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Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Commits Suicide

Posted by Billyjam, March 7, 2010 04:13pm | Post a Comment
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Mark Linkous
of renowned alt rock act Sparklehorse committed suicide today (3/7) according to a statement from his family to Rolling Stone that was also published today on Sparklehorse's website. In the prepared statement Linkous' family said of the Virginia born singer/songwriter, "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member Mark Linkous took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you."

According to another report by the New York Times, Linkous, who was 47, shot himself in the heart outside of a friend's home in Knoxville, Tenn and died instantly. Linkous famously "died' once before back in 1996, the year after Sparklehorse (which was basically a one man band) released the acclaimed debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot when he was on tour supporting Radiohead. He then technically "died" for two minutes after ingesting a deadly mix of antidepressants and Valium. He was lucky to come back to life but was left in a wheelchair for six months before he finally recovered.

As Sparklehorse Linkous went on to release three more albums, including Good Morning Spider (1999), It's A Wonderful Life (2001), & Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006). Reportedly Linkous was busy finishing up Sparklehorse album number five, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, to have been released this summer on Anti.

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M.R.E.A.M = Madlib Rules Everything Around Me + GURU, Graffiti, Weezy, etc. - Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Weekly Round Up: 03:05:10.

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2010 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:05:10

Madlib
1) Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2) The Last Electro Acoustic Space Jazz Percussion Ensemble Miles Away (Stones Throw)

3) Madlib Medicine Show #2, Flight To Brazil (Stones Throw)

4) Madlib Medicine Show #1, Before The Verdict featuring Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw)

5) Strong Arm Steady In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw)

Once again, the ever prolific Madlib and his ubiquitous label Stones Throw dominate the latest Amoeba Music Weekly Hio-Hop Chart. This week the hardworking producer/DJ/MC (born Otis Jackson, Jr.) is behind four of the five chart entries at the Berkeley Amoeba store (every chart entry but Freeway & Jake One's The Stimulus Package). Both the premiere edition of Madlib's ambitious twelve part, once-a-month, 2010 Madlib Medicine Show CD series and the second installment made the list. This series, which is actually through Stones Throw on Madlib's own imprint, Madlib Invazion, is being released approximately every four weeks, with the odd numbers in the series being original productions by Madlib and the even numbers being mixtapes. The first part featured Guilty Simpson and acted as a kind of prequel to his anticipated upcoming release, while the recently released second part, Madlib Medicine Show No. 2: Flight to Brazil, is a one hour, twenty-minute Madlib mix of three or four decades of Brazilian funk, psychedelic, prog-rock and jazz. The CD comes with an eight page Madlibbooklet which the folks at Stones Throw describe as "containing anonymous liner notes that we have yet to make complete sense of." This is a CD only release. Meanwhile, Strong Arm Steady's In Search of Stoney Jackson, which has been selling well at each Amoeba store since it was recently released, is another Madlib production, with guest appearances joining the SoCal act including Talib Kweli, J-Rocc, Guilty Simpson, Little Brother’s Phonte, Fashawn and Planet Asia. This is one of those albums that will restore your faith in hip-hop if it had ever faltered.

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Zak Wilson Discusses Guitar Pick Collecting And The New Amoeba Music Guitar Pick

Posted by Billyjam, March 4, 2010 07:15am | Post a Comment

The new, cool looking line of Amoeba Music guitar picks may be priced at just 50 cents per pick, but in the world of guitar pick collecting some avid collectors will pay many times that amount for a heavily desired pick. As reported by the Pick Collecting Quarterly about a month ago, one guitar pick collecting fanatic forked over $1063 in an eBay auction for a Kiss (circa 1974) black on white Ace Frehley / Pastore Music guitar pick. Yes, as any serious guitar player will tell you, guitar pick collecting can become AC/DCas much of an obsession as guitar playing itself.

Guitar picks, which are a type of plectrum designed for use on a guitar but often used to play other string instruments too, such as mandolin or banjo, come in all kinds of shapes, styles, and are made from numerous types of materials including plastic, rubber, felt, glass, tortoiseshell, and stone, and can range in price accordingly. Although picks have been around for centuries (early ones been made out of bone, shell, wood, metal, amber and other materials), it wasn't until the 1920's that they were mass produced. A relatively more recent phenomenon is the customized pick. Traditionally made by rock bands, with Rick Nelson of Cheap Trick been one of the first to famously toss out dozens of them during concerts, more recently entities such as Microsoft, MTV, Verizon, and Budweiser, have all emblazoned their names on guitar Metallica guitar pickpicks. Right now there are thousands upon thousands of customized guitar picks out there with legions of avid collectors following them.

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Interview With Rob Swift About New Album The Architect (Ipecac)

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2010 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Rob Swift
Released last Tuesday, The Architect by DJ/producer Rob Swift (X-Men, X-Ecutioners, Ill Insanity) has been selling well at Amoeba Music. At the San Francisco store it charted at number three last week on the latest Top Five Chart. Put out by Mike Patton on his Ipecac Recordings, The Architect is the latest in a string of solo releases from the prolific turntable artist, who for this latest release constructed and modeled the album like a classical music composition.

In fact, The Architect is an ambitious project, even for an artist like Swift, who has made a career out of pushing the envelope with his innovative turntable-as-instrument recordings. The Architect, which he dedicated to his former X-Ecutioners band-mate Roc Raida, who died last year, is an excellent recording that raises the bar on turntablist/scratch albums.

I recently caught up with Rob Swift to ask him about the new album and how it came into being. "In June of 2008 I was in my bathroom shaving and my girlfriend, her name is Tess, walked into the bathroom and was like, 'I want you to listen to something. So she set up her iPod and little speakers and played a piece by Chopin for me. I forget what piece it was but I remember being blown away and been really touched and moved by this music I was listening to," he recalled. "So I finished shaving and came out of the bathroom and I was like, Tess you gotta play me more of that music. What is it? And she started to explain to me about classical music. And the funny thing is that all of us have been exposed to classical music at one time or another, whether in a movie or at Macy's in an elevator, or if you're watching commercials. So as much exposure as I have had to the genre of classical music, I don't think my mind and my heart was ready to accept it. But for some reason on that day in my bathroom, my heart was ready to embrace this genre."

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Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up 02:26:10: Ras Kass, RasCue, Snoop, Ya Boy, Big Rich, Rob Swift, Dan the Automator, Freeway & Jake One, etc.

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2010 10:07am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 02:26:10



1) Big RIch & Ya Boy Guns & Roses EP (Black Card Music)




Big Rich & Ya Boy "Street N*gga" (2010)







2)  V/A Snoop Dogg presents West Coast Blueprint (Priority Records)


 
Kid Frost "La Raza" (West Coast Blueprint)







3) Rob Swift No The Architect (Ipecac)


   Rob Swift "The Architect" (title track)

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