-- By doubleay
Kendrick Lamar and label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), are wasting no time in 2016. He’s currently President Obama’s favorite rapper and just added four more Grammy awards to his collection. And in response to a request from NBA player Lebron James, Kendrick Lamar has delivered another album. After seeing Kendrick's powerfully provoking Grammy performance in February, Lebron James tweeted to the TDE CEO begging for the release of previously performed untitled Kendrick tracks. Within two months, TDE dropped Kendrick’s Untitled Unmastered album.
The project features eight hearty tracks ranging diversely in style and over 20 collaborators, bringing many multifarious contributions to the sound of the album. Killer contemporary hip-hop producers like Hit-Boy, Cardo, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Spinz provide booming bassy production unlike what’s heard on Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly album. While longtime collaborators Terrace Martin (producer, piano, and horns) and Thundercat (bass), who made key contributions to To Pimp a Butterfly, are seen on "Untitled 3." The wide array of features including Bilal, CeeLo Green, Jay Rock, SZA, and Adrian Younge aid in creating a series of wildly dynamic works.
-- By doubleay
Lil Ugly Mane’s classic, Mista Thug Isolation, has returned for it’s first pressing since 2012. Back by popular demand, Italian DIY label Hundebiss Records brings Mista Thug Isolation’s fourth reissue to the people. The two-disc LP is pressed on 150 gram vinyl and features cover art created by Lil Ugly Mane himself. The cover depicts an industrial assortment of dead animals and daunting gothic font, which has been used for the third and fourth reissues of the album. The album, originally released in 2011, is an underground classic that makes for a stunning gem in anyone’s vinyl collection. Its lean fueled production and unforgiving lyrics makes the album one of Lil Ugly Mane’s stand out releases over his career spanning from his Raider Klan origin.
Back in 2015, Lil Ugly Mane (real name Shawn Kemp) announced Lil Ugly Mane was no more and there was to be an anthology of the rapper’s release due at the end of the year. In November a package deal of all his digital releases became available via his Bandcamp offering 19 projects for $43.50. In addition, record label, Ormolycka, delivered the Gone and Forgotten RIP Lil Ugly Mane box set at the end of 2015. On Ormolycka’s Facebook the contents for the RIP Box Set were listed as followed: "4 LP’s of brand new unreleased material. One of said releases being a brand new full on Ugly / Shawn Kemp crusher. The other a surprise collaboration full of secret(s). 1 LP compiling all of the singles. 1 LP edition of Playaz Circle. As well as 4 cassettes: 1 edition of the new LP on cassette, 1 edition of the other cassette, a cassette of instrumentals, oddities, whatever the fuck fits.”
For the Amoeblog's third installment of Talent Show, a place to show off new projects and acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it, we bring you The Creepy Podcast. If you love to hate and hate to love the user-generated horror ramblings of Creepypasta sites, fanfiction, and the like, you need to follow DJ4AM’s prolific The Creepy Podcast, which both mercilessly skewers and pays homage to this puzzling literary phenomenon. Listen to The Creepy Podcast on Bandcamp or Youtube.
DJ4AM (aka Jason Nevermind, aka Jason Chavez) has been an active DJ and musician for over 20 years. Formerly a member of Octavius and San Francisco indy band Black Fiction, he is currently a member of Dopestyle 1231, The Beta Macs, and Opal Heights. However, for his latest project this life-long cratedigger, storyteller, sound engineer, and aficionado of the obscure sample has funneled his numerous talents into a new and heretofore uncharted format: the comedy horror podcast. DJ4AM sources amateur tales of horror from Creepypasta sites and gives them the MST3K treatment, which is to say he furnishes them with simultaneous running commentary, over his original genius soundscapes. Sometimes he adds special guest readers/commenters to the mix and it feels like you’re trying to watch a movie with your funniest friends. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself jumping in with commentary of your own.
Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, has an amazing line-up of music-related films this year, February 18 -- February 23. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present four fantastic documentaries on February 20th: We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows, and a screening of Morphine: Journey of Dreams followed by a live set by Vapors of Morphine (former members of Morphine)!
We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
2/20, 2pm @ ATA (992 Valencia Street, SF)
In 1964, Johnny Cash – who up to that point was known solely as a country singer – recorded Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album of folk songs about the treatment of Native Americans. It was not a great commercial success, primarily because radio stations and disc jockeys were unwilling to play such socially engaged protest songs. Angry and disappointed, Cash called Billboard Magazine to account in an open letter. “Where are your guts?” he wrote, and drew a parallel between the treatment of Native Americans and blacks – the Civil Rights Movement was at its height in 1964. In response to criticism that he had very rapidly transformed into a folk singer, he explained, “As times change, I change.”
It's almost AMOEBAPALOOZA -- that magical time of the year when we here at Amoeba Music San Francisco join forces with fellow Amoebites to bring you the BEST variety show in all the land. Now in its mind-blowing 18th year, Amoebapalooza is happening on Sunday, February 21 at 8pm at the amazing Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission Street, SF).
Hosted by local drag superstar Nicki Jizz, the extravaganza is shaping up to be a wild one. WEED PLUS BEER and TOYOTA are on deck to work us into an electronic, experimental frenzy; MISS LIGHTNING will be serving up some cover tunes with their personal "bar room rock band" flavor; and JESUS DUDE MOM are happy to show their "pop punk junk stuff" to anyone who wants to see it! We even have a tribute to the late great Glenn Frey courtesy of GLNDLFRY.
There will be strong drinks, great acts, and even better times this year so please join us! Oh, did we mention face painting and balloon animals too? How could you miss this?
Admission is only $5 for the general public. Doors 8pm / show 9pm. 21+ over only.
Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the fifth year in a row! We highly recommend SIR for all of your equipment needs.
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