There’s probably a good reason why Erykah Badu has a new custom label for herself called Control Freak Records. She wants quality control, and it is her that makes sure that what goes out comes from her heart and soul. Her forthcoming album, New Amerykah Part 2 (Return of the Ankh), has been delayed for awhile but with Badu fans have learned how to be patient. When it’s ready, everyone will know and anticipate.
For the time being, she has released a track called “Jump In The Air And Stay There”, this one featuring Lil’ Wayne, which you can listen to by heading to ErykahBadu.com. Is this how the whole album is, or just a mere hook to let people know “hey, it won’t be long”? Regardless, it’s new music. The album is the second part in a series of three New Amerykah releases, and her fifth studio album. No word on when the trilogy will be complete, but perhaps as we head closer to the alleged end of the world, we will hear word.
Contra Band is a supergroup that unites Joe Dub, DJ Marz, and Alex75 for a double shot of hip-hop goodness. Their Bay Area pride and roots is represented with the Asita Recordings label, designed with an old school feel and done up in San Francisco 49’ers colors. As for the music, it’s hot. They are joined on the A-side, “Electronic World”, with Devin The Dude, while the B-side, “PSA”, is truly an announcement about what’s to come from them in the new year.
If you want to hear excerpts from both sides of the 45, head to Asita Recordings and listen, then order. You can also order the record through some of your favorite online vinyl merchants.
Pezzettino is a new artist to my ears that I became aware of through Mike Roeder of the blog Time To Play B-Sides. I had heard a few songs and read an announcement that she was coming out with a 45, so I showed support by buying a copy.
She is known by friends as Margaret Stutt, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her instrument is the accordion. Her website calls her music “indie-folk”, which is appropriate but her music is much more involved than that. Also, don’t think that her instrument of choice is one that might make you think “oh, novelty”, for she is no joke. Pezzettino supplies “You Never Know” and “Parasite”, which is a mere taste of what she is capable of as a singer/songwriter/musician.
As for the record itself, it comes in a variety of picture sleeves with artwork by Dwellephant, or if you just want the music you can buy the record with a generic white sleeve. You can purchase your copy from Pezzettino.net.
She is currently on tour in the midwest and will be heading to the East, so perhaps you’ll be able to buy the single there (while supplies last). Tour dates are listed on the official Pezzettino MySpace page.
You psycho noise fan bastards are probably fans of both of these groups, and now you can hear them on a split 7″, courtesy of Badmaster Records.
AIDS Wolf offer up two tracks, “Tango Fatal” and “In From Under The Snow”, and both continue with the band’s unpredictable ways. You know how it is. Both tracks were recorded in 2007.
Satanized are to Philadephia what The Roots are to Philadelphia, which means something or nothing if you think about it. Anyway, Satanized pack a lot of punch in their music and are arguably more accessible than AIDS Wolf, but my guess is that Jessica Simpson will not be going out on a date with any of them. They offer up “Hope Is Lack Of Information”. All three songs on this record are brand new.
While the screenshot of the cover seems simplistic, you’ll have to see the sleeve inside and out, which was designed by Seripop. It’s on some kind of pinkish, purple-ish, moldy bologna-colored vinyl. Nice. Only 500 copies pressed, you can buy it directly from Badmaster or at any AIDS Wolf or Satanized performances (check their respective MySpace pages).
The new single by Marc Romboy is out and ready for the dance floors. “Talking All That Jazz” (Systematic) is a great song with a techno/house vibe with horns that bring it into jazz territory but not for too long, and the breakdowns remind me a bit of Jazzanova or Jaga Jazzist. The single features the original mix of the song plus a Patrick Lindsey & M.in Remix, with the latter clocking in at 9.5 minutes.
The songs are available digitally as HQ MP3’s and WAV’s exclusively from Beatport.
Little Brother have been through a lot in the last few years, so as they’re about to release what will be their last album for the moment, Rapper Big Pooh is about to head on tour. This is a solo tour but he will be joined with special guests along the way. Here are the confirmed dates:
2/17-Pittsburgh, PA with People Under The Stairs @Diesel
2/18-Chicago, IL with People Under The Stairs @Subterranean
2/19-Cleveland, OH with People Under The Stairs @Grog Shop
2/20-Toronto, ON with People Under The Stairs @Opera House
2/22-Northampton, MA with Termanology @Bishops Lounge
2/23-Cambridge, MA with Termanology …@Middle East Club
2/24-Burlington, VT @Nectars
2/25-Portland, ME with Termanology @Port City Music Hall
2/26-Orono, ME with Termanology @Soma
2/27-Exeter, NH with Termanology @Shooters
2/28-Providence, RI with Termanology @Jerkys
3/4-Atlanta, GA @Apache Cafe
If Pooh is not hitting a city near you, tell the nightclub “bring Pooh here”. You can e-mail email@example.com and find out how to get him to perform.
In the meantime, if you missed his recent free album, The Purple Tape, you can download it right now by heading to Bandcamp.
Now how many of you knew Pooh is a huge sports fan? I know little to nothing, but Pooh gets deep and it’s always a great read. Check out Pooh On Sports, which may sound like double entendre but he truly drops the good shit on everything from football to basketball, boxing and drag racing. If he moved to Cali and got into surfing, I would demand that he get on FuseTV or something.
Twenty years doesn’t seem that long ago, but in that time there has been an overwhelming amount of dancehall reggae to come from Jamaica, leading to other artists from around the world to show their love and respect for the music, and creating a few sub-genres for better or worse. With the help of Ziggy Marley, Tuff Gong have put together the first in a series of albums that will shine the spotlight on a revival of music from Jamaica that has yet to stop (some will tell you it never really stopped in the first place, and rightfully so).
The album is called Dancehall Originators Vol 1., and features songs by Buju Banton, Chaka Demus, Charlie Chaplin, Yellowman, Josey Wales, and Coco Tea among many others, along with a megamix created by DJ Roy of Road International. Some of these songs were able to crossover into the R&B charts, something that a lot of reggae songs up to that point could not do. Dancehall reggae changed the landscape a bit and became much more than a regional favorite.
Naledge and Double O are Kidz In The Hall, and they are ready to present a new albin (a/k/a/ “album”) to fans in the form of what they’re calling Land Of Make Believe (Duck Down). The group says they’re in a new phase of making music, and felt that some felt they were “backpackers” and “hipsters”. For the monumental third album, they say that you can just call them dope.
The album has them doing tracks with Amanda Diva, The Kid Daytona, Marsha AmbrosiusJust Blaze, Colin Munroe, and MC Lyte. The album was produced by Double-O “with no samples”, which should be interesting in itself.
Here’s what the cover will be:
The first single from the album, “Flickin'”, is currently available through iTunes.
Gift Of Gab will be touring in support of his latest album, Escape 2 Mars, with the first date at Whiskey Dick’s in South Lake Tahoe, California. He’ll cross the Atlantic for a number of shows in France and England, and one show in Belgium before flying back for a show in Long Beach, California at Cohiba’s Nightclub. Here is the tour itinerary: February 13, 2010… South Lake Tahoe, CA (Whiskey Dick’s)
February 16, 2010… Los Angeles, CA (The Roxy)
February 17, 2010… Burlington, VT (Club Metronome)
February 18, 2010… Portland, ME (Asylum)
February 19, 2010… Springfield, MO (Outland Ballroom)
February 20, 2010… Minneapolis, MN (The Cabooze)
February 21, 2010… Houston, TX (The Channel @ Wired Live)
February 27, 2010… Marsellie FRANCE (Marsatac Festival)
February 28, 2010… Lille FRANCE (Grand Mix, Tourcoing)
March 1, 2010… Paris FRANCE (Marinoquinerie)
March 3, 2010… Strasbourg FRANCE (Laiterie)
March 4, 2010… Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM (Rainbow Garden)
March 5, 2010… London UNITED KINGDOM (Jazz Cafe)
March 6, 2010… Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM (Sound Control)
March 7, 2010… Brighton UNITED KINGDOM (Freebutt)
March 9, 2010… Leeds UNITED KINGDOM (Leeds University)
March 10, 2010… Nottingham UNITED KINGDOM (Rescue Rooms)
March 11, 2010… Bristol UNITED KINGDOM (Thekla)
March 12, 2010… Cardiff UNITED KINGDOM (Globe)
March 13, 2010… Exeter UNITED KINGDOM (Vibraphonic Festival)
March 16, 2010… Dublin IRELAND (Crawdaddy)
March 18, 2010… Ipswitch UNITED KINGDOM (The Swan)
March 19, 2010… Glasgow UNITED KINGDOM (Stereo)
March 24, 2010… Antwerp BELGIUM (Trix Club)
April 1, 2010… Long Beach, CA (Cohiba’s Nightclub)
Cage The Elephant may have a goofy name, but you will still be smiling when you catch them on tour starting next month in Augusta, Georgia. Catch them if you can:
2/15/10… Augusta, GA (Sky City)
2/16/10… Athens, GA (40 Watt Club)
2/18/10… Knoxville, TN (Valarium)
2/19/10… Asheville, NC (Orange Peel)
2/21/10… Charlotte, NC (Amos Southend)
2/22/10… Charleston, SC (Music Farm)
2/23/10… Carrboro, NC (Cat’s Cradle)
2/25/10… Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
2/26/10… Towson, MD (Recher Theatre)
2/27/10… Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of Living Arts)
3/2/10… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
3/4/10… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
3/5/10… Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
3/6/10… Portland, ME (Port City Music Hall)
3/8/10… South Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
3/12/10… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
3/13/10… Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)
3/14/10… Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)