It's another new edition of the Beat Junkies Newsletter.....
SUMMER IS IN FULL EFFECT! The Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu will be busy this weekend; first he will be in Seattle tonight at the SeeSound Lounge, then on Friday, he will be in Chicago at The Shrine, then lastly, he will join Rakaa Iriscience as the Expansion Team Soundsystem at the 3rd Annual SF Bay Area Medical Cannibas Cup.The hardest working Dj from the Bay Area, Shortkut will be globetrotting this month as he spins from the Bay to Taipei, back to the Bay to do a show with the Funky President, J.Rocc at Mighty this month.....
IT'S ONE WEEK AWAY! THE BEAT JUNKIES will be celebrating their 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY this year!!! We will be embarking on a World Tour to celebrate this monumental milestone. The first official show is on Saturday, June 30th at the Echoplex, in our hometown of Los Angeles! Peep the line up & check out the EPK Trailer below! We will have a San Francisco show in September, as well as an European & Asia Tour, later on to be announced. So SAVE THE DATE & stay tuned for other details....you can also purchase limited pre-sale tickets of the show here:
and MONDAY, JUNE 25TH, the Beat Junkies will be on the KTLA Morning News (Channel 5 for all you LA Residents) to promote the 20 Year Anniversary show at the Echoplex. If you're up early in the morning, check them out with the lovely Allie MacKay.
Make sure to also check out our "Friends' & Associates" section for other events with people that we work with closely......Our brother House Shoes' debut of his solo album "Let It Go" on Tres Records, IS OUT NOW!!. Make sure to buy the cd & vinyl at fine independent record stores or on ITUNES. Also this Sunday, our good friends the Baka Boyz' Eric V & Wordlyfe's Byze One, along with the legendary Shinehead, will be at "Red Cup Sundays" at the Club Icon in Downtown LA. Make sure you check out the newest Stones Throw podcast, which is highlighting the works of our homie, the talented Karriem Riggins, called "Produced That". It's a Free Podcast!!
If you live in the Los Angeles area, Monday, June 25th, the Beat Junkies will be on the KTLA Morning Local News on Channel 5 with the one & only Allie MacKay. She will be interviewing the Junkies early in the morning to promote the 20 Year Anniversary at the Echoplex on 6/30, as well as an instore appearance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on 6/29. If you're up early in the morning on Monday, make sure to peep us out on the KTLA Morning News Show between 5-8am.
June 19th, 2012 will mark the TRES Records release date for Let It Go – the debut LP from Detroit native House Shoes.
It feels wrong, though, to call this a 'debut' record because it doesn't sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat's classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. He's produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He's DJ'ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list.
Technically, however, this is his debut LP. One that hip-hop 'know-somethings' have been asking for (for years). One he's probably been holding on to for a while. One he's finally letting go.
Let It Go, features two discs. The first is a full-length album boasting features by the 'heavyweights' and the 'hungry' alike; balanced between artists accustomed to hip-hop limelight, and those still chasing it.
The project bats with a heavy-handed Motown roster. Detroit-bred collaborators include Big Tone, Moe Dirdee, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown, among others. Los Angeles (Oh No, MED, The Alchemist, Co$$), Norfolk (Nottz), St. Louis (Black Spade), New York (Roc Marciano), and Chicago (Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5) pinch-hit throughout the project.
The second disc houses the instrumental versions from the record. It showcases the claps, snares, kicks, and soul-filled samples that House Shoes plates for Let It Go (and that might be overlooked next to the features, otherwise).
Songs like 'Dirt feat. Greneberg' (Oh No, Alchemist, Roc Marciano) and 'Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father' are tough to picture on the same project if listened to separately. In the context of Let It Go, however, they feel blood related and well placed.
Shoes delivers an album that sound like an album (and not a mixtape) – no small feat in the topography of today's music. He blends the songs, instrumentals, and interludes into a sequence that sounds like they all belong to something bigger than their time stamp and signature. Individually, the songs are strong; soaked in that neck-snapping, gritty-drummed, trouble-water-soulsampled thing that makes hip hop magnetic. To dissect the album into its parts would miss the point, though.
The triumph of Let It Go is the full hour of music, not any fraction of the 60-some-minute run time.
PICK IT UP AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE OR ITUNES:
Karriem Riggins, jazz drummer. He's backed Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter. He tours with Diana Krall, and recently collaborated with The Beatles' Paul McCartney on his first studio release in five years. But Karriem does something Ringo never dreamed of - he also drums with an MPC. And that brings us to the subject of Stones Throw Podcast 74…
Karriem Riggins, hip-hop producer. The list of artists he's produced for and collaborated with read like a who's who of our favorite hip-hop artists over the last decade. We're releasing a hip-hop album of Karriem's this fall called Alone Together, but before we get to that we're looking back at some of his best productions and collaborations with others. "Karriem Riggins Produced That" mixed by Karriem Riggins.
Take It Back - Kweli & Marsha Ambrosius
Walk On By - Karriem Riggins
Soldier - Badu
Step It Off - Dwele'
E And 1 Equals None - Proof
Uncle Raheim - Consequence
Tainted - Slum Village
Tainted - 50 Cent
Aerodynamic (Remix) - Daft Punk
We B Dem - Slum Village
Music Kaleidoscope - Karriem Riggins
Classic - M.E.D. & Kweli
Jump Up - Kweli
Vip In - Phat Kat
The Clapper - J Dilla
7 - 8 Karriem - Poyser - Hodge
Next Time - Common & Queen Latifah
Hustle - Common
Play Your Cards Right - Common & Bilal
Virgo - Karriem Riggins
Fall In Love - Erykah Badu
Love - Karriem Riggins
Actin Normal - Baatin
S.O.U.L - Slum Village
Quills Intro - The Roots
Quills - The Roots
Mona Lisa - Black Thought
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