Little Brother Unveil Artwork & Track Listing for LeftBack
Wide Array Of Producers And Emcees Invited To Little Brother's Farewell Album
(February 11, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) Little Brother is back for the very last time with a new album to satisfy the yearning masses. The North Carolina duo, made up of hip-hop heavyweights Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh recently announced the upcoming release of their fourth and final album, LeftBack, available April 20th via Hall of Justus. With production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, Zo!, Symbolyc One, J. Bizness and King Karnov, LeftBack is poised to take listeners on an epic auditory adventure. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will also be extending invites for the farewell party to fellow emcees Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon and Median, while crooner Darien Brockington and chanteuse Yahzarah are on hand to add a touch of the melodious to the album.
As the momentum behind LeftBack continues to swell, Little Brother is proud to unveil the official artwork and the track listing for the album. Fans will be excited to learn that LeftBack features 13 tracks of unadulterated hip-hop, while the album artwork finds Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh standing tall amidst the ghosts of albums past, press coverage and other memories accumulated throughout Little Brother's celebrated career. "We wanted the fans to have that moment of nostalgia when looking at this artwork" says Rapper Big Pooh. "You are able to take a quick journey from the beginning of our careers to the end as Little Brother by glancing at the artwork."
Little Brother - LeftBack Offical Track Listing:
1. Curtain Call (Prod. By Khrysis) 2. Table For Two Feat. Jozeemo & Yahzarah (Prod. By Khrysis) 3. Tigallo For Dolo (Prod. By Khrysis) 4. Revenge Feat. Truck North & Median (Prod. By Khrysis) 5. So Cold Feat. Chaundon (Prod. By King Karnov) 6. Second Chances Feat. Bilal & Darien Brockington (Prod. By Denaun Porter) 7. Go Off Go On (Prod. By Khrysis) 8. What We Are Feat. Quiana (Prod. By Young R.J.) 9. After The Party Feat. Carlitta Durand (S1 and Caleb’s Who Shot JR Ewing Remix) (Prod. By S1 and Caleb) 10. Two Step Blues Feat. Darien Brockington (Zo’s Purple Suit With The Matching Gators Remix) (Prod. By Zo!) 11. Get Enough Pt. 2 Feat. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis) 12. Before The Night Is Over (Prod. By J.Bizness) 13. 24 Feat. Torae (Prod. By Khrysis)
Fans can expect further announcements from Little Brother, including tour info and other interesting developments on LeftBack's road to the release.
Gold Dust is proud to present Live On Stage, the new live album by original Wu-Tang member Masta Killa and the first recorded concert effort from a member of the group in over five years. Live On Stage culls together some of the best verses the versatile rapper has offered in his 17-year career, ranging from his 2004 solo debut No Said Date and classic Wu-Tang albums to memorable spots on GZA's Liquid Swords and Legend of the Liquid Sword. Featuring guest appearances by GZA and Inspectah Deck, among others, Live offers new spins on tracks long embedded in the consciousness of most hip-hop fans, including "Duel of the Iron Mic," "Guillotine" and "Mystery of Chessboxin'."
Hip-hop fans know that live performances are dicey at best, with late starts, no-shows, and 30 people on stage (for no apparent reason) commonplace. Members of the Wu-Tang, however, have always prided themselves on an unending amount of talent, energy and charisma, ensuring that every show they do leaves the crowd salivating for their next appearance. “A lot of fans have never heard Masta Killa live and never had the chance to see a Wu-tang show, so I thought it would be a good idea to release live audio for them. It would also really entice people to come out to witness the next wave of live shows we do,” Masta Killa explains. It's this heightened level of excitement that permeates all of Live On Stage, kicking off with a blistering a capella version of "Mystery of Chessboxin'" right down to the last dominant verses of "Triumph" (which sees the crowd in unison keeping pace with every word, rhyming Killa's verse for him.)
