Ghetto Brothers Reissue ‘Power Fuerza’ on November 20

 

With the demise of the 1960s gang scene in NYC came an unlikely fruit. A few South Bronx gang members (Benjy, Robert and Victor) rooted in the Melendez family unit grew to form a musical group known as the Ghetto Brothers. While the crew had been immersed in the violent and criminal parts of gang life, Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez social consciousness and focus towards Puerto Rican nationalism in time moved his people more and more towards positive community building. Journalist Jeff “Chairman” Mao elaborates:

“By mid-1971, Benjy’s social conscience and interest in Puerto Rican nationalism dovetailed with the rise of young urban activist groups like the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Catching the revolutionary spirit in the air, the Ghetto Brothers eradicated junkies and pushers from their neighborhood, cleaned parks and garbage-strewn empty lots, and participated in clothing drives and breakfast programs.”

We tickle your fancy a bit? Well, as it turns out, the Ghetto Brothers will be reissuing their rare and truly unique 1972 Latin Rock album Power Fuerza as a deluxe edition, including “remastered audio and extensive 80-page liner notes booklet, with rarely-seen photos and visual artifacts from gang members, plus interviews with group and cultural historians.” You know that liner booklet is going to have some gems.

Pre-Order Power Fuerza on Truth & Soul Records

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New Mix: Gilles Peterson @ LPR on October 25

 

Fuel up on this cloudy Monday with a nearly four hour live mix compliments of our wonderful pal Gilles Peterson. The dreamy set is from Gilles’ appearance at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC after leaving us in waiting for a year following the epic Cielo show. The set ripples and flows effortlessly making you want to twirl about in a carefree ecstasy sprinkled with some wiggle breaks.

For a very special treat, Leron Thomas also joins in for a live performance not to be missed.

And because we love you so, the whole mix is available for stream and a free download below.

Gilles Peterson @ LPR on October 25 [Download]

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New Release: Captain Planet – ‘Mystery Trip, Vol. 1′ + Limited Edition Cassette & Walkman + Hand Painted Boombox Contest

 

Captain Planet is just continuing to knock ‘em out with absolutely no shame. His most recent release, Mystery Trip Vol. 1, is quite the special one with all the goodies that come along. Firstly, we strongly advise you to listen to the entire mixtape below and get to percolating.

The globetrotting man blends together obscure cuts from around the world and original production to create glorious whirlwind of sound. On this mixtape, you’ll travel across generations and continents, visiting Senegal, Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Guadeloupe, and Zimbabwe.

This mix will be released digitally and as limited edition cassette tapes. The limited edition sets will also come with an exclusive batch of hand-painted walkmen with one-of-a-kind designs by Captain Planet himself. You can peep those photos after the jump.

Another snazzy component to the release is Turntable Lab’s sample-spotting contest, which includes the grand prize of a hand-painted Boombox (vintage 1982 Panasonic RX-5110) designed by sir Captain Planet himself – none like it exist anywhere else!

Enter the Turntable Lab contest to win a vintage boombox hand-painted by Captain Planet.

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NYC: Q-Tip Mans The Decks For Offline On 10.19, Midnight

Starting at 12:00 am next Friday 10.19, Q-Tip‘s Offline party will be burning the midnight oil!

The September edition of Offline saw its highest attendance yet. On 10.19, come join over a thousand people on the dance floor into the wee hours of the morning including noted celebrities such as past attendees Jarobi of A Tribe Called QuestJust BlazeDJ Cassidy, Busta Rhymes, Gabrielle Union and many more.

From his specially designed DJ booth, Q-Tip will  play with music genres and nostalgic memories going through a supreme selection of funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records.

Tickets are selling quickly, grab yours here.

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Friday, October 19
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 10:30 PM
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The World According to Jonesy Soft Rock Special

Jonesy has a knack for digging up classic tracks that you’ve either never heard before, or at least haven’t heard in a long long time. His extensive knowledge of music and the history behind the music is only overshadowed by his ability to pick the precise moment at which to deploy the perfect track. Both of these skill sets are exemplified his latest installment of his radio show The World According to Jonsey.

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