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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.15.14: G-Eazy, Shabazz Palaces, Madlib, MF Doom

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2014 10:51am | Post a Comment

G-Eazy "I Mean I (feat Nemo)" (2014)

Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 08:15:14

1) Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty (SubPop)

2) G-Eazy  These Things Happen (BPG)

3) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)

4) MF Doom Special Herbs, Vol. 5 & 6 LP (Nature Sounds/Fat Beats)

5) JJ Doom Bookend EP (Lex Records)

The number one selling hip-hop album at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store this week is the experimental hip-hop album Lese Majesty (also available in LP format) from Shabazz Palaces who just did a very well received in-store at the Haight Street store a couple of weeks ago (July 29th) in celebration of the new album by the Seattle based group fronted by Ishmael Butler (formerly known as Butterfly with Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire. The recently released Lese Majesty is the group's second  studio album and follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut Black Up. And so far the new 18 track album, whose title is the French term for criminally insulting or offending a head of state, has been garnering rave reviews like its predecessor did including high praise from the Amoeba site which lauded the 45 minute new album for "challenging and expanding the hip-hop landscape, taking it to the moon and beyond.....like a galactic sonic roller coaster." 

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/15 - Tambien, Head High, Four Tet and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 15, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

Tambien - Der Elf

Tambien

Der Elf 12"

ESP Institute

Tambien's two EPs for ESP Institute are adorned with totally generic art portraying themselves as a ""polite trio from Bavaria." Their music, on the other hand, is unruly and odd. The a here is an acid jam with wild female vocals of unknown origin, while the B, "Are You In Touch", veers closer to the highly musical yacht house you'd expect from Andrew Hogge's label. Cool!

Buy Der Elf 12"

 

 

Panthera Krause - LaikaPanthera Kruse

Laika 12"

Riotvan

Super melodic, slightly off-kilter house EP from Panthera Krause. The weirder the better with this guy. Things start to heat up with "If", which has an odd swing over a big, funk influenced breakbeat. Some euphoric chords bring it home. "Dubcek" also contains a slightly psychedelic edge, but fits more neatly alongside other modern house. It sounds like PK is trying to score a car chase.

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Marcel Dettmann - Planetary Assault Systems Remixes

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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, The Growlers, The Skygreen Leopards, Superhumanoids, Girl Tears, Death Valley Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”

youth codeIndustrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.

 

The Growlers – “Good Advice”

the growlersA whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.

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BPos' Goodword On "Positive Beings" - The Concept Album From His San Francisco Hip-Hop Crew

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2014 11:23am | Post a Comment

BPos "Higher" from Positive Beings (One League Entertainment, 2014)


Bay Area hip-hop crew BPos live up to their name of BPos [be positive] with their latest release Positive Beings which has been selling well at the two Bay Area Amoeba stores since its recent release. The new album, whose theme is all about choosing the positive path in life and working towards living life a positive human being -rather than a negative one. It is the expanding San Francisco based hip-hop's crew (now five members strong) fifth full-length release, featuring new member female rapper/vocalist Gyrl Ab'Strakt.

Their strongest to date it is once again released via their own indie label One League Entertainment.  Positive Beings is BPos' first ablum in two years and the first release since their critically acclaimed  Pos Tapes: The Album. In addition to its overriding theme of positivity that the album delivers the new release is also constructed like a radio broadcast from a fictional station with mic breaks (drops) throughout from longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJs like Kevvy Kev and this Amoeblogger. The group say that anyone who even casually listens to their new album, which since its recent release has also been garnering airplay across the country, will hear its message loud and clear- that "We are all positive beings." This week I caught up with the BPos' Goodword to have him give the Amoeblog some more insights into his group's latest release that includes a hidden track featuring none other than Masta Ace and others.

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Limited Edition Totes and Tees at Hot August Bikes LA August 17

Posted by Amoebite, August 13, 2014 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Hot August Bikes

Passionate about bike culture? Well, you'll soon be able to literally wear your heart on your sleeve with the extra special limited edition T-shirts from Golden Saddle Cyclery and tote bags from Lumi at our Hot August Bikes event in the Ivar parking lot at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, August 17 12-5pm. A portion of all proceeds from Hot August Bikes will go to support the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Full service Silver Lake bike shop Golden Saddle Cyclery will be on hand at the event with their very own line of limited edition T-shirts. 

DTLA-based Lumi will harness the awesome power of the sun to create photo transfer prints that develop in sunshine, creating a cool, one-of-a-kind canvas tote. You can choose from various photo print designs for your tote, or demo the ink/process and get a kit to use for at-home DIY printing projects. Either way, you'll be able to show off a killer bike-themed design, AND your appreciation for the wonders of nature, modern printing technology and eco-conscious tote bags.

Check out the fantastic designs created specially by Lumi for Hot August Bikes! If you can't make it to the event, but wish to purchase one of the negatives, Lumi has made them available online at the links below.

Amoeba Hollywood exterior Lumi bicycle
Buy Amoeba Hollywood negative Buy Vinyl Farthing negative
Lumi Albert Einstein quote Lumi Amoeba
Buy Keep It Moving negative Buy Amoeba Hot August Bikes negative.


Watch this video about Lumi's DIY alternative to screen printing powered by the sun:

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