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Berkeley City Council Public Hearing To Decide If Amoeba Be Granted Permit for Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3)

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2016 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Cue Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night."  Tonight, Tuesday May 10th 2016, at 7pm, in Berkeley CA the City Council will meet for a very important public hearing. There the future direction of Amoeba Berkeley will be determined when it is decided if the longtime East Bay record store, that first opened shop on Telegraph Avenue back in 1990, will be awarded the single new City permit to open and operate the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3) medical marijuana dispensary. BC3 is one of five finalist applicants at tonight's hearing where community participation is encouraged. All are invited to attend this public hearing in Berkeley at 1222 University Ave. (between Curtis and Bonar). People will begin to arrive at 630pm outside for meeting that begins at 7pm, with dispensary topic scheduled for 8pm and expected to run til 10pm to accommodate speakers from the community.

In case you have not heard or read the many articles written on the topic, for the past four years Amoeba Music Berkeley has been quietly and tirelessly fighting to expand into the area of compassionate care. The goal is to dedicate the jazz room section of the Telegraph Ave. store and transform it into the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3).  This all hinges on tonight's public hearing for the much coveted, sole permit to be granted from the City of Berkeley. BC3 will face off against four other finalists for the opportunity to, in addition to good music, offer compassionate care. Longtime Berkeley community members familiar with Amoeba's rich history as part of the local cultural fabric, consider BC3 to be the most qualified candidate of the five applicants. 

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Bootie SF Among Kesha's Army of Supporters Amidst Artist's Prolonged Legal Woes

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 07:59pm | Post a Comment

Legal differences between musical artists and their labels or management companies, ones that place their recording and/or performing careers in limbo, are nothing new but they must count among the most frustrating for both artists and their fans. Particularly frustrating are instances in which an artist's creative output is placed on hold, no matter how temporarily. Among pop history's many examples of this is the ongoing nasty legal battle between Kesha Rose Sebert, aka the artist Kesha formerly spelled as Ke$ha, and her former producer Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke).

The female vocalist has accused her former longtime producer of  a decade of sexual and verbal abuse. She also filed a lawsuit with Sony to be freed from her exclusive recording agreement. In the ongoing legal proceedings Kesha's lawyer, Mark Gregaros, argued that the artist was forced into a position whereby she cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. That consequently had spun her career into frozen mode. This in turn led to the formation of the fan-based supportive #FreeKesha movement.

Regardless of who is legally right or wrong, for fans of the pop singer/sometime rapper the legal limbo meant nothing new from their favorite pop star whose releases include Animal, Warrior and Cannibal. But all of that changed recently with a surprise appearance at Coachella last month in which she joined superstar electronic producer/DJ/musician Zedd onstage to perform the title track from his 2015 album True Colors. That was followed two weeks ago with the release of the single of their studio collaboration of "True Colors."

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New Hip-Hop Releases: Drake, ElZhi, Homeboy Sandman, Dilla, Berner, Chuuwee & Trizz

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Albums: 05:06:16

1: Drake VIEWS (Republic)

2: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4: Chuuwee & Trizz  Amerikka's Most Blunted 2 (Below Systems)

5: J Dilla Jay Love Japan (Vintage Vibes) (avail as LP) [Reissue]

"Like a day spent inside someone else’s head," is how Drake's new album VIEWS  (Republic) is summed up in the Amoeba Review of the anticipated album that arrived in Amoeba yesterday. The Canadian star's first official album release since 2013's Nothing Was The Same and first full release since last year's "commercial mixtape" full-length If You're Reading This It's Too Late, VIEWS is already a bonafide commercial hit. The new album may have only dropped yesterday (as physical release but a week earlier as digital via certain outlet) but by midday Friday first week sales figures were released noting how the album was even outselling Beyonce's hugely hyped Lemonade that also arrived in Amoeba yesterday.

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Dilla's Donuts: The Album, The 45 Box Set, and now the Detroit Doughnut/Coffee Shop, Dilla's Delights

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2016 11:10pm | Post a Comment

It's been promised for a few years now, but finally this week the uncle of Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee
J Dilla finally opened his coffee shop/doughnut spot Dilla's Delights in the late artist's honor. First reported back in 2013, Herman Hayes said that he wanted to pay tribute to his donut-loving nephew, who released the album Donuts just a few days before his 2006 premature passing at age 32, by opening a coffee/donut retail outlet in the late artist's Michigan hometown. That dream became a reality yesterday when Dilla's "Uncle Herm," who back in the day used to supply his nephew with his all time favorite snack, opened up Dilla's Delights. The downtown Detroit business is located across from the Detroit Opera House and not far from where the late artist born James Yancey once lived. In fact opening day and today were such busy days for the new business that they closed shop early having sold out of all the baked goods. Made in 15 varieties, the Dilla donuts are reportedly made from all organic flour ingredients.

A former baker with the Flint-based Dawn Donuts chain, Hayes has spent the past few years baking and selling the Dilla's Delights donuts via a few select spots such as Detroit's Red Hook Cafe as he awaited all the paperwork to be handled before finally opening up Dilla's Delights.  The new Dilla themed donut spot follows various formats of the Donuts album including the cassette version, the CD version, this year's 10th Anniversary 2LP set, and the popular box set of 45 singles that was released in 2013. Even more recently from Dilla was his latest posthumous album The Diary that showcases his mic skills. The recent Record Store Day LP version of that album sold out instantly but on Friday (May 6th) the Pay Jay vinyl release of The Diary will arrive in Amoeba.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Bay Area DMC Battle, WFMU Record Fair, Prince + Hip-Hop, New Releases, Yung Jake @ MoMA + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment
DJ TRAPS - once again wins Bay Area DMC Regional - photo from the 2016 DMC Bay battle by James Mak - c/o Joysco Photos and Joysco Studios

Props to DJ Traps (pictured above c/o  James Mak / Joysco Photos) who won the recent 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle. Repeating the feat he accomplished exactly three years ago in the same battle (2013 Bay DMC was held in SF), he will again head to NYC this upcoming August to rep the Bay for a chance to take the USA title. Held in Fremont on April 22nd and presented by both Official Rane DJ and Adisa, the Bishop's Hip-Hop Chess Federation, who hosted the event, the runners up in the battle were AkikoLUV - Akira Funabashi in second place, and Primo, Adrian Primo Silva in third place. Meanwhile the results of the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals also held at same venue on the day were winner DJ IQ, with runners up Prolifix in second place and DonPaco in third. Congrats to all the participants! Scroll down to end of this Amoeblog to see group picture of the Bay Area DMC event by hardworking Bay Area hip-hop photographer James Mak. Upcoming 2016 DMC Regional battles include next Saturday, May 7th, in Austin Texas. More info.

 
Shattering the (sometimes true) stereotype that rappers with "Yung" in their stage name are mostly superficial, lacking in intellectual merit, and low in substance, Los Angeles based rapper Yung Jake blew minds and stereotypes last night at NYC's MoMA. There the CalArts grad took part in MoMA’s adventurous Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute: series by performing his engaging multi-social media show that melded Tweets, YouTube viral videos, memes and GIFs, and more including of course rapping. The presentation, that lasted three hours, was s mixed media statement on life in this Internet age by the West Coast artist who hails from Long Island, NY. 

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