Hey, my name is Stephen Kaplan, I'm a senior in high school and I love music. My friends get mad at me for always showing them new bands, so I decided to just make a blog about it. Every week I'll review a new album and post a link to a youtube video of my favorite song from it. Hope you enjoy.
Alright, so this is for tomorrow cause it's the last day of finals for us at Boulder High. Also shout out to my buddy Noah, he's about to "Roll Out" of high school tomorrow. Bringing us to the song of the day.
It's Whomp Wednesday, so I'm gonna go ahead and show you one of my favorite Dubstep tracks of late. It's by the incredible Flux Pavillion and is wicked. This song starts off with a tribute to the roots, that real Ragga Dub type stuff that I personally loves, but drops into a more modern sound.
Hey there music fans I hope you've had a solid breakfast cause this weeks album is outrageous.
When you put three of the greatest instrumentalists alive together in a recording studio you're bound to get something good, but when Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Marc O'Connor got together in 1996 they produced an album that not only crossed genres effortlessly, but also is one of the greatest examples of musicianship and musical conversation ever. They spent three days in the recording studio and recorded 16 tracks, here are some of my favorites.
Chief Sitting In The Rain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-MLXsHkuPY
Druid Fluid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q29kdJZtPs
Appalachia Waltz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vguZmqHJ6OA
I could go on, but I would end up listing the whole album (which is really hard to find on youtube) so I'm going to stop there. Seriously, this album is amazing, buy it. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge, Stephen.
Oy vey, what a day. I hate Mondays, but I love Hip Hop (nice segue no?) Today's track comes to you out of the streets of Boulder with rappers Synk-Na-Rise and Ace Beyond. This is a preview off of the much awaited mixtape Lost and Found. Alright, here it is.
So I realized yesterday that I know these songs that not many other people would know, and they're so awesome, so this week I'm putting together a list of 10 of them. Some of these will be terrible, by the way, but just trust me, they're still awesome. Alright let's go.
Song 1. Cocaine - Abner Jay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvvbJnVLX40 This song is turrible. But actually, this is the greatest intro to a song ever, and the song's pretty cool too. If you don't like folk, then just deal with it.
Song 2. Go To The Mardi Gras - Professor Longhair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR82f0GJgXgWelcome to class. Professor Longhair is gonna teach you what it's all about. Everything about this song is cool. And that whistling at the beginning is so impressive.
Song 5. Existance - Excision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0t8ZIlwuQ This was the song of this last summer. My friend and I went to target and put this in one of their sound systems and called it dubstep-terrorism. This is complete filth.
When I'm working in the recording studio there's only one band that gets me and my partner in crime, Lee, through the long nights, and that's the dynamic duo formed by Lil' Fame and Billy Danze hailing from Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York and goes by the name of Mash Out Posse, or M.O.P. This is some raw, hard core, unchecked, aggressive hip hop, and it's beautiful. These are probably the two angriest human beings that have ever lived, it's amazing that they recorded for 10 years plus with out either of them having a heart attack. So, with out further ado, I give you M.O.P.
Track 2. Cold As Ice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LrHfxW4XOg the song that they sampled for the chorus is awful, but as with all terrible songs from the 80's, if you speed it up and add a funky bass line it immediately becomes a banger. Also, later in the song they say "FUCK YOU, TELL ME SOMETHING NEW!' to the sample. that's thug.
Well, those are all of the ones that i'm gonna put up, but seriously, all of they're music is amazing for everything from full contact knitting to hard core basketball. Hope you enjoyed. Keep on expanding your knowledge and listening to music. Stephen
So, I've been asked to do a post about my favorite jazz songs. I'm going to limit myself to 13 songs, hopefully covering my favorite genres. I play violin in my school's top jazz band and I'm hopefully auditioning for all state jazz, so I really love this stuff.
Song 1. Minor Swing - Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpmOTGungnA I can't say enough about this song. Hot Club is by far my favorite kind of jazz, maybe just because Grappelli is my god. But regardless how can you not love it?
Song 2. Giant Steps - John Coltrane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZRnkBK_0no John Coltrane. John Coltrane. John Col-motherfucking-trane. That's all that needs to be said about this. and that the video is super cool.
Song 4. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnurVNkg62Q Now this is a cat that swung. I would be scared to take that train because it would swing too much. (sorry, that was a bad joke...)
Song 5. Something's Gotta Give - Ella Fitzgerald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8WwidVKGo I found out how amazing Ella Fitz is on a plane ride by myself this summer. I listened to her for 6 or 7 hours. Gotta love that voice.
Song 8. Chameleon - Herbie Hancock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsSQRWMhOs We played this song in Jazz band this year and it may be the funkiest thing I've ever played. The build up takes a while but stay with it. It's amazing.
Song 9. Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GuDExkBmnU Pops man, he could blow. I also really love this song. He's playing it slower than I've ever heard anyone play it but it's amazing.
Song 10. Take Five - Dave Brubeck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwNrmYRiX_o The coolest thing about this song in my opinion is that it's in 5/4 time, which makes the solo even more impressive. If you don't know what 5/4 time is, look it up...
Song 12. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JEdf7XsV5g I almost completely forgot about latin jazz. Here's the classic cuban jazz group Buena Vista Social Club doing what they do best.
It's monday, and usually I'm down on Mondays, but today's a funky day. So with out further ado i give you Give Up The Funk (Tear the roof off this mother sucka)
May the funk be with you.
Well, it's Saturday, which means it's time for a new album.
Recently I've gotten very into Afrobeat. I love the horn section, and the funky rhythms but more than anything what I love about Afrobeat is the layers of groove that work perfectly. One of my favorite artists in Afrobeat is this weeks album artist, Fanga. I don't know much about them other that they're a funky bunch of dudes who released the album Natural Juice with some of my favorite Afrobeat songs on it.
My first favorite song on the album is the first song on the album, Crache La Douleur (Feat. Tony Allen) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ1Tb--pzUojust listen to that brass section and you'll know why.
After that is Kononi (Feat. Kady Diara) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5jI9ZmwI0M this is a chiller song than crache la douleur, but it's still awesome. The other amazing thing is the flow that this album has. All of the songs lead into the other, so it's really nice to just put on and chill out to.
Ok, I'll give you one more song off the album, Iba http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWXIggS6Ok is pretty sweet too, but actually, this is an album to be listened to the whole way through.
Alright, that's all for today, make sure to check in tomorrow for the song of the day. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen Kaplan
Here's a new segment that I'm gonna do. Album of the week will still be around but this is something little and extra. I hope you enjoy.
Well, it's Friday, and that means it's time for party music. That leaves room for a lot of different stuff, but the song for today is gonna be some Euro-pop. Allez Olla Ole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX2pxtkhx-M by french euro-pop artist Jesse Matador is perfect for Friday. It's catchy, it moves fast with a driving bass and it's just happy music. Hope you enjoy, and come back tomorrow for this weeks album. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
VII. Oyimbo (live)- Femi Kuti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3VADO7mwnI Fela's son Femi Kuti does some awesome Afro beat here, I love the horn section, awesome groove, and he starts out the song singing do re mi fa and so on. Cool stuff.
That's all for today, I have to go to school. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
Hey guys, I'm back. I was gone this summer and so the posting stopped, maybe you noticed, whatever... Anyways, I'm back now and this year I'm going to actually try to do an album every week (hopefully I'll be posting on Saturdays). So here it goes. When most people hear "dub" they immediately think dubstep, well there is such thing as dub music and it's amazing. I was first introduced to dub when a friend showed me Aswad's Dub Fire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzeIFr_RK2o. This isn't about that though, this is about another dub group called the Easy Star All Stars who put out the album Dub Side of the Moon. Released in 2003 Dub Side is a dub version of Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon. The really cool thing about Dub Side is that it is pretty true to the original while managing to really change it. For instance take money, it starts with an odd sound not found in Pink Floyd's version, but then it goes directly into the original, only to be remixed into dub, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFVdTw4PwE0. Money is probably my favorite track, but not by much. Time, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6mzAGRY7uo&feature=related and Speak To Me/ Breath, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttzwW7pIVIw&feature=related are also really cool. But when it comes down to it the whole album is amazing, and just like the original, the best way to listen to it is all the way through. That's all for this week. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge, Stephen
Hey, I don't know about you, but I love chilling out. This playlist is going to be almost exclusively acid jazz, ambient, chillstep and other chill electronica. This is the music I listen while studying or writing, it's also great background music.
Track 4: Bulgarian Interlude by Don Peyote & Marcell Cellier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTfldOkhWOc (I got this off of an album called Chill Out In Paris, definitely worth checking out if you like this kind of music)
To me, there are two sides of the summer vibe, the chill side, and the party side. So far I've only done the chill side so this playlist will be the beginning of the party playlist. I don't know much about electronika because I just recently started listening to it, so for this one I got my buddy Alan to help me out. Oh, Alan's a DJ, check out his soundcloud, but in a little bit, he's working on it. I'll post a link later on. Get hype. Anyways, this is the party playlist and it's gonna be all hardstyle so if you're not a fan this isn't for you, but you should still check it out.
My playlist yesterday got over 100 views, that's a record for me, thanks guys. As I promised some of you yesterday, today I'm doing a hip hop only summertime playlist. I hope you enjoy this one. I think tomorrow I'll make an electronika playlist if the views stay up like they have been. So, with out further adieu, here we go.
