Happy Born Day ‘Merikkka!


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Hooray!  It’s Q season in full swing and I’ll be rocking at one of my fav spots in Oakland, Legionnaire Saloon for my usual First Friday event alongside G Koop & Oman with Marc Stretch upstairs in the loft!  Starts at 9pm and is always pretty packed so get there early and stay late.

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Happy Birthday country I live in…

Tuesday treats, East Coast Dates and NYE!


I’m kinda lying, I don’t really have any treats for you today, actually hold up I got one mini mix I did recently…

Oh and this banger remix I just got sent to me…

Now, with that out of the way let’s get into what I’m really posting for today: NYE!  Yup, my first NYE in Oakland is fitting to be a banger…

NYE at The Legionnaire Saloon: It’s a Family Affair!

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It’s going DOWWWNNN…Check the Facebook Invite for more info

The DJ’s

DJ PLATURN (Oakland Faders | 45 Sessions)

MR. E (Papalote Hi-Fi | 45 Sessions)

MAX KANE (4ONEFUNK | Blunt Club OAK)

DEEJAY SAURUS (Fader Moves | Blunt Club OAK)

MARC STRETCH (Foreign Legion | Buckle Brothers)

DJ DELGADO (Fresh Jamz | 45 Sessions)

DJ ODIAKA (Fresh Jamz | Usual Nonsense)

DJ HALO (Fake Four | Future Shock)

EAST COAST DATES

Live DJ Dates

Thursday December 19th @ Paper Box, Brooklyn NYC – Yule Prog 7 (feat. Breeze Brewin, Armand Hammer, Rob Sonic & More!)
Friday December 20th @ The Old Bay, New Brunswick NJ – Lyrical Graffiti
Friday December 27th @ XS, New Bedford MA – BRZOWSKI/LAZERTUTH/HW/TEMPLE

Radio Dates on WPKN 89.5fm and http://www.wpkn.org

Yup Yup!  I’ll be smashing the airwaves in CT once again on WPKN 89.5fm and http://www.wpkn.org while I’m back east so tune in, turn on and drop out…
Saturday December 21st 1-4pm filling in for Deb Guhl
Monday December 23rd 12-1pm for ‘In Context’ w/Ken Macdermotroe
Tuesday December 24th 7-9am filling in for Steve DiCostanzo and hanging out for ‘Radio Nothing’ w/ Rod Richardson 9a-12p

 

 

Ruff Mix Monday: Happy Holidays!!!


WHOA WHOA WHOA!  It’s been said a thousand times already and will be undoubtably said again, “Where did this year go?”; I can’t say for sure but I def had some good ass times though.  Have updated the Podcasts and Releases sections to be up to date (finally!) and have a few other odds and ends to post up today so enjoy.

Big Willie Dynamite – Cannonball Rally Video

That brand NEW-NEW from the homie Marc Stretch and his new group Big Willie Dynamite from their new album Joes vs. Pros which you can preview on their bandcamp HERE.

IT’S A DJ HALO XMAS

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I have two mixes that are a bit dated but I have been HECKKKA busy this year so you get a recycle of two great holidays mixes I have done in the past, might still pull out a last minute mix like a rabbit from my hat, but it looks doubtful…BOOOOO (yes, yes I know)!

A DJ HALO CHRISTMAS 

CHRISTMAS CARNAGE

Blue Sky Black Death – Euphoric Tape II

The Seattle/Bay Area duo is back at it again after the release of their new album Glaciers on Fake Four Inc.  All instrumentals that have been or intended to be rapped on, so emcees get to beat jacking!

Sixo & LEIF[kolt] – Rocker John Video

Not a new track as this was on the ‘Free Floating Rationales’ album, but the video is news to me.  I LOVE THIS SONG and now it part of a Free Sixo & Leif[kolt] EP called ‘Absent Bodied’ as part of Fake Four Free Fridays which is a new Free release on the FFI Bandcamp every Friday in December.

Whuttup Wednesday: J-Zone Edition


Hooray!!!  So I got a great interview I did with the homie J-Zone who I have been in and out of communication with on the interwebs for about 10 years now; let’s get down on the get down…

Interview With J-Zone

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Had a chance to trade some messages with long time internet buddy and excellent producer J-Zone about his new album Peter Pan Syndrome which is out Sept 5th (mahhh Birfffday!) as a self release, so if you’d like to grab a copy and support the homie pick it up HERE.

HDS: You have a new album out now “Peter Pan Syndrome” tell me about why you decided to name it that?

JZone: People were using that term every time I Googled my life views. Like “what if you’re 36 and not married?” or “what if you’ve never had a ‘real’ job?” or “what if you don’t want kids?” The results were “you have Peter Pan Syndrome and it’s time to grow up!” All of those things are like rites of passage into adulthood in America and my path has been different. Plus you get on Facebook and see all your peers going a certain route and there’s this pressure to assimilate before time runs out. Everyone was telling me I haven’t grown up yet despite me having responsibilities and taking care of them. They’re just different responsibilities, but it’s like you haven’t grown up if you enjoy the same things you did at age 22. I just think the whole concept of “growing up” and what it entails is interesting and very subjective, and it’s very relevant with the current generational friction between hip-hop artists, so I chose to address it. 

HDS: I know from previous interviews and chats we’ve had in the past, you were very frustrated with the recording industry as a whole.  Why choose now to release and album?

 JZone: It just happened by accident like all my albums. I needed an outlet and wasn’t ready to write another book. It happened on its own. Plus, I fared horribly in the square nine-to five world; I job hunted for 3 years and didn’t find anything that paid more than $50 a day after expenses and taxes. Tried it anyway and got burnt out, made less money than I did when I was a struggling artist and hated life. I just need to figure out how to make a fuckin’ living out of the stuff I’m good at.

HDS: You taught yourself to play drums recently, was that a decision based on creating new music or just for fun?

 JZone: All my life I’ve had something musical going on, so when I got frustrated and bitter with the business and left it in 2010, it wasn’t long before I needed some kind of musical outlet. I was DJing, but I wanted to create some new music, something I hadn’t already done. I was a bassist as a kid, so I was gonna pick bass back up, but I figured this would be the time to take a new instrument and start fresh. Initially it was just for fun and then I got serious about drumming about six months in. 

HDS: You were absent from producing and rapping for quite a span there, what did you learn from your time away from being a musician if anything?

 JZone: I learned that no matter what financial problems I have and what this business throws me, I can’t allow it to defeat me to the point I stop creating. I got back into music with realistic expectations and controlled enthusiasm, but I can’t allow the ways of the business and it’s financial issues to kill what I enjoy. I made that mistake last time.

HDS: What about this record made you feel you had to put it out and get back into doing music again?

JZone: I feel the subject matter is relevant to hip-hop heads my age and people my age in general. A lot of people take a path in life because they feel society says that have to or they’ll be alienated and ostracized, but deep down they may want something else. I also wanted to see what would happen with my production if I added the drumming, faster tempos and some of the things I picked up just listening to different kinds of music over the last few years. 

HDS: Do you still rock your Walkman at the gym?

 JZone: Sadly, no. I got an iPod shuffle and I’ll admit it makes it easier to work out with music. 

HDS: Ke$ha, for or against?

JZone: I don’t know who that is.

HDS: I know you have produced guest tracks for Has-Lo and others, what’s the connection there? 

JZone: Has used to send me links to his music and I liked it, but it was during that time when I wanted nothing to do with music whatsoever. Then he hit me for a remix after my book dropped and people dug it. We started talking more and realized we both wanted to try some of the same ideas, so I got him on my album on some storytelling shit. Has is ill.

 HDS: How often do the REAL Mumford and sons jam?

JZone: Pops visits NY once a month so we jam for a bit. He plays keys and I’ll get on the drums. We play jazz stuff because I’m trying to learn jazz drumming chops.

HDS: What, if anything, are you hoping to achieve with this album and 7”?

JZone: Just resonate with thirty-somethings who were hip-hop kids, maybe get some production work or play drums for some records. I’m working on improving my drum chops. I’ve got a lot of work to do but am taking lessons to get to the next level and hopefully I can find my own niche with all the stuff I do and people can come to me for specialty things like customized drum breaks, concept records, movies, etc. Not trying to compete in and re-enter the rapper arena fully, though. No interest in that at all. 

 HDS: How do you think the industry has changed since you put out your first record; is it a good or a bad thing for artists?

 JZone: Playing field is much more level and less segregated by subgenre. No more backpacker rap vs swag rap, it’s all blurred. The internet leveled the playing field; we’re all competing for the same coverage, but I’m shooting for a certain demographic. I don’t care about getting burn on worldstarhiphop.com. It’s good because we all have an equal shot but it’s bad because it’s so easy to get lost in the shuffle.

HDS : Any last thoughts?

JZone : Never grow up!

And While you are doing the listening thing, check this interview I did with J a loooong time ago, possibly in a galaxy far away.  Sorry I don’t have it in stream format, gonna have to DL it…Wah Wah

INTERVIEW WITH J-ZONE ABOUT TO LOVE A HOOKER

 

Whuttup Wednesday!


Returning back to the fallow field of this blog after a healthy break; whaddaya whaddaya.  naw’mean?   I got some really great items today for you from Computer Jay, Blue Sky Black Death, Grayskul, F. Virtue and other whatnots. Let’s get into it shall we?

Computer Jay “Hardships” (feat. Orfeo)

Brand new Computer Jay from his 2nd in the “Savage Planet” series (available on 10″ soon, cop #1 HERE) after being the tour DJ for Pharcyde and Shafiq Husayn for many years, Jay has branched out into his own steeze building Moogodore 2600 keyboard (part Comodore 64, part Moog, part Atari 2600) for his live shows and just being all around futuristic.  Had a chance to chop it up with him at SXSW this year at the Exploded Drawing party and I gotta say he was a real good dude.  Check “Hardships” on MTVU HERE as well and help Jay get into the freshmen rotation!

Computer Jay FB, Computer Jay Twitter

Grayskul “Maggot”

A totally simplistic video for a pretty hectic song done in conjunction with the Lights and A Backdrop series on YouTube.  As expected after many moons off from Grayskul, Onry and JFK come out swinging for this one.

Grayskul – Face & The Fang digital single

Newest sonic offering from Grayskul with their new album “Zenith” out 9/17 on Fake Four Inc.  A true 12′ format with Edit, Album and Inst!  If you of the wanting to own it type check iTunes and Amazon

Grayskul FB, Grayskul Twitter

Blue Sky Black Death – “II” feat. Child Actor

Hot off the griddle from the Bay Area producer duo and if this is any indication of the rest of the album; WOW Glaciers should be banger times ten…pretty amped for it.  Glaciers is out on 10/1 on Fake Four Inc.

BSBD FB, BSBD Twitter

Child Actor FB, Child Actor Twitter

F. Vitue – We Are Not The Shame

Fresh off his “Trill Cunningham” EP with BBAS producer J57, F. Virtue gives you an INCREDIBLY thoughtful album that say some much that needs to be said in hip-hop today.  Not just standard ‘stop the violence’ or ‘bring it back the the roots’ but actual real stances and addressing issues that are important to him and should be important to you too.  Peep the Anita Bryant video and you’ll see what I mean…

F. Virtue FB, F. Virtue Twitter

OH Yeah, did I mention I have a new podcast up on Rapreviews?  Peep game here…

Subways & Sidewalks #17

Moodie Black – Hipster Death

Run The Jewels – Banana (feat. Big Boi)

Adian Coker – Gaza 

Break

The Stuyvesants – Sunshine

Homeboy Sandman – First of a Living Breed

Factor – Stone Cold (feat. Open Mike Eagle)

Break

Computer Jay – Analog Catastrophe

Grayskul – Face & The Fang

Brzowski + HALO – Harbinger

Break

F. Virture – Anita Bryant

Toussaint Morrison – After School Alter Ego

Consulate General – The Consulate General

Break

Rabbi Darkside – Good Pop Music (feat. Core Rhythm)

Wiley – Flying (Bass Mix)

FIN

Ruff Mix Mondays: Spooky Sunburn Edition!


Lots of cool things crackin’ at the back end of the month so take a look, you won’t be pissed you did…

SPOOKY SUNBURN TOUR W/BRZOWSKI!

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As noted on both fliers we’ll be all over the left coast for about 10 days, catch us if you can!  Here’s a list of them in non-flyer form…

Thursday 6/20 @ Benbow Room in  West Seattle, WA
Friday 6/21 @ White Noise at Columbia Theater in Seattle, WA
Saturday 6/22 @ Diablo’s Downtown Lounge in Eugene, OR
Sunday 6/23 @ The Holland Project in Reno, NV
Monday 6/24 @ TBA in Sacramento, CA
Tuesday 6/25 @ The Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland, CA
Wednesday 6/26 @ Johnny V’s in San Jose, CA
Saturday 6/29 @ Syrup Loft in Los Angeles, CA
Sunday 6/30 @ 3pm In-Store Access Hip-Hop in San Diego, CA
Sunday 6/30 @ 9pm at Kava Lounge in San Diego, CA

Subways & Sidewalks #16: Spooky Sunburn Edition

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My newest podcast for Rapreviews.com!  Features as much music as I could get from all the heads we will be rocking with on the Spooky Sunburn Tour: The ILLusionists, Open Mike Eagle, Tramlife, John Cue Publik, and unreleased Brzowski.  Plus new and unreleased joints from Hood Internet, Cars & Trains, Gregory Pepper & Madadam and more!  It’s worth the hour in the background while you are doing something else…

Metallica – Seek & Destroy (Bassnectar Remix)

John Cue Publik – Press Save

Brzowski – Whorebar

The ILLusionists – Finally (feat. Jori Teran)

Atrak – Piss Test Remix (feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flosstradamus)

POS – Get Down (feat. Mike Mictlan)

Brzowski – Friendly Fire Redux (feat. Seez Mics of Educated Consumers & Ceschi)

Cars & Trains – Stay Awake (feat. Open Mike Eagle)

Tramlife – Jammin with My Friends

The Hood Internet – We’re Backwoods Famous (feat. El-P)

Easy Star All Stars – Billie Jean (Mister Vibes Remix)

Esh The Monolith – Hip-Hop Ruined My Life (HALO Remix)

Solroc – Funky Izms (feat. Kev Brown & Mr. Lif)

Gregory Pepper & Madadam – House On Wheels (feat. Noah23)

Psyche Origami – Unreleased

Homeboy Sandman – Cedar and Sedgwick

Gitana La Bamba & Chelsea (of Drala) – Pink Moons

John Cue Publik – Par 3

Mega Ran – On My Level (feat. Brzowski)

 

Brzowski + DJ HALO – Harbinger

Hot off the griddle bi-coastal joint Brzowski and I whipped up recently, not for the tour necessarily, but it just got finished a little fast because of it.  So here she is our tour promo track…it’s actually quite dope.

Thugg Thursday!


Got a few videos here from the bowels of the YouTubes that I just felt like posting…

One of the THE BEST Black Moon tracks in my opinion, I just wish it were mixed better.  Off the studio debris and remixes album Diggin’ In Da Vaults, if you don’t know now you know…

My fav track from Blatz; it’s more than a cheap beer, it’s a gutter punk band…you didn’t know?

Classic hardcore…

This just makes me want to break shit.  If you have ever seen me play it out, you know…