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This Is Black History

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2015 02:32pm | Post a Comment


In honor of Black History Month, which is celebrated each February in the US,  is the above video from the UK where Black History Month is celebrated in October of each year. Enlightening and uplifting and brimming with black history facts (including a lot of African American history) in its seven and a half minutes, this video and song loudly celebrate black history with mic performances from Jody McIntyre, Logic, Big Ben, Jaja Soze, bigCAKES, Genesis Elijah, MC D, Cerose, Big Frizzle, Wordplay, Haze, USG, Rodney P,  and (my favorite) Akala with production courtesy of Last Resort.

The track, which was released a few years back by Global Faction,  showcases the collective talents of a large group of London rappers who each spit informed lyrics such as the emcee Wordplay who raps: "I went and picked up a book, took an hour to read through. Learn about a party that’s empowering the people. About Huey P and Bobby Seale, the Panthers. Not the media spin, I’m reading Howard [Bingham]. How they try and discredit these guys’ names. FBI, Cointelpro, the CIA. But I never forget my man dem, bredders like Fred Hampton. Died for the rights of my people, I’d like to thank them"


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

Posted by Amoebite, January 28, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

New Order

New Order is often hailed as one the most influential bands of the '80s. They took their developing post-punk sound and combined it with electronic dance music, making them one of the pioneers of the newly coined "synthpop" era. The English band was formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. Gillian Gilbert (Stephen Morris' wife) was recruited to round out the new group, playing keyboards, guitar and synthesisers. New Order's EP, 1981-1982, received a nice all white vinyl reissue for Record Store Day last year. The pressing was limited to 3,500 in the U.S., but will be given an unlimited run in black vinyl this year! New Order signed with Mute Records in September 2014 and are working on their tenth studio album.

Founding members Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris sat down with our cameras at Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable What's In My Bag? episode. Gillian picks up a T-shirt by '70s rock legends Television. To Stephen's surprise the two realize they both love the band's debut album, Marquee Moon (Elektra). Stephen follows up with Fiesta Songs, a covers album by German producer Senor Coconut. It's got a great merengue cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and The Doors' "Riders On The Storm."  Stephen also digs up a copy of Desmond Dekker's classic The King Of Ska on vinyl. Gillian also picks up some pop favorites with Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and Lady Gaga's The Remix, both on vinyl.

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Amoebapalooza SF: February 15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 27, 2015 09:33pm | Post a Comment

Prepare for a Mardi Gras-meets-Valentine's Day-meets-the-zaniest-music-festival-you've-ever-seen kind of celebration. Amoebapalooza -- our annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands composed of Amoeba SF employees and friends -- returns to Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Sunday, February 15th!

See live sets from The Chocolate Cake Incident, Shenobo, Platypus, RE: Lover, Bears & My Body, Nicki Jizz, Aaron Araki & Guests, The Ningy Stingees, Pretty Poisonous Predators and more. The evening will be hosted by the fab Brent St. James and features DJs Ken Kubala, Julian M, and Donnell Hilton.

Doors open at 8:00pm and admission is just $5.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco  

Amobapalooza San Francisco

New ChopNotSlop Remix of Little Dragon's 2015 Grammy Nominated Album "Nabuma Rubberband"

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2015 04:42pm | Post a Comment
 


Fans of Gothenburg, Sweden electronic pop band Little Dragon - especially those who have the unique quartet's current album Nabuma Rubberband in either CD or LP versions - will dig the new chopped and screwed, free remix version of the album that was unveiled today for free download ℅ Adult Swim and the band. The "ChopNotSlop" remix of the fourth ablum by the ever popular group, who have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance / Electronic Album category for 2015, carries on the hella slowed down remix production style pioneered by the late great Houston, TX DJ Screw.

This new remix was produced by Chopstar's OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick who it turns out are major fans of the group and this album in particular but who felt it deserved to be given the ChopNotSlop treatment. This they ably did transforming the album into a dreamy ethereal feeling, and retitling the remix of the album Nabuma Purple Rubberband. Then with the blessing of the group, who reportedly love the remix, and support from Adult Swim the new version is now available for free streaming and free download. Meantime if you do not already have the twelve track album featuring such songs as the lead single "Klapp Klapp" (video below) that was initially released last May care of Loma Vista Recording, and that Amoeba reviewers call Little Dragon's "most mature and interesting album yet," you should get it from Amoeba in either CD or vinyl formats.

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Album Picks: Jessica Pratt, Twerps, Natalie Prass

Posted by Billy Gil, January 27, 2015 10:56am | Post a Comment

Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again

jessica pratt on your own love again lpJessica Pratt’s voice is something special, a breathy, elfin coo that calls to mind Marc Bolan’s spirited yelp as well as Vashti Bunyan’s inward-facing whispers, channeled through Pratt’s own wry, observational tone. “I see you standing wasted alone in my mind,” she sings directly on opener “Wrong Hand,” but such a line doesn’t feel bitter coming from Pratt’s mouth, as if it’s a gentle warning rather than a harsh truth. “People’s faces blend together like a watercolor you can’t remember in time,” she sings with precision at the outset of “Game That I Play.” Her guitar playing feels nimble yet immediate, leaving in missed notes in the one-take-sounding, stark and lo-fi “Strange Melody,” while her intriguing fingerings and tunings seem to draw inspiration from Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, though the way she contorts her voice from a floating, teetering high register to a disconcerting low feels entirely unique. The songs themselves are allowed to meander, though never indulgently; rather, On Your Own Love Again feels exceptionally well edited, its serpentine arrangements remaining relatively coiled. “Game That I Play” manages to sneak in a stunning second movement while keeping the song trim at just over four minutes. And she doesn’t overstay her welcome. At just more than half an hour, Pratt ends her second album leaving you wanting more, turning over her curious phrases and mystical voice to uncover their secrets, especially on one of the album’s final and best songs, “Back, Baby”—its pensive breakup lyrics like “your love is just a myth I devised” sting softly amid loping, seaside acoustic guitar. On Your Own Love Again is gorgeous through and through, and it’s easily one of the best albums of this early new year.

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