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Friday, 3 October 2008
juba dance - orange juiced
Now Playing: friday night dance party podcast
Topic: 2008 reviews

Orange Juiced:  Remixes & B-Sides
[Audio 8 Recordings]
Release Date:  September 23, 2008

As a follow-up to their debut album Orange, Ben Lamar and Polyphonic the Verbose (otherwise known as Juba Dance) present a collection of new songs along with some remixes.  While this project does push the boundaries of musical genres, some experiments don’t always prove successful.  However, their hits certainly outnumber their misses.  Juba Dance is at its best when channeling their hip-hop influences through other formulas.  The best example would be “The Porpoise et La Mer,” R&B deep-fried in electronics and topped with b-boy swagger that’s undercut with real man sensitivity.  Planet Juba is consistently off its axis, which makes for unexpected listening pleasures.  “Vivo Viajar” is aurally seductive while remaining enigmatic in classification.  “Gone” is soulful techno that, for all its harmonic oddities, is surprisingly accessible.  The revisited material receives admirable remix work, from Sicker Man’s head-nodding take on “Cachaáa” to Turbo-Rexxa’s electro spin on “Union Hall.”  Orange Juiced will quench the thirst of the musically dehydrated, but sip slowly for best results.   -JRS

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Wednesday, 1 October 2008
review for impose: flying lotus
Now Playing: nickel & dime radio w/small change (wfmu.org)
Topic: 2008 reviews

for those that don't know, you need to know one simple thing:  FLYING LOTUS IS THE TRUTH.  easily one of the most brilliant producers in electronic music today.  this album will definitely be on my top ten of the year.  absolutely fantastic from beginning to end.  whatever he's producing or remixing, pick it up on sight...you'll never go wrong.

click here for a review of his full-length for warp records...

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
review for impose: plant life - time traveler
Now Playing: the new york groove on eastvillageradio.com
Topic: 2008 reviews

for the record, i like the debut album better, but there are some good songs on this album and the production is noticeably polished.  dug the demo feel of the first album, though.

anyways...click here to

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Monday, 29 September 2008
review for impose: carolina funk
Now Playing: herbie hancock - watermelon man (kenny dope remixes)
Topic: 2008 reviews
here's another review that i wrote for impose that past summer.  funk from the carolinas courtesy of now-again/stones throw.  seriously good.  click here to check out the review...

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Friday, 26 September 2008
the unauthorized biography of james brown...
Now Playing: koen park - geothermal (acroplane.org)
Topic: music appreciation

apparently, this is the start of a series that artist shaun boothe is behind. he's real nice with the videos, from what i hear. the above should give you some idea of what we're in for. shaun plans to cover 12 artists in 12 months. i'm down. how about you?

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Wednesday, 24 September 2008
my new gig (so to speak...)
Now Playing: the fat albert orchestra and chorus - fat albert

in addition to writing for impose magazine, i have recently become part of the writing staff for the relaunched reviewyou.com site.  check the writers page - i'm the smarmy-looking brother, second writer from the top...

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Tuesday, 23 September 2008
the return of *us and us*....
Now Playing: the sunday soundtrack (vibesnscribes.com)
Topic: my podcasts

hooray hooray...after a summer with no shows for motion radio, i finally posted a new episode of us and us and it feels good.  i am committed to making that show a monthly thing.  that was my original intention, but i admittedly fell off during the summer.  the space at motion radio (and its larger entity, phuture frequency) feels right.  there are some great people there releasing some amazing dj sets, from drum and bass to house, breaks, dubstep, soul and funk, a little bit of jazz...just phenomenal music.  and i am proud to be a part of it.

but enough of my talking about it - go check the tracklisting and hear the show for yourself...

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Thursday, 18 September 2008
nine years, baby....
Now Playing: soulsearching w/michael ruetten (giantstep.net)
mr. and mr. macedonia at siesta key beach, florida, march 2006

as of today, nine years married, 16 years together.  we are officially old fogies.  and i thank GOD that we've made it this far.  some serious challenges and screw-ups along the way (and more trials to come, i'm sure), but we've made it through together.  come what may, we'll go through it together. 

i can honestly say that my life would be hella boring without beth in it.  this is what it's all about...

Posted by macedonia at 5:50 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
review for impose: vast aire
Now Playing: meso - island versus city
Topic: 2008 reviews
i included a cut from vast aire's latest in Radio BSOTS episode 72.  the album has its moments.  granted, nothing beats his Cannibal Ox days, but the past is past.  let's deal with present-day beats and rhymes right now.  if you want an idea of where he's lyrically at these days, check this review...

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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
review for impose: jackson conti
Now Playing: anane - ben ma mi
Topic: 2008 reviews

i've written several music reviews for impose magazine over the summer, but hadn't gotten around to mentioning them in this space yet and i really ought to.  so that gives me an excuse to keep up my blogging habit, even if it's only a quick blurb once a day here and there.

first up is the collaboration between madlib and ivan conti of azymuth, its release perfectly timed for summer consumption.  this album is so deep on the latin jazz tip that madlib should be considered much more than a beat konducta.  read on...

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