Secret Stash Records
We are excited to announce that we are GIVING AWAY A FREE MP3 download of the song “El Mayoral” by Peña. We recorded this track in the Spanish Cultural Center located in Lima, Peru on April 16th, 2010.
THE RHYTHMS OF BLACK PERU
The Rhythms of Black Peru is the latest release from Secret Stash Records, on sale today May 24th.
For fans of world music, particularly Latin-American music, you'll like this compilation. I think to understand this collection, you have to understand Peru's two main cultures: the Spaniards and the African slaves that were brought over. Somehow, over the centuries, these two distinctive music style fused together in popular music of what Secret Stash is calling Black Peru. You can hear these styles at work on this compilation, the Flamenco plucking ("Charango") and the clearly Africana rhythm ("El Mayoral").
As a beginner (clearly I am unfamiliar with these artists), it's a learning experience of where modern Salsa music comes from. But if you're an expert, you'll find that the artists compiled here are some of the most important musicians today.
Like 99% of Secret Stash's releases (with the exception of the Pena CD), they only press vinyls, but they'll also give you an MP3 download, so you can put the music on your iPod to go. What's really nice about The Rhythms of Black Peru is the vinyl is a mixture of black and white wax - indicating the mixture of Latin and African music.
You can pick up the vinyl today at secretstashrecords.com, read more about the history of Peru and music at rhythmsofblackperu.com.
Gardens & Villa just announced their new single (and video) is called "Black Hills". I did get a chance to listen to it, which has a slow start, but once it gets going (especially with the backup vocals), it's pretty good.
Their debut self-titled LP will be out July 5th on Secretly Canadian Records.
Other than that, I don't really know much about this new band. I can tell you that they are doing a ton of tour dates, and opening up for Foster the People. You know the story about Foster the People, I randomly saw them live was that I was very impressed with them when I noticed that only after two EP releases that they've amassed a ton of fans (all singing along to their songs!).
I know I'm flying out to NXNE the next day, but I have agreed to see Foster the People at the Fine Line on June 11th. I'll also report back Gardens & Villa - I usually always try and catch the support acts.
Tour dates below:
Jun 8 Denver CO – Bluebird Theater ^
Jun 10 Lawrence KS – The Bottleneck ^
Jun 11 Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music ^
Jun 12 Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall ^
Jun 13 Cleveland Heights OH – Grog Shop ^
Jun 14 Columbus OH – Newport Music Hall ^
Jun 17 Montreal QC – Club Lambi ^
Jun 18 Toronto ON – The Mod Club ^
Jun 20 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
Jun 22 Washington DC – 9:30 Club ^
Jun 24 Brooklyn NY – Glasslands
Jun 28 Philadelphia PA – Theatre of Living Arts ^
Jun 30 Atlanta GA – Masquerade: Hell Stage ^
Jul 1 Houston TX – Warehouse Live ^
Jul 2 Austin TX – Emo’s ^
Jul 3 Dallas TX – The Loft ^
Jul 5 Tucson AZ – Club Congress ^
Jul 6 San Diego CA – House of Blues ^
Jul 7 Los Angeles CA – El Rey ^
Jul 8 Tempe AZ – The Sail Inn *
Jul 9 Tucson AZ – Club Congress *
Jul 10 San Diego CA – Casbah *
Jul 14 Los Angeles CA – The Echo *
Jul 15 San Francisco CA – Café Du Nord *
Jul 16 Davis CA – Sophia’s *
Jul 17 Portland OR – Mississippi Studios *
Jul 19 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern *
Jul 20 Boise ID – Neurolux *
Jul 21 Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court *
Jul 23 Santa Fe NM – Corazon *
Jul 24 Oklahoma City OK – The Conservatory *
Jul 26 Chicago IL – The Empty Bottle #
Jul 27 Cleveland OH – Happy Dog #
Jul 28 Washington DC – Black Cat Backstage #
Jul 29 Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
Jul 30 New York NY – Mercury Lounge #
Jul 31 Allston MA – Great Scott *
Aug 1 Montreal QC – Casa del Popolo *
Aug 3 Pontiac MI – Vernors Room at the Crofoot
Aug 8 Wichita KS – Rock Island Live
Aug 9 Fort Worth TX – Lola’s Saloon Sixth
Aug 10 Austin TX – The Mohawk
^ w/ Foster the People
* w/ Generationals
# w/ Craft Spells
Matt Bauer: Blacklight Horses
Matt Bauer is offering a free song, "Blacklight Horses" from his upcoming album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living (out June 7th via Crossbill Records). New York Magazine called Bauer's newest collection of "haunting, weird folk music" and Under the Radar said "An album of fragile beauty", and judging from the free download, with ghostly violins, I agree. What I did ultimately liked about the song is that somewhere in the middle, it turned into a duet with Jolie Holland.
Incidentally, June 7th is also the day he returns to Minneapolis, at the Aster Cafe. I've never been there before, but I am assuming it's a nice quiet (and tiny) venue. I think Holly from Zoo Animals is opening up.
06.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
06.05.11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Laundromatinee
06.06.11 - Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter
06.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Aster Cafe
06.08.11 - Chicago, IL @ house show
06.09.11 - Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
06.10.11 - Denver, CO @ TBA
06.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
06.12.11 - Boise, ID @ house show
06.13.11 - Olympia, WA @ TBA
06.15.11 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
06.16.11 - Portland, OR @ Music Millenium
06.16.11 - Portland, OR @ The Woods
06.18.11 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
06.19.11 - San Francisco, CA @ Chasing the Moon
06.20.11 - Davis, CA @ Amardillo Records *
06.20.11 - Davis, CA @ DM3 House *
06.21.11 - Marin, CA @ house show *
06.22.11 - Sacramento, CA @ Phono Select*
06.22.11 - Nevada City, CA @ The Tin House
06.23.11 - San Francisco, CA @ the Verdi Club
06.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA *
06.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA *
06.26.11 - Sedona, AZ @ Live In-Studio *
06.27.11 - Santa Fe, NM @ TBA
06.29.11 - Austin, TX @ Live on KUT at 11 a.m. *
06.29.11 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
06.30.11 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar *
07.01.11 - Little Rock AR @ TBA *
07.02.11 - Hot Springs, AR @ The Art Church *
07.07.11 - Nashville, TN @ house show
07.12.11 - Cincinnati, OH @ TBA
07.13.11 - Columbus, OH @ TBA
07.14.11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
07.15.11 - Albany, NY @ TBA
07.16.11 - Biddeford, ME @ The Oak and the Ax
07.24.11 - Manhattan, NY @ the ACE Hotel
07.25.11 - New York, NY @ Live on WFMU
07.28.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Zebulon
07.31.11 - Frederick, MD @ Cafe Nola
* w/ Dana Falconberry
I actually accidentally saw Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybear last month, and I really liked them. They recently announced a new video for "Livin' in the Jungle" (you can watch it on vevo.com). They also list their tour dates, which I'll repost here (should be an amazing time, especially with Sharon Jones touring with them!)
06/04/11 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest
06/11/11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/12/11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06/12/11 - New York, NY - Madison Square Park
06/16/11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
06/17/11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
06/23/11 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
06/24/11 - Louisville, KY - Iriquois Ampphitheater
06/25/11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State
06/26/11 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
07/02/11 - Portland, OR - McCall Waterfront Park
07/03/11 - Portland, OR - McCall Waterfront Park
07/16/11 - Greenfield, MA - Green River Festival
08/6/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
09/10/11 - Bowling Green OH - Black Swamp Arts Festival
*with with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
This New England singer/songwriter is holding a "iPod One Time Music Collection" contest (it's loaded with Amy Black's music and videos, I think).
In order to win, you have to watch the video at www.amyblack.lotosnile-dev.com, where you'll get a special URL. Once you spam all your friends to watch the video, you may be a winner of an iPod Touch, providing you have the most viewers by June 2nd. I own three iPod Touch (different generations), and I can tell you, if you don't already have one, it's really worth getting one - especially if you can win one for free.
Tour Dates below:
06/05/2011 - Boston, MA - WUMB Boston Music Fest
06/10/2011 - Shirley, MA - The Bull Run
06/16/2011 - Norwood, MA - Perks Coffee House
07/20/2011 - Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
07/22/2011 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
07/29/2011 - Lowell, MA - The Backpage
09/09/2011 - Portland, ME - Port City Blue
09/18/2011 - Middleborough, MA - Joe Davies Folk Festival
11/05/2011 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
HoZac Records is back again to curate the Blackout Fest that takes place in Chicago, coming up this week: May 27-28 at The Velvet Perineum in Logan Square. Unlike the previous nearly week-long music marathon, it's just down to Friday and Saturday this year. Although, I am told that there is a special opening party show on May 26th, so technically it's a three-day event.
I'll confess, I have not heard of many of these bands. I reckon they are all local bands in/near the Chicago-area.
Thursday, May 26
+ bands TBA!
Friday, May 27
The Happy Thoughts
Saturday, May 28
Tutu & the Pirates
Black Dub, or Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, are about to set on tour this May 27th. It's headed by, you guessed it, Grammy Award-winner Daniel Lanois. A free track they giving away to get you excited is a live version of "Last Time.
Hopefully you can get a tast of the energy and performance from the live song. Tour listing below:
May 28 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
May 29 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 31 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
June 9 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
June 10 Chicago, IL Park West
June 9 - 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
June 14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
June 15 New York, NY Webster Hall, NY
June 17 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
June 18 Philadelphia, PA TLA
June 19 Westhampton Beach, NY WBPAC
July 3 Ottawa, Canada Ottawa Jazz Festival
July 4 Montreal, Canada Montreal Jazz Festival
July 5 Toronto, Canada Opera House
July 8 Chicago, IL DMB Caravan Festival
August 27 Dundas, Ontario Harvest Picnic
September 8 Champaign, IL University of Illinois
Now, for some quickies. All 'black'-themed:
BLACKWOLFGOAT's second album, Dronolith, is to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th, via The Maple Forum. It is an all-instrumental album, which isn't a surprise because they're a progressive drone project by Darryl Shepard (Milligram, Hackman, Slapshot).
What's really interesting is that there will be a limited 100 hand-numbered gatefold digi-sleeve of the album, featuring artwork by Alexander von Wieding.
Let me know if I'm getting this right, Sylvia Gordon (of Kudu), is also known as Silvia Black, and her latest music project, she is known as Betty Black. Her forthcoming EP is called Slow Dance Out , to be released June 28th on Frau Pink Productions / KID Recordings.
Under the Betty Black name, I see she's covered a few songs (see www.bettyblack.bandcamp.com), including a cover of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love" (which Cristina and I mentioned in our cover lover show).
Whoever sent me the announcement for "Blackmail", they supply all the good details: where the band is from (Phoenix, Arizona), cover artwork provided (see image on the right), and detail about the song. The song features LA Boys Noize and Dame Fifty5 and is described as a punk meets hip hop.
If you like the song, it's available as a free download at soundcloud.
Not a lot of info sent my way regarding David's Lyre. Maybe a little biography on the meaning behind "David's Lyre" next time?
Looks like Black Masa is a East London DJ duo, who decided to remix David's Lyre's song, "Heartbeak". You can hear the remix here.
David's Lyre just played the Lexington (in London?) yesterday, and his EP, In Arms is out now.