Friday, December 5, 2008

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

United Front Company Holiday Specials!!!


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

United Front Company MixTape!!! Fame 5!!!


Fame 5!!!

Purchase the hottest MixTape in the Boston Area!!!


1) Intro - Ivonne
2) Keep on - M-Dot, Genevieve
3) Balance of Culture - O-RY-N, J.L.A
4) Hot Baahs - O-RY-N, Narkotik, Y-not
5) I Hope Tomorrow - Boston's Finest
6) Speaker Beatdown - Abyss, Narkotik
7) We Shine - Narkotik, Genevieve
8) Speak Softly - Abyss, O-RY-N, Genevieve
9) Here's to Us - Boston's Finest, O-RY-N
10) Little by Little - M-Dot
11) Walk Witt Me - Boston's Finest
12) Alone Remix - Skitzo, O-RY-N
13) It's Ugly - Y-not
14) Gasoline Harmony - Abyss, Sir B
15) Be Myself remix - Narkotik, O-RY-N, Genevieve
16) I Stand - Relevance, O-RY-N
17) Poetic Road - Sir B, Narkotik
18) U Ain't Gotta - DZ Tha Gift
19) Skit (What R U Writing?)
20) Telephone Game - Arobi, O-RY-N
21) Herbs - Genevieve, O-RY-N
22) Against the Grain - Sir B





Sunday, November 16, 2008

Madden 2009 Tournament!!! This Friday!!!


Madden Tournament

318 Squire Road
The United Front Company

Bring Your Game!!!

This Friday November 21, 2008
5:00 P.M.

Food and music!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

For rapper M-Dot, hustling pays off



By Martin Caballero
Friday, November 7, 2008

The hustler has become a hip-hop stereotype that almost every rising rapper uses to describe himself.

But it’s hard to think of a more appropriate description for Michael Januario, also known as M-Dot.

If there’s a club owner, promoter or hip-hop fan who hasn’t heard his name by now, Januario is working ceaselessly to change that. M-Dot is set to play more than 60 shows this year at venues from Cambridge to Las Vegas to Italy - all of which he’s booked himself. He’s also been recording and editing new material at his studio in his parent’s Lynn home, where he lives.

If M-Dot seems overworked, it doesn’t show.

“I’m not going to lie, I don’t trust anyone else doing it,” he said. “It’s like someone who gets a pain somewhere but doesn’t get it checked. I’m used to doing it myself. I love the misery of it. Not the misery, but the end result of it is better than me waiting on somebody.”

It’s that passionate, maybe even obsessive drive that has taken M-Dot far in the two years since he committed himself to music full-time. Like any self-respecting hustler, he’s built his reputation on an aggressive self-run campaign of shows, mixtapes and industry networking. His responsibilities range from posting fliers to Web design to coordinating recording sessions. Anything he doesn’t do himself doesn’t get done.

“I performed in Pittsburgh the first time for around five or six people,” he said. “88.9 WERS wouldn’t believe it was me on the phone when I used to call in and request my own songs. Now this past year I did Vegas three or four times, Pittsburgh four times and New Jersey twice just from me calling them and calling them. Opportunity knocks for everyone, you just got to be there to answer the door.”

The strategy has been working. M-Dot counts veteran Boston artists Krumbsnatcha and 7L as friends and collaborators on his forthcoming album, which - no surprise - he plans to distribute himself. He’ll also be opening for national artists at Harpers Ferry two weekends in a row, beginning tomorrow with New York lyricist Cormega.

M-Dot’s work ethic can be heard in his music:

“This rap gets me jaded, I hate it but I never quit/If I did I’d only be forever regretting it/So I keep writing and fighting/I might end up writing the diamond igniting those who need to be enlightened,” he raps on one track.

M-Dot’s style is true to his personality: genuine but not patronizing, real but not trying to act hard.

“I tell my mom I’m going to be in the Herald for positive stuff, not for shooting or stabbing anyone,” he said.

M-Dot’s working for something other than money or even fans. Like most ambitious people, he defines success on his own terms: In his case, it’s making him and his family proud.

“I feel like I’m not doing enough,” he said. “I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. My mom comes home after working her (rear end) off, and I’m a rapper? I’ve got to continue to do things and get bigger and bigger and bigger.”

