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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.20.14: Roots, MURSDAY!, Sage Francis, Open Mike Eagle, Clipping, Radioinactive, Sapient, 50 Cent

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2014 09:09am | Post a Comment
      
 

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 06:20:14

1) !MAYDAY x MURS Mursday! (Strange Music, Inc.)

2) Open Mike Eagle Dark Comedy (Mello Music)

3) Sage Francis Copper Gone (Strange Famous)

4) Blu & Nottz Gods in the Spirit (Coalmine)

5) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invazion)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Amoeba Music Berkeley store for the above top five chart and video breakdown of all the new and recent arrivals in the hip-hop department of the East Bay Amoeba store for which this week's special Video Version of the Hip-Hop Rap Up I've assembled the corresponding (or as many possible) of the top five albums plus other new releases referenced by E-Lit including MURSDAY!, Open Mike Eagle, Sage Francis, Radioinactive, Sapient, and clipping. (the new SubPop release). Also included below in video format are two other current Amoeba Music hot sellers: the video for the title track off 50 Cent's Animal Ambition (G-Unit), and some great video footage from last month in NYC at the Public Theater during the release concert party for The Roots' ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam) which is also available in LP.  Watch and enjoy and visit either one of the three Amoeba Music retail stores or the Amoeba online store to buy this music.


MAYDAY! vs MURS "Here" (2014)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.30.14: The Roots, PUTS, Atmosphere, Dre's Pay Day, Innocent?, Chynna, Buckshot & P-Money

Posted by Billyjam, May 30, 2014 08:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:30:14


1) The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
  (also available in LP)

2) Blu Good To Be Home (Nature Sounds/Universal)

3) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)

4) The Fugees Score (Music On Vinyl)

5) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

In addition to the two new albums on last week's chart - 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) and fellow longtime indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere's Southsiders (also avail in LP) - new hip-hop albums this week include both Blu's Good To Be Home and this week's number one; The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. This new album, also available in LP format, is the eleventh studio album in 21 years from the Philly formed crew who in more recent years gained mainstream acceptance as Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show band.  The on point Amoeba review of.... Shoot Your Cousin suggests that the new album, the first since 2011's Undun,  comes at a much needed point in the Roots' highly public profile to "the band, once more often noted for their musicianship, emcee skills and social consciousness rather than for being Jimmy Fallon’s house band," to help them reestablish their street cred, and concluding that, "We’ll let The Roots keep their day job, as long as they come back every so often with an album as cool as this one." Clocking in a modest 33 minutes, the ten (technically eleven) track album opens with a song from the late great Nina Simone ("Theme From The Middle Of The Night") and includes such tracks as the lead single "When the People Cheer" (scroll down to see video below). The other chart entry this week is the recently reissued on vinyl from The Fugees Score.

Album Picks: Plaid, Conor Oberst, The Roots

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Plaid - Reachy Prints (LP, CD)

plaid reachy prints lpBeloved Warp Records duo Plaid return with their eighth album, a perfect apotheosis of the IDM sound they helped pioneer. Plaid excel at extrapolating emotional material out of whirling synthesizer landscapes, thanks to a reliance on simple melodies beneath the surface of tracks like the melodic “Hawkmoth” or synth-poppy “Matin Lunaire.” Songs like “Nafovanny” and “Wallet” seem to tell a story as the band layers extensively over singular lead synths, perhaps inspired by their recent soundtrack work (including the anime Tekkonkinkreet), whereas songs like “Slam” create mini-epics of house-inspired beat work. Though Plaid never rose to the level of fame of contemporaries like Squarepusher, their remarkably consistency should encase their legacy as IDM greats, as their work on Reachy Prints is nothing short of inspired.

10 Albums to Look for in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 04:35pm | Post a Comment

It feels like summer’s already here, but there are still plenty of great releases lined up for the tail end of this spring. Here are 10 we’re looking forward to that you can preorder now.

 

The Roots - …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (LP, CD)

the roots and then you shoot your cousin lpOut May 19

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.

 

Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain (LP, CD)

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #35: T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York), The Roots & Jim James, Shakespeare In The Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2013 06:36am | Post a Comment

Above and below are photos taken recently at the most unique T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York) large-scale, art installation that is on exhibit (for free) through this Sunday (June 16th) at the Marina at Pier 57 (Westside Highway at end of 15th Street on West side of Manhattan) where Garson Yu, the curator of this fun (and free) installation inside an old pier building, invites visitors to completely throw themselves into the interactive multi-media installation and to "engage in a sound hunt and discover your own story." Los Angeles resident Yu is the founder of yU+co: a design company specializing in film title design and motion graphics for film/TV and new media. He was born in Hong Kong but did live in New York about 20 years ago, where he began his art career, when the acclaimed video artist developed a love for the city and a keen appreciation of the sounds, sights and all the senses and feelings given by the streets of NYC and its intense subway system on which he bases this large scale art installation housed in a series of shipping containers.

I stopped by last weekend and joined the, surprisingly few, attendees taking advantage of this highly entertaining and completely free, vast interactive exhibit that is designed to interact with all of your senses as you walk into the big cavernous space surrounded by shipping containers - some 36 hanging above, others open for people to walk through and designed to resemble a subway car in length and scale with text and simple art, drawn by installation attendees (or “straphangers”) with the colored chalk provided, on its walls. Inside speakers pump out ambient sounds of the noises of the subway with city street sounds mixed in while video images of the city (all of which he meticulously filmed across the boroughs of NYC) flash by on the walls. Outside in the main opening videos are projected onto the containers on one side, and microphones are set up for folks to make loud "WOO" or "BOO" sounds into which, in turn, can speed up or slow the down the corresponding nearby video projections of city street and subway images (complete with sounds) - all done via the latest in interactive sound and motion technology.

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