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Know Justice :: SCDS Takes A Stand With ‘Breakfast Of Champions’

SCDS (formerly Space Camp Death Squad) has never been afraid to take a stand and voice their minds, be it as a collective or as individual members (Doc BrownProtextor and Secret Levels, respectively).  That’s why it’s not surprising that they’ve become the latest on a respectable list of Austin artists to stare racial and socio-economical injustices square in the eyes with their latest single and video, Breakfast of Champions.  Not only are the viewpoints on authority and their connection to standard society scathing, but they range in perspective, given the ethnic makeup and diverse backgrounds of the three crew members.  The video really brings the idea home, taking an almost obsolete model of television out into the streets and infusing it with a mixture of performance footage from SCDS and old images that, sadly, may never be timeless given the racial climate of America.  The video is a hard pill of truth to swallow, but if you’re an honest individual that can deal with the real, leave a like and a comment on the video, and spread it around for others to do the same.

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Brain Scrambler :: Marrow Drops ‘The Damage Done’ Via Milled Pavement

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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 BrzowskiAnthony 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!

-chief

 

Quick Fix :: Something To Hold You Over For The Weekend

What’s up party people?  I did a bad job of prep for the Friday post, so here are three songs I heard this week that I think you’ll dig.  Back with the normal format next week!

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Pirate Signals :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Presents ‘DOOMpeerREVIEW’ Music Video Show

As a child of the 1980s and 1990s, I have a fond memory of music videos and the important role they played in both television programming and artist promotion/development.  MTv was a cultural landmark of massive proportions, and from my earliest memories of the channel (prior to its shift towards reality television programming), I must admit that the onslaught of music videos inspired and shaped me.  Decades later, the game may have changed in regards to what cable offers, but websites like YouTube have not only stepped in to fill the void, but it gives many artists a platform that they otherwise would not have gotten due to the big business gatekeepers.  I’ve been planning on getting my second YouTube channel going for quite a while, and now that DOOMtube is officially operational, I am proud to present the first of what will (hopefully) be a number of programs on the channel : DOOMpeerREVIEW.  If you like music videos, supporting local artists, and a slight touch of the way things used to be, don’t delay… subscribe now to be notified about new uploads, and share the channel with others so they can do the same.

-chief

Love Jones :: Kiki Ambrose Debuts With ‘Numb’ Single And Video

It’s funny how the music industry is ever changing and finding its role marginalized, yet many of its practices are still present and extremely necessary.  Case in point : I recently shared the latest Cha’keeta B single, Pull Up, and one of the highlights from that track was the assist from Austin-based R&B newcomer Kiki Ambrose.  Cut to a week or so later, and like a consummate professional, Kiki Ambrose had a debut single and video ready and waiting to drop.  Numb is an exploration of how that natural physical and intimate attraction that occurs between people can be so all consuming that it literally turns the volume down on the rest of the world.  The video, produced and directed by Cooly Films, bolsters the song with vivid and colorful visuals that’ll have you feeling the need for some sexual healing before you even realize it.  Don’t sleep on this one, especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for soul and R&B… leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and spread it around for all to enjoy.

-chief

Cinematic Orchestration :: Curbside Jones Continues To Rise With ‘Gyakusou Vol. 1’

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The list of my hip-hop/rap peers that I respect is a vast one, but the club of my hip-hop/rap peers that truly inspire me is a very exclusive one.  One of the longest standing members of this club is the Austin-based legend Curbside Jones.  Since the day I discovered Wolves’ Clothing, every single bit of creative output from Curbside Jones has been amazing, be it music, videos, animations, clothing, photography or whatever he chooses to dip his toes into.  Gyakusou Vol. 1, the brief but powerful collaboration with Japanese producer Ballhead, is further proof of Curbside Jones‘ ability to make nothing less that concept albums.  Check the Bandcamp page for a complete breakdown on the origins and inspiration for the project, and cop it while you’re there, because it’s a bonafide banger.

-chief

 

Greater Good :: Suzanna Choffel Gives Back With ‘Greater Good’ Release

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Many people are finding themselves having to face problems that have always existed while trying to survive in the shadow of COVID-19.  For Suzanna Choffel, who self-admittedly knows her problems are lesser compared to those of many out there struggling, found that these times brought up ideas she explored in 2019 while preparing for the birth of her second daughter.  During her first pregnancy, the red tape and games of health care opened her eyes to the true nature of the American health system, how politicians give lip service to the industry, and how it impacts women in particular.  These ideas manifest as Good Problems, a dual attempt for her to recognize the bigger problems in the world and to inspire those going through them.  As if this effort was not enough, $1 from each sale of this track will go towards the ACLU and their efforts to even the playing field and make life a bit easier for everyone.  Support if you can, but definitely give this one a listen regardless of whether you can support or not, as Suzanna Choffel‘s immense talent cannot go ignored.

-chief

Summertime Rolls :: Tone Of The Cosmos Lightens The Mood On ‘Nasty Summer Vol. 2’

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From the digital desk of Tone of the Cosmos :

‘Been a minute since I felt like plopping this one.  I was all prepped to do this in 2018 but had some emo issues of my own flare up.  In the heat of the 2020 Texas Summer, and Coronavirus election year shenanigans I bring you this…something to make it simultaneously worse and better (haha).  A continuation of the first volume, maybe trading some tender love for some of the other themes, a mixtape nonetheless.  There is still Summer left.  Ride with me.’

-chief

Root Down :: Third Root Drops ‘Passion Of The Poets’

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With the world in such emotional taxing, tumultuous times, it’s sometimes hard to focus on, or even think about, music.  One thing that I love about hip-hop, however, is its ability to rationalize madness, remind us of the wins and losses of our past, and most important of all, inspire change and evolution (if not revolution).  Luckily, the San Antonio-based powerhouse that is Third Root is fully aware of their ability to make those specific impacts, and with they culled an all-star lineup to put together Passion of the PoetsAdrian QuesadaEl Dusty and Illfudge all get producer credits, while guest features include Black PumasMad1neGrupo Fantasma, Kam Franklin and Bavu Blakes.  If you’re simply curious about listening, you can find this one any and everywhere you stream or buy music online, but if you’re looking to support deeper, visit the Bandcamp page for exclusive merchandise.  Most importantly, spread the Third Root word if you’re feeling what they’re dealing.

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Walled In :: MC Homeless Drops ‘Home’ Single Courtesy Of Triple Eye Industries

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If home is where the heart is, then MC Homeless seemingly exists to contort that concept wholly and totally.  For the ironically titled HomeMC Homeless uses that familiarity as a way to explore the idea of facing your fears with an unflinching approach.  Over an eerie track produced by Tron Jovi of Guerrilla Ghost, and with an assist by guest vocalist Katana da Don, listeners find themselves being pulled into the sonic dark pit created by MC Homeless and company, and with the level of stimuli and engagement presented, they deep dive willingly.  For those that dig dark, alternative hip-hop, Home is a bit like Christmas in July, so don’t sleep on this one.

-chief