Mary Mary’s Something Big In Stores Today

Sister duo Tina and Erica, better known as Mary Mary, drop the long awaited Something Big (Columbia Records/Myblock Records) today. Produced by Warren Campbell and written by Mary Mary, their 6th album has the same strong story-telling and inspirational qualities that has made their previous albums such a huge success, while bringing something fresh and entirely new to their sound.

If you are in the New York City area today, make sure you head on down to J&R (23 Park Row, New York, NY) at 12:30pm to meet the sisters and get a signed copy of Something Big. They will also be raffling away tickets to their upcoming shows in New York, so don’t miss your chance to win some of those.

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Win Tickets to Cut&Paste Global Championship – 4/16

2010 saw Cut&Paste scouring the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America for the ultimate champion in each of these stops. Now they are bringing more than 30 winners from across the world to Webster Hall in New York City and pitting them against each other to reveal the ultimate winner of the Cut&Paste Global Championship. The mouse clicking will commence on Saturday, April 16th, at 7pm. As a special offer to our community, we are giving a lucky winner a chance to snag one pair of tickets to this ultimate design battle.

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Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound Of Latin NY

Tomorrow, March 29th, Strut will release Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound Of Latin New York. The double-disc compilation features a 32-page booklet with full Fania label history, memorabilia, album artwork and many previously unseen photos from the Fania archive. And for you collectors the vinyl is on the way soon with a double gatefold LP also from Strut.

Taken from Strut’s retrospective of the hugely influential Fania Records check out “Pa’ Bravo Yo” below . This is one of the biggest hits vocalist Justo Betancourt achieved on the label. An infectious cut lead by his deep vocals, the song first appeared on his 1972 album of the same name. See the tracklist after the jump.

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Justo Betancourt- Pa’ Bravo Yo (From Fania Records 1964 – 1980) by Strut

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Celebrate Record Store Day On April 16th

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Record Store Day is becoming a wonderful annual tradition among music lovers of the school that physical records are better than digital. Over half of those people are vinyl-crazy, which makes Record Store Day such a success. The video above was created for alt-music store End of An Ear by radio station KUT, and is exemplary of the special kind of love we have for record shops.

Record Store Day started with the intent to save local shops – an attempt to return to the days before digi-releases – and celebrate the physical releases as goods we purchase and hold onto forever. Now, Record Store Day is nationwide in participating independent record shops. Some host in-store performances and exclusive ‘Record Store Day’ releases, including Ellie Goulding‘s Lights. A full list of these titles can be found here in PDF format. And although that PDF is official, it is by no means a comprehensive list of what you’ll find going on in your town on April 16th.

Basically, you ought to find the best locally-owned record shop near you and just hang out there on April 16th. It’s what music people used to do before the internet. Work out your criticisms with heads at the store, instead of typing away in the comments section (say it to their face!) Find some records, listen to exclusive new releases and feel the vinyl in your hands. Happy Record Store Day to all, and RIP Fat Beats NY.

GPWW 3/16/11: The Stepkids, Raoul K & Music from Japan, for Japan

This week, Gilles Peterson has words and music from The Stepkids (Stones Throw) and Raoul K, but he made time in between sets to play music from Japan, for Japan. The Japanese joints are simply beautiful, including artists like the Hideo Shiraki Quintet, UFO and Hozan Yamamoto. He also got a quick interview with The Stepkids, self-professed ‘MP3 nerds,’ and a sampling from their new album. A post-genre band, these guys have played as session musicians in different ways – from hard jazz, to R&B, to indie rock and everything in between. The combination they created for their upcoming album is like nothing you’ve heard before. The show ends with a mix from Raoul K, German-based DJ via West Africa, with tracks from King Sunny Ade, Carl Craig, Raoul K himself and more.

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