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Time Capsule: Beastie Boys – “Pass the Mic” [1992]

By Evan Kaloudis; September 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM 

So this has been my go-to Beastie Boys track since MCA’s passing. Between the all-around great rapping, MCA’s all-encompassing zen philosophy on display, the Bad Brains sample, Jimmy Walker, and Mike D messing up his “rehearsal” line, it’s hard to not call it my favorite track from the Beasties.

Get up and groove with the rhythm in your soul…

Time Capsule: Jeff Buckley – “What Will You Say” (Live at Aus Dem Sudbahnhof, February 24, 1995)

By Andrew Bailey; May 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM 

Fifteen years ago today, the world lost a remarkable soul.

Time Capsule: Ab-Soul – “Turn Me Up” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

By Evan Kaloudis; April 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM 

Come, come now. We’re taking the Delorean back just two years. Ab-Soul’s “Turn Me Up” off of 2010’s Long Term 2 mixtape is not only is a great showcase of his own unorthodox rap skills, but also those of another Black Hippy member.

Here we have — at least in my opinion — one of Kendrick Lamar’s most fierce and immediate verses. It’s one of the most overlooked Black Hippy tracks and definitely a must-listen for Kendrick fans who only started following him after Section.80.

Scope the lyrics on Rap Genius. Yep, I may have the verse memorized.

Time Capsule: Arcade Fire – “Wake Up” (Live at Glastonbury 2007)

By Andrew Bailey; April 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM 

I wasn’t at this event — hell, I’ve never even been in the country this event was held in — yet this performance still outshines any number of actual live concert experiences. Powerful, powerful stuff.

Time Capsule: D’Cruze – “Lonely”

By Evan Kaloudis; March 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM 

Before south Londoners were immersed with dubstep, jungle and drum ‘n’ bass ruled the underground electronic music scene. Released in 1994 on Suburban Base, electronic pioneer Jay D’Cruze’s “Lonely” is a perfect display of rolling breakbeat drums, the now pivotal pitched-down female sample (although sometimes in newer pieces it’s a pitched-up male sample, it’s often so damn hard to tell), and ambiant balance of sound and lack thereof. Many jungle-heads argue that it’s one the best track anyone’s ever produced.

One figure whose sound has most definitely been influenced by this track — Burial — agrees with that sentiment, and holds it amongst other favorites “Being With You” (Remix) by Foul Play and “Misty Winter” by Digital Mystikz. We can only dream of what his DJ-Kicks mix could have been like.

Time Capsule: Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance” (Live at the Appollo, 1995)

By Andrew Bailey; March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM 

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Isn’t that hard to believe?

In memory of the late, great one, check out this clip from the Steve Harvey-hosted Showtime at the Apollo way back in 1995. Feel free to ignore all the Puffy.

Time Capsule: Elliott Smith – “Miss Misery” (live on the 1998 Academy Awards)

By Philip Cosores; February 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM 

Well, with the Academy Awards tonight and with the Best Original Song down to two competitors, why not take a look at one of our favorite performances from past ceremonies. Elliott Smith didn’t win the Oscar and he didn’t get to play the entire song, but he got to play on the show, and that is still pretty awesome. Check out “Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting.

Time Capsule: Weezer – “Undone (The Sweater Song)”

By Evan Kaloudis; February 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM 

Fun fact:

this video was filmed on one shot while the band played and sang at twice normal speed. The video was then slowed by half and put to original song to produce a dreamy effect.