Tribe One

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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I recently had a chance to have a conversation with hip hopper Tribe One. I recorded the interview so that you, the fans, and I could take a step into the mind of the former librarian and rapper.

Tribe One rapping profusely.
Tribe One rapping profusely.

You can check out the questions and answers below. I transcribed them to text. In case you are not familiar with Tribe One this is a brief bio taken from his website…

Lightning struck, thunder crashed, and Tribe One was born with a smile on his face and a rap in his heart. It took him a few years to figure out how to write and then many more years to figure out how to write a decent rap. But eventually he sorted it all out and his been at it ever since.

Years later, he continues doing the raps, nerdcore and otherwise. He’s a man of few words but many names, Dirty South Swamp Thing, Devil Rhymeosaur, Ol’ Dirty Batroc.

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YSLAR Updates: February ’15

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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There is one thing in particular that I think of every time February rolls around… Mardi Gras! I am actually going to be out of town visiting family and catching a few parades this month.

Holy chocolate Moon Pie, Batman!
Holy chocolate Moon Pie, Batman!

Updates will be slow this month. I’m going to be gone for two weeks. I was raised in Mobile, AL where Mardi Gras was started. Many people think of New Orleans when they hear Mardi Gras. While there are well known festivities held there Mobile is where you want to be during the Mardi Gras season.

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Björk, “Pluto” [Live in New York, 2003]

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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Björk released a new album. It is called Vulnicura. I’m sure it is amazing… but I have not heard it yet. Until then here’s an older song!

Bjork performs at KeySpan Park, 2003


I have been a big fan of Björk for many years now. She has such a great voice and her music constantly surprises and excites with an unmistakably unique avant garde feel. This song, “Pluto”, is taken from her 1997 album Homogenic. The video, however, is from a 2003 concert in New York.

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Sulfur, “Enter the 36th Chamber”

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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They say Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with. I hear the same is true about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

NINJA TURTLE INTENSIFIES


The Charlotte-based hip hopper and ThoughtCriminal Sulfur realized this early on. The TMNT enthusiast put together a new album intermingling the sounds of Wu-tang Clan’s classic album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with raps about the four Ninja Turtles themselves as well as their colleagues and enemies. It is called Enter the 36th Chamber and you can get it for free below!

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Black Cat Attack, “Conquer Destroy Exterminate!”

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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A science fiction death punk album? Yes please! Four piece Black Cat Attack from Ontario has delivered exactly that: Bright Side of the Moon.

EXTERMINATE!


Black Cat Attack is currently on their Double Trouble Tour along with The Independents which has them cruising along the East Coast. The bands will be stopping by The Milestone in Charlotte this week on Thursday. They will be playing with locals The Commonwealth and my band Dr. Cirkustien. I am pretty excited! I embedded one of my favorite tracks from Bright Side of the Moon below along with some additional info on the band and their current tour.

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The Cure, “The Love Cats”

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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So I like cats. You probably do too. After all, you are on the internet at this very moment. Therefore you must… LOVE… cats! (See what I did there?!)

Cat mode engage.


I wanted to feature this song by The Cure as it is one of my favorites. It’s also about cats! The song is either called “The Love Cats” or “The Lovecats” depending on which album you are looking at. In 1983 when they released Japanese Whispers the track was called “The Love Cats” so that is the one that I’m going with.

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The Body Bags, “Last Crawl”

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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My colleagues in the Charlotte, NC based horror punk band The Body Bags recently released a new album. It is called Hoist the Colors. I’ve included one of my favorite tracks below… and it’s a drinking song!

The fuel that keeps Kyle Monstrosity going


My relationship with these guys goes back to 2011 when my friend Russy and I interviewed them at the now-defunct Rock Hill, SC venue The Money. Not long after that Russy ended up joining the band on bass guitar. I actually created a web site for them pretty recently. Go and check that out at The Body Bags.com!

The Body Bags.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Reverb Nation | Bandcamp | Soundcloud


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David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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I am a big fan of David Bowie. I have featured his music on here many times before. Lately I have had this track circling around in my head.

David Bowie, Life on Mars


This is a fun karaoke song if you can keep up with the surreal imagery of the abstract lyrics. With the powerful escalating progression of the tune you can’t help but shout along with Bowie about the sailors, Mickey Mouse, and an ill advised law man. It was a relatively early recording of his, originating on 1971’s Hunky Dory. The video was released about two years later. Check that out after the break.

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Dr. Cirkustien, “Dawn of the Ded”

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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Did I mention that I am in a band now? I have been playing with Charlotte, NC based Dr. Cirkustien. I wanted to let you guys hear some of our music!

Photo by Kevin McGee


That guy there is our vocalist and certified kazoo virtuoso, Ramshackle Stabshack. We have a keyboard playing bear named Kendo Winstar. Holding everything together on bass is John Johnson. The ball of energy you see behind the drum set is Jerry Lowery. We recently acquired a new guitarist, the amphibious dark lord of the bog, Bob Todd. I am Beau B Wan and I supply the toots. Check out our zombie filled music video for “Dawn of the Ded” and more after the break.

Dr. Cirkustien.com | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | Reverb Nation | Bandcamp


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YSLAR Updates: January ’15

Posted on January 2, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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Ah yes, 2015. Another new year is upon us. Some tend to get more excited about this pseudo-holiday than others.

HAPPY NEW YEAR


What did you do for New Years Eve? I had a modest gathering at my home with friends. We watched a couple movies and did the cliche annual watching of “the ball” dropping in New York. An hour later, once midnight had struck in the Central time zone, we streamed the Moon Pie Drop in my home town of Mobile, AL. Now that one was a lot more interesting than “the ball”!

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