Welcome to the new week everyone. This past week nearly killed me. I had three interviews, three concerts, and a speaking engagement. I survived all of it, though, and my reward was the big announcement that I'll be writing the cover story for the Warped Tour issue of Substream! While I'm working on that, check out the bevy of features I have for you this week. Leading things off is a review of the film You and I, which was a Mischa Barton project based on a Russian novel about two girls who find love through the music of t.A.T.u. Yes, you read that right, and you REALLY want to read my review of it. I also have interviews with F.Stokes and Mickey Avalon, great photo gallery from Lights' Danbury, CT show, and F.Stokes' album release show, a brand new Pop Shots, a fresh new podcast, and a freestyle Vid Pick you have to see.
Review - You and I
Mischa Barton is a down on her luck Russian slaughterhouse worker with dreams of becoming a model. You might want to read that sentence again, because that's really the backstory for Barton's character, Lana, in You and I, a film directed by two time Oscar nominee Roland Joffe that takes place in Russia, and uses the now broken up pop duo t.A.T.u. as the backdrop for the entire story.
If you ever get the opportunity to see F.Stokes perform live, after he's done, walk up to him and say hello. He is, by far, one of the most approachable artists in hip-hop, and the conversation that will ensue will likely be enjoyed by both parties. You see, F.Stokes doesn't just dish out great insights in his music, he soaks them in, as well, and as a lover of people he truly enjoys these interactions.
With that in mind, it's apropos that he titled his latest EP Love, Always. This week I caught up with F.Stokes to find out more about the album, his unique relationship with his fans, and how he grew from a tumultuous childhood that included a nomadic lifestyle and an incarcerated father, to be such a kind, well adjusted, individual. F.Stokes also revealed why he thinks some artists need to take a step back and see their true place in the world.
Where on earth did Mickey Avalon go? That's a question that's been on many people's minds since he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth after releasing his darkly perverse eponymous debut album back in 2006. Where he was, was in limbo. Attempting to get off of one label, sign with another, and release an album he's been amped to get to people for quite some time. Loaded is that album, and on April 24th it will finally see the light of day on Suburban Noize Records.
This week I caught up with Avalon to find out about the long delayed Loaded, and what was going on with the band that wanted to fight him at SXSW. Avalon also opened up about his relationship with drugs and alcohol, working with Cisco Adler, and having Ke$ha open up for him on his 2009 tour.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Justin Bieber teaming up with Taylor Swift, to 98 Degrees staying separated for a little bit longer, to Marilyn Manson joining forces with some really random folks at Revolver's Golden Gods Awards, and since it's Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
This may be one of my favorite episodes of my ABX podcast, but there's a catch... actually there's a catch phrase... actually there are A LOT of catch phrases. For some reason I got it into my head that I need a catch phrase, and since I don't have one I'm asking you to help me create one. In the meantime, for this episode of my show I use a plethora of well known catch phrases from television shows throughout the ages. Count em all and email me the number and you could win something from my big bins of CDs!
If you think that sounds crazy, just wait until you hear the final five minutes of the show.
5:AM - Everybody MC Elijah Black - Y.B.F. Jackson P - S.O.S. Homeboy Sandman - Cops Get Scared of Me Roc Doogie - Live Bait The Other Guys - Which One Stick Up Kids - Welcome Home Gypsyphonic Disko - Ain't My Fault Mr. Ivory Snow - Ambulance Justina - Hip-Hop Joan Jett
As always, thanks for reading and have a fantastic week.
Video: Micah Freeman, "Racing Hearts" f. KeithCharles SpaceBar | The Super 3 (The Internet/Odd Future), DJ Khalil and Supa Dave West produce on "The Timepiece" dropping May
Baltimore-bred, Atlanta-based lyricist/vocalist Micah Freeman presents the Awful Media-directed video for "Racing Hearts", the Djarum-produced single from The Timepiece, his forthcoming full-length dropping May featuring DJ Khalil, Supa Dave West, The Super 3 of The Internet/Odd Future, Introspective Minds, his close collaborator Ethereal (signed to Yelawolf's Slumerican imprint) and more.
The video also features singer India Shawn. In The Timepiece Micah's alter-ego The Time Traveler travels through time literally and musically, referencing '80s pop and funk sounds, '90s hip-hop and more in search of 'all that is timeless'. "[Racing Hearts] is about taking a woman on an exciting journey through the world of the Time Traveler which is meant to give her a glimpse of things from my perspective; of a man who is in search of timelessness," Micah explains. Micah has opened for J*Davey, Cyhi Da Prynce, Cloudeater, Yelawolf, Project Pat and Theophilus London, and will be touring the country this summer with Peter Hadar, the GTW and KeithCharles SpaceBar.
