Category Archives: hip-hop

Steve Coleman & 5 Elements @ The Stone, 24-28

One of improvisation’s most dazzling minds, the saxophonist continues to till new soil with his latest album – the fetching interplay on Functional Arrythmias (Pi) is inspired by the the sparks that fly through the human body’s circulatory, nervous, respiratory systems. The intuitive counterpoint, the sharp turns, and the deep trust of the group’s collabo vibe mark it as yet another unique turn in a fascinating career. The fact that he won recently won a MacArthur Fellowship (genius grant) makes perfect sense.

King Brit Salutes Sun Ra Tonight on Planet Gowanus

Germantown’s biggest jazz star has been getting major props in  Philadelphia this year. The Sun Ra centennial has brought its fair share of creative homages around the city. In both Philly and Chicago (where Ra has roots) the DJ and arts entrepreneur King Britt has thrown a couple of bashes to celebrate Sunny’s 100th Earthday. He calls his ever-shifting homage “The Beautiful Noise.”

Tonight Britt brings his supersonic audio-visual scene to the angels and demons at play in Brooklyn. In the exploratory spirit of The Magic City and Disco 3000  the 2014 edition of the AFROPUNK Festival drops an “after dark” showcase to keep the music going at Littlefield (Planet Gowanus). Britt shares the stage with keybster Damon Bennett, bassist Anthony Tidd and special guests. It looks to be the kind of sensual sprawl that Mr. Blount himself used to generate with the Arkestra on a regular basis.

In the mood for some interstellar low-ways? Feel like splashing around in stardust from tomorrow? Ready to dance with the cosmo aliens?  You can take a monorail or satellite to get there. Step right up.

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Saturday Spinning

Pharrell Williams – “Come Get It Bae”

Jason Moran – All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Blue Note)

Stefano Bollani Trio – Joy In Spite of Everything (ECM)

The Bats – “The Old Ones”

Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (Capital)

Mahmoud Ahmed – Ere Mela Mela – Modern Music from Ethiopia (Master Classics)

La Roux – Trouble In Paradise (Interscope)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Red Hot  (Hot Cup)

James Brown – In The Jungle Groove  (Polydor)

The Chills – “I Love My Leather Jacket”

John Zorn’s The Dreamers – Ipos: Book of Angels, Vol 14 (Tzadik)

Sturgill Simpson – “Turtles All The Way Down”

 

 

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Summer Song 2011: Devilish Flow, Like Draino

Sales figures don’t determine a song’s popularity at our house. It’s all about usefulness ’round here. Can the track provide a fun background for various parts of the day? In other words, is it versatile? There’s no question about this summer’s numero uno: LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” was the consensus choice because it worked in myriad situations. Chopping onions for backyard burgers, taking a shower before date night, bumping and grinding during date night, morning clean-up, evening dance bash – I even caught my kid vacuuming to the damn thing.

The season’s most ubiquitous track has generated several spin-offs as well. Tired of the original? How about a few remixes to mess with your head? Everyday I’m (re)shuffling…

What, you say the “Anthem” isn’t the song of the summer? Well, go ahead, tell everyone which track you chopped your backyard onions to!