RedBull Emsee ’11

Red Bull is hosting their FREE eight city tour for ‘Emsee 2011‘ this Wednesday, October 5th in Boston.  This tour is designed to shed light on some of the best freestyle rappers in the country through a battle platform, where the talent is allowed by invitation only.  The event will be hosted by Bun B, with guest judges and performers Rakim, Pharoahe Monch, and Jean Grae.

Winners from each qualifier advance to the Atlanta, GA finals in November where they will face off for the national title in front of a panel of industry heavyweights. The last MC with a mic-in-hand will earn a trip to Los Angeles to record at Red Bull Studio with a headlining producer of their choice. Good Luck!

The Decline of Western Civilization

Playing at the Harvard Film Archive through September 26th was the American Punk Series, highlighting the culture’s aesthetic from the foundation being laid in the 1970′s up until the ’90′s.  As a part of the collection, HFA is showing “The Decline of Western Civilization,” a documentary from 1981 that manages to lend an inside look into the late 70′s-early 80′s punk rock culture of Los Angeles. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, the film delves deep into the origins of the punk rock scene by including insight from those very individuals whose involvement powered the movement (critics, club owners, musicians, and some “punks.”) Catch performances from the likes of Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks, Fear, and the Germs, and even including rare footage of Darby Crash.

Sunday Sept 18 (2-5pm) Girls Got Kicks Booksigning

Do not miss out on this special engagement! “Girls Got Kicks” is one of the most comprehensive books featuring individual profiles of women in sneaker culture. Beautifully depicted in full color and printed locally this book is a must have for any collection.

Full Press Release:

LOOK IN THEIR EYES. AND THEN LOOK AT THEIR FEET…
(Boston, MA, 9/6/11)–It’s an attitude, a you-can’t-stop-me look, a you’re-gonna-reckon-with-menow stance. You see it on girls and women everywhere: from celebrities like talk show host Ellen
Degeneres and WNBA MVP-candidate Tina Charles, to extraordinary young women famous only
for their obsessive love of sneakers. First they came together as a worldwide subculture on
femalesneakerfiend.com, and now they’re celebrated in the upcoming Girls Got Kicks, a beautiful,
full color book bursting with portraits and stories as rich and varied as their ever-growing sneaker
collections. (Girls Got Kicks, 186pp, Levellers Press, ISBN 978-1-937146-05-4,$30.00)
Bobbito Garcia, whose own legendary book, Where’d You Get Those, put sneaker culture on the
map, acknowledges: “Girls Got Kicks is about as definitive of a book on the subject as one can
read….I can’t think of one woman in the world who deserves to be in that book that isn’t covered.
Lori Lobenstine and crew nailed it, and filled the void for what all efforts prior, including mine,
failed to uncover.”
Lori Lobenstine, founder of femalesneakerfiend.com and previously published in the anthologies
All About the Girl and Sneaker Freaker, weaves together gems from over 150 interviews to show
how these sneaker lovers push beyond stereotypes, using kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip and
tomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on their
own terms. Photographer Amanda Lopez, also featured in Back Yard Shake Down and Urban Art
and Culture from Five Continents, brings their words to life with powerful full color portraits
throughout the book.
Book tour stops include New York City (Goliath, 9/15.11), Boston (Bodega, 9/18/11), San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Capetown, Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit.
For more information or to receive a review copy:
lori@femalesneakerfiend.com
http://girlsgotkicks.com

LOOK IN THEIR EYES. AND THEN LOOK AT THEIR FEET…(Boston, MA, 9/6/11)–It’s an attitude, a you-can’t-stop-me look, a you’re-gonna-reckon-with-menow stance. You see it on girls and women everywhere: from celebrities like talk show host EllenDegeneres and WNBA MVP-candidate Tina Charles, to extraordinary young women famous onlyfor their obsessive love of sneakers. First they came together as a worldwide subculture onfemalesneakerfiend.com, and now they’re celebrated in the upcoming Girls Got Kicks, a beautiful,full color book bursting with portraits and stories as rich and varied as their ever-growing sneakercollections. (Girls Got Kicks, 186pp, Levellers Press, ISBN 978-1-937146-05-4,$30.00)Bobbito Garcia, whose own legendary book, Where’d You Get Those, put sneaker culture on themap, acknowledges: “Girls Got Kicks is about as definitive of a book on the subject as one canread….I can’t think of one woman in the world who deserves to be in that book that isn’t covered.Lori Lobenstine and crew nailed it, and filled the void for what all efforts prior, including mine,failed to uncover.”Lori Lobenstine, founder of femalesneakerfiend.com and previously published in the anthologiesAll About the Girl and Sneaker Freaker, weaves together gems from over 150 interviews to showhow these sneaker lovers push beyond stereotypes, using kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip andtomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on theirown terms. Photographer Amanda Lopez, also featured in Back Yard Shake Down and Urban Artand Culture from Five Continents, brings their words to life with powerful full color portraitsthroughout the book.Book tour stops include New York City (Goliath, 9/15.11), Boston (Bodega, 9/18/11), SanFrancisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Capetown, Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit.For more information or to receive a review copy:lori@femalesneakerfiend.comhttp://girlsgotkicks.com

Malice(Clipse) Booksigning @ Bodega This Thurs 4-6pm Aug 11th

Malice of The Clipse

Signing his new book

“Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked”

This Thursday , August 11th.  4pm-6pm @ Bodega

We’ve been a big fan of the Clipse since the days of Gucci Chuck Taylors with the dragon on  the side.   Since then, we’ve supported their Playcloths Clothing line, and have had them to Bodega  whenever they are in town.

This Thursday(Aug 11, 4-6pm), Malice  (Gene Elliot Thornton, Jr.) of the Clipse will return to sign copies of his new book “Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked”.

“Wretched…tells of my highest highs and my lowest lows. It speaks of my childhood, family life, and life in the industry.” – Malice

If you have any questions please feel free to email us
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Vitamin Water – Uncapped Live

July 2011
Vitamin Water Pop Up Space at Fourth Wall

 

 

Vitamin Water takes over our gallery for the month of July with a full calendar of parties, fashion shows and shows.   We had our friends Project SF, Autumn Ahn, James Mustin and Nick Colen build installations.

 

 

Full info @ Vitaminwater.com/boston

 


 

Zion I for Artists for Humanity

Zion I & Grouch will be hitting the stage next week at the Middle East Club as a part of their “Healing the Nation” Tour in partnership with Artists for Humanity. This tour is devoted to acknowledging and supporting organizations who in some way have displayed acts of heroism within their community. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Artists for Humanity, support the cause and buy your tickets here.

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is a Boston-based organization that came to fruition in 1991 and focuses on giving inner city children the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. By granting access to the necessary mediums, AFH promotes creative productions of all sorts from these children in areas such as but not limited to: graphic design, painting, and photography. Although the arts serve as the main source of empowerment behind the organization, AFH also manages to convey the importance of respect and responsibility by offering paid employment, transitioning young artists to become young entrepreneurs. To learn more about Artists for Humanity or to get involved click through to their website afhboston.com.

Kidrobot x Marka27

Our friend Marka is doing a big release with Kidrobot.
Over the next three days Kidrobot will be hosting in store signings with artist MARKA27 for their recent collaborative effort, the 8″ Shadow Serpent Dunny. Starting today, MARKA27 will be present at the Kidrobot location in SoHo from 6-8pm. For the tail end of this micro tour he will head out to Kidrobot’s retail locations in Los Angeles (April 21st) and San Francisco (April 22nd.) This release marks the first 8″ Dunny for MARKA27 with Kidrobot and is limited to 1,500 pieces worldwide. Each of these pieces feature 3 decorative mini speakers extending from the head, 2 screenprinted speakers placed on the front and back of the body, and design inspiration stemming from MARKA27′s Mexican heritage. The Kidrobot x MARKA27 8″ Shadow Serpent Dunny will be made available April 21st at a retail price of $70. For more information on the event and product release check out MARKA27.com.

