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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raleigh Ritchie

Posted by Amoebite, July 20, 2017 11:17am | Post a Comment

Raleigh Ritchie What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Game of Thrones fans and music lovers, rejoice! Actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie, aka Jacob Anderson, aka Grey Worm, recently went shopping for records, movies and more at Amoeba Hollywood. Ritchie shared with us some of his favorite albums, including Donny Hathaway's Extension Of a Man. "Donny Hathaway's my favorite," he tells us, "definitely my favorite singer of all time, 'cause you believe every single word he says." We had a fantastic time talking with Ritchie as he enthusiastically gave us insight into each of his picks in this "What's In My Bag?" episode.

English actor and musician Jacob Anderson makes music under the name Raleigh Ritchie. Best known as the character of Grey Worm on Game of Thrones, Anderson moved from Bristol to London at RAleigh Ritchie You're A Man Now, Boyage seventeen to pursue his music career. In 2006, he was featured on dance producer Typesun's track "The PL" and the two teamed up a year later for "Let Me Know." His profile was raised further thanks to a collaboration with Plan B and Anderson signed to Columbia in 2013.

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Amoeba Berkeley's "Checking the Technique" Panelists Brian Coleman, DJ Platurn, Domino, Adisa Banjoko & Eric Arnold Share Picks

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2017 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Author of the acclaimed hip-hop album guide Check The Technique two-volume book series Brian Coleman will be at Amoeba Berkeley tomorrow, Thursday July 20th at 530pm (free and all ages), when the Boston based hip-hop ambassador will oversee an anticipated panel discussion plus record spinning session fittingly entitled "Checking The Technique." Joining Coleman for an evening of what promises to "celebrate old-school hip-hop, especially focusing on rap’s “Golden Age” with an emphasis on Bay Area and California artists" will be former Amoeba Berkeley staffer DJ Platurn (45 Sessions/Oakland Faders), Adisa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Federation & author of Bobby, Bruce & The Bronx), Eric Arnold (Oakulture), Domino (Hieroglyphics), and Prozack Turner (Foreign Legion/The Legionnaire Saloon). In addition to spinning select vinyl and discussing some of their favorite hip-hop records these panelists (comprised of DJs, artists, and historians) will talk about the importance of both documenting hip-hop's history as well as always been attentive to new upcoming hip-hop artists and musical trends.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Revolution.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 19, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

The Revolution

By Brent James

The Revolution recently had a two-night engagement at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San The RevolutionFrancisco on July 11th and 12th, and we had the absolute pleasure of attending not one but both sold-out shows! Featuring the original lineup of Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman and “Dr.” Matt Fink on keys, BrownMark on bass, and Bobby Z on drums, Prince’s former band tore through two hours of memories with precision and finesse.

“Wendy?”

“Yes, Lisa…”

“Computer Blue” kicks off the set with an ocean blue wash over the transfixed capacity crowd. The band stays true to the original but owned it and the other songs as well, with an updated yet familiar sound of a band that’s been playing together on and off for over 30 years. “America” came next, more relevant now than ever. We’re reminded that Prince saw our future in 1985.

By the time “Mountains” rolls into the set, you find yourself in awe of the fact that you’re watching the band that wrote and recorded these gems in person. Many people are here tonight to heal, some are here out of curiosity. One thing is for sure and widely understood: the Purple Family runs deep and all are welcome. Yes, we’re here to celebrate Prince and His legacy, but this band is holding their own and without a doubt making Him proud.

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Remembering Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2017 05:05am | Post a Comment
A lot of fans and friends of Tuxedomoon member Peter Principle were surprised and saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of the bassist/guitarist born Peter Dachert. Some expressed hope that the news, announced via Facebook yesterday morning, might have been a fake story. But sadly the death from "natural causes" was confirmed of the 63 year old  whose group came to fame in San Francisco in the late 70's in the post punk era. Tuxedomoon, who got major play on college stations at the time especially on hometown station KUSF, often got lumped in with all of the other local emerging new wave and post-punk acts of that era. However they were truly a unique act with a distinctive sound, as well as visuals in their live shows. Their more avant-garde sound was electronic experimental, comprised of electric violin and synths in addition to guitars, and hence unlike the traditional guitar driven sound of most of their peers at the time. Amoeba bio writer Marcus Kagler described Tuxedomoon's sound as a melding of "avant-garde soundscapes, jazz fusion, and electronic wizardry with performance art gaining much deserved notoriety throughout art circles in the U.S. and Europe."

Tuxedomoon formed in San Francisco in 1977 by Blaine Reininger and Steven Brown with Peter Principle joining the group two years later. That was after they'd released (for The Residents' original record label Raplh Records) their debut album No Tears and before the recording of their second album Half-Mute that was released in 1980 (Note: reissued on vinyl/LP just earlier this year). Soonafter the release of their third album, Desire in 1981, Tuxedomoon had relocated to Europe where they founded the record label Crammed Discs out of Brussels in Belgium. Following a hectic prolific 1980's, the following decade was one of inaction for the group. But by 2000 they regrouped and began recording and touring again.  As noted in their Amoeba bio Tuxedomoon’s 30th anniversary was observed by the release of their first box set, 7707tm: 30th Anniversary Box (2007 Cramboy) that combined their release Vapour Trails with remastered rarities and b-sides stretching back to their inception in 1977. In addition to Tuxedomoon albums, Principle also contributed to side releases by the band members Blaine L. Reininger and Winston Tong.

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2017's Top 20 Best Selling Albums...So Far

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2017 So Far

Now that summer's in full swing, we're just a little past the midpoint of the year in record sales. So what's been hot at Amoeba? Our best sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with indie, pop, a killer soundtrack, metal, electronic, and hip-hop albums all posting up within the Top 20 CDs and LPs released in 2017 so far. Take a look at what has been flying off our shelves -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar. You can expect to see many of these albums on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year!

Beach Fossils

20. Beach Fossils - Somersault

With every new record, it seems Beach Fossils have been continually evolving their indie/post-punk sound. Somersault, their latest, shows a band working at its fullest potential. The songs are lush and dreamy, thoughtful and warm. This is not the same band who was making angular, propulsive post-punk just a few years back — instead there’s a hazy, modern New Romantic meets shoegaze vibe, which gives the album a deeper, more emotional allure. This album is pure romantic pleasure.

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