Category Archive: Recommended Gems

Recommended Gem: Watch Mndsgn Play Live in Los Angeles (Video)

  Featuring an all-star line-up.              A captivating performance from Ringgo Ancheta aka Mndsgn that also features some of L.A.’s finest: Kiefer on keys, Swarvy on bass, and Devin… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Grandbrothers Play Live From A French Swimming Pool (Video)

  Magnifique.             Immerse yourself in the piano-drenched sounds of the German duo à la Piscine Tournesol courtesy of ARTE Concert.      Grandbrothers – Live From A French… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Mark Ronson Talks to Questlove for The Fader’s Uncovered (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast.         If you like hearing two people who are very good at music talk about very good music, then, friend, do I have the… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Puma Blue – A Late Night Special (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.                 A very special performance from South London’s Puma Blue who melds downtempo R&B grooves with Jeff Buckley’s impassioned falsetto.… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Fred again.. Live in Studio (London, April 2021) (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.               Fred again..‘s latest album, Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020), is one of my favorite albums of 2021. … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The Story of “Insomnia” by Faithless (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             “Ironically, he (Maxi Jazz) can sleep at the drop of a hat really, really well…”       The Story of… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: My Bloody Valentine on NTS Radio – April 19, 2021 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.             Kevin, Colm, Debbie, and Belinda tell stories about how the legendary shoegaze band came to be and play an eclectic selection of tracks… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The Genius of Roots Manuva: Brand New Second Hand at 22 from The Noise Narrative (Writing)

  A recommended gem of an article.             Oliver Ainley has put together this insightful retrospective of Roots Manuva’s best musical output in celebration of Rodney Smith’s debut album,… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Lockdown Sessions with Louie Vega – Sacred Tones: George Benson on Worldwide FM – March 22, 2021 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.             It’s no secret that my favorite album of all time is Nuyorican Soul by Nuyorican Soul aka “Little” Louie Vega… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Happy Recluse by Arc’teryx – Cold Water Surfing with Music by Dirty Art Club, Tortoise (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             Surfer Pete Devries and photographer Jeremy Koreski venture to Vancouver Island to ride and capture some of the world’s best cold… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Khruangbin’s What’s In My Bag? for Amoeba Music (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.               Everyone’s favorite Texan global funk trio reps Houston heavy in their picks for Amoeba Music’s legendary What’s In My Bag?… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Africa Hitech’s Set for XLR8R from November 29, 2011 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Listen to this scintillating blend by the digital dons Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek for the XLR8R podcast back in 2011 that… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Madlib and Kaytranada Go Record Shopping in Pitchfork’s Driven by Sound Documentary (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.           “Sometimes I’ll take a year off and just listen to music” – Madlib     Driven by Sound is a new two-part… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Danalogue & Alabaster dePlume on The Echo Chamber with Mike D on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 I’m a regular listener to Mike D’s Apple Music 1 show, The Echo Chamber.     This is… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Nick Hakim on NTS Radio – January 29, 2021 (Radio Show DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 Essential through and through, from the muted digital funk of the James River outtake of D’Angelo’s “1,000 Deaths” to the… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz Mixtape from January 23, 1992 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Vintage.     A recently unearthed mix of hip-hop and downtempo beats direct from cassette courtesy of Mark Farina… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: 9th Wonder & Bob James In Conversation (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             Buhdum-bum-bumbah-dah-dum.     (That’s the “Nautilus” bass line, from the track of the same name by Bob James, also known as… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Phil Taggart Talks to MJ Cole (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast.           Northern Irish DJ and broadcaster Phil Taggart hosts the Slacker podcast, a deep dive into musical history and journey of the UK’s biggest… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Everything Questlove Does In A Day (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.         When Questlove said “I make sure no day goes by where I don’t discover 100 new songs,”     I felt that.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Annie Mac On Being Homesick for Ireland (Writing)

  A recommended gem of an article.       Annie Mac, one of my favorite DJs and broadcasters, recently wrote this beautifully vivid and personal piece on homesickness and her native Ireland.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Other Music (Documentary)

  A recommended gem of a documentary.       Directed by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller, Other Music is an excellent chronicle of one of NYC’s best record stores, sadly no longer with… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Action Bronson’s Live From the Moon on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show that reminds me of that time I ran a nightclub in Panama in 1983.       Very strong selection here from Action Bronson on his… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Making a Mixtape with Richard Russell & Ibeyi (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.         XL Recording’s head honcho Richard Russell is joined by Ibeyi for the latest episode of his monthly Making A Mixtape radio show… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Bedroom Beats & B-Sides by Laurent Fintoni (Book)

  A recommended gem of a book.       Laurent Fintoni recently authored Bedroom Beats & B-Sides: an essential history of the bedroom producers who changed the instrumental hip-hop and electronic music scenes forever.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief Documentary (Video)

  This is how we chill: watching this recommended gem of a music documentary.       Filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the Hieroglyphics collective and hip-hop luminaries across the country about the Oakland group’s… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Talks About His Favorite Drum Breaks for Pitchfork’s Under the Influences Series (Video)

  A recommended gem of a drum masterclass: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker gives the lowdown on his favorite drum breaks from Silver Apples to Stevie to Led Zep and more.       💎… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: At Home With Brittany Howard on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Brittany Howard talks with Zane Lowe about her favorite music on Apple Music 1.         This was a special one. Loved hearing… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Special Request (Paul Woolford) In for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Special Request sits in for Benji B on BBC Radio 1.       4hero, Donald Byrd, SAULT, and cicadas.     💎      … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties with Chal Ravens – Ep4: Jazzy Sport (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast episode: Chal Ravens chats to Taro Kesen, co-founder of one of my favorite record labels: Jazzy Sport, for Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties series.      … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: James Blake Presents Before – DJ Set for Boiler Room in Los Angeles (Video)

  Introducing a new series on this here website called RECOMMENDED GEMS!   In addition to music, I’m now going to be unearthing DJ sets, podcasts, books, TV shows, movies, and more that… Continue reading