Luke Sick's Music/Culture zine LET'S SIDE Rewinds to Simpler Pre-Digital Age Aesthetic

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2015 11:23pm | Post a Comment
10 Random LET'S SIDE Items culled from Issues #1 thru #8

1:  LUCKY 13 by Lord Toph
2: On That Town Shit
    Confessions of a Rap Nerd

3: "Resident gets a package of gorilla dung"  newspaper story
4: Memphis Murder Music
5: To Make D.M.T. In Your Kitchen
6: Five "rarish" Bay Area rap records
7: RBL Posse early 1990's In-A-Minute press photo
8: Break Science & The MC
9: Ocean Floor Records profile
10: 5 Random Grabs by DJ Eons One

You've got to love everything about DIY music and culture zine LET'S SIDE - the Bay rap-rooted, retro styled, DIY printed publication that is curated and published by longtime Bay Area underground hip-hop artist and label owner Luke Sick (Grand Invincible / Grand Killa Con) who, via his original hip-hop crew Sacred Hoop, initially came to fame in the 1990's. That same decade gets a lot of throwback love in the zine that Luke launched three years ago and has tirelessly been publishing ever since.  LET'S SIDE is a heartfelt homage to not just the nineties but that whole era of 80's/90's/early 2000's right before the Internet pretty much took over everything. His zine's stubbornly simple, pre-digital / analog aesthetics are similar to Luke's indie music label MegaKut - on which he releases extremely limited run cassette-only releases of typically a 100 copies total pressing. Similarly LET'S SIDE is a print only, quarterly zine, of which only a 100 printed copies are made. The zines are all handmade by Luke down at his local Xerox store - just like in the olden days before websites, blogs, and Instagram when information was limited and slowly disseminated. With a small talented crew of contributors, but no advertising or financial backing - just his passion for music and culture Luke delivers a wonderfully raw, unpolished, throwback style zine that is unlike any other. 

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Mr. Lif Signs Multi-Album Deal with Mello Music Group But Insists You Don't Call It A Comeback

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2015 11:50am | Post a Comment
Legendary Boston emcee talent Mr. Lif, who came to fame last decade via Def Jux with his sharp politically tinged lyrical assault and whom it seems we have not heard from last decade either solo or with his group The Perceptionists (with Afrobatik and DJ Fakts One), has just signed a multi-album deal with  Mello Music Group. The announcement came yesterday from the prestigious, eight year old, Arizona based label whose roster of artists released includes Oddisee, L'Orange, Open Mike Eagle, and Apollo Brown whose very recent album Grandeur is the latest release from the label, who said that the deal will include several albums over the upcoming two years 2016 and 2017.

Meanwhile the artist himself, in reaction to how the average hip-hop fan assumed that he had hung up the mic for good since he had not released anything since 2009's I heard It Today, also made a statement to insist that this should not be called a comeback by the post-millennium underground hip-hop star. "I’ve been very active musically for years but I haven’t been putting records out," the Massachusetts artist born Jeffrey Haynes insisted, adding that, "I’ve been touring the world with Thievery Corporation and otherwise living in the studio, constantly making songs.” Fans, who were introduced to the artist via such now indie hip-hop classics as his 2002 EP on Def Jux I Phantom, can look forward to his first in the Mello Music Group album series in early 2016.  In the meantime the label has announced that it will be reissuing the (long out of print) 14 track, double LP I Phantom on November 27th. That underground classic from El-P's now defunct Defintiive Jux features an impressive array of artists (production and mic) joining the Boston emcee throughout including El-P, Edan, Insight, DJ Fakts One, Aesop Rock, Jean Grae, and Akrobatik. You can find Mr. Lif's previous releases on the Amoeba website. Below is the video for the track "The Sun" off 2009's and another with Thievery Corportion from 2011.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up 10.02.15: Apollo Brown, TBB 40th, DOOMSTARKS, Homeboy Sandman, TableBeats App, 30th DMC World Finals

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2015 01:28pm | Post a Comment

DOOMSTARKS, which is the mythical collaboration between MF DOOM and Ghostface Killah that gave us the "Victory Laps" 12" single via Nature Sounds from few years ago,  are back with the "Lively Hood" single via Cartoon Network’s popular late-night Adult Swim programming as part of its sixth annual "Singles" series, supplying exclusive new music for free digitally from an eclectic array of artists.  This year's series includes the single from DOOMSTARKS (pictured above) on which the two mic-wreckers, over a DOOM produced track, trade hypnotic stream-of-consciousness rhymes. Among the others in the 19 part series for this year are Danny Brown with Clams Casino, Sia, Slayer, and  WOKE which is Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, & Thundercat, featuring George Clinton.

Free Screening of John Waters' "Hairspray" At San Francisco's McCoppin Plaza

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2015 05:04pm | Post a Comment

Tomorrow, Thursday October 1st at 8pm, the folks at SF Indie Fest are hosting a free screening of John Waters' classic Hairspray at San Francisco's  McCoppin Plaza (located at Valencia and McCoppin streets). The 1988 romantic musical comedy's story line is accurately summarized by the Amoeba website as, "with huge hair, a big grin, and all the right moves, Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) becomes the queen of Baltimore's number one TV dance party." The movie that stars such other actors or musicians turned actors as Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, Ric Ocasek, and Pia Zadora is available from Amoeba in BluRay and DVD formats, and you can also find the recommended various artists Hairspray soundtrack that features such artists as The Flares, The Ikettes, and The Ray Bryant Combo who do that killer dance track "The Madison Time" (as heard in movie trailer below). 
Renaissance man Waters, whose memorable 2007 Amoeba Hollywood interview can be seen here, earned the tag "the Sultan of Sleaze" for his earlier, far edgier films like Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos (both starring Divine who stars in a total of six Waters films including Hairspray), found mainstream acceptance with his bigger budget 1988 film. Further the movie that introduced to the world to future talk show star Ricki Lake, was turned into the long running Broadway musical Hairspray that in turn was adapted into a second Hairspray film - the 2007 film Hairspray starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and others. Note that the songs from the Broadway musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, that are featured in the 2007 film along with some newer ones by same composers, are featured on the 2007 Hairspray film soundtrack -and are totally different from the 1988 Hairspray movie soundtrack. With food trucks set up the free San Francisco, October 1st screening is at 8pm but people are advised to arrive at least a half hour earlier. More info here.

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Trailer for "Northern Soul" Movie That Opens in US This Week + Soundtrack

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2015 09:24pm | Post a Comment

Billed as the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs, and designers for decades to come, the new film Northern Soul, made by photographer/director Elaine Constantine and starring Steve Coogan and Lisa Stansfield, will be opening in select US theaters this Friday (October 2nd), including at Los Feliz 13 in Los Angeles,  the Elmwood in Berkeley, Sundance Cinemas in Seattle, and the Empire 25 in New York City. The film's highly recommended 27 track soundtrack features artists such as Edwin Starr, Don Thomas, and The Tomangoes, and is already available for download through Amoeba at this link.

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