Soundtracking: L.A. Noire

So late last night on a whim, I attempted to start playing the Rockstar Games detective fiction, L.A. Noire. As I stated on Getglue at the time, I didn’t get any farther than the start menu for listening to the music that was playing on at the time. It is a beautiful, jazzy (natural, given the game’s overall tone) piece that now reminds me of another classic piece I love to death, John Coltrane’s Naima. Now, Rockstar is always good for putting great music into their games, licensed or not, so this is no surprise. What was the surprise, or maybe it shouldn’t have been, was what I found out after doing a little digging on the piece in question.

After sitting in my office for probably a good five to ten minutes listening to the song simply called L.A. Noire Main Theme, I went straight to see if there was an official soundtrack to buy. Of course, there is one available on Amazon and itunes (I think you know which one I went for). There is also a six song ep of classic jazz songs remixed by some notable producers available as well. Looks as though it’s only on itunes, though. Boo. Anyway, if you care to hear the song I’ve been digging on the last few hours, you can check it out below from Soundcloud. Apparently, Rockstar has uploaded it and 8 other tracks for people to listen to. Peep it out, I’ll wait.

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames

So, after buying said soundtrack but before actually going to play the game, I noticed that the guy who composed the soundtrack was one Andrew Hale. At first second, the name didn’t really strike me as familiar off the bat, but as I thought about it, I felt like I should know the name. And sure enough, I did and so do a lot of you. This Andrew Hale is a member from from a little known, highly underrated band named Sweetback, also known as the backup band for one Sade Adu. And it appears dude has been doing more than I thought, because in the course of looking into this, I also found that Hale composed songs for the movie “Scott Pilgrim Versus the World”, which is a video game in itself (both in visually and actually, really) and a few other movies. Pretty awesome from where I sit! So, if you get a chance, go check it out from the Soundcloud link above. Or better yet, go buy the soundtrack if you are into the jazzy moody vibe or have played and liked this game. You will NOT be sorry.

Mystery solved!

Funny happy accidents

music random

So i’m sitting here trying to finger a remix to song a certain song I’ve been looking for. I find the song, but no traces of where it’s from or if it’s legit or not. I decide to go whip out my phone start up Shazam to help me find it. Just like U2, I still haven’t found what i’m looking for. What I did find, in this case at least, that if you play a certain part of a song you might get an unexpected gem. So, while the song I was looking for didn’t come up, the sample the song used did. Now, I don’t know or believe this would work with every song, but I’m glad it did here. If I find a good clip of the song i’m looking, I’ll post it here. Until then, here is originally sampled song (First twenty second is the sample, if you were wondering)

Tribal Showdown

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This post got re-sparked by Fave of the Friday Favecast and EJ Flavors of (Old School Wednesdays, y’all) on Twitter. I say re-sparked because I’ve had this self same conversation with people for years. Hell, I have a co-worker with whom I STILL go through it with every now and then. If you are a Hip Hop lover, it has to have come up at least once. What it basically boiled down to was one question: “What was your favorite A Tribe Called Quest album”? Everyone has their favorites. Most, like me are split between two. Not sure if anyone but me disregards the last couple of albums, but hey. Anyway, That is where this post comes in. If you are a Tribe fan from way back, I want to know what your favorite album is. If you don’t know who this is, consider this a ATCQ primer. So, I would like to know the answer to this pressing question. If you aren’t so versed in the Tribe or need a refresher, then here is where you will get it.

It breaks down like this:

5 albums. 3 videos (or links) a piece*. The videos that are embedded are either the a single or the ones I like. 🙂

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

Bonita Applebaum

Can I Kick It

Low End Theory (1991)

Check the Rhime

Jazz (we got) / Buggin’ Out


Midnight Marauders (1993)

Award Tour

Electric Relaxation

Oh My God

I guess if you must count these, then go ahead. 🙂

Beats, Rhymes, and Life (1996)

1nce again


Stressed Out

The Love Movement (1998) **

Start It Up

Find A Way

Hot Sex on a Platter

Alright, folks, have at it. I should point out that this post is why I LOVE Twitter. Conversations break out at a moment’s notice (Plus, getting a blog post out of the deal is cool, too). 😉

And whatever happened to Jarobi the rhythm Provider?
Maybe some light is shed here:

A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 1
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 2
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 3
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 4

* – Links put instead of the videos because this gets to be unruly. There are a lot video to go through.

** – Kinda hard to find videos for an album that was phoned in & packed with b-sides & whatnot. Not trying to say anything

In catching up on my blogs and other random items

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This, from my home girl, L. You have to check out the video on the post (if you hadn’t already).
It said a lot and I didn’t have the sound on. Go figure. And congrats on her blog win!

Phat to Fabulous!: Booty Booty Booty Booty Rockin’ Every Where…

There is a beautiful (personally) NSFW picture of an oil painting on blogger extraordinaire Voilet Blue’s site, Check that out, here.

Also, check out the latest edition of Soul2Soul from It’s called the Divalicious Edition. You can listen to it there or download it for later. It’s worth the listen.

Honey Soul Music » Soul 2 Soul, Dec. 14, 2006: The Divalicious Edition

There is also the reason why I may have to stop doing Sample Moments. No really, dude’s
got it locked. Check out SoulCrates…your home for SOUL: Show Em Whatcha Got….A Hova Sample Session

Next up is a not one, not two, but a three part mix of Barry White and Isaac Hayes (with a little Marvin, Al Green, and others) on T. Grundy’s RIBS site. Definitely go check those out if you hadn’t already.

Random musical interlude: Songs stuck in my head….(with video)
I wish I knew why

First up: Wham – “Everything She Wants”

Second: Blackalicious – “Make you feel that way

Because I couldn’t find “Paragraph President” and “Alphabet Aerobics’ was done here.

Third: Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice baby”

I really didn’t look for this one because I don’t know why it popped up. Do have a funny story though. I was in Best buy a couple of weeks back where the satellite radio stuff was when this song came on. Now, I had already been hearing it in my head the last couple of days prior, so I left the area. Turning the corner from the display, I see these 3 young caucasians (two of which in hoodies no doubt) striking a B Boy stance and trippin’ on said song. Needless to say, I found this quite amusing, yet sad at the same time. Anyway, in lieu of the actual song, here is a clip from “In Living Color” that is just as funny.
And last but not least this clip from the show “Scrubs” because thanks to my cousin showing me the clip, i’m singing the damn song.


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It can’t be good, but I WILL see it….because….it’s F**KIN’ Transformers, MAN!