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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Joe Begos Josh Ethier

Almost Human Blu-rayFilmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier are the definition of multi-hyphenates. Begos, a writer/director/producer/cinematographer/camera operator/actor teamed up with his longtime friend Ethier, an actor/producer/editor/sound designer/composer to film Almost Human. The sci-fi/slasher flick, set in the pair's native New England and inspired by classic 1980s horror films, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The pair stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of their top picks for movies and music. Begos starts things off with Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which he says is "De Palma's best movie since the '80s." Ethier shows off the beautifully-packaged Death Waltz reissue of John Carpenter's soundtrack to The Fog. Begos talks about the Blu-ray version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and Ethier discusses Ennio Morricone's score for Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

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9 songs about cats

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment
Although LOLCat Bible literalists believe differently, people of science generally hold the view that 
cats first domesticated humans at least since 7500 BCE, when the inhabitants of a neolithic village on Cyprus gave a feline (not native to the island) a ceremonial burial. What we know call the domestic cat was more truly feral when it split off from the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica), much earlier, some 10,000 years ago. They likely enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with humans -- proving their usefulness to the Natufians of the Levant by preying on mice whilst ignoring (since they are obligate carnivores) the Natufians' mouse-attracting stores of grain. 


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African wildcats in the wild (image source: Seasons in Africa)

Eventually cats moved were promoted from rodent catcher to household members and even divine beings. In Egypt cats were sacred and associated with the goddesses Isis, Mafdet (also spelled Maftet), and Bastet (also known as Baast, Ubaste, and Baset). The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that when a cat died, Egyptians would go into mourning, shaving their eyebrows to mark the loss of a family member. Cats were famously mummified and afforded dignified (by human standards) burials in Egypt. In 1888 a farmer discovered a tomb outside Beni Hasan which contained the mummies of about 80,000 cats (and some other animals). 
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Neolithic grave with a human and a cat (left) and mummified Egyptian cats (right)

The reverence afforded to cats in ancient North Africa probably strikes most humans today as excessive and strange. However even the most insensitive amongst us usually react with repulsion, horror, and indignation when they learn that in places like Guangdong, Guangxi, Japan, Korea, Melmac, Mparntwe, Okinawa, Peru, Switzerlandcats have traditionally been eaten or used in medicine. It seems a bit rich to me when coming from people who think nothing of eating a fish, bird, cow, or pig.  

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Room 8 

In placs where felines are off the menu they have inspired artists like the 9th Century Irish monk who wrote, "Pangur Bán," Gioachino Rossini, T.S. EliotSakiHiroyuki Morita. Although there were famous cats before the advent of the internet (e.g. Room 8 of Elysian Heights), it might appear to aliens observing our planet that it was invented to honor them -- the modern incarnation of feline worship passed down from ancient Egypt. Our modern pantheon includes Ceiling Cat, Happy Cat, Grumpy Cat, Hipster Kitty, Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, Missy the CatNekopanNyan Cat, and Snoopybabe, to name but a few.

Top Ten Snoop Dogg Collaborations

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
Love him or hate him you can't avoid him. Snoop Dogg is everywhere at all times it seems. Whether the Long Beach CA artist born Calvin Broadus, who began his rap career a quarter of a century ago, is in the studio or on stage somewhere Snoop Dogg is an ever present, highly visible pop culture figure.

Over the weekend he was the man of the hour as host of the big 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Meanwhile his studio output is a non stop laundry list of releases that boasts countless collaborations with anyone from indie rappers to pop stars. A couple of weeks ago I heard the new track he collaborated with Bay Area female vocalist Goapele on (a remix of the Oakland singer's disco-throwback styled single "Hey Boy"). Around that same time I heard excerpts from his fifth and latest in the Thats My Work mix tape series with Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, along with production from DJ Drama). Then over the weekend I was reading somewhere that he recently confirmed that he's got a collaborative full length project in the works with Pharrell (with whom he has done one off tracks with before including the 2004 hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot").

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Chromeo Get Down With HAIM and Jon Heder in "Old 45's" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 12:01pm | Post a Comment

chromeo white women lpChromeo's new video for "Old 45's" (from White Women) stars the band's Dave 1 in a dance-off vs. some roadhouse waitresses. Look for cameos from HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder. The video is a collaboration with SSENSE, who did the fashion and styling, including clothes from Chromeo's new fashion line with Surface to Air.

White Women is out now. Watch the booty-shakin' video below:

 

 

Toro y Moi's Bassist Cavorts Around California in a Giant Mask in Cloud Nothings' New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:50am | Post a Comment

cloud nothings now hear in videoCloud Nothings have a new video for their Here and Nowhere Else track "Now Hear In." Toro y Moi touring guitarist Jordan Blackmon directs Toro Y Moi bassist Patrick Jeffords on a trip through various California locales as the song gets more manic, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame (hey, that's just down the street!) to the beach, bro, while wearing a middle-aged man mask. There's also some sort of B-movie sci-fi/lo-fi stuff happening, and Blackmon describes it as "a loose cyclical theme of identity and ego-birth/death."

Watch it below via Pitchfork. The critically acclaimed Here and Nowhere Else is out now.

Paul Reubens Is a Speed Demon in TV on the Radio's "Happy Idiot" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:31am | Post a Comment

tv on the radioTV on the Radio have unveiled a video for their track "Happy Idiot" (from the forthcoming Seeds) that stars Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman as a race car driver who loses his shit.

The clip, which also stars "Dr. Who's"/Guardians of the Galaxy's Karen Gillan, is described by TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe is described as such (via Pitchfork):

 

 

 

I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind. I took it to Funny or Die and they said, 'That's great, let's go for that.'"

I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile. He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind.

Karen Gillan was absolutely great. We were really psyched to work with her, because she's basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person. Full on geek fest in the desert. 

It was really fun to do, love how it came out. I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it. I don't exactly know what 'it' is. But they can find it. And they can suck it.

Album Picks: Electric Youth, Lucinda Williams, Christopher Owens

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:01am | Post a Comment

Electric Youth - Innerworld (LP, CD, Download, Deluxe Download)

electric youth innerworld lpElectric Youth broke out in a big way with “A Real Hero,” a song that came to define the sound of the film Drive and its corresponding soundtrack. The duo double down on that impossibly romantic synth sound on Innerworld, their long-awaited debut album. That slow-burning pulse is back in songs like “Innocence,” perfectly capturing the romantic ideal of first love with synthesizers that at first sparkle like eyes being rubbed awake and then dazzle with gentle orchestration. Subtly enough referencing the soundtrackers of ’80s proms like Yaz and Alphaville, Bronwynn Griffin’s breathy voice sometimes floats by as a dream and other times catches onto a lighter-waving sentiment, like “we are the youth, we like to sing” (on “WeAreTheYouth”). Though Electric Youth may lack a bit for originality, Innerworld pretty skillfully avoids sameyness by appealing to current Europop-indebted dance music on tracks like “Runaway,” though they’re at their comfortable best on songs like “Without You,” building from their favored digital throb into a lovable freestyle couple. Griffin and her partner, Austin Garrick, have been a couple since the 8th grade, and thus their ability to make every synth stab feel like a dizzying first crush rings authentic. It doesn’t matter if you’ve heard some of the sounds here before, or that they even include the three-year-old “Real Hero”; Innerworld’s swoony romanticism makes you feel like it’s the first time.

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10 Essential Albums From Blue Note Records

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 06:35pm | Post a Comment

10 Essential Blue Note AlbumsSome of our staff have picked out essential albums from Blue Note Records that should satisfy both the purist and the newcomer to go along with Sonos Studio’s brilliant exhibition celebrating the label's 75th anniversary.

A bit about Blue Note’s history: The label was in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, getting its name from the “blue notes” of blues and jazz, or notes sung a bit lower than the major scale for expressive purposes. Moving from traditional jazz to some bebop (including artists like Thelonious Monk) in the 1940s and hard bop (artists such as Horace Silver) in the 1950s, Blue Note distinguished itself by paying musicians for rehearsals as well as recordings, in order to ensure a better final product. With iconic album artwork by Esquire designer Reid Miles (using photographs of the musician in session, taken by Blue Note’s Francis Wolff), Blue Note made its name as one of the most influential labels in jazz music, later issuing records by free jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and popular musicians like Herbie Hancock, having records sampled in hip-hop records by the likes of Madlib and, now, seeing massive success with mainstream artists like Norah Jones.

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Do Vinyl Reissues Lessen the Value of Originals?

Posted by V.B., September 29, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

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

One would correctly assume that a record is reissued because there is a pent up demand for an out of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experiencedprint title. Let’s take the latest reissue of Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced for example. Once this demand is sated, one might conclude that the elevated value for the original would come down, citing the law of supply and demand. This should be especially true because the newest release is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and sounds superior to previous versions.

My experience however, is that the added buzz and exposure adds to the mystique of owning the original and raises the value, especially if the original is in great shape. If you buy records just to hear the music, you absolutely shouldn’t pay more just to get an original. But, if you’ve crossed the line into being a “record collector,” all kinds of other considerations start to creep in. Suddenly condition starts to matter, you tend to be more of a completest in regard to an artist’s catalog, you weigh mono versus stereo, and you start to favor original issues.

A simple analogy would be: if you were an art collector would you want the original Mona Lisa, or a $29 copy? No matter how beautiful they might think it is, most art collectors would not put a repro up in their house, even though they could never afford the original.

Getting back to Hendrix, we see below the original Reprise tri-tone label, which was soon replaced by the two tone label, and then by the 1970s a solid brown label was used.
 

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Music History Monday: September 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 29, 2014 11:10am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 29, 1958 - "It's In The Game" by Tommy Edwards hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, also topping the Rhythm & Blues chart for three weeks (non-consecutive) on the same date.  Written by Charles Dawes and Carl Sigman, it is the biggest hit for the pop vocalist from Richmond, VA. "It's All In The Game" is originally written in 1911 as an instrumental titled "Melody in A Major" by Charles Dawes who would later serve as Vice President of the United States under President Calvin Coolidge. Songwriter Carl Sigman will write lyrics for the song in 1951 when Tommy Edwards first records it. Edwards original version will peak at #18 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in the Fall of 1951. By 1958, Edwards has been without a major hits for nearly four years and his label MGM Records is on the verge of dropping him, but he has one final session to go on his contract. Edwards will re-record "It's All In The Game" with a new arrangement and in stereo, making it one of the first stereo 45's released by MGM Records. The new version is released in early August of 1958 and is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #40 on August 25, 1958, it will race to the top of the chart five weeks later. "It's All In The Game" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: September 29, 1973 - "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on October 13, 1973. Written and produced by Stevie Wonder, it is the seventh R&B chart topper for the prolific musician and songwriter. Issued as the first single from his landmark Innervisions album, the song is on the charts while Wonder is recovering from a devastating car accident, which will leave him in a coma for four days. While still in a coma, Stevie's road manager Ira Tucker, Jr. will lean down and sing the melody to "Higher Ground" in his ear and Stevie will respond by moving fingers in time with song. Recorded at Mediasound Studios in New York City, "Higher Ground" will be a virtual "one man show" with Wonder playing all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals on the track, with co-producers Bob Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil programming the synthesizers. Red Hot Chili Peppers will score a hit with their cover version of "Higher Ground" when they record it for their 1989 album Mother's Milk, even name checking Stevie Wonder in their version.

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Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL To Do Free Online Record Release Concert, Tuesday Sept 30th

Posted by Billyjam, September 29, 2014 08:40am | Post a Comment
Tomorrow, Tuesday September 30th, at 9:30pm Central Time (7:30pm Pacific time) Prince will be doing a live concert performance along with his band 3RDEYEGIRL from his famed Minnesota studio complex Paisley Park. Just announced to the public yesterday the concert will be streamed for free in real time on the Yahoo Live Nation channel as an exclusive two album release party that can be watched on mobile units via the Yahoo Screen app or online anywhere.

The Prince and friends concert from his typically private home studio compound that is located just outside Minneapolis is a celebration marking the release of two brand new albums on the same day - tomorrow:  Art Official Age which is described as "a classic Prince album produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton." Meanwhile the other new album being released tomorrow (Sept 30th) is PlectrumElectrum that is described by Warner who are releasing both new LPs as "a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL, which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass).

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Led Zeppelin Release Alternate Mix of "Rain Song" Ahead of 'IV,' 'Houses of the Holy' Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 08:10am | Post a Comment

led zeppelinLed Zeppelin on Oct. 27 will release reissues of their biggest album—their fourth, self-titled album from 1971, regularly dubbed IV, as well as its follow-up, Houses of the Holy. Ahead of those releases, the band has made available an alternate version of Houses' "The Rain Song," which you can hear via Pitchfork.

As with their reissues of I, II and III, the deluxe versions of these reissues will come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks. The albums have been remastered by Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page, who had this to say in a press release:

"The Rain Song" is the sort of piece of music that Led Zeppelin could approach and do so successfully and so masterfully. This whole genre of the sensitivity, where it can sort of caress you, it’s something that I’ve always been very proud of. The companion disc version is really a good blend of everything that’s actually being played.

The reissues will each come in CD, deluxe edition CD, vinyl, deluxe edition vinyl, digital download and vinyl versions, as well as a box set that includes both the CD and LP deluxe versions as well as a coffee table book with the cover art and other Led Zep goodies. Preorder below:

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Fleeting Phases: Falling for Once and Future Band

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 28, 2014 07:25pm | Post a Comment
once and future band brain ep mouth magazine record vinyl debut san francisco prog psych rock Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer) and Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals)

Sheesh, it's been a minute since I've thrown my two cents into this here pot and I've got a lot of pennies to spend. So far, 2014 has been a damn good year for new music and I would like, if I may, to take you back to May when a local band dropped one hell of a debut EP for the ages.
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Seemingly fixed somewhere between derivative approximations recalling the Crimson courtiers of Progressive Rock and master multi-part harmonizers of yore like, for example, maybe Wishbone Ash or Bubble Puppy, it could be said that Oakland's Once and Future Band has calculated dead reckoning in waters more well known than uncharted. However, this assessment is flawed. Roughly two minutes into the sprawling eponymous opening track of their debut EP, Brain, when lead vocalist, guitarist, high synth-sayer, and man behind the dream Joel Robinow (of Howlin' Rain, also wearing an exceptionally well designed OAFB tee, right over there) sings, "everyone knows ‘cept yourself that these phases are fleeting, time to take stock and face up to the path life is leading", it's time to give up and give in. The nearly nine minute saga advances not unlike said fleeting phases, progressing along most unpredictably in stone grooves, lucid pulses, transitory textures, and ascending arpeggios, executed with a passion for sound and vision so palpable that any trifling comparison made to apparent forebears would seem a dull and heartless pursuit. Considering the first track alone, it is clear that this band possesses something of a sonic timelessness, a quality that perhaps gives some credence to wanton Steely Dan-ish, CSNY et cetera Classic Rock banalogies, but is rather more a result of a fortuitous confluence of unabashed creativity and masterful musicianship. Fact: these guys make music magical, fanciful, adventurous, and valuable -- every second worth the effort. Once and Future Band simply rules. And they would still rule even if Rick Wakeman had said "no" to Yes.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Triple Threat part of Culture Clash in SF, Shiftee/Enferno Backlash, XXL no longer magazine, Rabbi Darkside & Rob Swift

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2014 12:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 09:26:14

1) Ray West & OC Ray's Cafe (Red Apple 45)

2) Kenny Dope Classic Breakbeats Limited-Edition 45-Box-Set (Kay-Dee)

3) Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Danny Brown Hot Soup Instrumentals LP (Street Corner Music)

5) Skyzoo & Torae The Barrel Brothers (Empire Dist)

The above top five is the latest from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store where yesterday the hip-hop cassette section saw a noticeable increase in interest since, along with the other two Amoebas and other record shops, yesterday Cassette Store Day was being celebrated.  A Record Store Day styled day geared for cassette tapes - the format is of special interest to hip-hop since tapes are so embedded in the culture of hip-hop from the deep rooted mix-tapes culture to actual hip-hop releases only on cassette, to once highly coveted dubbed copies of pioneering days hip-hop radio shows. A couple of evenings ago there was a record release party this week's number 3 chart entry, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark, at Amoeba Hollywood for the excellent collaborative duo's new self titled  release on Delicious Vinyl. During his DJ set Nu-Mark served up a rich mix that included going from Nas' "It Ain't Hard to Tell" into Michael Jackson's "Human Nature."  
 
As well as the other chart entries this week, including     , other new hip-hop albums worth getting include Homeboy Sandman's Hallways and Dilated Peoples' Directors of Photography.  Upcoming releases to be sure to get upon their release include the anticipated se
cond album from Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) that will arrive care of Nas' new imprint Mass Appeal Records in Amoeba next month. Meantime you can get a free download of the sick-ass album track 'Oh My Darling Don't Cry.'

New vinyl releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/27 - T.B. Arthur, Ekman, Marquis Hawkes and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 27, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

T.B. Arthur

Test Pressing 1 12"

Test Pressing 2 12"

Test Pressing

Ok, so the story is these were found in some Chicago warehouse, but these don't sound like '90s cuts to these ears. In any event, raw, minimal, jacking acid techno tools that even manage to have a bit of fun here and there. "B2" off the second record has some pretty funky cowbell, "A2" off the first record is a great, lurching beast off a track. Despite the anonymity-craving backstory, the best stuff here has a lot of personality.

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Buy Test Pressing 2 12"

 

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Entropy 12"

Trilogy Tapes

Dutch producer Ekman's been turning out twisted acid/electro for the excellent Berceuse Heroique label for some time now -- his debut for Trilogy is his most gutted material yet. The title track caroms along on some out-of-phase kick, eventually spewing odd delayed stabs that sound like a bi-product of the track's own screwed-up momentum. "Dissipation" is sparse, electro-tinted stuff, like something off the Demdike Testpressing series, while the closer is pure madness, in fitting with the Trilogy "anything goes" ethos.

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Essential Records: The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Adore'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 26, 2014 11:33am | Post a Comment

Essential Records Smashing Pumpkins Adore

 

We’re starting a new series where we talk about records that personally made a difference in our lives. Today we’ll talk about Smashing Pumpkins' cult favorite fourth album, Adore, which was just re-released on a seven-disc Deluxe Edition CD set and will be re-released on vinyl Oct. 7 (pre-order here).

 

Smashing PumpkinsWhen Smashing Pumpkins released their fourth album, Adore, I was about to turn 16. It was the summer of 1998 and I was all set to start band camp, complete with bleach-blonde hair and an injured toe. 

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Five Reasons To Attend Tonight's Amoeba Hollywood In-Store with Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Posted by Billyjam, September 25, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment

The Making of the new album by Nu-Mark and Tre

If you are in the LA area today you really should not need any encouragement to attend the 6pm record release Amoeba Music Hollywood in-store performance set in celebration of their eponymous album-length collaboration on Delicious Vinyl from Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark but in case you do here are five good musical reasons to do so.



#1 Their musically rich new album is amazing as proven by such tracks as the above
"Bom Bom Fiya" that they might perform at Amoeba tonight.




#2 Just for the historical relevance of Slimkid3 or Tre as he is called by many for his membership of the legendary West Coast hip-hop crew The Pharcyde of whom he was a co-founder who've delivered such classics as "Passin Me By" - above. The new album will remind in parts of the Pharcyde too.




#3 Similarly to number two - just for the historical relevance of DJ Nu-Mark for his membership of
the legendary West Coast hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 who've delivered such classics as "Concrete
Schoolyard" - above

Weekly Roundup: RL Grime, Wand, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

RL Grime – “Reminder” (featuring How to Dress Well)

rl grimeThis track from L.A. producer RL Grime sounds like how you remember the best of late ’90s R&B in your head. With Grime’s bass-heavy, lingering production, “Reminder” does have a dreamy, lovelorn feel, but How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell, who’s pretty much the king of dreamy and lovelorn, is actually as lively and engaging as you’ve ever heard him before here. You’ll get a kick out of hearing him sing rapid-fire lines like Justin Timberlake. The track will be on RL Grime’s new album VOID, due Nov. 18 on WEDIDIT.

 

Wand – “Flying Golem” video

wandWand’s video for their stomping psych-rocker “Flying Golem” (off the recently released Ganglion Reef) is an explosion of ’90s- style animation, from the pixilation of old video games to early CG-animation to the sleazy cartoons of MTV’s “Liquid Television” (kids, look it up if you don’t know it). Man, MTV was cool in the ’90s. What the fuck happened. This would’ve been right at home on “120 Minutes.”

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His Name Is Alive Channel Afropop and Study Thin Lizzy For New Album

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 11:10am | Post a Comment

his name is aliveHis Name Is Alive, the experimental music project by Warren Defever that had a remarkable run of records during the glory days of 4AD, have a new one coming out Oct. 28 called Tecuciztecatl, due from Light in the Attic.

As Pitchfork points out, the press release calls it a “psychedelic rock opera.” However, the lovely “African Violet Casts a Spell” suggests an Afropop vibe, so we’ll see:

 

While making the album, Defever and guitarist Dusty Jones made a study guide of sorts of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo recorded between 1971 and 1983. So we’re hoping for harmonic guitar glissandos aplenty on this one. Hear the whole hour-plus mind-melting Lizzathon below:

 

More details about the rock opera element are here:

The rock opera is imagined vaguely in the shape of a 1969 Hammer horror film: bloody, British, gothic, and brimming with beguiling and attractive vampires. The songs are written from the perspective of five characters: the mother, the doctor, the twins and the librarian whose side hustle is demon hunting. The story begins with a young woman getting an ultrasound who discovers she's pregnant with twins. Realizing something is going terribly wrong, "I think I'm missing something on the inside," she visits a local library for research. The librarian instructs the woman on how to kill the demon baby without harming the other twin, and together they carry out the various rituals necessary. Eventually one baby is born.

New Neil Young Album 'Storyone,' Coming in November

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

neil youngNeil Young has a new album on the way called Storyone, coming out sometime in November on Reprise, as Pitchfork reports.

Whereas earlier this year, Neil Young released A Letter Home, an album of lo-fi covers that was recorded in Jack White’s recording booth studio, Storyone could have an altogether different feel. Young talked to Billboard about wanting to record an album with an orchestra on mono using one mic:

“I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that.”

He’s already released “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” a pro-environment rally song with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. You can hear that and check out the lyrics below:

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25 Cassette Store Day Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment

25 Cassette Store Day Releases

The second annual Cassette Store Day is coming this Saturday Sept. 27! We’ll have just-released cassettes at the front sampler section at Amoeba Hollywood and in front at Berkeley and S.F. Plus, 15% off all used cassettes at Amoeba SF only. Here are some releases to look for …

1349 Massive Cauldron of Chaos

An early release by black metal greats 1349! Personally, I think the lo-fi aesthetic of Black Metal sounds amazing on cassette. The LP and CD come out Sept. 30 on Seasons of Mist.

 

The Adolescents - The Complete Demos 1980-1986

Consisting mostly of tracks recorded in 1980, The Complete Demos is kind of like the punk band’s unofficial first album.

 

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Alvvays Alvvays; Fear of Men Loom

Fear of Men and Alvvays are great female-fronted indie-rock bands reminiscent of The Cranberries and The Sundays; two personal favorites from this year.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With White Fence

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2014 12:43pm | Post a Comment

White Fence

Tim Presley (no relation to Elvis Presley) first hit the music scene as "Timmy Stardust," playing guitar for American hardcore band The Nerve Agents. Known for their chaotic and sometimes violent live performances, The Nerve Agents were a spectacle to behold. After four productive years together, the Agents disbanded. Subsequently, Tim Presley and Nerve Agents drummer Andy Granelli founded the psychedelic rock band Darker My Love. Several years into Darker My Love, Presley started recording songs in his White Fenceapartment using lo-fi audio gear to capture ideas that would eventually be released under the White Fence moniker. Presley has since managed to compile an impressive solo catalog including Hair (Drag City), the 2012 collaboration with the golden child of garage pop, Ty Segall. After years of recording his music on a 4-track home recorder, Presley made the jump to an actual studio housed in Ty Segall's garage. Despite utilizing a more modern setup, the White Fence aesthetic remains intact. His latest offering, For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City, 2014), is packed with gems and the White Fence pop style of songwriting is stronger than ever. Presely has a knack for crafting catchy songs that become the soundtrack to people's lives, and from what we've seen so far he has a lot more to share. Tim Presely has definitely become a mainstay in the Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock scene. 

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New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #98

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Billie Holiday "Autumn In New York" (1952)

NYSOM #98 of 100: Since Fall or Autumn officially arrived a couple of days ago here in New York City (and you can feel it in the air especially with chilly cold evenings this past days) Billie Holiday's classic "Autumn In New York" comes to mind.  Hear the song, that is found on such collections as The Best of Billie Holiday, above in homemade slide show video of NYC over the decades. Speaking of weather and NYC the big event here over the past weekend was the huge Climate Change March that attracted (depending on which news source you can believe) anywhere from a quarter of a million to 450,000 participants. The big march included numerous well known actors and musicians including the Bay Area's Michael Franti of Spearhead - seen in photo left that also includes movie stars Edward Norton and a barely recognizable bearded Leonardo DiCaprio. That was Sunday but the following day's Flood Wall Street protest down on Wall Street (also in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit 2014 that began yesterday here in New York), which drew much fewer protestors, had more arrests numbering about a hundred when more vigilant protestors gathered to voice opposition to the corporations who aren't investing in green initiatives.


Weekly Wednesday Steal: Aerosmith's 'Night in the Ruts'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2014 08:41am | Post a Comment

aerosmith night in the ruts lpThis week's Weekly Wednesday Steal, is Aersosmith's sixth album, Night in the Ruts, for $10 on vinyl (regularly $24.98).

The 1979 album marks Aerosmith's transition from its earlier hard rock to the slicker, more radio-friendly sound they would make in the '80s and beyond. It includes the singles "No Surprize" and "Chiquita," along with covers of "Think About It" by The Yardbirds and "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" by The Shangri-Las.

A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

California Fool's Gold Episode Guide

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 23, 2014 08:33pm | Post a Comment
California Fools Gold by Eric Brightwell

I thought that it might be useful to publish an "episode guide" of my California Fool's Gold pieces here on the Amoeblog. I've also been invited to speak about them for a class on diversity in Los Angeles at Emerson College so this goes out to the students in Professor Oliver's class. 


 
Sonic Youth - "Eric's Trip" (off Daydream Nation)


If you're a fan of this sort of thing (or you're just temporarily mesmerized by the computer screen in front of you) you might also enjoy my column over at KCET called Block By Block in which I explore our vast Southland without the use of a car whether by foot, bike, bus, train, subway, ferry or otherwise. As with Eric's Blog, Block By Block also often feature my maps which I create as Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Spoken Word Artist Andrea Gibson in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment
andrea gibson

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of CIIS Public Programs & Performances' event with spoken word artist Andrea Gibson on Friday, October 17th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album, FLOWER BOY, and her second book, THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson's poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart's most compassionate room.

Get your tickets for this very special show HERE.

You can also catch her at Creativity Talks: A conversation with Andrea Gibson, Facilitated by Ahmunet Jordon on Thursday, October 16th at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Tickets HERE.

Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival: Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd, and More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment

The 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival came to a close on Sunday at 11pm, but the music and fun lives on in our memories and newly-expanded music collections! Besides getting to experience our jazz superheroes play live, the greatest thing about the Monterey Jazz Fest is discovering new favorites. Sunday at the Mini-Amoeba tent, we had a wonderful mix of legends and soon-to-be legends signing for fans.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human brought their inspiring high-energy and humor to the Amoeba tent directly jon batiste & stay human monterey jazz festfrom playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage (and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall just two days prior). Peerless artistry combined with old fashioned showmanship is at the heart of Jon Batiste's musical vision, which he calls Social Music. Social Music is also the title of his full-length debut with his musical collective, Stay Human. Both the title of the album and the name of the band are telling. Virtuosic pianist Batiste transcends music genres with his modern take on American music, reviving the roots of jazz, blues and so much more yet playing it in a way that is fresh, accessible and engaging. Check out Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Saturday, October 4th in San Francisco.

Two-time GRAMMY-winner Marcus Miller joined us after playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage to sign his latest album, Renaissance. Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, but is primarily a world-renowned electric bassist who has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Kathleen Battle to Billy Idol. Always gracious with his fans, Miller even signed one fan's bass with visible joy.

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Album Picks: Aphex Twin, King Tuff, The Growlers, The Drums, Perfume Genius

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Aphex Twin - Syro (LP, CD, Download)

aphex twin syro lpIn a rare double-blessing, the last two years have given us not only a new album by My Bloody Valentine but another artist iconic of the ’90s, Aphex Twin. Syro plays as a collection of just about everything Richard Davis James does best, fusing jungle beats to gorgeous ambient tapestries on stunning opener “Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix],” taking us through dense synth explorations on tracks like the 10-minute “Xmas_Evet10 [120][Thanaton3 Mix]” and vibing off hip-hop and synth funk on “Produk 29 [101].” Vocals appear now and then (from James and his family), offering skewed, incomprehensible chatter that adds to the liveliness of “Produk 29 [101]” and giving “Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]” its grabbing human element, pulling you into the rest of the album. Though he used some 138 pieces of equipment and shifted his set up every few minutes while recording Syro, that seems to have had an energizing effect on James, and the result is a sharp, if varied piece of work that hangs together beautifully, flowing from scenic but heady pieces like “4 Bit 9d Api+E+6 [126.26]” to hard-hitting bass tracks such as “180db_ [130].” There aren’t many shocking moments on Syro like, say, “Come to Daddy’s” shrieking wail, nor does it push listeners to their extreme limit like the challenging Drukqs did, but accessibility doesn’t mar Syro. Rather, even despite their straight-off-the-hard-drive titles, tracks like “Papat4 [155][Pineal Mix]” are really breathtaking pieces of music, designed for immersion rather than to filter listeners out. Just like mbv, we had no right to expect Syro would be this good, much less that it would be released at all, which makes it all the better. Simply put, it’s one of the most instantly enjoyable collections of music James has ever released.

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Hear Marianne Faithfull's "Late Victorian Holocaust," Written by Nick Cave

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:37am | Post a Comment

marianne faithfull give my love to londonAs distinctive as Marianne Faithfull's voice is, perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is how it has melded to such varied songwriters over the years, from Beck to Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey.

On her new single, Faithfull teams with Nick Cave, and the results are predictably brilliant. Faithfull delivers a devastating, detailed account with a tinge of Cave's cadence over a wintry orchestration. Hear the song below:

The song comes from Give My Love to London, her 20th studio album, which is out Nov. 11 on Easy Sound. The album was produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, and features appearances by Adrian Utley (Portishead), Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds), with songwriting contributors from Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi and lyrics largely by Faithfull.The tracklist is below:

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow Release Dust-Kickin' Video for One-Minute "Double Dutch"

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:29am | Post a Comment

a sunny day in glasgow sea when absent lpA Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma wanted "Double Dutch" to be a single from the band's extraordinary new album, Sea When Absent.

"I wanted it to be a single but, everyone said we couldn't have a one minute single," she says in a press release. "So now we have a single, one minute video instead."

The video for "Double Dutch," as you might guess, features some fancy footwork as Keds kick up dust and things go in and out of focus. It feels like a dream you have after waking up and trying to fall back asleep. The clip was directed by Goma and bandmate Luisa Conlon, who also made the documentary series "The Working Life," says Pitchfork.

See the clip below:

 

Kendrick Lamar Releases Single "i" From Upcoming Album

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:07am | Post a Comment

kendrick lamarThe new single from Kendrick Lamar is an upbeat ode to keeping your chin up when everything's trying to tear you down.

"How many times the city makin' me promises?" he raps over a sample of The Isley Brothers' "That Lady" before declaring "I love myself." It's a song closer in vibe to Pharrell's "Happy" than a song like his own alcoholism-laden "Swimming Pools," the lead single from his last album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. But Lamar promises in an interview with Rolling Stone that the follow-up to that album will have more tales of growing up in Compton that couldn't fit on m.A.A.d city. Sessions continue for the new album, and a release date has yet to be announced.

Speaking of m.A.A.d city, the album is enjoying neo-classic status, having been named the second best album of the 2010s by Pitchfork.

Hear "i" below:

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New Album From the Replacements Coming?

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment

the replacementsIn an interview with Rolling Stone, the reunited Replacements have revealed they'll likely make another album.

Ever the prolific songwriter, The Replacements' Paul Westerberg says he has plenty of songs rearin' to go, including songs such as "Are You in It for the Money?" and "Dead Guitar Player." No word on when that might be, but the band is set to pay its first show in New York since 1991.

The band also made it seem like this reunion was one that would last—more of a DInosaur Jr. than a Pavement. "How many people do you know that you can call up and get a guaranteed gut-wrenching laugh?" Westerberg said of his bandmate, bassist Tommy Stinson. "Sometimes it's worth all the money and kissing and hugging in the world."

The original band also included guitarist Bob Stinson (Tommy's older brother, who died in 1995 and was replaced in the band by Slim Dunlap in 1986) and drummer Chris Mars, who was replaced by Steve Foley in 1990. After years of saying "no" to reunions, Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited in 2012 and recorded Songs for Slim, a five-song covers EP to go to medical care for Dunlap, who suffered a severe stroke in 2012.
 
The band's incredible original run incldued such classics as Tim and Let it Be. The new band also includes drummer Josh Freese and guitarist guitarist Dave Minehand.

Yet More One Album Wonders

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date from the Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

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ORGANISATION - TONE FLOAT (1969)

Organisation - Tone Float

Although most musicians associated with the Krautrock scene usually argue that it didn't even exist as such except in the collective conscious of British music critics, on first spin of Organisation's sole album, Tone Float, the discerning listener will have little doubt that the album is a product of late-1960s/early-1970s Dusseldorf

Heading Organisation were Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter, who famously went on to form Kraftwerk and have almost as famously been unfairly sniffy about their excellent pre-Autobahn output. Organisation's only album was produced by Konrad "Conny" Plank and, since its 1970 release by RCA Victor, has long been out-of-print. The other members of Organisation were Basil Hammoudi, Butch Hauf, and Fred Monicks. After the band's disorganisation Hammoudi joined another one album wonder, Ibliss, who released Supernova in 1972. 

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New Pink Floyd Album 'Endless River' Is Coming Nov. 10

Posted by Billy Gil, September 22, 2014 11:57am | Post a Comment

pink floyd the endless riverPink Floyd has announced the release date and specifics about its new album, The Endless River, and you can preorder the album now!

First off, it's due Nov. 10, Rolling Stone reports. And check out that zen album cover!

It's a four-sided mostly instrumental album, with lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, on the song “Louder Than Words.” The music was largely culled from more than 20 hours of sessions recorded during the band's last album, 1994's The Division Bell, which was then reworked for this new album.

According to drummer Nick Mason, it's a tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. These sessions were the last recorded with Wright.

"I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound," he said. "Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

Roger Waters has no involvement with The Endless River project, and no plans to tour have been announced.
 
The tracklist is below:
 
SIDE 1
1. "Things Left Unsaid"
2. "It’s What We Do"
3. "Ebb and Flow"
 
SIDE 2
1. "Sum"
2. "Skins"
3. "Unsung"
4. "Anisina"     
 
SIDE 3
1. "The Lost Art of Conversation"
2. "On Noodle Street
3. "Night Light"
4. "Allons-y (1)"                         
5. "Autumn’68"                         
6. "Allons-y (2)"                        
7. "Talkin’ Hawkin'"
 
SIDE 4
1. "Calling"
2. "Eyes To Pearls"
3. "Surfacing"
4. "Louder Than Words"
 

 

Music History Monday: September 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 22, 2014 10:16am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day: September 22, 1958 - Rock legend Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin in Wynnewood, PA) of The Runaways and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Happy 56th Birthday, Joan!
 


On this day in music history: September 22, 1969 - Sly & The Family Stone appear on the debut episode of the short lived TV series The Music Scene on the ABC television network. The band will perform a medley of their hits including "Everyday People," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey," and "I Want To Take You Higher." The weekly show (hosted mostly by comedian David Steinberg) will run for only 17 episodes until January 12, 1970 when it is canceled.
 



On this day in music history: September 22, 1969The Band, the second album by The Band, is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at 8841 Evanview Drive in West Hollywood from early - mid 1969. Issued as the follow up to their acclaimed debut Music From Big Pink, The Band will decide on a dramatic change of scenery to work on their next release. The album is recorded in a rented home in the Hollywood Hills owned by entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.. The home's pool cabana will be converted into a recording studio for the duration of the sessions. It will yield a number of the band's classics including "Up On Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The LP cover, featuring a sepia photo of the band by photographer Elliot Landy, will become known as "The Brown Album" by fans for the brown colored border around the front and back of the album jacket. The Band will peak at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Freeway & The Jacka, Busdriver, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2014 01:09am | Post a Comment

Freeway & The Jacka "Cherry Pie (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Jynx)


Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week End 09:22:14

1) Freeway & The Jacka Highway Robbery (Golden Mean)

2) Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)

3) Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

4) Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

5) Philthy Rich Not Enough Real Niggas Left 3 (RBC)

With cover art that resembles a movie poster the brand new East meets West coast collaboration 
Highway Robbery - this week's number hip-hop chart entry from Freeway and The Jacka - is a powerful rap release clocking in just under an hour that melds one of the East Coast's best (Philly's Freeway) with one of the West Coast's finest (the Bay Area's The Jacka of Mob Figaz fame). With production duties care of Traxamillion, Jake One, and RobLo this popular fifteen track release features an array of impressive guest spots from mic wreckers from both coasts (and down south) including Cormega, Killer Mike, Trae Tha Truth, Paul Wall, Freddie Gibbs, Joe Blow, Dubb 20, Fam Syrk, Husalah, Rydah J. Klyde, Blahk Jesus, and Ampichino.

 To get you a better idea of the sound of this recommended new release are two videos by the collaborative duo. Above is the video for the album track "Cherry Pie" that features both Freddie Gibbs and Jynx and below is the video for the non album track "Combine The Coasts." While just published to YouTube in the last couple of weeks the "Coasts" video, which perfectly describes the collaborative duo, first appeared a year ago on a hip-hop website when it was rumored to be on the new album. But the non album song, which is a single, is promised to appear on the upcoming Freeway & The Jacka mixtape Write My Wrongs mixtape.

MC Macca's Meat Free Monday Rap

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2014 08:27pm | Post a Comment
         

Billed as "Sir Paul McCartney Raps for Meat Free Monday - video" the Guardian UK today uploaded the above video to their website (around same time it was published to YouTube) although Paul McCartney technically only barely "raps" in the final 15 minutes of the video clip (I was hoping for a real rap freestyle).

This is latest in a string of videos and public statements promoting Meat Free Mondays by the Beatle who has been a champion of this cause since 2009, when with his two daughters he first launched the campaign and its accompanying website, that is interrelated with the issue of global warming. By promoting the notion of going meatless on Mondays it in turn would help reduce peoples' collective carbon footprint. A while back McCartney even recorded the song the song Meat Free Mondays.

As McCartney said in a statement two years ago, when also addressing the cause that he is clearly most passionate about,  that if people erase meat from their diet just one day of the week that it will help  "cut down the billions of animals that are slaughtered for our consumption."  In the latest public address by Macca on the topic he urges people to simply log onto the MeatFreeMondays Pledge page online. Once there visitors will see a notice that in a couple of days on Tuesday (Sept 23rd 2014) global leaders – from government, finance, business, and civil society – will meet at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss climate change and urging all to "show them our commitment to reducing global emissions by making one small and easy change – skipping meat for one day a week" - which McCartney said is a lot more realistic than trying to get people to become 100% vegetarian. In a related story, also geared towards Tuesday's UN gathering, earlier today in NYC close to half  a million people gathered for the People's Climate March to protest global warming.

Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Herbie Hancock, Booker T., Charles Lloyd and So Much More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment

herbie hancock monterey jazz festivalIt was a big Saturday at the Mini-Amoeba tent with all-star signings from 1pm straight through to 10pm. We knew we were going to have a great day when we opened to the sounds of Red Baraat emanating from the Garden Stage just steps from the Amoeba tent and then kicked off our signings with the one, the only Herbie Hancock!

The legendary Herbie Hancock joined us to sign copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project (winner of two 2011 GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Collaboration and Best Improvised Jazz Solo) and Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros. Years. During his illustrious career spanning five decades, he’s won 14 Grammy’s, and influenced acoustic and electronic jazz like no one else in the biz. Mr. Hancock was charming and gracious with the scores of fans who turned out to meet the great man.

Quick on the heels of the Hancock signing and their ripping set on the Garden Stage, all eight members of Brooklyn's eclectic Red Baraat sat at the Amoeba tent for a signing of their latest album, Shruggy Ji. Impossible to define by genre, Red Baraat creates a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. You need to hear them to believe them.

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Opening Night at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2014 11:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is back at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mini-Amoeba tent full of CDs and vinyl, t-shirts, books, posters, and spectacular signings with some of the shining stars of this year's festival line-up. Every day of the festival (September 19 - 21) brings a new and exciting schedule of talent to our tent.

Tonight was opening night and we were honored to welcome singer Cecile McLorin Salvant in between cecile mclorin salvanther sets on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the Night Club. It was Cecile's Monterey Jazz Fest debut, but she is well-known to the fans who flocked to the Mini-Amoeba for her signing for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She also composes music and lyrics, which she sings in English, French, and Spanish. In 2012, Cecile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley, and James Chirillo. WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Just as Cecile had to dash to her next performance, we welcomed another MJF newbie, Chilean melissa aldana crash triosaxophonist Melissa Aldana and the other two members of the Crash Trio - bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. They had just wowed the audience at the Garden Stage and continued to charm their fans as they signed copies of their self-titled debut album for Concord, which features originals written by all three band members and two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

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Aphex Twin Listening Party at Our Stores Sunday, Sept 21

Posted by Amoebite, September 19, 2014 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Come down to any Amoeba store on Sunday, September 21 at 3pm to hear the new Aphex Twin album, Syro, in its entirety before it's officially released Tuesday, 9/23 on Warp Records! Syro is the first new album by Richard D. James in 13 years and is one of the most anticipated new releases this fall. While you're soaking in the new album at our listening parties, be sure to pick up some free Aphex Twin goodies (while supplies last, of course).

Syro is also available for pre-order here on Amoeba.com and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Aphex Twin listening party at Amoeba

New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/19 - Randomer, Don Papa, Marcellus Pittman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 19, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment
Randomer - Russian Torrent VersionsRandomer
 
Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Russian Torrents
 
Randomer's been on a bit of a tear lately. His outings for Clone and L.I.E.S. have been unique and uniformly functional. His techy drum programming fits in with both Hessle and the unwashed barbarians of the lo-fi techno scene. Here we have three tracks and nary a dull moment. "Side Crack Lung" is a brilliant techno tool propelled on by some cheeky vocal samples. "Odd" gets more hypnotic, using circular piano patterns and basslines.
 
