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Hip-Hop Top Five New Releases 10:20:17: Blu & Exile, Budgie, Thavius Beck, Sean Price, K-Def Presents: Gimme A Break!

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2017 09:13am | Post a Comment
                                                   Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five 10:20:17



1: Blu & Exile In The Beginning: Before The Heavens (Dirty Science)

Ten years and a quarter years later Blu & Exile release In The Beginning: Before The Heavens: a sequelthat's technically a prequel to their landmark underground July 2007 debut Below The Heavens (also avail on vinyl/2LP set). The new October 2017 release by the super talented duo, comprised of emcee Blu and producer Exile, is 2007 material made up of both previously heard and previously unheard/unreleased material from the recording sessions that led up to their landmark debut a decade ago. Upon its release in 2007 Below The Heavens may have made little commercial impact but it did turn heads and win critical acclaim for Blu's clever, thought-provoking and uplifting conscious rhymes and Exile's hypnotically crunchy soul drenched beats. Combined the gifted pair effortlessly conjured the vibe of hip-hop's lamented bygone golden era: coming at a time when the bling era was still in swing.

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Mega-Scale Hip-Hop Festival "Rolling Loud" Rolls Thru Bay Area With Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:53am | Post a Comment

This weekend the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival  rolls through the Bay Area this weekend (October 21 and 22) when it will set up music stages for both Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheater festival grounds in Mountain View. There  over 55 performances will be taking place across three stages.e These performers will include Kodak Black, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Isaiah Rashad and a slew more including such homegrown talent as Nef the Pharaoh, Rexx Life Raj, and Philthy Rich.

Billing itself as "the biggest hip hop festival in the world" Rolling Loud, which will be in LA in December (Dec. 16-17),  originated in Miami Florida two years ago. There it snowballed from 6000 attendees in 2015 to selling-out to 40,000 attendees by this year.  Rolling Loud's twenty-something founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler recently announced their festival's major expansion not just in the Bay Area and Los Angeles but by next year overseas in the UK, China, and Japan. For tix to the Bay Area two day click here. And general Rolling Loud info here.   And for those who cannot make it to the Bay Area stop of Rolling Loud this weekend note that Revolt TV will be live-streaming it via YouTube on this link beginning at 1pm both days and running til 11pm Saturday and 10pm Sunday.

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Demand for New Hip-Hop Enamel Pin Series That Includes Mac Dre, MF Doom, Lil Kim, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Busta, Biggie and Mos Def

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:29am | Post a Comment

Since the pic above, showing a sampling of just some of the selection of really cool new hip-hop themed enamel pins, recently got posted to Amoeba Music’s Instagram the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Rap/hip-hop fans of such artists as Ice Cube, MF Doom, Mac Dre, Eminem, 2Pac, Rakim, Mos Def, Biggie, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, Biz Markie, Lil' Kim and Shock G have been drawn to these "must-have" hip-hop fashion accessories not just because they feature their favorite artists. But for other reasons too including that these are quality made pins that come attached to a printed backing card that many collectors are scooping up and keeping unopened in their original packaging. Others, who see them at Amoeba Music, are snapping up these fashionable stylish pins since they are unlike the traditional same old, one dimensional metal pin-on buttons of a bygone era. In addition to hip-hop artists, the series also includes R&B/soul icons such as Aaliyah and Erykah Badu, in addition to icons from other music genres plus lots of movie and cultural icons: all found here.

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Southern California Welcomes The New 88.5 FM

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 04:31pm | Post a Comment

The New 88.5 FM

Turn up the volume Southern California and set your radio dial to 88.5 FM. The recently-launched Triple A (Adult Album Alternative format) station is the result of a partnership between KCSN and KSBR-FM, resulting in the bigger and better station formally calling itself The New 88.5 FM. And by "bigger," we mean bigger -- the station claims to have "the largest coverage area expansion in public radio history," giving it the biggest reach of any public radio station. Listeners will be able to tune into the station's commercial-free blend of old favorites, emerging artists, and promising locals from Santa Clarita to San Clemente, across the Valley, the Los Angeles metro area, and down into Anaheim, Long Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine. Certain areas of Ventura County will also be able to pick up the signal and of course, the station streams online, too. 88.5FM coverage map

KCSN has been a huge supporter of local Los Angeles music for years, helping to establish the careers of multiple artists and counting the late luminary Tom Petty among their many fans. 88.5 FM is a station for music fans by music fans, with an excellent team at the helm. You'll probably recognize many of the names currently lighting up your airwaves, including Program Director Sky Daniels, who was recently recognized as one of the top ten most influential rock radio PDs in the nation by Billboard Magazine. Having departed KCRW for 88.5 FM, Nic Harcourt is the beloved voice of the new station's morning show. Other members of the station's fantastic on-air lineup include Jim Nelson, Harry Shearer, Robert Hilburn, Jed The Fish, Julie Slater, Garrison West, and Kevin Bronson. Keep an ear out for well-known syndicated music shows such as World Cafe, Saturday With The Beatles, The Dylan Hour, and Acoustic Cafe, as well.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Conor Oberst What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Say, who's that taking a snooze on the couch in th Amoeba Hollywood green room? Why it's none other than singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, who, after playing a spirited set on the Amoeba stage and going shopping for records, decided it was time for a little nap. Fortunately he was also game for a What's In My Bag? interview in which he shared some humorous, off the cuff insight into the records he chose, including Rage Against The Machine's The Battle Of Los Angeles. "I played a show one time with Rage...one of the scariest nights of my life," Oberst recalled. "I'm up there with, like, an acoustic guitar," he continued, "playing sad alt-country songs to Rage Against The Machine fans that all wanted me dead." Thankfully that experience didn't sour him on the band!

Conor Oberst Salutations A native of Nebraska, Conor Oberst has not only proven to be a prolific and driving force in Omaha's music scene, but also one of the most renowned singer/songwriters of his generation. Having joined his first band at the age of 13 he has been steadily releasing music since 1993. Over the following two plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums with his band Bright Eyes, as well as under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk super-group. His most recent album, Salutations, was released in March 2017 on Nonesuch and includes full band versions of the ten songs from his 2016 album Ruminations, plus seven additional songs.

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