Entries tagged with: Stones Throw
by Andrew Sacher
It took him 16 years, but this past Friday Dr. Dre put out his third album, Compton, and it's way better than a Dr. Dre album in 2015 seemed like it would be. There's a lot of great stuff on there, and it's the type of album that demands (and deserves) repeated listens to soak it all in. As you might expect from a Dre album, it's got a bunch of his famous friends -- Kendrick Lamar is not surprisingly one of the biggest stars of this thing (maybe the biggest) and Snoop Dogg raps with a fire that's been missing from his recent funk and reggae excursions -- but also some newcomers. One of the more impressive new guests who's all over this album is Oxnard, California singer Anderson .Paak. He sings a lot of the hooks (and does the devastating "I can't breathe" part of "Deep Water"), including "Animals," Dre's first-ever collaboration with the equally-legendary producer DJ Premier. Premo spoke to Billboard about that song came to be:
When the whole Freddie Gray thing happened in Baltimore, Anderson called me and was like, "I'm real angry with what's going on with the police, and I just wrote a song to that other beat. I want to sent it to you and see what you think -- maybe we could leak it out, put it out in the streets and show that we're angry too."On that trip to Moscow, Premier and Anderson had also collaborated on the song "Til It's Done," which features Russian artist BMB Spacekid. Listen to that below.
When he sent it to me it was called "F.S.U." -- F--- Shit Up. In the hook he's saying, "Don't come around these parts, the whole world thinks we're animals/ The only way they want to turn the cameras on is when we're f---ing shit up." When he said that, I was like, "Yo that's dope." Anderson just happened to be going to a meeting with Dre -- he had already done a few songs with him, through their management. Anderson's from the West Coast as well.
When he told him he had a record with Premier that he did in Moscow, Dre said, "Let me hear it." Once he played it for him, [Dre] called right away and said, "Yo, I want to do this song for my soundtrack. I decided to do a soundtrack album last minute, and I want to put it out with the movie."
I said, "What do you want to do?" And he said, "I want to put a verse on it." Like, shit, Dre rapping on a verse? Hell yeah. The song was already done, and I explained how it came about with BMB Spacekid. He said, "I'll spit the verse and let you hear it and make sure you're cool with it, and if so let's add on to it. Come out to L.A. and we can add on a few more things to it."
...[Dre] showed me [Straight Outta Compton] in the studio, so I got to feel the whole energy of the movie. He had already said that the 1992 riots, with everything going on with the police after the Rodney King beating, was totally in that same vein as Anderson .Paak's lyrics. His verse is about the same thing: Why the f--- are they hassling me? They're harassing us and doing all this stuff, so it's still relevant to this day with how we're being treated.
He said, "All I'm going to do is change the title, from 'F.S.U.' to 'Animals,'" because that's what Anderson says in the hook.
Anderson is also one half of the Stones Throw-signed duo NxWorries with the producer Knxwledge. So far their only release is this year's "Suede" single, which you can also hear below. NxWorries are heading out on the road later this month to open the rescheduled Earl Sweatshirt tour, which also includes Remy Banks.
The tour hits NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Earl's initial tour dates had Vince Staples opening, but he isn't on the rescheduled dates. He does, however, play a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show tonight (8/10).
Anderson also has a handful of solo releases out (some under the name Breezy Lovejoy) and other notable collaborations, including TOKiMONSTA's 2014 single "Realla" and another Stones Throw artist, Jonwayne's song "Green Light" off this year's Jonwayne Is Retired EP. You can stream those, and his most recent solo single "Switch-Up," below.
by Ian Chainey
After Rocks Off's inaugural film festival last year, the rock n' roll film fest is returning to NYC for a second year from May 15 through May 17 at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. So far, this year's schedule includes screenings of the Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (tickets) and the acclaimed "doc opera" Super Duper Alice Cooper (tickets), which tracks the rise of the shocking rocker/DJ/golf enthusiast throughout his career.
Super Duper Alice Cooper candidly recounts both the virtues and vices of stardom through the mascaraed eyes of Alice Cooper portrayer Vincent Damon Furnier, who would rise to prominence thanks to a theatrical and over-the-top stage show in an era of theatrical and over-the-top stage shows. The documentary provides greater context for the Detroit native's exploits, making it clearer exactly how and why Cooper was regarded as an innovator by the generation of rockers and metallers that continued his nightmare. The film also includes a deep look into Cooper's struggles with addiction while unpacking the various legends which endeared and vilified the group in equal measure. But, most of all, it explores what happens when the character begins to overtake the player.
The documentary was helmed by directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, and Scot McFadyen, all of whom have found a niche with documentaries focusing on metal and hard rock. Their previous filmography includes Rush: Behind the Lighted Stage, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Super Duper Alice Cooper, though, might be their biggest venture thus far, slated to play on 250 domestic screens with loads of international engagements on the docket, as well. And now you can catch the flick by heading down to the Rocks Off film festival. If that doesn't do it, perhaps this Rocks Off tease will: "Did we mention we bought a freakin' popcorn machine?"
Want more Alice, just in the flesh? He'll be hitting the road soon on the Mötley Crüe farewell tour which hits NYC and the surrounding area on 8/29 at Jones Beach, 8/30 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and 10/28 at MSG (tickets).
All the dates, along with the Super Duper Alice Cooper trailer, and an example of a late '70s Alice Cooper concert appear below...
Homeboy Sandman isn't the only Stones Throw artist with shows coming up soon. Stones Throw label founder Peanut Butter Wolf has announced a DJ gig at Glasslands in Brooklyn on June 5. Advanced tickets for the 10pm-doors, 21+ event are on sale.
That's currently the only upcoming event we know about for PBW, but Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk has a bunch of upcoming shows including a DJ opening for Animal Collective's Panda Bear at Warsaw in Brooklyn on 5/18 (a sold out Red Bull Music Academy event and part of Panda Bear's recently announced tour). Meanwhile you can catch LA's "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" live and as a DJ in California including on May 8 with his labelmates Myron & E who have a lot of upcoming shows too. All dates are listed, along with Julia Holter's new remix of Stones Throw artist Boardwalk and more, below...
OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (This Is Stones Throw Records) is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its inception in 1996. Catalog highlights include hip-hop classics like Madvillain's Madvillainy, Dilla's Donuts and Quasimoto's The Unseen; retro-soul hits such as Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement and Aloe Blacc's Good Things, Dam-Funk's boogie-funk masterpiece Toeachizown, and the oddball works of James Pants and Gary Wilson. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks that put Stones Throw on the map, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON will delve into the label's enigmatic history, culture and global following.Mostly-hip-hop label Stones Throw is subject of a new documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, which hits theaters this March following screenings in select cities, including Austin for SXSW. There will also be a sneak preview screening and Q&A at Brooklyn's Indie Screen on March 2 and the official NYC opening is March 19 at Village East Cinemas (also with a Q&A). Ticket info for those screenings coming soon. Full list of upcoming screenings here. Trailer below.
To celebrate the release of the new film, Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf is going on an 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' tour with J Rocc, Jonwayne and Knxwledge. That tour hits Brooklyn the same day as the sneak preview screening on March 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (2/5) at noon. The full tour
hasn't been announced yet, but all currently known dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Araw at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras took part in one of 2012's most interesting (relatively) obscure releases with Icon Give Thank, a collaborative album with reggae legends/Lee "Scratch" Perry associates The Congos. And towards the end of the year, the three collaborators released a 5-track live EP recorded with the Raw Power Band at the Village Underground in London this past June. You can download that EP (name your price) at bandcamp and stream the whole thing below.
Both Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras are teaming up this month for a NYC show which happens on January 19 at Knitting Factory with Ital, who toured with M Geddes Gengras (and Laurel Halo) in 2012 around the time he dropped Dream On, his second album of 2012. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only currently announced date for Sun Araw but Ital has other upcoming dates, which are listed below.
Sun Araw is featured on an upcoming double album compilation from Stones Throw and Leaving Records (Matthewdavid's label) called Dual Form which drops January 22 in cassette, LP, CD, and digital formats. The compilation also features Julia Holter (covering Arthur Russell), Dntel, Run DMT, Odd Nosdam and many more. You can stream Sun Araw's contribution, "Right Off," and check out the full tracklist below. The cassette version features bonus tracks by Matthewdavid.
All streams and a list of Ital dates below...
