Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.28.13: Wale, Dessa, Quasimoto, Evidence, E-Lit, Skrip, De La Soul, Blunt Club Oakland + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment
E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley with new Hip-Hop for week ending June 28, 2013

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:28:13

1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) Dessa The Parts of Speech (Doomtree)

3) Wale The Gifted (Atlantic)

4) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

5) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

 Thanks again this week go out to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for both providing the new Top Five Hip-Hop chart for Amoeba Berkeley and the video breakdown (also above) of the latest hip-hop releases (CD and vinyl) to arrive into Amoeba over the past week. Scroll down to see accompanying/corresponding videos for many of these new chart entries and new releases referenced by E-Lit including Dessa ("Call Off Your Ghost" from The Parts of Speech on Doomtree), Quasimoto ("Youngblood" off of  Yessir, Whatever on Stones Throw), Wale's "Bad" featuring Tiara Thomas from The Gifted on Atlantic), and The White Mandingos' "Mandingo Rally" off The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats. Also below is brand new video from Skrip for the new song "Stop It" of which the artist said, “Music was made for more than perpetuating negativity, and if you’ve got the gift you don’t need to try to copy anyone else; give people a breath of fresh air," adding that, "Music with a meaning is what lacks in popular Hip Hop, and “Stop It” is bound to step on some toes-deservedly.” Yes indeedy! Scroll down to see this and the other new music videos - plus the EPK (electronic press kit) for the classic from De La Soul taken off their (recently reissued on double vinyl) Prince Paul produced golden era hip-hop album 3 Feet High & Rising. (also re-reissued on CD)

In Oakland tonight there's a lot of shows and parties happening including the premiere East Bay presentation of (Arizona founded) Blunt Club Oakland at hot new Oakland spot The Legionnaire Saloon (Telegraph near 22nd) with DJs Saurus, Max Kane, Platurn, Teeko, Pickster plus Pep Love (Hieros) and Foreign Legion both performing (FL's Prozack Turner is one of the new club owners). There will also be art on display by Dump La Rock and Griffin and the new East Bay monthly party will be hosted by The Night Clubber Lang. 21+ more info here. Meanwhile about 18 blocks down towards Oakland's Jack London Square on Broadway near 3rd/4th Streets at The Night Light will be Aztlan Nation alum DJ Delgado spinning party music with friends from early evening late into the night. Starting at 5pm and going non-stop until 2am there is no cover for this night of an eclectic mix of hip-hop, various schools of reggae, funk, breaks and beats - all billed as the Fresh Jamz Friday party. 21+ More info here.

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Sam Vincent Foundation Punk Rock Benefit, 7/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 26, 2013 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Sam Vincent was a talented chef and musician who tragically passed in 2011. The Sam Vincent sam vincentFoundation carries on his passion by working with at-risk youth in the culinary arts.

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the Sam Vincent Foundation Punk Rock Benefit featuring Fang, Bonecrusher, and more at the Oakland Metro on July 26th at 7pm.

Get your tickets HERE!



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Burger Boogaloo Hits Oakland, 7/6 - 7/7. Join Amoeba Berkeley for a Blast-Off Bash with Pangea & Gravy's Drop on 7/5!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 5, 2013 05:37pm | Post a Comment
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Burger Records has teamed up with Amoeba Music and Total Trash Productions to bring you the best Burger Boogaloo ever! This year's fest is happening on July 6th and 7th from Noon to 9pm at the Mosswood Park amphitheater in sunny Oakland. Catch Redd Kross, Jonathan RichmanThe Oblivions, The Trashwomen, Traditional Fools (with Ty Segall), and so many more! Get your tickets HERE!

pangeaIt all blasts off at Amoeba Berkeley on Friday, July 5th at 5pm with a FREE in-store show featuring Pangea and Amoeba Music's Home Grown artist Gravy's Drop! Pogo your way into the best weekend of garage, punk, and cheeseburgers this summer has to offer!

Pangea is an insanely fun bubblegum punk band from Los Angeles California. Since their Burger Records debut in 2012, they've been turning youngsters everywhere into "Slop Pop" fanatics and as their fans scream for them like the Beatles. 1964 never felt soooo goooood!

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"A Dive Bar You Could Bring A Date Or Your Mother To" - The Night Light in Oakland

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2013 08:23am | Post a Comment

This weekend The Night Light in Oakland will celebrate its first anniversary with a big party at the Jack London Square district bar/club that is situated on Broadway between 3rd and 4th Streets in the vicinity of such other watering holes as Beer Revolution and Merchant's.  At The Night Light's all day long bash on Saturday (March 9th) there'll be DJs spinning in the downstairs bar area and live bands playing in the upstairs concert space.. Artists celebrating the one-year birthday will include Warm Soda, Mahgeetah, and L3SSONS. In the twelve months since Johnny Nackley and his business partner Doug Kinsey (two vets of the local bar & restaurant and music worlds) opened The Night Light, it has built a an ever-growing, dedicated following and won many accolades.

Within a mere few months of opening it won an East Bay Express readers choice award as "Best New Bar."  Even with such a wide variety of other clubs and bars to choose from in downtown Oakland's vibrant nightlife scene, people are drawn to The Night Light's cozy bar atmosphere and its diversity of live entertainment events. There include stand up comedy nights, live bands of all genres such as punk rock and hip-hop, and themed DJ nights including yacht rock parties when folks get decked out in captains hats, Hawaiian shirts, and beards and moustaches.  On the last Friday of every month they throw hip-hop/reggae/dancehall themed DJ parties.

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DUENDE: Paul Canales & Rocco Somazzi's New Oakland Eatery/Gallery/Music Venue

Posted by Billyjam, February 18, 2013 06:06am | Post a Comment

duende oaklandLast year when news surfaced that Paul Canales, formerly chef at Oliveto, along with Rocco Somazzi would be opening their new Uptown district  (468 19th St.) eatery DUENDE anticipation has been high for this latest addition to the ever evolving hot Oakland nightlife area in the vicinity of the Fox Theater And justifiably so for DUENDE, which opened last month, is more than simply an enticing new East Bay dining destination; it is a many faceted, ambitious new nightlife addition that is also a music venue, art gallery, and wine store.

And as for the food - its primary draw - DUENDE offers a refreshing original cuisine by the renowned East Bay chef whose Basque heritage plays a subtle yet distinct influence in his approach to cooking.  Described as "Spanish based" but with a broad blend of flavors (drawing from African, French, & Italian) Canales told the San Francisco Chronicle that for DUENDE, "I really wanted a flexible food concept. I didn't want to be stuck in a style of food." promising that he will never settle for traditional Spanish fare (or "Spanish museum food" as he dismisses it).

Originally expected to open last summer DUENDE, following many months of hard work   and adhering to building codes and various city codes, finally officially opened in January. Its location is at 468 19th Street in historic Floral Depot building in the short block between Broadway and Telegraph Aves. a stones throw from the Fox Theater and round the corner from The Uptown nightclub and the various other clubs, restaurants, and art spaces that have filled this revitalized, vibrant, once dormant part of Oakland over the past several years. Inside the high-ceilinged, exposed brick and beam, large but cozy space - the work of Arcsine Architecture - seats up to 84 diners, while a wide iron stairway leads upstairs to the live music area where a black and gold emblazoned grand piano (pictured below) is the centerpiece.  Recently I caught up with Rocco Somazzi who handles the music end of things at DUENDE to ask him about the new space and his own rich history which anyone from Los Angeles already likely knows about (LA Magazine once wrote of Rocco that, "The best jazz club in L.A. is wherever Rocco Somazzi handles the booking on a given night...He is the rare local booker who keeps jazz fans wondering what he’s going to do next.")

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