DX News Bits: Block Music, Grieves, Dan The Automator, Brother Ali

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DX News Bits: Block Music, Grieves, Dan The Automator, Brother Ali

Brother Ali is presently touring, and performing a special Eyedea cover. Dan The Automator served as music supervisor to a new film, and Grieves joins Warped Tour next summer.

This Tuesday, December 21, a new film Left/Right will be released. Directed by Matthew and Todd Wolfe, the work features music supervision by Dan The Automator. Featuring music by Del The Funky Homosapien, Loveage and Souls of Mischief, the film appeals to a Hip Hop sensibility.

Left/Right's premise is as follows: "An introspective comedy that follows D. Ray Morton, a small-town have-not who has grown up to be a conspicuous, big-city socialite. But after a human resource audit reveals an overstated educational background, Ray loses his job, his gaudy paycheck, and in turn, his identity.

In an attempt to salvage his career and self-worth, Ray returns home to feebly check the boxes on this embellished resume. While there, Ray comes to find out that his obituary, not his resume, will be the true measure of his worth."

In a new interview with Above Ground Magazine, Brother Ali explained why he has been performing Eyedea's song "Smile" on tour. Ali's friend and label-mate died earlier this year, but finds significance in last year's song from Eyedea's By The Throat album with DJ Abilities. 

“It’s important for me that people still hear his music,” Ali told Above Ground, “and I think ['Smile' is] a really good one for people. Even people who aren’t huge fans — that didn’t really, really know his work that well. I think with that song, that even if you don’t know his whole catalog, that you can still see the greatness in that song.”

Read the full interview here.

In other news, Rhymesayers Entertainment emcee Grieves has been added to this year's Warped Tour. With partner Budo, Grieves will appear on the Skullcandy stage at the popular Punk Rock tour, appearing at 41 dates. The dates for the 2011 Warped Tour are as follows:

06.24.11 – Superpages.com Center – Dallas, TX
06.25.11 – The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, TX
06.26.11 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
06.29.11 – NMSU Practice Field – Las Cruces, NM
06.30.11 – TBA – Las Vegas, NV
07.01.11 – Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
07.06.11 – Sandstone Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
07.07.11 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Noblesville, IN
07.08.11 – TBA – Detroit, MI
07.09.11 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07.10.11 – Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
07.12.11 – Darien Lakes Fields – Darien Center, NY
07.13.11 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07.14.11 – Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
07.15.11 – The Flats At Arrow Hall – Mississauga, ON, CA
07.16.11 – Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC, CA
07.17.11 – Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07.19.11 – Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
07.20.11 – TBA – Cleveland, OH
07.21.11 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
07.22.11 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07.23.11 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
07.24.11 – Monmouth Park Raceway – Oceanport, NJ
07.26.11 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
07.27.11 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
07.28.11 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Charlotte, NC
07.29.11 – Firestone Amphitheatre – Orlando, FL
07.30.11 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
07.31.11 – Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL
08.01.11 – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
08.02.11 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08.03.11 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
08.05.11 – Invesco Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
08.06.11 – Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
08.07.11 – Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
08.09.11 – Cricket Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
08.10.11 – TBA – Los Angeles, CA
08.11.11 – Sleep Train Amphitheater – Marysville, CA
08.12.11 – Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Nampa, ID
08.13.11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA
08.14.11 – Washington County Fairgrounds – Hillsboro, OR

In other new, Russell "Block" Spencer, founder of Block Ent., has launched a new film production company with DuBose Entertainment's James DuBose. With offices in Los Angeles and soon to be New Orleans, the duo is presently seeking strategic partners, and is developing their first film, Frienemies.

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