Interview with The Egyptian Lover Who Plays Amoeba LA & Amoeba SF this Weekend in Celebration of Brand New 2-LP "1984"

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2015 09:29am | Post a Comment

Among my favorite artists of all time is the legendary LA hip-hop electro artist The Egyptian Lover, who has played at Amoeba Music in the past but this week makes a very special return with two separate in-store shows in honor of his new double LP. Entitled 1984, the album is out November 7th now on his Egyptian Empire Records label. Note that 1984 is also available in both download and CD versions. See him at the Hollywood Amoeba today (Friday, November 6th at 7pm) and again tomorrow at Amoeba San Francisco (Saturday, Nov 7th at 4pm) for a Revolutions session following sets by Chungtech and Guillermo.

3 Records Egyptian Lover Will Def Play @ Amoeba:

1) Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock"  + "Planet Rock" backwards

2) "Electric Kingdom" by Twilight 22

3) some Kraftwerk

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The Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music Keeps The Slain Run-D.M.C. DJ's Legacy Alive

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2015 10:34pm | Post a Comment
Hard to believe that already thirteen years have passed since the tragic death of hip-hop icon, Run-D.M.C.'s DJ Jam Master Jay. And still hard to believe is that this great artist was shot and killed in what is still an unsolved murder. The anniversary was marked last Friday (Oct 30th). On that date in 2002 the artist born Jason William Mizell was murdered while doing what he loved best; music. He working in a recording studio on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens working on music when an unknown assailant entered and killed him.

Back at the time of this totally unexpected event communities all over the world, including the Bay Area's deep hip-hop DJ scene, were in a collective state of both remorse and shock. Shocking all these years later is that the 2002 murder still remains unsolved.  Over the years suspects have been named and investigated, but 13 years on and no one was ever found responsible for the murder nor convicted.

JMJ lives on through his music that both entertains and influences. Further he influences a new younger generation posthumously through the efforts of the foundation set up in his name. The Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music was created about a year after his death by his widow Terri Corley-Mizell. The non-profit organization was set up to give back to the next generation. Its stated goal is that, "regardless of socio-economic status, every child deserves equal access to the arts. The Foundation supports the idea that social Justice, Arts and Music (J.A.M.) education should be in every school, in every region of the country, giving children the opportunity to expand their world-view through artistic expression." The Foundation's next planned public event is a hip-hop lip sync battle on November 10th, at Subrosa located at 63 Gansevoort St NY, NY. The beats will be provided by TJ Mizell, JMJ's son who is carrying on his father's legacy in various ways including acting as DJ for Run-D.M.C. in concert. For more information on the Foundation happenings visit their website. Meanwhile check out the rare clip from 1984 of JMJ doing he intro to the Run-D.M.C. concert from three decades ago. And browse the Run-D.M.C. records and CDs available from Amoeba.

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Albums to Get Hyped For: Grimes' "Art Angels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2015 06:04pm | Post a Comment

By Double Ay

Grimes, Art AngelsArtist, 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. 

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Watch The One & Only PPL MVR Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2015 03:16pm | Post a Comment

PPL MVR at Amoeba Hollywood

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.

PPL MVR Record

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.

PPL MVR - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Prolific West Oakland Rapper J.Stalin Returns To His Roots With Strong 14th Album "Tears Of Joy" On His Livewire Label

Posted by Billyjam, November 3, 2015 08:44am | Post a Comment

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.

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