Monday, December 22, 2008

//In Rainbows..

16th & Mission, SFC
December 22, 2008

Vulcan Concepcion, Ometepe, Nicaragua
August 2005

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
gatefold vinyl artwork by the legendary KAWS
(Can you guys do this for Graduation? Thanks)

"Feel my finger paint as the world spins
Let my finger paint cleanse your sins
My finger's paintin' all colors on your skin
See my reflection in my brother, my twin
I'm sparkin' a light to your soul deep within
You can hear the echo when I drop my pen
The children hold hands under the rainbow
Everywhere we go we bring the same flow"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

//Dear Winter..

//Dear Winter-

//You've got us huddled up inside the house trying to stay warm (hearts go out to those without a home). Got me busting out clothes I used to wear in Boston and Chicago winters. Times is hard, my middle school kids are not even saying anything about the holidays or Christmas, but they are talking about family that got laid off or how they are going to spend their two-week break bored and broke. This year you have coordinated the arrival of your cold with an Economic Winter as well.

Winter, you've got us shivering but we are not shook. In times like these, it is even more important for us to use every opportunity to spread warmth. We know that music, family and friendship (and hey, some liquor too) can keep out the frostbite. You can freeze and blow and (try to) snow outside the double-paned glass, but if you look inside these spots you will see us cozy and smiling:

THIS Saturday, December 20
GOLDEN - Free before 10:30
Golden Soundscapes DJs ZITA & DMADNESS
Midnight Mix - The B Side Wins Again!

Next Friday, December 26
REVERSE - Free Home for the Holidays Edition!
Old School Hip Hop & R&B with Knowmadic DJs MPENZI & DMADNESS
**We will also be collecting warm gear (coats, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.)
to donate to Alameda Point Collaborative which provides transitional housing
for families formerly homeless or otherwise in need of a safe place to live.
Bring your extra presents or unload your closets!

Monday, December 29
Reggae throwdown in the Mission with I&I Vibration Sound's
BEATNOK & MR.LUCKY and special guest DMADNESS

..And they're all either dirt cheap or free, take that! So Winter, stay cold and don't forget to check the bottom for some songs dedicated to you.


David//DJ Dmadness
Golden Soundscapes//Knowmadic DJs

SKYB7small.jpg picture by ivibesound

//D's Frosty Five for the Winter:

1. Kirby Dominant -
"Snow" (Rapitalism,1998)
What needs to happen to some of these ringtone rappers out these days: Kirby takes you out to the tundra and buries you in the snow. The beat even sounds like snow, especially that key solo at the end. And the Prince sample is just ridiculous. From Kirb's debut album Rapitalism:The Philosophies of Dominant Pimpin.

2. GZA/Genius f/ D'Angelo -
"Cold World (rmx)" (Geffen,1995)
Features one of the illest verses by the Wu's most underrated lyricist: Inspecktah Deck. This one sounds like straight icicles. D'Angelo you better put out that album on '09.

3. Goodie MoB f/ OutKast-
"Black Ice" (LaFace,1998)
The way Andre syncopates with the drums on the last verse is a thing to behold.

4. T.O.K. -
"So Cold" (Secrets Riddim) (Don Corleon,2008)
I love the intro, they come in sounding like ghosts. T.O.K. are the true masters of Autotune, sorry T-Pain, they've been doing it for over a decade and this is how it should be done.

5. Kanye West -
"Coldest Winter" (Roc-A-Fella,2008)
You already know about this. Whatever whatever about the album. It's got good songs and bad, it's Kanye being Kanye: breaking the mold but acting like he's the greatest thing ever for breaking the mold. But I feel you on this one 'Ye cause I lost my mom in the past year too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

//School of Hard Knocks, My IQ is MENSA..

//I don't mind Kanye's new medium, but for those moments when I just need to hear emcees go in and hospitalize a pretty beat, this is my duo of choice.. at least until Big Boi and Andre3000 make another rap album, the Brothers Thornton play give-and-go with the mic better than any. Double entendres all over the place, Pusha Ton sounding like a wicked hungry jackal, and Malice slanging biblical references better than a Comparative Lit professor. These guys are smart, witty, passionate, and ain't trippin about being p.c.

Excellent mixtape to promote their clothing line, which who cares if it's not that tight, the music is:

Clipse - Road to Till The Casket Drops Mixtape