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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Rewinding Back to 1999 In Bay Area Rap/Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2016 11:31pm | Post a Comment

Today we rewind the clock back seventeen years to late March/ early April 1999 in Bay Area hip-hop. Back then Bay Area indie hip-hop acts with shows and/or new releases included 75 Degrees, Down-N-Dirty, DJ Quest and Mystik Journeymen. Still based out of Oakland, 1999 would also be the year that the Journeymen and their extended Living Legends crew would up and relocate to Southern Cali. 1999 was the year they released their Mercury Rising EP which offered up a nice sampling of their 1999 full-length album The Black Sands ov Eternia which featured such tracks as "The Piano Lesson" (hear below). Having formed a few years previously, the hard working, proudly independent and underground duo had built a rep with their unsigned and hella broke (UHB) lo-fi, gritty, punk rock approach to hip-hop. By the time they split for LA many in the East Bay knew Journeymen members on a first name basis from seeing them hustling their tapes all over, especially on Telegraph Ave. over by UC Berkeley (pictured left) and often right out outside Amoeba Berkeley. Back then the duo now known as Sunspot Jonz and Luckyiam  well known to many as simply Tommy and Corey (or BFAP and PSC). Recent projects associated with the group is the latest Luck & Lana collaborative side project. That's is the EDM/hip-hop musical collaboration of Luckyiam with Lana Shea

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Kendrick Lamar's New "Untitled Unmastered" Needs No Name

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 15, 2016 03:15pm | Post a Comment

-- By doubleay

Kendrick Lamar Untitled UnmasteredKendrick Lamar and label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), are wasting no time in 2016. He’s currently President Obama’s favorite rapper and just added four more Grammy awards to his collection. And in response to a request from NBA player Lebron James, Kendrick Lamar has delivered another album. After seeing Kendrick's powerfully provoking Grammy performance in February, Lebron James tweeted to the TDE CEO begging for the release of previously performed untitled Kendrick tracks. Within two months, TDE dropped Kendrick’s Untitled Unmastered album.

The project features eight hearty tracks ranging diversely in style and over 20 collaborators, bringing many multifarious contributions to the sound of the album. Killer contemporary hip-hop producers like Hit-Boy, Cardo, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Spinz provide booming bassy production unlike what’s heard on Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly album. While longtime collaborators Terrace Martin (producer, piano, and horns) and Thundercat (bass), who made key contributions to To Pimp a Butterfly, are seen on "Untitled 3." The wide array of features including Bilal, CeeLo Green, Jay Rock, SZA, and Adrian Younge aid in creating a series of wildly dynamic works.

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70-Year-Old Buck's Oakland Laundromat Remains Direct Link to City's Rich Musical Past, But For How Much Longer?

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2016 10:57pm | Post a Comment

"In 1959, 1960 James Brown dropped off the original Flames in Oakland and he left them." "Louis Jordan was here all the time."  "Slim Jenkins was the premiere club in Oakland in the '50s." These nuggets of Bay Area music history are among the many sprinkled throughout a typical conversation with lifelong music loving 70-year-old Oakland native Charles Presley, who everyone knows as Buck. This particular conversation (hear the full 10 minutes in the clip below) is one of countless engaging ones that I've had over the past two plus decades of stopping by the North Oakland coin-op laundromat this music fan owns and operates. But it could be any conversation with Buck who loves music and loves to talk music. And his conversations are always from the historical perspective of his beloved hometown of Oakland, CA.  Buck loves all good music from soul and jazz to gospel, but blues and rhythm and blues, the music he grew up on, remain his favorite sounds. Most new laundromat customers' conversations are inspired by the the overhead soundtrack of RnB and soul grooves Buck plays from CD collections or the music-themed DVDs he might play on the overhead TV screens. Doing laundry at Buck's is never a dreaded chore, so long as he's there.
 
As heard in the audio interview clip below, once Buck starts reminiscing he goes off on detailed lists of artists and shows at long gone Oakland clubs back in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, most notably Slim Jenkins Cafe at 1748 7th Street that operated from the '30s through the '60s. It was just one of several businesses owned and operated in West Oakland by the Louisiana born Harold "Slim" Jenkins who was such a successful businessman that he earned the title of "Mayor" of West Oakland. Buck fondly remembers those times like he clearly remembers the very first records he ever bought and heard. One of the first records he remembers hearing was the 1951 single "Sixty Minute Man" by The Dominoes.  He caught most acts in Oakland clubs, but for some he'd travel across the Bay Bridge. Most often those would be jazz shows. In 1961, he got to see Miles Davis playing San Francisco's Black Hawk. The famed jazz club, located in the Tenderloin on the corner of Turk and Hyde, operated from 1949 through 1963. 

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Next Amoeba Music Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, March 19

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2016 06:02pm | Post a Comment

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Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, March 19, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • Fresh 45s at three for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
  • Blu-rays at three for $10, or $4 each
  • DVDs for $2 each, or three for $5
  • DVD box sets at $5 each, or two for $8
  • 8-tracks at four for $1
  • Wine box record crates
  • And more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

 

Andrew Bird Unveils Video With Fiona Apple, New Album Due April 1

Posted by Billy Gil, March 14, 2016 05:36pm | Post a Comment

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andrew bird are you serious lpSinger/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has revealed a new video with the similarly talented multihyphenate Fiona Apple for the song “Left Handed Kisses.” The song is from Bird's upcoming new album, Are You Serious, due April 1 via Loma Vista.

"Left Handed Kisses" features vocals from both artists (Who can resist a good rock duet?), so the video sees the two sitting and performing the song to one another in a very intense fashion, as Bird plays the guitar and violin and Apple the slide whistle. Not much else happens, but they’re both magnetic and good-looking, so that’s OK. Watch it below via Facebook.

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