Greetings, sick trick and/or treaters. It’s time to conjure up your favorite internet-radio demon, PUSSYFOOT. For their very scary October 2013 broadcast, horror hosts Matt ‘n Matt venture and vanish into the deep dark woods throughout this consistently shadowy show.
Self-described ‘Monster Kid’ BLAKE EVERETT (nee Count Ghoulstein) trudges through the muck to review ‘Jug Face’ a low-budget indie ceramic thriller. And, while it’s no slasher flick–despite atleast one murder–Blake also delivers a spine-chilling capsule review of ‘Kill Your Darlings’ featuring his fangy flavor-of-the-month Dane DeHaan. Next, the equally eerie and elfin EDDIE ROUSE makes sure he puts sage fans who ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ on blast in a cadaverous and cantankerous ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’. And rounding out the repulsion, Pussyfoot’s Queen of the Damned MYSTI MAYH3M. This month, Mysti rolls her bewitched big rig through the Black Forest to eulogize a gummi baron. Mwwahahahahahaha!
Our cackling keynote guest this month: artist RUSSEL NESWICK. In the haunted haven known as ‘Lake Village, Indiana’ Neswick–an acclaimed former lawyer in the Chicagoland area–has slowly but steadily created an entire under-the-sea art adventureland on 3 of his 240+ acres of untouched farmland. Neswick is by many accounts the world’s greatest ferro concrete sculptor. The ‘foot chops it up with this charming and eccentric ceramicman, gaining valuable insight into the self-taught process he jokingly refers to as ‘dementia concretia’. What’s more, Russel’s do-it-yourself aquatic woodland sculptures have been captured in an exclusive Pussyfoot PDF–so get yer download on, warlocks!
All that, plus a petrifying playlist from the likes of Peter Wolf, Unrest, Sun Kil Moon, Fang and more…
So join us, if you dare…only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
Today I’m dropping another gem from my recently released album, No Child Left Behind. This tracked is entitled, “New Shoes” and is produced by Lexington production Real & Wes. The jazzy new single talks about the battles of lost youngsters going broke trying to “keep up with the Jones’.” No Child Left Behind (digitally and physical orders) available now at my website http://www.devinecarama.com and half the proceeds going to children’s organization Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass!
Detroit’s most consistent producer, Apollo Brown, comes through with his trademark sound – brassy horn chops, vinyl crackle, and layered drums that knock just right. Definitely turn this one up and let Apollo’s production bump at it’s head-nodding, face scrunching best.
Red Pill jumps out first with a quick shout to Mello for making the deal on this record: “It ain’t a major deal yet, but it ain’t minor shit / got the industry by the throat with an iron grip.” By :53 seconds in Pill puts a sock in all those armchair comment box reviewers mouths with a display of lyrical wordplay that I’ll leave you to unravel on the repeated rewind. After the verse, DJ Eclipse lays a gorgeous scratch hook, reminding people Ugly Heroes is Ugly as ever.
The second verse finds Chicago veteran Verbal Kent choking listeners out with their livestrong bracelets. Verbal proves he’s a bad dude like Erykah… knocking your wheaties bowl offa the table, liftin you up and literally throwin’ you offa the label. Then at 2:16 Mr. Kent decides to jump it up a notch and match Pills tongue twisting throw down with another display that leaves your pause button worn.
Before it’s over Apollo masterfully brings it back to a sit down soul stirring conversational tone.
It’s lo-fi lunacy on a sayonara to Spring episode of PUSSYFOOT. For their fuzz-funked May 2013 episode, Matt ‘n Matt ‘call’ in a favor from a Bay Area do-it-yourselfer who’s as beguiling as he is groovy.
Kicking things off, the first-ever ‘obliteration’ from eulogist MYSTI MAYH3M. Equal parts obituary and tongue-lashing, Pussyfoot’s deadly debutante puts an East Coast flim-flam rapper on blast. Next, BLAKE EVERETT–our briefly hospitalized from pneumonia film maven–gets down ‘n dirty with southern cinema in a review of the current release ‘Mud’. Though Matthew McConaughey’s name shines atop the marquee, this all new ‘Blake at the Movies’ posits that a talented cast of rising young stars and go-to character actors steal the mucky spotlight. And rounding out our roster of internet-radio rapscallions, EDDIE ROUSE takes on a two-pack of listener write-ins with vaguely childlike undertones. Eddie has never made any bones about it–’(he) don’t like kids!’–so this pair of child rearing conundrums quickly devolves into a funny and thoughtful ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’.
Our keynote guest this month, cult San Francisco electro-boogie master DOUG HREAM BLUNT. This enigmatic musician is the man behind one of the most sought-after and heralded self-released LPs in outsider music history. In the late ’90s/early ’00s, Blunt’s ‘Gentle Persuasion’ began to circulate throughout the eastbay, quickly becoming a local staple at house parties and mom and pop record shops. Blending beach-haze and funky R ‘n B, the record endures as an important testament to Blunt’s unique vision and document of California’s mack-centric street culture. Upon its release, Blunt embarked on an unconventional tour in support of his debut by playing local hospitals, churches, and unleashing a legendary set on the public access show, CityVisions. The Matts chat via public PayFone with Doug in his this, first-ever radio interview–not to be missed!
All that, plus a playlist that’ll have you prepped for summer’s oncoming swelter…
So join us, won’t you? Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
The Fourth Annual Treating Yourself Expo (TYE) presented by Treating Yourself Magazine, will have Toronto learning about all the benefits of medical marijuana for those with aliments at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre May 24th – 26th. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch and see a wide selection of medical marijuana paraphilia. Attendees will also be able to attend various seminars which will be running throughout the show. The show will feature hundreds of vendors from all over the world specializing in medicinal use and production of high-quality marijuana. Treating Yourself Expo Show Manager Jim Mahon commented “Last year TYE shattered all previous records for exhibitor participation and attendance.” TYE looks forward to sharing new ideas, techniques and brands with all whom attend.
TYE will showcase a one-of-a-kind, government-approved, 4200 square foot vapour lounge. The vapour lounge will feature an array of vapourizers, of all makes and models. Allowing attendees, with a current medical card, to test out and determine which model best suits their needs. The lounge will have areas for medical marijuana patients to medicate in comfort. While there is absolutely no selling or distribution of cannabis permitted at the Expo, patients are encouraged to bring their own medicine along with them to use while in the lounge.
With the overwhelming response last year, TYE will be hosting the Third Annual Functional Glass Art Contest. TYE is thrilled to announce the 2013 year teams will be international in reach, with Team “Liquid Chrome” Canada, Team “Glasscraft” USA, and Team “MADE” Japan. Ben Burton is the MC for the contest and Marcel Braun as the FlameOFF coordinator. During the contest there will be over $30,000.00 in prizes to be awarded. Another glass element of the show is Not Just Marbles, Toronto based glass art gallery, will host several of their artists whom will showcase glass creations which will catch the eye.
Attendees will be able to partake in several seminars running over the weekend. Three of the key speakers are John W. Conroy, Dr. Paul Hornby and John Dvorak. John W. Conroy, a lawyer who has been practicing since 1972. He has been an advocate during criminal cases involving illegal drugs. Dr. Paul Hornby is a chemist and plant analyst; he has a PhD in Human Pathology, and studied Biochemistry for his Master’s Degree. He has written several articles on Cannabis and standardization for medicinal use. John Dvorak is an instructor of Cannabis Curriculum and has been studying cannabis hemp and its prohibition for over 20 years.
Treating Yourself Expo is aimed at the medical marijuana and alternative health communities, although all are welcome to attend. Individuals suffering from cancer, HIV/Aids, anorexia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and glaucoma amongst others have benefited from the use of medical marijuana. The Treating Yourself mandate is to provide patients and the general public with conscientious, ethical, and reliable information on the medical benefits of cannabis. Medical marijuana vastly improves the quality of life of patients living with chronic pain as well as other illnesses. Marco Renda Show Producer said “The success continues to confirm the need for an annual event that raises awareness of the benefits of medical marijuana and the plight of patients to legally obtain it.”
Treating Yourself Expo is taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center North Building, located at 255 Front Street West. The show will run May 24-26th from 10am – 6pm. The 2013 sponsors include Not Just Marbles, Glass Culture Magazine, Zoomer Media and KDK Distributors. For more information on Treating Yourself Expo and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.treatingyourselfexpo.com. Two Ticket options available: $20 for a Day Pass or $50 for the full 3 Day Pass.
Spring gotchoo sprung? No worries…the April 2013 installment of PUSSYFOOT breezes into town boasting internet-radio rejuvenation. Grab your galoshes as Matt ‘n Matt trot out a spectacular springtime show that’s a veritable a ‘vernal equinock-out.’
First up, daffodil of the dead MYSTI MAYH3M eulogizes a math-man whose early brush with death (and chemical mutation) gained him legions of fans in his native Russia. Next, cacklin’ crocus EDDIE ROUSE unleashes his verdant vocabulary on a trio of media-themed questions in a chippy, chirpy ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice.’ And then, never-not-nesting cineaste BLAKE treats the ‘Foot faithful to his easy, breezy Top 5 DVD picks…ever! An at-home ‘Blake at the Movies’ if you will…
Our keynote guest this month, artist ZACHARY LEENER. This groundbreaking artist creates work that effortlessly incorporates extremely complex shapes and staggeringly simple, childlike anthropomorphism. Known for his stunning ceramic pieces and bright, colorful work on paper, Leener chats with Matt ‘n Matt about his process, affinity for the West Coast, a recent foray into lamp design, and why he takes being called ‘passively aggressively weak-kneed’ as a complement. Honest, open, and flat-out fun, Leener is awesome–so make sure you download the exclusive pdf of his unique and challenging creations.
All that plus a playlist that’s dripping with musical dew…
Join us, won’t you? Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
It’s Egyptian-encrusted elegance (and fun!) on an all new PUSSYFOOT. For their tomb raiding March 2013 broadcast, Maat ‘n Maat barely come up for air as they explore ancient Midwestern catacombs, makeshift torches in hand…
First up, we find moribund man of the mosque EDDIE ROUSE in fine form for his annual ‘Eddie’s March Madness’ fever dream. Ten questions in rapid-fire succession keep the sage salivating as he touches on topics ranging from cheatin’ grandpas to oft-aborting females. A far flung ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’ for the ages. Next, ghastly grave goddess MYSTI MAYH3M mummifies a mysterious British cat burglar. Her ample funerary cones are at peak pertness in very mortuary ‘Mysti’s Obits.’ And finally, cinematic sekhem BLAKE peeps some Jim Carrey/Steve Carell in-theater magic. That’s right, PF’s resident cartouche bag opens his mouth for ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ in a terrific, hieroglyphic ‘Blake at the Movies.’
Our keynote guest this month, Egyptaholic ROCKO ONAN, man of the GOLD PYRAMID HOUSE. The ‘Foot travels to Wadsworth, Illinois for an exclusive peek inside this amazing, six-story tall, 17,000 square-foot sanctum. Built in 1977 by JIM ONAN (Rocko’s father), the structure stands as a testament to Onan family belief in ‘pyramid power’–a popular 1970s cult theory referring to the alleged paranormal and supernatural powers of the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Located on an island (in Illinois, mind you) and surrounded by a giant moat, the Onan’s sphynx-y Shangri-La not only boats metal palm trees, a 50-foot statue of King Tut, and a pyramid-shaped three car garage but also owns the distinction of being the largest 24-karat gold plated object in North America. Don’t miss this truly colossal interview and downloadable PDF pictorial…
All that, plus a ‘ppropriately pyramidion playlist…
So join us, won’t you?
Let your inhibitions playfully fade away as PUSSYFOOT–your internet-radio one night stand–teases and pleases you in all the right ways. For their sultry February 2013 broadcast, Matt ‘n Matt spit-roast a whole ‘lotta audio love…
First up, cocksmith-cum-curmudgeon EDDIE ROUSE motorboats two heaving questions that deal with the grimy underbelly of romance. Tune in for an ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’ that’ll leave audiences thrusting, positively. Next, hot on the heels of her cavalcade of cadavers, MYSTI MAYH3M delivers an erotic eulogy. This month’s ‘Mysti Obit’ gives some sensual shine to a man who consistently got it in with the Lord. The last–but certainly not least–link in our daisy chain…BLAKE EVERETT. Our sexually-adventurous cineaste drops his Kia keys in the proverbial punchbowl with a review of ‘Dead Man’s Party.’ Filmed nearly two years ago, this no-budget skin flick was a labor of love for a less-than-sexy sextet of thirsty thespians…Don’t sleep on–or with–this ‘Blake at the Movies.’
Our keynote guest this month, the siren of the stitch JENNY HART. Specializing in hand embroidery, Hart’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Art as well as on your bedside table (she’s been featured in everything from Vogue to The Face and the NY Times Magazine). Combining her love of illustration and embroidery has also led to the creation of Sublime Stitching, a wildly successful LA-based design company. This talented artist discusses her self-taught art journey and gives the ‘Foot some special insight into her most famous portraits…
All that, plus a XXX playlist that’ll have even the most attractive of listeners bumpin’ uglies.
So join us, won’t you? Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
With Super Sunday just a few short days away, it’s time to kick-off the new year with internet-radio’s official fair catch signal, PUSSYFOOT. For the January 2013 show, the PF team offers listeners a look back at the year that was…and beyond.
First up, it’s arguably MYSTI MAYH3M’s deadliest month as she re-caps the year in eternal has-beens. Her annual ‘Cavalcade of Cadavers’ makes for a ‘Mysti’s Obits’ that features mad-libbers and HIV-fibbers, helicopter crashers and fuseki-masters. Not…to…be…missed! Next, BLAKE EVERETT takes in the high and the low of 2012 in a very special ‘best and worst of’ edition of ‘Blake at the Movies.’ And lastly, EDDIE ROUSE leaves his audience coated in special spittle as he lets loose on three listener conundrums. The first ‘Eddie’s Saglelike Advice’ of the new year has our sage examining wifey drama–a subject he knows all too well…
Our keynote ‘structure’ this month successfully blurs the line between outsider art and architecture. California’s LUMMIS HOME was the brash and bizarro creation of CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS. Between 1896 and 1910 this author and lover of all things Native American built this sturdy self-styled structure using stones from the bed of LA’s Arroyo Seco. Dubbed ‘El Alisal’ this far-out gem endures today, boasting hand-crafted wooden furniture, concrete flooring, stunning wooden cross beams, personal artifacts from Lummis’ life, and even (no joke) door knobs made from meteorites. Matt ‘n Matt capture the structural madness of this Pueblo-influenced partypad, so make sure you download that PDF, kids.
All that, plus a musical playlist that’ll have you ravin’ for the ‘niners…
Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
On the day R&B songstress Mya predicted that the end of the world as we know it (obvs we’re still here, sister, so suck it!) it’s time to hunker in your bunker with the audio apocalypto known as PUSSYFOOT. The December 2012 show boats the ever-popular, once-a-year ‘Community Bulletin Board’ style web design, allowing the ‘Foot Faithful to enjoy what’s being called the ‘episode of the year’ * in tiny, chapter-like morsels.
