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My Picks for the 50 Best Records That Came Out in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, November 29, 2013 04:26pm | Post a Comment

Doesn’t end-of-year-list time always sneak up on us? It’s the time to reflect and realize that a lot of really great music did come out throughout the year. Here is my list of 50 best records that came out in 2013. I limited it to albums that were physically released. But it’s only the end of November, so feel free to leave a comment and tell me why I’m dumb for leaving out such-and-such record and I’ll give it a listen!

jagwar ma howlin cd amoeba50. Jagwar Ma Howlin’

Just ’cause these guys ripped off the Madchester sound isn’t any reason to write them off. Listen to Howlin’ and try to get these songs out of your head.

49. Julianna Barwick Nepenthe

Non-verbal cries echo out into infinity and give life to your unconscious while listening to Nepenthe. She’s like our generation’s Enya, only a million times cooler (actually Enya is kind of rad, nm).

48. Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time

What if Kelly Clarkson really dug My Bloody Valentine and dated the dude form Diiv? What if Taylor Swift shot up heroin, posed nude for some crazy German director and actually ended up making interesting music? Night Time, My Time seeks to answer these questions you never knew you had. Even though Night Time, My Time couldn’t possibly live up to all the blog hype/hate/press Sky Ferreira got this year, it’s still a great, if fragmented pop record.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 09.27.13: Amoeba Top 5, Terrace Martin's "3ChordFold," Jay-Z and Kanye's Ranting Distracts From The Music

Posted by Billyjam, September 27, 2013 09:23am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 09: 27:13


1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

3) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

4) Terrace Martin 3ChordFold (Empire Dist.)

5) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)


As he makes headlines this week over his humorless Twitter rants against Jimmy Kimmel's jokes,  Kanye West's latest album Yeezus on Def Jam continues to sell well at Amoeba. Undoubtedly a most talented artist Kanye is at his best when he sticks to simply making music or overseeing his GOOD (Getting Out Our Dreams) music label. Personally I prefer when artists stick to simply making music and not making war with fellow artists as seems to be increasingly more common these days with examples including rapper turned savvy entrepreneur Jay-Z whose acclaimed latest/twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam is still charting at Amoeba nearly three full months since it arrived in the store. Jay-Z's recent verbal feud targets have included Harry Belafonte (who last month accused Hov of not being active enough in uplifting his race) and more recently Yoko Ono who he raps negatively about in a verse on the new (soon to drop) Justin Timberlake album The 20/20 Experience #2 that arrives in Amoeba early next week (read story here). In olden days feuds between artists would inspire creative response battle rap records. Nowadays they typically result in negative, nasty, name calling, Twitter rants.  I miss the old days!

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 09.20.13: 2 Chainz, LNMO, Big Sean, Arsenio Hall

Posted by Billyjam, September 20, 2013 10:19am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 09: 20:13


1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) LMNO After The Fact (Up-Above)

3) 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (Def Jam)

4) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

5) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

Included in the latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood is 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME which is the winner of the "#1 Next Level Album Title (September, 2013 - Associated Amoeba Website Album Reviewers Association)." This latest  from 2 Chainz - the ever popular Atlanta-based rapper formerly known as Tity Boi is accurately described by this website as "super classy melancholy vibe which has 2 Chainz doing his pretty specific list-rapping (potentially equivalent to the one-liner stylings of someone like Steven Wright or Jack Handey?), which always manages to be both unbelievably laid back and unbelievably urgent." and is well worth picking up at each Amoeba store or online here (Note; free shipping in USA). Another recommended new entry on this latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart is local SoCal artist LMNO's brand new album After The Fact (Up-Above) that finds the Long Beach, CA artist in killer form with a rhyme flow that is smooth and engaging from the get go with the album's top notch production courtesy of Evidence who also graces the mic. Other collaborators among the album's well chosen guests include Rakaa, and MED. A must get for fans of that timeless 90's flavor hip-hop.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.09.13: Jay-Z, Rich Gang, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2013 04:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 08: 09:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

4) Rich Gang Rich Gang (Cash Money)

5) Dr Dre The Chronic (Interscope)

Among the latest top five chart entries at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week is the guest heavy Rich Gang compilation full-length that comes from from Young Money and Cash Money - aka rap supergroup the Rich Gang that was carefully assembled by Birdman. And it has been selling well since it arrived in the LA store on July 23rd ℅ Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records. Young Money fans will already love it based on its contributors The album contains contributions from several label members as well as others - many others. Even as hip-hop features go (and there are a lot of artist albums inundated with guest feature spots) this album not only has numerous but they're a pretty diverse bunch too ranging from Limp Bizkit to Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes to Kendrick Lamar, Future to French Montana, Mystikal to Nicki Minaj,   R. Kelly to Bow Wow and more. With that "more" including Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Yo Gotti and Meek Mill Rich Gang is a virtual who's who of contemporary rap. Radio and club DJs have already been bumping the lead single "Tapout" for a couple of months. That video is below along with videos from the other current Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five Chart entries including from Kanye West (Yeezus),  Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), and (return classic) Dr Dre's The Chronic. In place of something off of the ever popular new Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail  is the artist's just unveiled Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.

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My 10 Favorite Albums of 2013 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, July 2, 2013 11:15am | Post a Comment

Plenty of great music has been released in 2013 already. It’s always staggering to look back at the halfway point and realize what has come out, what you need to give another listen to, and so on. This is a list of my personal faves that also have garnered substantial critical acclaim. I know there are lots of other great albums from this year, so why don’t you comment and tell me about them huh?! If you really want to know what else I thought was great for some reason, click through to my album picks for each week’s releases.

 

Kanye WestYeezus

kanye west yeezusThis has to top my list, as I’m sure it does for many others. Despite its numerous problems in the lyrics department, namely a badly used Nina Simone sample, its industrial grind and Kanye’s manic delivery trump all. There’s just no other music like this around — now or ever.

 

 

My Bloody Valentinembv

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