Monthly Archives: January 2007

Miami Conference Launch



As we gear up for the Miami Winter Music Conference we are proud to present our 2nd Annual Fusicology Event Listings. The difference between us and other List’s is simple – we hand pick them. Click here for FREE Event Upload info and to receive our Miami blasts, Sign Up on any of the pages like the brand new Miami Page.

Next week, an exclusive Grammy weekend report, stay tuned…

Jay-Z: Unfairly Targeted?

A new question has been raised regarding Jay-Z. Will the rapper boycott his own team — the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets — for taking $400 million from a bank that some say was built on profits from the slave trade? According to sources, the team recently announced that its arena in Brooklyn would be named the Barclays Center. Named after the UK based Barclays Bank which received funding from the 18th century slave trade and had controversial dealings with South Africa. Okay, okay, I get it; They have “blood” money. Boohoo.

But let’s keep it real shall we? If Jay-Z should boycott them, shouldn’t we boycott our country that was built upon slave labor? Shouldn’t we boycott our president who benefits from a family fortune that was partly built by his grandfather’s dealings with the Nazis? What about the companies that profit from cruel child labor? What about adult film companies that profit from underage actresses? Are you getting my point? Sure its fun to point the finger at the successful “rapper” but who are we fooling? I’m sure most companies have “dirty” money if you do enough digging. Yes, I’m aware of how sensitive the black community is about the slave issue….but the black community as of late has supported many trends that are detrimental to the community as a whole…AND THAT’S IN THE PRESENT!!

So how dare anyone question Sean Carter’s integrity?! Look at where you spend your money and what you support, then check the background of these things, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to…hmmm…what’s the term I’m looking for? Oh yeah, shut the hell up.

Thoth has spoken…

Coachella line up & tickets!



Coachella picks an all-star lineup. 3 incredible days of music overdose…we hope they have the medics on standby because this lineup is potent. Tickets go on sale THIS SATURDAY. Bjork….Rage Against the Machine…nuff said. DJ Shadow, Peeping Tom, El-P, Pharoahe Monch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lupe Fiasco, CSS, Spank Rock, and…..dammit just look for yourself… we’re going to overdose right here on our computers!

Enjoy!

Disco D – Rest in Peace



Producer/DJ Disco D (born Dave Shayman) committed suicide on January 23. Sources close to the Ann Arbor, MI said he was battling manic depression. He has previously produced for 50 Cent & Trick Daddy and others.

The 27 year old Grammy-nominated producer had also worked with Nina Sky and Pharrell Williams, crafted the original theme song for “VH1′s Hip-Hop Honors” and commercials for Sprite, Best Buy and Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards.

He had been working with Lil’ Scrappy and Crime Mob among others, as of late. Benny Blanco, who worked with D, confirmed the suicide, but declined to comment. – SOHH

Dreamgirls – Stumped?

I’m not a big fan of the “musical genre” in modern cinema…but Dreamgirls absolutely took my breath away. And not in the “lack of descriptive words to give a good review” sense. I found myself clapping, cheering, and holding tears back. This is not common in today’s typically “stare at the screen in a zombie fashion” theatre experience. To my dismay after receiving 8 nominations in Oscarland, Dreamgirls wasn’t nominated for “Best Picture.”

This has never happened in Oscar history for a movie to have so many nominations and not be nominated for best picture. I hate to take it there, but it seems Chuck D and Flav were right back in the day with their “Burn Hollywood Burn” mentality. It seems that they are not discreet in sending their “signals” to the black community about their place in the entertainment community. Its like their saying you can have the best generals, soldiers, and war strategy but when it comes down to it…your army will never be the “best” as long as we have some say so. I’m sure the panel was amazed that a pretty much all black cast could make a movie of that calibur. I’m going to stop before i boil over the rim anymore…but in my eyes…Congrats “Dreamgirls” you won best picture.

Thoth

Raided: RIAA

Seems like picking on hip hop artists is rapidly becoming a trend in this new Millenium. Recently, on Jan. 16th, DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon were raided by a swat team and over 50,000 cds, cars, and computers were confiscated. The dynamic duo runs Aphilliates LLC and are known for their widely popular Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has targeted 12 cities as “hot spots” for pirated material, including Atlanta, according to a company press release. “This is an attempt by the government to paint an image of those involved in Hip-Hop as criminals,” DJ Drama told AllHipHop.com in a statement.

Brad Buckles, executive vice president of the RIAA’s Anti-Piracy Division in Washington, D.C., was vague when asked about the product that had been seized, saying that he only knew what he had read in the report: that “the product violated state law” and that “I’m given to understand that the CDs also contained a variety of works and different artists” that weren’t licensed or cleared, and were being sold illegally. This seems pretty comical to me. The present administration in office in this country violates our constitutional rights and Enron execs get off with a slap on the wrist but DJ Drama gets raided for copyright infringement.

God Bless America!

Charity Auction for Sudan


Waxploitation announced on Tuesday 1.16 it launched it’s 3rd annual Charity Auction for Sudan with 100% the proceeds going to several dedicated non-profits including Human Rights Watch (hrw.org) and the Save Darfur Coalition.

The auction, being held in conjunction with eBay, will be active at ebay.com/darfur3

Items for the auction include from Coldplay, System of a Down, Gorillaz, Evanescence, Talib Kweli, REM, Gnarls Barkley, 2Pac, Kanye West, Rihanna, Common, Peaches, Mark Farina, The Roots and others.

According to the Save Darfur Coalition, “Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.”

Save Darfur Coalition is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to ending the genocide in Darfur. It is a coalition of over 160 faith-based, humanitarian, and human rights organizations designed to raise public awareness and to mobilize an effective united response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of some two million people in Darfur.

41st Annual MIDEM



MIDEM is the music business’ source. Each January, nearly 10,000 music professionals from almost 100 countries and from all sectors – recording, publishing, live, sync, digital and mobile – meet at MIDEM to do deals, network, learn, and check out hot new talent. The conference is 1/21 – 1/25 this year and all the info can be found here.

New album from Incognito



Bees+Things+Flowers Out Now!

Anyone paying attention to the upper echelon of soul music’s ever changing face knows the name Incognito. Over a 27-year career, London-based Mobo Award winners Incognito made stateside strides with both dreamy urban adult/Quiet Storm fare such as “Deep Waters” and “Still a Friend of Mine,” as well as jazzy horn-kissed club jams like “Everyday” and a cover of the Ronnie Laws/Side Effect classic “Always There.” Fans will be glad to know that all four of those songs can be found on their latest album, Bees + Things + Flowers, only they’ll sound nothing like the arrangements to which they’ve grown accustomed. This departure marks an artistic spike in the canon of Incognito with the largely acoustic and meditatively down-tempo Bees + Things + Flowers, the band’s first album affiliated with hallowed jazz giants Blue Note Records via Narada Jazz.

Incognito has been affiliated with several great labels including the British pioneering acid jazz imprint Talking Loud and American jazz stalwarts Verve. Guitarist/songwriter, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick shares, “I’ve had people in Japan, Indonesia, South America and Europe come up after shows and tell me, ‘Bluey, your music saw me through a rough period.’ I think, ‘I wrote this thing with my innocent heart so far away from here, yet it’s touched someone here.’ That’s when I realize we can’t fix the people, but we can make them aware of what is within. I believe we’re on this planet to use language and music to set moods and emotions. Part of that is to strip things down. That was the beauty of doing Bees + Things + Flowers. It shows how we really feel about music.”

Amazon Link

Listen now:

“Crave”
“Deep Waters”
“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”
“Everyday”

Also, don’t forget you can also post Bluey’ podcast about the new album here.