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Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At Age 71

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2014 11:03am | Post a Comment

As reported this morning by several news outlets and confirmed by his publicist, Cream bassist Jack Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. While no exact cause of death was announced, it has been reported that the revered artist had suffered from liver disease. He was 71 years of age. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the lifelong musician -- who played and recorded solo, and with such artists as Ringo Starr and Frank Zappa (his latest solo album Silver Rails released back in March of this year - also released on vinyl) -- will always be best remembered as the bassist for the influential '60's British rock trio Cream along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (seen in photo above, circa 1967). The Cream classics "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room" (both hit singles culled from the Cream albums Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire respectively) are among the songs that Bruce wrote or co-wrote during the rock supergroup's all too-short career (1966 - 1968. Although they did reform briefly a couple of times in recent years including a decade ago for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Royal Albert Hall).  Check for Jack Bruce's solo discopgraphy and his Cream discography at the Amoeba online store. Meanwhile, below is a video of Bruce and Cream performing "White Room" at London's Royal Albert Hall when they reformed in 2005.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Video Version featuring MC Lyte & Common, Apollo Brown & Ras Kass, Kilz, Bobby Brackins, Zion I feat Sadat X etc.

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2014 07:20pm | Post a Comment

Zion I "Get Urs" (2014)
 

Above is the first of five videos in this all-video version of the weekly hip-hop rap up: "Get Urs" by Zion I and featuring an all star line up of guests including Mr. Lif, Kev Choice, Deuce Eclipse, Opio, and Sadat X. It is the brand new music video, published earlier this month, from the hard working Bay Area based duo of Zion I who, although constantly touring and recording, still find time to produce the annual Hella Fresh Fest that is happening this year at The Metro in Oakland on Halloween night. See the full Amoeblog preview here. Also just recently posted is a DL of the Vibe SquaD remix of the new Zion I song "Fresh," available here.
 

                                     MC Lyte "Dear John (feat. Common & 10Beats)" (2014)
 
 
Another brand new video is the latest from legendary golden era hop-hop female emcee MC Lyte who we havent heard from (album wise) in a minute. Her new track is entitled “Dear John” and features a guest spot from non other than fellow legend Common (make sure you peep his What's In My Bag? post from this week). Like so much of Lyte's work, this track and video has a message. In addition to being the first single from MC Lyte’s forthcoming album - her first studio album in 11 years that will drop in 2015 - "Dear John" is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. To date, the foundation has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization's founding. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Faith Evans are some of the celebrities who've shown support to date.
 

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass "Humble Pi" (2014)
 
The above video is a nice preview of power duo Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - the teaming of Detroit producer with the West Coast rap legend - from the pair's collaborative album Blasphemy that will be dropping next week via Mello Music Group (that's the CD version - the vinyl will drop a couple of weeks later on November 11th). Mello Music, who have an impeccable track record, promise that the album will deliver the duo's undeniable synergy and that "their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy, the duo has delivered the truth."
 

Kilz - "Conceited (feat. Luke-O & Pyrex Pre$$)" (2014)
 
Above is the brand new video from Southwest PA producer and sometime rapper Kilz for his track "Conceited" that features guest spots from his Moola Gang Ca$h Cow$ cohorts Luke-O and Pyrex Pre$$ as they all take video viewers on a tour of Fayette County. The new underground video follows hot on the heels of the artist's popular Krak Kilz mixtape that is aptly described as "a dark, dingy, drug dealer's dream" lyrically while sonically (all production by Kilz) ranges in styles from traphouse to chilled out relax beats made for smoking weed to. Kilz has recently released a string of diverse sounding singles including "Have Some Fun" that features Mac Miller's REMember Music signees The Come Up.


New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/24 - Pixelife, Lauer, Mura Oka and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 24, 2014 03:19pm | Post a Comment

Pixelife - Waves Of Titan

Pixelife

Waves Of Titan 12"

Throne Of Blood

The sometime DFA-affiliated Pixelife, have a very subtle, jacking and psychedelic sound. "Waves Of Titan" sounds a bit like fellow Brooklynites Invisible Conga People mixed with some lost Chicago classic. The B-side, "DC To Daylight" starts with 707 clatter, eventually introducing some cosmic pads for an  amazing krauthouse conconction which works a lengthy, swinging jam into its epic 10-minute run. Druzzi of The Rapture takes the idea further, introducing some beautiful Kosmische piano waterfalls for his version of the track. On the A, Pittsburgh Track Authority? strips things down a bit, demonstrating their hardware house prowess.

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Life Recorder - Hope In The SoulLife Recorder

Hope In The Soul 12"

Soul Print

Inspired pairing of the French producer Life Recorder and Simoncino . Great source material. The title track is a deep, dubby Chicago track that works in just a bit of skewed Detroit sci-fi futurism. For fans of NicuriJoey Anderson, etc.  The Italian producer's remixes are a real treat. The "Spirit Mix" is all new age drift. The "pressure mix" sounds like a refracted Model 500 endurojam, and the morning mix explores the uplifting nature of the source material, sounding like Ron and Chez or Joe Smooth hands in the air house. Excellent and diverse DJ record, highly recommended.

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Weekly Roundup: Ariel Pink, Tashaki Miyaki, Girlpool

Posted by Billy Gil, October 24, 2014 12:06pm | Post a Comment

Ariel Pink “Black Ballerina”

ariel pinkAriel Pink has said some things lately that have made a lot of people mad. But whatever you think about him as a person, his music is pretty great. On “Black Ballerina,” the latest track released form the upcoming pom-pom (out Nov. 17), he’s in a typically raunchy mode, crafting bargain-bin synth-funk with bits of ephemeral dialogue about strip clubs interspersed.

 

Also, see what’s in Ariel Pink’s bag:

 

Tashaki Miyaki – “The Beautiful Ones” (Prince cover)

tashaki miyakiL.A. dreampop duo Tashaki Miyaki have a new Covers EP on the way, produced by Joel Jerome. Here, we find them lending their cloudgazing ways to a classic Prince track. Hear it via Stereogum. Look for them on the road with Allah-Las this fall; they’ll be at S.F.’s Brick & Mortar Dec. 10 and L.A.’s El Rey Dec. 11.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Common

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 

Common

Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

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