Monday, April 25, 2011
Mad Professor (born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser, 1955, Georgetown, Guyana) is a dub music producer and engineer known for his original productions and remix work. He is considered one of the leading producers of dub music’s second generation and was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age. He is a prolific producer, contributing to or producing nearly 200 albums. He has collaborated with reggae artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka and Horace Andy, as well as artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub, such as Sade, Massive Attack, The Orb, and Brazilian DJ Marcelinho da lua.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Professor
Monday, April 18, 2011
Wire is an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on the Live at the Roxy WC2 album—a key early document of the scene—and were later central to the development of post-punk.
Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire is often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason writes, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general."
Wire is arguably a definitive art punk or post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Last night Cinefamily hosted a screening of the classic Hip-Hop movie Wild Style as a part of the "Art In The Streets exhibit at MOCA. As with all of the Cinefamily hosted events, there's always "surprise guests" and activities in conjunction with their screenings, but I had no idea what was in store for me when I attended this event.
One of the "surprise guests" was the legendary DeeJay Cut Chemist, dropping tracks and doing a pre-show set as only he can do. (*If you don't know what a Cut Chemist DJ set is like, then do yourself a favor and check this out.) Now, this would have been enough for me to be happy with the evening, but, as they say...wait, there's more.
Not only was the director, Charlie Ahearn in the building, but so was Yo! MTV Raps and Hip-Hop icon Fab Five Freddy AND The Cold Crush Brothers! So, needless to say, it was a bit overwhelming to be around that much Hip-Hop royalty. The history of what these guys have done collectively is too much to wrap my mind around. So, if their presence wasn't enough, after the Q&A session at the end of the film, The Cold Crush Brothers and Cut Chemist took the stage.
And that, my friends, is a damn fine way to spend a Friday night in Los Angeles. Here's the performance:
Monday, April 11, 2011
Clifford Joseph Price, better known as Goldie (born 19 September 1965, Walsall, West Midlands, England) is an English electronic music artist, disc jockey, visual artist and actor. He first gained widespread public attention for his innovations in the jungle and drum and bass music genre, having previously gained more limited exposure for his work as a graffiti artist. His acting credits include the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Guy Ritchie's Snatch and the British soap opera EastEnders. Most recently he has appeared in a number of celebrity reality television shows including Celebrity Big Brother UK, Strictly Come Dancing and Come Dine With Me.
(taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldie)
Monday, April 4, 2011
A Certain Ratio are a Post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are sometimes referred to as "post punk funk". The band's name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno's song "The True Wheel" from the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).