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Local Love With Talk-O-Destiny

Posted in Life Perspectives from T.S. Niebeling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Terry Scott Niebeling

 

 

In a land where musical diversity is a relative secret, a crowd of MC’s (and regional artists) have stepped out front to show what they have to offer.  Let’s take a look through some questions and answers- and have some Local Love with Roommate’s Talk-O-Destiny, as they celebrate their album Free Rent release party.

Talk-O-Destiny has been a hip-hop artist in La Crosse, WI for 3 years now…

Artistry and a passion for music comes to mind when concerned with (Brian) Talk-O-Destiny; having worked in a record store (Deaf Ear Records, of La Crosse) for 3 plus years and being a local artist himself (working with various groups of different genres, from Another Exoneration to T.U.G.G.).  He has been known to appreciate some underground greats, such as Northern Lightz, Big Zach, Kanser, and Atmosphere, some of these qualities have been conveyed on to Roommate’s new album.

Grab a listen,

You can get a sample of what they are spitting on the Free Rent here:  Roommates Official (Free Rent)

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So, in my accidental drunken stupor of last sunday afternoon, I stumbled to my phone and emailed Brian.  He hit me up with prompt punctuality and we discussed an idea for an article, question and answer style…  To get the low-down on the music scene in La Crosse, the upcoming Roommates’ album, and anything of relevance in relation to having a good time all the time.

This is what transpired…

TS:  Who is/are Roommates?

T.O.D.:  Roommates is Talk-O-Destiny, Guess Prefontaine, and coming soon to Roommates albums, P.C.P. (Pontius Co-Pilot).  (Full details of artists and album construction can be found on the Roommates Official link above.)

TS:  Firstly, La Crosse has a huge bar/music venue scene-What are the pros and cons of performing in such an environment, what are the best bars to do a show, and what is your favorite venue thus far?

T.O.D.:  JB’s, I really like… It’s a good time; the sound is good, the drinks are good.  It can be hard getting people to come to the Northside, but it works out.  The Warehouse is also a great venue, it is a really great place for the music community in La Crosse…  The listeners are more clear-minded at The Warehouse because of the lack of alcohol at the venue.  However, lack of alcohol can be a good thing for an artist and a listener, better perception of the music.

The Pros are that people are about your shit, as an artist you want to hear you did a great job, but criticism is welcomed.

The Cons are you don’t always get free drinks…  You aren’t always getting paid, and its like wet my whistle (you know)…  I get that the bars have to make money too…

 

TS:  What inspires you as an artist about living in La Crosse, WI?

T.O.D.:  Being around local bands gives way to creating good music.  Also, there is a local community feel; everyone is working together, people are surrounded by great artists of differing genres, and that is inspiring.  La Crosse’s music scene has a lot of talented individuals.  They don’t tour (as much, outside the area), but they have great musicianship.  A place like La Crosse, has a good music scene, people at the top are blowing minds.  There is a diverse music community, support for multiple genres, and appreciation for music here…  La Crosse has the secret.  I may not know what the secret is, but La Crosse has it.

 

TS:  Tell me about the Album (Free Rent).

T.O.D.:  It’s the first album in a series of albums from Roommates, the album took a period of about a year to accumulate most of the ideas and material, recording took about 1 month.  At the end of summer I wanted something out by October 1st, so it happened.  But it took about a year, year and a half to create.

 

TS:  On a perfect day where can we find Talk-O-Destiny performing, or just hanging out…  Eating a burrito on your couch?

T.O.D.:  One day, I would love to rock First Ave., as a goal, I would love to set foot on that stage…  But, definitely, eating a burrito on my couch…

 

End of Questions.

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To say the least, talking with Brian was enlightening; I am proud to be from a region where music is extremely diverse and positive.  Brian’s idea for creating music consists of promoting and helping others, while not hating on what’s around.  Rather, gaining from the differences, gathering material while being progressive in what you create as an artist next.  While reducing pressure and instilling an idea of just having fun Brian has inspired me to indulge in more local music from Roommates, and the La Crosse area as a whole.

The Free Rent album from Roommates is enjoyable, independently manufactured, underground, precise, and inspiring.  My head was bobbing for the most part; solid beats, diverse sound, with interesting and personal songwriting abilities are exhibited. Something new.

Good job, I can’t wait to hear more.  I would love to see Roommates live.

Next show:

Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 PM

Location: Jb’s Speakeasy
717 Rose Street, La Crosse Wisconsin

All information on Roommates (the artists and show dates and times) is within the link above.

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Kaleem & Mastermind iDV (Feat. Slug) (Prod. By DJ Sidereel), “Northern Lights”

Posted in Audio, Local Love, Media with tags , , , , on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Tim Althaus

It still seems kind of weird to see Slug on Twitter, but following him definitely has its privileges; he’s funny, and he definitely shows mad support for other artists. Earlier today, Mr. Daley posted this track, and even though I’ve never heard of these two cats (I probably would if I lived in Minneapolis), I’m feeling it a great deal. Some of you listening may recognize the piano melody on this track from Fun’s hit “We Are Young”; I absolutely love the sample flip that DJ Sidereel came up with, and I think it’s the perfect feel for these cats to bust some catchy lines over.

Those who know me are aware that I love local music, and tracks like this are the perfect example. Minneapolis is such a magnificent city that is filled with unlimited musical potential, and it’s incredible to see just how deep the city’s talent runs. This is the type of stuff that Terry was talking about in his post about compassion in Hip-Hop; I know for a fact he would love to see that Slug is reaching out a helping hand to some local up-and-comers from the 612. I look forward to hearing more material from Kaleem & Mastermind iDV.

BK-One, “Here I Am” (Feat. Phonte, Brother Ali & The Grouch)

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Radio Do Canibal

Have I ever mentioned that Minneapolis Hip-Hop is the shit? BK-One, who is  Brother Ali’s tour DJ, will be dropping his new album Rádio Do Canibal with Benzilla on October 6th. This is the first leak off of the project and it features MPLS native Brother Ali, Phonte & The Grouch. The beat on this track is bananas, and it’s definitely something I could see myself listening to on a regular basis. It sounds like this project is going to be nothing short of amazing, and it will have a star studded cast of emcees. Over the instrumentals you will hear: Black Thought, Brother Ali, Phonte, The Grouch, Murs, Slug, Raekwon, Blueprint, P.O.S., Blueprint, Toki Wright & many more. You can go over to Fifth Element and pre-order the album now, which is probably a good idea. Follow me after the jump to download the track and peep the tracklisting. Continue reading

Felt 3 Tribute + Artwork revealed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on Friday, August 28, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

Today Rhymesayers released on their website, that the Felt 3 tribute will be Rosie Perez. In case you haven’t been following, Aesop Rock will be producing the album.

If you haven’t downloaded the free single “Protagonists”, click here.

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Tim Althaus

god loves To sit here and tell everyone that reads this blog that God Loves Ugly is an album that didn’t influence me, is a total lie. I’m almost certain I was in 10th grade the first time that I heard the song “Godlovesugly”, all I was thinking was “Who in the fuck is this?”. When I heard that the emcee brilliantly blessing the microphone was from Minneapolis, I simply couldn’t believe it. This album introduced me to the whole world of the Rhymesayers Crew, and if it were for that reason alone I would still never forget this album. What God Loves Ugly showed me, more than anything, is that great talent is much closer to home than you may think. Yeah Slug may rap about women a little too much, and yeah his ego might come off a little bigger than it should be… but dude has mad skills on the mic. Continue reading

Atmosphere + Aesop Rock + Murs live freestlye

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

So I was hoping I would be able to find a video of this. Atmosphere, MURS, and Aesop Rock (Felt 3!) did a show last weekend at Red Rocks in Colorado. As most Atmosphere shows conclude, Slug does a freestyle with his buddies from the show. I apologize for the poor quality. Shout out to durden54 for the video.

Felt 3 producer revealed + free track!

Posted in Audio, Downloads, Music News, News with tags , , , , on Saturday, August 15, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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And the winnner is……Aesop Rock! That’s right, Aesop Rock will be producing the new Felt album, the tribute still TBA. Rhymesayers released a track yesterday evening for FREE called “Protaganists” with MURS proclaiming “The Felt boys are back, the boys of summer / and this time ya boy Aes Rock is the drummer”.

I was excited to hear the track, but I am a little disappointed with the Aesop Rock selection. While he is a capable producer, I thought RSE and Felt would be pulling something crazier and less expected. Regardless, the track is pretty good, you can download it below or visit the RSE website.

Download Felt – “Protagonists” (prod. Aesop Rock) (right click and save as)