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Shane Dawson – F**k Up Music Video

A couple months ago I had the pleasure of making a cameo in Youtube sensation Shane Dawson’s music video for his song, F**K UP.
Shane is a great dude, and this is one of three very well-done videos shot by my FISH OUT OF WATER teammates, Ben Barnes (director) and Mathew Rudenberg (DP) for Shane.  Gabe Tigerman even joined the fun.  Isn’t he dreamy?!

Check it out! Over 2 million people have watched me pretend to play the ukelele part of the bridge!

CAVE

From the Drag City description of their album NEVERENDLESS:
“Thicker, denser, warbling and crunching in time — a motorik masterwork! The new CAVE is roller-rinkin’ rock for the next generation! Jamz from humans being for you to put into/onto your machine.”

Cave started in Columbia, MO then moved to Chicago.  NEVERENDLESS is one of my all-time favorite albums to put on while I’m exercising. Also while I’m driving. And while I’m writing. And while I’m paying bills. And while I…
They’re also my current favorite almost-all-instrumental band to see live.

SAMPLE!

BUY:

Langhorne Slim

I could bore you with ten pages on my friendship with Sean “Langhorne Slim” Scolnick and how it came about, but I’ll keep it brief and let you check him out.

In 2004 I saw an ad in Maximum Rock’N’Roll for an ep on Narnack with this cover.
Not sure what is says about me that I was so intrigued with this image of a naked young man in a rocking chair, but I like to think the design had more to do with it.  Anyway, I knew it was for me so I sought it out. Sure enough, it remains one of my favorite records.

Slim’s email address was listed in the liner notes of this cd. I emailed him to tell him how much I liked it, and he emailed me back. This started a correspondence.  Then he came to L.A. with Eugene Mirman and a bunch of stand ups that were doing a tour, and I met him at Spaceland. We chatted before the show.  Then he played an amazing, all-too-short set in between all of the comedians on the bill. This was the night I introduced Ben Barnes to Langhorne’s music. He was on board, too.

The next time I went to New York I emailed him to tell him I’d be in town and to see if he was playing while I was there.  The brief opening slot at Spaceland was not enough.  He invited me to a party in a building in Williamsburg, saying, “I’m playing tomorrow.”  He gave me the address.  The thing about the word tomorrow is that if you don’t read the email on the day it was sent, it doesn’t mean the same thing.  I dragged my wife and our two friends to a weird apartment building in NYC’s city of lost trust fund children. We knocked on the door, and a confused guy we’d woken from a nap answered the door.
“Is there a party tonight?” I asked.  “Is Langhorne Slim playing here tonight?”  The guy looked confused.  “There was a party last night. Some guy with a guitar was playing on the roof. He was pretty good.”

From then on, whenever he came to town I came to the show, and we hung out.  Over the years we’ve become friends and I almost never miss it when he comes to town.   I’ve seen him so many times now that I usually watch the crowd watching him during his shows.  The way he puts smiles on people’s faces is incredible. He’s truly one of the most dynamic performers I’ve ever seen with an amazingly powerful and unique voice.

Here are some videos Ben Barnes shot of him singing in the alley behind The Troubadour on one of his trips through town. The “Whoo!” you hear at the end of  Nobody But Me (the song is actually called Boots Boy, but it was brand new then) is me, Langhorne Slim’s Number One Fan.

Robert “Bilbo” Walker

I am lucky to know some people. One of those people is Allen “Charmin” Larman, who hosts a weekly internet radio show, Thee Charm School (you know it’s good on account of the second “e”) at luxuriamusic.com on Thursdays from 6-8pm pst.  Although I was already somewhat familiar with the genius of Marvin Sease, it was Allen who took me to see the late great “Candylicker” live for the first (and only) time down at Prince Hall at Figueroa and 90th.  So when Allen posted something on his facebook page about a couple of great Monday night residencies in South Central, I jumped on board and was not disappointed.
So last Monday night, I texted Allen to see if he was going down there.  He replied that he wasn’t because an old juke joint legend named Robert “Bilbo” Walker was playing at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana.  I knew I had to go.  I’m so glad I did.

