Entries tagged with: Just Blaze
by Andrew Sacher
[The name Junglepussy] started out with me loving loving animal prints. I had it on my clothes, curtains, cups--everywhere. I felt like a little jungle animal around all of these animal prints and exotic patterns, and the name "Junglepussy" came up. Females have pussies, so it's the most feminine word ever, and jungle--it could be wild, but it's also beautiful to me. Twitter came out, and I just wanted to have a name that nobody was going to steal. So I was like, I could use Junglepussy... People were like, "Are you a stripper? Are you a porn star? Are you a tranny?" No, I am a natural-born girl. You see my throwback-Thursday pics? I was a baby girl, and I just liked animal prints. I'm not even that wild, but I took the responsibility of it. I didn't run from the name because I felt that in my heart I knew it wasn't anything crazy or degrading. I knew it was everybody else's reaction that was making it what it is, so I decided to stick it out and see what would come from it. [Junglepussy to VICE]Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy has been getting some buzz lately, including the approval of Erykah Badu. Her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, came out in June and features her spitting over dark, murky beats from Mell Masters and Shy Guy. The latter has also produced for Le1f (who she opened for before) and if you like him, you'll probably dig Junglepussy too. Stream the album (via VICE) below.
JP will play a hometown show this Thursday (7/10) at Webster Hall for the venue's weekly House Party. She plays the '1992 Room' (aka the Marlin Room) with Vashtie, Oscar and Huggy Bear. As usual, Just Blaze and DJ Soul will be in the Grand Ballroom, plus there's music in the Studio and the Balcony Lounge too. Tickets are on sale now. More info at that link and on the show flyer, below.
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
Janelle Monae at The Apollo in October (more by Luis Ruiz)
Boundary-pushing soul singer Janelle Monae, who has been seeing her 2013 LP The Electric Lady ending up on some year end lists, has announced a few winter dates for 2014. She starts out on the west coast in early January and then she heads east to play Atlantic City on 1/31 and a Hot 97-presented NYC show on February 1 at Hammerstein Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and veteran hip hop producer-turned-Baauer collaborator Just Blaze. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Still no word on the release date of Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, but he did recently release another new single "Man of the Year." Listen to that, along with the list of Janelle Monae dates, below...
photos by James Richards IV
Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.
On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...
by Andrew Sacher
On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.
Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.
As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.
Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.
And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.
On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.
Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.
Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).
All mentioned streams and few others below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
In the course of a given week, we post a lot of new videos on BrooklynVegan. For example, this week we gave you ones from Krill, Love Inks, Big Dick, Restorations and more. But there are lots more we don't get around to and that's where this post comes in. You can check out Mac DeMarco hosting the new episode of Weird Vibes from the 2013 Pitchfork Fest, plus videos from Anika, Just Blaze & Baauer, Youth Lagoon, Starred, Camera Obscura, These New Puritans, and a full live performance from Iceage at a festival in France.
All those can be watched below...
DOWNLOAD: Bondax - "Giving It All" (MP3)
Modeselektor at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, NYC electronic festival Electric Zoo is returning to the recently restored (after Governors Ball damage) Randall's Island from August 30 to September 1. Though much of the lineup is stuff you probably want to stay away from (like Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, etc), there's also a handful of people worth seeing, including Four Tet, Moderat, Bondax, A-Trak, Diplo, Baauer, AraabMuzik, Skream, Cyril Hahn, RL Grime, Just Blaze, Joy Orbison, and Scuba. Tickets (3-day passes and single day passes) are on sale now. Full lineup at the festival's site.
There have also been a number of official afterparties announced. There's one at Williamsburg's new danceclub hot spot Output each night of the fest. The two biggest standouts are Modeselektor and Rudimental DJing Best Buy Theater on August 31 with Delta Heavy (tickets), and Chicago house vet Cajmere (who also plays Warm Up that weekend) at Cielo on August 30 (tickets).
Moderat (aka Modeselektor and Apparat) finally released their second album, Moderat II, this month, and you can stream the whole thing via a Spotify widget below.
For UK duo Bondax, Electric Zoo and Chicago's North Coast Festival (which a bunch of other Electric Zoo artists also play) are their only two North American gigs at the moment, after they recently cancelled their appearances at Warm Up and Camp Bisco, which they would have played in July. Check out their recent single, "Giving It All," below, or download it above.
The PMR-signed Cyril Hahn will also return to NYC when his tour with Ryan Hemsworth hits 88 Palace on October 5.
Song streams below...
Paul McCartney @ Austin's Erwin Center last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Japandroids @ MHOW, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Check out our new NYC shows calendar.
