Video: Cut Chemist’s Vinyl Collection (Crate Diggers)

 

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This is a pretty damn awesome interview with Cut Chemist, detailing the history behind his collection of 35,000+ records. Many of his records live in a converted horse stable in LA, where about 15,000 of the collection resides (many others are at his mama’s house, whom he apologizes to). His filing system is bananas and insanely impressive – the man is about his business.

The Chemist shares about his musical baby sitter and how his mother escorted him along his first record digging trip. And how it was like, so way uncool to have moms helping you dig, man.

Folks can also hear the story of “The Big Dig,” which was a Brazilian crate digging trip made by Cut Chemist, Madlib, Egon and Babu (Beat Junkies) and J. Rocc.

“We turned that country upside down. We changed the whole infrastructure of their economy just based on how many of us there were. It was like they brought in the army. Here comes the American DJs. It may have been the most amount of records I bought in one trip.”

Some really great moments in hip hop history all throughout this piece. Love love love it!

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Roy Ayers “Homage” Mix by Anthony Valadez + LA Event – Nov 17

 

November 17th is going to be a very special night in Los Angeles! The “Homage” series, which pays tribute to various musical greats, will salute sir Roy Ayers “for his amazing impact and contribution to hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul” and also present him with a special award on behalf of the City of Los Angeles, Roy Ayers’ birthplace and hometown!

DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW has put together a divine Roy Ayers mix in support of the upcoming show for which you can find details below. Stream and download the mix below as well!

Also, be sure to enter our contest to win tickets to this historic event!

Homage – Roy Ayers mixed by Anthony Valadez by ArtDontSleep

Event Details
“Homage” Featuring Roy Ayers w/ Live Band
Special Guests Pete Rock, Thundercat, J. Rocc and others
November 17th, 2011

Exchange LA
618 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tickets: $20-30
Purchase tickets

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New Release: J. Rocc – ‘The Best of Quantic Mix’

 

A few weeks ago, the prolific Quantic released The Best of Quantic, an album highlighting his stunning range of work over the past ten years and twelve albums.

To help celebrate, J. Rocc just released a free project called The Best of Quantic Mix, boasting the masterful palette of electronic, jazz, dub, hip-hop, cubmia, and world soul that Quantic so effortlessly fuses together.

Also catch the previously unreleased “Pop and Hiss” on the LA Times blog, which features the illustrious Alice Russell and is exclusively available on the new Quantic compilation.

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GPWW 5/18/11: Worldwide Family Mixtape by J Rocc

This week Gilles Peterson brings us another eye-opening GPWW show, complete with a special guest DJ set by J Rocc (from the Beat Junkies crew), who’s currently working with Madlib and of course Stones Throw Records, which recently released his new album Some Cold Rock Stuff. J Rocc brings his special touch to Worldwide, with a prime selection of jazzy gems, unheard breaks, world vibes, and some very special mixes from his own kitchen.

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Part 2
 

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More Info & Tracklisting

J Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf, “Stay Fresh” Video + “Play This Too” MP3

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J Rocc (of The Beat Junkies fame and Stones Throw family) is dropping hot mixes all over, which is nothing new, but now it’s all about his new album Some Cold Rock Stuf. Above is a great video for “Stay Fresh,” shot by Mayer Hawthorne on his iPhone and edited on the flight back to LA. (budget? what’s a budget?) Below, grab another track from the album for download, “Play This Too” and check out J Rocc’s special with Benji B on BBC’s Radio1.

And if you’re the kinda fan that loves rare merch, check here to get even more J Rocc goodies, including ‘mystery discs’ and posters of the artwork by Jeff Jank, the artist responsible for the indie hip-hop label’s distinctive look.

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J Rocc – Play This Too by stonesthrow


Exploring Future Beats: J Rocc previews Some Cold Rock Stuf on BBC Radio 1 by stonesthrow