Phantogram Record Rundown
03/16/2018, 5:13 PM
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I’ve always been a fan of Phantogram, especially it’s hip-hop tinged production. You can tell Josh Carter (the duo’s production half) has an ear for boom-bap and bass licks. I got in touch with Josh to talk about his top 10 most profoundly influential records. Published for Wax Poetics, you can now read it HERE.


03/15/2018, 4:54 PM
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If you’re of a certain age and don’t mind brainy, unsolicited opinions, check out this little side podcast we just started. Featuring longtime Nerdotrious contributor Nate LeBlanc and hometown hero Demone Carter, aka San Jose’s MC Dem One. We discuss old man topics with cool weekly guests renagin from industry insiders and artists (as of this writing, the legendary Prince Paul and venerated MC Myka 9 have been on… with much more to come!) Take a listen to those episodes if you have dishes to do or errands to run– and peep upcoming episodes HERE. #DBRP

Breaking The Ice
03/14/2018, 7:19 PM
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This project with DJ Platurn has literally been 10 years in the making (more if you count his lifetime’s worth of sourcing these records). The project is out at the end of the month on San Jose’s Needle To The Groove Records.

The mix is an astounding collection of obscure Icelandic funk, proto-rap, rock, soul, and disco, all expertly put-in-place by Platurn. The release comes with liner notes (by yours truly) and is limited to 1000 CDs with a booklet of awesome ephemera. To gain a bit more perspective on the BTI, here are some past blog posts which aided in the realization of the project. Peep the nice mini-doc (by Kicker Dixon) above and kindly purchase HERE).


The Late Great Paul C
03/14/2018, 6:49 PM
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I helped edit this very thorough, very detailed piece on the mythical– and perhaps rap’s most underrated producer ever– Paul C. If you’re curious as to why Ultramagnetic MCs’ Critical Beatdown (and a few other notable records of that era) sounded so hard and so advanced, it’s all due to Paul, his extensive record collection and forward thinking engineering techniques. This piece examines his history and tragic death, exploring more of what became huge hip-hop lore. Written by my dude and upcoming music journalist Gino Sorcinelli. Read it HERE.

10/11/2017, 1:00 AM
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I wanted to get this post up since it’s been days since an update: The current issue of Wax Poetics (in print! on newsstands!) features my story on the venerable DJ Shadow. I don’t think I’m over speaking by saying this is the deepest piece ever on him, his history and catalogue-. It’s not only his origin story but has so many deep, fascinating tangents of other eras, particularly Bay Area DJ history and Mo Wax’s early days of dominance.

Check out some rad pictures and order it HERE.


10/11/2017, 12:06 AM
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I had a lot of fun writing about this a few months back for The Guardian. They wanted a list of the Top Blaxploitation Soundtracks to coincide with the reissue of Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’s soundtrack. Have a read HERE.

Homecoming King: PB Wolf Q&A

(Editor’s Note: I interviewed Chris Manak (PB Wolf) for a couple local websites before his big show in San Jose a few weeks back. We talk a lot about his early history, specifically his start in San Jose. Take a look Stones Throw fans! – DM) 



Stones Throw is a defiant panoply of inventive music, a cadre of artists whom flout convention while making some of the most varied, artful projects in recent memory. It’s all due to Chris Manak, who helms the powerhouse label which he founded in San Jose, his hometown and early base of operations.  Continue reading