Wu Tang Clan mastermind RZA released a video straight from Shaolin headquarters this month announcing that Wu Music Group is going digital. Thirteen classic Wu fam albums are already teed up to hit digital stores for the first time on September 23rd, including Wu Chronicles, The Swarm, The World According to RZA, and releases from Killarmy, Black Knights, and Shyheim. RZA also hinted at new material in the video. And if this message is any indication, he’ll be using the newly launched Wu Music Tube and Wu online headquarters to get the word out to fans first.
Sounding more like a band from the Carolina mountains than the Garden State, Ropeadope‘s latest indie offering Carlon doesn’t hesitate to take hints from the south’s folky Americana past. Their haunting reverb-soaked harmonies have a whisky-fueled energy that swells to a swaying pulse on debut LP Johari Window. Music like this can’t flow from a sterile high-priced studio; the lingering rawness found in songs such as these can only be born from youthful recklessness. The world suddenly looks like a place where lyric-inspiring stories bubble out of the river.
Produced by the band and Ross Petersen, and executive produced by Pete Francis of Dispatch in Carlon’s warehouse rehearsal space, Johari Window is filled with twangy rock and harmony-laden balladry that has won the band more than a few favorable comparisons to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. The long-player will be available across the web on September 30th, so lock up your daughters and keep an eye on this band as they make a sweep from Boston to Austin spreading their sound. Tour dates after the jump.
MP3: Carlon – Cantaloupe
Currently supporting critical and commercial darling The Rhumb Line with a massive North American tour, the members of Syracuse’s Ra Ra Riot have been keeping busy since the album’s August 19th release. They recently stopped by Conan (video above), touched down at Daytrotter’s studios for a rousing session, and have whipped up an ecard featuring tons of Rhumb Line content: the 4-part attic video series the band unveiled earlier this month, the MTV2-premiered clip for “Ghost Under Rocks,” a free download of blog-fave “Dying Is Fine,” and a handful of extra goodies. So if you need to bone up on one of 2008’s finest records, now is your chance.
The grandfather of funk will take the stage tonight on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 PM / 10:35 PM CST). George Clinton is bringing His Gangsters of Love into the spotlight tonight to perform material from his new album, aptly titled George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, out this week. Fans will have to tune in to find out exactly which Gangsters will be joining him – the gang includes such music luminaries as Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Kim Burrell, RZA of Wu Tang Clan, Shavon from System of a Down, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – not to mention P-Funk stalwarts such as Belita Woods and Gary Shider!
Aaaaaayo, are you tired of using technology?
Well if you’re Belgian, such fatigue hasn’t stopped you from using iTunes to make Milow’s new acoustic cover of 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology,” one of the top 10 purchased downloads in your country! Shout out to Belgium! Keep the dream alive, Flanders!
And if you’re you (and we know you are!), you’re already setting your mouse pointer’s sights on the above link and clicking, since that will take you to the new “Ayo Technology” video from Milow!