I hadn't caught the Physics (pictured at left, photo by Cahn Solo) live until last weekend, when they played my Audioasis showcase at the Sunset. Elegant performers with silky flow that mysteriously manages to avoid the synthetic ambience that mars much R&B-influenced hip-hop for me, the Physics' new EP, High Society (available as a free download over here), is likely to land on a lot of year-end top 10 lists. Their video for "Ready 4 We" is after the jump.
At least once a year--typically in fall or winter--I fall in love with Tom Waits all over again. At the moment, I'm particularly fond of "Emotional Weather Report", from the 1975 classic, Nighthawks at the Diner. Here's a most excellent clip of Waits delivering his morose forecast in 1977: