Are Pure – Pay Your Child Support (Mixtape), The Shout Out (.mp3) & DownSide Up (Feat. Ced Hughes) (.mp3)

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I hate calling compact discs & .zip/.rar/.torrent files with 12 to 20 songs on/in them “mixtapes” when they deserve to be called “albums”– especially when they don’t contain a DJ yelling after each track or annoying airhorn noises for the first 15 seconds of each song. Either way, the following download from Hartford, CT rap artist, writer and performer, Are Pure is one of those mixtape street album albums that deserves more than just being in your CD player or iPod. It’s that good; very polished stuff.

Pure’s message is great too– theres a song about slackers needing jobs, one about not spending your money stupidly, one about single mothers and beatings (‘gotta represent the single ladies holding it down for their kids!) and the title message “Pay Your Child Support.”

Not to get you thinking it’s just filled with conscious messages, the songs and production get more than just your mind moving. For example, the track “Pornstars & White Girls” over Busta Rhymes‘ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” or the stand out track and radio ready (and not on that bull…), DownSide Up featuring Rebel-E and NC/VA representative, Ced Hughes. I can’t help but to bob my head to it and get visuals of a Hype Williams directed video in the vain of an old Busta video. Colorful.

Downloads:

Are Pure – Pay Your Child Support (Mixtape) – http://zshare.net/download/61689216ecebeb7c/

Are Pure – DownSide Up (Feat. Ced Hughes) (Produced By Speek) – http://zshare.net/download/61689216ecebeb7c/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Are Pure – DownSide Up (Feat. Ced Hughes) (Produced By Speek) (thecluh.com).mp3

Are Pure – The Shout Out (Produced By Aviles) – http://zshare.net/download/61689216ecebeb7c/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Are Pure – The Shout Out (Produced By Aviles) (thecluh.com).mp3

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm, filed under Download, Hip Hop, Indie, Mixtape, Music, R&B, Rap and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mash-Up Monday #3: Usher vs. Keyboard Cat – Play Him Off, In This Club (Video) & ABX – Billie “Wildcat” Jean (.mp3)

The Hood Internet (ABX & DJ STV SLV), Chicago, Illinois based DJs, producers and masher-uppers have been making really cool mash-ups for the last 3 years (at the least.) Their website is located on the internet at http://thehoodinternet.com.The song in the video is a mash of Usher‘s “Love In This Club” over the music of recent YouTube phenom, the late housecat and musician, Fatso (also known as “Keyboard Cat“.)

Below is another feline mash-up by ABX of The Hood, that combined Ratatat‘s ill instrumentals and geeetar riffs from their song “Wildcat” with the timeless vocals from the Michael Jackson classic, “Billie Jean” to form “Billy ‘Wildcat’ Jean“– kind of a post-humous a.k.a. naming for Mrs. Jean.

Also, I have more independent artistry and .mp3’s coming… I’ve been busy the last few days to appropriately research/compose meaningful write-ups for the artists and their musics. I haven’t forgot.

Download:

ABX – Billie “Wildcat” Jean – http://thehoodinternet.com/2009/06/michael-jackson-vs-ratatat.html

http://thehood.raptorhideout.com/michael_jackson_ratatat.mp3

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 29, 2009 at 11:50 am, filed under Cluh Days, Electronic, Mash-Up Monday, Music, Pop, R&B, Video and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Lupe Fiasco – L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto (Promo Video & PSA)

We want to think our own thoughts… we want love, not lies… we want knowledge, understanding and peace… we will not lose, because we are not losers… we are lasers. l-a-s-e-r-s

The Cluh is proud to beam you this message from Chicago, Illinois musician, Lupe Fiasco. Check out the website, http://wearenotlosers.com to read the message.

Thanks to Kay for bringing this to my attention. She’s not famous, I swear.

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm, filed under Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Music, Rap, Video and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



4th of July Weekend JUMPOFF

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This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 27, 2009 at 1:36 am, filed under Virginia and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Friday Feast #1: The First Meal

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The official description of the Friday Feast on The Cluh –> fill up your iPods and MP3 players with all the .mp3’s from the week (in this case, since the site’s inception) conveniently from a .zip archive plus leftover songs that didn’t make the site for your weekend adventures!

HOW EXCITING.

downloads:

Friday Feast #1 (.zip) – http://zshare.net/download/619006491461b1f6/

Leftover Tracks (also included in the .zip):

Jane – Movies – http://zshare.net/audio/619008639a8ffceb/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Jane – Movies (thecluh.com).mp3

Metal Militia – 7:30 – http://zshare.net/audio/617737287c92be11/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Metal Militia – 730 (thecluh.com).mp3

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm, filed under Alternative, Cluh Days, Download, Electronic, Folk, Friday Feast, Funk, Hip Hop, Indie, Mash-Up, Music, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Nickelus F. x Portishead – R.A.R.E. (Reliving A Real Experience) (Mixtape)

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VA’s hometown hero, rap champion and mainstream influence, Nickelus F. (or Nick Fury sans the copyright issues) just released his anticipated album/mixtape/mash-up, R.A.R.E. (Reliving A Real Experience) that features Nick’s lyrical word-play over Bristol, UK group, Portishead‘s magnificent instrumentation and vocal work. It’s being distributed via http://onsmash.com.

Need I say more?

Download:

Nickelus F. x Portishead – R.A.R.E. (Reliving A Real Experience) – http://www.onsmash.com/RARE/

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on at 3:01 pm, filed under Alternative, Download, Hip Hop, Indie, Mash-Up, Mixtape, Music, Rap, Rock, Virginia and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Your influcnce on music will live on forever. R.I.P. This is so weird.

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm, filed under Alternative, Country, Electronic, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Indie, Latin, Mash-Up, Music, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock, Video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Dan Black – SYMPHONIES (video) & HYPNTZ (Notorious B.I.G. Cover) (.mp3)

Part Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” (edit: Garageband loop, Vintage Funk Kit 03 slowed down to 90bpm, also used in “Umbrella”), part Jack Nitzsche‘s sountrack from John Carpenter‘s amazing film, “Starman“, part Notiorious B.I.G., 100% awesome. The video above is for Dan Black‘s new single, SYMPHONIES from his upcoming album, ((un)). The song was originally released as a cover of Biggie’s “Hypnotize” (which was also mentioned in the eariler Herb Alpert post. Funny coincidence.) but for clearance reasons could not be used as a single on Dan’s album due out July 7th by (edit: found out it’s A&M/Polydor UK, yet another coincidence.) Polydor UK. He reworked it so it could be on the album and the video above is what resulted. I suggest listening to the original cover track first before watching the video. BLKN 4 LYF.

Dan Black – HYPNTZ (Notorious B.I.G. Cover) – http://usershare.net/3yruomutn3qv

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Throwback Thursday #2: Herb Alpert – Rise (1979)

Herb Alpert is the man. He started A&M Records with Jerry Moss in 1962 (naming it that after they had found out Carnival Records was taken by another company.) A&M stands for “Alpert & Moss.” The A&M logo also pays homage to Alpert’s instrument of choice, the trumpet.

The label houses/housed musical acts such as Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, George Benson, The Brothers Johnson, Al Green, The Human League, Toby Keith, The Carpenters, Quincy Jones, Joe Cocker, Cheech & Chong, Snow Patrol, Maroon 5, Bill Withers, The Black Eyed Peas, Shanice, Nazareth, Pussycat Dolls, Iggy Pop, Payolas, Queen (to A&M Canada), Sound Garden, Styx, Sex Pistols (only for a week though, right after EMI dropped them), Ike & Tina Turner, Atlantic Starr, MxPx, Mya, The Police, Sun Ra and Janet Jackson. You know, just to drop a few names.

Herb’s and his band, The Tijuana Brass did the title music for the original Casino Royal and Alpert is also the only artist ever to have placed five albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart at the one time.

According to his Wikipedia article, “(His) musical accomplishments include five number one hits, twenty-eight albums on the Billboard charts, eight Grammy Awards,  fourteen Platinum albums and fifteen Gold albums (and) as of 1996, (he) had sold 72 million albums worldwide.”

The song featured in the video above, Rise was from his 1979 album of the same name won a Grammy and was sampled in the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 song “Hypnotize.”

Read the Wikipedia article about Herb or visit his website, http://herbalplert.com appropriately titled [ Music. Art. Life. ] to  learn more about Herb, his contributions to music over the past 4 decades and what he’s been up to now-a-days. Alpert is truly a living legend.

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on at 1:23 am, filed under Alternative, Cluh Days, Country, Electronic, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Indie, Latin, Music, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock, Throwback Thursday, Video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



DSTRYD – Gummicontrol (Kenna Remix) (.mp3)

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I’m too tired to write anything about this song right now. Friend of mine, Pablo Sims musically known as DSTRYD made this. Click here to visit his MySpace page… there’s a really good A Milli remix on there too.

DSTRYD – Gummicontrol (Kenna Remix) – http://zshare.net/audio/61826490cfd45c53/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/DSTRYD – Gummicontrol (Kenna Remix) (thecluh.com).mp3

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm, filed under Electronic, Music, Pop, Virginia and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Clipse – I’m Good (Feat. Pharrell WIlliams) Behind The Scenes

Dumskeme Shomi should know better when it comes to DNS servers and Addon-Domiains, as videos in the Dumskeme Blog don’t play properly becasue the site is embedded in a giant frame. Frames went out of style before I hit puberty… so bring Dumskeme to the Shomillenium! Haha.

