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Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces is a hip-hop group on Sub Pop Records (swag) and one of the most on point artists out there right now.  Their lyricists articulate delivery and hard-hitting instrumentals have had me vibin’ hard since I first gave him a listen.  His song’s typically deal with subject matter far removed from that of most rap and hip-hop acts of today, which is refreshing and extremely appealing.  The raw attitude of the lyrics is what hooked me initially, and as I kept listening, it was the songs as a whole that kept me coming back.  It’s hard to categorize Shabazz Palaces, and I think that that attests to their straightforward mentality.  They seem to do exactly what they want, and thats what keeps the music honest and pure.  Songs like “Chuch” and “Blastit” having driving rhythms that instantly create the urge to bob your head, these are the songs you want to blast with the windows down while passing a group of punk middle school hood rats.  If you catch my drift.  Their use of interesting electronic sounds on their instrumentals really defines their sound.  Their extremely creative with their rhythms and I can’t wait to see what these guys throw at us in the future.

For Fans of:  Wu-Tang, De la Soul, hip-hop


[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/04-ShabazzPalaces-Chuch.mp3]

32 leaves

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/03-ShabazzPalaces-32Leaves.mp3]

An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/02AnEchoFromTheHostsThatProfessInfinitum.mp3]

Blastit (live from Daytrotter)

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/005-Blastit….mp3]

Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ShabazzPalaces/10Swerve…TheReepingOfAllThatIsWorthwhilenoirNotWithstanding.mp3]


Thanks and Enjoy.  and thanks.

Thao and Mirah

Thao and Mirah first came to my attention through the multiple live video sessions I had seen them in.  Mainly, their videos on Yours Truly, had caught my attention.  They are both intriguing characters and I enjoyed watched them harmonize on their creative indie-folk-pop orchestrations.  However, when they enlisted Merril Garbus, the mastermind behind the amazing musical experience that is the Tune-yards, to help them record their album, they introduced a whole new sonic atmosphere to their music.  Garbus brought out elements in the music that could not be experienced through their live sessions.  This is what caught me so off guard.  I was prepared for a very spacey folk album with dense harmonies and fluttery guitar.  Something along the lines of Mountain Man, or Low.  What I found was an extremely entertaining album full of creative percussion, driving rhythms, and really just enjoyable sounds on nearly every song.  Its always a good sing when I can’t decide which song from an album to post, and such is the case with this album.  Their are so many good tracks on this 12-song album, so I strongly urge you to procure this album in any way you see fit.  You will not regret it.  Its just an extremely interesting album and I have been thoroughly entertained by it since I first listened.

For Fans of:  Laura Marling, Tune-Yards, Anais Mitchell


[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/01-Eleven.mp3]


[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/05-Teeth.mp3]

How Dare You

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/07-HowDareYou.mp3]

Sugar and Plastic (alternate)

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/12-SugarAndPlasticalternate.mp3]


[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/02-Folks.mp3]

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Thanks and enjoy and thanks.

Brain Salad – August

Brain Salad – August



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This month’s Brain Salad is full of wonderfully fun songs that have guided me through the summer days with relative ease.  Lookin forward to getting back to the brick streets of the university and enjoy the company of my friends.  There was a large quantity of good music released this months, and some wonderful new albums have made their way through my ears (Fruit Bats, Beirut, Portugal the Man) I’m seeing the Head and the Heart(!!!!) w/the Decemberists this week so alot of my listening has been occupied with that.  First is a song that I’ve been sitting on for a while, “Wedding Song”, is a song by Anais Mitchell from her Folk album Hadestown featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).  Its a sweet sweet song with nice harmonies that have been stickin to the inside of my head for quite some time.  Next is my favorite song of the new Vetiver album The Errant Charm.  “Can’t You Tell” is a chill song perfect for strolling around in the sun on any given summer day.  “Dolly” by the Fruit Bats is a playful number from one of my new favorite bands.  Their new album has been on repeat.  The new stuff from The Kooks, Portugal.  The Man, and Beirut is all just as quality as one would expect from these wonderful bands.  The new song “Go Outside” from the Cults is just too summer (cool) to leave off this playlist, I’m really liking it.  “Somebody That I Used To Know” found its way onto the playlist because it enlisted the magic of a wonderful dual male/female lead vocal part.  Just can’t get enough of this track.  The next is the electronic section of the salad, is really quite groovin if I do say so myself.  The new track from Bjork, “Crystalline”, pleased me to hear because of its similarity in percussion to Sufjan Stevens on the Age of Adz.  Tycho’s new song goes in the category of “Superchill” and fit right in.  “Gucci Gucci” by Kreayshawn has been remixed and thrown into mashups and mixes so much since we first heard it, and I put my favorite of those on here.  The final track is remix to “Somebody that I Used To Know” that I really enjoyed when I came upon it.  Hope you do as well.  In addition I hope the entirety of this mix improves your mood and has you better than you were previously.

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  1. Wedding Song – Anais Mitchell
  2. Can’t You Tell – Vetiver
  3. Dolly – Fruit Bats
  4. Junk of the Heart (Happy) – The Kooks
  5. Got it All (This Can’t Be Living Now) – Portugal.  The Man
  6. Santa Fe – Beirut
  7. Go Outside – Cults
  8. Somebody that I used to Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
  9. Rising – Son Lux
  10. All There Is – Chrome Sparks ft. Steffaloo
  11. Crystalline – Bjork
  12. Hours  – Tycho
  13. Circles – Digitalism
  14. Gucci Gucci (Rock It Scientists) – Kreayshawn
  15. Somebody that I Used to Know (Rufus Re-Edit) – Gotye ft.  Kimbra

thanks and enjoy and thanks.

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