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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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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:28:17: Vinyl Edition: Gorillaz, D.R.A.M, J. Cole, Record Store Day, WFMU Record Fair, Vinyl Collecting Videos

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment


This weekly rap report is an all vinyl edition in honor of both this weekend's big WFMU Record Fair in Brooklyn and last weekend's widely successful Record Store Day. Now in its tenth glorious year, Record Store Day has grown into an anticipated annual event for record collectors and general music fans the world over. It's also a welcome reminder the importance of visiting a physical, so-called brick-and-mortar music store like Amoeba Music versus simply shopping online. Early Sunday, the day after Record Store Day, there were some titles leftover that were offered online at the Amoeba web store but since all of those have been snapped up. Scroll down to the vinyl themed videos below to see the Amoeba San Francisco Record Store Day Report or see the full Amoeba SF Record Store Day Amoeblog and the report on Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood.

Similarly important to record collectors is the annual WFMU Record Fair, happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, NYC that attracts collectors from faraway places including San Francisco and Tokyo (including Amoeba fan Nakajima pictured right from Japan) who travel to New York just to attend this large scale annual record fair. In addition to endless booths selling records, CDs, DVDs, posters etc. there are also numerous live performances (many also broadcast live on WFMU) and film screenings in The Movie Lounge. The latter include screenings of the recent era documentaries on both Danny Fields and the late great Sharon Jones (filmed in part at Amoeba). Meanwhile the live performances will include on Saturday  Bloodshot Bill (2pm), The Atlantic Thrills (3:30pm), Baby Shakes (4:30pm), and Ronnie Fujiyama (5:30pm). Sunday's live sets include Matmos with Chuck Bettis (3pm) and Laurice (4pm). The 2017 WFMU Record Fair takes place at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St, in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn Friday 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm. More info here and in flyer below.

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The Afghan Whigs Publish Video For "Oriole" From "In Spades" (Sub Pop) Out May 5th

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Today The Afghan Whigs published the music video for "Oriole" which offers another preview of the anticipated forthcoming new May 5th full-length release, In Spades, from the Cincinnati, Ohio band that first formed (and since broke up and reformed) three decades ago. To be released by Sub Pop in CD and 180 gram vinyl/LP formats, In Spades will be the first new album since 2014's return album Do to the Beast  (also avail in vinyl/LP). That album was their first since 1998's 1965 which was the last recording before they broke up in 2001. The band reformed twice since then, most recently right before Do to the Beast with mainman/singer/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley (also known for the band Wussy) reuniting the band.

Interest in the Whigs has never waned and in the past couple of years the group's classic older albums have been reissued in expanded edition formats: 1993's Gentlemen  (also avail in LP/vinyl) and 1996's Black Love (also on LP/vinyl). In the years that The Afghan Whigs had been inactive mainman Greg Dulli has worked in such projects as The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins.  Dulli wrote and produced all of the new album In Spades that was recorded over a period of time in studios in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.

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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

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