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Rootbeer Please!

Posted by Smiles Davis, March 10, 2009 11:16am | Post a Comment

Ever listen to the same song on repeat for like 2, 6, 9 hours straight? It happens; music is intoxicating like that sometimes and everyone’s heard a song that spoke directly to him or her at one time or another. Maybe it moved you deeply and in return you treasured it dearly and barked hysterically at anyone who tried to interrupt the connection between your ears and the speakers. At that moment in time for you, the listener, that song is like the ninth wonder of the world. Subsequently, without proper headgear, for an innocent bystander catching all those repeated listenings, it is considered intolerable cruelty. Since I didn’t put anyone through that type of torture and utter misery I’ll rest easy tonight. Although there is this obnoxious ringing ear thing I’m currently suffering from due to listening to the same track today at an inappropriately loud volume for an inappropriately long amount of time.

The track I just couldn't get enough of: “Girlies” by the Cornerstone signed super rapper/producer/hipster duo Rootbeer. Their EP, Pink Limousine, drops today, March 10th. Tuesday, if you need a calendar, 2009 if you need a clue…just here to help. Their sound is light hearted, back to basics hip hop: simple, common man, catchy street talk, irresistible hooks laced with a side of cotton candy, and head bobbing beats to make you scream bananas, have your chocolate cake and eat it too. It’s like the brilliant wit and playfulness that was Kid n' Play or Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff on their debut, Parents Just Don’t Understand, blended with the indisputable freshness that was Young MC and Tone Loc. So, go cop Rootbeer’s EP cause they’re bringing the goodness. Put me in a better mood than my very disappointing water pressure did this morning.  

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Amoeba Music's Third Annual Art Show

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 10, 2009 11:05am | Post a Comment

WOMEN IN HIP-HOP PT. II: FLY GIRLS! B-BOYS BEWARE

Posted by Billyjam, March 10, 2009 09:30am | Post a Comment

The history books show, as recently as the early nineteenth century women in the United States were considered second-class citizens, subservient to men, and whose existence was limited to the interior life of caring for the home and children. Not only did women not have the right to vote, but after marriage they did not have the right to own property, maintain their wages, or  even sign a contract.

Of course, things have changed radically since then, especially in this country, and in 2009 we like to think everyone is equal regardless of gender, color, race, age, religion, or sexual orientation. But let's be real: we still have a ways to go for true equality. And you have to look no further than at hip-hop for proof that gender inequality exists-- the ratio of female to male artists is totally uneven, in favor of men. Flip through the CD or vinyl hip-hop aisles at Amoeba Music and odds are the ratio of female to male artists will be 1 to 10 at best or 1 to 20 at worst. Why is that? There are many reasons that I will explore in later installments of this Women In Hip-Hop Amoeblog series for Women's History Month. But for now I just want to celebrate some of the great female hip-hop artists, starting off with this Amoeblog focusing on the female emcees featured on the recent Soul Jazz release Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware: Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers!

A highly recommended tribute to the fly girls of hip hop, this CD and limited vinyl pressing, which has been selling well at Amoeba since its late January release date, is a wonderful historic overview of some of the funkiest female tracks from the 70's through the 80's and into the 90's. Of course, with just twenty tracks this snapshot only scratches the surface of the history of women in hip-hop, but considering that, it still does a hell of a job and unless you have been avidly collecting hip-hop over the years you need this for your collection.

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24 Fact-Based Films Celebrate Women's History Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 10, 2009 01:06am | Post a Comment
   
    
       
  
   
   
   

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Don't Panic!

Posted by Whitmore, March 9, 2009 08:12pm | Post a Comment
hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Yesterday (and it always seems to fall on a yesterday) on this date in 1978, the mind-bending sci-fi comedy adventure series that no doubt changed life, the universe and everything -- well, as far as I know, however I know, or think I understand to know, I know when I know, no matter how intangible the facts ... but anyway -- Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on the BBC radio. It would be another three years, March of 1981, before the Hitchhikers Guide series finally premiered in the United States on National Public Radio.
 
Adams would follow up this initial version of The Hitchhiker's Guide with more radio productions, five novels, computer games, a six part television miniseries and finally a major motion picture. Not to mention a variety of short stories, comic books, essays and enough odds and ends to fill any aging record store employee’s emotional void. Unfortunately Arthur Dent’s, Ford Prefect’s, Trillion’s, Marvin’s and Zaphod Beeblebrox’ galaxy came to an abrupt and tragic halt when Douglas Adams died of a heart attack at the age of 49 while working out in a gym in the town of Montecito near Santa Barbara on May 11, 2001. 
 
Oddly enough I still hold a grudge against Santa Barbara County and the town of Montecito, and especially jogging treadmills. I know it’s irrational but I’ll debate these opinions with anyone under any circumstances in circumstances beyond anyone’s control anytime. (Then again, irrationality is one of our species' most interesting and unique traits, along with regret and that opposable prehensile thumb). Anyway, I know treadmills are mostly harmless, Santa Barbara is mostly harmless but Adams' early death has always pissed me off to no end. I think the universe, once again, was short-changed and bung holed by some bitter, bitter cosmic throw of the dice. Officially the cause of death was a gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries, which led to a myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia -- a condition Adams unknowingly suffered. And I am still sad.
 
Here is the first episode of the BBC's radio production of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.



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