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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 10:23:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment
                                   Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:23:08

1) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

2) Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction (Definitive Jux)

3) MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Traffic)

4) Micheal Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers (Anti)

5) Devin the Dude Landing Gear (Razor & Tie Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's top five, which includes super talented Seattle producer Jake One and his guest-heavy (over two dozen emcees!) album White Van Music on Rhymesayers in the number one slot. Also with many guest shots, but not near as many as Jake One's record, is the Bay Area supergroup the Mighty Underdogs (Lateef the Truth Speaker, Gift of Gab, & Headnodic) and their recent Def Jux release Droppin' Science Fiction which is the number two top selling hip-hop album at the Haight Street Amoeba this week. As is the case over at the Berkeley Amoeba, the Bay Area's much loved Michael Franti and Spearhead's new album All Rebel Rockers on Anti is also selling well in the San Francisco store. Others on the hip-hop top five include Devin the Dude's Landing Gear and the MF Doom album re-release of Operation Doomsday courtesy of Traffic Entertainment. 

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THIS (AC/DC COVERS) BAND WILL NEVER BREAK UP

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 07:58am | Post a Comment

                

The above video of a one-man AC/DC covers band was posted on YouTube a month ago by deathwish808. The one-man band, who gets no ID, although he does look a bit like Jack White, proves that a single man (or woman) can do it all, even if they do mess up a bit on the vocals.

JAMEOBLOG TOP TEN: WEEK OF 10:21:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2008 07:36am | Post a Comment
                                                            Jamoeblog Top Ten 10:21:08

1. Mike Relm "Everytime (feat. Del the funky Homosapien & Adrian Hartley)" (Deep Fried)

2. Mulatto Patriot "Showtime (feat. Prosper Jones & Mena)" (MP)

3. People Under The Stairs "Letter 2 c/o The Bronx" (Gold Dust Media)

4. CYNE "Just Say No" (Hometapes)

5. Jake-One "I'm Coming (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)"  (Rhymesayers)




6. Madlib the Beat Konducta "Disco Dance" (Rapster/BBE)

7. C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday" (Modular Moods)

8. Kaboose "Two Sides" (Syntax)

9. Cre-8 "Hootie & the Bloated Blowfish" (Potency)

10. Fort Knox Five "Sao Funky (pts. I & II featuring Javier Miranda)"  (Fort Knox)

Mike Relm's hit-bound single "Everytime" appears in three different (emcee) versions on the SF DJ's brand new debut album Spectacle (out today, Oct 21st, and avail in Amoeba Music). The track features female vocalist Adrian Hartley (who he worked with on the Blue Man project) on each of the three versions. The best version ("Everytime") is with Oakland emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, while the other two (almost but not quite as good) versions feature the emcees Mr Lif ("You Break") and ADeeM ("My Heart"). The rest of this new album is really good too, with some nice electro tracks, cameos from Quannum's Lateef and GIft of Gab, plus a bunch of TV montage skits sprinkled throughout, which makes sense since Mike Relm's specialty is doing live video mixes culled from hours of TV and movies.

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Music on PlayStation 3's LittleBigPlanet causes recall

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2008 05:53am | Post a Comment
       

One of this year's most anticipated new PlayStation3 (PS3) video games, LittleBigPlanet, which was scheduled to be released tomorrow (Tuesday) has had its release date postponed due to an official diabatecomplaint by a Muslim group who objected to a song on the game's soundtrack. Reportedly this religious group issued a complaint to Sony, makers of PS3, over the inclusion of a song by Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté on the background music soundtrack. This piece of music quotes two verses or expressions from the Qur'an, and many Muslims consider the mixing of music and scripture to be extremely disrespectful.

The game was already pressed, packaged, shipped and ready to go on sale, but now instead of the new PS3 game becoming available on its scheduled release date of October 21st, it has had to be withdrawn, have the soundtrack altered, and the game repackaged. Impressively, Sony reps say that this process will only delay the shipping of the game by a little over one week, meaning that it ships next week and should be on most store shelves by the end of the month or early November. 

On the PlayStation blog, Sony's US director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold, wrote, "Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet  to you as soon as possible." Other artists on the soundtrack to this new PS3 game include Battles, whose music also appears in the promotional clip for LittleBigPlanet below.

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LEVI STUBBS OF THE FOUR TOPS DIES AT 72

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2008 09:45am | Post a Comment
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R.I.P. to Four Tops lead vocalist Levi Stubbs, who, it was reported, died yesterday (Oct 17th) in his hometown of Detroit at age 72 after a long series of health problems which included cancer and a stroke. The stroke caused him to stop performing eight years ago -- although he did make an appearance with the Four Tops in July 2004 at the group's 50th anniversary concert at Detroit's Music Hall Center. It would be his last public appearance.

In an interview yesterday with Billboard magazine's website, Motown Alumni Association's Billy J. Wilson said of Stubbs that, "He had one of the most prolific and identifiable voices in American history. It's a deep loss, to the entire Motown family and to the world."

Indeed, along with a select few other vocalists, including Dianathe four tops reach out Ross of the Supremes, Stubbs was one of Motown Record's most recognizable voices on timeworn Four Tops classics such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),"      "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Bernadette." 

The Four Tops, who originally formed in 1954 as the Four Aims and signed with Motown in 1963, sold over 50 million records throughout their illustrious career. In 1990 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stubbs' death leaves Abdul "Duke" Fakir as the Four Tops' only living member from the original quartet. Below are a couple of 1960's Four Tops video clips featuring the late great Levi Stubbs.

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