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Common Ground :: Joey Alpha Celebrates That ‘It All Makes Sense Now’

Joey Alpha, one half of the vocals for Slop Muskt, is a good-hearted man.  If the lead single from his upcoming project Tales From A Drifter, the beautiful meditation on equality titled It All Makes Sense Now, is any indication of what’s to come, we will soon all have audio proof of his good nature.  The track is a reflection on making attempts to be inclusive with those of all races, colors and creeds.  Throw in the fact that the dynamite team behind DVZN Media spent some time with Joey Alpha in downtown Austin capturing performance footage and handing out snowcones to those willing to dance, and you’ve got yourself a memorable music video.  Now, more than ever, is when we need messages of this kind, so please be sure to share this one with your friends, and especially with those you may not see eye to eye with.

-chief

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly :: Slop Musket’s ‘Land’ EP


Land (EP) by Slop Musket

GRADE :: A
IN A WORD OR TWO :: moving, LOUD, growth, confident

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THE GOOD :: Slop Musket is back with another EP, and everything about this is an improvement on a solid foundation.  The band is tighter and much more dynamic with a sense of adventure, anom and Joey Alpha are exploring the depths of both the content and presentation in their roles as MCs, and the production is much crisper and louder this time around.  No signs of a sophomore slump here.  Definitely looking forward to seeing if these guys can hold their own over the length of an LP.

THE BAD :: I hate to be a broken record, especially because I understand how time consuming and costly it can be to record a band, but I seriously want no less than 8-10 songs on the next release.  There’s nothing wrong with leaving the people wanting more, but these EPs are seriously teasing the possibilities of a full length, and I want to see it happen, damn-it.

THE UGLY :: Honestly, the only ugly here is the screwface you’ll be making as this album moves from track to track… This is one of the best follow-up projects I’ve heard, in terms of growth, in ages.

THE FINAL WORD :: Slop Musket chose a while back to carve their own lane, and make sure that nobody believes in them more than they believe in themselves.  This project is the sonic manifesto of that choice, and they nailed it.  The messages from this album are worthy of hearing, and they sound dynamite.

-chief

Hands Getting Dirty :: Joey Alpha X Anom Are Slop Musket

My man Anom has been talking this one up for a while… I’m excited it’s finally arrived!  Dig:

-chief

SXSW Invasion :: Pawn Takes King 2012

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PAWN TAKES KING 2012Free Indie Hip-Hop and Beat Festival (SAT/3.17.12)

Pawn Shop Entertainment & 33 1/3 Clothing Company present the 2nd annual PAWN TAKES KING festival!!!

A FREE , ALL AGES festival featuring 2 stages full of the dopest in experimental hip-hop, beats, electronic, and more. Plus a big graffiti exhibition for your visual pleasure.

LIVE HIP-HOP STAGE:
Busdriver . Awol One & Factor . Ceschi . Dark Time Sunshine . Blue Sky Black Death with Nacho Picasso . The Locksmiths . Paranoid Castle . Grey Sky Appeal . Esh the Monolith . Brainbusters (MC Homeless & Joey Alpha) . Moe Pope . Ecid . Brzowski . PremRock & Willie Green . SelfSays . HW . Wide Eyes . Shane Hall . JE Double F . Greenlander . Icebox . Cainam . Who MI?

BEATS AND ELECTRONIC STAGE:
Zavala . Maker . Lazerbeak (Doomtree) . Edison . Void Pedal . Crushcon7 . Cozmos . Maintain . Trust . Taskam38 . pOSH . soundfounder . Ntropy . Lo Phi . Kinder . Jawa . MFKNRMX . BoomBaptist . Hobo D . 4th Wall . Kid Slyce . C More . Haris . Swindles

SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE BEAT STAGE PROVIDED BY MOVIN’ DECIBELS!!!

Plus special guests to be announced later!!!

The Metropolis:
Metropolis is a really cool apartment complex in the East Riverside neighborhood of Austin. They cater to musicians and artist types and provide a chill atmosphere for people to live, create, and party. The show is in the center of the complex, where there is a pool and volleyball court. The pool area has a stage and some BBQ pits as well. The 2nd stage will be on the other side of the building, in a roped off parking lot. The volleyball court becomes our graffiti exhibition area.

THE PEOPLE OF METROPOLIS ARE KIND ENOUGH TO LET US DO THIS, SO PLEASE RESPECT THE PROPERTY AND DO NOT VANDALIZE ANYTHING. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED.

Brought to you with the help of these great people:

Pawn Shop Entertainment : 33 1/3 Clothing Company : Movin’ Decibels : Metropolis Apartments : Fake Four Inc. : Fieldwerk Recordings  : Exploded Drawing : Applied Pressure : Milled Pavement Records

-chief