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Overview of Recorded Speeches by Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Posted by Billyjam, February 27, 2015 10:14am | Post a Comment

In honor of Black History Month as well as the legacies of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X I present an overview of some of the available recordings of these two fine African American orators - two activists whose speeches have been sampled numerous times in countless hip-hop tracks - especially back in the golden era of hip-hop when the music was more political. Also in this Amoeblog are a couple of videos of the corresponding speeches by each of these historic political figures. First up is Malcolm X whose 50th anniversary of his death was last Saturday. That day marked the anniversary of when he was shot and killed in New York City on February 21st 1965. Over the years (many after his all too short lifetime that ended months before his 40th birthday)  numerous recordings of speeches by Malcolm X have been released on record and CD, and also digitally. These include the 36 minute Malcolm X Speaks To The People In Harlem (Excerpts), and the 2CD set The Wisdom Of Malcom X whose 29 tracks include such speech segments as "Police Brutality and Mob Violence," "F.B.I. and The Black Muslims," "White News Media," and "Black Women In Prison." Others include The Ballot or The Bullet (Complete Speech) LP, The Unstilled Voice LP, and In His Own Words.

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The Late, Great Leonard Nimoy

Posted by Charles Reece, February 27, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

From the second greatest adaptation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Leonard Nimoy, he lived, prospered and is now dead at 83.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah, Big Sean, THEESatisfaction, Fashawn, Churchward Pub DJ Battle + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Week ending 02:27:15


1) BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul (Lex)

2) Fashawn The Ecology (Mass Appeal) [also avail as LP and DL]

3) THEESatisfaction EarthEE (Sub Pop)

4) Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam) [
also a deluxe CD]

5) L'Orange After the Flowers (Mello Music)

The brand new number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba Music Berkeley this week (thank-you to E-Lit for providing the above top five chart) is the collaborative effort of Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood for their one-off, full-length, joint project Sour Soul on Lex Records - available for now in CD format only with a soon be released vinyl format to follow. While not billed as such, this new album could be considered the third part of a live collaborative trilogy by Ghostface since like his last two releases - last year's 36 Seasons and 2013's Twelve Reason To Die - Sour Soul is another production that finds the WU emcee rhyming with a live band. This time out it's BadBadNotGood who, as well as their own work as a trio, have previously collaborated with the likes of Danny Brown (who coincidentally appears here) and Earl Sweatshirt - although only on individual tracks, not a full length project as here with Ghostface Killah. The end result is a strong album whose standout tracks include "Mind Playing Tricks," "Tone's Rap," "Gunshowers (feat elZhi)," and “Ray Gun (feat. DOOM)” (see music video below).

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Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, Wand, Cotillon, Talk in Tongues

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “California Nights” video

best coast amoeba hollywoodWe only heard a taste of “California Nights” last week, so we couldn’t tell just how rad the song is. It’s an expansive shoegazer informed by influences like Chapterhouse, The Verve and Ride that sees Bethany Cosentino getting stoned, staring up into the big California sky as sunset and capturing a sense of infinity. We all know Cosentino likes singing about weed, but this is easily her stoneriest jam yet, and it’s great. The scenic video will have you packing your bags for Joshua Tree pronto. California Nights is out May 5 on Harvest.

 

Wand – “Reaper Invert”

wand bandWand has just realeased another terrific song from their upcoming album, Golem, which is out March 17 on In the Red and is fucking badass. “Reaper Invert” is an ace piece of psychdelic rock ‘n’ roll, with massive fuzz, a dash of metal drone and Cory Hanson’s high-flying vocals adding up to a hollowed-out cave of sound where devilish solos fly out like bats. Get that Golem when it comes out! They'll be at the Echo March 13.

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Amoeba Joins RBMA's San Francisco Broadcasts

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 25, 2015 05:39pm | Post a Comment

RBMA is the radio station of the Red Bull Music Academy and is now broadcasting live from San Ceiling EyesFrancisco, straight from their studio in the Mission District, every day from 2pm to 10pm 'till Mar 11th. Guests include Kevin Saunderson, Wooden Shjips, Honey Soundsystem, Amoeba music's own superstars, and many others.

Tune in to RBMA on Tuesday, March 3rd from 2-3pm to hear Amoeba presents Ceiling Eyes live! With their debut album First Lust Encounters, Ceiling Eyes unleashed their esoteric dreamworld on the masses. No two of their experimental ambient performances are ever alike.

Then on Tuesday, March 10th from 6-7pm, hear Amoeba's tribute to 1980's Sunset Strip with Lip Service (aka Brent James & Kells Bells). Spandex and hairspray reign supreme on the outside, but you might be surprised to see what lies beneath as Lip Service spins old favorites and deep cuts from the debauchery that was Hollywood in the late '80s. Listen with fondness or recoil in horror, but be prepared to get rocked to the foundation!

Tune it to RBMA HERE!

The Legend of Lead Belly Lives On With New Documentary and Releases

Posted by Billyjam, February 25, 2015 12:50pm | Post a Comment
He may have died 66 long years ago but the highly influential Delta blues artist Lead Belly's music is very much alive and well, as witnessed by the two new Lead Belly releases having dropped this month (Black History Month) - two CD releases whose content overlaps somewhat. A few weeks ago the Lead Belly / Woody Guthrie 1940 New York City radio station session WNYC Radio New York 12th December 1940 CD arrived in Amoeba via Keyhole Records. And this week the fine folks at the Smithsonian unleashed the 5CD set Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection which includes some of the same Lead Belly WNYC recordings found on one of the five CDs. The five CDs total include a total of 108 Lead Belly songs most of which are culled from the Folkways' deep archives - much previously released and found at Amoeba's online store. Sixteen of these tracks, collectors will be pleased to learn, are previously unreleased Lead Belly recordings.  Also included in the Smithsonian set is an engaging accompanying 140-page booklet that contains various essays, lots of photographs of the blues legend born Huddie Ledbetter in Louisiana in 1888, whose influences run long and deep with fans including the likes of John Fogerty, Kurt Cobain, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Lonnie Donegan, and Ben Harper.

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Essential Records: 'Rage Against The Machine'

Posted by Amoebite, February 25, 2015 11:15am | Post a Comment

Essential Records Rage Against the Machine

With the release of Nirvana's Nevermind (Geffen), Pearl Jam's Ten (Epic) and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Warner Bros), Alternative Rock dominated the early '90s mainstream. Touted as the voice of a generation, Kurt Cobain was the poster boy for grunge, leading the way with chart-topping, angst-filled hits. For perspective, Los Angeles was dealing with its own levels of angst and anarchy with the '92 riots which were spawned in the wake of the Rodney King beating. With the City of Angels literally on fire, President Bush had to call in the U.S. Guard for help. Compton rap group N.W.A. was ending its terror on the music industry, but not after prompting strict Parental Advisory guidelines on CD packaging for explicit content and drawing scrutiny from the FBI. With emotions on high and tension building in the streets, the stage was set and no one could have ever predicted the sonic tsunami that was about to shake up the music scene.  

Essential Records

Taking their name from a song written by frontman Zack de la Rocha (while with his previous group Inside Out), Rage Against The Machine produced a 12 song demo cassette. The tape was self-released and made available at shows for $5. The band's buzz quickly erupted like a molotov cocktail and with just a handful of live performances, Rage were being persued by several major record labels. Ultimately signing with Epic, the band's debut album, Rage Against The Machine, was released on November 3, 1992. On the strength of the lead single, "Killing In The Name," the album hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Killing In The Name" received heavy radio play with just 8 lines of repeated lyrics, including the explicit, "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" repeated 16 times. In line with the aesthetic and social message of RATM, the song alludes to the idea that police brutality is closely associated with the deep-rooted racism in the United States. It's safe to say that none of the grunge bands of the time were singing songs like this.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Avant-Garde Composer Nils Frahm

Posted by Amoebite, February 24, 2015 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm is a Berlin-based Avant-Garde composer and pianist known for his Nils Frahm Spacesunconventional approach to Classical piano. Frahm creates a unique style of classical and Jazz-influenced electronic music by utilizing a grand piano, upright piano, Juno 60 keyboard, Rhodes and a drum machine.

Frahm has gained recognition for his trance-inducing live shows where he's known for painstakingly sustaining notes over a long period of time. On his tenth studio release, Spaces (Erased Tapes), Frahm delivers layers of atmospheric sonics while displaying his ability to create meticulous compositions. Many of his pieces paint broad pictures and can easily be used as film score. Nil Frahm's work satisfies Jazz listeners, electronic fans and those who enjoy avant-garde. Spaces does not disappoint.   

Nils Frahm dropped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up some choice vinyl from our Jazz Room. Once Nils starts talking about albums, it's clear he is a true connoisseur who takes his record collecting very seriously. He also explains the importance of being patient when hunting for harder-to-find records. A huge fan of classic Jazz, Nils finds a copy of Billie Holiday's Songs For Distingue Lovers. He follows that up with another rare copy of Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Himself. Frahm finds some amazing records and his genuine appreciation for Jazz makes you want to fire up the record player and chill out to some Miles Davis or John Coltrane.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back"

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2015 02:01pm | Post a Comment
public enemy it takes a nation of millions to hold us backBack in April 1988 Public Enemy (PE) released the classic album It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on Def Jam Recordings. And prove that it's a classic is the fact that  27 full years later Nation still packs the same punch it did when it was initially unleashed on the world back in the late eighties. Widely considered the Strong Island (aka Long Island, New York) crew's greatest work ever, It Takes A Nation... was not only one of PE's finest moments, but hip-hop's as well. Released during the much lamented "golden" era of hip-hop, the album, which was the follow up to PE's 1987 debut Yo! Bum Rush the Show, defied the stereotypical "sophomore slump" that so many artists suffered from.

PE's debut was an excellent hip-hop album but this sequel simply blew it away since it was a jaw-droppingly amazing album (of any genre) in every way. Production-wise, it was so richly layered and hardcore that it just grabbed you and didn't let go. Chuck D's militant and thought-provoking, in-your-face revolutionary lyrical flow was so powerful it scared some people. But mostly it won over new fans who still thought of rap as some fad or disposable urban pop. Combined, all the elements of Nation made up an album that was unlike anything heard in hip-hop, or any music, up to that point. I remember that summer of '88 in the Bay Area hearing it blasting everywhere I went in every type of neighborhood. I had never experienced that before!

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Album Picks: Colleen Green, Torche, THEESatisfaction

Posted by Billy Gil, February 24, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up

Colleen Green I want to grow up lpColleen Green details major life upsets as she faces the end of her 30s on her new album, I Want to Grow Up. From breakups to digitally addled attention spans, Green’s power-pop panache makes quarterlife crises go down smoothly on hooky songs like “Pay Attention” and girl-groupish “Wild One.” “I’m so sick of being self-absorbed,” Green sings on the title track, yet she’s so good at communicating that sense of staring at the ceiling and chastising yourself that we can’t help but be hooked on her particular brand of sugary anxiety. She writes a catchy ode to getting clean and going to bed early with “Things That Are Bad for Me” and then follows it up with another track about wanting to get fucked up on the drone-rocking “part 2,” summing up a sentiment on this album we can all relate to: I’m gonna get it together, maybe tomorrow. Read more about I Want to Grow Up in our interview with Green here. See her live at Amoeba Hollywood today at 7 p.m.!

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15 American Pop Hits That Aren't in English

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 23, 2015 10:00pm | Post a Comment
In the United States there is no official language and in roughly 18% of American homes, one of hundreds of languages other than English is primarily spoken -- all of which, unless they're indigenousshould be considered "foreign languages." In Los Angeles, everyday you can hear pop songs on the radio in Cantonese, English, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese and although I often find that pop music is better when the lyrics are unintelligible, only a handful of pop songs in a language other than English have made the journey onto the pop charts -- here are fifteen (or so).


Harry Choates - Jole Blon



Harry Choates's "Jole Blon" (1946, French


Colleen Green Talks Growing Up and Turning 30 Before Amoeba Performance

Posted by Billy Gil, February 23, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

colleen green amoebaMuch has been made of the mid-life crisis, but Colleen Green details the kind of quarter-life crisis that happens in your late 20s on her new album, I Want to Grow Up. Over fizzy power-pop chords and purring solos, Green’s girlish coo is so sweet you almost miss the hungover, self-flagellating lyrics that fill I Want to Grow Up—“I’m sick of being immature … I think I need a schedule,” she confesses on the title track. But I Want to Grow Up is also a lot of fun, as Green doesn’t take herself so seriously, writing odes to TV and her lack of an attention span that are as funny as they are self-critical. Even in the admonishing “Things That Are Bad For Me (Part 1),” Green admits in part two, “I wanna do drugs right now/I wanna get fucked up, I don’t care how.”

Green talked to us a bit about her new album before her show at Amoeba Hollywood Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

The songs on I Want to Grow Up really hold together as an album because there’s an inward quality to them, for the most part. Did you write them kind of all at once in a certain frame of mind or were they written more slowly?

They were kind of written over the course of a few years. They started out primarily as ideas that I thought about for a long time before I tried to sit down and make music out of them. Once I got to that stage where I was like OK, I need to record this and get this done, it all kind of materialized as a set kind of well.

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My Own Personal Oscar: 11 Best Films of 2014

Posted by Charles Reece, February 23, 2015 02:18am | Post a Comment
Hohum, the Academy Awards are over for the mostly lackluster year of 2014. Here are a few gems, very few of which were celebrated or probably even noticed by those deciding on nominees. In no particular order ...

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Wild Tales - Damián Szifrón

Six short short stories of vegeance that evince a Coen brothers level of comedic tension (recall the classic bag drop off scene from The Big Lebowski, for example). Pure cinematic bliss.


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Matt Reeves

Aside from getting to see apes double-fisting arms on horseback, I loved the atypically depressing political message of this film. No matter how much a few individual apes and humans might strive to get over interpersonal problems, that doesn't mean shit in the overall scheme of things. For once, a Hollywood film portrays the problem of structural difference (the unbridgeable otherness of ape culture to what's left of humanity) instead of pasting some subjectivized problem over the gap that allows for a pat narrative resolution (more often than not in the form of a loving relation or the superhero's coup de grâce to the face).

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Goodnight Mommy - Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

This film has the most agonized scream I've encountered since the beginning of Cries & Whispers. A parable for contemporary times that asks how much plastic surgery can a person have before she becomes someone else. Twin sons spend the duration of the film brutally experimenting on their mother to answer that question. Obviously, this one cuts too deep for the aging Academy. Skip the overhyped Babadook, Goodnight Mommy is the only dyadic familial horror film that matters.

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Today KPOO Set Up Their Signal To Broadcast Live From Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2015 02:00pm | Post a Comment
Today at Amoeba San Francisco will be three of KPOO FM radio's DJs doing live sets as part of a unique remote broadcast of the beloved longtime independent, community San Francisco radio station out of the Haight Street store. These DJs, each presenting totally different musical styles, will be DJ X1DJ Jose Ruiz, and DJ McSchmormac - the latter whose show is described as one in which he explores the "origins of recorded music with recordings from 1900 to 1950."  It's just one example of the non-stop schedule of excellent programming on KPOO. I caught up with one of the three KPOO DJs at Amoeba today's in-store remote broadcast DJ McSchmormac (host of popular weekly radio show Gramaphoney Baloney that airs Monday 4pm to 6pm)  as to what we can expect from today's Amoeba in-store? "An unpredictable intercontinental multi-genre  mix of recordings dating from 1950 or earlier," is what the DJ of pre-digital/pre-vinyl older formats said we can expect during his unique set today.


DJ McSchmormac 's Top 3 Favorite Recordings of all time
  
1: Powerhouse - Raymond Scott Quintette
 
2: Dance Of The Octopus/In A Mist - Red Norvo Quartet
 
3: Dark Was The Night - Blind WIllie Johnson

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Mainstream News Continues Tradition of One-Sided Reporting + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 20, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

This has been one of those weeks when hip-hop news and mainstream news have repeatedly overlapped and melded together with stories on Vanilla Ice, Nicki Minaj, Afroman, and the state of hip-hop today as seen through the eyes of Geraldo Rivera all made front-page news - albeit all in a sensationalist way as per the course of mainstream news' reporting on the genre. The difference between now and say 1989 or 1992 when stereotypical "Violence At Rap Show" styled TV and newspaper headlines were the norm is that nowadays mainstream news reports tend to call it "hip-hop" rather than "rap" and that they (correctly) assume that the general public knows the names of the artists they are reporting on. Mind you, in terms of delving deep into said artist's music beyond a mere mention of their biggest pop hits, nothing has really advanced much in lazy mainstream reporting (editorializing?) on hip-hop in which the music typically is judged on negative generalizations.

Mainstream reporting and editorializing on hip-hop tends to be based on the music and behavior of the most visible pop-rap artists of the day - rather than a realistic look at the rich, varied, and incredibly diverse genre that is hip-hop in 2015. This lazy type of journalism, that paints a picture of everything about hip-hop falling under its most negative stereotype of being nothing but a soulless music filled with nothing but shallow imagery of misogyny and violence and debauchery, was most evident with Geraldo Rivera speaking to HuffPostLive this week when Rivera shared this insightful gem of his: "Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the past ten years" due to, in his eyes, it been "very destructive culturally" and blaming the music of hip-hop for young fans/followers of the genre wearing "pants around their ass" and sporting "tattoos" and being ready for only "entry level jobs" when they actually go look for work. Say what! Of course coming from someone at FOX News (a place where the blame for police violence against minorities is placed on the victims) this biased, narrow-minded point of view should not be a surprise.   

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Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, Crocodiles, Joel Jerome, Spaceships, Male Gaze, Peach Kelli Pop

Posted by Billy Gil, February 20, 2015 10:04am | Post a Comment

Best Coast Announce ‘California Nights’

best coastBest Coast will release a new album called California Nights on May 5 via Harvest. Hard to believe this is actually their major-label debut. California Nights follows the SoCal duo’s two critically acclaimed albums, Crazy For You and The Only Place and the 2013 Fade Away EP. They played a surprise show at the Echo this week, but if you missed that, they’ll be back playing shows in their beloved California next month. Hear a snippet of a new song in the album trailer below:

 

Crocodiles – “Crybaby Demon”

crocodilesSoCal’s Crocodiles have released four solid LPs of perfectly scuzzy shoegaze pop, and they’ve now got a new one on the way called Boys, due May 12 on Zoo Music. Boys was recorded in Mexico City, and they say the area influenced them in terms of adding certain aspects of Latin rhythms to their sound. You can certainly hear that bubbling underneath the din of “Crybaby Demon,” with swinging percussion underpinning the organ-and-guitar-based drone and Byrds-ian vocals. We’re definitely excited to hear the rest of Boys. Hear it below via Stereogum.

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Recap: Amoeba Hollywood's Fat Tuesday Celebration Was Our Biggest Yet

Posted by Amoebite, February 19, 2015 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Mardi Gras at Amoeba

On Tuesday, February 17 the aisles of Amoeba Hollywood swelled once more with homemade floats, revelers, and the merry strains of our volunteer brass band as we ushered in our annual Mardi Gras celebration. We kicked things off at 3pm with some tunes from DJ Humble B, followed by a boisterous parade through the store and onto Sunset Blvd., closing the party out with a mix from our own Mr. Ray. Employees and customers alike donned strands of beads and colorful masks for one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in all the years we’ve been celebrating Fat Tuesday.

Although the event originally started at Amoeba San Francisco in 1998 as a celebration of our employees’ hard work in between the busy holiday and summer seasons, the focus of Amoeba’s Mardi Gras celebrations turned towards outward giving in the years following Hurricane Katrina. A portion of Fat Tuesday’s sales from all three stores and Amoeba.com went to two New Orleans charities benefiting the city’s storied music community: Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Tipitina's FoundationTipitina’s Foundation strives to preserve and advocate for New Orleans’ unique musical heritage, while also aiding the professional development of adult musicians and promoting childhood musical education through their Instruments A Comin’ program, which provides new and refurbished musical instruments to school band programs in the area. Tipitina’s also provides after-school internship opportunities for high school students, in the form of an after-school jazz band, where they receive training in music theory, instrumental performance, recording, and career professionalism.

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Amoebapalooza SF In Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, February 15th, we celebrated another epic year of musical mayhem with Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. The all Amoeba employee-powered night of entertainment raged until early in the a.m. with eight musical acts, the enigmatic MC stylings of a masked Brent St. James, dance rave-ups on vinyl with DJ Ken Kubala, and a lot of Mardi Gras cheer.

Enjoy these amazing photos of the night taken by Lauren Clark.

     
Nicki Jizz
Aaron Araki & Guests (Joe Goldmark on the left, Sean Murphy on the right)
Joe Goldmark of Aaron Araki & Guests
Pretty Poisonous Predators
The Chocolate Cake Incident
RE: Lover
Bears & My Body
The Mingy Stingees
Shenobo

...and an encore performance with Nicki Jizz.

Skratch Fight Inspires Bay Area Turntablists

Posted by Billyjam, February 18, 2015 01:27pm | Post a Comment

Like so many positive uplifting music events in the Bay Area that tend to fly under the radar and get little notice or props for all they contribute to the greater Bay Area music/arts community, the ongoing DJ session and battle gathering known as Skratch Fight is among the most admirable. An informal yet tight-knit community of dedicated skratch DJ and aspiring DJs, Skratch Fight is an ongoing series of turntablist sessions and/or DJ battles that take place on a monthly basis (typically twice a month) around the Bay Area including every last Sunday at the War Memorial building in Daly City where the next Skratch Fight will take place this weekend. Another location where Skratch Fight takes place is at the Michael Chavez Center in Concord CA where I stopped by on a recent (January 25th) Sunday afternoon during one of the Skratch Fight live DJ sessions (as distinct from their battle/fights). There I met with the main Skratch Fight founder/organizer/DJ who goes by the name Dulodulo, as well as Concord Skratch Fight organizer (and member of 925 Hip-Hop) Benny Contreras who both chatted with the Amoeblog (see video interview below) to break down the history of Skratch Fight as well as its positive impact. Those in attendance that day included DJ Me One, DJ Universe, Nicholas Joeseph Abigana, DJ Sick Nick (GPK - garbagepailkid), S.T.A.T.I.K., DJ MaseTheTablist, Ichy the Killer, Kurteek, Six Kutter, DJ ALF, and Chuck Martinez.  All were clearly into the ongoing informal skratch session which, as well as a musical outlet for turntablists, is a grassroots networking/meet-up; the type of event that inspires longtime DJs and aspiring DJs alike. It is also a potluck (everyone brings a dish of food to share) and an informal record swap meet with several DJs bringing extra copies of battle records and old VHS tapes to share or trade with their fellow skratch enthusiasts.

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Join Amoeba for LA Weekly Food Fest 'The Essentials' on March 8

Posted by Amoebite, February 18, 2015 10:40am | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, March 8 at the California Market Center, LA Weekly presents The Essentials, a food and wine event featuring tastings from the magazine's 99 Essentials issue on their top restaurant picks in L.A., which will hit shelves the same week. We'll be on hand with our booth, so come say hello, spin our famous prize wheel, and pick up some Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates!

la weekly essentialsThe Essentials, which is curated by LA Weekly's award-winning food writers, features more than 50 of the restaurants included in the special issue, plus wine and cocktail samples and a vendor village. But since there will be libations, the event is 21+. Tickets for general admission are $65 and offer unlimited samples, while VIP tickets (which grant early entry and a get you a VIP gift bag) are $85.

Participating restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Cacao Mexicatessen, Eggslut, Father's Office, Kogi, McConnel's, Plan Check, Spago and more. See all of the participating restaurants here. Music will be provided by DJ Pleasure Principle.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Remembering Producer Paul C McKasty

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2015 09:30pm | Post a Comment
For this week's Hip-Hop History installment we pay tribute to one of hip-hop's greatest (albeit little known and way under-appreciated) producers; Paul C McKasty or Paul C as he was professionally known. Hailing from the Rosedale area of Queens, New York City, Paul produced the likes of the Ultramagnetic MC's, Eric B & Rakim, Stezo, Biz Markie, Main Source, Too Poetic, and Mikey D & The LA Posse to name but a small fraction of those he worked in the studio with. It was care of these and dozens upon dozens of other records where hip-hop fanatics, who closely read the credits on 12" record labels and LP and single's back covers, learned of this influential figure who gets little love in the big scheme of things (as well as not always getting credited on all the records he produced and worked on) when it comes to honoring hip-hop history's past back in the 1980's. However within hip-hop circles comprised of crate diggers and diehard appreciators of the art Paul C, a producer whose accolades include being a mentor to a young Large Professor, is a major figure of great importance; an artist of legendary status who was a highly influential producer - an unassuming Caucasian dude who is highly revered for the work - as both engineer and producer - in his all too short but prolific lifetime. Paul C's life came to shocking premature halt when in 1989, at the young age of 24, he was shot and killed in an unsolved murder. In his prolific lifetime the long list of records that Paul C worked on, including the ones he engineered as well as exclusively produced, would fill several pages so rather than list them all here, instead I've included below the excellent, albeit low budget, Pritt Kalsi directed Memories of Paul C McKasty documentary that cross-references many of the records Paul worked on and features in-depth interviews with several key hip-hop figures, including Rakim, whose lives he touched in his short lifetime.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Slimkid3 NuMark

Slimkid3 (aka Trevant "Tre" Hardson) is a founding member of seminal alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde, as well as a solo performer and producer. He started his performing career as a member of Two Slimkid3 Numarkfor Two, a dance group best known for appearing on In Living Color. In 2002, Slimkid3 released Liberation, his first solo album after leaving The Pharcyde. Mark Potsic, a.k.a. DJ Nu-Mark, is a hip-hop producer, owner of Hot Plate Records, and member of Jurassic 5. He released his first solo album in 2004, an instrumental EP Blend Crafters. He has worked with J-Live, Aloe Blacc, Charles Bradley, and the Lonely Island. In 2014, he and Slimkid3 collaborated on their self-titled album, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark (Delicious Vinyl).

The dynamic duo recently did some record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode Slimkid3 finds a few house and soul gems to add to his collection while Nu-Mark, the consumate record collector, digs up some funky breaks and world music collections. DJ Nu-Mark kicks things off on a hunch and picks up a copy of Jimmy McGriff's Flyin' Time. Slimkid3 follows that with Meshell Ndegeocello's latest release, Comet, Come To Me. From Snoop Dog and Dam-Funk's 7 Days of Funk project to house music singer Lisa Shaw, Slimkid and Nu-Mark dig deep!

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Next First Fridays Show at L.A.'s Natural History Museum Features JMSN on March 6

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

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The next First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum will feature electro-soul singer JMSN along with up-and-comer starRo on March 6. The music starts at 8 p.m., with DJs and discussions beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 without a membership to the museum. Say hi at the Amoeba booth and pick up some swag!

