Posts Tagged 'hip-hop'

Great Blue Heron Music Festival 2011 Preview

on Apr 29, 2011 in Shows You Missed by Nick | 2 Comments »
Great Blue Heron Music Festival 2011 Preview I’ve never been very quiet about the Great Blue Heron Music Festival – I’ve loudly proclaimed it’s my favorite weekend of the year. A weekend of self-discovery, a weekend of new music, a weekend of freedom. With this year’s 2011 line-up posted, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the artists that will be bringing in fans from hundreds of miles to gather under the sun in Sherman, New York for culturally rich, musically diverse weekend in the woods. Slow Mo (featuring Mic Wrecka) The Philadelphia based, steel guitar pluckin’, rhyme-spinning tag team of Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka will be lighting up the stage again this year! Somewhere stranded in the void of genre specificity between Robert Randolph, The Roots, Cake, and Big Audio Dynamite, the team of Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner and... Read More

Slo-Mo - County

The Town Pants - Come With Me

Donna the Buffalo - Family Picture (live)

The Sim Redmond Band - Life Is Water

David Bromberg Quartet - Last Song for Shelby Jean

The Horse Flies - Baghdad Children

Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (2010)

on Feb 04, 2011 in Albums You Should Hear by Nick | 3 Comments »
Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (2010) Tremors rumble through my body as one side of my brain flagellates the other. “Nick, there can’t possibly be even a diamond in the rough in this unholy landscape of electronic banalities and Stupidglitterwhores.” I exhaust myself as I quickly run out of the energy it takes to climb out of the fiery chasm. I ponder the possibility of plunging myself to self-sacrifice for the sake of the greater good, hoping that on my way down in to the chasm, the velocity of my body might create enough momentum to take out Kanye West once and for all. I spot the unmistakable glint of Kanye’s plastic sunglasses several hundred meters below and calculate my trajectory. But as I prepare to plunge in to the Grammy-tainted abyss that is as musically inane as it is culturally significant, Cee Lo Green benevolently extends a... Read More

Cee Lo Green - I Want You

Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City

A Comprehensive List of Steelers Super Bowl Songs

Vote for your favorite Super Bowl anthem!

on Jan 24, 2011 in Pittsburgh by Nick | 7 Comments »
A Comprehensive List of Steelers Super Bowl Songs Steelers fans are perhaps the most fanatical, devout, and creative sports fans in the world. We are loyal to the Steelers’ seemingly insatiable thirst for conquest. The natural product of this thick concoction of Steelers Nation fanaticism is a slew of fights songs that are bound to result in dozens of burning couches in Oakland. Here is a list of the best Steelers fight songs to get your blood pumping black and yellow for the next few weeks: By the way: Wiz Khalifa’s Black And Yellow has nothing to do with the Steelers, and it won’t be featured on this list. Wiz is too busy with banalities like “the niggas scared of it but them hoes a’int, soon as I hit the club look at them hoes face” to learn that the Steelers’ official color is gold, not yellow. Dumbass. Every list of Steelers fight... Read More

Stairway To Seven

NewLanders - Rise Up Steeler Nation

Intermission - All Pumped Up (from All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson)

Moonlite 37 - Nothin But the Pittsburgh Steelers 2011

Kellee Maize - City of Champions

East Coast Turnaround - Knockin' on 7's Door

Saul Williams

on Oct 18, 2010 in Artists You Should Know by Adam | Comments Off
Saul Williams Generally, hip hop is not a genre that I’m disposed to in practice.   Personally, I blame my middle-class whiteness.  In theory, the concept of urban poetry delivered atop a bed of meticulously crafted drum and bass rhythm is one I can never really discount (though that may be related to my white guilt). These things being the case, the majority of hip hop contains nothing that I would describe as technically poetry, unless there is a missing draft of Aristotle’s Poetics that includes references to ass cranking and dope running or whatever the kids are doing these days.  Of course, it’s worth noting that this isn’t simply a hip hop phenomenon, but it doesn’t help me to bridge the gap, here. Saul Williams, however, is a different story.  He may not be the best rapper in the world, but his lyrics... Read More

Nine Inch Nails - Gunshots by Computer (Saul Williams)

John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up! (2010)

on Oct 14, 2010 in Albums You Should Hear by Nick | 1 Comment »
John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up! (2010) Don’t waste your time reading this post. Go buy Wake Up! and we’ll talk when you get back… mmkay? 64 funky minutes later… Back yet? Good. How do you feel? Little sweaty, perhaps? Sorta dirty maybe, but somehow it feels sooooo good, eh? Don’t worry. It’s not you, and it’s not the thermostat: it’s the funk. More than digestible (delicious, in fact), Legend and the Roots have pulled a broad sound palette from 60′s and 70′s soul to send us on a funk-a-fied journey. John Legend infuses his velvety tenor voice into the Roots’ funky flavor of hip-hop to record this neo-soul album with grooves so thick, you can cut them with a knife. This album is even better than I expected, and I admittedly already had high hopes. The Root’s extensive catalog has proven them as... Read More

John Legend and the Roots - Wholy Holy

John Legend and the Roots - Compared To What

John Legend and the Roots - Hard Times (feat. Black Thought)

Saltillo (Menton J. Matthews III)

on Oct 03, 2010 in Artists You Should Know by Steve | Comments Off
Saltillo (Menton J. Matthews III) Saltillo. I’m not talking about the capital of Coahuila in Mexico. I’m talking about the one man wonder band created by Menton J. Matthews III and his unique outlook by combining orchestral music with laid back hip-hop beats and lyrics from some of Shakespeare’s greatest works such as Julius Caesar and Hamlet. A multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, Menton derives his powerful tracks from his own playing and then using Pro Tools he adds in the beats and the lyrics. He only has one album out as of this time, and its name is Ganglion. He’s still in the development phase so most of his music can be found on MySpace or on his website. Go on and listen to his first song titled “A Necessary End”. Going into this the first time, you’re not sure what to expect from the cello riff that starts the song.  Things sound a bit busy... Read More