Yelle "Ba$$in" video published today
Yelle "Ba$$in" video published today
Paul Weller's brand new solo album Saturns Pattern (Parlaphone) was released today on both CD and 180 gram vinyl, in addition to a limited edition 7" single that features the title track on Side A and the non-album track "Sun Goes" as its B-side. Also today, the man known to many as The Modfather and best known as founding member of The Jam and The Style Council, announced his Fall West Coast tour in support of the new album with ticket pre-sales starting tomorrow (May 20th) and general sales starting on Friday (May 22nd) at 10am Pacific Time.
Showcasing Weller's broad musical spectrum, Saturns Pattern features contributions from The Strypes?' Josh McClorey, Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts?, Steve Pilgrim?, and Syd Arthur?. It is Weller's twelfth solo release. Noteworthy album tracks include the groovin' melodic title track, the hard rocking blues of "White Sky," the dance rhythm driven track "Phoenix," and the simple musical structured albeit instantly commanding, Velvet Underground reminiscent, head-nodding rocker "Long Time."
Knxwledge (pronounced Knowledge) is known for such things as being a producer for Kendrick Lamar's current hit album To Pimp a Butterfly (for the track "Momma"); a regular contributor at the Low End Theory events; and, most importantly, as an incredibly prolific producer whose impressive catalog includes a long list of self-released cassettes, albums, and EPs for such labels as All City and Stones Throw. His latest album, Hud Dreems (pre-order on vinyl) was just released on Stones Throw.
The talented 26-year-old LA-based producer is a major fan of Amoeba Music and spends a lot of his spare time digging in the crates of Amoeba Hollywood for records with obscure sounds to sample. Naturally then the NJ born-and-raised producer was quite at home when he got invited to DJ a set at Amoeba Hollywood last month during Record Store Day celebrations at the Sunset Blvd. store. Around that same time I caught up with the producer to talk about making music, his new Stones Throw release, and of course crate digging at Amoeba - something he was more than happy to chat about.
Thud Rumble - the ever pioneering Bay Area-based DJ music/technology company co-founded by DJ Qbert and Yogafrog two decades ago - continues its ever-innovative streak with the unveiling and demonstration of its latest creation: computing embedded DJ equipment and a sensor activated turntable using IntelR technology. A collaboration with Intel, the new technology will be showcased at this weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo where visitors can experience experimental samples and prototypes. For this new creation Thud Rumble staffers, including Hard Rich, Qbert, and Yogafrog, have taken the IntelR ‘Edison board (a computer module the size of a postage stamp that includes a CPU, MCU, memory, storage, and built-in WiFi) and paired it with three commonly utilized DJ and production instruments – a Stanton STR8-150 turntable, a Native Instruments Kontrol S25 keyboard, and a Maschine by Native Instruments.
"King of The Blues" B.B. King, the legendary American guitarist and singer/songwriter, died late last night at his Las Vegas home. He was 89 years of age and had enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning seven decades. According to a report this morning by the Associated Press, who interviewed the blues icon's attorney Brent Bryson, King reportedly died "peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT" last night (Thursday, May 14) with the local county coroner confirming the death, and that "funeral arrangements were underway" for the 15-time Grammy winner.
The son of sharecroppers, he was born Riley B. King on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1925 but would go on to enjoy an illustrious lifelong career that would include him performing at the White House in 2012 where the President of the United States would join him singing "Sweet Home Alabama." In that long legendary career, in which he got dubbed "the king of the blues" even though his music would transcend the blues, B.B. King recorded dozens of albums, won 15 Grammy awards, made his Gibson guitar a household name ("Lucille"), and introduced blues to a whole new audience in the '60s, all the while influencing a generation of guitar players, including a young Eric Clapton. He also earned a rep for working hard. Much like the late James Brown (aka "the hardest working man in showbiz") King had earned a rep for tirelessly gigging, typically between 250 days to 340 days out of the year. Although after turning 80 in 2005 he vowed to cut down to just 100 shows a year! In recent years poor health, mainly diabetes, had begun to take its toll on King who collapsed last October during a show in Chicago. Since then he had been in hospice care at his Nevada home.