STS9 the STL

February 8, 2008


This is a seriously delayed post. The concert was last Saturday, and it was amazing. Truly amazing.

One of my greatest memories was being able to watch world-renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves perform at the Cayman Jazz Festival. Not just because of how stunningly marvelous her voice is, or how wonderful the chemistry is between her and her band, but because I got to go with my grandfather. To see his reaction to the music blew me away. From the beginning of the show through the end, he had tears welling up in his eyes. It was truly a beautiful spectacle to behold, how deeply he was effected by the music. This was truly one of the best moments of my life. And now, I have had a brief glimpse of how he felt.

Although the  tears were not through the entire concert, they came from the second STS9 started to play, and lasted through the first couple of songs. And I assure you, it had nothing to do with the copious amounts of smoke that filled the building.

I have to say that my biggest disappointment with  St. Louis is the music scene. Not that its bad, but it doesn’t even begin to compare with that of DC. There is always a great show to see in DC. But there is one thing about this that is great: it seems that the energy required to go see numerous shows all saves itself up and by the time there is something great to see, St. Louis unleashes all their energy at once. I have never seen so many people dance so passionately for such an extended period of time. A sold-out show where everyone is dancing the entire 5 hours is truly a spectacle.

And of course, I haven’t even gotten to the music. The opening act, Lotus, was phenomenal. I had never heard their music before, but I will no longer be sleeping on them. Fast-paced, sophisticated disco that employs the use of a vocoder at all the right moments. The tempo changes and breakdowns were amazing, and gave the music a very dynamic feel. Honestly they were amazing.

And then, come the heroes of the night. Sound Tribe Sector 9. Amazing. For those not familiar with the group, it is a 5 member electronica/jam-band known for their live performances and one-take recording process. For those of you who have heard their records go see a show, it will blow you away. And for those who have seen a show, you already know what I’m talking about. I can’t even think of words to describe it. You just have to see them. They are without a doubt THE BEST LIVE ACT I HAVE EVER SEEN. EVER.

I will be downloading the recording of the St. Louis show, and when I do, I will post a few tracks online for people to listen to. Keep your eyes open for that.  In the mean-time: 

-the judge

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Congratulations Remot!!!

February 6, 2008

Remot won the contest!! Congratulations yo. We all hope you remember us little folks at Vinyl Meltdown when you blow up.

Full story here.

My quick 2 cents

January 28, 2008

I think its dope that prominent hip hop artists are debating politics publicly. Its just really good for the youth (myself included) to see people they know and respect talking out the issues. Its always been a problem that young folks don’t vote enough, and having folks like Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest talk out the issues can really inspire people to go out there and have their voice be heard. Props yo!

the judge

PS. Obama up! Sorry Lupe, I dig what you have to say though.

In Rainbows

November 13, 2007

So, you may have heard about Radiohead’s “free” release In Rainbows. Its a very good album. But I’m not here to discuss the album (which you should definitely pick up, cause its great). Instead I’m here to discuss the music industry, which in my opinion, could really use a flipturn. Currently, artists signed to major labels do not see the cut of profits they deserve. And fat-cat suits are sitting up in their mansions raking in the millions, basically for having connections. Not to mention the fact that most of the mainstream music comes from untalented hacks who come up with a catchphrase, dance, or both (supaman that ho!) and start selling way more records than they should.

The industry is monumentally out of wack, with paychecks incredibly disproportionate to talent, and a vast majority of the wealth in the hands of a vast minority of the people. Its just not right. And it needs to change. Radiohead has taken us all a step in the right direction. By cutting out the middle man, and promoting their album strictly through word of mouth (use that internet baby!) they managed to amass a huge number of downloads. And the whole concept of “pay what you think it deserves” is great. Of course your gonna toss a buck or two at them, and huge fans will pay absurd amounts, and mass-downloaders will freeload… but it will all balance out.

That’s why, all Vinyl Meltdown releases will be released in this fashion. We are not a major label. We are also not terribly greedy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money as much as the next person, but I also don’t want to see people paying 15 bucks for a CD. Thats a bit ridiculous. Taking a cue from Radiohead and Saul Williams (The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of Niggy Tardust) we will offer albums for download, either free, or with a $5 donation via paypal. pretty easy right? The paid for versions will include some bonus material, perhaps an extra track, some additional artwork, or something totally unexpected. We’re still working on setting that up, but we also have a lot of new artists in the mix, so keep eyes peeled for that. Definitely got big things poppin’ over here.

In Rainbows

The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of Niggy Tardust

It’s been a long time…

August 9, 2007

It’s been far, far too long since I made a post. But here I am, posting. Crazy huh? Y’all probably thought I forgot about you. Not the case. In fact, I have something that will hopefully make up for the long absence. First off, I am announcing a new beat-tape by Vinyl Meltdown’s own Remot. He has been furiously behind the boards, putting together “Beat Street,” a compilation of instrumentals that are like music to your ears. 19 tracks long, this tape is sure to give you a good feel of what Remot is all about.

Beat Street

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Next is this: I am going to be devoting some good time into making the site look nicer. It looks a little too generic for our tastes right now. We here at Vinyl Meltdown like to inject a little bit of flavor into everything we do, so why should our website be any different? Get ready for some spicy new images, and perhaps some contracted artwork from some of my art-school buddies.

Thirdly, a slew of videos that reflect what I have been listening to, and what I think you should check out.

Heartbreaker – Teriyaki Boyz

Constance – Mr. J Medeiros

Sunshine – Atmosphere

Here (in your arms) (remix) – Wonda

Bomb the Blocks (feat. Persia) – Bassnectar

Stronger – KanYe West

The People – Common

Hip Hop Police/Evening News – Chamillionaire (feat. Slick Rick)

Finally, I promise to be more regular, and to hit you guys with lots of music to check out. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully I’ve started to make it worth your while.

-the judge