Monday, October 18, 2010

Ad Nauseum - G.O.O.D. Music Edition

It may seem as though I'm only following Kanye West and his day to day activities over here, but that's only because him and the rest of G.O.O.D. Music are killing it.

First came the resurrection of Child Rebel Soldier, the supergroup that includes Kanye, Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco. Although the track is 2 years old with references to R. Kelly and Ghostface's "Wallabee", it was unreleased until Mr. West dropped it as part of his G.O.O.D. Friday series. After hearing it, you have to wonder how many other classics this man has just sitting in the studio. You can grab it for FREE on Kanye's blog, including every other release in the series.

Then, he dropped by the 2010 BET Awards and decided the crew was going to drop a cypher that I'm still rewinding to catch all the lines. Not sure if Kanye's line "Too many Urkels on your team, that's why your wins low" or Cyhi da Prynce's "I'm impeccable, they put me on a pedestal, and if you bite me, it's good like a vegetable" is the killer. But, damn if Big Sean didn't just rip his entire verse!

It looks as though Cyhi da Prynce is just getting started because he popped up on the new A-Trak single, "Ray Ban Vision" from the forthcoming Fool's Gold Volume 1. I wish A-Trak would produce more hip-hop, he always finds a beat that is just a step outside the normal crap you hear. Get him and Lil' Wayne in a room and you would have an instant classic.

Oh, and in case you haven't heard, Mos Def just signed to G.O.O.D. Music. Whoa.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ad Nauseum #5

1. Gayngs - By Your Side (Sade Cover)
2 weeks ago, I gave you Gayng's version of George Michael's "One More Try" and told you to catch them at the Metro. If I knew they were going to drop this jewel during their set I would have bought you a ticket. It's that good. Making things even better is a studio version that is being offered for free at For those of you unfamiliar with Daytrotter, please take a look at this wonderful site that specializes in acoustic sets from well-deserving indie acts. Listen to me in the future or risk missing something like this.

2. Karen O - If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough
If you thought that was weird and unusual, take a listen to this. Karen O has gone country! The following song is from the forthcoming Jackass 3D soundtrack and debuted on Some Kind of Awesome earlier this week.It can only be assumed the mess at the end is Johnny Knoxville & Co doing what they do best.
Karen O. (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) - "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough" by Some Kind of Awesome

3. John Lennon - LENNONYC
Last, but certainly not least is that fact that yesterday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. To remember his life and legacy, fans and admirers (Google included) paid their respects this week to a true visionary. A movie about his formative years called "Nowhere Boy" is playing in select cities and seems very interesting. However, it's the documentary "LENNONYC" about his final years in New York City that should not be missed. The film will premiere on PBS, Monday, November 22nd. Watch a few excerpts below, courtesy of Rolling Stone.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ad Nauseum #4

Couldn't post last week, but it seemed to me like everyone was heading in the same direction: Ok Go's video and Katy Perry getting kicked off Sesame Street. If you missed either of those, you have no pulse.

1. Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand Video
Duck Sauce (A-Trak & Armand Van Helden) released an EP last year that brought back some disco funk and I totally ate it up. They are set to release a new single and this is the crazy video with too many cameos to mention. If you listen closely, you'll notice a few edits, remixes and additions that really make the song sound better than the original. Check out P-Thugg at 1:30 & DJ Premiere scratching it up right after that! Blink and you might miss Diplo sneaking in/out through the window...

2. Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake - A History of Rap
Jimmy Fallon has been quietly ruling late night. Maybe I'm still pissed about the whole Leno/Conan fiasco, but no one can fuck with Fallon's guests or musical acts. This year I've seen Paul Simon play with the Roots, Phish rock out as part of Rolling Stones week, Cheech & Chong break out the classic "Mexican-Americans" and now this... Watch him every night.

3. Felix Cartal - Fall 2010 Mix
Daily, I hear crap. That isn't a joke. Daily, I dig through emails and search for new stuff. But for the most part everyone is jumping on Dubstep and it's HUGE bass. Like anything there is a place for it, but with it being so trendy, finding a great mix is hard. Leave it up to Felix Cartal to drop something new and incredible. I've been blasting it for the past two days and hope you start your weekend off right. BTW, stay away from Deadmau5's new track "Raise Your Weapon", or try and find it for a prime example of shit my ears hear on the regular.
Fall Mix 2010 by Felix Cartal