Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DTTTC! City Arts Cover

You know these three beautiful people? Yes, that is Don't Talk To The Cops! and they are this month's cover for City Arts Magazine. This is probably one of my favorite photos of them. I've always wanted to do the lazer photo shoot.. damn you guys! They are stupid genius and you can read their article HERE. Also, The Wiz himself, OCnotes gets a nice write up in the mag as well, HERE. Catch DTTTC! at their next show March 9th @ Neumos.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fresh Espresso - Hush

Fresh Espresso is back!

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P Smoov and Rik Rude are at it again with the release of their first single "Hush" from their upcoming full length LP "Bossalona".

Hush is a sonic victory lap. It's an anthem for the big dreamers and the tenacious underdogs of the world. With a beat to knock your teeth out and battle cry lyrics "Hush" has Fresh Espresso soaring to new heights. "It's not a wish if it's happening."

Their new LP "Bossalona" is due out on Out For Stardom records this summer.

Be sure to catch Fresh Espresso performing at Neumos with Don't Talk to the Cops, White China Gold, and DJ 100proof on March 9th!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jam City 'The Courts'

Jam City - The Courts from night slugs on Vimeo.

Dropping tomorrow on Night Slugs. Been waiting on this one for a hot second. Hyper-tense club music built of skids, dribbles, passes, big Jersey kicks, and permeated by an ostentatious slap bass. On the flip is a cut with Oakland's Main Attrakionz. A very special collaboration called “The Nite Life”. Squadda B and MondreM.A.N. drop mesmerizing other wordly verses over Jam’s low-slung beat. The atmosphere is dense, hazy with purple smoke and submerged in the smoggy Californian marine layer.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Going down tonight at NEUMOS. Here is his latest video for "Phantom Of The Opera"

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tony Goods - Friends

Tony Goods just dropped his new EP for ya out on UK label Sounds of Sumo today. DOWNLOAD HERE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ten Hundred

I've been drawing with my mouse.
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Yasiin Bey - N****s in Poorest

Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def with his take. I love when he does things like this, a little slap in the face reminder of what's really going on.


Well... Okay this is kind of super awesome. I could do without Hodgy and Domo, Tyler definitely wins this for me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Champagne Champagne - Private Party

Champagne Champagne is back with a new 7 track EP that is available for download NOW. Physical copies are coming but for now you can check the new sounds that Sir Thomas Gray, Pearl Dragon, and Gajamagic have conjured up. These guys have been busy busy and completely under the radar, but they are slowly taking over the world so take fucking notice. STG & Pearl are at their best on these tracks over some of Mark's most impressive production to date. DOWNLOAD HERE

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mr Onions: Buca Di Beppo

I truly enjoy birthday parties. It's a chance for someone to be the most important person for a night with all of their closest loved ones. Some choose to throw a big party in their honor, others like to keep it low key, and a few just want to go out to a nice dinner celebrating their big day with their favorite people. I was fortunate enough to celebrate Blair's birthday last week with a large group. Finding a restaurant last minute on a Saturday night that could hoard this large of a party is a task in itself, but we eventually found one that could accommodate us. We felt we couldn't be too selective about where or when we would eat, and ended up with a reservation for 20 at the good ol' Buca Di Beppo.

I've done some language research and I've found numerous translations for this over the top Italian eatery. Specifically interpreted as the Hole Of Beppo, keeping traditional namesake with Guiseppe's Hole or as the employees say, Joe's Basement. Whatever the english rewording is, the word hole couldn't be more closer to the truth. This place is an absolute shit hole. It is sensory overload times one million. It's loud, it's bright, it is utterly obnoxious upon opening the front door. Imagine a Chuck-E-Cheese for adults without the skeeball and creepy robotic animal band. The thing is, this place doesn't need the help of Mr. Munch or Pasqually to make you completely uncomfortable. It eye fucks you immediately. You cringe, swallow your fear, and hope that a meatball the size of your head will make it all better.

We had been starving ourselves for hours with dreams of eating our way out of pasta filled swimming pools. Our reservation was for 7:30 and shockingly enough our table was not ready upon arrival. Needing to loosen some stomach muscles, we stockpiled our group into the bar for an aperitif. Some were complaining about the prices of the Peroni and others were mesmerized by the 26,843 pictures of Italian memorabilia on the walls. During our 20 minutes of anticipated waiting we witnessed 3 annoying birthday songs and watched NBA basketball on the big screen. It felt nothing like Rome, but more like a TGI Fridays stuck in the middle of a Naples garage sale. Our party was supposed to be for 20 but we seemed to be missing some people. I'm pretty sure they got lost upon finding us at the bar or looking for the restrooms. I would bet there are probably a handful of my friends still wandering around looking for a way out.

Our meal started with a truly Italian staple, bruschetta. Giant piles of diced tomatoes were falling all over the place as extra crunchy Texas Toast bread rounds tried to keep them at bay. I've never had bruschetta before that was literally just tomatoes and bread. The bread carved into the roof of my mouth with each bite, it was like chewing on rocks. I loaded up on salt and pepper yet none of this still had any flavor. It was as bland as the holy eucharist and we weren't even sitting in the famous Pope Room. Calamari soon joined in on this share affair and started to make things worse. It was basically a heaping of fried breading shaped into rings. I kept adding marinara to each bite to avoid the tiny chunks of burnt grease. The flavor and texture was reminiscent of a school eraser. Not the big white square one, but the pink angled topper that you would put on your Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 after the original eraser had worn out its welcome. This was grossing me out and my fork was missing.

Luckily for all of us, Buca has their own house wine served in oversized gallon bottles. Drink your heart out, Carlo Rossi. The drinking needed to continue and it needed to continue heavily. If I'm going to eat such shitty dog food, I'm at least going to be drunk as hell so I have a slight chance of enjoying it. The meal limped on with a dying caesar salad served in an actual bathtub. The romaine was wilted and the iceberg was lifeless. They were mashed and mixed together probably over a week ago. The dressing had settled in like soup and even the birds wouldn't eat the croutons. They had the same affect as the bruschetta bread as it cut their way through your gums and into your stomach. At least the little hints of blood dripping from the inside of my mouth added some gusto to an otherwise meaningless meal.

As the entrees arrived, I noticed that my second fork was missing. I'm pretty sure that one of my 5 servers took it away with the appetizers. I can't be too sure which one it was because they are all dressed in white on white outfits and they each carry exactly 9 straws and 12 pens. Why are there five servers anyway? Do we really need this many people to take our orders? I was told this was family style dining but I didn't know that it also included family style service. Four different people then delivered our rigatoni, chicken alfredo, and saltimbocca. The rigatoni was undercooked and completely covered in red pepper flakes. My guess is the chef accidentally knocked over his entire supply of it into our plate and said, "Fuck it." The chicken alfredo was decent but it had way too many peas in it and it left me desiring more. My final hope was the saltimbocca. 34 dollars for 6 small pieces of chicken wrapped in prosciutto?! I swear they just cut up one chicken breast in order to deceive us that this was a big dish. We each took one small bite of the dish and passed it on to the next person. My small bite was good, really good, and I yearned for more. This was the only edible portion of my meal and I was only allowed one measly bite!? All the food here is similar to the food any ordinary college roommate might make but the downside is they don't give you bong rips at the door to make everything taste better. I downed another glass of red and struggled through my remaining al dente rigatoni.

Damn, this place sucks. For the past ten minutes they have been playing Indian music! Can you at least throw on some Pavarotti or Dean Martin singing That's Amore? Shit, play The Lady and The Tramp soundtrack. Anything is better than what's going on in the background. This restaurant must put something in the sauce to brainwash you into coming back again and again. They make you believe quantity is better over quality and you walk out thinking you got a good deal on this much low budget pasta. I'm never coming here again. I don't care if the president himself eats here on his birthday, I'm not going. Guiseppe can kiss my ass for all I'm concerned. Where is my fork, again? I need to stab myself immediately.

Mr. Onions Rating (on a 1-10 scale)
Food: 2 Service: 3 Atmosphere: 0
Overall: 1.6

Friday, February 17, 2012

Jarv Dee - Klingon

Jarv drops his second cut from the upcoming Dopamine. Jarv keeps his high energy cadence over a spaced out track produced by Ibe talking his shit. I think he is one of the best as far as rapping choruses go and can't wait to hear the rest of his project. DOWNLOAD HERE

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dj Soulja Man 'Eski-Tech'


Another large release from my L.A. bros Samo Soundboy & Jerome (LOL Boys) label Body High. This one comes in the form of the mystrioues Dj Soulja Man.'Eski-Tech' brings the cold burn with gunshot-peppered rhythms, weaving elements of Wiley's finest into a twisted swingjack flow. DJ Dodger Stadium backs him up with a rudest Dance Mania style on the 'Stadium' remix, and PDX's Massacooramaan's, formally know as Dave Quam,'No Pulse No Heartbeat' configures some crazy, hollowed out fusion of Soca, Footwork and Grime. Than they go and release a free remix of said tune by Bellingham badman Cedaa and another joint by Soulja Man. Get active on it.


Read full review of Eski-Tech - DJ Soulja-Man on ©

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Hump Tonight!

It's Wednesday and that means party at Moe Bar. This week we have the Mad Decenter Jeffried whatever, Astronomar, playing hits with Darwin. Swerve couldn't make it this week, but still provided a mix for you to listen to. CLICK HERE and come do a shot with me this evening.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Don't Talk To The Cops! - Let's Quit

DtttC's new album is out today!! You can go to one of these fine retailers and buy it or order one online and get free shipping. CLICK HERE

Alive & Well (Capitol Hill)
705 East Pike Street

Everday Music (Capitol Hill)
1523 10th Avenue

Easy Street Records (West Seattle)
4559 California Avenue SW # 200

Easy Street Records (Queen Anne)
20 Mercer Street

Sonic Boom (Ballard)
2209 NW Market Street

Singles Going Steady (Belltown)
2219 2nd Avenue # C

Wall of Sound (Capitol Hill)
315 East Pine Street

Los Rakas - Raka Love EP


Bay Area badmen Los Rakas, bless us with some Valentines Day love. The EP, which you can almost call an entire record, sees the guys in top form. Raka Dun & Raka Rich represent some of the best in Spanish language rap coming out in the U.S. With a classic flow, married to beats that draw from Dancehall, Future Bass and classic west coast Boom Bap. Download the whole joint for free below. Going to be getting the dudes up here soon, so watch this space!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Burial Kindred EP


After months of waiting and subsequent delays, Kode9's Hyperdub label has released a new Burial 12", the three-song Kindred EP, and you can stream it now. The title track, Loner and the previously leaked Ashtray Wasp are all listenable and buyable in the Hyperdub store. Head here to check them out.

DTTTC! Listening Party

Come listen to Don't Talk To The Cops! new album Let's Quit tonight at Lil' Woody's starting at 9:30. You can enjoy the sweet sounds of bles and emecks as you munch down on your very own Murderburger.

The Good Sin - Mission Impossible

The Good Sin is back with a new video and a new album dropping tomorrow. I really like how he spits harder than normal on this track straying away from his traditional laid back flow. Another story about love and hate and heartache and pain. Poor Sin, always having lady problems!! I usually don't love the hip hop love song, but Sin does it well. I wish him well on this release and with his love life.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Never Far From Home


A little mix I put together of bunch of house tunes im feeling at the moment. Blamo.

