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Next Sidewalk Sale Features Deals on 45s, DVD/Blu-ray and More Oct. 18

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2014 04:19pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

It’s time once again for a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood! Our next one takes place Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 5 p.m.

We’ll be featuring the following deals:

  • Restocked 45s at $1 each
  • DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets, which have their own deal)
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Stickers and buttons at two for $1
  • Classical deals

-And more!

Come by and pick up some fresh goodies from Amoebal!

Hip-Hop Rap Up: DMC World Finals, Return of the BBoy 3, DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2014 01:21pm | Post a Comment

Prhyme teaser

Return of the BBoy 3 is a true underground Bay Area hip-hop event happening tonight at ClouD 9 community arts space in Berkeley featuring sets from the Living Legends' Sunspot Jonz and Aesop, Nac One, Mel Yel, Dub Esquire and his reunited old crew M.O.S. (Misfitz Ov Stylz). Like the Living Legends M.O.S.'s roots run deep in the East Bay hip-hop annals and date back to 1990 when the group first formed as the short-lived Rhymes In Progress in March of that year when the original members were Dub Esquire, Kid Haavic, a.k.a. The A-Double), Ron, and Deion.

"That didn't last long," the tireless Dub Esquire, who is now in his third decade of making quality - albeit under the radar non commericial hip-hop, said in an 2011 Amoeblog interview when tracing his Bay Area hip-hop history noting how another short-lived group Constant Elevation came next, before then forming M.O.S. M.O.S. member DJ Lex unfortunately will not be at tonight's event due to scheduling conflicts. Showtime is 9pm Friday October 10th. Tickets at door $10. ClouD 9 is located at 1320 9th Street (near Gilman) Berkeley CA 94710

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Weekly Roundup: The Mantles, Spaceships, Ty Segall, Death Valley Girls, Deap Vally

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment

The Mantles – “Memory”

the mantles bandThe Mantles’ Long Enough to Leave was a delightful traipse through New Zealand-style jangle pop, and now the Bay Area-based Slumberland band is coming back with a set of new recordings. They’re first coming out with the Memory 7” Dec. 2, featuring two new songs. Listen to the Felt-ish “Memory” now and get swept up in their sweet autumnal strums.

 

Spaceships – “Good Gradez”

spaceshipsNoisy L.A. duo Spaceships have a new self-titled EP coming out Nov. 4 on New Professor and we’ve got the first song now, called “Good Gradez.” It’s got the same distorted power-pop chords and snarled melodies of their debut LP, Cool Breeze Over the Mountains, with an ever-so-slightly cleaned-up sound to make sure Jessie Waite’s terrific vocals cut through clearly. I for one give this song an A+! Check out the interview I did with the band last week here.

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Essential Records: Nas' 'Illmatic'

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment
Essential Records Nas Illmatic

When it comes to "essential" hip-hop records they don't come much more essential than Nas' 1994 landmark, ten-track debut album Illmatic. The album's 20 year anniversary is being celebrated in grand style this year with a nice vinyl reissue of the album, the recent theatrical release of the award winning documentary about the album, Time Is Illmatic (see trailer below), and an ongoing tour by the famed Queensbridge emcee - fittingly titled the Time Is Illmatic Tour - in which the emcee performs the entire album in track-listing order following a screening of the new documentary. Nas' current California tour dates include two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 19 & 21) and two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in LA (Oct 18 & 22).

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Vive les minets - French Dandyism in the 1960s

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 8, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment
As a fan of fashion, youth subculture, and the 1960s, at some point I was bound to be made aware of the French minet subculture. Obviously, since I'm writing about it, that momentous occasion has arrived at some point in my past. I can't remember when or where it occurred (the internet is a safe bet) but in the intervening years I've found very little about this stylish group. Compounding my frustration is the fact that what little that I have uncovered about minets is almost always written or recorded in French -- a language of which a month of skipping class at College les pins Castries did little to improve my command. The French Wikipedia (Wikipédia) is humorously blunt in its entry: un jeune homme vêtu à la mode, équivalent masculin de la minette. Last and least -- most of what has been written about minets in English is by writers discussing within the larger context of mod subculture -- a style tribe about which far too much is artlessly written and rehashed.

A minet in 1965


With that in mind, however, kindly allow me briefly add to the conversational clutter concerning mod, as its evolution is tied closely to that of the minet. Although today mod is often characterized as a mid-60s, working class subculture fueled by the holy trinity of amphetamines, scooters and soul music, it first appeared in the late 1950s when a largely middle class group of mostly Jewish teenagers with families in the clothing business and for whom the chosen drug was apparently coffee. Modernists, as they then to themselves referred, championed modern jazz over trad jazz (which was championed by the Acker Bilk-listening, bowler-hatted, beer-swilling, baggy sweater-and-duffle coated trads). Sharing their love of modern jazz were the beatniks, but their beardy, black, cultivated scruffiness was rejected in favor of the natty continental style associated with untouchable icons of French cool like Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon

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