Wednesday, May 28, 2014

American Nature/Greg & Fake Presents: The Donruss Diamond Collection [Kickstarter Comics]

Do you want to fuck bitches and listen to Drill Rap all day and Trap House all night? Do you want to live life perpetually turnt up to all-natural, fat, juicy booties on anthropomorphic, boner-confusing (literal and figurative) chickenhead, pop-culture mash-ups? Does a female Cobra Commander with Iggy Azalea’s ass and a Rick Ross chain make your baloney pony stand to attention? Does a basketball player with a hamburger for a head get your downstairs clown nose all juicy? Do you want to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women? Then American Nature has got what choo need mang!

(*any and all aforementioned rewards of life or spoils of war can and will only be a direct result of your willingness to be a fucking boss and is in no way guaranteed with the purchase of any of the following products. But it’s not like that shit wouldn’t hurt!)

American Nature started as a backup in Image Comic (and Idol Threat fav) Hoax Hunters series, and now they’re here to bring it to full- grown life in it’s own compilation book! Along with their comic drawn by the dynamic duo of Greg & Fake and written by Dave Landsberger and Marc Koprinarov, the comp also includes Bogus Books’ new time-travel mindfuck, "R.A.D. in Time", Benjamin Marra's "Vigilante Girl Gang", Ralph Niese's epic "Mediokrates" and Zé Burnay and his Witch Gauntlet story "The Walking Light!" The Kickstarter packages you can purchase range from digital copies of the book, to choices of some sick shirts and physical copies of the comic. You can even cop a 7” friggin vinyl record from Chicago Indie band Kleenex Girl Wonder featuring the Hood Internet!

The crème de la crème of packages also features original fucking artwork from the Beef Jams Hoax Hunter backup stories, and even some custom cardboard paintings from Greg and Fake themselves! There’s also a garbage bag of over 33 rare Greg & Fake paintings and a private acoustic concert from Graham of KGW available! OH SNAP - there's a Steve Seeley cover too!! What are you waiting for?!?! Click dat shit below! ~GodzIL

Get that shit here homie!: American Nature Kickstarta Mufucka!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def - Yasiin Gaye: The Departure [Free Download]

The artist/actor formerly known as Mos Def has been in the news of late for his supposed denial of entry into the U.S. for an upcoming tour he had planned.  If you're wondering why the lifelong Brooklyn-native needed to re-enter the states; Yasiin Bey relocated to South Africa last year in a move that he recently addressed this past March:

"...I came to Cape Town in 2009 and it just hit me. I was like, 'Yeah.' I know when a good vibe gets to you. And, you know, I thought about this place every day from when I left." (Mail & Guardian)

It's been since revealed by Yasiin Bey's close friend Abdi Hussein that he was never denied entry into the U.S., but instead chose to move his tour dates due to other projects. The recent news has got me thinking about Mos and wondering when his next project would be released, when I came across this mixtape by Amerigo Gazaway.

Amerigo Gazaway is a Nashville-based DJ/producer and son of renowned Jazz trumpeter, Gary “El Buho” Gazaway. This latest release from his *Soul Mates* series is a mash-up of Bey acapellas and deconstructed samples of Marvin Gaye’s Motown masterpieces. This may be my Mos Def nostalgia talking, or the fact that you just can't go wrong with some motherfuckin Marvin Gaye, but this 'mixtape' is fucking genius (it reminds me alot of the Max Tannone projects "Ghostfunk" and "Dub Kweli.") This release brings back the classic Mos Def we came to love and reinvents his songs with a fresh, soulful twist. It's a dream collaboration of what could've been, brought to life. This is apparently 'Side One' so a Side Two is soon to follow, and we can't wait! This is the perfect soundtrack for the Summer! Download this now before it gets taken down! ~GodzIL

Stream & Download Here: Yasiin Bey - Yasiin Gaye: The Departure

Friday, May 16, 2014

Get Over 60 Doctor Who Comics‏ [Pay What you Want]

From The Humble Bundle and publisher IDW comes an awesome deal where you get more Doctor Who comics than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at!  Through this deal you get to pay what you want and get different bundles for each price level increase and you can also customize portions of your purchase to go to "Doctors Without Borders" and the "Comic Book Legal Defense Fund" charities!  Here's what you get for the different tiers:

Level 1: Name your price for Fugitive, Tesseract, and Final Sacrifice featuring the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, alongside Doctor Who: Series 2 Vols. 1-4, featuring the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith. As an added bonus, we’re throwing in the Android-based puzzle game Doctor Who: Legacy, which includes 10 pre-unlocked Doctors.  [Editors Note: You can technically pay as little as a penny, but you wouldn't want to be THAT cheap of a bastard would ye?]

Level 2: If you beat the average price (which is around $10) you will receive four extra volumes than the first level in this bundle!  This collection includes The Hypothetical Gentleman, The Eye of Ashaya, Sky Jacks!, and Dead Man’s Hand all from Series 3, giving you even more of the fishstick and custard eating 11th Doctor!

