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Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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Remembering Beloved Bay Area DJ/Hip-Hop Ambassador DJ Stef in One Word, One Year Later [#DJStefWas]

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2018 01:05pm | Post a Comment
 


On this date exactly one year ago, October 17th 2017, NYC based NorCal transplant promoter Peter Agoston put on an all star tribute show at the Elbo Room in San Francisco to DJ Stef who had suddenly (and shockingly) died at the beginning of that month at age 55 of a heart attack. Her sudden unexpected passing caused much grief within both the Bay Area DJ/hip-hop community and the world at large. A truly beloved figure who loved DJ culture and hip-hop with a passion, this Bay Area DJ and hip-hop 
ambassador who was taken too young, too soon (age 55) had touched the lives of so many - as witnessed by the turnout of friends who came from all over to pay respect to DJ Stef at that Elbo Room event; one of three that week to the late Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (DJ Stef). Read initial Amoeblog In Memoriam here and Amoeblog review of October 2017 tributes here.  

Performers at the October 17th 2017 Elbo Room that night included ef. These included such scheduled acts as Del The Funky Homosapien,  Dan the AutomatorDominoPeanut Butter WolfForeign LegionZion IEclipse 427DJ PlaturnSacred Hoop and Various Blends plus such other talents as R&B vocal powerhouse Melina Jones, pioneering Bay Area turntablist DJ Quest and super talented San Francisco emcee Z-Man.   I was also on the bill doing a DJ set during which I was joined on stage by both veteran Bay Area emcee Bas-One and LA underground hip-hop icon 2Mex. During this time I got on the mic to invite those to write on cards with a sharpie one word that they felt described who DJ Stef was. The video above features some of those cards that included such descriptive words as "welcoming, serene, warn, fly, delightful" with music by Dawgisht and photos by Timi D.... See full Amoeblog review here and news report of Stef's October 1st 2017 passing here.  Rest In Beats DJ Stef.
 

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2018 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world will simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating our culture and the unique place that record stores occupy both in their local communities and the world.

We'll have hundreds of limited edition, exclusive releases available that day in-store only. RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. We cannot accept any store coupons on RSD releases.

Record Store Day Amoeba San FranciscoWHAT'S HAPPENING AT AMOEBA SF:

-- We'll be open from 9am to 8pm! (Buy counter hours: 11am-8pm)

-- Record Store Day Gift Bags with purchase (while supplies last).

-- LIVE SILK SCREENING (9am - while supplies last)
Special Amoeba SF RSD 2018 design will be live screened onto t-shirts, brought to you by our good friends at Free Gold Watch. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Taking It To The Streets SF!

-- SPECIAL SALES:

** 25% off used DVD & Blu-Ray

** 20% off turntables, posters, mugs & used books

-- TICKET GIVEAWAYS ON TWITTER
Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fillmore ticket giveaways all day long.

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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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3 DJ Stef Tributes of Past Week Honoring Late Bay Area Hip-Hop DJ Reinforced How Widely Beloved A Person She Was [Photo Version]

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2017 08:14pm | Post a Comment

This past week in the Bay Area there were three different hip-hop themed gatherings honoring the legacy of the late great Stephanie Gardner Ornelas, aka DJ Stef: Sunday afternoon at Fabric8 Luna Rienne Gallery, Saturday afternoon at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, and Tuesday last at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. At all three bittersweet events, which also acted like Bay Area hip-hop reunions, the common thread of conversations was the recurring tales shared about the kindness and generosity of spirit of the Bay Area hip-hop DJ who died suddenly October 1st (Amoeblog report). As noted in that report, since DJ Stef's passing three weeks ago there's been an unprecedented outpouring of grief and shock in response to the DJ/writer/hip-hop ambassador's unexpected passing from a heart attack.

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