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WWE trying to be The Sopranos?

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(NOTE: this thread was to have a YouTube vid to go with it, but the WWE shut YouTube down for no good reason, but MySpace got the hookup.)

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Watching this, am I to NOT think that Vince/the WWE was trying to give fans what they wanted, what they expected to happen to Tony Soprano during the finale of The Sopranos? is covering this thing like it's the real thing. From what I've read online, it looks like the consensus is that the WWE is set to go through a major change, and "destroying" the "Mr. McMahon" character is the biggest hurdle to jump. This is a good set-up, but there's no way dude is dead. Don't fans realize that if he truly died, it'd be all over the news?

In any case, check out one of my other blogs, black rasslin', to see how this will affect the niggas of the WWE. Holla.

RIP Stack Bundles

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Hip-Hop has lost another one. Not the best, far from the worst, but the boy did his thing.

Here's some video for those of you who didn't know what Stack could do on the mic:

Stack Bundles Vs. Nah Jordan:

"Streets of Far Rock"

"Temper, Temper"

Here's a few jewels I found on the 'Net, MP3 style (note - I am unsure how long these files/mixtapes will be up, so grab sooner rather than later!):

Stack Bundles "Fully Loaded Clip"
Jim Jones ft. Stack Bundles "Your Majesty"
Ransom ft. Stack Bundles & Fabolous "What Ya Hood Look Like"
Stack Bundles "Cake Freestyle"
Stack Bundles "All Eye On Me Freestyle"
Fresh Off The Block mixtape

You guys have any more favorites? Get at the kid...

"Rockit" LIVE!

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Loving that pre-turntablism intro. Classic. Excuse me, I've been a lil too into Bill Laswell as of late. Grab Panthalassa and get back to me.

Dallas & Rafi are Internets Celebrities

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I told you guys about the Ghetto Big Mac first. They then had the internet goin' nuts with BODEGA, which ended up getting some serious critical acclaim, sending them to Sundance, and thus birthing the INTERNET CELEBRITIES.

They have been getting burn all over, with strength from, and are now set to slice an even bigger chunk of the Internet Celebrity Pie, or cake, or whatever the fuck innanet celebs eat. In any case, if you are in the Tri-State area, you should think about hitting up NYC on the 15th of June: Rooftop's New York Non-Fiction is going to be screening BODEGA on the big screen, with many other top-notch flicks (more info HERE). How ill is that?

So, we (me?) at rock the dub would like to shout out Dallas and Rafi: you have ventured where no other Hip-Hop bloggers have gone, I think. Keep doing what you're doing!

The next round of quarter water's on me.

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Made In America" [recap]

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While picking the picture to throw at the top of this recap, I realized this is my last recap, ever, of The Sopranos. Kind of deep when you think of it. I mean, while I KNEW that the show would end the way it did (although I, like many others, was half-way confused when the screen CUT to black and lulled before going to the credits), it hadn't truly hit me. I wanted to laugh, cry, fuck, freeze, scream... I was a ball of emotions in an instant.

And then I realized, David Chase (who wrote & directed this episode, something he hasn't done in a bit) won. Good for him, too. For as much as The Sopranos changed, the more it stayed the same. And for the legions of viewers upset with there being no "true" conclusion ('did they get whacked in the diner?' and other theories), listen up: Chase & company have been doing this since day dot. Let me ask you: whatever happened to the Russian in the "Pine Barrens"? That's just one question... I was waiting to see if the smell in the house Carm and the kids stayed in was Adrianna's dead body decaying.

This episode, however, played up all of the suspense and underlying drama that has been constant for six seasons. The cat staring down Chrissy's pic (and pissing Paulie off to boot); Paulie's most on-point insight about all of the heads of Ralphie's old crew dying off; Carmela's spec-house flipping used as a mask for what she won't face; AJ's descent into depression, and subsequent return to the spoiled little rich kid (you like how quick he flipped from G.I. Joe to Hollywood Ho); Meadow still being the smartest one of the bunch, with her dead-on commentary during the sake-bombs that seemed to almost make T cry; Uncle Junior, stuck in his rut (I mean damn, dude didn't remember running that crew!?); Janice still being the money-hungry bitch she always was; Phil still being heartless and cold in the face of opposition... the only change was Lil' Carmine finally growing a pair and speaking out to NY in favor of Tony. Good show.

Funniest part of the show? That would have to be proud granddad Phil Leotardo getting popped then the still-in-drive-SUV crunching that skull. Totally saw it coming, but it was handled so well, with the reactions of the gas station patrons accenting the way I was feeling. Good riddance to that heartless prick.

Saddest part of the show? There's two: Tony seeing Sil, who he came up with as a lil' roughneck, in the hospital, seemingly living the rest of his life not really living, and towards the end when T's eyes watered for Corrado. I felt the same way, b/c unlike the situation with Livia, where the perception was that she was faking her illness, there was no glimmer in Corrado's eyes. He was more concerned with the birds than whomever came to see him - although the scene with Janice where he saw Nica's pic and went on about the stove with the wet rag was priceless.

Now, the guy in the diner, the one with the Members Only jacket on who went into the bathroom, was that a nod to Eugene, who murked himself at the beginning of season six?

How choice was it for AJ to harp about foreign relations, and when his SUV burns up due to his error, his main retort is "we need to stop depending on foreign oil"? LOL... come to think of it, its telling how much real life mirrors this show, with the countless references to the Middle East and terrorism in this episode, as well as the entire season. And Agent Harris' "we're gonna win this thing!" exclamation had me ROLLING!

I could keep going on, but I won't I mean, I will just leave it at this:

As much as I love how Chase ended it, leaving things upto the viewer's imagination, and I would love to see a new series featuring some or all of the cast, or even a MOVIE (which was hinted at during the cast's viewing of the finale), I think they should just leave it the way it is. The show doesn't need to come back with the #45 on, for they ended on a great note. Do you think Adrianna's spirit is in the cat? HEY, go with it. Do you think the immediate Soprano family got knocked off in Holston's? HEY, run dat. Just let us keep it moving... in our own minds. My ending has Tony going on... Carlo (who I thought flipped to NY, but really flipped to the feds!) and his snitching gets Tony indicted, but T beats that one... but the cycle still goes on. Some day he might end up like Uncle Junior, he might end up like Johnny Sack. Hell, he might just grow old and die peacefully. Who knows!? I am just glad that I can ponder these questions, and the show didn't end on some definitive point. Life isn't like that... and neither is The Sopranos.

More Sopranos-related reading:
*EW gets the "no more fucking ziti!?" award with this one
*peep's synopsis of the final episode
*dude at seems to have hated this one
*do you really care about how a load of reviewers feel? they all end up sounding the same.
*Jeff Edlestein, a local columnist in Trenton, is on the right track - peep his catalytic converter spin
*some still question if that was really it...

So, unless there IS some kind of new Sopranos show or movie, this is khal, signing off for the rock the dub Sopranos recaps. For good.

