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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ A-Trak

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2014 06:02pm | Post a Comment

A-Trak

From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.

Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac. 

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Run The Jewels Announce Tour & Tracklist For "RTJ2" On Nas' Mass Appeal Records

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Run The Jewels - the super talented hip-hop power duo of El-P and Killer Mike - has just announced new tour dates along with track listings,  contributing guests, and artwork details for their forthcoming  sophomore release. With cover art almost the same as last year's self-titled debut on Fool's Gold (only in a different color), the new album on Nas' new Mass Appeal Records is  slated for release on October 28th. Aptly titled RTJ2, the album will feature guest spots by Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker, Diane Coffee, and BOOTS (note this is not Boots Riley of The Coup but BOOTS the sometimes Beyoncé collaborator).

The Run The Jewels has been attracting attention of late for their impressive recent tour sets, including a stop in the Bay Area last month at Outside Lands and the previous month in New York at the Governors Ball. They've also been garnering attention with new audiences care of Killer Mike's recent guest appearance on CNN, speaking out on the grander implications of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson (see video below).

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Desert Daze Festival Featuring Tinariwen & Warpaint April 20

Posted by Amoebite, March 8, 2013 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party has just announced the lineup for this year's Desert Daze Music & Arts Festival in Sunset Ranch (near Mecca, CA) on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Acclaimed “Touareg” band Tinariwen and former Amoeba Home Grown artists Warpaint headline the festival, with Chelsea Wolfe, Fool's Gold, Mini Mansions, Night Beats, The Entrance Band and many more performing.

Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets and “the fair-trade ticketing company” will donate a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the charity of the ticket purchaser’s choice. You can buy general admission passes ($35 + $2.22 service fee) or there are three additional ticket options that include camping (tent, lakeside or RV) for a bit more. Buy tickets here.

Keep an eye on Moon Block Party's Facebook page for more updates and ticket giveaways in the coming weeks.

Desert Daze Lineup Poster

 

Moon Block Party Lands Again in Pomona, Saturday 6/23

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2012 03:10pm | Post a Comment
moon block party pamona

The Second Annual Moon Block Party is coming back to the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony on Saturday, June 23rd and Amoeba is delighted to be a sponsor!

The free and all-ages event starts at 2:00pm and runs till midnight with over 30 live acts including Fool's Gold, The Entrance Band, Sleepy Sun, Crystal Antlers, Allah-Las, SuperTall Paul, Dante vs. Zombies and more. The bands will be joined by tons of live artists, handpicked craft vendors, art galleries, large sculptures, and art installations. Plus, 5% of the proceeds will go to benefit the local School of the Arts and Enterprise, a public charter high school in Pomona.  

More info HERE!
RSVP on Facebook HERE!



Fool's Gold’s Luke Top Talks ‘Leave No Trace’

Posted by Billy Gil, September 13, 2011 05:07pm | Post a Comment
Fool’s Gold over the past couple of years have recorded and released two albums and toured pretty much constantly, taking their Hebrew-sung afro-pop around the globe. The band started in 2007 as a side project of as a side project of musicians Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov, the latter of fellow L.A. band Foreign Born. On their newest album, Leave No Trace, the band solidifies its lineup, whittling it down to five members (with Garrett Ray, Brad Caulkins and Salvador Placencia), and adds some spark to their sound, with more electronics, hookier songs, and lyrics sung in English, while retaining the North African-style guitar work that made them popular to begin with. I spoke with frontman Luke Top about the new album and the development of the band’s sound over the past couple of years.
 
Luke Top (second from left) and Fool's Gold
PST: It seems like you guys were trying to make a more fun record the second time around. Was that an intentional change?

Top: It's funny, I don't know if that's necessarily ... to me that’s not necessarily the aesthetic of the record. It's kind of interesting to hear people’s take on it. … I wouldn’t say our goal was to be a party band, per se, although we do party at our shows. We do bring that energy sometimes. Some of our shows can be ecstatic almost orgies at times. I wouldn't say we're really trying to direct that energy on the album. I think if anything we wanted to capture more moods on this record. Just like lots of different shades of what we're able to do. I guess if you have something you can connect to at a party or by yourself with headphones in a dark room, definitely it's able to capture different types of listening experiences. I'm not saying don't put it on at a barbecue, by all means please do.

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