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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Nine Questions: Eremsy

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

AARON FEDERICO
  • Aaron Federico
Producer and programmer Eremsy considers what he does as "Cliché SoundCloud rap type stuff. Not too serious." You can see Eremsy preform on Dec. 18 at R Bar and can listen to his music on SoundCloud.

What was the first concert you attended?
It was Wiz Khalifa at the AVA Amphitheater. I had lawn tickets and it was me and my cousin and we were decked out in Jordan gear, so this guy walks up to us just because we were wearing Jordan gear and he was like, "Do you guys want to sit closer?" so he offered us seats in VIP. It was pretty awesome.

What was the first album you owned?
It was Webbie's Savage Life. When I was young, I would always be watching MTV at my grandmas house and I'd see his videos. I had my dad buy it for me at Best Buy because I was too young to buy it.

What are you listening to these days?
A lot of SoundCloud, a lot of Max B lately. Yeah, a lot of SoundCloud producers and rappers.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Country. Still till this day I don't understand.


What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Honestly Tupac and like Ramón Ayala, honestly.


What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I don't know what genre I would put it under, but its this guy named Madeon and its kinda EDM-ish—like dubstep sounding. I listen to it on my own time, never in front of people because people perceive me as just listening to gangsta rap and stuff.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Probably "Never Had a Friend Like Me" by Tupac. Its a good one.

What artist changed your life and how?
I would say Kid Cudi. He was pretty much all I listened to in middle school, all his early stuff. His first mixtape [A Kid Named Cudi], Man on the Moon and stuff like that.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Kid A by Radiohead. That's my favorite album of all time, I would say. I can always go back to it and hear new things on it. It never gets old. 



Monday, December 12, 2016

Song of the Day: ‘The Corridor’ by Don ‘Doop’ Duprie

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Don "Doop" Duprie writes and sings of the working class like no one else. - DOUG COOMBE
  • Doug Coombe
  • Don "Doop" Duprie writes and sings of the working class like no one else.

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Nobody weaves working peoples’ stories into song with as much empathy and care as Don “Doop” Duprie, a fireman from the industrial town of River Rouge, Mich. “The Corridor,” the title track off his 2016 album, is both an elegy for the eponymous neighborhood in central Detroit where the song takes place (a place whose gritty beauty and alcoholic splendor has been supplanted by the construction of a new Red Wings arena), as well as a character study with tragic dimensions. 

Narrated from the point of view of a sex worker navigating the South Cass Corridor, the song offers a novelistic portrait of lives on the edge of disaster, while also affirming the necessity of community during threadbare times. Listening to this track is like taking a master class in American songwriting. To vividly evoke setting, character, and social context in the space of a three-minute song is no small feat. Doop achieves this effortlessly time and again. “The Corridor” is an enviably well-wrought song by one of America’s truly essential voices.


For more Cal Freeman on the wholly underrated Don Duprie, go to the Museum of Americana here.

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Nine Questions: Sui Blue

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

PABLO VIGUERAS
  • Pablo Vigueras
Tucson rapper and producer Sui Blue considers himself a listener more then anything. "That's pretty much what it come down to, pretty much," says Blue. You can see Blue perform Dec. 18 at R Bar and listen to his music on SoundCloud.

What was the first concert you attended?
As a kid, I used to go to garage shows. Like hardcore band and stuff like that, but I guess the first major show was Metallica in 2008. I'm pretty sure it was KFMA Day and I was in high school.

What was the first album you owned?
Cam'ron's Purple Haze. Seriously, I still have it at my house. I listen to it every other day. Its still fuckin' gold man, its so good and I was so fortunate to get my hands on that because I had no idea who Dipset was. I grew up on like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony so when I got that CD I was like, "What the hell is this?"

What are you listening to these days?
I listen to everything. Amy Winehouse, Young Thug, George Strait, John Mayer. I really listen to everything aside from like Mexican music just because I don't understand it, I don't speak Spanish. I've been on that new Isaiah Rashad, its pretty tight.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Dude, I can't mess with [Lil] Yachety. I get it, get your money and stuff, but I don't get it. It's downhill for me, honestly. It doesn't have any substance.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Amy Winehouse for sure. Also I've never seen Brand New, but I know when I see them, or if I see them, I'm going to cry.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Adele—and I shouldn't even feel guilty man, she's great. And you know what, Tegan and Sara, too, dude. I love Tegan and Sara. Its funny, people go through my iTunes on my laptop and see Tegan and Sara and they'll look at me and say "Are you serious?" which kinda sucks but whatever.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Damn. I don't know. I try not to think about that stuff. Probably—damn that's a tough one—Max B "Blow me a Dub."

What artist changed your life and how?
Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi for sure. When Man on the Moon II drop I was going through a serious thing and that album definitely saved me. Kid Cudi till this day makes incredible music.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
This is a tough one, man. I wanna say—fuck, I can't pick one—Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.  Definitely.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nine Questions: DJQ

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

MAXWELL GAY
  • Maxwell Gay
Producer and sound provider DJQ's mission is to enlighten people with the sounds of the barrio. From bring the revolutionary sounds of the 70s to his music, to playing G-FUNK to set the ambiance at a party, Q will always bring the music him and his people have been and continue to listen to.

What was the first concert you attended?
The Sonora Santanera, bro. Cumbia straight up. They were old man, old old. The women was still shacking her rump on stage too. That was in Boise, Idaho with my parents. It was a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

What was the first album you owned?
The first hip hop album I owned was The Sound of Revenge by Chamillionaire. But the first album in general was this disco compilation that my dad had and he gave it to me. It had Curtis Mayfield, Donna Summer—just old disco hits.

What are you listening to these days?
My cassette adapter broke, so I made myself mix cds of all my favorite hip hop jams. There two mix CDs, on them is like Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the homie MIKE CHEKC local talent, Combine Vibes also homies in town. But for whatever reason man, there are 19 tracks on both of them, I always get stuck listening to the one Big Pun song I have. "Twinz, Deep Cover" I thinks its called. The one where he's like "In the middle of Little Italy, little did we know dilly do diddly."

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
You know what? At this point, I feel like I am more accepting of stuff but, I guess noise man. I don't know if it's popular but I just don't understand noise.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would love to see Funkadelic, man. George Clinton and his posse. To see how those dudes get down. Them or Sun Ra.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Indie pop, indie pop, man. Marina and The Diamonds and like, I mean it doesn't guilt me as much but I know to my hip hop homies and DJ friends I wouldn't play that shit to them. I wouldn't show them that or tell them I got this sample from that.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I think the song that I would love for people to play at my funeral... "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by The Smiths. That's the one.

What artist changed your life and how?
A Tribe Called Quest, man. The positivist in their lyrics and what they were going back too—summoning all types of different people. Like on their second album, the "Excursions" track, the sampling on that is ridiculous and they had The Last Poets on that and they are a big influence on me too man. Like their general idea of sampling the stuff that their parents had in their record collection and turning that out.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Between Super Fly by Curtis Mayfield and To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. I think "Super Fly" is my favorite album of all time.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fifth Annual Rock Lottery with The Flycatcher

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

It's a unique night of local music and it's something you've never heard before. The Flycatcher, a local bar and small-time music venue on Fourth Avenue, will host Tucson's fifth annual rock lottery to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
VIA THEFLYCATCHER.COM
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The concept is simple: Gather 25 of Tucson's local musicians and fashion them into five musical groups, which are selected all by chance. Each group will be sent off to different practice locations across town and will have only 12 hours to create a band name, write four original songs, learn a song to cover and perform all five pieces to a Flycatcher audience.

All of the musicians chosen for this rock lottery comes from all walks of life and musical genres, according to The Flycatcher's official website. The hope is to highlight the unique musical styles within the Tucson community and bring together new genres while still maintaining the styles of each musician.

Where: The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St.
When: Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
How to get in: Be at least 21; $5 admission at the door and/or bring two non-perishable food items to donate, all proceeds go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

For more info click here.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Irish Concerts by John Doyle and Danu Touch on Immigration and the Longing for Home

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 5:30 PM

John Doyle and Duncan Wickel
Renowned Irish guitarist and songwriter John Doyle has long written Irish-style tunes inspired by history. In his latest CD, Shadow and Light, Doyle, who plays at Pima College West Saturday night with fiddler Duncan Wickel, zeroes in on the great Irish immigration to America in the 19th century.
Acclaimed Irish musician John Doyle plays at Pima College West this Saturday night. - KEITH WRIGHT
  • Keith Wright
  • Acclaimed Irish musician John Doyle plays at Pima College West this Saturday night.

Echoing the travails of today’s beleaguered immigrants, his song “Liberty’s Sweet Shore” laments the immigrant’s fate, telling of a journey in a coffin ship, sailing “on an ocean of tears.” The chorus evokes the loss of home: “We left all we know/to this new life we’ll go.”

Another tune, “Clear the Way,” recounts the true-life Civil War exploits of the Irish Brigade, led by the legendary Thomas Francis Maher.

