"an exercise in carefully controlled chaos"
This whole week Socalled, is playing shows in Boston, DC, NYC, LA, & SF to celebrate the release of his new album entitled Ghettoblaster. We’ve been working up to this album for a loooooong time, and we are psyched that its finally on its way to you.
Socalled builds hip-hop out of old Klezmer records and puts on the kind of show Al Pacino would go see nightly at the Babylon Club. He’s been with JDub since 2005’s Socalled Seder: The Hip Hop Haggadah, and we really, truly, love his music. He’s an accordion wielding, MPC pounding, rhyme twisting Klezmer hip hop maestro. His sophomore album, Ghettoblaster, features a vast pallette of over 40 guests including Theodore Bikel, 92 year old Bikinis and Bongos legend Irving Fields, underground hip-hopper C Rayz Walz, Gospel singer Doris Glaspie, hot shot producer Gonzales, and James’ Brown brass master Fred Wesley.
In New York, he’ll be joined by the very special Tim Fite who puts on the best show you’ve ever seen ever, as well as live t-shirt silkscreening and group comic making (comic frames on the walls, lots of pens, lots of fun). In LA, he’ll be joined by Wax Tailor – cinematic French hip-hop at it’s best.
2 FREE MP3s:
“You Are Never Alone”
“(These Are The) Good Old Days”
If you happen to live in Detroit or Chicago, the mighty Balkan Beat Box head your way this weekend with shows at the Detroit Festival of the Arts June 10th and Empty Bottle June 11th supporting their new kick ass, 4 STAR SPIN-awarded(!) album, Nu Med.
Socalled Ghettoblaster tour
Tue June 5 – Boston @ Great Scott
Wed June 6 – DC @ DC9
Thu June 7 – NYC @ Knitting Factory
Sat June 9 – LA @ Echo
Sun June 10 – SF @ Hemlock Tavern