If you are in the East Bay this afternoon herald in 2014 at the Bridge ArtSpace where the 4th Annual New Years Day Bell Ringing Celebration, and potluck brunch, and bonfire will be held at the endangered Richmond art space. Beginning at noon with complimentary coffee the new year bell ringing (bells big and small) and bonfire celebrations, followed by poetry and various music performances, begin at 1pm and run through 4pm at the converted storage space complex. To fans of this unique artspace - storage units converted into art studio spaces - today's bell ringing could also symbolize a premature farewell to the Bridge Storage and ArtSpace (aka "Bridge") has been scrambling to catch up with local city ordinances and permits. The City of Richmond’s Planning Department, its Building Department, and Code Enforcement Unit recently sent the Bridge an eviction notice stating that the converted art and music studios are not in full compliance with Richmond Municipal Codes and needs to vacate within the week. The timing of this bad news is ironic claims Bridge general manager Daryl Henline. "We’ve spent considerable time and money thus far in delivering a Planning submission and developing building plans for the project. Ironically, on the verge of this activity to bring our facility into compliance, we have been served with a “Notice to Vacate” all occupied units in the facility by January 6, 2014. This applies to tenants in all arts, music and workspace units at Bridge as well as our gallery," said Henline of the space he manages. Henline admits that under his management that the space - a mix of storage units and converted art spaces with the rented storage spaces' rents covering the costs of the art spaces that are currently occupied by 25 artists and a variety of musicians in 6 rehearsal rooms - did not go about things in the correct manner. "We should have gone through proper channels, obtaining required approvals and permits before embarking on this new use for our facility," he said adding that the long term goal is to have a total of 40 art studios and 10 music rooms all for low income artists in Richmond.
Aceyalone "Leanin On Slick" (title track of 2013 release from longtime LA emcee)
BILLY JAM 2013 TOP 10 HIP-HOP ALBUM LIST
1) DJ Frane Hi Dusty Stranger (Self-Released)
2) DJ ADA The Work Album (self released)
3) RJD2 More Is Than Isn't (RJS Electrical Connection)
4) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)
5) Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + EI-P) Run The Jewels (Fool's Gold)
Back in 1983, a time when Bay Area hip-hop was just beginning to take root, there were a handful of dedicated early era DJs around the Bay starting to fully embrace the still relatively new genre including both DJ Chill and DJ Chino (above) who formed the Midnite Cru Deejays that year. With hip-hop being such a globally popular and ubiquitous musical genre in 2013 it is hard to imagine a time when it was otherwise but back thirty years ago things where very different. Back in '83 hip-hop records (of which few were albums, mostly only 12" singles) were comparatively limited in supply and hence DJs like the Midnite Cru Deejays would typically mix in other types of music (freestyle, pop-dance, Minneapolis 80's funk, and new wave) into their mixes.
In addition to the above video interview with Midnite Cru Deejays' DJ Chill (who you can also follow on Twitter) and DJ Chino (conducted at Gellert Park in Daly City during Cue's Records Reunion BBQ in October of last year), in which they name check such legendary SF/Bay hip-hop spots as the Palladium, Creative Music, and Bobby G's Soul Disco Records' store and DJ pool, this week I again caught up with the two Bay Area DJ pioneers to ask them each a few questions on their hip-hop DJ legacies: Chino from Daly City and Chill from San Francisco. These questions and their replies appear below. DJ Chino, who is DJing in the new year tonight at The Connection in the Outer Mission district of SF at 5740 Mission St (flyer below), shared of his long DJ history that, "I never thought I would make it this far as a DJ but time just flew by, and here I am thirty plus years later and still doing what I love to do, DJing. It's my natural high (mixing). I get these goose bumps that just make me want to do it again and again." Meanwhile Chino's longtime turntable partner DJ Chill offered this wonderful insight on why not to bother a DJ at work - something that any club/party DJ can relate to - via this series of rhetorical questions: "Do you bother a fireman in the middle of a fire? Do you bother a doctor in the middle of surgery? Would you bother a cop in the middle of an arrest? Then why the fuck would you bother a DJ in the middle of the mix?!"
Enjoy checking out all the Amoeba staffers Best Of 2013 lists? Then tune into KPFK radio Los Angeles this morning into early afternoon between 11am and 1pm (PST) when Amoeba Hollywood staffer, musician, musicologist, and Amoeblogger Rick Frystak will be manning the boards and working the turntables, sitting in for Betto Arcos on the ever popular weekly Global Village program.
What to expect from Rick's two hour live mix today? will be digging into his 2013 crates and playing many of his personal favorite releases from the past twelve months (including some "new finds"), along with some rare sounds, and to properly prepare us for a new year "five versions of 'Auld Lang Syne'!" If you are in the Los Angeles area tune in on your radio dial at 90.7FM. Otherwise tune in online from anywhere at KPFK.org. And after the show has aired view the playlist and listen back to audio archive of show on the KPFK website here.
DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)
Every year around this time San Francisco mashup master DJ Earworm rolls our another one of his audio/video year end mashups of the top 25 major pop hits of the past year. Depending on how you felt about pop music in 2013 will pretty much determine how you much you like or dislike Earworm's ‘United State of Pop’ 2013 mashup megamix of hit songs since his mixing/blending/matching is pitch perfect and on point as usual. Subtitled “Living the Fantasy” this latest mix regurgitates such 2013 global pop hits as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Miley Cyrus' “Wrecking Ball," Eminem's "The Monster (feat. Rihanna)," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' “Thrift Shop" ("Can't Hold Us" is in there too), Robin Thicke's unavoidable "Blurred Lines," Lady Gaga's "Applause," Lorde's "Royals" and sixteen others - the original full versions of which are all available at Amoeba Music.