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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Dilla's Donuts

Posted by Billyjam, June 1, 2012 12:18pm | Post a Comment

J-Dilla "Last Donut of The Night" (off the Stones Throw album Donuts)

If today you notice a lot more people eating donuts than usual, you are not imagining things. Today is National Doughnut Day. And sure doughnuts (or donuts as they are more commonly spelled) may not the healthiest thing to eat all the time, but they are tasty and if there is only one day in the year you indulge in donuts... today is the day. This unofficial "holiday," which includes free donuts been given away from local donut spots and also national companies like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, was established back in 1938 when The Salvation Army kickstarted this annual unofficial holiday that many credit for spreading the popularity of donuts in America.

National Doughnut Day, which for the past 74 years happens on the first Friday of each June, was initially created by the Salvation Army to commemorate all the early 20th Century wartime female volunteers who served doughnuts and coffee to troops during the First World War. The short video clip below briefly outlines the history. Also below are videos of the Swedish Chef of the Muppet Show's approach to getting the holes in the donuts and the famous "Donut Hell" clip from The Simpsons, featuring the number one donut fan Homer Simpson. Also below is a how-to bake doughnuts tutorial while up above is a video for the last track ("Last Donut of the Night") off the late great J-Dilla's excellent 2006 album Donuts - released (in two different covers - the "donut" and the "smile" covers) a few days before his untimely death. Made by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen, the clip was the winning video in a contest held by Stones Throw Records last year.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 05.25.12: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5: El-P, Psycho Realm, Killer Mike, House Shoes, Three Loco, 45 Sessions + other Memorial Day Weekend happenings in the Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2012 07:17pm | Post a Comment

El-P "Stay Down (feat Nick Diamonds)" live on Letterman last week (May 2012)


Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012


1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)

3) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)

4) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)

5) Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2  (Odd Future)

Lots of great new releases on the brand new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store this week including in the number one slot El-P's welcome return, after 5 years with no new releases, with his all killer, twelve track album Cancer4Cure (aka C4C which is avail in both CD and LP formats) via the Fat Possum record company (he folded his Def Jux record label a while back). The Amoeba website store calls this latest El-P release "his strongest work since his debut, Fantastic Damage" and praising the supertalented East Coast producer/emcee for sounding "as energized as he did on that decade-old debut, matching Killer Mike (whose own excellent R.A.P. Music also recently came out and was produced by El-P) rhyme for rhyme on standout “Tougher Colder Killer,” also featuring fellow Def Jux alumnus Despot."

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.16.12: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5 + Hip-Hop In The Park

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2012 12:59pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012


1) J Dilla "Think Twice" & "E=Mc2" (BBE) 7" single

2) Apollo Brown & OC Brown Trophies (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

3) B.O.B. Strange Clouds (Atlantic)

4) Madlib Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape (Madlib Medicine Show)

5) Notorious B.I.G.  Ready to Die reissue (CNR)

Record Store Day is still in the air at Amoeba Music where in this week's number one slot of the latest hip-hop chart from the Hollywood Amoeba is the highly anticipated BBE recently released 7" inch single by the late great J Dilla of "Think Twice" and "E=Mc2." But in reality it is Record Store Day everyday at Amoeba Music where there is always something music fans are fiending for whether it's some reissue like the recent Notorious B.I.G.  Ready to Die reissue or brand new releases like  Apollo Brown & OC Brown Trophies care of Mello Music and Fat Beats or Madlib's Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape.  On this final installment of his elongated Medicine Show series, Madlib serves up a total of 35 remixes in the one hour long release described by Amoeba.com as, "His wild mixes fly by, a million ideas at once, and leave your head spinning — true to form for someone who would undertake an endeavor as crazy as this.

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Will Realistic Tupac Hologram Performance @ Coachella Signal A New Era of Famous Deceased Artists in Concert?

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2012 03:12am | Post a Comment
     

Never got to see Elvis Presley, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott, Gang Starr's Guru, Wu-Tang Clan with ODB, Bob Marley, Biggie, J-Dilla, Mac Dre or 2Pac in concert when they were alive? No worries. Now you can, or likely will soon be able to, see any deceased artist "live" in concert via the latest advanced, almost lifelike use of holograms if the success of last night's Coachella 2012 Festival is any indicator. During the SoCal festival's closing set last night by Dr Dre when, using state of the art high-tech 3D images of the deceased rapper, the late great Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) performed both a song by himself and then a collaboration on stage with Snoop Dogg.

Now while holograms are not new - even their use in big concert settings has already been done like last year when hologram technology was utilized by Mariah Carey who simultaneously did five different concerts across Europe - the profound impact of last night's lifelike Pac appearance is bound to have a major impact on use of the technology in concert settings.

As seen in above video the eerily lifelike hologram image of Shakur, who was gunned down dead 16 years ago, was simultaneously brilliant and spooky. The projected hologram was extremely realistic (even more so when you see it in person and not via video) right down to every little mannerism of the famous murdered rapper that it was like he was really there - and you could tell from the howls of the crowd that the audience members were really feeling it too.

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The Roots Breakthrough Album: "Things Fall Apart"

Posted by Billyjam, March 6, 2012 09:18am | Post a Comment

For many artists it is often their first album or their second album that puts them on the map and becomes their career's finest work. But for longtime Philly crew The Roots their breakthrough album came a dozen years after they had first formed (and gone through some personnel changes in the interim) in the form of their fourth album, Things Fall Apart. The album, which was released in 1999 by MCA, was as much of a critical as a commercial success for the group. Additionally its recording overlapped with several others by members of the extended Soulquarians collective that included Erykah Badu and Common - both of whom made memorable contributions to Things, as did others such as Mos Def, Ursula Rucker, and J-Dilla (a.k.a. Jay Dee). See the music video for the Erykah Badu featured album track "You Got Me" below.

        

While Things Fall Apart was unmistakably The Roots' breakthrough album, it is just one of many must-have releases by the ever-prolific group whose many late night TV viewers have come to know as the Jimmy Fallon house band. Others include The Roots Come Alive and all the ones released just over the past couple of years by the group. These include 2010's How I Got Over (Island/Def Jam) and the excellent concept album released late in 2011, Undun. The Roots also collaborated with both John Legend on Wake Up and with Betty Wright for Betty Wright and the Roots: The Movie.  Additionally, there is great compilation of the Roots' tracks that dropped four months ago -- the J. Period & Black Thought presented Best Of The Roots.
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