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“Hip-Hop Keeps You Young” - DJ Stef [1962 - 2017] Beloved Bay Area Hip-Hop Figure Whose Funeral United A Community in Grief

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

As she so regularly did in life, at her funeral service yesterday at the Ouimet Bros. Funeral Chapel in Concord, DJ Stef continued to bring different people together through a shared passion for music.
Greatly outnumbering family, including her still-in-shock husband, best-friend and fellow DJ Sergio Ornelas, were a multitude of dear friends Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) had earned over the decades thanks to her warmth and unique unifying role in the Bay Area’s hip-hop community.  Doc Fu, DJ Pause, Liz Novoa, Toph-One, Mr. E, Rasco, DJ Marz, Marc Stretch, Eddie K, Mark Herlihy, Bas-One, Z-Man, Luke Sick, Ren The Vinyl Archeologist and DJ Jester (who flew in from Texas) were among the many mourners who packed the overflowing chapel to pay respects to the beloved longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ, writer and historian whose death was a total shock to all. Following a heart attack last Sunday (Oct. 1st) Stef died suddenly and unexpectedly. Further confusing was the fact that this ever-energetic, fit 55 year old looked at least a decade younger than her years. “Hip-hop keeps you young,” she once told me in a DJ profile interview that appears in full below (scroll all the way down to read)

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 10:06:17: Reissues & New Releases (LP, CD, cassette), News inc. DMC World Results, Cookie Turntable Technology

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2017 12:31pm | Post a Comment
 

Previewed here on the Amoeblog was the 2017 DMC World Champions, last weekend's big international turntablist competition that featured USA representatives DJ Perly and DJ Dwells who each proudly repped their nation but did not win titles in their respective fields. Instead the 2017 DMC World DJ Final was won by DJ Rena from Japan who is only twelve years of age but possesses the experienced moves of a DJ twice his age. That win makes the preteen the youngest ever DMC World Champion. Meanwhile in the separate battle for the Supremacy title, another Japanese contestant,  DJ Yukichi won the battle for 2017 DMC World Supremacy. Congratulations to them both and to all of the participating battle DJs who traveled to London last weekend for the event.
 
In other hip-hop news, Fat Joe was among those artists who selflessly lent support to the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico by flying a plane down to the island (on loan from Jay-Z) to personally help victims with needed supplies. LL Cool J is among the 19 artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: five to seven of which will be chosen to be inducted later this year. The Bay Area lost an important figure last Sunday with the sudden passing of Stephanie Orneles, better known as DJ Stef. The universally beloved longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ/writer/historian's death was attributed to a heart attack. Look for a more detailed report (inc. a rare interview with the late DJ) in an upcoming Amoeblog.  Former Digital Underground manager Sleuth Pro has been making the rounds lately including stopping by KPOO radio in promotion of his acclaimed newly published memoir: Hip-Hop Tales: From Humpty Dance to Blondie Locks (The Golden Years: 1987-2002).

CASSETTE TAPE RELEASES OF THE WEEK

 
Kid Capri Live At The Building 1990 (No Sleep/Fat Beats)

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nails

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2017 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Nails What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

Todd Jones, singer and guitarist for SoCal hardcore band Nails, recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to grab some some records and chat with us for a "What's In My Bag?" episode. As you might expect, his stack featured a healthy dose of punk and various types of metal, but it also included several unexpected picks, like Reign Of Terror by the Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells. "This sounds like people who are playing a joke on somebody," Jones said of the group's dense, aggressively poppy sound. "It was like I was in a nightmare." But somehow he felt compelled to seek them out. "I kept coming back to it," he admits."I kept listening to it, and that's when I realized 'I think I like Sleigh Bells,' and it's like the most fucking obnoxious music." Now that's an endorsement!

Southern California hardcore band Nails have attracted a serious cult following thanks to their uniquely heavy combination of death metal, grindcore, punk, and powerviolence. Formed in 2009, the Nails You Will Never Be One Of Usband consists of Todd Jones (Terror, Betrayed, Carry On, Snake Eyes, Internal Affairs), guitarist Leon del Muerte (Nausea), bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Taylor Young (Disgrace). The Obscene Humanity EP introduced the band to the world later that year. Unsilent Death followed a year later.

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Grant Hart: Yes, I Remember

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 3, 2017 06:59pm | Post a Comment

by Casey Dresser

Pap-boom-pap-boom-pap-boom, New Day Rising - the seminal, legendary, and absolutely classic Grant HartHüsker Dü post-hardcore masterpiece kicks off with a nice blast beat from Grant Hart before Bob Mould's swirling, fuzzy, and overdriven guitars and Greg Norton's precision dynamic bass take us where we are going for the next 40 minutes or so.

I immediately put this record on when I heard of Grant Hart's death on September 13th. It seemed like the right thing to do...

My friend Bret has a morbid fascination with people dying. Whenever someone even remotely famous dies, I get a text. They don't even have to have a Wikipedia page to warrant a "RIP" from ol' Bret ("Bill Smith, who was an extra on episode 4 of season 6 of House, passed away this morning. RIP."). I usually just ignore them; I don't care about most celebrities dying. It doesn't effect my life and I highly doubt they would be too bent out of shape if someone told them I had died. Grant was different though. Grant was still young, putting out relevant music, and surely had a lot more to give us. This one did effect my life and it made me sad.

Grant Hart was an extremely talented musician with a gift for melody and a tremendous aptitude for orchestration. He and Bob Mould met at Cheapo Records in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1979 and formed one of the greatest bands of the post-hardcore second (third?) wave punk scene that became a major name on the legendary mid-1980's SST roster. He wasn't just the drummer, he also wrote and sang about half the songs. He and Bob Mould were a Lennon-McCartney or a Jagger-Richards of the punk era - blazing new trails and writing some beautiful, innovative, and downright catchy songs along the way. They each wrote and sang their own songs and on their best albums it felt like each song was an attempt to one up the other guy. To top the previous song with a better one.

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RIP Holger Czukay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 3, 2017 03:05pm | Post a Comment

Holger Czukay

by Michael Henning

Can founder and bassist Holger Czukay died September 5, 2017. The band posted the following on Facebook: "We are very sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old CAN Studio in Weilerswist. His wife U-She passed away only weeks before. Holger was devastated by the loss of his beloved partner, but was looking forward to making more music and was in good spirits. His passing has come as a shock. We will post more information about funeral arrangements shortly."



In the mid-1960's, Czukay studied under electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Can, Tago MagoCan's soon-to-be keyboardist Irmin Schmidt was another student of Stockhausen at that time, and it was not long before the two joined forces, recruiting guitarist Michael Karoli and drummer Jaki Liebezeit to round out the core Can lineup in 1968. Malcolm Mooney, an American living in Germany at the time, became their singer for the first few years. Can recorded their dynamic and fiery debut album, Monster Movie, with him. Mooney was later replaced by Damo Suzuki, a long-haired Japanese hippie who the band notoriously found busking on the street the day of one of their gigs. They convinced Damo to join them later that night for a performance and he stayed a member of the band for the next three albums. It was an excellent match, one that yielded some of the band's best work, including their sprawling psychedelic double LP masterpiece Tago Mago, the now-heavily sampled funky grooves of Ege Bamyasi, and the endearing ambient-rock classic Future Days.
Holger Czukay
Czukay did most of the engineering and producing of the early Can albums, shaping their sound with his incisive tape cutting technique, and turning group improvisations into finished pieces. No less important to the group's sound, he also played the bass with a unique style which might be best summed up as "minimalist avant-funk." Of his chosen instrument, Czukay once said “the bass player’s like a king in chess. He doesn’t move much, but when he does he changes everything.”

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