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DJs Platurn, Cutso, Teeko, Apollo, GoldenChyld & Umani Join Forces In Homage To Bay Area Music's Rich History with B.A.R.T.

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2016 07:58pm | Post a Comment

Not to be confused with the public transit system in the Bay, the party entitled B.A.R.T. happening tonight at the Uptown in Oakland is a heartfelt homage to the rich music history of the Bay Area. Presented by a killer lineup of homegrown DJs who were raised on the music of the Bay, tonight's party entitled B.A.R.T. stands for Bay Area Rockin’ Together. It is presented by DJ Platurn Productions and DJ Cutso who, along with fellow longtime Bay Area DJs Goldenchyld, Teeko, Umami and DJ Apollo, will be throwing down a night of strictly Bay Area music spanning decades and "from hip-hop to rock to funk/soul and all things in between." Which begs the question, what songs or what artists?  DJ Cutso, whose set begins at 1am, told the Amoeblog that "I'd say we're doing it all from Too Short to Sly Stone to Metallica."

Former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer DJ Platurn, when asked by the Amoeblog what records might get spun tonight, sent over the collage (above) of 12" singles record covers that includes records by Ray Luv, Digital Underground, Casual, Capital Tax, and Souls of Mischief. Among the Bay Area artists that Teeko said he will be playing tonight are Little Bruce, Ruckazoid, and Mr Carmack GoldenChyld said that among his tracks to play tonight are Spice 1 "Strap on the Side, " Brotha Lynch Hung "Locc To the Brain," and RBL Posse's "Bounce to This."  Meanwhile a glance over the poster for tonight, with artist names worked into its artwork, provides even more clues on what artists' music will be played tonight. These include Con Funk Shun, E-40, En Vogue, The Coup, 2Pac, Mac Dre, Sheila E, The Doobie Brothers, and N2Deep. You have to love the depth and diversity of music from the Bay Area. In tribute to, and in anticipation of the tracks by these Bay Area artists mentioned by Cutso, Platurn, Teeko, and GoldenChyld and on their show flyer, below are a series of Bay Area music videos for tracks that might be played tonight at B.A.R.T. at Uptown. More club/show info.

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New Green Room Session with The Joy Formidable

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2016 03:37pm | Post a Comment

The Joy Formidable Amoeba Music Green Room Session

Welsh alternative rock group The Joy Formidable stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play an intimate Green Room Session before their recent gig at The Roxy. While usually playing with an electrified drive behind their ethereal melodies, the trio stripped their songs down to the bare, acoustic essentials. Now located in London the band is comprised of Rhiannon Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies, and Matthew James Thomas. 

The Joy Formidable Hitch Amoeba Music

Starting with "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade" The Joy Formidable turn the anthemic song mellow and cozy. Next up is the more driving "Little Blimp." With pulsating percussion and some fast and groovy lead guitar the band finds themselves in an infectious groove. With "The Last Thing on My Mind," off their latest album Hitch, Bryan and Davies get to show off their effortless and tight vocal pairing.

Catch The Joy Formidable October 27 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and October 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Watch The Joy Formidable's Green Room Session below:

1990's Promo Pics Pt III: A Tribe Called Quest, O.C., The Beatnuts, Masta Ace Inc., Milkbone, Sha-Key, Sham & The Professor +

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2016 03:26pm | Post a Comment
A Tribe Called Quest JIve/Zomba 1994 photo by TAR
The above A Tribe Called Quest press photo by TAR and sent out by the publicity department at Jive Records/Zomba in 1994: the year following the release of their landmark 1993 hip-hop album Midnight Marauders, (avail LP/vinyl) and a couple of years before 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life (avail LP/vinyl) by the legendary crew featuring Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and the late great Phife Dawg who tragically passed back in March of this year.  Other artists included in this third of a five-part Amoeblog series of 1990's Promo Pics include The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated, MC Madness, Milkbone, Sha-Key, DJ Smurf and P.M.H.I., and Sham & the Professor.  Like 1990's Promo Pics Part 2 and 1990's Promo Pics Part 1, that included such artists as Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, and Black Sheep this installment is from the mid nineties (1993 - 1995) and is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time.

Clams Casino Gives Himself the Spotlight He Deserves on His Breathtaking "32 Levels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 26, 2016 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Clams Casino-- By doubleay

Clams Casino is one of few producers capable of constructing an otherworldly atmospheric scape in his music. Clams takes you somewhere when listening; he engulfs you in sound indicting a mood and ambiance totally his own. Clams' music is beyond commendable production values. It's depth and spatial atmosphere is meticulously sculpted from the ground up. His music develops layer by layer, structured from a starting point, the skeleton becomes a body as mass is created from Clams’ brilliant sampling and epically booming drums. His signature sound is ever-present in his releases but has never been delivered in a cohesive body as breathtakingly grand as 32 Levels.

32 Levels is Clams Casino’s album debut. He's defined nearly an entire sub-genre influenced by the production behind iconic cuts like A$AP Rocky’s “Palace” and and Lil B’s “I am God.” His past releases have included the 2011 Rainforest EP and a series of mixtape installments simply titled Instrumentals, featuring beats used by artists like Lil B, Soulja Boy, Main Attrakionz, Antwon, A$AP Rocky, and more. His name is more so known from the individual hits “Palace,” which introduces and sets the mood for A$AP Rocky’s first project Live Love A$AP’s entirety. As well as “I am God,” which played a part in shaping and evolving Lil B’s ‘The Based God’ entity. Beyond that he's also produced for major acts like The Weeknd, Foster the People, Mikky Ekko, ScHoolboy Q, Pepperboy, and more. Through massive, select productions Clams has made a major name for himself over the past five years, all without an album. The debut of 32 Levels exudes Clam’s ethereal and atmospheric sound and advances it in a cohesive culmination that goes beyond any of his early compilations.

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"Miss Sharon Jones!" Documentary Screening + Giveaways

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2016 07:38pm | Post a Comment

Miss Sharon Jones

Amoeba in partnership with Landmark Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles presents a special screening of the new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! with an in-person introduction from the amazing Sharon Jones herself on opening night, Friday, August 5th, at 9:55pm. The film features Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and is directed by two-time Academy Award-Winner Barbara Kopple. This triumphant crowd-pleaser captures the soul diva during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles back from a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs – center stage.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They WantIn 2013, on the eve of the release of their sixth studio album, Give The People What The Want, Sharon Jones was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Treatment included surgery and months of chemotherapy, and Sharon Jones’ musical career came to a halt. The documentary captures her journey through treatment, including losing her signature hairstyle, being drained of her seemingly inexhaustible energy, and the financial strain placed on her and her musical family.

We've been privileged to have Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform at Amoeba multiple times over the years. They are an incredible band with a powerhouse singer, and we've always had a blast hosting them at our stores. We are honored and excited to help spread the word about this new documentary. The more people who get to know Sharon the better!

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Band of Horses

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2016 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Band of Horses Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Let it be known that South Carolina rockers Band of Horses are a very well read bunch of guys. Before their recent performance at Amoeba Hollywood the group scoured the store for records, movies, and a healthy selection of books, including the think piece, Fuck That: An Honest Meditation. "You know, just stuff that you would read on the toilet," says bassist Bill Reynolds. Reynolds also picked up autobiographies by two of his favorite bassists, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses. Drummer Creighton Barrett found a copy of Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening, a photo book of Southern California surf/skate/punk culture, and lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey grabbed The Record Store of the Mind by Tompkins Square Records owner Josh Rosenthal. But it wasn't all books (for the loo or otherwise) with the band. They also found an incredible collection of records and rock documentaries.

Band of Horses formed in 2004 after the dissolution of vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell's previous band, Carissa's Wierd. Early on in their career, the band opened for Iron & Wine in their then-hometown of Seattle, drawing the attention of Sub Pop, who would release Band of Horses' 2006 full-length debut, Band of Horses Why Are You OKEverything All the Time. For the band's follow-up, Cease to Begin, Bridwell and the others relocated to South Carolina. The group's international profile began to grow, with performances at the Roskilde, Glastonbury, and T in the Park festivals.

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Interview with Green Ova South’s Squadda B

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2016 05:38pm | Post a Comment

Green Ova South-- By doubleay

Green Ova South is the one of freshest Hip-hop groups to kick down the door into the rap game in 2016. The release of their debut album, Kome Ride with Us, is incomparable to any project currently circulating in Hip-hop music. Their roster consists of Oakland’s Squadda B (Charles Glover) who many know as 1/2 of the duo Main Attrakionz, the seasoned Arkansas spitter Pepperboy (Jerry Davie), and the Blue Sky Black Death producer Ian Taggart (FKA Young God, Rev. Left).

The group’s unusual formation is something like a fantasy team. To clarify the significance of Green Ova’s grouping, each member’s independent works are impressive to say the least. Main Attrakionz' numerous projects helped pave the path leading the development of the cloud rap sub-genre and was featured by request on A$AP Rocky’s first, Live Love A$AP mixtape. Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pepperboy, who was recently awarded 2016’s Best Out-Of-Town Artist to Make the East Bay his Adopted Home by the East Bay Express, has been featured on SPIN Magazine, The Fader, Mishka NYC, Def Jam France, and more due to his substantial discography stacked with releases that every underground Hip-hop connoisseur should have heard by now. The final element in the trifecta, producer Ian Taggart’s duo Blue Sky Black Death, has made progressive strides in contemporary Hip-hop production. Taggart’s production style constructs the atmospheric sound that allows Squadda B and Pepperboy to float through Green Ova South’s Kome Ride with Us (KRWU).

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The GRAMMY Museum Presents The Drop: Rich Robinson, August 29

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2016 05:31pm | Post a Comment
Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson, Flux

Join Rich Robinson, formerly of The Black Crowes, live at the Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles at The GRAMMY Museum’s The Drop for an intimate conversation surrounding his new album, Flux, and a special performance on August 29th! Tickets are $20 and will be available HERE starting July 28th.

Before Robinson made it official in 2015 that The Black Crowes, which he and his brother Chris had founded some 25 years ago, were calling it quits, he had already been issuing his own projects for more than a decade. On his own, Robinson explored and nurtured his talents as a songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist. His latest album Flux is his most accomplished solo album to date, featuring 13 new songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots and showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones, and guitar tuning.

NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences: Outside Lands Pre-Party with Låpsley, August 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 24, 2016 04:40pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

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Låpsley

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.

On Thursday, August 4th, join us at Nightlife for an Outside Lands Pre-Party with live performances by UK songstress Låpsley and local SF producer Brogan Bentley.

In between sets enjoy this month’s featured art gallery, ArtSpan, plus LED artists Nick Leidecker, Romy Randev and his two large scale glass panels back-lit with color-changing LEDs, and Marina Berlin's two large scale wire sculptures. You can also shop local vendor booths at the Academy that night. Browse used vinyl at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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