The Best Long Island Band You Probably Never Heard


A small part of the reason I started this was to promote Long Island music. I’ve always loved the music scene where I come from, powerful melodic punk music all over the place, with touches of reggae and an impressive underground rap scene. I mean come on, Busta Rhymes? Erik B. and Rakim? Aesop Rock, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday. One of my favorite bands though, a band I have clung to since high school, through changing music tastes and a plethora of new artists, is a band that never got to see the mainstream, I don’t know if they ever tried to. I’ve posted them here before, I’m sure of that, but I was listening to their last album on the bus today, and couldn’t help but dropping a few tunes on here. Check it out people, the one, the only, Crime in Stereo. Gives me chills, seriously. Wish I got to see them live before they broke up…


Small Town Zeros, as Heard in Bellflower


Check these guys, Small Town Zeros. Bellflower looks sick and a big part of that is their song ‘Secrets’, plus who can’t love a hip-hop beat made from music from ‘A Clockwork Orange’.


MellowHype Releases Video for ’64’


Check out the new MellowHype video ’64’. I like MellowHype a lot and think they are an idiosyncratic yet essential piece of Odd Future. Hodgy Beats and Left Brain differ from the OF counterparts because Tyler, the Creator produced songs are actually a minority in their short discography. I think their beats are better then the beats on ‘Earl’ by Earl Sweatshirt, but not quite as good as the beats on ‘Bastard’ by Tyler. And Hodgy Beats definitely stands out as a talented rapper within the clique, not quite Earl Sweatshirt but definitely on the same level as or better then Tyler.

Their new songs pretty good, I especially like the second verse. It definitely doesn’t stand out like other songs, such as ‘Loco’, or ‘Bank Rolls’. It sounds a bit to much like a song trying to fir the Odd Future mold, which isn’t something MellowHype always do and I prefer it that way. Check the song out though, I hope it gets MellowHype some of the spotlight, they deserve it.


Absolutely Tragic News: TV on the Radio Bassist Gerard Smith Dies


TV on the Radio announced bassist Gerard Smith, who had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, died yesterday, April, 20, at age 36. He was diagnosed shortly after ‘Nine Types of Light’ was finished, the group has canceled their upcoming shows in order to mourn the death of their close friend.

I was just not expecting to see this headline at all, ever. I was convinced he’d win the battle and be fine. It is so sad to see a member of one of my favorite groups die at 36. He will be missed.

Wolf Like Me (Live on Letterman) – TV on the Radio

Dancing Choose (Live on Letterman) – TV on the Radio

Staring at the Sun – TV on the Radio


Humanitarian/Singer-Songwriter Skyler Jett Talks Preserving Music for Future Generations


I found this article posted by hypebot.com intern Hisham Dahud, which features Skyler Jett, who has worked with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston, discussing how to preserve music for future generations. Jett has become disenchanted with the focus on image in music industry, lack of music education and the strong digitalization of the music composition process. Personally, I love electronic instrumentation, but I wouldn’t complain if some straight up guitar, bass and drums rock’n’roll took over the charts.

Jett has an idealistic, and different approach to the preservation of the music industry which steps away from all the hysteria of free downloads and record label models and corporations, back to the basic foundations of instruments, pure talent, and education. Read his discussion on preserving music on hypebot, here.


So, Why Do People Like Music?


A paper was released recently explaining why people love music so much. A cross of neuroscience and musicology, the paper is extremely interesting in its explanation of how the human mind works during the listening experience, and why the mind’s reaction to music has built the art form up to the pedestal it rests on today, as a multi-billon dollar industry, peppered with some of the people who many of us respect more then anyone else in the world. So why is it that music has reached such an important and revered status in society?

Music is all about anticipation, we hear a pattern laid out before us, and expect to hear the pattern repeated. This delves into mathematics as well, since all patterns in music are deeply rooted in mathematics. Anyway, once we hear a pattern, our brain attaches to it and expects to hear it again. When the brain is surprised by changes in the pattern of music, it changes to a state of anticipation. Anticipation promotes the release of dopamine, and studied found that the highest level of brain activity actually happens 15 seconds before the climax of a song, when anticipation as at its most frenzied and dopamine levels rise. Anticipation causes the same chemical response in the brain as eating food, or snorting a line of cocaine, just in different levels. Not exactly the same obviously, but all three are heavily contingent on the release of dopamine.

Anyway I have three articles on the subject for anyone who is interested to check out. First is the original paper, by Valorie N Salimpoor, Mitchel Benovoy, Kevin Larcher, Alain Dagher & Robert J Zatorre. The paper can be found here, on nature.com.

Second, there is the article that was written by Jonah Lehrer about the study and published in wired.com. This explanation is much easier to understand, and delves pretty deep into the science aspect while still speaking in a language most people can understand. This analysis of the study can be found here.

Finally, there is a post about it on www.hypebot.com , where I discovered the study. The post was written by Vanessa Wheeler, a publicist for artists like Chiddy Bang and Big Boi. Her description is the shortest, simplest and easiest to digest of the three articles.