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DJ JS-1's Guest-Packed Album "It Is What It Isn't" Proves That Hip-Hop Is Alive and Well

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2014 05:46pm | Post a Comment

If you prefer your hip-hop rooted in the traditional golden era style and with a respect for the four elements of the culture including the DJ as turntablist - then DJ JS-1's recommended new album It Is What It Isn’t is the hip-hop album for you. This latest release from the longtime New York City boom bap producer / scratch DJ - that arrived in Amoeba this past week care of his Ground Original imprint with distribution from Fat Beats - is back-to-back quality hip-hop that's more like a rich hip-hop compilation due to the long list of talented emcees that join the instrumentalist throughout its 21 tracks.

JS-1's impressive list of emcee collaborators is a balance of emcees that have been consistently putting it down since the golden era to an array of new school innovators. That long list numbers a few dozen hip-hop artists and includes KRS-One, O.C, Ras Kass,  Buckshot, Erick Sermon, Homeboy Sandman, Sadat X, Murs, Fashawn, Wordsworth, Torae, Kyle Rapps, Blacastan, Professor X, A.G., C-Rayz Walz, and the Artifacts' El Da Sensei and Tame One to name but some. 

A full-time b-boy and lifelong dedicated hip-hopper the Queens, NY DJ JS-1 began his career two decades ago. He was a member of the Rocksteady Crew. As well as been a hip-hop DJ with a talent for scratching he was also a graffiti artist who went by the name JERMS.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top Ten, Meow The Jewels, Dust-One's New Single, BPos' "Party Mardi," 1989's Crack Era Rap, Bay Guardian RIP

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Ten 10:17:2014


1)
Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

2)  Dilated Peoples   Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)

3) 
Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Souls of Mischief There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)

5)
Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)

Jello Biafra & Michael Parenti Join Fight For Rent Control At La Pena In Berkeley Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2014 04:50pm | Post a Comment

Four decades into a career of being a voice for the oppressed Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) keeps the good fight going strong when tonight, along with author/educator/activist Dr. Michael Parenti (Against Empire, Assassination of Julius Caesar) and others, he will volunteer his talents to co-present a night of politics, spoken word, and poetry at La Pena in Berkeley in a fundraiser event for the Pro-Rent Control Slate for the Berkeley Rent Board. Other performers on tonight's bill include Berkeley City Council member, poet, and political activist Kriss Worthington, Berkeley poet and political activist Bill Bogert, and Gary Hicks of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. "In these times of spiraling rents, tenants are at the mercy of rapacious large landlords, and small landlords are at the mercy of foreclosure-hungry banks- but the Berkeley Rent Board fights to keep a level-playing field for tenants and landlords," organizer Jesse Townley (aka Jesse Luscious of Blatz, Criminals, and KALX radio) told the Amoeblog adding of tonight's show that,  "It's a history-making night. The first time Alternative Tentacles spoken word artists Jello Biafra and Michael Parenti will appear on the same stage." This worthy fundraiser takes place tonight, Thursday, October 16, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors @ 7:30) at La Pena Cultural Center located at 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA - near the Ashby BART station. If you can't make it but want to donate to the cause do so here.  And in keeping with tonight's theme and the legacy of Jello Biafra I leave you with the Dead Kennedy's "Kill The Poor" which can be found as the opening track on the DK's album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.

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Scott Walker Keeping Busy With New Sunn O))) Collaboration & Hollywood Movie Soundtrack

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2014 07:59am | Post a Comment
Ever talented, typically reclusive, and truly offbeat artist Scott Walker will be composing the soundtrack for the Brady Corbet directed movie The Childhood of a Leader starring Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth, Berenice Bejo, and Stacy Martin as reported this week by Screen Daily.  Many Scott Walker fans may have at first been surprised to learn this news of the artist, known for crafting weird sounds that Amoeblogger Billy Gil once described as "dense and challenging (yet rewarding)", agreeing to undertake such a mainstream big Hollywood movie project with stars like Twilight's Robert Pattinson but upon further examination of the film, that sketches the dark tale of the rise of fascism in the Twentieth Century, and word that Walker will have full creative control put any worries to rest. The film, which has only recently begun filming, will likely be released in late 2015.

Walker's last release was 2012's widely acclaimed, offbeat Bisch Bosch on 4AD that Amoeba's Aaron Detroit rated as his number one favorite album of that year of which he accurately described as, "an Absurdist's symphony. Melody is eschewed for repetition, but you still walk away with the damned thing in your head. E-bows, machetes as percussion and disturbing (as well as amusing) scatological metaphors are some of the unlikely ingredients that make up this terrifying (and weirdly infectious) beauty. There's really nothing else like it." Bisch Bosch, that was six years in the making since Walker's 2006 album The Drift, made many other year-end top ten music lists too. Likely so too will his score for the forthcoming The Childhood of a Leader and the (sooner to be released) collaborative full-length album Soused with Sunn O))) that will be released by 4AD next week (October 21st). You can pre-order it now from Amoeba in both CD and LP formats.

Mykki Blanco's 'Gay Dog Food'

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

The talented, unique, and often provocative NY hip-hop artist Mykki Blanco transcends simple definition and is a lot more than an emcee or "a gay rapper" as Blanco is so often labeled.  More descriptively accurate is the artist's own self-definition of being a musician, an activist, a performance artist, and experimentalist. Hence why the artist's forthcoming new 14 track project Gay Dog Food (to arrive in Amoeba on Oct. 28 via UNO NYC - his third release for the label) encompasses all aspects of the multifaceted individual that is Mykki Blanco. Gay Dog Food, which precedes Blanco's anticipated official debut album Michael by several months (slated for a Spring 2015 release), is an ambitious project that was recorded in studios in Eastern Russia, London, Berlin, and New York City and is a most diverse recording that goes way beyond the restrains of hip-hop to encompass such other genres as punk, noise, experimental, industrial, and Riot Grrrl.

Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, whom Blanco counts as a major musical influence, collaborates on the album track "A Moment With Kathleen" for a spoken word collage. Other project collaborators include Chicago MC Katie Got Bandz, and Cities Aviv while producers include Sasha DZA, and Supreme Cuts. "You can choose to call me a gay rapper," said Mykki Blanco of himself in a prepared statement sent out today to announce the new release and who he is an (often misunderstood) artist. "I'm a punk, a creative punk and I'm going to continue to create and entertain without boundaries. Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning."  Look for Gay Dog Food in Amoeba on October 28th. Meantime peep a preview of the album track Mykki Blanco "Moshin' In The Front (feat. Cities Aviv)" via Soundcloud. Below is the video for Blanco's 2012 track "Wavvy."

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