Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've Moved To Reign City...sorta

Thank you to Reign City for the opportunity.

This is going to be fucking awesome!

UPDATE (9/7/13)......I just can't quit you music blog, you are way too awesome.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


ILLFIGHTYOU has surpassed mere coolness for me. I now declare them to be amazing. Their skill is in the way their voices complement the music. They could be saying anything and I wouldn't care because they are saying it so well. Here is a video of them in the studio.

I had been overplaying "Batcave" but have moved on to "'92" and "Midnight".

ILLFIGHTYOU and Jarv Dee are opening up for Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion) on August 29 at Showbox Sodo. You should probably be there to see this great moment for ILLFIGHTYOU. More information about the show can be found on the Reign City Calendar.

In case you haven't heard their album, they give it away for free download on their website.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Budo Live On KEXP

Budo performed "Circles" live on KEXP and it was WOW.

Budo will be performing at Barboza on Thursday October 10 for the release of his new album The Finger and the Moon. For more information on the show, click here to view it on the Reign City calendar.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Five Music Videos featuring Douchebags

1. Kavinsky - "Odd Look" 2013  *Guys who hold waitresses (or anyone) at knifepoint are definitely douchebags, good thing Kavinsky was there to play Captain Save-A-Ho and then kidnap her himself.

2. Michael Jackson - "The Way You Make Me Feel" 1987  *I don't think Michael Jackson was a douchebag, I think that he was acting like one in this video. This is not the right way to pick up chicks. Unbelievably, guys still run ladies off the sidewalk as a means of getting their attention. This is an awesome music video though, lots of funny adlibs and sound effects at the end.
3. Gogol Bordello - "American Wedding" 2013  *Most likely, this Gogol Bordello dude is not a douchebag, but, is playing one on tv. The lead singer was so great in Everything Is Illuminated, see:

Here he is acting like a douchebag in "American Wedding".

4. Defenders Of Style - "419" 2012 (UK Hip Hop)  *I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like this if the beat wasn't so good. There is a bunch of kidnappings in this video, kidnapping equals douchebag.

5. Gang Starr - "Code Of The Streets" 1994  *Cab drivers who won't go to Brooklyn are douchebags for sure.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Eight More Music Videos featuring Animals

1. Telemachus feat. Jehst - "The Sheltering Sky" 2012  *I just discovered this song via the Pigeons and Planes website. Telemachus is the name that London Hip Hop Producer Chemo uses for his solo projects. His website can be found here. Jehst can be found all over my blog and on the YNR Productions roster next to other interesting British artists.

2. Sleep Party People - "Heaven Is Above Us" (Song 2012/Video 2013)  *In this video, you will get to see a rabbit coming out of a belly button. The song itself isn't too exciting, which can be a great thing.

3. Apparat - "Arcadia" 2007  *This sounds all Thom Yorke-y.

4. Black Sheep - "Flavor Of The Month" 1991  *This video is amazing. I love that they are wearing snazzy suits while shepherding their flock of sheep and dancing girls.

5. Madonna - "Like A Virgin" 1984  *Madonna as Queen Of The World.

6. clipping.  feat. Cocc Pistol Cree - Work Work 2014  *They are some "off-kilter post-backpack" (Sub-Pop website) on Sub Pop.

7. A.F.Q.B. (A Few Quiet Beers = IllaMan + The Last Skeptik) - "The Beneathiverse" 2014  *I love finding new to me, interesting UK Hip Hop.

8. Lizzo - "Bus Passes And Happy Meals" 2014  *I would have loved to see their reaction to finding out that they scored a tiger for their music video.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Five Music Videos featuring Rotating Cameras

1. Prefuse 73 - "Perverted Undertone" 2003  *I love that this entire video takes place inside a car in a car wash. It might not be the official video but it is a great video. Prefuse 73 is playing at the Crocodile in Seattle on Saturday September 7 (2013). You can buy tickets for the show here.

One more Prefuse 73 song for the road.

Prefuse 73 - "Love You Bring" 2002

2. De La Soul - "Breakadawn" 1993  *Great song from the 1993 album Buhloone Mindstate.

3. Brandy - "I Wanna Be Down" 1994  *If you are looking for examples of 90's fashion, this is one of your resources.

4. The Fugees - "Just Happy To Be Me" 1998  *This is from the Sesame Street special Elmopalooza!

5. U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" 1987  *This is from the best era of U2, thank you to my mom and uncles for making me listen to this.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten Music Videos featuring Signs (No Tesla)

1. De La Soul feat. Native Tongues - "Buddy" 1989  *I love that this video is introduced by Prince Paul who produced the album "Buddy" is on, 3 Feet High And Rising.