Governors Ball continues today on Randall's Island with sets from Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Fucked Up, Animal Collective, and more. One of the biggest conflicts of the night is Guns N' Roses vs Nas, who both play at 9:30, but depending on how late GNR end up being, maybe you can catch both. The weather is also looking a lot better today, but bring rubber boots for that giant mud swamp that will not be drying up anytime soon.
The other big show tonight is Paul McCartney, who will be making his Barclays Center debut tonight (his first of two shows), in the middle of a very solid month of music at The House That Jay-Z Built. (The National and Youth Lagoon played on Wednesday and The Postal Service will play two nights at the venue later this month). Unlike The National, Paul McCartney is not expected to play any intimate or secret shows while in town, but we would love to hear a six-hour version of any of his Beatles songs (okay, maybe "Band On The Run" wouldn't be so bad either).
The weather, apart from a chance of storms early in the afternoon, but if you're looking for Summer Thunder of a more pleasing kind, that's also the name of the free afternoon parties Union Pool will be throwing every Saturday during June, July and August. Today its being presented by BrooklynVegan (hey that's us!) and features Heavy Blanket, the instrumental "psychedelic blues jam" band featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. Also playing are long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM with Love as Laughter on at 3:30 PM and Heavy Blanket at 5 PM.
If you're in Williamsburg for Summer Thunder, do stop by the annual Crest Hardware Art Show that kicks off today with Crest Fest '13 that has bands playing too. It's just a couple blocks from Union Pool and is free, all-ages and open to the public. 1 PM - 8 PM.
Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Brisk Bodega, an all day hip-hop showcase last seen at SXSW, will be making its NYC debut today with an all-day event in Williamsburg at 50 N. 3rd St. (at Wythe) starting at 2pm, with a slightly more electronic twist than its previous variations, featuring Just Blaze, Brenmar, DJ Slink, Roofeeo, HD of The Good Kids and more.
Crocodiles at 4Knots 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Later tonight at Union Pool it's Crocodiles who you might have seen last night opening for Japandroids at the Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band's new album, Crimes of Passion, is out in August and is their poppiest and most musically diverse yet. And maybe their best. Opening is drag review Chez Deep which will probably confuse a few people. Tickets are still available.
Haim, who recently won BBC's "Sound of 2013," are be in town for Governor's Ball this weekend. If you want to check them out but don't feel like walking through the mud or paying $100, they will be playing a Governor's Ball afterparty at the dry and indoors Brooklyn Bowl tonight for only $15, with Swedish electropop collective Kate Boy. Advance tickets are sold out but there's "limited admission at the door" so get there early if you wanna go. The show is also one-tenth the price of Guns N' Roses' show at the same venue Thursday, but features the same chance of a Slash guest appearance.
If you ware looking to stay away from the arena show/major festival scene today, there are also some great smaller shows, most notably Radical Dads (who played Grand Victory last night and are about to go on a Japanese Tour) and poppier buddies The Hairs and Hippy over at Cake Shop tonight.
Or you could check out electro duo ADULT. who are back with their first new album in six years, and they'll be taking their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight (tickets). Support is pretty great too, coming from Black Marble, You, and Eraas, the latter two of who will soon open for Martin Rev of Suicide.
Avant-garde saxist/artist director of Manhattan venue The Stone John Zorn is playing one of his many upcoming Le Poisson Rouge shows tonight. For tonight's show he'll be performing as a trio with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.
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For a full list of what's going on today, check out our new NYC shows calendar.
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Holy Ship!!! is returning in 2014 for its third year (hence the three exclamation points) and will set sail off the coast of Miami on January 9, 2014, returning on January 12. Artists playing this year include Pharrell, Disclosure (DJ), Diplo, A-Trak, Baauer, Flume, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL, Shlohmo (DJ), and more. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...
In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."
Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]
The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.
Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.
James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.
Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.
Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.
There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).
Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May 2012, Brooklyn producer Baauer (aka 23-year old Harry Rodrigues) released the single "Harlem Shake" on Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's. It was a solid single and one of the more memorable dance tracks of 2012, but I don't think any of us had any idea that almost a year later, it would become one of the biggest memes on the internet. If you haven't seen it yet (aka if you haven't been on a computer in two weeks), it's a video meme that's been blowing up YouTube (something like, oh you know, 4,000 videos uploaded in a day reaching over 40 million total views) that lasts about 30 seconds and features one person dancing in a crowded room to "Harlem Shake" and then once the bass drops, the whole room joins in. The "Harlem Shake dance" that they do isn't the "Harlem Shake" that the hip hop community knows dates back 30 years, but pretty much just a bunch of people going crazy. And it's been done by everyone from Matt & Kim to The Daily Show to The Today Show. Videos of those three are below, if you wanna see more, try YouTube.
So how did any of this happen anyway? Well FADER has laid out a comprehensive history of the meme, discussing the meme, its inventor, 19-year old film hobbyist Filthy Frank, Baauer, the real "Harlem Shake" dance, how Baauer actually feels about it, and if he's making any money from it.
And the memes are leading to other uses of the song too. Azealia Banks, who was supposed to release her debut full length this week but didn't, decided to record herself rapping over the beat, but Baauer's since had the track removed. Azealia questioned him on Twitter, "@baauer why you coccblockin tho??? Lmaoooooo" to which Baauer simply responded "cause its not ur song lol." Azealia then backfired "you're a pussy. You don't belong in hip hop" and Baauer has yet to respond, but Azealia's old pal Perez Hilton stepped in, causing Azealia to call him a "faggot" again. Perez then tweeted "Ugh. There you go again with the F word. Showing your true colors. You are so parched."
As mentioned, Baauer is on tour with veteran producer Just Blaze (and collaborating with him too) and that tour comes to NYC TONIGHT (2/15) for a show at Webster Hall. Once Baauer's fame picked up, tickets started going fast for that one and now it's sold out, but you might still be able to get VIP tickets.
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...
Veteran hip hop producer Just Blaze and worthy newcomer Baauer have a collaboration in the works, and will be touring North America together in 2013, Pitchfork reports. Not much info has been revealed on the collaboration, but also both have their own releases on the way. Just Blaze is releasing an EP on Fool's Gold and Baauer is planning a release for LuckyMe.
The tour that the two producers will head out on hits NYC on February 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
In related news, fellow hip hop production great Swizz Beatz, who has worked with many of the same rappers as Just Blaze, and also worked with Just Blaze himself, will be at Webster Hall this Thursday (12/13) for a GIrls Night Out party. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all dates on the Just Blaze/Baauer tour is below...
by Andrew Sacher
Captain Murphy aka Flying Lotus
If you aren't already familiar with new rapper Captain Murphy, who first appeared on the Adult Swim single, "Between Friends" with Flying Lotus and Earl Sweatshirt, he had been keeping his identity concealed but many rumors circulated that Captain Murphy was the rapper alter ego of FlyLo himself, or a member of Odd Future. He released his impressive debut mixtape, Duality, as one long audio file in a video (which you can watch below) but has since released a deluxe edition with the tracks separated and bonus material, which you can download for free HERE. Most of the mixtape was produced by Flying Lotus and also included production from Brainfeeder producers Jeremiah Jae, Samiyam, and Teebs, plus hip hop production greats Madlib and Just Blaze, and a beat by upcoming duo TNGHT. The full tracklist is below.
If you've been following along with all the Captain Murphy insanity, you may know that he made his live debut last night (11/28) in LA at The Airliner. And as you can see in the picture above from the show, Captain Murphy is in fact Flying Lotus (via Complex). FlyLo has since taken to twitter to comment on the identity revealing.
Mixtape video and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
If, like me, you've been listening to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city all week, you've probably noticed that in addition to Kendrick's impeccable flow, the whole record is backed by great production too. One of the finer moments beatwise comes on album closer, "Compton," which was helmed by veteran producer Just Blaze. There aren't many rappers who don't sound great over a Just Blaze beat, but this track (which happens to include a killer guest verse by Dr. Dre) is immediately up there as one of those great hip hop joint efforts like Jay-Z and Eminem's "Renegade" or Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and D'Angelo's "Imagine."
If you live in NYC and wanna see the man behind that track, consider yourself in luck because Just Blaze is playing Santos Party House tonight (10/25) with DJ Soul. Doors are at 11 PM and admission is $5 before midnight and $10 after. It's Just Blaze's only announced show at the moment.
The flier for that show and a stream of "Compton" are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Flying Lotus at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flying Lotus is about to welcome his new album, Until the Quiet Comes next week (10/2) via Warp. As the album title implies, it's a "quieter" record than the maximalist Cosmogramma, but it's just as fleshed out and compelling. You can stream the album ahead of its release date at NPR. The video for "Putty Boy Strut" can be watched below.
As mentioned, FlyLo will be supporting the album with a tour that hits NYC on October 7 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat and other Brainfeeder artists. Tickets for that show are still available. That's the first date club date on his tour, but he's since revealed that the tour will kick off with a "take over" of LA and NYC surrounding that date.
In NYC, he'll appear at the Warp booth at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on October 6, where he'll be signing copies of his new album. That's free and the booth will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM. The day after the T5 show, he'll play a Red Bull Music Academy Takeover for Boiler Room NYC (10/8) with a great lineup of Questlove, Flatbush Zombies, Just Blaze, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, and The Underachievers. That show is guest list only but you can watch it live at boilerroom.tv. On October 9 he'll partake in the "Meet the Musician" series at Apple Store SoHo where he'll give a talk and also perform. That show runs from 6-8 PM and is free but space is very limited.
Lastly, he'll do two events on October 10, including the East Village Radio Takeover, where Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder artists Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, and The Underachievers will take over two hours of air time on East Village Radio from 2-4 PM to preview their showcase which happens later that night at new Brooklyn venue Villain (50 North 3 St). That show is also presented by the Red Bull Music Academy and features the same lineup (UPDATE: FlyLo is not confirmed) as the radio takeover plus "very special guests." No ticket info for this show at the moment.
An updated list of Flying Lotus dates and the video for "Putty Boy Strut" are below.
Danny Brown at MoMA PS1 - 8/25/12 (via @gjhart)
Perhaps keeping MoMA PS1′s contemporary aesthetic in mind, [Danny] Brown started his set with, "Witit," a bonus track from the re-release of his 2011 album XXX. "Witit" was the perfect starter for the first half of the set, which solely featured songs and verses from 2012. The crowd didn't seem to be as familiar with his recent works, especially his guest verses from Childish Gambino's "Toxic" and Ab-Soul's "Terrorist Threats," but they were engaged nonetheless. "Black Brad Pitt" and "Blueberry," tracks with EDM (electronic dance music) instrumentals and producers, had people particularly enthralled. A number of rappers are attempting to embrace EDM without compromising their gruff images, but few do it as comfortably as Brown who makes a living on both sides of the proverbial fence. [Respect Mag]Danny Brown came to NYC over the weekend (8/25) for Warm Up at MoMA PS1 with Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, BAIO, (of Vampire Weekend), and The Stallions. FADER caught up with Danny Brown, Nick Catchdubs, and Just Blaze at the show and interviewed them, which you can watch spliced with clips of their sets in a video below. As mentioned, Danny Brown and Just Blaze team up again on Monday (9/3) at City Winery's backyard for a Fool's Gold Day Off party with Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, French Montana, and others. That party goes from 2PM-8PM and is free and all ages. Danny returns to NYC when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q hits Roseland Ballroom on September 27 (tickets).
In related news, a video recently surfaced from a show that promoters Livin Proof put on in London this past July. In the video, Danny Brown is seen in the studio with TNGHT (aka Lunice and Hudson Mohawke), and many are speculating that it means Danny Brown and TNGHT have collaborative material in the works. If it's true, maybe it will sound something like this?
The Livin Proof video, the video interview from MoMA PS1, and a list of all remaining tour dates are below.
Miguel at MoMA PS1 earlier this month (more by Leia Jospe)
R&B singer Miguel, who was in NYC earlier this month to play Warm Up at MoMA PS1, is back and will play TONIGHT (8/24) at J&R MusicFest 2012 (23 Park Row) with Deon Young, Leah LaBelle, Marcus Canty, and Ryan Leslie. Tonight's show starts at 5 PM. The fest began yesterday (8/23) with sets from DMX and Talib Kweli (who played Highline Ballroom with his Idle Warship project earlier this week), and it wraps up tomorrow with Q&A panels, a special guest, and more. You can check out a recent Pitchfork.tv video of Miguel performing "Adorn" and talking about his live show at Warm Up below.
Meanwhile, Warm Up continues at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/25) with Just Blaze, Danny Brown, Nick Catchdubs, The Stallions, and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend). Tickets for that are still available. Nick Catchdubs made this week's FADER/MoMA PS1 Warm Up mix, which you can stream below.
As mentioned, Just Blaze and Danny Brown will share another bill on September 3 in City Winery's backyard as part of Fool's Gold Day Off NY 2012 with French Montana, Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, and others. That day show is free and all ages. But Just Blaze will fit in yet another NYC appearance before that. He'll play the new 'Found' rooftop party at The DL on Sunday (8/26) (95 Delancey St) with special guests Cosmo Baker, Farrington G, and Dan Wender (Rinsed). The party is 21+ and starts at 6 PM. It's free with RSVP before 9 PM and $10 after that, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund. The flier for this party is below.
A stream of Nick Catchdubs' Warm Up mix, the Miguel video, and Just Blaze flier are below...
Danny Brown at Prospect Park, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Labor Day is quickly approaching and if you're not leaving the city and need sommething to cap off the summer, the folks at Fools Gold Records are once again throwing their Day Off NY party which happens Monday, September 3 at City Winery's backyard and features Danny Brown, French Montana, Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, #BEEN #TRILL, Just Blaze, and more. The party goes from 2PM - 8PM and is free and all-ages. More details are here. Flyer for the party is below.
The Fool's Gold party happens about a week after Danny Brown and Just Blaze share a bill at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 25 with Nick Catchdubs, The Stallions, and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend). Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Fool's Gold Day Off flyer and a list of updated Danny Brown dates below...
Just BLAAAAAAZE. The hip hop producer Justin Smith aka Just Blaze, best known for hemming tracks on classic Jay-Z albums, and more recently providing the beat for Drake's "Lord Knows," among many other things, will be in NYC this week for a 1992 party at Santos Party House on June 21 with Jasmine Solano and Kasey Berry. The party is in celebration of Smoke DZA's new album, Rugby Thompson (which you can stream in full below), but no word of whether or not DZA will be making an appearance. Just Blaze doesn't appear to have much else in the way of live appearances, but he'll be in NYC again on August 25 for Warm Up at PS1 with Danny Brown, BAIO (of Vampire Weekend), Nick Catchdubs, and The Stallions. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In other classic hip hop producer news, Pete Rock will be DJing with special guests at 20th birthday celebration of his 1992 LP with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, at Le Poisson Rouge on June 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Smoke DZA album stream below...
Warm Up 2011 at MoMA PS1 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this summer for another run of dance parties from forward thinking electronic musicians every Saturday from July 7 through September 8 in PS1's outdoor courtyard. For the first time, advance tickets for Warm Up will be available this year. They go on sale June 18.
The 2012 schedule includes Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace (DJ), Jamie xx, Danny Brown, Just Blaze, Maria Minerva, Shlohmo, Evian Christ, Howse, Nguzunguzu, Baio, Holy Other, Rustie, Matthew Dear (DJ), Lemonade, Slava, TRUST, Light Asylum, Sepalcure, Floating Points, Jacques Greene and many more.
More info and the full schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this week, Pusha dropped a freestyle over Common's "Sweet" off of his new LP, The Dreamer/The Believer, which came out on Tuesday. The Smoking Section reports that the track is a diss at Drake (who is touring in 2012 with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky). Stream it below.
Common played Highline Ballroom on Monday (12/19). Nas joined him at the show. You can stream the whole show below, and also check out a video of Nas joining in on "Ghetto Dreams" below.
Speaking of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Emilio Rojas, they both just played S.O.B.'s with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (12/19). Talib Kweli saw the show, and tweeted, "The ASAP crew did a 20 min walk thru during the set. Classic Harlem lol." Check out a video from the show below.
Maybe Talib should give Diplo a heads up about Kendrick. Diplo recently tweeted "Kendrick lamar sounds like somebody that played for the supersonics in the 90s. Didn't know he was a rapper. What's his best tune?" (Hey Diplo, check out "The Spiteful Chant").
In other news, Kendrick told XXLMag that he and J. Cole are planning a joint album. "We're still trying to formulate it and sit down in a neutral zone, where either one of us is moving and doing shows, interviews and press all the time," he said. Kendrick told HipHopDx that he's lined up Just Blaze and Pete Rock for his next LP.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will play NYC again when he opens for Action Bronson at Highline Ballroom on December 27. Tickets are still available. eXquire and Bronson both made Heems' list of favorite albums released in 2011.
Dates, videos and stream below...
Fool's Gold Day Off is returning to the City Winery Backyard on September 5 (aka Labor Day) with Juicy J, Danny Brown, AraabMUZIK, Just Blaze, Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak & Dave1), Cubic Zirconia, and more. The all ages event runs from 2-8 PM and admission is free.
Juicy J aka 1/2 of Three 6 Mafia also has other dates coming up, all of which are listed below.
As previously mentioned, AraabMUZIK also tours with and opens for SBTRKT at Bowery Ballroom (10/31). SBTRKT's show the next night (11/1) at MHOW in Brooklyn didn't have an opener, but now it does and it's Cubic Zirconia. Tickets for both of those shows are still on sale.
Danny Brown tours with Das Racist in September.
A show flier and a video from last year's Day Off and stuff, below...