M-Dot, with Cormega, at Harpers Ferry, Allston, tomorrow, 18-plus. Tickets: $18; 617-254-9743.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tribute to Edward Hopper


Hawk Eyes


Three remain, I serve with no name,
the only diner still open.
A lonely man silently weeps,
a couple dreams of love, hoping.

All of their coffee is ice cold,
apologizing for hours.
A hand she does not want to hold,
she will not accept his flowers.

I listen to the friends argue,
the bright lights flicker when they swear.
Their anger towards each other grows,
sense the end of their bond is near.

My back aches from standing all day,
the dishwater has aged my hands.
“It is time to be on your way”
finally, everybody stands.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Take On The Allen Iverson Trade



Man, you have to give it to Joe Dumars. He wants to win and he is not afraid to take chances. The Pistons could have stayed with the team they had and they probably could have had a very successful year, but in all likelihood they were not going to win the championship. This moves gives Detroit exactly what they have always needed, 4th quarter scoring. Sure, Billups is known as Mr. Big Shot, but that’s all he was good for, one shot. Allen will give Detroit consistent 4th quarter scoring and he will help big time in the free throw department.

Look, in my opinion, Allen Iverson is the greatest little man scorer in the history of the game. No one his size has ever put up his scoring numbers. Yes, he’s getting older, but he’s also hungry. The development and quick progress of Rodney Stucky also factored largely into this trade. He’s being groomed as the future PG and if things don’t work out, Iverson is in the last year of his contract and both sides can part ways at the end of the season.

All-Time Leaders - Points

Point Leaders
RK PLAYER AMT
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Michael Jordan 32,292
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Moses Malone 27,409
6 Elvin Hayes 27,313
7 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
8 Oscar Robertson 26,710
9 Dominique Wilkins 26,668
10 John Havlicek 26,395
11 SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 26,325
12 Alex English 25,613
13 Reggie Miller 25,279
14 Jerry West 25,192
15 Patrick Ewing 24,815
16 Charles Barkley 23,757
17 Robert Parish 23,334
18 Adrian Dantley 23,177
19 Elgin Baylor 23,149
20 ALLEN IVERSON 23,044
21 Clyde Drexler 22,195
22 Gary Payton 21,813
23 Larry Bird 21,791
24 KOBE BRYANT 21,691
25 Hal Greer 21,586

As far as Denver goes, they know they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. They gave up their only defensive player Marcus Camby over the summer for basically nothing to save money. Denver has been kicking themselves ever since getting rid of Andre Miller. Billups will be productive in Denver, but I don’t really see him as a George Karl uptempo player.

Joe D took a chance on Rasheed Wallace a few years back and it resulted in a championship. Can Allen Iverson provide the same payoff?

I believe he can….

Sunday, November 2, 2008

SO ... WHAT IS THE UNITED FRONT COMPANY?



The United Front Company is an underground artist community located on 318 Squire Road in Revere, Massachusetts. The United Front is a networking hot-spot where artists of all different genres work together to support, promote and expand each other’s work. We call it the Artist Jump-off. It’s a place where rappers, rockers, DJ’s, producers, poets, publishers and photographers all mingle with each other and offer valuable connections and resources to one another which have been built up by the individual artist throughout the years. On a typical day at the United Front you will find some of Boston’s most talented musicians recoding tracks inside of The United Front’s high quality recording studio. You will also find talented painters and sculptors who display their artwork in a gallery geared towards local art. You will also find unique fashion and gifts at the United Front Company which are currently not available anywhere else in the area. On various nights throughout the month, The United Front Company hosts Hip-Hop open mics, poetry readings, art shows, photo shoots, as well as mixed martial arts and dance classes. In addition, the United Front Company has established a youth oriented program which helps to encourage and build careers of young artists from both the North Shore and Boston area, as well as keeping them away from temptations that the streets offer. Some of the more experienced musicians and writers help the younger kids with song lyrics, vocals and production. The young people gain valuable experience on what it takes to succeed in the music industry. They also learn other valuable tools which are often overlooked such as stage presence, learning methods from experienced performers on how to captivate and control different types of crowds. The United Front Company also books and promotes shows for its artists all over the East Coast. If you are a musician who is looking for venues to perform and show hard work and commitment, the United Front Company will get on shows and possibly even as a featured headliner! If you are an artist looking for exposure of the art which you create, the United Front Company is the place for you!

WE FEATURE an ART GALLERY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (BUY AND SELL) MENS AND WOMENS CLOTHES PROFESSIONAL RECORDING/MASTERING STUDIO PUBLISHING AND DISTRIBUTION SHOWS AND PROMOTIONS MUSIC FOR SALE SMOKE SHOP BOOKS

We are an artist jump off that constructs as well as supports local art and it’s creators.
Everyone involved with the UFC is an artist as well and produces shows all over the East Coast.

We are UNITED to Create, Expose, and Celebrate Art.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jasen Sousa Rock the Vote Ad


Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country.

Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. And we give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process.

We are creative, effective, and controlled by nobody’s agenda but our own – we tell it like it is and pride ourselves on being a trusted source for information on politics. We empower the 45 million young people in America who want to step up, claim their voice in the political process, and change the way politics is done.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Owl: Tribute to Chris Ormond and Edgar Allan Poe


THE OWL


Sitting in a cemetery under a midnight mist, pen trembles in my fist,
as I ponder my dear friend who has perished.
Wide awake from a moon’s glare, from my eye falls a tear,
directly down at his grave I stare, at a friend I greatly cherish.
Then there was something, all of a sudden, my shirt un-pops a button.
I hear a dog growl, I hear it howl, I see an owl who arrives and says nothing.

There is no movement from the owl at all.
Fog from the graveyard squalls, horror comes to a halt.
My strength is getting slender, you see, from the cemetery I wish to flee,
words walk off my breath, my friends death, is it my fault?
The owl’s behavior, it does not waiver, still stands the Earth,
believing I am the reason my friend’s corpse rests underneath dirt.

I can not see past the fog’s blur, the owl and I are alone, I am sure.
I concur, who in their right mind, while alive, spends time where the deceased reside?
“Fly away,” I plead! “Fly away,” I plead, but the owl does not leave,
indeed, I begin to bleed and I feel like I will not survive.
I see the moment my friend died. I cry and puddles of mud become puddles of blood.
The owl stares with his scowl directly into my eyes and extracts every ounce of love.

My soul grows weaker, the night becomes bleaker.
I wipe blood off my sneaker and speak, “What is it that you come to claim?”
It begins to rain, the pain drives me insane, I take out a lighter and with the bright flame,
in the dirt with my finger, I spell my friend’s name.
As if the owl wants to spite me, the owl slightly nods its head,
the letters, C——H——R——I——S, out loud, I read.

Out of my lips, then out of the owl’s lips comes the name, “Chris.”
The silence has been broken, the owl has spoken.
Inside the owl, can the identity possibly be someone who is a very good friend to me?
Lost in the darkness of night, fingers cross tight, hoping.
The conversation I am having, a dialog I would never be able to fathom,
a situation only one other poet in history could imagine.

Two souls who are boldly brave face each other by the grave.
With a whisk wave the owl taps his toe on top the tomb,
waiting with respect with what would come next,
under the midnight moon, we stand among gloom and doom.
The obdurate owl observes obnoxiously and obsesses,
the invisible imagination of the owl, I can only guess.

“Chris,” the name of my friend, comes from the owl’s lips once again.
The evil eloquence of the owl’s comments make no living sense.
The owl stays on top of the tomb where my friend lays,
I stand, hood over my head as I face a mystery that seems immortally intense.
It kills me, but willingly and diligently, I pace back and forth and try to decipher,
the night seems so long, but the sky is not getting brighter.

Maybe never again to see the light of day, the owl’s fur ghostly gray,
quietly, it only speaks one word, yet it sounds so loud, the owl stands so proud.
The wise owl on a mission to make me listen,
both our bodies glisten inside the fog, it looks like we float on a cloud.
“Please speak something else from your lips!”
The owl’s wings flap, it almost seems to laugh, out comes the word, “Chris.”

