Hitting physical and digital retail October 12, 2010, Dragon Slayer, Pigeon John's second album for Quannum Projects, is as energetic and witty as any previous Pigeon John release but, way more than ever before, this is his album. With the aid of General Electriks' Herve Salters, he produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC. "It's a whole new venture," says Pigeon John, who was born in Omaha and raised in Inglewood and Hawthorne. "It becomes bigger than being a writer, and you have to be an editor, in book-form. Working with Herve Salters makes my music feel new to me. It's been a great process, I love it."
The dragon that Pigeon John slays isn't just the malaise of a quarter-life crisis; it's all the little obstacles and stories that come together to make a person. It's that moment of realization, as PJ details on the head-nodding harmonies of "Buttersoft Seats", when buying a nephew's new Jordans suddenly becomes more important than owning the hottest whip on the block. Or how, with the right mind state, sipping coffee in your backyard can turn you into "a young Sean Connery in Cabo"; at least while "So Gangster" sets the soundtrack. On "Before We're Gone," a classic acoustic-guitar and airy-keyboard cut about being on the road and missing that girl, the entertaining emcee holds onto moments as small as how she puts on chapstick while fighting off big problems like "Suicide Girls at the Door." Book-ended by "The Bomb" and "Ben Vereen"—two victorious sing-alongs about non-female and female-related strife, respectively—Dragon Slayer continually finds the center of a Venn diagram between the lives of Pigeon John and his fans.
Cultivating his talent at the legendary Good Life Cafe in the early-'90s—alongside artists like Kurupt, Freestyle Fellowship and Jurassic 5—Pigeon John overcame scattered boos at his first open mic performance to tour the world several times over. He's trekked the States more than he can count and made a name for himself in Australia, France and Canada. The man knows how to have fun and share the party; he's proven this over the years as one of the best live hip-hop acts on the planet. Featured in The Source's "Mic Check" column and among Spin's "Next Big Things" and URB's "Next 100," Pigeon John has also heard his songs in XBOX games ("Project Gotham" and "NBA Inside Drive 2002"), as the theme song for the TV show "Infomania" on CurrentTV and films ("Get Over It"). In addition to all that, he was the first rapper to be on Chuck D's Indie 103 radio show and the first artist asked for a repeat performance on FUEL TV's "Daily Habit." Then there are his appearances in print and television ads for Levi's and Nestle Crunch; he is, after all, a charismatic and well-dressed young man who in his free time collaborates with underground veteran crews like L.A. Symphony and Brainwash Projects. But it's Pigeon John's live show that really resonates with music fans; his mindblowing stage presence allowing him to command the stage between Polyphonic Spree and Brandi Carlile at SXSW without missing a beat.
With a solo discography that reads like a resume—Pigeon John is Clueless (2002), Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003), Pigeon John Sings The Blues (2005), and Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006)—the Los Angeles rapper is absolutely ready for self-expression without the need to formally introduce himself. "[Dragon Slayer] isn't a step away from my other records, it's just on a different wave," he says. "It's a little risky, but c'mon man, what am I risking anyways?"
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Eyedea and Ablilties returned with By the Throat, July 21st, 2009 on Rhymesayers. After a five year break exploring new sounds, experiencing life, learning and growing in a separate capacity, Micheal Larsen and Gregory Keltgen (Eyedea and Abilities) are back and better than ever.
By the Throat advances beyond the duo's history as battle machines (winners of Scribble Jam, Rocksteady, the Blaze Battle and the D.M.C.s) and cuts right to the vein. Eyedea and Abilities bring biting guitars, fuzzy keyboards, melodic choruses, and their most intricate turntable work to date. It is laced in subject matter ranging from coping with loss and the hardships of addiction, to Micheal's signature fascination with neuroscience, and quantum mechanics.
Eyedea and Abilities started making noise in the mid to late nineties as members of an emerging scene in underground music along side fellows and friends Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, El-P, Living Legends, Sage Francis, Blueprint and many others. The duo plays an important role in the development of this scene and have continued to influence artists and enthusiasts alike from their inception to the present.
DARK TIME SUNSHINE
The duo met a couple of years ago in Portland, OR at a professional DART competition where Zavala was crowned victor & won a life-time supply of Tap Out attire (but that's neither here nor there) - although it's still a proud moment in D.T.S history. Both interested in Hip Hop,Punk ,Electronics, & Lady Ga Ga .. the 2 started to formulate a genre of music some call snob rap ,dark pop , & or theatrical lazor blur under the moniker DARK TIME SUNSHINE. After implementing themselves relevant with the FREE album BELIEVEYOUME (released mid - Nov 2009) the duo sets sail soon to bring forth their OFFICIAL, debut release of VESSEL (via Fake Four Inc). Dark Time Sunshine's VESSEL is slated for an Apr 20th 2010 release &will stimulate your crossbow skills ,while massaging the inner harlot of every woman. Look at this group & their music as Hip-Hop Dinge for the confident & self-esteemed human... Enjoy!
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