February 23, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #28!


RandoMax Radio only grows wiser and stronger with each passing day, as evidenced by the number of subscribers recently hitting fifty. Not bad for a little side project from a guy known more for sarcastic write-ups, I think. (Why not jump on the bandwagon now and become the 51st follower, or, better yet, the 101st?)

With that level of demand, it was inevitable that Episode 28 of RandoMax Radio would be coming sooner rather than later. (Also, because it's the last week of the month.) As per usual, we mix hip hop with other genres and eras in an effort to give our chosen genre the platform it deserves while finding new context for your listening experience, because hip has been around for ninety-three years at this point - why the fuck shouldn't it be included with every other musical genre on a playlist? The tracklist, will be made available at a later date, so as to facilitate the "house of mirrors"-esque surprises around every corner, but for those of you who are feint of heart, Patreon subscribers receive full tracklists early in the process.

(As an added bonus, this month's mix features four tracks that I randomly heard while flipping through radio channels on my way to work one morning, presented in the order that I heard them. Guess which four! I guarantee you'll be wrong.)



Reminders and requests: subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear on either of the sites; you can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max; and of course, you can leave your comments, complaints, memes, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see.

Enjoy!

-Max

February 12, 2021

In Which The Site Turns 14 and... Wait, What Does One Do When They Turn 14?

Hey, you made it. Welcome, welcome! Thanks for celebrating the fourteenth year of this silly writing experiment with me. Drinks are over by the bar, and of course there's cake, you know we had to have cake, and the rest of the food is in the kitchen, just serve yourselves.

I won't keep you - the hiatus continues, but it'll end sooner than you think, or at least that's the dream. Until then, feel free to use this space to discuss whatever you wish: album review ideas; lists of the first ten songs that pop up on your phone when you hit 'shuffle'; keyboard attacks aimed in my direction for taking the break in the first place; or even just tell me what you're listening to right now. I need some new ideas for the sites (this one, the Patreon, RandoMax Radio, the holy trinity you know what it is), and I feel that you two might be an untapped source. Don't let me down now.

Be back soon, just returning some videotapes!

-Max

February 9, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #8! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)

 

 

The eighth episode of the Max-Approved Mixtape hopes you're well. 2021 is gearing up to be another bitch of a year, but at least the soundtrack will help keep your mind off of the bullshit for a bit.

A quick rundown for the newbies who recently discovered RandoMax Radio and its various programs: Episode 8 of the Max-Approved Mixtape, like all the rest of them thus far, features ten hip hop tracks that I personally co-sign, taken from various eras of our beloved culture and curated in a manner that puts each song in a new light. Yes, that means all of these songs are old, some much more so than others. but that shit shouldn't, and doesn't, matter, because last I checked, songs don't implode within an hour after hitting streaming services - there is no expiration date on good music.





MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #8:


1. MF DOOM - "Yessir!" (featuring Raekwon)
2. The Game - "Drug Test" (featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, & Sly)
3. Little Brother - "The Feel"
4. V Don x Willie the Kid - "Bleacher Report"
5. Billy Danze - "Ain't Gone Do Shit" (featuring Lil' Fame and Teflon)
6. Jim Jones - "Make No Issues Of It"
7. Step Brothers - "Dr. Kimble"
8. Meyhem Lauren - "Industrial Espionage"
9. The Professionals - "Superhumans" (featuring Elzhi and Chino XL)
10. Blu & Exile - "So(ul) Amazin' (Steel Blazin')"

Feel free to like, repost, and share as often as you'd like - I certainly wouldn't complain if this mix were shared hundreds of times amongst yourselves.

Until next post!

-Max

January 26, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #27!

 


The writing hiatus continues (unless, again, you're a Patreon subscriber), but the music itself just keeps on coming, with today's manifestation of positive energy coming in the form of the first episode of RandoMax Radio for 2021.

Episode 27 continues to mix and match genres and eras, with the hip hop tracks coming from the "least likely to have chosen these" column, while the other selections mirror that energy. The tracklist, as usual, will be made available at a later date, but I like the idea of going in blind - in the time between the record and the road test I usually forget what I put on these things, and it's always a pleasant surprise. (If you absolutely hate surprises and joy, you can get the tracklist on day one by signing up for the Patreon at any level.)



EDIT: It's about that time.

RANDOMAX RADIO EPISODE #27: 

1. "Everyday Is Halloween" - Ministry
2. "Mirror In The Bathroom" - The Beat/The English Beat
3. "Blue Song" - Mint Royale
4. "B-Boy Stance" - k-os
5. "Get Together" - Madonna
6. "Charlotte Sometimes" - The Cure
7. "There He Go" - ScHoolboy Q
8. "Hazy Shade of Winter" - The Bangles
9. "Needle In The Hay" - Elliott Smith
10. "Kingdom" - Dave Gahan
11. "Feel the Beat" - LL Cool J
12. "I'm So Tired" - The Beatles
13. "Nothing To Worry About" - Peter Bjorn and John
14. "The Fabulous..." - Funkghost
15. "I Can't Wait" - Nu Shooz
16. "Asleep" - The Smiths

Reminders and requests: subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear on either of the sites; you can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max; and of course, you can leave your comments, complaints, memes, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see.

