Amoeblog

Thinking of Dilla on 10 year anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, February 10, 2016 08:32pm | Post a Comment


"One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane,
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder
, and Marvin Gaye,
J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness!" 
- Common  (XXL magazine)

Ten years ago exactly the world lost hip-hop production genius J Dilla. Also an emcee the artist was born  James Dewitt Yancey and was also known as Jay Dee.  He died on February 10th, 2006 at age 32  following a battle with lupus. But even in his sickbed he worked on music, a lot of it for the album Donuts (Stones Throw) that was released just three days before his tragic passing. The quote above by Common, who was roomies with Dilla after he moved from Detroit west to LA in 2004, is typical of the type of reverence Dilla receives from his peers. Similarly to Common Madlib also made a Dilla/Coltrane cross reference.  "Dilla was like a Coltrane," said MadLib who had collaborated with him as JayLib. "When Coltrane was there everybody tried to follow what he did. And when he died mothafuckers didn't know what to do," said MadLib in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

Continue reading...

Get a Deal on Two Tickets to LA Weekly's 'The Essentials' Food Fest

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2016 05:28pm | Post a Comment

the essentials la weekly food fest

If you’re anything like us, you love food. And, if you’re like us, you haven’t thought of a damn thing to get your S.O. for Valentine’s Day.

But fear not! LA Weekly’s The Essentials comes to the rescue. It’s a food fest happening Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the California Market Center in Downtown L.A.

Now through Sunday, take advantage of their Valentine’s Day Value Pack and get two tickets for only $90 (that’s $50 in savings). There’s a limited supply, so get them before they’re gone!

Amoeba Music will be there. Swing by and get $20 gift certificates for $10 (limit two per customer), spin our prize wheel and score some awesome swag!

champagne ice cream
hand roll sushi taco


 

Continue reading...

James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

james supercaveAfter a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

Continue reading...

Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 2/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 8, 2016 04:32pm | Post a Comment

It's almost AMOEBAPALOOZA -- that magical time of the year when we here at Amoeba Music San FranciscoAmoebapalooza join forces with fellow Amoebites to bring you the BEST variety show in all the land. Now in its mind-blowing 18th year, Amoebapalooza is happening on Sunday, February 21 at 8pm at the amazing Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission Street, SF).

Hosted by local drag superstar Nicki Jizz, the extravaganza is shaping up to be a wild one. WEED PLUS BEER and TOYOTA are on deck to work us into an electronic, experimental frenzy; MISS LIGHTNING will be serving up some cover tunes with their personal "bar room rock band" flavor; and JESUS DUDE MOM are happy to show their "pop punk junk stuff" to anyone who wants to see it! We even have a tribute to the late great Glenn Frey courtesy of GLNDLFRY.

There will be strong drinks, great acts, and even better times this year so please join us! Oh, did we mention face painting and balloon animals too? How could you miss this?

Admission is only $5 for the general public. Doors 8pm / show 9pm. 21+ over only.

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the fifth year in a row! We highly recommend SIR for all of your equipment needs.
 

Jesus Dude Mom Miss Lightning
Jesus Dude Mom Miss Lightning
Toyota Nicki Jizz
Toyota Nicki Jizz
Weed Plus Beer
Weed Plus Beer

 

21 Essential New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 04:01pm | Post a Comment

21 Essentisl New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

If you are just dipping your toe into the mighty muddy Mississippi-sludge sounds of New Orleans music, here is a list to get your mojo workin', courtesy of members of the Amoeba family who are lifelong New Orleans music fanatics.

KAREN: The New Orleans sound is that rare gumbo of musical complements: a meaty stew of blues, R&B, jazz, African rhythms, Cuban, French, country Cajun, hip hop and so much more. But what defines New Orleans music? That is the unanswerable question. You can say it's this or it's that — it's the syncopation or the bass or the raw, funky rhythm. But really it's the soul of the music — the undefinable "Get Down" or "Get On Up." This is the music that carries your soul down the block on a second-line funeral procession — and gets your feet dancing in a musky club on Frenchman Street. It is playful. Funky. Deep and swampy. Raw and dirty. Mournful. Plaintive. And everything in between. It isn't defined by a drum beat. Or maybe it is. You've just got to listen for yourself.

Here are my top picks for records you need to own. Essential New Orleans listening, in no particular order. This is my own Dirty Dozen:

the wild tchoupitoulas

The Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas

<<  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  >>  NEXT