The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Park Blvd. Records and Tapes

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2015 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Bucking the trend of record stores closing up shop, Oakland's Park Blvd. Records and Tapes opened up shop at the start of this past summer. In the five plus months since that opening business has been brisk for the specialized record store that is part of a new music retail business model that seeks out a small but dedicated customer base. They've found their niche and, in turn, fans of that musical niche have found them and their new retail space. While the small record store carries several genres of popular music and mostly older era (examples include 80's hardcore punk 45's) Park Blvd. Records and Tapes' main focus is hip-hop/rap records and tapes. Those records and tapes (plus some CDs, DVDs, and books) feature quite a concentration of older classic hip-hop material including a good size ratio of Bay Area rap/hip-hop from the 90's.  Stocked with some select new hip-hop releases their customers, who travel from all over, are more interested in those specialty items that normally they might only find online or at well stocked stores like Amoeba Music. A quick glance around the store's vinyl display bins and cassette and CD shelves provides ample proof. The selection includes ample amount of classic early era Bay rap and hip-hop releases by such artists as Too $hort, IMP, Hugh E. MC, E-40, Mac Mall, C-BO, Mac Dre, Dre Dog / Andre Nickatina, Celly Cel, Digital Underground, Spice 1, 2Pac, Chunk, 11/5, 415, Souls of Mischief, RBL Posse, and Bored Stiff.  Stocking releases in various formats of bygone eras along with brand new nationally popular hip-hop releases from artists like Drake or Mac Miller, it is the speciality items that attract customers to their store. The 2014 Park Blvd., Oakland CA shop, whose name outside simply reads "Records and Tapes," was vacant for three years before its latest incarnation. Before that it was a fortune teller's place of business.  That was back when the old Parkway Theatre was still down the block a bit, and before relocating crosstown to 24th Street off Telegraph.

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Saluting MF DOOM's Illustrious Career

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment
With the publication yesterday of a new video by MF DOOM in which the elusive longtime hip-hop talent promises fans a busy 2016, it's a fitting time for the Amoeblog to pay homage to the talented hip-hop emcee/producer and present a brief overview, via ten tracks (videos below), of MF DOOM's most unique and incredible career. DOOM is not just an amazing lyricist, but his career with its tragedy to triumph tale, and his whole mysterious persona, and his many collaborations aliases make him one of the most engaging characters in hip-hop history. Working backwards and starting in the present, we begin with that aforementioned new video that is entitled "DOOM - A Villainous Adventure." In it DOOM reveals his plans for a prolific upcoming new year, one that will bring "a lot of good shit." Filmed in some exotic Central American location (he shouts out "Honduras") while decked in trademark metal face mask plus sporting a "Dumile" shirt, the artist born Daniel Dumile speaks from a mountain side, and while commandeering a boat on the choppy waters. In another scene, still in metal mask, he's seen swimming underwater. Apologizing to fans for not been round so much of late (" been healing and resting up") he says that the for the MF DOOM year of 2016 he is "getting ready to fuck y’all up,” in the video that appears to be funded by the New Era hat company.

While DOOM may not have released any solo full length projects in six years he has not been idle. Proof includes a brand a couple of days earlier it is a new PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9") track with a feature from DOOM and Phonte too. It is culled from the forthcoming The PRhyme Deluxe Album (Dec 11th release). Up next is another 2015 Doom collaborative track: DOOMSTARKS (DOOM with Ghostface Killah) and their newest collab track "Lively Hood" whose instrumental is heard in background of the new video uploaded yesterday. Skipping over but giving a nod to last year's NehruvianDOOM, which was his collaboration with Bishop Nehru that featured DOOM's production and some rapping, it's back to DOOM's 2012 collaboration with Jneiro Jarel. Under the name JJ DOOM, they released the album Key To the Kuffs  that features the opening track "Guv'nor" below. Other classic MF DOOM collaborations included below are DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse) and the track "Sofa King" off 2005's The Mouse and The Mask (Lex/Epitaph), and the Madvillain (with Madlib) track "All Caps" off the 2004 Stones Throw album Madvillainy. Madlib was contributed some production for the DOOM (minus the "MF") album Born Like This. Released by Lex Records in 2009 the album, that featured such tracks as "Yessir! (feat. Raekwon)," was DOOM's last official solo studio album. There's the track "Lickupon" culled from the 2003 album Vaudeville Villain - one of two he released that year under the alias of Viktor Vaughn.

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On 20th Anniversary of "Mad Izm" Channel Live's Hakim Green Releases "Mad Izm 2015" And Keeps The Weed Flag Flying High

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2015 08:18pm | Post a Comment
"I used to dance for Naughty By Nature back when they were called The New Style," said emcee Hakim Green taking it way back in recalling his earliest role in hip-hop. Speaking to me by phone from Florida the other day he was remembering his formative years that also included working behind the scenes in hip-hop music video production. That was all some years before his introduction to most hip-hop fans in '94 and '95 as half of the now defunct hip-hop duo Channel Live. Along with his partner in rhyme Vincent "Tuffy" Morgan the duo grabbed everyone with their late 1994 single (a hit in 1995) "Mad Izm." The single featured a prominent guest spot from KRS-One and was featured on the East Orange, NJ duo's debut album Station Identification, one of three they would release over a decade long career. While Tuffy has gone into management and behind the scenes music projects, Hakim has stuck with hip-hop as artist and just released a guest-heavy, new single ("Mad Izm 2015 (feat. Treach, Minty Burns, Keith Murray, Do It All & Dyme A Dzin)" (video below) with a similarly titled full length to follow. With "Mad Izm" (meaning weed) being the title of his latest single and forthcoming album  as well as his two-decade old release, not surprisingly, Izm / weed and its legalization is something that Hakim has cared deeply about for a long time, and it is something he has a personal interest in.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 21 Songs to Show Your Gratitude

Posted by Billy Gil, November 24, 2015 05:32pm | Post a Comment

thanksgiving music list

Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”


Big Star – “Thank You Friends”


Andrew Gold – “Thank You for Being a Friend”


Drake – “Thank Me Now”


Otis Redding – “I Want to Thank You”


ABBA – “Thank You For the Music”

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