The Numero Group’s Ken Shipley (left) and Rob Sevier (right) at the Rock Shop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Daymon Gardner)
Diggin’ Beyond the Crates.
“The world’s greatest reissue label,” The Numero Group, will stop at nothing to find a rare groove, even if it means going door to door. A look at how at how obsession, dedication and a love for music has unearthed obscure gems for the world to enjoy. By David Peisner.
[ Spin ]
Interview: Flying Lotus.
“I used to be really into traditional meditation, but I found that creating new music is the best meditation.” The producer extraordinaire talks new album, Dirty South beats, and how he’d really like to work with Drake or Weezy. (No, really.) By Ian Cohen.
[ Pitchfork ]
Japanese Collectors Face a Record Shortage of Obscure Music.
The Land of the Rising Sun craves ’80s hair metal, sweet syrupy pop ala Debbie Gibson, and the Rolling Stones’ 1986 Dirty Work album. By Neil Shah.
[ Wall Street Journal ]
Producer’s Corner: Just Blaze Explains Reconnecting With Freeway, Recalls First Sessions With Eminem.
The super producer is hush about that Jay Electronica Act II LP, but clears the air about his working friendship with the Philly Freezer, unreleased Em music, and offers up free advice: “Good relationships, good energy and good business will always afford you good opportunities.” By Melanie Cornish
[ HipHopDX ]
The Colossus of New York: Jay-Z ushers in a new Brooklyn era at the Barclays Center.
First hand account by Hua Hsu of Hov’s opening night at the Barclays Center, and why it felt special.
[ Grantland ]
The 10 Best Murder Ballads.
Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and the rest on this list really bodied these songs. By Brendan Klinkenberg.
[ Pigeons and Planes ]