Theophilus London

November 6, 2009

Fact: You will hear a lot more from Theophilus London next year.




This past weekend The Mae Shi hit NYC. I’m sorry to say I missed their loud, spastic, catchy, synth-laden brand of rock. They headlined with Snakes Say Hiss! at Silent Barn. One of these days, I’ll actually make it out to one of these shows. Anyways, enjoy the vid and the song.¬†

The Mae Shi РRun to Your Grave 

Snakes Say Hisss! – I Control the Wind

I recently moved into Manhattan after being on the outskirts of the city for a while. And I’ve definitely stepped up my concert game. The shows have ranged from rap to electro to punk.

I would say my favorite show so far has been the free concert at Le Poisson Rouge with Cool Kids and Matt and Kim (Not just because it was free and open bar). The Cool Kids were great, proving to be the perfect appetizer of beats and rhymes for Brooklyn’s Matt and Kim. When they took the stage, there was no doubt who the crowd was here to see. My suggestion: if you’re ever able to catch Matt and Kim live, do it, don’t over think it, just buy the fucking ticket and prepare to rock out. The vid below will set your expectations.

Oh yea, if you’re bored tonight:

Matt and Kim
BROOKLYN NY@ Danbro Studio Warehouse

Matt and Kim – Silver Tiles

Released in 1996, Reasonable Doubt was Jay Z’s debut album and most critically acclaimed. Gritty lyrics and simple beats provided the medium for Jay Z’s retelling of his life in the hood and his dealings with crime. After listening to Reasonable Doubt, it’s difficult picturing Jay Z rapping in “Big Pimpin” and “Crazy In Love” with Beyonce.

There’s no doubting Jay Z’s skill on the mic and his legacy as one of the greatest East Coast Rappers. If you do, dust off Reasonable Doubt and give it another listen or just check out the vids below. Enjoy.

Dead Presidents –

Can’t Knock the Hustle –

Brooklyn’s Finest –

D’Evils –

TV on the Radio

October 15, 2008

A little late to the scene, but I’ve recently been blasting TV on the Radio non-stop. It definitely took a while to warm up their style of music. The best way to describe their sound is unexpected, as in you expect the song to go one way and then it suddenly veers the opposite direction. This Brooklyn based experimental rock band has exploded into the mainstream with acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin and an appearance on Letterman. Hell, even the insatiable Pitchfork gave them great reviews. Enjoy the following vids, they’re from Return to Cookie Mountain and Dear Science.

Wolf Like Me –

Family Tree –

Province –

Golden Age –

I highly recommend picking up a copy of New York‘s 40th Anniversary issue, if only for the lead piece by long-time contributor Kurt Anderson about the various transformations the city has undergone since ’68. From the socio-economic decline and grittiness of the late ’60s and ’70s (the image to the left is from the ’77 blackout) to the glam of the ’80s to Giuliani’s ’90s to the rise of AIDS and the birth of hip hop, the article takes a candid snapshot of a tumultuous 40 years. Inevitably, Anderson also discusses the now-ubiquitous concept of gentrification, in particular, the metamorphosis of Brooklyn, or as Anderson wittily puts it the borough’s “rebranding as alt-NYC.”

The mag also features a great piece by Jay McInerney about the rise of the Yuppie (all you Patrick Bateman lovers would enjoy) and an article chronicling the genesis of hip hop music in the Bronx.

Do yourselves a favor and pick up a copy, but you can read Kurt Anderson’s piece HERE.