Online Crate Diggin' Hip-Hop Guide + Amoeba SF Reopen Thursday-Sunday 11am-7pm

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2020 04:31pm | Post a Comment

The good news is that this week is the San Francisco Amoeba Music store opened its Haight Street doors  after the retail outlet had been shuttered since the beginning of the COVID quarantine era back in mid March. So far it is just the San Francisco Amoeba Music store that has re-opened and its hours are condensed into four-day shopping weeks; Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays from 11am – 7pm with the buy counter having these same hours. Note that all Amoeba shoppers must follow all the health and safety guidelines from the City of San Francisco, including social distancing and mandatory wearing of face coverings over the nose and mouth. Click here for all the details and for updates on the soon to reopen new Amoeba Hollywood location click here. And for information on the second in the three part series of "DROPS" for Record Store Day, happening on Saturday September 25th click here

Amoeba new releases in hip-hop, all available online, include Eminem's early 2020 surprise released, eleventh studio album Music To Be Murdered By now avail on vinyl LP from Amoeba and the vinyl pressing of  Joell Ortiz and SoCal’s KXNG Crooked's H.A.R.D. LP (also on CD) that is dedicated to Fred The Godson who, as noted in an Amoeblog article, is the 35 year old rapper who tragically died in late April from the coronavirus.  Other new hip-hop items found in Amoeba's crates include the CD pressing RTJ4 from Run The Jewels and Logic's overdue new album No Pressure via Def Jam that Amoeba reviewers described as the artist coming, "full circle for a sequel to his 2014 Def-Jam debut, Under Pressure, revisiting his boom-bap roots on what he claims will be his last album." Also still in stock is recent Mello Music release Marlowe 2 LP by the power duo of Marlowe comprised of producer L'Orange and emcee Solemn Brigham

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Three Strange Days

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 10, 2020 04:50pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part II #31-40

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is part two of five parts for 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

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#40 Nitzer Ebb "I Give To You" (Mute)

I got to see Nitzer Ebb and Electronic open up for Depeche Mode at Dodger Stadium in 1990. It was my first big concert and one of my favorite memories. I had seen a Nitzer Ebb sticker on a fellow students car. But I had not really listened to them. I was super into them at the show and became a fan of "Join in the Chant" & "Hearts & Minds." Ebbhead came out in 1991 and featured "I Give To You" & "Godhead." I thought these guys were the coolest. Industrial bands were always obessed with machinery and leather and they always seem to feature shirtless dudes rolling around on wet concrete in their videos. I was a fan. I loved this video and was hooked on danceable industrial music. It was speaking to my angsty self brewing inside of me.

Online Hip-Hop Crate Digging: Ultramagnetic MC's 7" reissues, Marlowe 2 + Future vinyl LPs, New Mix Master Mike + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2020 01:30am | Post a Comment

Among the recent arrivals in the hip-hop section at Amoeba Music’s online store is the recommended Marlow 2 LP on vinyl and CD from the super duo of emcee Solemn Brigham and prolific producer L’Orange who back on August 14th in an interview with the Amoeblog said that, “One thing that defines Marlowe production to me is the combination of psychedelic rock and international influences. There’s lots of 60’s Asian and African influences on both records.”   Beat Odyssey 2020 CD on Jay Vee Records is the one and only turntablist master Mix Master Mike teaming up with drummer Steve Jordan for this improvised experimental album.

Alfredo vinyl LP via Esgn is Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist collaborative project that is also available on CD. The 10 track 2020 album  features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Tyler, the Creator, Conway the Machine and Benny the Butcher Benny The Butcher’s hard to find 2016 EP 17 Bullets has been repressed.  Two4One vinyl LP by Jay Worthy (Next Records) is the 16 song 2020 release from Compton rapper and LNDN DRGS front man.

Two hot new reissues are the Ultramagnetic MC’s 7” singles from Mr Bongo in conjunction with Next Plateau who originally released these classic hip-hop singles on 12” format. There’s “Give The Drummer Some / Moe Luv's Theme” 7"  that was originally released in 1989 and “Ego Tripping / Funky Potion” 7" which is the 2020 reissue of the classic 1996 hip-hop record on Next Plateau but on 12” so this is first time on 7” 45RPM format. Finally is Future’s eight studio album High Off Life on LP/vinyl and also via Epic on CD format.

RSD 2020 Drops #1 of 3: Saturday August 29th 2020 Amoeba Online Shopping Guide

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2020 10:29pm | Post a Comment

Last minute primer for the first of three RSD 2020 Drops. This one is for August 29th at 10am Pacific time which is the moment you can begin to purchase RSD 2020 Drops released exclusively for this date at If you have not already done so grab the PDF lists of releases for August 29th, September 26th and October 24th which each have different exclusives and sundry releases specific to that RSD drop date. The video above highlights ten of the seemingly endless list of releases for this first installment and includes Billie Eilish, Hawkwind, Motorhead, Pete Rock, David Bowie and John Lennon/Yoko Ono.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Can You Dig It?

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 21, 2020 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part I #41-50

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s!. I just finished up 1990. So in case you missed that last entry you can find it here. I am now moving on to 1991. This is part one of five parts for 1991. I am starting with #50. Come join me as I relive the greatest decade in alternative music.

#50 Northside "Take 5" (Factory)

What a fun band that only lasted for one album back in 1991! Chicken Rhythms was produced by my favorite Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds fame. So it was not too surprising I would like this song. I never really knew much about this band or this song but it takes me right back to 1991. It is fun to go back and research some of these bands that I knew so little about way back in the early 90s. They are of course from Manchester. So many of my favorite bands at the time were coming out of Manchester. It was super important for me to visit when I went to England a couple of years ago. Think of Northside as a less serious Stone Roses. A more fun Charlatans. A Super catchy radio friendly song. A song that I was destined to love. And I still can listen to it all these years later.

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