Stick Figure, “Smoke Stack”

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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A friend of mine moved to this side of the country a few years back from the West Coast. One reason we get along so well is his love for roots reggae. His favorite band? Stick Figure.

Stick Figure
One is a dog and not a band member. I will you decied which one.

Scott Woodruff is the central figure within the Southern California based band. There are other members supporting the music as well which currently includes Kevin Bong, Kevin Offitzer, and Tommy Suliman. I have not gotten super deep into their music yet as it is all pretty new to me… but I’m catching up quickly! I really like what I have heard so far. Their 2009 album Smoke Stack made me fall in love. The title track’s subtle reference to “Ghost Town” by The Specials is what did it for me. I’m streaming that track below. Check it out!

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mc chris

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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Those of you who have followed this blog or just know me in general are aware that I am a big fan of mc chris. I have been following the hip hopper for over ten years now. You Sound Like A Robot is actually a wealthy source of mc music dating back as far as the mid-90’s.

mc chris as a leprechaun
Whar’s mc’s gold?!

Click mc chris‘ leprechaun face above to access a list of posts featuring his music from the past. He is kind enough to allow me to feature these mp3s, videos, interviews, and reviews so that collectors like yourself may check them out! I actually just re-uploaded the mp3s on my mc posts spanning all the way back to 2007 so there shouldn’t be any dead links anymore! | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | YouTube | Instagram

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YSLAR Updates: March ’15

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Beau B Wan.
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It is March. This month is generally associated with the end of Winter and leprechauns where I come from. There is also Pi Day if you are a math fan.

Bob Ross paints the Mobile Leprechaun
Who all paint the leprechaun say yeah!

One of my favorite leprechaun things is the leprechaun video filmed in the Crichton neighborhood of my home town Mobile, AL. In case you have never seen the video I will include it after the break. I actually visited the tree last month while I was on vacation. I should have taken a picture. What a missed opportunity…

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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.


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.


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!

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