Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Stuntaman - Spiro's - September 3, 2006

Hmm... Stuntaman (Chingo Bling's protege) will be at Spiro's on Sept 3rd... not really familiar with his music... but I don't know what to say... like they tell you when you're a kid... "If you've got nuttin' nice to say... don't say nuttin'" ;)

BUT... I'd go just to see Diasporic and D-Madness... if the RJD2 show wasn't going on.

DJ Spooky - Waterloo Park - September 29, 2006

Remember at the Cut Chemist show it was said that they were going to bring someone special and that it might be DJ Spooky?!? Well while looking for more Gnarls Barkley info... I saw that it's mentioned on the AT&T Blueroom site. Sweet!

So another free show at Waterloo Park on Sept 29th at about 7:30pm with DJ Spooky.

Really makes me wonder how this helps their bottom lines like the Scion events. Curious. Who really cares right... free show!

More info:

DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (born Paul D. Miller, 1970), is a Washington DC-born illbient and trip hop musician, turntablist and producer. He borrowed his stage name from a character in a William S. Burroughs novel.

Growing up in DC, Spooky became interested in punk and go-go music, and attended Bowdoin College in Maine, earning degrees in French literature and philosophy. He began writing science fiction and formed a collective called Soundlab with several other artists.

In the mid-1990s, Spooky began recording a series of singles and EPs. His debut LP, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, is now widely regarded as a formative influence on illbient. Riddim Warfare (see 1998 in music) was an underground hit that include collaborations with Dr. Octagon and other cult figures in indie rock.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Gnarls Barkley - Stubb's - September 13, 2006

UPDATE: Here's some more details on how to get tix.

GNARLS BARKLEY! Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a Gnarls Barkley fanatic! So this is just great news to me!

So the short of it is Gnarls Barkley coming to Stubb's on Sept. 13th for a free show!

Now here's the hard part... getting tix... this from Stubb's website:

If you've been hearing that Gnarls Barkley is going to be playing a FREE show at Stubb's on September 13th, you're not crazy. AT&T is presenting a special show with only 1,500 tickets available. So get ready Austin because starting Wednesday, August 30th, AT&T will be giving out Gnarls Barkley tickets in the Downtown Austin area!

So someone cop me a ticket!

Everyone check out Planet Rock Party last night? As always... props to Romeo for throwing another awesome party.

More info:

Gnarls Barkley is a collaboration between Baltimore-based DJ and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and rapper/singer Cee-Lo (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta who now resides in Baltimore. Their first album, St. Elsewhere, was released by Warner Music on April 24, 2006 in the UK and on May 9 in the US by Atlantic/Downtown Records. It was made available for download one week earlier in the U.S. iTunes Music Store and other online download stores.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

mc chris - Emo's Lounge - October 13, 2006

Exciting! The nerd in me is in full force today. Let me proceed to edumacate ya'll suckas on the fine history of Nerdcore hip hop. Nerdcore hip hop is a fusion of nerd/geek (that's me!) themes with that of hip hop. Here is a great article of Nerdcore: Rap Marketing Comes to Nerdcore at Wired. Also study up on your Nerdcore at Wikipedia. The genre is very light hearted focusing many times on themes such Star Wars, computer programming (that's me!), etc... You have great artists like mc chris, MC Frontalot, ytcracker, and MC Plus+ to name a few. So study up on your Nerdcore! Maybe it'll compel you to pull out your light sabres and pull a drive-by. ;)
Disclaimer: Austin Hip-Hop Scene does not condone pulling drive-bys with light sabres.

So now that you know about Nerdcore... mc chris is hitting Emo's Lounge on Oct 13th.

See ya'll tonight at the Planet Rock Party!

More info:

Chris Ward IV (born September 2, 1975), otherwise known as mc chris (always free from punctuation and capitalization), is a voice actor, rapper and improvisational comedian born in Libertyville, Illinois. He is currently signed on the indie label jet pack industries and also signed with the record label DC Flag Records. His trademarks include the synthesis of his "geek" heritage with the "gangster" image associated with hip hop artists, and the high pitch of his voice, celebrated in his 2003 song "10 Year Old" (likening his voice to a child of ten years age).

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dirty Wormz - Antone's - September 29, 2006

LOL! These guys are all about fusion... they're a fusion of Rap and Rock... and if you check out their About page... they also seem like a fusion of Insane Clown Posse and Run DMC... :)

Dirty Wormz will be at Antone's on Sept. 29th for their CD release party. Tix are $10.

So just got back from work... geez... tired...

More info:

Smooth flow hip hop rhymes, with a beat like a punch to the gut. That's what has brought diRTy WoRMzfrom its experimental roots in 2001 to the evolving monster it is today.

Originally started in 2001 as a rap/rock collaboration between Smackola, DJ Crash, and the Vallejo brothers (from the legendary Austin TX band of the same name), the band eventually begged, borrowed and stole the people they needed to make this twisted dream a reality.

diRTy WoRMz debut CD The Infektion brought together a who's who of Austin musicians under the direction of producer Dwight "Dwizza" Baker. The CD has shown consistent high sales over several years of release, helped earn the band the Best Hip Hop award two years running at the Austin Music Awards, and produced a local radio hit in "Top Of The Food Chain". Meet the players -- and playas -- who brought this dangerouz beast to life!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

One Self - Emo's Lounge - October 14, 2006

I think I'm really diggin' these cats... never heard of them before... One Self is a 3 person group consisting of DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum 13... comin' out of London these guys look like they're hitting the scene pretty hard. They'll be at Emo's Lounge, Oct. 14th.

So I'm coming back from Dallas over the weekend right... make a stop at the gas station to fill up and grab a bite to eat... walk by the chip isle and see some Funyuns... mmmh... pick a bag up with some Gatorade... get back to the car... and I'm thinking to myself... could these Funyuns be stale?!?... it was a gas station in the middle of nowhere... who knows how often they restock... so I take a bite out of one and almost spit it out... the taste was completely foreign to me as a Funyun... I take a look at the bag and they're WASABI Funyuns! After getting myself in the right state of mind... I enjoyed the rest of the bag.

More info:

One Self is a collaboration of like minds. Meeting in the rich, divergent music scene of London, One Self brings together DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum 13 and a world of possibilities in a musical melting of global ideas.

Vadim's prominent releases on Ninja Tune gave a platform to develop a touring unit of scratch dj's, rappers, musicians and beat boxers. This fluid group was known as the Russian Percussion and rocked over 600 shows worldwide in 3 years.

One Self was a natural progression as the Children of Possibility Album took shape and the unit formed. The One Self band was premiered at London's famous Jazz Cafe to sell-out crowds, and has gone on to sell out venues including Cargo (London), The Red Club (St Petersburg) and have played at festivals to crowds of up to 14,000 at Hip Hop Kemp (Czech Republic), The Big Chill (UK) and Sonar Festival (Spain).

Vadim's progressive production and adept song crafting is set by the vocal gymnastics of your friendly neighborhood MC, Blurum13 and the sultry spoken word of the Mistress of Poetic Invention, Miss Yarah Bravo. The debut album, Children of Possibility has received worldwide acclaim and is still just a glimpse of what will be to come from this group. Sharing their passion for life, music and performance with their audience, One Self aim to leave you with a smile on your face, a lift in your step, and an elevated soul.

Just back from a 40 date tour of the US, One Self is performing in Europe this summer, and starting work on the eagerly anticipated second album.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

DJ Shadow - Stubb's - October 1, 2006

The vents are open and the cool air is blowin' and there ain't no stoppin' it! DJ Shadow comin' to Stubb's ya'll... Oct 1st... get your tix here! In addition Lateef the Truthspeaker joins him on stage. Should be a dope show.

So been without a manager at work for several weeks now... boy it feels good... and I'm getting more work done... but all good things must come to an end... hopefully I can drive the next manager crazy again.