Friday, June 8th 2007 playlist

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Been on a DNB kick this week. Can't help it. All the Hip-Hop I've rocked too isn't new. Doesn't help that I don't spend my Saturday night digesting new music AND writing the shuffle (it will be back at some point, trust. Just been working.)... In any case, peep these new DNB cuts:

01/Loxy & Perpetuum "Hope Found" [tough outershell, warm cookie center.]
02/Martyn "Shadowcasting" [nice to see Revolve:R stepping up outside of the DNB realm... sick Detroit meets Dubstep flavours.]
03/System "Planet Ogo" [crazy 12 Monkeys sample. Very chilled vibe.]
04/Ram Trilogy "Titan" [classic.]
05/Jamal "Screwheadz" [loving the intro on this one. Sickness from Rufige #1.]
06/Paul T "Direct Action" [crazy Amen bidness by someone I've never heard of.]
07/Mutt "Hips, Thighs & Alibis" [best DNB track title ever.]
08/Digital "Daylight Robbery" [had that Tilos Radio mix from 2001 on this week - gems!]
09/Steve B'Co "Blood Wise" [Ascenzion bringing that upfront junglistic flavor back; big up the Junior Reid sample as well]
10/Tactile "Techion" [rollin' sound from the Tactile crew's new label.]


Not even a load of leaks this week, but here's what I got that's poppin':

Dizzee Rascal ft. UGK "Where Da Gs?"
Kanye West's "Stronger": full radio rip / CD quality rip
Kyle Spratt "Slim Sellout" (more info on this HERE - biggup eskay)
Lemiwinks "Fuckin' Gangsta"
Cassidy's got a new mixtape out, hosted by Big Mike & DJ Thoro. Always count on Get Right for that fire: The Hustla's Home
Kid Sister "Damn Girl (Cadence Weapon Remix)"
T-Pain ft. Akon "Bartender (Manny Faces Remix)"
Rainman ft. Lil' Flip "Country Girl"
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #10 ('You Know My Steez' Freestyle)"


The boy named claw has a SERIOUS Dubstep mix on the under, entitled "The Daily Grind". I've only been able to give it a brief listen, and skimmed through it, but what I heard was serious. He was speaking of taking Dubstep to another level, a diff. level, and I think he (and like-minded artists) are scratching at something substantial here. Download the mix HERE; grab the front and back covers, done by the one like MONSTA.


That's it. Cutting this one super short... gotta skate though. Enjoy!

khal & DOA link up

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Just dropping a lil nugget of good news on my faithful readers: ya boy khal is now the Assistant Editor of the DOA News/Content section, right up under the man like Jeryl. Seriously, read for yourselves. It feels like a long time coming - I've been doing the dubplate digest and this very blog, trying to give the people the info they need. I've also been writing reviews for DOA for a bit, even though I've kind of slacked off (my bust, XO!).

I wanna shout out Jeryl and Sacha for giving the kid a break. And you shouldn't be disappointed: I've already posted up new bits on Metalheadz AND Guerilla Recordings. More to come, seen?

So, any of you DNB label heads/DJs/producers/etc. - send your news bits/tunes/press packages to I read everything.


The Sopranos, Season 6B "The Blue Comet" [recap+]

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Bacala and those fucking trains. That makes twice now that him worrying about those trains got someone shot - only this time, he died over it. (One side note: I was wondering, while watching that scene, why they so dramatically dropped their guns. Slate explains the phenomenon.)

In any case, this episode was class. You guys have already seen it - and for the lot of you who have stopped watching The Sopranos for whatever reason, you've missed out on some of the best episodes of the series.

Do I have any idea on how this tale might end? No. I have suspicions that Paulie Walnuts flipped on Tony to Phil Leotardo, but that's just talk. When you think of it though, from Paulie snitching to Johnny Sack seasons ago, to the infamous painting re-touch to Paulie & Chrissy's battles - I think Paulie might feel he is owed more than he is getting. He has been both loyal and disloyal, so it's hard to pinpoint, but he is the most likely flipper.

It's wild to think that there is only one episode left. I kept telling myself "Oh, they never tie up loose ends - don't even look for it", but now I'm kind of upset that they won't, but I think that's mainly due to just missing one of the best shows I have ever witnessed. One of the greatest dramas ever to hit a television is leaving us in one week, and there is a heaping helping of unanswered questions. I could write a laundry list for a small African village, but what would be the point? The main concerns:

1) What will happen to Tony and his family?
2) How will this affect the rest of the families?

That's pretty much it. You watch a rerun on A&E and see how many of those main characters made it to the end. It's kind of wild when you really do the math...

The one thing that did get my goat was Melfi dropping Tony. No matter what the fuck he has done or said in the past, she stood by him. 7 years, and she was there. If she was uncomfortable, she had plenty chance to end it. Why end it now over one study? And do it so cold hearted. She fucked him and didn't even kiss him, then made him out to be the one in the wrong.

I don't know, I really don't know what else to say... Phil's a prick? We know that. Tony's in a world of shit? No wonder he has the AR-10 close! What more can I say but...

until next time. Finale this coming Sunday.

Mark Ronson/Hard Rock contest CD GIVEAWAY!

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I have a special competition where the winner will receive a pretty slick compilation from DJ Mark Ronson and the good folks at Hard Rock (you know, the people with the cafes and shit). The CD, entitled Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock Vol. 1, is a 14-track disc of songs hand-selected by Mark Ronson, who has not only been a monster on the NYC club scene for the last decade, but through his Allido Records label, has helped usher in artists like Rhymefest, and films like the Jay-Z documentary Fade To Black. He is also affiliated with the one like DJ Jus Ske.

This compilation is the first of the Allido/Hard Rock partnership, which is trying to bring "a definitive collection of 'modern' Rock for the new millenium". Here is the tracklisting:

1. “Black Tambourine” - BECK
2. “I Like the Way” – BODY ROCKERS
3. “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” – KAISER CHIEFS
4. “To Be Young” – RYAN ADAMS
5. “Take Your Mama” – SCISSOR SISTERS
6. “Island in the Sun” - WEEZER
7. “Dimension” - WOLFMOTHER
8. “Destination Diamonds” – DIAMOND NIGHTS
9. “Black Betty” - SPIDERBAIT
11. “June Gloom” – THE LIKE
12. “Tropical Moonlight” - DOMINO
13. “Wicked Game” – GIANT DRAG
14. “Lit Up” - BUCKCHERRY

Not your everyday Rock mix, but trust, it works VERY well. Plus, $1 from each CD sold is going to Jay-Z's Water for Life campaign, which is one of the best causes out there.

This competition is simple: the first person to e-mail me ( with RONSON COMP in the title will win the prize pack: one copy of the Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock Vol. 1 CD AND a copy of the Mark Ronson "Stop Me" Single. I also have 4 copies of the "Stop Me" single (audio: Windows [hi : low] / Quicktime [hi : low] / Real) which will go to the next 4 people. So, get your e-mail to me quick. I will alert the winners on this site and via e-mail. This competition will end in a week's time.

Shouts to Mark Ronson, Hard Rock, and by boy Mike @ Cornerstone for making this happen.

