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Saturday Night at the Carter Family Fold

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 30, 2015 08:20pm | Post a Comment
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Deep in the hollows of Southwestern Virginia, near the Tennessee border and about thirty miles or so from any kind of reliable cellular signal, you'll find a low wooden structure pitched into a sloping hillside that faces an unbroken wood, settled at the end of endlessly snaking mountain back-roads that, depending upon your approach, terminate in two right turns around a rusted out passenger railcar resembling a forsaken submarine (what with it's porthole-like windows) swamped by high country grasses. This is Hiltons, Virginia and the venue is the Carter Family Fold, or the Carter Fold, or the fully realized results of local efforts to preserve and present bluegrass and old time country music in honor of traditional American folk pioneers, The Carter Family (specifically A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and her sister/his brother's wife Maybelle). You'll know you've arrived when clusters of casually parked cars come into view, for that's how I found out for myself last Saturday night, after nearly an hours' passage through pastoral outlands and more than one are we there yet? Here follows a bit of a personal narrative of that night, garnished with a few of the photos I managed to capture.

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Before stetting foot into the Fold itself, the frantic meter of "Cotton Eye Joe" became more discernible with every step I took, the muffled twangs and drawls of banjo and fiddle battling for supremacy in the space between verse and chorus only just audible behind the front entrance. Once through the door, another sound altogether becomes jarringly apparent: the arrhythmic clatter of untold multitudes of tap shoes scuffing up a hard surface like lazy rain drizzling hot fryolator oil. The cacophony is hypnotizing. Inside, at the ticket booth, my father proceeds to pay the price of admission for all us kin and then some, and brooks no refusals as usual. I pay a smidge extra for a Carter Family placard fan for good measure - no telling what the weather's like all the way inside.

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Weekly Roundup: Mikal Cronin, Hanni El Khatib, Ariel Pink, MXMS, Spirit Club, Peptalk, Jessie Jones, Kevin Morby, Damaged Bug

Posted by Billy Gil, May 29, 2015 11:57am | Post a Comment

Mikal Cronin - "Say" video

mikal croninThe cute video for Mikal Cronin's "Say," off his recently released, excellent MCIII album, stars Cronin and comedian/actors Jonah Ray, Nick Thune and Nelson Franklin in a recreation of Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" video—plus some murder. Watch it via Funny or Die.

 

 

Hanni El Khatib – “Melt Me” video

hanni el khatibL.A. garage rocker wanders an arcade moping and singing while seemingly unwitting participants get roped in to this cinema verite-style video. Two cute girls playing Dance Dance Revolution serve as a particularly funny counterpoint to El Khatib’s bummed-out state. The song comes from his latest album, Moonlight, which is out now on Innovative Leisure.

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Major Lazer Release Party Features Performance (and Free Beer) June 2

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

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UPDATE 6/1/15 AT 5:45pm - We are now SOLD OUT of tickets to this event. 

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Electronic music powerhouse Major Lazer will release their new album, Peace Is the Mission, June 1. To celebrate, they’ll be hold an exclusive album release party, and Amoeba Hollywood has your entry.

Pick up the new album on CD June 1 or 2 and get a free ticket to the show, while supplies last. It’s one ticket per CD purchased, with a limit of eight per person.

Major Lazer will be performing and DJing the event, which also includes free beer. It’s 21-and-over-only. The event is being held at a very cool secret location in L.A., and you can only get in through Amoeba, so don’t hesitate and get your ticket ASAP.

Lead by producer extraordinaire Diplo, Major Lazer is a DJ team who’ve released two previous albums that blend dancehall and electro house and have worked with the likes of Santigold, Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul and more. Their third studio album, Peace Is the Mission, includes collaborations with 2 Chainz, Elliphant and Ellie Goulding, among others. Hear the first single “Lean On,” a collaboration with DJ Snake featuring vocals by Danish singer MO, below:

Krip-Hop Artist Fezo May Be Retiring From Music, But Not Activism - by guest Amoeblogger Leroy F Moore Jr.

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2015 08:15pm | Post a Comment

Below is the latest in an ongoing series of featured articles, spanning several years, on the topic of Krip-Hop written by guest Amoeblogger Leroy F Moore Jr. Leroy is both a pioneer of that hip-hop sub-genre as well as the founder of Krip-Hop Nation, the umbrella group that links hip-hop artists with disabilities from all over the globe. For this article the artist/activist/author discusses fellow Krip-Hopper Fezo (aka Fezo Da Mad One), his brand new and final album, and retirement from hip-hop. Leroy is currently finishing up his soon to be published book The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics (Poetic Matrix Press).



Fezo "Alter Ego" (2008)

Keith Jones, the artist known as Fezo, and I first met in person at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA back in 2004.  The Missouri-born, Sacramento-based Krip-Hop artist and I instantly bonded. That was probably because we have so much in common. We are both Black men with cerebral palsy, and are both of the same age.  At that time, eleven years ago, we were both in our mid-thirties. Furthermore we are both poets, both activists, and we each share a passionate love of music. 

After taking over the Disability Caucus at the DNC by organizing Black disabled advocates to bum rush the Caucus to make sure diverse voices were being heard, Fezo and I made our way to a music studio to drop some songs and to talk more about Krip-Hop Nation. As we got our headphones on Fezo shared some news with me, made all the more dramatic by the fact that, due to his mic being turned on, was amplified throughout the studio. "Leroy, Hip-Hop is not ready to face its ableism so I have two albums left before I retire from Hip-Hop," he announced to my disappointment.  Upon hearing this my mind screamed "NO!" because for once I had met a Black disabled activist/artist whose raps spoke to me, and whom I fully understood because of my own experience as a poet, activist, and founder of Krip-Hop Nation. I could relate firsthand to all the shut doors he had faced.

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PINS Reveal "Molly," Play Amoeba SF June 16

Posted by Billy Gil, May 28, 2015 09:07am | Post a Comment

pins bandOn this new track from PINS called “Molly,” the four Manchester ladies drum up a narcotic girl-group sway, perhaps a comedown from the title in question. Singer/guitarist Faith Vern sings of “wild nights with Molly” while Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar) Sophie Galpin (drums) & Kyoko Swann (synths/guitar) create a rockabilly-influenced backdrop. Listen via Stereogum.

pins wild nights lpIt’s the latest from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Wild Nights, due June 9 on Bella Union. To kick off the album’s release, the band plays Amoeba SF on June 16 at 6 p.m. before hitting the Rickshaw Stop that night.

The other tracks revealed from the album have shown a variety of moods and styles, include the stomping “Young Girls” and brooding “Too Little Too Late.” Check out those videos below. “Young Girls” is particularly haunting, with its Jawbreaker meets The Craft in the English suburbs vibe.


Ennio Morricone Feature Documentary In The Works

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2015 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Ennio Morricone's score for Sergio Leone's "Once upon a time in the West"

Good, it's about time! That seems to be the general reaction by fans of Ennio Morricone to the news that there will be a feature documentary on the iconic Italian composer whose vast body of work spans writing music for 500 plus films and TV shows, in addition to countless contemporary classical compositions. His Amoeba online store page offers almost 200 titles! There have been pieces done on Morricone, such as the 1995 BBC TV documentary, but never a full feature scale documentry.

As recently reported by Deadline, director Giuseppe Tornatore, who first worked with Morricone on Cinema Paradiso, will begin shooting the documentary on the life of the legendary prolific 86-year-old composer in two months. It will be a unique documentary structured to reportedly, "highlight a side of Morricone that has never been revealed."  

As a fan I cannot wait for this documentary. Amoeba.com's J.Poet so accurately noted; "Ennio Morricone is one of the few musicians to have invented a new genre. His soundtracks for a series of Italian western films by director Sergio Leone, many starring Clint Eastwood, created “spaghetti Western” music by mixing surf guitar, classical, pop, rock, electronic, avant-garde, and Italian music and sprinkling it with samples of birdcalls, gunshots, footsteps, animal noises, and whistling. The sound became as popular as the films they were part of." 

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Beach House's 'Depression Cherry' Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2015 09:47am | Post a Comment

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Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House have announced a new album, Depression Cherry, which will come out Aug. 28 on Sub Pop. You can preorder it now on LP or CD.

Beach House’s fifth album, the follow-up to 2012’s Bloom, was recorded and produced by band members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scaly with Chris Coady at Bogalusa, Louisiana's Studio in the Country, according to Pitchfork. Also, the album sleeve will be made from red velvet (!).

beach house depression cherry lpThe album sounds as though it will be a return to the more stripped-down sound of early albums such as their self-titled debut and second album, Devotion, with more electronic drums than live ones, according to a statement from the band:

“In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Strand Of Oaks

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2015 05:07pm | Post a Comment

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Strand Of Oaks is the brainchild of singer-songwriter/producer Timothy Showalter. The Philadelpia-based Strand of oaksmuscian crafts anthemic stadium ready choruses drawing inspiration from classic folk-rock while making his own unqiue brand of modern Americana. Now signed to the the Dead Oceans label, Showalter finds himself in great company with the likes of Akron/Family and Bishop Allen, to name a few. For his label debut, Showalter manages to take folk-based song ideas and turn them into rock gold. Pulling from personal life woes, Showalter uses his self pitty and pain of a failed marriage to create a well-produced record filled with classic pop characteristics. He's got big drums, big hooky choruses and just the right amount of distortion. Strand Of Oaks' HEAL is out now on LP and CD.  

Timothy recently visited Amoeba San Francisco and picked up some great albums. He first digs up a vinyl copy of Security by progressive rock icon Peter Gabriel. He follows that with Boston folk singer Marissa Nadler's July and Future Islands' In the Evening Air. A true fan of great songwriting, Timothy digs far and wide. He also picks up albums by Nick Cave and Kurt Vile and talks about some nostalgic music from his childhood. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below for all his awesome picks.

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Album Picks: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thee Oh Sees

Posted by Billy Gil, May 26, 2015 10:43am | Post a Comment

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

unknown mortal orchestra multi-love lpUnknown Mortal Orchestra continue their transition into the best funk band from another dimension with Multi-Love. The title track sounds like Stevie Wonder on a space-rock kick, as frontman Ruban Nielson raspily sings of polyamorous affairs over proggy movements and danceable beats. “Like Acid Rain’s” disintegrated R&B dazzles and melts in your ears. “The World Is Crowded’s” lockstep groove accompanies lush soul vocals singing quizzical lyrics, asking “did she blow my brains out?” like a robot waking up from a one-night stand. And “Ur Life in One Night” takes the psychedelic-leaning funk and soul of the ’70s and making it sound truly interstellar, as though Curtis Mayfield and Funkadelic records were transmitted via satellite to an alien galaxy, and this was the responding message. But however proudly UMO wave their freak flag, Multi-Love is still rooted in reality. “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” begins on a film-noir opening, with cinematic horns, booty-shaking jungle drums and 007 riffs growing into curious melodies that curl into an earworm chorus on perhaps their best song yet. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s particular universe is perplexing only until you get your footing; then you’ll never want to leave. It’s one of the best things we’ve heard all year.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Roots of Gangsta Rap

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

N.W.A are routinely credited with creating the genre known as gangsta rap, which is a fair summation since it was these West Coast rappers who inspired a whole new unstoppable generation of hardcore gangsta rap recording artists. However, these LA rappers are predated by fellow LA-based artist Ice-T who in turn was predated by the true O.G. (Original Gangsta) -- Philadeplhia's Schoolly D who in 1985 unleashed the original gangsta rap record. Entitled "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" and released on his own small indie label, Schoolly D Records, the record with cutting by DJ Code Money was an ode to the Philly street gang that the rapper (born Jesse B. Weaver, Jr.) was associated with. The initials P.S.K. stood for the Park Side Killas gang and their song dedication was brimming with references to gangsta activity: guns, violence, sex, and drug use, with usage of the N word ("sucka ass nigga tryna sound like me"), which was something uncommon though not totally unheard of in rap records up to that point.

Although originally considered a regional rap record with likely little appeal beyond its immediate hood, the distinctly hardcore rap record struck a nerve with music fans well beyond Philadelphia. The NJ-born, LA-based Ice-T adapted its style for his single, "6 In The Mornin" (later entitled "6 'N the Mornin'), released a year later in 1986. It was also included on his 1987 debut album Rhyme Pays.

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Berkeley World Music Festival Returns To Telegraph Avenue, June 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

The 12th annual Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue on Saturday, June 13th from Noon – 9pm. The Bay Area’s finest artists present a dazzling array of continuous music in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, and on the Amoeba Music-sponsored People’s Park stage from 1-6pm. This FREE Festival celebrates global unity, bringing together cultures as far-reaching as Middle Eastern Jewish, Arabic, Roma, Colombian, Asian, and African.

The all-star concert at People’s Park opens with Soji & the Afrobeat Band. Soji Odukogbe attracted acclaim originally as lead guitarist for the great Fela Kuti. Next up is The Georges Lammam Ensemble, led by a violin virtuoso presenting an all-Arabic show with exotic dancers. The final act is the Oakland-based Candelaria, who fuses Afro-Colombian, cumbia, and reggae into a spectacular new form that moves the South American cumbia phenomenon onto the world stage. People’s Park festivities also include a colorful crafts fair and an exhibition performance by the All Nations Singers at 12:30pm, which includes Native American social dancing that the audience can participate in.

A musical feast will be served throughout the day at various Telegraph Avenue venues. Safra opens the Festival at the Cafe Mediterraneum at noon with spirited music and songs of the Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jews). Jesse Autumn & Shelley Phillips offer a Celtic and Scandinavian concert with woodwinds & double strung harps at Musical Offerings. Tres Meminas play Bossa Nova & Brazilian Jazz, transforming Remy’s Mexican Restaurant into an Iberian music hall. Moe’s Books provides a backdrop for Ultra World Duo’s bamboo flutes and Chinese zither. KPFA host Stephen Kent, the world’s premiere exponent of the didjeridu, performs trance music at the YWCA gym on Bancroft. Pakistani legend Riffat Sultana shares songs from Qawwali Sufi to Punjabi pop at Cafe Milano. Rumen Shopov & Edessa (Romani Balkan music) is the Festival finale at “The Village” (2556 Telegraph Avenue) led by multi-instrumentalist Shopov, one of the greatest living players of Bulgarian and Turkish tapan drumming.

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HBO Sitcom Silicon Valley's Guide To Sade

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2015 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Last night's episode of the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley had me cracking up and nodding my head in agreement when one of its lead characters offered a funny, succinctly accurate summation of Sade's musical output. Entitled "Adult Content," the episode was the seventh in the ongoing second season of the sitcom created by Mike Judge and Alec Berg about the challenges of the fictional South Bay start up Pied Piper. The episode contained a scene in which T. J. Miller's hilarious character Erlich Bachman (pictured above) imparts some sage advice on setting the perfect sex-inducing mood for a date to his nervous, lesser experienced roommate/co-worker Dinesh Chugtai (played by Kumail Nanjiani). The best music to play is Sade, he tells him. But he quickly clarifies not just anything from the British Nigerian singer's three-plus-decades-long career that has spawned a string of  releases including six official studio albums.

"Early Sade, before her arrangements became too baroque," he further advises Dinesh. Later in the episode, Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" (off her second album, 1985's Promise) is heard playing.  Look for Sade's music, including her debut album, Diamond Life, at Amoeba where you will also find Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season on both DVD and Blu-Ray. See trailer below along with video for Sade's "Sweetest Taboo."  Meanwhile Silicon Valley, which was recently nominated for an Emmy and renewed for a third season, airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO.

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One Album Wonders: Sonic Boom's Spectrum

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 25, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment
 SONIC BOOM - SPECTRUM (1989)

For this edition of One Album Wonders we take a listen to Sonic Boom, who released one album, Spectrum, in 1989. 

Sonic Boom Spectrum

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is Peter Kember, an English musician born in Rugby in 1965. In 1982, whilst at Rugby Art College, he co-founded The Spacemen (later Spacemen 3) with Jason Pierce. After releasing two albums -- 1986's Sound Of Confusion and 1987's The Perfect Prescription -- Kember signed a deal with Silvertone Records for a solo album. On the resulting album, Spectrum, Kember's professed influences such as SuicideThe Velvet UndergroundThe Stooges, and early electronic music were all on display.

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Lyrics Born Discusses His Recently Released New Orleans Flavored Album "Real People"

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2015 11:52am | Post a Comment

 
"No, I never thought that one day I'd be working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It's funny because I went to the Preservation Hall in the '90s to watch them play and I appreciated the music, but my world was centered around hip-hop for a long long time," answered Lyrics Born when quizzed if he ever envisioned himself one day working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as the longtime Bay Area emcee/Quannum co-founder/Latyrx member does on his latest solo album. Entitled Real People and released through his own Mobile Home Recordings label, it is the eighth album (including solo and group) from the artist born Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura, and is available from Amoeba in both CD and digital download formats with a forthcoming vinyl version on the way.

Mostly upbeat with just a few down-tempo tracks, the 13 track, 44 minute album is a recommended uplifting funky fresh collection of New Orleans flavored hip-hop unlike any you've heard before that features, in addition to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, such other NOLA heavyweights as Ivan Neville and Trombone Shorty, plus full production by the Big Easy's Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman from Galactic. In addition to the full Galactic band (who join Lyrics Born on the killer cut "Rock-Rock-Away"), other album contributors include Corey Henry, Corey Glover of Living Colour, David Shaw of The Revivalists, and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame.

Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Ariel Pink, The Sandwitches, Pure Ground

Posted by Billy Gil, May 22, 2015 09:27am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love“Miss Narcissist”

courtney love miss narcissistCourntey Love has a new single out on Nathan Williams of WavvesGhost Ramp label. Scoff if you want, but it’s not half bad, signaling the notorious singer may be on the road to musical recovery after a rocky past decade and a half or so. Love’s been more public as of late, speaking about the Kurt Cobain documentary she helped authorize, Montage of Heck, and appearing on shows like Empire and recording music for that show’s soundtrack. Her music’s usually been more interesting than her antics, and “Miss Narcissist” shows she’s got plenty of tunes left up her sleeve. Look for the vinyl 7” of “Miss Narcissist” and B-side “Radio Killer” this summer.

 

Ariel Pink – “I Need a Minute”

ariel pinkAriel Pink has released a new song from the film Heaven Knows What, the new cinema verite/narrative film about a heroin addict who finds love in New York City (it’s showing this Saturday at Cinefamily). Pink created more than 45 minutes of music for the film, but “I Need a Minute” ended up being what was used. The vocally warped synth ballad will be released as a 7”. Listen via Pitchfork, and watch the trailer for Heaven Knows What below. The film is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, stars Arielle Holmes and is based on Holmes’ forthcoming memoir, Mad Love in New York City.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: E-40 & Ariel Pink, Alchemist & Oh No, NYC Regional DMC Battle, Killer Mike, G.A.T.S., N.W.A Movie, SF DJ Block Party

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2015 07:07am | Post a Comment

E-40 with Ariel Pink? Tangerine Dream with The Alchemist and Oh No?  Yep as unlikely as both those musical pairings might sound each are exactly what you get on the recently released Welcome To Los Santos diverse collection. The album, that is also available in vinyl version, is the new Alchemist and Oh No composition done in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream. Welcome To Los Santos from Mass Appeal Records and Rockstar Games is a multi-genre 14 track compilation of music "based on and inspired by the original soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V" (cover above) that includes the aformentioned E-40 track ("California") which, in addition to Ariel Pink, features also Dam-Funk. Other contributors include Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, Little Dragon, and Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio - to name but some. 

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Show Recap: Tanlines at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

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Tanlines have always stood out among the crowded field of electro-pop bands. Their 2012 debut, Mixed Emotions, was clever without being pretentious, cute without being cloying, and hooky as hell to the point that we'd go see them play live years after the fact and without a new album.

tanlines highlights lpNow, with a sturdy new album finally under their belts, the reliably fine live band came out to Amoeba Hollywood May 19 to play a set from the just-released Highlights. The duo (live, a quartet) launched into their first-ever Amoeba set with countryish ballad “Invisible Ways,” a bold choice since it’s one example of how Highlights hops genres and strays from the electro-pop mold, but it’s also one of the album's best songs and a chance for singer Eric Emm to do his best Bryan Ferry over jangling chords.

“We’re not used to seeing this many CDs in the audience,” bassist/keyboardist/percussionist Jesse Cohen said before diving into the surf-rocky new wave of “Slipping Away.” “I love that song!” he said as they tended to their sound and intro’d Mixed Emotions’ “Brothers,” awash with synth and ratcheting forward on live electronic drums. The moody “Bad Situations” followed, again nicely featuring live electronic drums and Emm’s breaking croon.

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French Electronic Pop Outfit Yelle Publish Video For Completement fou's "Ba$$in"

Posted by Billyjam, May 20, 2015 02:19pm | Post a Comment

Yelle "Ba$$in" video published today

In support of their current album  - Complètement fou that was released by Kemosabe Records back in September in both CD and vinyl formats - the irresistible French electronic pop dance group Yelle today published the perfect accompanying music video (above) for the album track "Ba$$in" - the second cut on the recommended thirteen track full-length.  The colorfully vibrant, unique and surreal retro-feel video was directed by the production pairing of music video maker to the stars Diane Martel (Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce etc.) with Geoffrey Lillemon who is one of the leading artists of the net.art movement. As such Lillemon bases his work on the interplay between the digital and the physical world - an area described as where the real and the imaginary interact. Together, drawing direct influence from music videos of the the decade when MTV was new, they've produced a video that perfectly compliments Yelle's sound and vibe.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Sylvan Esso

Posted by Amoebite, May 20, 2015 12:18pm | Post a Comment

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso is an indie pop duo from Durham, North Carolina. Singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (formerly of Megafaun) joined forces in May of 2013. Two months later the duo were performing live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Their self-titled debut was released May 12, 2014 by Partisan Records, reaching #39 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on the Independent Albums chart, and selling over 39,000 copies. Paste Magazine named Sylvan Esso's song, "Hey Mami" the #1 song of 2014. The duo's buzz is continuing to grow as they tour across the United States, including playing Coachella in April, and upcoming dates in Europe. 

Amelia and Nick recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little shopping. Nick kicks things off with Lateness of Dancers on vinyl by hometown favorite, Hiss Golden Messenger. Amelia digs up a limited 10" copy of alternative hip hop group cLOUDDEAD's Number Five (Mush). They are both big hip hop fans, and Nick particularly loves instrumental hip hop, including Madvillainy Instrumentals. From electronica to sea shanties and from hip hop to experimental, Sylvan Esso definitely have eclectic taste in music! 

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Paul Weller Releases "Saturns Pattern" And Announces West Coast Fall Tour Dates

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2015 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Paul Weller's brand new solo album Saturns Pattern (Parlaphone) was released today on both CD and 180 gram vinyl, in addition to a limited edition 7" single  that features the title track on Side A and the non-album track "Sun Goes" as its B-side. Also today, the man known to many as The Modfather and best known as founding member of The Jam and The Style Council, announced his Fall West Coast tour in support of the new album with ticket pre-sales starting tomorrow (May 20th) and general sales starting on Friday (May 22nd) at 10am Pacific Time.

Showcasing Weller's broad musical spectrum, Saturns Pattern features contributions from The Strypes?' Josh McClorey, Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts?, Steve Pilgrim?, and Syd Arthur?. It is Weller's twelfth solo release. Noteworthy album tracks include the groovin' melodic title track, the hard rocking blues of "White Sky," the dance rhythm driven track "Phoenix," and the simple musical structured albeit instantly commanding, Velvet Underground reminiscent, head-nodding rocker "Long Time."

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Hanni El Khatib Headlines First Fridays at LA's Natural History Museum June 5

Posted by Amoebite, May 19, 2015 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Hanni El Khatib at First Fridays NHMLA

Garage rocker Hanni El Khatib plays the last First Fridays at the Natural History Museum on June 5. Tickets are $20 without a membership to the museum. We’ll be on hand with our booth and prize wheel, so make sure to come by and say hello.

L.A.-based El Khatib released his latest album, Moonlight, this year, displaying a darker, more atmospheric take on his blues-fueled rock ‘n’ roll than on his Dan Auerbach-produced, pop-friendly second album, Head in the Dirt, and raw debut, Will the Guns Come Out. Check out an interview we did El Khatib a while back here, and watch his episode of “What’s In My Bag?” below:


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Knxwledge Discusses Stones Throw LP "Hud Dreems," Amoeba Crate Digging, His Church Upbringing, & Kendrick Lamar Production

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2015 11:43am | Post a Comment



Knxwledge (pronounced Knowledge) is known for such things as being a producer for Kendrick Lamar's current hit album To Pimp a Butterfly (for the track "Momma"); a regular contributor at the Low End Theory events; and, most importantly, as an incredibly prolific producer whose impressive catalog includes a long list of self-released cassettes, albums, and EPs for such labels as All City and Stones Throw. His latest album, Hud Dreems (pre-order on vinyl) was just released on Stones Throw.

The talented 26-year-old LA-based producer is a major fan of Amoeba Music and spends a lot of his spare time digging in the crates of Amoeba Hollywood for records with obscure sounds to sample. Naturally then the NJ born-and-raised producer was quite at home when he got invited to DJ a set at Amoeba Hollywood last month during Record Store Day celebrations at the Sunset Blvd. store. Around that same time I caught up with the producer to talk about making music, his new Stones Throw release, and of course crate digging at Amoeba - something he was more than happy to chat about.

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Album Picks: Hot Chip, Tanlines, Shamir, Holly Herndon, Joanna Gruesome

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2015 10:45am | Post a Comment

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?

hot chip why make sense lpHot Chip’s latest album title, a sentiment borrowed from their forebears in Talking Heads, is a great guiding principle for the British electro-pop band. Their sixth studio album finds the group abandoning any art-pop pretenses as well as any desire to become overtly mainstream and produce some of its best music yet. “Huarache Lights’” synths pulse like sirens that push your ass to start moving. Over a cyborg beat, Alex Tayor sings,  “we’ve been staying up all night, just deleting the days,” instantly summoning the decadence or temporarily losing yourself on the dancefloor. Hot Chip can get a little goofy, giving a potentially heartfelt ballad the lyrical content and title of “White Wine and Fried Chicken,” but things never approach Chromeo levels of silliness, elegantly striking the balance between earnestness and not giving a shit. This serves to make their sonic mining of ’80s genres like synth-funk and house work smoothly—they’re not too self-serious to pull off such sounds while still paying adequate homage to those influences. It doesn’t hurt that the band has never sounded more confident, nor has the music sounded so strong since their breakthrough second album, The Warning, particularly as on the sublime, ethereal house track “Need You Now.” Spin it a few times and the band’s sly hooks take hold and don’t let go. Why Make Sense? makes the case that Hot Chip continue to be the best band of their kind.

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A Love Letter to "Black Star"

Posted by Amoebite, May 18, 2015 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Love Letter to Black Star

I loved our recent Essential Records piece about Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star. I loved the personal reflection and the reminiscing about that time and how it had an impact. So many of us are touched by music at a point in our lives - by a particular song or record - and it's amazing how much it sticks with us, and resonates for years and years and years. Just hearing that record can make us feel something deeply: a moment in time, a time in our lives. Music is the wallpaper and the soundtrack. For some of us it is something way more than the background, it is at the core of who we were and are and who we developed into.

Karen at Leopold RecordsKaren at the Info Counter (~1990)

Of course I had a slightly different, but just as pivotal, experience with the release of the album. It has been one that has carried me from the Bay down to LA. Black Star was released the year that Amoeba opened in San Francisco. It was what reminded and reassured me why I was committed to doing what we do every day with music. Because, simply put, artists and musicians were still challenging and stretching and inventing and bringing music to people in a whole new way to whole new generations.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 20th Anniversary, May 28 - June 1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 18, 2015 03:23pm | Post a Comment

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with the most ambitious festival to date. Join them May 28th - June 1 at the historic Castro Theatre for more musicians and films than ever, and even an extra day!

During the five glorious days of silent-era films and brilliant live music, there will be 21 programs in all, including film historian Kevin Brownlow sharing tales of his personal experiences with personalities from the silent film era, actor Paul McGann narrating the British horror-comedy The Ghost Train, a special movie-and-live-dialogue performance of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair, a program of hilarious Charley Bowers shorts hosted by inimitable showman/preservationist Serge Bromberg, the premiere of a new score for Murnau's The Last Laugh by Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra, and Bay Area’s Earplay performing a new composition for Man Ray’s Emak-Bakia.

See the full line-up and get your tickets HERE!

One Album Wonders: Baader Meinhoff's Baader Meinhoff

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 18, 2015 10:53am | Post a Comment
Luke Haines has released music under several names and as a part of several bands including The Auteurs, The Black Arts, Black Box Recorder, The Deverell Twins, The North Sea Scrolls, The Servants, and the One Album Wonder that is the subject of this piece, Baader Meinhof. Baader Meinhof were named after the West German terrorist group who actually went by the name the Rote Armee Fraktion.

Baader Meinhof album

As a child in the 1980s, I remember the Weather Underground’s heist of a Brink’s truck, the MOVE firebombing, and stories about Carlos “The Jackal.” The first (and second to last) car that I owned was a still-boxy black BMW adorned with a bumper sticker informing anyone stuck behind me in gridlock “Ich gehöre nicht zur Baader-Meinhof Gruppe.” I only know about ten words of German but own an un-subtitled copy of the documentary Starbuck Holger Meins (I get the gist). My interest in Leftist urban terrorism is such that even if a completely generic whoa-oh band were to title a song "Deutscher Herbst," I'd probably listen to it less critically than I would were it instead titled something like "England Skies."

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Shovels & Rope Bring "Evil" to Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

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Fans of all ages came out to watch Charleston, South Carolina-based husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope play a passionate set of songs on the Amoeba Hollywood stage to celebrate the release of Swimmin' Time. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent brought down the house with their alternative country rock. Everyone was so excited for the new album, even Elvis Costello got in on the action. He showed his support by picking up a copy on vinyl before the in-store and then posed for a quick pic. 

Shovels & Rope's latest album, Swimmin' Time, is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album O' Be Joyful. "Birmingham" (the number one song on American Songwriter's year-end list) and the rest of O' Be Joyful put Shovels & Rope on a larger stage, leading to an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, an acclaimed set on PBS' Austin City Limits and festival slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and ACL. Mojo noted that  "their thrilling music rooted in old country with touches of blues and gospel can't help but remind you of Jack and Meg and Johnny and June." You can catch the band as they criss-cross the country playing summer tour dates.

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King Tuff Rules the Next Red Bull Sound Select Show May 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 04:38pm | Post a Comment

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Glam-rockin’ garage dude King Tuff will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 28 at the Del Monte Speakeasy.

This 21+ show is just $3 with an RSVP and $12 at the door. (RSVP does not guarantee you entry, so plan to arrive early.) It’s curated by our friends at Flood Magazine.

L.A.’s King Tuff first hit big with his 2012 self-titled debut, a rollicking collection of lo-fi pop rock jams about how awesome it is to be “Alone & Stoned,” among other subjects. He followed with 2014’s heavier and headier Black Moon Spell, which looks to proto-metal titans like Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath for inspiration while still retaining his signature pop hooks and catchy riffs. Watch the video for “Black Moon Spell” below for a taste.

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Odd Nights at the Autry Promises Hip Flea Market Experience

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 04:19pm | Post a Comment

odd nights at the autry

Amoeba is proud to sponsor the hippest new entry to the L.A. flea market scene, Odd Nights at the Autry, taking place May 22 at the Autry National Center.

Odd Nights will feature more than 200 vendors, including 18 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade jewelry and live bands and DJs. It’s curated by Phillip Dane, who is behind such local markets as Dodger Stadium Flea, Downtown Flea and Melrose Flea.

The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. across two-and-a-half acres in the heart of Griffith Park, with ample parking. Odd Nights is FREE, all-ages and there will be special promotions for anyone new to the Autry Museum.

See a full list of vendors here.

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Scarf Down Tacos From More Than 80 Vendors at Tacolandia June 6

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 03:11pm | Post a Comment

tacolandiaLA Weekly presents the next edition of its Tacolandia gourmet taco festival on June 6 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles from 3 to 8 p.m.

The fest will feature more than 80 taco vendors, curated by famed food blogger and the “world’s first tacorrazo,” Bill Esparza. We’ll be on hand with the Amoeba booth and our prize wheel, so if you’re attending, come by and give it a spin to win some cool swag!

The entry fee allows you to sample tacos from any of the vendors. As it’s a 21-and-over event, there will be a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails, and a stage featuring bands, a DJ and live mariachi! 

