Off Top! Adam Deitch and Headnodic Connect On “First Takes” Album [Premiere/Free Download]

first_imgDrummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch and Crown City Rockers founder Headnodic have connected on a ground-breaking new album of analog-future hip-hop entitled First Takes. With an avant-garde approach to creativity and recording, coupled with a shared affinity for the golden-era of Boom-Bap, this dynamic duet has the power to usher in a new exploratory era in beat-making. By embracing a no-rules philosophy First Takes has Deitch and Headnodic reimagining the (former) limits of hip-hop production, employing improvisation as a state of mind.Download the record here, and check out a review and interview below.“T’s Departure” is 1970’s blaxploitation vibe personified, a hard-driving funk groove thumping beneath dramatic strings and a big swirling hook. “King’s Town” transports you to the yardie spot, an organic, bare bones romp through the jazzy dancehall, runnin’ tings with rudebwoy swagger, as Deitch’s jungle rimshots and astounding hi-hat sizzle set a frenetic pace. Headnodic matches colors and sonics with Blunted in the Bomb Shelter-type aplomb. “Data Decimator” unleashes tribalized b-boy riddims with a nod to DJ Shadow, while at the same time hopping the pond to dip in the slowly oozing late 90’s Bristol UK Trip Hop ethos.The tragically short “Swivel” is a Creed Taylor wet dream, with luscious boom-bap breaks, Bob James Rhodes action, Headnodic bringing a flair for flamboyant like his name was Big L. “Neferttiti’s Theme” unveils a grown n’ sexy, the vibe akin to the Madlib Blue Note rare groove old-school; yet Headnodic’s lyrical, musical approach to on-the-fly sample-craftmanship, and the resulting future bass madness, undermines any period specific elements by catapulting the listener to newfound galaxies in sound.“Wamp Rats” is a class in new school blues, a track that locks into an undeniably hip hop format, only to be sliced to shreds with an eargasmic harmonica solo scratched to the surface by Pretty Lights turntable henchman Chris Karns. “The Stage” delivers the dearly departed Shaolin heyoka Ol’ Dirty Bastard to the forefront of a decidedly pimpadelic throwback sample, Headnodic spearheading an excursion to the depths of a chamber at once familiar yet unclaimed. “Nyx” is a clear and present nod to a generation sublime; Pretty Lights Music and it’s ever-evolving diaspora. A classic kick-snare Deitch beat powers the emotional, colorful lament filled with wah-wah guitars, triumphant horns, and soulful R&B crooning.With bombastic Adam Deitch beats storming the soundscape with both reckless abandon and military grade precision, the songs have more bounce to the ounce than your average quasi-loopdigga, or drunken-monkey beat tape. Headnodic’s exotic, imaginative sample collages, engineering mastery and a sixth sense for making heads bob like emergency brakes, the stage is serendipitously set for a wild ride to an even furthur side of lysergic synth dreaming. The duo can hang their fitteds (or five panel) on the fact that they have served the Blue Note and CTI legacies, showing love to Rudy Van Gelder, Creed Taylor, as well as the likes of Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights).Deitch and Headnodic have done Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Evil Dee, and countless other forefathers of the NY’s golden era proud, not to mention modern purveyors of sound design like DJ Shadow, Prefuse73 and Flying Lotus. A potent blend of sample-based collage culture, one-take studio magic betwixt virtuosos of the new millenium, and a chance capturing lightning in a bottle, First Takes is beyond merely just a successful mission; it is a tomorrow promised on this never-ending search for new land. On a day when we may need reminding of artistic and cultural freedom, principled bravery, and affirming ourselves a nation that holds one fact to be self evident: Deitch beats definitely don’t quit.Hot Takes with Berklee brothers in Boom-Bap: A Conversation with Adam Deitch and Headnodic. L4LM: Adam. Thanks for the making the time, and sliding L4LM this dope record for the premiere. Tell us more! Adam Deitch: I just did the album with Ethan (Headnodic). I went to Berklee with him back in the 90’s, he was the dopest producer, even way back then! Check the credits.[Founding member (and often producer and engineer) of the acclaimed Hip-Hop bands Mission: & Crown City Rockers. His career includes collaborations with indie Hip-Hop heavyweights MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, Zion I, Chali 2na, Moe Pope, Del The Funky Homosapien, & more. He is also one-third of the Hip-Hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef The Truth Speaker (Latryx).]L4LM: So you recently connected with him in the studio? AD: He put together a bunch of sampled loops, and then I recorded live drums on top. He then came back and added the live bass, moogs, and other sounds. All of my drum tracks were First Takes, thus the album title. Really thing the Pretty Lights kids will love this analog tasty treat.I would like to add that Headnodic was, to me, representing the new breed of musicians, who were also capable of producing records and had knowledge of samplers, sequencers, mixing techniques etc. as well as a deep understanding of many styles of Hip Hop. He is going to give you a greater understanding of how this project came together.[note: Deitch then connected L4LM to Headnodic, live and direct from the Bay Area.]L4LM: Ethan (Headnodic), thanks for making some time for Live for Live Music. Please tell us a bit about how you dreamt this up? And then brought it fruition? Adam is a very busy cat, always gigging, always moving. And you are out here on the West Coast, so couldn’t be easy. Headnodic: Adam’s band Lettuce was out here playing a several day run at the Fillmore in SF and I invited him to come record at my spot. I thought maybe I would get a handful of 2 bar drum breaks to loop up, maybe he’d track a full structured drum take to one of my “works in progress”, maybe even two.L4LM: I bet this session was a power hour personified. Tell us, what ended up going down when he came through? Headnodic: This dude came to my house with only an hour to play with (he was late for a flight to somewhere). Luckily, I prepped the night before and laid out a ProTools session with 15 or so beats that I had done (with the programmed drums muted). He walked in and we skipped the “hello hi” stuff, and he just threw on the headphones and sat down at the kit. The mics were prepped and the pre-amps were all warmed up. I hit play/record and the beat came on. What he did is what you hear on the record.L4LM: So it was like a jam session, with samples. And you just left them as is?Headnodic: I’m an editor and I love to chop and loop and fly and sample and yatta yatta, but I didn’t want to do sh*t to this drum take. It was game tight. By the time that song ended in his headphones, I had already slid the next one into the ProTools session and in real time he hit it in one take… Threw on another… First Take… Another… First Take… We only had an hour or so, but what he did is what you hear on the record… all first takes.L4LM: Philosophically, please tell our readers about what the First Takes record is all about. Kind of reminds me of Hov, just going in the booth, bars off top, letting it fly. Headnodic: I really wanted to produce this project with the feel of this session in mind. There’s a vibe to this collection of songs that stems from the narrative of it’s creation. This sh*t was live in the studio, dude was on fire and the excitement of that needed to stay on tape. Anything he played, I left as is.To structure the song, I edited the samples and instruments that I laid around his performance and even that editing was minimal. He naturally knew where my all of beats were going. A lot of that intuitive speak comes from the fact that we share the vocabulary of the same era of hip hop beats, but another good chunk of it is that I saw him play back in the late 90s when we were both at Berklee College in Boston and I began to steal his drum fills for the drum programming on my beats, so I’m guessing my tracks & arrangements felt a little like home for him.L4LM: The drums are mic’d so ILL. I mean, it’s has the juiciest, warmest analog feel, so loose and Jay Dee-drunk but still tight as nails. It goes so hard, too. How did you go about getting Adam to sound so right, Ethan?Headnodic: “I use a lot of mics on the kit, keep the drums dead and room dry, and spend a good amount of time dialing in the sound in post. Each track has a distinctly different sound and I wanted the drums to sit comfortably in each landscape, but I also wanted Adam to stick out in the mix and take a starring role. I made a bus of all of the room mics and overheads, and then another with the close mics with effects and coloration (a lot of gating & compression, but no sound replacer or anything like that). I then went back and forth with levels and side-chaining and all that good-good to really find the balance on each one. I go for that analog 70s feeling, and I’m glad you feel it came across on “tape”, but it’s actually all plugins and digital flim-flammerey. I pride myself on making stuff sound good on a budget.Our homie (drummer) Max MacVeety and I spent a good many dead-broke years experimenting with drums trying to make em sound like a million bucks.L4LM: Yes! Love Max. Got hip to him through Karl Denson but I know he runs with Lyrics Born these days. And he’s in that new D.J. Williams krewe Shots Fired! Shout out to Max MacVeety! Headnodic: As far as mixing, I pushed myself to keep the drums very human and push them way into the front. Often I’ll mix to get the Boom & Bap to dominate and it sets a pedestal for the emcee, but since this project is intentionally instrumental I wanted to let that polyrhythmic aspect of rhymes fall on the ghost note work on the snare and the hi-hat. Then push the Boom Bap back in a bit. It’s a delicate balance.”L4LM: Rest assured, every element is lining up right on this record. Great balance, on so many levels. There are a few features on the record. How did