Singer/songwriter and producer JMSN (pronounced Jameson, born Christian Berishaj) makes moody soul jams along the lines of How to Dress Well and The Weeknd. He released his debut record in 2012, †Priscilla†, which got the attention of rapper Kendrick Lamar, who put JMSN on four tracks on his critically acclaimed debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. JMSN also operates his own studio, White Room Records, and has worked with the the likes of The Game, J. Cole, Tyga and Ab-Soul. JMSN released his second, self-titled album in December. Watch his recently released video for "Score" below:

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The Doors Were "Stupid" and The Beatles Were "Garbage" - According To Lou Reed

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2015 02:29pm | Post a Comment
     

Lou Reed "never liked the Beatles.” In fact he strongly disliked them. “I thought they were garbage," said the Velvet Underground singer/writer with a BA in English who shared how he always had, "wanted to write the great American novel but I also loved rock and roll." All of these quotes (and more) come from a rarely heard March 1987 interview Reed, who died of liver disease in October 2013, conducted with journalist Joe Smith that was found in The Joe Smith Collection at the Library of Congress. Conducted almost exactly 28 years ago the interview was recently acquired by PBS who animated it and published it to YouTube earlier today as the latest installment in their ongoing Blank on Blank series - published under the title Lou Reed on Guns & Ammo | Blank on Blank. In the audio interview, in which Reed comes off as mostly grumpy and pretentious, he says that in addition to hating the Fab Four that he also hated some of his adoring fans - especially those who made the mistake of tracking him down to his "out of the wilds of nowhere" New Jersey home address at the time and trekking out to it in the hope of meeting their music hero. "I got out with my shotgun. This is hunting country out there. You better run" - he warns.  Elsewhere in the audio interview, that as well being animated was also subtitled, Reed expresses his disgust of The Doors ("stupid") while maintaining that the goal of Velvet Underground was steadfastly to, "elevate the rock and roll song and take it where it hadn’t been taken before" - adding that no other group came close to the VU's level in his opinion ("The other stuff couldn’t come up to our ankles"). The animated interview is above while the full original audio interview is free via iTunes from the Joe Smith Library of Congress page - here where it was initially made free to the public last April, and where other interviews by Joe Smith include one with Paul McCartney and another with George Harrison who, it should be noted, do not talk shit on Lou Reed or the VU.

Album Picks: Mourn, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jose Gonzalez, Six Organs of Admittance, Ibeyi, Sonny & the Sunsets

Posted by Billy Gil, February 17, 2015 09:55am | Post a Comment

MournMourn

mourn lpCatalonian teen quartet Mourn makes a passionate racket on their debut album. Singer Jazz Rodriguez Bueno channels PJ Harvey with her raspy delivery and more cutting lyrics on tracks like “Dark Issues,” or a young Siouxsie, on the way she can play with emotions but still bring a smile to your face, on songs like galloping opener “Your Brain is Made of Candy.” Her band keeps things terse, inspired by the likes of Nirvana and The Ramones, yet their clean guitars and neat grooves on standouts like “Philliphius” and “Otitis” suggest wisdom beyond their years. A handful of tracks read as more juvenile alt-rock exercises, yet Mourn also never loses momentum, bashed out with a live-tracked, Steve Albini feel and the animated precision of off-the-cuff ideas rehearsed and captured in one raw take—Bueno’s wail at the end of bonus track “Boys Are Cunts” feels both visceral and well-timed. It’s an incredibly promising debut that puts our faith back in so-called wasted youth.

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Amoeba Celebrates Fat Tuesday Today, Portion of Proceeds Go to Charity

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Mardi Gras

It's Fat Tuesday today, and once again a portion of the proceeds from all three Amoeba stores and Amoeba.com will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans.

amoeba fat tuesday paradeWe're also having our annual Mardi Gras festivities at Amoeba Hollywood and SF. Our family-friendly events start at 3 p.m. at Amoeba Hollywood, with DJ Humble B starting things off, and our annual Mardi Gras parade at 4 p.m, with Mr. Ray on the turntables. At Amoeba SF, we'll have DJs starting at 2 p.m.

A portion of the day's in-store and online proceeds will go to New Orleans charities Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Tipitina’s Foundation seeks to preserve Louisiana and New Orleans’ musical heritage, while New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is dedicated to providing affordable healthcare to New Orleans musicians. New Orleans continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history, and at Amoeba we're dedicated to continuing to do our part to help, including raising $1,000 for the New Orleans organizations at our recent charity auction Feb. 7.

Fat Tuesday in Christian tradition takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, when you’re supposed to feast and drink and be merry before the penintential season of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday. Since then it’s also become a global celebration from Brazil to Senegal, full of costumes, festivities, parades and general decadence. Read about the Mardi Gras Indians here at the Amoeblog.

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Dirty Roots: Southern Hip-Hop Part I -- The 12" Era (1979-1983)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 16, 2015 07:21pm | Post a Comment

As far as my ears can tell, pretty near every rapper from Inglewood to Plumstead nowadays owes more than a little something to the rise of the Dirty South sound that pretty much took over hip-hop in the late 1990s. As anyone with more than a passing familiarity with the genre knows, however, southern hip-hop was for many years primarily a regional concern. In the 1970s the hip-hop scene was firmly centered in the Northeast. In the early 1980s it made its way to the West Coast but as far as mainstream audiences were concerned, skipped the third and fourth coasts. In the 1990s, many casual fans and scholars alike will tell you, there was a war between the East and West Coasts during some Southern upstarts crashed the party and, despite the efforts of the backpack Taliban, restored a sense of fun to a genre which had increasingly grown joyless and conservative. 

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Weeknight Deals at All Three Stores Feb. 23-27

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Weekly Deals at Amoeba

Amoeba is holding sales at all three stores every night Monday through Friday the week of February 23-27! From 5 p.m. to closing each weeknight, we’ll have 20% off sales on the following:

Monday: 20% off all used DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Tuesday: 20% off all books and posters
Wednesday: 20% off headphones
Thursday: 20% off turntables
Friday: 20% off T-Shirts

It’s just for one week only. Break up that rush hour commute and come shop with us!

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Next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Features 45s, LaserDiscs and More Feb. 21

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2015 10:30am | Post a Comment

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Come to Amoeba Hollywood Saturday Feb. 21 from noon to 5pm for our next Sidewalk Sale!

We’ll have the following sales:

  • Restocked 45s at $1 each
  • LaserDiscs at three for $1
  • Single DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Classical deals

And more!

Plus, Hubert's will be here giving out free lemonade. Stop by and get some great deals with Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Hubert's Lemonade at Amoeba

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Malcolm X Home Firebombed On This Day 50 Years Ago

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2015 07:21pm | Post a Comment

In the early morning hours of this date fifty years ago -  February 14, 1965 -  Malcolm X's New York home was firebombed with him, his pregnant wife, and four young daughters in the home at the time. The African American civil rights leader and his family managed to get out of the building safely. And later that same day he would travel to Detroit to make a speech in which he would address the house bombing "by the black Muslim movement upon the orders of Elijah Muhammad" according to Malcolm X (see video of speech below). However exactly a week later, after his return to New York, on February 21st, 1965 he would be assassinated at the age of 40.

  

Love City PsycheCircus Presents Mac Sabbath, Spindrift & More, 3/5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 13, 2015 02:49pm | Post a Comment

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Join Love City and Amoeba Music on March 5th at 715 Harrison for an art and music showcase like you've never seen before. It's the Love City PsycheCircus featuring six mind-blowing bands, live painting, and (wait for it)...$2 draft beer all night!

Leading the charge in the musical merriment that night is psychedelic Western cinematic rock ‘n rollers SPINDRIFT and everyone's favorite drive-thru metal band, Mac Sabbath! You gotta see these guys to believe em. Also featuring garage rockers Coo Coo Birds, Renaissance man Bill Baird, soulful power pop with Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, and heavy psych with OUTLAW.

Plus, feast your eyes and soul on the live painting by Zachary Sweet and Justin Herbst.

Tickets are available now at www.lovecitysf.com.

mac sabbath, Photo by Alex Loftus
Mac Sabbath. Photo by Alex Loftus.

 

Weekly Roundup: Kendrick Lamar, The Black Ryder, Bouquet, OOFJ

Posted by Billy Gil, February 13, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment

Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker the Berry”

kendrick lamarA razor-sharp indictment of racism in the United States without sounding heavy-handed, “The Blacker the Berry” is one of the best things we’ve heard yet from Kendrick Lamar, which, given the overwhelming quality of good kid, m.A.A.d city, is saying something. The Compton rapper hasn’t yet announced the details of that album’s follow-up, but having heard this track and “i,” we’re betting it’ll be every bit as remarkable.

 

The Black Ryder – “Let Me Be Your Light”

the black ryderAustralian shoegaze duo The Black Ryder are now Angelenos and have a new album on the way called The Door Behind the Door, due Feb. 24. If you’ve ever fantasized about a collaboration between Slowdive and The Verve, this is for you. Washy guitars, a post-punk bassline and soothing female vocals combine with angelic synths for a song that sounds like what they play when the Pearly Gates open. Go to the light!

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Joey Bada$$, Zion I, 88 Ultra, Freez & Mike Fry, Doomtree, E-Lit

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2015 10:01am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending Feb 13 2015


1) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ LP (Cinematic Music)

2) Wiley Life Is A Game of Snakes & Ladders (Big Dada)

3) 88 Ultra Sirens (Ultra Glacial Recordings)

4) Freez & Mike Fry Freez's Frozen French Freys (Soul Tools)

5) Doomtree All Hands (Doomtree)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for the latest Top Five Hip-Hop chart above. Below is the accompanying video clip shot this week at the East Bay store with E-Lit running down all these and other new/recent (and reissue) hip-hop releases in both LP and CD formats that are featured at Amoeba Berkeley right when you come in the front door of the Telegraph Ave store on your right hand side. Also down below is the brand new music video from Zion I ("Juggernaut") that was filmed mostly right outside Amoeba Berkeley as well as across the street and round the back (Peoples Park) from Amoeba among some other quick shot locations.

The Bed-Stuy Brooklyn NYC artist born Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott but widely known as main man of Pro Era, Joey Bada$$, as well as Malia Obama's favorite rapper, continues to sell well at Amoeba with the vinyl version of his official debut (commercial release) new album B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music) outselling the CD version of B4.DA.$$. And this week the artist released a new music video for "Like Me" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid that (with the refrain "fuck the police") addresses police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement (see the music video clip down below). Other new chart entries this week include UK hip-hop/grime artist Wiley's Life Is A Game of Snakes & Ladders (that is also available in LP/vinyl format as well as digital download - all care of Big Dada. The others include Doomtree's December 2014 release All Hands (Doomtree) that is also available in vinyl format, 88 Ultra Sirens (Ultra Glacial Recordings), and Freez & Mike Fry's Freez's Frozen French Freys (Soul Tools). For more background on these two releases peep the E-Lit video shot at Amoeba Music this week in which he gives some background on these acts/releases.

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Senegalese Hip-Hop Artist Sister Fa Dedicates Her Life To Activism & The Fight Against Female Genital Cutting

Posted by Billyjam, February 12, 2015 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Harking back to hip-hop's once prevalent era of political/conscious rap - a time hip-hop and activism went hand in hand - is Senegalese rapper, singer, and activist Sister Fa who in 2005 won the first ever Senegalese Hip-Hop award and who uses her music as a tool to spread her message. {Note many US music fans first heard her work in the recent Rough Guide To Senegal compilation}  A childhood victim of the cultural practice of female genital cutting (FGC) she set up the grassroots campaign Education Sans Excision that's fighting to get communities move away from female genital cutting - that takes place in parts of Africa and elsewhere in which girls’ external genitals are removed either completely or partially. She also uses her hip-hop music to spread the good word. So engaging was Sister Fa's story that others took notice including some indie filmmakers she crossed paths with. The result was the activist artist became the subject of the critically acclaimed 201 documentary Sarabah that was made by Maria Luisa Gambale, Steve Lawrence and Gloria Bremer, produced by Link TV and Yerosha Productions. Filmmaker Maria Luisa Gambale recalled the chance meeting with Sister Fa - now six years ago - that would blossom into an ongoing collaborative work in fighting for human rights through music and film. "Steve [Lawrence] and I met her in the Fall of 2009 at the United Nations," she said adding that, "The second we met her we knew it was a big project."  Now four years old the film is still in demand and both its makers and subject are still touring with a US screening of the documentary taking place last Friday in New York City for the United Nation's International Day against genital cutting. Last week's screening, which took place at the Tribeca Screening Room, was hosted by the NGO Orchid Project. Earlier that same day I caught up via telephone with the artist to talk about the film, her hip-hop, and her activist work.


Sarabah trailer
 
"We show the movie in places and are keeping the project going showing it in different communities in Guinea, Gambia, and Senegal. We usually show the movie and show artists how they can be using their art to promote human rights and I can see that the impact [of the film] is still going on and I can see that it is really positive," said the Senegal artist/activist born Fatou Diatta noting how the documentary has become a very central part of her activist work over the past few years. As for why the practice of female genital cutting (FGC) even exists she replied,  "Each community will tell you different reasons" - from religious to cultural and that it is so ingrained in communities that it is" referring to FGC as, "like a social norm. It is like they are cutting hair." The stigma attached to communities where cutting is practiced runs deep, she said. "If I am living in that community then  my child has to be cut. If she is not she will be outcast. No one will like her. She will be treated worse than as an animal in her own community because they will say that she is 'dirty' and that she is 'impure' and she will bring bad luck to the family of the man who will marry her."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Insane Clown Posse

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2015 12:37pm | Post a Comment

Insane Clown Posse at Amoeba Hollywood

Horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse have had a long, storied career, including public feuds with Eminema lawsuit against the FBI, and an album recalled by Disney the day after it was released. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, ICP have built an empire around hip hop music and clown face paint. With a loyal fan base (referred to as Juggalos) in the hundreds of thoudands, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have managed to earn platinum and gold albums with little to no help from major labels. Heavily criticized for their obscene content and their emphasis on shock value, writers from just about every major music outlet have taken shots at ICP.

ICP

Love them or hate them, one thing is for sure, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope mean business. They have founded a professional wrestling federation (Juggalo Championship Wrestling), an annual music festival (The Gathering of the Juggalos), a record label (Psychopathic Records) which reportedly rakes in upwards of $10 million in annual revenue, and The Lotus Pod recording studio. They have also executive produced several feature films. Not bad for a couple of clowns. They have two forthcoming albums, The Missing Link: Lost and The Missing Link: Found, the first of which will be released via Psychopathic Records this Spring.

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40th Anniversay ("La Grande Edition") of Jethro Tull's 1975 Album "Minstrel in the Gallery"

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2015 06:47am | Post a Comment
Fans of eclectic British rock band Jethro Tull will be pleased to know that the group's classic 1975 album Minstrel In The Gallery will be soon reissued this year (its 40th anniversary) by Parlophone as a limited edition 2CD/2DVD set with lots of additional rare and unreleased material that will include new mixes by Steven Wilson plus some rare 1975 live video footage. Note that the album was reissued back in 2002 with five bonus tracks that are all included here - but with even additional newly uncovered material and all (evidently) in improved audio quality.  Originally released in September 1975 - when the folk/rock, jazz, and blues fused unqiue Jethro Tull's lineup was still main man Ian Anderson, along with Martin Barre, John Evan, Barrie Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond - Minstrel In The Gallery was the group's, who first formed in 1967, eight studio album. Minstrel, which production wise was similar to their popular '72 album Thick As a Brick,  would earn Tull their sixth gold record.

For the reissue of Minstrel In The Gallery (to be subtitled 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition) Parlaphone are going all out and offering both CD and vinyl (180-gram vinyl as a limited edition pressing) sets with a multitude of highlights. Packaged in a case-bound DVD book will be an 80-page Tull/Minstrel booklet featuring an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, as well as behind the scenes recollections by various others, plus lyrics, tour itinerary, and rare tour and studio photographs. Then in addition to the original seven track album will be seven bonus tracks (six previously unreleased), two mixed to 5.1 surround, and all to stereo by Steven Wilson, flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24 as well as flat transfer of the original quad mix of the LP. "Summerday Sands" (the B-side to the title track single from '75 that was also included in the aforementioned 2002 reissue of the album) is also included here, along with several studio outtakes and an alternate session material done for a BBC broadcast. The DVD, which will be presented in DTS & DD 5.1 surround mixes, will include an eight-minute film of the band performing "Minstrel In The Gallery" at the Olympia in Paris on July 5th 1975. The latest Tull album to get the 40th anniversary reissue treatment by Parlaphone in recent years, the Minstrel 40th anniversary reissue will be arrive in Amoeba in early May 2015. Below is the actual tracklisting of the forthcoming release.

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Album Picks: Father John Misty, Punk 45

Posted by Billy Gil, February 10, 2015 10:46am | Post a Comment

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

father john misty i love you honeybear lpFather John Misty’s fearless second record builds on his folk-rock sound with orchestral touches, genre diversions and direct, conversational lyrics that cut through singer/songwriter clichés. The title track introduces Beatlesesque melodies and weeping steel guitar to prepare you for the scope of the record. J. Tillman starts going into crooner mode with the spectacular “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” his crushed-velvet vocals singing over a sweeping, country-symphonic arrangement, but his lyrics nicely keep the romanticism from getting too gooey (“I wanna take you in the kitchen/Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in”). “True Affection” takes a sharp turn into MIDI-electro-dream-pop, with some Fleet Foxes-style harmonies keeping things grounded in Tillman’s wheelhouse. “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment” takes another turn, this time into Velvets-third-album twinkling indie pop, while Tillman calls out an airheaded groupie (“She says like, literally, music is the air she breathes,” he sings hilariously). Tillman’s lyrics work so well because of their specificity—you feel like you’re watching him break hearts at a local bar when he sings “Why the long face? Blondie, I’m already taken,” over a sultry Southern sway on “Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow.” Such subject matter could read as self-serving, if not for the album’s more self-effacing tracks, like “The Ideal Husband,” in which Tillman admits various wrongdoings, petty or otherwise, over nervy rock ‘n’ roll; or “Bored in the USA,” a piano ballad that seems to mock Tillman’s own first-world problems of alienation and dullness (“Save me, white Jesus!” is an awesomely cutting exclamation). Tillman’s refusal to do anything in a typical way while still keeping the music highly polished helps I Love You, Honeybear to never feel indulgent. Rather, it’s an extraordinarily giving album, as Tillman’s honesty and strength as a songwriter and performer has grown immeasurably. It’s easily one of the best albums of the year thus far.

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Spanish Singer Buika Performs Live at SF's Nourse Theater, 2/28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 9, 2015 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Buika, San Francisco

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Spanish-born, Miami-based singer Buika on Saturday, February 28th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Since her introduction to the American music scene in 2007 with her album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl BuikaLola), Buika has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as NPR, which quickly included her in their "50 Great Voices" radio gallery. Despite just a few concert appearances, she earned two Latin Grammy nominations in 2008. Her next release, Niña de Fuego (Fire Child) paved the way for relocation to Miami in 2011 (she lovingly calls the US "the country of happiness and noise").

Before her career took off in the US, she had already achieved success in Europe, performing on screen in the Pedro Almovar film The Skin I Live In and dueting with pop singer Seal. Music from those projects and more were collected in 2011 on the essential 2-CD set En Mi Piel (In My Skin) to satisfy a growing demand for her music in her new country. Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, but Buika has been compared to all of them. She has clearly inherited their steely independence and uncompromising creative vision.

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15 Unconventional Romantic Films

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2015 05:03pm | Post a Comment

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Love is complicated stuff. You can keep your Love Actuallys and Sleepless in Seattles—these movies don’t sugarcoat relationships and explore them in raw and fantastical ways. Here are 15 we’re into, in no particular order.

Harold & Maude (1971)

harold and maude dvd“What could be better than a black comedy romance between a suicidal teen and a feisty 79-year-old widow? NOTHING. It’s one of the best stories ever. I never feel like killing myself after seeing this movie!” – Super Cooper

 

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

wristcutters a love story amoebaWhat is Purgatory, exactly? Writer/director Goran Dukic imagines it as a slightly shittier version of real life, where no one can smile and your car seat might have a black hole in it. Such is the setting for an unlikely story in which suicide victims seek love in the interim afterlife.

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Recap: February Charity Auction to Benefit New Orleans at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2015 01:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, February 7 we had our first charity auction of 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood! We are right around the corner from our annual Mardi Gras festivities and parade, so it was apropro that the auction benefited two amazing New Orleans charities, Tipitina's Foundation and New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Our guest host was the hilarious writer/performer Kristina Wong, who seemed to have a blast at her first appearance on our auction stage. The East Bay Express has described Kristina as "brutal but hilarious… a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously" and she really brought it with the zingers and one-liners! She was relentless at driving up the bids and she definitely helped raise a lot of money for New Orleans.

Kristina Wong Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

We have a long history with both of the recipient's of this month's auction. Tipitina's Foundation provides instruments to youth in New Orleans through their Instruments A Comin' program. The program is now in its thirteenth year and has placed more than $3 million dollars worth of musical instruments in over 95 Louisiana school music programs. And it's just one of the things Tipitina's does to help preserve and further Louisiana's music and culture.

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Black Hillbilly - or - What you really know about the Upper South?

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 9, 2015 09:08am | Post a Comment
The first non-Native American settlers of Appalachia and later, the Ozarks, were of primarily of three ethnicities: Scots-Irish, English, and German. These hard-working farmers and craftsmen created a distinct culture which in the 19th Century came to be named “hillbilly.” Although the Northern European roots of hillbilly are routinely acknowledged, even scholars on the culture are far less likely to recognize hillbilly’s other significant place of ancestral origin, West Africa.

19th century black music ensemble

Hillbilly music’s biracial parentage should be immediately evident to anyone with any knowledge of the music’s primary instruments, the fiddle and the banjo. The modern fiddle (or violin) may have originated in 16th Century Italy but similar bowed instruments preceded its development by several centuries and the violin made its way to the Americas thanks to English colonists. The banjo, descended from the numerous plucked instruments of West Africa such as the akonting, ngoni, and xalam, was introduced to the Americas by African slaves.

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Bridging The Gap Between Artist And Consumer of Art

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2015 01:56pm | Post a Comment

Proof that the SF IndieFest, (aka San Francisco Independent Film Festival) that steadfastly began seventeen years ago as a small but focused alternative  film festival with a mission statement of presenting "strong, innovative, challenging yet entertaining cinema," has steadily grown and blossomed into a full-scale, internationally recognized and locally beloved annual cinema event was evident on Thursday evening's packed opening event in San Francisco's Mission District. There at the Brava Theatre on 24th (beautiful theater space that was formerly home to the York Theater) the full house clearly enjoyed the entire evening including screening of the fun David Cross written and directed feature film Hits (followed by his meet and greet) and the concert that followed with musical performances including from Leonard Cohen acapella tribute ensemble Conspiracy Of Beards (pictured above). The David Cross film is just one of 40+ diverse engaging films that will play at SF IndieFest between now and the festival's closing on February 19th when screenings will take place at Brava, the Roxie on 16th, and Humanist Hall across the Bay in Oakland.

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New CD and Vinyl releases at Amoeba 2/6/15 - Quiet Village, DJ Sotofett, Armando and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Quiet Village - Social Music
Quiet Village
 
 
Phonica Records
 
Revered London vinyl outpost Phonica hosts the return of Matt Edwards and Joel Martin's Quiet Village project. There's a formula at work here, take a hypnotic house groove and then drop insane sample after insane sample on top, pan the thing left and right and let it run for just a little less than ten minutes. This is a simple recipe for a spun audience and it's working here.
 
 
 
Armando - Land Of ConfusionArmando
 
 
Westbrook
 
The acid ur-track, one of the best examples of a form that people are still obsessing over 30 years in. Loose, jacking drums, a randomized TB-303 line that still feels right. No pads, no sexy vocal samples, no bells and whistles, just a couple ways to make you jack.
 
 
 
 
 
TX Connect - Trixxter
TX Connect
 
 
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
 
Might as well stick with the theme, and jump to a 2015 example of a producer tweaking the acid box, in this case, texas freak TX Connect. This is dark stuff with a bit of a New Beat influence, fits in well with other DABJ releases like Jared Wilson's awesome "Unknown Desires". Some dystopic, delayed synths amp up the post-apocalyptic feel.
 
 
 
 
Omar S. I Wanna KnowOmar S.
 
 
FXHE
 
Omar S is back with a big, audacious vocal track. Musically, this maintains some of the chord-heavy optimism of the Romancing The Stone double-pack as well as the Thank You For Letting Me… LP. What's different here is Garcia's vocals, an elongated, lurid come not unlike most mainstream rap verses. It's a fun, sensual track from the most consistent producer in the game. Instrumental on the B.
 
 
 
Garrett David
 
 
Gramaphone Records
 
Chicago, birthplace of house, still boasts one of the most tightknit scenes in the US. Promising locals DJ at the intimate Smart Bar, buy their records at Gramaphone, and generally carry on the city's amazing dance music tradition. It was only a matter of time, then, that the Gramaphone record store began to share its homegrown talent with the world. Here with have employee Garrett David' with the second release on the label, though you may remember him from his release on The Queen as well as his participation in the excellent Bell Boys project. Just good, inventive house music here, I'm partial to the piano stabs and hypnotic pads on Tunnels as well as the dreamy, chill-out B2 "Morning Mantra". Chi-town stand up!
 
 
 
Jamie Paton EP #2Jamie Paton 
 
 
Emotional Especial
 
Plenty of people hunt for forgotten disco not disco jams from the early '80s, but very few people attempt to actually make them. Jamie Paton makes it look easy. The opening track, "Mad Obsession" is a bouncy bit of tropical house, with a tom loop and some synth washes before some insouciant vocals come in. "Time After Time" is a dancefloor version of some daytime detective show funk, "Drole Model" is cool rainforest dub house. Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay on the production assist, so you know it sounds right.
 
 
 
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A TripDJ Sotofett
 
 
Honest Jon's
 
Fans of the bizarre Sex Tags triangle have had a lot to be excited about this year, with Sex Tags Mania, Wania and Sex Tags UFO firing on all cylinders. Now, Sotofett drops it on us, the collab motherload with an album's full of material running the gamut from ambient to afrohouse. It's killer, as expected. Talented producer Phillip Lauer provides some of the highlights. "JEKS: Space Dub" is a knackered ambient jam, while "JEKS: Nimbus Mix" (no relation to The Orb) is maybe the album's best dance track, with the various mixes of "Nondo" coming in close behind. The whole thing bubbles and scrapes, the most definitive statement to date from one of dance music's true characters.
 

 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: RIP Dot-A-Rock & The Jacka, Flip with Phat Kat & Elzhi, DJ Rob A with Masta Ace + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2015 11:34am | Post a Comment
Tragic news for Bay Area rap fans this week when they learned that popular longtime Bay Area rapper Dominic "The Jacka" Newton was shot and killed in East Oakland on Monday night (Feb 2nd) - the result of a bullet wound to the head. 

According to reports the 37 year old, Oakland based, Pittsburg, CA born hip-hop artist died doing what he loved most: rapping and freestyling with a group of seven hip-hop friends of his sitting in a van - The Jacka was standing outside beside the van when the shooting took  place. A very prolific artist, who has released numerous solo projects and collaborative projects (he's worked with everyone), The Jacka was a constant best-seller at the two Bay Area Amoeba Music stores including such releases as his 2009 Freeway collaboration Highway Robbery and his 2009 album Tear Gas which remains his best selling album to date (the video for the Traxamillion produced album track "Glamorous Lifestyle" appears below).

  
  
Andre Nickatina (featured in the above "Glamorous Lifestyle") was just one of countless fellow Bay Area artists that The Jacka collaborated with over the years. Others  include Berner, E-40, Guce, Keak da Sneak, and Friscasso The Jeweler (recently profiled on the Amoeblog) while on a national level he's worked with such artists as NYC emcee Cormega, Southern rapper Paul Wall, and Philly rapper Freeway. (Highway Robbery cover right). Ever since the news broke on Tuesday of The Jacka's shooting murder many online commenters have cynically suggested that being a gangsta rapper that he had he had it coming to him (IE: live by the sword die by the sword). However the truth is that while he rapped about the street "lifestyle" and all that went with it - he did so in a non glamorizing way - but in a real observant way.  Those who knew him all describe him a good person and an artist first and foremost. And what a prolific one too!

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Weekly Roundup: Them Are Us Too, Dunes, Birth Defects, Nic Hessler, Gateway Drugs, Jack Name

Posted by Billy Gil, February 6, 2015 09:17am | Post a Comment

Them Are Us Too – “Us Now”

them are us tooCali duo Them Are Us Too call to mind early Cocteau Twins with a more electronic bent, or School of Seven Bells precursor On!Air!Library!, if anyone remembers that cool band. Kennedy Ashlyn’s vocals dance up and down a ladder scale while Cash Askew’s guitar wails around her and little keyboard notes sparkle overheard. The band’s album, Remain, is due March 24 on Dais.

 

Dunes – “Circles”

dunesAnother wonderful dream-pop track comes to us from L.A.’s Dunes. True to its name, “Circles” is somewhat elliptical, starting with cascading, layered vocals and reverbed guitars before moving into silky disco beat and prickly post-punk guitar lines. Dunes’ last album was Noctiluca back in 2012. They’re working on new material now and will play with Roses and Moaning Feb. 16 at Harvard & Stone.

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Dilla Weekend Kicks Off In Miami

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2015 07:10pm | Post a Comment
After years of celebrating the legacy of Detroit's favorite son - the late great, revered hip-hop producer J Dilla - in his hometown of Detroit with the annual Dilla Day, this year Dilla's mom Ma Dukes moves the official main celebration of her beloved son way south of the cold February Motor City to sunny and warm Miami, Florida for not one day but an extended weekend of concerts, parties, and celebrations of her son who died nine years ago on February 10th, 2006. For this year's blockbuster event, that kicks off today (Feb 5th) and runs through Sunday (Feb 8th), there is an amazing line up of artists performing in Dilla's honor.

This impressive lineup includes his old crew Slum Village, kindred producer spirits/friends Madlib and Pete RockMobb Deep, acclaimed new artist Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Tony Touch, Black Milk, ESTA, and Camp Lo. These and many still TBA guests will appear at concerts, BBQs, producer panels, and artist meet and greets.

These events will be held at various venues around the Midtown/Wynwood area of Miami including at The Stage, Bardot, and LMNT. For more information and tickets, both all weekend passes and individual shows (Note: some already sold out), go to JDillaWeekend website that includes all the info on such shows as tonight's opening concert party with Madlib, Kumi, Mr Brown, and DZ at Bardot. Also note that this is the main Dilla event but that there will be many others held over the coming days all over the place including over in the UK. Meantime below are a couple of videos of some classic Dilla tracks. Oh and if you don't already have it in your collection - pick up the recently released Dilla 10" LP Beat Batch series.

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KPOO Live Broadcast From Amoeba SF, 2/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 5, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Kpoo

On Saturday, February 21st, the listener-sponsored, noncommercial, independent and local radio station KPOO will broadcast LIVE from the Amoeba SF stage from 2-6 pm! Join us in welcoming DJ X1 (Old School, Hip-Hop, R&B), McSchmormac (exploring the origins of recorded music with recordings from 1900 to 1950), and DJ Jose Ruiz (Latin Salsa). Come down and shake it with us! There will be dancing in the aisles. 

KPOO broadcasts 24 hours a day to San Francisco, Oakland, and the greater Bay Area. Founded by Poor People’s Radio, Inc., KPOO’s ongoing mission has been to open the airwaves to the disenfranchised and underserved. They broadcasts news, public meetings, election, live events, interviews, public service announcements, and music not heard on any other radio stations. KPOO Radio is run by a volunteer staff.

DJ X1 mcSchmormac DJ Jose Ruiz
DJ X1 McSchmormac DJ Jose Ruiz

 

5% Nation Hip-Hop Group Brand Nubian

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment
Back in the late eighties / early nineties at the peak of the so-called Afro-centric movement within hip-hop many groups embraced the teachings of the 5% Nation (aka Five Percenters, and the Nation of Gods and Earths) which is the half-century old political organization founded by former Nation of Islam member Clarence "13X" Edward Smith (aka Allah the Father) who was a former student of Malcolm X. Of all these hip-hop groups associated with the Five Percenters the best known was Brand Nubian who consistently espoused the teachings of the Five Percent Nation in their music. These songs included "All For One" which was the title track off the New Rochelle, NY crew's stellar debut album - one that remains a hip-hop classic to this day. However the track caused a good deal of controversy  around the time of its release because the group -- originally made up of emcees Grand Puba, Sadat X, and Lord Jamar along with DJ Alamo --  were outspoken and true to their political beliefs from day one; proudly and unapologetically using their recordings and concerts  as a platform to display both their Islamic faith and the teachings of The 5% Nation.

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Swervedriver Release New Song 'Autodidact,' New Album Due March 3

Posted by Billy Gil, February 4, 2015 04:13pm | Post a Comment

swervedriver i wasn't born to lose you lp

Original shoegazers Swervedriver have been back around for a while now, playing various festivals and releasing a new song, "Deep Wound," in 2013. But now they've announced a new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You, due March 3 on Cobraside. You can preorder the album now on LP and CD.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Autodidact
2. Last Rites
3. For A Day Like Tomorrow
4. Setting Sun
5. Everso
6. English Subtitles
7. Red Queen Arms Race
8. Deep Wound
9. Lone Star
10. I Wonder?

You can hear the traditional aspects of Swervedriver's sound in the first song, "Autodidact," which they also unveiled today: beautiful, cascading guitarwork, loud, distorted power chords, thundering beats and Adam Franklin's throaty, chilled out tenor, fusing shoegazer aesthetics with the sound of the then-burgeoning alternative-rock scene. I'd say it was a return to form, if Swervedriver ever lost their form to begin with.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Organist Cameron Carpenter

Posted by Amoebite, February 4, 2015 11:14am | Post a Comment

Cameron Carpenter

Known for his vibrant flare in music and fashion, Cameron Carpenter is taking an ancient instrument to unconventional places. Praised and simultaneously criticized for his use of electronic organs, Carpenter is often referred to as a virtuoso for his unorthodox interpretations of standard organ arrangements.The classically trained organist earned two degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and he holds the distinction of being the first organist to be nominated for a GRAMMY award. His International Touring Organ show features a digital organ designed by Carpenter.

Cameron Carpenter visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and to dispel some common misconceptions about Classical musicians. Cameron kicks off his What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Wiz Khalifa's Deal Or No Deal and follows that up with Breakfast by Chiddy Bang. A huge fan of film scores and soundtrack composers, Cameron digs up a copy of Citizen Kane by Bernard Herrman. Watch the full episode below to hear Cameron explain why it's important for Classical musicians to know what's going on in popular music, from Hip Hop to Taylor Swift and everything in between.

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How To Dress Well Plays Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in Hollywood Feb. 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 4, 2015 10:26am | Post a Comment

how to dress well red bull sound selectIndie R&B star How To Dress Well will headline the next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select show at The Sayer's Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, February 25. The show is $3 on arrival with RSVP, and it’s 21-and-over. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee you entry, though, and as this should be a bigger show, arrive early to make sure you get in.

how to dress well what is this heartHow To Dress Well began as a bedroom project for Tom Krell, combining swooning R&B melodies with washes of lo-fi noise, and has evolved into a more polished electro-soul style over the course of three critically acclaimed albums. His latest, last year’s “What Is This Heart?”, landed on many year-end best-of lists. Check out part one of his three-video trilogy from “What Is This Heart?”, “Repeat Pleasure”:

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Rare 1992 E-40 & The Click Interview

Posted by Billyjam, February 3, 2015 04:14pm | Post a Comment

For this week's hip-hop history installment, rewind back 23 years to 1992 -- a time when E-40 and The Click's careers were on the verge of blowing up majorly. Below is an audio YouTube clip of a KUSF radio interview I conducted at that time with The Click's four members E-40, B-Legit, D-Shot, and Suga T, and with their producer Studio Ton.

It was before they had gone federal (signed to the national label Jive Records), E-40 had just released his solo album entitled Federal, and when The Click as a group had released the album Down and Dirty care of their game-changing little indie label Sick Wid It Records (both later reissued by Jive Records). It was a time when B Legit was still sometimes known as Legitimate B and when D Shot was sometimes still known as Mac D Shot. As for the group's name, it was also something they changed as they had originally been known as MVP. "Now we're The Click. We needed a spicier name," explains E-40 in the interview. "Back in 87…we was doing local stuff. It is really a family thing," said E-40 at the time.

Even back then, the Bay Area rap icon, who these days is known for tirelessly cranking out triple volume albums on an annual basis, was most prolific having recorded both a group album and a solo album simultaneously. "I was putting in work," he said modestly of his impressively busy recording routine back in '92 but again stressing how even with his solo album that it was "a family thing" with his fellow group members (all related) helping out in some capacity. In fact, all of the immediate Click  members as well as the greater Sick Wid It family crew were all very busy back then. Suga T was gearing up to record her debut album, It's All Good, that would drop the following year while extended Sick Wid It crew members Lil Bruce and Rhythm X were all prepping to drop solo joints. And while it was E-40 who would become the best known member of the Click as a group - each of the other three members were talented and historically significant in their own respective rights - Suga T as among the pioneering female rappers of the Bay's history, B-Legit as an incredible wordsmith with a most distinctive flow, and D-Shot was both a strong rapper and among the original wave of Bay Area rap compilation producers (along with Herm Lewis and Master P, who was still living in Richmond in the East Bay). 

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Reissue Report: Bjork, Broadcast, Led Zeppelin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Posted by Billy Gil, February 3, 2015 03:42pm | Post a Comment

bjorkLots of exciting vinyl reissues have been announced for early 2015, starting off with Bjork, whose major studio albums all will be reissued by One Little Indian March 9.

The first 5,000 copies of the reissue will each come in “the hue that personifies that album character,” One Little Indian says. After that, the imprint will issue the LPs on black vinyl.

So just which hue is Debut? What cula’ is Medulla? Check out the descriptions below for each album, which you can preorder now (I didn’t write these, assuming Bjork did):

 

bjork post lp reissue

Debut (1993) [Beige]

shy beginner humility virgin beige silver mohair the messenger

Post (1995) [Pink]

greedy euphoric absorb promiscuity urban pink

Homogenic (1997) [Green]

Album Picks: Nite Fields, Title Fight, Ty Segall Band

Posted by Billy Gil, February 3, 2015 09:14am | Post a Comment

Nite Fields – Depersonalisation

nite fields depersonalisationThese nocturnally minded Australians set themselves apart from post-punk pack with creeping, atmospheric songs that seem to exist in a netherworld between sleep, dreaming and waking life. Songs like “You I Never Knew” lurch forward with jangling guitars and pounding beats before resting back into woozy, cloudy textures, on tracks like “Pay for Strangers.” Definitely a band to watch for 2015.

 

Title Fight - Hyperview

title fight hyperview lpI had never checked out Title Fight before, but they go lighter on the emo and heavier on the shoegaze on their new album, coming up with a surprisingly winning combination. Tracks like “Chlorine” find sweet melodies doing battle with Sonic Youth-style mangled chords, while moody basslines on songs like “Hypernight” and power-pop arrangements on tracks like “Mhrac” call to mind elements of The Pixies. The band’s watery, textured guitar playing makes for pleasant listening on the plaintive “Your Pain Is Mine Now,” but the band can still deliver a dose of the good ol’ screamo-style singing on “Rose of Sharon,” placing them in the same boat as bands who’ve similarly paired picturesque guitarwork with corrosive singing and driving beats, like Fucked Up and Deafheaven. Fans may have to get used to the more impressionistic style they use here, employing Chapterhouse and Swervedriver as influences as much as Jawbreaker or Rites of Spring. But those who are willing to evolve with the band will be rewarded with a perfect marriage of pulse and shimmer, on songs like standout “Liar’s Love.” And those of us new to Title Fight have a much-needed dose of gorgeously loud music on our hands with Hyperview.

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The Hot Stove Movie & Music Festival at SF's Vogue Theater

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 2, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment
Dan Bern, Tim Flannery, Chuck Prophet
Musical guests Dan Bern, Tim Flannery, and Chuck Prophet

Tired of our rainless winter and ready for baseball season? Then head down to San Francisco's beautiful Vogue Theater for The Hot Stove Movie & Music Festival, a unique weekend of baseball movies and songs, February 6-8th. Yes, peanuts and crackerjack will be available. Plus, the festival features an equipment drive (with donated equipment going to Cuba!) via Baseball Without Borders and a portion of all proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Urban Sports Alliance to help rehabilitate Crocker Amazon Baseball Fields in San Francisco.

This line-up is bases-loaded:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6:
7PM: BULL DURHAM
This 1988 romantic comedy is widely considered the greatest baseball movie of all time. Loosely based on the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton. Starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins. Followed by a rousing in-theater conversation with writer/director Ron Shelton!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7:
NOON: THE SANDLOT (Kids $5 for this matinee)
2PM: THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976)
4PM: A Live Performance by TIM FLANNERY (former Giants 3rd Base Coach)
6PM: GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA
A filmmaker in his sixties - an inner city coach's son estranged in his youth from his now-deceased father - spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth coaches and their players.
Followed by a rousing conversation with director Eugene Corr!
8PM: A Live Performance by CHUCK PROPHET and DAN BERN!

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February 2015

Posted by Amoebite, February 2, 2015 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Concert TicketsAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

For Club Nokia shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Club Nokia (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Alan Parsons at Club Nokia

Alan Parsons
Club Nokia
June 14

ILoveMakonnen at the El Rey

ILoveMakonnen
El Rey
May 15

SF Hip-Hop Renaissance Man Friscasso The Jeweler Kicks Off 2015 With Anticipated Album

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment
After diligently been on the grind behind the scenes for the past dozen years multi-talented Bay Area hip-hop renaissance man Friscasso The Jeweler readies to take his place in the spotlight in 2015 with the release of his anticipated brand new, long-awaited, official debut album If You Buyin I'm Sellin (available in the Bay Area Amoeba stores care of Bay Game Records) on which he displays his rap skills alongside an impressive array of guests including The Jacka,  Killa Tay, and Matt Blaque. Among the strong album songs are such standout tracks as "Poed Up," "We Warriors," and the title track which is produced by Nasty Music - one of the numerous producers who contribute to the 14 track full-length (among the many others are J-Moe, SF Traxxx, Beat Goods, and Sean Fong Beats - hence the refreshingly diverse sound to the album).

While Friscasso The Jeweler may be a new name to some rap fans, those truly into Bay Area rap are already familiar with him thanks to his decade-strong history of tirelessly contributing behind the scenes to the vibrant Bay Area hip-hop/rap music world. This the multi-talented individual has done in various capacities: with his talents, in addition to rapper, including that of jeweler, tattooer, clothing designer, and car airbrush artist.  Indeed Friscasso The Jeweler is truly a renaissance man/talented Bay rapper. And it is as rapper that many already know of him via his long list of MC contributions to numerous high-profile rap releases over the past decade that include his contributions to 17 Wit A Thizz.  Meanwhile behind the scenes Friscasso has been applying his myriad of non-mic skills - from tattooing, to T-shirt designing / manufacturing, to custom jewelry making. All of this he has worked on with such SF/Bay rap players as Mac Mall, Black C, Mistah F.A.B., Lee Majors, and Big Rich.  As if making up for lost time Friscasso The Jeweler is unleashing two full-length rap releases (this official debut album plus a second full-length mixtape release) in 2015. These follow such already released popular Friscasso tracks from the past couple of years as "Poe'd Up" featuring The Jacka (included on If You Buying I'm Sellin), and his killer CD single / 49ers rap anthem "Sons Of Harbaugh," that created a buzz with both Niners fans and rap fans.

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One album wonders: The Glove's Blue Sunshine

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 1, 2015 12:24am | Post a Comment
 THE GLOVE - BLUE SUNSHINE (recorded 1982, released 1983) 

The Glove Blue Sunshine


For about 40 years The Cure have been the main creative outlet for Robert Smith but he's engaged in the occasional side project here and there (and there). Whilst not as obscure as Cogasm or Cult Hero, The Glove and their sole album, Blue Sunshine, is a one album wonder that deserves better. 


I suppose that The Glove were as much a Siouxsie & The Banshees side project as a Cure one, since aside from Smith (who was himself twice a Banshee) the Glove was full-time Banshee Steve Severin. They also came about largely because Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie were off recording their own Banshee side project, the first Creatures record. It also owed a lot to the neo-psychedelic direction that the Banshee's had first pursued with 1980's Kaleidoscope

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