Top Ten Tape Things (Cassette Store Day 2015 list)

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2015 02:56pm | Post a Comment

cas·sette k??set/ noun:  a sealed plastic unit containing a length of audiotape, videotape,
film, etc. wound on a pair of spools, for insertion into a recorder or playback device.

Saturday, October 17th: Today iofficially being Cassette Store Day 2015, during which you'll find lots of cassette tape goodies (new, old, reissues) available at Amoeba Music and other participating music retail stores, I could not help but reminisce over that beloved analog format that was once many people's primary source of music listening and sharing. So, off the top of my head, I randomly compiled the following top ten tape things list, encompassing both good and bad things. Meantime be sure to stop into Amoeba Music today, where it is also Super Saturday Sale day, and peep some of the cassettes available including (at Amoeba SF) Jaylib's Champion Sound and Peanut Butter Wolf & Dam-Funk's 45 Minutes Of Funk. Cassette Store Day aside, on any given day the cassette section of Amoeba is well worth a visit as noted in this previous Amoeblog I did after a most rewarding visit to the Amoeba Berkeley store's cassette section.

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Fela Kuti and New Order Vinyl Reissues Out This Week

Posted by Amoebite, October 16, 2015 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include six albums by Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti, each pressed on a different color vinyl, and New Order's release of three albums on heavyweight 180gm vinyl, to complete their reissue discography. Here are the reissue highlights for October 16, 2015.

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti
Alagbon CloseBeasts Of No Nation, Everything Scatter, Fear Not For Man, Na Poi and Roforofo Fight.
Colored Vinyl 

Album Picks: Neon Indian, Deerhunter, Beach House, The Mantles, Gun Outfit

Posted by Billy Gil, October 16, 2015 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School

neon indian vega intl. night school lpRight at the turn of the aughts, the nebulous genre known as “chillwave” was all the rage, and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo was its poster boy. On the excellent Psychic Chasms, he took chintzy beats and funky lo-fi synths to psychedelically chilled out heights, while the underrated follow-up, Era Extrana, looked further into the underbelly of ’80s pop for a nighttime pop album worthy of Donnie Darko. Now years later, Palomo has his work cut out for him as EDM rules the summer fest circuit. Somehow, Vega Intl. Night School manages to remind you of the bets bits of chillwave while successfully moving forward. For those in the know, “Annie” was the banger of the summer, flowing new agey flutes into a digi reggae bounce that sounds like a reconfigured synth-funk memory. The old school hip hop vibe of “Street Level” and synth R&B smear “Smut!” seem to drip acid, coming at you and receding simultaneously. “Slumlord” and “Techno Clique” really let Palomo venture into his classic house fetish, naturally extending the sound he’s cultivated thus far into a rewarding new direction. By far his longest and most complete album, Vega ends on a few lightly tossed off tracks—“C’est La Vie” is an italo disco-inspired splatter of color, “61 Cygni Ave” sounds like two Men at Work and Cameo tapes were left in the sun and melted together, and “News From the Sun” ends things on a straight up Prince homage. Detractors might still find fuel since Palomo primarily mines well-worn ’80s pop influences. However, his ability to render those inspirations as alien forms makes him as relevant as ever, bleeding tracks into one another in a perfectly packaged, post-Internet free-for-all that sets your pleasure sensors on overdrive. 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Breakin' Convention, The Game, Illa J, Masta Ace, Kool Keith, Tyler, The Creator, Run The Jewels + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 15, 2015 09:05pm | Post a Comment

New hip-hop albums at Amoeba include ones from Detroit's Illa J and LA's The Game. West Coast gangsta rap artist The Game has released his follow up to The Documentary from a decade ago in two parts with the brand new The Documentary 2  and The Documentary 2.5. Richly diverse and guest heavy, 2 includes such tracks as "Don't Trip (feat. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and will i am)," "Circles (feat. Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger, & Sha Sha)," Mula (feat Kanye West), and the incredibly popular pre-album released single "100 (feat. Drake)" (see video below). Meanwhile the second part of the two-part release (October 16th street date) The Documentary 2.5. includes such tracks as "Crenshaw/80s and Cocaine (feat. Anderson Paak & Sonyae), "Gang Bang Anyway (feat Jay Rock & Schoolboy Q),  and "The Ghetto (feat. Nas & will i am)." Another brand new release is the self titled Illa J CD full-length album that is also available in a vinyl LP version thanks to the Bastard Jazz label.

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Weekly Roundup: together PANGEA, Winter, Cass McCombs, En, Wand

Posted by Billy Gil, October 15, 2015 03:45pm | Post a Comment

together PANGEA – “Blue Mirror”

together pangeaWe loved together PANGEA’s last album, Badillac, but this is just next-level. Produced by The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, there’s more than a little bit of that band’s piss ‘n’ vinegar as filtered through TP’s surfy garage pop melodies (that sounded a lot grosser than I meant it to). The jangly track comes rom The Phage EP, which is out tomorrow on Burger.


Winter“All the Things You Do”

winter bandWinter’s Supreme Blue Dream has been one of the sweetest albums to come out of L.A. this year, a candy-colored swirl of shoegaze guitars and feathery melodies. “All the Things You Do” continues in that same vein, its loungey chords and kaleidoscope synths giving way to bruising guitar swells. It’s the first new song they’ve released since Supreme Blue Dream and could be on a new album the band is looking to release next year. They’ll be at S.F.’s Brick and Mortar Oct. 18 and L.A.’s Echo Nov. 24. Download the song now from!

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