Chocolate Grinder Mix 29
“Hipster Hopscotch”

My definition of what constitutes hip-hop may be a little broader than most: the more I am exposed to, the more connections I make. It’s no surprise that there are almost no “pure” forms of music left (if there were any to begin with). Music history is a collection of influences, a result of continual hybridization, and even at its roots, hip-hop depended heavily on the recorded music of other genres (drum breaks lifted from funk, disco, and rock, and looped indefinitely). I hope this mix helps to spark a few more connections.

01. Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program - “1derful Beings” (Destination There EP)
Start time: 0:00; Links: Ramp - Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

02. Apathy - “This Is The Formula feat. J-Live” (Wanna Snuggle?)
Start time: 2:10; Links: Apathy

03. Mad EP & Area Filthy One - “Fire & Mud (Akira Kiteshi Remix)” (Brimstone Bangerz EP)
Start time: 5:30; Links: Spectraliquid - Mad EP

04. Thavius Beck - “Away (Flying Lotus Remix)” (Go! single)
Start time: 9:43; Links: Big Dada - Thavius Beck

05. Raoul Sinier - “Sand Skull” (Tremens Industry)
Start time: 12:13; Links: Ad Noiseam - Raoul Sinier

06. DJ Bootsie - “Vast Hope feat. Vast Aire” (Holidays In The Shade)
Start time: 16:16; Links: BBE - DJ Bootsie

07. Casey Foubert & James McAlister - “Big Moth” (Library Catalogue Music Series - Volume 3: Music For Drums)
Start time: 19:59; Links: Asthmatic Kitty

08. Juice Aleem - “Rock My Hologram” (Jerusalaam Come)
Start time: 22:57; Links: Big Dada - Juice Aleem

09. DJ Devastate - “A Days Work” (Movement/Silence)
Start time: 26:30; Links: BBE - DJ Devastate

10. Arms And Sleepers - “The International” (Matador)
Start time: 29:58; Links: Fake Chapter - Arms And Sleepers

[Artwork: Keith Kawaii]

Jonny Greenwood


Last month, Radiohead member and BBC Concert Orchestra composer-in-residence Jonny Greenwood premiered his latest orchestral work “Doghouse” (which will also score the forthcoming film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood). And guess what? WE’VE GOT THE MUSIC! Actually, the BBC’s Radio 3 does, as we reported earlier this month.

Click here, forward 33 1/3 minutes in, and check out both the piece and an interview with Greenwood and conductor Robert Ziegler. It’ll be up for this week only.

• Jonny Greenwood:

Dirty Projectors

“Dark Eyes” [Bob Dylan cover]

While in Australia, Dirty Projectors performed a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Dark Eyes” (off his 1985 album, Empire Burlesque) at Triple J’s Like A Version radio show. Which makes me wonder: what will Dirty Projectors do next and stuff?? [via Stereogum]

[Photo: Sarah Cass]

B. Dolan


B. Dolan’s new album, Fallen House, Sunken City, was released earlier this month on Sage Francis’ mighty Strange Famous Records. The album, produced entirely by Alias, is so hot it has its own website! Wish I had a website, too… but, you know, the economy and all.

Fallen House, Sunken City:
• B. Dolan:
• Strange Famous:

Woven Bones

“If It Feels Alright”

Woven Bones’ debut album, In and Out and Back Again, is due May 18 on HoZac, which has released music by Dum Dum Girls, Blank Dogs, Dutchess & The Duke, and T-Pain.

• Woven Bones:
• HoZac:

Bonnie "Prince" Billy

“81” [Daytrotter]

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang are releasing The Wonder Show of the World on Drag City March 23. This track’s not on the LP, nor is it a cover of labemate Joanna Newsom’s “‘81.” It’s actually 10 years old, from the Get On Jolly EP. Still, we’ve posted it here, and you can’t really do much about it.

• Bonnie “Prince” Billy:
• Drag City:


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