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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.18.14: Pre Record Store Day Edition

Posted by Billyjam, April 18, 2014 11:35am | Post a Comment
      

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 04:18:14


1) Nas Illmatic XX (Sony Legacy) (also on LP)

2) The Alchemist & Budgie The Good Book (Landspeed)

3) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)

4) Pharoahe Monch  PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (W.A.R. Media)

5) Awol One & Gel Roc The Cloaks (Abalano Records)

Just in time for Record Store Day (tomorrow April 19th, 2014) is the special twenty year anniversary reissued vinyl version of Nas' classic April 1994 debut albumIllmatic (also on CD with bonus disc) which is this week's number one on the latest hip-hop chart at the Berkeley Amoeba store. Meanwhile number two on this brand new chart, thanks to E-Lit for the above video breakdown, is the two-disc 48 track collaborative album from The Alchemist and Budgie The Good Book on Landspeed Records which also arrived in Amoeba this Tuesday (April 15th) and, as E-Lit pointed out, is fueled by gospel samples exclusively. Another new chart entry that E-Lit is feeling a lot is The Cloaks which is the collaborative side project of Awol One and Gel Roc along with producer Awkward plus scratches by super talented DJ D-Styles.
Scroll down to end to peep the music video for the album track "Rule By Secrecy."

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20 Great Stoner Movies to Celebrate 4/20

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2014 11:20am | Post a Comment

dazed and confused movie

Dazed and Confused

Stoner CinemaHappy 4/20 everyone! Here’s a list of 20 of our favorites that you can enjoy in whatever state of mind you happen to be in, though “freeing your mind” certainly helps. We tried to keep the list fun (no David Lynch or Natural Born Killers) but also not too dumb (Half Baked). Light up and enjoy. And if you’re in the store, check out our Stoner Cinema section within our Comedy section of DVDs.

Yellow Submarine

Let’s start with just about every Beatles movie, particularly this one. Besides being the best Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine is also the most psychedelic, as the Beatles try to save fantastical paradise Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies in a magical yellow submarine, set to the album of the same name. It’s nonsensical fun no matter what your state of mind is.

 

Fantastic Planet

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/18/14 - Suzanne Kraft, Sage Caswell, Seven Davis Jr. and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 18, 2014 08:56am | Post a Comment

Suzanne Kraft - Missum

 

Suzanne Kraft

Missum LP

Running Back

Running Back issues the teenage ambient tapes from Suzanne Kraft, the accomplished LA producer better known for sunny, psychedelic house. The roots of Kraft's melodic sense are revealed. II  has spacious guitar and ambles on with the timeless grace of a Basinski piece. VI  introduces a simple beat, while V is closest to traditional ambient electronic music - an enveloping pad transports the listener.

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Omar s - Romancing the Stone

Omar S

Romancing the Stone 2x12"

FXHE

Omar S continues his prolific tear, following the It Can Be Done ..LP and the FXHE 10 Year Mix  with this dj-friendly 2x12". The title is totally appropriate as this is Omar's most melodic, sensual material in years. "Romancing the Stone" centers on a wistful piano riff. "Frogs" works from a funky disco bass line into abstract 303 atmosphere and back again. Surpass leans heavy on piano riffs again, using a cosmic, repetitive chord to build tension for over 10 minutes!

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Snoop Dogg: The Rapper We Love, Despite His Occasional Career Deviations

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2014 01:00pm | Post a Comment

  Sergio's Music Intervention: Snoop Dogg Please Be Gangsta Again (2010)

In honor of tonight's San Francisco concert by Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), in which he'll be "performing his classic smash hits," via music videos this Amoelbog celebrates the career highs (pun intended) of the artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg while briefly  referencing some of the career lows of the artist born Calvin Broadus via the above video. I think it can be said that most of us hold an unconditional love for Snoop Dogg. Hence why the rapper who has sold over 30 million albums to date is still popular and headlining big venues like the Regency Ballroom in SF tonight and can charge $72 for a ticket to get in, and why we as longtime fans can somehow forgive him for his numerous questionable rap career deviations.  These numerous career sidesteps by the notorious weed smoking gangsta rapper from the LBC are entertainingly addressed in the above hilarious video clip by Sergio Cilli in one of his famed Music Intervention rants on the now defunct Current TV. The piece originally aired back in 2010 around the time Snoop teamed up with Katy Perry for her mega pop hit "California Gurls" but is still funny because it is so true!

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Stream Songs From Record Store Day Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 17, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19. You can see all of the records that will be available here, and be sure to check out my 10 to watch blog. To whet your appetite further, check out these songs that will be released on Record Store Day but that you can stream now. And be sure to come to Amoeba stores on April 19—read about what we’ll have going on in-store here.

Ex-Cult – “Ties You Up”

ex-cultWhile this track will be on the upcoming Midnight Passenger album, this version (not found on the album) is produced by garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall, giving it that extra oomph.

 

Lust for Youth – “Illume”

lust for youth sacred bonesWe’ve been fans of Sacred Bones signees Lust for Youth for some time now, but they seem to really be coming into their own with the cleaned-up and poppy “Illume.” It’ll appear on their new album International (out June 10), but before that, you can pick it up on Sacred Bones’ compilation Todo Muere Vol. 4, with other gothy goodies from Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, David Lynch and more.

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