Thundercat is a multi-genre, multi-talented musician who has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and more.
Born into a musical family in Los Angeles, jazz musician Kamasi Washington attended the prestigious Hamilton High School of Music followed by UCLA. He has toured and recorded with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq, Kendrick Lamar, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def and Chaka Khan, among others. With his 10-piece band, the Next Step, Kamasi recently released his groundbreaking album The Epic and is currently on tour worldwide. Connect with Kamasi on Facebook, Twitter, his artist website and the Brainfeeder label website.
The year 2016 has been a troubled one. But our contributors have triumphed over the darkness by penning some of the best music writing of the year (in our humble opinion). So, as this year draws to a close, we’re celebrating some of our favorite pieces and podcasts of the last 365 days.
—Brenna Ehrlich, Talkhouse Music Editor-in-Chief
At Pitchfork Music Festival, we gave Carly Rae Jepsen the chance to ask head Beach Boy Brian Wilson any question she could dream of. Hear the singer kick off today’s Talkhouse Music Podcast with her choice.
Next, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Kamasi Washington sat down to talk growing up playing music together, working with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, the last conversation Thundercat ever had with J Dilla, and much more.
We recorded even more podcasts backstage at Pitchfork Music Fest, including Julia Holter and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Porches’ Aaron Maine and Shamir, BJ the Chicago Kid and Mick Jenkins, and Spencer Tweedy and Whitney. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop!
Kamasi Washington recommends:
Yusef Lateef – “Morning”
Aram Khachaturian – “Sabre Dance”
Igor Stravinsky – “The Rite of Spring”
Lester Young – “Stardust”
Gamelan Music – “Tjatrik” from Java the Jasmine Isle: Gamelan Music
Father – “Everybody in the Club Gettin’ Shot”
Hiroshi Sato – “Say Goodbye”