Once again this week at Amoeba among the popular recent hip-hop releases is the Freddie Gibbs, Madlib collaboration Pinata that is in the number two slot on this week's new Amoeba chart from the Hollywood store. The album, that appears on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label, continues to also sell well at both Bay Area Amoeba Music stores. No doubt the duo's recent, reportedly excellent Bay Area concert helped boost interest in the new album. Another Madlib related release on this week's chart is the Quasimoto 7" picture disc"Planned Attack" and "Talkin' Shit" on Stones Throw Records. Other new Amoeba Hip-Hop chart entries include YG's My Krazy Life on Def Jam, Kendrick Lamar's unstoppableGood kid, m.A.A.d city on Aftermath, and the number one album this week: the brand new Chuck Inglish albumConvertibles on Federal Prism (note there will be a vinyl LP version dropping on April 29th).
A while in the making the anticipated documentary about Peanut Butter Wolf's (PBW) revered Bay Area founded / LA based Stones Throw Records label, previewed above, will get its world premiere screening during next month's 2013 LA Film Festival when Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records) will screen on both June 21st and 22nd. Via concert footage, interviews, never-before-seen archival material, and "inner-circle home video and photographs" the film traces the rich and illustrious history of the label that was founded in 1996 and in the years since has released quality material from such talents as Madlib/Quasimoto, Madvillain, James Pants, Dam-Funk, Karriem Riggins, J-Rocc, Homeboy Sandman, Quakers, Strong Arm Steady, J-Dilla, Aloe Blacc, the late great Charizma (PBW's musical partner who was killed 20 years ago) and Wolf himself - to name but some. Advance tickets and more details on the ten day (June 13 - June 23rd) LA Film Festival.
A little while ago, I blogged about a new release from Leaving Records and Stones Throw Records called Dual Form, a cassette-only compilation of Leaving Records artists to kick off Stones Throw serving as a distributor for Leaving Records. The cassette is on sale now at various LA record stores including Amoeba Hollywood, and a few lucky buyers of the Dual Form cassette will get a golden ticket for an exclusive Leaving Records mixtape! The LA labels are throwing an all-cassette DJ night tonight to celebrate the release at The Virgil (4519 Santa Monica Blvd.), hosted by Leaving Records co-founder Matthewdavid and Dublab's Frosty. If you get the golden ticket, you can redeem it there. It starts at 9 p.m. and is free, though it's part of Dublab's Proton Drive, so donations are welcome. The event will be streamed live at Dublab.com.
Read more about Dual Formhere, which includes The Cyclist's "Visions."
“Walk with a limp like Jason Voorhees.” Perfect line for just after Halloween. That comes from this spacey hip-hop track by Oakland’s DaVinci, with some great fluctuating production sounds from producer Keyes. He’s already released tracks such as “Nothin Finna Stop Me” as well from the upcoming The MOEna Lisa, due Nov. 6 from SWTBRDS.
Feeding People – “Island Universe”
Feeding People released a 7” of their sweet indie pop tune “Island Universe” last month, and now that song has gotten the remix treatment by Free the Robots featuring Phil Nisco. It’s the rare remix that completely reimagines the song and does so successfully — this time highlighting the song’s sci-fi potential, given that title, reminiscent of camp classic This Island Earth. Listen to it at LA Record. Both the original and remix are available to download at Amoeba.com.
King Tuff has released a new record on Sub Pop, and all I can say is OMGGG. King Tuff is looking to be the garage banger of the summer. You should definitely pick this one up, and you can even preview it on YouTube for the time being. Check out a stream from Sub Pop below, and order the album here.
Up-and-coming L.A. pop band Kitten is releasing a new EP called Cut it Out on Aug. 28th. Teenage frontwoman Chloe Chaidez sure sounds like a star in the making on this buzzy electro single, which has the post-punk feel of Metric while upping both the catchiness and shoegazey sonics. I feel like we’ll only be able to claim Kitten for so long before they move on to bigger and better things, so check them out while they’re still local!
Shows This Weekend
This is a big weekend for local singer Nite Jewel, who recently released her fine album One Second of Love, which manages to be dancey (check out the title track) and cool, with atmospheric and experimental electronics throughout, while remaining classy, with Ramona Gonzalez’s sultry voice more reminiscent of classical pop singers like Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. Tonight Nite Jewel headlines a krautrock-themed show titled “Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music,” presented by Dublab and the Goethe Institut. It will take place at the Ford Amphiteatre, with Nite Jewel performing a classic of the genre, Kraftwerk’s Computer World, with help from friends like Stones Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf. The show also will include performances from the likes of Sun Araw, Dntel and Daedelus. Starts at 8, all ages, $15, get tickets online here.
Then, on Saturday, Filter Magazine holds its Summer Sessions series at the Original Penguin Store (8215 Melrose Ave.) from 2-6 p.m., featuring a performance by Nite Jewel. RSVP here.
On Sundays it’s usually hard to beat Part Time Punks at the Echo, and this Sunday is certainly no exception: Violens, whom fellow Amoeba-ite Brad also loves, will play alongside Capured Tracks band Catwalk and Surf Club, which features members of Craft Spells. Slumberland's Violens play blurry swoony guitar pop much in the same vein of their labelmates, but they stand out from the back with their strong melodic songwriting (check out the beautiful "Sariza Spring") and the fact that they bother to rock out once in a while (watch the "All Night Low" video below). Their album True is one of the best of the past couple of months. It's a whole lot of shoegazey, guitarry goodness for only 10 bucks. Get advance tickets here or in store at Ameoba.