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Mr. Fine Wine's Top 10 Soul/Funk 45's From This Week's Play Box

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2015 03:09pm | Post a Comment

Mr. Fine Wine is someone who knows his music so whenever he shares a Top Ten one takes note - as with his latest Top Ten from his current crate/play-box. Whether on the radio, spinning at clubs, or curating soul compilations Mr. Fine Wine always presents a killer selection of records - most of which you've never heard before but will like instantly. His latest Top Ten below (all in audio only video format) include Eugene Blacknell and The New Breed's 1960's single "The Trip" that was released as a seven inch by bygone era Oakland record label Boola-Boola Records (formerly located at 4721 Telegraph Ave. in the space currently occupied by popular Burmese restaurant Burma Superstar) and is just one of the records in Mr Fine Wine's very deep and much coveted 7" singles crates. The Detroit raised/Brooklyn, New York based DJ is a leading soul/funk 45's aficionado who, with two plus decades as a relentless crate digger, has accumulated an enviable collection lost soul and funk (plus gospel and RnB) treasures. No wonder then that he is frequently being invited to curate rare soul compilations such as the ongoing Vampi Soul compilation series.  To date he's curated five rare 45s collections with a sixth compilation dropping in the coming months.

His acclaimed weekly radio show Downtown Soulville on WFMU, on the air since June 1994, is a must hear show (Podcast here) with never a bad record .With most old 60's and 70's singles clocking in at 2 + minutes, each week he fits in 20 to 25 different records including his opening theme ("Downtown Soulville" by Chuck Edwards) which after two decades of playing every week has gotten worn out and he has had to replace. In addition to his radio show Mr Fine Wine DJs at clubs including his longtime weekly at Botanica where since 1996 he's been  playing soul and funk records in this fun dive bar (and no cover!). There he'll often be joined by guest DJs/fellow soul music lovers. His sets are deep and rarely seem to repeat themselves - not surprising for someone with a collection of 15,000 45 singles plus a couple thousand LPs. At this past Wednesday night session at Botanica Mr Fine Wine he played a lot of funk, by digging deep into his 45's crates to spin,"records I haven't played in years for a 100 percent funky good time." Expect more of the same on his WFMU show tonight - tune in live at 7pm / 4pm Pacific time to WFMU

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Unique Veteran French Prog-Rock Ensemble Magma Return to US for Brief Tour

Posted by Billyjam, March 30, 2015 08:08am | Post a Comment

One of French rock music's most innovative and eclectic musical ensembles, the eight member group Magma whose style is their own unique brand of progressive-rock, will be making a brief North American tour over the next two weeks with only eight select dates scheduled (including two in California dates: LA's Echoplex on Monday, April 6th and Slim's in SF on Wednesday, April 8th). Their upcoming tour that kicks off at Venue in Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, April 2nd.

The longtime group, who were founded by main member Christian Vander four and a half decades ago upon inspiration from a "vision of humanity’s spiritual and ecological future," stand apart from every other band (not just in France but everywhere) due to their unique musical sound and the fact that they crafted their very own language.

WFMU radio's DJ Trouble, who plays a lot of French musical acts on her weekly show, has been a big fan of Magma's for many years and will be attending their upcoming tour's closing date at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 13th. I asked the DJ what exactly it is that she likes so much about Magma? "They're a wild French band that includes a former Yé-yé girl," she said, adding "And they've made up an extra terrestrial language and "origin" story. Oh and they make crazy prog-ish sounds! What's not to love?" Another major fan of the band is Amoeba owner Marc Weinstein whom I asked what it is that has long attracted him to Magma. "They are unlike anything else. They created their own universe and you literally have to enter their universe to appreciate their music," said Weinstein, noting how Magma founder Christian Vander's intense interest in music by Stravinsky and Coltrane helped shape the band's eclectic, adventurous progressive sound.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top Ten, Meow The Jewels, Dust-One's New Single, BPos' "Party Mardi," 1989's Crack Era Rap, Bay Guardian RIP

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Ten 10:17:2014


1)
Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

2)  Dilated Peoples   Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)

3) 
Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Souls of Mischief There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)

5)
Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #89: Free Movies, Concert Guide, George Carlin Way, Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment

1984's Ghostbusters, set in New York City, is among the free films screened in NYC this week


The bevy of free outdoor movies continues with a wide range of choices of movies and locations to view them that include tonight (July 16) at Pier 63 at Hudson River Park (near 23rd Street) where the award winning 2013 film American Hustle will screen for free. This is a great location and does not get as packed as some of the other spots like Bryant Park but note that the front half of the lawn, which is damp most of the time so bring a plastic sheet, is on a backward slant from the screen so try to avoid sitting there or you will keep falling backwards. More info.   Meanwhile at the aforementioned Bryant Park's (42nd Street at Sixth Ave.) weekly HBO sponsored screening this Monday (July 21s) will be National Lampoon's Vacation. More info. Over in Brooklyn at McCarren Park tonight (July 16) SummerScreen presents Ben Stiller's silly but fun Zoolander. What  makes this free outdoor movie series extra special is that they also  have a live concert beforehand. This evening that will be the must-see double bill of two hot new NYC hip-hop acts Ratking and Princess Nokia. 6 pm start time with film screening at sundown (8:30pm approx). McCarren Park is at N. 12th St. at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. More info. Then on Friday evening at Pier 46 (again on Hudson River Park) "Ghostbusters (trailer above) will screen at  part of the summer movie series' Family Fridays with free popcorn to accompany the free movie.  Pier 46 is along West St. at Charles St. More info.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #88: Crotona Park Jams, Outdoor Movies, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, 4 Knots Music Festival & More

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2014 02:12pm | Post a Comment

Summer is officially well underway here in New York City with proof being that there are simply too many things going on simultaneously to possibly attend them all -  a good thing because every day there is a myriad of fun events (mostly free, and mostly outdoors) to chose from ranging from music concerts of all genres, to films in fun locations, to dance productions, and art shows, etc. These include the must-attend annual summer tradition of the Tools of War grassroots hip-hop produced Park Jams which take place in parks in the Bronx and Manhattan over the three main summer months on either Tuesday or Thursday late afternoon/early evenings. Since it's now July that means that the Park Jams, with the focus on the DJs, are happening at Crotona Park up in the Boogie Down Bronx - bringing the phenomenon, that gave birth to hip-hop four decades ago, back full circle. 

Last week, up until the summer thunderstorm kicked in the last quarter of the four-hour event, those entertaining included 1980's DMC champ DJ Cheese, "forever" host Grandmaster Caz, and legendary hip-hop DJ Jazzy Jay who is pictured top care of Ignacio Soltero. (Soltero also took photo above from one of last month's Spanish Harlem Tools of War Park Jams at White Park). Tomorrow (Thursday July 10) at the Crotona Park, Bronx location at the same time (4pm-8pm) the lineup will include DJ Cash Money, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and DJ Looie Loo. For full listings see flyer below or click here.

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