As I learned from Michael Gonzales, March 8 is the 20th anniv. of Gang Starr’s third album, Hard to Earn. (Obligatory “20 years already?” lament)
I always felt I was in a minority of fans for whom Hard to Earn is our favorite GS album. It always seemed perpetually stuck outside the top 3 (though still regarded higher than their first and last LPs) and I still don’t understand why it’s not considered their best. At the very least, I think it’s one of DJ Premier’s best sonically realized efforts. It’s not [...]
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Dagnabbit, I meant to do one of these for January but then the month up and flew by me and now it’s the end of February. Anyways…for this month’s grab bag, I’m still drawing from some leftovers from 2013 that I’m only now catching up on plus the usual assortments of recent arrivals and the like.
Art Farmer: Soulsides
From Gentle Eyes (Mainstream, 1972)
Ok…so I only just got this album recently despite the fact that it has a song called “Soulsides”. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard this [...]
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Our friends at Get On Down are re-releasing a green vinyl version of “Jump Around” (feat. the Pete Rock remix on the B-side), just in time for St. Patty’s Day. They’ve generously offered a 12″ up as a giveaway. Interested? Email us, subject line: “jump up and get down.” We’ll select a winner at random in a few days.
It took literally months to put together but my “1993″ piece on Buhloone Mindstate aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday .1
I’ve been doing record reviews for NPR for nearly 10 years now but this is the first reported piece I’ve done for them and I had forgotten how much work radio journalism entails. Most of it is fun – chatting with Prince Paul is always a pleasure – but then comes the culling of the darlings. This was exceptionally hard, especially since I’m so used to quasi-word limits where I [...]
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Earwaves: Young Girls In Mini-Skirts
From S/T (Surrend, 1984)
Earwaves was a short-lived S.F. group that grew out of another short-lived S.F. band: C.P. Salt; I got interested in both because half their personnel was Chinese American including “Hugh Dong” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). C.P. Salt had more of a boogie feel but as you can hear here, Earwaves had more of a funky new wave style, especially in those crazy synths.
Chano Scotty and His Combo Society: Bossa-a-Go-Go + Consolacion
From The New Sound [...]
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