SOME STUFFS: Seattle’s Grynch shines “Street Lights” on new recording
Grynch is back with an all new album, eleven new songs plus an remix and he’s calling it Street Lights. If you know how he is, you know the man is capable of dropping nicely in a manner that requires for you to listen, and then to listen to it a few times again. The new one features appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, Wizdom, Mario Sweet, Kokane, Bambu, and more, along with productions from Jake One, D-Sane, Justo (The Physics), BeanOne, and… just get the album and find out.

VIDEO: Atmosphere’s “She’s Enough”

Atmosphere have finally released The Family Sign, and now you can see the first video from the album in the form of “She’s Enough”. If you’re a fan of Slug and Ant, you’ll know that any music from them is not enough, so get to watching.

VIDEO: Atmosphere’s “Just For Show”

New Atmosphere places them (or at least the song) in a family setting, and this is the result? THIS IS THE RESULT? I like it. Atmosphere – Just For Show by rhymesayers

LISTEN: Atmosphere’s “Just For Show”

New Atmosphere album is just around the corner, but now you can take a sneak preview of it. Click the player to listen to “Just For Show” and that’s exactly what this song is, “just for show” (i.e. stream, not download). The artwork for their new album, The Family Sign (Rhymesayers), was posted here two weeks ago, so have a look. Atmosphere – Just For Show by rhymesayers

SOME STUFFS: Atmosphere reveal artwork for new album


The only thing I know how to do in sign language is my name. When I did, I realized that the cover seems to be the fourth letter in my first name, which is “N”. Significance?

I don’t know, but this is The Family Sign (Rhymesayers), Atmosphere‘s sixth album due out on April 12th. Here is the official track listing:

1. My Key
2. The Last to Say
3. Became
4. Just For Show
5. She’s Enough
6. Bad Bad Daddy
7. Millenium Dodo
8. Who I’ll Never Be
9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
10. Ain’t Nobody
11. Your Name Here
12. If You Can Save Me Now
13. Something So
14. My Notes

What element of “N”-ness will Atmosphere reveal in the music and perhaps on stage? I almost want to assume that it has to do with friendships and family, and the use of it is a metaphor, if not slang. Close? Probably not, but no doubt everyone is going to say “why N?” Why not N? Does its use also suggest “community”? Hmmm. You’ll have to wait, see, and hear when the answers will be revealed (maybe) on April 12th.

SOME STUFFS: Atmosphere are slying “The Family Sign”

Say what you want about Atmosphere, and maybe you have. But now you can say that in this moment and time, the group are about to release a new album that serves as nothing more than a way to expand their fanbase, growing wider every minute. The new one will be called The Family Sign, and once again they’re working with Rhymesayers, one of the few hip-hop labels today that continue to do things right for their artists and the music.

Along with Slug and Ant, Atmosphere consists of guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson, and who knows, with more people becoming in tune with Atmosphere, they may become a Ginger Baker-style Air Force by the end of this year, who knows. Slug remains one of the best MC’s out there today, period, and this new album is just additional threads to the hip-hop freak flag they are contributing to, and I am forever thankful for their determination to make potentially great music. Well, I think it’s good and obviously fans do too, otherwise they would’ve wrapped this up years ago. Nonetheless, April 12th is the release date for the new album, etch that in your noggin.

VIDEO: Atmosphere’s “The Best Day”

New video from Atmosphere is a photo collage, but one that is put together quite nicely. The song is from their new EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, so go pick that up.

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Atmosphere’s “Freefalling”

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When Atmosphere goes on tour, they create music that you can purchase only at tour stops, and the group will be releasing two EP’s, To All My Friends and Blood Makes The Blade Holy. The To All My Friends tour will feature Blueprint, Grieves, Budo, and DJ Rare Groove, and will begin next week:

09.08 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
09.09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Riverside Theater
09.10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
09.11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
09.12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09.15 – Bozeman, MT @ Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds
09.16 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
09.17 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
09.18 – Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory
09.20 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09.21 – Bend, OR @ Midtown
09.22 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
09.24 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
09.25 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
09.27 – Arcata, CA @ Arcata Center
09.28 – Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento State University
09.29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
10.01 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10.02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10.04 – Rapid City, SD @ Dublin Square
10.05 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Empire Fair Expo Hall
10.06 – Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
10.07 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Until then, here’s a brand new Atmosphere track, “Freefalling”, that you can download for free. Dig In (5.73mb).

SOME STUFFS: New book on Atmosphere and Rhymesayers Records

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7 Years with Atmosphere and Rhymesayers is a forthcoming book by Dan Monick about the rap duo who have been able to do a lot of daring things throughout their music, and the label who were able to provide an outlet for both Slug and Ant.

The book, to be released on September 1st by Gingko Press, looks at the success of Atmosphere and Rhymesayers from a fan’s point of view, not only from Monick but by fans who have made them hip-hop champions.

SOME STUFFS: Rosie Perez gets more than the ice cube treatment with new album by Felt

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Does Slug ever rest? Damn. He and MURS have united together once again as Felt, and along with Aesop Rock they have created a new installment in the Felt series and are calling it Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers). The album is due out on November 17th, so mark that on your calendar and make sure you have enough kala to buy multiple copies as stocking stuffers.

BTW – is it me or does this album cover look like it could be a missing half of a very familiar cover from the 1970’s?
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Just a thought.