Entries tagged with: Common
by Andrew Frisicano
SummerStage hosted the first of its two shows with Gil Scott-Heron on June 27th at Central Park. A good number of sweaty New Yorkers showed up for an afternoon in the blazing sun with Gil "from up the block," as he put it. For the most part, Gil played with a band comprised of piano, flute/sax, congas, harmonica, and himself on keys or just vocals.
Gil Scott-Heron is equal parts musician, poet and storyteller, so it was appropriate that he started with a long monologue before sitting behind the keys to play a few solo songs. The poet part came in handy when telling stories that would make most musicians blush - like recounting the libidinous origins of the term jazz ("ass and jism music," he says, which may not be so untrue). The set was varied, with clasics like "Winter in America," "Pieces of a Man" and "The Bottle," one cut off the amazing 2010 disc I'm New Here (the bluesy "I'll Take Care of You"), and even a moment for pianist Kim Gordon to play a frantic, Tower-of-Power-esque piece off her forthcoming record (backed by a synth track and congas).
Special guest Common came out to perform his verses on "My Way Home" (from Kanye's Late Registration) and "The People" (off his own Finding Forever), both of which sample Gil. Common took a minute to find his place in the band's lolling chords a bit awkardly before hitting the groove.
Gil was candid and cracked wise about his time in jail, dealing with critics and traveling Europe during the volcano. In an ideal world, we'd get the crushing I'm New Here track "Me and the Devil" paired with "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but it's pretty clear that Gil isn't about making perfect worlds.
More pictures and videos from Central Park below...
Common at Terminal Five (more by Eric Townsend)
Its a doubleheader for the hip hop fan in you! Common will play Highline Ballroom THIS SATURDAY for an early show at 8PM (tickets are on sale for $50), with Busta Rhymes headlining a separate show at the same venue at 11PM. Tickets for Busta are $20 on the day of the show, and you can RSVP to email@example.com.
Speaking of big bang MCs (no pun intended) at Highline Ballroom, Nas will team up with Damian Marley for a show on May 17th. Tickets go on sale at noon FRIDAY/TOMORROW (5/7). The duo's new album, Distant Relatives, is due on May 18th and they are schedukled to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on 7/31,
Catch Clipse at Highline Ballroom tonight (5/6).
Full Common and Nas/Damian Marley tour dates and some videos are below...
photos by Eric Townsend
Q-Tip and Common
"The Hennessy Artistry concert series ended with it's grand finale in Hip-Hop's birthplace last night in a true celebration of Hip Hop Music. As The Roots band backed Common, New York City erupted with energy unmatched even at a certain "fest" that took place last weekend. With only Common and The Roots on the bill, special guests Bilal,Don Omar, Consequence, Karen Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Q-Tip, and Queen Latifah made it night to remember. Seriously, watching Queen Latifah perform "Unity" live gave me chills." [MissInfo.TV]Pictures and videos from the night (10/7), below...
Ken Thomson (Asphalt Orchestra mem.) @ LPR (more by Andrew Frisicano)
tonight in NYC
* Kanye West @ Cipriani
* Carimi @ Brower Park
* The Fabulous Thunderbirds @ BB Kings
* Los Salseros del Hudson @ Wagner Park
* John Scofield Trio @ Madion Square Park
* Alberta Cross, Phonograph @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center's Broadway Plaza
* Cirque Du Rock: Gotham Underworld @ Highline Ballroom
* Tyshawn Sorey, Todd Neufield, Thomas Morgan @ The Stone
* The Pedrito Martinez Project @ Central Park Summerstage
* Yardwork, Beach Fossils, Sam Buck Rosen @ Death By Audio
* Chris Isaak, Michelle Branch, Dorian Spencer @ Beacon Theatre
* Portugal the Man, The Love Language, Hesta Prynn @ Mercury Lounge
* Lincoln Center OoD w/ Amir el Saffar Ensemble & Dave Brubeck Quartet @ Damrosch Park
* Music & Reading Series w/ Rachel Cohen, Brandon Stosuy, Colin Stetson, Buke & Gass @ Joe's Pub
Lots of free outdoor music tonight, so hopefully the weather holds out. One event so far, Fame at the McCarren Park SummerScreen, has been rescheduled for August 26th. (Wild at Heart, last week's cancellation, happens August 19th.) Carimi is at Brower Park. The Pedrito Martinez Project plays the Central Park Summerstage with a screening of I Am Cuba. Los Salseros del Hudson play Wagner Park. John Scofield Trio is at Madion Square Park.
Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival kicks off tonight with Amir el Saffar & Dave Brubeck and their respective bands at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. Catch Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra, who will be playing at outdoor locations through Sunday, tonight at the Lincoln Center's Broadway Plaza.
All of the above events are free, as is Alberta Cross and Phonograph at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Tyshawn Sorey plays at The Stone with Todd Neufield and Thomas Morgan -- together they form the trio on Sorey's forthcoming album, Koan.
Happy Ending Music & Reading Series hosts Rachel Cohen, Brandon Stosuy, Colin Stetson, Buke & Gass and more at Joe's Pub.
See a pair of Deerhoof videos, including the new "Jagged Fruit," below. They come to NYC on September 15th.
Kid Cudi's "Make Her Say" featuring Kanye West & Common is below too. Tonight...
CASIO G-Shock will celebrate their advancements in wristwatch technology, outline the future evolution of the Casio family of timepieces and unveil an entirely new collection of limited edition collaborative pieces.Common has a show coming up at Terminal 5.
The star-studded evening kicks off with a press conference highlighting these milestones. Cipriani 55 Wall Street will be transformed into the ultimate showplace for both the brand and for Kanye West, who will cap the night off with an exclusive performance.
Cipriani * 55 Wall Street (Between Wall and William Street): Press conference at 6:30PM, expected celebrity arrival
Los Campesinos! played Webster Hall last night. Video from that below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
The Roots @ Webster Hall - 7/30/09
"Hennessy announces the fourth annual edition of the acclaimed Hennessy Artistry series, curated and headlined by hip-hop impresario Common, with The Roots also appearing as the house band.Four Hennessey dates have been announced, one of which will take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on October 7th. I'm not sure how you get tickets at the moment, but it will probably involve doing something at Hennessey's website.
Hosted exclusively by Hennessy, each show will feature a unique blend of performers and collaborators ranging from up-and-coming talent to cameos by iconic special guests.
Says Common: "Hennessy is the master of blending, and Artistry, is all about artistic blends of music genre, culture and style. The lineup is coming together nicely. The Roots and I are really collaborating to create a musical blend of talent that will do Artistry justice. We are planning some surprises as well, it should be quite an experience and I am thrilled to be a part of it.""
You can also catch The Roots as house band each weeknight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (which Arctic Monkeys play tonight - 8/4), and on a regular basis with special guests at the Highline Ballroom.
Last week (7/30) The Roots played a Diesel-sponsored show where they were joined on the Webster Hall stage by Lykke Li (who played All Points West on Sunday). All Hennessey dates, a Hennessey trailer, and the rest of the Roots pics from Webster Hall, below....
Conor Oberst @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
tonight in NYC
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Riverboat Gamblers @ Knitting Factory
* Ratatat, Tussle, Black Pus @ Terminal 5
* The Dripping Tap, Renminbi @ Santos Party House
* Drink Up Buttercup, Phil and the Osophers @ Bruar Falls
* Hot Panda, Youth Group, Thought So, Monika H Band @ Pianos
* Virgin Forest, The Foundry Field Recordings, Inoculist @ Cake Shop
* FNU Ronnies, Drunkdriver, Pop. 1280, The Golden Error @ Silent Barn
* Starfucker, Guidance Counselor, New Numbers, Faces on Film @ Mercury Lounge
* Hal Willner, Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda, Steve Buscemi, Richard Hell, Chloe Webb @ Issue Project Room
Fiasco is playing Silent Barn tomorrow.
Starfucker also plays Union Hall tomorrow.
The Lollapalooza lineup was announced.
Conor Oberst is playing a show in NYC on July 4th.
Bon Iver and Common were reviewed by the Breakfast at Sulimays crew. Video below...
Bon Iver performed with a high school jazz band. Video below...
by Black Bubblegum
Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:
words & photos by Faith-Ann Young
True - it was the worst kept secret and the most corporate plumping event of all of SXSW (if Kayne would have worn grillz sporting the The Levi's® logo, it would have completed his Levi's® outfit) - but that doesn't mean Saturday night's show at the Fader Fort wasn't one of the best (3/21). Kayne West acted like a grand circus ringmaster - introducing his whole G.O.O.D. record label crew including Consequence, GLC, and his prized diamond rapper all-star Kid Cudi. Then, just when you got sick of Kayne's world, in came fellow Chi-towner Common sweating out "Universal Mind Control." And then, like Mary Poppins on uppers, Kayne smiled and pulled out yet another prized gem from backstage: the gorgeous divine Erykah Badu (who is a Texas native and was wearing full-sequined silver pants- the combination of which got a hot scream from the crowd). To close out, like a big, super-talented brat pack, the entire G.O.O.D. crew came back on stage and danced around to songs from West's 808s. Whether you love him or hate him, Kayne sure knows how to party (or promote).
More pictures and the entire setlist below...
Melpo Mene @ Mercury Lounge (more by Faith Ann Young)
today in NYC
* Murphy's Law @ Trash
* NY Eye and Ear Festival
* Melpo Mene @ Cake Shop
* DJ Bob Mould @ Highline
* Ghostland Observatory @ Terminal 5
* Rhett Miller & Mia Riddle @ Maxwell's
* Hull, Ancient Sky & Apeshit @ Union Pool
* The Spinto Band & Oxford Collapse @ Maxwell's
* The Virgins & Lissy Trullie @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Butthole Surfers & Black Dice @ Warsaw
* Will Sheff & Charles Bissell @ Sound Fix Records
* Ramesh (of Voxtrot) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Nat Baldwin, Zs & Skeletons @ Less Artists More Condos
* Bon Iver & The Tallest Man On Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid @ (le) poisson rouge
* Takka Takka, Loney Dear, Melpo Mene & Alina Simone @ The Bell House
* Team Robespierre, LiveFastDie, Terrible Twos & Tournament @ Cake Shop
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Atarah Valentine & Lingering Doubt @ Santos
* The Mae Shi, Screaming Females, Hearts of Darknesses @ Silent Barn
* Antipop Consortium, The Bomb Squad, Dragons of Zynth, Chin Chin @ Knit
Ike Turner died today in 2007.
