Schomburg Center Acquires Collection of Hip-Hop Pioneer Fred ‘Fab 5 Freddy’ Brathwaite

Schomburg Center Acquires Collection of Hip-Hop Pioneer Fred ‘Fab 5 Freddy’ Brathwaite

The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem has acquired the full archive of hip-hop pioneer and pop culture icon, Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite.
The archive—which spans more than 120 boxes—showcases Fab 5 Freddy’s role as a hip-hop ambassador and pioneer, providing a rare glimpse into the early days of the genre, chronicling its development and inspiration, and revealing the creative processes, personal relationships, and business savvy that allowed Fab 5 Freddy to help transform hip-hop from a marginalized subculture into a mainstream and global cultural phenomenon.
“Fab 5 Freddy’s contributions to the worlds of art, music, and film—bringing hip-hop culture to the forefront—are certainly historically significant and almost too numerous to name,” said Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young. “It is not overstating to say that without Fab, hip-hop as we know it, graffiti as a visual art as we know it, and bridges between various musical genres would not exist. He is such an instrumental figure, not just as a innovator who steered the ship in the early days of hip-hop, but as an ambassador who continues to have enormous impact on the hip-hop world and beyond. We are so proud to preserve his history and work and give researchers an opportunity to gain new perspectives and information on the early and ongoing days of hip-hop.”
“Growing up in Bed Stuy Brooklyn our home was full of books and periodicals, as my dad was a ferocious reader,” said Brathwaite. “Books by and about people like, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, J.A. Rogers and one of my favorites as a kid, a book called Harlem On My Mind filled with photos and stories on the history of Black Americans living in Harlem. My dad explained then ‘to learn more the Schomburg in Harlem was the place people go.’ So knowing my archive will be at the Schomburg, now and forever is both gratifying and very humbling.”

Highlights of the multimedia collection include:
●     Rare and otherwise lost VHS recordings of rap music videos, events, shows, and programs including, “Yo! MTV Raps,” originally hosted and directed by Fab 5 Freddy.
●     Original scripts and screenplays from early hip-hop cinema collected and developed by Fab 5 as a producer and/or actor including, “New Jack City,” “Juice” and “Wild Style.”
●     Photographs of Fab 5 Freddy's work in and as part of the hip-hop community, which includes music icons such as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre (from recording sessions for the “Chronic”), Queen Latifah (from her “Ladies First” video), P. Diddy, and Blondie (who referenced Fab in her song “Rapture”) are featured.
●     Notebooks with handwritten ideas, to-do lists, and more
●     Business files
●     Fab’s personal records, CD, DVD and magazine collections as well as some event and program related flyers and swag
●     An audio collection recorded live off the radio and at events by Fab 5 Freddy’s father; these tapes—which potentially resurrect previously unrecorded parts of the nation’s audio history—showcase hip-hop’s origins and inspiration, as well the way Fab 5 Freddy’s father respected and chronicled history, setting an example for Fab.
“In Fab 5 Freddy's collection, the Schomburg has acquired an archive from a hip-hop ambassador, historian, and pioneer, who saw the value in capturing those early years when so little has been preserved and available to the public,” said Shola Lynch, curator of the Schomburg Center’s Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division. “This is significant and important. Our founding curator, Arturo Schomburg, referred to his collection as ‘vindicating evidences’ of black history and culture. Fab's collection sets the same foundation for the early days of hip hop. You can feel the 1980s. You can feel the charm. It’s very real.”
The collection is currently being processed; when completed the materials will be available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division; the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division; and the Photographs and Prints Division. Fab 5 Freddy’s collection is part of the Schomburg’s Home to Harlem initiative recognizing through acquisitions, exhibitions, and programming Harlem’s century-long history as a Black Cultural Capital, a city within a city, a nation within a neighborhood. The acquisition joins the recent additions of others with longstanding relationships to Harlem, including James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, and Ann Petry, all revealing both personal and cultural connection to the Schomburg Center.
For more information on when the collection is open and on upcoming events related to the collection, please visit SchomburgCenter.org.

