Making ‘The Cold Vein’ (Video Documentary)

Watch a three-part series highlighting the early years of Definitive Jux and an intimate look at the recording of Cannibal Ox’s debut album “The Cold Vein”

Apparently this has been on YouTube for a year and has an unusually low number of views; a three-part documentary on creating the debut Cannibal Ox album The Cold Vein. It only runs just over a half-hour but is a wonderful glimpse into not just the singular album but an intimate look into the prime-era of Definitive Jux as a homegrown NYC rap label.

 

Exploring the Origins of Scientist

Listen to two of Scientist’s pioneering dub albums juxtaposed with their original vocal studio recordings. An exquisite introduction to his creativity using the mixing console.

Hopeton Brown aka Scientist does not need much introduction; sitting perfectly in the middle of the dub reggae canon between the foundational sounds of King Tubby and Mad Professor bringing the style in to the modern studio era.

Recently on YouTube I came across a handful of videos shared courtesy of Juweeltjes, a handful of which juxtapose the original tracks dubbed by Scientist for his Wins The World Cup and Rids The World of The Evil Curse of the Vampires album – the latter of which was popularized by many for appearing as the KJAH radio station in Grand Theft Auto 3

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood

Oh like anybody is surprised I’m posting this. Interesting remix, even more interesting video; I’m not sure there is an actual story-line as much as it was a Miami Vice style everybody gets a cameo mentality. So many character introductions that at times I forget there’s even a song happening.

Either way, the results are that it works and I’m just some rando writing about it on the internet. Mission accomplished.

Slew Dem + Roll Deep + More – 2007 Freestyles

Not a whole lot of information to add here other than the basics. Here’s a 2007 radio show featuring the likes of Killa P, Flowdan, Tempa T, and Jammer who graces the decks and the mic a few times during the broadcast, stream using the YouTube above or download a copy for safe-keeping via the MediaFire link below:

Download Jammer – Sidewinder VIP (w/ Flow Dan, Killa P, Tempa T, etc.)

Telefon Tel Aviv – Re:Generation 2007 (Live Set)

Download a recording of Telefon Tel Aviv’s live performance at Re:Generation festival at Deerfields, NC on July 7, 2007

July 2007, a reasonably small music festival in Horse Shoe, outside Asheville, NC at the Deerfields Retreat – among the many performers that weekend was Telefon Tel Aviv who performed this brief but memorable set in the middle of the afternoon.

Deerfields Retreat (2007)

Far more people pictured above than were on-hand for the afternoon’s performance which made for an even more intimate setting in the hills of North Carolina. Please note this is an audience recording, not taken from soundboard. The entire set is available as a single track in FLAC or 320 MP3 below. I haven’t had time to sort out the setlist yet.

Download Telefon Tel Aviv – July 7, 2007 [MP3] (right-click to save)

Download Telefon Tel Aviv – July 7, 2007 [FLAC] (right-click to save)

Source Info:
AKG 481 (cardioid) > Edirol UA5 > Sony TCD-D8

Spiritualized @ Terminal West

Photo and Video recap of Spiritualized’s late-night performance at Terminal West on May 9, 2015 as a part of Shaky Knees Festivl

I was fortunate enough to catch Spiritualized, one of my favorite bands for about as long as I can remember, play a late-night set at Atlanta’s Terminal West on May 9, 2015 as a part of their two appearances in town for the Shaky Knees Festival. A much more intimate, and better sounding venue than my two previous experiences at The Variety Playhouse, or conversely the festival grounds.

Included are a handful of photos and a short stitching together of some video clips I grabbed during the course of the evening; being as close as I was I was more focused on enjoying the show than holding up a camera for 5-to-6 minute stretches. It’s rare I get to see Spiritualized was definitely wanted to savor the moment. Thanks to YouTube user ChromeDream for supplying a few full-length songs.

Below find the setlist with links to videos where available:

Setlist:
Here It Comes (The Road, Let’s Go)
Lord Let It Rain on Me
Electricity
Shine a Light
Electric Mainline
She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)
Soul on Fire
Oh Baby
Rated X
Walkin’ with Jesus
Come Together
Take Your Time

Kai Alce – Day/Light

Kai Alce performing on a rooftop in downtown Atlanta as a part of Wiggle Factor’s Day/Light event on May 2, 2015

Another fun rooftop event from Atlanta’s Wiggle Factor, this time bringing the local sounds of Kai Alce, a handful of photos and a short video I captured using the new hand-held camera. Hopefully more posts like this in the future now that I have it available.

Hefty Records Flossed Out Mix

A 2006 mix from The Glitch Mob’s edIT, showcasing beats from Hefty Records’ discography and the best of mid-aughts rap.

