01. Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove
02. Fred Wesley – House Party
03. Funkadelic – (not Just) Knee Deep Part1
04. David Williams – Come Down Boogie People
05. Jimmy Bo Horne – Is It In
06. Ish – Don’t Stop
07. Sharon Ridley – Changin’
08. Melba Moore – Standing Right Here
09. Ramona Brooks- I Don’t Want You Back
10. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe- Check Out Your Mind
01. Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove
Mixed by Dr.Shazzbots
01. Tom Waits – Opening Intro
02. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee
03. Songs Ohia – Captain Badass
04. Nick Drake – Hazey Jane II
05. Lou Reed – Andy’s Chest
06. Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
07. Broken Social Scene – Kc Accidental
08. The Sea And Cake – For Minor Sky
09. Built To Spill – Made Up Dreams
10. Dan Cray – Unknown
The cause of death has not yet been announced, though Isley suffered from diabetes severe enough to have caused him to leave the band in 1997. Later, his condition led to the amputation of both legs.
Isley will be remembered for the resilience and power of his bass work, which, for one thing, formed a crucial hook in the undulating ’70s hit “Fight The Power.” The bassist also played on the smash “Who’s That Lady,” as well as on prominent songs like “For The Love Of You” and “Harvest For The World.” [Read More]
Mixed by Takaya Nagase
01. Environments Disc 10
02. Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
03. Leon Thomas – Pharoah’s Tune (The Journey)
04. Chico Hamilton – Nomad
05. Santana – Aqua Marine
06. Ashra – Shuttle Cock
07. Brian Briggs – Aeo (Part1)&(Part II)
08. Donso – Waati
09. Sylvester – I need somebody To Love Tonight
10. Edgar Winter – Above And Beyond
By MATT HIGGINS – NY Times
The inspiration for the newest skate park in New York City came from obstacles found on the streets. There is a replica of a ledge and a grate setup found by the Unisphere fountain in Queens, and a curved railing modeled after one in Manhattan’s Union Square, both popular with street skaters.
The 16,000-square-foot skate plaza in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which hosted the Maloof Money Cupcompetition over the weekend, includes bits borrowed from the five boroughs, making it unique in its setup. [Read More]
The most influential and controversial rap group of the’80’s performs on the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Fear of a Black Planet, with two rising and equally political new comers.
Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap groups of all time. Public Enemy pioneered a variation of rap that was revolutionary. With his powerful, authoritative baritone, co-founder Chuck D rhymed about all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing the Black community, often condoning revolutionary tactics and social activism. In the process, he directed hip-hop toward an explicitly self-aware, Pro-Black consciousness. Musically, Public Enemy were just as revolutionary, creating dense soundscapes that relied on avant-garde cut-and-paste techniques, unrecognizable samples, piercing sirens, relentless beats, and deep funk. It was chaotic and invigorating music, made all the more intoxicating by Chuck D’s forceful vocals and the absurdist raps of his comic foil Flavor Flav. Today, PE celebrates the twentieth anniversary of their classic, influential album Fear of A Black Planet.
Ghanaian hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador uses rousing horns and clever beats that make him impossible to take lightly. Alongside his band, The Embassy Ensemble, Blitz tests the limits of hip-hop with live instruments and heavily complex, cross-cultural musical exploration.
In an age of disposable, cookie cutter acts, The 7th Octave offers up a different musical and lyrical perspective, combining metal riffs and blistering instrumentation with fiery, socially aware lyrics to provoke the minds of the new millennium generation.
orce M.D.’s versatile mix of credible urban savvy with smooth showbiz pleases both b-boys and traditional soul fans.
New York born and bred, The Force M.D.’s began their climb to fame by singing and dancing on Greenwich Village street corners and the Staten Island ferry. Among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix catchy doo wop-affected consonances with hip-hop beats, the Force M.D.’s versatile mix of credible urban savvy with smooth showbiz pleases both b-boys and traditional soul fans.
he king of Jamaican reggae plays alongside roots newcomers from South Carolina and Burkina Faso.
Dr. Jimmy Cliff is the world’s the best-known living Jamaican reggae musician and songwriter. He is generally credited for helping popularize the genre internationally with his soundtrack to the movie The Harder They Come, in which he also starred. His many hits include “Sitting In Limbo,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Many Rivers to Cross” and the now classic covers of “Wild World” and “I Can See Clearly Now.” He was recently inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and holds The Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts.
Trevor Hall, a native of South Carolina, has been writing and performing since he was fourteen years old. His unconventional mix of acoustic rock and reggae serves as a vibrant backdrop for thought-provoking, inspiring lyrics, which he delivers in a uniquely soulful voice. Of his self-titled 2009 album, Rolling Stone says, “Trevor Hall fills his third album with spiritually inclined roots jams.”
For more than thirty years, Victor Démé has performed his soulful blend of rootsy African blues in bars and clubs of his home town of Ouagadougou, the capital of the landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso. His heartful vocals evoke the struggle of a hard lived life, but also the confidence and wisdom of a man who comes from the griot tradition and spends his life honing his craft. Having already won acclaim throughout Europe, this is his US debut. But it wasn’t until the intervention of a French journalist and local hip-hop club promoter that he was able to record his first album of all original material. In 2009, his self-titled debut of rootsy blues gems was finally released internationally.
The godfather of hip-hop and neo soul performs classics and music from his first new album in over fifteen years.
Gil Scott-Heron’s poetry and music is widely acknowledged as the matrix from which hip-hop and neo-soul emerged. His transgressive, politicized, spoken-word-meets-jazz recordings, including, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “Whitey on the Moon,” “The Bottle” and “Small Talk at 125th and Lennox,” have been covered, sampled, referenced, deified and parodied by generations of artists. 2010 saw the release of I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s first release in thirteen years. SPIN called the album, “not so much a comeback as a testament to spiritual resilience.”
This event is presented in association with Jill Newman productions and is part of the NYC Revolutions series.
Energizing rock rhythms and unexpected up-tempo dance beats from Africa and the Middle East will make you rethink party music.
Plagued by warfare and drought, the political and environmental plight of the Tuareg people of the Southern Sahara has been given voice by the electrifying music of Tinariwen. Formed in 1979, the band rose to prominence in the 1980s as the pied pipers of a new political and social conscience in the southern Sahara, becoming icons to a generation of young Tuareg living in exile in Algeria and Libya. In the early 2000s, Tinariwen attracted a following outside Africa, first in the world music community and then in the wider rock scene, thanks to frequent tours and appearances at festivals in Europe and the US. Tinariwen sing about the suffering and exile of their people, the semi-nomadic Kel Tamashek, and about the beauty of their desert home.
Since 1994, Omar Souleyman and his musicians have reigned supreme as a staple of Syria’s dance-folk-pop scene. To date, they have issued more than 500 studio and live recorded cassette albums, easily spotted in the shops of any Syrian city. A ground-breaking musician, Souleyman melds classical Arabic mawal-style vocalization with Syrian dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi choubi, and contemporary Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles. The music often consists of phase-shifted Arabic keyboard solos and frantic rhythms. Oud, reeds, baglama saz, accompanying vocals and percussion fill out the sound from track to track. This performance offers a rare glimpse into Syrian street-level folk-pop phenomena seldom heard in the West.
Toubab Krewe has set a new standard for fusions of rock ’n’ roll and West African music. The North Carolina musicians developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with native musical luminaries. Their seminal new studio album, TK2, is a genre and mind-bending example of what the instrumental group’s “futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy” (Village Voice) is all about. Featuring an uber-unique and seamless mix of ancient and modern instrumentation and sounds, TK2 defines Toubab Krewe as “one of the most innovative bands in music today” (Honest Tune)
Mixed by Jonny Paycheck
01. Crash Drew – On The Radio
02. Q-Tip – Move
03. The Whatnuts – Help On The Way
04. 9th Creation – Much Too Much
05. Milton Wright – Keep It Up
06. Brothers By Choice – Baby You Really Got Me Going
07. The New Birth – I Can Understand It
08. Ellis And Cephas – I’m Gonna Miss You Girl
09. Afrodisia – A Fool No Longer
10. Michael Boothman Touch Feat.Charmaine Forde – What You Won’t Do For Me
Mixed by DJ KOJIE a.k.a.Marlin
01. Parquisite feat.Benjamin herman – Another summer
02. STARVING ARTISTS CREW – Organic Chemistry
03. Saukrates – Play Dis(Remix)feat.Common
04. Justice System – Dedication To Bambaataa(Diamond D
05. Justice System – Summer In The City
06. DJ Mitsu the beats – After Midnight
07. Kenichiro Nishihara Feat. Kissey Asplund – Life
08. Clementine – Un Homme Et Une Femme
09. INO hidefumi- Sentimental Promnade
10. Nichoras Orbie – Summer 87
By BKLYN Yard
To our Yardies…
Over the past four years, we have worked hard to create BKLYN Yard. You watched us grow from a small unknown independent venue into a space that hosted the best tacos in NYC, incredible talent (Lee Scratch Perry, Kaiju Big Battel, Dan Deacon & Jose Gonzalez to name a few), the Sunday Best dance series, the Gowanus Harvest Fest, the BK County Fair, Score! Pop-Up Mega Swap, Parked: Food Truck Festival, and countless lobster bakes, pig roasts, BBQs and more. This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were so proud to open our doors and display all the hard work we have been putting into the space to make this summer even better…from our new bar, to our atm, to our bocce court. Thousands of you came out and supported us and made it one of the most beautiful weekends we have had yet, so we are sad to announce, that last weekend was the final weekend of BKLYN Yard in our Carroll Gardens home. [Read More]