2. Cold War Kids - "Water And Power" 2013  *I know this is a great band but I don't love them yet.

3. Mount Kimbie - "Before I Move Off" 2010  *This is one of the songs that made me love this band.

4. Native Guns - "Champion" 2006  *My favorite part of this video is that they have Harry Potter-like newspapers!

5. J-Live feat. Boog Brown - "The Way That I Rhyme" 2010  *This is a solid track but not great enough to be the new hotness.

6. King Britt - "Chasing Rainbows" 2013  *Definitely a unique music video, "Chasing Rainbows" is from King Britt's new project Fhloston Paradigm.

7. J. Pinder's "Loaded Gun" 2013 (Seattle Music)  *The song is produced by Vitamin D and the video is directed by Bean One. I think it's wonderful.

8. Glass Candy - "Warm In The Winter" 2011  *Watching this video is like riding along with Glass Candy on a road trip. I love road trips.

9. Chromatics - "Looking For Love" 2013  *The video was made when the Chromatics played for a Chanel fashion show.

This song is from the After Dark 2 compilation from the Italians Do It Better label.

10. Telemachus - "Ferndale Road" 2011  (UK Hip Hop)  *Mostly instrumental Hip Hop from the UK found by way of the Pigeons and Planes post called UK Hip Hop Songs You Probably Don't Know (But Should).

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mount Kimbie and Gummo

The guy in the Mount Kimbie video for "Would Know" looks like a mix of two different characters from Gummo (it was the ears that did it) and Grieves.

Mount Kimbie - "Would Know" 2010
Trailer for Gummo (1997)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

DJ Honda

This DJ Honda album from 1998 has a high gem to weak ratio.

DJ Honda feat. De La Soul - "Trouble In The Water" 1998
DJ Honda feat. No I.D. and Dug Infinite - "When You Hot You Hot" 1998


DJ Honda feat. Mos Def - "Travellin' Man" 1998

DJ Honda feat. Syndicate - "Every Now And Then" 1998

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ben Khan and Jai Paul

Pigeons and Planes correctly assumed that because I liked Jai Paul, I would like Ben Khan.

Jai Paul - "Jasmine" 2012

Jai Paul - "BTSTU" 2011


Ben Khan - "Drive (Part 1)" 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vox Mod

You should probably listen to this. Vox Mod was just voted Seattle's Best Electronic Artist by Seattle Weekly. When you listen to SYN​-​ÆSTHETIC you will understand why. Here is a link to his website.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


ILLFIGHTYOU is EvergreenOne, KhrisP, and Ugly Frank. They are from Tacoma and they are really good rappers.

ILLFIGHTYOU - "Batcave" 2013

 ILLFIGHYOU - Full Mixtape  2013
You can download their mixtape on their website.
They just played at Vermillion in Seattle and this was the flyer.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ten More Music Videos featuring Law Enforcement

Here's all the Music Videos with Cops on a YouTube playlist...

1. Lauryn Hill - "Sweetest Thing" 1997  *Lauryn Hill at her finest hour.  UPDATE...the video was removed from YouTube so here's a poor substitute.

2. Ice-T - "I'm Your Pusher" 1988  *I haven't listened to much Ice-T and I was surprised how great this song is. I love that he turned the well-known sample into an anti-drug message. Ice-T was well aware that his music could be used as a tool for social change.

3. Tricky - "Nothing's Changed" 2013  *Not the official music video, still great.

4. Chance The Rapper - "Brain Cells" 2012  *Great use of old footage in this video, he's definitely an interesting rapper.

5. Ice Cube - "Check Yo Self" 1993  *Ice Cube doing the Blue Is The New Black thing.

6. The Bullitts feat. Jay Electronica and Yasiin Bey - "They Die By Dawn" 2013  *Grey's Anatomy guys doing the old west thing.

7. Smif-N-Wessun - "Bucktown" 1994  *If you've never heard this song, you should fix this problem now.

8. Ice Cube - "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" 2008  *He should make one called "Video Games Made Me Do It" for the new generation.

9. King Krule - "Easy Easy" 2013  *This guy sings like a Sex Pistol.

10. Public Enemy - "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos" 1988  *Chuck D gets hanged in this video, but, don't worry he's okay.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Five Music Videos featuring Reptiles

1.Erykah Badu - "Didn't Cha Know" 2000 (Produced by J Dilla)  *Not many women could pull off this outfit.

