Finally! Unfortunately/fortunately they sold out on my Bandcamp within a few hours ( I only had 100 units to spare of the 500 pressed). I couldn’t draft a post on the site in time. You can still get them at redefinitionrecords.com, UGHH.com, Fat Beats and other retailers. But once they’re gone, they’re gone!
These musical endeavors are on the way for those interested:
– Fish-n-Grits vinyl LP for sale via my Bandcamp and Redefinition Records website later this week. Will be in stores by August 1. Another short run of cassettes (with different artwork) later in August. Limited stock for both.
– The Du-Rites (my funk instrumental project with Tom Tom Club guitarist and my longtime mastering engineer, Pablo Martin). Album was finished over the weekend. Drops most likely in September. Stay tuned for previews and song leaks. Till then, check snippets and stay in the loop on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thedurites
– Superblack (with Prince Paul and Sacha Jenkins) slated for 2017 release on Mass Appeal Records.
– Haven’t done much production work lately, but did do beats for upcoming projects from Vinnie Paz and Al-Shid
– More Red Bull Music Academy interviews with great unsung drummers.
– Lone Wolf is another funk instrumental project/ 7″ series of mine. Working with a variety of studio musicians to cover some of my favorite obscure funk songs. Early 2017 because tracking down the publishers of some of these songs is a royal pain.
– Studio drumming on a few pop, Latin and R&B records that are way out of my usual lane. More info TBA.
That’s all I’ve got. Stay tuned…
And thanks for the continued support!
The Du-Rites are Pablo Martin (Guitars, Bass Guitar, Fender Rhodes, Synth) and J-Zone (Drums, Organ, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Turntables). Our funky instrumental debut album is nearly complete and we’re anticipating a late summer/early fall release! Here’s a teaser from “Bug Juice” from the new LP. We’re here to put a neckbone in your kale salad! Stay tuned…
Finally! FISH-N-GRITS Vinyl Test Pressing available this Friday via www.redefinitionrecords.com (limited stock, goes live at 12:01am on July 8).
– Limited to just 20 units available to the public (25 test pressings were created)
– Packed in a 2 sided, screen printed test pressing jacket, with all details written in by hand (not pictured here). Hand stamped by me and signed by Swagmaster Bacon.
– Tests may show light signs of handling as some of them were were actually used to test the sound quality of the album prior to production.
– You really don’t need this, so just wait for the retail version.
– Seriously you don’t need it… So don’t stress out if it sells out (it will), because you’ll be able to buy the retail version in stores worldwide and/or via www.redefinitionrecords.com or my Bandcamp by July 29th (likely even sooner, so stay tuned).
Happy to see my most mean-spirited, anti-industry song was the one to make Rolling Stone’s Top 30 Songs of 2016 (So Far) List. Once every few years, being an asshole on record pays off. And the song came out in 2015, so hopefully that means I’m ahead of my time! Read about it here.
After a brief hiatus, I continue my drummer interview series with Red Bull Music Academy. This time around I was fortunate to chat with founding and last surviving original member of The Ohio Players, Greg Webster. Greg’s recollection of the band’s early days is still sharp; we go through the formative years on the chitlin circuit through the oft-sampled Pain and Pleasure LPs. His departure from the band in 1972 (right after “Funky Worm” became a #1 hit) is another example of how frustrating the music business can be, but Greg’s e-book tells all and I’m honored to be able to interview one of the drummers who inspired me to play. Read the interview with Greg Webster here!
I’m still building up an archive of these interviews, but if you like this, be sure to check out my interviews with “Funky” George Brown of Kool and the Gang and Headhunters/Herbie Hancock drummer and jazz-funk legend, Mike Clark.
A lil’ father-son jam. But every day is father’s day. Thanks pop!
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Although I’ve worked in the media, I’ve always been indifferent to reviews or the idea of hawking anyone for press. But anyone who took the time to write something about me or my music can’t be all that shitty a person. Well, maybe they can, but that’s another post. Anyway, now that my most recent album is nearly three months old, I’ve compiled all the press for it in one place. This way, you can read all about Fish-n-Grits without scrolling through pages of bit torrents. Enjoy.
Stereogum: On J-Zone, Rap’s Great Disgruntled Comedian
Passion of the Weiss: Make America Mad Again – J-Zone’s Unrelenting Rap Music
Hip-Hop DX: J-Zone Fish-n-Grits Album Review
The Library: J-Zone – Hip-Hop’s Check and Balance
Blatantly Blunt: J-Zone Fish-n-Grits Album Review
The Real Hip-Hop: J-Zone Fish-n-Grits Interview
My first ever musical goal was to play bass in a funk band with a big afro. Genetics have allowed me to still have all my hair after the 30 years it took to live out that dream and the time is now! I’m putting the finishing touches on an EP with my long time mastering engineer and Tom Tom Club guitarist, Pablo Martin. Our group is called The Du-Rites. I’m on drums, bass, combo organ and turntables; Pablo holds down guitar, bass and keys and mastering. Two musicians doing the work of seven – a funkier, more raggedy Steely Dan, I suppose. The only thing missing is the three piece horn section. Check the teaser below and look out for the EP this summer.
As you can see, we’ve done a little spring cleaning around here. Welcome to the new and improved website. As I grow weary of Facebook’s bored at work political pundits, hip-hop culture experts and trolls in a love affair with the the caps lock button, I’ve decided to focus more on generating posts and interacting here and sharing via social media. Still fixing potential glitches, but news will be more consistent around here. Shout out to James Blackwell for the slick, sly and fly redesign. Stay tuned.