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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #35: T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York), The Roots & Jim James, Shakespeare In The Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2013 06:36am | Post a Comment

Above and below are photos taken recently at the most unique T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York) large-scale, art installation that is on exhibit (for free) through this Sunday (June 16th) at the Marina at Pier 57 (Westside Highway at end of 15th Street on West side of Manhattan) where Garson Yu, the curator of this fun (and free) installation inside an old pier building, invites visitors to completely throw themselves into the interactive multi-media installation and to "engage in a sound hunt and discover your own story." Los Angeles resident Yu is the founder of yU+co: a design company specializing in film title design and motion graphics for film/TV and new media. He was born in Hong Kong but did live in New York about 20 years ago, where he began his art career, when the acclaimed video artist developed a love for the city and a keen appreciation of the sounds, sights and all the senses and feelings given by the streets of NYC and its intense subway system on which he bases this large scale art installation housed in a series of shipping containers.

I stopped by last weekend and joined the, surprisingly few, attendees taking advantage of this highly entertaining and completely free, vast interactive exhibit that is designed to interact with all of your senses as you walk into the big cavernous space surrounded by shipping containers - some 36 hanging above, others open for people to walk through and designed to resemble a subway car in length and scale with text and simple art, drawn by installation attendees (or “straphangers”) with the colored chalk provided, on its walls. Inside speakers pump out ambient sounds of the noises of the subway with city street sounds mixed in while video images of the city (all of which he meticulously filmed across the boroughs of NYC) flash by on the walls. Outside in the main opening videos are projected onto the containers on one side, and microphones are set up for folks to make loud "WOO" or "BOO" sounds into which, in turn, can speed up or slow the down the corresponding nearby video projections of city street and subway images (complete with sounds) - all done via the latest in interactive sound and motion technology.

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The 26th Annual JazzReggae Festival, 5/27 & 5/28

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2012 06:21pm | Post a Comment
jazzreggae festival

Join us at UCLA's Intramural Field on May 27th and 28th for the JazzReggae Festival -- the largest, entirely student-produced and run event of its kind on the West Coast! Enjoy live performances from The Roots, Booker T. Jones, Gary Clark Jr, Shaggy, Don Carlos, and more! And look for the Amoeba booth on Sunday!

Jam Day - Sunday, May 27 Reggae Day - Monday, May 28
The Roots
Gary Clark, Jr.
Thundercat
Booker T. Jones
Selah Sue
Sonnymoon 
Shaggy
Tarrus Riley
Collie Buddz
Alison Hinds
Don Carlos
Cris Cab

UPDATE: Amoeba Hollywood is sold out of JazzReggae Fest passes, but tickets should be available at the gates on Sunday and Monday.

JazzReggae Festival Flier


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.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 01.13.12: E-Lit, The Roots, Planet Asia, Melissa Czarnik, Dregs One, Public Enemy, Z-Man & White Mic + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment
         



                          
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 01:13:12


1) The Roots Undun (MCA)

2) Common The Dreamer/The Believer (Warner)

3) Pac Div The Div (RBC)

4) Onra Chino Series Pt 2 (All City)

5) Thirsty Fish Watergate (Mush)

Thanks to my man E-Lit for both the above latest top five hip-hop chart and the video interview in which the diehard Berkeley Amoeba employee/ hip-hop fanatic gives a nice run down of both brand new releases and some upcoming 2012 hip-hop releases that we should keep an eye out for. As E-Lit says and I fully agree 2012 looks like it is going to be a really exciting year for new hip-hop. E-Lit mentions some of the upcoming 2012 releases in the video clip above. I also mentioned some, including Gift of Gab's sure to be dope forthcoming 2012 album The Next Logical Progression, in last week's Amoeblog Weekly Rap Up and again in a recent Amoeblog on both Pep Love's forthcoming Rigmarole album on the Hiero label. Other upcoming 2012 releases to keep an eye out for include a new one from Blacastan and a DJ Premier produced joint by Big Shug that features guest spots from both M.O.P. and Fat Joe.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 12.16.11: The Roots, D.Willz, Roach Gigz, Rick Flare + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2011 07:07am | Post a Comment
         

                          
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 12:16:11


1) The Roots Undun (MCA)

2) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)

3) Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray (Fontana)

4) Eligh & Amp Live Therapy At 3 ( Legendary Music/Live Up/Traffic)

5) J Cole Cole World (Columbia)

Special thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Amoeba Music Hollywood store for this week's Amoeba Hip Hop Chart which includes staples of the past few weeks Drake's Take Care on Cash Money/Universal, J Cole's Cole World on Columbia Records, Pusha T's Fear of God II: Let Us Pray Fontana, and Eligh & Amp Live's Therapy At 3 via Legendary Music/Live Up/Traffic. Meantime the number one hip-hop seller is the brand new album from The Roots Undun which was released last week (December 6th). Undun is the Roots' eleventh studio album but it is their first concept album. As outlined in the Undun preview video above that concept follows the life and times of the fictional young Redford Stephens - "a kid who becomes criminal, but wasn't born criminal" and who is "neither victim nor hero."  As the online Amoeba reviewer accurately wrote of Undun: "Don’t let their spot as Jimmy Fallon’s house band fool you — The Roots haven’t softened one bit. Their latest release is a concept album about a youth drawn into street life until it results in his death, told in reverse. Despite all the inherent bleakness that would imply, lyrically, musically Undun is not so dour, buoyed by vibrant soul and touched by flourishes both electronic and orchestral that suggest how far the Roots have come as a band and as conductors of a sound they alone seem to inhabit.

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