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Krip-Hop Nation’s Leroy F Moore Jr & Nicola McClung Present “Black Disabled Art History 101” @ University Press Books in Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2017 05:56pm | Post a Comment

“I remember it was 1979. I was twelve years of age and my favorite place to be was in the basement of my family home. It was there that  my father kept his vast prized record collection and it was where I discovered so many Black blind blues musicians like Blind Willie Johnson, and blind Black soul singers on crutches such as Walter Jackson and Robert Winters. I also discovered the man who  would become my idol, Ray Charles.  I didn’t know it then but I was surrounded by my future: Black disability art history,” writes the prolific Leroy F Moore Jr in    latest publication: Black Disabled Art History 101 that that the Krip-Hop Nation founder wrote with Nicola McClung. The passage, one of several book excerpts that the Berkeley based author/activist/artist shared with the Amoeblog, acts as an intro to December 16th's presentation of Black Disabled Art History 101 at University Press Books in Berkeley that Moore will be co-hosting with McClung.

Nicola McClung is a professor in disability studies at USF as well as co-founder of Xochitl Justice Press who published the book. Moore noted how McClung along with fellow USF professor in disability studies Emily A. Nusbaum had initially approached him about the project. Originally written as a children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 transcends that one demographic with an appeal to readers from young children to adults.

From the new book exceprt, Moore’s continues his childhood recollections. “Since that day at age 10 in 1979 Black disabled musicians expanded to Black disabled painters like Horace Pippin (1888-1946) to 1970’s NYC graffiti artist King Kase2 who lost his right arm when he was painting in the subway tunnel but went on to become one of  well known  Hip-Hop graffiti artists of that early hip-hop era having painted graffiti over fifty MTA subway trains by 1976. Over the years my own personal library of Black disabled art history has been steadily growing.  Part of my library is the children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101.”  The scope of Moore's book encompasses Black painters, dancers, musicians, and actors and actress with all types of disabilities dating back to the early 1900’s. As well as text the book features pictures of the artists as well as illustrations by Asian Robles. There are original poem-stories of Black disabled artists including a one by Moore who born with cerebral palsy. Born in 1967, the New York City moved west to the Bay Area many years ago, and a decade ago founded Krip-Hop Nation; the ever expanding international network of disabled Hip-Hop artists and musicians from other genres.

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12:15:17: Top 10 New Hip-Hop Albums + Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl [G-Eazy, Qbert, N.E.R.D., Jeezy, Eminem, Pharcyde, Scarface, Slim Thug +]

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2017 01:40pm | Post a Comment
We may be into the middle of the final month of the year when you might imagine that things would be slowing down on the new releases front but, as you can see from the Top 10 New Hip-Hop Albums and Top 5 New Hip-Hop Vinyl below, today (12/15/17) a slew of new hip-hop albums got unleashed and made their way onto the shelves of Amoeba. These include anticipated releases from such artists as  N.E.R.D , Eminem, and Berkeley CA rap star G-Eazy who will be doing an in-store meet-and-greet signing session at his hometown Amoeba on Telegraph at 3pm today. Details

Top 10 New Hip-Hop Albums: 12:15:17


1: G-Eazy The Beautiful & Damned  (RCA)

Number one artist at Amoeba G-Eazy will be at his hometown record store Amoeba Berkeley today (3pm in-store) to sign copies of his brand new album has delivered his latest effort, The Beautiful & Damned, on RCA Records. It is the fifth studio album from the 28-year-old Berkeley native whose last album release was 2015’s When It’s Dark Out (also on LP/vinyl). A 20-track, double CD set The Beautiful & Damned
includes such tracks as "Charles Brown (feat. E-40 & Jay Ant)," "Summer In December "No Limit (feat. Cardi B & A$AP Rocky)" which was a Billboard 200 scoring hit, advance single released back in September. G-Eazy's Amoeba Berkeley in-store signing is at 3pm today, with space limited.

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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums (Includes UK Artists)

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2017 05:30am | Post a Comment
Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums
Stormzy Gang Signs & a Prayer
#10  Stormzy  Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky Records) 

This second installment in the Amoeblog Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop series is top ten album list of the highest critically reviewed albums in 2017. Based off a Metacritic study that ranked albums culled from a sampling of critical reviews of varying numbers, the reviews' with rating systems aggregated and ranked in order. Since the critical reviews were both UK and US based, many of the albums are British hip-hop releases that most in the US slept on. The list goes in reverse countdown from ten to number one with #10 Stormzy been one of four UK artists that made this list and is one of two that could be filed under "grime" as well as"hip-hop." Talented 24 year old South London Stormzy enjoyed a most rewarding 2017. Released in late February, his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer would become both a critical and commercial hit. In the UK it topped the UK Albums Chart and in so doing became the first grime album to ever do so. That's not the first time the artist of Ghanaian descent made history. Two years ago his track ‘WickedSkengMan Part 4’ made history by becoming the first freestyle to break the UK charts. On his debut album track "Cigarettes and Cush"  Stormzy collaborated with Californian vocalist Kehlani.  UK music magazine NME gave a five star rating. Metacritic's study of reviewers resulted in an aggregate score of 82 (out of 100).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Clark

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2017 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Clark What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

English electronic musician Clark visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up some vinyl reissues and limited edition releases, many of which were quite dear to him, such as the debut album by Krautrock super-group Harmonia. Comprised of members of the influential groups Cluster and Neu!, Musik Von Harmonia was a big influence on Clark's record Body Riddle. "It's really warm, slowly evolving Krautrock with lots of synths," he tells us. Clark ruminated on each record he chose during our interview and found something insightful to say about them all. 

English electronic artist and producer Clark (né Chris Clark) began making music as a teenager, creating experimental works on homemade instruments. He would go on to attract attention from Warp Records while performing at one of their parties under the moniker Chris From St Albans. (Clark grew up in St. Albans, England.) He subsequently signed to the label, releasing his debut LP, Clarence Park, under the name Chris Clark.

Clark Death Peak Amoeba Music

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Where The Toys Are

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Carries Toys

By Brent James

No doubt you’ve got that one piece of vinyl in your collection that’s “worth thousands,” or maybe now that vinyl is making its “resurgence,” it might be time to sell your aunt’s dusty old records she passed down to you last Summer?

Well, it turns out she might have a few more items in her attic you might be interested in. Now more than ever is the time to check, as all those old toys and collectibles you stashed away are turning out to be worth big bucks. Beatles bucks it would seem, with a Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure from the early days of the Kenner Star Wars line recently snatching upwards of $17,000 at auction! And there’s no stopping it; millions of dollars are spent each year in the selling/trading world of toys. Not just Barbies and action figures but actual toys. Conventions are held monthly just for the “hunters,” as they’re referred to in the Toy Community. The little kids of the '70s and '80s and even '90s have grown up, and they have money. Lots of it.

Much like a record, an old toy can transport you to another time and place, and the sky’s the limit once you’re there. For those of us that dabble in both, the similarities are numerous. When displayed properly, a healthy collection is nothing short of a work of art. Great pride is poured into the presentation and many hours are spent on being a completist.

But just as the digital age took its toll on brick and mortar record stores, the same has happened with mom and pop toy stores. Big box chains such as Target and WalMart cut out many traditional toy shops, while Amazon and eBay wiped out the rest. Even Toys R’ Us struggled and to this day bankruptcy is rumored to be in their future. Pair that with a sometimes cutthroat market and poor distribution, and you almost find yourself wishing you ONLY collected records!

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