First up, MATT ‘n MATT trot out the top track (and video) of 2012 courtesy their favorite Florida-based rapper/pastor/landscaper/animal lover. Next, a toasty fireside chat with keynote guest CURTIS SABIR. A member of LA’s highly-respected paparazzi community, Sabir assumes the role of selfless Santa, happy Hassid, and Karenga-esque Kwanzite in reading popular holiday tales. Download the Sabir-voiced ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ ‘The Complete Story of Chanukah,’ and/or ‘Kwanzaa Memories’ as handy, non-denominational mp3s.
Then, our roster of internet-radio reindeer take to the proverbial skies. BLAKE EVERETT ho ho ho’s his way through a touching tribute to Paul McCartn–er, John Lennon’s–’Happy Christmas (War is Over)’. The terrycloth fog soulfully transforms the late Beatle’s seasonal ditty into a scathing send-up of the latest Judd Apatow film ‘This is 40.’ MYSTI MAYH3M comes through with holiday aplomb, delivering a ping-pongy obit for the hustler of the hard bat. And coal-bearing sage EDDIE ROUSE gives three writers-in a proper holiday harangue in an ‘Eddie’s Sageike Advice’ that’s both naughty and nice.
So join us, won’t you? Only online at http://thehomeofpussyfoot.com
Viva la rapture!
Subtlety is in small supply lo these fateful autumnal days…luckily Matt ‘n Matt are here to not only cue up the correspondent cut-ups but also ready lotsa maize-worthy muzak… The NOVEMBER 2012 show finds the ‘Foot in downbeat beat-off mode with a mixtape full of bail-of-hay bangerz…curl up…lock…and load…
Kicking it all off, it’s MYSTI MAYH3M straight killin’ it with an obit that harkens to Hollywood and cuddles up to comic craftsmanship…a ‘Mysti’s Obits’ that deliriously descends dimensions, tongue firmly planted in cheek…Next, the hell-raising hibernator EDDIE ROUSE conjures negatory nuzzles and playful rebuttals in a fall fresh ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice…two q’s this month, with a common thread that has the sage somewhat scratchin’ his salad…And finally, just one short month away from his inevitably a-tonal holiday anthem, BLAKE EVERETT–known in film circles as ‘Blake Clark’–gets rosy-cheeked for ‘Red Dawn…an ’80s re-boot, our gourd-like film guide blows the whistle on this throbbing cinematic slab of teen gristle in a bran noo ‘Blake at the Movies…’
Yet it’s the obscure music that truly rakes it in this month…somber swan songs from the likes of Volume 10, Lewis, Big Charlie Butler, Hickory Wind and more…dare we say it’s a playlist well worth falling into…
So join us, already. Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
As our eerie east coast eavesdroppers deal with the scary effects of superstorm Sandy, it’s time to irrigate this All Hallows Eve with the horrifying audio ho that is PUSSYFOOT. For their blood-soaked 50th broadcast, Matt ‘n Matt have coupled killer content with terrifying toe-tappers…
Chopping things off, portly film phantasm BLAKE EVERETT unleashes a spook-tastic summation of ‘American Scary’ (currently streaming online). Honoring homespun horror hosts, this dastardly doc gets dissected in a bone-chilling ‘Blake at the Movies.’ Next, MYSTI MAYH3M–the monster-mashing ‘in memorium’ mamacita–wreaks Halloween havoc. Her Octobit is proof that even the Grim Reaper hisself knows how to navigate the sovereign seas. And finally, the guffawing ghoul EDDIE ROUSE happily haunts three listeners as a three pack of write-ins turns deadly. The scary side of sex, encased in ectoplasm…don’t miss this ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice.’
Our keynote guest this month: serial ceramifan, MIKE KING. An author (and authority) on all-things Kreiss Ceramic, Mr. King shines PF’s white hot Halloween spotlight on the brand’s eek-inducing excursion into the world of ‘Psycho Ceramics.’
Here’s the blackstory: in the early 1960s Kreiss & Co. began shilling frighteningly psychedelic gag gifts. These bizarre baubles–designed and conceived by a team of trippy, forever unknown Japanese artisans–were mass produced and sold throughout the United States at pharmacies, truck stops, and five and dimes. After meeting with initial popularity, by the 1970s these crazed creations had become marginalized for their lowbrow lunacy. However, thanks to the efforts of conscientious collectors like Mr. King, these kitsch chatchkies are making a considerable comeback. The ‘Foot travels to Alliance, Ohio to sit down with the man largely responsible for America’s psycho ceramic resurgence.
(And don’t forget to peep the petrifyingly pictoral Pussyfoot pdf, showcasing King’s carefully-cultivated Kreiss collection!)
All that, plus a vaguely-scary songlist dotted with deadly ditties and beastly boppers.
So join us, if you dare, only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
My name is Todd Speakman, I’m one half of SpeakmanSound, a London based team of two brothers, producing crossover dance beats incorporating jazz and and world music.
Make Days Make Brothers EP by SpeakmanSound
As America braces for a weekend’s worth of heinous college hoops, it’s time to run and gun with your favorite internet-radio fast break—PUSSYFOOT…
Winning the MARCH 2012 tip, cinematic sharpshooter BLAKE EVERETT quickly unleashes a barrage of critical 3-point bombs on the new food doc ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi.’ Rabid ‘Foot fans will of course know that raw fish isn’t exactly Blake’s ideal post-game snack. Not to worry, our filmic Fred Hoiberg puts his personal palate aside, allowing his review to tickle the twine in all the right ways. Next, lethal low post threat MYSTI MAYH3M chronicles an unfortunate salary cap casualty from down under—an Aussie game show host whose limited skill set landed him on the eternal waiver wire. And rounding out our ribald roster, All-Star advice-giver EDDIE ROUSE gets T’d up during a special ‘March Madness’ tournament edition of ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’ that’s bound to beat your buzzer.
Our keynote guest this month, globetrotter DOUG JONES. A veteran of international horror films like Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Mimic’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (as well as the just-announced high profile ‘Frankenstein’ remake), Jones first cracked into Hollywood’s starting line-up as the toothy, moonfaced ‘Mac Tonight’ character in a slew of memorable ’80s-era McDonalds commercials. With a background in both mime and contortionism, this agile big man discusses the time-honored craft of ‘creature acting’ with a no-look dime from Blake…
All that, plus a full-court press of tunes from Jon Turbow, The New Age Steppers, Bo$$, and true baller Yaphet Kotto.
So D-up, dammit! Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
It’s time to celebrate the first month of the last year of our lives with your official internet-radio harbinger of impending doom, PUSSYFOOT. On the JANUARY show, Matt, Matt, and the rest of the PF team are indeed hell-bent on getting off on the right—ahem!–’Foot in 2012.
First up, triple threat (actor/agent/critic) BLAKE EVERETT casts his highly-trained cinematic eye toward ‘Saving Private Perez.’ A stylized Mexi-comedy that somehow slipped through the cracks of 2011 gets the proper Blake DVD Bizness in a Spanish-tinged ‘Blake at the Movies.’ Next, the fan-fave and quick-to-rant-and-rave EDDIE ROUSE lays it on the line for two damsels in severe distress. His ‘Eddie’s Sagelike Advice’ segment is what we’ve thankfully come to expect from this wisecracking wise man–a li’l bit of wit, a whole ‘lotta laughs, and off-kilter honesty. Last but certainly not least, MYSTI trots out her ‘Cavalcade of Cadavers’ for the year that was. A high-point of PF’s past, Mysti eulogizes her gonzo litany of lost ones–from British donkey lovers to American sports impostors. Once your ears begin to tingle from the delightful intones of Miss Mysti you’ll almost clammer for that eternal hammer, naw’mean?
