BLOOD ORANGE: Tidal livestream, Conan, and more!



Photo Credit: Jason Nocito
Blood Orange ­- aka Dev Hynes -­ released one of the year's most talked ­about albums in the form of Freetown Sound, a vital, brilliant record that hit all streaming services on July 1st. Last week, the physical version of the album was released via music retailers globally. Available on CD and LP, the 2xLP is housed in a wide spine jacket and comes with mp3s for download.  Click HERE to purchase it now!

Tonight, Tidal will be livestreaming Hynes' first non-festival show for Freetown Sound at the Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles.  The show, called "Welcome to Freetown," will feature a performance of the album from start to finish along with some very special guest appearances.

Blood Orange also appeared on Conan last night, performing an alternate version of the incredible song "Augustine."  Click HERE to watch it.  

As previously announced, Blood Orange will be playing select shows for Freetown Soundthis fall, all of which will also be "Welcome to Freetown" shows featuring the new album performed in full.  He is also adding a special show in Chicago to this run of shows.  Dates - with new shows in bold - are:

August 24: Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
August 25: Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
August 27: San Francisco, CA - Greek Theatre ^
August 28: Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
September 13: Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Theatre
September 15: Atlanta, GA - Centre Stage
September 21: Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
September 23:  Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
October 1: New York, NY - Terminal 5

^ = with Grace Jones

Buy Freetown Sound:

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Margo Guryan - 29 Demos - Finally available on vinyl from Modern Harmonic

Margo Guryan - 29 Demos - Finally makes it’s way to vinyl.
At last, the follow up to Take A Picture. 29 fully-fleshed-out soft-pop masterpieces from Margo’s songwriting vault, available on vinyl for the first time ever.
In the 1960s, a decade where tragedy, beauty and societal change cascaded over a booming population of young adults, popular music was evolving in multiple directions. Blues-based rock, Brill Building pop, British Invasion madness, Motor City soul, funky southern syncopation, acid- laced psychedelia, and more all developed more or less concurrently. Indeed, music progressed at such a rapid pace that even a few weeks could reveal major changes. Assessing the music of this period requires an attention to detail and an appreciation of the artists who created pivotal moments in its evolution. That is to say, an artist like Margo Guryan.

Songwriter, singer, musician, and lyricist Guryan grew up in the NYC suburbs and was a musical prodigy. Signed as a writer to Atlantic Records at age 19, she immersed herself in the jazz world and attended the Lenox School of Jazz where she worked with Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, and studied with Bill Evans, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, and others. Meanwhile, her compositions were recorded by Harry Belafonte, Cass Elliot, Jackie DeShannon, and many more. Married to jazz trombonist and pianist Bob Brookmeyer, her course seemed set.

All of that changed when her friend, pianist-songwriter David Frishberg, raved about The Beach Boys’Pet Sounds album and especially the song “God Only Knows.” Guryan took his advice, gave it a spin, and it proved to be a life-changing event. “I thought it was just gorgeous,” she said. “I bought the record and played it a million times, then sat down and wrote 'Think of Rain.' That's really how I started writing that way. I just decided it was better than what was happening in jazz.” Along with “Think of Rain,” Guryan continued writing in this new pop direction, eventually landing a deal with Bell Records.

The resulting 1968 album, Take a Picture, was a sunshine pop masterpiece, full of inventive arrangements, lilting melodies and Guryan’s gossamer voice. Lauded by Billboard Magazine which predicted “strong sales,” marketing for the album was hampered by Guryan’s refusal to perform. Having seen the life of a musician up close through Brookmeyer's career, she wanted no part of it. Consequently, Bell Records withdrew promotion funds and let the album wither on the vine.

While that might be the end of most music careers, interest in Guryan’s music has grown steadily over the decades, largely due to Japanese record collectors. Take A Picture was first reissued in Japan, followed by Spain (for Europe) and the USA.

In 2001, a CD collection titled 25 Demos was released; a group of intricately-recorded songs featuring imaginative instrumentation. Now, for the first time on vinyl, Modern Harmonic gathers these songs and adds four tracks for 29 Demos. In stores on 8/26/16, 29 Demos is a double colored vinyl (one red, one blue) masterpiece and finally gives Guryan a proper follow-up to Take a Picture. This release is a must for any connoisseur of timeless melodies and offers insight into a time when pop music’s possibilities seemed endless. You’ll file this album alongside Brian Wilson, Claudine Longet, The Mamas and The Papas, Spanky and Our Gang, and The Left Banke. Eventually. When you can bring yourself to take it off the turntable.

