Set in the Seventies, New HBO Drama Series "Vinyl" Promises "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll"

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 07:25pm | Post a Comment

If the voice-over intro to the trailer below (or rather "teaser") for the forthcoming television series Vinyl reminds you of the Goodfellas monologue by Ray Liotta's character Henry Hill in the iconic crime/gangster film's opening, that's perhaps because the 2016 HBO drama-series is also from Martin Scorsese who directed that popular 1990 film. In this new production Scorsese, along with Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire creator), are the ones behind this new HBO show that is set in the 1970s and delves into all the drama and excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle that was personified in that decadent decade. The cast of this upcoming series is listed as Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, Paul Ben-Victor and (Mick's son) James Jagger. Based on this short trailer alone that was uploaded to YouTube in the past week and shows some familiar faces playing key roles (plus the music of the New York Dolls), I am pretty sure that this will be another HBO series worth watching each week, likely on Sunday nights when their best shows first air. For updates and more teases on this series go to the Vinyl Facebook page and the HBO website page dedicated to the show.

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Salute to Sean Price and Digg of U.D.I. - Two Hip-Hop Artists, Each In Their Early 40's, Who Passed Over the Weekend

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

The Internet was abuzz over the weekend after news of the sudden and unexpected passing on Saturday morning of two different MC artists on opposite coasts. NYC emcee Sean Price died in his sleep on Saturday morning (August 8th). Also on Saturday morning, San Francisco rapper Digg of U.D.I. fame died of, as yet, unconfirmed causes. Making it more tragic is that both of these hip-hop artists were relatively young men, each only in their early 40s. Born Derrick Reed, Digg (or Dig) was one half of the famed Hunters Point, San Francisco rap duo U.D.I. (Under Da Influence) with Quinton "Big Quint" Morris. They came to fame in the '90s and, along with such acts as 11/5 and Cold World Hustlers, shaped the sound of San Francisco street rap of that era, working with many of the same rappers and producers.

These same collaborating artists/lifelong friends have been taking to social media since Saturday to express their grief and shock about his sudden tragic death. This long list includes producer Mr. Laid for whom the passing was extra profound. Mr. Laid, aka Marvelle Reed, is the deceased rapper's brother and sometime musical collaborator. Along with Chill Black, Race Smith, Reggie Smith, and T.C., he was a producer for U.D.I.'s 1995 debut on DogDay Records. Laid went online yesterday to post a photo along with the lyrics to the song "Brotha Luv" off that DogDay album with such lyrics as "We'll do it again when we get to the other side because that Brotha Luv runs deep."

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Outside Lands Alternative: "Goat Roaster III Festival" feat. Metallica, A$AP Rocky, Pete Seeger, The Other Band On Earth + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2015 09:47am | Post a Comment

I knew about the big annual Outside Lands music festival (with Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Sam Smith etc.) happening in the Bay Area this weekend, but, for some reason, until very recently I had not even heard about the Goat Roaster III festival also scheduled for today and tomorrow (August 8th and 9th). Looking for the first time this past week at the poster above for this wonderful alternative Bay Area festival and reading the lineup that includes Metallica, A$AP Rocky, Deerhoof, Primus, Thurston Moore, The Melvins, and Tina Fey DJ'ing I was most intrigued. Now that's something I'd pay to see, I thought as I curiously eyed the poster that stopped me dead in my tracks as I passed it on the sidewalk on Telegraph Ave in Oakland over by the Legionnaire Saloon one recent afternoon. But as I looked for ticket prices and location, neither of which I could find, but noted that the headliner was the relatively unknown The Other Band On Earth I knew something seemed fishy about this "Goat Roaster III" festival. 

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Thizzler On The Roof Further Expands Its Support of Bay Area Hip-Hop With Its Own Music Festival, The First Annual Thizzler Jam

Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2015 07:07am | Post a Comment

"With the end of the Bay Area Freshmen 10, we wanted to do something big to put a spotlight on the local scene. So we came up with Thizzler Jam as something that could showcase up-and-coming and established Bay Area artists that we believe in, while bringing the community together in one place," said Thizzler On The Roof's Matt Werner (aka Em Dub) late last night. The hard-working, founding member of the rapidly growing multi-media Bay Area hip-hop promotional organization, that he launched just five years ago in an attempt to fill the vacuum left in the wake of the hyphy wave in Bay rap, was talking to the Amoeblog as he took a much needed break from all the planning details for this weekend's ambitious Bay Area hip-hop festival. For a young organization born out of a blog written by Werner, Thizzler On The Roof (a play on the famed musical and a Mac Dre phrase) has been doing incredibly well lately. 

Besides its many accolades such as presenting the aforementioned now defunct Bay Area Freshmen 10 (a respected tastemaker series for pinpointing future Bay rap stars begun by collaborator DJ Amen in 2010), the Oakland-based organization that finds and promotes Bay Area hip-hop artists via its website and other outlets recently celebrated its popular video channel reaching a landmark 100 million views!  Hot on the heels of that announcement comes this weekend's first (hopefully of many) annual Thizzler Jam music festival.

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of Montreal Publish New Stop Motion Animation Video For Song off "Aureate Gloom"

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2015 12:13pm | Post a Comment

Eclectic alt/rock band of Montreal today published the brand new stop-motion animated video (see below) for their song "Last Rites At The Jane Hotel" that is the second track found on their latest ten-song album Aureate Gloom [Note technically their most recent release would be their limited edition, Record Store Day only LP release Snare Lustrous Doomings]. Released a few months back on Polyvinyl Records the latest studio album is the Athens, GA band's thirteenth full-length to date and is currently available from Amoeba in both CD and LP formats.

For the unique new video, that was  directed by Matthew Cooper with graphics/art contributions from Michiko Suzuki, Samuel Pepys and Tom Moglu, the director reportedly carefully constructed it by spending a few months in production, and tediously working on its components that are entirely done in stop-motion animation.  He animated in 2D format first. Meanwhile the pieces in the video are all painted on wood and meticulously cut out to make the resulting video which is a bright sunny series of visuals that perfectly juxtapose the dark lyrical content of the Kevin Barnes penned song.

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