Posts Tagged ‘music’

Keep They Heads Ringing

August 19, 2008

If you watched any of the Team USA’s romping on the basketball court in Bejing, then theres a chance you noticed the similar headphones every player has draped around their neck.  The unofficial sponsor of blasting beats to these star’s heads is none other than the Doc himself.  Dre’s newest contribution to the music world is his new headphones system; Beats by Dre.  Dre’s mission is to create a state of the art system where the listener can enjoy studio monitor quality.

“When I’m making a track I’m trying to capture the sound that makes me go ‘now THAT’s the shit! And I want that reaction from everybody who hears it. I spend a lot of time in the studio listening to my music through headphones…with Beats, people are finally going to hear it the way they should: the way I do.”

As of now, the Beats will run you about $350-400 depending on where you buy them.  Not chump change at all for headphones.  I sure as hell appreciate my Bose over ear system and look forward to trying a new set thats supposed to blow any others away.  Wonder how Detox is gonna sound in these things.

Please, feel free to give any feedback if you use or hear anything about these Beats.

Read more here

Check out the official Beats by Dre

Superman aka Dwight Howard pre-blastoff


Watch How it Go Down

August 9, 2008

Sure fire Massachusetts mc, Termanology,  has been getting well-deserved attention amongst underground hip-hop ranks.  Most notably, Terms impressed DJ Premier who has already produced numerous tracks for the up-and-coming lyricist.  Term spits from topics of politics to everyday struggles.  His dagger like flow is the most impressive force.  Check out any of his Hood Politics mixtape series at  Heres the Hood Politics IV.  

 Recommended tracks:  Watch How it Go Down (Produced by DJ Premier)

EMI Signs New CEO

July 22, 2008

Guy Hands has chosen to step down into a non-executive role and appointed Elio Leoni-Sceti as the chief executive of its recorded music division.  Leoni-Sceti is most known for being a marketing genius behind numerous household cleaning brands.  Cleaning products and music?  Can it all become relevant? 

It seems they are turning consumer taste into a calculated science instead of looking for what peeople really want.  No easy task though.  KingsofA&R had to say:  “Go ahead and ask a consumer today what type of music they listen to and the response will be ‘EVERYTHING’. How do you quantify ‘EVERYTHING’? You can’t.”  True.

Its more non-music people trying to hard to force/formulate the issue rather than think instinctively.  As David Joesph, UK chief executive of Universal, says ” “If you sign quality, the commerce will follow.”

BestBuy to Stock Unsigned Bands

July 20, 2008

BestBuy wants in the local scene by stocking local bands in store and online.  Good opportunity?  Usually these bands find prospers by having a relationship with the local indie stores, and its the smaller act fans that drive the local store.  I could be wrong, but these bands are going to do sales at the local store, their own website, and their shows.  Don’t expect having your album to blow up stocked within the thousands of artist amongst genres at BestBuy.  Look at the criteria to be stocked. “Approved artists are considered based on Myspace/Facebook page, fan base, and local performances, and will be paid for every CD sold.”  Myspace friends?  Yeah, because especially now Myspace friends is a great indicator.

And BestBuy will put their prices well below list (they want you to buy a fridge, fresh greens), a tactic local record stores can’t compete with.  Is price even huge deal for people looking for these types of artists? Not really, these fans like the feeling and service of the local store.  Could this potentially be a threat to the future business of indie stores?  I don’t see it.

I’m not saying its going to hurt you to do this, so here if you want to submit your music to Best Buy.

He’s Back

July 20, 2008

Mr. Shady is finally back in the studio and theres no telling what dudes cooking up.  Forget Encore and all the most recent stuff Ems done.  Go listen to Infinite (1995) and see why Dre pulled this cat out and knew the man on another level.  

I used to be heavy into Slim getting any track I could get my hands on.  This is why it upsets me so much when he releases albums that have tracks like “Ass Like That” and “Just Lose It.”  For a fan like me its redemption time.  

Shit, Infinite is up in the Bgsounds top 10 for sure any day.  I want Em back attacking the mic.  His vengeance is what drives his knife-like flow.

Heres some tracks, quality not so good sorry its the only stuff i could get at the moment.



Deconstructing Illmatic

July 13, 2008

Whether your a fan of the album or hip-hip in general, heres a great post that analyzes the hip-hop classic track by track.  Being a hip-hop nerd I love looking deep into the samples that are used and thought process behind the album from producers.  Check out DJ Premier after hearing the Pete Rock produced “The World is Yours”

“Apparently when Premier listened to Pete Rock’s lone contribution to Illmatic, he went back to the lab, scrapped what he already had and started over. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, but it is a pleasingly romantic vision of the creative process that went into the construction of the album and a tale that confirms what you already know”

It’d be really cool to do this with more hip-hop albums.  Maybe Ready to Die or Midnight Marauders?  Thanks Dan Love, cool shit

Trent Reznor’s L.A. Treasure Hunt

July 13, 2008

In preparation for the exclusive July 19th show in L.A., Trent Reznor sent fans on a treasure hunt  A couple of weeks ago, Reznor hosted a file on the NIN website that, once opened with Google Earth, showed tour locations with secret messages like “in a drain pipe.”  From there, motivated fans scoured L.A. for these secret locations, looking for envelopes which grated them guest passes to the show.  Read about one fanatic’s discovery here.


Radiohead From the Basement

June 27, 2008

Let it be known: Radiohead is the greatest.  They’ve managed to take up a substantial portion of my life and money; and right now life is good.  Radiohead’s performance of the MTVHD broadcast “From the Basement” is now available exclusively on iTunes.  They played most of In Rainbows (no jigsaw?) and some Hail to the Thief tracks, but you can only buy the songs off In Rainbows. The videos look and sound amazing so check them out.  Much more on this God’s gift of a band to come..

Blu and Exile : Below the Heavens

June 26, 2008


Excuse my lateness but…I stumbled upon this album while looking for some similar artists of one of my favorite rap duo’s of all time, Little Brother.  After reading a solid HipHopDX review I decided I had to check it out.  This is my new dude.  Blu’s flow, a combination of smooth/constant delivery and melodic chemistry, and Exile’s soulful production is on point.  Check out the track Dancing in the Rain.  

I got in my car and bumping the second it came on.  The LA mc rips through verses about his life and what he feels around him.  The subject matter is something only tight flow could flourish under.  It reminds me of Illmatic (good company) in the way Blu’s lyrics are like he is talking to you, not stuff crazy abstract or anything.  I like that it doesn’t get to complicated, which is the only problem I have listening to Lupe sometimes.  Overall a sign that proves indie hip-hop is still alive and well.