“This kid is channeling something really extraordinary. It's right where it needs to be. What he's doing is important.” -Supa Dave West
Boston Rappers Young Silk & Trae Daddious Release Collabo Album "This Is Not A Sample"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Boston based Hip-Hop duo, compromised of rappers Young Silk and Trae Daddious, are thrilled to announce the release of their collaboration album, "This Is Not A Sample". The anticipated project is now available on iTunes and Amazon and was released via Marvelous Thugs/Gozu Records. The album's first single, "It's Not A Movie", is garnering accolades and airplay on college radio stations and mixshows from around the country.
"Our sound is original and fresh in this industry and we are proud to bring it to you with our album 'This Is Not A Sample'. The project has great beats, great lyrics and is the perfect soundtrack for an awesome party," says Young Silk.
With an impeccable delivery and unmatched cadence, Young Silk and Trae Daddious storm the Hip-Hop scene with unique passion and creativity for their own raw yet polished style of rapping. The duo's music combines raw intensity and originality with hard hitting beats.
Armed with a sincere love for music and inspired by Hip-Hop icons such as Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, Young Silk and Trae Daddious have major plans for 2012 to catapult their music career to mainstream success.
Through Silk and Trae's inspirations and love to create music, the duo has developed a unique sound by putting their soul in every track. The lyrics are clever, passionate, and witty and more importantly, the rap collective's appeal is international in scope and definition.
After months of single releases and touring as well as an MTV premiere, The RLES Society is proud to bring to you #ABoyNamedHue, the 3rd Project from 20 yr old West Virginia Native, Huey Mack. Within its first hour of being released to the public, Huey's #ABoyNamedHue project broke the top 20 albums on iTunes charts and landed at number 105 overall. As promised, Huey has decided to release a free download link for the fans that aren't able to purchase the project off iTunes. The 13 track project features production from RicAndThadeus (of The RLES), Big Jerm (Producer for Mac Miller & Wiz Khalifa), Sledgren (Taylor Gang's in-house producer), Dekk, CJ Luzi and more. The artist features include, Scolla, Mike Stud, MOD SUN, Vonnegutt & singer Missy Modell.
"I wouldn't be where I am with out these people, My fans are truly #TheRLES (The Realest)" - Huey Mack
PR: Sydney Based Songstress Senani Celebrates "Infinity"
Emerging songstress Senani (senani.com) is gearing up for the official release of her debut album, Infinity, celebrating with a show at one of Sydney, Australia's hottest new live performance venues, Blue Beat Live, on May 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. ARIA Award Winner Bobby Singh will join her on stage playing tabla.
Senani, who is no stranger to performing in Sydney's prominent music venues, recently showcased her talents at The Basement during the "Acoustic Ladyland” show. The Sri Lanka-born beauty will perform her infectious lead single "Voodoo Girl” and other dynamic R&B/Soul and Eastern exotica influenced songs on Infinity.
Although Senani has become a prominent fixture on the city's underground R&B scene, she continues to build on her musical momentum as a popular force on the Australian music scene with her newest single "No More” which message promotes peace and good vibes, and is now available on iTunes. Two previous singles, "Everything I Do" and "I Am Gone" received airplay across Australia and favorable reviews in various music magazines, including Drum Media. The music video for "I Am Gone" aired on MTV Australia and the popular music program "Rage."
Drawing on her rich R&B influences, Infinity features several writing collaborations with and guitar work by Eric Rasmussen, who played with famed R&B band Heatwave ("Always and Forever,” "Boogie Nights”). Tapping into her rich cultural and musical heritage, Senani also opted to mix it up with dynamic touches of Eastern exotica via the contributions of tabla maestro Bobby Singh and sitarist/Indian vocalist Sarangan Sriranganathan.
Video: Dawn Richard Recalls Hearing About Whitney Houston's Death
http://VladTV.com -The talented singer shares her thoughts on her first encounter with Whitney Houston and then hearing about her death not long after. Dawn also explains her feelings on the media butting into Bobbi Kristina's life.
Jessenia Vice gives a stellar review on the recently released comedy "Think Like a Man," starring Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good, which is based on Steve Harvey's best seller, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.