Category Archives: Music

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SATURDAY 4/11/2009

The Flight of the Conchords were great on Saturday evening. Their opener, Kristen Schaal, was just as great. Their audience, however, was rowdy, restless, and rude. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a fellow spectator scream out “BUSINESS TIME” during the course of the evening, I would have been able to afford better seats to the show. Continue reading FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, SATURDAY 4/11/2009

Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab

Like most hip-hop heads, I always love to find the source material of a particularly dope beat, and in that vein, Blue Note’s Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Labis a rewarding compilation. Containing the original material for elements of songs from acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, DJ Shadow, Madlib, and many others, the album is an amateur (or armchair) DJ’s wet dream. In addition, many of the songs are restored or remastered versions, making the collection appealing to jazz aficionados as well.

Highlights: Davids Axelrod’s and Mccallum’s “The Edge,” as featured in Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode,” Jeremy Steig’s “Howling for Judy,” as featured in Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot,” and Grant Green’s “Down Here on the Ground,” used in ATCQ’s “Vibes and Stuff.”

Bottom line: If you have listened to hip-hop in the last twenty years, you’re bound to appreciate at least 5 songs on this album. B+

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