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Damian Marley + Nas = Patience (The Video). You need to watch it. Link:

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Dude.
Dude.
How was this up for 19 days and I didn’t see it?
Shit.
Dude.

It’s a powerful thing when an Album will make you fall in love with an entire continent.

Also, peace to whoever vimeo account this is, as you have been putting in large amounts of work with wonderful videos to show for it.

Enjoy.

My first FULL review for Potholes in My Blog – Cage The Elephant: "Thank You Happy Birthday."

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WE DID IT BROOKLYN WE DID IT! ©…
This is a really proud moment for me. Someone thought my writing was decent enough to make it onto their highly successful and popular music site. I still can’t believe it. I am Honored and Blessed.

It only took a week of torturing myself and 97 rewrites to reach what your reading right now. Usually, when I write for my own Music Nerdery… it’s just different. Its easier to let all of my prose and crazy and diction and swear words flow. But when you write for someone else, you want your sh*t to be impressive.  I waited for them to post it first (since that was the agreement) before I posted it up here.

I invite, urge, ask, nag, whatever… for you to go to my review and leave ANY kind of comment you can. I don’t care if you don’t even know who CTE is (and many don’t, its TOTALLY cool)… if you could just go over to Potholes In My Blog leave a comment or two on THEIR site and just show some support… that would be a blessing.

All thanks go to Paragon216 and Stefan Braidwood for being my bootleg editors in all of this. Thanks for making sure I didn’t sound like a rambling idiot.

Check dude in the yellow shirt, read that comment. Awesome photo.

Who: Cage the Elephant
Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Why?: After forming in mid-2006 and signing to London-Based Relentless Records in 2007, Cage the Elephant uprooted themselves from their native Kentucky to chase their dreams of musical glory in the UK. A year in the studio and a tour around Britain later, Cage returned to the US in 2008 a powerful new sound and an astonishing eponymous début. A cross between an updated country/edgy blues rock/hard-hitting indie punk while incorporating intelligent, politically potent lyrics, Cage delivered tracks like the oft commercial-rotated “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” amazingly mastered ”Lotus” and their vibrant ‘F*CK YOU’ anthem to the masses “In One Ear.” With talent, detailed musical transitions and compositions way beyond their years, a brash delivery and their wildly energetic live shows, they quickly became them the new favorites on the scene.

On their newest effort “Thank you Happy Birthday”, we find Cage completely abandoning ship from the style of their previous album, taking the aggressiveness, urgency and blues influence off their delivery, and adapting a more laid back, modernized, Pixies-influenced, avant-garde type sound. Even with the complete change in style; they still maintained the ability to show their maturation as musicians and thrive within a new soundscape. Even while exploring a diverse range of musical styles from the retro-rock influenced (“2024,” “Japanese Buffalo”) to the slower, well-composed track “Shake Me Down,” they still provide the high energy, lyrically compelling, transitionally genius tracks we’ve come to know and love (“Indi Kidz,” “Sell Yourself”). Even their slower tracks, like the lullaby-esqe “Rubber Ball” are so well done, it compels several repeat listens out of you.

I admit, it was a bit hard at first to digest the new musical layout they’ve given us. And I know fans of CTE are probably freaking out a little right now. It’s got to be a shock to the system of those who were expecting them to stick to the format of their first record. Regardless, what makes the album fairly great is their ability to step outside the (rock)box and still sound somewhat amazing. It’s definitely the type of album that grows on you. Change is the only constant in this world, and most of the time, change is good. Keep that in mind when you give this album a spin.

Score: 3.5 (Really, more like a 3.9…but not quite a 4) out of 5.
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So… what did you think? Please, be honest but be gentle. I’m sensitive. lolz.
Please let me know what you think here. Thanks.

My first FULL review for Potholes in My Blog – Cage The Elephant: “Thank You Happy Birthday.”

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WE DID IT BROOKLYN WE DID IT! ©…
This is a really proud moment for me. Someone thought my writing was decent enough to make it onto their highly successful and popular music site. I still can’t believe it. I am Honored and Blessed.

It only took a week of torturing myself and 97 rewrites to reach what your reading right now. Usually, when I write for my own Music Nerdery… it’s just different. Its easier to let all of my prose and crazy and diction and swear words flow. But when you write for someone else, you want your sh*t to be impressive.  I waited for them to post it first (since that was the agreement) before I posted it up here.

I invite, urge, ask, nag, whatever… for you to go to my review and leave ANY kind of comment you can. I don’t care if you don’t even know who CTE is (and many don’t, its TOTALLY cool)… if you could just go over to Potholes In My Blog leave a comment or two on THEIR site and just show some support… that would be a blessing.

All thanks go to Paragon216 and Stefan Braidwood for being my bootleg editors in all of this. Thanks for making sure I didn’t sound like a rambling idiot.

Check dude in the yellow shirt, read that comment. Awesome photo.

