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Video: Behind the Scenes w/ Michael Franti on His New Album


From Patrick Durkin:

Video: Behind the Scenes w/ Michael Franti on His New Album

 

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD SET TO RELEASE THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE ON AUGUST 24TH

Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, on August 24th through Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. For a sneak peek at the THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE album cover, head to www.michaelfranti.com .

THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE was conceived after Franti was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix in August 2009. “Music is sunshine. It gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. You can’t hold it in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights,” says Franti.

Franti and Spearhead have no doubt succeeded in creating perhaps what is their most cohesive, romantic and life-affirming album to date. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE opens with the album’s title track – a breezy sing-a-long that seeks to “bottle that experience of waking up in the morning, pulling the blinds and seeing that there’s a sunny day in front of us,” explains Franti. It is this optimistic energy that flows throughout the record’s eleven songs from the happy groove of “Shake It” to the joyously anthemic “I’ll Be Waiting.”

The band began recording in Jamaica with legendary producers Sly and Robbie (Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, No Doubt) as well as in Franti’s home in Bali and hometown of San Francisco. With the record still not complete, Franti decided to bring a mobile studio on the road with him while he toured with John Mayer this past winter. The album was finished in dressing rooms and hotel rooms along the way with Franti playing songs he had recorded earlier in the day to the audience that evening. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE continues to showcase Franti’s desire to communicate directly with his fans.

Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music.  Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.

Franti & Spearhead will be touring throughout the summer. For tour dates, ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to www.michaelfranti.com .

Tour Dates

July

Thu 15                   Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
Fri 16                     Berkeley, CA Greek Theater
Sun 18                   Alta, WY Targhee Fest
Thu 22                   Edmonton, AB Windspear
Fri 23                     Calgary, ALB Calgary Folk Festival
Sat 24                    Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theater
Sun 25                 Corning, CA Mystic Garden Party
Tue 27                   Salt Lake City, UT Deer Valley
Thu 29                   Aspen, CO Belly Up
Fri 30                     Aspen, CO Belly Up
Sat 31                    Morrison, CO Red  Rocks Ampitheater

August

Sun 1                     Durango, CO Animis Cliffs
Wed 4                    Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert Hs
Thu 5                     Bend, OR Les Schwab Ampitheater
Fri 6                       Eugene,OR  Cuthbert Amphitheatre
Sat 7                      Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheatre
Tue 10                   Eagle, ID  Eagle River Pavilion
Wed 11                  Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater
Thu 12                   Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater
Fri 13                     Sandpoint, ID Festival At Sandpoint
Sat 14                    Billings, MT  Magic City Blues Festival
Sat 21                    Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay/The Beach  SOS Festival
Thu 26                   Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Fri 27                     Live Oak, FL Blackwater Sol Revue/Spirit of the Suwanee
Sat 28                    Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Sun 29                   Richmond, VA The National
Tue 31                   Charlotte, NC The Neighborhood

September

Thu 2                     Tampa, FL to Grand Cayman ZAC BROWN CRUISE - Sep 2–Sep 6                            
Sun 19                  Laytonville, CA Earthdance: United Beats of Peace Festival

Cam'ron & Vado Set Date for Gunz N' Butta Album


From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

Cam'ron & Vado Set Date for Gunz N' Butta Album - August 31st, 2010

The album is first official release from the duo.

(New York, NY)- E1 Music is proud to announce the upcoming release Gunz N’ Butta, the highly anticipated new duet album from hip hop legend Cam’ron and his new protégé  Vado.  The album will be released on August 31st and includes 16 tracks featuring and written by both Cam’ron and Vado.  The first single, “Speaking in Tungs” is already a top 10 song New York’s Hot 97

Rhyming for over a decade, Vado grew up listening to such local legends as Ma$e, Big L, Doug E. Fresh, Rob Base and Cam’ron, as well as outer borough artists like Jay-Z, Nas and DMX. After spending several years building his buzz in and around the Big Apple, Vado celebrated his 24th birthday by auditioning in front of Cam’ron, one of his hip-hop idols.

“The vibe between me and Cam was crazy,” remembers Vado. “I’m from his ‘hood on 142nd and Lenox, so once we started kickin’ it like Goodfellas and he started recording with me, it was history in the making.”

Cam’ron and Vado look to continue flooding the streets with new music. After the release of their first official album as a duo, Gunz N’ Butta, on August 31st, 2010, Vado will release his first solo mixtape, Slime Flu, in the fall.  Vado says of Gunz N’ Butta, “It’s our first album and I promise it’s so much of a classic. It’s like all the Boss of all Bosses tapes put together.  We hit y’all from all angles—we hit y’all from the streets, for the ladies, for the club… It’s five stars, man.”

