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For Vampisoul's "R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits" Compilation Curator Mr Fine Wine Mines the Vaults of King and Federal

Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2015 12:16pm | Post a Comment


Last night during his soul 45's themed, longtime weekly residency at New York City's Botanica Mr. Fine Wine celebrated the release of his latest retro compilation R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits. This the Detroit born, music loving, lifelong soul/funk/r&b 45's crate digger, and weekly host of WFMU's Downtown Soulville accomplished by playing the music and inviting others to join him for a fun and funky night at the Downtown bar/club along with an array of invited fellow 45's loving guest DJs including Jonathan Toubin, DJ Rata, Mikey, One Mint Julep, Phast Phreddie, Pablo Salinas, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Matt Fiveash (pictured left). The new 20 track compilation, that has been released as a CD and also as a ten seven inch vinyl box-set, is the fourth and latest in this various artists series for Vampisoul that the D has curated for the respected reissue record label. With a title inspired by the compilation's opening track, Little Joe Washington's 1963 Federal Records single "Bossa Nova and Grits," genre expert Mr Fine Wine has mined the vaults of King Records and its imprint Federal Records. Federal Records, who first gave the world a taste of James Brown, was set up by the influential indie Cincinnati, Ohio based King Records label in 1950. Among those acts featured are on the new collection are Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men, King Syam, Gene Wilson & His Genies, and Sam Anderson & The Telstars.

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Has Zumbi Found Zion I's Replacement for AmpLive With Producer Markis Precise?

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2015 03:24pm | Post a Comment

On his excellent recent release Fear of Flying (Ineffable Music), West Coast producer Markis Precise plays host to a rich array of mic wreckers including such talents as Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab, and Zion I's Zumbi. Noteworthy of the collaborative album, that the artist refers to as a "compilation," is the Fresno producer's gift at pairing just the right music with each of his vocal collaborators. He manages to bring out the very best in his guest emcees. Examples include "Frequency (feat. Zion I)" in which he not only provides the pitch perfect backing track for emcee Zumbi's unique, instantly recognizable flow, but sonically captures that Zion I vibe, particularly early era Zion I. And this is good news for longtime fans of the prolific, popular duo who may have pondered what future lay ahead for them with the announcement earlier this year of the exit of Zumbi's longtime partner in Zion I, producer AmpLive

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N.W.A. "Fuck The Police (Remix)" + "Ni**az Retaliate (feat. Public Enemy)" = Greatest Revolutionary Rap Record Never Released?

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2015 10:26am | Post a Comment

If you've seen the N.W.A. bio-pic titled after their album Straight Outta Compton (CD and LP), the whole "Fuck The Police" controversy played a major role in the 2015 film that arrives at Amoeba on DVD/BluRay upon its January 19th release. "Fuck The Police" also played a major role in the pioneering gangsta rap group's career resulting in a not-too-happy FBI famously contacting the group's record label regarding the inflammatory anti-law enforcement anthem. But in a June 1990 interview, Ice Cube, after he had left the group and just released his debut solo album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (in CD and LP), told me that the controversy with the police and the FBI over the song was blown out of proportion. "They just sent us a letter," he said, which put fear into Priority Records - the label headed by Bryan Turner that before N.W.A.'s success had been known for putting out the non-offensive The California Raisins

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Take It To The Bridge, The Bay Bridge (Pre-Demolition Top Ten List)

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2015 10:32pm | Post a Comment

Following a one week postponement, this weekend the demolition of part of the old Bay Bridge is back on. Scheduled for this Saturday, November 14th, at approximately 1pm, the segment of the 77-year-old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge known as Pier E3 will be demolished. Via underwater implosion and lasting only six seconds, 400 explosives will be used to demolish a 268-foot concrete slab 165 feet in the Bay mud below. While this planned implosion of the old Bay Bridge, that was replaced back in mid-2013 with that shiny new Bay Bridge that you seem to see in every other new car commercial, may not be as dramatic as say the implosion/demolition in 1999 of San Francisco's Geneva Towers, it is still an anticipated event. Many individuals and groups are planning on viewing Saturday's implosion either in person (the Oakland side near 7th St. in West Oakland is a prime location) or online (CalTrans will stream it all live).
 


Fans of this upcoming event include those members of the Old Bay Bridge Demolition Facebook event page that was set up by the the San Francisco Bay Area Street Photography group.  One member of this group is longtime Bay Bridge fan and former San Francisco resident Aaron Hali who now lives in Sacramento. "I'm up here in Sac because the Bay pushed us out economically so we were not in a position to buy a house in the Bay Area," he told me of his and his wife's relocation reasons, adding that, because of the three hour round trip for a six second event, he will be among those watching the implosion stream online.

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New Orleans Musician Allen Toussaint Has Died At Age 77

Posted by Billyjam, November 10, 2015 01:47pm | Post a Comment


Versatile New Orleans-born musician/producer Allen Toussaint died yesterday from a heart attack while in Spain, according to an email confirmation from his daughter today. The 77-year-old pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer, who remained consistently active in a rich and long musical career that began while in his teens, died after he collapsed following a concert in Madrid on Monday. Part of an ongoing European tour, last night's concert, which took place at Madrid's Teatro Lara, was captured on video with portions of it already posted online (see one of the clips below). Toussaint's legacy will forever be entwined with the New Orleans R&B musical scene. Growing up in New Orleans, he loved music from an early age and taught himself the piano.

Toussaint, who originally went by the stage name Tousan, began as a musician before expanding into the role of producer. He worked for a while behind the scenes for the Minit Records label, shaping hits for other artists such as Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas. As a recording artist he was both influential and prolific with a rich catalog to his name, including a lot of singles. Among the most popular releases by Allen Toussaint found at Amoeba include the recommended collections of his work such as Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky: The Hit Songs & Productions 1957-1978, Toussaint: The Real Thing 1970-1975, and What Is Success: The Scepter and Bell Recordings.

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