A couple of weekends ago, Fake Four Inc. hit up myself and a number of my labelmates to participate in Fake Fourantine 2021, the second Twitch-based online festival they’ve held in light of COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic has had on the world at large. While everyone did their thing, the homie (and split-LP cohort) Anthony Maintain turned in a rather exceptional performance, complete with wonderful black and white captures of several visually striking areas to perform his trademark beatsmithing and rhymesaying. If you missed the stream, don’t sleep on this performance… it’s inspiring in all the right ways. Leave the homie a like and a comment, spread it around, and support your local creatives!
Anthony Maintain, Virgil Wolfe, Two Weeks Notice (Mikal Khill and TribeOne) and myself recently joined K Death on the Moodhouse Podcast to discuss any and everything #FREEcember and Fake Four Inc. I could go into details here, but conversations like this are best experienced via direct listen. Check out the link above, or catch the Moodhouse Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts online.
I’ll let the homie Anthony Maintain break it all down…
“Ghost Pipes (Monotropa Uniflora): Herbaceous perennial plants native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Their lack of chlorophyll gives them their characteristic translucence which lead to the common names of ghost pipe, corpse plant, ice plant, and ghost flower. These rare heterotrophic plants can grow in near total darkness since, unlike photosynthetic plants, they do not draw nutrients from the sun. They instead pull sustenance from surrounding tree roots and forest brush via mushroom mycelium. This relationship is not symbiotic, it is more parasitic in nature. Though the ghost pipe does not contribute anything of known value back to it’s host, humans have discovered valuable uses for the plant. While the entire plant is technically edible, this is not the best use. Through extraction, M. Uniflora has been found to create an effective pain relieving tincture helping those with both physical and emotional suffering. It is said not to erase the pain entirely, but to put the person beside the pain in a more cognitive sense of acceptance.
These songs are ghost pipes for myself and others.” – Anthony Maintain
This year’s #FREEcember is off to a bang, and I am not only happy to know that Ghost Pipes can finally be heard by the masses, but honored to be sharing a split LP consisting of Anthony Maintain‘s EP on one side and mine on the other. You can download the digital album for free (or donate) at the links above, and if you choose so, you can pre-order our vinyl. Major shout out to Fake Four Inc. for helping make all of this happen!
In a mere 6-ish months, Milled Pavement Records has gone from being on the underground bubble to being a forced to be reckoned with for East Coast-based and forward-thinking artists. With homies like Brzowski, Anthony Maintain and MC Homeless already making appearances on the roster, it was a safe assumption that anything from the collective that crossed my radar would be quality, and Marrow kept that streak going by getting me hip to his latest release, The Damage Done. As a fan of groups like Non-Phixion and Darkleaf, this project hit me right in the feels, and the backstory given for the project makes the lyrical and musical onslaught that much more interesting. Definitely take a moment to read the Bandcamp liner notes when (not if!) you go to check this one out, support if you can, and share it around for other heads to enjoy!
If you like your hip-hop reference-filled, sarcastic with a side of hard truth, all over jazzy melodies that hold ill drums together, then Duress has arrived for you like pennies from heaven. HaplogroupX (consisting of Bernichus and producer/engineer Transplant) has teamed up with the formidable MC Homeless to release the project on Milled Pavement Records, and honestly, I’m surprised that this combination did not happen sooner, as it sounds completely natural. Transplant has put together an amazing collection of tracks that are sequenced like a film score, and the MC pairing (along with special guest Anthony Maintain) have put out an early contender for the 2020 Top 10 lists for those smart enough to get hip. Definitely don’t skip this one out… seek it out on Bandcamp to support directly, or find it on your favorite digital storefront/streaming service, and support your local creatives.
This is one of those moments where the anticipation pays off.. where the wait was well worth it.. Anthony Maintain has been teasing the release of Plugging Holes In The Same Leaky Boat for quite a while now, debuting bits and pieces in live sets prior to moving from the Austin area back to the East Coast. Everyone who’d heard the tastes provided, however, knew that when the project dropped, it was going to drop like a ton of bricks, and Anthony Maintain has proven me correct. This album is a sonic journey through moody soundscapes and thought-provoking wordplay, plus there are a handful of special contributors on the project (one of which you may recognize). Check this one out at the link above, or on your favorite streaming service, and encourage others to do the same!
It’s been years in the making, but the homie Anthony Maintain is a couple of weeks away from potentially blowing minds with his upcoming project Plugging Holes in the Same Leaky Boat. In anticipation of this mind-blowing event, he and BRZOWSKI have released the lead single, Moonshine on a Blemished Mind, an oddly well-executed balance of darkness and high energy that echoes the confusion of being pushed through life at a breakneck speed while trying to comprehend and take in all that surrounds you. I’m very much looking forward to the release of this project, and not just because there’s a guest verse on it from myself… I know what quality Anthony Maintain is capable of, and I’m certainly ready for him to unleash it on the masses.
After a stint in Anthony Maintain‘s live set, Apocalypse Later is now seeing the light of day. A banger of an Anthony Maintain track, with a little verbal assistance from Onry Ozzborn and Meganoke, this track is haunting in the best ways.
Exploded Drawing is an endless abyss of talent… mad buttons getting pushed in our collective. Every year during SXSW, the kind folks that curate the monthly event take the time to put together a retrospective of those involved with the family. Here’s 2014, and it’s a banger.