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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.23.14: People Under The Stairs, Atmosphere, Iggy Azelea, Tyler, The Creator, MF Doom

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:23:14


1) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)

2) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)

4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

5) MF Doom Mm...Food? (Rhymesayers)

Released earlier this month is the brand new album 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) that has shot straight to number one on the new hip-hop chart this week in their hometown Amoeba. It is the ninth album from the talented pair, comprised of Double K and Thes One, of whom Amoeba.com wrote in the new album review, "The PUTS are aging like the luxury items they are, becoming better and more valuable with age, forever giving the impression that their most fruitful period is always the current one." I concur and for further proof scroll down to see a video clip from the new 12 track 12 Step Program.  Similarly the number two new chart entry is from another longtime indie hip-hop act duo Atmosphere. Of this new release from the emcee/production duo of Slug and Ant Amoeba.com accurately writes, "Slug brings that same honesty to his raps about getting older and wiser on Southsiders, a kind of refocusing for Atmosphere. Rather than try to recapture the fury of Atmosphere’s youthful early albums, Slug portrays a newfound ability to look outward and upward here." Agreed and the album, a 20 song set, deserves repeated listens to fully absorb all he has to say. Read the full review here.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #82: Memorial Day, Governors Island, Top Gun on the Intrepid, Farewell East Village Radio

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2014 01:26pm | Post a Comment


After one of the seemingly longest and most brutal (weather-wise) winters, New Yorkers are more than ready for Memorial Day and what it signifies: the beginning of the summer season. Traditionally this time of year in New York is when numerous events begin for the summer season. This weekend that will include the wonderful 172 acre public open park space Governors Island. A true oasis amidst the craziness of New York City, Governors Island offers the perfect one-day mini-vacation even though it is only a mere half mile or ten minute ferry boat ride from the lower tip of Manhattan. It reopens Saturday (May 24th) for the 2014 summer season but, unlike in previous years when it was only open weekends, this island of fun will be open seven days a week this summer. Furthermore, the park will now offers an additional 30 acres of space for the public to enjoy.

Governors Island amenities include sporting facilities, picnic areas, old buildings to view or explore, and lots of art on exhibit...and this is all free to see and do. There are even have bike rentals that are free at certain times (free weekday mornings for one hour between 10 a.m.and noon) and at other times moderately price), but you can always bring your own bike over on the ferry. Similarly entrance to the island park, a former military base and home to the US Army and Coast Guard that first opened to the public nine summers ago, is completely free. The ferry ride (formerly free) over from nearby the Staten Island Ferry Building is now just a minimal fee of $2 round-trip. There are lots of concerts and music events on the island too. For full info on Governors Island summer schedule and general info click here.

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Four Decades Later, Penelope Houston & The Avengers Rocking As Hard As Ever With A Full Weekend of Cali Shows

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2014 12:14pm | Post a Comment

Exactly 36 years ago on May 19th, 1978 Penelope Houston and her seminal San Francisco punk rock group The Avengers played the Mab (né Mabuhay Gardens - the beloved and bygone SF punk palace on Broadway in North Beach) on a bill with visiting LA punk pioneers X. That show was just one of many they would do at the Mab and one of countless gigs that the hard-working, high-energy, and highly politicized West Coast pioneering punk rockers would do that year.

On January 14th of 1978 the band, who only formed a year earlier, had the fortune of being chosen as the opening act for the Sex Pistols at Winterland in what would be the Pistols very final show. Fast forward to today to almost four full decades later and Houston and the Avengers (albeit with a different lineup...the original Avengers officially broke up in 1979 but started playing select gigs first as the scAvengers and then sporadically again as The Avengers a decade ago) are back doing their thing, and sounding as great as ever with the current lineup featuring Houston and fellow original member Greg Ingraham along with Joel Reader and Luis Illades. This coming weekend, the Avengers have three Cali shows booked back to back.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.16.14: Coalmine Records 10 Year Anniversary, Nas, The Legion, Zion I in Concert + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2014 11:08am | Post a Comment
      
 

Among the brand new releases to arrive in Amoeba this week is the all killer, no filler Coalmine Records ten year anniversary release (promo video above) that showcases the creme de la creme of the past decade's output from the Brooklyn based label - all mixed together by DJ Revolution. Aptly entitled Coalmine Records Presents: Unearthed  the compilation album (a double CD disc set) contains both a mixed version care of DJ Revolution, and an 'Untagged Deluxe Edition' which includes three bonus cuts. Artists featured include Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Big Noyd, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah Digga, El Da Senseiand Fashawn.

Flaming Lips To Release "7 Skies H3" CD & "Sgt. Pepper's" Tribute LP with guests including Sean Lennon, Miley Cyrus, and Moby

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2014 03:40pm | Post a Comment

In addition to the CD version of their album 7 Skies H3 (previously a 2011 Record Store Day limited vinyl release) that will arrive in Amoeba next week (May 19th) the always busy / Beatles-loving, three decades strong Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips  are planning on releasing later this year their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album to be entitled, With A Little Help From My Fwends, that Warner Brothers will release on October 28th - coming 47 years after the original Fab Four release in June 1967. As well as being a nod to the Beatles' lyrics the tribute album title "With A Little Help From My Fwends" is a reference to the album's guest spots from some of their friends or "fwends" rather.

These guests will include (Lips side project) the Electric Würms, MGMT, Sean Lennon, MMJ, Foxygen, Phantogram, plus Miley Cyrus and Moby who both collaborate on the lead single / track "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." That digital only (for now) advance single/track will also be a benefit release with a portion of funds raised to be donated to The Bella Foundation in Oklahoma City; a non-profit organization based in the band's hometown  that assists low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care. For more music and news on the Lips visit both the The Flaming Lips page on the Amoeba store, and the band's website. Below is a fan made video of the band along with Miley Cyrus performing the aforementioned "Lucy" at a concert in Manchester two months ago.

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