El-Haru Kuroi - Cantagallo
Best Of The World Music Releases That NPR Likes:
Juana Molina - Wed 21
Best World Fusion Album:
Bombino - Nomad
Best Retro World Release:
William Oneyeabor - World Psychedelic 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Best Reissue World Release On LP
The entire Manu Chao catalog on LP!
Best New World Release On LP
Meridian Brothers - Devocion (Works 2005-2011)
1) Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)
2) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)
3) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)
4) Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
5) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)
This week's hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store confirms something that I had mentioned in my recent year end/best of 2013 in hip-hop Amoeblog about how several 2012 releases, most notably Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city album that originally dropped 13 months ago back in October of last year, have been carrying over and keep re-charting this year due to a steady continued interest in these popular albums. Other chart entries this week include other albums that likely will have long shelf lives too such as, the current number one on both the Billboard albums chart and at Amoeba, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2, and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The other two chart entries are the Dan The Automator produced Deltron 3030 Event II that also comes in an instrumental version and Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely which is doing real well at the LA emcee's hometown Amoeba branch. The album from the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles raised artist, who since he started out just five years ago with his first mixtape (25th Hour) has steadily risen in popularity and demand (by fans and other artists who want to collaborate with him) is truly the feel-good rap recording of the year and proof that we will be hearing a lot more from Dom Kennedy in 2014 and beyond. Other recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba that have been in demand include Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)'s Bend But Don't Break on Weightless Recordings, the dope Stones Throw Records "rap" release from Jon Wayne Rap Album One, and Anticon co-founder/producer/MC Jel's Late Pass on Anticon.
Amoeba Music has an array of collectibles available, from rare LPs lining the walls of all three stores to Amoeba Hollywood's display cases by the stairs, by the registers and at the back of the store, and Amoeba SF's brand new display cases, located by the books section.
Our collectibles range from discontinued toys and hard-to-find promo items to signed books and merchandise. At Amoeba Hollywood you'll find rarities such as an Elvis trivia game ($15); Beach Boys paraphernalia, including a Brian Wilson promo pennant ($25) and Beach Boys Mojo magazine ($20); a book of Led Zeppelin guitar tablature ($60); a Smiths Tapes limited edition box set ($280); Ravi Shankar’s autobiography Raga Mala, signed by Shankar ($200); and Beatles goods galore.
If you can’t make it into the store, there’s always our online Merchandise section, with Amoeba swag, rare posters and books, and more. See our currently featured items here. And if you need extra cash or credit for those rare items, don't forget we're always looking for your used CDs and LPs, and you'll get 30% more value if you trade in for credit.
The Fresh & Onlys, besides presenting in name one of the best bandtonym-worthy word combinations, are without a doubt one of the most pimped-out live performers reppin the Bay Area these days. Currently on tour, and they tour a lot, The Onlys pack plenty of dirty raw party rockin' vibes into every sweaty show. I'd go so far as to say they bring a guaranteed good time to any venue; unadulterated fun at it's most arrested stage of development. What's more, the minds that inform the Fresh and Onlys' sound are like rich wells of music knowledge, deeply dug and flowing wide. I can say this with a certain degree of confidence having known and worked with three quarters of the band off and on for many, many years. That being the case, as happens with colleagues of any sort, their opinions on all things music, film, Amoeba or otherwise have abutted, aggravated, enhanced and influenced mine over time. It's one of those really good things about the working-at-Amoeba experience that I wish we could share more easily. But I suppose that territory best captured and exposed via our What's In My Bag video vignette series.
But before we get into that, get into this:
A lovely, pastoral portrait of the boys in pastels, looking petal fresh and Easter Sunday garden party pretty in contrast to the live-action, imagery of sloshed, sudorific revelry, above left. Say what you will about the Fresh & Onlys workaday aesthetic, they clean up nice. And though Fresh & Onlys frontman and guitarist Tim Cohen is caught trashing Amoeba SF's Hip Hop section in the video below (for the record: tending said section used to be his responsibility) and bassist Shayde Sartin's picks skewed towards "white guy rock" and his years spent living in Florida on the day this little scene was recorded, I cannot speak more highly about these two dudes' astronomical taste levels when it comes to music, nevermind their particular genus of dusty, road tested rocker species. BUt don't take my word for it, find out for yourself -- check out the video below:
"RIP to one of the best beat diggers, djs, and all around nicest dudes in the game. You will be missed, but your spirit will live on brotha."
The above comment, posted by Tha Megatron online yesterday, is just one of the literally hundreds of tributes that have been written about beloved Bay Area DJ Matthew Africa who was tragically killed last Monday (9/3) in a car crash. Since Thursday last, when the shocking news of this well-known and well-liked DJ's sudden death began circulating, friends and fans from the Bay and beyond have been mourning his passing through memories of the music that Matthew himself loved so much and happily shared via his radio shows, blogs, 2 Busy Sayin’ Yeah or Stay Hatin podcasts, club sets, and mixtapes. That comment by Tha Megatron was posted on the MixCrate page for Matthew Africa's final mix, "Matthew Africa: Plays Seven Inches," made a few weeks ago. On August 14th, the tireless crate-digging Bay Area DJ made what would be the last entry on his blog. And in true Matthew Africa fashion, it was all about music and records, and about how he was really looking forward to spinning 45s at the upcoming weekend's 45 Sessions - both to play records and to hang out with fellow music fanatics/DJs like DJ Platurn, E Da Boss, DJ Enki, and Joe Quixx.