Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kimiko Kasai - As

The Bay Area has SO many hidden gems

Sophie Madeleine - Bob Dylan Cover - Don't Think Twice It's All Right

I can't hide from her cuteness.

Sophie Madeleine - Beard Song

Tommy Guerrero - Tomorrow's Goodbye

Hella yes, former skater, Bay Area native.

Boozoo Bajou ft. Tony Joe White - Keep Going

Nouvelle Vague - La Résille

Bitter:Sweet - Drink You Sober

Last one. I'm just feelin this album today.

Bitter:Sweet - Sugar Mama

BitterSweet - Come Along with Me

music is everywhere

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mear One at LA Foundrie

I met Mear One a LONG time ago at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles art parties smh)
This is hella tight!

Gym Class Heroes - Kissin Ears

This is stuck in my head.

Boy Crisis - Dressed to Digress (Nero Remix)

I'll stop after this I swear. Dubstep isn't for everybody lol

Aldous Huxley is a favorite of mine

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley

Noisia - Machine Gun (16Bit remix)

dupstep! @jhonnyc323 answered my call!!!

Destroyer - Savage Night At The Opera

El Guincho - Bombay


El Guincho - Bombay from CANADA on Vimeo.

Nero - Something Else

I'm gonna use this for something, I don't know what yet but I am. Thanks @jhonnyc323

El Guincho - Danza Invinto

via @itsreally_SB

Machinedrum - Mean Mean

Thomas Prime - Changing Lanes (ft. Seeka & Jr)

Rascalz feat. KRS One - Where You At

Pull over! You're rhymes is wack!
My brother just reminded me of this.

Flux Pavillion - Fucking Noise

via @jhonnyc323 he keeps me laced with dubstep. Makes me miss the days of dnb.

Rascalz Feat. Barrington Levy & K-Os - Top Of The World

This is in my top 10 favorite songs.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kings of Leon vs. Lykke Li - Knocked Up Rodeo Remix

How did I not know about this?

The Raconteurs - Level

The Cleverlys - Walk Like An Egyptian (bluegrass version)

via @eyeslam

Raz Ohara & The Odd Orchestra - The Case (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)

Bob Marley - Is This Love

Cee Lo Green - Bodies


Perez Prado - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

YESSSSSSSS It's cherry blossom season!!!!!!!!

Fats Domino - There Goes My Heart Again

Monday, February 21, 2011

Washed Out - New Theory

Lucy Pearl - Hollywood

KiD CuDi feat. 88keys - Wasting My Minutes

This is dedicated to the person that gave me milk chocolate but boasted about how well he knew me...

Boozoo Bajou - Satta

Jimi Hendrix - Lover Man

Bobby Capo - Amor y Mas amor

This was a great great great submission

Bola de Nieve - Drume Negrita


The September Sessions Band - Thug Style

Dudley Perkins - Come Here My Dear feat. M.E.D

(Obviously) produced by Madlib

DJ Krush ft. Esthero - Final Home

Emilie Simon - I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fela Kuti - Mr Grammarticologylisationalism is the Boss"

when in doubt play this.
Which sidebar, nobody can have ANY conversation with me about a greatest of all time until we get Fela listed. Eff you and what you talkin about (because you don't know what you're talking about) if you don't include him.

Common - The Light

I'm HELLA trying to find a Common song (or featuring Common) where he says something like it's crazy how certain books find YOU... But that's all I have to go on, so instead I'm playing this lol.

The Roots feat. Common - Act too (Love of my life)

Songs like these are why I can appreciate a person's love for hip hop. I love it too, but blues rock is the love of my life.

Black Thought, John Legend & Rakim – In The Ghetto (Wake Up!)

I apparently published this to twitter on Friday and not here. weak sauce. Anyway this is pretty good, and kinda random. I heard it on satellite radio with my sister.

You can download it free here

Laura Izibor - From My Heart to Yours

Leela James - A Man's World (James Brown cover)

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Leela James. She's so far the only one to come close to doing a good cover of this song, although I think it carries more weight being sung by a man.

Lupe Fiasco - Sunshine

I think I'm getting excited about Lasers

Feist - my moon My Man

Zoe Keating - Sun Will Set

I love home made videos like this.

Zoe Keating - "Frozen Angels" - SFO

Zoe Keating - Tetrishead

I got to see her at Great American Music Hall, it's amazing what one person a cello and an effects pedal can do.

Ana Tijoux - Partir de Cero

Anna Tijoux - Gol

So I had the grand opportunity of seeing Ana Tijoux, a Chilean MC, live last night without any pretense (my favorite; discovering artists by seeing them live first) She was AMAZING! Seriously if she comes to a city near you catch her, she's got mad stage presence and a live band. She tells some pretty interesting stories too, like how when she first came to the states and was interviewing with Davey D, she confused the words earthquake and heartbreak and didn't realize it until the day after. Chile had just suffered a major "heartbreak" that week.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Trackademicks - The [Re]Mixtape Vol. 3 mixed by DJ TAP.10

J*Davey - Venus 2 Mars

Me and my future bf need to be like J*Davey

Miriam Wynn - Wait For It

Haight Ashbury - Freeman Town

Girl Talk - On and On

The Rolling Stones - Talkin Bout You

I don't wanna hear Mos Def's mouth on this, I grew up with The Stones, I KNOW how rock started, and you know what? The Rolling Stones ROCK.

Chuck Berry - Brown Eyed Handsome Man

My preference, those brown eyed (& brown skinned) handsome men =)

TV On The Radio - Young Liars

This is a group that because the music is so layered and complex it's easy to overlook the lyrics, but you shouldn't.

My mast ain't so sturdy
My head is at half
I'm searching the clouds for the score

My lady avails herself
Of marked down freedom
Forever cashed out to no more

She put the blam in the blame
Bullets bearing the name
Of each tigress who's left you a tooth
Save the skins for a pelt
And the rest for a belt
That can't open
No nothing
Can't open
No nothing

Young liars
Thank you for taking my hands

Young liars
Oh thank you for taking my hands

Well it's cold and it's quiet
And cobblestone cold in here
Fucking for fear of not wanting
To fear again
Lonely is all we are
Lovely so far
But my heart's still a marble
In an empty jelly jar

Someday suppose that my
Curious nervousness
Spills into prescience
Clairvoyant consciousness
I will be calmer than cream
Making maps out of your dreams

But will psychic ability
Clinch the nativity
Or simply diminish the flinch

Oh young liars
Thank you for taking my hands

And burying them deep
In the world's wet womb
Where no one can heed their commands

Except young liars

Voice string trombone
Pull me forward onward
To the sea

Take my picture
Soon all I will be
Is my disease

Voice string trombone
Pull me forward onward
To the sea

Take my picture
Soon all I will be
Is my disease

Outkast vs Deadmau5 - Ghosts Over Baghdad (DJ Ellipsis Mashup Mix)

submitted by @jhonnyc323

Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience

Personally this is the best OST of any video game I've ever played. Whenever I play this song I can still see the little blue fish and probably still know my way around the tunnels. I gotta bust out my GBA again.

6iJazz - Hey Ya by Outkast (Jazz cover)

They're from Iceland.

Rahzel (random collection)

This guy is effin amazing
He covers 7 Nation Army!

Cat Power - Don't Explain (Billie Holiday cover)

Eric Stanley

omg I love this kid. Don't let the title fool you this is friggin amazing.

Major Lazer - Halo


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rihanna - Disturbia Live

Wow. I HATE to admit this is a really decent performance. A little too many effects and near the end they actually drown out Rihanna, but much better than I expected. But really I'm playing this to say someone PLEASE tell me, when and how did women not wearing pants/skirts in public become acceptable? This isn't me being old fashioned, this is just weird. It's not ok. Seriously.
Also - this is a crazy person song.


Completely unrelated totally awesome 2 months late short film.

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Michael Henderson, Steve Grossman - Right Off (1970)

to quote someone from youtube "this is better than sex"

Desert Sessions - Subcutaneous Phat

btw in case you don't notice the "theme" is sessions tonight.

Little Dragon - Twice (Black Room Session)

Nadia Ali and Eller - Feels So Good Acoustic

Soil & "PIMP" Sessions - Mashiroke

SOIL & “PIMP” Sessions is an energetic Japanese club jazz band that have started to receive international recognition. The band consists of six members: Shacho (“agitator”), Tabu Zombie (trumpet), Motoharu (sax), Josei (keyboards), Akita Goldman (double bass) and Midorin (drums).

The band was born out of Tokyo’s club scene in 2001, when Shacho and Tabu Zombie started including live jam sessions in DJ sets. Gradually the other members were invited, the band line up was finalised and the DJ sets dropped.
(info via

The Morning Benders - Excuses (Yours Truly session)

Nice nice NICE from San Francisco!

Slash - Shreddin'

So I was trying to explain to my aunt why dating a guitarist is better than dating a drummer... smh.

Lupe Fiasco + John Legend - Never Forget You

via Matt

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life

Mos Def - No Hay Nada Mas


Groove Armada - The Girls Say

Mistah FAB

TV on the Radio - Satellite

B-Legit/Too $hort - So International

guilty pleasure.

