Paint EP’s “Clear Vinyl” backing old-school skater Rodney Mullen!
I am excited to say that the closing track of my Paint EP, “Clear
Vinyl,” was used in On Video’s Winter 2002 skate video. The video
features many new and old skaters including Rodney Mullen, whose
influence more or less created freestyle street skating as we know it
today… I was more comfortable providing a soundtrack for footage of
him than I was skinning knees and elbows like I used to do back in the
day. For you skate fans, this video can be picked up in skate shops
everywhere… I’d recommend Push Skateboards (40 E Chicago Ave, right
near the red line: 312-573-9996).
Stars On My Ceiling LP out now!
My second full-length album- and first for Chicago’s Chocolate
Industries- was released domestically June 11th. It contains songs
written over the course of last summer, and definitely fits the
season! You can find it most anywhere; online purchasers should visit
amazon.com, cdnow.com, etc. The Japanese version released on Tokyo’s
P-Vine label back in March contains an extra song for all you die-hard
collectors. Anyway, here’s what XLR8R had to say:
“In a genre where accessibility is often regarded as suspect, I almost
hesitate to tell you that there’s absolutely no one who won’t love
this; electronix heads and b-boys, four-year-olds and grandmothers.
OK, maybe I’m overstating by a smidgen, but Caural’s gossamer guitars
and shirred hip-hop beats are quite simply undeniable, carrying the
feel good appeal of the Avalanches, the melancholy of Four Tet, and a
happy-sad nostalgia for a time and a place you can’t put your finger
on. Over cracked mudflat breaks, technicolor tumbleweeds kick up
whimsical jigs and dust devils morph into fantastic, ecstatic
whipporwhils. It’s a beautiful place in the country, and I’m buying
property there now.” – Philip Sherburne
Chocolate Industries’ Urban Renewal Program on the way…
After almost two years in the making, Chocolate Industries is releasing
the first installment of its Urban Renewal Program this coming August-
a compilation including myself, Prefuse 73, Mos Def, Miho Hatori of
Cibo Matto, Souls of Mischief, Tortoise, El-P, Aesop Rock, DJ Food,
Mr. Lif, RJD2, Diverse, While, and Themselves (Dose one and Jel). The
first single (Aesop Rock & El-P) is out now, with the second (Mos Def
and Chicago’s Diverse) to follow this July. I have contributed a remix
for the next single- Miho Hatori’s song “Night Light”- originally
produced by Prefuse 73.
Caural featured on Apartment B’s New York artist compilation
Another compilation coming soon is on a New York label called
Apartment B. Its title “Various Artists: New York” explains it all;
ironically, many of the featured artists (including yours truly) have
since left NYC! Regardless, snippets of songs by Blitter (Hrvatski),
I-Sound & Daniel Raffel, So Takahashi, Zammuto, and others are on the
website for your listening pleasure:
Songs from Stars On My Ceiling in an independent film, “Firecracker”
Songs from Stars On My Ceiling have been chosen for an independent
film entitled “Firecracker,” built around the Los Angeles nightclub.
Other artists on the soundtrack include Moodyman, Klute, Calibre, A
Tribe Called Quest, and Bernard Wright. Stay tuned to PBS for its
Who is that singing on Longshot’s album?
Longshot, a new emcee coming out of Chicago, is dropping his debut
album later this month, featuring guest artists such as Diverse,
Juice, myself, Freebasic, Claudia of Family Tide, and Vicious da
Canibal; production by DJ Lok, k.kruz, DJ Anomaly, & Ted Sirota. I am
truly excited about this album, and you should absolutely keep your
eyes open for it!
I am busy working on new material for release later this year,
collaborating with some folks and getting excited for some summer
changes! Thanks for reading, and happy listening!
15 June 2002
13 June 2002
Souls Of Mischief: Spark (Caural Remix) (Chocolate Industries- Unreleased 2002)
aka "Summer On Cassette"
"Summer On Cassette" was a song I had been passing around for a couple of years. Seven at Chocolate Industries asked me to remix Souls of Mischeif's song "Spark" from the Urban Renewal Program- originally produced by RJD2- and of course I flipped it completely differently. Well, I suppose - fearing that it wasn't Hip-Hop enough (thank God!) - it was scrapped and he got Edan to remix it for the 12". Meanwhile, I had been rocking it in my live sets -vocals and all- and passing it around to friends. I had kind of forgotten about the track otherwise, but then Carlos Nino got in touch with me and asked for the instrumental. Well, he played it in a mix he did for the Gilles Peterson show in the UK where it was called "Spark Remix," and it found its way onto United Airlines radio programming. Plans for its release as a 7" on Chocolate Industries were made and then abandoned, so the instrumental finally saw the light of day on my LP Remembering Today.