Officially, my website was in “maintenance mode”. To make a long story short, after eight years, I decided to find a new place to host the website, which coincided with the renewal of the domain. Finding a new place to host was the easy part, transferring the files was another story. Moving the files was easy but in the background, there needed to be a bit of “reconfiguring”. Nonethelesss, you are reading this, and that means the website is up and running. In the words of Chip Monck from Woodstock, “after a short intermission, we’ll continue.”
“New Day” is the new single from Brooklyn rapper Josh Jacobs, who some of you may have known as J.Kidd. Now with a new moniker, he is ready to get himself out to the public to let people know who he is and what he’s ab out. The song, produced by Treblemakerz, feaetures Maiya helping out. This is the radio edit, so make the mixes that you can to include him in it in order to win it.
Venture (Agonia) is the new album by Stench and after posting a number of previews of what’s to come, the band and Agonia Records have made the album available as a stream. You can head to Decibel Magazine to hear it in full. Venture was released in Europe last week Friday, while it will make its presence known in North American on October 7th.
Horse Feathers will be releasing a new album next month called So It Is With Us (Kill Rock Stars) and as a hint of the magic, they’ve amde a video for “Violently Wild”, which they hope you will be as you listen. Or with a little bit of calmness involved. The album will be out on October 21st, you may pre-order a copy below (in the MP3, vinyl, and CD formats, respectively).
Fifteen years ago, I wrote a letter to Rhino Records and suggested that they release a compilation album putting together the songs Sylvester “Sly” Stewart released on Stone Flower Records, a small label distributed by Atlantic Records in the early 1970’s. Since Rhino was a Warner-affiliated label and they regularly reissued music on Atlantic, I thought it would be a good and easy idea to do. Instead, they told me that there is no value to an idea like that, since Stone Flower didn’t release any hits. In my mind, indie labels were releasing compilations full of soul, funk, disco, and doo-wop oddities, so why couldn’t Rhino handle this? I had asked because years before that, I had found a 45 on Stone Flower by Little Sister called “Somebody’s Watching You”/”Stanga”. It was clear that the music was played by Stone himself, but I had wanted to know more. I discovered that Stone Flower was Stone’s “travels” away from Epic Records and most of the music he released for it (only four 45’s in total) were recording during the sessions for There’s A Riot Going On. In a brief e-mail exchange I had years ago with Little Sister vocalist Vaetta “Vet” Stewart (Sly’s sister), there were plans for him to put together a full length album by his sister’s group but sometime in 1971, he finished his own album and essentially gave up with what Stone Flower represented, whatever it was.
43 years after the demise of Stone Flower and 15 years after my suggestion to Rhino, Seattle’s Light In The Attic label are releasing a compilation representing the short-lived Sly Stone label called I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70. The album will not only have the four 45’s released, but it will also have ten songs previously unreleased and uncirculated from the vaults, all remastered from the original master tapes. The MP3’s and CD versions were released today (September 30th) while a 2-record set will be out on November 4th, which will be out on lime green vinyl, to coincide with one of the original label’s colors.
A festival of noise can and will be achieved in this new 3-track EP by To The Lovers, Farewell. It’s a new release on Red Venice Records called Slice Up Not Across, and this one is just nothing but feedback twisted in different ways.
There goes Captain Supernova, but is he a pushover? No, but he has a nw song to share with you, his theme song if you will, and it’s appropriately called “Captain’s Theme”. The song will find its way on his forthcoming EP coming out in December called Visions Of The Unknown, and now it’s your time to see, hear, and know what is not known.
Released today is the new album by The History Of Apple Pie called Feel Something (Marshall Teller) and if you want to feel something, or feel something more, check out the video they made for “Jamais Vu”, the audio of which was posted here a month ago.
ill Clinton of Florida (not to be confused with Ill Clinton of Philadelphia) has collaborated with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Moses West in a new song called “A Brother Like Ezell”, which rocks well. While the song is available as a free download, any money used to purchase the song will go towards the Dream Defenders charity, click the Bandcamp page for the song for more information.
With a new album called Juice that just went to #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album Chart and a tour set up in December, you’d think John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, and John Scofield would just ease up and relax. Then again, if you know how MMW work and how Scofield energizes the trio even more, relaxation is not an option. They’ve made a video for one of the songs on the album, and maybe there will be more in the future. For now, watch “Juicy Lucy” and see how juiced up she gets. Or they get, you don’t know what kind of video it could be.
In Response: Dee-Fi is a compilation put together by Rediculus that scratches the service of what he’s about. If you’ve seen his name before or you heard one or two of his cuts, you will be able to hear a 15-song collection that will let you know what he is about. At least in part. A video has been made for the song “Mad As Hell” and even if he is, he’s having fun at the same time.