The Needle 028: #jazz explorations, more than music on #electronic, who is Clutchy Hopkins? and more.

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For the week of December 13, 2015

The #music AOTY poll is here: http://goo.gl/forms/uJwqrOHL2N

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#jazz has been steady for the past two weeks so it’s time give it some light. @jimmiehu put us on to some some music by a drummer by the name of Jaimeo Brown. Coming from a family of musicians, he got an early start and began making music that dives deeper than just great sound. He pulls sounds and influences from a myriad of settings from an isolated African-American community in Alabama to a Native American reservation in Montana. Once you listen, it isn’t difficult to understand why his last album was titled “Transcendence” and why we should keep an eye out for his next album: Work Songs. Due to drop Feb. 12.

Jaimeo Brown - "This World Ain't My Home"

On the #electronic side of things, @mrdobelina dropped in a song paired with some visuals that compliment each other more than just any given song + music video. Brace yourselves for what’s known as “Web Virtual Reality” complete with music by LIVYATANIM that goes by the title “Myth”. Enjoy!

What else is going on?

 

Remember the “Douchebag pharmaceutical CEO” from the last issue of The Needle who bought the $2 million dollar Wu-Tang album? Well...this past week he got himself locked up on securities fraud and wire fraud charges. “Big Pharma, Meet Big Karma”. NY Times has the full story on that.

 

Lenny Kravitz’ non-profit dentistry in the Bahamas was raided and shut down. Why does Lenny Kravitz have a dentistry business in the Bahamas? No idea.

 

Next, The Beatles are finally coming to streaming services near you on Christmas Eve. Get ready for a popularity spike.


Last but not least: this past week, Michael Jackson’s Thriller became the first 30-times multi-platinum album of all time. Translation: the dude sold 30 million records in the US. Full Story on NPR.  

Don’t sleep on…


A mysterious artist named Clutchy Hopkins. Nothing sets off a good musical rabbit-chase like following someone involved in many projects with notable musicians around the world; musicians who know very little about the collaborator himself, but have an unrivaled respect for him. Only a few people claim to have encountered him in stories that range from a waking moment out of a desert faint to record store vinyl sleeve surprises. The mystery of Clutchy Hopkins is nothing new...but nor is it solved. Whether or not this type of stuff is interesting to you, the backstory makes his music that much more exciting to explore.
Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins - Root Trees
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