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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: M.O.P., Shadow & Cut Chemist, Too $hort, Live Human, Diamond District, REKS X Hazardis Soundz + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2014 12:08pm | Post a Comment
Among the new/recent releases to arrive at Amoeba is M.O.P.'s Street Certified which earlier this week was released by Nature Sounds as a digital download. The new nine track EP from the two-decade strong influential Brooklyn rap duo, whose name stands for Mash out Posse, features such tracks as "187," "Broad Daylight (featuring Busta Rhymes),"  and the Street Certified title track that features Queens hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. The EP is executive produced by DJ Premier and is just one of two new releases from the duo. The other will be a special box set retrospective entitled 20 Years And Still Gunnin: The Ammo Box.

If you are in the Bay Area and missed DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's recent all vinyl Afrika Bambaataa record collection themed Renegades of Rhythm tour when it stopped at the Mezzanine two months ago (I checked it out and it was off the hook!) you will have another chance to catch to two noted Cali DJs/producers/vinyl collectors when they do another Bay Area show (this time in the East Bay) when their openers will be Dam-Funk and Davey D at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on Tuesday November 25th at 8pm. Tickets here.

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Before Reggae

Posted by V.B., November 21, 2014 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Before Reggae, Rock Steady, and Ska, Calypso was the folk music of the English speaking Caribbean. Like all good folk music, calypsos told stories in song and were often written to celebrate topical events. The music originated with slaves on the plantations. By the golden era of the late 1920s and '30s, there were many diverse influences including music heard from U.S. radio waves that reached the islands.

Here’s what Wikipedia says: Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century. Its rhythms can be traced back to West African Kaiso and the arrival of French planters and their slaves from the French Antilles in the 1600s.

Some of the earliest recordings were by Atilla the Hun, and The Roaring Lion, in the early 1930s.

Atilla – “Roosevelt in Trinidad”

Roaring Lion – “Ugly Woman”


 

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Share the Joy with Amoeba Music's Holiday Food & Toy Drives

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 21, 2014 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is gathering food and gifts for families in need this holiday season. Please join us in donating and make the holidays more joyful for everyone.

At Amoeba San Francisco, we’re joining forces with the SF Marin Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for singles and families in need November 25th - December 23rd. The most-needed food items are tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, and granola bars. No glass or perishable items, please.

As a thank you for your donations, receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at Amoeba SF and 10% off Amoeba.com!


At Amoeba Hollywood, we’re collecting holiday gifts for Five Acres, an organization that works to prevent child abuse and neglect. They care for, treat, and educate abused and neglected children and their families in residential and outreach programs throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. To donate, please bring in a new, unwrapped toy for a child age 4–16 to the information counter. The toy drive runs from November 28th - December 12th.

For your donations, Amoeba Hollywood will offer a coupon for $3 off your purchase!

Join Us for Amoebapalooza Nov. 30 at the Dragonfly

Posted by Amoebite, November 21, 2014 01:54pm | Post a Comment

Join the Amoeba Hollywood staff Nov. 30 at the Dragonfly for an amazing night of performances at Amoebapalooza 2014!

Featuring original bands, one-off tributes and more, it'll be a night to remember. Attendees will get to witness Amoebite versions of Cream, Nirvana, Edith Piaf, Thin Lizzy and MORE MUSICAL SURPRISES. Bands for the night include Bad Reputation, 3 Sparrows, Hyacinth Girl, Antoine & the Tater Tots, Abracadavr, High How Are You, La Gente Del ol, Race Card, Parents, Wa Wa, Non-Fat Grande Creams Featuring Jack Puce, Keila Cone-Uemura, The World Record and Crystal Visions. It's hosted by our intrepid MC Daniel Tures, with some help from his friends.

The show starts at 8 p.m. It's $5 for admission, and the show is 21+. The Dragonfly is located at 6150 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Finish off your Thanksgiving weekend with us next Sunday! We hope to see you there.

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The Coup's Boots Riley Keeps The Revolution Alive & Discusses His Ambitious "Shadowbox" Stage Production

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2014 10:18am | Post a Comment



About a quarter way into the The Coup's amazing world premiere of Shadowbox - the longtime politicized Oakland hip-hop group's ambitious multifaceted, mixed media, multi-stage production that played as a kind of preview for only two shows on the one night at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) - front-man/emcee Boots Riley pointed to the giant scale floor to ceiling artwork by East Bay street artist Jon-Paul Bail. The East Bay muralist's giant cityscapes print, that wrapped its way around all walls of the entire performance space at YBCA, was an accurate image of the changing city that awaited outside the museum's walls.  Skyscrapers and other towering buildings with bold logos emblazoned on them of American born and bred entities like Twitter, Google, IBM, AT&T, NRA, and the PMRC acted as the perfect backdrop to the revolutionary hip-hop group's message of Shadowbox - to question authority and rebel against exploitative predatory corporations and the politicians that they've paid off to continue their rise to power at the expense of increasingly poorer working class of America.

In addition to Boots Riley and his full live band, the large scale production boasted numerous other artists joining the Coup on three stages (sometimes simultaneously) including Dead Prez, Classical Revolution, W. Kamau Bell, Mortar & Pestle, Snow Angel, Eat The Fish Presents, and Extra Action Marching Band. The choice of all of these artists, like the inclusion of Jon-Paul Bail's art work and the video projections and other stage designs by David Szlasa, was all the brainchild of Boots Riley. The Coup mainman has been a fan and friend of East Bay artist Jon-Paul Bail for many years and the inclusion of his art seemed like a no-brainer, he told the YBCA audience. "The first time I met him was in high school when we used to cut school and go to Alameda Beach and the police would harass us - even after school they'd harass us. And all of a sudden I would see police roll up and on the side of their cars where Nazi insignias - what looked like official Nazi insignias on the car and they were placed very neatly so it was done when they were at a coffee shop or something. And I was like 'Who is doing this?' because that was how we felt about the police. And then I met him…… And I was in an organization called International Committee Against Racism and we worked on going to fight the Nazis up in Vallejo. He was the first artist putting out political messages in his art - him a bunch of other students at CCAC. And we ran into each other recently and put this together."

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