Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ten Reasons Why Rhymesayers Kick Ass

1. Step Brothers (Alchemist + Evidence) - "Step Masters" 2013  This is one of my favorite music videos of all-time and as you can see, I watch a lot of them. It's great to see how much fun Alchemist and Evidence had while making this video. How could you not like them?

2. Prof Signs To Rhymesayers 2013  They announced the signing of Prof with a video that showcases why he is worth paying attention to. I would love to inspire artists to make more promotional videos like this because if you don't go all in, you'll never get to step out of a plane like this.

3. Brother Ali feat. Bambu + Mally - "Home Away From Home" 2014  Brother Ali's tour was kicked off with a video made in the bus at the start of their adventure. My team at ReignCity hosted them at The Crocodile in Seattle and Bellingham's Wild Buffalo. Rhymesayers knows how to help you help them, this video is great proof of that.

4. Grieves - "Fifth Element In-Store Recap" 2012  This video shows how well Rhymesayers artists treat their fans. Grieves and his team always kill it with the social media and are truly great people. The Winter & The Wolves tour made for another great ReignCity show in 2014.

5. Evidence - "You" 2011  If Evidence is on your team, you know you have something good going.

6. "Go Hands On with Lord Steppington! 2013" The Lord Steppington vinyl and CD have a fuzzy cover. You can't caress an mp3 while listening to it. I love that it had a big poster inside, extras like that are what make people want to buy physical copies. Vinyl with download cards included are perfect. No one should ever play a show without merch; if you make it, they will buy. Making a video about the quality of your merch is pro-style. There is still a huge lack of high quality women's clothing in the merch department. Don't you want the ladies wearing your name on their chest to look good?

7. Dilated Peoples - "Show Me The Way" 2014 (Produced by Jake One)  This is one of my two most overplayed songs of the summer. Dilated Peoples had been on Capitol Records but released Directors Of Photography on Rhymesayers earlier this year.

8. Hail Mary Mallon - Behind The ... A Three Part Series 2014  They truly made the release of Hail Mary Mallon's Bestiary album an event by helping us get to know the artists and their creative process. My team at ReignCity and I get to host them January 23 at The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham with Homeboy Sandman, Darktime Sunshine, and DJ Abilities on January 23.

9. Dilated Peoples - 3 Part Promo Video for Directors Of Photography 2014  We already know and love Dilated Peoples and they still made a three part video to help us remember why they are on top of the game. If you tell people your story and you're making music that is unique and high quality, people will want to pay attention to you.

10. Atmosphere - "God Loves Ugly" 2002  The newer artists on Rhymesayers get the priceless guidance of the seasoned veterans Slug and Ant, who have been successful musicians and entrepreneurs since 1989 and are showing no signs of a slowdown. They founded Rhymesayers in 1995 with the help of Musab Saad and Brent Sayers (Siddiq) and have turned it into one of the best Hip Hop labels in the world. Almost twenty years later, they remain to be chart topping artists. Their chart-topping Southsiders album brought them to Seattle for another great ReignCity hosted show.

Slug - Photo by me at Holy Cow Records in Pike Place Market

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ten Music Videos All About The Dance Moves

1. Flying Lotus - "Parisian Goldfish/Dance Floor Dale" 2014  This video would also qualify for the green screen compilation alongside 3rd Bass, The Streets, M.I.A., Monie Love and six more..

2. FKA Twigs - "Wet Wipez" 2014  FKA Twigs is definitely interesting and unique but her music is kind of boring...which may be why she needs to have such rad music videos.

3. Paul White - "Where You Gonna Go?" 2014  I would probably like this song more if he was head nodding instead of head dancing, there's a huge difference.

4. Mr. T. - "Treat Your Mother Right" 1984  Mr. T's makes his stance on yo mama jokes in this PSA of sorts.

5. Diogenes - "Drunken Mastery" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC)  All hail Filthy Fingers United. This song appeared on their At The Drive-In compilation from August 2014.

6. Les Sins - "Bother" 2014  Les Sins is a Toro Y Moi side project. If you watch this old Band Crush video from 2010 you too will love Toro Y Moi.

7. Adam Grabowski + Mike Ditka - "The Grabowski Shuffle" 1986  It's hard to know what to think about this one.

8. Reggie Watts - "Sunshine" 2014  I would love to see someone walking down the street like this.

9. Tuxedo - "Do It" 2014  Tuxedo was a mysterious group of the Clutchy Hopkins variety. They have come out of hiding and announced that Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are the genius behind the project.

10. Blood Orange - "It Is What It Is" 2014  This is a long Gap commercial.

Ten More Mask Videos

1. Grape God - "Lufa Igno" 2013 (Portland)  This is my first Grape God experience, it will not be the last.

2. Homeboy Sandman - "Problems" 2014  He has good problems. Homeboy Sandman is going out on tour with Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic), Darktime Sunshine, and DJ Abilities. Much respect to the person who put together this lineup. My team at ReignCity is hosting their show in Bellingham at The Wild Buffalo on January 23.

3. Pete Rock feat. Inspectah Deck + Kurupt  "True Master" 1998  Rappers in race cars.

4. BADBADNOTGOOD - "Electric Relaxation" 2011  This A Tribe Called Quest cover reminds me of Foscil.

5. L'Orange feat. Blu - "Need You" 2014  Post-apocalyptic lovers in search of a cuddle spot.

6. denitia and sene - "runnin." 2014  All lower case names are way better than ALL CAPS names. "All Caps" is an exception to the rule. They are an electro-pop duo from Brooklyn.

7. Jared Evan + Statik Selektah - "Scene" 2014  He seems like he coulda been a Backstreet Boy, it's a pretty good song anyway.

8. The Black Opera feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Beginning Of The End" 2014  The reflections in his glasses remind me of "Wonderwall."

9. Bishop Nehru - "Fickle Mind$" 2013  This dude is killin it. He just released NehruvianDOOM, his project with MF DOOM, at the age of 18. I'm on a mission to bring him to Seattle.

10. Seinabo Sey - "Pistols At Dawn" 2014  This rad Swedish lady only releases great songs, she has three so far. The other two videos are in lists still under construction.

The first Ten Music Videos with Masks compilation has SBTRKT, Madvillain, Janet Jackson, Crystal Waters, Das Racist, Butts, Ninjasonik, Arcade Fire, JJ Doom, and Camp Lo.

The second installment, Four More Mask Videos, has only four because I loved the songs so much, I just had to publish it right away. It has Midnight Davis, Earl Sweatshirt, Kate Bush, AlunaGeorge, and a special appearance by Chromatics.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ten Music Videos with Bubbles

HERE is a YouTube playlist of all 10 videos with bubbles.

1. TLC - "Hat 2 Da Back" 1992  This song is timeless, the Kris Kross cameo makes it more obviously 1992. RIP Left Eye and Chris Kelly.

2. Tony Cook feat. Dam Funk - "What's On Your Mind?" 2012  I like the bubble that says "This Song Is Bangin!" I should make one for my apartment. This video could have been in the Partially Animated category alongside Jaylib, Paula Abdul, Homeboy Sandman, Gorillaz, and six more.

3. Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" 2013  I don't really love this, but I don't hate it. This is the first time I've felt anything for an Arctic Monkeys song.

4. Hopie feat. Moe Green - "String Em Up" 2012  I kinda love this. Hopie appeared on my site before in her video for "Space Case" with Del The Funky Homosapien in the Spacesuit category.

5. Kyla La Grange - "Cut Your Teeth" 2014  *All the black light business kinda cheapens and distracts you from the greatness of the song.

6. Boys Don't Cry - "I Wanna Be A Cowboy" 1986  I think this one gets the Best Use Of A Bubble award.

7. Ibeyi - "River" 2014  *Props to them for having the most difficult to film video concept. The Queens of Underwater Scenes.

8. Hail Mary Mallon - (Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic) - "Jonathan" 2014  This one's all about DJ Zone, the "Card Magician." I couldn't be more stoked for our (ReignCity) Hail Mary Mallon show in Bellingham on January 23 with Homeboy Sandman.

9. Ekkah - "Last Chance To Dance" 2014  Couldn't decide if I hated it or loved it, which just made me listen to it more to figure it out.  I decided I love it. They have a skull disco ball and everything.

10. TLC - "What About Your Friends" 1992  They were big on thought bubbles in the Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip era. I was Left Eye for Halloween this year.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ten Music Videos with Product Placement

1. DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist - "Product Placement" 2001  *These two the kings of Product Placement. Like their Brainfreeze album, Product Placement is a mix of all 45s, this one is made up of old commercials and jingles.

2. Zuke Saga x J'Von - "Meltdpzza" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) These guys amaze me and not just because they burned McDonald's products in their video.

3. The Rolling Stones - "Waiting On A Friend" 1981  I love that this video exists, there's a Miller Lite in it...and some tight white pants. This is from an era when they were still cool.

4. Got A Girl - "Did We Live Too Fast" 2014  This video from the Dan The Automator side project, Got A Girl, has ads for third eye surgery. It's perfectly weird, kind of reminds me (in the best way) of his album with Lovage, Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By.

5. OCnotes - "Fish + Chips" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) OCnotes with the Proctor Silex Toaster, the Mystery Coke machine, Pike Place Market, and a magic microwave.

6. Prof - "Gampo" 2012  In this video for my favorite Prof song, he pays tribute to Jameson and PBR. There's also a miniature giraffe and some chocolates.

7. Def Dee - "C'mon Now" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC)  This video is like a commercial for Seattle and it has a Coca Cola machine at the beginning.

8. SZA - "Julia/(Tender)" 2014  Wishing that SZA hadn't played in Seattle the same night as Mos Def and DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist. I made a great choice with Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades Of Rhythm Tour but I would have loved to have seen SZA. Due to the Beats headphones in the sand, this may actually be a really good commercial.

10. Quasimoto - "Catchin' The Vibe" 2014  This has cans of Karhu (a Finnish beer) as product placement. Plus this dude is slanging his product from a shopping cart. All hail Lord Quas. I would love to see Madlib back in Seattle someday soon, maybe the Madvillainy 2 tour?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ten Great Songs From The Depths Of My Soundcloud Account

Props to Soundcloud and all they have done for the music community so far. I couldn't just let these songs lie dormant, I had to share them. For a good time follow 206liz on Soundcloud (me). The Soundcloud app is one of my all time favorite inventions.

1. Bipolar Sunshine feat Goldlink - "Future Part 1" 2014  The beat drop at 51 seconds is what dreams are made of. I think I found this by following Oakland's Hot Record Société.

2. King Ara - "Who The Fuck You Talkin' To?" 2013  It amazes me that this song never blew up, which is pretty much how I feel about every song on this list. This is the only song on his Soundcloud account so far.

3. Reva DeVito - "Friday Night" 2014 (Produced by Kaytranada)  If I was into Fridays and all that it represents to 9-5ers, I would play this song on Fridays. Instead, I get to listen to it whenever.

4. Porter Ray - "Blackcherry" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) New Sub Pop signee and Ish protege Porter Ray is poised for greatness. I actually listened to the entire Fundamentals album repeatedly, it's that good.

5. De La Soul - "Dilla Plugged In" 2014  (Produced by J Dilla)  I would have loved to see a tour for this album.

6. BJ The Chicago Kid + Add-2 - "15 Minutes Of Fame" 2014  (Produced by 9th Wonder)  Instant classic status.

7. Daughter - "Youth (BUDO Remix)" 2014  Budo is one of those producers who can make a great song even better.

8. MED, Blu, Mayer Hawthorne, + Madlib - "The Buzz" 2013  I'm still working on becoming the Peanut Butter Wolf of Seattle so that I can help make songs like this happen. I may fangirl out a little when it comes to my love for Stones Throw.

9. Maryam Saleh - "Nouh Al Hamam" 2013  (Produced by Oddisee)  Multi-genre music fusion is the best, especially when it's for a great cause. For more info about this project, check out the album on Bandcamp.

10. EarDr.Umz - "Live @ Stop Biting 7.8.14" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) I could listen to this on repeat for hours, actually I already have.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ten Music Videos featuring Destruction

1. R.A. The Rugged Man feat. Talib Kweli - "Learn Truth" 2013  *This video also has American Flags, Old Footage, Shopping Carts, Blood, and a bunch of ugly things that are part of our history.

2. Drake feat Majid Jordan - "Hold On, We're Going Home" 2013  This intro is way too long and boring, skip to 2:30 for the music. I'm sure they were going for the short film thing, but I don't know why they needed to choke a bitch.

3. Deltron 3030 feat. Zack De La Rocha - "Melding Of The Minds" 2013  *Deltron 3030 is coming back to The Showbox on November 5 for another great ReignCity show.

4. Phosphorescent - "Song For Zula" 2013  *This video raises a lot of questions that I don't care enough about to find the answer to like: why is this person hitting the chain in such a non-helpful spot? Was this filmed in an empty zoo cage? Why am I watching a Phosphorescent video?

5. Woodkid - "Iron" 2011  *Slo-mo dog drool for the win.

6. Aloe Blacc - "Love Is The Answer" 2014  *Destruction of a young man's prospects.

7. Mobb Deep feat. Big Noyd and Rakim - "Hoodlum" 1997  *This is the title track from the Hoodlum Soundtrack...and it's awesome.

8. deM atlaS - "Lucille" 2014  *One of the newest Rhymesayers artists and a chick who is into jerky hair dancing (respect).

9. Akouo - "Last Time" 2014  *The Tasmanian producer Akouo likes breaking stuff.

10. J.Bre feat. Luck One + Grynch - "Memories" 2011 (SEATTLE MUSIC)  *This is a great video for playing Spot The Seattle Artist.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ten Music Videos featuring Bears

1. Black Milk - "Sunday's Best/Monday's Worst" 2013  Out of the ten, this is my favorite.

2. 50 Cent feat. Kendrick Lamar - "We Up" 2013  Not surprisingly, Kendrick's verse is the best part of the song. For me, 50 is kind of over. The 2003 "In Da Club" video was so fitting (pun intended) and memorable but this is just meh. I'm sure millions of people still like him, so I don't have to.

3. Lily Allen - "The Fear" 2008  British pop stars are so much classier than ours.

4. Macy Gray - "Do Something" 1999  It's good advice.

5. Bon Iver - "Calgary" 2011  Still love Bon Iver, no shame.

6. Ryan Hemsworth feat Lofty305 - "Against A Wall" 2013  There are bobble-boobs in this video, you'll see. I respect Ryan Hemsworth for getting himself out there, I just prefer to listen to something else.

7. Childish Gambino - "3005" 2013  When rappers have a bear, it's gets all Kanye pretty quick.

8. The 2 Bears - "Be Strong" 2010  The video is just so weird that I had to post even though the song is a little too...something.

9. Fearless Four - "Problems Of The World Today" 1983  "What if we got matching but not quite matching black and red jumpsuits? We'll look cool as hell." -fake internet quote

10. Kanye West - "Good Morning" 2007  Dropout Bear has his own Wikifur page. I didn't even know Wikifur was a thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ten More Music Videos with Slow Motion Scenes

1. Kaytranada - "Holy Hole Inna Donut" 2013  Kaytranada will be performing at Decibel Festival's Resident Advisor Showcase on September 24 on the third floor of the EMP Museum. I'm pretty sure his live show isn't this sporty, but I will be sure to let you know.

2. FKA x inc. - "FKA x inc." 2014  She is a total badass. Still can't decide on the FKA Twigs vs. Flying Lotus + Thundercat dilemma on November 18 in Seattle.

3. Sylvan Esso - "Coffee" 2014  I love this song but I still cringe a little when he says "my baby does the hanky panky."

4. How To Dress Well - "And It Was You" 2012  I'm pretty sure this video is about people worshipping a guy who rides a segway?

5. Ella Eyre - "Deeper" 2013  Slow motion dance scenes with fans.

6. Fractures - "Twisted" 2013  (Australia) These guys make great songs, but, they're all total downers.

7. Majid Jordan - "A Place Like This" 2014  This lady keeps getting run into like the chick in Dr. Dre + Snoop Dogg's "Nothin' But A G Thing" (at 3:30), Dre did it better. This guy sounds like he wants to be all Weeknd-y.

8. Phantogram - "When I'm Small" 2011  This is an example of how hair tossing can be a dance move.

9. Method Man + Redman - "Y.O.U." 1999  So excited for our Method Man + Redman show at The Showbox on November 3.

10. Atmosphere - "Bitter" 2014  Slow-motion snowball fights are some Minnesota shit? Props to Atmosphere for being on top of their game.

The beginning of this Atmosphere song reminds me of "Fuck Regrets" by Datkid and Dee Green. No slow-motion in this video, but, they are from Bristol, which is fucking awesome.

The original Seven Music Videos with Slow Motion Scenes can be found here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ten Animated Videos Part IV

1. Flume f. Ghostface Killah and Autre Ne Veut - "Space Cadet" 2014  Yes dude, Ghostface Killah cartoon. The song is just aight though, even with the interesting artist trio.

2. Atoms For Peace - "Default" 2012  I'll try to draw this on graph paper and get back to you.

3. Dudley Perkins (AKA Declaime) - "Lung Specialist" 2014  This video has Rotating Heads, I love that shit. Ten more rotating heads coming soon.

4. The MC Type - "Murder Mystery" 2013 (SEATTLE MUSIC) Type's "My Girlfriend Beats Me" with Grieves appears on Ten Music Videos featuring Seattle from March 2013. Animation by Graves 33.

5. Captain Murphy - "Cosplay" 2014  Flying Lotus will likely be performing some Captain Murphy songs at his show at The Neptune Theater on November 18 with Thundercat. His "Birth Of Captain Murphy" video recently appeared on Ten Great Non-Music Videos.

6. Bishop Nehru - "You Stressin'" 2014 (Produced by Disclosure)  Bishop Nehru has worked with all of your favorite producers and he's only 19!

7. Radiohead - "2+2=5" 2003  This is one of my favorite tracks from Hail To The Thief. I do love "There, There" more.

8. Pete Cannon + Dr Syntax feat. Jehst + Del The Funky Homosapien - "Do What We Wanna Do" 2014  Let's bring Jehst to Seattle, then we can build a UK/Seattle bridge.

9. Raz Simone - "Bow Down" 2014  (SEATTLE MUSIC)  This is pretty pro-style for a Seattle artist. I think he's making some great moves with his promotion, but I don't listen to his breathy raps for fun; yet.

10. FKA Twigs - "How's That" 2013  She certainly has wow factor, doesn't she.

The first, second, and third lists of animated videos can be found in the links provided. There's even a list of partially animated videos here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ten Great Non-Music Videos

1. Ten Hundred - "Reincarnated" 2014  It's great to see P Smoov working so hard for his art. I also love how well he and his lady collaborate on her fashion website, The Damsel In The Dress.

2. Bob Burnquist - "Dreamland" 2013  It's really too bad the music sucks because this is a rad video. Shoulda went with Wu-Tang.

3. Hangin Tuff! Episode #4 Featuring La Luz - 2014  Bobbi Rich kills it with her Hangin Tuff series and La Luz are some of Seattle's most talented and interesting musicians.

4. 7 Slaps In The Sack Episode 1: Gifted Gab 2014   It's great seeing people put their ideas into action, like Miss Casey Carter, Gifted Gab, and Carrick Wenke.

5. The Sand Animation of Kseniya Simonova from Ukraine's Got Talent 2009  Hats off to this lady for getting way outside of the sandbox with her art.

6. MF Doom Lecture from Madrid - 2011  One hour and 39 minutes of Doom!

7. DJ Shadow + Quannum MCs Live on Radio 1 Breezeblock 2003  I have this recorded to minidisc if anyone needs to borrow it. One of the founding members of Quannum Projects, DJ Shadow, will be here in Seattle on October 8 with Cut Chemist to play the Renegades of Rhythm Tour at The Neptune Theater. It's the same night as our ReignCity Yasiin Bey/ Mos Def show at The Showbox. What a rad dilemma.

8. Flying Lotus - "The Birth Of Captain Murphy" 2014  There is currently a petition circling to get the birth of Flying Lotus' alter-ego turned into a series.

9. Drunk History - "Sylvia Robinson Creates A Rap Group" 2014  A teaser for the best Drunk History ever about the making of "Rapper's Delight."

10. Inside Bjork 2003  She's got a lot of "quirk." I will hopefully be attending her Biophilia Tour November 1 at The Neptune Theater.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ten Music Video featuring Vinyl

1. Gensu Dean feat. Large Professor - "Forever" 2013  That is a stellar stack of records. Hip Hop education training video taught by Large Professor.

2. DJ Krush feat. Esthero - "Final Home" 1999  DJ Krush remains to be one of my (many) favorite artists. Code 4109 is my shit.

3. 14KT - "Blessed" 2012  So many of these Mello Music Group songs/artists are almost there, but,  not there yet. I'm still listening because I know they are on the right track.

4. Sandpeople - "Roll Call" 2007  Some Portland shit. I would love to know the name of this record store and if it's still open because I'm all over it.

5. Akua Naru - "The Backflip" (prod. by Drumkidz + Christian Nink) - 2010  Akua Naru is about traveling around the world, fusing her own style of hip hop with the music she finds along her way; that's fucking awesome.

6. Araless - "Attention" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) Produced by Goldenbeets. Keep an eye out for Araless and the rest of Filthy Fingers United, I will be sure to keep you posted.

7. Statik Selektah feat. Joey Bada$$ + Freddie Gibbs - "Carry On" 2014  The casual yet orchestrated entrance of Joey Bada$$ and Freddie Gibbs reminds me of Kendrick's entrance in "Nosetalgia" (at 1:30) with Pusha T. I love that shit.

8. Showbiz + A.G. - "Soul Clap" 1992  Fat Joe be like, "can I get a Soul Clap?"

9. Slimkid3 + DJ Nu-Mark - "Bom Bom Fiya" 2014  These guys have been making great music for more than 20 years, the pattern continues.

10. Def Dee feat. El Da Sensei - "Yeah" 2014  Def Dee pays homage to vinyl in the latest video from his new release, "Deja Vu."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ten Smoky Music Videos

1. Slimkid3 + DJ Nu-Mark - "I Know, Didn't I" 2014  This instantly became one of my new favorite songs, their new self-titled album was released on Delicious Vinyl today.

2. The Jets - "You Got It All" 1986  I finally forgave my sisters for cutting up the cover art from my Jets tape to use as a Barbie poster. It's initiation of dream sequence smoke.

3. Nemo Achida - "Big Lights, Deep Shades" 2011  I have yet to love any other Nemo Achida song.

4. Method Man and Redman - "How High" 1995  This is from The Show Soundtrack, not the great movie with the same name. My team at ReignCity has a Method Man + Redman show at The Showbox on November 3.

5. Cypress Hill feat Method Man and Redman - "Cisco Kid" 2001  This one IS from the great movie How High starring Method Man and Redman. B-Real of Cypress Hill will also be at the Method Man + Redman show at The Showbox.

6. Taco - "Puttin' On The Ritz" 1982  Seems crazy that someone would put Blackface in their video in the eighties, this is the original uncensored version that still contains the ugly stuff. Great song though.

7. Raury - "God's Whisper" 2014  Fun with smoke bombs, this is yet another Pigeons + Planes find.

8. Harry Clean feat. Dave B, JusMoni, YK Ari- "For The Love" 2014  (SEATTLE MUSIC)  I like the short film style of this one by Seattle's Detooz Films, they are constantly progressing, which is awesome. Plus, there's Barney and 2Pac.

9. Ron Contour + Factor - "Wondrous Things" 2012  The smoke is for the bees man, this video is very "Smashing Pumpkins - 1979."

10. Pyramid Vritra - "Eleven12" 2014  One of the latest Stones Throw finds.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Two Great Songs Titled "Pistols At Dawn"

1. Diogenes feat. Barfly - "Pistols At Dawn" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *Diogenes is one of the founding members of Filthy Fingers United. FFU currently has 30+ producers throughout the US. They've been releasing themed monthly compilations for the last year, available on their Bandcamp page and you should totally fux with them.

2. Seinabo Sey - "Pistols At Dawn" 2014  *This rad Swedish lady has released only 3 songs and they are all amazing, previously done by Jai Paul with his 2 epic songs. Her two videos will appear someday in this website but they are waiting in the 80+ lists I have currently under construction.

P.S. Diogenes did it first

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ten Music Videos with Special Effects Part IV

1. FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks" 2014  *She has golden Oompa Loompas, already.

2. Def Dee x Alca - "Ultra Violet" 2014  *My favorite Def Dee song is still "Different Than The Next Block" off of his collaboration with La, Gravity.

3. Arcade Fire - "You Already Know" 2014  *This is some Harry Potter shit.

4. Mndsgn - "TXT (MSGS)" 2014  *Mndsgn is one of the newest Stones Throw artists, I posted his "Inedia" EP on ReignCity back in January and the video for "Hiking / Fif Dim" last December.

5. Rey Pila - "Alexander" 2014  *This video also has candles, street-walking, fur, mirrors, personal grooming, cats, and money.

6. Marian Hill - "Lovit" 2014  *Eyelids on eyelids would likely be terrifying in real life.

7. Atoms For Peace - "Before Your Very Eyes" 2013  *I wonder if this is what it feels like to be Thom Yorke.

8. Captain Murphy - "Duality" 2012 *On November 18 in Seattle, music lovers have been presented with a dilemma. Do you go see Flying Lotus (Captain Murphy) at The Neptune Theater or FKA Twigs at The Showbox?

*Original Video Deleted By Creator But This One Is Coo Too

9. FKA Twigs - "Tw-ache" 2014  *I don't know if he should be touching her there right now, she's got a tw-ache. That said, I will most likely see FKA Twigs over Flying Lotus (see dilemma above in #8).

10. Banoffee - "Got It" 2014  *The Australian artist Banoffee appeared earlier this year on Ten Music Videos with Musicians Sitting On The Job.

*** This is the fourth collection of Special Effects videos. The first, second, and third installments can be found right back there.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ten Music Videos featuring Senior Citizens

1. Budo - "Fremont" 2013 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *This gem of a human being and music video could also fit in with the rest of the moving machinery, kid, singing into the camera, balloon, and sped-up city scene videos.

2. Deltron 3030 feat. Jamie Cullum - "Do You Remember" 2014  *Dan The Automator remains to be one of my superheroes. 

3. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Irish Celebration" 2011  *These dudes are winning at life.

4. Major Lazer feat The Partysquad - "Original Don" 2011  *This song does not do it for me, but I still can't seem to look away.

5. The Bangles - "Walk Like An Egyptian" 1986  *I love the Princess Diana special effects.

6. LCD Soundsystem - "Home" 2010  *There is also train tracks, street-walking, public transportation, graffiti, and a house party in this one.

7. Caribou - "Sun" 2010  *So great and so uncomfortable to watch at the same time. This would fit in very well with the other slow-motion music videos.

8. Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train" 1992   *They made a big nineties splash, didn't they. I wonder if they ever found these kids, they should have their own "Where Are They Now" Special.

9. Modest Mouse - "Dashboard" 2007  *Epic fishing adventure video.

10. How To Dress Well - "Face Again (Part 2 of 3 "What Is This Heart?" trilogy) 2014  *Heavy shit mang.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ten Music Videos with Street-Walking

*I called it Street-Walking just to get your attention, really it's just people who happen to be walking, or skating in the street.

1. L'Orange feat. Billy Woods - "The End" 2014  *L'Orange's "The Orchid Days" is one of my favorite albums of the year. I hope to see L'Orange in Seattle someday very soon.

2. Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" 2014  *Hey Sam! Can I come stay with you in London someday? I'll see you at The Paramount on September 25.

3. Ariano - "Armor" 2014  *This is the closest to actual street-walking on the whole list.

4. St. Vincent - "Digital Witness" 2014  *The location scout killed it on this one.

5. CJ Fly - "Still The Motto" 2013  *Pro Era created their own movement while they were in high school, props.

6. DJ Rekha + Dave Sharma feat. Zuzuka Poderosa + Meetu Chilana "Pyar Baile" 2012  *Fierce. These f#*king awesome ladies are staying on the sidewalk, but still walking down the street.

7. Rainy Milo - "Don't Regret Me" 2014  *More evidence that the UK music is having a(nother) moment.

8. Sam Smith - "Money On My Mind" 2014  *Sam Smith loooves walking in the street.

9. Dex Amora - "Who I Be" 2013 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *Dex Amora's "Dex Dynamite Shxt" with J'Von can be found on Seven Music Videos featuring Playgrounds.

10. Chet Faker - "Gold" 2014 *Dude, I want to skate like that.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten More Music Videos with Bicycles

Here's all the bicycle music videos I've found so far on a YouTube playlist. #YouTubeNchill

1. Flume and Chet Faker - "Drop The Game" 2013  *A few bicycle cameos in a video that is all about the dance moves.

2. Duke Westlake feat. VerBS - "Geyser" 2013  *This bicycle has a starring role in the video, with close-ups and everything; courtesy of Mello Music Group.

3. Latyrx feat. Forrest Day - "Exclamation Point" 2013  *I hereby resolve to stop overusing exclamation points.

4. Isaiah Rashad feat. SZA - "Ronnie Drake" 2013  *One of my favorite things about SZA is that she is not afraid of getting dirty. She's playing with a pile of leaves in this video and can be seen wading in a dirty pond after putting her white sweater in the dirt on Ten Music Videos featuring Reflections.

5. KMD - "Peachfuzz" 1990  *MF Doom's first crew has been down with bikes since 1990.

6. Rocky Rivera - "Ain't No Way" 2014  *This video also has skateboards, playgrounds, bubbles, and dogs.

7. Dag Savage feat. Blu - "Don't Stop" 2014  *Synchronized dance routine for the win.

8. Kwamie Liv - "Follow You" 2014  *It's a blink and miss it bicycle, at 0:45. She is from Copenhagen, Denmark and she is awesome.

9. Mick Jenkins - "Jazz" 2014  *He gives some great advice in the first line of this song. Mick Jenkins is opening up for Method Man and Redman (cue giddy squeals) at The Showbox on November 3. Bonus points for having balloons.

10. Fences feat. Macklemore + Ryan Lewis - "Arrows" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *This is a truly amazing music video. It has a double bicycle as well as a tiger, some Wes Anderson shit on a train, a bunch of taxidermied (not a real word) animals and a ladder.

