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]
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]
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
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.
Photo by Sharone Goe
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01: DJ MILO / VA
THE WILD BUNCH – STORY OF A SOUNDSYSTEM
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]
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
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
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]
By Anahad O’Connor – NY Times
DJ AM, a high-profile disc jockey who was as famous for his much-chronicled relationships as he was for his creative scratching and mixing on the celebrity club circuit, was found dead on Friday evening in his apartment in Manhattan, the police said.
The police said his body was found in his seventh-floor apartment in SoHo about 5:30 p.m. after friends had tried unsuccessfully to reach him for days. The chief police spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said the police did not suspect foul play. [Read More]