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Tori Amos’ Doll Posse Is Pissed At Bush

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 6April07

Tori Amos stands up against President Bush with her new album, American Doll Posse. in a conversation with the singer that is reported by VH1 news, she states :

“If for one minute the generation who is about old enough and eligible to vote thinks this is about one person, then we’re all very foolish,” Amos said. “We need to wake up and realize that just because we think we’re in a democracy, there is a little bit of a seduction there. They’re not overtly burning books and they’re not doing this and that, but they’re doing exactly what they want to do, and we’re distracted. It’s funny — they’re not burning books, they’re just throwing more information at us, and drowning us in it. You have to be able to think for yourself and not get manipulated.”

pretty astute perspective and statement from an influential lady. the album sounds incredibly interesting – apparently she called upon different Greek goddesses to help her to develop the four archetypes that Amos uses to express the different aspects of the album : Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, Persephone, the emotional and idealistic side, Athena, the warrior woman, and Aphrodite the sensual side of the artist. in the photo, you can see the archetypes, from left to right they are : Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Tori, and Pip.

the american doll posse

Amos also stated, in reference to the political resistance expressed in the album, “The way to really combat the right wing is to not be subservient to them on any level, particularly when it comes to ideology,” she continued. “Therefore, you better offer up another ideology that can combat theirs…”

read more at : Tori Amos and at Tori

The album, American Doll Posse is due to be released on May 1. you can hear one track from it, “Big Wheel”, now on her site.
Track Listing :
Yo George
Big Wheel
Bouncing off Clouds
Teenage Hustling
Digital Ghost
You Can Bring Your Dog

Mr. Bad Man
Fat Slut
Girl Disappearing
Secret Spell
Devils and Gods
Body and Soul

Father’s Son
Programmable Soda
Code Red
Roosterspur Bridge
Beauty of Speed

Almost Rosey
Velvet Revolution
Dark Side of the Sun
Posse Bonus
Smokey Joe

there are active links for each of these on her website…..

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Primal Scream, Beastie Boys, Orb At Bestival

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 5April07

Bestival in the UK has announced the headliner for all three nights of the festival. taking place 7-9 September 2007, The Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys, and Primal Scream will each headline one night on the main stage.
apparently, Primal Scream were recently named “Godlike Genius” with an NME Award this year.
Boy those Beasties sure are getting around this year! they used to have a powerful live show, with tons of energy and all the warmth of their recordings. hopefully they are aging like fine spirits.

Bestival is a great festival too. they are pretty alternative in their choices of artists, socially concious, supportive of activist campaigns at the event, and very environmentally conscious. the Isle of Wight is chosen for its natural beauty, and the festival organizers take extra steps to preserve the area that they are using. they use Carbon offsetting methods as well as reducing waste and emissions as much as possible.

more info on Bestival 2007 performances at Indie London

other bands and dj’s include

Gregory Isaacs!!
The Orb
Dub Pistols
Billy Bragg
The Rumble Strips
Planning To Rock aka Janine Rostron
Kid Carpet
Xerox Teens
3 Daft Monkeys
Easy Star All Stars
Kid Harpoon.
2 Many DJs
Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio DJ)
Kissy Sell Out
Tim Love Lee
Reverso 68
Luke Vibert
+ more!

a different report on the festival is in sound generator

the official Bestival website

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Lily Allen Tour Updates

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 30March07

there have been some updates to the Lily Allen tour, mostly additions thanks to all the extra hype she is getting lately.

from the trusty blog of the Brooklyn Vegan :

