Rest In Peace, Austin Peralta


Photo by Seher Sikandar

Jazz pianist and Flying Lotus collaborator Austin Peralta has passed at the all too young age of twenty two. Flying Lotus announced the untimely death on his Twitter page this morning. Just last summer, we got to watch Austin rip with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble at the Harlem Stage and snap the above photo backstage.

Thankful for the refreshing talent’s contribution to music thus far and wish we could have seen what his promising future held.

In the below clip, Austin performs live in Tokyo. Read more on the LA Times website.

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Tweet #ToyotaGiving For An Automatic Donation to Youth Music Education


How about a free way to donate money to a great youth music education organization, World Up? It’s super simple and there only a couple more days left! The program ends on Sunday, November 18.

1. Post to Twitter or Instagram how you have been inspired by music to make a difference in the world or your community, using the hashtag #ToyotaGiving.

2. For every tagged #ToyotaGiving tweet or Instagram photo, Toyota will donate $2 to World Up, up to $5,000.

About World Up:

World Up uses hip-hop as a way to talk to youth about global issues and politics, bringing hip-hop artists from around the world into the classroom to tell their stories. Over the past eight years World Up has partnered with hundreds of artists including Lupe Fiasco and Young Guru to name a few, and has developed a curriculum that goes beyond global issues to teach youth literacy, leadership and music production skills.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Technology, hip-hop, and education for the young ones – and we can help make it happen with a couple internet clicks. Good deal. You can learn more about World Up via the above video (produced for another recent fundraising campaign).

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With the help of the community and #ToyotaGiving, World Up’s goal is to generate 2,500 posts, enough to raise $5,000 which will be used to help expand World Up’s educational programs and work towards establishing a World Up school.

Rest In Peace, Terry Callier


The Chicago born singer-songwriter and true music legend, Terry Callier, passed away this weekend. One of the most underrated artists ever, we’re proud to have hosted Terry’s first NYC show back in the late 90s.

In his career, Terry went on to contribute to the highly regarded Beth Orton Best Bit EP, released a handful of critically acclaimed albums, toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, and released Hidden Conversations in a novel collaboration with Massive Attack in 2009.

Below, listen to one of our favorite Callier tunes, “Ordinary Joe.”


Gary Clark Jr. Releases Free ‘Blak and Blu’ Stream on iTunes


Gary Clark Jr. will be releasing his debut album, Blak and Blu, next week! Anticipation has been high on this dude for a minute, now, but the suspense is now over with an exclusive iTunes stream of the entire album. Still not quite the same as listening to the tracked out version but definitely a way to get your hands on all the goods before the official release date. We must say, Gary is an impressively diverse young fella. Will be interesting to see what direction he ultimately takes with his music. Click the link below to listen!

Stream the entire Blak and Blu album on iTunes

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Support the Making of the New Carl Hancock Rux Album, ‘Homeostasis’


Multi-disciplinarian and deep toned musical man Carl Hancock Rux is embarking on what he calls “probably the most ambitious project” he’s ever made. Well, then. Learn more about the album, Homeostasis, above. The sound he describes as an “exploration of jazz and 1960s /70s psychedelic vinyl.” Yes, please, and thanks.

Carl has started a Pledge Music page to raise money for the making and release of Homeostasis. In addition to what comes with your pledge amount, all pledgers will get quite a few perks, which include streams of new songs, videos of Carl recording in the studio, as well as photos of our homeboy kicking’ it at home. Finally, a portion of the pledge money will go to Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, which is a nonprofit “dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education.”

Lots of winning happening here. Pledges start at only $15 and get you a copy of the new album, hopefully to be released sooner than later! Pledge here.

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