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Cyber Monday on Amoeba.com: Special Online Deals Today! 20% Off Everything, Including Pre-Orders!

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2013 05:30am | Post a Comment

For those of you not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to one of Amoeba Music's three retail stores - Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood - and to have taken advantage of Black Friday Record Store Day, today you can make up for it with Amoeba's Cyber Monday deal: 20% off everything you purchase online. Just use the special code CYBER20 today, December 2nd, to get your discount.

That 20% off discount is applicable across the board on all online purchases today, including vinyl reissues such as Sly & The Family Stone's Higher

The deal also includes 20% off on pre-orders so you can get the big discount on albums that are coming soon! These include anticipated releases such as Lady Gaga's upcoming anticipated album ARTPOP that drops on December 24th and features guest spots from  Too $hort, Twista, and T.I.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.29.13: Dom Kennedy, Black Friday Record Store Day @ Amoeba, Nasty Nas, Brand Nubian + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 11:29:13


1) Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

2) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

3) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)

4) Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)

This week's hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store confirms something that I had mentioned in my recent year end/best of 2013 in hip-hop Amoeblog about how several 2012 releases, most notably Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city album that originally dropped 13 months ago back in October of last year, have been carrying over and keep re-charting this year due to a steady continued interest in these popular albums. Other chart entries this week include other albums that likely will have long shelf lives too such as, the current number one on both the Billboard albums chart and at Amoeba,  Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2, and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The other two chart entries are the Dan The Automator produced Deltron 3030 Event II that also comes in an instrumental version and Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely which is doing real well at the LA emcee's hometown Amoeba branch.  The album from the  Leimert Park district of Los Angeles raised artist, who since he started out just five years ago with his first mixtape (25th Hour) has steadily risen in popularity and demand (by fans and other artists who want to collaborate with him)  is truly the feel-good rap recording of the year and proof that we will be hearing a lot more from Dom Kennedy in 2014 and beyond. Other recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba that have been in demand include Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)'s  Bend But Don't Break on Weightless Recordings, the dope Stones Throw Records "rap" release from Jon Wayne Rap Album One, and Anticon co-founder/producer/MC Jel's Late Pass on Anticon.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment


Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from a chilly (37 degree) but dry morning here in New York City where the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade now in its 87th year, that began at 9am uptown at 79th Street before slowly snaking its way downtown here to the Herald Square area by Macy's flagship store, is well underway with thousands upon thousands of spectators (a great many of them tourists visiting New York for the holiday) clogging the police barricaded streets on either side of Sixth Avenue to catch glimpses of the floats with exhibits and performers such as Joan Jett (the PETA supporting rocker who got bumped from the meat-proud South Dakota float and moved to another one), giant balloons including a huge inflated Snoopy with Woodstock and a giant Spiderman. This is good news for all since, due to previously forecast heavy wind gusts of up to 30 mph that might cause some big balloons to be grounded, so far nothing has been cancelled. Like New Year's Eve or any other huge scale event here in NYC, that blocks streets and grinds traffic to a halt, the crowds that turned out this morning are truly overwhelming, dozens deep packing sidewalks for the entire route from the Upper West Side on Central Park West at 79th Street and downtown via across Central Park South to Sixth Ave and slowly down the Avenue of The Americas to 34th Street where Macy's original big store stretches one long city block across to 7th Avenue.

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LA Jazz Great Chico Hamilton Dies At Age 92

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment

Chico Hamilton Quintet - "Blue Sands (live)"

This week the jazz world lost one of its greats when jazz drummer Chico Hamilton died Monday (November 25th) as reported yesterday by the New York Times who noted how back in the 1950's the drummer and bandleader  helped put California on the modern-jazz map, was instrumental in shaping the smooth Los Angeles modern-jazz style, and how the 92 year old Los Angeles born Hamilton, who got his start in jazz while still in his teens touring with Lionel Hampton’s big band before touring with Lena Horne’s backup band, been an original member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet, and then forming his own highly revered cool jazz quintet, had remained musically active up until last year.

Read the full Peter Keepnews penned NYT obit here. Meanwhile, look for Chico Hamilton's music at Amoeba including such releases as budget priced Seven Classic Albums (seven LPs condensed onto 4 CDs for only $14.98 from Amoeba!), and Chico Hamilton: Man of Two Worlds - both released earlier this year, or such other Hamilton albums as Different Journey, NomadHamiltonia, Montreux Festival, The Dealer, El Chico, and The Film Music Of Chico Hamilton [Sweet Smell of Success / Repulsion]. The above clip, culled from the documentary Jazz On a Hot Summer's Day, is of the Chico Hamilton Quintet performing "Blue Sands" live while the video immediately below is of Hamilton and his quintet from the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Roots of Oakland Rap and The Birth of Bay Area Hip-Hop in the 1980s

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2013 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Motorcycle Mike
Today's richly vibrant, prolific, and diverse Bay Area hip-hop  scene, with thousands of artists currently making a broad range of styles, humbly began in Oakland 32 years ago back in 1981. It was early in that year when the very first Oakland rap release (also the very first known Bay Area rap release) dropped: Motorcycle Mike's single "Super Rat." The record arrived in a time when hip-hop or rap music was still considered an East Coast/New York artform that, for some odd (elitist?) reason, could not hail from the West Coast. This belief was challenged with releases like releases like Motorcyle Mike's debut 12" rap single. That record by the artist, who was also known as Motorcycle Mike Dappa, was entitled "Super Rat" and was produced by Gerald Robinson and released on the tiny indie Hodisk Records -- the label run by Nicky Moore that also relToo $hort Don't Stop Rappineased the Numonics.  Born Phil Lewis and influenced by Bootsy Collins as much as the Sugarhill Gang,  Motorcycle Mike was, not surprisingly, a motorbike fanatic. Pro-Black in its message, "Super Rat" featured the early Oakland rapper drawing an analogy between the then much talked about Norwegian "super rats," who could not be killed by poison but instead got stronger, and the underdog black man in Oakland and other American urban areas who could not be kept down. Motorcycle Mike's original Oakland rap record was followed up later that same year from the East Bay city by the 12" single “Tally Ho!” on Walker Star Records from Steve Walker - an artist who would re-emerged some years later to record under the name Biscuit.

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