Monthly Archives: November 2006

World AIDS Day Dec. 1

We gleamed word of this and more information from In Africa alone, 6500 hundred people die everyday from AIDS. That is two 911′s every single day. Globally, AIDS has killed more people than all wars, famines and floods throughout this century. Last year alone there were 5 million new cases worldwide. Why has this disease been allowed to run rampant through Africa and the world for two decades?

We are all one, all part of this earth, and if we do nothing, we will all be affected. AIDS is draining worldwide resources already overextended by our struggle against poverty, disease, war, and environmental degradation. Colin Powell has stated that AIDS is the greatest weapon of mass destruction on earth. Never in history have we had to consider what life will be like on this planet where millions and millions of children are growing up on their own. It’s time to act. The good news is there is much you can do. Anything you do can make a lasting impact. Fusicology has gotten behind the efforts of NextAid and we implore each member of our community to be aware and lend a hand when, where and however you can.

Visit or the many other organizations making a tangible difference.

Hurricane Relief Fund

On Sunday Nov 26th we joined Talib Kweli and over 120 activists, artists, videographers, photographers and writers at a people’s press conference in downtown LA. Talib was in LA on tour and took time out to speak on behalf of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) to raise awareness around the issues that have yet to be resolved, so people can return to their homes in New Orleans.

The event was organized by PHRF, Change the Game, SAJE & the Community/Labor Strategy Center. Talib, the PHRF and the other organizers are focusing on the actions of Governor Kathleen Blanco, who has created the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) to hijack over $10 billion funds that have been allocated by Congress to reconstruct New Orleans and other areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The community of Katrina survivors are not included in the decision making around the fund allocation, the LRA answers only to Governor Blanco. This is not acceptable, as she has shown herself to not be a friend of the Black community, the largest group displaced by the disaster.

On the panel, Kweli was joined by Freddy Munroe, Hurricane Katrina survivor and activist, Patrisse Colors, organizer with the Community/Labor Strategy Center and Karl Carter from Change the Game. The panelists talked about the many facets of the Katrina survivor struggle, from local LA delegations that have witnessed the lack of progress in New Orleans, to legislation in congress that must be supported, to the importance of utilizing & generating peer to peer media around this issue as a tool to increase awareness.

Read the demands and take action! For more information go to

J Dilla – Exclusive gear + video premier

A new line of New Era Fitted hats honoring the memory of Hip-Hop fixture Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla) will debut on The web site will exclusively unveil and sell the fitted head pieces and Ecko t-shirts beginning at 12:00 pm ET Friday (Nov. 24) .

On Dec. 18th, the video for “Won’t Do” featuring Will.I.Am, Common, Black Thought, Frank’N’Dank and the Yancey family will be shown Exclusively Here

The revered producer, a founding member of the rap group Slum Village, was known for his work with numerous artists, including Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, De La Soul and the Pharcyde. Jay Dee (born James Yancey), left Slum Village in 2003 to pursue a solo career. He died on February 10, 2006 from complications of lupus.

Proceeds from the sale of the Jay Dee headwear will go to the J. Dilla Foundation, an organization founded to keep the producer’s memory alive through partnerships, events, concerts and fundraisers.

The exclusive hats will also be available at:

New York – Union NY 172 Spring Street

Los Angeles – Union LA 110 South La Brea Avenue

Toronto - Goodfoot 431 Richmond Street

Montreal - Goodfoot 3830 St. Laurent Boulevard

Iran, Iraq, Syria and the USA

New diplomatic horizons in the Middle East are being tested (and watched) by all sides. Iran has simultaneously offered to host a three-way summit together with those of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, is expected to attend the talks in Tehran. It is not known if the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad will sit in. Iranian President Talabani’s spokesman said that Mr Talabani would meet the Syrian president another time. Iraq might see these talks as signal that their neighbors and theworld forum are beginning to believe that the new Iraq is here to stay. Iraq must also see this as a possible relief of security problems, hoping that Syria will stop their nationals from crossing the border and joining forces with the Iraqi insurgents.

For Syria, the move may mean a possible easing of that country’s difficult relations with the United States, although the move might present the Bush administration with some difficulties. While peace in the region is said to be the ultimate aim for all, the US may be reluctant to get too close to two countries whose policies it so strongly opposes.
Meanwhile, there is more discussion in Washington about the next US military moves in Iraq. The Pentagon is reported to have put forward three options, known as “Go Big, Go Long and Go Home”.

