I used to work out a lot. I never wanted to be super big -- like, I didn't care to look like an Olympic weightlifter, or even a sprinter, for that matter. I just wanted it to not hurt that much if someone punched me in the stomach. I wanted an Olympic diver build, which, in retrospect, is a semi-wei ... More >>
Timothy NorrisBlack Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli)
Better than: Vanilla Ice's cameo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli were already established alternative hip-hop artists when they came together to form Black Star, produc ... More >>
The disgruntled campers on L.A. City Hall's front lawn -- suffocating grasses and inspiring driversby since October 1, like it's their job -- got some inspiration of their own this sweaty Saturday.
Occupy Wall Street's much larger crowd may have been blessed by badass spoken-word from Brooklyn rapp ... More >>
Black MountainJust in time for Black Friday, Black Mountain and the Black Angels hit the El Rey Theatre tonight.
It's one of the stops on something called the "Dropout Boogie Tour" that pairs the Vancouver psych-rock quintet with the Austin psych-rock quintet, and, cosmically speaking, the s ... More >>
Aloe Blacc pays tribute to the state he's in. Could this be the new "California Love"?
Oxnard rapper and Stones Throw artist MED doesn't eff around. When it comes to dropping singles, he goes straight for the broad-theme anthem, and always with a West Coast bent.
On "Where I'm From," he bri ... More >>
Oldemar Alfaro[L-R] Talib Kweli and Bun B at the 'Trill OG' listening eventIt's 9:27 AM in Houston when rapper Bun B picks up fellow emcee Dizzee Rascal from the airport. In Bun's car they cruise the streets, pull up to a house, and once inside, slide a stack of bills across a table. In excha ... More >>
Rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek are officially back in business as Reflection Eternal -- a full decade after their first album, Train of Thought. The new Revolutions Per Minute (out this week) might not feel as revolutionary as their debut, but it'll put a smile on the face of anybody ... More >>
Because, why not? You like free music and so do we. Neither of us likes Mondays, so let's sweeten the pot, no? Here are five fresh MP3s from L.A. artists, with PR blurbs, a NSFW video (psychedelic boobs!), key release dates and other examples of sheer randomness. First, the boobs, courtesy of Immad ... More >>
The Grammy telecast might be a snooze, but during awards week its host city is anything but. Surprise stage jams and DJ sets, official and unofficial shindigs and a overall anything-can- happen/anyone-might-show vibe and excitement takes over LA's clubs and events... You don't need to be Jay-Z and B ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, myself and a very talented cadre of contributors will be emulating the book above. Unlike said tome, it won't cost money and you'll get free MP3s--which, presumably, serve a tangible purpose. Now go cry into your near-beer, Phillip Ardagh, you lovable rogue.
50. Redman ft ... More >>
I'll leave the thorough sample de-constructions to Dan Love or O-Dub, but couldn't help but feel compelled to share a discovery I made the other day in my on-going quest to listen to every known bit of music ever recorded by Fela Kuti. Namely, the afro-beat derived sample for "I Will Not Apologiz ... More >>
Ryan Adams - Royce Hall, Jan. 30 & 31
Dave Alvin - McCabe's Jan. 18 & 19
Autechre - Echo, April 4
Bad Religion - House of Blues, April 4 & 5
Big Sandy, Deke Dickerson - Safari Sam's, Dec. 28
Black Heart Procession - Spaceland, Jan. 11
Black Mountain - Troubadour, Feb. 5
Built to Spill, Meat P ... More >>
The film that ended the Cold War.
9. Hi-Tek Ft. Talib Kweli & Dion-"Time"
"People get caught up in a time and what that song represents to them at the time they hear it. Nothing I'm gonna do after that is going to match up to that time period, because they can't get that back. So I have to real ... More >>