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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05 05 17: Vinyl + Video Version: Homeboy Sandman, Onra, Brother Ali, Dilated Peoples, & Blockhead

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2017 10:53am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top 5: 05: 05: 2017


1: Homeboy Sandman Veins LP  (Stones Throw/Fat Beats)

2: Onra Chinoiseries 3 (also avail on vinylLP) (All City Records)

3: Brother Ali All The Beauty In This Whole Life (also avail on vinylLP) (Rhymesayers Ent)

4: Dilated Peoples The Platform LP (Get On Down)

5: Blockhead Uncle Tony's Coloring Book LP (Young Heavy Souls)

Number one new release this week, out today May 5th 2017 (happy Cinco De Mayo!) is the latest from the always amazing Homeboy Sandman: Veins LP  via Stones Throw / Fat Beats.  The vinyl only (so far) album features such killer tracks as the advance songs "Bamboo" and "Clarity" (see both music videos below). And while the ten song Veins album may only clock in at just over 24 minutes in length, as I have stated here before, Homeboy Sandman's unique intricate deep rhymes pack more clever thought-provoking lyrics  into one song than the average contemporary hip-hop artist manages to do in an entire album!

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Oakland Museum of California's May Schedule To Include Los Rakas Concert, Turf Feinz Dance Set & Movie, and Punk Rock Bike Tour

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2017 08:42pm | Post a Comment

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) continues its dedication to local culture (including music and dance) with events for its May calendar to include a turf dancing (concert & film) event, a performance by Panamanian/Oakland duo Los Rakas, and a punk rock bike tour. OMCA's punk rock bike tour of Oakland, which  will take place on Sunday May 21st at 10am, is billed as a "special tour focused on the punk rock scenes of The Town" with "the history of anti-establishment Oakland, from DIY to music, art to activism." A free all ages event, it is the first in hopefully many of a new innovative series that could easily expand to include Oakland's next door neighbor Berkeley with its deep punk rock roots. More info.

Most of the other music related events are connected to the new Spring series of Friday Nights @ OMCA.  An outdoor and indoor event, that's spread across the sprawling Oakland museum, the Friday night series focuses on local music, art, and culture including food (including a variety of food trucks). There's a lot going on Fridays in May beginning  tomorrow (May 5th) when the La Pelanga DJs will begin their month long residency at Friday Nights @ OMCA. Similarly there'll be square dancing lessons with accompanying acoustic folk music tomorrow and each upcoming Friday this month. Next week, May 12th, performers will include Baba Duru and Joaquin Ramos playing traditional rhythms of the African diaspora, plus a concert by Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Harmonia.On Friday May 26th Phillip Montalban and the Bluefields Sound will be among the entertainers.

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East Bay Punk Legends Rancid Announce New Album "Trouble Maker" (June 9th) with Music Video for "Ghost of A Chance" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment


Longtime California punk icons Rancid today announced that  next month they'll be releasing an all new studio album Trouble Maker (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring the lead track "Ghost Of A Chance" for which earlier today they published an accompanying music video (see below). Other tracks on the forthcoming 17 track album (19 for the deluxe version) will include such songs as "Telegraph Avenue," "An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker," " Bovver Rock and Roll," and "All American Neighborhood." To arrive in Amoeba on June 9th, Trouble Maker will be Rancid's ninth studio album in their two and a half decade career and their first since 2014's …Honor Is All We Know.  Produced by longtime friend, previous collaborator, and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, the new album will be released in CD and vinyl formats as well as digitally.

The Berkeley, California founded Rancid, born out of the remains of Operation Ivy, was formed by Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) back in 1991 and released their debut EP on Lookout in 1992. A year later, signed to Epitaph, they released their self-titled debut album RancidLars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined shortly afterwards appearing on all albums since then including 1994's Let’s Go, 1995's ...And Out Come The Wolves (also avail on LP/vinyl), 1998's Life Won’t Wait, the 2000 eponymous Rancid release, and 2003's Indestructible. In the period between that album's release and 2009's Let The Dominos Fall drummer Branden Steineckert had joined the band to cement the quartet's current line-up as seen in the brand new video below. In that video, as well as in the new press photo above, you will likely notice how frontman / vocalist Tim Armstrong has altered his image by growing a thick beard.

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Nick Cave Supports Development of New ‘Kurdiji 1.0’ App To Battle High Suicide Rates Among Australia's Indigenous Communities

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Australian musician, author, and sometime actor Nick Cave has put his support behind the development of a compassionate new app designed to tackle Australia's ridiculously high suicide rate among its indigenous communities. Recent Australian social studies report that Aborigines, especially males in their teens and early twenties, are 400% more likely to commit suicide than that of their non-indigenous peers. In fact it has been reported that the young indigenous men of Australia are more likely to commit suicide than any other group worldwide. Those statistic translate into the sobering reality that currently every week in Australia an average of three aboriginal people die as a result of suicide. Longtime Australian artist Cave, who originally came to international fame via the critically acclaimed, influential post punk band The Birthday Party before in 1983 forming the long running Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has thrown himself 100% behind the new Kurdiji 1.0 suicide prevention app, by endorsing the recently set up Go Fund Me campaign to finalize its development and launch. 

“With Aboriginal people committing suicide on an unprecedented scale, a group of elders are creating a suicide prevention app based on ceremony, story and law,” stated Cave in a press statement, further encouraging Australians and non Australians to get involved in, “fighting for the lives of young Aboriginal people and let’s show Aboriginal Australia we believe in them.”
The new app is named “Kurdiji" which translated from the Warlpiri language means "shield" as in shielding community members from such negatives as suicide. When launched it will reportedly use 3D in showing visuals of traditional dance, music and ceremony as a means of reaching the targeted demographic of young indigenous people of Australia who feel disenfranchised and isolated by mainstream Australian society.

Posse Cuts From 1988 - 1994: When All In The Same Gang & United In Song, Rappers Crafted Some of Hip-Hop History's Greatest Music

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2017 01:25pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop music, an urban form once dismissed as a musical novelty or passing fad, has consistently proven its critics wrong by steadily growing into the most influential, dominant global form of popular music and culture. But despite those advances, the once close-knit musical genre lacks the uniform vision it once commanded.  I refer to that sense of unity among all hip-hop artists displayed back in the "golden era" of the late 80's to early 90's. For proof you need look no further than the bevy of posse cuts recorded back then, and outlined below. Yes in the passing decades since that era, the Bronx founded reactionary form of music and culture would exponentially expand into an unstoppable, sprawling cultural force on a global level. But while today's hip-hop may be the pop music de jour for most,  as well as having mutated into a zillion sub-genres and breakaway categories, hip-hop as a genre is way more disjointed and separated than ever before. Hence I take a return to that posse cut era when hip-hop artists of all backgrounds would unite in song/video and often craft some of hip-hop history's best music.

"Posse" cut was the phenomenon where large collectives of rappers linked by crew, region, or, most often, by a common cause (EG anti-violence), all would get together to record a massive joint effort. Posse cuts were most popular circa '88 to '94 coinciding with the years of hip-hop's much lauded golden era.  Multiple emcee, pass-the-mic styled hip-hop songs, posse cuts date back to hip-hop's formative years with many of them freestyle sessions dating back the 1970's up to the start of the 1980's in Bronx during the early years of hip-hop.  Of these many were not even recorded but luckily some were such as Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force's "Zulu Nation Throwdown." But It wasn't until the later 1980's when the posse cut came into its own. Below are the videos of seven of some of the best posse cuts from that six-year span beginning in '88. Each are timeless, classic hip-hop recordings. And with so many contributing artists, they are a comprehensive history lesson in hip-hop of that era.

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