• 3 Years REWIND

    6 Feb 2009, 09:16 by SaintAlex

    So the deal is that I've been here three years now ! I don't know what I'm gonna write here but I did it last year too, so...

    When I check my charts from last 12 months I see that Atmosphere was THE SHIT last year ! They dropped their newest album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold back in April, so I listened that A BIT much and I had their discorgaphy too on my computer... You know the rest, check 'em out if you haven't heard 'em yet (which I heavily doubt).

    The year 2008 wasn't that hot to me musically because of my army thing that lasted from July to early January so I couldn't discover very much new music back then.

    At the second place last year there was Blue Scholars. They didn't drop much shit last year. Only some EP stuff and videos but I discovered those guys back in twenty-oh-seven and that was so fresh that I've listened the Scholars almost every day from then.

    At the 4th place of last year there's Common Market. They has the same producer that Blue Scholars has, only the MC is different. Their wordplay is superb! You should check 'em out. Sabzi on the cut produces crazy joints to both Blue Scholars and Common Market so every track is worth listening.

    Then some individuals that I should notice so the diversity of my musical taste stays on the humane state.

    In the 5th place there is a super chill piano rock band Socratic. That's some stuff you put on the boombox and chill with your friends layin' on grass and doin' some nothing whole day. Nothing specific mentions here but check it out.

    Inside the Top 10 there's umm... melodichardcorerockpunkorchestra (we all love last.fm tags, don't we?) Rise Against. I've been listening to those guys since I was a kiddo playin' Tony Hawk. They dropped a new album last year but I mostly listened their older stuff. That's why they are at my top ten year after year. They're on the spot 9.

    The 7th place goes to Nujabes. He's a Japanese producer that produces some way more chill stuff than your favorite producer! Can't say anything interesting about him but he just confirms that I've been listening too CHILL music last year. I just should listen some hardcore metal this year (not)...

    Other artists on the Top 10: Ivan Ives, Masta Ace, Nas and the only Finnish act Pyhimys. As Ivan Ives is Russian guy, there's a nice diversity on the countries. There's some Canadian, Japanese, American, Finnish, Russian...

    The most listened track last year was way too easily Valehtelija. A local girl rock / pop band that's on their way to the top. I got their first demo last year and that track is from that demo. The second place holds Summon the Clouds. Poor Jim is from my neighbour city and I discovered them from MySpace when I was looking for acts that could play in a rock concert that me and some other guys held in our town. Guys rocked though we had such a crappy audience. At the third place Rock to It is earned its place there. Crazy canadian guy with crazy flow and crazy track.

    I'm so tired now so I just put the Top 3 albums from last year here.

    1. Bayani
    2. Boy-Cott In The Industry
    3. Natural Progression

    Starting the 4th year now...
  • is playing @ Dour Festival ! D day - 7 [www.dourfestival.eu]

    10 Jul 2008, 16:37 by dourfestival

    THURSDAY 17th !

    The Toasters
    Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Neon Neon
    Foals
    The Hoosiers
    Goldfrapp
    Birdy Nam Nam live
    Bikinians
    Austin Lace
    Compuphonic
    Moonbootica
    Matt Walsh
    Zombie Nation
    Tiga
    Alter Ego live
    Ivan Smagghe
    Elvis Ghettoblaster
    General Mindy
    The Teenagers
    Mystery Jets
    The Whitest Boy Alive
    D.I.M.
    Modeselektor live & Pfadfinderei (vj)
    Ellen Allien
    Brodinski
    The Glimmers
    kofeee
    Burning Heads
    Murdock
    High Contrast & MC Wrec
    DJ Friction
    Pendulum djset with MC Jakes
    Shy FX & MC RD
    Sub Focus
    Two-Star Hotel
    Steak Number Eight
    Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True Loves
    Dub Trio
    EZ3kiel
    Hocus Pocus
    Birdy HardERS aka Birdy Nam Nam (DJ Pone, Need, Crazy B, Little Mike) vs Partyharders (mon colonel, papy harders, The Shore) & special guest : Busy P


    FRIDAY 18th !