Dipset Xmas!


Jim Jones – Dipset Xmas

Black friday will soon be upon us, and we all need music to shop/craft to. That’s why Dipset finally released their Reunion mixtape filled with freestyles, a Cypress Hill Black Sunday track and unintelligible drops from DJ Whiteowl.

Dipset Reunion – Download for your listening pleasure here.

Last, Oh Word found Camron’s Rhyme book a while back.



Edan’s Echo Party Screening 11/30 At Brattle Theatre

Directed by Tom Fitzgerald
Nov 30th, Brattle Theatre
Film Starts 9:30 (run time 30min approx)
Followed by Edan & Dagha Live Rapp Preformance
$12

I put this event together with Ned (Brattle) and Edan. I hope you can make it since it’s an amazingly original work of art by a great artist.

The Onion AV Club says….

?The rapper/producer/DJ born Edan Portnoy has followed a singular path to cult semi-fame. An alumnus of Berklee College Of Music, Edan fell madly in love with hip-hop’s golden age, bringing ’88 back on his retro-minded 2002 debut, Primitive Plus. 2005’s Beauty And The Beat masterfully fused his complex rhyme schemes and vivid wordplay with late-’60s psychedelic rock. Now, the eccentric musical mastermind has returned with Echo Party, another giddy romp through hip-hop history that finds him remixing the catalog of old-school labels distributed by Traffic Entertainment, in the style of Madlib’s remix of the Blue Note catalog.
Edan once again recreates hip-hop’s past in his own image, radically reconfiguring the base elements of old-school rap—chant-along choruses, party-rocking rhymes, disco beats, harmonizing—through extensive studio trickery and live instrumentation. He plays everything from Moog to kazoo, but his favorite instrument remains the studio itself: Edan goes nuts with echo and backward effects without ever losing the beat. Echo Party doubles as an ’80s time capsule, too, with sound bites referencing everything from the Smurfs to the imminent threat of nuclear destruction. Of course, it would be nice if Edan’s first album in four years actually featured him rapping, but until he picks up the microphone again, Echo Party serves as a more-than-acceptable substitute for a proper Edan solo album.”

Other PRESS

“A typically spaced out lyrical journey. Ninety-nine percent better than the competition” – Dazed And Confused

“Perhaps the greatest US hip-hop album you’ll hear in 2005″ – DJ

“This is a record that exults in the joy of musical creation. It should prove impossible not to love” – The Times

“Edan’s genius is schizophrenic. ‘Beauty and The Beat’ should make him a star” – Mojo

“Instead of bleating about how rap was better ‘back in the day’, Edan goes and does something constructive about improving it” – Metro

“A bewitching lesson in underground hip-hop production” – Hip-Hop Connection

“Edan has a seemingly bottomless musical curiosity… he unites old school hip-hop’s aesthetics with a previous generation’s sense of grooviness” – The Washington Post

“Impossibly ambitious, as psychedelic as Mythos, as unrelenting as the Ultramagnetic MCs, Edan is a master in possession of his own style. One of the best and most original records to come out this decade” – XLR8R

“A full tab of b-boy psychedeliaŠ a creative quantum leap forward” – XXL

“With an awe-inspiring imagination in tow, Edan drops his own magical mystery tour” – URB

“Nothing is fucking with Edan right now. ‘Beauty and the Beat’ is the best hip-hop I’ve heard in a long time” – Mass Appeal

Upcoming – Me + Bean Snowboards + Project SF 12/3

Playing records for this Bean Snowboards party featuring the artwork of my good friends Dana Woulfe, Nick Z…..should be a fun and at least the music won’t suck.