Archive: June, 2012
Kanye West's newest album finally has a release date. According to Pusha-T, Cruel Summer is set for an August 7th release, who spilled the beans during a Hot 97 interview with Funkmaster Flex. Pusha-T, who is featured on the compliation album, will be joined by Frank Ocean and Jay Electronica, as well as fellow label-mate Big Sean. Cruel Summer shares the name of a short film that Kanye debuted recently at the Cannes Film Festival. The "seven-screen experience" featured Kid Cudi as the star, along with Pusha-T, Big Sean, Aziz Ansari and even Kanye himself. The film is similar to Kanye's 'Runaway' experiment in 2010 in that it is essentially a prolonged music video relying heavily on imagery.
Kanye, Pusha, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz recently came together for the music video of 'Mercy', the first cut off the new album.
Whenever Kanye collaborates with G.O.O.D. members the outcome is always spectacular. Take this announcement with a grain of salt though folks, remember how long it took Watch The Throne to be dropped after it's proposed release date?
Thursday, June 21st
Mo Money No Problems
435 Spring Garden St.
$5 guys after 11 pm
Thursday, June 21st
951 Frankford Ave
You heard it right. M.I.A. will be releasing a group of “Bad Girls” remixes on a USB key necklace, featuring a gold-colored snake chain. The key, engraved with M.I.A.’s repuposed BMW logo will include remixes from Danja, Switch and Leo Justi. Also, verses recorded by Azealia Banks, Missy Elliot and Rye Rye will appear on the new versions.
According to her merch site, “Special bonus features include an exclusive GIF, and never before seen behind the scenes photos from the “Bad Girls” video shoot.” The 2GB, gold-plated necklace is available on July 6 and will cost you 50 bucks. You can pre-order it here. What do you guys think, totally rad or not worth it? Via Pitchfork.
Next Thursday marks the first of Sex Cult records new monthly party at The Barbary, SEX CULT. What’s it all about? Well, Sex Cult has teamed up with Designer Drugs to bring you the best names in Grindhouse, Electro, Dubstep and Hardhouse every fourth Thursday of the month. Next Thursday you can expect to see Designer Drugs themselves, PLS DNT STP, Skitysnygg and an opening set by Aaron Ruxbin (with more DJs TBA). Under 21? No worries. Downstairs will 18 to enter, 21 to drink. We’re expecting this to be pretty crowded, so get your advance tickets here and get ready to dance. Did we mention there’s an open bar 10-11pm?
Thursday, June 28
951 Frankford Ave.
18+ to party, 21+ to drink
$10 - 18+
$5 - 21+ before 12
$8 - 21+ after 12
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
A carefree summer record that’s all big pop hooks and Beach Boy harmonies
Every year at the beginning of the summer I undergo what I like to refer to as Pet Sounds-itis, or an insatiable need to listen to The Beach Boys’ 1966 record Pet Sounds again and again. To me, nothing epitomizes sunny weather quite like driving down the shore, windows down, and Brian Wilson’s sweet, sun-kissed melodies blasting from the stereo.
This year though, as weather heats up (to ungodly temps already!) there might be a new contender in the “summer vibes” category. Oxford, MS’s Dent May might not hail from the Surfing Capital of the USA—but he still knows a thing or two about lush summer pop, as sophomore record Do Things makes clear.
The Manayunk Arts Festival has time and time again proven to be one of the premiere art festivals in the region. This year, the festival celebrated its 23rd year and features 300+ artists from close to 23 states, making it one of the most desirable locations to be this weekend. The festival runs from 11am-7pm on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Here's a look at what the festival has to offer this year-
Saturday June 23rd & Sunday June 24th:
300 artists and crafters will line Main St from the intersection with Green Lane to the intersection with Shurs Lane, with all local Manayunk merchants still open for business. Artists will be covering a number of crafts and specialties; fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography, and wood & sculpture.
The Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs is a collective that features some of Philadelphia's finest DJ talent, with participants in the past such as Diplo, Jazzy Jeff, ?uestlove, and many more associated with the Philly music scene. This year, PSK returns as the pre-event to The Roots' 4th of July Jam which already features Queen Latifah, Common, Darryl Hall, and Joe Jonas.
Calling it a "rave", ?uestlove brought together a number of different styles and DJ's last year at Voyeur, and it returns to the venue again this year. This year features two of Philadelphia's finest DJ's, DJ Drama and Jazzy Jeff. Drama has collaborated with some of the biggest and best names in hip-hop, and worked his way to becoming the official DJ for T.I. Jazzy Jeff has been a staple in the Philly music scene for the last two decades, drawing praise from ?uestlove for his creativity and reliability in last years PSK event.
Joining the Philly crew will be LA's own J Rocc of Stones Throw Records, another DJ that brings excitement and diversity to his sets, and producer/DJ legend Rich Medina, who is no stranger to the Philly club scene, as well as DJ PHSH and DJ Statik.
To prepare for the impending heat wave, we thought we'd stop by North Shore Beach Club Monday to see what the hype is all about. Needless to say, we know where we'll be for the rest of the week.