Only a month has passed since Guru (Keith Elam) had emergency surgery following a massive heart attack and yesterday, Monday the 19th, he passed away due to cancer-related causes after a long fight with the disease.
Known mostly for his work in the legendary rap group Gang Starr, he and DJ Premier changed the hip-hop scene in New York with heavy sampling of Jazz records. They are officially known as the first to merge Jazz and hip-hop and after Gang Starr's break up, Guru went on to release the series Jazzmatazz with his friend and collaborator Solar. The groundbreaking series was the first time an MC rapped over live Jazz music and is considered revolutionary in the respected hip-hop community.
Airbourne No Guts, No Glory
Anarbor The Words You Don't Swallow
The Apples In Stero Travellers In Space and Time
Aqualung Magnetic North
V.V. Brown Travelling Like The Light
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Comershop Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast
Cypress Hill Rise Up
Demander Future Bright
Earl Greyhound Suspicious Package
Rocky Erikson [13th Floor Elevators] True Love Cast Out All Evil
Everest On Approach
On April 19th 2008 Metallica kicked off the first ever Record Store Day with a concert at Rasputin Records in San Francisco, CA. A "holiday" of sorts dedicated to celebrating and supporting independently own record stores across the US and the unique culture and scene that surround them. "This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music."
The "About Us" on the official RSD website reads almost like a manifesto, promising promotional releases, merchandise, artists appearances and special concerts. Over the past few year Record Store Day has grown into an international sensation, reaching not just across the US but over the ocean to Europe as well.
Did Marshall Mathers play us all for fools? On April 13th Eminem posted what seemed to be the tweet heard round the world-"There is no Relapse 2"-and the media took off running. It seemed that every music blog (including yours truly), gossip column and pop-culture media forum was abuzz with the death of the hip hop star's second comeback album. But how quickly did we jump the gun on that one?
At around 4PM yesterday, Eminem knocked us in the back of the head with another tweet, "Recovery" and a link to his website explaining that the production of Relapse 2 has actually been shifted to a new album altogether, Recovery, set to be released in late June. "I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year," remarked Eminem. "But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title."
It has been 8 long years since Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler first began to mix sweet, sweet music together. The duo met as college freshmen and started their first project Landau which released IDM tracks on Merck Records. In 2007 they started spinning a weekly party at a modestly tiny dive bar in Hartford, CT called Vegas BLVD which picked up quite a bit of steam; the two were “getting bit by the dance bug”, and soon after began collaborating with Angelica Bass.
Brooklyn bound and bursting with what’s what of hip, the trio finally stumbled upon Ian Chang, the final link to finally complete who we know as Body Language. Collaborating with much hyped electro-pop buzz band Passion Pit back in 2008 on their EP, the group, from the beginning has seduced listeners with their kind of electronic finesse.
My World 2.0, the second installment of Justin Bieber's platinum EP, My World, debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in early March. But last week the media was all astir as Bieber's debut album slipped down to the number two position.
Why such a big buzz over a pint-sized star's pint-sized slip? Perhaps it was because he was knocked down by none other than friend and mentor Usher and his new release Raymond v. Raymond.
After a hiatus so long that rumors of his death began to circulate in cyberspace, Eminem finally made a comeback in 2009, promising the release of not one but two studio albums in the year to follow.
Well May 2009 rolled around and Eminem delivered the Dr. Dre produced Relapse, his first album of original material since 2004, to a debut spot at #1 in the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 600,000 copies in its first week, Eminem was back in the (figurative) high life again. But it seemed the promised second album, Relapse 2, was no where in sight.
There are few bands that could incorporate performance art and still manage to rock out -which is what happened when Of Montreal performed to an intimate crowd at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. Playing hits from all of their albums, the crowd was completely engaged by the band.
Opening for the group was James Husband and assorted members of Of Montreal, presenting a folksy, laidback sound. Their set was a departure from the upbeat and unique chords typical of the band but certainly roused audience members to their feet.
With only two days until its kick off, Coachella attendees have one question on their minds: How can I see it all?
The infamous Indio, California festival has boasted impressive musical lineups in the past, but with the 2010 schedule released earlier this week this year's festival should be better than ever. With five different stages and such an motley crew of stars as Jay-Z, Yo La Tengo, Devo and MGMT (see the full line up here) it will be hard for fans to enjoy one concert without feeling like they are missing out on something else.
Yes, it's finally here but no one knows how long it's going to be available. What am I talking about? LCD Soundsystem are streaming all nine tracks of their much-anticipated album This Is Happening on their site.
With all the buzz of leaked versions and live performances going on YouTube, it only makes sense for the band to stream the album. James Murphy has asked those at concert not to leak the band's new album. "We spent two years making this record and we want to put it out when we want to put it out. I don't care about money - after it comes out, give it to whoever you want for free but until then, keep it to yourself."