Alright, I’m going out of town this weekend so I’ll be phoning in these next few. Chances are I won’t actually be around these parts until sometime next Tuesday, but if you have the authorization to get a hold of me you already know how. So since these next couple of updates on my part are going to be admittedly half-assed, I thought I’d do a little expose’ here and send you over to some other places you guys should be checking out.
If for some reason you were unawares know, I am far from the first person to come up with the idea or concept of a music blog. There’s a whole community of bloggers out there with music to share and turn you on to. Go to The Hype Machine and see who’s talking about the stuff you’re into and from there you’ll find links to others and so on and so on. It’s a beautiful thing. Eventually I want to start having a weekly guest post from other music bloggers here on the Alternakids so that you can get a taste of what other people are offering and add them to your list of sites to check out on a regular basis. If any other bloggers reading this are interested in doing a guest post, or if you know of someone who you’d like to see do a featured post over here then just drop a line to email@example.com and I’ll add you to the list. They don’t even need to necessarily be an audioblogger as long as they have something to say or share that’s music related. It does help if you have some type of on-line presence somewhere though so that we can send people your way to hear more of what you have to say… about whatever.
But anyway, without further adieu here are some people you guys need to be checking out.
First up is my personal favorite blog to read. Bruce Banner, Mista Hippo, Muttpop Bob and a few others are the main contributors here. Mostly hip-hop oriented they also cover a nice range of R&B, Soul and indie rock as well.
I like these guys because they’re taste are somewhat similar to mine and they’re pretty knowledgeable about the music they cover. Their the type of people I’d just chill out with and talk shit to all day. Rumor is they’re from LA (even though Hippo just skated to Hawaii), ao maybe I will someday. You’ll catch quite a bit of advance release material over there “for the exclusive heads” in addition to a lot of old school favorites. Be sure to check for their Emcee101 series as well. Here’s some recently featured tracks:
MF Doom – Doomsday Raekwon feat. Supernatural – I Got Bars
You all better recognize. One of the pioneers of this whole audioblog movement O-Dub (Oliver Wang) is widely known and respected as both a blogger and a traditional music journalist for such established institutions as MSN.com, Vibe magazine and a list of others way to long to get into here. Covering mostly older and rare soul and funk cuts my man even wrote the liner notes for Rhino’s recently released ‘What it Is!” boxed set. You’ll also find a decent smattering of new and old school hip-hop and R&B tracks.
Ike Turner – Funky Mule 10cc – The Worst Band in the World (the source for Dilla’s “Workinonit”)
Speaking of J-Dilla, I actually just stumbled on this gem of a blog like two days ago. I caught wind of Damon Albarns new project with Dangermouse featuring members of The Clash, Fela Kuti, and Verve. After searching for any sneak previews of their first single I stumbled across this blog and I’m really happy I did. I’m just now getting to really check them out, but they look to be all over the place as far as what they cover. I personally intend to be spending a lot of time over at their site.
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen – Herculean J-Dilla – Circus
In the effort of saving time (because I have to bang out like four more of these as well as pack before my flight), I’ll just suffice it for these last couple to say that they’re written by friends of mine who I’ve known well before this blog or the ones they write were probably even thought of. I’m sure they’ll be some of the first to do guest posts so I’ll talk more about that when I formally introduce them. For now just head over and check them out.
Not by any means a complete list of the blogs I dig on a regular basis, these are just a few of my favorites. I’ll return with more at a later time and like I said hopefully some of these guys will do featured posts for us. Go check in on them and let ’em know we sent ya’.
Giveaway contests are still going on. The secret song should be easy to find now since all the other links in the post where it appears have now expired. Also the post titled after a Murs track has now found it’s way into the archive, so start your search there. For more details on the specifics of what and how to win see here and here.