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Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records
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This is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw Records on the map. It gives an exclusive look into the label's left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.
Graffiti Rock - Michael Holman Presents... (US NTSC DVD)
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Featuring Run DMC, Doug Fresh, Jazzy Jay, Fab 5 Freddy, New York City Breakers
Stones Throw 101
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From Madvillain, Quasitmoto, Madlib, Jaylib, Wildchild, Dudley Perkins & more
Unseen live footage from MF Doom & Madlib
By Peanut Butter Wolf
Scribble Jam Archive Number 1
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DVD features Eminem, Atmosphere, Adeem, Sage Francis, Mr Dibbs, Dose One, Slug, Eyedea, Brother Ali, DJ Abilities, Blueprint, Edo G, 7L & Esoteric, Edan, Five Deez, Z-Trip, Allies, Lone Catalysts and many more.
Wild Style DVD - 25th Anniversary Edition
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A movie whose influence cannot be under-estimated and hailed as the most inspirational hip-hop of movie of all time, Wild Style captures the birth of an underground hip-hop scene about to explode around the world changing the face of music, fashion, art and a way of life forever. Following street artist Zorro (played by legendary subway artist Lee Quinones) and his crew as they journey through the streets, projects and train yards of New York, keeping one step ahead of the cops and their rivals, the film climaxes in one of the most famous hip-hop concerts in history. Featuring the pioneers at the forefront of a cultural revolution including DJs, rappers and breakers such as Grand Master Flash, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fab Five Freddy, The Rock Steady Crew, and The Cold Crush Bros., Wild Style is the greatest hip-hop movie of all time.
Dilated Peoples (Evidence + Rakaa Iriscience + Babu): The Release Party DVD + Bonus CD
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90 minute feature film
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Single 'Spit It Clearly' Prod. by The Alchemist
Greatest Beats Video Reel Features Stetsasonic, De La Soul,Afrika Bambaataa, House Of Pain
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|| Secondhand Sureshots DVD + CD
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DVD Secondhand Sureshots the film + CD Original music by Daedelus, J-Rocc, Nobody and Ras G, plus a megamix by Kutmah
Dooley-O Presents Graffiti Television #9
Features Live Bombing, Freight Painting, Under Prssure Jam In Montreal and "Headbanger's Ball" Dooley-O Music Video
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features Shapeshifters, Dangermouse & Cee-Lo, Subtle, High N Mighty, Visionaries, Josh Martinez, Abstract Rude, Busdriver, Mighty Casey, Opio and many more
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Burgundy Blood Meets Mongrels - …In The Pop Wilderness, Colored Cassette (Invisible Spies)
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When MONGRELS first ventured across the rugged Pennines landscape, through Snake Pass and into the Pop Wilderness, little did they know a chance encounter would change their lives forever. Stood in the centre of a stone circle, the silhouette of a man appeared under the full moon. Dressed in a flannel Champion bathrobe and welcoming them with open arms, it was none other than their long lost relative, BURGUNDY BLOOD. He was indeed ‘the brother from another mother’ whom they had heard so much about. Although no words were exchanged, he looked upon them knowingly. After a short ritual display of lunar worship, the enigmatic figure disappeared into the night leaving only a mysterious cassette behind. The tape was simply labeled ‘IN THE POP WILDERNESS’. The master copy has now been verified as 100% dope and has been duplicated 100 times for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Danny Akalepse - Impressions of Impressions Cassette (Big Crown)
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First up, Big Crown's own Danny Akalepse takes us for a listen to his Impressions of Impressions Part 1 mix, paying tribute to The Impressions with a mix of Soul & Rock covers of their tunes. To celebrate the launch of the podcast we pressed up a limited edition cassette tape of Impressions of Impressions Part 1 and the forthcoming Part 2 (all reggae covers of Impressions tunes). Expect to hear mixes from Big Crown artists as well as a ton of heavy weight DJs and record collectors that we are happy to call friends and colleagues.
Ed O.G - Freedom (5th Union)
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Limited Edition Colored Cassette
J-Zone - Fish-N-Grits (Redefinition Records)
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This run of cassettes was pressed by ReDefinition Records to coincide with the vinyl release. 100 pressed total. Clear orange shell with design printed on one side and track listing on the other. Shrink wrapped.
Czarface & MF Doom - Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age)
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- Long time rumored full length collaboration album from Czarface and MF DOOM, fan favorite "Ka-Bang" from Czarface's 2015 sophomore LP Every Hero Needs A Villain had fans begging for more.
Rising from the wreckage of a war torn planet, Czarface joins forces with MF DOOM in the epic Czarface Meets Metal Face! Blending DOOM's trademark abstractions and CZARFACE's in-your-face lyrical attack, this album is ripe with cartoon violence, societal observations and pop culture musings. Over banging beats provided by The Czar-Keys, the armored team give you the witty unpredictable treats any hip-hop fan can sink their fangs into.
Expect beats, rhymes, and metal as Czarface controlled by WU-TANG CLAN powerhouse Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with everyone's favorite villain, MF DOOM. With track titles like "Nautical Depth","Meddle With Metal", "Astral Traveling" to "Madness of Badness" this album packs a punch with 16 brand new tracks. Add that with features from Open Mike Eagle and Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz, we promise you mind-bending metaphors and brain-melting beats as this powerful pairing sounds off in March 2018!
J Dilla - Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix (Pay Jay) Reissue Of 2003 Mix
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When Ruff Draft saw its initial release in 2003, J Dilla possessed production skills on par with anyone in hip-hop – technically and creatively. “At the top of his game,” says longtime friend and collaborator, Karriem Riggins. After years of building while modestly deferring to others of both greater and lesser notoriety, Dilla finally completed the first solo endeavor on his own label, entirely on his own terms. The significance of such an autonomous success often gets overlooked, and partly accounts for why Ruff Draft is one of the lesser-referenced entries in Dilla’s oeuvre. “It’s a mysterious little project,” says his mother, Maureen Yancey. “But out of his entire career, that was the happiest time.” Prior to recording the EP, Dilla found himself at a crossroads. Estranged from his label, MCA, and separated from the mother of his youngest daughter, frustration abounded both personally and professionally. Dilla spent parts of 2002 and 2003 working on an album for MCA that featured his rapping over contributions from other producers with whom he had connected and whose music he respected. At the time, he was known primarily for his beats, yet reviled for his MCing by most anyone not from his hometown of Detroit. The project was to be an intentional freak of the industry. The project would go on to spur his collaborative album with Madlib, Jaylib, and would first showcase the template that he would take to his greatest heights with 2006’s Donuts. The Stones Throw reissue of Ruff Draft from 2008 featured remixes of the songs from the album, done without Dilla’s involvement. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes of the album and restores his vision for the project. “Straight from the mothafuckin’ cassette,” as he phrased the sound he was going for on the EP’s intro.
Large Pro - Beatz Volume 1
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10th Anniversary Edition
Design by "Q" aka Chino
Ramson Badbonez & DJ Fingerfood - Hypnodic (High Focus)
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El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber (Big Crown Records)
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Limited Edition Cassette
||Back In The Days (Hardcover)
Photographs by Jamel Shabazz - Hardback
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|| From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989 (Hardback) by Paul Cavalieri
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See the New York City transit system at a time the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has tried hard to forget. In the early '80s, graffiti writer Paul Cavalieri, who writes CAVS, was drawn to the colorful tags on trains. He started learning train schedules so he could snap works by many writers of the time. This is a compilation of subway graffiti from 1983 to 1989, when the MTA announced that its fleet was entirely graffiti-free. More than 325 color photos capture everything from motion-bombed train interiors riddled with pilot marker tags to epic works covering whole exteriors, top to bottom. Artists tell their tales of adventure throughout and reminisce about working on live third rails, navigating the complex subway system to find their works, and witnessing graffiti's gradual disappearance from the trains. This book presents a nostalgic look at 1980s New York City and the street artists that gave it soul.
Graffiti Kings Jack Stewart
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This rare, first-hand account of the birth of the New York subway graffiti movement during the 1970s is the first and only graffiti book to reveal what happened behind the scenes when writers put their lives on the line to grab a scrap of fame from a faceless urban landscape. Through personal interviews and over 275 full-color, unpublished photographs, the colourful origins of subway graffiti are brought to life.Legends such as Taki 183, Bama 1, Phase 2, and CoCo 144 - as well as the city officials who saw the writers as public menaces and their art as vandalism - give accounts of every-day struggles, each full of new advancements, excitement and risk. Alongside archival photographs of everything from vibrant bubble-letter and 3-D pieces to the Holy Grail, are maps, images and ephemera that help fill out this story. A celebration in words and pictures of graffiti's Golden Age, "Graffiti Kings" is a book sure to be coveted by those fascinated and inspired by this uniquely American urban art form.w
Tag Town: The Origins of Writing by Martha Cooper (107 pages Paperback Book)
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Every graffiti writer began his or her writing career with a tag. For those who learn to read tags, a world of aesthetic expression and communication opens up. Tags are a universal language - the jazz of lettering. The photos in Tag Town, dating back to the 1960s, introduce us to the origins of New York style graffiti, containing rare photos of work on the street by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Accompanying text is based on interviews with New York graffiti pioneers Blade, Part I and Snake I.
|| Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh Shukla (Paperback Book)
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Synopsis: It's Harrow in the 1990s, and Amit, Anand and Nishant are stuck. Their peers think they're a bunch of try-hard 'darkies', acting street and pretending to be cool, while their community thinks they're rich toffs, a long way from the 'real' Asians in Southall. So, to keep it real, they form legendary hip-hop band 'Coconut Unlimited'. Pity they can't rap. From struggling to find records in the suburbs and rehearsing on rubbish equipment, to evading the clutches of disapproving parents and real life drug-dealing gangsters, Coconut Unlimited documents every teenage boy's dream and the motivations behind it: being in a band to look pretty cool - oh, and get girls...
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (updated): The History of the Disc Jockey: 100 Years of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (Paperback)
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To celebrate 100 years of DJing, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have expanded and updated their classic account of the history of the disc jockey.
The DJ was born on Christmas Eve, 1906 when Reginald Fessenden became the first person to play a record over the radio. A century later and the DJ is the central figure in popular music. From these humble 'talking jukebox' origins to today's DJ superstars earning rock star salaries with a fanbase to match, the history of the DJ is fascinating and unpredictable. The story of these unlikely cultural icons takes the reader through the swinging sixties, through the sequinned revolution that was disco, via hip hop and house to mass-market global domination.
Bonafide Issue 11 - Young Fathers b/w Disclosure
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Bonafide magazine issue 11 features a double cover of two of the country's most exciting and increasingly revered contemporary pop artists, Disclosure and Young Fathers.
Issue 11 features:
Tyler, The Creator
Armand Van Helden
London's soul jazz renaissance with 22a
Kind Midas Sound
Waxpoetics Issue 57 - Janelle Monáe / Jody Watley
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Janelle Monáe eschews the prosaic biographical trappings in favor of the science fiction of alter-ego android Cindi Mayweather, believing that robots represent an otherness. She is seemingly at odds with current R&B radio, yet she was signed by Diddy and has found crossover success.
Jody Watley did not want to be an industry puppet. She broke free, joined forces with like-minded superfreak André Cymone, and established herself as an artist who took control of all aspects of her public persona from songwriting to style.
Todd Rundgren embraced all styles. Butterfly-wing eyelashes and feather boas. Rock and roll and rhythm and blues. And he often did everything by himself. Songwriting, playing all the instruments, engineering. He even produced other outcasts like the New York Dolls, and went on to influence countless modern misfits. Souls of Mischief busted out of Oakland with their own style. Surrounded by gritty streets and street players, the rap quartet was instead playful and thoughtful, winning a lifelong audience based on brains, wit, and individuality. Some consider Earl Sweatshirt the weird one of Odd Future. That should tell you something. But in reality, he’s just an outsider, the weight of his intellect making him different than most rappers today. He has a way with words that most poets would kill kings for. He joins the long line of artists that represent the ideal musical other, what true fans long for when wading through depths of mainstream drivel.
Also featuring: Milosh & Rhye, the story of the Soul Train dancers, Black Milk, Ed Motta, Kon, Boardwalk, and Bruno Morais.
Waxpoetics Issue 58 - Cee Lo Green / Action Bronson
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It's not about giving the middle finger and saying, Whatever. It's about real talk. As Cee Lo says in our cover story, I despise the notion of whatever. Mr. Green has something to say. He's not the character he portrays on TV. And he's not superficially enamored with an industry run by atheists so he must find a balance of being a superstar in the spotlight and a human being in the shadows of introspection.
Up-and-coming rapper Action Bronson doesn't front about his occupation, doesn't try to sugarcoat his story. The former chef is just a regular guy with a knack for rhyme and storytelling. He doesn't hesitate to tell us that he's thankful and that music is something he takes very seriously.
Contents: Cee Lo Green, Action Bronson, Ron Isley, Thom Bell, Millie Jackson, Kool G Rap, Swamp Dogg, Brian Jackson, Freda Payne, K-Maxx, Chicano Batman, KING, Leyla McCalla
Waxpoetics Issue 62 - Giorgio Moroder / Ratatat
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Iconic computer composer Giorgio Moroder got his start writing and producing pop music in Germany. But a chance encounter with American session singer Donna Summer would change the course of his career. A string of hits together would make Summer an R&B and disco superstar and Moroder a wanted musical asset in the States, and their proto-techno, all-synthesizer dance track “I Feel Love” set the tone for the future of music. As Moroder embraced the Moog synthesizer and continued to revolutionize dance music, he transferred this electronic sentiment to multiple soundtracks, including the now-classics Midnight Express and Scarface. After a cameo on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, the seventy-five-year-old composer now returns to the scene with a new album, Déjà Vu.
When fellow college alums Mike Stroud and Evan Mast ran into each other in Brooklyn and decided to jam together, they realized they had a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals.Their newly formed band, Ratatat, featured smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats. Four albums later—and collaborations with Kid Cudi and Jay Z along the way— the multi-instrumentalists return with their fifth LP, Magnifique.
Waxpoetics Issue 63 - Gary Clark Jr. / Raury
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Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and mentored on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was hailed as blues music’s second coming after a couple of self-released records and his Grammy-winning, major-label debut, Blak and Blu. But not wanting to be put in a box, Clark took a cue from Chesnutt’s The Headphone Masterpiece and set out to record and self-produce a wide-ranging yet personal album from his own perspective. The result, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, sees Clark bridging the gap between genres while creating his own thing.
After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Raury flipped that success into an ambitious desire to create profound and impactful art. As he headlines his own festivals, and his anxiously anticipated finally debut drops, Raury now leads a pack of young artists aiming to start a movement to take the music industry in a new, positive direction.
Also: Blue-eyed-soul man Boz Scaggs, Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod, classic rock producer John Simon, saxophonist and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, soul singer throwback Leon Bridges, French beatmaker Onra, Stones Throw producer Knxwledge, and underground sound manipulator Norvis Jr.
Mass Appeal Issue 52 Cover: Earl Sweatshirt & Blake Anderson
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A$AP Mob Family Tree Anatomy of a rap mafia.
Pinball Wizards Bumper to bumper fun for everyone.
Bun B's Coloring Book Big kids don't play.
Hang Loose Hang 10 with California's Wavves.
The Bombing of a Theme Park Painting in the middle of nowhere with TRUSTO CORP.
Ebony & Ivory Earl Sweatshirt and Blake Anderson get open and open up.
That Nasty Hand Handwriting Analysis: A new book breaks down the writing on the wall.
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