For this week's Hip-Hop History Tuesdays Amoeblog installment we continue with more on the topic of LA/West Coast Rap - the first decade history with a continuation of the long video interview with DJ Flash and Captain Rapp (above) as well the entire film of the little seen 1983 documentary on LA hip-hop's early history: the 84 minute film Breakin' N Enterin. In the above video interview with Flash and Rapp they discuss both LA rap history and their latest release - Westcoastin featuring Ronnie Hudson along with a slew of legendary West Coast rappers - which has been selling well at Amoeba Hollywood since its recent release on CD. Meanwhile the out of print 30 year old documentary on LA hip-hop made by Topper Carew is a refreshing West Coast counterpart to such NYC hip-hop films as Wild Style and Style Wars - showcasing LA's vibrant early b-boy, poplockin, graffiti, DJ, and MC scenes. Among the many highlights of this engaging documentary, that is excellent in that it is the story of LA hip-hop 30 years ago as told by the practitioners of the art form, is the Blue City Crew out of Carson, CA featuring members of what would later become the Boo Yaa Tribe. A young Ice-T, who would not appear in the hip-hop film Breakin' until a year later, is also featured here.
In Gang Gang Dance, Brian DeGraw helps make screwed up electronic music that is still somehow danceable and hooky. In his bEEdEEgEE project, he expands on the dancier side of things, weaving expansive electronic tapestries rooted in house and new wave, with the help of a couple of awesome guest singers (CSS’s Lovefoxxx, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, among others). Douglas Armour’s yearning voice makes “Empty Vases” into ace emotional electro-pop. His GGD bandmate Lizzi Bougatsos lends some of her ethereal coo to the jittery “Overlook,” which feels as close to their band as anything on this album. And Taylor makes “(F.U.T.D.) Time of Waste” a great, hedonistic party jam about having lots to do yet getting nothing done—“all I wanna do is fuck up the day” has to be one of the great all-time slacker lines, while Lovefoxx’s turn over the big, dreamy beats of “Flowers” has got to be the highlight of the entire album. Yet even with these high-profile guest spots, DeGraw is still just as dazzling on his own, spinning various distorted percussive elements into a dizzying stew on “Bricks” and creating a distinctive early house homage with “Like Rain Man.” It’s late in the year, but bEEdEEgEE is making a bid for year-end-list relevance with the stunning Sum/One.
Amoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).
All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.
Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.
If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.
JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:
|Show Name||Venue||Show Date||
(fee not included)
|The Aquabats||Fonda Theatre||12/07/2013||$19.50|
|Brand X||El Rey||12/19/2013||$17.00|
|Cat Power||El Rey||12/02/2013||$30.00|
|Sharon Corr||El Rey||02/26/2014||$37.00|
|Crystal Method||El Rey||01/16/2014||$25.00|
|Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr.||El Rey||02/28/2014||$20.00|
|Robert DeLong||El Rey||01/31/2014||$17.00|
(Show postponed to Feb 7, 2014.
All tix for 11/15 will be honored.)
|The Dismemberment Plan||Fonda Theatre||12/12/2013||$27.50|
|Dillon Francis||Fonda Theatre||12/27 & 12/28||$27.50|
|High on Fire & Kvelertak||El Rey||12/12/2013||$20.00|
|Jagwar Ma||El Rey||12/13/2013||$17.00|
|John Butler Trio||Fonda Theatre||02/21/2014||$35.00|
|Paul Kalkbrenner||Fonda Theatre||12/13/2013||$25.00|
|King Krule||Fonda Theatre||12/18/2013||$22.50|
|London Grammar||El Rey||03/25/2014||$22.00|
|Lord Huron||Fonda Theatre||03/01/2014||$22.50|
|Lucent Dossier||Fonda Theatre||12/21/2013||$30.00|
|Mad Caddies||El Rey||02/04/2014||$17.00|
The Maine & Anberlin
(Show postponed from 10/8 to 12/11.
All tix for 10/8 show will be honored.)
|Colin Meloy||Fonda Theatre||01/16/2014||$28.50|
|Mikal Cronin / Redd Kross||El Rey||12/03/2013||$20.00|
|John Newman||El Rey||01/15/2014||$17.00|
|Parquet Courts & White Fence||Fonda Theatre||01/17/2014||$17.50|
|Skinny Puppy||The Mayan||03/05/2014||$35.00|
|St. Lucia||El Rey||02/11/204||$18.50|
|Dave Stewart||El Rey||01/30/2014||$25.00|
|Suicidal Tendencies||Fonda Theatre||12/20/2013||$32.50|
|El Ten Eleven||El Rey||12/14/2013||$17.00|
(Show postponed from 12/9 to 3/3.
All tix for 12/9 show will be honored.)
|Trombone Shorty||El Rey||01/25/2014||$27.50|
|Volcano Choir||Fonda Theatre||01/18/2014||$26.00|
|Washed Out||El Rey||01/27/2014||$29.00|
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On this day in music history: December 2, 1967 - "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by John Stewart, it is the third (and final) #1 single for The Monkees. Though it is recorded during sessions for the band's fourth album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., it will be released initially as a stand alone single. It will be included on their next full-length release The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Singer and songwriter John Stewart ("Gold") will write the song while he is still a member of the folk music band The Kingston Trio. The song will be brought to The Monkees by their producer Chip Douglas, assigning it to Davy Jones to sing. Initially Davy isn't fond of the song, unsure that it will be a hit. Any doubt about its hit potential will be quickly erased as soon as it's released. Entering the Hot 100 at #33 on November 18, 1967, it will shoot to the top of the chart only three weeks later. "Daydream Believer" will become a hit again in early 1980 when country/pop singer Anne Murray's version tops the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as peaking at #3 on the country chart and #12 on the Hot 100. The Monkees version of "Daydream Believer" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
For those of you not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to one of Amoeba Music's three retail stores - Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood - and to have taken advantage of Black Friday Record Store Day, today you can make up for it with Amoeba's Cyber Monday deal: 20% off everything you purchase online. Just use the special code CYBER20 today, December 2nd, to get your discount.
The deal also includes 20% off on pre-orders so you can get the big discount on albums that are coming soon! These include anticipated releases such as Lady Gaga's upcoming anticipated album ARTPOP that drops on December 24th and features guest spots from Too $hort, Twista, and T.I.