    Adrian Sherwood + Ghetto Priest
    Agnostic Front
    Ambivalent
    Arid
    ASHANTI 3000 + Renegade Soundwave
    Backfire!
    Battles
    Beans
    Bonde do Role
    Boys Noize
    Carl
    Digital Mystikz, Loefah and MC Sgt Pokes
    DJ Orgasmic
    Do or Die
    Dreadzone live & Earl 16 & MC Spee
    Flat Earth Society meets Jimi Tenor
    French Cowboy
    Future of the Left
    Grimelock
    H2O
    Harvey Milk
    Heartthrob live
    Ice Cube
    Iration Steppas meets Improvisators Dub
    J D Samson & JO Fateman aka Men (le tigre dj set)
    Jakob Maersk
    Jeronimo
    Life of Agony
    Magda
    Merauder
    Milanese feat. Ben Sharpa live
    More Rockers Show
    My Mortality
    Omnikrom
    Orfeo
    Oxbow
    Pinback
    Pop Levi
    Poulycroc
    Principles of Geometry
    Ratatat
    Richie Hawtin
    Roni Size/Reprazent live
    Saint André
    Sebastian
    Sierra_Sam & Marcus Vector live
    Spoiler NYC
    SURFING LEONS
    Surkin
    The Bug feat. Warrior Queen, Flowdan (roll deep) and Ricky Rankin (roots manuva)
    The Enemy
    The Germans
    The Notwist
    Triggerfinger
    Ultraphallus
    V.O.
    Vibronics + Parvez (Dub Factory) + Echo Ranks + Jah Marnyah + Madu Messenger
    Visionary Underground feat. Dr Das
    Wax Tailor
    Wu-Tang Clan
    X Makeena
    Yuksek DJ Set
    Zenzile


    SATURDAY 19th !

    Abyss
    Arkangel
    AutoKratz
    BEAT COMMUNITY feat. Hud Mo - Dorian Concept - Infinitskills - SirOJ
    Black Moon
    Blu
    Bochum Welt live
    Born From Pain
    CASSIUS Dex'n'Fx
    Cataract
    Cazals live
    Ceephax Acid Crew live
    Chuck Dukowski Sextet
    Clark live
    Coming Soon
    Death By Stereo
    DJ Krush
    Droon
    Drumcorps
    F.L.A.M.E. « flexa lyndo altered magic ensemble »
    Flying Lotus
    Gildas & Masaya
    Gilles Peterson
    Hardfloor live
    Hatebreed
    Heaven Shall Burn
    I Am X
    Lagwagon
    LeFtO dj set
    louis logic & Blueprint & JJ Brown & P.Dateh
    Mad Sin
    Meat Puppets
    Michael Rose & Dubline
    Midnite
    Miracle Fortress
    Mr Scruff
    Omar Perry & Homegrown Band
    Otto von Schirach live with Esperanza, DJ Urine & 666cent
    Planey
    Punks Jump Up
    Quit Your Dayjob
    Soil & Pimp Sessions
    South Central live
    Steel Pulse
    Superlux
    Syd Matters
    Takana Zion & Manjul
    The Bones
    The Caroloregians
    The Chargers
    The Elegant Garage Gunners
    The Heliocentrics
    The Herbaliser live
    The Incredible Punish Yourself Pictures Show
    The Subs live
    Tim Vanhamel
    Typhoon
    Ufo goes Ufa
    Woven Hand
    X&trick
    Zu vs dälek


    SUNDAY 20th !


    Akro with live band
    Alborosie & shang yeng clan
    Alpha Blondy and The Solar System
    Aqme
    Asva
    BB Brunes
    Beat Torrent (dj's pfel & atom from c2c)
    Casey
    Chrome Hoof
    Collie Buddz
    Depotax
    Didier Super et son groupe
    Digikid.84 live
    diskJokke
    DJ Mendi
    DJ QBert
    D'Giuliann
    Earth
    Efterklang
    Enon
    Fujiya & Miyagi
    Gogol Bordello
    Heavy Trash feat. MATT VERTA-RAY & Jon Spencer
    Hollywood Porn Stars
    hugo freegow
    Jay Mayhem
    Kruger
    La Kinky Beat
    Lady Saw & the scrucialists
    Lofofora
    Mad Caddies
    Madrugada
    MishMash Soundsystem
    MiSSiLL
    Mizol-K
    Nestor!
    Psykick Lyrikah
    Raxinasky
    Set The Tone
    Shameboy
    Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar live
    Shout Out Louds
    Sinik
    Slagsmålsklubben
    Subtle
    Svinkels with live band, djs and visuals
    Team William
    The (International) Noise Conspiracy
    The Fall
    Moonshine Playboys
    The Raveonettes
    Tortoise
    Tunisiano
    Waxdolls


    and still www.dourfestival.eu
    20th Dour Festival
  • BONUS! Wu-Tang Clan, Zu vs Dälek... @ Dour Festival (Bel) [17-20th July]…

    12 Jun 2008, 09:51 by dourfestival

    Hello,

    The Dour Festival's bill has been confirmed 2 weeks ago and we're getting closer to D Day!

    Tickets sales are going very well, even better than in previous years. We strongly suggest that you don't wait until July to buy yours or you may be disappointed!
    We can already see that last year's records will be beaten in 2008!

    We have some good news for you with quite a few surprises up our sleeves!

    A 20th anniversary bonus!




    The first big surprise is that Wu-Tang Clan are back at Dour this summer for the 20th anniversary!
    The festival-goers will be able to scream Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang! to their heart's content on the Dour fields once more.
    Hip hop collective extraordinaire from the East Coast, will be back with Method Man who could not be with us last year.
    They will be an added bonus on the main stage on Friday along with Ice Cube, to present their new album 8 DIAGRAMS!
    Hip hop and you don't stop !

    Zu vs Dalëk will replace Do Make Say Think


    A special formation for a special occasion! Especially for the 20th Dour Festival Zu will meet Dalëk for what promises to e an explosive encounter. Dalëk's experimental hip hop doesn't know any boundaries, they may sometimes recall Public Enemy, Tricky, ou at the other end of the spectrum My Bloody Valentine.
    It is therefore no surprise to see the artist signed on Mike Patton's Ipecac mythical label.
    After his performance in 2005 that will remain engraved in the memories of happy festival-goers, and also after sharing the Dour stage with The Young Gods in 2007, this time it's with the Romans Zu that Dalëk will be back at Dour this summer.
    Zu are no strangers to Dour either: the Italian warlocks who manipulate sounds as if they were in a lab did come to the Plaine de la Machine a Feu last year with Scorn and Joe Lally [Fugazi].
    You won't want to miss this one!

    We are not done with the good news just yet! We can also reveal that Poulycroc, Steak n°8 and MishMash Soundsystem will also be at Dour this summer!

    And you know what? More surprises will come your way during the festival!

    Only 36 days to go!

    Soon,
    The Dour Team
    http://www.dourfestival.be
    http://tickets.dourfestival.be
    20th Dour Festival
  • New names !! DJ Krush, Ratatat, Jimi Tenor, Tim Vanhamel, Casey, Didier Super, The…

    4 Jun 2008, 15:40 by dourfestival

    200 bands, 6 stages, 4 days!

    Only 42 days left before the next Dour Festival in Belgium opens its gates. It will be held from July 17th until the 20th. Like every year, the 3rd weekend of July will see thousands of young music lovers gather on the Plaine de La Machine A Feu, by the coal heaps in the small village of Dour. The festival will welcome 200 bands (that's over 300 hours of live music) over 4 days!
    The Dour Festival offers you the best of compromises: musical diversity, quality, maximum choice but for a tiny weeny price!

    New bands confirmed:

    DJ Krush
    Ratatat
    Chuck Dukowski Sextet
    Flat Earth Society meets Jimi Tenor
    Tim Vanhamel (Millionaire)
    The Germans
    General Mindy
    Casey
    Didier Super et son groupe
    Sierra Sam & Marcus Vector live
    The Heliocentrics

    After last year's amazing performance Otto Von Schirach didn't intend to come back to Dour on his own this time around. He wants to bring his mates along to share the fun: Esperanza (Miami based singer) and DJ Urine (France).

    Unfortunately Do Make Say Think have cancelled their summer European tour and won't therefore be at Dour.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    04.06.2008
    BUY YOUR TICKET FOR THE FESTIVAL (only 85 Euros for the whole festival if you book in advance)

    Once again we have made the festival site bigger and we've also expended some of the congested roads to make it easier to walk around the site. We have also rethought the whole organisation of the huge camping site situated next to the festival site. This year it will be separated in different zones.
    Despite all this, we do not intend on selling more tickets but we will limit the site's capacity to 36 000 people per day (144 000 on the duration of the festival)the same as last year.

