Jurassic 5 baritone Chali 2Na has a few solo albums to his name, but this next project, as hinted back last winter, is about to see the light of day. We finally have a video for “Against the Current“…
And a week from now (on 12/12/12), his PledgeMusic drive will go into effect.
As excited as I am to tell you about it, I admit humbly that it’s going to take me some time (and some help) to get this thing assembled the way I intend it for you. So as a snack before the meal, I came up with a way to reward y’all for getting involved and being a part of it from the jump. Starting 12.12.12 (next Wednesday to be exact) I’m going to begin releasing a series of EPs along the way until the book is ready to ship. The first installment of the series, from this project I labeled, “Against The Current” will be a sample of the four that will follow. The most enjoyable thing about my music career for me personally, has been collaborating with Artists from many different walks of life, and even places of the World. And I’ve been influenced by so many different types of music, that with this project I’m actually going in on a couple of them. The 2nd EP will be heavily influenced by Electronic and Dub-Step music. I’m also finishing up one that’s Caribbean influenced and another one I’m going to record exclusively with my live band. And the last one will be a true vintage Hip Hop record, even-though I know that’s not exactly what Hip Hop sounds like in current day. Hence the name of the Project.
Keep in the loop on his PledgeMusic page:
Just posted on Puscifer’s facebook page…
Puscifer’s Donkey Punch The Night coming Feb 19, 2013. The 8-song release track listing:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody “O.G. Mix”
3. Dear Brother
4. Balls To The Wall “Pillow Fight Mix”
5. Breathe “Drumcell rework”
6. Dear Brother “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta)
7. Balls To The Wall “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix”
8. Bohemian Rhapsody “Sonoio rework”
Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) about the collection:
While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time. I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls To The Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ And scratch them we did.
Just uploaded to bandcamp by Glen Phillips (the voice of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is Coyote Sessions.
Go here to buy it (only $7 for the full album):
Here’s the 411…
This album is a collection of beloved orphans – songs I’ve played live but never put on a record, or co-writes that other artists have cut but I hadn’t gotten around to recording.
Coyote Sessions is also an experiment in recording. My friend Sean McCue lost his previous studio in the Tea Fire a couple years ago, and recently finished building a new workspace, Coyote Road Studio. It’s a big open room, with a distinctive sound. We wanted to see how truly we could capture a real performance – no electronic mixing, no overdubs, just a single microphone a couple feet away from me and players moved around the room to balance the sound. We hope you like the results.
**** Full album includes a video for Greer Zoller ****
Glen Phillips – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sean McCue – Electric and High Strung Guitars, Percussion
Jim Connolly – Acoustic Bass, Piano
Alastair Greene – Electric and Steel Guitars
Tariqh Akoni – Electric Guitar
Bill Flores – Pedal Steel, Weissenborn, Mandolin
Anna Abbey – Piano
Tom Lackner – Drums
No word on when this will hit the US market, but Italian band Guano Padano is releasing their 2nd album, 2, on March 13, 2012 (today!). It doesn’t show up in the US Amazon store (yet), but the whole album is streaming on Rolling Stone Italy. The track “Prairie Fire” features Mike Patton on vocals…
Sufjan Stevens is set to release his first set of new music since 2010’s The Age of Adz with a new project titled s/s/s. The project also includes Son Lux and the rapper Serengeti. The group’s four-track EP, which is titled Beak & Claw, is set for a March 20 release through Anticon. (It’s available for pre-order on vinyl now.)
The six-minute track “Museum Day” features Sufjan singing Auto-Tuned lines alongside rap verses from Serengeti.
The EP features vocal contributions from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond on “If This Is Real“, while Doseone from Subtle & Themselves appears on the closer, “Octomom.” Stevens and Serengeti collaborated in 2009 on a track for the Dark Was the Night compilation.
Beak & Claw Tracklist
1. Museum Day
2. Beyond Any Doubt
3. If This Is Real
Chali 2Na, the quick-witted baritone from on-hiatus rap group Jurassic 5, has five “genre-bending” EPs in the hopper to release throughout 2012 as part of his new project called Against the Current. Check the trailer and press release below:
With his distinctive and widely beloved baritone voice, Chali 2na has established himself not only as one of hip-hop’s preeminent and charismatic personalities, but has also garnered renowned praise as a highly respected artist across a myriad of mediums. Today, he has announced his latest project, Against The Current, a 5 EP installment that will be released throughout 2012. Breathing new life into his musical history, the project’s sound is heavily influenced by his history; from the blues music he was raised on and the hip-hop he produced as a member of Jurassic 5, to the urban-Latin music he created with Ozomatli and his love for performing live. Each EP will be a fusion of these experiences, and also include Chali’s trademark spitfire rhymes. A trailer for Against The Current, featuring snippets from the project’s first single and title-track, has been released today, and can be viewed here.
Fans can catch a preview of Against The Current this winter as Chali will be hitting the road for a nationwide tour (full routing below). Kicking off February 9th in Oakland, CA, the tour will encompass nearly 30 dates before wrapping in Austin, TX for a series of showcases at this years’ SXSW Music and Film Conference.
More details on Against The Current will be revealed in the coming weeks!
Chali 2Na 2012 Winter Tour
- February 9, 2012 Oakland, CA The New Parish
- February 10, 2012 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley
- February 11, 2012 Reno, NV Cargo
- February 12, 2012 Boise, ID The Reef
- February 14, 2012 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom – Lola’s Room
- February 15, 2012 Victoria, BC Club 9one9
- February 16, 2012 Tofino, BC Tofino Legion
- February 17, 2012 Cumberland, BC Waverly Hotel – The Bridge
- February 18, 2012 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
- February 20, 2012 Whistler, BC Garibaldi Lift Co.
- February 22, 2012 Nelson, BC Hume Hotel – Spirit Bar
- February 23, 2012 Fernie, BC The Northern
- February 24, 2012 Golden, BC Rockwater Bar & Grill
- February 25, 2012 Calgary, AB Hifi Club
- February 27, 2012 Ketchum, ID Whiskey Jacques
- February 28, 2012 Victor, ID Knotty Pine
- March 1, 2012 Bozeman, MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge
- March 2, 2012 Missoula, MT Top Hat
- March 4, 2012 Avon, CO The Snowball Festival
- March 6, 2012 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
- March 7, 2012 St. Louis, MO 2720
- March 8, 2012 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
- March 9, 2012 Kallamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery
- March 10, 2012 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
- March 12, 2012 Asheville, NC Asheville Music Hall
- March 13, 2012 Nashville, TN Exit In
- March 14, 2012 Knoxville, TN Cider House
- March 16 & 17, 2012 Austin, TX SXSW *Shows to be announced soon!
Be sure to visit www.Chali2na.com/shows for the latest additions!
New music from a rap master. Sign me up. I won’t be hitting his tour this time, but I caught him at WOW Hall in Eugene last fall (where the photo at the top of this post was from)… knock out great show!
New French based music service Deezer.com (comparable to Spotify) are rolling out their services in 200 countries in the coming months and a new Radiohead single surfaced, entitled, ‘The Daily Mail & Staircase’. Cover art is included, expect the tracks don’t stream till the release date: December 19th.
Amazon.com has the mp3/digital download single online as well now, listed for $1.98 with the same release date. Here are “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” from Radiohead’s From The Basement session: