Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fête de la Musique 2012

Today is Fête de la Musique, or for those that speak the Queen's English, World Music Day. According to various sources, World Music Day was first conceptualized in France in 1976 by an American, Joel Cohen, who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice. It makes me proud to know that there is a day set aside to celebrate the vast and diverse musical traditions that span this big blue marble that we all share. 

My first (and still favorite) job out of school was an internship working with the amazing World Music Institute here in New York. They do the thankless job of spreading the awareness of Non-Beiber, Non-Kanye music to those who come from other places and miss their tones of home, or those that are just curious about how the rest of the planet rocks out. It was an unpaid internship, but what I lacked in funds, I received tenfold in music education. The music I got back then has stayed so close to my heart (and ears) to this very day. Here are some of the highlights to help you celebrate World Music Day. Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments or email me @

From Belize
Andy Palacio - Weyu Larigi Weyu

From Pakistan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gives An Amazing Live Qawwali Performance

From Zaire & The Congo
Lita Bembo & Stukas Boys - Mombombo Dominé

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kitty Pryde hits back with Orion's Belt


The Rap Taylor Swift played a show last week at The Knit in Wburg. I missed it (dag yo) but I’m sure it registered somewhere on the scale between dope and worth the trip to Brooklyn. 

Check out Kitty’s new 5 song EP, Haha I’m Sorry. It includes the previously posted “Okay Cupid”, the old fashioned love song “Gave Me Scabies,” her cover of the infectious Carly Mae Jensen single “Call Me Maybe” and “Orion’s Belt” featuring Riff Raff. the carnival themed video for the latter can be found below.

Kitty Pryde - Orion's Belt

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Buy Way Yes' New EP TODAY!!

Travis, Glenn and Max of Way Yes with a friend 
I have already expressed my ever increasing love for Way Yes on #EDAS, both in interview form and in dog form. If you have already heard of these amazing minstrels, you have undoubtedly been yearning to indulge in  more of their heartfelt honest lyrics and unique Afro-Brazili-ribbean melodies. Luckily for you and your ears, their brand new Walkability EP is available TODAY from Lefse Records. It is one of the most enjoyable and creative albums I have heard in a long time.  

In our last conversation here's what one of the guys had to say in anticipation of the new release:
Records are one of the great art forms in my opinion. Also, the records are what you get to leave behind as tangible proof that you existed. And with the wonders of the InterWeb and Time Capsules there's a good chance they'll always exist in one form or another. I know records aren't as profitable as they used to be, but they're at least being listened to by more people than ever. 
To read the rest of our interview about music, life and delicious chicken fingers, you can do so by clicking here. Otherwise the only clicking you should do today should be here to buy Walkability on CD direct from the label OR here to buy it the Mp3's from iTunesBuy it for the 5 amazing original tunes, stay for the 5 remixes.

Below you will find the official video for their title track off the EP, which features the absolutely nothing out of the ordinary if you have ever been to Columbus. I feel like I partied with that blue guy back in my OSU days, in fact he may still owe me money. For a select and lucky few who live in Ohio and New York, Summer tour dates are below with the possibility of more to come. Stay tuned to Way Yes and #EDAS for more as it comes. 


6/23 - Columbus, OH Comfest
7/14 - Akron, OH Musica w/ Ra Ra Riot
7/19 - New York, NY PIANOS w/ Rimar
7/20 - New York, NY Glasslands Gallery w/ Neighbors, Friend Roulette
7/23 - Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall w/ Best CoastThose Darlins

Way Yes - Walkability