etnies is proud to announce that the etnies 2010 AM Getting Paid contest will
be held at Le TAZ skatepark in Montreal, Canada this September 24-26. AM Getting Paid was created by the
Underworld Crew in 2004, and has consistently brought out the world’s top AMs to battle it out for the overall title and a healthy paycheck.
In celebration of the event’s 6th anniversary, the etnies 2010 AM Getting Paid contest will feature a jam format in the newly built Le TAZ skatepark centrally located in downtown Montreal. Le TAZ features a 35,000 square foot indoor street course, lounges for competitors, media and VIPs, and has plenty of room to accommodate the hordes of spectators and fans expected to attend.
For the first time in the history of the event, the etnies 2010 AM Getting Paid contest will host six qualifiers across Canada to give skateboarders from all over the chance to compete for the $10,000 USD prize purse in the main event on September 24-26. The winner of each qualifier will receive a free trip to the main event, which includes hotel
accommodations and a golden ticket straight to the semi final.
2010 etnies AM Getting Paid Qualifier Events:
· Edmonton – June 19 at Callingwood Skatepark
· Winnipeg – June 26 at Forks Skatepark
· Halifax – July 10 at Commons Skatepark
· Toronto – July 24 at Ashbridges Bay Skatepark
· Montreal – August 7 at Le TAZ skatepark
· Vancouver – August 14 at Port Coquitlam Skatepark
iPROMISEMUSIC recording artist Liya paired up with Toronto’s own DJ Agile just over a week ago to release a new single called “Focused.” This is the first single off of Agile’s project to be entitled “Reconstructed” and will also be featured on Liya’s own forthcoming project. The single features guitar by Robert Strauss & additional keyboard work from Agile’s fellow Big Black Lincoln group member, T.R.A.C.K.S. “Focused” is a summer time soul groove built on funk & hip hop. Liya’s voice flows over the beat like sweet magic!This past weekend Agile, Liya and the crew were busy shooting the video for this summertime single in downtown Toronto. Keep your eyes open, the video should be ready for release in about 3 weeks.To listen, purchase or download the song please visit:
Michael Franti, whose latest CD release All Rebel Rockers marked the highest debut album chart position of his career and gave way to the platinum digital smash, “Say Hey (I Love You),” is now a part of the EMI/Capitol Records roster. A new single will be released later this month from Franti’s forthcoming CD,The Sound of Sunshine on the Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax label. The Sound of Sunshine album will be available later this summer.
“The spirit and support that we’ve been receiving on the road has been incredible,” said Franti. “Even though we’ve been making music for a long time and many of our fans have been with us for years, the success of All Rebel Rockers and ‘Say Hey (I Love You)’ has allowed even more people to hear the music. Our new fans have become a part of the family and I’m happy to have this new family extend to everyone at EMI.”
Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, The Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. While studying at the University of San Francisco, Franti formed the punk band The Beatnigs, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti first formed Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.
Franti & Spearhead kicked off a North American headline tour on May 14, which includes Canadian dates in Toronto (June 1), Edmonton (July 22), Calgary (July 23) and Vancouver (July 24). For tour dates and ticket information and official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FRANTV, go to www.michaelfranti.com.
In honor of the 2010 World Cup we decided to launch a series of tees to show our love for Soccer. The idea behind this came when we started to get an increasing amount of request from our International fans and distributors to create a shirt that would feature girls and their favorite sport. What better timing than for the 2010 World Cup.
“When this idea came about we knew that we would not have enough time to make the quality of shirt that our fans are used to seeing if we did a tee for every country. So instead we picked 9 and made sure that they were up to the caliber that our customers have grown to love about our brand,” says founder Marek Grubel.
As many of you will notice when looking for and trying to decide on which tee to get to support your favorite teams, there are no Asian countries. We usually do not feel the need to explain our decisions for why we do or do not do things but we wanted to let everyone know that there was no discrimination in picking the countries. We just picked eight and went with them.
THE ELECTRIFYING AND ENERGETIC SOCA GOLD 2010
DEPLOYS ON MAY 25 FROM VP RECORDS
Experience one of the most popular genres of Caribbean music. Recruiting only the Generals of Soca music, VP Records presents Soca Gold 2010.Considered the Soundtrack of the Caribbean Carnival, this high spirited compilation represents the best Soca tracks on the market.
On May 25th VP Records brings the party to you with Soca Gold 2010. The albums preeminent line up cannot be denied. Leading the regiment is the prince of Soca Chutney Rikki Jai’s popular “Barman” track. Soca has travelled around the world and finds itself in the UK; one listen to the infectious “Party Hard”from Donae’o and you will find yourself bouncing to the rhythm and chanting along with the chorus…Party Hard!! The Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds single “Gimmie De Juk Juk,” exemplifies the feelings and mood of Soca music while demonstrating how it should be done. The Superstar of Soca Machel Montana meets the Superstar of Dancehall Busy Signal on the collaborated track “Wooeeii Gal Wooeeii”. Barbadian artist Edwin Yearwood lends his “Socaton” style to the mix with his track “Carnival On My Mind.” Soca Gold 2010 would not be complete without giving a Soca injection to the most popular track in Reggae music; Gyptian’s single “Hold You.” Soca music has been lifting spirits and providing the backdrop to parties across the Globe. The album also includes Fadda Fox’s “Staggerah,” Peter Ram’s “Tattoo Farm,” Lyrikal’s “All Over De Gyal,” to name a few; in conjunction with this great CD is a bonus DVD with exclusive footage from Trinidad’s 2010 Carnival, music videos and much more. Soca Gold 2010 keeps the tradition and excitement going with this year’s release.
Elite Gudz has released their first App for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, which is available on the iTunes store right now, for free.
The “Graffiti Spray Can” App is a free download, developed by and highlighting the artwork of the Elite Gudz team, featuring Phetus, Mr. Den, Rodolfo Ledesma, Narek Gevorgian and Brian Ferrara.
* Realistic Shake Animations and Rattle Sounds
* Multiple Spray Can Skins and Colors
* Touch-Screen Spray Action
* Fun, Easy to Use Paint Program
* Swipe & Swap Backgrounds
* Save your creations, Email to friends or Upload to the web
* Frequent Updates and Downloadable Content including New Backgrounds, New Colors and New Can Skins
Premium Version Includes:
* Camera Functionality
* Physics-based Paint Drips
* Mini Games
* Exclusive Concrete Immortalz Comic Content
* Secret Unlockables!
You can download the “Graffiti Spray Can” App directly from iTunes by clicking here –
Or, search for “Graffiti Spray Can” through the App Store from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Les Claypool, Victor Wooten & Divinity Roxx Among Guest Professors At Bootsy Collins’ Funk University
Les Claypool: The mastermind behind funk/rock outfit Primus, Claypool’s reputation as a irreverent mind is matched only by his standing as one of the most innovative bassists of his generation, combining strumming, tapping and slapping into a style that takes direct cues from Collins and makes them all his own. Primus are best known for the albums Sailing The Seas Of Cheese and Pork Soda. His most recent release is his solo album Of Fungi And Foe.
Victor Wooten: Winner of Bass Player Magazine’s Bass Player Of The Year award three times in a row, Wooten is one of today’s most respected and sought-after bassists, collaborating regularly in the studio and onstage with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and the Dave Matthews Band. He is also the bassist forBela Fleck & The Flecktones.
John B. Williams: From growing up to the sounds of Sonny Rollins practicing bass two doors down from his Harlem home to working with legends like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Horace Silver and Roy Ayers, John B. Williams is one of the last living links between the funk era and the jazz era that preceded it. Williams was part of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band through the early ‘70s, and the Arsenio Hall Show band through the early ‘90s. His latest release was 2005’s Gratitude.
Divinity Roxx: As bassist for Beyonce, the flamboyant Roxx is one of the world’s most active bassists. Her virtuosic, funky bass style and trademark blonde dreadlocks are seen year-round on stages worldwide. She also works with Victor Wooten.
T.M. Stevens: You’d be hard-pressed to find an experienced musician who doesn’t know the name T.M. Stevens. A former member of English group The Pretenders, his list of collaborators speaks for itself: Miles Davis, James Brown, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Steve Vai, 2Pac and Living Color to name only a few. He also records and tours the world regularly with his band Shocka Zooloo.
Dennis Chambers: Playing alongside Bootsy as Parliament/Funkadelic’s drummer from the late ‘70s through the early ‘80s, Chambers, more than almost any other drummer today, knows the complexities and subtleties of complimenting and challenging an advanced bassist. He has also collaborated with Steely Dan and John Scofield, and is currently touring with Carlos Santana.
Bootsy’s Funk University begins its first semester on July 1, 2010, with classes being taught from the ‘virtual campus’ at TheFunkUniversity.com, where new lessons, lectures and content on the evolution, theory and practice of bass guitar will be uploaded daily. Staff reviews of students’ performance will be conducted periodically along with office hours to answer students’ questions. Professor Bootsy will also be judging student track submissions as part of a series of regular school competitions. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.
Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at www.thefunkuniversity.com.
DIGITAL RELEASE ON JUNE 29th INCLUDES REMIXES BY TREASURE FINGERS, JUNIOR SANCHEZ, MIGHTY MOUSE, AND BRYAN JONES
One of Chicago’s most influential house music producers of all time, Roy Davis Jr. has pioneered the direction of electronic music for nearly two decades. Available at all major digital retailers on June 29th, “Rock Lights”, featuring vocalist Bear Who? is his second contribution to the Scion A/V Remix project following last year’s “I Have a Vision” release. Along with the soulful original cut by Davis, “Rock Lights” includes 4 undeniably danceable remixes from Treasure Fingers, Junior Sanchez, Mighty Mouse, and Bryan Jones, showcasing the broad range of influence that Roy Davis Jr. has contributed to his peers and emerging contemporary producers throughout the world.
Laying the groundwork for the arsenal of heavy-hitting producers onboard to remix “Rock Lights”, Davis’s title track is complemented by current electro-influenced artists Treasure Fingers and Mighty Mouse. Each providing their own unique take on the track, Atlanta’s Treasure Fingers makes “Rock Lights” his own uplifting peak-hour dancefloor killer, with the London-based duo Mighty Mouse adding their lush, disco-heavy touch. Tapping fellow Chicagoans and dance music mainstays in their own right, Bryan Jones takes “Rock Lights” back to the jacking Chicago house of yesteryear, while Junior Sanchez’s brilliant Latin-infused thriller of a remix brings “Rock Lights” to its highest points.
In its continual effort to show support for the arts, Scion covers all production, licensing and distribution costs for the A/V projects, and all proceeds go directly back to the label and artists involved.
Scion A/V Remix: Roy Davis Jr. (feat Bear Who?) “Rock Lights” Tracklisting:
1. Rock Lights (Treasure Fingers Remix)
2. Rock Lights (Junior Sanchez Remix)
3. Rock Lights (Mighty Mouse Remix)
4. Rock Lights (Bryan Jones Remix)
5. Rock Lights
Scion A/V Remix: Roy Davis Jr. is also available for streaming on Scion’s new lifestyle portal, ScionAV.com and via the Scion AV Radio App for the iPhone © And iPod Touch ©.
The promotional video trailer for the project can be viewed here: