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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Hip Hop Icon Chuck D.

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2014 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Chuck D.

Before Tupac, before Notorious B.I.G., before Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, there was Chuck D! In the mid '80s, Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, signed with the rap label Def Jam. You know, that bedroom record label that discovered little groups like the Beaties Boys, LL Cool J and some thrash metal band Public Enemy It Takes a Millionsnamed Slayer. Ring a bell? With Def Jam's support and Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy championed socially conscious rap music in America. With politically charged albums like It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet  (the latter selling 1 million copies week of release), Public Enemy remains one of the most important rap groups in history. 

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SISU Chats With the Amoeblog Prior to Show at Sayers Club Aug. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 12:05pm | Post a Comment
sandra vu dum dum girlsSISU aka Sandra Vu has been a favorite of ours since releasing her debut album, Blood Tears, last year. Whether singing and writing with her shoegaze-pop project or behind the drum kit for Dum Dum Girls, Vu doesn't seem to sit still for long. We caught up with her prior to her next show, along with Tanlines and Roses, Aug. 20 at the Sayers Club as part of Red Bull's Sound Select series. The show is curated by Amoeba Music and is only $3 with an RSVP.
 
Hi Sandra! I just have a few questions since we last spoke. I heard you're already writing and recording the follow-up to Blood Tears. How far along are you? What's the process been like for you?

It’s coming along but since I have to work in spurts, it’s been going slowly. I’m pretty sure I’m experiencing ‘second record’ jitters but I try my best not to think about it! I am playing around with some different gear (drum machine, synth, software), so there’s been that bit of learning curve, and seeing if these pieces stick. It can be like growing another limb. They’re not only just different sounds, they can change up your whole process. 

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Haim Release "My Song 5" Video Featuring A$AP Ferg, Ezra Koenig, Ke$ha, Grimes and Vanessa Bayer

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

haim days are gone lpSister-pop trio Haim apparently opened the “famous people we know” tab on their address book and started dialing around when it came time to film a video for Days Are Gone’s “My Song 5.”

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer hosts a Sally Jessy Raphael-style talk show in which we see one of the Haims in love with mimes, Ke$ha in love with her cat and A$AP Ferg as a guest whose girlfriend has fallen for another woman. Hey look, there’s Grimes chilling in the waiting room. And there’s Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig sitting in the audience. OK, it’s pretty much a game of spot the famous person, but still pretty fun!

Days Are Gone is out now and is still really good.

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: A Tale of Two Biggies (Biggie Smalls Vs. Biggy Smallz)

Posted by Billyjam, August 19, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment
The tale of two Biggies is the tale of two rappers with the same name, and with one of them having to change his rap name. It dates to back to the early to mid 1990's when legendary Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls of Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records fame first arrived on the scene to some confusion among hip-hop fans at the time who were familiar with the other existing rapper named Biggy Smallz who was Thug Life and 2Pac affiliated. That Biggy started out a bit earlier in his rap career, beginning in 1991 at a young age.

Both rappers had drawn inspiration for their names from the 1975 movie Let's Do It Again and its character Biggie Smalls that was played by Calvin Lockhart. So by the time the Biggie born Christopher Wallace arrived on the rap map the other Biggy Smallz was already out there releasing hip-hop singles including 1993's "Cruisin" which, like 1994's "Nobody Rides For Free," was also produced by Johnny "J" who was also producing for 2Pac - an affiliation that he is best known for.  Reportedly it was Tupac Shakur who asked Christopher Wallace to change his name from Biggie Smalls to avoid confusion with his Thug Life buddy Biggy. Hence Christopher Wallace officially became The Notorious B.I.G. before releasing his major label debut. Although since some have suggested that it was not Pac's request for the name change but rather fear of legal copyright infringement from the producers of the Let's Do It Again movie that was the real reason for Wallace changing his name. 

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Album Picks: Electric Wurms, Music Go Music, Beach Day

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

Electric Wurms - Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk (LP, CD)

electric wurmsFor some bands, the weight of an estimable catalog can sometimes feel like a burden, and working with the same collaborators for years on end can be stifling. So artists turn to new projects for those ideas that don’t fit into the ideals of their main gig, or just to take a break. Like Thom Yorke indulging his dubstep fetish with Atoms for Peace, Electric Wurms sees psych-pop arena-fillers The Flaming Lips (that is, the band’s singer/songwriter, Wayne Coyne, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd) have stepped away from the Lips for this collaborative EP (along with the modern prog band Linear Downfall) of acid-trip jams. It’s not much of a departure from the Lips sound, but there’s a freewheeling feel to this mini-album that’s been missing of late from the Lips’ increasingly difficult albums. Unexpected sounds gurgle out of every pore of songs like their cover of Yes’ “Heart of the Sunrise,” yet create a kind of cosmic, atmospheric beauty. Rock-based psychedelia that grounds songs like the insane “Transform!!!” and keep them (or you) from becoming completely unmoored. Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk may scream “for fans only” on paper, but, as always with these guys, something that at first seems like a one-off ends up feeling well-considered and rewards repeat listens, given Coyne’s whimsical production and the obvious chemistry (in more ways than one!) that these guys generate. Really cool little release from Wayne Coyne and his Heady Fwends.

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