Buy Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Don Papa - Rock My TempoDon Papa
 
Rock My Tempo 12"
 
Sex Tags Mania
 
Laidback dub-dance experiments from Moss, Norway's hip-hop legend (your guess is as good as mine). This material's been culled from recordings made between 1997 and 2003 and runs the gamut from spliffed-up electro dancehall, distorted 'Mo Wax style experiments and most notably "Done (Piano Mix)", a chilled out psychedelic piano house with some odd dub screech around the edges and nonchalant raps up top. That's the one!
 
Buy Rock My Tempo 12"
 
 
 
Marcellus PIttman - 1044 CoplinMarcellus Pittman/John Cannon
 
1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
Unirhythm
 
Pittman's status as a distant third (or fourth) chair has lessened recently, mainly due to his reputation for joyful Detroit beatdown DJ sets. As such, it doesn't come as a complete surprise that he's turned in an ace boogie-funk 45, though the contrast with his previous stripped-down machine funk is notable. (To be fair, the "Do You Like Music 12"" from earlier this year saw MP headed this direction.) The groove is unstoppable, walking synth bass with just a bit of a 313 techno pulse. John Cannon comes correct as well with a slower, sexy synth jam.
 
Buy 1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
 
Buy Deetroit - The Underground UnderstandsDeetroit
 
The Underground Understands 12"
 
UDR
 
These records are cool. They look like they sound, no-frills midwest dancefloor heat, faceless and functional. "Making It A Reality" is an adroit combination of a bittersweet piano riff and Juno bassline, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Similarly, "Nipponese" gets even fancier with the Rhodes/bass interplay, like Moodymann was trying to make it to Carnegie Hall. The to-the-point title of the closer, "Reassuringly Analogue", tells you where this shadowy producer is coming from.
 
 
Buy The Underground Understands 12"
 
 
Peverelist - Roll With The Punches (Remixes)
Peverelist
 
Roll With The Punches 12"
 
Punch Drunk
 
Fascinating historical document of the Bristol dance scene. Originally released in 2007, Pev's spacious dubstep anthem would precipitate his migration to a hardware-heavy, but still low-end conscious techno released on his own Livity Sound. His partner in that label now attempts some historical revisionism. The Linear mix starts to mess with the reedy lead a bit but keeps the booming half-time drums relatively in tact. On the B, the lead is reimagined as beautiful, delayed ambience.
 
Buy Roll With The Punches 12'
 
 
Todd Osborn - Step OffTodd Osborn
 
Step Off 12"
 
Acoustic Division
 
The ingenious Ann Arbor producer returns with melodic jams which stand alongside his wistful self-title LP on Ghostly, Osborne. Jazzy chords and soaring leads abound, especially on "House 117", which is on some Midnight Express shit, such is Osborne's talent for melody. "November" cruises along like a loose, clanky house tool, before introducing some quiet storm piano chords, a perfect deep house B2.
 
Buy Step Off 12"
 
 
 
 
Ranier Truby - Slouse
Rainer Trüby 
 
Slouse-Fishing In Slower Territories CD
 
Compost
 
The veteran Stuttgart producer reveals the direciton his tastes have been headed in recent years, slow, mellow house jams. It's most successful when it goes towards more hypnotic, "balearic" territory, with Moonstar's "C-Minus Particles" and Maurice Fulton's amazing mix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor" standing as obvious highlights. Elsewhere, things veer closer to the chill-out zone with lilting vocals fit for the after-after party as well as the coffee shop.
 
Buy Slouse- Fishing In Slower Territories
 
 
New this week:
 
TENAGLIA, DANNY: Balance 025 2CD 
CLAP! CLAP!: Tayi Bebba 2LP
SENNI, LORENZO: Superimpositions LP 
ROOTS PANORAMA (AKA DEETRON & RIPPERTON): Mars 12" 
PUSHKAREV, ANDREY: Three Roads EP 12" 
A: Cocoon Compilation - N CD 
FLUGEL, ROMAN: Happiness is Happening CD 
WRONG STEPS: Wrong Steps EP 12" 
BLACKHALL & BOOKLESS: Se7en EP 12" 
LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN: Islands 2LP 
TANABE, DAISUKE: Floating Underwater CD
KISH, KILO: Across LP 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: With One Another 2LP
KAWASAKI, TOSHIYA: I'm Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 6 - 10 Years Edition Pt. 2 2LP 
HRDVSION: Hrdvsionremixes 12" 
KLINT, ANTON: Spritzer EP 12" 
RDG & HITMAN: Mercenary Ship EP 12" 
VA: New Jack Tribal 12" 
CLARIAN: Road to Recovery EP 12" 
DUMONT, DUKE: For Club Play Only 3 12" 
NICK THE RECORD: Under the Influence Volume Four: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco 2CD

 

Avi Buffalo Talks Recording 'At Best Cuckold'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

avi buffalo amoebaAvi Buffalo has the feel of an old school indie rock band that's been around for years. When they took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17, confidently launching into the crisp "So What," from the band's new album, At Best Cuckold, it felt like seeing a veteran band working through a set of new tunes and old classics, despite that it was only the band's second album, and 23-year-old frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg wasn't even old enough to legally drink when their first was released.

Of course, there are a few tell-tale signs of the Long Beach-born band's relative age—namesly, Zahner-Isenberg's boyish falsetto, sneaking naughty bits into otherwise mature-sounding songs ("my boner pressed up to your chest," it at least sounds like he sings over tasteful country-rock jangle on "Memories of You"). Off-color moments like this are scattered throughout the excellent At Best Cuckold, which has a more demure feel than its self-titled predecessor but whose lyrics are riddled with strange characters and surreal moments.

I caught up with Zahner-Isenberg to talk about At Best Cuckold, released four years after its predecessor, and his recording process in general.

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Five Year Anniversary of Passing of Pioneering DJ Grand Master Roc Raida

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2014 12:04pm | Post a Comment
On this date, September 19th, five years ago the hip-hop world was shocked to learn the tragic news that super-talented DJ Grand Master Roc Raida had died from cardiac arrest at age 37. The totally unexpected death, following a week of being hospitalized, was due to medical complications relating to an accident that the DJ encountered a few weeks previously while training in the contact combat self-defense system known as Krav Maga. Later today on my weekly hip-hop radio show on WFMU I will be honoring the legacy of the DMC world champion DJ who most got to know via his membership of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners but who, over his illustrious prolific career, worked with a wide array of artists that included MF Grimm, Big Pun, Pink, Linkin Park, Jungle Brothers, Nelly, Opio, The Beatnuts, Mike Patton, and Dilated Peoples.

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Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Medicine, Cherry Glazerr, Tijuana Panthers, Allah-Las, Kevin Morby

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

flying lotus amoebaFor the latest unveiled track from Flying Lotus’ upcoming You’re Dead (out Oct. 7; preorder on LP or CD), FlyLo sets the stage with some backwards instruments and rain, moving into what sounds like a sultry Quiet Storm track. Singer Niki Randa gives the song that extra sumptuousness while Flying Lotus’ subtly detailed production demands repeat listens. From the sound of this and the other tracks he’s released, You’re Dead might already be the most accessible Flying Lotus album yet.

 

Medicine – “Move Along – Down the Road”

medicine bandL.A. shoegaze legends Medicine’s second run generated the terrific To the Happy Few last year, and impressively, they’ve already got another new one on the way. With the release of the “Move Along – Down the Road,” Medicine’s Home Everywhere (due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks) is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated new albums of the year. It sounds like two ’60s pop songs fused together, sped up and filtered through eight kinds of distortion, threatening to tear apart but always coming back to some new riff or idea.

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"Kendrick Lamar Burton" Mixes 70's & 80's TV Show Themes With Kendrick Lamar Vocals

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2014 05:02pm | Post a Comment
Tired of sitting around waiting around for Kendrick Lamar to release the long overdue follow up to his universally acclaimed, monumentally successful 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records? Well fret no more since, even though there is a follow-up album from the Compton artist promised sometime in the near future with a lead single ("i") scheduled for release in a week, there is now a full-length Kendrick Lamar sequel of sorts from Oakland based Hiero Imperium producer Unjust who has taken the LA hip-hop artist's vocals and melded them with golden era TV soundtracks.

The prolific producer known for his work with Chosen Few, Opio and Pep Love, The Hieroglyphics, as well as his own instrumental album/movie Full Melt, has taken a break of sorts (well, a fun detour at least) with his just unveiled project: the free mixtape Kendrick Lamar Burton that innovatively mashes up the vocals of Kendrick Lamar with the instrumentals of familiar 1970's and 1980's TV show themes. 
Among the ten tracks included on Kendrick Lamar Burton are "Sing About MeGyver," "Trek It To You," "Kojak Lamar" and the lead single/video "She Reads Me" (see/hear below) which juxtaposes Lamar's "She Needs Me" with a reworked version of the Reading Rainbow theme.

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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

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Photo by Ralf Strathmann

Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop is Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. The exhibition celebrates the legendary jazz and blues label's 75th anniversary and features Blue Note’s iconic album art (originally by artist Reid Miles, using photographs of the musicians in session by photographer Francis Wolff) remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The opening of the exhibition featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some more stunning photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):

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Zola Jesus Reveals "Go (Blank Sea)" From Upcoming Album 'Taiga'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:53pm | Post a Comment

zola jesus amoebaZola Jesus’ upcoming new album Taiga promises to be something special, judging by what we’ve heard so far. Following the release of grandiose synth-pop track “Dangerous Day,” “Go (Blank Sea” is a little sultrier, built on a slower beat that swells into big, booming pop chorus and disintegrates into fluttering synthesizers, while Nika Roza Danilova’s voice rises and falls with soul and precision.

The lyrics reference “downtown,” which she told The Fader had to do with living in Downtown Seattle and being “in a sea of people, but at the same time you feel completely alone. It’s just this idea of being a human in a civilized world and how it doesn’t really mean anything. It still feels savage in a weird way.”

Taiga is out Oct. 7—you can preorder it now (LP, Marble Colored Vinyl or CD). Hear the track over at The Fader.

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Interpol Hits "Twice as Hard" in New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

interpolInterpol’s new video for “Twice as Hard” has the feel of the training scenes in Rocky, as various boxers train and get into shape while Paul Banks sings “I give it right back to you … twice as hard.” It takes what we assume is a metaphor for the vocal sparring that happens in relationships and puts a more literal face on it

Banks himself directed the video. The song comes from the band’s excellent new release, El Pintor. Check it out below:

 

 

 

Amoeba Sponsors 3rd Annual Sunset & Dine Oct. 2 Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 02:46pm | Post a Comment

sunset & dineAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of Sunset & Dine, happening Oct. 2 at the Taglyan Complex (1201 Vine St.) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 with an early bird discount, and give you access to beer and wine, food samples from local restaurants, live music and children’s entertainment. Amoeba will be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel, so come by and say hello!

Some of the great local restaurants that will be featured include Beso, Cleo, Dillon’s Irish Pub, Doomie’s Home Cookin, Fabiolus, Field Trip at the Farmer’s Market, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Los Balcones, Magnolia, Shophouse and Village Pizzeria.

Headlining the music portion of the event will be soul singer Jimetta Rose, who is not only an incredibly talented soul singer but is a former Amoeba employee! Read more about Jimetta via Sunset & Dine's blog, and check out the video to her song "America" below:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With The Dismemberment Plan

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2014 12:45pm | Post a Comment

The Dismemberment Plan

Taking their name from a phrase in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, The Dismemberment Plan are one of indie rock's defining bands. The band hails from Washington D.C., a city rich in music history, including birthing punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flackand one of the most prominent jazz musicians to ever tickle the ivory, Duke Ellington. Needless to say, D-Plan have been influenced by an array of great artists and it definitely shows up in their songs. On stage they employ high energy performances with a little punk angst to get mosh pits swirling. The D-Plan also give way to synth-pop nuances that show their dance music influences. Who can blame them? Washington D.C. is where Go-Go music came from! A little bit of funk, a little bit of punk and a dash of soul lives in the DNA of The Dismemberment Plan.

After a decade of recording and touring, The Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003, but reunited for a few charity shows in 2007. They returned in 2013 to release a new album, Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records). The new record is packed with 10 cuts that give fans some of what they already love about The D-Plan and showcase the growth that has occured in the span of over a decade. 

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New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #97 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2014 06:47am | Post a Comment

Among the numerous music related events ongoing in New York City this week is the photo exhibit Grooving Years: The Photography of Josh Cheuse that opens Friday (Sep 19th) at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo. The mostly black and white photography exhibit by the New York City born and raised music photographer includes shots of The Clash (including the photo of the late great Joe Strummer above), Run DMC, Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Beastie Boys, Oasis, and The Black Crowes.  An avid photographer since age sixteen Cheuse, who has worked as art director at SONY Music for the past two decades, formed a lasting relationship with the Clash from early on in his career - a relationship that began back in 1981 as a teen when he famously used the payphone at his NYC high school to call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios in Manhattan and asked permission to photograph the band. To his surprise they happily complied with his wish. This introduction was instrumental in kick starting his career that included photographing the Clash, the band's Mick Jones' spinoff band Big Audio Dynamite, as well as  Joe Strummer solo on several occasions. And following Strummer’s sudden 2002 death Cheuse also directed a video tribute for the Strummer's version of Bob Marley's “Redemption Song.” Photo exhibit takes place at the Morrison Hotel Gallery located on the second floor at 106 Prince Street. All ages. Free admission. More info. And tomorrow (September 18th) in advance of the opening the photographer will be at the nearby SoHo Apple store (103 Prince Street) from 7pm to 8pm discussing his photo exhibit - free all ages event.

As if to make the point that, like vinyl records, books are still very much alive and well the annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza for what will be its biggest ever event in its nine year history. Taking place on Sunday September 21st from 10am to 6pm the outdoor (rain or shine) festival will boast over one hundred panel discussions, readings, and other literary activities with authors to appear including Salman Rushdie, Lev Grossman, and Naomi Klein. In addition to novelists and non-fiction writers the festival will also include numerous poets, and also many graphic novelists including Paul Pope, Roz Chast and Julia Wertz. A free event, thanks to sponsorship by a phone company, the stated goal of the annual event is "spreading literacy and the joy of reading across the five boroughs and beyond." Just across from lower Manhattan the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (reachable by numerous trains) is located at 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. Sept 21 10am to 6pm. All ages. Free event. More info.

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The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 16, 2014 03:12pm | Post a Comment
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By now you and I have heard the arguments for and against Scottish independence from the UK but as someone who has naturally bristled like a thistle when diasporic people argue passionately and ill-informedly about another country's political situations (which they are thankfully powerless to effect) I'll keep my political opinions to myself. What I will do instead is far more frivolous purposes -- that is list the best Scottish bands of all time.


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Given its small population, Scotland has produced a fairly shocking amount of great music. Sure, there have been occasional English bands of note -- almost always from the north -- but I've always taken Anglophiles' preference for all things (assumed to be) English over English language pop from anywhere else as proof of a terminal subcultural defect. It's not really fair to blame England for Anglophiles any more than it is to blame Nirvana for Puddle of Mudd but I suppose it's because so many of the helmet-haired horde mistakenly think that I am one of them that they so vex me. How could I not be an Anglophile when I drink more tea than the average North African, enjoy curry in all of its Asian forms, and my favorite writer is Irish

Album Picks: My Brightest Diamond, Allah-Las, Lia Ices, Beach Beach, Dream Boat, GRMLN

Posted by Billy Gil, September 16, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand (LP, CD, Download)

my brightest diamond this is my hand lpOnetime Sufjan Stevens collaborator and now a formidable art-pop songstress in her own right, My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) pushes her songs further into accessibility with This Is My Hand. The sound of the record finds Worden singing over playful orchestrations, wielding her operatically trained voice slowly like a great and powerful weapon. “Pressure” begins with a drumline cadence and marching band horns, drawing soul out of her sometimes austere vocals and layering them over the song’s sexy strut “Before the Words’” huge, propulsive drum beat and jazzy bassline pair nicely with her hauntingly cooed vocals. Though she mines gold at playing the witchy vamp, it’s great, too, when she climbs out of her shell. “I am a lover and a killer” she sings with growing ferocity over a muscular groove on “Lover Killer,” finding inspiration in Prince and kinship in St. Vincent. “This is what love feels like!” she sings before unleashing a desperate wolf cry in “I Am Not the Bad Guy,” with a throbbing menace reminiscent of Radiohead, or a more friskier version of Third-era Portishead. Tracks with more open space, like “Looking at the Sun,” offer a chance for her divaesque vocals to come through beautifully, even as her words are foreboding (“wrestling with a double mine like two horses pulling both sides,” she sings creepily over Disney-level orchestration). “You never know minute to minute where I’m going” she sings tantalizingly on “Shape.” True. But that’s what makes listening to This Is My Hand so thrilling.

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Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair - by Azeem (Band of Broken Puppets)

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment

Upon hearing the excellent new Band of Broken Puppets track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair" and viewing its accompanying video (see below) - both published last week - I invited Azeem, who along with Ancient Astronauts makes up the Band of Broken Puppets, to draw up an Amoeblog Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair. The talented NJ born, NY based, former Oakland resident poet/emcee happily complied with the top ten list below, several items of which cross reference the song's engaging lyrics that take a look back at the not too distant yet very different decade - a seemingly simpler time in retrospect.

When asked how and when the song came about, Azeem answered, "When a subconscious burst of clarity lands like a cement block and announces itself as a superior truth from beyond, one must be prepared. This was no ordinary moment. I burst into the barbershop and asked for a pen then ripped off a piece of an old tattered New York Post and wrote When Bruce Willis Had Hair, the world made A LOT more sense. I knew I was onto something." Below are ten examples by the consistently socially and politically conscious emcee followed by the video for the song that can be downloaded for free here.

Azeem's Top 10 From When Bruce Willis Had Hair


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- Most albums were by groups. These groups inspired people and showed a coolness in unity.They worked hard and paid their dues while the world watched them make mistakes and grow. Today the mainstream is filled by only solo artist media manipulations serving as temporary stars and idols.

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Trannyshack Presents Kylie/Katy Folsom Street Fair Weekend Celebration, 9/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 15, 2014 07:02pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, September 19th, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, Trannyshack, celebrates Folsom Street Fair weekend with a tribute to Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry at DNA Lounge. Special guest star Pandora Boxx (RuPaul's Drag Race) joins the party. Come out and start Folsom weekend early!

Get your tickets HERE.

 

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New Kevin Seconds Performance Video

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2014 11:51am | Post a Comment

Kevin Seconds live at Amoeba

Kevin Seconds founded and fronted the legendary 7 Seconds punk rock band in the early '80s. The straight edge group is one of the longest running bands from the early California punk scene. After signing record deals and releasing several albums with 7 Seconds, Kevin kickstarted a solo career in 1989 opening for Dramarama. Seconds has since toured the United States and Europe exstensively, sharing the stage with the likes of Elliott Smith, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould, Bad Brains and Chuck Ragan, to name just a few. After five solid albums, compilation apperances, multiple 7 inch releases and performing with his wife's project, BagOKittens, Kevin Seconds returned with his sixth studio album, Off Stockton (Rise Records), in February 2014. 

In support of his current release, Kevin Seconds recently treated fans to an acoustic performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Backed by a percussion player and a backup singer (his wife), Seconds expertly delivered his well-crafted songs. Watch him perform "My Recollection" off of Off Stockton below or watch the full set here.  

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Music History Monday: September 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 15, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 15, 1962 - "Sherry" by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for one week on October 6th. Written by Bob Gaudio, it is the first chart-topping single for the Newark, New Jersey-based vocal quartet. Originally written as "Jackie Baby" in honor of then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the title will be changed several more times before it is recorded. Gaudio will write the song in just 15 minutes on the way to a band rehearsal. The Four Seasons were first known as The Four Lovers, recording an album and several singles for RCA Victor, and scoring their first chart record with "You're The Apple Of My Eye" (#62 Pop) on Epic Records in 1956. The group will go through numerous line up changes before 1961 when they change their name to The Four Seasons. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on August 25, 1962, the single will quickly rocket to the top just three weeks later. "Sherry" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: September 15, 1965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, the third album by Otis Redding, is released. Produced by Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and David Porter, it is recorded at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis from April 19 - July 10, 1965. It features covers of three songs by Redding's idol Sam Cooke, as well as originals "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (#2 R&B, #21 Pop) and "Respect" (#4 R&B, #35 Pop). The album will also become a big hit in the UK both through word of mouth and a now-legendary tour that features Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG's. In time it will be acclaimed as a landmark R&B album, and one that will help to define the "Memphis Soul" sound. In 2008, Rhino Records will release a remastered version of the album featuring both the stereo and mono mixes along with non-LP B-sides, alternate takes, and tracks from his live albums In Person At The Whisky A Go Go and Live In Europe. Otis Blue will spend one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart on October 30, 1965, peaking at number 75 on the Top 200.
 

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New Zealand Indie Rock Icon Peter Gutteridge (The Clean, The Chills) Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment

Sad news for fans of legendary and influential Kiwi rock bands The Chills and The Clean: as reported yesterday by New Zealand music blog Off the Tracks, the founding member of both bands Peter Gutteridge died over the weekend. No cause of death has been reported so far. According to Flying Nun, he was in his early fifties. In addition to being instrumental in creating of the unique sound of The Clean and The Chills, the guitarist/singer/songwriter was also a force behind the NZ bands SnapperThe Great Unwashed, and The Puddle. All were a part of the Flying Nun Records label family. The prolific Gutteridge, who coincidentally just in the past month made his first visit to the US for a concert in Brooklyn, only recorded one solo album, Pure, which was initially released in 1989 by Xpressway as a cassette tape but was re-released late last year by 540 Records on vinyl and CD. It was this album that he drew extensively from during his recent US concert. Both The Chills and The Clean were among the top ten artists included in the recently published Billy Gil Amoeblog 10 Classic New Zealand Albums post. Below is a track off Gutteridge's sole solo album Pure.

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Is Survival Always the Best Option? Pessimism, Anti-Natalism and Bloodchildren

Posted by Charles Reece, September 14, 2014 09:35am | Post a Comment
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If we count not only the unusually severe harms that anybody could endure, but also the quite routine ones of ordinary human life, then we find that matters are still worse for cheery procreators. It shows that they play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun -- aimed, of course, not at their own heads, but at those of their future offspring. – David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been, p. 92

Benatar’s anti-natalism is not likely to capture the popular imagination any time, soon; probably never, I’d wager. What kind of person accepts that it would be for the best should humanity stop reproducing? But a few metaphysical defeatists do indeed take some solace in it, at least by discovering a comrade in bleakness who attempts rational arguments for our shared existential plight – justifications that aren’t reducible to some mere psychological fracture.

The psychologistic dismissals of pessimism are widespread, most recently and disappointingly exemplified by writer Nic Pizzolatto in his TV series, True Detective. Disappointing, because Pizzolatto clearly shares my love for the most ontologically downtrodden horror author working today, Thomas Ligotti. Nevertheless, after 7 hours of episodes that dismantle straight guy Marty Hart’s ideas of family, hard work and law as delusional distractions which keep him from confronting the abyssal punchlines consistently delivered by pessimistic funny man Rust Cohle, and despite having the latter nearly quote Ligotti verbatim at times [1], Pizzolatto betrays all of this with a denouement that makes the show into little more than religious propaganda hidden in a blighted form. Rust has a metaphysical conversion in the finale after a near death visitation by his dead daughter and father: he begins to see little rays of hope peeking out of the darkness of the nighttime sky. Turns out it was the trauma of losing a child and of not having reconciled with his father – genetically, a future deadend and an unresolved past – that lead to those previously expressed dark thoughts, and not, say, facing the objective ramifications of the eternal perspective, or
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, which can only reveal an end to humanity, its concerns and all its artifacts. Rust and the audience need no longer worry about such ramifications with the hope of continuing as an immortal soul. Ligotti refers to such pessimistic flimflam as a “façade of ruins, a trompe l'oeil of bleakness.” (Ligotti, p. 147)

Lost 1995 Cougnut Interview: 13th Annual Cougnut Memorial Concert Tonight in SF

Posted by Billyjam, September 13, 2014 11:45am | Post a Comment

      

In honor of the legacy of San Francisco rap legend Cougnut and just in time for tonight's (Sept 13, 2014) heartfelt 13th anniversary memorial concert at Brick & Mortar Music Hall - with Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, TCEquipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, and more -  today I uncovered a radio interview I conducted with the late, great SF rapper 19 years ago. It aired back on November 18, 1995 on several pirate stations I was on when the beloved hip-hop artist, who died on September 4, 2001 in a car crash while returning from a fishing trip, was readying for the then-upcoming release of I.M.P.'s Ill Mannered Playas, which would be released in early 1996 on In-A-Minute Records.

In the interview, Cougnut talks about such things as the production and guests on the 13 track album focusing on tracks such as "Shinin' Star" (one of a few he personally produced on that LP) and the ever-engaging album track "Public Execution," which he relayed was the "story of when I was locked down and my celly who is never getting out....He's on life with no parole....on death row in San Quentin" and the life story that person shared with Cougnut while they were incarcerated together. He also talks about UNLV who contribute to several of the album's tracks including "The Bay Way," the song that Cougnut stressed that he really wanted people to listen to out of all the ones featuring UNLV on that 1996 I.M.P. album. Coincidentally, UNLV's Baldhead Rick is the person presenting tonight's highly recommended show at Brick & Mortar at 1710 Mission Street in San Francisco. Saturday, September 13th. 9pm show. 18+ $10 More info.
 

New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/12 - Dopplereffekt, Simoncino, Gauss and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 12, 2014 05:41pm | Post a Comment
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Hypnagogia 12"

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A rather inspired pairing of Gerard Donald's post-Drexciya project and the young, talented Objekt. The Dopplereffekt side is dreamy, filmic electro with some gorgeous string swells. It's excellent, as you would expect. Objekt's contribution is similarly widescreen, surprisingly incorporating a bit of glitch and ambient into the electro bounce.

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Abele Dance 12"
 
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Simoncino is back on L.I.E.S. and he's not messing around. For the most part, these are minor-key analog hardware jackathons, the B2 on some forgotten Warehouse Records release. The title track is both wilder and more subtle, full of spinning polyrhythms and a serpentine flute synth lead.
 
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Brett Dancer
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The Hybrid 12"
 
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Smooth yet propulsive tracks from the deep house veteran. The tracks here imbue smooth as silk pads with a bit of techno edge which emanates from the rhythm section. Among the most successful is "Someone" which uses several layers of synths and a soulful vocal sample over a slightly restless 303 line. 
 
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The Hypnoticus 12"
 
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Steve Rachmad pops off with another dark, groovy techno track following his excellent 2014 entry for Klockworks. The Hypnoticus makes you think of some kind of pocketwatch swinging mythical being. In fact, it's referring to the slight modulation of the very simple groove and its effect on the ears and mind. The track is 6 minutes long but could be perceived as anything from 30 seconds to an eternity during the witching hour.
 
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Show Recap: Jhene Aiko at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 12, 2014 04:48pm | Post a Comment

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For an artist who was essentially just releasing her first LP, Jhene Aiko certainly came across as a star when she performed at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 10.

Aiko, of course, is not unknown; she has guested on numerous hip-hop tracks, perhaps most notably singing the heartfelt opening to Drake’s “From Time,” off of one of the biggest albums of the past couple of years. Still, despite her apparent rolodex of big-name artists, Aiko herself has remained curiously in the shadows.

Until now, that is. Her first full-length LP, Souled Out, is an elegant collection of breathy L.A. soul with just the right hip-hop touch. It’s an album that puts her front-and-center, unlike her .sailing soul(s). mixtape and Sail Out EP, which drew on such high-profile guest stars as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. This time, save for a last-minute guest spot from Common, Aiko’s pretty much sailing alone. That seemed just fine with the line of fans who stretched around the block at Amoeba for the chance to see her:

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Dilated Peoples, Los Rakas, Band of Broken Puppets, Cougnut Memorial, L'Orange + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2014 03:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:12:14

1) Jeezy Seen It All: The Autobiography (Def Jam)

2) Wiz Khalifa  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic)

3) Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography (Rhymesayers)

4) Madlib Rock Konducta  (Madlib Invazion)

5) Childish Gambino Because The Internet (Glassnote)

Southern rap icon Young Jeezy who is now known as simply Jeezy went straight to the number slot on the latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart, as well as on the latest Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,  with his brand new twelve track Def Jam release  Seen It All: The Autobiography.  Also released in a Deluxe CD version, that sports three bonus tracks, the album finds the rapper serving up more of his self-described "diarrhea flow." Jay-Z, who joins Jeezy on the lead single track "Seen It All," is among the several guests who collaborate on Seen It All. The others include Rick Ross, Akon, Game, Lil Boosie, and Future. The music video for the album track "Me Ok" appears down below, as does the music video for "KK" featuring Project Pat and Juicy J by weed fan Wiz Khalifa off his new joint  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe] on Atlantic that is this week's number two chart entry. Along with Madlib's Rock Konducta  and Childish Gambino's Because The Internet, the other chart entry this week is the highly recommended new Dilated Peoples album Directors of Photography which is not just a five-star album (not one bad song on here) but is also nicely packaged with a whole set of polaroid like pictures with info on the back of each. Also below is the just produced video for the current L'orange album track "I Need You (feat. Blu)" Other videos below include the brand new ones from new group Band of Broken Puppets' (Azeem + Ancient Astronauts) fun rocking track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair," and Oakland's now major label duo Los Rakas ("We Dem Rakas (Hola)"). Speaking of Bay Area based artists and new music videos San Francisco rap crew BPos will be shooting their new video for "Party Mardigra" tomorrow, Saturday September 13th at 8pm, at the corner of Ashby and California (one block up from Sacramento) in Berkeley. It is also a potluck BBQ - or rather a "Pos Luck" BBQ so bring some eats to throw on the grill. Also happening in the Bay tomorrow is a tribute concert to late great Cougnut - the much beloved old school local rapper who tragically was killed in a car accident thirteen years ago on his way home from a fishing weekend. The memorial concert party will include performances from Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, and TC. 9pm at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. $10. 18+ More info.

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Weekly Roundup: Deerhoof, Meatbodies, Cool Ghouls, Girlpool, Ty Segall

Posted by Billy Gil, September 12, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Deerhoof – “Paradise Girls”

deerhoofOK, we can officially get excited for the new Deerhoof album. The first two tracks they’ve unveiled from La Isla Bonita (out Nov. 4 on Polyvinyl) have the wily energy of their wild early work, along with the refinement they’ve picked up along the way. It’s a very Deerhoof tribute to “girls who play bass guitar” and are smart, and it’s great.

 

Meatbodies – “Disorder”

meatbodiesAnother cool track from the band Meatbodies, who are newly signed to In the Red and release their debut album Oct. 14. It’s the project from Chad Ubovich, who plays guitar for Mikal Cronin and bass for FUZZ, and his latest jam is a hot ‘n’ woozy good time.

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Treasure Island Music Festival, October 18-19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 11, 2014 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival, that magical musical weekend in the bay on (you guessed it) Treasure Treasure Island Music Festival 2014Island, returns October 18th - 19th! This year's line-up includes performances from Outkast, Massive Attack, Zedd, Alt-J, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, Washed Out, Jungle, and so many more!

Don't miss the festival's spectacular 60-foot Century Ferris Wheel, surrounded by an eclectic mix of interactive art installations and roaming performers.

Tickets are on sale now! Starting September 30th, enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival right here on Amoeba.com! 

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Mac DeMarco

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2014 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Mac Demarco

Known for his off kilter antics, Mac Demarco could easily be confused for a left field comedian. Often dubbed as "slacker" rock, Mac DeMarco is anything but. At just 23 years old he has released three full-length albums, with his most recent being the 11 track Salad Days (Captured Tracks). After a year and a half on tour promoting his first two releases, DeMarco set up shop in his apartment in Bed-Stuy, New York to record the new album. Salad Days highlights DeMarco's writing chops and proves he's a serious songwriter despite the humor and outrageous personality he exudes. Salad Days finds DeMarco taking a more personal approach to storytelling with several songs based on his relationship with long-term girlfriend, Kiera McNally. The album was shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Polaris Music Prize.   

Mac DeMarco spent some time shopping at Amoeba in San Francisco and our camera crew was in tow for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" Mac first digs up a clearance copy of the Doobie Brothers' Minute By Minute on vinyl and follows with the Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil LP. He also finds a copy of the 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic fantasy film, Wizards. The story is about two wizards who use magic and industrial technology to battle against each other on earth. It's like watching a movie on shrooms, but without the shrooms. Watch the full episode below to hear DeMarco tell the funny story of how his album cover for 2  shares an uncanny connection to Bruce Springsteen's album, River. 

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John Mellencamp Announces 80 Date Tour To Support New Album "Plain Spoken"

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2014 12:42pm | Post a Comment

The longtime reigning king of heartland rock John Mellencamp has just announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour (the title of his forthcoming album) that kicks off in January 21st in South Bend and runs all the way through next summer. Tickets go on sale on September 19th at 10am Tickets available at axs and at johnmellencamp.com.  The months long 2015 North American tour will feature eighty different shows including multiple dates in the artist's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana as well as duplicate dates some other tour destinations including New York City where in late April he will split four dates between two Manhattan venues - Carnegie Hall on 7th Ave. at 57th St. and The Apollo on 125th Street in Harlem.

Mellancamp's four California dates of the tour include July 23rd at Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre, July 25th at at the Oakland Paramount Theatre, July 26th at Sacramento's Community Theatre, and July 28th at LA's Nokia Theatre. Mellancamp's special guest on tour will be Carlene Carter.

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21 Records To Look For This Fall

Posted by Billy Gil, September 10, 2014 03:59pm | Post a Comment

21 Records for Fall

Aphex TwinSyro 

aphex twin syro lp
Out Sept. 23

The Internet pretty much exploded when Richard D. James announced Syro, and with good reason. It’s the ambient/electronic artist’s first album in 13 years, and from the sound of the glorious “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” (OMG vocals), it’ll have been worth the wait.

Pre-order Syro LP & CD.

 

Julian Casablancas + The Voids Tyranny 

julian casablancas the voidz tyranny lp
Out Sept. 23

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Return To The Classics: Organized Konfusion's 1991 Debut

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2014 06:55am | Post a Comment
organized konfusionThe years 1990 to 1993 seem to many in retrospect like a time when hip-hop was at a high point because it simply was a great time for hip-hop releases. A strong case in point would be the amazing 1991 self-titled debut from Organized Konfusion on Hollywood Basic. The Organized Konfusion album, which sadly got slept on by the mainstream upon its release 23 years ago, has been lauded and held high by hip-hop fans in the years since. The album, that was also made available in LP formats,  is truly a classic hip-hop album. And people recognized that at the time - diehard hip-hop fans and critics at least, although the larger mainstream audience didn't make it a commercial hit by any means. Interestingly though as the years goes on, this album has gained more and more accolades, meaning more listeners are going back and discovering it in retrospect.

Better late than never then those listeners are discovering the power duo of Organized Konfusion in their young days - Pharoah Monch and Prince Po. The album, which the two also produced, just focuses on the mic talents of the two members and is not weighed down with a multitude of mic guests to distract from the duo itself. The exception to the rule was guest O.C. of DITC fame who makes a cameo on the single "Fudge Pudge." Other undeniably great album tracks include "Walk Into The Sun," "Releasing Hypnotical Gases," "Audience Pleasers," "Prisoners of War," "Organized Konfusion," and the single "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken" (see video below).
Three years later in 1994 Organized Konfusion returned with the follow up album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, which was another great album. Commercially it even did better than their debut but this 1991 album remains their greatest work.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show "The Eclipse Show" on KGNU

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeblog interview about "The Eclipse Show" with Denver's DJ A-L


It was long assumed that Kevvy Kev Stanford radio KZSU's long-running hip-hop radio show The Drum (showcased on the Amoeblog five years ago) was the longest running radio show, but according to Colorado DJ A-L that distinction goes to Boulder CO radio station KGNU's hip-hop program The Eclipse Show is "the longest running hip-hop show in the world!"  Furthermore it is one that even predates KZSU's The Drum by a full half dozen years.

The Drum
, which note is no longer on the air, began in 1984 while The Eclipse Show started out in 1978 as, what DJ A-L called in the Amoeblog video interview above, "an alternative black radio show" that played all types of black music including rap/hip-hop as it began to get released on vinyl in the late seventies. Soon after, as hip-hop releases became more and more commonplace, The Eclipse Show gradually morphed into an all hip-hop music radio show. Fast forward a decade to 1990 and The Eclipse Show looked like it was about to go off the air due to lack of time commitment from those producing the show at that time. But that was when DJ A-L's mentor Chris Nathan stepped in to save the day, or rather the legacy of this radio show, by taking it under his wing and bringing in numerous other DJs/contributors over the years, and up to this day.

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Album Picks: Avi Buffalo, Karen O, Tennis, Lemonade, Death From Above 1979

Posted by Billy Gil, September 9, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold (LP, CD)

avi buffalo at best cuckold lpLong Beach’s Avi Buffalo comes back after four years with a great new album, At Best Cuckold. Opening track “So What” reveals gleaming guitars and casually brattiness that shows Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his band cleaning up some of the psych clutter from their still excellent debut in favor of a streamlined sound, but they’re still weirdos at heart. Serpentine lullaby “Memories of You” softly jangles with country-rock guitars, proggy touches and funny lyrics like “bitch I’m on fire…I’m a cheeseball on fire.” It speaks to the band’s ability to reference classic bands while putting out their own vibe. It’s hard to pull off a “Here Comes a Regular”-style vulnerable acoustic-guitar song like “Two Cherished Understand,” and Avi Buffalo does it by keeping it short, sweet and ultimately unique. Part of that uniqueness comes from Zahner-Isenberg’s way with a non sequitur—“I ran over two dogs, then I ate them after,” he admits amid a fizzy Western backdrop on “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.” And he gives the best breakup line of the year on “Oxygen Tank,” singing, “A man carrying an oxygen tank is gonna come kill me and my family too if I don’t stop seeing you.” The Flaming Lips comparison still haunts them a bit, yet these songs still have personality for days, so who cares, ultimately. “These birds seem so fucking free/they're nothing compared to me” Zahner-Isenberg sings faux-sweetly on “Overwhelmed With Pride,” and it’s tough not to believe him. Avi Buffalo will be at Amoeba SF Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

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BARF: Bay Area Record Fair Returns to Thee Parkside, 9/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 8, 2014 06:37pm | Post a Comment

Calling all record fiends and local label enthusiasts! BARF (Bay Area Record Fair) returns with the BARF: Bay Area Record Fairsecond installment of their celebration of the Bay Area music scene and the people who help make it happen. The festivities will be held on Saturday, September 27th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. The event is FREE (with RSVP HERE) and starts at noon, but you can get a jump on the crate digging at 11:00am with an early bird ticket for just $5!

Besides bodacious browsing and kibitzing with local label folks, there will be live performances by Happy Diving, Hot Flash Heat Wave, Wild Moth, plus Flim Flam and The Jet Stars of the after-school Rock & Roll music program Three O'Clock Rock!
 

BARF at Thee Parkside

Taste of the Mideast Side -- at the Los Angeles County Store

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 8, 2014 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Taste of the Mideast Side


If there are regular readers of my column here on the Amoeblog, they've probably seen some of the hand-drawn and hand-painted maps which I include in my series of Southland explorations I call California Fool's Gold. Right now a series of new maps are on display at the Los Angeles County Store in East Hollywood. None, except the Los Feliz map, have been the subject of Eric's Blog entries yet. 

Eric Brightwell Cartography Art Show Los Angeles County Store

The Los Angeles County Store is a great retail shop which features only goods designed and manufactured in Los Angeles County. The opening has already passed but the maps can still be seen in person if you head over there soon -- the show ends on 21 September

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Mideast Side (3rd Edition)
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Mideast Side (3rd Edition)

I refer to the set of paintings as Taste of the Mideast Side -- a reference to Taste of the Eastside, a four-year-old food event which despite its name never features restaurants from the Eastside unless you clarify that you're talking about the Eastside of Central Los Angeles (aka the original Westside). By the way, there is an older pre-existing event called The Taste of East L.A. which as its name correctly suggests, features restaurants from East Los Angeles -- a neighborhood actually located in the Eastside
Anyway, here are the maps included in the show (which you can vote for me to write about here). 

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Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 8, 2014 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Timothy SimonsAmoeba Hollywood was the place to be on Saturday, September 6 where Timothy Simons (Jonah from VEEP) highlighted and auctioned off all kinds of cool and crazy stuff to benefit the Theater Arts Program at Los Angeles High School of the Arts. With his droll sense of humor and his whimsical stream-of-consciousness descriptions of each item, he had the audience chuckling and bidding. The more they chuckled, the higher they bid. He raised more than $1,200.00 in bids which, when matched by Amoeba, means $2,400.00 for the LAHSA Theater program!

"Here is...a Beatles pack. The Beatles. Maybe you've heard of them....a band from Australia a bunch of years ago who made their debut US television appearance on the Johnny Carson show."

The deadpan delivery and ongoing ironies made for a highly entertaining afternoon. The sheer brilliance in his introduction of a Lynyrd Skynyrd wall tapestry...well, you had to be there. This month's auction items were also amazing, including autographed VEEP items, concert tickets to sold out shows and backstage access, as well as weird and wonderful promo items. As Tim slyly delivered up each item and shared memories, I wondered how many of the kids in the audience took his recounting as gospel. It was all in good fun for a good cause! 

