Monday, August 7, 2017

Street Art Spacecruise Vol. 1 - Paces Lift + Ben Bounce "Sol Walk" Fan Video

Okay kids, I made my first music (fan) video and I couldn't love it more! The fan video for "Sol Walk" by Paces Lift + Ben Bounce is comprised of photos I took myself on my adventures. I have every intention of making more of these and am hoarding thousands of photos just waiting for the right song. I can't wait to see what I learn next.

Friday, July 28, 2017

10 Car & Driver Music Videos Part IV

I learned a ton while making this screen shot photoshop collage; like when to let go and release something even if it's not my favorite thing I've ever made. They can't all be Outer Spacecruise

1. Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels + Big Boi - "Chase Me" 2017  This is a rad project for this squad to get into; not many rappers get to make something as high profile as this. They've all done a great job of working their asses off to get to the point where they get the major motion picture paychecks. #tryharderitworks

2. Zack Villere ft. J'Von - "Minivan" 2017  Taking minivans on sweet jumps is pretty cool Zack, I think you've finally tapped into coolness that you had in you this whole time...or maybe it's all that time you've been spending with J'Von rubbing off on you. Just kidding. For real though, I love seeing these two work together; check out the song after the video if you want to hear more.

3. Like - "Miss Me With That" 2016  I've already severely overplayed this song and I'm okay with that. "Miss Me With That" appeared on The New Hotness Vol. 1 back in January because my passion for the song couldn't wait seven months until I found more videos with cars and/or driving.

4. Tei Shi - "How Far" 2017  If you're reading this, you're having a much better day than Tei Shi (in this video anyway). For all things Tei Shi, check out this interview with Stereogum or this live performance of the song that first caught my attention, "Bassically." Shoutout to Tei Shi for being the Queen Of The Sausage Fest that is this list.

5. Dwynell Roland - "Devils" 2016  MINNEAPOLIS MUSIC  I posted this back in March on The New Hotness Vol. 4 after geeking out (in the best way) over seeing P.O.S. hit Dwynell with his car in this video. My second favorite Dwynell Roland song is "Eva Change" produced by the tour homie Last Word in case you were wondering.

6. Rejjie Snow - "All Around The World" 2015  This video works as a "What Not Do Do With Your Convertible" ad. For example, any asshole who smokes cigarettes in a car with a kid deserves to be pulled over, even if it is a convertible. He even has the kid lipsync weed lyrics, an interesting choice Mr. Snow. Another interesting choice is having Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter, Lily Rose Depp costar in the video. All cigarette shaming and name dropping aside, this song is dope.

7. The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes" 2006  They must have had a blast making this video; I kinda think that might be what life is all about. Shoutout to Jack White for being Jack White. He appeared on CBS recently in a story about his label, Third Man Records if you aren't familiar with his legacy.

8. illa J - "7 Mile" 2017  I love the effects in this video; they took the visuals to a whole other level. Bandcamp recently did a feature on illa J if you're interested in learning more.

9. Metasota - "No Money, No Problem" 2017  MINNEAPOLIS MUSIC  Yes you can make a music video with your friend while driving in their car; I sincerely wish that more underground artists would do this very thing.

10. J. Cole - "Everybody Dies" 2016  May I present a video of J. Cole watching for cops while rapping on top of a moving truck; it totally worked.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10 Black + White Music Videos Part 4

I'm teaching myself photoshop by making these screen shot photocollages so I hope no one sues me. I'm about 60 hours into the 10,000 I'll need to master it. I'll happily remove the visuals from the artist's work if they ask; only one screen shot is used from each video.

1. L'Orange + Jeremiah Jae - "Death Valley" 2015  L'Orange has been dropping hints that he may be moving to Seattle. We would really truly love that L'Orange.

As you will soon find out, this is the cut...

Listen to The Night Took Us In Like Family all the way through. You will not regret it.

2. Rhye - "Please" 2017  This song went directly to my Give Slow Jams A Chance playlist on both Spotify and YouTube; it's that good. If you've been paying as much attention as I have, you'll have noticed that Rhye always keeps it classy.

3. Angelo Mota - "Eve" ft. Topaz Jones 2017  This was a Pigeon + Planes gem; and I mean gem. It seems their tastes have gone a little commercial these days but I get it. We all gotta make a living somehow. I'm just glad they're still doing it. But really though how smooth is this and who is this magical woman who draws you into the video in the first two seconds? Eve?

4. Neill Von Tally Presents: Making The Beat Ep 1 ft. Mat Randol + Grape God 2015 PORTLAND MUSIC  Shout out to the EYRST crew once again for showing us how it's done. Daily reminder that #444 #GrapeGodDidItFirst

5.  Mizan - "Looking For" 2015  I'm still not sure exactly what I'm looking for or if I'll know it when I see it but I'll keep cruisin'. Nice to know Mizan is down to look for it with me.

6. Noo - "BNAG" 2016  TACOMA MUSIC  Noo is no stranger to my site. His work with 10.4 Rog and Muzzy Legault got my attention and I've been listening ever since. They're like an underground supersquad kicking ass in the shadows; I'll link "Without You" any chance I get. It has been removed from Soundcloud and Bandcamp for some sad reason; please prove me wrong.

7. Leon Bridges - "Coming Home" 2015  Leon Bridges is one of the classiest stars to shine their light on the music world lately. The 28 year old's timelessness will likely ensure his career will last for decades.

8. Princess Nokia - "Biohazard Butterfly" 2017  2017 is the year of Princess Nokia in my universe. She's been working her ass off and it shows. Her YouTube game is strong and I love that sh**.

9. A Tribe Called Quest - "Dis Generation" 2017  Can't say enough good things about Tribe. Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole must have been stoked to be mentioned by the legend in this track. "Talk to Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole, gatekeepers of flow; They are extensions of instinctual soul" - Q-Tip

10. Sims - "Badlands" 2017  Everything about More Than Ever and it's promo has been awesome. Sims' live show was on point as usual, the album is great, and the visuals have been on a whole other level. Your efforts are appreciated Sims! We can't wait to see what you do next.

Monday, July 24, 2017

13 Music Videos W/ Special Effects Part VIII

I made this using only screen shots from the videos on the list and photoshop. Please don't sue me, I'm one of those broke artist types and have made $0 from this website. I'll happily remove the art from your video if you don't want to be included. 

1. Chromatics - "Shadow" 2017  PORTLAND MUSIC  While Chromatics may hail from Portland, they've done a great job of making sure that their art goes global. I'm sure you'll agree that Ruth Radelet has those spaceship eyes (see above).

2. Ivan Ave - "Circle" 2016 (Produced by Mndsgn)  I fuck with triangles, rectangles, hectagons, AND circles but Ivan Ave has shaped up his own opinion. >>> "I don't really fuck with triangles no more, I don't really fuck with rectangles either, I don't fuck with hectagons even. I'm done tryna work the angles, it's enough just working the circle." That said, I definitely fuck with this song.

3. Everything Is Recorded feat. Sampha - "Close But Not Quite" 2017  The art is this video really does it for me. Anyone else feel like Everything Is Recorded popped out of nowhere? Thank you to XL Recordings for showing us so much great music over the years. Sampha really fux with the special effects, see below. I get it, me too.

4. The Chemical Brothers feat. Beck - "Wide Open" 2016  Young Jedi, if you master special effects at a low budget, you'll be able to do cool shit like this later.

5. Homeboy Sandman - "Bamboo" 2017  The creative team behind this video nailed it. Sending virtual good jobs out to Schlonglord (lol), The Lurk, and Robert Adam Mayer.

6. James Blake feat. Bon Iver - "I Need A Forest Fire" 2016  Now is actually a great time to need a forest fire...

The Colour In Anything is a magical album for when you need to create a chill zone.

7. TOKiMONSTA feat. Yuna - "Don't Call Me" 2017  It kinda seems like these two are way more into circles than Ivan Ave who made a whole song about it. He actually used more ovals than circles; these two are legit circle fans. Ivan Ave may be a poser in the circle loving world. I write shit like that so that when I read this later, I'll laugh out loud.

8. Beth Ditto - "Fire" 2017  My favorite parts of this video are when she uses the whip to steal that guys corn dog and that one of the guys keeps his brass knuckles down his pants. Beth Ditto (also of The Gossip) was born to be a superstar.

9. Young Fathers - "I Heard" 2013  I'd never really listed to anything from the Anticon crew before but was prompted to check it out after serving Doseone at The Crocodile one night. The mirror effects in this video totally wicked and affordable for those who are thinking about progressing past their status as Soundcloud rapper (you may not know who you are).

10. La Luz - "You Disappear" 2015  SEATTLE MUSIC  There is a lot to love about La Luz; watch and find out for yourself.

11. Bjork - "notget" 2017  Bjork has been an inspiration to artists spanning all genres for decades but stays eternally young due to her deep seeded wonderful weirdness.

This is one of the best photos I've ever seen.

12. Sampha - "Blood On Me" 2016  You know you're winning at life when you get to drop a car from a tree in your music video. His latest album, Process, is waiting for you on your favorite music platform when you're ready.

13. Busta Rhymes + Janet Jackson - "What's It Gonna Be?!" 1998  This may be one of the most 90s videos ever. Busta as a silver band conductor for the win.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Street Art Universe... A YouTube Art Channel

Last December's solo trip to Europe was the first opportunity I've had to follow my own whims for three and a half weeks. I used this time to walk the streets of London, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Porto photographing and being inspired by all the art I encountered. I've been sharing these photos on Instagram, Flickr, and Reddit lately and the response has kinda blown my mind. I wanted to learn more about all things Street Art so I hit the free education website AKA YouTube and made this playlist. I'll be adding to this playlist (and all the rest) regularly so follow my YouTube channel if you feel so inspired.

YouTube is so much better than TV when used correctly; so far I've created YouTube Networks (playlists) titled Outer Space + UFO NetworkHistory Channel 2.0ArtTVNew HotnessInteresting PeopleAnimated Music Videos, and the infinite music video playlists that got me going on this whole thing. I made these playlists for myself so I only include stuff that I think is cool (see title of website).

Follow me on my two Instagram accounts to see some of the gems I've found so far.


@theringofdoom - Intergalactic Traveler On A Mission To Shine Light On Earth's Art Scene

Here's one of my favorites...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The New Hotness Vol. 8

1. SZA - "Go Gina" 2017  Queen SZA is killing the game right now. I love that she "conquered self doubt and took Ctrl" because I'm definitely tryna do that shit too. I recently found out that SZA and I share the same last name so I must be genetically predisposed to take Ctrl.(?)

2. DoNormaal - "Third Daughter" 2017  SEATTLE MUSIC  I can't say enough good things about this Earth Goddess. Her artistic journey is already the stuff of legends and she's just getting going. Here's hoping we get to see some visuals from this album very soon.

3. Ravyn Lenae feat. Appleby - "Free Room" 2016  I found Ravyn Lenae via the Spotify algorithms a few weeks ago, shout out to technology. I tried googling Appleby for 5 minutes but came up empty so I can't link you to their work; learn from this musician friends.

4. Mali Music - "Gonna Be Alright" 2017  No relation to the Mali Music side project by Damon Albarn that I mentioned in the 10th post on this website back in 2009. My respect for Mr. Albarn and his art runs deep but this guy is dope too. If you're freaking out about life again, listen to this on repeat and everything will be alright.

5. Kendrick Lamar - "ELEMENT" 2017  For a few weeks after hearing this song for the first time, I couldn't stop Weird Al-ing the lyrics and making all kinds of weird shit look sexy. Its normal I think. Full disclosure, I do it for the gram sometimes but I've never been to Compton.

6. Sudan Archives - "Come Meh Way" 2017  STONES THROW  Stringed instruments in Hip Hop are a do. Sudan Archives is wearing it better than most.

7. VanJess feat. Masego - "Touch The Floor" 2017  It's almost too poppy sweet for me but the ladies got skillz and are more than worthy of your attention.

8. Leikeli47 - "Miss Me" 2017  Lesson Learned: Never pre-judge a music video/artist by their mask and gold teeth. The details in this video really get me; she's got her own swag sauce and everything.

9. Everything Is Recorded feat. Sampha - "Close But Not Quite" 2017  Due to the mind-blowingly awesome art in this video, I added it to the New Hotness YouTube Playlist AND the Special Effects Playlist (Better than Netflix, seriously). It felt like this XL Recordings artist just popped out of nowhere but they were hiding on the internet this whole time.

10. Jehst - "44th Floor" 2017  UK HIP HOP  One of my biggest regrets is not trying my hardest to get into the Bristol New Year's show this past year to see Jehst etc. when I was just an hour away. Regrets are bullshit so I'm gonna have to take care of that issue ASAP.

11. Jesse Boykins III - "B4 The Night Is Thru" 2012  I just discovered this five year old song but it has remained so damn fresh that it still qualifies for The New Hotness cuz I make the rules here.

12. Onry Ozzborn - "Black Phillip" 2017  SEATTLE MUSIC  Onry gave us a present on July 17...

13. Action Bronson - "Let Me Breathe" 2017  Pretty sure we're all tryna live like Action Bronson right now. I'm literally typing this now so that one day soon I'll get paid to travel around the world with dope producers and videographers eating the best food in the universe. Dude in the still looks like a super dehydrated Dog The Bounty Hunter.

14. Jon Bap - "Queen Chimera Pt.1) 2017  Word on the street is that this is Jon Bap's tribute to New Jack Swing (Shoutout to the Don Teddy Riley); I fux with that.

If you wanna re-Bap, here's his What Now album from 2016.

15. Myke Bogan feat. Blossom - "Take The Nite Off" 2017  EYRST/PORTLAND It warms my caffeinated heart to see male rappers collaborate with female artists; some of the best songs in the history of the (my) universe are duets. Example: Method Man & Mary J Blige - "You're All I Need To Get By" (Bad Boy Remix) (of course, duh)

16. Little Dragon - "Strobe Light" 2017  It's been awhile since Little Dragon made me feel the way it did that first hit I took years ago of "Feather" but I'll keep chasing the Swedish dragons for life to feed my music addiction.

17. Toro Y Moi - "Boo Boo (Album Stream)" 2017  An album stream video like this masterpiece would launch a Soundcloud artist into another dimension. Try harder, it works. For real though, I've been fucking with Toro Y Moi since I heard he was into collecting random pieces of wood.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

13 Music Videos They "Put A Bird On It"

Mad props are due to Bird from Rhymesayers but this is about the kind of birds with feathers like this one I saw in Lisbon at the São Jorge Castle (they put some birds on it). Shoutout to the geniuses of Portlandia for the inspiration.

I took this photo in Lisbon, Portugal in December 2016

1. Prince - "When Doves Cry" 1984  To those running Prince's YouTube channel; thank you and I love you all for blessing us with Prince videos in our latest time of need. Please can we keep them and can we have some more?

2. 18+ - "Crow" 2014  This is the birdiest of them all by way of the crow sample.

3. Awkwafina - "Queef" 2013  Queen La-queefa is the queefiest of them all... you'll see what I mean. I just discovered Awkwafina yesterday and life's been way more hilarious.

4. Myke Bogan - "Mango Tree" 2017 EYRST/PORTLAND Myke Bogan, of PAC DIV with Like, has been working his ass off lately and it sounding pretty damn good.

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" 2011  I have nothing but love for RHCP and would be stoked to see them doing their thing on a rooftop or anywhere really.

6. Michael Jackson - "Leave Me Alone" 1987  This may possibly be one of the best music videos ever...which is good because it's one of the weakest pre-HIStory songs Michael left us with.

7. DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels - "Nobody Speak" 2016  This crew did so much more than just put a bird on this masterpiece of a music video. A Killer Mike quote from the YouTube credits:  "It's such a dope video. It's what I really wish Trump and Hillary would just do and get it over with...And even in that fight I think Hillary would win - and that's not an endorsement."

8. Santigold - "Banshee" 2016  This also appears on a YouTube playlist of Music Videos with Puppets alongside Quasimoto, DRAM, Tool, Madvillain, and a bunch of other artsy weirdos I love.

9. Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic) - "Breakdance Beach" 2011  I'm definitely trying to hit up Breakdance Beach...which could be anywhere with the right crew.

10. Abstract Rude feat. Slug + Brother Ali - "The Solution" 2015  This reminds me of the Grieves and MC Type video for "My Girlfriend Beats Me" (it's a must watch) but this one has a Kitchen Aid Mixer cameo sooo.

11. Mount Kimbie feat. James Blake - "We Go Home Together" 2017  This song is from the upcoming Mount Kimbie album, Love What Survives, due out this September. Thanks for being you James Blake (le sigh). FYI, this is not a dance party cut but Give Slow Jams A Chance.

12. Berner + B Real with Snoop Dogg + Vital - "Faded" 2015  These enterprising stoners managed to make a lifelong career and millions of dollars off of their love of weed. There is a bird in this video, it happens quick. Smoke some weed and look for it while cringing at the weak chorus.

13. Wizdumb - "L.A.fternoon" 2011  SEATTLE HIP HOP  It warms my heart to watch music videos by artists currently residing in Seattle. I'm of the opinion that creating/finishing music videos will help propel musicians out of the realm of "local artists" and into the music industry.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Animated Music Videos Part VI

My Animated Music Videos YouTube playlist is up to 78 videos and counting...

1. Jay-Z - "The Story Of OJ" 2017  I can't mention this Jay-Z album without mentioning that Grape God did it first. That said, this song/video is awesome.

2. Sevdaliza - "That Other Girl" 2015  Sevdaliza stays weird in the very best way.

3. Chelou - "Halfway To Nowhere" 2016  Still can't decide if I love this song but since I've watched the video at least five times, it must be aight.

4. theMIND Feat. Mick Jenkins, Noname, Jesse Boykins III - "Animated Ambition" 2016  Noname for the win...

5. Mndsgn - "Alluptoyou" 2016  It's nearly impossible to be smoother than this.

6. King Reign - "Santa Romeo" 2017  This video was released posthumously by those who wanted to see this track get the love it deserves.

7. Jonwayne - "LIVE From The Fuck You" 2017  STONES THROW  Leave him alone, he's with his boys!

8. Dabbla feat. Graziella - "Psychoville" 2016  UK HIP HOP  "Thanks for being here. Theres lots of cool shit to see and free music to download and share so enjoy yourself, have a gander, buy some shit and help me continue to make music until it transmorph's into an actual job enabling me to escape the social grid and become a revolutionary pillar of the global community."
- Excerpt from Dabbla's Soundcloud bio

9. Gorillaz - "Sleeping Powder" 2017  The Gorillaz team is trying harder than most musicians out there and it's totally working.

Here's the Gorillaz episode of MTV Cribs for good measure.

10. Nick Hakim - "Roller Skates" 2017  This has also been added to the Roller Skating Music Videos YouTube playlist for obvious reasons.

Monday, July 17, 2017

13 Music Videos with Household Chores

I really can't tell you why I've compiled a list of music videos featuring household chores over the last few years...but I did and Sade is the Queen. This has the least Hip Hop of any list I've made since forever.

1. Sade - "Babyfather" 2010  Sade's been making doing the dishes (and everything else) look superfly since pre-2010.

2. SZA - "Drew Barrymore" 2017  SZA is doing laundry in this video...or at least looking fly in front of some dryers. "Go Gina" is my favorite track from SZA's latest; in case you were wondering.

3. Old Man Saxon - "The Perils" 2016  In the video, Old Man Saxon portrays (maybe he does live in his car, many artists do) a man living in his car. I tried it, it's not that cool in a Subaru. In my opinion (as is the rest of this website), this is one of the best songs on the list.

4. Jehst - "Nuke Proof Suit" 2005  UK HIP HOP  Jehst and his team truly went all out for this video. He released a new album in the last few weeks; you should probably check it out.

5. Sun Ho feat. Lady Saw - "Mr Bill" (Produced by Wyclef Jean) 2009  It's really too bad that this song is so lame because Sun Ho is killing the chore game.

6. Snakehips feat. Kaleem Taylor - "Forever (Pt. II)" 2015  You'd never catch me listening to this song but the video is awesome.

6. Grimes - "California" 2016  I'm an unofficial member of the Grimes fan club for life even if her music isn't doing it for me lately. She's taking care of the sweeping in the art studio herself; that's classy.

7. Reva DeVito - "Deeper" 2016  Catch Reva's Portland crew doing mannequin challenge type stuff then doing the dishes in this pro-cassette music video from last year.

8. Damian Marley - "Welcome To Jamrock" 2005  They gotta do laundry in Jamrock too.

9. EARTHGANG feat. J.I.D. - "Momma Told Me" 2016  The EARTHGANG Mom is cooking breakfast and doing the dishes while they rap and chill hard in slow motion.

10. Pomo - "How I Feel" 2015  I don't want to ruin the surprise but you should probably stick around to the end of the video to see who the ladies final visitor is.

11. Hilltop Hoods feat. Maverick Sabre - "Won't Let You Down" 2014  I love the video but think the song is pretty weak but since it came all the way from Southern Australia, I still feel lucky to have found it.

12. The Black Keys - "Weight Of Love" 2014  This song gets all Pink Floyd-y and it works for me.

13. Weezer - "Say It Ain't So" 1994  As Weezer does their thing, their squad goes about their business...doing laundry and shit. The realest.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

11 Music Videos With Cops Part III

Found in London December 2016

Here's all the videos with cops/law enforcement on a YouTube playlist...

1. Joey Bada$$ feat. BJ The Chicago Kid - "Like Me" 2015  Joey Bada$$ managed to make a culturally relevant banger...we could really use a lot more of these right about now. The police continue to take innocent black lives almost daily in the United States and they're getting away with it. It's can be hard to know how to help such a horrific reality so you can start by making a formal complaint to the Seattle Police Department for the murder of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant woman who called the police for help and was murdered in front of her children just days ago. There's also a Go Fund Me set up for Charleena's family if you're in a position to help.

2. OCnotes - "Hum Drum Killa" 2015  Another amazing Stephan Gray creation. In general, I hate guns but slow motion underwater gunshots are kind of amazing. I sincerely hope OCnotes stays weird for all of his days on this planet.

3.  The Beatnuts - "No Escapin' This" 2001  There are so many times in which I think JuJu AKA Jerry Tineo looks like he could be Redman's brother...this is one of those times.

4. Kool + Kass - "Peaceful Solutions" 2013  If only the police were trained in peaceful solutions...

5. Run The Jewels - "Oh My Darling (Don't Meow) Just Blaze Remix" 2015  The USA needs some giant cats with laser eyes to come pull some superhero shit right now.

6. Denmark Vessey - "Think Happy Thoughts" 2016  It can be hard to think happy thoughts when there's so many dark forces against us right now but messages of love are vital to get us through this without losing our minds.

7. Jorja Smith - "Blue Lights" 2016  Shout out to Jorja Smith for creating art that sheds light on the terrifying reality of black people in America today. In her words, “It questions why you should have a guilty conscience if you've done nothing wrong." She explains. "The video is about a black male who portrays three different paths he could've gone down in life... as a boxer, a police officer and just a guy in a hoodie. This man is fighting with himself and the perception that society and authority have given to him. How can a young black male run away from the stereotypical stigma and hatred towards police if it is on every screen or paper they see? The boxer is quite literally being beaten up by society's perceptions. The video's narrative is just one example of the negative stereotypes many people suffer each and every day."

8.  Brockhampton - "Heat" 2017  No actual cops in this video but the song is inspired their dark presence in our country.

9. Silent Lambs Project - "Mic Choke" 2002  SEATTLE MUSIC  Silas Blak has been doing it bigger than you for decades.

10. Cadenza feat. Jorja Smith + Dre Island - "People" 2016  Here's some ideas about what to do instead of calling the police...

11. BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Snoop Dogg + Kaytranada - "Lavender" 2017  The police, media, and (not my) president really are clowns; very scary clowns. Fortunately, Snoop's gonna take em out for us.

Here's the link to the first two volumes of Music Videos With Cops.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The New Hotness Vol. 7

For a good time watch The New Hotness playlist on YouTube.

1. Jorja Smith - "Teenage Fantasy" 2017  I can't stop listening to this song; it even prompted me to kick off a New Hotness playlist on Spotify. I'll be updating it as I find new favorite songs...which is almost every day. If the link doesn't work for you, search "Liz Rowe" on Spotify to find ALL the lists of song's I've overplayed since Spotify became a thing. She first caught my eye/ear last July with her song/video "Where Did I Go?"

2. Muzzy Legault - "Filles Well (Nomadini 2015)" 2015  I found this incredible artist from Ottowa, Ontario because she appeared on one of my favorite Noo/10.4 Rog songs "Without You" (no longer on Soundcloud). Listen to "Filles Well" and more on the newly inspired The New Hotness Soundcloud playlist.

She just did a brief interview with CBC Radio 91.5, this is how I learned to pronounce her name (it's way classier than I originally thought).

3. Princess Nokia - "Anomaly" 2017  Princess Nokia really is an anomaly (def. something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected) and I love that about her.

4. Shabazz Palaces - feat. The Shogun Shot - "Julian's Dream (ode to a bad)" 2017  They're releasing their new album, "Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines," is being released as a 32 page special edition illustrated album with a download code via Sub Pop. It's a limited run of you should probably pre-order it now.

5. Washed Out - "Get Lost" 2017 STONES THROW  This video really does it for me; shout out to the Director Harvey Benschoter for keeping it weird.

6. Kendrick Lamar - "DNA" 2017  We love you Kendrick; congrats on making a full album I'll happily listen to on repeat all year long. You too Nabil, your art is vital in the rise of those you've worked with.

7.  Kiefer - "Tubesocks" 2017  STONES THROW  Upon first listen, I can already tell that this man's head nod rivals that of Swarvy...which is likely part of the reason the universe has united them with the Stones Throw crew. I was fortunate to see Kiefer when he came through Seattle with Mndsgn but wasn't aware he did solo work until now.

8. Jessie Reyez - "Gatekeeper" 2017  Sad that Jessie had to go through this but hopefully her misfortune will help others to avoid douchebags like this. Thanks for sharing your art Jessie, we love you!

9. The Mouse Outfit ft. Ellis Meade - "Bring Me Down" 2017  UK HIP HOP  I'm still trying to build a bridge between Europe and the US so musicians from both continents have the opportunity to travel with their art. It's an epic mission but one post at a time and we'll get there eventually.

10. Taylar Elizza Beth - "Fresh Cut Flowers EP" 2017  I was blessed to attend the "Fresh Cut Flowers" Release Party at Timbre Room a few nights ago. Not only did Taylar solidify her place as one of Seattle's most promising artists, she also hand chose the other amazingly talented women who shared the stage with her; DoNormaal, Guayaba, and PSA.

11. NxWorries - "Get Bigger" 2017  Anderson.Paak has joined the rooftop rappers movement; not a real thing but alliteration is tight.

12.  J'Von - "lil phantom yellow tune" 2017 SEATTLE MUSIC  J'Von stays steady killin it softly while the rest of the world is watching Netflix. He's grinding so hard, he's on this list twice...see below.

13. Tricky - "The Only Way" 2017  I've been a Tricky fan since Maxinquaye and I always will be.

14. Sa-Roc - "The Soundset 2017 Experience" 2017  I was blessed to spend six weeks in a van with Sa-Roc and Sol Messiah and I loved every minute of it. She is exactly what the world needs right now and one of my new favorite superheroes.

15. Ibeyi - "Away Away" 2017  These ladies caught my attention with their "River" video back in 2014...glad to see they're still grinding.

15. Zack Villere - "Cool" 2017  I finally looked closer at the credits of this and saw one of my favorite Seattle producers in there. J'Von has always approached his art in such a way that he's transcended the local artist label; keep it up J'Von!

16. Lojii + Swarvy - "Due Rent" 2017  I've been a fan of Swarvy since I saw his head nodding at Barboza in Seattle when he opened for Mndsgn (he was also part of Mndsgn's show along with Kiefer from above). Fresh Selects is the independent Portland label smart enough to represent lojii and Swarvy.

17. SZA feat. Kendrick Lamar - "Doves In The Wind" 2017  SZA'snew album is whoa; hope to see a video for this track soon.

18. Brother Ali - "Never Learn" 2017  I've recently returned from my 1st Tour Adventure with Brother AliLast WordSa-RocSol Messiah, Amal the Photo/Video Guru, and Paul the Tour Manager. My latest job title is Merch Manager for Brother Ali (I also helped out with the driving) was a truly epic adventure and I learned at least 1,111 things and instantly became a touraholic. They are some of my favorite people on this whole planet; it was an honor to spread messages of love throughout the US and Canada with this crew. This video is truly beautiful; here's what Brother Ali has to say about it (from the YouTube credits). #AllTheBeautyInThisWholeVideo

"This is another presentation made possible by community. We shot it in New Mexico at Dar Al Islam, a beautiful worship and healing center built mostly by American Muslims in the Adobe style prevalent in the Southwest. Spiritual and wisdom tradition holds that buildings should be designed in harmony with the natural beauty of the location, as well as the culture of the people in that area. Many of my elders built this place, and many of my friends grew up there. 

One thing interesting about this location is that after the death of Tupac Shakur, the Dar Al Islam community opened its doors to film his “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto" video there. 

The dancers are Al Taw’am from Minneapolis. You may recognize them from the "Mourning In America” video, as well as their own international videos and news pieces. The twins are dear family friends and leaders in our cultural and spiritual community. Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality. I believe them to be royalty. They choreographed this incredible piece and brought the entire song and video to life. 

The video was directed by Kron, whom we've worked with in the past. He and his crew did an incredible job and I'm deeply grateful. 

Of course, Ant made the track with G Koop playing the instruments and deM atlaS added some additional operatic vocals at the end of the song. Special thanks to: Siddiq, Sidi Hakeem Archuletta, La'kisha Raeesah Holloman, Amir Sulaiman, and anyone else I'm forgetting.
Please enjoy."

– Brother Ali 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

12 Music Videos featuring Cows

All the Cow Music Videos on a YouTube playlist...

1. The Raconteurs - "Steady, As She Goes" 2006  There's another version of this video in which Jack White enters a soap box derby; watch it on this compilation of music videos featuring cars and/or driving.

2. Erykah Badu - "On + On" 1997  Thank you to Erykah Badu for twenty plus years of great music and inspiration; we will always love you.

3. Alice In Chains - "Man In The Box" 1990  Oh to be a fly on the wall in the meeting about the concept of this 27 year old music video.

4. Eurythmics - "Sweet Dreams" 1983  Props to these two for creating a timeless classic.

5. La Mecánica Popular - "Guajiro" 2014  Let this be your into to the world of Psychedelic Salsa.

La Mecánica Popular - Guajiro ( Official Video) from Youth Experimental Studio on Vimeo.

6.  alt-J (∆) - "Left Hand Free" 2014  Alt-J (∆) has some great singles and visuals but I've yet to feel inspired to sit through a whole album. Their new album Relaxer is due out on June 9th; I'll still give it a whirl.

7. Paperboy - "Ditty" 1993  FYI, when you google "paperboy," this rad video game is the first thing that shows up; I'd love to play that game again.

8. A Yellow Man - "3000 Miles Of Youth" 2012  This cow will kick your ass at Mario Kart. Before they were Hawk House...they were A Yellow Man.

9. Cappadonna - "Milk The Cow" 1998  There's no actual cows in this video but there's milk so I'm gonna count it.

10. Tei Shi - "See Me" 2015  So many rad locations in this video; looks like a fun project to be a part of.

11. Batuk - "Daniel" ft Nandi Ndlovu 2016  Shoutout to Okay Africa for helping me to find music from across the world.

12. Flipmode Squad - "Everybody On The Line Outside" 1998  Flipmode Squad has changed their name to The Conglomerate. I prefer Flipmode Squad but I'm all about creative evolution so do your thing squad.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The New Hotness Vol. 6

The New Hotness YouTube playlist is better than television.

