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Hip-Hop Rap Up [New York City Version] ISP in NYC, Jeff Chang in BK, MURS is King of New York, Kanye West Cuts NY Show Short

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

Fresh from doing a showcase headlining set at the big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals in London a week ago (where, as pictured, Tony Prince awarded Qbert as a DMC Legend), the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) are in New York currently where they were at the Maker Faire NYC in Queens over the weekend and later today (Monday October 3rd) headline the Highline Ballroom. At tonight's 8pm (door 7pm) show at the Chelsea district venue the ISP will perform their new album The 13th Floor (avail on vinyl in Amoeba stores): similarly to how they did at their recent in-store at Amoeba Berkeley and at other concerts on their ongoing globe trotting turntable tour. Tonight's show in New York City by the Bay Area's premiere turntablist ambassadors, featuring D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert, will be an extra special one since the opening act will be none other than the X-Ecutioners.

Formerly known as the X-Men, with whom the Piklz famously battled it out back in 1996, the X-Ecutioners feature Rob Swift, DJ Precision, Boogie Blind, and Mista Sinista. Perhaps tonight they will do a recreation of that legendary crew battle from 20 years ago, or maybe a dedication to the late great "grandmaster" Roc Raida of the famed NYC DJ crew. However confirmed for tonight is an exhibition battle between Killa-Jewel (Canadian Thre3Style Finalist) and DJ Perly (2016 NYC DMC champ and 2016 DMC US Finals runner up). Tonight's must-see show, which will be hosted by Statik Selektah, will also feature an all 45's set by DJ Shortkut, Tix and more info

As widely publicized, at another NYC concert last night, Kanye West cut short his set abruptly during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival during which time he told a loudly disappointed audience that, "I'm sorry, family emergency....I have to stop the show!" This announcement came upon him hearing that his reality star wife, Kim Kardashian, had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint in Paris. France. No word so far as to whether West, whose most recent album releases include this year's The Life of Pablo and 2013's Yeejus, will return to finish that shortened concert set. 

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Now I Wanna See Your Doc: Jim Jarmusch's New Iggy Pop and The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger" Is A Must See

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2016 11:07am | Post a Comment

Over the years there's been a number of historic documents (feature articles, books, and film/video pieces) made on the topic of Iggy and the Stooges. But Jim Jarmusch's new documentary Gimme Danger, that opens in theaters later this month, looks to be the definitive piece and the one you will want to see on the widely influential proto punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fact it's the one historic document on The Stooges that Iggy Pop himself wants you to see, and was instrumental in Jarmusch making in the first place. "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you," recalled Jarmusch of the key comment made by Iggy eight years ago. That recollection was in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival where Gimme Danger premiered earlier this year. In that same insightful interview with Jarmusch and Iggy (see below), the diehard Stooges fan / director noted how the new documentary had, "things that even hardcore Stooges fans don't know about……We got some stuff nobody has seen before!" By working with those close to the band he gained access to some very rare footage and photos that's interspersed throughout the film: contributing to its "collage" style.

In the trailer for the new film (see below) it begins with a clip of Jim "Iggy Pop" Osterberg on screen and Jarmusch off camera heard saying, “We are in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg about The Stooges, the greatest rock and roll band ever!”  For the making of his documentary Jarmusch took the approach of less is more. So rather than the stereotypical rock-doc approach of interviewing a million different talking heads (typically artists who knew the subject and/or were influenced by the subject) he instead stuck to a small core group of people close to the Stooges. "We wanted to keep it intimate," he said of his film which he has described as, "a love letter" to Iggy and the Stooges.

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USA DMC Champ DJ Traps @ DMC World DJ Championship Finals 2016 In London with Bay Area DJ Primed To Take New World Title

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2016 03:13pm | Post a Comment

Skilled Bay Area competitive turntable artist DJ Traps, who won last month's 2016 USA DMC Finals at the New Parish in Oakland (scroll down for full review), is now consequently over in London, England for tomorrow's big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals. There he will represent the USA in the prestigious global DJ competition against the national champions from seventeen different countries including Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil, Canada, and the hosting UK. Despite some stiff competition, Traps is considered a favorite. He possesses all the necessary qualities for winning the new DMC World title.

Another California DJ representing the USA, will be LA's Etronik who won the 2016 DMC US Supremacy Champion title. Also in from Cali will be the Invisibl Skratch Piklz' D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert. The Bay Area DJ trio will be doing a headlining performance of their new LP The 13th Floor,  like they did at Amoeba Berkeley recently. The Sept 24th day long (2pm - 11pm) event takes place at The Forum on Highgate Road in  Kentish Town where it will be hosted by Inja and Billy Biznizz. Among the day's many performers will be Killa Kela & The Spitkingdom Soundsystem, and ever creative UK DJ Woody who'll be previewing tracks off his upcoming album The Point Of Contact. Woody will also join DJ Fong Fong in teaching a DJ Workshop. Other hip-hop workshops will include a PopMaster Fabel curated one on popping and locking by the visiting Rocksteady Crew legend. More DMC World DJ Championship Finals info here and / or see flyers below.

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Amoeblog Interview With Author Jeff Chang on his Timely New Book "We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation"

Posted by Billyjam, September 20, 2016 03:18pm | Post a Comment


The publication of provocative, powerful, prolific, pioneering hip-hop generation author/scholar Jeff Chang's latest book We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation is most timely. The book by the author of the award winning hip-hop history book Can't Stop, Won't Stop arrives at a time in America when race clearly matters, and when unfair and unlawful treatment by police against African Americans appears to way beyond out of control.  Just last week in the days since the book's publication (paperback & audiobook read by author) there were two more shocking shootings of black American males by police: 13 year old Tyre King in Columbus Ohio, and 40 year old unarmed Terrence Cruthcer in Tulsa,OK last Friday. The latter, whose police video footage was just released this week, is the most shocking and disturbing of the two because of the footage. In it you see an unarmed, complying black man stopped on freeway by a row of armed cops, been shot down dead in the street. The video footage at every angle includes even an aerial shot from the police chopper above in which one cop is recorded on the police radio for all others to hear just moments before the killing, in a glaring example of racial profiling, that the unarmed victim "looks like a bad dude."
 
Last week Chang began a hectic cross-country tour in support of his new publication. The book tour is a series of readings plus interviews and lively discussions at universities (including Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and University of Chicago) and varied literary venues across the country.  At many of these readings the widely respected author of  the acclaimed Can't Stop, Won't Stop is joined by a series of scholars, social observers, and fellow hop-hop generation journalists. Scroll down to see listing of book tour dates. "Linking #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism and exploring "the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity”, the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing" while arguing that "resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity" is the activist author's apt summary of his latest book.  This week the Amoeblog caught up with the author from on the road to ask him about his book, the book tour, the social ramifications of his books' subjects and the hip-hop music that best expresses outrage on these topics.

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Bob Weir & Bill Frisell Join Wilco For Perfect Closing Set of Mount Tam Music Fest

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2016 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Longtime post-Americana alt rock faves Wilco finished their headlining set on Saturday (Sept. 17th) at Mount Tam's Sound Summit festival with an encore set that featured surprise guests Bob Weir and Bill Frisell. Guitar genius Frisell, who had done an earlier afternoon Guitar In The Space Age themed set at the Marin mountaintop festival, joined the headliners for two songs before the Grateful Dead member (who plays Amoeba Hollywood Sept 27) plugged in his guitar and joined all seven other musicians for "California Stars" and an inspired multi-guitar fueled rendition of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." This closing to an already killer set by Wilco, their sixth Bay Area concert in the past two weeks, topped off a perfect day at the third annual music festival that also featured Los Lobos, The Stone Foxes, and Matt Jaffe  Long a hip-hop music fan rather than rock, admittedly I was not familiar with Wilco's music before attending Saturday's all day event at the 2000 foot altitude amphitheater. But en route up the winding Marin mountain drive to the concert I was accurately informed by a colleague that, "Wilco are the sort of band that even if you don't know their music, you'll immediately feel like you do!" Depending on your level of enthusiasm or your level of cynicism, that could be viewed as a good or bad thing. For me it was a good thing. But for Amoeba Wilco bio writer John Schacht not as much. "Churning out the most bland music ever made that people actually like," he wrote of the band but in reference more to their earlier work before they began to explore new musical directions, something I learned all about during Saturday's
satisfying show.

The Chicago based band formed 21 years ago and their current six-member lineup, including founding members Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt, has remained constant for the past dozen years. The songs in the first part of their concert on Saturday, with the band's lush rich full sound coupled with singer/front man Tweedy's Dylan-ish vocals, reminded me not so much of Zimmerman senior but his son Jakob's band The Wallflowers. But before I could pigeon-hole Wilco's sound, they'd already shifted gears and smoothly morphed into some totally different sound. They went off on experimental musical tangent and did it well, then later they nailed a soaring acid rock guitar jam, and then later drifted off into country rock: a sound I learned that dates back to their Uncle Tupelo roots.

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