Big ups to the good folks at Block Society. Today marks the release of Linz Prag's 'Out The Jungle'. The project which is available through Soundcloud.com for stream and download is just the beginning for this young talent...and what a start. Put simply, "this project is one of the best electronic projects on the market right now"
Last night at Union EAV (TURNT.) Mighty High Coup premiered their "Sunny In The South" music video. "Sunny In The South" (Prod. by Hit Maker) is from their junior LP, Darkside Of The Boom. The long awaited video for this song that's been a crowd favorite for some time is right on time for Summer 2014. Ricky Raw raps, "I got that loud pack, we ain't going out back, smoking in the club mane, what you know about that". The video is ride through Atlanta's east side in that classic drop-top that originally took Mighty High Coup straight To The Moon.
Mighty High Coup - Sunny In The South (Directed by Zone3)
Just got word from Ricky Raw and A-Bomb that Mighty High Coup were performing at the Big A$$ Water Balloon Fight Afterparty at Union EAV on June 14, 2014. If you didn't know; there's gonna be a huge water balloon fight in Candler Park Saturday at 2pm. This is the 4th Annual Big A$$ Water Balloon Fight and it looks like this year is going to be bigger than ever. Later that night Union EAV will host the afterparty and feature our folk Mighty High Coup and others. Get wet this Saturday!!!
Action Bronson is one of the most interesting young artist in the music game right now. I've been following him mainly through his YouTube activity. He's an exceptional rapper, as well as a talented chef and personality. This guy has a bright entertainment future. Peep his most recent Adventure Time segment.
Creative Loafing's Annual Music Issue Throwdown pits 9 artists against each other in three genres for your votes to play 3 festivals. In the rock category: Concord America, Sadistic Ritual, and Warehouse to play at Meltasia Music Festival. In the hip hop category: GOLDYARD, iNDEEDFACE, AND The Wheeler Boys w/ Joe McGuinness to play at A3C Festival. In the EDM category: 10th Letter, Eddie Gold, and MK Ultra to play at TomorrowWorld.
We will definitely be out in full force supporting our Hometeam ATL family The Wheeler Boys w/Joe McGuinness. Come out and support your favorite Atlanta artist in their quest for festival fame at 2014 CL Throwdown.
Saturday June 21, 2014 | Drunken Unicorn | 736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306
The Wheeler Boys "Revival" feat. Joe McGuinness
We at ZUKO Inc. are particular proud and excited about A-Bomb's video release of "Fast Money". The song which was produced by "Beat Machine Wes Green" is a certified banger. It's already getting spins in Atlanta's Follies Gentleman Club and being remixed by some of the most reputable Trap/EDM djs in the club music scene.
Thank you for joining us for A-Bomb's "Fast Money" video premier @ Union EAV (TURNT.). It was a great night with friends, family, fans and of course Amir "A-Bomb" Herron. Ricky Raw and A-Bomb encored his video premier with a live performance of "We All Do" during HPNTK's set. Check out "Fast Money", love it and share with all your folks!!!
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A-BOMB - FAST MONEY (PROD. BY WES GREEN)
One of my favorite bands of all time is The Mamas & The Papas. I grew up in the 80's and being a kid whose parents were in a band I was beyond lucky to get the rich influence in music that I did. And not only did I get the music, but my mom knew all of the cool 'behind the scenes' stories (before the internet!) so I got all the gossip and rumors too. The Mamas & The Papas are one group of many that I've felt connected to for most of my life, and I can definitely thank my parents for introducing me to them.
When I was a kid and we were in the car there was always music (even if it was a battery operated tape player in the backseat), and while that music played my mom would tell me everything she knew about it. She told me about The Doors saying a bad word on The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis dying on the toilet, and The Beatles staging one of the greatest hoaxes ever...but one of the most intriguing story lines of all time to me was how Mama Cass choked to death on a ham sandwich, because she was fat and (oh so ironically) spent her last moments eating. In a different time (you know, the '60s) when there were no Dove campaigns reminding people how natural women are beautiful, a woman who was not a "beauty standard" being the face of a popular music group (or any group really) was pretty much unheard of. I always thought my mom was one of many who saw Mama Cass's talent but couldn't see past her weight, and I imagined that Cass Elliot must have been pretty brave for putting herself out there regardless of what other people thought of her size. Luckily due to her enormous talent she was destined for fame regardless.
I would learn over time that beyond the fateful ham sandwich there was a lot of drama in and around The Mamas & The Papas. It's easy to forget that the majority of their fame happened in less than a 3 year span because they had a bunch of singles (and a few became hits), they topped the charts, and they won awards. Mix doing all of that work with the "extracurricular activities" that come with fame (and addiction) and it's easy to see how the success was explosive and short-lived. Their work was full of passion, most likely because two of them were married, and the other two had an on again/off again relationship...plus you know working that closely during the times of free love had to have been pretty interesting. In the mid-60's The Mamas & The Papas were at the forefront of folk and pop music coming together, and they also were living quite a rock and roll life.
It took talent, hard work, and a team of writers and investors coming together to get the group to stardom back then (just as it would today)...but I can't even imagine doing it in the '60s. Today the festival circuit is dominating, with venues and stages that couldn't even have been realized in 1967. But in '67 was when John Phillips (one of The Papas) and three other investors put together Monterey Pop Festival, which two years before Woodstock showed the world the spirit of music and the power of the people who love it. I muse at what big thinkers they must have been to put together something like that in a time before the technology and capabilities we have today, and that they were able pull it off with minimal crime and decent camping conditions is pretty impressive. The Mamas & The Papas closed out the three day concert (total bad-ass move), and though if you watch the footage you can see it might not have been their best or most rehearsed performance, it has gone down in history as one of their most memorable...and one of their last (they were already in the midst of breaking up at this time).
When I was a little girl I loved the song "California Dreamin" (probably because my parents covered it), but as my musical taste progressed I found appreciation for a few other Mamas & Papas hits as well. Some time in early adolescence I discovered "This Is Dedicated to the One I Love", and later in life I learned that it was a remake (and also that it was one of the only times that Michelle Phillips was given the female lead over Mama Cass). More toward my teenage years I took a liking to "Dream a Little Dream" (yes, partially because of the movie with the two Coreys) but more-so because it's just a pretty love song. Mama Cass sings
"...sweet dreams 'til sunbeams find you,
sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
but, in your dreams whatever they be...
dream a little dream of me...."
and I swear it touches me every time. Recently I've been revisiting "The Mamas & The Papas-Greatest Hits" and I was pleasantly surprised to find a new love, "Monday Monday". I've heard it a million times but just now in adulthood did I finally connect, and understand the concept of how quickly a good day can turn bad. (Funny enough John Phillips has said in numerous interviews he has no idea what the song actually means, probably being the product of his 'altered' state of thinking. Michelle Phillips has said in numerous interviews that she hated that song, and thought it was stupid from the first time John sang it to her. It ended up being the group's only number one hit in the US and scored them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance for a Duo or Group.)
More than just pretty pop tunes, their folk and blues backgrounds meant there was a lot of story-telling going on. When John Phillips found out that his wife Michelle Phillips and their band-mate Denny Doherty were having an affair, he wrote it into a song ("I Saw Her Again", 1966). It was widely publicized that it was John's way of punishing everyone, making them all sing about it together (which couldn't have been great for Mama Cass who was definitely in love with Denny, or for Cass and Michelle's working relationship). In 1967 the band released "Creeque Alley", which is a narrative of how the four of them came together and time spent in the Virgin Islands working at a club with that name (it literally tells their entire story, every line can be broken down and explained). When I was a kid I couldn't believe one of the lines of that song said "and no ones getting fat except Mama Cass"...they sounded so happy when they sang it! Since then I've read that the line was a reference to the time before the group had fully formed and Mama Cass was the only one getting paid for her work (though personally I still suspect that it was their not so subtle way of acknowledging Mama Cass's size to the public head on).
Everything about this band is interesting to me. Their break up was full of rumors and turmoil, and of course legalities (though they did manage to reunite in 1998 for their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, less Mama Cass). John tried to have his wife kicked out and replaced after her affair(s), but she ended up back in the group. Mama Cass did not choke to death on a ham sandwich, but she did die of heart failure in 1974 after being the only member of the band to have a commercially successful career after their split. John Phillips and Denny Doherty both continued to write, produce, and release music...in which there was not a lot of success. Doherty found some notoriety on television, and in the late '90s was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He had found sobriety in the early '80s and lived until 2007. John passed away in 2001, and two albums were released directly after his death (neither did great commercially). Also released after his death was his daughter Mackenzie Phillip's book "High on Arrival" (2009), which depicts a man who fed his daughter cocaine and heroin from the age of 11 and who also had a ten yearlong incestuous affair with her. Michelle Phillips is the only surviving member of The Mamas & The Papas, and she's preserved herself pretty well. She has been in numerous television shows and movies, and last I heard was finding happiness in her 5th marriage.
I think if The Mamas & The Papas were around today, and had the same 3 year time span of fame, there would have been a hit reality TV show with their name on it. We would've seen it all play out - the drugs and alcohol, the torrid affairs, the love, the heartbreak, the creativity, the beginning and the end - but I'm so glad that is not how their story was told. Even through so many stories and documentaries there is still a little bit of mystique that surrounds them, and I'm sure there are many secrets that have gone permanently to rest. For me, their music doesn't age. Their beautiful harmonies are so powerful, and their words though indicative of the flower power era and the times of discovering freedom stand very true. They will always have a special place in my heart...the music, the stories, and the feeling that there's so much more that I'll never know.
*Below is one of my favorite documentaries on this subject "California Dreamin'-The Songs of The Mamas & The Papas" which was aired on PBS. It's definitely not the one to watch if you want the drama, but it's rich in music and even has some rare performance footage.