MP3: John Robinson & Lewis Parker "Enter the Cosmos"
Here's the "Enter the Cosmos" track off of my latest release John Robinson & Lewis Parker "International Summers" Available on LP/CD/Digital on Project Mooncircle. Full Album Available on itunes! Support Real music with Substance :-)
VP Records Celebrates Wax Poetics Magazine's Reggae Issue Release in New York City and Washington, D.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - VP Records teams up with Wax Poetics Magazine to celebrate the launch of their reggae-oriented edition, Reggae Issue 43, available nationwide on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The New York City celebration takes place at the Happy Ending Lounge on Thursday, September 23, and the Washington, D.C. soiree happens at Patty Boom Boom on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
VP Records joins forces with Wax Poetics Magazine for their annual reggae release because it perfectly fits the label's 17 North Parade imprint, which was created to release oldies and specializes in foundation reggae music - the theme of this special reggae issue.
The NYC event will partner up with Deadly Dragon Sound's weekly Downtown Top Ranking party, and will be joined by VP Records' own Clive Chin and DJ Twice as the special guest DJs of Black Moses Sound, for this strictly foundation reggae event. This also kicks off Black Moses Sound's Asian tour, where they will spend three weeks in China and one week in Japan, spreading reggae music to the Far East.
Happy Ending is located at 302 Broome Street in New York, NY and doors open at 10pm. Patty Boom Boom is located at 1359 U Street NW, Washington, D.C., and doors open at 9pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
About 17 North Parade
Created in 2007, 17 North Parade is a VP Records imprint that specializes in oldies, reissues and compilations of foundation reggae music. The 17 North Parade label pays homage to the historic location of Randy's Record Mart in Kingston, Jamaica. Entrepreneurs Vincent & Pat Chin operated a retail store and recording studio at that address from 1958 until 1979 when they relocated to New York and founded VP Records.
About Wax Poetics Magazine
Since December 2001, Wax Poetics has filled the once noticeable gap in music journalism, an editorial void between contemporary artists and classic greats. Through meaty, insightful commentary, Wax Poetics educates the masses about the origins of their musical interests.
Perfeck Strangers is hip-hop's newest dynamic duo! Their debut single "Work To Do" has officially been released to radio. Request it today! In Toronto, hit up FLOW 93.5fm by texting 935935 or calling 416-935-1935.
Produced by AmiR, mixed by Knoxx and featuring today's biggest superstar Drake, "Work To Do" represents the group's mission statement to fight for success in the rap game.
MP3: Von Pea f/ Che Grand, Elucid - "Thanks For Your Children"
Von Pea And Friends Do It For The Kids With Latest Single From Pea's Gotta Have It
As anticipation grows for the October 12th release of Von Pea's new album, Pea's Gotta Have It, he's enlisted the help of a few friends for the album's newest single "Thanks For Your Children." The new track features guest spots from fellow Lessondary members Che Grand and Elucid and was produced by Philly's own Brizzio, protégé to the legendary producer Buckwild. According to Von, he actually had to hi-jack this track away from Che, as Che's relationship with Brizzio goes way back – he, not Von, usually gets first dibs on Brizio's tracks. All is well that ends well, though, as Von and Che, along with Elucid, all wound up on the track together, absolutely killing it.
With a soulful and catchy hook the track shows off Von's lyrical abilities as he delves into a decidedly different area of subject matter. The emcee strikes a more serious tone than the majority of the lighthearted rhymes about cutting class and other amusing adolescent anecdotes. Instead, the song takes aim at the poor examples being set in his community, sighting drug-addicted mothers and out of control rappers, boldly appointing himself and his crew as a new brand of role models stating, "Along came us, any change is a plus."
Von Pea's solo debut, Pea's Gotta Have It will be available October 12th via Interdependent Media
Long Beach, CA - Raised in the city of Long Beach, CA, a city made famous by Snoop Dogg for it's gang violence and constant street warfare, Samoan rapper and nephew to Boo Yaa Tribe, who first gave America's South Pacific residents the pride to express themselves musically, comes Monsta.
Featured on the upcoming October 5th release, "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" compilation CD (Dawn Raid/SMC/Fontana) Monsta is no stranger to the world of rap music. He was an intregal part of Platinum-selling Yukmouth's Rap-A-Lot recording days.
A former Hollywood bodyguard to the stars, the perils of L.A.'s gang life left their mark on Monsta when he was shot twice while attending an industry event. This near-death experience forced him to re-evaluate his direction and upon turning his life around, Monsta was given his first musical break after rapping for Snoop Dogg's then-producer, L.T. Hutton.
Now a part of the Dawn Raid family, Monsta has several tracks on the upcoming "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" , including "Long Beach Raised Me" and is preparing his own solo debut album, expected in February 2011. The as-yet-untitled album will be released via Dawn Raid's deal through SMC/Fontana and is expected to feature artists like The Jacka, Husalah (Mob Figaz), Hell Rell (Dipset) and Ganxsta Ridd. Production duties will be handled by the likes of FINGAZZ and Twice As Nice.
Monsta now divides his time between L.A. and Australia.
Travis Barker Collaborates with The Cool Kids, Premieres “Jump Down”
Invites Fans to Download and Get Free Pair of 3D Glasses To View Video
Video Launch Party In LA Announced
"...Pretty dope... ” – Urb.com
“With 808’s hitting, basslines jumping, Barker’s ill drum pattern sequences, and The Cool Kids more than cool bars, “Jump Down” is definitely a head banger (no pun intended).” –Global Grind
This is not your average MP3 giveaway. Always keeping things interesting, Travis Barker teamed up with Chicago’s The Cool Kids to release the (obviously) beat heavy, grumbly, p-funk bass, synth-happy “Jump Down”, premiering yesterday.
The release includes a special embeddable widget that allows fans to enter their email address, download the track, and get a pair of 3D glasses mailed to their house, if they share the widget with friends. The 3D glasses will come in handy for the video premiere of the “Jump Down”, slated for October 11th. Glasses will also be included with every order from the equally as fresh, http://www.karmaloop.com/ . Done strictly for the fans, the entire "Jump Down" project is completely free.
Itching to see the video before it hits the web? Catch it at the “Jump Down” video launch party, Thursday, Oct. 7th at the Music Box in LA. Hosted by Sneaker Pimps, the party features live performances by Travis Barker and The Cool Kids, themselves.
Michael Franti & Spearhead "The Sound of Sunshine" Out Now
Set To Kick Off Release Week With National Tour and Performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight
Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, this Tuesday, September 21st 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. The album’s first single and title track, “The Sound of Sunshine” was #1 at AAA for 8 weeks and is currently in the Top 30 at Hot AC. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqgHosrqJ8o .
Franti & Spearhead will also be appearing on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight on the day of the album’s release performing “The Sound of Sunshine”. Check your local listings and be sure to tune in.
In support of the album, Franti kicked off a national tour this past Saturday in Portland, OR and will make stops in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. As a part of Franti’s partnership with international shoe charity, Soles4Souls, eight cities on the tour will be a part of a “Barefoot Concert Series” (dates noted below). The series is part of a Franti/Soles4Souls effort to sponsor 100,000 pairs of shoes to raise awareness of the need for footwear both nationally and internationally.
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.
The band began recording the album 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.
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.
For ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to michaelfranti.com.
Fall Tour Dates:
September 22** Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia September 23 San Diego, CA House of Blues September 24 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre September 25 Tempe, AZ The Marquee September 26 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater September 28 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center September 29 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre September 30 Dallas, TX House of Blues October 1 Little Rock, AR The Village October 2 Houston, TX House of Blues October 5 St. Louis, MO The Pageant October 6 Lincoln, NE Rococo October 7** Minneapolis, MN State Theatre October 8** Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre October 9 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts October 11 Columbia, MO The Blue Note October 13** Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium October 14 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre October 15 New Orleans, LA House of Blues October 16 Pensacola Beach, FL De Luna Festival October 18 Lexington, KY Buster’s October 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall October 20 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub October 22 Covington, KY (Cincinnati) Madison Theatre October 23 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead October 24 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom October 25 Albany, NY Northern Lights October 28** New York, NY Terminal 5 October 29 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre October 30** Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory November 1 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre November 2 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre November 3 Ithaca, NY State Theatre November 5 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel November 6 Portland, ME State Theatre November 7 Concord, NH Capitol Center November 9 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place November 10 Montreal, QC Metropolis November 12 Toronto, ON Kool Haus November 13** Cleveland, OH House of Blues November 14** Pontiac, MI (Detroit) Crofoot Ballroom