Down-tempo/hip-hop producer Derek Dumont earned props from national critics for his production of "Mia Wallace" and "Number 16" from Wiz Khalifa's 2012 mixtape release, Taylor Allderdice. Well, prior to those placements, Dumont could often be found at the Shadow Lounge's open mic showcase. As he's seen playing in this new music video, Dumont is never far from his MPC drum machine. In the new video, "Home Sweet Home," Dumont is seen stopping by some of his favorite spots in Pittsburgh, such as the legendary Jerry's Record Store. The video was directed by Vernacular Observatory and features apparel by ISVERA.
Howdy! Welcome back to MP3 Monday. Seems like it's been a week, eh?
This week's track comes courtesy of Maddie Georgi, who released a new EP two weekends ago at the Rex Theater. She's offering up the title track from the new album, Glory Bound. Stream or download it below!
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Update: This afternoon, Leo from Misra got in touch to let me know that the label had supplied both a correctly ordered download and a hard copy of the album to Paste. That doesn't negate the incorrectly ordered download that was sent by ForceField, but it does explain some of the confusion on the part of the label as to how the reviewer might have ended up listening in the wrong order. Grimm, the reviewer, confirmed to me via email that she had been working with the download provided by ForceField, identical to the one I'd been sent. Either way, the news item that had been posted on Misra's site, which I linked to in the post below, has been taken down now. Like I said, sounds like a big misunderstanding to me. To give you some context I'll provide the full text of Misra's email and news post — along with a screen cap of the original review — after the break, below. In any event, I now have two copies of the new Holopaw record in my iTunes. One in the right order, one in the wrong order.
The most interesting email to come across my desk this morning was from Misra Records, who took issue with a review that Paste Magazine ran on the new album from Misra's Holopaw. The text of the email is here on Misra's website.* You can also read the original version of the review — which Paste has since appended — below that press release.
The fact, which Paste has owned up to, is that reviewer Beca Grimm listened to the album, which is a concept album, in the incorrect order, and that colored her perspective on the tracks and how they interact with one another. The charges from Misra are that Grimm "[hadn't] even bothered to listen to it in the correct order," and that Grimm "spent little time with Academy, downloaded it incorrectly, and clearly didn’t care to read the track order that accompanied the promo." "What," Misra asks, "does this say about the trusted voices of music criticism?"
But what does it mean to "download an album incorrectly," and where's the burden in a situation like this?
The Holopaw album was sent via digital delivery from ForceField PR, who reps Holopaw. I got it too. And when I downloaded it — by clicking "click here to download the album," which I presume is the correct way to download an album?
— it appeared track-by-track in ... alphabetical order.
That's because whoever prepared the MP3s for delivery didn't add meta information to tell our computers what order the songs should be in. When I imported the songs into iTunes, they remained in alphabetical order:
In order to get an album to play in the correct order, one has to either name the files so that it will ("01 Academy," "02 Golden Sparkler," etc.) or tag the track numbers, which ... wasn't done here:
Now, to ForceField's credit, they did include a track listing, at the bottom of the email containing the download. And yes, I'd like to think if I were the reviewer, I'd notice the discrepancy — or notice that I'm listening to the tracks in alphabetical order. There are red flags here. But is it my job as a reviewer to check and re-tag the tracks so that they're in the correct order? Is that burden on me? If the folks at the label and PR firm didn't bother taking the time to ensure that the album would come across in the right order, erm, "what does that say about the trusted voices of music publicity?!"
I'm being facetious, obviously — I've had generally great relations with both Misra and ForceField in the past, and this whole thing sounds like a major misunderstanding. But to accuse the reviewer of "downloading the album incorrectly" without admitting that perhaps it could've been sent in a more careful manner — well, that's unfair. It's like sending me a book to review, chapter by chapter, in 18 different envelopes, with a table of contents somewhere in there, then getting upset when you find out that I read it incorrectly.
Ultimately, I don't know a reviewer or publication that wants to review an album in the wrong order; if something like this happens, it's not hard to bring it to the reviewer's attention, and surely they'll correct the issue, as Grimm and Paste did in this case. Then the next step, rather than start calling names, is to make sure you send your next release out in the right order.
Also, this wouldn't be a problem at all if you just sent a CD.
*Click through to see the full news post/email and the original review, after the break:
We here at FFW>> love bringing you new videos from local artists, and here's a timely one: This new video from Paul Luc heavily features Brillobox, which is where Luc — with his band The Yellers, and solo as himself — plays TWICE this weekend. (Friday night, opening for Atlas, and Saturday, opening for Jenny Owen Youngs.) DOES PAUL LUC LIVE AT BRILLOBOX? IT IS POSSIBLE!
Check the super cool video:
Hey. Sorry about last week. We were in mourning over intern Amanda leaving, so we forgot to post a new MP3 Monday. But now we're back! And anticipating incoming intern John! But in the meantime, we have a sweet track from rapper Incyte!
It's the first track from his new album, The Wrong Impression. Stream or download below!
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This Wednesday, Jan. 16, five popular Pittsburgh DJ's will be competing in the Red Bull Thre3Style DJ contest. The event will be held at Altar Bar in the Strip District, and the winning DJ of this qualifier round will advance to compete in the East Regional in Philly on Feb. 2. For more information and to RSVP, visit the official Red Bull Pittsburgh event page.
This Wednesday's competitors are DJ Midas, Pete Butta, DJ Hank D, DJ Petey C, and DJ Bamboo. We asked them three questions that will let you know a bit more about their background and thoughts heading into the contest.
Describe your style/format as a DJ.
DJ Midas: I do an open format. I like to have a lot of scratching, I like to incorporate that in my set to keep it entertaining and creative. I'm the type of person that likes to mash-up a rock song with a hip-hop song, I pretty much like every genre though.
Pete Butta: My style is versatile and unique in the sense that I'll play records that I feel are on the verge of becoming popular, like on the cutting edge. When people come to see me they can expect to hear good music, and stuff that's being played in cities around the country. At the end of the day I'm gonna play to the crowd and give the girls what they wanna hear, but my style is definitely a bit more cutting edge.
DJ Hank D: I mix up different styles of music, the way original hip-hop DJ's did like Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc, to try to find out what each individual crowd wants to hear and give it to them but also with my own taste mixed in too.
DJ Petey C: I'm pretty eclectic with music, and definitely jump around a lot. In this day and age, where everyone has access to so much music, I think people generally start having a bigger variety themselves. So, I've incorporated that into my style when I'm out — because not everyone wants to hear just dance music, or just hip-hop when they're out.
DJ Bamboo: My style is based off of scratch-battling. Huge inspiration comes from West Coast DJ's and their battle styles — raw, real grungy. This Wednesday you can expect a lot of party-rock. A lot of people around town don't know me as a big party-rocker DJ, but you can expect it this Wednesday. And on top of that, real clean transitions and cuts.
In your experience as a DJ, what's the wildest thing you've seen?
DJ Midas: I've seen a lot of people fall. There's probably a lot of things I shouldn't mention. I've had some people come up to me to order a drink before. They've come up to me and were so blacked out and didn't realize what they were doing and they would ask me for a drink, like, trying to order a drink from me. This is usually on St. Patrick's Day that something like this would happen.
Pete Butta: I can't say wildest, because every time is wilder and wilder. How about this — I recently did a show in Atlantic City with The Come Up at the House of Blues. Like two minutes before we get on, this area starts freaking out, and all of the sudden everyone starts yelling “She's peeing, this girl's peeing!” And this girl just started peeing in the middle of, like, 2,000 people on the floor.
DJ Hank D: Probably some sexual stuff, that's just run of the mill though. Nothing too out of the ordinary, just people getting freaky. Every once in a while a fight breaks out, and that's unfortunate.
DJ Petey C: I used to have a residency at Jimmy D's. It was a Saturday night, it was packed with a few hundred people on the dance floor, and this dude walked up to the bar and said he wanted to buy the entire club a shot. I got on the mic, shouted him out, the club went crazy. Girls just started coming out with trays, and trays, and trays of shots. The whole club just took a shot that this dude bought everybody. It definitely added to the night and got the club a little more crazy.
DJ Bamboo: Last St. Patty's Day, I was DJing and some dude was drunk right in front of my DJ booth and he started spraying his beer like champagne. He shook it up with his thumb over top of the bottle and it was spraying all over the place. It covered all of my stuff — my sweatshirt, my laptop, my turntables. I was soaked.
What's the first thing you'll do if you win Wednesday's Red Bull Thre3Style?
DJ Midas: Thank everyone that supported me, that's the first thing I would do.
Pete Butta: I'm gonna cry. My parents are coming out. It's a blessing to even be in the competition, we've all put so much work into it. There's a lot of emotions in it, that's all.
DJ Hank D: I'll do a round of shots with all my homies. I don't usually do shots either, but if I win I think for the occasion it would be appropriate.
DJ Petey C: Take off work the next day. I'll party with my friends and soak it all in.
DJ Bamboo: I'll have a Red Bull and vodka, and thank all of the competitors. All of those dudes taught me how to DJ basically. I sat in night clubs watching those guys DJ when I was first starting out. I'm, like, the young one of the group. It's really an honor for me to be in the same breath as those guys. So yeah, definitely thank them.
It's been a couple years since we've gotten a release from Maddie Georgi; the kid wonder from Hampton put out her first album at age 16 in 2009. Now she's studying at Allegheny College, and developing as a songwriter. Her latest, Glory Bound, is a mature contemporary-country record for fans of the new crop of sensible, rootsy pop-country.
Below, listen to the lead-off track from the new album, and if it's your thing, check her out tonight at the Rex Theater!
Legendary guitarists use crowd-funding too!
Pittsburgh native George Benson is currently using the PledgeMusic platform to fund a tribute to Nat King Cole. The 69-year-old guitarist and Schenley High grad and winner of multiple Grammys is offering multiple pledge levels, from $10 (for a download of the album when it's done) to $10,000 (for a signed guitar — ONLY ONE AVAILABLE, please and thank you!)
There's also a charity component, if all that wasn't enough. Get funding!
MP3 Monday is all hella late this week because it was distracted by the holiday. But here it is now! And it's bringing you a tune from the new EP, Death-O-Sketch, by The Long Time Darlings!
Below, stream or download "Burn It Down," the first track from the 3-song EP. I luv this riff!
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