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In NPR Interview on Their New Movie "Popstar" The Lonely Island Shout Out Amoeba As Part of Their Musical Upbringing

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2016 11:10am | Post a Comment

During Wednesday's NPR broadcast of Fresh Air, in which host Terry Gross conducted an indepth interview with comedy troupe The Lonely Island about their new mockumentarty Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping that opens Friday, June 3rd Amoeba Music got a nice shout-out. The musical satirical comedy trio of Andy Samberg, and Akiva Schaffer, who came to fame over the past decade with their Digital Shorts (“Dick in a Box,” “Lazy Sunday” etc.) during their popular tenure at SNL,  officially formed The Lonely Island in 2001 in Berkeley where they grew up. But the trio had been inseparable friends from years earlier when they all first met attending Berkeley's Willard Middle School and then afterwards attending Berkeley High School* together.

That friendship, bonded by a love of music, comedy, skateboarding, and graffiti, continued after they graduated Berkeley HIgh in 1996 and heading off to college. [*Note that the successful comedy trio generously donated funds to Berkeley High a few years back to help with needed renovations of the school buildings.]

It was growing up in Berkeley where the three would make trips to Amoeba Music on Telegraph Ave. to find new music. In their NPR interview earlier today when Terry Gross asked if they ever had aspirations of being actual music artists when they all growing up, they responded that they were always into the satirical aspect of looking at pop and rap music but fans of music nonetheless. "I was into doing jokey rap stuff in high school but it was never serious. It was always, it would be cool to do this as a form of comedy," offered Samberg with Schaffer adding, "We were just kids who liked comedy and we liked music. We were nerds about that stuff. We were the kids who would go out of our way to find the new song, the new record at Amoeba." Little did they realize that years later Amoeba Music would be carrying their albums including Incredibad, Turtleneck & Chain (also on vinyl), and The Wack Album.

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Tell Me When To Vote: The E-40, Bernie Sanders, Golden State Warriors Connection + Bernie Wata's Top Five E-40 Covers

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment
It's not often that E-40's name is linked to that of Bernie Sanders. Maybe with fellow Bay rapper Berner, wtih whom he's recorded, but not Bernie the Senator from Vermont  who is running for Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  And in the case of Bernie, his name might be linked with another hip-hopper, Run The Jewels' Killer Mike who is a big supporter, but not E-40 the Vallejo rapper/savvy businessman.

But in local Bay Area news reports this morning both the Vallejo rapper and the Democratic presidential primary candidate's names got equal top billing in stories on the Golden State Warriors victorious win last night. Each basketball fans, both the rapper and the politician were in attendance at Oakland's Oracle Arena for last night's exciting game where, following their 96-88 win, the Warriors won the NBA Conference Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3. As well as reporting on the Warriors improbable win following the home team been down 3-1, local Bay Area news outlets reported on both E-40 and Bernie Sanders been among those in attendance at the crucial game.

Sanders, who is busy campaigning in California this week with a stop in Emeryville today, had two big events in Oakland yesterday including a packed rally outside Oakland City Hall, where the Secret Service jumped in to defend him when protesters hopped the barriers and bum rushed the podium. But even after his stressful busy day Sanders still had energy left to attend the Warriors game. Meanwhile E-40 is a longtime diehard basketball fan, especially the Warriors.

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Pink Floyd To Be Honored Next Month With Postage Stamp Series by The Royal Mail + Vinyl Reissues by Pink Floyd Records

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2016 03:23pm | Post a Comment



While the US Postal Service continues to honor American musicians in its ongoing Music Icon series as reported here last month in the Amoeblog Sarah Vaughan's New "Commemorative Forever Stamp" Almost Looks Like A Record Store Day Release, over in the UK their postal service The Royal Mail will paying tribute to English band Pink Floyd this summer in a new series. This forthcoming ten stamp series, honoring the legendary progressive rock band and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of when they turned professional, will feature album covers by the group that was founded in England in the mid sixties by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, and the late Syd Barrett. (David Gilmour would join the group a couple of years after their initial formation, and after Barret had exited).

To be unveiled in British post offices on July 7th the ten stamps will include both live concert images (some capturing the group's trademark impressive stage productions) and album covers by Pink Floyd, who released fifteen studio albums. These album covers as future postage stamps, that span five decades, will include Wish You Were Here (1975), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Animals (1977), Atom Heart Mother (1970) and the recent The Endless River (2014). In addition to the Royal Mail celebrating the rock legends via stamps, Pink Floyd will also be celebrated on vinyl when, next week on June 3rd, Pink Floyd Records will be reissuing in LP format the following albums that you can now pre-order from Amoeba by clicking the corresponding album titles: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn LP, Ummagumma LP, More LP, and A Saucerful of Secrets LP.  Below is the video for "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon .

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Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) Publish Video For Lead Track Off Upcoming Second Album

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2016 11:32pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for the release next month of their anticipated second album, Everything In Between, hip-hop group Ugly Heroes  this week published the music video for "Unforgiven" off the hip-hop power trio's forthcoming album to arrive in Amoeba next month. The Detroit/Chicago trio is comprised of Detroit producer Apollo Brown, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent, and Detroit rapper Red Pill. The new album will be released by Mello Music who also issued their 2013 Ugly Heroes self titled debut album and (in conjunction with Fat Beats) the November 2014 Ugly Heroes EP. Each accomplished artists in their own right, Apollo Brown's last solo album was September's Grandeur (also on LP) released last September which was the same month Verbal Kent released his last solo Anesthesia  (also on LP)  Meanwhile Red Pill's last release was the Day Drunk EP released back in November on the Mello Music Group label which released each of the other two Ugly Heroes' solo releases.

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Bay Area DJ News: Piklz in San Mateo, Deco All-Star Reunion, DJ Quest @ Carnival, DJ ALF in SF, Skratchpad, Mista B, True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

This is a good week for Bay Area fans of hip-hop DJs with lots of must attend turntablist events in the week ahead in the San Francisco Bay Area. These include the return of legendary SF 90s DJ club Deco, DJ Quest (pictured left @ Amoeba) curating a stage at next weekend's Carnival on day two May 29th, and Maryland DJ ALF flying out to SF for various events including the monthly Skratchpad and teaming up with Mista B and others including the aforementioned Quest and Six Kutter and DJ Zobe at DJ 2Fresh's new spot Gallery 1317 for session and screening of Positive Omen (see flyer below for info). Additionally in Bay DJ news long time Bay Area True Justice releasing an album on Paris' label, and the return of the mighty ISP.

The much heralded recent return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) has been taking full effect this weekend with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's reunited members representing at the the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The official reunited ISP lineup, who recorded the new 2016 ISP album The 13th Floor, is the trio of DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles who are pictured above this afternoon along with former ISP member Yogafrog who handles more of the business and management areas these days. In fact it is Yogafrog who, along with Qbert and others at their  Thud Rumble company, that masterminded the turntablism meets high-tech collaboration with Intel that landed them a spot at the Maker Faire a year ago exactly.

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