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Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

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House Of Pain Meets Cypress Hill As Everlast Returns to His Hip-Hop Roots In New B-Real Collaboration

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2017 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Cypress Hill, House Of Pain and Psycho Realm joined forces in the dope new track and video (below) "Warporn Industry," that's part of the Warporn Industries project, which finds Everlast returning to his hip-hop roots in the B-Real collaboration. The song is an intro to the similarly titled new rap supergroup and its spinoff art collective WARPORN Industries. That's the superrap trio made up of Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm of whom B-Real is also a member, Divine Styler who first worked with Everlast three decades ago as part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate collective, and of course Everlast who as Whitey Ford had gone acoustic for most of his post House Of Pain years. His 1998 Tommy Boy album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues   was reissued by Rhino last month.

Everalast's old friend B-Real, who makes a cameo on this one track, said of the full length project that it's “one of the best hip-hop albums I’ve heard in a long time: Sick beats and bars with substance by Sick Jacken, Divine Styler and Everlast.” The "album" B-Real refers to is in fact the 2017 WARTORN Industries mixtape that also features guest spots from Big Daddy Kane, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), and Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples). So far the eleven track mixtape album is only a download but likely will be released physically in the future with B-Real, whom Everlast calls "my brother from another," guesting on only one track. Of the  House of Pain/CypresHill/Psycho Realm family connect, track producer Divine Styler said: "This is not a throwback, we're holding the eternal hip-hop flame period. Everlast proved it when he said one of the illest lyrics ever spit in,'Omnipotent variant ex-communicated" and the "fold time and space, all over the place.' He killed it."  Shot recently in Los Angeles, with director Chad A. Marshall favoring the many back alleys of LA as the appropriate backdrop to the music, the video for "Warporn Industry"  appears below.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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With "Emperor Of Sand" #1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales, Mastodon Begin New US Tour That Includes Two CA Stops: SF and LA

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2017 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Reigning heavy metal icons Mastodon, who were in LA last week to play Amoeba Hollywood and Jimmy Kimmel Live, return to CA next week (SF 4/18, LA 4/20) as part of the band's latest North American tour that kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Montana and ends on May 20th in Austin TX. Similarly to last Tuesday's packed Amoeba set, the new tour is also in support of the Atlanta, Georgia rock band's successful new album Emperor Of Sand (also on vinyl/LP) via Reprise / Warner. Mastodon's eight studio album,Emperor Of Sand is also the biggest sales debut in the history of the the band who formed seventeen years ago. The globally popular new album hit the number spot on Billboard's top album sales charts as well as the #1 top selling vinyl album of the week upon its March 31st release. The album, which is an international hit charting high overseas in such countries as Australia and Ireland, follows the success of their previous two top ten chart debut full-lengths:  2014's Once More 'Round the Sun and 2011's The Hunter. Meanwhile the album's current single "Show Yourself" (music video below) is currently a hit on rock radio.
 
The latest Mastodon North American tour will feature support from The Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Missoula, MT at the Wilma Theater for a show, that like some others on the upcoming 30 date tour including Saturday 4/16 in Portland OR, is already sold out. So get tix for the band's two California dates next week while they are still available. They play San Francisco's Warfield Theater on Tuesday April 18th, and two nights later (April 20th) they'll perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. For more tour info and tix visit Mastodon's website. And click the following to view photos from last week's Mastodon live at Amoeba Hollywood in-store.

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Guitarist J.Geils Dies At Age 71

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2017 12:29am | Post a Comment


Rock guitarist J.Geils was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts home late Tuesday afternoon (April 11) as reported by Boston's WCVB TV. He was 71.  Upon learning the news of Geils' passing, the lead singer of the J.Giles Band, Peter Wolf took to social media. On Tuesday evening Wolf posted  "Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils" along with a photo of the band that first formed 50 years ago. . 

Back in the late sixties John Warren Geils Jr. was a mechanical engineering student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was more interested in music than engineering. That band that he co-founded and that bore his name was comprised of Danny Klein, Magic Dick Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, Seth Justman, Giles and lead singer Peter Wolf. In 1970 they would release their self titled debut on Atlantic Records.

For many the J.Geils Band will always be best remembered by their latter era biggest hits: 1981's "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold" which charted at No. 1 for six weeks in early 1982. The accompanying music videos for those  hit singles became staples of the then new novelty, and influential Music Television Network: MTV back when they really were music television. However those songs are not really representative of the band's earlier, less mainstream and way more blues rooted rock sound with more harmonica and piano included in the mix. An example is the hard rockin bluesy Geils/Wolf penned "Hard Driven Man" found on 1972's  Live Full House album, or  "Floyd's Hotel" by Juke Joint Jimmy (a pseudonym used by the band). For more of that blues-rock style check the two full J.Geils concert set on video below: the 1972 show in their hometown and the 1977 concert in San Francisco at Winterland.

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