More info:

DJ Shadow spent his teenage years in Davis, California and was a DJ at the community radio station KDVS. During his time as a disc jockey, DJ Shadow was significant in developing the experimental hip hop style associated with the California-based Solesides record label. His early singles for the label, including In/Flux and Lost and Found (S.F.L.), were genre-bending works of art merging elements of funk, rock, hip hop, ambient, jazz, soul, and used-bin found records. DJ Shadow is often cited as a leading creator of trip-hop, though this is a label he strongly contests.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Planet Rock Party - Tambaleo - August 26, 2006

This is what you'll be droolin' all week for... itchin' for the weekend to come just to be able to pull that scab off... our boys Romeo and Santos and B-Boy City will be throwin' it down @ Tambaleo this Saturday Aug. 26th.

It's all in conjunction with the Austin Graffiti Art show at Gallery Lombardi mentioned earlier. First check out the show... then just walk over and get your crunk on at Tambaleo.

It's a Puma vs. Adidas party... which one are you?!?

Ernesto... I don't care what the f*ck you say... we're goin' to this one... sick or whatever... get the f*ck better boi! And your first drink's on me man! ;)

Check out the latest installment of "Downtown" on KLRU featuring BBoy City.

Zeale 32 - Antone's - August 23, 2006

Short notice... but clear your calendars for Wednesday night the 23rd... which is sure to be a good show over at Antone's... Zeale 32 with Groove Movement, Mike and Ike with DJ Tip, Phranchyze, and DJ Tats! That's an awesome line up.

Ya'll hit Whisky on Friday with Mike and Ike and Tats? Wasn't that sick? Oh yeah and then Romeo and Santos and the crew so nonchalantly strolled in and did their thang. Good times.

This is a good week for Austin Hip Hop... hope everyone finds something to do!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Cold Blockin It - Emo's Lounge - August 25, 2006

Desperately needin' somethin' to cool us off from this sweltering heat... Backspin Records presents Cold Blockin' It! at Emo's Lounge on Aug. 25th with DJs Starsign, Yppah, Dr. Knuckstable, and Bird Peterson! Oh yeah... and let me count... it's FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Del tha Funkee Homosapein - Emo's - October 6, 2006

You think Ice Cube'll show up? Well his cuz... Del tha Funkee Homosapein's gonna be at Emo's on Oct. 6th. Well Cube or not... Del'll no doubt hold it down... I mean he is part of the legendary Hieroglyphics! Sharing the stage'll be DJ Mike Relm, Motion Man, and Bukue One.

More info:

Del was born and raised in Oakland, California. In 1991 Del, with part of his cousin Ice Cube’s backing band Daont onclick="BLOG_clickHandler(this)" class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_11"> Lench Mob, made his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, with support from Ice Cube. The title “Brother George,” possibly adapted from a Liberace catch phrase[1], refers to legendary funk musician George Clinton[citation needed]. Critics and fans had mixed opinions about the album, but more were positive then negative. Del's next album, No Need for Alarm, did not feature Ice Cube. It did, however, mark the first appearance of Del's crew Hieroglyphics.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Gathering - Emo's Lounge - August 17, 2006

You've thought about going to The Gathering... maybe even throwin' it down during the open mic sessions... well come on out this Thursday, Aug. 17th for the Smoke Jumpers CD release show. Performing will be the Smoke Jumpers, Dubb Sicks, and as always DJ Notion!

Well finally got my A/C fixed... I would definitely recommend MTech over Fox... anyways... I learned a valuable lesson... all a man needs to be happy is cool air blowing across his nuts...

More info:

Enter the Smoke Jumpers, a collective of sound-bending artists immersed in the underground hip-hop scene. With members from Texas and California, and a wild variance of styles, the Smoke Jumpers have spent many sweat soaked hours in garages, closets, and even Motel 6s honing their own new sector of the soundscape they refer to as garage rap. A sound that can loosely be described as a concoction of down-south/third-coast and west-coast indie rhythms, layered with a lyrical framework that fuses the word-play of artists like The D.O.C., Wu-Tang Clan, and The Living Legends. Add in a little rock-n-roll edge and energy, and you have the foundations of garage rap. Members include WildCard and Mr. Roboto (Jag), formally of Austins pioneering Arctectonics crew, now stationed out of Austin, TX and Davis, CA respectively.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Beastie Boys Rap-Along - Alamo Drafthouse - August 17, 2006

Taking you back to the 80's. The Alamo Drafthouse is holding a Beastie Boys Rap-Along on Aug. 17th and Aug. 31st! Thanks to The Corner for letting us know!

