Canceroflove’s 8-Bit Art With an 8-Bit Heart

9 Nov
Canceroflove's Weblink Vector Art

Canceroflove's Weblink Vector Art

So, my good friend and musician, who goes by the name, Canceroflove (http://canceroflove.bandcamp.com) has recently started doing QR art. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, I didn’t know either. It’s those scannable images you see all over the place now, the ones that lead you to websites. Yea, those things. So, Canceroflove, being the multi-talented up-and-comer that he is, recently started making artistic versions of those scannable weblinks with vectors. But here’s the even-more-awesome part: they STILL WORK as scanable links!

He’s got some real good ones, I’m super impressed by them. He showed some of them at Glitchhopforum, and of course there were nothing but rave-reviews..

Here’s what he said about his vectors:

“It’s scannable and everything. I’ve tried it with three different QR readers and they all seem to work fine. Give it a try. (It links to my Soundcloud page.) …and it’s all done in vector, so it’s infinitely scalable.”

I like this next one, it has an 8-bit heart in it.

8bit art, with an 8bitheart

Canceroflove's Weblink Vector Art

He calls it his ‘QR of the Week.’ I’m diggin’ it. This guy’s got some real talent so you should check up on his stuff when you get the chance!

One Mix.Three Great Artists.

9 Nov

Here’s a great mix of Architeq’s ‘Birds of Prey,’ (remixed by Fulgeance) along with StrangeFlow’s ‘Square Wave Funk,’ and ending with Dam Funk’s ‘Hood Pass In-Tact.’ It’s a great mix, y’all should check it out!

Grungestep Vol. 2 is Now Available for Free!

7 Nov


Grungestep Vol. 2 (V/A 2011. Soul Outsider Records)

Download it for Freeeeee

Cover art was done by Canceroflove, a talented jack-of-all trades – not only does he create incredible graphics, but he also has a Bush remix on this compilation!

Well, it’ been a little over a year, and you know what that means, right? .. Yes, that’s right, another Grungestep Compilation!

The year was 2010. I had moved to Fremont, California – from Lansing, Michigan. For some reason, all I wanted to listen to was electronic music, and grunge. I heard Dual’s incredible remix of Nirvana, and with lofty ambitions, I decided to make an entire compilation of songs in that strain of music. Thus, ‘Grungestep.’ Well, it got alot of support from hubs like the Glitch Hop Forum and from Afromonk’s blog, and a lot of hate from Dubstep Forum.. it seemed to be a very polarizing concept. But it struck a chord with a lot of folks, and so I decided to make a sequel.

Lots of great tracks on this one. Canceroflove, angryrancor, Ruzz Tee (and yours truly) as well as some other artists – and – don’t hold your breath, but I’m trying to get Subvert’s mix on there as well, soon. So that would be dope as hell. But even without that one, it’s still a fine compilation from my Soul Outsider Record label, and it’s free. So you can’t lose if you download it. Go ahead! 🙂

The 99% !

11 Oct

Frustrated with the “1%” (those tireless ‘job-creators’ we’ve been hearing so much about) that have screwed everything up in the economy for everyone else, people have taken to occupying Wallstreeet – in an effort to democratically voice concern to politicians, the media, the government, each other, and the world – that a change is needed.

I’m extremely happy that, even after three weeks, these protests have not quieted but increased! It’s not just a group of hippies, it’s all sorts of young people – and older people – and unions – that have joined in as well, along with growing support from the mainstream media…

Now, now EVERYONE in the media is happy, to be certain, but it is fair to point out that when it began, the mainstream media seemed completely confused and infuriated by the whole thing, but now many news stations and talking heads are starting to come around. Maybe they see the light, and they know this isn’t some two-hour bongo-fest like FOX NEWS wants to believe – or maybe they’re afraid of how big it’s going to get, and they want to be on the right side. But either way, I’m starting to slowly see the media START to come around, here and there..

Here’s one example. CNBC, the country’s premier financial news channel was initially baffled and annoyed at these “idiots” who wanted to, “I don’t know.. ban money, or something?” (that’s a real quote, they actually asked that, on-air, sarcastically) but sooner or later, Jim Cramer stood up for them, and a few others as well; and just today I read this article on CNBC’s website:

I agree with the notion that things are changing and that there is “something in the air,” as the article puts it. It goes on to say that would could take place in our generation is something similar that happened in 1968 in this country. Let’s make sure we don’t get burnt out and give up and vote for Reagan, like so many of the 1960s and 1970s activists seemed to..

One thing to notice, though, is that even though CNBC probably realized it’s a bad idea to fight this kind of populism, at the very end of that article they still kind of stuck it to these young people in New York for not being able to completely invent a new idealogy or show support for some non-capitalist-based-system.. Because after all, it’s already been three weeks, isn’t that long enough to completely and democratically start over and then figure out the best way to rebuild a country? Ha! Oh, mainstream news.. It’s funny how a group like CNBC would interpret a movement against corporate corruption as being completely anti-capitalist. It’s either fuck-the-poor or fuck-the-rich, I guess? No middle ground? No one’s saying we need to burn the place to the ground and start over, we just need to fix what’s wrong with America.

How about bringing the criminals (the ones who ruined the economy on purpose) to justice in a court of law and send them to prison? How about we put regulations back onto corporations that Bush (and, to a lesser extent, Clinton) repealed, so that corporate America isn’t able to swindle us or take advantage like they did, and then get away with it legally? How about we say “Fuck Your ‘Too Big to Fail,’ BS!,” and we actually consider a company that is “so big that it could almost topple an economy,” as a bad thing to have in place. Maybe we shouldn’t let companies become THAT powerful. CEO’s don’t need to make 40 or 50 times what their employees make when some of those employees have to also go on food stamps (or if they get laid off, unemployment) just to get by. And finally, why should we allow corporate news to paint a peaceful movement as being violent or bongo-driven?

As more and more people get involved in the Occupy Wallstreet movement, people will see what’s really going on, and people won’t forget how the major media tried to represent the whole thing… So, they’re really just shooting themselves in the foot by inaccurately and obtusely reporting on the situation. Maybe SOME of them realized that already, which is why you start getting articles like the one on CNBC I just posted three paragraphs up. They must know, deep down, that when people get screwed over the way we all were, that they aren’t going to just, “play a bongo,” for an hour and then give up and leave. It’s bigger than that.

What an interesting and weird time we are living in.

Anthony Joseph

3 Oct

Anthony Joseph

So, today Fulgeance tipped us all off to Anthony Joseph – and I don’t mind giving Fulgeance credit because he’s a dope musician and has a good ear for music —especially music on the funk tip – and with that in mind, here’s some info about his latest post… Anthony Joseph. There’s a great podcast on Radio Campus Paris showcasing Anthony Joseph’s music on the Future Basics Radio Show. It’s some good modern funk/soul on the tripped out edge. I might go so far as to call it glitch hop, though not too many people are calling anything glitch hop yet, so we’ll see about that later.

But anyway, this guy is a real renaissance man: he’s an author/poet (See: African Origins of UFO’s) as well as a lecturer and an incredible musician! As well as playing Anthony’s great music, there’s a lot of other music that DJ Soulless kicks out during this set, so check it out! You can hear the whole podcast, free, here: http://www.radiocampusparis.org/groove_and_hip_hop/futurebasics/2809-anthony-joseph/

You’re going to want to check it out, it’s funky as hell, and part of the modern wave of funk that’s been blasting off lately, and I’ve been crankin’ this podcast all morning. Tune in!

Soul Loop

19 Sep

StrangeFlow - 'Soul Loop,' from the new album, 'The Most Funkenest'

Coming soon...


New track I recently did for the new StrangeFlow album, “The Most Funkenest.” This tune (as opposed to the more vaguely-cartoonishly-faux-P-funk-ish tracks) is more… “soulener,” if that’s a word.. Which it obviously isn’t.. But these tracks aren’t about paying respect to old linguistic conventions, they’re about groovin’ and feeling more funknener than the nerd walking down the block blasting My Chemical Romance with his brand new Ipod 9 or Ipad 4 or whatever… Huh, weird rant going on here… I’m gonna’ stop with the talking and make with the music. So here you go…

All original track. Meaning? Those aren’t samples from some old Gil Scott Heron song – this 100% original track was simply designed to sound soulful and loop-happy. I’ve been a fan of KenLo and his style of cut-up soulful breaks for months now, and was definitely inspired by him – as well as Flying Lotus, Mike Slott, Fulgeance, and many more artists going for the soulful / funk / wonky / downtempo / instrumental hip hop vibe…

One thing I like about some of KenLo’s songs are that they don’t quite feel like full songs, but rather, a series of sounds that paint a moment like a picture on a canvas; in other words, a strong groove is established, you get entranced in it, happily play it a couple of times, and then play the next track. It’s a different mentality towards making music (and listening to music) than you might find in a typically-structured song…but, if it sounds good, then why not?

Skwunc is Here. Download it for FREEEEE

13 Sep

I woke up this morning and I said to myself, “I’m going to be super-motivated and prolific and try to get some stuff done.” So, after work, I decided to organize and upload the Skwunc album.. It took awhile, because my roommate was tying up the internet. I asked him if he could stop torrenting for five minutes, so he did, but it wasn’t until he left for work and I went and unplugged his line to the router that I was able to get internet as fast I wanted. Ha. Must have been his video game or whatever. Anyway. I got it up there, finally. Then I did a bit of excercise, and the Tea Party Debates were on that night, and I was in the mood for a good ironic laugh, so I started watching that. But I’m digressing hardcore, back to SKKWUNNNNCCC..

