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Hip-Hop Songs To Celebrate 420

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2014 11:06am | Post a Comment
         
                                       
Bone Thugs~N~Harmony "Weed Song"

Happy Easter!
Happy 420! Both holidays, which fall today: Sunday April 20th 2014, seem almost equally accepted and mainstream, especially in states such as California, Colorado, and Washington. But it wasn't always that day. The first time I personally became aware of the symbolism of 420 and what it meant was back in the mid 90's when I was over in Amsterdam reporting on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During that week of events in the Dutch city long associated with cannabis I noticed how at exactly 4:20pm each afternoon without fail everyone would stop whatever they were doing to spark one up. Of course most stoners don't an excuse or specific time to remind them of when to indulge in the sticky icky, but that doesn't stop folks from observing the hour of 4:20 (pm or am) as if it were a religious holiday.  But weed-lore has it that the time of 4:20 to celebrate weed dates back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt - longtime the epicenter of CA weed growing, a group of friends some folks chose that time of the day to light up. Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time and nowadays it seems everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, are well aware of the meaning of 4:20. 

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Recap: Record Store Day 2014 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 19, 2014 06:40pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Record collectors and music fans of all stripes came together in the wee hours of April 19 outside of Amoeba Hollywood to get their hands on the super limited edition Record Store Day titles. Some of the hottest sellers of the morning included a glow in the dark Ghostbusters 10" by Ray Parker Jr, the R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions 4-LP box set, a Paramore "broken" 12", and the Cure/Dinosaur Jr split 7". Despite the early hours, there was plenty of enthusiasm, excitement, and camaraderie in the line. And lots and lots of coffee.

Watch our video below to see how the morning unfolded:

Coffee Bean at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf generously provided coffee for the early birds, helping to fuel their stamina (and ours!).

Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

Our Master of Ceremonies for the day was Mr. Brently Heilbron, a comedian, actor, and original host of our charity auctions, who now lives in Austin, TX. 

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Record Store Day at Amoeba SF: The Most Vinyltastic Day of All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 19, 2014 05:52pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is still raging at Amoeba San Francisco until we close the doors tonight at 8pm, but the early hours were a magical time for hardcore record collectors and record store enthusiasts. We captured some of that magic in our epic video below. Also scroll down to see some photos of the the biggest and best Record Store Day yet, full of amazing DJs, deals, and the best customers in the world.
 



Thank you to all of our Record Store Day DJs:

Joel Gion
Bobby 
Primo
Andy Cabic of Vetiver
Jeff Boom Bostic
Russell Quan
Blood Sister

And thank you, record collectors everywhere...

Record Store Day 2014 A Big Success, And There's Still Hours Left To Shop For Exclusive Record Store Day Releases

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Diggin' in the Hip-Hop 12" Crates At 18 Months - Record Store Day 2014 Amoeba Berkeley

"It's been the busiest Record Store Day ever!" reported Amoeba Berkeley's Gail at  4pm today - the midway point in the East Bay Amoeba store, that closes at 10pm tonight, during 2014 Record Store Day at which people were lined up outside from hours before the 10:30am opening of the Telegraph Ave. store this morning. And once those early shoppers got inside they gravitated towards the sections where they knew their desired RSD releases would be.  Then they had to line up to buy them. "Boy there was this very long line that started in here and snaked all the way around, up and down those isles, and then on over to the cash register," said Gail pointing all the way across the store from the world music section, not far from where DJ Inti was spinning some Afrika Bambaataa at that moment, while many shoppers (not as many as earlier this morning) were busy digging in the crates. These included the little 18 month old girl with her pops in the above video. One happy record shopper I ran into earlier had copped the special Record Store Day clear vinyl, three record set reissue of the Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death while another had picked up the RSD reissue of Sam Cooke's final album Ain't That Good News on vinyl. While many titles may already be gone there are still a lot left and several hours of shopping remain on this Record Store Day 2014. So head over to your local record store, especially if it is Amoeba. Amoeba San Francisco closes at 8pm, Amoeba Hollywood closes at 9pm, and Amoeba Berkeley closes at 10pm today.

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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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