CITY AND COLOUR ANNOUNCE NEW EP Limited Edition “Live at The Orange Lounge” available on Record Store Day, April 17 and online, April 20
Qi Fall 2010 collection retails for under $200! The must have in transitional dressing!
It’s no secret that men have often felt discomfort when shaving, yet despite Gillette’s advanced technology and numerous shaving innovations like Mach3 and Fusion, that ‘tug and pull’ feeling (which can lead to skin irritation) has remained a constant burden– until now. After years of development Gillette has answered man’s demand for a more comfortable shave with the NEW Gillette Fusion ProGlide shaving system and NEW Gillette Fusion ProSeries skin care line-up.
Available just in time for Father’s Day, Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Gillette Fusion ProSeries are the result of years of R&D and more than 30,000 consumer trials. Gillette Fusion ProGlide improves on the 5-bladed Gillette Fusion shaving system and the introduction of a new skin care line-up enables a close, comfortable pre and post-shave experience. Gillette Fusion ProGlide offers seven upgrades – the most prominent: thinner, finer blades with increased stability that help the razor glide across a man’s face while shaving.
Free download of Jamaica track
“I Think I Like U 2″
STEP 1: CHOOSE A NAME
When French born Antoine Hilaire and Flo Lyonnet decided to start a band, they spent many hours trying to think of the name that they would forever be remembered by. They were surprised to find that no one had ever used the bold and smarty, JAMAICA.
STEP 2: WRITE SONGS
They took three weeks to write songs that focused not only on sleek melodies, but also on rousing guitar riffs and dry bass grooves. By scattering in piano chords or acoustic guitars as well as resurrecting the guitar solo, JAMAICA created a sound that is a meeting between a grungehead’s obsession and a rockers wet dream.
STEP 3: RECORD THE SONGS
Before they could begin recording the album, JAMAICA had to find someone up to the challenge of producing their songs. Antoine and Flo looked through lists of Grammy Award winners and came up with two candidates: Peter J. Franco and Xavier de Rosnay. Both were available and agreed to work with the band on one condition: that no synthesizers would be involved. Shortly thereafter they settled into Motorbass studio in Paris, France with a minimal and unconventional set up. Within a few months they had completed an album which meets today’s thirst for chromed production.
STEP 4: SHOOT A VIDEO
With its upbeat structure and cocky guitar chorus JAMAICA’s “I Think I Like U 2″ seemed an appropriate starting point for a first video and to present the storyline of the duo. Fortunately Antoine and Flo had a talented young video director among their friends by the name of So-Me. His brilliant idea was to structure the video relaying the band’s history from A to (fabricated) Z. The video follows the musicians from their modest beginnings and the formation of the band through JAMAICA becoming an overwhelming international success to their fall into psychedelic trips and eventually jail.
STEP 5 : GET IN A COMMERCIAL
An instrumental version of “I Think I Like U 2″ is featured in the new
Volkswagen ‘Tiguan’ SUV commercial
STEP 6: LEARN MORE!
Plants and Animals will be streaming their forthcoming album La La Land in it’s entirety via secretcityrecords.com, with one twist: they’ll be revealing the album in stages, offering a new piece of the album once every few days leading up to the April 20th release date. The staggered album reveal begins today with the one-two punch of “Swinging Bells” and “American Idol,” tracks 2 and 3 on the album following the already circulated lead track, “Tom Cruz.” Additionally, the single “The Mama Papa” is currently featured as the Single of the Week on the iTunes Store, who are also giving fans the option to Pre-Order the album for access to exclusive bonus material.
Listen to La La Land unfold: http://www.secretcityrecords.com/albums/la-la-land
The band is coming off a zealous run at SXSW where they played six different shows, and received best of SXSW praise from The New York Times to KEXP in Seattle and beyond. They are now announcing more tour dates in support of La La Land, including a free show in Toronto on April 20th at the Horseshoe Tavern, and a last minute pre-release show in Brooklyn at Union Hall on Tuesday, April 13th. The now complete list of La La Land tour dates is below.
