Wednesday, October 31, 2012

happy halloween

Top 10 Hip Hop Halloween songs:

RJD2- The Horror
This was RJD2's first track off his official debut, Deadringer. Fitting to it's name it sounds like something that could be found on the soundtrack of a horror film (somebody get RJ to score a horror film).

Notorious BIG ft Lil Wayne- Lost Boys
All of the Night of the Living Dead mixtapes from Cookin Soul are incredible and sample horror movies throughout, flipping them really cleverly, but I feel like it would be cheating if I used them all to make up this list. Lil Wayne is a self proclaimed goblin that feels at home over these organs taken from this Lost Boys sample.

Arsonists- Halloween
Between the title of the song and the chorus it sort of makes the list by default.

Gravediggaz- Diary of a Madman
The Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep has been my go to album during Halloween for a while.

Snoop Dogg- Murda was the Case
Snoop before the Lion and in his prime, plus probably the song I hear the most about someone making a deal with the devil.

Kid Koala- Tricks n Treats
Possibly my favorite intro to a song, it's incredible what he does with that Charlie Brown sample.

Geto Boys- Mind Playing Tricks
Sometimes your mind can be your worst enemy, watch the video to see Bushwick Bill in his Halloween costume. "This year halloween fell on a weekend/Me and geto boyz are trick-or-treatin"

Eminem- 3am
Haven't really been a fan of Em's last few releases, but Slim Shady is in the drivers seat in this serial killer track, can't believe this track was able to get a high budget video.

Dr. Dre- Murder Ink
A song about murder that samples the theme from the horror film Halloween.

Cage- Among the Sleep
A horror song inspired by the film Dark City.

Honorable mentions:

The Herbaliser- Something Wicked
Those female vocals are kinda spooky don't you think? Not positive if it takes it's sample from the film, feel free to let me know.

Lupe Fiasco- The Cool
Lupe's protagonist digs his way out of his grave on this track, that his sophomore album takes it's name from. Lupe provides some clever social commentary in this story, before all the preachyness and cheesyness we've seen on his last couple of albums.

Paper Route Gangstaz- Woodgrain
Not any real Halloween theme, but they turned the Children of the Corn sample into a lazy beat that sound like it's sipped too much syrup.

Swamp Thing- Swamp Anthem
My buddy Adrian just put me on these guys today check out their album here.

Fugees- The Mask
It's a metaphor!

Ras kass- Interview with a Vampire
Should have made the list, but couldn't find this track anywhere online. If you can find it throw it in the comment section.

Have a safe and Happy Hip Hop Halloween.

UPDATE: someone suggested Monster, not sure how I missed that one.

Bonus picture of me fighting zombies.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ckxu fundrive

Here is the shirt design I created for CKXU's annual Fundrive that took place last week.

When I attended the University of Lethbridge I had my own radio show for 4 years (a hip hop show that went by the name of The Underground Playground), which was an awesome time and great experience, so it was great to be involved with CKXU 88.3 FM again in some capacity.

Here is the process of this graphic, from some of the idea period and thumbnailing to flushing out the agreed upon idea to the finished product you see above.

If you're interested in picking up a shirt, I'm sure there are still some available!

CKXU Station

Thursday, October 18, 2012

tracks on tracks swag

Some of the Tracks on Tracks swag that got printed up pictured above.
You can read more about them on this previous post.

Take a peak at the teaser trailer JK put together about the whole experience below, looks like it's going to be something you won't want to miss!

Tracks on Tracks teaser from Green Couch on Vimeo.

terry radjaw interview

This month in Under the Covers I interviewed Gregory Smith aka Terry Radjaw of Mad Rad and Out For Stardom. Terry Radjaw created the album cover for Dark Time Sunshine’s new ANX album.

Read the interview on the Freq website here, and listen to a DTS track from the album below.

october sex column

Still illustrating the monthly sex column in Beatroute take a look at my drawing and give it a read here.

Your song of the day is Louis Logic with "Idiot Gear"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

still here 15

Still Here 15

I haven't made a new comic since February! Been crazy busy, especially the past couple months, hopefully a couple of the big projects I've been working on will be released in the near future.

Still have a lot on the go, but I wanted to put out a comic before I gear up for my next project. Hoping to make more in the near future, and not wait so long, as I have a few ideas saved up that have been sitting on the back burners. Big thanks to the group of people who kept asking when the next "Still Here" was going to come out, not sure if it would have been out even this soon if not for you harassing me in the best way possible.

You can read all previous comics here.

Also I just noticed I have over 200 blog posts now, not too shabby!

Monday, October 15, 2012

kristina baumgartner interview

Last month I interviewed Kristina Baumgartner for my Under the Covers column in Freq.
Kristina created the wonderful album cover for Purity Ring's debut album "Shrines". You can read the interview on the Freq site here, if you missed getting a copy.
The above picture of Kristina was taken from her tumblr page which you can follow here, and take a look at more of her artwork there as well.

On a side note I was fortunate enough to see Purity Ring last month at Republik, and there show was incredible. If you get the chance to see them definitely go check it out. It was also a pleasure meeting them and Kristina at the show as well.

Watch the Purity Ring music video for "Belispeak" below.