Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Summer In The City”

Damn, it's been hot. Hot enough to make the phrase Hotter Than July seem like an impossibility, hot enough to rewire the entire idea of…
Nate Patrin | August 20, 2019 - 11:42 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “Handclapping Song”

When Art Neville's passing was announced on Monday, the role he played in the musical heritage of postwar New Orleans was given the kind of…
Nate Patrin | July 25, 2019 - 11:38 am

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“Good Times” At 40: The Hip-Hop Legacy Of Chic’s Immortal Smash

Forty years ago this weekend, Chic released one of music's great historical delineation points (and a mother of a dancefloor-filler). "Good Times" is more than…
Nate Patrin | June 28, 2019 - 12:01 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “Midnight Theme”

Sometimes the most fascinating breaks come from songs we probably wouldn't even know about at all unless someone sampled them. It's a testament to how…
Nate Patrin | May 22, 2019 - 11:38 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “UFO”

Back around Dilla Day, I took a look at one of the most famous sirens in hip-hop and dance music -- the wooooop that kicked
Nate Patrin | April 23, 2019 - 2:12 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “A Garden Of Peace”

It happened again: Someone sampled "A Garden Of Peace."
Nate Patrin | March 18, 2019 - 11:55 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “I Walk On Guilded Splinters”

Twenty-five years ago today, Beck dropped Mellow Gold and disappointed at least a few of my friends who were expecting to hear more songs like…
Nate Patrin | March 1, 2019 - 10:21 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “King Of The Beats”

It can be bittersweet reminiscing about J Dilla during his birth week: celebrating his 2/7 birthday and the 2006 release of his instrumental beat tape/masterpiece…
Nate Patrin | February 11, 2019 - 10:52 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “Rapper Dapper Snapper”

Edwin Birdsong passed last Monday at the age of 77. And I know it's a funny thing to furrow my brow over when I'm eulogizing…
Nate Patrin | January 28, 2019 - 12:34 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “When The Levee Breaks”

Fifty years ago this week, Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut album, and -- well, it's Led Zeppelin, you know the deal. Revolutionized hard rock,…
Nate Patrin | January 11, 2019 - 1:51 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “Ripped Open By Metal Explosions”

When songwriter/composer/pianist Galt MacDermot passed away last week one day shy of his 90th birthday, the people who memorialized him could be paired off into…
Nate Patrin | December 24, 2018 - 11:09 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “Apache”

This is a column about renowned samples, and let's face it: none are more notorious, or have a stranger origin, than the Incredible Bongo Band's…
Nate Patrin | December 11, 2018 - 1:42 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “Nautilus”

Like Steely Dan, Bob James has found favor due to a level of now-elusive sophisticated smoothness that translates surprisingly well to hip-hop reinterpretation.
Nate Patrin | November 26, 2018 - 1:23 pm

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Breaks With Tradition: “As Long As I’ve Got You”

Last Friday was the 25th anniversary of a release date that hip-hop enthusiasts have staged arguments around for years. On November 9, 1993, both A…
Nate Patrin | November 13, 2018 - 11:59 am

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Breaks With Tradition: “Hung Up On My Baby”

This feels like one of those statements that seems obvious to the point of redundancy, but it's always worth pointing out: Isaac Hayes is one…
Nate Patrin | October 30, 2018 - 11:41 am
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