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Devo Spice Update - 8/2/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update - 8/2/2010

How’s everybody doing?  Good?  Probably better than I am, but I vented on the last episode of The Funny Music Podcast so I won’t bore you with my troubles right now.


Many people labor under the impression that rappers are unintelligent buffoons who can’t read.  While I can’t comment on the buffoon part, I do wish to spit in the face of the stereotype with proof that I can, in fact, read.  And now there is proof online.

Recently I did a narration for the science fiction podcast EscapePod.  The 30 minute episode is now posted over at ( for your free listening pleasure.  The story, written by Tim Pratt, takes an interesting twist on a topic that we are all too familiar with, but that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to ruin the story for you.

So if you’re not already a subscriber to EscapePod head over there and download at least this episode.  It’s a cool story.

This month over at we’re featuring I’m Not Your Personal IT Guy because I realized I hadn’t featured it before, and Blood Guts and Boobs, because I’m working on a new stage video for it and it’s been on my mind.  (Like boobs ever aren’t on my mind...)

As always these songs are available as a free download or stream, and you can always buy a higher quality version for just $.99.

Thanks to various people and various forms of technology most of my set from Nerdapalooza is now online.  The only thing missing is my first song, I’m Not Your Personal IT Guy, and the between-song banter which was greatly reduced at this show anyway because we were so far behind schedule.

If you haven’t yet checked out these videos this was the first show I did with Madison, one of the lovely performers from Cosplay Burlesque.  And she did a fantastic job.  You’ll see her in most of the videos, but she’s featured most prominently in Brain Food and The Geeks Come Out At Night.

Here are the links:
I Hate Mondays:
Brain Food:
Platform Wars:
The Geeks Come Out At Night:

If anyone has any other videos from Nerdapalooza please let me know.  I’m always looking for more footage I can use for promotional stuff.

This weekend I’ll be performing at NASFiC (this year’s is called ReConStruction) in Raleigh, NC.  Friday night there will be a round-robin FuMP concert featuring me, Rob Balder, Power Salad, Tom Smith, and Danny Birt.  We all also have solo concerts throughout the weekend.  Mine is Saturday evening at 6:00 PM.

More information, including a wildly inaccurate schedule, can be obtained here:

The schedule grid appears to be fairly accurate, but the times are completely wrong for most of the panel descriptions as of the last time I checked.  Hopefully they’ll fix that soon.  And I’m also listed throughout the schedule as “Tom Rockwell.”  Don’t let that throw you.


Video: Smokes f/ Three 6 Mafia - "Fetti Clap"

Video: Smokes f/ Three 6 Mafia - "Fetti Clap"

Video: Random (Mega Ran) - Freestyle @ Access Hip Hop (Live)

Random (Mega Ran) - Freestyle @ Access Hip Hop (Live)

Video: Breez Evahflowin' Interview Part 1

From Breez Evahflowin':

Breez Evahflowin' Interview Part 1

Breez Evahflowin' Interview Part 1 from Emilio M. Junior.

Video: Mega Ran - The Resistance (Mega Man Zero)

Video: Mega Ran - The Resistance (Mega Man Zero)

Game Dropping 'Brake Lights' Mixtape at Midnight Tonight

From Big Hassle Media:

Game Dropping 'Brake Lights' Mixtape at Midnight Tonight

Los Angeles, CA - West coast Grammy nominated artist Game will release his anticipated mixtape 'Brake Lights' at 12:00AM EST tonight.  The mixtape will be released exclusively at .

'Brake Lights' features production mostly by long time Game collaborators Cool and Dre (Hate It Or Love It, My Life, Big Dreams), but also includes production from DJ Toomp, JR Rotem and Rich Skillz.

The mixtape was put together by DJ Skee and guest spots include Snoop Dogg, Nas, T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Waka Flaka Flame, Busta Rhymes, Robin Thicke, Shawty Lo and more.

"Brake Lights is an appetizer to the R.E.D. Album. I know a lot of people been waiting on R.E.D., so I wanted to put out something to hold my fans over, while I finish up my album" states Game.

-Brake Lights ft. Busta Rhymes
-Trading Places ft. Snoop Dogg
-Cold Blood ft. Busta Rhymes & Dre
-MIA (3 Heats: Lebron James, Bosh, Wade)
-Stop ft. Rick Ross
-Street Riders ft. Akon & Nas
-Pushin It ft. T.I. & Robin Thicke
-Thats The Way The Game Goes ft. Shawty Lo
-Phantom Of The Opera
-Do It B.I.G. ft. Yung Joc
-You Are The Blood
-Get'em ft. Waka Flocka Flame
-Cherry Koolaid
-Heels & Dresses (X.O. ft. T.Y Dolla Sign)
-Stadium Music
-Hustlin (Champions Anthem)

DJ Skee 'Brake Lights' mixtape trailer: .

MP3: Dwele - "I Wanna" feat. DJ Quik

From Koch/E1 Entertaimnt:

MP3: Dwele - "I Wanna" feat. DJ Quik

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From Grammy Nominee, 2X Awards Winner, and R&B Soul Music's Best Kept Secret Dwele


That's In Stores Everywhere,, and

Video: D-Loc's "Playa" Featuring Saint Dog

From Kerosene Media:

Video: D-Loc's "Playa" Featuring Saint Dog

Video: Yung LA Still on Grand Hustle Despite Rumor

Video: Yung LA Still on Grand Hustle Despite Rumor

Yung LA Still On Grand Hustle Despite Rumor from DJ Smallz.

Michael Franti to Host Power to the Peaceful in San Francisco

From Patrick Durkin:

Michael Franti to Host Power to the Peaceful in San Francisco

Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st

Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.

The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.

On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.

On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

Since its inception, the Power to the Peaceful foundation has gone on to gain international recognition. PTTP serves to provide funding and awareness to local, national and international charities that focus on health, education, youth and environmental causes. The foundation benefits from several music, art and action events per year, the biggest of which is The Power to the Peaceful Festival. Past artists and speakers at the event include: Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Indigo Girls, The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-1, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Saul Williams, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, and many more.

A poet, social humanitarian, activist, and musician, Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force in branding music as a vehicle for global social activism. Franti, along with Michael Franti & Spearhead, has organized and contributed to numerous social justice initiatives through the years as well as becoming one of music’s most exciting live concert performers. Michael Franti & Spearhead has shared the stage with a wide range of artists including U2, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, REM, and Ziggy Marley. The Sound of Sunshine is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. Currently at #1 on the AAA chart, the album’s title track is one of AAA’s fastest moving singles. The single has also begun impacting the Hot AC charts.

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