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KRAFTWERK FOUNDING MEMBER FLORIAN SCHEIDER LEAVES GROUP

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2009 06:06am | Post a Comment
                                                         Kraftwerk "Die Roboter"

After a forty year musical partnership the two founding members of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter and Florian
Schneider,
who officially formed the influential Düsseldorf, Germany group in 1970, have gone their seperate ways. As reported yesterday by KraftwerkTechnopop.com, Schneider has decided to leave the group to pursue other projects. Meanwhile Kraftwerk will continue to perform and record after his departure.

Schneider, who played flutes, synthesizers, electro-violin, and programmed computers, first met Ralf Hütter in the late 1960's when the two were both students at the Düsseldorf Conservatory. Initially the group played more in the Krautrock vein before altering their style to more techno/synth pop/rock for which they became famous. Besides merely playing their instruments, they also created many of them. Kraftwerk is perhaps the most widely influential band of the past several decades, with their influence being felt in every genre from new-wave to hip-hop to techno and other strains of electronic music and beyond.

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V.E.R.A. CLIQUE'S BART GRINDING HIP-HOP HUSTLE

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2009 11:35am | Post a Comment
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V.E.R.A. Clique
's Fresh Out The Box CD is available at Amoeba Music and other stores but you can also buy it on BART if you're lucky to run into one of its members selling the CD on a random BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train.

The Oakland based group, whose album track "The Movement" is featured on the recent BOMB Hip-Hop Compilation Vol. 2 (also avail at Amoeba), are a talented hard-working hip-hop crew whose pre- Oakland roots date back to 2002 to Bend, Oregon where the group's Anderson Ray and Mascen Apollo first crossed paths at a hip-hop event. Fast forward a few years and both hip-hoppers had moved south to the Bay Area where they formed the group V.E.R.A. Clique, with the name standing for Very Essence of Real Artists.

I first learned about V.E.R.A. Clique only recently and in a most unusual way -- while sitting on the Bay Point / Pittsburg to San Francisco BART, somewhere near the MacArthur stop, Mascen Apollo of the bartgroup walked by dirt hustlin his crew's CD to BART passengers, all the while keeping a watchful eye out for the BART police, who not only frown upon any business being conducted on BART, but will arrest perpetrators for doing so. Over the years I have seen Bay Area hip hop artists sell their CDs or cassettes at various public places. In bygone years, members of Hobo Junction or Mystik Journeymen and their extended Living Legends crew would often be found on Durant or Telegraph (outside Amoba) selling their cassettes. But selling on the BART train was a novel approach to hip-hop marketing or distribution that I had not witnessed before. Hence I was anxious to find out more about it so I recently caught up with the V.E.R.A. Clique member Mascen Apollo to ask him about slinging hip-hop on BART.

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UPCOMING 2009 HIP-HOP RELEASES

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2009 08:47am | Post a Comment
 
                            Excerpt from forthcoming 2009 DVD release about Biggie Smalls

2009 is already shaping up to be a promising year for hip-hop releases with many dropping within the several weeks or so of the new year. Upcoming releases include brand new recordings from such artists as DJ Signify, Mos Def, Grandmaster Flash, Rob Swift, and Conscious Daughters and older or newly discovered older material being released for the first time such as the DVD DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash sessions grand master flashfeaturing the late LA artist DJ Dusk presenting bygone (2001 - 2003) LA sessions featuring Madlib vs Cut Chemist, will i. am vs Thes One, and Oh No vs. Exile. Look for it in the hip-hop DVDs section at Amoeba Music on  January 13th.

Another late great hip-hop artist being celebrated on a new DVD in 2009 is Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon is the name of the new documentary that will be released on DVD that looks back on the life of the much lamented Brooklyn emcee featuring interviews with many folks like the clip above of a one-on-one with producer D-Dot discussing the making of one of Biggie Smalls' biggest hits. To be released by Gold Dust Media, Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon will be available at Amoeba Music on January 27th. For more up-to-date information on this release and to see other clips, click here.

NEW YEAR'S DAY 2009

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2009 12:00am | Post a Comment
                                                           The Walkmen "In the New Year"

                      Music by Sonicville, Electrabel TV spot "Happy New Year (2009)(France)"

                                                 U2 "New Year's Day" from the War album 1982

AMOEBA MUSIC ANNUAL HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:31:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2008 02:02am | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart


1) Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (Rhymesayers)

2) Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

3) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)

4) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

5) T.I. Paper Trail
 (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

It's the end of another great richly diverse and prolific year in hip-hop music and time to look back at what hip-hop was hot at Amoeba Music during 2008. Hence, here is the Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart (above & below) which represents what people were buying this year in hip-hop at Amoeba's three lil wayne tha carter iiistores. This list is compiled from the weekly hip-hop charts submitted to the Amoeblog during 2008 by the hip-hop departments in the three Amoeba stores. Special thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco, Tunde at Amoeba Berkeley, and Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for taking time to calculate & submit these weekly top five charts which they based on hip-hop CD album sales in their resepctive stores.

To determine this final annual chart, all of the Amoeblog published weekly top five charts were added up and sorted and configurated by both the number of times each release appeared on weekly charts and what position(s) were reached each time(s). While this annual chart is a good guideline to what hip-hop CDs sold at Amoeba's three stores during 2008, it is by no means an exact science nor an exact representation of precise sales figures, but more of a overview of the titles that were popular at the stores in 2008. the roots rising downFurthermore, due to the fact that the weekly charts officially began after three months into 2008, there may be some worthy album titles absent from this chart. Meanwhile, some new releases that were still selling well after the last Top Five chart was complied may not chart exactly as expected. But like I said, it ain't perfect but it is a good overview of much of what was been sought & bought at Amoeba Music in hip-hop in 2008.

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