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Hollywood Amoebite Monalisa Talks About Hip-Hop, Wu-Tang Clan's Early Days, DJing, and Working at Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Monalisa
If you're a regular shopper at Amoeba Music Hollywood, you may have already had the pleasure of crossing paths with the ever knowledgeable Monalisa. Maybe she helped you track down a rare hip-hop record or locate some soul CD you've been seeking for a while. Perhaps you sought her advice at the vast SoCal store's information desk and she ended up turning you on to some music or artist that you had never heard of but are now a converted fan of. Amoebite Monalisa has been an amazing asset to the Hollywood store since she began working there sixteen months ago. She's brought with her a vast knowledge of music -- from classic soul & golden era hip-hop up to contemporary hip-hop, to rock, jazz, funk, and more -- all accumulated over two intense decades of being deeply embedded in the music world as diehard fan/collector, DJ, and putting in countless hours working behind the scenes at important hip-hop record labels such as Loud, Delicious Vinyl, and Wild Pitch during their 1990's heyday.

While taking a break from work at Amoeba one day recently I caught up with Monalisa to ask her about her music history, about working with the Wu-Tang Clan in their formative days, what some of her all time favorite records are, and what she likes about working at Amoeba Music, among other things. "The first thing, of course, that I like about working at Amoeba is the music -- the musical atmosphere and all aspects of it," she said. "I like interacting with people and finding out what music they are into and helping them find the music that they are looking for." As for her history in the music industry, she informed me that she worked in the music biz "for about fifteen years. I worked at a lot of record labels over the years -- Loud, Wild Pitch, Delicious Vinyl, PMP [a subsidary of Loud Records], A&M, to name a few, and I held several positions, from local retail manager to street team coordinator. I also did national college and commercial/mixshow promotion and national street team accounts for corporations, clothing companies and entertainment firms." This included setting up her own independent promotions and marketing business to facilitate music and sports related "lifestyle marketing" projects, she said.

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Tom Bosley (aka Happy Days' Dad) Died Yesterday at Age 83

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2010 05:25am | Post a Comment
Happy Days scene with Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham

As reported by Associated Press, the actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as the dad in the Tom Bosleylong-running and popular TV sitcom Happy Days, died yesterday after suffering heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. He was 83 years of age.

As father Howard Cunningham to Ron Howard's character Richie in ABC TV's comedy Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984 and more recently in reruns on TV Land, Bosley's role became a familiar and always reassuring figure. Mr. Cunningham was typically propped in his armchair, offering fatherly wisdom from over his outspread newspaper. For this role Bosley was ranked number 9 in the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" by TV Guide.

While the TV show Happy Days was how most people became familiar with Bosley, he had enjoyed a successful stage career prior to his Happy Days role. Fifteen years earlier in his career he won a Tony for his performance as the lead/title role in Fiorello! on Broadway. Post Happy Days Bosley played roles such as the lead in the crime-solving priest TV show The Father Dowling Mysteries in the late 80's/early 90's.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival Kicks Off In NYC Today

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
GZA
The kick off of this year's CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival is today in NYC! The CMJ (College Music Journal) event, now in its 30th year, runs from today (Tuesday, Oct 19th) through Saturday night (Oct 23rd) and features so many different bands and artists and films (and workshops and music panels) playing at countless venues (mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn) that it is physically impossible to attend all of them. Thus, if you are attending this year's festival, you'd best carefully plan each day ahead of time. Here is the overwhelming list of all the artists to play over the next five days and here is the guide to the films screening.

Films include the documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which is directed by Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler. The film tells the story of the unique Cali punk-funk outfit that is Fishbone (who are still around and gigging -- they played the DNA Lounge in SF last Thursday) and also covers the political and racial environment (namely Reagan’s America) during which they rose to fame. With members of Fishbone offering their insights, the documentary is narrated by Laurence Fishburne and also includes figures like Ice T, George Clinton, Flea, Gwen Stefani, Perry Farrell, and Branford Marsalis all offering their thoughts and stories. It screens at 4pm Friday at Norwood Private Club in Manhattan. Another film is the French language L’Enfant Prodige (The Child Prodigy) directed by Canadian Luc Dionne, which tells the true story of six-year-old child prodigy Andre Mathieu. He wowed concert halls in Paris, London, New York, and other major metropolitan centers around the world and was billed as the “Little Canadian Mozart” but when all was going well his story took a tragic turn. Screens at 10pm Thursday at Clear Cinemas on 23rd Street.
fishbone
As a hip-hop fan I of course tend to gravitate toward the hip-hop shows. Though once not very well represented at this traditionally indie rock themed event, now there are a decent amount of hip-hop events that include Mickey Factz and GZA this year. One of the best all hip-hop shows this year is tonight's big retro (as in mid to late nineties) event with Boot Camp Clik crew's Buckshot, Sean Price, and Smif-N-Wesson, Pete Rock, Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, Pharoahe Monch, Strong Arm Steady, and Skyzoo and Illmind. This guaranteed-to-be-packed showcase is at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village tonight at 10pm.

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Mash-Up of the Week: Maiden Goes to Bollywood (Iron Maiden vs Dhoom 2) by Wax Audio

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2010 03:35pm | Post a Comment
"Maiden Goes To Bollywood (Iron Maiden vs Dhoom 2)" by Wax Audio

Australian producer/remixer/mash-up master Wax Audio supplies this week's brilliant mash-up of the week. He effortlessly melds metal with Bollywood in "Maiden Goes to Bollywood (Iron Maiden vs Dhoom 2)." "Let Bruce Dickinson and the boys, along with a stunning cast of Bollywood studs and starlets, get you doing choreographed gyrations and headbanging all at once as Iron Maiden meets the crew from Dhoom 2," says Wax Audio. He finished producing this brand new video in the past week, and it was made to match the mash-up audio track he produced two years ago.  The track can be found on his Mashopolos release and can be downloaded for free (along with others by Wax Audio) on his website.

Emcee Eyedea Dead At Age 28

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2010 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Eyedea & Abilities "Smile" (Rhymesayers Entertainment) (2009)

More sad news for the hip-hop nation today. Emcee and renowned freestyle battle champ Eyedea suddenly passed today (Oct Eyedea17th). Actual cause of death is not confirmed yet but reports all indicated that the rapper born Micheal Larsen was found dead by his mother, Kathy Averill , earlier today. He was only 28 and a few weeks shy of his 29th birthday.  

Down with Rhymesayers and one half of the indie hip-hop duo Eyedea & Abilities (with DJ Abilities, as in video above from last year), the gifted Twin Cities emcee first came to fame a decade ago via battles like the Scribble Jam and the Blaze Battle.

Earlier today on her son's FaceBook wall Averill wrote, "It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away. At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. On behalf of Mikey's family, close friends and fans, thank you."

A PayPal account has been set up to accept donations to help cover the cost of the funeral services. If you would like to make a donation to the Michael Larsen (EYEDEA) Fundraiser-Memorial, donate by clicking here. And click here to see photos of Eyedea & Abilities along with Atmosphere and Bluprint at Amoeba San Francisco during an instore from some years ago.

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