Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lee Fields & The Expressions Premiere Video For “Faithful Man”

Lee Fields & The Expressions just released the new music video for “Faithful Man,” the title track from the critically praised second album with Truth & Soul Records, released in the spring of 2012. A limited edition 45 of “Faithful Man” features a b-side with a stripped-down, “bare bones” version of the track and is available now. The group has also announced a number of U.S., Canadian and European tour dates this fall including a performance at Austin City Limits.

Faithful Man is Fields’ follow-up to the well-received 2009 album My World. The songs on the album feature a modern take on a vintage sound, telling tales of love, heartbreak a blues in a time-honored way. Born a raised in the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, Fields spent his teenage years singing in church a listening to the classic soul of ’60s Memphis. By the late sixties, Lee was touring with the bands who would lay the foundation for funk music, including Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, and Little Royal. Back in the 1970s, Fields was also nicknamed Little JB for his similarity to James Brown. These days though, he’s got a soul that’s all his own.


Watch “Faithful Man” below.



Oct 02 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall tix

Oct 03 Montreal, QC – Cabare tix

Oct 04 Ottawa, ON – Ritual tix

Oct 05 Toronto, ON – Opera House tix

Oct 06 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood tix

Oct 11 Austin, TX – Stubbs (with The Alabama Shakes) tix

Oct 12 Marfa, TX – Ballroom Marfa tix

Oct 13 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits tix

European Tour (featuring Lady, the latest female soul duo from Truth & Soul)

Oct 16 Berlin, Germany – Gretchen Club tix

Oct 17 Hamburg, Germany – Mojo tix

Oct 19 Nancy, FR – Nancy Jazz Pulsations tix

Oct 20 Bruges, Belgium – Cactus club tix

Oct 22 Amsterdam, Holland – MC Theatre tix

Oct 23 Dordrecht, Holland – Dorhuis tix

Oct 24 Groningen, Holland – De Oosterpoort tix

Oct 25 Nijmegen, Holland – Doornroosje tix

Oct 26 Evreux, FR – l’Abordage tix

Oct 27 Paris, FR – le Trabendo tix

Oct 28 Lyon, FR – Transbordeur club tix

Oct 31 La Rochelle, FR – La sirène tix

Nov 01 Clermont Ferrand, FR – La cooperative de Mai tix

Nov 02 Montpellier, FR – Le Jam tix

Nov 03 Bordeaux, FR – Le Rocher Palmer tix

Nov 07 Madrid, Spain – The Frame

Nov 08 Bilbao, Spain – Kafé Antzokia

Nov 09 Barcelona, Spain – Luz de Gas -Barcelona Jazz festival

Nov 10 London, UK – Islington Academy tix

Nov 11 Dublin, Ireland – The Button Factory tix

Nov 14 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia tix

Nov 15 Stockholm, Sweden – Gotakalaerre tix

Nov 16 Oslo, Norway – Cosmopolite tix

Nov 17 Copenhagen, Denmak – Loppen tix


For more on Lee Fields, go here.

New Media Expo: Last Chance for 50% off tickets for Fusicology Followers

New Media Expo (BlogWorld) will be held January 6-8 at the Rio Hotel and conference center.  NMX is the worlds largest conference for online, new media, content creators.  With dedicated tracks for bloggers, podcasters and Web, TV and Video producers; not to mention some killer parties and lots of amazing networking.  NMX is the must attend event if you are or want to be involved with new media social media or online content creation.

This year the event is sandwiched between New Year’s festivities in Las Vegas and CES. If you are looking for an excuse to spend a little time in Vegas this winter, here’s your chance to have some fun and learn from the best of the best.

New Media Expo (BlogWorld), is making a limited amount of early bird tickets available to Fusicology followers at a huge discount.  Now’s your chance to save up to 50% over future ticket costs. Act quickly because these discounts expire Saturday.

Learn more about the event and register here.

As an added bonus, the Rio Hotel is making limited amount of rooms available at a great rate.  If you’ve been to Vegas around New Year’s or CES, you probably know that the town will completely sell out and room rates go through the roof.  Once registered for NMX, you will be able to reserve rooms before, during and after the conference for just $99/ night…Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Register here at the lowest prices available and secure your discounted room rate before they are sold out.

The Voter Participation Center and Balcony Films Present L.O.V.E. Campaign

All-Star Celebrity Chorus have launched a new song & music video encouraging registration and voting. Fergie and dozens of celebrities encourage millions of Americans to register and vote.


In celebration of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, The Voter Participation Center joined with Balcony Films for a release of a new music video and original song, “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge),” urging women and other unregistered voters to head to the ballot box on November 6.


“Let one voice emerge, let your voice be heard” at the voting booth, the song reminds voters.Unmarried women, persons of color and young people – the Rising American Electorate – comprise 53 percent of the voting eligible population, and yet more than 63 percent of them are unregistered.


“We felt a music video with incredible star power in recognition of National Voter Registration Day would be an attention-getting way to encourage all eligible Americans to participate in our great democracy,” says Page Gardner, President of the Voter Participation Center. “The message is simple: Get registered and get to the polls on November 6. Let the voice of one join the voices of millions and be heard.”

The video and other multimedia assets are available here.


“L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge) was co-written by Grammy-winning artist Patti Austin, Grammy-winner and twice Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett, five-time Grammy-winning producer/composer Mervyn Warren, and Grammy and Tony-nominated songwriter/artist Brenda Russell.   The song was produced and arranged by Mervyn Warren. The new music video features hit artists Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Keke Palmer (actress/recording artist), Patti Austin (entertainer/song writer), Siedah Garrett (song writer and performer), Sheila E (musician/actress), Brenda Russell (songwriter), Judith Hill (singer/songwriter),  Lalah Hathaway (R&B artist), and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”).

Richie Hawtin & Loco Dice Launch CNTRL: Beyond EDM, A Unique North American College Tour


“CNTRL is what America needs right now: an effort to reconnect the electronic dance music movement with its history, without forsaking either innovation or imagination.”
Philip SherburneSPIN.COM

Electronic music innovators and world-leading DJs Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice are launching a music and technology tour of Canadian and U.S. colleges, taking the history and the future of the platform to the very people who could well be the next generation of producers, DJs, technology innovators orsimply advocates of the sound that is sweeping the continent after 20 years of trying.

The tour, called CNTRL: Beyond EDM- Electronic & Techno(logy) Based Music, will be a groundbreaking North American college tour combining educational daytime lectures on music technology presented by Dupspot in some of the leading universities and colleges, followed by an evening of electronic music with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ean Golden from DJ TechTools and their touring guest DJ’s.

Set to launch October 29 in Buffalo, NY and taking place at Berklee College of Music on October 31, CNTRL will feature a selection of artists whom Hawtin and Dice feel will give a good cross-section of the current and cutting-edge sounds of electronic music, including Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Josh Wink,Victor Calderone, Paco Osuna, controller specialist DJ TechTools’ Ean Golden and others joining on specific days throughout the tour. CNTRL will also feature special guest speakers in each city during the daytime lecture programming, including Tiga (Nov 5, Montreal) and John Acquaviva (Nov 6, London, Ontario) with more to be announced.

The events will focus on the techno and technology aspects of modern-day electronic music, presenting the more futuristic and underground side of the genre, as championed by Hawtin and Dice and their peers for the last two decades. Central to the CNTRL concept are daytime seminars in the colleges toinform and inspire people about technology, music production, live performance, and the business ofelectronic music. These will take place from around 5pm-7pm on show day and are presented by worldrenowned electronic music production and DJ school, Dubspot. All DJs performing on the night will participate in the master classes by day, and CNTRL will invite local DJ / production / industry pioneers from each region to also take part in the events. CNTRL will be a future thinking session but will also ensure the students leave with a deeper understanding of how the genre developed to where it is today. The event then ends with a low-ticket gig at a venue near campus, giving the students a chance to experience the artists in action.

CNTRL is all about engaging young North American fans of EDM and showing them the roots of the music, the history of a global movement and demonstrating what the future of music technology andperformance has the power to become. The tour will take place in over 15 cities across the eastern part ofNorth America (with a west coast leg to be planned for 2013).

Tour dates are as follows:


Mon 10/29 Buffalo, NY TBA // Town Ballroom*

Tue 10/30 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University // Westcott Theatre*

Wed 10/31 Boston, MA Berklee College of Music // RISE*

Thu 11/1 Washington, DC American University // EchoStage*

Fri 11/2 Philadelphia, PA Drexel University // Electric Factory**

Sat 11/3 New York, NY New York University // Webster Hall***

Mon 11/5 Montreal, QC McGill // SAT****

Tue 11/6 London, ON UW Ontario // London Music Hall****

Wed 11/7 Windsor, ON University of Windsor // Boom Boom Room*****

Thu 11/8 Toronto, ON TBA // The Hoxton*****

Mon 11/12 Detroit, MI Wayne State University // TV Bar******

Tue 11/13 Urbana, IL TBA // Canopy Club******

Wed 11/14 Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan // Necto ******

Thu 11/15 Dayton, OH University of Dayton // Masque

Fri 11/16 Chicago, IL Columbia College // The Metro*******

Sat 11/17 Madison, WI TBA // The Majestic Theater*******

Sun 11/18 Minneapolis, MN Slam Academy (with UMN EDM Club // The Loft at Barfly*******

*Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Paco Osuna, Ean Golden

**Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Ean Golden

*** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, tINI, Ean Golden

**** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden

***** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Ean Golden

****** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Ean Golden

******* Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser, Ean Golden

For more info, go here.



Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring Yasiin Bey, Trombone Shorty & Allen Toussaint, 7evenThirty, Oh No & Chris Keyes, Bei-Ru, DJ Swamp, DJ JS1 featuring Lil’ Fame, Joell Ortiz & Bumpy Knuckles, Mistah F.A.B. & Willie Joe


Audible Doctor, Freddie Gibbs, Da Beatminerz (Mr. Walt), DJ ScrapDirty, Daryll Mellowman, Mixmaster Morris, DJ Definit, Def Sound

FREE DOWNLOAD: Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring Yasiin Bey, Trombone Shorty & Allen Toussaint, “It Ain’t My Fault”

FREE DOWNLOAD: 7evenThirty, “Twenty Twelve”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Oh No & Chris Keyes, “Let’s Go”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Bei-Ru, “The Dumb Diary”

FREE DOWNLOAD: DJ Swamp, “Club Thrashin’”

FREE DOWNLOAD: DJ JS1 featuring Lil’ Fame, Joell Ortiz & Bumpy Knuckles, “Reppin’ NY”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mistah F.A.B. & Willie Joe, “Automatic”

PODCAST: Audible Doctor, “I Think That…”

PODCAST: Freddie Gibbs, “Baby Face Killa”

PODCAST: Da Beatminerz (Mr. Walt), “The Megablast 1.5 Vol 20: The 45′ Edition”

PODCAST: DJ ScrapDirty, “DirtySoul 27: Soulful House”

PODCAST: Mixmaster Morris, “Live at Cargo 9/12″

PODCAST: DJ Definit, “Goodbye Summer”

PODCAST: Daryll Mellowman, “Dancin’ In Abstract Spaces”

PODCAST: Def Sound, “We.are.instrument(s) Vol. Ayyye!”


TECH NEWS: The 10 Best Tech Rivalries Of All Time, Sound Taxi Turns City Noises Into A Soundtrack & more!

The Robotics Revolution is here, Peter Gabriel makes case for internet freedom, how social media is changing democracy & empowering women in Haiti & more!


The 10 Best Tech Rivalries of All Time


Apple Patents A Method For Motion-Based Charging That Could Make Its Way To Future iPhones


YouTube Testing Feature To Quiz You While You’re Watching A Video


Sound Taxi Turns City Noises Into Soundtrack You’ll Want to Hear


Chasing Shazam, SoundHound Quietly Passes 100M Users, Averaging 200K Downloads/Day


Robotics Revolution: The Robots Are Just Getting Warmed Up


Referrals to Facebook Spike 1000% After Twitter Cuts Off LinkedIn [CHART]


This Jacket Will Silence Your Unruly Phone [VIDEO]


Twitter’s Advice to Journalists: Tweet Your Beat, Use Hashtags


60% of Smartphone Owners Would Cast Their Ballot on a Mobile App [STUDY]


Making Science in the Ocean Cheap With the Robotboat


iPhone 5 Humiliates Galaxy S III in Drop Test [VIDEO]


Peter Gabriel Makes Case For Internet Freedom


U.S. Adds Robot Fish to Homeland Security Forces


How Is Social Media Changing Diplomacy?