 

 

Robert “Bilbo” Walker was born in  Clarksdale, Mississippi, lived in Chicago for 17 years, and now resides in Bakersfield.  You can learn more about him here.  All I know is that the man is 74 years old and put on one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.  Luckily I brought my flip cam and captured some of it. Due to low lighting, the picture isn’t that great, but you definitely get a sense of how fun it was to be there that night.  If you are fortunate enough to have the chance to catch Robert live do not pass it up!

 

 

 


I apologize for the weird camera work, but I had to get a better angle of the sexy dancers (Robert’s daughters, by the way).

Robert’s take on Johnny B. Goode

One of Robert’s daughters takes the mic for a song.

Watch this one for Robert’s patented one-handed guitar solo!

Besides tearing up the blues and rock’n’roll, Robert also did an abbreviated version of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”. He closed with an awesome version of “Stagger Lee” but I ran out of battery before it was over and felt it would be wrong to post an incomplete song.

Hope you enjoyed it 1/100th as much as I did! BIG thanks to Allen for letting me know about it and for Cadillac Zack at the Maui Sugar Mill for making it happen (Zack mentioned that it took him seven years to finally get Robert down to play). From what I understand, Zack’s band plays every Monday at the Maui Sugar Mill, often with guests dropping in. They played a little before bringing up Robert (they also backed him) and it kinda reminded me of the band that played at Wild Bill’s in Memphis the time I went. Good Staxy blues. Check it out!

My Golden Age Of Hip Hop Mix is here!

GAHH
I wish I still had my Malcolm X hat around somewhere. I’d totally rock that shit.

Click here to download!

TRACK LIST:

The Symphony

6:09

Marley Marl

C’Mon Wit Da Git Down

4:04

Artifacts

Step In The Arena

3:37

Gang Starr

Juice (Know The Ledge)

4:08

Eric B. & Rakim

So Watcha Want Remix

4:05

Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill

Ego Trippin’ (Part Three) (Egoristic mix)

4:45

De La Soul

Jugganauts

5:14

Boogiemonsters

Distortion To Static (LP Version)

4:19

The Roots

9th Wonder (Blackitolism)

4:27

Digable Planets

Baby Bust It

4:32

Kurious

Rock Dis Funky Joint

5:11

Poor Righteous Teachers

Got It Bad Y’all Featuring Tha Alkaholiks

4:47

King Tee

The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)

4:03

Black Sheep

Fat Cats, Bigga Fish

5:54

The Coup

Fire & Earth (100% Natural)

6:27

X-Clan

The Funkiest

3:23

Funkdoobiest

How I Could Just Kill A Man

4:12

Cypress Hill

Ghetto Bird

3:51

Ice Cube

Deep Cover

4:15

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Bring It On

8:16

The Geto Boys

Ain’t No Future In Yo’ Frontin’

4:03

MC Breed

Chief Rocka

4:07

Lords of the Underground

Come Clean

4:57

Jeru The Damaja

Danger

3:26

Blahzay Blahzay

Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down Clean

4:31

Brand Nubian

Souljah’s Revenge

3:19

2Pac

Shimmy Shimmy Ya

2:42

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

How Many Mc’s…

3:41

Black Moon

MCs Act Like They Don’t Know

4:06

KRS-One

Ghetto Jam

4:20

Domino

Mind Blowin’

3:38

The D.O.C.

Worlds Famous

3:24

The Beatnuts

Check The Rime

3:41

A Tribe Called Quest

Nitty Gritty Remix (Feat. Brand Nubian and Busta Rhymes)

5:10

KMD

Pork (OG Version)

6:01

The Pharcyde

Flava In Ya Ear

3:37

Craig Mack

The Gas Face

3:53

3rd Bass

Shut ‘Em Down

4:29

Public Enemy

Catch A Bad One

3:46

Del Tha Funky Homosapien

Passing Me By

5:03

The Pharcyde

The Symphony7/10/10 12:34 PM6:09Marley MarlGolden Age Of Hip Hop3
C’Mon Wit Da Git Down6/10/10 12:24 AM4:04ArtifactsGolden Age Of Hip HopRap & Hip Hop6
step in the arena6/10/10 12:12 AM3:37Gang StarrGolden Age Of Hip HopRap5
Juice (Know The Ledge)6/10/10 12:22 AM4:08Eric B. & RakimGolden Age Of Hip HopGeneral Hip-Hop/Rap2
So Watcha Want Remix5/28/10 1:06 PM4:05Beastie Boys and Cypress HillGolden Age Of Hip HopReggae2
Ego Trippin’ (Part Three) (Egoristic mix)5/28/10 1:05 PM4:45De La SoulGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop1
Jugganauts5/28/10 1:08 PM5:14BoogiemonstersGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop3
Distortion To Static (LP Version)6/10/10 12:09 AM4:19The RootsGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop2
9th Wonder (Blackitolism)6/10/10 12:09 AM4:27Digable PlanetsGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap3
Baby Bust It6/10/10 12:05 AM4:32KuriousGolden Age Of Hip Hop2
Rock Dis Funky Joint6/10/10 12:11 AM5:11Poor Righteous TeachersGolden Age Of Hip HopRap2
Got It Bad Y’all Featuring Tha Alkaholiks6/10/10 12:43 AM4:47King TeeGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap1
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)6/10/10 12:39 AM4:03Black SheepGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap2
Fat Cats, Bigga Fish6/10/10 12:32 AM5:54The CoupGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap2
Fire & Earth (100% Natural)6/10/10 12:10 AM6:27X-ClanGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop2
The Funkiest6/10/10 12:42 AM3:23FunkdoobiestGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap1
How I Could Just Kill A Man6/10/10 12:31 AM4:12Cypress HillGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop3
Ghetto Bird8/16/10 8:49 PM3:51Ice CubeGolden Age Of Hip HopRap
Deep Cover6/10/10 12:29 AM4:15Dr. Dre and Snoop DogGolden Age Of Hip Hop2
Bring It On6/10/10 12:34 AM8:16The Geto BoysGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap1
Ain’t No Future In Yo’ Frontin’6/10/10 12:14 AM4:03MC BreedGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap4
Chief Rocka8/16/10 8:52 PM4:07Lords of the UndergroundGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop
Come Clean6/10/10 12:25 AM4:57Jeru The DamajaGolden Age Of Hip HopRap4
Danger6/10/10 12:28 AM3:26Blahzay BlahzayGolden Age Of Hip Hop4
Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down Clean6/10/10 12:25 AM4:31Brand NubianGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop1
Souljah’s Revenge8/16/10 8:50 PM3:192PacGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap1
Shimmy Shimmy Ya6/10/10 12:25 AM2:42Ol’ Dirty BastardGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop2
How Many Mc’s…6/10/10 12:24 AM3:41Black MoonGolden Age Of Hip HopRap/R&B2
MCs Act Like They Don’t Know7/10/10 12:33 PM4:06KRS-OneGolden Age Of Hip Hop2
Ghetto Jam7/10/10 12:38 PM4:20DominoGolden Age Of Hip Hop3
Mind Blowin’7/10/10 12:15 PM3:38The D.O.C.Golden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap2
Worlds Famous6/10/10 12:08 AM3:24The BeatnutsGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop/Rap1
Check The Rime7/10/10 12:09 PM3:41A Tribe Called QuestGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap1
Nitty Gritty Remix (Feat. Brand Nubian and Busta Rhymes)7/11/10 2:35 PM5:10KMDGolden Age Of Hip Hop2
Pork (OG Version)7/11/10 2:35 PM6:01The PharcydeGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop1
Flava In Ya Ear7/18/10 3:10 PM3:37Craig MackGolden Age Of Hip HopRap1
The Gas Face7/10/10 11:52 AM3:533rd BassGolden Age Of Hip Hop4
Shut ‘Em Down7/20/10 9:20 PM4:29Public EnemyGolden Age Of Hip Hop3
Catch A Bad One8/7/10 11:02 AM3:46Del Tha Funky HomosapienGolden Age Of Hip HopHip-Hop/Rap2
Passing Me By6/10/10 12:35 AM5:03The PharcydeGolden Age Of Hip HopHip Hop/Rap2