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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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The Egyptian Lover On the Time He Met the Devil

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Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:49 AM
The Egyptian Lover - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • The Egyptian Lover
There was no such thing as a West Coast hip-hop scene in the early '80s. But that's when the L.A. DJ group Uncle Jamm's Army ruled the land, led by The Egyptian Lover.

The dynamic mixer joined the electro crew after winning a DJ battle put together by Uncle Jamm's Army founder Rodger Clayton.

After filling 10,000 seats at the Los Angeles Sports arena, Uncle Jamm's Army and The Egyptian Lover turned to recorded music, releasing jams like, "Yes, Yes, Yes," "Dial-A-Freak," and the popular "Egypt, Egypt." Of course, they'd eventually cede to folks like Ice-T and Dr. Dre, but Egyptian Lover remains a West Coast legend who's still making compelling music.  

We caught up with him at Hollywood's Rusk Sound Studio as he was preparing his upcoming TR-808 driven album 1984. He told us interesting anecdotes from his long career, including one about an encounter with the Devil. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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The Decoders Re-Imagine Classic Soul

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Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:30 AM
LARRY HERSHOWITZ
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"We're not just covering songs. We're rearranging them and making them fresh for new audiences to carry them on," says Itai Shapira of The Decoders, a group that started out as a studio project but took on a life of its own.

The concept is this: Each song the act performs is re-configured with a new generation (and Los Angeles) in mind.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

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Bodega Sundays: No Wack DJs Allowed

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Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Bodega residents Cee Brown, Melaaza, Panamami, and special guest Tony Touch - CEE BROWN
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  • Bodega residents Cee Brown, Melaaza, Panamami, and special guest Tony Touch

At Bodega Sundays, held at Senor Fish in Little Tokyo the first and third Sundays of the month, music is the experiment, the mainstream meets the underground, and getting cultured is sexy. The crowds there are surprisingly open-minded, and even top DJs' party-rocking skills are put to the test. Modern funk impresario Dam-Funk played there recently as a surprise guest; big names like he are known to drop by to test out new music.

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