Hey guys, I know it's been forever since I did one of these but I've been really busy with second semester junior year and lacrosse and stuff. Anyways, it's summer here in Boulder, and so instead of doing an album I'm gonna make a play list for all you cool cats out there to get your groove on, so let's boogy. This is gonna be called Summer 2011 playlist, super original right? Here we go.
Track 3: Dub Fire by Aswad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw3PImkJhU0 (This is the song that introduced me to the Dub movement, possibly the chillest music in the world. This is a bass heavy song so if you don't have good speakers get some.)
Track 6: Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E (Truly a summer time classic. Wagon Wheel is one of those songs that every one knows and can sing along too, if you can't, you should learn. Great bon fire music.)
Hey all, hope you had a great spring break, and if you haven't had it yet i wish you the best for yours. I was talking to my friend about metal today and told him that Toxicity by System Of The Down was my favorite album. Then i thought about it and realized i haven't done a metal album on here yet so here it is. Probably my favorite part of System is their harmonies, they're eerie, but still really beautiful. The lyrics are poignant in a lot of the songs, they talk about politics (such as Prison Song) relationships, life and have a couple funny songs. Their songs are mostly melodic, so even people who don't really dig the screaming part of metal can get into it. My favorite songs off of this album are Aerials http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-iepu3EtyE , Prison Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JaMBEIM0kM and their number one hit Chop Suey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSvFpBOe8eY. but really you can't go wrong with any of the songs. Toxicity was released by American Recordings in 2001. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
When it comes to freestyle rapping there is a pretty obvious king, Big L. Although a lot of his lyrics are misogynistic and homophobic he's incredible. Big L is classic East Coast Gangsta, he's from Harlem from the 90s and you can hear it in everything that he does. His debut album Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous is a gritty, angry and intense album with minimalistic beats and dirty rhythm. The control that he shows over his flow is amazing, seamlessly transitioning from a slow tempo to a fast section, and his word play is incredible. My favorite song off of the album would have to be Put It On, http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=put+it+on&aq=f which is a song that my friends and I rap all of the time, it's awesome. Also off of it is the murder song All Black, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U1UN4P9Mnw which I also really like. Anyways, a song of his that isn't on this album is 98 freestyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToTRFS-6eUs but you should check out all of his stuff. He's probably the most under rated rappers of all time. This album was released in 1995 by Columbia Records. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
Hey all, it's been a long time since I last posted, but I hope you'll forget that and just go along with it. This week my album is Blue Collar by a rapper from Chicago named Rhymefest. Not many people know who Rhymefest is, so it can give you some major hip hop credit knowing him. Blue Collar contains some funny tracks, but also a lot of social commentary and songs addressing some really heavy stuff. It also has collaborations with major artists such as Kanye West (whose song "Jesus Walks" was actually co-written by Rhymefest) Wu Tang Clan's Old Dirty Bastard, and Citizen Cope. Rhymefest likes to tell stories with his songs which means that most of his lyrics are perfectly understandable, unlike a lot of rappers who some people have a hard time understanding. He doesn't overwhelm you with beats, but really makes you focus on the words. My 2 favorite songs are Bullet Feat. Citizen Cope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_56YPH50bGI and Sister, which isn't on youtube, so get the album, it's incredible. Blue Collar was put out by J Records in 2006. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
The first time I ever heard Gnarles Barkley was with their hit (and unbearably overplayed) song Crazy. The next time I heard CeeLo was this year with his solo song "Fuck You", and I heard DJ Danger Mouse in his amazing and controversial mash-up album "The Gray Album". To me it seemed that all that Gnarles Barkley had to offer was crazy, but then this year I was browsing my local public library and found the album The Odd Couple. This album is covers everything from Motown to Funk to R&B to blues to indescribable. CeeLo's trademark voice is able to not just sooth or rejoice, but span all of the emotions anyone could possibly feel. I would say that my favorite song on this album is Run, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0MNfMUa9pc but this album is another one that needs at least one full afternoon dedicated to it. It's amazing. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen Kaplan
Hey all, I'm back from break and here with another great album. I hope you had an eventful new year, and to all you Christians, i wish you a late merry Christmas. With the potent combination of M.F. DOOM's smooth yet educated flow and Madlib's extraordinary beat production, you're almost guaranteed an incredible album, but incredible doesn't quite do the album Madvillainy justice. This album, released in 2004 by Stone's Throw Records my be the best put together album I've ever listened to. Every song flow's perfectly into the next, and DOOM keeps on rapping in his trademarked unrelenting yet still relaxed way. The most well known song off of it I would say is All Caps (which also has one of the greatest beats ever created and the music video is so cool) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewc1hixzYPY, but I don't think that I could name my favorite song because they all just go perfectly together. You should really just get the entire album and let it play one afternoon and listen to the whole thing through, it's a great experience.Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen Kaplan