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In 1998 a high school friend of mine gave me a mixtape of rare underground hip hop I had never heard before. She had a friend from NYC that made the tape for her and she passed it along to me. The tape blew my mind and I immediately started to search for who the artists were from the mix. As a result I discovered the classic albums “Book of Human Language” by Aceyalone and “Dr. Octagon” by Kool Keith along with many other legendary underground artists featured on this tape.

Mixcloud Original Tracklist:
01 T-Love – What’s My Name? (3/4)
02 Buck 65 – Untitled 4
03 Aceyalone- The Energy
04 Aceyalone- The Hurt
05 Latryx – The Bumpin Contraption (The Recalibration)
06 Eligh – Coincidence (To Find You)
07 Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) – Blue Flowers (Photek mix)
08 Chief Xcel, Gift of Gab, Lateef- Fully Charged On Planet X
09 The Grouch feat. Eligh – Neglected
10 Omid, Aceyalone & Self Jupiter – When the Sun Took a Day Off
11 Farm Fresh – I’ll Take You Home
12 Haiku De’tat (Myka 9, Abstract Rude & Aceyalone) – Still Rappin
13 Siah – Repetition
14 Abstract Tribe Unique – Yesterday and Today
15 Sir Menelik – Physical Jewels (DJ Red remix)
16 Freestyle Fellowship – Convolutions
17 ???

Youtube Tracklist Modified Due to Copyrights:
01 T-Love – What’s My Name? (3/4)
02 Siah – Pyrite
03 Aceyalone- The Energy
04 Aceyalone- The Hurt
05 Latryx – The Bumpin Contraption (The Recalibration)
06 Mystik Journeymen – Piano Lesson
07 Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) – Blue Flowers (Photek mix)
08 Chief Xcel, Gift of Gab, Lateef- Fully Charged On Planet X
09 Omid, Aceyalone & Self Jupiter – When the Sun Took a Day Off
10 Farm Fresh – I’ll Take You Home
11 Haiku De’tat (Myka 9, Abstract Rude & Aceyalone) – Still Rappin
12 Siah – Repetition
13 Abstract Tribe Unique – Yesterday and Today
14 Sir Menelik – Physical Jewels (DJ Red remix)
15 Freestyle Fellowship – Convolutions
16 ???

In 2011 Stainless Steele did two live sets on @RWDFM Web radio from @FLOTEbeats crib in Philly. It’s some of his fav material from that time so he pressed 25 copies on tape.

Limited edition of 25, professionally dubbed fluorescent pink cassette with orange and pink case. Buy here

Includes two bonus tracks (cassette only):

  1. Reinvented Time feat. MK Ultra Lord produced by Ghost McGrady
  2. Pictures of the Impossible feat. Maf Maddix produced by Zenios

GarfunkleA Fish That Noticed the Water is my first full-length vocal project, despite releasing my first vocal tracks on Splash in 2003 and a handful of tracks and verses between then and now. The album is a result of collaborations and re-connections with Stainless Steele and DJ Image (the other two-thirds of Headpiece, along with myself) and PT Cream along with my own solo basement recording sessions. The inspirations behind the album have been present in the various instrumental projects I’ve released over the past decade and a half or so, but are made more explicit in the lyrics on this album.

The production on the album ranges from the fairly straight-forward beats on ‘Unless and Until’ and ‘Well Then What Man What’ to the more abstract and loose production on ‘No Really It’s Nothing’ and the denser music on ‘Non-Euclidian Geometry.’ The album opens staring at the nothingness behind the eyelids and aiming to see both that nothingness (and what’s underneath it) and closing with a recognition of the organisms swimming there in that apparent blankness.

How’s the water?


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released January 7, 2022

All songs produced by Garfunkle except where indicated
All cuts by DJ Image
Additional Keys on Tracks 1 and 11 by Garfunkle
Alternate version of Track 10 on ‘Nothing is Revealed’ from Headpiece (Extra Lovely Records, EL017)
Alternate versions of Tracks 4 and 11 on ‘No Sunsets in Her MakeUp Room’ from DJ Image
Cover Artwork by Tai
Mixing and Mastering by Stainless Steele except tracks 8 and 10 mixed and mastered (to the extent those words apply here) by Garfunkle
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The Headpiece trio is Ben Gray (Garfunkle), Vincent Smaldone (DJ Image) and Brian Steele (Stainless Steele).

All three members grew up in the same small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ben Gray and Brian Steele recorded a demo EP together circa 1996 as the Navigators. Steele and DJ Image started making music together a few years later around 2000 and released an album titled Mind State of the Art in 2003.

Ben Gray taught himself to play the keys while in college and began recording solo instrumental albums as Garfunkle.

DJ Image solidified himself as a world-class DJ and toured with Slick Rick and Raekwon. Image is constantly sharpening his skills and producing in his home recording studio. He put out a solo turntablist album under the alias Cropsy called Love Weather Dinner Party in 2016.

Brian ‘Stainless’ Steele released various solo albums from 2008 – 2015 and founded Extra Lovely Records in 2015.

Throughout the years the three members kept in regular contact, working on songs and sending files back and forth to collaborate. This album, “Nothing is Revealed” is the most recent material from the group and the first official album as Headpiece. It was created mostly during the Covid Pandemic while Steele was living in California, Ben Gray in St. Louis and DJ Image in Pennsylvania.

We hope you enjoy! Zone out to the Headpiece trio ///

Purchase the digital album or limited edition cassette here

Ben Gray aka Garfunkle – Keys

Vincent Smaldone aka DJ Image – Turntables

Brian Steele aka Stainless Steele – MPC2000/Production

Track 06 features Kristin Lauer on French Horn
Track 08 features Sanji Diaz on Tenor Saxophone

Artwork by Hue Thi Hoffmaster
https://huethistudio.com/

All vinyl mix of 90s jazzy hip hop by Stainless Steele ///

  1. Andrew Hill – Lift Every Voice
  2. E.Bros – Funky Piano
  3. Ghetto Concept – EZ on the Motion
  4. Black Star feat. Black Thought – Respiration (Pete Rock remix)
  5. Lord Finesse – Hip to the Game Instrumental
  6. The Roots – Distortion to Static
  7. Slum Village – Fantastic
  8. De La Soul – Can’t Call It
  9. De La Soul – Itzsoweezee
  10. Slum Village – Untitled/Fantastic
  11. The Roots – Swept Away

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On 1.18.2020 Stainless Steele played an all vinyl DJ set for Smart Bomb in Oakland. The latest episode of Extra Lovely Radio is Steele’s set from that night. Originally aired on Pinata Radio out of Montpellier, France.

 

Garfunkle – the bio-engineering scientist by day and producer on the keys by night, returns with his new release “We Are Waves”.

Ursula K. Leguin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching includes some of her commentary along the way. “We are waves. It is the sea,” she wrote, It being capital-I It, the Way. (This commentary is on a verse that includes the line “To know harmony/ is to know what’s eternal.” Hmm.) This album, these songs, do not represent some sort of reduction of Taoist principles, but the process is – always – an attempt to lose the self in it (It?). The wave is clearly less than the sea, and yet the wave is the sea. These songs, the end result of letting what happens happen, are some solid joints, and I hope the joy of the process shines through here.

These were recorded in 2018 and 2019, and the album was finished as I prepared to move with my family, feeling very much tossed by the sea, and making every attempt to embrace the change and consider how the sea’s waves are all essentially interconnected through the ocean, something vastly larger than any individual wave and that we know very little of.

I’ll also say that “we are waves” is a reference not only to Ursula K. Leguin’s commentary, but also to a fundamental physical truth about what we are. Some of that thinking pops up in “electrical output,” one of two tracks featuring vocal samples.

Well, this is all high-minded and I mean it as well as plenty more where words fail. Thirteen jams, held together as an all-but-completely instrumental album that I hope you’ll enjoy.

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Extra Lovely Radio episode 2 aired on Pinta Radio out of Montpellier, France on 3.4.19 ///

 

Extra Lovely Long Sleeve Shirts are now available at our bandcamp. White or black shirt with cassette tape combo $30 special! ///

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SeekersInternationalBlack Mazda Soundclash (Trailer) ///

Duppy GunMiro Tape (Bokeh Versions) ///

Jimi TenorQuantum Connection ///



Tokayo Tokayo (Akashik Records) ///


KOKOKOWe Are KOKOKO ///

Jeremiah JaeWhen Daffi Attacks ///



LabtekwonKHUNSU ///



Sacred AviaryCoconut Dot Matrix ///

MedlineWild Sour feat. Stainless Steele ///

House ShoesMagic (Dublab radio show 4.27.17) w/ Swarvy ///

FuzzoscopeEarwax Shelf Life (Vinyl/Cassette compilation) ///

Suzi AnalogueZONEZ V.3 ///

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Madlib began Yesterdays New Quintet in 2000, releasing the album Angles Without Edges in 2001. As the group progressed, a plan was developed for each of the band members to release “solo” records and to introduce new members and groups into what would be called “Yesterdays Universe”. Stones Throw Records recently uploaded some of the essential Yesterday’s New Quintet releases to their bandcamp. We thought our followers would enjoy discovering or revisiting these amazing pieces that are now available for streaming.




Earl Sweatshirt & KnxwledgeStay Inside Episode #5 (Red bull Radio) ///

Kadhja BonetThe Visitors ///


BeatPeteLive At Home (KMAH Radio 11/27/16) ///

Shamon CassetteBlack Agassi (Ill Catz Records) ///

Prof.LogikWalking Flag of Ethiopia (Godsconnect video) ///

10th LetterThe Revenge ///

The Gaslamp KillerInstrumentalepathy ///

mieksneakBOTANICAL ///

GarfunkleElephant Noise (EL007 promo video)

The Fawbak ExperimentThird Space EP (My Bags cassette release) ///


UffeWhose Life ///


J&L DeferNo Map ///