Last night, Austin was hit by a vast spectrum of rappy raps. We weren't able to make it out to the Back Room to check "Still Tippin" producer Sallih Williams' new project, Carnival Beats, but we did end up checking a bunch of other sessions. Of course, there's pix...
The Levis/FADER Trading Post hosted a special Stones Throw/Adult Swim showcase, featuring damn near the entire label roster, from lab honcho PB Wolf (cutting up 80s pop bangers while Aloe Blacc shouted on the mic), to dusted soul singers Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow, to the men, the myth, the MADVILLAINS. Somehow, by the grace of something or other, MF DOOM AND MADLIB SHOWED UP IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME, and their set was surprisingly thumping. We can now cross “See Madvillain play ‘The Accordion’ live” off the list of things to do before we die.
An hour or two earlier, Lupe came through for a quick solo set at the Victory Grill. He ran through his verse off "Touch The Sky", kicked in a little "Conflict Diamonds", and even flowed over Crucial Conflict's "Hay" for a bit. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BAAAAAAARRRRN.
At the Ninja Tune party, TTC and Spankrock ended the night with two really insane sets. Both of them were beset by technical difficulties earlier in the week, but finally got full-time shine, managing to rap their asses off while smashing skipping records in half, throwing off shirts, and bringing ladies onstage to dance. What more could you want?
That wasn't a rhetorical question. What we wanted was to dance more dances and drink more burrrrrr. So around 4am we drove out to an empty outdoor storage space for a makeshift jammy put on by BK party-thrower extraordinaire, Todd P. Unfortunately, there weren't any beverages, but there WAS Flosstradamus, two Chicago lads dropping Juke house remixes of crunk tracks and P Stones' "Get Like Me". Snap your fingers!