PR037 - Are The Early 2000s Old School Now?

Taking some inspiration from NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts this week. They had The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) perform, and I was reminded about how much great hip-hop came out of New York in the early 2000s. I went down the Mr. Lif rabbit hole and found a track that included Aesop Rock & El-P, which led me to Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic) as well as Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike). Pretty happy with that set. Lots of really talented dudes.

The other hip-hop set came about from a performance by Shabazz Palaces. You all probably already know that Ishmael Butler used to be in Digable Planets. What I sort of forgot was how incredible their album Blowout Comb was, so I pulled "The May 4th Movement" from that album.

Lots of Australians this week: Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher (not only are they on tour together, but they're married, too), Regurgitator. Lots of Sub Pop artists: Sleater-Kinney, Wolf Parade, Downtown Boys, Rolling Blackouts Costal Fever. Post-punk from Protomartyr. Sad bastard music from The National. Excellent indie electro-pop from Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.


  1. DJ Wiki Ben Theme by Marty Finkel on Theme Songs (Self-Released)
  2. People 4 Prez by The Perceptionists on Black Dialogue (Definitive Jux)
  3. Take, Hold, Fire! (Feat Aesop Rock & El-P) by Mr. Lif on Mo' Mega (Definitive Jux)
  4. The Poconos by Hail Mary Mallon on Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers)
  5. Talk To Me by Run The Jewels on RTJ3 (Mass Appeal)
  6. Clean Slate by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever on Talk Tight (Sub Pop)
  7. Artificial Life by Wolf Parade on Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)
  8. Oh! (Live) by Sleater-Kinney on Live in Paris (Sub Pop)
  9. Grounded by Great Grandpa on Plastic Cough (Double Double Whammy)
  10. Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas) by Downtown Boys on Cost of Living (Sub Pop)
  11. Maid of the Mist by Diet Cig on Swear I'm Good At This (Frenchkiss)
  12. Warbringer of Impossible Mind-Tetris by Double Ferrari on Double Ferrari (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
  13. There's Nothing Wrong With The World There's Something Wrong With Me by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir on More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse (Mute)
  14. Ship of the Imagination by Trans Am on California Hotel (Thrill Jockey)
  15. Fine Ass Hairdresser (feat. Quazarz) by Shabazz Palaces on Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (Sub Pop)
  16. The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug by Digable Planets on Blowout Comb (Pendulum/EMI)
  17. Ego Trippin' (Part Two) by De La Soul on Buhloone Mind State (Tommy Boy)
  18. Settle Down by City And Colour on Like A Version (ABC)
  19. Over Everything by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile on Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
  20. Forgot Myself by Jen Cloher on Jen Cloher (Milk)
  21. Can't Stop by Regurgitator on Dirty Pop Fantasy (Valve)
  22. Everytime I See the Light by Peaking Lights on The Fifth State of Consciousness (Two Flowers)
  23. Fear The Future by St. Vincent on MASSEDUCTION (Loma Vista)
  24. It's A Lie by King Khan on Murderburgers (Ernest Jenning)
  25. Nite Expo by Oh Sees on Orc (Castle Face)
  26. Breakfast Edge by Ty Segall on Emotional Mugger (Drag City)
  27. Flipping Cars by Shredders on Dangerous Jumps (Doomtree)
  28. Black Spasmodic by A Tribe Called Quest on We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
  29. Kids Kill by Fudge on Lady Parts (Lex Records)
  30. The Chuckler by Protomartyr on Relatives In Descent (Domino)
  31. As If by Surf Rock Is Dead on We Have No Friends? (Native Sound)
  32. Turtleneck by The National on Sleep Well Beast (4AD)
  33. Wanna Sip by Fever Ray on Plunge (Mute)