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Opening Night at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2014 11:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is back at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mini-Amoeba tent full of CDs and vinyl, t-shirts, books, posters, and spectacular signings with some of the shining stars of this year's festival line-up. Every day of the festival (September 19 - 21) brings a new and exciting schedule of talent to our tent.

Tonight was opening night and we were honored to welcome singer Cecile McLorin Salvant in between cecile mclorin salvanther sets on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the Night Club. It was Cecile's Monterey Jazz Fest debut, but she is well-known to the fans who flocked to the Mini-Amoeba for her signing for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She also composes music and lyrics, which she sings in English, French, and Spanish. In 2012, Cecile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley, and James Chirillo. WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Just as Cecile had to dash to her next performance, we welcomed another MJF newbie, Chilean melissa aldana crash triosaxophonist Melissa Aldana and the other two members of the Crash Trio - bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. They had just wowed the audience at the Garden Stage and continued to charm their fans as they signed copies of their self-titled debut album for Concord, which features originals written by all three band members and two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

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Aphex Twin Listening Party at Our Stores Sunday, Sept 21

Posted by Amoebite, September 19, 2014 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Come down to any Amoeba store on Sunday, September 21 at 3pm to hear the new Aphex Twin album, Syro, in its entirety before it's officially released Tuesday, 9/23 on Warp Records! Syro is the first new album by Richard D. James in 13 years and is one of the most anticipated new releases this fall. While you're soaking in the new album at our listening parties, be sure to pick up some free Aphex Twin goodies (while supplies last, of course).

Syro is also available for pre-order here on Amoeba.com and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Aphex Twin listening party at Amoeba

New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/19 - Randomer, Don Papa, Marcellus Pittman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 19, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment
Randomer - Russian Torrent VersionsRandomer
 
Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Russian Torrents
 
Randomer's been on a bit of a tear lately. His outings for Clone and L.I.E.S. have been unique and uniformly functional. His techy drum programming fits in with both Hessle and the unwashed barbarians of the lo-fi techno scene. Here we have three tracks and nary a dull moment. "Side Crack Lung" is a brilliant techno tool propelled on by some cheeky vocal samples. "Odd" gets more hypnotic, using circular piano patterns and basslines.
 
Buy Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Don Papa - Rock My TempoDon Papa
 
Rock My Tempo 12"
 
Sex Tags Mania
 
Laidback dub-dance experiments from Moss, Norway's hip-hop legend (your guess is as good as mine). This material's been culled from recordings made between 1997 and 2003 and runs the gamut from spliffed-up electro dancehall, distorted 'Mo Wax style experiments and most notably "Done (Piano Mix)", a chilled out psychedelic piano house with some odd dub screech around the edges and nonchalant raps up top. That's the one!
 
Buy Rock My Tempo 12"
 
 
 
Marcellus PIttman - 1044 CoplinMarcellus Pittman/John Cannon
 
1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
Unirhythm
 
Pittman's status as a distant third (or fourth) chair has lessened recently, mainly due to his reputation for joyful Detroit beatdown DJ sets. As such, it doesn't come as a complete surprise that he's turned in an ace boogie-funk 45, though the contrast with his previous stripped-down machine funk is notable. (To be fair, the "Do You Like Music 12"" from earlier this year saw MP headed this direction.) The groove is unstoppable, walking synth bass with just a bit of a 313 techno pulse. John Cannon comes correct as well with a slower, sexy synth jam.
 
Buy 1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
 
Buy Deetroit - The Underground UnderstandsDeetroit
 
The Underground Understands 12"
 
UDR
 
These records are cool. They look like they sound, no-frills midwest dancefloor heat, faceless and functional. "Making It A Reality" is an adroit combination of a bittersweet piano riff and Juno bassline, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Similarly, "Nipponese" gets even fancier with the Rhodes/bass interplay, like Moodymann was trying to make it to Carnegie Hall. The to-the-point title of the closer, "Reassuringly Analogue", tells you where this shadowy producer is coming from.
 
 
Buy The Underground Understands 12"
 
 
Peverelist - Roll With The Punches (Remixes)
Peverelist
 
Roll With The Punches 12"
 
Punch Drunk
 
Fascinating historical document of the Bristol dance scene. Originally released in 2007, Pev's spacious dubstep anthem would precipitate his migration to a hardware-heavy, but still low-end conscious techno released on his own Livity Sound. His partner in that label now attempts some historical revisionism. The Linear mix starts to mess with the reedy lead a bit but keeps the booming half-time drums relatively in tact. On the B, the lead is reimagined as beautiful, delayed ambience.
 
Buy Roll With The Punches 12'
 
 
Todd Osborn - Step OffTodd Osborn
 
Step Off 12"
 
Acoustic Division
 
The ingenious Ann Arbor producer returns with melodic jams which stand alongside his wistful self-title LP on Ghostly, Osborne. Jazzy chords and soaring leads abound, especially on "House 117", which is on some Midnight Express shit, such is Osborne's talent for melody. "November" cruises along like a loose, clanky house tool, before introducing some quiet storm piano chords, a perfect deep house B2.
 
Buy Step Off 12"
 
 
 
 
Ranier Truby - Slouse
Rainer Tr├╝by 
 
Slouse-Fishing In Slower Territories CD
 
Compost
 
The veteran Stuttgart producer reveals the direciton his tastes have been headed in recent years, slow, mellow house jams. It's most successful when it goes towards more hypnotic, "balearic" territory, with Moonstar's "C-Minus Particles" and Maurice Fulton's amazing mix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor" standing as obvious highlights. Elsewhere, things veer closer to the chill-out zone with lilting vocals fit for the after-after party as well as the coffee shop.
 
Buy Slouse- Fishing In Slower Territories
 
 
New this week:
 
TENAGLIA, DANNY: Balance 025 2CD 
CLAP! CLAP!: Tayi Bebba 2LP
SENNI, LORENZO: Superimpositions LP 
ROOTS PANORAMA (AKA DEETRON & RIPPERTON): Mars 12" 
PUSHKAREV, ANDREY: Three Roads EP 12" 
A: Cocoon Compilation - N CD 
FLUGEL, ROMAN: Happiness is Happening CD 
WRONG STEPS: Wrong Steps EP 12" 
BLACKHALL & BOOKLESS: Se7en EP 12" 
LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN: Islands 2LP 
TANABE, DAISUKE: Floating Underwater CD
KISH, KILO: Across LP 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: With One Another 2LP
KAWASAKI, TOSHIYA: I'm Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 6 - 10 Years Edition Pt. 2 2LP 
HRDVSION: Hrdvsionremixes 12" 
KLINT, ANTON: Spritzer EP 12" 
RDG & HITMAN: Mercenary Ship EP 12" 
VA: New Jack Tribal 12" 
CLARIAN: Road to Recovery EP 12" 
DUMONT, DUKE: For Club Play Only 3 12" 
NICK THE RECORD: Under the Influence Volume Four: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco 2CD

 

Avi Buffalo Talks Recording 'At Best Cuckold'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

avi buffalo amoebaAvi Buffalo has the feel of an old school indie rock band that's been around for years. When they took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17, confidently launching into the crisp "So What," from the band's new album, At Best Cuckold, it felt like seeing a veteran band working through a set of new tunes and old classics, despite that it was only the band's second album, and 23-year-old frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg wasn't even old enough to legally drink when their first was released.

Of course, there are a few tell-tale signs of the Long Beach-born band's relative age—namesly, Zahner-Isenberg's boyish falsetto, sneaking naughty bits into otherwise mature-sounding songs ("my boner pressed up to your chest," it at least sounds like he sings over tasteful country-rock jangle on "Memories of You"). Off-color moments like this are scattered throughout the excellent At Best Cuckold, which has a more demure feel than its self-titled predecessor but whose lyrics are riddled with strange characters and surreal moments.

I caught up with Zahner-Isenberg to talk about At Best Cuckold, released four years after its predecessor, and his recording process in general.

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Five Year Anniversary of Passing of Pioneering DJ Grand Master Roc Raida

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2014 12:04pm | Post a Comment
On this date, September 19th, five years ago the hip-hop world was shocked to learn the tragic news that super-talented DJ Grand Master Roc Raida had died from cardiac arrest at age 37. The totally unexpected death, following a week of being hospitalized, was due to medical complications relating to an accident that the DJ encountered a few weeks previously while training in the contact combat self-defense system known as Krav Maga. Later today on my weekly hip-hop radio show on WFMU I will be honoring the legacy of the DMC world champion DJ who most got to know via his membership of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners but who, over his illustrious prolific career, worked with a wide array of artists that included MF Grimm, Big Pun, Pink, Linkin Park, Jungle Brothers, Nelly, Opio, The Beatnuts, Mike Patton, and Dilated Peoples.

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