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NYSC

The UK/NYC music industry conference/concert known as New York Sound City (as opposed to Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary/concert that just happened) will return this year, happening March 11, 2012 at Knitting Factory. It's a diverse line-up (and not all from the UK) with appearances by Britrockers The Enemy, the danceable pop of Reverend & the Makers; Polish Pop Idol winner Brodka, and Liverpool bands The Tea Street Band, KOF, and The Verdict. Tickets are $20 and on sale now. Reverend & The Makers, The Enemy and Brodka will all be heading to SXSW immediately after.

The strong Liverpool showing reflects Sound City's origins, and you may remember The La's were supposed to headline the event last year but cancelled. As for the music industry side of New York Sound City, it's happening the same day at The Wythe Hotel and speakers include onetime Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, punk chronicler Danny Fields and hip hop artist Monie Love. And they'll be talking about:

The central theme of the New York Sound City will be the notion of British Invasion - how the relationship between New York and Liverpool, two great ports and hotbeds of music and creativity have shaped popular music for generations. A series of panels and seminars examining how the UK has consistently re-interpreted, re-invented and re-packaged subversive US music and culture and successfully sold it back to the American mass market.
More info on the industry conference is here and song streams from many of the bands/artists playing are below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Public Enemy

The Public Enemy-headlined Hip Hop Gods Tour hit Irving Plaza in NYC on Thursday night (11/29). We've got pictures, videos, and a shot of PE's setlist. It continues below...

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Public Enemy ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Public Enemy

Chuck D proudly presents the first annual HipHopGods Tour... The 12 date tour will feature Public Enemy, X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders Of The New School, Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers, Son Of Bazerk & No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny Juice holding it down as the official tour DJ.

The initial tour will be filmed for future documentary, and subsequent tours will follow in 2013. The 3 hour concert, hosted by Chuck D, will move like a 1960s James Brown revue or Dick Clark Star Caravan making the concert a true once in a lifetime event.

It's like 1991 all over again, and political hip hop pioneers Public Enemy  have snagged some of the all-stars from the era for the tour from coast-to-coast. Look for the precision strikes tin late November and early December, with NYC getting the look at Irving Plaza on November 29. Tickets are on sale now.

Get your Africa medallions, "Get Used" jeans and Cazals ready, and catch the show at the tour dates listed below, alongside some classic videos from the era.

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The Jungle Brothers at SOB's last night via MuphoricSounds
The Jungle Brothers

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.

"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 boxoffice@harlemstage.org.
More details on each event below.

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...

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Is this (and more) what SOB's is in for tonight?
Native Tongues

HipHopDX: The Native Tongues reunion show tonight is initiated by the Jungle Brothers. How did the whole show come about?

Mike G (of the Jungle Brothers): I'm good friends with one of the promoters, Big Jeff. They wanted to pay homage to us in a certain extent and represent one time for New York because we haven't performed in New York for such a long time. We just had wanted to hook up an official Jungle Brothers show and hopefully get some of the other guys to come and that's really what it is. Letting people know Jungle Brothers are back and then also saying, "We want this Native Tongue family to live." And now we putting out a call. We told the brothers to come through, represent.

In true hip hop fashion, the list of "invited guests" to tonight's Jungle Brothers reunion show at SOB's includes the entire Native Tongues crew, aka De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love, Black Sheep, Leaders of The New School "and more". No word as to who will actually show though. Here's to hoping it's all of them, though unfortunately at this point only those with a ticket will get to find out in person (the show is sold out).

First Serve

In related news, 2/3 of De La Soul have formed First Serve, a new crew that will welcome their debut LP on Duck Down on April 2nd.

'First Serve' is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob 'Pop Life' Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, "different, but the differences seem to complement everything we do." Their name 'First Serve' comes from their motto, "First come, First Serve, get what you deserve."

After years of laying down demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game, we get the next instalment from their world in the form of the 'We Made It' skit. All the hard work has finally paid off - Jacob and Deen have hit the big time signing to Goon Time Records to become the next new thing to hit the airwaves.

Check out a new video by First Serve below.

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