Friday, June 1st 2007 playlist

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khal reporting for duty. Double duty. Triple duty. Big announcements on the way, in terms of my affiliations anyways. Today, though, I've actually been listening to music. Really. Look:

01/Perpetuum "Obscura" [intro tune to his March 07 EXBC Mix. Twisted.]
02/Digital "Dennis The Menace" [long live the king of dub-influenced DNB!]
03/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. J-Live "Practice" [these guys took the funniest Allen Iverson interview ever and made a hot track out of it.]
04/Jadakiss ft. Sheek Louch & Rick Ross "Down South" [The Runners provide some down bottom heat. Shame Kiss is @ the end, but I guess you save the best for last.]
05/Tes La Rok "Gunshot" [debut 12 for Juju's dubstep label. HEAVY!]
06/The Fix "Brooklyn" [Canada's up and comers dedicating a runnin' DNB lick to the THORO BORO!]
07/Fabolous ft. Jay-Z & Uncle Murda "Brooklyn" [can't get enough of this one.]
08/D12 "40oz (DJ Nappy Vs. Lurk'N'Gully EXTENDED Thugstep Mix)" [you guys could be rich is you just stopped sleepin' on us.]
09/Chris Inperspective "Each Twin Unique" [Inperspective head comes correct with this chilled number.]
10/Phat Kat "Don't Nobody Care About Us" [J Dilla provides the sonics for this beautiful cut.]



/Hot off the press, here's a few Three 6 Mafia related cuts (I believe these are coming out on their Last 2 Walk LP, or the new Project Pat joint: "Like Money", "Suga Daddy" ft. Diamond & Princess of Crime Mobb, and "What Cha Starin' At", ft. Project Pat & Lil' Jon (fans of their show will remember the intro to this one).
/Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy "Can't Tell Me Nothing (Remix)"
/InsideInfo "At Night" [big up to Sparfunk and this Terrafunk giveaway!]
/Rhymefest "Angry Black Man On An Elevator" (prod. by Lil' Jon)
/Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West & Pharrell "US Placers"
/The Lady Tigra "Pinkberry"
/Evidence ft. PMD & Rakaa "Mr. Slow Flow (Remix)"
/Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #9 (Deep Cover Freestyle)"
/Cassidy "Get Retarded Freestyle"
/Here's a few Big City (AKA Psycho Les, Al Tariq & Problemz) cuts from their forthcoming LP: "Boy" & "Big City".
/Realtime "Girls Gone Wild"
/Fabolous ft. Joe Budden, Paul Cain, Ransom, Red Cafe & Freck Billionaire "This Is Family"
/Jill Scott "Hate On Me"
/Termanology ft. Reks "Hardcore (So You Wanna Be)"
/Capone "Talk My Shit"
/AC ft. Skyzoo "Good Lookin'" (prod. by Hi-Tek)


Kanye West released the official Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape, which is getting props from ya innanet bloggers. I haven't dloaded it, but might have to if people keep giving it props. Or maybe you should grab it and let me know what it do; NOTE: a load of the sites that had it up have non-working links - I think the torrents are alive and well, though! Get a tracklisting and audio of a handful of tracks HERE. EDIT: Gotta love GETRIGHT.


Kuttin Edge dropped a dope dubstep mix LIVE on Radio X @ Atelier Frankfurt. Peep game:

01 Shakleton - Blood on my Hands
02 Amp Fiddler Bootleg
03 DMZ - Wait
04 Reso - Unknown
05 Appleblim - Vansan
06 Kode 9 - Double Shadow Rmx
07 Djunya - Coagulated Dub
08 Rusko - Cockney Flute Rmx
09 Kode 9 - Find My Way Rmx
10 Marc Ashken - Size 3 (Skream Mix)
11 Skream - Losing Control
12 Gatekeeper - Tomb
13 Skream - Chest Boxing
14 Skream - Make Me
15 Elemental - Soul Fire
16 Benga - Crunked Up
17 Skream - 0800 Dub
18 Skream - Dutch Flowers



Over at the dubplate digest,this week's "FYLP" is dedicated to these live mixes from SR18, hosted by The Paradox "set" inspiried this monstrous post on DOA. *sigh*


That's about it. I've been slackin', but I have a competition for this new Mark Ronson CD. I have 1 copy of the full release and 5 copies of the single. More on that on Monday.


I leave you with the video for Phat Kat's "Cold Steel", again produced by J. Dilla. Enjoy your weekend.

FOTM: THUGSTEP #2 (06/2007)

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This one gets hyper, fusing Detroit's Dirty Dozen and the Canadian duo Lurk'N'Gully. I linked a dubstep mix that DZ (AKA "Lurk") did last week, and I am a big fan of their work. The intro to the dubstep cut, "Crime Spree", works so well with Bizarre's violent rant ("I'll have my wife... cut your throat"), and to hear guys like Eminem coast over heavy, stomping beats like this is just dope. He didn't write to it, but his cadence and flow just works wonders to that track. The "crime" sounds in the beat (guns cocking, police sirens, etc.) really add something to D12's abrasive lyrics as well. Big Proof does his thing at the end, to eerie perfection ("I'm in the club to beef, you gotta murder me dead")... just too deep.

This is an EXTENDED mix as well, perfect for mixing for all of you DJs out there. No one services you better...

DJ Nappy does it again? I think so. And now you can have it, too!:

D12 Vs. Lurk 'N' Gully "40oz (DJ Nappy Vs. Lurk 'N' Gully Extended Thugstep Mix)

Keep it locked...

LOST, Season 3: "Through The Looking Glass" [recap]

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I had two questions upon seeing that "snake in the mailbox" ending to the Season 3 finale: "How?" and, more importantly, "Why?"

How is pretty self explanatory: how did Jack and Kate (and presumably other people) get OFF THE ISLAND?

The WHY is a bit more complex, and I'll try and ask some of my questions during this recap...

First off, let's hit you guys with some observations; I've seen some on the web, but others haven't really been brought up - to my knowledge:

//OK so the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and Nirvana's "Scentless Apprentice" were featured in this episode. Any coincidence that this was an episode where the assumed leader was struggling with depression/drug use/questions of his worth/etc.?
//I know that the shots of Jack were flash-forwards, and that the name of the funeral parlor he visited is an anagram for "flash forward", but is there any significance in the fact that its a funeral parlor, and not like a toy store or something?
//Penny, in speaking to Charlie, asked him how he got that frequency: does this mean that the Looking Glass called Penny, and not the other way around?
//How is it that Mikhail can not only survive the sonic waves from the fence, but survive the spearing? Did he survive that grenade blast underwater?
//Remember in "Catch-22", where Desmond was speaking to Charlie about how his trying to save Charlie has been seemingly messing up his getting reacquainted with Penny? Is he doomed now, seeing as though he went down there to save Charlie? I ask this because the scene still played out the way he said it would - even though the flashes always change.
//You like how the majority of the "main Others" got iced this season, and how we lost so many of them in one episode!
//What's the deal with this "Golden Pass" Jack spoke of?
//Anyone else notice Rousseau's lies? She's previously said that the radio tower was both by the Black Rock, and that the Others controlled it. Neither seem to be the case. And how come her first words to the daughter she never bonded with was asking her to tie up Ben? Something is fishy there...

OK so now to try and ask a few more questions.

