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George Clinton, Who Celebrates 75th Birthday, Defines Funk and more in Rare 1985 Interview

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2016 08:20pm | Post a Comment

Today funk innovator, captain of the mothership, nucleus of Parliament, Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and other spin off bands, George Clinton celebrates his 75th birthday. The artist is an historic key figure in shaping not just funk music but also a lot of hip-hop too. A hard working musician who, even in his mid 70's, is currently on tour. The man is truly a living legend. Hence if you have never seen him and P-Funk in concert you owe it to yourself to go see him play. Luckily there's ample opportunities to do so. Currently on tour in Euorpe, tonight he celebrates his birthday playing the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Tomorrow night he brings P-Funk to the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England. The artist returns to California in September when  he will play the Fox Theater in Oakland on Sept. 15th and at the Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival September 18. In honor of this funk musical pioneer and his 75th birthday, I have a rare recently uncovered May 1985 interview with George Clinton that I conducted for KALX radio back in the day. Clinton, who was 44 years of age at the time, was enjoying a rich recent solo career. Just three years earlier in 1982 he unleashed his solo debut album Computer Games that featured the funk smash hit single "Atomic Dog." The following year he followed up with solo album number two You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish.  At the time of this interview he'd already finished up working on his third solo album, Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends and was onto his next project: producing The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact he was in the studio in Detroit with the Chili Peppers working on their album Freaky Styley when he took time out to conduct this phone interview.

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Brently Heilbron Hosts a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood August 6

Posted by Amoebite, July 22, 2016 11:31am | Post a Comment

charity auction at amoeba hollywood

Join us for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron, the original host of our charity auctions! Brently will be hosting a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to benefit Inner-City Arts Saturday, August 6th at 4pm. We've uncovered a treasure trove of crazy collectibles and promo items for Brently to auction off, not to mention concert tickets to see Kraftwerk at the Hollywood Bowl and Culture Club at the Hollywood Bowl; gift certificates from our amazing neighbors; and lots more goodies you never knew you had to have.

Our charity auctions began back in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana. What started as an effort to help the Gulf Coast relief efforts has turned into an 11 year commitment to supporting organizations ranging from Doctors Without Borders to the Los Angeles LGBT Center and an incredible $450,000+ being raised through our charity auctions

At every auction Amoeba matches all winning bids up to $1,000, doubling the amount of money going to charity. We do this with the help of our partners and friends who donate their goods for the auction and the generosity of our customers who come down to the auctions and open up their wallets and their hearts.

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EPMD's "Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour" In California This Week

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2016 11:04pm | Post a Comment
 
EPMD's math may be a bit off for the ongoing Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour, but the opportunity to catch this reunited iconic hip-hop duo perform their landmark 1988 debut album is one not to be missed.  Tonight at midnight in San Francisco EPMD will hit the stage at Public Works to perform Strictly Business in full, in addition to "all their hits" from the pair's rich golden era back catalog.  Tomorrow, July 22nd, they perform in LA at the Hollywood Palladium and the following night (July 23) at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center as part of Ice-T's Art of Rap Festival tour. Then Sunday July 24th they headline the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix with their tribute to Strictly Business. Three years ago the album by the legendary duo of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith (aka PMD) [EPMD = Erick and Parrish Making Dollars] enjoyed a special 25 Year Anniversary Strictly Business. Presented by Snoop Dogg that reissue version included five bonus tracks: alternate versions or remixes of album songs.

The GRAMMY Museum Presents The Drop: Mike Posner, August 16

Posted by Amoebite, July 21, 2016 02:56pm | Post a Comment

Mike Posner

See Mike Posner live at the Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles August 16 at 7:30pm for an intimate Mike Posner, At Night, Alone.discussion about his new album At Night, Alone. and his exceptional career, followed by a special performance for The GRAMMY Museum's The Drop. Tickets are $20 and you can get them HERE!

Not only has Posner created hits of his own, but he's also credited for tracks like Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," Maroon 5's "Sugar," and Labrinth and Emeli Sandé's "Beneath Your Beautiful." At Night, Alone. is deeply personal and introspective. Posner has been praised for his honesty in his new album, having wrote or co-wrote every song.

Tickets to the Music Tastes Good Festival on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 21, 2016 12:40pm | Post a Comment

Music Tastes Good Festival

We're excited to announce that Amoeba Hollywood is carrying tickets for KCRW's first-ever Music Tastes Good festival in beautiful downtown Long Beach. The event features local and national acts, plus craft beer, a Bloody Mary brunch, and an optional VIP farm-to-table dinner. Music Tastes Good takes place September 23-25, with scheduled performers including The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Melvins, Dr. Dog, and Warpaint, plus a whole slew of other fantastic acts.

You can choose from several different ticketing options, including single day passes for Friday ($25), Saturday ($75), and Sunday ($35). The 3-day general admission ticket costs $120, and the 3-day VIP ticket, which includes the aforementioned farm-to-table dinner, costs $240. 

Please note there will be a $2 service charge per ticket, and store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

29 Years Later, Too $hort's "Born To Mack" Remains Oakland Rap Pioneer's Rawest But Best And Most Definitive Album

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2016 11:41pm | Post a Comment

With this week marking the 29th anniversary of Too $hort's album Born to Mack on Dangerous Music, I went back to re-listen in full to the July 20th, 1987 release by "the Godfather of Oakland rap." The album remains Too $hort's best: the one that laid the blueprint for the rest of his long career up to the present day. And although the LP is often presented as Short's "debut studio album," it was actually preceded in the mid 80's by a series of earlier albums by the young artist released on the local Oakland 75 Girls record label. But it would be this release on Dangerous Music (him and manager Randy Austin's breakaway label) album that would be the one to blow up Too $hort on a national level. The album led to the artist born Todd Shaw signing with Jive/RCA who would re-release the album the following year. Then the year after that, in 1989, the NYC based label would release Life is Too $hort followed by a string of many more Too $hort albums that would build upon the Born to Mack blueprint.  On each album the artist would further fine-tune the created persona of Playboy Short that he first presented on this definitive album. Re-released last year in 180 gram vinyl version by Plain Recordings, Born to Mack is a must have and worth it for just the two Too $hort classics "Freaky Tales" and "Dope Fiend Beat." 

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1990's Promo Pics Pt II: Gravediggaz (RZA, Prince Paul, Poetic, Fruitkwan), Alkaholiks, Goats, Ill Al Skratch, Big Daddy Kane, AWOL +

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2016 11:51am | Post a Comment

"The mouths and minds that you loved in Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Stetsaonic, and Too Poetic are here," read part of the 1994 press release (excerpt below) introducing, although they were out for few years already, the rap supergroup the Gravediggaz. The press release, sent out by Gee Street, part of Island Records.for the album 6 Feet Deep was accompanied by a couple of publicity photos by David Corio of the "horrorcore" group comprised of Prince Paul,  RZA, (aka Prince Rakeem), Poetic, and Fruitkwan. Both pics are included in this second part in the new Amoeblog series of paying tribute to artists, photographers, and labels involved in  hip-hop publicity / promo photos back in the 1990's. These are mostly all black and white photos from the mid nineties that accompanied  bio/press releases sent out at the time by record labels to print media, radio and television outlets. Part one included the Beastie Boys Gank Move, DJ QUIK  Above The Law,  King Tee, Black Czer,Kwame, Black Sheep and Jemini The Gifted One. This second part is from the years of 93, 94 and 95 and via such record labels as Relativity, Gee Street/Island, Loud/RCA, One-Way/BEG/Ichiban, Mercury/Polygram, MCA, Profile Records, and Ruffhouse / Columbia.  Daniel Hastings, who was also credited in part one, is among the photographers responsible for the pics here in part two.

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Desert Daze 2016 Tickets On Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 19, 2016 11:50am | Post a Comment

Desert Daze Amoeba Music

Tickets for the 2016 Desert Daze festival are on sale now and you can purchase them in-store at Amoeba Hollywood. The good people at Moon Block have put together an incredible lineup and relocated the festival to a new location in Joshua Tree. The 3-day festival happens October 14-16 and features headliners Primus and Television, along with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Saul WilliamsDeerhunter, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Cherry Glazerr, The Coathangers, Dead Meadow, and legendary proto-punk/garage rockers The Sonics, just to name a few.

The influential synth/punk group Suicide was scheduled to play, but sadly singer Alan Vega just passed away on Saturday; no replacement act has been announced so far. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Cellist Joshua Roman

Posted by Amoebite, July 19, 2016 11:13am | Post a Comment

Joshua Roman Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When classical musician/composer/curator Joshua Roman visits Amoeba Hollywood he's sure to pick out a very eclectic mix of music, one that includes electronic, opera, jazz, and Ween. "I discovered Ween in college when I discovered a lot of things, musical and non-musical," says Roman, "and some of them go very well with Ween." Masters of style" is what he calls them, saying, "They're the most versatile band that I know." High praise coming from someone with tastes as versatile as Roman.

Joshua Roman at Amoeba Hollywood

Joshua Roman began his career in 2006 as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a coveted position attained when he was only22. He has gone on to serve as the director of Seattle Town Hall's Town Music series, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador. He has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Earl Carlyss, Christopher Taylor, Christian Zacharias, The JACK Quartet, So Percussion, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

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New Hip-Hop Vinyl, Shows, Top 5 Music Videos: Aesop Rock, Blu & Nottz, Damu, Yoni & Geti, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Mister Freedom

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2016 08:03pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 Hip-Hop Records 07:18:16

1: Blu & Nottz Titans In The Flesh  12" with ten tracks (Coalmine)
 
2: A$AP Ferg Always Strive & Prosper LP (RCA)
 
3: Analog Brothers Pimp To Eat LP reissue (Mello Music Group)

4: Bahamadia Kollage LP (Capitol)

5: Damu The Fudgemonk Untitled V1   7" (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

Future Pick: Atmosphere Fishing Blues LP (Rhymesayers Ent.)  release date 8/12/16 but pre-order now

 
It's mid-summer 2016 and hip-hop is in full on creative mode with a slew of new releases including the top five vinyl releases (LP, 12" and 7") above that include such new releases as Blu & Nottz and reissues such as the 1996 Bahamadia repress of Kollage, and the Analog Brothers (feat. alter egos of Kool Keith and Ice-T). There are also some incredibly innovative new hip-hop music videos out there these days such as the top five that follow below. And right now all over the US there's a rich variety of hip-hop shows and tours to choose from. For example in the Bay Area in the week ahead coming through town will be EPMD at Public Works on Thursday as part of their Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour in which they'll perform that 1988 album (28 year anniversary?) in full as well as dipping into their treasure trove of golden era hits from other albums including Unfinished Business. Associated with the latter part of that same throwback era, and on that same night but across the Bridge over in Oakland will be The Artifacts and Ed O.G. Unlike EPMD however they'll be playing newer as well as older material. With San Francisco emcee supertalent Z-Man as well as Karen Less, Mike Fish & The Monolyth, Unlearn The World, and Bottled Water also on the bill, the show takes place at Shadow Ultra Lounge/Level 13 located at 341 13th street Oakland, CA. 9pm 21+ $12 at door.  Meanwhile for a taste of some of hip-hop's modern progressive sounds that, at times embrace alt rock, I recommend the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Saturday (July 23) with  Yoni & GetiYoni & Geti is the duo comprised of brilliant Chicago emcee Serengeti and WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf who he's been down with a good few years. Wolf co-produced Serengeti's  Family & Friends album for Anticon in 2011. In May of this year the two released their collaborative album Testarossa on Joyful Noise (also avail on vinyl). This current US tour, which will end a week later (July 30th) in Denver, CO at the Larimer Lounge, is in support of that new album.

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Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena: Albert Lee, David Lindley & More

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2016 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Join us for free outdoor concerts under the stars at Pasadena's Memorial Park. See a variety of artists at the Levitt Pavilion, the park's restored 1930s band shell, including country-rock guitarist Albert Lee on July 23, the genre-spanning David Lindley on July 29, and many more. While you're there, visit the Amoeba Music booth, spin our prize wheel, win gift certificates, and more. More info on Levitt Pavilion Pasadena's Summer line-up HERE.

Albert Lee David Linley
Albert Lee David Lindley

 

Grand Performances in DTLA: Ginkgoa & Mbongwana Star

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2016 06:06pm | Post a Comment

L.A.’s “Best free outdoor Summer concert series," Grand Performances, continues its 30th season throughout July and August with Grand Performances, Los Angeles, L.A.a lineup reflecting the city’s diversity. Catch these free shows at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. and stop by Amoeba's booth to say hello!

Join us at Grand Performances on Friday, July 22 for the hot club cabaret sounds of Ginkgoa, and on Saturday, August 6 for Mbongwana Star's electro-infused Congolese dance music. Spin our prize wheel, get gift certificates, and more! Both shows start at 8pm. 

Check out Grand Performances' full schedule HERE.

 

Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star
Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star