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Wovenhand premiere new track from forthcoming album 'Star Treatment'

Wovenhand premiere track from forthcoming album via The AV Club 
  Hear & share "The Hired Hand" (Soundcloud)
Hear & share "Come Brave" (Soundcloud)

Wovenhand premiere a new track from their forthcoming album Star Treatment today via The Onion AV Club. The song, "The Hired Hand" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).

Star Treatment will be available on Sargent House worldwide -- excluding Europe, where it will be released by longtime Wovenhand label Glitterhouse Records --  on September 9th. Stereogumpreviously premiered the album track "Come Brave" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

The band plays Psycho Las Vegas fest on August 26th before embarking on an extensive European tour with main support from Emma Ruth Rundle, also of the Sargent House family, on all shows except Helsinki and Reeperbahn Fest. Please see complete dates below.

The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty. 

From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match. 

Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate

While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.

"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."

Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of "Come Brave" - the song's galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards' soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. "The Hired Hand" takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, "give up your dead." Further, "Crystal Palace" sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. "Crook and Flail" sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, "Golden Blossom" is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, "only you, my love and your light." Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force. 

Star Treatment will be available worldwide excluding Europe on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 9th, 2016. 
08/26   LAS VEGAS, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Psycho Las Vegas 
09/12   COLOGNE, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
09/13   FRANKFURT, DE @ Zoom *
09/15   BERN, CH @ ISC *
09/16   ZURICH, CH @ Bogen F *
09/17   VIENNA, AT @ Flex *
09/18   BUDAPEST, HU @ A38 *
09/20   SALZBURG, AT @ Rockhouse *
09/21   MUNICH, DE @ Ampere *
09/22   LEIPZIG, DE @ UT Connewitz *
09/23   BERLIN, DE @ Heimathafen *
09/24   HAMBURG, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
09/26   ARHUS, DK @ Train *
09/27   OSLO, NO @ John Dee *
09/29   HELSINKI, FI @ Tavastia
09/30   STOCKHOLM, SE @ Nalen *
10/01    LUND, SE @ Mejeriet *
10/02    COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega Jr. *
10/04    EINDHOVEN, NL @ Effenaar *
10/05    AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg *
10/06    LEUVEN, BE @ Het Depot *
10/07    GENT, BE @ Handelsbeurs *
10/08    CHARLEROI, BE @ L'Eden *
10/10    LILLE, FR @ L'Aéronef *
10/11    PARIS, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
10/13    ORLEANS, FR @ L'Astrolabe *
10/14    GRENOBLE, FR @ La Belle Electrique *
10/15    FEYZIN, FR @ L'Epicerie Moderne *
10/16    TOULOUSE, FR @ La Rex *
10/18    LONDON, UK @ The Dome *

* w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

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Mick Harvey Reveals "Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth," Final Volume of Gainsbourg Covers Out November 4



Photo credit: L.J.Spruyt / L.J.Spruyt Photography
“Harvey’s intimate understanding of Serge’s rich catalogue allows him to smother markedly different compositions… with a menacing Bad Seeds swagger.” – Uncut 8* review
Mick Harvey has unveiled the first track to be taken from Intoxicated Women, the fourth and final volume of his Serge Gainsbourg translations series, which began in 1995 with the release of Intoxicated Man.

“Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth” is a translation of Gainbourg’s 1967 duet, “Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup” – one of many songs Gainsbourg wrote for the French yé yé singer France Gall – and is here sung with a special appearance by Harvey’s son, Solomon. Listen to the track in full here.

Intoxicated Women mainly concentrates on the duets and songs written by Gainsbourg, mostly during the 60s, in a period where he was focusing his songwriting on singers such as France Gall, Juliette Gréco and most famously, Brigitte Bardot.

Here Harvey has enlisted the talents of guest singers Channthy Kak (Cambodian Space Project), Australian singers Xanthe Waite (Terry, Primo), Sophia Brous, Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt, Jess Ribeiro and the German chanteuse Andrea Schroeder.

Intoxicated Women opens with a stunning version of “Je T’aime… (Moi non plus)” – here titled “Ich Liebe Dich… (Ich Dich Auch Nicht)” - rendered in the sexiest imaginable German by the divine Ms. Schroeder and culminates with “Cargo Cult,” the closing track from the classic Melody Nelson album. In between we are treated to a smorgasbord of Gainsbourg gems in English (with a bit of Khmer thrown in).

