Nowness on Rick Rubin

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Nowness ran a really cool piece earlier this month about Rick Rubin. Rubin is one of the original players in Def Jam records during the era of DMC and Beastie Boys. Says Nowness:

The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C.

Peep the vid below:

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality
on Nowness.com.

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audio goodness– grand national

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Another British outfit this week. Grand National is a two man show with a pretty broad spectrum of sound. They have everything from repurposed ska tracks, to straight up club banger dance music. The track that I’m sharing falls somewhere in between. It is called “Talk Amongst Yourselves.” Check it.

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audio goodness– xx

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If you are like me, then you have been waiting with baited breath for The XX to release some new music for quite a while now. Their self titled (and first) album was released in 2009.I was pretty stoked to see this vid today from the forthcoming album “Coexist.” The track is entitled “Angels” and features only Romy’s vocals. Check it–