So here’s laughing ironically in the face irony herself… ‘skwunc,’ The concept of the album that claims that in 2018, musicians began remixing older forms of remix-genres that had come of age; chopped & screwed, dub, glitch hop, turntablism – and with a hefty amount of acid house, jungle, and rap-samples. this ‘Swkunc,’ is a concept album / compilation / mockumentary about a futuristic and fictional musical scene. And this free album is sure to get you fired up!

Along with the music, there’s a ton of great art in the booklet that comes with the album. It’s an incredible CD, and sure to be a Soul Outsider classic! What could be better? Well, for one thing, it is FREE ! Go download it now! 🙂

http://souloutsider.bandcamp.com <–right here!

THOSE WHO SKWUNC!

This was an ad for skwunc, although it’s no longer, “COMING SOON,” it’s here now!

…and here’s another good one…

Skwunc

Where Were You in 2018?

Album Preview: “The Skwunc Years: 2018-19”

2 Sep
This Ain't Math Class, Nerd!

The Skwunc Years: 2018-19

So, I go to Glitchhopforum.com a lot, and someone made a post recently about witch house.. If you don’t know what witch house is… ok, imagine a tween-hipster just went to one of the new twilight movies, and then went home, decided to make some music, took some heroin, sat down in their favorite comfortable chair, lost all energy to make music (on account of the heroin) but ALSO lost the energy to get out of the chair, and so continued with the music-making… ok, basically, it’s a really lame ghoulish and spooky kind of sound, and a lot of witch house bands like to mix old 80s teen movie songs into their tracks.. I’m not a big fan…

So I posted something in GHF called “10 New Genres for 2011 That Are Better Than Ghost House,” (http://glitchhopforum.com/glitch-hop-music/goodbye-2011-and-the-next-unecessary-genre-t7009-25.html) and one of them was ‘skwunc,’ and i made a couple of examples.. Basically, it’s a remix of a remix of a remix of a remix.. That sort of thing.. Some people got excited about the joke, and it kind of took off as a fun way to mess up music. There is a big back story to it, and lots of characters, and so some of my friends in the electronic scene took on “skwunc aliases” that correspond with the story… and there was even a “Rolling Stone Article” that was “uncovered” about the Skwunc story..

Where were you in 2018?

Where were you in 2018?

So a few people got involved in it, and it kind of took off from there.. The story of skwunc is a story of a radical rave-based musical culture (analogous to punk rock) and skwuncers have a real penchant for destruction, anarchy, pcp, and talk with a colorful vocabulary (“hatty” is “cool,” etc) and one of the tracks (in which i basically mixed a couple of acid-house tracks together and then chopped & screwed it and put a Cypress Hill vocal on it) … well, it kind of blew up. The soundcloud page for it is showing a TON of hits, A LOT of them from France. So, apparently skwunc is big in France! Nice!


“Yes”

and here’s iOnik and a friend of his, talking about skwunc, and how it turned their perception of music on it’s head!

“This Ain’t Math Class, Nerd!”

WAY Too Cool for THESE Rocks

31 Aug

So, I’ve been wanting to get more into fashion and fashion-blogging, so I consulted my friend, Ashley Bryan, who runs her own fashion blog called Acute Obsession and we both decided to help each other out with taking photos for our each other’s blogs…

So here are a few from our recent outing to the ledges at a park in Grand Ledge, MI. It was a cloudy day, we walked along the path for awhile until we found an old rundown industrial bridge. All in all, a good day. Perfect Michigan-summer weather, if ya ask me.

Great scenic area!!

good close-up shot


chillin chillin lol

i tried to cliimb up on some ledges for this one.


Ashley Bryan (from Acute Obsession) with her cool hat

Ashley Bryan, looking slightly mysterious and really pretty


Ashley, by the old industrial bridge

Ashley, by the old industrial bridge


and here's me again, by the bridge..

and here's me again, by the bridge..

StrangeFlow – New Funk Album Preview !!

30 Aug

Working on a new album, an as-of-yet-untitled wonky funk album. Spent alot of time in hip hop and electronic music, and after 12 years of music-making, I’ve decided to go full-force on creating the funkiest album I can possibly make. I’ve been listening to as much good funk as I possibly can, including LOTS of P-Funk 🙂 So, here’s a track off the new album I just finished yesterday, mastered and everything, take a listen if ya enjoy some good funk!

StrangeFlow – Psychotic Phool