De La Soul talks free downloads, new music at Sxsw

Damon Albarn, right, is joined by #DeLaSoul’s Vincent Mason while performing during the SXSW Music Festival Friday March 14, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) #cookednews

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Get ready for a lot of new De La Soul music.

Dave Jolicouer, a member of the classic hip-hop group, says a new mixtape will be issued in the next week or so and the trio is working on two full albums they hope to release later this year.

A little more than a month ago, De La Soul gave away its entire catalog for free on Valentine’s Day, and the result showed the trio there’s plenty of love still out there 25 years after issuing the landmark release ‘3 Feet High and Rising.’

‘It motivated us even more,’ Jolicoeur said before a surprise South By Southwest appearance with Damon Albarn on Friday night. ‘We’re already in the process of recording two albums, but actually it made us feel like we really, really need to get this done. People are still fans, still really love the music and let’s do it for them.’

The response to the group offering seven full-album downloads online went beyond modest expectations — demand was so heavy that it temporarily overwhelmed the servers and the hip-hop group had to ask fans to be patient.

The numbers were ‘insane, I’m afraid to say it,’ Jolicouer said. ‘I’m not really allowed to, but I’ll say I was expecting it to be somewhere between 15,000 and 25,000 people. Man, you can multiply that by whatever number you can throw in the air, so it was ridiculous.’

He said the move was not a marketing campaign, but a gift to fans, who only had to provide an email address. The group’s music is difficult to find for a number of reasons, including tangled sample and ownership issues and now-shuttered labels.

‘I thought it was really cool,’ Jolicoeur said. ‘We had an opportunity to speak to our attorneys, and, you know, in hindsight it was maybe not the smartest thing to do. But in the midst of it, a lot of people think, ‘Great campaign, great promotion, great publicity stunt,’ but it really wasn’t. …

‘It was just, ‘What can we do for Valentine’s Day? Yo, we can give away our catalog. Yeah, why not?’

Of the new two albums the group is working on, he said one will be sample-based and one will be recorded with a live band, Los Angeles’ Rhythm Roots Allstars. The mixtape will include some new songs as well as some reworked material.

‘But in a De La fashion, it’s just not a mixtape with 11 songs,’ Jolicoeur said. ‘There are skits and things. It’s cool. That’s coming out in about a week, and hopefully God willing more De La music.

‘That’s all we do. There won’t be any movies. There won’t be any fashion lines, nothing like that. Just music.’

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Scarlett Johansson stopped SodaStream from Palestine

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Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as an Ambassador for Oxfam because of her relationship with SodaStream, a company which operates in the illegal settlement Ma’ale Adumim, in the Occupied West Bank. Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam faced immense pressure from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign who demanded that cut her ties with SodaStream or Oxfam cut their ties with Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson described Oxfam’s opposition to her support for a company which operates in an illegal settlement as ‘a fundamental difference of opinion’. Oxfam described Scarlett’s role for SodaStream was ‘incompatible‘ with her work for Oxfam. Settlements are illegal under international law, and an obstacle to peace – therefore settlement production relies on, and supports, an activity that is illegal.

Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Sarah Colborne, said: ‘Scarlett Johansson’s decision to represent SodaStream clearly violated Oxfam’s policy of supporting human rights and justice. By choosing to represent a company that operates in an illegal settlement on stolen Palestinian land, she has already suffered major reputational damage. And by prioritising SodaStream over Oxfam, she has decided to profit from occupation, rather than challenge global poverty. We thank all our supporters who made it clear to Oxfam that they needed to break from Scarlett Johansson or risk facing a haemorrhaging of support in the UK and internationally. 

Sodastream, a carbonated beverage manufacturer is based in the Mishor Adumim settlement industrial zone. Mishor Adumim is an industrial area attached to the residential settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, East of Jerusalem in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Israeli company Soda Club, which owns the Sodastream brandname. Sodastream, a carbonated beverage manufacturer is based in the Mishor Adumim settlement industrial zone. Mishor Adumim is an industrial area attached to the residential settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, East of Jerusalem in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

On 15/02/2014, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Outside John Lewis Dept Storer 300 Oxford Street, London the protest for Free Palestine against Sodastream policy.

Date
15/02/2014
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location
Outside John Lewis Dept Store
300 Oxford Street
London – 

http://www.palestinecampaign.org/
https://www.facebook.com/palestinesolidarityuk

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