Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brzowski - Microplastics

Brzowski - Microplastics

It’s hard to say if Brzowski has been carving his own lane in this weird indie rap thing or just digging his own grave in the larger scale of the hip hop venn diagram by making the hardest to digest rap I’ve ever heard. Either way he has this “new england gothic” thing down to a science on his newest release Enmityville. Brzo is a friendly guy who will buy you a beer and make you laugh all night if you tour through his town, but he also has a much darker side that comes out in his art (as it should). He raps bigger words than I can use in conversation, for example; “hypocritical” “axiom” “circadian” “the” etc etc…and I’m not saying it sounds catchy but I don’t think that’s what he’s going for. Brzo words pour out of the mouth on what sounds like a 90 year old cowboy who was a lifetime smoker and is dressed up as Dracula for halloween but is in denial that cigarets are bad or that he’s 90. His art is dark because being an artist is dark. Especially in an age where a lot of art is disposable and meaningless. He doesn’t put anything out that’s not very meaningful and calculated, much like C Money Burns’ production on this track (as well as everything else he’s ever done). Remember when Sole teamed up with The Skyrider Band and did the song Bones Of My Pets? Remember how rad that beat was? Half indie rap then they chopped the piano and added some bass made you wanna shake your wanna shake your ass? Well that’s what C Money did on this beat. Took a piano part that if another producer had it would be a sappy emo rap starting point, but instead he mixed it with some kind of dub step sounding thing. It might be the only beat to make me head bang and throw up the horns while my (made up) girlfriend dances however people who can dance to rap dances to rap while the lyrics give me the head fuck I’ve been searching for. In a world where much of the media is broken down to shitty polluting microplastics all we can do is hope Brzowski and C Money Burns’ music is so dense it won’t break down to nothing as easy as the rest.

Friday, October 27, 2017


     Episode 27 of The Throw Away Days I sit down with Curta. Curta is a rapper from Denver, CO. We discuss his start in spoken word, transitioning to being a rapper, quitting his full time job to make time for his art, touring to make connections, and more. Take a listen to this conversation because it’s insightful if you’re an aspiring artists and/or fan of Curta. Also, I’m terrible at writing these discussion bio’s. Let the monkey masturbate.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017


     If I had one word of advice to give any and everyone it would be commit. Commit to love, commit to jobs, commit to friends, commit to hobbies, commit to dreams, commit to school, commit to pets, commit to every positive force in your life that makes you you. There will come a time when whatever you’re committed to has to decide if it wants you or someone else, and it will always pick the one who is fully committed. 

     Nobody and nothing wants the person who is one foot in one foot out. The person who is keeping their options open for what’s next half concocting a back up plan. If you’re not trying your hardest there’s no point in trying at all. The universe only wants what is fully in, only the lifers, only the ones with tunnel vision and selective hearing, only the ones who take risks with their passions and don’t make excuses. Whatever you do in your life commit it or quit it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

ialive & Height Keech - These Days

The first single released off the ialive and Height Keech collaborating effort, Timewave Zero on Cold Rhymes Records, is the track These Days. Height is producing this project while ialive handles the vocals which include both rapping and singing. Although relatively new to production Height Keech has already found a style of production that’s all his and can carry a very catchy groove thanks to his unconventional style of digging in different genres and different formats. This beat in particle makes me feel like it’s winter and I’m sitting in a cabin in front of a fire sipping hot chocolate. The track These Days ialive talks about “replaying my favorite memories over metronomes,” as is stated in his hook. The hook that occurs every eight bars is ialive flexing his singing voice, something he’s been doing more and more often lately. The short eight bar verses are enough for ialive to delivery at least one memory in a very relaxing tone over Heght’s track that I can only best describe as, cold blue, which is fitting because ialive talks a lot about gloomy/cold weather (but not in a negative way). I’m expecting to hear more stuff like These Days on this release. Opposed to ialive’s more boom-bap influenced tracks I think Cold Rhymes Records will give him the freedom to stray from his purist roots & try something left field of rap while a more centered towards pop structure.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

TTAD #26 w/ K Death of Moodie Black

I got the opportunity to interview K Death of Moodie Black when they toured through Philadelphia. K Death (Chris) was the first person I had 100% never talked to before an interview. I reached out via twitter and we set up a time and place to meet before the show.

