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"You Can't Take Our Joy Away From Us. We're Still Here!" - LakeFest Oakland, Saturday June 23rd, 2018, 11am-7pm: All-Ages + Free

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2018 05:59pm | Post a Comment









“We want want to keep Oaklanders coming together to ensure a vibrant future for all”
- LakeFest Oakland’s mission statement

This weekend’s all inclusive, multi-cultural, community-driven, all-ages and free LakeFest Oakland (Lake Merritt Saturday 11am-7pm) could not have come at a more perfect time. From this past week’s hate-filled national rhetoric of dehumanizing asylum seekers and their separated children to the two recent well-publicized local hate acts by “Jogger Joe” and “BBQ Becky” of targeting homeless and African Americans respectively at the Oakland lake, LakeFest's positive, non-discriminatory event that warmly embraces all members of our society is most welcome!

Happening tomorrow, Saturday June 23rd, down by Lake Merritt Boating Center, LakeFest Oakland’s family-friendly event will include various fun activities, food and drink, plus of course music. Even better the talent packed event will showcase some of the best artists from the culturally diverse City of Oakland. Meanwhile LakeFest will also revive the spirit of the bygone (and missed) Festival At The Lake that ran from 1982 through 1997.

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Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five [Video Version] Eligh, Jay Rock, Uncle Drew OST, J-Zone, Sami Baha

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2018 11:23pm | Post a Comment
#1: Eligh Last House On The Block (also on 2LP/vinyl) (Eligh Music)

Leading the top five chart of the latest batch of hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba Music is the Living Legends' legendary emcee Eligh whose long awaited brand new solo album Last House On The Block (also on 2LP/vinyl) (Eligh Music) comes highly recommended. While offering up a diverse sounding mix of tracks, from throwback boom bap to new school West Coast sounding, Eligh ties it all together with his effortlessly high-caliber engaging flow. Further enhancing this 66 minute, 18 track album are his well chosen mic guests, several of whom are longtime collaborators of the emcee. Album guests include Evidence ("Burn"),  R.A. The Rugged Man and Eamon ("Still Chasing"), Max ZT  and Priya Darshini ("Thursday Child"),  Zion I ("Focused") and gratefully his longtime partner in rhyme in his Legends side-project duo The Grouch who collaborates along with Zion I's Zumbi on "Focused" as well as on "Pain on the Break." The recently published accompanying Enkrypt directed music video (some great shots of LA) for that DJ Fresh produced summer banger appears immediately below as does the video for the album title track.

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Murdered Hip-Hop Star XXXTentacion Is Latest In List of Slain Rappers To Have Eerily Addressed Their Premature Deaths

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2018 11:59am | Post a Comment


Joining the ranks of such other murdered rap stars as 2Pac and Biggie, 20 year old South Florida hip-hop star XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed Monday afternoon, is the latest in a list of slain rap stars said to have predicted or hinted at his impending demise. The popular but controversial artist born Jahseh Onfroy, who was slain in an apparent robbery after exiting a motorsports store in Broward County,  had purportedly been turning his life around for the better of late. He'd also recently been enjoying the success of his second studio album ? (pictured left), featuring such guests as Joey Bada$$PnB Rock and Travis Barker, that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release.

New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kimbra

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2018 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Kimbra - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

New Zealander singer/songwriter and actress Kimbra stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of her favorite records, sharing her personal history with each one. "I was quite into punk rock around, you know, 15 and there was a band called The Mint Chicks that used to play in my hometown, Hamilton," she explained to us. "Ruban Nielson, who went on to create Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was the guitarist in that band." Holding up the band's 2016 album, Multi-Love, she went on to praise his songwriting ability and musicianship. "'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' is just such a funky song." Kimbra had lots of thoughtful insight into every record she picked, making for an interesting and personal What's In My Bag? episode. 

Kimbra began writing songs when she was ten years old. As a child, she sang at sporting events and released her first music video, for the song "Smile" on the children's TV show What Now. On the Kimbra - Primal Heart - Amoeba Musicstrength of her second single, "Simply On My Lips," she signed with independent label and management group Forum 5 and began a series of high-profile collaborations that would launch her to stardom. Kimbra appeared on a track by Miami Horror ("I Look to You") before collaborating with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which would eventually go multi-platinum and garner the duo awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.

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Depeche Mode To Reissue Deluxe Numbered Boxed Sets of 12” Singles from Every Album

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2018 11:30am | Post a Comment


Depeche Mode vinyl collectors take note: Rhino has announced plans to reissue, via limited edition numbered boxed sets, every Depeche Mode 12” single dating back to their very first 12” single. That February 1981 single, "Dreaming of Me," was the first of 55 singles released by the prolific long running UK electronic rock act. Each forthcoming 12" box set will correspond to the Depeche Mode (DM) album that the singles were originally culled from and will include a bounty of forgotten DM extended remixes.

The first two box sets in this new collector's edition series, that will feature audiophile-quality remastered audio tapes originally cut at Abbey Road Studios, will arrive in Amoeba Music on August 31st with the release of both the 12” singles from the band’s 1981 debut album Speak & Spell (also on LP/vinyl)  and from their 1982 sophomore album A Broken Frame. (also on LP/vinyl). The other 12” box sets will follow next year and in later years according to Rhino. As seen in the images above and below the artwork for each 12” record will be the same as the original single releases while the the exterior of each box set will, according to the label, “draw on street art iconography inspired by the original releases.”

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