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Summer European Tour Announced!

After an incredible, mostly sold-out, tour of Europe this Winter, the Bizarre Ride Live crew are excited to announce that they will be returning to European shores this Summer! The guys will be touching down in some new spots, as well as re-visiting friends on the Continent, so if you missed it last time – now is your chance to experience the unique show that is Bizarre Ride Live!

Summer 2013 Tour Dates:

20.06.13 Lille
21.06.13 Vienna
22.06.13 Hannover
23.06.13 Den Haag
24.06.13 Frankfurt
25.06.13 Erlangen
26.06.13 Heidelberg
27.06.13 Glastonbury
28.06.13 London
29.06.13 Manchester
30.06.13 Glasgow
01.07.13 Liverpool
02.07.13 Paris
03.07.13 Venedig
04.07.13 München
05.07.13 Münster
06.07.13 Rotterdam
07.07.13 Dublin
08.07.13 Brighton


Last year saw the twentieth anniversary of the Pharcyde’s magnetic debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, and it is with due reason that the label who released it back in 1992, Delicious Vinyl, have been relentlessly celebrating its legacy.

As well as releasing a comprehensive re-issue of Bizarre Ride, Delicious Vinyl have been touring the epic live show Bizarre Ride Live with original members Fatlip and SlimKid3, and producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay.

To mark the record’s anniversary celebrations, and in anticipation of the upcoming Bizarre Ride Live U.S. and Europe tour dates, DJ Chris Read from the U.K. has put together a special mixtape for the label. Read is one of London’s finest DJ’s, and as well as being the driving force behind long-established Music of Substance, is a recording artist for BBE Records and former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ.

The depth and ambition of Read’s previous mixtapes is staggering, and so Wax Poetics is pleased to premier the Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary Mixtape. And to get some context, we spoke to Chris to hear some of his experiences of and thoughts on the classic hip-hop record:

When did you first hear Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde?
I was at school. We’d trade tapes and that sort of thing, so I probably heard it in a friend’s car or somewhere like that. I was a skater as a kid, so I’d grab a ride to places to skate with some of the older kids and we’d always listen to new stuff in the car.

How would you describe the overall sound of the record?
I guess to describe when I first heard it, the best word would be refreshing. It was certainly something unexpected from a West Coast act at the time. It had that sense of fun and offbeat humour that was present on albums like 3 Feet High and Rising, but the Pharcyde definitely put their own spin on the sound. Plus the production and choice of sample material was pretty unique, which really set it apart.

How does digging into the DNA of a record change the way you hear it? Has creating this mix affected how you listen to Bizarre Ride now?
Making the mix really made me dig into the detail a lot more. A lot of the records they sampled are just great records which I love anyway, but doing something like this makes you pay attention in a different way. One thing which I became much more aware of is the way the vocals are laid. They re-recorded vocals for all their remixes to give each of the alternate versions a really different feel—not many people do that even now. And the way the vocals are arranged is great too, the interplay between the different members of the group.

Why do you think that the record has endured for so long?
I think mostly because it was so unique when it came out, and that sort of forges its place as a classic. Even listened to in new context that never goes away, but ultimately it’s just a great record—interesting sample material put together well with entertaining and engaging lyrics. It’s hard to fault that whether you’re listening for the first time or the hundredth time.

Tell us about the mixtape—what’s in there?
Well, it’s all based around tracks from the album but maximising use of all the various versions and associated sample material, so there are remixes from all of the singles from the album, instrumentals, acapellas, original breaks and even some interview snippets from the time of release. It’s a pretty fluid sort of mix which dips back and forth between layers of sample material and the full tracks. I would recommend giving it a listen rather than letting me describe it though!

Track List:
1) The Pharcyde – Ya Mama (Instrumental)
2) Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3) Marvin Gaye – Since I Had You (Loop)
4) The Pharcyde – Interview (1992)
5) The Pharcyde – Otha Fish (Acapella)
6) The Pharcyde – Otha Fish (LA Jay Remix)
7) The Pharcyde – Otha Fish (Instrumental)
8) Herbie Mann – Today
9) The Pharcyde – Pack the Pipe
10) Herbie Mann – Bijou
11) Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced (Loop)
12) Quincy Jones – Summer in the City
13) The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Acapella)
14) Melvin Bliss – Synthetic Substitution (Loop)
15) Roy Ayers – The Third Eye
16) The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie Mix)
17) Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills – Season of the Witch
18) The Soul Children – I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To
19) The Pharcyde – Ya Mama (J Swift Remix)
20) The Pharcyde – Ya Mama (Acapella)
21) The Pharcyde – Ya Mama (Kenny Dope Remix) (Loop)
22) Stanley Cowell – Travelin’ Man
23) The Pharcyde – On the DL (Instrumental)
24) The Pharcyde – On the DL
25) James Brown – Funky Drummer
26) The Pharcyde – Officer
27) Donald Byrd – Beale Street
28) The Pharcyde – Oh Shit (Instrumental)
29) The Pharcyde – Soul Flower (Remix Acapella)
30) The Pharcyde – Soul Flower (Remix Instrumental)
31) Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – The Show (Instrumental)
32) The Pharcyde – Return of the B-Boy
33) The JBs – Rockin’ Watergate (Loop)
34) The Pharcyde – 4 Better or 4 Worse (Acapella)


