We threw two parties in NYC to celebrate the label’s 2nd anniversary during this past CMJ fest – if you missed em, you missed out! Fortunately, we scoured the interweb to collect all the photo galleries, etc (hit us up if you have any more).
Check out Karmaloop’s great recap of Night #1 at 88 Palace above, which featured sets by Kingdom, Donnis (joined onstage by fellow ATLien Pill), Treasure Fingers, Sammy Bananas (who even rocked some Telephoned tracks with partner Maggie Horn), Trackademicks and the Honor Roll crew, and – a first for FG! – live band performances by Vega and The Suzan. Hi-Fi Cartel, Metromix, and The Culture Of Me got some pics, Billboard spoke to A-Trak for a video interview, and Beatcakes had a nice little blog post highlighting The Suzan (“probably one of the best shows I have seen in my life”).
For Night #2 we went with an all-DJ lineup at N8 in Brooklyn, featuring Jokers Of The Scene, LA Riots, Nacho Lovers and extended fam Udachi + Jubilee (Jamie from the xx was slated to play as well, but his band’s set ran late – we’ll get him in the mix soon enough!). You can check pics over at Driven By Boredom. Special thanks to Chicago’s own Thunder Horse for providing live projections / bugged visuals for both nights of festivities! See you for the 3-year bash soon…
Here’s a backstage pass to a funky show: last night at the Cool Kids / Camp Lo gig at SOB’s, Nice & Smooth dropped in for a guest appearance and our pal Mel D Cole was there to capture Greg Nice proudly sporting a Shake It Down tee. Grab one for yourself at the FG webstore, and check more of Mel’s flicks here.
Last week Fool’s Gold was proud to take part in Converse’s 1st annual “Band Of Ballers” tournament. As player/GM (ha!) I put together a scrappy team including Donnis and soopamanager D Solo, Sammy Bananas, and DJ Jayceeoh. NCAA experience, mustaches, high socks – we had it all. A-Trak suited up like a French Canadian Pat Riley on the sidelines as coach, and we took on the competition with championship swag while Cipha Sounds soundtracked it Miss Info and FG fan Peter Rosenberg did play-by-play. Did I mention there were video girls? Spectacle.
Game 1 was a resounding FG victory against the Mad Decent team, followed by a Game 2 loss to Jim Jones and fam. We still made the semi-finals though, where team FG sweated out a heartbreaker of an overtime loss (the only game to hit sudden death!) to Pac Div. They in turn lost to Jimmy’s team in the finals. Ah well, there’s always the next tourney. We played hard, had fun, and came away with a year’s worth of bragging rights against Diplo. Twitter that!
We just got word that wholesale boxes of lil ol Grateful Bear are COMPLETELY sold out, so cop the remaining polar pals from retail while you can: Kid Robot, Turntable Lab, or anywhere else toysdolls urban vinyl (what up Hof!) are sold. And send in pics of your own GB, we want to see em – chilling at a show, cracking a brew, holding a roll of Indonesian Mentos.
We’re starting to think our furry friend has a drinking problem. More flicks of Grateful Bear on the road here. Don’t forget to send yours in! If you haven’t already, adopt a GB from Kid Robot, Turntable Lab and anywhere else fine collectible toy animals reside.
GB’s still kickin up dust on the 10,000LB Hamburger Tour, listening to flamenco, drinking cognac, and entering a whale’s vagina (San Diego). He’s probably doing all sorts of crazy shit in your town too, so be sure to send in pics of your own Grateful Bear adventures. We’ll run em every week. Also just FYI: Kid Robot has sold out of ALL wholesale boxes of the bear, so your only bet is to buy at wherever, store you see em, because when they are gone they are ALL GONE.
GB’s been all over the place this past week – posted up at his release party, hitting the airways, and getting busy on the road with A-Trak and friends for the 10,000LB Hamburger Tour. Joshua Lekach even caught him cooling out in the freezer, as pictured above. Send in your own sightings and we’ll post the best ones every week! You can still buy a bear of your own at Kidrobot, Turntable Lab and wherever fine ursine products are sold.