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Four Decades Later, KISS Still Rules

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2014 09:58am | Post a Comment
KISS on the streets of New York City: June 24th, 1976

Above is a classic KISS photo shot on the streets of New York City exactly 38 years ago to the day (June 24th, 1976) when the hard rock band were still in their relative infancy - having formed only three years earlier in January 1973 out of the ashes of the NYC group Wicked Lester that was co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Fast forward on four decades to just last night, June 23rd, 2014 (see video below shot by KISSonline's Keith Leroux) when KISS kicked off their 2014 summer, 40-date tour in Salt Lake City, Utah and performed, among other fan favorites, their amazing "King of the Night Time World" which opened their headlining set. The intense nine-week cross-country tour, on which Def Leppard are joining them as opening co-headliners, is already mostly sold out and proves that KISS - even four decades (technically 41 and a half years) later - still command a loyal large following. The SLC show reportedly delivered what KISS fans have come to expect from their cult heroes - loud rock'n'roll from the cartooned costumed KISS members with lots of stimulating grand scale visual effects accompanying such hits as "Shout It Out Loud" off their 1976 album Destroyer. The tour, which finishes in Texas on August 31st, will be rolling through California for several dates/locations in the beginning of July including July 3rd in Wheatland, July 5th at Irvine Meadows, July 6th at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, and July 8th at The Forum in LA.  In the meantime check out KISS' impressive five page, back-catalog online at the Amoeba store.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.20.14: Roots, MURSDAY!, Sage Francis, Open Mike Eagle, Clipping, Radioinactive, Sapient, 50 Cent

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2014 09:09am | Post a Comment
      
 

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 06:20:14

1) !MAYDAY x MURS Mursday! (Strange Music, Inc.)

2) Open Mike Eagle Dark Comedy (Mello Music)

3) Sage Francis Copper Gone (Strange Famous)

4) Blu & Nottz Gods in the Spirit (Coalmine)

5) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invazion)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Amoeba Music Berkeley store for the above top five chart and video breakdown of all the new and recent arrivals in the hip-hop department of the East Bay Amoeba store for which this week's special Video Version of the Hip-Hop Rap Up I've assembled the corresponding (or as many possible) of the top five albums plus other new releases referenced by E-Lit including MURSDAY!, Open Mike Eagle, Sage Francis, Radioinactive, Sapient, and clipping. (the new SubPop release). Also included below in video format are two other current Amoeba Music hot sellers: the video for the title track off 50 Cent's Animal Ambition (G-Unit), and some great video footage from last month in NYC at the Public Theater during the release concert party for The Roots' ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam) which is also available in LP.  Watch and enjoy and visit either one of the three Amoeba Music retail stores or the Amoeba online store to buy this music.


MAYDAY! vs MURS "Here" (2014)

Up-And-Coming Atlanta Singer Brooklynn's Latest Video "Mile High" Has An "Orange Is The New Black" Flavor To It

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2014 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Brooklynn "Mile High" (2014)

Atlanta born and raised singer Brooklynn returns with her latest song.video "Mile High" (see above) which is both a follow up and sequel of sorts to the up-and-coming singer's phenomenally popular 'Take My Hand' (see below) song/video from seven months ago that racked up one million plus views, based purely on word of mouth, for the relatively unknown artist. Her latest video for the more pop flavored track, which is also a clear nod to Orange Is The New Black, picks up where her last video, in which you see the same robberies take place, left off - showing how when you rob others even if it is to do whatever it takes to survive bottom line is when do the crime you inevitably end up doing the time behind bars. Citing her musical inspirations as such classic rock pop acts as Prince, The Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, Michael Jackson, and Aerosmith Brooklynn's sound has a distinctly throwback vibe to it and displays a promising future for this - as yet - unsigned act who is giving away the new single "Mile High" for free via her SoundCloud page.


Brooklynn 'Take My Hand' (2013)

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #85: Mermaid Parade, NYC Pride, Northside Fest, River To River, LES Film Festival + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

       


This week is a good time to be in New York City with a bevvy of wonderful events taking place including the once endangered, wonderfully flamboyant annual Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade which happens Saturday (June 21) at the beachside Brooklyn district (take the F train to the last stop). The above three hour video, care of TradingPhotos.com, of last  year's parade will give you an idea of what to expect at the giant scale art parade with burlesque and vaudeville event. More info

Meanwhile NYC's Pride Week (June 24-29, kicks off with a family night, free screening of “The Wizard of Oz” in Lower Manhattan at Hudson River Park’s Pier 46. For full details on the event packed Pride Week, that concludes with a parade and dance party headlined by Demi Lovato, visit the NYC Pride website .
 


There are two full days left to Williamsburg's Northside Festival which is being described as Brooklyn’s answer to South by Southwest - only in its formative days, back before big megastars headed to Austin and it was just underground unknown bands. Comparatively the Northside Festival is much more modest in scale and content with approximately 400 up-and-coming (mostly local) bands of different genres including Baked and Ava Luna scheduled for the week long music and film festival at various venues that ends tomorrow (Thursday June 19th) night.  Like SxSW there will also be panels and speakers including the likes of Jon Steinberg of BuzzFeed. For exact show/event details and tickets click here.

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Total Devastation's Big Tone Amoeblog Interview

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment
        

"Roll up a phat one, and pass it around. I wanna get blunted, my brother" was the lyrics/hook from bygone era San Francisco rap/hip-hop crew Total Devastation's 1993 hit single "Many Clouds of Smoke" which hit the rap sphere right during the national pro-weed / blunted hip-hop wave of the early nineties. The San Francisco group, who began in 1988 with members Redeye, Big Tone (formerly known as Soopa Dupa), and DJ Tuf Cut Tim the Fat Beat Maker, released their debut - the EP In The S.F. Streets - in 1990 which paved the way for their aforementioned breakthrough 1993 hit single "Many Clouds of Smoke" from their self-titled album that was also known as Legalize It. Currently working on a documentary on the group entitled Total Devastation: The Original Kings of Smoke I recently caught up with Big Tone to chop it up with him on his group, whose final release would be 1999's The Stone Age, for the Amoeblog Hip-Hop History series. Check out both that recent video Amoeblog interview with Big Tone and the music video for their 1993 national hit "Many Clouds of Smoke" (above and below respectively). Not included in the published version of the interview is what Big Tone had to say when asked what he sees as the difference in the Bay Area hip-hop scene two decades ago vs. now? "We were all more unified back then I think. Our generation, we all had a goal: to put our region on the map. I think that is the main difference," said Big Tone who noted that he is still active in the music business and that he is currently working on a project called C.S.I. (City Slickers Inc.) which is Tone along with his homies Spit Game Dame and DJ Foul Ball with whom he's just released the full-length City Slick Minded on Ball of Smoke. Additionally he is working on forthcoming solo release to be titled The Legend of Smokey Green Thumb. Look for the Total Devastation documentary sometime in 2015.

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