Our keynote guest this month–one MR. SPENCER GILBREATH. Pussyfoot hitches a ride to Tustin, CA to speak with Spence about a highly-unique family heirloom. For five decades the Gilbreath family has owned and operated one of the tiniest churches in America…from the middle of a strip mall parking lot! The ‘Little Tree Church’ is Tustin’s oddball Sistine Chapel, replete with custom mini-pews (it only sits about 7 1/2 people), a pint-sized pulpit, and toy organ, all of which completely surrounded by asphalt and chachkie shoppes. Now, don’t think that Matt and Matt have gone all God-y, gang–this PF exclusive is about the Little Tree’s eccentric architectural history as Mr. Gilbreath reflects on his father’s noble attempt to recreate the cathedral of his long-lost Tennessee youth.
All that, plus a playlist chock-full of obscure winter musical wonders…
Only online at http://www.thehomeofpussyfoot.com
“Seven years, thirty-two countries, sixty thousand photos, and a million miles later, here is what we’ve been doing.” So begins Diplo’s book.
From private beaches in Barcelona to a music studio in Jamaica, 128 Beats Per Minute is a photographic journey through the life of Grammy nominated and one-half of Major Lazer, DJ/producer Diplo. The stunning photography by former assistant to Annie Leibowitz, Shane McCauley, captures the excitement and vibrant mood as they travel from country to country and party to party, complete with a foreword by the CFDA/Vogue award winning fashion designer, Alexander Wang.
Chapters are divided by country, from Israel to Trinidad, and Russia to Asia – complete with a playlist as well as Diplo’s impressions of the culture and people: “Every city has its own cultural movement, history, fashion, and art-all of which is constantly evolving into something different.” Not only a DJ and producer, Diplo also founded the label Mad Decent, which has brought Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world and has been honing his literary chops while writing a column for Vanity Fair online. 128 Beats Per Minute is Diplo’s tour of the world and offers a glimpse into the people, places, and music that inspires him.
The book is set to drop April 2012 via Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York, more information available upon request.
This year the good people at Remy Martin, The Guvernment, WBLK 93.7fm, Mobifii.com & Life Media, have all come together alongside legendary hip hop group “EPMD” to bring you the “HipHop 4 Hunger” Christmas Food Drive. On Sunday December 18th 2011 we will be supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank to help raise the much needed food for the less fortunate families during the season of giving.
His name is Damion “Damizza” Young. You may not have heard of him but you may have heard of some careers he launched, such as Eminem & Jay-Z. Or of careers he revived, such as Snoop Dogg & Mariah Carey. After being in the music industry for more than 25 years Damizza is ready to share how his music skills brought artists to life, and how those same skills almost took his own life.
Damizza has worked in nearly every area in music but he is most recognized as a producer for hits such as “Crybaby” and “I Still Believe” by Mariah Carey. He has also produced for other renown artists such as Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and even Korn! But all this success came with a price. His substance addictions caused his life to spin out of control.
The book is filled with candid stories, one of the most compelling is, how he managed to have Snoop Dogg perform in NY with Jay-Z just three months after Biggie’s death in hopes of squashing the East Coast/West Coast beef. Because of this, Irv Gotti credits Damizza as the person who “built a bridge” in bringing the East and West together. Some of the other intriguing stories are; his time backstage with Michael Jackson in Korea, his conversation with Biggie just hours before the star was shot, and how he single-handedly convinced Snoop and Dre to agree to “The Chronic 2001”.
The book has also led to subsequent legal issues due to a tabloid uproar concerning his romantic relationship with Mariah Carey, which was never his intent. Since then, Mariah has read the chapter that involves her and told Damion that, “she doesn’t have a problem with it.”
When asked why he felt this book was important, Damizza had this to say, “I want people to understand the truth of what they’re getting into when they’re seduced by the excess of this business. I’ve been blessed to be in the room when some of the biggest decisions in music were made, and I believe that it’s my duty to pass these stories along. What means the most for me is to show the human reality of the music business.”
Damizza also announced that he is offering the book free of charge, in order to disprove allegations that he’s doing this for profit. It is co-written by world-renown author J. Marshall Craig and will be available on December 14th through www.DamizzaBook.com