Schedule & Final Line Up Announced for Matador at Twenty One: Includes Liz Phair, The Clean, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Guided by Voices, Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers, Ted Leo + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2010 07:30am | Post a Comment

Matador Records
is celebrating its 21st birthday -- Matador At Twenty One -- in style with The Lost Weekend at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas October 1st - 3rd! The iconic label has just announced the final schedule for the fun music weekend in Sin City as well as some last minute line-up additions. The Matablog says Liz Phair, The Clean, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, and Perfume Genius will all additionally be on the weekend bill. They also announced the names of the MC’s for the Vegas event: Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, and WFMU's Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, plus a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground.

Understandably when a uniquely located weekend music festival featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Guided By Voices, Belle & Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Superchunk, Chavez, Yo La Tengo, Cold Cave, Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion comes around, the tickets sell out fast. And since tickets went on sale July 9th, around the time it was  blogged about here by Miss Ess, they have been selling incredibly fast. Already all the VIP passes are sold out, but Matador has just announced 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person that will be available via a public lottery sometime this coming week. The Lost Weekend organizers strongly suggest frequently checking here and here during the coming days for details on these much sought after tickets.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:03:10: KRS-One & True Master, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill, Madlib Medicine Show 8, DJ Inti, Mr E, Dave Chappelle, Doin' It In The Park 2010, Hoodstock, Jay-Z & Eminem, Potluck + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:03:10

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

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

3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

4) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

5) TIE:

KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)

Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)

El P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (Gold Dust Media)

The anticipated new KRS-One and True Master collaboration Meta-Historical on Fat Beats is among the new entries to this latest Amoeba Music hip hop chart. The record puts the Teacher and the Master together for the first time -- blastmaster KRS-One and Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master. This cross-pollination of these two legendary talents works on many levels; True's sharp production brings out the best in KRS, and will appeal to fans of both camps, including the army of Wu Tang fans who will automatically gravitate towards such tracks as "Here's What We Gonna Do (feat. RZA)" and "Street Rhymer (feat. Cappadonna)." Longtime BDP/KRS fans will appreciate the fact that the new album, with tracks such as "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (hear below with the great line, "I'm not on the radio coz I don't rap about coke or reefer"), "Old School Hip Hop," and the title track, is a continuation of so much of KRS-One's previous work and sounds perfectly compatible next to a track off, say, his 1993 classic Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive).

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Bee Gees 1967 Breakout Hit, New York Mining Disaster 1941, Fits Trapped Chilean Miners' Scenario

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2010 10:46am | Post a Comment

Bee Gees "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (Live in Australia, 1971) 

"In the event of something happening to me,
There is something I would like you all to see.
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew.
Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?"
-The Bee Gees "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

When I first heard the shocking story of the trapped Chilean miners, the song that immediately popped into my head was that old Bee Gees song "New York Mining Disaster 1941," as it so perfectly fits this, and any Bee Geessimilarly tragic scenario. The song was recorded and released in 1967 as a single and was the first hit by the Australian sibling group, then in their Beatles-inspired, harmony-driven, sixties rock band phase. This was a good decade before their phenomenally successful disco phase, spurred by the mega popular Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that they were featured heavily on.

The poignant song's lyrics impressively were written and recorded when the Bee Gees were only in their teens. The lyrics include, "I keep straining my ears to hear a sound. Maybe someone is digging underground, or have they given up and all gone home to bed." Until just two weeks ago, when they miraculously discovered the miners in Chile, authorities in San Jose had actually given up ever finding these trapped men. "Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones," sing the Bee Gees. Their song was actually not about a New York mining disaster but, according to the liner notes for their box-set Tales Bee Geesfrom the Brothers Gibb (1990), was inspired by the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster in Wales.

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From Ages 1 to 5: When Very Young Drummers Get Wicked

Posted by Billyjam, September 1, 2010 05:03am | Post a Comment
If I had to pick only one instrument to listen to it would have to be the drum. I love the drums and could listen to drumming all day long, so long as it's played by someone with a bit of rhythm in them, of course. And I've noticed with the drums, as with other instruments, that younger players (as in ages five and under) are often quite adept at playing the instrument.

So I recently went online to find a slew of young drummers aged one (yes, a one year old!) to five and I was surprised at the number of talented young kids out there with some serious raw rhythm & funky drumming talent. Of the five videos below many were shot two or three years ago, so obviously the players have grown up considerably since.

The first drumming clip below is 5 year old Kendall. The 4 year old is Igor Falecki from Poland and you can read more about him here. Three year old Levi Eschelman's video below has already gotten nearly nine million hits on YouTube and was originally featured on the Be a Drumhead  DVD featuring Will Kennedy & Bob Gatzen. The amazing two year old drummer is Zaiven (well, he is actually 2 years, 3 months old). He was captured in the video below playing his first public performance in Denver, Colorado in 2007. And from that same year is the (then) one year old  Baby Charli. Wicked!

5 year old drummer Kendall getting wicked on the drums

4 year old Igor Falecki, Poland

3 year old Levi Eschelman

2 year old drummer Zaiven

1 year old female drummer Baby Charli

Interview with Ava DuVernay About Her Documentary My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop, Premiering on BET Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2010 11:40am | Post a Comment
 Trailer for My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop (2010)

While making the documentary My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip Hop, which premieres on BET tonight at 10pm, what surprised director Ava DuVernay most was "the vulnerability of the women," citing one in particular, the Lady of Rage. "You think of emcees as invincible on the mic and my view of Lady of Rage is always in "Afro Puffs" [video below] Lady of Rageand she's got her leather jacket, and she's grabbing the mic, and she's killing it, and Snoop's to the right and Dre's to the left," said the LA based director, who herself started out as an emcee. "But then when you sit down with her [Lady of Rage] she's just, she's a woman. She's a sweet, kind of vulnerable artist who talks about her journey in a really transparent, beautiful way. And I found that again and again and again, whether it was Salt n Pepa or [MC] Lyte or YoYo or Rah Digga, that they are emcees but they are also women. So it was really just sitting down woman to woman and having some really great conversations and I think I was surprised by that. I was more prepared for the emcee side but I saw more of the sister side."

As a filmmaker, DuVernay came to critical acclaim with her 2008 feature debut, the documentary about the Good Life cafe in LA where coincidentally she began her own hip-hop career on the mic. Titled This is the Life, the excellent documentary won a slew of awards at various film festivals, was released theatrically, played on Showtime, and was one of the featured films in last year's Amoeba Music Monday Movies series at Space 15Twenty near the LA Amoeba store. The success of This is the Life led to many things for DuVernay, including her two-hour concert documentary on New Orleans' Essence Music Festival that aired on TV One over the weekend, and tonight's BET documentary, which includes interviews with such artists as Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, Trina, The Poetess, Roxanne Shante, The PoetessSalt n Pepa, Eve, YoYo, Lady of Rage, Jean Grae, and Rah Digga.

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