In conjunction with our very special June 2013 issue, Beastie Boys: A Visual History + Tribute to MCA, JUXTAPOZ brings you excerpts from some our interviews with Beastie album cover artists from Polly Wog Stew to Hot Sauce Committee Part Two! (Continued)
One of the best music videos to come across the tubes in a long time, just watch and enjoy. From the album Broadway, released on July 2, 2013. EP on iTunes http://goo.gl/JPhrE | MP3 http://goo.gl/An5DL
Shot & Directed by: Eric Coleman (Mochilla) Produced by: Shane Sakanoi & Azul Amaral
Produced by MILLZ DXUGLAS. From the forthcoming “Ghost in the Shell” tape by Azizi Gibson (Brainfeeder). Don’t miss the other leak, also on soundcloud, which includes the immortal lines: Better call me capo / got a heart of steel / and a soul that’s hollow / 2AM finna find me a taco.
Some real funky LA funk courtesy of LA’s bassmaster Thundercat and collaborators Mono/Poly and Flying Lotus. This is the Thundercat tune you’ve been waiting to play for your friends who haven’t gotten onboard his spaceship yet.
Robert Carranza is one of the world’s great audio producers and engineers, and has worked on albums by Ozomatli, The Mars Volta, Taj Mahal, and many more. In this video interview, Ryo1 of Ghetto Dojo sits down with Robert to learn more about his life, career, and his love for the late Manuel Rojas from El Tepeyac restaurant.
The two most influential people in my youth were Ozzy Osbourne and Ronald Reagan- of course, trickle down economics made perfect sense to a knucklehead youngster that smoked too much grass and drank too much Jack Daniels for his age. While my peers were playing with Transformers or trying to be “Like Mike”, I was getting my Ozzy on by biting the head off my toy doves and stealing my Grandma’s crosses and sewing thimbles for my fingers to play Iron Man like Tony Iommi. Although, my politics have changed drastically over the years, my love for the Prince of Darkness and Black Sabbath remain unchanged.
The author as a young metalhead
Today, I am generally known by most as a non-profit director of an East LA /Boyle Heights Social Justice Alternative High School for young folks 16 – 24 that have either been pushed out or aged out of the traditional school system. Yet, those who truly know me best know not to be fooled by the coat and tie! Underneath my Banana Republic shirt is usually a Maiden t-shirt and most of my lunches are spent either jamming to Sweet Leaf with my students or destroying a Jump in the Fryer Burg at Grill ‘Em All. According to my students, I’m the most Metal old guy in all of East Los! So, you could imagine how I immediately broke into my best Beavis and Butthead head bang and metal horns combo when my homie, Javier Cabral hooked me up with the opportunity to cover Black Sabbath’s 1st listening party at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday.
This tune by Anticon Records’ D33J manages to be both mellow and hard at the same time. It’s heavy and soft, dark and light, unique and familiar. It’s also a free download so get it and play it in your car today!
Coming ten days too late to be a punishable April Fool’s joke, KPCC reports that 93.5 F.M. KDAY may be sold for $19.5 million to RBC Communication, then converted to a Chinese language radio station. For those who don’t know K-DAY, it’s basically the living personification of W-BALLZ, a West Coast centric showcase of old-school hip hop and a point of pride for Los Angeles radio in face of corporate-finessed formats and the resurgence of pay-for-play. The station had its start in the seventies and was the first in the country to turn to an all hip-hop format in the eighties. It went off the air in 1991 after a sale to Fred Sands, but rose from the grave in 2004, before enduring further and sporadic programming changes until a return to golden age hip-hop in August of 2009. Though MTV is already reporting that the station, which typically leans heavily towards Cali classics from the likes of WC, Cypress Hill, Cube,DJ Quik, Eazy, and Dre and features classic commercials like Snoop advertising for Cal Worthington and spots for a company called Easy-Rims-4-Rent, has already changed formats, we can confirm it’s still banging Too Short as of this writing. Anyway, maybe we can get into this guy if given enough time.
Todd “the God” Edwards is a Garage music legend who recently moved from his native New Jersey to Los Angeles. This city couldn’t be happier to have him, including LA residents DAFT PUNK, who collaborated with Todd previously and now again for the new album Random Access Memories. Check out the video above for insight into the process.