Saturday, January 5, 2008

I Come from the East, Bearing Gifts

-- Jordan Hyman

Late Christmas perhaps, three drastically different gifts all of great significance. I know you were led to believe there was three wise men, however we found ourselves stuck in mountains and I was forced to eat them. But, in doing so, I got their knowledge, so no worries.

To start off, this is the band that got me into music. They were my first lick of infinity, perhaps even a necessary catalyst to a personal spiritual journey (although I'd rather refer to it as a "cosmic amble"). Here it is: Neurosis -- Belief. Live from the Contamination  festival in 2003, the track from their Times of Grace album in 1999.

Then, a through-the-window glimpse into my favorite hip-hop family of Definitive Jux. In an apartment, three MCs (C-Rayz Walz, Aesop Rock, Vast Aire), apparently in a state of possession by the Ganja-Goddess (or the Devil-Reefer depending upon your disposition to the popular psychoactive's legitimacy), freestyle, spitting improvised rhymes simulatenously dope AND ill. Also: notice that they're playing the beats on a Sega Dreamcast -- I knew there was a reason I loved these guys.

And ultimately, nothing succeeds the great Oingo Boingo. Must I even preface this beauty?

Jordan's top 10 of 07 on its way...

1 comment:

Karalalala said...

Dude, you had me at Def Jux. Eclectic, but solid. Oingo Boingo rule the land of my pants. Plaudits and plum, good sir. Looking forward to your best of '07.