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Talent Show: David James's GPS

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2016 04:59pm | Post a Comment

David James's GPS

For the Amoeblog's second edition of Talent Show, a place to show off newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it, we're keeping it very local to Amoeba San Francisco. All three of our Amoeba locations are brimming with talented staff members; from musicians to writers, from dancers to actors, from painters to comedians and everything in between, we span the arts more completely than just about any other workplace. At Amoeba SF, we have a buyer and manager who has dedicated his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, and composer to the Bay Area music scene for nearly 20 years. I'm talking about David James, people.

Showing remarkable range, David James has played, toured, and recorded with the likes of Spearhead, David James's GPSThe Coup, Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (as well as the Afrofunk Experience, as it's now known), Thessalonians, and the Beth Custer Ensemble. His newest project, David James's GPS, pairs him with trombonist Alan Williams, Dina Maccabee on viola, Jan Jackson on drums, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass, and Beth Custer on clarinet. David James's GPS (the GPS stands for Good People, Son, of course) has just released their first album, Billionaire Blues, and it also happens to be the first album of music written solely by David James. Just like his musical resume, the album's sound is diverse showing off the sextet's technical chops and wide-ranging interests. Songs bounce from jazz to waltz to Reggae to blues to Afro-beat to Euro-beat. Why buy a round-the-world cruise when you can check in to Billionaire Blues for repeated listens?!

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Andre Nickatina, Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One Prepare for "White Wizards of Hip Hop" Tour

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment


Tickets went on sale today for the diverse Andre Nickatina-curated hip-hop concert at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 10th. Joining the Fillmore SF rap legend in the line-up, the kick-off show of a 56 date cross-country  tour, will be Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One. Although not on the official flyer issued above, there are some other acts supposedly on the bill too. As per the Regency Ballroom website, Murs will be joining the line-up. In video clip below with Andre Nickatina announcing the tour lineup late last month, he said that Redman was also a strong possibility to be on the tour or at this premiere concert. Andre Nickatina also says in the video clip that there will be a "Fillmoe feel" to the tour, which has the odd name of "White Wizards of Hip Hop." The meaning behind that name is described by the tour producers Go See Em Touring as "White Wizards of Hip Hop are those wizards whose careers have been twisted and turned with difficulty, loss, and extreme circumstance, and yet, they have overcome to become some of the most iconic names in Rap and Hip Hop history." 

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February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2016 02:36pm | Post a Comment

This February, there's a TON going on at Amoeba!

Every day in February, there's something special happening at Amoeba Hollywood, including one-day sales, a pet adoption day, DJ sets, in-store performances and more. This Monday, Feb. 1, we're kicking things off with a sale on green-tag DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at three for $9. Wednesday, Feb. 3, spend $50 and get a $10 gift certificate for future use.

See all our deals and events in the infographic below. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates, including some exciting Flash Sales happening Feb. 17 and 29!

February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

 

Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley will also be having the following sales:

** February 2: 20% off used books and comics

** February 8: BOGO red tag sale. Any format storewide

** February 11-14: 20% off all turntables, plus get a $10 gift certificate for used vinyl.

** February 13: 20% off all headphones

** February 16: Used Box Set Sale

** February 22:  25% off all posters

** February 24:  20% off used books and comics

** February 27:  20% off all mugs

 

Anticipation Builds for Release of New Sia album "This Is Acting"

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2016 11:45am | Post a Comment
 

In the lead up to tomorrow's anticipated new Sia album, This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA), avid fans of the enigmatic Australian singer-songwriter born Sia Furler have been anxiously following any activity by the artist and seeking further preview tastes of tomorrow's release that can be pre-ordered here now. 

Sia fans are already familiar with half of This Is Acting's dozen tracks. "Alive," "Cheap Thrills," "Unstoppable," "Bird Set Free," "One Million Bullets," and “Reaper" have all been pre-released in some format already. Then yesterday, January 27th, the artist shared the new album track "Broken Glass" on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. She then stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night where, for the first ever public performance of the song,  she delivered a rousing rendition of the This Is Acting album track "Cheap Thrills." See video clip below of that performance from last night. Also below is the clip Sia recorded earlier at the Tonight Show studios. It's the (already viral) video of "Iko Iko" being performed along with the talk show host, house band The Roots, and Natalie Portman who are  all decked out in matching trademark Sia wigs.

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The Big Bong Theory, Two and a Half Grams? Untitled New Chuck Lorre Comedy To Lead Network TV's Next Wave: The Potcom

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2016 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Should we need further proof that weed's gone mainstream, as per The Hollywood Reporter, TV comedy super-producer Chuck Lorre is currently shopping his new Warner Bros. Television-backed weed comedy script to network television executives.  This latest from the creator of such successful TV comedies as The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, and his latest creation Mom on CBS, is a continuation in style of his previous shows. Co-written with David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), it is described as a situation comedy about a group of potheads in a legal marijuana dispensary in Colorado.  The as yet unnamed show inspires such potential potcom titles as The Big Bong Theory or Two and a Half Grams.  But not Buds. That stoner show title has already been snagged by NBC who, via a joint venture with Naomi Scott and husband Adam Scott (NBC's Parks and Recreation) are in development stages of their pot comedy Buds that's reportedly also set in a Colorado pot dispensary.  Another husband and wife pot comedy creative team are Ben Sinclair (Sisters) and Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), who in 2012 unveiled the popular Vimeo web series High Maintenance about Brooklyn, New York marijuana deliveryman "The Guy" and all the characters he meets. HBO commissioned six episodes of High Maintenance to air in 2016.  Meanwhile Amazon Prime's streaming outlet will be producing the  "marijuana-themed family dramedy" starring Margaret Cho. Variety described it as about Cho, "who after court-ordered rehab gets a chance to start over, but has to move in with her dysfunctional family who now runs a pot dispensary."

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The Hood Internet Opens First Fridays Series Feb. 5

Posted by Amoebite, January 27, 2016 03:08pm | Post a Comment

the hood internet at NHMLA

The premiere First Fridays concert of 2016 at L.A.’s Natural History Museum will feature headliners The Hood Internet Feb. 5.

the hood internet feat lpTickets are $18 for non-members of the museum, and tickets grant access to the museum after hours starting at 5 p.m., with a guided tour, scientist-lead discussions and DJ lounge, while admission to the concert hall is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Music starts at 9:15.

Amoeba will be on-hand with a table and gift certificates for sale — buy a $20 gift certificate for only $10 (limit two per customer). We’ll also have a raffle and fun swag to give away, so come by and say hello!

Chicago duo The Hood Internet formed in 2007 with the goal of mashing up hip hop tracks and have since gone on to produce original music on their album, FEAT. Live, the band mashes up classic hip hop tracks in an oft-comical manner.

The show also features modern funk artist Boulevards, the alter ego of Raleigh, N.C.-born Jamil Rashad. Rashad’s multigenre appreciation and art-school background influences his approach to funk while he still delivers the party jams.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Internet

Posted by Amoebite, January 27, 2016 01:15pm | Post a Comment

The Internet What's In My Bag?

LA-based soul band The Internet is comprised of Odd Future members Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, along with Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith, and Steve Lacy. The group was formed in 2011 and they released their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, that December via Odd Future Records.

The Internet Ego DeathThe band's sophomore release came in 2013 with Feel Good, which was followed by 2015's Ego Death. A joint release between Odd Future Records and Capitol Records, Ego Death features guest appearances from Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, and Kaytranada. Ego Death is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. In early 2016, The Internet will be touring through East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. If you live in the U.S., you can catch them later this year at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo.

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Psych-Soul Trio KING Chat Before Amoeba Performance Jan. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, January 27, 2016 10:39am | Post a Comment

KING band

L.A.-based KING bring their uniquely stirring brand of swirling psychedelic soul to the Amoeba Hollywood stage for a free show Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. They'll also have their debut LP, We Are KING, on sale that day at Amoeba prior to the album's official release on Feb. 5.

KING consist of Anita Bias and sisters Paris Strother and Amber Strother. Paris is the primary producer and instrumentalist of the band, while Amber and Anita's breahty vocals hopscotch over Paris' jazzy concoctions. Together they produce a sound that doesn't skimp on complexity but also exudes warmth, using horns and unabashedly synthy keys for a sound that weaves together classic soul, synth-funk, dream pop and certain something undefinable that gives KING its own essence.

The group has drummed up a vocal fanbase on Twitter even before dropping its first album, one that includes none other than Prince, who asked the group to open for him one night during his 21-night residency at the Forum in Inglewood in 2011. Unfortunately it's also part of their story that as a trio of women writing and producing their own soul music, A&R folks have suggested the group alter their image and essentially dumb down the sound, as they told LA Weekly. I asked them about all of that and more when I caught up with them before their Amoeba show.

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"The Big Gundown" Screens at Balboa Theatre, 1/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 25, 2016 06:07pm | Post a Comment

The Big Gundown

-- By Brett Stillo

The Spaghetti Western is a paradoxical film genre. Highly imitative and repetitive, hundreds of Spaghetti Westerns were blasted out by Italian movie studios in the 1960s like bullets from a Gatling Gun, carbon The Big Gundowncopies of carbon copies of Sergio Leone’s groundbreaking Dollars trilogy. And yet, the derivative nature of these films is part of what gives them their pulpy charm. We know what we’re in for -- ruthless characters with dirty clothes and sunburned faces shooting it out on dusty streets in some nameless border town (AKA Southern Spain). We not only expect all of that, we want it.

The Big Gundown, from 1966, has all those elements and more. It’s arguably the greatest Spaghetti Western without Sergio Leone’s name in the credits. Ironically, another Sergio directed this film -- veteran Italian director Sergio Solima, who crafts an epic chase film in which the bad guys are pitted against worse guys.

And in The Big Gundown, the baddest of the bad is the one and only Lee Van Cleef, arguably one of the genre’s biggest stars second only to Clint Eastwood. Van Cleef is Satan with a Six-Gun, cutting an intimidating presence with his razor-sharp face and impossibly narrow eyes. Van Cleef’s foil is the dynamic Tomas Milan as a roguish peasant-thief who prefers the knife over the gun.

Solima keeps the action moving rolling along, set to the tempo of an operatic score composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone. This is an impressive restoration of a film that had languished for decades. It will be playing for one night only, this Wednesday, January 27th at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre. If you miss this one, Lee Van Cleef might come looking for you.

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MF DOOM's Metal Face Records Releases 2016 2LP Repressing of KMD's Storied "Black Bastards" Album

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

New 2016 hip-hop releases at Amoeba, many of them wax represses, include the latest vinyl re-issue of KMD's ever storied and controversial album Black Bastards (aka Bl_ck B_st_rds). Intended to be the follow-up to their 1991 debut Mr. Hood on Elektra Records, this album was famously shelved by its major label in 1994 over its title and cover art. The album, that became an instant classic, did get released (and re-released) over the years since in CD and vinyl formats.  The vinyl repressings, now out of print, are not always easy to find. The new 2016 2LP version of the album distinguishes itself from previous pressings by its packaging: newly designed gate-fold pop-up album cover (above) plus an excellent 32-page booklet inside. Further, this release is care of Metal Face Records, the label owned by KMD founding member Daniel Dumile (aka widely beloved hip-hop artist MF DOOM). Essentially, this album and the events surrounding it are what shaped DOOM's whole career and his ever-intriguing persona of a masked super villain. 

Back in 1993 in his young KMD days, DOOM was known as Zev Love X.  The British-born NYC hip-hop artist and his brother DJ Subroc as the group KMD were working on their second album, which was to be a stylistic departure from their more fun, lighthearted first record. Then right before they were to finish up production on the album, DJ Subroc was killed, the pedestrian in an auto accident. He was only 20-years-old. It was devastating for DOOM who lost not just his brother but his musical partner. To make things worse, when time came for the album to be released the label said they didn't want to release it because of the cover art, the attention-grabbing "hanging sambo" art that was created by Subroc. Elektra handed the surviving brother back the master tapes for the album along with a nominal sum of money and told him they were done with him. The whole negative experience caused Dumile to spiral downward and drop out of hip-hop for a few years. Then, like a phoenix from the ashes, in 1997 Zev Love X re-emerged as MF DOOM (Metal Face Doom). As such he has become a respected prolific artist introduced to many via such collaborative projects such as Madvillain (with Madlib), DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse), JJ DOOM (with Jneiro Jarel), DOOMSTARKS (with Ghostface Killah), and 2014's NehruvianDOOM (with Bishop Nehru).

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Preorder PJ Harvey's New Album 'The Hope Six Demolition Project'

Posted by Billy Gil, January 25, 2016 10:02am | Post a Comment

Pj Harvey press photo

Photo by Maria Mochnacz

PJ Harvey is set to release her new album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, April 15 via Vagrant. You can preorder it now on LP and CD.

The album was recorded in sessions that were open to the public at the museum Somerset House in London, as Pitchfork has reported. Exhibit attendees could see Harvey creating the album with producers Flood and John Parish through a one-way mirror. They also yielded this amazing photo of Harvey playing the saxophone!

pj harvey the hope six demolition project lpI have to admit to being a bit skeptical of the process. Having been a fan for years, I have always loved how meticulously created and recorded her albums are, not least of which was her last album 2011’s Let England Shake, one of the strongest of her career. This approach seemed interesting but bound to distract, no?

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Noise Pop 2016: Feb. 19 - 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 24, 2016 04:48pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2016

Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns for its 24th year with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 28!

This year's line-up includes live shows from Kamasi Washington (2/25, Independent), Parquet Courts (2/26, The New Parish), Drive Like Jehu (2/26, Independent), Carly Rae Jepsen (2/27, The Warfield), Vince Staples (2/27, Independent), and so many more. The film portion of the festival also promises to be amazing with screenings of six films at SF's Roxie Theater, including hip-hop documentary Hustlers Convention (1/19) and a look into LA punk rock band The Skulls with Who Is Billy Bones (1/21).

Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE, where you can also get individual tickets, General Music Badges, Super Fan Badges, Music & Film Badges, and Film Series Badges.

Enter to win a pair of festival passes HERE! Contest ends February 13th.

And speaking of Kamasi Washington, here's the time he dropped by Amoeba Hollywood:

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Oscars Do-Over: How We'd Change the Awards

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2016 04:18pm | Post a Comment

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Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed

Brad: Some of us take the Oscars very seriously. Probably more serious than they should be taken. But The Academy Awards really do mean something.

brokeback mountain blu-rayThey validate actors and actresses and make them feel special. But they also reward the films and roles that we as fans find important. It really does mean something to see somebody who looks like you win an award. Or to have somebody play a role that looks like you.

It was important for Brokeback Mountain to get a best picture nomination in 2005. It really did mean something as a gay man to see a movie like that get nominated. I am certainly not a gay cowboy. But I will take what I can get.

Billy: Are you sure you’re not a gay cowboy? But yes, I agree. Of course Crash ended up winning over Brokeback Mountain, and that movie was just so-so, but we digress.

Brad: I still remember when John Singleton got nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1991 for Boyz n the Hood. I remember thinking back then that times were changing! This was 25 years ago, and times have still not changed much. They have changed a bit. But in the last couple of years, we seem to be going backwards.

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Album Picks: Savages, Shearwater, Chairlift, The Besnard Lakes, Charlie Hilton

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2016 09:24am | Post a Comment

Savages - Adore Life

savages adore life lpSavages take all the nonsense that comes with being a much-hyped buzz band and pummel it into the ground on their intense sophomore album. Love and its various manifestations fuels these songs — “if you don’t love me, don’t love anybody,” androgynous frontwoman Jehnny Beth sings over a grinding riff on “The Answer.” The jagged post-punk groove of a song like “Husbands” returns on “Evil,” though it’s darker and more drawn out, as the band knows it can command attention without having to shake it out as it once did. Though many of these songs go for the jugular, restraint serves the band well on “Adore,” a slow-burner that clears the way for a Beth’s singular refrain, “I adore life,” a statement of purpose that drives the band into a fearless crescendo. It takes that kind of conviction to overcome the bullshit of being in an all-female band and both held to an unfair standard and knocked down by anyone tired of the hype — as if the breathless coverage of the band’s live shows and prior album, Silence Yourself, was at all their fault. It doesn’t matter, anyway —the band’s follow-up album is endlessly intriguing and, despite lacking obvious hooks, grips you the more you listen. Simply allow the band to exist on its own terms, and you won’t be disappointed by Adore Life. Watch their episode of "What's In My Bag?" below.

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Amp Live Teams Up With Rebelution's Eric Rachmany to form Unified Highway

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2016 11:23pm | Post a Comment




Oakland based hip-hop crew Zion I's sole remaining member Zumbi has been keeping busy, performing and recording as Zion I ever since his longtime musical partner/co-founder Amp Live quit the group a year ago. Next week on January 28th, Zion I performs at the Federal Underground in Long Beach on a bill with 2Mex and Crimewave 5150.  On a separate bill a week later, Amp Live performs on February 4th with Vokab Company. When he split Zion I a year ago, he said it was to focus more on his solo work and the increasing number of outside projects he is undertaking. One of these is the new project Unified Highway. Unified Highway is the collaboration project of Amp Live and Rebelution founding member Eric Rachmany. As producer, Amp Live gracefully fuses the reggae vibes Rachmany brings with electronic and other flavors, creating a fresh new sound. Unified Highway's self-titled full-length vinyl release will be dropping in March. 

Zion I fans will be happy to know that one of the album's many guests is Zumbi. He returns on a track with The Grouch, recalling the popular Heroes in the City of Dope 2006 collaboration between Zion I and The Grouch. Among the other forthcoming album guests are Busy Signal, Keznamdi, New Kingston, Shana Halligan, Garrett Douglas, and Sophia Scott.

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The Good, The Bad, The Banned, The Sad, The Surreal, Top Rap vs. Hip-Hop Metaphor of the Year + more in Best of 2015 Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2016 11:59am | Post a Comment
 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Among all the top ten hip-hop albums in 2015 that caught my ear was Tone Tank's late in the year cassette release ONE-OFFs & ONE-UPMANSHIPs via indie Brooklyn label Modern Shark. It's the super-gifted Brooklyn emcee's first release in five years. The wait was worth it for what the longtime NY hop-hop artist considers his first official solo album. Complimenting Tone's unique flow and always engaging storytelling hip-hop style is a well-chosen array of mic and production collaborators. These include SerengetiCool Calm Pete, Kool A.D., Edan, Victor Vic, J Howells Werthman, and his longtime production partner Scott Thorough.  Other 2015 albums that made my top list included UK poet/emcee Kate Tempest's Bad Place For A Good Time (Big Dada), Knxwledge's Hud Dreems (Stones Throw), and Blackalicious's Imani, Vol. I (Black Mines). Their first album in a decade, it was also released in an instrumental LP version. 

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Sketch Comedy & Stand-Up Comedy Alive and Well in The Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Sketch comedy and stand-up comedy are enjoying a healthy renaissance all over including in the Bay Area. With an already rich history for stand-up comedy, more Bay Area venues have begun accommodating comedy nights in recent years. Most of these are not the traditional two-drink minimum styled styled comedy club. A good example is tonight's (and every Monday night's) popular weekly East Bay event Move Along, Nothing to See Here at The Night Light at 311 Broadway near Jack London Square (8pm, no cover). Tonight's lineup includes Joey Devine, Cameron Vanini, Ben Kolina, and Gabby O'Poccia. Night Light co-owner Johnny "Scobey" Nackley said that with the East Bay's vibrant comedy scene it's important to include comedy shows alongside music nights.

Meanwhile, tonight in San Francisco Nato Green (SF Sketchfest / Iron Comic) will be at Doc's Lab at 124 Columbus Ave. (8pm, $8 - $10) - the former site of the famed Purple Onion.  Presented by local NPR station KALW, tonight's show features Janine Brito, Chris Thayer, David Gborie, Trevor Hill, Matt Lieb, Kurt Weitzmann, and Emily Epstein White. Another show in SF tonight is the monthly comedy night “Am I Rite?” with Torio Van Grol headlining at the Rite Spot Cafe  at 2099 Folsom St. (near 17th) (9pm, no cover).

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Recap: Stella McCartney's Autumn 2016 Presentation at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2016 05:31pm | Post a Comment

stella mccartney amoeba

Last week we had an experience at Amoeba Music that was about as different as it gets for us. Clothing designer Stella McCartney presented her upcoming Autumn 2016 line at the store at an exclusive party that drew some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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I hate to use the word "fierce," but how else do you describe Carrie Brownstein here?

Needless to say, it was something new for us, but we were game. Who’s to say we at Amoeba can’t rub shoulders with starlets and models?

It was definitely a thrill to see people as famous as Gwyneth Paltrow, Quincy Jones and Kim Gordon stroll into Amoeba on the black carpet while bulbs flashed and journalists got into it about who was wearing what. I got the chance to chat with Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), who revealed to me that her first album was Aqua (I assured her mine was no cooler with Ace of Base). I spoke with fashion icon Rachel Zoe, who told me her first concert was U2. And I share a moment with Mary J. Blige, although I mostly just mumbled some nonsense because she is awesome and looked like an angel.

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Calendar Giveaway With Rhino In-Store Purchase Jan. 19

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2016 04:17pm | Post a Comment

rhino records

Rhino Records, which is known for reissuing cult classic albums and films, is releasing a bunch of LPs for Vinyl Tuesday on January 19. And we’re giving away free Rhino calendars to go along with a purchase of any Rhino release at our stores that day, while supplies last. (The calendars are a gift with purchase in-store only.)

Tomorrow the label will release The CarsThe Cars on translucent blue vinyl, Devo’s Freedom Of Choice on red, white and blue starburst vinyl, The Velvet Underground’s Live At Max's Kansas City, The ReplacementsLet It Be, Hootenanny, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash and Stink, the Jackie Brown soundtrack on yellow vinyl, Grateful Dead’s Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles CA, 11/10/1967, Bad Company’s Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - The Very Best Of Bad Company, The MonkeesCereal Box Records Set and more.

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

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Savages What's In My Bag?

London-based post-punk group Savages were formed by guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth) in 2011. Bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton joined soon after. They played their first show in 2012, as support for British Sea Power. The band's first release came that June as a double A-sided single on Jehnny Beth's Pop Noire label, featuring the tracks "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands."

