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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #90: Las Bicicletas, NYC Restaurant Week, 37th Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, Coney Island

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2014 06:13am | Post a Comment

After closely dodging a major public transportation strike of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) earlier this week (which would have trickled down to affect MTA buses and subways, thereby affecting all New Yorkers and not just those who commute into the city from suburban Long Island), folks here are still breathing a sigh of relief in this city where, it seems, nearly everyone takes public transportation. Speaking of which, the Citi Bike program has expanded its service to embrace more tourists by making it more accessible for casual one-off users. Compared to typical bike rental outlets Citi Bike's $10 for a 24-hour period seems like a deal. However the drawback is that is you only get the bike for 30-minute increments before having to re-check it out - or suffer heavy fines. More info here.

Continuing in the bike loving NYC theme, this month 122 metal bicycle sculptures (see below) have been rolled out around Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of a grand scale sculpture exhibit by 83-year-old bicycle-loving Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro. He first created the cycle themed sculpture exhibit entitled "Las Bicicletas" in his hometown with the stated goal of celebrating both art and bike riding. Supported financially by the Parks Department and the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) the public art installation can be seen all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with many strategically installed near the Citi Bike share racks. More detailed info.

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DJ Set For Peace Comes at a Much Needed Time

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2014 03:18pm | Post a Comment
Introduction to Peace One Day 2014

The upcoming DJ SetForPeace, scheduled for September 21st during Peace One Day, could not be better timed considering all of the unrest that is going on in the world right now with, sadly, no signs of slowing down. The informal yet well received global anti-war campaign that encourages "DJs uniting around the world to raise awareness of peace day" is a part of Peace One Day which was begun 15 years ago by Jeremy Gilley (see video above), whose goal was simple - how about peace for just one day out of the year? - with September 21st being that day of the year. Gilley's organization Peace One Day’s objective is to "institutionalize Peace Day" and he contends that its campaigns and activities have proven that the message of the day actually does carry weight and has had a positive impact with powers that be cooling off for that one day.

Akon will headline Peace One Day celebration at Goma International Airport on September 21st. Regarding the DJ SetForPeace role in the overall Peace One Day it is a coalition adding to the overall goal of the day. Not just DJs, but also producers, and MCs are encouraged to play a Set for Peace on Peace One Day, 21st September which this year falls on a Sunday - a good day for music, and for peace.  "In a club, at a festival, in a park or in your own home, you can use the power of music to bring people together in the name of peace," encourage the organizers. "By dedicating your set, you are telling the world about Peace Day and encouraging positive action in homes, schools and communities." To get directly involved click hereinfo on Set For Peace, and for general information click here.

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 3 featuring Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment
           


With just a little over one week left to the wonderful Amoeba Music sponsored record / vinyl themed exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at OMCA this is part three in the Digging In The Crates Amoeblog series dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (but only through next weekend, Sunday July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California as part of its excellent interactive Vinyl exhibit which has been there for three months and is well worth checking out. For this installment we focus on (scroll down to see) San Francisco producer Dan Nakamura - aka Dan the Automator - who coincidentally later today (July 19th) will be doing a free outdoor show at 7pm at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY along with  fellow Deltron 3030 members Kid Koala and Del The Funky Homosapien plus the Deltron 3030 Orchestra.

For his curated crate picks (which overlaps a bit with his above Amoeba WIMB? clip) at the OMCA Vinyl exhibit the prolific producer chose a combination of some of his all time favorite releases such as Eric B and Rakim's Paid In Full and The Beach Boys'  Pet Sounds (his number one top pick), as well as many of the countless releases that the prolific producer has been personally involved in over the years such as Cornershop's  When I was Born for the 7th time on which he is the producer, Handsome Boy Modeling School of which he is one-half along with Prince Paul, The Gorillaz whose first album he produced, Jamie Cullum's Catching Tales on which Nakamura does beats and programming, Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum that he produced, Lovage which is the producer along with Mike Patton and such other collaborators as (again fellow Deltron 3030 member) Kid Koala, and Jennifer Charles, and Anaïs' The Love Album via Polydor France released in 2008 that he also produced and is in the same musical vein as his forthcoming latest project, Got A Girl along with vocalist Mary Elizabeth Winstead, that will be arriving in Amoeba this coming Tuesday (July 22nd, 2014) via his long running San Francisco based label Bulk Recordings. What's crazy is that he didn't even get to include one of his best (and earliest) releases - one that I included in the crate I curated at the OMCA exhibit - his 1989 early breakbeat/battle record Music To Be Murdered By.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.18.14: Madlib, Z-Man, Deltron 3030, DJ Woody, Hieroglyphics, Kid Vishis, Sir Michael Rocks + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:11:14


1) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)

2) Madlib Rock Konducta Pt 2 (LP) (Madlib Invasion)

3)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

4) Riff Raff Neon Icon (Mad Decent)

5) Blu Good To Be Home (Universal)

 
Holding down three of the five positions in the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood is Madlib. In the first two slots are a couple in Madlib's new ongoing Rock Konducta series (Rock Konducta Vol 1 & 2 CD and Rock Konducta Pt 2 LP) which began last year's five-track Rock Konducta 45. Note that they are available in both single volume LPs One and Two and as a double CD set (52 tracks total). An offshoot of the renowned producer's Beat Konducta series these two first full-length volumes, which are rock instrumentals (some instantly recognizable, most not as they are underground ranging from prof to psychedelia to Krautrock and beyond) all given that special Madlib treatment. Clocking in at about 40 minutes per volume with 20 plus tracks they are all totally tweaked out in Madlib's distinctive production style. IE must get material! And knowing the ever prolific producer's track record my bet is that this new Madlib series could well go on for another dozen installments. Read more on these releases on the Stones Throw website. The other Madlib entry is the 7"  picture disc single from Madlib alter-ego Quasimoto (aka Lord Quas) "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" culled in part from the album Yessir Whatever. Other chart entries this week include Riff Raff's Neon Icon care of Diplo's Mad Decent imprint, and Blu's Good To Be Home care of the major label Universal Records.  Bout time the mainstream caught up with Blu!

Farewell Blues Great Johnny Winter

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2014 08:21am | Post a Comment
        
Johnny Winter Live on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in NYC 1974

The music world lost another great yesterday with the passing of Texas born blues guitarist/singer legend Johnny Winter who died (Wednesday, July 16) in Switzerland in his Zurich hotel room. He was 70 years of age. While no exact cause of death has so far been announced according to those close to the artist, who was considered among the greatest slide blues guitarist of all time, had not been in good health for a few years - yet still managed to get enough energy to do what he loved - perform the blues to appreciate audiences. The older brother of Edgar Winter with whom he began playing the blues from early in life, Johnny was not just a practitioner of the blues but also long an ambassador and champion of the genre as he supported the careers of such idols of his as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters (see all three together in concert in video down below). In the 1977 Winter brought his hero Muddy Waters into the studio to record Hard Again for Blue Sky Records - the imprint distributed by Columbia specifically set up for the release - followed by two other Waters collaboration albums that would result in three Grammys for Waters.

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