MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, June 12, 2009 05:40pm | Post a Comment
MC Taylor is a certified California boy, born and bred. After growing up in Southern California, he rocked the San Francisco scene for many years with his popular band The Court & Spark, and was long a seminal part of our fine city's musical fabric. Then, one day about two years ago, he packed it up and moved to North Carolina to study folklore at a local university. Taylor has since emerged with a new project, Hiss Golden Messenger, and a new album, Country Hai East Cotton, which has very recently been released. Here, Taylor chats about his new life in the South, where, aside from creating music, his time is taken up by barn stompers, tending to his garden, and, oh yes...obsessing about and being inspired by an ever-changing musical array.

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Miss Ess: What is Hiss Golden Messenger?

MC Taylor: Hiss Golden Mcountry hai east cottonessenger is the name under which I make music, usually in collaboration with Scott Hirsch and many of our friends in California, Texas, North Carolina, and New York. HGM is not so much a band as a musical approach.

I think of golden messages—like sky songs—as tunes that appear out of the blue and hang around your head, waiting to be sung. Some singers of gospel music I have talked to refer to these as “gift songs” that come from above, but I believe the more skeptically inclined can receive and sing these songs too. For example, I get a lot of golden messages while I am singing my son to sleep; they’re usually silly and I forget most of them. But some I remember and I record them later.

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New Electronic CD Releases 6/12/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 12, 2009 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Ray Mang


Ray Mang is the disco dance party DJ alter ego of writer/producer Raj Gupta. The moniker was introduced as a vehicle for creating, releasing and spinning anything goes disco-centric party music for collectors, dancers, enthusiasts and Jocks alike. Taking inspiration from the extended disco mixes, dub versions and edits of such luminaries as Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, Daniele Baldelli, Tee Scott, Began Cekic and Tom Moulton, and the open minded music policies of some of the pioneering early clubs such as the Paradise Garage, the Loft and the Italian Cosmic parties, Ray Mang sets out to help keep the glitter ball shimmering and the disco flame burning into the new millennium!

Abe Duque
Don’t Be So Mean
Process Recordings

THE STORY It’s drawn from an album with artwork and a name that are a sly comment on American foreign policy. But the first track taken from Abe Duque’s new album Don’t Be So Mean, the Obama-sampling "Tonight Is Your Answer," is political but far from pessimistic. It’s a reflection of Abe’s chequered life. He’s been both a US Marine and a resident DJ at New York’s notorious club-kid 90s-club Limelight. He knows how to operate the machine gun on the cover of the album, but wishes there was less call for gunfire. He’s been arrested for potential terrorism -- but for being found with a knife issued to him by the US government itself. Don’t be so mean, as the expression goes … And in the music world, he’s been in and out, up and down, from residencies at Tresor during the height of its first popularity to being so broke in the early 90s that he could barely afford to release his own records. And then he's come back into the limelight again with his own hand-etched vinyl and tracks like "Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights"; "What Happened?" and "Acid" -- not to mention remixes of huge acts like Miss Kittin and the Chemical Brothers. Now he’s back with his third album, Don’t Be So Mean, and first single "Tonight is your answer," backed with "Life is so good to me."

King Roc
Process Recordings

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Posted by Billyjam, June 12, 2009 08:32am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 06:05:09
AZ legendary
1) J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds)

2) Eminem Relapse (Shady/Aftemath/Interscope)

3) Marco Polo & Torae Double Barrel (Duck Down)

4) Method Man & Redman Blackout! 2 (Def Jam)

5) AZ Legendary (Real Talk)

This week's top five hip-hop chart from Amoeba Music Hollywood, courtesy of Ray at the Sunset Ave. store, has many of the same brand new hip-hop releases that were also charting high at Amoeba Music San Francisco last week, including Eminem, Marco Polo & Torae, Method Man & Redman, and J Dilla.

For the second week in a row the great new album from the late, great Detroit hip-hop producer, also known as Jay Dee, Jay Stay Paid on Nature Sounds is number one at Amoeba. And deservedly so, since this new release, which is overseen production wise by Pete Rock, unveils new beats by the late artist plus matches his music with a variety of other artists including his ownJ Dilla younger brother Illa J.

The other new chart entry is the album Legendary from legendary emcee AZ, who's been putting it down since the early nineties and who first came to fame in 1994 when he made a cameo on "Life's A Bitch" on the Nas album Illmatic (he was the only guest to grace that landmark hip-hop album). He released his debut, Do Or Die (EMI), in 1995.

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East L.A. Loves Derek Fisher!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 12, 2009 02:52am | Post a Comment

I live about six blocks away from the corner of Atlantic and Whittier Blvd. Every time I drive under the Whittier Blvd sign I still hear the infamous “Let’s take a trip down...Whittier Blvd!” from Thee Midniters’ song in my head. I love East L.A. It’s my adopted city. It's like I was always meant to be here. I love the people, the stories, the history and I respect that I live here, I’m not from here. People in East L.A. are down for their Lakers. Los Angeles gets a bad rap as far as being a city of self-absorbed status-seeking phonies and fair-weathered fans to boot. Perhaps in the $1500 seats at The Staple Center, but if you want to see some true fans, head over to East L.A. (or for that matter, any Los Angeles barrio) and you will see true fans.

Tonight, right after the Lakers' victory and Derek Fisher’s amazing three point shots, some kids in the neighborhood got a little crazy and ran out on the corner of Atlantic and Whittier Blvd, shaking a few cars and generally scaring some people. The police showed up and the kids all ran home. I hope that no one got arrested or killed by the police. Would be ashamed to die over one’s love for a sports team. I guess maybe some knucklehead would think it would be an honor to die for their favorite team, but like that quote from Full Metal Jacket,

The dead only know one thing. It is better to be alive.”

So The Lakers stay alive, thanks to Derek Fisher. Wow, what a player! Do you know that Hedo Turkoglu was on the floor for both tonight’s game and Fisher’s infamous 0.4 second shot against The Spurs back in 2004? Tough luck for Turkoglu! Anyways, when the Lakers finally win this (and they will), I hope people in East Los don’t get all rat crazy! I hope everyone has fun, remains good sports, celebrates and stays alive.

When Artists Go Commercial & Sell Out (or not)

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 12, 2009 12:49am | Post a Comment

Los Amigos Invisible-Commercial

The Residents- The Commercial Album

The Who- Sell Out

The Minutemen
-Project: Merch

Frank Zappa
- Strictly Commercial

Bongwater- The Big Sell-Out

Little Brother- The Commercial Free EP

Djam Karet-No Commercial Potential

Colin Newman
-Commercial Suicide
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