Nickodemus Celebrates Sun People With Release Parties

2346Nickodemus of NYC’s Turntables On The Hudson is throwing a couple shindigs for his new album, Sun People, out today on D.C.’s ESL Music.

The first show is tonight at an undisclosed outdoor location with DJ Nickodemus + special live guests from the album. The party is free with RSVP to sunpeople@nickodemus.com, and you will receive full details by email. 8PM to 12:30AM.

This Friday, ZEB & Mamma Digdown Brassband join in the fun at Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City.  It’s ZEB’s birthday and the rest of the Turntables crew Mariano + Nappy G & Christian Rogers accompany in this double celebration that’s sure to be a night of super heavy Brassband funk.

Stream and download “2 Sips & Magic” from Sun People

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

estelle08_cd-736899By Mawuse Ziegbe

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