November 07, 2010
"A vast new exhibition space opened in New York City this summer, with a show, The Underbelly Project, 18 months in the making. On view are works by 103 street artists from around the world, mostly big murals painted directly onto the gallery’s walls.
It is one of the largest shows of such pieces ever mounted in one place, and many of the contributors are significant figures in both the street-art world and the commercial trade that now revolves around it. Its debut might have been expected to draw critics, art dealers and auction-house representatives, not to mention hordes of young fans. But none of them were invited."
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Speaking of The Roots, this looks really intriguing...
"The Revivalist, a newly launched channel on okayplayer.com, is the result of a partnership between Revive Music Group and the good folks over at okayplayer. And though it shares a name with a handful of biblical publications, this incarnation of the Revivalist is actually all about jazz. It joins a network that includes the Afro- and Caribbean-themed blogs Okayafrica and Large Up, respectively.
A self-described “online journal for the burgeoning jazz community,” the Revivalist aims to incorporate jazz history and contemporary jazz culture and music. The site features interviews with the likes of Quadron and Ben Williams, as well as reviews of studio albums and live shows. The Revivalist bills itself as a destination for the “cultural resurgence of live music” and “foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today’s popular music.” There’s no doubt, then, that it’s exactly the place to check out for the latest in jazz music and culture.
Plus, as an added incentive, the Revivalist is hosting a free download of Freedom Suite, a project that brings together Nnenna Freelon and The Beast, with guest appearances by Phonte, ?uestlove and more."
[via The Couch Sessions]
"Nearly two years after she first emerged to electrify the world with her multi-platinum, critically acclaimed debut album Rockferry, Duffy has returned with her second album Endlessly which is scheduled to be released on December 7th, it was announced today by her label, Mercury Records. Endlessly which was recorded in New York, London and Spain represents the next chapter of an already astounding career. The CD was co-written and co-produced by Duffy and acclaimed songwriter/ producer Albert Hammond. Endlessly follows Duffy’s debut CD Rockferry which was the 4th best selling worldwide album in 2008 and included back-to-back hit singles “Mercy,” “Warwick Avenue” and “Stepping Stone”. Rockferry sold 6.5 million copies."
6.5 million copies??! Really?? Wow.....
(Curiously, her live performance of the song she recorded with The Roots is not accompanied by them. WTF??!)
[via Giant Step]