Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Who doesn’t have a crush on her?

May 30, 2011

What’s been playing today

Wish I was old enough to have appreciated PJ in the 90’s.

May 17, 2011

“No one can touch us tonight”

what spring sounds like
what love looks like
what life feels like

Download here

May 16, 2011

Like wine and violins, he only gets better with age.

May 15, 2011

“Sos una escultura. Me muero por salir con vos.”

You gotta give it to Argentinians for originality.

May 13, 2011

Music for Peace: Emmanuel Jal

Sudanese ex-child solider Emmanuel Jal is an outspoken activist, author, and artist who is on a mission to deliver the message of peace.  Motivated by the struggles in a war-torn Sudan, Emmanuel spreads his message through music, writing, and through his work with other activists and organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam.  Join him in New York City this Sunday, May 15 for Good Karma: The Power of Generosity, part of the Africa Yoga Project.

May 13, 2011

Saul Williams: Music We !!!

If you’re black, feeling misunderstood, have a way with words, and creativity is as innate to you as breathing, then you should consider acquiring a new residence in Paris.  In 2009, Saul Williams followed the footpath to Paris left behind by James Baldwin, Melvin Van Peebles, Josephine Baker and others. It looks like it’s been good to Saul. He released his 4th studio album Volcanic Sunlight(2011) earlier this month. Below he talks about the meaning behind the album.

::head tilt::

May 13, 2011

Friday the 13th vs. Stevie Wonder’s birthday.

May 12, 2011

“I wanna live in a dream, in my record machine.”

May 12, 2011

Oh, Jimi.

The first Jimi Hendrix Experience Album was released 44 years ago, today.  Wish you could come back and grace our generation.

May 11, 2011

“If I ate myself would I become twice as big or disappear completely?”

May 10, 2011

What’s been playing today

Chase & Status feat. Cee-lo Green – Brixton Briefcase

May 10, 2011

“I tell the DJs what to play. Understand?”

Chase & Status feat. Tinie Tempah – Hitz

May 10, 2011

Missed Connections: Brick Lane, E1

Have you seen these guys?  Let us know.

May 9, 2011

Marta Minujin: The World is So Boring

Arte! Arte! Arte!  Marta Minujin’s simple but fervent motto leaves you with the feeling that in the absence of art, there remains little relevance to…anything.  The Argentine phenomenon has been shocking the world with her larger-than-life work since the 1950’s, and has set a new standard for ephemeral art.  From controversial paintings to dizzying installations, quirky fashion lines to LSD-inspired texts, breath-taking sculptures to prodigious effigies, and of course, the recurring reproduction and reinterpretation of the obelisk, Minujin’s art is nothing short of magic.  Magic mushrooms, that is.  Check out her latest projects here:

May 7, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron + Jamie XX: Music We !!!

Download/listen to the rest of We’re New Here (2011)

May 6, 2011

TY: Guys We’d !!!

Ever since 2003, when we saw Ty host and perform at a Blacklilly event with The Roots in Cargo (London), he has been on our radar as one of the funniest, most intelligent and thought provoking emcees. And a master of ceremonies he is. Album after album, the South London rapper has delivered quality, progression, and honesty. His rhymes are witty, his cadence is natural, and whether he’s backed by a full band or DJ, his live sets are worth every pence. We can gush about him for days, but we’d need a thesaurus to refrain from reusing words like amazing.  If you’re lucky enough to meet Ty in person, you won’t be able to miss the honest to goodness presence emanating out him.

You might not catch Ty on tour this summer since he will be spending a portion of the sunny season mentoring and teaching students at Art Rules Aruba. You can, however, anticipate an EP release sometime this soon.

May 6, 2011

Yukimi Nagano: Birds like !!!

Seriously- Who doesn’t have a crush on Yukimi Nagano? With a voice like whipped honey butter, lyrics that can turn your day around, and an arresting stage presence, Yukimi, the lead vocalist of  Little Dragon, can usually be found with ‘a sold-out crowd in the palm of her hands’. We love all members of Little Dragon equally, but we cannot deny that Ms. Nagano is a lucidreamers approved bird like !!!

Download  Wildfire – Little Dragon’s collaboration with SBTRKT

Listen to Nightlight from Little Dragon’s upcoming album, Ritual Union. (Scheduled release – July 12th, 2011)

And then catch them on tour this summer. Yukimi is known to kirk out on various instruments in the middle of their set. This is not to be missed. Lucidreamers will be at the Roots Picnic on June 4th !!!

May 6, 2011

Badass drummers require badass album covers

And they don’t come badder than legendary drummer Tony Allen. Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up (2008) is a compilation of Tony Allen remixes by various artists. We can’t speak to the content yet (we just ordered it), but the track list looks pretty impressive.  The album artwork is so sick, though, that it might not matter.