Daily Archives: May 2, 2013
“West Coast rapper/producer Alexander Spit joins MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss this week to discuss Psychedelic Rap. They’ll get into the roots of Psychedelic music, what is considered Psychedelic Rap, and which rappers were influenced through the use of Psychedelics. Plus, the guys talk about the first time they got high, burning out on Psychedelics, and bad smelling hippies.”
Rappers discussed include: Esham, Redman, Edan, Pharcyde, Eminem, Xzibit, Underachievers, Chance, Etc. (Etc. was a rapper on Landspeed during the late 90s underground boom. Maybe). I didn’t get to tell my story about the time I tripped in San Francisco and almost got killed by a psychotic cabdriver –then went home and thought I saw God while listening to Alice Coltrane. But sometimes you have to keep something in the chamber.
MP3 and some of Spit’s music below the jump. If you’re unfamiliar, I previously covered him in my Bizarre Ride column.
MP3: Shots Fired, Episode 27 – Psychedelic Rap w/ Alexander Spit.
“You Lust” is the pounding 13-minute drone-groove at the heart of the Flaming Lips new album The Terror, and its video cuts the song down to a more manageable four minutes. It does not, however, do anything else to make the song more digestible. In the clip, we see a naked man and a naked woman lying in the middle of a room, their body parts hooked up to freaky electrodes, while three more naked women do experiments on them and frogs and monkeys crawl around them. You know, normal stuff. Please be advised that the nudity is an extra-visceral type of nudity. If you feel like you’re ready, watch the video below.
Steve Gunn, who is one of the Violators in Kurt Vile And The Violators, is obviously a good guitarist. But there’s being a “good guitarist” and then there’s that rare special quality where people, at a loss for words, start name-dropping the practically supernatural John Fahey in order to describe you. That is one of the qualities that Steve Gunn’s music has, particularly for his bandmate Kurt Vile, who has been pretty vocal with his admiration for Gunn.
In the late ’90s and early ’00s, the British production duo Artful Dodger was one of the primary forces behind the skittering, slick dance genre known as UK garage; their signature tune “Re-Rewind” was also Craig David’s first hit. Over the past year or so, fellow British production duo Disclosure, whose two brothers were pretty much babies when Artful Dodger were peaking, have been doing excellent work in bringing garage back, which, if singles like “White Noise” and “You & Me” are anything to go on, is exactly what the world needed. And now, Disclosure have paid tribute to their forbears, remixing Artful Dodger’s gliding 2000 single “Please Don’t Turn Me On” and adding vocals from the young singer-songwriter Zoe Kypri, whose lyrics more or less answer singer Lifford’s words on the original track. Listen below.
The first 7″ from Kim Deal’s single series, “Walking With A Killer”/“Dirty Hessians,” was released in January and sold out of its limited run (1,000 copies) almost instantly. Now, she’s released sides 3 and 4 of that series, “Hot Shot” b/w “Likkle More,” whose A-side is available for spinning below. “Hot Shot” has a stripped-down Breeders-y feel, with Deal’s voice bending over rigid instrumentation. I’m pretty sure she’s singing about killing someone with a poisoned spike of heroin. It’s pretty fucked-up stuff. But Deal makes it sound as sweet as a cold beer on an August afternoon. Listen below and nab one of the presumably few remaining copies of the 7″ here.