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Moving Pains

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 10July07

Thank you for being flexible while we move to the new site.  It’s a difficult thing for me, because I love this site so much, and in many ways this site is better than the new site right now.  But that will change very soon.  The new site has so much potential and opportunities that I can never realize with this site.  Just the fact that I cannot embed most java script like videos from anywhere other than youtube or google can seriously hinder a music journalist.  So, I know this is a pain in the arse, to come here looking for something only to have to click one more time to get the story on the new site, but it will be best in the long run.

Thank you so much for your readership!  Please make the move with us to the new site!

Pretty soon we will have more authors on board, which will bring you more content and variety.  Not to mention cool new features and such!

Don’t forget to change your bookmarks and feeds, the new address is:

http://www.musicnewsculture.com

Have a fabulous week!

~Molli Fire~

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Why Is Jr. Reid Hot Right Now?

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 19June07

Is it the fire and brimstone? Is it the burning chalwa? I need to listen to more of this mixtape to find out! I heard about this over at DJ/Rupture‘s site – mudd up! Jr. Reid has dropped a mixtape titled Why I’m Hot, a collaboration with DJ Power. Rupture gives it a great review and reports that the title is not pure empty boasting, and indeed, Mr. One Blood is HOT on this album. I need to hear the rest of it to find out why… You can download it from iChoons, listen to 2 songs on mudd up! or purchase it from various places.

Jr. Reid - Why I'm Hot Mixtape

Go directly to mudd up! for more. Thanks for the free listen Rupture!

 

 

 

 

 


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Leyode Finds Fascinating Tininess With Electronic Music

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 18June07

Twas the middle of May when I reported that Leyode would be coming out with a new album on Prefuse 73’s label Eastern Developments. Today I have much more information about the release, Fascinating Tininess, which came out last week.

Leyode - Fascinating Tininess

Tracklist for Fascinating Tininess:

01. Intro
02. Sophie

03. Irene
04. Isabelle

05. Clementine
06. Dominique
07. Hassami with Savath y Savalas
08. Soft or Gentle?
09. Elizabeth Chateau
10 Eilene (Leb-Laze Bonus Beats)

Music For Robots has a great review of the album.
Eastern Developments
Fascinating Tininess on Amazon

Previously On HT

Leyode ft. Savath y Savalas On New Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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REWIND #2 – Reporting Music Revolutions

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 17June07

This week was only 7 days long, yet I have 11 excellent posts to rewind today! It’s been a great week for music news! Before I get right down to the nitty gritty, I want to throw out a juicy tidbit of info that I have been mulling over. For awhile now, I have been wanting to move this site to its own domain. It needs to happen at some point, and I want to do it before this site builds up too far. The only huge difference you will notice by coming to this site, is that the posts on the front page will be teasers. You know, the kind that cut off after a paragraph and you have to click the “Read More” to see the entire post. Well, clicking that read more will take you to the full post on the new site. All other buttons on this site will remain active, with internal links pointing to the new site. The biggest difference for RSS subscribers will be that you might need to subscribe to a new feed so that you can continue to get the full posts in your email or feed reader. I will post an announcement when the feed changes.

So just be watching for the switch! And with that out of the way, on to this week’s REWIND! Just remember, this is by no means all the posts for the week. This is merely a roundup of some of the better stories that deserve to be highlighted. The biggest news stories of the week often do not get mentioned here. To see the rest of this week’s news, simply head to the home page and work your way backwards through time. Either way you choose your adventure, HAVE FUN!

My absolute favorite post of the entire week is about the Young@Heart Chorus:

Rockin On Heaven’s Door

These senior citizens are not just sitting around waiting for senility. They are actively embracing it with Rock N Roll attitude! If you look at nothing else this week, definitely watch the video on that post….

