July 17, 2009


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July 9, 2009

CD Release Concert in Ojai

On FRIDAY JULY 10th ---> USA debut of our new album Granada Doaba will be hosted at Farmer + the Cook in Ojai, CA.

The show is free!

The concert will feature live performances by:

Russ Baggerly (Flamenco guitar)
Stanislov's Dog (Middle Eastern music with Daniel Eshoo, Rod Martinez, Raymond Powers)
Twin Trip (indie rock with Felix Penny and Micah Van Hove)
Gnotes + Teddy Jack (electro-acoustic guitar)
Gnawledge (global hip-hop with Granada Doaba)

Music will start at 7pm. Before the concert at 6pm, Canyon Cody will give a talk about his Fulbright research project about multi-cultural music in Spain. There will be drinks and delicious organic food. For more info, email canyon [at] gnawledge [dot] com

April 13, 2009

Granada Doaba remix project

Gnawledge's instrumental record Granada Doaba is done and the remix project has just barely begun, but we already got some amazing contributions...

First, a peek into the kitchen of French rapper Kaya while she practices lyrics over the Granada Doaba instrumental "Nunca Fui A Granada" [featuring Gnotes on the guitar + cajon]. Video recorded in the Albaicín (Granada, Spain)

Gnawledge - "Nunca Fui A Granada (Kaya Remix)" Download MP3

Second, we got a wicked bilingual dance track from Moses, an MC from the nuAi tribe.

Gnawledge - "Bohemia Al-Andalus (Moses Remix)" Download MP3

anyone else down for a collab?

Murs "Everyday" (Gnotes Remix)

Gnotes contributed a beat to the Murs remix contest. Always a dutiful rule-abider, Gnotes' instrumental contains no samples (as per stipulated); Gnotes plays live bass, guitar, accordion, bongos and MPC.

Murs - "Everything (Gnotes Remix)" Download MP3

James Blunt? really?

March 6, 2009

Knaan + Granada Doaba [Music Video]

music video smashup silliness to fill the time before Granada Doaba's April 21st release.

much thanks to knaan, chubb rock, carlos saura, el niño de las pinturas, sunny marley, afro dz ak, mohammad dominguez and tú también.

February 24, 2009

Knaan "ABCs" (Gnawledge Remix)

Knaan "ABC" [Gnawledge Remix]

The first Granada Doaba mash-up is from El Canyonazo, who hadn't done a proper smashie since "Emergency Xxplosives". The vocals are from Knaan's "ABCS" [feat. Chubb Rock] from his new album Troubadour.

The instrumental is "La Senda del Abuelo" from our hip-hop flamenco album Granada Doaba, featuring Gnawledge bredren Afro DZ ak on trumpet and Mohammed Dominguez on the darbuka drum. The guitar sample is from flamenco guitarist Juan Habichuela's song "Coge la Senda" (featuring singer Marina Heredia's voice at the end) from his Latin Grammy award-winning album Una Guitarra en Granada.

While in Granada, we were lucky enough to work with Juan Habichuela' grandson, an amazing 19 year old guitarist of the same name, but we'll have to save that story for another day . . .

BUY --> Knaan's new album Troubadour

February 3, 2009

Bohemia Al-Andalus [Yanng Remix]

The first Granada Doaba remix is from a Spanish MC named Yanng, who sharpened his canines performing every week with a live band at the Sunday JamSessions at BoogaClub in Granada (Spain).

Yanng came by the Gnawledge studio with his compañero Asis (video below) and freestyled over the instrumental "Bohemia Al-Andalus." Yanng went home with the beat his brain and scribed us a Doaba anthem:

"Eso no son rumbas de feria,
es una fusión de músicas serias.
Música antigua, ahora hecha nueva.

Much respect to Yanng for breaking the seal on the Granada Doaba remix project.

Anyone else interested? We got strumentals --> doaba@gnawledge.com

January 23, 2009

Kaya - Metaform Crush Remix

The producer Metaform is working with Gnotes and Elemental Zazen on both of their upcoming albums, but this here's just a likkle bootlegd remix of his track "Crush" from Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, one of my favorite albums of 2008.

Metaform - "Crush (Kaya Remix)" Download MP3

Kaya [aka Cat Gomez] is a French MC based in Granada (Spain) who collaborated with Gnawledge on Granada Doaba. For the anglophonos in the room, she's rappin in français until 1:38 and then reboots into espangñol for the finish.

Metaform's blenditure of instrumental hip-hop and old-school funk is right up my cup o'tea alley. Support the artist.

January 20, 2009

Gnotes - "Guitars in the Trunk"

The first track form Gnotes' 2006 album INTHRUMENTAL, "Guitars in the Trunk" is about the Gnawledge Records trip to Cuba for the 10th annual Havana Hip-Hop Festival. We brought a mobile studio down to do some recording with Anonimo Consejo, a pair of Cuban MCs.

When we arrived at the José Martí International Airport, the security agents were unbothered by our guitars and drum machines, but they were not happy about us importing microphones into Cuba.

Video by Canyon Cody.

"The human voice is a beautiful thing,
but the human voice is a powerful thing.
They confiscated our bags when we got off the plane.
Suitcase with instruments and all types
of machines that make beats,
but they only took the mics.
Charged with illegal vocal amplification,
Locked my mic behind the cell
but released us form the station.
Homeless, lazy, lifeless, sunk.
Technics in the backseat,
Guitars in the trunk."

Purchase Gnotes' Inthrumental @ iTunes, Amazon or CDBaby, but whatever you do, don't bootleggus.

MySpace: Gnotes + Anonimo Consejo

January 16, 2009

Gnotes "Angels Are Trouble"

From Gnotes' 2006 album Inthrumental from Gnawledge Records, "Angels Are Trouble" explores the dangers of tings so good. Featuring bad lypsync from Canyon Cody, reefer madness and brazilian devils.

Purchase Inthrumental @ iTunes, Amazon or CDBaby, but whatever you do, don't bootleggus.

January 9, 2009

Gnotes "Windmills"

Recently back from Granada (Spain), Gnotes breaks the seal on 2009 with "Windmills". Gnotes made the beat, big ups to Russ Meyer for the footage

Gnotes is back in Seattle with a new album coming in the Spring.

More musik --> Gnotes @ MySpace