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“When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP Reminder Of Atmosphere's Timeless Sound

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop vinyl reissue of the week, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP  is not simply a must-get double album back in print. It is also a reminder that the longtime beloved hip-hop duo, comprised of emcee Slug and producer Ant, make the type of music that truly stands the test of time. Since forming back in 1996 in Minneapolis Atmosphere have consistently crafted heartfelt, quality hip-hop that transcends time, sounding good in any decade, all the while remaining loyal to the genre's roots. Further proof of the Rhymesayers Ent. duo's timelessness lies in equally excellent recent 2018 release Mi Vida Local 2LP (also on CD) that's included in many best of 2018 lists.

For any hip-hop act twenty two years in the notoriously fickle genre, to consistently craft essential music and remain relevant is quite an accomplishment. Interestingly Atmosphere themselves have always been slow to accept their music's timeless quality; even mistakenly thinking that might have peaked creatively back at the start of the last decade. Back in 2008, upon the initial release of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP,  when I interviewed Slug for the Amoeblog he told me that even at that stage how he felt Atmosphere was six years past their prime.  "I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002," he shared but quickly added, in his fun self-effacing way, that, "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot." 

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Weekly Hip-Hop LP/Vinyl Top Five [Video Version] 6Lack, Lil Uzi Vert, JPEGMAFIA, Doomtree, BROCKHAMPTON

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2018 03:22pm | Post a Comment
#1 BROCKHAMPTON iridescence 2LP (RCA Records)

Topping this chart of Amoeba new arrivals in the hip-hop vinyl department is groundbreaking young LA based hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON and their major label two-vinyl set  iridescence 2LP    (RCA Records) pictured above (also avail on CD) and featuring among its fifteen tracks (all in caps) the songs "SOMETHING ABOUT HIM" and "THUG LIFE" and the lead single "J'OUVERT" that's featured  immediately below via the Spencer Ford directed music video.  







#2  Lil Uzi Vert Luv Is Rage LP and (tie with) The Perfect Luv Tape LP (Atlantic Records)

Nancy Wilson Top Ten from Prolific Five Decade Career of Jazz Vocalist / Civil Rights Activist Who Died Yesterday At Age 81

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2018 07:44am | Post a Comment


Yesterday, December 13th, beloved prolific jazz-pop vocalist Nancy Wilson died at age 81 in her Pioneertown, CA home following a prolonged illness, according to the artist's management company. Celebrated for her commanding versatile vocal style Nancy Wilson enjoyed a rich five decade long career, recording dozens of albums, performing jazz ballads, American standards, Broadway show tunes, and easy listening vocals as well as such other genres as disco. In addition to her music career, the African American artist was also a noted civil rights activist during her lifetime. Back in 1965 she was among those to march on Selma, Alabama. As Wilson repeatedly stated over the years, one of her lifelong missions was to continually break down prevalent racial stereotypes. This she accomplished via such things as her appearances on The Carol Burnett Show.

While her music is generally found filed under “jazz” or “soul” or "pop" in interviews Wilson insisted on not been associated with any one modern musical genre, rather describing herself as a “song stylist” who tells stories in an intimate engaging fashion. That description is certainly true of some of her best known songs that tackled topics of failed relationships and heartache in an open honest and empowered manner, now seen as ahead of its time. In an artist tribute the NYT described Wilson as a, “forerunner of the modern female empowerment singer, with the brassy inflections and biting inflections to fuel it.” This apt description applies to her best known songs including such definitive Nancy Wilson hit singles as “Face It Girl, It’s Over” from 1968 and “Guess Who I Saw Today” from 1960.

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New Limited Edition Wu-Tang Clan Logo Shaped Picture Disc 7" Presents One of Hip-Hop History’s Most Iconic Logos

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2018 08:52pm | Post a Comment

The new limited edition Wu-Tang Clan logo shaped picture disc 7" pictured above presents one of hip-hop history’s most iconic logos; one designed a quarter century ago by DJ/producer Mathematics (aka  Allah Mathematics). The logo has been repeatedly used on group releases including the recently reissued four piece vinyl version of Wu-Tang Forever 4LP.

The multi-talented Mathematics would go on to create other Wu member graphic designs including for GZA/Genius and Method Man. The instantly recognizable W styled Wu-Tang logo is the unique design feature of the December 14, 2018 Wu-Tang Clan 7” logo shaped picture disc single. Featuring “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) (Album Version)” on Side A and “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’” on Side B, the collectible single goes on sale immediately after midnight tonight (Friday Dec 14 12:01am Pacific Time) at Amoeba online. Note that purchases, while supplies last, are limited to one per customer.

Last year on LA radio station Power 106’s The Cruz Show the iconic logo’s designer Mathematics was a studio guest along with RZA of the Wu-Tang during which they discussed the back story to the logo. The actual turnaround time in its making was only 24 hours, according to Mathematics in the interview embedded below, where he says he got a last minute request just a day ahead of deadline to come up with a logo for the first Wu-Tang single "Protect Ya Neck." 

Vinyl LP Weekly Picks: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Paul McCartney & Wings, Abba, Richard Swift, Grateful Dead, Marvel's Spider-Man OST

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2018 09:00am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc Christmas Funk LP  (avail on CD) (Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc.)


As 2018 comes to a close it does so continuing the trend witnessed throughout the year of an ever increasing steady flow of new vinyl releases dropping each week. These include lots of brand new album titles been pressed up on vinyl as well as CD and digital versions. Examples this week include the brand new 88rising two-vinyl set Head In The Clouds 2LP (also avail on CD) and the posthumous album The Hex pictured left (also avail on CD) from under appreciated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift who tragically died earlier this year at age 41, reportedly the result of "alcohol addiction" as stated by his family upon his July 2018 passing.

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