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

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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 @

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!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Everyone Is Invited to Somerville Block Party This Saturday 12 Noon

Somerville, Prepared to Get Rocked

J-Rock Publishing is hosting a block party taking place on Lexington Avenue/ Lexington Park on Saturday August 16th 2008. The event will start at 12 noon and run into the night. The event will be highlighted by live musical performances by O-RY-N and M-Dot, two of Boston’s hardest working musicians. The community building day will also feature basketball activities, free prizes and giveaways, food, local art, henna tattoos and caricatures and poetry. Save Our Somerville and The United Front Company are sponsoring the event and are instrumental to this being a positive and energy filled day.



This goes out to businesses’, authors and anyone who is looking to promote what they do to the city of Somerville. Come read on the mic, set up your own table and sell your books. Contact Jasen Sousa, 781-254-9123, for booking information.

This is going to be one of the biggest events in the history of Somerville, don’t miss out!!!

Puls we have this awesome show going down Friday @ 318 Squire Road Revere The United Front Company

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Return of Dwyane Wade, USA Improves to 2-0 in Beijing

Back In A Flash!
How good is it to see D-Wade back to his old self? Slashing, flying and cutting up defenders like only he can. Before he went down with his injuries I thought D-Wade was the most exciting player to watch in the game, most feared he would never regain that acrobatic, fearless approach which made him one of the top players in the NBA and MVP of the 2006 Finals where he broke the hearts of all those annoying Maverick fans in Texas. D-Wade it’s great to see you back, it just wasn’t the same without you.

Aug. 8-24: Beijing, China

USA Schedule
vs. China: Aug. 10, 10:15 a.m. ET
vs. Angola: Aug. 12, 8 a.m. ET
vs. Greece: Aug. 14, 8 a.m. ET
vs. Spain: Aug. 16, 10:15 a.m. ET
vs. Germany: Aug. 18, 8 a.m. ET
Quarterfinals: Aug. 20
Semifinals: Aug. 22
Finals: Aug. 24

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


By Genevieve


*** Benefit to fund a bi-partisan delegation to Congress to urge the initiation of investigations ***

Come support your girl, the United Front Company and the Northeast Impeachment Coalition (http://www. neimpeach. org) on AUGUST 8 and AUGUST 9 for a 2-day event at SAMMY's PATIO, 83 Revere Beach Blvd. (5 min. walk around the corner from the Revere Beach T stop).

::: 2 nights filled with HIP HOP, R&B and ROCK - we got something for everyone :::

So come check the show, show your support for the cause and for the hard-working talents taking the stage for both days. I'll be on stage Friday night performing a 30 minute set ... it's gonna be live and a good time for all for a good cause.

TICKETS = $18 (allows access for both nights and supports the cause and artists)

Hit me up for more info ... or check out http://www. democrats. com/node/16848, www. unitedfrontcompany. com or www. myspace. com/unitedfrontco

TELL A FRIEND TO TELL A FRIEND ... please pass it along and spread the word!!!