In a circle I begin to wander and proceed to ponder,
that this, my friend Chris, is unearthly upset and unable to peacefully rest.
Somewhere in the spirit world he is trapped, on the dirt, the owl’s shadow is cast.
Boundlessly and boldly off the owl’s breath, something to confess.
Did the abrasive owl appear in the midnight air out of anger?
Is my facade familiar to the owl, or am I a grave stranger?

“Here I am! One man, in front of you I stand!
An explanation, a translation of your thoughts is what I demand!
Is your one word sentence part of your revenge or part of your repentance?”
The span between our spirits is not something I quite understand,
I stretch out my arm in frustration and almost on command,
swirling smoke from the sand, it lands on my forearm, four inches from my hand.

What I observe ignites my nerves and makes me want to vomit.
As the leviathan lands and lingers, carefully with my fingers, I pat the owl on its beak.
It stares into my eyes and much to my surprise, the owl clever and wise,
more language begins to leak out of its beak, another word the owl dares to speak.
The owl moves its lips and speaks, “Still exist.”
The owl moves its lips and speaks, “Still exist.”

I start to speak, but stutter, from what the owl utters,
something amazing I discover, the faint familiarity of the owl’s speech.
The sound of my friend, it seems as though I hear from him again.
Now, it’s an idea not too far out of reach, but what is the owl trying to teach?
In the twilight I receive a telegram from a transparent man,
but what is the purpose of his presence, and does he have a poignant plan?

I stand straight as the owl drapes on my arm, not too far from the cemetery gate.
My friend who I thought was destroyed, his presence again, I awkwardly enjoy.
Body tightening getting stiff, scene frightening like standing on the edge of a cliff,
a sign for all mankind that those who vanish can come back from the void.
After the devastation of his demise, I looked to the skies, for this situation I have dreamt,
an owl who flew down from Heaven because it knew how much it meant.

Back from an endless journey from all eternity, my friend returns to me,
back from the annals of astrology, back to accept my apology.
“I hope you can still feel love and find it in your heart not to hold a grudge.”
The owl gives me a little nudge and I know this tale is a moment meant for mythology.
The owl’s look of affection, the undeniable connection,
there is no doubt this is some sort of resurrection.

My friend stands on my arm in his new form, beside the sound of a heart torn,
a new relationship is once again born.
Not responsible for his death, is the message which comes off the owl’s breath,
pain from my mundane mind, can this be a weight I no longer have to mourn?
The owl lets out a yawn that puts me at ease.
A rustling comes from inside the trees.

I carefully scout, and then, “Shout!”
The owl flies off of my hand, back on top the tomb where I first saw it stand.
Heavier, it begins raining, out of the darkness appears a raven,
with its big black bold wings, it flies next to the owl and lands.
From the shadows appears a second raven, who no longer feels the need to hide.
On top of my friend’s tomb, stands an owl and two ravens, side by side.

I can tell they are allies from the look in their eyes,
in the sky, thunder and flashing light, I stare at an unreal sight.
Cemeteries are places of death, but here tonight, you can feel the power of life.
Myself, the owl and two ravens alone in the graveyard in the middle of the night.
Truly something to behold,
from the dead to the living, a message is being told.

The soft spoken luminous language of the deceased, helping us humans live in peace.
The owl moves its lips and again speaks the name, “Chris.”
For years I shed tears,
that maybe because of me, my friend might not exist.
That is a thought that will come nevermore as a raven speaks the word, “Lenore,” ever so slow.
It takes awhile for the second raven to speak as it admires my style, it speaks with a smile, “Poe.”

Saturday, September 27, 2008

J-Rock Digital is proud to present the one dollar download!!!

J-Rock Digital is proud to present the one dollar download!!! Download the entire copy of Jasen’s book in a ebook PDF format for only $1.00 dollar!!!
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Somerville News Article "Somerville Gets Rocked"


Somerville gets rocked
Photos by Jayme Aronson

J-Rock Publishing hosted a block party on Lexington Avenue on Saturday Aug. 16. The event started at 12 and ran into the night, highlighted by live musical performances by two of Boston╩╝s premier rappers O-RY-N and M-Dot. Other performers included Mayhem of EMS, Sir B, Shaymin, Boston's Finest, Mistress, Genevieve, Americo, Mark McLaughlin and the fine folk music of Billy Moschella Jr.

The community-building day also featured basketball activities, massive dodge ball games, over a thousand dollars in free prizes and giveaways from young adult author Jasen Sousa of J-Rock Publishing, food, local art, henna tattoos and caricatures. Save Our Somerville and The United Front Company sponsored the event and contributed to the positive energy. The United Front Company, which houses an artists community on 318 Squire Road in Revere, donated the musical equipment for the day and was responsible for the 10 musical acts which appeared throughout the day.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Henry Braun and Lee Starkey Porter Square Books 7:00 p.m.

Off the Grid Press

Henry Braun and Lee Starkey
Porter Square Books
7:00 p.m.


Henry Braun is the author of Loyalty and In the Virgil Woods, the latter published by Atheneum Press. Nathaniel Tarn says of Loyalty: “Wonderfully concise bringing together of wonder, closeness and immense distances!” Eleanor Wilner offers “Profound thanks to [this] mercurial poet who conjured “unimagined joy” in this “unprepossessing wilderness.” Loyalty won the 2008 Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Braun is a consulting editor for The American Poetry Review

Lee Sharkey’s third full-length book, A Darker Sweeter String, was a Small Press Review pick. Betsy Scholl writes of Sharkey’s new book: “If our dreams could edit the news (and sometimes our nightmares) these poems are how they’d wake us up to the urgency of our times, to the damage violence does to everyone—including those of us who observe from afar. The music played here is dark, but it is indeed sweet. It is what we need to hear. In Sharkey’s art solace and truth form a new alliance, and mourning becomes a gift.” Since 2003, Sharkey has been a co-editor of Beloit Poetry Journal.

Both poets are veteran anti-war activists, both are distinguished readers.

Monday, August 25, 2008

August 25th: Jasen Sousa Features at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On August 25th, we finish our summer readings with local youth writer and publisher Jasen Sousa.

Jasen Sousa was born and raised in Somerville, MA. He created J-Rock Publishing.with the purpose to give young people a voice with the written word. To date, he has written and published six hip hop inspired poetry novels. Life, Weather, A Thought and A Tear for Every Day of the Year, Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me, Almost Forever, A Mosaic of My Mind and Selected Poems of Jasen Sousa 17-24.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Music Video By M-DOT Unwind


Check out more of his music on Myspace.com/mdotems

Currently M-dot is extremely busy working out of a west roxbury studio with the highly sought after producer d-sharp (whose worked with missy elliot, timbaland, kelly rowland, lil mo, etc.). M-dot is also working on independent mixtape tracks with producers 7l (whose produced albums with & for cormega, esoteric), kore (ems in-house producer), kenshin (belgium), karimbo (whose produced for az, krumbsnatcha), dula-mite (whose worked with ness/bad boy, tony sunshine/terror squad), dj tko (mtv mixtape mondays), dj recklass (mtv), dj jean maron (hosts dj premier mixtapes in france) etc.

M-dot is also acting in big krizz kaliko & makzilla's (tech nine's strange music) new comedy pilot "what it is" (being shot in missouri & iowa). m-dot songs are being used in world-wide releases of motion pictures (troma film, hollywood,ca) as well as bike stunt videos (explicit filmz). m-dot has received national as well as college radio play, (Jam'n 94.5, WERS 88.9, Hot 97.7). request M-dot on 88.9 @ night @ 617-482-8890.

M-dot has performed all across massachusetts, pittsburgh, california, las vegas, new hampshire, maine, rhode island, new jersey, Montreal (Canada), and in the summer of 2007, italy. m-dot has performed with joe budden, pharoahe monch, akrobatik, krumbsnatcha, cormega & many more national acts! be on the lookout for m-dot's next release featuring some of your favorite rappers. for booking info, to send beats, or interest in possible collaborations, email m-dot @ mdot1983@yahoo.com

Poetry Party This Wednesday August 27th @ The United Front Company 8:00 P.M.


Come and mingle with poets, producers, rappers, photographers, publishers and a whole lot more of interesting artists. The Jumpoff is one of the most unique performance places in the area. Observe and purchase rare local art, local and industry music, smoke shop, full recording studio, women’s and men’s clothing and a bunch of other unique stuff you will not find anywhere else!!!
 
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