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Hip-Hop Rap Up 01:21:11: Madlib, Eligh, KUSF, Buckshot, The Jacka, Zion I, Dub Esquire + More

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2011 07:50am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 01:21:11


1) Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

2) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

3) Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
 
4) Andre Nickatina & Tha Jacka My Middle Name Is Crime EP (I-Khan Distribution)

5) Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low-Budget Hi-Fi Music (Stones Throw)

Special thanks to Amoeba Berkeley's DJ Inti for the latest hip-hop top five chart. You can catch Inti's DJ sets at Radio at 435 13th St near Broadway in Oakland every Thursday! This week he notes how the popular Medicine Show series from super-talented LA producer Madlib is back after taking a short two month break, not quite delivering the 12 releases promised in the twelve months of 2010. Not a problem, though, since the series is back with a bang with the guest-heavy Medicine Show #11: Low-Budget Hi-Fi Music on Stones Throw. This full-length hip-hop release makes up for the delay with amazing production plus guest spots from such talents as Guilty Simpson, MED, Oh No, AG, Strong Arm Steady, and Karriem Eligh Grey CrowRiggins. Premiering on this 28 track release is a Jaylib-era track taken from Madlib and J-Dilla's never-realized second album. The final part in the Medicine Show series is expected to drop within the next month.

Shing02 Reports on NAMM 2011 Show @ Anaheim Convention Center, Jan 13-16

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

NAMM 2011 Digest for the Amoeblog by Shing02 with Yamato Kaneko

Special to the Amoeblog by Shing02: Last week's four day NAMM 2011 Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in SoCal provided yet another fresh experience for attendees. Most of the new equipment from DJ-related brands had improvements based on last year's trend, compact digital control surfaces via MIDI for laptop software. It seems most of the software glitches are smoothed out, while more brands are gearing to encourage visual performances, such as innovative interfaces and video / mp4 mixers. There was a dazzling number of iPad apps / controllers on display, which I spared the viewer in the above video.

Personally, the most exciting surprise this year came from first-time participants downstairs in the sprawling convention center's Hall H. One was Reactable, a Barcelona -based company who has made significant upgrades to the interactive instrument, also popularized by Björk. The sophisticated design and intuitive interface welcomes users of all ages to be captivated for hours. (See video demo below from NAMM of this new technology that is billed as "the instrument that has changed the way we create and perform electronic music").

Another company was Emulator, who introduced a semi-translucent control surface for its Reaktor-based DJ software. The two companies both use a projector and smart capture techniques to detect movement. The Reactable projects the information from a laptop from underneath the table on to a plastic board,fader japan
then interprets the commands from fingers and blocks. The Emulator uses a digital screen that senses the projection and touches on a grid, much like a tablet. In the video below you'll see the demonstrator switch to a writing board while DJing, thus rendering shouting, "last call for alcohol!" into the mic obsolete in 2011.

In the near future, we can expect more infrared 3D movement capture and projection, for an experience like Minority Report.

Brochella, Alternate to Coachella 2011

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2011 08:40pm | Post a Comment

An alternate to Coachella 2011 is the above (fictional) Brochella festival, courtesy of The Daily What.

Short-Lived 70's Glam Rock Teen Magazine STAR Revived With New Website

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2011 09:19am | Post a Comment

Web designer Ryan Richardson kicked off 2011 in retro style by taking it back to the glam rock year of 1973! On January 1st, 2011, he launched the website STAR 1973, a lovingly constructed homage to the short-lived controversial 1970's teen magazine STAR (not to be confused with the similarly titled current-day celebrity  news/gossip magazine) which lasted only five issues back in '73. With a web design whereby you can digitally turn the pages of the magazine, Richardson has painstakingly archived every square inch of each issue of the ill-fated monthly on his new site.

"The first issue of STAR hit the stands in February 1973. With its over-the-top advice and irreverent coverage of LA's teenage groupie scene, it wasn't long before Petersen Publishing was feeling the heat from "concerned citizens." Five issues and five months later, publication ceased,' writes Richardson on the site's introduction, further explaining,  "Such controversy along with coverage of'"new breed' Sunset Strip groupies (Shray Mecham, Sable Starr, Lori Lightning, Queenie Glam) and glam venues like Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco cemented the mag's later cult status among fans and collectors."

The magazine, which makes ample use of the words "fox" and "foxy," sold for 50 cents, had no advertising in its five published issues, and is reputed to have had its sixth issue all ready to go when the plug was pulled in mid 1973. Last week I caught up with the Austin, TX based Richardson, who had not quite reached his first birthday when STAR was being published, to ask him how he first discovered the magazine and what qualities attracted him to it.

KUSF 90.3FM (1977 - 2011)

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2011 07:18pm | Post a Comment
Since late morning today, Facebook, Twitter, texts, and phone calls have been abuzz with the shocking news that San Francisco radio station KUSF 90.3FM is no longer. "They pulled the plug in the middle of my show. Took the transmitter off the air. They sold the radio station behind our backs without telling us a thing," said shocked Tuesday morning (9am to noon shift) DJ Schmeejay this afternoon, as he was leaving a message on the voicemail of one of his  many regular listeners, Bill Uhlir, in Oakland, in a last minute bid to save his FM station. "I am a faithful KUSF listener and I am in total disbelief. I can't believe it," said Uhlir, echoing the sentiments of all the other KUSF fans who were caught off guard by the sudden announcement that the Jesuit owned University of San Francisco radio station was no longer. After reliably broadcasting on 90.3 since 1977, this felt so sudden! It was announced by the university that KUSF would continue as an online only outlet. As of late morning the 90.3FM signal was blank with just the bleeding over of audio from nearby frequencies.

"Come to the protest meeting tomorrow," said KUSF DJ Schmeejay, before hanging up and making his next call, another plea for help. The last minute meeting is planned for 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at Fromm Hall behind Saint Ignatious Church on the USF campus. Many are expected to show up. Unfortunately however, knowing how these things go, I doubt the meeting will have any effect. It is probable that KUSF will not return in its beloved FM broadcast format. "This has become really common, colleges selling their FM licenses to NPR stations for millions and keeping the student station as web-only," said Ken Freedman, the general manager at non-commercial, freeform radio station WFMU. "Last week, same thing happened to Duquesne University's WDUQ, and a few months back to Rice University's KTRU. Both KUSF and KTRU were really good stations."

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