Monday, June 29, 2009

Free Show at Crash Mansion Tomorrow Night!

Come through. Should be dope, and it's put on by the one and only Damon Dash.



Love, Metermaids.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Article About Brooklyn Hip Hop.

Me and Sentence were interviewed for this piece. You can read our poignant insights in the article!

Read it HERE!

Love, Metermaids.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer Rules Sometimes.

The Metermaids family is about to head out to Prospect Park to picnic, drink wine, and watch these guys for free:

Dr. Dog -- Hang On



Dr. Dog -- California



Phosphorescent -- Wolves



Good times, good times.

Hope you're Saturday is good too.

Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Metermaids in OurStage Blog Playlist.

Our Stage chose our Sufjan Stevens "Chicago" remix to put in their breakdancing playlist, which is mad nice of them.

Also, the playlist itself is rad.

Check it out HERE

And check out our our incredible new player on the side of the blog!

The future is here today!

Love, Metermaids.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Even More Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest Video!

Even though these don't show full songs, at least they give an indication of how big the crowd was.

Cool cool.

Part of Shades Off



End of Shades Off, beginning of Risk You Run



Love, Metermaids.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Two More Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival '09 Videos.

Big ups to Donovan for taking these videos.

We will be putting up our own very shortly.

The Inside live at BHHF '09


Shades Off like at BHHF '09


Love, Metermaids.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Metermaids BHHF '09 Recap.

Word up.

So I got to the park a little after 8 AM, which was when bands were supposed to load in. Honestly, I was still tipsy from the night before. Like, stumbly-walk tipsy. I copped a Gatorade from a Bodega on my way there, which is a little gross to drink that early in the morning. My first cigarette of the day made my head close in on itself, and I thought the Brooklyn Bridge was expanding and contracting with my breath.

Miller and the band were already there. Sentence showed up right after me. They were still setting up the stage, so we kicked it at the picnic tables in the park bullshitting and smoking cigarettes. It wasn't raining yet. I got in trouble with a park guard for sitting on the table. My bad, yo. A mother and her little daughter came through and started setting up a kid's birthday party. She apparently did not know until that day that the festival was going down. She set up an ill spread of hummus, olives, and nice looking cheeses -- all stuff that I don't think one year olds really get down with. She was more worried about the rain than the rapping.

The whole time we sat at the picnic table this little boy chased a pigeon around the grass, screaming at it. It was an intense battle.

We got to sound check around eleven I believe. We checked with:

Fingertips

<a href="http://music.metermaidsnyc.com/track/fingertips-live">Fingertips (Live) by Metermaids</a>

And Planes Down



After we sound-checked we left to get some grub, and Sentence, Gray, Andrew and I rolled to Andrew's studio on Jay street to eat and tried to get some quick sleep in. Sleep was a no-go though, and we all lay with our jackets as pillows on the carpet talking about playing organ during church services. We headed back to the spot at like 1:30, hustling through the rain and the cobble stoned streets of DUMBO.

Despite the rain, mad people were already in the spot when we got there. I honestly don't remember much of the first acts that went on, because I was getting more and more nervous (like I always do before shows) and was walking around chain smoking cigarettes. I know that Homeboy Sandman was doing an excellent job at hosting the event. He kept it funny and loose and spit some great acapellas between sets. The crowd was in a great mood, and was very receptive to each act.

We changed our set list right before we went on, switching The Inside to the opening number. It just felt right to do at the time.

When we got on stage, the size of the tent and the amount of people in it was exciting and overwhelming at the same time. We hadn't played a show that big since our shows with D Block last summer. No one put their hands up during the first part of The Inside. Like, literally no one. It was crazy. But in the middle part mad people put their hands up. The Inside is a great barometer song for us. If we can't get hands up for the middle part, we know it's going to be a long set.

The set went:

The Inside
<a href="http://music.metermaidsnyc.com/album/metermaids-live-at-arlenes-grocery">The Inside (Live) by Metermaids</a>

Shades Off


Risk You Run
<a href="http://music.metermaidsnyc.com/track/risk-you-run">Risk You Run by Metermaids</a>

Funk Terrorist (actual video from the show)



We had wanted to do Planes Down to close, but we ran short on time. It was frustrating, but you gotta respect Brooklyn Bodega for running such a tight ship. Shit is not easy to do.

Our set went off though. We were so, so different from every other act on that bill, but heads were still open to us. It was seriously inspiring. So props to everyone who came out and showed love.

Right after our set was a whirlwind of Sentence and I babbling our way through interviews and having sweaty photo's taken. We are so bad at these interviews. It's ridiculous. And seriously -- please don't ever ask us to do a drop for your radio show, DVD, whatever. We will be so awkward that you can never ever use it. Save your tape.

We were mad happy though.

As far as the headlining acts go, pretty much everyone killed it.

Smif and Wesson fucking killed shit. Like, destroyed it. Their set was incredible front to back. Brand Nubian were amazing, and Black Thought came out of nowhere and killed it.

When Premier came on I thought that the tent was going to explode.

Styles P tore it the fuck down too. Dude is like my hero at this point. He had Tech DJing for him which was dope. We've rocked a bunch of sets with Tech before. Tech is the fucking man.

Here's Styles last two songs:

Styles P @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2009 from Its The Official on Vimeo.



What a day. I don't think I've ever been so tired in my life. But happy tired. Matter of fact, I'm still tired now.

Shouts to everyone who came out. Shouts to Brooklyn Bodega for putting on an amazing event.

Love all around.

Love, Metermaids.

Real quick yo.

BHHF '09 was amazing. Huge, wonderful crowd, amazing sets from everybody, and an amazing time.

Definitely wet. But that did not stop heads from coming out. I will write down a more in depth review later.

Here is the first video of us that's popped up though. Here's us performing Funk Terrorist as our closing number.

Big ups to Donovan for the video.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yeah?

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival tomorrow. Supposed to be thunder storms.

Load in at eight in the morning. Which to most people would mean that you shouldn't drink a lot the night before. Those people don't live our lives though.

'09. What a year so far. If I see '10 it will be a goddamned miracle.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Love, Metermaids.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Oh, Bret.

Me and Sentence text haikus about Bret to each other all the time.

Stand tall, yo. It happens to the best of us.



Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Stuff.

Check out me and Sentence in this promo video for Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

Watch as we say "We're the Metermaids!" in unison like we are in a boy band. Also Sentence says "It's gonna be tight!" which rules. Also watch me look at the camera man after my little part like "Was that good? Are we cool?"

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Promo Video by DJ SAV*ONE from THEUNDERGROUNDCOMEUP.COM on Vimeo.



Haha.

Love, Metermaids.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We Got a Show With Styles P in August!

SP the Ghost, yo.

Mad exciting. We will be at Southpaw on August 6th. Hopefully this show will go better for us than when we opened for Fabolous at Blender. Haha.

We did play a bunch of shows with D Block this time last year and they went pretty well.

Anyway, Styles fucking rules and we are excited to rock a show with him regardless. He is also playing the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this Saturday.

My Life with Pharoahe



I Get High w/ Republic of Loose



Super Gangster



Camp Lo and Styles -- On Smash



So good.

Love, Metermaids.

Monday, June 15, 2009

We've Been on Fox Mad Times, Yo.

So they replayed our performance on Fearless Music on Fox on Saturday night. And in typical "Rap's Bad News Bears" fashion, this time we were on the TV with all major, major acts. The Ravonettes (sp?), Color of Fred, etc., etc.

I feel embarrassed even asking people to vote for us to appear again next week. Because there's like no possible way we could win. If you do wanna kick us a vote, you can go to www.fearlessmusic.com and the little poll thing is in the bottom right corner.

Here is our performance, again:

HERE

I had stayed home on Saturday night, and was in the middle of drinking a whole bunch of whiskey when I remembered that we were on TV. Seriously, I was mad nervous again when the show started. I don't know why -- but I was all sweaty palmed and chain smoking.

Also, the first time the show aired they didn't show any of the brilliant interviewing that we did. This time, though, they did -- mostly me talking, naturally. I talk a whole lot. That's why this blog is good for me. I don't have to burden everyone around me with my never-ending brilliance.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this Saturday! We're mad excited.

More stuff to come.

Love, Metermaids.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Metermaids on Fearless Music Tonight!

What uuuuuuuuuup.

Sorry about the three day lapse in posting. I obviously try to update this every day. The end of the week was crazy though.

Anyway, we will be appearing on Fearless Music on FOX again tonight at 12:30. They are re-showing the performance that we did last summer -- I think they are even playing the same performance of "Breakdown" that they showed when our episode first aired.

Either way, we are very excited to be on the show again. I love Fearless Music.

And if you missed our original appearance, you can chiggity check this one out!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cover Art For "Smash Smash Bang."

So, we went outside the family for the cover art, and it ended up being the right move.

We hooked up with an artist named Lauren Denitzio, who runs a website called Black and Red Eye. You can check out her amazing, amazing stuff here:

www.blackandredeye.com


She came back to us with a whole bunch of fantastic sketches, and we eventually decided to go with the picture of a bird. Sentence has been our visual-medium-guru mostly, and he has come up with some great animal stuff (remember our bear shirts? We are actually bringing those back soon!), so having an animal on the cover was a no brainer for us.

So here is what the cover art for "Smash Smash Bang" will look like:



Go check out Lauren's website. And let us know if you like the cover art!

Love, Metermaids.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Little Brother Just Got Engaged.

I wanted to put the Beyonce "put a ring on it" song here, but they won't let me embed it. Losers.

This instead:

Going to the Chapel



Congratulations to Brian and Mary!

Love, Metermaids.

Monday, June 8, 2009

What We Are Going For With the New EP.

The first of the summer EP's we are releasing, in June, entitled "Smash Smash Bang" is pretty much done.

We have the insanely dope artwork, which I will share here soon. We also just got the contribution from our special guest on Sunday night, and it is amazing. Sorry to be speaking in hyperbole here. I just could not be more excited about getting this new music out to the world.

It is much, much different from NIGHTLIFE, which I'm sure, if you have been following the blog and watching the live performances of the new stuff, you can tell.

It is a brand new sound for us. And I wanted to share some of the influences, sonically, that we have been courting. YouTube rules for shit like this. Here are some songs that I feel capture the vibe of what we are going for:







Those are the first three I could think of.

More info soon.

Love, Metermaids.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Arlene's 6/4 Recap.

So, it was late on a Thursday night, and we were all convinced that it was going to be a sparse, low energy show.

We were sooooooooo wrong.

The spot was packed out, and the crowd was ready to get crunk. Throw on top of that a sound man who was killing it with the light show, and you get the most fun show we've had of 2009 so far.

Here is me and Sentence goofing off with Miller on stage right before we rocked:



The set went something like this:

Risk You Run
Shades Off



Turn the Lights Out
The Inside
Bad Girl
The Inside
Funk Terrorist (which went off so big it was ridiculous)
Don't Sleep

And we closed with Planes Down:



Overall, it was seriously an amazing night.

The first free EP, which is entitled "Smash Smash Bang," will be released later this month at music.metermaidsnyc.com and www.freeicecream.net

Later this week I will show off the insanely dope artwork that we have for it, and start leaking all the info. Leaking implies that the world waits with baited breath for this EP. Which I'm pretty sure they don't. But we are so excited to get it out that I can hardly take it. So there.

Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Show Tomorrow!

Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton Street
New York, NY
10:30

Be there or be square.

Love, Metermaids.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fearless Music Party and Stuff.

Tonight I went to the Fearless Music Launch party at Crash Mansion with my friend Arielle. Apparently they will be shooting all their future shows there. I don't know if that means it will be more of a show atmosphere, with fans able to watch the performance, or if Crash Mansion will just act as a bigger studio? Either way, the set-up was cool.

We were on Fearless Music last summer (I think summer? Maybe fall?). Check us out, yo:

http://www.fearlessmusic.com/video/gallery/462

And the rumor from Fearless is that they might be rebroadcasting our little performance next Saturday night. Once again, I don't know if they will be showing "Breakdown" or one of the other songs that we did that day in the studio. It was mad fun though, especially since I used to train it in to my friend Adam's apartment to watch the original broadcasts on the Manhattan Public Access channel.

There was an open bar tonight, which was very tempting to go wild on. But I held back, because it is a Tuesday night after all. We watched two bands play -- one was a very good band who had a woman singing and playing guitar. She could sing her ass off, and was wearing one of those fifties-style skirts with red heels, which was attractive.

The other band was called The Dig, I think? They were really tight, but I just wasn't feeling them. They sounded kinda Strokes-ish to me. It's weird. They are obviously a very good band, and the songs were well arranged, and they sang well, and everything else. It wasn't for me though.

I'm rambling. It was a fun night. Show this Thursday at Arlene's Grocery. We might as well have cots in the back of that place at this point. I see the bartenders and sound men there more than I see my Nana. It's going to be a fun show though. We have new songs.

Hope to see you there!

Love, Metermaids.

Monday, June 1, 2009

First EP Almost Finished, and Guido Videos.

So, Sentence and I went to the studio today and finished another song for the first free EP of the summer, which we are titling "Smash Smash Bang."

That means the tracking for the EP is done, with the exception of one song, for which we are waiting on a verse from a very special guest, which we are very excited about.

There will be five songs on all of these EP's. On "Smash Smash Bang" there is the quietest song we have ever done with the four loudest, sloppiest, wildest songs we have ever done. I could not be more excited to get this out to the world and see what everyone thinks.

It is much different from NIGHTLIFE, and a lot closer to what we sound like live. If you want to know what we sound like live, you can download a free live EP (along with all our other released material, for free) at music.metermaidsnyc.com

Anyway, in celebration of being about ready to release our little monster into the world, I am posting some of my favorite guido videos.

Enjoy!





And the remix...



Love, Metermaids.