this song is off of the 2003 album, “Deep Cuts”. i think you can buy it on their website.
the knife is a brother/sister duo from sweden. they don’t like mainstream music, and although they’ve won multiple awards for their music, they refuse to take part in all the crazy shinanigans that come along with it. examples: they avoid public appearances, refused to play live until recently, and wear masks in most of their promotional photos. they also boycotted the 2003 grammys, where they won best pop group of the year, sending in their place two people wearing gorilla costumes. supposedly this was a protest against male dominance in the music industry, but i’m not sure i understand what gorillas have to do with that. regardless… i support this anti-social behavior.
this is off their first full length (self titled). you can buy it on their website
the good, the bad, and the queen was formed in 2006 and is a bit of a SUPERGROUP with frontman damon albarn (blur, gorillaz) playing keys and singing, paul simonon (the clash, havana 3am) playing bass, simon tong (the verve, the shining) playing guitar, tony allen (co-founder of the AFROBEAT genre) playing drums, and danger mouse (gnarls barkley, dangerdoom) producing and playing random percussion/synths. albarn describes this album as “a song cycle that’s also a mystery play about London”.
(i couldn’t find the album cover online, but this is kinda what it looks like…)
alixandra and the tailor sea is the first unsigned/underground/independent/whatever artist on this mixtape. it’s basically just one person: alixandra macmillan-fiedel. she’s a singer-songwriter from santa barabara/new york, and she writes good songs. also, she is the co-organizer of ‘voices for a cure,’ a concert which benefits scleroderma research. you can read an article about ‘voices’ here.
Prodigy – Return of the Mac (Infamous/Koch, 2007)
No, this is not an album by British electronic group Prodigy, but rather American MC, Prodigy, of the group Mobb Deep. This disc serves as one of the very best examples of the term ‘mixtape’ being completely misused. The purpose of this release was supposedly to create buzz for Prodigy’s next “real album,” which was released earlier this year. But the label treated it much more like a regular album than a mixtape – two singles were even released to promote it, for poop’s sake. So make no mistake, this is a proper album, but there are some elements that distinguish it from a typical Prodigy album. For one thing, instead of tracking down some hot current producers, the beats for the entire album are provided by Alchemist and this is why I bought the album. Alchemist’s beats are melodic and very tight. They really aren’t very grimy but they still bear a hard edge. Another atypical element for a Prodigy album is that there are no attempts at annoying crossover hits. Much of the rapping sounds freestyled, in a good way. Unfortunately, there is a theme to the album and it is: guns. BORING. At least Prodigy practices what he preaches – he received a prison sentence last year for repeated illegal possession of firearms. Grade: B
Oh No – Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (Stones Throw, 2006)
Oh No can now claim to be one of Stones Throw’s mainstays and he definitely earned it with this, his second album. His first album, released in 2004, sounded a lot like standard Stones Throw fare, with Madlib even producing about a third of the tracks. Oh No was featured on the mic throughout the album. For EXODUS INTO UNHEARD RHYTHMS, Oh No focuses much more on his production and barely graces the mic. Oh No establishes his own sound, no longer sounding like Madlib Jr. For good measure, every song on the album is constructed with samples from recordings by Galt McDermott, the composer of several musicals, including HAIR. Each track features a different MC or singer and many of them choose to tell stories to very good effect. The bad thing about story-based songs is that the story can get boring after multiple listens but these songs are definitely more creative and rewarding than the usual rap boasts. Good job, Oh No. Grade: A-
"Being Strangled" b/w "Us Mere Mortals" (02/08/11)
"Billy and the Black Spot Under an Ugly Moon" (01/11/11)
"Radio Prohibidas" b/w "Never Know" (01/11/11)
"Merry Christmas (Don't Forget To Write)" (12/25/10)
"I'll Take The Bullet For You" b/w "Zenith/Nadir" (12/14/10)
"Warholism (Is Polaroiding)" b/w "Among The Saints" (11/09/10)
"Frantic Prayer" b/w "Kicking The Tires" (10/12/10)
"Gravitational Collapse" b/w "Carcinogenic Kiss" (9/14/10)