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Eddie Murphy’s ‘Wonna Deez Nites’ Single

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Is it grammatically correct? No, but damn is it catchy. Over the years, Actor/Comedian/Singer Eddie Murphy has released a reggae track about as often as a blue moon, and on June 30th, he’ll be releasing his latest single “Wonna Deez Nites” through VPAL, a subsidiary label of VP Records.

For this song, Murphy teamed with Jamaican dancehall icon Beenie Man to create a wonderfully upbeat summertime tune. This song marks the first time Murphy has collaborated with a Jamaican artist on a EddieMurphysong since he worked with Shabba Ranks on his 1993 single “I Was A King” from his album Love’s Alright, and is his first release since his early 2015 reggae chart-topper “Oh Jah Jah.”

Unlike his previous singles “Red Light” and “Oh Jah Jah,” this song strays from political undertones and roots-y instrumentals. “Wonna Deez Nites” blends Murphy’s velvet voice, choral harmonies, and Beenie Man’s signature fast-paced rhymes along with a traditionally exotic reggae rhythm that’s perfect for a lighthearted night of outdoor listening.

[Related: Eddie Murphy’s ‘Oh Jah Jah’ Now Available]

Murphy’s recent foray into reggae is seemingly becoming less of an experiment and more of a sought after commodity, especially with his gradual disappearance from the world of comedy. Although there are no updates regarding a full-length album, fans can continue to enjoy these singles until Murphy supplies the demand. “Wonna Deez Nites” is available for pre-order on ITunes now by clicking HERE!

Listen: “Wonna Deez Nites” by Eddie Murphy

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Watch: Eddie Murphy – “Red Light” (ft. Snoop Lion)

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Fun times in Destin

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Sunshine Cindy and I have had a fun few days. It started with a Parrot Head meeting on Friday night in Niceville at Dockside Oyster Bar. Dockside sits right on the water in Boggy Bayou. It had rained earlier but by the time we got there it was clear with a nice breeze blowing through. There was a good crowd for the party. Radioactive played some good music. Jane was also having her retirement party at the same time and she went back and forth between both groups. It was a good way to start the weekend.

Saturday was our Crab Island Mambo and ECPHC beach cleanup. It was a small group that showed up but we actually had some stuff to pick up. That is one of the problems with all the tourist in town. Some don’t know how to clean up after themselves. In the afternoon some dark clouds, thunder and lightning were off in the distance so we packed it in and headed home. The rain never made it to the beach but just inland they got hammered pretty hard.

After we got home and cleaned up, Sunshine Cindy decided to stay home but I headed off to Landshark Pizza. With us being out of town, it’s been a while since I was there and I needed to get my pizza fix. I got there between the lunch and dinner rush so I had a chance to talk to Brian and Austin. We gave Brian a Phlocking of the Phaithful tee shirt in appreciation for some swag he gave us. He liked it and said he was going to wear it the next day. Austin was prepping for a big night. They have been setting records almost every night. Good for them! I also got to talk to “B” too. He came in and sat next to me. He owns his own paper products company and has been real busy too. B works hard and earns everything he gets!

It looks like Landshark Pizza will be moving to a bigger place on the harbor in a few months. This will be a big move for them but I know they will do fine. I applaud Brian and Sue for building up this business and making it a big success in a competitive tourist town. 

Sunday we waited for Tiffany to come back home. She is coming back for a few months to work at Harry T’s to make some money as things are slow in Atlanta this time of the year. She got home and we all then headed to LuLu’s. We met Sunshine Cindy’s parents there. The placed was once again packed. They have had a great start and will do well. They have decent priced drinks…like $2 PBR’s! Good food and just a fun atmosphere. We enjoyed our time there even with tons of kids running around everywhere. LOL

Last week I stopped in at Crust Pizza on the harbor. Charlie has been extremely busy there too. He has great pizza and wings too. His new satellite location in front of AJ’s also is doing very well late night. And Charlie is working on opening a new location in Mary Ester. No rest for that man!!!

Traffic patterns last week were crazy. One night Commons drive was all backed up, the next it was empty then the next night it was a parking lot again. Yep, it’s that time of the year.

We hope to get down to the harbor this week as it has been a while for us. With the Fourth of July weekend the town will be crazy busy. Come to town but be patient in the traffic. Have a safe and happy 4th!!! See ya next Monday!

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Inaugural It’s Not Dead Festival

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Still a few months away and already making lots of noise is the inaugural It’s Not Dead Festival. 35 of the biggest punk and ska bands will converge on Saturday, October 10th to perform on 3 stages at the 65,000 seat San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California.

This single-day, outdoor, family-friendly festival is definitely a can’t-miss event!

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Chicago

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Chicago last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 24 songs including “It’s My Job”, “That’s My Story and I’m Stickin’ To It” (last played June 26th 2007 in Camden, NJ), and a “Banana Republics” / “Cowboy In The Jungle” medley for the final encore.

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was a special guest for the show and brought out the Stanley Cup during the song “Volcano” (related story). Kane was a guest on the Bing and Bong show before the show and poured some Landshark Lager into the Stanley Cup.
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The next leg of the tour resumes on August 13th at the First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA.

Buffett was in Chicago on Wednesday night and had dinner at Shaw’s Crab House. Jimmy enjoyed some oysters and gumbo (in a white sports coat).


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June 2015 Album Releases

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Its truly summer here in the US. Not only does the calendar officially state it as such, but the heat around the country really marks the season. This time of year the atmosphere isn’t the only thing burning up though. New releases continue to stay hot in June as artists drop new material ahead of their summer tours. This month delivers a list of long awaited releases from a few of our long-time favorites, as well as new material from both rising stars and legends. In June there is plenty of new albums with tunes that will either help keep the summer moving or help beat the heat on a slow day by the water.

Listening to the mainstream conversations, plenty of recommendations for new album releases will be heard for great artists like The Rolling Stones, Florence + The Machine, Muse, Barenaked Ladies, Kacey Musgraves, Of Monsters and Men, or even the return of The Darkness. For June, The Pier has a few other excellent recommendations. All just released this month, be sure to check out these 9 new albums from the reggae rock world.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2015 Album Releases
  • February 2015 Album Releases
  • March 2015 Album Releases
  • April 2015 Album Releases
  • May 2015 Album Releases
  • June 2015 Album Releases

    Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission
    Release Date: June 1st

    Following 2013’s Free the Universe and 2014’s Apocalypse Soon, this month the Diplo dancehall project known as Major Lazer released the trio’s highly anticipated third full length record.

    Said to be the first installment of several records to come, this initial volume, titled Peace is the Mission, contains 9 tracks and featured and impressive list of 14 guest stars. Expertly crafted by the infamous producer and the act’s Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, also collaborating on Peace Is The Missionis, , DJ Snake, Ariana Grande, Pusha T, Travis $cott, Ellie Goulding, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx and several more.

    You can pick up Peace Is The Mission on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    Byron Lee – Uptown Top Ranking
    Release Date: June 9th

    In the 1960s Byron Lee founded the label Dynamic Sounds, on Bell Road in Kingston and operated it through the 1990s. Now via VP Records Byron Lee The Dragonaires present Uptown Top Ranking. A selection 20 rare recording from the extensive Dynamic Sounds catalogue, this compilation of classics features tracks demonstrating why Byron Lee was the most influential recording artist in the Caribbean for over 50 years! This compilation is available on CD and limited edition clear double vinyl in gatefold packaging .

    You can pick up Uptown Top Ranking on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    The Selecter – Subculture
    Release Date: June 15th

    Following the re-launch of The Selecterback in 2011 by 2-Tone veterans and the original front pair, Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson , now The Selecter has released their new studio album, Subculture. Today the music they make is still rooted in ska, punk and reggae, however now the group has a horn section helping to fill out The Selecter sound.

    The title of their latest album as explained by the band refers to the 2 Tone movement’s enduring ability to unite disparate tribes into a loosely knit collective, one that shares similar ideals and experiences, continuing These days it’s not just Punks, Rude Boys or Mods who rally to their cause, but a global demographic that’s eager to hear music which stands for something, and has a message.

    Out on June 15 the record contains 12 tracks including a cover of the Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith classic “Because The Night” Subculture’ will be released on CD, 12” Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital.

    You can pick up Subculture on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    The Expanders – Hustling Culture
    Release Date: June 16th

    The Expanders’ new record Hustling Culture, released June 16th, 2015 on Easy Star Records is the band’s third studio album and their first release to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart. The Los Angeles-based quintet have been making reggae fans and critics take note with their refreshing sound and modern take of the 70’s reggae ‘golden era’ sound. A full length containing 12 tracks Hustling Culture includes appearances by organist Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites as well as keyboardist Dan Hastie of Orgone. Limiting the featured guests on this record wasa conscious decision for The Expanders, preferring instead to make a record that is all them.

    With its #1 debut on the reggae chart, Hustling Culture proves that all styles of reggae are being represented in today’s diverse scene. Their hard work, dynamic shows, and deep-rooted knowledge of the history of the genre, make them a must see act says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, Furthermore, the critical and commercial response for this release proves how much potential this band has and we are confident they will only grow from here.

    You can pick up Hustling Culture on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    Bag of Toys – Eating Monsters
    Release Date: June 23rd

    On Tuesday, June 23rd, Wilmington, NC based Bag of Toys dropped their 5th studio album and follow up 10 2011’s Access 10. With a style described as laid back surf-rock sound with some subtle reggae influences this new album, titled Eating Monsters the album features 16 original tracks.

    You can pick up Eating Monsters on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Ky-Mani Marley – Maestro
    Release Date: June 30th

    Ky-Mani Marley, the second youngest son of Jamaican royalty Bob Marley, has released a new album titled Maestro. The Ky-Mani Marley sound is one that transcends cultural lines in his 6th studio album. The record balances roots-reggae sounds with modern touches, blending dub bases with elements of hip-hop and RB. Featuring 17 tracks Maestro also includes features from Damian Marley, Matisyahu, Gentleman and Kreesha Turner.

    You can pick up Maestro on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    G. Love and Special Sauce – Sweet ‘N Blues EP
    Release Date: June 30th

    Just over a year ago, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut record, the original lineup of G. Love Special Sauce reunited and returned to record and release Sugar. Now to follow the trio’s 9th LP, with a new a new full length recorded and set to be released later this year, G. Love and Special Sauce have released a new EP.

    After digging through the vaults of last years Sugar recordings the band has put together some of the best outtakes on a limited edition Vinyl and digital release. Out via Brushfire Records this new 6 song EP from the Sugar sessions is called Sweet ‘N Blues and will be available on limited edition 10″ vinyl, and all digital outlets..

    You can pick up Sweet ‘N Blues on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    Slightly Stoopid – Meanwhile…Back At The Lab
    Release Date: June 30th

    On June 30th, 2015, Slightly Stoopid will release their 8th studio album titled Meanwhile…Back at the Lab via the group’s own Stoopid Records. The album includes 14 total tracks with a title and album cover that’s a reference to the band’s collective escape from touring and home life at their San Diego warehouse studio (The Lab at Stoopid Studios), where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects. The new album was recorded at the band’s studio; as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house maestro James Wisner. Featured among these tracks are collaborations with Beardo and Angela Hunte, as well as a new version of an older Stoopid song titled “The Prophet”. They brought their friend and former Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars alum, Marshall ‘Ras MG’ Goodman in to produce the remake.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Meanwhile…Back At The Lab on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    311 – The Archive
    Release Date: June 30th

    This summer marks 25 years that 311 has been a band! As a result, we will see 311 release several special products in the next year. This month the band will release the highly anticipated project aptly titled The Archive. A 311 box-set this highly anticipated release contains 80 tracks, including unreleased songs, b-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings and demos. Also included with this collect of tracks is a 60-page book. Full of rare photos, flyers, memorabilia, and artifacts from the bands personal collection spanning 1992 – 2014, this compilation is any 311 collectors dream.

    You can pick up The Archive on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

    Article By: Aaron Solomon

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    Workin’ and Playin’ in Detroit

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    Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the West Riverfront Park in Detroit, MI last night.

    The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 26 songs including “Off To See The Lizard”, “Last Man Standing”, “Scarlet Begonias”, and “Tin Cup Chalice” for the final encore.

    The Detroit Free Press has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett and fans bring the beach party to Detroit riverside

    Jimmy Buffett played his first show at Detroit’s new West Riverfront Park, drawing a colorfully attired Parrothead crowd that appeared to number more than 18,000 for a daylong party.

    Reaching well back into his catalog — as he’d do frequently throughout the night — Buffett kicked off with the piano-fueled, horn-flecked “Ragtop Day,” seaside-smooth “Off to See the Lizard” and feel-good “License to Chill,” with Landreth back onstage for a guest guitar spot.

    A gray day had morphed into a perfectly lovely evening for a crowd that appeared to number more than 18,000 — what would mark the biggest gathering yet at the year-old Detroit park.


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    Trevor Hall Conquers Time in New Album

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    On August 21st Trevor Hall will release the third installment of his spiritually themed series. This most recent album, titled Kala after the Sanskrit word for time, will conclude the artist’s three-part project that includes 2014’s Chapters of the Forest and the EP Unpack Your Memories that was released early this year.

    The 28-year-old Hall has a career arc like no other and his most recent records are a reflection of that. He started getting serious about his music while still in high school, signing a deal with Geffen Records before the end of his senior year. Breaking through with songs featured on mainstream outlets such as the Shrek the Third soundtrack and the opening sequence of CBS’ This Morning Show.

    [Related: Catching Up With Trevor Hall]
    Recently Hall admitted to being burnt out after a continuously hectic schedule of touring and recording. Taking time away from music in 2013, the Hilton Head Island native returned to his calling rejuvenated and ready to write new material soon after.

    The first album he made when coming back, Chapters of the Forest, debuted at the number two spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. A tranquil-sounding record that was inspired by the trips Hall made to India, Nepal, Vermont, and Maine during his yearlong musical sabbatical.

    He carried those feelings into Unpack Your Memories, an EP that consisted of a stripped down recording process conducted by Hall himself just on his personal laptop. When we caught up with the artist after his performance at this year’s California Roots Music Arts Festival he gave us the scoop on the inner-workings of his recent work.

    “Chapter of the Forest was the first album where I really felt like I was discovering my sound and my style. I am really eager and excited to see how I grow into that more and more with each album.”

    And the first album where he felt like he was discovering his own sound and style was also a complete surprise to fans and media alike. Chapters of the Forest dropped seemingly out of nowhere with the only promotion being a Facebook post the day before.

    [Related: Trevor Hall Surprises with New Record]

    Kala is a discussion of the concept of time. Hall’s philosophical take aims to dig deeper into the nature of this important subject. Hall explains, “This album mirrors my journey with time… my journey to surrender more deeply to it. ‘KALA’ is about time the healer, time the teacher, time the friend, and all the lessons within.”

    The singer-songwriter is currently in the midst of his summer tour, with a few of his notable upcoming performances at the second annual Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for Compassion in Carlsbad California on July 11th and the Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe on July 19th (full schedule below). You can pre-order Kala on iTunes by clicking HERE!

    Trevor Hall Tour Dates

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    Listen: Trevor Hall Performing Unpack Your Memories for Unplugged + Acoustic Set

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    Buffett records video for Playing For Change

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    A recent post on Facebook says that Jimmy Buffett recorded a video for The Grateful Dead tribute “Playing For Change”

    From Facebook: Boss doing his part in Playing For Change’s soon to be released ‘Ripple’ video. As Jerry Garcia said, “Let there be songs to fill the air…” (the Montauk Lighthouse is in the background)


    In honor of The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary and final show, Playing For Change will soon release a brand new Song Around The World covering The Grateful Dead’s 1970 classic, “Ripple.” Featuring an eclectic cadre of legendary artists, including new and veteran Playing For Change musicians, “Ripple” will be released on July 5th as the 50th and final video of JamBase’s Grateful Dead tribute series, “Songs Of Their Own.”

    Net proceeds from “Ripple,” and associated merchandise and sponsorship opportunities, will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation’s music schools and programs for children worldwide.


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    Buffett asked about doing a New Album

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    From “Sound Check: New music is on Jimmy Buffett’s horizon

    It almost makes you forget Buffett makes records, too. But he does — and has for 45 years this summer. His releases started going Top 5 during the ’90s, and he nailed his first No. 1 with 2004’s “License To Chill.” But Buffett — whose empire also includes restaurants, satellite radio, Internet radio and TV stations and his own record label — says he, like so many other artists, is taking his time figuring out the best way to release music in the digital age.

    “Will we do another album? I don’t know the answer to that,” Buffett, 68, says by phone. “We’re just trying to find the system where the next batch of new music goes. It’s certainly not like it was when I started out, or for most of my career, for that matter.”

    “For me, an album is just about adding something; if you like this, you can add it to the collection,” he explains. “I’m not out there trying to win hits or chase Grammys or (stuff) like that. I’m just trying to stay in the game at our level.”

    Buffett sees the potential for using the digital world to his advantage, too — such as live or filmed streams of him and the band in the studio working on new music, and possibly investing the Parrotheads in the process.

    “We can have ’em in there watching us make it, and they can say what songs they want — that’s the kind of thing I’m looking at,” he says. He also hopes that seeing an album being made will make fans more apt to actually buy it when it comes out.

    “The beauty of having the other guys in the same room is you can switch gears and automatically make changes or go on to something else instead of having the one idea you’ve been presented with and having to bang your head against the wall to make it work,” he explains. “Truth be told, that’s the way it should be. That’s the way we made the last few albums, and it was an amazing experience. I think we all really, really enjoyed that, and I think that’s something people would enjoy seeing.”


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    Workin’ and Playin’ in Cincinnati

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    Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH.

    The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 26 songs including “Take Another Road” (last played 06-23-2011 Camden, NJ), “Bank Of Bad Habits”, “Havana Daydreamin’”, “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, “Gypsies In The Palace”, and “Defying Gravity” for the final encore.

    The tour continues on Thursday June 25, 2015 at the West Riverfront Park in Detroit, MI.


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