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Kaki King's Freak Guitar Show Heads to Europe.

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Because tendon tears and US tours CLEARLY don’t stop this crazy b*tch.
With other dates still pending, this is the start of Kaki and the taking of 9011 guitars everywhere with her through Europe. I hope youre there to see it. Click HERE to get more ticket information if you need it… and check her Facebook Event List HERE.
May 4: @ BimHuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 6: @ Free Blues Club – Szczecin, Poland

May 7: @Lantaren/Venster – Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 8: @ Den Atelier – Luxembourg District, Luxembourg
May 10: @ Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium

May 12: @ Kulturkirche – Cologne, Germany
May 13: @ Fabrik – Hamburg, Germany
May 15: @ Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany
May 20: @ Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, Canada
And for you SUPER Kaki Nerds….
July 23rd through 30th: highSCORE: Italy – Romagnese, Italy 

If you spend the money and the time, Kaki will have a one week long workshop, which will have Kaki showing you some of her best techniques.
Look around for dates in your city, and have fun.

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April 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

Download: Kaki King Live on air at WNYC’s Soundcheck | Kaki Passes 5 Million Plays on last.fm. Links:

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ACOUSTICAL NOMS

So Kaki King officially started her tour off  yesterday evening in New York at MOMA’s Guitar Innovators Event to a great turnout. But before she rocked the socks off of MOMA guests, Kaki made a quick stop by WNYC (NPR Music for us westcoasters) for a nice acoustic show and interview that gives you insight to the tour, and what she has been up to lately. You can go ahead and CLICK HERE to download the Edmann-provided link. It’s the entire show tagged and listed correctly for your listening and organizing pleasure. And its pretty awesome.

Meanwhile, in nerdtastic stat-counting land, it came to my attention that Kaki has just passed the 5 Million Plays mark on last.fm. Pretty big deal, considering when I first got there, she had all of 25,000 plays. Its come a really long way.

Anyways, check the updated tour dates here, and have fun.

Download: Kaki King Live on air at WNYC's Soundcheck | Kaki Passes 5 Million Plays on last.fm. Links:

with 2 comments

ACOUSTICAL NOMS

So Kaki King officially started her tour off  yesterday evening in New York at MOMA’s Guitar Innovators Event to a great turnout. But before she rocked the socks off of MOMA guests, Kaki made a quick stop by WNYC (NPR Music for us westcoasters) for a nice acoustic show and interview that gives you insight to the tour, and what she has been up to lately. You can go ahead and CLICK HERE to download the Edmann-provided link. It’s the entire show tagged and listed correctly for your listening and organizing pleasure. And its pretty awesome.

Meanwhile, in nerdtastic stat-counting land, it came to my attention that Kaki has just passed the 5 Million Plays mark on last.fm. Pretty big deal, considering when I first got there, she had all of 25,000 plays. Its come a really long way.

Anyways, check the updated tour dates here, and have fun.

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.

 

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.

 

*Updated: Dude, Someone named Shy Guy took the James Bond Theme songs and Chopped 'em up. Its Epicness. Listen:

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No Seriously. This shit is amazing.

One of the wins of keeping a decent music blog is that musicians will sometimes send you their music for review. And while everything doesn’t catch your ear, you do run into occasional gems that just overwhelm you with the effort and precision that went into it. Sometimes when you hear music, you can hear the hard work and planning through each bar. And this “Beats, James Beats” album is one of those records.

Alex Govenar, AKA: Shy Guy (with the golden beats) is a homegrown Texas DJ and producer currently in New York for school. And apparently… he’s been a busy bee since touching down up there. Shy Guy has been in the NY Beat Battle Scene (LA and the Root Down, anyone?), winning 3 consecutive battles at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe last year alone. For the last few months, he’s been hard at work at what seems to be his pride and joy… his concept album, “Beats, James Beats.” Basically what this cat has done is taken every single James Bond movie themes in chronological order, and turned it into a stunning, overwhelmingly DOPE instrumental hip-hop album.

You can download the full instrumental beat album right HERE, on his website, for FREE. You can’t lose. Just click the link and check it out.

For those of you that need more convincing, lemme hit you with these loosies that are my favorite from the album right now… “You Only Live Twice” chops up a nice string section of the theme song, “Live and Let Die” reminds me why you we need more horns in hip hop, “Man With The Golden (Beats) Gun” finds Shy Guy speeding up the chorus Kanye-Style and looping more wonderful horns, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Love Theme)” takes another violin laced sample and loops it over a laid back beat, and he gives you his own epic version of “Goldfinger” that’s currently fucking up my last.fm stats, frankly.

Or you can just check out his YouTube sampler version.

Or you could just go download that, which you should, really.
LOL.
Have fun. I am.

*Updated: Dude, Someone named Shy Guy took the James Bond Theme songs and Chopped ’em up. Its Epicness. Listen:

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No Seriously. This shit is amazing.

One of the wins of keeping a decent music blog is that musicians will sometimes send you their music for review. And while everything doesn’t catch your ear, you do run into occasional gems that just overwhelm you with the effort and precision that went into it. Sometimes when you hear music, you can hear the hard work and planning through each bar. And this “Beats, James Beats” album is one of those records.

Alex Govenar, AKA: Shy Guy (with the golden beats) is a homegrown Texas DJ and producer currently in New York for school. And apparently… he’s been a busy bee since touching down up there. Shy Guy has been in the NY Beat Battle Scene (LA and the Root Down, anyone?), winning 3 consecutive battles at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe last year alone. For the last few months, he’s been hard at work at what seems to be his pride and joy… his concept album, “Beats, James Beats.” Basically what this cat has done is taken every single James Bond movie themes in chronological order, and turned it into a stunning, overwhelmingly DOPE instrumental hip-hop album.

You can download the full instrumental beat album right HERE, on his website, for FREE. You can’t lose. Just click the link and check it out.

For those of you that need more convincing, lemme hit you with these loosies that are my favorite from the album right now… “You Only Live Twice” chops up a nice string section of the theme song, “Live and Let Die” reminds me why you we need more horns in hip hop, “Man With The Golden (Beats) Gun” finds Shy Guy speeding up the chorus Kanye-Style and looping more wonderful horns, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Love Theme)” takes another violin laced sample and loops it over a laid back beat, and he gives you his own epic version of “Goldfinger” that’s currently fucking up my last.fm stats, frankly.

Or you can just check out his YouTube sampler version.

Or you could just go download that, which you should, really.
LOL.
Have fun. I am.