High Chai Recordings Compiles Goonda And Revolution Rising

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As a 3-headed baby monster with NYC-based producer/DJ/musicians Cenzo (Vincent Schimel), dimmSummer (Sankar Sury) and Bollygirl (DK Khambata) at the helm, High Chai Recordings brings you the best of left field underground breaks. With two releases, GOONDA: Third World Radio and the upcoming REVOLUTION RISING: ethnotechno.com vol. 1 presented by dimmSummer compilation, it is quickly apparent that this trio is serious about bringing you the best dance-floor-heavy sonic offerings from the US, UK and South Asia. Co-founders of the 5-year AVAAZ “love + noiz” monthlies, these resident DJs behind HCR have produced, toured and rocked decks alongside some noteworthy talent worldwide.

Download and stream tracks from Revolution Rising and GOONDA: Third World Radio

Also be sure to listen to dimmSummer’s High Chai Sampler DJ mix

The Resident 46: The Roots Picnic, Summer Jam ’09, LL Cool J, Estelle

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Puberty would not have been the same without LL Cool J. Honestly who was hotter than shirtless, lip-lickin’ LL in 1995? Coolio? Tag Team? Exactly. And yet when Estelle and LL Cool J took over Terminal 5 for the Grammy and T-Mobile tour I was not prepared for how totally phat it would be. Estelle was aiight – she was two-steppin’ and bitching about her ex-boyfriend – entertaining but all things I could see any sloshed slag do on a Saturday night. LL weaved through his 20-year-plus repertoire flexing to hits like “Doin’ It,” “Rock The Bells,” “Phenomenon,” “I Need Love,” “Headsprung,” and “Radio” with the energy and abs of a delusional MySpace MC. I spent much of the time jonesing for FUBU, Dunkaroos and general nineties awesomeness. So, mad props to LL and the booty-quaking potency of his def beats.

The Roots don’t score as many mainstream snaps as LL but they continue to prove their legendary status with events like the 2nd annual Roots Picnic. Following a typically grizzly Chinatown bus ride to the illadelph, I caught Antibalas’ fairly uninspired set. Philly’s own Santigold often relies on her fussy downtown b-girl look and heart attack-serious dancers to carry a performance. But she actually smiled and flicked her hair a bit more than usual through songs like “Find A Way,” “Unstoppable,” and “Say Aha.” Throngs of mall-accessorized girls thrashed along to “Creator” and Spank Rock made [Read more...]

SMV: The Thunder Tour Strikes Nokia Theatre Times Square Tomorrow

event-22400-28-04022009-0The mighty all-bass trio of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten is set to send down an electrifying performance at Nokia Theatre Times Square this Friday, June 12.

The unique alliance of three generations of bass gods has been on chat room and fan gathering wish lists for over 15 years. Finally in 2007, with Clarke set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player magazine, at its annual Bass Player Live! event in New York City, Miller and Wooten made the time to attend and induct their mentor. The ensuing jam not only blew the minds of the 900 in attendance, it cemented for the trio their inherent musical chemistry and thus the viability of pursuing the project in earnest. As a result, in January 2008, SMV entered the studio to record a CD and put together a summer/fall tour.

Clarke sums up, “Considering we’re three guys playing the same instrument, it’s going to be a real revelation for folks. You’ll hear the electric bass in particular with some whole other possibilities. It’s a great new day for the bass.”

Nokia Theatre Times Square
1515 Broadway at 44th St
New York, NY

Showtime: 8:00 PM
Doors open: 7:00 PM

Ages: 16 & Over
Ticket Prices: $30

Tickets available at Ticketmaster

Laura Izibor Gets Leaked on VH1

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Check out Laura Izibor on VH1′s The Leak and preview her new album Let The Truth Be Told. If you’re feeling the new CD, don’t miss her live show when she comes through your town!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jun 10  8:00P Pontiac Garage @ House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 12  8:00P Vinyl Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 15  8:00P World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 16  8:00 PKennedy Center Millenium Stage Washington, Washington DC
Jun 17  8:00P S.O.B.’s New York, New York
Jun 20  8:00P CBS Saturday Morning Show New York, New York
Jun 20  11:30P Joe’s Pub Late Show New York, New York
Jun 22  8:00P House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Jun 23  8:00P Palm Beach Improv West Palm, Florida
Aug 26  6:00P Billboard Live Osaka Early Show Oaska
Aug 26  9:00P Billboard Live Osaka late Show Japan
Aug 28  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Japan
Aug 28  9:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Aug 29  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Tokyo
Aug 29  8:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Sep  5  8:00P Electric Picnic TBC Portlaoise, Louth
Sep 13  8:00P Bestival Isle of Wight Isle Of White, Channel Islands