Righteous Hip Hop From Rawkus Records

This post brings us all the way back to the beginning of the week, but I wanted to feature it right away. Mr. J Medeiros has taken a detour from his work with The Procussions and has completed a solo album, Of Gods And Girls. It’s not due out until July 16th, but I will be interviewing Mr. Medeiros on Tuesday. I would be happy to include any thoughtful questions from you, so use the comments box under that post if you have any. Read that post, then ask questions, see? This is your big chance! I will post the interview results on Wednesday or Thursday.

Replicating Bjork

Bjork is a universe unto herself. I imagine her as having her own language and her own technology that she runs on faerie magic. I have thought of her making faeries dance on electronic circuits and the result of their dance steps is what we call Bjork music. Well, an article written by her tech director of 10 years, Alan Pollard, completely dispels this notion. She uses all the same fancy hardware and software that other majors in the music industry use and it’s his job to fit it all onto her laptop for tours. If you like to read about that kind of thing, click over to this post for a great profile on the backend of Bjork’s mischief. Also in this post is a link to Dummy mag which is a brilliant color glossy magazine that you read online. It has a mess of great artists featured, and one of them is Bjork looking especially impish, and well, 5 years old. Check it out if you like all things Bjork.

Manic M.I.A.

M.I.A. is still an epileptic’s worse nightmare. She launched an updated website design that probably physically hurt the person who made it, yet has valuable information contained within. Maybe just wear your stunner shades to view it. The big M.I.A. news this week is her new “Boyz” video complete with its own behind the scenes footage. Jump into this post to watch the videos. In the Bjork post ^^ it’s announced that M.I.A. will open 2 Bjork concerts- the ones in Nimes France.

Rockin Fratellis Retain Self-Respect

The Fratellis turned down Golden Balls Beckham in a bold move to retain their self-respect. The result won them the respect and adoration of many newly-impressed fans… Fratellis 1 Beckham 0

Beastie Boys Returning To Root Down

The punk/jazz thing was a return their roots, so this is back to the b-boy thing. Either way, the Beastie Boys have announced a hip hop revival and a small US tour. The rest of the summer will see the trio switching between drums and drummachines. Maybe it’s a midlife crisis thing. US tour dates behind the jump.

Rockin Robot Flick

Speaking of coming to the US, Daft Punk‘s android movie, Electroma, will finally be screened in N. America. Unfortunately, not many places will host the rare, short film. LA and Miami are the only US stops. Miami? Jump in to see more info plus a teaser video.

Reduce Reuse Recycle and ROCK!

I’m actually just jumping all over the past with this REWIND, in no particular order. Here is some particularly great news for NYC: Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with Solar 1 to create this year’s Citysol event! July12-15th, you can learn how to be more green, qualify for free beer, rock out to wicked bands like Les Savy Fav, and check out super cool art installations. Jump to this post for more info on this excellent event that is entirely solar and biodiesel powered. A big thank you to Brooklyn Vegan for participating!

Restriction Free Music!

EMI is still turning the music industry and RIAA upside down with its DRM-free catalog. In addition to the Apple iChoons store and Amazon’s upcoming music venture, EMI have now added their restriction-free digital downloads to PassAlong which also oversees online stores such as fyi. The best part is that PassAlong will carry 320kbps mp3s which is a higher bit-rate encoding, which means a higher quality download, and better product.

Retired? Not yet!

Wiley is having quite a retirement party, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon. His send-off album is out now, and I bet it’s already had some subwoofers working overtime! He has a new video out now for the song “Mistakes” and is having a record release party in London this week. So, I have 2 links instead of one for this last installment:
Grime and Dubstep Parties – which includes some Mary Anne Hobbs curated events, Skream, Vex’d, Ben Sharpa & Konfab, and many more. Plus, the Wiley retirement party I mean record release party with JME, Boy Better Know types rollin deep.
“Mistakes” video – the latest off of Playtime Is Over.

 

 

A’ight, that’s all folks. Jump in and have fun. Fresh news comin atchya tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

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Patti Smith Tours US With Twelve

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

In the midst of her European tour, Patti Smith has added US dates in support of her recent release of Twelve. It kicks off in the states on July 31 in Philly. You can listen to “Gimme Shelter” on her mice bass page. Twelve features 12 covers of classics and hits, all done by Patti Smith. For more info about the album and Smith’s band, including special guests like Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, and RHCP’s Flea, read the full report on liveDaily.