Brooklyn producer Chrome Canyon (aka Morgan Z) released his debut album, Elemental Themes, this week (10/9) via Stones Throw. You can stream the album in its entirety below. Chrome Canyon will play a record release show for the album tonight (10/12) at 285 Kent with labelmate Peanut Butter Wolf. The bill also includes Dj sets by Gavin Russom (DFA), Veronica Vasicka (Minimal Wave), and Airbird (Software). Doors are at 8 PM and admission is $12 for this all ages show. The flyer is below.
The Chrome Canynon album stream and flyer for tonight's show are below.
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) hit the road tomorrow for a string of tour dates with DJ Romes (Lootpack) that will carry them along the Northeast of the US and into Canada. The real-life couple will be performing some of their Madlib-produced jams at select cities for the next six days, including on March 26th at SOB's. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.
Georgia Anne Muldrow's new-and-entirely-Madlib-produced LP Seeds is a record that definitely sounds like a throwback to the early 70s by toiling in the epic string-laden soul from the era. I was a fan of their previous output where GAM handled a bunch of the instrumentation; these tracks produced by Madlib are impressive too, but in a much different light. You can listen to some songs, including the title track in video form (also available on 7"), along with a few other tracks including a bunch of 2pac remixes, with their tour dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Homeboy Sandman - "The Miracle" (MP3)
NYC rapper Homeboy Sandman released Subject: Matter, his first release for Stones Throw, last month (1/24). That's the cover art above. You can listen to samples and purchase the EP at the Stones Throw webstore and download the single, "The Miracle," above or stream it below.
Homeboy Sandman has an upcoming hometown show taking place on March 10 at Hiro Ballroom as part of Strength in Numbers with I Am Many, Nems and New Rap Order and the show is being hosted by Peter Rosenberg. Tickets are on sale now.
Song stream below...
by Andrew Frisicano
"I'm in NYC smoke sumn'" - Freddie Gibbs
Stones Throw producer Madlib is headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg with a DJ set on Wednesday, January 18th. Also on the bill for that show, which is now sold out, are J Rocc and Freddie Gibbs. The beat-maker is also at Princeton, NJ's Terrace Club tonight with Shigeto and Dabrye. And he's in Toronto on Jan 19 (also sold out, it seems).
On MLK Day, his label wrote that: Brooklyn, 1/16/12, 1:30 PM EST, Free medicine: There's a complete set of Madlib Medicine Show (#1-13) in the Metro box on 5th Ave & Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. Did anyone grab it?
No word on Madvillain 2, but Madlib will be producing the new album from singer Georgia Anne Muldrow, due out March 27th. The title track of that is posted below.
Stones Throw also just released a new video for the song "Thuggin," off the Freddie Gibbs/Madlib Thuggin' EP. It's below...
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
"Celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, Stones Throw is a Masada for those who never sold their turntables. There's an unspoken compact between the label and those who love what Madlib called "the old music." Collectors. Romantics. Sentimentalists.Stones Throw is celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Exchange in LA on 12/22.
"Our releases have always been whatever and whoever I've liked, whatever makes me excited at the time," says Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw's founder and resident Wonka. Wearing a gray porkpie hat and T-shirt, the San Jose-born Chris Manak looks a decade younger than his 42 years. "It's all outsider music."
In the upstairs offices -- made up of four large rooms and a small studio -- a pencil sketch of Manak's late musical partner, Charizma, is framed above his desk. It starts a mini Stones Throw wall of fame, including the label's most iconic artists, the late J Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom. To a generation of underground rap fans, the trio might well be Mount Rushmore, a holy trinity that has accounted for six of its seven top-selling records in the United States: Madvillain's Madvillainy; J Dilla's Donuts and Ruff Draft; Jaylib's Champion Sound; and (Madlib alias) Quasimoto's The Unseen and The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. (The seventh is Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement.) Madvillainy, the top seller, has moved just north of 150,000 copies." [LA Weekly]
Madlib isn't currently on the bill, but he just played an LA show at the Echoplex on Saturday night (12/10). A few weeks earlier Madlib played a show in San Francisco with Freddie Gibbs who he just released a collaborative EP with. Listen to "Thuggin'" below. Stay tuned for a full album in 2012.
UPDATE: JRocc and Freddie Gibbs are also playing the Brooklyn show.
Stones Throw signee The Stepkids play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn four days earlier. Tickets are on sale. All Stepkids dates are listed below...
The Stepkids will release their debut LP on September 27th via Stones Throw, and have provided a new video for "Wonderfox" to tide us over. View director Henry DeMaio video's of spacey Steely-Dan-goodness below and/or stream samples of the psyche-funky grooves at the Stones Throw site & two full songs at the Stepkids site. Stepkids will play a FREE show in NYC next week (July 12th) supporting Antibalas at Fort Greene Park.
Where: Fort Greene ParkThe show is one of a handful of dates scheduled for the the Stepkids, all of which are below with that new video, and album details...
When: Tuesday, July 12th, 6 to 9PM
Join Antibalas for a free homecoming in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. The band is excited to be back home and playing to their friends and family. It's been awhile, so make sure you don't miss the show!
Joining Antibalas that evening will be DJ Frank Gossner (VOODOO FUNK) and an opening set by The Stepkids.
Would you call it Weird Roots? Madlib and Doom aligned in 2004 to form Madvillain. Their debut LP Madvillainy for Stones Throw included the song "Accordion". Now The Roots have banded together with Weird Al (!) to record a cover of "Accordion". Listen below.
Weird Al was on Fallon last night (hence the meeting up of the two artists), though the cover is not what was performed on air (it was performed during soundcheck). Listen to the cover (which Questlove posted online), and watch the Roots and Al perform "Beer Barrell Polka" (a Fallon web exclusive), below. No word on if "Weird Roots" will release any more material, but you can hear a new-er Madvillain song from their forthcoming LP in a Stones Throw podcast.
As previously discussed, The Roots are in the midst of a series of Blue Note Jazz Fest shows at the Blue Note. Tonight (6/21), Questlove presents the second night of Mo' Meta Blues I, his supergroup consisting of Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tomorrow (6/22) is Mo' Meta Blues II, The Roots tribute to the 25th anniversary of the seminal Paid in Full LP. Rakim will join the crew at the venue as the band performs the album in its entirety. All four remaining shows are sold-out (early and late each night), but 21-plus'ers can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis.
The Roots will also perform at the launch of "Rebuild the Dream" at Town Hall in NYC on Thursday (6/23) "Van Jones calls this new wave of energy the "American Dream Movement". Along with The Roots, artists/DJ Shepard Fairey and other celebrities will be appearing at the campaign commencement." We're unsure of how you can get yourself in this show, but you can watch it online and learn more at their website.
Check out both versions of "Accordion" below.
Electronic musician Flying Lotus--aka Steve Ellison--is no stranger to the world of Radiohead. Not only did Thom Yorke guest on the producer's critical-fave of last year, Cosmogramma, the Radiohead frontman took Ellison on tour as a guest of his then-touring side project Atoms For Peace. Flying Lotus' influence hangs heavy over the "free jazz, cut-n-paste" approach of Radiohead's most recent album The King of Limbs, and just last week, Yorke turned up at a club in downton LA to mix side-by-side with Ellison.While we wait for that, check out the latest free Stones Throw podcast, mixed by none other than Flying Lotus. Cover art above.
So it comes as little surprise to hear that Flying Lotus claims that he has been tapped to remix the King of Limbs, according to an interview in the Colorado Springs Independent:
Indy: [Thom Yorke] was also on your last album. Are there any more collaborations like that in the works?
FL: Not that I know of. They wanted me to remix the new Radiohead record, and I've been trying to mess with that a little bit. But I haven't gotten to it yet.
Indy: Tell us what that'll sound like when you're done with it?
FL: It's too early to say, man. I have no fucking clue. It's difficult to work with, because the pieces that they gave me, there's no real a cappella. It's like piano and voice at the same time.
Indy: So you can't separate them.
FL: No, I can't. So I have to come up with some shit that's a little similar to the record, I guess, to an extent.
Flying Lotus's next live date is the Sasquach Festival, and in June he will headline a pair of Brainfeeder showcases (his label) in NYC. They take place at Bowery Ballroom on 6/20 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/22 with appearances from labelmates Thundercat, Austin Peralta, Teebs, and Dr. Strangeloop. Tickets for both shows just went on sale
In related news, Gaslamp Killer and Matthewdavid, both of which have releases on Brainfeeder, will play a show together at Knitting Factory on 5/28 (tickets). A few days later, Matthewdavid will join Sun Araw Band at 285 Kent.
