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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.22.14: Dilated Peoples, Souls of Mischief, DREAM Day, Independent Hip-Hop Day + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2014 06:30am | Post a Comment

Dilated Peoples "Good As Gone" (2014)

Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:22:14

1) Dilated Peoples Director of Photography (Rhymesayers Ent) (also on clear vinyl LP format)

2) Kendrick Lamar Good kid, m.A.A.d city [Deluxe Edition]  (Aftermath)

3)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

4) Freddie Gibbs Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

5) J-Dilla Donuts (45 box set) (Stones Throw)

At the Los Angeles Amoeba Music store this week the number one album in the latest hip-hop chart is the brand new, anticipated album from hometown heroes Dilated Peoples who return after eight long years (but don't call it a comeback!) with an incredible album.  Director of Photography on Rhymesayers Entertainment, that was also pressed up on clear vinyl LP format, is a wonderfully executed work that's all tied together with the theme of photography (see the video clip below - one in a series that the group explain the meaning behind this theme). With lots of references to hip-hop and to their hometown Directors is intricately produced with layered seductive bass-lines, bone tingling beats, and engaging rhyme flows that find Evidence and company at their finest. Well worth the wait. See video above for “Good as Gone” and check out such tracks as “Show Me the Way” featuring on the chorus Aloe Blacc. Writes the Amoeba.com reviewer: "Though it’s plenty rooted in classic hip-hop, Directors of Photography mostly avoids feeling dated with some of its more adventurous tracks. Record pops, lo-fi mics and a dark guitar lick give “Let Your Thoughts Fly Away” a terrific modern underground feel, its wicked bass comes through partway in to keep it engaging amid lyrics about “dreaming even though we’re wide awake.” And “Opinions May Vary” featuring great young hip-hop duo Gangrene is head-spinning in the best way, like riding out a bad trip and just going with it. Ditto the rest of Directors of Photography, a heavy dose of chemically altered yet classically minded hip-hop."

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New Video from Saintseneca

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Saintseneca at Amoeba Hollywood

When folk rock band Saintseneca stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, they brought with them a strong dose of Appalachian inspired harmonies, an odd, three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and a very appreciative crowd. Columbus, OH-based bandmates Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador took the stage for a short set that saw them moving from rollicking, upbeat sing-a-long choruses to melancholy, introspective moments to post-punk style reverb-drenched breakdowns.

Saintseneca's first album on ANTI- Records, Dark Arc, came out this past spring, and the band have basically been on tour ever since. This fall, they're touring all across America, with a Los Angeles stop on October 9, at the Bootleg Theatre. Check out the band's lively, foot-stomping take on traditional American music below.

Saintseneca - Live at Amoeba
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Peaches Christ's Night of 1,000 Showgirls Returns this Saturday to SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2014 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Saturday, August 23rd marks Peaches Christ's 17th Annual summer screening of Paul Verhoven's 1995 Showgirls peaches christmasterpiece-of-trash, Showgirls! I'm sure you're familiar with the classic story: a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), dreams of being a Las Vegas dancer but a run-in with superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon) proves there's only room for one star on the marquee. It's a must-see for connoisseurs of camp everywhere.

Celebrate Peaches Christ's NC-17th annual screening with a spectacular pre-show called NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS. This pre-show includes the first ever Showgirls Game Show with prizes supplied by Peaches Christ Productions and the evening’s co-sponsors. Also, the triumphant return of Peaches' long-time sidekick Mariny (the most flawed and tragic drag queen in all of San Francisco) and "FREE LAP-DANCES W/ EVERY LARGE POPCORN" from Peaches’ legion of live "dude-girls" are also promised. Tradition!

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. Get your tickets HERE!

Pop Singer LP Comes to GRAMMY Museum for The Drop

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 08:07pm | Post a Comment

lp singerPop-rock singer LP will appear at The GRAMMY Museum Sept. 3 for The Drop, featuring a performance as well as a discussion with the artist. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 p.m.

New York-born Laura Pergolizzi is known for her shock of dark, curly hair, androgynous glam style and, most of all, a powerful set of pipes that leave most of her pop contemporaries in the dust. LP cut her teeth writing songs for other people, such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” while also driving a van around the country, playing 250 shows a year. A number of previous major-label debuts didn’t pan out, but LP persevered and released her first EP, the live release Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, in 2012. Now she’s finally released her debut LP, the upbeat, charming Forever For Now, produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo.

A performance will be accompanied by a discussion moderated by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.

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Yuna Comes to Grand Performances For Free Concert Sept. 6

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 06:39pm | Post a Comment

yuna nocturnal lpMalaysian-born pop singer Yuna will appear at Grand Performances in Downtown L.A. Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The show is free. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. It’s hosted by KCRW’s Raul Campos. Come say hi at our booth and spin our prize wheel.

Yuna combines worldbeat touches with stunning acoustic guitar and Western pop melodies on albums like Nocturnal. Hear Yuna’s voice soar over a clap-along beat on “Rescue” for a taste:

Oh, and she does a killer cover of one of the best songs in recent years, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”:

Grand Performances is a nonprofit that puts on free shows that aim to reflect global culture and inspire community among the people of L.A. They take place at California Plaza at 350 South Grand Avenue.

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