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Rest In Peace, Lemmy Kilmister

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 28, 2015 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Lemmy at Amoeba Hollywood

One of the last great charismatic and hard-living frontmen, Lemmy Kilmister, passed away today at the age of 70 "after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer," as just confirmed on the Motorhead Twitter feed.

Let us remember this giant of hard rawk with an iconic song from each of Lemmy's iconic bands: Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" and his early '70's space rock venture Hawkwind's "Silver Machine." Plus, scroll down for the "What's In My Bag?" video Amoeba shot with his supergroup HeadCat (with Danny B. Harvey of Rockats and Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats).
 




Amoeba Curates January Red Bull Sound Select Show With Rapper Dizzy Wright

Posted by Amoebite, December 28, 2015 01:42pm | Post a Comment

red bull sound select dizzy wrightAmoeba is curating the next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select show on Jan. 7 with rapper Dizzy Wright.

The show takes place at the Bootleg Theater, and it’s $3 with an RSVP or $12 at the door. The show is 21+, and doors are at 8 p.m. The first 50 fans in line will also receive $10 Amoeba gift certificates.

Dizzy Wright grew up in Las Vegas and released several mixtapes before being signed to independent label Funk Volume, which released his debut studio album, SmokeOut Conversations, in 2012. This year, he released his sophomore album, The Growing Process, which reached No. 47 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and featured an appearance by one of his inspirations, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Wright also has said that a project with rapper Logic is in the works.

Watch his video for “Floyd Money Mayweather” below:

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Top 30 Hip-Hop 2015 Hit Albums

Posted by Billyjam, December 27, 2015 07:47pm | Post a Comment

With its number one album being the critically acclaimed Kendrick Lamar modern classic To Pimp a Butterfly, this Top 30 Hip-Hop Hit Albums in 2015 list is one of three Amoeblog hip-hop year-end lists. This list's results are compiled by drawing from various sales figures of the year's top-selling albums, while also taking into consideration overall critical response. The factors included are first week sales on the Billboard Top 100 chart, overall sales at Amoeba, plus Metacritic ratings. A lot of the time, both sales figures and critical ratings are equal, but on some occasions they were not (hence why some albums might rate higher on this chart than lists based solely on sales). Still, overall the Top 30 that made the list is reflective of the most commercially well-received albums in 2015. With a few exceptions and regardless of the order, this top 30 includes most of the top 30 best-selling albums of the year. Exceptions would include Dom Kennedy's By Dom Kennedy and Drake & Future What a Time to Be Alive because both 2015 albums were digital only and unavailable through Amoeba. The list is also reflective of a lot of the artists whose album tracks received major radio airplay in 2015.

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SF Sketchfest Presents Rock Solid with Pat Francis, David Wild, Kyle Dodson and Special Guest Sammy Hagar

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2015 04:55pm | Post a Comment

Rock Solid with special Guest Sammy Hagar

The San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 15th year and runs January 7-24 at various venues around the City. This year the fest features over 200 shows with some of the top comedians and best up-and-coming talent around. Amoeba Music is proud to co-sponsor Rock Solid with Pat Francis, David Wild, Kyle Dodson, and special guest Sammy Hagar on Saturday, January 9 at the Swedish American Hall (2174 Market Street) at 3pm.

Hosted by Pat Francis, Rock Solid is the comedy/music podcast that brings you music, both new and classic, with lots of laughs and musical guests. Joining the fun are Producer Kyle Dodson and Pat’s hilarious rotating co-hosts. For the SF Sketchfest edition, Pat will be joined by Rolling Stone contributing editor and author David Wild. They are thrilled to welcome iconic Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar from Van Halen, The Circle, Chickenfoot, Montrose, and The Wabos.

Tickets are on sale now HERE!

Christmas 2015 White House Mixtape

Posted by Billyjam, December 25, 2015 08:08am | Post a Comment

Destiny's Child "8 Days of Christmas" (2001): 1 of 14 songs on 2015 White House Holiday Mixtape


Yesterday the White House, via a published Spotify playlist, unveiled the playlist (left) chosen by the president and First Lady (The First Playlist?) for this 2015 Christmas/holiday season. Descriptively entitled Holidays with the Obamas, the virtual mixtape noticeably does not include any hip-hop by the man dubbed by many as the "first hip-hop president." Not even Run-D.M.C.'s ubiquitous holiday hit "Christmas In Hollis" (slightly devalued IMO by its use in a car commercial) that was first released in 1987 when the president was 26 and Michelle was 23 and they were both reportedly fans of hip-hop & rap. Also absent are such hip-hop friends and guests of the current White House as Common and Jay-Z. But then come think of it, neither recorded Christmas songs that I am aware of. However Hova's wife and fellow former White House performer Beyonce did make the current playlist, as part of the female trio that catapulted her to fame.

A live version of Destiny Child's "8 Days Of Christmas" (video above) from the 2001 album of the same name ranks along with such other soul-fueled holiday classics as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (just reissued on 10" picture disc), and Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas.”  Also here is The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (audio below), which was initially released on the 1970 full-length Jackson 5 Christmas Album (one of three albums released by the group that year). Released a decade before they were even born, but remaining a Christmas classic ever since, is Eartha Kitt's 1953 recording "Santa Baby." The song has been covered over the decades since by other artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande.

New Orleans-born Bay Area soulstress/actress Ledisi's version of "Silent Night" is included as are Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men’s “Let It Snow,” and the late great Luther Vandross' 1995 recording "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (audio below).  As with any music list compiled by any person (especially POTUS), people will find fault and question why such a song was included or why another was not. My critique was, why no rap?, while another's was how come "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto" by James Brown was not included? It's all subjective so we can wonder all we want. However, more telling will be future Barack Obama Christmas playlists after he no longer holds the office of president and will be free to really let loose and include anything he truly wants. I'm visualizing a hardcore rap Xmas playlist featuring songs like the recently reissued Eazy-E "Merry Muthafukin Xmas." But we'll just have to wait and see.

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