RZA | Murs | Bizarre Ride/Delicious Vinyl | Chuck D | House Shoes | Bootsy Collins
Jonathan Emile & Kendrick Lamar | MIDI Mafia | Honey Cocaine | Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Jonezen & Gucci Mane | Substance Abuse & Tash of Tha Liks | Planet Asia| Cab Cabernet
Les Claypool of Primus | Victor Wooten | Stanley Clarke | DJ Nu-Mark | Strong Arm Steady
Rockie Fresh | Exile | Thurz | Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) | Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)
Toy Art Gallery | R&R Gallery | Rapper Big Pooh & Phife Dawg | 9th Wonder | Fashawn
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire) | Super Mart Produce | Kill Paris | Sixo | Roc Marciano
Miz MAF & Freeway | DJ Rhettmatic | Phonte | Quickie Mart | Gypsyphonic Disko
Kurupt & Boldy James | Oh No & Guilty Simpson | Phil The Agony | Shabaam Sahdeeq
China Mac & Jadakiss | Mr. Complex | Radioinactive | Sick Jacken | John Robinson
Myka Nyne | S.O.U.L. Purpose | Ricky B | Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Hasan Salaam & Immortal Technique | Rheteric Ramirez | IamOmni | Yamin Semali | DJ Babu
V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun | Bamboo Bros | Voice | Boycott Blues | Harn Solo | Pavy
Gotham Green, Kool G Rap & Nature | Lodeck & Omega One | Montage One | Signif
J. Rawls & Masta Ace | Maimouna Youssef | Menacin Johnson | J. Ivy | Self Scientific
Super Chron Flight Bros | Hieroglyphics | Black Silver, Ras Kass, Rakaa | Clan Destined
Paranoid Castle | Digi Crates | Jose Pasillas (Incubus) | Sonny Seeza (Onyx)
He’s arguably one of the most discussed drummers in rock today. His presence behind the kit for over 45 years has inspired countless imitators. And for many, he’s considered the most influential drummer in heavy metal history. But as summer peaks, Bill Ward will make his first foray into the world of fine art with a debut collection, “Absence of Corners.” Set for release on August 1, 2013 at www.billwarddrumart.com, all of the pieces in Ward’s collection are created from rhythm and limited in availability.
An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.
Ward on the project:
“When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.
“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.
“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”
To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour’s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton, and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour’s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward’s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).
“Absence of Corners” debuts on August 1, 2013 at www.billwarddrumart.com. Those interested in learning more and seeing the artwork before the release are encouraged to join the interest list at www.billwarddrumart.com.
LA emcee Radioinactive presents the Tucker Capps-directed video for “Chump”, a song from his new album The Akashic Record. Radio was part of Log Cabin, the ’90s crew that included a young Murs and Eligh. Rolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on “Farmer’s Market Of The Beast” from producer Omid’s 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums Pyramidi, Free Kamal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather, and recently returned from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs. Other videos from The Akashic Record include “Mint Tea” featuring 2Mex (watch) and “Bury Me Standing” (watch).
As drummer for the legendary Grateful Dead, Brooklyn native Mickey Hart used music to create a solid foundation for himself as an innovator. Years later, as author of several books on the history and ritual of drumming, he used that foundation to expand into the world of literature. Today, he has teamed up with Los Angeles-based art team SceneFour to continue that thread into the art world with “Drum Ki”, his new fine art collection and the latest in SceneFour’s series of fine art collaborations with the world’s greatest drummers, which utilizes sophisticated technology to translate rhythm to canvas.
Years after The Grateful Dead stamped their infamous logo on the Sixties with the help of a traveling multitude of dedicated fans, Mickey continues to innovate. Mickey’s continued interest in the combining music and literature led him to create 1991’s Planet Drum album, which earned him Billboard’s #1 slot for 26 weeks as well as the first Grammy awarded for the category of Best World Album. In the fall, Mickey will be releasing the second album in two years as the leader of the Mickey Hart Band. He also recently created Rhythms Of The Universe, an unprecedented collaboration between him and Nobel Laureate George Smoot, based on astrophysical data that seeks to tell the history of the universe from The Big Bang to today. He is also on the board of directors at The Institute For Music & Neurologic Function, expanding the field of musical healing therapy.
The creation of the “Drum KI” pieces involves utilizing timelapse to capture rhythm performances onto canvas. Like a painter using paint brushes, Mickey is using an assortment of drumsticks and hand motions that light up in various capacities to build the visuals in the collection. Mickey is expanding SceneFour’s groundbreaking method for the first time to include different types of percussion beyond the scope of the traditional drum kit, such as djembes, congas, tar, the beam (a Pythagorean mono chord Mickey designed) and the Beast, Mickey’s gigantic steel drums which he used while playing in the Dead. Each piece in this limited-edition collection will be numbered and signed by Mickey.
“These pieces were made with primal energy,” says Mickey about “Drum Ki”. “”I have brought spirit into form, from rhythm to light.”
Drum Ki is one of several innovative projects from Scenefour, the art team specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins of Parliament/James Brown fame and Chuck D of Public Enemy are just a handful of Scenefour’s collaborators, whose work can be seen in their 2011 book Come Together published by Edition Iconix. The Martin Lawrence Gallery in Las Vegas recently ran an exhibition of SceneFour’s “Art Of Drums” series, which also boasts collections from Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Jose Pasillas II of Incubus and Jane’s Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins. Sign up at MickeyHartArtwork.com to get a pre-release look at “Drum Ki”, which will be revealed to the public on Jul y 2, 2013.
Started in 1987 by DJs Matt Dike and Michael Ross, Los Angeles-based independent label Delicious Vinyl gave rap two of its earliest reputable crossover successes in Tone Loc and Young MC, who broke platinum with “Wild Thing” and “Bust A Move” respectively. Between releases with Masta Ace, The Whoridas, Brand New Heavies, Mellow Man Ace and more, they released Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, the classic debut from West Coast rap group The Pharcyde. DV recently dropped a slew of unreleased material from immortal producer J Dilla, namely Lost Scrolls Vol. 1, Frank-N-Dank 48 Hours, and new Dilla-produced music from The Yancey Boys. Now, Delicious Vinyl continues its devotion to hip-hop’s past, present and future. Located directly underneath the record label ’s HQ in Hollywood, California, the Delicious Vinyl store officially opened up its doors for business in February 2013, and is the first DV store of its kind. Selling Delicious Vinyl music and merchandise, it’s the perfect place to pick up classic DV records, including rare and out-of-print joints, as well as fashionable threads stamped with the DV logo, a true hip hop staple. The store also serves as an intimate gallery and event space, regularly showcasing works by artists such as SLICK and Cook One, and hosting live shows and parties with a wide variety of guests. Akin to Miss Lily’s in NYC’s Greenwich Village, the West Indian themed hotspot, the Delicious Vinyl store offers a hip-hop themed space for the musically-inclined to shop, hang out, an d generally take part in and enjoy the culture. Essentially, the DV spot is a place to discover, draw inspiration, and embrace the Delicious Vinyl aesthetic.
North St. Louis rapper/producer Muhamma “Mvstermind” Austin presents the Louis Quatorze-directed music video for “80-D”, his self-produced new single from the upcoming eponymous album. “80-D” features appearances from AtM, Ciej, Sixela Yoccm and Lyrique, all artists on Mvstermind’s MME Entertainment imprint. A onetime resident of New Orleans, Atlanta and several other US cities, Mvstermind returned to St. Louis to release A.D.D. (Artistically Day Dreaming), a nod to Mvstermind’s childhood diagnosis of attention deficit disorder featuring appearances from Dharma Jean, Kayla Steen, Sixela Yoccm, Adult Fur and AtM.
