In anticipation of their upcoming album When Fish Ride Bicycles, The Cool Kids are releasing a Webisode series to discuss the process of making the album.
In episode #2, while they were down in Miami recording at South Beach Studios, the guys sat down and discussed the album and their extensive relationship with Green Label Sound, which dates back to the release of their very first single “Delivery Man” back in 2008.
If you weren’t at B.O.M.B. Fest on Saturday, you missed a chance to see the Cool Kids back in action. Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish shared some new music off of their upcoming album When Fish Ride Bikes. Our photographers Jennifer Murtha and Phil DeSimone (FromThePhotoPit.com) were there to get some cool shots of the duo. Check them out below and go to www.coolxkids.com for more on the new album.
On July 12th, 2011 The Cool Kids will release their long-awaited and highly anticipated full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles on Green Label Sound. When Fish Ride Bicycles features 11 brand new songs and finds Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish working with the likes of Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan, Bun B, Mayer Hawthorne, Asher Roth, Travis Barker and more. Recording began with Pharrell Williams at Miami’s South Beach Studios in December 2010 and continued over several return sessions, culminating in Williams’ production of album closer “Summer Jam (featuring Maxine Ashley)”. Additional recording in New York and Chicago, with The Cool Kids’ self-production on the rest of the album, helped When Fish Ride Bicycles become their most diverse work to date.
Chuck Inglish describes their chance to work with the guests on their album fondly. On being in the Miami studio with Pharrell Williams, “it was a dream of mine since I was 17.” Along with Mikey, he recalled a moment when Raekwon stopped by their Chicago studio and likened the track “Penny Hardaway” to music recorded at RZA’s house in the early 90′s. Citing Raekwon and Ghostface as their original inspiration to start rapping, that offhand remark had a lasting effect…”Saying that to us was like the most unreal compliment, to have one of the inspirations for the song tell you that it reminded him of the sh*t they used to make.”
When Fish Ride Bicycles
1. Rush Hour Traffic
3. Boomin’ (featuring Tennille)
4. Sour Apples (featuring Travis Barker)
5. Penny Hardaway (featuring Ghostface Killah)
6. Bundle Up
7. Gas Station (featuring Bun B)
8. Get Right
9. Swimsuits (featuring Mayer Hawthorne)
10. Roll Call (featuring Asher Roth, Chip Tha Ripper, Boldy James)
11. Summer Jam (featuring Maxine Ashley), Produced by Pharrell Williams
Back in August of 2008, Mountain Dew launched their record label, Green Label Sound, by releasing an exclusive single, “Delivery Man” by The Cool Kids. Two and a half years later, When Fish Ride Bicycles will be the first full-length release for Green Label Sound via the iTunes Music Store.
Green Label Sound, Mountain Dew’s record label, is a unique model music outlet designed to elevate and empower independent artists. Music fans can go to GreenLabelSound.com to download free music and watch exclusive videos by Chromeo, Wavves, Neon Indian, Matt & Kim, Theophilus London, Holy Ghost!, The Cool Kids, MNDR, Freelance Whales, U-N-I, Flosstradamus and Caroline Polachek, Solid Gold, Amazing Baby, and Kuroma.
Green Label Sound released the music video for “Bundle Up” by Chicago rap duo, Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, together known as The Cool Kids. Conceived under the direction of BBGun, the video satirizes the traditional music video and follows The Cool Kids and Green Label Sound’s tradition of being anything but traditional. Watch the video for “Bundle Up” and download the single for free exclusively at www.greenlabelsound.com
BBGUN is the directing duo of Maxim Bohichik & Alex Bergman. The two have been directing together since 2008 when they collaborated on their first video for Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Nite.” Since then they have worked with many notable artists including The Roots, Enrique Iglesias, Busta Rhymes, Mike Posner, Neon Trees, J. Cole and more. The Cool Kids sought them out because, as Chuck Inglish explains, “they weren’t scared to just try stuff…and we were in for surprises.”
BBGUN’s Bohichik describes taking all of the characters of a traditional music video and taking it to extremes. Bergman adds that, “we’ve seen performance videos over and over but we thought it was time to do something different and show much fun and how crazy it is to be on one of these ridiculous sets.”
