Entries tagged with: Prince Paul
Meow The Jewels, Run The Jewels' remixed version of RTJ2 "using nothing but cat sounds for music," is out now. (It started as a joke on Kickstarter.) Head HERE to download it for free and pre-order the physical version. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help victims of police brutality.
It includes remixes by Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, The Alchemist, Blood Diamonds, Prince Paul, 3D of Massive Attack and more, plus contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bub and more. Tracklist below.
Old 97's at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Old 97's, Madison King @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alt-country veterans Old 97's put out their ninth album, Most Messed Up, this year and are spending plenty of time on the road in support of it. Tonight's their first of three NYC shows this week. They hit Brooklyn Bowl again tomorrow, followed by a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show on Saturday, which is part of Americanafest.
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis @ Damrosch Bandshell
Americanafest kicks off today though, and its first show is with an even more-veteran country artist, Emmylou Harris, who has been at it since the late '60s and is still plenty active, last releasing Hard Bargain in 2011 on Nonesuch. Newer-comer Robert Ellis opens.
Ex-Breathers, Sneeze, Deism, Vulture Shit @ Death By Audio
Things will get loud at DbA tonight with hardcore from Florida's Ex-Breathers and Alabama's Deism, '90s alt-rock love from Massachusetts' Sneeze, and guitar-less punks Vulture Shit hold down the local representation on the bill.
Pawns, Violence @ Home Sweet Home
Gothy punks Pawns celebrate their release of their new 7" tonight at the weekly darkwave party Nothing Changes. Tonight also features a performance by Canadian electro group, Violence.
Omar Souleyman, Dutch E Germ, Michael Beharie @ Glasslands
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman has an exotic live show that you just have to see to believe, and is always sure to be a party. Former Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ opens and is worth catching too. This show was rescheduled from June and is sold out.
Presidents of the United States of America, In the Whale @ Irving Plaza
The Presidents of the United States of America were well known in the '90s for quirky alt-rock hits like "Lump," "Peaches" and their cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star," but despite saying they'd be done making music in 2008, they returned this year with a new album. Some of it isn't too far removed from their more classic material and should sound great next to the old favorites tonight.
Summerscreen w/ Kleenex Girl Wonder, Tanks Amigo @ McCarren Park
Tonight's movie is the Coen Brothers' highly-quotable classic The Big Lebowski with an indiepop double bill opener. Bands start at 6 PM with the film at sundown. Free.
Caged Animals, Howth, Bueno, Parlor Walls @ Palisades
Caged Animals are back after a half-year hibernation and are clearly ready to start playing again, as this is their second show in as many nights. Expect new songs and positive vibes tonight.
Nels Cline Singers @ The Stone (Early and late show)
The Wilco member and all-around guitar-slinger is curating the shows this week at The Stone and performs tonight with his solo band, The Nels Cline Singers.
FKA twigs, P. Morris @ Webster Hall
FKA twigs built quite the buzz off a couple EPs last year that recalled late '90s trip-hop but sounded modern too. Next week we'll find out how the promise of those EPs resulted in her first full length album, but ahead of that she'll play a big sold out show at Webster Hall tonight.
KISS, Def Leppard, the Dead Daisies @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Rock and roll all night and get sugar poured on you (metaphorically) at Jones Beach tonight with two of hard rock's biggest bands ever.
Marshall Crenshaw, Maby, Pagano, York @ City Winery
Power Pop icon and former Beatlemania! touring musician Marshal Crenshaw will draw from 30+ years of songwriting at tonight's gig.
Charanjit Singh, Heems, The Kominas @ Baby's All Right
Billed as "Ten Ragas to a Rap Beat," Indian electronic music pioneer Singh and former Das Racist MC, Heems, will each do individual sets but promise a little collaboration too.
Prince Paul, Sammy Bananas, DJ Esquire, Killah Cam, DJ Rouge, Asher Nacht @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
The art of DJing will be celebrated at Webster's Marlin Room tonight with hip hop veteran/De La Soul collaborator Prince Paul and Fool's Gold DJ Sammy Bananas co-headlining.
Whatever Dad, Baby Mollusk (and the Big Babies), Told Slant, Mitski @ Silent Barn
When Elaiza Santos isn't fronting the Run for Cover-signed chiptune band Crying, she makes her own music as Whatever, Dad which is more in the lo-fi bedroom folk realm. The rest of this bill is pretty much in that realm too, including Baby Mollusk (whose singer also fronts another, very different band: the hardcore band Nine of Swords), Told Slant (who we just caught with The Hotelier and Foxing), and Double Double Whammy-signed singer/songwriter Mitski.
Sole, DJ Pain 1, Pictureplane, Ceschi @ Glasslands
Sole has been at it for years with many releases on the Anticon label, making the kind of alternative hip hop that label is well known for. This year he put out Death Drive, a collaborative album with DJ Pain 1, and tonight the pair will team up at Glasslands. Pictureplane's dance music should be a nice primer to their set.
Sharkmuffin, Haybaby, It Looks Sad., Beiju @ Cake Shop
Two bands on this bill are especially of note, local garage rock trio Sharkmuffin and Charlotte, NC's It Looks Sad., who combine Beach Fossils-esque guitar leads with more emotive vocals.
Jesse Malin, The Wans, Metalleg @ Bowery Electric
D Generation's Jesse Malin isn't just Bowery Electric's owner, he's also an occasional performer. He plays tonight with superior local powerpop act Metalleg and The Wans.
Nellie McKay @ 54 Below
Charming singer-songwriter is at this supper club all week, debuting her new show, "A GIRL NAMED BILL: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton."
The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
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Mount Kimbie at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by David Andrako)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CGBG: The Movie premiere @ Landmark Sunshine Theater
The legendary NYC punk club gets its biopic, with the great Alan Rickman as late owner Hilly Kristal. (His old Harry Potter cohort Rupert Grint plays Cheetah Chrome.) Tonight's the red carpet premiere and the kickoff for the 2013 CBGB Festival. Be glad this wasn't filmed in smell-o-vision.
Olafur Arnalds, Lisa Alma @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Icelandic composer brings a classical view to pop, or is it the other way around? One thing's for sure: tonight's show is sold out.
Wild Belle, Saint Rich @ Bowery Ballroom
Chicago band Wild Belle bring an island flavor to their breezy dancepop, while Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich owe more than a little to Thin Lizzy. Sold out.
Alexandra Stewart, Alexander von Mehren, Hayley Coupon @ Glasslands
Two similarly named musicians with a knack for orchestral pop from different sides of the Atlantic -- Brooklyn's Alexandra Stewart and Norway's Alexander von Mehren -- team up for this show at Glasslands tonight. It's the first of two NYC shows this week for Alexander von Mehren, who also plays Mercury Lounge tomorrow.
London Grammar, Jaymes Young @ Gramercy Theatre
One of the many artists who contributed to this year's great Disclosure album, London Grammar recently released their debut LP on Columbia, and they likely have their own great career ahead of them.
Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne, D33J @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK duo Mount Kimbie have two excellent, very different sounding electronic albums under their belts, but they're not just a laptop project. They put on a great live show too.
The Weeknd, Banks, Anna Lunoe @ Radio City Music Hall
Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd followed his trilogy of mixtapes with his first official studio album, Kiss Land, this year and he's supporting it on a big tour that brings him to NYC for two nights at Radio City. This is night 2.
Anna Lunoe (DJ Set), Headband & Holligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
Afterwards, Weeknd opener Anna Lunoe heads to LPR to DJ a late-night party.
Peanut Butter Wolf, Prince Paul @ 285 Kent
It's Peanut Butter Wolf's birthday party and the DJ/Stones Throw prez is celebrating at 285 Kent tonight. Also on the bill is another long-running hip hop DJ (and De La Soul collaborator), Prince Paul.
