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BLUES QUEEN KOKO TAYLOR DIES

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2009 09:13am | Post a Comment
Koko Taylor
As reported today by the Associated Press and other news outlets, blues "Queen" Koko Taylor died yesterday, Wednesday June 3rd, resulting from complications following surgery she underwent recently for gastrointestinal bleeding. She was 80 years old.

A sharecropper's daughter who grew up listening to B.B. King on the radio (he was a DJ) playing the blues, it was her powerful voice that won her the name "Queen of the Blues." The Tennessee-born Taylor first entered the music world in 1962, after Willie Dixon got her a recording contract with legendary blues label Chess Records.

Three years later she would score a mega hit with the single "Wang Dang Doodle" which would help catapult her career and ensure her longevity. Check out the video below of her with Little Walter back in 1967 performing this song and witness how the woman just belted the blues. What a voice!

After the Chess label folded, she signed with Alligator Records and remained a busy, hard working artist throughout her long, prolific career, performing an average of a hundred concerts each year. She performed up until about seven years ago. Nominated seven times for Grammy awards, Taylor won one in 1984. Look for Taylor's back catalog in the "blues" section of Amoeba Music.

Koko Taylor ft. Little Walter "Wang Dang Doodle" (1967)

NOBODY DOES IT QUITE LIKE THE BIZ

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2009 08:39am | Post a Comment
Biz Markie
Biz Markie
, who came to fame during hip-hop's golden era as the beatboxing rapper with a sharp wit & comedic streak, initially won fans with such records as "Just A Friend," "Vapors," Pickin' Boogers," and "Make The Music WIth Your Mouth, Biz." But these days he is better known for his movie and TV roles, including playing the beatboxing alien in Men In Black II or his ongoing entertaining part in the Nickelodeon TV kids show Yo Gabba Gabba! where he does his short but fun "Beat of The Day" segment.

Along with the Fat Boys and Doug E Fresh, Biz Markie ranks as one of the early ambassadors of beatboxing, credited with bringing the hip-hop art form to the masses. In the music history books the Biz will also be immortalized in the early 1990's landmark sampling court case with Gilbert O'Sullivan which would forever alter (read: stifle) the direction that hip-hop production would thereafter take.

Born Marcel Hall in Harlem, and later living in Long Island, Biz Markie started out beatboxing and rhyming in the early eighties while just barely into his teens. But it would be his beatboxing skills specifically that would first get him noticed. Thanks to crossing paths with then up-and-coming producer Marley Marl in the mid-eighties, he got a break doing his human beatbox routine for Marl related Juice Crew acts like MC Shan and Roxanne Shante, with whom he would make his rap world debut, appearing on her 1986 record "Def Fresh Crew." That same year he released his debut 12", the EP "Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz" on Prism Records. Two years later this Marley Marl produced record would be followed by his debut (and best) album, 1988's Goin' Off. His consequent three albums, 1989's The Biz Never Sleeps, 1991's I Need a Haircut, and 1993's All Samples Cleared! were not produced by Marley Marl and consequently never reached the pinnacle of greatness that his debut did.

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DJ ICEWATER INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2009 01:08pm | Post a Comment
DJ Icewater

Some may have just recently come to know of DJ Icewater as the tour DJ for the reunited Pharcyde. Others may long know the skilled Los Angeles born, Bay Area based DJ from his countless, always amazing mixtape CDs, which earned him, along with DJ Cobra, the "Mixtape DJ Of The Year" title at the Tech.nitions Conference in 2003. Some might remember him from his time as a Bay Area college radio DJ, be aware of him from his affiliation with the Solesides/Quannum or the Living Legends crews or maybe from his collaboration with such acts as the Bash Brothers, or from having been the live DJ for Shing02.

Some might even know him from the numerous acts he worked with in an audio engineer's capacity, including Lyrics Born, Jern Eye, and Keelay & Zaire. In sum, odds are that if you are a hip-hop fan, you've most likely stumbled up this talented DJ/producer's work somewhere along the way. He has been putting it down since 1995 and nowadays also does video live mixing. Busy juggling several projects, DJ Icewater recently took time out to chop it up with the Amoeblog.
DJ Icewater Shing02 Mix CD
Amoeblog:
How and when exactly did you first get into DJing?

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 06/06/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 1, 2009 04:01pm | Post a Comment
 

New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Buraka Som Sistema  

IC19 (MAD DECENT RECENT REMIX)
12” MAD098

In your face bass jams straight from Mad Decent. Remixes from TOY SELECTAH, TOTALLY KROSSED OUT, and DJ SEGA will fill the floor with cabooses getting loose. 



Adam Mars
hall 
 

OWLS WON'T-S.TROXLER
12" SIMPLE0939

KID606 UPDATES 4HERO CLASSIC ON HIS KILLER NEW ALBUM

Posted by Billyjam, June 1, 2009 03:16pm | Post a Comment
Kid606 "Mr Wobble's Nightmare" (2009)

The video above of Kid606's new Shout at the Döner (Tigerbeat6) album track and lead single "Mr Wobble's Nightare" is directed by Joel Trussell. The dp & editor is Michael Samstag, animators are Anna & Mike Hollingsworth and Joel Trussell, camera by Matthew Rogers, and lighting by Jeff Reed. This skilled music video Kid606production crew did total justice to Kid606's inspired update of 4hero's "Mr Kirk's Nightmare" -- the 1990 rave hit by the London, England drum'n'bass/jungle pioneers which, over a sped up sample of the "Give the Drummer Some" break, tells the story of a British police constable knocking on a certain Mr. Kirk's door to give him the bad news that his 17 year old son Robert "is dead. You better come down to the station house...he died of an overdose."  The Dead Kirks also did an interpretation of the song, one of many over the years, titled "Mr. Kirk, Your Son Is Dead" in 1991 on Midtown Records.

For the 2009 updated "Mr Wobble's Nightmare," with tongue firmly in cheek, Kid606 retells the story with a slight twist and injects ten times more energy into the already dope track. Equally as good is the entire new album, the usually quirky artist's most accessible to date. Over the past decade Kid606 has earned a rep for pushing the envelope in hardcore techno, glitch, IDM, and breakcore via a myriad of timeless releases on such labels as Vinyl Communications, Violent Turd, Ipecac, Mille Plateaux, and of course Tigerbeat6 -- the San Francisco label that the artist runs himself and that always displays his obsession with cats (check the cool feline image on the new album cover above). The Venezuelan born electronic artist, who has been on the vanguard of digital music since he began, has never resigned himself to just one subgenre of electronic music but instead has embraced and experiemented with em all. He was raised in San Diego but moved to San Franicsco and more recently to Berlin. Kid606, whose given name is Miguel Trost Depedro, formed Tigerbeat6 in 2000 and since then has overseen the prolific label, cranking out countless releases. The latest is Kid606's Shout at the Döner, which is among the very best electronic releases of 2009 to date -- and one you should buy at Amoeba Music.
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