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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

"The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra" Recently Curated By Technics, Envisioned 22 Years Ago By Ensemble Participant DJ QBert

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2018 05:27pm | Post a Comment
The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra feat. D-Styles, QBert, Kentaro, Rena, Mr.Switch, DJ Swamp, DJ Ken-one, Kireek (DJ Yasa/DJ Hi-C), Izoh, Generation, Bahn, Baku,  Bori, Bunta, Dom-Auto, Doon, Fummy, Hiroshi, Ina Takayuki, Jifrock, Miyajima, Reiko, Sarasa, Shota,To-Ru, Wa-ta, Yone, & You-ki


This week in Japan both classical music history and turntablist music history were made with turntable manufacturer Technics publishing the above Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra video clip of a truly landmark performance of the 31 DJ member ensemble of the "world’s first turntable orchestra.” Including such turntable talents as  D-Styles, DJ QBert, Kentaro DJ Swamp, and DJ Rena ( the 12 year old Japanese DJ who won the most recent 2017 DMC World Championship), the two-and-a-half dozen tuxedo-groomed DJ artists performed a sonically pleasing neu-classical skratch piece utliizing as their tools: mixers and Technics 1200's (no laptops) while reconstructing the sounds of eight different classical records that included the first ever 12" Long Playing (LP) vinyl record from 1948; Nathan Milstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up [New York City Version] ISP in NYC, Jeff Chang in BK, MURS is King of New York, Kanye West Cuts NY Show Short

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

Fresh from doing a showcase headlining set at the big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals in London a week ago (where, as pictured, Tony Prince awarded Qbert as a DMC Legend), the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) are in New York currently where they were at the Maker Faire NYC in Queens over the weekend and later today (Monday October 3rd) headline the Highline Ballroom. At tonight's 8pm (door 7pm) show at the Chelsea district venue the ISP will perform their new album The 13th Floor (avail on vinyl in Amoeba stores): similarly to how they did at their recent in-store at Amoeba Berkeley and at other concerts on their ongoing globe trotting turntable tour. Tonight's show in New York City by the Bay Area's premiere turntablist ambassadors, featuring D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert, will be an extra special one since the opening act will be none other than the X-Ecutioners.

Formerly known as the X-Men, with whom the Piklz famously battled it out back in 1996, the X-Ecutioners feature Rob Swift, DJ Precision, Boogie Blind, and Mista Sinista. Perhaps tonight they will do a recreation of that legendary crew battle from 20 years ago, or maybe a dedication to the late great "grandmaster" Roc Raida of the famed NYC DJ crew. However confirmed for tonight is an exhibition battle between Killa-Jewel (Canadian Thre3Style Finalist) and DJ Perly (2016 NYC DMC champ and 2016 DMC US Finals runner up). Tonight's must-see show, which will be hosted by Statik Selektah, will also feature an all 45's set by DJ Shortkut, Tix and more info

As widely publicized, at another NYC concert last night, Kanye West cut short his set abruptly during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival during which time he told a loudly disappointed audience that, "I'm sorry, family emergency....I have to stop the show!" This announcement came upon him hearing that his reality star wife, Kim Kardashian, had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint in Paris. France. No word so far as to whether West, whose most recent album releases include this year's The Life of Pablo and 2013's Yeejus, will return to finish that shortened concert set. 

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USA DMC Champ DJ Traps @ DMC World DJ Championship Finals 2016 In London with Bay Area DJ Primed To Take New World Title

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2016 03:13pm | Post a Comment

Skilled Bay Area competitive turntable artist DJ Traps, who won last month's 2016 USA DMC Finals at the New Parish in Oakland (scroll down for full review), is now consequently over in London, England for tomorrow's big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals. There he will represent the USA in the prestigious global DJ competition against the national champions from seventeen different countries including Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil, Canada, and the hosting UK. Despite some stiff competition, Traps is considered a favorite. He possesses all the necessary qualities for winning the new DMC World title.

Another California DJ representing the USA, will be LA's Etronik who won the 2016 DMC US Supremacy Champion title. Also in from Cali will be the Invisibl Skratch Piklz' D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert. The Bay Area DJ trio will be doing a headlining performance of their new LP The 13th Floor,  like they did at Amoeba Berkeley recently. The Sept 24th day long (2pm - 11pm) event takes place at The Forum on Highgate Road in  Kentish Town where it will be hosted by Inja and Billy Biznizz. Among the day's many performers will be Killa Kela & The Spitkingdom Soundsystem, and ever creative UK DJ Woody who'll be previewing tracks off his upcoming album The Point Of Contact. Woody will also join DJ Fong Fong in teaching a DJ Workshop. Other hip-hop workshops will include a PopMaster Fabel curated one on popping and locking by the visiting Rocksteady Crew legend. More DMC World DJ Championship Finals info here and / or see flyers below.

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Recently Reunited Invisibl Skratch Piklz Pitch Perfectly Recreate "The 13th Floor" @ Packed Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Performance

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2016 01:14pm | Post a Comment

The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, featurnig the talented trio of DJs Qbert, D-Styles and Shortkut,  did a mind blowing in-store set followed by a meet-and-greet for a packed-to-capacity Amoeba Music Berkeley on Saturday evening. Coinciding with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's anticipated soon-to-drop new album, The 13th Floor on Galactic Butt Hair, they effortlessly delivered a jaw-dropping, next-level turntable manipulation performance to wild loud applause. All the more impressive of their half-hour set, was that it was a flawless, pitch-perfect reworking of the reunited group's new nine track LP. Note that the album does not officially get released until Friday (September 9th) but Amoeba shoppers had the opportunity to buy it early and get the record signed too. The unprecedented huge crowd turnout not only packed the jazz-room performance area of the Telegraph Ave. store but spilled into the next room too with fans eager to catch in person these three local legends. In fact so many were jammed into Amoeba that some fans went back outside onto the street to peer through the window for a glimpse of these living legends. Most fans of the Piklz  thought would never perform again after they broke up at their peak back up in the late nineties.

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