REVIEW: Pigeon John’s “Dragon Slayer”

Photobucket Oh, Pigeon John, where have all the good times gone? I was a huge fan of his 2006 album Pigeon John & The Summertime Pool Party and wished he could’ve went platinum, all while being protective of him getting too big. Now with the release of Dragon Slayer (Quannum) he’s ready for the big time, but he’s also hushed the good part of what I liked about his music.

It’s not that Dragon Slayer is a complete failure, it’s just not to my liking. He sings a lot more, and really he has been doing that off and on over the years, but it’s as if Andre 3000 gave everyone license to stop speaking and start singing, even if they can sing in a mediocre fashion. I mean, is this really hip-hop? If so, give it back to someone who knows and cares about it. Or is everyone wanting to be N*E*R*D? I know Richard Pryor once said you have to sing to get the pussy, highlighted by Ol’ Dirty Bastard on his debut album, but sometimes I wonder if it’s really that good for artists to huli over and make lackluster music?

Yes, I do realize that “this music is not for you” and I’m happy with that. It just seems too many artists are changing formulas, and I’m fine with that. It’s when they abandon what they became known for. Pigeon John, just become a cast member of CSI: New York, I’d be more happier with that than this album.

SOME STUFFS: Pigeon John to open for DJ Shadow on forthcoming tour

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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

VIDEO: Lyrics Born’s “Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart”

Brand new music from Lyrics Born, this is the first single from LB’s forthcoming album, due out sometime in 2010. The track brings him together once again with Lateef The Truth Speaker, and this video, directed by Raphael LaMotta of Aspci, features cameos from Joyo Velarde, Kat Ouano of Crown City Rockers, Pigeon John, Zion I, and others. The song itself is being made available as a free MP3 download over at, go get it.