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10/30/08

SPOTLIGHT: Nosaj Thing



Copied from Nosaj Thing's Myspace:

L.A.-based producer Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung) is a sound innovator. He's a sweet kid with a sinister musical agenda. His electronic soundscapes and wild beat tectonics play like vignettes that affect the listener's mind as deeply as he hits their soul. Without a doubt, Nosaj Thing is among L.A.'s finest musical modulators.

Jason's early work came awkwardly but not at all haphazardly. At age 13, he took his first computer from his father, an archaic PC that struggled even with word documents. In the hands of Nosaj Thing, it became an Intel Celeron home studio. With a "donated" copy of Reason, a demo version of Ableton Live and a computer mouse (he couldn't afford a MIDI controller), Nosaj Thing began making music. He built his first productions note for note on the electronic staff of his Frankenstein studio. When your focus is strong, all you really need is a machine that works.

In high school, Jason picked up a day job at a local music store, focusing his efforts on the arduous task of saving up for his first Mac. But Destiny had become fond of Nosaj Thing's resolve. In a contest, Jason won a favored producer tool: his own honest copy of Logic Pro. Wild circumstances? Perhaps. But he's still using it, winning beat battles, remix contests, gigging and DJing within his network of like-minded musical vigilantes. Now 22, Nosaj Thing creates nothing less than the sound mastery of beat driven, experimental electronics from a gifted noise constructor.

Nosaj Thing has received Artist-to-Watch accolades from XLR8R, remixed Daedelus and Elliot Lipp, won Plastic Little/Turntable Lab's remix contest featuring MF Doom, and won L.A.'s prestigious Project Blowed beat battle. He has shared the stage with the likes of Sixtoo, Architecture in Helsinki, DJ Krush, Z-Trip, Free the Robots, Eliott Lipp, D-Styles, Edit, and Daedelus. He's a staple and a crowd pleaser at L.A.'s underground hip-hop good time, Low End Theory. Comparisons run along with Ratatat, DJ Shadow, and Boards of Canada. A survey of his own record collection will turn up pieces from Aphex Twin, Stereolab, Radiohead, Daft Punk and Eric Satie. In so little time, he's accomplished so much. With his first full-length in the works, be prepared to hear a lot more noise from Nosaj Thing.

Nosaj Thing's self-released EP, "Views / Octopus," is available on iTunes.


Man On The Moon (The Anthem) - KiD CuDi
Flying Lotus - Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix)
Nosaj Thing Myspace

10/29/08

NEW TRACK: Just Plain Ant feat. Brad Oblivion - In The Air

This is the newest track from my upcoming album, Dig Deep, coming soon. It features Brad Oblivion. Speaking of which, check out Brad's blog RIGHT HERE.

In The Air

10/27/08

Add Illa J - Yancey Boys to the list of my favorites of the yr



Soo fresh. Illa J did one hell of a task by releasing an album completely from his brother's early beats. RIP Dilla. I'm gonna leave you with a track.

Illa J - Timeless

10/26/08

OH SNAP! @ Q-Tip's "The Renaissance"

AOTY so far. Pre-ordered it on vinyl

Black Milk's "Tronic" isn't far behind.

Good week

Pre-order The Renaissance.

Pre-order Tronic.

Not forcing you to, just suggesting it. Highly

10/24/08

It's PSA time



lol @ Jonah Hill

10/23/08

Black Milk's Tronic Full Album Stream on Myspace




Tronic is being streamed in full from Black Milk's Myspace. You should go listen. I know I am. So far shit is crazy dope.

Black Milk's Myspace

10/20/08

MP3: Jazzanova - Rockin' You Eternally (feat. Leon Ware and Dwele)

For those who don't know, Leon Ware produced this:
CLASSIC!!!!!!

But anyway, this is one of the smoothest joints I've heard in years. Reminds me kinda of Quincy Jones' "The Secret Garden" (Youtube it if you don't know).


Jazzanova feat. Leon Ware and Dwele - Rockin' You Eternally

didn't feel like typing (w/ Precise co-signing)

video

DOWNLOAD: Sleaze - Prelude To Greatness EP





Awhile back, I posted my man Sleaze's track "Welcome Home". Now the entire EP, PRELUDE TO GREATNESS, is here! PEEP IT!

SLEAZE - PRELUDE TO GREATNESS

10/19/08

Kanye West vs. Radiohead - Reckoner Lockdown



This actually made me appreciate Love Lockdown a lot more. I didn't like it much by itself, but this version is beautiful, and you should definitely check it out.

Here's a link to the mp3: Reckoner Lockdown

10/18/08

VIDEO: Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish (NSFW or Epileptic People)

I still don't know what to say about this video


This video below contains some explicit cartoon scenes, flashing lights and is FOR OVER 18's ONLY.


Directed by Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric) in association with Warp Records and Warp Films. Music by Flying Lotus. Co Directed/ Animation by Devin Flynn. Co Directed/ Edited by Eric Fensler. More info at dancefloordale.com

10/17/08

MP3: Black Milk - Give The Drummer Sum

My song of the year so far. If you disagree, ok, I don't really care. I still love it.

10/16/08

LOL WUT: The Roots on Yo Gabba Gabba


I got this from a site called Zoogobble.com via Okayplayer

Well, I've told you about the second season of Yo Gabba Gabba! -- that's going strong. And I've told you about the upcoming soundtrack, set to be released tomorrow through iTunes.

