Archive for September, 2010

WIN-IT WEDNESDAY WITH JJ GREY!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Win an autographed vinyl copy of “The Choice Cuts” by JJ GREY & MOFRO this week in our Win-It Wednesday contest of the week at our Facebook Fan Page.  All you have to do is stop over to our fan page, find the status update about JJ Grey and leave a lucky number.  We’re going to do a live draw on video at the end of the day pulling from a container filled with everyone’s numbers.  The number drawn will be the winner!!! How dope is that?  VERY DOPE!

The last time we caught a JJ Grey show was at this years Wakarusa Music Festival in the beautiful Ozark mountaintops of Arkansas.  This time around, we were SOOOO PUMPED to see that JJ uses a Sennheiser microphone (Sennheiser happens to be one of our sponsors!). In fact, the first time we covered JJ Grey was at the 2006 Wakarusa Music Festival…my how time flies.

To witness JJ Grey and the fellas in action is something of an experience.  JJ has a charm and charisma about him as he beads sweat down his brow, stopping his feet to the earth-shaking bass and drums of MOFRO.  Watching JJ is like watching old school R&B music from the 90s … yeah, I am talkin KC and Jojo type musical commitment.  Caressing a microphone in an a-shirt (aka “wife beater”) and shorts or possibly a flannel and jeans, JJ uses his vocal instrument to communicate swampy, southern-swoon…and always finds time to just…talk…to the ladies.

I have seen panties and bras thrown on stage at JJ and the gang, which certainly is meant to be a gesture passion, but all I can think about at a music festival is – “whose draws are these?” and “can you imagine how nasty those under garments are?”  But when you’re a rare talent that can tambourine with the best of them while singing the Stones classic “Sympathy for the Devil,” and effortlessly bring it back to the grooves you penned such as the audience favorite “Circles,” underwear and loyal fans are sometimes part of the experience.

Enter the JJ Grey & MOFRO WIN-IT WEDNESDAY promotion on facebook and find yourself getting lost in the magic of southern charm, great arrangements and authentic talent rising like mist from “The Choice Cuts” vinyl record.

For more JJ Grey & MOFRO, visit the links below!

http://www.jjgrey.com/gw/

http://www.myspace.com/mofroband

http://www.facebook.com/MOFROBAND

http://www.youtube.com/user/JJGreyMusic

GIRL TALK NYE CHICAGO | FULL FILM

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
GIRL TALK NYE CHICAGO IS UP!

PART 1 – IN THE PLAYER AT THE TOP OF THE SITE!

PART 2 -

Part 3 -

Watch it here:

Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmzFte9uG6o
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl7LA8yrHEA
Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spq45wA9RkY

TROMBONE SHORTY ON CNN [VIDEO]

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Capital Zen

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward [TheRFW.com/blogs/Garret]

www.CapitalZenMusic.com

Bouncing out of Albany, New York like a rubber ball violently chucked at the world, prankster prog-rockers Capital Zen leave one confused and curious over what exactly is radiating out of the speakers.

The melodic slackers self-titled release is an outcry against the usual young adult fears- responsibility, government mind control, and the end of mankind in 2012.

Whiplash transitions. Kick-you-in-the-crotch percussion. Cat-scratch guitar riffs. Swampy bass hooks. It’s all there. The ideal recipe for a progressive jam entree.

And yet, they don’t sound like Umphrey’s McGee. They don’t sound like Phish. They don’t sound like moe. But, it’s that mere fact which keeps the listener’s attention.

They aren’t like the top-of-the-crop touring acts. They have added a few extra ingredients (hip-hop rhyming, friendly nods to nu-metal, and a hard rock edge) that separate them from innumerable other acts diluting the scene with a cookie-cutter brand of jam.

It seems there is potential within the confines of Capital Zen. Yes, the road is long and arduous, but, with a little bit of hard work, luck, and a keen sense of what’s waiting for them if they give up (a job), Zen is heading in the right direction- even if we can’t really decipher what that is at this current juncture.

Girl Talk Releases NYE Chicago Documentary

Monday, September 20th, 2010

In the first few days of 2010, we shared news of Girl Talk’s mind-blowing, over-the-top New Year’s Eve extravaganza, where he threw one of the largest house parties the world has seen to celebrate the end of the decade. With so much time and effort put into making this such an extraordinary night, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his crew decided not just those in attendance, but all Girl Talk fans, should have a chance to see the insanity. The planning and show was documented on multiple HD cameras, and has now been made into a short film that’s almost ready to be shared. You can get a sneak peek of “Girl Talk NYE Chicago” by checking out the trailer above!

To give you an idea, here’s what went down: As a surprise to the 4,500-capacity Congress Theatre audience in Chicago, Girl Talk had a two-story, five room house built on stage. This house took months to plan, and 4+ full days and 21+ crewmembers to build. Girl Talk and the set designers seriously took things to the next level when it came to the detail that went into each aspect of the house. They drywalled the rooms, made a real staircase, and fake wooden floors, built a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note stuck on the door, and a table with a fruit bowl, blender and more, a living room that included a hutch filled with china, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more, the kid’s room had a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, amongst other items, and the bathroom featured a real toilet, sink, shower and curtain. Plus, outside the house, there were even fake trees lining the yard, and a rock was placed in front of the house covering the table Girl Talk works on. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, were equally elaborate. When the house was first presented to the audience, only a few lamps inside each room were turned on, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. The kitchen floor eventually lit up turning into a disco-dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and intense lights came from the fireplace. There were also special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night. Check out stills from the film below.

Girl Talk has been on the road nonstop since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008. After playing over 240 shows and rarely taking more than five days off at a time, Gregg has finally taken a break for most of the summer to work on his next album, which will be unleashed upon the world in early 2011. Stay tuned for more details!

Girl Talk Upcoming Shows:

Fri. Oct. 29 : Asheville, NC @ MoogFest

Sat. Nov. 20 :  Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival w/ Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement