Anderson. Paak

Episode 334: Chris Dave and The Drumhedz - Chris Dave and The Drumhedz

Episode 334: Chris Dave and The Drumhedz - Chris Dave and The Drumhedz

Legendary drummer and bandleader Chris Dave has made a career out of playing with the best of the best. Featured on tracks by artists as diverse as D'Angelo, Justin Bieber, Adele, and Dolly Parton, Dave is a musical omnivore of the highest order. On his debut album with the Drumhedz, he's throwing everything into the mix (including the kitchen sink) to craft a potent stew of funk, jazz, pop, rock, soul, r&b and, of course, hip-hop, that educates, stimulates, and vibrates with life from start to finish. Featuring guest shots from Anderson .Paak, Bilal, Goapele, Phonte and more, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz is more than a showcase; it's an education. Join Kevin, Ian, and the mighty Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) as they dig into this delicious treat for newcomers and music nerds alike.  

PLUS: 16-year-old DC native MILES ave makes potent, politically charged, and, most importantly, honest hip-hop, and we're giving you a taste of his latest work, "The Debt."

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

One of my favorite quotes of all time can be attributed to one Hunter S. Thompson:

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, Rolling Stone #155

The simple wisdom of that rallying cry has driven myself and so many other creative people I know for as long as I can remember, but never so much as in 2016, because, let me tell ya: SHIT. GOT. WEIRD.

From the death of David Bowie right out of the gate right up to the potential death of our democracy and all of the outrageous pit-stops along the way, 2016 delivered chaos in a way that no other year has in my forty-four years of existence.

It also delivered music.

So much legitimately great music in fact that it's almost pointless to parse any of this into a list when all of it struck to the core of different parts of what makes us human, and did so in a way that we haven't seen before, and likely won't see again for years to come.

Would I trade any of this awesome for maybe a little less chaos? Not a chance. But man alive, do we have great GREAT music to chew on for the next few decades now.

So here you go. A little order to the chaos. It's ultimately as meaningless as anything else I suppose, but to me, these are the things that meant everything in 2016.