Born in Dublin, Doyle is familiar with contemporary immigrant life—he’s spent many years living in the U.S., in Asheville, home of southern traditional music. But he hasn’t lost his Irish charm. In his frequent stops in Tucson (this is his fifth local concert), he’s showed off his gift of gab, spinning hilarious yarns about Ireland, including a memorable one about his aged grandparents riding a motor scooter through their village.

Doyle is also an extraordinary guitarist. A founding member of the Irish-American band Solas, he’s now a solo artist who’s played with most of the greats of today’s Irish music scene, including Eileen Ivers, Liz Carroll and Mick Moloney. On his last stop in Tucson, he was joined by singer Karan Casey. This time he shares the stage with Wickel, a Boston multi-genre fiddler who is as comfortable in jazz and classical music as he is on old Irish ballads.

He and Doyle will perform many of those traditional songs. Doyle grew up in the music, going to pubs with his father and brothers to hear his grandfather on the accordion.

As Doyle once said, “I was a folk nerd from way back.”

Danú: Féile Na Nollag: A Christmas Gathering
The Irish still practice some of their old Christmas customs, even in its post-Celtic Tiger, high-tech era. The Wren Boys still go around from house to house on Wren’s Day, the day after Christmas, and community choirs still sing in the squares.

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Get Your Flamenco On This Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Flamenco dancer Mele Martinez
  • Flamenco dancer Mele Martinez
If you’re a fan of flamenco music and dance, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s show by a crew of international artists who are performing at the Sea of Glass Center for the Arts.
Lluvia Flamenca will feature Tucson flamenco dancer Mele Martinez, French singer Jose Cortes, Cuban guitarist Andres Vadin and two Venezuelan artists, percussionist Diego “El Nego” Alvarez and pianist Gonzalo Grua.

The show, choreographed by Fanny Ara, is titled "Luz" and is a celebration of motherhood and artistry, according to organizer Angelina Ramirez, who writes:

In Spanish, dar a luz means to give birth. This definition symbolizes the heart of Luz— a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz will explore the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. It will feature choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introduce world-class flamenco musicians from across the globe, and present American flamenco dancer and mother Mele Martinez. Luz seeks to inspire, to embolden, and to enlighten those who recognize the synergy between motherhood and artistry.
The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh St. Tickets are $26. Find more information here.

Nine Questions: Lando Chill

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

COURTESY OF LANDO CHILL
  • Courtesy of Lando Chill

Tucson hip-hop artist Lando Chill says "I make music and talk to people. Do a lot of inspiration on the side." Chill released his debut album For Mark, Your Son earlier this year and can be seen making inspirational speeches and talks with Tucson youth.


What was the first concert you attended?
Geez Louise. I think it was Ella Jenkins. She’s a very famous old folk singer. She sings in many different languages. That was the first concert I think I went to as a kid. She used to go to my church back in Chicago.

What was the first album you owned?
I listened to my mom’s music. It was either between Luther Vandross, Nat King Cole, James Taylor. She was really into Marvin Gaye.

What are you listening to these days?

Can I check my Spotify?... A lot of Anderson .Paak, a lot of Bon Iver. I’ve been going back and listening to a lot of Joey Bada$$. I listen to a lot of my old music, which is weird, but most of the time I listen to it in a critique or in a way in which I can learn something from it so I can
use for upcoming music.


What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Simple artist or simple music. I don’t get simple shit. That can fall under a EDM track that just has
someone pressing play to Lil Yachty singing nursery rhymes over some trap beats that his friend gave him to just like some dude hooking up his acoustic guitar to some pedals and thinking that its psych rock. I wanna hear the complexity. I wanna hear the artistry. I wanna hear some showmanship and I feel like that’s lost in music nowadays. 


What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Oh man! Anderson .Paak! That dude is the fuckin’ shit! Him or Bon Iver or Moses Sumney or The Internet too. The Internet would be really sick to see live and it be cool to go on tour with those cats.


What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I’m not really ashamed of anything I listen to honesty and I don’t think I have a guilty pleasure.


What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Aww, shit! I was just talking about this with somebody and I already know what it is, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor! Yep! 'I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend... But I always thought that I'd see you baby, one more time again, now!'


What artist changed your life and how?

Me, honestly. I realized it after I went to Coachella. It was my first music festival and I went because Kid Cudi and watching him on stage was like... it wasn't like I was disappointed but it was like I can do that shit.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Best album of all time is probably Food & Liquor. Yeah, [Lupe Fiasco's] debut album. 


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