Entries tagged with: NAS
Los Campesinos! @ Irving Plaza in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Air Supply @ BB King's
* One Ring Zero @ Barbes
* Dar Williams @ City Winery
* America @ Best Buy Theater
* Hugh Maselka @ Carnegie Hall
* Suffocation @ Gramercy Theatre
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Barbes
* Rasputina, Faun Fables @ Knitting Factory
* Tom Tom Club, Command V @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Citizen Cope, Chocolate Genius @ Terminal 5
* Seabear, North Highlands @ Highline Ballroom
* The Gates of Slumber, Hour of 13 @ Union Pool
* Mark Sultan (BBQ), Two Tears @ Mercury Lounge
* Tatiana Kochkareva @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* The Henry Clay People, The Dig @ Mercury Lounge
* Hunx and His Punx, The Babies, K Holes @ Cake Shop
* Jim Avett, Dan Seiden, Findlay Brown @ Bowery Electric
* Gordon Voidwell (3rd Floor Soundstage) @ Apollo Theater
* Southern Culture On The Skids, The Woggles @ Maxwell's
* Apache Beat, MINKS, Von Haze, Wise Blood @ Cameo Gallery
* Turbo Fruits, Liquor Store, Pujol, Dream Diary @ Death By Audio
* Rhys Chatham, Kevin Shea, David Sims, Angie Eng @ The Kitchen
* Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Willy Mason @ Bowery Ballroom
* Weekends, Web Dating, Data Dog, Antimagic, Mala Strana @ Coco 66
* Los Campesinos!, Darlings, Johnny Foreigner @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dark Dark Dark, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Rescue Bird @ Glasslands
* King Khan & The Shrines, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, LiveFastDie @ The Bell House
* Magik Markers, Iyes, Steve Gunn/John Truscinski Duo, Devin, Gary & Ross @ Shea Stadium
* Agnostic Front, Mother of Mercy, Product of Waste, Inhuman, My Rifle @ Santos Party House
* The Ataris, Don't Panic, Love Automatic, Caught Red Handed, Any Time Today @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Paleface, The Two Man Gentleman Band, Pokey LaFarge, The Hot Seats @ Southpaw
* The Death Set, So So Death, Japanther, Weekends, Unstoppable Death Machines (The Shank's Grand Reopening) @ The Shank
* Liturgy, The Netherlands, El Topo, Great Mason (Pandemonium: A Summoning in Five Acts, with illusions by Burneverything) @ Silent Barn
* Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Marcia Bassett, Margarida Garcia, Aki Onda, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Noveller, Ancient Ocean, Tom Carter, Century Plants (Drone Marathon) @ Issue Project Room
Tonight's Sword show was cancelled.
Nas and Damien Marley stopped by Jimmy Kimmel. Video below...
photos by Samantha Marble
In what seemed like just a few seconds, Damian Marley, his hype crew and duo of backup singers rushed the stage to the retro-sounding intro of their first single, "As We Enter." Soon after, Nas joined them onstage, where they delivered a high-energy opener, keeping up the Bob Marley tradition with a waving Ethiopian flag.Nas & Damian Marley headlined a sold out show at Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday night, one night after Primus headlined there. Both acts also played the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT over the weekend (described above).
During his solo set, Nas seemed to create a sometimes intense, sometimes moody atmosphere among the audience of nodding heads. "Connecticut, let's represent!" Nas screamed over a roaring crowd. The rapper made his way through songs like "Nas Is Like" and "Hip Hop Is Dead."
"We just finished the record Distant Relatives. This wasn't about nothing but realness," the rapper said of the concept behind his and Marley's joint LP. "So to all my distant relatives out there, my leaders, this one's to all the leaders." With that he launched into the calming "Leaders."
Marley and Nas played off each other's energy during various cuts, delivering some authentic chemistry. And it was only fitting that the duo's set ended with a cover of Bob Marley's 1980 hit "Could You Be Loved." Marley played with the audience as he encouraged singing in what eventually became a full out sing-along with the echoing voices of the crowd right behind the chanting music. [MTV]
Nas & Damian performed a two-hour set of collaborative material (from this year's Distant Relatives) and solo songs ("One Mic," "Welcome to Jamrock," etc.). More pictures from their set and a video of show opening "As We Enter", with one more video, below...
Warpaint @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Rana on a boat
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Birbiglia @ UCB
* Sally Seltmann @ Joe's Pub
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* The Heavy, The Black Hollies @ Bowery Ballroom
* Warpaint, Sherlock's Daughter @ Mercury Lounge
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Baaba Maal and Playing for Change @ Central Park SummerStage
* Anamanaguchi, Surf Team, So So Death, Filthy Savage @ Party Expo
* Sundelles, Shark?, Food Stamps, Turtle Ambulance @ Knitting Factory
* Delphic, Penguin Prison, Das Racist, Sensual Harassment @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sally Seltmann is supporting her Arts & Crafts release with a show at Joe's Pub tonight.
Arcade Fire tickets went on sale Saturday morning.
The Stooges have a show coming up in Atlantic City.
There's a free show at the Seaport Tuesday evening.
There's a free Dan Deacon show in Red Hook on Tuesday.
Bonnaroo is over. Some videos below...
Nas and Damian Marley recently appeared on Craig Ferguson. Video below...
photos by Chris Graham, words by Andrew Frisicano
Dirty Projectors @ Sasquatch Fest
Dirty Projectors have added the rest of the tour dates around their September 11th Terminal 5 show (Tickets are still on sale for that). The band covers a lot of ground on the short tour, going back to Seattle by the end of September. They just played the Seattle-area, Sasquatch Festival's second day (5/30). The pictures here are from that (Day one pictures from the same fest are here).
Between playing for David Byrne and DJing with Bjork, the band found time to cut a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" for Levi's, who will give you the song for your e-mail address. Don't expect too many fireworks - their version is a pretty straightforward, dorm-room take on the song. Levi's is also giving away songs by Nas, The Swell Season, and She & Him (The Shins, Passion Pit, and The Kills all have free tracks coming up).
Dirty Projectors' Terminal 5 show is being opened by Owen Pallett, who opens a few others on the tour too. Sub Pop garage-pop Happy Birthday and electro-party rapper Dominique Young Unique (whose video for single "Show My Ass" is below) open others. Owen goes on to tour with the National.
More Sasquatch pictures and videos (which capture the crowd singing "Happy Birthday" to Amber's dad, and some inspired "Stillness" dance moves) and all tour dates are below...
Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival 2010 takes place in Golden Gate Park from August 14th-15th. Headlining acts for the fest include Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green. Other acts include Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Budos Band, Dawes, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power Janelle Monáe and Tokyo Police Club. The full lineup (which will be added to) is below.
Two-day passes go on sale Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm EST. Single day tickets go on sale Sunday, June 6th.
A video trailer for this year's fest and the lineup is below...
Roky Erickson & Okkervil River in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Torche @ the Charleston
* Jarboe, Hull @ Union Pool
* Dub Trio @ Santos Party House
* The Dreams, TeePee @ Glasslands
* Japanther, Care Bears on Fire @ Galapagos
* Taken By Trees @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Karen O & Nick Zinner @ MoMA Garden Party
* Booka Shade @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Imogen Heap, Geese @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Roky Erickson and Okkervil River @ Webster Hall
* Woods, Effi Briest, St. Vincent (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Karina Denike, Jeffrey Kish, Michelle Amador @ Cake Shop
* Greg Laswell, Jimmy Gnecco, Brian Wright @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dirty Pearls, Killcode, Diablo Royale @ Santos Party House
* Teengirl Fantasy, The Loud Objects, Kingdom (DJ) @ China Chalet
* The Depreciation Guild, Wild Nothing, Braids @ Knitting Factory
* Gride, P.L.F., Power Cup, Unmen, InTheShit @ Bushwick Bike Shop
* Brahms, Das Racist, Gordon Voidwell, Shadowbox, Rewards (DJ) @ Pianos
* Fan-Tan, The Tryptics, The Hotcakes, The Flying Change @ Mercury Lounge
* Cannabis Corpse, Mutant Supremacy, Street Pizza, Mutilation Rites, Dust of Eden @ Party Expo
After having to cancel due to volcano, Jarboe finally gets to play Union Pool tonight.
