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Music

Co$$ – “Pot Ash”

Co$$ is an LA-based emcee whose debut album, Before I Awoke, dropped last month. Making waves for his unique, cerebral style, which effortlessly “blends astral musings and lyrical smack downs“, Co$$ was named the most underrated rapper in LA by that city’s Times in 2010. This track, “Pot Ash”, seems an excellent introduction to Co$$’ aesthetic, and the oblique, jazzy beat is just beautiful.

Co$$ – Pot Ash from 2dopeboyz.com on Vimeo.

Props: Metal Lungies

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Herbie Hancock does TED

You know that we here at 4080 are pretty big fans of TED Talks.  Not only are they good for dropping some knowledge on you, sometimes they come up with great entertainment too.

Check out the video below to see Herbie Hancock give a solid performance.

Music

4080Records Tribute to Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrinI’m pretty sure many of you people out there know who Bobby McFerrin is, but for those of you who don’t let me just tell you that he is one of the greatest performers in the world.

One of the biggest names in acapella and vocal percussion, you probably know him best from Don’t Worry Be HappyHe’s got incredible range and is, quite frankly, probably one of the biggest inspirations for many of the best beatboxers in the world. 

This guy’s performances can be absolutely mesmerizing, and I want you to start checking out his Youtube hits soon.  He’s starting to get older, but is still killing it on stage.  And he’s won a bunch of Grammy’s, so he’s gotta be good.

I think I wanted especially to highlight Bobby because it demonstrates that the same mechanics which influence a surprising amount of hip hop.  Yet he gets Grammys, and much of hip hop is widely derided by the ‘cultural’ communities.

But it is amazing that McFerrin is able to utilize his talents in a way that enlighten people and is so well received.  Check this out for a video of his performance at a science festival.

Music

Enormous mp3 collection

4080Records, thanks to some wonderful contributors, has been shown a website that will blow your entire mind.

Some enterprising fellow has been digitizing all his old LP’s.  Travesty, you say?  Sure, until you realise he’s been carefully categorizing and labeling them and putting them online as downloadable mp3s.

Aptly titled “My collection of 78 rpm records“, it’s got a ton of jazz and blues for your listening pleasure.  As well, he’s got quite the collection of foreign music, including some folk songs from various countries.

As you all know, sites like this don’t tend to last too long, so head over and grab what you can.

Check it out here.

Jelly Roll Morton – Fish Tail Blues

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Count Basie – Good Morning Blues

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Mos Def rockin with the Robert Glasper Experiment

Okayplayer had a pretty solid post about Mos Def’s performance at Carnegie Hall the other night.  Apparently, post-show, he went out and performed with the Robert Glasper Experiment

In another touching tribute, they fully focused on a tribute to Dilla, performing Slum VIllage’s Fantastic and Falling in Love.  They also apparently did a little De La tribute, performing Stakes is High.

The post has an impassioned description of the performance, and I won’t do it the injustice of reposting it here.  So just quickly head over to Okayplayer and take a read.

Mos killed the show, and from what I hear, he was so into the band itself that he actually had to leave the stage from time to time just to give them some space.

Hopefully this video stays up for a while, but it’s pretty interesting. The camera’s way more focused on the band itself, with Mos just kind of flitting in and out of the screen.

[Source: Okayplayer]

Music MySpace Monday

MySpace Monday: Batsauce

Batsauce is probably one of the odder names I’ve heard in my time, but he’s become an underground Myspace sensation.  Our friends over at Wake Your Daughter Up have featured a couple of mixtapes done by him.

His beats are mainly jazz influenced, but you definitely get some odd twists in there as well.  He self-identifies as being hip hop and soul, but you’ll have to listen for yourself.   If you head on over to his Myspace page you can check out a pile of tracks.  Most are pretty dope, except for train wreck.  Which is exactly what it sounds like.

Here’s Lonely Room.

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Batsauce has produced for random artists like The Smile Rays (yes, this was basically a MySpace Monday 2-for-1), who are signed to Rawkus Records.

Here’s Chicken by the Smile Rays.

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Jazz and Funk from the Soviet Union

Obviously the Soviet Union was famous for lots of things. Well, communism mainly, but I’m sure there’s other stuff. I hear they had wicked parades.

Anyways, the post I saw over at Metafilter illustrated a bunch of different instances of Soviet jazz. It’s a trip just to imagine it, because in my mind jazz requires huge amounts of creativity and innovating. Improvisational jazz can’t just be done by anyone (well, it could, but it would probably sound like a cat under a lawnmower).

While the jazz they highlighted in the post was pretty good, what really caught my eye was the Soviet funk.  Below is a couple of clips that apparently originate in some movie.  Check it out.  Pure (but from each according to his abilities, and to each according to his needs) Gold.

Part 1

Part 2

[Source: Metafilter, Youtube]

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5 dope jazz albums

Arturo O’Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O’Farrill.

He’s listed his top 5 jazz albums here, and I’ve got to say he’s got some pretty amazing taste.  Here they are:

  1. Relaxin’

    Artist: Miles Davis Quintet

  2. Now He Sings, Now He Sobs

    Artist: Chick Corea

  3. Head Hunters

    Artist: Herbie Hancock

  4. A Love Supreme

    Artist: John Coltrane

  5. Mingus Ah Um

    Artist: Charles Mingus

Art

4080Records Presents: Debra Hurd

Debra Hurd is quite the artist.  Not to say that she’s really all that original, but I really like her Jazz painting series.  It’s got a style that looks hurried and kind of blurry, and does a pretty good job of capturing what the performance is like.  It’s a rush of action and you tend to focus way more on the music than on the people playing it.  Here it’s almost like the musicians in the paintings are not the focus of the attention, which is somehow disconcerting because they’re really the only things in the painting to begin with.

She loves using all kinds of bright colours and maybe that’s part of what appeals to me.  Here’s her own explanation:

Debra explains: “A very ordinary scene can be perceived differently when painted with a bit of exaggerated color and awareness of light. The ordinary then becomes the extraordinary. Color is critical. When I’m asked which color is my favorite, I tend to think in terms of which two or three colors I like in combination.”

A bunch of her paintings are for sale through her website, so check ’em out if you’ve got some money to spend.

one of debra's paintings