"The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra" Recently Curated By Technics, Envisioned 22 Years Ago By Ensemble Participant DJ QBert

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2018 05:27pm | Post a Comment
The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra feat. D-Styles, QBert, Kentaro, Rena, Mr.Switch, DJ Swamp, DJ Ken-one, Kireek (DJ Yasa/DJ Hi-C), Izoh, Generation, Bahn, Baku,  Bori, Bunta, Dom-Auto, Doon, Fummy, Hiroshi, Ina Takayuki, Jifrock, Miyajima, Reiko, Sarasa, Shota,To-Ru, Wa-ta, Yone, & You-ki

This week in Japan both classical music history and turntablist music history were made with turntable manufacturer Technics publishing the above Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra video clip of a truly landmark performance of the 31 DJ member ensemble of the "world’s first turntable orchestra.” Including such turntable talents as  D-Styles, DJ QBert, Kentaro DJ Swamp, and DJ Rena ( the 12 year old Japanese DJ who won the most recent 2017 DMC World Championship), the two-and-a-half dozen tuxedo-groomed DJ artists performed a sonically pleasing neu-classical skratch piece utliizing as their tools: mixers and Technics 1200's (no laptops) while reconstructing the sounds of eight different classical records that included the first ever 12" Long Playing (LP) vinyl record from 1948; Nathan Milstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Steve Earle

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2018 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Steve Earle What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Outlaw country artist Steve Earle doesn't hide his influences. Before his recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood Earle did some record shopping and picked up a couple of Waylon Jennings albums, including 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes. "My new record, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, is sort of, shamelessly and unapologetically patterned after this Waylon Jennings record," he told us. "It was country acts figuring out that rock acts got to do things they didn't get to do," he explained. "They got to make records the way they wanted to." Earle also grabbed another Jennings record, Dreaming My Dreams. "I was actually kind of around, got to go to some of the sessions, and hang out a little bit," he recounted, talking of producer Jack Clement and his "little empire he'd built up" in Nashville. But it wasn't all country for Earle, who had a very diverse collection of LPs and shared some interesting anecdotes about his relationship with each one in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Steve Earle has made in his mark in the folk, country, and rock scenes over the past three decades as a songwriter and producer. He is the author of a memoir, a play, a novel, and a collection of short stories. Earle has also appeared as an actor on a long list of films and TV shows, including 30 Rock, Treme, and The Wire. He began his career as a staff songwriter in Nashville before going on to record his debut EP, Pink & Black, in 1982. Earle's debut full-length, Guitar Town, appeared in 1986 and was an instant success, with both the title track and single "Goodbye's All We've Got Left" reaching the Billboard Top 10.

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Bay Area Turntablist/Producer ADA Joins Creative Forces With His Hip-Hop Heroes: Cut-And-Paste Pioneers Double Dee & Steinski

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2018 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Super-talented Bay Area turntablist/producer ADA has joined creative forces with his musical heroes: pioneering hip-hop production duo Double Dee & Steinski (DDS) and today kicked off the first in a series of exciting new collaborations; "What's The Angle?" heard below.  Just as previous generation California hip-hop DJ/producers Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow looked for inspiration to 80's hip-hop cut-and-paste pioneers Double Dee & Steinski and their legendary Lesson series, so too has Adam "ADA" Butler.  Initially released in the 80's as non-commercial/promo only 12" singles by Tommy Boy Records, and since then bootlegged countless times, but most recently officially reissued a decade ago by Illegal Art as Steinski's (out of print) What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective, [Amoeblog Steinski 2008 interview] DDS' influential Lesson megamix series include "The Payoff Mix," "Lesson 2 [James Brown Mix]" and "Lesson 3: History of HIp-Hop." A decade later in the 90's both NorCal's DJ Shadow and SoCal's Cut Chemist would individually record their "Lesson 4" homages to the DDS series: DJ Shadow's earlier "Lesson 4" was released in 1991 via Hollywood Basic while Cut Chemist's "Lesson 4: The Radio" was released in 1995 on the premiere volume of Dave Paul'BOMB Hip-Hop Records' landmark Return of the DJ compilations. 

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DJ Premier Interview on Respecting New Hip-Hop, Recalling The Gang Starr Years, New "PRhyme 2" with Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 16, 2018 11:37pm | Post a Comment

PRhyme 2 released today: DJ Premier on Gang Starr & respecting hip-hop's new wave: Pt 2 below

"I'm a fan of this music in general. So I study the era before me, the era during my era, and the ones after me," said eternal crate digger DJ Premier whose anticipated new PRhyme 2 collaboration with Royce Da 5'9" album arrived into Amoeba this week, March 16th 2018.  Now three decades into a long illustrious and influential career that began with Premo and the late great emcee Guru as the iconic hip-hop duo of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is a rarity in hip-hop history: an ever in-demand producer who consistently makes relevant and exciting new music, with an uncanny gift for always bringing out the best in emcees.

Likely DJ Premier's secret to longevity lies in his unbridled passion for music (of all types) coupled with an inquisitive and always open mind. Unlike so many veteran hip-hop artists, quick to dismiss the current young wave of popular rap, Premier embraces and defends it.  “I don’t even call it mumble rap but it is part of the hip-hop culture,” he said, further defending the “rebellious” spirit of today's oft maligned young hip-hop stars. “They might wear tight skinny jeans and all that but it’s still a part of what we did. We used to sag our jeans and everyone was telling us to pull up our pants……I was 19, 20 years old when I signed with Gang Starr,” he recalls in part one of the phone interview (above) recorded this week with the Amoeblog.

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Honoring Legacies of Nokie Edwards, Charlie Quintana, Craig Mack, Stephen Hawking, Matt Dike, Patrick Doyle + Others Gone in 2018

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2018 03:34pm | Post a Comment

“We’re losing too many artists too young like Pam the Funkstress and DJ Stef, and now Craig Mack,” Shing02 told the Amoeblog Wednesday night in New York City. The multi-talented Japanese artist with Bay Area roots was speaking after last night's sold-out Brooklyn concert with his live hip-hop band (including Spin Master DJ A-1) at Rough Trade where surprise guest emcee, Bay Area transplant Kirby Dominant, came onstage for an inspired impromptu rendition of Craig Mack’s rap hit “Flava In Ya Ear.” [see photo above c/o Yoshiaki Miura + left c/o Peter Agoston

Hours earlier in the same day the audience learned the sad news of the passing of the 47 year old Long Island NY native who had died two days previously in South Carolina from “natural causes.”  With a recording career dating back to 1988, when he was MC EZ, it wasn't until 1994 that Craig Mack made his indelible mark on hip-hop history. This he did as the breakout star on Sean (Puffy/Diddy) Comb’s then fledgling Bad Boy Entertainment label with the hit  ”Flava in Ya Ear" and its remix (scroll down for video) featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and a young little known Brooklyn rapper named Christopher Wallace known as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. (RIP).

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