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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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Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

2016 was a strong year for reissues, with many now classic LPs getting dusted off and spiffed up as vinyl releases. Some of these releases were remastered, some have been out of print on vinyl for awhile, and some are just straight up excellent tributes to our late, great, favorite artists. From R&B to rock and even one very special television soundtrack, join us for a look back at our biggest sellers for the year and what makes each one essential listening.

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

20. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Cure's seventh studio LP was their first album to break into the Billboard Top 40. Featuring beloved tracks "Just Like Heaven," "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?," this recent 2-LP reissue is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Kill 'Em All

 19. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ Spinna

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 12:24pm | Post a Comment

DJ Spinna What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'm gonna give away a little b-boy secret...this record by Cerrone, 'Look For Love,' is a very popular b-boy break," says DJ Spinna of the 7" released by the Cotillion label. But be careful, he warns us, sometimes they edit the breaks out of the singles. The accomplished and much sought after DJ was recently at Amoeba Hollywood, giving away some great record collecting advice and offering up killer recommendations.

Wonder-full LABrooklyn-born hip-hop producer DJ Spinna is a genre-bender whose work dabbles in rap, soul, funk, electronica, and jazz. He first came to prominence in the late '90s underground hip-hop scene thanks to his work with The Jigmastas. He has produced and remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the contemporary music scene, including Mary J. Blige, Nightmares on Wax, Guru, J-Live, De La Soul, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and many more.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mexican Superstar Gloria Trevi

Posted by Amoebite, October 19, 2015 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Gloria Trevi

Often hailed as "the Mexican Madonna," pop star Gloria Trevi has sold over 20 million records and is known for her provocative, sometimes sociopolitical, chart toppers. Trevi's career began in 1985 when she was a member of the girl group Boquitas Pintadas. After the group disbanded a few years later, she teamed up with Sergio Andrade to produce her solo debut, 1989's ¿Que Hago Aqui­?. The album gave Trevi her first number one hit, "Dr. Psiquiatra."

Gloria Trevi El AmorHer followup, Tu Angel de la Guarda, was an even bigger success, charting at #4 on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart. 1992's Me Siento Tan Sola continued Trevi's reign on top of the charts. A prominent cultural voice in Spanish-language pop music, Trevi has steadily released albums for two and a half decades, with her most recent full-length, El Amor, out just this August .

In support of El Amor's release, Gloria Trevi stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing. Loyal fans dressed to the nines and lined up outside the store, thrilled to meet her. Trevi also sat down with our What's in My Bag? crew to share her love of horror films and psychological thrillers. She chose films like Pan's Labyrinth and Silence of the Lambs, as well as iconic albums by Michael Jackson and Adele.

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SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Michael Jackson, October 22 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 29, 2015 07:10pm | Post a Comment

SFJazz Collective

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor SFJAZZ’s resident all-star ensemble SFJAZZ Collective as they present sparkling new arrangements of music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, plus freshly minted compositions by the Collective at SFJAZZ Center from October 22 - 25th.

Jackson’s celebrity burned so brightly it often obscured the brilliance of his musical mind, a situation that’s only grown more pronounced since his death in 2009. The SFJAZZ Collective puts the spotlight back where it belongs, interpreting lesser known gems as well as epochal hits from his diverse and endlessly inventive songbook. Much like their investigation of Stevie Wonder’s musical treasure trove, the Collective brings the same probing intelligence, incisive lyricism, harmonic insight, and rhythmic energy to well-crafted pop tunes as to material conceived for jazz settings.

Inspired by the full breadth of American music, the octet continues to build on a bold decade-long legacy creating original music and exploring the work of nonpareil composers from Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk to Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and Joe Henderson.

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