KENDRICK LAMAR: CHURCH

Kendrick Lamar: Rigamortis (TDE, 2011, Section 80)

No doubt, I’m loving To Pimp A Butterfly (just wrote a new piece about its L.A. connections) but especially with all the hyper-jazziness of parts of that new LP, I keep coming back to my intro to K. Dot. “Rigamortis” still feels like a cotdman revelation every time I hear it.

365 Days of Soul, #90

LION BABE: YOU MIGHT BURN

Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire” originally dropped in 2013 but they finally came out with their debut EP and redid the video for this single (the original is here). Love the entire vibe of the song; it’s like the best song Erykah Badu never cut. And love that producer Lucas Goodman is flipping a frickin’ Mod-Art 7″ for the beat/vocals here.1 So killer.

365 Days of Soul, #55

Peep the Mawkus blend edit. ↩

DONUTS: THE FULL-LENGTH VIDEO

There are labors of love…and then there’s this. *mind goes supernova*

VINYL ASIDES (FEAT. ME)

About eight years ago, before I moved from the Bay to L.A., Cooper Kenward and a friend interviewed me for a high school project on hip-hop. I ran into Cooper again at the SS@10 party in S.F. the other month and he asked if he might interview me again, this time for a series of web videos about…record collecting. How could I say no? The video is above and interviewer Jonathan Shifflet has a small write-up to go with it.

LET IT BURN

DJ Choimatic put me up on this and I think this is fab. It’s all about how they pronounce “love” with the hint of an accent.

LAURA MVULA: REMEMBER THIS NAME

I’ll be writing more about her later, but let’s just say I found another “best album of the year” candidate.

DJ DAY’S VIDEO FOR “LAND OF 1000 CHANCES”

These may seem like a series of postcard shots (and to be sure, many are) but good god, does this make me miss S.F. something terribly. I love being back in L.A. and I’m fiercely defensive of a city that many have a woeful misconception of but whenever I think about The City, it’s not Los Angeles that’s on my mind or in my heart.

2012 REWIND: FIVE SONGS THAT LEFT ME BANGING ON THE DASHBOARD (IN VIDEO FORM)

Was there a more striking video this year (not featuring a Korean rapper rodeo-dancing)?

Every year or so, Nas releases a song that makes you think, “OMG, Nas is back!” And of course, he’ll then go on and disappoint us but I still that moment where I still believe. I’m still hoping to figure out what the sample that begins the third verse is.

I owe my discovery of the Alabama Shakes to friend/colleague Ann Powers who wrote about them on NPR early on. I wasn’t as floored with the album but this cut […]

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PIED PIPING THROUGH THE L.E.S.

Our friend Mathew Warren shot this and it’s just awesome.

LIANNE LA HAVAS’S ALBUM: DUE OUT TUESDAY

I’ve been a big fan of this British singer/songwriter’s current summer jam, “Is Your Love Big Enough?” (which I posted about previously) and now that I’ve heard the entire album (dropping on Tuesday), my opinion hasn’t changed. I should warn: most of the album is very much acoustic guitar-y which is lovely and great but if you’re expecting more power pop ala “Is Your Love?” you’re not going to find a ton of it. La Havas’s style seems far closer to somewhere around Feist/Esparanza Spalding than, say, Adele.

But her ballads are just heartcrushingly gorgeous. Hard to beat […]

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