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Record store day 2017 is here!!! Whilst you set your plans to head out to your local indie vinyl provider you can expect to be treated to a bunch of exclusives that have been waiting for this date to be released. The creative folks at Get On Down have once again curated a few titles this year that will flip you lid or knock your socks off.

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One of those groovy release this year is the CZARFACE “First Weapons Drawn” book and record set. Wait, what?!? A book and record set inspired by Inspectah Deck, Esoteric and 7L’s group, CZARFACE! Yes, true believers, just like those old-school days of listening to a record and reading a book along with it you can now experience in full hi-def audio and colorful (Kirby inspired) art the CZARFACE story come to life!

The gatefold LP includes a 20-page full color read along that will engulf you and yours in to the origins of CZARFACE. The soundtrack also takes you on a nostalgic ride, with the funky drums and keys.

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This is a special item to get your hands-on during record store day 2017, so while you’re digging at your favorite spot make sure to ask for this one and remember kids, it’s fun to read as you hear!

A few weeks back I headed out to S.O.B.’s in lower Manhattan to catch the debut performance of the hip-hop, Brazilian funk, soul band, Brookzill. Though not in anyway new to the music world, Brookzill comprises some of the most renown figures of hip-hop. DJ Prince Paul the architect of production for acts like Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz…yeah you get the picture, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, Don Newkirk, of Funk City and the voice of many memorable drops and interludes from some of the most classic hip-hop albums and Rodrigo Brandão, of Gorila Urbano.

The rain had just fallen and washed the streets for their premiere and Ladybug finished the blessing by laying smoke all around the stage.  It was a dope sight to see all of these spirits play, sing and dance together. The music pulls on your soul, it’s feel good music!  You can’t help to nod your head or move that body, either way Brookzill will rock your world.

Individually the members bring unique experiences to the band that collectively are a throwback to the future!!! You like what I did there?

Check out some images from the show and get the album “Throwback to the Future” out now on Tommy Boy entertainment.

All images taken by John Arambulo, if you use any give props, or I’ll put a spell on you… IG: mindstate_dubplates_ixl

Here at the GhettoBlaster lab we are always excited to bring you something exclusive and banging! Straight out of the old north state emcee Rapper Shane and producer Ducko Mcfli premiere their new EP “Too Busy To Be This Broke”.

Who says North Carolina can’t produce quality hip-hop? All you need to do is let this EP rock and you’ll be vibing out to the swagged out production and clever wordplay Shane and Mcfli have to offer! The 5 track EP plays out as further evidence that NC is not to be slept on. So sit back, chill and get your head nod on!

Straight out of LA by way of El Paso, TX emcee Artson premieres his latest video “The Block” – a dope banger that represents for both the new and the old school hip-hop heads. Thumping beats and fiery flows is the right amount of art you need son!!!

Brace yourself for 3 upcoming projects dropping by Artson in the next 3 months!!!

Reverse Through Time (out March 4th) is a look back into the street life he once lived, now told to heal old wounds and make amends. War Cry (out April 8th) reflects a man in transition, awaking to a greater purpose through Hip Hop, but still walking the narrow line between his street life past and his dream of a better future. On E.A.R.T.H. (out May 6th), Artson brings us full circle, reconnecting to the spirit of his ancestors and bringing them back to life through Hip Hop, owning his place in the world, and standing tall with his Native brothers to claim their place in Hip Hop history.”

Wax Poetics Records, the same brand responsible for the esteemed quarterly print journal of music have been building their own catalog of gems that will be looked upon as timeless. Add to that the self titled debut album by Bones & Beeker. Hailing out of Minneapolis, Anthony Newes (vocals, guitar, keys, and other sounds) and Brendan Kelly (production, drum programming, keys, glockenspiel, kalimba) have put together an album free of any distractions as it whimsically takes you to what may be a familiar places.  The two with their own accolades in music showcase what a certain kind of chemistry can do for music.  With that said, check out what B&B had to share in this GB exclusive…

First, thank you for taking time do this – really enjoy the album as it feels like a breath of fresh air in what nowadays sounds like a humdrum soundscape in music, so thank you for that! Can you give us a little background on the album? What inspired it?

Anthony – This album was never meant to be an album.  It started with two co-workers talking music for several years in the basement of a group home where we served adults with disabilities.  When our respective projects fizzled out or ended, we decided to collaborate for the fun of it.  No touring, no live shows, no performing at all, only writing.  That was the goal.  The inspiration comes from a lot of different places I think, but ultimately, we really wanted to push ourselves into new territory.  And truthfully, our vastly different backgrounds forced vulnerability upon us.  In many ways, this vulnerability was our greatest inspiration. 

BK-One –  I think our biggest influences on this record were each other.  We bring such different mindsets and workflows and musical sensibilities – with my experience in the world of jazz and hip hop and Tony’s background in punk and melodic pop – that anytime we brought something to each other, it was a riddle to be solved.  That challenge, more than any outside influence, is what shaped this record.

The album has these old school qualities about it – for being fairly young dudes, was the intent to create or recreate that feel?

A – Nah, it was never our intent to recreate old sounds.  There are plenty of folks out there right now recreating old sounds and feelings, and some of them are doing a bang-up job.  But that’s not really our interest.  Why create something that already sounded so good to begin with?  With that said, I can certainly listen to our record and point to several places where I feel I was highly influenced by past sounds. 

B – It’s definitely a collage of different sounds, and some might be familiar, but I think we’ve done something unique here.

You guys both come from totally different backgrounds in music, in comparison to the album – what was the connection to make music together?

A – The main connection was simply to collaborate with a new friend.  We were both excitable, hard-working artists who were ready to try something new.  We also live close to each other and have similar work ethics.  For us, the process itself is pure enjoyment and I believe it led us towards the unique feel this album possesses.  Now, did we argue a bunch throughout the process?  Yes, absolutely.  Our different backgrounds meant we had different ideas about how to do this or that.  But we only had to compromise with each other, instead of with 3 or 4 others, as is the case with a lot of bands. 

B – Like Tony said, having fun with a new friend.  Plus, I think we’re both artistically restless.  We know how to focus and finish what we’ve started, but I think we both like the challenge of being out of our element.  That’s where the joy of creating art lives for me.  Not in comfort, but in friction.

 How do you guys feel with the end results of the album?

T – I’m definitely proud of how the record came out and I find myself enjoying more with each listen.  Typically, I seldom listen to records that have been completed.  I’m usually ready to move on, but with this record I find myself listening intently to the work we’ve created.  I keep finding things I hadn’t heard or focused on before.

B – It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever done.  Probably because I don’t completely understand it.  With everything else I’ve released, I can point to ever single moment of it and tell you why I chose to do what I did.  There are parts of this that I love so much, but if you asked me what made them that way I’d just have to say “magic”.

Can we expect to hear new music in the future?

T – Sure thing boss.

B – Damn right!

(Look for the album on Wax Poetics Records via Sony RED distribution)