As journalists, we pride ourselves on presenting content to the reader ahead of the usual hype machines that dig up on things rather late. That “early bird special” that we present has it’s advantages because we are not only connected to the scene, but a part of the scene of the scene as well. Having our ear to the speaker and listening for sounds that uniquely fits and represents what Hot Peas & Butta is all about, classic, timeless always fresh. We love to drop gems on you that we’ve received from our fellow DJ’s, artists and labels from across the globe in hopes of shining light on things and bringing the balance of quality music back to the listener. We not only love music, but we love art and the artists that creative visual works while listening to music and mixes that we recommend. It’s always great to hear stories from them about creating a piece and how what they were listening to at the time influenced the stroke of the brush to create a masterpiece. These are the things that keep us fueled to continue week in and week out to discover content so that the continuing cycle of creativity and influence continues.
After a long process of tracking down vinyl collectors, traveling across the globe to take tons of photos of incredible collections and their owners who have spent a lifetime in collecting them isn’t an easy task. But one person had a vision to take on such a hefty task and to package the entire experience and stories into one amazing hardback book, that person is Eilon Paz. Throughout his amazing journey he’s met with record collectors from all walks of life, from the famous to the not so famous, producers, record dealers and DJ’s that all share the common love of collecting vinyl. Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting makes it’s debut on the shelves this Saturday, April 19th which is Record Store Day. The book begins with a foreword written by Wu Tang Clans, The RZA and features 130 collectors including Cut Chemist, Chairman Mao, Egon, Rich Medina and our very own Skeme Richards.
Hopefully by now you’ve caught wind of Amsterdam’s finest, Rob Manga and his AMPM quest of setting out to rock a 24 hour all vinyl set this weekend. That’s right, Rob Manga will be packing the heavy crates and inviting all of his friends, dancers, artists and lovers of good music to enjoy this musical journey. He’s got an incredible line up with guest hosts, live painting, dance acts and of course catered food from Pass The Peas.
We recently got hipped to this cool Blacula art via our friends over at The Museum of Uncut Funk drawn by John Jennings so we decided to fill the rest of the world in on a little bit of his background. John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice and design pedagogy. He is also an accomplished designer curator, illustrator, cartoonist and award-winning graphic novelist. He is the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics and co-curator of Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. He is also, co-author of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred along with longtime collaborator Damian Duffy. Along with collaborator Stacy Robinson, Jennings has also created an arts collective called Black Kirby which is dedicated to studying black visual culture and also celebrating the legacy of Jack Kirby’s monumental career in American comic book culture.
We know that we say it all the time but we really are honored that people send us photos of their 45 boxes to be featured on our site and we genuinely get excited every time that we receive an email. With that being said, we have a new submission this week all the way from Saint Petersburg Russia from Paul Soul aka P102. Paul is relatively new to collecting records and still considers himself a amateur in the biz but he loves our posts that he figured he would try his luck at sending photos of his collection. The very unique thing about Paul Soul’s crates is that he made them himself from wood in two colors, brown and vanilla. To add a little bit more he also made the 7” wood adapters too!
One of our favorite Emcee’s out of the 215th, Phly City aka Philadelphia by way of Chicago is none other than Fat Nice. You know that too cool always down to school brother from The Welcome To Soulville neighborhood, creator of the Soul Sandwich, Brother Sharpness when it’s time to get a fresh cut and fade. Wait, how many jobs does this guy have anyway!? Well Fat Nice has linked up with another of our favorite labels also coming out of the City of Brotherly love, Record Breakin’ Music to release his debut 7” Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun. It’s exactly what we would expect to hear from Nice and of course his selection of producers to remix tracks from his album which dropped last year on cassette tape are on point. He enlisted Lil Dave on the title track and non other that the homie Buscrates on the “My Favorite Things” cut.
When it comes to releasing and reissuing rare Soundtracks on vinyl, no one does it quite like Death Waltz Recording Co. Everything from the packing and presentation to the sound quality is all top notch so it’s no wonder collectors go crazy over adding new releases to their collections. This Saturday Death Waltz will be releasing four one off pieces for Record Store Day that we’re trying to get our hands on and will surely sell out quick. Here’s a list of what they’ve got going on and they’ve even done a great video to advertise them as well.
As a DJ in the B-Boy / B-Girl community I’ve always taken great pride in playing and presenting not only quality music but also breaking new music that no other DJ on the scene has. Music from artists and labels that didn’t necessarily set out to make music for that scene but have become anthems within the culture just as Jimmy Castor’s “ It’s Just Begun” or Incredible Bongo Bands “Apache”. Artist releasing 45’s such as Osaka Monorail, Budos Band and Funkshone have all become permanent fixtures in Break DJ’s crates after hearing them at jams or on my mix-tapes B-Boy Essentials and of course the Skill Methodz anniversary mix. Another new 7” that I am excited to introduce to not only to the breakin’ scene but also lovers or funky Brazilian grooves is Bixiga 70.
This Friday April 11th, our West Coast family presents another installment of the ever popular RENDEZVOUS! This month they’ll be welcoming SlimeCity to the decks to play an assortment of dark, lovely and groovy selections from his crates that you’re not going to want to miss! Plus, if you’re a RENDEZVOUS! regular then you know they have surprise guests always showing up with a box of records out of the blue. And as an added bonus, they’ll be screening the Month of Macabre’s own mash up of psychedelic imagery (found footage, cult, giallo and erotica film clips, etc) to be projected on our huge Cinerama screen! A selection of giallo and late night erotica films will follow!
One of our favorite Funk bands that never seems to let us down is Saint Petersburg Russia’s own The Soul Surfers. We’ve covered them and various 7” releases multiple times in the past and always recommend picking them up before they sell out (which often times is the case). In between recording tunes on the boutique Fun City Shingaling label, FNR, Ubiquity, Mr. C, and even with Rickey Calloway, the band still has ample time to play live gigs at home to a crowd that really enjoys that funk!