Push em - Travis Barker and Yelawolf
Cause sometimes you just need to break stuff.
Maybe One Day - Blu and Exile
On this day in 1969 at around 9pm EST at the #Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Mountain performed a song that would become a core of hip-hop production.
Mountain were a heavy rock band known for their loud volumes, as big and bold as their guitarist and vocalist, Leslie West. The band would eventually perform a song called “Long Red”, highlighted by their drummer, Norman “N.D. Smart”. While the song was just a casual performance, its opening drums would become an important part of countless hip-hop songs as a drum break/sample of interest 10 years later, not only for DJ’s to use at basement parties, but also in the music production. It would eventually become used in R&B and pop songs as well.
I had inquired if Woodstock director Michael Wadleigh had any existing film footage of them performing “Long Red”, since the song is now a part of hip-hop history as well. Unfortunately, Mountain was not considered “high priority band” at the time, so Wadleigh’s camera crew only captured about three complete performances of Mountain’s set. Their performance of “Long Red” was not filmed. A year later, Mountain would gain their first and only big hit, “Mississippi Queen”, thus pushing them to the forefront as a band that wasn’t just “for the freaky hippies”. By then, drummer N.D. Smart had left the band, but not without creating a simply drum pattern that would influence a generation of young kids to dance and rhyme over.
Good Morning View - Asher Roth
My summer jam.
The Smokey Robinson loops are perfect for that carefree summer vibe.
Sweet Love - Playdough and Heath McNease featuring Manchild
Restless - Glue
Good music in 2006 is still good music today.
Quantic- Not So Blue
A portrait of Vinyl collectors and producers and aficionados. From the owner of a Charlie Parker album worth 10,000 who believes in playing it- and prefers mono to stereo.
To the producers at Norton Records where rock musicians who had fallen off the charts are restored to vinyl to be heard again.
To that add the proprietor of Fynl Vinyl, straight out of a Nick Hornsby novel and a homemade Gramophone brought by it’s owner and maker to Washington Square Park every Sunday to play a collection of 78’s.