Fitz & The Tantrums: Pickin’ Up The Pieces Out Today

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Check out this video for “MoneyGrabber,” the single from Fitz & The Tantrums, who released their debut album today Pickin’ Up The Pieces. For some bands, it takes a lifetime to build this success, but few performers deliver an unrestrained blast of soul-clapping, get-down-on-the-floor, moneymaker shakers like Fitz and the Tantrums. Now that the debut full length, Pickin’ Up the Pieces is available from Dangerbird Records, the troupe is poised get down in dancehalls across the universe.

After the jump, stream the full album.

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Exclusive Giant Step Interview with Esperanza Spalding + MP3

Esperanza Spalding, the beautiful bassist (and vocalist and songwriter) who just released her album Chamber Music Society graciously gave us a little interview.  After working with her idols, rapidly gaining critical acclaim and crafting her latest album to perfection, she’s at another turning point in her amazing career. Read the full Q&A and get your free download after the jump, and don’t forget to check tour dates.

You’ve already received great attention already from major press to gigs at the White House for Barack Obama.  How does it feel to get this international recognition?
Well, it’s very flattering, exciting and a blessing, of course, and it allows me to continue working in music.

You also played in legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano’s band. How did you end up working and touring with him?
I met Joe as a student at Berklee, when I was playing in the student ensembles, at the end of my last year he asked me to do some gigs, and I continued to keep working with him over the years, so that’s been about 5 or 6 years now.

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Janelle Monáe: “Tightrope (Mr Niceguy Remix)” + MP3

It should be obvious by now that we love everything about Janelle Monáe, and we’ve heard “Tightrope” nicely reworked before. But this “Tightrope” remix by Mr Niceguy (via Culture of Me) is nothing like the others.

Janelle Monáe – “Tightrope (Mr Niceguy Remix)” [MP3]
 

Shannon Harris Releases Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism + MP3

Shannon Harris Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism celebrates and transforms his African roots and Latin/Asian/Middle Eastern influences into an alluring aural narrative. Weaving sultry vocals and live instrumentation together with six dialects from four continents, Harris’ second album truly sets a new standard for the definition of world in music.

The official album release party will be on 8/28 in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center.

Purchase Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism on Amazon

Shannon Harris -  “Don’t Let Go Of Your Dreams ft. Jube” [MP3]
 

More Info & Streaming Music

Check out a trailer for the album after the jump:

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Strut Records Compilation: Walter Gibbons, Mixed With Love

Strut Records has released Walter GibbonsJungle Music (Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986), the first multi-label compilation of edits by Walter Gibbons, one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history. He was a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix, and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-‘70s. For more on Walter Gibbons, his life and his work, plus a free MP3 download, check out Strut Records. Above, enjoy the 70-minute-mix from Disco Sonitus (Blackbeard’s Toni Rossano & DJ D) made up of many of the tracks on the album.

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More Walter Gibbons treats after the jump, including the Disco Sonitus mix tracklist, a video of Danny Krivit & Tony Smith sharing memories of Walter Gibbons and a free track from the album.

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