Entries tagged with: Dam-Funk
by Andrew Sacher
Snoop Dogg's recent albums haven't exactly been at the top of his game and even live shows were lackluster, but when he showed up on Dr. Dre's Compton, he suddenly rapped harder than he had in years. At his Doggystyle set at Riot Fest later that same month, he proved when he's dishing out the classics, he's absolutely still got it. So it's good news that he teamed up with his cousin, Tha Dogg Pound's Daz Dillinger (who joined Snoop on both Doggystyle and The Chronic), for the collaborative album Cuzznz, and it's a total throwback to the G-funk era. Daz's Dogg Pound partner Kurupt is all over the record, as is Snoop's 7 Days of Funk collaborator Dam-Funk. It's cool to hear him doing this kind of thing again. Check it out below, via Spotify.
Another Dre collaborator, 50 Cent (who, admittedly, has not been on his A game recently), has two NYC shows coming up in support of his Kanan Tape mixtape. He plays BB King's on January 29 and Highline Ballroom on January 31. Tickets are on sale now.
50's fellow early-2000s NYC staple, The LOX's Styles P (who he once feuded with), plays a hometown show on February 3 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale now.
A couple other rap shows coming up that we haven't mentioned yet: J. Cole associate Cozz at SOB's on 2/16 (tickets), and Houston's Kirko Bangz at The Studio at Webster Hall on 2/29 (tix on sale 2/20 at 10 AM).
Since we were talking about Dre, his newest protege Anderson .Paak's great new album is out today and his tour includes SOB's this month. Other upcoming NYC shows include Oddisee / Oshun / Tunji Ige, Floetry, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Durk, Tinashe, Flatbush Zombies, Rich the Kid, The-Dream, Big Boi (DJ), Talib Kweli, Waka Flocka, Maxwell & Nas, Future & Ty Dolla $ign, Fetty Wap, Rihanna & Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg & G-Eazy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Migos, and more.
Stream Cuzznz and The Kanan Tape below...
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their 100 Best Songs of 2015 list, and today they published their Honorable Mentions for albums of the year. A few of the albums did receive Best New Music during the year, like Lower Dens, Levon Vincent, Prurient and Viet Cong, and others weren't reviewed at all like Susanne Sundfor.
The list has a handful of indie/punk albums, like Car Seat Headrest, Downtown Boys, Girlpool, Hop Along and Protomartyr, mainstream rap breakout Fetty Wap, the XL-signed Ibeyi, and more. Check out the whole thing below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
by Bill Pearis
Hitmaker, producer, rock star, general music legend/eccentric Todd Rundgren will release his new album, Global, on April 7. He's going on tour as well, and will play NYC at Highline Ballroom on May 5 & 6. Tickets for those NYC show are on sale now.
Joining Todd as part of his band and as tour DJ is Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk -- in fact the band for this tour is Todd, Dam and two backup singers. Dam has been an admirer of Rundgren and has dropped some of Todd's songs into his sets for some time. He told LA Record in 2009:
He has heart! It wasn't about hits, even though he could make hits. That's the aesthetic I like to align myself with. Hits are hits, and they're great. But the music I gravitate to, it's not on the radio. I always wanna do music for that person who was me. That kid who ventures off looking for music that touches their soul.Dam-Funk is finishing up his own new album, Invite The Light, which should be out later this year.
In other news, Todd has collaborated with a couple of notable Norwegians -- dance music producer Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh -- on Runddans, an album that is one 39-minute long track that's been broken down into 12 parts. That will be out May 5 via Smalltown Supersound.
You can watch a short video interview with Rundgren about it, with the artwork, tracklist, list of tour dates, and some classic Todd, below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
Warm Up 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Each year, the Warm Up summer concert series brings forward thinking electronic music (and other related genres like indie pop, hip hop, etc) to the outdoor courtyard at Long Island City's MoMA PS1. This year's shows happen every Saturday from June 28 to September 6 from 3-9 PM (doors at noon). Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day-of.
Artists playing this year include Evian Christ (DJ), Lone (live), Sophie, Forest Swords (all the same day!), Cibo Matto (live), Pantha du Prince (live), Dam-Funk, Dutch E Germ, George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Simian Mobile Disco (live), Cashmere Cat, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live), Jam City, Shamir (live), The Range (live) and many more.
Full 2014 schedule below...
Homeboy Sandman isn't the only Stones Throw artist with shows coming up soon. Stones Throw label founder Peanut Butter Wolf has announced a DJ gig at Glasslands in Brooklyn on June 5. Advanced tickets for the 10pm-doors, 21+ event are on sale.
That's currently the only upcoming event we know about for PBW, but Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk has a bunch of upcoming shows including a DJ opening for Animal Collective's Panda Bear at Warsaw in Brooklyn on 5/18 (a sold out Red Bull Music Academy event and part of Panda Bear's recently announced tour). Meanwhile you can catch LA's "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" live and as a DJ in California including on May 8 with his labelmates Myron & E who have a lot of upcoming shows too. All dates are listed, along with Julia Holter's new remix of Stones Throw artist Boardwalk and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
LA rapper Nocando, who hosts the Low End Theory hip hop night and founded the Hellfyre Club label, is releasing a new album, Jimmy the Burnout, on March 18 via his own label, and he's just released a single from it, "Lucid Dream." The track sees Nocando impressively flowing over a funky Dam-Funk beat, and singer Piatra Hawkins flirts with indie-R&B on the airy chorus. It's a solid track, and can be streamed below.
Nocando is currently on the road for the Hellfyre Club-presented 'Dorner vs Tookie' tour which also includes Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle and Milo. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are available. List of all dates and tour flyer below.
Dam-Funk has a few upcoming dates too, including a free NYC show happening on March 7 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Maya Vik, Gordon Voidwell and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Like all BKNB shows, it's no cost to enter and watch the music, and there's also tons of not-free food, drinks, shopping, and games. All of his dates are listed below too.
Listen to "Lucid Dream," with both lists of tour dates, below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
photos by Wei Shi
Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.
Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...
Dam-Funk at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Dam-Funk will be in NYC this month for Northside Festival, where he'll play the previously discussed Brooklyn Bowl show on June 17 with The Rub. At that show, he'll be debuting his new band, which includes members of The Mars Volta and Macy Gray's crew. Tickets for that show are still available.
Dam-Funk has also been added to the previously mentioned Onra show at Santos Party House (7/17), which also includes Taylor McFerrin, The Doppelgangaz, and DJ Sean Rowlands. Dam-Funk will be DJing at this show. Tickets for that show are still available.
He's also one of the openers on the recently announced Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti tour. He won't be handling any of the support duties on the east coast though. When we first mentioned the NYC show, which goes down at Webster Hall on September 14, we mentioned that TEEN and James Ferraro would be opening, though it appears that
James is no longer on the bill and Bodyguard is instead (UPDATE: James Ferraro is Bodyguard). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting TODAY (6/6) at noon.
All Dam-Funk dates are listed below...
Dam-Funk at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Professor of the groove Dam-Funk is one of the many artists on board for Northside Festival this year. He'll team up with The Rub for a show on June 17th at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are on sale or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
The show is one of two East Coast dates (the other is in Florida) for the California beatmaster thus far. He's also got some West Coast dates sandwiched in between trips to Europe, and you can catch himat a few festivals this summer including Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, Oya, Belgium Dour Festival, and more.
In other news, Dam-Funk recently posted the following to his Facebook page
If none of Dr. Dre's people reach out to the G.F.F.'s DaM-FunK to contribute to "Detox" then, it WILL NEVER BE be a 'true' representation of 'Los Angeles'. Period.Detox is Dr. Dre's long-in-the-works follow-up to 2001. No word from the Dr. Dre camp regarding said comment, but you can check out some potentially Dre-worthy new Dam-Funk tracks below. Personally, I can't think of any artist that sounds more "California" and ready-made to pump out of a low-rider than Dam-Funk.
Those new tracks, two videos, and a list of all dates below...
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
Dam-Funk at Union Pool (more by Erez Avissar)
It's that very special time again...Friends, make sure and head to the WBAR-B-Q on April 28th at Barnard College. The show will feature FREE performances from Bush Tetras (who just played a show at LPR), Widowspeak, Dam Funk, Forma, Archie Pelago, Night Birds, Midtown Dickens, Mike Slott, and Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans) across two stages. More details below.
WBAR Barnard College Radio is pleased to announce WBAR-B-Q XIX happening Saturday, April 28th from 2-10 PM at Barnard College in New York City
2 stages, 9 acts, 8 hours of music, free BBQ, ALL FREE, ALL AGES, ALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC...
Come early for the free food and BBQ starting at 1:30 PM, stay for the jams
TELL ALL YER FRIENDS
The show is one of four NYC-area shows scheduled for Widowspeak, who also play Maxwell's on 4/13 with Crystal Stilts and two NYC shows on their tour with 2:54. Their full tour schedule is below alongside some video.
photos by Erez Avissar
Dam-Funk @ Union Pool
Union Pool already has a taco truck, so It might have been physically impossible to get a low-ridin' Impala to bounce in that outdoor courtyard. But I'm guessing that's what was needed last night (10/26) to complete the atmosphere of a surprise appearance from electronic-funk great Dam-Funk & Master Blazter with DJ Matthewdavid and Lone Wolf & Cub. Here are some pictures of the party.
The show, announced yesterday, followed a show at Highline Ballroom with Matthewdavid the night before and was part of a string of East Coast dates for the Westside-Zapp & Roger-devotee. All tour dates and more pictures from last night's show are below...
Dam-Funk at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegeheimer)
Dam-Funk & Master Blazter will follow-up last night's funkstravaganza at Highline Ballroom (10/25) with a SURPRISE show TONIGHT (10/26) at Union Pool! Lone Wolf & Cub and (as mentioned) Matthewdavid will round out the rest of the bill and $10 gets you in the door. There are no advance tickets.
All tour dates and some recent live video below.
by Andrew Sacher
Thundercat, who just released his awesome debut LP, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, on FlyLo's Brainfeeder label, will bring his jazz fusion bass and hip hop beats to NYC on November 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. No openers have been announced yet. Tickets are on sale now. No other dates have been announced yet.
Thundercat and FlyLo were recently interviewed by Pitchfork.tv for their Over/Under series. You can watch the video of that below.
In other Brainfeeder news, Matthewdavid will be in NYC this week for CMJ at the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on Thursday (10/20) (it starts not long after we clear out from our day party). Tickets for the showcase are still available (or use your CMJ badge). That's his only CMJ show but he'll stick around the east coast and return to NYC to DJ at the DaM-FunK show at Highline Ballroom on October 25. Tickets for that show are still available. He also appears at Union Pool the day after that.
All dates and video below...
Dam-Funk at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Dam-Funk and his live band Master Blazter are heading out on a North American tour later this month and again in October. The first leg is on the West Coast and includes stops at MusicfestNW, Bumbershoot, and a Bumbershoot after party at Exhibition Hall in Seattle, WA with Flying Lotus and Four Tet.
After a break, Dam-Funk will continue to tour the US and Canada and stop in NYC on October 25 at Highline Ballroom. Matthewdavid, who cancelled his last NYC show is on the bill. Hopefully he'll make it out this time. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In other Dam-Funk news, he recently released a free mix for CLAE Shoes. You can stream that below. Jay-Z's website also posted a video from Dam-Funk's Rocks Off Cruise from May 30. That's available below too.
Speaking of Four Tet, he's got a Fabric mixtape coming out on September 19, Fabriclive59. The mix includes tracks by Manitoba (aka Caribou), Burial, and many others. Its also got three Four Tet tracks and one Four Tet remix. Stream one of those tracks, "Locked," below. Four Tet will go on a short DJ tour to support Fabriclive59 which includes the launch party at Fabric in London with Caribou, Jacques Greene, Lunice, Lone, and others. He's got other upcoming dates too including EMPAC Studio 1 on September 15 in Troy, NY with Jon Hopkins.
