Sep 12, 2014

Fine Art Friday: Keith Carter

I recently came across the work of illustrator Keith Carter at the Pony Club as I made my way around First Thursdays in Portland (OR). I first noticed a zine of his work and the range of lines and details that make it stand out from normal zine art. As I made my way around the gallery, I found a shirt of his "Bird Fight" print an decided to ask the gallery attendant if there was more. It turns out, Keith was the guy I was talking to and we got into a conversation about his art and traded info.  The use of color and quality draftsmenship was enough to prompt me to feature him on The Double Truth. Check out his work below and support the artists in your small world.


Sep 9, 2014

Listen: Torae - "What's Love" (J57 Sample - Free Remix) ft. Pharoahe Monch X Akie Bermiss

Brooklyn bred emcee Torae recently asked Soulspazm label-mate and Brown Bag Allstar's J57 to remix this track off the "Admission of Guilt" project. J57 brought in some secret weapons to the sample-free remix with the help of Grammy Award Winning musician Jay Jennings long-time collaborator ATR to play extra keys and backup vocals throughout the track. The track is 100% sample-free -- with all melodies "derived from me humming them in voice memos on my iphone" says J57. A quality remix from talented cats on the mic and on the boards.


Sep 8, 2014

Video: Slimkid3 X DJ Nu-Mark - "I Know, Didn't I" ft. Darondo

Every once in a while, I will here a song that I end up putting on repeat for 30 minutes to an hour and never get tired of, and this is one of them. All of my favorite elements of what both Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark bring to the table combined into one track, the song "I Know, Didn't I" (featuring Darondo) from is catchy as hell. For the uninitiated, Slimkid3 (of The Pharcyde) and DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5) recently teamed up for a full length album of grown man hip hop and unlikely hits. This track stuff out to me for many reasons, the sample, the drums, the Slimkid3 flow that reminded me of the Arrested Development "People Everyday" melody, and the upbeat vibe of the collaboration overall. Plus, the video borrowed heavily from the True Detective (one of my favorite shows) intro credit motion graphics, so it just won me over across the board. Glad to see vets still having fun with it. Check it out and support!