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The Afghan Whigs Publish Video For "Oriole" From "In Spades" (Sub Pop) Out May 5th

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Today The Afghan Whigs published the music video for "Oriole" which offers another preview of the anticipated forthcoming new May 5th full-length release, In Spades, from the Cincinnati, Ohio band that first formed (and since broke up and reformed) three decades ago. To be released by Sub Pop in CD and 180 gram vinyl/LP formats, In Spades will be the first new album since 2014's return album Do to the Beast  (also avail in vinyl/LP). That album was their first since 1998's 1965 which was the last recording before they broke up in 2001. The band reformed twice since then, most recently right before Do to the Beast with mainman/singer/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley (also known for the band Wussy) reuniting the band.

Interest in the Whigs has never waned and in the past couple of years the group's classic older albums have been reissued in expanded edition formats: 1993's Gentlemen  (also avail in LP/vinyl) and 1996's Black Love (also on LP/vinyl). In the years that The Afghan Whigs had been inactive mainman Greg Dulli has worked in such projects as The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins.  Dulli wrote and produced all of the new album In Spades that was recorded over a period of time in studios in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.

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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:17: New J Dilla, Ichy the Killer wins Bay DMC, J.Period's DJ Premier Tribute Mix, Record Store Day Vinyl + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2017 10:42am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Releases 04:21:17
1: J Dilla Motor City (avail in vinyl/LP) (Ma Dukes Official)

2: Camp Lo On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo (Persia Records)

3: Cas One & Figure  So Our Egos Don't Kill Us (Strange Famous)

4: Sixo The Odds Of Free Will (Fake Four Inc.)

5: Sean Price Monkey Barz LP + Jesus Price Superstar LP  (Duck Down)

The new releases chart this week includes a lot of older music: some reissued and some recently dug up and released after the fact. The all new releases include Sixo's The Odds Of Free Will on Fake Four Inc. and the new one from Jacob Snider. Snider is rapper Cas One signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous label who, along with DJ/producer Figure, this week drops the album So Our Egos Don't Kill Us. Among the older music as new releases this week is the Camp Lo collection of rare and unreleased demos, via Persia Records, that previously had been floating around in digital and tape versions.  Aptly entitled On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo it is a nod to their 20 year old hip-hop classic Uptown Saturday Night. Included in this new 17 track release of older music is an earlier version of "Sparkle" as well as a rawer sounding demo version of “Krystal Karrington.” There's also  the "Sedgwick Ave. Demo" version of "This Is It (Luchini)" as well as such other tracks as "Superfly" and "Coolie High Is Life."

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First Anniversary of Prince's Death Coincides With Release Of Several Prince Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Exactly one year ago on this date, April 21st, beloved prolific artist and pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" Prince Rodgers Nelson died at age 57.  Just as they did on that sad day last year, all over the world today fans of the musical legend have been honoring the occasion and the man's legacy generally by playing his music sharing memories of the influential funk/pop multi-instrumentalist. Even late last night fans were already honoring the anniversary as they gathered at Paisley Park, the late artist's home and studio in Minneapolis, as part of Celebration 2017 which is four days of concerts honoring the musician. And today radio stations all over have been playing music from Prince's deep back catalog including by the many other artists that he wrote and produced for.

That Prince catalog will expand some tomorrow, Record Store Day 2017, when a slew of exclusive, limited edition vinyl Prince special issues will be unleashed in record stores including Amoeba where only one copy per customer is allowed.  The 2017 Record Store Day Prince vinyl will include a 7" 45 RPM double A-sided single, picture disc of "Little Red Corvette" / "1999" (pictured above). Another of the several Prince Record Store Day exclusives sure to have fans fiending for tomorrow is a 12" single vinyl pressing of "Pop Life" via Warner Brothers, the label that Prince released perhaps his most popular work on and who issued a bunch of LP vinyl reissues back in February as reported on the Amoeblog.

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DJ Traps & Bas-One Suggest How Tonight's 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle @ The Uptown Could Be Even Better

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 11:42am | Post a Comment


This weekend the 2017 DMC Regional Battles move west to California to the Bay and LA. In LA on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, the Southern California 2017 DMC Los Angeles and the DMC US Scratch Finals will take place at Club Bleu Meanwhile the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle is happening tonight, Friday April 21st, in Oakland at the Uptown at 9pm. There hip-hop turntable competitors from all over the Bay will converge to go into DJ battle against one another showcasing skills they've tirelessly practices for months on end. Then their performances will be studied and graded by a panel of judges that will include such respected figures of the vibrant longtime Bay Area DJ scene as DJ Cue, Pos Red, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko. Whoever impresses the judges the most to become the winner of the Regional, will in turn go on to rep the Bay Area in the 2017 DMC Nationals later this summer.   Last year DJ Traps won the Bay Regional title and consequently went on to the US Finals which he also won. Traps will be at tonight's battle, but as a performer doing both a showcase set (similar to a battle routine) and an extended partyrocking set. Meantime the host of tonight's event will be hip-hop scholar, emcee, and longtime Bboy BAS-One who will be sure keep the crowd both entertained and educated. Today the Amoeblog talked to both DJ Traps and BAS-One

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