Entries tagged with: Spaceghostpurrp
Fabolous plans to release his first album since 2009, Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power, at some point this year, and he's got a NYC show coming up on April 26 at BB King's with Pusha T. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon. Towards the end of last year, Fabolous and Pusha T collaborated on the track "Life Is So Exciting," which you can watch the video for below. Pusha also recently dropped a free mixtape, Wrath of Caine.
That Fabolous/Pusha T track is from Fabolous' 2012 mixtape, which also featured fellow NYC/NJ area rapper Joe Budden, and Budden has an upcoming show too. He plays with a live band on April 30 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show (including a VIP meet & greet) are on sale now.
Another long-running NYC-area rapper, Styles P, is playing a show on April 15 at BB King's with special guests. That show is a record release party for his new album, Float, which was produced entirely by Scram Jones and is due out April 20.
Much weirder NYC rapper Beans (who is no longer in Anti-Pop Consortium) plays The Bowery Electric on April 18 with Bryant K., Uumans, and Mike Pride's from Bacteria to Boys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A huge '90s Hip Hop Revival' show is going down on Friday (3/22) at Public Assembly with a number of classic NYC groups and rappers like The Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja, Rah Digga, Nature, King Just, Lord Digga, and many more. Full lineup and more info HERE.
Let's shift our focus to the West Coast for a bit to mention that Too $hort is playing NYC on May 2 at Stage 48 with Greedy, Reggie Mills, and We Are NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Andre Nickatina is playing Santos Party House on May 22 with Roach Gigz and Mumbls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Florida rapper SpaceGhostPurrp and the Raider Klan play Santos Party House on Monday (3/25). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Killer Mike plays previously discussed shows at Public Assembly on Wednesday (3/20) (you can only get into that one through Scion A/V's contest), NYU on March 27 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Cakes da Killa, and has an upcoming tour with Big Boi which hits NYC on Brooklyn Bowl on April 24 (general admission sold out, but $100 VIP tickets still available) and June 20 at Prospect Park. He was on Letterman last night (3/18) with El-P and Scar to perform "Untitled" from his 2012 LP, R.A.P. Music. Check out a video of that performance below.
And lastly, Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2. Lineup is TBA but tickets are on presale now (password: "ACCESS") and general on-sale starts April 12 at 10 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
Complex is throwing a big, free, multi-genre, non-CMJ party during CMJ at Brooklyn's House of Vans on October 18. The show's got two stages -- a rap and a rock stage -- with the rap stage being headlined by Action Bronson and the rock stage by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The rest of the lineup includes The Alchemist, Ratking, Ka, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Savoir Adore, and a surprise special guest. RSVP is required for the free show and you must be 21+. The flier is below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Action Bronson in NYC even sooner when he plays a free show at Public Assembly on October 10, and he'll also be back for a show at Highline Ballroom on October 30 with Cypress Hill.
We also just mentioned that Hot Charity signees Ratking have CMJ shows scheduled including free shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge on October 19 and a not-free show at Glasslands on October 20.
Savages have a number of CMJ shows scheduled too. They're playing Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise, and J. Thoven. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but you can still try to get in with your CMJ badge. They also play the Stereogum showcase with Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Port. St Willow, IO ECHO, and Icona Pop (DJ) (tickets), and it was just announced that they'll play the free Bowery Presents day party on October 20 at Pianos with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
The flier for the Complex show and an updated list of Action Bronson and Paul Banks dates are below.
Screaming Females at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Heliotropes at Death By Audio (more by Devan Council)
Hunters at MHoW (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Rob Curto @ Barbes
* Beanie Sigel, Ka @ SOB's
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Davell Crawford @ Joe's Pub
* Secret Movie Show @ UCB East
* Steel Panther @ Starland Ballroom (NJ)
* Stanley Jordan Trio @ Iridium Room
* 2 Chainz autograph signing @ J&R
* John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
* Dom Flemons and Boo Hanks @ Joe's Pub
* Smoota, Pegasus Warning @ Cameo Gallery
* Viceroy, Tamara Sky @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Marina & The Diamonds, MS MR @ Webster Hall
* Gladys Knight, The Commodores @ Coney Island
* 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche @ The Living Theatre
* Planet of the Abts, Paper Robots @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK @ Mercury Lounge
* Screaming Females, Hunters, Heliotropes @ 92YTribeca
* Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Chris Bathgate, Two Man Gentleman Band @ The Rock Shop
* Gondola, Lead Stones,Thank You Goodnight @ Cake Shop
* Ezra Furman & His Band, We Barbarians @ Knitting Factory
* Porches, My Dad, Water House, Fat History Month @ Big Snow
* Mischief Brew, Trepanning, Brook Pridemore @ Death By Audio
* Nude Beach, Swearin', Golden Clouds, Yogurt Brain @ Union Pool
* Buffalo Killers, Velcro Lewis, Prince Rupert's Drops @ Glasslands
* Davi Viera, Mister Melt, Club Girls, Orchestra Metafiscia @ Pianos
* Skaters, The Drowners, Texture, Coasta @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mykki Blanco, SFV Acid, Physical Therapy, Krystal Klear @ The Hester
* Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Tim Rovinelli and Evidence @ The Stone
* Mewithoutyou, Kevin Devine, Buried Beds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Earth Science, Bulletproof Tiger, North End, Noxious Foxes @ Muchmore's
* Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love as Laughter, Joyce Manor @ House of Vans
* Free Pussy Riot Public Reading with Chloe Sevigny, Karen Finley & more @ Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel
* Magnetic Island, Grass Is Green, Passenger Peru, Flying Pace @ Shea Stadium
* JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, the Benny's, Alice and the RV @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
* From Bacteria To Boys, Mick Barr/Tim Dahl/Kevin Shea, Cellular Chaos @ Zebulon
* Organs, Wild Ones, The Foxx, Bummer City, Lukeinternet, Tubetops, Active @ XPO 929
* Cassie Ramone w/ Julie K-Holes, Deep Time, Turn To Crime, Weird Rivers, I'm Turning Into @ 285 Kent
As you may have heard, tonight is the opening night for "480 Pixels", the BrooklynVegan-centric photo exhibit going down at the 92Y Tribeca now through September 6th. The opening reception, which kicks off at 6:30PM, will be followed by performances from Screaming Females, Hunters and Heliotropes. The photo show is free, but the live show requires a ticket. They are still available. Check out the flyer below. Hope to see you there!
2 Chainz is signing autographs at J&R today, but the related Webster Hall event later in the night was cancelled.
Chloe Sevigny, Karen Finley will read Pussy Riot's inspirational courtroom statements tonight at Liberty Hall in the Ace Hotel tonight. Starts at 7:30 and is free.
"The Big Chill" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
"Poltergeist" screens in Tompkins Square Park.
FringeNYC runs through tonight.
Follow BrooklynVegan on Instagram too.
Check out a SpaceGhostPurrp "4AD Session" and a heartwrenching version of Bryan Adam's "Everything I Do"
Bonde Do Role at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Back in June, we mentioned that the Mad Decent Block Parties were returning this summer and then earlier this month, they revealed a list of artists, but didn't say who was playing each city. Now venues have been revealed for all five parties and the lineups for NYC Philly, and Toronto have been announced as well. The FREE NYC party will happen on August 5 at WIlliamsburg Park (in previous years it was at the South Street Seaport) with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The parties are free and all ages but RSVP is required. All announced lineups are listed below.
Speaking of Lunice, his collaborative project with Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT (pronounced "tonight") released their self titled debut EP this week (7/24) via Warp/Lucky Me. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the entire thing below.
As for Bonde Do Role, the block party will be their first NYC show quite a while. You may remember that their original singer, Marina Ribatski left the band in 2007 and was replaced by two other singers, Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor, who joined the band by winning an audition done with MTV Brasil. Ana has since left the band too and they are now a 3-piece fronted only by Laura Taylor. The new incarnation of the band put out their first album in five years, Tropical/Bacanal, last month via Mad Decent. The album was co-produced by Diplo and Filip Nikolic of Poolside (who have two NYC shows this week). The album features guest appearances from Caetano Veloso, Das Racist, Cecile, Rizzle Kicks, and The Death Set (who also has a NYC show coming up). The video for album track "Kilo" and a stream of another track, "Bang," which features Kool AD of Das Racist, are below.
