Album Review | Top Of The World | Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge & Rob Ickes – Three Bells


Words by Doug Deloach

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Take three of the greatest dobro players on the planet, toss them together in a studio with a playlist that runs the gamut from pop hits and country songs to Tin Pan Alley tunes and gospel hymns, and you’ve got the ingredients for one of the most beautiful acoustic instrumental albums released thus far in 2014. Jerry Douglas is a 13-time Grammy winner; Rob Ickes is a perennial International Bluegrass Music Association award winner and member of Blue Highway; while Mike Auldridge was a founding member of the legendary Seldom Scene and a regular sideman with Emmylou Harris. The album is dedicated to Auldridge, who died in 2012 not long after Three Bells wrapped up. The trio’s playing is distinctly self-assured, poignantly paced and deftly swung to draw every emotional nuance from each selection.

The title-track is derived from a familiar French standard. It’s an exceptionally sweet, sophisticated representation of the trio’s masterful skills, not only in terms of individual prowess but also in the melange of counterpoint and harmony, which is carried throughout the album. Each musician performs a solo showcase, with Auldridge’s splendidly performed ‘Till There Was You/Moon River’ being arguably the best of the bunch.

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Donnell Rawlings Discusses His Save A B***h Movement On Dr. Zoe Today Show

Donnell Rawlings has always been able to draw his comedic fans in with his unique brand of humor.

A regular on MTV’s Guy Code, Rawlings has keyed in on a more serious issue, his Save A B**** Movement, a wave that he started to make women more aware of society and community.

The movement has been endorsed by rappers Snoop Dogg and Too Short and also been lauded by MTV personality Sway Calloway.

Rawlings took to the Dr. Zoe Today Show, a weekly radio show that airs Wednesday nights at 9ET/6PT via the app and provides advice related to love, sex and relationships to talk about his Save A B**** Movement.

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Watch Crystal Caines’ “Whiteline” Video Ft. A$AP Ferg

Directed by: Kidshow

You may not know Crystal Caines by name but you’ve heard her craft. She’s been working with the Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg, for several years now, producing (“Lord” Ft. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) and mixing/helping record (“Work” & “Shabba”) a few of the songs on his debut album. She’s actually signed to Ferg’s Trillagain Island imprint. Today, she presents the video to the first single off her upcoming EP. She handles the production as well as mic duties as her cadre wreak havoc at a bowling alley. As for Ferg, well, he’s riding a white horse with an almost topless chick as he describes some wild times down South, as in south of the border. Looking forward to seeing what she’s capable with a whole project.

Bryan Hahn wouldn’t mind dating a girl with a tramp stamp of the NYC skyline. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

Instagram Reportedly Blocked in China After Pro-Democracy Protests

Freedom of speech is a precious commodity that we all too often take for granted.  In the wake of the alleged social media blackouts that happened in Ferguson, from the mainstream media’s failure to cover important stories relevant to our community, social media commentary has allowed we the people to document and record history as we see fit–oftentimes, from the very frontlines we are writing about, allowing us to come together and mobilize.  Social media has proven to be an invaluable tool when it comes to social media and protests, as Central Park’s Global Citizen Festival just showed this past weekend.  Imagine, for example, the surprise of United States citizens, when the brave people of Palestine came forward to share solidarity with the protestors in Ferguson, via social media.

Unfortunately for people in China, Instagram has been banned for this very reason.  The social media blackout started this past Sunday on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, when photos of police firing tear gas at pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong began surfacing with the hashtag #OccupyCentral.

Soon after, New York Times reporters based in Hong Kong began alleging that Instagram was banned in China, and the website also indicated that Instagram was blocked throughout China, including in Beijing and Shenzen.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Tinashe And A$AP Rocky’s “Pretend” Video Is Cinematic, Beautiful And Very Confusing: Watch

Please Explain.

Tinashe hasn’t put a foot wrong since breaking big with ratchet party anthem “2 On” earlier this year. She followed that up with A$AP Rocky-assisted, Janet Jackson-channeling single “Pretend” and a bunch of equally gorgeous buzz tracks (“Feels Like Vegas” and Dev Hynes duet “Bet”). As such, the 21-year-old’s debut LP Aquarius is one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year.

While we wait patiently for that to drop, check out her beautifully shot yet utterly confusing “Pretend” visual. From what I understand Tinashe and A$AP Rocky has a thing in high school but everything got twisted due to strip club drama. (It happens to the best of us). There are also panoramic views of mountains and streams, and a scene where the rising R&B diva stands in the snow. As for the twist ending? I have no idea. Feel free to explain it to me in the comments below.

So what exactly happened to her man at the end? Theorize in the comments below.

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Are Jay Z And Beyoncé Moving To LA?

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Could Brooklyn’s very own and Houston’s finest really be moving to Los Angeles? Jay Z and Beyoncé are thinking about just that. According to LA Times, the power couple have been scouting out a few homes on the West coast and it’s got the media speculating if they’re planning on making a big move or just adding another home to their collection.

