Devo Spice Update - The FuMP's 500th Song, TMBG Cover
It’s June. You know what that means! Or not. If you don’t I’m not telling you. So there.
--== The FuMP Celebrates 500 Songs ==-- --== Dr. Demento, Throwing Toasters, and Me, at WorldCon ==-- --== They Might Be Giants Cover Project ==-- --== Nerdapalooza’s Comedy Music ==-- --== eTalentShowcase ==-- --== Free Downloads This Month ==--
--== The FuMP Celebrates 500 Songs ==-- A few months ago I got curious about how many songs The FuMP had posted since we launched. After counting them up I realized that we were fast approaching our 500th song. I emailed the guys and said I wanted to do something special to celebrate the milestone. I came up with an idea for a big group jam. I wanted to do a parody of We Are The World called We Are The FuMP and feature as many FuMP artists on it as we could rustle up.
Luke Ski took the idea and ran with it, writing a brilliant parody featuring references to several dozen FuMP songs and coordinating all the artists involved. Bob Emmet of Project Sisyphus did the music and pieced the whole thing together. In the end, 39 artists make an appearance on the song and it is epic. You can listen to it and download it here: http://thefu.mp/500
And to put the icing on the cake all proceeds from the song are going to go to Marc Gunn to help his daughter Kenzie. Kenzie was born with a heart defect that will require her to have several surgeries. If you would like to donate to help Marc offset his medical costs you can do so on this page: http://marcgunn.com/about/support-kenzie
Now all we need is someone to do a South Park style animated music video for the song since there’s no way all 39 of us are ever going to be in the same place at the same time.
--== Dr. Demento, Throwing Toasters, and Me, at WorldCon ==-- Renovation, the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention is happening in mid August in Reno, NV and I am thrilled to announce that I will be there along with Throwing Toasters and Dr. Demento.
The current plan as I understand it is to have a block of comedy music at some point on Thursday, August 18th. That’s all the information I have right now. I’ll post more as I get it. For more information on the convention visit: http://www.renovationsf.org
--== They Might Be Giants Cover Project ==-- On September 11, 2001 at midnight They Might Be Giants released their album Mink Car with a party at Tower Records in Manhattan. We all know what happened later that day. For the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks there is going to be a new cover version of Mink Car released with all proceeds going to the FDNY Foundation.
Mink Car will be covered track by track by artists such as MC Frontalot, Shael Riley, Molly Lewis, brentalfloss, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, and more. I will be contributing to the album as well. I will be doing “Mr. Xcitement.”
The Mink Car Cover Project is being produced by Blue of Hello, The Future! and should be available in late August. They are accepting preorders now at http://www.minkcarcover.com.
--== Nerdapalooza’s Comedy Music ==-- Nerdapalooza is fast approaching- a 2 day festival of nerdcore hip hop and general geeky music. Awesome doesn’t begin to describe this event. This year, representing The FuMP and funny music in general will be me, along with Luke Ski, and Insane Ian.
Many of the usuals will be there as well including Shaffer The Darklord and Captain Dan And The Scurvy Crew.
--== eTalentShowcase ==-- A new web site for creative professionals launched recently called eTalentShowcase. I set up a simple profile with them and I’m thrilled to announce that I am currently their featured Talent Of The Week, with a link right on their home page.
--== Free Downloads This Month ==-- And I just wanted to mention that the free downloads of the month over at http://www.devospice.com are:
Brain Food - This is a zombie-gangsta-rap song written for Mur Lafferty’s audio drama The Takeover available at http://zombinc.net. The Takeover is about a web design firm that gets bought out by a staffing company that employs zombies.
Nerds Rule - This is a collaboration with nerdcore superstar YT Cracker which came about when he had trouble recording vocals for another song. He wrote a verse and recorded it for me and then I wrote the rest of the song around his verse.
That’s all folks! As always you can find me on the web in various places:
PR: Kottonmouth Kings Announce Welcome to Stonetown Tour
Kottonmouth Kings have announced they will embark on the Welcome To Stonetown Tour throughout July and August. The tour is set to bring a special evening with the Kottonmouth Kings to each town as the group performs all the classic tracks fans have grown to love, as well as new tracks from their upcoming album. Each tour date will also feature special solo performances by Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B and D-Loc. Kottonmouth Kings' new studio album, “Sunrise Sessions”, lands in stores on July 19th, 2011 on Suburban Noize Records.
Kottonmouth Kings are currently offering a free Mp3 download of the track “Summertime” to fans that pre-order tickets through http://www.kottonmouthkings.tickets.musictoday.com/. The group are also offering fans special meet and greet VIP packages, along with an exclusive 6-song bonus CD, for each date of the tour.
"We look forward to elevating our live set and production on this tour with a collection of old classics and new material for fans. The tour's theme will be centered around our new animated website 'Welcome To Stonetown', so there will be a lot of cool visuals for fans on this tour," commented Daddy X."Our live show will be more interactive and involved than anything we have attempted in the past and it will be a high definition experience of sight and sound. This tour will be a game changer and set new standards for those that follow. Each date of the 'Welcome To Stonetown’ tour is going to be a non-stop party until security throws us out."
The Kottonmouth Kings have managed to tap into a powerful musical force field on "Sunrise Sessions" that pools together elements of hip-hop, reggae, and dubstep, along with breezy acoustics. Sonically the album is driven by a ying-yang of styles that meld together in perfect symmetry. On one side of the album, listeners are greeted by stoney melodies, catchy hooks and breezy acoustics that exemplify the feel good nature of their California lifestyle, while the other side serves up some blistering hip-hop bangers that could be used as the soundtrack for fans to ignite any party.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Jul 15 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock Jul 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Jul 18 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Jul 19 - Austin, TX @ Emos Jul 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees Jul 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Jul 23 - St Louis, MO @ Pops Jul 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Jul 25 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Jul 27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater Jul 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live Jul 29 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live Jul 30 - West Chester, PA @ The Note Aug 01 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom Aug 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Aug 03 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Aug 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys Aug 07 - Chicago, IL @ HOB Aug 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Aug 09 - Fargo, ND @ The Hub Outdoors Aug 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault Aug 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Aug 15 - Denver, CO @ Summit Aug 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ Hempfest Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Aug 22 - Bend, OR @ Domino Room Aug 23 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Aug 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's Aug 25 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Aug 26 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater Aug 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
The Niceguys released their debut album, The Show, in September of 2010. The album has earned the group accolades aplenty already, and despite being close to finished with their upcoming EP, The James Kelley EP, which will be released this summer, the Houston-based foursome is continuing to feed fans' appetites with new videos from The Show, this latest one being for "Die Later." Along with lead single "Mr. Perfect," "Die Later" is one of the hardest hitting tracks from the LP, replete with grinding, distorted guitars, heavy bass, and beating drums, all of which plays perfect accompaniment to Yves Saint's ever-so-smooth flow and witty vocal quips, as he raps, "The only thing promised on this tilted axis/ Is victory for my Niceguys, death, and taxes."
British hip-hop's new golden boy, DELS, is celebrating the recent release of his album, GOB, by releasing his new song, "Capsize," to radio, and is accompanying that release with a brand new mini-documentary, filmed at Fortress Studios and shot and edited by Yemi Bamiro, that highlights the making of the song.
For the song, DELS teamed up again with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, and brought on renowned London MC Roots Manuva, who DELS has wanted to work with for a while. "Growing up as a teenager back home in Ipswich, I was always a fan of his music," explains DELS in the mini-documentary. "For him to be featured on my record is a massive, massive deal for me. It just made me feel that much more confident about my album." For Roots Manuva, the feelings were mutual. "After seeing him perform I was like, 'This guy's on another tip... this guy's got more of the package'," says Roots. "So I said to him, 'Let's link and do something together. Not necessarily something for a record company, let's just get on a beat together or something!"
With an epic brass introduction to match the equally epic trio, "Capsize" is a heavy track with thick verses and a fuzzy big-band production. Dealing with the eternal struggle between the youth and everybody else, the track is conscious but still has the potential to, as Joseph Patterson of MTV's The Wrap-Up described it, "have you looking like the Churchill dog" while listening to it. Along with DELS' twangy British flow and Roots Manuva's instantly recognizable tone, Joe Goddard's deadpan delivery of the cautionary hook, "Times they are so treacherous, we need to stick together/ Now the nights are closing in, we need to stick together," gives the song an unsteady feel.
Omniscient returns with another stunning music videos, but this one is only a tease for his next single "Money Comes (Money Goes)"Ft. M-1 of Dead Prez. Once again Adam Rush does a brilliant job in providing the visual art to this Miami Beat Wave production. The Social Work LP is out now on iTunes. http://bit.ly/bHehMf.
Snoop Dogg's Label to Present "West Coast Block Starz II"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- German-American digital label Block Starz Music LLC, www.blockstarzmusic.com, has announced it will partner with West Coast music legend and Pop icon Snoop Dogg's new Dogg Town Music Group to present the second installment of its critically-acclaimed "West Coast Block Starz II" compilation this fall.
Block Starz Music first connected with Snoop Dogg's newly-formed label after Dogg Town's CEO and head of A&R, Shatto Brown, signed Lebanese-American vocal artist Lynda Sayyah, who is also featured on the "She Got Next 2011" EP available from Block Starz Music on June 21.
"We were talking to Shatto about [Dogg Town artist] Poppa Heat, when the idea came up to collaborate on a 'West Coast Block Starz II'," says Block Starz Music Co-Founder and President Bayer Mack. "Everything we do at Block Starz Music is designed to raise awareness about exciting new independent artists and music. Snoop Dogg is a West Coast icon with global recognition. It sounded like a match made in Hollywood."
Mixed by world-renown DJ Clinton Sparks and released in late 2008, "West Coast Block Starz", which is now available for free download to all @BlockStarz Twitter followers, was Block Starz Music's debut compilation and gave various featured "New West" artists like Fashawn, J. Doe, Roscoe Umali, JAG (who later signed to NBA star Carmello Anthony's Larsiny Family), and Mykestro, national exposure.
"With 'West Coast Block Starz', we wanted to vividly illustrate the burgeoning 'New West' movement and its diverse selection of exciting new music talent not yet on the national radar," says Block Starz Music Co-Founder and CEO Kai Denninger of the project's debut. "With this Dogg Town Music collaboration on 'West Coast Block Starz II', we want to introduce listeners to the area's next crop of hot artists."
For info on submitting music for "West Coast Block Starz II", or free download of "West Coast Block Starz I", visit www.blockstarzmusic.com .