Columbus emcee Fabrashay A is playing the Friday installment of the Donewaiting 10-Year Anniversary/Farewell Show along with Bru Lei, Barely Eagle, Fumes, and DJ Detox this weekend.
Above is the trailer for Fab’s upcoming EP the Resurgence which drops 2/26/2013. “The Resurgence” will be presented by DJ Touch Money, and DJ Corey Grand. If you watch the trailer you can see why Fab is one of most buzzed about young rappers in Columbus.
NYC-based buzz band Skaters have signed to Warner Bros. Listen to “I Wanna Dance(But I Don’t Know How)” below. This song will be available on 7 inch on April 9th.
Yesterday, Knitting Factory Records released Fela Kuti’s the Best of Black President Pt. 2 which is an extensive collection of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer’s music ranging from 1971’s “Black Man’s Cry” to 1992’s “Underground System”. This release is part of Knitting Factory’s ongoing commitment to make Fela Kuti’s music available to the public.
The above artwork for “Best of Black President Pt 2″ was revived by a Columbus ex-pat Zach Jaeger . Mr. Jaeger has worked on several of Knitting Factory’s Fela efforts including Fela: Live In Detroit 1986, and the Ginger Baker compiled Fela: Vinyl Box Set 2 . I talked to Zach about how one goes from taking photos for Columbus Metal Band Teeth of the Hydra to working on important Fela Kuti releases and more.
How long have you been working on the Fela Kuti reissues?
It’s been a little over 4 years now. The beginning phases were a little slow as far as compiling art, information, and data so I don’t really think it jumped off until 2010. It’s been non-stop since then.
For “Live in Detroit 1986″ you used actual tickets from the show, and posters? What approach did you take when utilizing those objects?
We weren’t sure what we were going to do with that once we got it (art wise). We were working on having a TDK master cassette tape that the concert was recorded on being cleaned up (including blending the split where the engineer had to physically flip the cassette mid concert to continue recording). I was starting to concept the art when we received the poster and ticket stub from the actual show. It made perfect sense to make the poster the cover and re-appropriate the ticket to be the back of the record. When I found out that a TDK-SA90 cassette tape was used to record the show I went through a huge box of cassettes I had and found one. I brought it in and scanned it and adjusted everything to fit the liner notes. Where all the info about the cassette would be I changed to reflect all the technical info about the 1986 recording. I wanted to do something only analog audio nerds could really respect, I am one. The packaging even had to be approved by TDK, they loved it.
From October’s Very Own Blogspot:
My good friends,
It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
“You don’t have to ask me how I’m doing…just listen to the music” – K.Samir
Drake drops his first single off of his new album in a pretty humble-like manner.
Slow down baby!!
Ladies love cool Action Bronson so him and Harry Fraud go on an EPMD –style rampage with “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”. DJ Enuff premiered this today on Hot 97′s Heavy Hitters Show and now you get to listen to it.
Fidlar and Wavves are touring together. They are also fun punk bands that are on Mom & Pop Records.
Fidlar has a video for “Wait for the Man” below. It is on their self-titled album which has song titles like “Max Don’t Surf”. “Cheap Beer”, and “Wake Bake Skate”.
Here are the Ohio Dates:
4/02 – Basement – Columbus, OH *
4/03 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH*
More Tour Dates after the jump. (The Euro Tour does not is not with Wavves)
The Third Annual OSU Hip Hop Literacies Conferenceis upon us. The 2013 theme is Pedagogies for Social Change. Keynote speakers for the Feb 15 portion at the OSU Union include NYU Professor Martha Diaz, and Dr. Christopher Edmin. (Dr. Edmin was recently in the New York Times with the GZA because the two are developing ways to utilize Hip Hop’s oratory methods in science education.)
And yes, that is Yo-Yo scheduled to perform at the Kings Arts Complex along with J.Rawls, MC Toni Blackmon and more on Feb 16th.
Handbill with more info on the 2/15 installment after the jump
Ugh. This looks so sick. It’s from an upcoming documentary narrated by Henry Rollins about DC graffiti legend Cool “Disco” Dan. It is tight because it shows how Disco Dan’s contribution to local culture helped lighten the mood in our Nation’s Capital during the onslaught of the crack epidemic in the 80′s.
Truth and Soul Recording artists Lee Fields and Lady premiered a video for an acoustic version of Fields’ “Still Hanging On” that was shot in a 16th Century Dutch Church by a company called Sensu.
“Still Hanging On” is off Lee Field & The Expressions 2012 album Faithful Man.
Lee Fields will tour with Lady during the Spring. You can peep the dates here.
Lady is Nicole Wray’s and Terri Walker’s new project which is produced by Leon Michaels and Jeff Silverman. Lady’s self-titled album with be released March 12th on Truth & Soul. Below is Lady’s single “Money”.