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The Very Best Album Cover

I talked how much I liked The Very Best’s ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ last week and now we have a new track off their album which is available now to purchase in digital format. Apart from the drums of ‘Rain Dance,’ the track is a little more subdued than ‘Warm Heart of Africa.’ This time, it’s M.I.A’s turn to step up and take hold, complimenting and playing off of Esau Mwamwaya’s contrasting dialect and singing lines like, “I need your water to clean and baptise me.”

The Very Best’s debut album, ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ will be available on CD and vinyl in the US on October 6.

Download ‘Rain Dance’ Feat. M.I.A via Pretty Much Amazing.

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David Dallas never felt comfortable with a rap name, he never introduced himself by it although the name had seen considerable success in 2003. It was the moniker to which hip hop heads around the country spoke when talking of the next big local hip hop artist of 2004, the name sprawled across the liner notes of numerous albums in ‘05, and the name which he would eventually put to rest in 2006. He admits the change from Con-Psy to his born name may have led to confusion for some listeners.

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Smashproof

Smashproof have announced that they have officially inked a deal with Universal Germany. We don’t know too much about the details but MTC say that the deal will cover the European continent and as well as including the solo work of each member.

Smashproof and Kidz In Space have also confirmed that they will play the CMJ Music Marathon in New York on October 20-24. The marathon will feature 1,200 artists and 120,000 attendees as they play in 75 of NYC’s nightclubs and theatres.

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Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas, the American artist who was part of the Black Panther Party, is currently the international artist in residence at Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. The former Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist was part of the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the early 1980’s. Before that, Douglas majored in commercial art at the City College of San Francisco, which would see him hone the skills that would eventually lead him to design works for The Black Panther newspaper.

Right now, Emory Douglas has an exhibition at the Gus Fisher gallery in Auckland that runs until October 3, 2009. It’s something that really shouldn’t be missed. You can check the viewing times here.

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Cocaine Blunts

So, in a predictable move by a major record label biting the hand that feeds them, Cocaine Blunts was shut down by Warner for posting a new Gucci Mane song. We don’t really know what they were exactly trying to prove but we do know this. Apparently, Noz, somebody who has pushed Gucci Mane from day one, posted a new song ‘I Got All of That’, which resulted in everything Gucci Mane related to be removed from his website.

Gray Zone, a company hired by Warner to crackdown on piracy, issued an infringement notice to ISP host, Bluehost saying “IMMEDIATELY REMOVE ALL LINKS, REFERENCES, DOWNLOADS, VIDEOS, STREAMING AUDIO, AND MP3 FILES ASSOCIATED WITH GUCCI MANE.” Gray Zone then explained that all they were concerned about was ‘I Got All of That’ and that they never asked Bluehost to remove everything Gucci related.

Anyway, the issue has now been resolved. Sort of. You can read the entire thing here. I’m guessing that new Gucci Mane tracks will continue to surface. This is the internet after all. As Noz puts it, you have to feel sorry for Gucci for “ending up on a label that so grievously misunderstands the modern music promotional landscape.”

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When The Leeves Broke

Just so you know, the second part of Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary, ‘When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts,’ is playing tomorrow night on Prime TV at 9:35. You really shouldn’t miss it. The first part that aired last week showed the devastation that occured once the hurricane hit New Orleans. Now we get the aftermath in Acts III and IV. And if that interests you, there is a short interview with Spike Lee available at the HBO website here.

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Greenwich & Barry

– More bad news. Ellie Greenwich, a songwriter responsible for some of the 60’s biggest hits, has died, aged 68. Greenwich died of a heart attack in New York where she was battling pneumonia. Greenwich, along with co-writer Jeff Barry and producer Phil Spector wrote The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby,’ and ‘Baby, I Love You.’ Greenwich also wrote The Shangri-La’s ‘Leader of the Pack’ and The Crystals ‘Then He Kissed Me’ and ‘Da Doo Ron Ron.’ LA Times have a great tribute to her here.

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