“Braised Duck Tacos”
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for food rap. I’m still waiting for Action Bronson to team up with Waka and Rick Ross on the Food Network with the culinary equivalent of Yo! MTV Raps. Until then, we have “Braised Duck Tacos,” a sick new track from Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren that couldn’t come at a better time: tacos are EVERYWHERE right now — they’ve become as refined as craft beer. The beat is decadent too, popping like some primo duck breast on the skillet. Too bad I’ll probably have to settle for Taco Bell.
• Mayhem Lauren: http://www.meyhemlauren.com
“Saved in Chats”
Attn: Chris Weisman geeks and/or everyone else in the entire universe. The fine folks at Feeding Tube Records have reissued a classic album from the avant-pop genius. Fresh Sip, once available only on cassette tape, now exists in a gorgeous 2xLP format.
Or, listen to this brilliant song, the first cut off the album, and THEN rejoice.
• Feeding Tube Records: http://www.feedingtuberecords.com
“Pussy Money Weed”
Before you ask, this is not a cover of the well-known Lil Wayne song from a few years ago. Beefed-up with some classic production from legendary mixtape MC DJ Clue?, A$AP’s take on the holy trinity is a straightforward chillaxin’ anthem: a little more upbeat than Weezy’s slow-jam, but still swathed in a blanket of haze. A$AP’s satiny flow continues to solidify his reputation as one of the smoothest operators in the game right now, but it’s also nice to hear DJ Clue?’s periodic shouts. Nothing like a seasoned veteran teaming up with one of rap’s most promising up-and-comers.
Various Artists: Lillerne Tapes
Compilation #2 [album stream]
Lillerne Tapes (a.k.a. Gabe Holocombe’s world contribution; thanks Gabe) has been pumping out zines, mixtapes, and cassettes from a Chicago apartment since 2007. The label is responsible for some of the earliest releases from Midwest basement-dwelling staples like Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, Vehicle Blues, Boo and Boo Too, and numerous others from the kind of soda-fizz filtered pop bands that have been making house shows fun since before this cassette tape thing caught on again. This dude deserves some credit.
It doesn’t take much more than a look at the long list of out-of-print tapes on the Lillerne Tapes page to give you an idea of the gold on this compilation. So, if you are looking for some new music to check out, start with this one, but don’t be blame me a few months from now when your tape collection is taking up all of your floor space and you can’t afford to pay the water bill.
• Lillerne Tapes: http://www.lillernetapes.com
Chocolate Grinder Mix 53
Man: What a Mess
Ima ruin this mix for you right-quick: speeding to slow your roll, crushing high expectations, exotic elements mistranslated, ravenous biological dissection, guilt ad nauseum, savage foreign confessions, guttural collective effervescence, oblivious alpha domination, fucking with plugs, gear-shift dick dreaming, knockin’ em down, man becomes woman, “don’t say much,” mastering technique, booty anthem zoning, and wizardom.
The mix is just shy of 28 minutes and perfect for any commute. Shit’s rough around the edges too; bear with it, please. But maybe that’s what makes it human, and not something polished perfect because it was made on a computer. And I’ve always had a weird perception of mixing music. Like, where to input your own style. So, I suppose it’s all about individual choice and where you’re directing listeners. If that’s my case, this mix is all about choice and direction. That or this. HI FRIFRI!!!!!!!!!!
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[00:00] Montmeló, Spain - “Formula 1 Circuit de Catalunya”
[00:08] Lloyd Banks - “Bring It Back (feat Fabolous)” [excerpt]
[03:00] Pflugerville, TX - “January 25th Thunderstorm”
[03:06] Rick Ross - “High Definition”
[05:56] Triad God - “Luung”
[05:57] Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument - “Dancing Albatross”
[06:56] San Diego Zoo - “Lion’s Roar”
[07:10] Kool Keith - “Fat Pussy”
[07:42] Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schaefer - “Fables From a Far Away Future” [excerpt]
[09:39] CULP - “Apologize”
[10:40] Anders Behring Breivik - “Emergency Phonecall”
[10:51] Aaron Dilloway - “Tremors”
[11:15] Kauffman Stadium - “Booing at Home Run Derby July 9th”
[11:33] Lil B - “Bitch of the City”
[15:03] Keith Fullerton Whitman - “High Zero Generator” [excerpt]
[15:13] Schoolboy Q - “Sex Drive”
[17:51] Baton Rouge, LA - “USBC Open”
[18:03] Mykki Blanco - “Betty Rubble (I Got The Midas Touch)”
[22:05] Lantern - “Don’t Say Much” [excerpt]
[22:07] Patrick Higgins: Bachanalia - “Gavotte, Cello Suite No.6”
[23:50] Heat Wave - “Smoke Rings”
[24:03] Juicy J - “Bands A Make Her Dance”
[27:32] Foxy Digitalis - “Orange Mile Interview” [excerpt]
[27:48] Montmeló, Spain - “Formula 1 Circuit de Catalunya (Reprise)”
Sketches [album stream]
I know it’s technically August now, but I just realized that the July batch of cassettes recently released by Constellation Tatsu Recordings is incredibly great. Including the previously chocolate-gound Cankun record Idle, the four tapes include artists from all over the board and all over the map. French master minimalist composer Alexandre Navarro has contributed to this California cassette label Sketches, a full collection of signature electronica, which is, as always, delightfully crisp yet scrumptiously smooth and subtle — kinda like those flamin’ hot Frito burritos they had at Taco Bell for a while.
Navarro’s Sketches is out now on Constellation Tatsu. The July batch also includes recordings from ambient heart-wrenchers Billy Gomberg and Hakobune.