Updated Mad Decent Block Parties info, the flier for the NYC party, video and streams are below.
Off Future's Tyler the Creator with Trash Talk
Odd Future will head out on the "Camp Flog Gnaw" tour in September, tagging The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 9/4 and Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on 9/8, along the way. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale at 10am today (7/20). All dates, which include Jay-Z's Made in America fest, are listed below.
Meanwhile, OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean is on tour, hit Austin last night, and will be in NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on 7/26, THE SAME NIGHT Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt play NYC's Best Buy Theater with Raekwon and Asher Roth. Earl joined Frank on stage for "Super Rich Kids" in LA. Hopefully NY will get some of the same action. Listen to Frank's album Channel Orange at Spotify. All remaining tour dates are listed below.
And speaking of on-stage collaboration, Trash Talk are currently on a west coast tour with SpaceGhostPurrp and were joined by Tyler the Creator at their Anaheim show last night (7/19). Trash Talk will release their new record in the fall on Odd Future Records which also has new albums coming from Odd Future members Mellowhype, Domo Genesis, Mike G, and Tyler the Creator.
Domo Genesis' album, No Idols, is the first upcoming release. It's due out on August 1, and you can listen to/download the lead single "Elimination Chamber," featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, and The Alchemist, at the bottom of this post. MellowHype's Numbers is due out on October 2. Take a listen to a new track for the album, called "La Bonita," below. Trash Talk release their new record, 119, on October 9, and Tyler, the Creator's Wolf is due out sometime in November.
Stay tuned for for another big NYC, related announcement coming shortly.
Songs and all tour dates below...
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
As mentioned, Mad Decent Block Parties are returning this summer, hitting Toronto, Philly, NYC, Chicago, and LA. When we last spoke, lineups had not yet been announced. They still haven't revealed specific lineups by city, but we've now got the full list of artists who will be playing Mad Decent Block Parties this summer and it includes Major Lazer, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, Lunice, Jacques Greene, Casey Veggies, BADBADNOTGOOD, Baauer, Jim-E Stack, Bosco Delrey, Flosstradamus, Three Loco (aka Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff), and many more.
As mentioned, the parties are all ages and free, and RSVP is open.
The full lineup is listed below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
"in case y'all were wondering: the gza fucking killed the music hall of williamsburg tonight." - William Ruben Helms
GZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/14/12
GZA came to Music Hall of Williamsburg for two shows on Thursday (6/14) as part of Northside Festival, both of which were full performances of his classic album Liquid Swords, played with backing band Grupo Fantasma.
Spaceghostpurrp, who played his own show two days earlier in celebration of his new album, Mysterious Phonk, showed up as a surprise guest during GZA's early show and it was then that he was announced as the opener for the late show. Brownout (aka Grupo Fantasma's "psychedelic funk alter-ego") opened the early show.
More pictures and some videos from MHOW are below.
photos by Julie Schabel
"SOBs a zoo. When does the @despotroast rap? Im too sleepy from Bonnaroo and Fat Tony last night. After the Zomby before the Purrp." - Himanshu
Spaceghostpurrp at SOB's - 6/12/12
...There exists a stigma against new performers of all ages and stripes, the question of, "Well, can this impressive act pull his schtick off live?" As of now, SGP cannot. Though his wall of compatriots meant to signify power, the most it did was subtly acknowledge Purrp's shortcomings.Spaceghostpurrp celebrated the release of his 4AD debut, Mysterious Phonk, with a performance at SOB's on Tuesday (6/12) with Vinny Chase and Despot. Did you go? Was Spaceghostpurrp's instrumentals coming out of industrial-strength speakers enough for you? More pictures from the evening are below, along with a live video from the show. And if you haven't heard Mysterious Phonk, you can stream that below as well.
However, SpaceGhostPurrp has never been a lyrics-first guy. He traffics in fight chants and nothing more, lyrics that present themselves once and get out of the way for the beats to do the legwork. His cavernous instrumentals sounded great coming out of industrial-strength speakers, and for some, that is enough. [Non Stop Sound]
Maybe you saw Spaceghostpurrp last moth at the Shortcuts party at Santos? That party happens again TONIGHT with Fat Tony, Fat Trel and more. Tickets are still available and the flyer for the show is below.
More pictures and video from the SOB's show are below, as well as the flyer for tonight's Shortcuts party and the Mysterious Phonk album stream.
SpaceGhostPurrp at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Miami rapper SpaceGhostPurrp is releasing his debut commercial album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, on June 12 via 4AD. He'll celebrate the album with a release party in NYC on the day it comes out, June 12 at SOB's with Vinnie Chase and Despot. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for the show is below.
The SOB's show is a one-off for Purrp before he heads out later this summer on a tour which includes dates with Trash Talk, who are continuing to involve themselves in the rap scene. All currently known dates are listed below, along with some videos from Purrp's recent Santos show...
by Andrew Sacher
SpaceGhostPurrp at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Miami rapper/producer SpaceGhostPurrp, who played our hip hop stage at Hotel Vegan this past SXSW, is set to releases his debut commercial album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, on his new label, 4AD, a label otherwise best known for their post-punk/goth/dream pop/etc output. You can grab a new track from the album, "No Evidence," via a widget below, and check out the new video for "The Black God." The album artwork and tracklist are also below.
SpaceGhostPurrp will be making a few appearances in NYC this week before heading overseas for his first European tour later this month. The NYC dates include the Rustie-headlined Shortcuts party at Santos on Tuesday (5/15) and The Standard Hotel on Wednesday (5/16). Tickets for the Santos show with Rustie are still available.
There was also an SOB's show announced in some places, but that show is probably not happening. The Santos show will be the second time SpaceGhostPurrp played a "Shortcuts" party.
SpaceGhostPurrp & Fat Tony at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nevona)
Speaking of rappers who played BV-SXSW, Fat Tony (who is pictured with Purrp above) will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on June 11 with Tom Cruz, Juiceboxxx, Ratking, Old Money, and Mess Kid (DJ). Tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile Tony has a couple of Texas show scheduled.
UPDATE: Fat Tony also plays a Shortcuts party at Santos on June 14 with Fat Trel, Mess Kid (DJ), and Farrington G (DJ). Tickets are on sale.
All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Scottish producer Rustie released his great debut LP, Glass Swords, last year via Warp. Rustie, like Warp labelmate Hudson Mohawke, is making some of the dancier music of the UK bass scene with tracks like "Hover Traps" that pull equally from dubstep and '90s dance music. Stream some tracks from the album, and Rustie's most recent output, an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, below.
Rustie has a few North American dates this month including a Shortcuts party at Santos Party House on May 15 (tomorrow) with SpaceGhostPurrp, Mess Kid and Kilo Kish. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
All Rusie dates, streams, and flier below...
UPDATE: Okkervil River added!
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)
pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson
Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS
In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.
And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).
Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!
DOWNLOAD: Smoke DZA - "Less Smoking More Rapping" (MP3)
SpaceGhostPurrp and Smoke DZA are teaming up for an NYC show this month at Highline Ballroom on January 23 with support from Joey Bad@$$, Jay Muthafuckin Steez & G.R.A.M.Z. Tickets are on sale now. The show flier is below.
Both Kushed n Purrp have already kicked off the new year with new tracks. DZA dropped "Less Smoking More Rapping," which you can grab above and SpaceGhostPurrp put a stream on YouTube of "Sucka D*$)*#))#(#)cck 4 2012," the "followup" (if you will) to "Suck A Dick 4 2011." Listen to that below.
Smoke DZA released a free EP on Christmas Eve called SweetBabyKushedGod. It features verses by Domo Genesis, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, Freeway, Action Bronson, and more, and production by Lex Luger, Flying Lotus, 183rd, Kenny Beats, A-Foe and Maki.
In related news, a video was recently posted of A$AP Rocky working in the studio with Theophilus London (who was previously spotted in the studio with AraabMuzik). Nah Right says that the "track called "Big Spender" which will presumably appear on [Theophilus's] upcoming Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island." Theophilus previewed some of that new material at Lincoln Hall in Chicago over the weekend, and is presumably doing the same now at other shows on his tour that hits Webster Hall on 2/9 (a NYC show that Phony Ppl is now opening).
Action Bronson also has a new track ("CONTEMPORARY MAN" Produced by Party Supplies).
Flier and songs below...
DOWNLOAD: A$AP Rocky - "Pretty Flacko" (MP3)
ASAP Rocky at Creators Project in October (more by Ryan Barkan)
Last month/year, we announced that A$AP Rocky (who is on BBC's 'Sound of 2012' list) is playing a NYC show on February 1 at Irving Plaza before he heads out on tour with Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
It turns out that the show is part of an A$AP Mob (which A$AP Rocky is a part of) North American tour. According to their blog, more dates are coming soon, but all currently announced dates for this tour are listed below.
Yesterday, the A$AP Mob posted a new A$AP Rocky track to their blog called "Pretty Flacko." The track was produced by Spaceghostpurrp. You can download it above and stream it below.
All dates and stream below...
To quote Pitchfork: "The Weeknd's follow-up to House of Balloons and Thursday is here. Grab the nine-track Echoes of Silence-- featuring a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" and production from Clams Casino-- for free over on the-weeknd.com or here,"
House of Balloons, the first mixtape, was #1 on a list of albums that Heems from Das Racist submitted to Pitchfork. Check out Heems' full list of 'Top Albums of 2011' below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
words & photos by BBG
Hopefully, there weren't masses that headed to DUMBO on Saturday (10/15) expecting a few Mozz-a-repa stands, a sausage & pepper cart, and a dealer selling his collection of "tobacco" pipes while looking for the live music. The Creators Project had much more to offer. It celebrated the different facets of creativity within art, music, and theater while showcasing live music alongside interactive sculpture to create a wholly different "festival" environment.
The musical portion was limited to two live stages and a third "DJ" stage which also housed a few exhibits. One live stage was located under an archway beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The other was in the "Tobacco Warehouse", a brick structure that has also hosted the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The shows were free, though you needed to RSVP (and even then you needed a confirmation that you were accepted).
I kicked off my afternoon at the Tobacco Warehouse stage with Teen Daze whose laptop knob-twiddling didn't make for much of a live event. After a few songs I moved on to my first band of the day, Brooklyn's Chairlift. Caroline Polachek is the clear focus of the band's sound, with her vocals pushed to the front and the electronic-pop complementing her lilting voice. Their sunny and simple compositions were sugar-y, well executed and a good way to ease into the day, but not particularly memorable. The next performance would bring about an abrupt change.
No one outcrazys John Maus. After the crew cleared the stage of seemingly every piece of gear, the very unassuming Maus came on to plug his Roland SP-404 sampler into the DI and his microphone into an echo pedal. With the hit of his sampler, Maus kicked off his set by bouncing left and right and jumping around. Veins bulged in his neck and face as he began to scream, sing, whimper and all but cry into his microphone during his vocal parts. Even if I had no interest in his recorded material (which I do, and tons of it), I would, as I'm sure any passerby would, still find the maniacal John Maus live (almost freak) show absolutely enthralling. Catch him again this week at 285 Kent.
After 3+ songs from Clams Casino on the laptop which was about as exciting as it sounds (dramatic key-stroke!), A$AP Rocky opened his set by explaining that people are saying he is the "biggest thing to hip hop since the Wu-Tang Clan". I'd like to meet these people. Regardless of how over/correctly hyped A$AP is, he and his crew (which included an appearance from Spaceghostpurrp) were particularly high energy - stage-diving, inciting mosh-pits, and hopping around on stage. The crowd didn't move with the same enthusiasm though. Despite calls for more participation, the crew didn't ignite similar energy in the crowd.
After a visit to see Four Tet (another knob-twiddling set), I cruised over to see Bradford Cox do a one-man Atlas Sound. I prefer Atlas Sound in full band mode to Bradford solo, but his set was fresh change to the mostly electronic vibe of the day. Cox's voice coupled with the Bridge backdrop and the Manhattan skyline was particularly impressive.
It had been around 14 years since I saw Company Flow on tour with Organized Konfusion, the former celebrating their seminal Funcrusher Plus and the latter promoting what may be their final effort, The Equinox. That summer in 1997, Co-Flow sounded so alien to everything else in the era; primitive, noisy beats made with crude synths and harsh scratches were complemented by abstract and double-time rhymes. Lead by a white redhead-ed MC (a rarity in the era), Company Flow was truly unique in their time.
Company Flow were massive to me in that certain, early-backpacker Rawkus era, the blast-off point for El-P's noisy and dystopian blueprint at Definitive Jux. So it pains me to say that the primitive Company Flow sound hasn't aged so well live; El-P still has a good stage presence as always, but unfortunately the rawness of the tracks just now come across as simplistic in comparison to his sleeker production. It was good to see the crew though, and with Pharoahe Monch in tow, much like that night in DC in 1997.
After Co-Flow, I caught a bit of Florence & The Machine before calling it an evening meaning I also missed the abbreviated Justice DJ set. Though cops shut down Jusice early and a vocal minority of DUMBO residents complained about the takeover of their neighborhood streets, the complaints were minor leagues compared to the impressive spectacle that descended on art galleries, parks, storefronts, and even an archway underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
We're splitting this into multiple parts, so stay tuned for the rest. Meanwhile, more pictures of everything I saw, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - "Back On My Slang" [Feat. Quest] (MP3)
a misleading sign @ Bowery Ballroom last night (photo by ladyyvonne)
Das Racist recently hosted a party at Santos with ASAP Rocky and Spaceghostpurrp. The party was a few days before their record release show for 'Relax' at Bowery Ballroom with Despot last night (9/12).
Danny Brown, who appears on the album and was initially scheduled to play the Bowery show, cancelled at the last minute and was replaced with Mr Muthafuckin eXquire who just released a free album via Mishka (the label) which you can download at bandcamp. Complex also recently filmed a video of Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire at Mishka (the store) in Brooklyn. You can watch that below.
Das Racist also just dropped an uncensored video today for "Michael Jackson" which you can watch, along with some videos from the Santos show below. Listen to "Relax" on Spotify if you have it.
Missed the Bowery show and can't wait for the end-of-tour Brooklyn show to see Das Racist again. Well, you can see them at S.O.B.'s on Thursday (9/15) for the "Hot97 Who's Next Back 2 School Drinkfest Prep", THOUGH NOTE: we have no idea what Das Racist are doing at this event - performing, DJing, just standing there, hosting, who knows.... But the fest includes an album listening session for Relax, beer pong and flip cup tournaments, and performances by Maffew Ragazino Kassa Overall. Tickets are on sale now. The flier is below. Tickets for the 11/16 MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/16) at noon.
In related news, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife is working on a new mixtape which will be out this October. The tape features Heems (of Das Racist), Andrew Cedermark, Dice Raw, Cities Aviv, STS, Jabee, Sun Glitters, and others. You can grab the track, "Back On My Slang" above.
Video, flier, and updated dates below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
"Shortcuts" is a new party being thrown by Heems of Das Racist, Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds, and Despot at Santos Party House. The first edition goes down on September 8 with Spaceghostpurrp, ASAP Rocky, Das Racist (DJ), and Venus X & $hayne (Ghe20 G0th1k). Tickets are on sale now and the flier is below.
LA Weekly recently spoke to 19 year old Miami rapper/producer Spaceghostpurrp, who plays the Shortcuts party. He talked about how he's friends with Kreayshawn, Syd tha Kyd playing his song "Suck a Dick" at a show, and how people need to stop comparing him to Tyler, the Creator and Lil B (even though he fucks with the Based movement). You can listen to the track "Suck a Dick" below.
In related news, Mishka, the store/label who put out material by Das Racist, Stalley, and more recently Main Attrakionz, will release Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's debut album Lost In Translation on September 11 as a free download. The album will feature production by El-P (who also contributed production to the new Das Racist album), Necro, Esoteric, BoweryBeats, Constrobuz and Charli Brown Beatz. Check out Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's excellent (and slightly NSFW) video for "Huzzah" with the full new album tracklist below.