Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quick Hitters:: D-Sisive - Anvil


That right there is my early front-runner for our 2010 artwork of the year award (which I will likely invent, just for this reason). We've been pretty unabashed in our appreciation for the moves D-Sisive has made in the last couple years (search D-Sisive on the hill to see what I mean), so any new material from him is greeted with open ears. We're even more eager to hear what D has to offer when it's something as interesting as his new single Anvil. Inspired by the unlikely combination of Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, a documentary about the forgotten Canadian metal legends of the same name (that I will now be watching in the near future), and the creepy goth-folk of duo Dead Man's Bones (one half of which happens to be Canadian actor Ryan Gosling), the song "is an updated 'Brian Wilson'" letting everyone know where D finds himself in 2010.

And where is D exactly? Well I think he's happy with the success and plaudits that have come his way in his home country since 2008, but he knows he's not going to retire on rap profits - and how long will he chase the dream? He promises not to turn out like the fellas in Anvil, still chasing the fame 25 years later. It's a great introspective track over a twinkling, piano-laced beat. More good stuff from D-Sisive, which isn't surprising at this point. C'maaan America. get on board!

MP3:: D-Sisive - Anvil
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/dsisive

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Reviews:: D-Sisive - Jonestown

D-Sisive is still sad. He's also angry, and of those two emotions, it's definitely the anger that's the most relevant when you're discussing his new album, Jonestown. Released last week as a free download on D-Sisive's website, Jonestown finds D in a jubilantly foul mood, with a Tyson-in-his-prime caliber right hand cocked and aimed at the face of things that piss him off, like haters, shitty hip hop, and the random unfairness of life in general.

In reality, one would hope D-Sisive's mental state has brightened at least somewhat over the last year and change. After being M.I.A. for a number of years, he released two albums, The Book and Let The Children Die, that had jokers like me fawning over them (reviews here and here respectively) and garnered plenty of critical acclaim. He made the Polaris long list, and just recently won the Socan Echo songwriting prize for the awesome Nobody With A Notepad, and so, although life has dealt D a pretty consistent downpour (the well-documented deaths of both his parents, some rather crippling depression), it would seem that he's finally changed into some Milhouse-style high-waters, and everything is coming up D-Sisive.

Or at least one would think so anyway. But when your new album is called Jonestown, and has as many allusions to suicide and/or death as it does to awesome pop culture minutiae, then you aren't exactly the Stuart Smalley of Canadian hip hop (see what I did there). But that's ok, as we've seen over the last year, and we're seeing again on Jonestown - an angry D-Sisive is a good D-Sisive. Seriously, despite it's free download status, I think D's new release is every bit the equal of its two predecessors. I can only assume it is being given away to capitalize on the word of mouth things like the Polaris and Echo have generated there likely won't be a better time to spread the gospel of Reverend Christoff.

This is certainly a welcome development my book, and once The Message-inspired intensity of album opener In The Jungle kicks in, I'm sure you'll be a convert as well. What is with the deal with Canadian rappers and Jason Schwartzman? First k-os (I Wish I knew Natalie Portman, samples Phantom Planet's California) and now D-Sisive (samples Coconut Records' West Coast, which as an aside, has a pretty awesome video that features Vision Skates legend Mark Gonzales freaking some long-board funk in a German museum)? I'm certainly not complaining, as it has resulted in two great songs - D's is a great combination of catchiness and great lyrics that could please a wide arrange of tastes (he mentions Lloyd Christmas and Andy Dufresne in the opening verse, and that pleases me). The original, Lou Rawls-laced version of mind-as-prison/suicide contemplation anthem One Way Ticket is pretty solid, but the MoSS remix is ruggedly delicious (its the little things: there's a little flute bit that gets phased in and out, which takes it from a good beat to a great beat in my humble).

Considering D's fondness for Tom Waits, his collaboration with the, shall we say, eccentric, Slim Twig, on the ominous Around the World (and previously on Slim's mixtape too), is not surprising. If you're looking for a song that encapsulates what makes D-Sisive such a great lyricist, 1974 is a perfect example. He ties Married With Children, Sinatra and the Cougar Mellencamp into a deep, witty, and entertaining analysis of D's relationship with his late father, and really just father/son relationships in general. Great stuff. Boom Baba Boom is the other side of D-Sisive lacing pop culture obscurity like the Stand By Me pie eating contest story, the Robbie Alomar juice commercial (which is now one of my favorite rap song references ever - if you're of a certain age and Canadian, you remember Robbie's "Catch the Taste!" ad), a Biggie/Tupac/Juice reference breakdown with a razor sharp wit few possess. And then there's just some good old fashioned face-bashing raps over trunk-rattling beats, like the 9th Uno produced, call to arms for the cult of oneself, Believe, which I will always welcome.

So here's where we stand: I know D-Sisive is awesome, critics and other music nerdish types know D is awesome, and so now it's time you found out for yourself. Jonestown is free, so there's no need to hesitate, go ahead and drink the Kool-Aid.

