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Cornelius' Fantasma gets Deluxe Vinyl Reissue and Full-Album Tour

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 2, 2016 10:46pm | Post a Comment
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Over the last few decades selector, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada has earned international renown for consistently dabbling in and dishing out albums bursting with busy layers of ingenious pop culture regurgitations and delightfully distorted experiments in sound and vision. Arguably the most enduring and timeless of these is Fantasma—the third solo album he created as Cornelius, released in the U.S. on the Matador label in September of 1997. Back then, it seemed that nigh on every bit of Japanese pop culture was perfectly hep in some way or another, and Matador was killing it in 1997 by pushing not only Fantasma, but also records from "world's loudest" garage rockin' power trio Guitar Wolf and Cornelius' fellow champions of Tokyo's Shibuya-kei pop scene Pizzicato Five, thus solidifying said (literally "Shibuya-style") 90s pop movement as "a thing" trending stateside.


Original Video from 1997 release of Cornelius Fantasma:


Nearly twenty years have flitted by, yet Fantasma sounds just as fresh as its first mic check. To attempt to describe its sound is to strap oneself into the ride once more, for the album plays like a carnival thrill ride of edits, commanding you to let go and let the whole thing take you from beginning to end, climbing up and careening over, under and through a myriad of genres, implements of music making, seemingly endless samples, bleep-bloops and obvious nods to movies like Planet of the Apes, Amadeus, and bands like The Beach Boys and My Bloody Valentine. And when the ride comes to a complete stop, there often remains a curious feeling of having been thrust through a familiar yet foreign fantasyland looking-glass. Perhaps that is the very definition of Fantasma.

Now In Its Fifth Year, Hiero Day 2016 (Sept 5th) Will Continue "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland"

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment
With just five weeks until  Hiero Day 2016 takes place on September 5th, tix are now on sale for the high caliber, homegrown Oakland hip-hop festival. The Hieroglyphics curated annual hip-hop festival always delivers a rich and diverse day of hip-hop music and culture. As yet the 2016 lineup has to be announced but, via a Hieros email blast this week, it was promised that, "This year's line up is incredible!" and to "stay tuned for the awesome line-up announcement."

Just five years old, Hiero Day has steadily grown and blossomed to become Oakland's best annual large scale cultural event. By consistently being a peaceful large scale hip-hop event in Oakland, it transcends every negative stereotypes associated with rap shows.

Hiero Day's positive vibe is fueled by a love of both hip-hop culture and the longtime collective's hometown.  It's slogan "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland" perfectly sums up the uplifting, all day, all ages event. There's always rows of interesting booths, as well as lots of food trucks spread across the few block area of the festival. There will be three performance stages providing non stop music and entertainment. It kicks off early too, by around noon when it tends to be gettin
g hot. Warning: the festival area is minus any shade, so best bring a hat or umbrella and drink lots of water. The main stage on 3rd always features a strong lineup of local and national acts including, of course, members of the extended Hiero crew. As to who will be there usually depends on who is on tour or in town that weekend. But true Hiero fans in the Bay likely already checked out one or both of the full collective's two recent concerts on their home turf: the packed to capacity Stern Grove in San Francisco set they headlined a month ago, plus the all star Hiero show two months ago in Berkeley at the UC Theatre.  That event featured sets from Del the Funky Homosapien, CasualSouls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, and Tajai), Pep Love, Domino and DJ Toure.

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Two Huge New Vinyl Buys Hit Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 1, 2016 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beatles' Butcher CoverAmoeba SF is rolling out prime slabs of vinyl from two huge LP collections we recently acquired!

The first haul is from a friend of Amoeba's whose main collection focus is on guitar: Rock guitar, Jazz guitar, acoustic Blues guitar, Country guitar...you name it and if it has a guitar it's probably represented here. There are over 5,000 LPs in this acquisition and many are original issues and are mostly in near-mint condition!

The second haul is an even larger collection (squeeee!) and the selection is wide-ranging, including Punk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Lounge, Classical, audiophile recordings, and more. There are over a hundred Beatles LPs alone, including a couple of Butcher covers! Let's just grab a handful randomly and see what we get: Nico, Operation Ivy, Gene Clark, Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas - all original and in great shape!

Visit Amoeba SF today and often to experience the gradual unveiling of these two ginormous additions to our stellar in-store stock.

Sun Ra, Saturn Label

Selections from Sun Ra's Saturn label.

Leimert Park Village Book Fair in LA, 8/20

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Bobby Brown, Leimert Park Village Book FairDo you love reading, literature, learning, and fun? Then head out to the Leimert Park Village Book Fair at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 20th from 10am-6pm and help celebrate its 10th anniversary. This free event merges the worlds of literature, entertainment, and the culinary arts with an exciting and eclectic mix of authors, scholars, poets, television personalities, and celebrities. This year's guests include Bobby Brown, Rolonda Watts, Zane, and more!

Amoeba is delighted to help sponsor the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Find our booth to say hi, and spin our famous prize wheel for gift certificates and other prizes to benefit Inner-City Arts. Also, be sure to check out the Amoeba-curated "Tribute to Prince: Album Cover Exhibit."

For more information on the event, visit their website HERE.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Vince Staples

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Vince Staples Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

What did Long Beach rapper Vince Staples pick up when he recently went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood? Well, how about Joy Division's classic debut album, Unknown Pleasures, whose artwork inspired his latest album cover, Summertime '06. "A lot of people don't know that," he says, "but, you know, sometimes you gotta tell on yourself." 

Vince Staples Summertime '06 Amoeba MusicVince Staples landed on the national stage after collaborations with Odd Future and Mac Miller. His career began with a series of mixtapes, including Stolen Youth, which featured guest performances by Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q; he also appeared on tracks by Earl Sweatshirt and Jhene Aiko. In 2014 Staples joined ScHoolboy Q on his Oxymoron tour and dropped his first official EP, Hell Can Wait.

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