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Missed Connections :: Curbside Jones And The ‘Milk Tea Choronicles’

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Curbside Jones has already done what it takes to prove himself as one of the most creative and charismatic artists in the Austin hip-hop scene via previous releases, but he’s in the midst of making a major impact with his latest project.  A serial journey over several different EPs titled Milk Tea Chronicles, this series of songs and releases has some serious head nod factor working for it due to Curbside Jones‘s extremely mature production and highly confident lyric ability.  Installment one is a reflection on expanding your horizons and exploring the world around you, while Voicemail Blues is a reflection on our new existence in the information/communication age and how we still manage to not maximize these potential connections despite every given opportunity to do so.  For my money’s worth, it feels like Curbside Jones can do no wrong, and I’m really hoping he becomes one of the artists that can break through Austin‘s glass ceiling and make noise on a bigger level.

-chief

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Razor’s Edge :: Leather Tuscadero Collectively Unleashes ‘Smokes, s’Go!’

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There may be a greater distance between the collective members of Leather Tuscadeo these days, but that distance has not stopped them from making classic material.  Thanks to opportunities afforded by the creative think-tank known as Concuss, the members of Leather Tuscadero (producer Progeny, emcees Evolve and Barfly, and guru Rob Castro) have unleashed a beast with the hard-hitting EP Smokes, s’Go.  In just five songs, it is abundantly clear that the chemistry between the steadily attacking Evolve and the off-kilter approach of Barfly come together like Voltron over Progeny‘s boom-bap production.  The lyrical fodder is full of sharp wordplay, pop culture references and words of warning to those thinking that testing the collective is a safe move.  I definitely see this one getting repeated play and spins during my DJ sets.  Make sure to support your local creatives, wherever they may be, via likes, shares and monetary support.

-chief

Quick One :: Jeffrey Garcia And ‘Brian’s Used Cars Emporium’

Jeffrey Garcia is at it again (which implies he ever stops), and this time he brought Brian Kennemer back in the mix.  The duo takes a mocking swing at used car dealerships and their fast talking nature with Brian’s Used Cars Emporium, a highly stylized bit of fun in the vein of Tim & Eric.  The ending is pitch perfect after the brief bout of madness these two drag you through.  Super hilarious for sure.  Make sure to leave it a like, a comment, and share it around while you’re at it.

-chief

Pride Rhymes :: ConductHer Drops ‘Golden Gays’

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Identity is a very key part to hip-hop, as anything less than the truth is glaringly obvious when it comes to the beats and rhymes.  Clearly, ConductHer (of ChurchCough) is completely aware of this fact.  She is currently deep in the trenches producing ChurchCough‘s upcoming release, but she took the time to drop Golden Gays, a statement on being honest to yourself, your feelings, and the people close to you when it comes to attraction.  ConductHer weaves her tale through the bombastic track, making sure to include very key points such as not falling into societal norms by default, trusting those feelings you may not understand, and avoiding looking for love in all the wrong places.  It’s been a pleasure watching ConductHer grow as a producer, songwriter and a person, and I look forward to more expressions of self and reflections on life from her.  Be sure to like the track if you’re feeling it, leave a comment, and share it around so others can benefit from shared truths.

-chief

Pull Up :: Poolboi Blu Drops Another Banger With ‘Lounge’

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Summer is coming to a close, and if there were a shortlist for summer MVP, it’d be safe to say that poolboi blu would be somewhere near the top of it.  Be it solo singles, sincere mix volumes, or collaboration with Red Comet, the amount of work that the homie has put in these last few months cannot be denied.  The Red Comet collaboration series continues with lounge, a track written and produced by poolboi blu with engineering and cover art assists from Red Comet.  The track plays like a personal affirmation, with poolboi walking it like he’s talking it.  My man has always been fire with the tracks, but what really stands out on this one is the confidence that you can hear growing in his lyrics and his delivery.  It looks like poolboi blu the MC may slowly be stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight… time will tell.  I’ll definitely be around to watch that spotlight action go down when it happens, and the smart ones out there will be right there with me.  Dig the track, share it around, and support your local creatives.

-chief

Spectrum Analysis :: Cunabear Shows Wonderful Range With ‘Yawning Towards Heaven!!!!’

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For most artists and creatives, the last thing that you want to do is limit yourself in terms of expression.  As therapeutic as creating art and music can be, it is infinitely more rewarding when you allow yourself to expand beyond the limits imposed on you by others (or yourself).  Enter SavannahGeorgia-based cunabear, an artist who clearly understands and adheres to the practice of not limiting himself in terms of creative expression.  Yawning Towards Heaven!!!!, his latest release (produced by sp00ks), wonderfully shifts between abstract instrumentals, experimental boom-bap hip-hop, spoken word over sparse instrumentation, and a handful of solid posse cuts featuring labelmates such as SB the MoorBigStupidIdiotGomec, the homie Virgil WolfeCreative Space CadetMugWampers and four_circles.  Most everything I’ve heard from BearTooth Collective has been good, but Yawning Towards Heaven!!!! plays very much like a deeply felt personal statement.  Props to cunabear for putting out a true gem for heads to take in.

-chief

Beautiful Wasteland :: Pleasure Venom Drops Pair Of Videos For ‘These Days’

Being cast for the upcoming indie short film I AM TX has been the gift that keeps on giving.  Not only did it enrich existing friendships, I’ve gotten lucky enough to make new ones that have been mutually beneficial.  Getting to know Audrey Campbell of Pleasure Venom has been one of the most inspirational results of that bit of luck.  Pleasure Venom was in the midst of a transition during the film’s production, with a goal of hitting a newly renewed stride in the months following.  Fast forward to now, and Campbell has a handful of music video director credits under her belt, including the recent These Days, which was premiered by AFROPUNK.  The video is a straight forward affair for the most part… dark field, beat down surroundings, immaculately dressed band giving you the musical business, and Campbell overseeing the entirety of events like a boss, plus cameos from Dawn Okoro, Asha Lanae, and Gerilyn Hayes.  Drummer Thomas Valles pulled double duty as well, both performing in and editing the video.  Things really get interesting in the alternate, VR version, however, an achievement in its own right :

Being literally surrounded by Pleasure Venom is definitely a memorable experience.  I look forward to supporting them further, sharing more of their work, and watching them rise to new heights.

-chief