Taken By Trees play LPR tonight with special guests.
Karen O and Nick Zinner help MoMA raise money tonight.
JDH & Dave P are DJing at the Booka Shade show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Braids play Knitting Factory tonight and Mercury Lounge Thursday. They were also just added to the bill of Friday's Rooftop Films.
Torche headline a small show at The Charleston tonight. They open a big show at Summerstage tomorrow. $15 tickets for the Charleston show will go on sale at 6pm at the venue. Doors at 8pm.
Nas and Damian Marley, who recently played Highline Ballroom, were just on Jimmy Kimmel. Videos from their performance below...
by Benjamin Lozovsky
The day before their collaboration Distant Relatives hit the shelves, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley looked more like brothers on stage, as they performed at a record release party at Highline Ballroom Monday night (5/17). Representing the gritty consciousness of their respective solo work, both displayed a smooth intensity as they plowed through a long set of new cuts off the joint album as well as classics from their respective repertoires.
The New York MC and dancehall star connected Queens and Jamaica via Africa on their current effort, tapping into a mutual fascination with their ancestry. From breezy "feel good music" (as Nas said during the show) to battle calls, their varied approach on the new album made an already wide palette of hip hop and reggae even more unexpected live. Behind a nine-piece band and the strangely sensual gyrations of a flag-waving Rasta, the raspy singsong delivery of Marley meshed perfectly with Nas' buttery flow. It all culminated with a rendition of the most powerful song of the night, as they lowered the volume of a fixated crowd to whispers when they performed new track "Patience" (built around a heavenly Amadou and Mariam sample). Grab that track above.
Nas & Damian go on a larger tour this summer. It hits Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn. More pictures from the Highline show, and some videos, below...
Common at Terminal Five (more by Eric Townsend)
Its a doubleheader for the hip hop fan in you! Common will play Highline Ballroom THIS SATURDAY for an early show at 8PM (tickets are on sale for $50), with Busta Rhymes headlining a separate show at the same venue at 11PM. Tickets for Busta are $20 on the day of the show, and you can RSVP to email@example.com.
Speaking of big bang MCs (no pun intended) at Highline Ballroom, Nas will team up with Damian Marley for a show on May 17th. Tickets go on sale at noon FRIDAY/TOMORROW (5/7). The duo's new album, Distant Relatives, is due on May 18th and they are schedukled to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on 7/31,
Catch Clipse at Highline Ballroom tonight (5/6).
Full Common and Nas/Damian Marley tour dates and some videos are below...
Gogol Bordello @ Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Tickets for the Primus/Gogol Bordello show at Williamsburg Waterfront are now on Internet presale (password = CHEESE).
That concert happens on July 30th. The next night Primus rocks out at Bridgeport, CT's Gathering of the Vibes, where they'll headline with Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley and Nas, and Sharon Jones. Tickets are on sale. The full lineup is here.
While Primus are gathering the vibes, Gogol Bordello will play Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ on July 31st. Tickets for that are on sale Friday at noon.
Videos of last year's Gathering (music, hula hoops, "nitrous mafia," "Crazy Guy" and more) are below...
Freddie Gibbs @ SXSW (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Roc Nation signee J. Cole's Tuesday (3/30) show at SOB's had a few special appearances (not Jay-Z).
Surprise guests Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek joined Cole on stage for "Just to Get By," but the highlight of the night was when Cole brought out Young Gunz rapper Young Chris. "We don't wear the same chain, but, I gotta give respects to those that came before me, from Beanie to Young Gunz," J. Cole told the audience before bringing out the former Roc-A-Fella artist, who was received with shouts of excitement from the throng of people. [Billboard]Last night (3/31), K'Naan & Wale's show at Irving Plaza featured a surprise appearance by Nas and Damian Marley, who performed their album's first single "As We Enter" (Nas and K'naan did "NY State of Mind" too). Videos are below. Nas & Damian Marley's tour this summer includes a show at Williamsburg Waterfront.
At Highline Ballroom last night (3/31), Freddie Gibbs and others from XXL's Freshman Class performed. Cam'ron wasn't quite a special guest - his appearance as the headliner was announced the day before.
One of the more hyped Freshmen, thanks to his imposing style and intelligent rhyming, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs represents a bit of a stylistic change from the other performers. Everything about him--from his physical appearance to his deep, gritty vocals--commands respect. The turning point in his set came when he took his shirt off and upped his intensity (the crowd went crazy).Doug E. Fresh also made an appearance before Cam'ron's set. A bunch of videos below...
Donnis was probably the biggest surprise of the night. Besides his smooth, succinct Southern delivery, he brought out two surprise guests of note--Brit soul sensation Estelle and the up-and-coming Ryan Leslie. Estelle, with her scintillating vocals, came out for a quick verse on a new Donnis single, while Leslie played the keys for the track "Gone." [Time Out NY]
Nas @ Emo's during SXSW 2010 (spazyaz)
...Nasty Nasir Jones and Damien "Jr Gong" Marley - pursuing a blend of hip-hop and dancehall that started on the "Road to Zion" recorded for Marley's Welcome to Jamrock - made the most of their abbreviated set [at Emo's/SXSW on Wed. March 17th]. "I want to dedicate this to my brothers who are locked up unjustly," said Nas, before launching into his early freestyle "One Love."Nas & Damian Marley's "Distant Relatives Tour" will travel North America and Europe this summer in support of their album of the same name, set to come out May 18th on Universal Republic. Singer Nneka will be opening.
This segued naturally into Bob reggae classic "One Love (One Heart)" with Damien stepping into his father's footsteps over a recorded sample courtesy of DJ Green Hornet. Snippets of "Rock Steady" and "Exodus" were also performed in a thrilling combination of styles. [Houston Press]
They play one of the non-free shows at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer, on Saturday, July 31st. Tickets go on Internet Presale today (Thursday) at 10am (password = RELATIVES) and general sale Friday, April 2nd at noon.
The other show set for the new series of pay shows at the Waterfront is Faith No More on July 5th. More TBA.
Videos (including one from their Emo's gig), all tour dates and the new album cover art are below...
After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...
tonight in NYC
* Violent Bullshit @ ABC No Rio
* Ponytail, Javelin @ The Bell House
* Rosanne Cash @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Owen, The One AM Radio @ Union Hall
* Clutch, Lionize, Wino @ Irving Plaza
* Drummer, Royal Bangs @ Mercury Lounge
* Lord of the Rings @ Radio City Music Hall
* Mason Jennings, Anni Rossi @ Maxwell's
* Pierced Arrows, Thee Oh Sees @ Maxwell's
* Kiss, Buckcherry @ Madison Square Garden
* An Evening Without Monty Python @ Town Hall
* Mirah, Norfolk and Western @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Black Hollies, The Nouvellas @ Glasslands
* Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears @ 92YTribeca
* Timber Timbre, Kate-Miller Heidke @ Mercury Lounge
* Stigma, No Redeeming Social Value @ Santos Party House
* Radio Happy Hour w/ Tunde Adebimpe @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Revival Times, The Frontier Needs Heroes, Zachary Cale @ Zebulon
* Big Digits, Ghost Mall, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt @ Shea Stadium
* Youth Group, Don Lennon, Rubik Band, The Ghost Is Dancing @ Pianos
* Rainbow Party, Le Rug, Grocery Thief, Michael Jordan @ Silent Barn
* Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Uncle Monsterface @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Arthur Russell Tribute Concert & Reading @ Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
* Hard Fest w/ Crookers, Major Lazer, Rusko, Jack Beats, Destructo @ Terminal 5
* Monotonix, Ill Ease, Turbo Fruits, Static Static, Stalkers, Emok @ Market Hotel
* Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Dirt Blue Gene @ Music Hall of W
* Roadside Graves, The Parson Red Heads, Loom, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo @ Lit
* Dinosaur Feathers, pow wow!, Reina Del Camino, Lame Drivers, Clean Equations @ Bruar Falls
SET TIMES:Flashing Lights celebrates their One Year Anniversary at 88 Palace with Toddla T tonight.
1:00 - 2:00 CROOKERS
12:00 - 1:00 MAJOR LAZER
11:00 - 12:00 RUSKO
10:00 - 11:00 JACK BEATS
9:00 - 10:00 DESTRUCTO
(Doors at 8:00 pm)
Black Keys side-proj Drummer plays Mercury Lounge with Royal Bangs.
Monotonix headline a bill with Ill Ease, Turbo Fruits, Static Static, Stalkers and Emok at Market Hotel. How was last night's show at Santos?
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, playing behind new disc Through The Devil Softly, visit Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dirt Blue Gene. It's sold out, but tickets are still available to the Monday show.
Pierced Arrows and Thee Oh Sees, two well-paired low-fi garage acts, play Maxwell's. For Thee Oh Sees, it will be their fourth NYC-area show in 3 days.
Ponytail and Javelin play The Bell House with the recently-added Fiasco.
Rosanne Cash plays a special 'List' show at St. Ann's Warehouse for the second night in a row.
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe hosts an Arthur Russell Tribute Concert & Reading with "Solo and duo performances of Arthur Russell music by Mira Billotte, Joyce Bowden, Peter Gordon, Steven Hall, Nick Hallett, Rachel Henry, Alex Waterman, Peter Zummo and others. Book signing for Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, a new biography of Arthur Russell, with author Tim Lawrence."
Arthur Russell's legacy is also being celebrated with Nomi at Public Assembly tonight.
TV Ghost played Silent Barn last night. Video below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...
Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.
"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."
For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.
Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]
by Black Bubblegum
Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:
by Andrew Frisicano
Outdoor music fest fun...Woodstock '94
Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival - happening this year on October 2nd-4th in Austin's Zilker Park - go on sale today (Tuesday, April 7th) at 11am EST. That sale happens in advance of the fest's official lineup announcement, scheduled for April 28th.
Calgary festival Sled Island hasn't announced its lineup either. But Sled Island does have a pre-fest fundraiser planned for Saturday April 11th (tickets on sale). Headlining that show at Calgary's Royal Canadian Legion will be 2008 fest performer Fucked Up (video below). Sled Island itself takes place June 25th-28th. Curating this year's festivities will be Colin Newman from Wire (who also played Sled Island '08).
Camp Bisco, a three-night fest headlined by The Disco Biscuits, is happening on July 16th-18th in Mariaville, NY. The artists playing include Nas, Chromeo, The Orb, Dr. Dog and more (full lineup below). Tickets are on sale now.
Monolith Festival is happening again this year in September at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorodo. No acts or dates have been announced yet - but last year's lineup was pretty stellar with TV on the Radio, Justice, Band of Horses, and more playing.
Merge Records is running its own 20th-anniversary festival, XX Merge, on July 22nd-26th in North Carolina. The lineup has been partially announced - with acts like Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward confirmed. Five-day passes go on sale Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Glastonbury sold out its last batch of tickets this week. The UK festival, happening June 26th-28th, has confirmed acts that include Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Emiliana Torrini, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, and Echo And The Bunnymen.
Other previously reported summer fests include:
Bonnaroo is happening too, from June 11th-14th in Manchester, TN.
There are more confirmed festivals, but I think that's enough for this post. In the unconfirmed department, Woodstock '09 is currently shoping for a venue.
Camp Bisco's lineup, video of Fucked Up at last year's Sled Island Fest and Green Day at Woodstock '94 below...
The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...
The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.Full lineup below...
Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.
by Ryan Barkan
When it comes to licensing, Tom Waits has a strong reputation..
Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has joked about other artists who do. ("If Michael Jackson wants to work for Pepsi, why doesn't he just get himself a suit and an office in their headquarters and be done with it?") He has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. He has been quoted as saying, "Apparently, the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad -- ideally, naked and purring on the hood of a new car," he said in a statement, referring to the Mercury Cougar. "I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor....Speaking in an interview in 2005 to NPR's All Things Considered, Waits bluntly says "I'd rather have a hot lead enema" than have a song in a commercial. At the time he was referring to products like Doritos, cars and diapers. His stance isn't as strong when it comes to a good cause. His song "Never Let Go" is the soundtrack to a new PSA by the Ad Council for Feeding America.
...In 2005, Waits sued Adam Opel AG, claiming that, after having failed to sign him to sing in their Scandinavian commercials, they had hired a soundalike singer. In 2007, the suit was settled, and Waits gave the sum to charity." [Wikipedia]
The campaign, shot by American History X director Tony Kaye, launched November 25th and is intended to raise awareness and drive action to fight hunger in America.
Created pro bono by Ogilvy NY, the new TV, radio, print, and web advertising aims to change the way Americans look at this critical issue affecting our country and to understand the fact that many people they interact with on a daily basis may not know where their next meal will come from...Waits says of the project: "We all need to be reminded that the folks who need help getting back on their feet are all members of our family." Watch the two different PSAs below.
"We are thrilled to partner with Feeding America to educate Americans about just how close hunger is to each one of us," according to Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of The Advertising Council. "I believe that the 1 in 8 campaign will inspire Americans to become involved in this critical issue."
"This work uses simple visual imagery to demonstrate the reality of the fact that everyone today knows someone who is hungry," said Antonio Navas and Chris Bradley, creative directors at Ogilvy who developed the campaign. "We were very fortunate to get musician Tom Waits to contribute a beautiful piece of music - "Never Let Go" off of 2006's Orphans -- that helps bring the work to life and connect with the public in a tangible way. We believe it will have great impact on this important cause."
Per the Ad Council model, the PSAs will be distributed to media outlets nationwide this week and will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Another band that usually passes on licensing requests for its music is Arcade Fire. The Canadian band decided to let its song "My Body Is A Cage" be used in the trailer for the new Brad Pitt movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
According to the Arcade Fire's management, "This is the first time the band have used their music in this way. David Fincher asked them to look at the trailer. They all thought it was a good use of the music. They have no issue with licensing music when it's used in a creative way. It rarely happens." [Pitchfork]Watch the trailer below.
The soundtrack to Juno continues to inspire advertising creatives. One of Barry Louis Polisar's songs from that soundtrack, "All I Want Is You", gives it a go in a spot for the National Lottery in the UK. The commercial can be seen below.
I've seen the commercial for Ubisoft's new Prince Of Persia game on air this past week. Just like the trailer (watch it below), the spot features the song "Saeglopur" by Sigur Ros. This is the second video game featuring Sigur Ros music - EA's trailer for Dead Space (released in October 2008) uses "Track 7" as the soundtrack.
The Shins' "Sleeping Lessons" provides a cool soundtrack to Statkraft Energy's new European commercial. Watch it at Boards Mag.
Sony has released quite a few new commercials recently for both the PS3 and PSP that have good musical soundtracks. The "Mural" spot features "Everybody Ona Move" by Michael Franti & Spearhead, "LA Plays PSP" has The Grouch featuring MURS' "The Bay To LA", and "NYC Plays PSP" uses Chromeo's "Fancy Footwork". Watch the last one below.
Nas is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on December 26th. Tickets are now on presale. Password = HOT97
Stellastarr* are playing five shows at Pianos in December. All five are on sale.
Toad the Wet Sprocket is playing Webster Hall (??) on February 26th. Tickets are now on sale.
Tickets are still on sale for the Barack Rock benefit Les Savy Fav, Andrew Bird, and the Fiery Furnaces are playing in Brooklyn. Tickets are also still on sale for the show Les Savy Fav is playing at Music Hall on October 12th.
Secret Machines are playing Webster Hall on October 18th. Tickets are on sale.
the Beck shows went back on sale.
Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile are playing "A Concert for Obama" at (le) poisson rouge on October 10th. Tickets are on sale.
If you're from PA, get your free tickets to see Bruce Springsteen.
