Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Strange Sounds #3

Original artwork by Paul Smith

"Take him to Detroit!"

I grew up on the music of Motown Records. Classics by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, etc. all had a significant impact on me. But as I grew older and branched out into all types of genres from all across the map, I kinda came full circle and reacquaintanced myself with other kinds of music from the Motor City: ROCK MUSIC! There are sooooooo many great rock bands from Detroit. Garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, proto-punk... you name it, Detroit's got it! Strange Sounds #3 takes a look at a slew of bands from Detroit, as well as a handful from neighboring cities like Ann Arbor and Flint. This mix is semi-chronological, making our way up from the late 60s (MC5, The Stooges) to present-day bands (Outrageous Cherry, The Raconteurs). Lotta great stuff in here. As usual, I try to balance the well-known with the obscure; so while I may hit you with a live version of Detroit-born Alice Cooper's infamous "No More Mr. Nice Guy", I'll follow it up with Frut of the Loom or Frijid Pink. Who? You better get familiar...! I feel like I'm hitting my stride with this Strange Sounds series and #3 might just be my favorite one yet! I wanna thank everybody who's listened to the series thus far, commented, critiqued, praised etc. You've really encouraged me to stick with it and keep this passion project alive. Thank you. Now that we've got that outta the way, let's enjoy the music! Turn it up!!

Strange Sounds #3 by Boom Bap Beatnik on Mixcloud

1. Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) - "Take him to Detroit..."
2. Power of Zeus - It Couldn't Be Me
3. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
4. Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live)
5. Dennis Coffey - Getting It On
6. Rare Earth - Get Ready
7. Detroit - Long Neck Goose
8. Up - Hassan I Sabbah
9. Frut of the Loom - One Hand In Darkness
10. Rodriguez - Only Good for Conversation
11. The Frost - It's So Hard
12. The Third Power - Gettin' Together
13. The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. Brownsville Station - Go Out and Get Her
15. SRC - Up All Night
16. Death - Rock-N-Roll Victim
17. Frijid Pink - Crying Shame
18. Destroy All Monsters - Bored
19. The Detroit Cobras - I'll Keep Holding On
20. Outrageous Cherry - If You Want Me
21. The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
22. The Dirtbombs - Motor City Baby

Downloads will be made available in ONE WEEK. I want you to listen to the Mixcloud mix! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Tical Archives (20 Year Anniversary Re-Up!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 1978ers - "People of Today" | Album Stream

"The ones that stand out might end up outstanding."

It's been a big year for DMV musicians yU and Slimkat. Today is the crown on their 2014 - the release of the new album "People of Today." Earlier in the year yU released the much anticipated album "March on Washington" with the group Diamond District. While Slimkat, who has been producing for a slew of great musicians including the likes of Eric Roberson, saved his best for the soundscape of The 1978ers.

A host of musicians add live instrumentation that gives the new album a complete, lush, multi-dimensional feel. Lorenzo Ferguson (Zo!) plays keys on the album stunner "Sacreligious." Meanwhile yU expands his arsenal beyond the microphone, adding Xylophone/Kalimba to many tracks. Ben Jackson's trombone lights up "Without A Clue" and a few other tracks. Vocalists Bilal Salaam, B. Jamelle, and Kima Aldridge add singing throughout. The album's energy is crisp and beautiful, flowing with ease and exuding good vibrations front to back.

Special attention has to be paid to yU's lyrical display throughout. Holding down all 18 tracks, yU offers his usual deft wordplay chock full of philosphical gems that illuminate with observational insight gained from experience - the kind where you sit and watch it unfold before speaking. This is why yU's earned the nickname "The Humble King."

Mello Music Group is proud to present one of our most beautiful albums of 2014, The 1978ers "People of Today." This is an album worth sharing. Enjoy and spread the word.

About The Album
People of Today

Music is an exchange of ideas. This album is something for those exhausted with the shuck and jive of pop culture, who believe in the purification rituals offered by hard snares, funky drum kicks, soul-coughing bass, and deeply rooted vibrations.

Steadfastly infusing their songs with spirituality and positivity, yU and Slimkat are everymen with preternatural talent. Over the years, they’ve tirelessly built a rep in the DMV, collaborating on yU’s The Earn and Before Taxes, which OkayPlayer called “one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last few years.”

The People of Today is a seamless and head-spinning record. It’s hard-boiled beats and raps laced with wisdom and virtue- the sort of record that you can sit with today and tomorrow, and any time you need to be reminded that we’re all in this together.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

8 Mile and Abbey: Eminem Meets The Beatles


I never thought I'd live to see the day... This mash-up project is so absurd that it actually kinda works. Enjoy:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Re-Upped: Guru - Collaborations and Rarities, Pts. 1-2

Friday, October 31, 2014

Large Professor - LP Rarities #1 - #5

The Fresh Air Fund - Haunted Mansions

The Fresh Air Fund is D. Schwartz and Butta Verses. All beats are from Alexander Spit's instumental album "Mansions 2".

Happy Halloween from Screamin' Jay Hawkins