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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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Hip-Hop Rap Up: DMC World Finals, Return of the BBoy 3, DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2014 01:21pm | Post a Comment

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Return of the BBoy 3 is a true underground Bay Area hip-hop event happening tonight at ClouD 9 community arts space in Berkeley featuring sets from the Living Legends' Sunspot Jonz and Aesop, Nac One, Mel Yel, Dub Esquire and his reunited old crew M.O.S. (Misfitz Ov Stylz). Like the Living Legends M.O.S.'s roots run deep in the East Bay hip-hop annals and date back to 1990 when the group first formed as the short-lived Rhymes In Progress in March of that year when the original members were Dub Esquire, Kid Haavic, a.k.a. The A-Double), Ron, and Deion.

"That didn't last long," the tireless Dub Esquire, who is now in his third decade of making quality - albeit under the radar non commericial hip-hop, said in an 2011 Amoeblog interview when tracing his Bay Area hip-hop history noting how another short-lived group Constant Elevation came next, before then forming M.O.S. M.O.S. member DJ Lex unfortunately will not be at tonight's event due to scheduling conflicts. Showtime is 9pm Friday October 10th. Tickets at door $10. ClouD 9 is located at 1320 9th Street (near Gilman) Berkeley CA 94710

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Essential Records: Nas' 'Illmatic'

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment
Essential Records Nas Illmatic

When it comes to "essential" hip-hop records they don't come much more essential than Nas' 1994 landmark, ten-track debut album Illmatic. The album's 20 year anniversary is being celebrated in grand style this year with a nice vinyl reissue of the album, the recent theatrical release of the award winning documentary about the album, Time Is Illmatic (see trailer below), and an ongoing tour by the famed Queensbridge emcee - fittingly titled the Time Is Illmatic Tour - in which the emcee performs the entire album in track-listing order following a screening of the new documentary. Nas' current California tour dates include two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 19 & 21) and two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in LA (Oct 18 & 22).

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New York State Of Mind #100 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2014 01:30pm | Post a Comment


Welcome to the final installment in the one hundred part weekly New York State of Mind (NYSOM) Amoeblog series that began two years ago. For this 100th Amoeblog I want to run down some events happening in the coming days/weeks ahead as well as include a random series of NYC themed music videos that I have not yet included in the many NYC music videos already posted to this Amoeblog series. Ongoing events of interest include the Greenpoint, Brooklyn weekly No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) which is happens Tuesday evenings for a little over an hour in a church basement hall is the total antithesis of the overpriced bottle-service night clubs of Manhattan. Founded in New Zealand and with satellite parities like this one in Brooklyn dotted round the globe (Chicago and San Francisco are the other two spots in the US), the rules of NLNL are simple and straightforward and posted by the door upon entry. "No watching, no cell phones, no breakdancing" is what is not allowed. What is allowed/encouraged is to make a dancing and having fun - in near darkness except for a dimly lit ceiling light show that takes your eyes a couple of minutes to adjust to.

On the night I attended NLNL the dance music played by the non-billed DJ (a guy dancing who routinely ran over to hit play for the next song off his iPhone that was plugged into the decent sound system) ranged from trap to deep house to past decades pop hits such as Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen," Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," Dr. Dre2Pac's "California Luv," Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance," and The Cardigans' "Love Fool." NLNL, NYC happens every Tuesday from 8.15pm – 9.30pm at 129 Russell St, Brooklyn, NY 11222. No alcohol. All ages. $5 donation. More info here.

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