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New Electronic CD Releases 5/06/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 6, 2009 04:04pm | Post a Comment
Few highlights from this weeks new CD releases. The Prins Thomas live mix CD is the best mix I've heard in months!  - Oliver
Prins Thomas
Prins Thomas
Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 2 (CD)
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This is the second volume in a 4-part CD compilation series celebrating the 10th anniversary of Frankfurt's Robert Johnson club. Volume 2 has been selected and mixed by one of Norway's best: Full Pupp label head, DJ/producer, and versatile disco Viking, Prins Thomas. In the studio, Thomas sprinkles everything from the Junior Boys and Studio through to Justus Köhncke and techno classics on R&S Records with his lively drum-bass-organ magic. As a DJ, he works his sets from front to back, from loud to quiet, and from one genre to the next, through all various shades of grey in between. This is probably the only CD in the whole world on which Ricardo Villalobos dances to "Afro Punk Reggae Dub" by Steel An' Skin with his house band Cos/Mes, where a Playhouse classic from Roman Flügel performs an Acid Test in the "Gallery Oslo" by Kåre & The Cavemen, where synth-rock by Trans Am glows like a fixed star, and where Bjørn Torske makes it clear who was the first to polish the Norwegian disco ball (the Idjut Boys claim this title for England). Also on this mix, Closer Musik evokes wistfulness and Sébastien Tellier argues about beard lengths with DJ Harvey of Map Of Africa. Twenty-seven breathtaking gems, some of them affectionately edited by Prins, but always with two hands, a Urei mixing desk, two CD players and turntables, the mischievous Korg Kaoss Pad as well as an in/out insulator, and mixed with that unwavering, killer DJ instinct of his. And of course, everything is done live in one take so as to evoke the feeling of a Viking longboat on a stormy sea. Other artists include: Arpadys, Cage & Aviary, Capracara, Rub N Tug, Trans Am, Babytalk, Frankie Valentine, Isoul8, Low Motion Disco, Still Going, James Yuill, Dogs Of War, Anarchic System, Argy & The Mole, Martin Circus, Opolopo, Domu, Mathew Jonson, Samos, and Lindstrøm.

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UH UH UH STICK 'EM: THE FAT BOYS REMEMBERED

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2009 12:22pm | Post a Comment
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Compared to the all too prevalent mean mugging, tough scowling stance of today's typical hip-hop star, the popular 1980's rap group The Fat Boys (Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski, Buff Love) were polar opposites with their smiling, all-ages friendly personas (not to mention lyrics) and cuddly, good humored personalities. From right when the NYC trio burst onto the still burgeoning hip-hop scene in 1984, they embodied a wholesome, non-threatening image to accompany their instantly engaging beatbox driven rap style. In fact, the late Buff Love, aka The Human Beatbox, was a hip-hop pioneer in beatboxing along Doug E. Fresh, who simultaneously helped popularize the mouth percussion style unique to the genre.

But barely below the surface there was also a somewhat sinister aspect to the Fat Boys-- they were exploited (or allowed themselves to be) by labels and marketing men who went overboard, playing up their obesity and downplaying the seriousness of not eating healthily. Obesity tragically led to the 1995 heart attack death of Buff Love/The Human Beatbox at age 28, by then reportedly weighing 450 lbs. Below are a selection of videos from the 80's that in a way tell the Fat Boys story, displaying the marketing of the group. Included are the videos "Jailhouse Rap" and "Stick Em" from their 1984 self-titled debut on Sutra Records, an album whose cover picture (above) showed them stuffing down pizza and ice cream. This food-gorging image was only further enforced in such videos as "All You Can Eat" from the 1987 film Krush Groove and their appearance on Square One TV eating too many burgers. Also below is the group's cameo in Miami Vice when they were not eating, but instead were portrayed as beatboxing drug dealers.

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 5/08/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 5, 2009 03:39pm | Post a Comment

Electro/Techno Releases Coming this Weekend:
 
Gel Abril -THICKEN 12"
BAO016 
"RECALL DUB" unleashes GEL's well-known original stamp of fresh & bouncy techno, while "THICKEN" creates haunting atmospheres in its whistling melody & chopped up beats. Super chunky sounds with fine minimalist dub tech throughout.
 
Mike Shannon - BOX EP-ADAM MARSHALL 12"
CYN033
SHANNON dug deep into the archives for "THE BOX IS OPEN." It's nostalgic, with an old school jackin' Detroit vibe. ADAM MARSHALL on the remix tip, flipping the chords and adding a synth that just keeps elevating…kept us on our toes. Props from BROTHERS VIBE, JUSTIN LONG, MOSSA.
 
Basement Freaks - ARTIST SERIES 7 12" GG15      
 
Various - REGROOVED 3 EP 12" GG03    
 
Gel Abril - THICKEN 12" BAO016      
 
Lopez - BEAT DISPENSER 12" KEEP004     
Mike Shannon - BOX EP-ADAM MARSHALL 12" CYN033
Sam Young - PEEP THIS (FT. APHLETIK) 12" SEED026     
Tony Lionni - GOLDEN 12" LD005
Various - HEAR NU EVIL VOL.3 12" FID12004     
The Glass - WANNA BE DANCIN’ (IN FLAGRANTI) 12” SEED027
Marco Furstenberg - EIBENSTOCK EP 12” BAUM005
Resoe/Shinsuke - BAUM LIMITED PICTURE EDITION 001 12” BAUMLPE001
Dubatech/Havantape - BAUM LIMITED PICTURE EDITION 002 12” BAUMLPE002
Louderbach - AUTUMN 12” MINUS76
Louderbach - SHINE 12” MINUS75
STL - SILENT STATE 12” SMALLVILLE12
V.A. - IN LOVING MEMORY 4:4 12” STRX09
MRI - DIE STASIKINDER VOM BUSBAHNHOF 12” RSPRED030
Minilogue - ARB ALUMB ALMOH 12” MSHIP017
Dewalta - SALUKI 12” MEANDER004
Santiago Salazar - ARCADE 12” MACROM11
DJ Koze - MRS. BOJANGLES 12” CCS037
Honesty - RENAISSANCE EP 12” VIEW001
Martin Eyerer - SEVEN LIVES 12” KLING025


House Releases Coming this Weekend:
 
Exercise One - NO NEWS TODAY-DEADBEAT 12"
MOBILEE051
Here we see a different side of EXERCISE ONE. Gorgeous, enveloping ambient tracks, soundtrack ready synth ballads, a sort of retro-futurist electro pop sensibility. Features a mind melting remix from DEADBEAT ("WAGON REPAIR") who churns out a driving house track.
 
George Cochrane - MY SYNTHESIZER 12"
BH025
Debut for BLOCKHEAD sees CHOCHRANE & PRISMATIC cohorts ANDREW PHELAN & ORIGAMI team up for for a kick heavy house remix that you can feel in your chest with a DETROIT GRAND PUBAHS kind of vocal. LUKE SOLOMAN drops a house swagger remix along with ANTHONY MANSFIELD. Bumpin shiz for the clubs.
 
Chaz Jankel - UNDISCOVERED REMIXES 12" NANG02         
Marcello Napoletano - A PRESCRIPTION 12" MATH028                            
Various  - DROP MUSIC SAMPLER 1.0 PT 4 12" DRM063                             
Ame  - SETSA 12" IV22        
Arnaud Le Texier - ALMORAVIDS EP 12" VIS177       
Dev79 - IN YA FACE 12" SECLUS017     
Ekkohaus - ISLAND OF LOST CHILDREN V2 12" CCS035      
Exercise One - NO NEWS TODAY-DEADBEAT 12" MOBILEE051     
JDeep - DEEPER EDITS VOL 2 EP 12" DSE002      
Mirco Violi - CHAINLETTERS EP 12" IF12    
Windsurf - BIRD OF PARADISE 12" INT007      
Luna City Express -ROUGH NECK (BROTHERS VIBE) 12” MHR042
Kerri Chandler - A BASEMENT A RED LIGHT 12” KCLP623
Sacred Rhythm Music - AFRIKAN BASEMENT 12” SOIL3300
Moodymann - VOLUME 1 MUSIC PEOPLE/SUNDAY MORNING 12” MMVOL1
Moodymann - VOLUME 4 DON’T BE MISLED/DON’T YOU WANT 12” MMVOL4
Franco Cinelli - SINGA PURE 12” AD008
Bobby Konders - THE POEM/NERVOUS ACID 12” MB020
Mark Henning - VICK FOR PRESIDENT EP 12” FRANKIE044
Jaxson & amp/David Keno - TOUT LE TEMPS 12” KINDISCH023
Daze Maxim - ORGAN MESSAGE 12” HELLO014
Diskjokke - ASA NISI MASA 12” FP19
Touch Sensative/ T. Tobias - BODY STOP, AZUL BLUE, FOUGHT & AMP 12” FCL35

Dubstep Releases Coming this Weekend:
 
Greymatter - BELIEVE IN SOMETHING EP 12"
UU12001   
Excellent vinyl only EP that finds GREYMATTER branching out into beats and dubstep. Check the remix of "BELIEVE IN SOMETHING" by TEMPA's TRG, a fast dancefloor dubstep cut that takes up the whole A-side. The flip feats 3 more experimental, instrumental, beat-driven tracks. 
 
Martyn - NATURAL...(FLYING LOTUS RMX) 12"
3024003 CAT   
Out of stock for months, finally re-pressed! MARTYN recruits 2 of the biggest names in underground music for remix duties. FLYING LOTUS uses his frantic glitch-hop skills on his cleanse Mix of "NATURAL SELECTION," while 2562 takes "VANCOUVER" into his signature 2-step/techno hybrid territory.
 
J Kenzo - MORTAL KOMBAT 12" ARG023
 
Sigha  - ON THE STRIP 12” HFT007

SCRATCHING AWAY HIS US AIR FORCE PRESSURES - DJ ALF INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2009 10:20pm | Post a Comment
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While every turntablist has their own individual story of exactly how he/she became a hip-hop scratch DJ musician, most seem to share a somewhat similar history. Typically this starts out with them first becoming bedroom DJs, practicing their mixing, cutting, scratching, and beat-juggling, etc., skills for hours on end to prepare them for the typical next step, becoming battle DJs, entering contests and going head to head with other aspiring scratch DJs.

Baltimore, MD area turntablist DJ ALF took a slightly different path, having never entered a DJ battle in his life. A self-taught DJ and producer who is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album This Way Or That Way, ALF developed his scratching musical path while simultaneously serving as a member of the US armed forces.

In fact, practicing hip-hop scratch music while a member of the US Air Force (which he is no longer a member of) helped maintain ALF's sanity, especially while stationed overseas. He would "scratch away" his "pressures," as he reveals in the interview that follows.

Amoeblog: Pre DJing, did you ever learn to play any musical instruments? If so, how has that influenced your approach to DJing?

DJ ALF: I used to play the clarinet from 4th grade to the 12th grade. I remember some basic music theory, which has helped me some in my DJ career. Since I used to play in a marching band, concert band, and orchestra, I must say that alone has helped me easily figure what fits in terms of doing freestyle turntable orchestration with others.

Amoeblog: When/where was the first time you ever scratched?

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(In which we witness love and marriage and indegestion.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 4, 2009 01:29pm | Post a Comment
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Howdy!

The boyfriend and I just returned from a weekend in the great country of Texas – Houston, to be exact. We went there to celebrate the marriage of some neat humans.

The boyfriend was Best Man at the wedding, so I spent a lot of time in the chapel entertaining myself as he practiced marching down the aisle, handing over rings, smuggling in tequila shots and body-blocking any attempts the bride might have of going “runaway” – you know, typical Best Man duties.

Having been raised in a church, I know how to find all the best hiding spots, and I felt immediately at home. Curled in a cool, dark alcove between the pipe organ and a wood-carved dove of peace, I listened to music on my iPhone and surfed the World Wide Web – reading The Guardian, watching this and this, and wondering why Facebook suggested I be friends with Bill Murray (who I still haven’t forgiven for dog-earing my copy of Dubliners).

Rice Memorial Chapel, the house of God in question, is tucked centrally on the campus grounds of Rice University. It’s a lovely, small chapel, decorated with gold tile and royal blue carpeting. It is noticeably lacking in denominational iconography – a single, movable, wood cross sat off-stage – which is to be expected, I suppose, from a University that specializes in applied sciences. Stained glass glorifying Dr. Willem Kolff healing the crippled with Jarvik-7’s and panels depicting various stages of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial would not have seemed out of place.

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