Savages Adore LifeSavages' debut full-length, Silence Yourself, was released in May 2013 via Matador. Their follow-up, Adore Life, is coming out this Friday, January 22. You can see them perform around Europe this winter or on their North American tour in spring 2016, including the Coachella and Sasquatch festivals.

The band did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Ayse kicks off this episode with Run the Jewels, whom she saw perform live at FYF Fest. The band goes on to share their incredibly eclectic taste, spanning electronic, avant garde, and classic independent cinema -- and that’s just the first four picks. Watch the full episode below to dig into their deep cuts of jazz, doom rock, books, and more. 

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Bleached 'Welcome the Worms' Up For Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2016 10:03am | Post a Comment

Bleached

 

Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins

L.A. punk-power-pop band Bleached have announced their second album, Welcome the Worms, will be released April 1 on Dead Oceans. You can preorder the album now on LP and CD.

Bleached features sisters Jessie and Jennifer Clavin at the helm, formerly of punk greats Mika Miko. Their first album, Ride Your Heart, was a blast of fizzy guitar riffs and sugary, snarling melodies. This time around, they've teamed with engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) and added bassist Micayla Grace to the fold.

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76-Year-Old Clarence "Blowfly" Reid Is Cancer's Latest Victim

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Yet another lost to cancer! Today Clarence Reid, the man known to music fans as Blowfly (aka the original dirty rapper), passed away from terminal liver cancer and multiple organ failure. He had been diagnosed a few years ago but not too many people knew about it until this past week when his musical collaborator Tom Bowker announced how Reid had just entered hospice care in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida and that he was not expected to survive much longer in his battle against cancer.

Again today it was Bowker, via social media, who announced Blowfly's death, writing how "Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today, January 17th, in his hospice room."  In his original message to the late artist's fans, he thanked those who in 2014 had rallied their financial support and helped save Blowfly from losing his house and by so doing "kept his last days comfortable." He also noted how Blowfly had been making one final album ("his best album since the early 80s") that he called "a fitting epitaph for one of the great performers of all time." Entitled 77 Rusty Trombones, it is scheduled to be released next month and will be the artist's follow-up to 2012's Black In The Sack.

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Mic Checking, Not Reserve Army Training at ROTC - San Francisco's Return of The Cypher

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2016 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Don't let the name ROTC fool you. San Francisco's weekly session at the Boom Boom Room, fondly referred to as ROTC by regulars, is no Reserve Officer Training Corps. Rather it's the popular Bay Area hip-hop improv session Return Of The Cypher that takes place every Sunday night at the Fillmore District club that is traditionally a blues spot. ROTC is one of the Bay Area's best long-running hip-hop weeklies. It's also one of its most unpredictable. And that's a good thing!  With the cypher's ever rotating lineup of emcees and beatboxers, no two weeks are ever the same. And it is the total spontaneity of hip-hop events like this that make them so fun and true to hip-hop's roots, and ROTC's roots run deep. Long-time Bay Area club and radio DJ Kevvy Kev is the musical curator and turntable manipulator each week. Meanwhile, live beats are  provided by the Gemstone Band. Guest musicians have been known to stop by and jump into the freestyle mix, while b-boys and b-girls might spontaneously break out some moves on the dance floor. Some weeks feature special guests including next Sunday, January 24th, when local multi-talented artist Taharka Chango will present his conscious hip-hop piece entitled "The Sermon."

As far an ongoing Bay Area event that stays true to hip-hop's elements, ROTC regular mic-wrecker GiGiO says it's the best.  "Every Sunday night they keep the spirit of live hip-hop music high. I would say it's the dopest hip-hop event in the Bay right now. Lot of dope cats on the come up," said the emcee who is a member of the Oakland-based crew Smooth Beast along with fellow emcees Mike Fish, Karen Less, and Monolyth who will release their debut album in 2016. GiGiO noted how Smooth Beast first connected via the ROTC sessions -- a place he contends is central to a new Bay Area hip-hop wave. "The Bay is going through some kind of [hip-hop] renaissance right now. Feels good to be apart of it!" 
 

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10 Vinyl LP Reissues to Look For in Early 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2016 04:10pm | Post a Comment

10 LP Vinyl REissues to look for in early 2016

It’s not just new albums that we’re excited about. Check out this list of reissues we’re looking forward to spinning in the new year.

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality
Out Jan. 22

black sabbath black sabbath lpDoes all this cold, wet weather makes you want to listen to classic proto-metal on vinyl? Well, you’re in luck. Black Sabbath’s classic first three albums are coming to us on deluxe edition 180-gram two-LP sets. (Seriously, turn the volume all the way up for the full effect of this video.)

 

Talk TalkLaughing Stock
Out Jan. 22

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Album Picks: Anderson .Paak, Magic Sword

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2016 09:06am | Post a Comment

Anderson .PaakMalibu

anderson paak malibu lpAnderson .Paak has been the go-to guy to feature when artists have wanted their tracks to have a certain something special. His voice is a malleable instrument than can be gravelly or velvety smooth, able to deliver fast-paced raps and pour out soul syrup in equal measure. Though his debut, Venice, drew plenty of attention and acclaim, he’s now been lifted up into the upper echelon of R&B artists working today, thanks to a series of high-profile collaborations with Dr. Dre on his comeback album, Compton, on which Anderson .Paak consistently threatened to steal the show on his six tracks. He takes that opportunity and knocks it out of the park with Malibu, a gorgeous psychedelic swirl of lush neo-soul backdrops and alternative hip-hop tracks, featuring a cadre of high-profile guest apperances (Talib Kweli, ScHoolboy Q, The Game). Tracks like “The Birds” evoke the classic soul stylings of a Marvin Gaye or Al Green. Yet he keeps things current on the jazz-inflected hip hop of a track like “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” or thumping banger “Come Down,” keeping in line with the likes of Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. As the lines further blur between the experimental and mainstream, vintage and current within hip hop, Malibu masterfully strings these styles together for an accessible, highly listenable album that should make Anderson .Paak a deserved star in his own right.

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New Limited Edition Stella McCartney T-Shirt Available at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, January 13, 2016 01:06pm | Post a Comment

Stella McCartney has designed a limited-edition t-shirt commemorating her Autumn 2016 presentation at Amoeba! It's available now for purchase for $35 in-store at Amoeba Hollywood. This shirt is available in size Men's XS only.

100% of the sales from this limited edition t-shirt will be donated to No-Kill Los Angeles, an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society whose mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in LA city shelters. Since the launch of NKLA in 2012, the number of pets being killed in L.A. city shelters has decreased by 56%.


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10 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

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Monday, Jan. 18 marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, which falls near the civil rights leader’s 87th birthday on Jan. 15. If you’ve got the day off, there are great opportunities to celebrate the day by hitting up some museums you’ve been meaning to check out or engage in other relevant cultural experiences. Whether you’re in L.A. or the Bay, we’ve got you covered.

LOS ANGELES

-The California African American Museum holds an annual “Cake for King” celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly event, held at the museum in Exposition Park, includes an art workshop, documentaries, storytelling, face painting, documentaries and a slice of homemade cake, while it lasts.

-The 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade is the largest parade in the United States celebrating Dr. King. It starts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Western Avenue and runs down Crenshaw Boulevard to Vernon Avenue. The parade will feature marching bands, drill teams and tons of floats. Free to attend. It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-LACMA is free day on MLK, Jr. day and will offer bilingual tours, a family sketching activity, and live music by Dixieland blues/swing band The California Feetwarmers and the California Feetwarmers Dancers at 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. It opens at 11 a.m.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with French-Cuban Duo Ibeyi

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 05:02pm | Post a Comment

Ibeyi at Amoeba Hollywood for What's In My Bag?

Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, the language spoken by the Nigerian ancestors of musical twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Born in Cuba but raised in Paris, the duo fuse elements of jazz, electronica, Afro-Cuban, and French music. Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajon and Bata drum while Lisa-Kainde plays piano and serves as the group's main vocalist, with lyrics in English and Yoruba.

IbeyiFollowing the death of their father, legendary Cuban percussionist Anga Di­az (Buena Vista Social ClubIrakere), the sisters began performing around Paris while still in their teens. In 2013, Ibeyi signed to XL Recordings for the release of their debut EP, Oya. Their self-titled full-length was released in February 2015. You can catch them performing at Coachella and the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring.

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New Year, NxWorries

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2016 06:58pm | Post a Comment

NxWorriesBy doubleay

Together, Anderson Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. Singer Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge deliver one of Stones Throw Records’s final releases to close out 2015 and it may be what we’ve been waiting for all year. Their EP Link Up & Suede is a must hear.

Anderson Paak and Knwxledge are artists that ought to be on your radar in 2016. Both had big years in 2015; Anderson Paak, a soul singer out of Oxnard, California, was featured on four of the 16 tracks on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, and Stones Throw producer Knwxledge landed production on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Individually, both artists are pounding out music; Paak is constantly giving us new content on his SoundCloud while Knxwledge has released over 60 projects on his Bandcamp in the past five years. All of their material has been noteworthy, but the two of them coming together for Link Up & Suede has to be some of their best work yet.

