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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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Trip to Hawai'i: Part 3

Posted by Job O Brother, August 8, 2011 01:37pm | Post a Comment


"But, are they organic?"


When I go somewhere, I like to linger for over a week in the same area – as opposed to globe-trotting – because experience has taught me it takes a good while to get one’s bearings. The first week in a new location is what I call the “expensive week”, because you end up spending a lot of money before you learn how to do things like a local. It’s important to plan ahead and be aware of this: no impulse buying for the first week, and remain flexible for meal planning and lounging locations; most importantly of all, ask as many locals in whatever location you are for where they go, what they eat, what they like; it never fails that, without emphasizing your interest in their preferences, you are going to be led to the same few tourist traps all outsiders are, and they'll be an expensive shadow of the real thing.

Here’s some red-flag words: plush, decadent, local-style, distilled, anything served on ‘skewers’. These are buzz-words that may alert you to the fact that you have been caught in a tourist trap. DON’T PANIC! If it’s too late to leave, just keep ordering down to a minimum (you can always eat again afterwards) and for the love of God, don’t buy anything you can wear (especially if the price tag looks ‘home-made’), or purchase anything you can clean/perfume your body with (beware of soap bars cut into irregular shapes!), or condiments that come in a tiny jar, i.e., raw honey with truffle, jasmine sugar pearls, or virgin priestess eyelashes candied in unicorn mustard.


Absolutely not.


Call me crazy, but unless there’s something vaguely suspicious about local sellers, I don’t buy. Yes, you read that right. If it’s jarred food, I need to think there’s a good chance it was prepared in a kitchen that isn’t up to code. Trinkets, crafts, homemade souvenirs – these should be sold by the person who made them, or their disinterested offspring, and if the maker describes them, they should do so in emotional terms, not technical terms:

“See how this one makes a face like he’s eaten something sour? I love that!” is good.

“It’s constructed with 10 inch wire, so it’s stable. And it’s secured with these brackets here,”  can often be translated as, “I didn’t make these, I took them of out a box shipped from Korea.” What’s wrong with that, you may ask. Well, it means that you yourself could order it from Korea, eliminate the middle-man at a savings to you, and use that savings to support true, local crafts and food. Just saying.

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