Patti Smith Live in London May 17th 2007:

Patti Smith - Twelve Cover Songs

Patti Smith Tour

July 2007
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

August 2007
2 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
4 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
6 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
8 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12 – Portland, OR – Bite of Oregon
16 – Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series

LINKS

Patti Smith official website
Patti Smith mice bass
Patti Smith’s Twelve on Amazon.com – $14.99


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100 Days, 100 Nights of Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been rocking out in the Daptone studios again. With Sexy Results! 100 Days, 100 Nights is the third full album from the soulful funksters and will be available as of September 25th on Daptone records.

100 Days, 100 Nights Tracklist:

1. 100 Days, 100 Nights Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights
2. Nobody’s Baby
3. Tell Me
4. Be Easy
5. When the Other Foot Drops, Uncle
6. Let Them Knock
7. Something’s Changed
8. Humble Me
9. Keep on Looking
10. Answer Me

Over the last few years, different members of the Dap-Kings ensemble have been adding their funk powers to other live acts on tour and in the studio, such as Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Ghostface Killah, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, They Might Be Giants, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse.

The Dap-Kings are:

Binky Griptite, Guitar, Emcee
David Guy, Trumpet
Bosco “Bass” Mann, Bass, Bandleader
Neal Sugarman, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, Guitar
Fernando “Bugaloo” Velez, Congas, tambourine
Homer “Funky-Foot” Steiweiss, Drums
Ian Hendrickson, Baritone and Tenor Saxophone

Special Guests:

Eric Kalb, Drums
Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum Baritone Sax
Otis Youngblood, Baritone Saxophone
Todd Simon, Trumpet
Al Street, Guitar

Tour Dates:

6/13 New York, NY – River to River Festival (Sharon Jones with Booker T. & the MG’s)
6/14 Brooklyn, NY – Metrotech Center (Sharon Jones with Booker T. & the MG’s) Daptone Studio In Bushwick
7/14 Brooklyn, NY – American Roots Festival (Kingsborough College)
7/15 Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
7/19 Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Folk Festival
7/26 New York, NY – Castle Clinton (River to River Festival)
8/2 Aspen, CO – The Belly Up
8/3 Telluride, CO – Telluride Jazz Festival
8/4 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Links

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings mice bass
Dap-Kings Artist Page on Daptone
Daptone Records

 

 


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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is + Download US

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

Straight from the mouths of hot babes:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is

We’ve got the garbage oh yeah we do, dumped into five songs to encourage bad listening habits. YYYs would love to heat up and bother you at a loud volume, so please help us help you and seek out our new tunes? Some of you may know a few of these songs, we’ve been terrorizing with them at our shows for years, Rockers to Swallow, Down Boy, 10X10, WE GUARANTEE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THEM LIKE THIS BEFORE, nor have you heard them ALL. We deliver them to you with a snarl this July accompanied with new videos all shot in the dark at a very intimate show we threw last month. We cannot tell you how EXCITED the three of us are to drop this music in your laps, our mouths water at thought of you listening to RTS (ep’s first track) in your car stereos. Summer nights are made for this shit. This shit IS IS made for summer nights.

xx,
YYY

yeah yeah YEAH!
I am actually WAY more excited about this than if it were new material, because, sadly, oh I hate to even say it – I didn’t like “Sealings.” The song that they contributed to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. I find it too glossy, way too commercial. I fear where this trio is going musically. (And I hope to blame it on something done post-production so they can fire that guy and get back to sounding real) But old material? HELL YEAH!

More Info About Is Is:

From Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass-

THE EP
Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind their first record Fever to Tell.
Written amidst one of the most turbulent and emotionally unstable periods in YYYs history, for whatever reason the angst that colored that point in time translates erotically into a sexually charged body of songs. On their choice of producer, Karen O intones; “Nick Launay was the natural choice having produced PIL Flowers of Romance, collectively a favorite between us. I put that record on and want to stuff my mouth with raw hamburger meat.”. Is Is is an expression of similar sordid energy, the rawness is unavoidable and good for you too!

THE FILM
YYYs have captured all this excitement in the EP recordings. In fact, they love playing them so much they’ve made a special live film to accompany the EP with co-directors KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham). Recorded in night-vision at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on 7th May, the band played 2 sets that night to just 100 lucky fans each time – the first for a mixed audience and the second for females only. There will be 2 filmed versions of lead track Down Boy – one live, and one to EP audio.

Is Is TRACKLIST:

1.Rockers to Swallow
2.Down Boy
3.Kiss Kiss
4.Isis
5.10×10

Some of these songs were previously available on the “Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow” live DVD. “Down Boy” is a demo version that appeared on a limited edition split 7” single with Liars in Japan and Australia.

The EP will be available on CD, double gatefold 7” vinyl, digital download, and a special USB stick. All formats will include all 5 tracks – “making this a special, non chart-eligible, release.”

U.S. DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed on to play the Download Festival on Saturday, August 18th.

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2007
Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
885 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048

More YYYs Tour Dates

Aug 4 LOLLAPALOOZA Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 VIRGIN Festival Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 18 Download Festival 2007 Mansfield, Massachusetts

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Links

Yeah Yeah Yeahs site
Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass
Is Is CD on Amazon.com only $6.49!
Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow DVD on Amazon.com

Get More Yeah Yeah Yeahs:

YYYs news on HearingTest

 

 

 

 

 


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Wiley – Godfather Of Grime – Makes “Mistakes”

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 11June07

Brrrup! Another sizzling Wiley video! Feel the beat drop in “Mistakes.” This tune is heartfelt and dare I say with conscious lyrics. Reminds me just a likkle bit of Dizzee’s “Brand New Day” from Boy In Da Corner, when he was still under Eski-boy’s wing.

Wiley - Eski-Boy - Mistakes

“Mistakes” video in high quality mov format

or watch it from youTube:

Wiley also released Tshirts today with his name sprayed in white across the chest. They would sure look hot on some fellas. Get one from the Ninja Tune Shop. And, yes, Wiley is even playing the Dour Festival in Belgium on July 13th. I still need a ticket to that if anyone has an extra! (I also need a plane ticket if anybody has a wad of bills they want to donate! Just email me.)

Also on the Big Dada horizon, they have a 10th Anniversary album coming out called Big Dada Best Bits. It’s scheduled for release in September and I will have more details on that over the summer. In the meantime, check out Big Dada’s download page. There are even some FREE mp3s on there. For you.

WILEY LINKS

Eski Space
Wicked likkle Wiley player that you can embed on your blog/myspace/MOG/ what have you. Plays Wiley videos and songs!
Big Dada website
Download Playtime Is Over From BLEEP.com
All things Wiley on HearingTest

 

 


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New Single “Guitar” From Prince

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 11June07

Today is the day! The day that “Guitar,” the first single off of Prince‘s new Planet Earth is released that is. The rest of the album will be available from Columbia Records on July 16th, except in North America, who won’t have access to the full length album until July 24th (heh, right). According to pitchf*#k, his band mates on Purple Rain Wendy and Lisa, have contributed to the new album as well!

Prince performs from 3121 at the Alma Awards:

Prince 3121Tour Dates

07-07 Minneapolis, MN – Macy’s
07-07 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
08-01 London, England – O2 Arena
08-03 London, England – O2 Arena
08-04 London, England – O2 Arena
08-07 London, England – O2 Arena
08-10 London, England – O2 Arena
08-11 London, England – O2 Arena
08-14 London, England – O2 Arena
08-17 London, England – O2 Arena
08-18 London, England – O2 Arena
08-24 London, England – O2 Arena
08-25 London, England – O2 Arena
08-28 London, England – O2 Arena
08-31 London, England – O2 Arena
09-01 London, England – O2 Arena
09-06 London, England – O2 Arena
09-09 London, England – O2 Arena
09-12 London, England – O2 Arena
09-13 London, England – O2 Arena
09-16 London, England – O2 Arena
09-20 London, England – O2 Arena
09-21 London, England – O2 Arena

 

 


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HearingTest – Rewind! #1!

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

Welcome to the premier edition of HT-Rewind! Issue 001!

The Greatest Hits from the first week of June:

Drones Of The Dour – Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Wolves In The Throneroom, Merzbow, Weedeater Shows

Sunn O))) announced a string of West Coast US shows with the incredibly talented Wolves In The Throneroom bringing furious black metal along and Southern Lord label mates Weedeater. Sunn O))) also announced that they will play the Super Sonic Fest in UK alongside Mogwai and Miasma, as well as the Dour Festival with previous tour mates Wolf Eyes plus Merzbow and Wilco.

Sunn O))) To Release Oracle On Vinyl

Sunn O))) also announced that they will be releasing Oracle on vinyl. Brainwashed got a hold of the cd and has reviewed it with samplage.

Digitized – Bob Marley’s Exodus Gets A Futuristic Release

Exodus turns 30 this year, and to celebrate Island will be reissuing the entire album on USB stick, Micro SD, deluxe cd, cd, and vinyl. The first 3 come with video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing live in London in 1977. The vinyl will be reissued as an exact replica of its first release.

Dope New 50/50 Video From Wiley!

Eski Boy makes a smokin video for “50/50” from his upcoming Playtime Is Over and HearingTest has the links to a crystal clear mov format. It positively sparkles, and comes rumbling out of the subwoofers! In addition to the vid, the sweet fellas over at Big Dada have sent us a link to where you can get your own Wiley player. It’s sweet too, I wish I could show you here, but WordPress does not allow embedding of players other than a few like yT. But trust me, go check it out, it has the video for “50/50” plus audio for “Gangsters” and “Bow E3”. It’s a clever likkle device –
www.bigdada.com/wileyplayer/

December ATP – Portishead, Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope And More

Yep, all those folks are on the lineup. What isn’t obvious from the beginning of this report is that the second part features an album review by Julian Cope for one of the most amazing dark ambient metal bands – Sacrificial Totem. The album that Cope reviewed is Hurqalya which can be found on Katabatik. All fans of ambient noise, ambient metal, and atmospheric sonic storytelling should definitely check this out. Katabatik releases albums and hosts concerts with bands who create unique sonic experimentations. Their catalogue ranges from experimental electronica to IDM to ambient, metal, ragtime, and glitch-core. Definitely a fine resource of music.

NME Offers Free White Stripes Record In Magazine This Week

A limited edition red vinyl picture disc of “Rag And Bone” from the White Stripes’ upcoming Icky Thump was included in this week’s issue of NME. More info and pictures in the report.

Download – Matt Shadetek Releases His BBC Mix

MO FIRE! MO BASS!! Bo! This mix is the shizzle! If you haven’t already, go get this mix NOW! Killer tunes, mostly original stuff and remixes from the likes of Matt Shadetek, Drop The Lime, Plastician etc. Originally mixed for BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs show, this is the first time its been available for download, and it’s FREE! If you like what you hear, show your love and buy some vinyl and keep it spinning!

Glen E Friedman Releases Fugazi Photos

Another fantastic picture book from the super talented Friedman. This report has links to where you can find other books by Friedman on Burning Flags Press.

Blue Scholars Video For “Back Home” From Bayani

The song rules, the video rules. Go check it out. It’s about bringing our troops home to their families where they belong.

Dragons Exist And So Do Ninjas

Ninja Tunes found a rare master tape from 1970 of psychedelic surf rock by the Dragons. Dennis Dragon is known for his work composing soundtracks for 1970’s skate films, surf films, ski films, and more. This is such an epic story of the Dragon Brothers and how they were just too far ahead of the music business in the 70’s. If you read nothing else, read this. Okay, maybe just this, Shadetek, and Wiley.

Whew! What a week! And this is just the highlights! ENJOY!

This week’s news is brought to you by the letter D

 

 


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Do Dragons And Ninjas Exist? On Master Tape & Vinyl They Do.

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Fans of surf rock, Beach Boys instrumentals, and late 60’s psychedelic jazz, may I please have your exquisite attention for a moment. I have some big news for you…

“Here’s a little story, I got to tell, about 3 bad brothers, you know SO well. It started way back in history, with Doug, Daryl, Dennis, and Donn Landee….”

It begins with the story of the Dragon brothers, which reads like the Lords of Dogtown for psychedelic surf rockers. In the late 60’s, Doug, Daryl and Dennis Dragon lived, surfed, and rocked in Malibu California. Donn Landee, a high school friend of Dennis Dragon, was working as a recording engineer at Sunwest Recording Studios in Hollywood. The Dragons would sometimes go to the studio to record tracks in the wee hours of morning after finishing a gig in LA. This story is so good, I need to let the original author tell it:

They call the sessions “Blue Forces Intelligence,” find themselves layering their instruments in new ways, adding deep, bassy vocal lines and then ramming them up against falsetto harmonies, adding organs and space age sound effects, recording spirituals and pop and crazy rock opera. The effect is increasingly spacey and weird, but also funky – a missing link between new directions others are exploring in jazz and soul as well as rock music.

Unfortunately, the suits at the West Coast offices of the major labels aren’t ready, complaining that they don’t hear a hit. After shopping the record, now called just “BFI”, for a few months, the boys become disillusioned and focus instead on their session work. They all end up working in the Beach Boys’ backing band. Doug moves to Hawaii, tours Australia. Dennis becomes a successful record producer. Daryl hooks up with Toni Tennille and experiences international chart success as “The Captain”. The Dragons’ “BFI” is forgotten.

Dennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - USDennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - AUS

In addition to this surf album, Dennis Dragon also composed the soundtracks for skate movies and ski movies…

Jump on 37 years. Strictly Kev/DJ Food, influential mixologist and designer for Ninja Tune and obsessive record collector – picks up a new batch of vinyl from a record dealer he knows. In amongst them is a 500-run private pressing of the soundtrack to a surf movie called “A Sea For Yourself”. On it is a track called “Food For My Soul” by a band called the Dragons. Kev being a fan of all possible food-based puns and currently putting together the mix for his new “Solid Steel” mix cd for Ninja, drops the needle on the groove.

What he finds amazes him – a true psychedelic original from a band he’s never heard of. Using his extensive contacts in the world of vinyl mania, he manages to track Dennis Dragon down. He emails him, asks him if he can include “Food For My Soul” on the mix. Sure, says Dennis. There’s a whole album of the stuff if he’s interested. Dennis checks. Donn still has the master tapes. He converts them to mp3 and emails them to Kev. Kev is blown away. He forwards them to Ninja Tune. Ninja Tune think it’s a scam. But then they listen. And they listen again. And then, after nearly forty years sitting on a recording engineer’s shelf, Ninja Tune decide to release “BFI”.

I was so entranced by this story that appeared as a humble press release in my inbox today, that I had to just quote it directly. I rarely do this, but this was just too good.

Ninja Tune Releases New Dragons Album - BFI

“And moral of this story is: keep your master tapes. Whatever you do, keep your master tapes. ”
-James from Ninja Tune

Boy is that the truth! The question now, is ARE YOU READY?

BFI, recorded by The Dragons in 1970, will be released August 27th 2007 by the one and only Ninja Tune! “Food for my soul” was included on both the full length album, Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK: Now, Listen Again! and the limited edition Now, Listen Again! 7″ promo record which were both released in April of this year. Check the Ninja Tune Store for copies.

Ninja Tune And Dragons LINKS

Ninja Tune – ultra cool website that features all the Ninja’s allies: Big Dada, Solid Steel, Coldcut…
Ninja Tune music$pace
Dennis Dragon Page in the Composers Index of Soundtracks

 

Soundtracks by Dennis Dragon include:

Hal Jepsen: surf / skateboard films:
“Super Session”
“Go For It”
“A Sea For Yourself”
“We Got Surf”
“Skateboard Madness”
… etc.

Other films:
“Winter Equinox” (ski film)
“Spinnin’ Wheels” (skateboard film)

Warren Miller Productions, Hollywood, Ca / (ski film):
“Steep and Deep”

 


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English Beat Swing Back Into Ska

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

This news piece is dedicated to CrashPryor, one of my fave MOGgers. I remember you mentioned wishing you had been working in BeeB studios when the English Beat recorded there. This one’s for you Crash

The English Beat Have Returned In Full Swing! They are touring, playing shows with INXS and UB40, doing interviews and they are working on a new album to be released later this year!

Today, NPR’s World Cafe did an interview with the band, that is interspersed with audio from a live performance the recently reunited band did in the UK. It’s a beautiful show and you can listen to it right now on NPR’s World Cafe page – Dave Wakeling: Ska and The English Beat.

Set List From NPR World Cafe Show

“Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret”
“Tears of a Clown”
“I Confess”
“Mirror in the Bathroom”
“Save It for Later”

English Beat & Dave Wakeling Tour Dates

Dave Wakeling:
June 8 San Luis Obispo SLO Brewing Company
June 9 Santa Cruz Catalyst

The English Beat with INXS:
June 12 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
June 14 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
June 15 Newcastle, UK Newcastle City Hall
June 17 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
June 18 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham
June 19 Bournemouth Bournemouth Opera House
June 21 London Carling Hammersmith Apollo
June 25 Sheffield, UK City Hall

The English Beat:
June 29 PA Sellersville Theatre
June 30 New York B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 1 East Hampton Stephen Talkhouse
July 3 Santa Fe Third Annual Santa Fe Community
July 5 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 6 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 7 Los Angeles Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
July 12 San Jose Plaza de Cesar Chavez
July 14 Fairfax 19 Broadway
July 17 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Ampthitheatre
July 18 Tampa Ford Ampthitheatre
July 19 Atlanta Hi Fi Buys Ampthitheatre
July 21 Chicago Southside Arts & Music Festival
July 22 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Ampthitheatre
July 24 NH Meadowbrook Farm
July 25 Homdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 26 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 28 Philadelphia Penn’s Landing

Dave Wakeling:
July 29 Mansfield Tweeter Center
Aug 8 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center

The English Beat:
Aug 9 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre w/311

Dave Wakeling:
Aug 10 Hamilton Gage Park
Aug 12 Arlington Festival on the River
Aug 18 Chula Vista Coors Ampthitheatre
Aug 19 Murphys Ironstone Ampitheatre
Aug 24 Las Vegas The Beach Mandalay Bay

The English Beat:
Aug 26 Los Angeles Greek Theatre w/UB40
Sept 15 Cranford MusicFest

Dave Wakeling:
Sept 7 Temecula Long Shadow Ranch Winery
Sept 8 Las Vegas Clark County Amphitheatre

English Beat Links

Official Website – with the cutest flash intro I have seen in ages…
You can also download (FREE) mp3s of MANY songs directly from the SOUNDS page on their site.

NPR’s World Cafe

I hope the new English Beat album looks good next to the new Bad Brains album!! Perhaps a mashup will ensue?

 

 

 


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Ivy Queen, Elephant Man Add To Kat DeLuna’s Debut

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Elephant Man has been making headlines lately with news of his upcoming album, Let’s Get Physical. I recently reported about the first single from that album being “Five-O” which features Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame. What I didn’t know then, but have learned today, is that Elephant Man recently recorded a song with the 2 illustrious ladies – Kat DeLuna and Ivy Queen, both originally hailing from the Dominican Republic. Kat DeLuna’s “Whine Up” debuted this week at #91 on the Billboard charts, but I have a feeling it is going to soar a lot closer to the top soon. The song is full of energy, makes you want to jump up and dance. It’s very electronic, very pop dancehall, the kind you will hear blasting from car windows in the heat of the summer. I’m a big fan of the reggaeton singer Ivy Queen. She has a sweet and smoldering voice that works so well with modern dancehall’s electrified sound. She is also talented at ruff and ragga sounds such that Lady Saw has made popular.

