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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Knxwledge, House Shoes, Oddisee, Marco Polo, Hieros, Community Unity, Mic T, DJ True Justice, Sinestro

Posted by Billyjam, July 3, 2016 10:03am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five 07:03:16

1: Marco Polo Collectables Slice of Spice)

2: Knxwledge Wraptaypes (Cassette) (All City)

3: Oddisee The Odd Tape (Mello Music Group)

4: Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Yo Home To Bel Air" 
+"Parents Just Don't Understand" (12") (Enjoy The Ride Records)

5:  House Shoes  The Makings (Cassette) (Street Corner Music)

As  the music business continues to go through its ever shifting changes in this constantly evolving digital download age, the number of physical analog release continues to build each year, from reissues to new releases on vinyl and cassette. The current top five above includes cassette releases from LA based, Detroit producer House Shoes (The Makings on Street Corner Music) and from Knxwledge (Wraptaypes on All City). All City is the Dublin, Ireland record label (and similarly named record store) run by DJ OB who had released music by Knxwledge years ago and years before the LA based, NJ raised producer had put out music on Stones Throw.  Among the growing number of reissues on vinyl of out of print older releases is the reissue this week of the 1992 single  "Yo Home To Bel Air" / "Parents Just Don't Understand." The 12" record, re-released this past Friday by Enjoy The Ride Records,  was Initially released by Jive/Zomba almost a full quarter century ago.

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Def Jux Legend Mr. Lif Discusses His First Solo Album In Seven Years: "Don't Look Down" on Mello Music Group

Posted by Billyjam, June 30, 2016 08:45pm | Post a Comment


After a seven year span with no new Mr. Lif solo album, 2016 marked the triumphant return of the revered Boston emcee, who plays the Elbo Room in San Francisco July 7th, with the powerful album Don’t Look Down. The new ten track release's many guests include Del The Funky Homosapien and the group the artist born Jeffrey Haynes is a longtime member of, The Perceptionists. Released by Mello Music Group in CD, cassette, and vinyl formats, Don't Look Down finds the former Def Jux artist in top form and full of creative energy. As he says himself, he is more like a hungry young artist starting out than one who's been in the hip-hop game since the mid nineties. In short he is far from jaded. "I feel like I just started" not "the older guy" but "I feel brand new," he told me by phone recently. "For me, my career begins now," he stated. But that is not to say that he has been idle for the past seven years. Between  Don’t Look Down and his previous album, 2009's I Heard It Before, Mr. Lif has been busy, among other things, working on his home studio and performing and recording with Thievery Corporation. And a year ago he worked on the collaborative project Terra Bella with the Polish Ambassador and Ayla Nereo.

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New Zion I Song "Tech $" Tackles Tech Fueled Gentrification of Oakland and the Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2016 11:57pm | Post a Comment

In September Zion I will release the album the Labyrinth featuring the new preview track "Tech $"  (Anthony Cole directed music video below). "Tech $" is about the impact of gentrification in Oakland as a result of the Bay Area tech boom.  Zumbi has lived in the Bay Area since the nineties and has seen a lot of changes. In the ZIon I hit of a decade ago, "The Bay," he rapped of all the diverse things that made the Bay great on the anthem like track. The new song is not as uplifting.  On the post AmpLive, Mikos da Gawd produced track he recalls how, "In the nineties it was the dot com" but now it is full scale gentrification, an unavoidable scenario that's been noticed (and noted) by other Oakland hip-hoppers.

Prozack Turner
of Foreign Legion fame, who lives in East Oakland and runs the Oakland bar/club The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. near Grand Ave., addresses the topic of gentrification in the song "HIgh Enough." The brand new track, that features mic guest Brother Ali, is from a forthcoming solo album by the Oakland artist. Meanwhile another Oakland artist, Elujay, has themed his entire forthcoming album on the topic with the title Jentrify.

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Los Angeles Record Store Crawl July 23

Posted by Amoebite, June 28, 2016 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Imagine: journeying from record store to record store surrounded by dozens of your fellow vinyl enthusiasts (and potential new friends!), as you enjoy the sweet sounds of LA singer-songwriter Nico Yaryan crooning blissfully in your ear on an air-conditioned party bus. Now, with the advent of Record Store Crawl, that dream can become a reality. On July 23, board the crawl bus for a full day's worth of music-themed festivities, including swag, discounts, and visits to Amoeba Hollywood, the Record Parlour, Permanent Records, plus a private tour of the iconic Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood.

Attendees can look forward to returning home with a VIP card from Amoeba, a gift bag containing a mystery vinyl LP, limited edition Cyndi Lauper 7" single, and other exciting releases. They'll be passing out KIND snacks throughout the day, and holding giveaways featuring test presses, signed LPs, and more! The York in Highland Park will be providing beer and food. Please note this event is 21+.

Tickets are available now. 

If you'd like to get an idea of what this shindig will be all about, check out video of the NYC version of the crawl below. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Monsieur Perine

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2016 05:12pm | Post a Comment

Monsieur Perine Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When Monsieur Perine go record shopping they don't just stick to one or two sections, they tear through the whole store. So when the Colombian trio came to Amoeba Hollywood recently they ended up with a huge and eclectic mix of music, which included everything from African percussive folk music, big band jazz, and Fleetwood Mac.

Monsieur Perine meld Django Reinhardt-style swing, Latin-American music, and jazz to create what they call "swing Colombian style." They took home the Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2015. The band consists of Catalina Garcia (vocals), Nicolas Junca (guitar), and Santiago Prieto (guitar, violin, charango).

The Bogota-based band's debut album, Hecho a Mano, was certified gold in their home country when it was released in 2012, with the award-winning Caja de Musica following three years later. Produced by Calle 13's Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante), the LP features guest appearances from Mexican alt-rockers Cafe Tacuba and Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente Garcia. This summer, Monsieur Perine are playing select dates in Europe and North America. Catch them August 5 in Oakland at The New Parish, and August 7 in Los Angeles at The Echoplex.

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