-- By doubleay
Clams Casino is one of few producers capable of constructing an otherworldly atmospheric scape in his music. Clams takes you somewhere when listening; he engulfs you in sound indicting a mood and ambiance totally his own. Clams' music is beyond commendable production values. It's depth and spatial atmosphere is meticulously sculpted from the ground up. His music develops layer by layer, structured from a starting point, the skeleton becomes a body as mass is created from Clams’ brilliant sampling and epically booming drums. His signature sound is ever-present in his releases but has never been delivered in a cohesive body as breathtakingly grand as 32 Levels.
32 Levels is Clams Casino’s album debut. He's defined nearly an entire sub-genre influenced by the production behind iconic cuts like A$AP Rocky’s “Palace” and and Lil B’s “I am God.” His past releases have included the 2011 Rainforest EP and a series of mixtape installments simply titled Instrumentals, featuring beats used by artists like Lil B, Soulja Boy, Main Attrakionz, Antwon, A$AP Rocky, and more. His name is more so known from the individual hits “Palace,” which introduces and sets the mood for A$AP Rocky’s first project Live Love A$AP’s entirety. As well as “I am God,” which played a part in shaping and evolving Lil B’s ‘The Based God’ entity. Beyond that he's also produced for major acts like The Weeknd, Foster the People, Mikky Ekko, ScHoolboy Q, Pepperboy, and more. Through massive, select productions Clams has made a major name for himself over the past five years, all without an album. The debut of 32 Levels exudes Clam’s ethereal and atmospheric sound and advances it in a cohesive culmination that goes beyond any of his early compilations.
-- By doubleay
Amoeba in partnership with Landmark Nuart Theatre presents a special opening night late-show screening of the new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! in Los Angeles Friday, August 5th with an in-person introduction from the amazing Sharon Jones. The film features Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and is directed by two-time Academy Award-Winner Barbara Kopple. This triumphant crowd-pleaser captures Sharon Jones during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles back from a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs – center stage.
Bay Area fans can catch the documentary when it opens in San Francisco and Berkeley on Friday, August 12th. We'll be giving away tickets to see the screening in Los Angeles, along with a special prize pack on Twitter. Follow @AmoebaSF and @AmoebaBerkeley for giveaways to the Bay Area screenings.
Buy tickets to the Los Angeles screening HERE!
Let it be known that South Carolina rockers Band of Horses are a very well read bunch of guys. Before their recent performance at Amoeba Hollywood the group scoured the store for records, movies, and a healthy selection of books, including the think piece, Fuck That: An Honest Meditation. "You know, just stuff that you would read on the toilet," says bassist Bill Reynolds. Reynolds also picked up autobiographies by two of his favorite bassists, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses. Drummer Creighton Barrett found a copy of Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening, a photo book of Southern California surf/skate/punk culture, and lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey grabbed The Record Store of the Mind by Tompkins Square Records owner Josh Rosenthal. But it wasn't all books (for the loo or otherwise) with the band. They also found an incredible collection of records and rock documentaries.
Band of Horses formed in 2004 after the dissolution of vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell's previous band, Carissa's Wierd. Early on in their career, the band opened for Iron & Wine in their then-hometown of Seattle, drawing the attention of Sub Pop, who would release Band of Horses' 2006 full-length debut, Everything All the Time. For the band's follow-up, Cease to Begin, Bridwell and the others relocated to South Carolina. The group's international profile began to grow, with performances at the Roskilde, Glastonbury, and T in the Park festivals.
-- By doubleay
Green Ova South is the one of freshest Hip-hop groups to kick down the door into the rap game in 2016. The release of their debut album, Kome Ride with Us, is incomparable to any project currently circulating in Hip-hop music. Their roster consists of Oakland’s Squadda B (Charles Glover) who many know as 1/2 of the duo Main Attrakionz, the seasoned Arkansas spitter Pepperboy (Jerry Davie), and the Blue Sky Black Death producer Ian Taggart (FKA Young God, Rev. Left).
The group’s unusual formation is something like a fantasy team. To clarify the significance of Green Ova’s grouping, each member’s independent works are impressive to say the least. Main Attrakionz' numerous projects helped pave the path leading the development of the cloud rap sub-genre and was featured by request on A$AP Rocky’s first, Live Love A$AP mixtape. Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pepperboy, who was recently awarded 2016’s Best Out-Of-Town Artist to Make the East Bay his Adopted Home by the East Bay Express, has been featured on SPIN Magazine, The Fader, Mishka NYC, Def Jam France, and more due to his substantial discography stacked with releases that every underground Hip-hop connoisseur should have heard by now. The final element in the trifecta, producer Ian Taggart’s duo Blue Sky Black Death, has made progressive strides in contemporary Hip-hop production. Taggart’s production style constructs the atmospheric sound that allows Squadda B and Pepperboy to float through Green Ova South’s Kome Ride with Us (KRWU).
Join Rich Robinson, formerly of The Black Crowes, live at the Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles at The GRAMMY Museum’s The Drop for an intimate conversation surrounding his new album, Flux, and a special performance on August 29th! Tickets are $20 and will be available HERE starting July 28th.
Before Robinson made it official in 2015 that The Black Crowes, which he and his brother Chris had founded some 25 years ago, were calling it quits, he had already been issuing his own projects for more than a decade. On his own, Robinson explored and nurtured his talents as a songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist. His latest album Flux is his most accomplished solo album to date, featuring 13 new songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots and showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones, and guitar tuning.