Monday, November 30, 2009

That New New

Well, there is just SO MUCH NEW GOOD LOCAL MUSIC dropping right now so I thought I would put you on to some of the goodness. And by the way, it's all FREE. Here is the latest and greatest from some of the town's finest representatives:

The SOTA boys channel their month long jaunt in LA into a short, sweet and focused 3 track EP named after the ultimate Californicator.

Everyone's favorite martians Thee Satisfaction join one of the town's most dedicated and prolific producers (Read: Lab Rat) O.C. Notes for a jazzy, cooled out jam that makes me want to lick my fingers.

Onry Ozborn's newest project, with a brand new name to confuse you. Don't sleep tho, the man that brought you The Gigantics has done it again. This album is available for free download on their myspace and will garner some heavy rotations.

Phee Dill has a really dope production style that is very Northwest, very Seattle. Lots of chill chops and jazzy samples looped with care that have served many local acts well, including one of my favorites The Physics. Here he is collaborating with Fresh Espresso's Rick Rude and the results are definitely not juvenile. Grown Folks only.

If you haven't heard of HellaDope by now, I feel sorry for you. Rapper/singer Jerm teams up with soon to be super-producer/rapper TaySean to produce some of the dopest (hence the name) cuts that the greater King County area has ever seen. Equal parts West Coast bounce, Detroit groove, and Northwest fresh, with a little space dust sprinkled in the mix... they have a unique vibe that is perfect party music for any day of the week.

A Fresh Dose of Smoovy Baby

So a couple things for that ass on this fine Monday afternoon. Fresh Espresso just released an EXCELLENT new video for their non-discriminatory ode to the ladies "Big or Small." The overall quality of the video is impressive along with the hilarious cameos and Radjaw spinning in a convenience store fridge. Love this cut and the video makes me wanna go put this cd on and let it go the distance.

Also, P Smoov (producer/singer/rapper in Mad Rad and Fresh Espresso) leaked the new song he did with Grynch that you might have gotten a taste of on the Face Scrunchers mix he released a week ago today. Peep this joint, and prepare for a little face wrinklage.

You're On Feat GRYNCH by psmoov

You can go see all parties involved at GO MACHINE this weekend.

Pass GO, Pay Only $20

So, Seattle. You have heard some of the new music coming out of your local area code lately but aren't sure what to make of it all?

Well lucky for you, for a measly $20 (!*$#*%) you can go see Seattle hip hop Woodstock GO! MACHINE this weekend. Two solid nights of nothing but local hip hop acts that you can classify as "factors." If you thought the spread on your Thanksgiving table was impressive, this weekend-long shit show of a party boasts the best local lineup for the least amount of money in the history of Seattle music. Bang > Buck.

Peep the lineups above and get your TICKETS HERE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This time of year is all about looking within yourself. A time when we brush aside the day to day hustle, bustle and grind of life in the 21st century to take a deep breath and do some serious soul searching. Instead of concentrating on everything we need, or how everything should be, concentrate on what we have and how fortunate we really are.

This year I am feeling considerably more thankful than I have in the past. I'm reaching the end of what I would consider a successful year, and even though things could always be better the good has outweighed the bad. I did lose my Grandmother and have had some other painful moments that have tested me in various ways, but when I look at the big picture I am incredibly fortunate. I could list all the things I am thankful for, but that would be long winded and boring to read. What I will do is tell you what I am most thankful for. Being that this is a music blog first and everything else second, I would like to give thanks to the one constant I have had in my life since my first memory. The one thing in this world that supplies me with endless enjoyment, reflection, productivity, therapy, creativity and an income. I would like to give thanks to music and reflect on just how lucky I am that my life revolves around it, and that I have been welcomed into what I consider a huge family of incredibly talented people in the best music city in the world.

Music is my life. I can't find any other way to put it. Whether I am listening to it, creating it, playing it to large groups of people for money, buying it or pirating it, it is always on my mind. I am surrounded by it. It is my religion. I find God on a daily basis when I push the play button or get my hand stamped at a venue. I pray at the alter of the beat and beat will always save us. Music does not judge. Music does not force interpretation. Music does not think in absolutes. Music is not black or white. Music is the ultimate gray area. It taps into that part of the brain that is not mapped, the last undiscovered frontier. It has such a direct correlation to mood, feelings, energy and affects your state of being in such a way, it makes you feel more human. More alive.

The fact that my life and existence can be summed up in one word can be viewed as an accomplishment in my book. I found something I was good at and loved doing and stuck with it. So many people hate what they do, or live such cut and dry repetitive daily lives that they become numb to the simple things that make life worth living. I remember years ago going to see my dad's acupuncturist and she told that my aura radiated music. She asked if I did anything that related to music and I told her that because of my love of music I was considering becoming a dj (it was a long time ago). I was kind of shocked that she could tell me that since she never met me before, but it just flowed out of me at the time. Since then, what was once a stream has become a raging river. So, I am incredibly thankful that I have such a connection to it, have it as an outlet, and use it as a form of natural drug. I mean creating a beat or rocking a crowd gives me such a natural high that borders on orgasmic at times. It's hard to explain to those that don't get it immediately. Some understand. Some will not.

All that being said, I am incredibly fortunate to be in my position and be doing what I love in such an amazing city. Fuck what you heard. Seattle is the musical capital of the world. There are so many creative people in this town and we are reaching a point where supporting each other and friendly competition are replacing the old guard of jealousy, conflict, disconnectedness and downright "hating." The cream is rising to the top right now and it is such an amazing thing to be a part of. We have tried to bring artists together with our weekly Jet Set night on Mondays and Members Only functions once a month, and as it stands right now I think we have succeeded far beyond our wildest dreams.

Seattle is on the verge of something special. I can't really tell you exactly what, but everyone can feel it. I sense that we will all be telling our grandkids about the summer of 2009 and when everything began to fall into place. To be here at this point and time. To be a member of an amazing music scene. To be an active part of this golden age that we are embarking upon really puts things into perspective for me. Throughout all the bumps and bruises and rough patches, I can look at myself in the mirror and feel like I am where exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I need to be doing.

And for that I am thankful.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chicken & Fries

This new song by Clipse and Pharrell has me looking to make a chiropractor appointment. I mean really? The beat is disgusting, the content is hilarious (dipset!), and they shoot it at a Popeye's? I mean daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaymn I'm gonna have to go get me some of that goodness when I'm in Portland this week.

Popeye's stock just went up.


P Smoov has decided to clear out his hard drive and make a mixtape of nothing but pure face-altering slaps. The mix does not disappoint. My face hurts.

It's not your average beat tape.

Go over to the Out For Stardom blog and get it for $free.99

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getcho Soul Togetha

...Every Saturday @ the JUJU.

Neight1000, Fourcolorzack and myself will be bringing you the best in funk, soul, hiphop, dancehall, rock, and whatever else we feel like. The JUJU will be an oasis of good music in the land of drunken sorority girl if you need a break from the same ol thang, this is it.

Hope to see some of y'all gettin down with us to that good shit.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Saadiq Vid and 206 Tour Stop

Here is the shiny new video for the cut "Staying in Love" from my number one man crush Raphael Saadiq.

If you have been living under a rock for the last year, Saadiq has an album out called The Way I See It that is the best thing to happen to eardrums since perhaps the beginning of time, or at least the spoken word. If you came out from your hiding place in the last couple months, you may or may not know that he is about to embark on another tour this Monday starting off in Seattle (O HAI!) and will be graced by the best opening act of all time...Janelle Monae (the tour lists her on the bill, but the showbox website does not?? hmmmmmmmm). I am madly in love with both of them and not ashamed to say so at all.

So get your ass in gear and watch the vid, then go get tickets at the Showbox Website. Honestly don't get them online. TicketBASTARD will change you up the wazzoo. Go to Fred Meyer or the Showbox box office and avoid paying an extra $10 a ticket.

Shades of Blue

Italian graffiti artist Blu is at it again, this time in Columbia. This is one of my absolute favorite artists, here using his giant pieces to make social commentary on both global banking policies as well as war.

For more on Blu check here

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

THE WAR ROOM: In Memoriam

Kind of strange to see such a high profile bar go down right when we elect a brand spankin new nightlife friendly mayor AND city attorney, but I'm not close to the situation so I'll let co-owner Marcus Lalario tell it like it is.

"With so many issues still facing nightlife, we're ready to move on. The liquor tax increase, mounting pressures from the City and State helped us make the decision...We feel like we've had a good run at it."

A good run at it? Man I went "N" at the War Room. 2080's back when Scene was still in town. Yo Son! and the sweat box that was the Red Bull Big Tune Battles. Spinnin the rooftop on summer weekends. Jake One's record release party. Cancer Rising's debut album release party...where I first met Macklemore and Larry. And so many more nights. It was a fun spot and the place to be more often than not.

It will be missed and I hope this doesn't become a trend. Washington has some of the WORST liquor laws and restrictions in the US and they keep raising 'sin' taxes and making it harder and harder for the places I frequent and spin at to stay afloat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that calmer waters are ahead with the recent election results, but damn this one is gonna sting for a while.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Late Pass

... if you aren't already hip to Shabazz Palaces. Although the groups release was shrouded in secrecy, it is now known that it is a Seattle based side project of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler; we've Also come to find out the group consists of Tendai and Silk as well. Either way this is one of the most mind blowing projects to come out of Seattle in a while, and deserves some recognition.

Peep Game!

Shabazz Palaces - "Belhaven Meridian" [OFFICIAL] from Kahlil Joseph on Vimeo.

One Party I Wish I Didn't Miss

Today Hypebeast released footage from the Bobbito X Pro-Keds sneaker release party. Lots a head's and lots a sneakers. Wished I could've seen more than just second hand footage.

Bobbito X Pro Keds Event : The Royal Master release party from PK09 on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

You NEED to See This Video

Raheem DeVaughn - Bulletproof (feat. Ludacris)

A great song deserves a great video and this companion to Raheem DeVaugn's single "Bulletproof," off his upcoming debut album The Love & War MasterPeace, is more than worthy. I stumbled upon it watching VH1 Soul earlier tonight and it gave me chills. It's nice to see someone take the natural combination of music and message back to where soul was in the 60s and 70s, but use today's mediums to make an even bigger emotional impact. A music video that calls upon the audience to...God forbid...think.

The message is important. The song is reminiscent of some vintage Curtis Mayfield. Luda is the prefect example of a featured artist, playing a finely tuned second fiddle to a song already has enough parts to be successful. And the video ties it all together. Bravo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's A Celebration Bitches

2009 is the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Reebok Pump.

I must say I am a fiend for all things swoosh, but I do have a pair of pumps and they are possibly the most comfortable sneaks I own. I have always been a fan of the look and fit of the pumps, but one thing Reebok does not do well is colorways. These simple black/white/orange kicks are super filthy, yet for some reason Reebok sticks to easter pastel and neon themes that make me want to pump my eyes straight out of my face.

Hey Reebok, stick to simple colorways and classic retros and I (along with lots of other sneaker heads) will buy them. Kthx

Anywho....check out this fancy schmancy website they set up to commemorate: and look forward to some collabs with sneakershops around the US hitting shelves Nov 20th.