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Track 43: ’93 to Infinity by Souls of Mischief

I’m back!!!  Of course this blog will likely grow and evolve over time, I’ve got some new plans and a slightly new direction I want to take life : sanguine.  These tracks may not be every single day now, but I still plan to feature music heavily on here, including 8track and itunes playlists, so stay tuned.  Onward and upward!

It may come as a surprise, but this was seriously my jam in high school.  Not that I was in high school back in ’93, not even close.  But I was/am really into classic, old skool (yes, I just spelled that with a ‘k’… don’t even front) hip hop and this has to be one of my favorite tracks of all time.  The rhymes are just so damn smooth and the beat is practically hypnotic.  It reminds me of driving out to the [Teton] Village for a day of skiing; summer camping parties and getting stoned in my “boyfriend”‘s minivan.  Life was good for a high schooler in J-Hole.

Souls of Mischief, of Oakland’s infamous Hieroglyphics Crew, first came together in 1991 with ’93 to Infinity being their first collaborative product.  This is obviously the tittle track of this debut album which remains their most successful to date.   Although each member pursued other group and solo projects, they still came together periodically throughout the 90’s to produce albums.  After a 9 year hiatus, they came back in 2009 with Montezuma’s Revenge which was equal parts contemporary underground hip hop and an ode to their old school West coast hip hop heritage.  Plus, they will forever be endeared to my heart after namedropping my hometown in their last single, “Tour Stories”.  See if you can catch it below!

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June 12, 2013 · 2:10 pm

Track 2: Je Suis Le Vent by Working for a Nuclear Free City

I’ve recently discovered that I’ve been a fan of a British genre known as nu-gaze for quite a while now (just never knew it had a name… oh, the ever increasing game of sub-genres).  Nu-gaze is a form of alternative rock building off of the “shoegazing” scene of the late 1980s and 90s (yet another genre I was familiar with yet completely unaware of).  Working for a Nuclear Free City is an indie nu-gaze band out of Manchester I came across last week and this song is my favorite of their’s so far.  It has a cascading synth rift that seems to both nurture and juxtapose the subdued beat.

Best listened loudly via headphones, preferably in a dark room.

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March 5, 2013 · 2:40 am

Track 1: Drifting in and out – by Porcelain Raft

Mauro Remiddi is an Italian-born electronica musician based in NYC.  This is off of Strange Weekend, his first full length album under the monicker “Porcelain Raft” released a year ago.

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March 4, 2013 · 2:44 pm