Ivy Queen is the voice of the Spanish version of “Whine Up,” while Kat DeLuna is the voice of the English version.

“Whine Up” is the first single off of Kat DeLuna’s debut album 9 Lives which will be released on Epic Records this August.

Here is the Spanish Version (audio only, video has not been filmed yet):

You can listen to the English version on Kat DeLuna’s website or murdo$pace.

LINKS

Kat DeLuna website
Kat DeLuna Music$pace
Kat DeLuna Wiki
Ivy Queen Wiki
Ivy Queen Music$pace

 
 
 
 

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New Album With BSS, DMST + DRM-Free Music

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Canadian post-rock fans – I bring you reasons to rejoice! Broken Social Scensters/Do Make Say Thinkers/KC Accidentalists have been working on a new album. Kevin Drew (of BSS) wrote the songs and recorded them at his mate Ohad Benchetrit‘s studio. The music is played by Kevin, Ohad, and Charles Spearin, which leads one to wonder – Is this a BSS album, a KC Accidental album, or a DMST album? None of the above. It’s Kevin Drew’s solo album, despite calling it Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew, “Spirit If…”

New Kevin Drew Album

A press release put out by Arts&Crafts (the record label for BSS, Feist, among others) states that the new album is all from Kevin’s musings and favorite activities. Specifically, the album is about “fucking, fighting, fearing and hope.” Broken Social Scene’s other core founding member, Brendan Canning is working on Broken Social Scene Presents… Volume 2 while a BSS Presents tour is in the works for this fall. Watch the Arts&Crafts website for updates, and of course HearingTest news. If all this musical crossbreeding has you completely confused, check the wiki pages in the links to sort it all out. Canadians are just more Social than most, eh?

LINKS

the pitchf*#k report
Broken Social Scene website
Do Make Say Think website
Arts&Crafts
Broken Social Scene Wiki
Do Make Say Think Wiki

One Tour Date Left For DMST

28 JULY 2007 Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

HIGH QUALITY LIVE RECORDINGS

If you absolutely adore Do Make Say Think AND you’ve always wanted a killer quality digital audio file of one of their live shows, then today is a very lucky day for you!  Here is a link to a fantastic site that archives live show recordings for many bands and offers them FREE for download!  In addition to everything being DRM-FREE, you have your choice of formats: high bit-rate mp3s, plus high quality formats like FLAC, OGG, Vorbis, etc.  Every situation is different so go check it out!
The Live Archive

More News For Arts&Crafts Artists

Arts&Crafts News also has these events to announce:
Stars added to V-Fest in Toronto
On September 9 Stars will join The Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, Metric, The Hives, Tokyo Police Club and many more at this years V-Fest in Toronto. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This, and Soundscapes.

Apostle Of Hustle to play New York and Chicago residencies
Apostle Of Hustle will play a 4-night residency at The Mercury Lounge in New York, and a 3-night residency at Schubas Tavern in Chicago. Visit the Ouija page for all the details.

    
   
   
   
  
  


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New Wayne Wonder Album- Foreva

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Grammy award winning reggae sensation Wayne Wonder will be releasing a new album at the end of July on VP Records. Foreva will include a fabulous remake of the Thompson Twins’ 1984 hit “Hold Me Now” which has been updated by music producer Tony Kanal (No Doubt). You can hear the first single off the album, “Again” on NYC radio stations HOT97, POWER105, and Z100 or on his music $pace page.

2 Live Shows Scheduled:
Saturday June 16th in Chicago IL
Sunday June 17th in Hollywood CA – Jamaican Gold 12th Anniversary

Source

WAYNE WONDER LINKS

Wayne Wonder website
VH1 Artist Bio
music $pace

 

 

 


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