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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cimer Amor - Hear Me

Another WERS find. Seriously, this radio station is the tits and anyone seeking true hip hop, tune in to 88.9 Boston 10pm-2am daily. And if you're seeking all kinds of reggae, from roots reggae to dancehall to reggaton, tune in 6pm-10pm daily.

Cimer Amor is true fire. I just downloaded his EP, available for free here: I couldn't find this song on YouTube, so yes I took the time to upload it myself. It's really not difficult (I used Windows Movie Maker), so if you have a song you want on YouTube do it up! Cimer Amor is a Philly-based producer making big moves.

More from Cimer Amor: "Another Classic" ft. Burke, Torae, Side Effect & DJ Waxwork

Another Classic (feat. Burke, Torae, Side Effect & DJ Waxwork) by CoalmineRecords

Serious fire. I thought this was Saigon the first time I heard it.

Collie Buddz - Phone Call (HQ) Produced by Beatnick & K-Salaam

I know this isn't the new of the new by Collie Buddz, but thanks again to WERS Boston to bringing this to my attention.

Great day on Mount Snow today

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Throwback Part 1, The Old: Hieroglyphics - Off the record

Here is the "old" throwback for your two-part Throwback Monday. Everyone knows the Hieroglyphics, but this track had slipped under my radar until recently. Del the Funky Homosapien kills it as usual (I think he is extremely underrated):

Hold up, stop the presses, this just came in
Del's done it again, you gotta get his name in
He's, infallible in battle flows and battle royals collects
all the spoils of soiled celebrities
Shape my fantasy as the form, lyrical oddessey
It's not modesty, I show my ass for all to see
Polishin wax with facts sharp like tacks
to stop your, heart like cracks rip, apart the tracks

Monday Throwback Part 2, The New: Marco Polo - Nostalgia featuring Masta Ace

It's funny what kind of paths music will take you down, especially in the digital age when you could hear 100 new songs by 100 new artists in a day thanks to websites like Pandora, YouTube, and Grooveshark. Thanks to Pandora, I heard a track by Copperpot last week ( and from there I went to YouTube to listen to it again (because we all know Pandora won't let you go back to tracks you've already played). On the right-hand menu I saw a playlist called "Copperpot." I clicked and it brought me to even more tracks I hadn't heard before, such as this one by Marco Polo.

According to Wikipedia, Marco Polo is a Canadian hip hop producer, and this was one of the singles off his debut album in 2007 called Port Authority. Every track I've heard from this guy is pure fire, so allow "Nostalgia" to be your "new" throwback on this stormy Throwback Monday.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Signal Path - Room of Monsters

Rediscovering music is great. Or, paying better attention to music that you got a year ago is great. Signal Path released their EP called Clash back during the summer of 2009 for free. I got it shortly after, not really knowing who they were, but liking similar groups (STS9, Lotus, Thievery Corporation, Pretty Lights, etc). A song came up on shuffle yesterday that I liked so I decided to re-listen to the album after a long hiatus and this track was the one that shined through to me.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Brothers of Chico Dusty

**Link below the image** A coworker of mine (thanks for the link Kara) brought this to my attention. It's a mashup of Big Boi's Sir Luscious Left Foot and the Black Keys' Brothers.

Big Boi's album is one of my favorite to come out in hip hop in a while, easily in my top 3-5 for the year. The Black Keys, although a relatively new band for me, are real tight. Their album has been heralded as one of the best of the year and the two albums come together to make some real interesting and awesome music. It has the feel of a "chill" hip hop album; a bunch of Big Boi's originals had that "club banger" feel to them, but now after being mashed with the Keys they feel like stoner jams.

Normally I am not a big fan of mashup albums. I think they are interesting and definitely creative, but I'd rather listen to originals. I like Left Foot and Brothers separately more than this album combined. I like Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album more than DJ Danger Mouse's Grey Album. Take this mashup for what it is - a combination of two awesome CDs that came out this year.

Coachella 2011 Rumored Lineup: Daft Punk?!

Again, this is only rumored, and a 4-year veteran at work says no way, but hot damn if DP is there

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Throw Back: De La Soul - Sunshine

Oldie but goody. How can you not feel good after listening to this gem?

De La is the crew that you must hear, but please don't rush the stage
'Cause even though them stakes are really high, we're really not here to race
We're just here to move your mind and soul with perpetuated ease
It's just about the show until it's time to go, and get with the young ladies

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Green Line Inbound - What's My Name (cover)

Last night I went out to the Landsdowne Pub and these guys, Green Line Inbound (hilarious name), were the band playing. Their set included covers of hip hop/dance songs and let me tell you - they can spit and they can get the crowd moving. Very impressed by these dudes -- a bunch of white guys covering Snoop (and actually playing their instruments)?? Love it.

Copperpot feat. Longshot, Diverse & Profound - Dreams

This is some true underground shit. Thanks, as always, to Pandora I heard this track when listening to People Under the Stairs radio. I've never heard of Copperpot before but I will definitely be looking into him more.

Apologies for the lack of "video" but this is the best quality, up to 480p, that I could find.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Video Compilation: Pretty Lights - Let 'em Know It's Time To Go

I am a huge Pretty Lights fan. His music is so unique but at the same time so diverse (you can listen to it at the gym, while studying, after you've hit the ganj, while you're making whoopee, if you want to dance, etc). This song is not "new" in the sense that it came out in 2009, but it is off his last full album (as opposed to one of the 3 new EPs released throughout 2010). I received the December newsletter from PL today and he wrote that several new music videos have been put up on his YouTube channel (prttylghts). This is one of those videos and is very cool to watch along to the music. I'd say this track is among my top 5 or top 10 favorites.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Remember This? The Game - State of Emergency ft. Ice Cube

Out of the Game's albums LAX easily got the most overlooked. It came out during my junior year of college and although I listened to it a lot, not a lot of my friends did. This track is raw and true West Coast hip hop. If only Ice Cube had dropped a verse....In case you couldn't tell this is not an official video.

California ain't a state, it's an army

OFFICIAL VIDEO: Dr. Dre - Kush ft. Snoop Dogg, Akon

Yup. Dre's back (with a song about weed?! Dr. Dre?! Naaaah.....). I posted a link to the song a couple weeks ago but here is the official video. I like the freeze-frame action going on. I gotta say Akon seems a bit out of place with this song, I'd much prefer a Nate Dogg cameo, but according to a comment on YouTube, Nate Dogg has had 3 strokes. According to Wikipedia, Mr. Nathan has actually had 2 strokes, but the 2nd left him in pretty bad shape and he is still recovering: "It is currently unknown if he will be able to continue his singing career." That's too bad, Nate Dogg is/was the singing voice of West Coast hip hop.

As much as I like this song, Dre has said it's the only one about chronic nuggets. I actually support this, I think he can do better and if my predictions are correct this will be the weakest track of his upcoming album Detox (just to reiterate, a "weak" Dr. Dre cut is still better than most hip hop songs out there these days).

I know you tryna get high
Type of shit that have ya leaning sideways
Make her work for this suicide
Holla at me cuz I got it all day
No need to fly to Jamaica
Quarter ganja, we can get the same thing
You want that bom bom biggy, holla at my niggi right here in LA
Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved (Damian Marley Remix)

If Damian wasn't Bob's son this might be heresy. Funky little remix (if you want to call it that) of the classic "Could You Be Loved."

I'd say the lyrics are a bit different too...

Well its snow cold rinky dinky, oh so much young gal come to lick me
Jenday ragamuffin feel a pound a stinky
Even one good spliff off a da sweet life twinkie
Well buildings need expanding
To meet the supplies where the fans demanding
I jr gong microphone commanding
And there'll be no clearance for landing
Well too miss teeny tiny
Will you please undo the bikini kindly
Well she must a come from a wine refinery.
And get bless with the pretty cold minery

Louis Newman-Eminem-Same Song and Dance {Drum Cover}

Louis Newman has tons of instructional drumming videos on YouTube. I found this one particularly interesting because I enjoy hearing different drummers' takes on drum parts that AREN'T composed on live drums ("Same Song and Dance" is a Dr. Dre production and we all know Dre doesn't use live drums in his music). I think Newman's set sounds dope, especially that snare sound he is getting. His fills are really good, but I think for this song he went a little too far with them. To me this song is meant to be on the mellow side which, in my opinion, means sticking more to the beat than improvising, but as I said it's always interesting to hear a different take on an original.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Throwback presented by Davis: eMC - Winds of Change

Not a "throwback" in the sense that it's from 2008, but it has that 90s feel and is oh so smooth. Thanks again to Davis for his contribution. Check out his blog at

