It's All About Audio Quality Says Neil Young In Announcement That He Is Pulling His Catalog from Streaming Outlets

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2015 12:58pm | Post a Comment

Neil Young is back in the news this week after announcing on his Facebook page that he will pull all of his music off of streaming sites, writing that "streaming has ended for me" due to the inferior sound quality that he labels "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution." Although Young did not name specific outlets such as Spotify or iTunes, it was implied that those were among those he was talking about, for the time being at least. "When the quality is back, I'll give it another look," he wrote, stressing "I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music" and derives from deals "made without my consent."

Not specified as yet is if Young is including in his definition of "streaming" the online stream versions of terrestrial radio stations such as say KFOG  in the Bay Area or KLOS in SoCal. If so, that might mean no radio play for Neil Young in the US as well as on the BBC. And what about artists signed to his Vapor label such as Main Attrakionz who recently played an Amoeba in-store. Will their music also be pulled too since they're also subject to the "worst quality" of music ever. And is YouTube included as a "streaming" outlet for his and his artists' music?

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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:

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.”

Local Roundup: Videos from United Ghosts, Off!, Touche; Songs from Main Attractionz, Incan Abraham

Posted by Billy Gil, October 12, 2012 12:15pm | Post a Comment

United GhostsUnited Ghosts – “Unhypnotized” video
L.A.-based dream poppers United Ghosts today premiere their video for the song “Unhypnotized” exclusively on the Amoebablog. The song features lovely female/male vocal interchange over a film-noir-inspired riff, while the video sees the band seeming to de-brainwash a bunch of nerdy cult members with their extremely cool sound. Ironically, the whole thing’s pretty hypnotic. They’ll play a video premiere party at the Bootleg Theatre in LA next Wednesday! Download "Unhypnotized" free here.



OFF!“Wrong” video

So what’s the “right” way (UGH!) to make a video out of a 49-second hardcore song? Get Jack Black to star in a fake ’70s grindhouse/daytime action movie scene. The hardcore supergroup of L.A. punk greats Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald (read my interview with him here) and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba released a bracing self-titled album this year. This video reminds me of that scene in Anchorman where all the fake news dudes fight. I hope Anchorman 2 is good!