Friday, November 20, 2009
I'm a little late on this, but Dublab, one of Los Angeles's finest non profit organizations, musically oriented or otherwise, brings its fall fundraiser to a close this Tuesday. If you haven't donated already you fall into one of two groups - either you've heard the word and know about what the Labrats have been up to for the past ten years, or you're hearing the word now and are about to happen upon something severely worth your time. However you self identify, check them out, and give what you can.
This past Wednesday I had to opportunity to stop in at the Dublab studio and spin some tunes for a few hours. Some of it sounded something like this:
Jung Hollywood - Proton Drive Mix (2009)
Jung Hollywood - Manhunt
Alan Trajan - Speak To Me Clarissa
Art Ensemble of Chicago - Funky AECO
Curtis Mayfield - Little Child Runnin' Wild
Arthur Russell - Make 1,2
Burial and Four Tet - Wolf Cub
American Spring - Sweet Mountain
Mount Kimbie - Sketch On Glass
Tones on Tail - Lions
Marcos Valle - Bicho No Cio
King Tubby - A Rougher Version
Michel Magne - Petrole Pop
There's plenty more where that did and did not come from over at Dublab, so stop reading this and go check it out.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Say hello to Mr. Bill Withers. If you count yourself a fan of Dr. Dre, Tupac, Jay-Z, Kanye, Will Smith or the song 'Lean on Me' then you might already know him even if you don't know it. Don't let the vaguely stern look on his face there fool you - in 9 out of 10 smoothness contests his voice tops the even the leading baby's bottoms. Similarly, don't take my word for it, check out a couple of these tracks from Mr. Withers' 1977 album Menagerie. The first one has popped up in a few other places online recently (check the blog roll, fifth from the top), but I came upon a vinyl copy a couple of weeks back so here we go:
Bill Withers - Lovely Day (1977) (buy)
Bill Withers - She Wants To (Get On Down) (1977) (buy)
If you find your interest piqued check out the upcoming documentary Still Bill, directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack.