Entries tagged with: J Dilla
The tenth annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts are Forever, happens in NYC on February 13 at Brooklyn Bowl. This year's will be hosted by Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, and it also features DJ Spinna, Illa J, Daru Jones & The Ruff Pack and Run P. Tickets are on sale now.
That show is two days after another veteran hip hop DJ, Stretch Armstrong, takes over the same venue for a special edition of the weekly Bowl Train party (2/11). (Usually it's Questlove). The following week (2/18) is also a special guest veteran, Pete Rock. Other than that, Questlove does his usual thing tonight (2/4) and has more Bowl Trains scheduled through March 31. Tickets for all of them are available.
Watch the video for J Dilla's "Last Donut of the Night" below...
The Floetry reunion came to the Pageant Friday night for a sold-out show with Marsha Ambrosius (the singer) and Natalie Stewart (the poet).British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Earlier this year, they finally got back together and have been on a reunion tour that sounds like it's going over pretty well (that's a review of the St. Louis stop above).
The women didn't address why they broke up or why they've been gone so long, only that "we're here for you," which seemed good enough for the fans.
...Whatever happened to kill the group's vibe a decade ago, the magic was still there as the harmonious duo brilliantly played off of each other's strengths (while mostly not standing side by side).
Floetry's main formula -- Ambrosius either singing behind Stewart's poems delivered in a raplike cadence or Stewart providing spoken breaks to Ambrosius' often impressive wailing -- was intact.
"If you know these songs, you need to sing along," Stewart said early on as Floetry and the four-piece band delivered on "Big Ben," "Ms. Stress," "Headache" and "Mr. Messed Up." [STL Today]
The tour hits NYC on July 19 & 20 at BB King's, the former of which will be opened by Janine & the Mixtape. The day before that, they'll be right outside of NYC opening for R. Kelly at Newark's Prudential Center (7/18). Tickets for all three of those shows are available. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Floacist collaborator and fellow Roots/Robert Glasper/Bilal/etc collaborator Musiq Soulchild is also touring this year, and playing two nights at that same NYC venue. Musiq hits BB King's on October 21 & 22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Musiq also teams up with Common, Slum VIllage and more for the 10th annual DC Loves Dilla tribute/fundraiser in honor of the late J Dilla which happens in DC this Friday (7/10) (tickets). The next day, Common headlines the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
All of Musiq's dates and Floetry's dates are listed, with some videos, below...
The Orb will release their new album, Moonbuilding 2703 AD, June 23rd on Kompakt. Says founding Orb, Alex Patterson:
It's a solid piece of music that mutates into an eight legged lunar Land Rover and takes off into a cosmic horizon of a million sounds, patterns and textures. It spins the listener on his/her head, rewiring their brains to maximum capacity, then brings them home, sweet home. MOONBUILDING 2703 AD' is inspired by this place called earth and the idea that in the future mankind discovers its root element in the ancient rocks on solar moons, which are based on musical harmonies, that despite being imprinted a billion lights years ago, are set to the same tempo as the Orb.The LP features four lengthy cuts, and there's a deluxe edition that includes a tribute to J Dilla titled "Dilla's Moon Quake." No music from it has been released yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Folks on the western half of the United States can catch The Orb live in a couple weeks. (They played NYC last year.) Dates include an appearance at the Futher Future Festival which happens May 1-3 just outside of Las Vegas though organizers are in a last-minute scramble to find a new location after permits for the original spot were denied. The fest also has Hundred Waters, Lone, Tim Hecker, Com Truise and more on the schedule.
All dates for The Orb are listed below.
Two hip hop legends, New York producer/rapper Pete Rock and Detroit group Slum Village (which included the late J Dilla as a member) are going on a tour together that begins in early March. The tour hits NYC on March 9 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Dilla would have turned 41 last week, and in honor of that, Slum Village spoke about him in a new video with M-1, Ski Beatz and Camp Lo. Watch that, with some classic Slum Village and Pete Rock songs, below...
Take Me To The River is a new-ish documentary on the Memphis music scene. You can watch the trailer below and here's the synopsis:
"Take Me To The River" is a feature documentary and record celebrating the inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-gender musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender, and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, PNut, Hustle & Flow's Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning legends of Memphis soul and R&B, including Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, WIlliam Bell, Otis Clay, and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is our "MC" through the story as well as one of our recording artists.Several of the artists featured in the documentary, including William Bell, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, Frayser Boy, and Al Kapone, along with The Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, will be celebrating the film with two live shows in NYC, backed by The 13-Piece House Band with Stax Records Hi Rhythm Section, and The Royal Memphis Horns led by Ben Cauley with special guests Stax Music Academy All-Star Broomfield Band.
The first of those shows, billed as "Take Me To The River LIVE," happens at Brooklyn Bowl on February 11. Tickets for that one are on sale now, and you can get $15 off with the promo code: STAX.
They do it again at Apollo Theater on February 12, with the addition of students from STAX Music Academy and students from NYC public schools. Ticket for the Apollo show are on sale, and also support bringing New York City public school students to the event as part of the film's educational initiative.
Brooklyn Bowl also has a slew of other tribute events coming up this month. Tonight (2/6) they've got a show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th Birthday with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Roosevelt Collier, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (tickets).
Tuesday (2/10) is the Grateful Dead tribute with Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Cass McCombs, Lenny Kaye, members of Darkside, Woods and more (tickets). Two days later, Who's Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute band, hits the venue (tickets).
The annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts Are Forever, happens February 15 and is sold out. There's also a Dilla celebration at Littlefield tonight (tickets).
Check out the trailer for Take Me To The River below...
photo: Eyehategod at Europa in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard (host) @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's the first of three Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory this month. All of them have great lineups, and tonight it's '70s power pop lovers Nude Beach, NYC DIY veterans Shellshag, Ramones-loving/"Dirty Work'-inspired punks The Hamiltons (who are maybe actually The Ergs), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, indie rockers Black Wine, alt-country punks Crow Bait, and comedian Chris Gethard as your host.
Eyehategod, Mortals, Blackout, Scowl @ Saint Vitus
Sludge legends Eyehategod are still touring in support of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, and tonight the begin a sold-out 2-night stand at Saint Vitus. Different openers both nights, and they're all worth catching too.
The Movielife, Crime in Stereo, Pass Away @ Irving Plaza
Late '90s/early '00s Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife broke up in '03 after two albums of Lifetime/Gorilla Biscuits worship and a third album and EP that pushed that sound in new directions. They briefly reunited in 2010-11, and now they're thankfully back once again. Tonight's their first of two sold-out Irving Plaza shows with their pals Crime In Stereo. Opening this one is Pass Away (mem I Am the Avalanche, Crime In Stereo).
Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Krill, Sheer Mag @ Bowery Ballroom
Porches and related band Frankie Cosmos have been local staples for a while now, and their profile has clearly risen, as proven by tonight's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show, their biggest headlining appearance yet. They've got some talented friends to open, including quirky indie rockers Krill and classic rock-inspired garage rockers Sheer Mag.
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers, Paper Streets, For Everest @ Palisades
Empire! Empire! returned last year with their first album since their 2009 debut, but now they're reissuing that debut and playing it in full on this tour. Warren Franklin just put out a split album with Kind of Like Spitting, and if you like KOLS, you'd probably dig Warren too.
Todd Edwards, Beautiful Swimmers, Bobby Renz @ American Museum of Natural History
Dance music veteran Todd Edwards has a long history, but he's been in the spotlight as of late thanks to collaborations with Daft Punk and associations with Disclosure. Tonight he DJs the ongoing One Step Beyond series at the Museum of Natural History, and Maxmillion Dunbar's duo with Ari Goldman, Beautiful Swimmers, open.
Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, The Spookfish @ Nola Darling
Two great artists with ties to the anti-folk scene, Jeffrey Lewis and Diane Cluck, begin a tour together tonight, their first of two NYC stops on the tour. It's sold out, but there will be a few tickets at the door.
Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Animal Collective continue their DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with everyone except Panda Bear in tow.
Dre Skull, Obey City, Jubilee, Figgy, Sleepyhead, Chris Patrick @ Lot 45
Tonight's Broke City party at Lot 45 in Bushwick (411 Troutman) has a handful of quality DJs to keep you dancing all night long. Free before midnight.
Natalie Prass, Lady Lady, Small Wonder @ Rough Trade
Natalie Prass just picked up a ton of buzz (and a ton of Disney comparisons) for her debut album. Does she live up to the hype? Those with tickets to tonight's sold-out show will find out.
Algiers, Beliefs, The Flag @ Baby's All Right
London-via-Atlanta band Algiers make gothy/industrial soul, or soulful goth-industrial. If you're not sold on the recordings, word is Algiers, who just signed to Matador, are a see-it-live kind of thing. Also on the bill are Toronto's Beliefs who bring real muscle and songwriting chops to their brand of shoegaze.
Stranger Cat, Little Strike, Salt Cathedral @ Chelsea Market
Stranger Cat, the electronic art pop project of Cat Martino, headlines tonight's installmente of Paper Garden Records' Friday shows at Chelsea Market.
Violent Bullshit, IYEZ, Aircrafting, Hints @ Union Pool
While screamo pioneers Orchid are long gone, its members are scattered across a few solid newer bands, including Violent Bullshit, led by Orchid vocalist Jayson Green.
Too Many Zooz, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Douglas and The Goodhearts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by funky brass band Too Many Zooz. Free.
J Dilla Birthday Celebration w/ J57 & Guests @ Littlefield
This weekend would've been J Dilla's 41st birthday. Celebrate his memory with MC/producer J57, PitchBlak Brass Band, and Product.
Hannibal Buress @ The Space at Westbury
Once an underground favorite and known as comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore.
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De La Soul's Smell the DA.I.S.Y mixtape was released today as a free download. (They have been very generous lately.) It features the classic hip hop crew rapping some of their classic rhymes over unreleased J Dilla beats. It's a combo that's as natural as it gets and you can grab that here and stream it below.
De La Soul recently gave away their entire catalog for free download in celebration of the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, and they'll continue that celebration with more new material, including a mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which will have all beats by the late, great J Dilla. They recently released one of those, "Dilla Plugged In" (which reworks "Plug Tunin'"), which you can listen to below.
Dilla will also be celebrated in NYC with the inaugural "NY Loves Dilla" concert at Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 23. The show will be headlined by Talib Kweli, and also features sets from Phony PPL and YC the Cynic, with host Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
That's one of three NYC shows the busy Talib Kweli is taking part in that week. He'll also be at a special edition of Soulive's 8-night Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. Also appearing that day is DMC of Run DMC, The Shady Horns and Alan Evans Trio (tickets). Talib then does a free in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on March 22.
Stream the De La Soul/Dilla song, with a message from De La on the upcoming material, below...
Priests @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Juan Wauters @ Pier 84, 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Priests, Lazyeyes, Truthers @ The End
DC post-punks Priests are a pretty intense band, both with their aggressive, upfront lyrics and the fact that their music keeps the "punk" in "post-punk." Their live show is really where it's at too, and you can get a taste of that tonight.
Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Household, Las Rosas @ Baby's All Right
Whether solo or with The Beets, Juan Wauters brings an idiosyncratic worldview and intensity to his songs and performance. He's a NYC original. This is a release party for his new album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, which is out via Captured Tracks.
Vaz, Roomrunner, Multicult, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
It's gonna get loud at this show, which includes the noise rock of Vaz, the grungy Roomrunner and their fellow Baltimoreans Multicult, and the caustic post-hardcore of Big Ups.
Those Darlins, Diarrhea Planet @ MHOW
These two Nashville bands both love rock 'n' roll, but in very different ways. Those Darlins kick around in the leather boot-wearing territory, whereas Diarrhea Planet don't really care what they wear, because the rage of their live show will have them sweating all over it anyway.
Donuts Are Forever ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's February, which means J Dilla tributes. This one features DJ Jazzy Jeff and a bunch of others, and all proceeds benefit the Donuts Are Forever scholarship fund.
Whiskey Bitches, XNY, Unicycle Loves You, Haybaby, Adult Dude @ Radio Bushwick
There's a bunch of local bands on this bill, but the one we think is most worth catching is Adult Dude, who have a great mix of Dinosaur Jr-style rock and Superchunk-style punk.
Elway, Sad and French, Chumped, Dr. Sillybones @ Saint Vitus
Colorado punks will open for The Lawrence Arms at Gramercy Theatre soon, but if you want to see them headlining a smaller place, tonight's your shot. Also don't miss Brooklyn's Chumped, who keep pop punk real.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
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Slum Village, the group which once counted the late J Dilla as a member, are set to to release a new album, Evolution, this June, and they'll be kicking off an international tour this week in support of it. That tour hits NYC on April 30 at Santos Party House. The show is looking pretty solid, with music by Mick Boogie and DJ Martin, and performances by Tanya Morgan and Skyzoo, in addition to The Action Figures, Citi Lightz, and Singapore Kane. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, two previously unreleased J Dilla songs have surfaced on a new 12": "Trucks" (which prominently samples Gary Numan's "Cars") and "Anthem." Both feature Dilla rapping, in addition to producing. Stream them below.
by Andrew Sacher
Hip hop production great J Dilla would have turned 39 yesterday (2/7) and there's much going on in honor of him. A collection of unreleased material, The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1 EP, was released this week, and you can stream the opening track, "Dewitt To Do It," below. Dilla collaborator Karriem Riggins also filmed a Yours Truly session playing "J Dilla the Greatest," and talking about the producer. You can watch that video below too. And also below, is a video of Dilla's mom, Maureen Yance, and DJ Butter speaking about him in a conference filmed ahead of Detroit's Dilla Days, which goe down this Saturday (2/9) and Sunday (2/10).
For those in NYC, you'll get your own chance to celebrate his life this month with the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute, which Questlove headlined in 2010 and Prince Paul headlined last year. This year, it's being headlined by Just Blaze and happens on February 17 at SRB Brooklyn (117 2nd Ave), two days after Just Blaze plays Webster Hall on his tour with Baauer. Tickets for Donuts Are Forever, which also includes Shawn Dub, Tara, Center, Parler, Stylus, and host Fresh Daily, are on sale now. The DJs are reportedly playing Dilla tunes all night, and all proceeds go to Donuts
are Forever scholarship fund, where high school kids in the Groundwork for
Success Program run by Good Shepherd Services, take DJ or Production
courses at Scratch Academy. They've been doing this scholarship for three years
now and will have sent about 40 kids to Scratch to take classes by this
As mentioned, Just Blaze and Baauer are not only touring together, but also collaborating. Since we last spoke, they revealed their first cut together, "Higher," a futuristic hip hop club banger which features a Jay-Z vocal clip. You can stream that track below.
And speaking of Questlove, he would have been spinning all Dilla beats at his weekly Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl yesterday (2/7), but he couldn't make it to the venue, and Q-Tip filled in. Meanwhile, his band The Roots have a lot coming up, including a Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, which they will "rehearse" for with a live show at City Winery on March 6. Tickets (ranging from $45 to $65) for the City Winery show are on sale now.
All streams below...
At first, they were just crates full of records, numbering in the thousands. But after digging through their contents, Jeff Bubeck learned he'd stumbled upon something special: what he says is the personal record collection of late Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.I wonder if the Bobby Caldwell, Ahmad Jamal, James Brown and Stan Getz records that formed the basis of early classics like Slum Village's Fantastic Vol 2 LP, The Pharcyde's "Runnin'", Common's "The Light" and De La Soul's "Stakes is High" are in those piles. Dilla, you are still missed.
Bubeck, one of the owners of Royal Oak record store UHF, is selling the records in his store. They come with yellow tags that identify them as part of Dilla's personal stash.
"Is it even possible?" That was Bubeck's first reaction when he learned the 7,000-8,000 records he acquired from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township last month may have belonged to Dilla, the celebrated producer and founding member of Slum Village who died in 2006 at age 32 due to complications from lupus.
When first digging through the crates, amid the mountains of 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs, Bubeck noticed a box of cassette tapes, labeled in black marker as "Jaydee Beats." There were also lyric booklets, along with magazines and pieces of junk mail addressed to James Yancey, as well as to his parents, Beverly and Maureen Yancey. -[Detroit News]
P.S. before any more of those records are sold, someone get in there and document that collection, maybe for an online museum? (Questlove are you reading this?)
Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.
While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:
"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.
In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.
Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...
The Jungle Brothers at SOB's last night via MuphoricSounds
As expected, The Jungle Brothers DID bring out members of the Native Tongues (and others) last night at SOB's (2/7), but that did not include many of the "invited guests". The reunion and associated guest appearances were limited to Leaders of The New School (Charlie Brown & Dinco D, but sans the crucial Busta Rhymes), Jarobi (of a Tribe Called Quest), members of the UMC's and Black Sheep, Sadat X, Force MDs and possibly some others. Bum out, but it was sort of expected.
No word on whether members of A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance at Harlem Stage in March either, but they will be the subject of a three day event:
On the heels of a major Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -Harlem Stage, in conjunction with Revive Music, will celebrate the impact, importance and influence of the pioneering crew with A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts March 1-3 at Harlem Stage. This four part series features live performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.More details on each event below.
"A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most important groups in the history of hip-hop, with a legacy that continues to impact generations of artists, musicians and audiences." says Simone Eccleston, Harlem Stage's Assistant Director of Programming, who curated the tribute. "With their signature sound, they created timeless gems, and this series seeks to celebrate their cultural significance, their musicianship and their roles as composers and producers. It is our goal to provide audiences with a multidimensional experience that highlights ATCQ's music, the historical context, and their influence on artists that have come after them."
In the span of three years, starting in 1990, A Tribe Called Quest - made up of rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad - released three albums - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - widely acknowledged by hip-hop fans to be some of the best recordings ever. The crew became part of a larger community of artists making redemptive, transcendent music: groups like the Black Sheep, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Leaders of the New School; solo performers Monie Love and Queen Latifah; and others who formed the collective Native Tongues. They made songs together and often referred to each other in recordings.
Tickets for A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts, range from free to $25 and are available by phone at (212) 281-9240, ext 19 or 20, and online at www.harlemstage.org. Free programs require RSVP at email@example.com.
In other hip hop news, head on over to Public Assembly TONIGHT (2/8) for a FREE show as part of the Red Bull Academy. Kicking off with a conversation with Buckshot (of Black Moon), Dru Ha (of Duck Down), and Skyzoo, the evening will also feature live performances from Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot and Skyzoo as well. The show kicks off at 7PM and you can RSVP at Yamez@redbullmusicacademy.com (might not be necessary).
Check out a preview of tonight's discussion, as well as a new video for "Still Standing" by Pharaohe Monch and a preview of Sean Price's Mic Tyson (both are on Duck Down), with more Harlem Stage info, below...
Pharoahe Monch at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010 (more by BBG)
In addition to the free show at Weeksville Heritage Center, Pharoahe Monch has a few other NYC shows in July. He plays B.B. King's on July 12 with Heltah Skeltah, OGC, and Black Rob. Tickets are still on sale.
Pharoahe Monch also appears as a guest with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson ensemble at Harlem Stage on July 9 in Annunciation Park (entrance Amsterdam Ave. and W. 134th Street). Jazz vocalist Jose James and Zap Mama will also be guests at the FREE show that Taylor McFerrin opens. J. Period is the evening's DJ. This one runs from 5-9 PM, with 4 PM gates. "In addition to the live music, concert guests enjoy food and hand-made products from local vendors, and an American Airlines raffle. Blankets only, no lawn chairs allowed."
If you haven't heard of multi instrumentalist/dj/arranger/composer/music director/producer/educator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, you probably at least know some of his collaborators like Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Rihanna, Flying Lotus, Aloe Blacc and countless others. His ensemble performs original music, covers of unreleased J Dilla tracks, and will pay tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at the Harlem show.
A similar show happened in LA in 2010 with Flying Lotus as part of the ensemble and with special guest Aloe Blacc and Bilal. You can listen to that entire peformance, and watch some video from it, below....
Black Milk at Southpaw (more by BBG)
Now that his Album of The Year has garnered considerable year end accolades, Black Milk will rope his live band in for a show on Feb 10th at SOB's with Danny Brown and DJ Houseshoes. Tickets are on sale. The show is one a bunch scheduled for Detroit MC. A full list of his tour dates is below.
The Black Milk show takes place on the five year anniversary of the untimely death of the legendary J Dilla. Dilla will no doubt be memorialized at many events around the world, including at Santos on Feb 5th as part of the Donuts Are Forever 5 party. The lineup for the show has yet to be revealed, but advance tickets are on sale.
Rest in Peace Dilla Dawg. You are missed.
Hot Chip @ Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* AA Bondy, Lia Ices @ Union Hall
* Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Matchless
* K Holes, Golden Triangle @ Union Pool
* Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Data Dog @ The Tank
* J Dilla Foundation benefit w/ Questlove @ the Bell House
* Kayo Dot (plays Coyote) @ The Stone (Late Show)
* Kayo Dot (plays Choirs of the Eye) @ The Stone (Early Show)
* Hot Chip, French Horn Rebellion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dinosaur Feathers, Matt Singer, Pearl & The Beard @ Sycamore
* Hot Chip (DJ Set), We Are Wolves @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)
* Cavalier Rose, The Moderate, Bridges and Powerlines @ Pianos
* Anamanaguchi, D/A/D, Movement, Lawrence Grey @ Shea Stadium
* Unsound w/ Groupshow performs Andy Warhol's "Empire" @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Class Actress, The Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, Twin Shadow @ Glasslands
* Blood Warrior, Raccoon Fighter @ Pete's Candy Store (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)
* Small Black, Keepaway @ Brooklyn Bowl (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)(Early Show)
* Heavy Trash, Delco Nightingale, Jukebox Jodi And Her 45s, Howlin' Thurstons @ Public Assembly
* Holy Hail, Pony Pants, Edie Sedgwick (and The Brunettes), Love or Perish @ Cake Shop (Late Show)
* King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Outernational, Royal City Riot, Wareika Hill @ Knitting Factory
* Care Bears On Fire, Mother Courage, Jack & The Jaywalkers, BYS @ Cake Shop (Benefit for Hope For Haiti Now)
* Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure, Black Wine, Groucho Marxists @ Bowery Ballroom
'Donuts Are Forever' at The Bell House. Flyer below.
Hot Chip played a free show at Highline Ballroom last night, and they play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl). Check out an 11 minute featurette, "Brothers" about the band below...
Spoon's new video for "Written in Reverse" below...
Sad news to report from the Detroit hip hop scene....
Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who co-founded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, has died.Baatin recently performed with Slum Village in NY at Rock The Bells and was scheduled to perform at BB Kings with the reunited Reflection Eternal.
The circumstances of his death remain unknown, [but] ...Baatin's body was found [Saturday] morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street, said family friend Ty Townson, who was at the scene as Baatin's body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said she didn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either Sunday or Monday.... Funeral arrangements are not yet set.
Baatin, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, Villa Manifesto, due Sept. 22. -[Detroit Free Press]
A memorial tribute was held Sunday night at 5 Elements Gallery in Detroit.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - Music From The Color Purple (ZSHARE, ZIPPED ALBUM)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "The Matrix" featuring DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "Give The Drummer Sum" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "The Ox (805)" featuring MED and Poke (ZIPPED MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "Go!" featuring Guilty Simpson (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - WLIB AM... Preview mixed by J-Rocc (MP3)
MC/Producer Black Milk announced a show at Southpaw on Oct 24th with U-N-I (tickets are on sale), thats four days before he drops his sophomore solo LP, Tronic, on Fat Beats featuring Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Sean Price, and fellow Detroiters Dwele & Royce Da 5'9". Both "The Matrix" and "Give The Drummer Sum" are from Tronic and downloadable above. Black Milk is also encouraging the hip hop community to help "mother of the greatest producer of all time J Dilla":
This is "Death of the Muse", the first single off the upcoming Solillaquists of Sound album, No More Heroes. It's available as a download for a minimum donation of $2 with absolutely 100% of the proceeds going directly to Ms. Maureen Yancey a/k/a Ma Dukes (J Dilla's mom). You are encouraged to donate more than the minimum by upping the quantity in your shopping cart before checking out.Pick up that single here.
The track features J-Live, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), as well as Ma Dukes herself.
Speaking of MC/Producers, Madlib dropped his long threatened entry to the Beat Generation series, WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip, on Sept 30th. You can check out a few tracks from WLIB... streaming and we have both "The Ox" and "Go!" available for download above. Madlib joins a long lines of hip hop luminaries who have dropped heat on The Beat Generation, including Marley Marl, J. Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and Pete Rock.
Sean Price recently played SOB's with Heltah Skeltah. His Boot Camp Clik breathren, Black Moon & Smif N Wessun's "Tribute to The Classics" rescheduled their sold-out Knitting Factory show to November 8th due to Buckshot's emergency trip to the hospital. We're happy to hear Buckshot is now doing okay.
Walk to cure Lupus in honor of J Dilla, and then go see Madlib, Karriem Riggins as Supreme Team, J Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Percee P & Guilty Simpson at Highline Ballroom in NYC on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale. Percee P is currently on tour with Common and Q-Tip, which also means you can see Percee at Nokia Theatre on October 7th. Q-Tip is also playing Gramercy Theatre on October 16th.
On 22 September 2007, at a show in New York where DOOM was supposed to be the headliner but cancelled, the MC for the show, Kenny Muhammad, asked for a minute of silence for MF DOOM who was "fighting for his life in the hospital".Not good. He didn't show up at the Independent in San Fran on September 18th either, and this all comes after accusations of him lip-syncing at some shows in August. People are now starting rumors that he died, and AllHipHop claims that, "Apparently, MF Doom is in the hospital, but not from a heart attack." I hope whatever is wrong, that he comes out of it okay!
The Madlib show is part of an upcoming Stones Throw records tour that also includes a show at the El Ray Theatre in LA on November 8th. More dates TBA.