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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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Essential Records: "Kaleidoscope World" by The Chills

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 31, 2016 07:28pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records The Chills

In 1985, The Chills played a few nights at the very non-glamorous central Christchurch booze barn, The Carlton Hotel, and like I did for most bands on New Zealand's illustrious Flying Nun label at the time, I trudged down to check 'em out. I'd seen quite a few of their shows since their formation in the early '80s, but this one was different. They were always good, but this time I felt like something really special was happening, maybe even a kind of genius (much as I hate using that word).

This was the 9th or 10th lineup of the band, but this one - with original bass player Terry Moore back in the band, human metronome Alan Haig (later of Snapper) on drums, and colorful keyboardist Peter Allison - was the one where it all fell into place for me and the other over-capacity 500-odd people there (Fire code? What fire code?). They moved from their most quiet moments (delicate pieces of Beatles-y/Left Banke/Summer of Love-style whimsical psych) to an increasingly roaring cacophonous sound that filled the bar (and my poor ears) with awe. Where was it coming from? With only one guitarist? (There's still largely unrecorded songs from this period, like "Frozen Fountain" and "Silhouette," that would wipe away once and for all the notion that the band was the "poppy" Flying Nun band.)

Martin Phillipps was the songwriter, guitarist, and autocrat of the band, and, although he would never beFlying Nun Records accused of being the most alpha of males, was directing the traffic that night just as single-mindedly as he directed the evolution of his band (check out In Love With These Times, Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd's excellent memoir, for a good take on Phillipps' rationale for the many lineup changes through the '80s and beyond). I knew Martin a little (mostly from a recent lengthy Steinlager-fueled interview at his Dunedin home, a consequence of my part-time gig as music writer for The Christchurch Press) and he was happy to admit he was fascinated by fantasy and comic books, but at the same time was fiercely adamant that The Chills were not just pure escapism...a claim backed up by the "Doledrums" 45 that addressed the dole (Government unemployment benefits) culture in NZ at the time.

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DJs Platurn, Cutso, Teeko, Apollo, GoldenChyld & Umani Join Forces In Homage To Bay Area Music's Rich History with B.A.R.T.

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2016 07:58pm | Post a Comment

Not to be confused with the public transit system in the Bay, the party entitled B.A.R.T. happening tonight at the Uptown in Oakland is a heartfelt homage to the rich music history of the Bay Area. Presented by a killer lineup of homegrown DJs who were raised on the music of the Bay, tonight's party entitled B.A.R.T. stands for Bay Area Rockin’ Together. It is presented by DJ Platurn Productions and DJ Cutso who, along with fellow longtime Bay Area DJs Goldenchyld, Teeko, Umami and DJ Apollo, will be throwing down a night of strictly Bay Area music spanning decades and "from hip-hop to rock to funk/soul and all things in between." Which begs the question, what songs or what artists?  DJ Cutso, whose set begins at 1am, told the Amoeblog that "I'd say we're doing it all from Too Short to Sly Stone to Metallica."

Former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer DJ Platurn, when asked by the Amoeblog what records might get spun tonight, sent over the collage (above) of 12" singles record covers that includes records by Ray Luv, Digital Underground, Casual, Capital Tax, and Souls of Mischief. Among the Bay Area artists that Teeko said he will be playing tonight are Little Bruce, Ruckazoid, and Mr Carmack GoldenChyld said that among his tracks to play tonight are Spice 1 "Strap on the Side, " Brotha Lynch Hung "Locc To the Brain," and RBL Posse's "Bounce to This."  Meanwhile a glance over the poster for tonight, with artist names worked into its artwork, provides even more clues on what artists' music will be played tonight. These include Con Funk Shun, E-40, En Vogue, The Coup, 2Pac, Mac Dre, Sheila E, The Doobie Brothers, and N2Deep. You have to love the depth and diversity of music from the Bay Area. In tribute to, and in anticipation of the tracks by these Bay Area artists mentioned by Cutso, Platurn, Teeko, and GoldenChyld and on their show flyer, below are a series of Bay Area music videos for tracks that might be played tonight at B.A.R.T. at Uptown. More club/show info.

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New Green Room Session with The Joy Formidable

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2016 03:37pm | Post a Comment

The Joy Formidable Amoeba Music Green Room Session

Welsh alternative rock group The Joy Formidable stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play an intimate Green Room Session before their recent gig at The Roxy. While usually playing with an electrified drive behind their ethereal melodies, the trio stripped their songs down to the bare, acoustic essentials. Now located in London the band is comprised of Rhiannon Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies, and Matthew James Thomas. 

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Starting with "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade" The Joy Formidable turn the anthemic song mellow and cozy. Next up is the more driving "Little Blimp." With pulsating percussion and some fast and groovy lead guitar the band finds themselves in an infectious groove. With "The Last Thing on My Mind," off their latest album Hitch, Bryan and Davies get to show off their effortless and tight vocal pairing.

Catch The Joy Formidable October 27 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and October 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Watch The Joy Formidable's Green Room Session below:

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