Last week we announced that the new Greenhouse album Bend But Don’t Break will be released on Tuesday July 9th on Weightless Recordings. Since that announcement, many fans have been wondering when they would get to hear something from the record. Well, today is the day. We proudly present the first single “Bend But Don’t Break,” which is the title track of the album. As always, if you dig it please share it on your social networks.
I think I’m going to start posting beats every week. Mostly stuff with familiar samples, since it’s easier for people to really follow how it was flipped. This week is a beat I made using “Roxanne” by The Police. Enjoy.
Last year when Adventures in Counter-Culture was released I created an exclusive instrumental album to be given away free with all pre-orders that were sold through Fifth Element. The name of the album was Weightless Radio: A Collection of Blueprint Instrumentals and, outside of the people who pre-ordered the album on Fifth Element, it hasn’t been available anywhere else prior to today. In fact, there’s a lot of people who had no idea that this record even existed. Therefore, I have decided to make this album available here on Printmatic.net for the first time. Check it out:
Last week, when I mentioned I was going to post a chapter of my upcoming book The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture, there was a lot of interest in an audio version of it. Well, the people have spoken! Here's the audio-version of Chapter 10 “Radio-Inactive.” The audiobook version will be available to download on Monday April 16th as well. Pre-order the book HERE
For all my MMA fans out there, I did my second guest appearance on the MMA Uncensored show last night. We talked about UFC on Fuel and the upcoming UFC 144 Fight card. If you missed me last night during the broadcast, I’ve attached the audio of the program last night. Check me out:
Every time Kanye West puts out a new record people rush to expose all the samples he uses. At this point I’m not sure if the purpose of publishing these lists is to discredit him, demystify the production process, or to give him props. All I know is that every time the list is revealed I’m always impressed by how eclectic his music selection is. Even for a hip-hop producer the range of what he listens to is pretty impressive, particularly in regards to the time periods. He’s one of the rare cats that is equally aware of both new and old music.
While there’s a youtube video floating around that details all the samples on Kanye West’s new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I noticed that there was one song missing from it. This song is called “Woods” and it’s by Bon Iver. Posting a song that somebody sampled in itself is kind of boring to me, unless the song is really dope, and this song is really dope. In fact, I can honestly say I’ve never heard a song that sounds like “Woods”. It’s some one-of-a-kind shit:
The second release Smokey Part 2 by producer Columbus hip-hop producer Latimore Platz is now available on Weightless Recordings. If you’re a fan of hip-hop production, do yourself a big favor and click on the above cover image and download the goodness.
I’ve had this album for a while, maybe since 2002 or so, but recently rediscovered it. The record is by Mike Hankinson and it’s called The Unusual Classical Synthesizer. It was released in 1972, which was back when synthesizers were the new thing to experiment with, and everything on this record is a synth version of a classical song. For those that dig for records you know these types of records aren’t really hard to find once you find them, but this one is cool to me because the very first song on it was sampled by J Dilla like 2-3 times. Even with him hitting it up so many times, it’s still got a ton of parts that can be used.
My latest project, titled Blueprint Who is now available. It is an EP that’s about 25 minutes in length, and it will only be sold on tour and here at printmatic.net. It will not be available on i-tunes or anything like that due to me not wanted to be sued out of house and home for sampling what I want to sample. Plus, i-tunes takes out too high of a percentage anyways, but that’s another story altogether.
There are THREE versions available. Pick your poison:
#1. CD VERSION
The Blueprint Who CD version is $4.99 plus shipping. It starts shipping on Tuesday Sept 7th and comes with a FREE 11×17 poster (see below poster image) and the instrumentals to all songs. Use the add to cart button to pick it up.
#2. DELUXE DIGITAL VERSION:
The Deluxe Digital Version of Blueprint Who will come with 1) all instrumentals, 2) a PDF file of the artwork, and 3) the music video for the song “Dream Big”. This version is also $4.99. To order the delux digital version just select the “BUY NOW” button from the below audio player:
#3. FREE DIGITAL VERSION
The Free Digital Version of Blueprint Who will not include any of the extra stuff above, and the price is determined by what you decide to pay for it. You can pay $0, $1, $2.75, $5, $10, etc. It’s up to you. There will be a price field that defaults to zero, and whatever price you enter will be the price paid for it. The file is still encoded at 320 kbps and the download process is exactly the same. To order this version just click the “Download” button on the audio player below:
This past weekend I played at a festival called Tribez Vibez in Bellefountain, Ohio. It was a really cool experience and I was able to make some new fans there. In fact, I think the feedback I got after I got off the stage was some of the most inspiring feedback I’ve heard in years–really positive people! At any rate, while I was selling some CDs I realized that (as an artist that has released a lot of music over the years) sometimes it’s very hard for me to tell somebody what album to start with. So I came home determined to put together a free mix of songs that people tell me are their favorite songs from my catalog. I figure that’s better than when you buy a best of cd from the store and only realize that some major label asshole decided to only put 2-3 good songs it. If you’re new to my music this should be a perfect introduction. If you’re coming out to any of the shows on this upcoming tour then these songs should serve as a refresher for you. It’s 17 tracks long.
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For some reason I’ve been thinking it was a day earlier than it was all week and I just realized that today is Friday. So here’s some Friday music. The song is called “Mo Better Blues” by Branford Marsalis. It’s the theme song to the classic flick Mo Better Blues by Spike Lee. This is the kinda song that feels good to throw on after you get off work and you’re ready to take your mind elsewhere. Enjoy!
The wait is over. Electric Purgatory Part Two is here. All rhymes by Blueprint & Illogic, with guest appearances from Aesop Rock, Toki Wright, and Angelica Lee. All tracks produced by Blueprint. Download the promo version here:
All we ask is that if you like it, PLEASE share it. Post it on your facebook page, retweet it, post it on your myspace, etc. If you have a blog, please post the download link there. We would like the music to reach as many people as possible, and for that we need your help, even if it’s just one person. You can copy & past the following link anywhere:
If you live in Columbus or the surrounding areas, we hope to see you out this Saturday night @ skullys for the Electric Purgatory PT 2 CD Release Party. Performances by Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Toki Wright, Zero Star, and Stonecraft. 18+ event. 9pm doors.
To purchase a retail version of Electric Purgatory Part Two, please visit http://weightlessmerchandise.com. It ships with a free 11×17 poster and a bonus cd with the instrumentals for $7.99. We also have a deal going where you can order the CD + poster + instrumentals + a Greenhouse T-shirt for just $20. All orders will ship this Friday the 23rd.
Also, before i forget. I’ve been getting asked about whether “Greenhouse 102″ will appear on the EP. It will not be available on the promo-version that we’re releasing right now, but it will be a bonus track on the retail digital version, which should be available tomorrow.
Alright folks, here’s the first leak from the upcoming Electric Purgatory Part Two release by Greenhouse titled “Smile”. If you like it please use the Facebook share and Twitter share buttons to repost it and help us spread the word about it. Also feel free to hit the comment section up.