Common performed "Universal Mind Control" on Kimmel last night. Video below...
Common @ ACL 2007
I saw N.E.R.D. when they played SXSW in Austin this year. They definitely put on a good show. N.E.R.D. is also playing Austin again in September - at the ACL festtival. Common played ACL last year. I took some pictures at this one, but never posted them. Common is also good live. All tour dates and some more of those ACL2007 pictures below....
by Black Bubblegum
"People think I'm in the independent category by choice."
Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.Brother Ali came up in the same midwest hip hop scene that birthed fellow indie b-boy and Rhymesayers co-owner Slug, making a name for himself through his self-produced and self-released debut Rites Of Passage. On the strength of Rites, Ali signed to Rhymesayers and dropped Shadows On The Sun, followed by the Champion EP and ultimately The Undisputed Truth in 2007. He's not strictly a "booth" rhymer either. He battled and triumphed over freestyle champ and Rhymesayers MC Eyedea at Scribble 2000, and he has logged more than 500 shows on four continents.
Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."
"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." [NPR]
Brother Ali will be back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 1st (8 pm) with notorious DJ Crew The Rub (7 pm). We cornered Ali for a moment before that show as he dropped two pennies on working with Rhymesayers go-to guy Ant, the follow-up to The Undisputed Truth, and why he thinks 50 Cent is ill.
BrooklynVegan: Ant has produced each of your last few records. Is there something about Ant's production that you feel complements your own style/flow? Are there any plans on working with any other producers and if so, who?
Brother Ali: Ant and I have been working together for several years and he's one of my closest friends. Not only do I love his beats but we share a similar outlook on music and life. He's a true producer in the sense that he sees elements of the people he works with as human beings and creates musical beds that allow those things to come out in the work. He has an ability to read people and help them present themselves in a really raw and personal way. There are other producers that I like and respect but I just can't believe that I could have the same creative chemistry with someone I don't really know.
interview continued below...
* Todd Barry on Conan
* last Invite Them Up EVER
* Henry Rollins is speaking at Warsaw
* Big Head Todd & The Monsters is playing Bowery Ballroom
* Liam Finn is playing w/ Pela & Apollo Sunshine @ Music Hall
* The Acorn is playing w/ Bowerbirds & Phosphorescent @ Union Hall
* Marc Ribot, Sean Lennon & Yuka Honda are playing Knitting Factory
Human Giant (who recently cancelled some shows) released a new video from their upcoming season 2 on MTV. That's below. What else?
...or so says the press release....
DOWNLOAD: Bright Eyes - Coat Check Dream Song (Live) (MP3)
The last release date in November means slim pickings for music fans. This is not truly a bad thing, because as the number of worthwhile music releases dwindles, music bloggers and journalists have time to work on and post their "best of 2007" lists.
The other disc I can recommend is also a compilation, Causes I. The disc's proceeds benefit relief efforts in Darfur, and artists who submitted exclusive tracks include Bright Eyes, Spoon, Animal Collective and many more.
Are you picking up any new releases this week? Have I left any noteworthy albums off the list below?
I already posted some of these dates, but that was when they were just Common shows. A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip has a new album coming out in early 2008 - it's called The Renaissance. He's also a character in the video game NBA 2K8, and is on the soundtrack. All tour dates below...
Mos Def, Common & Talib Kweli @ Nokia Theatre, NYC - Aug 26, 2007 (CRED)
Hey NYU, you have a lot of catching up to do. The five colleges who most demand Talib to play a show at their school, win that show (I hope after that the show is free at least - doesn't say, so I assume not). California is currently kicking butt.
Quirky producer Copperpot will release his new WYLA? album on August 7th. Check out the first single above, and stream Common - "The People" (prod. by Kanye West). Not sure about the cover he picked for the new album though.
Common @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC - June 8, 2007 (CRED)
- 50 Cent's album is delayed and may never come out.
- Speaking of delayed albums, Saigon speaks his mind on Atlantic Records, album delays and his mentor Just Blaze.
- Speaking of mentors, Lupe Fiasco’s mentor and business partner was sentenced to 44 years in jail for some drug offenses.
- Speaking of drug offenses, read this unearthed and hilarious NORE interview.
- Speaking of interviews go read this one with Zilla Rocca of Clean Guns
- Check out AC's review of the EL-P Filmore show.
- Check out the tracklist for T.I.'s upcoming album.
- Hip Hop pioneer Marley Marl suffered a heart attack June 5, but is ok.
- A review of the June 5th Method Man & Gza show at Webster Hall HERE.