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Guitars and Concerts. Blessings and Breaks. More on what that means when you Click Here:

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So what are these Blessings, you ask? I was just offered a wonderful writing position with the KICKASS site, Autostraddle. Wow. Wowwee wowwow. Now, if you’re from the old school, you remember that Autostraddle was one of the first sites to show love and appreciation to me… just at a time where I really needed it. Well ever since then, we’ve been following each others awesomes and plotting out the right time to form like Voltron to give you some of the best fucking music you’ll ever be exposed to. Crystal and the amazing editors at AS have decided that now is that time. *humbled.*

Guitars and Concerts? Well tonight was an amazing night. A fairly normal night for what I do, but still amazing nonetheless. You can’t complain after an evening of wonderful music provided by Zoe Keating and her SuperCello, Kaki King and her 9011 guitars… sitting backstage in the house Jon Brion built. Real Instrument Playing Appreciation Night. Its going down. Not to mention my bestie Matt Melvin making the drive from San Diego to hang out for a while. I was surrounded by win this evening. It was a great feeling. Windy is all over the video, as usual.

Anyways, with that being said… here’s where the Breaks part comes in. When the boss is in town, its time to get to work. There will be traveling involved, so I won’t be on my computer (like THAT) for a minute.  Also; with the new writing gig

...and the other 4. 7 is the magic number.

at Autostraddle… along with kickin it over at the World Famous Potholes… I’m going to have some writing pieces Ima need to focus on. I have to sound like I’m creditable and like I know wtf I’m talking about… so we’ll have to gear all my good vocabulary and vernacular that way for a minute. But I’ll still be here, randomly writing my ass off about whatever, and then not editing the shit, making me look like a total dork.

On top of all that… Its time to start getting serious about finishing the archival for the site and new layout. You guys know ive been wanting to update my baby for a while, but the health of my friend who is doing this site take priority (hey Chris… I love you. Get Better). The less I post, the faster it can get done… so we’ll see how that goes.

I wont be going anywhere. I’ll be around to update you and hopefully post up the new Dee-1 Interview I just finished.  Until then, just go through the archives, because im sure you havent read everything I’ve posted. You do that, and I’ll see you guys in a few days.

Love,
Me.

p.s.
I LOVE ANITA BAKER OH MY GOD.
That is all.

I'm inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

I’m inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

Esperanza Spalding's Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, "Radio Music Society."

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

Esperanza Spalding’s Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, “Radio Music Society.”

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

Dear Internets. The D’Angelo Album is REAL. Let me attempt to prove it to you.

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*waits for it...*

This is a powerfully private man who is incredibly illusive.  But if you know me, you know I’ve been all over anything D’Angelo related for his entire musical career, regardless. Even with the 11 year absence and general malarkey, I stayed dedicated. I’d rather wait a thousand years for a theoretical D’Angelo album than to listen to whatever is deemed as “Soul Music” nowadays. Now I know most people believe the release date for his new album to be Neveruary 32, 3011… but there are signs that point to getting an album sooner than that. Like… really really really soon. Let me show you via a plethora of links and my own personal work/connections.

So a few years ago, the rabble rousing started when D’ randomly showed up singing on Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” on his track “Imagine.” It was sudden and no one even knew it was coming… which is always the best kind of surprise. A few months after that happened, new material was leaked across the internets… a track called “1000 Deaths.” While it wasnt anything mind-blowing… it was still enough reason for us music nerds to geek out as a whole. And even though we were geeked to spread it, we all fell back after a certain someone came through and reminded us to STFU… as D’ is FIERCELY private with his music, and we probably shouldnt have even heard the song in the first place. Nevertheless… the music was out there. And people started getting excited.

From there, the internet started speaking about Raphael Saddiq reconnecting with D’ on a musical level. Talk of collaborations with Q-Tip began, and a mixtape of sorts was released. While nothing really manifested from this, talk began of D’ holding himself up in Saadiq’s studio and bringing in some great musicians to start working with him. From there, we all kind of left it alone in hopes of not jinxing any type of progress. But just recently, Russ Elevado spoke on the D’Angelo Project, posting the information directly to his personal website. Quote Mr. Elevado:

Happy 2011 and D’Angelo continues…
Best of luck and happiness for the new decade every one!!! Pino Palladino and James Gadson have joined D’Angelo and I in New York City to finish cutting tracks for the upcoming album (yes, “THE” upcoming album!). We are officially making our way to finishing this record! I don’t need to tell everyone that this will be an amazing album. D’Angelo fans will be extremely happy to know, the wait will be over soon and it will surely be a future classic…

Once that was posted, the nerds went to work on having this confirmed… and of course… it turns out that everything IS looking real. (#thatsite)

But fu*k all of that. The final word for me? Ben Kane… A great, trustworthy, long time friend and I have been in contact for a while regarding our love for music… and the work that he is currently putting in as D’Angelo’s studio engineer. For us, it started about a year ago when Ben and D’Angelo were looking for footage of his old concerts for use as reference. Of course, I popped up with DVD footage of D’ live in Brazil. From there, Ben was sweet enough to contact me himself, quickly explained and proved who he was, and asked for a copy of said DVD on behalf of D’Angelo. With the proof and credentials he showed (he also did Al Green’s “Lay It Down,” dude is OFFICIAL), I wasted no time making a duplicate and sending it off to them. From there, we touched base occasionally on what was going on, and what he could share with me.

Fast-foward to a few days ago when I contacted Ben on behalf of LaToiya Williams to see if he was interested in engineering and mastering her new music (we’ve both been plotting that one out for a while). Now of course he can’t speak on exactly whats going on, and I wouldn’t ask him to. But he did tell me outright that he would LOVE to hop on LaToiya’s album…. however,  he is currently preoccupied with mastering and completing D’Angelo’s album. And I believe him fully. And I definitely dont want to interrupt. However, we have agreed that once he is done with his work, that he will sit down with me and give me the full 411 as to what hes been up to, his future projects, and speak on what he can regarding the D’Angelo album. And I. CANT. WAIT.
Now you don’t have to believe me, and I can understand why you wouldn’t… its been 11 years. But there’s a LOT of evidence here that points to New Album coming fairly soon. And clearly, I can’t wait.
If I hear more… I will most definitely keep you updated.
And keep your fingers crossed on that Ben Kane interview. It will have some goodies, for SURE.

Dear Internets. The D'Angelo Album is REAL. Let me attempt to prove it to you.

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*waits for it...*

This is a powerfully private man who is incredibly illusive.  But if you know me, you know I’ve been all over anything D’Angelo related for his entire musical career, regardless. Even with the 11 year absence and general malarkey, I stayed dedicated. I’d rather wait a thousand years for a theoretical D’Angelo album than to listen to whatever is deemed as “Soul Music” nowadays. Now I know most people believe the release date for his new album to be Neveruary 32, 3011… but there are signs that point to getting an album sooner than that. Like… really really really soon. Let me show you via a plethora of links and my own personal work/connections.

So a few years ago, the rabble rousing started when D’ randomly showed up singing on Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” on his track “Imagine.” It was sudden and no one even knew it was coming… which is always the best kind of surprise. A few months after that happened, new material was leaked across the internets… a track called “1000 Deaths.” While it wasnt anything mind-blowing… it was still enough reason for us music nerds to geek out as a whole. And even though we were geeked to spread it, we all fell back after a certain someone came through and reminded us to STFU… as D’ is FIERCELY private with his music, and we probably shouldnt have even heard the song in the first place. Nevertheless… the music was out there. And people started getting excited.

From there, the internet started speaking about Raphael Saddiq reconnecting with D’ on a musical level. Talk of collaborations with Q-Tip began, and a mixtape of sorts was released. While nothing really manifested from this, talk began of D’ holding himself up in Saadiq’s studio and bringing in some great musicians to start working with him. From there, we all kind of left it alone in hopes of not jinxing any type of progress. But just recently, Russ Elevado spoke on the D’Angelo Project, posting the information directly to his personal website. Quote Mr. Elevado:

Happy 2011 and D’Angelo continues…
Best of luck and happiness for the new decade every one!!! Pino Palladino and James Gadson have joined D’Angelo and I in New York City to finish cutting tracks for the upcoming album (yes, “THE” upcoming album!). We are officially making our way to finishing this record! I don’t need to tell everyone that this will be an amazing album. D’Angelo fans will be extremely happy to know, the wait will be over soon and it will surely be a future classic…

Once that was posted, the nerds went to work on having this confirmed… and of course… it turns out that everything IS looking real. (#thatsite)

But fu*k all of that. The final word for me? Ben Kane… A great, trustworthy, long time friend and I have been in contact for a while regarding our love for music… and the work that he is currently putting in as D’Angelo’s studio engineer. For us, it started about a year ago when Ben and D’Angelo were looking for footage of his old concerts for use as reference. Of course, I popped up with DVD footage of D’ live in Brazil. From there, Ben was sweet enough to contact me himself, quickly explained and proved who he was, and asked for a copy of said DVD on behalf of D’Angelo. With the proof and credentials he showed (he also did Al Green’s “Lay It Down,” dude is OFFICIAL), I wasted no time making a duplicate and sending it off to them. From there, we touched base occasionally on what was going on, and what he could share with me.

Fast-foward to a few days ago when I contacted Ben on behalf of LaToiya Williams to see if he was interested in engineering and mastering her new music (we’ve both been plotting that one out for a while). Now of course he can’t speak on exactly whats going on, and I wouldn’t ask him to. But he did tell me outright that he would LOVE to hop on LaToiya’s album…. however,  he is currently preoccupied with mastering and completing D’Angelo’s album. And I believe him fully. And I definitely dont want to interrupt. However, we have agreed that once he is done with his work, that he will sit down with me and give me the full 411 as to what hes been up to, his future projects, and speak on what he can regarding the D’Angelo album. And I. CANT. WAIT.
Now you don’t have to believe me, and I can understand why you wouldn’t… its been 11 years. But there’s a LOT of evidence here that points to New Album coming fairly soon. And clearly, I can’t wait.
If I hear more… I will most definitely keep you updated.
And keep your fingers crossed on that Ben Kane interview. It will have some goodies, for SURE.

5.18.11
For those who have been asking for the update…. here it is. Click and enjoy.
…..And then the Billboard Confirmation came in. Hrrrrrm.

Ill keep updating as needed.