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YBCA's "Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition" Takes It Back To The End of The Golden Era

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment
Happening at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) for two nights only next week, November 7th and 8th, the retro hip-hop presentation Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition takes it back to what most consider to be the final year of hip-hop's so-called golden era (1988 to 1993) - a period before hip-hop became hugely and crassly commercialized with the mainstream music of the genre becoming less conscious and more gangsta in nature.

Under the curation of YBCA's Chief of Programs and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who oversaw the SF cultural arts mecca's 2012's  Clas/sick Hip-Hop series, this new show continues the theme with a focus on '93. One of my personal favorite years in hip-hop history 1993 was a year with incredible hip-hop releases from such artists as A Tribe Called Quest (hence their 1993 album Midnight Marauders iconic album cover themed poster - above - for the YBCA show), Ultramagnetic MC's, Tha Alkaholiks, The Coup, Black Moon, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Diamond D, Lords of The Underground, ONYX, De La Soul, Masta Ace Inc., Jeru the Damaja, Digable Planets, Volume 10, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, Del the Funky Homosapien and his fellow Oakland Hiero crew mates  Souls of Mischief who released their landmark debut 93 Til Infinity that year.

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Essential Records: Led Zeppelin's 'IV'

Posted by Billy Gil, October 29, 2014 04:26pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Led Zeppelin IV

Too much has been written about Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album. Its songs have so permeated every pore of popular culture that it’s nearly impossible to think of it with a clear head. But its ubiquity should not count against it.

Led Zeppelin IV is as wonderful and album to revisit on its new reissues as it is to discover for the first time. It is the sound of four of the greatest rock musicians of all time at the height of their powers. People who don’t listen to this are depriving themselves of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest thrill ride.

led zeppelin iv lpI remember hearing it for the first time when I was 12. My dad bought us the tape to listen to in the car on the way to guitar lessons with my brothers. (Yes, my dad was very cool for getting me and my brothers guitar lessons, but it was his way of making peace with us after he made us move from Southern California to Florida—FLORIDA.)

My older brother was 15 or 16 at the time and immediately fell in love. I didn’t. He was at the right age to appreciate. I liked it all right, but I kind of shrugged. Led Zeppelin sounded so old to me, and too boyish. It was 1994, and I was too busy listening to Green Day, The Cranberries, Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, my taste leaning toward punk-influenced grunge and female-fronted bands. My brother played that tape incessantly in the car, and we didn’t get along too well at the time, as teenage brothers often don’t, so I kind of hated it sometimes, to be honest. And there Led Zeppelin remained for me, a relic to be vaguely appreciated but not loved.

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Amoeba Sponsors Nils Frahm's U.S. Tour This November

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2014 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Nils Frahm

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the US tour for modern classical pianist Nils Frahm. His exceptional tenth album, Spaces, is out now on Erased Tapes. Make sure to catch Frahm, who has incorporated a Juno synthesiser, Rhodes and tape delay to his live set, in Los Angeles at the El Rey November 13 with guests Dawn Of Midi.

Tickets for the El Rey show are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood. (See the full list of tickets we have for sale here.)

Nils Frahm Spaces Tour Poster

 

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Pete Rock's Mixtape Tribute To Nas' "Illmatic" And Its Accompanying Documentary

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2014 10:48am | Post a Comment
Fans of Nas' widely acclaimed April 1994 debut album Illmatic, which was recently featured here in an Essential Records Amoeblog, and its accompany retrospective documentary on its making - Time Is Illmatic - will be pleased to know that legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock has just unleashed a remix of the hip-hop classic and its accompanying documentary. Friend of Amoeba Pete Rock, who was one of the contributing producers of the essential album along with DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, and L.E.S. - all of whom contribute to Pete Rock's new mixtape, uploaded the 44 minute album/documentary remix tape simply titled Time Is Illmatic earlier this week as a download via SoundCloud.

The film Time Is Illmatic is being screened during Nas' ongoing tour in which he is performing Illmatic in its entirety live onstage. The tour stopped in the past couple of weeks at the Fox in Oakland and the Orpheum in LA. Both the tour and the documentary have been earning rave reviews. So too has Pete Rock's new celebratory mixtape since it was uploaded on Monday this week.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Phantogram

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2014 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Phantogram

The self-proclaimed "street beat, psych pop" duo known as Phantogram have been making some serious noise over the last few years. Now backed by major label Universal Records, Phantogram released Voices earlier this year, which many critics and fans said was their most cohessive and appealing album yet. Voices tastefully delivers well crafted catchy pop hooks with the gloss to rival any Rihanna or Beyonce smash hit.

PhantogramFormed in 2007 by childhood friends Josh Carter (vocals/guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals/keyboards), the band (originally called Charlie Everywhere) first signed with BBE in Europe and then signed with Barsuk Records in the U.S. To date, Phantogram has released two studio albums - Eyelid Movies (2009) and Voices (2014) - four EPs, and various singles. They have maintained a steady tour schedule, sharing stages with the likes of Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Brazilian Girls, and opened for M83 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Phantogram has also been featured on several major North American festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Treasure Island, Outside Lands, Firefly, and Summerfest. Needless to say, they've been very busy.

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