Holy Hip-Hop: KRS-One’s Philosophical Take on the “Kulture” Now Available in Book Form

Lawrence K. Parker, more readily known as KRS-One, finally saw the release of his book The Gospel of Hip Hop: First
Instrument
this week. Originally slated for release
earlier this year, First Instrument is the first release from the
publishing firm I Am Hip Hop, an imprint of powerHouse Books. The Gospel of Hip Hop, set up in the format of a holy book, is described by the publisher as being “...a spiritual manual for citizens of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge, for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path.”

Very few artists could pull off such a publication and still demand to
be taken seriously. KRS-One, founder of the legendary Boogie Down Productions and the Stop the Violence Movement, manages to not seem overly hokey in his philosophical treatise on hip-hop culture. The book also seems to serve as an introduction to a series of other projects that KRS-One is taking very seriously, one of these being the launch of The Temple of Hip Hop. As the subtitle of the book
suggests, it's only the first instrument, suggesting follow-up
titles, possibly written by other hip-hop gurus. Time will tell if the ideas
presented take hold with the members of the culture to whom Lawrence
is preaching.

The 818-page hardcover edition can be ordered directly
from the publisher here.

Girls to Tour Again, Will Hopefully Reenact Scenes from “Lust for Life” Video

While Girls' "Lust for Life" gets churned through your local airwaves or news of its SCANDALOUS! naked music video gets 1,000,000+ hits on YouTube from horny college kids, the band has been touring nonstop since the release of their debut album so that everyone may know what it means to be infectious. And while everyone's wishing they had a pizza and a bottle of wine, Girls are merrily strolling along, booking tourdate after tourdate, and possibly stripping and grabbing each other's genitalia while Bowie or Iggy blares in the background.

Hear that? Matador's newest prized pig Girls are gearing up for yet another tour, which is practically sitting on their current tour's lap. But they probably meant it to happen that way. Tourdates are below

01.25.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
01.26.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
01.27.10 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
01.29.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
01.30.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
01.31.10 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington *
02.02.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
02.04.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *
02.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
02.06.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
02.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle *
02.08.10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *
02.10.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
02.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
02.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *

* Magic Kids

St. Vincent Teams Up with Twilight Tweens for Upcoming Winter Tour

To promote her new song with Bon Iver on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, St. Vincent has decided to bring the kids from Twilight on the road with her next year. Unfortunately, they’re too busy making headlines with their hand-holding to actually accompany her, so cardboard cut-outs of Robert Pattinson will have to do instead.

The St. Vincent Saga: New Tour:
01.29.10 - New York, NY - Lincoln Center’s Allen Room (American Songbook Series)
02.03.10 - Victoria, BC - Element
02.04.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
02.05.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
02.06.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (2 shows, 6 + 10 PM)
02.08.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.09.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
02.10.10 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
02.11.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
02.13.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
02.15.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
02.16.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Industry
02.17.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
02.19.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot
02.20.10 - Columbus, OH - Outland on Liberty
02.21.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Club
02.23.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
02.24.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Sanctuary

& Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Help Kids with Cancer AND Watch Some Cool Music: Pablove Benefit Show with Band of Horses, Tom Morello, BRMC, and More

I know what you’re thinking: cancer sucks. It does. And I know that you’re also thinking that kids with cancer sucks even more. Which it does. But you’re not quite sure what to do to help, right? I know, I know, you really want to lend a hand but you have that awesome concert you have to go to on Saturday. Well, how about you go to an awesome show on Saturday and help out kids with cancer? Yeah, you can do that!

The Pablove Foundation, which works to improve the lives of children dealing with cancer by funding pediatric cancer research, helping families without health insurance, and improving hospital playrooms, is throwing a benefit concert on November 21 at Avalon in Los Angeles, CA. The bill includes Band of Horses, Tom Morello, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Tom Gabel of Against Me!, Sea Wolf, Butch Walker, Jarrod Gorbel of Honorary Title, Songs for Kids, and more!

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and a portion of your ticket purchase directly benefits the various programs that the charity performs and maintains. Just say no to kids with cancer!

Beginning November 18, Neil Hamburger will be touring with Maynard James Keenan. TMT readers might have heard of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, of which Mr. Keenan is the frontman. The musician seems to have a fondness for ironic American comedians, since Tool's 1996 album &Aelig;nima features samples of Bill Hicks' work on the song "Third Eye." Not that I've actually listened to the record... you get fired on TMT for liking that kind of stuff!
11.18.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theatre
11.20.09 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
11.21.09 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
11.24.09 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11.25.09 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11.27.09 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
11.28.09 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
11.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
12.02.09 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12.03.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
12.04.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre

ON TOUR NOW (SOLO):
11.12.09 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
11.13.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
11.14.09 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
11.15.09 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat

Camera Obscura Bring Beauty, Happiness, a Fall/Winter Tour to the Wilds of North America

In these trying times of unemployment and Michelle Bachmann's existence, only one thing can help America (and, in this case, Toronto). Universal healthcare? No. A tearful reunion between America’s favorite couple, Jon and Kate? NO. What the world needs now is Scottish indie pop -- sweet Scottish indie pop.

Fortunately for us, Glasgow’s Camera Obscura are heading to North America for a fall/winter tour. Fresh off the success of their latest release on 4AD, My Maudlin Career (TMT Review), the band can be seen at the following enchantingly-named venues. Pearl Street, anyone? German House? The world is a better place already.

Tourdates:
11.18.09 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
11.19.09 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
11.20.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11.21.09 - Norfolk, VA - Attucks Theatre
11.22.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.24.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
11.25.09 - Rochester, NY - German House
11.26.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
11.27.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
11.28.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.30.09 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
12.01.09 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Nightclub
12.02.09 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
12.03.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club

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