It was announced today that Smirnoff Experience, a global series of original nightlife events, will be the hottest ticket in town on October 7th at a private New York City event [at Capitale] being headlined by two of hip-hop's most successful talents, N*E*R*D and NAS. The all-star lineup will also feature musical collaborations with established and emerging urban artists (additional talent to be announced shortly) and unique drinking experiences, for a truly unforgettable evening.N.E.R.D. are also going on tour with Common and play Roseland Ballroom on October 4th.
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest at Rock The Bells, 8/3/08 (villageslum.com)
"Mos Def was joined by Talib Kweli for a series of Black Star songs including "Definition," "Respiration" and "Brown Skin Lady."......with Pharoahe Monch joining former label-mates on stage for a boisterous performance of "Simon Says."
....Slick Rick joined his Def Jam proteges [ED: Method Man & Redman] briefly for a partial performance of "La Di Da Di,"....... After Raekwon, who performed earlier with Ghostface returned to the stage, EPMD followed, performing "Strictly Business" and "So What Cha Saying." Washington DC's DJ Kool entered the set, performing "Let Me Clear My Throat,"...... Upon the set closing, Keith Murray completed the Def Squad triad with a performance, without Sermon at the time, of "Rapper's Delight."
.....the largest crowd reaction came from Nas speaking to the crowd about how he needs to "breathe." Repeating the word, DJ Green Lantern played the instrumental to "Success," prompting a Yankee-cap tucked low Jay-Z to rush on the stage.... and perform his first verse..... the two then performed "Black Republicans."
Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of Village Slum) and a video of that "Black Republicans" performance down below.....
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip, Maryland, 7/27/08, and lookie what he's wearing... (seoulchild)
"The Abstract", aka Q-Tip, has announced The Renaissance - due October 14th (but let's not hold our breath). The new track "Gettin Up" is currently streaming at his myspace. The new album marks Tip's (not T.I.P.'s) first album since the almost-entirely-J.Dilla-fied Amplified that came out nine years ago.
"The Ab" along with Phife Dawg, Jarobi, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad will reunite at the Rock The Bells Festival as A Tribe Called Quest, flanked by fellow Native Tongues members De La Soul and Mos Def, as well as Nas, Raekwon & Ghostface (playing tracks from their FOREVER upcoming, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II), a reunited Pharcyde (!), Immortal Technique, Method Man & Redman and dead prez. The NY date is this Sunday (August 3rd) at Jones Beach. Set times are below...
When they aren't reuniting, Q-Tip & Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been busy spinning records at Triple Crown, APT, and most recently, Santos Party House among other spots.
And in case ya missed it, Nas hates Rupert Murdoch. Check out those set times...
by Black Bubblegum
Nas at Fox News - July 23, 2008 (ColorOfChange.Org)
Nasty Nas showed up in Midtown yesterday, for a little while at least. Nas lead a protest by ColorOfChange.Org at the house O'Reilly built (aka Fox News) in order to hand deliver a petition of 620,127 signatures charging the network with racist reporting. The petition alleges that the network is inherently racist, pointing to several incidents involving Barack Obama and his treatment by the network. The incidents in question include referring to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baba mama", alluding to the assassination of Obama, and referring to the infamous onstage fist pound as a "terrorist fist jab" (an obvious Obama-Osama dig).
Nas said, "Fox poisons the country with racist propaganda and tries to call it news". Fox News responded, "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech including Nas who has an album to promote."
After the protest, Nas showed up at The Colbert Report to discuss "papa bear" (Colbert's nickname for O'Reilly) and Fox News, as well as perform "Sly Fox" (about guess what), a song from his new album titled, um, Untitled. Nas & Bill O'Reilly have been feuding, with Nas even challenging him to a debate.
Ah... Nasty Nas. Now, if we can just get him to show up on record again.
Nas is touring with Talib Kweli, including one date at Rock The Bells with A Tribe Called Quest at Jones Beach and another far more intimate one at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Nas's former co-conspirator AZ is playing the Knitting Factory with Sadat X (but you can call him X-Man).
Fox News & Colbert Report videos below...