There are times when Japan is very much ahead of the game, but some outside of Japan feel that if they can’t understand it, it’s not worth their time. Make it worth your time. Check this video for “24 Bars To Kill”, a collaboration between Ski Beatz, Anarchy, Rino Latina II, 漢 & Maccho, who continue the tradition of a solid posse track.
The song is taken from an album Ski Beatz put together called 24 Hour Karate School Japan, released last week on the R-Rated label. The album features such artists as Seeda, KGE The Shadowmen, Dabo, Zeebra, and many others who have been a part of Japan’s deep hip-hop scene for years. You can find out more about the album by clicking here.
For a taste of what the rest of the album sounds like, check out this trailer they made for it.
Next spring, be on the lookout for the new album by M.anifest called Coming To America: Immigrant Chronicles. I like what he has done before, and he’s about to move into new territories with this one.
Again, Spring 2011, M.anifest. Don’t sleep on this one.
My Metal Club is a new label dedicated to bringing quality heavy metal to today’s vinyl junkie. The focus of this label seems to be to bring heavy metal to the fan who wants them, and more specifically to bring it on vinyl. The label is scheduled to release exclusive releases by Metallica, Pantera, Monster Magnet, and Anthrax among many others, and all of them are legitimate, nothing unauthorized. The metal community is very supportive of vinyl, as there seems to be an overwhelming amount of new metal albums released on a regular basis, especially in 2010.
Each release will be available directly from the label, or through stores that regularly stock quality vinyl. What’s also interesting is that while My Metal Club is associated with Caroline/EMI Label Services, the labels who plan to participate with them range from cherished indie labels like Century Media, Metal Blade, and Nuclear Blast, but also Island Def Jam and Warner Bros., so it seems that these labels are uniting together (in spirit at least) with My Metal Club to bring the music to those who still show support by spending their money on it.
Labels of all genres: take note.
British musician Bobby Long is touring the U.S. and is bringing his music to the people not only through performances, but through a brand new, 5-song 10″ EP called Stranger Songs. The EP features three songs from Long’s forthcoming album, A Winter Tale, and two exclusive tracks.
The EP will be available at his shows beginning next week, along with the usual vinyl merchants. Here is where you’ll be able to see him live.
Oct. 22 Madison Theatre Covington, KY
Oct. 23 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 24 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
Oct. 25 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
Oct. 28 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Oct. 29 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
Oct. 30 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 1 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
Nov. 2 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
Nov. 3 State Theater Ithaca, NY
Nov. 5 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
Nov. 6 State Theater Portland, ME
Nov. 7 Capitol Center Concord, NH
Nov. 9 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
Nov. 10 Metropolis Montreal, QC
Nov. 12 Kool Haus Toronto, ON
Nov. 13 House of Blues – Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Nov. 14 Crowfoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
You can keep up to date on all of Long’s adventures on Twitter by clicking to @BobbyLongNews.
Black Eyed Peas are not dead, which will be to the disgust of millions of people who cannot stand what the group has turned into. The group used to be one of the more hated groups in hip-hop, being blamed for being wanna-be Native Tongue rappers to trying to be too boho. In 2010, they are now one of the most hated groups in pop music, and these guys do not care, because “I Gotta Feeling” still gets airplay 16 months after the fact, and that’s 16 months of royalty checks you do not have.
Because they are not dead, their hints about their last album being The E.N.D. was nothing more than a sales pitch, for their new album will be called The Beginning, due out on November 30th. Here is the first track to be released, called “The Time (the dirty bit)”.
Black Breath represent the mighty metal underworld of Seattle, and they’re signed to Southern Lord, who released their debut album Heavy Breathing in March.
The band will be spending their November in Europe for a tour, so here are the dates:
November 4 – Essen, DE @ Panic Room
November 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Stengade
November 6 – Stockholm, SE @ Swahili Bob’s Fest Vol. 5 w/ Crude
November 7 – Oslo, NO @ Garage
November 8 – Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
November 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
November 10 – Berlin, DE @ Jagerklause
November 11 – Prague, CZ @ Klub 007
November 12 – Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
November 13 – Crnomelj, SI @ MKK
November 14 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
November 15 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia
November 16 – Bologna, IT @ Nuovo Lazzaretto
November 17 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie w/ Knut
November 18 – Paris, FR @ Glazart
November 19 – Messnacy, BE @ Rider’s Park
November 20 – Hasselt, BE @ Muziekodroom w/ Rise & Fall, Nails
November 21 – London, UK @ Borderline
November 22 – Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
November 23 – Glasgow, UK @ The Arches
November 24 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
November 25 – Cardiff, UK @ Buffalo Bar
November 26 – Tilburg, NL @ 013 w/ Misery Index, Grave, Arsis, more…
November 27 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who w/ Torche
Then they’ll take a break and do a hometown show on December 30th with Neurosis and Wolves In The Throne Room.
Pigeon John will be joining your favorite DJ savior, DJ Shadow, on a forthcoming tour starting next week Monday in Vancouver, British Columbia.
DJ Shadow & Pigeon John Fall 2010 Tour
Oct 25 Mon Vancouver BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Oct 26 Tue Seattle WA @ Showbox at the Market
Oct 27 Wed Portland OR @ Roseland Theatre
Oct 30 Sat Las Vegas NV @ House of Blues
Oct 31 Sun Los Angeles CA @ House of Blues
Nov 1 Mon Anaheim CA House of Blues
Nov 3 Wed Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov 5 Fri Dallas TX @ House of Blues
Nov 6 Sat Houston TX @ House of Blues
Nov 7 Sun New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
Nov 9 Tue Atlanta GA @ Loft at Center Stage
Nov 11 Thu Baltimore MD @ Rams Head Live
Nov 12 Fri Toronto ONT @ The Phoenix
Nov 13 Sat Montreal QUE @ Club Soda
Nov 14 Sun Boston MA @ House of Blues
Nov 15 Mon NYC @ Irving Plaza
Nov 18 Thu Cleveland OH @ House of Blues
Nov 19 Fri Chicago IL @ Park West
Nov 21 Sun Denver CO @ Ogden Theater
Nov 23 Tue Salt Lake City UT @ The Depot
Before the tour begins, Pigeon John will do two dates in Colorado this week. Keep in mind these shows are NOT part of his tour with DJ Shadow.
Oct 22 Fri Colorado Springs CO @ The Black Sheep
Oct 23 Sat Durango CO @ The Abbey Theater
Crystal Castles are proving you can be heard and known without any level of mainstream airplay, enough for them to plan out a small tour next year in late winter/early spring. Check them out.
March 2 San Diego CA – House of Blues
March 3 Pomona CA – Fox Theatre
March 4 San Francisco CA – Warfield Theatre
March 6 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
March 7 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
March 8 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
March 11 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 12 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
March 13 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
March 15 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
March 16 Washington DC – 9:30 Club
March 18 New York, NY – Terminal 5
March 19 Boston, MA – House of Blues
March 26 Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
April 2 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy