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George Clinton, Who Celebrates 75th Birthday, Defines Funk and more in Rare 1985 Interview

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2016 08:20pm | Post a Comment

Today funk innovator, captain of the mothership, nucleus of Parliament, Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and other spin off bands, George Clinton celebrates his 75th birthday. The artist is an historic key figure in shaping not just funk music but also a lot of hip-hop too. A hard working musician who, even in his mid 70's, is currently on tour. The man is truly a living legend. Hence if you have never seen him and P-Funk in concert you owe it to yourself to go see him play. Luckily there's ample opportunities to do so. Currently on tour in Euorpe, tonight he celebrates his birthday playing the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Tomorrow night he brings P-Funk to the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England. The artist returns to California in September when  he will play the Fox Theater in Oakland on Sept. 15th and at the Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival September 18. In honor of this funk musical pioneer and his 75th birthday, I have a rare recently uncovered May 1985 interview with George Clinton that I conducted for KALX radio back in the day. Clinton, who was 44 years of age at the time, was enjoying a rich recent solo career. Just three years earlier in 1982 he unleashed his solo debut album Computer Games that featured the funk smash hit single "Atomic Dog." The following year he followed up with solo album number two You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish.  At the time of this interview he'd already finished up working on his third solo album, Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends and was onto his next project: producing The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact he was in the studio in Detroit with the Chili Peppers working on their album Freaky Styley when he took time out to conduct this phone interview.

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Brently Heilbron Hosts a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood August 6

Posted by Amoebite, July 22, 2016 11:31am | Post a Comment

charity auction at amoeba hollywood

Join us for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron, the original host of our charity auctions! Brently will be hosting a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to benefit Inner-City Arts Saturday, August 6th at 4pm. We've uncovered a treasure trove of crazy collectibles and promo items for Brently to auction off, not to mention concert tickets to see Kraftwerk at the Hollywood Bowl and Culture Club at the Hollywood Bowl; gift certificates from our amazing neighbors; and lots more goodies you never knew you had to have.

Our charity auctions began back in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana. What started as an effort to help the Gulf Coast relief efforts has turned into an 11 year commitment to supporting organizations ranging from Doctors Without Borders to the Los Angeles LGBT Center and an incredible $450,000+ being raised through our charity auctions

At every auction Amoeba matches all winning bids up to $1,000, doubling the amount of money going to charity. We do this with the help of our partners and friends who donate their goods for the auction and the generosity of our customers who come down to the auctions and open up their wallets and their hearts.

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EPMD's "Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour" In California This Week

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2016 11:04pm | Post a Comment
 
EPMD's math may be a bit off for the ongoing Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour, but the opportunity to catch this reunited iconic hip-hop duo perform their landmark 1988 debut album is one not to be missed.  Tonight at midnight in San Francisco EPMD will hit the stage at Public Works to perform Strictly Business in full, in addition to "all their hits" from the pair's rich golden era back catalog.  Tomorrow, July 22nd, they perform in LA at the Hollywood Palladium and the following night (July 23) at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center as part of Ice-T's Art of Rap Festival tour. Then Sunday July 24th they headline the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix with their tribute to Strictly Business. Three years ago the album by the legendary duo of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith (aka PMD) [EPMD = Erick and Parrish Making Dollars] enjoyed a special 25 Year Anniversary Strictly Business. Presented by Snoop Dogg that reissue version included five bonus tracks: alternate versions or remixes of album songs.

The GRAMMY Museum Presents The Drop: Mike Posner, August 16

Posted by Amoebite, July 21, 2016 02:56pm | Post a Comment

Mike Posner

See Mike Posner live at the Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles August 16 at 7:30pm for an intimate Mike Posner, At Night, Alone.discussion about his new album At Night, Alone. and his exceptional career, followed by a special performance for The GRAMMY Museum's The Drop. Tickets are $20 and you can get them HERE!

Not only has Posner created hits of his own, but he's also credited for tracks like Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," Maroon 5's "Sugar," and Labrinth and Emeli Sandé's "Beneath Your Beautiful." At Night, Alone. is deeply personal and introspective. Posner has been praised for his honesty in his new album, having wrote or co-wrote every song.

Tickets to the Music Tastes Good Festival on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 21, 2016 12:40pm | Post a Comment

Music Tastes Good Festival

We're excited to announce that Amoeba Hollywood is carrying tickets for KCRW's first-ever Music Tastes Good festival in beautiful downtown Long Beach. The event features local and national acts, plus craft beer, a Bloody Mary brunch, and an optional VIP farm-to-table dinner. Music Tastes Good takes place September 23-25, with scheduled performers including The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Melvins, Dr. Dog, and Warpaint, plus a whole slew of other fantastic acts.

You can choose from several different ticketing options, including single day passes for Friday ($25), Saturday ($75), and Sunday ($35). The 3-day general admission ticket costs $120, and the 3-day VIP ticket, which includes the aforementioned farm-to-table dinner, costs $240. 

Please note there will be a $2 service charge per ticket, and store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

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