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Farm Fresh and Mood Ruff
ORIGINALLY based in Brandon and later Winnipeg, but now run out of Vancouver, Rod Bailey's (a.k.a. mcenroe) influential Peanuts and Corn label was part of the first wave of Prairie hip hop and played massive role in helping promote, develop and document the fledgling scene.
Home to Bailey's own Farm Fresh, early Mood Ruff, the Break Bread crew, Fermented Reptile and solo artists such as John Smith, Pip Skid, Gruf, Yy and Birdapres, Peanuts and Corn was one of the city's more prolific independent labels.
To mark 20 years as a label, Bailey is digging in the archives and remastering and re-releasing albums from the label's early days. First up is Farm Fresh's EP from 1994, featuring Roddy Rod (a.k.a. mcenroe), Wicked Nut (a.k.a. Pip Skid) and DJ Boba Phat the Bootie Hunta (a.k.a. DJ Hunnicutt). Peanuts and Corn's second release was Mood Ruff's Maxim, originally released in early 1995. Mood Ruff were Spitz the Microphone Hitter (now known as Dow Jones) and Dazol the Daydream Fiend (Odario Williams from Grand Analog).
Everyone who is on those first two P&C tapes is still involved in music, a testament to their commitment to hip hop and the importance of the recordings to Winnipeg's music culture. The albums are available as name-your-price download.
The P&C crew will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reunion show on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Good Will Social Club. Expect live performances from Farm Fresh, mcenroe, Pip Skid, Smitty, Yy, Gruf, Hunnicutt, Different Shadez of Black and whoever else is back in town for the holidays.
Video of the Week: One Dish Winnipeg
One Dish Winnipeg is a recently launched web series that explores some of the signature dishes that restaurants in the city are known for. The slick-looking series has already featured mac & cheese from the Marion Street Eatery and the Summer Breeze from Nuburger.
While this could easily turn into a sprawling web series, given the number of restaurants in the city, it appears that only five episodes are currently slated for production.
Download of the Week: Duotang -- Unreleased EP (Free Press exclusive)
AFTER being asked to perform at Mint Records' annual Ridiculously Early Xmas Party last month in Vancouver, Winnipeg's Duotang are getting back together to play a couple of shows, revisiting songs from their three albums and some of the impeccable covers the duo have always been known for. It's been eight years since bassist Rod Slaughter (Novillero) and drummer Sean Allum have played together, but their chemistry onstage is one of those intangibles that make Duotang a band you don't want to miss live.
Along with the critically acclaimed albums released by Mint (available to stream via Spotify or Rdio), the duo recorded a four-song EP that was never officially publicly released.
Duotang returns to the stage in Winnipeg on Dec. 26 at the Good Will Social Club. Joanne Rodriguez's (the Angry Dragons, the VaGiants) new project, Chica Boom Boom, will open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance at Music Trader, the Good Will or online at ticketfly.com.