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20 Albums to Look For This Spring

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2017 11:23am | Post a Comment

20 Spring Albums to Look For

Spring is officially here and with it comes a flush of new releases, the metaphorical first flowers in our pleasure garden of music. Need some new hip-hop in your life? It's coming. Hankering for more Bob Dylan in your record collection? Never fear...Bob is here! Eager to catch up with some old favorites who've been gone for too long or to discover some much ballyhooed new names? Set yourself down for a spell and scroll on through our twenty albums to look for this spring.

All of these albums are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com - and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses!


OUT MARCH 31

Drake

Drake - More Life

Drake's new album (or "playlist" as he's referred to it) is already at #1 on the Billboard charts; it's the artist's seventh consecutive #1 record. His single "Passionfruit" is currently owning the airwaves, with debut single "Fake Love" dominating plays this previous fall.

Available on CD only (no LP date announced yet).

New Amoeba Green Room Session with Weyes Blood

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2017 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Weyes Blood Amoeba Green Room Session

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Natalie Mering, also known as Weyes Blood, stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an intimate performance in our green room before heading out on her (mostly) west coast Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earthtour, which will end March 30th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. While Mering's recorded output is already hauntingly minimal, without studio or live accompaniment her performance was singularly pure.

Mering starts off with "Generation Why," from her latest LP, Front Row Seat To Earth. The sincerity of her ethereal vocals are paired with a sarcastic wit, as she sings lyrics like "Y-O-L-O, why?." Up next is the subtle epic "Be Free," a delicate but confident break-up waltz. Mering ends her session with "In The Beginning," off her 2015 EP Cardamom Times. Even without the organ and layered vocals her performance is as hypnotic as the studio version.

Watch Weyes Blood's Green Room Session below:

Weyes Blood - Amoeba Green Room Session
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Hip-Hop Rap Up Video Version: Funky DL's A Tribe Called Quest Tribute + Raekwon, Oddisee, Your Old Droog, & Rick Ross

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2017 11:18am | Post a Comment
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1: Oddisee The Iceberg (MMG/Fat Beats) (2017)

Each year in the second half of March, with Record Store Day just weeks away, record labels traditionally have kicked into full gear with a non-stop flow of releases coming out. And this year is no exception with some incredible hip-hop being released by big and small labels on both vinyl and CD and increasingly more on cassette too. Check out the recent Amoeblog on boutique label Get On Down's exclusive Record Store Day (April 22nd 2017) releases that includes an informative interview with Papa D who is one of the partners of the label that's an imprint of Traffic Entertainment. Peep and/or download as PDF the full list of Record Store Day 2017 releases (hip-hop and beyond) here. Meantime new releases to arrive into Amoeba this week include Washington DC super-talent Oddisee' latest full-length release The Iceberg.  Again from Mello Music Group (MMG), who just last year released both Oddisee' Alwasta EP his The Odd Tape album, this latest is a dual release with Fat Beats under their MMG/Fat Beats combo which we can assume means that there is a vinyl version coming soon. Clocking in at just under 48 minutes The Iceberg's 14 tracks include the song "NNGE" that features album guest Toine. See the new accompanying music video below.

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Specializing In Lushly Packaged Quality Hip-Hop & Reggae Reissues, The Get On Down Label Readies for Record Store Day 2017

Posted by Billyjam, March 23, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment

Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day has grown exponentially into a widely celebrated day of anticipation for record collectors fiending for the exclusive releases associated with the annual retail shopping day that this year falls on April 22nd. [See the full list of 2017 Record Store Day releases]. Some labels are better than others when it comes to their choice of vinyl and CD releases and/or the packaging of said releases. And one of the consistently better labels is Get On Down, an imprint of Traffic  Entertainment, who never fail to impress with their choice of quality music and lush packaging / presentation of their RSD releases. In fact four years ago they won an Adapter Award when the Record Store Day organization chose the label for the Record Store Day Release of the Year 2013 award. That was for that year's GZA Liquid Swords reissue: the 4-LP “Chess Box” (also avail on 4 CD) that was a popular item at Amoeba's three stores that year.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon

Who knew that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon were such enthusiasts of body horror? On the comedic couple's recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood the two found a wide array of movies, music, and pop culture Ephemera, including some killer horror tiles, vintage buttons, and a steamy Brad Pitt fan book.

Kumail Nanjiani is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Emily V. Gordon is a writer, producer, and podcast host. The pair married in 2007. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote and executive produced the forthcoming film, The Big Sick, which is based on their courtship. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and hits theaters everywhere in July 2017.

You probably know Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley. He also voices the character of Prismo on Adventure Time and he's appeared on Portlandia, Veep, Franklin & Bash, Broad City, Archer, and The X-Files. He hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files. Nanjiani co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which Gordon co-created and co-executive produced. A former therapist and freelance writer, Gordon has written two Disney.com teen webseries and worked on the second season of NBC's The Carmichael Show.

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