Cargo bikes: The new way to move kids, stuff and pizza
Portland, Ore., is ground zero, but working bicycles are catching on everywhere for people who want to leave their car in the garage.
THE SOUL DYNAMIC INSTAGRAM WEEKLY | 4.23.14
"Pretty as it Sounds"
It’s right in front of you. All you have to do is play. Even if you don’t know the keys, it was always about the adventure anyway. This week Katie Henry does what she does best — make life look beautiful. We recommend you do the same.
THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | 4.22.14
We’ve been known to rock a mixtape or two in our day, and throughout our time running this site we’ve covered a vast array of genres and topics churning out solid collections along the way. This is usually done & delivered through spotify after careful thought and discussion.
This week we have a special treat for you as our very own, Ditto Ramirez, broke out the turn-tables to hit us with this week’s mixtape, taking you through a journey of the Deep House variety. Put together in a tight little box and uploaded to soundcloud to be used as you see fit. It definitely has us dancing in our seats. Enjoy people.
- Full Disco Jacket (Dub Mix) - Carter Bros.
- Cream - Claptone
- Dancer - H.O.S.H
- The Giver - Duke Dumont
- So High (Hot Since 82 Remix) - Shadow Child
- Nightflow (Kenny Larkin Drama Mix) - La Fleur
- Haunted (Original Mix) - Hector
- Chords - Hot Since 82
- Disco on the Dance Floor - Kellerkind
- Requiem - Ten Walls
- Do It (Original Mix) - Edone, Bodden
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THE MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATE | 4.21.14
Today we’re all from Boston.
It’s been a year since the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon struck us all. One year later, we’re showing our resiliency, our toughness, our fortitude, by picking up and running again. Life’s not easy, but the lessons we learn from the people of Boston, their spirit, their ability to bounce back, are the lessons we all need to carry with us in this life.
Run your days like a marathon and we promise you won’t be disappointed, at worst you’ll suffer from a bit of impatience. Today we do it for Boston.
THE FRIDAY JUMPOFF | 4.18.14
Its been a week of recuperation as we’ve finally recovered from our west coast trip. Thanks to all those who came out and enjoyed the weather and fun time at this year’s Coachella with us - it was epic. For those of you about to jump into weekend 2, have fun, be safe we’ll be watching!
For those not fortunate to have Coachella in their lives right now here’s something to ease the pain in the form of a Friday Jumpoff.
We’ve made it to the weekend!
Coachella Does it Again
2014’s Coachella may have been the best yet.
A stellar combination of reunions, hot rising acts and classic Indio staples is what will make this one of the most memorable in recent memory. The beauty and downside to spending three glorious days in the sun — is that it lasts just long enough, but never is quite enough. She always leaves you wanting more. We give you our take on what we saw and what made us go nuts in the desert:
“CHROME – E – O –OOOOHHHH,” nothing gets you more in the mood for a set than this epic chant. Heard round the world, it’s akin to the Bat signal, once it’s out there, you know where you have to be, hero person. The duo’s perfecting their production too, layering in new tracks to the act nicely, as “Jealous (I Ain’t With it),” “Over Your Shoulder” and “Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi) all spurred the first huge dance party of the weekend at the Coachella Stage (Main Stage). Toro Y Moi added dope support on that last track making a special guest appearance, as this set officially jumped off Coachella 2014.
If you didn’t get the memo, the Australian DJ, Flume, is huge. Checking out his set at the Gobi stage was an exercise in the meaning of up close and personal, as the only way you we’re going to see him was by making nice with your neighbors. It felt like in that moment, all of Coachella was there. This reminded of Ratatat and 2 Chainz in recent years, artists too big for respective the stage they were playing. And even though you find a decent place to park your behind, the set was amazing. Do yourself a favor and see him, you won’t be disappointed. Promise.
Outkast was the show stopper head banger of the eve. Several acts made a run for best of the festival, but on Day One — no one was better despite what you may have read. Getting the party started with “B.O.B” the boys from Atlanta didn’t stop. Well, until they brought out the rapper Future, killing the momentum they had built up to that point. Not that he wasn’t good, but for the time and place, the move was unnecessary. After a couple tracks from him, order was restored as Outkast finished out their set with “Elevators,” “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move,” and “Hey Ya!” Throughout the set you could hear Andre 3000 asking to be turned up in the monitor, so it wasn’t their cleanest outing by any means, but when the boys were in it, they were in it and the crowd responded likewise. The fact that these two hadn’t played together in almost a decade and still managed to drop legendary tracks in such an energetic and upholding nostalgia kind of way, put it up as the day’s number one. Even if the haters didn’t cut em any slack.
NOTABLES: Deorro, Aloe Blacc, Gareth Emery, Broken Bells, Hot Since 82
Another notable reunion was the super rad Coachella return of the Pixies, who came back to the festival after a 10 year hiatus. For anyone who doesn’t know them (Yes they were without original founder Kim Deal), study up. Their brand of alt indie surf rock was on full display Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. Rocking through classics like “Bone Machine” and “Where is My Mind (peep the video),” the Pixies reminded young and old alike of just who they were and that they’re certainly not going anywhere anytime soon.
What can you say about Pharrell? Just when we thought the party couldn’t get any more live than Outkast’s set the night before, Mr. “Happy” himself made it known his set was going to be on full blast from the get. Incorporating hot tracks like “Brand New” and “Hunter,” no crowd danced their ass off more. And once he had everyone going on that Girl action, he turned our time with him into a star studded event, with guest appearances that have at one point commanded their own set times. From Snoop Dog to Busta Ryhmes, Nelly to Gwen Stefani, all of Indio vibed hard from 10:35 - 11:35pm. All that was missing was a cameo from the robots. Watch out Weekend Two, that’s going to happen.
Nas closed out this night with an impeccable performance of Illmatic. Celebrating 20 years of it’s release, he dropped classics like “Halftime,” “The World is Yours” and “It ain’t Hard to Tell” to a super knowledgeable crowd. If that wasn’t enough, HOVA (Jay-Z) himself came to perform “Dead Presidents II” solidifying the bond between two of the genres all-time heavyweights. Make sure to check out the Illmatic documentary that dropped this week as well. The shit was historic.
NOTABLES: City and Colour, Kid Cudi, Sleigh Bells, Future Islands, RL Grime GTA, Dillion Francis, Fatboy Slim Capital Cities , the Head and the Heart
After two days of bands bringing all they had, the Sunday bands were jealous. The entire day had a Saturday vibe to it.
Calvin Harris absolutely destroyed it. In my 6 years coming here, I’ve never seen an artist have more people at the Main stage moving all at the same time. Absolutely Incredible. People who were watching other sets, were compelled to leave once Calvin dropped his sick beats and baselines during Chella twilight. I was one of them, as I was checking out Little Dragon, when Calvin came calling. He made all of Indio groove.
Beck was amazing as always and went on a cool nostalgic rant on how he was one of the headliners of the first Coachella back in 1999. It was a lineup that featured Rage Against the Machine, Tool and the Chemical Brothers. It says a tremendous amount about Beck, that 15 years later, the man is still commanding this type of attention. He wears staying power so well.
In 2011, we witnessed a historic Arcade Fire set. Fresh off winning their Grammy for The Suburbs and en-route to becoming the huge success they are today, they played arguable the best Coachella sets of all-time to one of it’s largest crowds ever. Sunday history repeated itself. I’ll admit Reflektor isn’t my favorite album and having seen them perform it at CMJ when they hadn’t really had time to polish it, made me a tad skeptical of how it would play out in the festival format. Best performance of the weekend. Hands down. Kicking off with “Reflektor,” bobbing and weaving through early catalog sounds like “Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)” and “Rebellion (Lies)” and back to Suburbs tracks again, it was the perfect arrangement of music. Never should of doubted them, it’s what Arcade Fire does. They are the consonant professionals, only proving that with the addition of their new conga band-mates. Just when you thought they couldn’t elevate their sound, they did. Bringing out Debbie Harry to play the Blondie cover “Heart of Glass” and Arcade Fire staple “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”, they finished off what I saw as their most complete set yet. All of it due to now having Reflektor in their arsenal. And after all was said and done, they went down into the crowd with the Preservation Jazz Hall band to do an acoustic version of “Wake Up.” They would.
NOTABLES: Showtek, Krewella, Rudimental, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Little Dragon, Flosstradamus, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Motorhead, Duck Sauce
Final thought. Both Win Butler and Beck ripped on the festival on Sunday, talking about how corporations and the rise of the VIP experience are taking away from what Coachella is about. Butler even gave a “Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival.” A definite dig to the EDM productions that are becoming more and more prevalent in Indio year after year. And part of what they’re saying is right. But it’s honestly where music is going, where it’s been going for some time. EDM is the new Hip-Hop, in the sense that it will define a generation of music lovers. It brings in money and it’s what young people are listening to by the masses. It’s altered the landscape and that is what music is ultimately about, change. It’s not about what’s better, or what’s worse – it’s about what’s now. EDM is now. Lucky for musicians like Arcade Fire and Beck, they’re still now too. And that’s the beauty of what Coachella does, it brings people together. Kind of like music. Until next year people.
Photographers | Rene Ramirez + Steve Adkins
THE SOUL DYNAMIC INSTAGRAM WEEKLY | 4.16.14
It might be the blues but it touches the soul in a real way. Honest without judgement and ready for you to let it in.
THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | 4.10.14
Sunday. Almost always our favorite day. Days one and two have taken it’s toll on you, but the true spirit of what Coachella is about lives on God’s day. Thank you Jesus. Arcade Fire, Little Dragon, Ratking, Beck and a whole slew of ridiculous acts make this day the best. Sunday’s are built for the hard chill. Listen up, check out today’s mix and let the Coachella Snail help you take back Sunday. Remember, we’re here for you, for all your Coachella needs. Friday, Saturday and like we said, Sunday. See you tomorrow!
Coachella 2014 - Day 3 | A Soul Dynamic Playlist
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After a 7 year hiatus, is Outkast still Stanktastic?
Coachella is the mother of everything that looks, smells, or even slightly resembles a reunion. Read list here please: Iggy and the Stooges, Pixies (playing this year as well suckas), Refused, At the Drive In, Rage Against the Machine, Pavement — all have dawned mid-April Indio comebacks. Now adding two of hip-hops finest to this list is nothing short of dope. But, can two of the coolest cats who ever hit the scene still perform at a peak level? Let’s talk.
"Yo, who the hell is Outkast and what are they doing headlining Coachella?” To the astonishment of my feelers, when the news broke that Andre 3000 and Big Boi were prepping to run it back for the 2014 rendition of Coachella, this lack of knowledge “rhetoric” was all over the net. Still is. In short, almost 20 years to the day, a couple of kids from Atlanta, GA, helped make Southern Hip-Hop relevant by introducing the brand new sound to the masses in the form of dropping the album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Go on, you can say it, annunciate.
What came after, was a trajectory straight to stardom. The groundbreaking records ATLiens, Aquemini and Stankonia, invaded the lives of all hip-hop heads and beyond, elevating the genre to new heights while outputting a vibe that hasn’t been heard since. It was like that. Somehow though, there’s a lost generation out here who still doesn’t know who Outkast is, who for some reason, have the uninformed nerve to question their status. It’s cool though, I’m not here to rip on you. Though not knowing them is the equivalent to not knowing the Beatles, Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Wu-Tang, Skrillex; context, I’m going to stop. Their eccentric type of lyrical flow, afro + futuristic funk and beatastic energy ranks them among hip-hop’s all time greats. Absolute truth homies, just ask our boys Joeybadass and ASAP Rocky. They won’t tell ya any different.
"But can he (they) rap?" Now that I’ve solidified their musical position, how will they rock the stage? Having seen Big Boi rip shit up during the Outkast hiatus, his performances have only made me want this reunion more. Not because they weren’t good, they we’re amazing, but knowing that the Sundance Kid is out there gunslinging alone without Butch, is like pulling off the big heist only to get busted by the authorities before setting foot on the getaway plane. No payoff. Unacceptable.
Let’s be honest here, at the core of who Andre 3000 is, he is ultimately a performer. Most duo’s aren’t ever as good without their proper counter part. Sonny + Cher, Pippen + Jordan, George W +, no. And if you know anything about performers, they’re at their best when the spotlight is shinning. Well, that light is super fucking bright at this moment. If you have any doubt whatsoever that Outkast won’t come through in the clutch, best check the doubt at the door. Cause come Friday, the ATL is going to obliterate Coachella in a historic way. Even if you don’t agree, I know one thing is for sure — you’ll be watching.
THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | 4.9.14
And the mixtapes keep coming — this is getting fun! Today we’re previewing Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. Here are the sounds you’ll be jamming to on the polo fields, again introduced to you by our friend, Do Lab, the Coachella Snail. Two Days…can you feel it?!
Coachella 2014 - Day 2 | A Soul Dynamic Playlist
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THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | 4.8.14
Yesterday we set ya up with the 12 Must Watch Acts you need to catch at this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival. And today we’re going more in depth the way The Soul Dynamic likes to get it in, by hitting ya with the first in a series of mixtapes of artists playing this year’s festival. Introduced to you by our friend, Do Lab, the Coachella Snail. Enjoy…see you in the desert in a few days!
Coachella 2014 - Day 1 | A Soul Dynamic Playlist
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Deltron 3030 | Dynamic Show Review | FTL
How future raps took us back to classic vibes and golden era memories
The event took place more than one thousand years in the future, but it was more reminiscent of a golden age than anything else. A time warped lesson in mic skills mixed in a cloud of smoke and the jazz-laden vinyl scratches that welcomed us when we arrived. This was the scene at last Thursday night’s Deltron 3030 show at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale.
The group consisting of Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator, and Kid Koala were in town promoting the recent release of their new album Event II and for any hip-hop head that grew up in the 90’s and the early 2000’s fond memories get brought up the minute you push play and hear Damon Albarn’s voice as he narrates the first track “State of the Nation,” on the original Deltron 3030 album. It’s one of those things that we’ve had stuck in our heads for all these years, and it didn’t seem like we were the only ones, filtering a diverse crowd of older folks and younger onlookers - it’s always nice seeing the kids out appreciating the classics, it gives us hope for the future.
Kid Koala lead the charge into the night during the welcome reception, otherwise known as the opening act for most people. And for those who aren’t familiar with Koala’s work he definitely put on a show for those in attendance. Not too many times these days can you see a Dj spin real vinyl with three turntables. He absolutely dominated his routine, getting the crowd hyped, yelling out Oohs and Aahs, as he scratched in 90’s hip hop loops, jazz break beat records and 50’s instructional album samples into our slightly inebriated ears. This lead to a full on bird hands play-a-long dance party when he dropped his five year’s old favorite Koala jam, a song he made for the kids show Yo Gabba Gabba - this made the whole crowd happy.
After a solid warm-up it was time for the Main Event; accompanied by a full band the trio of, Deltron 3030, entered the stage guns a blazing opening with that title track off their first album and one of their most popular songs. This lead to overjoyed crowd participation as true adopters of the culture sang every word, and those unversed in the tales of Deltron Zero did their best to keep up.
Undoubtedly, like any reunion tour there’s going to be a fair amount familiarity to every show, and this was the case last Thursday. Not that it was a bad thing, but what newer acts bring in spontaneity and the unknown, older sets lack opting for a more standard uniformed approach. As the night went on Deltron 3030 touched on most of their popular catalog hitting through Mastermind, Virus and Memory Loss staying light on some newer material till the encore when they played “Do You Remember” featuring a makeshift poster-framed photo bombed version of Jamie Cullum. This lead to Deltron 3030 closing the night with the Gorillaz hit “Clint Eastwood.”
For a fan it was a solid night out. And if we’re speaking the truth - Hip Hop has seen better days, and it’s current state has fans reeling, yearning for performances like the one we witnessed. Maybe it’s nostalgia, but cream always rises and we’d still take our heroes Deltron 3030 into battle any day. Even after ten years, some grey hairs and a mainstream audience that might not grasp the concept or are too young to recognize the effort. Well played gentleman…well played.
Writer + Photographer | Ditto RamirezSetlist:
- "Things You Can Do"
- "Positive Contact"
- "The Return"
- "City Rising from the Ashes"
- "Nobody Can"
- "Melding of the Minds"
- "The Agony"
- "Memory Loss" Encore:
- "Do You Remember"
- "Clint Eastwood"