In reading the 2nd of Doc Jensen's finale posts, he brings up an interesting theory about who could possibly be in the casket. Many people think it was Sawyer, others think it was Ben, but I don't think any of them are in it, and I like how Doc assumed it was Michael, Walt's dad. Here's his reasoning: Jack's spending all this time wallowing in self-pity, trying to "get back", the episode even ends on Jack screaming WE HAVE TO GET BACK, to the island (seemingly); who do we know who has, (again) seemingly, gotten off the island? Michael & Walt. We don't know of anyone else who had a boat and free reign to just bounce. So if Michael DID make it off the island, and ended up dying suddenly, one of Jack's only hopes for getting off the island is gone. Now it doesn't have to be Michael, but anyone who might know how to get off the island (this is why I think Sawyer and others are out); it could be Ben, but who knows.

The other part about the ending was the fact that Kate just appeared (I don't know what it was, but she looked beautiful in that light - very cinematic). She spoke of having to go back to someone, a "he" that was never explained. She seemed to also be indifferent to what Jack was saying - his pleas of them having done something wrong, his trying to get back to the island - she wasn't feeling that at all. My intial thought is "oh, she must have gotten off the island, and was pardoned in exchange for shutting the fuck up about their time on the island", but I have no real concrete evidence to support this at all. And if Kate & Jack got off the island - who else did, too? I'd imagine some got the chance to stay... or not.

See, this is my main theory: Ben was right, and Penny seems to have backed up his claim: Naomi is not who she says she is. Penny had no idea who she was when Charlie asked her about Naomi and the boat, and that leads us to believe that Naomi is not with them. The guy on the phone probably knows what Naomi is doing, but it could mean that she is from a larger organization, ones who are going to "wipe out" everyone on the island, as Ben suggested. Hanso perhaps, coming in to clean up the mess they left when they pulled funding on the DHARMA Initiative? Oceanic Flight 815 could then have been seen as a trigger - or rather the sequence of events. The plane crashing could easily have been covered up - it seems like people already think that there were no survivors (unless Naomi was lying about the Driveshaft greatest hits CD); but the releasing of the anamoly, that could have triggered something. Penny was onto it, what's not to say that Hanso wasn't monitoring the situation as well, and decided now was the time to strike...

A few more questions, because I am left with only questions:

*How did Walt telling Locke he had a job to do translate to Locke knifing Naomi? And how come he was quick to knife her, but not shoot Jack when he was making the exact same call?
*What's Richard doing while all of this is going on?
*If the scenes with bearded Jack were flash forwards, why was he asking the black Doctor to go upstairs and see if Jack was drunker than his father, who died BEFORE Oceanic 815 crashed? Is his pops alive? If so, how?

I feel dumb, b/c I hadn't seen the flash forward coming. I really got tricked, and had to leave the room and process what I just saw. I should have known, though: this season has been the season where everything we knew got turned on its ear, and the biggest clue was the whole question of Desmond possibly living in an alternate reality, trying to explain his flashes. As if he is living life again. Once that went down, it seems like the concept of time is going to truly be played with. I should have known, though.

My predictions for the last 3 seasons:

1)Hanso is going to come back to the island and try to "fix" the situation, which will end up with some of the Oceanic 815 survivors choosing to leave, while being mum about their whereabouts and whatnot. Kind of just blending back into society, with the knowledge that they must remain mum or else.

2) The flashbacks are going to alternate between two times: I think some episodes are going to do the 'normal' format, of learning more about the survivors through events in their past, and then going forward to Jack's plight to get back. I like the idea of season 6 culminating with "realtime" events of the survivors getting off the island, and Jack finding his way to get back ON the island.

3) Desmond will reunite with Penny, but I'm kind of perplexed. I wouldn't be surprised if he was destined to not get with her.

4) Kate will never tell Jack she loves him. She wants to but it won't happen.

I don't know. There's so much to question, and I think I'm going to revisit some of this stuff, all the while bringing you whatever LOST bits I can during the year. Keep it locked.

Hope you all enjoyed the finale as much as I have. Please hit up the comments with any points of interest/questions/whatever.

peep these related links, too:

Both of Doc Jensen's LOST finale posts over on EW (Pt. 1, Pt. 2)
LostPedia's Synopsis of "Through the Looking Glass"
Sledgeweb's recap of "Through the Looking Glass"

Until next time... namaste!

Friday, May 25th 2007 playlist_leak session

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No true playlist this week. I haven't been rocking to certain tunes, been lax ever since I got this new gig (I got you, though, Spectreheads!). I do still accumulate a shitload of leaked material, from various blogs and other sources, so let's just get that out there in the forefront:

Fabolous ft. Jay-Z & Uncle Murda "Brooklyn"
Lauryn Hill "Lose Myself"
Rihanna "Shut Up & Drive" and "Say It", from her forthcoming Good Girl Gone Bad
DJ Khaled ft. Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Fat Joe & Juelz Santana "Brown Paper Bag" (not to be confused with the Roni Size/Reprazent classic)
Bounty Killa ft. Cormega "Killin' Fi Pleasure"
Twista ft. Pharrell "Give It Up" (prod. by The Neptunes)
Styles P ft. Kool G Rap "Come One, Come All" (prod. by Fizzy Womack)
Skyzoo ft. Torae "Click" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Vanderslice ft. Reef The Lost Cauze, Verbal Tec & Lex Starwind "Charles Bronson"
This week, a slew of unreleased tracks from The Game's Doctor's Advocate sessions leaked, presumably produced by Dr. Dre: "My Bitch" (dissing 50, Suge Knight AND Jay-Z, supposedly), "Beautiful Life", "Murda", "Still Me" and "Won't Stop"
Young Buck "Daydreams"
Radio rip of Beanie Sigel's "Creep Low"
2 new Common tracks: "Black Maybe" and "Misunderstood" (I believe both of these are from Finding Forever album, but who knows...)
Gwen Stefani ft. Damian Marley "Now That You Got It (Remix)"
N.O.R.E. ft. Three 6 Mafia "Don't Worry I'll Wait"
Marques Houston ft. Juelz Santana "Wonderful (Remix)"
Big Shug "It Just Don't Stop" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Jennifer Hudson ft. Papoose "Special"
Here's 5 leaked R. Kelly tracks, from his Double Up album: "The Champ" ft. Swizz Beats, "Tryin' To Get A Number" ft. Nelly, "Get Dirty" ft. Chamillionaire, "Best Friend" ft. Keyshia Cole & Polow Da Don, and "Rollin'"


J. Rocc has done it again! He has compiled a slew of Madlib remixes, from 1997-2007, and threw down a heavy mix for the latest Stones Throw podcast. Here's the tracklist, from low-bee:

0:10 pb wolf - definition of ill (single)
2:04 foreign legion - nowhere to hide (single)
3:28 zion i - critical (single)
4:40 charizma (madlib remixes vol.1)
5:50 prozack - bang it (death taxes & prozack cd)
7:30 common - the sun god
8:30 madvillain - money folder (single)
9:45 lootpack - long awaited (unreleased?)
12:20 a.g. - take a ride (unreleased?)
14:00 jaylib - strapped (champion sound 2)
15:10 jay z - threat (mind fusion vol.4)
16:40 defari - say it twice
18:10 snoop
18:50 kurupt - ride wit us (madlib remixes vol.2)
19:50 jadakiss - put ya hands up (madlib remixes vol.2)
20:50 mr. cheeks - lights camera action
22:00 j dilla - reckless driving (unreleased)
23:40 (interlude?)
24:00 madvillain - rainbows (unreleased)
24:50 madvillain - one beer
27:18 jazzanova - l.o.v.e. and you and i (remixed cd)
34:00 zero 7 - distractions (simple things remixes cd)
36:40 bilal - soul sista (single)
39:45 common - 8 minutes to sunrise
41:00 lootpack - frenz v endz (unreleased?)
43:30 nas - revolutionary/get down (mind fusion vol.4)
45:40 interlude
46:50 nas - get down
48:20 j dilla - let's take a ride (unreleased)

Fill in those blanks?


