Monday, July 04, 2005
b-boy stance



Thanks to my friend Shea, I was fortunate enough to check out last night's K-Os show at Malkin Bowl. I didn't think much of Toronto MC til seeing him live in April, and while he didn't seem that into his performance, the show last night once again won me over. The excitment level on stage may have been a little laid back, but it was perfect for a night when I was content to sprawl out on the lawn on what turned out to be a rain free summer evening.

K-Os and his 5-piece backing band pulled mainly (as expected) from his latest, Joyful Rebellion, also throwing in a few cuts from Exit amongst a wide range of covers. In addition to his own material, Mr. Kheaven Brereton performed anywhere from a snippet to full versions of "Hit the Road Jack," the Police's "Message in a Bottle," Snoop's "Tha Shiznit," the GZA's "Liquid Swords," and "Another Brick in the Wall."

In all honesty, I probably still won't be buying the record anytime soon, but I'll gladly shell out the cash for a ticket when he comes back to town. I recommend doing the same.



"Europe's #1 beatboxer," Killa Kela opened the show, introducing himself to the crowd with the statement, "you might not know me, but when I leave you will remember me." That might seema little cocky, but I'm sure it was true. If you've seen Rahzel, you know what you missed, as Kela is right up there with the Roots' beatboxer. Come to think of it, that would be one hell of a tour.

The Big Ticket has the lowdown on the new Sufjan Stevens album cover controversy. The record is apparently now slated for an August release, which is unfortunate, as I'd been avoiding downloading the leak under the assumption that I could buy it in time to get familiar with the songs before his show here on the 24th.

Philebrity has some Clap Your Hands Say Yeah mp3 exclusives up (Details of the War demo and a Neil Young Cover by frontman Alec Ounsworth).

If you've read this blog at any frequency, you've probably heard me talk up local band, Ladyhawk. Well, I'm happy to say that they finally have a web presence, so I'll be more likely to hear about shows before the day after they've happened. Head over to MySpace to hear two songs that and check them out this Wednesday at the Railway.

Debating whether I want to shell out the $32.50 (plus charges) to see Talib Kweli on the 14th... he was fabulous opening for the Beasties in September... argh.

now playing: Ladyhawk - Sad Eyes, Blue Eyes

6 Comments:

not to quibble but to inform, Rahzel is no longer really all that affiliated with the Roots. a year or two ago he went on the radio and talked about how the Roots didn't respect beatboxing (watch out, BEEF!!!), how his cousin was Raheem from the Furious Five, how he used to sneak around LL Cool J's mom's house, etc. i.e. how he was real and how the Roots were not.

Around 38 bucks for Talib seems a bit pricey but if I was in town, I'd probably go. Who's opening for him?

By Blogger Graham, at 3:15 PM  

ha.. thanks for the info Graham...

no idea about the Talib opener... I think he's just in town early befor he opens for BEP.. so prob. someone local.

By Blogger Quinn, at 3:20 PM  

i know someone that got the new sufjan stevens cd at scratch early last week:O

By Anonymous Jason, at 5:42 PM  

I saw Xiu Xiu's La Foret (out July 12) for sale here in Edmonton today but could not afford it. I bought the !!! single instead.

By Blogger Graham, at 7:27 PM  

damn.. i bet that Sufjan album will be very very ebayable.

By Blogger Quinn, at 9:29 PM  

i want that sufjan album with that cover! the new one is crap!

do you have that song he did for NPR by any chance?

By Anonymous sean, at 12:06 AM  

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