Plants and Animals are also offering a few other ways for fans to get their La La Land fix before the album drops. They’ve released a series of promotional videos online featuring clips from most of the songs on the record, all of which star actor and close friend of the band, Joe Cobden, and a pickle. Joe is also featured in the official video for “The Mama Papa” that debuted in early March.
[Watch the La La Land spots starring Joe Coben, the songs, and a pickle.]
Singer/Songwriter Prita Chhabra to Sing the National Anthems at this Sunday’s Toronto Raptors NBA Game!
Fresh off a tour in Florida which included being featured alongside Russell Peters at Tampa’s first India Film Festival and singing at Orlando’s Amway Arena, R&B songstress Prita Chhabra will be returning to Toronto to sing the US/Canada anthems at Nav “Superfan” Bhatia’s annual ‘Baisakhi Day’ Raptors game at the Air Canada Centre this Sunday April 4th. Prita will also be singing the Canadian national anthem at Parliament Hill for key Canadian government MP’s, ministers and dignitaries on April 15th.
Circle Research – Out Of This World
Selection from the forthcoming album “Gardiner Express”, available on digital download on Tuesday, April 20th.
Download (mp3 & wav):
Circle Research – Out Of This World (Radio Edit)
THE NAKED HEROES RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ’99 DIAMOND’ TOMORROW, LIMITED EDITION WHITE VINYL COMING SOON!
Toronto rapper *Capeech* is on fire! We want to introduce you to an artist who is edgy, sincere and lyrically locked & loaded.
Listen to the single, watch the video and give respect where its due. No gimmicks, no fronting, this is Hip Hop in its truest form;
unapologetic and poignant.
Check out the latest single from Capeech; *”CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO”*,* *which is WBLK’s Unsigned Hype Video of the week!
We’re a lifestyle street wear brand that aims to raise awareness through our designs and themes. The Summer 2010 entitled “Unscripted Country” has an underlying theme of nature and our need to escape – to preserve and take care of it. You can watch our video here:
A release date has now been pencilled in for fast-rising Birmingham rapper myKey’s debut single Right Or Wrong.
The release through RokSolid Records, which was mixed in Jamaica, has been getting support from stellar tastemaker Trevor Nelson who’s played it on his Breakfast show – as a result it’s now playlisted on BBC 1Xtra.
Slated for release on April 26th, Right or Wrong is a deeply infectious summer-tune-in-the-making blended with a dose of cheeky humour!
Somehow myKey manages to involve a doorman, kids, and a girl into this track, but the surprise twist is myKey is the voice of all the characters.
Gorillaz, the world’s leading animated band release a brand new, multi level online game with their new single ‘Superfast Jellyfish‘
Parlophone has confirmed the release of “Escape to Plastic Beach” – a multi level, multi format game release that takes fans on the Gorillaz journey to their new headquarters on Plastic Beach. The game also includes an MP3 download of the band’s new single ‘Superfast Jellyfish’ taken from their new album Plastic Beach.
“Escape to Plastic Beach” is the first game of its type merging numerous levels of Flash and Unity formats along with a new single MP3 to create an audio, visual, graphical and gaming experience to expand fans’ experience of an album. Increasing the experience beyond traditional album release – the game features original artwork, voiceovers from the band and numerous other tracks from the new Gorillaz album.
“Escape to Plastic Beach” starts by recreating the events from the ‘Stylo’ music video in a free-to-play, 2D online game that sees Murdoc, singer 2D and Cyborg Noodle on their journey from the mainland to Plastic Beach. It continues underwater with Murdoc’s daring underwater rescue of the band, and then beyond taking players direct to Plastic Beach HQ in a challenging eight level, 3D pay-to-play game. The final chapter of the game also includes an MP3 download of the band’s new single ‘Superfast Jellyfish’ featuring De La Soul and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals.
Gorillaz Bassist, Murdoc stars as the main protagonist in “Escape to Plastic Beach” but will also play the game along with fellow members Cyborg Noodle and 2D – posting scores which fans can view and compete against via a global high score table. Fans who bought the “Experience” edition of the album had an exclusive preview of the 3D gliding game chapter as part of the extra content offered via the CD. Experience buyers will also be able to access the entire game in full, for free via their copy of Plastic Beach. Fans can also save their high scores in the members area of www.Gorillaz.com.
