Who’s Who of Underground Hip-Hop Scene Join together for “Caltroit” Tour Heavy Hitters Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Bishop Lamont Hit the Road
Producer, MC, and vanguard of Detroit’s rising hip-hop scene, Black Milk will embark on a mini-tour of Europe featuring fellow heavy hitters Guilty Simpson and Bishop Lamont and special guests eLZhi and Sean Price on additional U.S. dates. The “Caltroit” Tour will consist of eight dates in major European cities including Amsterdam, Paris and Zurich. The tour is in support of Black Milk and Bishop Lamont’s duo album Caltroit, Black Milk’s highly anticipated solo album Tronic, and Guilty Simpson’s critically acclaimed debut album Ode To The Ghetto.
When discussing the tour, Black said, “It is always good to go to Europe because there is so much energy in the crowd and so much love over there.” Since releasing Caltroit with Bishop Lamont in 2007, the duo have not joined together on a tour. The tour will offer fans a chance to finally see Black and Bishop performing their songs together.
In only a few short years, Black Milk quickly has become one of underground hip-hop’s foremost ambassadors since the release of his debut solo album Popular Demand. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi’s The Preface, an album that is making many critics’ Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit’s music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC will be released on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Fat Beats Records on October 28, 2008.
Thurs-Oct-9 Aarhus, DENMARK Train Fri-Oct-10 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Aktionshalle Sat-Oct-11 Paris, FRANCE Gibus Mon-Oct-13 Leipzig, GERMANY Connie Island Tue-Oct-14 Amsterdam, HOLLAND Paradiso Wed-Oct-15 Rotterdam, HOLLAND Watt Thu-Oct-16 Cologne, GERMANY TBA Fri-Oct-17 Basel, SWITZERLAND Das Schiff Sat-Oct-18 Oslo, NORWAY Bla Fri-Oct-24 New York, NY Southpaw- “TRONIC” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY Tue-Oct-28 Detroit, MI The Shelter@ St. Andrews Hall- “TRONIC” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY Thurs-Nov-6 Toronto, CANADA Revival- “TRONIC” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY w/eLZHI Sat-Nov-15 Los Angeles, CA Key Club w/Sean Price
TERMANOLOGY TO JOIN METHOD MAN AND REDMAN ON “STILL HIGH TOUR” TERMANOLOGY’S DEBUT “POLITICS AS USUAL” IN STORES TODAY
New York, NY – Massachusetts-bred; New York-based rapper Termanology’s debut LP, Politics As Usual, is in stores today (9-30-08). One of this year’s most anticipated albums; Politics As Usual is a joint venture between Term’s own ST. Records and Indy powerhouse Nature Sounds. Termanology’s debut merges the best of both worlds for all Hip-Hop fans, as its meshes classic boom-bap production from a virtual who’s who list of production royalty; DJ Premier, Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Havoc, Buckwild, Nottz and Large Professor all provide tracks and it also includes guest appearances from Prodigy, Sheek Louch, Freeway, Lil Fame and UGK’s Bun B who guests on the LP’s DJ Premier produced lead-single “How We Rock.”
At the onset of 2006, Term caught his big break when legendary producer DJ Premier, whom he met three years earlier, finally blessed him with one of his signature, scratch-laden beats. “Watch How It Go Down” instantly became an underground classic and Termanology appeared on Hip-Hop’s international radar. The conscious hood anthem garnered the earnest MC tons of praise, landing him in The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” and XXL’s “Show and Prove” columns.
Since then, Termanology has quickly climbed the industry ranks with his Hood Politics mixtape series and his debut, Politics As Usual, has a huge buzz on the Internet and has also been included in Source, XXL, XLR8R, Remix and Spin Magazine’s (Look for Term in the Dec 2008 issue of Spin Magazine where he will be featured as a “Break Out” artist).
The opportunity to join two legends like Method Man and Redman on their “Still High” tour is very gratifying for Term as he laments “I’ve been listening to Method Man and Redman my whole life and it’s an honor to tour with them. I look forward to tearing it down for the fans.”
