Friday, August 28, 2009
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Published: August 28, 2009
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NEW YORK (AP) -- DJ AM, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle, was found dead Friday at his apartment, which had drug paraphernalia in it, a law enforcement official said.
Paramedics had to break down the door to his Manhattan apartment before they found his body at about 5:20 p.m., the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because family hadn't been notified. There was no evidence of foul play, the official said.
DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had talked openly about past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs, but he claimed he had been drug-free for years.
He died nearly a year after surviving a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people and seriously injured rock musician Travis Barker.
Goldstein, 36, was a deejay for hire who performed at Hollywood's most exclusive parties and was admired by music aficionados. He also was famous for past relationships with the reality TV star Nicole Richie, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, and with actress-singer Mandy Moore.
Goldstein was critically injured last September when a Learjet crashed on takeoff in Columbia, S.C. The plane was transporting Goldstein and Barker, a drummer for the pop punk band Blink-182, after a performance; the pair had formed the duo TRVSDJ-AM.
Barker and Goldstein were burned, though Barker was injured more severely. Goldstein had to get skin graft surgery, but about a month later, he was performing again, joining Jay-Z on stage.
At the time, he told People magazine he was grateful to survive.
''I can't believe I made it,'' he said. ''I've prayed every night for the past 10 years. There's a lot more to thank God for now. ... I was saved for a reason. Maybe I'm going to help someone else. I don't question it. All I know is I'm thankful to be here.''
Goldstein rose to fame several years ago as highly sought-after DJ whose beats kept the dance floor packed and clubgoers hypnotized.
Celebrities and fans instantly shared their reactions to his death on Twitter, where ''RIP DJ AM'' was the No. 1 topic Friday.
''I'm stunned. Rest in peace Adam,'' singer-songwriter Josh Groban posted.
''So horrible. In shock,'' wrote TV host Maria Menounos.
''Thoughts and strength goes out to friends and family,'' entertainer Solange Knowles wrote.
''He survived a deadly plane crash and now THIS,'' blogger Perez Hilton tweeted. ''I can't stop crying.''
Representatives for Moore and Barker didn't immediately return telephone messages seeking comment on the DJ's death.
August 28, 4:23 PMNY Bargain Entertainment ExaminerIlia Panganiban
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It's been a little more than two months since Michael Jackson tragically died of cardiac arrest at the age of 50. This Saturday, August 29, on what would have been the singer's 51st birthday, Spike Lee will host a massive block party in Prospect Park in Brooklyn to commemorate the King of Pop.
"It's gonna be just how we do it, Brooklyn style," Lee stated in an interview with the online magazine The Root. "It's gonna be a joyous, festive, celebratory party."
Spike Lee was an avid Jackson fan as a child, watching Jackson 5 cartoons on Saturday mornings and wanting his Afro "to be perfectly round like Michael's." Many years later, Lee, a renowned filmmaker, had the privilege of collaborating with Michael Jackson on his music video for the song "They Don't Care About Us," from Jackson's 1995 album HIStory, Past, Present and Future, Book1. Lee was deeply affected by Jackson's death and felt compelled to pay homage to his idol with a day of dancing and music.
DJ Spinna will supply Michael Jackson hits to a video-screen montage. Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, will attend to declare August 29 "Michael Jackson Day." It's sure to be an epic event; officials estimate at least 10,000 people will attend, despite the inclement weather forecast. There is an 80 percent chance of showers with possible thunderstorms, but the show will go on, so brace yourself and come prepared to party.
The event will be held on Saturday from noon to 5 pm (gates open at 10 am) at the Neathermead Meadow in the center of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Enter at the park's Willink entrance off Flatbush Ave at Empire and Queens Blvds. The Q train is the closest subway.
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This guy is on UCB Team and moving up in the world. He will be in the big time soon. I said it here first.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I know stunt dude die all the time but i still want to be a badass motherfucker in a new movie called The Expendables
The Bowery Ballroom
w/Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club and April Smith & the Great Picture Show!
Check the show out. All the performers are off the meter in a good way. BTW, Mad Decent sign Brik Mason.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1947. They married two years later. More Photos »
The cause was complications of pneumonia, the Gibson Guitar Corporation and his family announced. .
Mr. Paul was a remarkable musician as well as a tireless tinkerer. He played guitar alongside leading prewar jazz and pop musicians from Louis Armstrong to Bing Crosby. In the 1930s he began experimenting with guitar amplification, and by 1941 he had built what was probably the first solid-body electric guitar, although there are other claimants. With his guitar and the vocals of his wife, Mary Ford, he used overdubbing, multitrack recording and new electronic effects to create a string of hits in the 1950s.
Mr. Paul’s style encompassed the twang of country music, the harmonic richness of jazz and, later, the bite of rock ’n’ roll. For all his technological impact, though, he remained a down-home performer whose main goal, he often said, was to make people happy.
Mr. Paul, whose original name was Lester William Polsfuss, was born on June 9, 1915, in Waukesha, Wis. His childhood piano teacher wrote to his mother, “Your boy, Lester, will never learn music.” But he picked up harmonica, guitar and banjo by the time he was a teenager and started playing with country bands in the Midwest. In Chicago he performed for radio broadcasts on WLS and led the house band at WJJD; he billed himself as the Wizard of Waukesha, Hot Rod Red and Rhubarb Red.
His interest in gadgets came early. At the age of 10 he devised a harmonica holder from a coat hanger. Soon afterward he made his first amplified guitar by opening the back of a Sears acoustic model and inserting, behind the strings, the pickup from a dismantled Victrola. With the record player on, the acoustic guitar became an electric one. Later, he built his own pickup from ham radio earphone parts and assembled a recording machine using a Cadillac flywheel and the belt from a dentist’s drill.
From country music Mr. Paul moved into jazz, influenced by players like Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang, who were using amplified hollow-body guitars to play hornlike single-note solo lines. He formed the Les Paul Trio in 1936 and moved to New York, where he was heard regularly on Fred Waring’s radio show from 1938 to 1941.
In 1940 or 1941 — the exact date is unknown — , Mr. Paul made his guitar breakthrough. Seeking to create electronically sustained notes on the guitar, he attached strings and two pickups to a wooden board with a guitar neck. “The log,” as he called it, if not the first solid-body electric guitar, became the most influential one.
“You could go out and eat and come back and the note would still be sounding,” Mr. Paul once said.
The odd-looking instrument drew derision when he first played it in public, so he hid the works inside a conventional-looking guitar. But the log was a conceptual turning point. With no acoustic resonance of its own, it was designed to generate an electronic signal that could be amplified and processed — the beginning of a sonic transformation of the world’s music.
Mr. Paul was drafted in 1942 and worked in California for the Armed Forces Radio Service, accompanying Rudy Vallee, Kate Smith and others. When he was discharged in 1943, he was hired as a staff musician for NBC radio in Los Angeles. His trio toured with the Andrews Sisters and backed Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, with whom he recorded the hit “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” in 1945. Crosby encouraged Mr. Paul to build his own recording studio, and so he did, in his garage in Los Angeles.
There he experimented with recording techniques, using them to create not realistic replicas of a performance but electronically enhanced fabrications. Toying with his mother’s old Victrola had shown him that changing the speed of a recording could alter both pitch and timbre. He could record at half-speed and replay the results at normal speed, creating the illusion of superhuman agility. He altered instrumental textures through microphone positioning and reverberation. Technology and studio effects, he realized, were instruments themselves.
He also noticed that by playing along with previous recordings, he could become a one-man ensemble. As early as his 1948 hit “Lover,” he made elaborate, multilayered recordings, using two acetate disc machines, which demanded that each layer of music be captured in a single take. From discs he moved to magnetic tape, and in the late 1950s he built the first eight-track multitrack recorder. Each track could be recorded and altered separately, without affecting the others. The machine ushered in the modern recording era.
In 1947 Mr. Paul teamed up with Colleen Summers, who had been singing with Gene Autry’s band. He changed her name to Mary Ford, a name found in a telephone book.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This Saturday the last edition of Thigh's High is going down. We've had three great parties so far with three great DJs and who better to end the summer than DJ Scott Melker. Scott has done it all: DJ'd for artists at giant stadiums worldwide, done all the big clubs and put out some great mixtapes too. Expect nothing less than the best from this guy.
Thighs High is an outdoor/indoor party at Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg with DJs, gourmet food and the fabulous cocktails the bar is famous for. It starts this Saturday at 4 o clock sharp. There is a large patio with plenty of room to get your sun on, and plenty of room inside in case the sun is off that day. The food will be prepared by guest chef Myles Atherton.
* There is a Makers Mark open bar at 4 with free Makers Mark cocktails. This is first come first served so come early if you wish to partake.
* The homie Devin will be celebrating his birthday at Thighs High. Come out and wish him a Happy Birthday.
In other news Humpin Around (my weekly Wednesday party at Huckleberry Bar) will start at 9 PM from now on.
I'll be at Firefly in Soho Saturday night after the BBQ as usual playing top 40, club & hip hop.
LET ME KNOW: If you know anyone who is looking for a DJ. Do you know anyone who works at, or owns a club? Hook me up!!!!!
All the BEST,
DJ BENNY B
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Wednesday, August 12
588 Grand Street @ Lorimer
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Saturday, August 15
THIGHS HIGH w/ DJ SCOTT MELKER
588 Grand Street @ Lorimer
Makers Mark Open Bar @ 4 (until it runs out)
Saturday, August 15
Spring St btw Mulberry & Lafayette
btw, Mad Decent sign Brik Mason
Monday, August 10, 2009
August 10, 2009
Boys Noize, Drop the Lime & Canyons @ Summerstage - pics
photos by Sara Skolnick
Drop the Lime dancer
Drop the Lime
"Boys Noize is the moniker of Alexander Ridha, a German electro-tech producer and DJ. It is also the name of Ridha's label, Boysnoize Records, which he set up in 2005...
...Under the name Boys Noize, he has released records on French label Kitsuné Music, Tiga's Turbo Records label, and on DJ Hell's International DeeJay Gigolo Records. He has also remixed tracks for Tiga, Para One, Feist, Kreeps and Depeche Mode, as well as popular remixes of British indie anthems "Banquet" by Bloc Party and "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" by Kaiser Chiefs. Boys Noize's tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, SebastiAn, 2 Many DJ's, Tiga and Justice...
...Boys Noize is set to release a new album, called "POWER", in October 2009. It will feature 12 tracks including "Starter" and "Jeffer", which were released on EP in July 2009.In addition to his new album he will also release a EP with Erol Alkan called: "WAVES"/"DEATH SUITE". [Wikipedia]
Boys Noize shared a bill with fellow dj/producers Drop the Lime (from NYC) and Canyons (from Australia) at the dance-friendly, electro edition of Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (8/8). It was the same day that the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival was taking place in Park Slope, and the rumor was that Boys Noize would be the special guest at the Brooklyn event later in the night, but the other rumor is that he ended up cancelling that 2nd appearance. btw, Mad Decent sign Brik Mason
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Apparently he is getting out of jail. I can forgive him for listening to Puff Daddy. Ha. Anyway, I liked this old stuff because it felt like a reincarnation of Biggie and the DOC. yeahhh. But what does he have after all these years. I guess time will tell. BTW, Mad Decent needs to sign BRIK MASON.
MURS - LA Leakers mixtape (download), a NYC show (tickets)
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DOWNLOAD: The Los Angeles Leakers - Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta Mixtape, hosted by MURS (ZShare, Zipped MP3)
Nick Carter has scheduled a single NYC show for September 10th at Highline Ballroom, tickets are on sale. No, not the Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys (don't ask how I know who he is)...
Nick Carter, professionally known as MURS is an American rapper. His pseudonym is an acronym that stands for "Making Underground Raw Shit." He is signed to the independent label Record Collection and is a member of the hip hop groups Living Legends, Felt, and the 3 Melancholy Gypsys - [Wiki]
Making Underground Raw Shit recently hosted the latest mixtape by The Los Angeles Leakers entitled Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta, presumably after the ill Geto Boys track from the Office Space soundtrack. The mix features classic West Coast burners by Ice Cube, MC Eiht, WC, Kam, Mack 10, and many others and is available for download above.
In other hip hop @ Highline Ballroom news, Rakim has a show coming up, and the Roots play there on a regular basis with special guests like Pumpkinhead who joined them on stage at their July 28th gig. Video from that below...
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By MICHAEL CIEPLY
Published: August 6, 2009
LOS ANGELES — John Hughes, the once-prolific filmmaker whose sweet and sassy comedies like “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” plumbed the lives of teenagers in the 1980s, died Thursday on a morning walk while visiting Manhattan. He was 59.
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The cause was a heart attack, according to a statement from the publicists Paul Bloch and Michelle Bega.
Mr. Hughes turned out a series of hits that captured audiences and touched popular culture — and then flummoxed both Hollywood and his fans by suddenly fading from the scene in the early 1990s. He surfaced sometimes as a writer, occasionally under his pen name, Edmond Dantès, the real name of the Dumas hero in “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
His seeming disappearance inspired a 2009 documentary, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” by four young filmmakers who went in search of a man who was by then being compared to J. D. Salinger because of his reclusiveness. It became a tribute to Mr. Hughes’s influence on youth culture.
Mr. Hughes, who began his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago, had been living quietly on a farm in northern Illinois. He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Ludwig, whom he met in high school; two sons, John and James; and four grandchildren.
John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on Feb. 18, 1950, in the suburbs of Detroit before moving, at 13, to the Chicago area. His father worked in sales, and he lived in a middle-class, all-American reality that became the mainstay of his films.
“I didn’t have this tortured childhood,” he told The New York Times in a 1991 interview. “I liked it.”
While visiting New York during his advertising days, Mr. Hughes hung around the offices of National Lampoon magazine and was published when he showed a gift for comedy. Once having begun work as a screenwriter, he pursued the craft relentlessly.
In the 1991 interview, he said: “If I’m on a roll, and I finish a script at 3:00, I’ll start another at 3:02.”
Mr. Hughes’ biggest success, in box-office terms, was the “Home Alone” series, of which he was the writer and a producer. The first film, released by 20th Century Fox in 1990, turned the simple tale of a young boy, played by Macaulay Culkin, who was forgotten by his vacationing family, into a monster hit. The film took in more than $285 million at the domestic box office and spawned two sequels.
He had a reputation for discovering and bringing out the best in young actors. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Culkin said: “I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person. The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man.”
Mr. Hughes’s greatest professional effect came from a series of teen-oriented films he directed in the 1980s, beginning with “Sixteen Candles” in 1984. It was a whip-smart but tender look at coming of age, with Molly Ringwald as a girl whose 16th birthday is forgotten in the whirlwind of her sister’s wedding; it featured emerging actors like Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz, among others.
“The Breakfast Club” followed in 1985, with “Weird Science,” immediately behind, in the same year. By then, the troupe of young actors who showed up in films by Mr. Hughes and others who worked in the same vein had expanded to include Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy; they were tagged “The Brat Pack.”
Probably no film so completely captured the arch and almost noxious, yet somehow loveable, quality of Mr. Hughes’s characters as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The movie, released by Paramount Pictures in 1986, starred Matthew Broderick as a ne’er-do-well high-schooler who spends more energy avoiding the classroom than he might have used inside.
“He can lie, manipulate and con people with inspired genius, especially in the service of a noble cause such as playing hooky,” Nina Darnton wrote of the Bueller character in a less-than-admiring New York Times review.
But the movie took in $70 million at the box office, and wound up 20 years later on an Entertainment Weekly list of the 50 best high school movies of all time, alongside others from Mr. Hughes.
If the magic seemed to fade — Mr. Hughes’s last movie as a director, “Curly Sue,” fell flat in 1991 — he continued to write for the screen. As recently as last year, working as Edmond Dantès, he shared a story credit with Seth Rogen and Kristofor Brown on “Drillbit Taylor,” in which Owen Wilson played a low-budget bodyguard hired to keep a couple of kids from getting pushed around.
Some in Hollywood surmised that he had stepped away simply because, for all his successes, he did not particularly like the film business and its ways. He was known as a stickler for control who often tangled with executives even as he made their companies a fortune.
Yet Mr. Hughes ultimately marked the business so indelibly that his name has become identified with an entire genre: comedies about disaffected youth.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My man D.Murphy was throwing a fresh party last week called MIXED BABIES. Always a great time. Def Check it out. I will be a promoter for those guys till the end. Eli Escobar stopped by and rocked a dope set. Check out Outside Broadcast. A blog i love for good music in general.
This kid is doing some real stuff. I am chilling out to his sounds while laying back on the beaches of AC. I am drinking a corona and i will probably jet ski later today or at least gamble my money away. Seriously, i need to get into more poker nights so i can get my game up. Always bet on BRIK
The Roots playing Hennessy shows w/ Common & guests (Terminal 5), played Diesel show @ Webster Hall (pics)
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The Roots @ Webster Hall - 7/30/09
"Hennessy announces the fourth annual edition of the acclaimed Hennessy Artistry series, curated and headlined by hip-hop impresario Common, with The Roots also appearing as the house band.
Hosted exclusively by Hennessy, each show will feature a unique blend of performers and collaborators ranging from up-and-coming talent to cameos by iconic special guests.
Says Common: "Hennessy is the master of blending, and Artistry, is all about artistic blends of music genre, culture and style. The lineup is coming together nicely. The Roots and I are really collaborating to create a musical blend of talent that will do Artistry justice. We are planning some surprises as well, it should be quite an experience and I am thrilled to be a part of it.""
Four Hennessey dates have been announced, one of which will take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on October 7th. I'm not sure how you get tickets at the moment, but it will probably involve doing something at Hennessey's website.
You can also catch The Roots as house band each weeknight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (which Arctic Monkeys play tonight - 8/4), and on a regular basis with special guests at the Highline Ballroom.
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Billy Lee Riley in 2002.
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The cause was cancer, his wife, Joyce, told The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.
Mr. Riley’s singles included “Red Hot” (with its memorable lyric, “My gal is red hot, your gal ain’t doodly squat”) and “Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll,” the song that led him to call his band the Little Green Men for a time.
Mr. Riley was one of the early performers who recorded at the legendary Sun Records in Memphis, but he was overshadowed by his associates, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Among many songs, Mr. Riley and his band played on the original Sun recording of Lewis’s “Great Balls of Fire.”
Mr. Riley’s voice at times had a cadence similar to Presley’s, but early on he sang with more of a growl. His voice softened in his later recordings, which focused on blues. A 22-song compilation, “Red Hot: The Very Best of Billy Lee Riley,” is among records that are still available.
Born in the town of Pocahontas, Mr. Riley grew up in a sharecropper family in northeast Arkansas and learned guitar and harmonica from other families. In the early 1960s, he took his talents to California, where he worked as a studio musician for the Beach Boys, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. He also played bass and drums and sang.
Mr. Riley continued to perform, touring in Europe in the 1970s and ’80s to receptive audiences. And he kept performing late in life.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Riley is survived by their daughter, Angela Johns, and three children from his first marriage, Erin Riley, Wendy Kennedy and Darron Riley.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 29
The Bowery Ballroom
w/Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club and April Smith & the Great Picture Show! Now with 100% more Spring Standards!
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Many of you have seen Ryan Vaughn play drums with us over the last couple of years (for example, the CD release at Mercury); you may not have seen his wonderful and charming girlfriend Kasey Williams (the CD release was on her birthday, and she came out anyway). Her family was involved in a tragic car accident while on vacation and her father passed away. Her sister is in critical condition, and will need a series of surgeries. Ryan's hosting an impromptu benefit show tonight at the Red Lion, which will feature a number of special guests. So, if you're around tonight, please come by.
(Monday, August 3rd, 2009) from 10PM to 1AM
The Red Lion
151 Bleecker St. (btwn, Thompson & LaGuardia)
New York (Greenwich Village), NY 10012
If you can't, please consider contributing online at www.thewilliamsfamilyfund.blogspot.com.
Thanks for listening,
Bryan, Andy, Jennie, Jim, Jeremy, and Sarab "Drummer to the Stars" Singh
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the gallery where the public remembrance for Titus (Baatin) Glover was scheduled to be held. This report is correct.
Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who cofounded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, did not appear to die from foul play, authorities said today.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said it found no evidence of trauma on Glover’s body and that examiners are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to shed more light on his death. The tests could take seven weeks to complete.
The Detroit Police Department said it isn’t treating the death as a homicide, unless the medical examiner provides information to the contrary. Police provided no additional details about the circumstances of his death.
Mr. Glover's body was found Saturday morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street and is at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, family friend Ty Townson said.
There was speculation on the Internet on Saturday that Mr. Glover was shot but, according to Townson, who was at the scene as Mr. Glover's body was taken away, there was no indication he was involved in a shooting.
Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said Saturday that she doesn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either today or Monday.
Detroit Police Department spokesman John Roach said Saturday he did not know a cause of death. The medical examiner's office would not comment Saturday.
Funeral arrangements are not yet set. Friends and family members are to gather for a public remembrance at 8 tonight at 5 E Gallery, 2125 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.
Mr. Glover, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, "Villa Manifesto," due Sept. 22.
He was with the group for its gig at the Rock the Bells Tour stop in June at DTE Energy Music Theatre and performed last week in a video shoot for Slum's new single, "Cloud 9."