Murdoc Niccals himself says:“Hey! This is fan-tastic. Some top-notch gonk gaming company have made a Gorillaz game that you can play free online. It’s all based on Plastic Beach, and it features me, 2D and my cyborg Noodle! What’s even better is that if you pay the £1.50 for the last part, you get our new single “Superfast Jellyfish”, and that’s got ‘Super Furry’ Gruff and the De La Soul boys on it! El Caminos, Boogiemen, ghostly pirate ships, underwater chases, mines, fat cops and gun battles all wrapped up in some snazzy new gaming technology and a great new Gorillaz track too…I mean, what more could you want? Come n’ play with me and Gorillaz onPlastic Beach and see how far that gets you…”
Online games have already proved powerful viral marketing tools for EMI Music enabling them to reach a target audience that have turned off from traditional radio, TV and press communications. This project is another collaboration with worldwide casual/advergaming experts, Matmi, who have pioneered promotional online tactics with EMI for a number of years.
About the Game: http://www.gorillaz.com/escapetoplasticbeach
Chapters One and Two (free-to-play online game).
Out-run and out-gun the cops and then evade the ruthless El Camino as the band makes its way to Plastic Beach. Mixing up retro-2D and 2.5D graphics with footage from the Stylo video, Chapter One puts the fate of the band in your hands.
In Chapter Two, guide Murdoc in an underwater rescue of Cyborg Noodle and 2D, avoiding mines and hostile sea-life over three challenging levels of aquatic action into the waiting submarine.
Chapter Three (pay-to-play online game).
A 3D (Unity) action game in which Murdoc floats and fights above Plastic Beach HQ on his Doom Glider to foil 2D’s repeated escape attempts whilst battling ghost pirate ships. Original artwork and Gorillaz voiceovers plus numerous increasingly difficult and complex levels immerses players in their own personal experience of Plastic Beach.
Play/buy the game, album and find out more at http://www.gorillaz.com
Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog is pleased to announce a very exciting new collaboration with Opus Hotels. Arriving this Spring is The Porter Shoe, designed and created exclusively for the hotel properties.
OPUS Hotels, with luxury boutique properties in both Vancouver and Montreal, has a reputation for personality, flair, & individuality. Always being on the cutting edge of cool, both John Fluevog and Opus Hotels found themselves on common ground.
“It was an idea that originated a couple of years ago, and as time went on it was more of a question of ‘why haven’t we done this yet,’” says John Fluevog. “The fit seemed right as it was a collaboration between two brands that are true to their West Coast origin, even if it’s subtle. Additionally, both organizations have a loyal following and neither are afraid of a splash, a dash or a pop here and there.”
“Style, design and innovation are three of OPUS Hotels’ brand values and no one has been as innovative in their field as John Fluevog”, says John deC. Evans, owner of OPUS Hotels. “It was a natural collaboration born out of a shared creativity, imagination and originality. Fluevog shoes personify the avant-garde, glamorous character of OPUS Hotels and this partnership adds an exciting new dimension to the brand.”
Fluevog and John Evans tirelessly mixed children’s paints until the perfect, pleasing OPUS/Fluevog/Porteresque shoe hue appeared. Embodying design, style and originality, the OPUS Hotels Porter Shoe is made in Portugal with Italian Analine Leathers and branded with OPUS Hotels inside. Featuring black patent with a dark pink leather, the two-tone color scheme matches Opus Hotels’ strong colour decor.
The OPUS Hotels Porter Shoes will be showcased in the hotel lobbies and will be worn exclusively by valets and male guest service associates at OPUS Vancouver and OPUS Montreal. In true hotel fashion, the shoes will be featured on the hotel mini bar menu. The shoes are available in limited numbers in all ten North American Fluevog Shoes stores andonline ($329 CA and $279 US).
Take a fresh step into Vancouver’s teaming underground music scene and discover The Random Humans. Appearing on the hip-hop scene with their self-titled three-song EP, which gives a taste of what’s to come, The Random Humans strive to display a real expression of a generation’s musical influences and have only begun to scratch the surface.
