Adrock came to me in a dream

I haaaad a dreeeeeeeeam…about a Beeeeeeeeastie Booooooooooooooy.

It went like this: Adrock was at my house for some reason and I made a really nice tea which was like Japanese food like a noodle soup or something. Also present were my dad, his girlfriend and one of my best mates from school who was mad into the Beastie Boys with me.

After tea Adrock suggests going out because he knows a cool place and we get there and it tuns out it’s more of a restaurant than a bar and we’re like: “but we just ate” but we’re too polite to say anything.

The food starts coming and it’s one of them places where it’s a tasting menu so you get lots of little courses. I get the impression it’s also kind of expensive. My dad and his GF aren’t too impressed with the first couple of courses so they make their excuses and leave, plus it’s pretty late by then and I’m really panicking about the cost since I’ve got bugger all money with me and nothing in my account. This is just a reflection of real life at the moment for me.

Anyway Adrock’s going on about the restaurant and how good it is and how he always comes here when he’s in London. I’m secretly a bit pissed off because he’s taken us out to eat after I gave him a perfectly nice dinner that I’d made, plus he’s gone all celebrity and he’s looking round to see who’s in the place rather than talking to us. Furthermore it turns out there’s also a bar there so he COULD have just said “let’s go for drinks” so I’m confused as to why we’re eating food.

After a bit I just say: “how much is this gonna cost?” cos at no point have I seen a menu, they just brought the food, which is a bad sign and he’s really evasive on the price so I say “look, I’ve not got much money. I didn’t ask to come here and I’ve already eaten so I’m not even hungry. It’s alright for you famous rap stars to come here but we’re in a double dip recession etc. etc.”.

I wasn’t angry, just kind of confused as to why he’d taken us out to eat.

Anyway he agreed to pay and was pretty humble about it and then the mood kind of improved and he understood where I was coming from, then the dream ended.

Not once did we discuss MCA or the Beastie Boys’ careers at any point.

I got visited by one of my musical heroes in a dream and all I did was worry about the social niceties of dining out.


Walter Mecca – Time Control = cool

Not Walter Mecca [minus] Time Control [equals] cool.

About two years ago I used to complain that rap stopped being cool. Well now it’s kind of cool in a hipster way again thanks to LOLRANDOM kids like Odd Future but not cool in a cool way like Run-D.M.C. were cool.

Not ironically cool, just fucking cool.

Not cool:


Do you see?

Anyway this video and music piece is cool

It’s by French beatmaker and have-a-go rapper Walter Mecca. Yeah that links through to a MySpace. He’s cooler than you – get over it. Cooler than me but I’m cool with that.

That totally sounds like it should be a De La lyric…


DJ Patience – The Soft Centre of Wu-Tang

My dadDJ Sigma just alerted me to this hot mix from DJ Patience. As the name suggests it’s a mix of some of the softer Wu samples. It’s absolutely gorgeously put together, if a little choppy.

See what you think? Tracklist as follows:

1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8
2. Peter Nero: A Time For Us
3. Gladys Knight & The Pips: Giving Up
4. Ben E. King: I Who Have Nothing
5. The Dramatics: In The Rain
6. Al Green: Simply Beautiful
7. Sly Johnston: I Hate I Walked Away
8. Gladys Kinght & The Pips: And This is Love
9. Ann Peebles: Trouble, Heartache and Sadness
10: OV Wright: Let’s Straighten it Out
11: Al Green: Something
12: Johnnie Taylor: Steal Away
13: Willie Mitchell: Groovin
14: Labi Siffre: I Got The (Blues)
15: Southside Movement: I’ve Been Watching You
16: B.B. King: The Thrill is Gone
17: Gap Mangione: Free Again
18: Nicholas Flagello: Wailing Wail
19: Eddie Floyd: Don’t Leave Me Lonely
20: The New Birth: Honey Bee
21: Wendy Rene: After Laughter (Comes Tears)
22: The Detroit Emeralds: You’re Getting a Little Too Smart
23: Sly Johnson: Don’t Do It
24: Baby Huey: Hard Times
25: Melvin Bliss: Synthetic Substitution
26: Tommy Youngblood: Tobbacco Road
27: Love Unlimited: Midnight Groove
28: Sly Johnson: I Hear The Love Chimes
29: Curtis Mayfield: Underground
30: Betty Lavette: Let Me Down Easy
31: Albert King: Oh Pretty Woman
32: Hot Chocolate: Brother Louie
33: The Soul Children: Don’t You Take My Kindness For Weakness
34: The Marvelettes: Why Marry
35: Al Green: You Ought To Be With Me
36: Sly Johnson: Different Strokes
37: Bobby Womack: Across 110th St
38: Sly Johnson: Is it Because I’m Black
39: Lynn Collins: Ain’t No Sunshine
40: The Brighter Side of Darkness: Love Jones
41: Barry White: Mellow Mood
42: Isaac Hayes: Walk on By
43: Bob James: Nautilus
44: The Emotions: I Like It
45: Gaz: Sing Sing
46: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: You’re All I Need To Get By
47: The Doors: The End

Keep your minces peeled for the new look YKIWYHI soon. (ish).

Under construction!

This is a temporary lull. I’m in the process of moving this to a new site, reducing the volume of posts, upping the quality of the site in both content and design and hosting all my own mixes on there. Fun, fun, fun.

Meanwhile why not check out my Twitter feed down on the right hand side there or look at a picture of the hairy bikers.

Or listen to Joost Verboven playing Neil Young’s Double E on the front porch at the Flying Popcorn Ranch in Montana

Something old, something new, something remixed, something else that doesn’t rhyme

Two rock re-edits here. One of a newer tune:

and one of an older tune:

Now I like Bon Iver. I also like Fleetwood Mac. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out…FIGHT!


Heavy Metal Heatmap

I’m not finding the time to keep this blog fresh. Twitter seems to be taking up more of my time, which is kinda sad in a way. You guys should totally follow me on Twitter (@headbandmike). Anyway I’m thinking fo gradually transitioning to a different style, with this blog for really long format, well-researched but less frequent articles, and Twittter as my “brainvomit” feed.

For the time being get your peepers round this!

I do love me some metal, but rarely get a chance to write about it on here. Here’s a good metal song:


I’m not a reblogger, but

Daym. Saw a new post on Wax Poetics that made my jaw drop. One, because it’s a digging report that features some insane bargains. Two, because the writeup’s excellently done and…Three, because it’s, like  a bird innit.

Zappa? Mantronix? Mandrill for three bloody dollars?!

I dream of writing dig reports this good. My last one was weak, and I look TERRIBLE in a floaty white sundress.