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NYSOM #99

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment
    

NYSOM #99 of 100: Earlier this month DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist kicked off their ongoing "Renegades of Rhythm" vinyl-only tour honoring Afrika Bambaataa's vast and influential record collection with two shows at NYC's Irving Plaza (after a stop in Boston) where my man Joe Conzo took the above photo of the two West Coast DJs who wore the perfectly appropriate matching T-shirts for the occasion with "DUMP" and "KOCH" emblazoned on the backs of them in a direct reference to the NYC era in which Bambaataa and hip-hop rose to fame in New York City. In keeping with this theme of that oft romanticized bygone era of a decidedly grittier and grungier New York City I've included a few other pics from NYC in the 70's and 80's in this second to final of a one hundred New York State of Mind Amoeblog series including one (left in 1981 taken by Bob Gruen) of The Clash when they visited NYC and (by the same wonderful photographer) one of The Ramones on the New York City subway. Others include one of the Beastie Boys from 1986 taken at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens by Sunny Bak. By the way the highly recommended ongoing records-only tour with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist (whose t-shirts said "SURE" and "SHOT" on the other sides) will be stopping in the Bay Area this weekend with the tour when they play SF's Mezzanine on Saturday, October 4th. 

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Top Ten Snoop Dogg Collaborations

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
Love him or hate him you can't avoid him. Snoop Dogg is everywhere at all times it seems. Whether the Long Beach CA artist born Calvin Broadus, who began his rap career a quarter of a century ago, is in the studio or on stage somewhere Snoop Dogg is an ever present, highly visible pop culture figure.

Over the weekend he was the man of the hour as host of the big 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Meanwhile his studio output is a non stop laundry list of releases that boasts countless collaborations with anyone from indie rappers to pop stars. A couple of weeks ago I heard the new track he collaborated with Bay Area female vocalist Goapele on (a remix of the Oakland singer's disco-throwback styled single "Hey Boy"). Around that same time I heard excerpts from his fifth and latest in the Thats My Work mix tape series with Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, along with production from DJ Drama). Then over the weekend I was reading somewhere that he recently confirmed that he's got a collaborative full length project in the works with Pharrell (with whom he has done one off tracks with before including the 2004 hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot").

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Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL To Do Free Online Record Release Concert, Tuesday Sept 30th

Posted by Billyjam, September 29, 2014 08:40am | Post a Comment
Tomorrow, Tuesday September 30th, at 9:30pm Central Time (7:30pm Pacific time) Prince will be doing a live concert performance along with his band 3RDEYEGIRL from his famed Minnesota studio complex Paisley Park. Just announced to the public yesterday the concert will be streamed for free in real time on the Yahoo Live Nation channel as an exclusive two album release party that can be watched on mobile units via the Yahoo Screen app or online anywhere.

The Prince and friends concert from his typically private home studio compound that is located just outside Minneapolis is a celebration marking the release of two brand new albums on the same day - tomorrow:  Art Official Age which is described as "a classic Prince album produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton." Meanwhile the other new album being released tomorrow (Sept 30th) is PlectrumElectrum that is described by Warner who are releasing both new LPs as "a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL, which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass).

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Triple Threat part of Culture Clash in SF, Shiftee/Enferno Backlash, XXL no longer magazine, Rabbi Darkside & Rob Swift

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2014 12:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 09:26:14

1) Ray West & OC Ray's Cafe (Red Apple 45)

2) Kenny Dope Classic Breakbeats Limited-Edition 45-Box-Set (Kay-Dee)

3) Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Danny Brown Hot Soup Instrumentals LP (Street Corner Music)

5) Skyzoo & Torae The Barrel Brothers (Empire Dist)

The above top five is the latest from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store where yesterday the hip-hop cassette section saw a noticeable increase in interest since, along with the other two Amoebas and other record shops, yesterday Cassette Store Day was being celebrated.  A Record Store Day styled day geared for cassette tapes - the format is of special interest to hip-hop since tapes are so embedded in the culture of hip-hop from the deep rooted mix-tapes culture to actual hip-hop releases only on cassette, to once highly coveted dubbed copies of pioneering days hip-hop radio shows. A couple of evenings ago there was a record release party this week's number 3 chart entry, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark, at Amoeba Hollywood for the excellent collaborative duo's new self titled  release on Delicious Vinyl. During his DJ set Nu-Mark served up a rich mix that included going from Nas' "It Ain't Hard to Tell" into Michael Jackson's "Human Nature."  
 
As well as the other chart entries this week, including     , other new hip-hop albums worth getting include Homeboy Sandman's Hallways and Dilated Peoples' Directors of Photography.  Upcoming releases to be sure to get upon their release include the anticipated se
cond album from Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) that will arrive care of Nas' new imprint Mass Appeal Records in Amoeba next month. Meantime you can get a free download of the sick-ass album track 'Oh My Darling Don't Cry.'

Five Reasons To Attend Tonight's Amoeba Hollywood In-Store with Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Posted by Billyjam, September 25, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment

The Making of the new album by Nu-Mark and Tre

If you are in the LA area today you really should not need any encouragement to attend the 6pm record release Amoeba Music Hollywood in-store performance set in celebration of their eponymous album-length collaboration on Delicious Vinyl from Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark but in case you do here are five good musical reasons to do so.



#1 Their musically rich new album is amazing as proven by such tracks as the above
"Bom Bom Fiya" that they might perform at Amoeba tonight.




#2 Just for the historical relevance of Slimkid3 or Tre as he is called by many for his membership of the legendary West Coast hip-hop crew The Pharcyde of whom he was a co-founder who've delivered such classics as "Passin Me By" - above. The new album will remind in parts of the Pharcyde too.




#3 Similarly to number two - just for the historical relevance of DJ Nu-Mark for his membership of
the legendary West Coast hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 who've delivered such classics as "Concrete
Schoolyard" - above

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