Rank #1: Ep. 75 - Lord Scotch 79 / KEO X-MEN
The often mythologized Lord Scotch is our special guest on the 75th episode of The House List podcast. Under the moniker KEO, he's been known for his deep roots in the NYC Graf world. Yet for years, among the inner circles of old school Rap historians there has been talk of Blake / KEO / SCOTCH79th as the original White Rapper. Note the intro from 1984, two years before the Beastie Boys debut 'Licensed To Ill' was released. Brooklyn born, native, we delve deep into the topic within the frame-work of a New York City life-story. This is a hustler's tale, an artist's tale. His has had many twists and turns, up and downs. I met him through my first release on Female Fun Records, MF DOOM's 'Special Herbs' Volume 1, which he art-directed (along with Operation: Doomsday, and numerous other related titles). But even that is just a very small piece to the puzzle of this person. as you will soon come to learn. We go in, hope you enjoy. Thank you for listening.
Mar 06 2018
Rank #2: Ep. 139 - Hemlock Ernst With 4-Track Hiss Tape
This is like that one scuffed unmarked cassette tape you got from the homie a long long time ago that made that move with you from your parents house to your first place and then that next one after you got dumped and then that time you drove cross country in your old Honda CR-V that still had the tape deck. You had the hand written tracklist at some point, when the homie gave it to you, but as you know that was long long gone. Probably still under the couch from your first apartment. Could but under the passenger seat. You had this back when you still smoked Bidi's and chipped away at the resin bowl when it played on the dust covered boombox out in the backyard. You washed the dishes with headphones on with this, probably mowed your lawn or shoveled some snow with the chord getting in the way. Remember the homie, Hemlock Ernst, he put you up on all types of unknown rappers. Dubs of dubs, surgically taking The Cuf, Darkleaf, Third Sight, The Nonce, Saafir and many of joints you and your other homies tried for years to find .. but this tape was the only place you heard it. Here it is again, friend.
May 27 2020
Rank #3: Ep. 67 - MC Paul Barman
During the recent blizzard in New York City - our host Peter Agoston sat with very special guest MC Paul Barman to talk life. Paul is known for his acrostics, has a brand new album on the horizon. Having just recently released a free-mix-tape on his bandcamp, our host had plenty to ask him. They also share a birthday as well as shared a bottle of wine over the convo, so things wind in many directions much like Paul's own rhyme-patterns. Fresh for 2018, this is the first episode recorded in the new year. Please subscribe on SoundCloud - we are trying to get sub's up to 500 by end of month!
Jan 08 2018
Rank #4: Ep. 130 - DJ7L - 2020 Quarantine Mix
This past weekend the Hip-Hop community worldwide got a nice shot in the arm watching RZA and Primo trade joints as stars and fans alike vibed in quarantined unison. In this episode of The House List, Boston's highly respected, long established, DJ and producer 7L (Czarface, 7L & Esoteric)delivers an all vinyl, all Hip-Hop DJ mix in it's true form. A great companion piece for all y'all. He takes some classic yet lesser known tracks/white labels from the mid and late 90's and lays it down cassette tape mix style. This would be one of those joints never to leave your car stereo or walkman, with mad flavors from acts like The Beatnuts, Shades of Brooklyn, Scientifik, Ground Floor, The Legion and much more. This is a MUST listen for any head of any age, classical DJ mix from one of the modern greats.
Apr 13 2020
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Rank #5: Ep. 81 - Double K (PUTS)
Special 4/20 Edition of The House List with my real good buddy and longtime hip-hop junkie a-alike DJ Double K aka LA Mike! Often considered a man of mystery by many of the faithful followers of People Under The Stairs, Mike and I sat down on the porch at his house with some old friends and shot the gift about his life for a few. Hope you dig this. If you smoke, you may roll one up to it now. If not, you can just sit back and catch a contact. Pick up that LA Mike album which just dropped where-ever you can find it and check PUTS when they play a show near your town, over at: puts.band - don't forget to mash that subscribe button and leave a donation if ya feeling generous!
Apr 20 2018
Rank #6: Ep. 111 - Celph Titled
Celph Titled is our guest on today's very special episode to The House List. Many know his work both as a producer and vocalist combined with Apathy, but within the many facets of groups like the prolific Demigodz and Army of the Pharaohs - here we dig into the origin story of his first group Equilibrium and much more. We even get some rec.music.hiphop talk in, for the older-older heads. Recorded in Los Angeles while on tour with Apathy.
