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DJ News: Shure Needles Discontinuation, 7" Battle Records Trend, New Visual-Vinyl 7" Series, Club DJ Guinness World Record

Posted by Billyjam, May 3, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment

Dirtstyle classic DJ battle tool 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts now avail on 7"

A visit to Amoeba Music singles/seven inch sections will confirm the current trend of DJ battle records, traditionally a 12" format, being released in the smaller 7" record format such as the classic 1990's Dirtstyle battle DJ tool standard 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts pictured above. Leading the way in these seven inch reissues are the DJ Q-Bert related Dirtstyle and Thud Rumble labels who this past week reissued as a seven inch Baby SuperSeal Vol. 5. Dirtstyle classics that have already been reissued on the new smaller scale vinyl format include Bionic Booger Breaks and Toasted Marshmallow Feet Braxe. Even the Dirtstyle 25th Anniversary 12" LP was also released in a 7" format version. This new trend can be attributed in part to the popularity of the seven inch friendly Nu-Mark PT01 & PT01 Scratch portable/battery powered turntables.

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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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A CELEBRATION OF DJ STEF Elbo Room 10/17 Peter Agoston's Impressive Line-up inc. Zion I, Del, Foreign Legion, Peanut Butter Wolf

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment
 

Tomorrow night's (Tuesday, October 17th) A Celebration of DJ Stef at the Elbo Room in San Francisco is further proof of just how widely beloved an individual Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) truly was. As previously reported on the Amoeblog there was unprecedented outpouring of grief and shock in response to the DJ/writer/hip-hop ambassador's sudden October 1st death from a heart attack. Tomorrow's Elbo Room party, one of several in honor of DJ Stef this week, is being organized by Peter Agoston of Female Fun.  Agoston  (aka DJ Thanksgiving Brown) is one of the multitude of devoted friends DJ Stef earned over the years via her central role in the Bay Area (and beyond) hip-hop / DJ community. Thanks to Agoston's hard work and his contact with many of the artists that DJ Stef has made a lasting impression on over the years, he's managed to enlist a most impressive list of artists to perform for free for the benefit/tribute event.

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“Hip-Hop Keeps You Young” - DJ Stef [1962 - 2017] Beloved Bay Area Hip-Hop Figure Whose Funeral United A Community in Grief

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

As she so regularly did in life, at her funeral service yesterday at the Ouimet Bros. Funeral Chapel in Concord, DJ Stef continued to bring different people together through a shared passion for music.
Greatly outnumbering family, including her still-in-shock husband, best-friend and fellow DJ Sergio Ornelas, were a multitude of dear friends Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) had earned over the decades thanks to her warmth and unique unifying role in the Bay Area’s hip-hop community.  Doc Fu, DJ Pause, Liz Novoa, Toph-One, Mr. E, Rasco, DJ Marz, Marc Stretch, Eddie K, Mark Herlihy, Bas-One, Z-Man, Luke Sick, Ren The Vinyl Archeologist and DJ Jester (who flew in from Texas) were among the many mourners who packed the overflowing chapel to pay respects to the beloved longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ, writer and historian whose death was a total shock to all. Following a heart attack last Sunday (Oct. 1st) Stef died suddenly and unexpectedly. Further confusing was the fact that this ever-energetic, fit 55 year old looked at least a decade younger than her years. “Hip-hop keeps you young,” she once told me in a DJ profile interview that appears in full below (scroll all the way down to read)

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Rob Hatch-Miller Discusses His Documentary "Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows" [California Premiere During Noise Pop 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

"A lot of people may not know the name of this man, Syl Johnson, but they know his music," accurately notes RZA in the engaging documentary on the highly influential and widely sampled, yet little known, soul legend. Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is the new Rob Hatch-Miller-directed film that makes its California premiere this weekend as part of the Noise Pop 2016 festival's Film Series, co-presented by Amoeba and the SF IndieFest, when it screens at the Roxie Theater. Tickets for the Saturday, Feb 20th, 7pm screening, that is followed by a Q+A with the film's subject and its director, are available here.

The  Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who's sampled the artist's records for the various Wu tracks, is among the many Syl Johnson devotees interviewed in the film. Others include Prince Paul, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jazzy Jay, and (45s king) DJ BreakBeat Lou, each of whom have nothing but the highest admiration for this prolific yet largely slept-on musical great.

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