It's been six years since Jimmy Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel), released his acclaimed debut, Life is Full of Possibilities, and now we can all breathe again. On Dumb Luck, Tamborello follows the quintessential indie electro-pop blueprint he's become known for. Between his lush melodies and an arsenal of guest appearances (from Fog to Conor Oberst), this album will have Sub Pop affiliates on their knees–and you're next.Read more »
The mysterious, echo-laden sounds of Jamaican dubwise music are again under the historical and critical spotlight. Michael Veal (pictured), author and associate professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University, presents a new look at vintage dub in Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Wesleyan Press).Read more »
Let no one tell you differently–both Too $hort and E-40 were total band-geeks. During their time at Vallejo, California’s Hogan High, both of the East Bay rap legends were proud members of the band. 40 was pissed when someone vandalized the school over a year ago, mutilating a majority of the champion-band’s equipment.
On April 11, the Hogan High drum line performed for a packed room of alumni and students and E-40 presented the band with a $12,000 check for the school’s losses.
Unlike the more chill side often associated with Om records, Bassnectar relishes (who would have thought?) bass. “Bomb the Blocks” finds the San Francisco-based longhair taking dubfire to another level–complete with warehouse breakdancing, head-banging, and the occasional scary face. Featuring rattling cameras and bandana-laden MCs, “Bomb the Blocks” is visual-nectar.
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The late ’60s and early ’70s are often remembered within the context of rock n’ roll–complete with visions of free love, liberal drug use, protesting, and partying. While far from Janis Joplin or Joe Cocker, Betty Davis is the epitome of the rock lifestyle–an uncompromising artist who never once stepped into the box.
Los Angeles-based dublab throws a party every year, with the sole purpose in mind of ruining your day. Or at least, attendees should feel pensive and melancholy by the end of the festivities. Give Up: Stop Dancing and Cry is held at The Redwood Bar and Grill, a nautical themed restaurant on Second St. The event is thrown complete with live silkscreened shirts and, as dublab’s site so eloquently states, “bummer movie scenes splashed on video screens.”
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