    Don't believe the rumours, we are indeed selling faster than ever but there are still some 4-day tickets left (with or without camping) and you can also buy one-day tickets.



    ATTENTION: We would like to strongly advise you to book your combi tickets now (incl. camping) in order to minimise the queues at the entrance. Last year, after 4:00 pm, you were 23.000 to arrive in the small town of Dour on the 1st day. If you already have you Combi ticket, things will go much smoothly! With your combi ticket you also get access to the shuttle between the train station in St Ghislain and the festival site OR free access to the parking. This should also minimise queues and waiting time.

    For all info: http://tickets.dourfestival.be

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    04.06.2008
    OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE DURING THE FESTIVAL

    We do no plan on changing the concept of your Dour but we'd like to make it even better.

    In addition to the new location of the campsite and the new measures taken to improve traffic and files on the grounds of the festival, we are announcing today the creation of two new large areas of relaxation where you can chill quietly.
    Within one of these areas, you will also find an entirely new stand with special beers where you will have the opportunity to peacefully try some Belgian specialties! Drink responsibly!

    For your comfort:

    * we're adding a lot more bins and toilets on the ground
    * we're setting up a new system of waste collection as well ad a new easy sorting system
    * we're setting up a new cleaning team that will be on the site 24h a day

    There'll be more new actions to make your stay at Dour nicer. We'll tell you more soon.



    We're working hard towards making this 20th Dour Festival a resounding success.
  • Lost Article: Mountanous Stacks of Hot Wax

    1 May 2007, 04:19 by Adam241

    here's another "lost" article from the ill-fated music magazine.

    Not enough people listen to records. Your parents have their records and turntable sitting in the basement, or the attic, collecting dust. Make mommy and daddy fish it out and set it up! “Oldies” and music from decades past is still good, whether your parents were hippie Deadheads or cultured Gilbert & Sullivan connoisseurs.

    And besides their old records, you can get your favorite music on vinyl, too. I was in a record store last week, and I found the new Bright Eyes release, the latest Yo La Tengo album, all things Belle & Sebastian, Jack Johnson, “More Adventurous” by Rilo Kiley, the Raconteurs, De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, the soundtrack to “Idlewild,” and Ben Folds, among countless others. And you can find used old records that mom and dad neglected to buy. Use local shops, like Scotti’s, which I <3, or huge out-of-town stores like the Princeton Record Exchange over in (surprise!) Princeton. Or even use eBay, plenty people and stores sell through auctions and eBay stores. I got the Shins, Reel Big Fish, and DJ Shadow from eBay. Just search for whatever you like.

    I first started listening to vinyl because I thought it would be fun. I wanted to listen to the Beatles as people did when Sgt Peppers was new. I wanted to look at the White Album’s liner notes and headshots of the Fab Four. I wanted to see what a 45 single looked like, and why you need that yellow plastic insert. James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John looked bigger on their album covers than on a CD. Then I realized my mom was missing records, so I found “Tommy” and “The Magical Mystery Tour” and Joni Mitchell. Then I noticed that record labels, from less-than-mainstream ones like Saddle Creek and Sub-Pop, all the way to big names like Capitol, were releasing new albums on vinyl, so there was obviously a market for it. I got some of my favorites—The Toasters, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Jurassic 5—on vinyl, even some records I already had on CD or mp3.

    Lo and behold, all those CDs you already have sound noticeably different on vinyl. Acoustic music has a darker, more balanced sound that seems richer and makes digital music sound almost tinny. Right now, as I write this, Jenny Lewis is singing through the vibrations of a needle rather than a laser reading or a computer processing it, and the fullness of the sound is remarkable. It’s less treble and more everything. When Nicholas Cage’s character in “The Rock” announces that he got a Beatles record rather than a CD because “these sound better,” he is not exaggerating. Sometimes you even notice new things on the track with subsequent listenings. If you’re really lucky, the vinyl release has perks that aren’t included on the CD version. The Specials self-titled album has the song “Gangsters” on the original record, but not on the CD. “Songs for Silverman” by Ben Folds, for example, has his marvelous Dr. Dre cover “Bitches Ain’t Shit” on the record but not on the CD.

    And that brings us to terminology. An “album” is a collection of songs. A “record”, an “LP”, or a “33” all means that it’s a record you are talking about. It’s specific to the medium: it’s a record, it’s vinyl, it’s played on a turntable at 33-and-1/3 rpm. A “CD” is a compact disc, that sliver-and-rainbow colored thing that you throw into your computer or discman. It’s all specific to what it is, and it is not interchangeable.

    Spinning records is so much more personal than pressing “play” on a Walkman. You get to take the record out, careful not to damage it, and place it on the slip mat. Then adjust the rpm and sound qualities on the turntable or receiver, then move the needle to the groove. If something isn’t right, get up and fix it. You get to find the right groove, or just sit back and let the record spin, untouched. Sometimes you wind up feeling a special affinity towards the items you only have on vinyl. They’re special tracks, that you only occasionally listen to, when you pick it up and take it out of it’s jacket. Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys—all are artists that have releases I only purchased on vinyl, and consequently I don’t listen to them all the time, on my computer or iPod or in my car. They become a little more special, a little less memorized, and I get bored less fast. I want to share them with people; I want to make people come over and listen to Colin Meloy go crazy in his three-movement piece “The Island.”
    The album art and liner notes become so different for a record. Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon” has an album cover originally painted by herself. The cover used to be a work of art, not some dumb picture of the band or some graphic a computer spit out. Granted, some artists are able to pull of intriguing art. “10,000 Days” by Tool has intense 3-D pictures, and System of a Down’s two-part release had almost-terrifying artistic pieces that fit when you bought both CDs, but the latter appears to me to be a case of a band member finding a gig for his artist brother.

    The liner notes are so interesting for records. Like I said, the White Album has fun notes, put on one huge sheet of paper. The back side is all the lyrics, and the front is doodles by Lennon and photos from them rehearsing, touring, or their trip in India. Also included are four headshots, one of each band member, and each of them fairly large and able to be hung up. A friend of mine has her mother’s copies of them hanging up in her basement. On “Michigan” by Sufjan Stevens, who is also an accomplished essayist, wrote a poetic and flowery piece about his home state and how dismal Detroit is and he put it on the back of the jacket, where it surely would not have fit had it been a CD. The photos that accompany “Songs for Silverman” are so much brighter, bigger, and more detailed in the LP version. The comic book contained in “The Magical Mystery Tour” is eccentric and beautify, and much of its aesthetics is bound to be lost when it’s scaled down for the tiny CD booklet.

    The art of deciding the layout and track list for an album is going away, too. The beginning of a side needs to be strong and auspicious, yet the end of it should be almost calming and provide closure. “Oh, Inverted World” by the Shins accomplishes this on the vinyl release. The two strongest tracks, “Caring is Creepy” and “New Slang” start side A and B, respectively, and the last song on each side is great to wrap things up. This affect is lost in translation onto a CD because there are no sides, so there is no time or silence when you would be switching the disc. You only hear the opener and closer, and you miss the middle two.

    Vinyl is vital to hip-hop, too. DJs use records to sample beats for their MCs. Kid Koala, DJ Shadow, Danger Mouse, Rjd2, DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5, DJ Babu from Dilated Peoples, and Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli; all of them and so many others need records to make their tracks. The scratching, the sampling, the loops, and everything else a real DJ does is from the vinyl. Spinning a turntable in that fashion is an art that is being lost when people manufacture eight-tracks with iPod docks. Even the rappers themselves pay homage to vinyl in their lyrics. “Needle in the groove, hands in the air moving!” Chali 2na exclaims. In “Let Me Clear my Throat” the MC lovingly refers to his producer as his “maestro”. Even Vanilla Ice was appreciative: “Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it.” Records are so important in hip-hop that it and indie are the two big vinyl-producing genres. Hip-hop needs to make records even for the mainstream hits because they want to encourage samples, mash-ups, and remixes.

    Mp3’s and iTunes and CDs are fine, but vinyl is simply superior, even if it is becoming forgotten. Some people consider records to be for hipsters and music snobs. Let them think that if they can’t be convinced; more for us. But the fact remains that the darker sound is how music should be played, and the facets of an album besides the music are still important and inextricable. Dust off the dust cover of your turntable, find some 33s new and old, and spin that disc.