The 3rd and FINAL level: For $15 or more you will also receive the 3 volume series The Prisoners of Time. Released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, this 12-issue story features all 11 past Doctors, from William Hartnell to Matt Smith, and culminates in a multi-doctor issue and The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who - a meta-story in which the 11th Doctor travels to the present day to discover an actor, Matt Smith, playing him in a TV show.

But hurry! This deal ends on Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time! ~Sum

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A-Trak & Lex Luger - Low Pros EP [Free Download]

It looks like A-Trak and Fool’s Gold Records are at it again with another free release! This time A-Trak teams up with popular ‘trap’ producer Lex Luger and his team for a Fool’s Gold Style Trap house EP! The pair met in Atlanta to record, enlisting producers Metro Boomin, Brillz and High Klassified to help get the beats right for this EP. It features rappers Young Thug and Travi$ Scott with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, PeeWee Longway and Que - but the real news here is the appearance of former Cash Money Records affiliate, New Orleans rapper Juvenile! After releasing the free Run the Jewels album and the debut album of his other duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, it seems that A-Trak and Fools Gold aren’t showing any signs of slowing down! You can download the EP for free at the link below, just wait 20 seconds after you click and you can solve the ‘CAPTCHA’ to get your download link. ~GodzIL

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Artist H.R. Giger Passes Away at 74

(February 5, 1940 –  May 12, 2014)
The man who brought us the wonderfully grotesque world of Aliens and the cover to Celtic Frost’s magnum opus “To Mega Therion” has passed away at age 74. H.R. Giger was an innovative painter, sculptor and set designer whose biomechanical style was instantly recognizable and ultimately unique. According to his museum, the artist passed away from complications he suffered after a fall. Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital this past Monday. Born Hans Ruedi Giger on Feb. 5, 1940, in the southeastern Swiss town of Chur, Giger trained to become an industrial designer after his father insisted that he learn a proper trade. It was Giger’s mother who encouraged him to pursue his love of art. He worked on his art only at night, keeping his curtains closed and dressing mainly in black — a habit he acquired working as a draftsman because it hid the Indian ink on his clothes. H.R. was greatly influenced by the works of the American horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, painters Ernst Fuchs & Salvador Dali and the night terrors he frequently suffered from. Giger lived in Zürich with his wife, Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger, who is the Director of the H.R. Giger Museum. RIP.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Run the Jewels 'Analog Migration' show at Reverie Gallery, Chicago [Review]

When BK-based underground hip hop vet El-P produced Outkast affiliate/ATL rapper Killer Mike’sR.A.P. Music” album they came out with one of the unexpected highlights of 2012. Little did we know that the slightly unlikely pairing would spark a bromance that grew into the duo ‘Run the Jewels’ and a free eponymous debut album that would be one of the best of 2013. They continued in the spirit of that album by performing a free show this past Thursday May 1st in Chicago. The show kicked off a series of events for FADER magazine and brewery Goose Island's new "Analog Migration" series which will span Chicago, San Francisco and New York this summer.

The concert took place in the spacious but intimate Reverie Gallery in the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The gallery was decorated with graffiti-inspired art and even had a small painting of the duo on display. There was also a Goose Island 'beer truck' dispensing free cans of their 312 Wheat Ales and dozens of free FADER magazines scattered about. The event featured two opening acts: Long Beach, Garage pop-punk trio Tijuana Tigers and Chicago’s own DJ Timbuck2. Not satisfied with simply playing a set of throwback 90s Hip Hop, Timbuck2 decided to take it a step further by giving Serato a break and spinning an all-vinyl set. Unfortunately old methods also brings back old problems as a few of his records suffered from skips, but it still wasn’t enough to stop him from successfully taking the crowd back with old Redman, Black Moon and Common tracks. I can tell you that it was real nice to hear the crackle and hiss of a well-worn record in a ‘club setting’ once again, and I applaud Tim for actually ‘keeping it real’ instead of merely abusing the term with empty actions (he of course never actually used the played-out term- like a true DJ, Tim spoke with his hands not his mouth.)

Despite taking place from 9pm to 12am on a weeknight the event was well promoted with a packed, but comfortable crowd.  The show was a stark contrast to the last time Run the Jewels performed in Chicago at Pitchfork’s somewhat-pricey, super-hip, outdoor daytime festival. Despite the chill atmosphere and laid back setting even El-P noticed that the crowd was extremely hype.  I chalk it up to Run the Jewel’s core demographic being a huge presence at the event, with most of them being only an arm’s length distance from the duo (the free admittance and free beer didn’t hurt either.) There were definitely some present who were unfamiliar with the group or their songs but it was obvious from the chants and ‘call and response’ that the majority of the crowd were hardcore fans. Among those in attendance was Chicago rapper Rhymefest (famous for helping Kanye West write “Jesus Walks”) whom Killer Mike shouted out during their set. It turns out that ‘Fest showed them some good old Chicago hospitality by taking them on a tour of Donda’s House; an organization started by Rhymefest and Kanye West that provides access to premium arts and music instruction to the youth of Chicago. It was nice for both rappers to show unity and support while highlighting the good done in Chicago as opposed to concentrating on the bad like most media outlets do.

