Today marks the release of the second album from Snarky Puppy Alum Bill Laurance, and the web is lighting up in response to the sometimes orchestral, sometimes electronic, sometimes jazz, all the time adventurous SWIFT. The album features Michael League and Sput Searight, with a full string section. Wish you could see what that looks like? - dig the first three videos right here. Drop on in on the itunes charts and snag your copy right here.
Mudville is coming
This week marks the release of 'Someone Else', the new single from Mudville, and we must say it is great to hear from Marilyn Carino and Ben Rubin again. If you're not on the in, head over here and get the goods, or cue up the videos of Marilyn and famous cats right here. There are rumors buzzing of a Mudville reunion show in NYC, so stay close and we'll drop it here first. Support the ongoing ART by buying, liking, sharing, caring.
We're doing some spring cleaning here at the fake office this weekend, sifting through the last year and getting things straight. One of the biggest moves we made in 2014 was signing on with Jellowstone Records and the resident creative powerhouse that is DJ Harrison. Devonne Harris embodies the forward moving spirit that makes the critics look slow and pushes the entire business ahead. How do we know, well for one Count Bass D told us so, but we can hear it in his impressive catalog and his contributions to bands that are sneak attacking the old guard worldwide - Butcher Brown and Kings. Dig. Dig. Dig. Get with the new.
Battle of the boroughs
There is no place like New York on this planet, and tonight will show that yet again as the Ultimate Battle Of The Boroughs brings the very best of the city's resident musicians together for a throwdown. We are proud that Nat Osborn Band will be repping Brooklyn (of course!), and hope that if you are in the city you can get out and support. If you're not, you can vote online from 7-9:30 PM and put these cats over the top. You can also text BK8 to 69866 and have your voice heard. Viva La Ropeadope, Brooklyn style.
Three times dope / #3Xd
We're bringing it to the streets with three solid shows next month. First up is the Ropeadope/Jellowstone triple play at Art Of Cool Festival - Sidewalk Chalk, Butcher Brown, and Snarky Puppy heat up the Durham Armory on April 27th. Then it's straight up I-95 to The Brooklyn Bowl for MK Groove Orchestra, CCCO, and Kuf Knotz on April 27th. Top off the week with Karikatura and Butcher Brown at Arlene's Grocery on April 30. We'll be hitting all three, will you?
About The band
Popdose says it well - 'Nat Osborn, the mastermind behind the suitably named Nat Osborn Band, writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era songcraft with decidedly modern sensibilities'. We just plain DIG it. The band IS Ropeadope for one simple reason - we cannot define it. Old school, new school, after school - The Nat Osborn Band fits nowhere in the intellectual categorization of genre OR time. So what to do? Sit back and listen.
ajoyo - chocot’
Stand up and take notice, it's time to dance as Ajoyo drops the next single from their upcoming self-titled debut. Chocot' is classic afrobeat with a slinky line from organ player Can Olgun and emotive sax from Yacine Boulares. Get lost in this one folks, stream it right now over here and grab a copy for the road right here. The full LP drops on April 21, and the preorder is up right now.
Mudville Live (w/ Mike Mills)
Fire In The Wind (Nat Osborn Band)
Soul Brother Greg Hester
The new Greg Hester record - Soul Brother Where Art Thou? - is getting praise from all corners as the funkiest groove of the year. With many of the J.B.s performing and amazing vocal performances from the likes of Kevn Kinney, Chris Unck, John Popper and more, it's not a surprise. Check it right here, and please do tell your friends.
X-Jazz is coming
Here's one for all of the European Ropeadopers - XJAZZ is coming up fast and Lars Bartkuhn will be bring his delicate and precise vision of jazz to the stage on May 7th. The lineup is amazing, including Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jose James, and many many more. Check on Lars right here, and get your tickets over here. If you haven't heard Lars Bartkuhn's Passion Dance Orchestra you should head over here and dig in. It is sublime.
Kuf Knotz - A POSITIVE LIGHT
Large UP to our long time Ropeadope alum and messenger of love and light, Kuf Knotz. A Positive Light hits everywhere today, and Kuf is hitting the road to spread the word. New York, check it this Friday night, Philly get ready for the hometown throwdown on Saturday, and RVA prepare yourselves for Kuf with Sam Reed on Monday the 30 th. Spring is here, get out and celebrate. Dig the new record, out today!