Fans of Gothenburg, Sweden's electronic pop band Little Dragon - especially those who have the unique quartet's current album Nabuma Rubberband on either CD or LP - will dig the new chopped and screwed, free remix version of the album that was unveiled today for free download on Adult Swim. The "ChopNotSlop" remix of the fourth ablum by the ever popular group, who have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance / Electronic Album category for 2015, carries on the hella slowed-down remix production style pioneered by the late great DJ Screw.
This new remix was produced by Chopstar's OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick, who are major fans of the group and this album in particular. They felt it deserved to be given the ChopNotSlop treatment and transformed the album into a dreamy ethereal cloud, retitling the remix Nabuma Purple Rubberband. Then with the blessing of the group (who reportedly love the remix) and support from Adult Swim, the new version is now available for free streaming and free download. Meantime, if you do not already have the 12-track album (featuring songs such as the lead single "Klapp Klapp"), initially released last May care of Loma Vista Recording, you should get it from Amoeba on either CD or vinyl.
Today (January 26th), Ariel Pink's video for the song "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" was published online. The song, culled from the LA artist born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg's acclaimed recent 4AD album pom pom, is the latest single off the album and the newest installment in the ongoing series of videos directed by LA-based filmmaker Grant Singer for Ariel's album. It follows videos for the pom pom tracks "Put Your Number In My Phone" and "Picture Me Gone," and continues their themes of focusing on the stark and dismal mundane aspects of the everyday life of hard working Americans (lots of cigarette smoking too) with Rick Wilder (Mau Maus) playing the central character in the video (also features a brief cameo of Ariel bumming a ciggie).
"It's the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago. Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story," explains the director the third installment in the pom pom series.
Lots of videos in this week's hip-hop rap up including KALX DJ/Amoeba Music employee at the Berkeley store E-Lit doing a nice overview of the new and recent CD and LP hip-hop (and related) releases to arrive in store lately and make up the two new top five hip-hop charts below - divided into CD and vinyl sections since there is so much more vinyl coming out these days - new and reissues like the 180 Gram reissue of Too $hort's 1980's classic Born To Mack. But first we send out our condolences to the family of A$AP Yams (pictured above and left with the A$AP crew) who died over this past weekend.
One of the founding members of New York City's very successful A$AP Mob collective it was first widely rumored via social media on Sunday that he had passed away as the result of a drug overdose. However associates of his in the collective insisted that those rumors were untrue and totally unfounded. As of now no official cause of death is known but what is known is that Yams' roommate in Brooklyn called 911 after finding laying down unconscious.
Hot on the heels of his just released latest/twelfth album Zion, busy Norwegian electronic dance music producer/instrumentalist Aleksander Vinter aka Savant has now unleashed another stellar project - this one a collaboration with the award-winning music video director Mike Diva (Kill The Noise & The M Machine) who took Savant's 2013 track 'Kali 47' to make it the driving soundtrack for a music video that takes the genre to the next level an intense short movie that incorporates many cinematic styles. In fact it is really a homage to such styles as Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and the work of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. There's horror, action, fantasy, shoot-outs, steampunks, and zombie type creatures delivered via using intense zooms and rapid camera movements. Just like a movie but only a few minutes in length, yet enough to pack in a lot of action and set changes etc. The video acts as the perfect visual counterpart to Savant's driving music which, he says, is inspired by literature, history, fantasy, and cinema. The piece reportedly took a couple of years to make since so much went into its production. For example the saloon had to be built completely from scratch just for this shoot. You can see the short film/music video in its entirety (all three minutes of it) above.
Yesterday, Jan 20th 2015, the music world lost Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias who was one of greatest ambassadors of New Orleans style Mardi Gras Indian funk. He was 71 years of age. No exact cause of death has been announced but Dollis had been in poor health for past several years. Born Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis in 1944, Dollis was the longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians who as a young teen growing up in New Orleans joined the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, then after joining the Wild Magnolias as flag boy. But by the time he was 20 he had already risen in the ranks to that of Big Chief status. As such he was part of a whole new generation of Mardi Gras Indians to promote the culture in a positive light, focusing on the costumes (see above image of Dollis in full costume) more and and to turn away from violence, something strongly associated with and prevalent in previous decades. As such Dollis was pioneering in bringing the culture and sound of the Mardi Gras Indian culture to national awareness and acclaim. He was a trailblazer of the culture by recording the first commercial album of Mardi Gras Indian music in 1970 best known by the single "Handa Wanda" that was a traditionally-rooted new Indian song written by Dollis (audio only video below). He was also a pioneer at that same year when along with Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians and and a young Quint Davis he performed at the original New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Fast forward four years and he would recording the acclaimed landmark album The Wild Magnolias that married funk sounds with Indian chants and hence made it more palatable to more American ears. That album also featured Snooks Eaglin, Willie Tee, Uganda Roberts, Earl Turbinton, and Bo's wife Laurita Dollis. Four years ago he was honored with the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship.