Max Bell once played basketball with Nate Dogg.  Last week, a friend and recent L.A. transplant told me 2Pac and Dr. Dre songs left still bodies staring at the deserted dance floor of a Westside lounge. Outsiders equate lack of motion to tracks from the accepted West Coast rap suzerain with treason. And yet, this reaction […]
Just like T.I., Evan Nabavian was born in the trap The trap is easily the most rewarding source of rap music in 2014. Guys with names like Skippa The Flippa and Purp So Cold give no thought to restraint, convention, or bodily health as they howl and ululate over beats from some garish dystopia. A […]
Frank N Beats Mix 004 June 30, 2014
Aaron Frank’s girl just wants to party all the time Over the last few years, the rise of EDM has resulted in a widening gap between underground and commercial dance music. As a result, certain hallmarks of the genre, like huge drops and pop-inspired hooks, are being discarded by underground producers in favor of a […]
Dewey Decibel is freestyling right now over coffee and brunch This summer mix is a compilation of my top played tracks in my iTunes right now, an eclectic mixture of tracks that I have been banging on the regular. There is usually a track that comes along while I am grinding on some graphic design […]
Peter Holslin is Seth Rogen’s stunt double I realized recently that I’m a desert person. I enjoy a hike up a mountain from time to time, and as a resident of Southern California, I know the beauty of the beach more than most. But for years, it’s the sand dunes and backcountry scrub that’s drawn […]
Alexy Piyevsky feels the breeze in the West Indies Here is the second installment of my Duke Bloggin reggae compilation series. Unlike the first volume, this one had no specific theme or aesthetic inspiration in mind. Instead it’s an eclectic collection of new or newly discovered songs I have recently enjoyed, mixed in with a […]
Chris Daly is always frontin and maxin’, chillin in the car he spent all day waxin’ I realize the summer solstice just passed, but it’s already been a long summer. Fortunately, this isn’t my first rodeo, so I’ve got a couple of gems to share to keep things cool when it’s too damn hot otherwise. […]
Jordan Pedersen used to be able to draw Dexter – the boy genius not the serial killer – in under a minute. The best music always has something to do with cartoons. That’s not really true, but LA record label Dome of Doom appears to have named themselves after an episode of Courage the Cowardly […]
Spring Mix – Has-Lo May 28, 2014
Has-Lo is hordeable, sportable, and totally affordable Spring is my favorite time of year. It’s not as hot as summer. Not as brutally cold as winter. Full of anticipation. Everything spreads out in front of us, waiting to be experienced. Once it got warm, you know school is coming to a close for the year. […]
Zilla Rocca is a 5 O’clock Shadowboxer holding the sector After the hellish winter we suffered along the east coast in 2013-2014, where 60 inches of snow pelted us into psychological mince meat, the spring of 2014 has been a mirage of sorts – 80 degree temperatures overtaken by rain, cool nights, and beautiful sunny […]