Interview with The Foreign Exchange

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By Seher Sikandar

The Foreign Exchange (Nicolay and Phonte of Little Brother) play Yoshi’s SF with a full band at midnight on Saturday, September 12th.  Wait, what?  Yeah – midnight, y’all – for a special “Beyond Jazz Music Series.”  You can get tickets for $25 at Yoshi’s website.

In preparation for the show, I got the guys to sit down with me for about half an hour to answer some of my favorite questions.  Phonte talks about how he wishes he was Theo from The Cosby show, why he is the boss of himself, and spying on his kids.  Nicolay shares college dropout fantasies, stories of his mama’s records, and simple kidnapping best practices.  More on that in un momento.

Their debut, Connected, was a uniquely melodic hip-hop record.  It introduced me to one of my favorite female vocalists, Yahzarah (former background singer for Erykah Badu) – homegirl gets it in.  She will stomp yo ass out with those pipes, forreal forreal.

Judging from their sophomore release, Leave It All Behind, being formulaic clearly isn’t part of the plan, though.  The follow-up work steps away a bit from the group’s hip-hop roots and trades it in for a haunting soul sound sprinkled with ambient and house vibes where Phonte decided to sing more than rap. Electro-soul space cadet and DC-based songstress, Muhsinah, was the first lady for this album.  Tingles up and down your spine type isht right there.

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Giant Step Presents: DJ Spinna Every Thursday

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Giant Step and Spinna are piloting a Thursday night weekly residency called JOURNEY at Santos Party House, recently touted by The New York Times as “the nighclub of the moment.” The party officially begins on August 6th, so tell your friends, RSVP, and expect the unexpected.

Santos Party House
$10 at the door. $5 reduced admission with RSVP.
21+ w/ID
10 PM – 4 AM

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Laura Izibor Gets Leaked on VH1

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Check out Laura Izibor on VH1′s The Leak and preview her new album Let The Truth Be Told. If you’re feeling the new CD, don’t miss her live show when she comes through your town!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jun 10  8:00P Pontiac Garage @ House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 12  8:00P Vinyl Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 15  8:00P World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 16  8:00 PKennedy Center Millenium Stage Washington, Washington DC
Jun 17  8:00P S.O.B.’s New York, New York
Jun 20  8:00P CBS Saturday Morning Show New York, New York
Jun 20  11:30P Joe’s Pub Late Show New York, New York
Jun 22  8:00P House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Jun 23  8:00P Palm Beach Improv West Palm, Florida
Aug 26  6:00P Billboard Live Osaka Early Show Oaska
Aug 26  9:00P Billboard Live Osaka late Show Japan
Aug 28  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Japan
Aug 28  9:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Aug 29  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Tokyo
Aug 29  8:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Sep  5  8:00P Electric Picnic TBC Portlaoise, Louth
Sep 13  8:00P Bestival Isle of Wight Isle Of White, Channel Islands