trip. Wikipedia says it was filmed in Cinéma vérité style, which after looking it up seems about right. Lil weez actually withdrew his support of the film after it’s second showing.
I got this movie thinking it’d be about Lil Wayne and how you start with straight shots and whatnot. It’s not. It’s about this dude who’s always got a blunt in one hand and a styrofoam cup in the other. He doesn’t drink or do any other drugs, just Purple Drank and ganga...all the time.
He refused to do any interviews directly with the filmmakers, so they just followed him around and got bits and pieces when he’d do other interviews.
The movie kinda drags b/c he’s always twisted on Sirup, speaking verrrryy slooooowwwwllllyyy and never really saying much. It’s pretty interesting though, he’s constantly recording new tracks, I guess he’s got over 1,000 recorded. He says he doesn’t write anything, just comes up with hot lines and spits directly from those.
Then there’s the thing about the drank and the friciton it’s caused, so that’s another aspect of the movie. Overall it wasn’t at all what I thought I’d see, but it was an unprecidented look at a truely strange person. Check it out.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Rock the Bells is a 2007 documentary about promotor Chang Weisberg’s nightmare of a concert which attempted to bring together the Wutang for a final reunion show.
Now I was at a Rock the Bells concert with Noah in NY back in 2007, this however is about the first one in 2004 in LA. The lineup consised of Wu-Tang, Redman, Dilated, Sage Francis, Supernatural and on and on and on. Naturally there’s some good concert footage of the supporting acts, but the real focus is on Wu-Tang and the logistics of putting on a much anticipated concert in douche bag city.
The doc's kindof gotta home-spun feel to it, with lots of, what I would imagine was, B roll making it into the final cut. I’m guessing the reason was a lot of it was classic shit was shot, like Redman on the phone refusing to do any interviews b/c the promoter didn’t greet him at the airport him with a bag of weed. Or the two Wu Tang roadies with vaguely familiar names talking shit to the camera.
Man, what a nightmare though, I don’t want to say much about what transpires but there’s definately a part where ODB is locked in a hotel with what was discribed as “7 crack rocks.”
One review on rotten tomatoes said this flick is a combination of celebration of hiphop culture and disaster film. I think that’s about right. Check it out, it’s a wild story.
One last thing, if you look at the Rock the Bells Wikipidia page, there’s a note in the reference seciton which I’ll quote directly:
"Tickets and Lineups...Problems cited include: weather and scheduling conflicts. However, it was later revealed that the real reason for cancellation was that Chang (promoter) had too many penises in his butt at the time."
That last line made me laugh. Check out this flick though, it's pretty dope...and I think it's the last footage of ODB before his death.