Nights & Weekends: Mission Accomplished!

Holy cow, it worked!  I thought it would be tricky raising $1,500 in under a month but like Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.  Indeed, fortune favors the bold.

So, you the contributor/supporter/believer/facilitator of this fine new record shall be happy to know that we are now putting together the final touches on the CDs and t-shirts. I don’t have an official release date for the EP yet; still tackling one item at a time on this release. We are now in the second phase, which is all the back-and-forth dialogue between myself and the outstanding visual artists (Adam LaMonaca, Castle, Dr. Quandary) who are chipping in on the tangible and digital goods.  We’ll also be dropping the video for “Black Cherry” in mid-August courtesy of the guys at 5846 Films (the crew behind the 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers “No Resolution 2” video) then shooting the video for “Full Spectrum” at a pinball museum on SUPER 8 FILM (THANK YOU!) in Asbury Park, NJ.

We’ll be having the official “Nights & Weekends” release party in September here in Philly at World Cafe Live during Kuf Knotz’s Boom Box Collective shows. And a video for the last song off the EP, a D’Angelo cover, probably around that time as well.

Anyway, I gotta buckle down and hammer out these scripts and blow the dust off my Stetson. Thank you once again for making this process unbelieveably prosperous!

Best,

ZR

Welcome to the Holodeck: Event Horizon EP

From Rock the Dub:

It was just about a month ago when the Internets got ignited with the Three Pistol Music Remix of Starkey’s “Holodeck”, featuring lyrical swordsmen Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca setting their light sabers to “murder everything moving”, and commenced to do so. Out of nowhere, the diabolical Zilla Rocca passed a leftfield lazy writer (ahem, myself) the acapella and asked if any producers had the knack to attack it. I sent it out to a few compadres, and the young lions DJ Nappy and Santi Junior gave this a proper THUGSTEP rerub, with Nappy flippin’ a hectic Coki riddim over these lyrics, while Santi plays it interesting with a previous beat of Starkey’s that works well, on a different level. Add these to the maniacal version SixTen turned in? Yeah, you’re basically just reading all of this to get to the download links, yeah? Hard bars paired up with boisterous bass, hitting you from every angle. I hope you’ve got some armor, your Bannertech shields are fully functional, and you have some kind of teleport ready to get you out of here when you can’t stomach it. Everyone’s #musicmonday needs an #eventhorizon, you feel me?

Stream The Holodeck Remixes – Event Horizon EP at Curly Castro’s bandcamp

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Keep it Live: Tonight at World Cafe

Tonight’s my first actual non-Shadowboxer solo set since 2009. I’ll be doing some jawbreakers from “Bad Weather Classic”, some unreleased stuff, and a few noir classics from the agency.

Please join me for a FREE all ages night of quality hip hop at World Cafe Live from 9pm-midnight for Boom Box Collective with Kuf Knotz and 84, the best live duo in Philadlephia.

Bands, painters, DJ’s, emcees, and burgers everywhere.  Win-win, shallah’s.

A View From Phoenix Part Deux

When you fly to Phoenix in February, you expect to be greeted with lizards, burritos, and margaritas.  Really, anything but the blankets of arctic wind, snow, and soul sucking gloom that typifies the first 60 days of a new year on the East Coast. 

When we got to Phoenix last month, we got rain.  According to the locals, two days of rain is rarer than a GZA guest appearance.  It causes people to panic.  The city is not equipped to deal with precipitation on this level.  Puddles everywhere.  Parking lots become reservoirs.  It’s not like walking by Broad and Market where the rastas sell $5 umbrellas on stands next to incense, bootleg tees, and mix CD’s (still).  No one has an umbrella in that entire town. 

Fortunately, Curly Castro and I once again found comfort in turkey sandwiches at The Main Ingredient, a hip lounge that plays Grand Puba, Pete Rock, Grand Agent, and old Heiro for its dining customers.  Back in September, we feasted with Random aka MegaRan and our host Kevin Murphy from So Much Silence.  This time we debated the joys and pain of Common (mostly pain) with Nocando and Open Mike Eagle with a side serving of Jeff Weiss, all three Los Angelenos who escaped All-Star Weekend to kick it in land of Jared Dudley for our show at the Hidden House.  Below are some pics I took, followed by video from the show.  I do wish I shot video of the bar we hit in Scottsdale — first time I ever heard Insane Clown Posse in public.

Open Mike Eagle

Nocando

Deck the walls with 90's vinyl at The Main Ingredient

Curly Castro, Mike Eagle, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient

Nocando and his retro cola, Jeff Weiss, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient

Click here to see more photos from our first trip to Phoenix in Sept. 2010 

Spit Suicide, Nocando, Curly Castro and Open Mike Eagle freestyle at the Hidden House

Open Mike Eagle freestyle

5 O’Clock Shadowboxers feat Curly Castro “High Noon” live

Ennio Morricone Ain’t Got Ish On Me

After watching this video of Yelawolf doing “Pop The Trunk” minus the beats and bravado, I thought it would be nasty to enlist Larry Estrella aka Larry E, Curly Castro’s engineer and producer of “Da Ingredients” off Winston’s Appeal, to add a live spaghetti western shakedown to our live staple track “High Noon” for our recent appearance on WXPN’s Y-Rock.

You can still download “High Noon” and the other 6 songs we did live at Key Studios in Philadelphia over at The Key’s website.

 

 

Hanging Off a Tiger Heli and Nobody Can Save You

Artwork by Dr. Quandary for World Around Records

It’s one of the first lessons you learn in poker, and you usually learn it the hard way: play poker with a liar, and you can lose your money, your house and even your heart.

And in a town where justice is a game, Zilla Rocca learns that lesson all too well.

Welcome to the Bad Weather Classic EP.  It was here before you were born into this dirty city, and it’ll be here after you’re six feet under.  You’ve got your part to play in it.  And that means going through the razor blocks with the gun under the goose. 

Bad weather is here and it’s never going away.

Stream each track at World Around Records

Download Bad Weather Classic EP here