Rap Duo Not the 1s Launch Kickstarter Campaign by Matt Valerio

Rap Duo Not the 1s (Cuzzo D & Mawnstr) just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the 12" vinyl of their upcoming LP Everybody's Rappin'. The release will come out on Gold Robot Records later this year and will be a 12" picture disc with art by illustrator Matt Gondek. The album features guest appearances by the legendary Kool Keith, Riff Raff, and more. 

By pledging $100 or more to the project, not only do you help fund the release of the physical goods, but you also become a PART of the album. Matt Gondek will incorporate YOU into the actual art on the picture disc. How cool is that? Oh, and how cool is Mawnstr's amazing Juice t-shirt in the above video? Where can I get one?

For more info and to support these guys, check out their Kickstarter page



Background Noise, Episode 32: Lucien Shapiro by Matt Bomarr

The "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 32 the focus is on Lucien Shapiro.

The "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 32 the focus is on Lucien Shapiro.

San Francisco-based artist Lucien Shapiro's work is like none I've ever seen. I was impressed with his painstakingly created masks the first time I saw them, but even MORE impressed once I looked a little bit closer and saw what they were made from. Using found objects, Lucien pieces together these ancient warrior-looking masks using modern day found objects.

His work is always open to interpretation by the viewer, but often has a personal connection or meaning to him. He incorporates bottle caps into a lot of his pieces, which appeal to Lucien because they are circles, and to him they symbolize his belief that everything comes full circle. A recent piece from his show at San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery, which features a large number of condoms strung together, represents a "protection mask." One of his pieces even consists of different colored skateboard wheels tied together with twine and draped over a skull. It's all very fascinating stuff.

He's made a few videos as well. These videos are usually like mini art films that document some of the "rituals" that get performed by people wearing Lucien's masks. They are always beautifully shot, and usually soundtracked by fellow San Franciscan and beatmaker extraordinaire, Edison.

At the moment, I'm unaware of any upcoming gallery shows of his, but you can check out his website, his Twitter or his Instagram for updates.

photo via lucienshapiro.com

photo via lucienshapiro.com

What was your first concert?
I'm sure this wasn’t the first concert I went to but definitely the first one I remember was MC Hammer .

Last concert/show?
Haven’t been keeping up with my shows watching or concerts lately I am a bad fan I guess. Last one I remember was the Gaslamp Killer and DJ Shadow or Thee Oh Sees. About to go see Babelfishh , Swordplay, Pierre the motionless, James Reindeer, and Home on Friday.

First album, tape or cd you bought?
Shit not quite sure what was first but I did get Talking Heads tape Little Creatures pretty young. That was a good one.

Last album you bought?
Heavier Percussion tape from Egadz

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
Soo many to chose from. But the Beastie Boys License to Ill may have flipped the whole thing for me.

Who is your musical hero?
Shit, man so many on this question too, I would have to say Mike Patton. but so many more as well.

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
Very very very very very important. Without it I couldn’t get into my flow in the studio, I don’t need it always but it keeps me in it.

Check out Lucien's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here. And stay tuned for next week's episode, featuring the UK artist Paul Insect.

Brand new Edison project - "The Full Mustafa" by Matt Bomarr

Bomarr Blog super friend Edison from San Francisco just released this Full Mustafa project via the 900bats site. He says:

“yodels brodels… been sitting on this lil’ project for a few months… it is 20 beats of flipped and bugged out psych rock… shit your uncle hippy wished he had heard while he was ripping tubes in his teenage flower powered sweaty VW bus… just in case the listeners of bat-tapes forgot how to do it, i got evak1 and beastmaster to rip a track each…. pure posterity bros….”

Go grab it for free right here

Man Mantis - "Sea Ambulance" by Matt Bomarr

man mantis - "sea ambulance" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/14283553-445.mp3]

This brand new EP from Madison, WI producer Man Mantis has been in heavy rotation this week in my headphones. Sea Ambulance features five songs, plus a remix from DJ Pain 1 (not to be confused with Bomarr Blog superhomie DJ Pain. If you're into dark, heavy beats along the lines of Edison, Egadz etc, you'll love this. I can't get enough of it. You can download it for free right here.

Edison - "Or Had You Forgotten" by Matt Bomarr

edison - "or had you forgotten" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/14016685-aa4.mp3]

As I mentioned last week, San Francisco beatmaker Edison just dropped his brand new record People Are Bad Animals via Kid Without Radio. If you're not up on this guy, you're missing out. He really has an ear for drums, as you can hear in the opening track from the record, included here. You can buy the record right here.

New Edison Video - "Artemis vs. The City" by Matt Bomarr

[vimeo 19583415] BRAND NEW Edison video for the track "Artemis vs. The City" from his upcoming record for Kid Without Radio, People Are Bad Animals. The video was recorded in one shot, and made with no loops. Even the lights were triggered via Midi by his monome lunchboxes. This dude is seriously one of my favorite beat-oriented producers right now. He's a super rad guy, and he's extremely talented. The record will be available everywhere next Tuesday, February 8th, but right now, you can pick it up early and EXCLUSIVELY through the Kid Without Radio website.

Red - "I Should Tell Your Mama On You (Edison's Fer Whut Remix)" by Matt Bomarr

red - "i should tell your mama on you (edison's fer whut remix)" (stream-only) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/12146638-e04.mp3]

I posted the original version Stones Throw classic a while back.  Here, San Francisco beatmaker extraordinaire Edison changes up Red's "I Should Tell Your Mama On You," originally an acapella, and adds some more depth.  You can download this for free in exchange for an email address over at the Kid Without Radio Bandcamp page. website