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YOU’VE GOTTA SEE THIS | Gold by Chet Faker

I’ve been meaning to share this for quite some time now, but rather late than never. Chet Faker’s Gold is a fantastically hypnotic song matched by an equally hypnotic video.

YOU’VE GOTTA WATCH THIS | OUR VYNIL WEIGHS A TON

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In 1996 the album My World Premiere was released. The work of best friends Charles Hicks aka Charizma and Chris Manak aka Peanut Butter Wolf, it was an incredibly significant album. My World Premiere was launched three years after the tragic, untimely death of Charizma, but it also marked the beginning of Stones Throw Records, one of the most influential record labels in underground music.

Since its inception, nearly twenty years ago, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed albums by some of Hip Hop’s most influential artists, including Madlib, MF Doom, Peanut Butter Wolf and the late, great J Dilla. It’s also home to an eclectic array of artists including soulful crooners Aloe Blacc, Myron &E and Mayer Hawthorne.

A new full length documentary, directed by Jeff Broadway, entitled Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (a play on Peanut Butter Wolf’s, My Vinyl Weighs a Ton), pays homage to the label with concert footage and archival material as well as in depth interviews with the likes of Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg and Questlove.

The film will be making a tour of limited screening across North America, so make sure you get your tickets here.

Check out the film’s website and check out some of my favorite Stone’s Throw offerings.

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FridayFlashback | The Miseductaion of Lauryn Hill

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It’s not very often that you play an album from start to finish without even once reaching over to change the track. When that happens, you know you’re listening to something special.

It happened to me in 1998, when I first heard Lauryn Hill’s timeless classic, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The debut album of the former Fugees rapper/singer, seamlessly explored themes of love and heartbreak, religion and rebellion while keeping you enthralled with it’s creativity and incredible production.

Widely acclaimed as one of the best albums of the nineties, it won Miss Hill FIVE Grammy Awards. Enjoy this little trip down memory lane as we all wonder just what happened to Lauryn Hill and when we’ll get to hear something new.

TORONTO CELEBRATES THE RISE OF SNEAKER CULTURE

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I attended the opening of the Bata Museum’s Out Of The Box:The Rise Of The Sneaker Culture exhibition, with my wife and friends, Cybil and Brian last Thursday.

The exhibition, designed by world renowned industrial designer, Karim Rashid, traces the history of sneakers for the past 150 years and features over 120 pairs of the most iconic sneakers. Some of the rarest sneakers from the world’s leading brands were on display.

Legendary sneaker head and DJ, Bobbito Garcia thrilled the crowd with his performance on the decks and Toronto’s sneaker freaks were out in full force. Checking out the sneakers they were wearing was nearly as exciting as the exhibit itself.

If you’re in Toronto, be sure to check out the exhibition at The Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition runs till March 2014.

My phone camera is terrible so all images from torontolife.com

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME – HEADS UP ON GAMEDAY

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The baseball season is in full swing now and we all want to show support for our teams (COME ON BLUE JAYS!!!). For those who also want to make a fashion statement, check out some of these interesting and unusual caps by New Era and American Needle.

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WRINKLES IN THE CITY – JR strikes in Berlin

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French Street artist JR, renowned for his evocative, larger than life, black and white portraits, has struck again. In his latest project, Wrinkles in the City, portraits of elderly people adorn the walls of buildings in Berlin. Wrinkles in the City is an ongoing project that explores the experiences of older people who have lived through multiple changes and social upheaval in their cities. Other cities that have been part of this interesting, ongoing project are Los Angeles, Havana, Cartagena and Shanghai.

Here’s a look at the images in Berlin and a great video of the project in Shanghai.

All videos and images from http://www.jr-art.net

THE ROBOTS WILL OWN YOUR SUMMER

The Summer is upon us and if the buzz around Random Access Memories, Daft Punk’s new album is anything to go by, the soundtrack has already been scored. The French duo’s infectious new album is set to drop on May 20th and features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rogers and Donna Summers producer, Giorgio Moroder.

Have a look at these three videos in which the band’s collaborators talk about their experiences working on the album.

MORE TO MALAWI THAN MADONNA’S KIDS

Image of The Very Best from NME.com

Image of The Very Best from NME.com

The Very Best, a group comprising of a London-based DJ production duo, Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya released their fourth album entitled MTMTMK last year. MTMTMK is the abbreviation of MORE TO MALAWI THAN MADONNA’S KIDS. Quite an interesting title but it also hints at the band’s desire to showcase Africa through an African lens.

The music the band produce is a mix of traditional Malawian folk music and jazz, pop, hip hop and electronica. The Very Best have collaborated with the likes of M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, Architecture in Helsinki, BLK JKS and Santigold. These are not annoying, patronizing collaborations but the work of genuine, credible artists sharing their talents. I have a feeling the cheesy video with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend was deliberately made the way it is.

Check out a couple of my favorite videos by the band as well as the free mixtape they released in 2008.

YOU’VE GOTTA SEE THIS – VIRTUAL CHOIR ON TED

Very few activities raise the Nerd Alert as much as being in a choir, but anyone who’s ever been in a choir knows just how powerful an experience it can be (NERD ALERT!!!). You have got to see this video i stumbled onto while browsing the TED Talks app on my ipod.

Eric Whitacre, a composer and choir conductor had the idea of putting together a virtual choir. From the comfort of their homes singers would upload their part of the music composed by Whitacre. The videos were all edited together and the resultS were incredible…

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