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Jerell Tongson: Rotten Decay : BADBADNOTGOOD Is Re-Defining the Genre

April 14, 2012
Jerell Tongson: Rotten Decay : BADBADNOTGOOD Is Re-Defining the Genre

No one above the age of 21 was involved in making this article. September 17, 2011 : The first show Matt Tavares, Chester Hansesn & Alex Sowinski played as BADBADNOTGOOD was in the back room of Toronto’s Red Light resto-lounge. Their second show was opening for Roy Ayers at the Fourth Annual Nujazz Festival two months later to encore chants. Since then, their RARE blend of jazz and hip-hop has blown up into YouTube basement jam sessions with Tyler the Creator, work with Earl Sweatshirt , and starting Friday, pulling double duty as Coachella’s band-in-residence , playing six different sets, and backing for Frank Ocean at both weekends. Needless to say, things are taking off for them in a major way. BBNG started the way all best friendships do: through hip-hop. Meeting through the jazz program at Humber College, drummer/pig mask enthusiast Alex Sowinski, 20, hit it off with future keyboardist Matt Tavares, 21, over a shared appreciation for Metal Fingers . “We found out we went to the same MF Doom show a year (prior)” says Alex. “Then we found out we grew up a block away from each other in rural Ontario, so it was pretty interesting.” Bassist Chester Hansen, 19, was brought into the fold soon after. “We liked hip-hop, that’s basically how it happened. We’ve been sharing & having an appreciation for all that. F-kin’ hip-hop.” The band’s influences are equal parts The Roots, Mos Def and Three 6 Mafia as they are Bill Evans, Robert Glasper and John Coltrane. Their conversations about jazz amongst themselves could go on for days, the three of them breaking out encyclopedic knowledge of artists like Eric Duffy, bassist Scott LaFaro, drummer Chris Dave & solo saxophonist Colin Stetson. “Flying Lotus and all those guys are pushing boundaries, too.” It bleeds through in the music. Their first release BBNG (the product of three hours in their first ever studio session) is filled with jazz interpolations of Gang Starr (“Mass Appeal”), Nas/Ol’ Dirty Bastard (“The World is Yours”/”Brooklyn Zoo”) and Slum Village (the J Dilla masterpiece “Fall in Love”). Alex says, “I feel like the cover thing is like, not in a lame way, but it’s pretty cool because you can take a song that will never see the light of this combination of style of music and you can give it some new life.” They deconstruct the four bar loops, understanding how to work crescendos by stretching out and reshaping the music into their own vision of silky smooth key progressions, pounding drums, and tasty bass lines. BBNG also specializes in getting ratchet as all hell. Their covers of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In Da Paint” (BRIIIIIIIICKSQUAAAAAAD), Lil B, and crowd killer Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” had the people moshing at their last Dilla tribute show. Their newest release BBNG2 has an official, mastered version of this, using Tyler the Creator’s intro track to Bastard as their own. Peep the 2:43 mark and hold on. They completely abuse Bangladesh and their instruments as the keys come crashing down on those ubiquitous chords, the drums spiraling out of control as the bass strums along, trying to keep up the pace. This goes back and forth for another five minutes, snapping back and forth from slight composure to all hell breaking loose in the music. BBNG2 sees them expanding their sound, mixing their covers with a set of original material as well. “We all write chord progressions and make beats… they’re all a combination of songs certain people started writing a riff on and we all just kind of came together as a band doing it.” The lead single “UWM” (above), featuring saxophonist Leland Whitty showcases the band’s innately natural musical talent, layering rolling strings and sax over a marching drum roll through the course of a six-minute jam session. The video is a single shot performance of them eating cereal in their apartment with their friends, sitting on a couch as they play hypeman to their own music. Bobbing their heads and playing drums in the air, the friends pile into their shoot in sync with the instruments, drifting out of frame as the saxophone goes. Their talent hasn’t gone un-noticed, most notably by Tyler the Creator. A by-product of their Odd Future Sessions (above), Wolf Haley came through to their own basement before his Odd Future shows and jammed out to an extended play of “Orange Juice” (below), “Seven” and “Fish,” over a million views combined on YouTube. When asked what direction they want to take the band, their first, half-jokingly response was “Beats for Kanye” followed up by a much more Based answer. “We just want to keep planning shows, playing festivals, stuff like that. We really want to do a lot of producing and stuff like that… Matt is really good with production, so we just want to keep making tons of music and keep playing a lot of music, collaborating, just seeing where everything goes.” As of now, everything is undoubtedly going the right way. ’90s babies have arrived. BADBADNOTGOOD will be appearing at Coachella as the band-in-residence & backing for Frank Ocean both weekends, April 13-15 & 20-22. “BBNG2″ & all previous releases are available FO’ FREE at badbadnotgood.com Photo by Sean Berrigan : Site / Twitter See the article here: Jerell Tongson: Rotten Decay : BADBADNOTGOOD Is Re-Defining the Genre

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Which Lucky College Students Are Enjoying the Economic Collapse? The UC Merced Students Renting Out McMansions

November 14, 2011
Which Lucky College Students Are Enjoying the Economic Collapse? The UC Merced Students Renting Out McMansions

Is there anything quite like doing homework from the comfort of your jacuzzi? Some lucky bastards students renting out McMansions at UC Merced know the answer to that question. These mansions built during boom times were supposed to house the creme de la creme of Merced that never materialized after the economy went bust. more › More here: Which Lucky College Students Are Enjoying the Economic Collapse? The UC Merced Students Renting Out McMansions

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Obesity play a role in Heavy D’s death?

November 14, 2011

Rap star Heavy D died unexpectedly last week at 44 from what looked to be, according to his cousin, a “touch of pneumonia,” which had been diagnosed by a doctor the day before he collapsed in front of his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. See the original post here: Obesity play a role in Heavy D’s death?

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"Demon Sheep" Flashback!

November 14, 2011
"Demon Sheep" Flashback!

“Demon Sheep” was the viral political ad of 2010 worldwide and, nearly two years later, Carly Fiorina’s “Demon Sheep” still haunts the Internet. The “Demon Sheep” web ad deserves a second look today.

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Apples, Asian Pears and Jujubes

October 5, 2011

A few quintessential autumn items have just come into season at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market . “This is definitely the time when our orchard gets to shine,” Leyla Coben of Ha’s Apple Orchard said. Ha’s Apple Orchard is a certified organic farm located in Tehachapi. It’s owned and operated by David Ha and his wife, Kyung, who were both pioneers in the early days of the California farmers market movement when it started more than 25 years ago. “We have apples year-round, but this time of year the apples are fresh-picked from the tree,” Coben said. Apples are harvested in the autumn months, but for the rest of the year they are pulled from cold storage. In general, apples have a long shelf life. When properly stored in ideal temperature and humidity conditions, they will keep for months. Ha’s Apple Orchard grows a variety of apple varieties such as Fiji, Gala and Granny Smith. Throughout the year, it also harvests plums, grapes, melons and berries. The farm offers these fruits fresh, dried or as jams and jellies. All of the packaged items are made without added sugar and yeast, and are unpasteurized so you get a spread of pure, 100 percent naturally flavored fruit on your toast. You can also buy apple cider vinegar at the stand, which is a popular ingredient for many fall and winter holiday recipes. “October is also when we start to pick our Asian pears and jujubes,” Coben said. Asian pears have a unique watery texture and soft flavor. They make for an excellent addition to tossed salads. As for jujubes, the fruit has been growing for more than 4,000 years in China, where it is called the “fruit of life” because of the many health benefits associated with it. “Jujube fruit is very good for improving circulation and lowering cholesterol,” Coben said. When the jujube fruit is eaten at its unripe stage, it has the crunchy texture of an apple. As the fruit ripens, it’s similar to a date—softening and becoming intensely sweet. But Ha’s isn’t the only provider of apples at the market. Stop by Fair Hills Farms for a selection of apples from its organic Paso Robles farm. “Our Gala apples are the first to come into season,” said Candi Loureiro, who operates the Fair Hills Farm stand. In the coming weeks, Fair Hills will have Fuji and the boutique Honey Crisp variety, a small, light pink, crisp-skinned apple with a juicy flesh. Next Week at the Market: Kid Zone with Poy Rides and Petting Zoo returns as well as Cookin’ Kids, during which children prepare recipes using ingredients from the market. Live entertainment will be provided by Christy Schmidt in the café area. The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday (rain or shine) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive. There are more than 60 farmers and vendors offering a wide variety of organic and conventional California-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. There are also prepared food kitchens with menu items to take out or enjoy at the small on-site cafe. Parking is available on the neighboring side streets or in the garage attached to the City Hall and library. The market supplies free shopping carts to use and they are located there. If you have any stories or recipes from the market that you wish to share, please contact the site editor at mariec@patch.com. David De Bacco is a writer living and celebrating life in Los Angeles. He has worked for some of the world’s most famous chefs and restaurateurs, and along the way he became a little savvy about food and wine. He has published articles and cookbooks for Shibata Publishing Co. in Tokyo and is a contributing writer for Edge Publications. He is also the creator of the Cookin with Mama blog, a meeting place to share recipes from our mothers. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Go here to read the rest: Apples, Asian Pears and Jujubes

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