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Oakland Public Conservatory of Music's "The Black Arts Movement" ArtsJam Soul Session

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2018 11:57am | Post a Comment



Today is the third and final in the highly commendable East Bay music-as-art series produced by the Oakland Public Converatory of Music; The Black Arts Movement arts/jam soul session that's billed as an, "interdisciplinary foray into Oakland's Music History." Free, all ages, open to the public and taking place at 3445 San Pablo Ave this afternoon/evening's "Black Arts Movement" portion of the series that already featured a "Blues" part and a "Latin Jazz" part [interestingly no hip-hop?!] promises to,

 

 "illuminate Oakland's rich musical legacy through workshops led by some of Oakland's most celebrated musicians, poets, and visual artists."

Today's event will open with a 2pm history talk on Oakland's Black arts movement given by historian Kim McMillon that will be followed by workshops from 3:30pm until 5pm. Then, as over the previous two weeks, today's edutainment gathering will finish with a big musical jam session that wil
l include (provided they are inspired to do so) participants from the musical workshops joining in the freestyle jam which, reportedly, are the most fun part of these events.Hosting today's 2pm workshop will be noted jazz guitarist / Black Jazz Records artist Calvin Keys whose catalog includes the 2013 album Electric Keys and whose rich resume includes collaborating with such greats as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, and Pharoah Sanders.

People Under The Stairs @ Cornerstone in Berkeley tonight + Equipto & Brycon's The Watershed [Hip-Hop In The Park After Party]

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Couple of nights ago at the Fillmore in San Francisco legendary emcee Rakim (recently reunited and on tour with Eric B) proved that true hip-hop is timeless and will never die in a crowd winning set that included the classic  "I Know You Got Soul" off their 1987 landmark album Paid In Full. Three plus decades later and Rakim can still rock the mic, and the crowd. Overall though artists like this are a rarity in the often fickle world of hip-hop; a genre where acts so often come and go at a rapid rate, regardless of such things as levels of commercial success.

Meantime those acts that are dedicated to the art form always seem stay active and relevant. People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are another good example. The talented hip-hop duo of Thes-One and Double K, who formed in Los Angeles in 1997, have continually enjoyed a rich hip-hop recording and touring career; and all on their own terms.  20 years since their debut album The Next Step and they're still delighting fans;  bringing good hip-hop vibes to audiences all over the globe including in their beloved native Cali.

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DJ News: Shure Needles Discontinuation, 7" Battle Records Trend, New Visual-Vinyl 7" Series, Club DJ Guinness World Record

Posted by Billyjam, May 3, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment

Dirtstyle classic DJ battle tool 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts now avail on 7"

A visit to Amoeba Music singles/seven inch sections will confirm the current trend of DJ battle records, traditionally a 12" format, being released in the smaller 7" record format such as the classic 1990's Dirtstyle battle DJ tool standard 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts pictured above. Leading the way in these seven inch reissues are the DJ Q-Bert related Dirtstyle and Thud Rumble labels who this past week reissued as a seven inch Baby SuperSeal Vol. 5. Dirtstyle classics that have already been reissued on the new smaller scale vinyl format include Bionic Booger Breaks and Toasted Marshmallow Feet Braxe. Even the Dirtstyle 25th Anniversary 12" LP was also released in a 7" format version. This new trend can be attributed in part to the popularity of the seven inch friendly Nu-Mark PT01 & PT01 Scratch portable/battery powered turntables.

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Three Essential Wire Albums Getting Remastered and Reissued

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2018 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Wire Reissues

It's impossible to overstate the influence of English four-piece Wire on both the nascent punk and post-punk scenes. Steadfastly underground, the band has been churning out reliably innovative, under-the-radar releases for several decades since the release of their legendary debut, 1977's Pink Flag. Over the course of their first three albums, the band rapidly evolved from propulsive hardcore punk to moodier, dark post-punk, and into even more experimental art rock territory. Each album is a gem in its own right and in honor of the 40th anniversary of Pink Flag last year, the band is remastering and reissuing their early catalog with a handful of excellent extras. 

On the reissue docket are standard vinyl and CD releases, plus a special deluxe edition CD version of each album that will include an 80-page book with rarely seen pictures from photographer Annette Green, lyric sheets, and text by music historian Jon Savage and English writer Graham Duff. Of course, there's bonus material aplenty, including singles, b-sides, never-before-released demos and alternate takes. The deluxe CD editions will be released on May 25, 2018 and the standard CD and LP versions are out June 22, 2018. All are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com.

Here's why each one is a must-have for fans of atmospheric, intense rock 'n' roll.

Pink Flag

Pink Flag

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death from Above

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Death from Above What's InMy Bag? Amoeba Music

Death from Above's Sebastien Grainger couldn't help but show some Canadian pride on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, picking up records by two legendary fellow-countrymen, Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould. "You know, Glenn Gould is a Toronto guy, I'm a Toronto guy," Grainger wryly points out. Holding up a copy of the Goldberg Variations, Grainger notes that the eccentric concert pianist "totally shreds on this, like Satriani style shredding, but on piano." It wasn't all Canadian nationalism for Grainger, who had an eclectic stack of records, as well as a lot of great insight and personal anecdotes about each one for our What's In My Bag? episode.

Canadian duo Death from Above (formally known as Death from Above 1979) formed in 2001, setting themselves apart early on as one of the loudest and most aggressive acts in what was then termed Death from Above Outrage! Is Now"dancepunk." The band consists of drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler. Their first EP, Heads Up, landed in 2002, followed two years later by the Romantic Rights EP, which served as a teaser to their acclaimed debut LP You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.

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