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Remembering Al Jarreau [1940 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2017 10:22am | Post a Comment

Rest in peace to multi-million selling pop/jazz vocalist Al Jarreau who died yesterday in an LA area hospital from unknown causes. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin born vocalist/musician, who just a coupe of weeks ago had suddenly stopped his ongoing tour citing "exhaustion" as the reason, was 76 years of age. A seven-time Grammy winner, Jarreau held the distinction of being the only vocalist in music history to earn Grammy Awards in three different categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. Jarreau won his first Grammy for "best jazz vocal performance" back in 1978. Jarreau's first Grammy award was credited to his 1977 Warner Bros released album Look to the Rainbow.

Fast forward forty years to last night's 59th Grammys, as news of Jarreau's passing was fresh on peoples' minds, and the artist was  given a shout out on stage by vocal quintet Pentatonix before bursting into an abbreviated acapella version of The Jackson 5's hit "ABC."  In another related sad coincidence at last night's Grammys show the late great hip-hop artist Phife Dawg, who was lovingly saluted during the extended A Tribe Called Quest ensemble's live performance, was among the many artists to have collaborated with Al Jarreau over the years. The ATCQ emcee had worked with Jarreau back in 2001 on the track "In My Music" (audio clip below). 

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Bigfoot Bonanza Hits the Barbary Coast, March 10-12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 12, 2017 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Holy Bigfoot, Batman! If you are a HUGE fan of the furry forest-dwelling creature known as Sasquatch or The Mighty Peking Man, GoliathonBigfoot and would like to spend a fun-filled weekend with the hairy guy, then do we have the perfect event for you. The Super Shangri-La Show presents their first annual Bigfoot Bonanza festival March 10th-12th at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco.

Spend three days reveling in Bigfoot and Yeti cult classics, Creature From Black Lakedocumentaries, and TV shows, and listening to talks from some of the top specialists in the field including Cliff Barackman, Kathy Strain, members of The Ultimate Female Bigfoot Team, and John & Montra Freitas, as well as independent filmmakers Craig Flipy and Seth Breedlove. A smorgasbord of Bigfoot movies and documentaries such as The Legend of Boggy Creek, Snow Beast, Creature from Black Lake, Night of the Demon, The Mighty Peking Man, Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century, Minerva Monster, and television episodes of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, The Bionic Woman, Jonny Quest, and more will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Videos, Shows: Lupe Fiasco, Mr. Lif, Daedelus, Paul Nice, Dre Day, Chance The Rapper + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2017 10:57am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending Feb 10th 2017


1: Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light (1st & 15th Productions)

2: Various Artists  The Hamilton Mixtape (LP/vinyl + on cassette) also avail on CD (Atlantic)

3:  DJ Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3 (LP) (Fat Beats)

4: Daedelus Baker's Dozen LP/vinyl (Fat Beats)

5: Thievery Corporation The Temple Of I & I (also on LP/vinyl) : (Eighteenth Street Lounge)

This week's new releases include a variety of offerings including the brand new Lupe Fiasco album  Drogas Light, the vinyl and cassette (yep tape) format releases of the popular Hamilton Mixtape that dropped on CD version in early December, the vinyl only breakbeat album from longtime hip-hop producer/DJ battle and break tools maker Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3, plus the multi genre releases (electronic meets hip-hop) from both Daedelus (Baker's Dozen) and Thievery Corporation (The Temple Of I & I). This latest album from the duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, released by Eighteenth Street Lounge and also available also on LP/vinyl format, features, among others, regular band contributor revered Boston emcee Mr. Lif (in recent months interviewed by Amoeblog) on the album tracks "Ghetto Matrix" and "Fight to Survive."

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Kick Off Your Weekend with New David Bowie Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, February 10, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Reissues

It's always a good day when new versions of classic David Bowie records hits our shelves, so with the release of six newly gussied up reissues, today is twice (um, make that six times) as nice! These releases are the latest in Parlophone's Bowie reissue campaign, featuring remastered audio on both CD and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions. Last fall, the three studio albums due today were included as part of the comprehensive Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] vinyl box; this is the first time the remastered versions have been available as individual LPs. Here's why each one is essential in its own special way.

Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs (1974)

An album Bowie himself described as "very political," Diamond Dogs was the artist's last stand in the arena of glam rock, and the first LP recorded and released after the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Also available on CD.

The Return of Dr. Octagon with 20 Year Anniversary Box Set + CA Concert Dates feat. Kool Keith, Qbert, & Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2017 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Since the announcement yesterday of a return of veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with two surprise California concert dates next month with the former Ultramagnetic MCs emcee along with the Octagon project key collaborators, producer Dan the Automator and fellow San Francisco artist DJ Qbert, there has been quite a buzz.  Tickets for the two CA dates, scheduled for March 6th and 7th at San Francisco's The Independent and Los Angeles' The Teragram Ballroom respectively, have been selling briskly with both the SF and LA dates already sold out (although tix can be still found on StubHub). The in-demand concerts, which act as a primer for the upcoming 20th anniversary, limited edition box set release of the Dr. Octagon project Dr. Octagonecologyst by Traffic and Universal, prove just how popular the mid-nineties Kool Keith alter-ego high-concept character and accompanying project remains even two decades later. Note that the forthcoming 2017 anniversary edition release will be just the latest in a series over an extended period of reissues and variations, including the popular non vocal Instrumentalyst via Octagon Beats, of the nineties Dreamworks release of the  Dr. Octagonecologyst album that was most recently reissued in 2014 by Geffen as the 2LP pressing of Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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