Lily Allen – 2007 Tour Dates
Fri 03/30/07 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Sun 04/01/07 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
Mon 04/02/07 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Thu 04/05/07 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Fri 04/06/07 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Sat 04/07/07 Boston, MA The Roxy
Sun 04/08/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Tue 04/10/07 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Wed 04/11/07 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Sat 04/14/07 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk KCRW Evening
Sun 04/29/07 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field Coachella
Tue 05/15/07 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Mon 05/21/07 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Tue 05/22/07 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
Wed 05/23/07 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Sat 05/26/07 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Sun 05/27/07 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
Mon 05/28/07 Sonar Baltimore, MD
Wed 05/30/07 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
Mon 06/04/07 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Tue 06/05/07 Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Tue 06/12/07 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
Wed 06/13/07 House of Blues Orlando Orlando, FL
Fri 06/15/07 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
Fri 06/22/07 Glastonbury Festival
Fri 07/06/07 Kinross, UK Balado
Sat 08/18/07 Staffordshire, UK Weston Park V Festival
Sun 08/19/07 Chelmsford, UK Hylands Park V Festiva


get your tix before she gets bored of her own songs!





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Tigerstyle, dub-K Tour US

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 29March07

Punjabi production team, Tigerstyle, mix bhangra, dancehall, sometimes M.I.A., and just about everything for totally danceable eastern influenced music. they have packed venues and rocked nations around the world, and will soon do a small tour through a few US cities with labelmates dub-K.

March 30 2007 Tabella Seattle, Washington
March 31 2007 Andaz @ Fez Ballroom Portland, Oregon
April 5 2007 Tartan Week Performance @ The Knitting Factory New York City
April 7 2007 Boston, MA

for more info, and a music preview, check out Fader Magazine.
you can also listen on their myspace page.

their myspace will be updated with more tour dates, as they are booked, and has a few dates in UK for April.



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Akon, Lady Sov Tour With Gwen Stefani

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 29March07

As far as i can figure, AKON and Lady Sovereign will be support acts for Ms. Stefani on the North American dates only. Stefani will also be touring the UK and Japan. Those dates can be found on her website.

Links to Lady Sovereign :


Links to Akon :


Links to Gwen Stefani :


According to the Live Daily website this is the schedule :

April 2007
21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theater @ The Palms Casino Resort
22 – Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
24 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
25 – Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Arena
27 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
28 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
30 – West Valley City, UT – The “E” Center

May 2007
2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
5 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Centre
6 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
9 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
11 – Atlanta, GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
12 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
14 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
17 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
18 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
20 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
21 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
23 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
24 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center at The Waterfront
27 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel and Casino
29 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
30 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

June 2007
1 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
2 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
4 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
5 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
12 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
13 – Calgary, Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
15 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place
16 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
18 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
19 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
22-23 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
26-27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
29 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

August 2007
24 – Honolulu, HI – Neal S. Blaisdell Center

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Indie Rock, Meet Grime. Grime, Meet…

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 28March07

Grime, meet Indie Rock. Pop, meet Grime. And so on. New albums on the horizon that are blending, mashing, and redefining musical genres.

There is a great article on the genre crossing between grime music and indie rock in The Independent today. I find it interesting that, for me anyway, it has raised more questions than answers about music today.

It lists a few examples, such as Statik remixing the Bloc Party and The Rakes last year, putting a grime sound to each. It was Statik that coined the term “grindie” for such combinations. He also made a few mashups, placing grime mc’s over Ladyfuzz and Larrikin Love with Pete Doherty in the mix.

To hear that Bloc Party remix (it’s heavy son! turn those subwoofers on for this one! such a good example of grime music!) hit this link from :: Vice Mag ::

statik grindie flyer

It moves to this year with an example of Hadouken! which actually fuses the 2 sounds together and further mashes in punk, electro, and drum and bass. Turns out the lead singer of the band, James Smith, started off as a grime producer in London before turning onto indie rock and punk. Looks like Man Like Me has a single coming out soon that will fuse grime elements with pop and electro sounds. And don’t forget that Arctic Monkeys baffled their managers and record producers when they invited former Roll Deep Crew member, Dizzee Rascal, to flow over their music. Next thing you know they are proudly telling the inquisitive public that their early influences were rap and that they would be thrilled to work more rap elements into their music. The song that features Dizzee Rascal is “Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” which appears on the Favorite Worst Nightmare album to be released on April 23rd 2007 (in the UK).

