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Drac-factor: Ten Recording Artists with Definative Dracula Appeal

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 19, 2014 11:30pm | Post a Comment
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Halloween approach-eth and the pumpkin-spiced hype is unrelenting. What's more, a new vampire movie hit theaters this Fall -- Dracula Untold, a dark, Marvel-esque origin story starring Welsh hottie Luke Evans as Prince Vlad (the Impaler). While time will only tell if this particular incarnation of the Dracula legend is truly franchisable immortal, it got me thinking about recording artists who could suitably don Dracula's cloak. Stars that possess a kind of timeless magnetism, like Elvis Presley, pictured above -- you just know he'd be down to drink some blood. Or, similarly, stars who naturally exude a kind of Draculaic vibe, sharp-dressed with cheekbones to match. With this in mind, I've come up with a short list of ten living recording artists who possess a definitive undeadliness, or Drac-factor, as I reckon it. So cover your necks or succumb willingly, here come some Drac-tacular candidates for your consideration:

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Dave Vanian, lead singer and ever-present member of The Damned, has been serving that undead-and-loving it look since the band began in London in 1976. Vanian, a stage name that stems from a play on the word "Transylvanian", took his patent gothic chic looks to new heights when The Damned appeared as the spooky musical guest on an episode of The Young Ones to perform a song that may or may not be called "Nasty". It is worth noting that The Damned are distinguished as the first British punk band to release a single, an album, have an album hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. That said, if you don't have The Damned's 1977 debut LP Damned Damned Damned in your collection, surely some kind of vinyl vampire is coming for you i.e. I don't know how you can sleep at night. That's a buy or die record, folks.

DJ JS-1's Guest-Packed Album "It Is What It Isn't" Proves That Hip-Hop Is Alive and Well

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2014 05:46pm | Post a Comment

If you prefer your hip-hop rooted in the traditional golden era style and with a respect for the four elements of the culture including the DJ as turntablist - then DJ JS-1's recommended new album It Is What It Isn’t is the hip-hop album for you. This latest release from the longtime New York City boom bap producer / scratch DJ - that arrived in Amoeba this past week care of his Ground Original imprint with distribution from Fat Beats - is back-to-back quality hip-hop that's more like a rich hip-hop compilation due to the long list of talented emcees that join the instrumentalist throughout its 21 tracks.

JS-1's impressive list of emcee collaborators is a balance of emcees that have been consistently putting it down since the golden era to an array of new school innovators. That long list numbers a few dozen hip-hop artists and includes KRS-One, O.C, Ras Kass,  Buckshot, Erick Sermon, Homeboy Sandman, Sadat X, Murs, Fashawn, Wordsworth, Torae, Kyle Rapps, Blacastan, Professor X, A.G., C-Rayz Walz, and the Artifacts' El Da Sensei and Tame One to name but some. 

A full-time b-boy and lifelong dedicated hip-hopper the Queens, NY DJ JS-1 began his career two decades ago. He was a member of the Rocksteady Crew. As well as been a hip-hop DJ with a talent for scratching he was also a graffiti artist who went by the name JERMS.

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New vinyl releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/18 - Max D, Rick Wade, Jack J and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 18, 2014 01:16pm | Post a Comment
Max D - Drizzling Glass
Max D
 
Drizzling Glass 12"
 
Trilogy Tapes
 
Sir Maxmillion Dunbar delivering straight new age vibes for Will Bankhead's imprint. 
"Calvin and Hobbes" is on that Mark Isham tip, beatless dx7 tropical exploration. He goes down several wormholes, very deep and heady which I suppose is the point. The rest hearkens back to the beatific jams on his debut for Ramp, "Cool Water". For a current reference, it sounds like Young Marco if he was raised on hip-hop, a good thing indeed.
 
Buy Drizzling Glass 12"
 
 
Moods and Grooves Vol. 4KDJ/Rick Wade
 
Moods and Grooves Vol. 4 12"
 
Moods & Grooves
 
Two Detroit dons doing what they do best. KDJ with some beatdown edits, the first Untitled track sounds like the Halloween soundtrack over some afrobeat drums, while the second is a disco flip worthy of his famed skate parties. Turn it over for some deep introspection from Rick Wade. Released in 1999, "Thought Process" is a piece of moody house with bottomless pads and a techno pulse. Too sad to be happy, for Motor City driving.
 
 
BuyMoods and Grooves Vol. 4 12"
 
 
George Theodorakis
George Theodorakis
 
The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996) (LP)
 
Into The Light
 
 
Into The Light continues their short and magical run with this stunning anthology from the son of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. It's all here, quiet introspective New Age ("Nicotine 2"), Durutti Style sun-specked sadness ("The Lottery") and a number of inspired soundtrack, kraut and psych moves. It's similar in spirit to that excellent K. Leimer comp RVNG released earlier this year in its unveiling of a secret and beautiful body of work.
 
Buy The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996) (LP)
 
 
Jack J - Looking Forward To YouJack J
 
Looking Forward To You 12"
 
Mood Hut
 
Here at Amoeba, we've been looking forward to this one coming back in. It's a hot record. Actually, it's more a cool record with its off-the-cuff romanticism, spoken word sections and dubby, loping basslines, Arthur Russell meets Pal Joey. Mood Hut has a knack for making tracks that sound current and classic all at one -- with "Something (On My Mind", they've succeeded once again. The synth and bassline pull the heartstrings while making you chill.
 
 
 
Raw Ten - Funny Thing
Raw Ten
 
Funny Thing 12"
 
Pittsburgh Tracks
 
Cool, unexpected team-up between the Pittsburgh Track Authority boys, !!!'s Nik Offer and vocalist Lou Tanning. The end result is an excellent vocal house track with a bittersweet hook to match the pedigree of the crew involved. Dirt Tech Reck's Wajeed contributes a jacking, disembodied version for the b-side, leaving a ghostly imprint of the original vocals in favor of a hypnotic, electro-tinged synth workout. Recommended.
 
Buy Funny Thing 12" 12"
 
 
Anaxander - Unexpected EncounterAnaxander
 
Unexpected Encounter/An Orderly Life 12"
 
Tasteful Nudes
 
Class record from French producer Anaxander. The vibe here is restrained, expertly produced Chicago-style house. "An Orderly Life" uses a loping 303 line with ethereal, twinkling synths that erupt into an (orderly) piano breakdown. It's like some kind of evocative acid made for movie soundtracks, lovely. In an unexpected move, Anaxander puts the DJ tracks on the B-side, specifically "Love Crowd" and the acapella. Expect to hear this one out, a simple spoken word vocal sample, pummeling two-note bassline and off-kilter beat are all you need. Think Jack Master's "Bang The Box."
 
Buy Unexpected Encounter/An Orderly Life 12"
 
 
Generation Next - Nocturne
Generation Next
 
Nocturne 12"
 
Seven Days Ent.
 
Generation Next is just that, the son of Leonard "Big Strick" Strickland and nephew of Alex "Omar S"(mith. This is his most restrained 12" yet, a quiet piece of a new Detroit story. He's mainly hitting blue chord sweet spots with the expected analog drum workouts beneath. The cut, to me, is "Vanilla Sky," which uses a gorgeous synth progression and occasional, somewhat hesitant acoustic piano flourishes -- a dose of humanity too often absent from the dance productions.
 
Buy Nocturne 12"
 
 
New this week
CATTANEO, HERNAN: Balance 026 2CD 
OYE, ERLEND: Legao CD 
ICHISAN: Extra Ball 12"
CHICKS ON SPEED: Artstravaganza CD 
JAAR, NICOLAS: Don't Break My Love 10" 
MININNI, MICHELE: Endless Ceremony
DJ T.: Body Language 15 CD 
LOSCIL/FIELDHEAD: Fury and Hecla CD 
STRANGER, THE: Bleaklow (Remastered) 2LP 
YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S ADVENTURE SOCIETY/PARADA 88, THE: Adventure Party/You're Gonna Miss Me 12" 
DONOSO, RICARDO: A Song for Echo LP 
VERMONT: The Prins Thomas Versions 12" 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: Major Fun 10" 
HOOD, ROBERT: Protein Valve EP 12" 
WEBSTARR: Aegrus/Clocked 12" 
FUTURE 3: With and Without CD 
DREEMS: Mirages (Michael Mayer + Valentin Stip Remix) 12" 
BRODINSKI: I Love Techno 2014 CD
KATY B: Katy on a Mission 12" 
KATY B/SKREAM/HEADHUNTER: Remixes 12" 
ZINC: Show Me 12" 
SKREAM/BENGA & COKI: Midnight Request Line/Night 12" 
ROUTE 94: My Love 12"
ZINC: ?ugeez or Not/138 Trek 12" 
P MONEY: Mad 12" 
WONDER: What-Wizzbit 12" 
JAMMIN: Kinda Funky/Go DJ 12"
SKY WALKING: Sky Walking CD 
BABA STILTZ: Total CD 
BUNNY ON ACID: Are You a Rainbow 12" 
RODHAD: Haumea (Incl. Ø [Phase] Remix) 12" 
DJ W!LD: When You Feel Me EP 12" 
PAN-POT: Watergate 17 CD 
VA: Common EP 12" 
BELTRAN, JOHN: Faux/Faux (Four Tet Remix) 12"
 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top Ten, Meow The Jewels, Dust-One's New Single, BPos' "Party Mardi," 1989's Crack Era Rap, Bay Guardian RIP

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Ten 10:17:2014


1)
Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

2)  Dilated Peoples   Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)

3) 
Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Souls of Mischief There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)

5)
Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)

Weekly Roundup: Sego, Cool Ghouls, Hanni El Khatib, Youth Code

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2014 09:54am | Post a Comment

Sego – “Wicket Youth” video

segoThese Utah-via-L.A. Kitsune signees immediately get me for referencing Wicket the ewok from Return of the Jedi. Even if that’s not what they’re referencing, that’s not the point—“Wicket Youth” touches on familiar ’80s influences without really sounding like they’re retreading, instead infusing refreshingly plainspoken lyrics about nostalgia for youth with sparkling synth-pop flourishes. And it’s got a very ’80s, handrawn-style video to match. The Wicket Youth EP is out Oct. 27.

 

Cool Ghouls – “What a Dream I Had”

cool ghoulsHere’s the third track from the forthcoming Cool Ghouls album A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. It’s perhaps the most impressive track they’ve debuted yet, built on a slow, steady jangle and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” harmonies. Cool Ghouls keep the dream of San Francisco alive with songs like “What a Dream I Had.” Stream the track via Wondering Sound, and read my interview with them here.

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