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  • No Trivia: The future of Baltimore club is getting sampled in a crappy J. Lo song

    No Trivia: The future of Baltimore club is getting sampled in a crappy J. Lo song
    -A tragic optimism has taken over the Baltimore club scene these past couple of years. Everybody is finally getting pretty damned realistic about the possibility of a local producer or DJ blowing up properly and "making it," which is to say, we're all just painfully aware that it's probably never gonna happen. As a result, the music has become daring once again because it's got nothing to lose. Think: the supercut qualities of DJ AngelBaby mixes; the darkwave elements of Matic808; the post-whatever-you-got weirdness of Schwarz; James Nasty taking a hip-hop producer talent for sampling to club music and slicing slivers of past hits and refashioning them J. Dilla-style; Mighty Mark's futuristic ear bending club music back until it touches Detroit techno and ghettotech. I could go on.
  • No Trivia: James Nasty, Lor Scoota and Young Moose, Bmore bros go home, and more

    No Trivia: James Nasty, Lor Scoota and Young Moose, Bmore bros go home, and more
    The title of this music column is "No Trivia," which is swiped from a Wu Tang Clan lyric ("Raw, I'm a give to ya, with no trivia") because it's just a cool-ass way of saying, "no bullshit," which is a mission statement when I sit down to type out words...

    Arts & Entertainment

    Arts & Entertainment
    BEST BAND Roomrunner Grunge. Nirvana. OK, now that we’ve gotten the two entries from the “Idiot’s Guide to Writing About Roomrunner” out of the way, let’s actually talk about this band. Roomrunner is really, incredibly...

    The Love Child of Electric Light Orchestra, Too $hort, the Aphex Twin, and Don Cherry

    If nuclear warheads were minutes away from turning the Cheesecake Factory and Best Buy to cinders and we had time to save only one local musician for City Paper's fallout shelter--canned vegetables and AA batteries don't come cheap, you know--it'd...

    The Club Beat With Scottie B.

    "I'm 39 years old, and this shit just started for me two years ago, goin' all over the place and DJing," says Scottie B., one of the founding fathers of Baltimore club music. He still DJs in Baltimore on a weekly basis, but before his recent spate of jet-...