East Bay Hip-Hop Artist Erk Tha Jerk Gives Away Prelude EP & Talks to Amoeblog in NYC

Posted by Billyjam, September 25, 2010 04:04am | Post a Comment
 Erk Tha Jerk "Perfect Mistake (feat. Netta)" (2010)

Above is the new video for Bay Area artist Erk Tha Jerk's single "Perfect Mistake" featuring female vocalist Netta (both on the track and in the video). The song is taken off The Prelude, the free EP release and precursor to the Richmond, CA artist's anticipated full-length debut Nerd's Eye View which will arrive in Amoeba on November 9th. Dramatic as the engaging video is, it is even deeper and more profound than it first appears, since according to the artist "Netta represents the music industry in the video. The diamonds represent the fancy things that 'it' can bring. In the video, it makes me feel wanted, then, in the end, sets me up and leaves me worse off that when I started," says the artist, speaking like a music biz vet rather than someone who has yet to release his first album.

Based on the work he has done so far, not to mention the following he has already built for himself, I strongly believe he is going to be one of rare popular Bay Area hip-hop artists who will transcend his NorCal appeal and make it big nationally & internationally.  

Earlier this week the Richmond, CA artist was in NYC visiting various radio stations and rap magazines (word has it he will have a very special item in XXL magazine), and handing out free copies of The Prelude CD (which has an Amoeba logo on the back cover and can be found at the two Bay Amoebas on the counter if you are lucky). But if you cannot find a physical copy of the free EP, don't worry: you can download The Prelude for free here. I met up with him for a minute in the Chelsea district of Manhattan -- video below. And when Erk Tha Jerk's album Nerd's Eye View drops in November check back here on the Amoeblog for an in-depth interview with the artist.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:24:10: Black Milk, Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Rob Swift, Roc Raida Tributes, Cool Nutz, Donwill, Ill Bill + DJ Muggs + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:24:10

1) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

2) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

3) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

4) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

5) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

Thanks to Ricky Ray Rivere at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top chart, which features some releases that have been out for a minute -- most notably the still-going-strong Black Eyed Peas' summer 2009 album The E.N.D. "It's a singles driven market," noted Ricky, adding that the Peas "always have a current hit single it seems." One of the newer chart entries is Black Milk's recently released follow up album to Tronic, the twelve track Album of the Year on Fat Beats that most people seem to be feeling.

Last Sunday, Sept. 19th, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of New York DJ extraordinaire Roc Raida of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners fame. He was a much loved champion DJ & gifted turntablist (and really nice guy). The occasion has been marked by many over the past week both online and in the clubs.

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World Peace Day Message to the Powers Responsible for War: Give Peace a Chance

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2010 09:19am | Post a Comment

John Lennon/Yoko Ono "Give Peace A Chance" live (edited version)

Today, September 21st, is World Peace Day 2010, with many scheduled events already ongoing or about to take place all around the world. One World Peace Day event is the wonderful streaming webcast today that features performance from such artists as Patti Smith and Youssou N'Dour. To view this stream or get more information click here.

Of course, while nearly all of us agree that every day should be a day of peace round the world, it clearly is not. Unfortunately, it still seems that certain individuals in power around the globe will never heed the message of World Peace Day. Sadly, war and the (mostly male) greed and ego that motivate it are as old as time itself and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

But just like the steps forward that have been made in civil rights in recent decades, I like to think that the message of the peace movement and events like this will also eventually sink into the stubborn heads of those who create wars and are responsible for the unnecessary deaths of so many.

To the world leaders responsible for war I say, give peace a chance! We know from experience that war doesn't work.

Fat Beats LA Store on Melrose Closes Today with a DJ Instore Farewell Celebration at the Longtime Hip-Hop Meeting Place

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2010 11:30am | Post a Comment

Evidence "To Be Continued" live @ Fat Beats LA on Friday Sept 17th 2010

Two weekends ago the Fat Beats retail store in New York City closed shop for good and today the Fat Beats store in LA will follow suit. And while the shuttering of this longtime SoCal meeting ground for hip-hop fans and artists is most definitely a sad day, the good folks at Fat Beats are going out on a high J-Rocccelebratory note rather than a just a downer tearful farewell. Today's final day for the LA Fat Beats on Melrose is the culmination of a week and a half long series of music industry panels and energized instore performances that included Ras Kass, Dilated Peoples, Evidence (solo, as in video above from Friday), Bishop Lamont, Kurupt, Mellow Man Ace, and 2Mex (as seen in video below from last weekend), with a day long DJ showcase featuring J Rocc, Rhettmatic, DJ Revolution, and other turntable manipulators throughout today.

Don't miss it if you are the LA area! Allow time to get in, as the relatively small space will quickly get crowded. Two weekends ago at the September 4th closing of Fat Beats on Sixth Ave in Greenwich Village, NY, it was so crazy that myself and another two or three hundred fans, who arrived late in the afternoon, got stuck outside listening to the music blaring out the windows of the second floor store. Like the closing of the NYC Fat Beats, the closing of the LA store is more than simply some retail space closing down. It is the loss of an important community common ground, a local hip-hop institution that lovers of the genre gravitated towards and where, it seemed, there was always some must-see instore performance.

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Richard Thompson to Play Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, September 19th @ 5pm. Don't Miss It!

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2010 07:30am | Post a Comment

Richard Thompson "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" - A song he usually includes in his live sets

Even the dedicated legions of lifetime Richard Thompson fans agree, essential as the guitarist/singerRichard Thompson Dream Attic/songwriter's records are, to fully appreciate the brilliance of this British folk legend you simply have to witness him live in concert. The good news is that you will have a chance to see the songwriting guitarist extraordinaire play live for free when he graces the stage at Amoeba Hollywood tomorrow, Sunday, September 19th at 5pm.

The Amoeba Music instore is in support of Thompson's just released new album Dream Attic, which captures the man (and his band) at their best, live in concert. Available to buy online from Amoeba for just $10.98, Dream Attic features thirteen all new songs that were recorded live earlier this year during a West Coast tour by Thompson and band (including mandolin, violin, sax, bass and drums).

Thompson, whose guitar skills have elevated him alongside such other greats as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (although he has never gotten the level of mainstream attention of these two lauded guitarists) and who Rolling Stone placed in the Top 20 tier of the magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, started out in the legendary British folk-rock group Fairport Convention. Penning such classic early Fairport songs as "Meet On The Ledge" and "Crazy Man Michael," Thompson was a member of Fairport Convention for four years, through 1971. And while no longer officially a member, he occasionally gets together with his old band mates for reunion concerts, typically at the annual August Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

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