I will say, however, that I own a good number of t-shirts with their name emblazoned on them, as well as t-shirts for the band Son Volt, formed, after Uncle Tupelo's break-up, by Jay Farrar. Out of all proportion to any of my other band T's (and I own many), these Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt t-shirts almost without fail find me being stopped by strangers telling me how much they love those bands.
Now to my real point...
Mining similar material and existing through the same arc of time, a much lesser known band, steeped in bluegrass but pulling it into the 21st century by its fiddle-strings was rockin' its way out of northern New York State. The Blood Oranges featured singer/songwriter/mandolinist Jim Ryan, guitarist Mark Spencer, singer/songwriter/bassist Cheri Knight and drummer Ron Ward. The Blood Oranges were a really, really good band, good enough that Steven Mirkin in a June 1994 Rolling Stone said that they, "...find ways to make country-rock fusion seem like an idea with unlimited potential." They followed their 1990 debut, Corn River with 1992's Lone Green Valley and The Crying Tree in 1994. All of them strong albums and all of them more or less greeted with apathy by the record-buying populace. Then they called it quits.
In February, hyperactive punk band the Black Lips stopped by for an energetic instore appearance. You can see all the pictures from this event on our website here. You can also watch an interview and performance from their Amoeba Hollywood appearance right here.
February also saw an instore by Bay Area favorites the Drive By Truckers, who brought a little twang to the Berkeley store on Valentine's Day.
In honor of Record Store Day at the Berkeley store, Pam the Funkstress of The Coup brought it on the ones and twos, several other DJs had sets and gift certificate giveaways occured throughout the day.
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 January 3
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Once In A Lifetime Theatrical Screening!
Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart
1) Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (Rhymesayers)
2) Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)
3) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)
4) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
5) T.I. Paper Trail
It's the end of another great richly diverse and prolific year in hip-hop music and time to look back at what hip-hop was hot at Amoeba Music during 2008. Hence, here is the Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart (above & below) which represents what people were buying this year in hip-hop at Amoeba's three stores. This list is compiled from the weekly hip-hop charts submitted to the Amoeblog during 2008 by the hip-hop departments in the three Amoeba stores. Special thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco, Tunde at Amoeba Berkeley, and Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for taking time to calculate & submit these weekly top five charts which they based on hip-hop CD album sales in their resepctive stores.
To determine this final annual chart, all of the Amoeblog published weekly top five charts were added up and sorted and configurated by both the number of times each release appeared on weekly charts and what position(s) were reached each time(s). While this annual chart is a good guideline to what hip-hop CDs sold at Amoeba's three stores during 2008, it is by no means an exact science nor an exact representation of precise sales figures, but more of a overview of the titles that were popular at the stores in 2008. Furthermore, due to the fact that the weekly charts officially began after three months into 2008, there may be some worthy album titles absent from this chart. Meanwhile, some new releases that were still selling well after the last Top Five chart was complied may not chart exactly as expected. But like I said, it ain't perfect but it is a good overview of much of what was been sought & bought at Amoeba Music in hip-hop in 2008.