The Swarm

July 20, 2007

Gnarls Jimi: Cee-Lo Green acquires infamous Jimi Hendrix masters

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With Summer of Love nostalgia in full swing, the spirit, adoration and the legal consternation surrounding Jimi Hendrix and his music remains very much alive. The Daily Swarm can exclusively reveal details of a newly-inked deal that will bring long-lost Jimi Hendrix material back into the mix, courtesy of Atlanta hip-hop impresario Cee-Lo Green and his newly launched label, Radiculture Records. The label, along with sample clearance company Alien Music Services, will offer these masters – some shelved for 15 years – as licenses for commercials, film, TV and video games. They also plan utilize the recordings for an as-yet-titled project featuring contemporary producers, likely to include Cee-Lo himself and other Atlanta based hip-hop producers like OutKast and Goodie Mob.

“When I first heard these masters, I was floored,” says Danny Zook, GM for Cee-Lo’s God Given Music and head of Alien Music Services. “Cee-Lo combined with Hendrix are the two most out-of-the-box artists of all time. Cee-Lo’s one of the first artists in years to take himself out of every category, and put himself in every category. Hendrix was everything, as well. With this project, the possibilities are endless.”

Full story after the jump.


July 19, 2007

Prince, Justin Timberlake get Emmy nominations

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The 2007 Primetime Emmy nominations include two dicks, albeit one in a box and the other just in silhouette.

In the Outstanding Music and Lyrics category:

Saturday Night Live – Host: Justin Timberlake – Song title: “Dick In A Box” – NBCSNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Katreese Barnes, Music By
Andy Samberg, Lyrics By
Akiva Schaffer, Lyrics By
Jorma Taccone, Music & Lyrics By
Asa Taccone, Music By
Justin Timberlake, Music & Lyrics By

And in the Outstanding Special Class Program category:

Prince Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show – CBS – Don Mischer Productions in association with NFL Network and White Cherry Entertainment


July 13, 2007

Daft Punk speak out on sample sources: 'half of this list is not true'

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UPDATE: Check out our full Daft Punk Alive 2007 coverage.

In an interview in the soon-to-be-released issue of Anthem, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter speaks out for the first time ever about the group’s sampling and, nearly specifically, Palms Out Sounds’s infamous Sample Wednesday 27:

I’ve stumbled upon these posts online where they are like, “look at all these samples,” and half of this list is not true. The samples that were used have always been cleared and it’s very blatant. There [are] hardly any credits on Human After All, except in the case of “Robot Rock” there is a sample of Breakwater. I think sampling is always something that we’ve completely legitimately done. It’s not something we’ve hidden, it’s almost a partisan or ideological way of making music, sampling things and being sampled.

On my label we’ve been doing records that are nine minues with only [a single] one-second loop, with even less foundation than there is on “Robot Rock.” It’s always been a way to reinterpret things – sometimes it’s using an element from the past, or sometimes recreating them and fooling the eyes or the ears, which is a fun thing to do.


July 13, 2007

Justice live tour North America in October...

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This just in…

10/9 – Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
10/10 – Mezzanine, San Francisco
10/12 – Neumo’s, Seattle
10/13 – Commodore, Vancouver
10/16 – Foundation, Minneapolis
10/17 – Metro, Chicago
10/18 – Republik, Toronto
10/19 – Metropolis, Montreal
10/20 – Webster Hall, New York
10/21 – Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia

Additional dates and on-sale information will be released next month.


July 11, 2007

More Live Earth hypocricy

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From yesterday’s Gatecrasher:

Chopper rocker

Jon Bon Jovi dropped into Ron Perelman’s East Hampton pad for a party Saturday – literally.

The rocker took a helicopter from his appearance at the Giants Stadium Live Earth concert to Perelman’s annual bash.

Among the 400 other guests (very Mrs. Astor) who picked their way through heavy police and private security were Mayor Bloomberg, Chevy Chase, Gwyneth Paltrow (on crutches), Shirley MacLaine, Richard Meier, former jailbirds Martha Stewart and Al Taubman, Kelsey and Camille Grammer and Ed Burns.

The Revlon mogul served a summery menu of fried chicken, brisket and macaroni at his Georgica Pond estate. (I guess billionaires like the same food as you and me – except their SpaghettiO’s have a lot more zeros!)


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