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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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Celebrating The Misfits Reunion

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2016 11:23pm | Post a Comment

Certain band reunions are a big deal, a real big deal. The surprise return of legendary New Jersey punk band the Misfits with co-founder Glenn Danzig back in the lineup after 33 long years, is one of those big deal band reunions. Hence the excitement upon the announcement that this September the pioneering horror punk band will reunite to play the 2016 Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver. 1983 was when the group's mainman Glenn Danzig, along with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein all played together as the Misfits. Most of the iconic band's legions of diehard fans had given up hope that they ever would get together again in their original lineup. That assumption is totally understandable considering the seemingly iirreconcilable rift between Danzig and former bandmates, especially Only. After Danzig had moved on with Samhain and then band the group Danzig, he and Only were embroiled in drawn out legal battles and law suits that spanned many years, one as recently as just a couple of years ago.

One key legal battle that Only won was being granted the right to perform under the name the Misfits. This he and the band's ever changing lineup did for the past two decades. But, as any true blue Misfits fan will tell you,  it was not really the Misfits without Danzig. Note that a decade back Doyle had joined Danzig during a number of 2004 and 2005 concerts to perform half hour sets of early Misfits songs, something that most figured would be the closest they'd ever experience of a Misfits reunion show.  Hence the excitement among fans upon the announcement that the original Misfits will be back this September with Danzig, Only and Doyle together once again. So far the word is that the surprise reunion of the iconic punk outfit, upon the urging of festival organizers, will be those two Riot Fest dates only, both of which they'll headline. But there's always a change that they do additional shows or maybe even tour.  Regardless diehard fans of  the band are ecstatic with this news and planning trips to the two Riot Fest cities in the first half of September. More info on Riot Fest Denver (Sept 2/3/4) and Riot Fest Chicago (Sept 16/17/18). And below, in celebration of the upcoming Misfits reunion concerts, is a 1983 Misfits show in Boston, MA: the last year of the Misfits original line-up with Glenn Danzig.

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Berkeley City Council Public Hearing To Decide If Amoeba Be Granted Permit for Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3)

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2016 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Cue Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night."  Tonight, Tuesday May 10th 2016, at 7pm, in Berkeley CA the City Council will meet for a very important public hearing. There the future direction of Amoeba Berkeley will be determined when it is decided if the longtime East Bay record store, that first opened shop on Telegraph Avenue back in 1990, will be awarded the single new City permit to open and operate the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3) medical marijuana dispensary. BC3 is one of five finalist applicants at tonight's hearing where community participation is encouraged. All are invited to attend this public hearing in Berkeley at 1222 University Ave. (between Curtis and Bonar). People will begin to arrive at 630pm outside for meeting that begins at 7pm, with dispensary topic scheduled for 8pm and expected to run til 10pm to accommodate speakers from the community.

In case you have not heard or read the many articles written on the topic, for the past four years Amoeba Music Berkeley has been quietly and tirelessly fighting to expand into the area of compassionate care. The goal is to dedicate the jazz room section of the Telegraph Ave. store and transform it into the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3).  This all hinges on tonight's public hearing for the much coveted, sole permit to be granted from the City of Berkeley. BC3 will face off against four other finalists for the opportunity to, in addition to good music, offer compassionate care. Longtime Berkeley community members familiar with Amoeba's rich history as part of the local cultural fabric, consider BC3 to be the most qualified candidate of the five applicants. 

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Bootie SF Among Kesha's Army of Supporters Amidst Artist's Prolonged Legal Woes

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 07:59pm | Post a Comment

Legal differences between musical artists and their labels or management companies, ones that place their recording and/or performing careers in limbo, are nothing new but they must count among the most frustrating for both artists and their fans. Particularly frustrating are instances in which an artist's creative output is placed on hold, no matter how temporarily. Among pop history's many examples of this is the ongoing nasty legal battle between Kesha Rose Sebert, aka the artist Kesha formerly spelled as Ke$ha, and her former producer Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke).

The female vocalist has accused her former longtime producer of  a decade of sexual and verbal abuse. She also filed a lawsuit with Sony to be freed from her exclusive recording agreement. In the ongoing legal proceedings Kesha's lawyer, Mark Gregaros, argued that the artist was forced into a position whereby she cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. That consequently had spun her career into frozen mode. This in turn led to the formation of the fan-based supportive #FreeKesha movement.

Regardless of who is legally right or wrong, for fans of the pop singer/sometime rapper the legal limbo meant nothing new from their favorite pop star whose releases include Animal, Warrior and Cannibal. But all of that changed recently with a surprise appearance at Coachella last month in which she joined superstar electronic producer/DJ/musician Zedd onstage to perform the title track from his 2015 album True Colors. That was followed two weeks ago with the release of the single of their studio collaboration of "True Colors."

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