Take Two: Open Mike Eagle and Destroyer



I was joined by the estimable Nic Harcourt for the latest installment of Tuesday Reviewsday, which is now a podcast on iTunes. My picks for this week? An EP, The Catcher of the Fade, from the L.A.-centric squad anchored by Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and Milo. And an album, Poison Season, by Destroyer. Listen up over at NPR member station KPCC, or right the heck here:

The Rap Sheet: Busdriver’s New Superduo, Fashawn Shills for Weed, Cool Kids + Freddie Gibbs + Black Keys + Bun B, M.I.A. Leaks Diplo Track, Sizzurp = the New Absinthe

Rappers wanna talk to Samson. He's got the good shhhh ...

I’m not going to pretend to have coined “The Rap Sheet” as a blog header. But I am going to claim exclusive first rights to all of these rap-related stories, every single one of which has become a total Internet sensation. Yep, every single one of them … except maybe all of them.

  1. FEATURED: They Wanna Talk to Samson: Fashawn and Strong Arm Steady Shill for Their Favorite Medical Pot Dispensaries*

  2. Busdriver and Nocando Form Superduo, Flash Bang Grenada
  3. M.I.A. Leaks New Diplo-Produced Song on Twitter
  4. T.I. Gets Arrested, You Get 10 Sizzurp-Inspired Video Clips
  5. Bun B + Cool Kids + Freddie Gibbs + Black Keys = P.O.C.

* “It seems like something out of Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner classic, Half Baked, but could allegiances to specific medical marijuana dispensaries be rap’s next big territory war?

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

Covers: Aloe Blacc Does MJ, Velvets, Ed Sharpe on Bowie, Foreign Born Takes Television, more

Aloe Blacc puts a soul spin on "Femme Fatale"

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound. These posts round up covers, versions and remixes (sometimes MP3, sometimes video) worth a good listen.

  1. FEATURED: Aloe Blacc covers MJ on Anniversary of Death*
  2. Busdriver Remixes Monsters of Folk Track, Raps All Over It
  3. Soul Man Aloe Blacc Covers the Velvets on ‘Femme Fatale’
  4. Foreign Born Covers Television for ‘Adventure’ Remake
  5. Magnetic Zeros Cover Bowie for Charity, Due on Manimal
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Blacc’s ’60s soul recreation of ‘Billie Jean’  lends significant gravity to the classic, slowing things down considerably and adding mournful horns to the mix.

News: R Kelly Meets Baths, Hawthorne Covers Johnston, VOICEsVOICEs Video, and more

Baths and R Kelly get their wrassle on.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: R Kelly Croons Over Baths’ ‘Maximalist’*
  2. MP3: Mayer Hawthorne Covers Daniel Johnston
  3. VOICEsVOICEs Share Creepy New Video for ‘Flulyk Visions’
  4. MP3: Beat Music Meets Chillwave on Veux’s ‘Late Key’
  5. MP3 Exclusive: Night Horse Resurrects Thin Lizzy with ‘Rollin’ On’
  6. L.A.’s Answer to Cannibal Ox? Meet K-The-I and Michael Nhat
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Hot doesn’t begin to describe what happens here.”