STREAMING // (Video) Full Of Hell X Health – “Full Of Health”

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Directed + Animated By: Zev Deans

Misc. Day – Tasmanian Geographic

death_grips_exmilitary_012011 was a fascinating year for personal growth, but truly the timeframe is iconic for the burst of Death Grips and their debut record, Exmilitary. If going by year, this would have to be the most personally influential record that shattered the borders of reality and immediately captured to become what the internet was in a sound.

Confusion, anger, abysmal frustration, uncatchable and unobtainable emotion; all correct adjectives to describe the chaos that is embodied and hosted through the Sacramento outfit. The trio that essentially became a walking representation of existentialism and nihilistic ability was a catalyst for the high school student with a fascination for punk rock and hip-hop. Death Grips was able to successfully adventure into the darkest corners of the cerebral dungeon, pulling out treasure behind those bitten-down, scrapped knuckles and nails.

The opening track, “Beware” which samples Charles Manson involves a quote, describing, “What the hell I wanna go off into – and go to work for? Work for what, money? I got all the money in the world, I’m the king man. I run the underworld guy. I decide who does what and where they do it at… I make the money man, I roll the nickels, the game is mine… I deal the cards.” What follows is this animalistic beatdown of mental disarming. MC Ride who is the vocalist of Death Grips and the narrator of this cognitive journey takes the audience along instrumentals laid out by Zach Hill and Flatlander or Andy Morin who together, are foreboding and draining. But somehow on the same hand, are a freeing testament that can become dismissive of the struggle that Earth holds.

Describing through the chorus, “I close my eyes and seize it, I clench my fists and beat it. I light my torch and burn it, I am the beast I worship.” This self-worship is the disillusion of undoubtable freedom from the material and physical world. With a rapid hi-hat that is like lines in the road to follow, MC Ride is a cold delivery behind ultimately one of the most lasting impacts of any record to memory. Later tracks like “Lord Of The Game” are aggressive and bombastic, but also hold some sense of being constructed to thrive in the back alleys and dwellings of the skull. A track that could show its face in the mosh pit or in the club, though no clubs in a commercial setting, shows diversity and at least if nothing else, a will to progress sound.

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Further down the pipeline, Exmilitary rears in revolution with “Known For It” that gives Death Grips a sense of catchiness to the hooks and verses. The instrumentals are still frantic and sporadic messes of synths and percussion, but for once, everything is coherent and actually is something that can be shown to a family member without receiving disconcerting stares.

Before wrapping completely, Exmilitary is 48 minutes of pure head rush. From the more well-known pieces like “Guillotine” or “Spread Eagle Cross The Block” to tracks like “5D” and “Thru The Walls” that are almost forgotten as nearly ten years have passed since their initial release. No matter the age or setting, Death Grips is an art project that must and demands to be experienced first-hand, with or without loads of schizophrenic MDMA trips through the desert.

Listen To Exmilitary Here!!! – Third Worlds (Death Grip’s Site)/Soundcloud/Youtube

STREAMING // (Album) Standing On The Corner – “G-E-T-O-U-T!! The Ghetto”

Listen Here – BandCamp

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Track List: G-E-T-O-U-T!! The Ghetto Pt.1, Ghetto Dub, G-E-T-O-U-T!! The Ghetto Pt.II, Zolo Go

STREAMING // (Track) Bill Waves – “Water In July”

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Produced By: Jay Card X Nice Rec

STREAMING // (Video) BEAM – “UNDA ARMOR”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

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Production Company: Trikon Production House

Director: PDL

Producer: Esteban Zuluaga

EP: Santiago Cervantes + Sho Schrock

DP: Eric Vera

Editor: Christopher Young

STREAMING // (Track) Ace Uzumakii – “Milk Tea”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

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Produced By: K.Kun

STREAMING // (Track) Ashnikko – “Daisy”

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STREAMING // (Video) A Kid Called Gauwd – “Curved”

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Directed By: Blue Lens

STREAMING // (Video) Viper – “My Car Run On Coke”

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Produced By: Athena

STREAMING // (Video) My Favorite Color – “Funeral”

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On Rostrum Records

STREAMING // (Video) Boldy James X The Alchemist – “Bernadines”

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Directed By: Avocado

Mixed By: Eddie Sancho

Mastered By: Joe Laporta

New Music – Harlem Raised Dog

kahlil_blu_dog_01Don’t let the cutesy style for a cover art fool you, DOG is a record that belongs is the confusion of rampaging production and quick spit lines that fly by like the Lexington Avenue Local train. Kahlil Blu who has been a voice in this hip-hop renaissance in New York is able to capture through 20 total tracks, a vivid and pastel look into the intricacies of abstract display.

Opening with an eight-second piece titled “bark !,” Kahlil Blu allows this subtle distraction to be the catalyst that leads into “coldsweats” filled with catchy hooks and bombastic instrumentation. Describing, “I got cold sweats, I got cold sweats. I need more checks, I need more checks,” as the production behind him is a speeding whip that is able to thrive in chaos. “coldsweats” is only barely behind a minute-and-a-half, but is an elastic punch that pushes the crowd back to give Blu some breathing room. When he brings in the feature from MAVI on “runway talk,” Blu is more understandable and less frantic through the bedroom loops and lo-fi percussive snaps.

Instantly, the world that “runway talk” survives and embodies is much more approachable, and while Blu is still aggressive, his demeanor changes. Truly on DOG, the star of the record is his production which aids his vocals to be pavement-shattering. If the foundation is outstanding, then the vocal work is able to ease in and push a message without becoming too bogged down. Also, the inclusion of vocalists like MAVI, Fifthpower, $ilkMoney, and Na-Kel Smith who are not unfamiliar with orchestrating sound into abrasion benefits him as well.

Later, pieces like “CHEWING GUM” have Blu acting and spitting over this triplet run of bass and carousel-style instrumentation that has an undeniable Playboi Carti undertone. This flutter of butterfly wings that surrounds the production and then his ad-libs that scream “Bitch, Yeah!” are energetic enough to sculpt this danceable, but dominant verse that commands. Blu continues to pick up speed as the track barrels until he is practically having a conversation with himself over the 808s.

kahlil_blu_dog_02As a narrator, Kahlil Blu is divisive and stands separated from his features, but his instrumentation is able to carry DOG even before Blu enters the frame. It is almost like his performance is an additional piece of the treasure with lyrics spit through a smile for the most part. Especially for his remix of “The Mint”  by Earl Sweatshirt on “Oh Well” where the already low-tuned strings are constricted by this harsh 808 smack. It turns, what was a drained creep from one artist into a sprawling club hit that appears only for a minute.

That’s almost the beauty of DOG, the record is 20 tracks in 32 minutes. So by the time the listener can get used to a beat or flow from one track, Blu essentially breaks the neck to turn onto something new. It is admirable, and for some reason, quickly becomes a timestamp in an already diverse career.

Listen To DOG Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Album) Girlsville – “BE GAY, DO CRIME!”

Listen Here – BandCamp

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Featuring: Osees, Gen Pop, Stiff Love, Becky & The Politicians, Hood Rats, UV-TV, Andrew Anderson, Virvon Varvon, Germ House, Mr. And The Mrs., Danny And The Darleans, Blues Lawyer, The Primitives, UK Gold, The Proletariat, The Maxines, Special Interest

Track List: Blood On Your Boots, You Can Chew, I Don’t Mind Committing Crime, If Boys Got Pregnant (The Orchids), Exterminator, Happy Place (The Jesus And Mary Chain), I Don’t Like Music, Corner Seat, 15 Year Old Plan, Heavy Debbie, You Colonized My Mind, From The Start, Been Hiding (The Ainslers Set), Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot (Billy Childish), Bomb Throwing Practice, Parking Lot, White Out (Alternate), On The Floor, The State Industry The Community & Her Love (Tati Au Miel Remix)

STREAMING // (Album) SPY – “SERVICE WEAPON”

Listen Here – BandCamp

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Released On To Live A Lie Records

Recorded, Mixed, + Mastered By: Charles Toshio at Panda Studios

Art By: Cain Cox

Track List: Violent Majority, Running Out Of Space, Bootlicker, Service Weapon

 

STREAMING // (Video) Lute – “Life”

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Production Company: Slum County Inc + Haus Elephi

Producer: Dho

Director: Alexander and The Haus

Editor + VFX : Gustavo Soto

Cinematography + Photography:  Cordrell Colbert, Marcus Miller, Uncle Jut, Will Jenkins, Corey Weaver

Classic Day – Mother’s Milk

captain_beefheart_and_his_magic_band_safe_as_milk_01If the rambunctious styling of Trout Mask Replica was too much to digest in a single setting, perhaps the mystic metamorphosis of their debut record, Safe As Milk by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band would be more soothing. Still a fairly packed instrumental record, Safe As Milk aids to bring a more blues rendition to the often complicated performances of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band.

The debut record that essentially was overshadowed by other released at the time. Safe As Milk is not as well known by any means as its successor, but still has moments that are charismatic enough to form a grip on the listener. Opening with “Sure ‘Nuff ‘n’ Yes, I Do,” Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band is instantly recognizable by the growling and graveled vocals of Don Van Vliet who is able to shout and howl his way over smokehouse instrumentals. Vliet also covers the harmonica, marimba, and other arrangements, while Alex St. Clair Snouffer is able to perform on the guitar, backing vocals, and percussion. Safe As Milk feels as if it has a revolving door for instrumentalists who can instantly switch to play anything, anywhere. The use of Ry Cooder on the slide guitar and percussion, as well as Jerry Handley on the bass and backing vocals, is able to push John French to new heights of importance on the percussive set and auxiliary work as well.

captain_beefheart_and_his_magic_band_safe_as_milk_02Where “Sure ‘Nuff ‘n’ Yes, I Do” is a subtle crawl toward the arching oasis of desert air, then the following of “Zig Zag Wanderer” is a rushed and abrasive almost Blonde On Blondeesque sounding push of breath. The sliding guitars on the frets and the cascading snaps of bass strings are a 1960’s flower power cape but with low-tuned percussion that stomps through the speakers. Here, the bass and drums are the main focus of the track with a breakdown at the near mid-point where the bass commands like a general in the army. The vocals pour over with just bass and snare hits which then lead the guitars to shuffle in before Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band erupts into a grenade of sound.

Later with tracks like “Plastic Factory,” the blues influence is boiling over into the hot sun that Safe As Milk embodies. The swing guitar work is able to clash against the vocals that appear deep enough to have smoked 15 packs of cigarettes a day, working in tandem as an outlaw in presentation. Personally, the vocals for Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band take some time to warm up to, but once they are in full momentum, Safe As Milk is addicting nectar. The piece becomes this conductive and fulfilling bounce through vintage fuzz-ridden amps that transport the listener into the abstract but still grounded punch of resonation.

So ditching the more popular for the less attractive becomes a solid adventure if odd rock and roll can be the momentum. Before the days of fish heads and blazing red covers, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band allow a portal toward another land where nearly an hour of time can be replaced as if they were minutes on the clock.

Listen To Safe As Milk Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Video) IDontKnowJeffery – “See Me With Her”

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Featuring: Cuco

Produced By: Tay Keith

Directed by: Quintin Lamb

STREAMING // (Track) Vinny Fanta – “Reload”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

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Produced By: Tony Seltzer

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