The House List is a casual, long-form conversational show by music industry veteran Peter Agoston. Agoston got his start on terrestrial radio in 1994 and from there set off on a long journey that continues to this day. Years spent contributing print writing and photography for the likes of Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Source, Miami New Times, Wax Poetics and more. He also spearheaded an influential boutique record label and video magazine. For over the last decade he has worked as a booking agent. This podcast is a long-running return to form, as an interviewer. Book 'The House List' live: email@example.com. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.
Ep. 146 - DJ Kid Slizzard - SMK: Bass in Ya Face
SMK is a genius producer whose widespread and often hidden influence across underground and mainstream rap and r&b has yet to be fully documented. He produced the early seminal singles of Al Kapone and Indo & Lil Blunt's full-length for Luke Records and through his contributions to Devante Swing's Da Bassment Crew massively influenced a nascent Timbaland. He's known to be the hidden author of Tupac's "Bring Da Pain" beat and in that cut you can hear his signature psychedelia - interwoven bells in visceral syncopation over a foundation of kinetic bass. It was Jazze Pha and his Bar-Kay father who brought him from West Palm Beach to Memphis where his style exploded after being introduced to the local "Get Buck" dance and sound at Studio G on Beale St. He went on to become probably the most adept re-appropriator of the Triggaman bells on record.
This mix spans at least 30 years of his career and features Skinny Pimp, Al Kapone, Indo G & Lil Blunt, Brother Marquis and many more. As many tracks come from digi-only SMK releases that omit vocalist credits, I just omitted all the credits. (Some of those tracks themselves omit the vocalists, e.g. instrumentals from King JC tapes).
As for me, I'm a music/video/visual/word collage artist based in Ann Arbor, MI. I first got into thug rap from hearing "Ha" by Juvenile on the radio in Atlanta, then was introduced to bounce music via taped Q93 broadcasts when, in high school, I was in a band with Matt Miller, author of "Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans" and director of "Ya Heard Me". Years later I continued the pursuit of underground southern rap through the blog "Twankle & Glisten", posting mixes there as "DJ Kid Slizzard", the last of which eventually reached you (and, amazingly, made money to feed Memphis's hungry) - DJ Kid Slizzard
here is the track listing - please spread the word....
Gangsta Walk (Show)
Fuck All Yall
Bottom Boi Style - Brother Marquis
Real N****z Don’t Play
It’z Da Beat
Somethin’ Ta Ride To
Strictly For Da G’s
Take Em On A Drive By
Lyrical Drive By
Handle Ya Businezz
Bring Da Drama
Da Gangster Walk
Tired Of Being A Bitch
Kickin It With Skinny Pimp
Pop That Puzzy
Take Da Ghetto
Another Riot (remix) II
Think like a G
Punk Ass N***a
Bass In Ya Face
Ep. 145 - Memphi$ Jone$ - Top That
My man DJ Memphi$ Jone$ just delivered a hot and pipin' freshly cooked mix crossing all things FUNK. Quite literally it was delivered - in the mail on a compact disc - directly from one of the funkiest towns around: Memphis, TN. No, we won't let technology hold us back! The collection runs deep, he's been collecting incredible pieces of vinyl for years and years. I connected with him through Egon, and we did a very memorable night out there with Dam-Funk back in 2009. But my guy out in AZ named Smite was telling me about Chad's label Memphix Record label back in the 90's (look that one up too). He's a DJ, curator, collector and this mix is exactly what you need to enjoy the rest of the Summer with. Dig on this, pass it along to any Funk aficionados far and wide. If yr on IG - follow him @silkyvincent - he posts some dope records.
Ep. 144 - Omid Walizadeh - SEDAH
Tehrangeles meets Project Blowed beats meets Iran, Egypt, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey & Afghanistan
Ep. 143 - House of Phat Beats feat Souls of Mischief - 9/21/95 KVRX 91.7FM
College radio holds as special place in my heart. A non-commercial student run control room is my *happy place*. Records scribbled all over, racks of carts that haven’t been touched in ages, dust balls floating while local rappers freestyle their asses off late at night to a captive audience usually sitting in cars, parking lots and living rooms drinking 40’s and fingers crossed taping it all. At least that’s my vision of it. This episode of the is an offering of just that from 25 years ago (original recorded on cassette). On September 21st 1995 from the campus of the University of Texas in Austin in broadcast studios of student radio station 91.7FM KVRX on it’s greatest weekly export the House of Phat Beats show with Les aka DJ Lil Tiger and Kari Orr aka Koolaid. You may be wondering how I came to find this show and these guys, well I’m glad you asked. It’s because of rec.music.hiphop an accent early-internet forum of many decades ago - Kari Orr was respected voice amongst a gaggle of angsty teenaged Rap opinion-havers while his partner in radio Les would post their radio show playlists weekly. Back then we all were eager students in the tape trade - largely informed by Stretch & Bobbito and The Wake Up Show among other hip-hop radio in major cities. Sharing joints especially if it was unknown, unreleased or rare. Show after show 'House of Phat Beats' were an exemplary example of this. On this recording we’re blessed with an off the cuff freestyle appearance by Souls of Mischief, in Austin promoting their then sophomore album No Man’s Land. Appearances by Tee Double, Mad One, among others! Listen to this like you would the radio in the mid 90’s even if you weren’t alive in the mid 90’s. The volume jumps a bit up and down, stay close to the volume button aka knob. Most importantly, enjoy this letter from the old school, just for you. Les remembers "We had two turntables in the control room, but they were wired to run remotely through two channels on the large control board where we managed all the other machines (CD players, minidisc players, cart players, cassette decks). We had no DJ at the show. We just played tunes, and worked with what we had". I'll post the tracklist on my IG @culturama
Ep. 142 - DJ Nikoless (Kevin Beacham) - Production Credits: Showbiz (DJ Mix)
This very special mix (recorded in '98/99 but never previously released) was done by Kevin Beacham (A.K.A DJ Nikoless) in his words "is definitely dedicated to the amazing, and what I feel are slept on skills of, the great Showbiz. His tracks were always raw and stripped down with banging drums and nice melodies. I've always considered him one of my all time favorites since early on in his career, so much respect and appreciation for years of dedication to the craft of quality beat making. It features some guest scratching/turntablism from two of my good friends, DJ Pratt & DJ Precyse. This is also dedicated to Big L (R.I.P)"
1)Introduction (Medicine Inst & You Know Now Inst) w/DJ Precyse on the cut!
2)Check It Out-Show & A.G.
3)Q & A-Show & A.G. w/ Ghetto Dwellas
4)Get Dirty-Ghetto Dwellas
5)Who's It On-The Legion w/Show & A.G.
6)N S E W Remix-Black Sheep (w/I'm No The One Instrumental Blend)
7)Wishful Thinking-Big Pun w/Kool G Rap, Fat Joe, & B Real
8)The Ultimate Remix-The Artifacts (w/DJ Pratt Beat Juggle)
9)Mind I C Mine-Scramanga
10)Time For.... (Demo Version)-Show & A.G.
11)Confrontations-Organized Konfusion (w/You Want It inst)
12)The Crow-O.C. (w/The Session Inst & Represent The Real Hip Hop Inst)
13)Breakfeast At Denny's Remix-Buckshot Lefonque (Bonus Cuts By DJ Precyse)
15)All Out-Show & A.G.
16)Yes You May Remix-Lord Finesse w/Big L [Remixed By T Ray] (R.I.P BIg L)
17)It's Up To You-Show & A.G. w/Lord Finesse
18)A Lil Sumpin-Lord Finesse
19)Soul Clap-Show & A.G. [Co Produced By Diamond D]
20)It's My Turn [DJ Nikoless Beat Blend Remix]-Uptown (w/Bring It On Rmx Inst)
21)Never Less Than Ill-Show & A.G.
22)A Friend-KRS One
23)Parental Discretion-Big Pun w/Busta Rhymes
24)Stone To The Bone-Big Jaz
25)Freestyle-Funkmaster Flex Presents Jay Z (Stages & Lights Inst)
26)I Don't Understand It-Big L
27)Represent-Show & A.G. w/Lord Finesse, Ice Water Deshawn, & Big L
28)Hands In The AIr-Lord Finesse
29)Fine Tune Da Mic-Maestro Fresh Wes w/Showbiz
30)Stand Strong-Show & A.G. (w/Dignified Soldiers Inst)
31)More Than One Way Out Of The Ghetto-Show & A.G.
32)Drop It Heavy-Show & A.G. w/Big Pun & KRS One
33)Neighborhood Sickness-Show & A.G. w/Pary Arti
34)Themes, Dreams, & Schemes-D.I.T.C
35)Feel The Vibe-Diamond D w/Showbiz
36)Mic Mechanism-Maestro Fresh Wes
37)Set It Off-Lord Finesse
38)Return Of The Funkyman-Lord Finesse
39)Giant In The Mental-Show & A.G.
40)Party Groove Inst (w/Showbiz Verses: Hold Ya Head, Fat Pockets, & Silence
41)Devils Son-Big L
42)Fire Water-Fat Joe w/Raekwon, Big Pun & Armageddon
Ep. 141 - Brand Nubian - Live in Bozeman, MT - 10/6/2006
There is no denying the soulfully unflinching personal style Brand Nubian’s songbook has made on folks, an impression whose message and lyrics from as far back as 1990 remain just as poignant, if not more today, that when they first were made. Close to being lost for good this episode is a recently re-discovered, never heard before live concert of Brand Nubian (as duo, Lord Jamar and Sadat X) with myself DJing in of all places: Bozeman, Montana, as of now, 14 years ago on: Oct 6th, 2006. A disposable-camera snapshot in time. 2006 was an at times frantic year for Sadat X and myself. My then record label Female Fun was forced to shutter after a once, albeit briefly fluid distribution abruptly stopped after that company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Forcing me to release our follow up to the phenomenal Experience & Education on a onetime-only imprint I created named after X’s onetime address, Riverside Drive Records. In Jan we toured Experience-material extensively in Europe (w/ Greg Nice and Ge-ology) once we returned we spent the next 6 months making Black October. So much so, that by that October - Sadat, Jamar and I were back on the road touring America’s Northwestern saloons as Brand Nubian performing 2nd (In God We Trust) and 3rd (Everything Is Everything) album classics with bits of new material. The live show is raw, on fire, loose and amazing. This is essential listening for any fan of Brand Nubian. I’m so grateful I found the audio and can share it. We had a lot of fun back then, I got endless respect for Sadat, Jamar, Grand Puba and all the extended Nubian family I got to met and hang with during that era (Alamo, Mark Da Spark, Sincere, Stud, Starr (RIP)). Please repost this freely on Soundcloud!
Brand Nubian Live in Bozeman, MT - 10.6.06 - Concert Tracklist:
Allah U Akbar
All For One
Steal Ya Hoe
Love Me or Leave Me Alone
Word Is Bond
Back Up Off The Wall
Million Dollar Deal
Wake Up / The Sun
Pass The Gat
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