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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:01:17: DMC Regional in DC, Baby DJ School in LA @ Amoeba, New J. Stalin + BDP 7" Reissues via B-Boy Records

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2017 09:09am | Post a Comment



1: Ghetto Philharmonic The Alternate Masters (Chamber Musik)

2: J. Stalin I Don't Sell Dope No Moe (Livewire)

3: 50 Cent Best of 50 Cent  (Interscope)

4: BDP "Poetry" + "South Bronx" 7" vinyl (B-Boy)

5: BDP "The Bridge Is Over" + "Remix For P Is Free"  7" vinyl (B-Boy)

With three weeks to go to 2017 Record Store Day (April 22nd) things are heating up in the new releases department including a noteworthy series of seven inch singles via B-Boy Records. That's the legendary label who, back in the 80's, originally released all of the amazing BDP (Boogie Down Productions) joints. Those were 12" singles that are coveted by collectors and hip-hop fans like myself. This new reissue series comes cover sleeves bearing that same distinct record label logo, but only on collectible seven inch 45 series.  This new vinyl  reissues on seven inch include Poetry" + "South Bronx"  and "The Bridge Is Over" + "Remix For P Is Free" There's another three 7" BDP singles available from the Amoeba store found under new releases here.

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From "Festering Sore" To Civically Honored Cultural Institution: Berkeley's 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2017 09:59am | Post a Comment


The City of Berkeley had one of those "Wow, how things change!" moments this week. It happened Tuesday evening at a Berkeley City Council meeting during which longtime punk mecca 924 Gilman  got officially honored for its 30 years of cultural contributions with a stamped Proclamation from the City. [Scroll down to see proclamation and its content] Signed and bestowed by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin to longtime Gilman collective members Jesse "Luscious" Townley and Kamala Parks, the irony of the ("wow") moment was because back in its formative years that very same (now globally revered all ages, all inclusive, performing arts) venue had been labeled a "festering sore" by a City of Berkeley official. "It's pretty insane to think about the travel from being called a "festering sore" by a Zoning Board member 25 years ago to being honored by the City Council now," Townley told the Amoeblog.

A true renaissance man including punk musician, whose many bands have included  Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk, Townley stressed how he was speaking on behalf of himself and not the collective. "Thanks to volunteers like John Hart, who is a veteran of the People's Park controversies, my generation of Gilman volunteers learned how to navigate local politics, and we've passed that knowledge on to successive generations of Gilman volunteers. Whether dealing with overzealous beat cops who rotated through our area or DiCon Fiberoptics trying to get us shut down because we weren't important enough to talk with, we were able to use these skills to survive long enough to be recognized by mainstream Berkeley as a valuable community institution," said Townley whose own experiences at Gilman inspired him to get into local politics and go on to become a commissioner elected to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.

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Zappa Fans Rejoice The Slew of Frank Zappa / The Mothers of Invention Album Releases

Posted by Billyjam, March 29, 2017 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Many Zappa fans crate-digging at Amoeba Music this week and over the weekend got a nice surprise to discover that a slew of Frank Zappa albums, including many rare recordings, had been quietly reissued Friday last under a new deal between UMe and the estate of the influential late artist / frontman of The Mothers of Invention. Released five days ago with little fanfare shy of a press release sent out a week earlier, two dozen albums by the late Frank Zappa (1940-1993), including many previously limited releases, were issued in CD and download formats by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) as part of a newly agreed global distribution deal the corporation made with the Zappa Family Trust. That agreement led to 24 Frank Zappa albums been physically released last Friday March 24th in the US, with European, Australian, Japanese and other non US countries release dates to follow five weeks later on April 28th. 2017.  The new deal came about following negotiations between Universal and the late artist's son Ahmet Zappa who is the executor of the Zappa Family Trust. "For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal," said the executor/artist and younger brother of Dweezil Zappa.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up Video Version: Funky DL's A Tribe Called Quest Tribute + Raekwon, Oddisee, Your Old Droog, & Rick Ross

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2017 11:18am | Post a Comment
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1: Oddisee The Iceberg (MMG/Fat Beats) (2017)

Each year in the second half of March, with Record Store Day just weeks away, record labels traditionally have kicked into full gear with a non-stop flow of releases coming out. And this year is no exception with some incredible hip-hop being released by big and small labels on both vinyl and CD and increasingly more on cassette too. Check out the recent Amoeblog on boutique label Get On Down's exclusive Record Store Day (April 22nd 2017) releases that includes an informative interview with Papa D who is one of the partners of the label that's an imprint of Traffic Entertainment. Peep and/or download as PDF the full list of Record Store Day 2017 releases (hip-hop and beyond) here. Meantime new releases to arrive into Amoeba this week include Washington DC super-talent Oddisee' latest full-length release The Iceberg.  Again from Mello Music Group (MMG), who just last year released both Oddisee' Alwasta EP his The Odd Tape album, this latest is a dual release with Fat Beats under their MMG/Fat Beats combo which we can assume means that there is a vinyl version coming soon. Clocking in at just under 48 minutes The Iceberg's 14 tracks include the song "NNGE" that features album guest Toine. See the new accompanying music video below.

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Specializing In Lushly Packaged Quality Hip-Hop & Reggae Reissues, The Get On Down Label Readies for Record Store Day 2017

Posted by Billyjam, March 23, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment

Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day has grown exponentially into a widely celebrated day of anticipation for record collectors fiending for the exclusive releases associated with the annual retail shopping day that this year falls on April 22nd. [See the full list of 2017 Record Store Day releases]. Some labels are better than others when it comes to their choice of vinyl and CD releases and/or the packaging of said releases. And one of the consistently better labels is Get On Down, an imprint of Traffic  Entertainment, who never fail to impress with their choice of quality music and lush packaging / presentation of their RSD releases. In fact four years ago they won an Adapter Award when the Record Store Day organization chose the label for the Record Store Day Release of the Year 2013 award. That was for that year's GZA Liquid Swords reissue: the 4-LP “Chess Box” (also avail on 4 CD) that was a popular item at Amoeba's three stores that year.

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