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    Record Store Day 2014 | #rsd2014


    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Record Store Day 2014 is tomorrow and you better get up and out early because this year is guaranteed to bring out some bangers, as well as, some classics that will be re-released. There will even be some new-to-vinyl exclusive releases. You can check out where you need to be tomorrow by clicking here. And for a complete list of records being dropped you can go here. Happy hunting, hip-hop heads!

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    BDTB Interview w/ J. Brookinz About His “Gateway” Project | @jbrookinz


    Having only acclimated myself into the hip-hop community two years ago, I found myself hearing a certain name no matter what circle of emcees or producers I was surrounded by. That name was J. Brookinz.

    The local producer has seriously laid down work with most, if not all, major emcees in Indianapolis. Whether it is through creating a beat for their latest release or setting up annual shows like the annual Producer Beat Battle, which showcases some of the best producing talent Naptown has to offer and puts their skills in a head to head match, he is staying busy building in Indianapolis.

    There is also another project that J. has cooked up for the past four years and that project is called the Gateway. The producer came up with the idea five years ago and it was rumored that last year’s effort, Gateway 420, was going to be the last mix he would put together for our city.



    Fortunately, he has pushed aside those thoughts of letting it go and has decided to come back with what may be known as the best release to date. When asked why he decided to take another go at the project the producer had this to say, “I knew I was going to come back, but the way I was going to come back was going to be different, it couldn’t be just me. I invited some of the homies to come in and make some of the beats. I wanted these guys to take over.”

    Brookinz had always intended the Gateway be a part of his legacy and as something that the community could work on, come together and carry out every spring. And although years past have been filled with the producer running around putting everything together, this year was different. He got to relax a little bit and really take in the experience of the Gateway, but he goes on to say, “I have a job to do, I gotta keep watch and make sure that everything is running smoothly.”

    And trust me, only having been at the house J. held up in for an hour or so, it could be very easy to get caught up with everyone there. I could understand that struggle of keeping everyone on task. I mean, if Super Street Fighter is going on, you’d be hard pressed to get me to do anything.

    Matt Riefler was just the assistance Brookinz needed to help everything run smoothly. He worked on the engineering and recording for the #GATEWAY5 this year. Other producers that helped with creation of the beats include Dylan Prevails, Knags, Mandog, Harry Otaku, and Philo T.

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    Another reason Brookinz decided to get back to the project was because he saw it as not only a place that artists from all walks could collaborate and learn from each other, but also a project that could really boost the morale for the hip hop culture of Indy. “Some guys are young and some guys are proven. I respect these guys and I want to do something for them.” It is opportunities such as this that really spring boarded the producer to the status he has attained today. “People gave me the chance to do things when I had no business doing them, but just as a shot to prove myself. So whatever kind of music you make, it doesn’t matter, it’s cool with me. I’m no guardian of the culture, so if we can work together, let’s do it.”

    As leader of the project, he also had to decide who was going to put their verses over the beats, but this may not have been as difficult as it sounds. “I mainly leave it open.” He brought most of the Ghost Town fam for the first to really flesh out the skeleton of the project. Then, he opened the door on the second day of recording to cats who had been hitting him up trying to be a part of the album.

    Brookinz plans on dropping the mix on April 18th, but has much more on his plate as well. #JBrookinzWeek has officially kicked off and the producer plans to stay busy putting together a showcase at Indy CD and Vinyl this weekend for Record Store Day, hosting a 420 party at Sabbatical on Sunday, and dropping the tape (all while celebrating his birthday too). We also may get the special treat of a single being dropped from his most recent untitled solo project.

    No concrete plans yet for next year’s release, tentatively titled, Gateway 666, but Brookinz plans on coming back and really taking his skills, and his friends’ skills, to the next level. So, if you are trying to get in the hip hop scene in Indy, it would be best for your health to get to know the name J. Brookinz. That is, if you haven’t already.

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    NAPTOWN EVENTS- April 15th – April 20th

    Check out Tanjerine 2014 on Saturday, April 19, at the Sanctuary on Penn. There will be three “Tanjerine Presents” events on April 16, 17, and 18, all featuring different showcases and themes.

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    -Wednesday, April 16, some of Indy’s top bartenders will battle it out in a craft cocktail competition and locally produced films will be screened during this event.
    -Thursday, April 17, will feature local craft brewers and some of the area’s best restaurants and chefs.
    -Friday, April 18, Tanjerine presents a unique fashion event.
    -The main event Saturday celebrates the creative side of fashion, film, and food & beverage. Get more information here.


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    Take That Tuesdays
    Where: Coaches Tavern
    Date: Tuesday, April 15
    Times: 11:00 pm
    Cost: Free


    LUNA
    Record Store Day- Block Party
    Where: LUNA Music
    Date: Saturday, April 19
    Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Cost: Free
    For more information


    Indy CD
    Record Store Day
    Where: Indy CD & Vinyl
    Date: Saturday, April 19
    Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Cost: Free
    For More Information


    Ledisi
    Ledisi w/ Special Guest Robert Glasper
    Where: Murat Theatre
    Date: Saturday, April 19
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Cost: $55


    Localmotion
    Localmotion: Creativity in Motion
    Where: Fletcher Place Arts & Books
    Date: Sunday, April 20
    Times: 10pm-close
    Cost: $7


    dynamite
    Dynamite! w/ DJs Salazar & Topspeed
    Where: Mass Ave Pub
    Date: Sunday, April 20
    Times: 10pm-close
    Cost: Free

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    Skittz & LONEgevity Presents Beats & Breakfast S2E5: “Must Be” ft. WhoisLouis & Ace One | @beatsxbreakfast

    We’ve entered the halfway point for Season 2 of our Beats & Breakfast series with Skittz and LONEgevity today. This week we invited WhoisLouis over, and he was joined by Ace One and Gritts (although Gritts didn’t contribute musically). The episode is full of production clips, cereal day, Cut Camp plugs, talk about the J. Brookinz Beat Battle last year, and various other interesting clips. The song is pretty dope too. Video above and song and credits below. Enjoy!

    “Get Back” Credits:
    Verses: WhoisLouis, Skittz, LONEgevity
    Chorus: Ace One
    Production: LONEgevity, WhoisLouis
    Video: TR & Kato

    Purchase “Must Be” Below:
    iTunes
    Bandcamp
    Audiomack
    Soundcloud

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    The Proforms “Elroy Preston” Release | @TheProforms @ace_one_ @proformjoe @skittzformpro @djspoolz


    Well, it’s tax day, and that means that it’s time for us to share The Proforms‘ second project as a group. This seven-track EP is a tribute to Elroy Preston, one of their favorite musical icons. The group’s Joe Harvey produced the entire project, and of course DJ Spoolz provided all of the cuts. Their new album release party will be this Saturday, April 19th at Sabbatical (921 Broad Ripple Avenue). They will be joined by Tony Styxx and Pope Adrian Bless on the stage.

    In other Proforms news, their first album, titled Atavism (and also sponsored by us here at BDTB), was recently chosen by Indy’s Nuvo Magazine as one of the 100 best albums to come out of Indiana. That’s pretty cool.

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