Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blue Scholars - Joe Metro Digital-Only EP

Received the following email below. If you're on the Massline mailing list, you've probably already seen this.

Digital-Only EP November 6th, 2007 on MassLine/Rawkus

In the midst of a five-year run that has seen the release of two full-length albums, an EP, and countless packed shows, Seattle's Blue Scholars continue to the carry the torch for the Pacific Northwest's burgeoning Hip-Hop scene. With their latest release Bayani leaving an indelible mark on 2007, the duo has built on the momentum of their critically-lauded album with a restless schedule of national and regional touring. In further efforts to stay in motion, Blue Scholars have hit the studio to record their new digital-only EP, Joe Metro, before embarking on their upcoming third full-length.

With equal attention paid to the stage and the studio, Emcee Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi bring an innovative yet familiar sound distinguishable from what's currently blasted on MTV or BET. Prior to the duo's formation, Geo made local rounds as a battle emcee and spoken-word performer, while Sabzi honed his skills as a classical and jazz-trained pianist while coming up in the indie ska and punk scene. This unlikely partnership set the precedent for what distinguishes the group from the vast sea of independent hip-hop artists - the ability to strike a balance between worlds usually seen distant from one another. Poetic lyricism with beats you can dance to; Marxist theory with Baha'i spirituality with musical influences ranging from Thelonius Monk and Aphex Twin to Marvin Gaye and J Dilla.

Blue Scholars are just as much rooted in community as they are in music. Their experiences in the world of academia provide an intellectual dimension to their craft, while their backgrounds as second-generation sons of working-class immigrants keep the music grounded. Less sloganeering and more storytelling, the current state of Blue Scholars showcases a more focused Geologic and a polished Sabzi coming into their own as the premier DJ-emcee duo.

Blue Scholars will be hitting the road this fall kicking things off at CMJ supporting Q-Tip, and continuing to tour through the Midwest and West Coast throughout November and December. They will wrap things up in their homebase curating "The Program", a five night series showcasing the Northwest scene's most exciting hip-hop artists. In conjuction with KEXP and The Stranger, the event will commence at Neumo's December 18th-22nd.

Fall 2007 Tour
10.22 - Philadelphia, PA @ University of Pennsylvania
11.02 - Tacoma, WA @ Hell's Kitchen
11.03 - Spokane, WA @ Whitworth University
11.13 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador **
11.14 - Madison, WI @ Annex **
11.15 - Sioux Falls, IA @ Nuttys **
11.16 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
11.17 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean **
11.18 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry **
11.19 - Kansas City, KS @ Record Bar **
11.20 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room **

** with Psalm One

The Program Sponsored by KEXP and The Stranger
December 18 - 22, 2007 @ Neumos (Seattle, WA)
12.18 - Blue Scholars, Surprise Special Guest (really!), Unexpected
Arrival, Siren's Echo, and DJ DV One
12.19 - Blue Scholars. Common Market, D. Black, Sleep of Old Dominion, Can-U, and DJ Vitamin D
12.20 - Blue Scholars, Saturday Knights , Khingz, Grynch, and DJ B-Mello
12.21 - Blue Scholars, Dyme Def, J. Pinder, GMK, and DJ Jake One
12.22 - Blue Scholars, Cancer Rising, The Physics, and DJ blesOne