5/5/17

Ten Hip Hop Tracks I've been Bangin' on the commute

I am a  resident of Houston, TX (AKA Screwston, H-town, Da H, Space City, Hou-stoned, etc.) and because of this I have the curse of a long commute in to work.  Most Houstonians do, and it is not an exageration to say that many people have commutes that are an hour or more.  Quite a few people I work with drove 3 hours a day just going to and returning from work.  This allows for a large number of talk radio stations, especially sports talk, but that gets tiring after a while.  I use this time to blast music from my car.  This is a collection of ten hip hop tracks I have been blasting lately.  Some are very new, and a few are old tracks I am re-exploring.  Enjoy.


Travis Scott (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Goosebumps


Digable Planets - Black Ego


Future - Codeine Crazy


Rae Sremmurd - Swang


Future - Good Dope


Young Thug, Travis Scott - Pick Up The Phone


Rich Homie Quan - Word of Mouth


Future - Rent Money


De La Soul - Breakadawn


The Roots - Act Too (Love of My Life)
 

4/17/17

Bands that Michael Cavazos introduced me to



Bands that Michael Cavazos introduced me to

1.       Polvo – I had seen the stickers and decals with the word “Polvo” on them on cars parked outside the old Sound Exchange location in Houston TX.  I never knew what they were.  No one I knew mentioned them in conversation.  One day, I got word from Michael that he had made a mix tape of 90 minutes worth of choice Polvo material.  He said he thought I would love it because they did not tune their guitars on purpose.  He came over and we hit play and the fucking awesome noisy riff of “Fractured (Like Chandeliers)” came into my brain, and never left.   I played that mix tape endlessly in my car, and Polvo became one of my favorite bands ever.

2.       Operation Ivy – All I can remember of when Michael introduced me to OpIvy, as the hip kids used to call them, is sitting in the back of a car loaded with Instigators, flying down Highway 59, and blasting these hyper fast songs with freaky syncopated ska beats.  It felt new, like when I first heard Minor Threat.  I dug the shit out of it and soon bought my own copy of their music.

3.       Superchunk – Fuck Superchunk. Ha!

4.       Fugazi – I had heard just one Fugazi album prior to seeing that Michael was the sickest, most intense, most devout Fugazi fan, and through him I began to dig into their catalog.  Man, am I glad I did.  Fugazi is amazing stuff.  13 Songs and Repeater are two of my all-time favorite albums.  Michael and I went to see Fugazi perform and it was bad-ass.  On that night, we coined the term “couch rock” to describe the opening act, Explosions in the Sky, who are better enjoyed sitting on cushy sofa while enjoying intoxicants at home.

5.       Le Tigre – Michael and I both share an obsession with Kathleen Hannah of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame.  Jean Instigator and his ladies at the time would always be blasting Bikini Kill, and Michael started playing Le Tigre videos which hooked me.  

6.       The Metroschifter – Kentucky’s own Metroschifter.  Michael bought their Strawberries EP because the cover was awesomely designed.  He is wont to do such things.  I remember listening to it with him and thinking this was some good shit!  I went out and got it myself, and several other Metroschifter albums.  

7.       Sebadoh – Michael knew I was a huge Dinosaur Jr. fanatic, loving their slack ways, and J. Mascis’ sleepy, don’t-really-care drawl.  He was a big fan of the band that Lou Barlow created after being booted from Dinosaur.  Because of this I ended up exploring all of Sebadoh’s music, and thank Mario I did, because the shit is so GREAT.  We have had the chance to see Sebadoh live several times and it always rules.

8.       Drive Like Jehu – Sometimes Michael likes the perfectly produced, immaculately recorded tunes (see the Built to Spill below) and sometimes he likes to blast off!  Drive Like Jehu blasts OFF!  Man, what a weird, disjointed, eminently amazing band!  Michael would praise their LP’s and how bad-ass they were and I had to get me some!  Their self-titled debut and their 2nd LP, Yank Crime, are masterpieces of jagged aggressive noise rock.  That’s what I love!

9.       Built to Spill – beautiful melodies, complex, inter-weaving guitar lines, expert songwriting and amazing musical craft, all wrapped up in the package of a college rock band.  This stuff makes Michael cry from his snake-eye he loves it so much!  I had heard mention of Built to Spill and seen their records reviewed in the magazines, but never got into them until Michael made me a mix-tape containing the choice nugs.  I feel deep into it, and have enjoyed the shit out of BTS ever since.  We went to see them live in concert and it was an amazing thing.  So many guitars!!!  What a bad-ass band.

10.   Slint – This was one of those bands I had heard mention of, like some sort of legend or myth in the indie rock underground, but could never find any of their music (pre-Youtube days) to sample it.  I would hunt it down at record stores to no avail, until Michael lent me the soundtrack to that shitty dull movie “Kids”, which ended on a Slint song, “Good Morning Captain.”  I played that song over and over again, getting more and more sucked into its weirdness and bleak guitar sounds.  It was AWESOME.  I soon found Spiderland and proceeded to fully immerse myself in Slint.  There was no going back.

1/18/17

Ten More Hip Hop Tracks Twisting my Melon, Man.

It is time once again for a run down of the latest Ten Hip Hop tracks I have been blasting in the car ride home from work. Some of these are very recent and a few are tracks I have been jamming for a while or I found digging through some of these guy's back catalog. Remember to turn up the bass and lay low on the treble. As always, thanks to the good folks at Street Flava, especially D Solo!


Future - Xanny Family


Young Thug - Wyclef Jean


Migos - Bad and Bougie


Travis Scott ft. Future - High Fashion


Rae Sremmurd - Real Chill


Future - March Madness


2 Chainz - El Chapo Jr.


Plies - Racks up to My Ear


Rae Sremmurd - No Flex Zone


DJ Chose - Everywhere I Go

12/14/16

RXTT's Ten Latest Hip Hop Tracks He is Obsessing Over

It is yet again time for a list of the ten Hip Hop tracks I have been blasting from my car to survive the 1 hour commute each way to work and back.   As usual, thanks to all the local Houston radio stations, the fellas over at the Sonic Youth Gossip Forum's "Louder's Hip Hop Cafe", and my man D-Solo whose TV show Street Flava still gets lit every Saturday night at 11:00 PM. Not all of these are super current, but I am always digging up older stuff I missed out on.


Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles


Young Thug - Swizz Beats


Rae Sremmurd - Look Alive


Young Thug - Check


Vince Staples - Norf Norf


Future - Perkys Calling


Lil' Yachty - One Night


Future - Wicked


Migos - Top Floor


Larry League & Lil' Yachty - Top Floor


 

11/3/16

RXTT Fave: PAUL MOONEY!

Paul Mooney laughing makes me feel good.


Four years ago my wife and I had the great honor and pleasure of seeing one of our comedy gods in person, and OH MAN was it amazing!  (Read write-up of that night here: http://5thbuddha.blogspot.com/2012/03/at-improv-in-houston-paul-mooney.html )

Paul Mooney is a comedian of the rarest quality, one able to say anything and everything on his mind, n o matter how rough, raw, uncomfortable or sensitive it may be, and make you either laugh like a lunatic or sit there in shock because you cannot believe what you have just heard.  Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, very few others share this upper strata of bad-ass comedy.

Having said that, Mooney's comedy is not for everyone.  Close-minded people will cower in fear.  Ignorant people will think they are being attacked.  Prejudiced or bigoted people will not understand why they are the butt of the joke.  This is not about whether you are brown skinned or pink skinned as bigoted ideas are ingrained into our American society, and it is the brave comedians who are willing to lay it all out, to rip off the pretty Mickey Mouse Band-Aid hiding the rotten cesspit of bigotry that is always bubbling up in the American narrative.  The fact that Mr. Mooney makes it so funny just undercuts how serious it all is.  I love him so much.

Here are some of his most recent full shows.  Please remember, Paul Mooney is NSFW (Not Safe For Work), NSFC (Not Safe For Children), NSFB (Not Safe For Bigots), NSFI (Not Safe For Ignoramuses), and maybe most of all, NSFS (Not Safe For the Stupid).


PAUL MOONEY - Analyzing White America

PAUL MOONEY - Jesus Is Black

PAUL MOONEY - It's The End Of The World

PAUL MOONEY - Race (Audio Only)

PAUL MOONEY - Masterpiece (Audio Only)

10/14/16

RXTT Favorite: CHUCK BERRY! Ten Faves

Chuck Berry


On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, my main man Chuck Berry will turn 90 years old.  I have always loved Chuck Berry tunes, ever since, as a little kid, I would play old Chuck Berry 7" singles on people's turntables.   I distinctly remember dancing around with friends from church to My Ding-A-Ling...  Ha!
Chuck Berry is Rock & Roll to me.  As I grew up and listened to more music and read more about musicians, I often heard mention of Chuck Berry as a primal, seminal influence on people.  He was one of the first to combine Soul music, Country music, and Rhythm & Blues music into the fiery, energetic, driving music that became Rock & Roll, and he was most definitely the BEST.  Chuck Berry's music does what the best, the very, very best of music does, and that is to make you feel ALIVE! 

CHUCK BERRY - COME ON


CHUCK BERRY - TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS




CHUCK BERRY - THIRTY DAYS (TO GET BACK HOME)


CHUCK BERRY - YOU CAN'T CATCH ME


CHUCK BERRY - AROUND AND AROUND


CHUCK BERRY - LITTLE QUEENIE


CHUCK BERRY - REELIN' AND ROCKIN'


CHUCK BERRY - NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO


CHUCK BERRY - JOHNNY B. GOODE


CHUCK BERRY - NADINE

9/26/16

RXTT's New Top Ten Current Hip Hop Tracks

The last time I made a list of Ten Current Hip Hop Faves was in June.  It is now nearing October, and the music never stops coming.  Between my old stand-by Street Flava (The SF !), Houston's hip hop radio stations, and the suggestions and recommendations of my pals over at the Sonic Youth Gossip Forum (specifically the good folks in the thread Louder's Hip Hop Cafe, currently in its 5th incarnation), I am always awash with new tunes and old bangers I may have missed, ready to add to my ever-growing Spotify playlist which I title A+ Whip Songs.  


Young Greatness - Ball


Dew Baby, Ft. Visto - Bu$$in Sudz


Young Thug - Future Swag


Rae Sremmurd - By Chance


Ro James - Permission e>


Big Baby D.R.A.M., Ft. Lil Yachty - Broccoli

 

PARTYNEXTDOOR, ft. Drake - Come and See Me

 

Kevin Gates - Really Really

 

Ty Dolla $ign, ft. Travis Scott - 3 Wayz

 

Future, ft. The Weeknd - Low Life