Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Yet, when you push through this SAD feeling great things can be accomplished. At the very least you'll feel like you accomplished something and that's worth a little bit. Right?
I decided I'd write this in case any one was feeling like me this morning. My goal is to feel inspired when I read this tomorrow.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
WE SEE YOU PHILIPPINES! BENEFIT PARTY (for those affected by the typhoons)
PLEASE SUPPORT & GO TO THIS THIS EVENT!
The Big Homie D Scratch (of The Legendary Turnstylez Crew) called on some of his local Bretherens and put together a serious lineup of TO Disc Jocks in support of The Philippines Disaster Relief Fund - in order to help raise money. The team; our very own DJ Dopey will be dropping a set alongside The Turnstylez Crew DJ's D Scratch, Grouch & Lil Jaz! As well as DJ Starting From Scratch, P-Plus, Agile, DJ Riccachet & DJ TheraP! The benefit party is hosted by Flow93.5's Real Freqer Arcee & of course D Scratch. Cover: Donate $5 or more to the Canadian Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund when you show up. Next Friday Novemeber 19th at Augusta House (152 Augusta Avenue). Be there.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I really dig all of their artwork too - website layout w ills / EP graphics / and most notably, thier new poster designs - all them shits is dope & have that attn to detail - the marriage tween the look of their hand-crafted branding visuals & the classic sound of their music is brillaintly pulled-off I'd say. Apparently, they get up with two attractive young female artists from Toronto who knock out most of The Hey Now's newest visuals - and apparently they also keep it a bit of a secret too cus I couldn't really find any links from THN's platforms revealing who these artists actually were - til I saw a photo of one of their posters on their Facebook Fan page, but it worked word-of-mouth nontheless, so shouts to JR for keeping it fresh & still theirs. The outfit is called 'Beside Herself' and they're doing a helluva job cus their artwork is straight classic:
Poster designed and hand crafted by Carolyn + Alda from Beside Herself.
check em out at besideherself.ca
Email us if you want product!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Check out the charts here:
Friday, September 25, 2009
They did our final album artwork treatment with me, among a lot of other stuff coming in and out of their studio. It was an amazing collaboration, and experience. And Btw, They finally put Pound Magazine on the map aesthetically too - and ironically before Pound shut down.
But Notes X Parishil are always working... An October collabo is quickly approaching. But can't drop details yet. All I can say is that it all will thoroughly blow your minds. These cats will rep Notes' visual aesthetic alongside our own Elicser as the new decade appraoches. My Dudes are family, and they hold Notes down.
But more importantly - these cats are throwing a final gala-type closing show tonight for their current space - I said TONIGHT! - as they're moving on from the Barbershop Gallery they once worked in / from / for / and built, simply to help put other cats (that you never got a chance to hear about until they set up this official spot) 'on'. But they aren't stopping - just moving on to their next big idea - so regardless - if y'all had never been by their spot, now is your final chance to see it & meet them. Y'all should def come out tonight & support these two very out-going and creative Think-Tanks I went to High School with. These Dudes are without a doubt some organized talent - some OG Boss's in the visual game, if you will.
Peep the show details below. and GO!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Rest In Peace Anthony Williams aka "Grandmaster Roc Raida"
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Peace to Mike & Del at EXCLAIM! for the constant support & push our way.
EXCLAIM.CA also reviewed De La Soul's 20th Anniversary tour date here in Toronto - The '20 Years & Rising' Tour rolled through TO on Sunday August 23rd at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - and we we're fortunate enough to open for De La and be a part of the whole experience. We thought the show was not only one of thee best rap shows we'd attended in years as fans here in Toronto but a historic night for Canadian De La heads supporting their favourite classic LIVE Hip Hop with non-other than the best rap group in the game, naturally, De La Soul.
Thank You to Kevin Jones for the very kind quotable about Notes to Self's performance.
"Up next was the well-oiled Notes to Self machine, who opened with a tribute to the magical year the night's main attraction broke onto the scene before breezing through a bristling set of tight posse cuts, earning much love from the hometown crowd throughout".
