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Greg Broussard, aka The Egyptian Lover, Responds To Passing of Ikutaro Kakehashi: Creator of the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2017 05:53pm | Post a Comment

A feeling of gloom was felt by hip-hop and electronic music fans around the world today as news spread of the passing of pioneering Japanese electronic instrument creator Ikutaro Kakehashi who died at age 87. Through the Roland company, which he founded, Kakehashi was responsible for the creation of such landmark electronic musical instruments as the 303, 808 and 909 drum machines. Of all of his creations, it was Kakehashi's iconic TR-808 drum machine, which helped shape the sound of popular hip-hop, electronic, and new wave rock music of the 80's into the 90's, that he will be best remembered for. Hence word of this pioneer's passing was met with sadness by artists whose careers directly benefited from Kakehashi's influential invention. Among those artists is legendary LA electro old school hip-hop artist Greg Broussard, aka DJ/ producer / MC The Egyptian Lover, whose sound is synonymous with the TR-808 drum machine as witnessed by a listen to his 1983-1988 album. That's the 2016 Stones Throw Records release that includes such 808 driven Egyptian Lover 80's hits as "Egypt, Egypt," "Girls," and Freak-A-Holic."  "Ikutaro Kakehashi's created the Roland TR-808 and the Roland Jupiter 8 along with a lot of other machines. These machines were the sound that made Egyptian Lover," Broussard told the Amoeblog via email today.  Back in November 2015, in advance of his LA and Bay Area Amoeba instores in support of his (then soon to drop) newly recorded double album with an 808 as part of its cover art design, 1984 (also on LP/vinyl) on Egyptian Empire Records, the artist talked to the Amoeblog about that album's throwback sound.

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Homeboy Sandman At Amoeba Berkeley Feb 4th 2016

Posted by Billyjam, February 3, 2016 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Hip-hop fans in the Bay Area have an opportunity to catch one of contemporary hip-hop's most innovative emcees when Homeboy Sandman stops by Amoeba Berkeley Thursday, February 4th at 4pm. The in-store will be the Queens, NY emcee's first ever visit to the East Bay Amoeba Music store. The always down-to-earth hip-hop-loving emcee who breaks all negative stereotypes of rappers will perform a few songs from his deep back catalog. That set will be followed by an informal meet and greet with fans.

"With hip-hop they think you can only rap about horrible criminality and misogyny, or else rap about how you don't rap about that, when the truth is you can rap about anything. I have always loved making songs about stuff that people haven't made songs about," Homeboy Sandman said in one of his previous Amoeblog interviews. That quote was from an interview the school teacher turned full-time emcee did back in June 2010 around the time he had just released his album The Good Sun on High Water/Fat Beats before he signed with Stones Throw Records. Since signing with Peanut Butter Wolf's famed record label, he's released a string of solo recordings including his Subject: Matter EP, the Hallways LP, and the First of A Living Breed album.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dam-Funk

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Dam Funk

Dam-Funk is a modern funk musician, vocalist, producer and DJ signed to Los Angeles-based label Stones Throw Records. A Pasadena native, Damon Riddick began his career working in the studio with artists such as Master P and and MC Eiht before remixing Baron Zen's cover of The Gap Band's "Burn Rubber" in 2007 under the Dam-Funk moniker. The remix built a buzz and soon thereafter Dam-Funk recorded two 12"s for Stones Throw, 2008's Burgundy City and Let's Take Off (Far Away). In 2009, he compiled a five-volume LP set of unreleased material called Toeachizown, which was eventually turned into a two-CD set later in the year.

Dam-Funk Invite the LightOver the course of his career, Dam-Funk has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Animal Collective, Nite Jewel, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights and Hudson Mohawke. His album with Steve Arrington of SLAVE, Higher, and his album with Snoop Dogg, 7 Days of Funk, both came out via Stones Throw in 2013. Dam-Funk's third solo studio album and his first in six years, Invite the Light, is out this Friday, September 4 via Stones Throw.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Disco Funk Duo Tuxedo

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Tuxedo Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne

tuxedoRetro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne came out of left-field in 2009 with his Stones Throw debut, Strange Arrangement. In no time he was getting props by A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, and John Mayer. He's toured with Bruno Mars, Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with cats like Snoop Dogg and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Like former Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc, Hawthorne soon made the leap from indie to major label. After releasing two albums under Universal Republic, touring the world, and garnering a GRAMMY nod, Mayer Hawthorne returned to his indie home at Stones Throw for a super mash-up with Hip Hop go-to producer Jake One (G-Unit, Rhymsayers). Jake One is what you'd consider a producer's producer.

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Dub Club's Tom Chasteen Discusses New Release: "Natural Numbers In Dub" on Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2014 10:10am | Post a Comment
Recently the ever prolific and consistently diverse Peanut Butter Wolf headed Stones Throw Records label unleashed yet another great release: Natural Numbers' dub reggae Natural Numbers In Dub. The excellent album joins the label's reggae dub catalog that also includes such other Dub Club related releases as Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club that was released earlier this month, This  Generation Dub (the Tom Chasteen remix of The Lions) from June, and the Dub Club presented compilation Meaning of Dub LP, featuring such artists as Tippa Irie, Josey Wales, and Dub Club, that Stones Throw released back in August.

Natural Numbers' Natural Numbers In Dub, which features members from Wilco and Mazzy Star, is the newest solo production from the same hard-working, highly revered Tom Chasteen from the ongoing party Dub Club in LA at The Echoplex - happening tonight (November 26th - see flyer below or click here for details). With the lead single "Dub and Blind" the full-length, ten track dub album follows a series of other Chateen produced dub releases under the Dub Club name. For this latest project by the skilled producer Chasteen pushes the envelope by stretching the musical boundaries beyond the usual reggae dub flavor and incorporating such other elements as Middle Eastern, African, and even some country music into his mix.

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