The best tacos will be awarded in various categories, presented by The Vendys. Featured vendors will include All Flavor No Grease, Amor y Tacos, Aqui es Texcoco, Bistro LQ, Cielito Lindo, C-V-Che, Chichen Itza, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Coni’Seafood, Corazon y Miel, Don Chente, Gish Bac Restaurante, Guerrilla Tacos, La Flor de Yucatan, La Guerrerense of Ensenada, La Monarca Bakery, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco & Co., Petty Cash, Pez Cantina, Revolutionario LA Food, Rincon Oaxaqueno, Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo Taco, Sol Cocina, Taco Maria, Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana, Taco Punta Cabras and Tamales Elena, among others. 

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DJ Qbert & Yogafrog's Thud Rumble Join Intel For New DJ/Tech Innovation, Showcasing @ This Weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Thud Rumble - the ever pioneering Bay Area-based DJ music/technology company co-founded by DJ Qbert and Yogafrog two decades ago - continues its ever-innovative streak with the unveiling and demonstration of its latest creation: computing embedded DJ equipment and a sensor activated turntable using IntelR technology. A collaboration with Intel, the new technology will be showcased at this weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo where visitors can experience experimental samples and prototypes. For this new creation Thud Rumble staffers, including Hard Rich, Qbert, and Yogafrog, have taken the IntelR ‘Edison board (a computer module the size of a postage stamp that includes a CPU, MCU, memory, storage, and built-in WiFi) and paired it with three commonly utilized DJ and production instruments – a Stanton STR8-150 turntable, a Native Instruments Kontrol S25 keyboard, and a Maschine by Native Instruments.

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Weekly Roundup: So Stressed, Flesh World, Vince Staples

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 11:57am | Post a Comment

So Stressed – “Apple Hill”

so stressed bandSeething Marshall static, desperate highwire vocals and rumbling drums come together on the Sacramaento post-hardcore group’s latest track from the band’s upcoming debut album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art. It’s out May 26 via Honor Press. Stream “Apple Hill” via Interview.

 

 

 

 

Flesh World – “Poolside Boys”

flesh world bandThis watery bit of C86-style shoegaze pop from S.F.’s Flesh World gurgles underfoot over a steady beat, letting its pained vocals and curdling guitars build like a slowly filling tank. An outgrowth from bands like queercore group Limp Wrist and noise poppers Brilliant Colors, Flesh World will release a new LP, The Wild Animals in My Life, June 2 on Iron Lung/La Vida Es Un Mus.

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2015 06:19am | Post a Comment

"King of The Blues" B.B. King, the legendary American guitarist and singer/songwriter, died late last night at his Las Vegas home. He was 89 years of age and had enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning seven decades. According to a report this morning by the Associated Press, who interviewed the blues icon's attorney Brent Bryson, King reportedly died "peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT" last night (Thursday, May 14) with the local county coroner confirming the death, and that "funeral arrangements were underway" for the 15-time Grammy winner.

The son of sharecroppers, he was born Riley B. King on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1925 but would go on to enjoy an illustrious lifelong career that  would include him performing at the White House in 2012 where the President of the United States would join him singing "Sweet Home Alabama." In that long legendary career, in which he got dubbed "the king of the blues" even though his music would transcend the blues, B.B. King recorded dozens of albums, won 15 Grammy awards, made his Gibson guitar a household name ("Lucille"), and introduced blues to a whole new audience in the '60s, all the while influencing a generation of guitar players, including a young Eric Clapton. He also earned a rep for working hard. Much like the late James Brown (aka "the hardest working man in showbiz") King had earned a rep for tirelessly gigging, typically between 250 days to 340 days out of the year. Although after turning 80 in 2005 he vowed to cut down to just 100 shows a year! In recent years poor health, mainly diabetes, had begun to take its toll on King who collapsed last October during a show in Chicago. Since then he had been in hospice care at his Nevada home.

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"Hardcore Architecture" Offers Revealing Peek At Where 1980's American Punk Angst Lived

Posted by Billyjam, May 14, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment


Hardcore Architecture'
s collection of photos of homes of the addresses of American hardcore punk bands of three decades ago offers a surprising and revealing peek at the actual locations where American 80's hardcore punk angst lived. And if, while browsing this engaging Tumblr page, that the addresses of these American punk bands would be mostly comfy looking middle-class suburban homes rather than say run down city squats, you would be right on point. For example the photo image above of the stately looking home is in fact the address Iowa punk band Pent Up Agression typed on the J-card cover of their 1985 cassette release Defining the Problem. They mailed the tape in hopes of review to MAMIMUMROCKNROLL (MRR) at the time who not only wrote a review but also published the band's contact address - which, three decades later, would provide the basis for the research of Hardcore Architecture's sleuths. Back in October 1985 in MRR issue #29 Tim Yohannan described Pent Up Agression's tape as packing "fast-as-hell, pissed political lyrics." To the late great punk ambassador Yohannan and his fellow MRR volunteers at the time back in eighties, no doubt, these typed or hand-written addresses on the cassettes that flooded their San Francisco PO Box would have been mostly just names of abstract locations. That was before the Internet. Hence why the current day Hardcore Architecture project involved simply inputting addresses via Google image searches to pinpoint the punk bands' matching addresses. Three decades later these homes, like the one above for  Des Moines' Pent Up Agression or below of fellow Iowa hardcore act Suburban Death Trip, have likely not changed too much.

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Mystery Girl: The Most Romantic Rock Record?

Posted by Joe Goldmark, May 13, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Roy OrbisonIMO, Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison is the most romantic rock album ever. I pitched this theory to Diane, my wife, right after “A Love So Beautiful” had played and she had a different take on it. She said, maybe not romantic, but certainly passionate. Her rational was that the song’s relationship doesn’t work out. Semantics aside, we agreed that Jeff Lynne’s gorgeous production coupled with Roy’s amazingly tortured vocals make this album a heart-grabber.

Lynne was at the height of his powers with recent productions for The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, and his own brilliant Armchair Theatre. He succeeds at producing luscious rock music without being overly schmaltzy. We all know Roy Orbison’s early ‘60s rock operettas, which were rivaled only by Phil Spector’s paeans in their angst-filled grandeur. However, some folks haven’t heard his later work with The Traveling Wilburys and this album, Mystery Girl. Unfortunately, Roy Orbison died right before the album was released.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Number One Hip-Hop Singles of 1991

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment
1991 was one good year for hip-hop! Proof lies in this week's Hip-Hop History Amoeblog in which we rewind 24 full years back to the Golden Era hip-hop year of '91 for a nice cross section of the popular hip-hop/rap singles for that year via the number Billboard rap songs of 1991 with the single's corresponding music videos presented below [two of the 24 tracks are audio-only versions]. As you'd expect from that definitive year in the genre there are many true hip-hop classics included here such as the Main Source's "Looking At The Front Door" (Wild Pitch/EMI) from that year's full-length Breaking Atoms which, starting on March 23rd, 1991, clocked in for three consecutive weeks as the number one hip-hop single in the country, UMC's' "Blue Cheese," the Geto Boys' timeless "Mind Playing Tricks On Me,"  Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It," and A Tribe Called Quest's perfect track "Check The Rhime" - the first of three single's off their groundbreaking second album The Low End Theory. Add to this ED O.G & DA Bulldogs "I Got To Have It," 3rd Bass' "Pop Goes The Weasel," and EPMD's "Gold Digger" as well as such cross over hits as Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." and LL Cool J's two hit singles "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Around The Way Girl."     

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Disco Funk Duo Tuxedo

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Tuxedo Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne

tuxedoRetro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne came out of left-field in 2009 with his Stones Throw debut, Strange Arrangement. In no time he was getting props by A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, and John Mayer. He's toured with Bruno Mars, Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with cats like Snoop Dogg and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Like former Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc, Hawthorne soon made the leap from indie to major label. After releasing two albums under Universal Republic, touring the world, and garnering a GRAMMY nod, Mayer Hawthorne returned to his indie home at Stones Throw for a super mash-up with Hip Hop go-to producer Jake One (G-Unit, Rhymsayers). Jake One is what you'd consider a producer's producer.

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Essential Records: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2015 05:36pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Black Star

The '90s proved to be interesting times for Hip Hop. Early in the decade, the “golden era” produced countless classics, while the middle of the decade gave way to a highly publicized beef between East and West coast rappers. Gangsta rap came and went. “Bling bling” became a thing with rappers wearing chains so big MR. T was blushing. The entire Hip Hop community was shaken up by the untimely murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., leaving a major void in the mainstream. Slowly, the tide began to shift and Hip Hop audiences started looking to the underground for what was to come next.

