Directed by the mighty Joe Castro of “Full Spectrum” fame, the video for “Weak Stomach (Zilla Rocca Remix)” finds the Shadowboxers and Curly Castro on a midnight basement meeting gone to hell over a desperate dame, all in the bowels of South Philly
Three years under the curtain. Dust on the trench coat. Stomach empty. Diner windows daring you to come in and eat. After hours spots whispered in a bottle, hummed under dimly lit corners where the tables are empty. In Philadelphia, where there are no limits, no rules. Anything can go on.
This is the world of Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers. This is Noir Hop. This is Weak Stomach EP.__
The first release since 2010’s Broken Clocks EP,__ Weak Stomach EP is a collection of shabby pulp scribbles from Zilla Rocca and his taillight chasers The Shadowboxers. For this assignment, hisWrecking Crew gin buddy Curly Castro (Man Bites Dog Records) and Chi-Town drum rollerAlex Ludovico joined in-house card shark Blurry Drones for the knockout drops. Small Professor (Coalmine Records) and Has-Lo (Mello Music Group) took time away from fitting cement shoes to lend beats that hit your head like cheap wine.
Compiling legitimate liquor from previous Shadowboxers juke joints and Alex Ludovico’s Winning/Losing plus new cuts like a Beatles cover (“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer), a posse cut in honor of Walter White (“We Got Fangs This Year”), an ode to NYC blade runners (“Blood on Blood Converse), and crippled romance molded around a stark Elliot Smith lineage (“Stay Clean Remix”),Weak Stomach EP is a real sharp shooter, a precursor for the forthcoming LP No Vacation For Murder (which features Roc Marciano, The Kid Daytona, Geechie Suede, Open Mike Eagle, and more).
Welcome back to Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers’ brand of gunshot jazz. And don’t speak to the weak of heart. Don’t eat on a weak stomach — play your part.
Download “The Boxcutter Went” (prod by Zilla Rocca) by Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, and Elucid aka E Gutta
Sketches of the artwork for Wu-Tang Pulp by William Macey
Now that Pete Rock is starting his Soul Brotha Takeover with full lengths dropping with Camp Lo and Smif-N-Wessun, his first beat album Petestrumentals from 2001 got the deluxe 10th Anniversary re-issue via BBE Records. If you follow me, you know Roc Marciano is one of my sensais, but it wasn’t Marcberg that grabbed me. I’ve been a diehard Roc fan since the time of this song, when he was speaking through a Ronald Regan mask with Busta, Rae, and Ghost on “The Heist”, outshining Rah Digga and Flipmode on various tracks from Dirty Harriet and other soundtracks, and Barry Bonds-ing anything that Pete threw his way during his days with The UN.
“Give it To Y’all” was done around the time of Petestrumentals and The UN’s lone crew album U N or U Out (a hella slept on record and a must have for all Marcberg fanatics) and is now available on the Petestrumentals 10th Anniversary edition with instrumental and acapella. You know I had to handle the acapella like algebra, right?
Got range like Danny Ainge….
BRAND NEW! UK to Philadelphia….
“The Heat (American Language Remix)”
P.L.O. of Associated Minds (UK) featuring the Wrecking Crew: Has-Lo of Mello Music Group and Zilla Rocca & Curly Castro of Three Dollar Pistol Music.
Think Saigon’s “The Letter P” meets Smoothe The Hustler & Trigga the Gambler’s classic “Broken Language”
Has-Lo as The Spoon Bender aka The Guru Who Trained Remo aka The Top Graduating Pupil in the School of Ninjas
Curly Castro as The Hilary Clinton Blind Dater aka The Flatliner Who Kills Keifer aka The Nick Swisher Mom Musher After Smoking on a Swisha
Zilla Rocca as The Maze Maker aka The Chinese Water Torture Dripper aka The First Editor of “Clockers”
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Our good friends at WXPN’s The Key had us at the immaculate Key Studios back in January for our live in-studio session, still the coolest performance I’ve been lucky enough to do in my own backyard.
The Key has compiled a compilation with choice cuts from tons of local bands who have stopped by the studio (who all sign the walls outside of the recording space as you can see below)
So we had to join in….
Here’s the official breakdown:
“The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Summer Fiction, Moon Women, Prowler, Attia Taylor, 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Res, Purling Hiss, The Shackeltons, Soars, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Creepoid, By Surprise, Lady, Slutever, and American Babies.
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume One in its entirety as a .zip file.”
Here’s some snippets from the album Cubicle Coma from Half Past Never Band straight from Helsinki, Finland!
The guys hit me up last year after hearing my remix of Menahan Street Band’s “The Contender”. The two tracks I’m featured on “Sammy Jankis” & “Color Bars”
(which I’m very proud of) are featured in this little video sampler. Can’t wait till you hear the full joints!
If you know what Sammy Jankis is a reference to, leave a note and I’ll give you a prize.