Hip-Hop Rap-Up 10:09:15: Top 5 Albums, African Identity Memorial, Skratchpad, Lyrics Born, Dregs-One, Richie Cunning + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2015 09:41pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Albums

1. Blackalicious Imani Vol. 1 (Black Mines)

2. Apollo Brown 
Grandeur (Mello Music Group)

3. Chief Keef Bang 3
(RBC Records)

4. The Underachievers Evermore: The Art of Duality (RPM) LP

5. Bleubird Lauderdale (Fake Four Inc.)

Weekly Roundup: Gun Outfit, Drab Majesty, HEALTH

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2015 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Gun Outfit – “Dream All Over”

gun outfitL.A. dream-rockers Gun Outfit have released several great tracks already from their upcoming fourth album, Dream All Over, which is due Oct. 16 on Paradise of Bachelors. The title track builds on droning guitars that split the difference between Morricone and The Velvet Underground, painting imagery of a moonlit California sky with tangled guitar thunder. Check out Dream All Over when it comes out next week.


Drab Majesty – “The Heiress” video

drab majestyDefiantly gothy synth-pop of the highest order comes to us from L.A.’s Drab Majesty on “The Heiress.” It’s the latest single and video from their album Careless, out on Dais. Get lost in their halls of purple neon and digital waves via Tiny Mix Tapes. They’ll be at Oakland’s Santos Studios Nov. 6 and L.A.’s Complex Nov. 7.

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Album Picks: Kisses, Protomartyr, Alex G

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2015 12:02pm | Post a Comment

KissesRest in Paradise

kisses rest in paradise lpKisses continue to make smart, chilled-out disco-pop on their third album, stripping back some of the atmospherics of previous releases and upping the grooves. Spareness reveals how lovely Jesse Kivel’s voice and melodies are on a song like “Sun,” as Kivel moves from singing over a solo beat into a falsetto over romantic synth touches. Freestyle and ’80s synth R&B inform tracks like “Control” without them being mere homages. Most of Rest in Paradise sits comfortably as headphone-friendly electro pop, but a track like “A Groove” also gets your blood pumping with its high-hats, rubbery bassline and pure disco strings and guitars. Rest in Paradise is perhaps the L.A. duo’s best and boldest album yet, building on their easy appeal while delivering the disco jammers in spades.


Protomartyr The Agent Intellect

protomartyr the agent intellect lpProtomartyr make no-bullshit indie rock. Guitars are as in-tune as when they pick them up. Joe Casey’s vocals are declarative and fierce, eschewing melody in favor of direct emotion, spitting “I will make them feel the way I do” on surging opener “The Devil in His Youth.” This isn’t to say Protomartyr are sloppy. Everything on The Agent Intellect feels finely honed, drawing from bands like Husker Du, R.E.M. and Guided By Voices to distill bile-ridden diatribes into taut, nihilistic post-punk. Protomartyr’s tunneling rhythms and mangled notes aren’t particularly pretty, but The Agent Intellect feels true and cathartic. “Tell me how you really feel” might be one of the most annoying phrases in the English language. Protomartyr answer in kind.

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Hardworking, Humble DJ Shortkut Is Finally Ready for His Solo Debut LP + Discusses New Skratch Piklz Album and Career Highlights

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2015 11:49am | Post a Comment
 Hardworking, humble, & hella talented DJ Shortkut @ 45 Sessions New Parish JZLim Photography

"If I was to end all this tomorrow and I had an album, then I would be happy," DJ Shortkut confided when I caught up with the hardworking, highly respected, and diversely talented San Francisco DJ in his hometown this week. Feeling "exhausted" but with a wide smile on his face, the heavy in-demand globe-trotting DJ, who is booked on average 4 to 5 nights a week, was just back home in the States from Asia where he's been spending a lot of time in recent months including at Red Bull Thre3Style events with the recently reunited Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP), along with Qbert and D-Styles, with whom he recorded the anticipated album The 13th Floor. Despite the fact that he was honored with the Grand Wizard Theodore Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of scratching & DJ culture, and that he holds membership of three of the most revered turntablist ensembles in the history of the genre - ISP, The Beat Junkies, and Triple Threat DJs (with Vinroc and Apollo) - and has recorded with each of them, plus released a stack of his own amazing solo DJ mixes encompassing hip-hop and dancehall and other styles, he has never released a DJ Shortkut album. But that is all about to change the Daly City DJ born Jonathan Cruz told me this week following an impressive turntable set he threw down at Guitar Center on Van Ness celebrating the launch of Thud Rumble and DJ Qbert's TRX Scratch Mixer.

Beach House Is Releasing a New Album Next Week

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2015 12:27pm | Post a Comment

beach house thank your lucky stars lp

What! Another new Beach House album? You heard that right.

Even if you haven’t finished digesting the delicious stew that is Beach House’s most recent album, Depression Cherry, which was released just two months ago, there’s a new one coming out Oct. 16 called Thank Your Lucky Stars. Which is what we’re all doing right now because you can never have enough Beach House in your life.

