With Earth Day (4/22) here, the question as to how the music industry can and has gone green is important. We’ve experienced concerts with environmental initiatives, album artwork printed with vegan dyes, soft packs instead of jeweled CD cases, artist contributions made to organizations, press releases with philanthropic undertones, but has the music industry as a whole gone green? I can’t confidently say yes. …MORE
We’ll admit, it’s kinda a slow news Friday for those who aren’t running around Austin for SXSW. Fortunately, we’re just getting around to watching this clips of The xx performing “Islands” on Jimmy Fallon. Watching this band live is really a lesson on drum pad-subtlety (not something you usually get when folks are rocking the MPC). We’re also reminded that we never had a Shamrock shake this year. Anyone know if McDonalds is still serving?
Last night, Erykah Badu kicked off a run of TV appearances with a stop off on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Erykah performed her infectious single “Window Seat,” appropriately with The Roots, as it was co-produced by Badu and some key Soulquarians (?uestlove on the drums, James Poyser on the keys). In the coming weeks E has scheduled televised appearances on The Wendy Williams Show (3/25), Good Day New York (3/26), Jimmy Kimmel Live (3/30), The Wanda Sykes Show (4/3), Chelsea Lately (4/5), and The Mo’Nique Show (TBA). New Amerykah Part Two: Return of The Ankh will be out March 30th.
Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNation.com.
Also on the bill are Clipse, Mayer Hawthorne, Nneka, the Very Best, Tuneyards, Das Racist, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew and Pattern Is Movement. In addition, Questlove will play a set with fellow Philadelphia native DJ Jazzy Jeff, while Black Thought will perform with his side project the Money Making Jam Boys, which also features Dice Raw and Truck North.
Public Enemy @ Roots Picnic 2009