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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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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #89: Free Movies, Concert Guide, George Carlin Way, Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment

1984's Ghostbusters, set in New York City, is among the free films screened in NYC this week


The bevy of free outdoor movies continues with a wide range of choices of movies and locations to view them that include tonight (July 16) at Pier 63 at Hudson River Park (near 23rd Street) where the award winning 2013 film American Hustle will screen for free. This is a great location and does not get as packed as some of the other spots like Bryant Park but note that the front half of the lawn, which is damp most of the time so bring a plastic sheet, is on a backward slant from the screen so try to avoid sitting there or you will keep falling backwards. More info.   Meanwhile at the aforementioned Bryant Park's (42nd Street at Sixth Ave.) weekly HBO sponsored screening this Monday (July 21s) will be National Lampoon's Vacation. More info. Over in Brooklyn at McCarren Park tonight (July 16) SummerScreen presents Ben Stiller's silly but fun Zoolander. What  makes this free outdoor movie series extra special is that they also  have a live concert beforehand. This evening that will be the must-see double bill of two hot new NYC hip-hop acts Ratking and Princess Nokia. 6 pm start time with film screening at sundown (8:30pm approx). McCarren Park is at N. 12th St. at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. More info. Then on Friday evening at Pier 46 (again on Hudson River Park) "Ghostbusters (trailer above) will screen at  part of the summer movie series' Family Fridays with free popcorn to accompany the free movie.  Pier 46 is along West St. at Charles St. More info.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Joe Conzo (Born In The Bronx) Amoeblog Interview

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2014 06:47pm | Post a Comment
     

"It's pretty humbling and amazing to see my photos from when I was a sixteen, seventeen year old kid," Joe Conzo told the Amoeblog - as seen in the above video clip - speaking last week by the wall of photos on display at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise gallery space on Greenwich Street in the Village in New York City. The exhibit is similar in title and theme as well as contributors to the highly recommended 2007 published book Born In The Bronx that he is an integral part of. "Born In The Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style and Joe Conzo - A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop" the exhibit that is curated by Johan Kugelberg (editor of the book) runs through July 26th, 2014 at the downtown gallery space and is well worth visiting - and it is free.

In addition to Conzo's photos on exhibit are such artifacts as classic original era hip-hop show flyers by Buddy Esquire (RIP), a grid of original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn’s landmark hip-hop film Wild Style, and a wall display of LP and 12" vinyl from the Afrika Bambaataa's influential record collection.  There's also Afrika Bambaataa manuscripts and notebooks and the original lyrics handwritten for “Planet Rock” - all of which adds up to must-see material for any true hip-hop history fanatic.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.11.14: Quasimoto, Big Freedia, G-Eazy, Danny Brown, 9th Wonder, Smoke DZA, Little Simz

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2014 01:09pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:11:14


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

2) Big Freedia Just Be Free (Queen Diva)

3) Danny Brown Hot Soup (Street Corner Music)

4) 9th Wonder The Wonder Years (T.e.g.)

5) G-Eazy  These Things Happen (BPG)

Locking down the number chart position this week at Amoeba Hollywood is not an album but a 7" single: the excellent, collector's item, picture disc single, via Stones Throw, from Madlib alter-ego Quasimoto (aka Lord Quas) "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" The side "Planned Attack" is culled from the album Yessir Whatever while the "Talkin Shit" side is a short, previously unreleased track with both featuring and produced by Madlib, artwork by Jeff Jank, and described by the Peanut Butter Wolf headed label as "Quasimoto X-ray record.  Half picture disc, half clear vinyl. Lord Quas with brick on one side, and his "insides" show on the flip.  Delivered in a clear polybag." Also charting are Oakland rapper G-Eazy's major label debut  These Things Happen (BPG), 9th Wonder's The Wonder Years (which has been out for a minute but is a chart re-entry), and the ever-prolific and talented Danny Brown's Hot Soup on Street Corner Music - a reissue of his mixtape from 2008.

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New James Brown Biopic "Get On Up"

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2014 02:35pm | Post a Comment

          

"Get On Up" Trailer - movie opens August 1st, 2014

While some diehard James Brown fans are already skeptical of Get On Up (the forthcoming biopic on the Godfather of Soul that opens in theaters everywhere in three weeks) because they say that the star Chadwick Boseman doesn't look much like the singer, I say that's crazy because he's a great actor and he sure sounds and moves just like him - as evidenced in the above trailer. Also based on this trailer, as well as on the other clips I've seen of this movie on the life of one of the greatest artists of all time, my bet is that this film, directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, is going to be off the hook.  Besides incredible music (it sounds like they used all of Brown's original recordings and not reworkings as is often the case in music biopics), Get On Up has a killer cast and drama - lots of drama - from James Brown's real life. It starts with him as a five-year-old boy ("just a street kid from Augusta, Georgia") with a tough childhood and follows him through all of his ups and downs, including incarceration where he organized and led the prison gospel choir, three marriages, and meeting his estranged mother years later after he had found major success.

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