With his quick wit and instinctual gift for spitting rhymes, Deception developed a love for expression through music after seeing his first freestyle battle in 2002. Since cutting his teeth writing and experimenting with over 100 songs, the Longview, Alberta native offers up a steady flow to accompany the beats provided by the talented beatsmith, Bear.
A Calgary native, the innovative beat machine first moved to Vancouver in 2006 to gain recording experience with Canadian producer Rob Shallcross (Chicken). Shallcross, a Juno award-winning engineer, is known for his handy work in the metal community (Gwar, Strapping Young Lad, Gene Hoglan, Meldrum), but after being approached for the project by Bear and listening to the demos, Shallcross saw the limitless potential of these two hidden gems and effected an immediate collaboration.
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Living everyday with a ”top 5 dead or alive” attitude, Methuzulah formerly known as Mojo Swaggerhas ghost written over time for platinum Hip-Hop artists, is a member of “THE ZULU NATION AND TEMPLE OF HIPHOP” and was picked by 50 Cents, Polow the Don , and Common Sense as one ofYouTube‘s Top 20 indie artists . METHUZULAH’S sound is a fusion of Kool G. Rap, Nas, and Jay Electronica . His style and sound is colorfully deep, highly descriptive; It’s a street editorial / storytelling type essay on whatever the topic is at hand . On stage, Methuzulah has performed with KRSOne, B.O.B, Black Sheep, Raekwon, Wise Intelligent, Dialated Peoples, Skyzoo, Souls of Mischief, Casual, DJ Nabs, DJ Green Lantern, and Kool DJ Red Alert.
Some of Methuzulah’s recording collaborations have included Illastrate Productions , Raekwon (Wu-tang), Punchlyne, Kam Moye, Alfamega (Grand Hustle), Dynas (ABB Records), Lloyd (Def Jam), Focus (Aftermath), Dj Shakim (So So Def), Mami Montana (Aftermath), Clan Destined (Rawkus 50), Willy Evans Jr. (Rawkus 50), Mr. Probz, Bluntspeakers (Europe), Adrift Da Belle (Dungeon Family) and a lengthy list with at least 50 more artists and producers he has recorded work with.
METHUZULAH is due to release his “Kemetic Aha” mixtape April 2010 Featuring Kam Moye (formerlySupastition) , Boog Brown (Mellow Music) , DINCO-D (of Leaders of the New School) , Punchlyne (eMC), Akil the MC (of Jurassic 5) + MANY MORE This mixtape contains all tracks produced by Dj Premier . He also has an indie album “Long Story Short” due to release in September 2010 and an EP w/ Indie Producer Illastrate called “Lamont & Rahlow” due out summer 2011 .
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Bottom line? In my 20 years in the exhibition and show business I have never heard of anything such as this cancellation fiasco. Without any notice, forewarning or discussion, the City of Abbotsford put a stop to MMA Expo at their TRADEX Exhibition Centre. The reason give, delivered in an email just 15 working days before the event, was “concern over the possibility of rival gang member attendance”. ???
In my opinion this was a totally bogus reason with absolutely no basis in fact.
We scrambled all week to recover, found another venue, signed another contract for space at the Pacific National Exhibition and began rebuilding the event in the new location. The following day when I refused to agree to what I considered to be unreasonable restrictions on the format of MMA Expo show floor feature areas – i.e. no grappling tournaments, only ONE person demos allowed???, amongst other things – we were denied the opportunity to proceed with MMA Expo at the PNE as well. Brutal.
For the official Press Release detailing the reasons for the cancellationclick here.
Here is new official video for E NORTH AVE kidd russell feat. ross golan of glacier hiking. Song is available on itunes off his new album BACKYARD HEROES. This is a catchy, fun song about the current state of our econmy. Enjoy and please help spread the word by fowarding it, tweeting or adding on facebook or your site….
EXCLUSIVE – DANA WHITE on what if MMA was an OLYMPIC sport, a Toronto rally, Abu Dhabi and Vancouver