Four Tet also contributed a remix of Radiohead's "Separator" to their remix 12" series. Stream that below.
All tour dates, streams and videos below...
Henry Rollins (spoken word) / Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
"Atlanta's own Deerhunter was the main draw on Thursday night, a low-key alternative to Friday's star-studded lineup. In fact, two people approached me during their set to ask who we were hearing. But no matter: The indie-rock prodigies went pleasantly cerebral on a crowd too tired to do more than sprawl on the grass and nod." [Creative Loafing]Bonnaroo 2011 kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday in Tennessee. If you're not there, you can always stream some of it online in your air conditioned room while people at the fest are battling the heat on the ground. Speaking of which, the heat may be to blame for one untimely death at the festival, though the medical examiner hasn't reached a conclusion yet.
The rest of our pictures from day one (not counting Karen Elson which was posted separately), which are all by Dana unless otherwise noted, continue below...
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
DOWNLOAD: Dam-Funk - "Don't Give Up" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Fright Night (Nevermore)" Dam-Funk Remix (MP3)
Dam Funk at Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Dam-Funk will team with his live band Master Blazter (Computer Jay & J-1) to play a funky Memorial Day party aboard 'The Queen Of Hearts' as part of a Rocks off Boat Cruise on May 30th. Joining Dam-Funk will be the silky smooth vocals of Steve Arrington (of Slave, who has been known to collabo with Dam-Funk, and who will also have a full band), Bryant K, and Beautiful Swimmers. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. Flyer below.
Dam-Funk recently released an unreleased and unmastered "Don't Give Up", a remix for the Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti track "Fright Night (Nevermore)", and a new mixtape (culled straight from vinyl... atta boy). All tracks are either downloadable above or streaming below.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is scheduled to play Irving Plaza on June 2nd with Silk Flowers and R. Stevie Moore. Tickets are still available for the show which happens right before The Roots Picnic in Philly.
While we wait for his impending reunion with Exile as Emanon (more in the video below), Aloe Blacc's tour schedule is busting at the seams. Tickets are currently on presale for a new batch of US shows scheduled for late May/early June. East Coast dates are limited, but NYC gets the look at Highline Ballroom on June 3rd. That show goes on general sale at noon on Friday (2/25).
In other Stones Throw news, space funk madman Dam-Funk teamed up with Snoop Dogg on 2/17 for an impromptu performance at HVW8 Gallery in LA. Check out some pictures from that performance at the Stones Throw site. Dam-Funk isn't scheduled to play the NYC area in the near future, but Snoop Dogg is; he'll be at Wellmont Theater on March 26th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on sale at noon on Friday (2/25). Snoop releases his new LP Doggumentary on March 29th.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
These 2 men will collaborate together - not on a hair care line
You might know Steve Arrington's voice from his major R&B hit "Just A Touch if Love" from his R&B/Funk band Slave. The song was a major smash in the late 70s and is still a dance club staple for fans of funk/rare groove/hip hop/R&B. Now comes word that Steve Arrington has returned to music and will enlist the great DâM-FunK (pronounced dame-funk, FYI) to provide the backing to his new joints. One of those jams, due from a forthcoming collaborative album, is streaming below along with the story of how the collaboration came about via Peanut Butter Wolf. Steve Arrington listens to Aphex Twin? Wow.
In a more obscure vein, Syl Johnson is probably famous among the latter generation for his rare and coveted LP Is It Because I'm Black (the title track sampled recently by Wu-Tang for "Hollow Bones") and similarly rare 45 "Different Strokes" (famously sampled by Kool G Rap for "Talk Like Sex" and Wu-Tang Clan for "Shame On a Nigga"), both on the now defunct Twinight Records. The R&B singer has since come back (he played Music Hall of Williamsburg last year) and will play Southpaw on December 3rd with The Sweet Divines and The Sweet Divine Rhythm Band. Tickets are on sale.
DâM-FunK recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest as part of a US tour. Those current dates with the Peanut Butter Wolf story about Steve Arrington, the first song of the DâM-FunK/Arrington collaboration, as well as some live video and tons of others are below...