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Jan 04

2016 saw the passing of many legendary musicians.  Peanut Butter Wolf did a great series of mixes summing up the musical loss from last year.  We’ve had them on repeat this week…

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Dec 31

photo by Kevin Moore

2016 has been a decidedly difficult year for most people…we would be remiss if we let the year pass without acknowledging the death of someone close to TGP.

We met Mike Pinkney aka Mike the Mover around 2002 when we were located in Berkeley.  At the time, he was doing jobs for VC groups and a number of notable Bay Area families.  He started out giving us extra furniture, and then he helped us move our warehouse to Oakland (and later Alameda).   He had an extensive knowledge of wiring and completely rewired two separate offices for us.

Mike would always tell us stories about his life…growing up in New York with neighbors like Lena Horne, moving out west, working for much of his life at Pac Bell, and losing one of his children in a terrible accident.  He was a biker who enjoyed having an Irish Coffee at Brennans. He survived cancer and rehabbed himself after a stroke.

We will miss his kindness and wit, rest easy Mike.

Dec 27

Lyrics Born joins Blackalicious for a few year-end shows.

Dec 28 The Fillmore, SF
Dec 30 Nectar Lounge, Seattle
Dec 31 Star Theater, Portland

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Dec 21

Christmas came early: Dave Paul is giving you a free download of all 7 volumes of Bomb Hip Hop’s Return of the DJ series.

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Dec 16

Rappcats is releasing a new Madvillain vinyl figure with a bonus 7″ of the song, “Avalanche”.  Hop over to rappcats.com to preorder.

 

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Dec 01

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If you’re in L.A., you really don’t want to miss the Rappcats Record Sale going on this Saturday.  Michael McFadin from Ubiquity is bringing records from “Boston” Bob Gibson’s collection, with a focus on rap records/records that influenced and were sampled for hip hop  from the 80’s and 90’s.

Saturday, December 3rd, Noon-6PM
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042

Rappcats x Ubiquity Records Pt. 2: Rap, Disco and Rare Grooves and Beats from the Dealer who Influenced the Hip Hop Sound of the 90s.

More info on Rappcats.

 

Nov 20

ICYMI.  New vid from Aes.  The Hey Kirby Tour starts this Friday at Wow Hall.

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Nov 06
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photo: Complex

This weekend ComplexCon descended upon the LB Convention Center.  The extravaganza was put together by Complex with guidance from Takashi Murakami, Pharell & Skrillex, the event features art, clothing, musical performances, and of course, shoes.  Nathan & Natasha went to check it out.  Thank you to Capsule for thinking of us…

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Oct 28

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Stones Throw is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a free all-day show in Los Angeles, November 5th, a part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A.  Free, but you need to RSVP (info below).

Lineup:

COMMON
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF
DAM-FUNK
J ROCC
KARRIEM RIGGINS
MNDSGN
HOMEBOY SANDMAN
GABRIEL GARZON-MONTANO
MILD HIGH CLUB
IMAN OMARI
KOREATOWN ODDITY
CHROME CANYON
SUDAN ARCHIVES

FREE • 11 AM TO 7 PM • ALL AGES
SYCAMORE GROVE PARK, HIGHLAND PARK
RSVP: 30DAYS.REDBULLSOUNDSELECT.COM

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Oct 12

It’s your lucky day…a new video game video for “Shrunk” and new tour dates from Aesop Rock.  He’s going back out with Rob Sonic & DJ Zone with Homeboy Sandman opening (although there will probably be some Lice moments during the show).

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