Now both are set to come together in one giant you-got-peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate sort of combination.

Because I've got an mp3 from that soundtrack for your listening pleasure that -- unlike most of the rest of the album -- is actually a Season Two track.

Trust me, even if you're all Yo Gabba Whatta?, you're going to want to hear this...

It's from the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots, and it's a totally mesmerizing song called "Lovely, Love My Family." You just have to listen, courtesy of Viacom.

The Roots - Lovely, Love My Family

10/14/08

VIDEO: Q-Tip - Move


Find more videos like this on Q-Tip


THE RENAISSANCE (finally!!!!!) - NOVEMBER 4

10/12/08

Trippin' Balls Off The Funk



Trip with me.

10/10/08

VIDEO: Kanye West - Love Lockdown

Um... wow...

10/9/08

An interview with yours truly

http://blocsonic.com/blog/just_plain_ant_hits_us_with_5_for_insight



A shining example of the quality hip-hop that's available for free in the world of netaudio. Just Plain Ant was featured on netBloc Vol. 17 with his track "Revolution", featuring the fierce lyrical skills of Precise. Here Just Plain Ant breaks down the hows, whys and whats. Check it…

01 Why free music? Right now, I’m simply an up and coming artist, and I love what I do to the point where money isn’t even important to me as a musician. I simply want people to hear the music I make and appreciate it as an art form (plus people love free stuff. lol.)

02 Your production style seems to take the best from back in the day and updates it with a bit of flavor from today. What inspires you to try and bridge the two? Is it intentional? It’s definitely intentional, because I feel that the back in the day hip-hop is an incredible way to make people nod their heads. I like to add today’s flavor to the mix, because I feel that you have to change at least a bit with the times. If I were to just completely emulate the old sounds, it would just sound like I’m stuck on one era and I refuse to add something new to it.

03 During the late 80s and early 90s it seemed that the “Producer” became the “star”. The producer also seemed to be the one with the deeper understanding and knowledge of music. The one who knew all the great or unknown records. This knowledge came from listening to a wide range of genres. As a producer, do you try and live up to that? If so, name a few of your sonic influences from outside the realm of hip-hop. I definitely do try to live up to that. I find influence in music from Radiohead, Zero 7, John Coltrane, The Beatles, and so many more that would take pages to list.

04 What was the last free netaudio album you downloaded and listened to? Girl Talk - Feed The Animals. He’s such a dope DJ and I’m dyin’ to see him live.

05 Linn, 808, SR-16 or live?
Live. I really want to incorporate live drums into my music, because you can feel the intensity that the drummer’s putting into what he plays.

10/8/08

SLEAZE!!




I wish somebody would try to tell me that Richmond doesn't have dope ass hip-hop. You need this in your life. Right Now. That's all I gotta say. Do the research.

Sleaze - Welcome Home [MP3]
Ketchup Plz! [Blog]
Sleaze's Myspace

Video: EENJ for President



I know who I'm voting for in 16 yrs.

10/7/08

Two highly anticipated albums dropped today

You know that I've been looking forward to L7 by Count Bass D. It dropped today but I haven't heard more than the snippets sadly enough. I'm broke, but pay day is Friday. It's crazy. This man just dropped today, and he already announced that he just finished another album called Here Comes The Neighborhood. So the excitement isn't over.

Oh yeah, the reason I'm now broke.

Definitely one of my favorite R&B album of the year. The standouts to me are the title track, Sweeter Than You, Take Off The Blues, If This Is Love and If She Breaks Your Heart (shit, I just listed about half of the album). It's definitely not Connected II. It's actually doper (@ least to me, you may disagree).

Neither album is available physically, so go to iTunes and download em both. You won't regret it.

10/5/08

Hand me my late pass, but...

I just heard Kid Cudi's "A KiD named CuDi" mixtape, and that's that dopeness. You need to hear it if you haven't. I hadn't until last night, and I'm glad I did.


1. Intro
2. Down & Out
3. Is There Any Love? ft. Wale (Prod. by Emile)
4. Cudi Get
5. Man On The Moon (The Anthem) (Prod. by NOSAJTHING)
6. The Prayer (Prod. by Plain Pat)
7. Day N Nite (Prod. by Dot Da Genius)
8. Embrace The Martian - Crookers ft. Kid Cudi
9. Maui Wowie
10. 50 Ways To Make A Record (Prod. by Emile & Plain Pat)
11. Whenever
12. Pillow Talk
13. Save My Soul (The Cudi Confession)
14. T.G.I.F. ft. Chip The Ripper
15. Cudi Spazzin
16. Cleveland Is The Reason (Prod. by Dot Da Genius)
17. Heaven At Nite
KiD CuDi - A KiD named CuDi

10/4/08

THE NEW SINGLE!

Still Dreamin (feat. Precise) - Just Plain Ant

10/3/08

When it rains


...tell the rain to fuck off and keep moving about your life as positively as possible.

"Still Dreamin'" available sometime within the next 12 hours.

10/1/08

Journey Through The Crates 1: Bob James - BJ4

One of my favorite purchases as of late. I can't begin to tell you how many times Nautilus or Feel Like Makin' Love have been sampled, but because of that, I dug deep (no pun intended) into the music of Bob James. I found BJ4 in one of my recent digs and I must say. This dude is great for hip-hop. Not only that, but he's also fantastic to vibe to. If you ever get the opportunity to chill to some Bob James, I SWEAR TO GOD, do not turn it down. This is music.