WAKEUP06

Chris Clarke presents: The Move-Maker


You still aren't up on Chris Clarke, son of legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, and baritone-voiced underground upstart from shining West Los Angeles?

What the hell are you doing with your life? Download and preview courtesy of Band Camp.

MIX05.

DJ Risa's Family-Sized Home-made Cookie Mix.


Our resident Japanese Grrrl DJ from Tokyo knocks back a special holiday mix, and presents it for a free listen/download. Spread the holiday cheer with some amazing music that you have probably never ever heard in your entire life; Risa is a real-deal crate-digger!


Featured Tracklist:
01. pizzicato five - I (konishi)
02. la lupe - tan lejos y sin embargo te quiero
03. jesus acosta and the professionals - guajida / luther davis group - you can be a star
04. eklips - mi amor
05. barbara mason - don't i ever cross your mind (west end)
06. deniece williams - that's what friends are for
07. wee - you can fly on my aeroplane
08. george & gwen mccrae - the rub
09. black/battle brothers ( _?_ williams)
10. arik einstein - sittin' on a fence LP (sorry, i cannot translate the israeli text)
11. ray pollard - the drifter (united artists records - black label)
12. sinnamon - thanks to you (beckett records)
13. family of eve - i wanna be loved by you (full sail - label)
14. anita ward - ring my bell
15. geraldine hunt - can't fake the feeling
16. sbb - everyday (edit)
17. the joneses - i can't see what you see in me
18. rare pleasure - let me down easy
19. the miami disco band - (i wanna) go home with you
20. enchantment - call on me
21. hubert laws - family

BBOY02.


Brickheadz vs Freakshow at Hellaween III; Chicago, October 2009

PARTY.


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If you're interested in events that you may never have seen before, great parties minus the foolish hipster BS, stay tuned to The Out Crowd on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

GRINCH.






Whatever your beliefs may be... Enjoy the holiday.

HIROMI.

Hiromi Uehara will thumb wrestle you into embarrassing submission.


Hiromi is one of the new millenium's illest pianists; already recognized in jazz, rock, and classical circles as a master of the ivory keys. With her lightning-fast fingertips and complex runs up and down the blues scales, Hiromi is amazing to watch and a pleasure to listen to. This stylish young artist has only begun her career, and is already working alongside some of Jazz music's legends like Stanley Clarke.

Learn and love more about Hiromi HERE.

REST.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEX CANEVARO



In this solemn farewell to his recently deceased father, West Coast underground rapper Provoked rhymes saddened soliloquies over a somber track produced by Anacron.


Hear more music from Provoked at www.ProvokedMusic.com

UNLUCCY.

BAD LUCC is the next big name out of Los Angeles. As a ghostwriter for various multi-platinum artists, you've unknowingly loved his songs for years.


Peep the EPK, where he name-drops some of his inspiration as being some of Peanut Gallery crew and members, as well as some of our good friends and affiliates.

RIDAH.


Once again, Ridah Movement spokesman and Peanut Gallery extended family member, Firewater returns with another multi-layered heater for the underground from the streets. On "U Should Know Better", Firewater blazes a female in the gravely, halfway crunk and halfway conscious format that only he can deliver so eloquently. While not as in-depth and analytical as the majority of his work, "U Should Know Better" is an entertaining piece that almost any man will be able to appreciate and relate to.

This is how The Ridah Movement do... Ooh ooh, aah aah!!!

WAKEUP05

Typically, the "Wake Up" column brings the best in undiscovered hip hop, but The Gallery Network has never been closed to other musical formats. We appreciate great talent and creative originality, no matter what format it may come to us.


Don't sleep on this West Coast rooted new-school throwback group, referred to us by way of Gallery affiliates, The Out Crowd. Stedapol CC Watt, no matter how wacky the name may be, are the most perfect interpretation of a classic sound transposed into a modern display for the new millenium. Serving up a funky 1970's Blaxploitation car-chase feel, occasionally infused with Latin undertones, this small trio with a big sound have definitely got the "it" factor - expect big things from them in the future!

Check out Stedapol CC Watt on MYSPACE.

BBOY01.

Free The Soul Shifter.


An excerpt from Free's solo DvD, "The Beautiful One Man Show"
Available HERE.

ART04.




Works from one of the greatest living icons to ever tickle a canvas.

ART03.


A Chicago based artist, Jesse Greene (aka Dense) is constantly pushing the boundaries of experimental and graff-based visual art styles. Making a name for himself is not an issue for Jesse; aside from sporting a cool hand on the graphics tip, he's also known for his stellar dance chops -

In fact, check out Big Dense's interpretive dance to Britney Spears' "Womanizer" below:


Get to know more about Jesse Greene HERE
Photography credits: KINGA.

CLICK05.


Foreground / Background relationships by Stephanie Meiling.
Find more work by Stephanie HERE.

FACELIFT.

The Facelift is here.

Anacron's all-new venture into the world of "mixtape" and "street albums", this compilation combines the seasoned underground veteran trying his hand at the art of the "feature". Cameos are a commonality in the commercial world of mainstream music, so it's only fitting that Anacron chose to pull together an assortment of some of the biggest commercial hip hop entities, add some classic underground hip hop, a little bit of club flavor, and his own personal stamp.

SPOTHYMN.

"Bubonic" music video by the new dynamic duo, SPOTHYMN (Living Legends / Mystik Journeymen's Sunspot Jonz and Peanut Gallery / Netherworlds' Himself)


Bubonic was produced by our good friend, KRUSE.
You will slap yourself heartily if you sleep on this one.
Full album, "Everyday Bubble" coming sooooon!

DANGLIN.

Fresh to the internet!

After receiving a solid amount of extremely positive feedback, Anacron has released an accompanying visual for his in-depth rendition of the controversial Jay-Z single, "D.O.A. (Danglin' Offa Anacron's...)" The accompanying video can be viewed in high quality on The Gallery Network's Vimeo channel, and of course, on YouTube. Please take a moment to watch, listen, and critique Anacron's induction into the short list of quotable new hip hop music:

Anacron - "D.O.A. (Danglin' Offa Anacron's...) VIMEO
Anacron - "D.O.A. (Danglin' Offa Anacron's...) YOUTUBE

This beauty of a visual was conceptualized by Jay Sabur of The Peanut Gallery, produced by Dana Anderson of Concrete Runway, and directed by up-and-coming film maker Zubaer Khan. Feel free to link and share!

Take this as an early warning; "D.O.A. (Danglin' Offa Anacron's...)" appears on Anacron's all-new mixtape-album, "The Facelift", which will be available for free download at www.AnacronMusic.com next Tuesday, October 6. "The Facelift" is a 12-song excursion into the many sub-genres of hip hop, each track pairing Anacron's rapping and singing talents with major players like Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, E-40, Whitney Houston, Lil' Jon, and more!

DJ's: Download the high-quality MP3 version of "D.O.A. (Danglin' Offa Anacron's...) at http://tinyurl.com/anacronDOA

Enjoy...

WAKEUP05

The Bay's got a little more to offer than what you've seen from the "Hyphy" movement.

Re-introducing Chop Black; one half of the almost mythical group, The WhoRidas, intended to be legendary bay area hip hop squad Hobo Junction's mainstream dream team. After two regional hit singles and three quietly-received albums, The WhoRidas virtually disappeared, leaving an empty void on the thin line between underground and commercial appeal to be later filled by groups like The Clipse, Droop-E and B-Slimm, and several others.


Chop Black returns as part of the same original family, but sporting new allies, a new demeanor, and an awesomely upgraded rhyme style to prove that he has spent the past decade wisely. Although he may still be "Talkin 'Bout Bank", this shot caller has a lot more to share about life and his experience beyond big ballin'. Take a look at, and listen to his crisp new release, "Money To Earn" featuring Yukmouth of The Luniz. This is that "Townsh!t"...


Follow Chop Black on Twitter HERE, and be sure to heck out Chop Black flexing more heat on a collaboration with The Gallery Network artist BLvME (of High Risk / Law Dogs) HERE.

WAKEUP04


Jahn The Baptist, an original member of the Peanut Gallery's midwestern chapter and the crew's resident "natural nigga", has served as a powerful voice in underground music since the late 1990's. As the frontman of Chicago-based IllumiNatiCongo group and general of the Nyabanga Records imprint, Jahn has taken the amalgamation of Hip Hop and Reggae styles to new and unforeseen levels.

With a definitively unique flow that toggles between an earthy Jamaican accent and a southside Chicago drawl, Jahn dispenses of the hate in Hip Hop today to spit a few bars about love over a Nic The Graduate produced track. Take a listen and WAKE UP.

Hear and learn more from and about Jahn The Baptist and IllumiNatiCongo HERE.

FORTYFIVES07.

Los Iracundos

The country of Uruguay is small in comparison to the more popular regions in South America but it is a beautiful nation of attractive people, savory food, diverse culture and eclectic music. Eduardo Franco (vocalist, composer, arranger), Leonardo Franco (his brother and first guitar), Juan “Bosco” Zabalo (second guitar), Juan Carlos Velásquez (drums), Hugo Burgueño (bass vocals and electronic), and Jesus María Febrero (keyboards) are the original members of Los Iracundos (The Angry).

Their music is from the mid-60s and gained a lot of mainstream music as well as a couple rare 45s that I’ve discovered during my visits with friends and solitaire travels down in South America. I do enjoy these tunes despite my lack of understanding in the Portuguese language. They achieved international fame with these youthful romantic songs, "Calla (Hush)", "Todo terminó (All finished)", "El desengaño (The disappointment)", "La lluvia terminó (The rain ended)" "Felicidad, felicidad (Happiness, happiness)", "El triunfador (The winner)" and "Es la lluvia que cae (It’s the rain that falls)". The LP: Iracundos en Roma (Angry In Rome) was the most successful of the decade leading to successes that broke through the popular cinema industry.

They had their first debut appearance in October 10, 1961, at the historic Teatro Florencio Sánchez in the city of Paysandú. Less than 2 years after that, they recorded their first single in the current capital of Montevideo. Their recordings were pressed under the RCA-Argentina for more than 20 years as well as a few under the label Microphone Argentina (MICS). Around the 80’s till the mid-80’s , The Iracundos were in numerous music festivals in Buenos Aires, as well as in several cities in Italy including Rome. In November 11, 1968, they came in second place at the Buenos Aires II Festival of Song. Sixteen years later, around 1984, they had a hit single in The United States called “The Gates of Oblivion”. They owned several gold albums for topics translated by myself such as “What you ask on his knees”, “You've been alone Chiquilín”, “I'ma mamarracho”, “Green River”, “Infidelity is your betrayal, puppets”, “Cardboard every night mia”, “you're killing me”, “I stayed in the bar”, or “You gave me love, passion and life”. These are some of the many tunes I highly recommend, too.

On February 1, 1989, Eduardo Franco dies of cancer at terminal nodes, in Paysandú leaving the successor to Jorge Gatto. In 1992 Jesus María Febrero leaves the group and in November 1, 1992, Juan “Bosco” Zabalo, dies of heart problems. By 1994 the group, which consisted with Leonardo Franco and Juan Carlos Velásquez, as founding members and as vocalist Jorge Gatto successor, decided to launch a new album, too, with unreleased tracks from the author Eduardo Franco, having as main theme "With the same coin", which became a gold record, renewing the popularity of the group, and leads him to compete in the OTI, in 96, with another new item of Franco, "I love you build." The OTI Festival or the Festival de la Canción OTI, Grand Prix de la Canción Iberoamericana (Original Name) was an international song contest, in which both members of the Iberoamerican Television Organization (OTI) with each participating a song (mechanically similar to the Song Festival Eurovision).

In 1997 the BMG label, Argentina, decided to reissue all productions of the musical group in digital publishing, with the draft of the complete discography, including albums from 1964 to 1987 and the voice of its natural leader Eduardo Franco, which is on the volume 16. There were other compositions that Eduardo Franco created without the group but later popularized famous songs such as "Puerto Montt". Even before any of its members had previously visited the city of Chile, it was produced but not yet recorded.

Today, Los Iracundos is an icon of the nation’s proud music history. There is even a song that was very popular for the little children to sing along called La Lluvia Caera. (Rain Fall) or originally titled, “Es La Lluvia Que Cae” (It’s the Rain that Falls). You can streamline it on youtube here:

To conclude, I’d like to share with you a recording of a 45 by Los Iracundos on the RCA-Argentina label (originally on the Microphone Argentina label) called “El Viento Del Silencio(The Wind of Silence):

-CTolentino

ART.


Check out Dan Lacey, the artist of these interesting tribute paintings to Obama, HERE.

REMIX.


Download two Manoemusicc remixes of Asher Roth's "The Reading", produced by Anacron:

Anacron hits the synths heavy on this track, giving it a loosely West Coast summertime vibe. Asher's contrasting flow and voice meshes with this track like gravel and glass, to create the most rugged version of Roth ever presented.

Anacron presents an audible massage of sorts in this smooth and laid back interpretation of Asher's introspective lyrics. As gentle as a sunset falling slowly into the horizon, Anacron's live instrumentation expertly blended with keyboards and minimal sampling takes Asher's reading a step further.

Download both tracks totally free at the corresponding links, enjoy!

DIS/LIKE03

PPP, formerly known as Platinum Pied Pipers, insist they are nothing like their former selves. They are half right. For those of you who know Platinum Pied Pipers as wunderkind producers, remixers and songwriters, you’ll find that foundation seeping throughout their new album Abundance. I like this new album. It’s like gumbo without dead animals in it. The idea for Abundance, was to combine all that they know about Detroit music and cram it all into one little neat package for your ears to munch on. (Side note: They don’t touch on any of the great rock music that came from "The D." - That would be something to hear.)

Now, that half right thing I mentioned before. It takes a few listens before you actually hear anything that resembles Platinum Pied Pipers of old, and that’s because of the gleaming sheen of 'abundance' sprayed all over this album like cologne. Just like cologne losing the good fight to some very bad B.O., sheen tends to make superstars out of artists by wiping away what made them good in the first place (for example, Black-eyed Peas, who went from innovators to jigaboos in what seems like no time flat); however, it’s surprising to see it work so well on this album. PP manages to use that very same sheen as part of the whole, merely an additional tool in a sea of instruments. Also, they are a band now, (hence the change to PPP?) and have added two vocalists of extreme talent.

The songs are the shit. An amalgamation of the last six decades of Detroit music and sheen (can’t forget the sheen), that actually prefers to ignore the R. Kelly school of R&B, which tends to confuse love and depth for graphic sex and vaudeville. Abundance opens with the stomper, Angel; a declaration of sorts, or more like an introduction of what’s to come. Pigeon Hole is that classic caged bird flapping that will make you soar like you don’t believe in the ground. I don’t care how much you don’t like Jesus (I don’t), Smoking Mirrors will have you catching the holy ghost in a Mosque with its buttery orgy of gospel and electronics. Now that’s good music.

WORDS: GORP ROK

LUXLUXLUXLUXLUX.

This exclusive Peanut Gallery track from the unreleased "Reunion" album just hit the internet TODAY!

"Luxurious" features two mind-boggling verses on plush living by PG members Grastronaut (aka Southside Slymm) and Irie, a sonically lush beat produced by J.Todd of Def Harmonic, and a ridiculously catchy hook from the PG O.G. Anacron.


This one is simply beautiful, kids... DOWNLOAD, bump, and enjoy!

WAKEUP03

Still dont know about Hollywood-based Peanut Gallery and Living Legends affiliate Kruse? Yes, you are sleeping...


Check out the new music video for his single, "Feeling The Effects"; then, listen to more Kruse on MYSPACE. This producer/emcee has been musically respected on the West Coast and overseas for some time now, ever since he first made noise with his compilation album, "The Kruse Collection". With multiple solo releases under his belt, and forthcoming projects in the works, it's time for you to wake up and get to know Kruse before the rest of the world does.

FORTYFIVES06.

It’s So Nice And Hot In The Chi

Ruby Andrews was born Ruby Stackhouse in the Delta town of Hollandale, Mississippi, on March 12, 1947. She went to Chicago about 1953 and attended Hyde Park High. (page 181. Chicago SOUL by Robert Pruter)

Ruby Andrews is the voice of female (so necessary) Chicago Soul. From the lesser known Kellmac label which converted to Ruby Stackhouse. She later was signed on the better known Chicago Label, Zodiac Records. This lady has what I like to call super lungs.

Nothing happened for Ruby Andrews for awhile and she kept herself in show business as a dancer at a nightclub. It was a dancer that she was discovered again. Disc jockey Lucky Cordell introduced her to local record entrepreneur Ric Williams, who was starting up Zodiac Records. Andrews’s third release for the label was “Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over),”which made her a nationally famous recording star. In early 1968, Andrews launched her most artistically and commercially successful period with “You Can Run (But You Can’t Hide).”

Download: You Can Run But You Can't Hide

The song introduced a new Ruby Andrews. Whereas, “Casanova” was a melodic delight, “You Can Run” featured hot, forceful, arrangements that created an ideal support for Andrew’s biting and shouting-style vocals. This was R&B music at its most rocking and rolling; it had loads of energy and excitement while still retaining enough control and professionalism so that the swing and listenability remains. “You Can Run” was written by the Brothers of Soul vocal group (Richard Knight, Fred Bridges, and Robert Eaton). In April 1968, incidentally, the Brothers of Soul got on the national charts with an excellent single of their own, “I Guess that Don’t Make Me a Loser”.

Ruby Andrews sings a version of this song, too.

The Bridges-Knight-Eaton team in the years that followed kept Andrews on the charts and contributed immensely to her success, notably with “The Love I Need” (1968), “You made a believer (Out of Me)” (1969), “Everybody Saw You” (1970), and “You Ole Boo Boo You” (1971). Most her records were recorded in Detroit and Memphis. She recorded for ABC in the late 1970s but never returned to the charts after her Zodiac years.

I personally do not recommend anything on ABC plus the pressings on ABC records tends to be of poor recording quality in my experience. This is of course based on my subjective opinion.. On Zodiac however, I highly recommend anything Ruby Andrews, Mike Terry (productions), or the Bridges-Knight-Eaton days. One of my mum’s favorites is Ruby Andrews’ take on Hound Dog, which we all know is sung by the famous Elvis Presley. Ruby makes the song sound like Tina Turner’s spirit took over Mr. Presley in this take. It is also on Zodiac Records.


WORDS: RISA!

FREEP.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EP

Another viable release from the Peanut Gallery Network's west coast division has leaked onto the internet; a free six-track EP previewing and featuring music from both highly anticipated Anacron albums for 2009, "Unscene Unherd", and "The Gallery Quartet".

The EP's first three club-ready dance tracks showcase not only Anacron's adept lyrical and conceptual prowess, but also his talent as a rapper, singer, and producer. "Get Stoked!", an adventurous collaboration with Denmark's hip hop producer elite, KV (Kon-Vee), is a brightly shining journey through Anacron's idea of what brings energy to a party. "Robot Jam", no matter how elusive the title may be, is a self-produced, electro-pop influenced love song by Anacron, that any sound-seeking hipster would readily cling to for a momentary validation of cool. The third track is "The Out Crowd", a seemingly derogatory jab at that same hipster club culture, in which Anacron denounces the following of trends and hype in place of musical and entertainment quality. All in all, the three songs from the Unscene Unherd album represent an almost futuristic interpretation of what used to be "underground" culture.

The songs that follow are nothing less than pure genius, and an undeniable example of what makes Anacron an artist's artist; three musical morsels written, composed, arranged, and helmed by Anacron, featuring musicianship from his Chicago-based jazz ensemble, The Gallery Quartet. "Friends" is an upbeat, latin-infused jazz tune of sorts that features Anacron's impressive vocals (and alto saxaphone chops) shifting octaves on the topic of miscommunicated affections. "Jaccin Broadz" is a devilishly smooth hip hop groove with Anacron serving up a hilarious tale about stealing some poor sap's girl, all the while crooning like a jazz singer on the choruses. Finally, "It Takes Two" is a thoughtful ballad that touches on a subject similar to the first of the trio, with a far more somber and retrospective analysis of the situation.

All in all this is a stellar EP, that could honestly serve as an official album release in and of itself. The fact that Anacron can demonstrate and display so much skill and talent in an industry where artists are simplifying and dumbing down their output daily, is not nearly as impressive as the fact that he's willing to just give this stuff away for free. Any hip hop fan, nightclub attendee, disc jockey, or overall music lover would feel more than thankful upon hearing this assemblage of fine audible art!

If you missed the download link posted above, click HERE to get it.

DIPPED03.

BUTTS AND GUTTS.

We always focus on what to stay dipped in…what we wear on the outside. But I need to talk to some of you about what lies beneath.

Yes. Let’s talk about your undies. I’m all for thickness, shapeliness, and tigobitties but that doesn’t mean you let just anything hang out just anywhere. That’s for the beach. (And some need to think twice about that too.)

Solutions exist for keeping butts and guts under control. And to avoid those cheesy pantylines, ugh. Here’s a couple:

SPANX

Hallelujah! This line of bras, panties, body shapers, leggings, you name-its was designed for ALL. You can find whatever you need to keep you from looking like you don’t know any better when you step into that job interview, your new boyfriend’s mama’s party, church or whateva! Find Spanx at major retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and more or just visitwww.spanx.com for more info.



ARDYSS

This line is better than Spanx, but you definitely pay for it. Want a Coke bottle figure? Purchase one of these bad boys. Out of the many items this line offers, the absolute best are the Body Magic and the Panty Reshaper. I drank the Ardyss kool-aid. A dear friend made me a believer. ..I even paid the fee so I can purchase the undergarments at wholesale. These you won’t find at retailers, you’ll have to locate a distributor like me.

Now I want to see higher butts and tighter guts!! Think Beyonce—she cinches that waist with the finest whalebone corsets, and I don’t care if that’s painful, she looks HOT! You can too, so squeeze on in and stay DIPPED!

WORDS: DANA ANDERSON

MIX04.

SHON ROKA: BACK TO THE GRILL AGAIN


Nationally recognized club and internet DJ, growing visionary beat producer, and famed Brickheadz breakdancer (peep the footage on YouTube) SHON ROKA, has released an all-new mix via the Coast 2 Coast Mixtape DJ's network. Featuring Shon's stellar blends, congruent track arrangement, and hot exclusives, this mix is definitely the perfect accompaniment for the open-minded but hood-wrought music lover.


Check out Back To The Grill Again and other mixes by Shon Roka HERE, and be sure to visit Shon Roka on Myspace and Facebook for more mixes, beats, and exclusives.

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