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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Pistorius: una mazza insanguinata a casa dell’atleta

pistorius1402La polizia sudafricana ha ritrovato una mazza da cricket insanguinata a casa di Oscar Pistorius, lo sprinter accusato di omicidio premeditato della fidanzata, nella sua casa di Pretoria. Secondo fonti della polizia scientifica al quotidiano City Press, il cranio della fidanzata dell’atleta olimpico e paralimpico, Reeva Steenkamp, aveva subito forti lesioni e «c’era moltissimo sangue sulla mazza». La polizia sta cercando di capire se la mazza sia stata usata per colpire la modella oppure l’abbia usata la ragazza per difendersi.

Secondo il quotidiano, il primo colpo d’arma da fuoco sarebbe stato sparato in camera da letto, dopodichè la Steenkamp, colpita all’anca, si sarebbe rifugiata in bagno; la giovane è stata poi raggiunta da altri 3 proiettili da 9mm, di cui due alla testa. Il quotidiano ricostruisce anche gli istanti immediatamente successivi al dramma: il padre di Pistorius avrebbe ricevuto una telefonata dal figlio intorno alle 03 e 20 di notte, in cui lui gli chiedeva di raggiungerlo a casa; e quando la famiglia è arrivata, avrebbe trovato il giovane che scendeva le scale con il corpo della fidanzata tra le braccia.

(fonte: Agi)

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