statik with arctic monkey

arctic monkey with statik



You can listen to Hadouken!’s song “That Boy That Girl” on their myspace page.
Also, Jamie Smith recently interviewed Martin Clark (aka Blackdown), the author of This Month In : Grime/Dubstep on pitchfork. (you may have already read it when i referenced it last week in Grime Explosion) They talked about grime, the effect technology has had on it, the effect of web 2.0 on these music movements, etc. check it out on Blackdown’s blog

Then on the flip side, you have grime musicians incorporating indie rockers over and through the dark melodies. The first artist to spring to mind is again, Dizzee Rascal, who brought Lily Allen and Joss Stone into the studio to twist up the sounds he was making. Those collaborations will appear on the upcoming Dizzee Rascal album, Math’s and English set to be released on July 2nd, 2007.

Most artists are quick to point out that they are not part of the scene that has built up around grime. They don’t play into the violence and aggressive behavior that most urban music is known for. And most producers who are thickly entrenched in the grime scene are not welcoming the indie crossover. Some are attributing this to a gangster mentality, ignorance, and narrow-mindedness. I think there must be more to it than that. Perhaps a strong desire to not see their style of music diluted, or co-opted. Grime music is fierce, with a lot of raw energy, the kind you may remember from the old punk days, or teen angst. There is a strong bond created amongst youth sharing their frustration with authority, and adults sharing their frustration with where the world is going. The resistance may also stem from not wanting to seeing grime go down the same road as UK Garage – by merging with the mainstream.

Which leads to the questions : How does one keep the purity of a certain style without being close minded? How does one stay open to new and different influences while staying true to the music and its fans?

Some bands do manage crossovers, or escape categorization, but they are rare. It is very difficult to maintain a strong sense of self while allowing others to mold and alter our perspectives and output. Bjork seems to have accomplished it. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs brought fire and punk energy to mainstream audiences while staying true to the underground sound.

Who else?

For more background info, you can also read the much older article about grindie in the Guardian.

Artic Monkeys Favorite Worst Nightmare to be released on April 23rd 2007
Dizzee Rascal’s Math’s and English to be released July 2nd, 2004
Statik’s new album BROADBAND is nearing completion according to his myspace page

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The Kinks Lose Local Shrine

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 28March07

what do The Clash, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, The Fratellis, and The Good The Bad And The Queen, all have in common?

they all made their debut performances in an English pub! an English standard that is quickly disappearing to gentrification.

The Clissold Arms was the site of the first Kinks show in 1963, just across from Ray and Dave Davies’ childhood home. The Clissold Arms has remained the site of a Kinks “shrine” with band memorabilia – autographed ticket stubs, photos from shows – and a place for travelling fans to visit and get a feel for the neighborhood where the band drew a lot of it’s inspiration. This pub was recently purchased by a company that wants to recreate it into an upscale eatery, and while not set in stone yet, there are plans for the company to auction off the memorabilia rather than keep it on display. The fans are taking it as a slight to the band, feeling that the new owners consider The Kinks connection to the site an embarrassment.



The fan club have set up an online petition to urge the new ownership to donate the shrine items, with a few options including setting up the shrine at a neighboring pub, returning the items to the place they originated, or to the club which would in turn auction the items and donate the proceeds to the Leukaemia Research Fund.

Read more in The Independent.
Find the online petition here.

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Faust, Luke Vibert Play UK Festival

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 28March07

The 2007 Venn Festival in Bristol, UK will be held from May 31 to June 3rd. Looks like a lot of good downtempo/electronica/space rock/atmospheric type bands. i also see some vaudville acts in there as well. should be worth it for the Faust set alone! Faust play “krautrock” but really spacey type stuff. like spacmen3 meet neu! or something. i am still kicking myself for not seeing Faust when they came to SF in 1999. i think it had been 14 years since they had last played here, and it will probably be another 14 before they make it back! who knows how much longer they will be playing as a group, so definitely check this out if you are in UK.

