Moby's just released 29 track Music From Porcelain 2CD set is a unique retrospective collection that combines both newly re-mastered versions of his own music along with a nicely curated mixed collection of some of his favorite electronic dance and hip-hop tracks from the 90's and 80's. The new release on Thrive Music is the companion album to Moby's recently published memoir Porcelain (Penguin Press). Next week (June 21) friend of Amoeba San Francisco The Booksmith will present Moby and his memoir "Porcelain" at DNA Lounge. The new double CD set, that clocks in at two hours, twenty minutes, includes the hit that inspired the book title as well as such other Moby classics as “Go!,” “Honey,” “Natural Blues,” "Why Does My Heart Hurt So Bad" and “Bodyrock." Meanwhile the second CD is a mix of other peoples music by the artist who will be doing a special DJ set at this summer's talent packed FYF Fest in LA. It includes such dance club classics as "Break 4 Luv" by Raze, "Plastic Dreams" by Jaydee (not Dilla), "Follow Me" by Aly-Us, "Set It Off" by Strafe, and the pioneering hip-hop house track by The Jungle Brothers: "I'll House You."
"You on point, Phife? All the time Tip! Well then grab the microphone and let your words rip!"
- from "Check The Rhime" classic hip-hop vocal interplay between A Tribe Called Quest's
Q-Tip and the late great Phife Dawg who just died at age 45.
Hip-hop fans awoke to some truly tragic news this morning with the announcement of the death of rapper Phife Dawg of renowned hip-hop crew A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ). According to an early morning post today to DJ Chuck Chillout‘s Twitter feed, consequently confirmed by several other noteworthy sources, the beloved golden era hip-hop artist passed away yesterday at the young age of 45. Although no exact cause of death has been announced so far, the hip-hopper born Malik Taylor reportedly had been battling Type-I diabetes for more than half of his lifetime. In an interview in the excellent 2011 Michael Rapaport directed documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg (aka Phife Diggy, aka The Five-Foot Assassin) addresses his diabetes and dependence on sugar calling it "a sickness" and likening it to "straight-up drugs. I'm just addicted to sugar." Part of Phife's ongoing battle with the disease included receiving a kidney transplant from his wife eight years ago.
30 Days in LA's mural as seen on the side of Amoeba Music
Expect four stages of music on three floors, curated by the folks at Fake Shore Drive, Scoremore, Sub Pop and Afropunk. Along with Amoeba, Record Store Day, The Record Parlour, Mobile Vinyl Recorders and Origami Vinyl will be there with pop-up stores and exhibitions.
DJ sets will come from Tuxedo, Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces, Kyle Thomas from King Tuff, DJ Drama, Sonny Digital, DJ Dahi, DJ Mr. Rogers, Jimmy Tamborello from The Postal Service, Jonathan Snipes from clipping. and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest. Bring your dancing shoes! RSVP to Wax on Wax here.
Mark Ronson is a DJ and producer whose work nods to classic soul and funk style sounds. Born in London but educated in New York City, Ronson began his career by DJing high profile gigs like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 29th birthday party. In 2003, he found success in the UK with the release of his debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, which features guest appearances from the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Nikka Costa, Rivers Cuomo, Jack White, Mos Def, and Sean Paul. In 2007, he released a collection of cover songs called Version, which was followed by 2010's Record Collection.
In 2015, Ronson released Uptown Special. He dedicated the album to Amy Winehouse, whose Back to Black he had produced and for which he had received the 2008 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Uptown Special features "Uptown Funk," a collaboration with Bruno Mars which marked Ronson's first entry into Billboard's Hot 100. Interestingly, the album features lyrics written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.