In the old days (the '80s), most New Orleans rap was released by labels from outside the state. Dallas's Yo! had handled Gregory D & Mannie Fresh and Tim Smooth. Ft. Lauderdale's famous bass label, 4 Sight, released Ninja Crew's "We Destroy." Juvenile was initially on New York's Warlock. When majors got involved, they invariably mis-handled the artists. Gregory D & Mannie Fresh moved to RCA; Warren Mayes and pioneering west bank rapper MC Thick signed to Atlantic.
All that changed following the bounce explosion of 1991. New Orleans's long established Soulin' Records finally got into the rap game, releasing DJ Jimi's debut single, the bounce classic "(The Original) Where Dey At?" Seemingly overnight, a number of cottage industry labels sprang up, including Big Boy, Cash Money, Parkway Pumpin, Slaughterhouse, Take Fo' and Untouchable. None of them except Cash Money lasted into the new millenium. But for a time, they collectively produced and recorded some of the most overlooked and greatest rap of the decade and routinely outsold nationally-promoted rappers of the day, helping turn the tide toward the south.
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:
DEATH TUNNEL 12" DFA2200
Latest project by longtime DFA alumni GAVIN RUSSOM, inspired by Euro-disco, wonky early electronic body music and global psychedelic rock. "DEATH TUNNEL" is a hot club cut just waiting to be unleashed, while the flip "WORLD EATER" is a more mid-tempo groover with a strong EBM lean.
Sven Weisemann SHOVE EP 12" ARTLESS2193
This 6 track EP is a mixture of deep electronic journeys of dub and tech, with a surprising chunky IDM mover (peep track 5) that comes out of nowhere into the forefront. SVEN never disappoints with his keen ear for digital landscapes and fresh musical concepts.
Amy Winehouse THE SKA COVERS EP 7" AMY7001
Andy Votel ALL TEN FINGERS LP TNXLLP153
Bob Marley FORT KNOX FIVE REMIXES 7" FKX011
Fort Knox Five Set 000-009 + 017 10X12" FKXBOX0TO9
Lily Allen THE SKA EP 7" LILY7001
Nightmares On Wax WAX ON RECORDS V2 12" WAX12007
DJ Cam's Bouncer Crew SMOKESUM EP 12" KIFHH111
Detachments FLOWERS THAT FELL RMXS 12" TINAE018
Emperor Machine SPACE BEYOND THE EGG DLP DC92LP
Otto Von Schirach BASS LOW 12" BASSHEAD002
Pet Shop Boys DID YOU SEE ME COMING 12" 12R6772
Purple Brain 3 TRACK EP 7" + MIX CD RVNGMX7SEVEN
Tombee GODFATHERS 7" JTP018
Pheek & Stefny JAPAN EXCURSION JOINT 12” ARCHPL017
Dj Bone SECOND ENCOUNTER 12” BE002
Unknown Artist TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE VOL. 2 12” TW02
Orphx Division SURGEON & SUBSTANCE 12” SG0936
1) Iron Maiden Flight 666 (2009)
2) Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2006)
3) Heavy Metal In Baghdad (2007)
4) Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2005)
5) Monsters of Metal Vol. 6 (2008)
The new Iron Maiden film Flight 666 is an excellent concert documentary directed by Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen. The film was screened at several festivals, including SXSW in Austin a few months ago, had a brief run in theaters, and has been recently shown on VH1 Classics. Finally, it's now available on DVD with lots of bonus footage. Since it was released last week (Jun 9th) it has been selling extremely well at Amoeba Music's three stores. "We sold nearly every copy, way more than we expected. We've had to reorder it, it's so popular," reported Chris at the Hollywood Amoeba store, whose areas of specialty include music DVDs. So who's buying Flight 666? Iron Maiden fans of old or music fans that have been newly converted to the legendary British metal monsters? "Metal head dudes of all ages are buying it up," said Chris, adding that others are too, including many curious to learn more about this legendary hard rock group, who have been putting it down for 34 years and yet still manage to blow away many metal bands half their age.
The movie was made in the classic concert documentary style, and it follows the band on last year's Somewhere Back In Time World Tour, during which the veteran metal musicians clocked 50,000 miles round the globe, playing 23 concerts on five continents over a 45 day period with stops in such cities as Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo, Costa Rica, Bogota, and Buenos Aires. The deluxe edition is a two disc set that includes the entire set from the 2008 segment of this tour on the bonus disc. Nice! The sound is crispy clean and passes the cranked up loud on a big sound system test, and while nothing equates the experience of being in the flesh at a concert, the live show footage on Flight 666 comes pretty close.
The above is the only remastered vinyl that I've been willing to pay 40 bucks for. What can I say? I'm still a fan, and it makes me pleased as punch to see these guys playing together again. But it's without these two:
I didn't much care about the band after guitarist Martin was given the boot, and still don't. So, here are my favorite songs from the Big Jim-era albums that Faith No More played live at the recent Download Festival in Donington Park, UK:
Introduce Yourself's "Chinese Arithmetic" (coupled with a version of "Poker Face" from someone named Lady Gaga -- she's popular, evidently):
The Real Thing's "From Out of Nowhere":
Angel Dust's "Midlife Crisis":
And while mining the web for info about the reunion, I found this 2005 interview with Metal Hammer (it's still around!), where Roddy Bottom, Billy Gould and Mike Patton dish on their erstwhile guitarist:
Bottum: “Jim Martin had always been very conventional in what he wanted to do with the band, very much a fan of guitar music only and metal specifically. During the recording of Angel Dust it became apparent to both him and us that we were heading in very different directions.”