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From Dan-e-o:

As you are all very likely aware, this past week Haiti experienced a disastrous earthquake leaving behind tons of damage and much worse, tens of thousands of dead and injured.

This tragedy has sparked immediate action in the form of humanitarian aid from all over the world. We would like to encourage everyone to do their part in helping out the impoverished and ravaged citizens of Haiti who desperately need your help.

Here's the easiest way to help. Americans who text YELE to 501501 will be donating $5 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Canadians with Rogers and/or Bell services may text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to The Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief fund. 100% of donations will go to the relief operation.

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RJD2 Premieres The Colossus on Myspace

From Tonia Samman:

RJD2 Premieres The Colossus on Myspace

Musical genius and production guru RJD2 is offering fans their first chance to listen to his new album, The Colossus, in full starting today on MySpace Music. The long-awaited album is his fourth full length and first to be released via his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.

Listen to The Colossus at .

The album hits stores on January 19th, but fans can also pre-order one of five exclusive deluxe packages from RJ’s website including all sorts of RJD2 goodies and ranging from $9.99 to $159.99.

Pre-Order Packages available at .

RJD2 also launched his fun and addictive iPhone remix app last week just before premiering a new video for “Let There Be Horns” and setting out on a huge, 51 date North American tour.

Watch RJD2’s video for “Let There Be Horns” - .

Buy RJD2’s Touch Mix remix app for your iPhone - .


Go to RJD2’s web store to purchase an Exclusive Pre-Order package of The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections] and get a free download of “Games You Can Win (Instrumental)”: .

Pre-order The Colossus on Amazon: The Colossus

Pre-order The Colossus on iTunes: .

Pre-order The Colossus from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed CD Booklet with purchase: .

RJD2 Tour Dates:

Thu. Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #
Fri. Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #
Sat. Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
Sun. Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
Mon. Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews #
Tue. Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #
Wed. Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
Thu. Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre #
Fri. Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street #
Fri. Feb. 5 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House #@
Sat. Feb. 6 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner #@
Sun. Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #@
Mon. Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In #@
Tue. Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe #@
Wed. Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford #@
Thu. Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas #@
Fri. Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #@
Sat. Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos #@
Sun. Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's #@
Wed. Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #@
Thu. Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #@
Fri. Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center #@
Sat. Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @  Canopy Club #@
Fri. Mar. 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #&
Sat. Mar. 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #&
Sun. Mar. 7 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #&
Mon. Mar. 8 - Boston, MA @ Paradise #&
Tue. Mar. 9 - Providence, RI @ Jerky's Music Hall #&
Wed. Mar. 10 - Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #&
Thu. Mar. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #&
Fri. Mar. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #&
Sat. Mar. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro #&
Mon. Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #&
Tue. Mar. 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #&
Thu. Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&
Fri. Mar. 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&
Fri. Apr. 2 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$
Sat. Apr. 3 - Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$
Sun. Apr. 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$
Mon. Apr. 5 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$
Tue. Apr. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$
Wed. Apr. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$
Thu. Apr. 8 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$
Fri. Apr. 9 - Portland, OR @ Dantes #$
Sat. Apr. 10 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$
Sun. Apr. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$

# w/ Happy Chichester
@ w/ Kenan Bell
& w/ Break Science
$ w/ Busdriver

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New Plies Music Video - "Medicine" f/ Keri Hilson

From Anne Watkins:

New Plies Music Video - "Medicine" f/ Keri Hilson

Plies - Medicine (Featuring Keri Hilson) from Big Gates on Vimeo.

Rob Swift Marries Hip-Hop to Classical on New LP

From Pam Nashel Leto:

On New LP, Rob Swift Proves That Turntablism and Classical Music Have More In Common Than Anyone Ever Thought

The Architect Drops February 23rd on Ipecac Recordings

Click HERE for a free MP3 of “Rabia – 2nd Movement” and check out a video for the track below.

Master turntablist Rob Swift has strived to expand the definition of Hip Hop since his first release in the mid-90’s.  In an age where creating an iTunes play list is the sole prerequisite for being called a DJ, Swift’s boundary-pushing new release, The Architect, is a refreshing reminder that the 1’s and 2’s are an instrument in themselves.  Using his newfound love of classical music as a point of inspiration, Swift’s latest work has as much in common with Mozart as it does with Grandmaster Flash.  The innovative album has found a perfect home on fellow experimental musician Mike Patton’s label, Ipecac Recordngs (Melvins, Isis, Hella).

Swift first arose to prominence as a member of the turntablist collective the X-Men a.k.a. X-ecutioners, and soon became known across the globe for his beat juggling skills.  He has since gone on to work with an incredibly varied array of artists including Herbie Hancock, Cypress Hill, Dan the Automator, and Blue Man Group.  Swift has also appeared on Sesame Street, ESPN, and The Late Show With David Letterman, all while maintaining his underground credibility and sense of adventure

A quick glance at The Architect’s track listing reveals that Swift has created a conceptual piece of work.  Though mostly instrumental, the album is not a “concept album” but rather a series of compositions deliberately sequenced to form a greater, unified whole.  On “Principio,” the album’s lone MC, Breez Evahflowin, breaks it down when he spits “The way it’s layed down, don’t shuffle this LP / the truth is you’d miss something that’s healthy / something like progress, the artform elevated / the next level of turntablism and innovators.”

Though only two tracks contain vocals, The Architect is ripe with emotion and abstract narrative.  Orchestral strings and organs mingle with fierce breakbeats and expert scratching. Swift’s exploration of manipulating pitch and tempo are executed and organized with the mindset of a virtuosic composer.  The album not only adds to Swift’s illustrious legacy, but also adds news chapters in the history of the DJ and hip hop at large.

Catch Rob Swift On The Wheels Live:

01/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
01/23: Ocala, FL @ Ocala Shrine Club
01/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Savalas

The Architect track list:

01.    Overture
02.    Introduction
03.    The Architect
04.    Principio
05.    Story Of A Man
06.    Sound The Horn
07.    Prelude To The 1st Movement
08.    Rabia – 1st Movement
09.    Rabia – 2nd Movement
10.    Rabia – 3rd Movement
11.    D.R.E.W.
12.    Intermission
13.    Lower Level – 1st Movement
14.    Lower Level – 2nd Movement
15.    Lower Level – 3rd Movement
16.    Spartacus
17.    Sound The Horn (reprise)
18.    Ultimo

Hitfarmers "Conquering the Throne" Album Trailer

From Joining Forces:

Finally the HITFARMERS album trailer made it`s way to Youtube. Check the clip to get an idea on what to expect of the upcoming albooom!

We hope the clip gets you a little hyped for "Conquering The Throne" dropping very soon on Lost Children Of Babylon Productions.

DJ KaySlay f/ Maino, Papoose, Red Cafe - Thug Luv

From E1/Koch Records:

DJ KaySlay f/ Maino, Papoose, Ray J, Red Cafe - Thug Luv

We Are Travis Porter - Episode 1

From Street Executives:

We Are Travis Porter - Episode 1

Green Tea - Dew Drops in the Garden x Ninja Scroll

From Plug Label:

Green Tea - Dew Drops in the Garden x Ninja Scroll

R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass

Late tonight we received word that Teddy Pendergrass had passed away, a story that's now been confirmed by multiple sources including The Globe and Mail in Canada. The soulful singer first found fame as a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, then went on to a solo career in the 1970's that saw him release one platinum album after another of subtle yet powerful R&B. A tragic car accident in 1982 left Teddy partially paralyzed, yet he continued to sing and record and even performed at Live-Aid in 1985 from a wheelchair. In the decades that followed his Teddy Pendergrass Alliance advocated for equality and equal opportunity for all disabled people, showing that Mr. Pendergrass could inspire not just with his voice but through deed and action. And now another of the greatest singers of the last 50 years is gone far too soon. R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass, you will be missed. Our condolences to your family, your friends and your many fans around the world - including me.
Video - Donny Goines, Bobby, Esso and Malik 16 Freestylin

From Melanie Cornish:

Video - Donny Goines, Bobby, Esso and Malik 16 Freestylin

Bobby, Donny Goines, Esso and Malik 16 Freestyle Part 1 from Melanie Cornish on Vimeo.

Bobby, Donny Goines, Esso and Malik 16 Part 2 from Melanie Cornish on Vimeo.

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