Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!
In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
Jay-Z, "Smile" - On his 12th studio album 4:44, Jay-Z finally gets introspective about his life, his mistakes , and his place in the cultural zeitgeist. "Smile" is the moment on the album where his uncanny technical abilities as an mc intersects with a strain of personal story telling we've never heard from him before. The result is a beautiful, head spinning trip through the racked mind of arguably the biggest living legend hip hop has today.
Shabazz Palaces, "Shine a Light" - Seattle native Ishmael Butler’s of Digable Planets is one half of Shabazz Palaces, a free-form hip-hop project that emerged from the internet ether about eight years ago. He continues to defy convention with a pair of companion albums (Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines) that examine contemporary America as if it's a strange and dangerous planet. "Shine a Light" is the most conventional song between the two albums but still manages to showcase Butler's knack for pushing hip hop production into unexpected places.
Friday kicked off with an acoustic set by Dr. Dog -- a good start to any day. O&B favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros put on a standout performance that had the entire crowd singing and foot-stomping along to "Home." Unfortunately, their set was unusually short -- clocking in at just over half an hour. Read More..