Monthly Archives: August 2006

The Roots: Game Theory

From their humble beginnings in Philadelphia, The Roots have become one of the most widely respected groups in the industry. Fusing hip-hop with the organic musicianship of jazz and the energy of a funk band, The Roots push the boundaries of hip-hop with every single recording. The Roots’ Game Theory is just that, offering up a more mature and darker sound. Filled with hard-hitting tracks that express their views on the state of the world, Game Theory is The Roots’ most thought-provoking album since their 1999 breakthrough “Things Fall Apart”.

Led by the infectious and energetic first single “Don’t Feel Right,” which features the vocals of Maimouna Youssef and addresses their uneasiness about society, Game Theory is challenging, socially conscious, high energy hip-hop. With additional tracks including “In The Music,” a haunting track with a trip-hop beat, only made more poignant with Black Thought‘s stern voice and the funk driven “Long Time”, spearheaded by drummer/producer ?uestlove, the group proves that they are still one of the most exciting and innovative bands around. At least that’s our theory. What’s yours?

KCRWmusic.com Launches

With a spirit of discovery and a keen eye on the future of media technology, trendsetting public radio station, 89.9 FM KCRW-Santa Monica expands its online presence with KCRWmusic.com. For the first time, KCRW star DJs like Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas, Tom Schnabel, Jason Bentley, Garth Trinidad and Anne Litt will be back to back instead of spread out over different days and times.

KCRWMusic.com boasts the same variety of cutting edge music that defines the station’s eclectic identity, featuring electronica to progressive pop, Latin alternative to modern soul, hip-hop, trip-hop, world music and more. A special element of KCRWMusic.com is “Today’s Top Tune”, a 24-hour-only downloadable song of the day, available on weekdays. For the best music online Love the DJ at KCRWmusic.com.

The KCRWmusic.com stream is also available through iTunes and AOL.

Outkast: Idlewild

The story of the loves and ambitions of two struggling performers is told through intricate musical numbers and vibrantly choreographed dance sequences in Idlewild, an original musical starring multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning OutKast members Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan Andre Patton (Big Boi). Cast members include Ving Rhames, Terrance Howard, Patti LaBelle and Macy Gray.

Idlewild includes new songs from OutKast’s forthcoming album, which is also titled “Idlewild”, that was released on Tuesday.

Trailer

Soundtrack

‘The Shining’ Out Tuesday

J Dilla lives on! The Shining comes out this Tuesday 8.22, featuring Common, Karriem Riggins, Pharoahe Monch, Guilty Simpson, Busta Rhymes, Madlib, Dwele, Black Thought, J.Rocc and D’Angelo.

The J Dilla Foundation, is co-presenting record release events in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago & Atlanta.

Pre-Order ‘The Shining’ here

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Platinum: Common & Gnarls

August is turning out to be a great month for quality urban music as Common’s “BE” album and Gnarls Barkley’s “St. Elsewhere” both go PLATINUM!

The first time ever, one of Common’s album’s goes Platinum and this will most definitely not be the last. With Kanye West as the Executive Producer on the album and the legendary late, J Dilla on the “BE Instrumentals” EP, two undoubtedly hottest producers in the game make this album heat! This past weekend, FUSICOLOGY was in Chicago attending the which Common and Kanye co-chaired.

Last week, the RIAA has certified Gnarls Barkley’s, “St. Elsewhere” Platinum. The album hit 1,000,000 sales in the U.S. Gnarls management at Waxpolitation gives much love and appreciation to fellow Marketing/PR Companies, such as Echoing Soundz, Cornerstone, Giant Step, Fanscape, Music Today, Magnum PR, MySpace, and FUSICOLOGY!

DOUBLE PLATINUM CONGRATS to Common and Gnarls Barkley!

Shah Wonders




Shah Wonders started at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he received his Associates Degreein Graphic Design. While still in school, he was recruited to La Face Records by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC (R.I.P.) to create art work for the single cover, “Waterfalls”, which is the biggest hit to date with 7 million units sold. Because of the huge success of the single and the artwork that supported it, Wonders was appointed Jr. Creative Director for the La Face Records from 1994 thru 1996.

Shah has over 12 years of experience in creative design and has worked with the likes of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, TLC, Tyra Banks, Outkast, Ecko, The Source Magazine, La Face Records, Toni Braxton, Nelly, Adidas, Scion, XXL Magazine, Blokhedz Comics, Lyricist Lounge, LL Cool J, and now Fusicology! Wonders currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, but leaves his mark in Santa Monica, CA where his animation house, Imajimation Studios continues to “creatively problem solve”.

Check out Wonders art work on Fusicology’s home page and for more visual eye-candy, log on to http://www.laughingatgod.com

1 Weekend, 2 Summits

Next weekend, ATL’ s Soul Music Summit Keeps the Vibe Alive…Chitown’s own Global Mixx DJ Retreat…

The First Annual Soul Music Summit has confirmed artists Eric Roberson, Algebra, Martin Luther, Anthony David, Javier, Peven Everett, Gordon Chambers, Jaguar Wright, and Big Brooklyn Red, and more to be announced. The fight to Keep the Vibe Alive kicks off August 11-12, 2006 at the Marriott Atlanta Downtown. Soul lovers from around the world are invited to take part in this groundbreaking conference, which will address the urgency of continuing to promote soul, filled music in an entertainment industry dominated by commercial music.

THINK.PLAN.ACT. The Global Mixx DJ Retreat going down on August 10-13, 2006 at The House of Blues, Chicago. This exclusive DJ Retreat educates and empowers the urban DJ community. The DJ Retreat will allow the op club, street, and radio mixshow DJ’s from around the country to network among themselves and industry executives from various music and technology companies. These DJ’s will be joined with top executives like Atlantic Records, Def Jam, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, Fusicology, Universal Music, Vitamin Water, Pepsi, and REMIX Magazine and have the opportunity to showcase their work.

Don’t miss out! Keep the Urban Alternative Movement alive!