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Listen to the show and interview here:
NOTES TO SELF releases Four-Part Mixtape series: FOOT NOTES
FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
Take a trip with us through our take on memory lane - a journey through some rap music that was big for Notes as we we're coming up & developing as a group - we are real fans of real rap music - and this is an off-the-cuff selection of some of our favourites. A collection of Notes to Self's listening Habits if you will... mixtapes we used to make for one another, year in/year out of some of the dopest joints we were bugging out to. and still do. These are our FOOT NOTES.
A four-part series of mixes - of that good rap music that we grew up on or were influenced by - as a group. This is in no-way a definitive selection - just some mixes put together by Notes to Self - 'narrated by the crew that can recall where they were when they first heard, or even spotted, a 'classic'. Though chronological from the day Notes came together in 2000, it's an overview of newer joints from the last decade that really pushed Notes in the moment to create. Joints that were 4 days old that helped ignite the writing or passion behind some of the tracks that wound up on our new record. And we talk about it.
All in support of our new debut full-length release 'A Shot in the Dark' that recently dropped.
BBE released them incrementally prior to our release - but all FOUR-PARTS are now available together through our website for download - of course for free - as its a culmination of various artists internationally, again our listening habits at the time, as well as some of our own music + exclusives.
**PLEASE DOWNLOAD our FOOT NOTES at www.notestoself.net
Notes is still coming up, and still big fans or that real rap music.
Thanks for listening.
NOTES TO SELF
TRACKLISTINGS ONE thru FOUR:
