Monday, June 22, 2009

Digital Archeological Digs: Discovery #4

You know when artists (specifically musicians) say they wish to paint pictures with their words and/or sounds? I just discovered that some artists wish to write, produce, and direct realistic films with their words and/or sounds. Introducing the Golden Epoch of "Cinematic Soul".

I was web record store browsing, and I came across El Michels Affair, a band hailing from
Where Brooklyn At, New York
. The sound is contemporary vintage, soul/jazz, and cinematic all in one. Genuine instrumentation with minimal technology, even though I still love a dope pro tools/fruity loops creation from a sample! As I was vibin to "Sounding Out the City" and "Enter the 37th Chamber", it was like listening to a movie soundtrack, you know the classic masterpieces that were well orchestrated and reflected the sequence of events in the actual film ie. Supafly, Trouble Man, Shaft, Claudine, etc.

(click photos to hear the tunes)

It was 1 thing that this sound was from this decade. It was another thing that this sound was from an actual band. And it was a whole new thing that I was able to fit these soundtracks into the autobiographical documentary I showcase on a daily!

Check out those two albums. Porque? Cuz I said so!


Paper Never Sounded SOOO Good!


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scrumptious Tunes Overflowin the MP3 Plate

So if I could describe my initial reaction to this album incorporating the 4 elements, it would go a lil somethin like this:

WATER: The lyrics, the vibe, along with the beats are so refreshing- (not some dirty tap ish)- all the no substance malarkey has been filtered out!

FIRE: The blazing delivery within the speakers especially when it sparks your ears is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!

EARTH: I don't think our planet is ready for this one cuz once I gave it a listen it MOS definitely went over this earthling's head! (in a good way)

AIR: It's audio-friendly and healthy for the listening community. lyrically and melodically based filth and suffocation have been omitted.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Truer Words Were Never Spoken While Intoxicated?

‘I was in London the night of Jimi’s death and together with some old friends ...we went round to Monika’s hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth ...then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe. ‘I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I’d lose everything.’

So dig it. A former assistant to James Marshall Hendrix, James "Tappy" Wright, claims in his "tell all this ish now" book enitled Rock Roadie that Jimi's manager, Michael Jeffrey, drunkenly confessed to murdering the musician. The year was 1971, one year following the Sept. 1970 death of Hendrix and two years prior to the tragic 1973 death of Jeffrey in a plane crash.

First of all why didn't Tappy speak up in '71 if this confession was indeed valid evidence in unconvering the hints of mystery surrounding Hendrix's cause of death? Second of all, I don't know about ya'll but why is that many of these legendary musicians' deaths go hand in hand with skepticism and one's own outlandlish beliefs? Jim Morrison never had an autopsy, and plenty of folk think that dude is alive. Not to mention, Pac and Elvis are chillin WHO KNOWS WHERE...SUPPOSEDLY!

Third of all, mad people seem to let greed for green overcome their lives especially when it comes to one's life insurance, so if this really did happen, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised... but I ain't buying it until proven otherwise!!!

(Courtesy of URB and NME)