Musician/producer Headnodic has created an online video series that he loves so much, he decided to name it after himself. It’s called Live From Headnodic’s
, where he brings in various musicians, rappers, and singers to have a jam session of sorts to see and hear what happens. If you haven’t heard about this year, fear not, this is only episode two and for this show he brings in Lateef The Truth Speaker, The Seshen, Raashan Ahmad, Max MacVeety, Trio Zincalo and others.
Headnodic will be releasing a new album on October 23rd called The Iguana (Ropeadope), and a review on this very site is forthcoming.
It may be Lei Day on this May Day, but in other parts of the United States and the world, there have been a few protests of interest, specifically from the Occupy movement. Arrests have been made in Seattle, Portland (Oregon) and other cities, but they’re not giving up. Perhaps it’s appropriate that Latryx
have dropped a video for the Headnodic
-produced track, “Call To Arms”, on this day. You can download the single for free directly from LatryxAuthentic.com
(32mb), and in case you’re wondering “wait, how come a single is 32mb?” it’s because the file is a zip (tested) that contains the following mixes of the song:
1) Album Version
2) Clean Version
4) A Capella
Get at/to it.
Gift Of Gab has been unusually quiet as of late, which is odd because let’s face it: when you have a gift, and that gift is to gab… well, you know what I’m talking about. He’s wiping off the dust collected and is about to drop a new album called Next Logical Progression, so anyone who wanted to know what would come next from him, this is it. The new album will be released on March 27th, and this is the official track listing, with some quality guests joining him:
3. Rise (featuring Raashan Ahmad and Zumbi)
4. Protocol (featuring Samantha Kravitz)
5. Everything Is Fine (featuring George Clinton and Latryx)
6. Toxic (featuring Martin Luther)
7. Wack But Good People
8. Effed Up
9. Market & 8th
10. Dream Warrior (featuring Ms K)
11. So So Much
12. Beyond Logic
One interesting factor about this album is that it caters less to his select use of samples, and more to trying out more instrumentation. You can hear (and download) the results by checking out “Protocol”.
Gift of Gab: Protocol ft. Samantha Kravitz by quannumprojects
On top of that, fans will be able to hear some of these new songs and a few classics or two when he goes on a brief tour this month:
January 20… Crystal Bay, NV (Crown Room)
January 21… Chico, CA (El Ray Theater)
January 22… Sacramento, CA (Harlowes)
January 25… Eugene, OR (Cozmic)
January 26… Portland, OR (Mt. Tabor)
January 27… Victoria, BC (Sugar)
January 28… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge)
January 29… Bellingham, WA (Wild Buffalo)
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
Gift Of Gab‘s new album, Escape 2 Mars, will be released on November 3rd, just in time for you to collect aluminum cans and turn them in to buy this. You can pre-order it now through Giftstribution.com (his online store), but to preview it, take a listen to a track he did with Del The Funky Homosapien and Brother Ali called “Dreamin’” (4.69mb)
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 LyricsBorn.com, go get it.
Any rapper that says the word “microfiche” and knows what it means is alright with me, and Lyrics Born has become one of the more impressive MC’s in hip-hop, regardless of city, region, state, coast, country, world. The man isn’t afraid to sing, and he’s not afraid to let people he’s not too hi-pro in that department but what he does is deliver, as an incredible lyricist and powerful entertainer. For fans who find it hard to wait for a new proper album, LB has released The Lyrics Born Variety Show – Seaon Pho, a mix CD featuring a collage of brand new tracks, including rhymes over trusted breakbeats that will make fans pee pee in envy. Ever wanted to know how he would sound rhyming over Gang Starr‘s “Take It Personal”? You’ll find out in “Stay Professional”, Want to know how he does it in a dancehall stylee, as if he’s the Asian Shabba Ranks? Licka shot with “Pop Campaign”. For a bit of R&B flavor he teams up with wife Joyo Velarde in “Mama’s Got A Brand New Swag”, and 1-upping Amerie big time. Need more? Both of them bring in Lateef for a bit of that Latryx deluxe groove in a remix of “The World Is Calling”. LB’s humor has always been subtle, but in “Beautiful Bowlegged Lady” he honors those with their boto legs and puts them up in a pedestal for all to hear. Need funk? His track with The Bamboos for the almighty “Turn It Up”, but I would’ve pissed out a donkey had it been a duet with Kylie Auldist.
Let’s just say that for a well rounded album, of any genre, Lyrics Born is a monarch in this, simply doing music for the love of it. He tours almost endlessly to make ends meet, but the man is incredible in the studio and those who have witnessed him live know there’s no other. This easily works as a proper album, and if this is what his in-between albums are going to sound like, I hope he does a lot more. Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick.
Lyrics Born has some new music out, but not a new proper album, that will be due out later in the year (perhaps alongside Joyo Velarde‘s new one. Until then, he is making available a free digital-only mix tape called The Lyrics Born Variety Show: Season Pho (4!), which you can download now by going to LyricsBorn.com.
The cover for the “mix tape” is cool, especially the “Pho Cue” reference.
Need a hit from LB’s full length? Inhale: