Thursday, April 8, 2010

Would You Please Come to My Gansta Nation?

Nash in the Seventies

In today's post I'm gonna talk about music I don't really like that much. Folk, country and the likes usually give me the creeps, so it may seem rather strange that I'm talking about one of the great 'stars' of folk-rock (I'm trying not to barf while typing this). As most of my good friends know, playing some Neil Young is an excellent idea if you want me to start a lecture on Young's overratedness and sorry singing. Watching various YouTube-clips of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-ensemble has got me laughing my ass off (watch 'Our House' or 'Teach Your Children' and try not to feel sorry for 'em). I have to admit that at least one of these guys earns my respect: Graham Nash. The former Hollies-member (you might know their 'Bus Stop' or 'Dear Eloise') relocated to L.A. late 1968 to join the CSNY-'supergroup', but realeased a couple of solo-records as well. One of his first solo-releases is the reason I made this post. In a reaction to 1968's riots in Chicago, Nash wrote his protest-song 'Chicago', defending the rights of the 'Chicago 7' (8 if you count Black Panther Bobby Seale, who was actually bound and gagged in the courtroom). Besides its obvious revolutionary and humanitarian value, the song deserves props for its really mean spine-snapping organ-groove. The gangstas amongst us will definitely recognize the sample from the Kanye-produced Beanie Sigel-song 'The Truth' or from the more popular 'Gangsta Nation' by Westside Connection (and Nate Dogg goes 'na-na-na-na-nananana') ... Enjoy!

Nash in his sixties

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Love Candy

It must have been at least 7 years ago I last heard 'Love Letters' by L-Fudge ft. Jasmin, which is quite strange because I instantly loved it. I have to say I was surprised yet very happy to find this 12'' (which came out on Ghent's Brick9000-label) while diggin' in the crates @ Pêle-Mêle in BXL last week. El Fudge (or L-Fudge as he was known back in the day) is a former member of the Demigodz (you might know their 'Don't You Even Go There') who never managed to make the big breakthrough, but his album 'Chronic Irresponsibility' is definitely one of the best hiphop records I own. Great productions (courtesy of English producer Joe Buhdha), great flows, interesting subjects and nice guest artists make this a really great record. These worth checkin' out: the introspective 'Bad Habits', the namedroping 'Worldwide' (featuring UK-MC Mr. 45), the ode to hiphop 'Realise' (featuring the always excellent J-Live), the self-diss 'A Night at Grant's Tomb', New York-anthem 'Beware' and 'One Fudge'. Since I already named half the tracks on the album, I suggest you check the whole thing out. Enjoy!