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Hip-Hop DJ Heaven In Hollywood Today with RockWalk DJ Inductions +Hollywood GC DJ Concert

Posted by Billyjam, March 6, 2014 08:53am | Post a Comment
It's gonna be hip-hop DJ heaven in Hollywood today over by the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. (not too far from Amoeba Hollywood) where both the big RockWalk induction ceremony at 3pm will take place followed at 5pm by the Hollywood GC DJ event with a list of great DJs appearing and performing. The free two-part event begins at 3pm (but get there earlier to both get parking a secure a good spot) with an induction ceremony of the first ever hip-hop DJ artists to the RockWalk:  Grand Wizzard Theodore, GrandMixer DXT and Grandmaster Flash. Then at 5pm another turntablism legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will both perform and host a killer DJ concert featuring sets by such other greats as D-Styles, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Rhettmatic, Mr Choc, P-Trix, Shortee, The Gaslamp Killer, Mike Relm, and Dynamix. The event ends at 11pm.
Unveiled in 1985, the RockWalk, which is located in front of the Sunset Blvd Guitar Center in Hollywood, is a musical alternative to the nearby movie themed Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater. With its mission statement, that is literally written in stone (see pic right), of being for "individuals who have made significant contributions to The Music Business" the RockWalk celebrate rock, jazz, blues, and (few) hip-hop artists are all honored in handprints and autographs in cement. Additionally in the window of Guitar Center they've  guitars and other memorabilia once owned by musicians honored on the RockWalk. The long list of those honored to date includes Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Todays three inductees Flash, DXT, and Theodore, who will be introduced by DJ Qbert, have each long believed in and envisioned the turntable as an instrument. Even back four decades ago when no one in the mainstream took hip-hop DJ'ing (long before the word turntablism had been coined to define the sub genre - by DJ Babu in 1995), or even hip-hop itself, seriously these three artists had the foresight to project ahead and imagine what the turntable as instrument would become what it is today and that the practitioner of that instrument be given the same respect as any musician would.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41: A Night At The Museum, Beats On The Water, Bam's Record Collection, Free Movies + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 24, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment

The above photo of the fountain in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village was taken mid-afternoon this past weekend when New York City temperatures reached around 100 degrees which, combined with high humidity levels, made for unbearably hot weather. Hence why many jumped into the fountain to cool off and obtain some respite from the NYC weather that this week has leveled out and returned to a relatively cooler state with temps hovering around 80 degrees today and humidity at only about 50%. This is outdoor weather for sure and NYC in the summertime offers an abundance of things to do out in the street, in the parks, and by and on the water. This New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41 will take a look at some of these events and happenings, including one of the many great boat parties that take place off Manhattan. On any given summer evening/night along the Hudson waterfront - especially from midtown down to lower Manhattan - you will inevitably hear the strains of electronic, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, rock or other music wafting in over the water from one of the countless boat parties that slowly drift by with booming speakers out on the waterways on weekends and week nights too. These are a great way to catch some music (live bands or DJs) and do some sightseeing at the same time.

This Friday (July 26th) is a recommended dance music boat party that sets sail from midtown on the West Side. It's the WAVs Hudson River Tour with an impressive lineup of DJs including UK producer Switch (formerly of Major Lazer), Grandmaster Flash, Octo Octa, Neon Indian (DJ set), Cousin Cole, and Roxy CottontailAdvance tickets available here are just $30 to $40 depending on how soon you cop them - not bad for a 4 hour cruise with good music. Boarding starts at 7pm for 8pm departure from 7pm from Pier 81 at West 42nd Street @ 12th Ave.

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The Art of the LP Cover- Jumpers Pt. 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 20, 2010 05:00pm | Post a Comment
Truth be told, jumping band members make up some of my least favorite album covers. Regardless, it seems that many bands enjoy jumping for the camera. You can check out last years collection here.

UPCOMING 2009 HIP-HOP RELEASES

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2009 08:47am | Post a Comment
 
                            Excerpt from forthcoming 2009 DVD release about Biggie Smalls

2009 is already shaping up to be a promising year for hip-hop releases with many dropping within the several weeks or so of the new year. Upcoming releases include brand new recordings from such artists as DJ Signify, Mos Def, Grandmaster Flash, Rob Swift, and Conscious Daughters and older or newly discovered older material being released for the first time such as the DVD DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash sessions grand master flashfeaturing the late LA artist DJ Dusk presenting bygone (2001 - 2003) LA sessions featuring Madlib vs Cut Chemist, will i. am vs Thes One, and Oh No vs. Exile. Look for it in the hip-hop DVDs section at Amoeba Music on  January 13th.

Another late great hip-hop artist being celebrated on a new DVD in 2009 is Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon is the name of the new documentary that will be released on DVD that looks back on the life of the much lamented Brooklyn emcee featuring interviews with many folks like the clip above of a one-on-one with producer D-Dot discussing the making of one of Biggie Smalls' biggest hits. To be released by Gold Dust Media, Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon will be available at Amoeba Music on January 27th. For more up-to-date information on this release and to see other clips, click here.