Bizarre Ride Live Winter 2013 World Tour Dates

The Bizarre Ride Across America
01.25.2013: The Shrine – Chicago, IL
01.27.2013: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
01.29.2013: Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
01.30.2013: The Middle East – Boston, MA
01.31.2013: SOB’s – New York, NY
02.02.2013: The Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.

The Bizarre Ride To Europe:
02.06.2013: 02 Academy – Bristol, UK
02.07.2013: Jazz Cafe – London, UK
02.08.2013: Sound Control – Manchester, UK
02.09.2013: Stylus – Leeds, UK
02.11.2013: Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
02.12.2013: Sommercasino – Basel, Switzerland
02.13.2013: Albani Music Club – Winterthur, Switzerland
02.14.2013: Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
02.15.2013: Batschkap – Frankfurt, Germany
02.16.2013: Kiff – Aarau, Switzerland
02.17.2013: Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
02.18.2013: Zwischenbau – Rostock, Germany
02.19.2013: Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
02.21.2013: Willemeen – Arnhem, Holland
02.22.2013: Untergrund – Bochum, Germany
02.23.2013: Kufa – Lyss, Switzerland
02.24.2013: Flex – Austria, Vienna

Bizarre Ride II Europe DJ Competition

In February 2013 Bizarre Ride Live will be hitting European shores, touching down in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the UK, to continue celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde.

To offer fans of the classic hip hop album a unique opportunity to warm up for Bizarre Ride Live on one of their european tour dates, Delicious Vinyl have teamed up with Mixcloud to launch the ‘Bizarre Ride II Europe DJ Competition’.

Entrants will need to upload a thirty minute mix to Mixcloud, and the entry that best captures the spirit of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde will win the chance to meet and play alongside Bizarre Ride Live.  For full details on the competition guidelines and how to enter, check out the Bizarre Ride II Europe Competition page on Mixcloud now!

Bizarre Ride Fest Dec. 29th At The Roxy – ON SALE NOW

Bizarre Ride Fest
Saturday Dec. 29th
The Roxy Theater – 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

General Admission ALL AGES: $20
21 & over Freak City VIP (includes On The Rox admission): $35


Bizarre Ride Live – Fatlip, SlimKid3, J-Sw!ft, L.A. Jay
Polyester the Saint
Kid Named Breezy
Quelle Chris
Cazal Organism & The Zzyzzx
Mandy Mayhem’s Hip Hop Karaoke
visual by Michael Allen
upstairs at On The Rox: Freak City VIP

A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization that provides arts instruction to under-served students in South Los Angeles

Bizarre Ride Live To Perform In Vancouver, BC Nov. 18th

Bizarre Ride Live heads up north to Canada for a performance in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, Nov. 18th. Former members of The Pharcyde SlimKid3 and Fatlip, along with Pharcyde producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay (plus special guests) will take the stage at Venue (881 Granville St.) for a set that includes The Pharcyde’s debut LP Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in its entirety. Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase yours.


Bizarre Ride Live To Headline Eagle Rock Music Festival

Eagle Rock Music Festival,going down on Saturday, Oct. 6th at the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts. SlimKid3, Fatlip, J-Sw!ft & L.A. Jay will be headlining the Dublab stage, performing The Pharcyde’s debut LP Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in its entirety. This event is open to all ages. The cost of admission is a $10 donation to the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts, and can be paid in advance here.

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is a nationally noted community street festival showcasing a variety of innovative, multicultural and local music every October since 1998. The festival hosts Los Angeles based acts at a various locations along its “main street”, Colorado Boulevard, in the progressive and multigenerational Eagle Rock neighborhood. It is designed to celebrate Eagle Rock and support local business, community and culture. The all-ages festival has set itself apart by showing a commitment to booking emerging artists who live and work in the community.

Recognized for fostering a unifying community atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music the Eagle Rock Music Festival is a local event with citywide appeal.

Over 70 bands & DJ’s, 11 Unique Stages, Food Trucks, Local Eagle Rock Businesses, Arts & Crafts and more!

Future Roots/ Global  
4pm: dublab dj
4:45pm: Contact Field Orchestra
5:30pm: dublab dj
6pm: VUM
6:45pm: Slayron of Peaking Lights (DJ Set)
7:15pm: High Places
8pm: dublab dj
8:45pm: Part Time Punks presents Rough Trade All-Stars (live)
9:30pm: Daedelus (DJ Set)
10pm: Delicious Vinyl will be presenting…Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live.
The full album will be performed from start to finish, featuring
Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, L.A. Jay &
special guests.

Camilo’s Bistro
1840 W Colorado Blvd
7-10pm: Dan Olivo & his Jazz Combo

Family Stage
2:30pm: Apple Brains
3:30pm: Ellen and Matt
4:30pm: Bloom School of Music Rock Band
5:30pm: NINE
6:30pm: Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
7:30pm: Glen Iris

LA Filipino American Church

4:00pm:  Fabiano Do Nascimento Group (Brazilian)
5:30pm: Little Faith (Roots, Gospel)
7:00pm: Anenon + Andres Renteria
8:30pm:  SASSAS soundshoppe (Experimental)

Emerging Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
Presented by KOXY Radio
In conjunction with FYF Fest and LA Record
3pm: Crimekillz
4pm: Fleeting Heart
5pm: Jared James Nichols
6pm: Vinyl Williams
7pm: So Many Wizards
8pm: Tijuana Panthers
9pm: Imperial Teen
10pm: Very Special Surprise Guest

International / Global Bass
4pm- ERHS Latin Jazz Ensemble
6pm: Buyepongo
7:10pm:  Las Cafeteras
8:20pm: The Boogaloo Assassins
9:20pm: Subsuelo
*Subsuelo (DJ between acts)

Stones Throw Stage
International / Funk / Soul / Hip Hop
3pm: Coleman (Mochilla)
4pm: Dub Club Sound System
4:45pm: The Lions
5:30pm: Vex Ruffin
6:00pm: Special Guest (Brainfeeder)
6:45pm: Jonwayne & Friends
7:15pm: Chrome Canyon
8:00pm: J-Rocc
9:00pm: Special Surprise Guest
9:45-10:55: Peanut Butter Wolf
* Hosted by Black Shakespeare of The Lions/INI Soundsystem

Women’s 20th Century Club
Folk / Roots / Americana
5:30pm: Leftover Cuties
6:45pm: Sadie and the Blue Eyed Devils
8:00pm: The Record Company
9:15pm: Triple Chicken Foot (square dance)

Jazz/Blues/Soul/Singer Songwriter
5:00pm: Jenny Luna and Moondogs
6:20pm: Tawny Ellis
7:40pm: Pilgrim
9:00pm: Curve Line Quintet

6:30pm: Santoros
7:45pm: Stephan Sowan
9:00pm: Duniven

The Ship Studios Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
3:30pm: Cigarette Bums
4:30pm: Dream Homes
5:30pm: Bloody Death Skull
6:30pm: Karmic
7:30pm: Wrightwood
8:30pm: Low Flying Owls
10:00pm: Henry Clay People

Kingsize Soundlabs Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
4pm: Captions
5pm: Buck Shot Bill
6pm: Extra
7pm: Beat Club
8pm: Terraplane Sun
9pm: Robert Schwartzman & Friends




‘When I First Heard Bizarre Ride’ : DJ Induce

A true underground classic, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is an album beloved by many. In honor of the 20th anniversary, Delicious Vinyl question various respected figures in the music industry and beyond about their experiences and feelings towards the Pharcyde…

This time we have Miami’s own crate-digging producer and DJ Induce talking to Delicious Vinyl about all things Pharcyde: songs he likes to play, the first time he heard them, and worldwide love for the band…

‘When I first heard –The Pharcyde– I was in…’?

My friend’s car, probably on the way to school. We were the only kids driving to school in like 8th grade because my friend was Brazilian and had been held back a couple of years. We would show up to middle school in a Land Cruiser bumping “4 Better or 4 Worse“, and I specifically remember our favorite nasty line which I will not repeat here.

Favorite Pharcyde song?

Pandemonium” from the Street Fighter Soundtrack. Well, maybe that’s second to the “Runnin’ (Jay Dee Remix)“. I first heard that remix on the University of Miami station when it came out. Needless to say I think it’s one of Jay Dee’s best and I could listen to it over and over ad nauseam.

Any particular Pharcyde song you like to include in your mixes or DJ sets?

That Jay Dee “Runnin'” Remix.          

Is there love for the Pharcyde in Miami?

The Pharcyde gets love all over the world…

Favourite ‘Ya Mama’ joke?

I only know a total of 2 jokes, but my favorite line from the song is: “Ya Mama got snakeskin teeth” – I love that shit!

Check out more from Induce and The Wonderful Sound here.

Words: Alice Price-Styles.