BRINGING THE FLAVOR AN INTERVIEW WITH CILANTRO BOOMBOX…
Cilantro Boombox, based out of Austin, TX recently dropped their second studio album, Shine, and it is…
Pseudo Future is a power trio from Dallas, TX who’s been penned a blended version of Say Anything and Brand New. Since formation in 2013, the band has their eyes set on a limitless future fueled by catchy hooks and an unstoppable touring schedule.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with the band to ask about their favorite records of 2016. This is what they said.
(Visit the band here: www.facebook.com/pseudofuture/.)
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
Phoenix, AZ – Earlier this year the collective of rappers known as Doomtree released the group’s latest opus All Hands. Now on its 2015 tour in support of the album, the troupe passed through Mesa hitting Club Red for a show stopping performance. After their sound check and before hitting the stage, we caught up with P.O.S., Sims, and Cecil Otter to talk about the making of their 3rd official album, the road, life,and the group’s lengthy career. – Eddie Ugarte
Artist: Elvis Costello & The Roots
Song: Walk Us Uptown
Some things happen, other things were meant to be…Elvis Costello & The Roots are gearing up to drop a collaborative project this coming September titled, Wise Up Ghost on the iconic Blue Note label. Here is the video for the first single, “Walk Us Uptown”…classico!!!
I had a brilliant idea in the shower two days ago. I’d write my next Gray Area column about R. Kelly. Robert Kelly, a true American musical genius and auteur. But a lot of you have a hard time taking that man’s work as seriously as he does, and I don’t think you’re ready to write an honest, critical analysis of his work.
So instead, we’re going to chat about Canadian hucksters Fucked Up. Equal parts Pixies, Jethro Tull, and Minor Threat, the band cuts their roots as an 80s hardcore band, but it’s fairly clear from the get-go that their riffing is a bit too soft, their intentions a bit too grand, and their output a bit too well orchestrated. We’re talking about a band here who staged the longest concert ever in Times Square, trashed MTV Canada twice just because they could, and has put hidden grooves in some of their numerous seven-inch singles. It’s hard to really try and pin down their true intentions, or their true musical direction.
“Just pretending to be in the Ramones I felt cooler than I ever have in Black Flag, Descendents, or All.”
-Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL) on playing a Halloween show as the Ramones
I’m sitting behind my drumset on Halloween night on a stage that also doubles as a skate ramp. I can hear the crowd cheering, but I can’t really see them. There are spotlights glaring in my face, and I’m pretty sure the same is true for the rest of my band. We’re going to start our set any second now and I can hear Andrew, who’s on guitar, affirm that everything’s OK on his end. We’re greenlit and ready to go and all I can think of are Bill Stevenson’s words.
“This is going to be fun,” I keep repeating to myself like some Orwellian doctrinal entity. I’m hoping it’ll work. I’m hoping I’ll be convinced.
It might be hard to be the transgendered reincarnation of Andy Warhol’s favorite muse, but that’s okay because Edie is currently tearing up the US of A from Washington D.C. with a multimedia assault in the form of tributes to the dear celebrities we hold close to our hearts. Whether you want to hear Edie’s take on the secrets of the Beltway, find out about how to write yourself a discount a music gear store (even if you don’t want it), or just want to learn an Indian hand-jive, this guide to the White Chocolate City has the Ghettoblaster stamp of approval.
What’s your town’s nickname?
Some call Washington, D.C. “Washington.” Others call it “D.C.,” or just “DC” (but, when spoken, you can’t hear the missing periods). Still others call it “The District of Columbia.” Still others call it “Chocolate City,” as many black folk live here (though, these days, it’s kind of a white chocolate city due to Caucasian yuppie invasion). Still others call it “Dodge City,” taken from the Go-Go Posse’s “D.C. Don’t Mean Dodge City,” a response to the metropolis’ high murder rate in the early 1990s (the murder rate has since declined). George Washington called it “The Federal City.” Sarah Palin calls it “Inside the Beltway.” I’m not friends with Sarah Palin, so I don’t call it that.
Why do you live there?
I am a “brain punk,” not a “pop punk,” or a “gutter punk,” etc. Brain punks like D.C. because you can go to law school or work on Capitol Hill, but you can also see Dischord bands and volunteer at Food Not Bombs. I never volunteered at Food Not Bombs, though.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
There’s a statue of Albert Einstein on Constitution Avenue near the Mall that’s friendly and makes me feel warm inside. Since most people think of a huge phallus (the Washington Monument) or staid marble memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson) when they think of D.C., this friendly rococo statue is a pleasant departure from our downtown’s severe classicism.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Summertime is boiling and muggy and sweaty. Most people hate it and blast their air conditioning, but I just lie around in my hot house and try not to move and am glad it’s not icy and freezing and January.
Who is your favorite local celebrity/personality?
Blelvis (a.k.a. “Black Elvis”) is a colorful local semi-homeless alcoholic who knows the words to every Elvis song and will sing to you for money. Also, if you don’t see him for awhile and ask where he’s been, he says, “Don’t you know? I’ve been in Blemphis, studying at Blemphis University.”
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
I don’t drink, but I like the Abita root beer at the Black Cat, a local indie rock venue of some repute.
What is your favorite local band?
Protect-U. They are an instrumental electronic duo that pioneers an aesthetic called “swimming pool” or “spiritual techno.” I recorded their 12-inch in my studio. Also, I am currently sleeping on their couch.
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
There’s this insane Indian buffet in College Park, MD right outside of town called “Woodlands.” It’s vegan friendly, and they have these awesome enormous portraits of Indian ladies doing this funky hand jive that’s like some kind of yogic hand jive or something. Also, they have Indian Chinese food.
What is your favorite local shop?
Atomic Music is this paradise of well-priced vintage gear. I wrote about them once for Washington City Paper, and now they give me deals. I didn’t write about them to get a discount, though. In fact, every time they give me one, I want to explain that it’s unethical for me to accept it, but there wasn’t an explicit quid pro quo, so maybe the discount is okay. I also don’t have the heart to turn them down because I know they’re just being nice to me. Also, once, they gave me an oversized T-shirt. Also, the deals aren’t that great, I think just like $20 off. I’ve probably spent like $10000 there since 1996. Maybe more.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine,
website or blog)?
I’ve written for the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, and this hipster doofus website Brightest Young Things, but I’m not sure if any of them are my favorite publication. I really like this weird zine called Many Hills Mostly that’s done by my bandmate up in New York, so I guess that’s not really local, but he distributes it locally, so maybe it does count.
Artist: Ancient Sky
Album: Ancient Sky
Label: The Perpetual Motion Machine
Ancient Sky seems to have forgotten something when they decided to form a stoner metal band: the metal. But that’s okay. In fact, it’s refreshing. Instead of crushing distortion, as the guitars plow through spacey riffs, the band is accompanied by haunting organ tones and other reverbed keys. But don’t get confused. Ancient Sky isn’t playing psychedelic rock and roll like Dead Meadow or half of Tee Pee’s roster. The songs are all based on simplistic heavy riffs played with a touch of restraint and plenty of introspection. The album has a few blues dirges, a strung out ballad, and some heavy swung Deep Purple riffs, all laid out in a natural progression. It’s an impressive debut with a bright showcase on some detailed songwriting — take, for instance, the counter melody the bass takes on album opener “Guilt Is Universal.” It’s a pretty solid musical technique you don’t often see from band’s who seem to take more inspiration from bong rips than Beethoven. Or maybe I’m just reading way too far into it. Either way, Ancient Sky is an album worth listening to.
HotChaCha has been helping re-define the label “girl band” in the Cleveland area since late 2007. Josie and the Pusseycats they are not, but for a band who actively searched out a female bass player, it’s hard to shake the stigma. Good thing, then, that HotChaCha is currently ripping out abrasive off-kilter rock ‘n roll songs chock full of controversy and abstract art-itude. Or whatever. Ghettoblaster got the chance to chat with frontwoman Jovana Batkovic about her new hometown and the pristine beaches of Cleveland.