Slice Of Spice is proud to have collaborated with Ed Piskor and Fantagraphics for Issue #12 of the award winning comic, Hip Hop Family Tree. Each issue comes with a free playable flexi-postcard featuring the track, “Hip Hop Family Tree Pt.1”, produced by Jorun Bombay. There is also a very special limited edition front cover variant of Issue #12, featuring an exclusive Biggie Smalls illustration, not available in your local comic book store.
A Tribe Called QuestWax Poetics Issue 65 is going back to our roots with 21 pages dedicated to A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, including an oral history with original founding members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (in his final interview), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi, as well as “fifth member” and iconic engineer Bob Power! Rare and classic photos by Ernie Paniccioli and Janette Beckman, as well as pics from the personal collection of Ali Shaheed Muhammad. David BowieBack cover feature explores David Bowie’s time in Philly, recording David Live and much of his R&B masterpiece, Young Americans—at the iconic Sigma Sound Studios used by Gamble & Huff and countless Philly soul acts. The in-depth, 20-page story is told with the help of producer Tony Visconti; pianist Mike Garson; model, muse, and singer Ava Cherry; singer Robin Clark, and her husband, guitarist and collaborator Carlos Alomar. Rare photos of Bowie at Sigma by photographer Dagmar! We also offer a four-page “David in Philly” timeline and a five-page interview with Bowie photographer Steve Schapiro. Northern SoulIn-depth history of England's soul club scene with excellent photos documenting the DJs and dancers. Also: Organist and “Why Can’t We Live Together” songwriter Timmy Thomas; bassist and jazz-futurist Esperanza Spalding; singer/rapper Anderson .Paak; singer Dornik; and Hawaiian music blog and label Aloha Got Soul.
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The Beat Machine Coloring Book is a unique Coloring Book featuring a collection of over 30 inspired by Vintage Samplers, Drum Machines, and other Tools that shaped modern music. In addition to the coloring pages, the book also features historical information including the release year of each beat machine plus a brief history of the art of sampling.
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A Collection of Over 30 Images Inspired By Vintage Analog Synthesizers, Sequencers and Other Tools That Shaped Modern Music.
Blues Brother 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. Top Billin' After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singersongwriter 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.
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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. Elsewhere in the issue we speak with electronic mavericks DJ Koze, John Talabot and Scuba. As well as the cantankerous Tyler, The Creator, charming Roisin Murphy and investigate London’s soul jazz renaissance with 22a among much more.
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Bonafide’s ninth issue with a feature cover story on Madlib, Interrupted by DOOM, which marks the first time in almost 10 years that the Madvillain duo have given an interview. Jeff Jank, art director of Stones Throw Records, has worked his magic on our cover inking in Lord Quas.
Mass Appeal was born from a rich, creative street culture during a mythical era of New York City’s history. Founded as a humble graffiti ‘zine we have evolved into a publication crafted by and for opinion leaders, trendsetters, risk takers and rule breakers. Via the publication’s rich heritage, Mass Appeal honors the cultures past while exposing what’s next and bridging all of the gaps that live in-between. Our content reflects the never-ending cultural zeitgeist that emanates from the streets, and disseminates movement(s) around the world.Mass Appeal is a premium, collectible quarterly publication celebrating creative instigation.The Fall 2014 edition will romance the adventure of getting out there and pushing new boundaries.Featuring Eric Andre and Tyler the Creator on the front cover as well as artwork form Jose Parla covering the back, Mass Appeal Issue 55 will showcase Pimp C’s life through photo archives, Watch x Witness on their Gumball trip across Europe and other original content including: Jamaican Gun Culture, Run The Jewels, Kool AD’s Art Collection, Blade Graffiti and more. With over 140 pages of provocative perspective, Mass Appeal looks, feels and reads like an art book.
Releases of the yearWe asked our contributors to nominate their top 10 vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votesCritics' ReflectionsOur contributors look back on 2015’s cultural highs and lowsPictures Of InfinityStewart Smith on the cosmic jazz connectionLeave The CapitalAbi Bliss on underground music thriving outside the metropolisWriting And DifferenceFrances Morgan on women writing about musicEgo Trippin'Richard Stacey on MCs growing up in publicMoving PremisesPatrick Ward on the return of the concept albumColumnists' chartsOur specialist critics select music that rocked their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to the outer limitsArtists' ReflectionsA cast of 2015’s most active movers and shakers shine the spotlight on their cultural yearArchive Releases Of The YearOur contributors voted for their Top 10 reissue or archival albums, tracks and downloads, and we counted them all upMarc BaronThe French collage artist tape-tackles the jumble of daily life. By Nick CainLawrence LekThe film maker reveals truths about the modern city via parables of a depopulated future. By Emily BickCollateral DamageDW Robertson (aka Ergo Phizmiz) assesses the drawbacks of music’s pay-what-you-want online economyGlobal Ear ZagrebThe Croatian capital’s disparate underground music scene is alive with possibilities. By Antonio PošćićInvisible Jukebox GnodSalford’s neo-psych warriors trip over The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Nick MitchellThe Inner SleeveNoveller on Sonic Youth's Goo videosEpiphaniesJohn Collins finds his own space on a tour bus in GhanaPrint RunNew music books: jazz and religion, musical revolution, the mysteries of Japan, and adventures in American musicOn ScreenNew films and DVDs: Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents and Tubby Hayes: A Man In A HurryOn SiteRecent exhibitions: X-Ray Audio: Forbidden Soviet Music ‘On The Bone’ in Birmingham, and Karen Finley in LondonOn LocationRecent festivals, gigs and clubs: Semibreve, Jazzfest Berlin, Księżyc, PJ Harvey, and moreSoundcheck A-ZApparatus, Dean Blunt, Joshua Bonnetta, The Bug, Circuit Breaker, Dikeman/Parker/Drake, Eartheater, Father Murphy, Jürg Frey, Gaika, Dominique Grimaud, Guttersnipe, Hijokaidan, Hijokaidan x Yoshihide Otomo, Jojo Hiroshige, Jojo Hiroshige & Haruo Ueda, Eva-Maria Houben, JT The Goon, Jack Latham, Lilly Joel, David Lynch & Mark Zebrowski, Stephan Mathieu, Daniel Menche & Mamiffer, Miss Red, Mordant Music, Jon Mueller, Cian Nugent, Roly Porter, Pyramids Of Space, Hans Joachim Roedelius & Leon Muraglia, Marianne Schuppe, Keith Seatman, Shapednoise, The Sprawl, Swifta Beater, Thanet, Tortoise, Aino Tytti, Vainio & Vigroux, Various: Gqom Oh!, Various: Grime 2015, Various: NoFi Rainbow Vol 2, Various: Pekak!, Various: Territoires Vol 1, Nate Wooley Quintet, Wrekmeister Harmonies, ZeitkratzerThe BoomerangAfrican Head Charge, Laddio Bolocko, John Cale, Change, The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble, Dredd Foole, Magma, Tom Mkhize, Normil Hawaiians, Gary Numan, The Soul Jazzmen, Various: LEAF 20, Volcano The Bear
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In just five years, Wax Poetics has become the premier magazine for avid record collectors and general music connoisseurs alike by illuminating the golden era of music while recontextualizing today's music world. Much like the records they cover, Wax Poetics issues have themselves become quite collectible. In response to the high demand for the publication's elusive back issues, the Wax Poetics Anthology Volume 1 serves as the answer to every collector's dream. Wax Poetics has compiled their favorite articles from Issues 1 through 5 and are giving them new life via this full-color, hardbound edition. By enhancing past editions by means of new illustrations, photographs, and an appendix of discographies, both dedicated followers and music fans formerly unaware of the magazine's presence will be able to appreciate this comprehensive collection of insightful articles. From jazz and hip-hop heavyweights to soul and funk session musicians, the Wax Poetics Anthology delivers an eclectic blend of quality journalism and musical history.
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After the overwhelming response from our first anthology, Wax Poetics has compiled the greatest hits from issues 6 through 10 in another collectible, hardbound edition. Wax Poetics Anthology 2 includes all your favorite stories from these early issues, and includes additional photos, illustrations, and album cover montages not included in the original editions. Contents: Danny Krivit 45 King Eugene McDaniels Sun Ra Incredible Bongo Band Pete Rock Roy Ayers Joe Henderson Jack Ashford Deodato Stone Alliance DJ Premier Eddie Bo Wilson Simonal Oliver Sain Tony Williams Dante Ross Pucho Brown Willie Mitchell Joe Zawinul Randy Muller Scientist Melvin Van Peebles Lafayette Afro Rock Band Les McCann Eddie Fisher Montgomery Express
Contents Include: Mingering Mike, Eddie Fisher, Randy Muller, Check Your Bucket!, Left-Field Americana, Montgomery Express, Texas Stage Bands: Part II, Antibalas, Pierre Jaubert, Les McCann, Wattstax: Part I, Beastie Boys, Melvin Van Peebles, Scientist, Keepintime, Dealer Profile: Anthony Pearson.
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Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash gets cover honors, but it’s the whole Furious Five who get the props inside. The late, great Eddie Harris is on the back cover; writer John Kruth fleshes out his story by speaking to those who worked with the saxman.
You just finished reading issue 32, and the good folks at WaxPoetics already have more jewels of music history for you! Issue 33 is the Philly Issue, and cover stars Gamble & Huff and Teddy Pendergrass give you only a taste of the Philly soul inside the two covers. Additional features on The Stylistics, ?uestlove, Odeon Pope, Jneiro Jarel, and more make this another winning issue!
Contents Include: Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner of the Ohio Players, Smokey Robinson, Tribe, Joe Cuba, Gene Paul, Johnny Lytle
Contents Include: Easy Mo Bee, DJ Amir, Peanut Butter Wolf, Souls of Mischief, DJ Disco Wiz, Supreme, Latin Freestyle, Ice-T, Ice Cube, KRS-One, Grandmixer DXT, EPMD
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
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