DZ, one half of the Lurk'N'Gully outfit, has dropped a serious May 2007 Promo Mix. Here is the tracklisting:

Kromestar & Walsh - Panic Room (Hot Flush)
Skream - Lose Control (Tempa)
DZ - Whoa (Dub)
Richboy - Throw some D's [EMU Rmx] (Dub)
Loetech - Apollo11 (Dub)
Toasty - Angel (Hot Flush)
Janner - The Power of Sound (Dub)
Skream - Midnight Request Line [DMZ Rmx] (Tempa)
DZ - Slums Dub (Dub)
Sully - Lynched (Dub)
The Antiserum - Ain't it Funky (Full Melt Dub)
XI - Sunshower (Dub)
Massive Attack - Find my Way [Kode 9 Rmx] (Hyperdub)
DZ - The Distance (Dub)
Luke Envoy - Honour Kill (Hot Flush)
Parson - Conduit (Dub)
DZ - Work it out (Dub)
Monster - Caveman VIP (Dub)
DZ - Chinese Checkers (Dub)
DZ - Chalice Dub (Dub)
Distance - Fallen (Boka)
Plastician ft Skepta - Intensive Snare (CD-R)
Loetech, DZ & Bowzer - Mathematics (Dub)
NIN - Me, I'm Not [DZ & Bowzer Rmx]
Jason Burns - Bad Boy (Dub)
Loetech - Shotgun Harmonica (Independents Dub)
The Fix - This Fire [DZ's Bayswate Mix] (Dub)
DZ - Crime Spree [Sully's Rough Justice Mix] (Dub)
Lurk n' Gully ft The Fix - Forward (Independents Dub)
Babylon System vs Noah D - Take That (Dub)
DZ - Be Cool (Dub)
Bowzer - Last Man Standing (Independents Dub)
Benga - Duel (Big Apple)
DZ - I Don't Pray (Dub)
The Antiserum - Top Shottaz (Full Melt Dub)
???? - ????? (Dub)
???? - ????? (Dub)
DZ - Boombastic (Dub)
Skream - Check It [vocal mix] (Tempa)
Monster - More Fire (Dub)
DZ - Rise (Dub)
DZ - Untitled/Unfinished

This monster clocks in at just over 1hour43mins. Dude's tracks are flame, and he drops a host of sick dubs in there as well. Grab it before it's gone!!!


For your DNB fix, this week's For Your Listening Pleasure features mixes from Goldie, DJ Jambo, Subwave, Fracture & Neptune, Temper D & Vicious Circle. All flava.


Pandamonium Jones hit me up this week with links to TWO Caps & Jones mixes out there (not up on C&J? Get familiar). The first is a lil' promo mix for Professor Murder, which throws everything from Prof. Murder b-sides and unreleased cuts up against Freddie Mercury, Three 6 Mafia, Eek-A-Mouse and a host of other sounds and beats. (check out Caps & Jones' first release on vinyl, a remix of Prof. Murder's "Free Stress Test"! Grab the Professor Murder Rides The Subway EP HERE)

The 2nd is an hour-long fiesta for Top Shelf Motherfucker, a Toronto clothing company. I will just say two things: grab the mix, and check out the tracklistings:

Part One

Metallica – Battery
Junkyard Band – Sardines
Young Black Teenagers – Tap the Bottle
House of Pain – Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Schooly D – I Don't Like Rock'n'Roll
Ice Cube – Check Yo'Self remix feat DAS EFX
DJ Pooh – Whoop! Whoop!
KRS ONE – Sound of Da Police
Jay Dee – Fuck The Police
Body Count – Cop Killer
The Misfits – Hunting Humans
Dub Narcotic Soundsystem – Fuck Shit Up
Can – Vitamin C
Ghostface – Ghost Is Back
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
A Certain Ratio – Do the Du
Banbarra – Shack Up
Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
Afroman – Palmdale
Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force – Looking for the Perfect Beat
Daft Punk – Robot Rock
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Walking on the Water

Part Two

Snoop Dogg – St. Ides In The LBC
Aaliyah – Rock the Boat
The Knife – Heartbeats
Billy Squier – The Stroke
Outkast – Chonky Fire
NWA – Dopeman
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Public Enemy – Shut Em Down
Beatnuts – Reign of the Tec
Audio Two – Top Billin'
Baby feat The Clipse – What Happened To That Boy?
Three 6 Mafia – Tear Da Club Up
DJ Deeon – Tear The Klub Up
Crime Mobb – Knuck If You Buck
Psychedelic Furs – Dumbwaiters
The Rapture – Dumbwaiters
Guns'N'Roses – Night Train
Beastie Boys – Rhymin and Stealin
Bun B – Trill Recognize Trill feat. Ludacris
Bloc Party – Banquet
Wire – Mannequin

Cotdamn. Grab NOW!! And if you are in NYC tonight, Caps & Jones are throwing down at Savalas.


On the final thought, I want to big up KJ Sawka, whom I just recently interviewed, and show you why I got so intrigued by his skills. Here is dude playing his song "Axis" LIVE on C89.5 in Seattle:

Until next time...

DJ Krust: in his own words

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One of my favorite interviews I've done was with DJ Krust, a staple of the DNB community through V, Full Cycle and his various other excursions. He was one of the first producers I latched onto and truly followed. In my conversations with him, I realized how philosophical of a cat he is, he seems to always be thinking. He sent this piece, which is more of a question/statement, a few weeks back, and I neglected to post it for whatever reason. It is text that ended up on his blog, which needs more shine than it's getting (also needs more posts, but its fuckin' Krust!)... here is the unedited text:

as the jungle drum and bass scene starts to warm up for the summer .we look to what is happening . is there a split are we moving in diffrent directions. has the music changed .is it staying the same. whats happened to the movement called jungle . where is the unity . what about what we used to stand for ? moving forward . welcoming change, the scene was about growing together .when we look around what are we seeing . yes the scene is now much bigger ,yes its world wide, yes the standard is much higher, yes there are more labels, yes there are more dj,s. so this is growth right ? what about the coming together of the people .the communication, the organization. what dose jungle ,drum and bass stand for ? is this jus about music us having a great time .taking drugs and partying til we drop . or are we saying some thing, using this music as our voice. to talk about whats happening to this genaration . to our community. to our people to me to you. NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY WHAT WE NEED TO SAY

