The 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest begins on Oct. 17 with a performance by David Byrne & St. Vincent at Seattle’s historic Fifth Avenue Theatre. The festival will run through Oct. 20, with performances by Mos Def, Devotchka with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Blind Pilot, Ghostland Observatory, Two Door Cinema Club, Reign Wolf at the Laser Dome, Joshua Radin, Collie Buddz, A Fine Frenzy, and many more taking place in iconic clubs, halls, and venues throughout Seattle. All access wristbands and staggered performance schedules allow festival attendees to explore downtown Seattle and see multiple shows in the same night.
We are saddened to report that musician, rapper, activist, director and awesome human being Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.
Another year has ended; another list has been compiled. Often I get this feeling that in 100 years, all that will remain of today’s pop culture will be a number of well-thought-out lists. While many critics are driven to paroxysms at the thought of another year-end list, the fact is that they are essential to annual retrospective analysis. There is a feeling of security and consistency in ‘Best Of’ lists; inasmuch as one can feel safe in the presence of a numerically-ordered selection of things. But in truth, the rapid acceleration of technology and the advent of social media has completely changed the way humans organize their internal thoughts. We no longer think in prose, or even full sentences; we think in lists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iconic independent rap group Atmosphere releases a new video for their song “The Last To Say” off their latest album, The Family Sign. The video deals with the very serious and all too common subject of domestic violence. Victims of abuse include women, men and children, but all are affected by it’s wrath. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. On average more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country everyday. A refreshing departure from the typical rap video, “The Last To Say” advocates positive treatment of women and focuses on the struggle many victims face – how to escape the abuse in their home so it doesn’t continue to be passed down.
David Lynch Foundation Music launches Download For Good: Music That Changes The World, a star-studded digital music compilation to benefit the David Lynch Foundation that is now available for purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store. Founded by iconic filmmaker David Lynch, the David Lynch Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization which offers stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® to under-served populations, including at-risk inner-city youth and U.S. veterans returning home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as Native Americans, homeless adults and children, prisoners and those in need.
Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s “Free Music Friday”. Today we have a 12 track mixtape for you featuring Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Mixed by Derek ‘DJA’ Allen (of Mad Decent fame), the Livin’ in the Jungle mixtape combines Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears’ soulful talents with verses/beats from some of the most buzzing rappers and producers of late.
Grammy winner and multi platinum music producer, Alex Da Kid has created his own label via Interscope Records, it was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, the global music leader. Alex’s new label, KIDinaKORNER, will debut with a solo album from singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, who has been featured on three other recent Alex Da Kid hit productions: “Coming Home” from Diddy-Dirty Money, “I Need A Doctor” from Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and “Words I Never Said” from Lupe Fiasco.
The music industry’s top executives, songwriters and producers honored multi-platinum producer, and Beluga Heights co-founder, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem with BMI’s coveted Songwriter of the Year Award at Tuesday’s 59th Annual BMI Awards. Rotem shared the prestigious award with Lady Gaga and Beluga Heights’ own Jason Derulo. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Barbara Cane, the invitation only event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Before crafting his own signature sound, UK born Frankmusik (aka Vincent Frank) was known for his cutting-edge remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys, along with his work as a producer with breakout artists like Ellie Goulding and Sky Ferreira. After the success of his top ten UK debut, Frankmusik is preparing to release his fresh blend of synth-pop, hard-knocking beats and flowing melodies in the US with Do It In the AM, a new album inspired by the energy of his newly adopted hometown of Los Angeles, out later this year.
Mark Kasprzyk (aka “Kaz”), frontman and songwriter for Redlight King, hails from a small steel-mining town in Ontario Canada, and clearly is a guy who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Redlight King’s album Something For The Pain is due in June but it’s the first single “Old Man” that has people buzzing. The video alone has garnered over 760K views to date. The song is not a cover of the Neil Young classic but an original song with a modern twist that pays homage to the Young classic. Initially all requests for sampling the classic song were flatly denied from the label to the publisher to management but eventually it was played for Neil personally and approved. Considering he has only approved 5-6 samplings in his career, that is saying something.