NOTES TO SELF - FOOT NOTES PART ONE
01 Notes to Self – Nobody with Evidence
02 Lootpack – Wanna Test Interlude
03 Tha Alkaholiks – Mary Jane
04 Lootpack – Wanna Test
05 Planet Asia – Definition of Ill Madlib Remix & LIVE in Toronto Interpolation
06 Quasimoto –White Label Remix
07 Bilal – Soul Sista Madlib Remix
08 The Pharcyde – She Said Jay Dee Remix
09 Slum Village - Forth & Back
10 Slum Village - Climax
11 Common – Nag Champa
12 Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know
13 J. Dilla – Featuring Phat Kat
14 The Roots – Act Too (The Love of My Life)
15 De La Soul – Pony Ride/The Bizness
16 Soul Live – Bridge to Bama with Kweli
17 D’Angelo – Brown Sugar Remix with Redman
18 Digable Planets – Dial 7
19 A Tribe Called Quest – Keep it Rollin’
20 Notes to Self – Nights Like These (Days Like These Remix)
NOTES TO SELF – FOOT NOTES PART TWO
01 Notes to Self – Yellow & Grey Remix with Dilated Peoples
02 Cam’Ron – Welcome to New York City with Jay-Z
03 Dilated Peoples – Live on Stage
04 Hieroglyphics – Miles to the Sun
05 Pharoahe Monche –The Truth
06 Canibal Ox – The F-Word RJD2 Remix
07 El-P – T.O.J
08 Yesh – Shout
09 Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious
10 J. Dilla – The $
11 Jaylib – Starz
12 DJ Jazzy Jeff & Slum Village – R U Ready
13 Common – Star *69
14 Notes to Self – Yellow & Grey
NOTES TO SELF - FOOT NOTES PART THREE
01 Notes to Self - Lifelines Remix with Vast Aire
02 Kardinal Offishall - Bakardi Slang
03 Pangea Project - Caught in the Act
04 Dilated Peoples - Reach Us
05 Little Brother - The Way You Do (Nicolay Remix)
06 Foreign Exchange – All That You Are (Nicky Van Halen Remix)
07 Ghostface Killah – Run with Jadakiss
08 Diplomats – Crunk Muzik
09 Obie Trice – The Set Up with Nate Dogg
10 Jay-Z - You Don’t Know with M.O.P.
11 The Clipse - What Happened to that Boy with Baby
12 Notes to Self (Game Dub) – Put You on the Game with Rayhaan
13 Slum Village - Reunion with J. Dilla
14 Steve Spacek – Dollar
15 De La Soul - Trying People
16 Notes to Self - Days like These
NOTES TO SELF – FOOT NOTES PART FOUR
01 Notes to Self – A Shot in the Dark
02 Lupe Fiasco – Pressure feat. Jay-Z
03 Cage – The Death of Chris Palko feat. Camu Tao
04 Dilated Peoples – Olde English with Defari
05 Ghostface Killah – Kilo
06 Jay-Z – Kingdom Come
07 Evidence – All Said and Done with Kobe
08 Blu and Exile – The Narrow Path
09 Notes to Self (Dilla Dub) – The Streets
10 Little Brother – Dreams
11 Pharoahe Monche – Bar Tap
12 De La Soul – Days of our Lives with Common
13 Kanye West – I Wonder
14 Abdominal - T.Ode with Notes to Self
15 Oddities – Coming Down with Esthero
16 Notes to Self - Don't Try this at Home
Monday, August 3, 2009
NTS X REAL FREQUENCY: AUG. 3 – FLOW 93.5FM
Tune in to FLOW 93.5FM from 11 – 1am
for THE REAL FREQUENCY SHOW
featuring special guest ON-AIR appearance
and short set by NOTES TO SELF
Hosted by ARCEE with P & INZANE on the turns.
NTS X BACKROAD RADIO: AUG. 3 – CHRY 105.5FM
Tune in to YORK U’s CHRY 105.5FM
from 6 – 8pm for BACKROAD RADIO
featuring special guest ON-AIR appearance
by NOTES TO SELF
Hosted by BOZACK MORRIS with BIG JACKS on the 1s&2s.
PEACE to THE REAL FREQS & BLACK RAP
for having us on their shows. HUGE RESPECT.
NOTES to the.
20 YEARS HIGH AND RISING TOUR
with guests Notes to Self & Ko Kapches
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.)
Tickets are $31.50 (plus any additional fees) in advance and available at Ticketmaster, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record
19+, Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
NOTES TO SELF - YELLOW & GREY REMIX with DILATED PEOPLES - OFFICIAL VIDEO
From the forthcoming 'Notes to Self' debut full-length release 'A Shot in the Dark' on BBE Records / Course of Study
Produced by Bronze One for Course of Study / Notes to Self
Directed by Matthew Bronson & James Reid (motioneer.ca)
Shot by Liner Notes (see details below)
Edited by James Reid for Motioneer (motioneer.ca)
Animation sequence by Jabari Elliot / Elicser for elicser.com / Notes to Self
Notes to Self & Dilated Peoples
Swamp Donkey, Rakaa, Evidence, Bronze One, Roshin, DJ Dopey & DJ Babu.
Specail Brrrrapps to James Reid – Liner Notes Alumnus & hardest working In-House NTS Editor (motioneer.ca) - for his dedication and loyalty - & - Jabari Elliot / Elicser (elicser.com) - for his love & continued efforts and support. and to Jason Janarious – Photographer & Videographer - who really helped us shoot this last minute on the drop of a dime.
Thank Yous -
Support Team (Not to be Forgotten):
Rayhaan Quraishi (Liner Notes) & Sean C.
Benjamin Young Hart (Liner Notes) for Greenwood Yard
Adam & Alain / Parishil Studio
Patrick from What's the 411
Jay at REMG
BRL's Alive & Lightskin at CHUO 89
Special acknowledgments go out to Asif Mian for his time and support - & - of course, last but note least - our official extended Notes 5th or 6th member, ha, and partner in crime - Bookworm - for the 'knock heavy' audio mix of Yellow & Grey. Huge. And one-handed claps to GC for the future. See previous 'The Making Of...' Blog for further detailing in our Myspace Blogs: (second one from the top or see link below) http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=25895738&page=2 and Salute to Ev, Rak & Babs - Thank You Gentlemen.
Thank you to all of our families. Enjoy, we did.
Notes to Self
Props to Jeremy Martin!
Monday, May 11, 2009
I shouldn't have left you without a post for this long.... even if no one is checking for it!
OK, OK, so lots has happened since 08. Our EP Warning Shots is out. you can cop it through various online stores including iTunes
We also did a little
What else, what else. Oh!
Our debut album "A Shot In The Dark" is coming out on BBE records (same as the EP) July 7 for
I guess that's it for now. Expect posts with to come more regularly in the future.
P.S. (Yellow & Grey Remix video with Dilated Peoples coming soon)