keeping up with the joneses

inspirational

i’m baaaaack…MORE

be on the look out for renovation of this blog. it’s time for a change.

peace, and more love.


KiD CuDi x MGMT x Ratatat – Pursuit Of Happiness (Alternate Version)

I LOVE the original version (See the original version again after the jump) but this video is amazing. Seriously one of the better videos i’ve ever seen as far as its connection to the song. the entire video you feel disoriented. you feel, not just as a viewer but a participant, like you’re messed up (on drugs, emotionally, w/e). really beautifully done.
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Peace, and the constant pursuit of HAPPINESS and much LOVE.
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Kanye West…”CREATIVITY”

Kanye‘s most recent blog post…

funny, he’s changing the blog game now…

peace, and CREATIVE love.


elzhi…deep video preview


this video looks like it’s gonna be pretty sexy. nice hi-def, slow motion, “drunk” lighting…very fresh.
plus…elzhi will go down as one of the most underrated emcees of time.

peace, and deep love.


fur in my cap…rob roy

just saw this at martian-blog. it is incredible.

it’s ironic, creative, original, current, old, fun, nerdy, cool, structured, hard, simple, complex.
i love it.
this dude‘s first album is called King Warrior Magician Lover.
plus, we share our second name.

peace, and roy love.


producer fran ashcroft…interview

This interview is incredibly interesting. He’s clearly very in tune to music and the way it reaches out. Fran Ashcroft produced for bands i’ve never heard of and The Gorillaz.

Interviewer: The record business is suffering alot from people downloading
Fran: Well that’s what they say! It’s true lots of people download stuff because they can. Lot’s of people used to tape music from the radio because they could. Do you know anybody who kept all the cassette tapes that they taped off the radio in the 70s? I don’t. And the same will be true of downloads, you delete them after a bit….what happens is the stuff that you like and you enjoy and that you would actually put your money down for is the stuff you want to…keep.

I think we’re going to see a big divide between…Top 40 music and everything else. On the one hand, Top 40 stuff will remain in the kind of position it is now with the same kind of money being put behind it…The other 98% of music that’s out there will be able to be marketed to its own particular niche.

EXACTLY!!! I completely agree.

When artists wake up to the fact that if they sold 50,000 albums with a record label, they have a listener base of 50,000 they can draw on. Then what’s the point in having the record label when you can sell it to your fans directly.

I agree though I believe it’s happening now with artists declining to sign with big labels and going Indie or making their own lane to distribute their music. It’s reminds me of a quote from The Office:

“Michael: No, we don’t actually cut the paper. That’s a good question. The paper is sent to us cut, and dyed, from a paper manufacturer, and then we sell it to a business for more than we paid for it.
Abby: That’s not fair. [the rest of the kids agree]
Michael: Yes it is, well, w-w–you need someone in the middle to facilitate…
Jake: You’re just a middleman.
Michael: I’m not just a middle… man…
Melissa: Wait, why doesn’t the saw mill just sell paper directly to people?
Michael: You are describing Office Depot, and they’re kind of running us out of business.
Dwight: We have better service than they do!”

Watch artists come to see this and cut out the middle man.

It’s a question of using the most appropriate tools for the work you’re supposed to be doing.

Autotune anyone? It’s about having tools to your trade and using which ones are appropriate for what you’re going for. It’s NOT about one artist telling the rest of the virtuosic populace that a certain tool is “dead” or out. Let the artist decide for themselves.

Peace and x out the middle love.


wayne x eminem x drake…2010 grammy performance

this needs to be spread around so more people see the FAKENESS that the Grammy’s have become!!
THE SINGLE most important performance of the night…they effed up the sound (yes they broadcasted it this way). in addition to that, whoever was the light technician that choreographed this was not real impressive to me…pretty obnoxious actually.

this performance was really beautiful and seemed to be a good dot of the “i” on the decade. i am just so completely fed up with the grammy’s. they are stuck in a broad “everyone likes what we think is pop” mindset. they are run by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which “is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers.” which sort of makes sense to me as far as the voting…but what about who sets up the performances, and the presentation, and the production, and writing of the show?? they obviously spend more time on certain pop acts opposed to others. also, the indie music scene is rapidly growing (especially with younger people…the ones who care about “pop music”) and i suspect will soon reach the point where it is competing on an even ground with the majors. will the academy continue to ignore us as they do now?…that would be a major mistake imo if they do.
just some things to think about…

peace and evolve love.


Broken Bells…James Mercer x Danger Mouse

I’m so excited about this…super collab between James Mercer (from The Shins) and Danger Mouse (from Gnarls Barkley and producer of The Grey Album). This is seriously one of the greatest combinations i’ve dreamed would never happen. The album is due to come out March 9, 2010. Be ready for a storm.
Broken Bells wiki

Here’s the first single “The High Road” (download after the jump)…

Peace, and broken love…
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colin munroe…interview | performance | download

This is an interview touching on why he (as a white canadian dude) is embraced by the Hip Hop community, is a clear part of the new [urban folk™] (haha) movement (like KiD CuDi, Wale, Drake, Slaughterhouse…etc.), and has a successful alternative mixtape.

I just want to say it first here and now…in the next few years, you will see the mixtape (free ep, free album, samples/remixing other peoples songs projects) embraced by other musics not centralized to Hip Hop!! Watch.

If you don’t know about Colin Munroe you definitely need to download his mixtape…
Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero mixtape (2008)
It features Drake, Wale, Black Milk, Mickey Factz, even Bob Dylan (remix…it’s INCREDIBLE!!!)

He’s on my “what to look for” list.

Peace, and embrace new love.


j cole…rapping “on top of the world”

Based on the 2 or 3 tracks i’ve heard from this cat…he’s my new favorite (coming up) rapper…
Here’s a video from the interview with Angela Yee where he spits to “On Top Of The World”, which is the song he tried to get to Jay-Z for American Gangster. It’s worth a watch! Because too many people deny music based on the fact that most of it is terrible…this is bananas!!!!!

Here’s the vid from the same interview where he is denied by Jay and his entourage. Pretty inspiring actually imo.

if you haven’t heard any of his music…here’s the song “Lights Please” which I think is what eventually got him on with Jay-Z.

yea, i’ve got my eye on him…

Peace, and on top of the world love!


Gil Scott Heron…Me & The Devil vid

wow! you might remember Gil Scott Heron from alot of old spoken word type records in the 70s. he was sort of one of the reasons rapping happened, at least on record. this new cut from him sounds like a blues lyric form set to some super hard music. very very nice…
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peace, and i’m alive love.


Jay Electronica…Exhibit C

this is definitely in my top 3 freshest hip hop songs of 09. a video of Jay performing it live with Mos Def and Diddy and the song on youtube if you haven’t heard it, after the jump.

jay electronica – exhibit c (iTunes)
tell me that cover isn’t fresh as a produce section!! actually do, because it is. this song goes so hard.

peace, and exhibit c, love.

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vids…OK Go | Lowry

These videos have blown my mind…i know must repair it and take artistic action…

1. OK Go – “WTF?”

this is right inside my doorway. take an effect and play with it. have fun and orchestrate your art. that’s what i’m trying to do…

2. Lowry – “Whiskey”
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this is a pretty fresh indie band i just discovered through the Guilt By Association Vol. 2 project in which they covered “Africa” by Toto. i feel like the video tells the story pretty well with not too much performance shots and not too much “couple” shots. the video is for a project called 99DollarMusicVideos.com…i think they accomplished it better than any one else i’ve seen on the site.

peace, and videLoVEs.


kanye vh1 storytellers…q&a

so few hip hop artists have ever advanced.

a really important quote i.m.o.

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i would pray and pray and beg god to deliver me from it…i knew i had great pain in my future. i used to pray to get delivered from pain, and then i suffered the worst pains to help me to grow.

not to mock his struggles…but how convenient…he went from predicting “pain” (generic), to “praying and praying” for it not to come or to be easy, to it being a lesson to learn and grow from. religion makes me laugh.

it kind of bothered me how funny he tried to be…but more how funny the crowd thinks he is.

peace, “i’m fuckin warhol,” love.


mos def / talib kweli…history vid

another really simple & beautiful video. mos def has really come into his style. i love that cotton shirt with the tie and jacket…good look.

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peace, and k.i.s.s. love.


reflection eternal / statik selektah…Re:Union Mixtape


Reflection Eternal & Statik Selektah – The RE:Union Mixtape

1. Intro
2. Revolutions Per Minute
3. In This World
4. Hip-Hop (Unreleased)
5. Back Again
6. Wishing On A Black Star
7. Just Begun ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole, & Mos Def
8. Come Around ft. Termanology & Royce da 5′9 (produced by Statik Selektah)
9. Internet Connection
10. Let It Go ft. Dion
11. Testify ft. Styles P
12. Time
13. The Thrill Is Gone ft. Styles P (produced by Statik Selektah)
14. Can We Go Back The Reflection Eternal Classics:
15. Fortified Live ft. Mos Def & Mr Man
16. Chaos ft Bahamadia
17. The Express
18. Respiration ft. Common & Mos Def
19. Definition ft. Mos Def
20. RE:Defininition ft. Mos Def
21. Move Something
22. Ghetto Afterlife ft Kool G Rap
23. The Blast RMX ft. Erykah Badu
24. Good To You (produced by Kanye West)
25. Get By REMIX ft. Jay-Z, Mos Def, Kanye West, & Busta Rhymes (produced by Kanye west)
26. Back Up Offa Me
27. Piano (Hi Tek ft. Ghostface)
28. Music is Life (Hi Tek ft. Nas)
29. Hang Ups (NEW Reflection Eternal not on album)
30. Outro

new and old reflection eternal tracks. fresh!

peace, and another decade of much love.


jay-z/hudson…forever young vid

this is a really beautifully done video. i love high contrast black and white. they did a good job painting a picture of being “young” with the shots of the kids playing football, playing in the park, the couple chasing eachother, etc. juxtaposed with Jay being praised at a large concert (where he feels most young).

it looks very good, and it’s such a great song. what do you think??

peace, and forever young love.


royce & big sean…in studio

“back in this bitch like i’m puttin on a jacket”
-Big Sean

peace, and fresh love.


questlove…sandwich ep

via: nahright

Sandwiches are the sets they play before and after commercial breaks on Late Night.

In honor of making 1000 of those original compositions, Questlove liberated 22 of them on twitter and All The Way Live compiled it into an EP.

The Roots – Sandwiches EP

also. click on the twitter above, then click on the swift.fm link and listen and read the descriptions to each track…questo really knows music and it’s so interesting to see what inspires him and how it makes him feel and think.

peace, and be well rounded love.


strong arm steady…fresh cover

I just think this cover is incredibly fresh.

Yea, that’s it.

Peace, and much love.


video…hangover flip

another really beautiful video. extremely simple effect with the camera following the board throughout.

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peace, and simple creativity love.


kid cudi…pursuit of happiness vid

this video is beautiful…the story is simple, incorporating the performance aspect into the story itself.

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peace and pursuit of happiness love.


mos def…supermagic vid

this video’s incredible! it’s simple, the effect is fantastic, it’s very well produced. i like how dark it is…the contrast between his face and some highlights to the dark background is really evocative. i also think mos uses the flashing/shadow effect really well as he bounces.
great video…i look forward to learning about these kinds things i enter the telecommunications major here at school.

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peace, and video love.


francis and the lights…download all francis’ music

I’ve mentioned before how much i dig Francis et al…Here’s your opportunity to download literally EVERYTHING that has been released by Francis and The Lights…for FREE! The zip file includes live, covers (including kanye west, john lennon, beyonce, more), new songs, eps, etc. It’s like 211mb.

click here to download!


Plus some waffle fries…so click that shit…you’ll dig it.

My apologies for not being on too much this week or next…it’s finals here so i’m in grind mode. Keep your chins up!

Peace, and light love.