Enjoy!

-Max

January 12, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #7! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)


In the midst of a new year that isn't even two fucking weeks old but feels like 2020 took some rage-inducing seditious steroids, I present to both readers a new episode of the Max-Approved Mixtape, which I hope will take your mind off of doomscrolling social media for forty-five minutes or so. Or, at the very least, could be the score for said doomscrolling, because I'm fully confident that you two can multitask with the best of them.

Episode 7 of the Max-Approved Mixtape takes things back to the essence: ten hip hop tracks that I personally co-sign, taken from various eras of our beloved culture and curated in a manner that puts each song in a new light. Unlike December's thought experiment (in which I "thought" that readers might enjoy a straight-up run of Wu-Tang-affiliated songs as a holiday treat, and as it turns out, I was right), we return to exploring every other chamber of hip hop, although there are a couple of Wu-adjacent efforts found here, as I recorded this episode at the same time as the others and liked these tracks enough to shove them onto here, as neither really fit the 12 Days of Wu-Mas format.



MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #7:


1. Casual, Roc Marciano, Vordul Mega, and Tragedy Khadafi - "Think Differently"
2. Skyzoo x Pete Rock- "Truck Jewels"
3. 2Pac - "If I Die 2Nite"
4. Action Bronson - "Falconry" (featuring Meyhem Lauren and Big Body Bes)
5. KXNG Crooked x Bronze Nazareth - "Slave Chains To Handcuffs" (featuring Ras Kass, Bishop Lamont, and Compton Menace)
6. G-Dep - "Child of the Ghetto"
7. El Camino - "Too Grimey For The Radio" (featuring Meyhem Lauren)
8. Pac Div - "Top Down" (featuring Casey Veggies and Skeme)
9. Blaq Poet - "I-Gititin"
10. Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit?" (featuring Tha Dogg Pound, Lil' Style, and Swoop G)

Feel free to like, repost, and share as often as you'd like - I guarantee your friends will enjoy what I'm trying to do here, and your own personal stock will rise as they discover that you, too, have excellent taste in music.

Until next time!

-Max

December 31, 2020

RandoMax Radio Episode #26!



Because we couldn't let 2020 slip out the back door without demanding at least one good thing from it, I present to you both the final post of the year: the twenty-sixth episode of RandoMax Radio. Give it a spin while you undoubtedly choose not to attend any parties, as you like your friends and family and would prefer it if they were still around in 2021 to hang out with. 
 
Episode 26 sticks with the whole "mixture of genres and eras" concept, although I noticed during my road test that there's far less hip hop on here than usual. Which isn't a bad thing - I did just upload fourteen Wu-Tang Clan-related mixes during the holiday season, and those are all hip hop or hip hop-adjacent. But I figured you might want to know just exactly what it is you're getting into here. Patreon subscribers don't have to wallow in mystery, since the tracklisting is available from the jump as an exclusive perk, but I recommend you try going in without any preconceived notions.




EDIT: It's about that time, people.

RANDOMAX RADIO EPISODE #26: 

1. "Disparate Youth" - Santigold
2. "Do You Believe?" - The Beatnuts
3. "Situations" - Cetu Javu
4. "Wandering Star" - Portishead
5. "Perfect Stranger" - Erasure
6. "Clap Your Hands" - A Tribe Called Quest
7. "Doricamente" - Ennio Morricone
8. "Idioteque" - Radiohead
9. "Dirt (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah) - Mobb Deep
10. "Aly, Walk With Me" - The Raveonettes
11. "We Are The People" - Empire of the Sun
12. "Cat's Chorus" - Lush
13. "Lost In Yesterday" - Tame Impala
14. "Power Trip" (featuring Miguel) - J. Cole
15. "Shiller" - Ratatat
16. "Echoes" - Washed Out

After today, I'll be taking a brief hiatus from the blog, which follows the pattern I've established over the past few years. I'll be back before you know it, though - I just need a bit of time to recharge and settled. (The Patreon will continue to be updated, though, so you can always check there if you need a fix in the meantime.)

2020 has been, and I say this with utmost respect, a shitshow, but I appreciate all of you who took the time to fit either Hip Hop Isn't Dead or the Patreon (or both) onto your reading lists in between doom-scrolling social media. Here's hoping that your 2021 is as productive and satisfying as I'd like my own to be. A reminder: you can subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear on either of the sites; you can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max; and of course, you can leave your comments, complaints, memes, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see.

Enjoy, and have a happy new year!

-Max

December 29, 2020

Ten Tracks (by Alec J. Weatherwood)

(Today I’m trying something different. Ten Tracks is a new series where contributors can talk about ten specific songs of importance to them – ten songs which they feel should be shared or discussed much more often, whether it be for personal reasons, or because they help describe or helped form their tastes, or even just because their ten songs likely wouldn’t receive any coverage on the blog for whatever reason. Today I bring you the Ten Tracks which helped Alec J. Weatherwood get through our shared nightmare known as 2020. If you’re a reader who finds the concept of a Reader Review daunting but likes the idea of talking about your faves in a less high-pressure format, hit me at the e-mail address in the sidebar. Enjoy!)