I'm obsessive about collecting VHS tapes, this past year I kinda went over board with basically hoarding VHS tapes anywhere I could find them through out all my tours and trips. I raked in a trunkful of VHS tapes after going on a few trips around Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so while it's fresh on my brain, here's a list of some of my favorite finds for the year in alphabetical order.
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I bought this solely for it's wild cover and amazing design work. Gimp! I found this one at a flea market in Ohio right off the highway, kinda on accident. We walked into the flea market and the guy had racks and racks of VHS for sale, I thought I was in heaven.
Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension
This movie was one of my earliest movie memories, next to Explorers. Growing up, I would remember flashes of the last scene of the movie where they're chasing John Lithgow through a crazy warehouse and kept finding ooze everywhere. In my brain it was much darker like in Alien, but in the movie it was kinda tame after re-watching it. But, movie is still amazing filled with a rockabilly crime fighting space traveling team.
I found this one at The Meadowlands flea market outside of Giant Stadium, and was another one I bought solely for it's awesome cover and my attraction to old 80's horror.
I found this one last month during Christmas vacation somewhere in Massachusetts. I've had the image of this cover saved to my computer for a long time and seeing it in person, I was pretty stoked to finally come across it on accident! So epic!
I think I also found this one in Ohio, I remember seeing this cover when I was young in the 90's and it really stuck with me and freaked me the fuck out. Now I can look at it all the time.
A big Mad Max / Robocop rip off, but another 80's gem and long time cover favorite I finally found in person.
Another one that I found at the Meadlowlands flea market, the cover for this one is bonkkkkerrrss!
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
My man Dirty South Joe hooked me up with 3 boxes of VHS tapes this past fall and this was one of the gems in there. I remember when this came out was a huge controversy and then lead to a lot more gangster rappers hosting various porn films. I still have yet to watch it, and I think this is a bootleg version.
I asked my friend about this movie. "It's just two kids who find a gate to hell and all sorts of crazy shit happens. Little creepers come up through at first, but then it gets more crazy. I rewatched it not too long ago, still scary. They play a record backwards, that's how i starts."
if you were born in the 80's, then you're probably familiar with Liquid Television and Oddities on MTV in the 90's and this is one of the cartoons on MTV around that time that really stood out to me and I thought was the coolest thing ever. Coincidentally I was searching for the toy, and then I found it in Ohio and then a month later found the VHS in Massachusetts on accident. It was meant to be.
posted by The Captain – 1/3/12 4:59 PM
Judging by the quality of their tracks, the following dudes (and yeah, they are all dudes, unfortunately) are probably not new to the production game but they all came to my attention in 2011, so they are new to me. Beyond that, they are sick as – I think they’re all going to do big things in 2012. Go check out them out and don’t blame me if you blow a speaker.
Love xx Star Eyes
I’ve heard this young Bay Area dude deliver spacious yet super-hyphy nuggets and hood electro, but his real secret weapon is romantic future garage. Already repping for such labels as Frite Nite, Pelican Fly, Embassy, and LS2, I’m sure 2012 is gonna be totally cosmic for him.
Champion flies the flag for the grimy side of UK funky. Tunes like “Lighter” and “1994” use classic jungle samples over the deepest and bubbliest of bass so you know I’m down. These rudebwoy tunes always get everyone on the floor going, from die-hard DJ nerds to weekend warriors.
Matt “RackNRuin” Scott makes tracks that mix up genres while remaining heavy on the dancefloor. I love his jungle/rave breaks stuff best – his remixes of Heavyfeet “V’s Up” and Riz MC “All of You” are two of my top \ tunes of 2011 – and the bassline pop he makes with vocalist Jessie Ware is also dope.
Bert on Beats
Estonia-based Bert’s tunes are a marriage of Jack Beats with Buraka: tropical drum styles from kuduro and baile funk mixed with hard-hitting European electro-bass. This is big-room house with a brain and I like it, especially the work he’s done with Ghanaian vocalist Anbuley.
“Skin and Bones” is a pair of California-based Taoist gangsters making hip-hop, 2-step garage, grime, and whatever the hell they want for labels like Grizzly, Fools Gold, and Unknown to the Unknown. Personal faves include “Bitch I’m Psychic” with rapper YG, a truly mental remix of Sinden’s “G Like Me,” and of course the cybersexual Tumblr.
Mak & Pasteman
More UK dudes on the come up… what do they put in the water over there? Two unsung heroes from a DJ background and it shows: Mak & Pasteman’s funky/garage/bass tracks always work and twerk a dancefloor.
Too many sick grime producers on the come up this year (D.O.K., Terror Danjah, Royal-T, S-X, to name a few), but I like Mr. Mitch cos he’s so unpredictable. He’ll do some pensive soulful shit and then out comes loopy pounding brain-twisting club monsters like “Wildfire” and his remix of J-Sweet’s “Can’t Stop My Grime.” Gwarn Mitch.
Glowing neon fuzzy crunchy 8-bit leftfield beats for your intergalactic vehicle of choice. In fact, all the reviews of this guy mention gangsters, California, aliens, sci-fi, dubstep, and stoney-ness, which is pretty accurate… but don’t let that put you off. NastyNasty’s stuff is addictive as hell.
We share an obsession with old-school UK hardcore, he’s one-third of the storming Hessle Audio label (home to Pearson Sound, Blawan, and Peverelist), and he made “Hex” – the musical equivalent of looking in the mirror and saying “Bloody Mary” three times. And he’s 24 years old. Badman tings.
Clicks & Whistles
Can’t say enough good things about North Carolina’s C&W, who came roaring out of the gate with a truckload of 140 bpm gems that you can drop in your dubstep, future garage, or rap set without feeling like a goober. I’m still loyal to “Cranberry Goose,” but ultraviolet Chipmunks love songs “Can’t Believe” and “Raw Passion” also be gettin’ me going. America, fuck yeah!
posted by The Captain – 12/27/11 4:33 PM
We're very pleased and honored to say that Samo Sound Boy's "Shuffle Code " music video has been announced as the #1 Best video of 2011 by our friends at XLR8R Magazine. Other great videos include M83, Fatima Al Qadiri, SBTRKT and more! Video was made by the great Myk31 (T Shirt collab coming soon)
Check out the Top Ten over at XLR8R Magazine!
posted by The Captain – 12/14/11 2:31 PM