To kickoff the Celebrate Brooklyn! series, The Roots are playing Prospect Park bandshell in Brooklyn this week! Supported by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, whose recent performance on Jimmy Fallon in support of the new “Regions of Light and Sound of God” LP was worthy of a full concert-length collaboration. For your chance to win free tickets to the show, just email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Celebrate Brooklyn!” as the subject. For those of you who live in New York and don’t win tickets to the show tuesday, they are still available via Ticketmaster.
Bay Area duo, Rojai & E.Live recently released their album “Hard Pressed” to an amazing response throughout the Bay Area. Their take on modern soul/funk is a perfect blend of past inspirations and future sounds. Today enjoy the mp3 download for the song “So Fly” which is accompanied by their music video for the same song. The Bay Area duo are preparing to release the vinyl version of their album “Hard Pressed” so stay tuned for release info coming soon!
Just because Oscar O’Malley is the Stoned God, doesn’t mean he has a stone heart. This time around, O’Malley sets the mood over a more serene instrumental, produced by Moray Beats, as he goes back to a simpler, more idyllic time when he was “lovin’ this lover” of his. With each new single from Oscar, he reveals a new facet to his personality and “PS 118″ lets us know that he’s felt both they joys and pains of young love just like the rest of us. Hit the jump for the .mp3 stream, and au-gratis download link, courtesy of Earmilk.
A lot of people seem to assume that the LA Beat scene end starts and ends with Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus (with a guest DJ set by Thom Yorke, of course). But this new mini-documentary, Not A Beat, Not A Scene, focuses on the current state of the community still centered around the legendary Low End Theory club night and shines a spotlight on the next generation of LA artists making waves in what is now an international pool of talent, including Juj, Free the Robots, Co.fee and MNDSGN. Add in some seriously sage analysis by scene elder Daedelus and you’ve got yourself a crash course in all things LA Beat.