• Gotti, Murder Inc. Laundered $1M For Drug Lord

    By: Peter Gaston Should we have known when he dropped "Murder" from his label's moniker? Or when his bookkeeper was indicted on money laundering charges? Or when "Gutta" Robinson, Ja Rule's manager, was arrested as well? All of these events inevitably foreshadowed yesterday's image of Murder Inc. head honcho Irv Gotti (ne Irving Lorenzo) being led, handcuffed, down a Manhattan street after surrendering to federal agents. Yesterday, authorities from the United States Attorney's Office in New York announced a major indictment against drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, and that indictment included charges that Gotti--along with his brother, Christopher--laundered over $1 million in cash through the Murder Inc. label and other business ventures. The Gotti brothers, "Gutta" Robinson, and bookkeeper Cynthia Brent, each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

  • Maximo Park

    The band is named for an actual geographical location. The original Maximo Gomez Park is in Havana, Cuba, though there is another Maximo Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Maximo Park is releasing their first EP, Apply Some Pressure on February 22nd.

  • Jason Anderson

    Multi-talented Jason Anderson not only sings and plays guitar, but he is also a journeyman drummer. He has drummed with several bands, including Yume Bitsu, the Microphones, and Son, Ambulance. Anderson also performs under the moniker Wolf Colonel.

  • The Capitol Years

    The Capitol Years opened for the Pixies for the first show of their current tour. Voted Philadelphia Magazine's Best Band of 2003, the Capitol Years are slated to release their fourth album, Let Them Drink, on March 8th.

  • Boom Bip

    On his 2002 album Circle, Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon) sampled the sound of a forty-oz shattering against cement.Gives new meaning to the word "crunk."Circle also features the trippy musical stylings of Dose One. For more info about Boom Bip: lexrecords.com To listen to Boom Bip's "Do's and Don'ts (with Gruff Rhys)," off of his upcoming album Blue Eyed in the Red Room: click here

  • M83

    When Anthony Gonzales and Nicolas Fromageau of M83 lived in Paris, their neighbors were members of the French experimental music quartet Cyann and Ben.

  • 50 Cent Throws Down at Spin

    Click here to view photos from Fiddy's debut at Spin HQ. Click here to check out 50 Cent's new single "Disco Inferno" It seems the success of 2003's multi-platinum smash Get Rich Or Die Tryin' has healed many of 50's old wounds: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, 50's sophomore release, is the story of a man who's seen lots of trouble--and the inside of the clink--and realized that it's the basics (God, love, family) that matter in the end. Not that Fiddy's gone soft--"Candy Shop" isn't exactly a place where you buy lollipops, and we're guessing that "In My Hood" doesn't refer to Farmington, CT, where 50 recently bought a 52-room mansion formerly owned by notorious boxer Mike Tyson. On St.

  • Mates of State

    Band members Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel are married. They had a daughter, Magnolia, in July of 2004. Kori also bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Sarah Chalke of Scrubs and Roseanne fame.

  • Band of the Day: Matt Pond PA

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Discography:1998 - Deer Apartments (Lancaster Records)1998 - Measure (File 13)2001 - I thought you were sleeping (File 13)2001 - This is not the green fury (Polyvinyl)2002 - The green fury (Polyvinyl)2002 - The Nature of Maps (Polyvinyl)2004 - Emblems (Altitude Records) Sounds Like: A lush baroque with a lot of acoustic guitar. Lead singer Matt Pond's voice sounds like a cross between Sebadoh's Lou Barlow and Beulah's Miles Kurosky. Fun Facts: Matt Pond is responsible for adding a little more rock to the world of the soccer mom: He wrote music for the Oxygen Network in-between the release of The Nature of Maps and Emblems. For more info about Matt Pond PA:Big Hassle Mediamattpondpa.com To Hear Matt Pond PA's "Grave's Disease"

  • Band of the Day: M83

    Discography: 2003, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Gooom Disques)2005,Before the Dawn Heals Us (Mute U.S.) Sounds Like: Poppy electronic French ambient. The kind of music you'd want to listen to if you were in the Metro wearing a beret, or cruising around in a souped-up Peugeot. Fun Facts: When Anthony Gonzales and Nicolas Fromageau of M83 lived in Paris, their neighbors were members of the French experimental music quartet Cyann and Ben. For more on M83 and upcoming tour dates, visit Mute Records To check out a radio show programmed by M83, visit www.d-fuzz.com/M83

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