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SNL “Bar Fight” Skit Fueled by MIKA’s slept-on single “Lollipop” Might Finally Score A Hit For The 2007 "Life In Cartoon Motion" LP Track

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2019 01:33am | Post a Comment
SNL "Bar Fight" skit (2/16/19) fueled by MIKA's slept-on single "Lollipop" off the British artist's 2007 album Life In Cartoon Motion (available as Life In Cartoon Motion 180 gram vinyl LP)
might finally score a hit for the catchy dance-pop track, twelve years later


Saturday night's, February 16th, 2019, all new Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode skit "Bar Fight" that was themed around Lebanese-born, British artist MIKA’s 2007 Life In Cartoon Motion (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) album track “Lollipop” looks likely to make the catchy dance-pop single a US hit, 12 years later. Within minutes of the Don Cheadle and Beck Bennett featured SNL clip airing on the East Coast (where SNL broadcasts three hours earlier than the West Coast) viewers were searching for the 12 year old single’s accompanying music video on YouTube (seen below).

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Word Jazz Pioneer Ken Nordine Has Passed Away At Age 98

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2019 09:39pm | Post a Comment

 
The golden voiced, word jazz pioneer Ken Nordine died this morning at age 98 at his North Side Chicago home as confirmed by his son earlier today.  Nordine's familiar sounding, deep commanding voice was one that many in previous decades knew from his voice-over work on Hollywood movie trailers and national radio and TV commercials. Examples include his voice-over of the trippy animated 1971 Levi’s jeans TV ad seen below. But Nordine’s legacy will be best remembered beyond the commercial realm, and for his jazz radio and spoken word jazz recording career.  Although it was thanks to his TV and radio work, in particular an early sixties paint radio commercial voice-over,  that most would first be exposed to his "word jazz" creation. Many recent decade music listeners would first hear Nordine via the numerous modern day artists who have sampled him.

Word-jazz was something Nordine initially crafted in the mid-fifties during the beat era and showcased with his 1957 debut album Word Jazz that he recorded with the Fred Katz Group for the Dot record label. WIthin a year he released the sequel Son Of Word Jazz in a recording career that would span five decades and include several different record labels such as San Francisco's now defunct Asphodel Records

Celebrated Young Bay Area Rap Crew SOB X RBE Continue Meteoric Rise Into 2019 With Headlining US Tour + Festivals inc. Coachella

Posted by Billyjam, February 8, 2019 01:44am | Post a Comment
  

SOB X RBE’s just announced soon to launch headlining four-month US tour plus their upcoming sets at such prestigious 2019 festivals as Coachella (both weekends) and New York’s Governor's Ball (June 2nd) should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the celebrated young Vallejo CA rap crew’s meteoric rise to fame over the past three years. Friends since childhood SOB X RBE officially began in early 2016 by the four ambitious young Vallejo talents; Da Boii, Slimmy B, Lul G and Yhung T.O. This tight knit collective of “brothers” was the fusion of two entities: SOB (Strictly Only Brothers) and RBE (Real Boi Entertainment).

In the bygone era of the pre-Internet age, when an earlier era underground Vallejo rap quartet The Click (E-40, Suga T, B-Legit, D-Shot)  rose to fame, to do so they hit the road to got their music heard via selling their indie (Sick Wid It) tapes “out the trunk” of their car. Meanwhile for reaching their audience, SOB x RBE took to YouTube to post music video versions of their tracks as they unleashed them. Below is their extremely popular YouTube music video for "Anti" which since been published in September 2016 has racked up over 34 million views. Clearly all that extra work invested in producing music videos, compared to simply posting audio tracks to Soundcloud, paid off in terms of rapidly spreading SOB X RBE’s music, and their image. Consequently within a relatively short time the new young group were  selling out shows, at first in San Francisco, and collaborating in various capacities with different artists.

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Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals: Blockhead, P.O.S., Dark Lo & V Don, N.O.R.E., The Grouch [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2019 11:53am | Post a Comment
  Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals @ Amoeba [02:05:19]

#1 Blockhead Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) (Backwoodz)

Filed under both hip-hop and electronic is super producer Blockhead whom most know via his releases on the Ninja Tune label such as 2010's Music Scene and dating back to 2004's Music By Cavelight
CD version has two extra Blockhead solo tracks and clocks in at approx eleven minutes longer.  
The NYC producer, whose last album was 2017's amazing all instrumental Funeral Balloons 2LP,  shines both in his solo instrumental projects as well as when he collaborates with emcees. The brand new  Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) offers an equal balance of both instrumental and emcee-collaborative tracks. For the latter he is joined by some of the best including Open Mike Eagle, Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman and billy woods. Down with billy woods and his Backwoodz label who released this album,  the emcee/label head appears on two tracks on the new album.  woods, who did a memorable inshore performance at Amoeba Berkeley a couple of years back, cameos on “Slippery Slope” along with Open Mike Eagle and Breezly Brewin. Then with his partner in rhyme in side project Armand Hammer, Elucid he guests on “Be Safe.”  Other guests include Hemlock Ernst, Marq Spekt and Vic Spencer.  Below is the audio-only video for the killer album track featuring Aesop Rock, “Kiss The Cook.” 


Weekly Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kid Koala, RAT BOY, DJ Kay Slay, Lil Baby [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2019 02:27pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Albums Top Five New Arrivals [Jan 28, 2019]



#5 Lil Baby
Street Gossip (Quality Control)

Among the many great new arrivals into Amoeba's hip-hop section this week is the latest from Lil Baby. On the heels of Drip Harder comes Street Gossip by Atlanta, GA rapper Lil Baby (signed to ATL powerhouse record label Quality Control) is this late 2018 release (one of three full length projects in the year) that’s now available from Amoeba in physical format. The prolific young artist’s fourth mixtape to date it features lots of high profile collaborators that, in addition to his frequent studio buddy Gunna, includes Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Offset, 2 Chainz, and even more. Noteworthy tracks include “Time (feat Meek Mill),” “Anyway (feat. 2 Chainz & Gucci Mane) and “Pure Cocaine” (audio-only video below).


Lil Baby “Pure Cocaine” (Audio) from Street Gossip (Quality Control)

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