2. 2Pac feat. K-Ci and JoJo - "How Do You Want It" 1996  *Chicks with snakes, it's a thing.

3. Mellowhype - "64" 2011  *Not my favorite Mellowhype song but I love to see what these guys come up with.

4. U2 - "Mysterious Ways" 1991  *This is one of my favorite U2 songs.

5. Deca - "Breadcrumbs" 2013  *Even if you find yourself not liking the song, you will love the video.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Daft Punk and Dracula

I love the Daft Punk song "Touch"

but, every time I listen to it I think of Jason Segel singing his Dracula Musical song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Another great song and video from Rhye.

Rhye - "3 Days" 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013


I was fortunate to hear about this band yesterday from someone whose taste and accomplishments I respect. This Quadron lady has some rad dance moves, the still from the video shows her doing the Kid 'n Play dance.

Quadron - "Hey Love" 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Glass Candy

Glass Candy - "Redheads Feel More Pain" 2013  *In this video, a woman of leisure wears inappropriate footwear on some rocks in Ibiza. The song is pretty great too.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Shad...He's Cool

Shad is one of those rappers that I actually want to listen to. His voice adds to the song and he makes good friendly rap faces. This video for "Stylin" is no frills but still manages to be interesting.

Shad feat. Saukrates - "Stylin'" 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I think Madlib is so rad, here is a video for "Catchin' The Vibe" off of the recently released Yessir Whatever.

In case you didn't know:

is Quasimoto.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

No Diggity Served Three Ways

These songs have all appeared on other posts, but, they deserve to be together.

1. Blackstreet - "No Diggity" 1996  *Teddy Riley genius.

2. Chet Faker - "No Diggity" 2013  *This guy looks like so many other guys, he's the only one who sings "No Diggity" though.

3. Martin Luther - "Dog Doogity" 2011  *This is the greatest public service announcement for scooping poop that I have ever seen.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Five Music Videos featuring Hanging Laundry

1. Paul Simon - "Obvious Child" 1990

2. Arrested Development - "Tennessee" 1993

3. Tears For Fears - "Pale Shelter" 1983

4. Sade - "Babyfather" 2010  *Other videos featuring housework don't make it look this sexy.

5. Crowded House - "Something So Strong" 1987

None of these songs have any street cred , but, neither do I, so it's cool.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ten Music Videos featuring Special Effect Twins

Here's a YouTube playlist of ALL the Special Effect Twins I've found so far. #YouTubeNchill

1. Evidence (Produced by DJ Premier) - "You" 2011  *Evidence, Alchemist, and DJ Premier in the same studio, you know it's going to be good.

2. OCnotes feat. Cat of Thee Satisfaction - "On A Clear Day" 2011  *Not an actual video, but, OCnotes does have a special effect twin and the song is amazing.

3. Anna Lunoe and Flume - "I Met You" 2012  *Some keyboards were drowned in the making of this video. This song is only sort of cool.

4. AlunaGeorge - "You Know You Like It" 2011  *
This is the original version of this video and is a prime example of the special effect twins team.

5. Adian Coker - "Cream" 2013 (UK HIP HOP)  *I like this beat, it makes me forget that I'm not into scenes of destruction in my music videos. I found this on Pigeons and Planes.

6. Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" 1979  *Michael Jackson remains to be the King Of The Green Screen.

7. Azekel - "New Romance" 2014  *
I need to step my slip mat game up.

8. Grieves - "Recluse" 2014  *I like how he opens a beer for his special effect twin.

9. Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Dimension" 2014  *This is the epitome of Special Effect Twin Videos.

10.  Signif - "Like My Style" 2012  *The Milwaukee artist Signif released her first EP in 2009.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Freshly Rapped Dilla Beats

Even though I respect these guys, I must say that they are unable to add anything to this beat. They actually make me want to seek out the instrumental.

Friday, August 2, 2013

One Really Weird Music Video

1. Die Antwoord - "Cookie Thumper" 2013  This song is too crazy for me, but, the video is so weird and gross that you hardly even notice the song.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Six Music Videos featuring Graveyard Scenes

1. Grieves and Budo - "Bloody Poetry" 2011

2. Beck - "Loser" 1993

3. Amy Winehouse - "Back To Black" 2006

4. Mike and the Mechanics - "The Living Years" 1989  *This song is definitely not that cool.

5. INXS - "Never Tear Us Apart" 1988

6. Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood" 2001