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Interview: Nomar Slevik

Four and a half hours total, I finally finished up an interview with Nomar Slevik, an emcee/producer from Maine. If you read my interview with DJ Bizkid, you might remember the brief mention about the mixtape that they did together, “DJ Bizkid Meets Nomar Slevik: The Mixtape“. His latest release, “Stonehenge Diaries” (SIQ Records), was made with Ame One. Nomar is constantly dropping project after project (his discography is long!) One might even question the amount of sleep he gets, haha. He’s worked with other artists such as: Moshe, Id Obelus, Brzowski, Th’Mole, Myn Dwun, S.L.A.P., Marcelo, etc. Alright, let’s get into the interview…

Tiffology: Is Nomar Slevik your real name? And if not, how did you come up with it?

Nomar Slevik: It is not my real name… and to be honest, I don’t have a good answer of how I came up with it. I used to work at a television station in Portland, ME. Extreme Sports steez, and I was the DVD duplicator, web type stuff and I started writing a little humor newsletter. I would use the name Nomar Slevik as the author to some of my articles… just made it up one day.

CB Review: Charlie Bones photography

Crayon Beats was hit up with an email from the lovely Charlie Bones. She asked if we’d consider reviewing her photography on our site, and we gladly accepted. Below are a few photos from her online portfolio, along with mini reviews. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out more at her Flickr.

Other than my half-ass attempt of taking a photography class in Sophomore year of high school, I don’t have much knowledge of the photography realm – besides what I use on my digital camera. But I can still point out what I like and dislike, right? Right.

Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland pics

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About a year ago, when I first heard that Tim Burton was going to make an “Alice In Wonderland” film, I got happy. Tim Burton is a master, and I have loved everything he’s done. Then today, I saw pictures of the characters and scenery from the said movie. Talk about levels of excitement being raised. I’m not going to say much, other than show you the pictures that I saw.

El Michels Affair + Wu-Tang

el-michels-affair-37-chamber Love live instrument groups? Me too. El Michels Affair is a funk/soul group from Brooklyn. EMA was started in 2001 by Leon Michels (also the co-founder of the label, Truth & Soul). He teamed up with a former band mate from the Mighty Imperials, Nick Movshon, and the two began recording stage sessions for hours. In time, the band expanded into a ten-piece (?) live group. Group members: Leon Michaels on saxophone, flute, bass, guitar, piano and vibes. Nick Movshon on bass and drums. Homer Steinweiss on drums. Sean Solomon and Thomas Brenneck on guitars. Todd Simon and Michael Leonhart on trumpets. Toby Pazner on the keys. And last, Aaron Johnson and Ben Solomon on trombones.

I’m going to go on about the stuff that they do and have done with Wu-Tang.

Mos Def spits Doom verses

mosdef That’s right! Mos Def is a MF Doom fan. “He rhymes as weird as I feel…” Check out this video of Mos Def droppin’ verses from Doom’s “MM…Food” album. This whole video (from Frolab) makes me smile a lot, because…

1. Mos Def’s voice.
2. All the laughter from Mos Def and behind-camera people.
3. MF Doom lyrics.

DJ Hero

DJ Hero logo Once I heard that there was going to be a DJ Hero game (by Activision), I got a bit excited. This could be really fun, and I could finally bring out the turntablist within me… through a video game. Hahaha. DJ Hero will feature more than 100 individual tracks transformed into more than 80 exclusive, original mixes by well-known DJs including: DJ Shadow (in-game character), DJ AM (in-game character), DJ Z-Trip (in-game character), Cut Chemist, and more.

We Have Band – "You Came Out" video

we have band The London trio, We Have Band, is signed to French label Kitsuné. Their sound has been described as “spastic bass heavy discorock”. I saw a video of theirs today, for “You Came Out” and really liked the music and the video.

The video was created by W+K creative team, Ida Gronblom & Fabian Berglund, and Blinkink director, David Wilson. It is a face paint animation film that was made up of 4,816 separate stills. Each frame was hand-painted, shot, wiped off and redrawn a little different for the next frame to create a seamless sequence. The whole process had the band members lying still for two consecutive days in a studio. Talk about hard work and dedication.

Tila Tequila vs Spectacular

tilatequilaI’m sure you’ve all seen that Spectacular “grind off” video (Tiffny made a post here), because it has circulated all over the internet. Welp, Tila Tequila made a parody-response video to his video. She challenged him to a “dance off” on Twitter, and he accepted. My votes are for Tila (hands down!), seeing as how I’ve always thought she was a cute/sexy girl. Daaaaaaaamn, girl. Don’t hurt ’em! Hahah.

Video after the jump!

Far covers Ginuwine’s "Pony"

farband I’ve never heard of the band Far until today. Apparently, they were a 90’s rock band, from Sacramento, California. They released 4 albums from 1992 to 1998. In 1999, the band split up, and each continued to still play in other music projects separately. Since then, they haven’t came back together… until last year. They confirmed in 2008 that they’re reuniting to put out a new album, to perform for numerous US dates and a small UK tour. Also, they came out with a cover of Ginuwine’s huge 1996 hit, “Pony”…

Slakah The Beatchild – "Enjoy Ya Self"

slakahMy brothas, and, and… my ladies…” meet Slakah The Beatchild, from Canada. Slakah just released an album titled, Soul Movement Vol.1, through BBEmusic. It features collabs from a handful of Canada talent: Tona, Divine Brown, Shad, Ray Robinson, Ayah, Melanie Durrant, Ebrahim, and others. If you like that feel-good music, with the right mixture of hip hop and soul… then this is definitely for you.

From the album is the official video for “Enjoy Ya Self”. It is soooo smooth and soulful. The video fits perfectly with the song. Sit back and relax, because after the jump is the video.

Interview: Glad2Mecha

I had the pleasure to interview a local hip hop emcee here in Phoenix, Arizona. Meet Glad2Mecha. Glad to meet’cha! He is the founder of an independent label that was started in 2002 called, Orchestra Records. Orchestra Records includes emcees Glad2Mecha, Ahpasit, Talent Kills, Jack The MC, Dusty Glass, as well as beat-makers Beta 7, Defizit, Ill Treats, The Tranzformer, and Jit Beats. Glad’s discography includes a handful of albums that he’s put out solo, in groups he’s in (Enough Names, More Alike, etc), and through Orchestra Records. He has collaborated with various people such as Crayon Beats’ recently interviewed DJ Bizkid. Anyway, hope you enjoy the interview. Be sure to check out Glad’s myspace to peep his music.

Tiffology: Who or what first got you into hip hop?

Glad: I first got into hip hop at the very early age of 7. My first main influence would have to be, “Kid N Play” and Nas. Growing up in the roller blade scene also had a huge influence to me loving hip hop, when it introduced me to A Tribe Called Quest.

Jan Vormann x Legos

Dispatchwork-in-Berlin-1 A man by the name of Jan Vormann “dispatched” holes in Berlin with Legos. They were mostly bullet holes that remained from World War II. On location Kupfergraben/Dorotheenstraße, people began helping him dispatch the bullet holes in their own styles. All the pictures you see here, are the ones from Berlin.

His dispatch work with Legos is incredible, and very imaginative. Who would’ve thought that Legos placed in holes of buildings could be so beautiful? The construction of the buildings getting filled with vibrant-colored kids toys… it’s a fantastic contrast. I wish I could see it in person, but I think the pictures do justice to the real thing. Click the links after the jump, to see more beauty in Poland & Italy. Great stuff.