Watch NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell

New York City was a different place in 1977. The whole word has changed, but the city during that time had a very particular chaotic rhythm to it: “Punk, disco, hip hop, the blackout, Son of Sam, Tony Manero, CBGB, Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Show World, Paradise Garage, cocaine, polyester and leather” [via Dangerous Minds].  This 2007 TV documentary reflects that time and place with great authenticity by including some of the real players of the time.

The full movie is here on Youtube in its entirety – so full-screen this, sit back and remember the days.

For Dilla – Turn It Up

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Today is the anniversary of the death of super-producer/magical alien creature J Dilla. It also happens to be a few days after his birthday. So if you’ve seen Dilla news, mixes, tributes and events all over the place, it’s because now is the time to pay tribute – J Dilla passed away five years ago today. In honor of Dilla, here’s a couple of the best tributes we’ve seen on the webs.

Our friends at The Revivalist interviewed four of Dilla’s peers and other musicians influenced by his work: Bilal (neo soul pioneer, Dilla collaborator), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, (arranger/composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, collaborator with many of those influenced by Dilla)  Wajeed (Producer and MC, of Slum Village / Platinum Pied Pipers) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Founding Member; Master Teacher). Read their conversation, “Nothing Like This: Meditations on Dilla.” There’s some great insight to classic old recordings, and of course, heavy praise.

Another popular one is Complex’s article, “10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know” by Chairman Mao. We won’t give any of those facts away, but no matter how die-hard Dilla you are, it’s worth checking out.

And of course, download the J Rocc “Thank You Jay Dee” mixes -all 4 of them- courtesy of Stones Throw:

Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3 | Act 4

GPWW 2/2/11: Words & Music from Hercules & Love Affair

Gilles Peterson has a special guest this week: Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair joins the show with samples of the new album, Blue Songs. In between tracks he chats with Gilles about his musical experiences and coming up in Denver, CO. Besides Hercules and Love Affair, this show also has tracks by Matthewdavid, Dillinger, Buddy Sativa and much more.

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Homebase Presents Live at the Clubhouse: Coco (of Quadron) “Sleep” + MP3


HOMEBASE presents: CoCo O. “Sleep” w/ theClubhouse
from theClubhouse on Vimeo.

We post a lot of Quadron on the blog, only because everything they do is fantastic. Their constant brilliance is partially due to vocalist Coco, who is featured in a new digi-release for free download: Homebase presents Live at the Clubhouse. Coco re-made / covered / interpolated / sampled the 1976 Deniece Williams song, “Free.” The result is her new track “Sleep,” the characteristically sweet breathy voice backed by a full band. [via Couch Sessions]