New York's multi-day music marathon finally found a way to combat the problem of taking a meaningful souvenir home from a live music event. Although this year's CMJ ends November 4, the company has teamed up with iTunes to create playlists of each day from this year's marathon. What better way to spend that free iTunes card good for 100 downloads placed in your goody bag?Read more »
Hip-hop label Nature Sounds, home to Mathematics, Masta Killa, MF Doom, and others, tries their hand at documentary filmmaking with Beat Kings: The History Of Hip-Hop. Spearheaded by Wu-Tang Clan member DJ Mathematics, the story chronicles the genre from the days of Afrika Bambatta to modern day artists like Kanye.Read more »
Okay, not really, but Brooklyn Bodega's got an event at the Brewery tonight that'll put you about as close as possible to the late hip-hop producer. Event attendees are welcome to make requests from the artist's wide catalogue, record a video shout-out for the Dilla Foundation, and help raise money for Lupus awareness.
Free beer will be donated by the famed Brooklyn Brewery. $20 gets you entry through the door and a limited edition Dilla LIves t-shirt, designed by Brooklyn artists James Blagden. Festivities start at 7pm.
It's been a while since we've seen a new release from the French Canadian Pee Thug and Dave 1, also known as the Arab/Jew duo Chromeo, and it will be a while still until a follow-up to 2004's She's In Control drops. Fans, you'll have to satiate your funk-loving palettes with another mix CD instead. On Ce Soir on Danse the guys delve deep into the long-forgotten corridors of the 80s and come up with 25 obscure goodies dripping with r&b, synth fun, vocoders, and sex.Read more »
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Bonobo - His production work is tighter than ever, with jazzy, downtempo beats often enhanced with vocals by musical nomad Bajka, who brings her own multi-cultural flair to the music.
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With his 2005 Definitive Jux release Mo' Mega still garnering praise, Boston's reflective rhymer Mr. Lif continues to take on the puzzling challenge that is modern day America in his work, both in the studio and on the road. Add the self-proclaimed "block-rocking, system-knocking, lyrical-gun-cocking funkateers" The Coup, fronted by Boots Riley, to the bill, and there's an evening worth going out for.Read more »
For a while it seemed that licensing music to film, television, and videogames was where the real money lay, but it seems mere television, film, or videogames aren't good enough anymore. Vivid-Alt, an offshoot of an adult film company, just last week released its latest film Girls Lie as the first Alt title to package with an original CD soundtrack, and said soundtrack happens to be crawling with some of your favorite indie artists. It's understandable that music would be a key element to the films, as it's what accompanies the, um, action.Read more »
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