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Crate Diggin' @ Amoeba: Top 10 New & Upcoming Hip-Hop Vinyl: Travis Scott, Mac Miller, Kids See Ghosts, The Nonce, El-P +

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2018 11:51pm | Post a Comment
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Increasingly more vinyl/LP versions of albums are being released in both brand new and reissue versions. While some of these new release vinyl titles are being released on the same dates as other formats (CD, MP3) of the same title, most are typically released at a later date that can be anywhere from a week later to two or more months later. Upcoming releases that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba, as outlined in the YouTube video above, include Travis Scott's  Astroworld 2LP  vinyl version that goes on sale Nov 9th (with Astroworld CD version going on sale Oct 12th).  Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys 2LP Clear Vinyl  (Republic) will be available October 26th pre-order now while the beerbongs & bentleys CD release from several months ago is still avail. The late Mac Miller's summer released album will be avail on vinyl as a double album set; Swimming 2LP (Warner) will be available on November 2nd pre-order now.

Following Health Scare & Reunited with The Imposters, Elvis Costello to Release "Look Now" in Regular + Deluxe versions, Oct 12

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2018 05:15pm | Post a Comment
Elvis Costello and The Imposters Look Now CD (also on vinyl LP, Deluxe CD, Deluxe LP,
+ Deluxe LP Red Vinyl)  (Concord Records)

Elvis Costello and The Imposters are back with a new release this Friday, October 12th; Look Now CD (also on vinyl LP, Deluxe CD, Deluxe LP,  Deluxe LP Red Vinyl)  via Concord Records. The new Costello album sounds as good as he did back in the day circa  Imperial Bedroom - the album widely considered  Elvis Costello's best songwriting work to date. It is also the Elvis album that the highly anticipated new Costello album has been repeatedly compared to by critics, as well as by the artist himself.

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If we could make an album with the scope of Imperial Bedroom and some of the beauty and emotion of Painted From Memory, we would really have something,” Costello said in a prepared statement several months ago referencing both his 1998 album with Burt Bacharach and his and The Attractions  stellar album from three and a half decades ago. That landmark 1982 album had clearly been on the artist's mind over the past year since he had also been playing tracks off it on his most recent tour dates. 

US DJ Throdown Set To Take World Title in London: 2018 DMC World DJ Championship Preview + 2018 DMC US Finals Review

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2018 01:35am | Post a Comment


Today, Sunday October 7th, reigning US champion DJ Throdown is on the other side of the Atlantic in England where he will represent the USA in the anticipated annual 2018 DMC World DJ Championships at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. There the Washington DC DJ, who in early August won the 2018 DMC US Finals DJ Battle in Denver, will face off against such other national champion DMC battle DJs as Skillz who recently won the 2018 DMC France Championship, El Statiko who took the title at the Sept 18th  2018 DMC UK Championship Finals, and DJ Chell who won the 2018 DMC Russia Championship Finals on September 12th (Mixmaster Mike and Shortkut were special guests at that DJ battle in Moscow).

Despite how highly talented these and such other international competitors as Italy's DJ Color or Australia's Midsole might be, US DJ Throdown stands a very good chance of winning based on his winning performance in Denver two months ago. If the super-skilled and super-confident American DJ can duplicate both the high level of performance plus the aura/attitude he exuded in Denver at the US Finals he stands a real good chance to win the 2018 DMC World DJ Championship title for the USA.  

Hip-Hop Top Ten: Atmosphere, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mozzy, Young Dolph, Illingsworth, Cypress Hill, Nas, El-P, J.Cole

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2018 01:23pm | Post a Comment

#1  Lil Wayne Tha Carter V (Cash Money)

Hot on the heels of last Friday's much-discussed digital release of Dwayne Michael Carter Jr's way overdue fifth/final installment of the New Orleans rapper's long running series, this week comes the physical version of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V (Cash Money). His twelfth studio album, Tha Carter V finally got released following years of disappointing delays and scheduling setbacks of the sequel to 2011's Tha Carter IV that's been reportedly completed and ready for release since 2014. Then finally last week, deliberately scheduled for release on the rapper's 36th birthday of September 27, 2018, Tha Carter V saw the light of day. With both older original V tracks alongside some brand new very recently recorded album tracks, Tha Carter V's release  resulted in a social media buzz and sales that led to the album been registered as the #1 Billboard 200 album this week. Reviews and social media posts about Tha Carter V focused on such things as the strengths of the overdue release notably such tracks as "Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar),"  "Open Letter," "Let It Fly (feat. Travis Scott)," "Famous," and "Can’t Be Broken." There were also the inevitable comparisons to such superior installments as Tha Carter III, and recapping of Wayne's extended legal battles with Birdman and Cash Money that contributed to the album's delays.

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Producer/MC Illingsworth On Hometown of Detroit, Flint's Water, Overcoming Creative Blocks & His New Album "You're No Fun"

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2018 11:39pm | Post a Comment
Detroit hip-hop artist Illingsworth’s debut album for Mello Music Group, You're No Fun, dropped in this past week. Although the master beat maker / producer (and sometime emcee)  has been making hip-hop
for many years already, as proven by his back catalog of underground releases both as a solo artist (including 2015's Doodles EP Worth The Wait LP) and part of the group Detroit CYDI, to many this is seen as his first official release. Hence why the artist, in a recent interview by phone from Detroit with the Amoeblog,  said he considers the album, “a kind of re-introduction to people who are familiar with the Mello Music label but not me personally. It’s for new listeners to get a feel for where I'm at.”  Whether it’s the a listener’s first intro or a re-introduction, You’re No Fun is a powerful album that showcases the artist formerly known as Doc Illingsworth’s talents as both producer (his primary role) and mic spitter (his second love). Boasting 17 tracks, 14 are all instrumental while the 4 vocal tracks feature him solo on two and in the company of  emcee talents Open Mike Eagle and Denmark Vessey respectively on the two others; “Peeves” and “DnD”.

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