I’ve been gone for a little while, but I’m still here. There were some things that needed dealing with and that dealing is almost done. I was intentionally not releasing any new solo material during that period, but that period is about to end. The story continues and so will the music. I hope you enjoy this small taste of what is to come. Don’t look away. Don’t think less of me.
Colin Munroe – I Would Die 4 U (Prince Cover)
Gregor Gracie vs. Pablo Popovitch
Hermes Franca vs. Ryan Hall
Penny Thomas vs. Tracey Goodell
They are known for putting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the map. Using revolutionary techniques that changed the face of combat sports forever, the legendary Gracie family consists of some of the best grapplers in the world. Now, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® prepares for its debut in the city of Boston, the Gracie family returns with its sights set on further solidifying its grappling domination.
UFC President Dana White announced today that the UFC® FAN EXPO™ in Boston will feature four grappling superfights, two of which will feature high-level black belts Rolles Gracie and Gregor Gracie of the Renzo Gracie Academy based out of New York City.
On Friday, Aug. 27 at 2PM ET, ADCC world champion Penny Thomas, fresh off her grappling superfight victory over MMA veteran Shayna Baszler at the UFC Fan Expo in May, takes on Team Lloyd Irvin product Tracey Goodell in an exciting women’s matchup. Plus, former UFC star Hermes Franca, a dangerous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who owns submission victories over the likes of Nate Diaz, Mike Brown, and Jamie Varner, takes on 23-time Grapplers Quest champion Ryan Hall.
Then, on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 12:30PM ET, the Gracie family invades the UFC Fan Expo with two explosive contests. First, UFC veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Rolles Gracie takes on undefeated Grapplers Quest champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. If that wasn’t enough, Renzo Gracie black belt Gregor Gracie, a four-time Grapplers Quest champion, locks horns with reigning ADCC world grappling championPablo Popovitch.
Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the upcoming DVD release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis‘ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film will be released in the Fall of 2010, the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and will be accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.
Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and theSavage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.
Despite its role as an important and unflinching portrait of a profoundly interesting time in New York’s cultural history, 80 Blocks was, for many years, impossible to find, only briefly available as an educational VHS release in 1985. In the years since its initial release, the documentary has gained an overwhelming cult status. With little to no news coverage over the decades since its release dedicated fans continued to buzz about the film. That buzz grewexponentially via the internet, which provided fans a common platform to fondly look back not only the at documentary itself, but the era that it captured so vividly.
The cries of many have been heard. For the first time in 25 years, the soon-to-be-released DVD will be accessible by the public, and will include interviews with producer/filmmaker Weis and director of photography Joan Churchill, as well as a 40 page book comprised of the original “Savage Skulls” article, an essay by David Hollander, and artwork by Julian Allen. All of this is, of course, to accompany both full and widescreen versions of the film that started it all.
Nearly four years have passed since the release of Trek Life’s acclaimed debut solo album Price I Paid. Since its inception Trek has garnered the respect and attention of the game’s hottest talent, including the likes of Aftermath recording artist Bishop Lamont, ?uestlove, and Jazzy Jeff.
Today, the young emcee puts his verbal prowess to the test of mass appeal once again with the official physical release of his sophomore album Everything Changed Nothing. Produced by Washington DC native Oddisee, the album marks a critical moment in the eyes of its creator. “This is an overwhelmingly important release for me,” notes Trek. “Sophomore albums are what make and break an artist for the rest of their career.” Already available through iTunes, the album is now up for grabs through a slew of digital retailers including bestbuy.com, amazon.com, and emusic.com. Additionally,Everything Changed Nothing is officially in brick and mortar stores today- the CD and vinyl can be bought in person at FYE, Amoeba, Fat Beats, and UGHH.
To celebrate the physical release, Mello Music is giving fans another taste of Trek’s latest musical brainchild with the Oddisee produced track “I’d Rather Be.” Passionate flows, a crooning chorus, and a growling west coast synthesizer unite the track in a harmonic marriage of sound that few current artists can attain. Listen here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Trek_Life-I’d_Rather_Be.mp3
Defend Music is proud to announce the first release in a new series of mix CDs celebrating New York City’s famed FIXED parties – Simian Mobile Disco Is Fixed. Released on October 12, this marks the first Domestic USA release for the famed British DJ/Production/Remix team.