In 1996, with backing by James Murdoch (son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch), Rawkus Records was established in New York City. The small label launched with Company Flow’s debut, Funcrusher Plus (1997), quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the new underground movement. Rawkus set the bar high by following up with two stellar compilations, Sound Bombing (1997) and Lyricist Lounge Volume 1. (1998). The latter featuring veteran emcees including De La Soul, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Black Thought of The Roots. Music fans and critics began taking note of the fledgling label and all the stars seem to align for what came next.

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Pete Rock Readies To Release PeteStrumentals 2

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, who originally came to fame in the early '90s via the power duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, will release  PeteStrumentals 2 next month via Mello Music Group. It is the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 BBE Records release PeteStrumentals, which compiled beat-driven compositions recorded over the previous decade.

The NY-born producer has just unleashed the music video for the album track "Cosmic Slop." The video captures the producer alone in a room, lost in the music as he creates magic with his MPC. "The video just gives you a lil' knowledge on the vibes I was feeling when I was making the track," said Pete Rock who did a memorable performance and interview at Amoeba Hollywood in 2008. He described the track as a beat he designed for creating the feeling of "cruising down the highway on a very nice day or night in the summertime seeing all kinda people outside enjoying themselves!"

Considering that the late great J Dilla credited Pete Rock as his key influence it only seems fitting that the 20 track Petestrumentals 2 features a  touching requiem to Detroit's favorite son via the touching song “Dilla Bounce (R.I.P)” in which Pete Rock pays tribute to his prodigy. Petestrumentals 2 will arrive in Amoeba Music on June 23rd in both CD and vinyl formats. In addition to the brand new "Cosmic Slop" video below is Pete Rock & CL Smooth's hip-hop classic "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" off 1992's Mecca and The Soul Brother.

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Movies for Mother's Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 10, 2015 08:02am | Post a Comment
Mary Cassatt After the Bath (circa 1901)
Mary Cassatt's After the Bath (circa 1901)

The American Mother's Day was invented by Anna Jarvis in 1905, when her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Her mother's death proved the inspiration for a holiday and by 1908 others joined her in this macabre celebration.

After five years of dedication to her obsession, Mother's Day was first observed in West Virginia in 1910. Although writing "I love you" on a post-it note would be more meaningful, by the 1920s consumers dutifully purchased pre-made Mother's Day cards from the Hallmark corporation. Disgusted by this perversion of her crazy vision, Jarvis unsuccessfully tried to kill Mother's Day. 

Whatever you do this Mother's Day, please don't spend $17.95 on a Spring Multicolor Floral Infinity Scarf, $24.95 on a Bronze Metal Birdcage Lantern Wall Decoration, or $29.95 on a Coral-inspired Jewelry Tree. Instead, take her on a hike, go for a swim, eat a type of cuisine neither of you've ever had before, go to the ballet... or watch one of these films.
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Mother (마더, Bong Joon-ho, 2010)


Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)



Mildred Pierce
(Michael Curtiz, 1945)

Deserted at the Palms Announces Lineup Featuring King Tuff, No Age and More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment

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The next annual Deserted at the Palms festival in Wonder Valley, Calif., will feature garage-rock liege King Tuff and noise-rock veterans No Age, among many others, on May 30.

Taking place at a shabby cool bar in the middle of the Mojave called The Palms (where word is beer costs two bucks and twinkies are sold), Deserted at the Palms offers a weekend of camping, interactive art, vendors, a “wet zone” and of course lots of cool music. The lineup also includes Black Bananas, Sonny & The Sunsets, Magic Trick, Jack Name, Part Time, Pharaohs, Nedelle Torrisi, The Memories, Zig Zags, Bloody Death Skull, Kim & The Created, Feels, Zombelle, L.A. Takedown, Butchy Fuego, Anna Oxygen and Barfth.

Weekly Roundup: Vince Staples, Nic Hessler, L.A. Witch, High Functioning Flesh, Moses Sumney, Michael Vidal, Part Time

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 10:21am | Post a Comment

Vince Staples – “Senorita”

vince staplesLong Beach’s Vince Staples goes a little trap on “Senorita,” the first song released from his upcoming studio debut full-length, Summertime ’06, due June 30 on Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam. No I.D.’s creeping production offers the ideal space for Staples’ grim verses and Future’s motoring chorus. I’m in love with the way the song flows over into an ’80s horror/giallo film-style breakdown.

 

Nic Hessler – “I Feel Again” video

nic hesslerNic Hessler (f.k.a. Catwalk) has a video for the first track from his excellent debut album, Soft Connections (out now on Captured Tracks) that conveys the expansiveness and joy in the song’s jangling charge, showing the singer/songwriter playing to a beautiful desert sunset. The song and video are all the more effective knowing Hessler’s backstory, as he fought an autoimmune disorder that left him nearly debilitated. “I Feel Again” is the sound of Hessler regaining his health, writing excellent tunes and feeling triumphant. Watch it below via Stereogum.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, KMD, DMC LA

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2015 09:15am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart 05:08:15


1) Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)

2) Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)

3) Action Bronson Mr Wonderful (Atlantic)

4) KMD Bl ck B st rds (Metal Face)

5) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music)

Topping this week's hip-hop chart at Amoeba Music Hollywood is the latest solo full-length from hometown, super-talened member of OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) - Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb. The self-produced album has been well received by both dedicated fans of the artist and his collective, as well as new fans just now catching up with the artist's trademark cacophony of in-your-face sounds and his off-the-wall, typically explicit lyrical assault. Among fans' favorite album tracks are "F**king Young" (see video below) and the song "Smuckers" that features verses from both Kanye West and Lil Wayne and clocks in at just under six minutes. According to Billboard magazine, Tyler had originally planned on the song being used by Jay-Z and Kanye West, but then at last minute decided that he would include it on his own album.

Watch Americana Legend Carlene Carter at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2015 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Carlene Carter Live at Amoeba

As the daughter of musical legends Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, Carlene Carter's roots in country music run deep. Last year she stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to pay tribute to her family heritage by performing songs off Carter Girl, her 2014 album featuring original songs as well as Carter Family classics. Produced by Don Was, the album saw special guests like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, among others, sharing vocal duties with Carter.

Now that Carlene Carter has just set off on a lengthy spring/summer tour of North America with John Mellencamp, it's a great time to revisit her amazing performance here at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts off the set with "Little Black Train," a gospel song made popular by the Carter Family and charms the room with her childhood favorite song "Poor Old Heartsick Me." You can watch more from her set here.

Digging Deep In The Crates Of Latest Record Collection Acquisition By Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2015 05:12am | Post a Comment


As a music fan and lifelong record collector, I love the opportunity to join Amoeba buyers when they travel to check out large privately-owned record collections to potentially scoop up and get onto the shelves at Amoeba Music's three stores. For me, flipping through record collections is always fun. I get a kick out of looking at album covers, spotting records that I already know and/or own, along with ones I have never seen nor heard of. Such was the case earlier this week  when I joined Amoeba Marc just outside of New York City to check out a moderate sized record collection consisting of mostly LPs from the '70's through the early '90's and ranging in genres. Our job was to check out the collection to see if it had records Amoeba customers would want (it did) and then to pack it up and ship it back safely (there's an art to shipping large quantities of records without them encountering any damage) to Amoeba's Hollywood store where they will begin making their way into the vinyl isles within a week. 

The first record collection buy for Amoeba that I was a part of was a few years back in Queens, NY when we packed and shipped a 30,000 unit (mostly vinyl) collection cross country back to Cali. That was a large collection but not compared to one that Amoeba Marc and crew shipped from Ohio earlier this year. That one numbered 80,000 records, which is a lot to pack and ship. In comparison, this latest collection acquired by Amoeba was relatively modest in scale. It numbered 3,200 12" records (90% albums with the balance in 12" singles) and around 750 7" singles, plus a short stack of 10" singles/EPs. That' a little over three quarters of a ton in weight; something I learned from Peanut Butter Wolf who released the 2001 album My Vinyl Weighs A Ton. That album's title, he informed me in a previous Amoeblog on this topic, was based on not just a play on words of the famous Public Enemy album but also his personal experience when he had to move and determine the weight of his vinyl for the trucking company.  4,000 LPs = 1 ton. The U-Haul "small" size box (the best size box for record packing/shipping) holds approx 100 albums and weighs approx 60 lbs.

Enter To Win A Guitar Courtesy Of The Black Ryder At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Australian duo The Black Ryder are joining us at Amoeba SF for a live set and signing on Sunday, May 17th. Their latest album, The Door Behind the Door, is their much-anticipated follow-up to their devastatingly textured, swirling 2010 debut, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride.

Renowned for their spellbinding guitar-fueled wall of sound, it's only fitting that The Black Ryder are giving away a Fender Squier Jazzmaster guitar in honor of their appearance at Amoeba SF. Come down to Amoeba San Francisco to enter to win! Contest ends May 18th.

Recap: RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 06:19pm | Post a Comment

Bike Day at Amoeba

Bike riders and pedestrians alike came out our second annual RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba, which took place Sunday afternoon in the backlot of Amoeba Hollywood.

bike day amoebaMore than $500 in raffle tickets, prize wheel donations and memberships were raised for local bicycle advocacy group Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, who handled bike valet services for the day and signed up new members.

Attendees lined up for vegan jackfruit tacos and BBQ sandwiches from Pure Luck, coffee from Bicycle Coffee, free tangerines from the Hollywood Farmers Market, free lemonade from Hubert’s Lemonade, free treats from KIND Healthy Snacks and free ice cream from our friend, Ice Cream Ian. And Oh! Snap Studios joined the fun taking free pics of attendees. The good folks from Rotelli Cyclery were also on hand with their bespoke bike gear and answering bike questions and giving tune-up advice to attendees.

Amoeba Selling FYF Fest Tickets, Show Features Morrissey, Frank Ocean and Many More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 01:28pm | Post a Comment

fyf fest lineup

FYF Fest has revealed a stellar 2015 lineup, with headliners Frank Ocean on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Morrissey on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Tickets for FYF Fest go on sale starting Friday, May 8 at 12 pm. Amoeba Hollywood will have general admission 2-day passes only. They’ll be $185 total. Limit two per person. Store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

A purchase gets you a wristband, which will be shipped to Amoeba for pickup in August. 

The full lineup is below:

Saturday, Aug. 22

Sunday, Aug. 23

Frank Ocean

Bloc Party

Chet Faker

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Purity Ring

Run the Jewels

Deerhunter

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment

Rob Garza is producer and co-founder of the electronic group Thievery Corporation. Known for utilizing various styles from Dub to Trip-Hop to Bossa Nova, Thievery Corporation are hailed as pioneers of the global electronic music scene. With a cult following intact, Garza travels the world playing DJ sets, Rob Garza Palace of Mirrorsproducing music, and sourcing sounds he brings back to his studio in San Francisco. With over a dozen releases for Thievery Corporation, countless singles and production work for other artists, Garza has finally released Palace Of Mirrors, an EP that serves as the debut for his own Magnetic Moon label. A well-respected tastemaker, Garza has his hands in several ventures, including owning restaurants and clubs located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He also owns a top shelf hand-crafted Mezcal made in Oaxaca. How cool is that? If you are in the Bay Area on May 9, make sure to catch Thievery Corporation at the San Francisco Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. Garza will also be playing DJ sets on off days and you can catch him May 16 at Club Cielo in New York City.

Rob Garza's musical tastes run deep and he found some great records on a recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. He kicks off this What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Darkside's self-titled release on vinyl. Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington -- great stuff for all you atmospheric EDM lovers. A fan of 45s, Garza digs up Kenny Dope's limited edition Classic Breakbeats 45 box set, a must-have if you can find a copy! Garza shows his support for Bay Area funksters Afrolicious and picks up their California Dreaming album on CD. If you're ever in San Francisco, visit the Elbo Room and party with the Afro guys. So much fun! As you can see from the full episode, Garza loves Dub, funk, electronica and more! Watch below for all his amazing picks.

Soul Singer Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

As reported by the BBC and other UK media outlets this morning Errol Brown - the lead singer with the popular UK-based soul group Hot Chocolate - has died from liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. He was 71.

Errol Brown's powerful voice drove such Hot Chocolate hits as "You Sexy Thing," "Emma," "It Started with a Kiss," "Brother Louie," and "Every 1's a Winner" during the group's heyday throughout the '70s and up through the middle of the '80s. In fact, Hot Chocolate holds the distinction of being the only group in the UK to have racked up a top 40 hit singles for 15 consecutive years during that time frame (1970 - 1984). Twelve years ago, Errol Brown was made an MBE by the Queen for his contributions to the British music arts. And the following year he received an Ivor Novello award for his "outstanding contribution to British music."



Of all the hits that Brown and Hot Chocolate are associated with, "You Sexy Thing" (which Brown co-wrote) remains their best known song of all, one that had enjoyed a few lifespans. It was a Top 10 hit single in the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, and then again in the 1990s when it appeared in the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Full Monty and on its accompanying soundtrack. Meantime, the Hot Chocolate song perhaps most personal for the Jamaican-born Brown, who moved with his single mother to the UK at the age of 12, was the group's 1974 hit "Emma," which reportedly was written about his mom who died from cancer at the young age of 38 when Brown was only 20 years old. Music videos for both "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing" appear below. 
 
In 2009, Errol Brown performed for the last time at his career farewell tour in the UK. At the time he told the BBC that he was most satisfied with his music career and all he had done in life but was glad that he was officially retired once that tour ended. He told the BBC that even though he would never perform again, "the music will be there, so that won't go away!" Look for Errol Brown/Hot Chocolate releases, such as the 2012 released collection You Sexy Thing: The Best of Hot Chocolate, from Amoeba's online store.
 


Hot Chocolate "Emma" (1974)

'Devil's Playground' Exhibit and Sale Shine a Light on Cult Movie Posters May 15 at Lethal Amounts

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

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Hundreds of original movie posters for cult films from the 1960s through the 1980s will line the walls of the Lethal Amounts gallery May 15 for “The Devil’s Playground: Salacious Macabre Vintage Movie Poster Wall Candy,” presented by Amoeba.

“Devil’s Playground” seeks to celebrate the eye-catching poster work that characterized the golden age of pornography, exploitation, horror, Gialllo and cult classic films. These rare, original posters come from a private collection and will all be for sale at the event. The show will feature posters from such films as Suspiria, Female Trouble, Zombie, Evil Dead and Debbie Does Dallas.

In addition to these killer posters, the opening reception will host special guests Mink Stole (of John Waters movie fame) and adult film cult legends Long Jeanne Silver and Serena.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

The Milk Carton Kids Come to L.A.'s GRAMMY Museum May 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

the milk carton kids

Amoeba is proud to sponsor The Drop: Milk Carton Kids, presented by The GRAMMY Museum, on May 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently sold out.

the milk carton kids monterey cdThe Milk Carton Kids will appear at the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and Q&A moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. They’ll discuss the band’s new album, Monterey, which is due May 19 on ANTI-.  You can preorder the album on LP and CD now.

The genre-bending Americana duo released their debut album, The Ash & Clay, in 2013 to rapturous acclaim, garnering a GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album and winning Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. For Monterey, band members Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan created the album in concert halls, churches and theaters across the country in aims of achieving the spontaneity of a live show. The band continues to incorporate jazz, classical and dark lyricism into its sound, which Paste magazine has said carries an “intellectual sophistication.”

Can You Say, Amen! Hallelujah? These Records Do.

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 5, 2015 02:01pm | Post a Comment

Used to be, you'd just turn to the person on your left or ring a few doorbells and you could share the word, the joy, an essence of spiritual inspiration so grand that it had to be shared with others. Nowadays, bomb blasts announce a religious or causal empathy so strong that death as the message is a possible option.

Not with these folks. Herein is a collection of LPs designed to to share a joy, a goal, the excitement of an idea worth sharing. These LP days are over mostly because of super slick production, barrages of video and television rejoicing, and other delivery methods. I've grabbed these and shot them over the last few years because they make me feel good, never even playing them, just feeling the joy on the LP package. Lord knows what these sound like...

Savor these, then, and pick them up and many more like them right from the bins of Amoeba Hollywood!

John Frusciante on his Trickfinger project released on Acid Test

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 5, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment




John Frusciante on his Trickfinger project released on Acid Test


The latest chapter in the electronic evolution of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante sees him utilizing the classic hardware that spawned the eternal acid template under the guise of Trickfinger. “After Below’s” marching beat and ethereal synths flow into “Before Above’s” layered, ascending attack. “Rainover” has a full-bodied 303 groove that becomes more infectious as the track progresses; “Sain’s” complex opening bassline and beats eventually give way to a similarly intoxicating bassline. “85h’s” 4/4 beat hits hard, making it the go-to banger on Trickfinger, while “4:30’s” fluttering synths make it the album’s most headphone-friendly track. “Phurip” ends the album on dancefloor-friendly lockstep three-note groove that you never really want to end. In contrast with his genre-hopping solo releases, Frusciante’s Trickfinger sticks hard to acid house, making it his most focused release yet. With Trickfinger, Frusciante has found his way to a satisfying post-RCHP solo career that speaks to his wide and ever-changing musical talents.

Read the interview at Resident Advisor here.
 

Album Picks: Mikal Cronin, Best Coast, Hiatus Kaiyote, Metz

Posted by Billy Gil, May 5, 2015 10:11am | Post a Comment

Mikal CroninMCIII

mikal cronin mciii lpPower-pop wunderkind Mikal Cronin’s new album is a significant leap forward for the singer/songwriter. While just as hooky as its preceding albums, MCIII is more heartfelt and intricate, boasting a six-song suite that has some of the album’s best melodies. “Turn Around” starts the album out with a somber tune nestled amid a flurry of electric guitars, violins and pianos. “Made Up My Mind” blasts off with a rocketship riff, while Cronin’s voice breaks under the weight of a breakup. Flourishes like horns, strings and acoustic guitars help give the album a sense of unified orchestration, while dynamics in songs like “Say,” full of cool, bass-driven breakdowns, make each song stand out. But the suite that makes up the last half of the album is its masterstroke. It moves from the spare and aching “i) Alone” to the heavy guitars of “ii) Gold,” through its outro played on the Greek stringed tzouras and into punk and singer/songwriter territory. Each song moves into the next beautifully and makes MCIII feel like Cronin’s Abbey Road. We’ve known Cronin has chops since playing bass with Ty Segall and could entertain freely on his first two albums, but MCIII is his first that feels like his own classic. Watch the just-released "Turn Around" video below, starring comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal.

May the Fourth -- A Look at Star Bars and Deep Space Discos

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 4, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment



The original Star Wars had a huge impact on pop culture. As a child, nothing in the film had more impact on me than the cantina scene -- and judging from the changes in dance music and imitations that followed I wasn't alone. What better occasion to reflect on the film's impact than May the Fourth, also celebrated as Star Wars Day.




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Star Wars was released on 25 May 1977. I was probably three years old when I saw it in the theater because my fourth birthday followed a couple of weeks later and there were Star Wars dolls* emerging from the middle of a birthday bundt cake. After The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas would increasingly strain to appeal directly to children by introducing cuddly aliens and increasingly relying on cartoonish CGI but for me and many other children, Star Wars was already deeply appealing, dark and sometimes frightening as it was. 


For comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, the cantina scene was the "threshold crossing" in the "hero's journey." For me it was a bit like viewing an ethnographic bestiary -- or a Halloween party (in the 1970s, Halloween hadn't yet been hijacked by adults and turned into streetwalker cosplay). One of the cheif appeals of Star Wars was its mystery and world building -- something which the expansion of the franchise would later explain away with banal backstories -- but on full display in the cantina. Of all the characters, 
only
Greedo was addressed by a name. The rest of the assembled wore no pageant sashes, name tags, or hash tags and aside from the viewers' understandings of evolution there were few clues as to the conditions of their home worlds. 
 
LAX Theme Building

The Star Wars cantina was what I wish Encounter in LAX's Theme Building had been, and what it will be if they get it right when it's re-opened. What the cantina wasn't was every lame, uninspired hive of pretense and conformity which bills itself (despite having a liquor license) as a "speakeasy."  It wasn't illuminated by Edison bulbs, the wines weren't listed on a chalk board, there was no unfinished wooden sign on the building's exterior describing it as an apothecary, and it was probably cash only. The bartender wasn't a lumbersexual and he didn't spend twenty minutes rubbing herbs on a mason jar in the name of "mixology."

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in May 2015

Posted by Amoebite, May 4, 2015 11:25am | 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:

Beach House at the Fonda

Beach House
Fonda Theatre
December 9 & 10
ON SALE 5/29

George Clinton at Club Nokia

R.I.P. Ben E. King

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 12:45pm | Post a Comment

ben e. king obituaryBen E. King, legendary soul singer behind such hits as “Stand By Me,” has died at the age of 76.

The Telegraph reports he died of natural causes on Thursday. King hadn’t be publicly reported to be battling illness and was playing shows as recently as last year.

King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in 1938 in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. He originally sang for The Drifters, scoring numerous Top 10 hits such as “This Magic Moment” but left that band in 1960 over a contract dispute, changed his name to the more marketable Ben E. King and went on to have more than 20 hits chart on the Billboard Top 100 as a solo artist, including “Spanish Harlem,” co-written by Phil Spector, and “Stand By Me,” which King co-composed and was been named one of the RIAA’s top 25 songs of the century.

King is survived by his wife, Betty, three children and six grandchildren. Below is a selection of King’s hits:

Weekly Roundup: Chelsea Wolfe, De Lux, Cayucas, Crocodiles, Talk in Tongues, Foxygen

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 11:59am | Post a Comment

Chelsea Wolfe – “Iron Moon”

chelsea wolfe amoebaChelsea Wolfe has talked of the influence of black metal on her music, but until now, that was more in spirit than in sound. “Iron Moon,” the first single from her new album, Abyss (due Aug. 7 on Sargent House), lives up to its metallic name with crushing chourses of heavy detuned guitar, while the song’s verses are sparely orchestrated and ethereal. As to those extreme dynamics, Wolfe told Rolling Stone the record is supposed to evoke “the feeling of when you're dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious.” You can see live Amoeba videos with Wolfe here and read an interview I did with her here.

 

De Lux – “Someday Now”

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Hip Hop In The Park, Souls of Mischief in NYC, Top 5, E-Lit's New Releases, Amoeba Converse Exhibit + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 1, 2015 09:05am | Post a Comment

This weekend marks the nineteenth year of Hip Hop In The Park - Berkeley's annual free, all ages, all elements inclusive, hip-hop event in Peoples Park, located behind Amoeba Berkeley. Since 1997, the Students For Hop Hop @ Cal have been presenting this always fun afternoon celebration of hip-hop culture. This year's headliner is Fashawn who has been winning over a whole wave of fans since connecting with Nas and the Queensbridge rapper's new label,  Mass Appeal, on which he released the critically acclaimed The Ecology two months ago. Just in the past week, the Fresno rapper unleashed the album's second single and accompanying video, "Higher."

The Souls of Mischief along with their childhood friend and director of the engaging documentary on the Hiero crew, 'Til Infinity, Shomari Smith are all in New York City right now for the screening of the film tonight at the Helen Mills Theater on West 26th Street as part of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF 2015). So far, the veteran Oakland hip-hop crew have included doing an interview with Birthplace magazine, and stopping by an old friend's radio show. 

Bay Area's Foothill College Radio Station KFJC Kicks off Its Annual Month of Mayhem

Posted by Billyjam, May 1, 2015 01:30am | Post a Comment


Nestled in the Los Altos Hills of the South Bay is one of the best radio stations not just in the Bay Area but anywhere. KFJC has been serving a rich and diverse musical presentation at 89.7FM for the better part of six decades, including many legendary live sessions from the Foothill College campus radio station's in-studio live performance space, the Pit.

The Foothill College campus radio station has been broadcasting since 1959. For over half its lifespan, KFJC has been dedicating their airwaves each May to the month of Mayhem. It's an entertainment-packed month (referred to as Mayhem, never May, throughout the 31 days) of special programming every day such as today's (May 1st) kickoff specials: The Mini Detest-A-Thon: A Survey of the Musical Obsession of Loathing Part 2, and A Brief Introduction to John Tejada, Part 1. Next Monday (Mayhem 4) brings May the Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Mayhem Special, Mayhem 5's early morning International Psychedelia (Part 1) special, Bright Spots featuring Light In The Attic Records on Mayhem 10th, and Ms. Tiza and Cadillac Margarita's Pants Off Dance Off on Mayhem 16th.