Weekly Rap Round Up: Hip-Hop Top 5, J Dilla's Record Store Day LP, New Releases with E-Lit, Open Mike Eagle, Immortal Technique + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2016 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 Amoeba Music Berkeley: Week end 04:10:16

#1: Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl) (Mello Music Group)

#2: RJD2    Dame Fortune () (also on LP/vinyl) (RJ's Electrical Connections)

#3: 2 Chainz  Collegrove (Def Jam) 

#4: Domo Genesis  Genesis (Columbia Legacy)

#5: Dday One Gathered Between (The Content Label)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above top five chart. Scroll down to see accompanying video version in which the KALX DJ / Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer runs down the top new hip-hop releases on both CD and vinyl. Immediately below is the just published music video from the #1 album on the new chart, Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl). That's the highly recommended new joint from LA emcee Open Mike Eagle with UK producer Paul White whose resume includes working alongside Mos Def, Danny Brown, and Homeboy Sandman. Also below is the music video for the lead single "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak)" from Odd Future member Domo Genesis' new album Genesis. Other top five entries include 2 Chainz' solid new album Collegrove and Dday One's Gathered Between , and RJD2's  Dame Fortune (also on LP/vinyl) that actually sounds more like 70's prog rock than 2016 hip-hop. As far as new releases dropping in the week ahead on April 15th (the day before Record  Store Day) E-Lit's top three advance picks are the new one from Factor, Elucid's Save Yourself on Backwoodz, and Offwhyte's Dialog  via Galapaplpgs 4.

Domo Genesis "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak) from Genesis (2016)

10 Releases to Look For on Record Store Day 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, March 30, 2016 10:43am | Post a Comment

10 releases to look for on record store day

Record Store Day is coming April 16, bringing loads of exclusive records to record stores around the country. You can see everything that’s coming to Amoeba here and everything we have in store for the day thus far here, including sales, DJs and more. Here are 10 releases we’re looking forward to picking up on RSD.


David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World [Picture Disc]

david bowie the man who sold the world picture disc record store dayDavid Bowie’s unfortunate passing has left us all with a thirst for all things Bowie. Some of his best-loved albums were recently re-released on vinyl, and the latest to get the reissue treatment is his third album. It’s best known for the title track, especially after being covered by Nirvana on their Unplugged LP, but The Man Who Sold the World represents a turning point in Bowie’s career as his music turned heavier and lyrics darker, setting an important precedent for goth rock, among other influences the album would have.

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Thinking of Dilla on 10-Year Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, February 10, 2016 08:32pm | Post a Comment

"One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane,
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder
, and Marvin Gaye,
J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness!" 
- Common  (XXL Magazine)

Ten years ago today exactly the world lost hip-hop production genius J Dilla. Also an emcee, the artist was born James Dewitt Yancey and was also known as Jay Dee.  He died on February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32  following a battle with lupus. But even on his sickbed he worked on music, a lot of it for the album Donuts (Stones Throw) that was released just three days before his tragic passing. The quote above by Common, who was roomies with Dilla after he moved from Detroit to LA in 2004, is typical of the type of reverence Dilla receives from his peers. Similarly to Common, Madlib also made a Dilla/Coltrane cross reference. "Dilla was like a Coltrane," said MadLib who had collaborated with him as JayLib. "When Coltrane was there, everybody tried to follow what he did. And when he died mothafuckers didn't know what to do," said MadLib in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Flea and Amy-Jo Albany

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2016 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Flea Amy-Jo Albany What's In My Bag?

You probably know Flea as the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. But you may not know him as an actor or jazz aficionado or the co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to music education for kids. In 2014, Flea executive-produced and co-starred in the film adaptation of Amy-Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood, about life with her father, jazz pianist Joe Albany. The biopic stars John Hawkes, Glenn Close, and Elle Fanning, and its soundtrack features jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Albany himself.

Flea and Amy-Jo recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a DJ set and soundtrack signing. They took time to talk with our "What's In My Bag?" cameras and to surprise each other with a few selections. In this episode they talk about falling in love with Bach, Bowie's ability to interpret songs, and the transcendent power of J Dilla.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Mr. Scruff

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Mr. Scruff

Mr. Scruff, the musical project of Mancunian DJ/producer Andy Carthy, burst onto the scene in the mid-Mr Scruff'90s with the release of several 12" singles for Pleasure Music. His biggest hit-to-date came via the release of his 1999 debut full-length, Keep It Unreal, which features the single "Get a Move On," an upbeat swing-styled number based around "Bird's Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)" by Moondog and featuring a sample from Shifty Henry's "Hyping Woman Blues." His official followup, Trouser Jazz, appeared in 2002. Two years later Scruff released his first ever DJ mix album, Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1. He has released albums steadily over the past decade, with 2014's Friendly Bacteria showcasing the constant evolution of his sound. Scruff is also known for his marathon DJ sessions, hand-drawn live visuals and album art, and his tea company, Make Us a Brew. 

Mr. Scruff recently visited Amoeba Hollywood rocking a really dope J Dilla (RIP) t-shirt, a small indication that he goes deep in the crates when digging for vinyl. He definitely found some classic gems in this episode of What's In My Bag?. Scruff first finds the early '80s modern soul album One Way Love Affair by Sadane. He often collects these records and hands them out as gifts to friends. A longtime fan of the Celluloid label, Scruff picks their newly released compilation, Haiti Goes Latin, which is a great album for any lover of World/Latin music. Watch the full episode below to see all his picks:

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