MP3:: D-Sisive - West Coast

MP3:: D-Sisive - One Way Ticket
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/dsisive

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Five Funky Stories:: D-Sisive

Five Funky Stories is the magical random question generator to harass profile acts that are coming to Halifax, and with HPX on the horizon, we're going to try and feature as many of the acts as we can here. We're starting with one someone I'm rather excited to see perform, D-Sisive.

I doubt anyone in the bloggity-blog world has talked more about this T.O. MC and his return to the music world over the last year or so than us, so if you need to know his history, just poke around the site for posts like this here and this one.

You can check out D live in Halifax when he plays the Coconut Grove on October 21st, but now let's get the questions:

Name: D-Sisive
Band: Chaka Demus and Pliers
Web: www.myspace.com/dsisive

1. Have you ever played a keytar?

Nope. But have you heard the news? Dewey Cox died.

2. From your perspective, is the music business in better or worse shape when compared to 10 years ago?

It's different. It's benefitting in different ways than it did, though also suffering. It's easy to blame downloading, but I believe it's responsible for it's own demise. The value of music has gone down because of the bullshit that's released. Art is a minority more than ever. I can write about this for hours, but it's nothing that hasn't been said already. We need to do something about this Napster all the kids are using. Once you ban that, people will buy music again.

3. Who would you pay to see play live?

I've recently discovered the genius that is Tiny Tim beyond "Tiptoe Through The Tulips". His music is incredible. I paid over $100 for the 'Complete Reprise' collection and it's brilliant. His production is insane. I can't believe he hasn't been sampled to death. If he was still around, I'd definitely pay to see him live.

4. What's the longest time period you've gone without showering on the road?

Not more than three days. I've heard many filthy road stories, but I've been fortunate to have been able to consistantly clean myself during my long trips. Though, there have been nights where a hotel room wasn't provided, but the venue had a shower. Let's just say it's not easy to exfoliate when you're stepping in shit. I went through a lot of socks in the UK.

5. If forced to cover one hip hop song, what would it be?

Forced, like at gunpoint? I've covered a lot of songs in my day, so I'm going to treat this like an 'at gunpoint' question and assume you want me to name a three minute and thirty second hunk of shit. "Popped", though I will forever love that beat.

MP3:: D-Sisive - Like This f. Guilty Simpson

MP3:: D-Sisive - Four

MP3:: DJ Serious & D-Sisive - Popped

MP3:: Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/dsisive

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Video Hits:: Shad, Buck 65, D-Sisive

I've gone the All-Canadian route on BOX!, our semi-regular rap single round-up, quite a few times actually, but I'm not sure I've ever done it for our video segment. Well, no time like the present I say, and that's all the more true when you consider I just so happen to have accumulated some videos from the creme de la creme of Canadian hip hop (milestone: first time I've used creme de la creme in a post I do believe). Shad, Buck 65, and D-Sisive, does it get any better when you're talking Canadian hip hop? Well perhaps Devon, HDV and Local Dre would be better, but I don't have any of those videos, so we'll go with the previous 3.

Considering I'm a huge fan of his, I always look forward to anything new from Shad (speaking of which, anyone know the status of a new Shad album? Hopefully one is well in the works), and so I was excited to post his latest video for Compromise. It's really kind of a stylized affair, with Shad and his lovely partner playing the role of sophisticated secret agents on the hunt for crooked white collar crooks. So it's a cool video, but one problem, I've just noticed that it's not embeddable, soooo, I'll just link to that one, and post the video for Brother (Watching), which I don't think I've posted before and also happens to be one of my favorite Canadian hip hop songs ever. So it's not a bad stand-in.

Shad - Brother (Watching)

MP3:: Shad - Brother (Watching)
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/shad

Buck 65's Situation has been out since '07, but animator Benjamin Logsdon has created a new video for Buck's James Dean-esque track, The Rebel, and it's pretty awesome. Is the video related to the subject matter? Not exactly, but it's just damn well done, so check it below and enjoy.

Buck 65 - The Rebel

MP3:: Buck 65 - The Ready
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/buck65

I've been pretty effusive in regards to D-Sisive and his output over the last year or so I'm not going to say much more here - except to say that I think Let the Children Die could have easily replaced the hip hop album that made the Polaris short list. Anyway, D has since released two new videos for the album, and they are certainly both worth a posting, so enjoy.

D-Sisive - Wonderful World

D-Sisive - Mr. Daydream

MP3:: D-Sisive - Veronica Vaughn (One Piece of Ash)

MP3:: D-Sisive - Like This f. Guilty Simpson
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/dsisive

** Bonus Time **
I just realized these three dudes are all on Classified's Loonie, along with DL Incognito, so I figured even though I've posted this vid before, he deserved some run.

DL Incognito - Air Play

MP3:: DL Incognito - Air Play
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/dlincognito

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