Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

Will Sessions Mix Takes: Take Two

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This is the second part of Will Sessions’ live versions of various hip-hop songs. Among other treats is a smooth interpretation of Q-Tip’s “Renaissance Rap.” You can get the whole of Take One and Two on vinyl at Fatbeats.

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Doomtree-Banarang

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Minnesota rap collective Doomtree is going on tour and have a video for “Bangarang” from their No Kings album. Their producer Lazerbreak will open for them at each stop in support of his instrumental project LAVA BANGERS.

Doomtree No Kings Tour Dates
1/19 – The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
1/20 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
1/21 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
1/22 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
1/23 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
1/24 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
1/26 – Branx – Portland, OR
1/27 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
1/28 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
1/29 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
1/31 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
2/01 – Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
2/02 – The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
2/03 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
2/04 – Chasers – Scottsdale, AZ
2/06 – Wrecker’s – Lubbock, TX
2/07 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX
2/08 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
2/09 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
2/10 – Bottletree Café – Birmingham, AL
2/11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
2/12- Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
2/13 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
2/15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
2/16 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
2/17 – The Middle East – Downstairs- Cambridge, MA
2/18 – II Motore – Montreal, QC
2/19 – Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
2/20 – Shadow Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA
2/21 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
2/22 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
2/23 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
2/25 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
2/29 – Northern Michigan University, Great Lakes Room – Marquette, MI
3/07 – Blue Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA
3/08 – The Maintenance Shop – Ames, IA
3/09 – Union South, The Sett – Madison, WI
3/10 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/11 – The Eclipse – Tulsa, OK
3/12 – Media Star Entertainment Hall – Shreveport, LA
3/19 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/20 – The Scene-ary – Wichita, KS

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Ski Beatz-Fly By Feat. Curren$y

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“Fly By” is the third single from Ski-Beatz’s upcoming 24 Hour Karate School Presents Twilight in stores February 14th.

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Dilated Peoples Announce European Tour Dates

Dilated Peoples have announced the dates for their upcoming European Tour, which kicks off February 2nd, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. They are also in the studio working Directors Of Photography to be released sometime this year.

Dilated Peoples Tour Dates:
Feb 02 – Bucharest, Romania @ The Silver Church
Feb 03 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theatre
Feb 04 – Athens, Greece @ Fuzz Club
Feb 06 – Vienna, Austria @ ((szene))
Feb 07 – Cologne, Germany @ Underground
Feb 10 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
Feb 11 – Munster, Germany @ Skaters Palace
Feb 12 – Paris,France @ Le Bataclan
Feb 13 – Gent, Belgium @ Vooruit
Feb 15 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
Feb 17 – Laax, Switzerland @ Riders Palace
Feb 18 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Feb 19 – Nantes, France @ Hip Opsession (FESTIVAL)
Feb 20 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
Feb 21 – Lisbon, Portugal @ The Lounge
Feb 23 – Madrid, Spain @ Rockitchen
Feb 24 – Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
Feb 25 – Bilbao, Spain @ Bilborock
Feb 27 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Islington
Feb 28 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Strand
Feb 29 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
Mar 01 – Bern, Switzerland @ Dachstock

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R.I.P. Johnny Otis

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Johnny Otis who is considered to be the Godfather of R&B passed yesterday in his native California. Otis was a bandleader, songwriter, musician, singer, author, pastor, TV and radio host. He was a Greek man but determined at a young age according to his words that, “As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black.” In the ’40’s he had his own band that had a hit with “Harlem Nocturne.” He had 10 Top Ten hits in the ’50’s including the self-penned “Willie and The Hand Jive” that has been covered by Miles Davis, George Thorogood and Frank Zappa. He discovered Esther Phillips, Etta James, Willie Mae “Big Momma” Thornton, The Coasters, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and Sugar Pie DeSanto. He wrote James’ first hit song “The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry” in 1955. It was during the ’50’s that he started working in radio as a disc jockey and started “The Johnny Otis Show” that ran for eight years in California. He produced some of Little Richard’s early recordings and had played or recorded with Big Joe Turner, Amos Milburne, Louis Jordan, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Joe Liggins and Roy Milton. His musicianship as a drummer was also utilized in the Count Basie Orchestra. Otis entered politics in the 1960’s becoming Deputy Chief of Staff to Mervin Dymally who eventually became a Congressman. In his lifetime he wrote three books including “Listen To The Lambs” about the 1965 race riots, “Upside Your Head! Rhythm & Blues on Central Avenue” and “Johnny Otis – Red Beans & Rice and Other Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipes.” His creativity also was extended to making paintings, sculptures and wood carvings. The musician Shuggie Otis is his son.

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