Saturday, June 24, 2006

New blog URL or uptownsound

I've created a separate blog for the uptownsound streaming hip-hop station. You can check out news, updated playlists at http://www.mnyon.com/blog/uptownsound/

Friday, June 23, 2006

Catch Ernie Paniccioli's Graffiti Gallery Show in Brooklyn!

Ernie Paniccioli is a legendary gifted hip-hop photographer who has compiled over thirty years of classic memories into a book called "Who Shot Ya?"

He's part of a Graffiti show in Brooklyn called Propaganda. The exhibit will be up until July 29th, and the opening iss June 25th. here's the press release:


      A R T S   F O U N D A T I O N    


                                    Press Contact:  Danny Simmons


                      718-638-8416 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


PROPAGANDA:  The Dissemination of Ideas 


Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery located at, 334 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill Brooklyn, is pleased to present Propaganda: The Dissemination of Ideas, a group exhibition of legendary graffiti artists and graffiti documentarians DUROCIA, SLANG TYRUE,
ERNIE PANICCIOLI, PETER SUTHERLAND, and JAMESTOP.  The opening reception will be held Sunday June 25 from 3-7pm and will feature DJ Dundee spinning classic 80's records in homage of the graffiti genre.  There will also be live performances by Keswa and a b-boy circle hosted by WESTROK.  The exhibition will be on view through July 29.

Propaganda examines contemporary political and social issues through the lens of contemporary graffiti artists and graffiti documentarians.  Graffiti has existed since the days of ancient civilization and many will attest to its prehistoric origins. The evolution of the art form can be traced back to cave painting, believed to be the work of elders and shaman.
Propaganda presents graffiti's progression and social pertinence, exhibiting exciting imagery that challenges the imagery of the status quo. 
 

DUROCIA, legend and forefather of graffiti, draws inspiration from biblical themes and classic graffiti writing.  Duro is critically acclaimed in both graffiti and art communities.  Included in the exhibition are paintings depicting iconographic Christian imagery in vibrant pop colors as well as painted model trains referencing the New York City golden years of subway painting.  The work evokes at once nostalgia and innovation.

SLANG TYRUE, renowned Chicago graffiti artist, blends traditional graffiti lines and arrows with figure drawing and cubism.     Slang refers to his carefully designed and expressive style as "slangism".  On display will be large-scale paintings that address how Americans are unwitting slaves to mass consumption.

Famed Hip-Hop photographer ERNIE PANICCIOLI, will showcase 15 photographs of graffiti and graffiti artist taken over a span of 30 years in various locations ranging from New York's five boroughs, the American South and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The series is a vivid documentation of graffiti's history and development.

Noted filmmaker and photographer PETER SUTHERLAND presents work from his published book Autograf a series of obscure portraits of New York City's graffiti artists.  Sutherland artfully documents graffiti as a cultural phenomenon, "capturing all the gritty glory and glamour" of graffiti artists,
a.k.a. anonymous outlaws.
 

JAMESTOP, a legend and a leader in the graffiti community, presents a montage of self portraits embellished with multi media-collage. Though polished in presentation this work retains much of its authentic street flair. James calls to mind imagery from the Black Panther movement of the 60s -- with its stylized depiction of the strong African-American males.

Please join us for this compelling exhibition, which allows the viewer to take a deeper look at the political and social heart of contemporary graffiti and the artists who make it!
 
 
 
 
 


Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Avenue (between Greene and Gates Avenues) in Brooklyn is a community-based gallery serving Brooklyn residents and artists, with a primary focus on artists and audience development.
Founded and run by artist Danny Simmons, this community resource presents five exhibitions each year with frequent public programs.  Corridor Gallery serves as the base for the Education Programs of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
. Gallery hours are Saturday noon to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment 718-638-8416.

Located on the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery is easily accessible by public transportation. It is a short walk from the G train to Classon Avenue or the C train to Clinton/Washington Station.

Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery is a project of The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation which is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to underrepresented artists and artists of color.  A 501(C)3 organization, Rush Philanthropic fulfills its mission through three core programs: community grants, exhibitions and education programs.  The organization was founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons.  For more information please visit us at
www.rushphilanthropic.org





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Friday, June 16, 2006

uptownsound off to a good start

So,

uptownsound has been up for almost two weeks. I've been updating playlists every day, going through the vault and finding gems to add. I still have a lot more heavy hitting tracks that haven't made

One of the great things about internet radio is the amount of information available to broadcasters. Since the radio station launched, over 125 hours of streaming music has been downloaded to computers around the world (but mostly in NY and CA). "My Uzi Weighs A Ton" is the highest rated song out of all, and "Fire In Which You Burn" was the one song that made people stop listening the quickest (I've since removed it from the playlist).

I've gotten a few requests, but more feedback is always good. If you hear a new song on the station, or have some suggestions, hit me up either on this blog or at uptownsound[at]gmail.com.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Uptownsound radio is online!

Hey all,

After several months spent in the land of Grad School Hell, I've come back with some good news. First, the People Under the Stairs album, Stepfather is absolutely fantastic. There are 20 tracks with no filler material, including the second installment in their summer hangout song series, named "Jamboree Part 1" and "Jamboree Part Two".

After seeing PUTS perform at SOBs in May, I can truly say these guys are one of my favorite groups out there. The dedication and energy that they put into their show alone provides a satisfying time. I rounded up 8 or 9 of my good friends and we left the place all smiles. If they're on tour anywhere near you, go check them out.

If People Under The Stairs isn't touring near you, and you don't want to get the whole album, you can listen to "Jabmoree Part 1" on a new radio station, available at
Forever True School. It's in beta status now, with some nice tracks from the 80s to today.

Why a streaming radio station? Over many years, I've been asked "Is there any good hip-hop left? Where can I find good hip-hop songs and artists?". This station will provide an outlet for you. I've also gotten behind on Mix CDs I've promised to quite a few people over the years. Finally, unlike this blog, the station playlists will be updated frequently. We'll also have theme shows full of songs you might not hear anywhere else. So bookmark Forever True School, and tell your friends.

Finally, I have a cousin Yvonne Prescott who's raising money for the Community Hospice, a place that helps people with terminally ill diseases live in comfort and dignity. All contributions are tax deductible, so if you feel so inclined, drop by Yvonne's page and help her out. Thanks.