All tour dates, videos and songs, below...
While we wait for his impending reunion with Exile as Emanon (more in the video below), Aloe Blacc's tour schedule is busting at the seams. Tickets are currently on presale for a new batch of US shows scheduled for late May/early June. East Coast dates are limited, but NYC gets the look at Highline Ballroom on June 3rd. That show goes on general sale at noon on Friday (2/25).
In other Stones Throw news, space funk madman Dam-Funk teamed up with Snoop Dogg on 2/17 for an impromptu performance at HVW8 Gallery in LA. Check out some pictures from that performance at the Stones Throw site. Dam-Funk isn't scheduled to play the NYC area in the near future, but Snoop Dogg is; he'll be at Wellmont Theater on March 26th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on sale at noon on Friday (2/25). Snoop releases his new LP Doggumentary on March 29th.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Anika's new and self-titled LP skirts the lines between funk, no-wave, goth, dub, and a mish-mosh of many other genres with Nico-style vocals in front. It's odd, but very compelling, and her accompaniment is nothing short of on point which is to be expected when Beak> (Geoff Barrow of Porsishead, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) is your backing band. Barrow also produced the record which you can listen to in its entirely below. Watch a video of her Yoko-Ono cover "Yang Yang" down there too. Pick up a copy of the record at her label Stones Throw.
Though Anika has no North American live tour dates scheduled, she will be on hand to DJ a ton of events in the next couple weeks - once in LA and six times in NYC. Three of those NY appearances are free: 2/10 she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, 2/12 at Trophy Bar & 2/14 at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are at Mercury Lounge on 2/9 spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), Glasslands on 2/11 where she'll spin in between sets by Javelin, High Life, & Monster Rally (tickets), and finally Santos Pary House on 2/16 as part of the previously discussed Beans show which now also includes Edan(!) with Paten Locke & Bluebird (tickets).
Anika will be performing live sometime later in the U.S. - maybe at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ (maybe sooner), and definitely at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in London. I'll Be Your Mirror USA single day tickets are still on sale.
All upcoming dates, that video, and the album stream, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Legend In My Own Mind" (MP3)
Linfinity, Waking Lights, and Sister Anne will take on Pianos TONIGHT (1/13), as part of a residency for Linfinity at the venue in January. One week later (1/20) Linfinity returns with The Stepkids & Robbers on High Street while the final week will include Contramono, Monuments and Actualities. Listed set times for each show are below. There are no advance tickets, and the 1/20 show is the only upcoming Stepkids appearance
Of course, an awful lot of work went into bringing the Bridgeport-based band to this point. Guitarist/singer Jeff Gitelman and bassist/singer Dan Edinberg's collaboration dates back to jazz gigs they played in high school. In adulthood, Gitelman's session work culminated with a stint as Alicia Keys' guitarist, while Edinberg toured with reggae-rock band ZOX. Joining forces again in 2008 with drummer/singer Tim Walsh -- a songwriter and recording engineer in his own right -- they worked together on, and ultimately created, an entire album.The Stepkids use classic 70s soul, funk, and psychedelia as a jump-off, but their unique cocktail will be on full display when Stones Throw releases their new LP in April. Check out "Legend In My Own Mind" which is downloadable above and streaming, along with some videos and all Linfinity dates, below...
To find their own distinct sound, they realized they had to embrace the sounds they'd tried to run from. "I couldn't dedicate my time to writing another R&B song," Gitelman explains in a recent phone conversation. "We never wanted to make a photocopy of an old Motown record. ... We wanted a collage -- make a photocopy and then scribble all over it."-[Fairfield County Weekly]
DOWNLOAD: Aloe Blacc - "You Make Me Smile" (MP3)
"A change wasn't going to come. By 2005, Aloe Blacc's decade in hip-hop had begun to yield diminishing returns. Though the Orange County-raised rapper had earned underground respect, the genre increasingly favored flamboyant eccentrics like Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Avenues for expansion were scarce -- especially for a USC graduate whose press biography touts a love of transcendentalism and French existentialism.Aloe Blacc is currently on the road with Maya Jupiter, and will hit Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tomorrow (11/18, tickets) in support of Good Things, his new LP out now on Stones Throw. Download "You Make Me Smile" from that LP above.
"I grew up break dancing and rapping, but hip-hop no longer spoke to me the way it had when I was younger. After years of rhyming thousands of words, I realized that I hadn't really said much," said the 31-year old, who had previously recorded as one half of the duo Emanon."
With megalithic personalities like 50 Cent, Eminem and West monopolizing the radio and the underground boom fizzling, there were few outlets for the sort of socially aware narratives that Blacc yearned to tell. At a crossroads, Blacc delved into the discographies of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway and John Lennon. Gradually, his perspective diverged from writing raps to composing melodies.
The Grand Scheme, The Stepkids, and $mall ¢hange will support the crooner at LPR, but you won't find labelmate MED even though the two recently collaborated on "Where I'm From". That song was recently given the video treatment and is available below. Pick up the 12", which features Talib Kweli on the flip for the song "Classic".
All tour dates and some video is below.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Bumps - Drums (MP3)
A new Madvillain track, "Papermill," is online to stream and download. The Madlib's wirey '70s cop chase sample and top-form wordplay from DOOM are both good signs that the pair is putting in some serious effort to follow-up 2004's Madvillainy. The label writes that the song will be on the new album, which is still a work in progress.
The song is online as part of the Adult Swim singles series, which has been distributing tracks weekly. Madvillian was the second song, and there's already one from Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney. On the way is music from Black Lips, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, High on Fire, Cults and Washed Out.
To measure just how long the new Madvillain is taking in Madlib-years (remember, he already put out his own part 2 of their debut), consider the fact that Stones Throw gave the beatmaker his own label imprint, Madlib Invazion, in early '10, and that's now in the process of releasing one Madlib CD a month for 12 months. The most recent edition, Madlib Medicine Show #5: History Of The Loop Digga, 1990-2000, collects "Madlib's previously unreleased, made-for-cassette 90s work" under the Loop Digga name (and comes with a comic book to boot).
Madlib's "OJ Simpson" collaborator Guilty Simpson recently released a track with Bumps, the beatmaking trio of Tortoise drummers John McEntire, John Herndon and Dan Bitney. You can get that above. The OJ Simpson album is out now on Stones Throw.
All Tortoise dates and some classic Madvillain videos are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Coroner's Music" (MP3)
'Coroner's Music' off O.J. Simpson
Before we go any further, no, Mr. Bloody Glove has not released a solo record. Yet. (More on that below). BUT, Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz is prepping his. Vinnie Paz recently dropped the early-Wu-tastic single "Drag You To Hell" which is currently streamable here and available via iTunes here. The track comes from his upcoming solo LP The Assassin's Creed, which features appearances from Beanie Sigel, Clipse, and Freeway as well as production by Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, and 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang) among others.
Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road in mid August for a west-midwest-east tour with Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) and Reef the Lost Cauze that includes an NYC show at Highline Ballroom on 9/13 and a show on L.I. at Crazy Donkey the night before. Tickets for Highline are on sale.
Speaking of Madlib, the Beat Konducta has announced his collaboration with Guilty Simpson for an album named, er, OJ Simpson (Madlib's real name is Otis Jackson). The new track "Coroner's Music" (available above) comes from an LP due on the mighty Stones Throw this fall (and a 12" that is out now), and features Strong Arm Steady, Elzhi (of the recently reunited Slum Village who played Rock the Bells at Jones Beach on July 19th), as well as cuts from the great J.Rocc.
Speaking of Rock the Bells (and Wu-Tang),
Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.Ghostface, Redman & Method Man play Nokia Theatre in NYC on July 30th.
When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.
"It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed." [MTV]
Annnnnd while we're on the subject, Evidence (who performed At Jones Beach with The Alchemist as Step Brothers) will hit the road this coming fall with Brother Ali, BK One and Toki Wright for a US tour in celebration of Brother Ali's new LP on Rhymesayers, US. Evidence recently signed with Rhymesayers, and will release Cats & Dogs via the label in 2010. The Alchemist's new album, Chemical Warfare, is out NOW and features appearances from Kool G Rap, Eminem, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep - recorded before he hit the lock-up I'm assuming) and many others.
The NYC Brother Ali date is November 7th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the whole tour are now on presale. All dates below.
Stones Throw badass Peanut Butter Wolf is scheduled to perform at All Points West this weekend (July 31 - Aug 2). Jay-Z, KOOL Keith, Q-Tip, Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Cool Kids and others will also be part of the Jersey City festivities.
Esoteric of 7L & Esoteric will release his solo debut Saving Seamus Ryan on 9/22 featuring appearances by Masta Ace and DJ Premier.
Video of Step Brothers @ Rock The Bells, as well as all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) MP3
Dam-Funk @ American Museum of Natural History (more by Rod Mickens)
LA Times: How did you end up hooking up with Animal Collective to remix "Summertime Clothes?"That Dam-Funk Animal Collective remix is posted above. The L.A. DJ, whose named is pronounced "Dame," (short for his real name Damon) will open for AC at both of their Prospect Park shows on August 14th and 15th. It's unclear exactly whether these shows should be classified as "DJ", or "live", or a mix of both, but a show Dam played in an LA museum earlier this month definitely leaned toward the live side of things, as you can see in the two videos below.
Dam-Funk: Animal Collective's manager reached out to me because the group wanted to collaborate with me. I dug their material and we agreed to do something. I studied their song, I didn't just chop it up and put effects on it -- I studied it hard, and shaped it around the vocal to take them to the dance floor, but still have something that you could ride around with your girl and listen to. I understood that the band's fans are sensitive to the source material. It's like Prince -- if someone remixed Prince back in the day, I would've been waiting with baited breath.
I was pleased that the majority of people seemed to like it. When I saw Animal Collective at the Troubadour, one of them told me that he couldn't stop listening to it on repeat, and that meant a lot to me. I really respect those dudes and wanted to get down with them. For lack of a better description, they sort of remind me of Talking Heads, how they were into expanding their sound and collaborating with George Clinton. I love that aspect of collaborating with different types of artists. Nite Jewel has become a good buddy of mine, because we like those same type of chords. No matter what type of genre, if it's beautiful music, that's what we'll lean towards.
The LA museum show is not to be confused with the NYC museum show, which took place in May.
Dam will also be at the Cubic Zirconia record release party at Santos on Thursday, July 2nd. He'll be spinning (definitely a DJ set this time) with DJ Assault, Kool Hersh and Mike 2600. Live sets that night include Cubic Zirconia, Head Automatica and Chico Mann. Advance tickets for that night are on sale (poster below).
Dam-Funk's debut LP, Toeachizown, will be seeing a late summer/early fall release on Stones Throw Records. The DJ discusses his new record, with a preview video for it, some other videos with all dates, below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Openers Aloe Blacc and the Ghetto Brothers helped Lee Field & the Expressions celebrate the release of their new album, My World, Friday, June 5th, at Southpaw in Brooklyn.
The Ghetto Brothers performed their album Power-Fuerza live.
The Ghetto Brothers were a gang (or club) founded in New York City's South Bronx in the late 1960s. They eventually spread to much of the Northeastern United States. Like the Young Lords, they were involved in Puerto Rican nationalism, including, in the case of the Ghetto Brothers, an association with the then-new Puerto Rican Socialist Party.Aloe Blacc performed some new songs, and to quote John Turner Jr Lee Fields "was unbelievable, incredible, epic, awesome, and any other serious adjective you can think of". More pictures from the show below...
Ghetto Brothers founder Benjamin Melendez, who left the organization in 1976, was also known as a guitarist. He led a band, also known as the Ghetto Brothers, which included his late brother Victor Melendez on drums. They released one (self-titled) album in 1972, which had only informal, local distribution. [Wiki]
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Ladies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Love Comes and Goes (MP3)
Limewire Store: Tell us about the upcoming Truth & Soul releases you're most excited about.Lee Field's new LP, My World, comes out June 2nd on Truth & Soul Records. Check out two tracks from it above.
Truth & Soul co-founder Leon Michels: We are releasing a Lee Fields & The Expressions full-length entitled My World on June 2nd. This has been a project that has taken us about four years to complete and is probably the best thing we've ever done for T&S. It's a record of mostly hard-hitting slow jams, laced with lush strings and Lee's incomparable voice. Lee is really one of the best singers living in America today and he really shines on this record. He is also an amazing live performer, the type of showman that doesn't really exist anymore, so if he's in your town, please check him out...it's worth it.
Leon Michels, the man with the good words for Fields, is co-founder of Truth & Soul Records and bandleader for El Michels Affair. That group's latest Return to the 37th Chamber a disc of Wu-Tang covers, came out in April on Fat Beats.
Truth & Soul, Michels and Fields all have deep roots in the NYC soul revival. Michels used to be a Dap-King before leaving to play with his own group and focus on Truth & Soul. Both Michels and T&S co-founder Jeff Silverman worked at Soul Fire Records, which released Fields and El Michels records before closing in 2003. Through the '90s, Phillipe Lehman (founder of Soul Fire) and Gabriel Roth (who founded Daptone) ran Desco Records, which previously carried the soul and funk torch. Sharon Jones' performance in a Desco Records Lee Fields session is often credited as the Sharon's breakthrough, and the label, and its future incarnations, went on to put out many of her records. Jones and Fields still sing together on occasion, like at Jones' 2007 Apollo Theater gig where the pair performed a James Brown medley.
Stones Throw is another label with Lee Fields connections. The hip-hop label points out that "Madlib recently jacked [Fields'] 'Flim Flam' drums for the TV on the Radio remix he produced." (Though it appears that track didn't make the EP's final cut.)
At the release party for Lee Fields' My World on Friday, June 5th at Southpaw in Brooklyn, both Stones Throw and T&S will be amply represented. The night's stars, of course, will be Lee Fields & The Expressions, accompanied by special guests Aloe Blacc (Stones Throw), The Ghetto Brothers (Truth & Soul) and DJs Akalepse & Jeff Dynamite (Truth & Soul) and Eothen Alapatt (Stones Throw). Tickets are on sale.
Poster for the Southpaw gig, with a video of Fields at the venue in 2006, below...
photos by Rod Mickens/AMNH, words by Martin Longley
Down in the cosmic ballroom, the One Step Beyond (presented by The Fader at the American Museum of American History) DJ sessions continue, although this evening's attendance might just be down on that enjoyed over the last few Fridays. This will surely swoop back up with Moby's appearance on the 5th of June.
Peanut Butter Wolf's heading up a Stones Throw night, featuring his label's James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk, who all returned to play at (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday. The Californian Wolf is combining laptop with decks, spinning through a very populist, party-pointed playlist. All audio is married to a sequence of back-projected videos, which probably holds some governing force over the selection process. It's a feast of nostalgia, parading through Kid Creole, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James, Daft Punk, White Stripes and even the fucking Police. Afrika Bambaataa, House Of Pain and The Beastie Boys bring things back into the hip hop zone, whilst David Bowie, Musical Youth and Bo Diddley stand out as slightly more skewed choices. It's the kind of set that a DJ would prepare for a wedding party. Pleasurable, but also lacking in ambition, particularly when Stones Throw is renowned for its
harder niche hip hop sounds.
More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Far Away (ddpesh remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donovan remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix) (MP3)
Last week I had a great time dancing. I started things off Wednesday night seeing ddpesh (download his remix of Cut Copy's "Far Away" at the top of this post) deejay at Arlo & Esme (which I unfortunately didn't find out about until days after last week in dance went online). He played a great mix of recent stuff including two of my favorite, underplayed jams - The Whitest Boy Alive's "Golden Cage" (Fred Falke remix) and Ghostface Killah's "Charlie Brown" (DJ Mehdi remix), and more Biggie than I've heard played out in a long time, and he somehow brought it all back around to electronic once again before I headed out.
Speaking of Mehdi, what do you think of his latest track, Pocket Piano? It was just released on digital & vinyl on Ed Banger Wednesdat (12/10). Pelski did an interesting preview of some of the remixes (which you can download there) last week, juxtaposing Mehdi's work with the rest of the Ed Bangers, and discussing the inevitable backlash headed toward the French label.
There's more on its way in terms of reviews from last week, but dance-wise this week is one of the busiest in a while. Check out what's going on Thursday night (12/11) - a very packed rest of the Week In Dance will be on its way soon: