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Hip-Hop Weekly News + Top 5: Bay Area DMC DJ Battle, Biggie Street, Hiero Day, Blu & Exile, Wordsworth/Pearl Gates, DJ Babu, DJ Muggs

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2019 09:49pm | Post a Comment
Not released until next month, The Stage EP from the triple threat of  Curren$y, Smoke DZA,
and Harry Fraud can be pre-ordered from Amoeba now in advance of its June 7th release date.
The 26 minute 12" vinyl release features four vocal tracks on Side A and their
accompanying instrumental versions on the B-side.


At last night's dual 2019 DMC DJ battles, held at the Uptown in Oakland, the winner of the 2019 US Scratch Finals battle was DJ Prolifix from Los Angeles. Pictured left with his award (photo c/o Christie Zee), last night's DMC USA Scratch Champion title is in fact the second for the talented SoCal turntablist. Runners up in that battle included Lou Short and Don Don. Meanwhille in the 2019 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle, for which contestants can be from anywhere in the US, the winner was TyHandswell from Severn, MD. Runners up in that category were DJs LazyBoy and Dayvers. Check back here on the Amoeblog for a full detailed review of these two 2019 DMC battles in Oakland and a preview of the upcoming US and World DMC 2019 battles.  Read Amoeblog review of last year's US finals here).

Vinyl LP Weekly Picks: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Paul McCartney & Wings, Abba, Richard Swift, Grateful Dead, Marvel's Spider-Man OST

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2018 09:00am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc Christmas Funk LP  (avail on CD) (Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc.)


As 2018 comes to a close it does so continuing the trend witnessed throughout the year of an ever increasing steady flow of new vinyl releases dropping each week. These include lots of brand new album titles been pressed up on vinyl as well as CD and digital versions. Examples this week include the brand new 88rising two-vinyl set Head In The Clouds 2LP (also avail on CD) and the posthumous album The Hex pictured left (also avail on CD) from under appreciated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift who tragically died earlier this year at age 41, reportedly the result of "alcohol addiction" as stated by his family upon his July 2018 passing.

Avicii (1989 - 2018): 28 Year-Old EDM Star Swedish DJ/Producer's Career Had Been Both Extremely Successful and Stressful

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2018 01:03am | Post a Comment
Avicii's 2015 Island/Def Jam album Stories (also avail on vinyl/2LP set)

In August 2016 EDM star Swedish DJ Avicii, who died Friday April 20th at age 28, would do his very last performance (at Ushuaïa Ibiza) following his surprising announcement of retiring from touring. Only 26 years of age and at the peak of his successful career, the global star DJ / producer/remixer / musician born Tim Bergling  (known for such megahits as “Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc),” “Levels,” “Hey Brother” and “Lonely Together (feat Rita Ora)") would earn up to $250K a night. Citing physical and mental health reasons as his main reason to retire, he stopped performing altogether and took a much needed break.

From beginning his phenomenally successful career while still in his late teens, Avicii had been working really hard, going non-stop, gigging 300 nights out of the year and driving himself into physical and mental exhaustion. The heavy drinking habit he developed from using it as a way to calm his nerves before shows resulted in him suffering from acute pancreatitis, he first shared in a 2013 interview. In 2014 he was forced to take a break from scheduled tour dates after undergoing surgery to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

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Hip-Hop Top Five New Releases 10:20:17: Blu & Exile, Budgie, Thavius Beck, Sean Price, K-Def Presents: Gimme A Break!

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2017 09:13am | Post a Comment
                                                   Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five 10:20:17



1: Blu & Exile In The Beginning: Before The Heavens (Dirty Science)

Ten years and a quarter years later Blu & Exile release In The Beginning: Before The Heavens: a sequelthat's technically a prequel to their landmark underground July 2007 debut Below The Heavens (also avail on vinyl/2LP set). The new October 2017 release by the super talented duo, comprised of emcee Blu and producer Exile, is 2007 material made up of both previously heard and previously unheard/unreleased material from the recording sessions that led up to their landmark debut a decade ago. Upon its release in 2007 Below The Heavens may have made little commercial impact but it did turn heads and win critical acclaim for Blu's clever, thought-provoking and uplifting conscious rhymes and Exile's hypnotically crunchy soul drenched beats. Combined the gifted pair effortlessly conjured the vibe of hip-hop's lamented bygone golden era: coming at a time when the bling era was still in swing.

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7 Songs to Celebrate Mothers

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2016 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Mothers make music possible. For most of us, the first music to bring melody to our ears is the sound of our mothers singing lullabies to us in the womb or as we fall asleep at night. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite tributes to moms and motherhood.

Pink Floyd – “Mother”

Our friends at Goldenvoice just announced a Coachella-like concert in the desert this fall featuring the Gods of Classic Rock, so it’s only right that we include a couple of songs from those artists in our Mother’s Day tribute. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is set to headline day three of the Desert Trip festival with The Who in Indio, Calif., Oct. 9. In 2009 Waters spoke about the inspiration behind Pink Floyd’s song “Mother.” He told Mojo:

"The song has some connection with my mother, for sure, though the mother that Gerald Scarfe visualizes in his drawings couldn't be further from mine. She's nothing like that."

He went on to say: "My mother was suffocating in her own way. She always had to be right about everything. I'm not blaming her. That's who she was. I grew up with a single parent who could never hear anything I said because nothing I said could possibly be as important as what she believed. My mother was, to some extent, a wall herself that I was banging my head against."

For more about the Desert Trip festival in October, visit DesertTrip.com. Ticket sales began today.

 

4hero – “Morning Child”

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