DJ SHADOW & CUT CHEMIST BRING DOWN THE HOUSE AT IRVING PLAZA

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have been household names in the hip hop scene since the early 90s but they’ve been at it since the 80s, learning and making since the Golden Age of hip hop music. Afrika Bambaata is legend. Between founding Zulu Nation and originating breakbeat DJing, he’s the definition of a pioneer. You can feel the power of these three men in the same room the second you walk in the door. From the moment they stepped on the stage, history came to life and you were transported to the Bronx, 1970-something. All this funk and soul was grooving through the crowd, getting inside of people, making them move.

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Photo on exhibition at Irving Plaza, The Black Spades, 1974

Shadow and Cut Chemist were first and foremost, up there to pay respect to Afrika Bambaata, “The Godfather.” To educate the crowd on his influence, to establish his significance in the founding of hip hop culture, of hip hop music, of the entire mentality of hip hop. Their backdrop consisted of projected images of Bambataa’s records and original members of the Universal Zulu Nation… the Zulu Kings and Zulu Queens, the graff guys, the b-boys, the MCs that pioneered the movement. Images of subway trains and graffiti zooming past, images of what hip hop is all about.

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DJ Shadow at Irving Plaza 9/5/14

The boys have everyone dancing for the solid two hour set, with break circles forming all over the crowd. It’s just a big party and it’s all for Bambaata. Every once in a while, they look toward the big man standing on the balcony and every time, Bambaata’s smile grows even bigger. The man’s a hero to them. He didn’t just change the game… he made the game and they did a beautiful job of showing him how crucial his role has been. No better way to pay homage than playing a killer set inspired by Bambaata’s own career and influences.

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Cut Chemist at Irving Plaza 9/5/14

Shadow and Chemist have collaborated on multiple occasions and play off each other with extraordinary ease. Their dynamic works impressively well. Shadow points at Chemist and he drops the next track, they’re scratching in perfect synchronization, they’re up on that stage daring you to have a better time than they are. Hard not to have a good time when they’re mixing dubbed down James Brown with beats straight out of the sweaty jungles of Africa. 

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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at Irving Plaza 9/5/14

The energy of this show was so lifted that there was an immediate sense of community from just being present. This feeling that your story doesn’t matter here. This oneness, this sameness. The crowd became one moving body with the same purpose and the same light. This feeling that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been around or how far you’ve come or where you’re headed or what you know or who you know, all that matters is that you get up and move. Get up and shake it. Get up and scream. Get up and give thanks. Give thanks to music and the humans that make it. 

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The Renegades of Rhythm tour continues through November so get your tickets to a show near you here:

9/18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live [tickets HERE]

9/19 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/20 - Houston, TX - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/22 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom [tickets HERE]
9/23 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater [tickets HERE]
9/26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre [tickets HERE]
9/27 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen [tickets HERE]
9/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas [tickets HERE]
10/1 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium [tickets HERE]
10/4 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine [tickets HERE]
10/6 Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University [tickets HERE]
10/7 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater [tickets HERE]
10/8 - Seattle, WA - Neptune [tickets HERE]
10/9 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom [tickets HERE]
11/6 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met [tickets HERE]
11/8 - Montreal, QC - Corona
11/10 - Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater [tickets HERE]
11/11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom [tickets HERE]
11/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre [tickets HERE]
11/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater [tickets HERE]
11/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre [tickets HERE]
11/20 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre [tickets HERE]
11/21 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brien’s Event Centre [tickets HERE]
11/22 - Edmonton, AB - Encore at WEM [tickets HERE]
11/23 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central [tickets HERE]
11/25 - Oakland, CA - The Fox [tickets HERE]

Story and photos by Bad Liz Hayes

Pretty turned on right now, not gonna lie

Pretty turned on right now, not gonna lie

"The first thing to do is consider time as officially ended"

"The first thing to do is consider time as officially ended"

Polaroid of K’Naan in HXH original look book for our launch in spring 2012 (before Philly)

Polaroid of K’Naan in HXH original look book for our launch in spring 2012 (before Philly)

"Out of Rules to Break" HXH Quarterly Issue 2Features include: Michelle Norris, Phillip Harris, Sarah Tobi, Marty Baptist, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Desert Noises, Joseph Cuillier

"Out of Rules to Break" HXH Quarterly Issue 2
Features include: Michelle Norris, Phillip Harris, Sarah Tobi, Marty Baptist, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Desert Noises, Joseph Cuillier

Okay, ready. 
Bonnaroo—-> California—-> ∞

Okay, ready.
Bonnaroo—-> California—-> ∞

artmusicvegan:

On This Day: May 22,1914, music visionary Sun Ra was born. In celebration of his 100th birthday ‘Sun Ra: A Celebration of Eternity' (21 classic albums) have been mastered and re-released.To learn more about his music, view Robert Mugge’s complete 60-minute documentary, 'SUN RA: A JOYFUL NOISE', filmed with Sun Ra and members of his jazz Arkestra in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The first image was taken by Valerie Wilmer, Philadelphia, PA (1979). The two (bottom) images were shot by photographer Baron Wolman in Berkeley,CA (December 1968).

(via uncannedmusic)

savannahartwalls:

On behalf of Green Truck Pub and SeeSAW I cordially invite you to a reception honoring Savannah artist Mike Williams’ exterior installation That U May Never Be Without.”

The reception is Friday May 2, 2014 from 6PM - 9PM, Green Truck Pub 2430 Habersham Street, Savannah GA 31401

A brief description:


Beginning in late February of this year (2014), Mike Williams methodically reclaimed the environs of Green Truck Pub (formerly the home of a Krispy Chik restaurant) as a space for patrons and neighbors to feel nurtured and in want of nothing. The central focus of the installation is the transformation of the old drive thru ordering kiosk into a pantry stocked with 158 individual collectives consisting of reclaimed manmade & natural material. For an audio description featuring Mike Williams distinctive voice please visit: http://www.savannahartwalls.org/MWvoice

Thank you for your time & consideration,

Matt Hebermehl

Alright, here we go… Counterpoint x House of Hayes

Alright, here we go… Counterpoint x House of Hayes

badliz:

Just a few pages from the first thehouseofhayes quarterly magazine. Check out the rest here: http://issuu.com/brermaggie/docs/hxh_quarterly__22later_than_sooner_

if print is dead, then House of Hayes is taking the express train. HxH quarterly getting an assist from Kirchin with a couple pages.

if print is dead, then House of Hayes is taking the express train. HxH quarterly getting an assist from Kirchin with a couple pages.

"Later than Sooner" (Issue 1) House of Hayes Quarterly

posters I made for my upcoming workshop at Sicky Nar Nar…February 8-9th. make art, breathe easy, feel good…no experience necessary whatsoeva, let’s play.

posters I made for my upcoming workshop at Sicky Nar Nar…February 8-9th. make art, breathe easy, feel good…no experience necessary whatsoeva, let’s play.

HxH hats that look like this are being made. inspired by the grill guy at Trick’s BBQ and modeled by Steve Zissou. (Made in USA) pre-order available online at http://houseofhayes.bigcartel.com

HxH hats that look like this are being made. inspired by the grill guy at Trick’s BBQ and modeled by Steve Zissou. (Made in USA) pre-order available online at http://houseofhayes.bigcartel.com

DaQuan performing at the House of Hayes for Rocker’s BBQ Weekend