I got around to watching the Grammys. I wish someone would have told me this photo was the only interesting part.
502 Recordings boss Oneman’s mixtapes are always mixed seamlessly, and usually full of exclusive forthcoming UK tracks, something that drives Yanks like me crazy with excitement. This one is for the amazing Lucky Me collective – you’ll find loads of other treasures over there. It’s the home of Hudson Mo!, who Looney and I once met in NY..we told him that we were from a city where the Hudson and Mohawk rivers meet. He wasn’t terribly interested in that as I remember.
LITE – Drops
Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm [inst.] Bad Autopsy – Pour It On
Zed Bias – Music Deep Inside
Damage Daneeka – Creeper
French Fries – Charlotte [Canblaster remix] Boddika – Basement
Search & Destroy – Candyfloss [Toasty remix] Unknown – Knock, Knock
Pelican Fly – Bendin’ [Jay Weed remix] Boddika – Soul What
Prince – I Would Die For You
Velour – She Wore Velour
Marcus Intalex – Under Surveillance
Oneohtrix Point Never – Nobody Here
Scuba – Twitch [Jamie Vex’d remix] Fantastic Mr Fox – Peep Show [Desto remix] Joker & Rustie – Tempered
Addison Groove – Sexual
Ikonika – Space Ugly
Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX – NY Is Killing Me
50 Cent & Justin Timberlake – Ayo Technology [Acapella] Girl Unit – WUT
Wiley – Shower Eski [Mickey Pearce remix] Digital Mystikz – Lost City
Starkey – Miracles
Desto, Clouds & Jimi Tenor ft. ChaCha – Time Bird
Wiley – Saw It Coming
ALSO out to my Fuze Box people last Friday, that party was real. Out to my family new and old who showed up. We should have some big things planned for March’s edition of the monthly, and I’m already anxious for it. It’s our new home and where it’s all happening so don’t sleep. I’m doing a Deep Children Twitter to keep you updated on what we’re doing so Follow it mmk? You can also Follow me too.
Wow. Last Friday, the 18th, we got out hands on the wonderful venue right in the middle of Albany, the Fuze Box. We had a ton of success with our New Year’s Eve party and we were urged by everyone in attendance to do it again, so…we did. Same line up as New Years too. Mycon and Looney smashed it up super hard. Looney dropped a beat he’s been working on and it absolutely ravaged the place. Mycon kept things funky and people moving. As for us, we definitely got the place warmed up proper, and If you enjoyed what Duncan and I were playing, you can download our track list and get hip with some songs.
Dig through the full photos which is posted on my flickr (higher quality) or if you wanna tag you and your friends they’re alsoposted on my facebook (lower quality). Otherwise, I’ll let the photos below do the talking.
See you all next month (March 18th) for our next party at Fuze Box!
After only being okay with the site design I finally changed a few things today. There was an incredibly overwhelming demand for a way for people to post events, so now check the dedicated events section up top! You can submit your events through there as well which makes things much easier for me to post and deal with. It will take a minute since I still gotta add it manually but it’s much better than it was. Also the readability of this is now way better as the columns are smaller, and the site scales perfectly on every display since all measurements are percentages instead of absolute values.
Also, I got about 90 shirts left. I took everyones feedback and got a bunch of x-smalls for the girls to be able to wear them without cropping them or cutting em up. They go up to x-large for the big dudes too.
So, here’s how you get one.
Send me $15 via Paypal and I’ll hold it for you and you can pick it up/we can meet somewhere. Or if you’d rather me ship it, send me $18 via Paypal as a gift (avoids fees) to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll have them for $15 at every Fuze Box event and I can take cash or credit there.
The shirts, which are from 518 Prints are top quality. They’re discharge printed which means instead of putting a layer of ink on top, they remove the black from the shirt and replace it with white. You can’t feel any design or printing on top of the shirt, since it’s now actually part of the shirt. Look close and you can see it in the photo above. This is the absolute highest quality way to print. Not only that, but the shirts are made at a factory in Los Angeles by a company you may know, called American Apparel, so you know they fit proper, and you aren’t buying shit products out of exploited labor in sweatshops.
If you have any feedback about the new design of the site, leave it as a comment!
The bill alone Tuesday night at Valentine’s was strong enough for me to ignore any excuses I could concoct about not possibly attending on a work night. WCDB and B3nson Records presented a diverse yet compatible blend of local and celebrated indie acts of Neighborhood of Make Believe (ALB), Former Belle (PHIL), Barons in the Attic (ALB), and hailing from the South, the headlining Colour Revolt.
I hauled ass through an ice-coated Albany and walked into the dimly lit music bar just in time to catch the catchy ear worm cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” I arrived as their set was concluding and saw that the band playing, Neighborhood of Make Believe, spawned from members of Sgt Dunbar and the b3nson fam. With a “WCDB” banner and an aged yellow and green floral sheet as backdrops to the stage, it was pleasantly fitting that the bar, for the most part, was loosely packed with friends, familiar faces and friendly strangers alike.
“I used to write a lot of dumb songs about girls,” said the lead singer of Former Belle. “This is one of them.” His shy yet curiously confident demeanor directed the band’s immediate dive into their set with high-energy. Former Belle let it be known early on that they didn’t travel from Philadelphia to deliver a sub-par performance. If I had to describe their stage presence in one phrase it’d be “straight-up passion.” Former Belle is a 4-piece that features an upright bass, violin, keys, drums and acoustic/electric guitars. Their violinist, Jaime Balinksi, was both endearing and talented. Their folk sound was reminiscent of a Bright Eyes flavoring with Cursive outbursts at times, and some theatrical chanting and carnival-esque finger-picking moments.
As Barons in the Attic started setting up, people already were dancing and yelping. Barons, a part of the B3nson crew, is a local 5-piece known for their monstrous instrumentation and explosion of sound, in addition to occasionally hosting awesome basement shows. They blend in acoustic folk accents to their sound but I’d personally consider them more of an alternate rock band. Barons is all about getting their music out there (as all musicians are) but there’s an authenticity behind their networking efforts that really works for them. They make it clear that they are just as serious about their music as they about people enjoying themselves, which translates into a guaranteed fun live show. In addition to individually being musically gifted, Barons’ likes to mix it up — pretty much swapping instruments every other song in a musical chairs type fashion. Playing some crowd favorites, such as “Blue York City” “Song 3.0″ and “Wintery Mix,” resulted in vocal support from more than a handful of show goers. Barons also threw in some new songs into the mix, all with a spontaneous nature of basically scrapping their set list due to pressing time constraints. They concluded with “My Old Soul,” merrily paving the way to Colour Revolt’s Albany debut.
Colour Revolt, in recent years has powered through a bit of a dreary ride, changing labels and members, and therefore experimenting with their sound. Colour Revolt’s set featured songs off their new album, “The Cradle,” released in 2010. The black and white checkered floor wasn’t visible as people crowded around the stage, abandoning the back of the bar. The centered drum kit was glowing, with an energy-efficient bulb placed inside the bass drum, illuminating a sweet, messy red and green acrylic paint job on the outside. They kicked off with songs, “New Family,” and “8 Years,” and reverb heavy vibrations shook the room, establishing a rough-around-the-edges solid vibe to the night. With fast paced rhythms, distortion, korg effects and dual guitars, they balanced spacy riffs with a heavier sound. Core members Sean Kirkpatrick and Jesse Coppenbarger both play guitar and sing, creating a duality that works for the band. Other highlights included “Our Names,” “Moses of the South,”Naked & Red,” and “Mattresses Underwater.”
Colour Revolt is adaptive and interactive. At one point, Sean Kirkpatrick (vocals/guitar) took advice from Prima‘s Collin Reynolds in asking to adjust the volume on the vocals. The bassist, Luke White, halfway through their set, handed photographer Patrick Dodson a winning scratch-off for $5 in exchange for a beer. After the show, inching closer to 1am, all the bands hung out at the bar and sparked cas ual conversation with the other bands and some late-night lingerers alike. They have the professionalism of seasoned pro’s while still maintaining a relatable DIY polish. Overall, the type of bands that do their thing regardless of the venue or turn-out, are always the ones that make an impression on me. Thankfully, Valentine’s played host to an eclectic batch of bands that all fit that category.
Photos by Alexandra LoSordo. Check out her full gallery on her flickr.