Mick Harvey explains, “After the initial recordings for Delirium Tremens, JP Shilo and I continued investigating the duets and female songs, many of which were unknown to me. So it became a voyage of discovery into quite a lot of material I hadn’t heard before. There are even a couple of songs for which the only versions existing from the 60s are from TV performances Serge gave.” [“The Drowned One” (La Noyée) and “Wolfy Teeth” (Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup)]

A recent reissue of Vol. 1 and 2 rekindled Harvey’s interested in the Gainsbourg translations and 20 years after the release of Vol. 1 - Intoxicated Man, work began on what would become Volumes 3 and 4. Recording in late 2015 in Melbourne with J.P. Shilo and the rest of his Antipodean-based live band, 10 songs were tracked at Birdland Studios. The project then relocated to Berlin where a further 9 songs were recorded with Toby Dammit (The Stooges, Residents) and Bertrand Burgalat (of French label Tricatel) who was the string arranger on the first two volumes.

The resultant recordings served to whet Harvey’s appetite for more and work continued almost immediately back in Melbourne in order to have enough material to fill two new volumes. Along with principle musical collaborator, Shilo (with whom Harvey also worked on Rowland S. Howard’s Pop Crimes) and Melbourne based musicians Glenn Lewis and Hugo Cran, Harvey enlisted the aforementioned female singers to help complete this final volume in the series.

Listen to a sampler for Intoxicated Women HERE.

Intoxicated Women – Tracklisting and Featured Vocalists
Ich Liebe Dich...Ich Dich Auch Nicht (Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus)
- featuring Andrea Schroeder & Mick Harvey on vocals
All Day Suckers (Les Sucettes) - with Mick Harvey on vocals
Contact - featuring Channthy Kak & Xanthe Waite on vocals
Prévert's Song (Chanson de Prévert) - featuring Jess Ribeiro & Mick Harvey on vocals
The Eyes To Cry (Les Yeux  Pour Pleurer) - featuring Sophia Brous on vocals
Puppet Of Wax, Puppet Of Song (Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son) - feat Xanthe Waite on vocals
Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth (Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup)
- featuring Solomon Harvey & Mick Harvey on vocals
God Smokes Havanas (Dieu est un Fumeur des Havanes)
- featuring Andrea Schroeder & Mick Harvey on vocals
While Rereading Your Letter (En Relisant Ta Lettre)
- featuring Sophia Brous & Mick Harvey on vocals
Sensuelle et Sans Suite - featuring Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt on vocals
The Homely Ones (Les Petits Boudins) - featuring Xanthe Waite on vocals
Lost Loves (Les Amours Perdues) - with Mick Harvey on vocals
Striptease - featuring Andrea Schroeder on vocals
The Drowned One (La Noyée) - featuring Jess Ribeiro & Mick Harvey on vocals
Cargo Cult (Cargo Culte) - with Mick Harvey on vocals

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Rachael Yamagata Premieres New Video for "Over" on RollingStone.com



Credit: Laura Crosta
August 24, 2016 - (Los Angeles, CA) - Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Rachael Yamagata today shared a new music video for "Over", the second single off her fourth album,Tightrope Walker, due out September 23rd via Frankenfish Records/Thirty Tigers. Rolling Stone premiered the video, praising the "upbeat and orchestrally ornamented" track. Watch the videoHERE
Shot around Yamagata's home in Woodstock, NY by director Laura Crosta, "Over" is an anthem about letting go and finally moving on, that showcases a newfound optimism, previously unexplored in her past work. Tightrope Walker is available for pre-order now HERE. Those who pre-order the album will receive "Over" and previously released track "Nobody" as instant grat downloads.

With its themes of perseverance, relentless, and owning your own power, Tightrope Walker(Yamagata's first album since 2011's Chesapeake), represents an artistic rebirth both lyrically and sonically for the Woodstock, NY-based artist. "When [French high-wire artist] Philippe Petit was asked why he walked the tightrope he responded, 'Why - there is no why.' This really f--d me up," Yamagata says.  I was devoting an entire theme of the tightrope walker to my new record: defending the weary spirit and empowering the underdog while using the high wire artist as a symbol of how to get through, but it hadn't yet occurred to me to contemplate the why of getting through or the why of even my own art.  Beyond that, why continue in an industry that I'd not yet conquered or pursue this when you have to give up so much to do so?  Something propels our survival and search for happiness and it's this desire to overcome what threatens to break us that continues to fascinate me. If you're thinking of quitting - anything - this is your record," she says.
For her second independent release, Yamagata launched a PledgeMusic campaign (ongoing since 2014) and became producer, den mother, and manager, turning her "hermit house in the woods" into a studio. In the process, she rounded up an illustrious array of guest performers, including such Grammy Award winners as Owen Biddle (The Roots), Matt Chamberlain, and Victor Indrizzo, as well as celebrated musicians Ben Perowsky (Rufus Wainwright), Zach Djanikian (Amos Lee),Kevin Salem (Dumptruck, Yo La Tengo), Russell Simins (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) and others. Yamagata self-produced Tightrope Walker and brought her long-time producer, 3x-Grammy nominee John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band) onboard halfway through the process as co-producer.
Despite having the impressive resume of a major-label artist who turns independent, becomes a PledgeMusic legend, gets profiled in two Berklee College of Music marketing classes, performs for President Obama, earns praise from artists like Gregory Colbert and gurus like Deepak Chopra, and who has played Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden and shared stages with Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and Pete Townshend, what defines Yamagata most is this: "I have fully stepped into my role as healer, optimist, entrepreneur, writer, producer, and spirited badass. And that is my 'why,'" she says.
This fall, Yamagata will hit the road for an extensive North American tour. Tickets for the tour are available now HERE. See below for a list of upcoming tour dates. 

09/19Nashville, TNMercy Lounge
09/20Atlanta, GAVinyl
09/22Charlottesville, VAThe Southern
09/23Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer
09/24Washington, DCThe Howard Theatre
09/26Brooklyn, NYMusic Hall of Williamsburg
09/27New York, NYBowery Ballroom
09/28Pawtucket, RIThe Met
09/29Portland, MEPort City Music Hall
10/01Toronto, ONVelvet Underground
10/03Pontiac, MIThe Pike Room
10/04Chicago, ILThalia Hall
10/05Madison, WIHigh Noon Saloon
10/07Minneapolis, MNTriple Rock Social Club
10/10Dallas, TXClub Dada
10/11Houston, TXWhite Oak Music Hall
10/12Austin, TXAntone's
10/14Denver, COLarimer Lounge
10/15Salt Lake City, UTUrban Lounge
10/17Seattle, WATractor Tavern
10/18Vancouver, BCFox Cabaret
10/19Portland, ORStar Theater
10/21San Francisco, CAThe Independent
10/22Santa Ana, CAConstellation Room
10/26Los Angeles, CATeragram Ballroom

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NPR premieres IAN SWEET's new video for "#23"


VIDEO - "#23[dir. Eleanor Petry]
MP3 - "All Skaters Go To Heaven"
MP3 - "
MP3 - "
Slime Time Live"

IAN SWEET's "#23"--from the forthcoming full-length Shapeshifter, out 9/6 on vinyl and 9/9 on other formats--now has an accompanying music video, which premiered today via NPR Music. Filmed on location in Coney Island and the band's native Brooklyn, the video follows vocalist Jilian Medford as she journeys from concrete corridors to sun-drenched beaches and amusement parks at magic hour. Watch the video here or by clicking the .gif above.

Advance review copies of Shapeshifter are available upon request. Pre-orders are availablehere

Press quotes:

Band to Watch -- Stereogum

"With a classically-trained vocal degree from Berklee, a connection to her drummer she calls 'telepathic,' and a bassist who truly rips, [Jilian] Medford is seriously ready to stomp hard onto the scene with the dynamic debut full-length Shapeshifter." -- The FADER

"The trio specializes in feedback-drenched, taut rock given a twist by Medford, whose girlish vocals manage to sound effervescent even when she’s singing of heartbreak." -- The Boston Globe

About the record:

"I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album,Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us through Shapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement. It’s about losing love and your sense of self in the process, about grabbing at the little things in life that bring joy when nothing else is going according to plan. It’s also an ode to the bandmates, and the friends, that see you through.

IAN SWEET started in 2014 with a string of text messages. Medford was a few days away from embarking on her first tour when the driver and drummer she recruited cancelled. Medford sent IAN SWEET drummer Tim Cheney -- whom she barely knew -- a series of desperate messages, asking if he knew how to drum and whether or not he would be willing to take two weeks off of  life to go on tour. Cheney responded soon after with a simple: “Yes.”

