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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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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sammus "Pieces In Space" (Don Giovanni Records)

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment
              Sammus Pieces In Space LP (Don Giovanni Records) [also avail on CD]

Among the new hip-hop albums on LP/vinyl to arrive into Amoeba this past Friday (10/28) is the recommended Pieces In Space LP (also avail on CD] by supertalented new hip-hopper Sammus. Released by Don Giovanni Records the powerful new album features select guest spots from such artists as Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, and Jean Grae who join the Ithaca, NY rapper/producer and PhD student on the 12 song release. A student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, Sammus (born Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo), manages to find time outside her studies (and gaming) to do shows and record some of the most intelligent and insightful, powerful new hip-hop music out there. While  Pieces In Space is Sammus first big time release with national distribution in place, she's been recording for several years now via Bandcamp and self released limited run CDs and all under the hip-hop subgenre known as nerdcore. Scroll down to see videos both off the new album and from the past four years. As we well know, hip-hop has always been a gender-unbalanced genre. But when further broken into specific hip-hop/rap subgenres, such as nerdcore, that unbalanced ratio of female to male artists is even greater. Hence why Sammus and her new album Pieces In Space is such a welcome addition to hip-hop. Generally nerdcore artists tends to be male and white, while Sammus is an African American woman. She is not the first or the only one but is among the small number of females in the hip-hop subgenre's decade and a half history. Shubzilla is a current example as is MC Random, while retired artist and the self-proclaimed female nerdcore pioneer MC Router was another.

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Reissue Report: Bjork, Broadcast, Led Zeppelin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Posted by Billy Gil, February 3, 2015 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Lots of exciting vinyl reissues have been announced for early 2015, starting off with Bjork, whose major studio albums all will be reissued by One Little Indian March 9.

The first 5,000 copies of the reissue will each come in “the hue that personifies that album character,” One Little Indian says. After that, the imprint will issue the LPs on black vinyl.

So just which hue is Debut? What cula’ is Medulla? Check out the descriptions below for each album, which you can preorder now (I didn’t write these, assuming Bjork did):

 

Debut (1993) [Beige]

shy beginner humility virgin beige silver mohair the messenger

Post (1995) [Pink]

greedy euphoric absorb promiscuity urban pink

Homogenic (1997) [Green]

icelandic/cosmopolitan contrast green patriotic warrior confrontational volcanic beats icelandic octet active

Vespertine (2001) [White]

Pop Singer LP Comes to GRAMMY Museum for The Drop

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 08:07pm | Post a Comment

Pop-rock singer LP will appear at The GRAMMY Museum Sept. 3 for The Drop, featuring a performance as well as a discussion with the artist. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 p.m.

New York-born Laura Pergolizzi is known for her shock of dark, curly hair, androgynous glam style and, most of all, a powerful set of pipes that leave most of her pop contemporaries in the dust. LP cut her teeth writing songs for other people, such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” while also driving a van around the country, playing 250 shows a year. A number of previous major-label debuts didn’t pan out, but LP persevered and released her first EP, the live release Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, in 2012. Now she’s finally released her debut LP, the upbeat, charming Forever For Now, produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo.

A performance will be accompanied by a discussion moderated by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.

Check out the video for her track “Into the Wild,” featuring LP’s expert ukulele and whistling talents:

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #86: Local Project in Long Island City, NYC Daily Life in the 1950's, Met Opera in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

The talented aerosol artists / muralists, whose vibrant colorful work adorned the walls of the recently displaced (evicted) 5POINTZ graffiti arts mecca in Long Island City (LIC) Queens to make way for the impending construction of luxury condos, were not the only victims of the late 2013 shutdown of the globally revered outdoor public arts space. The long-running, local, non-profit, underground arts organization LP (Local Project Arts Space), who were housed inside the Long Island City 5POINTZ complex, were also unceremoniously evicted. Luckily they found a new home just several blocks away but now they have the challenge of meeting the higher rents in this once run-down industrial section of Queens which, like so much of New York City, is undergoing a gentrification makeover - read: driving out the artists and working folks who can no longer afford to exist there.

In the case of LP whose mission statement has always been to provide local artists a platform to show their work, under the shrewd guidance of its Chilean born director Carolina Penafiel (see Amoeblog interview above), it has come up with creative ways to pay the rent and exist (subsist?) in its new home on 44th Road. These include preparing to sublet out some of its space as small office cubicles and also, in the short-term to cover the rent for the immediate two months, a 30-day Kickstarter campaign that will end on July 12th. Tied into that campaign this Friday, June 27th 2014, they will have a sign-up donation station for visitors to contribute to the organization (in turn they get a brick in the wall with their name engraved on it), as part of a photography art show entitled The Bad, The Good, The Beautiful, The Ugly Pt 2. There will also be spoken word artists and DJs  including myself (doing a live WFMU broadcast) on Friday evening. For more info on LP and this Friday's exhibit visit their website, and click link for more info on their current Buy-A-Brick Kickstarter campaign  and/or peep video below.

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