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The Jacka Birthday Tribute Concert with Mob Figaz, Andre Nickatina, Paul Wall, Cellski, Keak Da Sneak, Joe Blow, Mistah F.A.B. + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

As seen in the new documentary below about The Jacka, the widespread outpouring of grief by fans and peers alike of the NorCal hip-hop artist when he was tragically killed earlier this year, in a still unsolved murder, is an indication of just how widely respected the prolific Pittsburg, CA born rapper truly was. That grief for the beloved Oakland-based artist, who initially came to fame in the '90s via C-BO proteges The Mob Figaz, was especially felt in his native Bay Area. In the months since his untimely death on February 2nd when he was shot and killed in a drive-by in Deep East Oakland, there have been many tributes to the artist including concerts, radio specials, and dedicated DJ mixes. And according to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, Jacka fans old and new alike have been seeking out solo and collaborative releases (including track cameos) by the rapper such as his ever-popular, guest-heavy 2009 album Tear Gas, his series with Berner including last year's Drought Season 2, and the collaborative full-length Highway Robbery with Philly emcee Freeway.

Today, August 12th, is another significant day for the artist born Dominic Newton in 1977 since this would have been his 38th birthday. In honoring this date, tonight at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, will be a most impressive line-up of artists presenting The Jacka Birthday Tribute Concert.  This all-star lineup of artists will include his old crew Mob Figaz, as well many others from the Bay (and beyond too) including Andre Nickatina, Cellski, Keak Da Sneak, Paul Wall, Joe Blow, Mistah F.A.B., Mitchy Slick, Laroo, Traxamillion, Lee Majors, Krondon, Zion I, Erk Tha Jerk, Dubb 20, Street Knowledge, and DJ Drama - many of whom have collaborated with the artist over the years including both Andre Nickatina and Traxamillion, who collaborated on The Jacka track "Glamorous Lifestyle." With so many artists on the one stage, it is likely that their sets will be much shorter than usual concert performances. Tickets for this great line-up tonight are only $20 advanced or $25 at the door. Showtime is 8pm for this all-ages show, but get there early as this could be a sold-out show. More info here.

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A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 11, 2015 07:43pm | Post a Comment
Depeche Mode

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on your point of view). In that riot, 3,438 Anglenos were arrested, 1,032 were injured, and 34 died. This year (but not today) is also the 25th anniversary of another, less serious uprising, the Depeche Mode Riots, in which five people were treated for injuries.

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Southern California has hosted its share of riots; there was the San Gabriel Mission Riot in 1785, the Chinese Massacre of 1871, the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, the Cooper Do-nuts Uprising of 1959, the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots of 1966, the Black Cat Riot of 1967, the Huntington Beach Surf Riot of 1986, the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, the San Bernardino Punk Riot of 2006, the Anaheim Riots of 2012, and the another Huntington Beach Surf Riot in 2013. Some (most) were exacerbated by the authorities, and several were fueled by civil rights aspirations and/or racism. Only one that I know of was fueled by hormones, Anglophila, and ARP-2600s.


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Set in the Seventies, New HBO Drama Series "Vinyl" Promises "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll"

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 07:25pm | Post a Comment

If the voice-over intro to the trailer below (or rather "teaser") for the forthcoming television series Vinyl reminds you of the Goodfellas monologue by Ray Liotta's character Henry Hill in the iconic crime/gangster film's opening, that's perhaps because the 2016 HBO drama-series is also from Martin Scorsese who directed that popular 1990 film. In this new production Scorsese, along with Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire creator), are the ones behind this new HBO show that is set in the 1970s and delves into all the drama and excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle that was personified in that decadent decade. The cast of this upcoming series is listed as Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, Paul Ben-Victor and (Mick's son) James Jagger. Based on this short trailer alone that was uploaded to YouTube in the past week and shows some familiar faces playing key roles (plus the music of the New York Dolls), I am pretty sure that this will be another HBO series worth watching each week, likely on Sunday nights when their best shows first air. For updates and more teases on this series go to the Vinyl Facebook page and the HBO website page dedicated to the show.

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Salute to Sean Price and Digg of U.D.I. - Two Hip-Hop Artists, Each In Their Early 40's, Who Passed Over the Weekend

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

The Internet was abuzz over the weekend after news of the sudden and unexpected passing on Saturday morning of two different MC artists on opposite coasts. NYC emcee Sean Price died in his sleep on Saturday morning (August 8th). Also on Saturday morning, San Francisco rapper Digg of U.D.I. fame died of, as yet, unconfirmed causes. Making it more tragic is that both of these hip-hop artists were relatively young men, each only in their early 40s. Born Derrick Reed, Digg (or Dig) was one half of the famed Hunters Point, San Francisco rap duo U.D.I. (Under Da Influence) with Quinton "Big Quint" Morris. They came to fame in the '90s and, along with such acts as 11/5 and Cold World Hustlers, shaped the sound of San Francisco street rap of that era, working with many of the same rappers and producers.

These same collaborating artists/lifelong friends have been taking to social media since Saturday to express their grief and shock about his sudden tragic death. This long list includes producer Mr. Laid for whom the passing was extra profound. Mr. Laid, aka Marvelle Reed, is the deceased rapper's brother and sometime musical collaborator. Along with Chill Black, Race Smith, Reggie Smith, and T.C., he was a producer for U.D.I.'s 1995 debut on DogDay Records. Laid went online yesterday to post a photo along with the lyrics to the song "Brotha Luv" off that DogDay album with such lyrics as "We'll do it again when we get to the other side because that Brotha Luv runs deep."

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

John Cooper Clarke at Amoeba Hollywood

During the first UK punk movement of the late '70s, John Cooper Clarke emerged as a political poet. He won renown in the Manchester scene as a "punk poet" and his first recordings, including 1977's Innocents EP, were for producer (and Factory Records co-director) Martin Hannett's independent label Rabid. In 1979, he scored his only UK Top 40 hit with "Gimmix! (Play Loud)." His recorded works often include backing music from The Invisible Girls, which featured punk and post-punk luminaries Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Steve Hopkins, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.

John Cooper Clarke's 1980 album Snap, Crackle & Bop reached number 26 on the UK album charts and was followed by 1982's Zip Style Method. Over the course of his career, he has shared stages with The Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, and New Order. Cooper Clarke was the subject of the 2012 BBC documentary Evidently... John Cooper Clarke. He continues to perform regularly, and is spending summer 2015 touring the UK, with a fall tour planned with alternative rock band Squeeze. A 3-CD/DVD collection of his work, Anthologia, is out October 2015.

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