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By Elliot Wilson – NYMag
“Hot 97 fired its morning-drive D.J., Miss Jones, last month, and her replacement, starting July 21, is a surprise: Hot 97 will rebroadcast an L.A. program, “Big Boy’s Neighborhood Morning Show.” “I understand that Big Boy has enjoyed high ratings in other cities,” says Eskay, founder of the hip-hop blog Nah Right. “But I think it’s a poor decision on 97’s part to outsource one of the most crucial time slots in the most important media city.” And Hot 97’s rivals are rubbing it in. “New York,” says Power 105’s morning D.J., Ed Lover, “wants to hear about New York.” Says Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden: “Big Boy is very aware of the challenges in front of him.” [Link]
By Bob Hammond – NYMag
“Dubstep, the U.K.’s fledgling dance music, is an elusive sound for Stateside music fans. The bass-obsessed genre can be heard properly only through a club’s megawatt sound system, and if you’re in New York, that opportunity comes once a month at Dub War, the first dubstep club night to emerge in North America. The party recently celebrated its third birthday with its biggest event ever; at the Village club Love, a crowd of 600, a mix of Brooklyn hipsters, dreadlocked hippies, rave survivors, reggae veterans, and hip-hop futurists, turned out to see Skream, the genre’s crown prince. Here’s how it all came together:” [Read More]
By John Pareles – NYTimes
“Siren isn’t the most comfortable of rock festivals. The sound systems are mediocre and the pedestrian routes between the stages are irrational. But Siren does place the tattooed-nerd fashion sense of indie rock in the diverting context of Coney Island’s other freaks and sideshows.” [Read More]
By Nate Chinen – NYTimes
“Behind the flashy staging and frequent scratching lurks a sensibility that can properly be hailed as postmodern: rich in allusive detail and clever juxtapositions, steeped in self-conscious nostalgia. “The Hard Sell,” which was conceived for a concert last summer at the Hollywood Bowl, reaches well beyond the Shadow-Chemist baseline of old-school funk and soul. One memorable passage centered on a recording of Brazilian samba drumming. At another point a doo-wop cover of “Eye of the Tiger” led into “Stairway to Gilligan’s Island,” a vintage mash-up by Little Roger and the Goosebumps.” [Read More]
By Niko Koppel – NYTimes
“In the early 1970s, he met Frankie Crocker, a well-known radio D.J., who introduced him to the music scene. That led to assignments from Polydor and Motown Records to photograph artists like James Brown and the Jackson Five. By the mid-1970s, he was shooting candid images of black celebrities like Stevie Wonder at Studio 54 and Muhammad Ali at the Waldorf-Astoria.
It was also around this time that he first became interested in Harlem, when he started photographing boldface names at Leviticus, a popular Midtown disco. “It was from Leviticus that I learned about Uptown,” Mr. Dejean said. It was at the nightclub, he said, that he met the Harlem drug kingpins Leroy Nicholas Barnes and Frank Lucas, who, though bitter rivals, ran in similar circles. Mr. Dejean said Mr. Barnes hired him to photograph his lavish parties.” [Read More]
From Curbed.com: “It’s been a month or so since there was any news out of the BAM Cultural District, but today there is an announcement that the old Strand Theater in Fort Greene is going to be getting a $17.3 million expansion and makeover.” [Read More]
01. Statik Selektah feat. Cassidy, Saigon & Termanology – “To The Top”
02. Lil Dap – “Watch Me Now” Produced by DJ Skizz
03. LL Cool J – “Rocking With The GOAT” Produced by DJ Scratch
04. Roc C – “Still Here”
05. Nas – “Like Me”
Photo by Joe’s NYC
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Today: Halcyon presents Nü Pschidt @ 7PM
Monday: Zakka’s Radio Show @ 6PM with DJ UG
Tuesday: Nise Music’s Radio Show @ 6PM with MKL
Wednesday: A1 Afterhours @ 9PM with Alex from Tokyo
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Q: Danny Krivit’s monthly party 718 Sessions started out at what location in the 718 area code?
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