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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.