Posted by Billyjam, April 6, 2009 03:13pm | Post a Comment
tony d
As reported on the front page of his hometown paper, The Trentonian, hip-hop music lost another notable contributor over the weekend when Trenton NJ hip-hop producer, DJ, and sometime emcee Anthony “Tony D” DePula died tragically in a one-car crash on Saturday evening (April 4th) not far from his Hamilton, New Jersey township home.

Reportedly he was driving home to have dinner with his wife and two young daughters (ages 3 and 15 months) at about 6 p.m. after dropping off beats to an emcee client when he lost control of his 2002 Suzuki XL wagon and struck the fence of St. John’s Cemetery on Bunting Avenue not far from his home. The impact flipped the vehicle onto its side and the hip-hop artist, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was found unconscious at the scene with a severe neck injury. Shortly after being admitted to the hospital he was pronounced dead. He was only 42.

Tony D was instrumental in putting Trenton, NJ on the hip-hop map back two decades ago, along with such fellow Trenton hip-hoppers as Poor RIghteous Teachers (PRT), a group he produced. And Tony D will be most rock dis funky jointremembered as the producer of PRT's 1990 timeless hip-hop track (and only major radio hit), “Rock Dis Funky Joint” (check the video below, shot on the "Trenton Makes" bridge). Aside from the popular single, he also produced nearly all of the rest of the PRT debut album, Holy Intellect

Tony D also produced PRT's follow up album, Pure Poverty, a year later. He then produced four tracks off PRT's 1993 album Black Business. Other artists that Tony D produced include YZ, King Sun, The Outsidaz, Method Man, Redman, and Cypress Hill. He also had numerous other production projects, including writing the score for the 2001 movie Snipes, which was a film about a fictional Philly rapper's rise to fame.

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Posted by Job O Brother, April 6, 2009 03:12pm | Post a Comment
I spend a lot of time walking; it’s my favorite mode of transportation, except for maybe riding a train, but riding a train from my apartment to, say, Amoeba Music Hollywood, would require either walking half the day to the train station, spending lots of money on a ticket to the next nearest destination which would be somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, at which point I would either have to walk back, which would take a couple days (stopping for food/bathroom/weeping breaks) OR a couple hours in a cab (which would cost more money than I make in a week) OR require walking to a bus-stop and a day-long bus ride. I could do all that, or I could walk the 10 minutes from my apartment to Amoeba.

So, while technically riding a train is my favorite mode of transportation, context is of some consideration, and that results in walking sometimes being my favorite mode of transportation.

Please accept my apologies for the above two paragraphs; they were a complete waste of both our time.

While walking to various destinations, I often enjoy listening to books that have been recorded. People, myself included, still most often refer to these as “books on tape,” even though compact discs are the preferred vehicle for said recordings (“said recordings” – get it?).

I am really hating my journalistic “voice” in this article. Like, a lot. But, going on…

Amoeba Music has a hearty supply of used, “books on tape” and other spoken-word gems. In the Hollywood branch, they’re located in the jazz room, tucked between the classical and experimental sections. We put them there because they kept getting picked-on by the rock/pop DVD’s and vintage posters, both sections known for their name-calling and general rowdiness.

This Week At The New Bev: Tarkovsky, Cassavetes, Thin Man & more!

Posted by phil blankenship, April 6, 2009 10:49am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly!

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday April 5, 6, & 7

Andrei Tarkovsky's medieval epic masterpiece ANDREI RUBLEV (1966), presented in the full, 205-minute version!

Andrei Rublev
dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev
Sun: 5:00 only; Mon/Tue: 8:00

Wednesday & Thursday April 8 & 9

Two By John Cassavetes

Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) Out Of Print On DVD!
written & directed by John Cassavetes, starring Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Timothy Carey

Imaginary Jukebox, Part 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 6, 2009 01:29am | Post a Comment
My quest for the ultimate jukebox continues...Here are the latest selections, from Colombia, Australia and Philadelphia:

Lito Barrientos - "Chambacu Con Tambores"

X (Not the one from L.A.) - "I Don't Wanna Go Out"

Schoolly D - "Saturday Night"

Stuff I Thought Was Interesting, April 2009

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 6, 2009 01:01am | Post a Comment

Death -
…For The Whole World To See (Drag City)

Chances are if you are dating a single mother, you’re going to have some influence on her kids. That is what happened to Bobby, David & Dannis Hackney. The Hackney brothers’ mom was dating a Detroit area bouncer who worked the rock clubs. He got the young brothers into the clubs and exposed them to the crème de la crème of the Detroit scene of the late 60’s, early 70’s. They saw groups such as The MC5, The Stooges, Funkadelic and Alice Cooper. Soon they started their own band and recorded the best album you've never heard. Recorded in 1974, Death’s …For The Whole World To See finally sees the light of day. Death was one of those bands that no one knew what to do with. They were black teenagers that played Stooges influenced rock and roll. The African American community was into Motown and the Philly sound and Punk rock didn’t even have a name yet. Not having a vehicle to release their album, Death released an independent single from this session, their 1976 single, "Politician In My Eyes," which made it seem like these guys were followers rather than one of the originators of Punk. Nothing against The Ramones, New York Dolls or many of those bands people mention as being a part of the genesis of Punk Rock, but Death should have been mentioned along with those groups as pioneers of Punk. Hopefully now they will get their due.
amadou & miriam welcome to mali
Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali (Nonesuch)

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