Thursday, October 8, 2020

LOOKBACK: YUNG MISS - IT'S COMPLICATED


 This is some of the most effectively sexy and melodic IE neo-soul records I’ve ever heard. It’s really sophisticated how it covers familiar territory of love and intimacy without sounding boring or repetitive.



One, the writing is full of sensory evocation and adult addressing of feelings in a way that is really appealing and resonant. Two, the production and vocal quality buttresses this piece in its undeniability.


Guest appearances from Curtiss King, Pheo, Ric Rahk, Dee Simone and others hit perfectly. This now about 2 year old 8 track album is brief and very worth revisiting.


Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

Monday, September 14, 2020

JAMINTHEVAN - RECKLESS VOYAGE


This piece is exactly what it sounds like but it delivers.

This minimalist masterpiece is musically satisfying with substantial twists and turns throughout. See the song go from electronic vibes to a full on rock jaminavan. I like the way the piece was shot as well, revealing exactly enough moment to moment, showing the viewer more of what's happening with this ensemble over time.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

RIP REK 1


     Image by Mota Vate (@motavate on Instagram and Twitter)

We lost a pillar of the arts community this week with the passing of Rek 1. Many knew him as the founder and host of The Unity Project, his brand for throwing hip-hop shows and events in addition to beloved father and friend. I would describe myself as a friendly acquaintance who had very limited interaction with the man ultimately but to me he was one of the Inland Desert’s last priests of boom-bap. I entered this community somewhat through MC Lyfe’s Sunny Days & Vibes showcase so when SDAV show frequency diminished, Rek 1 filled that vacuum with creative ideas like mixtape compilations, benefit shows, producer/beat-maker team-ups and more. In retrospect, he was part of a movement of hip-hop Wynton Marsalises, defenders of the lost arts, appreciators and torch carriers for the Golden era and the art and artists he wanted to celebrate. He always valued artists, let them know it and ran his events with consideration for the audience and performers. It's fitting that he called his main brand The Unity Project, because it absolutely nurtured unity in the community. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say his loved ones and family are in my thoughts, watch this space for announcements on benefits and future projects celebrating his legacy and benefiting his family. 

 His family’s GoFundMe page can be found here.

Information regarding a memorial car wash and cruise on the poster below, I first saw it on Bside Show's instagram but have seen other friends of Rek's share it since as well:


 Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

RIP C-LO G

RIP to C-Lo G, a beloved San Bernardino area hip-hop aficionado, DJ, designer, friend and much more who passed away this last week.

He is mourned by a range of friends and family from the Inland Empire and beyond, all recounting his kindness and friendship.

I did not know him well but in every interaction I did have with him he was kind, helpful and friendly.

His family’s GoFundMe link is here 

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers


Sunday, May 17, 2020

ROCK IN THE IE: “MUDD” FROM RECKLESS VOYAGE



I can’t even believe how hard this song rocks.

Bluesy husky vocals are undergirded deftly by a muscular hard rock ensemble.

Sometimes rock is just confidence – the song is earthy and familiar yet totally exciting, catchy and satisfying simultaneously. I’m gonna need a larger project from this Fontana-derived group.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

Friday, February 7, 2020

15 VINYLS UNDER $30 TO BUY YOUR HONEY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY AT SERIOUS CARTOONS RECORDS AND TAPES


Yo, if you are not familiar with San Bernardino's sole record shop, get familiar. I've compiled here stuff I saw in the store THIS week that you can and should cop for your significant other for Valentine's Day before they get snatched up.









    They have multiple copies of this? Your girlfriend likes Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, trust me. Get this now.








       Aight it might be over 30 but somebody's bae wants this Rob Zombie vinyl.                                

You're welcome!


Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

Thursday, January 9, 2020

“loves company…” : write-up on INVISIBLE MISERY by CALMFIXUP

            “Shake them bones you’ll feel no sorrow / you may end up in a grave tomorrow”

The more I listen to the rock albums of my comrade in West Coast Avenging, Calmfixup, the more I feel like his singer-songwriter journey is a story of building emotional armor. His first album The Last Time I Start Over is this naked cry of the last moments of youth saying I’m still confused, I’m still figuring life out but I’m gonna be confident about it going forward.

His new record Invisible Misery is like Tony Stark built his armor – the lyrics are less nakedly vulnerable than the last album but they’re still honest, just with more craft. Meneses (the alter ego secret identity of Calmfixup) is a great singer who never falters but something I keep hearing from people is they want the vocals on these records louder.

Sonically, TLTISO reminds one of Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana while IM reminds me of the Beths and A Perfect Circle. Listening to his singer-songwriter arc over the years, Calmfix is like a petri dish of rock paradigms – it sounds to me like he has all the styles mastered and he gets to deploy them to express his own particular brand of thoughtful and plaintive poetry. The sound is bigger and more confident than ever before. The songs are catchy as hell from “Dubious” to the chill and hypnotic “Belle”. “Tad” is ominous, “Fell” is wonderfully poppy. The whole album is that strong albeit a bit brief – it’s a melodic tour de force with smart rhythm as ballast : witness the misery.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers