It’s no secret that Def Jux head honcho and indie rapper extraordinaire El-P is a huge fan of Brooklyn funk group Chin Chin. They are, after all, on his label and have served as a backing band of sorts to El’s live shows. Just hours ago El-P took to his Twitter, asking followers to vote for the band’s “Go There With You” video on MTVu’s The Freshman Countdown and rewarding them with an as yet unheard remix of the band’s “GG and the Boys”. The video features El-P and Chin Chin in an elaborate slow dance special that Dancing with the Stars can only aspire to. Check it out below and get voting!
Pull your rig into the nearest wi-fi enabled lot and get out your laptop, because The Truckin’ Sessions: Volume Two hits stores today via Hyena Records. Volume Two is the long-awaited sequel to the original Truckin’ Sessions, Dale Watson’s 1998 tribute to the 18-wheeler and the men and women who drive it. This is Watson’s second Hyena set, following his critically acclaimed 2007 release From The Cradle To The Grave.
Dale Watson has made a career out of defying contemporary country music standards. He’s remained tried and true to the spirit of authentic country giants like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and in the process has grown into an artist equal in stature. Over his 25-plus year career, Dale has released one country classic after the next, while raising the roof with fiery performances at the smallest of honky-tonk dives to legendary music halls like The Grand Ole Opry.
Through his sharp songwriting and soulful baritone vocals, Dale captures both the humor and sadness of lives lived on the road, while empathizing with these iconic characters of America’s highways. Abetted by his seasoned band that has logged countless road miles themselves, The Truckin’ Sessions: Volume Two is a big wheeled, classic country ride not to be missed.
Brooklynites Chin Chin, purveyors of both the noise AND the funk, are gaining serious notice as of late. After dropping their sophomore effort The Flashing, The Fancing in March, the trio of Jeremy Wilms, Wilder Zoby and Torbitt Schwartz brought their funky stage sensibilities to South By Southwest, proving the praise bestowed on them from the likes of Wax Poetics, AllMusic, Black Book and TV on The Radio’s own Jaleel Bunton was well deserved.
Not ones to rest, the Def Juxers are asking for your vote (or rather, mouse click) to help them conquer the stiff competition on MTVu’s Freshman Countdown, where the group is featured in a skirmish from today until this Friday, April 24th. To show them some love, visit the link below and vote for their video based on album stand-out “Go There With You” until your index finger goes numb!
To celebrate (and encourage) their certain victory, we’re offering up not one, but TWO free Chin Chin downloads. “GG And The Boys” sees the group layin’ down a smooth slab of funk, while “Some Like It Hot” will have you grooving the whole night through. Grab the tracks below, after exercising your right to vote! Consider them your “I Voted Today” sticker.
Boston-based MC Mr. Lif has been bouncing off the walls, spreading the word far and wide about his thought-provoking, pertinent new escapade I Heard It Today. The new full-length, available now on iTunes one week before it hits all other stores via his own Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises imprint, sees the rhyme-schemer taking on these increasingly troubled times, turning political faux pas into prose with fierce vernacular and sharp delivery. Lif uses his platform to inform rather than gloat, to help empower and energize listeners towards meaningful civic action. His targets? A collapsed economy, a massive bailout bill, a housing crisis reaching far and wide, a troubled black community and the apathy, fear and angst that go with all of the above. I Heard It Today confirms Mr. Lif’s latest is, in every sense of the word, relevant.
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The rapper speaks without hesitation on the record’s 15 tracks, which feature guest spots from the likes of Bahamadia, Metro, Scanz and more. On this, his fifth overall LP, he blends a slew of established and up and coming producers such as Edan, Headnodic, J Zone, Willie Evans Jr., Batsauce, and Therapy.
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German-based dynamo’s King Khan and The Shrines, mere days from unleashing What Is?! to American audiences for the first time, just couldn’t wait any longer. They’ve decided to give listeners an early peek at the delightful romp via a full album stream at Imeem. The album that Pitchfork deemed “goofy, affecting, nostalgic, and cathartic all at once, at every moment” will be catapulted onto an unassuming public on April 21st via Vice Records.
This comes just days after their announcement that the iTunes version of the album would include an extra-special, full 20 minute live video/documentary entitled Mr. Supernatural. In true Khan fashion, the grainy, 8mm style video (trailer here!) showcases the band flailing about wildly during one of their always-captivating live performances. But don’t get too jealous of the footage! King Khan and his cronies will be wreaking havoc in a town near you soon. Kicking off at the 9:30 Club in DC, the gang will be keeping a video blog on Imeem, to be updated each week with assorted tour shenanigans and show hijinks aplenty.
King Khan And The Shrines Tour Dates:
04-29 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04-30 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
05-01 Music Hall of Willamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
05-02 Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
05-03 Santos Partyhouse – NYC
05-07 Paradise – Boston, MA
05-08 Babylon – Ottawa, ON
05-09 La Sasa Rossa – Montreal, PQ
05-12 Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON
05-13 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
05-14 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
05-15 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
05-16 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
05-19 The Warehouse – Calgary, AB
05-20 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
05-22 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
05-23 Sasquatch Festival – Quincy, WA
05-25 Dante’s – Portland, OR
05-28 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
05-29 Echo – Los Angeles, CA
05-30 Echo – Los Angeles, CA