Saturday, December 31, 2011

tunes - thee satisfaction "kinks"

"i've moved on." = new australian interview

this is a really interesting interview, mostly because the journalist is so jaded and obnoxious. i love what ish says about names. i just gave my self a new name yesterday, shamål, which means 'wind' and 'north'. also- rumours of future digable planets reunions are put to sleep.

shabazz palaces interview with by patrick abboud

Saturday, December 17, 2011

2 new interviews

one with (australia) shabazz palaces interview

...and another from manchester's (uk)

ill communication radio show with nick costello:

NEW TRACK... for most of u anyway

thanx to stacia, a devoted ishmaelite, for going down to the cellar and tracking down this vintage bottle of cherrywine. she recorded it off the video, then i boosted the gain. like she said "the quality sux, but it's ish."

this song came at the end of the movie "planet brooklyn" (formerly known as "men without jobs") and was made towards the end of the cherrywine era, like '06 or so. speaking with ish in '05 he let me know that he had finished recording the 2nd cherrywine LP which was going to be called little epic. he described it as "real minimal". i'll stick my neck out and say that this song was meant to be on that album. so that's 2 albums that ish has recorded but which never got released. fuck! but i'll also venture that some of that material made it onto shabazz palaces. i'm thinking in particular about "a mess, the booth soaks in palatial musk" which is definitely "real minimal".

anyway, this one's also notable for the fact u can make out (almost) all his lyrics straight away. turn ^ the volume

tunes: charles bradley

2011? yes. buy it! support this greatness.

Charles Bradley - The World (is Going Up in Flames) Official Video

Charles Bradley - Golden Rule (Live)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

tunes: forest swords' hjurt

what i'm listening to now:

forest swords - hjurt

it starts off pretty normal but aroud the 2 minute mark the cosmic angel revelation love descends

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

vice magazine interview

Coming and Going with Shabazz Palaces

By Toby Fehily

Baba Maraire

Great piece of SP's other half by that writer Zwickel (who wrote that great feature on Ish for city arts magazine). Trust me you want Tendai's LP, I have it and it's super. Here's the piece:

Baba Maraire: Shabazz Palaces' Other Half

Baba Maraire: Wona Baba Maraire by hearth_music

Thursday, December 8, 2011

live studio performance

for the guardian newspaper (uk). shabazz been getting much love from the british press. barksdale corners w/ bronny on a breakaway:

tonight: miami

shabazz play miami tonight. someone made this cool poster with lyrics to that song "whats up" that they've been playing live. that's one of most incredible things i've ever heard and surely one of their top tracks... hopefully we'll get a studio version soon. here are 2 live versions of it. with the second video (the treasure island one), you have to forward to 3:15.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

interview with tendai maraire

(artwork for tendai "baba" maraire's new lp, wona, by dumbeyes)

while in manchester, groovement did an interview with tendai maraire, in which this weblog gets a shout out =D tendai he gave me a copy of his new cd of shona music (the traditional sound of zimbabwe) which i've been loving and which you can get here

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

slumchella latest

the $3 holler. and.. dead prez will be joining shabazz in kenya!!


antidote to the "what happened to hiphop? everything's bullshit now" handwringing and moaning. don't people tire of being in that state of woe?

Monday, December 5, 2011


Every once in a while Ish sends some thoughts or in this case a photo straight to this weblog. Looks like this one of him, tendai, cat and stas (of thee stisfaction) was taken as they ended their european tour. i had a chance to hang out with all of them plus their manager jonathan in brimingham. such cool folk. report coming soon.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Don't ask me how I missed this one... it's been out for a couple weeks apparently. Blew my mind. Look out for another SP video from Kahlil Joseph coming soon, according to Palaceer who I caught up with in Birmingham (full report coming soon)

Footage from Berlin

Are you..? Can you...? Were You..? (Felt)