Unhappy Halloween, Gravediggaz

October 31, 2020 Morphizm 0

Two presidential terms ago, I bowed deep before a momentous election to the Gravediggaz, hoping to exorcise eight years of apocalyptic Republican rule. Here we go again.

The (Blessed) Return Of El-P

December 6, 2019 Morphizm 0

Correcting an historical injustice, El-P’s singular, relevant back catalogue will finally return to the land of material and digital reality.

DJ Shadow Chronicles Our Pathetic Age

November 28, 2019 Morphizm 0

Givng thanks on Thanksgiving for the letters DJ Shadow has been sending, explaining why and where and how the music from his latest, perhaps greatest effort, Our Pathetic Age, was born.

Mulatu Astatke’s Eternal Return

April 23, 2017 Morphizm 0

Few have sequenced the genes of future music as much as Mulatu Astatke, whose dizzying sonic explorations have skillfully skipped across jazz, soul, funk and much more. Those new to Mulatu of Ethiopia seeking a launch window might as well start with a new reissue of … Mulatu of Ethiopia.

Cancer Cures El-P’s Droned Dystopia

May 31, 2012 Morphizm 0

Drones overhead and smartphones in hand, we drift through panoptic lives and push-button wars. It sometimes feels like most songwriters couldn’t give a crap, but not hip-hop visionary El-P…

DJ Shadow Ready For Total Breakdown

April 24, 2012 Morphizm 0

“As long as the old stuff is given a context and doesn’t overshadow the new, I think it’s a healthy exercise for me, and one that recalibrates me for whatever new musical path lies ahead,” said Shadow.

Occupy Hip Hop

November 19, 2011 Morphizm 0

“I hope hip hop can open itself to the possibilities that Occupy Wall Street presents. If we can use its power, we may see some lasting change from this after all.”

DJ Shadow: The Internet Is Not Your Savior

October 24, 2011 Morphizm 0

It’s a democracy failure Davis saw crushed up close, given his proximity to Silicon Valley, where titans like Apple and Google sprouted from technological culture jammers into the undisputed masters of Wall Street’s universe.

Hip-Hop Lives!

July 9, 2010 Morphizm 0

[Rob Swift] July 8th, 2010 will officially go down in history as one of the most epic nights in NYC hip-hop. I mean, isn’t it obvious? It’s 10:00 am and […]

Mr. Lif Walks the Talk

April 15, 2009 Morphizm 0

“Whether you’re a suit with a desk job or a creative artist, you are still programmed to work. You can never ultimately escape from your responsibilities.”

Rest in Pieces, Gravediggaz

October 31, 2008 Morphizm 0

Long before popcorn torture porn owned the mallrats or the Pentagon started contracting packs of robots to hunt down non-cooperative humans, Gravediggaz owned horrorcore.

Ask DJ Shadow Returns!

September 24, 2008 Morphizm 0

LONG BEFORE DJ Shadow became an electro-hop legend, he was answering questions online from scrubs like me. Where did you get the guitar riff for “High Noon?” Who the hell was Colonel Bagshot? Do you owe David Axelrod back pay? Then he got too busy to bother.

The End Of The Jews? An Interview With Adam Mansbach

August 18, 2008 Morphizm 0

“ The thing I love about being a novelist is that with each project you invent a new world. You approach it with a different set of aesthetic and structural ideas, and you grapple with a different series of problems in figuring out how to tell the story.”