Monday, May 18, 2009

The Best Label Ever?

Happy ten year anniversary to Ropeadope, the world’s best record label and a treasure trove of goodness on the Internet.

Founder Andy Hurwitz runs a must read daily blog that, in my experience, generally is not accessible through the China Firewall. With the same spirit in a different place Andy also operates the essential Baby Loves Music venture producing children’s music and the famous Baby Loves Disco parties.

Thanks Ropeadope and Andy for ten years of passion and inspiration.

Here are my top three albums. I would purchase each of these immediately if I were you.

The Word. A supergroup performance of John Medeski, the North Mississippi All-Stars and prodigy Robert Randolph building on the Sacred Steel music of the House of God church. This album is inspirational and awing.

The Philadelphia Experiment. An early Ropeadope offering teaming Philly heavy weights Uri Cane, Ahmir Thompson (aka ?uestlove), and Christian McBride. This will never leave your car.

Project Logic. A mind blowing whirlwind of sound based around turntable pioneer DJ Logic. I think this is now out of print, so check out the live release of Project Logic Live at Wetlands, NYC for a listen. This band begins with the feel of On the Corner or A Tribute to Jack Johnson and takes it to a whole other place.

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