Archive for September, 2008

New NOBLE SOCIETY Press Release

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2008 by modibanyc

Crowned kings of urban reggae NOBLE SOCIETY, bring their mash-up of ‘hiphop meets dancehall’ with the release of a new album, Take Charge.

Noble Society harkens back to a time when the term ‘hip hop meets dancehall’ meant more than slapping Sean Paul on a remix.” ––The Village Voice

Brooklyn, NY (September 15, 2008) – With their genre-bending electronic-tinged single “She told me” currently rocking international airwaves (BBC Radio, WKCR), Noble Society is a band ready to brand themselves as the evolution of dancehall. Noble’s futuristic reggae sound, with a world-view, incorporates both their quintessential reggae roots and their need to represent Brooklyn’s vibrant cultural milieu.

Comprised of musicians who have worked with a “who’s who” of music (Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Branford Marsalis, John Kale, Luciano), Noble Society was born out of a desire to blend the sounds of dancehall with hip hop and world music – call it urban reggae. Taking note from the grime scene currently brewing in London, the Noble Society sound is worldwide  energy, says founder, and guitar virtuoso, Diego “Fuego” Campo.

To catch a Noble Society show is to be transported to a place teeming with pure adrenaline.” TRACE Magazine

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EXCLUSIVE LIVE FOOTAGE: Nation Beat performs with Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2008 by modibanyc

“A little while ago i had the pleasure of listening to the music of a group called Nation Beat, and I was overwhelmed, and I’m so happy to introduce them to you today. So make them welcome: Nation Beat!” -Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2008

OFFICIAL SITE: Nation Beat with Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2008

BOSTON GLOBE: Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid reaches from Boston to Brazil

BOSTON GLOBE: Hay fever: Farm Aid makes stop at the Comcast Center

PRESS RELEASE: Cougar’s Untitled second album

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 by modibanyc


Recently on tour with:
U.N.K.L.E. / Maximo Park  / Art Brut  / 65daysofstatic

“A virtually flawless example of intelligent musical design.” – XLR8R
“Pure pleasure.” – Timeout Chicago
“Melodically lush, rhythmically compelling…gloriously precise and urgent.” – The Wire
“Breathtaking…Best of 2007 alert!” – scissorkick
“Hasn’t left my stereo for weeks.” – CDReviews
“A bittersweet, innocent wash of trickling guitars that counter each other like diffident
sea creatures in courtship.” – Pitchfork

Extensive touring stateside and abroad supported the debut album ‘Law’ (mixed and recorded with John
McEntire of Tortoise/The Sea and Cake), which made numerous Best of 2007 lists, including album of the year for Groove magazine (the most-recognized music organ in Sweden). Cougar’s US publicist is Jessica Linker (Joanna Newsom, Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy, Calexico).

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Late Night Music Club with Max ZT

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 by modibanyc

Once upon a time, in a tavern on the North Side of Chicago, I was having a beer and growling about politics when an open mic night broke out. When his turn came, a young gentleman in wearing a Che tee-shirt and old jeans unshipped an odd looking instrument, took up two, tiny hammers, and proceeded to blow the doors off the place.

The instrument was a hammered dulcimer.
The moment was magical.
And it sounded something like this.

2005 National Hammered Dulcimer champion, Max Zbiral-Teller — “Apple Juice” (original composition)



Posted in Artists on September 9, 2008 by modibanyc

REGION: USA/Rwanda/Uganda

Somi is deep-voiced singer/songwriter of Rwandese and Ugandan heritage who is currently based in New York City. She rolls Jazz, funk, soul, gospel and African music into a new genre that she has coined “holistic new African soul.”  JazzTimes Magazine declared, “Imagine the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves. Such is Somi.” Similarly, Village Voice heralded her as “one of the most distinctive voices of New York’s progressive Soul Movement.”

Somi: “Ingele”

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Posted in Artists on September 9, 2008 by modibanyc

Region: Iran

Iran’s premier rapper — the “Persian Tupac” — is the voice of the young and restless generation of Iranian youth hungry for change in their own country and around the world.

Yas: “Bayad Betoonim”

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:: Cougar ::

Posted in Artists with tags , , on September 5, 2008 by modibanyc

Region: USA (rock-hiphop)

Cougar, a 5-piece instrumental rock/electronica band from Madison, Wisconsin, describes its music as “Emergency Rock” because it first captures the model of neutrality/purpose/efficiency that defines emergency procedures and then extends that raw, passionate and organic emotion to create unabashedly epic instrumental compositions.

Cougar: “Pulse Conditioner”

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