At last, the day is finally here. The anticipated new album from Sole & the Skyrider Band, Hello Cruel World, is out today on Fake Four Inc, with a double LP release to follow on August 2nd. To celebrate the occasion, Brooklyn Vegan premiered "Napoleon," the album kick-off track and collaboration with Xiu Xiu. My Old Kentucky Blog is streaming the album in its entirety, and Vibe Magazine is streaming "Bad Captain Swag," the much talked about collaboration with Lil B THEBASEDGOD and Pictureplane. Additionally, Turntable Kitchen is not only running Sole's envelope-pushing recipe for Vegan Tuna Fish, but they premiered the track "We Stay Eating" as well, a collaboration with Busdriver over a Mount Kimbie remix of James Blake (taken from the Nuclear Winter Volume 2 mixtape). Last but certainly not least, Sole and the Skyrider Band have finalized their west coast summer tour dates as well, with the full tour routing below.
Sole & the Skyrider Band Tour Dates:
Wed | 08-10-2011 Scottsdale AZ Chasers Bar and Night Club Thu | 08-11-2011 Flagstaff AZ Green Room Fri | 08-12-2011 Los Angeles CA The Roxy Theatre Sat | 08-13-2011 San Diego CA Soda Bar Sun | 08-14-2011 San Francisco CA Bottom Of The Hill Mon | 08-15-2011 Reno NV Tonic Lounge Tue | 08-16-2011 Sacramento CA Sol Collective Wed | 08-17-2011 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge Thu | 08-18-2011 Seattle WA Nectar Lounge Sat | 08-20-2011 Boise ID Knitting Factory Tue | 08-23-2011 Missoula MT The Badlander Wed | 08-24-2011 Bozeman MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge Thu | 08-25-2011 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court Sat | 08-27-2011 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep ----
VA's Ced Hughes delivers "The Shit", featuring Dell, which is the final leak to his long awaited mixtape One Day We'll Wake Up, which becomes available for download this Wednesday, courtesy of the good people over at DJBooth.net. ODWWU boasts production from Xaphoon Jones (of Chiddy Bang), Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes), Royksopp, Gabe Niles, himself among others and includes features from Donwill (of Tonya Morgan), Dell, Che Grand and more!
The untagged version of the successful mixtape series "Classic Cadence" with the 3rd and final instalment. For fans/supporters in Michigan, Nametag is performing as headliner, Saturday July 23rd @ The Berkley Front along with special guests. $5, ages 21+. Doors at 9PM. The Berkley Front is located at 3087 W.12 Mile Rd., Berkley, MI 48072.
01.) The Hundreds (Produced By Nameless) 02.) Break Even (Produced By Peace Of Mind) 03.) Tunnel Vision (Produced By Black Bethoven) 04.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (feat. Guilty Simpson) (Produced By Nameless) 05.) Award Winner (feat. ONPoint & Gratiot Jones) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 06.) S.I.N. (feat. Quest MCODY & Buff 1) (Produced By Black Milk) 07.) Hard Rock Cafe (feat. ONPoint) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 08.) AutoPilot (Produced By Black Bethoven) 09.) A Toast (feat. Gratiot Jones & TGL) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 10.) Back With Heat (feat. Praverb) (Produced By Teddy Roxpin) 11.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 12.) Blaaaow! (Produced By Nameless)
Hip-Hop/Rock'n'Roll Artist Notar Drops "Devil's Playground" 9/13
Tyrannosaurus Records’ artist, NOTAR, a rapper, musician and producer whose talent defies description, has announced the release date of his eagerly awaited debut full-length CD, Devil’s Playground, as September 13, 2011. Devil’s Playground follows NOTAR’s self-titled 2010 EP, which garnered much attention from press and fans alike. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz who discovered and signed NOTAR to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, found NOTAR’s “words so clear, so lucid, and so brilliant” that he knew he had no choice but to work with the gritty genre defying performer.
Last year’s self-titled EP received rave reviews from the press. Revolt Media Magazine claimed, “Variety can be a strong suit of any artist, and NOTAR shows precise mastery of this on his EP,” while The Cutting Edge Culture stated, “NOTAR pushes boundaries with a refreshing, honest sound.” Says Duritz, “My favorite thing about the EP is that we left some of his best tracks off. NOTAR has enough good songs in him that we left some of my favorites off the EP and it was still great. Think of it as a ‘virtual Side 1.’ With Devil’s Playground, you’ll hear Side 2.”
