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DJ Precision Wins 2015 DMC US Finals Again, With Manwell Placing Second And Dwells In Third Place

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2015 11:49pm | Post a Comment

At Webster Hall in New York City this evening the heated national annual turntablist battle for the best DJ in the USA, the prestigious 2015 DMC US Finals took place with Queens NY DJ Precision winning the title at the East 11th Street venue.  The DJ won three times including this latest battle in the six minute battle plus he also won in this year's DMC US Supremacy which adds up to an impressive four DMC US titles in all.  An icon within the turntable community and a regular DMC battle participant and winner, this was the third year that Precision took the US  DMC title in the high-profiled six minute battle portion of the evening. The last time that the turntable talent born Perrin Wright  won the national title was exactly three years ago at the 2012 US DMC US Finals DJ battle. At that DMC US Finals battle, that was also held at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge several blocks away over on the west side of Greenwich Village, the runner up was Virginia's DJ I-Dee who placed second, but then last year won the US Finals (the previous year's 2013 US DMC Finals winner was DJ Esquire). At that 2012 US DMC Finals that Precision also won, the third place slot was earned by LA  representative Manwell who made it back into the finals again this year where tonight he took second place. Meanwhile in third place this year was DJ Dwells -  the supertalented young winner of the NYC Regional battle for two years in a row. In last year's US Finals Dwells, who is now only 15, took second place. And this year, despite been tipped by many as a potential winner of tonight's battle, was overtaken in the heated turntable showdown in which other talented participants included DJ Ambideckstriks, DJ Ease and DJ Throwdown.

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New Vinyl Reissues This Week from John Lennon, The Reatards & More

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2015 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include eight John Lennon releases on heavyweight vinyl, debut albums from The Scientists & The Modern Lovers, and more. Here are the reissue highlights for August 21, 2015.

Babes in Toyland Vinyl Reissue Babes in Toyland
Fontanelle [180gm vinyl]

180gm vinyl reissue of the hard-rocking trio’s 1992 album.
Empire of the Sun Vinyl Empire of the Sun
Walking on a Dream

Lana Del Rey's 'Honeymoon' Up For Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, August 21, 2015 12:15pm | Post a Comment

lana del rey honeymoon album art

Lana Del Reythe gangster Nancy Sinatra of our dreams, has a new album on the way called Honeymoon, due Sept. 18 on Interscope. You can preorder it now on LP and CD. Check out the album art above, which was revealed today.

She also shared a new song with the classy, swaying "Terrence Loves You," which you can stream below. This comes on the heels of "High By the Beach" and the title track, which taken together offer an idea of the diversity to expect from album No. 4.

Watch a performance of "Without You" live at Amoeba below:

Album Picks: Dr. Dre, Wilco, Gardens & Villa, Deradoorian, DRINKS

Posted by Billy Gil, August 21, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment

Dr. DreCompton

dr. dre compton cdWith the release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton about pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., Dr. Dre has found himself rejuvenated as an artist. The rapper and onetime N.W.A. member has long been largely behind the scenes as a producer and businessman, but there’s still been hope he’d release something of his own, with a long-promised Detox album now shelved. That’s for the better; with an artist of Dre’s caliber, we’d rather have something polished to compare with his first two solo albums, and Compton, a companion piece to the film, doesn’t disappoint. Among A-list guest spots (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem) and lush jazz-funk production by Dre and a score of others, the album finds Dre looking back at his legacy. “Goddammit, I'm too old, I forgot I got it all/But Andre young enough to still get involved” he says on “Talk About It,” embodying his younger self to hang with the next generation he’s helped mentor. Dre tells the story of Compton’s troubled history (along with fellow Compton native Lamar) on standout “Genocide,” with dizzying production by Dem Jointz and a sick hook by Marsha Ambrosius. It should go without saying that the rapping across Compton is jaw droppingly great, not least of all by Dre himself, who raps circles around the young’uns on tracks like “It’s All On Me.” I would have liked to hear more of Dre and fewer guest spots (two tracks don’t have him at all), but taken together it’s an incredibly solid amalgam of compilation and solo album. It’s too soon to call Compton a new hip hop classic, but with countless memorable moments across the album’s 16 tracks, it’s looking that way. Certainly it’s an appropriately great finale to Dr. Dre’s rap career, though with as great as Compton is and as much acclaim as its received, hopefully it’s just the start of his next chapter as an artist.