ODB - Baby, I got your money (NSFW)

WHY is this stuck in my head right now? Where did it come from lol and WHY did Kelis get mad at Pharrell for "using her to sell sex" on her last album (with milkshake and such) when she did this song where she's singing to a pimp?
I need to stay out of people's business.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Meesha Shafi - Chori Chori

Arif Lohar - Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty

via @eyeslam

D'Angelo - Cruisin'

Mos Def - There Is A Way

She & Him - I Put a Spell on You

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing live in London 1969

Favorite song and version of the song of alllllll time.
And even though this song is for his mother, Valentines Day should be about all kinds of love. So enjoy this.

Mos Def & DJ Honda - The Foundation

Second favorite song of all time.

The White Stripes - Apple Blossom

Third favorite song of all time.
Mannnn Jack could sing this to me all day.

John Legend - Let's Get Lifted

I guess since this is the most played JL song on this blog it's my favorite by him...

Billie Holiday - I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me

The Beatles- Can't Buy Me Love

Happy Valentines Day!
I'm about to go on a love song rampage.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chester French - Nerd Girl (feat. Janelle Monae)

haha YES!
We will talk books!

MOOZ-lum Theatrical Trailer

I just found out this was opening this weekend, I've been pretty excited about it. If you get a chance catch it (I think it's in theaters in major cities for 2 weeks) This weekend determines how long it will stay in theaters. It looks dope!
Support Black Indie movies (it's nice to have a few that don't include the stereotypical family and a cross dressing man posing as someone's grandmother...)

The White Stripes - My Doorbell

Hey it's been a couple days give me a break! lol @Gemini_Enigma will feel me on this.

Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco

This song is why I fell in love with Arctic Monkeys, which you can only really understand if you've partied in SF. When I found this song is was SO appropriate.

Phoenix - Rome (Neighbours Remix with Devendra Banhart)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lyre Le Temps - About The Trauma Drum

Theophilus London - Flying Overseas feat. Devonte Hynes & Solange Knowles

Little Richard - Lucille

I need someone to come out with some 2011 Little Richard swag.

Sunspot - Yung Mars

My friend and I are going to do a piece on this guy pretty soon. Just confirming recording dates, but you can find his free mixtape here. I met him sitting in on a recording session with Favi doing a remix for Abrazame, and he's a really dope musician.

The xx - Infinity (Flufftronix Dubstep Remix)

FINALLY some good dubstep. This took me a couple days to find. It's interesting to me how they break down the beat the same way in dubstep as they do in chopped & screwed they just use a different genre of music to chop. There's elements that differentiate them but they're essentially the same process.

Florence and The Machine - You've Got The Love (The XX Remix)

Menomena - Taos (Live on KEXP)

KiD CuDi - Riot Song

Bob Marley *hearts*

Danger Doom - Benzie Box

Yeah. Danger Mouse + MF Doom

Gregg Allman - Rolling Stone

This is a highly recommended album.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Darondo - How I Got Over

I have to tell you a story.
One night I was backstage at a dope show at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley. Dun Dun from Los Rakas and I were sitting on a black leather couch listening to The Park performing and laughing at someone who had just spilled a cup of vodka on the floor after talking about he was a professional. There was an old man slumped over on the couch in front of us who looked like he'd had too much to drink and passed out. I had noticed him when I first got there which was about 2 hours before that.

Berkeley is known for it's strays so I paid it no mind, I thought he had wandered in from outside since no one I asked knew who he was, and since he wasn't bothering anyone it didn't matter. At the time I had no idea it was a compliment, but I said "Dun why is your daddy over here sleep? Do something." He proceeded to act like he was going to throw his drink at me. Some time passes and I decide I'd like to watch the rest of the show from the floor instead of from behind.

For the final act, Wonway is on stage asking for someone to come out but they're lagging. He has The Park play another song. "Finally!" He says, to let us know our closer is ready. The drunk man from the couch, he had changed out of his warm up and came out fitted in a dark gray suit and fedora, AND HE KILLS IT! My jaw dropped to the floor. This guy was incapacitated in the back but when it was time to work he was MORE than ready. He hit these high notes, seduced women and had happy feet. Where did he come from?!?

I mean no disrespect with this story. Darondo completely changed the way I look at people. It was one of those moments where you realize you really have NO idea who a person is, and you can sit on a couch judging someone, all the while they have more talent in their pinky than you have in your whole body.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd he's from San Francisco!

studio version

The Black Keys - Too Afraid To Love You

via @datkidsincere
I remember this being one of the best songs they performed.

Stiffed - Hold Tight

<3 This is Santogold's first band.
I know I keep switching between Santi/Santogold, she had to change the spelling due a a lawsuit with a jewelry company)

Santogold -I'm A Lady (Diplo remix feat amanda blank)

Santi is my SHIT!

kentphonik ft mpho - fly away

It's kind of sad but also awesome that music has to turn into dance music in order to gain popularity. I totally understand the need and spiritual relationship between music and the ability to physically move people, but I see so much get watered down just to be able to play it in a club. A CLUB. What is spiritual about a club? Seriously.

MPHO - See Me Now

Lame. I carried this British Q Magazine around since September 09 through like 2 countries and am JUST NOW looking this woman up. They say she's the Brixton answer to Santigold (I'm not sold on that yet)

Madness - Baggy Trousers

Some early Ska.

Latyrx - 8 points agenda (Paul Heizhardt remix)

Latyrx is the group that eventually evolved out of Lateef and Lyrics Born collaborating.

Norman Cook Ft. Lateef the Truth Speaker - Shelter

Lyrics Born & Lateef - Last Trumpet

So the guy in the Fatboy Slim song (2 posts below) is Lateef the Truth Speaker, also from the Bay Area. Here is Lateef & Lyrics Born together. (I'm sorry the sound quality sucks, if you can find a better version it's REALLY worth it)

Lyrics Born - Callin' Out

The last song reminded me of this guy's voice. More Bay Area goodness.

Fatboy Slim - Wonderful Night

David Holmes - 11, 12 & 13

I really like this song.

Blackalicious - Chemical Calisthenics

More Bay Area goodness

Friday, February 04, 2011

BlakRoc: Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo) Ft. Mos Def and Jim Jones

I've played this before and you'll see it again.
I mean come on it's The Black Keys + Mos Def. Even Jim Jones is tolerable.

What is it about The Black Keys that sells jewelry?

That was rhetorical. I totally know what it is. Girls like love songs. These two know exactly what to say, and the guitar + drums gets the guys involved. It's a win win.
This song is in the Zales commercial
Girl is On My Mind

What you do to me? from BlackRoc I think is what's in the newest one.

And this is is in the Kay's commercial

Willie Hobbs - 'Till I Get It Right

via @Jhonnyc323

Michael Jackson - Stranger In Moscow

Cee Lo Green & Eva Mendez - Pimps Don't Cry

Ella Fitzgerald - Mack The Knife

Boy George - I Specialize In Loneliness

via KDub

Mandeep Sethi

I went to college with this guy, another really dope MC. He's been traveling a lot lately doing shows but in the next couple weeks I'll have an interview up.

I'm loving this btw

Do D.A.T. Amen

This is one of the homies, and even though The Bay frustrates me with it's lack of supporting dope artists, that's not to say they aren't out there. Check this guy out.

KLAUS NOMI - Valentine's Day

This is so random. Don't ask how I found it lol
This reminds me of Dr. Caligari

Lemongrass - A Journey To A Star

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Fly Moon Royalty

My good friend The Gov Smasher over at .Gov! Approves sent me this dynamic duo from Seattle. Pure Dopeness!

DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World

Happy Lunar New Year!
Another Bay Area boy.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Damian Marley- Hey Girl

Junior you're a genius
you think with your mind and not your penis
your gang of Jamaican Al Pacino's
sippin Blue Mountain Cappuccino's

Son House - Preachin' the Blues

I wish I had a heaven of my own,
I'd give all my women a happy home.

R.L.Burnside - It's Bad You Know

Asie Payton - I Love You

Nortec Collective - Tengo La Voz

I realized I don't need to go on a White Stripes rampage of videos because I do that regularly...

Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me in the City

The White Stripes have broken up =(

If there no fairness in the universe? Meg come back!!!! Can you at least just do studio albums and no touring? Is it really over?
videos to come.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Faithless - Bluegrass

I love this guy! I dedicate this to Egypt.

My TV barks at me, from the corner
Life on the street is like a sauna, it's too hot.
Put bars around what you've got,
And the whole city lucky that we ain't been shot.
We got full blown decent into argument
Here we go.
Times to overthrow the parliament, so
In these struggled times
I wanna know, do you
Make a stand or just follow the flow
Even though, you know y' leaders are fullup of ego
Do we go where the others go and lay low
Only moving on someone elses say so
I say no!
What's in my heart is unexplainable
I ain't a fool
And happiness is attainable
And even on the days when rain will fall
I still plan to love and I always will
It's a calling from when I rise in the morning
This is a love we were born in
Ya tap it and it just keep coming and coming and coming

Lupe Fiasco- Words I Never Said ft. Skylar Grey

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion

Yeah Yeah Yeah's are dope. 2 of the only Asians in American rock are in this group. They by far are one of my favorite bands.

Buscemi ft. Lady Cath - Dipso Calypso

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing

This is my absolute favorite song of all time. Every other song in the universe is striving to be this one.

Santigold - Anne