We did the interview at a coffee shop near the venue since the venue wasn't open yet. So obviously there's some background noise and I wasn't able to cut out all the dead ends in our conversation since I didn't want it to seem super choppy.

After the interview while talking to Chris via email I was informed that Chris identified with she/her instead of he/him. I immediately felt like a buster for not being aware of this. Especially since the next episode of Moodhouse podcast was about trans awareness. This could have been a great chance for me to tackle something more important rather than just tracing an artists discography. But I wasn't confident with my knowledge on the subject, so instead of trying to use this podcast to educate myself on the topic with someone who has been living through it I ignored it. don't convince people to listen to your interview with K Death of Moodie Black by mentioning all the things that you forgot to bring up. None the less if you're a fan of Moodie Black or noise rap in general checking out this interview will be well worth you time. We discuss K Death not wanting Moodie Black to be pigeon holed as some underground artists, Death Grips fans, not liking to collaborate, thinking rap names are silly, and more!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to the Blog

Back to the Blog

     Two and a half years since the last blog post and I’m bringing it back. I’ve been up, down, in, out, and every which way but loose. I’ve been a zine, podcast, and website but I’m brining it back to the good ol’ blogspot where it all started in 2011.
     In the early 2010’s I was more often than not between apartments, between cities, between girlfriends, and/or between jobs . Somehow that made me feel like my life was worth documenting. I was probably reading too much Al Burian at the time, adapting to the under-motivated lifestyle Burian wrote about while bouncing between punk shows, temporary jobs, and failing relationships in various cities. During the early days of The Throw Away Days blog the only consistent things in my life were skateboarding, rap shows, and the steady stream of new people I met and experiences I had thanks to the two aforementioned.
     I ended up planting my flag in Pittsburgh for years. I hosted every small scale indie rap show I could convince to tour through and skated (aka drank beer) with every skateboarder irresponsible enough to go to Lava Lounge/Dee’s Cafe/Rugger’s Pub/Remedy/Belvedere’s Ultra Dive/Rock Room literally any night of the week with me. But after time my roots turned more into an anchor. Instead of feeling like I was seeded and sprouting in the area I felt more like my roots were growing backwards and the gravity of the city was bringing me down head first any chance it got. My career got old, my girlfriend dumped me, my dog died, my shows became stagnant, my skateboarding plateaued, my lease ended… my life began to suck.
     Until eventually I find myself where I am now. Philadelphia. In a new city eager to get my feet wet in the rap scene, digging to find new skate spots where I can do the same old tricks, having no luck finding decent paying jobs, having too much luck on Tinder, and writing about my under-whelming experiences in an over-analyzed sort of way.
     This blog is to help me more than it is to help the reader or my friends who I convince to be my muse. The victims of my interviews may look at our discussions as some free press for their new album/tour/product/etc, but for me it’s my way of getting my friends to give me some free advice on what to do or not to do, a free therapy lesson, a good laugh at their experience, or whatever combination of literally anything in the world. All the while publicly documenting it so it’s easily accessible for me to look back on years down the line.
    So a preemptive shout out to all my future subjects who I will try to dig up embarrassing stories of and turn to gold because here at The Throw Away Days one mans trash is another mans treasure. Thanks for allowing yourselves to become vulnerable with me.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Brzowski - Wichita EP

If you don't know what "new england gothic rap" is, it's because you've never listened to Brzowski, simple as that. If you are familiar with Brzowski, or maybe you even know him by 'uncle brzo,' then you won't be surprised to hear he has a new ep out. I'm not reviewing it because I'm lazy as shit and have a pile of cds/tapes/vinyl people have given me with the expectation of me reviewing them for the zine. But Brzo is always releasing music so unique, weather alone, with Vinyl Cape (Brzowski, C Money Burns, & Mo Nikls), through Milled Pavement, or with DJ Halo that I couldn't help but share it. Enjoy.