“Go Big” would see an additional 20,000 US troops sent to reinforce the 140,000 already there. This would be a short-term measure to get on top of a critical security situation.

“Go Long” would stress the build-up of Iraqi troops with US help.

“Go Home” envisages a timetable for withdrawal.

Both diplomacy and military tactics are on the move.

Sony PlayStation 3

For the more child-like of us out there in the underground, big news! Note; we said ‘Child-Like’ NOT ‘Childish’! Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 was released to U.S. retail on Nov. 17. People waited in line and many received one of two newly released units. The more basic model costs around $499.99 and comes with an upgradeable 20 GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, Blu-ray drive, four USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio output (SPDIF) and an HDMI 1.3 port. The premium version is a bit more expensive, at $599.99, but it uses a 60 GB hard drive and adds built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi plus card readers that support SD, Compact Flash and, you guessed it, Sony’s Memory Stick. Neither system comes with an HDMI cable, so if you have an HDTV, you’ll want to make sure you buy one of those.

Know this though, it will probably be hard to get your hands on a PlayStation 3, anytime soon at any price. Although Sony planned to have 400,000 units for sale in the U.S. on launch date, most analysts say the actual first-shipped number was closer to 200,000. Not to worry, though, I’m sure they’ll have everything ready for you by, or just after, Christmas.


Reboot: NextAid & Om

Fusicology has found a CD that is worth searching for – Reboot: Notes for the Next Generation – is a CD released by the LA-based humanitarian organization NextAid and Om Records. This unique compilation has caught our attention because it is a rare find, in which all proceeds from the net wholesale of this record will be donated to help children in Africa whose parents have died of AIDS.

Music has always been a source of power and inspiration and Reboot is yet another reminder of how musicians are attempting to improve the world. If helping orphans in Africa isn’t enough (shame on you) the CD also features unreleased tracks by some of the most reputable DJs, artists, and producers of electronic music: Thievery Corporation, Louie Vega, Jeremy Sole’s Musaics feat. Garth Trinidad, Kaskade, Troye and more!

“We believe it is each generations responsibility to provide a better future for the next”, says NextAid’s Co-Founder Lauren Segal. Through the simple purchase of this CD a child in Africa will be forever grateful – take some time right now and check out some tracks at DanceTracksDigital.

Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Democrats Win Big

As the Dem’s take the House & now the Senate, we feel it is important to take a look at the new Democratic leaders and committee chairmen in the U.S. Senate when a new Congress convenes in January. Senate Democrats, including new members elected this week, will caucus next Tuesday to formally pick their leaders. Stay informed!

Take a look at the new leadership here
Sign up to Barack Obama’s mailing list

CMJ Music Marathon

We threw a few sweaters in a suitcase and hopped a plane to New York for the CMJ Music Conference, a week of independent music, networking and industry shenanigans. CMJ is known for being a fast-moving mob of showcases, parties and gatherings spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn with a primary focus on indie rock music, but the lineups have diversified to include the funkier side of things with artists like Pharoahe Monch, Prince Paul, Madlib, J-Live, Honeycut, Kudu and many others. Fusicology got in early to support the action on severalsponsored shows, and we’ve been hanging out at one of the best events of the week.

Fusicology has been involved with some high temperature CMJ 2006 events. Mixtape Riot, Stones Throw at BB Kings and other showcases. As well, last night we headed out to KCRW’s showcase over at Delancey on the lower east side to check out Honeycut, Kraak & Smaak, The Pinker Tones DJ Crew and Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza with his new rock band, Dust Galaxy. KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Garth Trinidad were out in full effect as well, bringing the showcase to a close with their signature sounds.

Later that night we peeped the Raw Fusion crew featuring Melo and his immaculate songs at Hiro Ballroom. On Thursday the 2nd, Mixtape Riot represented at the Canal Room, On November 3rd, Puma kept Friday afternoon live with an in-store event at its Union Square location that featured a very unexpected house-flavored DJ set from Ali Shaheed Mohammed. Legendary graf artist Daze and Ladybug Mecca were in the spot as well, chatting it up with Puma reps and checking out the newest gear. With all the dope events that happened in New York last week, there are too many to name. Bands we most enjoyed included Strange Fruit Project, Tanya Morgan and the Raw Fusion crew – all impressive.

Suffice it to say the last after-party we hit had cats splashing around in the QT pool as people were eating bagels upstairs before the New York Marathon. Whew, what a week!