29 December 2014

Below The Surface Presents Ken Hamilton aka The Spiderman Tribute Show At The Justice League

Ken Hamilton aka Dj Spiderman was the host of the Monday Beatdown on 89.7FM KFJC. Not being from the bay area I wasn't familiar with Ken until 2009 when Ripped Open By Metal Explosions posted links to some of his old radio shows and I read through the comments section to see how influential he was in the local music scene. Ken was killed in a car accident in 2000.

Searching online for copies of Ken's Monday Beatdown shown yields very few, however Ken's friend Japanic has posted some of Ken's work on his Soundcloud page. There is also an Amoeba Blog post about Ken written by Billy Jam. If anyone out there has any copies of the Monday Beatdown show please let me know, I would love to get my hands on them to make them available online for everyone to hear.

Last summer I was going through a box of old VHS tapes when I found a tape labelled "Spiderman Tribute Show At The Justice League." At first I didn't clue in to who Spiderman was, but after checking a few old bookmarks I realized that Spiderman was Ken Hamilton. I don't know where I got this tape, I'm sure it came in a trade back in the early 2000's. I ripped the tape a few weeks ago, and although the show is incomplete and the audio isn't the greatest, I wanted to post it because I feel it is important to see all of these artists who came together to pay tribute to Ken.

The performers include:

Jedi Knight Circle
Dave Dub
 Tape Master Steph
Lip Service
Third Sight
Luke Sick
Dj Marz
Joe Dub
 R.I.P Ken Hamilton aka Dj Spiderman

21 December 2014

Dj Eddie Def - Hemp Lords Vol. 4

The final part of the Hemp Lords series, volume 4.

14 December 2014

8 December 2014

Dj Eddie Def - Hemp Lords Vol. 2

More of that Eddie Def Hemp Lords goodness.

3 December 2014

Dj Eddie Def - Hemp Lords Vol. 1

I have a confession to make, when I bought this tape I didn't know who Eddie Def was. I was familiar with Dj Quest and Dj Marz and I knew who the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters were but I didn't realise Eddie was part of the crew......feels good to get that off my chest.

I bought this tape from a small hippie used CD store in the small town I grew up in. I went in to sell some junk Cd's, when the owner was being stingy on the trade in value of my old Columbia House Cd's I decided to take him up on the store credit option. When I asked about the tape he didn't know anything about it and didn't have a tape deck around to let me hear it. Despite all of this I decided to take a chance and I was glad I did, this tape became an instant favourite and was in regular rotation for years.

The Hemp Lords tapes have been posted on various sites over the years and I'm pretty sure my digital versions came from Rekordz On Wheelz many many years ago.

One thing to remember when listening to a Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters tape, other dj's may have been given the credit for something, but there is a good chance the BPSH did it first...and probably better.