Confirmed artists include :

Faust with Colin Potter of Nurse With Wound
KTL (SOMA of Sunn O))) + Peter Rehberg)
Spring Heel Jack with Mark Saunders plus J Spaceman (Jason Pierce of Spiritualized)
Quadrode (Portishead/Goldfrapp side project)
Soft Circle
Yellow Swans
A Hawk And A Hacksaw plus Hun Hangar Ensemble
Vladislav Delay/Luomo
Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Adrian Orange and the Child Slave Rebellion
Baby Dee
Ted Milton
Monkey Steak DJs
Jem Noble
the One Ensemble Orchestra
Octopussy DJs
Principal Participant
Jack Rose
Safety Scissors (DJ set)
Silver Pyre
Luke Vibert

there are actually more confirmed acts than this, but i got tired of writing them all down. you can find more information on the festival’s website (which at the moment is not much) :: :: or at ::Pitchfork ::
there will be the usual festival extras too, dj’s workshops, showcases, exhibits, all the goodies.

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Roll Deep Record Review And Shows

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 23March07

:: The Independent :: is already writing about Roll Deep’s new album, Rules & Regulations. the album is set for release on march 26th, but there are opportunities to listen to the entire album via streaming. The Independent called it “one of hip-hop’s most moralistic accounts of modern urban life, an articulate and thoughtful demolition of the armed outlaw myths infecting black youth culture” and propose that it may deserve to be Rap Album of the Year!

you can find The Independent review :: here ::
you can listen to the album on Roll Deep’s myspace :: here ::

Roll Deep’s myspace has tons of pictures, links to buy the album, and more info about live shows.

the release party for this album is TONIGHT at the Rhythm Factory in London. they also roll through Leeds on March 31st, perform April 20 in London with Love Music Hate Racism – an organization that RD has long been a supporter and participant of.

roll deep

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Sunn O))) and KTL Tour Updates

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 22March07

i was perusing stephen o’malleys gorgeous website when i noticed that he had more upcoming shows listed for Sunn O))). i also noticed that he will be joining Sunn O))) again for some of these shows. So here is an updated list, with more shows added, for Sunn. ALSO, dates and places to catch KLT, the collaboration between o’malley and peter rehberg.

20th April @ Donnau Festival, Krems Austria (curated by Current 93)

To buy tickets or for more details go to their website There are both English and German versions of the site, accessed by a button at the top of the webpage. They also have a MySpace page at I very much look forward to meetuing you there.

The full line-up is now:

Baby Dee
Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Current 93
Fovea Hex
Hush Arbors
Julia Kent
Larsen featuring Jóhann Jóhannsson
Little Annie
Nurse With Wound
Matmos featuring Jay Lesser
Simon Finn
Six Organs of Admittance
Sunn O)))
DJ sets by JG Thirlwell and Khan Oral


22nd April @ Roadburn Festival, Tiburg Holland w/ Bohren Und Der Club of Gore

which i just posted about last night, there is more info and flyer on that post.

SUNN O))) will be on both dates: Attila Csihar, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, with TOS Niewenhuizen joining for Roadburn. Hail!


KTL live actions
30-April-07 AUSTRIA Krems / Donau Festival
24-26-May- 2007 SCOTLAND Glasgow / ‘Kindertotenlieder’ (Gisele Vienne & Dennis Cooper) @ Tramway
27-May-07 UK Glasgow / Nice N Sleazy
28-May-07 UK Birmingham / Barfly w/ ISIS
29-May-07 UK London / Luminaire
30-May-07 UK Manchester / TBC
31-May-07 UK Bristol / Cube Cinema (Venn Festival)
1-June-07 ITALY Rome / Diissonanze Festival

sorry, i don’t have links for all the shows this time… i sure would love to see that show with ISIS 28 May… i’d love to see Sunn O))) and Bohren Und Der Club of Gore more than any other show this summer.

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Grime Explosion From UK To You

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 21March07

What happened last weekend in Bow, or in the rest of UK for that matter? News from that neighborhood is exploding on Pitchfork this week with new releases from Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Roll Deep, and Joker! i can’t even type fast enough to properly share all the details with you, but i will give it a go, because this sound is hot!

For starters, i have already posted news about Dizzee Rascal’s collaborations with the Arctic Monkeys, Joss Stone, and Lily Allen. Dizzee’s new album is set to drop the same day as Wiley’s latest, and maybe last, solo album. Wiley is the frontman for the self-produced crew of djs, producers, and mc’s known as Roll Deep, of which Dizzee used to ride with. Roll Deep announced yesterday that they will be releasing their Rules & Regulations Vol. 1 on their own label, Roll Deep Recordings. That story is here.

Today Pitchfork published their monthly feature, The Month In: Grime/Dubstep which, this month, exposes grime’s wide reaching influence from UK to NYC to SF. Here are some of the highlights :

Joker, with an album already out on the label, Earwax, and another one on the way on Terrorhythm soon, is bringing a unique video game sound to a genre that has been based largely on smooth rolling drum and synth sounds. He’s been surrounded by some of UK’s hottest and most talented beat producers and mcs, so expect this kid to rise quickly to the spotlight. Also, being so heavily influenced by the grime, dubstep and garage music that has been gaining popularity over the last 5 years, he’s steppin out with a unique interpretation of what other producers have done, sometimes to the point of scrapping the elements thought to be key to the sound. And it still works. He ends up with a new sound that is still very much grime music.

The feature also has lots of good background on the developments in the UK grime scene that has brought some artists into the spotlight, while hiding others away, sometimes by drama and changing allegiances within the music scene, some tangled with the law and lost a lot of time in the studio and served time instead.
But wait, it gets even better! I don’t fully understand why the article suddenly veers over to the US to discuss the budding grime, dubstep, ragga, and dancehall scene, but it mentions 2 crews organizing parties based on this slow, bass heavy sound, one in San Francisco and one in NYC. Reppin the SF side of things, Kid Kameleon not only perfectly sums up the diversity in the music styles, the djs and producers backgrounds, but also with the crowds attending events such as the ones organized by Surya Dub at Club 6 in downtown SF. When you get that far into the article, watch your toes because Kid Kameleon starts droppin names like a B52! Kid Kameleon and Dj Ripley have both participated in the underground soundsystem culture that has been strong in NYC and SF for the last 10 years, as well as making names for themselves around the world, touring with DrumCorps/Aaron Spectre, DJ C of the MashIt ragga jungle/breakcore record label, and Kid 606 of the ragga jungle/breakcore/techno/electronica record labels Tigerbeat6 and Shockout.

And i can’t forget to mention BBC radio, who has been open to these ghetto sounds for quite some time now, and has been very influential in streaming it to an international audience. BBC radio has stations dedicated to playing the current sounds of whats happening in UK studios and on its streets, and is playing a big role in the global interest. there are other stations like RinseFM that are more in touch with the producers, mcs, and djs that have hosted night after night after night of live performances and then immediately posting whole sets online for people everywhere to enjoy for free. But, ever since disappeared, and some drama has ensued, it has become difficult for anyone outside of the UK to have access to what is current in the scene. So, BBC is the place to watch and listen, even if it’s more due to their staying power than actual credibility.

However, this week they had some very influential and credible artists in the studio, hosting shows, playing music, talking about what’s happening right now, and these shows are not to be missed. BBC archives each show for one week only, so don’t sleep on this!!

BBC 1xtra had Skepta and his mum on the DJ Target show on sunday for UK’s Mother’s Day. We even got to hear him perform his new song, “Sweet Mother”, live on air! That show is here.