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Oct 09 2019
Rank #7: Ep. 40 - Prince Paul + DJ PForReal
In this epic 40TH episode (now on YouTube!) of The House List we sat with the iconic Prince Paul and his son Paul aka DJ PForreal to talk life, music and records. We announce the long-awaited re-issue of Prince Paul's 2005 conceptual masterpiece "Itstrumental" on our host Peter Agoston's long dormant label Female Fun - we also delve into Young Paul's bubbling career in Atlanta, as a radio DJ, producer and tour DJ for mega-star Lil Uzi Vert... and how it somehow all started when Peter Agoston booked a then 15 year old PForreal his first gig as an opening to for the GZA at the Knitting Factory over a decade ago! There are lots of nuggets in this convo! Back-story on 'Itstrumental', the making of Chris Rock's Grammy winning 'Roll With The New', Stet, De La and much more. So just Subscribe and listen! Also - every epsiode is now on the YouTubes (search "HouseListPodcast" and sub there!!). Feel free to share this with friends!
Jun 30 2017
Rank #8: Ep. 102 - DJ Mister Cee
We start 2019 off right with another in-depth journey of the life of an artist. Today I sat with Brooklyn's own DJ Mister Cee with an extensive breakdown of his career in the culture of hip-hop. Longtime DJ for Big Daddy Kane, we run down in detail the makings of almost all of Kane's albums, from the perspective of the DJ. This actually is dedicated to all the DJ's out there, in fact. Mister Cee also played a huge roll in helping Notorious BIG on the outset of his career, he shares some great stories of his times with Biggie as well. There are a lot of jewels in this, Cee is a great conversationalist and a king-level DJ. Hope you enjoy and don't forget to subscribe! Follow DJ Mister Cee on IG: https://www.instagram.com/djmistercee Great selection of Mister Cee mixes here: https://www.mixcloud.com/discover/dj-mister-cee/
Jan 18 2019
Rank #9: Ep. 106 - Group Home
Group Home's debut album Livin' Proof is an impenetrable piece of street art. From DJ Premier's production, Danny Hasting's photographic layout to the gruff and honest vocals by Lil Dap and Melachi The Nutcracker. It isn't their only album though, I truly enjoy revisiting 1999's A Tear For The Ghetto as well. Last year they dropped the LP Forever and off the record, I know they have some big stuff coming soon. This is the last convo recorded at my old Brooklyn apt / studio. Hope you enjoy, please subscribe and spread the word. Lil Dap: https://twitter.com/thelildap stream Group Home: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/group-home/20503176 https://open.spotify.com/artist/48elQHSJ3DmffHQpf89jxX
Feb 23 2019
Rank #10: Ep 63 - Deantoni Parks
All new conversation with the extra prolific percussionist/producer Deantoni Parks! The two met in Brooklyn amidst John Cale's 75th birthday/Velvet Underground 50th anniversary shows, in which Deantoni was the drummer. They riff on his life and career in true House List fashion, in a rare long-form convo. Deantoni's work has spanned Mars Volta, Thundercat, KUDU, Flying Lotus, Cut Chemist, Meshell Ndegeocello among many others.
Dec 04 2017
Rank #11: Ep. 54 - Del the Funky Homosapien
There are so many things I tend to associate with Del - longevity, Oakland, Funk, and a unmatched brand of creative sage-like-grit as a dude with lyrics upon lyrics for days and days. We had a great convo - Leading into the moment he had to grab a van to join The Gorillaz for a headline festival set here in NYC. On the off-set of the talk, we play an old unlabeled cassette home-made album - from there on the chat encompasses a mass of reflection, technique and opinion. It's something you can only catch here on The House List podcast - so we hope you enjoy - please subscribe and tell your neighbor too as well!
Sep 18 2017
Rank #12: Ep. 60 - DJ Spinna
Fresh off the brand new, first-time, digital-release of the Jigmastas' seminal debut 'Infectious' (djspinna.bandcamp), our host Peter Agoston and the one and only DJ Spinna caught up for a casual convo on Spinna's storied career. A hour or so barely scratches the surface with Spinna, whose production credits roots go deep between hip-hop, house, funk and beyond - but the guys manage to cover plenty of ground. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY in Nov of 2017 - enjoy, subscribe, and spread the word! Oh, and cop that 'Infectious' re-issue!
