After the jump, a very special bonus episode of Beat Connection in which the immortal Tucker Stone blesses Nate and Marty with his opinions on select Action Bronson lyrics. One thousand verbal fire emojis.
After the jump, the latest episode of Beat Connection finds Nate and Marty taking the temperature of the year in music so far, by way of running through each of their top five favorite albums and songs.
0:00:00 - 0:23:09 Fresh off the plane back from Seattle, Nate gives a run down of this year's Experience Music Project Conference, touching on poptimism, Missy Elliot, the 70s New York punk scene, Lester Bangs and the overwhelming choice for worst song of all time
0:23:09 - 0:43:09 Heat Check on the music streaming service Tidal, brought to you by Jay-Z and the rest of the Illuminati
0:43:09 - 0:54:35 Nate dusts off some of his Dope Archival Shit, beginning with The Slits' 1979 dub-punk album Cut
0:54:35 - 1:05:08 - We look at The Herbaliser's Very Mercenary (1999) and its place in the instrumental hip-hop pantheon
1:05:08 - 1:21:29 - And we wrap by diving into Blue Oyster Cult's Agents of Fortune (1976), debating just how reviled they were in the 70s, and contemplating the legacy of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"