Philly’s First All-Rap Spectacular

Were you at Philly’s First All-Rap Spectacular? We found this poster (above) for a show at The Spectrum on July 5th, 1986 featuring Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Whodini and Jam Master Jay on the DogIsland tumblr and we couldn’t resist sharing it.


Major Lazer remixes Beastie Boys/Santigold, Switch to appear at 618 Fest in Philly this Saturday

Major Lazer, aka DJs Diplo and Switch, has just released a remix of “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” a track from Beastie Boys’ latest album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. The dub cut features Santigold, a regular collaborator for both members of the dancehall-electro-reggae fusion project. The remix infuses a slightly harder reggaeton and percussive feel to the already hype tune, creating a perfect companion for summer dance floors. Listen to the track below.

In other Major Lazer news, Switch will be performing at this year’s 618 Fest, taking place this Saturday (June 18th) at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The “electronically flavored music and arts festival” will feature 10+ hours of hip-hop and electronic music, in conjunction with plenty of interactive art and activities. Highlights will include a 60-foot graffiti wall with pros painting all day, sponsorship by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and all-day integrated performances by Sergio Flores, aka YouTube sensation the Sexy Sax Man.

The hip-hop portion of the 618 lineup will take place during the day, with Shwayze, Gilbere Forte, local Tayyib Ali, and more slated to perform until 5pm. Then, the electro takes over with Switch, Autoerotique, rapidly rising star Porter Robinson, the Cataracs and others playing until 10pm. Tickets are available for $49.50 (fees included for all prices); when you buy with 5 or more people, they go down to $42 each. VIP tickets with hookah lounge access and complimentary drinks and refreshments are $79. There is also an option to buy an electro-only ticket for admission after 5pm, which costs $38. All tickets can be found here. —Claire Fishkow


David Bromberg to release star-studded new album on July 12th

Philly-born David Bromberg (who has been a Wilmington, DE, resident since 2002) is releasing a new album, Use Me, on July 12th on Appleseed Recordings. It’s a star-studded musical collaboration that includes appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, and Keb’ Mo’. Bromberg also worked with the Butcher Brothers (Phil and Joe Nicolo) who produced the album’s title song, a cover of the Bill Withers song, “Use Me.” Other contributions come from John Hiatt (who wrote a song for the album), Vince Gill, and Tim O’Brien. Below, a video of “Sharon” from a 1989 show Bromberg and his band performed in Cambridge, MA, followed by the song “Johnny Ryall” by The Beastie Boys (which sampled “Sharon”).