Confirmed Dates for Redman and Method Man’s “Still High” Tour featuring Termanology
Oct-10 PROVIDENCE, RI (LUPOS) Oct-12 BURLINGTON, VT (HIGHER GROUND) Oct-13 WORCESTER, MA (PALLADIUM) Oct-14 NEW HAVEN, CT (TOADS PLACE) Oct-15 PHILADELPHIA, PA (TROCADERO) Oct-17 NEW YORK, NY (NOKIA THEATER) Oct-18 RICHMOND, VA (TOADS PLACE) Oct-19 BALTIMORE, MD (SONAR) Oct-21 BLOOMINGTON, IN (BLUEBIRD) Oct-22 CINCINNATI, OH (MAD HATTER) Oct-23 DETROIT, MI (CROFOT BALLROOM) Oct-24 CHICAGO, IL (HOUSE OF BLUES) Oct-27 MINNEAPOLIS, MN (FIRST AVE) Oct-29 DENVER, CO (OGDEN) Oct-30 ASPEN, CO (BELLY UP) Oct-31 SALT LAKE CITY, UT (MURRAY THEATRE) Nov-02 BELLINGHAM, WA (WWU – VIKING UNION) Nov-04 PORTLAND, OR (ROSELAND) Nov-05 SEATTLE, WA (SHOWBOX SODO) Nov-06 ARCATA, CA (HUMBOLDT ST. UNIV.) Nov-07 SAN FRAN, CA (GRAND BALLROOM) Nov-08 SANTA CRUZ, CA (THE CATALYST) Nov-09 PETALUMA, CA (PHOENIX THEATER Nov-11 LOS ANGELES, CA (HOUSE OF BLUES) Nov-13 SAN DIEGO, CA (CANE’S) Nov-14 PHOENIX, AZ (MARQUEE THEATER) Nov-15 ALBUQUERQUE, NM (ALB.CONVENTION CTR) Nov-16 DALLAS, TX (HOUSE OF BLUES) Nov-18 AUSTIN, TX (STUBBS WALLER CREEK AMP) Nov-19 HOUSTON, TX (HOUSE OF BLUES) Nov-21 ATHENS, GA (GEORGIA THEATER) Nov-22 ASHEVILLE, NC (ORANGE PEEL) Nov-23 CARRBORO, NC (CATS CRADLE) Nov-25 NORFOLK, VA (NORVA THEATRE) Nov-26 WASHINGTON, DC (9:30 CLUB) Nov-28 ASBURY PARK, NJ (STONE PONY) Nov-29 HARTFORD, CT WEBSTER THEATRE)
HOT CHIP hits the Road for USA Tour! The guys will bring along a LIVE DRUMMER for this tour –which should make for an even more dynamic show!
On Wednesday, September 17th at 1pm PST – Al Doyle of HOT CHIP will be conducting at Q&A roundtable conference call to discuss details for their recently announced US tour & Live EP available on iTunes (dates listed below):
9/19 San Diego, CA Street Scene 9/20 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Festival 9/21 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern 9/22 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern 9/23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater 9/25 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom 9/26 Austin, TX Austin City Limits 9/28 Chicago, IL Metro 9/29 Chicago, IL Metro 9/30 Toronto, ON Koolhaus 10/1 Montreal, QC Metropolis 10/3 New York, NY Terminal 5 10/4 New York, NY Terminal 5 10/5 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero 10/7 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live 10/8 Washington, DC 9:30 Club 10/9 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
HOT CHIP’s new EP entitled iTunes Live: Berlin Festival -includes 6 tracks that were recorded at Radialsystem V in Berlin on May 8th .
-Over and Over -Out At The Pictures -One Pure Thought -Don’t Dance -No Fit State -Ready for the Floor
Hmmm, do we detect a legitimate scene brewing from downunder? What the heck is Australia playing at? Bombarding the universe with one amazing act after another and offering a full spectrum of musical goodness for us all to enjoy. It’s unnecessary to provide a list of all the talent currently hailing from this fine and vast country (if we have to, then shame on you!) as they should of course, already be under your radar by now.
However, there is one band that you really should take note of, and that’s the punked-out attention-deficit-approved ghetto-electro sounds of none other than the Brother and Sister collective, known as Bumblebeez, hailing from the small town of Braidwood and about to venture to the United States this fall!
First stop, NYC this Sept when they are set to join fellow aussies, Midnight Juggernauts and New Yorks’ own Grandmaster Flash on Sept 13th at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. The band will then be returning for a mini tour with the sassy Ms. Ladyhawke this October (dates and flyers to post are below).
The make up of the “beez” has been constantly evolving, but the core of the band has always remained the brother and sister duo of Christopher and Pia Colonna AKA ViLa AKA Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill, which is also the name of the bands astoundingly unique debut. The result, a mysterious and marvelous attempt at cramming a lifetime of dreams and influences into 40 minutes of tape. A kaleidoscopic trip of A.D.D. jams taking in sounds from 1920 to 2020, if you will. The Bumblebeez have crafted a record of pure energy and bass that is exciting, exhilarant and sometimes, just downright insane.
The record recalls bits and pieces of Rodriguez, The Beatles, Dizzee Rascal, Lee Scratch Perry, Prince, NWA, Roxanne Shante, Neneh Cherry, The Kinks, Liars, Little Richard, Malcolm McLaren, Daft Punk, The Modern Lovers and Public Enemy but manages to safely land in some faraway space none of those have ever been before.
When the red hot former single ‘Dr Love’ caught the ears of specialists, mainstream media and music fans alike, the masses quickly realized they were onto something special with this new brandished Australian duo Bumblebeez, who have quickly become the band to watch from here on out and are destined to continue gathering fans far from home.
Produced by self confessed ‘ADD’ producer, Chris Colonna and one half of Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford. The tracks began as a coleslaw of instruments, samples and rough jams, MPC monster beats and mysterious raps collected over the last few years, all thrown together in a Braidwood (Aus.) bedroom.
Once a collection of songs was established Mr. Ford [Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys, Mystery Jets] was sent down to the country town for a pint, to feed the cows, disappear every few days and beat the songs into the shape of an earth shaking album. The results see the album trawling through varying beats and obvious nods to the Bumblebeez musical influences through out.
The record was mixed by Zdar in Paris to give it a little Eurocrunk in the trunk and here we are, with a record that’s a dizzying trip through popular music from yesterday to tomorrow, from Braidwood to Botswana to Bombay to Brooklyn, with bits and pieces of doo wop, garage, punk rock, hip hop, reggae, RnB, grime and acid all seeping into the mix. It’s a furiously manic mix, one which is all held together by the Bumblebeez’ raw and ridiculously energetic aesthetic.
It’s exactly this clever and subtle morphing between obscure styles and a multitude of genres on this 16 track album that assures us that Bumblebeez will blaze a path of their own in this world with this debut album and slew of live shows, coming this September and October in the USofA
PRINCE UMBERTO & THE SISTER OF ILL /// TRACK BY TRACK
INTRO A cavalcade of sounds introduces the helter skelter skitter of the record.
BLACK DIRT A paranoid calling to arms, with a wall of howls and unstoppable drum loop, a primal scream of an opening track proper.
CLUBB CLUBB After the introduction of the best rapper alive ViLa, Clubb Clubb erupts with skittering 808 kick drums, enormous sirens and old hip hop stabs, with ViLa spitting lava front and centre.
RADIO FABULOUS A loose limbed percussive radio request show call out leading into Dr Love…..
DR LOVE A beat driven oracle to some sort of warped love practitioner, first single Dr Love is a bouncey trip through bumping hip hop drums, stiff bass, a rolling piano hook and off the wall stereo sound effects that sounds like eating a rainbow and farting out gold.
COMIN FA YA A ferocious MC No Lay gets nasty over an even nastier raw shit beat threatening to steal your money and waste your time.
FREAK YA LONELINESS Introduced by a yokel and a gunshot, Freak Ya Loneliness takes the record to a Braidwood barnyard, a stomping country rock romp complete with tripped out peyote breakdown.
ZULU A warped big beat Afro-reggae bounce with dual vocals from Chris and ViLa that descends into feverish jungle jam.
IN YOUR BRAINS A mellow lick of a reggae interlude to give the listener a second to breathe before….
CRAZY TONGUE Pure coca cola garage punk, drums like pistons and an unforgettable la la la la doo wop breakdown, Crazy Tongue is Bumblebeez at their loosest.
MY GIRL What goes up supposedly must come down, and My Girl is an introspective, haunting midnight love story that builds into a sweeping Air does Revolutiuon 9 psycheout moment enough to make a grown man cry.
SPACESHIPS Spaceships strips all the noise and spark right back to the song, and it’s undoubtably a highlight. A simple old style R&B joint with ViLa sing-speaking a story of an old hat hocker.
THE GAME Robot hip hop breaks for kids with Nintendo on the brain.
RIO A stone cold electronic pop classic, a South American coconut juice banger, Rio is all heavy 4/4 and cowbells and ViLa singing a song about going down to Rio to meet her girl Cleo, with the most catchy refrain this side of the Macarena. BANG! GO GO GO!
PUMP UP THE BASS The last song proper on the album, Pump Up The Bass threatens to blow up your speakers on the way out the door, an absolutely ferocious grimy hip hop track with bass as heavy as anvils and verses from Chris, ViLa and No Lay, Pump Up The Bass perfectly exemplifies Bumblebeez in 2007.
OUTRO Trash talking, Blade Runner synth sounds and the bell tolls as Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill comes to a close.
Beginning October 8 at Boston’s Opera House, Jazmine will bring her unique brand of bold and beautiful music with a rebellious spirit, live and direct as the opening act on the highly-anticipated 25-city Maxwell tour.
Tour dates are as follows:
Oct 8 Boston, MA Opera House Oct 9 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Oct 10 Wallingford/ Chevrolet Theatre Oct 12 Toronto Massey Theatre Oct 14 Cincinnati, OH The Taft Theatre Oct 15 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre Oct 17 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater Oct 18 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater Oct 19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Oct 21 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater Oct 22 Omaha, OK Music Hall Oct 23 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre Oct 25 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre Oct 28 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre Oct 31 Las Vegas, NV Pearl Nov 1 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium Nov 6 Houston, TX Verizon Theatre Nov 8 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre Nov 10 Birmingham, AL BJCC Hall Nov 11 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater Nov 12 Atlanta, GA Civic Center Nov 14 Greensboro, NC Coliseum Theatre Nov 15 Richmond, VA Landmark Theatre Nov 17 Washington, DC Constitution Hall Nov 21 Philadephia, PA Susquehanna Center
ATMOSPHERE TO PAINT THE NATION ON FALL TOUR Atmosphere’s Fall tour embarks on September 10th in the US.
Atmosphere are ready to “Paint The Nation” and will do so by playing over 50 shows across the US this Fall in support of their new album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. The trek kicks off September 10th in Fargo, ND and includes festival dates including Monolifth in Denver, Street Scene in San Diego, Edge Fest in Phoenix and KFMA Fall Ball in Tucson. The full lineup of the “Paint The Nation” Tour is Atmosphere featuring special guests Abstract Rude, Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove. The first leg of the tour is below and the second leg will be announced next week.
Atmosphere killed it on the Late Show with David Letterman this past Wednesday night, check out the performance of “You” featuring backup vocals from P.O.S. here
Atmosphere’s sixth studio album When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold debuted at #5 on the Top Billboard Top 200 in April and has now scanned almost 120,000 units and is the fastest selling Atmosphere record to date. Atmosphere was MTV’s 52/52 “Artist Of The Week.” back in May (you can watch clips on Atmosphere’s MySpace). Atmosphere headlined the first ever Soundset Festival in Minneapolis this past May that featured the very best in independent Hip Hop. Soundset sold over 12,000 tickets. The first single off the album, “You” is getting heavy airplay across the country and is currently climbing the Alternative charts thanks to rotations at KROQ/LA, INDIE 103/LA, 91X/San Diego, KNDD/Seattle, KVGS/Las Vegas, KITS/San Francisco, KEDJ/Phoenix, KROX/Austin, KWOD/Sacramento, KCCQ/Des Moins, KFMA/Tucson, WLUM/Milwaukee, Sirius, XM and Music Choice among others. Look for the music video for “You” to hit in the beginning of September. Atmosphere has now performed “You” on Conan, Letterman and is booked for Jimmy Kimmel’s outdoor stage on Wednesday, September 24th.
“As a front-man, the charismatic Slug has matured into one of hip-hop’s best performers.” LA Times
First Leg of the “PAINT THE NATION” Tour Ft. Atmosphere & Special Guests Abstract Rude, Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove **Bold are festival dates w/just Atmosphere Wednesday 10-Sep-08 Fargo, ND The Venue Thursday 11-Sep-08 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Expo Center Friday 12-Sep-08 Omaha, NE Slowdown Saturday 13-Sep-08 Denver, CO Monolifth Monday 15-Sep-08 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Tuesday 16-Sep-08 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater Thursday 18-Sep-08 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater Friday 19-Sep-08 Sacramento, CA Empire Saturday 20-Sep-08 San Diego, CA Street Scene Sunday 21-Sep-08 Bakersfield, CA the Dome Monday 22-Sep-08 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Thursday 25-Sep-08 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Friday 26-Sep-08 Las Vegas, NV HOB Saturday 27-Sep-08 Phoenix, AZ Edge Fest Sunday 28-Sep-08 Tucson, AZ KFMA Fall Ball Tuesday 30-Sep-08 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Wednesday 1-Oct-08 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Friday 3-Oct-08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Saturday 4-Oct-08 Orlando, FL Firestone Monday 6-Oct-08 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Tuesday 7-Oct-08 Ashville, NC Orange Peel Wednesday 8-Oct-08 Richmond, VA Toads Place Friday 10-Oct-08 Baltimore Ram’s Head Saturday 11-Oct-08 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Check out behind the scenes footage from the “Cant Find the Words” video shoot:
Behind The Scenes Part 1:
Behind The Scenes Part 2:
See Karina as part of the Russ Parr “Russ Bus” Tour!
KARINA ON TOUR July 29th – Wilmington, DE @ The Chase at The Riverfront July 30th – Dayton, OH @ Sinclair Community College July 31st – Detroit, MI @ Max M. Fisher Music Center Aug. 1st – Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Aug. 5th – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Waterfront Park Aug. 6th – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana State Fair Grounds Aug. 11th – Raleigh, NC @ Dorton Arena/ NC State Fairgrounds
Def Jam Recordings artist Karina, whose debut album FIRST LOVE is now set to join RIAA gold-selling artist Lupe Fiasco on the Coca-Cola Teen Concert Tour, one of the most hotly-promoted and visible events in Coke’s annual calendar. The tour, expected to attract 1,500 to 3,000 teens at each 4:00-8:00 VIP show, will hit six cities starting at in Los Angeles. The tour picks up in then Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago and finally New York. At the same time she will participate on The Russ Parr “Russ Bus” Tour, new and emerging artists get a chance to showcase their talents in front of Russ Parr’s vast listening audience. The Russ Parr “Russ Bus” Tour will visit Detroit, Wilmington, Cleveland, Louisville, Indianapolis, Fayetteville and Raleigh.
“Can’t Find the Words” is the second single by New York City’s newest 16-year old star Karina. It follows up “16 @ War,” which was written and produced by her fellow Def Jam team mates The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the same duo responsible for Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Madonna’s “Me Against the Music.” “Can’t Find the Words” and “16 @ War,” both featured on FIRST LOVE, can also be heard at Karina’s MySpace website, http://www.myspace.com/karinapasian. The website has logged over 1.77 million total plays to date, drawn over 2.1 million profile views, and attracted 79,000 friends. Also posted on the website are “Slow Motion,” the uptempo dancefloor scorcher “Baby Baby” featuring Lil’ Mama, and “The Love We Got.” Raised up in the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights, Karina Pasian (pronounced PAH-zee-yan) was a music and vocal student at world renown PPAS (Professional Performing Arts School) in Hell’s Kitchen. She has been singing and playing piano since she was three.