Some highlights from Saturday's auction:

  • Lyndyrd Skynrd banket/wall tapestry - $15.00
  • Simpsons lunchbox + Trader Joe's gift card - $65.00
  • Nintendo 2DS + awesome Super Mario Brothers goodies - $130.00
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - $125.00
  • Patton Oswalt rad pack: 2 LPs + free passes to Patton's 9/13 Largo show, w/backstage meet & greet passes - $165.00!
  • Beavis & Butthead shirt + Silicon Valley poster signed by Mike Judge - $65.00
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Book signed by Matt Walsh along with Alt-J tickets - $60.00
  • VEEP Season 2 Blu-ray signed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus - $60.00
  • Beatles fan pack - $50.00
  • Led Zeppelin fan pack - $15.00
  • Signed Silversun Pickups CD, guitar pick & poster - $17.00
  • Bike pack: Golden Saddle cap, SOLE shirt, signed VEEP stuff - $ 90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at The Fonda - $40.00
  • Tickets to Elvis Costello w/Ben Folds at the Hollywood Bowl - $45.00
  • Tickets to the Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary: Fireworks Finale at the Hollywood Bowl - $55.00
  • Tickets to the PixiesGogol Bordello and Cat Power at the Hollywood Bowl - $65.00
  • Tickets to Bob Mould at the Roxy - $25.00
  • Tickets to Afghan Whigs at the Fonda - $30.00
  • Tickets to Lykke Li at the Hollywood Palladium - $30.00 
  • Tickets to Lilly Allen at the Hollywood Palladium - $50.00

A little bit about Timothy Simons, who graciously returned to host our auction:

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A look at Crime Correspondent

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 8, 2014 10:48am | Post a Comment
The overwhelming success of Dragnet -- surely the greatest police procedural on radio -- predictably led to the creation of several similar programs. Dragnet's network, NBC, offered several more twists on the genre. Perhaps the best was Tales of the Texas Rangers which sounds as if it might be a juvenile western but was actually an excellent Texas-set police (or Ranger) procedural. Confession, was a fascinating and too-short-lived criminal procedural that dramatized true crimes from the perspectives of the convicted. 


Crime Correspondent


NBC's network 
CBS somewhat successfully countered with The Line Up (a procedural set in New York City), 21st Precinct (another New York procedural), and the absolutely fascinating Night Watch -- one of the first unscripted "reality" shows in which a police recorder rode with Culver City PD to the scenes of actual crimes. Someone recently told me about another CBS crime drama of which I hadn't heard, Crime Correspondent. I was intrigued.

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Music History Monday: September 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 8, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 8, 1970Third Album by The Jackson 5 is released. Produced by The Corporation and Hal Davis, it is recorded at The Sound Factory and Motown Recording Studio in Hollywood from April - September 1970. The group's third full-length album in just nine months, it contains original songs written by Motown staff writers as well as cover versions of hits by Simon & Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Troubled Water"), Shades Of Blue ("Oh How Happy"), and The Delfonics ("Ready Or Not (Here I Come)"). It will spin off two hit singles including their biggest hit "I'll Be There" (#1 Pop for five weeks and R&B for six weeks) and "Mama's Pearl" (#2 Pop & R&B), though the album version of "Mama" will feature alternate vocals from the hit single version (issued in January of 1971). It will become the group's second biggest selling album in the US, moving an estimated 4.6 million copies. Third Album will spend ten weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200.
 


On this day in music history: September 8, 1972All The Young Dudes, the fifth album by Mott The Hoople, is released. Produced by David Bowie, it is recorded at Olympic Studios and Trident Studios in London from May - July 1972. The band's fifth release marks a major turning point in their career. The struggling band will be on the verge of breaking up, when Bowie steps in and offers to produce them. Initially, he will offer them the song "Sufferagette City," which they will turn down. When he plays them "All The Young Dudes," they will enthusiastically accept it. It will spin off two singles including "One Of The Boys" (#96 Pop) and the title track (#37 Pop, #3 UK Pop), which will become an anthem. The album will be regarded as a classic of the Glam Rock movement of the early to mid '70s. "Dudes" will become the band's signature song, and is covered by numerous artists including Aerosmith, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. Mott The Hoople's original recording will be featured in the films Clueless and Juno. Later there will be some speculation as to what record label owns the rights to the recording. Mott The Hoople had recorded for Island Records prior to signing with Columbia Records. The band may or may or may not have recorded either part or all of the album before changing labels. To this day, it is a matter that none of the band members are willing to discuss. All The Young Dudes will peak at number 89 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Portland Duo Priory's "Weekend" Has Makings Of A Breakout Pop Hit

Posted by Billyjam, September 8, 2014 06:08am | Post a Comment

Priory "Weekend" (2014)

Portland duo Priory's new single "Weekend" and its accompanying just published video (above) perfectly capture the oft visited in pop music topics of teenage angst and yearning for the weekend. The song by the talented duo comprised of Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears has all the elements of a pop hit in itself. But with the engaging David Vincent Wolf (AKA White Ghandi) directed music video  in a throwback era roller rink setting, starring Nick Krause (The Descendants, Boyhood) and Bailey Noble (known to many as Adilyn of True Blood) can only further the single's exposure and climb to mass popularity. The group formed five years ago and in 2011 released their self-titled debut album Priory on Portland's indie Expunged record label. Earlier this year Warner signed them. The single will be included on their new major label album slated for release later this year. Meantime Priory are preparing to go out on an eleven date US tour with Britpop quartet The Kooks, that kicks off at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on September 24th and stops in LA the following night at The Wiltern.

New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/5 - Omar S, Jared Wilson, Young Male and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 5, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment
D- untitledD.
Untitled 12"
Proper's Cult
 
Unruly, dub house/techno from the incorrigible Amsterdam scene figure, San Proper. The tracks are all various combinations of "?" and "!", the attention to detail seems to have gone into the tracks, which are rather dark excursions of scraping, single-note guitars, always buttressed by a kicking house rhythm. Very interesting!
 
Buy Untitled 12"
 
 
 
 
 
Chse Smith - Falling OutChase Smith
Falling Out 12"
Harmony Society
 
Pittsburgh producer Chase Smith continues his come up. After EPs for WT, Argot and a certain European label which issues anonymous missives, he sounds more relaxed than ever. The melodic progressions of the basslines are the most notable here. The title track is a true A1, all catchy dive-bombing bass and dubbed-out accoutrement. "Still Further" has a nostalgic feel to it -- it's a perfect driving track. The ambient outro will appeal to fans of Panoram. Handpainted cover, edition of 400.
 
Buy Falling Out 12"
 
 
 
 
Jaakko Eino
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Yin Yang Theater 12"
Beats In Space
 
Delightfully unquantized funk from Tim Sweeney's label. This sounds a bit like the most joyful Chaz Jankel jams infused with a creepy, Krautrock edge."Sensaatio" slows things down to around 115 BPM, mixing heavy boogie bass, Shaft-style funk guitar and hooky, spaced out vocals. 
 
Buy Yin Yang Theater 12"
 
 
 
 
 
Young MaleYoung Male
A11 R 12"
White Material
 
No-nonsense hardware techno. The first track "A11 R" is pretty similar to his contribution to the White Material comp - a simple synth stab and banging 909 ridden into oblivion. Closer "Black Satin Fan" uses a more nimble, sensuous rhythm with some creepy tones coming in and out of the mix. This unadorned style is  somewhat at odds with the hype that's built around his labelmate Galcher's stoned house rap.
 
Buy A11 R 12"
 
 
 
Jared Wilson - Ghost Miners
Jared Wilson
Ghost Miners LP
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Straight-ahead DETROIT acid dedicated to everyone who spends their life (literally) underground. The 303 lines here and clipped and utilitarian, but the melodic gift Wilson's demonstrated on tracks like "This Love" and "Unknown Pleasures" comes through occasionally. "Ghostminer 3's" piano chords and jacking drums nail that elusive alchemy mixing soulful and tough.
 
Ghost Miners LP
 
 
 
Omar S - Annoying Mumbling AlkoholikOmar S
Annoying Mumbling Alkoholik 12"
FXHE
 
Another great 12-inch from Omar S. (Is that even something that needs to be said at this point?) The hilariously named title track has a funky rolling bass line with a slight '80s feel (RIYL "Wayne County Cops") and a dope, ethereal lead. A fluttery ambient track and a more techno leaning tool close it out. Some people make it look easy.
 
Buy Annoying Mumbling Alkoholik 12"
 
 
 
Black Madonna - stay
The Black Madonna
Stay 12"
The Night Owl Diner
 
Marea Vierge-Noire's reputation as a DJ has grown by leaps and bounds due to her beatdown sets and increasingly frequent touring. That said, there hasn't a massive amount music from The Smart Bar booker quite yet. This may be the year that changes. "Venus Requiem" is her first track to capture the isolator abusing glory of her all-vinyl sets. It sounds a bit like she's just leaning on the EQ on a fogotten g-funk/boogie. It's both relaxed and undeniable as a dance track. Awesome!
 
Buy Stay 12"
 
 
New this week:
 
MR RAOUL K: Still Living in Slavery CD 
D.A.F.: Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft LP
GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Oceanheart CD 
GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Synthesist CD
CELLER, ALEX: Kammsa/Plex Astunde 12" 
CRAY76: Master & Servant 12"
SHIT AND SHINE: Powder Horn CD 
EARLYBIRD SOUL SYSTEM: Flashing Lights EP 12"
DEEPCHORD: dc07/dc08/dc09 [remastered] CD 
 DEEPCHORD: dc10/dc11/dc12 [remastered] CD 
DEEPCHORD: dc13/dc14/dc16 [remastered] CD 
INTRUSION: The Seduction of Silence (Remastered) 2CD 
SEEKAE: Test & Recognise Remixes 12" 
ORDELL, ROBIN: JC EP 12" 
BJORKE, KASPER: After Forever LP 
LUSSURIA: Industriale Illuminato CD
KIRK, RICHARD H.: The Many Dimensions of Richard H. Kirk 3CD BOX 
DARK SKY: imagine CD 
GARNIER: KL 2036 EP 12" 
SAGITTARIUS A: Omega Point EP 12" 
PORTABLE: Sportable 12" 
BORTZ & SASCHA SIBLER, DANIEL: Tomorrow We Start a New Life Again 12" 
WATSON, VINCE: Rock-It EP 12" 
BORROWED IDENTITY: Sexo Bonito 12" 
MAGNESII: VD Jams #1 12" 
WILHITE, RICK: Vibes 2, Part 2 2LP
WINTER & HATZLER, ANDRE: Mirage EP 12" 
SND: travelog (Special Extended Edition) 2LP 
NIRO: Tender as Asphalt EP 12" 
HARON: Optics 12" 
SKEPTICAL: Echo Dub/Chain Reaction 12" 
ZEMI17: Impressions EP 12" 
DREXCIYA: Neptune's Lair 2LP
Brett Cimbalik "I Wish I Could Say The Same" 12" 
Snakepiss "Toil EP" 12"
Lexi/Blendi/Adopo "Wirr 1" 12" 
F.R.U.I.T.S. / PTU "Dat 22 (First Track) / Tuesday
Royer "Tough Questions EP" 12" 2 6.99 13.98
Craig Sherrad "Sketches of A Circuit" 12" 
Generation Next "Generation Next EP" 12"
MGUN "MGUN EP" 12" 
Moodymann "Sloppy Cosmic / Hangover" 12" 

 

Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Foxygen, Useless Eaters

Posted by Billy Gil, September 5, 2014 10:01am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar

flying lotus kendrick lamarA hopped-up Kendrick Lamar has no problem keeping up with Flying Lotus’ jazz-inflected twists and turns in this masterful slab of head-churning beatwork. Particularly when that steady beat comes in about a minute in, this thing is intense. It might be the most propulsive thing we’ve heard from FlyLo yet. It’s definitely got us even more excited for You’re Dead, which is due Oct. 7 (preorder on LP or CD).

 

Foxygen – “Cosmic Vibrations”

foxygenCalifornia-born psychedelic pop band Foxygen have unveiled another song from the upcoming And Star Power album (due Oct. 17, preorder on LP or CD), and it’s an eerie, slow-burning duet of sorts between frontmen Sam France and Jonathan Rado, who trade spacey observations over a low-key Western backdrop. Great, gloriously wasted stuff. Then that ending …

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Homeboy Sandman's New Album "Hallways" Discussed By The MC and Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2014 09:06am | Post a Comment

Homeboy Sandman "Problems" (2014)

 

Following a slew of releases (five EPs and the full-length First of a Living Breed) for Stones Throw Records, to whom Homeboy Sandman signed in late 2011, this week the refreshingly unique and ever prolific Queens NY emcee released Hallways - his second full-length album for the LA based label founded by Peanut Butter Wolf. "An ode to the space between where you are and where you are headed; a space in flux, and a space where Sandman himself noticeably thrives," is how Stones Throw cryptically describe the collaboration heavy new twelve-track album. The various mic and production guests (eleven different producers over the dozen tracks) include J-Live, BluKurious, Oh No, the experimental artist Jozef Van Wissem, 2 Hungry Bros, Inspirimentalist, J57, and Jonwayne. The latter produced the new LP's excellent first single, "America, The Beautiful" while the other single/video is the Knxwledge produced "Problems" (see the just published Adam Tyree directed video above)

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Watch Highlights from Bob Mould's Blistering Set at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2014 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Bob Mould at Amoeba Hollywood

This summer Bob Mould stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a short but raucous set for a packed room. The singer-songwriter's musical career began in 1979 when he formed Husker Du, a legendary punk rock band that would influence the likes of the Pixies and Nirvana. After the dissolution of Hüsker Dü in the late 1980s, Mould started working on the material that would become Workbook, his first solo outing. In 1992, he formed the alternative rock band Sugar, which would become his most commercially successful project. Four years later, Mould returned to the stage as a solo artist once more.

Bob Mould Beauty and Ruin

In June 2014, Merge Records released his eleventh studio album, Beauty & Ruin, which led to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, WTF with Marc Maron, and NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. Mould performed to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood on release day, tearing through songs at a fast and furious pace. You can see him live around the US, with opening band Cymbals and Guitars, before heading out to Europe and the UK later this fall.

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DJ Vadim Teams Up With Governor Tiggy For New EP/Video

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2014 07:33am | Post a Comment

DJ Vadim "Sweet Like A Lolly (feat Governor Tiggy)" (2014)

Digging deep into the reggae roots style for his soon to drop EP Sweet Like A Lolly, DJ Vadim teams up with old school veteran Governor Tiggy. The new EP, featuring the lead track in just published music video above, will be released by BBE on September 15th and will also include new versions of tracks from the Dubcatcher album (released in June on BBE) with Senor Wilson and Sena. Meantime check out all the other DJ Vadim releases now available from Amoeba here.

Top Ten NYC Subway Songs

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2014 10:51pm | Post a Comment
New York State of Mind Amoeblog #96:

As this 100 part weekly series winds to a close over the coming weeks I figured I'd do some music best-of lists in these final five installments including this week's Top Ten Best NYC Subway Songs. While a tough list to compile, due to the sheer number of songs out there that reference the most frequently used mode of transportation here in New York City, it was still a fun one to draw up.

For this top ten, rather than just do say 70's rock or 90's hip-hop or any one specific genre, I tried to cover several genres and eras, and even still just scratched the surface. The selections are mostly subway themed songs - although some are overall NYC themed but with subway references in them like the ones by Fear and VU which placed in the last two positions for that very reason. Some others that almost made the list include "F Train" by Babe the Blue Ox, Unsane's “D Train,” "The L Train Is A Swell Train And I Don't Want To Hear You Indies Complain" by Out Hud, "Subway: The Last 'I Love New York' Song" (from the musical Mayor), and another musical one - "Subways Are for Sleeping" from the musical of the same name. In comments below please feel free to add any songs you think should have made the list.



1) Duke Ellington Orchestra “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941) "You must take the 'A' train / To go to Sugar
Hill, way up in Harlem.
" Even if they don't realize it, everyone knows this song - a jazz standard and signature tune for Duke Ellington and his orchestra with lyrics. Literally a classic and one that pops
into my head every time I take the A train, and I rate it number one on my list for its historic relevance. Honorable mention to another jazz classic: "GG Train" by Charles Mingus about the line now known
simply as the "G" line - as the "L" line used to be the "LL" line.

De Lux Head Red Bull Sound Select Show Curated by 'Flood' Sept. 17

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 06:42pm | Post a Comment
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De Lux

The next Red Bull Sound Select show in L.A. will feature local dance-rock band De Lux Sept. 17.

The show at Hollywood’s intimate Sayers Club is only $3 with an RSVP or $12 walk-up. RSVP here.

Flood Magazine are curating this time around, with local psych-pop Incan Abraham opening and monster-music garage rockers Isaac Rother & The Phantoms hosting and DJing.

L.A. duo De Lux (Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco) play a whole mess of instruments and record themselves, ending up with a glittering collage of disco, dance-punk and post-millennial electro-pop. Their debut album, Voyage, was released this year and kicks several asses. Check out “Better at Making Time” below:

 

Incan Abraham make bouncey new-wavey electro pop with a globetrotting sensibility weaved in, exemplified by songs like “Concorde,” from this year’s Tolerance, as heard below:

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Bid on Concert Tickets, Collectibles and More at Sept. 6 Charity Auction with Timothy Simons

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment

timothy simmonsAmoeba Hollywood’s next charity auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. with guest host Timothy Simons.

Some of the stuff you’ll be able to bid on includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T)
  • VEEP goodies, including an autographed copy of Episode 309, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy
  • Meet & greet backstage pass to Patton Oswalt’s 9/13 show at Largo
  • Gift certificates to cool places
  • Concert tickets, including Bob Mould at the Roxy, Alt-J at the Greek, Lily Allen at Palladium, Lykke Li at Palladium, Mac DeMarco at the Fonda, Blonde Redhead at the Fonda and Zola Jesus at the El Rey
  • Collectibles, oddities and much more!

lahsThis auction will go to benefit the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts' Theater Program. Amoeba matches winning bids up to $1000. LAHSA is a specialty school focusing on the performing arts that is open to enrollment for students within LAUSD. Find out more about the school here.

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Early L.A. Punk and Hardcore Scenes Explored in Edward Colver Photo Exhibit

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:25pm | Post a Comment

lethal amounts edward colverCheck out pictures of punk and hardcore greats like The Germs, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys at IDLE WORSHIP: The Photography of Edward Colver at Lethal Amounts in Downtown L.A. from Sept. 20 through Nov. 22. Opening night is at 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Photographer Edward Colver captured emerging subcultures of the late ’70s and early ’80s in L.A., documenting every show he attended from 1978 to 1984 and photographing luminaries from movements such as hardcore, death rock, thrash, new wave, industrial, skate punk and more. His photos cover the aforementioned artists plus such bands as Christian Death, The Cramps, Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, The Mentors, Lydia Lunch, Fear, Nick Cave, Siouxsie & the Banshees, PIL, Motorhead and more. His work has been shown at galleries and museums around the globe to the point that Colver is considered one of the premier punk photographers.

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Next Amoeba Hollywood Sidewalk Sale Features Deals on 45s, Blu-rays and More Sept. 13

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 03:53pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk sale

It’s time once again for a Sidewalk Sale. Our next one takes place Sept. 13 from 12-5 p.m.

amoeba sidewalk saleWe’ll be featuring the following deals:

-Restocked 45s at $1 each

-Kids VHS at two for $1

-DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets, which have their own deal)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Blu-rays at three for $12

-Books and comics at three for $1

-Deals on classical music

-And more!

Come by and pick up some goodies for the fall!

amoeba sidewalk sale

Grand Tour of the Northeast and Quebec -- a snapshot of Albany

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 3, 2014 02:29pm | Post a Comment
I recently took a sort of Grand Tour of the Northeastern United States and Quebec with Una. Before the trip I'd only been in the region once before when I spent a few days in and around Princeton and New York City during Yuletide a few years ago. I returned for the occasion of my sister's graduation but used the opportunity to explore the surrounding region by train. One of the city's that we visited was Albany.

Albany, New York postcard


Most of the places we visited we spent a substantial amount of time exploring. Visiting Albany, on the other hand, was a last minute decision. Wanting to visit Vermont we purchased tickets for the Ethan Allen Express to Rutland, Vermont. When the Amtrak board at Penn Station failed to list any Vermont trains, I approached an Amtrak employee and said, "May I ask you a question?" She said nothing but her face grew red and she visibly clenched her jaw so I inquired about the train to Vermont. In an unpleasant tone accompanied by an eye roll she stated, without looking at me, "I don't know why they'd sell you a ticket to Vermont when no train goes there." We returned to the ticket counter where a more helpful employee issued us a partial refund and informed us that we could take the Adironack Line to Albany so to Albany we went.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dimitri & Mario of OFF!

Posted by Amoebite, September 3, 2014 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Off!

What do punk rockers do when their band goes on hiatus after decades of touring and OFF!recording? They start another band, duh. OFF! is a supergroup of punkers who are well known for their roles in some of the most legendary punk and hardcore bands around. Former Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris enlisted long time buddies Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt, Earthless) to form OFF! back in 2009. After releasing a self-titled debut in 2012, OFF! is back with their second proper album, Wasted Years (Vice Records), 16 tracks of hard, fast, in-your-face grown man angst. It's the very stuff that punk rock is made of. The entire album is 23 minutes long, reminding us that Keith Morris is still very much a punk rocker with no signs of softening up. You can catch OFF! live with the Descendents at the FOX Theatre in Pomona, CA Sept 28th.    

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Masters of Sex: Season One

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 10:27am | Post a Comment

masters of sex season one dvdThis week’s Weekly Wednesday Steal is the Masters of Sex: Season One DVD for only $10 (list price $49.98).

Showtime's critically acclaimed "Masters of Sex" follows Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they research human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the late 1950s and early '60s. It is based on Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.

The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer. Previous deals have included releases by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.

Watch the slightly NSFW trailer for season one of "Masters of Sex" below:

 

 

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Longtime Oakland MC Naru Kwina (formerly Sir Quick Draw)

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2014 08:16pm | Post a Comment
His name may not be as familiar to the average Bay Area rap/hip-hop fan as such fellow Oakland rapping contemporaries of his as Too $hort but longtime East Bay hip-hop emcee talent Naru Kwina, who began his career back in the eighties along with a handful of other local rappers and is still making music to this day, is both a talented artist and an integral part of Bay Area hip-hop history's formative years.

Originally known as Sir Quick Draw, Naru Kwina began his hip-hop career when few others were recording and releasing music in the Bay Area compared to nowadays - and those that did make rap/hip-hop music had a tough time getting their music out there and heard. "I started rapping in 1979, the day I first heard Rappers Delight," he recalled recently. However it would several years later, in 1986, when I first met the artist. He had submitted a demo cassette tape for a Bay Area rap contest I produced on UC Berkeley radio station KALX in the Fall of that year. With a fresh upbeat inspired style and flow on the song he submitted ("Rapaholic") Sir Quick Draw's tape was so good that the judges of the contest (including Davey D Cook) all agreed that he was the best out of all the demo tape submissions. In fact in the months following the radio contest win, into the following year of 1987, the song "Rapaholic" that was recorded with his David K-OS got signed and released by Baywave/Macola Records as a 12" single. Then the year after that, in 1988, he would record another 12 inch single  - this time under the name MC Quick but again along with David K-Os entitled "I Like It Like That" (b side "I'm Just Rollin'").

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Run The Jewels Announce Tour & Tracklist For "RTJ2" On Nas' Mass Appeal Records

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Run The Jewels - the super talented hip-hop power duo of El-P and Killer Mike - has just announced new tour dates along with track listings,  contributing guests, and artwork details for their forthcoming  sophomore release. With cover art almost the same as last year's self-titled debut on Fool's Gold (only in a different color), the new album on Nas' new Mass Appeal Records is  slated for release on October 28th. Aptly titled RTJ2, the album will feature guest spots by Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker, Diane Coffee, and BOOTS (note this is not Boots Riley of The Coup but BOOTS the sometimes Beyoncé collaborator).

The Run The Jewels has been attracting attention of late for their impressive recent tour sets, including a stop in the Bay Area last month at Outside Lands and the previous month in New York at the Governors Ball. They've also been garnering attention with new audiences care of Killer Mike's recent guest appearance on CNN, speaking out on the grander implications of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson (see video below).

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Album Picks: Half Japanese, Earth, Zammuto

Posted by Billy Gil, September 2, 2014 11:40am | Post a Comment

Half Japanese - Overjoyed (LP, CD, Download)

half japanese overjoyed lpHalf Japanese’s legacy as detuned-guitar weirdos that inspired legions of other important bands is more than solidified at this point. But thankfully, the band has decided to record a new album, their first in 13 years, to go along with their recently announced Neutral Milk Hotel tour. And let’s just say it’s far from a fiasco. Overjoyed is brilliant, teaming with the energy of a band half the age of the Fair brothers. “In its Pull” establishes the band’s core appeal of sing-spoken vocals over a straight-ahead rock beat and guitars that vacillate between Stones riffs and atonal fuckall chords. “Meant to Be That Way” sees the band engaging in squealing, No Wave-style guitar sounds, but they’re pretty reined in, used in the service of creating a potent post-punk groove. “Brave Enough” might be the band’s best pop song yet, full of jangling island guitars, bongo drums and lyrics like “Come on! Let’s do it!” Yet the whole thing is lovably strange, too, a special freak-pop gem that only Half Japanese could produce. That moment of accessibility speaks to how listenable Overjoyed is throughout, even while the band is spitting distorted vitriol into their mics (“Do It Nation”) or singing with only the faintest hint of a melody (“Shining Star”)—these songs are still hooky at their core and a lot of fun to listen to. There’s also a wonderful positive energy to the album that doesn’t feel forced. A song like “Overjoyed and Thankful” might be ironic, but it doesn’t really matter, as its torn-apart rock ‘n’ roll still brings a smile to your face. And “The Time Is Now” is irrepressibly life affirming and musically quite pretty, with shimmering, jazzy guitar lines. “Don’t ever get stuck with that stupid word ‘why’; I never have liked that word,” they sing nakedly on “The Time Is Now.” To borrow a line from the song, the long-awaited Overjoyed puts a few more rainbows in our blue sky.

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Sleater-Kinney to Release 'Start Together' Box Set With All 7 Albums on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, September 2, 2014 11:17am | Post a Comment

sleater-kinneyThe late, great Sleater-Kinney will get the remaster and re-release treatment Oct. 21 when Sub Pop releases all seven of the band’s albums on vinyl in the Start Together box set.

The set will include the band’s self-titled debut (1995), Call the Doctor (1996), Dig Me Out (1997), The Hot Rock (1999), All Hands on the Bad One (2000), One Beat (2002) and The Woods (2005). All seven albums also will be remastered and re-released separately on LP and CD the same day, according to Pitchfork. The remaster work was done by Sterling Sound’s Greg Calbi from the original analog tapes.

It’s a great chance to revisit one of the best and most consistent bands of the past two decades, particularly when all-female or female-fronted bands don’t tend to get venerated through history in the same way that male bands do. That’s especially sad when you consider Sleater-Kinney were better overall than just about every other band out there and that they never got bad—actually, they went out on their highest note, the Dave Fridmann-produced The Woods, which is a classic. Here’s hoping for a reunion too—never got to see this band live!

Hear The Woods’ “Entertain” below, sung by guitarist (and now Wild Flag member and Portlandia co-star/co-creator) Carrie Brownstein:

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Mary Lambert with Young Summer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2014 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the new season of CIIS Public Programs & Performances concert series, which kicks off with with Seattle-based singer/songwriter/spoken word artist Mary Lambert and special guest Young Summer mary lamberton Saturday, September 27th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Mary Lambert is good at two things: crying and singing. Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don't Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem "Same Love."

The revolutionary single has allowed Mary's voice to reach millions. She has toured nationally and performed live on The MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1, and The Colbert Report. "Same Love" has sold over two million copies in the US alone, peaking at number 11 on The Billboard Hot 100. Her recent single, "She Keeps Me Warm," from her new EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, received over one million views in its first week and debuted at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

In many ways, Lambert isn't your typical major-label pop artist. Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word performers, she is a brutally candid writer who deals directly in her art with such past traumas as being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, abusing drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, surviving a gang rape at 17, and being molested repeatedly by her father as a child. "It's important for me to be completely and totally open," Lambert says.

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Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood September 2014

Posted by Amoebite, September 1, 2014 01:33pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Supersonico

Supersonico
Shrine Expo Hall
October 11
Cafe Tacuba, Calle 13 & more

Fool's Gold Day Off

Fool's Gold Day Off
Shrine Expo Hall
October 12
A-Trak, Danny Brown & more

Music History Monday: September 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 1, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day: September 1, 1944 - R&B vocal legend Archie Bell (born Archie Lee Bell in Henderson, TX). Happy 70th Birthday, Archie!
 

 

Born on this day: September 1, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Barry Gibb (born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb in Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Barry!
 


On this day in music history: September 1, 1887 - German American inventor Emile Berliner files for a patent with the US Patent Office for the Gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch. Berliner's invention will use flat discs rather than wax cylinders used by Edison's machine. One of the other major issues Edison's phonograph is consistent playback speed. While Berliner is developing the gramophone, he will enlist the help of engineer Eldridge Johnson who will design a low cost, clock-work spring-wound motor that spins the disc at a consistent speed. With a group of investors backing them, Berliner will start the Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895. By 1901, Berliner and Johnson will establish the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor), marking the beginning of the modern music industry.
 

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