I have to admit that I haven't spent nearly as much time on the internets this past week as I usually do. If you must know, I've been working my ass off so that I can make a down payment on one of these. So far I've saved about $5.92. What can I say? Times is hard. I've managed to cut a few corners by not paying for anything frivolous like food, rent, or utilities. I'm only indulging myself in the bare necessities, which of course, consists solely of music and weed. What more could one possibly need to survive in the concrete jungle?
In the same spirit of economy, I offer you a brief list of things that did happen to catch my lazy eye this past week...
I realize that a lot of people aren't all that hyped about the musical direction that Outkast's been taking lately, but I know that some of you are still on the search for new tracks. Download "Makes No Sense At All" via Resonator Magazine, "The Greatest Show on Earth" at the scattermish bloooog, and "N2U" by way of Silence Is A Rhythm, Too.
Elsewhere on the bloooog, you can snag "Weight" by Ghostface and Swollen Members, as well as "Beast Mode" by Akrobatik and Mr Lif. Contrary to what one might expect, the latter track is arguably the better of the two.
Funk and soul fans who dug those Betty Davis mp3s should pay another visit to Moistworks to acquire a couple more songs---"Nasty Gal" and "He Was A Big Freak".
J Dilla's LP The Shining was just released. Don't make me insult your intelligence by telling you to buy it.
Speaking of Dilla, many of his fans have probably heard his track "Strange Funky Games And Things"--if not, you can stream it here.
The original song used in this joint is Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Strange Games and Things"--download the mp3 at bumrocks.
Fletch recently posted some of his favorite tracks produced by DJ Premier over at Rebel To America. Cop joints by Nas, Devin the Dude, Gang Starr, Cee-Lo, and more.
Is Bush an idiot? Even if that question seems like a no-brainer to you, you've still got to check out this video montage for further affirmation. Watch it on YouTube, courtesy of Joey at Straight Bangin'.
An equally provocative query---is religion making you fat? I tried asking Jesus what he thought about this, but I haven't gotten a response yet. He's been extraordinarily busy preparing for Glenn Beck's end-of-the-world prophecy , but I'm sure he'll get back to me soon...
If you haven't been over to Soul Sides in a while, be sure to hit up O-Dub for that incredible Don Gardner track he posted recently---"My Baby Likes To Boogaloo" belongs somewhere in your collection.
The latest Sample Wednesday at Palms Out Sounds featured songs sampled in De La Soul joints. Download mp3s by Stevie Wonder, The Commodores, Cymande, War, New Birth, Sly & The Family Stone, Gregory Isaacs, Ahmad Jamal, and more.
Truthfully, I have mixed emotions about Cut Chemist, but there are a few tracks of his over at FPSA that are undoubtedly worth a listen. Download "Spat", "What's the Altitude?" (w/ Hymnal), and "2266 Cambridge" (w/Thes One of People Under The Stairs).
If you need an amazing soul song to get you through the day, go get Lorraine Ellison's "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" by way of Funky 16 Corners. Most people are familiar with Janis Joplin's rendition, but this version is in a league of its own.
A new mash-up project by DJ BC, Wu Orleans, is available for download here. The title pretty much says it all, so I don't suppose I need to say more. If nothing else, this will prove to be a great conversation piece. Gratitude to Fresh at 33 Jones for putting me on to this.
If you aren't hip to Wax Tailor yet, don't be the last to know. Familiarize yourself with a few of his joints by way of The Yellow Stereo.
Cop the Flying Lotus remix of "Shadows of Tomorrow" by Madvillain at sumish.com.
Finally, visit Charles Bronson vs. God to download a classic track by Syl Johnson---"That's Just My Luck".
Hopefully that's enough to keep you fiends satisfied for a minute or two.
I leave your asses with a few essential truths:
"Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy."---John Trapp
"As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand"---Josh Billings
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off"---Gloria Steinem
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."---Albert Einstein