Nov 13 2017
Rank #13: Ep. 121 - DJ Randy Watson - Funk Sofistikate Vol 2
DJ Randy Watson aka Ron is a long time member of the fabled Funkmosphere DJ crew from out of Los Angeles. Many of you that know Dam-Funk's work and history will be very familiar with this historic DJ residency that ran for 10 strong years in the LA area. Ron has always been the secret weapon of that squad, to me, and I always enjoyed his contributions. Great DJ that doesn't get the props I think he deserves, so I asked him if he'd be down to do a DJ mix for the podcast! If you are a fan of Modern-Funk, Deep Soul & RGB, house and disco ... definitely an lively dance-party starter conveniently hosted by your favorite podcast 'The House List' - please subscribe and post this freely and share among friends. Here is the tracklist! Also, check out Ron's Soundcloud: @djrandywatson
1) Boogaloo - You Gotta Have Freedom
2) Rednose Distrikt - Maaitiemai
3) Tuxedo – Gabriel’s Groove (ft. Gabriel Garzón-Montano)
4) Benny Sings - Not Enough (Tux Refux)
5) Lou Phelps - Come Inside (DJ RW Dub Edit)
6) Kaytranada - What You Need (ft. Charlotte Day Wilson)
7) Jex Opolis - DZE
8) Reverend P - Soul Fire
9) Earth Wind & Fire - In the Stone (The Reflex Revision)
10) Zackey Force Funk - Yo Bael
11) McClenney - Untitled (Funk #2)
12) Malka Family - Body & Soul (Chez Roger)
13) Reel People & Angie Stone – Don’t Stop the Music (Art of Tones Modern Disco Mix)
14) Grace Jones - Williams Blood (Yam Who Electric Dub)
15) Dego - Unknown Faults
16) Terrace Martin Ft. Rose Gold - Think of You (TBG I Think I Love You Remix)
17) L.T.D. - Love to The World (Kon's Breakdown Mix)
18) Raphael Saadiq - So Ready
19) Zo! - Just Whatcha Like (ft. Joi)
20) Missy Elliott - I'm Really Hot (Midas Hutch Remix)
21) Nas & Ginuwine - Owe Me (Midas Hutch Remix)
22) Karizma - Will You Dance with Me
23) Funky Destination - Come Back to Me (Soopasoul Remix)
24) Prince - Chelsea Rodgers
25) Dam-Funk - Surveillance Escape
26) Emerson - Sending All My Love Out
Mar 11 2020
Rank #14: Ep. 39 - Malik Abdul-Rahmaan
Our host Peter Agoston didn't know a lot about guest Malik Abdul-Rahmaan before they sat down for this talk but by it's conclusion they time-traveled through one striking life story. As there is much more to this low-key Brooklyn-based beat-maker/producer than meets the eye. Having never met prior, we get treated to a pretty unique tale of how music can quiet literally keep someone one sane in the face of great duress. They also break down Malik's most recent release "Field Research: Malaysia", and we play snippets at the intro and outro of this show. Enjoy and hey please don't forget to share, like and subscribe! Help us get the word out!
Jun 15 2017
Rank #15: Ep 36 - DJ Jonathan Toubin
On this episode host Peter Agoston and DJ Jonathan Toubin track the New York Night Train curator/promoter's life and career by way of a lesson or two in regional music history. The Soul Clap and Dance-Off master JT breaks down a bit of Post-War Soul with a dash of post 9/11 NYC and mid 90's Texas to match. We hear of his DJ tour in Israel, the lineage of his many NYC residencies and the two reflect on overcoming their own individual tragedies to break back into the other side. It's an epic chat ripe with anecdotal gems and personal revelations. Don't forget to subscribe and comment! This episode is sponsored by House of Marley's brand new 'Stir It Up' Turntable - email us by JUNE 1st to enter to win a free one at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22 2017
Rank #16: Ep. 124 - Dooley O - The Beat Segment #3
Years ago on my old record label Female Fun, I dropped a mixtape from my friend Dooley O. It was called The Beat Segment. Now, the Beat Segment started as a cable access TV show or a VHS video magazine. Dooley has been involved in all things hip-hop from the jump - as a producer, rapper, DJ, graf artist and painter, videographer/director and more. He bleeds art. He has sick records and has been digging for years, way before it was ever even trendy. I asked him very nicely to produce an all new Beat Segment for the podcast and he obliged. I appreciate it and I think you're gonna like this. It's mad soulful, political, and just very timely. Listen to it when you bump it, some good records in there! Please send it to people into funk, soul, rare groove and all of that. Doesn't matter where they are or how old, just put them onto this. We need you the listener to help get the word out!! Be safe and ENJOY!
Mar 28 2020
Rank #17: Ep. 13 - Brian Coleman
Ep. 13 - Brian Coleman - Many folks out there know how deep 'The House List' host Peter Agoston's hip-hop roots travel so it's always a treat when he can sit in conversation with a fellow hip-hop journalist/collector. Here Peter and Author/journalist Brian Coleman do just that. You may know Coleman from his books - authoring three definitive hip-hop music tomes in the last 5 years - the self-published 'Rakim Told Me' and 'Check The Technique' (pts 1 and 2) - essential reading from the curious, casual fan to the intellectual inquisitive music-thinker. Funk spelunking at its most thoro. A longtime Boston resident, we dig deep into more than just the music of hip-hop but the worlds of local punk/hardcore/ska. With such ground covered in his books - host Peter Agoston and Coleman cover some key bits on hip-hop's most revered full-lengths.. Brian is also a player in the 'Get On Down' release-series - the cats behind recent Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang and Slum Village 7" box-sets among many others. A must listen for burgeoning music writers and hip-hop heads alike. Ok.. enough bio-typing, just listen!
Dec 21 2016
Rank #18: Ep. 14 - Michelle Cable (Pt. 1)
In the final episode of 'The House List' for 2016, host Peter Agoston sat with old friend and colleague Michelle Cable in special extended two-part convo! Cable runs the highly respected Panache Booking agency - regarded worldwide as one of the more distinguished independent agencies in North America.. Panache currently represents a roster of beloved bands including: Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Reigning Sound + many more. The first part of this conversation we cover her origin story. Born in DC her family soon moved cross-country to the quaint Northern California town of Fortuna. When Michelle was in high school, she established Panache originally as a zine. Host Agoston first met Cable as a teenage publisher/show-promoter and would soon become a regular contributor to the distinctive DIY-rag. The two delve deep into Humboldt-talk - laying a rich landscape of context as old friends catch up and reminisce. Part Two continues into Michelle's move to NYC (+ most recently to LA) and the evolution of her magazine into a full-service touring/booking agency. There is a lot more covered too so enjoy part one and thank you for listening and all the support in 2016! Look for much more in the new year!
Dec 28 2016
Rank #19: Ep. 82 - Burger Records (Sean & Lee)
Sean Bohrman and I went to college together in a small California town called Arcata. No, not Arcadia, that is in Los Angeles. Arcata at the very top of that state. We graduated from the Humboldt State University's School of Journalism in the early 2000's. We worked at the school paper, The Lumberjack. Where I contributed album review and music features and Sean madly penned manifestos. We had both long since decided what we wanted from life long before college, but to incubate and trip-out at Humboldt was a purely rad coincidence. Last time I saw him was 2012 SXSW and the last time I saw Lee, his partner in the Burger Records empire was at Third Man in Nashville with People's Temple. We recorded this at their awesome, brick and mortar store in Fullerton, California. It was fun and really made me miss California, because everyone was stoned and happy. Was a very fun episode to record - Burger Records site is: http://burgerrecords.com - lots of incredible releases. Sean's on-going radio show is here: https://www.mixcloud.com/burgerrecords - buy tickets to Burger Boogaloo '18 here: http://burgerboogaloo.com/
Apr 24 2018
Rank #20: Ep. 57 - Yoni Wolf (WHY?)
Host Peter Agoston and our guest, the prolific Yoni Wolf (aka WHY?) have known each other for 20 years now. And for at least the last 1-2, they have been discussing recording this podcast together. Finally captured just days ago in Oakland, Calif - the circumstances behind this meeting were by no means by choice. After the tragic, sudden passing of San Francisco based DJ/friend Stephanie Ornelas on Oct 1st, Agoston quietly put together an intimate and impactful celebration-of-life concert in San Francisco on Oct 12th at the Elbo Room. Yoni Wolf, one of the many performers, flew in from his home-base of Cincinnati for a performance. Peter DJ'ed for him and the day after, they sat for this convo. Discussing his life growing up in Ohio, the fateful move to the Bay Area and all points between - Agoston languid from the concert hopes that the listener isn't too confused by his semi-stream-of-conscious pontification with our nice guest. Yoni also produced a great podcast called 'The Wandering Wolf' and most recently released a brand new album entitled 'Moh Lhean' - peep both.
Oct 23 2017