This past weekend an ambitious quest presented itself to me in what became a self-curated, Red Bull-fueled tour of three cities to attend three respective events in three days. Thursday brought me to Burlington for friends and Blockhead, Friday brought me back to Williamsburg for TURRBOTAXÂ®, friends and educators Terrence Parker, Doc Daneeka and Octo Octa, and Saturday took me to New Paltz for JunGALA, friends and Dubbel Dutch and Samo Sound Boy. Needless to say, I spent majority of Sunday catching up on sleep and avoiding checking my bank account balance.
Before I get started in recapping my weekend, be sure to check out the latest mix from Party With Tina and dive into your work week properly.
For this week’s Music Monday, I present you with a random assortment of musical sources of inspiration as to why I brought myself on a bass-driven pilgrimage up North and up and down I-87.
Sorry not sorry for the longest post ever. Happy Monday, hit the jump.
Mushpost, our neighbors in Vermont, is a collective of DJs and event curators who are high up there on the list of busiest people I know, organizing quality events on what feels like a weekly basis, playing out in other cities and holding down a weekly radio show on WRUV 90.1. Similar to the aesthetic of OUTPOST1, Mushpost is also a crew that is hyper supportive of new sounds across the spectrum, emerging DJs/producers and sharing music, whether freshly discovered or from the vault. Founding DJ The Orator also does a weekly round-up on J’aime le Dubstep.
Blockhead is a producer from NYC who has been in the game for decades, with an interest that shifted from rapping as a teenager to focusing on beat production instead. Blockhead has kept busy producing for Aesop Rock, releasing four solo albums (and currently working on a fifth) and writing with both middle fingers up over on his blog PhatFriend.
Bonus: An in-depth, no joke interview that FaltyDL did with Blockhead went live last week and I recommend you check it out.
This video is footage from the process of live creation of a painting by Heilig Art during Blockhead.
Official music video for Blockhead’s “The Music Scene.”
The XLR8R-sponsored monthly TURRBOTAXÂ® is a magnet that pulls me down to the Cove every opportunity I feasibly can and this past Friday was arguably one of the best nights I’ve experienced to date in the rave cave. If you missed out, this video is as close as you’ll ever get to a taste of the events of 2/24/11. Seriously, check it out. Seeing Terrence Parker was insane. His set had me without words.
The L train not running fully was to blame for why I arrived late, but from 12-4AM the music was absolutely on point from all involved. Much respect and thanks to the TURRBOTAXÂ® residents, Terrence Parker, Doc Daneeka and Octo Octa. I unfortunately missed Octo Octa, but check out his bandcamp for more info and some free DL’s.
Assorted YouTube embeds:
Round three was the 2-year anniversary of JunGALA down at Cabaloosa’s in New Paltz. It was great talking with Samo Sound Boy and Dubbel Dutch, and even more enjoyable listening to their sets. Andrew and I also walked away with BODY HIGH t-shirts and I can’t wait to rep the label out in the wild.
Cab’s was packed to the brim and it was good to see a lot of people from Albany out representing. Out to residents Far East, Brother Suarez, Scallywag and Broken Teeth Crew for all their work putting this together and for holding down support on the decks.
Also, in case you missed it: here’s the Q+A I did with Samo Sound Boy.
EDIT: Dubbel Dutch just posted a recording of him and Samo from Saturday: