Kristin Welchez, aka "Dee Dee" of the lo-fi rock group Dum Dum Girls, was in Amoeba Hollywood recently doing some record shopping, and we got a chance to check out her cool picks. Welchez is currently promoting her new solo project Kristin Kontrol, whose debut album X-Communicate just dropped last week.
For Main Attrakionz' anticipated Amoeba Berkeley in-store this week (on Tuesday, June 30th at 5pm) in support of their brand new 808s & Dark Grapes III (out that same day on Vapor), the prolific Oakland hip-hop crew's Squadda B promises a most memorable show that will be "a real celebration of everything we've been through since Carter Middle School." North Oakland's Carter Middle school is where the rapper/producer born Charles Glover is referring to. It was there that he first met up with his partner in rhyme, Damondre Grice (aka rapper Mondre M.A.N.).From that point on, at the young age of 12-years-old no less, it has been quite a ride for the inseparable, prolific, pioneering pair.
From the get go, the two go-getters tirelessly entered every local talent shows they could find. Over the following years they would win a lot of them too. But more importantly they learned and grew from their experiences that would help pave the way for a career that, for the artists who are only now 24-years-old, has already been quite accomplished. They've recorded a shitload of music (approx 15 full-length projects, although only two albums, including the new one, are commercially available), worked with such artists as Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky, been credited with being among the chief architects in creating the alt rap psychedelic hip-hop sub-genre of "cloud rap," and landed a deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records, to name but a sampling of their accolades to date.
Main Attrakionz "Ain't No Other Way" (Vapor, 2015)
Whereas earlier this year, Neil Young released A Letter Home, an album of lo-fi covers that was recorded in Jack White’s recording booth studio, Storyone could have an altogether different feel. Young talked to Billboard about wanting to record an album with an orchestra on mono using one mic:
“I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that.”
He’s already released “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” a pro-environment rally song with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. You can hear that and check out the lyrics below:
Perhaps the coolest thing on TV this week was on Monday, when Neil Youngshowed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jack White to record live in White’s refurbished Voice-O-Graph booth, which records straight to vinyl. You can see the pair showing this thing off in the clip below while Louis C.K. watches on, joking about recording laughter-free comedy in it.
Neil Young recorded his entire new album, the covers record A Letter Home, live in the 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth, coming out with a record that pops and hisses with old-school flair. Jack White says it's the only vinyl-recording booth left in the world that’s open to the public, as the booths were typically found in arcades and at tourist attractions from about the 1940s through the ’70s.Visitors to Third Man Records in Nashville can record live in the booth and mail their record out, as seen in this video.
Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were one of the most dynamic and socially conscious groups in hip-hop. “When the People Cheer” reminds us of how great they are as pure rappers, and it’s got a cool stop-motion video to boot.