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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.

LP of Day: De La Soul 25 Year Anniversary Vinyl Reissue of 1993 Prince Paul produced "Buhloone Mindstate" - A True Hip-Hop Classic

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2018 05:31pm | Post a Comment
De La Soul Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 2018 vinyl reissue, Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy) is truly a hip-hop classic. No wonder then that this third album from De La Soul, originally released on September 21st 1993, is oft chosen by fans as the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio's greatest release of their illustrious three decade strong career, and routinely included in critics' all-time best hip-hop album lists. In addition to De La Soul's Posdnuos, Trugoy The Dove and Maseo (although minimally) this Prince Paul produced masterpiece includes features from the late great Gang Starr lyricist Guru, Biz Markie,  Dres from Black Sheep, Chip Fu from Fu-Schnickens, Busta Rhymes, female emcee Shortie No Mass and funk/jazz/soul saxophone legend Maceo Parker and others. All killer, no filler Buhloone Mindstate LP is worth the price if only for the two off-the-hook tracks/singles “Breakadawn” and “Ego Trippin' (Part Two)” (scroll down to see music videos for both songs).

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Prince Paul joins DJ Platurn @ Uptown Friday Night & @ Amoeba Berkeley Saturday 4pm for new Icelandic Mix Album “Breaking The Ice”

Posted by Billyjam, March 23, 2018 03:35am | Post a Comment
Breaking the Ice Mini-Documentary by Magnus Thordarson


Scroll down to see/hear DJ Platurn’s Top 15 Random Prince Paul Productions list.
This weekend belongs to longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ Platurn (Oakland Faders, 45 Sessions) who, like all the best DJ/producers, is a vinyl obsessive crate digger. He is also an endlessly talented studio remixer/producer as well as an equally super skilled party rockin’ DJ. Tonight, Friday at Oakland’s Uptown (9-2) the DJ will be rockin the crowd, along with DJ sets by Inka One and special guest of the night, veteran producer/DJ Prince Paul who flew in for tonight’s big party: Native Tongues Appreciation Night Five Year Anniversary.

Tonight's Oakland event is also the official release party for DJ Platurn’s new album release Breaking The Ice. If you miss tonight’s show (likely to sell out) or you want to see the two DJs more than once, tomorrow afternoon at 4pm (Sat Mar 24) at Amoeba Berkeley DJ Platurn and Prince Paul will be doing a DJ mini-set, as well as signing digibook copies of Platurn's new Breaking The Ice album that's for sale at Amoeba Berkeley, where you'll also find lots of classic Prince Paul releases in the crates.

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Hip-Hop Report & Top 5: Onra, Cut Chemist, Young Fathers, Apathy, N.E.R.D, OMCA, RSD, ROTC + J5 MC, Boots Riley's Movie Trailer +

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment
#5: Onra Nobody Has To Know (also on vinyl/2LP) (All City Records) (2018)

#5 in the round-up of recent new 2018 hip-hop at Amoeba Music (including new on vinyl) is the brand new full-length Nobody Has To Know  (also on vinyl 2LP) from French producer Onra on his longtime Irish record label home All City Records. Nobody Has To Know follows last year's album Chinoiseries 3 (also on vinyl/2LP) and in comparison this new release is more on the jazzy tip as witnessed on the new album track "The Jam" (audio clip below, before the next four new releases in the countdown (each with accompanying audio or video tracks).

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:28:17: Vinyl Edition: Gorillaz, D.R.A.M, J. Cole, Record Store Day, WFMU Record Fair, Vinyl Collecting Videos

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment


This weekly rap report is an all vinyl edition in honor of both this weekend's big WFMU Record Fair in Brooklyn and last weekend's widely successful Record Store Day. Now in its tenth glorious year, Record Store Day has grown into an anticipated annual event for record collectors and general music fans the world over. It's also a welcome reminder the importance of visiting a physical, so-called brick-and-mortar music store like Amoeba Music versus simply shopping online. Early Sunday, the day after Record Store Day, there were some titles leftover that were offered online at the Amoeba web store but since all of those have been snapped up. Scroll down to the vinyl themed videos below to see the Amoeba San Francisco Record Store Day Report or see the full Amoeba SF Record Store Day Amoeblog and the report on Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood.

Similarly important to record collectors is the annual WFMU Record Fair, happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, NYC that attracts collectors from faraway places including San Francisco and Tokyo (including Amoeba fan Nakajima pictured right from Japan) who travel to New York just to attend this large scale annual record fair. In addition to endless booths selling records, CDs, DVDs, posters etc. there are also numerous live performances (many also broadcast live on WFMU) and film screenings in The Movie Lounge. The latter include screenings of the recent era documentaries on both Danny Fields and the late great Sharon Jones (filmed in part at Amoeba). Meanwhile the live performances will include on Saturday  Bloodshot Bill (2pm), The Atlantic Thrills (3:30pm), Baby Shakes (4:30pm), and Ronnie Fujiyama (5:30pm). Sunday's live sets include Matmos with Chuck Bettis (3pm) and Laurice (4pm). The 2017 WFMU Record Fair takes place at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St, in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn Friday 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm. More info here and in flyer below.

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