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Is It A Vinyl Comeback?

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2015 02:48pm | Post a Comment

Last week, under the heading What the Vinyl “Comeback” Really Looks Like, the Digital Music News website published an official RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) sourced vinyl sales graph tracing record sales over the past four decades. The piece seemed like a direct attempt to put a halt to those recurring news stories of the past several years that have been ceremoniously heralding vinyl's return to grace and sales. The article seems to join the opinion of many insiders who say that these typical "Return of Records" stories, usually published around Record Store Day, over-hype and overemphasize the so-called vinyl renaissance. Yes, vinyl has made a slight resurgence in general interest as well as sales (especially over the past decade), but these reports often make it seem like vinyl might be making bigger strides in the market than it actually is. 

Hence why, it seems, that Digital Music News (DMN) published the above graph showing the actual figures and percentages of increase in vinyl sales dating all the way back to 1973, the heyday of LP sales, back when the there were no CDs or digital downloads to compete with vinly LPs, EPs, and singles (the only competition being cassettes and 8-tracks). Interestingly no article accompanied the graph, but the comments for the article quickly filled up with varying opinions. Many agreed with the article's overall message but argued such points as the fact that the graph only figured in large scale and major label record releases (ones that are registered via SoundScan) and did not factor in all of the small label and self-released vinyl pressings out there (a lot!) that may not register with the RIAA, and that it was based on new records  -- not including the healthy used record business.

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This Is Black History

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2015 02:32pm | Post a Comment



In honor of Black History Month, which is celebrated each February in the US, is the above video from the UK where Black History Month is celebrated in October. Enlightening, uplifting, and brimming with black history facts (including a lot of African American history) in its seven and a half minutes, this video and song loudly celebrate black history with mic performances from Jody McIntyre, Logic, Big Ben, Jaja Soze, bigCAKES, Genesis Elijah, MC D, Cerose, Big Frizzle, Wordplay, Haze, USG, Rodney P,  and (my favorite) Akala with production courtesy of Last Resort.

The track, which was released a few years back by Global Faction, showcases the collective talents of a large group of London rappers who each spit informed lyrics, such as the emcee Wordplay who raps, "I went and picked up a book, took an hour to read through. Learn about a party that’s empowering the people. About Huey P and Bobby Seale, the Panthers. Not the media spin, I’m reading Howard [Bingham]. How they try and discredit these guys’ names. FBI, Cointelpro, the CIA. But I never forget my man dem, bredders like Fred Hampton. Died for the rights of my people, I’d like to thank them."

 

New ChopNotSlop Remix of Little Dragon's 2015 Grammy Nominated Album "Nabuma Rubberband"

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2015 04:42pm | Post a Comment


Fans of Gothenburg, Sweden's electronic pop band Little Dragon - especially those who have the unique quartet's current album Nabuma Rubberband on either CD or LP - will dig the new chopped and screwed, free remix version of the album that was unveiled today for free download on Adult Swim. The "ChopNotSlop" remix of the fourth ablum by the ever popular group, who have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance / Electronic Album category for 2015, carries on the hella slowed-down remix production style pioneered by the late great DJ Screw.

This new remix was produced by Chopstar's OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick, who are major fans of the group and this album in particular. They felt it deserved to be given the ChopNotSlop treatment and transformed the album into a dreamy ethereal cloud, retitling the remix Nabuma Purple Rubberband. Then with the blessing of the group (who reportedly love the remix) and support from Adult Swim, the new version is now available for free streaming and free download. Meantime, if you do not already have the 12-track album (featuring songs such as the lead single "Klapp Klapp"), initially released last May care of Loma Vista Recording, you should get it from Amoeba on either CD or vinyl.

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Ariel Pink Unveils New Video For Latest Single off "pom pom"

Posted by Billyjam, January 26, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

Ariel Pink "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" from pom pom

Today (January 26th), Ariel Pink's video for the song "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" was published online. The song, culled from the LA artist born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg's acclaimed recent 4AD album pom pom, is the latest single off the album and the newest installment in the ongoing series of videos directed by LA-based filmmaker Grant Singer for Ariel's album.  It follows videos for the pom pom tracks "Put Your Number In My Phone" and "Picture Me Gone," and continues their themes of focusing on the stark and dismal mundane aspects of the everyday life of hard working Americans (lots of cigarette smoking too) with Rick Wilder (Mau Maus) playing the central character in the video (also features a brief cameo of Ariel bumming a ciggie).

"It's the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago. Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story," explains the director the third installment in the pom pom series.

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Joey Bada$$, A$AP Yams, J-Dilla, Lupe Fiasco, Sadat X, Boosie Badass, Drew Dave, Too $hort, Rae Sremmurd

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2015 08:30am | Post a Comment

Lots of videos in this week's hip-hop rap up including KALX DJ/Amoeba Music employee at the Berkeley store E-Lit doing a nice overview of the new and recent CD and LP hip-hop (and related) releases to arrive in store lately and make up the two new top five hip-hop charts below - divided into CD and vinyl sections since there is so much more vinyl coming out these days - new and reissues like the 180 Gram reissue of Too $hort's 1980's classic Born To Mack. But first we send out our condolences to the family of A$AP Yams (pictured above and left with the A$AP crew) who died over this past weekend.

One of the founding members of New York City's very successful A$AP Mob collective it was first widely rumored via social media on Sunday that he had passed away as the result of a drug overdose. However associates of his in the collective insisted that those rumors were untrue and totally unfounded. As of now no official cause of death is known but what is known is that Yams' roommate in Brooklyn called 911 after finding laying down unconscious.



Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five CD Albums Week end Jan 23 2015


1) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic)
   (also avail in vinyl - see other chart below)

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