By Double Ay
Artist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.
Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.
The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound.
By Double Ay
PPL MVR are a mysterious band of musically-inclined non-people. Are they Space Yetis? Regular Yetis? Distant Chewbacca cousins? Long-extinct hominid cousins thawed out by the shifting of the polar icecaps? Whatever they are, it really doesn't matter, because as "the one and only PPL MVR," these one-of-a-kind rockers don't pose much of a threat to humanity--unless it's to our eardrums. Because once PPL MVR take the stage, things are gonna get heavy.
That's exactly what happened when the three masterminds behind PPL MVR-- SNWBLL (the white one), Q (the brown one) and K-PO (the black one)--took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood along with a few human friends backing them up live. Check out video from their epic performance below, and stop by our Hollywood store to pick up their record, The One and Only PPL MVR.
If you happen to be in the New York area, you can catch PPL MVR live at the Highline Ballroom with Cerebral Ballzy and Oil Boom on November 11th.
Since its release last Friday (October 30th), popular Bay Area rapper J.Stalin's latest album Tears Of Joy (Livewire) has been selling well at Amoeba, particularly at the stores in the Bay Area where the prolific longtime West Oakland rapper hails from. In fact, as a reminder to fans that the new album is out, the Livewire Records CEO commissioned a series of billboard ads round the Town (Oakland) in the weeks leading to the release. But the main reason why this new album is in demand is because it's a hit and fans were fiending for its release for some time now. So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for the autobiographical "Selling Crack" (see new music video below), "Instagram Gangstaz (feat. L'Jay)" that pokes fun at this era's version of fake superficial studio gangstas, and album standout track "Think U Ready" that posthumously features a cameo from beloved Bay Area rap icon The Jacka who was killed earlier this year in East Oakland in a drive-by. The album also features a touching tribute to the slain artist, "Jacka's Prayer."
Other artists guesting on the new album include Iamsu!, Riff Raff, Snow Tha Product, Mistah F.A.B., Rayven Justice, D-Lo, B-Legit, and Jonn Hart. Meanwhile, production credits go to some of the best including The Mekanix, DJ Fresh, and Junonnabeat. Fans of the Bay's rich mobb music legacy will appreciate this rap album that the artist himself considers it a return to form.
Title Fight is a four-piece post-hardcore band from Pennsylvania consisting of Ned Russin (bass/vocals), Jamie Rhoden (guitar/vocals), Shane Moran (guitar), and Ben Russin (drums). Formed in Kingston, PA in 2003, the band released a series of demos, 7"s and EPs before signing to SideOneDummy for the release of their 2011 debut full-length Shed. Floral Green followed in 2012.
Two years later the band announced that they had signed to ANTI-, who released their third LP, Hyperview, in early 2015. The band has toured South America and Europe, played the main stage at Warped Tour, and shared stages with New Found Glory, Rise Against, and Touche Amore.
While on a recent tour, vocalist/bassist Ned Russin stopped by Amoeba San Francisco and shared his finds with our What's in My Bag? crew. He expands his Randy Newman collection, picks up a long-awaited full-length LP from Washington, D.C. hardcore band Give, a reissue of No One Rules by Agnostic Front, and much more.
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This week's vinyl reissues include Peter Gabriel’s first four self-titled solo albums remastered at half-speed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl. Here are the reissue highlights for October 30th, 2015:
Built to Spill’s second full-length is available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1994. Available on cream colored vinyl and on standard black.