The Community Skratch Games began in 2007 with no real long term plans, merely a desire to show love to the skratch art of turntable manipulation for the small niche of skratch fanatics in Ireland as well as raise awareness of hip-hop DJ culture to those not fully aware of turntablism as a musical art.
In addition to its fun battle (for which the champion won, not a corporate prize such as some sponsored company's mixer, but a bag of meat - yes as rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, steaks, and pork chops - donated by the local butcher) the Community Skratch Games, which has continued each year growing from strength to strength, a variety of workshops and showcases. Or as chief organizer Jimmy The Hideous Penguin called it in a 2009 Amoeblog interview "a barrage of funk, hip-hop, electro and sweaty dancing folk." At that same time the DJ/producer and member of Ireland's incredible Vince Mack Mahon DJ crew, who oversees the spinoff Community Skratch Music record label, noted that the advantage of holding the annual Community Skratch Games in Galway versus the large Irish city of Dublin was that, "It's easy to be noticed in a small city. There are lots of great skratch DJs in other parts of Ireland too. I'm not sure, it's easy to do your own thing in Galway. In bigger cities I think people lean more towards fitting in or suiting other peoples' needs."
This year's Community Skratch Games will take place this weekend - Saturday and Sunday April 4th and 5th at the Bierhaus - and feature a grip of amazing talent including Naive Ted, Danny Deepo, DJackulate, Handsome Paddy, Johnny Doobs and many more with host Ray Wingnut (look for his Amoeblog interview next week here). A few weeks ago I was over in Galway, Ireland visiting Jimmy Penguin who was already very busy getting ready for this weekend's ninth annual event. I asked him what makes this year's Games different than previous years? "It gets bigger and better every year with more and more new delighted faces and dropping jaws. It's great to see people getting involved year after year," he said adding that, "As always the highlight this year will be the Community Skratch Games freestyle Battle Royale." Click here and/or see flyer above for more details.
Since the doors opened at 10:30am this morning, Record Store Day 2013, at each of the three Amoeba Music stores it's been hectic and hella busy. Above and below are some photos from Amoeba Berkeley in the early afternoon today a few hours after opening. Also below is a video clip of E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store talking about some of the most popular Record Store Day items. And if you have still not made it out to Amoeba for Record Store Day 2013 - there is still lots of time (and goodies) left. More Record Store Day at Amoeba Music info here.
E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, Record Store Day 2013
Outside Amoeba Berkeley an hour before opening on Record Store Day - April 20th, 2013
Like Christmas in April is how some of the dedicated music fans I talked with outside Amoeba Berkeley this morning described Record Store Day. And today's Record Store Day seems to be the biggest and most popular yet. When I stopped by Amoeba Berkeley earlier this week to chat with Steve Cirelli about Record Store Day (RSD) he recommended RSD fans get there an hour before the 10:30am opening. So this morning I arrived at the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba Music at 9:30am expecting the line to be just beginning to form. However there was already a long line by that time with those at the top of the line there since before dawn [for a rare Dave Matthews Band RSD release]. A lot of RSD fans won't divulge exactly what RSD titles they are specifically looking for - as you will see in the video above in which I chat with a bunch of the music fans from as far away as Indonesia - all outside Amoeba Berkeley this morning, Saturday, April 20th, 2013.
Check back on the Amoeblog for updates from the Berkeley, Hollywood, and San Francisco Amoeba Music stores throughout Record Store Day 2013.
Steve Cirelli @ Amoeba Berkeley Talks About Record Store Day 2013
With Record Store Day (RSD) 2013 almost upon us and vinyl collector fiends counting down the hours left before they can descend upon one of the three Amoeba Music stores on Saturday (April 20th) to cop some of the numerous RSD only releases I thought it would interesting to see what the folks behind the scenes at Amoeba had to say about Record Store Day. So I headed over to the Berkeley Amoeba Music store on Telegraph Ave. to chat with Steve Cerelli, to talk a bit about Record Store Day. That short video is above. Below is another new video made by Chris at Bull Moose about some of the Record Store Day 2013 releases being unveiled on Saturday.
Meanwhile to find out more about the long list of RSD 2013 releases check all the latest on the official RSD website or simply download the 8 page list from here. And as far finding out about the events planned at the three Amoeba stores for this Saturday check here. Don't forget to enter in the Amoeba RSD contest here. See you at Amoeba on Saturday for Record Store Day.