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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #95: Hip-Hop Celebratated, DJ Dwells Interview, West Indian American Day Carnival

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment
        


What a great past week it has been for hip-hop in New York City! On top of the big 2014 DMC US Finals at Webster Hall in the East Village on East 11th Street on Saturday (reviewed on Amoeblog here) and the following day's nearby Battle Ave DJ battle at Turntable Lab, there were clubs and concerts galore, an amazing True School Park Jam yesterday, the Harlem Hip-Hop Festival - part of Harlem Week - over the weekend, and first annual International Hip Hop Parade on Saturday. That event took place in none other than the "Boogie Down" Bronx, the borough where hip-hop was born 41 years ago, with many legendary figures in attendance including the three grand marshals of the parade - Melle Mel, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Kool DJ Red Alert who afterwards called the parade "a great event to recognize this unstoppable culture that was born in the Bronx." The organizers of the parade, which took place along the Bronx's Bathgate Avenue to a positive response from onlookers, say that they plan to travel to a new location each year for the event, noting that their mission statement is one of, "Showing the positive side of Hip Hop music through technology, education, and expression. The Bronx has a lot of creative and inventive people who continue to contribute and be inspired by the culture of Hip Hop."  More info.  

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Berkeley World Music Festival - Autumn Equinox, 9/20-9/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2014 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Berkeley World Music Festival holds their first-ever Fall festival with Autumn Equinox the Berkeley World Music Festival Autumn Equinoxweekend of September 20th and 21st. The festival is a free celebration of music and community, and is held outdoors in People's Park and in various Telegraph Avenue venues.

On Saturday, September 20th, shows run from noon to 9pm in People's Park on the Amoeba-sponsored stage! Catch performances from La Misa Negra (Afro-Columbian & Cumbia), SambaDa (Brazilian Samba Funk), Markus James & the Wassonrai (Mississippi Meets West Africa), and more! Also catch live music in cafes, shops & along the sidewalk along Telegraph Ave. from noon to 9pm with Reinhardt Swing (Gypsy Jazz) and Tango Revolution Telegraph (Argentine Class & Milonga), just to name a few.

Sunday is the Telegraph Avenue Street Faire, merging Berkeley World Music Festival and the season finale of Sundays on Telegraph. Enjoy main stage entertainment with Baraka Moon with Stephen Kent (didjeridu) & Sukhawat Ali Khan (Quawali Sufi Trance Dance), The Bouchaib Abdelhadi Band with DanceVersity (Middle Eastern), Sadza Marimba (Zimbabwean dance music), Cypress Grooves (Cajun & Zydeco), Michael Masley (World Kalimbalom & Eggdawn Autoharp), and Simcha (Klezmer). Also take in the street music and art, and circus and interactive play.

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Grimes Releases Psychedelic Desert Video for "Go"

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2014 10:27am | Post a Comment

grimes go video

In the video for her song "Go," featuring Blood Diamonds, Grimes goes all Mad Max/Final Fantasy on us with swords and veils in the desert. But then also at the club. 'Cause after all, this was a song Grimes had written for RIhanna but that got turned down. Pretty lame, it would have been nice to hear Rihanna try something different like this, but it sounds great coming from Grimes, too. The song is available to download now from Amoeba.com.

See the video below:

grimes video

 

  

 

Weekly Wednesday Steal: Gram Parsons' 'GP' on Vinyl for $10

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2014 08:37am | Post a Comment

gram parsons gp lpThis week’s Weekly Wednesday Steal is Gram Parsons' debut album GP on vinyl for only $10 (originally $24.98).

This 1973 solo debut from the country-rock pioneer marked his departure from The Flying Burrito Brothers and includes such songs as "That's All It Took," featuring Emmylou Harris. This reissue comes on 180 gram vinyl.

The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer. Previous deals have included releases by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.

 

2014 DMC US Finals Winners: Proof That Prep For Prestigious Battle Starts At Young Age

Posted by Billyjam, August 26, 2014 01:00pm | Post a Comment

2014 DMC US Champions Top 5 (Showcase style: six minutes each DJ)
 

1st: DJ I-Dee (Fairfax VA)

2nd: DJ Dwells (NYC)

3rd: DJ Ease (Rochester NY)
(aka
 International Ease)

4th: DJ Esquire (Brooklyn NY)

5th: Ichy the Killer (San Jose CA)

DJs I-Dee and Dwells - the winner and runner-up respectively in this year's heated 2014 DMC US Finals DJ battle presentd by Rane, that took place Saturday night at Webster Hall in New York City - are both examples that battle DJing is something that many get into at an increasingly younger age. They're also proof that the DMC is indeed as it claims to be the "most prestigious" and important competition for DJs out of the many other battles over the years - since it's the DMC that these two (like most DJs) strive towards winning, and that each have meticulously studied videos of past DMC competitions for inspiration in bettering their skills in preparing for battle. "When I first started DJing seventeen years ago, when I was ten, I picked up a whole bunch of DMC tapes," said the new US DMC battle champ DJ I-Dee in his acceptance speech for the title that will take him to the UK in October for the 2014 DMC World Championships. "My goal was accomplished ten years ago when I made the [DMC] US Finals. And everything after that has been a complete bonus," added the Fairfax VA DJ [seen in above pic c/o Arvee Eco Photography who supplied most of the photos for this review - others c/o Christie Z-Pabon of DMC/Tools of War].

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