EP: Astrobal - Poetry & Science-Fiction (New Plug Research Signee)
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New Plug Research Signee, French producer/musician Astrobal, is releasing his EP Poetry & Science-Fiction today. "He reminds us of the feeling we had when we signed Dntel," says label owner, Allen Avanessian. Borrowing influences from Francois Truffaut and Phillip Dick, Astrobal's new project is a "mix between fiction and true reality, between space and everyday life, relationship and imagination."
Growing up in France, Astrobal (aka Emanuel Mario) was surrounded by sounds ranging from Neil Young to Kraftwerk. As a young, budding musician, Emanuel's music landed in the hands of Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab. Laetitia fell in love with Emanuel's whispered vocals and hazy synthesizers and soon the two began working together on compositions. Emanuel, now equipped with a new level of confidence, decided to focus on his own writing and Poetry & Science-Fiction was born.
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After being given an advanced copy of Queens artist Ox's mixtape Danger Zone weeks ago, legendary producer Dr. Dre admits he had no desire to listen to the "Demo". By chance he didn't toss the cd & instead mixed it in with other cd's. Days later while looking for another cd he came across Danger Zone & thought "what the hell" & popped it in.
Half way thru the cd Dre immediately noticed "besides being a dope rapper, this kid actually knows how to make songs without following any of the cookie cutter trends". After listening to the whole mixtape & keeping on repeat tracks 4 (Ran Thru It) & 14 (Held Hostage) Dre declared "I'm watching this kid, whats his name?"
His name is Ox & the mixtape DANGER ZONE is available for download at the link below. It features production from the hottest up & coming & established producers including Shatek (DMX), Rick Steel (Ja-Rule, Ashanti), GQ Beats (Mobb Deep, Lil Kim, Maino) & features Vado, Jim Jones, Prodigy, Capelton & more. Shout out to Dr. Dre for taking the time to listen to & recognizing good music when he hears it & if you took the time to read this email this far shout out to you too.
"A martyr is one with a lifetime mission to bear witness even in the face of death. Growing up between Florida and Georgia, Grace's moniker is a testament to his past and what he believes his infinite purpose is on earth. I've always known I have something I'm supposed to give," Grace says. For his first video, Grace presents the visuals to "Times Of A Martyr", the first single from his forthcoming album The Southern Odyssey, dropping 2012. The autobiographical single tells Grace’s background with creative wordplay intertwined with a hip hop track laced with jazz, blues and soul.
Coming off the success of Has-Lo's debut record In Case I Don't Make It, the emcee/producer is preparing to drop Conversation B. The new Has-Lo project will be available on limited edition double vinyl, deluxe digipak cds, and digitally November 15th.
The Album: Conversation B is a complete re-envisioning of ICIDMI. Exile, J-Zone, Oddisee, Kev Brown, Eric Lau, Apollo Brown and more lend their extensive production powers to the project. It is eclectic, melodic, chaotic, bleak and brutal all at once. The journey of a man at the tipping point continues.
Track Listing: 01. Reincarnate (prod. Audible Doctor) 02. Face in Disguise (prod. Exile) 03. Never Was Yours (prod. Kev Brown) 04. Inherit The Stars (prod. Paten Locke) 05. Light Years (prod. J-Zone) 06. Hindsight (prod. Apollo Brown) 07. One For Nana (prod. ST/MiC) 08. Deaden The Pain (prod. Small Professor) 09. The Cost (prod. y?Arcka) 10. Maxell UR (prod. Has-Lo) 11. Forty days (prod. Mike Fiveduece) 12. Retro Chic (prod. IMakeMadBeats) 13. Lies That Sound True (prod. Eric Lau) 14. Last Day Of School (prod. Oddisee)
Madchild's Performance in Abbotsford Cancelled By Police
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Madchild From Swollen Members' Performance In Abbotsford Cancelled By Police Citing Fear Of Possible Gang Violence
Madchild from Swollen Members' performance in Abbotsford, BC at Characters was cancelled by Police due to fears of possible gang violence at the show. Abbotsford Police forced the cancellation, expressing their concerns of a possible outbreak of violence at the show following recent targeted shootings in Surrey and Kelowna.
Madchild took to his Twitter account @MadChild57 to ease fans that were upset by the cancellation, "Police were very concerned about the climate of gang retaliation right now, and said my show could be a hot spot," he wrote in message." There have been an overwhelming amount of shootings and gang related deaths in Vancouver and surrounding areas. The last thing I'd ever want is to have a fan come to my show and be hit by a stray bullet."
Madchild will unleash his debut solo album "Dope Sick" in early 2012 on Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. The album was inspired by Madchild's dark descent into severe Oxycontin addiction and his long road to recovery. Now clean, Madchild has found solace in music and is using the experience to create the most compelling album of his career.
MADCHILD TOUR DATES: OCT 07 – VERNON, BC @ MONASHEE'S BAR & GRILL OCT 08 – PEMBERTON, BC @ THE PEMBERTON HOTEL OCT 15 – VANCOUVER, BC @ GOSSIP NIGHTCLUB OCT 17 – NELSON, BC @ SPIRIT BAR OCT 19 – CALGARY, AB @ DICKENS PUB OCT 20 – RED DEER, AB @ THE CLUB OCT 21 – LETHBRIDGE, AB @ THE STONE OCT 22 – SASKATOON, SK @ ODEON EVENTS CENTRE OCT 23 – WINNIPEG, MB @ ROCKBAR NIGHTCLUB OCT 26 – HAMILTON, ON @ CLUB 77 OCT 27 – BARRIE, ON @ THE ROX NIGHTCLUB OCT 28 - WINDSOR, ONT @ SILVER LOUNGE w/ SWOLLEN MEMBERS OCT 29 – ST.JOHN'S , NFLD @ BREEZEWAY ( Mun University) OCT 30 – TORONTO, ON @ ROCKPILE NIGHTCLUB w/ MADCHILD OCT 31 – TORONTO, ON @ ROCKPILE NIGHTCLUB w/ SWOLLEN MEMBERS NOV 03 – QUEBEC CITY, QC @ OZONE LAURIER
Devo Spice Update: Con on the Cob & New FuMP Promo
I'm busy as heck prepping for Con on the Cob but I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you about... Con on the Cob! Surprise?
Con on the Cob is a fun little gaming convention with a great comedy-music track run by your pal and mine, Shoebox of Worm Quartet. [Shoebox edit: I'm nobody's pal, dammit!] It takes place from October 13-16 in Hudson, OH. Performing this year are a veritable CORN-ucopia of comedy musicians, including me! My show will be Saturday night at 6:00. Don't freakin' miss it! I've got some very cool stuff planned for my set. More information at http://www.cononthecob.com.
Also, for you podcasters out there, you can now help the good folks at The FuMP spread the word about said FuMP's existence! There is a new FuMP promo you can download and play on your podcast which is, by popular demand, shorter! This one is exactly 60 seconds long and features excerpts of songs from the recently released FuMP 28 compilation CD. And it doesn't mention cheap hookers. We're going to be updating these promos every two months when the new compilations come out, so keep an eye on the site for updates. For now, here's the current FuMP promo: http://www.thefump.com/podcast/fump_promo_2011-09.mp3