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23
Jan
10

Hope For Haiti Now – Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna Perform “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” & More Coverage

Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna

When the sky falls, and the Earth quakes.. We gon’ put this back together, we won’t break

I watched almost the entire Hope For Haiti Now telethon event last night, and I’m so thankful I did. If I said it was extremely moving, that would be an understatement. I found myself breathless and teary-eyed as artists, musicians, actors, directors and more put aside differences and united to answer phones and accept donations on behalf of  the various organizations helping the relief effort in Haiti. The broadcast also featured personal stories about Haitians that survived the horrible natural disaster in addition to newscaster Anderson Cooper & others detailing the monumental effort to treat the thousands of injured and emotionally-distraught.

Musical performances included Jay-Z, Bono & The Edge of U2, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, my wifey Christina Aguilera, my other wifey Alicia Keys, The Roots, Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris, John Legend, Beyonce, Coldplay, Shakira, Mary J Blige, Sting, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Emeline Michel and of course, Haiti’s son Wyclef.

MTV has a sweet rundown of all the performances here and check out some photos here compliments of Concrete Loop. Click the links below to donate and grab your copy of the Hope for Haiti Now album on iTunes with the various performances in great quality MP3’s.

If anyone has the full telecast of the event, can you please link it in the comments section? Thanks in advance.

Shout to Ian for the video of Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna below (am I the only one who thinks Rih Rih looks out of place on stage with legends? Oh well.). I hope you find it in your heart to donate to help those suffering from this devastating tragedy, and (try to) enjoy the music!

Download on iTunes: Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna – Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)

Hope For Haiti Now

Donate: Hope For Haiti Now

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14
Jan
10

DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

DJ Shadow

Well, I’ll be damned.

I haven’t seen this mix by the everlasting Joshua “DJ Shadow” Davis, a personal favorite of mine, posted anywhere besides my local torrent community. So it’s only right I share this special live mix with everyone.

Shadow spun this particular blend of musical beauty last Halloween night at LA’s Legendary Park Plaza for KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. He rocked his now famous sampling technique amid pinpoint scratching and nifty mixing for his set, which clocked in at a little under two hours.

Oh, did I mention he played Serato-free? To you newjacks out there, this means he lugged crate upon crate busting at the seams with vinyl (gasp!) to represent with two turntables and a sampler like few can these days, for the true school.

I’d much rather have been scoping pretty ladies to DJ Shadow’s tune’s then whatever lame dime-a-dozen DJ played where I was that night, but at least I can envision what it would have been like to be there thanks to whoever recorded this.

Shouts to the generous folks of ****.cd (what, you thought I’d give my secrets away? You crazy, homes) for seeding this torrent, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

09
Jan
10

Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Dom

1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3

Jaap

1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!

24
Dec
09

Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

NYC Christmas

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas (to the Christians, of course) and a Happy Holidays to all my friends and readers.

Vibe to this hour-and-a-half long Very Special Christmix while you’re drankin’ eggnog, opening presents, eating everything in sight, and spending time with the ones you love. There’s a lil’ somethin’ for all tastes in this mix – from classics and traditional to jazzy, funkin’ and hip-hoppin’ – so play it anywhere you go this season.

I compiled the mix myself, so I guess shouts to me? Nah, shouts to the artists for giving me the inspiration and allowing me to feel the spirit, Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

1. Al Green – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
3. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
4.Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
5.Chet Baker – We Three Kings
6.Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song
7. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Silver Bells
8. Dinah Washington – Silent Night
9. Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
10. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Etta James – Merry Christmas Baby
13. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – The Christmas Song
14. Frank Sinatra – The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves) [w-Tina, Nancy & Frank Sinatra Jr.]
15. Jackson 5 – Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
16. Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
17. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. Mannheim Steamroller Piano Tribute Players – Carol f the Bells
19. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
20. Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
21. Nat King Cole – O Come All Ye Faithful
22. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
23. Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday
24. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
25. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
26. Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
27. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
28. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
29. Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? (Live)

(If anyone is unfamiliar with .Rar files, feel free to hit me up)

03
Nov
09

Sample Junkies

Sample Junkies Front

Since I’m a bit under the weather, it’s always nice to get quality stuff in the inbox.

Here’s the second mix from the Sunshine State’s honorable DJ/ turntablist Matt Cali and the Empire State’s musical mastermind/graphic designer Russel Fong, aptly dubbed Sample Junkies due to its nostalgic feel. It’s invigorating, really.

Sample Junkies is a three-part compilation of classic hip-hop samples and breaks mixed fluidly by Cali. Fong has chosen the music of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Dells, David Porter, The Charmels, Michel Gonet, Menahan Street Band, The Jackson 5, Ramp, Ramon Morris, Esther Bryde, 9th Creations, Monk Higgins, Sting, Smilin Billy Suite, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Aretha Franklin, Jack Mayborn,Roy Ayers plus plenty more to serve as the soundtrack to your trip back in time.

I’ve praised the effort of this dope duo before, so expect this mix to impress once again. No track list necessary. True sample heads, this is what you’re fiendin’ for.

Shout to the good homie Matt himself for hooking this up. Spin this tonight and reminisce, Enjoy!

Download: Russell Fong & DJ Matt Cali – Sample Junkies

Sample Junkies Back

21
Oct
09

Sound Table 10/21/09

Boombox

Do The Right Thing with the Lasonic i931 Boombox, it’s iPod-ready!

Haven’t been as persistent as I should be with my Sound Table segments, my apologies. So here’s some fly music to get you through the rest of hump day, Enjoy!

Sound Table

David Banner ft. Twista, Naledge, Rhymefest, Skooda Chose & Lisa Ivey – Something Is Wrong (Remix) Prod. 9th Wonder

DJ JS-1 & O.C. – Life

Emilio Rojas – Bold & Arrogant Prod. M-Phazes

Exile ft. J. Mitchell – Your Summer Song

Idle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Noble) ft. Skyzoo – Go Brooklyn

   Idle Warship – Party Robot

Jern Eye ft. Mistah F.A.B. & Zion I – Get Right

Lil’ Wayne ft. Brisco – I’m The Truth (Full Version)

Potholes in my Blog Presents The Ozone Mixtape [Shouts to the homie Reyn]

Ryan Leslie – I Choose You

Slaughterhouse ft. Bun B – The One (Travis Barker Remix)

15
Sep
09

The Messengers: Episode 3 (Bob Dylan)

Messengers

I’ve been excited since hearing the initial sampler for J. Period & K’Naan’s tribute trilogy to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, and here’s the last tape in that series.

From the release:

J.Period & K’NAAN are pleased to present the third and final installment of The Messengers tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan. Episode #3 celebrates America’s reluctant Civil Rights song leader and poetic voice, Bob Dylan. Dylan’s own struggle with his status as a “Messenger” is well-documented: he shunned the tremendous expectations placed on him during the 60’s, preferring to see himself as a songwriter rather than a social leader. Nevertheless, the impact of his music is undeniable and, over 40 years since Dylan’s arrival, J.Period & K’NAAN set out to show his continued relevance, both socially and musically. On The Messengers #3: Bob Dylan, J.Period remixes and re-invents Dylan’s music for the hip hop generation, while K’NAAN channels Dylan’s poetic voice with heartfelt and compelling lyrics. The result is an unprecedented and truly unique mixtape offering. The Messengers #3: Bob Dylan also features appearances from DJ Preservation and bassist, Brian Satz.”

If you missed the first two, scoop up Marley’s here and Kuti’s here. Vibe out to these remixes today, link and tracklist courtesy of Freestyle Madness. Enjoy!

Download: J. Period & K’NAAN present The Messengers: Episode 3 (Bob Dylan)

Tracklist:

01. Introduction To Bob Dylan
02. Rhythmic Poetry (Interlude)
03. Don’t Think Twice (Messengers Remix)
04. No Great Message (Interlude)
05. 4th Time Around (Messengers Remix)
06. Voice Of The Other Sie (Interlude)
07. Lay Lady Lay (Intro)
08. Relationships Lay (Messengers Remix)
09. This Is A True Story (Interlude)
10. Hard Rain (Messengers Remix)
11. It’s Alright Ma (J. Period Remix) Bonus





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