1. Kendrick Lamar - "Humble" 2017  This video has gotten fifty million plus views in eleven days, congratulations King Kendrick! Grey Poupon scene for the win.

2. Princess Nokia - "Mermaid Girl" 2017  Please go see Princess Nokia at The Crocodile on May 11 and tell me all about it. She's killing the game so hard right now.

3. A Tribe Called Quest - "Dis Generation" 2017  Waiting patiently for a "Mobius" video... "Conrad Tokyo" too. A Tribe Called Quest is now part of the Umbrella music video crew; so that's awesome.

4. Run The Jewels - "Legend Has It" 2017  I'd say these two are at the top of their game but I'm sure they'll surprise us with more awesomeness very soon. Watch the Def Jux documentary from 2002 to see what El-P was like fifteen years ago.

5. Brother Ali - "Own Light (What Hearts Are For) 2017  So many feels about this one. I love that he dedicated this to the late, great, Jonathan Moore; his decades of love and endless support for the Seattle (and beyond) Music Community will never be forgotten. I'll be selling merch for Brother Ali on his upcoming tour; I'll see you there.

6. Evidence - "Throw It All Away" 2017  I'm loving the first release from the upcoming Evidence album and I can't wait to hear the rest. I can really relate to all this rain.

7. Oshun - "Sango" 2017  Can't say enough good things about these two. The following is what they said about this song/video on their Facebook page:

Often times us women engage in romantic situations that we know aren't healthy, dreaming that we can be enough to make things better. In our newest release, the official music video for "Sango", we explore the destructive themes we witness so often in modern relationships. We go through a journey toward the most powerful Love, Self-Love, demanding to rise rather than fall 🌻💛🙌🏾

8. NxWorries (Anderson.Paak + Knxwledge) 2017  This video director, Calmatic, is also the genius behind the Karriem Riggins video you'll see below. I've gushed about Anderson.Paak enough in the last few months...

9. Toro Y Moi - "Omaha" 2017  I've added this to the upcoming list of music videos with bathtub scenes; check out part one here (Toro Y Moi is on that one too).

10. Karriem Riggins - "Bahia Dreamin'" 2017  STONES THROW  I love the painting on the wall in the dining/drumming room. Can anyone tell me who painted it?

11. Aminé - "REDMERCEDES" 2017  PORTLAND MUSIC  This Portland artist got over two million views in four days AND he doesn't suck. #RARE

Monday, April 10, 2017

11 Roller Skating Music Videos

For a good time watch all the roller skating music videos on my YouTube playlist.

1. Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Survive" 1978  Watching this video (and early Beatles/Rolling Stones videos) inspired me to Google the history of music videos pre-MTV. According to The History Channel, the first music video was made in 1895 by Thomas Edison and his crew.

2. Chet Faker - "Gold" 2014 This video inspired me to buy $5 Goodwill roller skates that I'm afraid to use until I get health insurance. "Gold" is one of my favorite songs...ever.

3. Domo Genesis feat Anderson.Paak - "Dapper" 2016  Anderson.Paak has been one of my favorite artists since "Suede." Malibu was an instant timeless classic. Loved watching Dre react to hearing the music in the studio in the promo videos released to support the album.

4. De La Soul ft. Q-Tip and Vinia Mojica - "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"" 1991 This video made me realize that I've been doing Saturdays all wrong. Shoutout to Prince Paul (producer of this song etc.) for helping to create so many of my favorite moments in music.

5. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott - "1, 2 Step" 2004  The roller skates don't arrive until the end of the video but Ciara and Missy are fierce the whole way through.

6. Perfume Genius - "Fool" 2014  I love that Perfume Genius is showing us the emo side of roller skating; not an easy feat because it usually promotes joy with moment of terror.

7. Le Couleur - "Femme" 2013  I've just added roller skating near the Eiffel Tower to my bucket list; I didn't have one before. I'll be wearing pants though.

8. Jungle - "Heat" 2013  Roller skate dancing at its finest.

9. Beyoncé - "Blow" 2014  The vibe in the room at a Beyonce roller skating party would be stellar.

10. Luscious Jackson - "Here" 1995  This video gets the award for Best Use Of Disco Balls.

11. Thunderpussy - "Welcome To The Disco" 2015  SEATTLE MUSIC  Thunderpussy is currently in position to take over the world...and I'll give them the award for Best Use Of Fred Wildlife Refuge.