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Aloe Blacc Latest to Cover Velvet Underground + Nico's Femme Fatale

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2010 06:44am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc "Femme Fatale" (Stones Throw, 2010)

Aloe Blacc is the latest artist to cover the beautiful, timeless, Lou Reed-penned Velvet Underground & Nico track "Femme Fatale" from the VU's 1967 debut album (the one with the famous Andy Warhol banana cover art). As seen/heard in the above Alan Algee-directed video, Aloe Blacc's version appears on his recently released Stones Throw Records album Good Things, which also features "I Need A Dollar," his song that is the theme music to HBO's How To Make It in America drama series.  

Over the years numerous artists have covered "Femme Fatale," including Big Star, R.E.M., Tom Tom Club, Propaganda, Dramarama, Duran Duran, Pansy Division, Elisa, and Yo La Tengo featuring the late, great (Big Star founder) Alex Chilton. That 2007 concert-only version appears below. To see a great live version of the song by the VU + Nico click here.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 10:08:10: Ski Beatz, Michael Franti, Motion Man, Ice Cube, Pharoahe Monch, Chuck D, The Pack, Louder Than A Bomb, B.A.R.T. @ ATL's A3C + More

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:08:10

Michael Franti
1) Michael Franti The Sound of Sunshine (Capitol)

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

3) TIE: 
  Ski Beatz
24 Hour Karate School (Def Jam)
  Curren$y Pilot Talk (Def Jam)

4) Ice Cube I Am The West (Lench Mob Records)

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

Michael Franti & Spearhead, who last month produced and headlined their 12th annual Power To The Peaceful Festival in San Francisco, shot to number one on the new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart at the Berkeley store with The Sound of Silence on Capitol Records. Nationally, the new album, which is the group's seventh album to date, also did well, debuting at #17 on the Billboard album chart and making it the highest chart entry yet for the Oakland, CA artist and his group. This latest debut even surpassed the debut of 2008’s All Rebel Rockers, which came in at #39. On The Sound of Sunshine Franti and crew reunite with Sly & Robbie in Jamaica for parts of the new album. Even though it is charting on the hip-hop album list, the record is really a lot less hip-hop and a lot more of that upbeat, hook-driven, positive-message, sunshine-y (pun intended) reggae that has helped Franti win over so many fans around the globe. The album's title track follows.

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Robin Williams to Hit the Berkeley Rep for Benefit Shows

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2010 05:55am | Post a Comment

Robin Williams on David Letterman's show earlier this year

Riding high off the Broadway success of its Green Day soundtracked American Idiot production, in which Billie Joe Armstrong himself recently made his Broadway debut at the St. James Theater in Times Square alongside the rest of the cast, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre readies itself for three nights with Robin Williams this coming Sunday, Tuesday, & Wednesday (Oct 10, 12, 13 @ 8pm each evening) when the comedian will unleash his one-man show An Evening WIth Robin Williams Going on the Road Down Under Recharging the Batteries.....Again.

What's impressive is that Williams is donating proceeds from the door each night, with proceeds from the first show going to the Berkeley Rep itself, and proceeds from the second and third nights to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society and the San Bruno Fire Fund, respectively. The San Bruno Fire Fund was set up following the Sept. 9th gas explosion and fire that devastated that Bay Area community. And back in May the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, you may recall, also suffered a fire in which several felines perished. Tickets will be priced at $50 (plus a $7 service charge) for each show. Subscribers or donors to the Berkeley Rep get a first shot at tickets that, note, are only sold online here -- not at the downtown Berkeley box office and the theatre is not taking phone calls either. For now tickets are only avail to subscribers and donors but they will soon be avail to the general public. Check the Berkeley Repertory Theatre website for updates and all the ticket nabbing details over next couple of days.

Live UK TV Version of Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You" on Later With Jools Holland

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2010 05:54am | Post a Comment
Cee-Lo Green "Fuck You" live on BBC (2010)

Above is a charged live version of Cee-Lo Green's much buzzed about current song "Fuck You" from a couple of nights ago live on Later with Jools Holland on the BBC, where obviously cursing is not as much of an issue (especially past a certain hour) as here in the US on network TV. See the original music video for the song here.

Interview with Zumbi of Zion I About Oakland Duo's Forthcoming Album Atomic Clock + Free Download of new Zion I Track

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2010 08:00am | Post a Comment
Zion I Atomic Clock
Yesterday super-talented, longtime Oakland hip-hop group Zion I headed out on the road for the beginning of an intensive two-month tour in support of their soon-to- drop new album Atomic Clock on Gold Dust Media which will be arriving in Amoeba Music on its November 9th release date.  To download an advance free copy of the new album track "Many Stylez" featuring Rebulution (with whom they are out on tour with)_ click here. Yesterday while en route to the airport for the kickoff of the intensive Zion I tour (approx 40 dates over the next eight weeks).

I caught up with the hard working duo's emcee Zumbi to ask him about his and musical partner/producer Amp Live's latest album, which is their seventh full-length. I wondered how lyrically Atomic Clock is different from past Zion I releases, in particular their last album, The Takeover (Gold Dust), that dropped back in early 2009. "It's different from The Takeover because on The Takeover it was, I would say, a very conscientious process, like revising a lot of the record. Like I wrote [the song] "Antenna" about four or five Zion I The Takeovertimes. There was just a lot of thought about every aspect of that record, like editing little phrasing and a lot of hook editing over and over again, just different phases of redoing the songs," he recalled.

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