Entries tagged with: Kool Keith
by Andrew Sacher
The long-running eccentric rapper Kool Keith put out a few releases last year, including the Time? Astonishing! album with producer L'Orange. A few days ago he returned with a new single, "Crack A Bottle," featuring Woozy. It's a laid-back song that's not quite as spacey and psychedelic as Time? Astonishing!, but it'll certainly get stuck in your head. Listen below.
Kool Keith has a few shows scheduled, including NYC on February 20 at Grand Victory with Sir Jarlsberg and Ave Campbel. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon aka Dr. Dooom aka a member of Ultramagnetic MC's, etc etc etc) recently returned with a new album on Mello Music Group, Time? Astonishing!. It's a collaboration with North Carolina producer L'Orange, for whom it was his second collaborative LP of 2015. (The other was The Night Took Us In Like Family with Jeremiah Jae.) Time? Astonishing! features Open Mike Eagle, Blu, Mr. Lif, J-Live and more, and as you might expect from Kool Keith, it's spacey psychedelic rap. Stream the whole thing (and the whole Jeremiah Jae/L'Orange album) below.
As previously mentioned, Kool Keith is playing shows this year, including NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on August 20. Since we last spoke, that became a co-headlining show with Blacklicious. Tickets are still available.
That show is part of a much longer tour for Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel), which is in support of their upcoming album, Imani, Vol. 1, that they're self-releasing on September 18. It's their fourth album total and first since 2005's The Craft, and from the sounds of new single "Blacka," these guys are still fired up. Check it out, with the list of tour dates, below.
photo: Kool Keith @ Joe's Pub (more by PSquared)
Kool Keith has collaborated with Inspectah Deck and Headkrack on the new track "Black Men (unarmed)" which protests the excessive force by police officers that has resulted in the deaths of several African-American males such as Eric Garner and Freddie Gray. Says Kool Keith:
We just used the pen to express our feelings about the police brutality against Blacks that go way before there was color TVs. You would think cops would chill now that cameras are everywhere, but it's like they're auditioning for 'NYPD Blue' or 'New York Undercover.' They don't give a fuck. Shit gotta stop.You can listen to the song below.
Keith, who debuted his new backing group, The Lucky Bears Foot Band, at Joe's Pub not too long ago, has a few dates lined up this summer, including another NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon. All known dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Kool Keith / with Cappadonna @ Joe's Pub 3/28/2015
Kool Keith debuted his new live band, Lucky Bears Foot, at Joe's Pub last Saturday (3/28). Though he's got a well-earned rep as an eccentric, Keith and his band played it pretty straight, pulling out a bunch of his classics from throughout his career. In addition to his band, Keith had hype man Dane Uno and DJ J-Ronin on stage the whole time, along with his "first lady" Sharon. At the end he brought up Wu Tang member Cappadonna for a track, too. Spotted in the crowd: legendary JD Stretch Armstrong and TR Willie Randolph from Ultramagnetic MC's (who unfortunately didn't come onstage to do a track with him). Pictures and video of Kool Keith's entire Joe's Pub set are in this post.
'The Kool Keith Show'
Rap iconoclast and general eccentric, Kool Keith remains resolutely weird 25+ years into his career. Among his latest exploits: The Kool Keith Show, clearly influenced by Adult Swim and which just posted its second episode online. You can watch, along with the first, below. He also just guested on a track by DJ Mighty Mi and you can listen to that below, too.
Meanwhile, Kool Keith has a new live band, Lucky Bears Foot, who will be making their debut at Joe's Pub on March 28. That's about it on the details front, but it's a late show (11:30 PM) and tickets are on sale now. It's part of a string of dates KK's got lined up and all are listed below.
If you're wondering what a Kool Keith show is like these days, he just played Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie last week (2/19) and his set included songs from his many guises: Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom, plus a couple of Ultramagnetic MCs tracks as well. You can watch video of his whole show and check out the setlist below.
Gap Dream @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
We mentioned briefly yesterday that Black Lips would be playing this year's edition of Burger Records' Burgerama fest which happens at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on March 23 & 24. Today, the Burger folks released the initial line-up for Burgerama III which is pretty killer if you're into the rock n' roll lifestyle the store/label has become synonymous with. Among the acts playing this year: Mac DeMarco, Death, FIDLAR, Nobunny, Gap Dream, Kool Keith (!), Allah-Las, The Orwells, The Tyde and loads more. Full lineup below.
Tickets for Burgerama III go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon PST.
Burgerama lineup, poster and a streaming Burger sampler, below...
by Andrew Sacher
TOKiMONSTA on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
TOKiMONSTA began picking up more speed as an artist on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and she's now signed with big-time EDM label Ultra (Deadmau5, Kaskade, Bloody Beetroots), who will release her new album, Half Shadows, on April 2. From the sound of the album's two singles, "Go With It" (featuring MNDR) and "The Force" (featuring Kool Keith), she's not changing her sound to fit in with her labelmates (luckily). Instead, she shows us what the LA beat scene sounds like mixed with dream pop on the MNDR collab, and on the one with Kool Keith, she creates an updated vision of the futurism that Keith was doing with Dan the Automator in his Dr. Octagon days. You can stream both songs below.
TOKiMONSTA is playing a few live dates too, including a record release show for Half Shadows with "very special guests" in NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
TOKiMONSTA also just offered a remix of Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" off his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which is out now. This remix follows the one Four Tet did earlier this month, though unlike Four Tet's, TOKiMONSTA's was not officially approved by JT's label. You can stream both of those remixes below.
Justin also recently released the video for "Mirrors," which you can watch below too. And in more related news, The Hollywood Reporter reports that he confirmed that a sequel to The 20/20 Experience (the "second half" of the album) is on its way. His tour with Jay-Z hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium and tickets for both nights are still available.
All TOKiMONSTA tour dates are listed, along with all streams and videos, below...
by Fred Pessaro
In a time when all eyes were west, transfixed on Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E and their crew NWA, a Bronx MC had the balls to scream what a legion of New York MCs wanted to: "Fuck Compton." That MC, Tim Dog, passed away at age 46 from a seizure brought on by his longtime battle with diabetes.
Tim Dog was primarily a solo artist and released a few albums besides the killer debut Penicillin on Wax. Later on, the Bronx MC even collaborated with Kool Keith as a member of Ultra and then again as a member of Project X. Those groups released one LP each.
RIP Tim Dog. Though you were nailed on a dating scam by Dateline NBC, you'll always be remembered for that scathing diss track and the accompanying album Penicillin on Wax but, more importantly, your contribution to the hip hop culture as a whole.
Screaming Females at La Zona Rosa, 10/10/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Our pals at Mercy, who are sponsoring the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year, are giving away two CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook.
Off!, who are heading out on tour with the Spits soon, have a new video for "Wrong" featuring Jack Black. Check out the clip below... sweet Sonny Chiba reference in there guys.
UPDATE: Did you watch the debate tonight? Marlarkey!
Listen to Jarvis Cocker rate new records by Adele, Flying Lotus and more on BBC 6Music's "Roundtable" which is live from the man's hometown of Sheffield, England.
Coliseum (with new bassist) have entered the studio with J. Robbins to begin tracking. They are keeping detailed reports of their progress on Facebook.
Swedes Peter Bjorn and John wrote a song, "I Wish I Was a Spy," for Yo Gabba Gabba! that you can check out over at NPR. It's on the new volume of the Music Is Awesome! series which also features tracks from Metric, Belle & Sebastian, CSS, Cut Copy, The Roots, The Bird And The Bee and more.
Lots more stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door. Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.
Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).
I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.
Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.
There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.
I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.
Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad
Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.
Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).
Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.
Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).
While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.
As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).
Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.
GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.
Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.
Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.
You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.
Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.
In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.
DOWNLOAD: Kool Keith - "New York" (Remix) featuring Agallah & Don Bishop (MP3)
Mayor bloomberg need a helicopter to drop bags of hydroxycut over the city of New York for some of these chicks. I see huge stomachs - Kool Keith
just watched porn scene with chick wearing uggz boots - Kool Keith
Next show I should hologram Elvis, James Brown and have Ronald Reagan as my dj - Kool Keith
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Master of the absurd and consequently a favorite on twitter, Kool Keith will one again team with his original crew Ultramagnetic MCs for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th as part of the Northside Festival (who just announced like 100 new bands). Tickets are on AMEX presale now and go on regular sale on Friday, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
In related news, Kool Keith ALSO has a solo show of his own as part of the Northside Festival. Look for the man of many pseudonyms to bless Brooklyn Bowl on June 14th with Lushlife. Tickets are on sale or use your Northside badge.
Keith is preparing to release his new LP, which according to a press statement may be his last, Love & Danger on June 5th via Junkadelic Music (preorder it). Download the remix for "New York" (the original appears on the LP) featuring appearances from Agallah and Don Bishop above. Check out the video for the original below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).
Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...
The Damned @ F F F Fest
Day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 was definitely more taxing than day one (pics here and here), in part due to the unrelenting dust storms. But despite a case of brown lung and some fatigue, it was still a blast and I managed to catch most of the sets at the Black Stage, as well as select shows at the Blue Stage and even popped over to checkout M83 at Orange for a bit. Highlights for the day included the Death Grips, the crowd going bat-shit crazy and creating human launch ramps during Paint it Black, Cold Cave blasting out destructive white noise, the return of Hot Snakes and watching The Damned rip through favorites like "New Rose" and "Smash It Up" from their first two albums while making jokes about Danzig (who played a notorious set the night before on the same stage at the same time). Completely different vibe from the night prior (and not the only time a Danzig joke was heard).
The rest of my pictures from Saturday (with more to come) are below...
Kool Keith at APW 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Hip hop oddity and favorite Kool Keith will play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/13), a rare appearance that will also feature Spanish Broads (a Das Racist noise set), New Optimism (Miho of Cibo Matto), Nine 11 Thesaurus, and DJ Marty McSorely. Tickets are on sale, as well as available at Desert Island Bookstore.
Kool Keith will join up with Ultramagnetic MCs to play ATP New Jersey in late September.
Das Racist have two upcoming NYC dates before they hit the road, August 27th at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park as part of the Afro-Punk Fest and at Bowery Ballroom on 9/12. The 8/27 show is free, and tickets for Bowery Ballroom are still available.
More show details and the Brooklyn show flyer is below.
Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.
More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...
mud, Tool & Ice T
During his Friday night set at the All Points West festival in Jersey City, Jay-Z took a moment to salute trail-blazing gangsta-rapper Ice-T, who, Jay-Z said, was "in the house." And Saturday afternoon, Ice-T took the stage to perform as a backing rapper during Kool Keith's second-stage performance.Though it didn't rain on Saturday (8/1), it was still super muddy. There were dry spots, but you literally could not walk from one place to another without going through some mud. Other highlights of the second day of All Points West included comedy by Tim & Eric in the tent (aka the third stage), back-to-back sets by St. Vincent and Neko Case on the 2nd stage, and the Arctic Monkeys and Gogol Bordello on the main stage. But nothing topped the end of the day. Now fully dark out and perfect weather, My Bloody Valentine, with the Statue of Liberty to their right and the Manhattan skyline straight ahead of them, delivered the power. The hour they played was, for me, the perfect festival experience.
"Sometimes it's just cool to stand on the side of the stage and be a hype man," said Ice-T.
He did, though, perform parts of his own raps, "Hardcore" and "God Forgive Me," a cappella.
With his confident, casually commanding flow, he made a strong impression in his few brief moments in the spotlight.
In addition to Jay-Z and Kool Keith, hip-hop acts like Q-Tip, the Knux and the Cool Kids have performed at All Points West. Hip-hop, though, will not figure prominently in the third and final day of the festival, Sunday. [NJ.com]
My Bloody Valentine
It helped that My Bloody Valentine, as they are known for being, were LOUD. Maybe they didn't seem as loud as they did inside a club, but they were loud enough that even those in the bleachers were putting on their earplugs if they had them. After their set I ran all the way back to the dance tent (pretty much the farthest distance you would have to ever go at this festival) to catch Crystal Castles. The tent was packed with the largest concentration of youth I'd seen in Liberty State Park up until that point. Everyone was dancing and cheering. Before CC were finished I ran back to the main stage to watch Tool.
During My Bloody Valentine I thought, "well, there are plenty of people here, but I guess they could fit a lot more". Ends up, all of those people that could fit, they showed up for Tool! Did they all just get there? Were they hiding in other areas? Either way, it totally hit me by surprise when I got back to the stage. I was also surprised, but happy, that Tool hadn't gone on yet. They don't play a super long set, so maybe they delayed to make the show go until curfew.
Once they did start, the amount of fist pumping (much bro fist pumping included) going on almost matched the amount of people in the park. I wouldn't consider myself a Tool fan, but there was no denying the awesomeness of their show.
"On a bill loaded with indie rock, Tool seemed initially distinguished by their popularity. They were the only band on Saturday's bill to have a platinum record, and the only performers to have won Grammys, and the only ones with enough starpower to sell out arenas on their own. And yet despite their high profile, Tool hardly behave like a mainstream band. Saturday's set was an exercise in atmosphere -- a dark, riveting performance that minimized the members of band while foregrounding their stranger sensibilities.I took the light rail to the park, but then the ferry home. Props to APW for making the ferry experience a much, much better one this year (no line at all, huge boats, very quick trip home, and I didn't even leave until Tool was finished).
Visually, the show was stunning. Tool perform to a series of bleak films mostly created by the artist Adam Jones, and beamed out giant-size across Liberty State Park they seemed more imposing and unnerving than ever. Opening with the sinister, twisting "Jambi," the group slowly worked its way through a set that spanned its small catalog. Part of what makes Tool concerts such visceral experiences is the band's peerless sense of control and release. Songs start with icicle drip guitars and rolling, tribal percussion, steadily building to perfectly timed explosions of sound. When paired with Jones' frightening films, it became more like a theater experience than a concert. At times it was remarkably easy to forget there was a band onstage at all." [Rolling Stone]
Pictures from APW day one HERE. More from day two below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom (More by Leia Jospe)
On some level, yes, perhaps this was inevitable. But after many locals realizing it for some time now, it seems that the Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids--or more likely, the people who represent them--have finally been hipped to the fact that, here in [Dallas Forth Worth], there exists a lo-fi punk outfit by the name of the Teenage Cool Kids. And, as such, the Cool Kids' handlers have sent Teenage Cool Kids a cease and desist order, asking that the band change its name. [Dallas Observer]Looks like somebody lost their cool (ZING!)....
In related news, The Cool Kids AND KOOL Keith (will they go after him too?) are part of the recently announced All Points West lineup. Both Cool & Kool play on Saturday Aug 1st... that's the NON-Beastie Boys / Q-Tip / Pharcyde / Organized Konfusion (!!!!!)/ Flying Lotus day (which is Friday, July 31).
Kool Keith will also appear at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 3rd, but this time as Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom. All dates below.
And probably the most exciting news (to me anyway) out of the APW lineup is the reformation of the mighty Organized Konfusion! The crew released their last LP in 1997, The Equinox which was proceeded by the classic self-titled and Stress: The Extinction Agenda LPs. Since then, Pharoahe Monch has been busy with his own ventures including writing rhymes for certain millionaires and showing up to support his friends The Roots at Highline Ballroom. Prince Po hasn't exactly sat idle either... his last album, The Saga Of The Simian Samurai dropped in 2007. Some videos below.
In other APW-playing, hip hop artist news, Q-Tip who always keeps busy performing (most recently on tour with the Cool Kids) and spinning, will be gettin' down at the 92nd St Y in Tribeca, James Lipton style:
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts a night of music and conversation featuring famed hip-hop musician and producer Q-Tip, a member of the legendary band A Tribe Called Quest. Rosenberg will sit down with Q-Tip for a candid discussion about the life and influences of this innovative artist, whose career has spanned over 20 years. Jazz hip-hop fusion band Igmar Thomas and The Cypher will perform throughout the night, paying tribute to Q-Tip's music.Tickets are on sale.
Beastie Boys recently reissued (deluxe style) Check Your Head, and have been announcing lots of festival appearances for this summer.
And finally, Flying Lotus (the "experimental music producer, disc jockey, and laptop musician from Winnetka, California") will be in NYC before before All Points West, including two dates in the next month - April 16th and 17th. On April 16th, Flying Lotus will join Kode9, Martyn, Mike Slott, Pursuit Grooves, Ras_G, and Zomby as part of Brainfeeder NYC (Part 1) at Love, a showcase for Flying Lotus's all-digital label Brainfeeder. The next day look for Flying Lotus and Kode9 to play the American Museum of Natural History as part of The Fader Presents One Step Beyond (advance tickets are available).
All tour dates, flyers and videos below...
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
N.A.S.A., and their worldwide debut The Spirit of Apllo, is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.Other N.A.S.A. collbaroators included Lykke Li, Santogold and Kanye West. Tickets are on sale for a March 12th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. The date is part of a larger tour. Watch the David Byrne/Chuck D/Ras Congo/Seu Jorge/Z-Trip "Money" video, and see all dates, below...
While N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both coasts of the U.S., it is about as far from a tension-building geographical showdown as a record can get. Rather, The Spirit of Apollo was born with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Sam Spiegel (Squeak E. Clean) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon) have done.
Unexpected collaborations abound on the seventeen track release. Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shoutouts to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money." In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.... [RCRD LBL]
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words By Black Bubblegum
"Just 'cause you're underground doesn't mean you have to eat a bologna sandwich; I stay in five-star hotels!" Keith barks. "I hear a lot of people talking about the streets. What streets are they talking about? There are no streets. I respect someone who says, 'I'm coming out of the Wal-Mart with the shopping cart, and I'm gonna tear you apart!' If you want to talk about Kmart, Motel 6, and the Waffle House, then we might have a record."The ever mysterious Poppa Large, aka Kool Keith, is back at it... and this time the halfsharkalligatorhalfman will play a show at Blender on April 3rd as "Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom"... presumably, that means material from his albums under those psuedonyms. Tickets go on sat Saturday 11/15 at noon here.
Since his pioneering days with the oft-overlooked Ultramagnetic MC's, the Bay Area rapper's accused a long line of spitters of jacking his style.
"The only rapper I respect out there is Puffy," Keith concedes. "He sounds the best to me, and everybody else is straight garbage. I just listen to Puffy, and I throw everybody else's CDs out the window. He's the only one I want to do a record with."
[The Austin Chronicle]
Kool Keith is scheduled for handful of other dates, including the upcoming ATP Nightmare Before Christmas (curated by Mike Patton and the Melvins). Hip-hop's favorite weirdo also recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (billed as "Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon"). More pictures from that, and all dates below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.
One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...