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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Serengeti, Hail Mary Mallon, Domo Genesis, Kounterclockwise, Wara from the NBHD, Jon Dubb, Mac Jeff

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2014 08:29am | Post a Comment
This week's report will be a run-down of the new and soon to drop new hip-hop starting with Chicago emcee Serengeti's latest album Kenny Dennis III - to arrive in Amoeba next week (November 11th) in both CD and double vinyl formats care of Joyful Noise Recordings - one of about ten different labels that the ever prolific artist has unleashed his 20-plus releases (LPs and some EPs) spanning a busy dozen years dating back to his 2002 debut Dirty Flamingo on F5 Records. Although no longer with Anticon (this time - he'll likely be back again) he's wisely enlisted the production help again of Jel and Odd Nosdam for the album that was produced in Berkeley, CA. I will go into full detail in the coming week with a dedicated Amoeblog on this absolutely incredible, must-get, latest Serengeti release. But in summation briefly for now: it is a brilliant creation that continues the trials and travails of his hilarious "Kenny Dennis" alter ego character with narration help from Anders Holm (known as one third of the hilarious Workaholics collective from Comedy Central) who contributes to about half the album tracks. Below you will find the animated video for the album track "Win Big" that features both Holms and Serengeti in full-on skit/narration mode. Note that to fully enjoy this album you really have to listen to it in its entirety and in its presented sequence. Pick up the new Kenny Dennis III at Amoeba next week.

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New Dengue Fever Album 'The Deepest Lake' (January release) Further Expands Band's Sound

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2014 08:55am | Post a Comment
Diehard Dengue Fever fans fiending for new music from the eclectic Cambodian and American sextet will be pleased with today's news that the popular LA based band, who have not released an all new album since June 2011's Cannibal Courtship, have announced the release of an all new album four weeks into the new year. Scheduled to arrive in Amoeba in (colored) vinyl and CD formats on January 27th, 2015 the new full-length entitled The Deepest Lake will be the band's fifth album and will not only continue their unique melding of psych/surf/Cambodian pop but also expand into new musical territory with the additions of African percussion and vocals that have drawn comparisons to legendary LA punk pioneers X.

Described by the band's Senon Williams as their "most challenging record to date" the bassist explained the new musical terrain covered by the band, now in their second decade together as a group, as them wishing "to explore some ideas we’d experimented with in the past to try and capture a more expressive sound. Musically we went with a more raw approach while vocally Chhom Nimol came through with her signature power, intimacy and passion." The ten track LP will include such songs as "Deepest Lake on the Planet,"  "Still Waters Run Deep," and "Taxi Dancer." Dates for a corresponding tour for The Deepest Lake will be announced later this month. Meanwhile below is a video of Dengue Fever performing live at Amoeba Berkeley back in June of 2008.
 

Dengue Fever live at Amoeba Berkeley (2008)

Ariel Pink Unveils Brand New Single & Video for "Picture Me Gone" From Forthcoming 4AD Album 'pom pom'

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment


Ariel Pink "Picture Me Gone" (Nov 4th, 2014 - 4AD)

"I backed up all my pictures on my iCloud
So you can't see me when I die,
I left my body somewhere down in Mexico,
Give Find My iPhone app a try
."
                                                            
Today, November 4th, friend of Amoeba Ariel Pink  unveiled his latest music video for "Picture Me Gone" which is the latest advance single from the Los Angeles artist's anticipated new album pom pom to be released via 4AD in two weeks on November 17th. You can purchase the track as of today as a download here from Amoeba.  The artist will follow the full-length release with a concert for hometown fans on Thanksgiving weekend at LA's Regent Theater on Friday November 28th (his official US tour in support of the album kicks off in San Francisco in early February, 2015 - following a series of sold out Australian dates in January). The second video collaboration with director Grant Singer, who worked with Aerial a couple of months back on the music video for the forthcoming album track "Put Your Number In My Phone" (see below along with Pink's WIMB? video from two years ago), this latest video was shot across fifteen LA locations and features the characters Pam, Candace and Heather "squeezing into their second lives within a latex skin, in pursuit of sexual encounters and inner content" according to the artist. Director Singer describes the story line of the video as one that "follows a day in the life of three men in Los Angeles in their search of meaning and happiness." To be released in various formats by 4AD on November 17th you can now pre-order the new 69 minute, 17 track Ariel Pink album pom pom in CD format and/or on record/ vinyl format. 


Ariel Pink "What's In My Bag?" (2012)

This Year Halloween Fell On A Friday

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

"This year Halloween fell on a weekend" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in the Geto Boys classic 1991 hit single "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" (found on their album We Can't Be Stopped). Weekend Halloween years are always the best. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there are tons of parties and late night Halloween themed events. This post is a sampling of some of the many things happening today and tonight for Halloween 2014 in the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. First up Amoeba Music is celebrating Halloween once again with a pet costume contest at Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today. Meanwhile Amoeba San Francisco's varied Halloween festivities begin at 2pm today while 2:30pm is when Halloween festivities kick off at Amoeba Hollywood in a day that includes a charity auction with Jimmy Pardo at 4pm. Check this Halloween @ Amoeba 2014 post for full details on each of the three stores. And if you need assistance in compiling a Halloween soundtrack to listen to, check out Billy Gil's 13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween or go back to last year's great guide to Halloween vinyl by Kelly S. Osato: Horror On Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks.
 

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YBCA's "Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition" Takes It Back To The End of The Golden Era

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents the retro hip-hop event Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition for two nights only on November 7th and 8th. This event takes it back to what most consider to be the final year of hip-hop's so-called Golden Era (1988 to 1993) - a time before hip-hop became hugely and crassly commercialized.

Under the curation of YBCA's Chief of Programs and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, this new show continues the theme of his 2012  Clas/sick Hip-Hop series. One of my personal favorite years in hip-hop history, 1993 produced incredible hip-hop releases from such artists as A Tribe Called Quest (Midnight Marauders inspired the poster for the YBCA show), Ultramagnetic MC's, Tha Alkaholiks, The Coup, Black Moon, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Diamond D, Lords of The Underground, ONYX, De La Soul, Masta Ace Inc., Jeru the Damaja, Digable Planets, Volume 10, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, and Del the Funky Homosapien and his fellow Oakland Hiero crew mates  Souls of Mischief who released their landmark debut 93 Til Infinity that year.

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