Several months after opening shows at Los Angeles’ Roxy (video) and San Francisco’s Low End Theory (video), Fatlip, Slimkid3, J-Swift, L.A. Jay and Delicious Vinyl have taken Bizarre Ride Live – the performance that recreates The Pharcyde’s classic 1992 debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde onstage – from Canada to Japan to Singapore and back (video). Bowing to popular demand, they now announce their return to Europe for a series of summer dates across England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Italy, France, Holland and Germany. Original Pharcyde emcees Fatlip and Slimkid3 combine with Bizarre Ride producers J-Swift and L.A. Jay as well as former Wascals emcee K-Natural, blurring the lines between a straight up hip-hop show and a theatrical performance. Expect animated hip-hop, energetic raps, bright colors, b-boy throw-downs, magnetic visuals, a heavy dose of humour, and absolutely everything in between. Bizarre Ride Live commemorates the 20th anniversary of Delicious Vinyl’s release of the LP Kanye West calls his “favorite album”, re-released as a 3-CD deluxe edition (view here), and revisited by UK deejay Chris Read for his Wax Poetics-sponsored 20th-anniversary mix, which blends many of the alternate versions found in the deluxe edition (listen here). Since embarking on Bizarre Ride Live, the crew have been featured on District MTV (watch interview here), Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds’ Juan Epstein podcast (listen here) and the Tim Westwood show (watch here).
Producer AF THE NAYSAYER presents “Imagerial Denouement”, his new single featuring Myka Nyne of Freestyle Fellowship. A tribute to the late Japanese producer Nujabes, Reserved Records has released “Denouement” on limited-edition 7″ vinyl. A native Californian, AF now splits his time between Lake Charles, Lousiana and New Orleans, where he has become a mainstay of the city’s burgeoning electronic beat scene. The cover is a painting from artist Wes Sumerall, and the single was mastered by Richard Simpson, responsible for work with the Monkees and David Bowie. “Originally ‘Denouement’ was just an instrumental, made before Nujabes death,” AF explains. “The title is a play on words of his song ‘Imaginary Folklore’. This song was my tribute to Nujabes, because he has such a large influence on my work.” Reserved Records is offering the digital version and a choice of the vinyl or a poster of the cover art for a special price at their Bandcamp page. The digital version is also available on iTunes.
“‘Imagerial Denouement’ reminds me of a mix between Roy Ayers and something I would hear at a Herb Kent Steppers ball. Very mellow but very danceable at the same time.” -Mr Echoes of The Opus
After great success with their first compilation album, The Best of Both Offices, founded by Young Sav + Steve O, are preparing to release the second installment of the series April 16th. Spearheaded by Immanuel Smith of BOBO, the project will once again feature A-list and up-and-coming artists alike, starting with the first project single “Weight.” Produced by Harry Fraud, “Weight” comes courtesy of Mazzi of S.O.U.L. Purpose and guest appearances from N.O.R.E. and Smoke DZA.
Fresh off of the release of his instrumental album, Yen Dollar Music, Vol. 1 (via ProducersIKnow.com), the multi-talented East Point, GA native Yamin, formerly known as DJ AmDex, presents the Derek “Zero” Evans-directed music video for “Yamin”, his self-produced single from his debut solo album Yamin, out now. “This song was done in the spirit of self-actualization,” Yamin explains. “The bigger picture is that the world is filled with people who have been displaced due to war, slavery, and scarcity brought on by both. The chorus is a mantra for all of us who understand what that feels like, yet refuse to lose ourselves in the storm.” Features on the new album include John Robinson (Scienz of Life, DOOM, J. Rawls), Boog Brown (Mello Music Group), Chopp (The Smile Rays, Dillon), Blc Txt (King I Divine), Gotta Be Karim (Black Spade, Do For Self). “Gone Today, Here Tomorrow” features a cameo from DT, Yamin’s partner in rap duo Clan Destined, whose third LP Self Titled, received 5 out of 5 stars on CreativeLoafing.com (read the review here). The “Yamin” video follows on the heels of the video for the album’s first single/videos “Yamintro” (watch here) and “Never Leave” (watch here). Yamin produces all but two songs, which are handled by fellow ATL producer Illastrate. Yamin is available at yaminsemali.bandcamp.com.
learn more at CarlPalmerArt.com
The career of Modern Drummer Hall of Famer Carl Palmer – named one of the ten greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone – has taken many exceptional twists and turns over the last four decades. He sold fifty million records of progressive rock as one third of British ‘70s supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, proving complex, cerebral music can go mainstream. His subsequent work with Asia cemented his legacy as the drummer with the golden touch, and his use of gongs and tambourines established him as a maverick among rhythm keepers worldwide. It thus follows that Palmer has taken another step beyond the limits with “Twist of the Wrist”, a collection of 200 limited-edition fine art pieces created in collaboration with notorious Los Angeles art team SceneFour which employs innovative technology to transmute Palmer’s playing onto canvas.
Since his youth in his native Birmingham, drums have been Carl Palmer’s life, having played with some of music’s most iconic groups like Atomic Roost, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Asia, and of course Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It was with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, that Carl would become regarded as a drummer’s drummer, gaining worldwide fame through a sophisticated melding of progressive rock, classical music and electronic on some of the most successful albums ever released in the progressive rock genre. Palmer also took ambitious creative turns along the way, like starring in The Solo, the acclaimed 2010 art film by Andrew Cross.
Selling briskly since its February 1 release, “Twist of the Wrist” comprises 11 pieces of which 200 canvases exist, ranging in dimension from 30″x18″ to 60″x 33″ and designed to be affordable to art and music buyers alike. Boasting names like “Tank”, “Infinite Space” and “Endless Enigma”, Carl worked together with SceneFour throughout 2012 to create the pieces, which feature elements from his classic gong performances and showcases various classic rhythms in Carl’s catalog and how they translate visually to canvas. The collection even proved instrumental in the naming of his current tour, which he dubbed “Twist of the Wrist” in conjunction.
“Twist of the Wrist” is one of several innovative projects from Scenefour (scenefour.com), the art team specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins of Parliament/James Brown fame and Chuck D of Public Enemy are just a handful of Scenefour’s collaborators, whose work can be seen in their 2011 book Come Together published by Edition Iconix. “Twist Of The Wrist” is the newest addition to their “Art Of Drums” series, which also boasts collections from Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Jose Pasillas II of Incubus and Jane’s Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins.
“Twist of the Wrist” is available exclusively at carlpalmerart.com.
Murs and 9th Wonder present the Hobostewd-directed music video for “What Up Tho”, a cut from their new album The Final Adventure, out now. Adventure is Murs and 9th’s final album together. The iTunes edition include two bonus tracks, while the iTunes deluxe version includes the bonus tracks and all of the instrumentals. Murs recently released This Generation, his collaboration album with Cali rapper Fashawn, both currently on the road together for a series of US shows. This year’s installment of Paid Dues, the indie hip-hop festival Murs spearheaded several years ago, is all set for March 30. Slated to perform are Trinidad James, Talib Kweli, Juicy J and more.
Grammy-award winning music producers/songwriters/artists The MIDI Mafia present “THE VIBE pt. 2” featuring Cambodian-Canadian rapper Honey Cocaine and L.A. rapper Mann. For “THE VIBE pt. 2” The MIDI Mafia collaborated with Power 106 L.A. deejays Yesi Ortiz and DJ Carisma, also the hosts of the online show Fresh Out The Box, where Honey and Mann can be seen performing the song in the video clip. The track was produced by Red Vision, in-house beatsmith for The MIDI Mafia, the team behind records for Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Brandy, Cee-Lo Green and more, who recently won a Grammy for their work on Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange. Cocaine recently entered the mainstream as an affiliate of L.A. rapper Tyga, and is part of The MIDI Mafia’s “GET CONNECTED | BRAND X” project, which will feature the production duo working with the next generation of hot up-and-coming talent/brands. The project will be released and featured on MTV’s newest platform Artist.MTV as part of a partnership between MTV and MIDI Mafia’s artist development platform “Family Ties Entertainment”. This relationship will allow The MIDI Mafia to release various projects in conjunction with MTV who will integrate this original content throughout all of the Viacom properties online and on-air.