although i have since taken a break from these gigs- i held on to the recording from this night because it was a good one in my humble opinion...(ok, forget being humble here, it ROCKED!) i hope you enjoy the sounds of the Pangaea Lounge, enjoy the intercontinental vibes! and Happy New Year!!!
(special thanks to Cafe Gutenberg for hosting this event for nearly 2 years straight, and to all the people who showed up- you guys were a real inspiration/encouragement to me)
Yes it's true, Mikey Dread, the singer/DJ known for his smooth concious toasting over crucial riddims will be performing here in the US in January with a full band! Of course, if you don't know.. he's also well known for the long running UK radio show "Dread at the Controls" on Radio One (also, don't forget his many collaborations with the legendary punk band THE CLASH!) Mikey Dread will be at the Jewish Mother in VA beach on Jan 12th. Here's Mikey Dread's webpage! Don't miss the vibes! this man aint no joke--- strictly roots and culture!
Friday, January 12, 2007 -The Jewish Mother - 3108 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 - Info: 757-422-5430
I am djing for Rattlemouth at this event: (Press release courtesy of George Lowe of Rattlemouth) "New Years' Eve Cd Release Party Featuring Rattlemouth 8:30pm- 1am $20 cover Sunday Dec 31 Art6 Gallery 6East Broad St
ART6 HOSTS RATTLEMOUTH NEW YEARS' EVE CD RELEASE PARTY
On December 31, Rattlemouth, Richmond's premier eclectic and world music ensemble, returns to the friendly confines of Art6 Gallery for another unforgettable evening of the "musical gymnastics for the body and spirit" for which they are known. This performance will serve as both a New Years' celebration, and the release party for their long-awaited 3rd CD, "Hopabout," (available for your purchasing pleasure at the special one-time-only price of $10). Armed with a generous helping of newly-digested tunes from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Jamaica and Cuba, and accompanied by special guests, including Richmond legend, Paul Watson, Rattlemouth will propel you to your feet and keep you there howling for more! Also on hand will be WRIR's outstanding DJ Carlito, who will spin tasty grooves beginning at 9pm, and between sets. Doors open at 8:30pm. Cover $20. Enjoy the complementary snacks, hit the cash bar, pick up a cd, and dance dance dance.
It should be noted that the entire evenings' festivities will be dedicated to the memory of our friends, the Harvey family, and will include a shrine in their honor to which all are welcome to contribute. Let us stand together against the dark forces of the past year, and dance in the New Year with joy and hope."
Re-post of earlier Podcast- Stephen Jerome -special guest
Check out Stephen Jerome-- he's just completed a full length album - recorded in NYC at "the Shed" and produced by Daniel Wise. Last Sunday, Stephen Jerome stopped by WRIR studios to play some of his new tracks.
(because Stephen Jerome's album hasnt been released yet, i took the original show down to edit the songs into clips...) here's the edited version of the podcast for this show.
unreleased acetate of Velvet Underground's first record (bought for 75cents in a Chelsea thrift store)
purchased in 2002 at a Chelsea yard sale for: 75 cents final ebay auction price: US $155,401.00 latest news update - the buyer backed out due to some foul computer hacking on ebay.. it's been re-lisited! (?) - this may be a rumor
ok, IT WAS TRUE!! they relisted the record and it sold (the second time) for US $25,200.00.
from the ebay description :
"This acetate, which is possibly the only surviving copy, represents the first Velvet Underground album as Andy Warhol intended it to be released."
"Norman Dolph [the name on the record label "att:N Dolph"] was a perennial in the New York art & music scene of the 1960's. He worked as a sales representative at Columbia Records through 1967, and was deeply involved with different facets of the independent music world on the side. Andy Warhol, who was managing the Velvets at the time, contacted Dolph & offered him a painting in exchange for services as "ghost" (uncredited) producer for the Velvet's first recording session. Warhol wanted to record a Velvets album before they had a record company behind them as this would tend to minimize meddling label executives' mobility in compromising the musical arrangement's distraught primal force, not to mention the unprecedented taboo lyrics which openly address sex, drugs, and depravity. Warhol's plan was to have Dolph record it and then shop it around to labels (first & foremost Columbia) as a finished recording.
...and so Dolph rented out Scepter studios, and with an engineer named John Licata by his side, they recorded the Velvets for four days. At the time Scepter studios was between reconstruction and demolition with walls falling over and holes in the floor. Velvets' bass & viola player John Cale would later recall the environment as "Post-Apocalyptic".
Dolph took the master tapes made during this session to the Columbia building, which still had an in-house pressing plant, and cut the acetate "after hours" with people he knew on the inside. Dolph then sent the acetate to Columbia to see if they were interested in releasing it. It was returned promptly with a note that said something akin to "do you think we're out of our f**king minds?" Dolph then gave the acetate to Andy Warhol or John Cale, he cannot remember which... ...As to the most interesting mystery brought up by the appearance of this item - how did such an important artifact disappear for 37 years & end up at a Chelsea New York yard sale priced at 75 cents? ...We have no answer."
Lou Reed & Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs (just a clip)
honestly, i dont think this show was really planned out very well, many of the selections didn't blend as well as i had hoped -- (except for that last bollywood track into the acapella doo wop song by the persuasions on Pt 2)-- Also, this show was probably one of the strangest mixes of musical genres i could have come up with at the spur of the moment. But try to believe me, there ARE some similarities between the two styles! ( vocalists with unmistakeable style and personality trading verses back and forth and harmonizing, blaring horn sections, loud drum breaks, swingin rhythms, twangy guitars..) The songs themselves are true classics... the show definitely has it's moments. Please note: i announced some of the tracks wrong again this week by accident (they've been corrected on the setlist- and im gonna try to spend more time getting this information organized ahead of time from now on) hope you enjoy the podcast.