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Weekly Rap Round Up: Hip-Hop Top 5, J Dilla's Record Store Day LP, New Releases with E-Lit, Open Mike Eagle, Immortal Technique + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2016 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 Amoeba Music Berkeley: Week end 04:10:16

#1: Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl) (Mello Music Group)

#2: RJD2    Dame Fortune () (also on LP/vinyl) (RJ's Electrical Connections)

#3: 2 Chainz  Collegrove (Def Jam) 

#4: Domo Genesis  Genesis (Columbia Legacy)

#5: Dday One Gathered Between (The Content Label)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above top five chart. Scroll down to see accompanying video version in which the KALX DJ / Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer runs down the top new hip-hop releases on both CD and vinyl. Immediately below is the just published music video from the #1 album on the new chart, Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl). That's the highly recommended new joint from LA emcee Open Mike Eagle with UK producer Paul White whose resume includes working alongside Mos Def, Danny Brown, and Homeboy Sandman. Also below is the music video for the lead single "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak)" from Odd Future member Domo Genesis' new album Genesis. Other top five entries include 2 Chainz' solid new album Collegrove and Dday One's Gathered Between , and RJD2's  Dame Fortune (also on LP/vinyl) that actually sounds more like 70's prog rock than 2016 hip-hop. As far as new releases dropping in the week ahead on April 15th (the day before Record  Store Day) E-Lit's top three advance picks are the new one from Factor, Elucid's Save Yourself on Backwoodz, and Offwhyte's Dialog  via Galapaplpgs 4.


Domo Genesis "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak) from Genesis (2016)

Tribute to Structural Film & Drone Music Pioneer Tony Conrad (RIP)

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2016 02:11pm | Post a Comment
According to confirmed reports, avant garde American music and film pioneer Tony Conrad has died at age 76. A long rich career as sound artist, teacher, and writer Conrad is considered to be a pioneer of both drone music and structural film. Coincidentally just yesterday Superior Viaduct reissued his landmark 1972 recording collaboration with Faust (who are currently in US doing dates) Outside the Dream Syndicate in both CD and vinyl formats. Back in 2002 it was previously reissued to mark the then 30th anniversary. Hear sample of the music in YouTube clip below.

While the average person may not know Conrad's name, his impact on contemporary music and art is profound. "Tony Conrad is a pioneer, as seminal in his way to American music as Johnny Cash or Captain Beefheart or Ornette Coleman, one of those really savvy old guys whom all the kids want to emulate because their ideas, their style, are electric and new and somehow indivisible," wrote The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1998. The quote opens the excellent Amoeba Tony Conrad Bio that traces this important artist's career who for the past 40 years had been a faculty member in the State University of New York at Buffalo. The bio recalls how since the early 1960s, he has "utilized intense amplification, long duration, and precise pitch to forge an aggressively mesmerizing "Dream Music." Conrad articulated the Big Bang of minimalism and played a pivotal role in the formation of the Velvet Underground; he continues to exert a primal influence over succeeding generations with his ecstatic oscillations and hypnotic drones."

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"Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" New 2016 Exhibit (NY + LA) Celebrates Legacy of Punk Pioneers

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone may be each be sadly gone from this earth, but they are by no means forgotten. These four founding members of The Ramones, whose landmark self-titled debut album (also on LP/vinyl) was released forty years ago back in April 1976, are being honored with a new 2016 bi-coastal exhibit opening in their New York City home borough this weekend, and then later this year in Los Angeles.  "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" opens this weekend at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona which coincidentally is just a few miles from the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills where The Ramones started out their illustrious career. In an introduction to the then new group, wrote the late Tommy Ramone: "The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each." Taken from the legendary group's very first press release, it is among the hundreds of engaging items in this new exhibit that opens Sunday April 10th and runs through August, 7th 2016 in NYC. It will open in California at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016, running through March 2017. As well as covering the years of the late great original Ramones members Joey (1951–2001), Johnny (1948–2004), Dee Dee (1951–2002) and Tommy (1949–2014), the new exhibit also includes the later Ramones members Marky, Richie, Elvis and CJ.

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HipHopForChange Celebrates 3 Successful Years Of Utilizing Hip-Hop As Tool of Empowerment

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment


Bucking hip-hop's dominant negative image as fictionalized one-dimensional music merely celebrating materialism and misogyny, HipHopForChange refreshingly reminds us that hip-hop is a deep meaningful culture with a history rooted in positivity and empowerment. "The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture" is how HipHopForChange articulates it on their website. Through their website and workshops for youth and recording studio and visible representation at various community events, HipHopForChange has been consistently educating and entertaining (edutaining) for three dedicated years in the Bay Area. Tonight at The Uptown in celebration, HipHopForChange will present a Bay Area hip-hop showcase with sets from Opio, BPos, Kev Choice, 2nd Floor Samurais, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archeaologist. $10 8pm. Info

Odds are if you've gone out to hip-hop shows in the Bay Area over the past three years you'll have noticed the name HipHopForChange associated with many of them, especially conscious hip-hop.  The non-profit Oakland based organization believes in presenting a platform for hip-hop artists with empowering social justice messages.

More significantly HipHopForChange also goes out to schools around the Bay Area  to present and produce workshops and classes for youth. These interactive workshops introduce these kids to hip-hop culture and its deep history. They also demonstrate how hip-hop interacts with issues of social justice. These much needed workshops have traveled to high schools all over including in Bayview/Hunters Point, El Cerrito, and West Oakland.

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Team Wino's Toph One and DJ Marz Present "April Drools Party" @ Elbo Room To Raise Needed Funds for AIDS/LifeCycle

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2016 02:33pm | Post a Comment

DJs and cyclist-enthusiasts Toph One and DJ Marz are the organizers behind tonight's AIDS benefit concert at the Elbo Room in San Francisco that will feature sets by Bullet Proof Space Travelers / Scratch Hamsters (DJs Quest, Cue, Marz and MC Eddie K), Mista B, Luke Sick & Brycon, Lady Fingaz, B.Cause, DJ Baysik, and DJ Ewock of The Morph Life. Hosted by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves (SF punk group that Marz is sometime member of), the night will also include standup comedy from Frankie Quinones  and Mike Evans Jr. plus live painting by Snow Monkey (Lords Crew) and Chris Micro (Trash Life). All of these artists will donate their time and talent for free. There'll be a raffle too tonight with prizes including an Amoeba gift certificate. The requested minimal $5 donation for admission go toward the upcoming annual AIDS/LifeCycle that takes place from June 5th to June 11th when 3,000+ cyclists will take on the long bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center

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