M.O.P. & Snowgoons – “Anybody Can Get It” + A3C Volume 1 Pre-Order

For the past seven years, The A3C Hip-Hop Festival has brought the best and brightest talent in hip-hop to Atlanta for one extraordinary event after another. This year, A3C will provide hip-hop fans with the chance to hear new music from their favorite artists as well as undiscovered talent on one compilation, A3C Volume 1, which is now available for pre-order.

A3C Volume 1 will feature new, exclusive music from artists participating in the 2011 A3C Hip-Hop Festival. A diverse array of new talent and respected veterans spanning over 45 tracks make this a collector’s item for any hip-hop enthusiast.

In the midst of the excitement for the up coming event, iHipHop Distribution presents the second single off of the forthcoming compilation, M.O.P. & Snowgoons’ “Anybody Can Get It.” The track is the first offering from M.O.P. following a two-year hiatus and also serves as a sneak preview for the M.O.P. & Snowgoons album that will be dropping later this year. The A3C Volume 1 compilation will be available everywhere October 4th on iHipHop and can be pre-ordered now on iTunes.

The seventh annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival will take place October 6th through 8th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on the Festival and the A3C Volume 1 compilation, please visit: www.A3Cfestival.com

Download “Anybody Can Get It” here: http://hulkshare.com/mrzlu4heypo5

Watch the A3C promotional video here: http://vimeo.com/29101982

A3C Volume 1 Track List:

Disc 1:
1. Murs x Ski Beatz – Let’s Go!
2. P Dukes – Work
3. Chase N. Cashe – My House
4. Killa Kyleon featuring Miss Mykie – Carpul Tunnel
5. Johnny Spanish – Anything Goes
6. Rockie Fresh – Spotlight
7. G-Eazy -Rebel
8. SL Jones – All Honesty
9. XV –Higher
10. Smoke DZA featuring Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. – On The Corner
11. GLC – Show You What This Ism Do
12. Freddie Gibbs featuring El Prez – Executive Decision
13. Main Attrakionz featuring Shady Blaze – World Tour
14. J NICS – S.N.A.S.
15. Action Bronson – Muslim Wedding
16. Cory Gunz featuring Hash – Str8 Drop
17. Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy featuring Curren$y – Jet Life To The Next Life
18. Phil Ade – Let It Shine
19. Marz Lovejoy featuring Like (of Pac Div) & Jason Madison – I Can’t Call It
20. Jon Connor featuring Ducky – High
21. Aleon Craft – Cruise Control
22. J-Live – Look Right

Disc Two:
1. Willie Evans Jr. – Never Be Free
2. Soul Khan – When The Plague Starts
3. Torae – Make A Movie
4. 9th Wonder featuring Thee Tom Hardy, Rapsody & Skyzoo – Jamla’s Coming At You
5. Nitty Scott – Truth
6. The Kid Daytona – Night School
7. Young Scolla – Another Day
8. THURZ – Nosy People
9. Boog Brown featuring Invincible & StaHHr – Dope Girl Magic, pt 2
10. Termanology – Step It Up
11. Rapper Big Pooh – No Choice
12. 9th Wonder featuring Actual Proof, The Away Team & Big Remo – The Score
13. El Da Sensei – The Best We Gonna Be
14. Saigon – I Know Now
15. Jarren Benton – Skitzo
16. M.O.P. x Snowgoons – Anybody Can Get it
17. Freeway – For The Paper
18. REKS – Rap Disciple
19. Statik Selektah featuring Slaine – The Time Is Now
20. Bronze Nazareth featuring RZA – Fresh From The Morgue
21. Reef The Lost Cauze x Snowgoons -Kill Somebody
22. League Of Extraordinary Gz – Pressure
23. Dead Prez – Globalization (Scene Of The Crime)

RIGHT ON THE MONEY IN MUSIC CITY

-In anticipation of, and preparation for, his upcoming recording project, rocker Eddie Money spent the last two days in Nashville engulfed in song pitch meetings with some of Music City’s most prominent song pluggers and publishing groups. With back-to-back meetings, luncheons and dinner dates over a short 48-hour time, Money met with award-winning songwriters, reps and producers who have scored chart-toppers with hitmakers such as Michael McDonald, Keith Urban, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Sugarland, Ronnie Milsap, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, Jason Aldean and a creds list including “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “The Dance,” “I Hope You Dance” and “Jesus Take The Wheel.”

Celebrating more than forty years of making music, recognized by a wall of platinum albums, Money is credited with a string of Top 40 hits including “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight.” Having shared the stage with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Spector, Styx, R.E.O. Speedwagon and Air Supply, Money has sold an upwards of 30 million albums.

With pen in hand, Money will take a break from his 150-date show schedule to return to Nashville in October to engage in a number of songwriting sessions. He has plans to record sides for the project in Nashville in the fourth quarter–2011.

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360 Concord Grape Vodka

360 Concord Grape Vodka is one of the first vodkas that we have received that looks to go beyond a simple grape designation and move into specific varietals of the fruit. What results in the 360 Concord Grape Vodka is something that is fresh and interesting tasting, all while providing imbibers with the same high quality that has been present in all 360 Vodka efforts.

The spirit has a solid enough alcohol percentage (35%) that individuals can use the offering as a shot or in a bomb format. If one likes different blends of juices, I would even suggest putting the vodka in with orange juice, to make a delightfully wicked screwdriver. With a price point of about $20, there is little reason that individuals that find themselves fans of vodka and of grape should not get a bottle to test.

I believe that 360 has their fundamentals down; where they come out with a number of interesting offerings like Cola and Chocolate vodkas, they can come forward with one of the best grape vodkas that we have ever had the chance to taste. Whenever you have a party or are just at the liquor store, make it a point to plonk down a $20 and see exactly what it is that I am talking about. With a nuanced taste profile and just the perfect amount of burn, 360 Concord Grape Vodka is one of the top on the heap.

Rating: 8.4/10

360 Concord Grape Vodka / 70 Proof / http://www.vodka360.com

TDWP’s Tour Begins

Following its first headline tour of Australia, The Devil Wears Prada will kick off “Dead Throne Tour: North American 2011,” the band’s 36-date trek that starts November 3 in Milwaukee and will criss-cross the U.S. and Canada over a six-week period. On the “Dead Throne Tour: North American 2011,” TDWP will be supported by Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, and For Today on all dates. The itinerary is as follows:

NOVEMBER

3 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

6 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

7 Epic, Minneapolis, MN

8 The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB CANADA

10 Edmonton Events Center, Edmonton, AB CANADA

11 MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB CANADA

13 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA

14 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA

15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR

17 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

18 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

19 SOMA, San Diego, CA

20 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

21 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ

23 Saltair, Magna, UT

25 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO

26 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK

27 House of Blues, Dallas, TX

28 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX

29 Warehouse Live Ballroom, Houston, TX

30 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

DECEMBER

2 Ritz Ybor, Tampa, FL

3 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

4 House of Blues, Orlando, FL

5 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

7 Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC

8 The National, Richmond, VA

9 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

13 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY

14 The Palladium, Worcester, MA

15 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA

16 Kool Haus, Toronto, ONT CANADA

17 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

18 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

The Devil Wears Prada Press Info: http://tiny.cc/tg5dl

Premier Protein Shake

We’ve had the Premier Protein Shakes on our shelves for a few weeks, largely because our reviewer was a mite bit afraid of the Strawberry flavor. However, ey bravely forged through and was rewarded with one of the best ready-made protein drinks that ey has had as a NeuFutur reviewer. Essentially, all one needs to do to make the Premier Protein Shake possess the best possible taste is just to stick it in the fridge for a few hours.

This means that the vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavor can come through like a flavored milk, while the 30 grams of protein that are present in each shake can go to one’s muscles. The 160 calories that are present in each shake are low considering the sheer amount of muscle-building material that is present here, while the low amount of sugar (1 gram) will make the Premier Protein Shake into something that works even for those that are on a diet. Finally, for those individuals that are concerned about the environment, Premier Nutrition has placed each of their shakes in a tetrapak, which is largely crafted from renewable resources.

However, when one looks at the pure use of the Premier Protein Shake for those that work out on a regular basis, there is simply no comparison to the other products on the market. The Premier Protein Shake stands head and shoulders above these other products, and can be purchased at a price point that has to be seen to be believed. With 18 shakes going for about $35, there is no reason that one should not check out what sort of benefits the product can bring to you.

Rating: 9.1/10

Premier Protein Shake / Vanilla and Strawberry / 30 Grams / http://www.premiernutrition.com/protein-shake.html

Kendra: Seasons 2 & 3; Holly’s World: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)

Let’s get Holly’s World out of the way first. With plenty of plastic surgery and a grating voice she heads off to Mecca for those who like to disrobe for strangers: Vegas! The show follows Madison and her dim assistant (even for realty show sidekick standards, she is jaw-droppingly ditzy) in their new city, where Madison has taken up residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino where she headlines her own burlesque show. There is episode after episode of contrived set ups… but enough about that. Let’s move on to Kendra.

Unlike Madison, who comes off like a B actress simply playing a role, Wilkinson’s real personality shines through. Kendra follows her and her NFL husband through the birth of their child, a series of moves as his career takes him across the country (Philadelphia, Indiana, LA, Philadelphia again, etc.), and her struggling to get back into shape. Sure there are obvious set ups, but you aren’t as bothered by them as Kendra and those around her come off as extremely likeable and interesting to watch (pretty nice combo if you’re going to have a realty show).

We are obviously at the paramount of realty TV (I’m talking quantity, not quality here) and while most are worth skipping (like Holly’s World or anything starring a Kardashian), surely you can make some room for a show as fun as Kendra.

Kendra: Season 2 & 3/3 DVDs/575 mins./MPI/2011

The Complete Seasons 1 & 2/3 DVD/500 mins./MPI/2011

Indie-roots band, Sassparilla celebrates release of THE DARNDEST THING

Referred to as indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-roots, Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla may bend and cross genres, but the result is always electrifying, especially on their latest, The Darndest Thing.

Comprised of Kevin “Gus” Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross “Dagger” Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin “Sweet Pea” Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordian, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla offers one of the most entertaining, sweaty live shows in the Pacific Northwest. Complete with dancing, sing-along numbers, and plenty of good times. Though it is the subtleties and folk-pop leanings of their latest, The Darndest Thing, that find this five-piece band slowing things down a bit – and growing up musically. Centered on the structure of the song and the lyrics more so than the party groove and liveliness of their earlier recordings, this record gives fans a new side of the band.

“Every record we’ve done is a little different than the record before it,” comments Blackwell, the band’s primary songwriter. “They’re all metaphors for what’s happening in my life. So, the early records were good-time roots-punk records. Then death happened, a friend passed away, and other life stuff happened. I had to face the reality that I’m an adult now. Stuff I wasn’t used to. And, so The Darndest Thing reflects that.”

Produced by The Eels’ Chet Lyster, his contributes helped ensure growth and maturity with The Darndest Thing.

“This is the first time we’ve worked with a producer,” explains Blackwell. “We did a lot of pre-production on this like we’ve never done before on previous records. We decided from the beginning to make this record the way it is. We were very thoughtful throughout the pre-production and recording process.”

Blackwell likens the growth to seeing your children grow up.

“I know people have used this metaphor before, but I feel like my songs are growing up. It’s like my songs are adults now, learning to manage money and all of that,” he says with a chuckle.

Eight songs, clocking in at thirty-five minutes, The Darndest Thing is filler-free, succinct enough to keep the listeners’ attention throughout, even for those that have never heard the band before, but meaty enough to not leave you feeling empty and cheated.

While previous records have jumped around from genre to genre, The Darndest Thing finds the songs working together, each telling a story, while the music stays consistent. It’s their first record to truly be an album, not just a collection of fun-time, entertaining live favorites to get the crowd moving.

A big departure for the band is album opener “New Love,” the poppiest song the band has ever written. A happy, up-tempo song, it instantly denotes that something different is happening with Sassparilla on this release.

“You wear two hats in a band, live shows and recorded product,” comments Blackwell. “I like the idea of making a beautiful record. Then making a show people can dance to. That, to me, is what Sassparilla is all about. I feel we accomplished that. We made a record that is strong, something my peers can respect. We made a beautiful record, not just a record that was over-the top performance wise, like we’ve done in the past.”

Sassparilla online:

http://www.sassparillapdx.com
http://www.www.sassparilla.info

Pentax Optio RS1500 (Camera)

I believe that the Pentax Optio RS1500 is a smart buy for anyone save for professional photographers. While there are features like the removable faceplate that will appease the fashion-conscious, I believe that the camera itself contains more than enough functionality to keep it competitive over the course of the next few years. For those that wish to use their camera for multiple functions, the style of video that is captured is nothing less than top notch (720P).

This is due to the camera’s 14 megapixel sensor, which can be dialed up or down depending on the style of pictures that an individual wants. Purchasers are given an additional route to customization through the presence of a lens that zooms considerably.

Control of the zoom is a little hit and miss the first few times that one uses the camera, but the learning curve required for the Optio RS1500 is incredibly small. The colors captured by the film are rich and realistic; no matter what amount of light or conditions an individual finds themselves, the pictures that come forth from the Optio RS1500 will be sharp and eye-popping. For those that want to ensure that the pictures that they take are correct, the large LCD screen on the back of the camera (3.0 inches) will make it easy to properly key in. For those that are easily confused by the sheer amount of options that are available to them, the presence of an Auto Picture mode works well in ensuring that the right settings are chosen to make for the best possible pictures. At a hair below $150, this just seems perfect for anyone that may have a birthday coming up or still needs a gift to top off their holiday stockings.

Rating:9.6/10

Pentax Optio RS1500 (Camera) / http://www.pentaximaging.com

PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED SONGWRITER, JOHN AMADON CELEBRATES RELEASE OF THIRD FULL-LENGTH, SEVEN STARS

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter John Amadon is celebrating the release of his third full-length, Seven Stars, a collection of haunting melodies that make good bedfellows with easy-laid beats; an album that finds tight hooks with a from-the-heart lyrical sense that will make you feel as if you personally know the songwriter.

Multi-instrumentalist John Amadon is the kind of artist that creates music without any financial support or promotional backing from a label. Knowingly off the beaten path of the music industry, he is driven not by the pursuit of fame or money, but by a passion for songwriting. He holes himself up in friends’ basement studios, his only ambition to challenge himself songwriting wise, and to create the best art he can. All for art’s sake; not to please A&R guys, not to create something he thinks will turn elitist writers into his fans, and certainly not to “sell out.” He does it to make himself happy, to make records he can play for friends with a smile and pride. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want people to take notice and find enjoyment in his music either.

He rarely plays live, doesn’t tour, yet he keeps writing, recording, working on his songwriting, and getting stronger with each new song. The result of this is heard in his latest offering, Seven Stars, a soothing blend of the upbeat and the relaxing, a well-grooved record that is as much a headphones listen as it is something to play in the car, crusing down the highway, with the windows down and sun giving you a driver’s tan.

“I spent one out of every eight dollars I earned working as a bartender and bookstore employee on the making of Seven Stars,” says Amadon.

Known around Portland for his seven-year stint as bassist for roots-rock/pop artist Fernando, Amadon is equally known for his locally self-released solo records. Upon leaving Fernando¹s band after the release of 2006’s Enter to Exit, Amadon took a break from music only to be re-inspired to make a record, the record that would become Seven Stars.

“I took a nearly five year hiatus from music and songwriting from which I didn¹t actually expect to return,” recalls Amadon. “At a certain point I started working on a few songs and began to consider recording again. At about the same point I began spiraling into a strange madness focused around a girl I had become pointlessly and desperately obsessed with. The writing began in earnest for this record when I started using songwriting as a tool to help myself sort through this obsession that was making me feel as though I was coming apart at the seams.”

>From the madness, songs began to take shape, with Amadon finding himself writing more than he ever had in the past; he was very prolific instead of, in the past, struggling – and sometimes forcing himself – to finish songs.

“Once I directed my songwriting focus to this issue,” he says of his obsession with this girl, “I found myself writing with an urgency and an ease that I had rarely felt before as a songwriter. In addition to the raw catharsis the writing provided me, I realized that songwriting had become a much easier exercise for me, and that now, instead of struggling to express, I was able to express quite freely. I had found my voice as a writer.”

With a record’s worth of material, Amadon called in several friends, including Scott McPherson (live and session drummer for acts including Beck, Elliott Smith, Neil Finn, M.Ward, She & Him, Bright Eyes, et.al), Mike Coykendall (M.Ward, She & Him), and William Slater (The Grails) to help him flesh out the record.

“Making Seven Stars was the most hurdle-free thing I¹ve ever done,” he says without hesitation. “Experience has taught me this is very unusual in the record making process. The writing, the recording, and the post-production all went off essentially without a hitch, and each stage was very rewarding. I got to spend a lot of time working with good friends in an environment very conducive to creativity. I honestly can¹t remember a single bad or even unproductive session. It was pure creative pleasure and catharsis.”

The result, for Amadon, is a record that he feels is artistically legit on its own terms, on his own dime, with no compromise or settling. He believes in every song on this record, and doesn’t stop from beaming with pure, proud joy when he talks about the record.

“I am very proud of the vocal and musical performances throughout, as well as their presentation, and the very cohesive way the record comes across as a single piece when listened to from start to finish. I wouldn¹t change a note, a beat, or a lyric,” comments Amadon. “I put a great deal of work into insuring that there would be no filler at all on the record, not only avoiding filler songs, but filler within songs.”

“Some bands are able to make records that sound really clean, without flubs, clams, or pitch issues,” he continues. “Yet they don¹t sound artificial. Listening to my first two records over the years, I have often lamented how many little flubs I allowed to pass through to the final mixes, either through inattentiveness or laziness. Knowing how much that bugged me with the first two records, I made a real attempt to get everything right, to the degree that I, or my collaborators could hear errors to be fixed. I feel pretty confident that I made a record that is clean performance-wise without being sterile.”

Though some may write John Amadon off as a hobbyist making records only for himself, Seven Stars is nonetheless an ambitious offering, grand enough to stand up to any competition. That’s a lofty statement. And although he isn’t out toiling in sweaty rock clubs every night of the week, chasing something that for many is unobtainable, he is holed up in his living room, bedroom, or a friend’s studio writing and recording, always pushing himself to make a better song, a better record, and something that will withstand the test of time. Welcome Seven Stars.

BIG TROUBLES TOUR DATES

09/30 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub *

10/01 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room *

10/03 Vancouver, BC Biltmore *

10/04 Seattle, WA The Crocodile *

10/05 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *

10/09 Los Angeles, CA The Echo / Part Time Punks #$

10/10 Tucson, AZ Club Congress #

10/12 Norman, OK Opolis #

10/15 St. Louis, MO Stylehouse #

10/31 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %

11/01 Minneapolis, MN TBD %

11/03 Denver, CO Moe’s %

11/04 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge %

11/05 Boise, ID Neurolux %

11/11 San Francisco, CA Slim’s %

11/12 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex %

11/13 San Diego, CA Sunset Temple %

11/14 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn %

11/16 Austin, TX The Parish %

11/17 Dallas, TX Club Dada %

11/18 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe %

11/19 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s %

11/20 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks %

11/21 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s %

11/23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom %

* = w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

# = w/ Young Prisms

$ = w/ Kids on a Crime Spree

% = w/ Real Estate