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Following last night’s kick-off of this year’s North American leg of his record-breaking FRESHEN UP Tour, PAUL McCARTNEY adds to his Summer of LIVE: Paul has confirmed updated releases of four albums capturing performances spanning from his 1975-1976 return to U.S. arenas with Wings to his intimate 2007 set at Amoeba records in Los Angeles. The albums — Amoeba Gig, Paul Is Live, Choba B CCCP, Wings Over America — will be released July 12, 2019 via MPL/Capitol/UMe digitally, on CD and on both black and limited edition color vinyl.
Amoeba Gig is the first full length commercial release of Paul’s surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27, 2007. To date only four songs have seen wide release as the Amoeba’s Secret EP, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2008: “That Was Me” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. A few years later in November 2012, an extended 12-song excerpt of the Amoeba show titled Live in Los Angeles – The Extended Set was made available free to PaulMcCartney.com premium members for a limited period. And come July 12, 2019, a full 21-song recording documenting possibly the most intimate L.A. show Paul has ever played will be made available to the public for the first time. The millions of people not among the luckier than lucky few hundred rubbing elbows with the likes of Ringo Starr and Woody Harrelson during that once in a lifetime in-store set will be able to experience those performances of Beatles classics “The Long And Winding Road,” “I’ll Follow The Sun” and “I’ve Got A Feeling,” Flaming Pie’s “Calico Skies,” plus Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox,” Jan Garber’s “Baby Face” and an emotional rendition of “Here Today.” Additionally, the LP will include an exclusive soundcheck recording of “Coming Up.”

Amoeba Gig has been newly remixed by Paul’s engineer Steve Orchard and will be available in configurations including CD, 2 x 180g black vinyl, and limited edition color vinyl (LP1 – clear, LP2 – hazy amber transparent).
Recorded during the U.S. and Australian swings of the tour in support of 1993’s Off The Ground, Paul Is Live is Paul’s fifth live album. Originally released that same year, the album is famous for the multiple meanings and clues embedded in its title and cover art, all of which play on the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy/hoax. In addition to a wealth of Wings and Beatles classics, covers of Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and Leiber and Stoller’s “Kansas City” and more, Paul Is Live also offers a peek behind the curtain: Three songs improvised on the spot and exclusive to the album, all recorded during rehearsals in various locations over the course of the tour.

Paul Is Live has been newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios and will be available in configurations including CD, 2 x 180g black vinyl, and limited edition color vinyl (LP1 – opaque baby blue, LP2 – plush peach white opaque).
The live-in-studio Choba B CCCP (Russian for “Back In The USSR”) was released in the Soviet Union in 1988, making Paul the first Western artist to issue an album exclusively for that market. In a conscious decision to get back to his roots, Paul spontaneously spent two days covering his favorite hits from the 1950s. The sessions produced 22 songs in total (and one of the outtakes being a version of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There”). Choba B CCCP was a deeply personal album and a way to acknowledge fans who had supported him and The Beatles since the start. “When I was very young I asked my dad if people wanted peace,” Paul explained at the time. “He said to me, ‘Yes, people everywhere want peace – it’s usually politicians that cause trouble.’ It always seemed to me that the way The Beatles’ music was admired in the USSR tended to prove his point, that people the world over have a great deal in common. In releasing this record exclusively in the Soviet Union, I extend the hand of peace and friendship to the people of Russia.” Choba B CCCP was released in the rest of the world following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Choba B CCCP has been newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios and will be reissued as the original 11-track Russian release. It will be available in configurations including CD, 180g black vinyl, and limited edition opaque yellow vinyl.
Rare #1-charting triple live album, Wings Over America is a document of one the most sophisticated and dazzling rock shows of the 1970s or any decade. Paul and the band would eventually perform to more than 600,000 people at 31 shows in the US and Canada, ending with three historic nights at The Forum in Los Angeles. It’s no exaggeration to say that the excitement that greeted Paul McCartney & Wings (Linda McCartney, Joe English, Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch) in the spring of 1976 as they embarked on what would become their one and only North American tour was overwhelming. Having released four consecutive chart topping albums — Red Rose Speedway, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound – not to mention 1973’s Academy Award-winning James Bond theme “Live and Let Die” – Wings’ career was in full flight… and as Paul’s first U.S. tour since The Beatles, the sheer joy of both the band and its fans were off the charts throughout the 90 hours of recordings distilled into this triple album. Wings Over America was last reissued in 2013 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series winning the Grammy Award for Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Wings Over America will be available in configurations including double CD, 3 x 180g triple vinyl, and limited edition color vinyl (LP1 – transparent red, LP2 – transparent green, LP3 – transparent blue) both come with original souvenir poster.

