Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Updates: year-end lists, TC hip hop awards, Ed Bok Lee, more!

Been a busy 2010 already. Still pushing the pre-order package of the new Guante & Big Cats album, "AN UNWELCOME GUEST" at Strange Famous Records (the deal ends 1/12, which is also the "official" release date for the album). Big ups to Tru Ruts (my label), Sage Francis and everyone at SFR for hooking that up. After 1/12, it'll be in stores and online for regular purchase.

Working on lots of new stuff. Trying to get on the St. Paul poetry slam team so we can defend our national title this year. Working at my new job-- arts coordinator of The Canvas, a St. Paul arts-based youth center. Some big shows. Working on my new book/one-man show. A million meetings.

Here are a few random updates:

1. My roaches poem made GILES LI's "top spoken-word pieces of the decade" list. High praise. Big thanks.

2. Though our full-length album isn't officially released until 2010, our EP, "Start a Fire," made Midwest Broadcast's "Best EPs of 2009" list.

3. One of my idols, Bao Phi, included the album anyway on his list of "Favorite Asian-Americans recordings of the Decade." More high, humbling praise.

4. I'm nominated in the Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards for "Best Solo Act" and "Best Knowledge Spitta." Tru Ruts is up for best label and Big Cats is up for best band (!). I'll be performing a short set there too. It's January 22 (my birthday) at First Ave. Should be... interesting.

5. Another show announcement: details soon, but on Saturday, February 6, you should plan on being at Intermedia Arts. It'll be a show featuring the winners of the 2009 VERVE grant for spoken-word: me, Khary Jackson, Tish Jones, Poetic Assassins and Tou Saiko Lee. It's going to be very cool.

6. Check out this video of the always-great Ed Bok Lee performing "How to Survive in America."

7. If you haven't seen the video for No Bird Sing's "Devil's Trombones," stop what you're doing now and watch it/listen to it.

8. The Green Bay Packers are going to win the super bowl. This year and every year, forever.

9. Another cool video to check out. Junkyard Empire in Cuba!

10. I swear I'm not one of those blogs that just posts videos of other people's stuff, but YET ANOTHER cool video: Detroit's Invincible made a documentary about women in hip hop called "The Revival." Check it out!

11. Finally, CultureBully, my music-writing home for the past few years, is officially on hiatus. Sad, but big ups to Chris and best of luck for the future!

And a million other things.

1 comment:

Lj said...

i just wanna say thank you for the record. from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the soul and energy you poured into your album. i was raised on the belief that a record was a record... as in a record of an event. i look forward to what you have in store for us in the future, working with you, even. the stars may align in a beautiful way. you are a talented man. thank you for this beautiful gift.