Medford and Cheney’s friendship evolved from their time spent on the road into something that she describes as intuitive, telepathic. At the time, Medford had been performing solo under the moniker IAN -- in honor of the nickname her skater friends gave her in high school -- and put out a self-recorded EP titled Have You Ever Loved Anything This Much. That year, she and Cheney enlisted bassist Damien Scalise, and IAN SWEET became a trio. Medford describes Cheney and Scalise as polar opposites that compliment one another; two charged forces that she mediates, forming a platonic balance that brought Medford stability at a time when she didn’t have any.

While she was writing Shapeshifter, Medford’s life was in turmoil. She ended an emotionally abusive relationship in Boston, graduated from Berklee College of Music, and briefly moved home to the San Fernando Valley, thinking she would stay there. Medford was unsure of the band’s future and suffering from a severe, undiagnosed panic disorder. When she returned to Boston to record the album in July of 2015 alongside Cheney and Scalise, Medford was reminded of everything she’d hoped to escape after graduation. She felt stagnant; trudging through a quicksand made up of heartbreak and severe depression, a process she references on Shapeshifter stand-out “Slime Time Live"...

Tour Dates:

09.06.16 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs #
09.07.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle # &
09.08.16 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery $
09.09.16 - Brooklyn, NY - Album Release Show at Shea Stadium # % ^
09.10.16 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge $
09.11.16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Black Forge #
09.13.16 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel #
09.14.16 - Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien ^ +
09.21.16 - New Haven, CT - Bar

$ - w/ Diet Cig
# - w/ Horse Jumper of Love
& - w/ Harmony Tividad (Girlpool)
% - w/ Florist
^ - w/ HOVVDY
+ - all-ages

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Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley's Music Video for "Nail Pon Cross" Now on Vevo and Announces Exclusive Fall Club Tour!

Music Video for Single "Nail Pon Cross" Now on Vevo
Damian Announces Exclusive Fall Club Tour
to Kick off on September 16th

New Album Stony Hill set for Release on October 28th 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (New York, NY)-Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley'sempowering music video for his new single "Nail Pon Cross" is now available onVevo. Click HERE to view! The single will be will be featured on Stony Hill, Damian's upcoming fourth studio album to be released on October 28, 2016. The single is currently streaming on TIDAL, which Damian recently became an artist co-owner, and is available for download on iTunes. We encourage you to post and share!

Damian also announces exclusive "Road to Stony Hill" fall club tour set to kick off onSeptember 16 in Allston, MA at Brighton Music Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 26th. CLICK HERE to buy. In addition to the tour, he will also be performing atThe Meadows Music & Arts Festival on October 1st in New York (tickets here). See routing below.

Tour Dates
9/16/2016            Allston                       MA        Brighton Music Hall
9/17/2016            New York                   NY        Bowery Ballroom
9/18/2016            Washington               DC        The Hamilton
9/20/2016            Chicago                     IL          Lincoln Hall
9/23/2016            Boulder                      CO       Fox Theatre
9/25/2016            San Francisco           CA        Great American Music Hall
9/27/2016            West Hollywood        CA        The Roxy Theatre
10/1/2016            Queens                     NY        The Meadows Music & Arts Festival

For more about Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, please visit:

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New > J Dilla : Back To The Crib Mixtape > Boiler Room

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Boiler Room 

J Dilla : Back To The Crib mixtape - an unheard mixtape made in 1999-2000


It's already been a decade since J Dilla — the mercurial producer and rapper from Detroit — passed away and his posthumously completed album, The Shining, saw the light of day on BBE Records. As they prepare to release the project on 7" for the first time, we're extremely honoured to get our hands on a never-before-heard mixtape by the master himself.
Made some time between mid-1999 and early 2000, it's a rare invitation into Jay Dee's living room; a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at what he had blaring out of his home speakers while on the sofa or by the MPC. Sink into your own couch and press play before you read up and order a copy of the re-release.

"Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah's 'Mama's Gun' LP. We'd checked out a couple of record stores (I can't recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall Think Twice was on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn't get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James' cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect."
— Peter Adarkwah, co-founder of BBE Records

Chick Corea "Bliss"
Roy Porter Sound Machine "Jessica"
A Taste of Honey "Boogie Oogie Oogie"
The Doobie Brothers "What A Fool Believes"
Heatwave "The Groove Line"
Funkineven & Greg Beato "F's Diss"
B'52's "Mesopotamia"
Total Experience "Contradiction"
Bobby Caldwell "Open Your Eyes"
Roberta Flack "Feel Like Makin' Love"
Stevie Wonder "As"
Love Unlimited "Under The Influence of Love"
Azymuth "Un Amigo (A Friend)"
Shuggie Otis "Undisclosed"
Ohio Players "Ecstasy "
Grandmaster Flash "Undisclosed"
Michael Jackson "I Can't Help It"
Myra Barnes "The Message From The Soul Sisters"
Donald Byrd "Think Twice"
Fred Wesley "Watergate"
Crusaders "Streetlife"
Loose Ends "Stay A Little While, Child"
The Temptations "Runaway Child, Running Wild"
Chaka Khan "Ain't Nobody"
Rene & Angela "I Love You More"
Stevie Wonder "Reggae Woman"
Rene & Angela "I'll Be Good"
Steve Arrington "U Meet My Approval"
Alicia Myers "I Want to Thank You"
The System "You Are In My System"
Sly Stone "Family Affair"
Cameo "Back N Forth"
Hall & Oates "I Can't Go For That"
Slave "Watching You"
Tom Browne "Jamaica Funkin'"
Bobby Caldwell "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love"
The Gap Band "Yearning For Your Love"
Fela Kuti "Water No Get Enemy"
Marvin Gaye "Soon I'll Be Loving You Again"
Rick James "Mary Jane"
Sade "Sweetest Taboo"
24 Karat "Black Ghetto"
Heatwave "Mind What You Find"
MFSB "Love Is The Message"
Evelyn King "I'm In Love"
George Benson "Love X Love"
Change "Glow of Love"
Positive Force "We Got The Funk"

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First Single "High & Low" Is Out Today
 Pre-order Underway For Album, Which Includes 14 Brand NewSongs Plus Manny Marroquin Remix Of Band's Platinum Hit,
"Walking On A Dream"

"Everything about Empire of the Sun is larger than life: The band name, the futuristic stage personas, the album art and - most importantly - the music." - Rolling Stone
Alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun return with their third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on October 28 via Astralwerks. With Two Vines, the Australian band invites listeners to enter the jungle paradise that marks the third remarkable age of the Empire Of The Sun. Through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain lies a lush, green world where childlike innocence and ancient wisdom are one. The album's first single,"High & Low," offers a glimpse of this dreamlike kingdom.
The animated static video for "High & Low" can be viewed HERE, the track can also be streamed on Spotify HERE. The pre-order for Two Vines is underway HERE. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive "High & Low."
"We always saw Empire as a movie," says Nicholas Littlemore, the co-pilot withLuke Steele of this fantastic vessel of electro-futurist sound and vision. "The whole concept was based around childhood fantasies; being in bed and staring at the posters on your wall, whether they were monster movies or outlandish rock stars or pieces of art. We always wanted to be one of those posters on a child's wall that had so much imagination locked into it, a kind of invitation that pushes you over the edge into dream world. With this record, it's time to take that next step."
Recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Two Vines is co-produced by Empire Of The Sun and Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika), alongside long-term collaborator,Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco) and it sees the creative circle expanding, with esteemed pianist/arranger Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre, from David Bowie'sBlackstar band, featuring heavily on the album. Factor in Wendy Melvoin from Prince's Revolution and Fleetwood Mac's genius guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, and the Empire's rainbow has never been so vast and colorful.
"Going to Hawaii to record was the best idea," says Luke Steele of sessions at Honolulu's Avex Studios - where Kanye West recorded 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "That was the catalyst for me. I'd spend the morning surfing, then roll in and make music into the night."
Two Vines also includes Manny Marroquin's new remix of "Walking On A Dream,"Empire Of The Sun's RIAA certified Platinum hit. "Walking On A Dream"originally appeared on the band's 2008 debut album of the same name. In early 2016, the eight-year-old single began rocketing to the top of the radio and Shazam charts after it was heard in Honda's "The Dreamer" commercial - now the #1 Most Shazamed U.S. television spot ever. With more than 100 million streams, "Walking On A Dream" became a global smash hit. Views of the official video now exceed 50 million.
Two Vines - Track Listing
1.      Before
2.      High and Low
3.      Two Vines
4.      Friends
5.      There's No Need
6.      Way To Go
7.      Ride
8.      Digital Life
9.      First Crush
10.  ZZZ
11.  To Her Door
12.  Keystone
13.  Lend Me Some Light
14.  Welcome To My Life
15.  Walking On A Dream (Manny Marroquin remix)

L-R: Empire Of The Sun's Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore Photo Credit: Jen Campbell

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