Shomi was invited last weekend to LA by the Clipse to film behind the scenes at the video shoot for their upcoming single off ‘Till The Casket Drops, “I’m Good” featuring hometown hero and superdupermegaultra producer, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. The above is the result of him coming back to Virginia and hopping on Final Cut.

I wouldn’t be here blogging/designing/creating at the level I am or with the friends & clients I’ve had opportunity working with/meeting without the support from Shomi, his colleges, the companies of theirs and those whom since moved on to start their own companies. It’s a blessing. Links are at the bottom of every page on The Cluh if you want to know more about who I’m talking about. So, how does one say “We’re Good” in Bangladesh?

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on at 2:03 pm, filed under Music, Rap, Video, Virginia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Metal Militia – Hold Me Down & I.L.O. (.mp3s)

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Metal Militia is an under–I mean, overground, hip-hop group out of Richmond, Virginia. They’re so fresh, they don’t even have a MySpace page yet. Shit, their music is so fresh that still eats, breathes and reproduces. Luckily, they bring the slaughter and kill on the mic(s) over, in opinion, murderous instrumentation. (PETA, the last two sentences we’re designed especially for y’all. Quit fretting, before I start making fly refrences too.)

It’s good to see hip-hop like this coming out of the VA side of the atmosphere. Take a listen to the following joints, kick back and light something, whether it be a bulb over your head or a fat blunt, if that’s your thing. Also check back on Friday for another Militia track in The Cluh‘s first Friday Feast featuring a .zip archive of the weeks music, plus leftovers that didn’t make it to the site.

Metal Militia – Hold Me Down – http://zshare.net/audio/61773723b715852f/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Metal Militia – Hold Me Down (thecluh.com).mp3

Metal Militia – I.L.O. – http://zshare.net/audio/61773736dcd74e30/

http://thecluh.com/mp3/Metal Militia – I.L.O. (thecluh.com).mp3

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm, filed under Download, Hip Hop, Indie, Music, Virginia and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Clipse – Kinda Like A Big Deal (Feat. Kanye West)

Friends of The Cluh, VA’s own, Clipse have released the music video for their song “Kinda Like A Big Deal” featuring Kanye West and produced by DJ Khalil off their upcoming album “Till The Casket Drops.” It’s a good video and the song goes hizard.

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm, filed under Music, Rap, Video, Virginia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mash-Up Monday #2: Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz – Throw It Up (Lankizzle Remix) (Feat. Young Buck & Pastor Troy) (.mp3)

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I’ve had this song lingering in my iTunes for years. I have no clue where I found it except that it was labeled as “Lankizzle Remix” and a Google search for Lankizzle comes up with a few, songs, from a mixtape titled Lankizzle Presents Video Game Remixes V2 that contained rap acapellas over beats that contained samples from classic video games. The song featued in this Mash-Up Monday is a combination of the vocals from Lil’ John and The East Side Boyz’Throw It Up” (Feat. Young Buck & Pastor Troy) mixed with a beefed-up version of the Koji Kondo composed Sanctuary area music from The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past on the Super Nintendo. I hope to stumble across both of Lankizzle’s VG Remixes mixtapes one day.

Listen & Download:
Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz – Throw It Up (Lankizzle Remix) – http://usershare.net/qxlss9igqibu

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Bill Rutherfoord – Revelationary Artist

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When first viewing William Rutherfoord‘s art you might not expect him to be from a religious background, a son of a preacher, or even “faith-obsessed.” Hell, some of his work, at first glance, may make a religious individual think it’s the work of the devil! But, of course, it’s not. According to the article/interview from artnewyork.com posted on the press section of his website, williamhrutherfoord.com, it says Mr. Rutherfoord was born in New York City in 1950 and grew up all around the south as his father was a clergyman and that he received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and his Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The article also states that his work has been in the Art Papers, The Oxford American Review and Noticias de Art and that “he is (also an) Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia where he teaches drawing and lectures on contemporary art.” He’s currently living in Roanoke, Virginia with his wife and fellow artist, Beth Shively.

Not to hint at any doubt in the combination of age with regards to contemporary/street-esque art, I believe he’s the dopest 59 year old artist I know. Check out his website and read the press section for more insight on his background and the background of the work showcased on the site.

Website – http://williamhrutherfoord.com/

Press Page – http://williamhrutherfoord.com/press.html

This entry was written by Charley Feher, posted on June 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm, filed under Art, Virginia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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