Hip-Hop Report: New Vinyl, Top 5, New DJ Technology, Aerosol Art's 5Pointz Win/Lose, Black Panther OST Lawsuit + Pam Memorial

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2018 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Exile's Baker's Dozen LP is the latest vinyl in the ongoing Fat Beats instrumental series showcasing 12 tracks by various producers. It's among the many new releases at Amoeba. Scroll down for more info..

Kendrick Lamar along with singer SZA are being sued by artist Lina Iris Viktor who claims that, without her permission, they appropriated her Constellations series art in the collaborative duo's new music video for "All the Stars" off the new Black Panther soundtrack on Interscope.  In the suit filed yesterday she is seeking an injunction prohibiting the two artists from utilizing her artwork to "promote the soundtrack" of the phenomenally popular new Disney distributed Marvel movie.

The new star-studded hip-hop soundtrack, that also includes such other artists as Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, and 2 Chainz, topped the Billboard 200 chart upon its release last week; just as the landmark Ryan Coogler directed Marvel black superhero movie Black Panther has been a runaway box office success. Reportedly on this past Monday (President's Day) the movie generated a record breaking $40 million in US theaters on that one day alone!

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Milo Goes On Tour: The Descendents Announce April - November 2018 North American Tour Dates [Tix On Sale Friday]

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2018 08:30pm | Post a Comment

California pop-punk pioneers The Descendents today announced a 2018 North American tour that stretches from April til mid November with tickets going on sale at 10am (PST) this Friday (Feb 16th). The tour, in support of their most recent/seventh studio album Hypercaffium Spazzinate (2016 on Epitaph Records), features drummer Bill Stevenson, bassist Karl Alvarez, vocalist Milo Aukerman, and guitarist Stephen Egerton. Since 1986 that’s been the consistent lineup of The Descendents who first formed in SoCal in the late 70’s but who have broken up and reformed several times over the decades. With the exception of Milo, three of the band members formed the associated longtime punk group All back in 1987.

Much like their readily identifiable band logo / caricature of singer Milo, the music of the The Descendents has become iconic over the years. Releases including the SoCal group's 1982 debut album Milo Goes to College featuring such timeless gems as "Catalina," "Parents," "I'm Not A Loser," and "Suburban Home" and their 1985 album I Don't Wanna Grow Up (also on vinyl/LP)  featuring such simple yet brilliant songs as "Rockstar," "Silly Girl," "Good Good Things." and the title track remain California punk classics to this day as well been highly influential records on a later generation of skate punk and pop punk acts. Last May Epitaph released a 20th Anniversary edition of Everything Sucks on LP/vinyl that includes a bonus 7" featuring "Lucky" and "Shattered Milo."

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David Bowie 2018 Top Six [Includes Upcoming Bowie Vinyl/LP Remastered Reissues]

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2018 03:02pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Low LP Feb 23 2018 reissue/ pre-order   (Parlophone)

David Bowie may be physically gone from this earth since January 10th, 2016 when the sad news of the iconic artist’s sudden death from cancer shocked the world. But in the 25 months since his passing (exactly 2 days following his 69th birthday & the release of his 25th album Blackstar - also on 180 gram vinyl/LP) David Bowie, as an omnipresent artist in popular culture, appears to be as alive (if not more so) than anytime in the multihyphenate artist's illustrious, ever-changing, five-decade career; with 2018 already shaping up to be The Year of Bowie. Hence the following David Bowie 2018 Top Six list.

#6: As the David Bowie Official Twitter account, in conjunction with the image above, tweeted last week:
History has been made with the very emotional launch of @elonmusk’s midnight cherry Tesla Roadster car into space, with David Bowie’s Life on Mars as the soundtrack, and a chap called Starman in the driving seat” in reporting the SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch that cost SpaceX CEO Elon Musk $90million. Included in that price tag was the cost of the attached $100,000 Tesla Roadster with its Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy "Don't Panic" dashboard sign and the car sound system reportedly playing Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat mode for its long journey toward Mars’ orbit.

Hip-Hop Vinyl Top 5 [Video Vers] The Alchemist, Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One, Big K.R.I.T., TOKiMONSTA, Macklemore

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2018 11:49pm | Post a Comment
#1: Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One Parallel Uni-Verses [10th Anniversary Edition] LP
(Parallel Thoughts)

My initial reaction to today’s vinyl reissue of Del The Funky Homosapien and Tame One’s dope collaborative album Parallel Uni-Verses [10th Anniversary Edition] LP was wow. Wow, it’s already been ten years since the veteran CA and NJ emcees, reppin’ the Hieros and the Artifacts respectively teamed up with Parallel Thought for their throwback themed album?!  Actually it’s not quite a full decade since it was originally released by Parallel Thought LTD (vinyl) and Gold Dust Media on CD back in October 2009; making it closer to an 8 year anniversary than a 10 year one. But no matter since this is a most welcome repressing of a solid, out of print on vinyl album; one by two mic greats that thematically takes the vibe and flow of long ago, back into hip-hop’s roots. Perfectly complimenting Del’s and Tame’s respective flows is Parallel Thought (crew featuring production duo Drum and Knowledge) + DJ cuts by Zac Hendrix. This single vinyl LP release is the same as the original pressing, with its nine tracks clocking in at just under 38 minutes. Immediately below is the Alex Ghassan directed music video for the album track “Flashback” that shot at several NYC locations including at a concert in Brooklyn.

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Year In Advance, Tix On Sale Today for Elton John’s 2019 “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” Tour NorCal Dates + Top 10 Elton John Vinyl

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2018 10:03am | Post a Comment

Talk about planning ahead! Today tickets go on sale for the just announced three January 2019 NorCal dates of Elton John’s much talked about Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Almost a full year from now, those scheduled 2019 Northern California dates include Sacramento’s Golden1 Center (Jan 16), Oakland’s Oracle Arena (Jan 18) and San Jose’s SAP Center (Jan 19). The tickets, on sale from 10am today Pacific Time (Friday Feb 2nd), are for 3 of the 300 dates planned for Elton's blockbuster Farewell tour which will span three years and take him all over the globe.

“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” the artist said in a recent press release announcing this final career tour which begins in Allentown, PA on September 8th, 2018 and ends in 2021. that will take him to five continents with an average of 2 concerts a week before he calls it quits at age 73. See list of Farewell Yellow Brick Road” concert dates. 

Sir Elton John has been garnering attention of late for this tour and also for his teaming up with Miley Cyrus on Sunday last at the Grammys for their collaborative rendition of his 1971 hit recording “Tiny Dancer” originally on the Madman Across The Water album. (scroll down to see video of that performance plus a 1971 performance of same song). Meantime check out the top ten list of available from Amoeba Elton John on vinyl list including some greatest hits vinyl collections.

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