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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:19:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2008 12:14pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:19:08

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1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

2) Evidence The Layover EP (Decon)

3) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

4) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

5) Scarface Emeritus (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

Special thanks to Ray for the top five selling hip-hop albums chart in the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, with new albums from the ever popular artists Kanye West, Ludacris, and Q-Tip all holding strong after been out for a number of weeks. New entries to the chart include the recent recommended CD The Leftover EP from rapper/producer Evidence (aka EV) of solo and Dilated Peoples fame, which may only have ten tracks but all are excellent. The other new release on this chart is Emeritus from Houston rap legend Scarface who first came to fame twenty years ago as part of the Geto Boys. This new album is Scarface's ninth (and supposedly last) solo album. He says he is going to retire from the rap game. But who knows? A lot of rappers have trouble quitting when they are still popular and Scarface has a dedicated fan base who appreciate his raw delivery, and tell-it-like-it style. He don't pull no punches when it comes to talking about the cops or his rivals. The video below of the new album song "High Powered" is directed at his rival Lil Troy who he implies is a snitch. In the interest of fairness, in interviews, Lil Troy claims that Scarface is a snitch. Of course in rap all of this heated rivalry and controversy only makes for good music.

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1979 UK DISCO DANCE FINALS

Posted by Billyjam, December 18, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment

For this final Dance of the Day is the excerpt from the 1979 UK Disco Dance Finals, which is pretty impressive for several reasons. For starters all the dancing is really good. And even though it was a "disco" contest note all of the breakin' (also known as break dancing) moves used, especially by the first contestant. What is noteworthy about this is that hip-hop dance and music still came under the broad disco umbrella back in '79. At that time in the late seventies although hip-hop was most definitely in existence the truth is that no one used the term "hip-hop" to describe it.

Another interesting historical point about this clip is that at this same time over in the states disco was already suffereing the thinly veiled macho, racist, homophopic backlash of the disco-sucks movement, something that would soon follow suit in the UK. And finally of note about this clip is that the second contestent in it is a young 20 year old (Downtown) Julie Brown from Wales who would later migrate to the US to get hired as a VJ by the fledgling MTV.

Li'l Bit #6

Posted by Job O Brother, December 18, 2008 09:25am | Post a Comment
I'm a well-adjusted, happy guy, with a deep spirtuality that allows me to put the joys and sorrows of humanity into a context which promotes my own growth and sense of peace.

That being said, when I watched these videos this morning, a small part of me did suddenly contemplate suicide. I won't, because I have to be at Amoeba Music Hollywood in less than an hour, but it won't be without a scar on my brain.

Saturday Midnight: Jingle All The Way

Posted by phil blankenship, December 17, 2008 09:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!





Saturday December 20



Jingle All The Way(1996)

starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman & Jake Lloyd


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7



Jem of Local Bay Area Band Jean Marie Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, December 17, 2008 07:17pm | Post a Comment
Jean Marie's songs are warm and cozy; they kinda feel like curling up fireside and dreamily gazing out a glowing window. Thus, their music is perfect for the winter chill we are currently experiencing! What better time than now, when we are besieged by hail and frigid winds, to tap into lead Jean Marie-er Jem's brain to bring on the warmth and find out what and who inspires her? Read on to find out about her love of Riotgrrl, the East Bay, and...Mariah Carey!?

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Miss Ess: What made you want to play music? How did you get started?


Jem: My mother has a love affair with music and is an amateur singer, so she sacrificed and saved to give my brother and I piano lessons, music lessons, etc, so there would be music in the house. She did this with the intent that we would simply appreciate it as a pastime, but as adults, we both chose to follow music as our path...which means, rich happy hearts, but sad empty pockets.courtney love

I started writing my own songs in high school. I was really inspired by the Riot Grrl movement and especially Courtney Love. I was just starting to play guitar when I saw Hole perform at a radio-sponsored Christmas show in 1994. Courtney was beautiful, dramatic, and absolutely enthralling. Her guitar playing and her singing was basic and sloppy, but because of that, revolutionary. It didn't matter what the chords were or where you placed your fingers or whether you sung in tune or not -- what mattered was that your voice and story was being told.

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