• NEWS: LOOK FOR PAY IN MP3 WORLD

    By Laura Sydell – NPR

    It has been almost 10 years since Napster helped launch a revolution that turned the music industry on its head, allowing file-sharing fans to swap music on the Web. Record labels have blamed this phenomenon for a steep drop in CD sales.

    Consider this: In early 2000, ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached was on top of the Billboard album charts, selling nearly 2.5 million CDs in its first week. Now the bar has been lowered. Last year, it took only 1 million CDs for Lil’ Wayne to reach the top of the charts. [Read More]

  • NEWS: NO SKATER IN NEW PARK

    By Will Glovinksy – The Villager

    *In the hotbed microcosm that is Washington Square Park, it is rare that something changes with little fanfare. But that is what appears to have happened with skateboarders in the park. 

    “There has been a significant decrease in skateboarder activity,” Gil Horowitz, leader of the Coalition for a Better Washington Square Park, declared. 

    Horowitz, who can see the park from his apartment windows, wants to protect both the new granite benches — appealing targets for trick skaters — and senior-citizen parkgoers, who have complained about aggressive skateboarders who, they say, dart through crowds. Horowitz once described skaters as his group’s number-two concern after drug dealers, but now they seem to have made themselves scarce, at least while the sun shines. [Read More]

  • NEWS: THE INVENTOR OF REGGAE

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    By Heidi Patalano – Metro

    In mainstream culture, Bob Marley has long been credited as the progenitor of reggae, but before we can even ask, the Jamaican genre’s true father corrects the misconception.

    “I’m the inventor of the word reggae,” boasts Frederick Hibbert, better known as Toots, the leader of Toots and the Maytals.

    Calling from Kingston, Jamaica, his patois so thick it requires several relistens to the recording of our conversation, he says, “Bob Marley was older than me, but he didn’t create the word reggae.” [Read More]

  • NEWS: Q-TIP’S LOST ALBUM RELEASE

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    By Mog

    When an artist is on a major label, it can seem like they have to go walkin’ in artistic no-mans-land sometimes, especially when you read reports that the new album you’ve been hearing about and clamoring for is getting shelved. This is what happened in 1999 to Q-Tip’s record Kamaal The Abstract , the intended follow-up to his first solo outing, Amplified. And like most shelved albums, it leaked out there and became one of the famous lost albums. But recently, someone decided it was the time for the album to see the light of day and it is being released on September 15. You should hear it, just to see what all the fuss is about. The album leans more to the jazz/funk end of the spectrum with an almost spoken word vibe. That vibe feels like musical poetry (in that it tries to push you) and just like poetry, its not for everyone. [Read More]

  • MidniteMagic@ Galapagos

    Friday Sep 4 (9:30pm) @ Galapagos Art Space

    Midnight Magic (members of Hercules & Love Affair and Automato) make their Galapagos debut on Friday, September 4th. 

    DJ sets by Nomi, spinning into the wee hours.

    Midnight Magic is Tiffany Roth, Andrew Raposo, Morgan Wiley, Carter Yasutake, Caito Sanchez, Nick Roseboro, and Max Goldman.  Their sound is a mix of psychedelic soul inspired by electro, funk, and disco from all around the world. Midnight Magic’s first 12″ is called “Beam Me Up” (out on Permanent Vacation later this year). 

    *free haircuts all night
    *2-for-1 drafts from 9pm-10pm

  • Erik Truffaz @ Joe’sPub

    Wednesday Sep 2 (9:30–11pm)@Joe’s Pub

    “French trumpeter Erik Truffaz plays with such pristine minimalism — in long silvery peals and soft metallic breaths”

     David Fricke, Rolling Stone

     

    In 2005, Erik Truffaz was invited by his mentor John Hassell to play at the Montreal festival. He was taken aback by his kindness, his sense of space and the quality of his sound!

    The Ladyland Quartet performed a series of concerts in Paris with Michel Portal and Julien Lourau as guests. 

    2006 was a hard-working year. He composed a play for the National Orchestra of Lilles for which he performed as soloist. During the second part of the evening, he played duets with both Richard Galliano and Didier Lockwood.

    In addition, he regularly goes into battle with Pierre Henry, founder of electro –acoustic music.

    Together with the pianist Malcolm Braff, and with Indrani and Apurba Mukherjee, he moved to India, which led to the Benares album. He also took part in the Ecritures de concert project with Malcolm Braff and the poet Joël Bastard.

    He rubbed shoulders with Murcof, a tireless craftsman, and Talvin Singh joined them to create minimalist and contrasting music.

    2008 was a fertile year with the release of 3 albums: Benares, recorded in Kolkata, Paris in duet with Sly Johnson and Mexico, resulting from musical ping pong between himself and Murcof.

  • HexHector @ Cielo

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  • DLYSHN: Zakka

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    Every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm @ Zakka

    09/08 Ali Coleman (Voice of Voice)

    09/15  Radioo

    09/22  DJ Moustachio (Academy Records)

  • DLYSHN: Funky Slice

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    Every Monday from 8pm ~ 10pm

    @ Cedar Party Room

    09/14  DJ Matt M (ViralVinyl)

    09/21  Eric Escobar

    09/28  Alex D

    10/05  Earl Broclo Esq

  • DAILYSUMMARY: TUE, SEPT 01, 2009

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    Photo by Sharone Goe

    Recent News
    The Essential…Massive Attack – Fact Magazine
    The Ecstatic Passion of Indie Rock Grows in Brooklyn – NY Times
    DJ AM, Star Disc Jockey, Found Dead -NY Times

    Upcoming Radio Shows
    Monday: Funky Slice @ 8PM New Show!
    Tuesday: Zakka Show @ 5PM (Day & Time Changed)
    Wednesday: A1 Afterhours @ 9PM
    Thursday: Mo Music Mo Life@8PM
    Thursday: Bless Up @ 6PM
    Friday: Halcyon Presents Nu Pschidt @ 7PM

    New in the Radio Archive
    Zakka 08.31.09: Mr.Deba
    Mo Music Mo Life 08.27.09: Yaz Higasiya

  • REVIEW: MASSIVE ATTACK

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    By Fact Magazine

    01: DJ MILO / VA

    THE WILD BUNCH – STORY OF A SOUNDSYSTEM

    (STRUT, 2002)

    OK, so this isn’t strictly a Massive Attack album, but if you want to get any real sense of the social and musical context that gave rise to that band, you need to pay it some mind. The Wild Bunch was basically a Bristol soundsystem that came to prominence in the late 80s, tearing up parties in St Pauls and beyond with their infectious, immediate and quietly radical fusion of reggae, hip-hop and soul: a fusion that Massive Attack would take to the next level a few years down the line.

    The core members of Wild Bunch were Miles Johnson (AKA DJ Milo, compiler of this 2002 retrospective), Claude Williams (Willy Wee), Nellee Hooper and Grant “Daddy G’ Marshall, soon joined by Andrew ‘Mushroom’ Vowles and Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja. Very much pre-acid house, the parties the Wild Bunch played at and hosted were massively important to Bristol’s creative flowering and laid the foundations for the sound and aesthetic that would later be termed hip-hop. Though ecstasy and other drugs infiltrated the scene, it remained predominantly weed and booze-driven; accordingly, the wide range of music espoused by the soundsystem was united by its dub DNA: from the rolling, bass-heavy house of Mr Fingers’ ‘Can You Feel It’  to the electro-rap chop-up of Man Parrish’s ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’. [Read More]

  • SESSION 296: ZAKKA 08.31.09

    Mixed by Mr.Deba (Lex Records)

    01. Big L – All Black
    02. Biz Markie – Making Music With Your Mouth
    03. Cru – Bubblin
    04. YZ – Return of The Holy One
    05. Masta Ace – Me and The Biz
    06. EPMD – So What Cha Sayin’
    07. Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth – Good Life
    08. Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up
    09. Nas – Sekou Story
    10. Smif n Wessun – Sound Bwoy Burial

  • SESSION 295: MOMUSICMOLIFE 08.27.09

    Mixed by Yaz Higashiya @ SoleFood NYC

    01. DJ Spooky – Reactive Switching Strategies for the Control of Uninhabited Air
    02. DJ Cam – Espionage ft. Guru
    03. Madlib – Stormy
    04. The Roots – Why (What’s Going On?)
    05. Amanda Diva – Color Blind
    06. Chimp Beams – Lovely Chimps
    07. Monsieur Leroc – Mmhm…
    08. Pharoahe Monch – Free
    09. Four Tet – Fume
    10. Prisma – Rainy Sunday Morning
    11. Birijian – Q-ILL
    12. Cosigner – UNKNOWN

  • Martinez @ WTB-LIC

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  • Pezzner @ Cielo

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  • NEWS: INDIE ROCK IN BROOKLYN

    By Ben Ratliff – NY Times

    The crowd thinned out before the last band at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night. This made no sense, by normal gig logic, because of course the best band — Cymbals Eat Guitars — came last.

    But this wasn’t a normal gig. It was a five-band show of new indie rock sponsored by Insound, the Brooklyn music distributor and online retailer of vinyl albums, T-shirts and other cool things, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. And it happened at Williamsburg’s newest rock palace: novel and g-g-gorgeous, a place built to satisfy your desires for grass-fed beef and tipsy recreation. If you can stand any more leisure, there’s live music there too. [Read More]