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Wu-Tang Clan Sign To Warner Brothers With New Album Dropping December 2nd

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

With their premiere release at their new label home slated for an early December release Staten Island's favorite sons the Wu-Tang Clan announced today that they signed with Warner Brothers Records (WBR). A 20th anniversary album entitled A Better Tomorrow, arriving in Amoeba on December 2nd, will be the first WBR release from the group who came to fame two decades ago via Loud Records (distributed by RCA). The current WBR Wu line-up is almost the same as it was back in the day (minus of course the late Ol' Dirty Bastard) and including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. "Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., 'we're getting Bugs Bunny money.'" - said the group collectively in a prepared statement sent out this afternoon.  To date Wu-Tang have released five studio albums and countless compilation and individual member albums. Let's hope that their WBR signing will result in many more new albums. And while awaiting the December 2nd release of their new album check for all currently available Wu-Tang releases here.

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Seattle's Ayron Jones & The Way Take Their Blues Rock On The Road

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2014 04:19am | Post a Comment
     

Seattle's blues rock guitarist/singer Ayron Jones is an artist to watch out for. A protege of hometown rap star Sir Mix-A-Lot his music is by no means hip-hop but more along the lines of the two artists that he's been most frequently likened to, Stevie Ray Vaughan and (to a slightly lesser degree) Nirvana, with a nod to Jimi Hendrix when describing his hybrid style of guitar playing as front man of Ayron Jones & The Way. This three-piece blues rock band also includes DeAndre Enrico on bass and Kai Van De Pitte who replaced Conrad Real on drums. The trio who formed four years ago have been steadily building a following among music fans in Seattle including the aforementioned Sir Mix-A-Lot who was so impressed that he produced last year's debut album Dream.

After conquering their hometown market the trio are now about to take their blues/rock fusion on the road with a short West Coast tour that kicks off today in Portland and ends up at the 9th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival in two weeks with stops along the way including October 8th at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco, and October 9th at the Viper Room in LA. Check out their brand new music video for "My Love Remains" that was shot in Seattle and features a cameo from Mix-A-Lot.

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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