Sunday, September 23, 2007

Aceyalone...Lightning Strikes

Aceyalone, one of the most underrated voices in hip-hop, is about to release his newest album Lightning Strikes, a dancehall inspired album. His last album, Magnificent City was entirely produced by RJD2, this his 8th(?) album is entirely produced by Bionik, "who’s known for crafting dub, dancehall, and reggae inspired tracks".

The first single features someone who I have noticed has been "featured" a lot lately, Chali 2na, formerly of J5.

Aceyalone - Easy feat Chali 2na

Aceyalone - Shango

Look for this release on Oct, 2 on Decon.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two Gallants

I've been listening to the Two Gallants self titled album, their second for Saddle Creek, for about a week or so. After hearing this years The Scenery Of Farewell EP I was expecting a more stripped down Two Gallants sound on this album based on the EPs prominence of acoustic guitars and piano on the last track, not their best release but I knew they could build on the sound. I guess I was wrong. As a whole, its probably my favorite from these guys. Go pick up the Two Gallants self-titled album when it comes out next Tuesday (9-25) or get it now at the online store (where you can stream the entire album).

Two Gallants - The Hand That Held Me Down

Two Gallants - Despite What You've Been Told

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cowboys, Salim, Eef, and charts

I need to quit with these large gaps in updates. I just don't have all the free time that I had previously, most of the blame should be put on the start up of the NFL season and the anticipation of. It looks like the Dallas Cowboys had a nice start to the season against the NY Giants but I'm not going to get my hopes up until after the first quarter of the season is over, those injurys that the Cowboys have to deal with are going to hurt in the games to come.


While on that Dallas note, Dallas' own Salim Nourallah has a new album out on Tapete Records titled Beautiful Noise. Here's a track from it:

Salim Nourallah - Don't Be Afraid


Speaking of singer songwriters, Eef Barzelay has a new album coming out titled, Eef Barzelay. Remember he gave a live preview of two tracks on Daytrotter? I'm a fan of his last solo album Bitter Honey and his Clem Snide work so this album should be great.

From the new album

Eef Barzelay - Apocalyptic Friend (zshare) also (ysi)


side note:

Yesterday was a big day in album releases especially with the Kanye West vs. 50 cent thing that I'm sure the marketing of which was enough boost both their sales with the photo ops and such. Kanye West is obviously going to win this one, 50s single barely made a mark on the charts plus he lacks talent anyway. I hope he follows through with his promise of this being his final album if Kanye out sells him.

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