Brooklyn

AZ’s chillin’, Brooklyn’s chillin’
What mo’ can I say? Why catch feelings?

I can say a lot mo’ apparently…

If I was to describe Brooklyn rapper AZ using one word it would be UNDERRATED. The man has been doing his thaaang for over two decades; AZ’s standout verse on the uplifting (heh) Nas Illmatic hit Life’s A Bitch kickstarted his career, his debut studio album Doe Or Die (cop that) from back in ’94 is considered a classic by many hip-hop heads, yet he has never become a household name. Kay sure, growing up at least half of my household knew his name but my mom and dad would have no idea to this day (Who is this “dope” rapper you speak of, Jenna?).

I was but a miniature lass in ’94 so I can’t lie and say I scooped the album upon its release and put it in my My Little Pony backpack next to my Barbies but I do remember being fairly young when I heard AZ for the first time. My brother always created killer rap mixes and would be kind enough to share them with me, his super fly little sister, especially since he generally hated the weirdo music that I was/am still into. I recall one particular mix being heavily AZ filled and I think I still have it somewhere in my car next to Dance Mix ’95 and that Swedish Ace Of Base awesomeness. Daps to my brother for playing a major part in keeping me cool since the early 90’s…and one could argue, keeping me weird before I was anywhere near Portland, Oregon.

AZ just announced that he is returning with a new album this year called Doe or Die II that’s the follow-up to his incredible debut. He’s been working on and perfecting this album FOREVER so that fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this anticipated release.  Blogs are going bonkers with this news and it is hilarious how much the writers are focusing on his age and how he’s “still got it”. The man is 40 years old, people; He’s not spitting bars from your neighborhood retirement home!

To give us a small taste of what’s to come, AZ put down the oxygen tank (kidding) and gave us this short freestyle over The Genesis, the intro track on Illmatic.

Hi Haters, I’m back off a hiatus

BOOM!

P.s. Any fans of The League out there? I thought of writing, “AZ’s a real class act.” but I realized that not many people reading Wait And Scene would get the joke.

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Alternate titles: ‘Sisters Before Misters’ and ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them’

In case the title wasn’t enough of an indication, this week’s playlist is a list of 10 songs by amazing new-ish females in music. This list came to be after I realized that a lot of my posts are about male artists in music. Sure sure, handsome men with musical talent usually make me swoon and/or make me giggly but it should be noted that I’ve met a few big time musicians this past year and played it eerily cool…I won’t mention names but one of the most exciting run-ins a few months back has an alias synonymous with Duplicate Shade (Think about it!). Anyways, men are great but this week’s playlist is set to highlight the fairer sex that I happen to be a part of. I tried to not put any women in music that you’re probably already familiar with: Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Polica, Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Aluna George, Yuna, Jessie Ware, etc. because you’ve heard a lot about them on other blogs. I really hope that my list introduces you to some artists that you may not have heard of  in the past year+ of great music. If you’ve heard of them all, well LAH DEE DAH start writing a blog so I can read it 😉

1) MØ – Pilgrim

Karen Marie Ørsted a.k.a. is a Copenhagen-based electronic pop artist who is being toted as the new Grimes because the old (?) Grimes is soo….wait, I don’t know, it’s probably just because she’s young and unique. Anyways, MØ is currently working on her debut LP but to give us all a taste of what’s to come, she has released two killer tracks, Pilgrim and Maiden; It was hard to pick a favorite but the trumpet in Pilgrim is the clincher for me. Also, the video is rad in a Keep Copenhagen Weird kinda way.

Holla Holla Holllaaaaa!

2) Daughter – Smother

Elena Tonra is a 21-year-old London Songwriter whose lyrics make me want to curl up in a ball and sulk about problems that I don’t necessarily have. Elena and her band, known as Daughter, crafted a slow, building ballad with soft guitar and piano cords that hit you when you’re the most vulnerable. My poor poor heart…

I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right

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Tan line: the line between tanned skin and pale skin that can result when you wear your man-tank and cut-offs out in the hot sun.

Tanlines: a Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo composed of guitarist/vocalist Eric Emm and percussionist Jesse Cohen who produce catchy, dancy melodies that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

See, they’re not the same! I’m partial to the second definition.

The first time I saw Tanlines live was April 2012, about a month after they released their debut album Mixed Emotions (cop that). It was the same night that my friend and I saw M83 and I break Horses for the first time. Portland, you’re alright! The M83 show ended, we hopped in the car, beetled across town at lightning speed, and made it to the next venue just as these guys were stepping on stage. Additional facts that you should know:
(1) We’re never afraid of a concert double header.
(2) My friend “paid” for our entry in push-ups. For reals.
(3) Even after a few hours of crazy laser lights and thumping electronic music at our first show that night, there was something so awesome about seeing these guys on stage performing.

Today, they released a new vid for the song Not The Same which allows us to see this duo as a gang of 14…but let’s not talk politics (*peeeeewwww* the sound of that terrible joke flying over your heads); instead, enjoy this cool song and the visuals that go along with it.

Wait! Before you press play, that’ll cost you 10 push-ups.

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New music alert! This week American indie rockers, Fort Lean released a new EP titled, Change Your Name. This five-piece based out of Brooklyn, NY is here to make you feel inadequate about what you’re currently accomplishing in your life. Oh you have one full-time job and blog on the side? I’m sooo impressed…Fort Lean is comprised of a real estate agent, an elementary-school teacher, a guy who works at a hospital and for an ice cream sandwich truck (mmmm ice cream sandwiches), a freelance set designer and fancy axe company worker (don’t ask), and more understandably, a recording engineer who meet as a group to make music in all their free time. A warning to their current bosses/contractors, you should probably start looking for their replacements soon because these guys have already received major praise for their past EP work and live performances. Their biggest shout-out to date, before today on Wait And Scene hehe, has to be from New York Times in 2011 when they played the CMJ festival; on the first day of the festival the publication said that, “Fort Lean is already a standout at CMJ” and that they were, “a big band playing small rooms.” Whoa, no pressure guys!

Lucky for them, they’re living up to the hype with this EP produced by Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift. I can’t pick a favorite track so I’ll keep listening to it until I do; I suggest you do the same and we can regroup later at Fort Lean. In the band’s words:

At Fort Lean, which is a place you can go, the weather is perfect all the time. Hot but not too sticky, and you can sleep in the park comfortably without getting hassled by the cops. Fort Lean is about getting too drunk at your own picnic. Fort Lean is about leaving the city. Fort Lean is a place where you can still see the skyline but you can’t hear any cars and you can put all your stolen wine in the stream to keep it cool and when the fire dies out you can see some stars and not too many airplanes.

Sounds perfect, I think?

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