No Said Date, providing the material for close to half of Live On Stage, is one of the most critically acclaimed Wu projects in the group's history. Allmusic stressed that "[Killa's] aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs." Stylus called it "a return to the Wu sound," impressed with the emcee's "energy, switches in cadence, speed and stress" and that "lyrically, [Killa] mixes up the styles of the premier Wu membership…into lines packed with thoughts and images that never sound crammed in, jam-packed or rushed." And Pitchfork called it "the most fully formed Wu solo effort," noting that "Masta is a rapper's rapper, forsaking high-flown gimmicks for Spartan flows and carefully considered rhymes."
All of these accolades are only enhanced by listening to Live On Stage. This is an essential addition to the canon and mandatory listening for any true Masta Killa fan or Wu head.
Tracklist 1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin (Accapella) 2. Armored Truck 3. Silverbacks (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA) 4. Duel Of The Iron Mic (feat. GZA) 5. School 6. Grab The Mic 7. No Said Date 8. In The Hood 9. Love Spell (feat. Startel) 10. D.T.D. 11. Street Education (feat. Streetlife) 12. Whatever (feat. Streetlife & Prodigal Sunn) 13. Digiwarfare 14. Fam Members Only (feat. GZA) 15. Guillotine (Swordz) (feat. GZA) 16. Triumph (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
Swollen Members to Perform at 2010 Olympic Games February 15th
Swollen Members will perform at this year’s 2010 Olympic Games on February 15th in Whistler, BC. Swollen Members will be the feature performers for the night's "Whistler Live Fire and Ice" party.
"For Swollen Members to play an official Olympic event in our own city is a milestone and a great honor," commented Prevail. "This performance will give us a chance to be seen by the whole world and this is going to be a career highlight for all of us."
After six studio albums and more than one million albums sold, Swollen Members will release their first “Greatest Hits” album on March 16th, 2010 through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records. For the release of the band‘s first-ever career-spanning collection, Swollen Members have reached deep into the vaults and assembled a collection of 18 classic tracks that have been previously out of print to the Battle Axe army.
Swollen Members will be touring the US alongside Humboldt County hip-hop duo Potluck throughout the months of February and March.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:
Feb 15 – Whistler, BC @ 2010 Olympic Games Feb 18 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Feb 19 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Feb 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Feb 21 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall Feb 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Feb 24 - Avon, CO @ Agave Feb 25 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon Feb 26 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Feb 27 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre Feb 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Mar 01 - Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South Mar 02 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre Mar 04 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar Mar 05 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater Mar 06 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater Mar 07 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
Miami, FL - As the news already reported, Lil Wayne was recently in Miami shooting videos aimed at keeping his visibility up during his anticipated year-long incarceration. With all that going on, he took the time to shoot his part for Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth's smash single, Inkredible, which also features Miami rapper, Rick Ross. Trae himself spent several days in Miami, accomplishing 3 videos - Inkredible, I'm Gon Buss and his brother Jay'Ton's single, Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck - songs which are featured on his highly anticipated upcoming album, Tha Truth (ABN Entertainment/Fontana/Universal). In fact, the two crews ended up working side-by-side for many hours while all of this was accomplished.
Directed by Jason Deleon and Mike Cash, Trae and Jay'ton's videos will feature Lil Wayne (Inkredible), Rick Ross (Inkredible & Whitney & Bobby), Mack Maine, J.W. from CTE, the ABN crew, producer Inkredible, who produced Trae's single and King Magazine model, Bernice Burgos.
The video shooting extravaganza-turned-farewell party was also attended by Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Sean Garrett (the Pen), Juelz Santana, Yo Gotti and Birdman amongst others... and Ozone founder Julia Beverly was on hand to capture the moments.
Below are download links for Jayton's street single Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck and Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Stand by for more video news.
Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and now Blink 182 have either made claims, or had the claim made about them by critics, that they have ideas for themselves regarding music distribution that will forever change the way music is sold. I have bad news for them - they’re full of crap.
Always wanted to record over top notch production but budget and access to A-List producers have prevented you from doing just that?
Super producer Ty Fyffe is offering artists from all over the world an opportunity to do the impossible with his RAW N' UNCUT project.
Emerging MCs & Singers can record to tracks from the man who has crafted the backdrop for countless hit records from acts such as 50 Cent, Drake, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and many more. Entering the RAW N' UNCUT contest will not only give you the chance to hear yourself on a track from one of today's most talked about production masterminds, it can propel your career to a new level of notoriety.
You must purchase a survival kit, record your song(s) then submit it, If chosen you will be given an exclusive track produced by Ty Fyffe and be featured on the RAW N' UNCUT compilation album. The album will be will be hosted by the legendary DJ KaySlay and will be available for free download on a variety of major websites.
The first single from the project will be premiered on KaySlay's Shade 45 Streetsweepers's radio and as his Drama Hour Show on Hot 97. The Single will be promoted by Digiwaxx Media and a music video will be shot to be supported by a full viral PR Campaign. This could be your big break, don't waste time and register today. Contest ends March 1, 2010.
Bisco Smith's new video for the single "Vibrations" embodies the song's hard-hitting drumbeat and heavy bass with an edgy, art-oriented twist. Teaming up with director/producer Michael Vidoli for the project not only produced great results, but for Bisco it was an organic fit. "Vidoli was familiar with my graphic style and my aesthetic when I design," says Bisco "He pitched the black and white idea and the strong graphic look - naturally I was down." While Vidoli served as the brain and conductor of the video, the man behind the camera was an old friend of Bisco's, Quenell "Q" Jones. Bisco and Q worked together back in the day shooting their first music video, and, according to Bisc, "10 plus years later, due to Vidoli, we reunited in front of the green screen, it's kinda ill on a universal connections level." After Vidoli and Q shot clips of Bisco performing the track, the singer/songwriter put his artistic training to work by editing and incorporating most of graphic design elements himself, resulting in a collaborative product that brings Bisco's stomping grounds to life with imagery and ingenuity.
The video, shot in black and white, centers on Bisco Smith as he smoothly moves between club performances and the city streets. Bisco describes "Vibrations" as escape music saying that, "the song is about having a good time, forgetting the everyday same old same and finding the moment through the music and those vibrations." The video itself escapes the norm and finds itself in a constant state of flux, as images frenetically fade in and out, and snapshots both imagined and real overlap and intersect in an aesthetic dance. Imaginative visual aids are also abound, as the graffiti finds itself mirroring Bisco's rhymes at times, leading to a call and response between Bisco's own rhymes and the video's graphics rooted in the elements of hip-hop. "The video is a styled out version of the sound," says Bisco. This is certainly style that should not be missed.
BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2010 LINEUP
FEATURING DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, KINGS OF LEON, STEVIE WONDER, JAY-Z, WEEZER, FLAMING LIPS PERFORMING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, THE DEAD WEATHER, PHOENIX, JOHN FOGERTY, JIMMY CLIFF, TENACIOUS D, ZAC BROWN BAND, AVETT BROTHERS, NORAH JONES, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, TORI AMOS, THE NATIONAL, SHE & HIM, THE BLACK KEYS, STEVE MARTIN, JEFF BECK, MICHAEL FRANTI, DAN DEACON, AGAINST ME!, LES CLAYPOOL, THIEVERY CORP AND MORE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW EXCLUSIVELY AT BONNAROO.COM!
February 9, 2009, New York, NY -- Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The ninth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 10 - 13 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2010 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets are on sale now exclusively at bonnaroo.com!
Perhaps bringing you the most diverse and ambitious lineup to date, the 2010 event draws world-class acts from a staggering range of musical worlds. This year the festival features the Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, LCD Soundsystem, Tori Amos, The National, Jeff Beck, Michael Franti, Against Me!, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Baaba Maal, The Melvins, Thievery Corporation to name but a small portion of the deep lineup. Wonder's Bonnaroo performance marks a rare festival appearance for the legend, whose illustrious songbook continues to be as influential and significant today as ever. Bonnaroo veterans Kings of Leon are the first band in the history of the festival to start on a tent stage and work their way up to the coveted headlining slot. They were first booked to play a tent stage early in the day in 2004. They have gone on to perform at Bonnaroo several times, each appearance bigger than the last. This will be one of the very few appearances the band will make in 2010.
