DJ MetroGnome is at it again with the release of a new project called Collections & Connections.
Genres:Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul
Released: May 2012
"this is a concept mix based around the connections between songs (samples, wordplay, etc). i basically had the general idea, but didn't have the order laid out at all... created it as I went. It was a fun and interesting process with a million possibilities. I wasn't going for the most rare records or anything, just exploring. Hope you dig it."
Download the full, tracked-out version here:
4.Time 4 Sum Aksion-Redman
5.Mama Said Knock You Out-LL Cool J
6.A Trip To Your Heart-Sly & The Family Stone
7.Diamonds And Pearls-Prince
8.Black Diamonds And Pearls-Blackalicious
9.If I Ruled The World-Nas Ft Lauryn Hill
10.If I Ruled The World / Friends Kurtis Blow / Whodini
11.The Sun-God Hi-tek Ft Common
12.The Blast-Reflection Eternal
13.Feeling Good-Nina Simone
14.New Day-Kanye West & Jay-z
16.Daytona 500-Ghostface Killah
19.Good Times (I Get High)-Styles P
20.Real Love (Remix)-Notorious B.i.g.
24.Skain's Domain-Wynton Marsalis
By Eugene Robinson, Updated: Friday, May 18
The soundtrack of my youth is fading. That’s hardly an original observation, but self-indulgence is a columnist’s inalienable right and music has unique power to summon unbidden waves of nostalgia. I’ll spend the rest of the day listening to the “Queen of Disco” and the “Godfather of Go-Go,” and saying goodbye. Donna Summer, who died Thursday, was the undisputed monarch of a musical genre that I tried my best to hate. Disco had none of the spontaneity and rough edges of rock-and-roll, none of the rawness and authenticity of rhythm and blues, and yet it emerged from those sources like some sort of genetic anomaly. Disco was slick, polished, relentless. Intellectually, it was boring.
Viscerally, it was irresistible. To be on a dance floor in the late 1970s, before the mirrored ball became a cliche, was to be assaulted by thumping bass and screaming synthesizers until you surrendered and let the music carry you along. For all its space-age sheen, disco was all about music’s most ancient and primal element, the beat. It was about becoming what diva Grace Jones called a “slave to the rhythm.” Harmony and melody, for most artists, were afterthoughts.
But not for Donna Summer. Only a handful had the pipes to sing with expressiveness, subtlety and control above the clamorous frenzy of a disco groove, and Summer was one of them. Her voice had what seemed like effortless power. You got the sense that if she wanted to crank it up, she could blow any band right off the stage.
And she had something to say. Songs such as “Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff” and “She Works Hard for the Money” were anthems to female empowerment and sexual liberation. Whether she was playing the role of a saucy streetwalker, a club-hopping adventuress or an Everywoman shouldering the burdens of the world, she was always the protagonist, never the victim. “When I’m bad,” she famously sang, “I’m so, so bad.”
Unlike so many things from the disco era, Summer’s songs have endured. She released her last album in 2008, performed on “American Idol” that year and reportedly had been working on a new record before her final illness. She died of cancer at age 63.
On Wednesday, we lost another seminal figure in popular music, the guitarist and bandleader Chuck Brown.
Around the world, Brown was perhaps best known for his 1979 No. 1 hit, “Bustin’ Loose.” Careful listeners might also be aware that he is one of the artists most frequently sampled by dance-music and hip-hop producers; snippets of Brown’s work can be heard, for example, on tracks by Eric B. & Rakim and in the rapper Nelly’s mega-hit “Hot in Here.”
Here in Washington, however, Brown was known simply as the Godfather. He is credited as the inventor of the unique local sound known as go-go, a brand of syncopated funk distinguished by the central role given to percussion — congas, cowbells, rototoms, wooden boxes, plastic buckets, anything that goes bang or boom when you hit it. It’s hard to describe what distinguishes a go-go beat, but you know one if you hear one. It’s almost as if the drums are singing the melody and everything else is just along for the ride.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re not from around here. Go-go is a regional sound that never quite broke out into the mainstream; bands such as Rare Essence and Experience Unlimited, legends among the cognoscenti, draw a complete blank outside the Beltway. For me, the intensely local nature of go-go is a reminder that Washington is an actual place, not a political abstraction.
One important element in the texture of life in the nation’s capital was Chuck Brown. He appeared in television ads for well-known local institutions, such as the D.C. Lottery — and, I should add, The Washington Post. If you went to a baseball game and one of the Nationals hit a home run, Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose” was the celebration song. A city block near Howard University was named “Chuck Brown Way.”
He died at age 75 after a battle with pneumonia. Wednesday night, as news of his passing spread, a large crowd gathered on Chuck Brown Way to remember a man whose talent, exuberance and generosity of spirit will be missed.
There is only one way to celebrate the legacy of these two legends: Get up and dance.
Budweiser Made in America event set for Labor Day weekend
Jay-Z will headline the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend. The festival, curated by Jay-Z himself, will feature a roster of nearly 30 acts from many different genres on three stages at Fairmount Park on September 1st and 2nd.
The event, produced by Live Nation, will benefit United Ways in greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and New York City. The organization works to invest money in local communities and education.
As of yet, Jay-Z is the only confirmed act on the bill. Tickets for the festival will go on sale May 23rd, with a pre-sale on May 22nd.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jay-z-to-headline-and-curate-festival-in-philadelpha-20120514#ixzz1urkqriLJ
Joshua Webb, a musician who appeared on Ledisi's Grammy-nominated Pieces of Me album, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in Atlanta. He was 27.
According to St. Louis Today, Webb was traveling with his cousin to pick up Webb's new vehicle when their vehicle collided with a tractor trailer. Webb's cousin sustained a spinal cord injury and a fractured leg but Webb was pronounced dead at the scene. Webb was not wearing his seat belt.
"When u hear the piano part on Bravo that's Josh Webb R.I.P." Ledisi tweeted yesterday on hearing the news. "Mylove& prayers 2 The Webb Family."
Webb's credits include playing piano on the Ledisi song "Bravo" while playing organ on "Shine." Webb was also the younger brother of John Webb Jr., better known as producer Jon Jon Traxx, who worked with Usher, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce among others.
"He was branching out," Webb's cousin Broderick Young said. "He'd always played for different churches, but Jon Jon wanted him to branch out and do tours and work for other artists. This (Ledisi) was the first time and he got a Grammy nomination. That's was all he really wanted."
Webb is survived by his mother Cassandra, father John, brothers John Jr., Jordan and Jacob and sisters Kandra and Ca'Neidra. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
Pronounced [ma•sē•nə] – singer, songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, vigilante, dreamer, lover.
A Washington, DC & Northern Virginia native and graduate of both the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University, Muhsinah humbly released her first self-produced EP, ‘Oscillations,’ in 2005, having little idea of what would come to follow…
Fast-forward to several iterations later with ‘Oscillations: Sine’ EP (2008) & ‘Oscillations: Triangle’ EP (2010), a feature cut (‘Changes’) on Common’s ‘Universal Mind Control‘ (2008) and a few years backing the rapper on stage, with synth and vocals – Universal Mind Control Tour with N*E*R*D in 2008 (including performances on Jay Leno, Ellen Degeneres, and Jimmy Kimmel), at Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2009, and Maxwell’s Black Summer’s Night Tour that same year, and ending up at Chicago’s Democratic Rally in Hyde Park in 2010.
Not content to play the background, Muhsinah began touring solo, receiving invitations to perform at renowned concerts like the legendary annual Roots’ Picnic (2008) and Sonar in Barcelona (2009), David Letterman’s 5000th episode with the Noisettes in 2010 and The Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba (2011), amongst many other prestigious stages.
Sunday, May 20, 2012,
Muhsinah live at The Jazz Kitchen.
5377 College Ave. Indianapolis, IN. 46220.
Doors open at 6PM. Show around 7PM. $10
Show will also feature Bashari Asad & DJ MetroGnome.
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