Archive for April, 2010

OLD SCHOOL SUNDAYS – HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL

Posted in MUSIC with tags , on April 11, 2010 by Keyvon

One of my all time favorite albums is Handsome Boy Modeling School’s So How’s Your Girl. I could write a 2 page article on the influence this 1999 release has had on me as well as the overall state of pop music, but I will try to condense it to one paragraph. Super producers Dan the Automator and Prince Paul joined forces on this outlandishly experimental concept album that was for some reason inspired by an episode of Chris Elliot’s sitcom “Get a Life.” They invited just about everyone to join them on this album, including members of Beastie Boys, Cibo Matto, Spain, Brand Nubian, and De La Soul just to name a few. This album single-handedly opened my eyes to a lot of experimental indie bands that I would have otherwise never discovered. I just picked up the new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach today, which is a direct decedent of this album. Dan the Automator, who works with Miho Hatori and Del the Funkee Homosapien on this album, joined with Damon Albarn to create the first Gorillaz album. Damon even appears with Del and Dan on 2000’s Deltron 3030. This is maybe the most eclectic album ever made and should be in everyone’s record collection.

Handsome Boy Modeling School – Rock ‘N Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This)

Handsome Boy Modeling School ft. Roisin Murphy and J-Live – The Truth

Handsome Boy Modeling School ft. Everyone – Sunshine

ALOE BLACC

Posted in MUSIC with tags on April 8, 2010 by Keyvon

The first season of “How To Make It in America” ended last Sunday. The show was pretty damn good and inspiring for someone trying to get their hustle on and well, make it in America. But the best part of the show might have been the opening credits. It was shot amazingly well and mixed photos with clips of New York City. But the most impressive part was the use of Aloe Blacc‘s track “I Need a Dollar.” I thought it might have been some old soul track revamped, but my boy Austin found it floating around on the Hype Machine and I discovered it was Stones Throw Records artist Aloe Blacc. Definitely one of the best tracks of the year so far. I also included a bonus Aloe track, “Happy Now?” taken from the Adult Swim compilation Chrome Children Vol. 2.

Aloe Blacc will be performing at the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton, CA on April 27.

Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar

Aloe Blacc – Happy Now?

MORE TEGAN & SARA REMIXES

Posted in MUSIC with tags , , on April 7, 2010 by Keyvon

Tegan and Sara is one of the best new bands around. Every track they make is just 3 minute pop perfection. I included their most recent album Sainthood on my Top 10 albums of 2009. Recently their new single “Alligator” has gotten the remix treatment from everyone and their mama. But the best remix I’ve heard by far comes from South Carolina duo Toro Y Moi. I’m starting to get real sick of all these remixes floating around the blog world. Where are all the original tracks at you so-called Producers?! My rule is don’t remix a track unless you can make it better. But I will say I think Toro Y Moi did just that.

Tegan & Sara – Alligator (Toro y Moi Remix)

Here are some older but equally banging ass remixes.

Tegan & Sara – Walking with a Ghost (Deebs Remix)

Tegan & Sara – Back in Your Head (Morgan Page Remix)

Tegan & Sara – Back in Your Head (Tyler Fedchuk’s 1/2 Alive Remix)

DRAKE VS. ELZHI

Posted in MUSIC with tags , , on April 5, 2010 by Keyvon

So we all know that I think Hip-Hop is dead right? At least it lasted from 1979-2009. That’s not bad, 30 years is a good run. But how Hercules & Love Affair and a lot of new blog bands are attempting to recreate Disco, that is what some people are trying to do with Hip-Hop. A couple artists trying to recreate some 90’s sounding Hip Hop are Drake and Elzhi. Drake is the former teen star of Degrassi High and was also featured on my “Best of 2009” list. The guy has burst onto the scene faster than anyone in recent memory. Elzhi is the rapper who replaced J Dillla in Slum Village after Jay died. Hear them come thru on their own tracks and then listen to them battle each other on the same track. Winner?

Drake – Over

Elzhi ft. T3 – Save Ya

Drake ft. Elzhi & Phonte – Think Good Thoughts

OLD SCHOOL SUNDAYS – CIBO MATTO

Posted in MUSIC with tags , on April 4, 2010 by Keyvon

So since I kind of took the week off, for the first time ever I’m going to post TWO albums for Old School Sunday. Today I will be profiling the best girl group of all time ….. CIBO MATTO! I discovered these girls in ’99 after lead singer Miho Hatori appeared on the flawless debut from Handsome Boy Modeling School. In 1996 the duo of Miho and producer Yuka Honda released their food inspired debut LP Viva! La Woman. The album is extremely off the wall and ventures through every genre imaginable; Hip-Hop, electronica, funk and even punk. It’s such an unexpected album from two tiny Japanese girls. In 1999 they released their follow-up Stereo Type A, which was a more polished, yet equally eclectic album. They received help from talents Sean Lennon (Yuka’s boyfriend at the time) and GB favorite Dan the Automator. Cibo Matto broke up around 2002, though Yuka and Miho are still doing their own thing and at times even collaborate.

Viva! La Woman:

Cibo Matto – Sugar Water

Cibo Matto – Birthday Cake

Cibo Matto – Know Your Chicken

Stereo Type A:

Cibo Matto – Sci -Fi Wasabi

Cibo Matto – Moonchild

CIbo Matto – Spoon or King of Silence