Fourth of July weekend in Brooklyn is gonna be MAJOR this year, with buhbOmp‘s own JD teaming up with DJ Mel to bring some of that old Nasty’s magic to The Rub‘s 7th Anniversary party:

Saturday, July 4
The Rub 7 Year Anniversary
DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker and DJ Eleven
Special Guests JD and DJ Mel (Texas)
Door by Rahnon
@ Southpaw
125 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn

21+ w/ ID

Moe Choi in the middle. Where he at? In the middle.

Moe Choi in the middle. Where he at? In the middle.

For the rainy day (or any day).

Choimatic “20 Minutes Of Mahogany”

This is a mix by the homie Moe Choi aka Choimatic. A blend of good, soulful music from a dude who loves Morrissey as much as he loves M.O.P. I mean look at dude: he’s got gold fronts and has lines shaved in his head and he hangs out with Large Professor, Rob Swift and DJ Lomang (Ghostface’s DJ in China) while wearing a Depeche Mode lambswool knit sweater. Mind blasting.

You should listen on the strength of that alone.

Catch him spinning with me (Empanadamn) next Sunday, June 28, at Littlefield for the mixtape exchange party that I have yet to create a clever name for.


BRMG bring its first weekly to NYC … Sunday School takes you back to the ’90s with some of the best party rockers in the game! The first Sunday School will feature DJ Protege (BRMG, TX) and The Double J (Trilogy Records, NYC):

Sunday School
@ The Delancey
168 Delancey St (between Clinton and Attorney Streets)
Lower East Side, NYC

** 2 for 1 drinks from 8p-10p **

Nickodemus Homespun Sessions Mix

In: Mixes, Music, NYC

Nickodemus, founder of the 10-years-running party institution known as Turntables On the Hudson, has put together a mix for TONY‘s Homespun Sessions to promote their party this Friday in Queens with the legendary Osunlade. The mix has got a little of everything, from Omar and Q-Tip to Candela and Hector Lavoe, with the signature TOTH world-wise influence that fans have come to know and love. Check it out:

Nick is extended fam of Soular Grooves (which is, of course, extended fam of the buhbOmp crew), and he’s got a new album out called Sun People. Check it out and support if you’ve got the means.

If you’re in NY, check out the TOTH party this Friday at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, Queens:

Turntables on the Hudson with DJ’s Nickodemus & Mariano + Nappy G & Christian Rogers on percussion. Special guest OSUNLADE (Yoruba Records) in his first outdoor NYC appearance!!

Address: #2 Borden Ave in LIC QUEENS. $10 / 8PM – 2AM. There are FREE Water Taxis every 20 minutes from East 35th Street to the party!!

Big L 5/30 Tribute mixed by DJ Soul

In: Downloads, Mixes, Music, NYC

Another well compiled mix by NYC’s DJ Soul.

It’s been ten years since the rap game lost Big L. On Saturday, May 30th (which would have been his 35th birthday), I dropped an online mix to remind people why he was one of the illest. Shouts to Lord Finesse, DJ Premier, Rich King & the brother of Big L for their assistance and allowing the project to happen. – DJ Soul

Click here to download Big L 5/30 Tribute mixed by DJ Soul

1. Intro (Part 1) feat. Lord Finesse
2. Intro (Part 2) feat. Funkmaster Flex & Nas
3. Principle Of The New School (Freestyle)
4. Yes You May Remix feat. Lord Finesse
5. DJ Premier Interlude
6. MVP (Live From Amsterdam)
7. Ebonics
8. Internationally Known feat. OC
9. Hit It (unreleased)
10. I Shoulda Worn A Rubba aka The Clinic (unreleased)
11. American Dream feat. McGruff, Mase, Cam’ron & Bloodshed
12. Sandman 118th (Freestyle)
13. Games Females Play (unreleased)
14. School Dayz (unreleased)
15. The Devil’s Son (Live From Amsterdam)
16 .Times Is Hard On The Blvd (unreleased)
17. Day One feat. Diamond
18. Interlude feat. Fat Joe
19. The Enemy feat. Fat Joe
20. Street Struck
21. Interlude feat. Bobbito
22. 95 Freestyle feat. Jay-Z
23. Uptown Connection aka Danger Zone feat. Mase & McGruff
24. Lord Finesse Interlude
25. How Will I Make It (unreleased)

I know this is old, but I hadn’t seen it until last night, and it makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside that I can’t help but re-post it here. (Thanks to my friend Adrienne for sending this my way).

The kids are part of PS22 Chorus, a group of about 60 fifth-graders from Staten Island’s P.S. 22 in Granteville, directed by music teacher Gregg Breinberg. They have a ton of clips online at their YouTube channel. You can read more about them in their local paper, or follow their day-to-day achievements at the PS22 Chorus blog.

I had seen these kids do a Coldplay tune online somewhere a while back, and that was great, too. But “Jóga” is a song I actually give a shit about, so this one hits me a little deeper.

Here’s Björk’s original:

Bjork- Joga

Soul Imperial – From 9:00 Until mix

In: Downloads, Mixes, Music, NYC

Soul Imperial

It’s a beautiful day outside in NY, and this new Soul Imperial mix from the good folks at Mixtape Riot is the perfect soundtrack. Ballantino and Elegante put a little of everything into this one and it works from front to back.

In their words:

This is a mix to make you feel good and help celebrate life, just like we’ve been doing in Brooklyn so far this summer.

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I’m a lover of all things Soca, so I’m def not mad at the Caribbean love on here.

Here’s the tracklisting:

Lakeside – From 9:00 Until
Machel Montano ft. Collie Buddz – Fly Away
Stevie Wonder – Love Light In Flight
Friendly Fires ft. Au Revoir Simone – Paris (Aeroplane remix)
Karen Viera – Rock Me Slowly
Larry Wu – Let Me Show You
Mr. Vegas – Genie Wine (remix)
Machel Montano ft. Mr Vegas – Dance With You (remix)
Trick Daddy ft. Cee-Lo & Big Boi – In Da Wind (Captain Planet Roller Boogie remix)
Junior – Mama Used To Say
Billy Ocean – Night (Feel Like Getting Down) (Ayres edit)
Stevie Nicks – Stand Back (DJ Eli Escobar remix)
Chaka Kahn – Fate (Todd Terje edit)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Flashback (Jazzanova remix)
Estelle – No Substitute Love (Treasure Fingers remix)
The Dream ft. Kanye West – Walking On The Moon
Zola – Shosholoza
Beenie Man – Good Ohh (DJ Gregory remix)
Akon – Don’t Matter (Calypso remix)
Fela Kuti / Kano – I.T.T. + I’m Ready (Afrodisiac Sound System)
Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
Three 6 Mafia / Arcade Fire – Stay Flie (Tacit Remix)
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye (K-Salaam & Beatnick remix)

Hit them up at the standard channels:
Soul Imperial Facebook Page
Mixtape Riot Facebook Page

I actually like this. Go figure.

Just saw this on a tweet from Arthur magazine, and it’s too amazingly beautiful for me not to post it here. Nina Simone performing “Four Women” and “Backlash Blues” live at the Harlem Festival in New York’s Central Park in 1969:

You know what, I’m just gonna go ahead and post all five parts. Here’s the rest:

“Be My Husband”

“Ain’t got no – I got life” / “I loves you Porgy”

“To be young, gifted and black” / “Revolution”

“Are you ready?”

I was doing some catching up on the Strut recently and found this amazing archive of Soul!, a PBS music and interview show in New York from the late ’60s and early ’70s:

This entertainment-variety-talk show was not only a vehicle to promote African-American artistry, community and culture, but also a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. It showcased classic live musical performances from funk, soul, jazz, and world musicians, and had in-depth, extraordinary interviews with political, sports, literary figures and more. It was the first program on WNET to be recorded with the then-new technology of videotape, and most of the shows were recorded in real-time—not live, but unedited.

Soul ran from 1968 to 1973.

This is a goldmine of incredible performance footage and musical history. You can spend days watching this stuff. It’s an absolute treasure.

The shows include performances by the Nite-Liters, Earth, Wind and Fire, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ashford and Simpson, Max Roach, and much more.

The ever-knowledgeable Oliver Wang provides some additional context:

The history of the show – and its host – is really, really fascinating. Not only are the performances just incredible but so were the interviews considering the time and place they were happening. Haizlip was an openly gay Black intellectual and Wald managed to find the episode where he’s interviewing Louis Farrakhan – half the audience seemed to be from the NOI – and Haizlip asks him where gays fit into the Nation’s overall mission and membership. It was a fascinating moment, to say the least, especially circa 1970.

I have been watching and re-watching the Latin Soul episode from November 15, 1972 hosted by Felipe Luciano and featuring performances by Tito Puente, Willie Colón and their respective bands. You can watch the full episode below, or for better navigation, you can go to NY’s THIRTEEN PBS site, and follow along with the chapter index they have below the video.

I get chills listening to a young Héctor Lavoe singing “Aguanile” with Willie Colón y Su Orquesta. It’s breathtaking. (That performance begins at the 35:16 mark, or chapter 10, if you go to the navigation on the THIRTEEN site).

Watch the whole episode, tho. Luciano breaks down the history of the New York latin music scene and paints a particularly vivid and colorful portrait of New York in that era.

(If you don’t see the video below, there might be a Flash compatibility issue or some other technical glitch with the embed. Just go to the THIRTEEN site. You can watch it from there.)

The whole archive is like this. It will melt your face. Please check it out.



DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.

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