IDC Presents Round 42!

IDC Presents Our Round 42 “Winter” Solicitation

6 new CD Releases featuring some great artists and bands spanning Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Electronica, Glitch Hop, Dubstep, and more…

For Immediate Release: November 22nd, 2011

Independent Distribution Collective presents our 42nd Solicitation just in time for placement for the Holiday season of 2011(our last of this year). We are excited about many of these new releases and are very proud to have a handful of great artists joining IDC. You will also notice that IDC has slimmed down our back catalog and are now only printing a few one-sheets instead of a whole forest’s-worth. Check out the overview of our new titles below, and feel free to visit our website anytime for more information on any of these artists or releases. IDC proudly welcomes these 6 new titles:

Luckyiam – I Love Haters CD

The album is produced entirely by Kruse who first worked with Luckyiam on his 2007 release of “Most Likely To Succeed”, during that process, Luckyiam realized that Kruse’s music conjured up the vibe of the earlier Living Legends’ sample heavy sound with an updated twist, and subsequently they decided to make an entire album together. The album also features guest spots from Slug of Atmosphere, Aceyalone of Freestyle Fellowship, Imani of Pharcyde, and Pep Love of Hieroglyphics. Luckyiam is one of the founding members of the world-renowned crew, Living Legends. He was instrumental in defining the sound and style of the crew and is highly regarded in circles as one of the most prolific MC’s of his time. He has graced stages across the United States and across globe from Australia to Amsterdam and Peru to Japan with his energetic and captivating live stage show.

Various Artists – MalLabel                      Platinum Unicorn Collection CD

The Platinum Unicorn Collection rolls tough right out of the gate, starting off with a new west coast classic, “PurpleGangsta,” remixed by the one and only don of dubstep, DZ. Next on the hit list is Minnesota’s “Meow.” Minnesota has had quite a year in the industry, and should be recognized by anyone following the game. LA veteran 6Blocc’s “Bad Boy,” reworked by San Francisco’s Blackheart, drives home anthem basslines that keep the release flowing. “This One Called Dub” by Skulltrane, MalLabel’s first single, follows next and then comes Bass master Downlink’s “Deep Space,” which carries the distinction of being one of two tunes the label has made videos for. Udachi’s banging remix of the incomparable Mochipet’s “For When The World Ends” weighs in and continues the directory of dominating production. The Widdler’s spaced-out and rocking tune “Flexstar” makes an appearance as well.

BPos – The Upside CD

BPos, short for Be Positive, is San Francisco’s newest underground Hip-Hop freshness. While creating a brand new sound that is entirely their own, Goodword, D-Wiz and DJ Johnny Venetti have grown their style from the roots of Hip-Hop music. Creative story lines, innovative beats, and brilliant mixing and scratching are a few of the key elements that helped catapult BPos’ debut album, The Upside, to #4 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart in 2010. With so much popular hip-hop these days veering toward the more negative, mean mugging, and macho posturing end of the rap spectrum, it is refreshing to encounter an alternately positive crew like the San Francisco hip-hop trio BPos, whose name literally stands for “Be Positive” and whose attitude follows suit. Their mantra is, “To be positive is not to miss the facts and see the downside — not being blind to it, but to work toward a brighter side.”

J.Walker – Ambitions of a Writer CD

J.Walker is a lyricist and a counselor, an emcee and a teacher and an author and healer. J.Walker created Rhymecology® to use the power of hip-hop lyrics and culture to help people express, discover and create themselves. He has created three studio albums and his book “Rhymecology: The Art of Hip-Hop Lyrics” has been called “mandatory for any up and coming lyricist.” J.Walker gives workshops and performances across the country on the art of rhyming, as well as one-on-one coaching for artists. J.Walker’s music has been featured on 60 Minutes Australia, he has performed on the same stage with the likes of Canibus, Sage Francis & Lyrics Born and is the “Resident Poet” of The Loose Cannons Show on Fox Sports Radio where he creates “on the spot” rhymes and delivers them nationwide.

