Karriem Riggins’ full length album “Alone Together” drops October 23rd, via Stones Throw. The vinyl and digital editions of Karriem’s “Alone Together” Album are being released in two parts, “Alone” (released in August) and “Together.” The second half of “Alone Together” was released today for “Together” alongside a bonus Fan Club 45 “12s in 8″ b/w “Analog Days.”
Today, enjoy the free mp3 download for the song “Summer Madness S.A.” which is one of my favorite tracks from the album. Summer banger for you to forget that Winter is right around the corner.
Finally, on October 25th, Karriem Riggins will be joining ?uestlove for a special DJ set for his official “Alone Together” NY Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl. This should be a special evening, as this brings …
Bonnaroo 2012 did not follow the DJ craze like most fest this year are doing, having only one stage dedicated to dubstep, house, trance, etc… But they did book a few stellar acts to keep the Bonnaroovians (yes, the word exist) satisfied. Skrillex delivered his set on what looked like an outdated space ship from a ’70s Buck Rogers flick. Me personally, I would have gone Klingon Vessel.
Hip-hop iconoclast Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson is the subject of the latest episode of Morgan Spurlock’s “A Day In The Life.” The Supersize Me director followed the drummer and bandleader throughout a full day in New York City, from his early morning workout to a late-night DJ gig at his weekly Bowl Train party. In between, Questo rehearses for Jimmy Fallon, takes on David Chang of Momofuku in a friend chicken cook off and waxes philosophical about topics such as health, his parents and Soul Train.
There’s plenty of love for Bruce Springsteen at URB HQ (except for the time I tried to play the entire three-CD Live 1975-85 boxset in the office. That got ugly). The problem is, The Boss doesn’t exactly fit into the whole emerging underground independent techno/hip-hop/indie thing we like to slang around here. So call it a nice crossover that The Roots, fronted by John Legend, performed Springsteen’s mega-hit “Dancing In The Dark” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. There’s really nothing these guys could cover that wouldn’t sound great.
The new year promises new beginnings (or the end of the world). And there are few artists who have been promising a rebirth as much as D’Angelo, whose follow-up to 2000′s Voodoo might tie with Dr. Dre‘s Detox as the most anticipated album in history. So it appropriate to start 2012 with this demo version of D’Angelo covering another group that’s experienced a rebirth as of late, Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” No official word on whether this year will see an actual album or tour, although two shows in Amsterdam are scheduled for the end of January and ?uestlove has said the album is “97% finished.” In the meantime, enjoy this inspired neo-soul version of a grunge classic.