The album will first come out as a full-length LP, with the CD out a couple of weeks later. You can preorder both now on Why might you want to do that now, you may ask? The early birds who preorder now will get Sub Pop's "Loser Edition," the label's early color vinyl releases (this one's green). The LP also comes with a download card of the album.

According to the band’s Twitter account, it’s not a companion album nor a B-sides comp but rather its own album, as Pitchfork reports.

beach house tweet new album

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Luke Sick's Music/Culture zine LET'S SIDE Rewinds to Simpler Pre-Digital Age Aesthetic

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2015 11:23pm | Post a Comment
10 Random LET'S SIDE Items culled from Issues #1 thru #8

1:  LUCKY 13 by Lord Toph
2: On That Town Shit
    Confessions of a Rap Nerd

3: "Resident gets a package of gorilla dung"  newspaper story
4: Memphis Murder Music
5: To Make D.M.T. In Your Kitchen
6: Five "rarish" Bay Area rap records
7: RBL Posse early 1990's In-A-Minute press photo
8: Break Science & The MC
9: Ocean Floor Records profile
10: 5 Random Grabs by DJ Eons One

You've got to love everything about DIY music and culture zine LET'S SIDE - the Bay rap-rooted, retro styled, DIY printed publication that is curated and published by longtime Bay Area underground hip-hop artist and label owner Luke Sick (Grand Invincible / Grand Killa Con) who, via his original hip-hop crew Sacred Hoop, initially came to fame in the 1990's. That same decade gets a lot of throwback love in the zine that Luke launched three years ago and has tirelessly been publishing ever since.  LET'S SIDE is a heartfelt homage to not just the nineties but that whole era of 80's/90's/early 2000's right before the Internet pretty much took over everything. His zine's stubbornly simple, pre-digital / analog aesthetics are similar to Luke's indie music label MegaKut - on which he releases extremely limited run cassette-only releases of typically a 100 copies total pressing. Similarly LET'S SIDE is a print only, quarterly zine, of which only a 100 printed copies are made. The zines are all handmade by Luke down at his local Xerox store - just like in the olden days before websites, blogs, and Instagram when information was limited and slowly disseminated. With a small talented crew of contributors, but no advertising or financial backing - just his passion for music and culture Luke delivers a wonderfully raw, unpolished, throwback style zine that is unlike any other. 

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Sidewalk Sale and Super Saturday Sale Both on Oct. 17

Posted by Amoebite, October 7, 2015 05:15pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale amoeba hollywood october 17

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Oct. 17, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • Fresh 45s at two for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value) 
  • $1 clearance vinyl
  • 45 grab bags
  • DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Deals on classical music

It's also the same day as our Super Saturday Sale, where you can pick up turntables, posters, T-shirts, books, headphones and mugs at 20% off. And we'll also be running our pop-up shop for Father John Misty in-store during that time. Come out to Amoeba Music and score deals inside and outside the store!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Super Saturday Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Father John Misty Pop-Up Shop at Amoeba Hollywood October 14-18

Posted by Amoebite, October 7, 2015 02:27pm | Post a Comment

Father John Misty pop-up shop at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is hosting a Father John Misty pop-up shop Wednesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 18! Filth Mart is designing a limited-edition t-shirt in collaboration with Father John MIsty to celebrate the occasion and you can purchase it – along with FJM limited-edition vinyl, "Innocence" by Misty perfume, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and posters – at the pop-up shop. Don't miss taking a selfie with a cardboard standup Josh Tillman! 

Father John Misty is town for two sold out shows at the Wiltern October 16th and 17th. We're giving away tickets to both shows on Twitter and in-store at Amoeba Hollywood starting 10/14. You can also win a pair of tickets to the October 17th show on Enter here.

The pop-up shop is in support of Father John Misty’s newest album, I Love You, Honeybear. This fearless second record builds on his folk-rock sound with orchestral touches, genre diversions, and direct, conversational lyrics that cut through singer/songwriter cliches.

In addition to the pop-up shop on Saturday, October 17, we're also having a sidewalk sale 12-5pm and our big Super Saturday Sale (all day). Don't miss this chance to score some huge deals that day while you're checking out the pop-up shop.

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Recap: Nick Thune Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2015 02:14pm | Post a Comment

Nick Thune Hosts a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, October 3rd we had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood with our first-time host, comedian and actor Nick Thune! For this month's charity auction, we teamed up again with the awesome folks at NerdMelt and raised money for our friends at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Nick hails from the Great Northwest (Seattle), where he spent his early years growing up. His absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show eight times, and on each occasion, he won. Nick has also appeared on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central special. His comedy special, Folk Hero, is available on Netflix and iTunes and you can get a copy on vinyl at Amoeba, of course. 

Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Nick auctioned off a vast and crazy array of concert tickets, gift certificates to local hot spots, and random promotional stuff---with all proceeds benefitting the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's scholarship programs. Their mission is to facilitate basic music education, focusing on the youth of the community while welcoming everyone to participate.The Conservatory offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. The study of music enriches not only the life of the student, but the community and society as well. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dan Deacon

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2015 12:47pm | Post a Comment

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is a Baltimore-based composer, electronic musician and founder of the Wham City arts and music collective. He released his self-released his first two albums as a solo artist, Meetle Mice and Silly Hat vs Egale Hat, on CD-R while attending SUNY Purchase. He released several recordings before coming to national attention with 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which was released by Carpark Records, and included in Pitchfork’s “Top 50 Albums of 2007.” Two years later, he released the critically-acclaimed Bromst. In 2012, Dan Deacon released America on Domino Records. His fourth album, Gliss Riffer, was released in early 2015, also via Domino.

Dan Deacon Gliss RifferDan Deacon is beloved for his entertaining live shows, which he performs surrounded by the audience. You can see him live in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 10 at Festival Supreme and in San Francisco January 29, 2016 at the Fillmore. His classical and film score work is perhaps less well-known, although his work has been performed at The Barbican in London for the Steve Reich Reverberations Festival and at Carnegie Hall as part of their American Mavericks series. He has also collaborated with video artists and curates and hosts Gunky’s Basement Film Series, a year-round extension of the Maryland Film Festival.

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Mr. Lif Signs Multi-Album Deal with Mello Music Group But Insists You Don't Call It A Comeback

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2015 11:50am | Post a Comment
Legendary Boston emcee talent Mr. Lif, who came to fame last decade via Def Jux with his sharp politically tinged lyrical assault and whom it seems we have not heard from last decade either solo or with his group The Perceptionists (with Afrobatik and DJ Fakts One), has just signed a multi-album deal with  Mello Music Group. The announcement came yesterday from the prestigious, eight year old, Arizona based label whose roster of artists released includes Oddisee, L'Orange, Open Mike Eagle, and Apollo Brown whose very recent album Grandeur is the latest release from the label, who said that the deal will include several albums over the upcoming two years 2016 and 2017.

Meanwhile the artist himself, in reaction to how the average hip-hop fan assumed that he had hung up the mic for good since he had not released anything since 2009's I heard It Today, also made a statement to insist that this should not be called a comeback by the post-millennium underground hip-hop star. "I’ve been very active musically for years but I haven’t been putting records out," the Massachusetts artist born Jeffrey Haynes insisted, adding that, "I’ve been touring the world with Thievery Corporation and otherwise living in the studio, constantly making songs.” Fans, who were introduced to the artist via such now indie hip-hop classics as his 2002 EP on Def Jux I Phantom, can look forward to his first in the Mello Music Group album series in early 2016.  In the meantime the label has announced that it will be reissuing the (long out of print) 14 track, double LP I Phantom on November 27th. That underground classic from El-P's now defunct Defintiive Jux features an impressive array of artists (production and mic) joining the Boston emcee throughout including El-P, Edan, Insight, DJ Fakts One, Aesop Rock, Jean Grae, and Akrobatik. You can find Mr. Lif's previous releases on the Amoeba website. Below is the video for the track "The Sun" off 2009's and another with Thievery Corportion from 2011.

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One Album Wonders: V.A.N.

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 5, 2015 11:07am | Post a Comment
V.A.N. - Out in the Rain (1992)

V.A.N. were a short-lived "melodic hard rock" band from Germany who released just one album in 1992, Out of the Rain. I have no idea what the acronym "V.A.N." stands for. It's not derived by the names of the band's members, who were guitaris Frank Elwart, keyboardist and guitarist Helge Engelke, vocalist Jens Reulecke, drummer Kalle Bosel, or bassist Ralf DittrickVereinigung Akustikus Neurinom? I've no idea.

V.A.N. - Out in the Rain

Anyway, of the members of V.A.N., Engelke appears to have had the most previous professional experience having played in the bands Letter X and Zeno. He was born in Hanover in 1961 and began playing guitar at thirteen. In interviews he's mentioned that bands he liked included Deep Purple, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, Yes -- but that his favorite of all-time is, revealingly, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

Preorder Ryan Adams' Taylor Swift Cover Album '1989' on Vinyl and CD

Posted by Billy Gil, October 5, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment
taylor swift ryan adams

One of the most prolific and idiosyncractic songwriters of his generation has covered an entire album from one of the most ubiquitous pop stars of her generation, and soon you can own the results on LP or CD!

ryan adams taylor swift 1989 album lpRyan Adams' full-album cover of Taylor Swift's megaselling 1989 album was an welcome surprise, as Adams filtered Swift's maximalist radio pop into his world-weary Americana style. The album will be released by Blue Note on CD Oct. 30 and on LP Dec. 11.

Reviews for the album have been overwhelmingly positive, with Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt claiming, "If turning the biggest, shiniest pop record of the past year into a survey course in classic rock economy sounds like a novelty, it is. But it’s also the best kind—one that brings two divergent artists together in smart, unexpected ways, and somehow manages to reveal the best of both of them."

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