Salute To Artists Already Gone in 2018 inc. Tribute To Edwin Hawkins (74) + Dolores O’Riordan (46) [Top 5 & Top 15 Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2018 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Oakland's Edwin Hawkins (best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day" with the Edwin Hawkins Singers) died this week at age 74, making him one of too many artists  we've already lost in 2018. 

With this Monday’s passing of both Oakland gospel legend Edwin Hawkins (74) and Irish female rock vocal powerhouse / The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan (46), this new year of 2018  is off to a bad start. Only halfway into January and already a significant number of artist deaths is mounting.  Other talents to have passed on this year include radio artist and writer Joe Frank (79) who also died on Monday, blues, gospel and RnB/soul singer/songwriter Denise LaSalle (78), and  Motörhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke (67) who is pictured right with Motörhead circa 1980 L-R along with Lemmy Kilmister (who died December 2015) and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor (who died Nov. 2015). Other artists who have passed on already in 2018 include The Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas (76),  iconic French pop singer France Gall (70),  actor/singer Jerry Van Dyke (86), Black Sabbath and Judas Priest producer Chris Tsangarides (61), soul singer Betty Willis (76), producer and songwriter Rick Hall (85) of FAME Studios, and Juilliard String Quartet founding member, violinist and composer Robert Mann  (97).

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Hiss Golden Messenger

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2018 03:49pm | Post a Comment

Hiss Golden Messenger What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Want some excellent gospel music recommendations? Look no further than our latest What's In My Bag? episode featuring North Carolina indie folk band Hiss Golden Messenger. Lead singer/songwriter MC Taylor and touring collaborator Phil Cook raided Amoeba San Francisco's gospel section, finding some truly magnificent records, including a collection by Alex Bradford, who Cook described as "a precursor to Little Richard." Along with bandmate Scott Hirsch, the band found some killer records and shared their passion and enthusiasm with us.

Hiss Golden Messenger was founded in 2007 by MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair had relocated to Durham, NC after growing up in California and playing in hardcore band Ex-Ignota and indie rock group The Court & Spark. After the dissolution of the latter band, Taylor and Hirsch began releasing Hiss Golden Messenger Hallelujah Anyhowwork on Taylor's label Heaven & Earth Magic Recording Company. In 2009, Hiss Golden Messenger's debut LP Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited run of 500. A selection of songs from this first album was rechristened From Country Hai East Cotton and released on the Black Maps label in 2011, following the success of their first international release, 2010's Bad Debt.

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Another "Best Of" 2017" from The Choice Bin/Rick Frystak

Posted by Rick Frystak, January 18, 2018 01:45pm | Post a Comment


This album, My Foolish Heart by Ralph Towner, could be my favorite release of 2017. Jazz meets classical concepts via virtuosic nylon string guitar impressions of Bill Evans' work. Bravo! Here's more:

Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth - The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever

A 12-CD box set of all of Allan’s original domestic releases in mini-LP style covers and exclusive 40-page booklet in the box! The most beautiful, terrifying and harmonically fascinating jazz fusion electric guitar and guitar synthesizer playing you will ever hear, sometimes a caged animal roaring to be released, sometimes like a butterfly landing on a lover's tear, with sensitive and sensational accompaniment. Allan passed away 2 weeks after this release, and I know he loved that it had come out and been made available. This music will go backout of print, so enjoy this while you can. A 12-LP vinyl box is out soon!

Thank You For Your Service soundtrack

Thomas Newman - Thank You For Your Service [Soundtrack)]

Noise Pop 2018: February 19 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2018 03:39pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2018

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 25! Throughout the week, check out different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts from national music acts and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Tune-Yards, Built To Spill, Ty Dolla $ign, Real Estate, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Superchunk, Rostam, Shabazz Palaces, Dengue Fever, No Age, The Coathangers, The Fresh & Onlys, and so many more!

Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE. There are two ways to attend the fest this year -- buy a badge and get into everything or pick and choose by purchasing tickets to individual shows and films.

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#NewArrivals Top Five New Year's Hip-Hop Releases inc. 2018 Vinyl 2LP Pressings from Future & Lil Uzi Vert

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2018 06:32pm | Post a Comment
NEW VINYL #1: Future Future LP (A1/Freebandz/Epic)

As if he didn't garner enough attention over the past two days with his starring role along with Ed Sheeran in Taylor Swift's new viral video "End Game" (21 million views in first 48 hours) off her latest album reputation (also on 2LP colored vinyl), yesterday Future also released of his albums on vinyl. Both number one 2017 hits and each as 2LP pressings, they include Future's eponymous fifth album; Future LP with 20 tracks over four sides and clocking in at just under an hour and a quarter. The album,  originally released on Feb 17th 2017, features the singles "Draco", "Mask Off" and "Extra Luv." One of pop/rap's biggest stars today, the multi-talented Atlanta artist initially rose to fame via his membership of the Dungeon Family collective. Working with some of 2017's biggest names on this album that helped break a Billboard charts record, its production credits include Metro Boomin and DJ Khaled. Future fans, who are vinyl collectors, should note that several other releases by the artist are also available in LP pressing. These include Future's album DS2 LP, his album EVOL LP, the Future/Drake collaboration What A Time To Be Alive LP on Cash Money, and HNDRXX LP that was also released this week. Scroll down to read more.    

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