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CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO + THE POWER OF WORDS

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2008 08:31am | Post a Comment

Reading the recent Amoeblogs about new words being incorporated over the past year into the everyday English/American vocabulary got me thinking about a word or expression that got dropped in all but one context, hence losing its original meaning -- those two words together that make up the expression "ground zero," which up until September 11th 2001, simply referred to the scene of a nuclear explosion or a place where some disaster of some kind took place. But after 9/11/01 everything changed.

Back in 1986 when Weird Al Yankovic recorded the above song "Christmas At Ground Zero" it did not have the same connotation it has post 9/11. In fact, so powerful a punch does the term "ground zero" pack (summoning images in most media-fed minds of the smoldering World Trade Center) that the song above -- once a staple at radio stations during Christmas time -- got abruptly dropped from playlists forever. Likewise, the song that Weird Al loosely based this song on, Fishbone's "Party At Ground Zero," also got dropped like a hot potato.


AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:19:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2008 12:14pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:19:08

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1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

2) Evidence The Layover EP (Decon)

3) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

4) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

5) Scarface Emeritus (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

Special thanks to Ray for the top five selling hip-hop albums chart in the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, with new albums from the ever popular artists Kanye West, Ludacris, and Q-Tip all holding strong after been out for a number of weeks. New entries to the chart include the recent recommended CD The Leftover EP from rapper/producer Evidence (aka EV) of solo and Dilated Peoples fame, which may only have ten tracks but all are excellent. The other new release on this chart is Emeritus from Houston rap legend Scarface who first came to fame twenty years ago as part of the Geto Boys. This new album is Scarface's ninth (and supposedly last) solo album. He says he is going to retire from the rap game. But who knows? A lot of rappers have trouble quitting when they are still popular and Scarface has a dedicated fan base who appreciate his raw delivery, and tell-it-like-it style. He don't pull no punches when it comes to talking about the cops or his rivals. The video below of the new album song "High Powered" is directed at his rival Lil Troy who he implies is a snitch. In the interest of fairness, in interviews, Lil Troy claims that Scarface is a snitch. Of course in rap all of this heated rivalry and controversy only makes for good music.

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1979 UK DISCO DANCE FINALS

Posted by Billyjam, December 18, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment

For this final Dance of the Day is the excerpt from the 1979 UK Disco Dance Finals, which is pretty impressive for several reasons. For starters all the dancing is really good. And even though it was a "disco" contest note all of the breakin' (also known as break dancing) moves used, especially by the first contestant. What is noteworthy about this is that hip-hop dance and music still came under the broad disco umbrella back in '79. At that time in the late seventies although hip-hop was most definitely in existence the truth is that no one used the term "hip-hop" to describe it.

Another interesting historical point about this clip is that at this same time over in the states disco was already suffereing the thinly veiled macho, racist, homophopic backlash of the disco-sucks movement, something that would soon follow suit in the UK. And finally of note about this clip is that the second contestent in it is a young 20 year old (Downtown) Julie Brown from Wales who would later migrate to the US to get hired as a VJ by the fledgling MTV.

BLACK FAG & BLACK FLAB KEEP BLACK FLAG'S LEGACY ALIVE

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment

And the best current Black Flag tribute band award goes to Mimosa Beach, CA based Black Fag who are currently in the midst of their state-wide I Caught Henry Kissing Santa Claus tour with dates this week including at The Exit in Fresno on Thursday, Thee Parkside in San Francisco on Friday, 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Saturday, and Downtown Brew in San Luis Obispo on Sunday.

At these shows Black Fag, who are comprised of Liberace Morris (vocals), Greg Streisand (guitar), Cher Dykeowski (bass), and Robo Simmons (drums), will be doing enthusiastic covers of such Black Flag classics as "TV Party," "Six Pack," and "Wasted." And perhaps they will be joined at some of these shows by their backup dancers: Raymond Pettiboner, Joe CarGucci, and Bugger.

According to Black Fag's pink backdrop MySpace, their story began back in the small town of New Hope, PA. "Singer Liberace Morris was raised in neighboring Doylestown, but found a home among New Hope's thriving gay community. He worked at a vintage clothing/toy store while pursuing musical theatre at the Bucks County Playhouse at night. One night after Pippin rehearsal, Liberace came home to find his boyfriend in bed with another man. While drowning his sorrows at the local watering hole, The Raven, Liberace started singing and playing Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown" on the piano. The rest of the bar simply ate it up until the end of the song, when Liberace stood up and started hblack faghaphazardly hurling martini glasses around the place. He was permanently ejected from The Raven and convinced that his life was officially over." 

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HOW TO DISCO DANCE C/O OF FINNISH PRO

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2008 01:40am | Post a Comment
                                
Today's Dance of the Day is a unintentionally funny how-to disco dance instruction from a Finnish pro who understands just how important movement of the hips is to being a proper disco dancer.

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