The Associates – Get Associated CD

“Get Associated” is the debut album from The Associates and strives to offer listeners a welcome challenge to their connotation of what rap music should be. Consisting of college graduates, Maxwell Corleone and Stkee, this album features beats, lyrics, and production engineered by the duo. With influences from the 60s sounds like Jimi Hendrix to 2000’s artists such as Outkast, funk and lyricism can be heard throughout. The upbeat serenade “She’s Fresh” has gained appeal through stage performances and offers a song about boy meets girl that doesn’t degrade women or content. For those looking for more of a pop sound there is “iGen” (internet generation) which talks about rocking out through social media. Whereas “Last Breath” is crafted for those into more of a backpacker and lyricist sound, with its lyrics about giving everything through their music.

Cosmic Mercy – Tears in the Rhythm CD

The members of Cosmic Mercy are all accomplished musicians who continue to play with a wide variety of talented and interesting people, including Zigaboo Modeliste [Original Meters] who said that shredding guitarist Ken Sealy [3 years in Zigaboo’s band] is “one of the Bay’s best kept secrets”. Drummer Michael Oliver has played with people as diverse as Miko [Prince’s guitarist] and Southbay guitar legend DB Walker and even did a stint with Eddie Murphy’s band. He makes percussion magic every time he sits down on the kit. Guitarist Vocalist Eric Cragin has been stewarding this group for almost 15 years and two CDs as producer and recording engineer. Figuring that he wanted someone very special to help him finish the mastering he once again enlisted the help of Larry the O [former Lucas Valley, Meyer Sound musician/engineer,drummer] to do the final mixes with him.

Next Solicitation – Round 43 – January 17th, 2011!!!

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!!!

IDC Presents Round 40 “Late Summer” Solicitation

Nine new CD Releases featuring some great artists and bands spanning Pop, Rock, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Hip Hop, Ambient, Electronica, Downtempo, and more…

Independent Distribution Collective presents our 40th solicitation just in time for placement for the late Summer/early Fall season of 2011. We are excited about many of these new releases and are very proud to have a handful of legendary artists and bands joining IDC. You will also notice that IDC has slimmed down our back catalog and are now only printing a few one-sheets instead of a whole forest’s-worth. Check out the overview of our new titles below, and feel free to visit our website anytime for more information on any of these artists or releases. IDC proudly welcomes these nine new titles:

Various Artists Take It or Leave It: A Tribute to The Runaways 2 x CD

Take It Or Leave It, a two-disc collection, features 36 tracks and over two hours of music, spanning The Runaways entire catalog. Their best-known songs, like “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens Of Noise”, “California Paradise” and “Heartbeat” are all represented alongside more obscure tunes like “Hollywood” and “Born To Be Bad.” The release also includes two performances by original Runaways band members: lead vocalist Cherie Currie’s rocking remake of fan-favorite “American Nights”, and “Dirty Magazines”, the last recording made by drummer Sandy West with her band Blue Fox. Artists from various musical backgrounds participated on this project including The Donnas, Shonen Knife, The Dandy Warhols, Care Bears on Fire (featuring Earl Slick), Kittie, David Johansen and Kathleen Hanna & Peaches, (produced by Ad Rock).

Claudine Wrestling Consciousness CD

Much to the elation of fans around the world, San Francisco-based music artist Claudine is preparing to release her highly anticipated debut album Wrestling Consciousness. With a sound that combines the sensibilities of Pink and Pat Benatar, Claudine is here to prove that good old-fashioned rock music, with lyrics that explore the depths of the good, the bad and the ugly in life, isn’t exclusively for the boys. Her natural talent, along with life experience, powers Claudine’s vocal performances that she vividly brings to the stage.

Various Artists Alchemetric: Underground Overstood CD/DVD (two discs)

Bay Area Entertainment and Apparel company Alchemetric LLC is proud to announce the arrival of their gripping new Hip-Hop compilation CD & DVD titled Underground Overstood. This multimedia collection features exclusive tracks by numerous underground heavyweights such as Kool G Rap, EDO G, Doodlebug, R.E.K.S. and plenty of other name brand artists. Underground Overstood also comes with a DVD featuring never before seen footage and interviews with artists such as Immortal Technique, Kool G Rap, DJ Red Alert, EDO G, Aceyalone, Tajai from Souls of Mischief, and Pep Love.

Sizzla The Scriptures CD

With The Scriptures, Sizzla has collaborated with famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James, Jr., son of the legendary King Jammy, to create an album both thoughtful and intriguing. Jamaica’s finest musicians, including Jackie Mittoo, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Fraser, Bobby Ellis and Vin Gordon, to name a few, join sweet harmony vocalists Fiona Robinson, Camar Doyles, Connie Francis and Sherida to produce a full, multi-layered background for Kalonji’s varied vocal stylings in a surprisingly rootsy style. Sizzla is one of the artists credited leading a movement toward a re-embracement of Rastafarian values in contemporary reggae music by recording material that is concerned primarily with spirituality and social consciousness.

Marty Dread It Sometimes Rains in Paradise CD

Maui’s Reggae ambassador Marty Dread returns with his 16th studio album It Sometimes Rains in Paradise. This set is packed to the gills with solid production, crafty hooks and strong messages throughout. In an era of cheap digital music production, this CD sparkles with the warmth of two-inch tape and analog mixing. Marty Dread glides over themes and topics effortlessly as he rides riddims from a wide range of producers including electronic dance producer Gaudi.

Taddy P Gimmie Di Bass CD

Taddy P has emerged as one of the most creative musicians, writers and producers out of

Jamaica. His diverse life experiences manifest themselves in his music, which combines roots reggae riddims and a compelling message with bluesy melodies, rock overdubs and a consistent soulful vibe.

“[Taddy P] is helping to define a progressive new sound for reggae, a style that incorporates outside influences but maintains an authentic Jamaican foundation.” said Tomas Palermo of URB.

Gimme Di Bass, his sophomore album features collaborations with multiple Grammy nominees Maxi Priest and Bunny Rugs of Third World Band fame as well as the only Diamond awarded dancehall artist and two-time Reggae Grammy winner Shaggy.

Mista Majah P Tolerance CD

Tolerance reveals the raw lyrical emotions, pulsating drum and base Reggae rifts, and the stunning array of influences that have found their way into Mista Majah P’s music. The album marks a huge step in the career of the multi-talented singer-songwriter. The lyrical focus of the album is to liberate the homophobic and celebrate the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) experience. The release of this album will hopeful build upon his fan base and get his music heard by more people than ever, especially in his native home of Jamaica.

Dub Caravan Nomadic Fusions CD

Dub Caravan humbly presents his second full-length LP Nomadic Fusions – a nine-track musical journey fusing ethnic sounds with ambient, dub, world beat and a touch of unusual reggae. Mesmerizing beats and percussion combined with deep earthy bass are uniquely layered with exotic instruments played mostly by Dub Caravan himself and guest musician Vladiswar Nadishana, the talented multi-instrumentalist from Siberia who plays on over one hundred world instruments. Another key guest is the French “ethno-dubologist” Jerry Coox who remixes “Oriental Vibes” – a track with tribal-like Middle Eastern percussion, haunting voices and groovy bass. Nomadic Fusions is the ideal album for relaxation, meditation, chilling out as well as for general listening pleasure set in an exotic atmosphere.

George Ludwig Rise Time CD

George Ludwig has roots stretching back to the 80’s DIY scene, touring the U.S. as a bass player. He eventually switched to guitar as a more appropriate instrument for composition. His attraction to atmospheres and analog electronics eventually lead to a love affair with the Roland GR-300, a vintage analog guitar synthesizer coveted for its responsiveness and rich analog tone, as well as the Roland RE-501 tape delay. Rise Time is his first solo release, paying homage to influences ranging from Phillip Glass to Robert Fripp.

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