The first thing I noticed when they started the show was the bass, which was clear and punchy not muffled like most venues. The sound system really accented El’s bass-heavy beats and it actually turned out to be some of the best sound I’ve heard at a Hip Hop event yet. If they could keep that same set up without pushing the Fire Marshal maximum occupancy this loft could have a huge future as new venue for Chicago, although I fear that this was only a one-time event made possible due to the Fader and Goose Island sponsorships. The clear sound and throat closing bass thumps only heightened the fervor of their performance as they blazed through tracks from their album, absolutely destroying renditions of Banana Clippers, 36” Chain, DDFH and Sea Legs while stirring the crowd excitement to a fever pitch. The enthusiasm did die down a bit as the treble went out midway through the set unfortunately, and it remained that way for a couple of songs until El-P noticed and asked the sound boy to start over until they got it right. After finally getting back on track the pair finished off the night with a couple more songs before exiting the stage. The closing song was immediately followed by shouts for an encore, as DJ Trackstar looked towards the crowd confused as they chanted ‘RUN-THE-JEWELS’ (the confusion likely coming from the fact that they had already performed the group’s entire album PLUS Butane and parts of ‘Big Beast’ from R.A.P. Music!) The genuinely surprised rappers returned to the stage to satiate the crowd and  performed another solo track each with Mike performing his Untitled track off R.A.P. Music (ending with an acapella repeat of his best verse from it) while El-P closed the night with a hype rendition of his single ‘The Full Retard’ from his Cancer 4 Cure album.

With records sales quickly decreasing for artists, shows are becoming far more important as a revenue stream for them and events of this magnitude and higher may not be possible without sponsorship of some kind. The artists just have to figure out the right balance of chemistry and corporate money without sacrificing too much integrity. Luckily Goose Island, Fader magazine and Run the Jewels have gotten it right with this one.  Those that attended should feel lucky that they were able to see a El-P and Killer Mike for free; Run the Jewels is a rising star that can very well start packing arenas if they keep making music of this caliber and putting their all into their performances like they did with this Analog Migration concert.

Saturday, May 03, 2014


It's that time of year again and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is finally upon us once again!  And also once again is the fact that it falls upon the opening weekend of a Spider-Man movie (which was good in case you were wondering) just like it did in 2007, 2004, and when it was first introduced in 2002.  The event that inspired Record Store Day celebrates local shops and the comic books they sell as various companies sends copies of comics to give away for free with many stores even offering their own freebies and special deals! So go visit one or more comic book stores today to take advantage of all the free books and sales and please, please support these shops by buying tons of goodies this May 3rd!  If you're not familiar with your local shop you can find one at the link below and check out Stan 'The Man' Lee as he talks about this joyous annual occasion (there's 60 free comics this year!) ~GodzIL

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Gridlink - Longhena [Review]

The latest album by Gridlink is also their last; it in essence sums up and points to future of Jon Chang’s career. His former band, Discordance Axis set the gold standard for post-millennial Grindcore; literate and angular yet also hyperfast and crushing. They were unlike any band in the past, nor has there been many like them since. Of course, because Gridlink is a Jon Chang project it initially did bear similarities to that former band. There has been three years in between each Gridlnk album and that gap definitely shows up in the small, intricate details. This album like everything else done by the man, bears repeated listening to catch all the shit you didn’t get on the first few listens. This album represents the most tightly focused vision yet by Chang & company, every song is a study in controlled fury. 

This is immediate from the first track ‘Constant Autumn’, which takes its time lathering up at a full two minutes long! ‘Thirst Watcher’ is all non-distorted guitar and sweeping orchestral strings, with the notable absence of any vocals. ‘Stay Without Me’ has hints of Power Metal, while epic three minute ‘Looking To Windward’ has a serious Thrash intro. These strains of melodicism throughout the album add a beautiful new dimension to their sound; one is even tempted to call it the “prettiest “ Grindcore album ever, as silly and ridiculous as that sounds. Sure, these kinds of moments cropped up the past, but effect is blatant and purposeful. There is a sense in these tracks that a chapter is closing and another will be a great distinction from what has been. Even though the band is no more, we can rest assured Jon Chang & Co. will rise up again building on the foundations of their glorious past. ~P 

[Editor's note: another band with this lineup is unlikely as Gridlink/Haiyano Daisuki guitarist Takafumi Matsubara has expressed a desire for a break from grindcore.  Once again Jon Chang will have to find a new guitarist if he chooses to grind again.  Although there still may be hope for a future Jon Gridlink or Discordance Axis album]

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