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If you're an artist that would like me to check out your stuff or if you would just like to share some music with me, please feel free to send any files or links to waxramble AT gmail.com .
While I can't promise to write about everything I receive, I will definitely share my thoughts about any music that I am really enjoying a lot
Category Archives: Video
Cool “unboxing” video for the vinyl copy of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories which releases next Tuesday. The album is currently being streamed on iTunes for free and I must say that this record really does meet the incredible hype it has received over the last few months. I imagine that this will be very high on my favorite releases of year. Fantastic album, my favorite track from this one so far is “Touch” with Paul Williams (absolutely incredible song). Check out the free stream while you can if you aren’t sure about it for some reason, it’s definitely worth checking out. Ordered my copy on wax tonight from Amazon, looking forward to listening to it next week.
Saw this cool drawing apparatus at various blogs last week, pretty neat way to do some artwork. It seems like an inexpensive setup too, curious if others have tried this out before. Below is artwork made using what you see in the video above:
I linked to this video in my last post and was surprised to see I haven’t shared it here yet. I’ve posted some photos of my turntable and record collection from college in the past but no video. This was made back about 4 years ago when I was showing off my copy of Peter Lipa’s English version of Moanin’. Mainly picked this up for My Album which was featured on Madlib’s Mind Fusion Volume 2, easily one of my favorites off those mixes.
My old setup used to consist of an Audio Technica AT-PLH50 and some cheap Logitech computer speakers. When I moved back home after college I stepped up to some better speakers but was still running my Audio Technica turntable until last Fall when I finally picked up a Pro-Ject Carbon Debut. While the Audio Technica was on the cheap side I still think it’s a pretty nice table for super entry level folks (like I was back when I purchased it!). While the $400 Pro-Ject table sounds great, it’s still disappointing about there not being automatic features like my old Audio Technica has.
Earlier this month I shared some tracks from my buddy Avant-Garde’s new album Pigeon. Happy to say that the full project is finally out today. I’ve listened to this a few times now since getting an advance last week and I have to say that it really turned out great. Avant-Garde is always nice on the mic and I’m digging all of the production choices too. Really hoping that this will get some exposure as it’s definitely worth a listen.
You can listen to the full album above. If you like what you hear, it’d be awesome to throw a few bucks the dude’s way too over on Bandcamp. The album can be downloaded here for any price (including free if you’re being cheap…)
Below is an interview with Avant-Garde from the folks over at EveryDeJaVu:
It’s that time of the year again, today is Record Store Day 2013! I had planned to stop at a few shops today but I ended up spending a little too much on exclusives over at Easy Street Records so I decided to head home after I was done there. This was the first year I’ve lined up early and I stayed up all night waiting to head over so I’m pretty tired right now. I will be sharing some of my thoughts about the day and photos of my pickups tomorrow.
Above is a pretty interesting video that Pitchfork put up for the day which discusses the current state of record stores and vinyl pressing. Many people go over the good things and to my surprise some of the negative aspects of there being an official Record Store Day (I personally think the good definitely outweighs any bad). It has some discussion that I hadn’t really thought about before so I’d recommend checking it out if you have any interest in the topic.
Great little film that Dublab put out a few years back. Fantastic beat makers J Rocc, Ras G, Daedelus, and Nobody all get $5 each to buy dollar bin records to make a beat. Seeing the process of what they look for in the records they buy and then seeing them head back to their work spaces to make music is really interesting. All of the music put together is great, but I’d have to say that J Rocc’s beat stole the show in my opinion.
The release for this film was also neat. The limited edition package included a picture disc vinyl set with screen printed gatefold cover, slipmats, and more which was pretty sweet. I’m happy to say that I picked this version up when it released. You can check out a bunch of photos of the limited edition goodies and see more details and promos for the movie over here. Fortunately a physical release with DVD and CD is still available for purchase over here as well.
Edit: I was reading about the set over on Discogs and found out the first 500 copies also included a hand-numbered, stamped, and printed paper slip inside which I took a photo of here. What was funny though is that of all of the numbers I could have gotten, I received 420 of 500. I thought this was worth pointing out given their smoking habits!
Earlier last week someone posted the shaky cam video from the teaser shown at Coachella and everyone around the internet (including myself) has gotten even more excited about the new Daft Punk album that is releasing next month. Like the teaser for the song that was put out last month, the longer ad featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers was played on last night’s Saturday Night Live. It’s nice to finally see a high quality version of the video.
The song is really really good, it’s just too bad that we haven’t gotten anymore of it than this (it’s so short I have to keep playing it over and over again). I’m also digging the style of everything associated with this record so far like the album art, the stylized lettering of the album’s title, and just the way everything looks in the video above really. Right now I’d have to say that Random Access Memories and Danny Brown’s Old are two of my most anticipated releases of the year so far. Can’t wait for next month!
During my little break from this site I had found out that the Queen Anne location for Easy Street was being closed which really bummed me out. Since starting this site I had posted about checking out the shop here + here and had even ultimately decided that this was the better of the two Easy Street locations for finding hip hop on wax. It sucks because according to the folks who run the shop, 2012 was actually a really good year. The details about what happened can be seen over on their site.
A friend and I were able to visit one last time about a week before the store closed for business (they were having a store-wide 20% off sale which was nice). Seattle really doesn’t have too many great spots for vinyl (at least compared to Portland/CA/NY/etc), so it’s especially sad to hear about quality shops like this closing. Their West Seattle location is still open and while I haven’t had a chance to check it out since the closure of the Queen Anne store, I imagine their inventory might have become bigger and improved as well since the time I visited last year.
RIP Easy Street – Queen Anne
I’ve never listened to Django Django before but this has to be one of the coolest videos I’ve seen so far this year. The description for the video on Youtube is perfect:
Mercury music prize nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, naturally, they asked Noisey if we’d be up for travelling over to India and standing right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track “Wor”. We happily obliged, getting our shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles we’ve ever come across.
The song is also really good too, will have to listen to some more of this stuff for sure.
Two of the internet’s best music nerds together for an awesome interview. Everyone saw pictures of this a little while back from SXSW 2013 and I’ve been excited about the video to come ever since. Nardwuar put it out today and it was a really good interview. I thought I knew about most releases from Stones Throw but hadn’t heard about the Connecticut Hip Hop compilation that Nardwuar gave to Anthony. My wish now is that the both of these guys could get together for more videos in the future, it’d definitely be very entertaining.