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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 11:20:08

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2008 07:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:20:08

q-tip the renaissance
1) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

2) Jurassic 5 11th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue (Decon)

3) Jedi Mind Tricks A History Of Violence (Babygrande)

4)  88 Keys The Death of Adam (Decon)

5) Black Milk Tronic (Fat Beats Records)

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for this week's Top Five Hip-Hop chart with the number one slot occupied by Q-Tip with his great new album The Renaissance (far superior to his last solo effort), which includes one track produced by the late J-Dilla. Click here to check out Porkchop's review of the A Tribe Called Quest member's recent San Francisco performance at Mezjurassic 5zanine as part of the Bounce Tour last week. In the number two slot is the Jurassic 5 CD & DVD retrospective package on Decon, 11th Anniversary Deluxe Re-Issue, which includes J5's original self-titled album in its entirety plus fifteen unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD of the documentary The Jurassic Period which was directed by Jason Goldwatch.

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AMOEBLOGAY MUSIC LISTS: PART IV

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2008 10:13am | Post a Comment
suede
Welcome to Amoeblogay Music Lists Part IV, in the ongoing five-part series that began last Tuesday and was inspired in great part by the recent Out Magazine Top 100 Gayest Albums list. This second to last installment includes two lists --  both from Amoebloggers. Brad Schelden has compiled a list, in no particular order, noting that, "I did agree with a lot of the albums they (Out Magazine) listed. Seems to be a lot of disco and dance music missing as well."

The other list below comes from Amoeblogger Job O Brother, who says his list includes, "Some records that deserve a spot in any comprehensive list of recordings significant to the LGBT community. Word." Job also added that, "Some of these are so obvious it baffles me they were missed by Out Magazine. In scrutinizing their list, it seems rushed, haphazard, and the work of a small pool of people who would never get a job at someplace like Amoeba Music! I didn’t bother to include Pansy Division – again, so obvious! – because I know that other people contributing to your project will include them." 

Special thanks to both Job O Brother (Another Witty and Unnecessary Blog) and Brad Schelden (Pen is mightier than the sword) for their time and insights in this series and check back here for the final Part V to be posted here in a few days. Meantime, be sure to check out the wonderful Latino Gay Music Icons Amoeblog immediately below this blog, compiled and posted by Gomez Comes Alive!

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 11:15:08

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2008 02:01pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:15:08
a history of violence jedi mind tricks
1) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

2) Jedi Mind Tricks A History Of Violence (Babygrande)

3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

4) 88 Keys Death of Adam (Decon)

5) Little Brother Seperate But Equal (Traffic)

Special thanks to Scott at Amoeba Music Hollywood, where the Look Daggers (Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta & 2Mex of Visionaries and SonGodSuns) did a great free in-store performance on Thursday evening, for this week's Top Five Hip-Hop Albums. This chart, based on sales for the past week, includes some great new albums such as hip-hop trio Jedi Mind Tricks' sixth and latest full-length A History of Violence, and Little Brother's Separate But Equal (Drama Free Version) which should not be confused with the similar (including title) release by the group originally featured by DJ Drama on a hosted mixtape. The official DJ Drama-free version contains many extra previously unreleased tracks and bonus material.

And in the top slot on this week's Top Five is the great new release from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame called The Renaissance. Q-Tip is currently riding high on rave reviews for both this album and his current headlining spot on the Bounce Tour. The video game tour, sponsored by 2K Sports, rolled through San Francisco two nights ago in a concert at the Mezzanine. Backing Q-Tip onstage for this show (and all of the tour) was both a full live band and a special DJ, DJ Scratch of EPMD fame. Music fanatic, Amoeba Music fan and self-described "jaded raver" Porkchop attended the SF show and was kind enough to write a review for the Amoeblog.

Porkchop's Q-Tip/Cool Kids Bounce Tour @ Mezzanine SF Review:

AMOEBLOGAY MUSIC LISTS: PART III

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2008 11:55pm | Post a Comment
mirah you think it's like this...
Part III in this week's Amoeblogay Music Lists series, an ongoing informal survey of the best queer/gay or "gayest" (in all senses of the term) music or movies, includes submissions from Amoebloggers Miss Ess and Eric Brightwell. Note that most of these lists drew inspiration from the Out Magazine Top 100 Gayest Albums of All Time.

Amoeblogay Part I featured Larry Bob's Top 26  Queer Albums and Amoeblogay Music Lists Part II featured Amoebites Mark Beaver, Amoeba Brady, Brent James and Michael Whitmore. Lists still to come from Amoebites Brad Schelden, Jon Ginoli and Job O'Brother.

First up today for Part III is Miss Ess who says, "I agree about Pansy Division, but I personally haven't listened to them too much. I also think earlier Gossip records are better than the one that made the list. I like That's Not What I Heard. Sleater-Kinney should have had more entries on there too, like The Hot Rock and The Woods. I also love Mirah's album You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This."

Eric Brightwell"s 10 Gayest Releases:
 

Mission Impossible 2


Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man (1991 Don Johnson & Mickey Rourke)

AMOEBLOGAY MUSIC LISTS: PART II

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2008 07:10pm | Post a Comment
the smiths
Whitmore, Amoeba Brady, Brent James,
and J. Mark Beaver all contributed to this second part in the ongoing Ameoblogay Music Lists week for the best queer/gay or gayest albums, songs, music videos or movies. Amoeblogay Music Lists Part I yesterday included SFQueer.com's Larry Bob's Top 26. His and all of these lists were inspired by the recent Top 100 Gayest Albums of All Time compiled by Out Magazine, previously Amoeblogged about in these pages, and to whom we are indebted.

One thing worth mentioning in light of the outcome of Proposition 8 in the California elections last week and its blow to same-sex marriage in the state, is that despite this step backwards for human rights, a likely positive outcome is that it will not only strengthen & energize the civil rights movement but will most probably also inspire some powerful new art, including of course lots of great reactionary music.

WHITMORE WEIGHS IN ON HIS TOP GAY ALBUM NOMINATIONS:

The record I couldn't believe wasn't on the list, because I would have placed it at number one -- with a bullet! -- if for no other reason then the fact that it's so weirdly brilliant, not necessarily good, but weirdly brilliant: Jobriath's self-titled first album on Elektra. I thought about blogging about this record recently because I think it was just reissued on CD along with his second album, Creatures of the Street.

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