Get an exclusive listen to modern day guitar demi-god Gary Clark, Jr.’s debut album, Blak and Blu, accessible on iTunes here. Clark’s album will be available for purchase next Tuesday, October 22nd, and shortly after he’ll be performing in Philly at the Theatre of the Living Arts on November 10th. Tickets for that show are available here.
Commentroversy: Grasso Speaks! “Responding to this post on his proposed Fishtown music venue and the notion that he might be trying to ‘replace’ the Electric Factory, developer David Grasso became one of Philebrity’s newest commenters last night. His spin?” (Philebrity)
Where Is My Mind?: Chiddy Bang “You can say that Philly’s alt-hip hop MC/producer duo Chiddy Bang is an overnight success. After releasing their first commercial single, ‘Opposite of Adults’—the electro-hop track (which samples MGMT’s breakout, ‘Kids’)—off of their 2009 18-song mixtape, The Swelly Express, they went from the local stage to international forum…But after listening to a Chiddy Bang mixtape, this isn’t a surprise—producer Noah ‘Xaphoon Jones’ Bersein and rapper Chidera ‘Chiddy’ Anagmege blend angular synths, dancefloor pop, indie rock samples, hip hop and afro-beat with on-point spits in such flawless fashion, their eclectic sound just can’t help but be catchy.” (The Deli)
Jazmine Sullivan Skips The Gloss “Philly R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan just issued a video for her new single ‘Holdin’ You Down (Goin’ in Circles),’ which is from her forthcoming album Love Me Back, out this fall on J Records. The single was produced by Missy Elliott, who, like Jazmine, knows a little something about crafting a hit song. Check out the video above, which features cameos from Missy, Pete Rock, Doug E Fresh, and other hip-hop icons.” (Make Major Moves)
…and in national news:
iTunes 10 Is All About Ping, Apple’s Social Network for Music “iTunes 10 is all about Ping, Apple’s new music social network. Like Twitter, you can follow and be followed. You can be public about it or be private (jerk). Captain Jobs is hoping artists will be public. Ping is feed-based, like Twitter or Facebook or whatever. You can post videos, photos, comments, opinions or songs—and comment on all of those things—a lot like you can on Facebook. Posted songs are one-click buyable. If you’re looking at an artist, it shows their upcoming concerts. On your landing page, it shows concerts going on near you.” (Gizmodo)
Paste Magazine Suspends Print Publication “Paste Media Group announces, with deepest sadness, the suspension of the Paste magazine print product. Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the… (Paste Magazine)