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thank god for AMEOBA RECORDS.
no doubt this series was meant as a way to garner interest in the sheer sea of available for purchase records, tapes, cds, dvds, posters, books, zines and various merchandise at their flagship stores in HOLLYWOOD, SAN FRANCISCO and BERKELEY, but man is it still cool to see what cultural artifacts jazz up influential musicians.
i only went to AMEOBA in HOLLYWOOD once when visiting a childhood friend of mine in nearby ORANGE COUNTY (where i grew up pre-NIGERIA). AMEOBA for me was like visiting MECCA. it was a sacred place, they literally had everything. i remember i got an out-print (at the time) copy of PRINCE's SIGN 'O' THE TIMES (PAISLEY PARK FILMS, 1987) concert film for cheap. really too bad the place closed doors so some asshole could put up some condominiums. just what the world needs. regardless, id put AMEOBA up there with the greatest stores ive ever walked into, which come to think of it, the only one that comes close at the top of my head is the FNAC CHAMPS ELYSEE in PARIS.
anyway, its always cool to hear musicians talk about music, so below are the episodes with SUNN O))), GARBAGE, THE MELVINS, WAYNE KRAMER, DELTRON 3030 (DAN THE AUTOMATOR & DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN), JOHNNY MARR, MASTODON, CHUCK D, BILLY BRAGG and HIGH ON FIRE among many many other notable musicians, past and present.
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im surprised it took someone this long to come up with a talk show/podcast like PEOPLE'S PARTY that used the insights and talents of a renowned and respected voice like TALIB KWELI to shine a light on issues important to his community and the intersection of black culture within music, politics and sports. seems this is long overdue because whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, we all are living in a world influenced and continually reinventing (remixing?) itself in the mold of HIP HOP.
KWELI is especially adept as an interviewer and proves himself an engaged student of his guests, which i find entirely refreshing. its not so much about gleaning out information, but rather understanding the context and perspective from which they emanate. with regards to HIP HOP there seems to be a prevailing notion that OLD HEADS (of which KWELI is a member) aren't interested in the current state of the form, instead relying on "back in my day" bullshit arguments. the interviews i've seen with such past luminaries as CHUCK D, ICE CUBE, BUN B, RZA and B REAL (embedded below) among others showcase a class of MCs fully engaged in the now, keenly aware of the shifts in the culture and are still actively engaged in nurturing new talent and promoting the continuation of the genre. its a wonderful thing and a show like this breaks the narrative of what passes as cultural commentary on the genre from white music magazines and blogs or national media which only focuses on sensationalism or tragedy.
in the age of TRUMP, im also glad that KWELI and his guests get political. seems off-brand these days to be politically controversial for rappers. gross consumerism and thoughtless sexism is encouraged, but criticizing our moron in chief isn't high on the agenda as it may split your white audience. at a time that we need the youth engaged in politics (black, white, whatever), it is nice to see someone using their pulpit to relay a message of hope that as a community we can defeat this assface clown.
definitely check out his UPROXX-produced podcast on YouTube and whatever streaming platform you use to access your audio podcasts.
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in honor of their forthcoming reunion, please check out HERE this recent streaming video episode of DEER GOD RADIO on legendary HIP HOP/ALTERNATIVE band RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!
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somewhere along the way, legendary guitar player SCOTT IAN of THRASH METAL icons ANTHRAX learned he had a real gift for storytelling. his obvious mentor in this regard was HARDCORE frontman HENRY ROLLINS of BLACK FLAG/ROLLINS BAND fame who has maintained a longstanding second career as an in-demand spoken-word artist.
given his stature, IAN has seen things over his 30+ year career and his second memoir ACCESS ALL AREAS: STORIES FROM A HARD ROCK LIFE (DA CAPO PRESS 2017), which he penned himself, maintains his acerbic wit, cadence and voice. reading through this it is not hard to imagine him standing beside you performing each narrative as a spoken-word routine, which is definitely a compliment. there is a reason why most musicians don't write their own memoirs, and IAN proves himself a highly capable narrator. his style is very much utilitarian in that he doesn't get too wordy or overly clever with descriptions, which in a way describes his iconic no-sense rhythm guitar work and that of his musical idol, MALCOLM YOUNG of AC/DC.
obviously i don't want to give away any of the stories, but i will say that they deal with his outside pursuits regarding professional poker, moonlighting in tv shows like THE WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES, relationships and of course touring. highlights include stories that include the pranks of legendary PANTERA guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL (R.I.P.), hanging out with MADONNA and the wardrobe choices of the immortal LEMMY KILMISTER (R.I.P.) of the almighty MOTÖRHEAD.
IAN comes off as a hardworking musician more than aware of how fortunate he is to have his career and the respect of his peers and this book, along with the previous I AM THE MAN: THE STORY OF THAT GUY FROM ANTHRAX (DA CAPO PRESS 2014), seem to be a celebration of that community of musicians. a celebration of how they touched his life, so in that regard i hope he keeps writing.
also keep a look out for the dude in concert. just learned he's touring with MR. BUNGLE in 2020. MIKE PATTON and SCOTT IAN sharing a stage. man, life certainly does not suck.