August 5, 2020 Playlist

"The Low End Theory" by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)
A Tribe Called Quest "The Low End Theory"  1991 (USA)
This week we have another classic album from the golden age of hip-hop. De La Soul were the first popular rap group to break the "boasting and gold chains" mould of early hip-hop, launching what might be called "alternative rap." They were associated with a handful of similarly forward-thinking poetic/afrocentric groups collectively called "The Native Tongues Posse." The second group from that bunch to break out was A Tribe Called Quest - their leader Q-Tip made guest appearances on the first two De La Soul albums which probably did a lot to raise their profile. But with the fullness of time, though De La were the pioneers it has become clear that Quest were the standard bearers for their movement. And their most important work is probably their second album The Low End Theory, which popularized rap music based on jazz samples instead of funk, soul and Kraftwerk. Going deeper, it also showed a continuity between the afrocentric jazz of the earlier civil rights era and rap music in more recent decades. Plus, you know, the songs are great! This album was also crucial in launching Busta "What The Dilly-o" Rhymes to superstardom: at this time, he was a member of the  lesser-known Leaders Of The New School, who make a guest appearance on this record's final track. Busta's explosive turn on the mic is still one of the most memorable breakout performances in hip-hop.
Also on the show this week: Sparks warns us about "The Existential Threat"! Plus a brand new video from the "virtual webstream concert" did in lieu of their cancelled 2020 tour of Japan.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
The DeepColor DreamsPsychedelic Moods1966USA
DragonflyBlue MondayDragonfly1968USA
EvolutionShe's So FineEvolution1970Germany/Spain
The 13th Floor Elevators Roller Coaster (live)You And I And Me (N)rec. 1966 (2020 Sunset Blvd)USA
Deerhoof Sympathy For The Baby BooFuture Teenage Cave Artists (N)2020 (Joyful Noise)USA/Japan
Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network The FoolBallet Of Apes (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
The Asteroid No. 4 Swiss Mountain MythNorthern Songs (N)2020 (Little Cloud / Cardinal Fuzz)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Planet B (live)Chunky Shrapnel (N)2020 (Flightless/ATO)Australia
Sparks The Existential ThreatA Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (N)2020 (BMG)USA
The Howling Hex Mr. ChickenKnuckleball Express (N)2020 (Fat Possum)USA
Khruangbin ShidaMordechai (N)2020 (Dead Oceans)USA
Thundercat Dragonball DuragIt Is What It Is (N)2020 (Brainfeeder)USA
DAOKO High Sense Paisen (feat. Scha Dara Parr)ANIMA (N)2020 (Toy's Factory)Japan
Dempagumi.incGidagida Da Zubazuba Da!!B-side single2015Japan
A Tribe Called QuestExcursionsThe Low End Theory
A Tribe Called QuestCheck The RhimeThe Low End Theory
A Tribe Called QuestLyrics To GoMidnight Marauders1993USA
A Tribe Called QuestScenario (feat. Leaders Of The New School)The Low End Theory
Leaders Of The New SchoolNoisy MeditationT.I.M.E. - The Inner Mind's Eye1993USA
The Roots (R)Distortion To StaticDo You Want More?!!!??!1995USA
75 Dollar Bill Snow Jumpers HarpPower Failures (N)2020 (self released)USA
The Ceyleib PeopleAton II:
   Menyatt Dyl
Deerhoof The Way You Laugh When Something Goes WrongSurprise Symphonies (N - compilation of rare tracks)rec. 1996-2012 (2020 Joyful Noise)USA/Japan
Black Helium Pink BoltThe Wholly Other (N) 2020 (Riot Season)UK
Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Bruce Ditmas & Paul BleyVampira
  --> Overtoned
  --> Jaco
  --> Batterie
  --> King Korn
  --> Blood
Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley1976USA
Frank ZappaChunga BasementQuAUDIOPHILIAcrec. 1970, rel. 2004USA
Alice ColtraneLos Caballos ("The Horses")Eternity1976USA
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