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From MJ to MJ: Take a Chance on “Acid Rap”

Chancelor Bennett is not old enough to buy alcohol. Chances are (heh), he probably doesn’t remember when mixtapes were actually tapes. Despite all of this, Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, recently released his highly-anticipated second tape Acid Rap. Following up his highly-acclaimed first tape 10Day, whose title is a reference to the amount of time he was suspended from school, during which time he recorded it, Acid Rap (whose title comes from the fact that Chance did a whole lot of LSD during the albums writing and recording process) takes his music to another level, filled with scratchy, soulful samples, clever wordplay, and high-profile guest spots. Beginning with uptempo, Beyonce-esque vocals ushering in opening track “Good Ass Intro”, the album oozes good vibes, with a chorus featuring an ecstatic Chance chanting “you did it, you did it/you did a good-ass job” (Fun fact: “Good-Ass Job was a working – and in my opinion much better – title for Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). The album quickly moves into highlight “Pusha Man”, likely a callback to Curtis Mayfield, and a two minute fast-paced banger which quickly ends and we’re left with fifteen seconds of silence before secret track “Paranoia” begins. Here, Chance gets serious for a bit, lamenting the murders that happen every summer in his hometown of Chicago, which go unreported in mainstream media. The song is mellow and contemplative, with a catchy hook floating in a river of questions that don’t seem to get an answer. Other highlights on the album include the party-starter “Juice”, which soundtracks a hilarious and heartwarming video of Chance handing out roses to people on the streets of Chicago; the funky bass grooves of “NaNa”, featuring Action Bronson (or is that Ghostface?); and “Chain Smoker” whose “bridge” section I will defy anyone not to get hyped on. Finally coming to “Everything’s Good (Good Ass Outro)”, the album closes on a feel-good note, with everything feeling just about right. All in all, I highly recommend you take a trip through Acid Rap, and keep a tab on this Bennett kid, ’cause he’s goin’ places.

Download Acid Rap for FREE here!

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Taking a Dive

Sports fans, what does flopping mean to you? On May 31st, Slugtalk had an in-depth discussion about flopping and its place in semi-contact sports such as basketball and soccer where unnecessary contact is often penalized in the form of fouls. If you’re new to the term flopping, it is essentially when a player intentionally falls from little to no contact in an attempt to draw a foul call from an official. Does it hurt the integrity of sports? Is there a place for it and/or should there be harsher penalties for flopping? As it is, in the NBA right now, if a player flops egregiously the league reviews the alleged offense and then determines whether or not to fine the player anywhere from $5,000-$10,000. This measure, introduced this past year, seems not to have especially affected the amount of flopping in the NBA. A lot of players make their careers on taking contact and getting fouls called. So, what do you think, Slugtalk listeners?

Indiana Pacers Forward Paul George embarrassing Miami Heat Guard Mario Chalmers by hitting a three-pointer in his face after Chalmers attempts to flop but fails to get a call from the officials.

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World Rhythms Workshop June 22

The Summer Equinox approaches. What better way to bring in the season than to make some music? Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future and author of “Ancient Traditions: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India” will present a world rhythm workshop Saturday afternoon June 22nd at Gryphon Strings. His book, which is the basis for this workshop, received rave reviews. Seats are limited; to reserve a space call Gryphon at 650-493-2131. Gryphon Strings is located at 211 Lambert Avenue in Palo Alto. More details can be found on Facebook

Here’s Montfort’s contemplations on Jimi Hendrix and the classical Indian tradition of the Raga.

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Loud Rock Charts: 6/4

Break out the bongs. Psych/Stoner Metal band Thinning The Herd is leading this week’s adds for Loud Rock with the album Freedom From The Known St. Marks. Fans of old Black Sabbath, Annihilation Time, and Purple Mercy  should be adequately pleased with this finely crafted piece of music. Production quality and recording goes out to the man, the myth, Steve Albini himself so you know its going to be good. For an extra added bonus, check out their ridiculous music video for “Never Wanted”. STAY TRIPPY.

ADDS:

1 THINNING THE HERD Freedom From The Known St. Marks
2 MEGADETH Super Collider Tradecraft
3 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER “Into The Everblack” [Single] Metal Blade
4 WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER Projekt Herz [EP] Heart Work
5 TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON Land Of New Hope Frontiers

 

 

CHARTS:

1 DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN One Of Us Is The Killer Sumerian
2 RETOX YPLL Epitaph
3 BLOOD CEREMONY The Eldritch Dark Rise Above
4 ANVIL Hope In Hell The End
5 SODOM Epitome Of Torture SPV
6 DEMON LUNG Hundredth Name Candlelight
7 ENTRAILS Raging Death Metal Blade
8 ALICE IN CHAINS The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here EMI
9 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
10 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade

 

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Ledward Kaapana June 4th

Attention “Led Heads”! Ledward Kaapana returns to the redwoods with Hawaiian slack key goodness and aloha spirit. Rounding out the sound will be Mike Kaawa on 12 string guitar and Fran Guidry on second slack key.  Ledward Kaapana rolls into Don Quixote’s in Felton Tuesday, June 4th. Festivities begin at 7:30.

 

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Labeling Music

DJs at The Great 88 often mention having anxiety dreams where they are in the broadcast studio trying to play a record on the air only to find there’s nothing on it. A desperate attempt to find something else typically has one waking up screaming in a cold sweat (not the James Brown song). Yes, for DJs it’s worse than the “underwear in class” nightmare. With over 70,000 CDs and who knows how many 7″ records and LPs, finding anything in the KZSC music archives can be problematic. Can there be a way to make order out of this chaos? The answer is yes.  Here’s How We Do It; thanks to website to Radio Survivor for the article about our MUSIC LIBRARY.

 

If you have about two minutes, here’s a quick tour inside a portion of the KZSC music vault.