My bud Mickey Duzyj had the honor of hanging in NOLA for the All-Star weekend festivities. During his stay, Duzyj illustrated the best moments of the star-studded lineup for ESPN. Click the image below to check it out.
Happy New Year!
Since it is the new year, I thought I'd send a little something-something out to everyone on the big brother monitoring system.
Below are two remixes of Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. Download them for free and do what you will with them.
Enjoy and I will see you out on the battlefield this year. We have a lot of issues that have yet to surface but when they do, I hope to see every one of you fighting for your rights and the rights of others.
On this sobering morning, I am at a loss for words. Blanketed by the foreseen fate of our ailing nation. Watching the development off in the distance like a storm on the western plains. The beautiful chaos dancing between the ancient formations of the land. Knowing, that from a distance I am safe. Able to stare into the eye of madness and project the strength of a thousand men. Though, once it advances, I know I am dead.
I believe the story, which is featured below and written by my brother Zach in 2007 holds true to our current situation. A metaphoric illustration of America from its creation to present day. I thought I'd share it with you.
Wind swept high over the rim of the North Park depression, sending snow, ice, and debris from seasons past into the thin morning air - seen from below, a crystalline trail of tobacco smoke betraying the den of some great reclining mountain dweller. The horse's breath drifted thick, semi-opaque, white in the first rays of sunlight, mimicking the path of the eastbound airstream. Sounds of the waking forest came omnidirectional: the metallic crunch of twice-frozen snow, lodgepole pines creaking in the breeze, the hollow clatter of two trunks contacting in their rebound. His hands, arthritic and cracked dry, shook slightly in the cold as he reached for the sorrel's reigns. He placed his boot in the stirrup, and heaved himself over into the saddle. The sorrel swayed slightly adjusting to its new weight, taking one step forward and to the side, then settling back onto three legs, the right front shoe raised delicately with the leg bent into a forward facing V, the head tilted down and quietly chomping the bit as some obeisant runner presenting for assignment to faraway lands.
The sun through the pines wove a laticework of stark light and shadow on the cold ground, a vermiculate and ever shifting tapestry - now brighter, now darker - textured as tufted fur by the thick bed of dried, brittle needles from summer upon summer precedent.
He flicked the reigns forward, administering a light prodding kick to the sorrel's flanks with the heels of his dusty boots. They moved forward as one on a downhill slope, the sun at their backs through the trees. Seen from below, the just-breaking orb of sun blocked all detail of them save the diffraction halo bursting from their edge - a holy centaur blinding in illumination.
He kicked again, increasing their speed, the air moving over his face now numbing his lips. The thin line of grey granite stretched across the horizon, approaching, becoming wider with each lope, more defined. The cracks and color variations of the rock came into focus in reckless contrast to the cold blue skyline resting upon it - hard, textured organic earth giving way evanescently, but indisputably, to azure infinity. The trees receded on both sides a short distance from the edge, resembling the curtain frame of an old movie theater, its massive screen blue and featureless - depth without definition, two dimensional or three.
The centaur tested that definition, that cold blue space/plane, the horse's eyes widening with fright, unable to divert - its will not its own, but reposed rather in the pilot above - the man's eyes narrow with purpose. Seen from below, they broke the barrier: appearing first head, then body, then wind-flapping tail. Born from the nothingness of granite to the being of sky. For a brief time, this foetal beast was a bird.
Jean-Jacques Perrey, electronic music pioneer, and composer passed away this past Friday from complications with lung cancer. He was 87 years of age.
He is known for being one of the earliest creators of electronic pop, alongside his contemporaries Gershon Kingsley and Dick Hyman. One of the first to utilize the Moog synthesizer upon its release, Perrey created surreal robotic orchestrations that give an eerie, sometimes funky, yet serene atmosphere.
On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth and beat the Houston Astros in 16 innings to win the pennant. This film recreates the Mets' infamous postgame celebration, from champagne in the jacuzzi to the destruction of a perfectly good Ozark Airlines DC-10. Starring the voices of Lenny Dykstra, Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, and Darryl Strawberry.
I have compiled a list of the 2016 best podcasts focussed on vinyl records. In the past ten years, vinyl sales have risen significantly and radio has taken a plunge. Podcasts have become the go to but what about podcasts focussed strictly on music? Specifically vinyl records.
Here's the list, as well as an image of the cast of Seinfeld as Juggalos.
Tonight I will be DJing at the Meadowlark Kitchen (2705 Larimer Street) in downtown Denver from 10pm - close. Come through and enjoy some delicious food and drinks and say what up.
For the past couple month's I've been on a northern soul and rock tip but tonight we shall get funky. I'll be playing a lot of funk, boogie, soul and hip hop. All vinyl, all night, all right. Get out into the Denver nightlife and enjoy yourself with the one and only Neon Brown. There's only one Thursday a week and that Thursday belongs to you, me, your jiggling butt cheeks and dancing feet.
The homie Deca released his music video yesterday for "Waiting" off of his upcoming solo album Forest Agates. The video premiered on Hip Hop DX but if you missed it, here it is.
"Waiting" is a stop motion video created by Deca using an iPhone and many hours of precise movements. He captures the complex human experience through the creation of mandalas. The psychedelic imagery leads a beautifully written, thought-provoking song, which focusses on the disarray of our modern age. As Deca travels the existential path to enlightenment, he encounters visceral obstacles, which can lead to his downfall and or rising. Everything is everything.
Take a look and listen and pre-order Deca's album Forest Agates now at Band Camp
NBR episode nine is now available for your earhole insertion. Free download. Peep.
This month I have producer extraordinaire Eraserfase from L.A. This fella has some amazing music, great stories, and a lot in store for the future, including his Tasty Chops business, which delivers hand chopped rare samples to your email box. Great concept. It takes out all the busy work in making beats and delivers the fun right to your beat machine.
As well, he recently started a podcast titled, “Bottomless Crates.” Check that out on his website at https://eraserfase.com/pages/bottomless-crates-podcast. On this month’s episode, Erase Fase shares an adventurous story about touring during the wintertime, as well as a new tune.
1. All things Considered Theme Song
2. The Impressions – I Loved And I Lost
3. Kraan – Nam Nam
4. Ramsey Lewis – Slipping Into Darkness
5. Pharaoh Sanders – Thembi
6. Stampeders – Gator Road
7. Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut
8. James Brown – World
9. Little River Band – Reminiscing
10. Count Bass D – The Mingus Sextet
11. David Ruffin – We’ll Have A Good Thing Going On
12. Bo Diddley – Oooh Baby
13. Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Melting Pot
14. The Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself
15. Apollo 100 – Joy
16. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – Twine Time
17. Cliff Nobles & Co. – The Horse
18. The Supremes – Floy Joy
19. Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya
20. Blood, Sweat, & Tears – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
21. Eraserfase – Story
22. Eraserfase – Forks And Sockets
23. The Delegates – Funky Butt
24. KMD – Smokin’ That S*#@
25. John Ono Lennon – Instant Karma (we All Shine On)
26. Lee Moses – Reach Out, I’ll be There
27. The Originals – Why When Love Is Gone
In 2009, I released an album titled The Spectator, which was more of an experimental project. It ranged in style and sounds and had an indy rock, hip-hop genre-bending feel to it. Looking back, there are definitely some bangers on this album, as well as a few of those not so banging tunes.
The track I have chosen for today's post is a banger. "Space Petro", is a cosmic journey through the universe. Who knows where we'll end up or what we'll see? The song is accompanied by my bud Anthony Abatzis on vocals.
I've always enjoyed the build up of this track. It is non-traditional but has a good sense of pop. I feel I need to venture back into this world sometime soon. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
- Neon Brown
This is a public service announcement to all the record heads in the greater Denver metro area. If you are interested in purchasing and or selling records, eating bao buns, drinking coffee, and nerding out with fellow collectors, then this record swap is for you.
The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8th, 2016 from 11-5pm at an undisclosed location. In order to attain this knowledge, you must RSVP at www.fasorlab.com. There will be free coffee and food provided by Buddha Bao.
I will be co-hosting the event alongside the lone desperado himself, CRL CRRLL. As well, we'll be recording an episode of NBR live during the event. Records will be played and discussed. Anyone who wants to join in the fun, feel free but make sure you bring that heat. RSVP at www.fasorlab.com!
Record Swap on Saturday Oct. 8th, 11-5pm. RSVP at www.fasorlab.com for the location.
What up Time Lords,
I will be at Park Burger RiNo (2615 Walnut Street) this evening, Saturday, Sept. 10th from 7:30-10:30pm spinning an all vinyl set. Come through and get weird with me. Plus, I will have some Mister Freedom merchandise on me, so if you need an album or shirt I got you. Vinyl, CD, and or cassette. It all will be there. See you tonight!
Check out the promo video for tonight by clicking the photo below.
It's been a while since I posted anything on this here site of mine. I have been integrated into the omnipotent work machine of America, unable to pause, but for a second to gawk at the glorious functionality of Squarespace.
Luckily, the work Gods haven seen-eth fair to grant me a few minutes of time on this lovely Saturday to sit in front of this screen and punch random letters of the English alphabet on this blood and sweat stained keyboard.
I have attached a link to all of the articles I have written for the Denver Westword over the years, including recent delights like the Mac DeMarco | Tame Impala show, Digable Planets reunion tour, and Recollect Records opening here in Denver. take a peep.
In addition, like always I have been hard at work on the NBR (Neon Brown Radio) podcast and would like to share the latest episode, which features my bud Deca. Deca is a highly talented MC and producer. He is about to release a tremendous amount of material, including a solo album titled, Forest Agates. He shares a song off of the album, as well as a story about being in the music industry.
More so, this past month we tried something different. Deca brought some records from his personal collection to share and talk about. So, not only do you get the regular tastes of Neon Brown, you also get Deca's. What a treat. Check it out. Free download through iTunes. Click the picture of Deca below.
Till next time,
Click The Image Below To Check Out The Denver Westword Articles