The Corkboard – 10.14.07

Re-release of groundbreaking film about the origins of hip-hop culture featuring old-school icons, available Oct. 23 from Rhino Entertainment

Filming on location in the South Bronx in 1982, director Charlie Ahearn captured a rare look at the true origins of hip-hop culture with his groundbreaking film Wild Style. Featuring appearances by such legendary and influential old-school giants as GRANDMASTER FLASH, FAB 5 FREDDY, COLD CRUSH BROTHERS, ROCK STEADY CREW and CHIEF ROCKER BUSY BEE, this groundbreaking film is recognized worldwide as the premier hip-hop film and was inducted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 10 best rock ‘n’ roll movies of all time. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this captivating time capsule, Rhino will release a special edition of the DVD expanded with new extras including a mini documentary, footage of a 20th anniversary concert, interviews and unreleased photos. Wild Style will be available Oct. 23 at all retail outlets and for a suggested retail price of $14.95.

The DVD contains a digital transfer from the original 16mm film with commentary by director Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy. Several extras debut on the special anniversary edition of Wild Style including a mini documentary featuring interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Busy Bee, Lady Pink and Ahearn plus footage from the 20th anniversary concert held at the original amphitheater, a “Bongo Barbershop” DJ battle in the Bronx featuring Grand Master Caz, a new musical short with Busy Bee titled “Busy on the Beach”, scenes from the 25th Anniversary Wild Style Reunion Show and an expanded gallery with unreleased photos.

The film follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) and is commissioned to paint the stage for a giant Rapper’s Convention. An authentic documentation of the early days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in Wild Style is real—the story, style, characters and most of the actors, are drawn from the community.

The film shows many early hip-hop personalities in action before they went on to acquire national acclaim. Chief among these is Fab 5 Freddy, who hosted Yo! MTV Raps from its inception and plays the brash rap promoter Phade in the movie. Producer/director/writer Ahearn credits Freddy for the film’s vision of hip-hop as a unified culture. Wild Style may not have been the first movie featuring rappers, but was the first to link graffiti, break dancing, DJing and document the birth of hip-hop nation.

DVD Price: $14.95 U.S.
Street Date: 10/23/07
Total Running Time: +/- 142 Minutes
Distributor: WEA/Rhino
Rating: R

A documentary short featuring footage from the 20th Anniversary concert and new interviews with: Fab 5 Freddy, Busy Bee, Lady Pink, Charlie Ahearn
Bongo Barbershop featuring Grandmaster Caz
Busy Bee interview
Expanded gallery with unreleased photos

Rolling Stone has Wild Style as the #7 music video of all time on their website.

Official site :: MySpace

Depeche Mode singer returns Oct. 23 with Hourglass, via Mute/Virgin Records

“I feel this record has been an amazing opportunity to push the artist in me,” says DAVE GAHAN of his second solo album, Hourglass. The record follows the Depeche Mode frontman’s acclaimed 2003 solo album, Paper Monsters, that marked his debut as a full-fledged songwriter.

To celebrate this anticipated release, Dave Gahan will be performing LIVE at the Apple Store in Soho on Oct. 23, and will be on-hand at Best Buy on Oct. 24 to sign copies of the album.

The album’s first single—the soaring and pulsating “Kingdom” gets remixed by DIGITALISM.

Dave Gahan Hourglass CD signing at Best Buy in New York (at 529 5th Ave) on Oct. 24!
Come meet Dave at Best Buy (529 5th Ave) as he will be signing copies of his new CD Hourglass, starting at 6pm. Purchase Hourglass at this Best Buy location and receive a wristband (while supplies last) that will ensure your chance to meet Dave.

Dave Gahan – Live from Soho (New York City)! Apple Store Performance Tuesday, Oct. 23!
Dave will be performing songs from his new album Hourglass at the Apple Store in Soho, located at 103 Prince Street in New York, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8pm. Fans will be admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis, so get there early to guarantee your admission. This show will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes at a later date!

“Kingdom” video
“Kingdom” maxi-single now on iTunes
Official site :: MySpace

Tour in support of third album, War Stories, released in July

Following a successful summer run of high-profile shows overseas including headlining the mainstage at Benacissim in Spain after Muse and the Glade Festival in Redding, U.K., UNKLE has announced it will come to North America this October for a short run of tour dates. Spearheaded by frontman JAMES LAVELLE, UNKLE for the first time ever will make its appearance as a live band. Utilizing guitars, bass, drums and synths set against a backdrop of intricate lights and LED screens for a one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience, UNKLE will perform material from their new album War Stories, as well as selections from the two previous UNKLE releases Never, Never, Land and Psyence Fiction.

The UNKLE tour on this continent will encapsulate six special engagements kicking off Oct. 18 at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City coinciding with the CMJ Music Marathon conference. Stops at Lees Palace in Toronto, Metro in Chicago, Echoplex in Los Angeles and Mezzanine in San Francisco follow. The trek will round out on October 28 in Las Vegas with UNKLE’s only U.S. festival show this year at the Vegoose Festival.

Released July 24 via James Lavelle’s newly formed Surrender All label, War Stories was co-produced by UNKLE and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE producer Chris Goss and marries UNKLE’s trademark sound with traditional rock influences to stunning effect. Special guest vocalists and players include Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), THE DUKE SPIRIT, 3D, AUTOLUX, Gavin Clark of new U.K. group CLAYHILL, PSYCHONAUTS‘ Pablo Clements, NADA SURF‘s Matthew Caws and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL‘s David Catching. Ian Astbury of THE CULT lends his voice to the album’s current single “Burn My Shadow”. The video for the song—starring actor Goran Visjnic—has been added to MTV and FUSE.

Tour dates:
10/18 – New York @ Webster Hall
10/19 – Toronto @ Lees Palace
10/20 – Chicago @ Metro
10/26 – Los Angeles @ Echoplex
10/27 – San Francisco @ Mezzanine
10/28 – Las Vegas @ Vegoose Festival

Grand prize includes copy of Acid Pro, PSP, loop collections, Blue Note merch, more

In honor of Blue Note’s self-titled FLORATONE release, ACIDplanet has put together an amazing remix contest for pros and bedroom producers alike, boasting an impressive list of prizes to entice any music-maker.

ACIDplanet is honored to welcome Blue Note Records to the ACIDplanet community. Since 1939, Blue Note has been America’s leading jazz label, promoting bop and other progressive sounds by artists such as THELONIOUS MONK, SONNY ROLLINS, ART BLAKELY, JOHN COLTRANE and many other legendary musicians.

In keeping with their forward-thinking philosophy, Blue Note presents Floratone (Matt Chamberlain, Bill Frisell, Tucker Martine, Lee Townsend), and has provided the tracks from Floratone for remixing.

How to Enter:
Floratone Acid Planet Remix Contest Link

First, create your remix of Floratone. If you don’t already have ACID® software, download the free ACID XPRESSâ„¢ software. Next, download some of the loops. Using the ACID music creation software, paint the loops into your remix. When you’re finished, return to this page and click the “Upload My Entry” button. Upload your track, and you’ve entered the contest.

Grand Prize Includes:
1 Playstation Portable
Sound Forge
Vegas Pro
Five (5) Premium Loop libraries
Five (5) Standard Loop libraries
$100 in Merchandise from Blue Note

Floratone Media Player:

About the Release:
Floratone is a brilliant, groove-heavy album by a four-member collective of the same name that features the instrumental teamwork of drummer Matt Chamberlain and guitarist Bill Frisell with producers Tucker Martine and Lee Townsend serving as equally significant imaginative forces. An 11-song collection of original soundscapes, Floratone also features a superb support team of bassist Viktor Krauss, cornetist Ron Miles and violin/viola player Eyvind Kang.

The Floratone sound is, in the words of Townsend, “futuristic roots music,” at turns jazz-vibed, swamp-funky, intensely rocking, ambiently grooved. The music drips with grit, lopes with a sweet lyricism, bursts with surprising turns, sinks in with FX’d beauty. There’s an aesthetic of euphoric journey as well as a nasty get-down-and-move sensibility. While steeped in the past, Floratone is cutting-edge, teeming with rhythmically charged music for the now. The album also spotlights Frisell’s multifarious guitar voice that ranges from straight jazz in the vein of Wes Montgomery (on “Swamped”) to spiky metallic rock (on the grinding number “The Future”) to sound-washed atmospherics (on “The Wanderer”).