Forward Thinking :: B L A C K I E Drops ‘Remains’

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Houston-based B L A C K I E has been ahead of the curve for years.  His brand of music has always been challenging, densely layered and deeply rewarding for the adventurous listener.  REMAINS continues the legacy of consistency that B L A C K I E has worked so hard to become synonymous with.  At only 8 tracks, this project gets right to the point, and at a ‘name your price’ setting, why would you not support?

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Getaway Discovery :: Anastasia’s ‘Unavailable Pt. 1’ Speaks Volumes

For some, you truly have to escape to find yourself.  But in my case, these are just words, and most learn better by example.  Rather than run my mouth on the topic, I will allow Anastasia to show you how one gets out of their comfort zone to find their optimum comfort level in life.  Dig it, share it, and really listen to what this young lady is saying, as she’s never been one to waste words.

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Chasing Ghosts :: Sixo Celebrates ‘Christmas Past’ With Ceschi

The concept of seasons being signal markers for human change and growth is not a new one… film, music and literature have all explored this story arc.  Ceschi, however, is known for his ability to tell a vivid tale, and over Sixo production, Christmas Past plays like the masterpiece it is.  The video only further drives home the emotions exploding from the song with it’s colorful and engaging elements.  Beautifully heavy.

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Brain Food :: ‘Dry Cereal’ From Cam Smith

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Straight from New Orleans comes a nice collection of jazzy production from beatsmith Cam Smith.  Dry Cereal seem to be explorations between breakbeats and jazz-influenced explorations of vibes, keys and synths.  The interspersed vocal samples and radio interview footage provide just enough breathing room for this instrumental album to take you on a wonderful sonic journey.  Dig it and dig it good.

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Wandering Eyes :: ‘Christopher Paul Cardoza : Photodocumentarian’ Hits YouTube

If you have spent any amount of time in the central Texas social scene over the last few years, you have more than likely seen Christopher Paul Cardoza at work.  His photography has helped him make a name for himself, and it has been a beautiful time capsule of an ever-evolving scene.  Many musicians, fans and venues have come and gone, a handful remain, and Christopher Paul Cardoza is faithful to his mission of capturing as much of the action as he can.  Cheers to you, sir.

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Life Coaching :: Jonathan Brown’s ‘Risk It All’ EP Now Available

New Orleans-based wordsmith Jonathan Brown has always had a touch for the brutally honest.  His punk-rock influenced hip-hop touches all the proper emotional influential buttons, rather than the purely aesthetic ones.  On his latest project, The Risk It All EP, we find him as candid as ever about topics such as educational policy, government paranoia and life choices, among other things, all wonderfully encapsulated into slightly more than 10 minutes.  Dig it and dig it good.

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Chance Encounters :: Sixo’s Masterpiece ‘The Odds of Free Will’ Now Available From Fake Four

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I’m glad I’ve given this album a little bit of time before posting about it.  Sixo is always known to drop quality work, but seeing the concept and guest list for The Odds of Free Will had me rushing to biased positive judgement before I’d even heard the project.  Granted, most everyone on the album I’ve either played multiple shows with or know personally, so that was going to sway my thoughts.  So, I gave it a few listens, and I must say, this project really stands up in a year full of what’s been sure to be classic material.  I’m excited for more production based projects from Sixo, more Alligator Food, and more of whatever he conjures up.

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