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This is really cool. As of today, the Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights is officially known as the Adam Yauch Park, named after the late MCA of Beastie Boys.
Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of his passing.
Pic via Def Jam’s Instagram.
Previously: Rolling Stone’s MCA Cover
Their debut full-length Contact is a provocative offering, smoothing out footwork’s freneticism and rendering mutant strains of R&B vaporous. Breaking free of the confines of urban pop and contemporary club structures, Contact finds the duo at their most hypnotic and fluid. A transition hinted at on their Sense Net EP, The-Drum perfects manipulating space and nuance throughout the slow-burning, weightless Contact.
On the record’s sci-fi themed concept, The-Drum reveals, “Basically, the album exists in a universe in which there is a multinational conglomerate. That company is called Sense Net and it is part pharma- ceutical company and part hardware/software developer... their services are something along the lines of isolation tanks with audio, visual, and chemical elements to give the user various sensations and experiences based on the “programs” they have selected.”
“I'm excited that (I'm Alive) is finally hitting the streets and the ear drums of our fans,” said Franti. “The song is about being your own weird self with the person you love the most and being grateful for every last precious drop of life. It has rocked at our shows and it feels like we recorded a version that puts you right there in the first ten rows.”
“All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that's been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you've given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”
Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.
All People follows 2010’s The Sound Of Sunshine, which was the highest Billboard Top 200 Album Chart debut of Franti’s career. The album was nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award and its title track held the #1 spot on Billboard’s AAA Singles Chart for eight consecutive weeks. His previous album, All Rebel Rockers, hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and yielded the certified double platinum smash “Say Hey (I Love You).”
Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force in using music as a vehicle for social activism. In the mid-Nineties, Franti formed Spearhead following his punk band The Beatnigs and the hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
To stream “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) and to get more official Michael Franti news and tour information go to Front | Michael Franti.
Jesse Smith and Aaron Sternick have been making music together for years and under their latest moniker, Welcome Center, they’ve put together an EP called Different Joys comprised of five lo-fi rock tunes filled with dance grooves, fuzzy guitars, and miles and miles of heart. Listening through you’ll hear pieces of early Modest Mouse, a touch of Desaparecidos, a bit of Clap Your Hand Say Yeah, and a slew of other sounds that are maddeningly familiar, but there’s only so many names that can be dropped before admitting that while the group’s influences may be legion their particular sound is their own.
First track “Float The Script” opens with buzzsaw guitar riffs offset by simple picking, all set behind a scratchy vocal. While that sounds busy the song actually feels pretty sparse, even when the drums pick up. It’s here that the Isaac Brock comparisons are strongest, powered by lyrics filled with a potent mix of introspection, nostalgia, and melancholy as Smith sings, “What I wouldn’t give to go back there, I forget, forgot and forgave/ The promised land seemed promising until we came of age/ It’s like only thing I ever learned was how to dig my grave/ And push everything good away.”
“Hedonistic Shakedown” kicks up the tempo with heavy use of that dance-inducing high hat/snare combo, continuing that hallowed indie-rock tradition of setting dark, sad stories to the tune of upbeat, happy beats. Nothing says party like, “waiting for the rapture or/ perhaps the next departure/ to the promised land of the comatose”. It’s fun of the most desperate kind.
“If You Can’t (I Can)” is a song that’s so laid back that it’s bordering on exhaustion. It starts out brightly enough, but little hints of strain in the vocal combined with lines like, “looking back, my eyes are bloodshot/ chicago’s got my heart on hold again/ i’m lost now, but who the hell’s not?/ a broken cross, an empty flask and a couple of friends” indicate a shaky tiredness more than easy relaxation.
If the third track was a snapshot of a will about to crack under the pressures of life, “Ropes” is a counterpoint of rebellious determination to keep going. The steady drums and jangly guitars intensify throughout the song until they’re exploding as Smith screams the words, “I am taking my time, I’m learning/ My sheets caught fire, my soul’s been burning/ But I am taking my time, I’m learning the ropes.”
Wrapping up the EP is “Ecclesiastes 7:4″, an acoustic elegy for a relationship past. It’s a road-weary reflection on things that might have been.
All told Different Joys is a wonderful collection of rhythms and beats and moods and feelings that the pair are currently offering on bandcamp for whatever price you’d like to pay, including free.
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"Over Land and Sea is an impressive debut for Lauren Mann; it proves that songs don't have to be angry, whiny or sniveling to be compelling, and that love and hope can inspire art as beautiful, if not more so, as what pain or loss is capable of conjuring." - Exclaim
At the end of 2010, Calgary’s Lauren Mann decided to make her home the open road and began to pursue a full-time music career. She released Stories From Home, a collection of songs that had been recorded over the past four years, and booked a 65-day tour across Canada with shows in every province.
Since then, Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk which include Jay Christman (drums, guitar),Jessica Christman (bass, additional keys, BGV’s), and Zoltan Szoges (additional keys, percussion, glockenspiel) have played close to 400 shows throughout North America and now they are ready to hit the road again. Produced by Aaron Marsh in Lakeland, Florida, Over Land And Sea illustrates Lauren’s gift of songwriting with a wide array of instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and lyrics that tell of whimsical adventures. Adventures that are only beginning.
Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk's Over Land And Sea North American Tour Dates:
May 1 - Moncton, NB @ Plan B
May 2 - Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunter's Ale House
May 3 - Sydney, NS @ Elks
May 4 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse
May 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
May 8 - Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space
May 9 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
May 10 - Rockville Center, NY @ Vibe Lounge
May 11 - Sterling, VA @ Riverside Church
May 13 - Nashville, TN @ The End
May 14 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May 15 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
May 16 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
May 17 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
May 18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 21 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
May 23 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
May 24 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Farmers Market
May 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
May 26 - Chicago, IL @ Township
May 29 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
May 30 - Akron, OH @ Musica
May 31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
June 4 - Windsor, ON @ The Phog Lounge
June 5 - Hamilton, ON @ This Ain't Hollywood
June 6 - Guelph, ON @ Jimmy Jazz
June 7 - Barrie, ON @ The Clarkson Pub
June 9 - London, ON @ Aeolian Hall
June 12 – Toronto, ON @ The Supermarket 10 PM | NXNE
June 19 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Bal du Lézard
June 20 - Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
June 21 – Ottawa, ON @ Raw Sugar
June 23 - Manitoulin, ON @ Maja's
June 25 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre
June 27 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Fez
June 28 – Lloydminster, SK @ The Root
June 29 - Edmonton, AB @ Bohemia
July 1 - Calgary, AB @ Fort Calgary (Canada Day Celebration)
July 3 - Fernie, BC @ The Northern Hotel
July 5 - Kamloops, BC @ Music In The Park
July 6 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
July 9 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
July 10 - Bellingham, WA @ Green Frog Cafe
July 11 - Portland, OR @ Mt. Tabor Theater
July 12 - Bend, OR @ The Sound Garden
July 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
July 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
July 17 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
July 18 - Oceanside, CA @ Massage World
July 19 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
July 21 - Englewood, CO @ Moe's
July 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
July 25 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
July 26 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge