Big Easy by CPF

So this blog has primarily been dedicated to music and culture that I'm interested in but, I also write on the regular and recently I passed my one year anniversary living in New Orleans. It's been a very exciting and trying year that I am blessed to have had. I've made incredible friends and basically the party hasn't stopped since I got here.

Here's a piece dedicated to the city I now call home. Expect some more writing on the site from here on.

Big Easy.

Dusty 45s wobble spin
A forgotten machine
To old men drinking cheap whiskey
And an antique to babies born right now

The crossroads bring you down on your knees
a soul anthem about who's makin love
Demands to get up offa that thing
And dance to the music
A guitar player who died on stage has a real mother for ya

Ksst ksst ksst
Three PBRs

Dangling christmas lights
Smoke stained tiled ceilings
The crack of billiard balls
Cheers and hoots
televised sporting

Humming neon beer signs
Chu-chunk of cigarette machine selections
A round of blue shots for the cute girls at the end of the bar
Towering stacks of plastic cups
For drinkers on the geux or those not worthy of glass

This is our town
The city for the easy and sleazy
The cross dressing wrinkled punks
With snakes wrapped around their necks
The shrimping boat captains
Day labor strippers
And those who play jazz

Small time poets for hire
paint covered cursed artists
And the incredibly poor
No grave diggers here
But grave builders

Quarter dispensed handfuls of nuts
Black and gold flags

A town for fat tuesdays
And fatter wednesdays
A town built on food and soul
and bayou

Trees dressed in dangling plastic beads
Men dressed in elaborate feathered costumes
Built year long with painstaking detail

This is a city blessed and cursed
By its doing and worse
Whether crude oil sheen
or gun fights by teens
New Orleans
A city I'm now proud to call home


Christian Martin next Saturday May 7th, New Orleans

My boys and me are bringing Christian Martin through to New Orleans next weekend. Be there.

More information can be found here.

Comma 'Colortronics' (Frite Nite)

Comma is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Frite Nite label crew. Comma, is actually also the label manager helping Salva keep the beats a flowing and the books in order. This track is going to get fans of early James Blake and Mr. Scruff hyped as it bounces between RnB vocal snippets and side change synths that will make em wobble. This EP is sure to hit hard so don't sleep on it-but to hold you over until then grab the 'Ken Griffey Jr.' single below at 320 DJ quality.

MP3: Comma 'Ken Griffey Hr.' (taken from Colortronics EP due out 5/26) (Direct link via XLR8R)

1. Ken Griffey Jr.
2. Mezcal Hologram
3. Grape Frost
4. Colortronics
5. Evil Snag
6. Mezcal Hologram (Om Unit Remix)
7. Slimer (Darkhouse Family Remix)

Also, check out Comma's podcast for Big Up Magazine here.


R.I.P. Gerard Smith (TV On The Radio)

My favorite band, TV On The Radio, lost member Gerard Smith yesterday morning following a courageous fight against lung cancer. We will all miss you Gerard.


Chucha Santamaria Y Usted "Fiebre Tropical" (Young Cubs)

MP3: Chucha Santamaria Y Usted "Fiebre Tropical" (Direct link)

A tight fusion of Latin Freestyle, Italo Disco and dance pop Chucha Santamaria Y Usted are kicking some sounds we just don't get enough of these days. Their debut release is the Chucha Santamaria Y Usted mini LP, out June 28th on Austin based record label Young Cubs. If you're into world sounds lately, definitely check this one out.

FB Site
Young Cubs Site


Tyler The Creator 'Yonkers'

YONKERS From Tylers Upcoming Second Album GOBLIN, Set To be Released in April.

Mochipet 420 Love

Here's a little mash up mix from everyones favorite purple dinosaur, Mochipet! Spark one up tomorrow and put this on to celebrate the holiday.

StylesP Method Man Red Man Bob Marley are all Chillin at Mochipet's House for 420 with Freda Payne by Mochipet

DJ Quickie Mart 'It Just Don't Stop'

Fresh off a slew of live dates across America, New Orleans-bred, L.A.-based producer/deejay Quickie Mart presents the aptly-named It Just Don't Stop, a free mixtape of some of the underground's most influential tunes, remixed Quickie Mart style. And he'll be back in New Orleans for a stint in May, don't miss him- he killed it at Bass Church during Mardi Gras.

Also check out his Gypsyphonic Disko project with Ben Ellman from Galactic.

It Just Don't Stop (mix) by Quickie Mart

001 - Quickie Mart - One Night Stand
002 - Partymonster - Bounce
003 - Megaladon - Lockdown
004 - Freddie Gibbs - National Anthem (Fuck The World) Quickie Mart remix
005 - Benga - HO!
006 - RSK - Black Boots (Doctor P remix)
007 - Zeds Dead - Rude Boy
008 - Skism - Rave Review
009 - Quickie Mart, Pr!nts, & Partymonster - Makin' Ya Bounce
010 - Evol Intent - Paradize City
011 - Flux Pavillion - Haunt You
012 - Partymonster - Rings Of Saturn
013 - Quickie Mart - College Girl
014 - Minnesota - Bass Power
015 - Bare - Banshee
016 - Subscape - Screw Up
017 - Vaski - Blackout
018 - Pr!nts - Fuck Me Pumpz
019 - Quickie Mart - Dutch Flower
020 - Marc Instinct ft. Messinian - Girls Girls
021 - Feed Me ft. Tash Baxter - Cloudburn
022 - Emalkay - Powertool
023 - R. August - Gettin' Some (Symbl Remix)
024 - Cutline - Let Me Go
025 - Killer Buddah - Ladies Know The Name
026 - FS - Touch O Class
027 - 16 Bit Skullcrack
028 - Number Nin9 -Garbage
029 - Icicle - Minimul Dub
030 - Arkist - What Do I See

Serena Maneesh 'Blow Your Brains In The Mourning Rain (MRC Riddims Remix)'

Serena Maneesh - Blow Your Brains In The Mourning Rain (MRC Riddims Remix) by MRC Riddims

MRC Riddims have collided with Serena Maneesh! The result is an upbeat, dancefloor remix of "Blow Your Brains In The Mourning Rain". MRC Riddims have brought Serena Maneesh's ethereal psychedelia into a world of bent bass and hard grooves with a playfully dark dancehall bounce.


The Weeknd 'House of Balloons'

If you're into Burial, Mount Kimbie, James Blake and basically anything that Hotflush recordings puts out I suggest you grab this record.

RnB from the future.

Download the zip of the entire album here via The Weeknd site.

Find out more about The Weeknd here.


Mochipet 'Whomp-A-Saurus Sex'

"Mochipet - Whomp-a-saurus Sex" from Rawr Means I Love You! by Mochipet

“Whomp-a-saurus Sex” is Mochipet’s first single to his upcoming album titled “Rawr Means I Love You,” due out later this year.

Go check the track out now and give it a listen. The label has decided to give it away once it reaches 5069 plays.
Or buy it now via Additech.

01) Whomp-a-saurus Sex Original
02) Whomp-a-saurus Sex (ill-esha Remix)
03) Whomp-a-saurus Sex (Lokae Remix)
04) Whomp-a-saurus Sex (Freddy Todd)
05) Whomp-a-saurus Sex (Ben Samples Remix)
06) Whomp-a-saurus Sex (Vladimir Computin Remix)
07) Whomp-a-saurus Sex Remix Parts Effects 142bpm
08) Whomp-a-saurus Sex Remix Parts Bass 142bpm
09) Whomp-a-saurus Sex Remix Parts Lead 142bpm
10) Whomp-a-saurus Sex Remix Parts Drums 142bpm

Check out more on Mochipet and the Pet Nation here.

The Stepkids 'Shadows on Behalf' (Stones Throw)

MP3: The Stepkids 'Shadow On Behalf' (Direct Link via Stones Throw)

There's no arguing that Stones Throw has become one of the top labels putting out music in the US. Whether they are staying true to their roots with Hip Hop or expanding their catalogue to include Boogie, Soul, Avant-electronics, Funk and much more-Stones Throw is simply creating a permanent legacy one 12" at a time.

And speaking of 12"s-check this puppy out from The Stepkids. The tracks is part 70's Psych Soul and part RnB like label mates Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc.

The label will release a full length from The Stepkids in September.

Buy this 12" now though. Multi-colored, semi-transluscent vinyl. Limited edition. Need we say more?

The Stepkids – Upcoming Tour Dates
Apr 15: Brooklyn, NY @ Rubulad Presents
Apr 16: Brooklyn, NY @ Fat Beats (In-store event)
Apr 21: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Apr 30: Meriden, CT @ Hubbard Park
May 02: Milford, CT @ Daniel Street
Jun 04: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
Jun 05: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Jun 07: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Jun 08: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Jun 09: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Groundislava Releases Debut LP TODAY! (Friends of Friends)

I guess technically this came out yesterday.

The latest Friends of Friends signing, 20 year old LA producer Jasper Patterson, presents his signature woozy west-coast 8-bit production.

Buy @ itunes and Boomkat.

Groundislava - Animal ft. Jake Weary by FoFMusic

Buy the Red 12" + Gold 7" SUPER PACKAGE from Tall Corn Music.

