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Friday, May 26, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Dr. Octagon Chronicles


“A Gorilla Driving a Pick-Up Truck” -  Rob Sonic Road Rage Remix [MP3]


Chapter 4: Rob Sonic’ Vs.“A Gorilla Driving a Pick-Up Truck”


The Setting:
3 AM, a wet, but warm late night, or should we say early morn, in the Bronx. Def Jukie Rob Sonic finds himself, as he has many times, at his favorite joint, The Telicatessen. His head in his hands, elbows on the table, over a cup of the blackest cup of Joe this side of 110th Street, he recounts the events to the evening.

Earlier That Night:
A blowout party downtown was taking place in the honor of slain sucker MCs. Rob’s place at the bar was firmly in place when a hand drops on his left shoulder. As he turns to find no one there he returns face forward to a small box on the bar. “What the ... ”

The box reads “For your eyes only.” He expects it’s a joke played on him and decides to pause on the opening.

Back at The Telicatessen:


A strange headache has descended on Rob by this point and the short stack with sausage hasn’t helped the cause. A solid stroke of the cloth napkin to clean his lips and leaves his staring back at the mysterious box. “Screw it, ...” he mumbles to himself as he grabs the knife beside him, gives the box a shake and digs in. The contents reveal two things; a CD burn labeled “Dr Octagon” with a Sharpie and a note from OCD saying:

“This is what I wanted you to hear.”

“What ever…” He says to himself as he drops two Lincolns on the table face down and nods to the cute waitress behind the counter.

As Rob looks up and heads to the door he swears he sees from the corner of his eye two beady eyes glowing green through the window. But it’s late and he plays it off to exhaustion.

On the way to the car an eerie feeling of being followed consumes him. Nothing but shadows behind him yet still the feeling persists. His pace quickens… Movement to his right… Shuffles heard to the left ... and a strange musty smell floats in the air. He darts to the car and locks the door with a feeling of momentary safety.

The disc still in hand, he slips it in the player and kicks on the ignition. The track begins, the gas pedal descends and he pulls off. Soon after Rob feels a sharp shock as his car is bumped from behind. Looking in the rearview mirrors, he sees a green pick up truck, just inches behind him. A large, dark, muscle-bound figure is behind the wheels. The pickup drops back and smashes them again. This time, a taillight is broken off. Rob expels expletives “What the f#@k!”

Rob accelerates, pushing 70 mph, trying to escape this madman insisting on a dangerous high-speed chase. The truck changes left, then right, then back again trying to overtake Rob’s vehicle. Rob glances at the gas tank gauge on his dashboard - It’s getting close to empty. Rob is surprised; he distinctly remembers filling up just earlier that day. Rob searches for a truck stop but there doesn’t seem to be any in sight. Bam! The truck hits him again.

He turns back…


“What the ...!? Is that a gorilla?”

The rest unfolds ...as such.


“A Gorilla Driving a Pick-Up Truck” -  Rob Sonic Road Rage Remix [MP3]


Previous Chapters:
The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Al Green: The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Mike Relm 20-minute Return of Dr Octagon megamix [MP3]


The Return of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th.


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Thursday, May 25, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED MYSPACE ARTIST
Tolcha


Electronica / Dub / Hip Hop from Berlin, Germany “After two brilliant 12-inches, berlin dub magicians Tolcha release their first longplayer Gestalt. Put out by Shir Khans and Tolchas new digi-hop label Meta Polyp, this album is going to be something like dark electronica, mixed with smokey dub and grimey post hip-hop.”—Meta Polyp Records

18-minute album sample: [MP3]
multiple tracks [official site]
more tracks [MySpace]


Stephen Fretwell


PopMatters review: “Magpie is indeed a stripped down, acoustic affair, packed with lovelorn melodies and bruised lyrics, but there is something else brooding here also. The album is shot through with a world-weariness and scruffy charisma that lends some of the songs a devastatingly understated emotional punch. And if at times, it fizzes more with promise than anything else, Stephen Fretwell is definitely a singer who could easily find his way into a tiny corner of your heart.”

“New York” (video) [windows | real]
“Emily” [windows | real]
“New York” [windows | real]


Amadou & Mariam
“Senegal Fast Food” [MP3]


Electric Soft Parade
“Cold World” [MP3]


John Ralston
“I Believe In Ghosts” [MP3]


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Wednesday, May 24, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
The Procussions


“The Procussions are set to saturate the globe with their B-boy energy and powerful message of positive change.  They are a multi-cultural group that not only break the normal stereotypes of what mainstream hip hop must be but as well aren’t afraid to discuss issues that other rappers don’t: rape, child abuse, neglect.  One example is “Miss January” featuring Talib Kweli which discusses the perils of having to say goodbye to a destructive relationship.  The three man crew consisting of Mr. J Mederios, Stro and Rez befriended each other while growing up in Colorado but now make Los Angeles their home.  With musical influences stemming from the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, to J Dilla to Megadeth, their sound is a style that reflects all genres of music.”  — Rawkus Records

“Miss January” feat. Talib Kweli [windows | real]
“The Storm” [windows | real]
“The Storm” (video): [windows | quicktime]


Code Pie
“Little Bamboo” [MP3]
“Cement Truck” [MP3]
“Gala” [MP3]


Cacoy
“Yoko Majikick Ono” [MP3]


The Like Young
“Dead Eyes” [MP3]
“For Money Or Love” [MP3]


The Black Angels
“The First Vietnamese War” [MP3]


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Monday, May 22, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
DJ Spooky


“Arguably DJ culture’s most intellectual turntablist, DJ Spooky links his personal roots together with his inimitable taste in music by hand selecting 34 of his favorite tracks from the Trojan Records archives and compiling them into one collection, In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records (in stores June 27th).  A heady experiment where he plucks important and influential songs from the venerable Jamaican record label’s rich vaults, DJ Spooky sets out not only to create a new mood for the club scene but to take clubgoers through the vital history of Trojan and its direct impact on DJ and club culture to this day.” — Trojan Records

“DJ Spooky MegaMix Stream” [MP3]
multiple songs: [official site]


The Dixie Chicks
“Not Ready to Make Nice” [windows | real | quicktime]
video: “Not Ready to Make Nice” [player]


Extra Golden
“Ilando Gima Onge” [MP3]


Stuart Staples
“There Is a Path” [MP3]


Matthew Ryan
“Return to Me” [MP3]


Bardo Pond
“Moonshine” [MP3]


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Friday, May 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Dr. Octagon Chronicles


Ants (The Money Fight Fire Ants Remix) [MP3]


The Return of Doctor Octagon, Chapter 3: The Money Fight Fire Ants


Dark clouds have descended over the OCD offices. It’s been three weeks since receiving the mysterious package from the good Doctor and they are nowhere closer to deciphering his message for the people of earth. What’s worse is their two previous code crackers have become useless. Mike Relm has been only responding in binary code, which when deciphered, says
“Times up Ants move with the bell”
The Gray Kid has been committed to a mental hospital. They last heard he has been scribbling on the walls:
“Look at them crawl, look at them climb up the wall, like roaches”
Nervous, anxious, and paranoid, all seems lost for the people of OCD. After putting their heads together, they turn their attention to the Northern CA hills. Placing a call on the purple phone, it rings 14 times only to receive this message:
“Sorry, Her Space Holiday is not in right now. We are out on a global tour teaching a 12-part dissertation on how the past presents the future: a study of audiological time travel. Please leave your message after the beat beat beat.”
Defeated, devastated and defunct, the OCD feels the walls closing in on them. The despair lies on top of them like the weight of the world. Not a word is spoken. Then the purple phone rings. As it’s picked up, someone yells, “Track that call!”
OCD Operator: How did you get this number?
The Money Fight: That is not important. We hear you have… some problems.
OCD Operator:  Who is this? Where are you from?
TMF: We are The Money Fight. Where we are from is of no importance, what is important is that you listen closely.
OCD Tracker: It’s coming from LA
OCD Operator: What do you want?
TMF: You must listen. We hear you received a package. We received the same package 5 years ago. Upon opening it, destruction and chaos descended upon our society.  People were almost crushed under a weight of despair and grief. We were nearly decimated as a people.
OCD Tracker: Wait, its New York. Keep them talking.
OCD Operator: What happened?
TMF: We thought all was lost. Villages burned, people terrorized each other in the streets, and our society was reduced to almost nothing. That was until we were able to break the code. Through a combination of modern technology, audiological innovations and numerous sacrifices, we were able to save our great society. We were almost able to undo the damage.  Almost. We hear two of your people have been infected.
OCD Tracker: Australia!
OCD Operator: Yes, can you help them?
TMF: Yes, we can. You are safe for now. And if you ever find the ‘good’ doctor, tell him we are coming for him.
OCD Tracker: Saturn?
OCD Operator: Hello? Hello?
All is silent again. Had that all been a prank? Suddenly all the computers light up and the stereo switches on. A whistle blows. As the beat drops, and the strings soar, all begins to look up at the OCD office.
And we go “la, la, la, laaaaaa….”


Ants (The Money Fight Fire Ants Remix) [MP3]


Log on next Friday for the next installment of this amazing 8 week story featuring new interpretations of Dr Octagon tracks each week by Prefuse 73, Kid Loco, Rob Sonic, Skinny Man and more.


Previous Chapters:
Al Green: The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Mike Relm 20-minute Return of Dr Octagon megamix [MP3]


The Return of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th.


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