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With 3 New Albums On Billboard's Top 200, E-40 Continues Work Ethic Developed Decades Ago, As Reminded in Rare 1992 Interview

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2016 03:17pm | Post a Comment

"I was born with a rusty spoon. Now I'm a tycoon," raps E-40 on his new album track "Savage (feat. Jazze Pha & B-Legit)" accurately summing up the longtime Vallejo rapper's unique, consistently illustrious and prolific hip-hop career. Spanning three decades as solo artist, member of The Click, and frequent collaborator with countless other artists, E-40's remarkable career culminated this past week with his three new simultaneously released albums all charting on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The D-Boy Diary Book 1, The D-Boy Diary Book 2, plus The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition not only made the Billboard's Top 200 chart, but also charted on the Top 20 of Billboard's Indie and R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, plus the Billboard Rap Top Ten Chart. While most rappers fade away after a couple of albums or within a handful of years, three decades on the Bay Area rap icon seems to be more popular and well known than ever. Very few others have accomplished this. One who has come close is fellow Bay Area rap veteran Too $hort, coincidentally an artist with whom E-40's collaborated with many times including on two albums.

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Vintage, Original Rolling Stones 'Licks' Memorabilia & More on Sale at Amoeba + Chat With Designer Craig Braun

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 8, 2016 11:06am | Post a Comment
Rolling Stones Licks belt buckle
Exquisite, Original, Vintage 1971 Licks Silver/Enamel Belt and Buckle
Available in sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
 
The record business is home to many people who are a kind of hero to me, often behind the scenes in unspoken nine-to-fives. I have my heroes of album cover design: Tadanori Yokoo, Reid Miles, Jim Flora, Dirk Rudolph, and Barbara Worjisch to name a few.

Add to this list a Mr. Craig Braun, a quintessential ''Man Behind the Curtain," a luminary of mostly-unsung parts of the music establishment of the 1960s and '70s. And even more paramount than Craig's resume and bone-deep knowledge of the record business is that he's a refreshingly witty, wonderful human being with umpteen stories to tell.

The Top 10 Criterion Blu-rays of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 7, 2016 12:51pm | Post a Comment

Top 10 Criterin Blu-ray of 2016

Film fans rejoice! It's been an exciting year of releases for Criterion, the primo purveyors of classic, foreign, and arthouse films. 2016 saw the release of much sought after cult flicks, bonafide classics dearly in need of restoration, as well as contemporary films that are poised to be classics in future years. This year's list of top ten selling Criterion Blu-rays features two films by American auteur Robert Altman and two by the acclaimed genre-satirists Joel and Ethan Coen. While the list was heavy on American films this year, there were, as you'd expect from Criterion, a few foreign pictures in there too.

10. In a Lonely Place
Directed by Nicolas Ray, 1950
Release Date: May 10, 2016

Nick Ray's romantic noir remains one of the quintessential films about the gin-soaked underbelly of Hollywood. Humphrey Bogart, in one of his greatest performances, stars as a washed up screenwriter suspected of murder. Neighbor Gloria Graham backs his alibi, and in the process a romance develops between the two, only to be threatened by her suspicion that he may not be innocent after all. 2K digital restoration. 

9. Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1964
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Oakland's Ghost Ship Fire: List of Fund Drives & Bay Area Benefit Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2016 06:11pm | Post a Comment
The Ghost Ship

As everywhere across the Bay Area and beyond, we here at Amoeba Music are still reeling in shock from the news of the devastating, deadly Ghost Ship inferno. At this time our solemn thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends. Located in East Oakland's Fruitvale district the warehouse was described as a home, studio, venue, and safe space for local artists, filmmakers, painters, musicians, dancers, and their families. The tragedy at the space occurred late last Friday night, during the beginning stages of an all night electronic dance party that was a show for 100% Silk, the dance music imprint of the Not Not Fun record label. One of the record label's artists Cherushii (33-year-old San Franciscan Chelsea Dolan who was also a KALX Berkeley DJ) was among the victims of the fatal blaze. Tragically she was just one of four volunteers at the UC Berkeley radio station killed in the fire. The others were Griffin Madden (aka DJ Laura), Vanessa Plotkin, and Jennifer Morris.

Reportedly, the deadly fire broke out suddenly and rapidly spread throughout the below-code wooden structure, leaving few escape options for those trapped inside the fiery smoke-filled building. As of the time of posting this Amoeblog, the number reported dead stood at 36, mostly from smoke inhalation according to authorities. Many of the names have still to be officially identified, while many of the identified victims still have not been publicly announced out of respect for their families. Somewhat heartening  however was the announcement made earlier today by an Oakland Fire Dept. official that, even with 15% of the charred building remaining to be investigated, that they are hopeful and confident that the death toll figure will not rise much higher, if at all, above 36.

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Recap: Charity Auction for the LA Food Bank with Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal

Posted by Amoebite, December 6, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal

On Saturday, December 3rd we had the inimitable Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal tackle the gavel duties at Amoeba Hollywood's famous charity auction. Kurt has been here many times before and helped us raise tons of money for great and worthy causes, but this was Kristen's first soiree into the fun and unpredictable realm of anxious anticipation and frenzied bidding. It didn't take long for her mad skills and silver-tongued auctioneering to come right on out. 

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Kurt and Kristen brilliantly and hilariously paved the way for one of our most successful auctions ever! They auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, gift certificates from our amazing neighbors and partners, and other things you never knew you had to have (a giant 25 foot Adele banner anyone??). 

All proceeds from this month's auction benefited the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which feeds more than half a million people each month—12% of those are over the age of 65, and 25% are kids under 18. It is an amazing organization that we have had the honor of working with for the past few years. These are two of the funniest people on the planet and they rocked the crowd on Saturday!

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at the VirgilKristen, who has appeared in Flight of the Conchords and is currently the voice of Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers, graciously signed some DVDs and a FUNKO doll of her character--which then garnered big money at the auction. Kurt and Kristen were celebrating their new double LP from Kill Rock Stars, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil. Recorded live over two nights at The Virgil in Los Angeles at their long-running comedy variety show Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen.

Best Bet For New Years Eve: OAKNYE 2017 Featuring Boots Riley & The Coup

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 5, 2016 06:39pm | Post a Comment

Boots Riley

OAKNYE is back for another New Year's party to remember! On Saturday, December 31st, OAKNYE welcomes Boots Riley & The Coup and the Kahil El'Zabar's New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to the Starline Social Club in Oakland. In addition to these thrilling live performances in the Starline ballroom, the La Pelanga DJ collective will be playing in the lounge. But that's not all! Did we mention the three course dinner program, including oysters and filet mignon?! Get your tickets now before they're all gone!

The influence Boots Riley & The Coup have had on political hip-hop and the politics of Oakland in general can not be underestimated. This revolutionary group's presence is as electrifying as their music. The Montreal Gazette says, "Boots Riley is a consummately charismatic front man, establishing his as one of the best live rap acts going, after Philadelphia untouchables The Roots."

Kahil El'Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer who regularly records for Delmark Records. Kahil El'ZabarDuring the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. The New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is comprised of Kahil El'Zabar on percussion, Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Alex Harding on baritone saxophone, and Fareed Haque on guitar. The history and depth between these master players represents the highest level of performance stemming from the 20th into the 21st century.The New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble plays music endowed with an authentic pedigree that pushes the boundaries of creative music into the soulful heart of fresh expression! After over 43 years of eventful music making, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is still reinventing itself while forging innovative pathways upon the African American musical pantheon.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with BJ The Chicago Kid

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2016 05:44pm | Post a Comment

BJ The Chicago Kid What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I believe most of this stuff is going in my studio," says soul signer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid (aka Bryan James Sledge) after his recent trip to Ameba Hollywood. BJ picked up a cool collection of records, movies and posters at the store that piqued his interest or had particular meaning to him. "It's all about the circle of the inspiration for me."

BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind Amoeba MusicBJ The Chicago Kid hails from Chicago, IL. He released his debut album, Pineapple Now-Laters, in February 2012 before signing to Motown. In February 2016, he released his second studio album and his major label debut, In My Mind.

"I've seen everything else of Prince but this movie," says Sledge holding up the iconic singer's directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon. Next up in his picks is the concert DVD James Brown: Live at Boston Garden. Filmed in 1968, the footage captures Brown not only during his creative peak, but also performing the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. While riots were starting across the country, Brown's show was broadcast live on Boston's public TV channel in an attempt to unify the city. Sledge also had to pick up a 10" reissue of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" featuring a new duet with a name that might sound a little familiar: BJ The Chicago Kid.

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2016's Top 25 Pop Singles Via San Francisco DJ Earworm's Annual Mashup Megamix: United State of Pop 2016 (Into Pieces)

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2016 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Bruno Mars
- 24K Magic( album with title track hit also avail in LP format)

Calvin Harris "This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)"

D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty  "Broccoli"

Desiigner "Panda"

DJ Snake "Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)" from Encore

DNCE  "Cake By The Ocean" from DNCE

Drake "One Dance ( feat. Wizkid & Kyla)" from VIEWS (also avail on LP)

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Massive Attack Vinyl Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2016 03:16pm | Post a Comment

Massive Attack vinyl reissues

On December 23rd, pioneering English electronica duo Massive Attack are reissuing three essential albums on 180-gram vinyl. Formerly a trio, original members Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall changed the course of dance music, slowing it down and infusing it with hip-hop rhythms to create a musical hybrid that would establish Massive Attack as a major presence in the music world and help open the doors for collaborators/fellow travelers Tricky and Portishead. Unfortunately, the group's early albums have been hard to find on vinyl for several years, unless you were lucky enough to score a used copy or a pricey import. But that's about to change soon, and here's why we're delighted to bring each LP home and put the needle on the record.

Blue Lines

Blue Lines

With the release of their debut LP Blue Lines in 1991, Massive Attack put themselves and the whole Bristol scene on the map. Fusing elements of hip-hop, reggae, soul, and electronica, the album features classic tracks "Lately," "Daydreaming," and "Unfinished Sympathy," with contributions from Shara Nelson and Horace Andy.