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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Triple Threat part of Culture Clash in SF, Shiftee/Enferno Backlash, XXL no longer magazine, Rabbi Darkside & Rob Swift

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2014 12:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 09:26:14

1) Ray West & OC Ray's Cafe (Red Apple 45)

2) Kenny Dope Classic Breakbeats Limited-Edition 45-Box-Set (Kay-Dee)

3) Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Danny Brown Hot Soup Instrumentals LP (Street Corner Music)

5) Skyzoo & Torae The Barrel Brothers (Empire Dist)

The above top five is the latest from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store where yesterday the hip-hop cassette section saw a noticeable increase in interest since, along with the other two Amoebas and other record shops, yesterday Cassette Store Day was being celebrated.  A Record Store Day styled day geared for cassette tapes - the format is of special interest to hip-hop since tapes are so embedded in the culture of hip-hop from the deep rooted mix-tapes culture to actual hip-hop releases only on cassette, to once highly coveted dubbed copies of pioneering days hip-hop radio shows. A couple of evenings ago there was a record release party this week's number 3 chart entry, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark, at Amoeba Hollywood for the excellent collaborative duo's new self titled  release on Delicious Vinyl. During his DJ set Nu-Mark served up a rich mix that included going from Nas' "It Ain't Hard to Tell" into Michael Jackson's "Human Nature."  
 
As well as the other chart entries this week, including     , other new hip-hop albums worth getting include Homeboy Sandman's Hallways and Dilated Peoples' Directors of Photography.  Upcoming releases to be sure to get upon their release include the anticipated se
cond album from Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) that will arrive care of Nas' new imprint Mass Appeal Records in Amoeba next month. Meantime you can get a free download of the sick-ass album track 'Oh My Darling Don't Cry.'

Lalo Guerrero "Pancho Claus" b/w "The Burrito"

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 29, 2009 02:09am | Post a Comment
I was going through some singles I had recently purchased and one of them was one by Lalo Guerrero. It wasn’t one of his most famous songs, but it's a great single nonetheless. "Pancho Claus" b/w "The Burrito" was released in 1969 on Cap Latino Records. By then, Lalo was touring and recording with his son, Mark, and his band, Mark & The Escorts. According to Mark Guerrero's website, “Pancho Claus” was a newer version of his classic Christmas song, which he originally recorded in the fifties. It’s the Chicano version of Twas The Night Before Christmas, with mother cooking Enchiladas (I wonder why Lalo didn't mention tamales? Even my Non-Mexican friends know that's when you get tamales? hmmm...), while Dad dances Mambos with the all the ladies. Rather than the kids sleeping, they are listening to The Beatles. During that part of the song, Mark & The Escorts break into “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The original 1950s version referred to Elvis, but since it was 1969, Lalo wanted to stay with the times. The next verse describes a drunken uncle that will surely end the fun and prevent Pancho Claus from visiting the household. Eventually, Pacho Claus appears, but not before the drunken uncle breaks into a version of the Mexican classic “Guadalajara.”

The flipside is even better. “El Burrito” is a song about a guy eating a burrito with a girlfriend. The chorus goes: “I’ll bite on one end, you’ll bite on the other, we’ll meet in the middle and then oh brother, we’ll kiss and kiss until we smother, and when it’s gone, we’ll order another.” It’s one of those double-meaning songs that ends with the mother catching the couple sharing the burrito. The mother takes the daughter home and Lalo is left all alone with just his burrito in his hand.

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Best Of The Summer Outdoor Concerts, Part 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 9, 2008 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 10, 2008 7pm @ The Santa Monica Pier
Free

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
is one of the leading modern Salsa groups today. This night will be for the dancers. If you want to hear a really great Salsa group and see some incredible dancing, you shouldn't miss it. On top of that, Amoeba will have a booth set up in which we will be selling CD's and doing numerous giveaways. I'll be there as well, along with other Amoebites at the Amoeba booth. Come say hello!



Son de Madera & Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
July 11, 2008 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Free

Son De Madera are the Beatles of Son Jarocho music. They are very melodic and aren't afraid to experiment with a traditional genre. Their music is filled with improvisation, both lyrically and musically. Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos are known as the group that backed up Linda Ronstadt during her Canciones De Mi Padre session and subsequent tours. On their own, they have put out many classic releases, including their last three excellent releases on the Folkways label.



Rachid Taha
July 12 2008, 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Free

Rachid Taha is a rock star everywhere except, you guessed it, The United States. The Algerian-born singer is not one to typecast himself. He can perform tradition Algerian music, but live would rather rock out on Clash covers and bombastic rock anthems. However, 2006's Diwan 2 was a return to his Algerian roots and one of my favorite releases from the year. Other than Manu Chao, no one mixes genres so well in a high energy show. Just don't let him get too drunk.

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