*The first installment of Ten Music Videos with Bicycles can be found here. It has LL Cool J, DJ Shadow, En Vogue, J Dilla, Naughty By Nature and five more.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ten Music Videos featuring Abandoned Buildings

1. L'Orange and Stik Figa - "Smoke Rings" 2013  *L'Orange is one of my new favorite super-producers. The City Under The City and The Orchid Days are both instant classics.

2. The Doppelgangaz - "Suppository" 2011  *These guys are bout that cloak life.

3. Reks - "This Or That" (Produced by Statik Selektah) 2011  *Not to be confused with Wreckx-n-Effect, this song is way less exciting than "Rumpshaker."

4. Tim Cross and Burger - "Lacoste" 2014  *I love the abandoned roller coaster location.

5. Tech N9ne feat. Kendrick Lamar, ¡MAYDAY!, and Kendall Morgan - "Fragile" 2014  *Never thought I would like a TechN9ne song, isn't he a juggalo?

6. Blossom feat. Jehst - "Dusk" 2013  *Blossom is part of Berlin and London-based, Project Mooncircle. Jehst is a 16 year veteran of the UK Hip Hop Scene and can be found drinking tea in some of his music videos. Jehst also appears on Eight Music Videos with Animals, Ten Music Videos with Bridges, and Eastbound And Down Sampled.

7. MADlines - "The Weapon" 2014  *Seattle's BeanOne on the production. MADlines was previously featured on Ten Music Videos with Backwards Scenes as half of the duo Canary Sing with Hollis of The Flavr Blue.

8. Dilated Peoples - "Good As Gone" 2014  *They will be at The Showbox on July 9 with Jurassic 5 and The World Famous Beat Junkies, I am so there.

9. Dag Savage (Exile + Johaz) - "The Beginning" 2014  *This video also qualifies for Ten Music Videos featuring Record Stores.

10. NehruvuanDOOM (Bishop Nehru + MF DOOM) - "Darkness" 2014  *I have high hopes for the NehruvianDOOM album. This video should probably be in Eight Music Videos with Special Effect Twins.

*Abandoned buildings are some Hip Hop shit.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ten More Underwater Music Videos

I put all the Underwater Music Videos I've found so far on a YouTube playlist for you. #YouTubeNchill

1. Headnodic feat. Latyrx and Kat O1O - "Moving On Up" 2011  *Smiling and singing underwater are pro-style. Latyrx will be at Nectar Lounge on September 11 with Nightcappers and Project Lionheart.

2. Wax Tailor feat. Aloe Blacc - "Time To Go" 2012  *The whole world is underwater if you're a yarn squid. Aloe Blacc and Wax Tailor nailed this one.

3. Iska Dhaaf - "Happiness" 2013 (SEATTLE MUSIC)  *These guys have all the potential in the world, I can't wait to see what they do next. Their amazing "Everybody Knows" video is on Ten More Great Seattle Music Videos.

4. Until The Ribbon Breaks - "Romeo" 2013  *I don't love this song, it's aight. I just loved "Perspective" so much, I keep checking back with them. The underwater scene is Claire Danes in the Romeo + Juliet movie circa 1966 with Leonardo Dicaprio.

5. The XX - "Fiction" 2013  *The XX video "Chained" is the star of the original Ten Music Videos featuring Underwater Scenes

6. Kass Overall - "Cauliflower" 2014  *This is all beat nasty face. His collaboration with Kool A.D., "Arrested Development" was previously featured in Ten Music Videos with Special Effects. 

7. Graves 33 - "Blue Slate" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *Go check out His new instrumental album, "Smoke Filled Rooms," is due out July 10.

8. Childish Gambino ft. Chance The Rapper - "The Worst Guys" 2014  *"Fuck it, let's get some babes and some chicken and film a music video at the beach. We'll act like we're surfing and shit, maybe do martial arts on the beach, have some lightup toys, it will be epic!"
                                                     -fake Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper internet quote

9. Huey Lewis and The News - "Stuck With You" 1986  *Eighties stud meets girl with the biggest dress. This song is still goes.

10. Chet Faker - "Talk Is Cheap" 2014  *This water is frozen, but, it still totally counts. This reminds me of the "Sledgehammer" video.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ten Music Videos with Cars or Driving Part III

1. David Lynch and Lykke Li - "I'm Waiting Here" 2013  It's like a mini road trip in the desert, but, you don't have to spend any money on gas.

2. Cyne - "Haze" 2005  I discovered Cyne earlier this year when they played Barboza. I was nine years late.

3. Blood Orange feat. Robert Owens - "Uncle ACE (Kindness remix)" 2014  Dev Hynes AKA Blood Orange brings some much needed 80's flavor to 2014.

4. Grynch - "Carry On" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC)  This is the first video from Grynch's Street Lights Album, buy it, you need it. He had an amazing SOLD OUT Album Release Party at The Crocodile with The Bar (Prometheus Brown + Bambu), Dave B, and Jake One.

5. Depeche Mode - "Everything Counts" 1983  Depeche Mode sounds fresh every time. They use a xylophone, a melodica, and a shawm in this magical video.

6. Dean Blunt feat. Inga Copeland - "The Narcissist" 2012  This New York showcase has Sped-Up City Scenes like these other ten. It's a thing, you'll see.

