One of our favorite APA hip hop groups, Far East Movement, announced yesterday that they have officially signed with Cherrytree/Interscope records, home to such giant acts as Sting, Lady Gaga, and Feist. This marks FEM’s foray into the tricky world of major label record deals. Say what you will about major labels, but I think this is a huge accomplishment and marks what I hope is a continuing trend of more APA musicians being put into the spotlight.
Congrats to FEM and their management team! I hope that Cherrytree and Interscope treat them with the respect and, ahem, resources they deserve.
Blue Scholars has been known to lay down some funky goodness in the past. But here we find Prometheus Brown taking things to a political level with his “ode” to Michelle Malkin. Now, we’re not a political blog and we’re certainly not interested in getting into that sort of conversation… But this song is kind of awesome, if for no other reason than the Sade sample is pretty sick.
Free download available from the Blue Scholars website.
Alfa performs at the APA Heritage Festival
As many of you know, I have the privilege of handling performance programming for the CAPA Heritage Festival this year. We recently sent out our open call for performer auditions and booth registration. See below for details!
We are happy to announce open booth & performance registrations for the 31st Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival.
We are hosting the day-long celebration in Union Square on Sunday, May 2rd, 2010, from 12pm to 6pm. (Tell your friends!)
We are currently seeking submissions for:
1. Dance performances & musical performers.
2. Booths for community groups & businesses to present at the festival
Our event has a history of media coverage including the NY Times, Newsday, Village Voice, TimeOut magazine, NY1 News, and many ethnic papers.
To submit registration for booths or auditions for performances, please visit our registration site.
Please send any questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
Performances Submissions: Friday, February 15, 2010
Early Bird Booth Rates: Monday, March 1, 2010
Lastly, we are a 100% volunteer-based community event and are always looking for new teammates, especially valuable are those with technical skills (ie. sound systems, online media, etc).
Director of Entertainment
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
A few weeks ago, I attended Alfa’s CD release show for her latest album, Second Skin. The back room of the Sidewalk Cafe is an intimate space (with a freezing draft) that was well suited for Alfa’s set, even with her full band in tow.
After a quick line check, the band launched straight into “Don’t Write Your Goodbyes,” a mid-tempo jaunty tune. Dave Dodds (drums) and Jon McElroy (bass) held down a solid rhythm to support Alfa’s vocals and guitar. Backing vocals from Laura Dadap helped give the show an upbeat energy and personality. Also joining the group for a few numbers was Alfa’s sister Faye. Called up onto stage by a sisterly, “Hey, poopface!”, Faye lent her skills as a pianist for the performance of the new album’s title track.
I don’t really watch American Idol. But there’s a guy named John Park who sounds phenomental. Check out his audition here:
I suppose it’s a little weird that everyone keeps commenting on how “surprised” they are at his voice. I guess William Hung’s legacy still haunts the American Idol audition rooms… But aside from that (and Shania’s obsession with his “bottom end” and his “lips”), the man can sing.
John Park, you’ve got my vote.
Forget everything you know about “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. This kid’s rendition of the aforementioned hit song is just too amazing not to share. It’s all about performance and energy. And he’s got it all.
Sorry for being such a delinquent lately! I promise we’ll get some more material up here soon. For now, though, I wanted to plug Alfa‘s upcoming CD release show at the Sidewalk Cafe on Dec. 11th at 8pm. Looks like it’ll be a full band show. Hope to see you there!