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Essential Records: Nas' 'Illmatic'

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment
Essential Records Nas Illmatic

When it comes to "essential" hip-hop records they don't come much more essential than Nas' 1994 landmark, ten-track debut album Illmatic. The album's 20 year anniversary is being celebrated in grand style this year with a nice vinyl reissue of the album, the recent theatrical release of the award winning documentary about the album, Time Is Illmatic (see trailer below), and an ongoing tour by the famed Queensbridge emcee - fittingly titled the Time Is Illmatic Tour - in which the emcee performs the entire album in track-listing order following a screening of the new documentary. Nas' current California tour dates include two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 19 & 21) and two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in LA (Oct 18 & 22).

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Vive les minets - French Dandyism in the 1960s

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 8, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment
As a fan of fashion, youth subculture, and the 1960s, at some point I was bound to be made aware of the French minet subculture. Obviously, since I'm writing about it, that momentous occasion has arrived at some point in my past. I can't remember when or where it occurred (the internet is a safe bet) but in the intervening years I've found very little about this stylish group. Compounding my frustration is the fact that what little that I have uncovered about minets is almost always written or recorded in French -- a language of which a month of skipping class at College les pins Castries did little to improve my command. The French Wikipedia (Wikipédia) is humorously blunt in its entry: un jeune homme vêtu à la mode, équivalent masculin de la minette. Last and least -- most of what has been written about minets in English is by writers discussing within the larger context of mod subculture -- a style tribe about which far too much is artlessly written and rehashed.

A minet in 1965


With that in mind, however, kindly allow me briefly add to the conversational clutter concerning mod, as its evolution is tied closely to that of the minet. Although today mod is often characterized as a mid-60s, working class subculture fueled by the holy trinity of amphetamines, scooters and soul music, it first appeared in the late 1950s when a largely middle class group of mostly Jewish teenagers with families in the clothing business and for whom the chosen drug was apparently coffee. Modernists, as they then to themselves referred, championed modern jazz over trad jazz (which was championed by the Acker Bilk-listening, bowler-hatted, beer-swilling, baggy sweater-and-duffle coated trads). Sharing their love of modern jazz were the beatniks, but their beardy, black, cultivated scruffiness was rejected in favor of the natty continental style associated with untouchable icons of French cool like Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon

Huge Jazz Vinyl Collection Hits Amoeba SF This Saturday, 10/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2014 06:57pm | Post a Comment

Jazz Vinyl Collection at Amoeba San Francisco

Calling all Jazz vinyl hounds! A fantastically huge and choice used LP collection pressed in the late 1950s to the late 1960s hits the floor here at Amoeba SF this Saturday, October 11th. Expect true gems on Impulse, Blue Note, Verve, and Prestige from artists like John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Red Garland, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and so many more.

The LPs are in excellent condition and they won't last long! Come early for the best selection.
 

Essential Records: The Mars Volta's 'De-Loused In The Comatorium'

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2014 05:32pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records De-Loused in the Comatorium

The year was 2003. I was a 22-year old musician living in Silverlake, playing in a band and chasing the dream. I was taking in heavy doses of Stevie Wonder and anything I could find from Salsa greats Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe. At that time, my whole musical world was Soul, Salsa and Hip Hop. The Roots' Things Fall Apart and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides were still in heavy rotation from my college Freshman days of 1999. 

I vividly remember my friend Jesus Beas telling me about this new band I should check out. He said they were called The Mars Volta and some of the guys were in a band called At The Drive-In. I had never heard of either band, but I knew it was worth my time to take a listen. Jesus and I had been friends since 9th grade and he had always turned me on to bands I ended up loving (mostly underground politically charged rock groups like Aztlan Underground and Downset).  

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Hanni El Khatib Headlines Red Bull Sound Select Show Curated by KCRW on Oct. 21

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2014 05:02pm | Post a Comment

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Hanni El Khatib

Garage-rock troubador Hanni El Khatib is headlining the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, curated by our friends at KCRW. Hindu Pirates open the show.

It takes place at Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy, with Dan Wilcox (KCRW) hosting. Tickets are $3 with an RSVP (or $12 walk-up) and the show is 21+.

Hanni El Khatib released a batch of catchy garage-rock tunes last year called Head in the Dirt, produced by The Black KeysDan Auerbach. Read my interview with him here, and check out his episode of “What’s In My Bag?” below:

Hanni El Khatib - What's In My Bag?
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