Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heinrich Kley

I discovered this guy's work in an art book on my grandmother's shelves. My grandma is cooler than your grandma.


After the Ball

Clearing the Field

Harvest Time


speaking of which...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stronghold Mixtape Volume 2

Somebody over at Philaflava's T.R.O.Y. forum mentioned this comp, sending me digging through my CD collection. I think or some other online retailer shipped this out as a freebie along with an Immortal Technique or C-Rayz Walz album. Though it dropped in 2004, toward the tail end of the "underground era," this mixtape truly demonstrates just how thorough the NY scene was at that time. (In my humble opinion, it's just as if not moreso now, but that's a different story.)

On some time capsule shit, Stronghold Volume 2 drops smack dab in the middle of the Bush era. I'm attending school in Boston next to the local Masonic temple. Evidence of water is discovered on Mars. The Republican National Convention is held in NYC. Paranoid sentiments abound.

Anyway, Stronghold isn't the only crew featured on here; Weathermen, Brooklyn Akademy and Monsta Island Czars members all make appearances. And for all the politically charged lyrics (see Immortal Technique), punchline-based battle rhymes were just as prevalent (see C-Rayz Walz). Here are a few of my favorite tracks from this release:

L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz - Area 51

Immortal Technique & Breez Evahflowin - Land of the Gun

Vast Aire, Karneige, Breez Evahflowin, Poison Pen & Aesop Rock - Posse Slash

Breez Evahflowin - Dreams

I highly recommend you purchase a copy of this CD if you can find one. Mine's not for sale.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dezordr Session 005

Versive & Noventa - Narrowest Streams Followed

Captaine Crochet – Second Foundation

Le Parasite – Camp Fire Burnin’

Click the art to download. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the label's other releases too: Dezordr Records

A Fugitive From the Galloping Senility Ward

The Strange Invaders EP


Andy plays bass in this band.

Infected Soul (A Lost Tale)


From Dissonant Dissidence, the forthcoming EP by Versive & Noventa.