Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:02:08
1) Murs Murs for President (Warner)
2) Madlib WLIB (bbe)
3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
4) People Under The Stairs Fun DMC (Gold Dust Media)
5) J.Stalin Gas Nation (Town Thizzness)
Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five selling albums chart -- all of which are all really strong & recommended new releases, and all brand-new, having dropped this past Tuesday, September 30th. Featured in the number one (with a bullet) top slot is the highly anticipated new major label release from much-loved Living Legends emcee Murs. Murs For President on Warner Brothers has been selling like crazy at the Haight Street as well as at the other two Amoeba Music stores including, of course, Hollywood Amoeba where Murs did a free in-store performance on Tuesday, the same day the new album dropped. Check out photos from his live performance on our website right here!
You can also check out the full performance:
"Murs' in-store was almost like a Paul McCartney situation," laughed Amoeba Hollywood's Adrienne who, along with Kara, is one of the organizers of in-store performances at the SoCal Amoeba store. Referring to last year's Paul McCartney in-store when people camped out days in advance to get a chance to see the former Beatle, Adrienne said that while it wasn't quite as over-the-top as that memorable in-store that it was nonetheless, "Completely packed. Awesome. Out of control and the audience [was] fanatical. "
"There was a line all the way down the block. People were pushing a little bit but they were nice about it, just excited and anxious to get inside to see Murs," reported Adrienne, adding that everyone eventually got inside to witness a wonderfully memorable show by the longtime friend of Amoeba that featured as a special surprise onstage guest for the last song, none other than hometown hip-hop hero DJ Quik. "Afterwards, Murs was so nice and patient, sticking around for about 3 hours signing autographs and taking pictures with fans," said Adrienne. Bay Area Murs fans will have a chance to catch him in concert on Tuesday (Oct 7) when he headlines at the Independent on Divisidero in San Francisco on a bill that also features Kids In The Hall.
Other brand new entries this week on the SF Amoeba Top 5 are the anticipated People Under The Stairs new album Fun DMC on Gold Dust Media, and the Yay Area's own J.Stalin's Town Thizzness release Gas Nation, whose numerous guest shots include Lil Blood, Shady Nate, Beeda Weeda, Jay Jonah, G-Stack, & Philty Rich.
Another tight new chart entry this week is Madlib The Beat Konducta's WLIB: King Of The Wigflip on bbe, which features appearances from such heavyweights as Guilty Simpson, Prince Po, and Talib Kweli, with whom Madlib previously collaborated on the album Liberation. That rare 9-track collaboration between rapper Kweli and producer Madlib first surfaced on January 1st of last year when it was made available for free download from a few online locations, including Stones Throw's Rappcats website, as well as on both artists' MySpace pages. Exactly a week later it disappeared-- it was taken down from each of these three sites.
Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba gives a two thumbs up to the long delayed new T.I. album, which is the artist's sixth and was originally slated for an August 12th street date, Paper Trail. He enthuses that, "It's a great release!" and notes that other new releases doing well at his store this week include Main Source from Large Pro (aka Large Professor) on Gold Dust Media and DJ Revolution's King Of The Decks compilation on NSoul Records, whose many guests include KRS-One, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff, Boot Camp Clik, DJ QBert, and Planet Asia.
Tomorrow evening (Friday Oct 3rd) at Amoeba SF, the city's own DJ/producer/radio DJ J-Boogie and his Dubtronic Science ensemble of musician collaborators will be having a free in-store performance at 6PM in celebration of the longtime KUSF DJ's new OM release Soul Vibrations, which features numerous guest artists (many of them Bay Area l) including Jennifer Johns, Lunar Heights, Deuce Eclipse, Watts Ohmega, and Rich Medina. Note that if you buy a copy of the new J-Boogie album at Amoeba SF on the day of the J-Boogie in-store (Friday Oct 3) that you will get a free limited edition 7" by the artist.
We still have a few more weeks to wait but excitement is already building for the upcoming Sunday October 3rd @ 2PM free in-store performance by Taj Mahal at Amoeba SF. "I can't wait for that one!" said a very happy Luis at Amoeba.
MC Hammer may not be strictly bluegrass -- in fact not even remotely bluegrass, even went he went gospel -- but he is on the bill for the big 8th annual, appropriately titled Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Speedway Meadows in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Other numerous performers lined up for the big free festival, funded by rich friend of the arts Warren Hellman, are Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. MC Hammer (who readopted the "MC" after dropping it for some time) is scheduled to perform on Friday. For full details on this huge free event visit the Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass website.
Weather alert: Note that, after weeks & months of virtually no rain in the Bay Area, the forecast calls for heavy rain this weekend, starting late in the day tomorrow (Friday) and expected to continue into late Saturday and possibly Sunday too -- daaaamn! This is not good news for all the outdoor events, including the other big, big (mostly) outdoor SF event: the electronic/dance music themed Fourth Annual San Francisco LoveFest. LoveFest estimates close to a hundred thousand revelers will attend this year. The main event is the mega dance parade down Market Street on Saturday (Oct 4th) starting at noon at 2nd & Market Streets and ending up at Civic Center Plaza with a shizit load of DJs and performers lined up for the week. The event technically started last night (Wednesday) and on Sunday fittingly ends up at the End Up. Scheduled to appear are performers such as Doc Martin, Mark Farina, Spank Rock, and Green Velvet. For complete details on all the acts and venues involved + up to date info on the festival visit SF LoveFest. The parade is free but the organizers are requesting a $10 donation for the festival at Civic Center where it all ends up. And remember that dancing in the rain can be fun!
Speaking of Doc Martin: before he became a well known house music DJ he used to host the weekly Sunday hip-hop show on KUSF -- that was right before I took over the slot for a few years -- and was followed by J-Boogie and the Beat Sauce crew, who continue to this day.