Saturday, July 31, 2010

Uptown Saturday Night, Part 1

When I hear "Harlem", I don't think about getting "wavy", or "light", nor do images of bedazzled skull belt buckles or True Religion brand body suits flood my mind.  Sign of the times, sure.

Here at PTP, we love our homework, heritage, history, Harlem, and Helly this post series will take you on a trip back to when the dresscode was strictly (aside from the obvious Face and Timberland) Guess, Nautica, Columbia, A-Solo, Vasque, and the like...when UPTOWN, NYC beats didn't have an ounce of crunk finger snap appeal.  To quote Killa:

New York, let's stop bitin' and start writin'
And start mountains
When the fuck we start bouncin'?

Let's get to some classic Uptown shit you may or may not know about...

Crime Fam

Thursday, July 29, 2010

NERVOUS THURSDAYS: Life's A 50-50 Gamble

This song was crazy ill for a few non-disputable reasons.  1. Trigger's ver-derse.  2. DV's verse.  3. Smoothe's verse.  4. A catchy, sing-song'y hook in '96 that didn't fall under the soft, "let's rehash this 80's hit love ballad" category.  5. "Melting Pot" being sampled in ' then create a new age, thugged out B-Boy anthem.  Oh yeah, 6. the way Smoothe drops mention of the Illuminati is too tough!

Trig and Smoothe (or Smoothe and Trig) really brought some fresh innovation to the 1-2-mic-pass tradition.  Not only did they boast a complimentary pairing of vocal qualities, but the concepts they thought up to apply toward wordplay and phrasing were nextnextnext level.  Graduates of the EPMD-meets-Rae&Ghost Academy of Dynamic Duo'ism.

After first witnessing the potential on joints like "Broken Language" and "My Brother, My Ace", to then hearing this and the mixtape classic, "Hitman For Hire"...I cannot tell you how mad I was at Def Jam for for shelving Trigger's Life's A 50-50 Gamble (the grudge would last for years to follow).  Thanks, Def Jam, for subjecting me to glueing my finger to the rewind button whenever I popped in an old Stretch Armstrong radio tape that featured this joint (not a bad thing, but I'm sayin').

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brutal Tuesday Outing, Aftermath: Part 1

(Photos by Paul Birman...more flicks and words on Brooklyn Vegan)

Holy shit last night's show at the Union Pool was retarded!  All three bands brought their own monstrous brand of aggro to the table and did nothing but rip.

What a fuckin' opening to the night, can't wait to hear those new songs with vocals (real melodic, yet noisy as all Hell...I dunno how...but they do it, really fucking well).  I see bright things on the horizon for this next LP.  Absolutely murdered it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BRUTAL TUESDAY: Live Tonight @ Union Pool, BK

Summer and live music...always a great combo...this year I am seeing so much on the horizon from here til September.  Faith No More at the Waterfront was nothing short of incredible.  Up next, a show that is just rip-your-fucking-skull-in-half badness.
Super excited to see my boys Wetnurse return to the stage...with a new ditty or two underwing...and to be playing with Landmine Marathon, whom I missed in NYC last year (they destroyed Lit).  I have no comment (yet) on Salome as I have yet to catch up with their sonic offerings...but I'd gladly pay $10 for either Wetnurse or Landmine, dolo, because both bands completely deliver both on record and on stage (perhaps even more, live).  Two of my favorite front people today (Nurse's Gene = vocals on multiple personality disorder, stage antics like a sleepwalker struck by the Mack-truck-force of his own worst fears infinitely repeating before him.  Landmine's Grace = her voice will make you wish you left your pregnant wife at home and she'll kick your teeth out if you don't agree with abortion by sonic mudfight).

Landmine Marathon and Salome will also be playing at the Cake Shop on July 15...but you're better off risking life and limb to see Wetnurse along with 'em tonight.


Just for kicks, a little Nurse liveness from last year...

P.S. What other shows are on the PTP calendar? Primus at the Waterfront, Tes-Uno's A Tribe Called Tes at Le Poisson Rouge, the headliners of Rock The Bells, Drop Dead in BK, Black (fuckin') Army Jacket reuniting at the Cake Shop (again, BK Vegan, I owe you something very valuable), and i

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Takin' Out The Suckas...

...and you don't know how we did it.

Tomorrow, D-Nice and I set things off for a new weekly outdoor DJ series at NJPAC.  It's free, rain or shine, and close to the PATH train.  I'm super amped to be rockin' with D, as I grew up listening to his music (not only his solo material, but remember he produced many a BDP banger).
Expect classics and no-fist pumps.  Shouts to my man Ty and the rest of the NJPAC crew.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Real Thing

Holy shit.  Faith No More in 40 minutes in BK.  AMPED.

Grew up listening to these cats, Metallica, GnR, and Primus (whom I heard is also performing this summer at the Williamsburg Waterfront - again, AMPED).  There's not another thrash-punk-prog-funk-hybrid-mutant band that can get me this hype.  "Epic", though terribly played the fuck to the ground (thanks Karaoke bars and Rock Band), still rules.

It's crazy how many cats have come out the woodwork as old FNM fans when they heard about this show...shouts to my millz Benny-D who's going to Philly to enjoy this first-time-in-a-decade experience.  If you're not able to make any of the shows this least do yourself good by bumpin' The Real Thing and Angel Dust...enjoy the genius of this nutty ass band...I'll let you know how it translated on tonight's stage (though I've seen nothing but beyond promising recent footy of them - still throwing down).

Pro OG Footy:

Check the surprise bodyslam steez...