Video: Netherfriends and Whitney Peck
Mastering: Chris Classick
Additional MPC by Danimal The Choppa
“Sex Beat” is the first single from Netherfriends Goes West, an upcoming Netherfriends project comprised predominantly of Kanye West samples. Chandler London caps off the track with a verse of lucid lyricism. The video features cameos from the usual suspects, spliced with some familiar West Coast footage, and that scene from The Mack– which hasn’t sounded this good since “Wisdom Body.” Download “Sex Beat” below.
Freestyle loops, beats, and lyrics from Netherfriends featuring Blakkass Westley (Impolite Society), Chandler London, and Rich Jones (Second City Citizens). Also featuring Danimal The Choppa on MPC. In the spirit of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue; recorded live at Kimball House. As always, the Kimball House Podcast is available on iTunes for the free.
Subscribe & Download: KHP Podcast 006 – “Netherfriends – Kind Of Buzzed”
Oak Street Market is the fourth album from Matt Black (Young Heavy Souls). The album showcases Black’s calm and confident delivery over a broad sonic palette of beats that range from sample-based Hip Hop, to Electro, and then some.
Among the guest lyricists and producers on OSM are Fess Grandiose, who joins Black on “New Wave,” produced by Nunca Duerma. Check out the cut below, then visit youngheavysouls.com to peep the rest of the album.
Download: Matt Black – Oak Street Market – Available on Young Heavy Souls Records
50 Songs 50 States was a year long project where Netherfriends aka Shawn Rosenblatt wrote and recorded a song and performed a show in every state in the USA from April 2010-2011.
Set to release on July 4th, Netherfriends will finally release the musical documentary (audiomentary?) of his epic journey. Pre-orders are available now at netherfriends.us, where visitors can navigate an interactive map and stream songs from the project.
Video: Netherfriends in the basement flipping some Simon & Garfunkel
Netherfriends went diggin’ in the crates to serve up some vinyl a la mode. Check out the first few installments of this new series. More on the way.
Shawn Rosenblatt, aka Netherfriends, usually gets filed under “bedroom-pop,” and not without reason: he records ethereal indie pop in his bedroom by himself. But during his upcoming November residency at Schubas—he’ll play every Monday that month—Rosenblatt hopes to make an almost-live album, combining recordings from all four shows with subsequent overdubs. And he wants to get the audience involved too. I talked to the forever-touring Netherfriends during a drive from this city to that city:
The PR describes this as an “experiment in residency.” Explain that. A lot of people who do residencies just play the shows. I’ve been on tour now for three years straight, taking at most a month off. In the last year and a half I’ve figured out how to perform solo. My last record, Middle America, was recorded the same way I’ve always done it. Now I’m interested in the idea of recording a live performance of my solo set, as well as some new material. Plus it’ll give me time to experiment and write new songs.
Are the opening bands for each show going to collaborate or form some rudimentary backing band? I’m going to try. Musicians are flaky [laughs]. They’re all way too busy. Maybe a couple of them that I’m close to and will hang with. That’s the thing—I’ll trick people into coming over, and the next thing they know they’re recording.
How are you going to incorporate the audience? I’ll record a scream before a song, for instance, and eventually use it in that song. I’ll assign loops and samples onto a pad and play them at any point, using a sustain pedal to trigger it.
And there will be overdubs and added instrumentation to round it out? I’m going to do some extra work to it, just to make it sound the best it possibly can. You’re not going to hear the audience. There’s not going to be stage banter, like on Kiss’s Alive! I want to experience something different. I don’t have money to record in a recording studio, so what’s the next best thing?