LP + 7"
Out 4/12
(Friends of Friends)

1. Pregaming The Rapture
2. Panorama ft. Jake Weary
3. A Grass Day
4. Young Lava
5. Final Impasse
6. The Dig (Digital + 7" only)
7. Animal ft. Jake Weary
8. Shlava ft. Shlohmo & JonWayne
9. Stealth River Mission
10. New Flesh (Digital only)
11. Gravity Hoarding ft. Jake Weary
12. One For Her
13. Animal (Young Montana? remix) (Digital only)
14. Panorama (Clive Tanaka y Beaunoise remix) (Digital + 7" only)

Friends of Friends Music.

Tom Waits 'Get Behind The Mule featuring Neil Young'

Tom Waits "Get Behind The Mule" With Neil Young from Anti Records on Vimeo.

On March 14th Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Waits was introduced by the equally legendary Neil Young who proclaimed Waits "a great performer, singer, actor, songwriter, magician, changeling and spiritual guy."

Shortly after Waits was joined by Young on stage for this performance of 'Get Behind the Mule.'


Directed by Darryl Richardson (www.drichphotography.com)

Fresh off this year's edition of his annual Paid Dues festival, Los Angeles rapper Murs presents the six-song Varsity Blues 2 EP, the sequel to 2002's first installment. Varsity Blues 2 is the sound of a young man strangling his weaknesses one by one, only to discover that nobody gets them all. Production by Aesop Rock, Terrace Martin, Issue, Foudnation, Karl Berringer and Droop-E.

Murs World

Buy 'Varsity Blues 2 EP' here on itunes.

Eliot Lipp & Brolabs Remix Album

MP3: Eliot Lipp (Mux Mool Remix) - "The Outside" (Direct Link)

MP3: Eliot Lipp (Big Gigantic Remix) - "Yeah" (Direct Link)

Eliot Lipp has started a collaboration project called Brolabs where he works with artists in the studio or via video chat to remix his tracks. Pretty tight indeed. Expect the glitch hop and electro boom bap you know and love Lipp for.

ADJ 'Hand of Mysteries' (Outside Recordings)

These tracks remind me of old Fuel Recordings tracks from 2001. There's a little bit of Tipper going on as well as that Merck records and Schematic sound that I love so much from back in the day. Check out two tracks from ADJ below.

MP3: ADJ - Refresht Beats (taken from 'Hand of Mysteries') (Direct Link)

MP3: ADJ - Divert Emotions (Direct Link)

1. Fawlty Mekanizms
2. Harvest
3. Lecky 24
4. Headspace
5. Peace
6. Renegade
7. Synth 1
8. Within a Human
9. Bomb Site
10. Hyroglyphic Transmission
11. Moving Target
12. Refresht Beats

ADJ @ Outside Recordings
Buy ADJ 'Fawlty Mekanizms EP' here exclusively via Addictech


One and Lonely (Lost Remix) by Daedelus (with Young Dad)

Magical Properties 3 Tour Dates
(w/ Tokimonsta, Shlohmo and new Archimedes visual show!)

April 13th Denver, CO @ Cervantes
April 14th Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
April 16th Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18th Arcata, CA @ Humbrews
April 19th San Francisco, CA @ Som Bar
April 20th Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
April 21st Portland, OR @ Branx
April 23rd Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse

Due April 26
(Ninja Tune)

1. Tailor-Made (feat. Milosh)
2. Sew, Darn, Mend
3. Penny Loafers (feat. Inara George)
4. One and Lonely (feat. Young Dad)
5. Suit Yourself
6. What Can You Do? (feat. Busdriver)
7. French Cuffs (feat. Baths)
8. In Tatters (feat. Kelela Mizanekristos)
9. Slowercase D
10. Overwhelmed (feat. Bilal)
11. Nightcap


Hessle Audio '116 & Rising'

There's no set release date for this compilation from post-dubstep heavyweight label Hessle Audio but, you can bet your ass this one is going to be huge just like the recent Back & Fourth comp from likeminded Hotflush Recordings.

The first disc is all brand new joints while the second disc collects a sort of 'best of' from the labels catalogue.

The new tracks will also be released as a 3 12" set. Heavy.

CD 1
01. Elgato - Music (Bodymix)
02. Untold - Cool Story Bro
03. Blawan - Potchla Vee
04. Pearson Sound - Stifle
05. Joe - Twice
06. Randomer - Brunk
07. Pangaea - Runout
08. Cosmin TRG - Bijoux
09. D1 - Sub Zero
10. Addison Groove - FukTha 101
11. James Blake - Give A Man A Rod (Second Version)
12. Peverelist - Sun Dance

CD 2
01. Pangaea - You & I
02. Untold - Test Signal
03. Blawan - Fram
04. James Blake - Buzzard & Kestrel
05. Untold - I Can't Stop This Feeling
06. Joe - Rut
07. Ramadanman - Blimey
08. TRG - Put You Down
09. Joe - Level Crossing
10. Pangaea - Why
11. TRG - Broken Heart (Martyn's DCM Remix)
12. Ramadanman - Don't Change For Me

MALKOVICH, “WTF” (produced by DIBIA$E) & AYATOLLAH PRESLEY mixtape, presented by DJ House Shoes

MP3 Download :: DJ House Shoes 'AYATOLLAH PRESLEY Mixtape'

Atropolis 'Atropolis' (Dutty Artz) Out 4/26

MP3 :: Atropolis - Asi Asi Asi ft. Noelia Fernandez (from Atropolis via The Fader)

The newest full length offering from Brooklyn's Dutty Artz label comes from New York native Atropolis. This album is another fantastic addition to the ever-expanding Tropical / Global Bass / World Dance movement coming out of NYC.

1. Som Sista (feat. Anbuley)
2. Asi Asi Asi (ft. Noelia Fernandez)
3. Mbria Funk
4. Che Bo
5. NYChero
6. Huepa' Je
7. Bahia (feat. Noelia Fernandez)
8. Xingu Chief
9. Sambahton (Huepa' Je Refix)
10. Om Shanti
11. El Tambor del Mundo (feat. Noella Fernandez)


Surefire Sound & Dubspot Present: Ramadanman/Pearson Sound + Zed Bias aka Maddslinky Announce North American Tour

In anticipation of David Kennedy's FabricLive 56 mix, Ramadanman and Maddslinky hit the road with their future sounds and take North American acts like Salva, Distal, Moldy, DJG, and XI along the way.

Surefire Sound Tour:
Pearson Sound/Ramadanman + Zed Bias aka Maddslinky
[Support in select cities include: Salva, Distal, Moldy, DJG, and XI]

ZED BIAS Surefire Sound Tour Mix - Biasonic Excursion: Chapter 1 - Test Subjects by Surefire Sound

13-Apr-2011 - Atlanta - King Plow Arts Center
14-Apr-2011 - Montreal - Club Lambi
15-Apr-2011 - Houston - 2016 Mainstage
16-Apr-2011 - Denver - Cervantes
20-Apr-2011 - Boston - The Goodlife
21-Apr-2011 - San Juan - Red Shield
22-Apr-2011 - Brooklyn - Public Assembly
23-Apr-2011 - Miami - Eve Nightclub
24-Apr-2011 - Austin - Barcelona
26-Apr-2011 - Portland - The Crown Room
27-Apr-2011 - Seattle - Baltic Room
28-Apr-2011 - Vancouver - FiveSixty
29-Apr-2011 - Victoria - Lucky Bar
30-Apr-2011 - San Francisco - Public Works
1-May-2011 - Arcata - Jambalaya

Pearson Sound/Ramadanman also playing:
17-Apr-2011 - Coachella - Indio, CA
19-Apr-2011 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA

Surefire Sound, in cahoots with Dubspot Online Music Education, are pleased to bring you our North American Spring Tour with none other than wunderkind Pearson Sound/Ramadanman and UK garage legend Zed Bias/Maddslinky! Ramadanman's quick rise to popularity has been undeniable in the past year with releases on his own imprint Hessle Audio, as well as Apple Pips, Soul Jazz, Butterz and others. Zed Bias laid the foundation for the dubstep sound and is still one of the most prolific producers in dance music today with tons of releases under his belt, including his 2010 full length as Maddslinky on the prestigious Tru Thoughts label, as well as three releases upcoming on Loefah's Swamp81 imprint - all featured on Kode9's Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.

Daedelus f. Milosh, “Tailor Made (Sepalcure Remix)” (Ninja Tune)

This track is simply filled with too many reasons to love it before even listening. Original production by Daedelus. Vocals from the soothing Milosh. And a remix treatment from the dream-step and future bass sounds of Sepalcure. Give it a listen and tell me it doesn't live up to expectations.

Daedelus f. Milosh "Tailor Made (Sepalcure Remix)" by The FADER

Leb Laze 'Music For Troubled Machinery' (Asthmatic Kitty)

Leb Laze 'Static Radiates (Totem Test remix)' (Direct Link)

Leb Laze 'Toxic Knock (A)' (Direct Link)

Asthmatic Kitty continues their onslaught of experimental and atmospheric sonic excursions within the Library Catalogue Series with this latest offering from New York producer Leb Laze.

The album documents the slow unruly death of the producers core production tool, the MPC 2000 (R.I.P.).
In these digital times it's sad to see analogue gear in any state of death.

Definitely check out the remix from Totem Test who brings his own brand of skittering future bass half steps to the original production.