Mike Schpitz – Love Potion Number 9th

3 03 2010

Last week or so, I found out about this dude from the midwest. His name’s Mike Schpitz, and he also goes by LoveJones. He’s a sick artist, and he’s definitely worth listening to. Free mixtape download at the bottom.

I first heard a few tracks from Mike Schpitz on the Flawless Hustle mixtape Stay Flawless. I thought he was pretty good, but I wasn’t completely sold. About a month later, I found out that he released a mixtape where he went over 9th Wonder beats, so I had to have that. It’s called Love Potion Number 9th, and it’s been one of my most played mixtapes over the past month.

“Hatin’ Again” is one of my favorite tracks off the mixtape. Stik Figa and Adullessence are featured on it, and they add a whole new dimension to the track. The beat is incredible, and that goes for every beat on this mixtape. As a matter of fact, that goes for pretty much 9th’s whole catalog.

Either way, it’s definitely worth downloading, especially since it’s free. And while you’re at it, follow Mike Schpitz on Twitter. Kudos to Refined Hype for the download.

Download it.


Sidewalk Chalk

2 02 2010

Happy Groundhog Day. You should become a fan of everydaymusic on Facebook. You’ll be notified of all the updates, which generally include free downloads. It’s worth it. Either way, today’s focus is on a bunch of Chicagoans called Sidewalk Chalk.

Sidewalk Chalk is a jazz/hip-hop group I found through the message boards at Okayplayer. After listening to them, my first thought was, this group has to play in Montreal at the Jazz Fest. They offer lots of free live shows, and I really hope Sidewalk Chalk puts in a submission. I feel like they’d bring a whole new dimension to the Jazz Fest.

“Movement of the Mind” is probably their most popular song. You can download it for free on their Bandcamp page, and you can view the video they made for it. Their MySpace page has a lot of minute long samples of them playing live. It gives you a good feel for their live sound, which is impressive. Sidewalk Chalk also has a Facebook fan page, so you should be a fan. And while you’re at it, become a fan of everydaymusic.

I’m really looking forward to more music from Sidewalk Chalk. They seem like a legitimate jazz-hop talent, playing a game that has few players in this day and age.

Dave’s Top Singles of the Decade: 5-1

12 01 2010

Today it’s the second part of Dave’s Top 10 Singles of the Decade. Again, it’s the singles, so that means they were released as such. It’s not just songs, it’s singles. If you missed 6-10, go check it out. Then come back and read 5-1.

The Top Singles of the Decade

5.Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens (2005)

Upbeat but smooth, Sufjan Stevens created this surrealist indie folk single that just feels like Chicago. Running at 6:05, “Chicago” feels as epic as the city it’s describing, especially with the background trumpets and driving drum beats.

4.All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers (2005)

This song sounds like activism to me. I associate it with the Ugandan activist organization Invisible Children, who I worked with back in summer 2006. The song’s bridge—perhaps most well-known for the phrase “I got soul but I’m not a soldier”—builds excitement culminating with a big finish. It’s the best song The Killers ever put out and I still love to hear it.

3.My Girls” by Animal Collective (2009)

In the same vein as “Hungry Like the Wolf”, I predict that “My Girls” will sound incredibly dated in 20 years. However, unlike the new-wave pop of Duran Duran, Animal Collective’s music will continue to reverberate because of its influence. “My Girls” is an upbeat electronica song that reeks of pop but deals with very down-to-earth, ordinary themes lyrically. As people’s American dream collapses around them, frontman Panda Bear proclaims “I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things, like a social status. I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls.” These lyrics about the ordinary blessings in life contrasted with the extraordinary sounds of Animal Collective’s cross-genre bending electronica make it an incredible single, especially late in the decade.

2.Yeah!” by Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris (2004)

This is the crunk jam of the 2000s; it’s the “YMCA” of the decade. I remember being in 8th grade when this song dropped like a bombshell. You couldn’t go anywhere and not hear that sick synth hook and Lil Jon’s hysteric cries of “Yeah!” This is the song that everyone stops what they are doing and dances to in whatever setting it’s played.

1. “B.O.B.” by Outkast (2000)

The drum-and-bass, metal, hip-hop, funky sounds of “B.O.B.” are unrivaled by anything that came after it. Lyrically, it’s almost prophetic given its 2000 release date—three years prior to the invasion of Iraq. It’s infectious and haunting, catchy and important, head-bangin’ and fist-pumpin’. It’s the best song of the decade.