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Pink Floyd To Be Honored Next Month With Postage Stamp Series by The Royal Mail + Vinyl Reissues by Pink Floyd Records

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2016 03:23pm | Post a Comment



While the US Postal Service continues to honor American musicians in its ongoing Music Icon series as reported here last month in the Amoeblog Sarah Vaughan's New "Commemorative Forever Stamp" Almost Looks Like A Record Store Day Release, over in the UK their postal service The Royal Mail will paying tribute to English band Pink Floyd this summer in a new series. This forthcoming ten stamp series, honoring the legendary progressive rock band and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of when they turned professional, will feature album covers by the group that was founded in England in the mid sixties by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, and the late Syd Barrett. (David Gilmour would join the group a couple of years after their initial formation, and after Barret had exited).

To be unveiled in British post offices on July 7th the ten stamps will include both live concert images (some capturing the group's trademark impressive stage productions) and album covers by Pink Floyd, who released fifteen studio albums. These album covers as future postage stamps, that span five decades, will include Wish You Were Here (1975), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Animals (1977), Atom Heart Mother (1970) and the recent The Endless River (2014). In addition to the Royal Mail celebrating the rock legends via stamps, Pink Floyd will also be celebrated on vinyl when, next week on June 3rd, Pink Floyd Records will be reissuing in LP format the following albums that you can now pre-order from Amoeba by clicking the corresponding album titles: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn LP, Ummagumma LP, More LP, and A Saucerful of Secrets LP.  Below is the video for "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon .

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Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) Publish Video For Lead Track Off Upcoming Second Album

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2016 11:32pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for the release next month of their anticipated second album, Everything In Between, hip-hop group Ugly Heroes  this week published the music video for "Unforgiven" off the hip-hop power trio's forthcoming album to arrive in Amoeba next month. The Detroit/Chicago trio is comprised of Detroit producer Apollo Brown, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent, and Detroit rapper Red Pill. The new album will be released by Mello Music who also issued their 2013 Ugly Heroes self titled debut album and (in conjunction with Fat Beats) the November 2014 Ugly Heroes EP. Each accomplished artists in their own right, Apollo Brown's last solo album was September's Grandeur (also on LP) released last September which was the same month Verbal Kent released his last solo Anesthesia  (also on LP)  Meanwhile Red Pill's last release was the Day Drunk EP released back in November on the Mello Music Group label which released each of the other two Ugly Heroes' solo releases.

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Bay Area DJ News: Piklz in San Mateo, Deco All-Star Reunion, DJ Quest @ Carnival, DJ ALF in SF, Skratchpad, Mista B, True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

This is a good week for Bay Area fans of hip-hop DJs with lots of must attend turntablist events in the week ahead in the San Francisco Bay Area. These include the return of legendary SF 90s DJ club Deco, DJ Quest (pictured left @ Amoeba) curating a stage at next weekend's Carnival on day two May 29th, and Maryland DJ ALF flying out to SF for various events including the monthly Skratchpad and teaming up with Mista B and others including the aforementioned Quest and Six Kutter and DJ Zobe at DJ 2Fresh's new spot Gallery 1317 for session and screening of Positive Omen (see flyer below for info). Additionally in Bay DJ news long time Bay Area True Justice releasing an album on Paris' label, and the return of the mighty ISP.

The much heralded recent return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) has been taking full effect this weekend with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's reunited members representing at the the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The official reunited ISP lineup, who recorded the new 2016 ISP album The 13th Floor, is the trio of DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles who are pictured above this afternoon along with former ISP member Yogafrog who handles more of the business and management areas these days. In fact it is Yogafrog who, along with Qbert and others at their  Thud Rumble company, that masterminded the turntablism meets high-tech collaboration with Intel that landed them a spot at the Maker Faire a year ago exactly.

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Mykki Blanco Amps Anticipation For Debut With Stunning Visual For Lead Track "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)"

Posted by Billyjam, May 18, 2016 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Mykki Blanco "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)" (2016)


This week the always amazing artist Mykki Blanco unveiled the video piece for the track "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)"  off the artist's anticipated upcoming debut album release this summer. Directed by Matt Lambert  the video showcases the uniquely talented, all encompassing artist who effortlessly embraces various mediums.  "No one has seen this side of Mykki Blanco yet, and though The Mykki of "High School Never Ends' is a character, it is the closest to who I actually am and I felt a trust in director Matt Lambert to portray this," said the diversely talented 30 year old artist born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.  Musician, activist, performance artist and experimentalist are among the descriptions given Mykki Blanco back when the artist was first profiled on the Amoeblog  in October 2014. Entitled Mykki Blanco's Gay Dog Food, the piece profiled the Gay Dog Food mix-tape project that was about to drop later that month. That album included such other artists as Cities Aviv and Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna whom Blanco cited, along with such others as GG Allin and Lil Kim,  as a major musical influence.  That previous Amoeblog, which included Blanco's 2012 music video for "Wavvy," also noted how his anticipated official debut album Michael would be released in the following Spring of 2015 release. That didn't happen but the anticipated album is finally coming this summer. The video above was shot in Germany, where Blanco's lived for the past four years, is described as story about outsiders and forbidden love, a "tableaux of love and sexuality explored amid a landscape of migration and community in crisis."

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, ElZhi, Elucid, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Ghostface Killah

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five 05:16:16

1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival  (Mello Music) (LP version)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4:  Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)

With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope,  but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills. 

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