Theme Song of the Week: Deadmau5 - Bad Selection

Well the new Deadmau5 album is out and that's what I spent much of my weekend listening to. I was skeptical at first listen but after several times with the bass cranked, it's grown on me. It's a departure from his progressive house sound (see: Alone with You, Strobe, Brazil, I Remember, etc) and I would describe it as "darker." For some reason this song has been stuck in my head for the past several days so hopefully it'll get stuck in yours too. Turn the bass up and listen to it in 720p

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Skrillex Remix)

Yeah. I did it. In continuing with my theme of loving Skrillex and him becoming my new favorite DJ/Producer, this is one to take you in to the weekend. I can't stand Gaga or her music but this is not only tolerable, but fucking awesome.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Roots - What They Do (REAL Music Video) - The Roots - What They Do - Music Video

I had posted this song a few weeks back as the Monday Throwback. It remains one of my top 5 favorite Roots songs. After further research, however, it turns out the video I shared was not the original one. Vevo, which is now a powerhouse for music videos on YouTube (and often censors the videos or doesn't post the 100% original versions), took out the subtitles which essentially were the whole point of the video. The song/video is talking about all the cliches in hip hop and the subtitles are used to express that. Now it all makes sense!

Jet Blue Crew Enjoying the Pats Stompdown

Stolen from the WAAF Facebook fan page

Monday, December 6, 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)

Monday Throwback #2: LL Cool J - 4,3,2,1 ft. Method Man, Redman, DMX

A special edition: Monday Throwback #2!

Theme Song of the Week: Grateful Dead - Fire on the Mountain - Live at the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ April 27, 1977

I went to check out a Grateful Dead cover band Friday night. They are called Playing Dead and they were actually really good (I'm tempted to use the word "skeptical" when talking about a cover band, but I don't think it's the correct word. Maybe I just prefer the originals, but since the Dead no longer exist as a complete band this was cool to see). While I enjoy listening to the Dead from time to time, I am not by any means a Dead Head nor a huge expert on them or their music. Playing Dead was extremely talented and I loved the 2-drummer dynamic (being a drummer myself). It was also great to step back and watch all the middle-aged Dead Heads dancing their pants off. This was definitely a night off the beaten path but it was fun nonetheless.

People who commented on this video consider the Dead to be at the peak/prime of their extensive days together as a band when the video was taken (young, hungry and just jamming).

Your Monday Throwback: Mobb Deep - Hoodlum (feat. Rakim & Big Noyd)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cafe Del Mar - Energy 52 (Out Of Office Remix)

Probably should put this on your playlists for the weekend as well...

The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Boys Noize Summer Mix)

Taking you into the weekend with a Boys Noize remix of the Chemical Brothers song Swoon. There are several remixes of this song out there and the original isn't bad either, but this version took the cake for me. Bass it up as always.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SKRILLEX - Rock N' Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain)

Skrillex is quickly becoming an addiction of mine. At first listen I wasn't so into it, but the way he combines house with dubstep and everything in between is crazy. Not to mention his signature high-pitched voices all throughout.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Dr. Dre Single from Detox: Kush

Fire. Can be found here:

Lloyd Banks ft. Eminem - Where I'm At

Bonus track from Lloyd Banks' The Hunger for More 2. This ain't no Beamer Benz or Bentley but it's one of the standout tracks from the album. A driving beat with Em's flow and a side of Lloyd Banks (who I'm not a huge fan of but he's growing on me) - dope dope dope.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Garbage Happenings in Fantasy World

Here you can see this week's fantasy football results: my 150 to his 60. Now, thanks to him, the biggest shit-talker of the group will be 1 step closer to winning it all (he's claimed he is going to win from the beginning). Unreal.

This is one of those "who cares" posts that doesn't really have any effect on those who are reading it. Just go with it...

Monday Throwback: The Pharcyde - Passin Me By

Pandora reminded me of this gem. Gotta love the Jimi sample, it would be cool if more hip hop tracks utilized his work.

