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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Bay Area DMC Battle, WFMU Record Fair, Prince + Hip-Hop, New Releases, Yung Jake @ MoMA + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment
DJ TRAPS - once again wins Bay Area DMC Regional - photo from the 2016 DMC Bay battle by James Mak - c/o Joysco Photos and Joysco Studios

Props to DJ Traps (pictured above c/o  James Mak / Joysco Photos) who won the recent 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle. Repeating the feat he accomplished exactly three years ago in the same battle (2013 Bay DMC was held in SF), he will again head to NYC this upcoming August to rep the Bay for a chance to take the USA title. Held in Fremont on April 22nd and presented by both Official Rane DJ and Adisa, the Bishop's Hip-Hop Chess Federation, who hosted the event, the runners up in the battle were AkikoLUV - Akira Funabashi in second place, and Primo, Adrian Primo Silva in third place. Meanwhile the results of the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals also held at same venue on the day were winner DJ IQ, with runners up Prolifix in second place and DonPaco in third. Congrats to all the participants! Scroll down to end of this Amoeblog to see group picture of the Bay Area DMC event by hardworking Bay Area hip-hop photographer James Mak. Upcoming 2016 DMC Regional battles include next Saturday, May 7th, in Austin Texas. More info.

 
Shattering the (sometimes true) stereotype that rappers with "Yung" in their stage name are mostly superficial, lacking in intellectual merit, and low in substance, Los Angeles based rapper Yung Jake blew minds and stereotypes last night at NYC's MoMA. There the CalArts grad took part in MoMA’s adventurous Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute: series by performing his engaging multi-social media show that melded Tweets, YouTube viral videos, memes and GIFs, and more including of course rapping. The presentation, that lasted three hours, was s mixed media statement on life in this Internet age by the West Coast artist who hails from Long Island, NY. 

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Drake's 'VIEWS' Coming May 6, Up for Preorder Now

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2016 02:46pm | Post a Comment

drake amoebadrake views cdOn the same day, we’ll get two blockbuster albums: Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s VIEWS, which is finally coming out May 6 after nearly two years of announcements regarding the album.

The album features production by Kanye West, Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Nineteen85 and others. Future, Rihanna, dvsn and others make guest appearances.

The tracklist is below. It includes one of the biggest hits of recent memory, “Hotline Bling,” plus recently leaked song “Controlla.”

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Album Picks: Brian Eno, Aesop Rock, dvsn

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2016 08:03am | Post a Comment

Brian Eno The Ship

brian eno the ship lpBrian Eno’s latest album combines the minimalist approach to his ambient work such as Music for Airports with the intrigue of his more pop-oriented work. On opening track “The Ship,” individual tones, thick, thin, solid and wavering create a transfixing horizontal drone. Vocals enter after a few minutes, deeply intoning strange truisms behind some swan-diving notes and radio noise that sound like a TV left on in another room. “The time is still, the sky is young,” the voice says, and the music feels eternal while the found sound of advertisements feels ephemeral. Through its contemplative, extended tracks, The Ship is a little unsettling but ultimately gives a sense of peace, a reminder of our short time on a greater vessel that sets us free from our preoccupations. Includes a gorgeous cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.”

 

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Pioneering Bay Area Turntablist DJ Quest Releases Experimental Album "Queztocoatl" feat. free Amoeba Download Track

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2016 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Pioneering San Francisco turntable artist/producer and frequent Amoeba San Francisco contributor (group and solo sets plus curating The DJ Project), DJ Quest has just unleashed his newest full-
length Queztocoatl. The twelve track experimental album features the aptly titled "Grimmy Mutilation" that you can DL from the Amoeba Free Downloads page as well as see the accompanying music video below. 

During last weekend's record release party at Gallery 1317 in San Francisco, the father of two DJs was joined by his youngest turntablist offspring, five-year old DJ Lucas pictured above. [pic c/o Dawgisht]. His other, much older, DJ offspring is the talented 23 year DJ Trainn.  Last Saturday's release party was hosted by DJ 2Fresh, who did a showcase set, at his recently opened cool new North Beach gallery located at 1317 Grant Ave in San Francisco.

A follow up to such stellar solo DJ Quest releases as Cosmic Parasite and Questolous,  Queztocoatl is somewhat of a departure for the trailblazing turntable artist of three decades. For this release the Mission based DJ assumes the artist name of Questosahn feat. DJ Quest. This the veteran turntablist does to distinguish the more intricately produced and deeply layered project  from the turntable themed works that he's best known for. Less of a DJ/turntablist project,  Queztocoatl is more of a twisted funk collection of songs by the criminally underrated artist who is highly revered among his peers. Throughout  Queztocoatl DJ Quest equally showcases his production and composition skills. Synthesizers and old school drum machines are among the instruments he summons from his home studio collection of old analog gear to construct the, at times, darkly sinister sounding new album. Scratch fans should take note that Quest does include turntable
manipulations on the new album, selectively adding them into the dense Queztocoatl mix. 
 
DJ Quest is a founding member of San Francisco's groundbreaking Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelerz crew who released the pioneering battle record Hamster Breaks back in the early 90's and are credited with the "hamster style" in turntablism. DJ Quest is also the architect of the long running jazz/hip-hop trio Livehuman along with Andrew Kushin (bass) and Albert Mathias (percussion). Livehuman's rich resume boasts several albums including 2000's Elefish Jellyphant on Matador Records, while venues they've performed at since forming two decades ago include the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Additionally for the past decade, Livehuman's hometown NPR affiliate KALW FM have utilized the revered modern jazz ensemble's music as the theme to their afternoon news reports.

Public Enemy, Kool Herc, Jungle Brothers, Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, and Bahamadia among NYC's Free Summer of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, April 27, 2016 11:51pm | Post a Comment

The recently announced lineup for the annual SummerStage free concert series in New York, that includes lots of killer hip-hop shows, makes a trip to the Big Apple worthwhile even if you are a music fan living on the opposite coast. DJ Kool Herc Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, and the Jungle Brothers are among the many legendary hip-hop acts scheduled to perform for free in parks across New York City's five boroughs over the upcoming summer months. The Chuck D led revolutionary rap act, who performed in past years on the same annual series, will perform this year at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park on June 21st. DJ Tedsmooth is the opening act for the 7pm outdoor show. Meanwhile the Jungle Brothers will play a free show on August 4th at Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park.

Among the many other hip-hop acts on this summer's impressive lineup (more than any previous year) are hip-hop DJ pioneer / scratch creator Grand Wizzard Theodore at Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn on June 30th, and Fat Joe and Tony Touch at Crotona Park in the Boogie Down Bronx on July 6th at 7pm. At that same landmark hip-hop park in the birthplace of the music and culture, a place where many of hip-hop's earliest era parties took place, the recognized founder of hip-hop DJ Kool Herc will be performing on July 10th at 7pm. On that  same bill will be Little Shalimar whose many accolades include co-producing both Run The Jewels albums and El-P's Cancer 4 Cure album, as well as the original soundtrack for the film Rubble Kings (inc. RTJ). That film about the outlaw New York City street gangs that ruled from the late 60's to early 70's, who paved the way for hip-hop culture, will be screened at the same event.

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First Fridays Brings Escondido and More to Natural History Museum May 6

Posted by Amoebite, April 27, 2016 04:06pm | Post a Comment

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natural history museum logoThe next First Fridays at L.A.’s Natural History Museum happens May 6, featuring indie-folk band Escondido. Amoeba is a proud sponsor, and we’ll be there with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

Tickets to the show are $18, which grants you admission to the museum; the concert hall is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Escondido are a Nashville-based duo who have seen their music soundtrack shows like “Girls” and have been on “Conan” and ABC’s “Nashville.” Their latest album, Walking With a Stranger, is out now. Watch the video for the dreamy “Try” below.

 

korey dane youngblood lpOpening the show starting at 7:15 p.m. will performances by folk singer/songwriters Korey Dane and Paul Bergmann. Dane’s album Youngblood is available now from Amoeba. Hear samples of their work in the videos below.

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Amoeba Muralist Michael Alvarez Debuts Paintings at MaRS April 30

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

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Have you ever seen the mural that surrounds the garage entrance to Amoeba Music in Hollywood? With musicians from soul, punk, hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll, it perfectly gets you into the mindset for crate diggin’. Here are some pictures to jog your memory.

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The mural is the handy work of artists Tony Tee and Michael Alvarez, the latter of who is having his first solo exhibition, “Sorealism,” at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) starting this Saturday, April 30. His 18 oil paintings will be on view through June 4.

Alvarez grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, an area currently facing a ton of changes as the gentrification wave heads east. The subjects of his paintings come from the area’s community spaces and domestic life, rendered in an unfiltered, true-to-life style. See some of his work below. (Some of it is NSFW; the raciest we'll post here just has a man mooning the viewer.)

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michael alvarez painting take a hikeA public reception on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature a food pop-up by East Los Musubi, which brings new flavors to the classic Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Find out more here.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Theo Parrish, Zernell & Marcellus Pittman

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2016 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish, Zernell, Marcellus Pittman Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

"That's the number one part of DJing, know your records," says Zernell, the Chicago born, now LA-based DJ and head of the music label, Grimy!. Zernell, along with fellow house DJs Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman, were spinning records at Amoeba Hollywood for our weekly DJ series, ROTATIONS, in celebration of the Crate Diggers Record Fair. Parrish and Pittman, both Detroit based, are also heads of their own labels, Sound Signature and Unirhythm, respectively. Before their sets the three DJs went record shopping and we got a chance to hear what they had to say about their killer picks.

Pittman starts with the Gang Starr album he considers their best, Hard To Earn, though Parish and Zernell seem to have different opinions on the matter. Parrish chimes in next with Hiatus Kaiyote's latest record, Choose Your Weapon. Zernell picks up Robert Owens' "Bring Down The Walls" 12", which was produced by Larry Heard, who he considers "the dopest 'house' producer." Also in the picks are some of great female singers, including Melba Moore and early Natalie Cole, whose song "Annie Mae" was, according to Parrish, a major tune in '80s Chicago.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Up for Preorder, Out May 6

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2016 10:57am | Post a Comment

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Did you take a Twitter vacation over the weekend? If you weren't already aware, Beyonce just went right ahead and Beyonce'd again, releasing a (sort of) surprise album called Lemonade. Though it was previously only streaming on Tidal, for which you have to have a paid account, it's coming out on CD/DVD May 6th! You can preorder it now.

Anyone who's played her previous album to death, 2013's excellent Beyonce, knows they're in for something special. To boot, this new album features work by The Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar, plus samples and inspiration from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulja Boy and Animal Collective. Production was handled by Just Blaze, Diplo and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.