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Saturday Spinning

Alabama Shakes “I Ain’t The Same”

Diana Krall, Glad Rag Doll (Verve) 

Rez Abbasi Trio, Continuous Beat (Enja) 

Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go ‘Round” (Mercury) 

Jeff Davis, Leaf House (Fresh Sound) 

Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes (Warp)

Juicy J, “Bandz A Make Her Dance” 

Chandler Travis Three-O, This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater (Iddy-Biddy)

Sam Newsome, The Art Of The Soprano, Vol. 1 (Newsome)

Sarah Lupo (Skippin’ Sally) 

Kanye West, “Clique” 

No Doubt, “Push and Shove” 

Rickie Lee Jones, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

David Virelles, Continuum (Pi)

Jose James, No Beginning, No End (Blue Note)

Randy Travis “Honky Tonk Side Of Town” 

Toby Keith, “I Like Girls Who Drink Beer” 

George Schuller’s Circle Wide, Listen Both Ways (Playscape) 

Various Artists, Quiet About It – A Tribute to Jesse Winchester (Mailboat)

Video

Goin’ Gorillas

Jay-Z Explains Watch The Throne Title

“It’s just protecting the music and the culture. It’s people that’s in the forefront of music, it’s like Watch the Throne, protect it. You just watch how popular music shifts and how hip-hop has basically replaced rock and roll as the youth music. The same thing could happen to hip-hop, it could be replaced by other forms of music. So it’s just making sure that we put that effort into making the best product so we can contend with all this other music, with all the dance music that’s dominating the charts right now and indie music that’s dominating the festivals and still hold off rock ‘n’ roll. Just to hold our place and make sure that the hip-hop culture is still the most dominant form of music around the world.”

http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1669055/20110815/index.jhtml

Otis On Top, Other Great Collabos Below

Here’s Kanye West’s and Jay-Z’s “Otis,” a seismic thwack of old school boasting in a modern get-up (albeit one that tries to provide a little tenderness with a steamy sample by the esteemed Mr. Redding). Speaking of old school, Jay & Ye aren’t the first dudes to form a great hip-hop duo. Which of these other key partnerships is your favorite? More reviews/info about Watch the Throne below. 

Still trying to feel your way around Watch The Throne? It’s on iTunes now, and officially drops in physical form on Friday. Here’s a wrap-up of intel regarding the summer superstar throwdown.

Stream Watch The Throne

Ten Great “Otis” Freestyles (Village Voice)

Who’s More Materialistic?

Tom Breihan (Pitchfork)

Five Best Rhymes on “Otis”

Rolling Stone 

Victory Light 

 

10 Trends that WTT Might Start

Oliver Wang (NPR)

Trouble Comes in Threes: New HipHop Duos

Yep, that final one is a bit of a joke, though the Bieb has miles to go. Who knows who he’ll ride with next? 

Still trying to feel your way around Watch The Throne? It’s on iTunes now, and officially drops in physical form on Friday. Here’s a wrap-up of intel regarding the summer superstar throwdown.

Stream Watch The Throne

Ten Great “Otis” Freestyles (Village Voice)

Who’s More Materialistic?

Tom Breihan (Pitchfork)

Five Best Rhymes on “Otis”

Rolling Stone 

Victory Light 

Oliver Wang (NPR)

Feeling Royal?

Listen to Watch the Throne 

Ye & Jay: The Five Best Boasts on “Otis”

The rhymes come hard and fast, and in the large they sound fun. I’d say there’s tad too much reliance on the base sample itself (Puffy and Sting syndrome, right?), but Kayne West and Jay-Z get a couple things correct on “Otis,” the second track we’re hearing (almost forgot about “H.A.M.”) from the much-awaited you-know-what: the swagger is back and Redding “sounds so soulful.”  As for our boys, they’re staying outta hell and jail respectively, keeping their arms out the window while cruising through town in the G-450, looking photo shoot fresh and smoking Cubanos with Casto. You know how they roll: conspicuous consumption to the max. A few sweet lines get spit in the track’s three minute span. Here are five + 1. Still can’t wait to hear “Niggas In Paris.”

1. Jay: “New watch alert: Hublots, or the big-face Rolly – I got two of those.”

2. Jay: “Looking like wealth/’bout to call the paparazzi on myself.”

3. Ye: “I made “Jesus Walks” so I’m never going to hell.”

4. Jay: “I got five passports/ain’t never going to jail.”

5. Ye: “Last week I was in my other other Benz”

6. Ye: “Sophisticated ignorance/write my curses in cursive.”

Kanye Freestyles, Glasper Passes The Mic

The trajectory was always there. Bilal was grabbing the mic with Robert Glasper at Brooklyn’s Up Over Cafe years ago. But it’s still a surprise to catch a star of Kanye West‘s stature sitting in and spilling a freestyle with the groove-pianist. That’s what happened at the Blue Note over the weekend. And Kanye wasn’t alone. Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco were part of the action as well. There’s nice clear sound on the Weezy section in the clip above – you can hear him taunting the Grammys and touting his latest bit of brilliance.  A Blog Supreme has got Glasper talking hip-hop.  Here’s a clip where you can actually K on stage.

Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

Lotta spins of Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” floating around (thanks Kanye). Don’t you dare say this Webcam MC ain’t close to the top.

I, Jukebox

Oh Land, “White Nights”

Stephan Crump & James Carney, Echo, Run, Pray (Clean Feed)

Clare & the Reasons, Live in Amsterdam (Frog Stand)

The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic)

Marty Ehrlich, Fables (Tzadik)

Bruce Springsteen, “Working on the Highway”

Johnny Cash, “Train of Love”

The Hold Steady, “We Can Get Together”

Heavenly, “C Is the Heavenly Option”

Dark, Dark, Dark, “Daydreaming”

Marion Brown, Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (ECM)

Mike Clark, “Water On the Moon”

Susan Cowsill, “You and Me Baby”

Ut, “Evangelist”

Best Of All Time?

“His career is not dead/it’s living in Cuba…”  It’s The Real.