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ADA's "UFOLOGY" Presents The Bay Area DJ / Producer's Fascination with UFOs and Aliens

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2015 10:36pm | Post a Comment
                                      
  

Vallejo, CA DJ/producer ADA is carrying on the hip-hop production tradition of such groundbreaking Bay Area instrumental hip-hop DJ/producers as Eddie Def, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike, and DJ Qbert - whose approach to music reconstruction is rooted in the 80's cut-n-paste/megamix scratch DJ style.  Born Adam Butler, ADA is a talented turntablist and part of the Bay Area's healthy skratch scene, as well as a gifted sound artist; one perpetually crate digging and looking for that perfect sound to sample. Like the DJ/producer pioneers before him, he approaches every new sound (often the least likely) as potential material for some new production. That new production for ADA is his recently published mixed media piece UFOLOGY that is both a video piece (above) and an audio-only production.  ADA, whose day at ArtistWorks includes overseeing QSU (Qbert Skratch University) for one of his key DJ/producer musical heroes, shares Qbert's deep interest in aliens and UFOs - the themes of both of Qbert's albums Wave Twisters and Extraterrestria.

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Weekly Roundup: Deafheaven, Cold Beat, Dirty Ghosts, Gun Outfit

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2015 10:15am | Post a Comment

Deafheaven – “Brought to the Water”

deafheavenBay Area doomgazers Deafheaven are back with a new album, and we couldn’t be more excited given the demolishing awesomeness of 2013’s Sunbather album. If you thought they’d ease up and lower their standards for maximum accessibility, think again. “Brought to the Water” is exceedingly brutal, following its churchlike opening. Inhumanly fast beats and strums together sound like pistons on overdrive about to give out. George Clark’s vocals are fried to black, and the song only relents about three-and-a-half minutes in to allow for some heroically melodic guitar lines, making the gorgeous scenic portion of the song that follows that much more of a breath of fresh air. The eight-and-a-half minute song is exquisitely intense; you might need to take it in over multiple listens, but it’s undoubtedly brilliant. New Bermuda is due Oct. 2 on ANTI-.

 

Cold Beat – “Spirals”

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: July 1991 Radio Rap Chart Top 40 Proves The Golden Era Was No Joke

Posted by Billyjam, August 18, 2015 09:26pm | Post a Comment


With just a quick glance over the forty records included in the rap/hip-hop chart, courtesy of the defunct Gavin Report radio trade magazine from the week of July 5th 1991, it's evident that this period in the still growing urban music genre was a truly incredible time in hip-hop history with so many soon-to-be classics being recorded and released! These include singles and album tracks, all very popular to this day 24 years later, from such legendary, influential hip-hop acts as De La Soul, Gang Starr, KMD (featuring a young MF Doom), Leaders of The New School, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, EPMD, Main Source, and Brand Nubian. Also included are such hip-hop legends as Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee, Ice TRodney O & Joe Cooley, Naughty By Nature, 3rd Bass, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Ice Cube protege/female rapper Yo-Yo and the late great NJ producer/rapper Tony D to name but some.

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A Great Time For Weird At SF's Balboa Theatre: Starcrash & Korla

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2015 08:58pm | Post a Comment

Starcrash

If you've been thinking that you need more weird in your life, then I've got the next two Wednesdays planned Starcrashout for ya. You'll be spending a lot of time at a little theater at the edge of San Francisco's universe, the historic Balboa, which is just blocks from the beach in the fabulously foggy Outer Richmond district. A mysterious entity known only as Super Shangri-La Show (their Facebook page claims only, "Presenting Movies, Music & Magic Shows!") is presenting two screenings that are not to be missed.

On Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30pm, the super low-budget spectacular Starcarsh (aka The Adventures of Stella Star) graces the screen in all of its seedy glory. Released in 1978, this epic stars Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, and Joe Spinell in roles of a lifetime. If you enjoy your space operas populated by robots and scantily clad sexy space amazons, then I'll see you there. Plus, there will be trivia and prizes, so start studying now!

Advanced tickets HERE. Facebook invite HERE.

On the following Wednesday, August 26th, the long-awaited Korla Panditdocumentary about the life of enigmatic Hollywood organist Korla Pandit shows at 7pm. Korla tells the amazing story of this spiritual seeker, television pioneer, and godfather of exotica music who took the world by storm in the 1950s. Who was this man of mystery? What were his origins? What's under the turban? Find out in Korla. One night only, folks! The filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen will be there for a live Q&A!

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Fool's Gold Headlines Next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select Show Aug. 27

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment

red bull sound select fool's gold

Globetrotting L.A. indie rockers Fool's Gold will play the next Red Bull Sound Select show Aug. 27 at the Echoplex. The show is curated by our friends at FLOOD Magazine.

fool's gold amoeba
Fool's Gold live at Amoeba Hollywood in 2011

Tickets are $3 with an RSVP and $12 without at the door. Doors are at 8 p.m., and it’s 18-and-over. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Fool’s Gold began in 2007 as a side project of Luke Top (singer/bassist, also of Foreign Born) and Lewis Pesacov (guitarist). Incorporating elements of African music with Western indie-rock, the band quickly took off, releasing a well-received self-titled first album in 2009, sung entirely in Hebrew, and an English-sung second album, Leave No Trace, in 2011. They’ve played at such venues and festivals as the Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Austin City Limits. In 2015 the band released its third album, Flying Lessons, which continues to refine their aesthetic, throwing disco beats and more synthesizers into the mix. Watch the video for “I’m in Love” below:

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'Clueless' Screens at Hollywood Forever Aug. 28 to Benefit Los Angeles LGBT Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2015 01:24pm | Post a Comment

clueless screening

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Out Under the Stars series will screen Amy Heckerling’s ’90s teen classic Clueless on Aug. 28 at Hollywood Forever.

Tickets start at $20 and are available here. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the screening starts at dusk. Picnics on Hollywood Forever’s lawn are encouraged (beer and wine are fine to bring).

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth and tent, featuring the prize wheel. We’ll have gay cinema and rainbow Amoeba T-shirts for sale, so come by and say hello!

The screening is presented by Los Angeles Women’s Network and Young Professionals Council. Proceeds from the event benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center. For more information on the center’s services, please visit lalgbtcenter.org.

Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone as a superficial but well-intentioned teen living in Beverly Hills, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. DJ Casey Alva will spin tunes before the screening, and Elisa Donovan (who plays Amber Mariens in the film) will make a special guest appearance. Don’t miss it!

Watch the original Clueless trailer below:

Hollywood Forever is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles.

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Miguel

Posted by Amoebite, August 17, 2015 04:50pm | Post a Comment

San Pedro, CA native Miguel is a Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and producer. Active in the music community since he was a teenager, Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. Four years later he signed with Black Ice and began work on his debut album, which was eventually shelved. In 2007, he signed with Jive and recorded All I Want Is You. The album's release was delayed till 2010 due to contract disputes with Black Ice. During this time, Miguel contributed vocals to Blu and Exile's debut collaboration, Below the Heavens, and co-wrote tracks for artists like Jaheim and Usher. Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel's second album, was released on RCA in 2012. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 within its first week of release, its lead single "Adorn" garnering Miguel's first Grammy award for "Best R&B Song." Watch a killer version of "Adorn" (see below) performed live at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2012.

Miguel WildheartMiguel released his third studio LP, Wildheart, in June 2015 and he stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a special CD signing. Fans lined up outside the store with Wildheart and entry tickets in hand. While he was here, Miguel took a moment to sit down with our "What's in My Bag?" crew to share his finds from our racks. He began with two films, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, by Chilean cult cinema hero Alejandro Jodorowsky, explaining that he enjoys watching movies on silent while he creates. Miguel also picked up Run the Jewels' second album lauding its savageness as an aspect of hip-hop that he misses. Finally, he chose the deluxe edition of Jamie xx's newest album, In Coloursharing a story about that one time he danced with the xx.

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SFJAZZ Presents Bill Frisell At SF's Grace Cathedral, September 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 17, 2015 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Bill Frisell, SFJAZZ Center, Grace Cathedral

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of SFJAZZ's solo concert with Bill Frisell at San Francisco's beautiful Grace Cathedral on Friday, September 18th.

Long a master of creating space, Bill Frisell has built a career by manipulating the sound of his guitar to create unexpected sonic landscapes. For his return to Grace Cathedral, the soaring sanctuary and its natural seven-second reverberation will provide an unforgettable acoustic setting that will take Frisell’s musical explorations into new territory.

Free from the confines of a group, Frisell’s singular artistry as an improviser, composer, and radical musical re-interpreter becomes crystal clear. For this performance, Frisell’s choice of material may roam freely from his own compositions and jazz chestnuts by Thelonious Monk to wildly unconventional takes on Bob Dylan, Madonna, and the Americana of Stephen Foster, often utilizing layers of loops, delays, and other electronic effects in concert with Grace Cathedral’s sonorous environment to expand the sonic possibilities even further.

This night is required attendance for all guitar players, and all lovers of jazz at its most unconventional. Get your tickets HERE!

One Album Wonders: The Zodiac

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 17, 2015 11:07am | Post a Comment
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds

Zodiac
 were a studio group who released one album, Cosmic Sounds - Celestial Counterpoint with Words and Music, in May 1967. The members of Zodiac were respected session musicians Bud Shank, Carol Kaye, Cyrus Faryar, Emil RichardsHal Blaine, and Paul Beaver. Each song is devoted to the signs of Chaldean astronomical zodiac. The music was written by Canadian synthesizer pioneer Mort Garson
The spoken word narration was penned by Jacques Wilson and are narrated by Faryar in a voice reminiscent of Jim Morrison's who as part of The Doors, had recorded their debut in 1966 and released it in January 1967 to great acclaim.

The success of The Doors was a primary inspiration for the project. Elektra head Jac Holzman came up with the concept and hired Alex Hassilev, a member of The Limeliters, to produce. Hassilev brought Mort Garson to the project -- the two had just formed a production company together.

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