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Honeyblood Release 'In Plain Sight' - Out Today on Marathon Artists


"Brash and vibrant music." - Stereogum

"Glaswegian group Honeyblood has always expressed a mastery of lo-fi, high-energy indiepop. Now the solo project of founding member Stina Tweeddale, the project’s sound hasn’t lost its central focus—it’s only become more streamlined." - Jezebel

Listen to In Plain Sight in full HERE
Honeyblood have today released their stunning new record In Plain Sight on Marathon Artists. The new album - Honeyblood’s third - sees Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet, stepping forward to claim the project she created seven years ago as a her solo vision. In Plain Sight is now available as a download, CD and LP via www.honeyblood.co.uk. Honeyblood are currently on a mammoth run of 3o dates around the United Kingdom dubbed the ‘No Drama’ tour culminating on 15 June at The Brewery in Kendal.

Full of big, bold, songwriting and no longer content to be tied to one limited genre, In Plain Sight is woven with mysterious themes of illusion and deception; Tweeddale describes the album as “one big trick”. Being hoodwinked never felt so exciting. Echoing that sentiment, for the album's stunning artwork, Tweeddale researched optical illusionists and met Peruvian visual artist Cecilia Parades, who eventually agreed to painstakingly paint her into the ornate fabrics seen on the cover across two eight hour sittings.

Tweeddale takes the reins in collaboration with super-producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten) for the most definitive Honeyblood LP to date - as sonically gung-ho as peak era Garbage, or the modern day likes of St Vincent - and consolidating the Glasgow-born band as one of the most important names in U.K. indie.

In Plain Sight has received warm reviews across print and online press with Mojo praising it for being “Stuffed with catchy bubblegum–punk,” and The Line Of Best Fit adding “Her tracks – often blisteringly anthemic – demonstrate an understanding of the medium that others often lack”. While Louder Than War lauded it as “A highly addictive and irresistible album” in their 9/10 review. Uncut said, “Stina Tweeddale is very good at this punky Caledonian take on US bubblegum pop.” Metro summed the album up most succinctly: “In Plain Sight is the work of a woman finding her feet and her form.” Recent single ‘She’s A Nightmare’ was given its radio debut by Shaun Keaveny, who also invited the band in for a live session on BBC Radio 6 Music, and quickly followed lead single ‘The Third Degree’ - which arrived in February - onto the station’s playlist.

Recognised as one of the hardest working bands in the country, the all-new full live lineup have today announced a further run of U.K. headline dates in October and November - which includes a Halloween bonanza at The Garage on 31 October. The band have also recently shared news of main stage festival appearances at both Latitude and Citadel this summer. Tickets for all shows are available from HERE.


See Honeyblood live at the following dates:
24 May | Monorail, Glasgow (in-store)
25 May | Rough Trade East, London (in-store)
26 May | Resident, Brighton (in-store)
27 May | Rough Trade, Bristol (in-store)
28 May | Rough Trade, Nottingham (in-store)
29 | Tallbird, Chesterfield (in-store)
30 May | Jumbo, Leeds (in-store)
31 May | The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
1 Jun | Beat Generator Live!, Dundee
3 Jun | Summerhall, Edinburgh
4 Jun | The Cluny, Newcastle
5 Jun | Plug, Sheffield
6 Jun | The Boileroom, Guildford
7 Jun | Esquires, Bedford
8 Jun | o2 Academy 2, Oxford
10 Jun | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
11 Jun | Arts Club, Liverpool
12 Jun | Preston Guild Hall, Preston
13 Jun | The Polar Bear, Hull
14 Jun | The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
15 Jun | The Brewery, Kendal
14 Jul | Citadel Festival, London
20 Jul | Latitude Festival, Suffolk
24 Oct | Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow
25 Oct | The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
28 Oct | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29 Oct | Thekla, Bristol
30 Oct | Concorde 2, Brighton
31 Oct | The Garage, London
1 Nov | Academy 3, Manchester
2 Nov | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Honeyblood - She's A Nightmare
Honeyblood - The Third Degree
Honeyblood - In Plain Sight - out now via Marathon Artists

3. A Kiss From The Devil
4. Gibberish
5. Tarantella
6. Take The Wheel
7. Touch
8. Glimmer
9. You're A Trick
10. Twisting The Aces
11. Harmless

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CATE LE BON Reward is out now on LP, CD and digital formats.

πŸ”ΊπŸ”Ί REWARD - Out Now 🎈
"Reward is a masterpiece of surrealist songwriting, an example of the kind of magic that makes Cate Le Bon such a singular talent." -Stereogum, Album of the Week

It was on a mountainside in Cumbria that the first whispers of Cate Le Bon’s fifth studio album poked their buds above the earth. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says, recounting the year living solitarily in the Lake District which gave way to 
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Cate Le Bon - 'Daylight Matters'
By day, ever the polymath, Le Bon painstakingly learnt to make solid wood tables, stools and chairs from scratch; by night she looked to a second-hand Meers — the first piano she had ever owned — for company, “windows closed to absolutely everyone”, and accidentally poured her heart out. The result is an album every bit as stylistically varied, surrealistically-inclined and tactile as those in the enduring outsider’s back catalogue, but one that is also intensely introspective and profound;  Reward is her most personal to date.
Reward is out now on LP, CD and digital formats.
1. Miami
2. Daylight Matters
3. Home To You
4. Mother's Mother's Magazines
5. Here It Comes Again
6. Sad Nudes
7. The Light
8. Magnificent Gestures
9. You Don't Love Me
10. Meet The Man
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Clairo Releases New Track "Bags" Today. Announces Debut Album "IMMUNITY" To Be Released August 2nd





Clairo is back with a rousing shoegazed gem titled ‘Bags,’ out everywhere today. The gorgeous new track comes with the news that her highly anticipated debut album ‘IMMUNITY’ is on its way and set for release on August 2 [FADER Label].

Listen to ‘Bags’ HERE.

Last year, 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Clairo crashed onto our radars with her self-produced debut “Pretty Girl.” The song went viral and quickly catapulted her from dorm-room obscurity to becoming one of the biggest critically acclaimed artists to emerge in 2018.

With 350-million combined global streams (and counting) under her belt, a Coachella debut in the bag, as well as sold out tours across North America, Europe and Asia, Clairo is ready to embark on a new chapter and certainly has the talent, credibility and fan base to carry her. Equipped with a stunning debut album titled ‘IMMUNITY’ -- co-produced by Rostam  (Vampire Weekend) -- ‘Bags’ offers listeners an exciting glimpse into the artist’s growth both as a young queer woman, straight out of college, who, instead of riding the wave of internet hype, took a chance, stepped out of the limelight and focused on what really mattered to her: making an incredible, cohesive body of work, that she can be truly proud of.

Ahead of the release of ‘IMMUNITY’ on August 2Clairo has festival appearances at Boston Calling,Governor’s Ball in NYC and Primavera Festival in Barcelona then will be embarking on a sold-out North American arena tour supporting Khalid. For more information go to: https://www.clairo.com


"Immunity is an ode to personal growth, a document of sexual discovery, and a series of 11 songs written so that fans can seek solace in their lyrics." i-D Magazine

06/20 – Gila River Arena – Phoenix, AZ*
06/22 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV*
06/23 – Pechanga Arena – San Diego, CA*
06/25 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA*
06/28 – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA*
06/29 – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA*
07/01 – Moda Center – Portland, OR*
07/04 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB*
07/07 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA*
07/09 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA*
07/12 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO*
07/14 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX*
07/16 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX*
07/18 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX*
07/19 – Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK*
07/23 – XCEL Energy Center – St. Paul, MN*
07/25 – United Center – Chicago, IL*
07/26 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH*
07/28 – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI*
07/29 – PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA*
07/31 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY*
08/03 – Capitol One Arena – Washington, DC*
08/04 – XL Center – Hartford, CT*
08/06 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON*
08/08 – The Bell Centre – Montreal, BC*
08/10 – TD Garden – Boston, MA*
08/11 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA*
08/13 – Spectrum Center – Charlotte, NC*
08/14 – State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA*
08/16 – Amway Center – Orlando, FL*
08/17 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL*

*supporting Khalid

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The STRAY CATS First Album In 26 Years Out Today




Listen to New Album ‘40’ over at Spotify HERE

Also check out the videos for ‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ , Rock It Off & Cry Danger

Catch The Stray Cats Live In The UK:
Tickets from straycats.com/tour-dates

Sun 23 June - 02 Academy, Birmingham - SOLD OUT
Tues 25 June - 02 Apollo, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Wed 26 June - Hammersmith Apollo, London  - SOLD OUT
Thurs 27 June - Hammersmith Apollo, London  

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Catch Up With The Band In Studio Here:

All revved up and red hot, The STRAY CATS are back.

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)--original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour.

The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, is out today via Surfdog Records and distributed by Mascot Label Group (CD, LP, Digital) in Europe and the UK (CD, vinyl, digital). The song titles alone--including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama,” and “Devil Train”—instantly let listeners know they’re in for a non-stop rocking time.

Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album here.

 A Limited Box with CD including 2 bonus tracks and the Stray Cats-themed coasters (2x), postcard and 2 stickers will arrive on May 24. As well as limited LP on 180 grams silver vinyl: http://smarturl.it/StrayCats

The STRAY CATS recorded 40 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in late 2018 following their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows in Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa MesaCA before wildly enthusiastic audiences. Still buzzing from the thrill of playing together again and crowd response, they went into the studio with producer Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). There are a dozen original songs that comprise the album.

Here’s what the guys have to say:

Brian Setzer: "You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are. It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass.  I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies.  Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea.  And you know what? A lot of people agree!"

Lee Rocker: “This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable. For the recording, we went live--like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way.  We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”

Slim Jim Phantom: “We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio, it didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar.  We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up.  We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records.  The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”

‘40’ Tracklisting
  1. Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)
  2. Rock It Off
  3. I’ve Got Love If You Want It
  4. Cry Danger
  5. I Attract Trouble
  6. Three Time’s A Charm
  7. That’s Messed Up
  8. When Nothing’s Going Right
  9. Desperado
  10. Mean Pickin’ Mama
  11. I’ll Be Looking Out For You
  12. Devil Train
+Bonus tracks - Box Set ONLY
CRY BABY (LIVE in Orange County, CA 2018)
DOUBLE TALKIN’ BABY (LIVE in Orange County, CA 2018)

The Stray Cats from L-R: Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom
By Russ Harrington

European/UK Tour 2019
Fri 21 Jun - Azkena Rock Festival, Spain 
Sun 23 Jun - 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 Jun - 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June - Hammersmith Apollo, London
Thurs 27 June - Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sat 29 June - Retro C Trop, France                                               
Mon 01 July - AFAS Live, Netherlands      
Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany         
Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany     
Sat 06 July - American Tours Festival, France 
Sun 07 July - Les Eurockeennes, France
Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany    
Thurs 11 July - Zenith, Germany  
Fri 12 July - X-Tra, Switzerland   
Sat 13 July - Musilac Festival, France 
Thurs 18 July - Pori Jazz Festival, Finland   
Sat 20 July - Summer Jamboree, Sweden

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