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LA's "Best Rapper" Open Mike Eagle Publishes New Video

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2014 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Open Mike Eagle "Informations (feat. Kool A.D.)" (2014)

One of LA's greatest emcees Open Mike Eagle, who the LA Weekly just named Best Rapper of 2014 in last week's issue of the weekly paper, has just today published today the brand new Jay Brown directed music video (above) for his 2014 track  "Informations" which is a commentary on the state of modern technology and how one deals with it all.

The lyrically engaging track from the Project Blowed veteran, which features a memorable guest spot from Bay Area emcee Kool A.D. of Das Racist fame, is culled from Open Mike Eagle's current album, Dark Comedy, that was released jointly by Mello Music / Fat Beats a couple of months ago and is available in both CD and LP formats - and is recommended for those into progressive hip-hop.

DJ Woody's "The Nature of Battle" Dedicated To 2014 DMC World Championships

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment
       
                 DJ Woody's "The Nature of Battle" dedicated to the 2014 DMC World Championships

In anticipation of this weekend's big battle DJ event in London - the 2014 World DJ Championships in London tomorrow, October 5th - UK battle DJ veteran DJ Woody has just laced up the above killer tribute video/audio mix as his "dedication to all the DJs who ever took their skills to the battle."  Woody, who gave up battling some years ago to concentrate on his career as a mixed media DJ career (he does amazing video sets), knows a thing or two about DJ battling with a  rich resume that boasts such titles as the 2001 World ITF Champion, and the 2002 World Vestax Champion.

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Wu-Tang Clan Sign To Warner Brothers With New Album Dropping December 2nd

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

With their premiere release at their new label home slated for an early December release Staten Island's favorite sons the Wu-Tang Clan announced today that they signed with Warner Brothers Records (WBR). A 20th anniversary album entitled A Better Tomorrow, arriving in Amoeba on December 2nd, will be the first WBR release from the group who came to fame two decades ago via Loud Records (distributed by RCA). The current WBR Wu line-up is almost the same as it was back in the day (minus of course the late Ol' Dirty Bastard) and including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. "Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., 'we're getting Bugs Bunny money.'" - said the group collectively in a prepared statement sent out this afternoon.  To date Wu-Tang have released five studio albums and countless compilation and individual member albums. Let's hope that their WBR signing will result in many more new albums. And while awaiting the December 2nd release of their new album check for all currently available Wu-Tang releases here.

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Seattle's Ayron Jones & The Way Take Their Blues Rock On The Road

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2014 04:19am | Post a Comment
     

Seattle's blues rock guitarist/singer Ayron Jones is an artist to watch out for. A protege of hometown rap star Sir Mix-A-Lot his music is by no means hip-hop but more along the lines of the two artists that he's been most frequently likened to, Stevie Ray Vaughan and (to a slightly lesser degree) Nirvana, with a nod to Jimi Hendrix when describing his hybrid style of guitar playing as front man of Ayron Jones & The Way. This three-piece blues rock band also includes DeAndre Enrico on bass and Kai Van De Pitte who replaced Conrad Real on drums. The trio who formed four years ago have been steadily building a following among music fans in Seattle including the aforementioned Sir Mix-A-Lot who was so impressed that he produced last year's debut album Dream.

After conquering their hometown market the trio are now about to take their blues/rock fusion on the road with a short West Coast tour that kicks off today in Portland and ends up at the 9th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival in two weeks with stops along the way including October 8th at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco, and October 9th at the Viper Room in LA. Check out their brand new music video for "My Love Remains" that was shot in Seattle and features a cameo from Mix-A-Lot.

NYSOM #99

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment
    

NYSOM #99 of 100: Earlier this month DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist kicked off their ongoing "Renegades of Rhythm" vinyl-only tour honoring Afrika Bambaataa's vast and influential record collection with two shows at NYC's Irving Plaza (after a stop in Boston) where my man Joe Conzo took the above photo of the two West Coast DJs who wore the perfectly appropriate matching T-shirts for the occasion with "DUMP" and "KOCH" emblazoned on the backs of them in a direct reference to the NYC era in which Bambaataa and hip-hop rose to fame in New York City. In keeping with this theme of that oft romanticized bygone era of a decidedly grittier and grungier New York City I've included a few other pics from NYC in the 70's and 80's in this second to final of a one hundred New York State of Mind Amoeblog series including one (left in 1981 taken by Bob Gruen) of The Clash when they visited NYC and (by the same wonderful photographer) one of The Ramones on the New York City subway. Others include one of the Beastie Boys from 1986 taken at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens by Sunny Bak. By the way the highly recommended ongoing records-only tour with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist (whose t-shirts said "SURE" and "SHOT" on the other sides) will be stopping in the Bay Area this weekend with the tour when they play SF's Mezzanine on Saturday, October 4th. 

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