Why Burberry Wants to Bring the Online Experience to Stores, and Not Vice Versa


How Forest Whitaker Is Using Technology to Spread Peace


Apple Wants More Damages, U.S. Sales Ban Against Samsung [REPORT]


How Social Media Is Empowering Women in Haiti


Tim Pool, Guerrilla Journalist of the Digital Age [VIDEO]


7 iPhone Cases That Charge On-The-Go


Music Festival Gamifies Concert Tickets to Fight Poverty


Register to Vote for Internet Freedom


Driverless Cars: Now Street-Legal in California


“Spasmodic Movements Radio” Fusicology Playlist #97

Stream this week’s Spasmodic Movements Radio for Fusicology!


1.The Timewriter ft. Ven Lizard-Ten Strut
2.Stephen Rigmaiden- Synthetique (Main Mix)
3.Culoe De Song ft. Fatima- Dragon’s End
4.Black Coffee- Monkey See Monkey Do
5.Distant People- Just Sing (Muthafunkaz Mix)
6. Mr. V- Just Dance (Quentin Harris Remix)
7.Stephen Rigmaiden- Drumdummania (Bass Tool)
8.Bucie- Your Kiss (Ralf Gum Vocal)
9.Dj Spinna ft. Tricia Angus- Living My Life (Tia Warmed it up Vocal)
10.Dennis Ferrer- Transitions (I Believe Arbol Re Edit)
11.Blaze- We Are One (Kiko Navarro New Life Remix)

The 5th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival Returns to LA in October

Angel City Arts and the Jazz Bakery present the fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival October 5 -14, with concerts at LACMA, REDCAT, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and UCLA’s Royce Hall in association with CAP UCLA. The theme for this year’s festival is “Artists & Legends,” a vehicle for forward-looking artists to pay tribute to the legendary mentors who played significant roles in their musical lives.


Artist and legend pairings include Thelonious Monk Competition-winning trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire with legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp, Grammy-nominated pianist Vijay Iyer, with his mentor saxophonist Steve Coleman, and guitarist Bill Frisell who pays tribute to the blues musicians of the Mississippi Delta in his score to the movie The Great Flood. Pianist Myra Melford shares the stage with her colleague and mentor pianist Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser’s quintet performs with former Ornette Coleman sideman Bobby Bradford, and guitarist Anthony Wilson and organist Larry Goldings perform with the legendary drummer Jim Keltner. Noted Armenian pianist Vardan Ovsepian and top young bassist Damian Erskine appear with Damian’s legendary uncle, drummer Peter Erskine. And in a perfect example of the artist and legend pairing, Angel City Arts renews its commitment to young talent by hosting the second annual Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition, with the winner performing in concert with celebrated trombonist Phil Ranelin at the festival’s free opening concert at Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Jazz at LACMA concert series.



While Los Angeles was a cradle to 1960s innovators such as Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and Charles Lloyd, the city never consistently hosted a festival dedicated to post-traditional improvisation until innovator Rocco Somazzi founded the Angel City Jazz Festival in 2008. The festival has helped establish L.A. as a jazz destination through five years of concerts featuring artists such as Bennie Maupin, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Ravi Coltrane, Henry Grimes, and Nels Cline, as well as rising stars such as Tigran Hamasyan, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kneebody, and Todd Sickafoose, among many others. This year’s partnership with legendary Jazz Bakery artistic director Ruth Price resonates perfectly with the festival’s Artists & Legends theme.


Angel City Arts joins hands with its partners, the Jazz Bakery, the Ford Amphitheatre, REDCAT, LACMA, and CAP UCLA, (formerly UCLA LIVE) to unite jazz’s exciting past and present. The 2012 Angel City Jazz Festival’s theme of Artists & Legends seeks to elevate the concepts of cooperation and respect through the legacy and continuity of America’s original art form.


For the complete schedule, go here.

Jack Davey of J*DaVeY Announces 3-part EP Solo Rock Project Entitled “L0-F!”


Jack Davey, the powerful, sultry frontwoman for electro-sex Los Angeles duo J*DaVeY, will release a 3-part series of EP’s that will show fans a completely different side of her than they’re used to. L0-F! Side A, which features a gritty, frenetic energy, based on what Jack describes as “a girl, her shitty guitar, and introspective songwriting,” will be released on October 2. L0-F! Side B, which features more instrumentation, more advanced guitar technique and production by Jack’s boyfriend Joey Strat of the Knux will be released on November 6. A deluxe version containing both sides, along with three bonus songs and a special booklet will be released on December 11. To accompany the album announcement, today Jack Davey is releasing Side A standout track “Howl At The Moon,” with a music video directed by her longtime friend Devin Joplin in collaboration with creative director Jasmine Benjamin.


Although J*DaVeY’s sound has continuously evolved over the years with each subsequent release, Jack Davey’s departure from her group’s lush, sexually-charged electronic soundscape is a big one. Over the past two years, Jack has been working on trading in her usual hip hop and soul-based aesthetic for a more straight to the gut sound, inspired by such greats as Nirvana, Lou Reed, David Bowie. In the process, Jack taught herself how to play a Fender Strat and traded in the fancy studio experience for a DIY one, where she deftly stole precious moments to record in her Koreatown apartment’s walk-in closet during the few moments her newborn baby was asleep. “This creative process was unlike any other I’ve ever experienced,” explains Davey. She further elaborates, “I was hearing a raw and gritty rock sound in my head and knew that I would have to create it myself in order to get exactly what I was imagining. I’ve grown as a songwriter, producer and guitar player and I wanted to showcase that with a new sonic playground.”


The project’s debut single, “Howl At The Moon,” is distinctly recognizable by its groovy and infectious guitar riff. Davey cites her main inspirations for the song being Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bessie Smith, as well as the approach that “less is definitely more. In this day and age, everyone is so over the top to disguise the fact that they aren’t really that interesting.” Davey displays an unwavering confidence with lyrics such as “You don’t know nothing/ ‘Til you’ve heard the call/ No matter the moon now/ I can make it fall.” Says Jack, “The song is about being fierce and having unwavering confidence no matter what the circumstance may be. Seizing each day. Or night.”


Watch “Howl At The Moon” below

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Buy the single here.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band Release Live Recording from Carnegie Hall St. Peter and 57th Street

New Orleans jazz legend Preservation Hall Jazz Band is thrilled to release the live recording, St. Peter and 57th Street, on Rounder Records from their epic January 7th performance at Carnegie Hall in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The album features a number of special guests from an assortment of genres including: George WeinDel McCoury BandAllen ToussaintEd HelmsGIVERSSteve EarleTao SeegerMy Morning Jacket,Trombone ShortyYasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), King BrittBlind Boys of Alabama, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.

In celebration of the release, the band is sharing their track “It Ain’t My Fault” featuring Yasiin Bey, Trombone Shorty, and Allen Toussaint, which just premiered on Rolling Stone. The track was initially recorded directly following the Hurricane Katrina (2007) and BP Deepwater Horizon (2010) disasters, which gave the band a new focus. You can also hear the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s track “Careless Love” on NPR’s Fall preview, featuring Merrill Garbus and Frank Demond.

The Carnegie Hall performance was a family reunion in many ways, as Preservation Hall Jazz Band have previously worked with each of their guest musicians over the course of the past 7 years, continuing their mission to preserve and perpetuate traditional New Orleans-Style Jazz. The concert was orchestrated to benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, directly supporting the passing of the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans to the city’s next generation of musicians. A portion of the proceeds from the album will also benefit the program.

On September 25th, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also released The Preservation Hall50th Anniversary Collection box set (out on Legacy Recordings), which draws from 19 albums (and one bonus CD) that were recorded and released between 1962 and 2010.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy. With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music.