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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Pterradacto site

Just found a link to Pterradacto's site. I strongly recommend that Primal Rage CD which I believe was originally a tour only cd. Lots of substantial songs there, including "Sunsets and Waterfalls." I didn't see it in Pterra's store just yet, but it is available on Khule's site.

Buy - Primal Rage
Sound Clips from Primal Rage
Pterradacto site

Keep It Really Fake - TOCA interview

The French are killin it with their hip-hop blogs lately. Here's a link to a Toca interview which was recently translated in to English. Also translated, interviews with Controller 7 and Recyclone. Thanks to
Grandgood for the heads up.

Toca Interview
Keep It Really Fake (french blog)

Monday, August 29, 2005

Dave Dub interview

Read the new interview with Dave Dub courtesy of the Diggin' Music Blog.

Any valuable advice you might have collected over the years for aspiring MC's out there?

Stay away from fake, 6 faced people, style the way you want to, don't do hard drugs and get all the pussy, money and spirituality that you can...

Dave, you’re a busy man and your time’s highly appreciated. Please forgive the long-winded questions and thanks again. Do you have any last words, shouts, or F.U.’s?

Yeah, fuck all you faggots that front. Dave Dub and the Sutter Cain Gang don't even exist.
[...Dave Dub interview]

The good folks at Grand Good will be releasing Dave Dub's new album "Programmed D" very soon.

Diggin Music Blog
Isolated Wax

Sunday, August 28, 2005

nocando vs. buddha tai at scribble jam 2005 video

photo courtesy of bastard artist

Nocando. If you haven't heard the name before, you will.

Nocando is probably most well known for his prowess as a battle rapper, and was this years westcoast representative at Scribble Jam. He's also been referred to as "the future of the Blowed," and was recently featured on the 10th Anniversary Blowed Compilation with his crew Customer Service.

We had been hearing about Nocando for well over a year before we finally had a chance to peep his Impatient EP, and some choice unreleased tracks. In an age of over-hype, he was definitely a breath of fresh air, one that lived up to all the talk.

Check Nocando out on the new Ellay Khule album "In My Own World", on Joe Dub's "Pooretry" or on Subtitle's "Young Dangerous Heart"

Nocando vs. Buddha Tai at Scribble Jam 2005

Nocando on myspace

Project Blowed
Bastard Artist (photographer)

Saturday, August 27, 2005

new Joe Dub interview at

Quite the informative Joe Dub interview! This one covers everything from growing up in San Francisco, to Westcoast Workforce reunion rumours, thoughts on the evolution of the undergound rap scene, living in Hawaii, detailed news about his up and coming project with Ellay Khule, anecdotes, stories, and quips.

"Around 86 or so I remember listening to KPOO (local hip-hop radio station in the bay) when they had dj's like ..KK...Marcus Clemens and Dan the Automator. One night I remember they played Eric B and Rakim "Check out my Melody," Mixmaster Gee "The Manipulator" (check artist), BDP-"My 9mm Goes Bang" and Just Ice "Latoya" in succession. I recorded that show still have that tape in fact. Anyways, once the show ended at that moment I knew I wanted to do this shit seriously. The beats moved me but I was more trying to rap then. It wasn't till 90 or 91 when I into making beats.

As far as records that inspired me rapwise? I was a fan of all of the old stuff. Flash, Kurtis Blow, Spoonie G, but it was the progressive shit that had me buggin. Anything that Kurtis Mantronik did..Just Ice (dopest mc of all time imo)...T LA Rock...all that...Schooly D was like a surrogate father to me as a child. Quite the role model!!! hahahahah!!" [Rest of the article....]

Many thanks to pseudo for his non-standard questions, and to the great French e-zine for their support!

Hip Hop Core
Asita Recordings

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

mingering mike 45 and book!

Posted by Secret Chimp:

I'm very happy to announce that I just signed a book contract for a Mingering Mike book!

It'll primarily be an art book, but also included will be text written by myself, Neil Strauss who wrote the NYT article last year, and Jane Livingston, who wrote the seminal book "Black Folk Art in America" in the early 80s.

It'll be published by Princeton Architectural Press , a small publishing company which puts out really beautiful books. Put simply, this book is going to be very, very dope. We anticipate that it will be released some time next summer.

ALSO, the website ( is up and running. Big BIG thanks to Delay who did a fantastic job with it (and who put up with my anal revisions like a champ).

On the site there's a gallery where you can check out album covers, 45 labels, and even listen to some Mingering recordings. Be sure to sign up for updates so that we can let you know about any new developments.

AND THERE'S MORE! Stay tuned for a Mingering Mike 45 to be released in collaboration with none other than our bad ass Vanguard Squad. All of the artwork will be original, even the labels. It'll be just what he dreamed of when he made the cardboard record. Big thanks to Bambouche for all his help in transferring the reels and in offering to put out the 45.

Mike's beside himself with all of this and can't believe any of this happening. I can't tell you how good it feels to tell him about all the interest in his work and in the projects people are proposing. His face lights up every time.

Mingering Mike
Vanguard Squad

mingering mike history

We here at the Asita blog have been following the Mingering Mike story since it initially broke last year. For those who are unfamiliar with the tale of Mingering Mike, his is a fascinating story of loss and redemption, and dreams that refuse to die.

As the story goes, a team of crate diggers unearthed a stockpile of "records" from a flea market in Washington.

"I went to a flea market and there was a huge record collection there, at least 20 boxes, " Mr Hadar said, recalling the morning discovery. "I was going through that very happily when I came across this box full of strange hand-painted album covers. I realized they were fake and was about to put them back, but then I looked at them more closely.

Pulling the records out of the sleeves, he was surprised to find that htey were made not of vinyl but of cardboard. Each had been cut in the shape of a record, with grooves and a hand-lettered label painted on. Nearly all the albums were credited to an unknown black musician by the name of Mingering Mike, and dated from 1968 to 1976.

The front covers were intricately painted to look like classic funk albums; on the spines were titles and fake catalog numbers; the backs had everything from liner notes to copyright information to original logos; the inner sleeve was often a shopping back meticulously taped together to hold a record; and some actually opened to reveal a beautiful gatefold sleeve. A few albums had even been covered in shrink-wrap and bore price stickers and labels with apocryphal promotional quotes.

What Mr. Hadar found was a cache of seemingly nonexistant music: soundtracks to imaginary films, instrumental albums, a benefeit album for sickle cell anema..."

"Alot of times flea-market vendors acquire their wares from a storage facility that's auctioning off the possessions of someone who hasn't paid their bills," Mr Beylotte said. "So we're used to digging through these windows into perseonal lives through records'

To make a long story short, Hadar and Beylotte took it upon themselves to find Mingering Mike and reunite him with his possessions. It turns out he was actually an aspiring musician in the 60's and 70's, and these covers were his dreams. Dreams of groups that were in his imagination. I think we can all relate to that. Since then, the interest in this story has taken on a life of it's own.

I encourage you to read the NY Times article for the FULL STORY

Mingering Mike

Monday, August 22, 2005

R.I.P. Bob Moog

R.I.P. to Bob Moog, a pioneer in the field of electronic music, and seemingly all around great and humble musician and inventor.


Bob's Body Leaves Us

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — August 21, 2005 — Bob died this afternoon at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 71. Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM) in late April 2005. He had received both radiation treatment and chemotherapy to help combat the disease. He is survived by his wife, Ileana, his five children, Laura Moog Lanier, Matthew Moog, Michelle Moog-Koussa, Renee Moog, and Miranda Richmond; and the mother of his children, Shirleigh Moog.

Here is a very good - Bob Moog interview Video (16:06)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Songodsons "Minors Into Fire" video

Check out the 2mex/Songodsons video for "Minors Into Fire." The video featuresBusdriver, and cameos by Deeskee, Liferexall, Exist, Die, among others. Filmed at La2thebay headquarters, nice!

2mex/Songodsons - "Minors Into Fire" video

Up Above

Friday, August 19, 2005

Lynn Ness 12" feat. Sach! Download the mp3

From the debut 12" release on
New Medina for bay area producer Lynn Ness. In stores now! Features joints with Yesh (Siah & Yeshua), L*Roneous and Sach!

Peep the full mp3 of Droppin' Jew-els feat. Sach

Snippet of Ain't 2 Much feat. Yesh

Snippet of S. Step feat. L*Ron

The debut release from San Francisco Bay Area producer Lynn Ness is ripe with the new flavors people are craving, mixed with the time-tempered sensibility of a golden-age classic.

Yesh (Head Bop Music, Siah & Yeshua) sets things off on "Ain't 2 Much," an up-tempo track that deals with a retrospect of music and life. This is followed by the down-low feel of L*Roneous (Double Life, Dreamweavers) on "S. Step" and is rounded out nicely by the piano-laced "Droppin Jew-els" featuring Sach (The Nonce). Cuts on all three tracks are handled by Age. Vinyl all features instrumentals...nice!

metfly interview

Streams of foolishness and a whole lot more... Conducted by: Bastard Artist at The Knitting Factory, Hollywood October 19, 2004.
Listen: Part One [MP3]

Hollywood's Finest...conducted by: Bastard Artist at his condo, Hollywood December 4, 2004 Listen: Part Two [MP3]


Legato - Ancient Art of Adlib mix

Many thanks again to the crew at the Best West blog where I found this link. Here it is again for the English speaking among us.

from french electro-post-hop label Hip Notik Records ("Hipothetik Disaster" is out now) has blessed us with an exclusive mix set dedicated to former Global Phlowtations member, Adlib aka Thavius Beck.

Download "The Ancient Art Of Adlib"

Listen and buy "Hipothetik Disaster" (featuring Thavius Beck)

Disponible en septembre sur Hip Notik Records, le premier long format de Debmaster ("Monster Zoo") avec des apparitions de Subtitle, Sach, Inoe Oner, Bluebird et Curse ov dialect.

Coming next september on Hip Notik Records, debut full-length project from Debmaster ("Monster Zoo") featuring Subtitle, Sach, Inoe Oner, Bluebird & Curse ov Dialect.

Hipnotik Records
Thavius Beck

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

wu-tang videos

Wu enthusiasts heres your chance to download and watch all of the videos by the Wu-Tang Clan, including cameos and solo tracks.

Speaking of videos...does anyone know where we can find Spice 1's - 187 Proof online?

new releases on 247 records

As posted by BobbyDollars of 247 Records:

Whatsup folks. Peep our next release at 247 Records, superdope!
Release date 5th of September.

Mum's the Word - Evolution EP - vinyl only

Limited pressing, 1000 pcs.

Side A
1. Follow the Path feat.3MG (ELIGH, MURS & SCARUB) RAM | MP3
2. They Wanna Rap feat.BUSDRIVER RAM | MP3
3. The Beretta Factor feat.MIKAH 9 RAM | MP3
4. The Caffiend feat.SUBTITLE (BONUS TRACK) RAM | MP3



This one we made for the Subtitle tour in Europe, June 2005. The great man is really named Giovanni Marks and he is such a cool guy and we like almost every move he make.

Giovanni states "It´s ok L.A. i´m on top of it" which should calm down anyone in Cali that are a little bit worried. Then he raps on about a lot of other interesting things for 5 minutes. The record is self produced by Subtitle.

This little piece of weirdness is pressed in 500 copies. Please visit for more info!

Side A
1.Secretive Operative RAM |MP3

Side B

Sunday, August 14, 2005

subtitle interview on

New Subtitle interview via:

Things have changed since you’ve got this deal with GSL, you are much more exposed and requested. Did your conception of making music also change ?

Subtitle : Yeah, somewhat. I decided to take the approach to writing, producing and recording seriously instead of my old work where I just hit record and did whatever. Now I do the same thing, but on purpose…. People seem to like what’s going on, which is a blessing. I still have to do new things (new to me anyway) so I try not to insult the people’s intelligence while indulging in my pursuits." covers much of the same ground that we cover here at the Asita Blog, with a strong focus on westcoast underground music. The only difference is that they are based in France and update more frequently. Recommended!

Alpha Pup

Sunday, August 07, 2005

accepting submissions for skateboard book

Hello All:

My friend Rudy Bazorda, author of Manifesto -- Truth About Skateboarding and myself, Travis Jensen, author of Left-Handed Stories, have joined forces and are collaborating on an anthology book about skateboarding entitled, No Comply…Skateboarding Speaks on Authority.

“Due to conflicts of interest with police, property owners, security guards and everyday civilians, skateboarders inevitably develop a unique perception of authority. We want to know how your experiences with authority figures in the streets have influenced your attitude towards so-called democratic society. Where does mainstream society fail hardest with skateboarders and other outcasts? What do you think accounts for general municipality reluctance to accommodate skateboarding? What are the effects of irresponsible authorities on young people? How is your perception of authority in other countries compared to here in America?”

You get the idea…

We are currently accepting submissions for this book, which is scheduled to be released in January ’06 under Rudy’s publishing company, Fun Not Fame Productions©. The deadline for submissions is October 10th. Please click the following link below for more information on this project as well as the submission guidelines.

Please feel free to e-mail or myself ( for more info on this project.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best Regards,

Travis Jensen
Aka: SF Masher

sf masher site

Saturday, August 06, 2005

sf masher interviews chris pastras and jason lee of stereo skateboards

Asita co-conspirator, Travis Jensen, aka the SF Masher recently interviewed friends Chris Pastras and Jason Lee, for the Spanish magazine STAF. In honor, of my discovery of Jason Lee's new sitcom "My Name Is Earl" here is a transcript of the interview!

Chris Pastras and Jason Lee Interview for STAF Magazine
By Travis Jensen
Photo courtesy of Isaac Mckay Randozzi

In 1992, skateboard legends Chris Pastras and Jason Lee joined forces and started Stereo Skateboards. This legendary company, which drew heavily on the influence of jazz and art from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, helped pave the way for modern day skateboarding with the release of their first video in 1993 entitled, Visual Sound. The skateboarding, art, and production in this video was far ahead of its time and is now considered a skateboard classic. read the rest , sfmasher site , stereo skateboards

Friday, August 05, 2005

ellay khule NEWS

updates from

CALIFORMULA his new release WILL DROP Sept 20 on Project Blowed Decon

IN MY OWN WORLD produced by joe dub..has no release date but will be out real soon

Also 2 or 3 German projects in the works,with producers such as keyze soze and mika baba. Also a project being worked on in Sweden on 247 Records.

His latest release's are TARGET PRACTICE , FEMININE WILDS & A NEW MIXTAPE CALLED SUMMER THIS & SUMMER THAT . Also a new hiphop kclan cd to be dropped. It's not KHULE holding it up, ask dacto about that one...much love 2 all the supporters old & new..& thanks for all the people buying shyt from the store. Keep looking out. I update the items at least once a month now with cd's,shirts & hats in every color & size..from the one & only RIFLEMAN aka ELLAY KHULE. courtesy of,,

editors note: a bunch of new releases and gear were added to the khule store. the site will be update alot more frequently from now on...