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DJ Quest Fine-Tunes Livehuman's Concert Mix By Channeling Everything Through His DJ Mixer

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2015 05:44pm | Post a Comment

Since they formed back in the 1990s, the pioneering San Francisco turntable jazz three-piece Livehuman (comprised of DJ Quest, bassist Andrew Kushin, and percussionist Albert Mathias) have been performing all over and at all kinds of venues from underground hip-hop clubs to outdoor jazz festivals. At those concerts the critically acclaimed modern jazz ensemble, who are heard everyday as theme music on San Francisco NPR outlet KALW, would do their part by performing at their very best. However how that would translate into the final mix heard by the concert goers in these venue was beyond their control since the mix was dependent on the club's sound-person. With fingers crossed, the musicians would hope that the sound person would know how to properly mix together the unique trio's individual sounds. Unfortunately, it rarely did happened that a sound man would get the Livehuman mix and blend of their three instruments just right.

Until very recently that is, thanks to new electronic gear and a whole new approach in concert for the turntable-based jazz trio. The solution to getting just the right mix desired was simple enough: they simply had to channel everything through DJ Quest's mixer. In comparison to the sound of old, the new way is a clean, clear, pitch-perfectly balanced, final mix of both Andrew's bass and Albert's various percussion sounds.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Mr. Scruff

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 06:05pm | Post a Comment

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Mr. Scruff, the musical project of Mancunian DJ/producer Andy Carthy, burst onto the scene in the mid-Mr Scruff'90s with the release of several 12" singles for Pleasure Music. His biggest hit-to-date came via the release of his 1999 debut full-length, Keep It Unreal, which features the single "Get a Move On," an upbeat swing-styled number based around "Bird's Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)" by Moondog and featuring a sample from Shifty Henry's "Hyping Woman Blues." His official followup, Trouser Jazz, appeared in 2002. Two years later Scruff released his first ever DJ mix album, Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1. He has released albums steadily over the past decade, with 2014's Friendly Bacteria showcasing the constant evolution of his sound. Scruff is also known for his marathon DJ sessions, hand-drawn live visuals and album art, and his tea company, Make Us a Brew. 

Mr. Scruff recently visited Amoeba Hollywood rocking a really dope J Dilla (RIP) t-shirt, a small indication that he goes deep in the crates when digging for vinyl. He definitely found some classic gems in this episode of What's In My Bag?. Scruff first finds the early '80s modern soul album One Way Love Affair by Sadane. He often collects these records and hands them out as gifts to friends. A longtime fan of the Celluloid label, Scruff picks their newly released compilation, Haiti Goes Latin, which is a great album for any lover of World/Latin music. Watch the full episode below to see all his picks:

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Producer Johnny Z Breaks Down His Vallejo Group N2DEEP's 1992 Hit Single "Back To The Hotel"

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2015 12:15pm | Post a Comment

23 hip-hop summers ago back in mid-1992 the song heard everywhere across the nation (including and especially in their native Bay Area where KMEL had it on constant replay) was "Back To The Hotel" by Vallejo rap group N2DEEP. The song, which these days is heard in regular rotation on hip-hop oldies or "throwback" stations like the Bay Area's Q102, became a global hit for the Bay Area group signed to prestigious New York hip-hop label Profile Records. The album of the same name was produced by founding member Johnny Z along with the two official group members/rappers James "Jay Tee" Trujillo and Timothy "TL" Lyon. In fact the "Back To The Hotel" single (one of three from the successful album along with "Toss Up" and "The Weekend") was such a big hit for the prolific North Bay crew, that it overshadowed all their other work and hence would garner them in later years that unfortunate tag of "one-hit-wonder" status by such outlets as Complex magazine and BuzzFeed. That is too bad since N2DEEP recorded so much more equally great music (before and after) as the beloved "Back To The Hotel" song, which the average pundit mistakenly believed was their debut single. That song wasn't meant to be a single, or even initially titled "Back To The Hotel" but rather "Telly" when it was released a year earlier in 1991 on Johnny Z's Vallejo-based indie label Rated Z Recordz. Hence for this Hip-Hop History Tuesdays Amoeblog, I caught up with mastermind behind the song, Johnny "Z" Zunino, to go back in time to the early 1990's and jog his memory about N2DEEP, their recordings before their big hit single, and to find out why they changed the title and their original group name ("3DEEP"). That conversation appears immediately below the video for the 1992 Profile single.

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Amoeba Curates Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in L.A. July 30 With Baths

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, taking place at the Echoplex July 30.

Electronic pop acts Baths, Wrestlers and OOFJ will play the show, with L.A.-based Australian band Wunder Wunder hosting. The show is 18-and-over and is $3 with an RSVP and $12 without, though an RSVP doesn't guarantee you entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Baths is the project by SoCal native Will Wiesenfeld, who plays a mellowed-out blend of electronica and dream-pop with indie-rock and hip-hop influences poking through. He has released three albums under the Baths name, the most recent of which was 2013's critically acclaimed Obsidian. In 2014, he released the Ocean Death EP, featuring the title track as heard below:

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Dumpstaphunk Play Grand Performances on July 11

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor New Orleans band Dumstaphunk at for Grand Performances on July 11.

The free, all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth to spin our Prize Wheel.

Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk incorporates jazz, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll into their eclectic sound. They're also rock royalty, with Ivan Neville on vocals and his cousin, Ian Neville, on guitar — Ivan is the son of R&B singer Aaron Neville, and Ian is the son of Art Neville, who was in The Neville Brothers with Aaron. Together with bass players Nick Daniels and Tony Hall and drummer Nikki Glaspie, the younger Nevilles have evolved from what was once Ivan's side project to being called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by The New York Times.

Hear a taste of the band's music with the tune "Dancin' to the Truth" from the album Dirty Word below:

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