Amoeba Hollywood to Hold a Mayer Hawthorne Listening Party July 12

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2013 03:33pm | Post a Comment

mayer hawthorne where does this door goAmoeba Hollywood will be spinning the new album by retro-soul star Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go, Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. The album will be released July 16 by Republic Records.

Amoeba will be giving away posters and holding a giveaway of a signed and framed Where Does This Door Go LP. Come by to listen and enter to win!

Following two successful albums, 2009’s A Strange Arrangement and 2011’s How Do You Do, Where Does This Door Go sees Hawthorne getting production help from Pharrell Williams, who’s on a roll lately, following his inclusion in Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album also features production by Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar) and Oak of Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West).

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sOuL, Woodstock, and Headnodic Team Up To Pay Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

Oakland emcee sOul recently teamed up with fellow Oaklanders Crown City Rockers members Woodstock and Headnodic to write and record a tribute to the influential late great Gil Scott-Heron. Simply titled “Gil Scott Tribute” the song was recorded in one take (captured in the video above - a video blog session recording with Headnodic who mixed the track) and features Woodstock playing the beat live on his MPC and sampling Gil Scott Heron's “We Almost Lost Detroit” (off Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson's 1977 album Bridges) as well as recreating previous hip-hop interpretations of the original sample. Intricate stuff, and it works nicely too, with sOul on the mic spitting socio-political commentary along personal life monologue.

The song was recorded simply as a tribute to Gil Scott Heron and is not for sale but available as a free download here. Gil Scott Heron, who died at age 62 in May 2011, has been called the "godfather of rap" - a term he himself dismissed, preferring to label himself a "bluesologist." After the artist's sudden death a couple of years ago Chuck D of Public Enemy saluted Scott-Heron as a highly influential figure saying, in a heartfelt tribute to the man, that, "We do what we do and how we do because of you!" I agree with Chuck D as to the impact on hip-hop and music in general that Gil Scott Heron has made.

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Personal Picks: Kelly's Best of 2012 Year-End Recap

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 31, 2012 02:30pm | Post a Comment

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Well, here we are. We weren't thrust into a new dark age oblivion, the world didn't end and neither did my workaday quest for the best music for the day. This year was rife with records that just had to be snatched -- reissues, compilations, and a fair few newbies too.

Here follows my personal, "show and tell" style best-of list for 2012:  the year that didn't stop the big wheel a-turnin'. Rather than just dicing up a list of cold-cut favorites, I've included personal events and trends herein that shaped the music I sought and gravitated towards within the past year.

BEST NEW ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Jessica Pratt - JP. No contest. I have naught but the best of things to say about this disc of spun gold and I'm not alone. It seems every Barry, Rob, and Maurice in the blogosphere has been falling all over this record like autumn leaves in the rain. If you really want to know my take check out my real talk review of JP here, otherwise please do enjoy the album's opening track, "Night Faces" below.

BEST 2012 REISSUE: It's a tie between two (Numero related) comps: WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze and & Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974 - 1984. Both platters piled high with private press oddments and rarities one could hardly go more wrong than to miss out on these two exemplary feats of the compilation arts. The former being a point of revision for many in that it is essentially a mix of largely unheard "yacht rock"/AOR triumphs of seventies song-writing sensibilities (man, is it ever sensibly sensitive) that confronts one's moral definition of guilty (listening) pleasures. The latter comp, Personal Space - a seemingly dark horse among the usual reissue fare fleshing out the the tom findlay groove armada late night tales music for pleasure yacht rock am gold smooth music sailing soul comps shelf space, made the rounds among Amoeba staff regularly thus enjoyed a healthy amount of in-store play as well. Chock full of rhythm-box workouts a la Sly Stone, Timmy Thomas and Shuggie Otis, it's a far-out soul/funk excavation of the highest order. Both of these are solid front-to-back listens for the home vinyl library/curio corner.

Hold Back the Night: Amoeba San Franciso's annual all Carolina Beach Music live DJ set!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 9, 2012 12:10am | Post a Comment
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Here we are, three weeks into summer and come this July 11th we've got only one thing on our minds: free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven, right? Well, get ready to double down on your summer-fun pleasure index for this Wednesday July 11 marks the return of the annual Carolina Beach Music live DJ spectacular at Amoeba Music in San Francisco from 6-9pm. DJ Flip-Flop Mode and myself will be breaking off hit after hit of classic sunny oldies, boardwalk soul b-sides, and rhythm & blues shuffles what you can Shag to (no, not that kind of shag you cheeky monkey). 

What is Carolina Beach Music?

Like other regional Oldies/Soul sub-genres, think Lowrider Oldies or Northern Soul, Carolina Beach Music (or just plain Beach Music if you're in Carolina, nothin' could be finer) developed from various musical styles of the 40's, 50's, and 60's that became closely associated with a fancy, footwork-heavy style of dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag (which, fun fact, is also the official state dance of both North and South Carolina).carolina beach music show poster vintage the drifters tempests catalinas

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, white youth in the Jim Crow South could not easily access the compelling music of primarily black R&B artists in their home towns and, in some communities, this remained in effect even after racial integration was implemented in the region. But the kids, as kids are always wont to do, found ways of flocking to the bars and band shells of the Carolina beaches where the shag was the fad and R&B ruled the jukeboxes and R&B artists sometimes performed live (see: Bo Diddley's Live Beach Party Album, recorded live in concert in July 1963 at the Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina). Those college students and vacationing teenagers of Beach Music's early years went on to ween their young'uns and their young'uns young'uns on the The Tams, The Embers, The Drifters, The Tymes, The Platters, Ernie K-Doe, Bob & Earl, General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board, and Major Lance just to name a few.

Quite often the most popular carolina beach music 45 7" even inch vinyl single freda payne band of gold oldies soul r&b ripete records label record reissue pressing shagBeach Music jams were discovered on the flip-side of a chart-topper and some of the original acts made famous by the Beach Music phenomenon maintain a popular following today having scored crucial Beach Music hits, besides b-sides, on through the 70's and 80's. With several radio stations in the Carolinas dedicated to broadcasting Beach Music and Beach Music only nowadays, if you find yourself rockin' your digital audio files north or south of the Carolina border this summer let me not be the first to declare: not only are you doing it wrong but you're dealing the season a disservice. And if you're rocking a hi-fi at home, take it from me: many of the best Beach Music gems can be exhumed from the bargain bin in Amoeba Music's extensive collection of 45s and it's worth puttin' in the time mining them out. Here's a hint: pretty much anything on the Ripete label is legit Beach Music fare (even if they are all re-pressings, Ripete reissued a ton of hard to find Beach Music platters for the greater good).

In other words: Beach Music is a guaranteed party, people! So get to fixin' this Wednesday, July 11, by hittin' up your local S'leven, secure your Slurps and come on up to Amoeba Music SF from 6-9pm for Hold Back The Night 2012: a proper Beach Music get down spun by two genuine Carolina Girls, I suwannee!

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Celebrate Pride with HARD FRENCH HEARTS LOS HOMOS 2012, Featuring Legend Sugar Pie DeSanto, SSION, and more!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 7, 2012 01:20pm | Post a Comment
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Hey Bay Area! June is LGBT Pride Month and in San Francisco that means it's time to party! Amoeba Music is a proud Pride sponsor of Hard French Hearts Los Homos Pride 2012 on Sunday, June 24thsugar pie desanto oakland san francisco bay area at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. This year's celebration is an inter-generational extravaganza that pays homage to soul music and ushers in a new era of queer performance.

Featured on the main stage will be Bay Area's living  soul and rhythm legend Sugar Pie DeSanto, indie Queer electric darling magic weirdo SSION, and bounce magician BeyondaDoubt!

Throughout the day, groove to sets by some of the hottest queer DJ’s and parties from San Francisco and up and down the west coast. And plan on all the regular Hard French fixings like sweating it out to hours upon hours of your favorite 45s from our house DJs  Brown Amy and Carnita, smoking-hot dance moves from the Jiggalicious Dance Babes and Magic Capturing by notorious Photo Booth, which will be benefiting a local queer non-profit.  

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