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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Speedy Ortiz

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2016 11:53am | Post a Comment

Speedy Ortiz What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"After I buy this today I'll have every vinyl release that Brainiac put out." Sadie Dupuis, singer/guitarist for indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz, is talking about Brainiac's EP Electro-Shock For President. "This one's a little less, like, rock than their previous stuff. It's a lot more like noisy keyboard stuff and weird vocals... this EP, specifically, was a big influence on Nine Inch Nails." Sadie and the rest of the band picked a bunch of cool records when they stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, ranging in artists from Nick Drake to Madvillain.

Speedy Ortiz Foil DeerSpeedy Ortiz formed in Northampton, MA in 2011. The group was originally founded as the solo project of vocalist/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, who was teaching songwriting classes at a local summer camp and recording tracks on her laptop, before it expanded into a full band including Mike Falcone, Darl Ferm, and Devin McKnight. In 2013, Carpark Records released the band's Major Arcana LP, which quickly netted a "Best New Music" nod from Pitchfork.

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J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment


Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music


1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
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Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

 
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

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10 Releases To Look For on Cassette Store Day 2016

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 05:44pm | Post a Comment

Cassette Store Day 2016On Saturday, October 8th, fans of magnetic tape, great tunes, and all things cassette will celebrate the fourth annual Cassette Store Day. Founded in 2013 by a group of UK record labels, Cassette Store Day gives props to the humble cassette tape in the same way Record Store Day pays homage to indie record shop culture. The celebration has since expanded to the US, Japan, Germany, and France, and naturally we're excited for an influx of new tapes here at Amoeba Hollywood, too.

Here are the top ten special Cassette Store Day releases we're pumped to slip into our Walkman.

Death Cab

Death Cab for Cutie
The Photo Album

In celebration of The Photo Album's 15th anniversary, Barsuk is reissuing this 2001 release on cassette for the first time. The tape includes "Gridlock Caravans," a rarity which has only been available on vinyl and some international releases.

Welcome to Detroit/The Shining

J Dilla
Welcome 2 Detroit/The Shining

As "Dilla Day" Does For Jay Dee Each Year, "Mac Dre Day" (July 5th) Honors Legacy of Beloved Late Vallejo Rapper

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2016 04:27pm | Post a Comment

In a scenario somewhat similar to that of J Dilla, whose dedicated fanbase has exponentially grown since his death a decade ago, so too has the following of the late great Mac Dre multiplied since his 2004 (still unsolved) murder in Kansas City, MO. The Detroit rapper/producer and the Bay Area rapper share not only iconic status and popular posthumous releases (and merchandise) but also an annual date dedicated to their respective legacies.

These annual celebrations only further build upon these two hip-hop artists' fanbases. The annual Dilla Day happens in early February every year around the time of his birthday while Mac Dre Day (aka Dre Day) takes place every year on today's date, July 5th. Were he still alive, the artist born Andre Hicks would be celebrating his 46th birthday today. 

Every year for the past several years, with major input from the folks at Mac  Dre's Thizz Nation there have been Mac Dre tribute concerts in various Bay Area cities from Petaluma to San Jose and San Francisco where tonight's Mac Dre Day celebration will take place at The Regency Ballroom at 7pm.

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