This mix perfectly represents what you’d expect to hear from Simian Mobile Disco (AKA James Ford and Jas Shaw) at one of their FIXED residency nights – it’s all wondrous techno. There’s no messing around here as the mix launches with the spacey, wobbly, jazz tinged one-two punch of Brain Machine “Eternal Night” and Etienne Jaumet “For Falling Asleep.” Next, Jurek Przezdziecki “Qwerty Poema” and Conrad Schnitzler “Ballet Statique” reveal techno’s beautiful side with divine melodies and flowing beats before Andre Walter “Malphas” and Bam Bam “Where’s Your Child?” contrast with tougher and more ominous sounds. It’s the perfect lead into Simian Mobile Disco’s own remix of DJ Hell’s gothic techno track “U Can Dance (feat. Brian Ferry) and Paul Woolford’s rubbery “False Prophet.”
Phillip Sherburne starts off the second half of the disc with his excellent “Salt And Vinegar,” and when paired with the next track, Clement Meyer “Midnight Madness” you’ve got the sound of a plane spinning out of control (good in the context of this mix). Simian Mobile Disco pulls up next with their most recent single, “Nerve Salad,” a full on techno assault with nightmarish sounds weaving in and out. Pantha Du Prince “Behind The Stars” is equally dark, slowing things down before Carl Craig brings back the acid with his remix of Hot Chip’s “One Life Stand.” The mix starts winding down with Chateau Flight’s bouncy electro “Baroque” before the BPMs start freefalling with SND “05:36:58” and Delia Derbyshire’s tripped out and droning “Dreams.”
FIXED was launched in 2004 by DJ’s JDH and Dave P at the Tribeca Grand hotel and the party quickly took off as a result of a forward-thinking booking policy. One week you’d find heavyweight, Berlin-based techno jocks like Ewan Pearson playing with on-the-rise indie
acts such as Little Boots or Friendly Fires the next. To date, blue-chip artists like Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Booka Shade, Justice, Superpitcher, the Klaxons, Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Mylo, Vitalic, Simian Mobile Disco, The Rapture, Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y. and many more have all made appearances. The party celebrated its five-year anniversary in November 2009, with Basement Jaxx headlining the night.
Simian Mobile Disco takes the reigns of the first mix in FIXED’s new series embodying what the New York institution’s parties are all about. Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford and Jas Shaw comment, “Josh and Dave were the first people to put us on in America, and they consistently put on the craziest parties with the best dance music in the United States. We jumped at the chance to do a mix for them, as Fixed is a beacon of hope in a sea of generic bangers. It has a broad, classy music policy and is set to follow in the footsteps of legendary nights such as Trash and Optimo,”
Free Download: Simian Mobile Disco
The Pygmalion Music Festival has, now in its sixth year, firmly established itself as a major and innovative presence in the universe of North American music festivals. The festival’s schedule is now nearly complete and viewable on the fest’s site (http://schedule.pygmalionmusicfestival.com), and organizer Seth Fein has just announced the first of a handful of pre-festival parties (info below). We’re excited to share this year’s lineup in its entirety with you:
of Montreal * Janelle Monae * Built to Spill * Roky Erickson w/Okkervil River * Caribou * Ted Leo & The Pharmacists * Cut Chemist * Cap’n Jazz * Surfer Blood * Plastician * Holy Fuck * +/- (Plus Minus) * Those Darlins * Fang Island * Cults * Owen * Colour Revolt * David Dondero * Candy Claws * Turbo Fruits * Light Pollution * Butterfly Bones * The Chain Gang of 1974 * Common Loon * Community College * Darren Hanlon * Deathtram * Dirty Feathers * DJ Belly * DJ Mertz * DJ Solo * Drink Up Buttercup * The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra * Famicom * Elsinore * Gold Motel * Grandkids * Jared Bartman * Jimmy Gnecco * Lookbook * Nameloc * New Ruins * The Poison Control Center * Pomegranates * Revolt Revolt * Royal Bangs * Santah * So Long Forgotten * Take Care * Unwed Sailor * The Viper & His Famous Orchestra * Why I Like Robins * Withershins * World’s First Flying Machine
8/27: Twin Sister w/Memoryhouse, Grandkids @ Canopy Club
9/1: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin w/Telekinesis, Santah @ Canopy Club
9/8: Hood Internet @ Canopy Club (FREE SHOW)
Tickets for pre-festival shows as well as the fest itself are available athttp://2010.pygmalionfestival.com. Single tickets to individual shows are on sale at the respective venue’s sites: Canopy Club , Krannert Center and The Highdive .