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RECOMMENDED BAY AREA HAITI BENEFIT TONIGHT

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2010 06:01pm | Post a Comment

If you only go to one benefit concert event this year it should be one to benefit the unfortunate victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. And if you are in the Bay Area tonight there is such an event taking place. Rebound in downtown San Francisco tonight will be featuring none other than Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation fame, along with several local artists / DJs, including J-Boogie. The benefit starts at 7pm this evening (Monday, January 18th) at Vessel in San Francisco. The goal of the event is to raise as much money as possible for the World Food Programme to go directly to Haiti.

What is significant about this evening's appearance by Thievery Corp's Garza is that as a part of that popular group he is used to playing large venues (I saw them in a sold-out show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley two summers ago). But to do his part to benefit the Haitian earthquake victims, he has volunteered his time to play at an intimate SF venue. All the performers are also donating their time for this very worthy cause. Others on the bill tonight include J Bowman, Chris Clouse, Gordon Waze, and David Harness, who will not be DJing but instead will be the host of the evening. At 930pm Haiti quake survivor Angelo Viard is scheduled to speak.

Vessal is located at 85 Campton Place, San Francisco, CA 94108. More info here.

47 YEARS SINCE MLK'S HISTORIC MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2010 03:55pm | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" from The March On Washington (1963)

Above is the full version of the famous "I Have A Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from The March On Washington on August 28, 1963. And while in the 47 years since MLK made this historic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.and moving speech things have definitely changed for the better and taken big strides towards racial equality in America (including of course Barack Obama becoming the first black President of the United States just a year ago), we still have not fully realized Dr. King's "dream." Specifically we have not  reached the part where he hoped aloud, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Or when he said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" -- considering that racial profiling is still very much a reality by many police departments across this country.

But as MLK himself once noted, the road toward equality and change is usually an arduous one; one that takes time and calls for much patience and perseverance. And this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Day (observed Monday, Jan 18th) is a perfect time for each of us to stop and consider both how far we have come as a nation since The March On Washington, and what we can personally do to help create positive change toward reaching the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP (VIDEO VERSION): 01:15:10

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment

Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco with HIp-Hop Top Ten


Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 1:18:09

J. Stalin

1) J-Stalin Prenuptial Agreement (Town Thizzness/SMC/Fontana)

2) Blockhead The Music Scene (Ninja Tune)

3) The Grouch Three Eyes Off the Time (Legendary Music)

4) Slum Village Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 (Barak Records)

5) BlakRoc Blakroc (V2/Cooperative)

6) DJ Drez Jahta Beat: A Path To Light (S.I.L. Music)

7) Snoop Dogg Malice N Wonderland (Priority)

8) The Clipse Til The Casket Drops (SONY)

 9) Souls Of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Clear)
Blockhead
10) Edan Echo Party (Traffic)

Luis' underground release of the week: 
Ya Boy Mohawks & Heavy Metal (self-released CD)

Special thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's Hip-Hop Top Ten chart in both text and video versions (above). He also gives his "underground release of the week" pick, the mixtape CD Mohawks & Heavy Metal from San Francisco native Ya Boy, whose latest is the artist's 13th release (including mixtapes and official albums) since 2004. Coming next, sometime this Spring, from this rapper (born William Joseph Crawford, cousin to both San Quinn and Messy Marv), will be the mixtape CD The Fix 2. And speaking of prolific Bay Area hip-hop artists, West Oakland rapper J. Stalin is this week's number one with Prenuptial Agreement. The artist can count this latest as his 14th release (including mixtapes and official albums) since 2006. Some months ago as a tease/taste of the new official album, he released the mixtape CD Prenup: The Leak, which helped propel this official album on Town Thizzness Entertainment (a sub-division of the late great Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment) via SMC/Fontana to number one this week. Below in the series of videos (many slide shows or stills with music) is a sample from the new album -- the song "Self Made Millionaire" that features L'Jay, Lil Retro, and Lil Blood.

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YELLOW SUBMARINE REMAKE TO STAR PETER SERAFINOWICZ

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2010 11:38am | Post a Comment
RIngo remembers John Lennon's "Imagine"(from The Peter Serafinowicz Show)

The hilarious The Peter Serafinowicz Show is coming out next month on DVD. The UK TV show was created by Peter Serafinowicz, and the comic has nailed the Beatles on the popular series. Above is the clip "Ringo remembers Imagine" and below is the great Beatles spoof clip from the TV show, titled "RIngo Remembers 1969." Besides expertly channeling Ringo Starr, Serafinowicz can also equally do spot-on interpretations of any one of the other Fab Four members.

Director Robert Zemeckis, who is making the 3D Disney remake of the Beatles classic musical cartoon Yellow Submarine, wisely cast the British comic as Paul McCartney. The currently in production animated remake also features Epic Movie's Adam Campbell as Ringo. Dean Lennox Kelly (who many may know from the UK TV bizarre comedy series Shameless) will be playing John Lennon, while George Harrison is being voiced by Cary Elwes of Princess Bride and Christmas Carol fame. 

For more background information on the Yellow Submarine remake by Zemickis, which will not be completed and released until 2012, read the UK Independent's report here. Meantime, be sure to pick up The Peter Serafinowicz Show at Amoeba Music when it is released on DVD early next month, and check out both the Beatles skit from the show below and the other non-Beatles clip that is equally funny; it's a mock commercial for The Butterfield Karaoke Bar that offers only twenty songs that include Abba, Sinead O'Connor, Queen, and "the chairman of the board himself" (no, not Sinatra) --  "the late great Notorious B.I.G."

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WORTH A MILLION IN PRIZES: IGGY POP

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2010 12:13pm | Post a Comment
Iggy Pop
Some songs just never get old. And Iggy Pop's song "Lust For Life," which I just listened to for the first time in eons, is such a track; one of those timeless tunes that no matter how often I hear it and even though it has been a very popular song, it never fails to grab me. I love it! The song, which is now 33 years old, is defined by Hunt Sales' hypnotic drum intro and Iggy spitting such memorable lyrics as "Coz I'm worth a million in prizes" and "I am just a modern guy/ Of course I've had it in the ear before," with its William S. Burroughs references (Johnny Yen, etc.).

The title track of the second of two Iggy Pop albums released in 1977 by RCA, it was co-written with David Bowie during their prolific Berlin collaborative era. In the first part of '77 the pair collaborated on Iggy's The Idiot, and, following its release, toured together in support of that album. Then, fresh from that short tour, back in Berlin, they jumped into the studio in to make Lust For Life in record time, reportedly writing, recording, and mixing the entire album in a little over a week!

Back when it first came out, Lust For Life was more commercially successful than even Pop's earlier (and highly influential) recordings with The Stooges. And in the years since the initial release of "Lust For Life," the song has taken on a life of its own, continually garnering radio airplay, showing up on countless compilations, and being used in several commercials and soundtracks -- most famously in 1996's Trainspotting, which gave it a new lease on life, introducing it to a new generation of fans. And in the decades since its initial recording, Iggy, who turns 63 this year, continually performs the song in concert, each time with renewed energy and raw power. Below are a number of video clips of Iggy, who never seems to wear a shirt in concert, performing the song. The earliest performance (and best, in my opinion) is the one in Manchester, England in 1977. Also below are the lyrics for "Lust For Life."
 

"Lust For Life" (live, 1977 Manchester, England)

"Lust For Life" (UK TV circa 93/94)


"Lust For Life" (live, mid nineties)

Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
He's gonna do another striptease
Hey man where'd you get
That lotion? I been hurting
Since I bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah something called love
That's like hypnotizing chickens
Well I am just a modern guy
Of course I've had it in the ear before

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