Waxploitation Launches 4th Benefit Auction for Darfur

causes2_300Waxploitation has put together its fourth annual auction to benefit Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam America. 100% of the proceeds go toward their work in Darfur and elsewhere.

This year’s selection includes signed recordings and artifacts from Madonna, Kid Rock, Norah Jones, Wilco, The Shins, Gnarls Barkley, Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Arctic Monkeys, Diplo, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Stereophonics as well as non-music items signed by Salvador Dali, Luke Chueh, Jean-Luc Godard, Yogi Berra and Hugh Hefner to name a few.

Waxploitation recently released Causes 2, its second benefit album for Darfur. The album includes exclusive songs donated by The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, Diplo, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and others.

“With everything else in the news, it’s important to not forget Darfur,” says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi. “When we did our first benefit auction, 70,000 people had already died. Today, the number is estimated to be 300,000.  Almost five million innocent civilians are caught in the middle of this, with nowhere to go.”

The auction launches today, July 27th at www.ebay.com/causesauction

For more info on Waxploitation’s non-profit work, please visit www.waxploitation.com/causes

Giant Step Resident 48: Summertime

6By Mawuse Ziegbe

Monday morning I woke up in a rumpled tank top with my cell phone plastered onto the side of my face, an ache in my thighs, and vodka sloshing through my veins. This level of abject foolishness means only one thing: summertime! It’s July but for a lot of New Yorkers making do with a pittance of sunshine, summer has just only begun. But even through a completely soaked June, some of us kept our dispositions on the sunny tip like singer Miz Metro. She premiered her bubbly video “Trashion” – a montage of her flouncing about the LES – at her recent SOB’s mixtape release party. While her fussy outfits and re-purposed Metro Card accessories evoke a street artist/trustafarian trying to “find herself,” her music is actually warm and effortless. Toasty soul from zany white chicks is usually pretty fun.

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Colin Munroe at SOB’s on July 29 + Free MP3 Download of “Get Even” by The Kickdrums ft. Colin Munroe

flyerColin Munroe is making his first NY headline appearance at SOB’s on Wednesday, July 29th!

You’ve probably heard the dope mixtape, Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero featuring Wale, Drake, Joell Ortiz, Black Milk, and more. If you haven’t, download it here: www.myspace.com/colinmunroe.

The full-length album Don’t Think Less of Me, will be released this fall on Universal Motown.

On Wednesday, Colin will be supported by Cleveland duo The Kickdrums, and Giant Step has a free, exclusive track available to you. Download The Kickdrums “Get Even” feat. Colin Munroe HERE.

SOB’s, Wednesday, July 29th, Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm

Advance tickets at SOBs.com and TicketWeb.

$13 advance, $15 day of show

Download “Get Even” by The Kickdrums featuring Colin Munroe (right-click to download)

Jay-Z Confirmed as Friday Night Headliner for All Points West Festival

jay-z-2The All Points West festival announced that Jay-Z has been added to the bill for Friday, July 31. As we recently learned, Beastie Boys were forced to cancel their headlining appearance at APW’s opening night –as well as all other engagements–when MCA was diagnosed with cancer. For those requesting refunds based on this news, ticket refunds are available at point of purchase for Friday single day tickets only. But if you’re asking for a refund, you might be insane. The news is bittersweet, our thoughts are with MCA and we’re all hoping for a speedy recovery. But this surprise replacement is not too shabby.

This show will mark the U.S. festival debut of Jay-Z, who last year performed at a variety of overseas festivals including the U.K.’s Glastonbury, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Norway’s Hove Festival and the O2 Wireless Festival in London. In a review of a recent show, the Los Angeles Times‘ Ann Powers said, “Jay-Z shows are fun because the rapper is so adept at spinning liquid gold; his mouth is one of the most nimble in the genre’s history, and he uses it to present thoughts that are sharp, funny and resonant”.

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