Roundup: Jennifer Furches, a SNOOPergroup, the Rockwell Pop-Up, AmpLive’s Death By Autotune

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

  1. Live on Dublab: Jennifer Furches (Sea Wolf) at Elysian Park
  2. Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, Diplo, DJ Quik + Soulja Boy Supergroup Album Due Out in 2011?!
  3. Stones Throw and Rockwell to Launch Pop-Up Shop in L.A.
  4. Death By Auto-Tune: AmpLive Kills His Robot Son, Gary
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

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Cult Bit: Wallpaper. AutoTunes Jay-Z

It’s my honor to introduce a furiously banging track by my dear friends in Oakland-based duo Wallpaper. This thing should be viral soon enough, but for now, you can stream it and download (by right-clicking) below.

Jay-Z & Wallpaper. – “D.O.A. + 99 Problems (Wallpaper. Remix)”

Now the backstory: Jay-Z recently contributed his piece to the raging (har har) international debate over the blatant overuse of AutoTune in radio pop. Essentially hopping on an already existing meme, he named his track “D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune)” — co-produced, ironically, by one of the fad’s biggest abusers, Kanye West — and caused a stir with the lyric, “This is anti-AutoTune / Death of the ringtone / This ain’t for iTunes / This ain’t for sing-along.”

Here, Wallpaper., a group that’s used AutoTune as an instrument since early 2005 (that’s pre-T-Pain, for those taking notes), repurposes that lyric for a very singable, digitally modified hook. The somewhat brillaint ironic appropriation doesn’t end there, however. The meat of the track comes from Jay’s monstrous 2004 hit, “99 Problems,” which leads to this rather astute line from Wallpaper vocalist Ricky Reed: “I’ve got 99 problems but my pitch ain’t one.”

Oh, and did I mentioned that Jay’s voice is AutoTuned throughout?