You'd think, in 2007, we'd be saying more with this music, expressing more ideas and themes. Who knows what the future holds... but for as much slating and backbiting that goes on, you'd think we'd look to the producers who helped mold the DNB/Jungle scene, and look to them for guidance.

backlog (5.24.2007)

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So at the temp. gig I picked up, I had some breaktime and, since I am allowed to surf the web whilst on breaks and lunch (bonus!), I decided to clean up my primary Gmail account. Boy, did I find a shit load of, well, shit that I hadn't dloaded or responded to, for whatever reason. My life's been kind of hectic since I been on the job search, but some of this shit needed to be posted months ago. SO, I decided to throw some of these accumulations into one blog post... and who knows? Maybe I'll be lazy and forgetful, and throw these up more often! LOL.

let's go:

Here are a gang of leaks that did not make it to last week's playlist (May 18th, 2007) because, well, I never got around to making a playlist:

Trife Da God & Termanology "Trife & T" (prod. by Milkcrate Fam)
Papoose ft. Busta Rhymes "Drop It" (prod. by Dr. Dre)
Ghostface Killah "My Guitar"
Wise Intelligent "I'm Him"
Raekwon "Freestyle" (over ESG's 'UFO' break)
Few new cuts from the Beastie Boys' instrumental album, The Mix-Up: "The Rat Cage (Edited Version)"& "Off The Grid"
Kurupt "Mystic River" (prod. by DJ Battlecat)
Jaylib "The Mission (Stringed Out Remix)"
Mims "This Is Why I Rock" (clean version) (also check out a LIVE interview/freestyle of his from the Kung Fu Show on Pyro Radio)
Red Cafe ft. Mr. Easy "Children of the Ghetto" (prod. by MoSS)
Tragedy Khadafi ft. Prince Ali "Righteous Scrolls"
Lil Wyte "Slap That Sucka" (as seen on Adventures In Hollyhood)
Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (prod. by DJ Toomp)
Chip Fu over Collie Buddz' "Come Around"
Siya "So Crazy" (she is apparently the first openly lesbian rapper?)
Young Cash "Freeze"
DJ Khaled ft. Akon, R. Kelly, T-Pain, Lil' Kim & Young Jeezy "We Takin' Over (Remix)"
Mazaradi Fox ft. Kool G Rap "Gangster Therapy"
Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass"
Crooked I "Cruisin'/Just The King Freestyle"
Strong Arm Steady ft. Talib Kweli "One Step"
Amy Winehouse ft. Jay-Z "Rehab (Remix)" (here is a version featuring Pharoahe Monch)
Metafore ft. Joell Ortiz "Hood Thang"
Blaq Poet & NYGz "N.H.B. (Nigga, Ho, Bitch)" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Styles P "Hold On" (prod. by Fizzy Womack) (grab The Ghost Sessions HERE)
Timbaland "The Way I Are (Manny Faces Remix)" (shouts to Manny Faces on the remix)

Cinematic Music Group presents "Sean Kingston: Good Talk vol. 2" (hosted by DJ Khaled) [sendspace link]

Dude has an LP dropping on Beluga Heights in Fall '07; Beluga Heights is the label that superhot pop producer JR Rotem started up, and Kingston is his flagship artist. Sean reps Miami by way of Jamaica, and is all of 17 years old. He mixes up rapping, reggae toasting and "soulful harmonization", and seems to be poised to make some big moves. Tracklisting:

1. DJ Khaled, Sean Kingston Intro
2. Colors – Sean Kingston feat. The Game, Rick Ross
3. The Slums – Sean Kingston
4. Skreetz On Lock – Hot Dollar feat Jermaine Dupri
5. Way We Live – Sean Kingston
6. Riding So Slow – Question feat. Sean Kingston, Kyle Lee
7. Ghetto – Smoke & Numbers feat. Sean Kingston
8. Makin Them Swerves – Nipsey Hussle
9. Big Knots, Big Chain – Hot Dollar
10. Colors 2007 (Reggae Mix) – Sean Kingston feat. Vybz Kartel, Kardinal Offishall
11. Never Change – Smoke & Numbers
12. In The Ghetto – Sean Kingston feat. Trey Songz
13. We From SA – Question feat. Dope Supply
14. Prepared For War – Chin Wha feat. Smoke & Numbers
15. All My Ganstas – Sean Kingston
16. Concrete Jungle – Smoke & Numbers
17. Paid The Cost – Sean Kingston
18. Pressure – Chin Wha feat. Smoke & Numbers
19. I’m From – Nipsey Hussle feat. Cuzzy Capone
20. High Life – Question
21. Deep Cover Freestyle – Question
22. Give You Some Love – Sean Kingston
23. Beautiful Girl – Sean Kingston (Summer Smash!!!)
24. Outro

Looks interesting... might be worth the dload. For more info, peep this link.


I'm no big Shady Records fan at all, but the boy Ca$his is getting a lot of burn, for God knows what reason. I have never listened to his Bogish Boy vol. 1.5 mixtape, but a lot of Shady fans online seem to swear by this collection. Maybe one of you will dload this and let me know what to look out for...


Check out Submorphics' May 2007 Studio Mix, which was recorded for The Overfiend's BassDrive show:

Saburuko - Warped
Theory - Versionist
Bungle, DJ Roots & The Ego - Conquest System
Lenzman & Submorphics - Way Back When
Chino - Essence
Mutt - Draw on me
Atlantic Connection - Peace of Mind
Submorphics - Downstyle
Jazz Thieves - Feelin' Easy
Redeyes - Science of Sleep
Lomax & Focus - 5 Weeks
Mutt & Submorphics - Be my Lady
Jazz Thieves - Tonka Stomp
Lenzman & Jubei - Room 237
Lomax - Brain Freeze
Random Movement - Things you do
Switch & Stunna - Together
Lenzman - The Blues

A suite of slickness throughout that mix.


This mixtape is a few years old, but it's new to me, and contains a host of sick blends. DJ Fade's R&B Madness:

1) Intro
2) That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
b/w: Wait (The Whisper Song) - Ying Yang Twins
3) Something In The Way You Make Me Feel - Stephanie Mills
b/w: Lean Back - Terror Squad
4) Real Love - Mary J. Blige
b/w: How We Do - The Game ft. 50 Cent
b/w: Hush - LL Cool J
5) Think Of You - Usher
b/w: Hate It or Love It - The Game ft. 50 Cent
6) Human Nature - Michael Jackson
b/w: Bonafide Hustler - Young Buck
7) In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
b/w: Alright Groove - The 45 King
b/w: 5 Alarm Blaze - Joe Buddens
8) Back To Life - Soul 2 Soul
b/w: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
9) Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet - Interlude
b/w: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
10) I Like It - Debarge
b/w: Tipsy - J-Kwon
11) Walk On By - Sybil
b/w: Hustla (Remix) - Cassidy ft. Mary J. Blige
12) Mona Lisa - Slick Rick **(DJ FADE 2005 Party Mix)
13) Rhythm Of The Night - Debarge
b/w: It's All Good - Fantasia
14) Candy - Cameo
b/w: 1,2 Step - Ciara
15) This Is For The Lover In You - Shalamar
b/w: Hold You Down - Prodigy ft. Nina Sky
b/w: Let Me Love You - Mario
16) Who's Holding Donna Now - Debarge
b/w: Sugar Buddy - Nodesha
17) Friends - Jody Watley
b/w: Again - Faith Evans
18) Be Happy - Mary J. Blige
b/w: Make The Music With Your Mouth - Biz Markie
b/w: Breathe - Fabolous
19) All Or Nothing - Joe
b/w: DaRockwilder - Method Man & Redman
20) I Could Fall In Love - Selena
b/w: Treat U Betta - Big Shug
21) Outro

Kind of reminds me of this slept-on J-Live mixtape, Homemade Blends vol. 1. Check it out, though - Fade did his THING!


Enjoy, and keep it locked here. We have you sorted, don't even worry.

Win You a Van!


The summertime is the time when kids are home from school, and concert season is alive and wheel. While you might not be down with Lollapalooza or some large scale outfit, it doesn't mean you can't still get heard by the people... and the good folks at TuneCore and Guitar Center have devised the perfect giveaway:

During the month of June, head on over HERE and enter the "Win a Van" sweepstakes. The requirements are simple: go there during the month of June and let them know the following info: how could you/your band benefit from a new whip? What's your best tour story, from the past or the future? What are 10 things you/your band would always have in the van? And finally, detail your dedication to your craft. If they choose you, you/your band could win the following goodies:

How sick is that? All the ish you need to rock a few weeks or a month touring in your area, or at least to get you started. Now before you DJ/Rap stars get in a tizzy with all the "band" talk, I spoke to Mary @ TuneCore, who assured me that "anyone who's making music and can articulate their commitment to it" is able to win it. So, get your thinking caps on and get motivated.

Again, this competition is brought to you by the good folks over at Tune Core (check them out - they make it easier for artists to get their music on digital services like iTunes, eMusic, Napster and many more sites) and Guitar Center. Don't miss out - get your music online, then hit the pavement and get it heard!

[rock the dub Interview]: KJ Sawka


Live DNB has always gotten mixed reviews. While some artists, like Paradox and Amit, can truly bring the same fury of their released music doing Live PAs, some fans get confused with acts like "Planet Pendulum" making arena-rock DNB, or Reprazent's jazz fusion sets. As of late, especially with the Jungle Drummer's live sets with dope DJs (he's recently been touring with DJ FU), the idea of a truly gifted DNB drummer has been intriguing hardcore fans. KJ Sawka is the new breed of Jungle Drumming: Seattle, Washington bred, he is a musician that took his gift with the sticks, added his growing love of DNB and Electronic music, and fused them together to further blend the two styles of playing. He has released an album, and is currently working on a new collection of dancefloor-ready tracks, and is on the verge of exploding on the DNB scene worldwide. Dude even has performed with Blake Lewis (yes, that Blake) before, and has him on his new album! We shot the ish with KJ on many topics: his evolution, his production, and the new opportunities he has been affored (London Elektricity? Bassdrive Radio show? new album? Tour?)... get ready!

khal: First things first: how does it feel to be garnering so much publicity over the ‘Net? It seems like word of mouth has lead to things moving in a pretty fast direction for you in the last couple of years. Does it ever feel surreal?

KJ Sawka: You know, it feels great!! I've been producing and playing music for a long time. I've been striving to be an international artist for a long time.. It feels more deserved than surreal. I am very, very grateful though. No head here :) but I've known in my heart that there really are people out there that want to see and hear my music... And love it!!

khal: I know you’ve been involved in music for a while. Can you talk a bit about your progression? When did you start drumming, when did you start working in bands, your first flirtations with DNB, etc.?

KJ Sawka: I started playing drums at age 11. Playing jazz, rock, and funk. All the basics around at that time. I started teaching drums to my friends right off the bat, so that helped my progression a lot. Along with practicing 8-10 hours a day, everyday. Total nerd!! I was in bands all through high school.. Then, 18 years old, just out of high school, I heard dnb and breakbeat music. LTJ Bukem, Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers. They blew my mind!! I never wanted to listen or play anything else again that I'd played before. I was hooked on electronic music!! I wanted to create what I heard on the drums. And at the same time I bought some drum machines and started programming and playing keys.

khal: OK so now you hear DNB, and you spend time honing your style to, for lack of a better term, recreate DNB-style breaks live. How long did it take for your style to catch on? Did you ever encounter someone who said “you can’t do it”?

KJ Sawka: It didn't take very long for it to catch on. I had some songs and started a band called 94th Street. Which was the name of the street I lived on at the time. I teamed up with my long time guitar mate TJ Berry and roommate sax player Alex Zimmerman. We came out with a big bang in Seattle. Bringing 200+ kids out to every show. The dnb and breaks live drumming styles caught on quick!! I played many Seattle "Loft Parties" and they launched me even further into the professional music scene. My style was catching on so quick, that at one of the first shows I had ever played in Seattle, Michael Shrieve (drummer of Santana) asked me for drum lessons...

khal: In one of the first videos I saw of you on YouTube, you are not just playing the drums, but you have samplers going, and you seem to be doing like 5 things at once at times. Can you break down your set up? How long did it take you to create the kit that you are using now, and how long did it take to start implementing the samplers and effects and such? Also, is your setup still evolving?

KJ Sawka: My setup is always evolving. Since I started playing breakbeats, I also started programming beats and playing with effects and keyboards. My bedroom started looking live a music store. Yes, I usually do like 4-8 things at the same time. If drumming wasn't already 4 things by itself. I used to have a drum kit , drum pads connected to a sampler with tons of effects. Now it's more laptop based. - Currently I have a all odd size drums with a Mac Powerbook running Ableton Live, Reactor, Battery, Pro Tools, etc. A mixer, trigger finger laptop controller, Korg sampler, drum pads/ brain, audio/midi I/O, Kaoss pad, Akai filter, gate unit, Electrix MoFx and many other varieties constantly changing it up...

khal: Now, while some might just be hearing about you today, you’ve been bubbling in the US jungle/DNB scene for a few years. I know you’ve opened for LTJ Bukem, and played the country over a few times over. What point did you start to realize that your style was catching on, and people were truly starting to not just take notice, but be genuinely impressed with your work?

KJ Sawka: Everyone has been really impressed with the drumming aspect since the beginning but the online videos have taken it to a whole nether level. Getting my debut album signed to a real record label has helped in a huge way, not just as a drummer but as a producer as well.

khal: You’ve put out one CD, Synchronized Decompression, and I notice that the styles on that aren’t exactly like your live sets, meaning its not all LIVE DRUMS LIVE DRUMS, but a mixture of the programmed beats and other effects. What do you think is more important: wowing crowds with your dazzling skills in a live setting, or crafting creative tracks on your released output?

