This track pops up on Basement Jaxx’s 1999 Essential Mix. Gets me every time.
The Flight of the Conchords were great on Saturday evening. Their opener, Kristen Schaal, was just as great. Their audience, however, was rowdy, restless, and rude. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a fellow spectator scream out “BUSINESS TIME” during the course of the evening, I would have been able to afford better seats to the show. Continue reading
Highlights: Davids Axelrod’s and Mccallum’s “The Edge,” as featured in Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode,” Jeremy Steig’s “Howling for Judy,” as featured in Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot,” and Grant Green’s “Down Here on the Ground,” used in ATCQ’s “Vibes and Stuff.”
Bottom line: If you have listened to hip-hop in the last twenty years, you’re bound to appreciate at least 5 songs on this album. B+
The video below is “Mutescreamer” by Beans, an emcee formerly of the underground rap group Antipop Consortium. The track is featured in DJ Shadow‘s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, released via his website in limited edition as Diminishing Returns.
I saw Beans perform live a few years back when he opened for post-rock gods Tortoise. His performance was raw– he rapped over DAT beats or a cappella– but it was memorable. The video only hints at Beans’ prowess as an emcee; he is one who is blessed with both wit and flow, a welcome change to the formulaic rhyme-sayers flooding popular radio, which needs more artists like him and less like Soulja Boy.