7. The System - "Don't Disturb This Groove" 1983  Dope Mercedes chain.

8. MC Breed and DFC - "Ain't No Future In Yo Frontin" 1991  This is another classic in the Rapping Behind Fences category.

9. Billie Black - "I Waited For You" 2014  She just became the Queen of Sped-Up City Scenes.

10. Ra Scion + Vox Mod feat. Blake Lewis - "Venus In Transit" 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) They scored a Lotus for their music video because Blake Lewis needed a super styley ride to pull up to Q in.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ten Music Videos featuring Fringe

1. Salt 'N Pepa - "Expression" 1989  *This is one of the best Salt 'N Pepa songs, it is from their Blacks' Magic album.

2. Goldfrapp - "Ooh La La" 2005  *Fringed bell bottoms and a mirrored horse, pretty epic.

3. En Vogue - "Hold On" 1990  *It's En Vogue dude, they are the height of awesomeness.

4. Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" 1986  *Hard to believe that this song is 28 years old.

5. Poor Righteous Teachers - "Easy Star" 1991  *From their Pure Poverty album.

6. Ssion - "Luvvbazaar" 2013  *This guy really knows how to work the fringe.

7. Nancy Sinatra - "Bang Bang" 1966  *Such a downer, especially with the Kill Bill memories in there. She is killin' it with her 60's pink fringed dress superstardom though.

8. Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" 1993  *Oh come on, you know it's a great song. It's just really, really overplayed.

9. Was Not Was - "Walk The Dinosaur" 1987  *This song was NEVER cool, but , it was definitely memorable. I love that we get to time warp back 40 million years in this music video. I'm 99% sure the keyboard player is wearing a fringe tie. You can really see it during his solo starting at 1:57.

10. Marley Marl feat. Craig G, Masta Ace, Kool G. Rap, and Big Daddy Kane - "The Symphony" 1988  *Juice Crew busts out the gold chains in the Old West.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ten More Music Videos w/ Backwards Scenes

1. Until The Ribbon Breaks feat. Homeboy Sandman - "Perspective" 2013  *This song is a masterpiece. My latest favorite Homeboy Sandman song is "Mind Vs. Matter" on L'Orange's The Orchid Days album.

2. Cris Prolific feat. Illa J - "Voyage" 2010  *I freakin' love this song. Cris Prolific is a Belgian producer and Illa J is is one of the good ones.

3. Cory Jreamz - "Alive" 2013  *I think this song is interesting, but, kind of a mess.

4. Jypsy Jeyfree - "Jypsy Train" 2013  *Whoa, her feather looks crazy when the wind is blowing.

5. Kingdom Crumbs - "Pick Both Sides Of My Brain" 2013  *I can't wait to see what Tay Sean, Mikey Nice, Jerm D, and Jarv Dee do next. Here's the link to one of their great Live on KEXP performances.

6. Marsha Ambrosius - "Stronger Than Pride" 2014  *Jeru sample with a Sade name, that's a bold maneuver. This is one of the Floetry ladies.

7. Kyla La Grange - "The Knife" 2014  *I can't hate this song, it's just so poppin' fresh.

8. After The Fire - "Der Kommissar" 1982  *She takes her lipstick off with her lipstick; it's either a cool trick or backwards scene.

9. Porter Ray - "Float" 2014  *This has a car driving backwards AND smoking in reverse. Porter Ray is part of the New Era of Seattle Hip Hop.

10. DJ Krush feat. Deborah Anderson - "Skin Against Skin" 1997  *This is definitely NOT the real music video, but, the song is great. "Skin Against Skin" is on DJ Krush's Milight album.

The link to the original Ten Music Videos featuring Backwards Scenes.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ten More Music Videos Featuring Reflections

1. SZA - "Babylon" 2014  *I wouldn't recommend putting a white sweater in the dirt like that, great song though.

2. Oddisee - "Back Of My Mind" 2014  *Oddisee seems like a cool dude, I'd go on a spacecruise with those guys.

3. Grieves - "Serpents" 2014  *Grieves is lookin' all slicked in this video.

4.  Pebbles - "Giving You The Benefit" 1990   *This song also features motorcycles, wind, skeezy fashion photographer, water, shadows, solo dancing, blue lighting, strobe light action, spying/espionage by a guy in a coonskin cap; they may have done all this to hide the fact that it is only a mediocre song.

5. Lykke Li - "No Rest For The Wicked" 2014  *This is from her new album, I Never Learn.

6. Big Mike, Biggie Smalls, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Buckshot, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, Digable Planets, Heltah Skeltah, Ill Al Skratch, Jamal, Menace Clan, and Redman - "Points" 1995  *This is from the Panther Soundtrack from 1995. The reflection is Dwayne Wayne @ 3:36.

7. Cyndi Lauper - "True Colors" 1986  *Call her up on the shell phone.

8. Redman - "Dunfiato" 2014  *Redman has so much personality, he doesn't need a flashy video.

9. Ugly Frank - "Leftova" 2014 (TACOMA MUSIC)  *But, did they ever eat the Froot Loops?

10. Shabazz Palaces - "Dawn In Luxor" KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 (SEATTLE MUSIC) *Reflections of the sun in the water and from the sequins. From their upcoming album Lese Majesty.