Spotlight: KING – The Story

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Successful blending of the retro and progressive is not easy. More than a handful of projects trying to accomplish this feat circulate the internet everyday, but only a few do it well. King’s The Story is one these few. The debut three-track EP highlights harmony of three ladies over an amalgam of light guitars, keys, and synths, big drums, tambourines, and pulsating bass without beating us over the head with either the accompaniments or any particular voice. In other words, the group’s wall of sound is more of an entrance than a barrier. I suppose we could all use a bit more supernatural love, and these three tracks played in sequence are a great place to start. Listen on Soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and purchase the EP on iTunes or Amazon.  There’s also a cute cut-and-paste video (above) if you like that sort of thing.

-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle, and listen to L.E’s Urban Sprawl Radio every tuesday from 5-6pm EST on WHCS.

Second Line from HBO’s Treme Party in Austin (SXSW) – Video

The Guardian made a short film of the Second Line which lead into our HBO / Treme event yesterday with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dancingman504, Henry Butler and lots more New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) partying, with catering provided by Evangeline Cafe. Check out some great photos from Stephen Abbott and Dwayne Hills.

“By the time Dirty Dozen took the stage around 4 p.m., the crowd at the Ghost Room had devolved into a cauldron of beer-drinking, hoo-rawing, handkerchief-waving, dirty-bop belly-rubbing, hoarse, sweaty humanity…” – Statesman

Dotmatic – It’s Yours Vinyl + Contest

Dotmatic has been extremely busy in the studio cooking up some tasty treats. This year he has been featured twice on the Record Breakin’ Music 5 Year Anniversary compilation, released the first in a new series of seasonal projects with Lullabies for Winter, and now It’s Yours. All this and we are only three months into the year! Reminiscent of his highly acclaimed debut album The City, Dotmatic puts his own twist on hip-hop and soulful beats, all packed into a 45 vinyl record. Apparently a rather quiet fellow was able to sneak into the studio and copy some notes he left laying around that described the tracks on It’s Yours… Check them out after the jump.

Dotmatic gave us some wax to give away, so enter to win a copy of the It’s Yours 7″ single.

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Win a Trip to Philly – Questlove, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Keren Ann, Les Nubians & More

The folks at Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) want to send you on a trip full of free gifts and culture. For the weekend of April 16th – 18th, you’ll be put up in the Doubletree Hilton with free tickets to local Philly events: Questlove with Keren Ann (4/17), the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance company (4/16) and free admission to the Free to Be exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia (4/17), which looks at African American expatriate artists during early 20th Century Paris, including Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Josephine Baker.

No need to leave Philly after the 17th, the Festival of the Arts continues with a performance from Les Nubians, promoting the album coming out 4/19, Nü Revolution.

Enter to win (PIFA Contest)

GPWW 3/9/11: Worldwide Family Mixtape: Teebs

For this week’s installment of the Worldwide radio show, Gilles Peterson starts us off with some “slow burn” instrumental tracks from the likes of Yusef Lateef, and Mystica Tribe originating from Japan. From here, he takes us on a journey through some of the work done by Teebs one of the new prodigies coming out of the electronic scene in Los Angeles.  In this mix from Teebs we find tracks like “While You Doooo” and “Double Fifths” which were released under his current label Brainfeeder.

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