Saturday, October 18, 2014

HHIR Merch: L.A. Slackers T-Shirt

I may be a die-hard Lakers fan, but I'm not an idiot. The 2014-2015 NBA season hasn't even begun and I can already guarantee that this year's gonna be yet another bust for "L.A.'s team." But that's alright 'cause sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. And the Lakers sure know how to lose lately! 
* Proceeds go to keeping your computers, smartphones, and MP3 players loaded with great music. And to my landlord. *

Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest" Sample Discovered

Three and a half years ago, Bronco of unearthed the jazz record Havoc brilliantly dissected to create the classic "Shook Ones" beat. Now we've got a new sample sleuth on the scene, YouTube user SaintsIV, who has uncovered a recording by jazz artists Barry Harris and Al Cohn which provides the basis for Havoc's equally-incredible "Survival of the Fittest" beat. There's a common thread between these two discoveries: Both are piano sections (Barry Harris' performance in this instance) from somewhat-obscure jazz records which were slowed down in order to create that brooding atmosphere we've come to love from Mobb Deep's classic record The Infamous. Check out SaintsIV's video below, which illustrates the process behind the production on this track. And don't forget to go back and check out my very own compilation, Sample Set #182: The Infamous. I've updated both the download link and embedded Audiomack player to include the new sample. Keep digging...

Update: SaintsIV's video was deleted but we've got this new video which does a good job of highlighting Havoc's sampling technique for "Survival of the Fittest":

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sample Set #12: Black on Both Sides

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #15

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #14

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #13

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #12

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Strange Sounds #1

Trying something a little different with this one. As some of you may know, my digital music collection is massive. It grows exponentially every year and I've gotta keep buying external hard drives to feed this disgusting habit. I don't just collect hip hop, of course. I try to cover all grounds. In the past few years, I've gotten back into rock. All sorts of rock. Progressive, fuzz, garage, stoner, freakbeat, drone, space, desert, doom, you name it. Most of this music could fall into the "psychedelic" category, I guess. Now when I think psychedelic, I can't help but think of Doctor Strange, one of my favorite Marvel characters. In PBS' 2013 documentary series, "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle", there was a segment on Jim Steranko ("the Jimi Hendrix of comic book art"), his work on the "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." series, as well as other psychedelic-inspired characters, stories, and artwork in the Marvel Universe - namely Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer. In "Superheroes", they kick off this trippy segment by playing Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love". That's when I first got the idea for a Marvel-themed psychedelic rock mix series. Additionally, I was inspired to start something like this after going back to checking out Henry Rollins' EXCELLENT weekly radio show here in Los Angeles on KCRW.

So here we go: Strange Sounds #1. I thought it'd be fitting to kick off #1 by focusing on songs which explicitly mention Doctor Strange in the lyrics (Pink Floyd, T. Rex, Country Joe & the Fish, Paul Roland). I've also got tracks from albums that contain images of Doctor Strange in the record cover artwork (Pink Floyd again, Al Stewart). Then I've also got some classics like CCR's "I Put a Spell on You" and The Doors' "People Are Strange", appropriately enough, as well as various other strange odds and ends. As the series progresses, I'm definitely gonna try to hit you with some obscure s**t you've NEVER heard before. I've already got plans for #2 (Halloween themed!) and #3 (it's a secret... for now), so make sure you stay up to date on this monthly series. Anyway, enough talking; just enjoy the music! Feedback is welcomed, of course. (Oh, and is anybody else interested in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie like I am!?) Turn it up!!

1. Dr. Strange (1978) - "Let it begin, master..."
2. Pink Floyd - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
3. Iron Butterfly - Unconscious Power
4. T. Rex - Mambo Sun
5. Country Joe & the Fish - Superbird
6. Gentle Giant - Funny Ways
7. Al Stewart - Terminal Eyes
8. Paul Roland - Stranger Than Strange
9. The Attack - Strange House
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Put a Spell on You
11. The Doors - People Are Strange
12. The Modern Lovers - Astral Plane
13. Paul Roland - Dr. Strange
14. The Bobby Fuller Four - The Magic Touch
15. The Outsiders - Doctor
16. Night Beats - Love Ain't Strange (Everything Else Is)
17. Sapphire Thinkers - I Feel a Bit Strange
18. Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Ecstasy in Hell
19. Pink Floyd - Cymbaline