On Devil’s Playground, NOTAR pushes the boundaries of hip-hop music, unafraid to blend rock, funk, and pop, with his roots in jazz and formal training as a trumpet player. NOTAR adds, “ When your father, who has sat in with legends like Maynard Ferguson and Chicago, is listening to Earth Wind & Fire in one room and your older sister to Slick Rick in another room, I realized that music comes in all different form and sounds, so I was inspired to combine as many as I could into my interpretation of music.” His music inhabits a spot where the gutter meets the church choir, where harsh, raw beats settle nicely behind gritty hook-driven rock melodies. And above all, his instinct for emotionally honest lyricism and diverse flows radiates throughout the album. “I like cutting up a beat eight different ways so it doesn’t become boring,” says NOTAR.
During the summer of 2010, NOTAR joined Counting Crows and Augustana, among other artists, on the “The Traveling Circus and Medicine Show,” performing for hundreds of thousands of fans during the 25-city tour. Rather than a traditional show format, the Traveling Circus took a communal approach with all of the musicians onstage together at the very beginning of the show, performing covers such as Van Morrison’s “Caravan,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” or The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia.” With a revolving potpourri of musicians taking turns playing original songs and joined by the other featured artists, Duritz served as the ‘ringmaster’ of the evening. NOTAR dominated the stage with his unmatched energy, and as Duritz told an interviewer, “I can’t keep guys off the stage when he’s playing. Everybody wants to play with him.”
Devil’s Playground was produced by NOTAR, Grammy winner, Ken Lewis (Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Usher), hip-hop producer MGeezy (Wyclef Jean, T-Pain), and Kevin Augsburg, an up and comer out of Brooklyn, New York. The album consists of 13 songs, written and performed by NOTAR and features such talent as Young Cash, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Adam Duritz. Tour plans will be announced at a later date. http://www.NOTARnyc.com/ .
New Mixtape To Receive Special Limited Edition Physical Release This August
Critical Praise for Roach Gigz:
"Here’s to the new age of rap. And Roach Gigz. Who is awesome." - The FADER
To begin 2011, Roach Gigz released Roachy Balboa 2, and in the short time between then and now, the Bay representer has been back to work, whipping up a brand new release, Bitch, I'm A Player. The fourth mixtape from Roach, and the first since moving on from his popular Roachy Balboa series, Bitch, I'm A Player is available now for free download.
Bitch, I'm A Player continues to show off Roach's growth as an artist, something he attributes, in part, to recording the entire tape with only one producer, C-Loz. "It's only been six months since the release of Roachy Balboa 2, not a real long time, but this one is different, because it's just me and C-Loz – me and one producer," explains Roach. "And you can tell that by listening; it flows like that."
Similarly, Roach kept the guest list short, carefully hand-picking the rappers he collaborated with, a list that includes DB Tha General, 1.O.A.K., Husalah, and Lil B, the latter two of whom show up on the recently released single "Stupid (Remix)." The fifth and final guest, Lil 4Tay, shows up another recent single, and personal favorite for Roach, "Wild Child." "'Wild Child' is like a reunion track for me and Lil 4Tay," explains Roach. "And I was just feeling the fuck outta my verse, remembering all those things I did as a kid – it was funny to play it for friends and reminisce."
Despite the forwardness of the title, the mixtape actually came, in part, from Roach's fans. "The title, Bitch, I'm A Player – it's not to be taken super literal," says Roach, explaining that the title was actually came to be through various Twitter conversations with fans. "I said something like, 'I'm gonna answering interview questions the same every time: Bitch, I'm a player.' It was just a confidence thing, but people just started running with it, saying things like 'I got an A on my test, 'cause bitch, I'm a player,' or whatever. It's just about being yourself and doing what you want to do."
On August 23rd, fans can also look forward to a limited edition physical release of Bitch, I'm A Player, joined in special packaging by Roachy Balboa, Roachy Balboa 2, and Buckets & Booty Calls.
Kottonmouth Kings will embark on the Welcome To Stonetown Tour throughout July and August. The tour is set to bring a special evening with the Kottonmouth Kings to each town as the group performs all the classic tracks fans have grown to love, as well as new tracks from their upcoming album. Each tour date will also feature special solo performances by Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B and D-Loc.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Jul 19 - Austin, TX @ Emos Jul 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees Jul 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Jul 23 - St Louis, MO @ Pops Jul 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Jul 25 - Orlando, FL @ The Social Jul 27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater Jul 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live Jul 29 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live Jul 30 - West Chester, PA @ The Note Aug 01 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom Aug 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Aug 03 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Aug 05 - Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley (Woodshock Festival) Aug 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys Aug 07 - Chicago, IL @ HOB Aug 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Aug 09 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works Aug 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault Aug 12 - Cave-in-Rock, IL @ Gathering of the Juggalos Aug 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Aug 15 - Denver, CO @ Summit Aug 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Aug 17 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Aug 18 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ Hempfest Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Aug 22 - Bend, OR @ Domino Room Aug 23 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Aug 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's Aug 25 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Aug 26 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater Aug 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club