Yes yes, once again I just want to show my utmost gratitude to everyone that came out to support MCMD and I at the Curb Cup earlier this afternoon (you know who you are)! We had a great time and didn't think the situation we were placed in would serve us too well, but it turned out for the better and I can't help but be thankful.
I also want to give big shouts to all Curb Cup performers that were involved in the event as well. It wouldn't have been what it was without you guys, and props to you all for having the guts to get out there and show people your stuff! I told you there's a bunch of talent here in Boise! We gotta support it!
Thank you so much again everybody, and we look forward to seeing you at our next show which is at the Yacht Club in McCall (I'll make a specific post about that soon...)!
Hello to all my blog visitors (that's like two or three of you)! I apologize for the lack of updates but there has been SO MUCH going on. I've been trying to spend as much time with my girlfriend as possible before she leaves to Seattle for school again, school just started for me, I've been working a bunch, and I've been working on a bit of music with people! I promise I will get more puppy updates soon (I know some of you miss that a lot)!
Real quick, I just want to let everyone know that Boise's first Curb Cup competition is going down this Sunday from 2p-4p! The event will be taking place at various locations downtown, including 8th St. and BODO. We received our location yesterday, and it looks like we'll be performing between Dawson Taylor's and Thomas Hammer on 8th St.! The crazy thing is we're right next to like two Jewish folk bands, a rock band, and a hip hop dance group, so that should be interesting...
If you still don't know how the Curb Cup works, it's basically a performance festival all over downtown. Whether you have a band or you dance or you swallow swords or your dog skateboards, anything goes in this competition. Currently there are 130 registered acts...yeah, I think the people running this will realize they'll need an entry limit next year. All acts have two hours to do whatever they want; they can perform the whole time, take as many breaks as they want, whatever. Yours truly and MCMD will be performing an hour-long set, rest for fifteen minutes, and have an encore of our performance (two hours of performing; SHEESH)! All attendees will have three tokens and must drop the tokens in the bucket of their favorite act. They can drop all three for one act or scatter them among their three favorite acts. The grand prize winner gets a $1000 check while two runner-ups will receive $500 each. Among the cash prizes will be special prizes, like "Best in Show" and "Best Dance Routine" and silly stuff like that.
If you aren't doing anything Sunday, come out and have fun with us! We're not counting on winning (though it would be cool), we just wanna get our music our to more people and just have a good time with people outside. If you really dig our music, drop your tokens in our bucket! With the $1000 prize...I don't even know what we'd do with it, probably make a car payment or something. j/k. Anyway, this is really important for local art and talent so please come out and support not only us but the endless amount of coolness that lives in the town of Boise! Hope to see you there!
This is Raekwon feat. Ghostface, Inspectah Deck & Method Man, but it's got Wu Tang written all over it! Awesome song (produced by none other than J Dilla) but the video's a bit gory...I think Raekwon's "Only Built for Cuban Linx II" is gonna be a homerun! I've heard nothing but goodness from him lately!
On Tuesday night, Dani told me there were meteor showers expected to fall (I can't believe she knew before me)! I was super excited and was very happy that she wanted to see them with me, so we laid out on her patio with some blankets and kept our eyes open for as long as we could, hoping to get a glimpse of some of nature's wonders.
The showers were expected to fall from midnight to 5a (Wednesday morning). I think it was a little difficult to see them because we were fairly close to the city and there were many lights surrounding our view, but we still saw some pretty good ones. The first one I saw raced through the sky with a long beautiful, yellow streak (similar to the one pictured here, but yellow). I saw many more faint ones, and some really weird light movement out the corner of my eye...
Overall I'm glad I stayed up to see the showers! I can't believe I don't do this more! To anyone who hasn't done this, I highly suggest doing so if you don't have too much on your plate! It was so cool...words can't describe how cool it was!
Mayer Hawthorne does it again! Man I'm super excited for his CD; I just finished listening to a new track called "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" and it's pretty nice! I love this song "Maybe So, Maybe No" and the video put me in a pretty good mood! Good stuff!
I'm so excited about this! "The Remix Suite" is a compilation of 20 brand new Michael Jackson remixes by some of today's finest producers. Part one (five tracks) include remixes from Salaam Remi, the Neptunes, Dallas Austin, Polow, and Stargate. Can't wait to see who else is in line for the remixes!
Loving the Neptunes one, but I expected them to come with something smoother...oh well, it's still good! Click the picture to download!
"Hey Mike-I hope you don't mind me doing this but..."
Yes, that is the title of Oh No's latest project "Dr. No's Ethiopium"! I'm listening to the snippets right now and it's BANGIN! Of course, it's another beat CD from one of the most underrated, and it follows in theme to "Dr. No's Oxperiment" which was a beat CD full of Lebanese and Turkish samples. You can guess what he samples on this next installment. The album is going to be exclusively on stonesthrow.com (sometime this month) so keep your eyes peeled! This won't be one to sleep on!
(You can listen to the snippets by click this flag and you can save the file as an MP3 by right clicking and choosing "Save as..." or something like that)
First I wanna thank everyone for coming out and supporting. We got started very late and I most definitely wanna thank those that stayed for our set, because we didn't even go until 11:30p or 12:00a. I know that many of you had work the next morning and stuff, and so it means a lot to MCMD and I that you guys sacrificed. Know that I won't forget that.
Now, let me explain why there's an emphasis on BAD. Our microphones kept cutting off (at one point, the cord disconnected from my mic), the DJ turned our performance into a mixtape with loads of scratching (which in turn confused us with where we were in a song), there were unnecessary drops, the sound was too loud, we couldn't hear ourselves, the openers had a much longer set than us, our payment was drink stubs, and the DJ skipped a song that we were supposed to perform.
Don't get me wrong, drink stubs are cool, but they can only satisfy me for so long because I don't really drink. PAY ME!
Lesson #1 of the night: NO MORE DJs doing our sets (unless it's Noah).
Lesson #2 of the night: Even when club owners don't let you set up your wireless mics, barter them into it. Their microphones were great *smh*.
The show could've been a lot better (on our part) and I apologize to those that came and received less than a show. It was great to see our old friend Steve (Oso) again and the guys of Brookside Bodega were cool, but seriously what opener has an hour and ten minute set? Am I crazy?
Anyway, expect a better show next time people. We'll be a little more demanding about sound next time around. I'm not mad, because we're still here doing are thing and enjoying it, but SHEESH! Had to vent. Thank you.
Dang! Time crept up on me! I meant to post this earlier but here I am scrambling!
Anyway tonight, the Dedicated Servers will be performing live at the Bad Irish! We are performing alongside Oso Negro (from Oregon) and Brookside Bodega (from California). It's a hip hop invasion, so come through and have fun tonight if you're not doing anything!
Dang. Lots of inspirational people passing away as of late. Still can't believe 2/3 of my favorite group EVER is gone. I was excited too, because as some of you may know, Baatin left Slum Village due to personal problems, but he returned and they were going to release a sort of "reunion" album called "Villa Manifesto", where Illa J would even lend beats in an attempt to simulate a true reunion and a memory of "Fantastic Vol. 2" (one of the best hip-hop albums EVER), which was the album that introduced the world to Baatin. The album was slated for a September release, and I really hope most of the tracks are done, because I know it was gonna be fresh. Nonetheless, Baatin R.I.P., I know he's lighting it up with Dilla right now!
I still need to get my hands on his solo album. I've only heard a few tracks from it (a LONG, long time ago) and you can believe they were super nice!
Acknowledge all the legends that you walk amongst, because here we are again; had no idea Baatin was leaving, and now everyone's super bummed out and stuff because we never honored him as much as we should've. Raise it up!