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Reggae Great Gregory Isaacs Dead at Age 59

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2010 02:50pm | Post a Comment
Gregory Isaacs "Night Nurse" (live @ Reggae Sunplash, 1983)

Reggae great Gregory Isaacs died earlier today, Monday, October 25th, in his London, England home following a year-long battle with lung cancer. The singer was only 59 years of age. A purveyor of roots Gregory Isaacsreggae and lovers rock, the Jamaican born artist will be best remembered for his song "Night Nurse" taken from the 1982 album of the same name that he recorded at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio. Above is a live version of the song by Isaacs with Roots Radics from 1983 at Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Isaacs, aka the "Cool Ruler" (also the name of the album he released in 1978), was born in 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and began his reggae recording career while still in his teens. He made his recording debut in 1968 -- a duet with Winston Sinclair titled "Another Heartache." Soon after, he teamed up with two other vocalists in a short lived trio named The Concords. After that he went solo and in 1973 had a hit with the song "My Only Lover." In 1974 he scored a number one hit in Jamaica with the single "Love Is Overdue." This was followed by many other hits and by the end of the 1970s he had become one of the biggest reggae performers in the world, helped in great part by signing to the Virgin Records imprint Front Line Records, and appearing in the film Rockers.

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Paul McCartney to Return to Jools Holland's BBC TV Show to Promote Reissue of Classic Wings Album Band on the Run

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2010 06:06am | Post a Comment

Paul McCartney with Jools Holland

On Tuesday (October 26th) Paul McCartney will appear and perform on the BBC2 TV show Later...with Jools Holland to promote the reissue of Band on the Run. The classic 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings album is being re-released in a new fully remastered version. McCartney has been a guest on Jools Holland's show before, as seen in the interview above from a few years ago. On this week's show other guests will include Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, The Black Keys, and Aloe Blacc. More info here.
 

Paul McCartney & Wings "Band On The Run"

Band on the Run was Wings' third album and Macca's fifth after the break up of the Beatles, and was the last McCartney release to appear on the Apple label. Commercially successful and critically acclaimed, it went on to become the top-selling studio album in the UK and Australia in 1974. It also stayed atop the US Billboard chart for over two years thanks to such songs as "Helen Wheels" (only on the 1973 US version), "Jet" (see live version below), and "Band on the Run" (hear audio of original version above).

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 10:22:10: Lil Wayne, Lyrics Born, Kool Keith, Andre Nickatina, DMC World Finals & Shiftee's Video Tribute, DJ Premier, SF Jazz Fest, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill + More

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:22:10

Lil Wayne
1) Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being (Cash Money/Universal Records)

2) Atmosphere To All My Friends (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

3) Foreign Exchange Authenticity (Foreign Exchange Music)

4) Trademark Da Skydiver Super Villain-Issue #2  (iHipHop Distribution)

5) Pigeon John Dragon Slayer (Quannum Projects)

Thanks to Luis at the Amoeba Music San Francisco store for this week's hip-hop top five chart. The still incarcerated Lil Wayne is at the top of the chart with his latest CD I Am Not a Human Being, which continues to garner positive reviews and sales round the country. He continues to cool his heels in solitary confinement in Riker's Island in New York for the next two weeks and is scheduled to be released on November 4th. Let's hope for his sake that at once released he can stay out of trouble and out of jail and that people can pack away their "Free Weezy" t-shirts for good. And while I Am Not a Human Being is way better, nearly all agree, than last year's long delayed Rebirth, it is clearly not as strong an album as 2008's The Carter III. Human Being was rush recorded right before Weezy began his stint behind bars and there are cameos many from his Young Money crew, including Drake, who makes five appearances here. As an album that was rush-recorded, it is a damn good offering but my guess is that once Lil Wayne gets out of jail and is free to go into the studio to record The Carter IV that he will truly appreciate his freedom and deliver perhaps the best work of his career.

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Hollywood Amoebite Monalisa Talks About Hip-Hop, Wu-Tang Clan's Early Days, DJing, and Working at Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Monalisa
If you're a regular shopper at Amoeba Music Hollywood, you may have already had the pleasure of crossing paths with the ever knowledgeable Monalisa. Maybe she helped you track down a rare hip-hop record or locate some soul CD you've been seeking for a while. Perhaps you sought her advice at the vast SoCal store's information desk and she ended up turning you on to some music or artist that you had never heard of but are now a converted fan of. Amoebite Monalisa has been an amazing asset to the Hollywood store since she began working there sixteen months ago. She's brought with her a vast knowledge of music -- from classic soul & golden era hip-hop up to contemporary hip-hop, to rock, jazz, funk, and more -- all accumulated over two intense decades of being deeply embedded in the music world as diehard fan/collector, DJ, and putting in countless hours working behind the scenes at important hip-hop record labels such as Loud, Delicious Vinyl, and Wild Pitch during their 1990's heyday.

While taking a break from work at Amoeba one day recently I caught up with Monalisa to ask her about her music history, about working with the Wu-Tang Clan in their formative days, what some of her all time favorite records are, and what she likes about working at Amoeba Music, among other things. "The first thing, of course, that I like about working at Amoeba is the music -- the musical atmosphere and all aspects of it," she said. "I like interacting with people and finding out what music they are into and helping them find the music that they are looking for." As for her history in the music industry, she informed me that she worked in the music biz "for about fifteen years. I worked at a lot of record labels over the years -- Loud, Wild Pitch, Delicious Vinyl, PMP [a subsidary of Loud Records], A&M, to name a few, and I held several positions, from local retail manager to street team coordinator. I also did national college and commercial/mixshow promotion and national street team accounts for corporations, clothing companies and entertainment firms." This included setting up her own independent promotions and marketing business to facilitate music and sports related "lifestyle marketing" projects, she said.

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Tom Bosley (aka Happy Days' Dad) Died Yesterday at Age 83

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2010 05:25am | Post a Comment
Happy Days scene with Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham

As reported by Associated Press, the actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as the dad in the Tom Bosleylong-running and popular TV sitcom Happy Days, died yesterday after suffering heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. He was 83 years of age.

As father Howard Cunningham to Ron Howard's character Richie in ABC TV's comedy Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984 and more recently in reruns on TV Land, Bosley's role became a familiar and always reassuring figure. Mr. Cunningham was typically propped in his armchair, offering fatherly wisdom from over his outspread newspaper. For this role Bosley was ranked number 9 in the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" by TV Guide.

While the TV show Happy Days was how most people became familiar with Bosley, he had enjoyed a successful stage career prior to his Happy Days role. Fifteen years earlier in his career he won a Tony for his performance as the lead/title role in Fiorello! on Broadway. Post Happy Days Bosley played roles such as the lead in the crime-solving priest TV show The Father Dowling Mysteries in the late 80's/early 90's.

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