Who: Cage the Elephant
Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Why?: After forming in mid-2006 and signing to London-Based Relentless Records in 2007, Cage the Elephant uprooted themselves from their native Kentucky to chase their dreams of musical glory in the UK. A year in the studio and a tour around Britain later, Cage returned to the US in 2008 a powerful new sound and an astonishing eponymous début. A cross between an updated country/edgy blues rock/hard-hitting indie punk while incorporating intelligent, politically potent lyrics, Cage delivered tracks like the oft commercial-rotated “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” amazingly mastered ”Lotus” and their vibrant ‘F*CK YOU’ anthem to the masses “In One Ear.” With talent, detailed musical transitions and compositions way beyond their years, a brash delivery and their wildly energetic live shows, they quickly became them the new favorites on the scene.

On their newest effort “Thank you Happy Birthday”, we find Cage completely abandoning ship from the style of their previous album, taking the aggressiveness, urgency and blues influence off their delivery, and adapting a more laid back, modernized, Pixies-influenced, avant-garde type sound. Even with the complete change in style; they still maintained the ability to show their maturation as musicians and thrive within a new soundscape. Even while exploring a diverse range of musical styles from the retro-rock influenced (“2024,” “Japanese Buffalo”) to the slower, well-composed track “Shake Me Down,” they still provide the high energy, lyrically compelling, transitionally genius tracks we’ve come to know and love (“Indi Kidz,” “Sell Yourself”). Even their slower tracks, like the lullaby-esqe “Rubber Ball” are so well done, it compels several repeat listens out of you.

I admit, it was a bit hard at first to digest the new musical layout they’ve given us. And I know fans of CTE are probably freaking out a little right now. It’s got to be a shock to the system of those who were expecting them to stick to the format of their first record. Regardless, what makes the album fairly great is their ability to step outside the (rock)box and still sound somewhat amazing. It’s definitely the type of album that grows on you. Change is the only constant in this world, and most of the time, change is good. Keep that in mind when you give this album a spin.

Score: 3.5 (Really, more like a 3.9…but not quite a 4) out of 5.
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So… what did you think? Please, be honest but be gentle. I’m sensitive. lolz.
Please let me know what you think here. Thanks.

Calling All Music Producers and Live bands… its The Official LaToiya Williams New Music and Press Release Post. Read:

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I'm secretly jealous that thats her real hair.

So after doing some work for Patti LaBelle, Finishing up some new tracks with Snoop Dogg and other various awesome musical moments, LaToiya has blessed us with some new tracks, and some new news. Read Below:


LaToiya Williams

For Immediate Release:

Los Angeles, CA – Singing sensation LaToiya Williams has long been a favorite of music fans across the world. From her work with music heavyweights like Jay-Z, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, The Game and countless others, the soulful artist has given life to songs with her unique voice and style.

She’s appeared on a variety of well-known projects, including soundtracks for major motion pictures (“Baby Boy, Soul Plane, Fat Albert, The Wash, Bones” and more) and critically acclaimed best sellers like Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 2.1” album.

In addition to these memorable guest features, she was heavily showcased on the 2002 “Doggystyle All Stars” album released on Snoop’s label. She also just recently appeared on Jake One and Freeway’s critically acclaimed hip hop album, “The Stimulus Package.” Shes also sung background for Gladys Knight and Yolanda Adams, in addition to doing work with Patti Labelle, earning her a large following eager to hear more from her.

As a sure treat for all those fans, she’s preparing to release a new song. The song is called “Party All Night” and is yet another classic expression of her talent. You can listen to the song below.

LaToiya Williams – “Party All Night” http://www.usershare.net/umzoj8ss7a3d This is the second preview she’s given fans of the upcoming album, with the first being a video she released for a song called “I Can’t Leave You Alone” that’s already been seen by thousands. You can watch the video by clicking the link below.

LaToiya Williams – “I Can’t Leave You Alone”  Fan anticipation for her new music along with her great skills are sure to bring even more enjoyable projects.

Thank you for your interest. For Booking, Interviews, features, tv and film placements please email:  management4LaToiya@gmail.com or Shawndel Jazzy Rosa Jazzymanagement@hotmail.com or reach out to @LatoiyaWilliams @JazzyMgt or @EmpressEricka.

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So There you have it.
Also, I’ve been told to put out a call for ALL of the most amazing Producers and Bands around, and I know a couple of you out there who would love to get on this. LaToiya is actively scouting out some of the best beats and creative music to sing to, and If you think you can handle the Power of that 6 octave voice (prolly more, her chest voice is the BUSINESS. Tangent:)… you can send submissions to management4LaToiya@gmail.com or musicnerdery@gmail.com. Well start digging through them ASAP.

Thanks for your time kids. And please. Do what we do and SPREAD THE WORD.

Zach De La Rocha announces New Rage Against The Machine album to be completed in Summer 2011. PRAISE MUSIC JEBUS.

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OH MY GOD ITS TRUE

So. After about 2  years of speculation and guessing, Zach has confirmed that RATM is in the process of completing their Newest album. If this is true, this will be their first studio album since 1999 “Battle of Los Angeles.”

This is huge. This is kinda huge is my world. The geeking out that’s occurring over here, right now, is seriously indescribable.

Okay. Anyways. Back to explanations and confirmations and links and interviews and the good shit. Looks like Zach headed down to Chile (politicalolz) to speak with longtime Media Outlet “La Tercera” for an in-depth interview regarding his whereabouts, plans for Rage Against The Machine, and any plans they have. After finding the interview and translation online, mxdwn.com posted the basics here. Read below:

In the La Tercera interview, the RATM frontman revealed that since the band’s 2007 reunion, they have been a more cohesive, mature unit.  He added that the group is working a new album that may drop in the summer of 2011.

Other sites have put the statement in question into Google Translator and come up with some interesting results, but roughly translated, de la Rocha’s statement was the following:

Q: The band reunited in 2007. How was this second life going to go?

A: Very well, we are all older and more mature and we don’t fall into the problems we encountered 10 or 15 years ago. This is different and we projected a lot. We are working on a new album that will come out next year, perhaps in the summer in the northern hemisphere.

So Yeah. This is looking official and real. And if it is, I’m all over it.
I’ll be keeping you updated as I find out anything. You cross your fingers.

I did this, by the way.

Mayer Hawthorne at The Music Box Hollywood: 11.12.10.

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Good nights were had here.

Another wonderful show, another wonderful experience, another randomly awesome story.

A couple of weeks ago, I checked the network and saw that Mayer Hawthorne was coming into town. Initially I was excited to see if I could get to it. I’ve been a long time fan (as most of you already know here), and have yet to see him live. But after realizing that several of my friends/concert buddies would be busy and wouldn’t be able to come with me, I would be about a week out of jaw surgery… and onslaught of deadlines, I kinda ruled it out. I was sad, but I realized there was work to do.

That was until my good friends (@MOSologist) and @JacksonPerry talked me into entering their Mazda 2 contest that was connected to the tour. They did the marketing for the Concert, and signing up would be basically helping out friends with business. How could I say no? Figuring the chances of me actually WINNING this thing were REALLY slim, I signed up as a good look for my people. Anything I can do to help is the motto, basically.

Welp, that must be a wonderful motto to hold onto… because I actually WON this contest. LMAO. Amazing. I actually found out the same day that I went to see Conan’s first show for the second time. (Yeah. You like that.) And after letting my friend know that I had actually won… they went the extra step and made sure I was well taken care of at the show. And I’ll always appreciate that. Especially post mouth surgery. :)

In short: Great show, Wonderful night. My first Mayer Hawthorne show and I am impressed. One of those concert shows and presentations that makes you appreciate the music more in Live format than you do Album format. Songs come alive and sound different with the amazing band he has behind him (also known as The County). Energetic, engaging and genuine. Debuted 3 new songs at the show for the audience. Also had his dancers from his video “Your Easy Lovin Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin'” on stage with him as background dancers (adorable), as well as some witty stage banter for an all around entertaining show. Both the Pre-Show and After Party set ups were very nice, with Mayer signing items for fans (Got the CD signed for the physical format win), and DJ’ing after the show with his friends and business partners around. He was also sweet enough to connect me to Quincy, the only person who might be able to transpose “I Wish It Would Rain” to Piano Sheet Music for me (get on that man, I need that “authentic” sound). A productive night, with Seth Green, DJ Babu and Esperanza Spalding roaming around a great afterparty for the overall win.

Here go your photos. I think I did decent with my Droid and its 5 megapixels. And the video for Mayer Hawthorne’s Your Easy Lovin Ain’t Pleasin Nothin’. Shoutout to Olivia Orozco  for your amazing choreography. You are a winner girl.

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Enjoy.

The London Souls made me want to Blog again. So you’re basically obligated to listen.

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Rock On.

Once again, Creative Control TV shocks and amazes me by bringing me more music that I am really enjoying. I should have had a sense of their vision once they recruited the Black Keys to work on one of their first projects with Mos Def and Jim Jones. But low and behold… they proceed to pick up and start to help out on the promotion of The London Souls, and continue this low-key streak of winning.

London Souls, a Post-Punk, Blues Revival band out of Brooklyn, New York are sounding like I would if I could play the guitar and start a band. An interesting sound reminiscent of an updated psychedelic 60’s rock, feedback and driving bass lines. Wolfmother, The Noisettes, Cage The Elephant with a little bit of early Lenny Kravitz and to a lesser extent The Doors/Jimi Hendrix Experience came to mind when listening to these kids. The only problem? You can’t find an album to buy or a single to purchase anywhere. Even what you can find on YouTube is slim. So Guys, If you ever read this…. Get to work  on something that we can buy soon. MTVU video rotation is cool, but you guys have a decent style. It sounds really great, and I’m really eager to hear more from you, soon.

For now, You can listen to She’s So Mad and Someday…. the only singles I could find from these guys.
You can also dig through their  YouTube clips, go to their MySpace page and wait for new dates, and have fun.

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