KJ Sawka: Well, I see it as sort of two entities. I love playing the drums live, so that is what I do live. But I love electronic music too. And electronic music doesn't have live drums in it all the time. I tried playing the electronic drum samples live without the acoustic drums and there wasn't the same impact as the live acoustic drums. There were big ups and big downs in the sets. When I played electronic drums, it was sort of mellow and when I played acoustic drums it was 'off the hook'... So I've been enjoying playing 'off the hook' shows last few years... haha... As far as the album goes. I want people to get just a small sense of the live show and mainly be able to sit back and enjoy a nice studio album of electronic music.

khal: Word is that you’ve also got a show on BassDrive radio. In listening to the archives, I see that you not only employ the live style you’ve been known for, but you also throw in things like DJ Shadow’s “Six Days”, as well as other familiar tracks. How does this show come about: is it essentially your live performances condensed, or are you actually mixing?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I have a once a month Bassdrive show, the first Monday of every month 6-7 central time US. I have been remixing some of my favorite dnb tunes in my live sets for a couple years now. DJ Shadow's "Six Days" is my own remix, called "Six Day War", off the original Colonel Bagshot record. People want me to release it, maybe I will soon? The Bassdrive show was all live, not unlike other live shows. I put tracks into my Ableton Live session and remix them on the fly. It is definitely like mixing records but way different... It has a similar sounding result. My live show has many different aspects of "on the fly" and pre-recorded material. I separate my tracks into bass, keys, vocal, drum loops, samples, etc. and trigger, tweak, effect, loop and remix them all at one time. And play the acoustic drums.

khal: As stated before, you got into DNB through hearing a track of LTJ Bukem’s. While he is definitely a figurehead in the scene, he is not as prominent of a name as he once was. Do you still keep up with current DNB, and if so, who are you feeling these days?

KJ Sawka: Yeah definitely, LTJ was an eye opener and I try to keep up... I listen to and am influenced by Human Imprint recordings, Hospital, Renegade, Outbreak, EZ Rollers, Moonshine, Noisia, Roni Size, Black Sun Empire, Spor, Evol Intent, London Electricity, Venetian Snares, Amon Tobin, Boards of Canada, Royksopp.

khal: I heard a rumor that you might be doing some work with London Elektricity? Are you able to discuss this at all?

KJ Sawka: Well, we have some recording dates with him in July when I'm in the UK. Who knows what is going to come out of it though. It should be good I feel.

khal: One thing I HAVE to ask: when it comes to playing DNB live, it’s still in its infancy in terms of producers segueing to recreating their music live. LE does it, Pendulum has their “Planet Pendulum” sound coming, and a few other acts have really pushed their sound, but in terms of in demand drummers, it seems like the only guy on the scene has been The Jungle Drummer. Do you feel any competition with him in terms of “jungle drumming superiority”? Would you ever be game for a “drum off” style battle with him?

KJ Sawka: I would definitely be into a drum battle any day!! haha .. But there are a few hand fulls of drummers that do DNB that I'm aware of. Just not to many doing the full on DNB/DJ type sound. I am aware of drummers who can do many things I cannot but I haven't seen any drummers take the performance to a "DJ style" type thing yet... I love making people dance even more then wowing people.

khal: I hear that your next album will be going away from the more “moody” styles of Synchronized Decompression. What steps are you taking to ensure that your new disc will be full of more “club-ready” tracks? Who are you working with to accomplish this – any new players come into the fold?

KJ Sawka: I produced the album myself. I really want to be known as a producer as well as a drummer... Preferably a producer. I still have a long way to go but I feel that the tracks will slay the dance floor. I also want to convey a moody style, for I'm a moody guy. I like to think of my music as Heaven meets Hell, Yin and Yang, Darkness vs. Light. I've been doing live-PA sets, mainly "breaks" and it's been going off!! Very similar to playing the drums live. So I know I'm doing something right.

khal: You’ve linked up with Cyber Groove for your promotions and management. What was your situation like before, and what are the pros of linking up with a company like Cyber Groove?

KJ Sawka: Yes, Cyber Groove contacted me after seeing my YouTube videos and my website. They are booking and promoting me. I am currently managed by Interface Management out of Seattle. I've been with Interface for a few years. The pros of linking up with Cyber Groove are that they are very submerged into DNB and Electronic music, which is perfect for what I'm doing. Interface Management is more broad genre music management and booking company.

khal: Do you have tour dates, and if so, where can fans find you in the coming months?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I have many tour dates coming up - Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Toronto, NYC, London, UK, LA etc, etc ..
I post most current tour dates on my MySpace website, as well as on

khal: Do you have any final words/shout outs to give to the people?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I'd like to thank Cyber Groove Productions, Interface Management, Wax Orchard Records, Grapevinez International, Demo, Zacharia, The Dowes and all the Seattle DNB crews, My singers - Christa Wells and Emilia Sosa. And all the people out there - get ready cause the KJ Sawka ship has landed and it's motha f *kin' bullet proof!!!

suggested links:

Finally, check out the video for "Montreal", which will be available on the DualDisc version of Cyclonic Steel, forthcoming on Wax Orchard:

khal would like to shout out KJ Sawka for providing such a smooth interview, Scott @ Cybergroove for getting things situated, and Chappy Sinclair for making the initial contact for me. Truly appreciated!

Clemens Come


On the heels of his game tonight with the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team, I was perplexed in thinking/reading about Roger Clemens' return to pro baseball:

Why was the world so shook up when Jay-Z came out of retirement, to seemingly go 1x platinum, but Clemens comes out signing MILLIONS, and there's not even a word of resentment?

I guess in a sport where we can let dopeheads break records, anything is fair game...

I'm feeling local columnist Jeff Edelstein's column from today's Trentonian. Really hits the nail right on the head.

Mixtape, Inc.

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For all of you Hip-Hop DVD heads, mixtape lovers, and genuine documentary lovers, I just got word on this new DVD that is available now entitled Mixtape, Inc., which delves into the hypocritical world of mixtapes in Hip-Hop. We all know the game: the Rap industry is quick to snatch up rising mixtape acts (50 Cent, Papoose and countless others) to big contracts, and build brands around them, but on the flipside, they talk with the RIAA and get frustrated about how much money they believe they are losing. The makers of this film might call it a love/hate relationship, but I personally look at is as more of a "do as I say, not as I do" type of relationship. And the only people who get hurt are the consumer...

This doc takes you into the background, speaking with many Hip-Hop luminaries (from the G-Unit camp to Lil' Jon, Kanye West, Xzibit, Chuck D, Fabolous, David Banner, DJ Kay Slay, DJ Clue, Danger Mouse and others), getting their real, hands-on insight into the struggle and drama that has escalated into situations like DJ Drama getting arrested for essentially helping the people he's dropped mixtapes with get more paper.

Once I get my mittens on this, I'll be pouring over it and providing you guys with a review.

For right now, check out the trailer, and if you are intrigued, go cop it.

LOST, Season 3: "Greatest Hits" [recap]

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Kind of fucked up how, even with Blogger's new AUTOSAVE feature, my fucking recap just disappeared. So here is my super condensed recap:

I wanted Charlie to die. Karl was acting very strange, as was Ben. What's up with the inconsistencies of the Looking Glass station? Is Jack's plan going to work?

suggested reading:
LostPedia's synopsis of this episode
trailer for the Season 3 finale
Doc Jensen's recap of this episode.