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Aceyalone f/ RJD2 – Magnificent City/Magnificent City Instrumentals

May 31st, 2006


Destination: Magnificent City

With a James Bond style opening on “All For You,” the first track from Aceyalone’s Magnificent City, the listener immediately expects something above and beyond a typical hip-hop album — which is delivered. The southern California native’s flows are already exceptional, and are made more so due to RJD2’s corky rhythms and extensive knowledge of deejaying and turntabalism. The duo is perfect. With a creative rapper like Aceyalone backed up by the eclectic sounds provided by RJD2, the album makes for great background music and an even better addition to any listener’s album collection. A veteran of the underground hip-hop scene in LA speak-easies like Leimert Park, Aceyalone is no stranger to a free-style environment. Battling his way through slews of up and coming MC’s, Aceyalone’s Magnificent City marks the way for an intriguing final destination.
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By Diana del Rio Posted in Reviews ,

Last Ministry Album Due

May 30th, 2006

Al Jourgensen is chiming the death knell on Ministry. The band is currently on tour, after which Jourgensen plans to record “the last Ministry album.” Jourgensen has kept the band going strong since 1981. The album will work with Ministry’s two previous releases, Houses of the Mole and Rio Grande Blood, as a trilogy aimed at the George W. Bush and his administration. Jourgensen says it’ll be titled The Last Sucker. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Tool – 10,000 Days

May 30th, 2006


Ten Thousand Daze

After five years of exploring the occult, searching for aliens and dabbling in LSD, Tool finally returns with their forth full-length studio release, 10,000 Days. The title refers to vocalist Maynard James Keenan’s mother, who was partially paralyzed by a stroke that left her wheelchair bound for 27 years (roughly 10,000 days) until her death. Keenan’s lyrics dabble with this sort of emotional introspection as well as the other usual fodder: metaphysics, government conspiracies and extraterrestrials. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Matt Costa – Songs We Sing

May 30th, 2006


First and Foremost

Matt Costa has a good following going into his debut, Songs We Sing. He spent the summer opening for Jack Johnson, who signed the California native to his Brushfire Records. Costa also lent his voice to Johnson’s Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George. Songs attempts different musical styles while maintaining the simplicity that Johnson possesses. Read more…

By Jeanette Honig Posted in Reviews

Foos Unplug with Frank Black

May 29th, 2006

Foo Fighters have put together a summer tour to highlight the acoustic disc from their double album In Your Honor. They will bring along guest musicians Petra Haden (violin), Rami Jaffee (keyboards), Drew Hester (percussion), and former Nirvana/Foo Fighter guitarist Pat Smear. Opening for the band will be Timmy Curan on the first three stops and Frank Black of Pixies fame on the latter four. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

MTV Picks Up J.Lo Reality Show

May 29th, 2006

Jennifer Lopez is putting together a new reality series for MTV called “Moves.” The show follows the lives of struggling dancers, whom Lopez selected in auditions. She will makes cameos throughout the show’s eight-episode season. Lopez said of her interest in the project, “I started out as a dancer, and I nkow what that world is. These dancers have dedicated their lives to this, and honestly, the glory is not always there. It’s something they do only out of love. It’s a tough life, and I want to show that struggle.” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Babyshambles Dropped

May 29th, 2006

Record label Rough Trade has officially dropped the Pete Doherty-fronted band Babyshambles from their roster “because it just proved to be so difficult to deal with Pete and the people he surrounds himself with.” Doherty has been quoted as saying his life has been “too dark” and he is currently look for “a little bit of self-control.” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The King of Ska Dead At 64

May 27th, 2006

Desmond Dekker, the man who brought ska to the masses in 1969 with his international hit song “Israelites,” died of a heart attack this past Thursday at his home in England. The success of “Israelites” opened the door for reggae and Bob Marley. Dekker had maintained a strong British following over the past thirty years and had a full summer European tour planned. He was 64. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Circus Mag Closes Its Doors

May 27th, 2006

Publisher and editor-in-chief Gerald Rothberg has announced to his freelance contributors that after forty years, Circus magazine will cease production. Rothberg has stated that due to great personal financial loss, he can no longer sustain the magazine. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Ian Copeland Dies of Melanoma

May 26th, 2006

Ian Copeland, music agent and brother to Steward and Miles Copeland, died on Tuesday of melanoma. He booked tours and later was a successful agent for bands such as the Police, R.E.M., Adam Ant, the Go-Go’s, the Bangles, the Smiths, the Thompson Twins, the Fixx, UB40, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Oingo Boingo, the Dead Kennedys and the Cure. He published his memoirs, Wild Thing: The Backstage, on the Road, in the Studio, Off the Charts Memoirs of Ian Copeland, in 1995. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News