170: “Dominant” by Beatless with Quasimoto, Madlib

Quas. Buy him in a box.Quasimoto, aka Lord Quas, is Madlib‘s alter ego, his own voice sped up.  Madlib can say things as Quas he might not say as himself, which is good, because rappers are very timid and inhibited by nature.  He uses hip-hop ventriloquism to overcome his inhibitions.

Beatless, the duo backing Quas/Madlib, were unfortunately named for search engine optimization… one letter different from “Beatles” confuses music searches.  They luckily possessed a stanky hook manufacturing license for their 2001 release of Life Mirrors.

I dare you to argue with me in the comments that this song isn’t worth repeated listens.  But I must warn you, I know how to speak doofus.

Enjoy it.

Song: Dominant
Artist: Beatless w/ Quasimoto, Madlib
Album: Life Mirrors
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes | Ubiquity

159: “Iceberg” by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra (feat. Elliot Bergman)

Shawn Lee can't see you.World of Funk (CD | MP3) by Shawn Lee‘s Ping Pong Orchestra drops today.  Here’s a beautiful track from the album called “Iceberg.”

Shawn Lee is the same one-man-band responsible for an album called Hooked Up Classics wherein he modernizes and funks out well-known hits from some straight up classical gangstas like Tchaikovsky and Wagner.

This one is cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.  Enjoy.

And Happy Valentine’s Day / Monday.

Song: Iceberg
Artist: Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
Album: World of Funk
Label: Ubiquity
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

100: “Astro Blue” by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls

The actual musicians.100th song.  Throw some streamers and drink a cold one.

Here’s another post with the touch of Money Mark on it.  He teamed up with Tommy Guerrero and Shawn Lee to form Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls.

This is my favorite from their self-titled debut from 2009.

Rock out with your socks out, and enjoy.

[UPDATE: Originally posted “A Phase Shifter I’m Going Through,” but copyright people removed the audio from the YouTube video.]

Song: Astro Blue
Artist: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Album: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

85: “Duck And Cover” by Orgone

Soggy biscuit.This California band, Orgone, blends afrobeat, funk and soul into their own special sound.  They’re on the Ubiquity label.

Here’s a good one called “Duck and Cover” from The Killion Floor (2008).

I suspect they won’t last a very long time because of the huge number of band members.  So I advise you check them out now, before they’re no more.  Here’s their tour schedule.


Song: Duck and Cover
Artist: Orgone
Album: The Killion Floor
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

48: “Hot Thursday” by Bei Bei & Shawn Lee

Zither. Hair. Hot.“Holy Ka-pow, Uncle Funk! This song has a Chinese Gu Zheng star, Bei Bei, throwing her mad plucking skills into the mix with American musician/producer, Shawn Lee. The Gu Zheng, as you know, is in the zither family,” says [person].

You’re right on all counts, [person].

[Person] continues, “These cats create a wild blend of Chinese-restaurant-music served up on a combo platter with 100% American groovejuice sprinkled on top.”

Indeed. Enjoy.

Song: Hot Thursday
Artist: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
Album: Into The Wind
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes