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Alex Chilton Dies At 59. Big Star's Anticipated SxSW Appearance This Saturday Now May Become A Tribute To The Influential Artist

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2010 11:09pm | Post a Comment
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Highly influential American singer-guitarist Alex Chilton, best known for his membership in the groups The Box Tops and Big Star, as well as his solo work, died earlier today (3/17) in a New Orleans hospital reportedly the result of heart problems. He was 59.

Chilton was only sixteen when he found himself with the number one pop hit in the country in 1967 with the Box Tops'  hit single “The Letter.” By the end of the decade the group had broken up and Chilton (whom the Replacements wrote a song about, which is known to a new generation from being playable in Rock Band 2) went on to form the influential (albeit never commercially big) power-pop group Big Star.

The group was to be one of the biggest attractions at this year’s SXSW music festival, happening in Austin, Texas this week. The reunited  Big Star (who played the Fillmore in SF three years ago) was scheduled to play this Saturday (3/20) night.  Earlier that day both Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and Big Star bassist Andy Hummel (who are already in Austin tonight) were booked to appear on a SxSW music panel (Chilton was not booked on the same panel) all about Big Star and their influence. According to a few sources down in Austin tonight, Chilton's bandmates are considering going ahead with the panel, only now it will become a tribute to the late great Alex Chilton. And as for exactly what will happen in place of the scheduled Big Star concert late Saturday night, it is still uncertain but many are already speculating that it will become a big scale tribute concert with many surprise guests performing in honor of the man.

Big Star "Thirteen" from the 1972 LP #1 Record (Ardent/Stax)

Irish Hip-Hop Overview

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2010 10:28pm | Post a Comment
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Like many countries outside of the birthplace of hip-hop, the true beginnings of Irish hip-hop took hold a decade + after its birth Stateside. Today the European country boasts a healthy, albeit still somewhat underground, hip-hop scene with many talented MCs, DJs, b-boys, and graffiti artists.

In the latter half of the eighties several Irish artists embraced hip-hop, including Sinead O'Conner, who teamed up in 1988 with MC Lyte on the single remix of the track "I Want Your (Hands On Me)." Some years later in the early 1990's O'Conner would collaborate with the political UK based group Marxman, which included two Irish born members, on the song "Ship Ahoy." There were also many scratch DJs (including DJ Mek) and b-boys starting out in the late 80's, a time when hip-hop began to make inroads on Irish music.

Many longtime Irish hip-hop heads cite the late eighties and specifically the occasions when Schoolly D and Public Enemy each played gigs in the Irish capital as pivotal moments in hip-hop taking hold in the Emerald Isle -- kind of like how those in the UK a decade earlier went to see the Sex Pistols in concert and were so directly influenced that they then went out and formed their own punk groups. "That Public Enemy concert at McGonagles changed my life," old school Dublin hip-hop diehard Laz-E, a DJ and former b-boy, told me, adding that many others at that same 1988 PE concert were directly influenced, especially by Chuck D and company. But it took a few years before a real hip-hop scene with a distinctive Irish flavor while also staying true to hip-hop's Bronx roots would properly eScary Eiremerge in Ireland.

Iggy & Stooges Among Those To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2010 03:25pm | Post a Comment
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As predictable as the negative reactions to most published year end "best of" music lists (typically cries of "Hey, how come so-and-so is not on the list?)," so too are the flood of negative reactions to the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which is especially understandable since only a handful of artists make it each year. With just five new artists chosen from thousands upon thousands of acts from the past several decades of music, an outcry is totally understandable.  But rather than whine and moan about who is not on the list, I prefer to celebrate the music of those who did make it on the list this year.

Happening this evening, this year's induction is being broadcast at 8:30pm on Fuse TV. The lucky five inductees include Iggy Pop's seminal punk act The Stooges, Genesis, The Hollies, ABBA, and Jimmy Cliff -- all of whom are featured in the video clips below. Included there are a live Iggy and the Stooges clip from 1970 performing both "TV Eye" and "1970" live with an entertaining TV announcer doing a play by play of Iggy's on and off stage antics, ABBA's 1977 video for their hit "Take A Chance On Me," The Hollies doing their mid sixties hit "Bus Stop" live, Genesis live from 1973 when Phil Collins was still on the drums and vocalist Peter Gabriel was still with the group, and Jimmy Cliff from the soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come

Tonight's TV broadcast will also feature performances from Chris Isaak, Faith Hill, Adam Levine, and many others. More info here.

Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up: 03:12:10: Ludacris, U-N-I, Women's History Month, Lil Wayne In Rikers, Rated Z Radio Out of LV

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2010 09:40am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:12:10

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1) Ludacris Battle Of The Sexes (DTP Recordings)

2) Madlib Medicine Show No. 2, Flight To Brazil (Stones Throw)

3) U-N-I A Love Supreme 2.0 (Traffic)

4) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

5) Strong Arm Steady In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw)

Ludacris is back and back on top with this week's number one album at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Battle of the Sexes on DTP (Disturbing Tha Peace via Def Jam), which is the ATL based rapper's seventh studio album, tackles the timeless, universal theme of the difference between the two sexes. Taking over a year to record, the album features guests spots from the likes of Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Lil' Kim, Eve, Monica, and Trina. A little reminiscent of his fun early work, this album, featuring the already successful club banger single "How Low" (see video below), is likely to be one of Luda's most successful releases to date. Great tracks include "Everybody Drunk" featuring Lil' Scrappy and "Party No Mo" featuring Gucci Mane. The battle of the sexes, the relationship between men and women, and the double standards that sometimes occur, are squarely addressed on such album tracks as "Hey Ho" feat. Lil' Kim, "I Know You Got A Man" feat. Flo Rida, "B.O.T.S. Radio" feat. Shawna and Lil' Fate, and "I Do It All Night" feat. Shawna. And on the 15 track album's entertaining, Neptunes-produced closing track "Sexting," the rapper talks about Tiger Woods' marital woes and the issue of sex addiction.

DJ Zita Interview About Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop At La Pena Saturday, March 13th

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2010 07:38am | Post a Comment

In celebration of Women's History Month, tireless Bay Area artist DJ Zita of B.A.S.S./Bay Area Sistah Sound, in conjunction with La Pena, has organized the first in an annual all female artist hip-hop showcase that pays tribute to each of the genre's four elements: MC'ing, DJ'ing, breaking, and graffiti. Artists scheduled to appear include DJ Pam the Funkstress, Conscious Daughters, Deeandroid & Celskiii, Josie Stingray, Aima The Dreamer, Tendaroni Crew, Bodirock Culture, De La Femme, Slide, Dime, and Lucha E.S.P.

Titled Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop, this all ages show, which takes place at La Pena in Berkeley at 9pm tomorrow (Sat 3/13), is also a benefit for A Safe Place, which provides invaluable domestic violence services for women. Admission is just $10 and $8 for students. They are even giving out goodie bags at the show.

DJ Zita, along with Pam the Funkstress (of The Coup fame, who spun at Amoeba Berkeley's Record Store Day two years ago), will soon be celebrating the two year anniversary of their ever popular, female-run SF party Everlasting Bass. I was aware that DJ Zita had wanted to do an event like Queendom for some time, so yesterday I caught up with the hard working promoter/DJ, who will also be spinning at tomorrow's event, to ask her a bit more about this exciting new annual hip-hop women's event.

Amoeblog:
How did the idea for this event come about?

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