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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
#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 many 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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Noise Pop 2018 Announces Phase 2 Line-Up

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop

Noise Pop returns to the Bay Area for it's 26th year with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 25! This year they are unveiling the amazing full music lineup in phases and they have just announced Phase 2! Phase 2 general badges are available for $195. General badge prices will go up with the Phase 3 lineup announcement, so get your tickets now!

The festival features an array of amazing performances not only from national music acts, but also from an impressive variety of established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

Noise PopPHASE 2 MUSIC LINEUP:
Built to Spill (performs Keep It Like A Secret)
Waxahatchee (Solo)
The Album Leaf
Alex Cameron
Dengue Fever
Amy Shark
Shamir
The Coathangers
Jeff Rosenstock
The Hotelier
Gerd Janson
Grails
Crooked Colours
Inara George (of The Bird and the Bee)
Palehound
Weaves
Miya Folick
Ha Ha Tonka
Wildling
The Weather Station
Summer Twins
Death Valley Girls
Lemuria
Mom Jeans.
Mozhgan
Oso Oso
Bat Fangs
ROAR
Winter
The Flytraps
Feels
Roya
Hazey Eyes

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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part I: Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2017 06:15pm | Post a Comment

This Amoeblog kicks off an extended series of Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop lists (mostly top tens) that will attempt to cover as many aspects as possible of the ever expanding genre from over the past twelve months. These Best-Of lists will range from underground, slept-on artists that got little attention overall in 2017 to hugely popular and financially successful artists who dominated charts and media coverage in 2017. It will also include vinyl charts; both new and reissues, female hip-hop artists, top selling albums, top critically received albums,  top ten producer albums, and a list of posthumously popular artists in 2017. The series will even include a list of the top “Lil” rappers (artists with “Lil” in their name that made an impact in 2017).

Another  Best of 2017 in Hip-Hop will be a Top Ten list of the Top Selling Artists in 2017: based on a Forbes study comparison of their pre-tax annual incomes. Somewhat similarly, today’s list is also rooted in financial statistics; namely hip-hop sales of singles based on their Billboard chart positions, as well as taking into consideration other statistics. Each entry in the Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles list below is based first on chart positioning on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and then on accumulated airplay statistics including online outlets. Each single featuring its accompanying music videos, the Top Ten goes in order from Number 10 up to Number 1. Parental warning: many of these videos contain explicit lyrics and/or imagery.

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