Back in August of 2008, Mountain Dew launched their record label, Green Label Sound, by releasing an exclusive single, “Delivery Man” by The Cool Kids. Two and a half years later, Green Label Sound deepens the relationship by releasing the Cool Kids’ first full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. The album will be the first release for Green Label Sound via iTunes with all of the profits going directly to The Cool Kids. When Fish Ride Bicycles will be available in late Spring 2011 and features Pharrell Williams, Asher Roth, Bun B and more.
Green Label Sound, Mountain Dew’s exclusive singles label, is a record label designed to elevate and empower independent artists. To date, Green Label Sound has released singles by Wavves, Neon Indian, Matt and Kim, Holy Ghost!, Chromeo, The Cool Kids, Solid Gold, U-N-I, Flosstradamus and Caroline Polachek, Solid Gold, Theophilus London and Kuroma.
The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this yearâ€™s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Festâ€™s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University (43 Lake Ave, Danbury, CT 06810) in Danbury, CT â€” a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109 go on sale on Friday, March 4th at 6:00 am EST. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this yearâ€™s charitable initiativesincludes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.
2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup: Weezer
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience
The Cool Kids
Portugal. The Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
The Hood Internet
River City Extension
David Wax Museum
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!
About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut. www.bringourmusicback.org
This is not your average MP3 giveaway. Always keeping things interesting, Travis Barker teamed up with Chicagoâ€™s The Cool Kids to release the (obviously) beat heavy, grumbly, p-funk bass, synth-happy â€œJump Downâ€, premiering yesterday.
The release includes a special embeddable widget that allows fans to enter their email address, download the track, and get a pair of 3D glasses mailed to their house, if they share the widget with friends. The 3D glasses will come in handy for the video premiere of the â€œJump Downâ€, slated for October 11th. Glasses will also be included with every order from the equally as fresh, Karmaloop.com. Done strictly for the fans, the entire “Jump Down” project is completely free.
Itching to see the video before it hits the web? Catch it at the â€œJump Downâ€ video launch party, Thursday, Oct. 7th at the Music Box in LA. Hosted by Sneaker Pimps, the party features live performances by Travis Barker and The Cool Kids, themselves.
â€œWith 808â€™s hitting, basslines jumping, Barkerâ€™s ill drum pattern sequences, and The Cool Kids more than cool bars, â€œJump Downâ€ is definitely a head banger (no pun intended).â€
Fresh off its first national tour, Afro-punk is returning to Brooklyn for the 6th Annual Afro-punk Festival on June 26-27 in Fort Greeneâ€™s Commodore Barry Park. And this year, the festival is proud to host hardcore legends and Afro-punk godfathers Bad Brains. In addition to Bad Brainsâ€™ set, the festival will include performances from Ninja Sonic, Activator, Game Rebellion, P.O.S., and many more! In addition, this yearâ€™s Afro-punk will feature the Battle For the Streets Skate and BMX contests. The Best Trick Competition (Skate) will take place on Saturday June 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be hosted by Steve Rodriguez & Keith White. The following day, Sunday June 27, The Best Trick Competition (BMX) will be hosted by Danny Parks aka Baby Bean, Jimmy Mac & Keith White. Both contests will be open to the public, and the contest winners will receive cash prizes, including an All Expenses Paid Trip to the XGames, courtesy of ESPN. The festival will also feature a BMX demo by NYCâ€™s Bulldogs Bikes Team, Battle For The Streets Art, NIKE ID Customization, and more. Tickets for the festival are $20 and available at www.afropunk.com. After the Brooklyn shows, the festival will hit Chicago and Atlanta. Stay tuned for more details on those datesâ€¦
Described by the New York Times as putting â€œrock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,â€ the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past six years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punkâ€™s stages.
Afro-Punk 2010 Band Lineup
The Cool Kids
Today tickets go onsale for the following NY area shows at noon EST. The Bat for Lashes show has a ticketmaster presale going on now (use code: PEARL). The rest of the shows are AMEX presales (use code: 8003272177).