According the unofficial home page of the Digable Planets, the recently reunited trio will be heading out this fall — dates here — to support the release of Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles, a best of album due for release on Oct. 4.
Although there’s no Az. stop on this tour, I highly recommend going to see these cats. I caught ‘em in Tempe in June, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re back together.
If you’re jonesing for new material, you can peep Ladybug Mecca’s solo offering Trip the Light Fantastic.
Digable Planets | Graffitti (Noise) (TV mix)
Digable Planets | Califlower (Spiddyocks Go West)
Relax. I don’t have anything from Demon Days. But I did find a Clint Eastwood promo single on vinyl at my favorite independent local record chain. The B-side included two remixes, supposedly “for promotion only.” If you ask me, Clint Eastwood was one of the best songs off the first LP, if only because Del the Funky Homosapien was featured on it.
Gorillaz | Clint Eastwood (Ed Case Refix)
Gorillaz | Clint Eastwood (Phi Life Cypher)
Once I discovered the blog/photo journal of old-school rapper D-Nice, I couldn’t help but click through his archives. He was (is) one of my favorite rap artists. I came across one of his posts about the single Self-Destruction, a track recorded under the Stop the Violence Movement that featured some serious hip-hop heavyweights from the East Coast and was produced by D-Nice at the tender age of 18. (Read his post for more on that.)
Anyway, it got me digging into my vinyl because I own the 12″ single and I thought I’d revive it here. Recorded in 1989, it seems pretty incredible (perhaps in a sad way) that the track still carries a worthwhile message. I didn’t find a whole lot about it on the Internet, other than this one line at Wikipedia that tells how the Stop the Violence Movement originated. You might also remember the West Coast All-Stars’ similar project We’re All in the Same Gang. (If anyone has this, I’d love to hear it again.)
Besides the strong message it carries, Self-Destruction is just a great song with a singable chorus. And all proceeds of the record were donated to National Urban League “to support and develop programming dealing with Black on Black crime and youth education” (taken from record cover).
Here’s a rundown of the emcees (in order they appear):
KRS-One, M.C. Delight, Kool Moe Dee, M.C. Lyte, Daddy-O and Wise, D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D., Fruit-Kwan, Chuck D and Flavor Flav.
I’ve included three of the four mixes from the single (excluded the “single edit”). Still trying to decipher the difference between the “extended mix” and the “special remix.”
Stop the Violence Movement | Self-Destruction (extended mix)
Stop the Violence Movement | Self-Destruction (special remix)
Stop the Violence Movement | Self-Destruction (instrumental)
OK, I’ve left these Bloc Party remix tracks active because they were quite popular. However, they are now for sale on the iTunes music store as the Dimmakified! EP: four remixes for four bucks. Soooo, I’ll be taking down these tracks later tonight. That said, I’d highly recommend taking four bucks out of your weekly allowance and simply buying them. That’s chump change for some really cool remixes — even if Ryan says Bloc Party has sold out.
Well, I had a group all lined up this week for Flashback Friday, but I’m changing course. Yesterday I got an e-mail informing me of my impending 10-year high school class reunion. So (for a fleeting moment) I thought of high school. And then I thought of the music I listened to in high school. It pretty much ran the gamut, including a love affair with all things grunge.
But the flashpoint for me had to be A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory. I’ll stand my ground and say that Midnight Marauders is actually my favorite Tribe album. However, Low End opened the floodgates of hip-hop to me. I know I’m not alone in this. There’s probably a case to be made for Low End’s inclusion in all-time top 10 lists. I just know that all my Tribe cassettes got worn out from constant playing. Is there a better bassline to start a song than the one in Buggin’ Out?
It’s actually kinda strange to be hailing Tribe as my flashback for the day — because I still listen to them constantly to this day. Nevertheless, something must be said for staying power. But instead of rehashing all the tunes I know you’ve heard, I have some remixes. I’ll stick to remixes of songs off Low End, one of the more important albums in my collection.
A Tribe Called Quest: Jazz (We’ve Got) (re-recording)
A Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime (Mr. Muhammad’s mix)
A Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime (Skeff’s mix)
A Tribe Called Quest: Scenario (Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest: Hot Sex
I’ll come clean: I know little of Hot Hot Heat, I don’t own any of their music nor do I have an intense need to buy it. However, on a recent record-shopping excursion, I came across the 12″ vinyl single for Goodnight Goodnight, which includes a remix by El-P (he of Company Flow, Definitive Jux fame).
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a hip-hop nerd. And I’ll buy just about anything with El-P’s name attached to it. His production work is insane and he’s a pretty damn dope emcee, too. If you don’t know, check Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus. Or El’s solo Fantastic Damage.
This Goodnight Goodnight remix is classic El-P fare: muddy beats, distortion and just downright slammin’ drum tracks. Check the breakdown in the final seconds of the mix.
(As always, vinyl conversion into mp3s made possible by Audio Hijack Pro.)
Hot Hot Heat: Goodnight Goodnight
Hot Hot Heat: Goodnight Goodnight (instrumental)
Hot Hot Heat: Goodnight Goodnight (El-P remix)
Hot Hot Heat: Goodnight Goodnight (Boom Bip remix)
Chris at gorillavsbear.net has me all geeked out about Digable after reading his review of Lollapallooza in Chicago this weekend. I was gonna save these gems for a future date, but I couldn’t hold out any longer. These are from the vinyl stash: A 9th Wonder (Slicker this Year) Mad Slicker Remixes promo 12″ and a Dial 7 12″.
Digable Planets: 9th Wonder (Amina remix)
Digable Planets: 9th Wonder (Dania remix)
Digable Planets: 9th Wonder (Accapella)
Digable Planets: Dedication
Went record shopping Wednesday night at Zia, a splendid used CD/record chain in Arizona where I spend much time and money. Digging through the vinyl, my ever-observant wife spotted Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm used for $8.99. (That was almost as great as finding Neil Young’s Decade — six sides! — for $1.99.) Anyway, the Bloc Party 12″ contained three records, including one — The Dim Mak “Dimmakified” 12″ — with two remixes apiece of Positive Tension and Price of Gas.
Not sure if I’m behind the curve on these, but I thought I’d share all the same. I especially enjoy the Jason Clark mix of Positive Tension and the Jus Ske mix of Price of Gas (that bassline … dang).
Bloc Party: Positive Tension — Jason Clark remix
Bloc Party: Positive Tension — Johnny Whitney remix
Bloc Party: Price of Gas — Automato remix
Bloc Party: Price of Gas — Jus Ske remix