Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band Out Now, Listening Party 4/23

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Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars focus their latest album in the series of reggae reinterpretations on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Entitled Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, it follows the best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003) and Radiodread (2006), as well as Until That Day (2008).

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Márcio Local Video: “Samba Sem Nenhum Problema”

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On the video for the opening track to Márcio Local’s album Márcio Local Says, “Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul, he takes us on the perfect trip through Brazil: beach-side bliss, Carnival, football, sunshine, sunsets, and the lush countryside.

Márcio Local stands at the crossroads of two great traditions in modern Brazilian music, with one foot in samba, the heavily percussive Afro-Brazilian dance music that took its modern form in the early twentieth century, and the other in soul, the African American music rooted in the blues that attracted a mass audience in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s.

The album is out May 12th on Luaka Bop. More Info

Chico Hamilton’s Twelve Tones of Love + Free Download

With his new album Twelve Tones of Love, Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton takes his listeners on a musical journey of his venerable career and the numerous people who have influenced it, celebrating his lifelong romance with music. Chico looks back not as a summation but with the past as a jumping off point to where he is now; the foundation to build off of what he has to say in the here and now.

Guest spots include trombonist George Bohanon, who was in one of Chico’s classic sixties ensembles; vocalist Jose James, who studied under Chico at The New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program; and multi-reedist Jack Kelso, Chico’s lifelong friend.

Grab a free download of “Penthouse A” here.

Twelve Tones of Love is out now on Joyous Shout! More info here.

Giant Step Unveils Fania Newsletter + Free Download

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Giant Step is proud to unveil a biweekly newsletter for the legendary Latin label, Fania Records. This labor of love that we hope you’ll appreciate features all original material and free MP3 downloads in every issue. As a subscriber, you’ll also receive:

• Articles written by journalists and experts (in English or Spanish)
• Highlights of the newest Fania releases
• Challenging trivia with chances to win music
• DJ playlists with the option to buy at reduced prices (so far contributors include Bobbito and Sake 1)
• Exclusive free MP3s in every issue

As a welcoming treat, please click here to subscribe and download a free MP3.

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IndiOasis: An Alternative to Coachella

indioasis_invitejpegIf your plans this weekend include the Coachella music festival, but you occasionally get tired of the dirty music-fest scene, Indioasis is your pre-arranged escape from the craziness. Indioasis will take place on April 18th-19th from 11am to 6pm at Sereno Ranch, which happens to be walking distance from the Coachella grounds.

Indioasis will consist of endless DJ sets from real indie artists with an open bar, organic food, a pool and everything else you might expect to find in a proper desert oasis.

Free with RSVP: rsvp@indioasis.com