Long Live the Cassette, the Walkman is Dead (Ten Must-Own Tapes for the Casual Collector)

Prince's "Black Album" is rarer than most (Chris Martins)

Sony was gonna retire the Walkman. Then it wasn’t. But really, how much more time could that ol’ black rectangle have? Everyone knows the vintage ones are the coolest anyhow. But how about the tape? Well, weirdly enough, the little spooly guy has been making a comeback. Here’s a highly subjective, but totally awesome list: Ten Must-Have Cassette Classics, From ‘Da Da Da’ to Deathrock to ‘Do Me!’ (Bel Biv DeVoe, bitches.)

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News: Boyz Noize RMXs Chemical Brothers, MEDcal Marijuana, Snoop & Quazedelic, New Baths Video Channels Princess Mononoke

Boyz Noize remixes the Chemical Brothers' "Swoon"

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

  1. FEATURED: Boyz Noize Remixes Chemical Brothers on ‘Swoon’*
  2. Oxnard Rapper MED Celebrates His Medical Pot Card in New Video
  3. MP3: Snoop Dogg & Quazedelic Shout Out the Güeros in New Song
  4. Baths Meets Mononoke in Samurai-Feat Vid for ‘Lovely Bloodflow’

* “The Chems have gotten noisier on their new album, but one of the smoother tracks is first single “Swoon.” Apologies, but this is not an electro megamix of the 2009 album by Silversun Pickups.”

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

INCHES Reviews Two Slabs of Stone-Cold ’80s Funk from Tony Cook, ft. Dâm-Funk

"What's on Your Mind," ft. Dâm-Funk and "Video Rock" by Tony Cook

“The thing you need to understand about The Funk, is that once one discovers the need for it, one’s gotta have The Funk pretty much at all times and in every form possible. Roofs of houses and clubs alike have burned as a result of this phenomenon, while onlookers either idly stand by in Funk-inspired negligence or actually chant, seemingly celebrating the loss of another property at the hands of The Funk.”

Photos and Mp3s and charts, oh my! Get over to INCHES!

News Roundup: Adult Swim Leaks Madvillain, plus Dâm-Funk, Nada Surf, and more

Adult Swim's 'Singles 2' feat. Madvillain

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

  1. FEATURED: Adult Swim Debuts New Madvillain Track!*
  2. DJ Kutmah Drops Mixtape Honoring Dâm-Funk Supergroup
  3. Shake Yer Dredlocks: Nada Surf Debut “Electrocution” Video
  4. Download: Free Digi-Split from Benji Hughes and Willoughby
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Listeners may now rejoice. Adult Swim has shared a song-length glimpse into the forthcoming Madvillain record, and the view is sweet indeed.”

News Roundup: Dam-Funk + Slave, Jim Henson + Beat Music?!, Radiohead Donor Revealed, Trip-Out Tuesday, ASKA + Flea + Spike Jonze

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

Durlin Lurt's 'Him Jenson'

  1. ‘Him Jenson’ Releases Wild Muppets Mixtape [MP3s]
  2. Dâm-Funk Making LPs w/ Steve Arrington, Nite Jewel [MP3]
  3. Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes
  4. And The Top Radiohead Benefit Donor Is… Dangerbird?
  5. ASKA of Moonrats Collaborates Flea, Spike Jonze
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes

Also: Wallpaper Debuts Sax In Sac

Because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve reported any news on Wallpaper, I figure it’s a good time to share this. The video quality isn’t the best (shaky, low light, bad framing), but frontman Eric Frederic’s duds are sweet, and dude’s rocking the live saxophone at a small venue in Sacramento. The funk quotient has been upped.

News Roundup: The Do-Over + FlyLo, Jason Boesel, Snoopergroup Pt. 2, Dios, Territory BBQ, Georgia & Dudley, Dead Meadow

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up). We’ve got some catching up to do, people. Your patience shall be rewarded with MP3s and tips on fresh talent.

  1. The Bromance Continues: Snoop, Mayer, Diplo & Soulja Boy
  2. Listen: Four Songs From New Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley) LP [MP3]
  3. The Do-Over Kicks Off Limited Vinyl Series With Flying Lotus
  4. Dios Announce New Album, Leak Lotsa Free Music [MP3s]
  5. Territory BBQ and Light In The Attic Team Up For Funky Soul Party
  6. Watch: Stoner Rock Trio Dead Meadow Unveils New Video
  7. Download: Two Versions of ‘Endure’ by Declaime and Georgia
  8. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Barely related bonus: The wife and I were quoted in this L.A. Times article.

Dam-Funk Leaks Free 12-Minute Song on Twitter [MP3]

Bonus round! Read the whole thing here (West Coast Sound, LA Weekly)

THIS JUST IN: Leimert Park nu-funk pharaoh Dâm-Funk has leaked, via Twitter, an unreleased epic titled “The Lone L.A. Funksta”… Hard to believe the prolific fella has any extra material considering he’s released five mini albums this year, and yet, “Funksta” isn’t just a free song — it’s 12 minutes of free song. Perfect for Friday-night boulevard cruising.

Fonky Friday: Jay-J & BAM Rise Up

Thank God it’s still Friday, because I just discovered something waaaaaaaaay fonky (yes, that is an intentional “o”). Mega huge big-ups to Kristi Lomax at KPFK for spinning this jam on her new “One Track Mind” show. Holy smokes. Give it to the 1:40 mark to convince ya. Once the synths arrive, you’ll know you came to the right place.