Looks like the Mayans were wrong. And thank God (or Quetzalcoatl) for that. Of course, the Mayan doomsday prophecy was gratuitously misinterpreted by the Western world and looking back, it’s embarrassing how easily we got swept up in it all. With that said, 2012 was indeed an eventful year…
The 42nd Annual Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival kicks off this Saturday, September 1st, 2012. Project Rhythm Seed will be there all three days. Beginning next week we will be featuring interviews with select artists, as well as photos, show reviews and a whole lot more. This year’s lineup runs the gamut – from Tony Bennett to Skrillex, and everything in between. Click here for the entire lineup or watch the video below. The festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Single day and three day tickets are still available. Purchase in advance and skip the long lines on site. Click here to purchase tickets.
“Today is a big day for hip hop…”
… Def Jam founder and hip hop heavyweight Russell Simmons is of course talking about Frank Ocean’s recent proclamation of bisexuality. The Odd Future-member and saccharine crooner revealed that his first love was a man in a poetically intimate Tumblr post (click here to read original post). Cue the ever-pervasive interweb exploding with articles like “Frank Is Gay” and “Is This The End of Hip Hop’s Homophobia?”
Italy’s Bloody Beetroots, helmed by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, returns this summer with “Rocksteady,” a new track for Ultra Music. Out today (June 26), “Rocksteady” is the follow-up to the Bloody Beetroots track “Church Of Noise” ft. Dennis Lyxzén and will take charge of dance floors the world over. “Rocksteady” is available via iTunes.
Madonna has returned for the 8th time to the top of the Billboard’s Pop Charts with MDNA selling 359,000 albums according to Neilsen Soundscan and is the biggest selling first week debut this year. MDNA is The Material Girl’s fifth No. 1 studio album in a row and her first album for Interscope Records.
Electronic music producers/DJ’s The Crystal Method (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) will appear with legendary singer Martha Reeves of The Vandellas tonight, Wednesday, March 14 on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” They’ll perform “I’m Not Leaving,” one of the five songs created in Re:Generation Music Project, the music documentary feature produced by Hyundai in association with The Grammys®. The film and project examines the history of different music through the eyes of five of the most influential electronic producer/DJ’s in music today.
Roots Manuva returns with a new single and it’s one of the standout cuts from the acclaimed ‘4everevolution’, the brooding, magnificent ‘Here We Go Again’.
Over an intense, thunderous collision of hip hop, techno and dubstep, Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva drops lyrics about an old friendship gone bad: “something in his life isn’t right with him/ He’s caught up in the hype and it bites within.” A clear-eyed, deadpan exposition of the dangers, temptations and, more cuttingly, childishness of “street life,” Smith is keen to emphasize that he isn’t preaching. Everything he says applies to himself as much as anyone else and a fate he avoided more through luck than judgment. The tune is finished off perfectly by a pure, soulful chorus from Spikey Tee.
Greetings once again, and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We are happy to announce that at midnight last night we launched the first ever Rhythm Seed Store, which is chock full of great products for a vibrant musical lifestyle. Included are our album and music download picks, book and kindle picks, movie picks, awesome artistic attire, select band merchandise, cool electronics and some bad ass axes. Check it out when you have some time. Shopping and buying items through the Rhythm Seed Store is a great way to support Project Rhythm Seed, so that we can keep bringing you lots of music news, reviews and interviews.
The Minneapolis rapper known as Dessa doesn’t have a typical hip-hop profile, but her talent more than compensates. Maggie Wander, 28, graduated from the University of Minnesota at 20, and then worked as a medical writer. She co-founded an a cappella group called the Boy Sopranos. She’s an outspoken fan of Jeff Buckley and the kind of arty alt-rockers he inspired. And, under the name Dessa, Wander just released a terrific hip-hop album called A Badly Broken Code.
Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This was most definitely a week of distinction, one that will stand out in our minds for some time to come. Sadly, the world lost a visionary mind and a wonderful human being in Steve Jobs. He set the bar pretty high for all of us that consider creativity and vision to be important benchmarks for a life well lived. This week’s Free Music Friday is dedicated to Steve.
On the surface the quiet port city of Gothenburg doesn’t seem like it would harbor much soul music but it comes through in the dreamy rhythmical shifting moody creature that is Little Dragon. The four-piece band blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop.
Noted authorities on the matter from OutKast’s Big Boi and Raphael Saadiq to Damon Albarn of Gorillaz all recognize the fire—each has tapped the group to collaborate on recent and/or upcoming projects. And it seems that the rest of the world is starting to catch on to what tastemakers from BBC’s Gilles Peterson and the DJs at Los Angeles’ influential KCRW have known for years.
Story and Photos By J. Brown
FYF Fest once again returned to the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend, and despite the blistering summer heat, the extensive lineup of bands attracted a huge turnout of around 20,000 music lovers who were ready to celebrate a day of indie, punk, and electronic rock. The event started at noon, so shortly thereafter we parked and followed the trail of concert-goers (and hipsters) as they made their way through the traffic-packed streets of Chinatown. The skyline of downtown Los Angeles served as a perfect backdrop, especially when the nighttime air brought cool relief from the sun, as the city’s bright lights shined in the distance.
With a Mercury Music Prize nomination and sales of more than 200k worldwide for his eponymous debut LP under his belt, James Blake returns with ‘Enough Thunder’, a 6 track EP fronted by iconic imagery captured during his revelatory Glastonbury performance in June.
Alongside four original compositions are the now infamous cover of Joni Mitchell‘s ‘A Case Of You’ and James’ collaboration with Bon Iver, currently averaging well over 100k youtube plays per day since it’s world premier on BBC R1 last week. We watched James perform “A Case Of You” live at the Troubadour. It was a spectacular rendition.
Project Rhythm Seed is pleased to announce that we are headed for Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in downtown Seattle. While music festivals have proliferated in the past decade, the 41-year-old Bumbershoot remains unique in its approach, stressing discovery and variety in its music programming as well as a broad spectrum of comedy, theater, visual arts, dance and film offerings. This year’s festival takes place over three days, September 3rd, 4th and 5th.
FreeSol is a progressive and unique hip-hop, rock, and soul infused band from Memphis, Tennessee. They started in 2003 when the lead singer/rapper, Free, decided to move beyond the basic hip-hop formula of “two turntables and a microphone” and formed an actual band with the addition of Elliott Ives on guitar/vocals, Premo Danger on the keyboard, and Kickman Teddy on the drums. Growing up surrounded by the rich musical landscape embedded in Memphis’ history, FreeSol is naturally influenced by a variety of sounds from blues to rock to hip-hop.
Hello and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This week came out of the gate and flew right by. It seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. On Monday we brought you Tyler, The Creator. Then we brought you Laura Marling a day later. On Wednesday it was a video from Flaming Lips again. And Thursday we introduced you to Cameron McLain. And here we are at Friday, where all the songs are free. Today we have CasioKids and Stizreth on MP3. So enjoy yourself this weekend, and for everything you need. We’ll be back next week with Project Rhythm Seed.
On November 6th, 1975, Sid Vicious walked onto the stage of London’s St. Martin’s College and changed the world. Although the Sex Pistols’ debut performance was cut short by the College’s dean who ostensibly called the music “extremely loud,” Vicious still had time to spit at the audience, destroy his amplifier and get into a fight with the soundman. It truly was one for the history books.
Grieves is a new generation of hip hop artist.
You won’t find any of the typical hip hop stereotypes, either underground or mainstream. Instead, you’ll discover a musical mastermind, confronting you with his poignant voice and original beats. With disarming charisma, Grieves is able to engage the entire audience in his music. Whether you discover him in the venue or over the radio, you’re going to wish the experience lasted longer.