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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with City and Colour

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2016 05:13pm | Post a Comment

City and Colour Dallas Green What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

You know those groups you listen to and you think to yourself, "I wish I was in that band." Well, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of those bands for City & Colour's Dallas Green. "It's so good," he says holding up their latest LP, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distresses, "and they're such a cool band." Green was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and took us with him as he shopped for records and books, including albums by some of his all-time favorites.

City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You - Amoeba MusicCity & Colour is the folk project of Canadian indie musician Dallas Green. After stints with the bands Alexisonfire and Helicon Blue, Green began releasing City & Colour tracks online in 2005. Those tracks would become his debut, Sometimes, which was reissued in physical format for the first time by Vagrant Records in 2009. His follow-up, 2008's Bring Me Your Love, found Green moving in a more folk-inflected direction than before, as well as opening for Tegan & Sara and Girl In A Coma. City & Colour's first US headlining tour came two years later, when Green hit the road once again to promote Bring Me Your Love. He also toured the UK, supporting Pink and Butch Walker.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Atmosphere, Yasiin Bey/Mos Def, Drake, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Bad Boy 20 Years, Simpsons, The Get Down, Lando Chill +

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2016 04:19pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:12:16

1: Atmosphere Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers Ent.) (LP/Vinyl and Cassette)

2: Lando Chill For Mark, Your Son (Mello Music Group) (LP/Vinyl)

3: Various  Bad Boy Entertainment: 20 Years Box-Set CD (Bad Boy) 

4: Slim Thug  Hogg Life Vol. IV: American Life  Deluxe Version (Hogglife Entertainment)

5: BadBadNotGood IV (LP/Vinyl)
   (Innovative Leisure)

Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Guru Jazzmatazz (Virgin)

Among the new vinyl to arrive into the crates of Amoeba's hip-hop section this week is the "Vinyl Reissue of the Week" above: Guru's Jazzmatazz. Originally on Chrysalis via EMI, now re-released 23 years later by Virgin as part of their aptly titled Respect The Classics series, this classic and influential jazz infused 1993 solo debut, multi-collaborative project form the late great emcee half of Gang Starr stands the test of time. The talent-packed 12 track LP's many musical collaborators include Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronnie Jordan, and N'Dea Davenport. The music video for the LP's bi-lingual, head-nodding track featuring French emcee MC Solaar "Le Bien, Le Mal" appears below along with other video clips, many related to the above chart, including the track "Coroner" off the latest from Mello Music Group's Lando Chill For Mark, Your Son (also avail vinyl).

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15 Years Later, Prestigious DJ Battle Returns to Bay Area with 2016 DMC USA DJ Finals August 28th at New Parish

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2016 01:50pm | Post a Comment

Like an annual reminder that summer is winding down in New York City, traditionally at the end of August the US DMC Finals has been routinely taking place in the city that is the birthplace of the hip-hop DJ and hip-hop itself. That's where on the last weekend of August, DJs from across the US, who won their respective DMC regional battles, have been converging [at Webster Hall the past number of years] to fight it out on the ones and twos in this premiere battle DJ event. But this year will be different when the
DMC US Finals will be taking place outside New York City and on the opposite coast in Oakland, CA. There on Sunday August 28th at 5pm at the New Parish the 2016 DMC USA DJ Finals will be held. The prestigious battle will determine which DJ will go on to rep the USA in the 2016 DMC World Finals over in London a month later. This year's World Finals take place on Saturday September 24th at The Forum in Kentish Town where San Francisco's reunited Invisibl Skratch Piklz (Qbert, Shortkut, D-Styles) doing a headlining showcase set.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt IV: The Roots, Ras Kass, Volume 10, Skee-Lo, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Mack E.L., 12 Gauge, Terminator X + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2016 02:24pm | Post a Comment
The Roots 1994 DGC publicity photo by T. Eric Monroe was to promote the Philly crew's first album for Geffen Do You Want More?!!!??! released in Jan 1995, and more recently reissued as 2LP vinyl version


Part 4 in the ongoing 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series, this installment includes press/publicity photos of The Roots, Ras Kass, Volume 10, Skee-Lo, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Mack E.L., 12 Gauge, Cruseville Productions, U Know Who, and Terminator X and his various Godfathers Of Threatt collaborators for the Public Enemy member's solo project release Super Bad for RAL (Rush Associated Labels). That 1994 album's numerous contributors included Whodini, DJ Kool Herc, Fantastic Five, Joe Sinister, and the Cold Crush Brothers.  These mid-nineties hip-hop artist photos were sent out by record company press/publicity departments as well as some independent publicists working for the labels or artists. Mailed out to radio, television and print media outlets, they typically preceded album release dates by 4 to 8 weeks and were accompanied by a cassette or CD or vinyl advance copy of an artist's album or its lead-single such as with the Skee-Lo pic and bio.  The promo photos and music (plus videos in the case of TV stations) were accompanied by press releases and bios on the artists.

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Recap: Brently Heilbron Hosted a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 03:47pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, August 6th we were stoked for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron - the original host of our charity auctions! He auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets (Kraftwerk, Culture Club, Desert Daze Festival to name a few), plus collectibles, gift certificates from our amazing neighbors (Trader Joe's, Stella Barra & Urban Outfitters) and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

Brently Heilbron began performing stand up at the age of 14 and is the host and co-creator of the new PBS comedy series Stand Up Empire. We were so thrilled when he agreed to come back to host this auction 'cause he knows how to get it done! His quick wit and on-stage antics held the audience entranced while he heckled them into digging deeper into their pockets for a good cause. Jokes about....the portable CD player he was auctioning off ("CDs are gonna be cool again, mark my words!! And with this you can listen to your favorite Spin Doctors CD!!"). He brought chuckles and guffaws, and with his stream-of-consciousness commentary we got a small glimpse into his improv genius. While unfurling the giant Adele banner on the stage, we all-of-a-sudden felt the need to have her giant face on our living room wall! He was masterful and entertaining as always and we all felt good raising money for Inner-City Arts.

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