Coming out of Chicago, John HughesHefty Records served as a home for for artists like Elliot Lipp, and Telefon Tel Aviv, and at least one Prefuse 73 side project, as well as providing a home for some overlooked artists of the time such as Some Water and Sun and Retina.it

A number of the artists featured here including the DJ have moved on to understandably different aesthetics in the 8 years since this has been released but, like any good mix it is not only technically interesting but serves as a snapshot of the time which is was made.

edIT, now of Glitch Mob fame, shares remixes of mid-aught era rap on top of a handful of beats from the Hefty Records collection. Years later and I still have a soft-spot for this one.

Download edIT’s Hefty Records Flossed Out Mix

Frank Zappa – Dance Me This

Frank Zappa’s 100th album titled “Dance Me This” will see a release on June 1, 2005. The album is rumored to contain 11 tracks featuring synclavier compositions and guest appearances from Artis the Spoonman and a number of vocalists.

Frank Zappa - Dance Me ThisYesterday, the Zappa Family Trust, who apparently updates their website less frequently than I do, announced that Frank Zappa’s final album (#100 for those keeping count), titled Dance Me This will be available June 1st of this year.

The pre-order site does not provide much additional information other than the $18 price tag and the following short note: This is it. #100. The LAST album by Frank Zappa. It’s 1993 & YOU ARE HERE! 

Some additional information was available on the unofficial fan wiki however:

Personnel:

  • Frank Zappa (synclavier)
  • Artis the Spoon Man (spoons)
  • Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (vocals)
  • Anatoli Kuular (vocals)
  • Mats Öberg (keyboards)

Tracklist:

  1. Dance Me This
  2. Wolf Harbor Movement V
  3. Pachuco Gavotte
  4. Goat Polo
  5. Wolf Harbor Movement I
  6. Rykoniki
  7. Wolf Harbor Movement II
  8. Piano
  9. Wolf Harbor Movement III
  10. Calculus
  11. Wolf Harbor Movement IV

An alternate tracklisting from IINK is as follows:

  1. Dance Me This
  2. Pachuco Gavotte
  3. Wolf Harbor Movement I
  4. Wolf Harbor Movement II
  5. Wolf Harbor Movement III
  6. Wolf Harbor Movement IV
  7. Wolf Harbor Movement V
  8. Goat Polo
  9. Rykoniki
  10. Piano
  11. Calculus (Frank Zappa/Todd Yvega)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Band

Fred Rogers takes us backstage in his neighborhood to introduce the three-piece who provided the soundtrack to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was never in question, but an overlooked aspect of the show is the three-piece house band, fronted with John Costa’s colorful piano, Carl McVickie Jr on bass, and drummer Bobby Rawsthorne, who provided the show’s recognizable soundtrack.

A show that provided many firsts growing up, Fred Rogers takes us backstage to introduce what was for many, their first favorite jazz group.

James Brown – Soul Train Performances

Watch a compilation of James Brown’s live performances on ‘Soul Train’

Most concert historians point to the Apollo performance, and understandably so, but James Brown delivered some electrifying performances on Soul Train more than a few times.

Here’s a near 45-minute compilation of every performance. Featuring live renditions of Hot Pants, Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine, Get On The Good Foot, Soul Power, Make It Funky, Cold Sweat, Try Me, Please Please, Please, Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud, Super Bad, Papa Don’t Take No Mess, My Thang , Hell, The Payback, and a bonus performance of Damn Right I’m Somebody by Fred Wesley and the JB’s

Thin Lizzy’s Last Recorded Concert

Watch the last known video recording of Thin Lizzy, recorded live in Dublin, 1983.

Admittedly something I ordinarily listen to anyway but in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, sharing this felt timely. In this video we get the last known video recording of Irish rock group Thin Lizzy, fronted by Phil Lynott, one of the most underrated front men in rock, and an astounding bassist to go along with it. Thin Lizzy also holds the privilege of one of the few decent two electric guitar rock lineups, a move typically to counteract that no one guitarist was good enough; clearly not a problem here.

(Ed. Note – the music starts around the 3:15 mark)

This video, filmed appropriately in the band’s hometown of Dublin in 1983, features the lineup of Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Brian Robertson, and Scott Gorham in the band’s last known live recording.

Setlist:

1) Thunder And Lightning
2) Baby Please Don’t Go
3) Angel Of Death
4) Are You Ready
5) Cold Sweat
6) The Sun Goes Down
7) Emerald
8) Still In Love With You
9) Rosalie
10) Dancing In The Moonlight
11) Whiskey In The Jar

Whitesnake (The Vai Years)

Remembering that brief moment when Steve Vai performed with Whitesnake

Remembering that brief moment when Steve Vai performed with Whitesnake, and let’s not be unfair here, there was a period David Coverdale managed to get Aynsley Dunbar on the payroll as well. Still, none of that is an excuse for 7-string electric guitars and this many people wearing leather pants.

Anyway, enjoy this clip of Steve Vai being Steve Vai during a solid rendition of the oft-overlooked Whitesnake classic “Still of the Night

From the Live at Donnington in 1990 DVD