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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The National Anthem of Hip-Hop, The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2014 08:04am | Post a Comment

Sample This! The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"

This week's Hip-Hop History Tuesday Amoeblog takes a look at the song that truly qualifies as being "a hip-hop classic." In fact it is more than merely a "classic" but rather the classic when it comes to hip-hop music and culture. This record, which has rightfully been dubbed "the anthem of hip-hop," is the Incredible Bongo Band's well-worn song "Apach." It remains popular to this day, four full decades after Kool Herc first unearthed two copies of the (then mostly overlooked) record to make it a staple of his party rocking crates and a cornerstone of the genre from day one of hip-hop up in the Boogie Down Bronx - August 11th, 1973. Fast forward to today and you will still hear DJs rocking this track, see B-Boys and B-Girls all over the world breaking moves to it, and witness graffiiti artists playing it as they practice their craft. Furthermore, if you listen to any small amount of hip-hop music you hear songs sample elements from "Apache."  The song was prominently used in the Doug Pray DJ documentary movie Scratch in 1999. In 2006 the actual record was reissued, while in 2010 a 7" reissue (with "Bongo Rock" on other side) was released, and more recently (in the past month) the 27-track downloadable set, 40 Years Of The Incredible Bongo Band, was released.

Bye Bye Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

The Everly Brothers "Bye Bye Love (Live)" (1957)

Sad news has surfaced that yesterday, January 3rd 2014, singer Phil Everly passed on according to sources at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA where he had been hospitalized. Reportedly the 74 year old died from complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease triggered by a lifetime habit of heavy cigarette smoking.  Along with brother Don, Phil made up the legendary Everly Brothers singing duo who, with their smooth harmonies and memorable lyrics, ruled the pop charts from the latter fifties into the early sixties with a string of hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved," and "Wake Up Little Susie." 

Inductees of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame the siblings began their musical careers early - first singing with their parents on radio shows and in concerts - before, while still teenagers, relocating to Nashville to become full-time songwriters. Ironically their first hit ("Bye Bye Love") as a recording duo was not a song that they themselves wrote but one written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that they discovered and decided to record, adding their own touches to it. It became a number two pop chart hit and a number one country charts hit in 1957 and paved the way for the siblings as chart toppers both here in the US and in the UK. Check for both the extensive catalog of the Everly Brothers and Phil Everly's solo output at Amoeba.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #61: New Year and A New Mayor Taking "Dead Aim At The Tale Of Two Cities" + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2014 01:45pm | Post a Comment

New Years Day 2014, New York City where last night a million patient people packed into the Times Square area - a lot of them out of town visitors getting there hours in advance - to try and get a good standing spot to check out the festivities amid all the usual Times Square giant bright active LED screens towering overhead, check out numerous performers including Miley Cyrus and Deborah Harry, and at the stroke of midnight get to see firsthand the famous ball drop that is mostly seen on TV including a lot of New Yorkers who can't deal with all the crowds and waiting.  At around that same time over in Brooklyn new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got sworn into office by the Attorney General of NY Eric Schneiderman in a modest low key ceremony right outside the family's longtime home that they now leave to take up residence in Gracie Mansion. Then early this afternoon here the official ceremony took place downtown at City Hall where Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by none other than former President Bill Clinton to become the first Democrat mayor of the city in 20 years and the 109th mayor of New York City.

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New Years Day Bell Ringing Celebration Today At Richmond's Endangered Bridge ArtSpace

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2014 09:44am | Post a Comment
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.

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Billy Jam's Best of 2013

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2013 05:27pm | Post a Comment

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)

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