For More Information: WWW.E1MUSIC.US .

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content enterprise that acquires and exploits world-class film, television and music properties around the globe. Its four primary business units (E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution) operate in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium, providing extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production and distribution, kids programming, and merchandising and licensing. E1's growing content library, which currently includes more than 4,000 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 45,000 music tracks, are distributed across all media formats in more than 190 countries.

MP3: Huey f/ Lil Wayne - "Another Planet"


From Chris at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

MP3: Huey f/ Lil Wayne - "Another Planet"

* http://www.sendspace.com/file/77zxcw *
 
“Redemption” 9.14.10

* http://www.twitter.com/huey314 *

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" f/ Kenn Starr & John Robinson


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" Feat. Kenn Starr & John Robinson

Apollo Brown Creates Thought Provoking Life Music with Latest Single

The Song:

Off his latest musical brainchild, The Reset, Apollo Brown delivers yet another triumph in sonic production. "Balance," narrated by emcees Kenn Starr and John Robinson, is an otherworldly musical composition. The beat cooks low and slow with an orchestral bass line and swirls with synthesized harmonics that elevate the track to a unique frequency. "I really wanted this song to take the listener somewhere when they hear it," notes Brown. "Some people call it a dreamscape sound. It's just thought provoking life music to me." The sixteen bar verses dropped by Starr and Robinson are well chiseled models of deft lyricism; however, the prime cut from this beast is Brown's beat construction that effortlessly throws listeners off balance in this ironically titled track. "Balance" is up for grabs on Apollo Brown's album, The Reset.

Check out "Balance" feat. Kenn Starr and John Robinson here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Apollo_Brown-Balance_Feat_Kenn_Starr_And_John_Robinson.mp3 .

The Background:

Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .

Streams:

"Balance" feat. Kenn Starr and John Robinson: http://media.audibletreats.com/Apollo_Brown-Balance_Feat_Kenn_Starr_And_John_Robinson.mp3 .

"Odds Ain't Fair" feat. Hassaan Mackey: http://media.audibletreats.com/Apollo_Brown-Odds_Aint_Fair_Feat_Hassaan_Mackey.mp3 .

"Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won: http://media.audibletreats.com/Apollo_Brown-Real_Detroit_Feat_The_Left.mp3 .

Twitter: http://twitter.com/apollobrown .

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thevintagemovement .

Label Site: http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .

NEOSONIC News - SS: "Instros" (The Find Rewind)


From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC News - SS: "Instros" (The Find Rewind)

Sorry for the delay on this yall, was out of town rocking a show down in North Carolina at the historical Milestone this past weekend- respect to the homie Kevin who asked me to shout him out on my blog :) As promised here's the lastest episode of Subsoniq "Instrumentals", which features a replay (in its entirety) of The Find Rewind mixtape recently released by The Find Magazine, who were extra cool with me putting it up for streaming so that those who didn't get one of the 100 cassette copies could still enjoy it too!  The full playlist is available on my Mixcloud page: www.mixcloud.com/Neosonix


Make sure you to add The Find to your RSS feed Reader and as well as Subsoniq, which we just relaunched with an all-new, updated look!  Lastly, for my UK heads, SS "Instros" will be airing monthly over at The Basement Sessions- props to the homie James aka V.i.c.e. for making that happen.  My goal is to get this instrumental hip-hop movement to be as global as can be, so let's all keep spreading the word... and music!

K

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Posted By K-Murdock to NEOSONIC News
Warren G to Release "Regulate.. G Funk Era: Part. 2" This Year


From 2SPR:

Warren G to Release "Regulate.. G Funk Era: Part. 2" Later This Year

LOS ANGELES, July. 15 /2SPR/ - Multi-platinum recording artist Warren G, has announced that he will be releasing “Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, an E.P. to be made available at digital retailers later this year.

“Regulate... G Funk Era”, was the debut album from Warren G, in 1994 on Def Jam. The album went triple platinum stateside, selling over 4.5 million units worldwide, and debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard 200 after selling 176,000 in its release week. The lead single "Regulate" w/ Nate Dogg, was certified platinum, reached Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a Grammy Award Nomination in 1995, for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The album also birthed the hit singles “Do You See”, and “This D.J.”, which reached Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, being certified gold.

It is noted that in the early 1990’s, Def Jam created "Rush Associated Labels," a larger moniker under which Def Jam and its various auxiliary labels would operate as subsidiaries under the PolyGram umbrella. By 1992, despite recent multi-platinum selling releases from LL Cool J., Public Enemy, and EPMD, Def Jam ran into severe financial troubles and was faced with folding. Salvation came in 1994, however, when PolyGram purchased Sony's 50% stake in Def Jam Recordings — subsequently bringing the label into their fold. Following PolyGram’s acquisition of the company, Def Jam released Warren G's "Regulate... G Funk Era", which went triple platinum and effectively revived the label.

With seven LP’s (his reunion disc with Snoop and Nate Dogg 213′ "The Hard Way" was released in 2004 and quickly went Gold) already under his belt, Warren G is expected to release the new set sometime this year.

“Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, coming soon.

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WARREN G
“Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2” - Coming Soon!
* http://twitter.com/warrengeezy *
* http://www.myspace.com/warreng *
* http://warrengeezy.com/ *

Video: Mazzi & SOUL Purpose f. Maya Azucena, "Love Is Love"


From Dunn Deal PR:

Video: Mazzi & SOUL Purpose f. Maya Azucena, "Love Is Love"

MP3: Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj - "Bottoms Up"


From Mic Fiend Promotions:

MP3: Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj - "Bottoms Up"

Mr. Take Your Girl and Ms. Minaj team up for the first single off of Songz new album coming in September. This will be played in the club very soon.

Download:
Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj - Bottoms Up
* http://www.mediafire.com/?twtmwnkkmjwkzwy *
 
Support Good Music!!!!!!!

Kottonmouth Kings Announce Party Monsters Tour


From Kerosene Media:

Kottonmouth Kings Announce Party Monsters Tour With Big B, Blaze & Authority Zero
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The Kottonmouth Kings have announced the tour dates for their upcoming ‘Party Monsters’ tour with Big B. The tour will kick off on Aug 24th in Tucson, AZ and also feature Blaze and Authority Zero on select dates.
 
"Kottonmouth Kings are launching the ‘Party Monsters’ tour, which will be our first headlining run with our newest member the Dirtball. We are putting together a new stage set and visual light show to get the party cranking," commented Kottonmouth Kings' Daddy X. "Our setlist will consist of the career spanning hits and a lot of new material off of our new album. This tour will put the krown on the end of summer."
 
Kottonmouth Kings are currently touring in support of their new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which debuted at #26 on the Billboard Top 200.
 
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES:

Aug 07 - San Bernardino, CA - N.O.S. Events Center
Aug 13 - Cave In Rock, IL - Hog Rock - Gathering Of Juggalos
Aug 24 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug 25 - Albuquerque NM - Sunshine Theatre
Aug 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Aug 28 - Dallas, TX - Lakewood Theater
Aug 29 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Aug 31 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Sep 01 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion Ballroom
Sep 03 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Sep 04 - Thornville, OH - Legend Valley
Sep 05 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Sep 07 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
Sep 08 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
Sep 09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sep 10 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Sep 11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Sep 12 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Sep 15 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sep 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo
Sep 17 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargos
Sep 18 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Sep 19 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Sep 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
Sep 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
Sep 23 - Fargo, ND - The Venue at Playmaker's
Sep 24 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's North Oudoors
Sep 25 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
 
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* www.kottonmouthkings.com *
* www.suburbannoizerecords.com *

Black Milk & Decon to Release "Album of the Year" on 9/14


From Decon Media:

Black Milk & Decon to Release "Album of the Year" on 9/14

Black Milk, Detroit’s latest heir to a long musical legacy, has partnered with New York creative agency/record label Decon and indie hip-hop purveyors Fat Beats to release Album Of The Year. Expounding on his sample-based approach, the title serves as a double entendre; Album of The Year is his greatest professional achievement and is the immediate product of his experiences during the last 12 months. Taking into consideration the loss of several loved ones, it is easy to assume his music would reflect a certain emotional state. Though he addresses these personal difficulties, Milk interprets them as an opportunity to reflect on life’s virtues; Album Of The Year is celebratory and vibrant.

Download “Welcome (Gotta Go)" here: http://www.mediafire.com/?flzzlwamadz

ALBUM OF THE YEAR TRACKLISTING

1.     365
2.     Welcome (Gotta Go)
3.     Keep Going
4.     Oh Girl feat. AB
5.     Deadly Medley feat. Royce Da 5’ 9” and Elzhi
6.     Distortion feat. Melanie Rutherford
7.     Over Again feat. Monica Blaire
8.     Black and Brown feat. Danny Brown
9.     Round of Applause
10.  Warning (Keep Bouncing)
11.  Gospel Psychedelic Rock
12.  Closed Chapter feat. Mr. Porter

Album Of The Year, In Stores 9/14
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