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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue66 (August 2018)

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The Queen of Soul Returns To Claim The Throne (by Jhantu Randall)

After reports came in saying phrases like “gravely ill” and “Surrounded by family and friends,” the country awoke to news of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul’s passing. At 9:30 this morning, at her home in Detroit, a voice that spanned 6 decades gave us all a final bow.

I’m not going to speak too deeply on this icons personal life as I have never even remotely crossed her path. For me, the mention of this icons name triggers memories of younger, seemingly more innocent days where I can recall her music being blasted on my parents radio during trips. Her voice always had the power to cut through any monotony of the day and uplift your spirits even if it only lasted 5 minutes or so.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee to a preacher father and a mother who was an accomplished piano player and vocalist, Ms Franklin relocated to Buffalo, New York and Detroit Michigan by the age of 5. Contrary to popular belief she was not abandoned by her mother as she states she saw her frequently before her pas…
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Submit Your Event(s) to ThaWilsonBlock Magazine

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine is now accepting event submissions for concerts, conferences, formal release dates, and anything that is centered around local arts & culture. It is best to submit events at least 7 days in advance for proper notice.

When you submit an event to ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, here's what happens:
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DistroKid Is Offering ‘Mastered for iTunes’ Certification to Unsigned Artists

Apple’s ‘Mastered for iTunes’ classification has mostly been reserved for big labels due to the expense, with very few indie or unsigned artists obtaining the certification for their iTunes downloads or AAC streams.

Bucking that trend, DistroKid is now offering unsigned/DIY musicians a way to obtain the Mastered for iTunes certification pretty easily.

Distrokid’s new MFiT converter will allow artists to ensure that their tracks conform to Apple’s audio specifications. This converter allows sound engineers to tweak the audio to make sure it sounds right after AAC codec compression. For a fee, DistroKid’s service should help smaller artists reach audiophiles who prefer higher fidelity, whether downloaded or streamed.

23 more Prince albums now available to stream following Sony deal

Following the recent deal between the Prince estate and Sony Music, which followed the disastrous deal between the Prince estate and Universal Music, 23 Prince albums have just gone online. Some are available via legitimate digital channels for the first time.

The Prince estate, of course, originally did three deals with Universal Music covering the late musician's recordings, songs and merchandise. But the recordings deal fell apart because of confusion over what albums and singles the arrangement actually covered, Prince having entered into a new deal with his original label Warner Music two years before his death.

With Universal's recordings deal abandoned, the estate announced a new partnership with Sony Music in June this year. This is the first project under that deal, with 23 catalogue titles going live on the digital platforms alongside a new 'Prince Anthology: 1995-2010' collection.

The newly available to stream records are as follows:
The Gold Experience (1995)C…

VIDEO: 12 Year Old Steals Mother's Car & Runs Over A Police Officer

A Mississippi sheriff says a 12-year-old girl stole her mother’s car and ran over a deputy trying to stop her.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie tells news outlets Sgt. Kris Cokel was released from a hospital after being treated for a fractured wrist and other injuries. He says the girl struck the deputy Wednesday night at a trailer park near Meridian.

Sollie says deputies had placed spike strips in the road several times to...

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EVENT: 8/30/2018 Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony (Seattle Center)

Thursday, August 30, 4 p.m.
Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center
RSVP here

The results are in for the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards! Please join us as we celebrate Tarik Abdullah, Paula Boggs, Fulgencio Lazo, Jorge Enrique González Pacheco, and Karen P. Thomas. All five recipients have shaped Seattle’s arts and cultural landscape through their contributions to the community, education, arts and race and social justice.

Learn more about this year's recipients.

4 p.m. Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony | Mural Amphitheatre
5 p.m. Reception | Fisher Pavilion Rooftop

Reservations are required. RSVP here for the ceremony and reception by Friday, August 25

If you have questions or trouble registering online, please call (206) 684-7372 or email

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot and One Reel with media sponsor City Arts and event sponsors Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Boeing Company.

Tarik Abdullah, Paula Boggs, Fulgencio L…

Mistah Wilson's Exclusive Interview w/ Phil Gates on Touring, the Music Business, and Founding the Los Angeles Blues Society

" advice is to stay original. The world desperately needs new good music. Be yourself." @Phil Gates
Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Phil Gates! What a tremendous honor it is to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. How have you been?
Phil Gates: I’m good. Making it happen all the time.

Mistah Wilson: Respectively, you are arguably the most experienced musician we've interviewed to date. But, for our younger audience reading this, could you hit us with a quick background on yourself?
Phil Gates: A quick one? LOL I’m a musician who taught myself guitar, and singing. I’ve been very fortunate to have been included on some amazing projects. I am involved in session work as a guitarist, I am also a recording engineer, Mix Engineer, Producer and Author.

Mistah Wilson: First and foremost, we MUST talk about your founding of The Los Angeles Blues Society. In what in ways are you working to preserve and evolve and the genre?
Phil Gates: I founded t…