On April 21, Roll Deep will be in the studio performing live on Tim Westwood’s show. That link is here.

i think there are actually a few others that i should be posting here, but i’ll have to dig them up. i’ll add them right here, check back tomorrow to see if i found anything.

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Banksy Artwork Destroyed in Bristol

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 13March07

BBC News reported today that a “valuable 25ft-long artwork” on the side of a garage in Bristol, was accidentally painted over by graffiti-removal contractors. The giant tag was painted by the infamous artist, Banksy, in his early days. Since then, his artwork has sold to art collectors for 50-100,000 Pounds Sterling.

The mural that was, is now blank :Banksy

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Wrong Music, DJ Scotch Egg Updates

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 13March07

Wrong Music updated their website (finallY)!!! Not only does it have news of the National Noise Day in Brighton on May 31 2007, but it also has a new release from DJ Scotch Egg!

This is what it says about the new release :

SCOTCHHAUSEN RELEASED (Without wrong music logo on it, how anoying)

13 March

adaaflap and wrong music present .. DJ SCOTCH EGG – Scotch Hausen WNG014/VINYL/10″ …
…SCOTCH HAUSEN is DJ SCOTCH EGG’s follow up to 2005’s must have gabba gameboy 7″ SCOTCH CHICKEN, in which he pays tribute to avant-garde pioneers like karlheinz stockhausen, terry riley, philip glass, johann sebastian bach and er moondog…

some may recall a previous post from mogger, Robotanist, which featured the black and white video of DJ Scotch Egg conducting the Gameboy Orchestra in a performance of “SCOTCHHAUSEN” from February 07’s full album release, “Scotch Bach”. If you missed it, click here to see the video…

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Dangerous Bad Boy

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 6March07

courtney melodyBrooklyn Anthem - Team Shadetek ft. Jahdan and 77Klash

I stumbled across a pretty informative article about Jahdan, 77 Klash, Team Shadetek, and some background and geography about the mixtures of Jamaican, NYC, and UK urban music styles.

This article is from

The dancehall/hip-hop hybrid of Jahdan and 77Klash

By Jesse Serwer

In the two decades between the disco days of Tony Manero and the hipster colonization of Williamsburg, no music made itself more at home in Brooklyn than reggae/dancehall. Sure, WKTU-style freestyle fueled portions of the borough during the ’80s and early ’90s but, ever since a wave of Jamaican immigrants began settling in Flatbush during the late 1970s, the rumbling low-end of reggae “riddims” and the sound of rapid-fire patois have given Central Brooklyn its colorful vibe.

As the area became home to the thickest concentration of Jamaican people outside of the islands, local sound systems (the mobile DJ crews that form the backbone of dancehall music and culture) quickly sprouted to keep locals abreast of the latest one-drop riddims, sweet lovers rock and badman 45s from “yard.” Buoyed by the international success of locally-based producers like Jah Life and Philip Smart, NY-based “deejays” (rappers, or “toasters”; in dancehall, the record-spinning DJs are known as “selectors”) Mikey Jarrett, Louie Rankin and Red Fox landed record deals in the early 1990s. But, ever since Shaggy bussed out of Flatbush in 1993 with “Oh Carolina,” (and ultimately became dancehall’s first major pop crossover artist), records by Brooklyn-based dancehall artists have been few and far between.

Take a stroll down Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, though, and dancehall is more prevalent than ever; the kiosks on Flatbush Avenue remain devoted to the latest CDs from yard, and dancehall-centric venues like The Elite Ark in East New York and C-PAC in East Flatbush continue to be among the city’s most vibrant clubs. Central Brooklyn’s also home to about a half-dozen pirate radio stations predominantly spinning reggae. So why aren’t there more Brooklyn dancehall artists making noise?

The answer may lie in the borough’s contributions to hip-hop. Caribbean and non-Caribbean BK MCs from the Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown and Shyne to Lil’ Kim, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have all routinely colored their rhymes with patois, sampled reggae in their music and collaborated with Jamaica-based dancehall artists. Like Bobby Konders and Salaam Remi before him, local product and self-described “Remix King” DJ Obsession has made an art of reworking dancehall and soca vocal tracks for the hip-hop dancefloor.

“That amalgamation of reggae and hip-hop is Brooklyn music,” says Michael “Gize” Burrowes (aka 77Klash), a Crown Heights-based producer and deejay whose musical resume includes working with both hip-hop and reggae artists. “KRS-ONE and Slick Rick started it and then Brooklyn heisted it and made it it’s own. But that sound that people like Shyne have defines Brooklyn perfectly.”

Of course, all hip-hop can trace its roots directly back to Jamaica. When Kool Herc, the Jamaican-born DJ credited with creating hip-hop, began talking over funky breakbeats at Bronx parks and recreation centers, he was essentially just adapting sound system culture to a new milieu. Today, it’s routine for hip-hop artists from all over the country to collaborate with Jamaican dancehall artists and youth in Jamaica are more in touch with hip-hop and American culture than ever before. Dancehall, many purists now argue, sounds too much like hip-hop.

Still, Brooklyn remains home to its own unique sound clash, as evidenced by the work of 77Klash (spoken as “Two Sevens Clash,” the Rastafarian terminology for apocalypse) and Jahdan. Together, the two have teamed up with Manhattan-based production unit Team Shadetek for the aptly titled single, “Brooklyn Anthem” (Sound-ink). A Flatbush-based singjay (a vocalist combing elements of a singer and a toaster), Jahdan is a member of local reggae band Noble Society and previously collaborated with such Brooklyn hip-hop figures as Dead Prez, DJ Premier, X-Clan and the Boot Camp Clik. He was featured on Smif N Wessun’s classic 1994 track “Soundbwoy Bureil,” perhaps the ultimate example of the Brooklyn hip-hop/reggae hybrid. 77Klash, or Gize as he’s known when working behind the boards, is best known for producing the Scallawah riddim, the instrumental track which spawned Turbulence’s 2005 hit, “Notorious.” Both Jahdan and Gize had worked with East New York rapper Afu Ra and played in roots reggae bands with strangely similar names before linking up.

“Brooklyn Anthem” updates the notion of “Brooklyn music” by synthesizing not only dancehall and hip-hop but also UK grime, London’s interpretation of the Jamaica/hip-hop interface. Team Shadetek’s beats are heavily influenced by UK grime, and the 808 drum machine claps on “Brooklyn Anthem” evoke Lethal B’s “Pow,” which might be the only grime track to have touched mainstream American radio.

Whatever the producers’ aims, the vocalists are clearly trying to reach their BK brethren at home. Jahdan’s chorus co-opts aspects of Courtney Melody’s rebel anthem “Dangerous” while 77Klash reminds us, among other things, that “Brooklyn girls are the sexiest.”

“Cats need something to feel proud that they’re from Brooklyn,” Gize/Klash explains. “Brooklyn really needs a vibe, ‘cause there ain’t nothing popping [dancehall-wise] here right now.”

They’re clearly onto something. It’s unclear if he was aware of the Shadetek song but Jamaican dancehall star and frequent Brooklyn visitor, Vybz Kartel, recently recorded a “Brooklyn Anthem” of his own. While it’s not yet pressed up as a single, that track is already making waves at area clubs.

Sensing their chemistry, Jahdan and 77Klash plan to continue collaborating with one another. “I ain’t going to let this commercial American scene go without knowing that dancehall, reggae music runs the fuckin’ place,” Jahdan explains. “We have to bring the light to it now and make people know that [reggae and hip-hop] are one and the same. It is just business and the monopolies that tried to separate it. The whole thing is divide and conquer, seen?”

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