hail mary mallon – bestiary (album stream)

i dont listen to too much new hip hop, but when i do aesop rock usually has a hand in it, somehow. hail mary mallon is aesop and rob sonic and dj big wiz. this record is hot as fuck! prob the best hip hop record ive heard well probably since the last aesop record. i would be lying if i didnt find myself zoning out to watching whoever play donkey kong. check rhymesayers for all the details.

the mountain goats vs the felice brothers


afternoon, y’all. so far 08 is turning out to be a pretty good year in terms of the number of great releases. here be a couple that will definitely end up near the top of my end the year list.

if you haven’t been witness to the mountain goats, your life is not complete.

sax rohmer #1 off heretic pride

lovecraft in brooklyn (aesop rock remix) here is the accompanying sketch video for the remix

new monster avenue off get lonely

lions teeth off the sunset tree

palmcorder yanja off we shall all be healed

mountain goats site

yeah, ian felice sounds like bob dylan and not kinda sounds like him, but it may as well be bob. with that out of the way the felice brothers’ newly released self titled record, simply put, is freakin great. its filled with everything i love in a record, hammonds, accordions, drunken sing-a-longs, etc which all add up to the equivalent of a sounding like a traveling revue show circa 1920. very, very cool stuff.

frankies gun!

wonderful life

the felice brothers myspace

just cause i dont want to war with you, dont mean go warm up the barbecue


from roughly 1994 until 2000, hip hop was completely dead to me. it wasn’t until i came across aesop rock’s float and the deltron 3030 record that my interest in the genre began to flourish for a possible round two, round one being from ’88 – ’94. during the younger days of hip hop, i fully immersed myself into the music and it made a big impact on my later listening habits. but i got truly tired of the inconsistency. i could never depend on an artist/crew to put out two or three succesive records of good to great material. it was more like one great record, the rest, pure shit. this lead to distancing myself from all hip hop. even though i have gotten back into hip hop, i could never fully give myself over to hip hop as i did in younger days, for fear of feeling betrayed yet again. but the select artists i have found, since the reawakening, have made, collectively, a pretty big impact on my soul. quality over quantity.

in case you need a reintroducing, here’s a killer mix to help you on your way. thanks aesop real.

1. paradise – c-rayz walz (prod el-p)

2. grand ol party crash – cage feat jello biafra (prod dj shadow)

3. goin off – blueprint

4. fumbling over the words the rhyme – edan

5. up 2 no good – tame one

6. the ride – oh no featuring medaphoar

7. 2 brothers from the gutter – percee p featuring diamond d

8. the point of no return – immortal technique

9. 18 with a bullet – murs

10. american history x – ill bill

11. crap artists – despot (prod blockhead)

12. heavy artillery – mr lif

13. windsprints – cool calm pete

14. jump muthafuh – hangar 18

15. run the numbers – el p w/ aesop rock

16. behold – lodeck

17. scream phoenix – cannibal ox (prod el-p)

captains dead's top 13 records of the '07

i listened to a lot of records this year, probably too many for my own damn good. i tend to obsess over records over extended periods of time. this personality defect doesn’t really lend itself well to giving other, obsessive worthy records the ability to firmly plant themselves into my brain. so, here are my 13 favorite, see most obsessed over, records of 2007.


13. phosphorescent.pride


a picture of our torn up praise



12. bon iver.for emma forever ago

skinny love



11. chris whitley and jeff lang.dislocation blues

stagger lee

changing of the guard



10. bruce.magic

radio nowhere

terry’s song



9. zookeeper.becoming all things


snow in berlin

ballad of my friends



8. aesop rock.none shall pass

catacomb kids

39 thieves



7. richmond fontaine.thirteen cities

the disappearance of ray norton

moving back home #2 (live)



6. of montreal.hissing fauna, are you the destroyer

hemidalsgate like a promethean curse (live)

cato as a pun (live)



5. jason isbell.sirens of the ditch

in a razor town (live)

the magician



4. iron and wine.the sheperds dog

innocent bones

boy with a coin



3. band of horses.cease to begin

is there a ghost

islands on the coast (live)



2. glossary.the better angels of our nature

little caney

blood on the knobs

download the entire record



1. the everybodyfields.nothing is okay


dont turn around



he was the patron saint of quality footwear

as far as i am concerned the best mc in hip hop right now, and really since the release of labor days, is ian matthias bavitz or aesop rock to the rest of y’all. i get the feeling that most would probably argue that statement, but other than el-p, i dont think there is another mc attempting to shift the shape of hip hop quite like aesop rock. his work is definitely not a tasty treat for the masses. his lyrics are cryptic, if not sometimes nonsensical, his voice is not what one would call radio friendly, his beats are like bomb squad tracks filtered through mud packs and his flow doesnt follow any predefined path. all of which makes the journey into his world all the more captivating. none shall pass is probably my second or third favorite of the year and could even end taking the number one spot. i hate making such bold predictions but me thinks none shall pass could go down, given time, as one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.

he is on tour as i type, and tonite finds him at the grog shop in cleveland. he finishes up his tour here in atlanta on 11.20 @ mjq.

here he is w/ rjd2 manning the wheels of steel live in asheville, nc. i dont have an exact date but me thinks it was in 02.

looky, looky here

1. intro

2. rock dat shit

3. float over night light

4. coma

5. accapella

6. lucy abc

7. nickle plated pockets

8. left inside on beat box

9. ohh yeah!

10. dance contest

11. aesop dance rock

12. big bang

13. boombox

14. promolude

15. appleseed

16. kill em all(freestyle)

17. spoken word

18. daylight

none shall pass