The 2 Bears - Church
Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts #3
Christophe - The Force (Julio Bashmore Remix)
D'bora - Going Round (MK's Dub)
Switch - I Still Love You (Rossco Remix)
Mendo - Old Skool
Jodeci - Freek You (MK's Dub)
Dj Sneak - My Love
Alex Tepper - In, Out, Life
Hector Couto - Creampie (Darius Remix)
Fold - Melt
Chip E - Like This

Dancing On The Valentine

This annual benefit for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is happening tonight. Come see great Duran Duran covers by some great musicians supporting a good cause.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Radjaw Valentine Pack

So I decided to make some Valentine's Day cards for your enjoyment. I love to love and I love the songs that these are influenced by. I hope you enjoy them with someone you love as much as I have enjoyed making them. Feel free to share these digitally with loved ones, but also support local art and buy some 4.25" x 5.5" prints! I'm doing a bundle pack of all 5 for only $20.

You can pick them up at Kaleidoscope Vision at anytime!

You can pick them up at Moe Bar on Tuesday evening during their "Ladies Night" party.

Houses Remix

Seattle's NW Based God and long time Lil B producer Keyboard Kid takes his hand to remix Katie Kate's Houses, off her new record Flatland released on Out For Stardom. Keyboard flips the original version into sonic spaceflight. Full of warm bass tones, frantic hi hats and moody synth lines that have come to represent the new 'Cloud Rap' movement. Katie Kate's vocals are drawn out and at times inaudible, but create a whole new spacious edge to the already emotive feeling of the original.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jack to Juke: 25 Years of Ghetto House


Everyone always ask me what the hell Footwork is. Sonali Aggarwal has just uploaded her great documentary on the roots of Juke music. It touches on everything from Chicago House, Ghettotech, Detroit Tech, Bmore and on. Have a watch.


Drink Fresh Espresso

I made a drink inspired by Rik & P and it was featured in Seattle Weekly today. When I hear Rik say 'Coffee in my cup, it wakes me up on a rainy day,' I don't necessarily think about an actual caffeine drink. Alcohol is the stimulant here. Coffee liqueur was where I wanted to start, and end with a 'Smoov' finish. Putting it in the martini adds to the glamour that these two represent. Come see me tonight at Moe Bar for The HUMP and I'll gladly make it for ya!

Drink: Fresh Espresso
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. cream
Shake the shit out of it. Add float of Chambord. Serve in martini glass.

Dancing Posters

French artist Niege Borges has been putting together these visually striking works over the last few weeks documenting some of the best dance moments in cinematic history. I am jealous, I wish I made these. MORE HERE

"In 1518, a bunch of people from a french town called Stransbourg were affected by something called dancing mania. It began with one lady named Frau Troffea dancing in the street and end up with, more or less, 400 people dancing on for days without rest, resulting in some deaths of heart attack, stroke and exhaustion. This project is, in some sort of way, a memorial for Frau Toffea. From the silliest little dance to the most elaborate dance sequence of the history of cinema, there were a lot of dancing in the last decades (not enough to kill anyone, I hope). Here are some of these dances."

Kindness - Gee Up

This is what it is like working with Stephan Gray.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

RIP Jay Dee

Jarv Dee - I Just Wanna

I have fucking loved this song for the past year or so and it's about damn time I see some visuals to it. Jarv Dee is one of my favorites and he brings a charming attitude to the game with a voice that is sure to make you listen to him. Glad to see him doing so well.. big ups Cloud Nice! Stephan Gray did a fabulous job capturing him in his candid moments of smoking blunts, driving, smoking blunts, recording, smoking blunts, and of course smoking blunts. Good work gents.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Jet Set

Every Monday still going strong!! Tonight is with guests OCnotes, Johnny Merlot, & Vita. I am going to try and stumble my drunk ass in after the Elysian work party.. UH OH!

