Wednesday, November 29, 2006


A friend of mine found this (awesome) blog that has a demo from Euronymous's first band, Checker Patrol on it. It sounds terrible and the music is questionable. Anyone want to petition to get it listed on Mayhem's site and pressed on checkered vinyl in a limited edition of 666 retailing for $66.60 on eBay only? I hope you know I'm kidding. The site also has early Death demos and other '80s metal curiosa.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The other day, I had the opportunity to interview Jay-Z for CMJ New Music Report for all of 10 minutes. Besides being one of the world's best-known rappers, he's also CEO and president of Def Jam, so dude knows how to crank out an interview as fast as possible; in those 10 minutes I got 1,500 words, way more than I needed for my 900 word story. Now you know I wouldn't let that opportunity go by without asking him about the Big L, the man that made it all possible for him in the first place other than Jaz-O. Jay-Z's contribution to "Da Graveyard," off Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, was unparalleled at the time. Here's what Jay-Z had to say:

What's your best Big L story?
Oh, that night, of course. That night in the station [WKCR], with Stretch and Bobbito, when we were freestyling back and forth. He was like a little tiger, you should see his face while he was rapping. You could tell he wanted it really bad.

To hear their freestyle, click this.