Nobody Can Live Forever

I was reminded how much I love the music of Tim Maia recently. Slightly obscure in the US, he was a veritable Soul giant in Brazil in the ’70s. This short video from Luaka Bop is a great introduction to this fascinating, talented, and slightly crazy musician. Via NPR.

Byrd Over Staten EP

If you liked the first singles from the Byrd Over Staten project from Shaolin Jazz, which I posted a couple months back, you’ll definitely dig the full EP, which you can download here. If you’re lucky enough to be around NYC this weekend, the good people at Reed Space are hosting a Byrd Over Staten listening party at the L.E.S. store tomorrow 4pm-7pm. You need to RSVP for that.

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Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, American friends. “Though you might not drive a great big Cadillac…”

All Flows Reach Out

A.F.R.O. is a young freestyle phenomenon from Bellflower, CA, who has been racking up accolades all over the place – from R.A. the Rugged Man co-signs to production by DJ Premier. Tales from the Basement is his latest release – an EP of fresh new rhymes from the virtuosic 18-yr-old emcee, over other peoples’ beats.