Posted by Billyjam, March 24, 2009 11:39am | Post a Comment
The years 1990 and 1991 were pivotal for women in hip-hop and are captured in the series of videos below. Despite the uneven ratio between female and male artists, those two years captured a time when many more female emcees were being signed and promoted by major record labels than in previous years, or years since, for that matter.

It was also a time when just about every hip-hop crew or collective had at least one female member whom they gave full support to. Queen Latifah was part of the Flavor Unit. X-Clan's Blackwatch Movement included Isis and Queen Mother Rage, while the extended BDP crew included Ms Melodie and Harmony. Meanwhile, Yo-Yo had the backing support of the post-NWA Ice Cube.

The beginning of the 90's was also a time when sisters in rap looked out for one another and joined forces to throw some memorable all female hip-hop events. There was the 75 minute 1991 Sisters In The Name of Rap concert, with YoYo, Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Roxanne Shante, Def Dames, Silk Tymes Leather, Nikke? Nicole!, (dancehall artist) Shelly Thunder, Tam Tam & others and hosted by Dee Barnes. This killer show was a Pay-Per-View TV concert taped at the Ritz in NYC in late '91 and released the following year on VHS. (I still have my prized copy.) 

Also in 1991, on Valentine's Day, there was a 5-hour all female rap concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena that included Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, M.C. Trouble (R.I.P.), Harmony, Nefertiti, Michie Mee, MC Smooth, and Nikki D. While, according to all reviews at the time, this female rap showcase was an off-the-hook event, its attendance figures were far from impressive. Only 3,700 people showed up at the 15,200-seat LA Sports Arena. Perhaps the promoters booked too large a venue for this event, but had it been an all male rap showcase featuring the leading men of rap of the day, it would have undoubtedly sold out.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Posted by Amoebite, March 23, 2009 11:21pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella LineupYeah Yeah Yeahs

Day #7 - Artist #7 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
For some reason my internet wants to cut out on me every two minutes tonight, so this is going to have to be brief...which is good because sometimes actions speak louder than words. I didn't really have much to say about these guys, but I caught their new single "Zero" for the first time when I was up late one night working on this blog with MTV on in the background. Everyone says MTV doesn't play videos anymore --  well, they do. You just have to know where to look for 3:00am.

YYY's have been off my radar for awhile, so I had no knowledge of a new release from them. As I was watching the video, I was unsure of what I was hearing. It looked like Karen O from the YYY's (who doesn't these days?), but it didn't quite sound like them. The YYY's have always sounded "black and white" to me. But this song sounded like "Blu-ray on a brand new Plasma screen!" And it's been on non-stop rotation on my iPod since. 

As my roommate and I were dissecting the Coachella lineup and planning our wish list of performances to catch, I had all but physically cut the YYY's off the flyer with a pair of scissors. But I think they just earned an extra man in the audience when they perform toward the top of the bill on Sunday April 19th. And I think that extra man will be me.

March 22, 2009

Posted by phil blankenship, March 23, 2009 11:07pm | Post a Comment
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I Love You Man

Puma And Love-Made Present: What Do You Dance?

Posted by Smiles Davis, March 23, 2009 10:51pm | Post a Comment

Puma and Lovemade have collaborated to present a monthly series of events simply titled the “Puma Monthly Music Series.” For the inaugural event, a special celebration will take place at the Ecco Lounge in Hollywood tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 24, 2009. The two foward-thinking companies have joined to celebrating the launch of, a social network dedicated to dance, lifestyle, fashion, art, events, and forward thinking from a dancer's perspective, of course. The new online network was created by dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Fatima Robinson. It is an interactive experience with a forum, an event section, blogs and much more for people to express what’s on their mind, or to simply share information with fellow users.

For this kickoff jam, Lovemade has done what they do best and organized a party reflecting the spirit of this newest venture from Fatima. Lovemade ladies have put together a great lineup of DJs including Rashida (America's Best Dance Crew/ Prince),  DJ Smiles Davis (Ameoba Records), Posso The DJ (Designer of Posso the Spat) and DJ Wendy City (Lovemade), all of whom will be providing the evening’s soundtrack, while Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter will be in the house capturing the action.

With that being said, be sure to look sharp, be prepared to boogie your heart out, and come celebrate the launch of “What Do You Dance?” with all of us!

out last week 3/10 & 3/17...white lies...cursive...bonnie prince billy...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 23, 2009 07:30pm | Post a Comment
Sometimes I forget that bands still make videos. Back before I had MTV I was obsessed with videos and watched them whenever I got a chance. It was hard to find videos and you had to watch late night TV or be one of the lucky people with cable. It is now so easy to watch videos, but for some reason I watch them rarely. MTV doesn't really play videos anymore, but they are now so easily accessible on your phone and computer through YouTube. It is almost too easy. Maybe it is not as fun because it is so easy. Every once in a while I remember how easy it is and I easily spend hours catching up and watching videos. The next couple of weeks have some very exciting new releases. These last couple of weeks are also not so bad. New albums by Bonnie Prince Billy and Cursive and White Lies and Wavves and Tim Hecker. I also really like the new Handsome Furs. This blog is extremely short so you can spend some time watching some videos.

Here are some songs from the last couple of weeks of albums

Handsome Furs "I'm Confused" from the new album Face Control OUT NOW...

White Lies "Farewell to the Fairground" from the album To Lose My Life OUT NOW...

Cursive "Dorothy At Forty" from the album Mama I'm Swollen OUT NOW...

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