A couple weeks ago the duo reportedly checked out an $85 million mega-mansion in Beverly Hills including a “$200,000 candy bar/room, panoramic views of Los Angeles, an 18-seat theater, a 14-person spa with swimming jet and top-of-the line furnishings” several times.

Jay and Bey also dished out $200,000 a month this summer to stay at a lavish 16,000 acre mansion in Holmby Hills, featuring glass-walled living room that opens on two sides, an infinity-edge pool, two libraries, a tennis court, seven bedrooms, and more.

While final decisions on either home have not been mentioned, it seems the couple might have formed a soft spot for the West Coast.

[LA Times]

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Carmelo Anthony Says He’s The Most Underrated Superstar In The NBA

….Let’s see if his game going to back up the talk because after all….talk is cheap

As we are cutting close to the upcoming 2014-2015 NBA season, fans and basketball enthusiasts can begin rehearsing their inner “Stephen A. Smith” repertoire as the anticipation of great debate is slowly approaching. The prime question that is up for grab is the infamous, consistently controversial and notorious topic of….who is the best/most underrated player in the NBA? Is it King James? Is it Kevin Durant? Is it Stephen Curry? or…is it the return of “Mr. Fast Don’t Lie”, Derrick Rose? One superstar courageously came out and put his own two senses into the conversation and is definitely ready to let his game back up his bold assumption. That NBA superstar that we are referring to is New York Knick superstar combo forward, Carmelo Anthony. Recently, Melo had a discussion with ESPN columnist Chris Broussard and told the established analyst that he believes he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for how skilled he is. Interesting words by the former Syracuse All-American who led the Knicks to just 37 wins and a couple of games shy of making the NBA playoffs last season. Many sources and fans believed that Melo’s supporting cast were lack luster, giving the superstar an unappealing chance to make magic happen in the place of where the mecca of basketball is located at. Last season, Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game, worthy numbers in which NBA coaching legend and president of operations of the New York Knicks Phil Jackson resigned the 7 time All Star to a whopping 5 year, $124 million dollar contract this summer. The Red Hook-born scoring machine has already been prepping for this upcoming season, losing up to 15 pounds to help himself become more athletic and elusive just how he was during his young playing days at Denver. Only time will tell as the Knicks will open up their 2014-2015 NBA season going up against Lebron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 30. Make sure you mark that down on your calendars because this could be a awesome start to what could potentially be one of the most competitive and highly entertaining NBA seasons in recent years.


Omari feels that Melo is going to have a breakout season for the ages. He’s curious to see how the newly installed triangle offense is going to help Melo’s efficient scoring become a lot more productive in the highly competitive Eastern Conference. Follow him on Twitter @SmooveGuyO

Charli XCX’s New Single “Break The Rules” Gets A Monster Tiesto Club Mix: Listen

Charli XCX is on a roll at the moment. After earning a well-deserved commercial breakthrough with Iggy Azalea‘s summer-soundtracking smash “Fancy”, the 22-year-old swiftly returned to the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 with infectious The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap”. In fact, the song was so successful that Atlantic Records had to delay the release of her third LP Sucker until December 16.

It’s time now to step up the promotion for the album’s second single “Break The Rules” and the Brit is clearly aiming for club domination by commissioning a batch of killer remixes. They are all pretty great but the most notable is Tiesto‘s ferocious overhaul. The legendary Dutch DJ ups the BPM and throws in some killer drops. Listen to the monster floorfiller after the jump.

Do you like the remix? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Source Presents The “360 Engagement: Music, Marketing & Media” Panel At ADWEEK 2014 In NYC

The Source & The Cipher group join forces for one of Ad Week 2014′s most interesting and engaging panels

Last weekend, The Source’s #SOURCE360 Expo weekend came to a close, ending a very successful four days of panels, performances, showcases, a major concert and networking opportunities galore–in case you weren’t able to attend, we recapped all the best moments here. This week, Ad Week 2014 is upon us, and #SOURCE360 isn’t slowing down at all, as we present a very engaging music and marketing panel. Tomorrow morning at 11 AM, in conjunction with The Source & The Cipher Group, Riyhana Bey (VP, Accounts & Strategy, Spike DDB), Chaka Pilgrim (VP, Roc Nation) & L. Londell McMillan, Esq (Chairman, The NorthStar Group) will come together for the 360 Engagement: Music, Marketing & Media panel at B.B. Kings in Times Square, NYC. Among the topics discussed will be whether or not it makes sense for artists to sign 360 deals and if record companies will even exist in 10 years. They’ll also touch on one of the most important–and sensitive–topics on the minds of music executives, advertising agencies and marketing specialists everywhere: Has advertising been beneficial to record companies’ partnerships with artists and agencies or is it merely another medium through which the culture is being watered down for the purpose of capital gain? Ad Week attendees, please join us tomorrow at 11 AM sharp as these panelists engage not only each other, in a very intriguing discussion.

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In addition to this panel, The Source x Precision Market Insights from Verizon will present Wiz Khalifa in concert at Webster Hall on Thursday, Oct. 2. More information on that showcase will be coming very soon.

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