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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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Word Jazz Pioneer Ken Nordine Has Passed Away At Age 98

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2019 09:39pm | Post a Comment

 
The golden voiced, word jazz pioneer Ken Nordine died this morning at age 98 at his North Side Chicago home as confirmed by his son earlier today.  Nordine's familiar sounding, deep commanding voice was one that many in previous decades knew from his voice-over work on Hollywood movie trailers and national radio and TV commercials. Examples include his voice-over of the trippy animated 1971 Levi’s jeans TV ad seen below. But Nordine’s legacy will be best remembered beyond the commercial realm, and for his jazz radio and spoken word jazz recording career.  Although it was thanks to his TV and radio work, in particular an early sixties paint radio commercial voice-over,  that most would first be exposed to his "word jazz" creation. Many recent decade music listeners would first hear Nordine via the numerous modern day artists who have sampled him.

Word-jazz was something Nordine initially crafted in the mid-fifties during the beat era and showcased with his 1957 debut album Word Jazz that he recorded with the Fred Katz Group for the Dot record label. WIthin a year he released the sequel Son Of Word Jazz in a recording career that would span five decades and include several different record labels such as San Francisco's now defunct Asphodel Records

Weekly Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kid Koala, RAT BOY, DJ Kay Slay, Lil Baby [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2019 02:27pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Albums Top Five New Arrivals [Jan 28, 2019]



#5 Lil Baby
Street Gossip (Quality Control)

Among the many great new arrivals into Amoeba's hip-hop section this week is the latest from Lil Baby. On the heels of Drip Harder comes Street Gossip by Atlanta, GA rapper Lil Baby (signed to ATL powerhouse record label Quality Control) is this late 2018 release (one of three full length projects in the year) that’s now available from Amoeba in physical format. The prolific young artist’s fourth mixtape to date it features lots of high profile collaborators that, in addition to his frequent studio buddy Gunna, includes Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Offset, 2 Chainz, and even more. Noteworthy tracks include “Time (feat Meek Mill),” “Anyway (feat. 2 Chainz & Gucci Mane) and “Pure Cocaine” (audio-only video below).


Lil Baby “Pure Cocaine” (Audio) from Street Gossip (Quality Control)

Turntablist Kid Koala Takes Minimalist Ethereal Approach On New Collaboration with Emilíana Torrini: Music To Draw To: Satellite

Posted by Billyjam, February 23, 2017 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Known for his quirky scratch driven, densely produced deconstructed productions of found sounds / sampled music sources, Canadian turntablist/producer  Kid Koala goes in the opposite direction for his fifth and latest studio album: Music To Draw To: Satellite.  An all original music production, with no samples, the album is a collaboration with Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini and takes a way more minimalist production approach compared to the artist born Eric San's previous work. Not on Ninja Tune like his previous releases but Arts & Crafts, the new album sounds more like Brian Eno's ambient albums than any of Kid Koala's previous records. It's stripped down stark minimalist relaxing music awash in soothing soundscapes that are accurately captured in the new video below for the album track "Collapser."

Broken down into eighteen movements the 72 minute album, according to the artist's label, tells a "tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars" with Torrini joining him on many of the movements. Reportedly the new album, which is the first part in his new "music to draw to" series, was recorded during the cold Canadian winter. Although Kid Koala did incorporate some turntables into the production, he mostly utilized a variety of synthesizers and other keysboards, plus guitars and other instrumentation. Music To Draw To: Satellite. is released by Arts & Crats in CD and also vinyl/LP

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Del The Funky Homosapien Discusses Anticipated Forthcoming Deltron Album

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2012 10:41am | Post a Comment
A true sign of a really good hip-hop act is one that can keep their fans waiting a dozen long years before releasing a new album. In the notoriously fickle world of hip-hop, where even two years is considered a long gap between albums, to keep your fans hanging on for twelve years and still be there patiently waiting in anticipation is quite a coup. But such is the case with Deltron - the famed hip-hop supergroup comprised of the Bay Area's producer Dan The Automator, and emcee Del The Funky Homosapien (aka Deltron Zero), along with Canadian turntablist Kid Koala - who released their critically and commercially acclaimed debut Deltron 3030 back in 2000 that included such guests as Prince Paul. Peanut Butter Wolf, MC Paul Barman and Mr Lif. This September Deltron promise (for real this time) that they will release the hella overdue sequel - tentatively titled Deltron Event II.  And those patient dedicated Deltron fans, who waited so long that there was even a 2008 reissue of the first album, could not be happier with news of the album to be finally released. So too is Del The Funky Homosapien who talked to the Amoeblog this week about the forthcoming album.

"It's great man," said Del admitting that, "It took a while to get it done." Indeed the album, which had many false starts and stops over the past several years ever since production reportedly first began in 2006, has been supposedly been about to drop quite a few times including earlier this year.  Everyone was busy with stuff, said Del. "Dan had things going on. But once it started clicking, it was quick [writing & recording] doing it. It was like the first one." But compared to that first one released all those years ago, this one will sound a little different - but in a good way, insisted Del.  "I gotta say Dan stepped things up with this one production-wise. I really admire Dan from a producer standpoint. There's just all these subtle things in the music at certain places and you might not notice it till much later but they hella matter - just these little special touches, that added gloss," he said. "I like it and I think a lot of people will really enjoy it." 

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