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2015 SF DMC Battle (April 12 @ Brick & Mortar) Fosters "Accepting Vibe Where Everyone Can Feel Respected And Encouraged"

Posted by Billyjam, April 6, 2015 08:08am | Post a Comment

Three years ago in April of 2012, following a noticeably long six-year absence, the longtime DMC DJ Battle returned to San Francisco with its 2012 DMC Bay Area Regional Battle at 330 Ritch at which DJ Sol Rising won the turntable competition. It was a most welcomed return of the world's longest running, most recognized, and prestigious DJ battle to the epicenter of turntablism/skratch music in the country. Thankfully, each year since then a Bay Area DMC Regional, one that determines who will go on to represent NorCal in the DMC USA national finals in New York, has taken place. The 2015 DMC San Francisco Regional DJ Battle will take place this coming Sunday, April 12th, at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in the Mission District of San Francisco. Tix here.

As well as being the NorCal Regional battle, the event will also encompass the Battle for US Supremacy as part of the six-hour long program. The event is special also in the fact that this year's will be an all-ages event! Note that there is still time to enter for the battle by contacting usa@dmcworld.com. DJs have until exactly 11:59pm on April 11th to register for the battles on April 12th. This year's battle has the backing of the Rane DJ gear company along with the pioneering Bay Area DJ Cue's (co-founder of the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters) San Brun-based Special Tech DJ school.

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Amy: The Amy Winehouse Documentary

Posted by Billyjam, April 5, 2015 12:21pm | Post a Comment

Amy Winehouse movie preview (2015)

Above is the very telling first trailer for the forthcoming documentary, Amy, on the short life and times of the late great Amy Winehouse. In it the singer, who died at age 27 of alcohol poisoning, incorrectly predicts in an early interview how she figured that she was not going to be very famous. In regards to fame, she said, "I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably go mad!" 

The film, directed by Asif Kapedia (Senna), promises to include a lot of unseen archival footage as well as feature some never before heard Amy Winehouse tracks (likely to appear on an accompanying soundtrack).

No doubt there'll be more trailers for Amy published before its scheduled theatrical release in July. In the meantime, check out Amy Winehouse's back catalog at Amoeba Music, which includes the track "Back To Black" (video below) -- the title track of her second album released by Universal in 2006. The song can be heard in the above movie teaser, albeit in an altered, slower, stretched-out version that isolated the acapella parts and mixed them over an eerie sounding instrumental for full haunting effect.

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Various Causes of Musicians' Deaths, By Genre

Posted by Billyjam, April 3, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment


Melancholy a topic as the content in above chart might be, which comes care of theconversation.com, it is very engaging and enlightening. The color red on the chart represents "significantly above the overall average rate for cause of death" with rap and hip-hop leading the chart's overall percentage amount. Meanwhile, metal leads in suicide as cause of death, with cancer pretty much evenly spread across all genres except for hip-hop and rap - perhaps because it is the youngest genre represented.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Community Skratch Games, PRhyme, Common, Shing02's The Divider, J Dilla RSD Release, De La Successful, Jay-Z

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2015 09:01am | Post a Comment
Now in its ninth year is Ireland's Community Skratch Games - the annual DJ battle that takes place at the Bierhaus in Galway each Easter weekend - that began as a fun alternative to the more serious minded DJ battles like the ITF or DMC. In fact its Sex Pistols styled slogan for one early year boasted Never mind the DMC's...Here's the Community Skratch Games!

The Community Skratch Games began in 2007 with no real long term plans, merely a desire to show love to the skratch art of turntable manipulation for the small niche of skratch fanatics in Ireland as well as raise awareness of hip-hop DJ culture to those not fully aware of turntablism as a musical art.

In addition to its fun battle (for which the champion won, not a corporate prize such as some sponsored company's mixer, but a bag of meat - yes as rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, steaks, and pork chops - donated by the local butcher) the Community Skratch Games, which has continued each year growing from strength to strength, a variety of workshops and showcases. Or as chief organizer Jimmy The Hideous Penguin called it in a 2009 Amoeblog interview  "a barrage of funk, hip-hop, electro and sweaty dancing folk." At that same time the DJ/producer and member of Ireland's incredible Vince Mack Mahon DJ crew, who oversees the spinoff Community Skratch Music record label, noted that the advantage of holding the annual Community Skratch Games in Galway versus the large Irish city of Dublin was that, "It's easy to be noticed in a small city. There are lots of great skratch DJs in other parts of Ireland too. I'm not sure, it's easy to do your own thing in Galway. In bigger cities I think people lean more towards fitting in or suiting other peoples' needs."

This year's Community Skratch Games will take place this weekend - Saturday and Sunday April 4th and 5th at the Bierhaus - and feature a grip of amazing talent including Naive Ted, Danny Deepo, DJackulate, Handsome Paddy, Johnny Doobs and many more with host Ray Wingnut (look for his Amoeblog interview next week here). A few weeks ago I was over in Galway, Ireland visiting Jimmy Penguin who was already very busy getting ready for this weekend's ninth annual event. I asked him what makes this year's Games different than previous years? "It gets bigger and better every year with more and more new delighted faces and dropping jaws. It's great to see people getting involved year after year," he said adding that, "As always the highlight this year will be the Community Skratch Games freestyle Battle Royale." Click here  and/or see flyer above for more details.

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Joni Mitchell Found Unconscious At Her LA Home, Rushed To Hospital In "Serious" Condition

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2015 08:56pm | Post a Comment


As reported a little earlier this evening by various news outlets, with TMZ breaking the story, at approx 2:30pm this afternoon legendary Canadian born singer/songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell was found unconscious at her LA home in the Bel-Air district and rushed to the hospital with hospital officials reportedly describing her condition as "quite serious." And although no specifics of exactly what caused Mitchell to be unconscious have been publicly announced so far, the 71 year old artist, who has attributed a life long cigarette smoking habit (she began smoking at age nine) to ending her singing career five years ago, has had a life long history of health problems. The range from surviving both scarlet fever and polio as a child (she was lucky to walk again) to several years ago being diagnosed with the disease known as Morgellons which results in sufferers experiencing under their skin parasite-like biting and crawling sensations.

She addressed this rare disease in her candid memoir Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words in which she described it as being so bad that she couldn't wear clothes, had to crawl across the floor, and couldn't leave her house for years on end. Additionally Mitchell has shared that she has suffered from both acute paranoia and insomnia. I sincerely hope that Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever, survives this hospital emergency. For updates on her status the JoniMitchell.com Twitter page tweeted earlier this evening that they are "awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know." 
Meantime read Joni Mitchell's full Amoeba.com bio by Oliver Hall and check out some of below of a few select live performance tracks by the artist, whose album Blue ranks in my top ten best albums of all time, below - which can be found, along with many more, at Amoeba in the Joni Mitchell section. Also immediately below is an enlightening interview with Mitchell, who doesn't do many interviews, from a couple by her native CBC television conducted by Jian Ghomeshi at her California home.

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