Hello BoxVillians!

The first quarter of 2014 is almost past...are you living up to your best potential? We strive to live to do so every day and as a result, we have so much exciting news to share!

We've spent a number of restless and sleepless nights working to produce the perfect album. It's nearing completion and this is where we could use your help! We are in the process of raising funds to press CDs and to promote the album. And we've turned to Kickstarter to help us get this grass-roots effort off the ground. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jookboxcity/jookbox-citys-debut-album

If you're reading this newsletter, we can only assume you like our music and were planning to buy the "Kill 'Em With Love" album. And if that's the case, please go to Kickstarter now because with just a $10 pledge, we'll provide a digital download of the album a full month before it's released! Kickstarter is the only place where you can get the exclusive dub mix of the album as well as JBC apparel and limited edition stickers.

There's all types of pledge levels available and in return, we're offering some serious swag. Stuff like a personal ring tone sung in a capella harmony by Rawnie and Kahnma K, a private concert, a personal beach barbecue with our bassist Aaron as your Chef for the day. And we understand that not everyone has the means to donate what could be half your week's paycheck, so we've made options for everyone at any level to show their support. For as little as $1, you'll get a FB and/or Twitter shoutout along with a digital download of the band's next single...2 weeks before it's released! So go on now and tell 10K of your friends! We only have until April 24 to get this party started and you do not want to miss out on this serious swagger.

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The next great news we want to share is that we are expanding the band by two members to include a background vocalist/rhythm guitarist and keyboardist/horn player. Both good people are well-respected and loved in Hawaii's music scene. We've had a number of rehearsals with these two new members and their contributions are making our sound much richer. Stay connected by social media as we give out hints to who these new members are, as we lead up to their debut playing with us at our CD release party. Sit tight - that's scheduled for late summer.

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And last but certainly not least...last month we released a song called "The Kind of Here I Am." Have you had the chance to check it out yet? Take a listen and peep the poetic album art on CDBaby or iTunes.

Haven't had time to finish your Christmas shopping? Still not sure what to get your loved ones? Broke?

Holiday Stress



Be done with the holiday stress and give a gift that doesn't require wrapping paper, exorbitant amounts of money, and is appropriate for all ages...music! Gift our songs here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jookbox+city

Happy Holidays!

SANTAAAAAA!

There are exactly 12 days until Santa starts dropping down chimneys. Are you ready?? Here's a brief list of what JookBox City band members might find under their trees this year.

A dainty Dollhouse Locket for Kahnma K, known at home as "mommy", is a stylish way for any mother to always keep her children close to her heart.

As the energetic front-man of the band, Rawnie's 'fit has to be just as vibrant as his stage presence. These Stussy x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars fit the bill perfectly. A classic shoe, but all the way turnt up.

And since Aaron, the band's funky bass player, hails from Oakland and likes to rep where he's from, this "93 'til." shirt shouts out his hometown's Hieroglyphics Crew as well as supports Bay Area-based clothing company, Adapt.

What are your tips for handling the hustle of the holidays and shopping for loved ones?

For this one, we decided to each pick one of the songs that is referenced in our new song Blame It On The DJ. With so many great songs the only hard part was just picking one. Give Blame It On The DJ a listen here:


 

Rawnie LoveLy

I gotta pull the typical Rawnie LoveLy move and pick the one & only Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" for my Blame It On The DJ music pick. I mean, just listen to this beast of musical goodness! From MJ in his prime & in that simple dapper style; to that gritty bass, stacked strings, jugglin' guitars...what a work of production this song! Holy Brass!One of my favorite grooves, I remember recreating this jam just to overstand it...give thanks Michael for all you taught me, R.I.Paradise Pop King!

 

Blame It On the DJ

Aloha BoxVillians! As we get ready to release our new song "Blame It On the DJ", we decided we would play DJ on our blog for a bit. Every week for the next few weeks we will each pick a song. Some of the future weeks may have a theme, but for this first one we are just throwing out some random picks we have been listening to recently.

Kahnma K

It should be of no secret that I am absolutely fanatic over Bruno Mars, so picking "Show Me" as my song of the week is probably pretty cliche of me. Although this song does not necessarily rank in my top 5 Bruno songs the magnitude of this song as it relates to JookBox City is to be recognized. For a mainstream pop artist such as Bruno Mars to venture into the world of reggae music, thus exemplifying JookBox City's motto, "cultural pop" is a pretty big effin deal! Artist such as Rihanna have also been instrumental in bringing this form of reggae pop music into the mainstream. What this does is, it allows the pop music audience to be a little more open to a song like "Wishing Well". I might even go as far as saying, the positive message of "Wishing Well" might even resonate, who knows? After all, if artists they love such as Bruno Mars and Rihanna are doing "IT", JookBox City might be given a fighting chance in the realm of pop music.

 

           

Rawnie LoveLy

So, I don't know if you know, but I'm kind of a sucka for dynamic performance, explosive arrangements, and ridiculous talent. All made evident here in this Dirty Loops cover of "Baby" by Justin Bieber. This is a band much like JookBox City; they take popular songs and twist & mash them up into extravagant 're-interpretations', and if you ask me, that's the definition of a cover. Letting the massive know, 'we are not just here to play music, we are here to re-invent it.' Not to mention, this guy has frets on his vocal chords, I think auto-tune was inspired by this guy. A larger-than-life sound from instruments....you know I love it

 

            

 

Dubalator

I first heard “Material Girl” by Agent Sasco a few months back on KTUH. This first thing that caught my ear was that it has the same drum beat as our song Haters in my Hood. We had just been working on that song and I loved hearing how they took the same drum beat but flipped in totally differently. While Haters In My Hood has a more 50's R&B style/vibe, this song uses the same basic drum pattern for a dancehall vibe. It still has some hints at the R&B thing though, especially with the piano sample at the beginning which conjures up images of New Orleans. I did some research into the song and found out that is was produced by Di Genius – AKA Stephen McGregor – Freddie McGregor's 16 year old son!


              

We hope you enjoy checking out these songs and maybe discovering something new.  What have you been listening to?

As the day of the shoot began, things looked promising. The sky was overcast, but there was no rain, despite the flash flood warning. We scrambled to finish last minute tasks, such as printing the lyrics for Wishing Well and printing release forms for everyone who would be in the video. Running a little behind schedule, Rawnie and the Dubalator met up managed to get the well into Rawnie's car without it breaking. By the time we made it up to Ezra's house, a jam session was already going.

Jamming at Ezra's

For a couple months we had been planning to shoot a video for Wishing Well, but it kept getting postponed for one reason or another. From people traveling, to rained out pool parties, it just never seemed to work. We were caught a little off guard when FM100 began playing the song, and that is when we knew it was time to just make the video happen.  The first thing we needed was a place to shoot. We hit up our good friend Ezra, who has an awesome house at the top of Tantalus with a garden, a lanai with an expansive view of Honolulu, and a cool A-frame room where there already was a piano, drum kit and PA. Here is a view from the place on a nice day.

View From Ezra's

 

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