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Talk Talk: Mary J. Blige covering Matt Morris; A Paper Diamond chat; Brass Tree on TV; Karen O’s work with Chipotle; DeVotchKa’s ‘Luz’ and more

MJB’s new album, “My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1),” has a collaboration on seven out of the fifteen tracks. The R&B songstress has chosen to cover “Need Someone to Love You” from Denver troubadour, Matt Morris. The track doesn’t have anybody featured but the gorgeous vocal styling of Mary J. The release will see the light of day Nov. 21 and you can download “Live Forever” by Morris below.

Catching up with Paper Diamond, a.k.a. Alex B.

When people talk about the electronic/dance scene, seldom does the state of Colorado conjure any preconceived notions of being a Las Vegas or Ibiza. The crazy thing is that aside from touring DJ’s constantly hitting one of the best clubs in the world (Beta), there’s a nurturing environment for well established artists and young bucks on the grind alike.

Paper Diamond is on the beat representing Colorado and Reverb caught up with Mr. Alex B, AKA Paper Diamond, to talk about coming up through the ranks and life on the road. Look for Paper Diamond to have a proper headlining show at the Ogden Theatre on Nov. 4.

You’ve come a long way, headlining the Ogden next month. And you have also been a road warrior for quite sometime. When do you find time to make music?

“After spending so much time on the road, traveling in busses, airplanes, and cars, I’ve learned to make music anywhere. Thats the best part of where technology is. I can start a song on the airplane, take it home and mix/master it. It makes it so that whenever inspiration hits, I can dive in.”

Speaking of being a road warrior, how’s the Turnt Up Tour treating you?

“The Turnt Up Tour has been amazing! You really can’t complain about waking up in a new city every day on a tour bus with all of your good friends. To be honest we’re having the times of our lives! The music means a lot to us and it’s insane being able to play for so many people all over the country.”

What kind of projects can we expect from Elm & Oak in the very near future?

“You can expect a bunch of new music and videos from Paper Diamond, and many other label artists! Two Fresh has a completed EP and music video. The band Cherub is currently finishing their new LP and have a slew of videos and remixes to go along with. We also have some new mixes in from Raw Russ and Quiz.

Overall there will be lots of new music, a couple of new artists, the new line of clothes, and lots of new videos out very soon!”

How integral has Pretty Lights been with the ascent of your blossoming career?

“Derek a.k.a. Pretty Lights has been very helpful! I went to him with all of the music before I had announced that I wanted to start touring as Paper Diamond, and he was very supportive! He gave me some pointers on the record and we were both really happy with the release! Overall, nothing but good things to say about Pretty Lights Music as a label.”

Can we go up by Paper Diamond

Tjutjuna’s hip-hop brother releases new single

Tjutjuna guitarist Samurai Buck dropped his latest offering, “Riviera,” that you can download below. However, you can purchase the package that includes a remix by half of Hollagramz, Cory Brown, and the B-side, “Tapas,” over here. The departure in vast spaciness will probably make you forget about Tjutjuna and anticipate a proper full length from SB, which is said to be on the horizon.

Samurai Buck – “Riviera” by firetalk

Brass Tree Sessions: Coming to a TV near you

Reverb caught up with Brass Tree resident Leighton Peterson to hear the rumblings of a new show on PBS. It appears that other people have taken notice of the great work going on over at the Brass Tree house. The Brass Tree Sessions will take their hard work and good graces to the bright lights of PBS channel 12 with “Out of Order.” Look for the show to appear on November 26 and 27 with an all-local line-up. Would you expect anything less? The line-up for the first show is: Safe Boating is No Accident (Peterson’s band), Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Fairchildren, and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Karen O covers Willie Nelson for Chipotle

Reverb reported on Chipotle using Willie Nelson to soundtrack the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation — covering Coldplay no less. Chipotle is serious about getting the word out to help farmers. So serious in fact that they’ve put together a new video with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O turning in a poignant rendition of the honky tonk classic, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

DeVotchKa contributes to “Luz de Vida”

Luz de vida translates to “light of life,” which is what we can hope to grasp in lieu of the horrific Tuscon shootings this past January where nineteen innocent were shot that included U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. DeVotchKa has contributed to the 37-track benefit compilation titled, “Luz de Vida.” All proceeds go to benefit the Tucson Together Fund and you can purchase your copy here.

The Vinefield Showcase, take two

The Vinefield Showcase was suppose to have been last month at the Orietnal Theater to celebrate the one year anniversary of Denver talent collectors, the Vinefield Agency. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Oriental Theater had to close down shop and renovate the joint because pieces of ceiling came crashing down faster than 401k balances across the country. Reverb reported about the unfortunate accident over here, but the good news is that the show MUST GO ON. The Vinefield Agency cordially invites you to South Broadway’s City Hall on Nov. 23 with a stacked line-up in tow. (Look for tickets, $12, to be on sale very soon.)

the Vinefield Showcase One Year Celebration

Casey James Prestwood
Eldren
Flashbulb Fires
Flashlights
Force Publique
Ian Cooke
Jen Korte & The Loss
Mercuria & the Gem Stars
Petals of Spain
Sam Lee
The Baltic
+ Surprise Guest

Pictureplane teams up w/Teengirl Fantasy + Pitchfork

Did you ever want to catch a glimpse of Pictureplane at a venue that isn’t Rhino? Check out Travis’ interview and performance w/Teengirl Fantasy on a new segment over at P4 named “+1″ over at DIY legend’s Todd P 285 Kent venue in Brooklyn.