Rob Hatch-Miller Discusses His Documentary "Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows" [California Premiere During Noise Pop 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

"A lot of people may not know the name of this man, Syl Johnson, but they know his music," accurately notes RZA in the engaging documentary on the highly influential and widely sampled, yet little known, soul legend. Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is the new Rob Hatch-Miller-directed film that makes its California premiere this weekend as part of the Noise Pop 2016 festival's Film Series, co-presented by Amoeba and the SF IndieFest, when it screens at the Roxie Theater. Tickets for the Saturday, Feb 20th, 7pm screening, that is followed by a Q+A with the film's subject and its director, are available here.

The  Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who's sampled the artist's records for the various Wu tracks, is among the many Syl Johnson devotees interviewed in the film. Others include Prince Paul, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jazzy Jay, and (45s king) DJ BreakBeat Lou, each of whom have nothing but the highest admiration for this prolific yet largely slept-on musical great.

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For Vampisoul's "R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits" Compilation Curator Mr Fine Wine Mines the Vaults of King and Federal

Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2015 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Last night during his soul 45's themed, longtime weekly residency at New York City's Botanica Mr. Fine Wine celebrated the release of his latest retro compilation R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits. This the Detroit born, music loving, lifelong soul/funk/r&b 45's crate digger, and weekly host of WFMU's Downtown Soulville accomplished by playing the music and inviting others to join him for a fun and funky night at the Downtown bar/club along with an array of invited fellow 45's loving guest DJs including Jonathan Toubin, DJ Rata, Mikey, One Mint Julep, Phast Phreddie, Pablo Salinas, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Matt Fiveash (pictured left). The new 20 track compilation, that has been released as a CD and also as a ten seven inch vinyl box-set, is the fourth and latest in this various artists series for Vampisoul that the D has curated for the respected reissue record label. With a title inspired by the compilation's opening track, Little Joe Washington's 1963 Federal Records single "Bossa Nova and Grits," genre expert Mr Fine Wine has mined the vaults of King Records and its imprint Federal Records. Federal Records, who first gave the world a taste of James Brown, was set up by the influential indie Cincinnati, Ohio based King Records label in 1950. Among those acts featured are on the new collection are Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men, King Syam, Gene Wilson & His Genies, and Sam Anderson & The Telstars.

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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

Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

2)  Dilated Peoples   Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)

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

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

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

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