People like to complain about what makes good and bad hip-hop in 2014, and sometimes it seems more people are using their eyes instead of their ears to determine their decisions. With that said, may I recommend to you a song by Matt G called “Perched”. The Austin, Texas rapper has a lot to say and does so in a very concise manner, one that is also funky. The song will appear on his forthcoming Imagipashun album, which is partly an accumulation of the type of work he has done for the last ten years, which has also includes shows with Blueprint, Killah Priest, and Tracy Morgan. Use your ears first upon listening, then open your eyes.
Who or what is #$ (“Hash Money”), it is uncertain at this time. But his/hers/their new song is called “Molly Cynus” and [t](s)he[y] bring in Chippy Nonstop and Shape to make the song complete. Space Jesus produced this one for those involved, and the song will find its way on #$’s Hash Money album this spring.
In truth, Space Jesus is one-half of #$, with GDP completing the full meal deal so now you know, let everyone else know.
Indie pop maverick Connan Mockasin has an album called Caramel out now on Mexican Summer and to support it, he is heading to SXSW next week and has released tour dates for his North American spring tour. Here are all of the dates, coordinate your schedules:
March 12… Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar Day Party) (1:30pm)
March 12… Brush Square Park, West Tent (NZ @ SXSW 2014) (6:15pm)
March 13… The FADER Fort (3:00pm)
March 14… Mohawk (The Windish Agency & House of Vans Day Party) (1:30pm)
March 15… Swan Dive (Mexican Summer Official SXSW Showcase)(12:30am)
March 15… Red 7 (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party) (2:15pm)
April 28… Washington, D.C. (Rock And Roll Hotel)
April 29… Philadelphia, PA (Boot & Saddle)
April 30… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
May 1… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
May 2… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
May 4… Montreal, QC (Cabaret du Mile-End)
May 5… Toronto, ON (Lee’s Palace)
May 7… Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle)
May 8… Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry)
May 11… Seattle, WA (Barboza)
May 12… Vancouver, BC (Electric Owl)
May 13… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
May 15… San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
May 16… Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex)
Ten days from now, you’ll be able to hear the Bromance #15 EP from Louisahhh!!! & Maelstrom, and if the music is as bold as their name is, the anticipation will be as hot as a ketchup bottle. You’ll want to bring some of that ground up tomato stuff into the club with the choice “Night Clubbing” for a bit of consensual rubbing.
From Dim Mak Records comes the original mix of “Dynamite” by Luminox, who makes “adrenaline-fueled club hip-hop sound”. If that sounds as weird as it reads, you should press play to find out what it’s really like.
You know of Marc 7 as being one of the four MC’s in Jurassic 5. Now he has a new solo album called Food, Clothing And Shelter, which you can not only stream but is available as a free download. The album features cameos from fellow J5 members Soup (a/k/a Zaakir) and Akil, plus Abstract Rude, Orlando Royal, Tippa Irie, and a number of production contributors. Get to know him more by heading to Marc7Music.com if you haven’t already.
In the last few years, bacon has been one of the “it” foods to place in everything from sandwiches to soups, doughnuts to cake. A food that for years was only limited to breakfast suddenly turned into a “must have” item, or at least everyone’s guilty pleasure simply turned into a pleasure. While Porcus Inférnum is not the first hot sauce I know of to feature bacon, it is the first one I tried, after watching a video that gave it a favorable review so I decided to give it a shot.
Voodoo Chile is the company responsible for making Porcus Inférnum, and they also make a nice range of other hot sauces too utilizing different peppers with different levels of heat. I’ve seen other videos reviewing their sauces but this one was the first I’ve tried and I’ll say that if the others are as good as Porcus Inférnum, I’ll try other varieities.
Let’s get to it. The hot sauce includes water, hot cider vinegar, tomato paste, sugar, chili peppers, Scorpion peppers, salt, citric acid, spices, “bacon flavor”, and a few other small but notable ingredients, including “ham flavor”. It doesn’t get specific as to what “ham flavor” consists of, nor what “bacon flavor” is. However, I know the bacon salt that’s on the market is actually vegan, which means this sauce does not come from bacon grease, ham bits, or anything like that. Sodium level is 45mg, so definitely not too high. Upon opening the bottle and taking in the aroma, I immediately sensed what smelled like pork at first. Or I should say that you may think it’s bacon because it’s a bacon hot sauce, but it then reminded me of pork & beans. I love pork & beans so I was hopeful for trying it.
The hot sauce is delicious. It was bacon-y, but sometimes it would also taste like pork & beans, other times it would take on the flavor of a Manwich/Sloppy Joe sauce, which makes sense since one of the top ingredients in this is tomato paste. I had never tried anything as hot as a Scorpion pepper, and I know some of you pepperheads are going “hot as a Scorpion pepper? You’re weak!” I never said I was a pepperhead either, I just love a good hot sauce. The heat on this one was very nice too, and it lingers for awhile. It it a piercing hot? To me, it was not, but it does last, something I liked. I tried it on eggs, pizza, chicken, French fries, and a number of other items and it’s one you’ll want to return to over and over, or to immerse your food in Porcus Inférnum just to keep the flavor and heat going.
I found Porcus Inférnum to be something I wanted to last for a long time, but once I tried it, I wanted to have it on as many dishes as possible. I’m sure it would do wonders within a Manwich/Sloppy Joe as well so the next time I buy another bottle or two again, I’ll do that.
The Voodoo Chile hot sauce rates the heat level on this sauce as being 5.5 out of 10, but also admits it could be considered “mild” for most hot sauce lovers.
(Porcus Inférnum can be purchased directly from Voodoo Child Sauces.)
(NOTE: This review comes unsolicited, I paid for this sauce and wrote this review without compensation.)
If you know your DJ Shadow samples, you know the importance of Supersister. Now, the two meet again, at least in sound, when Shadow decided to create a remix for the song “Dona Nobis Pacem”, originally released on their 1970 debut album Present From Nancy. Perhaps one day Nancy will go on a holiday with Judy, but that will have to wait. For now, have a listen to this.
How much do you like The Griswolds? Now what would happen if you turned that like to love? Do you love them enough to hear a remix of their song “Mississippi”? Magic Man put this together for your ears, now you may transfer it to other ears in your community. Do so now.
Kenny’s was a burger place located at the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi. What was also in Kalihi: the childhood home of comedian Augie Tulba. You know what else was in Kalihi? The bowling alley known as Kamehameha Bowl, a/k/a Kam Bowl, where Chuck Furuya had some ox tail soup with some of his chef friends. What was also ALSO in Kalihi: Prometheus Brown and Bambu, who are united as The Bar, and together they’ve made an album called Barkada (Beatrock music) that will be released next week Tuesday. The album touches on their Filipino-ness, their roots in Hawai’i and Los Angeles, a Pacific and West Coast feel, and so much more. The album was self-proclaimed as a cross between “Nas’ Illmatic and Yall So Stupid’s Van Full of Pakistans.” Now, I’m not a big fan of Illmatic but the moment anyone compares themselves or their music to Van Full Of Pakistans, I’m sold 1000 times. “Coming (To America)” was produced by Seattle producer Justo, who you may know for his work as a member of The Physics.