Succumb to Pete Rock’s Soulful Sequel, “Petestrumentals 2″

pete-rock-cosmic-slop-mp3Pete Rock, the steadfast staple in the history of East Coast Hip-Hop, is officially back, and he’s brought the beats of his new record, Petestrumentals 2. In a mixture of smooth samples and head-rocking rhythms that make any New Yorker feel at home, the lyric-less LP accentuates the prolific producer’s sound that can only be described by his history.

Born in the Bronx, Rock‘s childhood revolved around music. His father, a DJ, worked using an extensive Jazz album collection. The young Rock would often accompany him to DJ gigs, engraining the complex elements of Jazz music in his creative psyche forever. After being introduced to New York’s Hip-Hop underground by his cousin Heavy D, Rock’s talents caught attention as he was taken in by the equally everlasting Marley Marl at age 16.


Welcome, Melissa!

MelissaGonzalezIntroducing Melissa Gonzalez, Coordinator, Compilations Label Relations

My name is Melissa Gonzalez and I am the new Compilations Label Relations Coordinator.  I recently received my doctorate in music with a specialization in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. Over the last five years, I have taught courses in Latin American and Middle Eastern folkloric and popular music, as well as general survey courses in Western Art music, World music, Hip Hop, and Rock at Hunter College, Hofstra University and Montclair State University.


Introducing: Vinyl Tuesday, A Physical Music Initiative

vinyltuesdaysmallIn the wake of global Friday release dates, another initiative, Vinyl Tuesday, is starting up as a way to offer physical retailers new titles to sell and promote during the week. Launched by the Record Store Day organization, the weekly Tuesday physical street date will encourage artists, labels and distributors to put out several different types of releases:

  • New release vinyl that could not be released at the same time as their CD / digital counterparts
  • Reissue and catalog vinyl
  • New release vinyl in advance of the CD/digital counterparts
  • Promotional releases
  • Indie-store exclusives


360-Degree Video Brings Virtual Reality to YouTube

YouTube has a growing history of being a platform where new forms of media and content are created and shared to international audiences. Whether it be vlogs for niche hobbies, how-to videos for just about anything, or let’s-play streams for video-games, YouTube has cemented itself as a hub for content creators to create and distribute new genres of entertainment.

Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out support for 360-degree video and more recently announced that the same support for 360-degree video would be available for Google Cardboard. If you are unfamiliar with Google Cardboard (pictured), it is a virtual reality system that has separated itself from other virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift by utilizing the technology that most who are interested in virtual reality already have: smartphones.


Freeloader Friday: Thy Art is Murder, Gibbz & More

holy_war-uncensoredIt’s the weekend already, and nobody’s mad about that. In fact, everyone is especially happy on this Friday because it’s #GayPride Weekend! Parades, dancing, rainbows, what’s not to be excited about? No matter if the cloth you’re cut from is rainbow or not, this week’s handpicked tunes will have you jamming out all weekend long. Here we go!

Thy Art is Murder began streaming its gnarly new LP Holy War this week, and it is brutal. This album is thirty-nine captivating minutes of blast beats, breakdowns and amazing guitar work. The Aussie band’s sophomore album is a well done blend of unique musicianship and conceptual depth, making for one intensely refreshing listen. It is certainly a must listen for Metal heads.