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EV2BK Bangin Beach and BBQ Playlist 2010 – #11-15

11) Skee-Lo – I Wish:

Skee-Lo may not be doing much these days, and certainly didn’t have any other hits that even approached the level of “I Wish,” but it’s also not hyperbole to say that this track is one of the original, Real McCoy “Jamz of the Day.” Remember when it was the Jam of the Week on MTV for like 13 weeks in a row or something back in 1995? It took Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” to knock Skee-Lo from the top dog position. Let’s reminisce together:

12) The Roots – How I Got Over:

If you haven’t heard last month’s ninth studio album from The Roots, How I Got Over, then do yourself a favor and pick it up now! The title track “How I Got Over” picks up right where “The Seed 2.0” did back in 2002 with a smooth Cody Chesnutt vocal hook and driving beats from ?uestlove and the rest of the crew.

13) Broken Bells – The High Road:

Danger Mouse and James Mercer team up as Broken Bells for some revamped psychedelic rock classics riding against a hip hop backdrop on their recent release. And for further summer jams reading, check out Danger Mouse’s “Endless Summer” playlist that he put together for New York magazine’s June issue.

14) Darwin Deez – Up In The Clouds:

Darwin Deez is a bit hard to classify, mostly because of the silly hairband/hairdo combo, but this track and video definitely live up to DD’s self-described style on myspace, “indie rock with a side of calisthenics,” if by calisthenics he means dancing. Right now he’s on tour in Europe and elsewhere through November, but when he gets back in town you can be sure to catch the Deez at many local shows around the city’s various boroughs.

15) Snoop Dogg – Who Am I? (What’s My Name)

The breakout solo smash from Tha Original Doggfather himself, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Break out a 40, turn the volume up, and start rolling the dutch, because it’s about to get G-funky up in here!



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Jam of the Night – Primetime Passion Pit

Even though it seems like Passion Pit is everywhere these days following the release of Manners (which we wrote about back in May), there’s one place they haven’t been: in your TV! But that’s all about to change after tonight, when their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs later this evening.

We ended up scoring some free tickets to the taping as part of the “Band Bench” program, meaning that in return for our seats, we would agree to join the band on stage during their performance and promote a sense of excitement and dance around in the name of Passion Pit. Not a bad deal.

Of course, The Roots are the house band. We had always been relatively skeptical of this move by The Roots (could this be the very definition of selling out? Is this a good artistic move?), but to be honest they looked like they were having a great time, and were as funky as they ever were back in the day. Isn’t hip hop mainstream at this point anyway? It didn’t seem like a such a stretch for them to be comfortable and dynamic up there on the NBC stage.

The show was pretty alright, with Fallon sometimes stumbling, sometimes funny. Leslie Mann (Funny People, Knocked Up) seemed slightly off, like either she was on downers, or completely overworked and loopy. But overall she was pretty charming and nice. Michael Lang, the creator of Woodstock, seemed to be a completely chill, honest guy, although he wasn’t very animated. It’s pretty unbelievable that dude was 24 when he put Woodstock together; way to set the life accomplishment bar high. How do you surpass that?

But hey, we were there to see Passion Pit. And once we were up in the little balcony and looking at the homeboys rocking out below and sounding pretty great, it was difficult not to feel like this was a solid replacement for the cubicle on a Wednesday afternoon, listening to:

Passion Pit – The Reeling:



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Jam of the Day – The Roots of the High Line

This week, after much anticipation, the first nine-block section of the brand new elevated public park in Chelsea, the High Line, opened to the public. Visiting this park, which was once an abandoned railway in jeopardy of being torn down, is one of those “you have to see it to believe it” New York City experiences. The park gives you a really unique view of the city, you’re not at the top of the Empire State Building and you’re not down on the ground, you’re somewhere in between on this beautiful green-space and it’s pretty incredible. One of the first to write about The High Line was Adam Gopnik for The New Yorker, back in May of 2001. In his lengthy article, which features photographs by the photographer Joel Sternfeld, he interviews High Line neighborhood residents Robert Hammond and Joshua David, the founding members of the “Friends of the High Line,” a charitable organization created to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as public open space. After this article and other press coverage began to feature the High Line, funding started coming in and the restoration project was underway. Click here to watch a great video about the history of the High Line featuring some celebrity supporters of the project. Next Monday, the “Friends of the High Line” is hosting an Opening Summer Benefit which “marks the culmination of 10 years of efforts to save, preserve, and open the High Line as a New York City park.” For now only “Section 1” (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) is open to the public and they hope to have “Section 2” (20th Street to 30th Street) open in 2010.

In keeping with the spirit of neighborhood comradery, The HighLine Ballroom, a music and performance venue inspired by the High Line that opened in April 2007 donates $0.25 from every ticket sold to “The Friends of the High Line.”

Starting in June, the HighLine Ballroom started a series of Tuesday night “late-nights” featuring the innovative hip-hop collective The Roots, and a series of their special guest performers called “The Roots Present The Jam.” The Roots began recording and performing back in the late-eighties when rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) met at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. The Roots produced its first major-label album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, in 1995 without sampling from any other artists, defying the conventions of most rap at the time. Although most of their music is full of politically charged lyrical content and complex sounds, The Roots are probably best known for one of their more mellow songs that won them a Grammy in 1999, “You Got Me” featuring Erykah Badu. They have had seven other Grammy nominations including a nod in 2007 for Best Rap Album for Game Theory. In a surprising move this year, The Roots are performing as the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late night talk show. Lucky for Jimmy and lucky for us since we know they’ll be in town and we can catch them weekly at the HighLine Ballroom.

Definitely my new favorite track off their latest album, Rising Down, released in April 2008, is “Rising Up!” which features Chrisette Michelle and Wale. In an interview with NPR, ?uestlove, says “the titles draw on William T. Vollmann’s Rising Up and Rising Down, a book about the psychological nature of violence. The album in sort of its political hand really deals with how humans will use violence before anything.” Listen to it once and you won’t be able to get the hot drum beat and smooth baseline out of your head…

The Roots (feat Chrisette Michele & Wale) – Rising Up!:


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