Sad news for fans of legendary and influential Kiwi rock bands The Chills and The Clean: as reported yesterday by New Zealand music blog Off the Tracks, the founding member of both bands Peter Gutteridge died over the weekend. No cause of death has been reported so far. According to Flying Nun, he was in his early fifties. In addition to being instrumental in creating of the unique sound of The Clean and The Chills, the guitarist/singer/songwriter was also a force behind the NZ bands Snapper, The Great Unwashed, and The Puddle. All were a part of the Flying Nun Records label family. The prolific Gutteridge, who coincidentally just in the past month made his first visit to the US for a concert in Brooklyn, only recorded one solo album, Pure, which was initially released in 1989 by Xpressway as a cassette tape but was re-released late last year by 540 Records on vinyl and CD. It was this album that he drew extensively from during his recent US concert. Both The Chills and The Clean were among the top ten artists included in the recently published Billy Gil Amoeblog 10 Classic New Zealand Albums post. Below is a track off Gutteridge's sole solo album Pure.
In honor of the legacy of San Francisco rap legend Cougnut and just in time for tonight's (Sept 13, 2014) heartfelt 13th anniversary memorial concert at Brick & Mortar Music Hall - with Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, TC, Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, and more - today I uncovered a radio interview I conducted with the late, great SF rapper 19 years ago. It aired back on November 18, 1995 on several pirate stations I was on when the beloved hip-hop artist, who died on September 4, 2001 in a car crash while returning from a fishing trip, was readying for the then-upcoming release of I.M.P.'s Ill Mannered Playas, which would be released in early 1996 on In-A-Minute Records.
In the interview, Cougnut talks about such things as the production and guests on the 13 track album focusing on tracks such as "Shinin' Star" (one of a few he personally produced on that LP) and the ever-engaging album track "Public Execution," which he relayed was the "story of when I was locked down and my celly who is never getting out....He's on life with no parole....on death row in San Quentin" and the life story that person shared with Cougnut while they were incarcerated together. He also talks about UNLV who contribute to several of the album's tracks including "The Bay Way," the song that Cougnut stressed that he really wanted people to listen to out of all the ones featuring UNLV on that 1996 I.M.P. album. Coincidentally, UNLV's Baldhead Rick is the person presenting tonight's highly recommended show at Brick & Mortar at 1710 Mission Street in San Francisco. Saturday, September 13th. 9pm show. 18+ $10 More info.
1) Jeezy Seen It All: The Autobiography (Def Jam)
2) Wiz Khalifa Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic)
3) Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography (Rhymesayers)
4) Madlib Rock Konducta (Madlib Invazion)
5) Childish Gambino Because The Internet (Glassnote)
Southern rap icon Young Jeezy who is now known as simply Jeezy went straight to the number slot on the latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart, as well as on the latest Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with his brand new twelve track Def Jam release Seen It All: The Autobiography. Also released in a Deluxe CD version, that sports three bonus tracks, the album finds the rapper serving up more of his self-described "diarrhea flow." Jay-Z, who joins Jeezy on the lead single track "Seen It All," is among the several guests who collaborate on Seen It All. The others include Rick Ross, Akon, Game, Lil Boosie, and Future. The music video for the album track "Me Ok" appears down below, as does the music video for "KK" featuring Project Pat and Juicy J by weed fan Wiz Khalifa off his new joint Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe] on Atlantic that is this week's number two chart entry. Along with Madlib's Rock Konducta and Childish Gambino's Because The Internet, the other chart entry this week is the highly recommended new Dilated Peoples album Directors of Photography which is not just a five-star album (not one bad song on here) but is also nicely packaged with a whole set of polaroid like pictures with info on the back of each. Also below is the just produced video for the current L'orange album track "I Need You (feat. Blu)" Other videos below include the brand new ones from new group Band of Broken Puppets' (Azeem + Ancient Astronauts) fun rocking track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair," and Oakland's now major label duo Los Rakas ("We Dem Rakas (Hola)"). Speaking of Bay Area based artists and new music videos San Francisco rap crew BPos will be shooting their new video for "Party Mardigra" tomorrow, Saturday September 13th at 8pm, at the corner of Ashby and California (one block up from Sacramento) in Berkeley. It is also a potluck BBQ - or rather a "Pos Luck" BBQ so bring some eats to throw on the grill. Also happening in the Bay tomorrow is a tribute concert to late great Cougnut - the much beloved old school local rapper who tragically was killed in a car accident thirteen years ago on his way home from a fishing weekend. The memorial concert party will include performances from Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, and TC. 9pm at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. $10. 18+ More info.
The longtime reigning king of heartland rock John Mellencamp has just announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour (the title of his forthcoming album) that kicks off in January 21st in South Bend and runs all the way through next summer. Tickets go on sale on September 19th at 10am Tickets available at axs and at johnmellencamp.com. The months long 2015 North American tour will feature eighty different shows including multiple dates in the artist's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana as well as duplicate dates some other tour destinations including New York City where in late April he will split four dates between two Manhattan venues - Carnegie Hall on 7th Ave. at 57th St. and The Apollo on 125th Street in Harlem.
Mellancamp's four California dates of the tour include July 23rd at Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre, July 25th at at the Oakland Paramount Theatre, July 26th at Sacramento's Community Theatre, and July 28th at LA's Nokia Theatre. Mellancamp's special guest on tour will be Carlene Carter.
Better late than never then those listeners are discovering the power duo of Organized Konfusion in their young days - Pharoah Monch and Prince Po. The album, which the two also produced, just focuses on the mic talents of the two members and is not weighed down with a multitude of mic guests to distract from the duo itself. The exception to the rule was guest O.C. of DITC fame who makes a cameo on the single "Fudge Pudge." Other undeniably great album tracks include "Walk Into The Sun," "Releasing Hypnotical Gases," "Audience Pleasers," "Prisoners of War," "Organized Konfusion," and the single "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken" (see video below).
Three years later in 1994 Organized Konfusion returned with the follow up album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, which was another great album. Commercially it even did better than their debut but this 1991 album remains their greatest work.