Monday, April 30, 2012


After careful consideration, I decided that Drake's Take Care album is pretty solid.

I love "Marvins Room", the video is aight but the song is best listened to on headphones in its full version.

I'm generally surprised when I like Young Money songs but "Take Care" is a winner too.

There are some other gems on this album but these are the two I have on repeat.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A$AP Rocky

I can't help but pay attention to this dude, he first caught my attention with his "Purple Swag" song that reminded me of Mike Jones in the best way. GRILLZ!

I wasn't convinced that I liked him until I heard this new song yesterday called "Goldie," now I'm in; at least for today.

*UPDATE 12/23/12   My appreciation for A$AP Rocky was short-lived, however, I still like the Goldie track.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thee Satisfaction

These are some high quality women who deserve all the success that has been coming their way. They were recently signed to Sub Pop Records who released their new album Awe Naturale and have been touring with Shabazz Palaces.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lykke Li

I heard of Lykke Li awhile ago but I didn't really pay attention until I saw this video for "Sadness is a Blessing". It has a super long intro but it is worth the wait (song actually begins at 1:50).

There are other great songs on her album Wounded Rhymes, like "Get Some" and "I Follow Rivers", but "Sadness is a Blessing" is my favorite.

This is a great video of her and Bon Iver doing a live acoustic performance of the song "Dance, Dance, Dance".


I generally feel that there is a time and place for every song. Thundercat is for when it is time to get Back To Mine.

Champagne Champagne

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raphael Saadiq

He has been making great music for more than 20 years. We'll go backwards through time until we get to Tony! Toni! Tone! which I had on cassette when it came out.


Greedhead Music

Das Racist

Since I heard Das Racist for the first time, I've been wanting to hear more of what these guys have to offer. The album I first heard was Sit Down, Man, which was great because I had to listen to the whole album because I wanted to hear what they would say next. Usually, I don't pay much attention to what the rappers are saying (which is slowly fading) but they were so funny, I had to keep listening. I wish they would have made a video for "Fashion Story", it would have been hilarious.

Here is another song from this Sit Down, Man, I like this song and video because I like watching these guys. There is something very sexy about smiling rappers, just sayin'.

Then I found this "Huzzah Remix" song which is like a Greedhead posse cut, not surprisingly, I like the Das Racist part the most but the whole thing is worth watching, if only for great chair dancing.

The first single from Das Racist's newer album Relax was "Michael Jackson" which is entertaining but I can't stand actually listening to it. I do love the song and video for "Brand New Dance" because the video is more focused on them instead of being crazy theatrical like their first single.

Another great reason to love Das Racist is because they had a part in getting one of Seattle's most talented bands to their label.

Don't Talk To The Cops

Don't Talk To The Cops is DJ BlesOne AKA Bruce Illest, Emecks,and Larry Mizell Jr. I have mentioned most of these guys in this blog before so I won't gush too much about how great they are but I do think that Emecks is a great addition to the group because she is talented and cool as f*%k. These guys deserve all the success I hope is coming their way, they have been making music for awhile and are an essential part of the Seattle Music Scene. Here are a few examples of their music.

First Serve

I really wanted to like this new project by Plug 1 & Plug 2 from De La Soul. I don't really like the first video for "Must B The Music", visually it captured my attention but I find the beat and the chorus to be a little abrasive.

When I first heard about this project I was excited to hear that De La Soul feeling that I had grown accustomed to. While I appreciate artists building on their craft, sometimes it takes awhile to get used to their new sound. The track "Pushin' Aside, Pushin' Along" does manage to bring back that sound I was looking for.


I only recently figured out that this artist's name is prounounced "subtract" which now seems obvious but I have been loving his music since I first heard "Wildfire" a few months back. I found it because I had been searching Little Dragon and their lead singer Yukumi Nagano does the vocals on this track. The song is incredible but the video is a little out there (which is good).

I recently heard some of the remixes of this song that feature Drake and while I sometimes appreciate Drake's talent, I think he subtracts from the overall effect of the song.

The self titled SBTRKT album contains quite a few gems including "Hold On" which features Sampha on vocals who I originally thought was an Aaron Neville/James Blake combo. The video is interesting but I prefer the song alone.

The song "Pharoahs" while not one of my favorite tracks on the album is still a solid track that actually shows some of the masks that are associated with SBTRKT. For a well-written article on this mask phenomenon, check out this article by Andrew Matson.

I also really love "Trials From the Past" featuring Sampha. SBTRKT's album can actually be listened to from beginning to end, which is quite an accomplishment these days.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Def Dee

I had already heard his work on Gravity but I recently heard his beat tape Cheap Heat for the first time. Skillz!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thaddeus David

Thaddeus David recently put out a solo album called Maven.

He can also be found in State of the Artist, a Seattle-based hip hop group and in the collaboration with the infinitely talented Tay Sean under the name of Thadwick Tristen Trevor III & Swan Coltrane on the album called Adventures in a Helluvastate. This is one of my favorite videos from Maven. It is ripe with cameos from the Seattle hip hop scene.

Never Never is solid too.


This girl is not for everyone, I like her because she is a one woman show and makes good music. This is the first Grimes song I heard, it was part of Pitchfork's Yours Truly series.

Then I found this next one called "Vanessa", the song is great especially at 2:26 when the beat changes up a little bit. Honestly, this video freaks me out a little bit but it is worth a listen.

Then I saw this video for "Oblivion" which adds so much to the song.

Her new cd is worth a listen, I actually bought it! Pitchfork gave it an 8.5.

Sebastian featuring Mayer Hawthorne

This video is highly disturbing but the song is incredible.

Grynch & Jake One


Crazy Collaboration

A$AP Rocky & Lana Del Rey are doing a song together, that's whoa!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Azealia Banks

I was hoping that I would like some of her newer music, this hasn't happened yet but "212" is still great. If you are opposed to dirty words, you might not like this song.

Little Dragon

Incredible song made even better with this video from an old French movie. It is from their new album titled Ritual Union.

This is a collaboration between the singer of Little Dragon, Yukimi Nagano and SBTRKT. The video is kinda crazy but the song is solid.


I can't believe I just saw this video today, it was made in 2009 for Amnesty International. I did see them perform this song recently when they played at the WaMu Theater.