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The Dream Syndicate Sign With ANTI-

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2017 03:12pm | Post a Comment

Today the ANTI- record label announced that they had signed influential Los Angeles 80's “paisley underground” indie rockers The Dream Syndicate, which answers the question as to what label would be releasing the band's forthcoming (fifth studio) album that founding member Steve Wynn had announced back in February. Also today all dates of a Fall 2017 European tour by the band were announced. Known for such 80's college radio staples as their 1982 Slash Records debut The Days of Wine and Roses and 1984"s Medicine Show, The Dream Syndicate came to fame shortly after forming in 1982 when they were part of LA's sixties psychedelic rock derived, then neo-psychedelia so-called “paisley underground” along with The Salvation Army / Three O'Clock, Rain Parade, and The Bangles.

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Crowd-Funded Documentary "I Am A Cliché" On Late X-Ray Spex Singer / Punk Icon Poly Styrene Looks Set To Go

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2017 05:41pm | Post a Comment

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard.  But I think "oh bondage, up yours!"
 - Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex's "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" 1977 single + 1978 LP Germfree Adolescents


With 99% of its $90,580 goal already reached and another 20 days still to go on its Indiegogo  crowd-funded campaign, the pending documentary on punk icon, the late great X-Ray Spex founder, lead singer & songwriter Poly Styrene, I Am A Cliché looks all set to go. Directed by Paul Sng with writer Zoë Howe plus narration by the artist's surviving daughter Celeste Bell, the documentary will tackle the unlikely success story of the artist born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. The film promises to tell the tale of the "bi-racial, female, working class and possessing an unforgettable warrior-cry voice" in an engaging visual "portrait of a singer, seeker, a maverick and a mother" utilizing a myriad of footage: much of it previously unseen.

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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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