Two major stories that could potentially affect the music world broke last week. First The New York Times reported that Atlantic Records has announced their digital sales surpassed their CD sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 (although they wouldn’t release the actual numbers and simply said digital sales accounted for “about 51%” of their total recorded music sales for the quarter), and a story on Slashdot made the claim that satellite radio is on its last legs, backing it up with a number of statistics, including the fact that the stock has seen a 97% decline since the merger of XM and Sirius. So what do these stories mean and how do they affect artists? Let’s take a look at them as individual cases.
Over the weekend New York Giants wide receiver, and rehab mastermind, Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in his already injured leg with his own gun, which he didn’t have a permit to carry, while being escorted to the VIP area of a New York City nightclub. Evidently he’s not much of a Pharoahe Monch fan. This post isn’t about Plaxico’s idiocy, though, rather it’s about what Fox sideline reporter, and former standout defensive tackle, Tony Siragusa said during Sunday’s Giants game about going into nightclubs that use metal detecting wands.
J-Zone & Chief Chinchilla took 2 months off from the Gator$-n-Fur$ Mixshow to promote their Live @ The Liqua Sto album and while the record was fun and fresh, their current situation isn't. Like anything else, money (or lack thereof) has created a rift between these two knucleheads. The economy is screwing just about everybody at the moment and Zone and Chief are just 2 of millions of...screwcipients. In December 2008 they're Dead Broke! But will their financial woes and ensuing beef permanently destroy 21 years of friendship and 18 months of musical partnership? Is this the end of Gator$-n-Fur$? Highly possible. Can they reach an understanding? Let's hope so.
If they don't reconcile and this is the last show, they both want it to be known they greatly appreciate your support over the last 18 months. If they do reconcile, hopefully we'll see them back in the studio together soon. Survive the hard times or suffer with them with the Dead Broke! mixshow. Billionaire or broke, enjoy the mixshow (free download link)
And if you missed the past 2 mixshows with all the Liqua Sto hoopla, here they are...
Termanology’s “How We Rock” Up for Voting on MTVu’s The Freshman!
Termanology – Politics as Usual (ST Records / Nature Sounds) Release Date: 09/30/08
Termanology’s “How We Rock” featuring Bun B. has burned its way up from the underground onto MTV. The video is up for voting starting today on MTVu’s The Freshman. Only 5 videos make the cut each week, allowing college students to comment and vote on their favorite. The winning video is added to MTVu rotation the following week.
“How We Rock” is the lead single from Term’s latest album, Politics as Usual, which hit stores this September on Nature Sounds Records. The track was produced by DJ Premier, and the video is a who’s who in hip-hop, with cameos from M.O.P’s Lil Fame, Grafh, Consequence, and more, showing Bun B wasn’t alone when he said, “Termanology puts the MC back in MC'ing, he's a breath of fresh air in this dirty game.”
Hope you're still hungry, as FOOD 4 DA BRAIN ‘THE SECOND SERVING’ is finally ready to burst out the kitchen.
FOOD 4 DA BRAIN- ‘The Second Serving’ contains exclusive tracks from some of the best that the UK has to offer including, GHETTO, M9, SHAMELESS, FOREIGN BEGGARS, MANAGE, BRUZA, TERRA FIRMA, VIRUS SYNDICATE, MR TI2BS, FIRST AND LAST, KASHMERE, GHOST, VERB T, MCD & MORE….
The latest single ‘BALLISTIC AFFAIRS’ is a tasty musical morsel, cooked up by the UK’s finest SKINNY MAN, who delivers a couple of piping hot verses with DEADLY HUNTA supplying a solid side order on the hook all served over a SHOW N PROVE beat platter.
Food 4 Da Brain is released on the 24th Nov for more info check out: www.f4db.com .
Check the link below to see the ‘BALLISTIC AFFAIRS’ animated video. …
Has the rise of the remix meant the collapse of covers? Avi Fox-Rosen, the folk slingin-americana-song-writer, doesn't think so. In his latest release, Fox-Rosen recreates "Creator," Santogold's searing dancefloor cut that nudges tired styles to the side and extols originality.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter/guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen is quickly emerging as a distinctive voice in music. Fox-Rosen's two full-length records: "One" and "The Amazing Frozen String Quartet" show the breadth and depth of his song craft and bring the return of true Americana music. The records span a huge range of sounds, textures, emotions, and settings. Ringing acoustic guitars collide with majestic string quartet arrangements; a lilting falsetto is offset by lap steel feedback; poetic musings are painted in simple melodies, rich textures, and danceable grooves.
Avi Fox-Rosen, the folk slingin-americana-song-writer, with tabla and gamelan percussion plus strings replaying Santo Gold's "Creator" inna world-psych style.
Opting not to reassemble the hit from an a cappella and split studio tracks, Fox-Rosen runs his own plays with the vocals and calls on musical pals to add their own interpretations. He brought in multi-instrumental percussionist Jonathan Singer who layers frenetic tabla and gamelan hits with Benjy Fox-Rosen's cello and Balinese horns. The result is more East Village in the late 60s than Brooklyn in the 00s, recalling a time when George Benson recorded a jazz guitar cover of Abbey Road in the album's entirety... in the same year the Beatles released their original.
Avi Fox-Rosen's "Creator" recasts what remakes can be. He brings disparate sounds together in a way that challenges the listener while remaining pleasant, and the comparison with Santogold's original quickly transitions into the realization that this cover does indeed exist unto itself.
It's more East Village in the 60s than Brooklyn today, so dig.
When you see an emcee on stage with a sly grin on his face rapping an ode to prostitution with a thumpingly danceable beat behind it you can’t help but take notice. I know I did. The emcee in question was Kirby Dominant and the California native had the crowd hooked with his song about his appreciation for those ladies that partake in the world’s oldest profession. After the show I immediately got in contact with Kirby D to find out more about his music, what inspired the prostitute song, and why you’re more likely to hear Aphex Twin coming out of his headphones than DJ Shadow.
Or at least stores are hoping to be in the black by the time the day is done. For those getting back after a long day of shopping or finishing up a relaxing day of staying home, here is some more free music for your enjoyment.
I know my underground heads remember these cats. Though they never quite panned out like everyone thought they would, the group had some solid albums. This free mixtape collects various unreleased tracks, singles, b-sides, etc.
How quickly we can forget. Yah Yah was a member of The Outsidaz, the Jersey group who made big waves almost ten years back with an EP and Eminem appearance. The man is making a comeback in the game and this mixtape is here to give you a refresher.
I reviewed this joint a few weeks back and it is a tight little EP. only 5 tracks, but it's free and entertaining. I don't have to tell Esham fans to cop this, but if you've been sleeping on the man now is the time to check him.
Underground heads keep rejoicing as the man Dub MD put together a mixtape with some of the hottest up and coming emcees. Included in this mix are Skyzoo, Access Immortal, Supastition, Sha Stimuli and more.
These Oakland rappers have been putting down for years and managed to walk the fine like between underground, gangsta, hyphy, and any other style thrown their way. Very dope crew and a free mixtape makes them even doper - check them out.
Showing the mainstream some love now, Murphy Lee was always my favorite Lunatic and he is making a come back this year. His first single has hit the airwaves and this free election themed mixtape is a good re-introduction to Mr. What The Hook Gon' Be.
That's it for this week, but stay tuned next week as we keep trying to give you free music and help you in the recession. For those looking to spend a little dough on music the following sites are having Thanksgiving sales:
Amazon.com (Top 50 Albums of the year for $5 a piece in DRM-Free MP3 format!)