DTTTC! Photos

If you missed Trashed the other night, then you definitely missed out. I was on one! What a fun night to celebrate a homie in town, another homie's birthday, and the release of Let's Quit. Make sure to catch Don't Talk To The Cops! March 9th at Neumos. More pictures from the CD release HERE.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Out For Sasquatch

Happy to see the whole team going this year! Congrats are in order to Fresh Espresso, Metal Chocolates, Katie Kate, & Don't Talk To The Cops!. It is truly going to be a monumental weekend. This is year four for us and so pleased to be able to play music out in the middle of nowhere. We are going to tear shit down, again. REMEMBER what we've done in the past? GET TIX

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announcement from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.



M.I.A. - Bad Girls

I did all the driving stunts for this video.

THEESatisfaction - QueenS

New single from THEESatisfaction from their upcoming Sub Pop debut due out March 27. I'm feeling this in my limbs and my timbs! Whatever you do don't fuck with my groove, this shit is hitting right now. I couldn't ask for a better way to start my day. Well.. the sun on my face is a nice extra touch.

Shabazz Palaaces video

New video for "Are you... Can you... Were you? (Felt). Director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes puts together some gorgeous visuals to one of my favorite tracks off of Black Up.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lil B 'White Flame' Mixtape


After weeks of teasing, Lil B finally drops White Flame, showcasing his re-embrace of darkness. The tape’s Soulja Slim-referencing cover art is by far the best in B’s Flame series (Red Flame, Black Flame and Red Flame Evil Edition, among others), and it finds the Based God mixing No Limit-leaning throwbacks (“Fuck that Sucka,” “Bitch of the City,” “I’m Fabio”) and soulful pathos (“Surrender to Me,” “Neva Switch,” “I’m Down 4 Hire”). Keep an ear out for “Fed Time,” which samples Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” Shouts to Keyboard Kid for handling a good chunck of the production work.



Lil B, White Flame mixtape

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Century Linkstep

Cedaa 'Patagonia'


LA's up-and-coming Fade to Mind imprint has announced the start of an "official bootleg" series with this whimsical tune from Pacific Northwest bass aficionado Cedaa. Producer Simon Ho melds together oddball sound bytes, crushing bass frequencies, bubbly synth tones, and an array of percussive elements on "Patagonia," which collectively evoke some kind of alien marshland dance party. Big stuff from the Bellingham bad man.

Cedaa - Patagonia

Swerve Hump Mix #11

Like we always do about this time! Yeah. DJ Swervewon back up in the mix with the usual Wednesday steez. Party with him all day and all night, hit the jump and download the mix (peep the tracklist too) to soundtrack your day and then roll on out to Moe Bar tonight to get your souls rocked. DOWNLOAD HERE

The Hump Vol. 11
Kyle Rapps & Diwon “Tick Of The Clock”
Bjork vs. Omar Souleyman “Chrystaline (Jabo Remix)”
Doc Adam “Es Gibt Kein”
Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood (Mischief Moombahswag Remix)”
Deadmau5 “Strobe (Moombahton Remix)”
Fatboy Slim “Praise You (Moombahton Remix)”
Kapo “A$$ What (Original Mix)”
LA Yaute “Ah Oh Oh Ah (Original Mix)”
Cubic Zirconia “Take Me High (Bart B More Remix Edit)”
Pase Rock “LVLZ”
Mojek “Feeling Good”
Clicks & Whistles “Neva Get Caught (Tittsworth Remix)”
Outkast “Spottieottiedopalicious (Shorthand Remix)”
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble “Spottieottiedopalicious”
Avatar Young Blaze “Cowabunga”
Rick Ross ft. Pharrell, Meek Mill & Stalley “MMG The World Is Ours”
JPSTYLA “Hold You Down”
Yung Dollas “Navy Based”
EvergreenOne “Bangin’”
Gangrene “Vodka & Ayahuasca”
Rude Hi-Fi “El Hoyo (Barriobeat Jungle Remix)”
ScHoolboy Q “Raymond 1969″
SOFI “Bring Out The Devil (The Sonixx Remix)”