they come about? Headnodic: We were blessed with some amazing performances on this project. Chris Karns came in and laid down an amazing harmonica solo, made even more amazing when you take in the fact that he did with a turntable (it’ll make sense when you hear it). We also got some of my Crown City Rockers family Kat O1O & Raashan Ahmad as well as DJ Cutso (from the Bangerz) on a joint. As for the future, who knows? It’s just good to know that we only need an hour or so to get busy like this.L4LM: Adam Deitch, with some final thoughts on Headnodic, the First Takes album release (premiering on Live for Live Music), and the big question everyone wants to know: can the people hold out hope for some kind of live performances of this material with Ethan? AD: Most competent musicians I knew in the mid 90s weren’t even thinking of making their own tracks. Ethan was already doing that. His production aesthetic was an influence on my style of beats and it was a total honor for me to collaborate with him in this way. For this release, we decided to drop it for free, we were inspired by the “Pretty Lights method” of releasing music. And we absolutely will try to play a few shows in 2017 (schedules permitting).Words/Interview: B. GetzPhotos by John Coyne, Leo Docuyanan, B.a.D. PhotographyDon’t miss Adam Deitch pulling double duty at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise, playing with host band Lettuce as well as an exciting collaboration between Break Science and Manic Focus dubbed Manic Science. More information about the festival, which is held in St. Augustine, FL from March 31 – April 1, can be found here.last_img read more

KANSAS WHEAT FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – Thursday, July 9 – Friday, July 10

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 115th Kansas Wheat Festival schedule for Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 are listed below. For the full schedule click on the purple Kansas Wheat Festival ad on the right. Sumner Newscow will continue to have daily schedules throughout the week.*Schedule is subject to change*Thursday, July 9, 201510 a.m. Chamber Coffee-Daylight Donut Shop (Sponsored by GKN Aerospace).10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  NDGA Glass Museum Open House– 117 S. Washington.11:00 a.m. Future’s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited)11 – 2 p.m. Veteran’s Room – Open House – Memorial Auditorium, 208 N. Washington, Air Conditioned. Come see this new showcase of local history of Wellington area veterans. (Hosted by the Memorial Auditorium Board).11 a.m.- 2 p.m. — Sumner Heritage Alliance Exhibition- Memorial Auditorium, FREE and Open to the Public-Come visit with the communities best kept secrets and most knowledgeable historians and learn more about the great history of Sumner County and those working to preserve it. (Presented by the Sumner Heritage Alliance)1 p.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League- Seller’s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.2 p.m. — Mayor Cookie Jar Contest and Cookie Reception – Memorial Auditorium, Upper Level at Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB Office (City of Wellington).4 p.m. — CornerBank Cornerstone Award- CornerBank, 119 S. Washington, Come and cool off while CornerBank honors one of Wellington’s Best, Ty Sober of The Gold Corner.4:30 – 6:30 p.m. —Fundraiser Dinner for Cassidy Harriger to study abroad as and exchange student– Knights of Columbus building: BBQ Dinner. $7 per meal, donations accepted.5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Downtown Art Exhibit Open– 108 S Washington Ave (Edit. A Lifestyle Boutique). (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network)6 p.m. — Ottaway Carnival –$23 wristband special from 6-10 p.m.6 p.m. — Funcycles- Downtown Wellington,$.6 p.m. — D&L Train Rides– Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Sumner Communications, Panhandle Federal Credit Union, Colby Zeka Agency)6 p.m. — Cow Chip Throw- 100 Block of North Washington, Entry forms will be printed in the Wellington Daily News or available at the Chamber. (Presented by The Wellington Daily News)6:30 p.m. — Bed Races– Downtown Wellington-100 block of North Washington, Come cheer on your favorite team at this popular Wheat Festival competition as they compete for the coveted bed pan trophy! (Sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center)7:30 p.m.  —  WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, ID required for admittance, Caldwell Czech Chapter open until 11:30 p.m.8 p.m. — Jason Boyd is opening for Logan Mize (Sponsored by Security State Bank).9 p.m. —  Street Dance featuring Logan Mize. Main Stage on Washington St, in front of Memorial Auditorium 208. N. Washington. (Sponsored by Security State Bank). Friday, July 10, 20159 a.m. — Sidewalk Chalking- This is one time you are encouraged to draw on the sidewalks! Pre-registration is required. Entry forms available at the Chamber. (Sponsored by First United Methodist Church).9 a.m.— Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League-Seller’s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.9 a.m. — Sumner County 4-H Rabbit Show, Sellers Park (Presented by Sumner Co. Extension Office).10 a.m – 5 p.m. — Larry Steckline Ag Day Expo and Home Show at the Kansas Wheat Festival- Wellington High School (Sponsored by KWLS Radio). 11 a.m.  —  Future’s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited).11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. — Impact Bank Agriculture and Energy Lunch– High School.(Hosted by City Councilman Vince Wetta and Sponsored by Impact Bank)12:30 p.m. — Announcement of 2015 Wheat King- Heritage Park, (Sponsored by Renn & Co.)12:30 p.m. — KSN “Weather for Ag” program by Dave Freeman of KSN News at the Wellington High School Commons (Presented by KWLS Radio).1:15 p.m. — “Outlook for Grain & Livestock” program by K-State Dr. Daniel O’Brien at the Wellington High School Commons (Presented by KWLS Radio).1:30 p.m. — Perplexing Puzzle Contest- 500 N. Plum, Pre-registration is required.(Limit of 10 teams), Entry forms available at the Chamber or online at                                     (Sponsored by Brookdale Wellington, formerly known as Sterling House of Wellington)2 p.m. — Estate Planning presentation by Tim O’Sullivan at the Wellington High School Commons (Presented by KWLS Radio).5 p.m. — Catholic Youth Organization Enchilada Dinner- Knights of Columbus Building, 201 E. Harvey. Dine in or Carry-Out.5 p.m.- 7 p.m. — Downtown Art Exhibit Open– 108 S Washington Ave (Edit. A Lifestyle Boutique). (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network)6 p.m.  — Funcycles- Downtown Wellington, $.6 p.m. — D&L Train Rides- Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Moralez Family, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Colby Zeka Agency & Federal Tire Service, Inc)6 p.m. —  Ottaway Carnival– $23.00 wristband special from 6-10 p.m.6 p.m. — 3rd Annual Donut Eating Contest- 100 block of South Washington, for ages 6 & older. Entry forms available at the Chamber, Daylight Donut Shop or online at (Sponsored by Daylight Donut Shop)7 p.m. —   Paper Airplane Contest– Memorial Auditorium, entry forms will be printed in the Notiflyer. (Sponsored by The Notiflyer and the Wellington Airport)7 p.m. — CornerBank Ice Cream Social– Free, Corner Bank parking lot, 119 S. Washington.7:30 p.m. —  Security State Bank Money Machine Grab-Intersection of Harvey and Washington– must pre-register WF button at the SSB Wal-Mart branch or the main bank at 101 N. Washington by 6 p.m., July 11th. Up to $1,000 cash up for grabs!!! (Sponsored by Security State Bank)7:30 p.m. — WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, ID required for admittance, open until 11:30p.m. Caldwell Czech Chapter8 p.m. — Wheat Festival Parade – (Gentiva Hospice & Home Health).After Parade Cow Patty Bingo (Fundraiser for WHS FFA) – Located at Impact Bank Parking Lot.9 p.m. — Street Dance featuring The Banned- Main Stage on Washington St, in front of Memorial Auditorium 208. N. Washington. (Sponsored by TECT Aerospace)Kansas Wheat Festival contests throughout the week:On-going Exhibits and AttractionsOttaway Carnival – Runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex parking lot, 320 North Jefferson, $23.00 wristband special every night. Carnival opens at 6 p.m.Security State Bank Kansas Wheat Festival Penny Search -SSB will scatter pennies at various Wheat Festival locations. There will be several specially marked pennies that can be traded in for $50!Harvest Photo Display- Display at Barbara Jon’s, 104 N. Washington- Monday thru Friday                   9 a.m.- 5:30p.m. (Sponsored by Barbara Jon’s Fine Gifts & Décor & Cowley College)Downtown Art Exhibit- 108 S. Washington Ave (Edit. A Lifestyle Boutique), Open Thursday & Friday 5-7pm, Saturday, 10 a.m- 7 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network)Kansas Wheat Festival Wheat Show- Display at Renn & Company, 209 South Washington (Sponsored by Renn & Company)Chisholm Trail Museum- 502 North WashingtonOpen 1-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm. No Admission fee. Donations accepted.Panhandle Railroad Museum- 425 East Harvest.Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tuesday – Saturday. No Admission fee. Donations accepted.Food Vendors – 7th street East and West of Washington each dayOpen Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.,Open Sunday, July 12 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.29th Annual Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion Hunt – Register your 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival button by Friday, June 26th, 3 p.m. at 120 W. Harvey. Medallion hunters must register their button numbers in person at 120 W. Harvey (Edward Jones office). Rules will be provided at time of registration and can be viewed on the Sumner Newscow website. Prize: $1.000 with a registered button or $100 without a registered button. (Hosted by Page Property Management and Sumner NewsCow).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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