Monthly Archives: December 2011



Shabaam Sahdeeq featuring Skeezo, Denmark featuring Quelle Chris, Boog Brown & more


Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, DJ Vadim & Mr. Critical, Peter Borg, Gilles Peterson, Mixo, Chez Damier & more

FREE DOWNLOAD: Gensu Dean featuring 7even Thirty, “On & On”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Shabaam Sahdeeq featuring Skeezo, “This Is”

FREE DOWNLOAD:: Denmark featuring Quelle Chris, “Greenparty Swishercrat”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Boog Brown, “Growth (14KT Remix)”

PODCAST: Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, “Dilla Ship”

PODCAST: DJ Vadim & Mr. Critical, “Double Trouble”

PODCAST: Peter Borg, “My House: Dec 2011 Part 2″

PODCAST: Gilles Peterson, “All Night Long”

PODCAST: Mixo, “Truth Be Told”

MIX: Chez Damier A Gift For You

Featured Photos from 2011 Los Angeles Events


Stones Throw 15 Year, LA

Photos: Terrence Jennings

The iconic label celebrated its 15th anniversary party just before Christmas on 12/22/11, in downtown Los Angeles at a former stock exchange building.  Two rooms – downstairs with Jonti, Vex Ruffin, The Lions, Daedelus, Gary Wilson. Upstairs they had a pop-up shop full of records & a couple new shirts.

In the main room upstairs were the DJs and MCs: Wolf, Madlib, Mayer, Strong Arm Steady, Babu, Rhettmatic, Percee P, Jonwayne, DaM-FunK, Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Homeboy Sandman, J. Rocc, DJ Romes, Wildchild and his kid, child prodigy, Baby Boogaloo.

Flavors LA with DJs Spinna & J.Rocc

Erykah Badu, LA

Thanks Givends Benefit, LA

Roy Ayers at the Exchange, LA

FUSICOLOGY’s Top 10 Top 10s of 2011

FUSICOLOGY’s Top 10 Top 10s of 2011

Anthony Valadez: Best of 2011 KCRW Playlist

FILTER’s Top 10 of 2011: Mayer Hawthorne

URB Top 10 Ten Artists Of 2011 (Readers Poll Winners)

Top 10 Nu-Soul Albums of 2011: Editor’s Picks

Top 10 FREE Nu-Soul Downloads of 2011

Packing Heat and Singing Sweetly: NY Times 2011 Music Top 10

YouTube’s 10 Most-Viewed Ads of 2011

10 most-watched video ads of 2011

Top 10 most bizarre tech stories of 2011

The 10 most Influential Retailers

+ BONUS: The Top 50 Albums of 2011: PITCHFORK

Jazz In The Gardens – Miami March 2012

After six years of unforgettable concert experiences and entertainment, Jazz In The Gardens has grown to become one of the most highly regarded and anticipated music festivals in the country.

On March 17th & 18th, the city of Miami will be host to the 7th annual Jazz In The Gardens, featuring some of the most quality artists of our current time.

Jazz In The Gardens is proud to announce additions to this year’s line up:

The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige

The World’s Greatest Entertainer Doug E. Fresh

The Legendary Ramsey Lewis’ Electric Band

Former Tonight Show Band Leader/Guitarist/Composer Kevin Eubanks

Hosted by The Incredible MC Lyte!

for all Jazz In The Gardens info, go here.




Illz, AM, Robert Glasper Experiment, Atmosphere featuring Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy, Young Empires, yU (of Diamond District) featuring EyeQ, Boog Brown


Burd & Keyz, John Robinson, Moe Green, Jimmy ValenTime, Goapele, Shad, Peter Borg mixes Frankie Knuckles, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Habana Outpost

FREE DOWNLOAD: Illz, “Despiertate (Awake)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: AM, “Christmas Time Is Here”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Robert Glasper Experiment, “Ah Yeah”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Atmosphere featuring Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy, “Somebody, MN”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Young Empires, “Enter Through The Sun”

FREE DOWNLOAD: yU (of Diamond District) featuring EyeQ, “Can’t Hide”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Boog Brown, “Growth (14KT Remix)


PODCAST: Burd & Keyz, “Keyz Of Life”

PODCAST: John Robinson, “Brilliant Soundscapes Vol.1″

PODCAST: Moe Green, “Free Water”

PODCAST: Jimmy ValenTime, “Life In Amazin Times”

PODCAST: Goapele, “Play Remixed”

PODCAST: Shad, “Besides”

PODCAST: Peter Borg mixes Frankie Knuckles, “In The House”

PODCAST: Mark de Clive-Lowe, “Church Volume 4″

PODCAST: Habana Outpost, “Holiday Mix 2011″



Rebirth Brass Band 2012 GRAMMY Nomination for “Rebirth of New Orleans”

Rebirth Brass Band is extremely excited to announce that their latest record, Rebirth of New Orleans has been nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Music Album. It was produced by Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr.) and engineered by Chris FinneyRebirth of New Orleans was released earlier this year on Basin Street Records to critical praise from across the music spectrum. For a taste of the album, download “Do It Again” HERE.


Hailed by the New York Times as “a New Orleans institution,” the Rebirth Brass Band have been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago. Formed by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, along with Basin Street labelmate Kermit Ruffins in 1983, The Rebirth Brass band has gone from playing on corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon’s HBO hit“Tremé.” It’s been a long road, but The Rebirth Brass Band has become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world.


Since their founding, they’ve developed a signature brand of heavy funk that they expand upon on their latest effort, Rebirth of New Orleans. Opener “Exactly Like You” starts the album off with a rollicking, Mardi Gras stomp. “The Dilemma” and “Do It Again find the group locking in to a down-tempo, Latin-influenced grooves, anchored by Phil Frazier’s tuba. And “Shrimp and Gumbo” and “Feelin’ Fine” find the band effortlessly perfecting the New Orleans-style brass lines that put the city on the map.


“A New Orleans institution since the 1980s, the Rebirth Brass Band updates the traditional strutting rhythms and continuous improvisation of New Orleans parades with an infusion of funk. It doesn’t need microphones, amplifiers or anything but breath and rhythm to make a crowd jump.”The New York Times

Dwight Trible Releases Anticipated New Album, Cosmic


Cosmic is the long-awaited recording by Dwight Trible, one of the most prolific vocalists of the time.

This recording is the follow upto his critically acclaimed Living Water, which made a big impression throughout the world. On Cosmic, Dwight brings an A-list cast of characters to bring forth his heartfelt expressionsof love for human kind and for love itself.

Musicians like Grammy nominee John Beasley and long time collaborator Munyungo Jackson help create the Cosmic landscape. Also noted areappearances by Kenneth Crouch, Trevor Ware, Dexter Story, George Harper, Kamau Daaood,Peter Jacobson, and Justo Almario. With a cast like this it is easy to imagine all of the musical territory covered in this recording.

Dwight chose to record and release Cosmic through Katalyst Entertainment, an independentand rapidly growing label headquartered on Chicago’s south side. His rationale behind the decision is simple: Katalyst offers him the freedom to create music that the larger, moremainstream labels may not necessarily support. Founded in 1993 by music industry veteran Kevin Beauchamp, Katalyst has built a strong repertoire for offering artists freedom and goodmusic to fans.

Many jazz musicians will tell you that they prefer not to work with singers, because most jazz singers lack the ability to improvise, have no understanding of musicianship, nor any of the othertraits associated with making jazz music – one of the most interesting and exciting musical genrestoday. Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan AfrikanPeoples’ Arkestra.

Not a newcomer to the music scene, Dwight has worked with such notables as Oscar Brown Jr.,Charles Lloyd, Billy Childs, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Harold Land, HarryBelafonte, Della Reese and Norman Conners, John Beasley, Patrice Rushen, Babatunde Lea,Ernie Watts, Kahlil El Zabar, as well as contemporary soul artist like LA Reid and DJ Rogers. Dwight’s collaborations with Horace Tapscott, Billy Higgins, Kamau Daaood and others haveproduced some of the finest musical moments in Los Angeles in recent years – and his best is yetto come!

Like his mentors, Dwight is not content to use his music just to entertain people, although he isquite a dynamic performer. He uses his music to bring people together, to bridge the gap betweenthe races, and to heal the human heart. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarianefforts.
For more information about Dwight Trible, please visit his website.

Go here to purchase Cosmic.

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul doubles ratings

The VH1 premiere of the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soulmusic event on Monday, December 19 averaged a .8 rating among 18-49 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.   The telecast, which aired from 9-11 PM ET/PT, attracted 1.3 million total viewers and doubled the average rating from last year’s edition of the beloved VH1 Divasfranchise. The event also drove substantial social buzz and chatter, generating more than 40 separate trending topics on Twitter throughout the night; including #VH1Divas, which ranked as the evening’s top trend. In addition, several of the performers, including Florence + The Machine and Jessie J, experienced significant sales spikes on iTunes following their performances.


Thanks to the premiere of “VH1 Divas” and a new episode of VH1’s hit series “Love and Hip Hop” VH1 ranked as the #1 non-sports cable network in primetime among women 18-49.


This year VH1 Divaspaid tribute to the great cities of soul music including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. The all-star diva roster included Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott, accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with Questlove and Adam Blackstone as musical directors.


In addition to the Divas, the evening included an incredible line-up of performers including Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Travie McCoy, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Martha Reeves and Ledisi.  Presenters were Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common, Sherri Shepherd, La La Anthony, and Archie Panjabi.


“VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” spawned unprecedented social chatter last night, generating more than 40 separate trending topics. #VH1Divas ranked as the #1 Twitter Topic for the entire evening; while also producing trending topics tied to performers, songs and presenters. Trending topics included Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan and Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse and  London Soul.  In addition, VH1’s second screen coviewing experience, CoStar, which drove engagement across all platforms, including web, mobile and social, saw a 70% increase in day-over-day downloads.


Several of the night’s performers experienced significant sales increases on the iTunes singles and album charts. Florence + The Machine’s album Ceremonials saw a 61% day-over-day sales increase, while the band’s single Shake It Out jumped 49%. Jessie J’s album Who You Are surged 69% day-over-day and her single Domino experienced a 44% increase.


As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of music education in a child’s life. VH1 Save The Music Foundation auctioned special “Divas” ticket packages before the show on leading charity auction site, including the opportunity to watch the sound check, walk the red carpet and more. Proceeds from these exclusive packages benefit the Foundation’s mission to equip students with the tools to lead, innovate and create in the 21st century.  For more information, please visit


Visit and Twitter at @VH1 and #VH1DIVAS for more information.


Premiering on VH1 in 1998, “Divas” became synonymous with some of the most memorable, live, female vocal performances in television history.  The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year’s telecast.  Last year, the “Divas” saluted the armed forces with “The USO Presents: ‘VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Paramore and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks and numerous others have graced the “VH1 Divas” stage.


“Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” National Broadcast Premiere on Jan. 22 & DVD Release Feb. 22

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone will have its national broadcast premiere on Monday, January 22nd, 2012 as part of public television’s AfroPoP documentary series. The series, produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT), kicks off it’s new season with Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which documents the history of legendary Los Angeles band Fishbone.


The film is being distributed via digital and home video by Cinema Guild, which will present the film exclusively via iTunes starting February 1st, 2012 as part of the celebration of Black History Month and then via home video starting   February 22nd, 2012.


When Fishbone first emerged from California, no other band sounded or looked like them, and the weight of their innovative and iconic presence is still being felt decades later.  Coinciding with the group’s 25th anniversary, filmmakers Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler have directed a compelling new documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne.  Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is both a fascinating and brutally honest look at the band’s history for longtime fans, as well as a perfect entry point for newcomers.


Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980′s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”


Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America.  Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California’s legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.


At the heart of Fishbone’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art.  To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.


The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-T(rapper), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove(The Roots), and more.




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