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Amidst Administration Attacks The U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Hip-Hop Culture

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2020 06:49pm | Post a Comment


    While news headlines regarding the U.S. Postal Service of late may be depressingly negative ones regarding the current administration's defunding of the service and attempted voter suppression, there’s also a positive USPS related story. That’s word of the recently published colorful hip-hop themed series of Forever postage stamps that pay tribute to hip-hop culture’s four elements; DJing, MCing, B-boying and writing (aka graf or graffiti). Priced at the current 2020 First Class Mail Letter retail rate of 55 cents per stamp they are sold in panes (sheets) of 20 stamps for $11.

Each pane includes five copies of each of the four variations included.  At first glance these stamps may look like graphically painted images but in fact they are each photographs that have been touched up and filtered to create a moving 3D type effect. Each hip-hop element image is based on the work of photographer Cade Martin with art director Antonio Alcala adding various effects utilizing a yellow, red, green and black color scheme to energize each image.

Critical hip-hop purists have already weighed in the 2020 stamps saying that, while they appreciate the new series from the USPS, they think that the name of their beloved culture should have been written on the stamps in the widely accepted spelling of “HIP-HOP” rather than “HIPHOP.” Further these purists argue that the “GRAFFITI ART” stamp should have, in place of the “G” word, used “WRITING” to denote the aerosol art element of hip-hop.

Celebrate National Vinyl Record Day By Treating Yourself To Something From Amoeba’s Top 10 LP New Arrivals

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2020 06:07pm | Post a Comment
 
August 12th: Today is National Vinyl Record Day and the perfect way to celebrate the occasion would be to add to your record collection by virtually crate digging in the new arrivals bins at Amoeba (all vinyl ships free anywhere in the US). Below is a Top Ten cross-section of some of the many recommended new vinyl arrivals at Amoeba Music this current week. [See the full list of LP new arrivals here].  These new vinyl arrival albums cover various genres with many of them being most welcome reissues.

Some are brand new releases such as latest from Los Angeles female talent Jenny O. via Mama Bird or the new electronic dance album from collaborative duo BRONSON (ODESZA and GOLDEN FEATURES) on Ninja Tune that’s been released in two different vinyl versions. The list includes such iconic artists as Charlie Parker, Grateful Dead and Johnny Cash.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...Dreams Burn Down

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 7, 2020 06:08pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part IV #11-20

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part four in my series. So in case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music.

nick cave weeping song

#20 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "The Weeping Song" (Mute)

How could I have this top 50 alternative countdown without Nick Cave! I can usually pinpoint around when I first heard some of these artists. I really don't think I had heard of Nick Cave before 1990. It really took a video on MTV or a song on the radio or a friend introducing me. Like so many other artists, this was the year for Nick Cave. I listened to this album so many times over the years. "The Weeping Song" and "The Ship Song" are both my favorites from The Good Son. Nick Cave has one of those voices and personalitles that I just sort of fell in love with. He for sure has a cult following and it is not hard to see why. He is like the goth Elvis. Heartbreaking and beautiful. A worldwide treasure.

Hip-Hop Top 5 + Vinyl Reissue Pick: Apollo Brown, Che Noir, KXNG Crooked, Pop Smoke +

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2020 10:42pm | Post a Comment
                     Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissue Pick of The Week

Funkdoobiest Brothas Doobie [180 Gram Blue Vinyl] LP (Music On Vinyl)


The vinyl reissue pick of the week is the 25 year anniversary release of the Funkdoobiest album Brothas Doobie [180 Gram Blue Vinyl] LP . For this limited edition reissue of the 1995 second album by the Latino LA hip-hop group Music On Vinyl have lovingly repressed the album on 180 gram blue colored vinyl. With production by DJ Muggs, DJ Lethal, Ray Roll and the group’s own DJ Ralph M the LP was the last Funkdoobiest album with all three original members; Son Doobie, DJ Ralph M and Tomahawk Funk. After its release Tomahawk Funk split the group. The LP’s 13 tracks include "Rock On", "Dedicated" and "XXX Funk" (all released as singles) as well as the famous, controversial track "Superhoes" that also appeared on the Friday movie OST.

Remembering Ennio Morricone, Malik B., Charlie Daniels, Judy Dyble And Others Who've Died In 2020

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2020 07:28pm | Post a Comment
The Fabulous Little Richard LP - a 2019 vinyl issue from the iconic artist who died this year

It may only be a bit past half way into the year but already it seems we’ve lost too many talentedmusicians in 2020. These include such artists as Little Richard, McCoy TynerKenny Rogers, Bill Withers whose Naked & Warm LP was recently released on 180 gram vinyl, Betty Wright, Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk, Bonnie Pointer, rapper Pop SmokeGenesis P-Orridge, Andy Gill of Gang of Four, Neil Peart of Rush and John Prine. Sadly Americana legend John Prine, whose upcoming vinyl reissue of D
iamonds In The Rough can be pre-ordered now, was just one of the many artists in 2020 to have died as a result of the coronavirus.  Others who tragically died due to the COVID-19 pandemic include jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz, African music icon Manu Dibango, Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers, gospel vocal star Troy Sneed, Adam Schlesinger of The Fountains of Wayne, 35 year old rapper Fred the Godson and 41 year old Broadway musical star Nick Cordero.

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