Monday, June 18, 2007

Mark Ronson @ Hard Rock Times Square 6/19

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Mark Ronson - Stop Me ft Daniel Merriweather.mp3

This should be dope... Come thru

The Pigeon Detectives: My New Favorite Band... for the next 15 minutes

So, I heard about this band thru the In the City showcase that they were having after the panels in NYC last week. The Pigeon Detectives were supposed to play the Nokia Theatre with The Happy Mondays but THM cancelled the week before the show. They ended up playing the Knitting Factory with The Rakes last Wednesday night- I missed it for Razorlight which is a completely different story that I will post about later.
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Hailing from Leeds, this band formed in 2002 taking a path that very likely will lead them into rockstardom- well at least for a brief while. Getting on some great tours having supported Dirty Pretty Things whilst they toured in Spring 2006 and Kaiser Chiefs in early November 2006, this band is getting major "buzz" as summer festival season nears. Their debut album "Wait For Me" was just released last month in the UK produced by Will Jackson (Kaiser Chiefs/Embrace) and mixed in part by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol/Kaiser Chiefs/Bloc Party) and Steve Harris (The Automatic/U2). From what I've heard so far (haven’t picked up the CD yet) is some solid catchy pop/rock. Their songs are all really similar (aka sound the same) but that doesn’t bother me since I find them to be infectious and full of energy. Last week, I couldn't get "I Found Out" out of my head playing it at work over and over again. Unfortunately, they are not slated to gig in the US any time in the future, as I hear their live show takes the recorded songs to new heights with charismatic lead singer, Matt Bowman’s stage antics, crowd surfing etc. I assume as they get bigger, The Pigeon Detectives will be making trips to NY to showcase for a US label deal (if they don't already have one in the works).

The Pigeon Detectives - Wait For Me.mp3
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out.mp3
The Pigeon Detectives - Im Not Sorry.mp3

In the New York area there are limited copies of the album available from the following stores:

Generation Records
210 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-1100

Other Music
15 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-8150

Summertime Music from my Youth mix

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime.mp3
2. Souls of Mischief - 93 til Infinity.mp3
3. SWV - Im So Into You.mp3
4. Soul For Real - Every Little Thing I Do.mp3
5. P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss.mp3
6. Tevin Campbell - Round And Round.mp3
7. Jade - Dont Walk Away.mp3
8. Leschea - Fulton Street.mp3
9. Positive K - I Got a Man.mp3
10. Snow - Informer.mp3
11. Color Me Badd - I Adore Mi Amor.mp3

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Wax Fang @ Mercury Lounge 6/6

Wax Fang played last week with The Features at Mercury Lounge and I was blown away by the sheer musicianship that this Louisville, KY 3-piece displayed. Their sound is so epic, crisp and tight. Originally a solo project for Scott Carney (vox, theremin, guitar) developed in his basement playing all the instruments himself until he eventually added Kevin Ratterman (drums) and Jake Heustis (bass, keys) to round out this retro/but updated indie rock outfit.

Carney sounds Michael Stipe-ish when he sings as some of the songs are instrumental or with lyrics with little regard for the traditional chorus, verse, bridge, chorus etc formula (below are two songs with lyrics). Their influences seem to range from southern 60s rock, to the obscure indie rock. They have recently toured with My Morning Jacket. Here's what Jim James of MMJ had to say about Wax Fang:

"’s got futuristic energy, a lot of elements I’ve never heard work before. A combo of all these things you remember from the past. You can sense some David Bowie in it. It’s so unique, it’s hard to place. The cool thing about it is he [Carney] made it by himself. Every single instrument is played by him and he paid attention to the details….The production is amazing, the songs are amazing. It takes you to a different place." - Jim James of My Morning Jacket from the New York Times

MP3:Wax Fang - Sweet Bloody Murder.mp3
MP3:Wax Fang - Bi-Polar Bear.mp3

He's So Fuckin Disco, Motherfucker He's Too Damn Fly

The Pase Rock has a new track and remix for you.

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The Pase Rock - So Fucking Disco.mp3
This track was played in his Live in Miami track and I've been listening to snippets of it for a while but the full length track is so hot and I couldn't be happier that I have it now for my iPod

Also, this is a remix of one of my favorite artists, Cody ChesnuTT, by Pasey Pase:

Cody ChesnuTT - Bitch Im broke (Pase Rock remix).mp3

Cody ChesnuTT - Look Good In Leather.mp3
Cody ChesnuTT - Can We Teach Each Other.mp3

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Don't Sleep On These MP3s #2:

*B.O.B. - haterz everywhere.mp3
This is a new Atlantic artist that my boy A&Rs, thru RebelRock (producer Jim Jonsin's production company). Produced by Ribah (i've never heard), this song is dope.
*rayl and b.o.b.-my girl got a girlfreind.mp3
Also features B.O.B. on there but I don't know who the singer is, but I really like the song and how it moves.
*Sway ft Chamillionaire - Up Your Speed Part 2.mp3
This is Sway, new grime/uk star, dope dope song
*Kanye West - Young Folks.mp3
This is just funny
*Jill Scott - Hate On Me.mp3
This is the new Jill Scott single from the new album THE REAL THING, everything you expect from Jill, amazing soul vocals, amazingly produced live horns section, silky smooth (but this song is a bit harder but I'm feelin in)

Upcoming Shows: Liam & Me, The Virgins, Airspace etc

TONIGHT: 5/30 Airspace @ Arlene's Grocery 10pm ($8)
6/01 CSS, Yo Majesty @ Fillmore - Irving Plaza ($20)
6/05 Liam and Me w/ We Are The Fury @ The Knitting Factory 7:30ish ($10) 21+
6/09 The Long Blondes, The Virgins @ Bowery Ballroom 9pm ($15 day of)


YO YO Party

mp3s - virgins: here
mp3s - Liam and Me: here
mp3s - Airspace: and here

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Show: Spankrock, Ghostface, Roxy, Lil Mama, Catchdubs tonight!

Doors 7pm
Show 9pm
Ages 16+

Highline Ballroom is on 16st btw 9th-10th Avenues

Lil Mama - Lip Gloss.mp3
A great-in-its-simplicity mashup by catchdubs Pump It Shawty 2.mp3
DJ Kentaro ft Spankrock - Free (Armani Xxxchange Remix).mp3
Ghostface Killah - Kilo ft. Raekwon.mp3

thats all folks, tonight should be kinda bananas... if you dont wanna shell out 30 bills to see Spank and crew, come to the Annex for the afterparty... rsvp at

Monday, May 14, 2007

Amy Wino Covers/Originals

from Highline Ballroom last week, NYC

Amy Winehouse - Hey Little Rich Girl.mp3
The Specials - Hey, Little Rich Girl.mp3

Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.mp3
The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.mp3

Amy Winehouse - Valerie.mp3
Zutons - Valerie.mp3

Amy Winehouse - To Know Him is to Love Him.mp3
The Teddy Bears - To Know Him Is To Love Him.mp3

Don't Sleep on These MP3s #1:

Charlotte Gainsbourg - The Operation (Cousin Cole Remix).mp3
This remix is so on point, I've been listening to this on repeat recently.
Lil Bit ft Jung Joc, Jim Jones - Sex With My Ex.mp3
Ok, I found this song and the title should speak for itself, right? But it's even better when it breaks into the chorus. I think this song speaks to a lot of people (or just me)
Smitty - Died In Your Arms.mp3
Who uses a Cutting Crew sample? Smitty of course... and I'm a little embarrassed to say I dig it?! sdt
Wale - Good Girls (Tactic Remix).mp3
"Good girls never give it up on the first night" This is just some dope new hip hop from a talented MC, so dance. (fyi Wale is pronounced waa-lay)
Beyonce ft Young Buck - Go (Cashville Remix).mp3
Club banger, don't not listen to this cause young Buck is on the track... it's not Beyonce's fault. Produced by D. Prosper from G-Unit affiliation.
Lady Saw - Not Prettiest-clean.mp3
Ok, I personally love Lady Saw but this song is so not her normal music. It's one of those "Beautiful" by Christina, or "Unpretty" by TLC... its pretty amusing from the Dancehall queen.
DancesWithWhiteGirls - Money in the Bank Remix.mp3

Rasheeda - Type Of Gurl (Dirty).mp3

Wiley - Gangsterz.mp3
grime shit

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Albert Hammond Jr with High Class Elite tonight @ Hiro

My girl Aishah is singing with Franco V and the High Class Elite tonight at 10pm. They just came off an openning slot on the Stooges most recent east coast tour!

but before that you should go to the Knitting Factory for this show!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Rando MP3s I'm feeling, so might you: M.I.A., Uffie, Amanda Blank, Yo Majesty and more

Justice - The Party (featuring Uffie).mp3
M.I.A. - 09 Hit That.mp3
Leaked new track, in the hook of this song, I think everyone who grew up in the early 90s knows this chant from Rump Shaker by Wreckx-N-Effect
Amanda Blank - 03 Track 03.aif
This is one of her new songs, so new, I don't even know the name of it
Bjork - 01 Earth Intruders (Spank Rock Remix).mp3
The Pack/Ashanti - Retro Kids.mp3
Matt and Kim - Yeah Yeah (Flosstradamus Remix Tagged).mp3
Amerie - Gotta Work (Clean).mp3 hooks me up with mainstream fun!
Yo Majesty - club action.mp3
I know, I know, everyones already on this one, but whatevs

Shows this week and after, write that down!

Kid Sister is performing with The Rub at the Canal Room on Sat May 26th:

Also, this Thursday at The Knitting Factory, ill be doing merch (i feel so honored...note to self: need to get a job) for DJ Vibe and Max. The line up includes The Guts, Machinedrum, and Jungletalk.

Mixtapes, mashups Justice x Jay Z, DJ Vibe and Max B

DJ Vibe and Max Barbaria have put out a couple of mixtapes out together. This new one, The Adventures of DJ Vibe and Max Barbaria, is really thoughtful, listenable all the way through and most importantly eclectic. There is tons of remixed, twisted out and just plain weirdo shit- a ton of stuff I don't know (which I like)... This mixtape is classified as sort of world music/hip hop/electroclash-ish...

You know when someone is blogging about an artist/dj whoever and you can tell that its their friend - like they are only repping them because they have to AS A FRIEND say that their shit is dope. It is totally NOT the case here, even though these fine young musicians are my friends, this mixtape with the TinTin cover (thanks to Stat), is something you should buy, if only to expand your world music knowledge...

DJ Vibe & Max B - 12 Track 12.mp3
(Donatella Rettore - Il Cobra)
DJ Vibe & Max B - 21 Track 21.mp3
(Mapei - Date Rape / Lind and the Linders - Koi Ni Shiberete)
DJ Vibe & Max B - 23 Track 23.mp3
(Omarion - Ice Box / Phones - Alsatian Remix)
DJ Vibe & Max B - 24 Track 24.mp3
(Bun B - Get Throwed / Klaxons - Golden Skans)

Recently played on EVR on Mark Ronson's (our goldenproducer boy) Authentic Shit is a catchy, well matched mashup of Justice's "D.A.N.C.E" and Jay Z's "Show Me What You Got"...

DJ Vibe and Max B - Show Me How To D.A.N.C.E - (Justice vs Jay Z) DJ Vibe and Max.m4a

p.s. this is just funny shit:

The Cool Kids are (insert something faux cheesy and ironic here)

The Cool Kids- the first signing (I believe) on Nic Catchdubs label with A-Track called Fools Gold... They are from Chi Town... I have Mickey Rocks stuck in my head...FOR DAYS

Apparently they're the new black version of the beastie boys...ha


Cool Kids - Mikey Rocks.mp3

Cool Kids - One Two.mp3

Catchdubs played this on eastvillageradio recently and its so dope... Lloyd x Technotronic... I love love love this

Nic Catchdubs - Pump It Shawty 2.mp3

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Penis Power

If You Haven't Seen Ms. Alexyss Tylor on her public access show in Atlanta, u ARE MISSING OUT... They are giving this woman a real show in the near future I hear... can't wait

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Them Jeans: Rich Girls v. I'm A Flirt

R. Kells Likes Rich Girls Too!

So Them Jeans from LA often seen spinning with Steve Aoki just did a blend of The Virgins - Rich Girls and R. Kelly - I'm A Flirt. I've had a lot of Djs ask for the accapellas for the Virgins songs but I was told that they weren't being given out til the songs for the record had been cleaned up and perfected. Anyway, this is just the first wave of many remixes/mashups etc for the Virgins music. It's not very good but I'm told it was just a 5 minute improv thing that Palms OUt Sounds posted for shits and giggles.
Here you go, courtesty of Palms Out Sounds:

Them Jeans - Im A Flirt - R Kelly v Rich Girls - The Virgins.mp3

just an fyi

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Liam & Me Tour Announced with Under The Influence of Giants, Young Love, and PlayRadioPlay

Almost finished tracking and mixing their album, Liam and Me are hitting the road this spring!!! Dates below:

Larkin and O'Dowd of Liam and Me, SXSW 06

04/18 - LOS ANGELES, CA Viper Room w/ Whitey, Battle Alaska (21+)
04/28 - DETROIT, MI Shelter w/ Young Love and Under the Influence of Giants and Play Radio Play
04/29 - LANSING, MI Mac's Bar
04/30 - PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
05/01 - BUFFALO, NY The Buffalo Icon
05/03 - BOSTON, MA Middle East Upstairs
05/07 - PHILADELPHIA, PA Homecoming Show at North Star Bar
05/08 - BALTIMORE, MD Ottobar
05/09 - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA The Peppermint Beach Club
05/10 - CHARLOTTE, NC The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
05/11 - ATLANTA, GA The Masquerade Downstairs
05/12 - TALLAHASEE, FL The Beta Bar
05/13 - JACKSONVILLE, FL Jack Rabbits
05/14 - NASHVILLE, TN Rocketown
05/15 - LITTLE ROCK, AR Vino's
05/16 - DALLAS, TX House of Blues Dallas Caimbridge
05/17 - AUSTIN, TX The Parish Room
05/18 - HOUSTON, TX Walters on Washington
05/20 - TEMPE, AZ The Sets
05/21 - LAS VEGAS, NV Art Bar
05/23 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom of the Hill
05/24 - LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey Theatre
And check out their nerdy blog about LA and recording and tour here with a photoblog here
and here's my favorite halloween pic of them just for shits and giggles:

Spankrock show and exclusive Santogold/SpankRo mp3

Santogold - Shuv It ft Spankrock (Produced by Disco D.mp3
This and other I've previously posted will be on the forthcoming album by Santogold.
Finally there's a flyer for this show:

Found in other music blogs

Lily Allen doesn't give a fuck about touring the US.
Mashups to the max can be found here.
Justin from CrackersUnited writes about Field-check it out.
Mark Ronson's Versions album is beginning to get reviews. I personally love the album. p.s. Santogold is featured on the Jam cover of "Pretty Green"... cop it
Maggie Gyllenhaal sings? who knew...not me.
Unreleased Timbo, JT and Hova song.

Pierces Album Release Party @ The Box, NYC pics

Also, this Saturday 4/21 at the Gramercy Theatre, The Pierces open for Mason Jennings. Tix available here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

CYHSY and T.I. billed together @ Duke Univeristy


Ok so I was told by a member of CYHSY that their show at Duke University this past Saturday night was (to my surprise) not a so good an experience.
I asked, shocked "why? what happened? did the equipment fuck up"
He said: "we were there opening for T.I.- do you know him?"
Me: laughing and smiling "so this was one of those college free shows for students spring concert thing and they tried to please indie and hip hop heads"
Him: "we got booed and when we were finishing our set and Alec said that this was our last song, they cheered! It was terrible-worst band experience of my life"

I decided I didn't want to say anything about it but then I went to Idolator and saw this about T.I.'s performance... Check this out, its really funny that Duke thinks they can do this (since this is a regular occurrence):
"T.I. may face legal action after he allegedly botched a Saturday-night concert at Duke University, partially because he had to attend an "unrelated dinner" at P.F. Chang's Lucky Bistro." -Idolator. Full article in Duke newspaper here.

Recap of Virgins and Jet show

Donald after the show:
All my pictures are blurry and my camera broke mid show, but I'm waiting on Aron's Glob to post the one's he took from stage etc... I have some afterparty pictures too if you go my flickr page

It was the Virgins 6th show since starting the tour with Jet... they are getting the hang of the live show slowly but surely... But I gotta say, when they opened, the floor at Webster was packed with fans (not like friends of the band but real fans!). They really got a lot of love from the NY show. They have an EP out that they are selling on the road with them as an FYI if you happen to read this blog and are going to any of the shows.

Just Jack is not just from Will & Grace

This LDN native started djing at 15 and got heavy into the Grime (UK's abrasive brand of hip hop) scene. His first album "The Outer Marker" released in 2002 was given the cold shoulder, barely making a dent in the UK. "Overtones" is Just Jack's sophomore release on Mercury Records, having reached number 2 on the UK charts with the single "Stars In Your Eyes." People have taken notice and he is not playing sold out shows in the UK and being compared to the likes of Mike Skinner aka The Streets. However, Mike Skinner is the farthest from Just Jack. The media sees two white guys rap/talking over grime-ish beats in London with a storyteller quality and assume they are the same. Anyways, my favorite song has to be "Disco Friends". Check em out, I guarantee you'll like em

Just Jack - Stars in Your Eyes.mp3
Just Jack - Disco Friends.mp3
Just Jack - Glory Days.mp3


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tigercity can't commit, so what else is new?!?

In the lax culture of hooking up and non-dating and def non-boy/girlfriends, its getting harder and harder to commit to just one person even if you know they're the one you want (for the time being). Tigercity's new song is all about this. "I'm easy/ It's nothing that you do/ It's everything the other girls do" I love Bill's vocals in this... very "smooth" as they like to call their pop sound.

Tigercity - Other Girls.mp3

for more on this band, go to my previous post here

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Triumphant Virgins return to NY before going on the next oleg of tour with Jet

Tour is going swimmingly I hear and they are stopping at Webster Hall this Thursday April 5. So Come down, tix are not sold out!!!!
Here's an exclusive track:
The Virgins - Radio Christiane.mp3

Can't wait for tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Cloud Room is OFFICIAL

They're back and being good people:
J from The Cloud Room says "we are playing our first headlining NYC show in a year and 26 days!!!! Blame the absence on Australia, Muse, The National, fire, time, Poland & chicken pox (poor Dave). Oh, and we’ve also been recording our next EP (Please Don’t Almost Kill Me) & LP. So come check out the new songs next week, our new horn section (the 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Horn Ensemble), bathe in the free booze, and support a great cause. All $$$ goes to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society"
Also playing this benefit are DJ/Producers The Rub
The Rub - Track14.mp3

then stay for the Cheeky Bastard party

Amanda Blank new song with XXXchange

Amanda Blank is a sultry sexy singer as well as a dope mc who can stand up to the boys.
Amanda Blank - Get It Now.mp3
Here's another new track I'm loving
Amanda Blank - DJ Play That Shit.mp3

and its been rumored that M.I.A. wants to take Amanda and Santogold on tour this summer which would be a show I would DEF be at! Will keep you posted on all that shit if it works out

And this song rings a little to close to home but I can dig it, can u dig it
it comes from The Pase Rock
The Pase Rock ft Amanda Blank - Sexy MF DJ Eli rmx.mp3

Ed Banger and Mad Decent: 2 Nights of crazy dance parties

Ok, lets start off with Thursday night @ Hiro where I saw the Presets for the first of two shows in NY (the second in BK on Friday)... They were amazing, here are some pics:
the presets (the best pic I could get without being trampled by people in the crowd)

just look how packed it was
I'm not gonna lie, after the Presets and Busy P, the night got kind of blurry for me, but more party pics here.

Apparently, because there were some tickets to this sold out show still available at the door (which opened at 9pm) there was some beef outside. First of all, I got there at 9:07 or something and people were queing around the block like 3 people thick already. I somehow got myself in (thank you David!) and settled without TOO much of a hassle. Around, 10:30/11ish people were cutting the line and getting into fights where the police came out to stop them. I just am sort of shocked and proud that all these French hipsters could get that macho and aggressive. Vive la France!
More Than Decent...
Ok, lets get into Friday night (the one I remember way more vividly for the music). I got there with my friend Meg at around 11pm definitely recognizing a lot of faces from the night before waiting in line again! We get in and Nic (catchdubs) was djing. There were strobe lights and sweaty dirty dance people writhing around the dance floor in every color fluorescent hoodies and ghetto gold-dope!
After getting settled in, Mad Decent's own Baltimore boy DJ Blaq Starr took the stage. I am embarrassed to say I never heard of him or his music, but when he starting freestyling over Rod Lee's "Dance My Pain Away" I knew he was up my alley.
Hes a dope producer and DJ who is apparently producing some tracks for the new M.I.A. record and has been described as "Something akin to the marriage of The Clipse, Carl Craig, and Peter Gabriel" and "violent, futuristic soul music" by Diplo. If you want to get at this amazing talent, u can grab an EP here.

Here's one of his productions with vocals from Rye Rye:

Next up was bonde do role... I mean everyone knows they are dope, so I don't really need to say more about them. Here are some pics:

bondedorole - soltaofrango.mp3
bondedorole - gasolina.mp3

Then at some point in the wee hours of the morning, Diplo sprang into action, and was satisfying

Diplo vs The Beatles - Shhake It Up.mp3

Friday, March 30, 2007

on my way to BK for Diplo at Studio B, but I'll review the Presets show last night and tonights with pics etc tomorrow. hold your breath.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ed Banger goons @ Hiro This Thursday

This Thursday, I just found out (I don't know how this got past me) that Justice along with DJ Medhi, Sebastian, Busy P...
Cheeky B*stard Presents
Ed Banger Records and Presets Live

The Presets are dope, check em out

The Presets - Are You The One.mp3
The Presets - Down Down Down.mp3