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August 25, 2009, 2:53 pm
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A few hours ago, Blue Scholars pulled up next to Caffe Vita in an SUV, popped the trunk, plugged a mic into a PA, and played three songs from their new OOF! EP (available today at Vita). While Geo rapped, Sabzi mingled with fans and snapped photos. The dudes will be playing these secret shows all day long, leading up to a CD release party tonight at Ohana in Belltown. Next stop is the 42nd & the Ave at 1:15pm. Check their twitter page for updates, and check out their new video courtesy of The Stranger!
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August 24, 2009, 2:36 pm
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In a companion piece to his interview with Geo of the Blue Scholars, Seattle Times Music Columnist Andrew Matson shines a light on the local rap group’s musical backbone, Sabzi. Sabzi, aka Saba Mohajerjasbi, talks to Matson about their new EP “OOF!,” the unusual way its best song “Bananas” came together, the “cute” sound of Jawaiian reggae (Jamaican + Hawaiian), and the release party for “OOF!” downtown at ‘Ohana this Tuesday, August 25th, where there will be 100 copies of the EP for sale.

August 21, 2009, 11:09 am
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On the heels of the Blue Scholars’ ne release, “OOF!” Seattle Times Music Columnist, Andrew Matson, talked with Geo (short for Geologic, hiphop for George Quibuyen) about what Hawaii means to him, what it’s like being the first Asian person an audience has seen rap, and how much pressure he feels to be the best MC in Seattle.

August 12, 2009, 3:20 pm
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Check out the preview for the Blue Scholars new album “OOF!”

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July 27, 2009, 2:17 pm
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Walking away from numerous record label offers, Blue Scholars will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership formed with Duck Down Records, and Seattle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Co. On August 25, 2009 Blue Scholars will release “OOF!” their newest collaborative multi-media project and the first release to be distributed through their new venture. The sales and distribution model developed by the group for their upcoming releases will allow them to maintain complete ownership of their music and total control over how it is marketed, sold, and even given away. Instead of signing a standard artist/record label deal, Blue Scholars hired the label Duck Down to run point on marketing for all of their upcoming releases. As a major player in the current and ever-changing record label industry, Duck Down Records saw this deal as an opportunity to get creative and experiment with strategies for record labels to continue evolving as viable businesses.

An eclectic lineup is coming to Bumbershoot’s literary stages

Seattle Times
Screenwriters, rappers, celebrity chefs, comedians and some authors who write honest-to-gosh novels will appear on Bumbershoot’s literary stages this year. Highlights of the extensive literary lineup include: David Cross, Geologic of Seattle’s hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, Tom Douglas, the chef behind Dahlia Lounge, S.E. Hinton, Spencer Moody and Melvin Van Peebles.

March 30, 2009, 12:06 pm
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Help the Blue Scholars write a song!
March 16, 2009, 10:06 am
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bluescholarssongSeattle Times:
It’s been a very successful year for the socially conscious hip-hop duo Blue Scholars. After selling out night after night at Neumo’s in Seattle last year, they went onto play the SXSW and the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Then the two played outside during the Democratic National Convention, and in September, they shared the stage with such hip-hop power players as Nas and Mos Def at the largest hip-hop festival in the nation, Rock The Bells. In October, they headlined the inaugural City of Music event at the Paramount. Up next for the duo: It’s back to Austin for SXSW, and later this spring, watch for a new digital EP and video. The duo has agreed to let Seattle Times readers determine the subject of their next song, anything from the economy to your pet cat. The Times will pick the best entries, have a reader vote, and send the winning idea to the Blue Scholars to write up a rhyme.

SXSeattle 2009
February 13, 2009, 4:13 pm
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SxSeattle’s 2009 lineup includes Blue Scholars, Common Market, Past Lives, Barcelona, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, New Faces, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band, Dynah, and Hey Marseilles! If you’re down in Austin be sure to stop by!