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Essential Records: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2015 05:36pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Black Star

The '90s proved to be interesting times for Hip Hop. Early in the decade, the “golden era” produced countless classics, while the middle of the decade gave way to a highly publicized beef between East and West coast rappers. Gangsta rap came and went. “Bling bling” became a thing with rappers wearing chains so big MR. T was blushing. The entire Hip Hop community was shaken up by the untimely murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., leaving a major void in the mainstream. Slowly, the tide began to shift and Hip Hop audiences started looking to the underground for what was to come next.

In 1996, with backing by James Murdoch (son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch), Rawkus Records was established in New York City. The small label launched with Company Flow’s debut, Funcrusher Plus (1997), quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the new underground movement. Rawkus set the bar high by following up with two stellar compilations, Sound Bombing (1997) and Lyricist Lounge Volume 1. (1998). The latter featuring veteran emcees including De La Soul, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Black Thought of The Roots. Music fans and critics began taking note of the fledgling label and all the stars seem to align for what came next.

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Watch Americana Legend Carlene Carter at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2015 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Carlene Carter Live at Amoeba

As the daughter of musical legends Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, Carlene Carter's roots in country music run deep. Last year she stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to pay tribute to her family heritage by performing songs off Carter Girl, her 2014 album featuring original songs as well as Carter Family classics. Produced by Don Was, the album saw special guests like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, among others, sharing vocal duties with Carter.

Now that Carlene Carter has just set off on a lengthy spring/summer tour of North America with John Mellencamp, it's a great time to revisit her amazing performance here at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts off the set with "Little Black Train," a gospel song made popular by the Carter Family and charms the room with her childhood favorite song "Poor Old Heartsick Me." You can watch more from her set here.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment

Rob Garza is producer and co-founder of the electronic group Thievery Corporation. Known for utilizing various styles from Dub to Trip-Hop to Bossa Nova, Thievery Corporation are hailed as pioneers of the global electronic music scene. With a cult following intact, Garza travels the world playing DJ sets, Rob Garza Palace of Mirrorsproducing music, and sourcing sounds he brings back to his studio in San Francisco. With over a dozen releases for Thievery Corporation, countless singles and production work for other artists, Garza has finally released Palace Of Mirrors, an EP that serves as the debut for his own Magnetic Moon label. A well-respected tastemaker, Garza has his hands in several ventures, including owning restaurants and clubs located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He also owns a top shelf hand-crafted Mezcal made in Oaxaca. How cool is that? If you are in the Bay Area on May 9, make sure to catch Thievery Corporation at the San Francisco Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. Garza will also be playing DJ sets on off days and you can catch him May 16 at Club Cielo in New York City.

Rob Garza's musical tastes run deep and he found some great records on a recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. He kicks off this What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Darkside's self-titled release on vinyl. Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington -- great stuff for all you atmospheric EDM lovers. A fan of 45s, Garza digs up Kenny Dope's limited edition Classic Breakbeats 45 box set, a must-have if you can find a copy! Garza shows his support for Bay Area funksters Afrolicious and picks up their California Dreaming album on CD. If you're ever in San Francisco, visit the Elbo Room and party with the Afro guys. So much fun! As you can see from the full episode, Garza loves Dub, funk, electronica and more! Watch below for all his amazing picks.

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'Devil's Playground' Exhibit and Sale Shine a Light on Cult Movie Posters May 15 at Lethal Amounts

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

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Hundreds of original movie posters for cult films from the 1960s through the 1980s will line the walls of the Lethal Amounts gallery May 15 for “The Devil’s Playground: Salacious Macabre Vintage Movie Poster Wall Candy,” presented by Amoeba.

“Devil’s Playground” seeks to celebrate the eye-catching poster work that characterized the golden age of pornography, exploitation, horror, Gialllo and cult classic films. These rare, original posters come from a private collection and will all be for sale at the event. The show will feature posters from such films as Suspiria, Female Trouble, Zombie, Evil Dead and Debbie Does Dallas.

In addition to these killer posters, the opening reception will host special guests Mink Stole (of John Waters movie fame) and adult film cult legends Long Jeanne Silver and Serena.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

The Milk Carton Kids Come to L.A.'s GRAMMY Museum May 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor The Drop: Milk Carton Kids, presented by The GRAMMY Museum, on May 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently sold out.

the milk carton kids monterey cdThe Milk Carton Kids will appear at the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and Q&A moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. They’ll discuss the band’s new album, Monterey, which is due May 19 on ANTI-.  You can preorder the album on LP and CD now.

The genre-bending Americana duo released their debut album, The Ash & Clay, in 2013 to rapturous acclaim, garnering a GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album and winning Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. For Monterey, band members Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan created the album in concert halls, churches and theaters across the country in aims of achieving the spontaneity of a live show. The band continues to incorporate jazz, classical and dark lyricism into its sound, which Paste magazine has said carries an “intellectual sophistication.”

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