The Physics have been doing things for a few years with their brand of hip-hop, and they’re hoping to widen their scope with an album due out this summer. In the meantime, they are offering a hint of the big effort with a 3-song EP simply called Three Piece, which speaks for not only the songs on the release but perhaps the three members of the group. Like most of the top hip-hop crews and collectives, they’re very much about locality but they’re also about hip-hop as a community, and the love and respect within.
To download Three Piece for free, and to check out their previous releases, check out their Bandcamp page.
Elvin Jones, along with Charlie Mariano, Richard Davis, Roland Hanna, and Elvin’s brother Hank, went into a recording studio in 1965 and offered a friendly note to John Coltrane. The end result was the great Dear John C., originally released on Impulse. Analogue Productions will now be releasing the album for the audiophile market 46 years after its original release.
Dear John C. will be pressed up as a double 45rpm release on 180g vinyl, and is scheduled for release around February 2011. Considering the price for this new pressing (anywhere between $45 to $65), normal record buyers may find a need to save up or try to find an older pressing. Again, the album is being presented for the first time as a double LP at 45rpm, so if quality is a must, make sure to widen the hole in your checkbook or PayPal account for this one.
“Domesticated” is one of my favorite songs from Ruslan‘s latest EP (which I reviewed here), and now they’ve made a video for it. Simple and easy, as they all speak about how proud they are to be fathers and bringing up the next generation.
Reggie Push represents San Diego, and with a number of new projects underway, he put together this video about a song which represents… him. It’s homemade and a bit low-budget, as I can still hear some of the natural sounds caused by the wind but listen to the song.
Not Squares are an Irish band that some have called “electronic punk”, a nice way of saying it’s electronic music with a harder rock edge (but not hard rock). The video was directed by Andrew Wood. If you like what you see and hear, here’s a video of them performing “Asylum” live.
Based on the cover art alone, I love this. Now bring together two great bands, and it’s a match made in metal hell. I speak of White Hills and Gnod, two bands separated by an ocean but united in making incredible music. The title on this one is Gnod Drop Out with White Hills II, so obviously they’re trying to create some audio mind trips. Only 1000 copies of this one will be pressed, and that’s it. If you are a fan of the band, imagine yourself listening while staring at the cover with nothing but freshly rolled joints and a gallon jug of chocolate milk.
It has been said that the Pacific Northwest was the last stop for the criminally insane, and perhaps that’s why a lot of things have been left of center. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the imperfections are what make them appealing. Case in point: Wolves In The Throne Room from Olympia, Washington, who have gained a following well beyond the Washington State boundaries, in fact they’re currently on tour in Europe.
In 2005 they released Diadem of 12 Stars, which was called by one critic “environmentalism black metal”. Van Records in Germany have now released on vinyl in two ways: one as a standard 2LP edition, the other as a deluxe 180g 3LP box set with a poster, patch, and a vinyl-only bonus track. The music is spread over five sides, while Side 6 features an etching.