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20 Essential Records You Need on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2013 09:21am | Post a Comment

In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day 2013, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to idontcare@makeyourownlist.com. Or just leave a comment!

 

The BeatlesRevolver

The Beatles RevolverIn my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.

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Fantasizing About Lottery Millions Is Next Best Thing To Winning (Dolla, Dolla, Bill Y'all)

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2012 05:04pm | Post a Comment

Abba "Money Money Money"

Waiting patiently in line yesterday afternoon behind a half dozen other dreamers at a downtown Manhattan 7/11 to buy a $2 Powerball lottery ticket for my (very slim) chance to win last night's jackpot drawing of a record $588 million, I fully understood that my chances of winning were almost zero. In fact with the odds of winning at an estimated 175 million to one, I stood a much better chance of been invited by Lil Wayne to make a rap cameo on his next (and final) album than my randomly drawn numbers coming up in last night's Powerball lottery drawing. But even armed with all of this knowledge, like millions of others across America - with that refrain "you got to be in it to win it" echoing in my head, I happily forked over money for a lottery ticket.

Yes even though I fully knew I didn't stand a snowball's chance of being a winner (two people were: one in Arizona and another in Missouri) for those few hours between when I bought my ticket and when the winning numbers were announced I had an opportunity to mentally bathe in fantasies of what I might do with my nearly six hundred million dollars (or $385 million after tax as I reminded myself). For a few escapist moments I imagined what and who I might spend all my easily earned money on and started thinking about all the songs along those lines like the Barenaked Ladies' "If I had $1000000" in which they sang "I’d buy you a house" and "I'd buy you an exotic pet like a llama or an emu" or "a monkey."
 

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SXSW Hip-Hop Showcases A Plenty This Year

Posted by Billyjam, March 16, 2012 11:46am | Post a Comment
        
Truth Universal's "Paper Chase" (2012) produced by DJ Def D 

And finally I leave you with two brand new videos: one for Truth Universal's "Paper Chase" - video directed by Mark Lester and music produced by DJ Def D. s weekend. Above is the new Mark Lester directed video for "Paper Chase" by Truth Universal who is one of the countless hip-hop acts performing this weekend at the ever-expanding South by Southwest music and film festival. (click SXSW. for details on Truth Universal's shows). Better known as SXSW this big annual event is going on this week/weekend down in Austin Texas. And while many complain that the festival, which started out as a grassroots more alternative type affair all about the art, has just gotten too big and too corporate in recent years. Of course this week's story about a phone company exploiting local homeless folks in using them as WiFi hot spots didn't help SxSW's image. But regardless SxSW still manages to attract underground artists (of all genres) in droves to the city of Austin every March.

Some of the (way too many to mention here) hip-hop themed events happening at this weekend's SXSW long list of happenings include tonight Raekwon along with such guests as JD Era, Kofi Black, Young Cliff, Dustin Cavazos, Dre Marley, Grey Matter, JLD 8, and 8Earcub are doing what's been billed as "The SXSW Kickoff Party" at the Prophet Bar - formerly known as the Gypsy Tea Room. Meanwhile fellow Wu Tang warrior GZA will headline tomorrow night (Saturday March 17th) along with an impressive showcase that includes M.O.P., Jet Life, Flatbush Zombies and many more at the Haven night club  at 409 Colorado Street. More info here.

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Hip-Hop and Hockey Converge in The Bru-Tang Clan's "Enter Tha 63 Chambahs"

Posted by Billyjam, February 23, 2012 09:36am | Post a Comment
Hip-hop and hockey converge nicely in the just released promo-only, free nine-track EP ("FreEP") Enter Tha 63 Chambahs which is a hockey themed homage appropriating the mighty Wu Tang Clan  recorded by Akrobatik upon request by Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand. The Massachusetts hip-hop artist, who hails from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood , recently recorded the EP for the ever-popular Boston Bruin's left winger Brad Marchand whose nickname is Noseface Killah and who often calls his teammates "The Bru-Tang Clan."

As fans of professional ice hockey already know in a period of just 18 months Brad Marchand has won a Stanley Cup and become quite a favorite among Boston hockey fans. These fans appreciate Marchand's often self-effacing humor and the fact that he jokingly calls himself  "Noseface Killah" - a name that has taken off and led to this hip-hop one off project which is actually a marketing tool to promote sports the sports star's new line of gear been made by the The Boston Sports Apparel Company.

The title of Enter Tha 63 Chambahs (3 skits and 6 songs with Akrobatik rhyming over Wu Tang instrumentals), is a play on both the Wu Tang album title (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) and the fact that Marchand's jersey number is 63.  To download for free the Enter Tha 63 Chambahs EP by Akrobatik aka The Bru-Tang Clan, which features such tracks as  “Bru-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To Puck Wit” and “Protect Ya Net”  click here.
 

W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

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