    Decemberists
    Bright Eyes
    Belle and Sebastian
    Jack Johnson
    The Beatles
    Joni Mitchell
    Jurassic 5
    Cut Chemist
    DJ Shadow
    Kid Koala
    Ben Folds
    Sufjan Stevens
    The Toasters
  • Lost Article: Kid Koala Review

    1 May 2007, 04:10 by Adam241

    Here's the scoop. i write for a music magazine in my school, but this never got published cause we didnt release a single goddamn issue thie year cause the teacher dropped the balls. homie's never gonna see the light of day unless i put him on here. so here it goes:

    Your Mom’s Favorite DJ
    Kid Koala
    Release Date: 25 September 2006
    Rating: ****1/2 (of 5)

    Turntablism is a weird thing to get into. It can be easily described as “instrumental hip-hop,” but that’s not quite accurate, at least not for this album and for pioneers of the genre like DJ Shadow and Rjd2. Although many turntablists and DJs produce for an MC to rap over, that’s certainly not all they do. Their instrument is the turntable and their record collection, so they use other artists’ works as samples, then throw in beats and pieces from other songs to create their own music. Legal samples or not, sometimes the things DJs do are very interesting, experimental, and innovative; other times, it doesn’t sound good at all.

    Kid Koala’s third album, “Your Mom’s Favorite DJ” was recorded using two turntables and a four-track. This is very true to turntablism and DJing, and provides a nice effect of down-to-earth producing. Some of the samples are intriguing, too. There’s one in a song that describes the different sounds DJs make by scratching the record; another song, “Gimme A K!” contains an audio clip from the film “Anchorman.” The conversation a few characters have about playing the jazz flute is played over a sample of real jazz flute playing with a hip-hop beat, ending with Will Ferrell announcing that “jazz flute has always been a passion of mine,” in his matter-of-fact Ron Burgundy voice.
    Lots of turntablists open albums with introductions about either themselves, or about the music, a precedent started by DJ Shadow. Kid Koala is no different, and his samples talk about “who is it that puts the music on the turntable” and scratches and a nice clip of a man saying “it goes like this” just as the music starts.

    Some tracks, like “Slewtest” 1, 2, and 3, are very rock-oriented. The main melody comes from hard guitar samples, then the scratching and added beats and background noises make for a more interesting track. Likewise, with the opener “Heeeeears Koala.” Others, however, have loads of trumpets and horns and saxophones, and appear to come from older music. Others still are techno- and electronically-based. Some are simply beats and music that make the main attraction of a story or narrative more exciting. “Lunch with Pavlov” for example, does just that. A captivating beat is behind someone explaining Pavlov’s experiment with dogs and metronomes, then relating the results to music and humans, saying that “As a musician, the two beat pattern is in every rock-and-roll method. It is the old boogie-woogie beat superimposed on rumba and samba beat, and the two beats can hypnotize a young man or woman within twenty-nine minutes so that they can get them to do anything.” These and other samples talk about music and its power, especially vinyl records and turntables.
    The ultimate feel of the album, created by the various genres and audio clips being sampled, is one of intrigue. The information is stimulating and the things people talk about, like Pavlov, are at least entertaining. The music itself is not technically music, it is samples and scatches, however that creates music in itself. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Kid Koala is able to make melodies out of one man’s forgotten trash. The tracks are not so much rap-able, so it is less than ideal for an MC, but Kid Koala has proved in the past that he is capable of producing for rappers including MF Doom, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, and Gorillaz. This album is more for his own sake.

    This CD is not one to buy online or download. The packaging and liner notes are fascinating. Paying homage to his genre’s medium of choice, the not-obsolete vinyl record, Kid Koala designed the CD packaging to resemble a record’s. The case is a gatefold, the liner notes are in a booklet tucked away in a sleeve, and the disc comes in a white sleeve to put in the jacket, just like records have to keep them protected. The liner notes themselves are neat, giving a brief intro and history to the album and Kid Koala’s career, and also including fun Kid Koala-related photos, including one of a DJ spinning on the subway, with passengers clutching their ears. The layout of the CD is reminiscent of vinyl music as well. A record has two sides, and each song is right after the other, continuous, so everything plays without you touching anything. With everyone’s iPods on shuffle, the art of track order and album layout is lost. On YMFDJ, the CD has two tracks (“right side” and “left side”) and each track has the songs playing continuously, directly into each other. Track one is really nine songs and lasts 14 minutes and change. Track two is seven songs and almost twenty minutes. Not to mention the five-second cricket chirp, “Bonus Cricket,” which Koala decided should be track three. “Isn’t that tiresome?” you might say. No, it isn’t. It provides for a neat affect and recalls a thought-provoking task that is being lost. It adds to the album’s charm.

    To be fair, though, you need to be in the mood to listen to this kind of thing. On my first listen, I had an almost guilty feeling that I was a hipster, sitting here listening to something that most people would probably not love, but not object to, either. Like, some people might pretend to like it to fit in with other hipsters pretending to like it. With me, though, this isn’t the case. Granted, I do feel like the only white boy who listens to hip-hop sometimes, but I listen to what I feel has good, musical beats, and intelligent (or at least not miserable) rhymes. So I consider new turntablism albums a good thing, and it interests me. If you are curious, or a fan of new things and the out-of-the-box, then this is a good buy. It’s even a good buy if you want to get an introduction, just get into DJing and getting accustomed to this type of thing, but a better one might be what is considered the first turntablism album “Endtroducing…..” by DJ Shadow, or even Rjd2’s first album, “Deadringer.” I’m sure that there are people out there who think that all the DJs and likeminded music sound the same, but they don’t. There is a difference between Eminem’s beats behind “Forgot About Dre” or the beats (ahem, beat. Singular. And three notes.) that Nitti provided for Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down” and actual music sampled together by Kid Koala and Cut Chemist.

    Fun Fact: According to the liner notes, Kid Koala was directly responsible for two marriages. During a live performance, one man proposed to his fiancée and she said yes. Two years later, they brought their baby to a Kid Koala show celebrating his graphic novel release, Nufonia Must Fall. At another Nufonia-related event, a guy popped the question, and when Koala dedicated a “slow, ballad-y routine” to them, she said yes. So Kid Koala’s music is not only entertaining and fun, but also an instrument (har har!) of love.
  • RHYMESAYERS artists awards nominations

    15 Sep 2006, 14:06 by PostEverything

    Rhymesayers Entertainment have artists nominated for the Minnesota Music Awards (MMAs) and Atmosphere has been nominated for "Woodie Of The Year" at the MTV Woodie Awards too.

    Wanna vote for Atmosphere? You can vote as many times as you like via woodies.mtvu.com - Just click on the "VOTE NOW!" image, then click on the red vote box to vote for your favorite artist in each catagory... You're required to vote for all catagories in order for your vote to be submitted.

    At the MMAs several Rhymesayers artists have been nominated. Here's the run down of nominations by category:

    Hip Hop Artist/Group
    Atmosphere
    Brother Ali
    POS

    Hip Hop Recording
    P.O.S. - Audition
    I Self Devine - Self Destruction
    Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

    Nationally Released Recording
    P.O.S. - Audition
    Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

    Song Writer Of The Year
    Stef Alexander (P.O.S.)

    Song Of The Year
    "POS Is Ruining My Life" - P.O.S.
    "Smart Went Crazy" - Atmosphere

    Artist/Group Of The Year
    Atmosphere
    POS

    Latin Artist/Group
    Los Nativos

    Minnesota Music Media - Online
    Dunation.com

    The 26th Annual MMA's show info:
    Sunday, October 1, 2006
    FIRST AVENUE
    701 First Avenue N
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Doors @ 6:00pm/Show @ 6:30pm
    $10/$12 18+
    To see all nominations check out www.minnesotamusicacademy.org

    Atmosphere
    Brother Ali
    P.O.S.
    I Self Devine
    Los Nativos
  • Brother Ali - Don't Sleep

    16 Apr 2006, 03:22 by sohhdotcom

    I remember I was getting bored with rap music for a minute and my boy Smartsook sent me 2 CDs. One of the CDs was Brother Ali. Once I heard, Room Of A View, I was hooked. He reminded me of a calmer version of Ice Cube BEFORE "We Be Clubbin'."

    It's definitely a must hear.