Watain, In Solitude, Tribulation @ Irving Plaza
Swedish black metal shredders Watain are touring behind their newest LP, The Wild Hunt, and tonight they bring their run with In Solitude and Tribulation to NYC's Irving Plaza.
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Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.
The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.
Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.
2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.
El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]
Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.
If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...
Melvins at House of Vans (more by Maclyn Bean)
You may remember that Melvins aren't just a band for the ice cream-obsessed. No, fans will take in their sluggy riffs when its boiling hot with no sign of frozen relief -- like at House of Vans in July -- and are eagerly awaiting a new record due this fall. Shocker, I know.
Evidence of the new record can be found in some new video, which captures the band performing "Antioxdote" at Scion Rock Fest this year and being interviewed by hip hop legend Prince Paul. Check out both videos below.
During the week of August 17-25, MoCADA and Soul of Brooklyn will be presenting Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013, celebrating "African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn."
One of the big highlights of the week is the free kickoff concert on August 17 at Cuyler Gore Park (Greene Ave and Fulton St) with avant-hip hop crew Shabazz Palaces and their collaborators/Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. That show runs from 2-7 PM, and again, it's totally free.
THEESatisfaction will also host the "Black Weirdo" party at Littlefield on August 23, which features music from OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
And to wrap up the week, on August 25, Soul of Brooklyn is teaming up with Afro-Punk (whose Afro-Punk Festival concludes that same day) for a block party by Commodore Barry Park at Flushing Ave and Navy St. That runs from 1-8 PM with DJ sets from Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne.
Full schedule below...
Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Music Frees All Festival returns to various NYC venues this weekend (7/17-21) including Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bell House. The main event of the festival happens on Saturday (7/20) at the Bell House with Antibalas, The Stepkids, Pegasus Warning, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets for that individual show are on sale now, as are tickets for the entire festival. Proceeds will go to help producer Scotty Hard (De La Soul, Black Sheep, etc) who, in 2008, was paralyzed from the chest down after a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was in. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a free festival pass. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Other artists playing this weekend include Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic, EMEFE, Chicha Libre, Zongo Junction and more. Full lineup and flyer below...
Killer Mike at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Killer Mike and El-P teamed up as Run the Jewels this year and announced that they would release a free album under that name this June. The album is out now (and features guest spots from Big Boi, Until the Ribbon Breaks, and Prince Paul) and can be downloaded in exchange for your email address below. You can also purchase the physical version and a number of deluxe formats at the Fool's Gold site.
Big Boi also just rescheduled tour dates that he had to cancel due to injury. The new dates include a NYC happening on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl with "special guests." Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Download the Run the Jewels album below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Legendary Long Island hip hop trio De La Soul have a lone upcoming North American live date and it happens upstate in Clifton Park, NY at the Upstate Concert Hall on November 23. The date was rescheduled after initially being booked for tonight (11/9) and all tickets will be honored. (Nas plays that venue tonight instead.) De La Soul's only other upcoming show at the moment is New Zealand festival Coromandel Gold on New Year's Eve.
As mentioned, Prince Paul, who produced the first three De La Soul albums, is DJing at Santos Party House on Saturday (11/10) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (11/11), both of which are with comedian Hannibal Buress. The Knitting Factory show happens after the BrooklynVegan-presented screening of The Comedy, which doors open for at 5 PM.
De La Soul's Plug 1 and Plug 2 created the "fictional" rap group First Serve with DJ duo Chokolate and Khalid, who put out their first album this year via Duck Down. If you've yet to hear it, you can listen to the whole thing below via Spotify.
Sean Price is working on a new music video and he's looking for people in the NYC area with beards to be in the video this Monday (11/12) at 2 PM. All interested bearded folk can email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. A couple interesting related videos. Check out Sean as "Seanwuar" (click here if you don't get it) interviewing Pharoahe Monch; and Sean also filmed a news reporter style video of himself on the scene during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, which you can watch below.
"Whoever said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, is a fucking idiot. Not only that, it stops me killing people" - Ricky Gervais last night at NYCF (via @newyorkcomedyfest)
John Hodgman and Ricky Gervais @ NYCF 11/07/2012 (via @yarp4cornetto)
The New York Comedy Festival got underway last night with Ricky Gervais shooting the breeze with John Hodgman at Town Hall. The fest keeps the laughs going all weekend.Tonight's (11/8) big event is the "Stand Up for Heroes" benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Beacon Theatre with Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, John Maher and Roger Waters. Would you be surprised to learn that it's sold out? Well it is, and was also really expensive, but the good news is you can watch it online for free at 8pm EST!
Other shows tonight include Artie Lange at Town Hall, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans at Carolines (and you can still get tickets to those shows).
Other events this weekend include Patton Oswalt at Town Hall and Aziz Ansari at The Apollo on Friday (11/9), not to mention the Ben Stiller Show reunion at the Paley Center; Jim Gaffigan at The Apollo, Rob Delaney at NYU Skirball Center and Kevin Hart at MSG on Saturday (11/10); and Robin Williams in conversation with David Steinberg at 92nd St. Y on Sunday (11/11). There are lots of other shows happening as well, and full schedule and tickets are at the NYCF2012 website.
Also part of the NYCF is Hannibal Buress at Santos on Saturday (11/10) with DJ support from Prince Paul and Mike Lawrence. Tickets are still available. Hannibal is also celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his Sunday night comedy show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with a special show this week (11/11) in the main KF performance space (his shows are usually in the bar). Prince Paul will also be DJing this, plus "special guests." While Hannibal's shows there are usually free, this is a ticketed one ("We need the money to buy all of the party soup" - Hannibal). We're guessing it will be well worth it.
Oh, and if you're going to Knitting Factory Sunday, we also have a very good reason you should get there a few hours early.
Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.
While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:
"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.
In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.
Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...
"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap
"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli
"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam
" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.
And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.
And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.
Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.
Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...
De La DMC @ Nokia Theatre, NYC - 8/13/09 (by Tim Griffin)
As Del La Soul told the crowd when they took the stage at Nokia Theatre in NYC last night (8/13), their show was not going to be all music from 3 Feet High & Rising. Why would anyone think it would be? Probably because the show was billed as "20 Years High and Rising" (and everyone and their mother is playing full albums these days) (including Buckshot who opened the show, but didn't play a full album at this one either). I was more than okay with them not playing the full thing, though it would have been nice to hear a few more songs from that album. Specifically, I wished they played "The Magic Number" and "Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)".
I loved every second of the packed show, and the 10-piece backing band was an especially nice touch. That said, I was selfishly hoping for a few more special guests, not that there weren't any. I thought for sure that Q-Tip would show up, and the Jungle Brothers and Black Sheep, and maybe even Doom, and who knows who else. Ends up they sort of kept the guests to a minimum. Bumpy Knuckles performed a short unannounced opening set. Prince Paul was brought out for a second to say hello. Dres from Black Sheep and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest were watching from the side of the stage and were brought forward to dance for a minute during "Buddy". And then, the big, and maybe only real special guest moment came during a cover of Run DMC's "Rock Box" which was completed with DMC himself on stage as part of the group. They covered Rakim too, but he wasn't there, maybe because he was downtown playing his own show at Highline Ballroom the same evening.
This Sunday (8/16) indie rock leaves the Williamsburg Waterfront for one week (Central Park Summerstage stole it for the day), and another big (mostly) hip hop show happens in NYC, courtesy of JellyNYC, and it's free (and/or $50). The Sunday Pool Party lineup includes Gravy Train!!!, DD/MM/YYYY, Kenan Bell (who also opened for De La Soul on Thursday), a DJ set by Prince Paul (Plug Four), and a headlining set by DEL the Funky Homosapien.