Oh you're feelin' like you'll look like a fool... well check these guys out...

More info:

The Beastie Boys are a Jewish-American hip hop group from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The main members are Mike D (real name Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz).

Beastie Boys were the first white rap group of any importance and one of the few acts from the early days of hip hop that still enjoy major success today. Their rock- and punk-influenced rap has had a significant impact on artists both in and outside the hip hop scene.

Method Man - Emo's - October 22, 2006

Here's an early Christmas present for ya'll... Mr. Meth AKA Method Man comin' to Emo's, Oct. 22nd fools! Details skimpy but clear your calendars for this one!

Props to the Austin team for winning 2nd place at the National Poetry Slam! But I gotta say... what was up with the first judge always giving out 8's... and what was up with the length of the event, my ADD was flaring up... AND finally what was up with the guy in the dress?!?

More info:

Method Man (born Clifford Smith, April 1, 1971 in Staten Island, New York) is an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. He is also well-known for his work both as a solo artist and with frequent collaborator Redman, as well as for recent forays into acting. Method Man takes his name from The Fearless Young Boxer, also known as Method Man, a 1979 film by Jimmy Shaw starring Peter Chen Lau.

Method Man spent a childhood split between separated parents in Staten Island and Long Island, and in an apparent precursor to his career in hip hop was introduced both to playing drums and to poetry by his father. Not only was Method interested in music, he was also fascinated by comic books and particularly Ghost Rider, a fascination which manifested itself years later in several of his many rap aliases. His pre-hip hop adult life was mostly split between drug dealing and low-paid jobs (including a stint working at the Statue Of Liberty, along with future Wu-Tang colleague U-God). After becoming well known on the streets for his rhyming abilities, he joined with 8 friends to form the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Kool Keith - Emo's Lounge - September 23, 2006

Dr. Octagon, AKA Kool Keith, AKA Black Elvis (or rather, should it be the other way around... Elvis should be the White Dr. Octagon... ya hurd ;) coming to Emo's Lounge on Sept. 23rd... also on-stage will be Clever Monkeys, Word Association, and DJ Notion!

Funny story... I'm chillin at home the other day... I get out of the shower and I'm butt neked... I'm usually clothed but since my A/C is still out, I decided to stay butt neked... it's cooler that way ;) Anyways... my door guy, JR, decides that he's gonna barge into my place cuz there's a gas leak somewhere... I'm sittin on the couch with the laptop on my nads as he rushes in... and I'm like WTF... noticeably shocked and nervous, JR runs in and checks my stove and runs out... lol... maybe you had to be there... :)

More info:

An original member of New York's new-school pioneers the Ultramagnetic MCs, Thornton is best known as a solo rapper. His signature style is stream-of-consciousness lyrical flow and complex vocals, two skills that earn him a perennial nod from the underground hip-hop community. The average Kool Keith album is peppered with bizarre, disjointed, even delusional or disassociated themes, concepts, and references. Nearly all of his albums incorporate a satirical dislike for more commercialized strains of hip-hop, as well as major record labels.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mike and Ike - Firehouse Lounge - August 11, 2006

There's too much goin' on this week... I seem to say that almost every other week... but hey... it's soooo true... Austin's the best!

Looks like Mike and Ike will be at Firehouse Lounge this Friday, Aug. 11th... along with Airborne Illness!

I love embeding videos... and then scrolling off the page with the video playing... I think it's cuz it gives me a sense of power and control... yes... I own you! Here try it... I dare you NOT to press the play button! ;)

More info:

That classic sound is coming out of Austin, Texas, and its making noise in the hip hop scene as Mike & Ike present their debut album, Introducing Mike & Ike. The duo blends smart, but accessible lyrics with the infectious sounds of jazz and soul music to create a style that recalls the best elements of where rap music has been, but stays fresh and inventive, always looking toward the future. In a musical landscape full of studio gangsters rapping about how hard they are and money they may or may not actually have, Mike & Ike are a refreshing change of pace. Rather than fall into the all-too-common trap of preaching about what they are not, however, they choose to focus on what they are, and the original styles they bring. They kick intelligent rhymes that a wide range of people can relate to their own daily struggles and triumphs. The raps show that the two are aware of and concerned about social ills, but avoid becoming overly self-righteous or cliché in their treatment of them. Mike & Ike know when to be serious, but never lose sight of the idea that hip hop should be at least as much about the good as the bad, and maintain an overall positive and fun vibe on the album. Tracks such as "Classic Sound", "Home Invasion", and "Genie in Disguise" show that Mike & Ike have what it takes to bring their classic sound to the masses.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

National Poetry Slam 2006 - Austin - August 9, 2006

It's finally here guys! It's the 2006 National Poetry Slam! We've got bouts, nerd slams (that's me! ;), workshops, and what we're all here for... Hip Hop! Events start Aug. 9th through the 12th at various venues... check links below for listings.

Here are the Bouts

Here are the Daytime Events

Here are the Night Events

Buuutttt... the NPS2006 Hip Hop HQ events are:
Watch this video from the 2005 NPS:

More info:

What is
Poetry Slam?
It's a group of poets competing, usually for cash, with three-minute performances of their works. Judges score Olympic-style, with decimals, so a neo-Wasteland thrillingly intoned gets a 9.8, and the latest Hallmark drivel, muttered into the microphone, gets a 5 or a 6. In individual cities, from Tallahassee to Portland, there's a slam season (roughly September to May) which culminates in a final showdown, which necessitates selection of a four-person slam team to represent the locals at a nationwide tournament.

It is a competition that pits poem against poem, poet against poet. Poems are judged on a scale of one to ten, fractions encouraged, by a panel of judges picked from the audience. Equal parts poetry, performance, delivery and verve. And, occasionally, theater, stand-up comedy and strip tease.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Diamond D - Antone's - August 20, 2006

A living legend in his own right... and better known as a producer... Diamond D is coming to Antone's on Aug. 20th!
And that's not all... M1 of Dead Prez... Nottz... and our very own Vehicular!

So the A/C guy who came yesterday didn't work on my type of unit (that doesn't sound right does it?)... well... another company's coming this morning... and guess what?!? The f**kin' things working fine now... isn't that a b*tch!

More info:

Diamond D (real name, Joseph Kirkland) is a hip-hop record producer and remixer from the Bronx, New York City.

He was a member of Ultimate Force, along with Master Rob and together they appeared on the Jazzy Jay album Cold Chillin In the Studio. After Ultimate Force split in 1992, he was a founder of the Diggin’ in the Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew. He is also in the group The Omen along with Sadat X and Kamari.

He has worked as a producer on some classic hip-hop records, including A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory and The Fugees' The Score, and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides. More recently he appeared on British electronic artist Aim's album Hinterland.

In 1997, Diamond D started his own record label, Dusty Fingers Records.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

RJD2 - Waterloo Park - Sept. 3, 2006

Remember the Cut Chemist show?!? The same crew (Alamo Drafthouse, Emo's, and AT&T) are throwing another free show at Waterloo Park with RJD2 on Sept 3rd!

Ever live without A/C in this hot Texas sun?!? I have... the A/C guys coming tomorrow morning... but let me tell you what I've learned... NO matter how many clothes you take off, it's never enough... I've even resorted to shaving... if you know what I mean. ;) ooo... I wished I used shaving cream.

More info:

RJD2 originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He claims his name originates from a friend who referenced him as "RJD2" in his raps, and the name stuck.[1] Originally working the role of DJ in the Columbus rap group MHz, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em label, releasing the self-proclaimed "mix CD" Your Face or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed to rapper/producer El-P's label Definitive Jux, where he released his solo debut Deadringer. In 2002 RJD2 collaborated with Columbus rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing Unlimited EP, and 8 Million Stories in 2003. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke on Definitive Jux in 2004 and released Soul Position's third album Things Go Better With RJ and Al in 2006. He still continues to produce tracks, working with many independent rappers, such as Copywrite, Cunninlynguists, MF Doom, Diverse and Aceyalone. Recently he contributed a cover of "Airbag" by Radiohead for the 2006 album "Exit Music".