Crate Diggin' Pt 6: Atmosphere, Nas, Fat Tony, Open Mike Eagle, City Girls, Bodega Bamz +

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2020 04:16pm | Post a Comment

As you probably already aware, both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba Music retail stores are open again with the new weekly hours of 11am to 7pm from Thursday through Sunday.  Both there in store and on this website you can purchase the new line of face masks including the Amoeba peace through music face mask.   

Now onto the new and recent hip-hop releases that are all outlined in the video above. These include the soul-bearing latest album from Open Mike Eagle via the Otherworld record label Anime Trauma And Divorce vinyl LP. Amoeba reviewers accurately describe this new joint as, “darkly comic” and “the most personal project of his career” on which the artist, “probes the darkness of his past and searches for lights to guide him forward as he tries to rebuild through the struggles of self-criticism.”

The Beastie Boys Capitol Records collection Beastie Boys Music  (also on vinyl) acts as an accompanying soundtrack to both the group’s documentary Beastie Boys Story and their print bio Beastie Boys Book. The album features twenty of the group's classics spanning the band's 30+ year career. Flushing, Queens NY chef/artist Action Bronson has dropped his most musically eclectic sounding album to date; Only For Dolphins (Loma Vista). 

One of a kind Houston based rapper Fat Tony drops his second album this year, Exotica via Carpark, that the Nigerian-American artist recorded in December 2019 in Kingston Jamaica with the lead single/video “Feeling Groovy” that you can view below.  Bodega Bamz's Yams Heard This (Next Records) is the
fourth album from the Spanish Harlem NYC rapper of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Curren$y & Harry Fraud's latest The OutRunners (SRFSCHL) is the nine-track fourth collaborative album from the duo. 

The Day Before Halloween vinyl LP is both the title and date of release of the latest, eleventh studio album from the Rhymesayers Ent duo of Atmosphere (Slug and Ant). Other vinyl releases also arriving into Amoeba Music on October 30th 2020 are the Nas 7" and the City Girls LP. 

My top 50 alternative songs of 1992...Join Our Club

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 27, 2020 12:50am | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1992...Part I #41-50

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is part one of 1992. In case you missed the last entry for 1991 you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.


blood makes noise

#50 Suzanne Vega "Blood Makes Noise" (A&M)

I was already a big fan of Suzanne Vega when 1992 came around. I was obsessed with the Pretty in Pink soundtrack and every song on there which included "Left of Center" by Suzanne Vega. And I also loved "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." Suzanne Vega released the album 99.9F° and the singles "Blood Makes Noise" and "99.9F°" in 1992. I am always happy to return to an artist I loved and discover that they are still making interesting songs and albums. She was one of thosed artsy ladies of the 80s that I was super intrigued by. She was one of the many people that made the 80s and 90s so interesting for music.

Revisiting Stereo MC’s Early 90's Era inc. "Connected" via Interviews From Then & Now

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2020 06:14pm | Post a Comment
Stereo MC's Connected | The Story Behind The Song - Top 2000 gogo (2020)

This past week I found myself remembering and revisiting the early 90's classic sound of the Stereo MC’s both as the unique UK crew whose releases included the genre-defying dance hit "Connected" and as the influential Ultimatum remix crew who reworked the sound of countless hip-hop artists not to mention also such non hip-hop acts as Aswad and U2. I was reminded of the group's hit title track off their Connected album (avail on both recently reissued 180 gram vinyl and also as 2003 UK import CD reissue) upon viewing the recent engaging interview with the main members Rob Birch and Nick Hallam on the production process behind 1992's “Elevated” as well as a look back at the music/cultural era in which their music bridged the gap between dance, hip-hop and rock.

That contemporary era  Stereo MC's interview looking back 28 years to '92, which was published by Top 2000 a gogo, can be viewed above while below is an interview that I conducted back in 1992 on KUSF radio with the Stereo MC's Hallam and Birch, aka The Head and Rob B. In that interview I asked them about both their own music as the Stereo MC’s (with drummer Owen If who further helped distinguish their sound) and the duo’s equally important and highly influential parallel career as the Ultimatum remix production crew. That was along with former Ultimatum founding member DJ Cesare (Marcher) when they remixed such hip-hop acts as the Jungle Brothers, Dream Warriors, Definition of Sound, X-Clan, Queen Latifah and Monie Love.  

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...There's No Other Way

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 16, 2020 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part V #1-10

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is the final part of 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.

there's no other way

#10 Blur "There's No Other Way" (Food)

Blur seemed to come out of nowhere and into my life like something I never knew that I needed. "She's So High" had come out in 1990 but this was really the song that made me a super fan for life. I listened to this song a lot during the 90s and I never got sick of it. That perfect chorus was sassy and so British and everything I loved. The song really had me hooked. This was the second single from their debut album Leisure released this year. I wasn't full on into britpop until it really took over in the next couple of years but it all started with Blur. And you never forget your first love. I really always wanted to look like Graham and Damon and they had the best hair.

star sign

#9 Teenage Fanclub "Star Sign" (Creation)

Crate Diggin' Pt 5 (Juice WRLD, Esoteric, NAV, Da$h +) and Amoeba Berkeley Reopening

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2020 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Crate diggers will be happy to know that Amoeba Berkeley, similarly to the San Francisco Amoeba store that reopened recently, is set to reopen this week (Thursday, October 15th) with the new retail business hours of 11am to 7pm Thursdays through Sundays and (of course) with City of Berkeley COVID health guidelines in place. 

Among the new arrivals in the hip-hop department is the posthumously released third studio album by Juice WRLD, via Interscope Records, Legends Never Die vinyl LP and CD. Tragically the artist died at the young age of 21 but, if rumors are true that the prolific recording artist left behind a couple of thousand unreleased studio tracks, fans can expect albums from the deceased artist to continue dropping for many years to come.

Boston emcee Esoterics Egoclapper vinyl LP via Fly Casual Records is on vinyl for the first time, originally been released as a CD only back in 2007. Da$h's 2020 release on CD 17 More Minutes from Next Records is another older album been reissued in a new format. It is the artist's 2015 album that previously was only available in digital download format. The 12-track album showcases his gritty 
underground sound over production from various studio technicians.

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