We have a full set of pictures coming from De La Soul (more tour dates HERE), and we'll have some from Sunday too. In the meantime, here's a few videos from the show...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: People Under The Stairs - The Swan Fever (MP3)
LA's crate-digging elite, People Under The Stairs, have their new record (and shout to the old school) Fun DMC coming around the corner on Sept 30th via Gold Dust. The beat kings are streaming four tracks and giving away one ("Anotha (BBQ)") at their FUN DMC site, but they also dropped one of those streamable joints, "The Swan Fever", for download above. Imagine early Jurassic Five or Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples rhyming over a beat reminiscent of Camp Lo's mid-nineties classic, "Luchini" and you get an idea of the party vibe on "The Swan Fever".... ear to ear smiles.
The crew recently finished a few dates on east coast and are set to play Denver, CO on 9/19, then work back to their native turf (Cali) by early October, and then back out to NYC for a show at the Knitting Factory on Oct 25th (part of CMJ) with the ORIGINAL hip hop band (sorry, ?uestlove and The Roots), the reunited Stetsasonic:
Stetsasonic was an American hip hop group formed in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York. It is remembered as one of the first hip-hop crews to use a live band, and their positive, uplifting lyrics have made the group forerunners of alternative hip hop and jazz hip-hop...... Frukwan and Prince Paul were founding members of the Gravediggaz, while the latter also became a well-respected record producer, as did Daddy-O, who worked with Mary J. Blige, Positive K, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. -[Wikipedia]Stetsasonic (that's member Prince Paul standing on the far left).
Prince Paul WILL also be in the (Knitting Factory) house with Stetsa, as well as support from Mike G. & Sammie B of the Jungle Brothers (no Afrika Baby Bam guys), Zimbabwe Legit, YZ (yes, Mr. "Thinking of a Master Plan"), as well as the mighty DJ Babu of the once untouchable Beat Junkies (all members are busy with their own respective projects now) and (speaking of Rakaa) current member of Dilated Peoples as well. The entire night will be hosted by the Original Gangster of hip hop Just Ice. Tickets are on sale
Full PUTS tour schedule and video interview/tour diary below...
DOWNLOAD Copperpot - Art of Rap feat. Masta Ace & EdoG (MP3)
DOWNLOAD Baby Elephant - How Does The Brain Wave? ft David Byrne [Produced by Prince Paul] (MP3)
- Prince Paul has a brand new project by the name of Baby Elephant. David Byrne appears on one of the tracks. Download above.
- Tickets go on sale Saturday for the September 21st AllHipHop.com Finale concert featuring Lupe Fiasco, Cassidy, Hurricane Cassidy, and Talib Kweli at Nokia Theatre in NYC. Talib just played Nokia Theatre, and he has a free NYC show coming up too. he also just put out a new album. Rolling Stone gave it three stars.
- Miss Info went to the Kanye West/Graduation preview party. Tom went as well. I didn't go, but you and I can hear it too - the album leaked. In related news, Kanye - along with the Smashing Pumpkins - is set to headline Miami’s Bang! Music Festival (Nov 10-11).
- Diddy has confirmed there will be an 'I Get Money' remix featuring 50 Cent, Diddy, Jay-Z & Kanye West.
- The RIAA has shut down DJ Premier's Live from the HQ podcast, while Ludacris gets renewed on XM. See Ludacris when he plays Radio City.
- FromDaBricks wrote a great deconstruction of Jeru Da Damaja
- Ja Rule & The Game are going to be collaborating.
- Time Magazine comments on Hip Hop's decline.
- Much more exciting: GZA & Killah Priest will do an album together. MF Doom & Pharoahe Monch are performing together. Hopefully the real Doom shows up though. Still excited for GZA performing Liquid Swords in Brooklyn.