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Hip-Hop Top Five: 21 Savage, Egyptian Lover, T.I., Bas, Dr Octagon (SP 1200 Remixes album) + Flatbush Zombies Colored Vinyl 2LP

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2018 11:43pm | Post a Comment
 
#1: The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following hip-hop veteran the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album release 1984, now comes 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the legendary LA artist. This latest new studio album from the revered electro pioneer clocks in at just over an hour with 13 tracks in all; five of these with guest collaborators. These include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone. Other tracks on the new album include  "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and ‘Everything She Wants" which is an updated version of the Wham! hit single.

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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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The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2018 11:28am | Post a Comment

The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Season 11 of What's In My Bag? kicked into high gear with an episode featuring the lively sister trio HAIM and we kept right on going into this past week when we spoke with legendary record producer Tony Visconti and artist Daphne Guinness. We had so much fun this season and, as always, learned a ton from our guests.

Here are our 10 favorite episodes from season 11. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

 

Death From Above

Sebastien Grainger went on a whirlwind shopping trip through our Hollywood store taking pride in his Canadian countrymen, including the likes of Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould, and waxing poetic about the kinds of artists whose greatness elevates them to a plane of existence that can only be defined as alien.

 

Valerie June

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and native Tennessean Valerie June picked up some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star, Otis Clay, and Patsy Cline. Another important theme for Valerie was spiritual music and she talked about the power of listening to the Grateful Dead and Alice Coltrane. We couldn't help but be charmed by Ms. June and her eclectic, earnest picks.

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Jon Longhi's Best of 2018

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 18, 2018 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Brian EnoBy Jon Longhi

Brian EnoMusic For Installations (CD & LP Box Set):
One of the things I've always loved about Brian Eno is that he seems to have an almost limitless output of new music. His body of work is gigantic. I've been buying his cds for decades and it's nice to know that he'll always come up with something new to charm, beguile, or soothe me. His ambient pieces tend to be my favorite ones. In these works, he tries to create a kind of music that sounds like it is going on forever and you are just hearing a tiny excerpt of it. In the book that accompanies this new box set, Eno reveals that he has been obsessed with creating music that doesn't just sound like it goes on forever but actually DOES go on forever. To aid him in this quest, he created what he refers to as "generative systems." These are either tape loops or computer programs that take simple harmonious tones and fragments of melody, and then randomly recombines them in patterns of music that will not repeat themselves for sometimes years or even decades. He even developed a computer program called 77 Million Paintings that creates an endless output of ambient music that NEVER repeats itself and is a truly infinite piece of music. This box set is a retrospective of some of the best of these sonic experiments. The title Music For Installations is quite literal because most of these works were composed to accompany art installations and Eno went to great lengths to make sure that every person who visited the art exhibits heard a different and unique piece of music. Some of these art installations were open for six months but had soundtracks that could play for over two centuries! This is a transcendentally beautiful set of music and it goes on for hours and hours. Like the best ambient music, it can either be in the background or the foreground of your life. The soothing sonic textures are guaranteed to heal your soul and move your troubled mind to tranquil peaceful places. The set is a little expensive, but since you get six CDs and roughly as many hours of music, you're only paying about ten bucks per CD/hour, which in the long run is a real bargain.

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The 20 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2018 03:56pm | Post a Comment

top 20 soundtracks of 2018

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out extremely fast. Two members of Radiohead make appearances on this list, and we also have two soundtracks for the same film franchise -- the original film and its later update. Music for television is becoming popular too, and we have 2 such soundtracks on our list.

Read on to see our 20 best selling soundtracks of 2018 and find out what made each release so special.

The shape of water soundtrack

20. Alexandre Desplat - The Shape of Water [OST]
Release Date: CD on 12/8/17, LP on 10/5/18

Guillermo del Toro's lush fantasy romanceThe Shape of Water won big at the 2018 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. It's no surprise that this soundtrack made our top 20 best selling soundtacks of the year.

Halloween 40th anniversary soundtrack

19. John Carpenter - Halloween (1978) [40th Anniversary Transparent Orange Vinyl] [Score]
Release Date: LP on 10/26/18

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