1. Spit Gold Under An Empire (2013)

    Great short documentary on NYC’s underground hip-hop scene by Montreal’s Emily Kai Brock, who also directed the music video for Grimes’ "Oblivion", featuring Angel Haze, Mykki Blanco, and members of the Pro Era crew. 

     
     
  2. TNGHT & Kanye West - “Cold”

    In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I really, really like TNGHT, and I finally got to see Lunice and Hudson Mohawke do their thing live Thursday night. It was pretty great, but they also played New York last night, and guess who showed up? Why Kanye West, who doesn’t need a damn microphone to get the crowd’s attention. Here’s hoping that Cruel Winter features at least a few TNGHT-produced tracks.

     
     
  3. Hot Sugar feat. Big Baby Ghandi, Nasty Nigel, YG the Cynic & SMG - “Rat City”

    Not really sure who New York producer Hot Sugar is — possibly Kitty Pryde’s boyfriend? — but his new EP MiDi Murder (download it for free here) has some hot beats on it and a bunch of rappers that you probably haven’t heard of (the only names I recognized was Haleek Maul and Das Heem’s Kool AD and Heems).

     
     
  4. peasandcarrotsinternational:

    Cam’ronissey @youngscreech Thank You

    I need this Cam’ron x Morrissey tee. #Dipset4Eva

     
  5. Mykki Blanco - “Haze.Boogie.Life”

    "Pretty girls, pretty girls travel in packs." 

    Blanco’s Halloween party in Toronto in a few weeks is going to be nuts. 

     
     
  6. Empire State (Building) Of Mind.

     
  7. Memorial in New York’s West Village. 

     
  8. I went to New York City a few weeks ago and made a pilgrimage to one of the most famous diners in TV history.

     
  9. The Men - “L.A.D.O.C.H.”

    These guys from Brooklyn are playing NXNE in a few more weeks and I finally got around listening to their stuff this morning. I have no idea what the lead singer is screaming about on this one (or what L.A.D.O.C.H. stands for), but it’s six minutes of glorious noise-rock that makes me want to pump my fists to and break shit.

     
     

  10. Photo Credit: Noah Love

    Beastie Boys - “An Open Letter To NYC”

    R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch. I haven’t met many people who liked the trio’s 2004 album To The 5 Boroughs (well, except for Rolling Stone's David Fricke, who gave it five stars), but it was my first real introduction to the music of Ad-Rock, Mike D, and Yauch. I was in high school and don’t remember much about buying this album, other than the cool artwork (showing a New York skyline with the World Trade Center still standing) and hilarious liner notes. I would later work through the rest of their discography―Paul’s Boutique is unquestionably one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time―but I’ll always have a soft spot for “An Open Letter To NYC”. I don’t think there are many songs that can top this one in terms of expressing city pride (the “two towers down but we’re still in the game” line is poignant even today). Can’t go wrong with the "Sonic Reducer" sample either. 

    In my first year of university, myself and some friends in my program all chipped in and bought a copy of Rock Band and every Thursday got together for a few beers and played. We kept it in my friend Matt's residence room and every week would annoy the heck out of everybody else on our floor (and probably the floors directly above and below us). While my go-to songs when I had the plastic microphone were Yeah Yeah Yeahs' “Maps” and Radiohead's “Creep”, we always counted on Matt to wow us with his lyrically spot-on rendition of the Beasties' classic "Sabotage" performed at the top off his lungs (no easy feat when you’re inebriated). In fact, I only have good memories associated with listening to the Beastie Boys, memories of good times, better friends, late nights, and maybe a little bit too much booze. That Rock Band kit was left at the curb when I moved out of my house the year afterwards, but it had a good run. 

    I’m not sure why I decided to write this post. There’s definitely plenty of more poetic eulogies for MCA out there from people that knew him personally and by no means am I the biggest Beastie Boys fan. I guess I just felt like sharing. Two things that I found remarkable about the observation of Yauch’s passing is that a) almost everyone I know can name at least one song by the trio and b) there was virtually no jokes in poor taste about his death on Twitter or Facebook (unlike Whitney Houston, Kim Jong-il, etc.). And while I’m bummed out that this means I’ll never get to see the Beastie Boys perform, we’ll always have MCA’s rhymes to remember him by.

    "Now my name is MCA, I got a license to kill/I think you know what time it is, it’s time to get ill." 

    All flags in New York should be flying at half-mast today.

     
  11. Friends - “I’m His Girl”

    I usually hate people who use the expression “this is my jam”, but in the case of Friends’ “I’m His Girl”, I’m willing to make an exception for this breezy, disco-influenced indie-pop tune. Hailing from Brooklyn (of course), the five-piece only has about three songs and a handful of demoes online, but I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the near future. My friend pointed out that lead singer Lesley Hann sounds a bit like Neneh Cherry and I’m inclined to agree. 

     
     
  12. Cults - “Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen Cover)”

    Anyone that knows we well knows that Cults’ debut album was pretty much all I listened to last summer. Seeing them tonight with a few good people and hoping it will be just the thing I need to finally get over my California withdrawal. The sunshine today is also helping. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that they pull out this Leonard Cohen cover tonight.  

     
     
  13. Dirty Projectors - “Gun Has No Trigger”

    I’ve never been a huge Dirty Projectors fan, but I’ve had this new single from the Brooklyn group on repeat the past two days. Does anyone else think that David Longstreth sounds a bit like Damon Albarn on this one?

     
     
  14. Sean Patton Congratulates Music Snobs

    While I was researching a New Orleans music festival for a colleague, I came across the standup comedy of New York City’s Sean Patton. This bit where he talks about music snobs is particularly hilarious.

     
     
  15. Some people are going to desperate measures to get their hands on Kraftwerk tickets.