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Earth Day San Francisco 2014 Significant Following New Climate Change Report

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2014 09:47am | Post a Comment

Fourth annual Earth Day San Francisco happens at Civic Center/UN Plaza on 4/19/2014

 
With the unsettling (but not surprising) results of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mitigation report, this year's Earth Day (April 19th, same day as Record Store Day) takes on a more profound meaning.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the UN report, which stresses how only a few decades remain to halt global warming from falling into catastrophic effects, "a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change." Hence it is expected that this study's findings will be discussed by speakers at this weekend's Earth Day San Francisco festivities that takes place from 10am to 6pm at UN Plaza/Civic Center.

About 10,000 people are expected at this year's fourth annual Earth Day San Francisco event, which will feature three stages of speakers and entertainment from such performers as New Monsoon & The Earth Day All Stars, Trevor Green, lots of great DJs incuding J Boogie and Jocelyn featuring Kid Crunk. In addition to multicultural music and performance pieces, there will be such renowned environmental speakers as Bill McKibben, Leila Salazar-Lopez, Kevin Danaher, and Dr. Margaret Lowman. There will also be interactive D.I.Y. workshops, green-economy data, plus such things as green jobs opportunies, an "Eco-Fashion" show and an "Eco Artist Grove," as well as organic food cooking demonstrations and tips on how to build a solar oven.  In total there will be about 80 eco-exhibitors showcasing all types of earth-friendly products. For children there will be a giant size green kids zone and eco-carnival.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.14.13: White Mandingos, Gavlyn, The Alchemist & Prodigy, Cut Chemist, sayknowledge, Main Attrakionz

Posted by Billyjam, June 14, 2013 10:53am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:14:13

1) The Alchemist & Prodigy Albert Einstein (Infamous Records)

2) Gajah & Mute Speaker On And Offspring (Acid Lab Records)

3) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

4) Gavlyn Habit That You Blame (Broken Complex)

5) French Montana Excuse My French (Geffen)

Big ups to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five hip-hop chart (based on sales at the Telegraph Ave store for past week) and also doing the video interview below to discuss these and all the other new hip-hop releases coming out in both CD and vinyl formats at this time - of which there are a lot of really great new (mostly indie) hip-hop releases dropping right now. These include the hot-selling, guest heavy, official debut (after two dozen unofficial mixtape releases) by French Montana Excuse My French on Geffen, and the power duo teaming of The Alchemist & Prodigy for the album pictured above  Albert Einstein on Prodigy's Infamous Records label of which the Mobb Deep member told MTV News in an interview a few months ago that, "At Infamous, I'm looking for artists that, #1 have their own movement goin', they got their thing goin' already." And with The Alchemist he certainly got that! This is actually the second collaboration for these two since Return of the Mac and the fourteenth year that Alchemist has been working with Mobb Deep (he first collaborated - producing for 1999′s Murda Muzik on the tracks "Thug Muzik" and "The Realest"). Fans of Mobb Deep will dig this new collaboration since it recalls some of the old dark grimy Mobb Deep sound.
"At Infamous, I'm looking for artists that, #1 have their own movement goin', they got their thing goin' already," the Mobb Deep - See more at: http://www.vibe.com/article/prodigy-signs-actor-rick-gonzalez-infamous-records#sthash.ZzDJj4zg.dpuf

Among the other new hip-hop releases either included in the chart above or the video with E-Lit below include Homeboy Sandman's vinyl only release (with digital download code) Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent on Stones Throw, Gavlyn's Habit That You Blame on Broken Complex, Gajah & Mute Speaker's On And Offspring on Acid Lab Records, and The White Mandingos' not to be missed The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats for CD and vinyl versions respectively.  This interesting new collaborative project from the ever prolific Murs, which takes its name from the 1994 Master P release of the same title. The Amoeba online store review of this new album states: “I’m too black for the m*thafuckin’ underground/The white fans barely tolerate my black ass/If I embrace them, I catch a backlash from the black fans,” Murs states plainly on “Black N White Revisited,” from his collaboration with Bad Brains guitarist/singer Darryl Jennifer and editor/artist Sacha Jenkins. For artists caught between worlds, The White Mandingos is a brilliant foray into musical freedom, combining Murs’ cerebral underground hip-hop with the hardcore ferocity of Bad Brains. Jenkins’ guitars cut, shred and destroy on tracks like “Warn a Brotha,” with a great line from Murs — “f*ck the Rolling Stones, and f*ck you, too.”

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cut Chemist

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

Cut Chemist

Cut Chemist has played a significant role in the eclectic music scene of Los Angeles. From his time spent with US Cultural Ambassadors band, Ozomatli, to his membership in one of Hip Hop's most respected "underground" groups, Jurassic 5. Cut Chemist is hailed as one of LA's best when it comes to DJs, producers, performers and vinyl collectors. 

On one of his many visits to his most favorite record store in the whole wide world (we assume this to be true), our cameras caught up with Cut Chemist for another memorable episode of What's In My Bag?. Leave it to Cut to magically dig up a rare break record, when those of us who are in the store daily never come across it! He has some really cool finds from '70s Meditation vinyl to a rare folk re-issue of Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day. See for yourself!

Cut Chemist - What's In My Bag?
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Check out Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark rock the stage with Jurassic 5 at Coachella 2013!

We Got You! (Or At Least Some Of You)

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 5, 2013 09:11am | Post a Comment
It's now official. You've been had.

No. Cut Chemist is NOT selling his entire record collection to Amoeba. In fact, we suspect that records just naturally gravitate to his house. But he was in on the joke and part architect of the fake post, along with Nancy 
Arteaga, who helped orchestrate the whole thing. We managed to hammer it out last minute, as the idea came at 11 PM, March 31st. Cut gave us some great quotes about how juicing and meditation was changing his life (Which is actually true) He went as so far as taking
a picture with the infamous Mulatu 7" that he mentioned in blog at the Amoeba warehouse just to throw off some of the naysayers. Like his records, Cut Chemist takes April Fool's Day seriously.

Most people knew it was a prank, some didn't. Some folks started calling the store and became irate once they found out they've been April fooled. Some became inspired, that someone who spent a lifetime collecting records would downsize and simplify life through health and spirituality. Even some of Cut's closest associates got duped. DJ Nu-Mark posted the fake blog on his Facebook page commenting that, " f**kin Lucas (Cut) woke me up on some arm pit sweating sh*t. Ya got me....I'm awake now. Jesus. Can't put it into words. Good one Cut, and very creative as usual" 

Cut Chemist Sells His Entire Record Collection To Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 1, 2013 07:20am | Post a Comment

From the April Fools' Dept...
Photo by Eilon Paz www.dustandgrooves.com

It is now official.

The entire vinyl collection of one of the greatest DJs of our time is going on sale today at Amoeba Hollywood. Internationally known DJ, Cut Chemist, decided to sell his entire record collection a few weeks back to Amoeba Hollywood. The collection is approximately 40 thousand LPs, 12s, 45s and acetates, which has been hidden in the Amoeba warehouse underneath stacks of clearance DVD's so that no employees would get to them before the public. Also, as part of the agreement that Amoeba has with Cut Chemist, we agreed that would keep the sale of his collection a secret until today. This was done at Cut's request, so that everyone would get an equal chance at buying these records with no special preferences given to employees, famous DJs or private collectors.

Cut Chemist in front of his recordsAs you can imagine, the collection is immense, with every record you could ever want from any genre you can name. Rare funk 45s, first edition Reggae and Hip-Hop records, obscure private press Free Jazz and folk LPs, International records from Africa, Brazil and Colombia, with every great Salsa, Cumbia and Afro-Beat record ever made. Also many first edition punk/post punk and goth records (which I didn't know he collected) and every collectible soundtrack, prog and psyche LPs that one could ever want. About seventy five percent of these records that I saw would go for hundreds of dollars on E-Bay, and this is just the first few crates into this incredible collection!

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