The largest and most revered music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, jazz club, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors. Since its inception, Bonnaroo swiftly earned its status as the country's premier music and arts event. The Wall Street Journal called Bonnaroo "one of rock's best festivals," continuing to hail that the 2009 lineup "fairly bursts with some of the most gifted acts in rock and pop." Entertainment Weekly called it "the best of all sonic worlds," while the New York Times said, "Bonnaroo's very loose mandate - and a wise one for any festival - is to choose performers who deliver in a live performance, with current hits and studio expertise as lower priorities. One of the pleasures of the festival is that it defies narrowcasting: It's not an Americana festival, an indie-rock festival, a gathering of 2008-9 hitmakers or anything but what its producers and, presumably, ticket-buyers are happy to hear." Rolling Stone called Bonnaroo "one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll."
Once again, Bonnaroo has created a couple of unique ticketing options for its fans. The festival is offering a special payment plan in whichtickets will be available for five (5) payments of $50.00 plus applicable fees. In addition, fans will have the option to purchase a Bonnaroo Green Ticket that will help to support the development and implementation of sustainable improvements at the festival for years to come. Festival organizers are constantly looking for ways to be aggressive with mitigating the event's environmental impact and raising awareness about green issues.
As part of Fuse's three-year deal with Bonnaroo, the network will be back as the exclusive television partner of the festival. Fuse will be reporting live from Bonnaroo throughout the weekend and will air a special, featuring interviews with the hottest bands and performances from this year's star-studded lineup. www.fuse.tv .
2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Dave Matthews Band Kings of Leon Stevie Wonder Jay-Z Tenacious D Weezer The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs perform "Dark Side of the Moon" The Dead Weather Damian Marley & Nas Phoenix Norah Jones Michael Franti & Spearhead John Fogerty Regina Spektor Jimmy Cliff LCD Soundsystem The Avett Brothers Thievery Corporation Rise Against Tori Amos The National Zac Brown Band Les Claypool John Prine The Black Keys Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers Jeff Beck Dropkick Murphys She & Him Against Me! The Disco Biscuits Daryl Hall & Chromeo Jamey Johnson Clutch Bassnectar Kid Cudi Baaba Maal Kris Kristofferson Medeski Martin & Wood The xx GWAR Dan Deacon Ensemble Tinariwen Wale Deadmau5 The Melvins Gaslight Anthem Miike Snow Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dr. Dog They Might Be Giants Punch Brothers Isis Blitzen Trapper Blues Traveler Miranda Lambert Calexico OK Go Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Martin Sexton Lotus Baroness Dave Rawlings Machine Mayer Hawthorne and the County Japandroids Jay Electronica Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Ingrid Michaelson The Dodos Manchester Orchestra The Temper Trap Cross Canadian Ragweed Big Sam's Funky Nation Carolina Chocolate Drops Tokyo Police Club The Entrance Band Local Natives Brandi Carlile Mumford & Sons Rebelution Diane Birch Monte Montgomery Julia Nunes The Postelles Lucero Here We Go Magic Hot Rize Neon Indian B.O.B Needtobreathe
Bonnaroo was conceived in 2002 and continues to make a strong impact on the American music industry. It has served as a launching pad for such popular artists as Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Robert Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, and many others. A creative and cultural mega-success, Bonnaroo has also featured a staggeringly diverse range of world-class acts such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Srpingsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, Neil Young, Radiohead, Willie Nelson, The Police, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Tool, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Merle Haggard, The Dave Matthews Band, James Brown, The White Stripes, The Dead, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, Snoop Dogg, David Byrne, Widespread Panic, Death Cab For Cutie, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Amadou and Mariam, Beck, Against Me!, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss, Bright Eyes, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Jurassic 5, Modest Mouse, The Mars Volta, Common, Burning Spear, the Flaming Lips, among so many others.
The festival is also starting to make quite an impact on the comedy industry as well, as it has featured some of today's best comedians working today. From
Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Lewis Black, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, Flight of the Concords, David Cross and Fred Armisen to Jim Norton, Patton Oswalt, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo and Brian Posehn, Bonnaroo is considered to be an essential play in any comedian's touring plans.