Theme Song of the Week: Kanye West - Dark Fantasy

Must have listened to this song 5 times yesterday. Ask Tommy Stirling to sing the chorus to you some time - it's truly a magical experience. Good luck out west BH

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In Honor of Friday Night: Nero - Innocence

Happy Thanksgiving. Posting one of Nero's biggest tracks (Diplo put this in his set at Electric Zoo this summer) before I go check them out at Webster Hall Friday. Hey Brian, at least you're leaving the East Coast in style.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Throwback Presented by Davis: Big L - Put It On

Davis says: "I smash mics like cornbread, you can't kill me I was born dead"

Well said Big L, well said.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Awesome Stop-Motion Graffiti with a Dope Soundtrack

I can appreciate some good graffiti. Granted I can't create any for shit, but this is worth a look. Big fan of the music behind it as well. Stop-motion always baffles me...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Deadmau5 : Sofi Needs a Ladder

Love the beat, not crazy about the vocals. Posted this up here to get your thoughts. I miss the days of "Strobe," "Brazil," "Alone with You"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dai Mahou Touge - Vegetable Suicide

I am just having a field day with hilariously bad videos

'The Situation' and Bristol Palin Talk Sex

Bristol Palin is obviously the poster child for abstinence.

Goodbye Four Loko :(

Thanks to Brian for the link. It's a sad day in alcoholism. But, now we have these t-shirts:

This will be one of the biggest weekends in shit show history - people stocking up and having four loko parties. Oh baby.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The sample for Today's Monday Throwback: Ronnie Laws - Just As You Are (1981)

Davis shot this over to me as well. Obviously a corny song on its own but definitely makes for a good sample with "Make or Take" by Nine. It's always been really interesting to me to hear what songs evolved from what and used which samples.

Monday Throwback Presented by Davis: Nine ft. Smooth Da Hustler - Make Or Take

Davis shot this gem over to me last week but I had already posted the Roots' "What They Do." In proper fashion, here is "Make or Take" by Nine. I gotta say my ignorant ass hasn't really heard much Nine so I appreciate what Davis is trying to do here: school me in real hip hop. Check back every Monday for a new throwback jam.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Throwback: The Roots - What They Do

One of my all time Roots favorites, and maybe one of my favorite hip hop songs of all time. This is true hip hop. Sit back, light up a spliff, and enjoy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pendulum - The Island - Part 2 (Dusk) - ORIGINAL!!!!!!

Holy fuck.

Listening to Rap for the First Time. With A Book Critic

Really interesting article. It's so mesmerizing how you can compare the same song by reading its lyrics on paper and by listening to it with the beat, the flow, and the different personalities applied to it. I found the insight on Lil Wayne's Dr. Carter to be the most interesting. As the author states, "The personality in that voice, just in that little back and forth with the "nurse" in the intro at the start of the song. It's something hard to quantify — but it's the same thing that makes you love and trust a performer onstage."

I never really thought of this song as a dialogue between "doctor" and nurse" but the author has a great point. The lyrics are definitely creative on paper, but once you add the audio the listener is actually picturing a hospital-esque scene.

Eminem, Mos Def, Black Thought & DJ Premier - Cypher 3 (Live 2009 BET Hi...

Three of my favorite rappers in the game (Black Thought is dope but I can't mention him without mentioning one of my favorite bands, The Roots) spittin crazy freestyle flow to a DJ Premier beat. Mos Def takes the cake for flow but I gotta hand it to Eminem for most knockout punches.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Throwback, presented by Davis: Gravediggaz - 1-800 Suicide

A new segment, being called your Monday Throwback, is being brought to you by my good friend Davis. This kid has his head deep into the underground hip hop scene and will be bringing you a new throwback each and every Monday. I'm trying to get him to contribute more than just a YouTube clip, so stay tuned for more.

He said he was calling this number to cure his Halloween hangover. I believe it.

Theme Song of the Week: Erol Alkan & Boys Noize - Lemonade (Original Mix)

Saw Boys Noize & Rusko @ Webster Hall in NYC this past weekend. Boys Noize killed it and the place went nuts when this came on. This should lighten your Monday mood.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Top 100 DJs Poll 2010 Official Results

The Top 100 DJs Poll 2010 Official Results! - News: "The waiting is finally over and we can now officially announce the results of The Top 100 DJs Poll 2010."

With all the new acts on the scene it's surprising to see Armin at #1. And although Guetta is ground-breaking and revolutionizing the industry (helping to bring electronic music to America), I don't think he should be #2. Looking for Diplo and Rusko, but I can't find them. Nice to see Wolfgang entering the charts but he should definitely be higher up (closer to the top 25) after seeing him at Electric Zoo. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Excluding the Underaged - New Law in Burlington Wreaks Havoc

I don't know about any other students of UVM past or present, but one of the main reasons I attended was because of the vibrant music scene in and around the Burlington area. It is my personal opinion that people of any age should be allowed to attend a music event, but with this new law certain events will be restricted to 21+.

Really?! Why should someone have to be of legal drinking age just to enjoy some live music? (Why should someone even have to be 18?) Not only that, but having graduated with a degree in entrepreneurship, I realize the impact of losing a huge portion of a business' customer base. The big picture wasn't considered by the police, nor were residents of the community/business owners consulted. Burlington will lose money, employees will be put out of work, and people under 21 will have a shitty time. I don't understand why Burlington is all up in arms about the drinking situation. I've said this before and I'll say it again: Burlington is a college town. Spoiler alert: In this college town there are....colleges! What do students do at college to let loose on the weekends (or during the week)? They drink, they party, they have a good time. Some of them do it more responsibly than others, but regardless, it's going to happen. If people under 21 can't go to a supervised club or show, they will go be reckless at some house party or worse. Or, they'll take their talents to Montreal, netting that city even more money and tiny ol' Burlington loses out.

If anyone is reading this in the Burlington area, please do what you can to get this ridiculous law changed. I'm glad I graduated when I did because as much as I loved UVM and that area as a whole things have just been going down hill....since the beginning of my sophomore year (2007-2008 school year). Labor day weekend that year about every party I tried to attend was broken up by the cops. Things haven't been the same since. Thumbs down.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I mean if you like hot girls dancing on stage...

Reminds me of Wolfgang Gartner or Deadmau5 with more of a House feel than a Progressive House feel and if you don't like it you can kiss my whole ass hole.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Theme Song of the Week: Pretty Lights - Out Of Time

Didn't have any intention of posting two Pretty Lights songs in a row but I couldn't help myself. With the debut of his latest EP, I listened to this song all weekend. I want to throw on a song I heard at Royale Saturday night but I can't remember any of them because they were mashups I'd never heard before. I think this song has taken over favorite of the EP (previously Gold Coast Hustle).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pretty Lights - Gold Coast Hustle [Glowing In The Darkest Night]

My early favorite off Pretty Lights' newest EP "Glowing in the Darkest Night." Quality could be better, but this is the best I found so far. I'm wondering if he's referring to the Gold Coast of Australia, which was one of my favorite places when studying there a couple years ago. PL comes to Boston November 5th and I'm amped for it. In related news, Royale tonight for my birthday celebration (which is on Tuesday). Hollaaa

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dubstep Turntablism

Daft Punk Join Phoenix at MSG

Daft Punk? Pioneers in electronic music. They're also elusive as shit and no one knows a damn thing about what they're up to. Rumors have been swirling about them touring in the US in the next year or so and they're composing the new Tron soundtrack. It's sick that they can come out randomly during a show and make the place go nuts. I bet no one at the Phoenix show expected this to happen. Maybe they'll come out at the next Phish show and do "Harder Better Faster Stronger Bathtub Gin"...

Sam Adams - Hold On (produced by Rusko) (With Download Link)

Listen, I hate Sam Adams as much as the next person, but I'll give him props for this. If you know me you know Hold On (remix) by Rusko is one of my favorite songs to date. I think it's really cool that Sam Adams chose to spit over this song and I have to admit his flow is pretty tight. Don't get me wrong, I don't plan on going out and getting every Sam Adams track in existence, but this one is worth mentioning.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One Giant Acid Trip

stumbled upon this crazy music video tonight. I have no idea who it's by or anything about it. trippiest video i've seen since combining the Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon

EDIT: This song is "Sing Sang Sung" by Air

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Royce Da 5'9" - Let's Talk


Kobe Vs. Lebron, 1-on-1: Who Wins?

This is a tough call. As the article states, it's your typical 1-on-1 rules and players call their own fouls. Putting aside my personal preferences/opinions on Kobe & Lebron as people (Kobe plays for the Lakers & rapes women, Lebron quit on Cleveland and made a circus out of his decision), and looking at them from a basketball skill set point of view, I could weigh a couple different options. My first instinct is to say Kobe wins. I think he might be the better post-up player with the better jump shot/turn-around jumper. But Lebron is like a brick wall - he is stronger and faster (and younger). If Lebron takes it to the hole each time he will win (keep in mind players call their own fouls. If refs are involved Kobe wins hands down). Problem is, this is winners' ball, so if Kobe gets hot I don't think he'll miss a shot and could throw down jumpers to win it all. Kobe's jumpers vs Lebron's power moves, 3-pointers count, I'm going to say Kobe barely wins. I hate myself.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This Week's Theme Song of the Week: La Roux 'In For The Kill' - Skrillex remix

I've heard many remixes of In for the Kill, one of my favorites being by Glitch Mob. But when my friend Mike played this for me and melted my face off, I had to share it.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NBA 2K11 - MJ's Greatest Moments

Tell Mama Rondo!

NBA 2K11 Premiere Trailer

I'm not even going to talk about the Randy Moss trade (good luck kid), but how bout NBA 2K11 featuring the greatest of all time Michael Jordan? I can't tell you the last time I played an NBA video game but this shit looks sick.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Gotta say I snubbed this album save for a few tracks ("Nah Mean" and "As We Enter"). But this track came up on shuffle the other day and I've been pumpin it out of my speakers quite a bit since then. Has a Buju Banton feel with K'Naan and Nas spitting fire. DIG IT

Womp Womp Fest October 2010

Ready for this?

Steve Aoki - Thurs Oct 28, Boston
Boys Noize & Rusko - Fri Oct 29, NYC Webster Hall
Deadmau5 - Sat Oct 30, NYC Roseland Ballroom


All interested parties get at me! What a Halloween weekend that will be

Monday, September 27, 2010

Savoy - Life of the Party

Damn it...found another one I couldn't resist. These guys were at Electric Zoo but I didn't catch them. From what I read there were about 30 people there at the beginning of their show but once it ended there was a full tent, so I guess that means they tore down the house. I looked them up today because I saw a picture of them performing and they had a drummer (naturally I was inclined).

Mobbing - "Ohm-o-genik"

I was trying to limit my electronic music uploading to 1 song today but I couldn't avoid throwing this one up.

Adam K & Soha - Who Cares Really (Original Mix)

A little progressive for you on this gloomy day. This was a Pandora find today at work and I was really diggin' it. Reminds me a lot of Deadmau5 sounds from his Random Album Title CD, comparable to "Alone with You" and "I Remember." I'm going to do more digging on this duo but I was pleasantly surprised by yet another Pandora discovery.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Weekly Series: Theme Song of the Week

In a new weekly segment I'm calling "Theme Song of the Week" - title may change - I will be choosing a song that best describes the past week. After spending a few days in Jamaica with work this past week, I think "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damian Marley is a fitting choice. I especially like this live version from the Jimmy Kimmel show, mostly because Damian says "Jah, Rastafaraaaay" and that was a phrase commonly exclaimed by my co-workers. Hopefully my life will stay interesting enough for me to continue to find interesting songs that narrate my life. Currently watching my fantasy team get powned, thanks for showing up team.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Police increase weekend presence - Vermont Cynic

Police increase weekend presence - Vermont Cynic

Fuck off Burlington police. Seriously. Things have sucked up there since Labor Day weekend of my sophomore year, which was 2007. Partying is a part of college whether people like it or not and it will happen regardless of police presence. The cops are just creating more work for themselves when they undoubtedly have more important things to do. Unreal.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

A-Trak - Robot Rock - Lollapaloosa 2009


DJ Premier Can Make Any Rapper Sound DOPE

Another find thanks to WERS. I bought Luda's first CD, Back for the First Time, when it came out. I think I was in seventh grade at the time and "You's a Hoe" was hilarious to us at that age. I've always been hot and cold with Luda. I like some of his songs ("Southern Hospitality," "Saturday," "Area Codes") and others I could do without ("Stand Up," "Move Bitch" "Act a Fool"). DJ Premier, producer of this latest Ludacris song, has been in the game for a long time. He's dope, he's the illest. He's famous for being half of Gang Starr. This song shows that Premier can take a mediocre rapper and make him sound like the hottest thing around.

Swizz Beatz Has Pharrell And Q-Tip To Thank For Justice Sample

Swizz Beatz Has Pharrell And Q-Tip To Thank For Justice Sample

Old news, but just another example of dance/electronic music steadily on the rise in the U.S. Hip hop has definitely played a role in that as exemplified in Jay-Z's BANGER "On to the Next One" using a sample of Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." I'm a fan of both songs and I love recent collaborations between hip hop artists and international electronic DJs/Producers. A-Trak is a perfect example of this. Formerly Kanye's personal DJ, A-Trak spins at shows and fuses the hippidy hop with the electro. When I was searching A-Trak, I found this gem featuring Lupe Fiasco. Why hadn't I heard this before??

Celebrate the Return of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia with this Season 3 Blooper Reel!

One of the best shows on TV is finally back. Although I haven't watched it yet I am very excited. For those of you who don't watch it, you have no excuses.

The Daily Show Gets Olivia Munn (And I Get More Excited to Watch the Daily Show)

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive - The Misadventures of Olivia Munn
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

This is probably old news (from this past summer), but the Daily Show recently acquired Olivia Munn as a "Senior Asian Correspondent." Olivia is a 30-year-old self proclaimed nerd who was made famous from her days at the TV channel G4 as host of "Attack of the Show." Olivia is my new Hollywood crush, hands down. Half Asian, half American, dark, sexy and a great dirty sense of humor. If I could marry her, I would but because I undoubtedly can't, I will admire her from afar.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sub Focus, Rusko, Deadmau5, Grooveshark

Labor Day weekend saw me venturing to a small town called New York City for a 2-day electronic music festival called Electric Zoo. Taking place at Randall's Island (a walk over the East River via the RFK bridge from Harlem), this was only the second year it had occurred, but managed to rake in 67 of the world's best DJs and electronic acts. Those of you who know me well have heard all about it from me - from the weeks leading up to it to the days following it. It was an amazing experience with personal highlights such as Rusko, Pretty Lights, Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Glitch Mob, Afrojack, and of course Armin Van Buuren (the world's #1 DJ 3 years in a row). I'll admit I'm pretty new to the electo scene, stemming back to my study abroad experience in Australia where all you would hear in the clubs was electro. My friend Brian is really into the scene and was very knowledgeable about DJs and the hottest jams. Rusko was the one DJ I knew very little about and is now someone I can't stop listening to. If you've ever heard of Dub Step, this is one of the pioneers. His song "Hold On" has been on heavy rotation with me, but I prefer the Sub Focus Remix:

Because I liked that song so much, I decided to investigate Sub Focus. Turns out he is also a Brit and dabbles in the drum and bass side of electro. Here is one of the tunes I really enjoyed:

My last comment is in regards to the widely popular producer/DJ Deadmau5. Recently this Ontario, Canada native (real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman) was the "House Artist" on MTV's Video Music Awards. I thought this was pretty cool, as he is by no means a mainstream artist compared to their other featured artists (although his exposure through the awards show will definitely push him forward). Deady, as I like to refer to him as, was one of my first favorite electro producers with songs like "Alone with You" (a song that often came up on Pandora - I fell in love with it).

In my opinion, every album release by Deady has gotten significantly worse. This came to a head when I downloaded At Play 3, his third release in a series of "At Play" compilations made to make you move. It sounds like he just took a bunch of drum loops and put them together. Take a listen, am I wrong? Step your game up kiddddd (this might be considered tribal but it just doesn't cut it compared to what i know and love).

Um, Come Work for NESN?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Watermelon Headshot

Probably the most hilarious video I've seen this week. Yeah, it's Tuesday.

WERS is the Best Radio Station in Boston

Welcome to the first of many blog postings, where I will often be writing about music, sports, pop culture, and anything else I feel like. If you know me, you know music plays a huge part in my life - whether it's listening to it in the background, playing the drums, or seeing it created live. I wanted to use this primarily as an outlet to share my latest favorite tracks and to possibly spur debate. I don't know how often I'll be posting, but figured I'd give it a go.

WERS is the best radio station in Boston. Why? I am currently listening to three hours of commercial-free reggae. After that? Four hours of underground/non-top-forties hip hop. Mix in some electronic and I probably wouldn't turn it off.

Here's a track I heard last night: X-to-tha-Z you say? Yeah, he's back. With long-time West coast rapper Kurupt. I was listening to this song in the background and heard X's unreal flow, so I had to give it a few more listens. Dope track.

Also one of my newest favorites is N.E.R.D.'s "Hot-n-Fun" featuring Nelly Furtado. Throw that one on at your next rager.

Xzibit - Phenom - Music Video - Ft. Kurupt & 40 Glocc

N.E.R.D. - Hot-n-Fun (Official Version) ft. Nelly Furtado