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Amoeba's Favorite David Bowie Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, January 11, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie

There are few artists who unite music fans like David Bowie does. News of his passing hit us hard at Amoeba. As we're all still reeling and grieving the loss of this immeasurably influential and beloved artist, we've been sharing stories with each other about the first time we heard Bowie, and what his music and persona meant to us each individually. We've compiled anecdotes from some of the Amoeba staff about our favorite Bowie albums, and we hope you'll share with us your Bowie memories in the comments.

KAREN: It is nearly impossible to pick a "favorite" bowie record. He has always been in my life, and each new record would make me stop and listen. 
 
When i first took notice, it was probably the Hunky Dory record. I had seen his name and the albums in the record store before: Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World. I was 10 years old and already haunted record stores almost daily. That record was one in my collection amongst The Jackson 5's ABC, Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman, Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley, Badfinger's Straight Up, The Beatles, Elton John, Aretha, The Who, Velvet Underground. He was part of the wallpaper of images and sounds that I was gobbling up voraciously. Exploring all of it.
 
But I would have to say Ziggy Stardust was the one that got me. I already felt like an outsider. I didn't know yet that we ALL did. And he spoke to that part of us. He gave that unique, creative, brave spirit inside of us a voice. A deep voice. A fearless, shocking, exhilarating, comforting voice.

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David Bowie [1947 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2016 04:49am | Post a Comment
David Bowie, who turned 69 on Friday, died yesterday from cancer. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement released late last night via social media that requested privacy for his family during their time of grief. His death came as a shock to fans far and wide who had no idea of his battle with cancer.
 
"The nearly 70-year-old artist is showing no signs of slowing down. Far from it," the Amoeblog's own Billy Gil wrote on his 69th birthday, just two days before his passing, when he released his 25th studio album Blackstar (also available on vinyl). With the release of the new album, Bowie had been getting a lot of mainstream and social media attention over the past few days so when the totally unexpected news of his death first began to circulate late last night the general reaction was one of disbelief, many thinking it to be a hoax. Sadly it is not, although so far the type of cancer he died from is not known.
 
Bowie has always been one of my favorite artists and his was the very first rock concert I ever attended as a young kid (Southampton Civic Centre, England, June 1972, Ziggy Stardust tour). He was many others' favorite too, and today tributes are being paid to Bowie all over the world including at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where he is immortalized with his own star. Below is a ten music video tribute (newest to oldest) to the incredibly talented and highly influential British artist who defied categorization and whose musical (and fashion) styles were constantly evolving and changing. Rest in peace David Bowie!


Curtis Harrington's Night Tide Screens at SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 10, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Night Tide

By Brett Stillo

The early 1960s were a great time for nightmares. This was an era of surreal psycho-thrillers filmed in Night Tideeerie contrasts of black and white. One Step Beyond, Boris Karloff’s Thriller, and the one and only Twilight Zone flickered on TV screens while neighborhood movie theaters and drive-ins were haunted by low-budget creep-outs like Carnival of Souls, The Mask, Confessions of an Opium Eater, and Curtis Harrington’s eerie Night Tide.

Night Tide, which will play at San Francisco’s Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, January 13th, is less of a horror movie and more like a weird dream. Harrington, a colleague of Kenneth Anger who directed several '50s avant-garde short films, orchestrates a gothic beatnik fable set amid the crumbling ruins of a dreamland known as Venice, California. The shadows of Film Noir drape over this desolate landscape. You can almost picture the film's "hero" Dennis Hopper turning a corner and running into a haggard Tom Neal from Detour. The destinies of these two downbeat characters may be different, but they seem to be on similar paths.

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Pretty Good Year: Kelly's Best of 2015 picks...

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, January 9, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment
It seems like 2015 came to a close less than a little more than a week ago...wait, didn't it? Where does the time go? It came and went in another trip around the sun, with the seasons fully cycled and another twelve-month accumulation of art, music, and enjoyment to show for the passage. Listed below are the leaders of the pack where the year in my ears is, er, was concerned. These the repeat-listen flat plastic friends stuck with me thru thick and thin. Oh, and there's a book thrown in the mix as well! Did you dig any of these selections?

on you r own love again jessica pratt best music records vinyl of 2015 list
Jessica Pratt
- On your Own Love Again
(Drag City)


There's always one or three endlessly flip-able records that never quite stay filed away, maintaining rather an easy reach in the rotation pile nearby the home hi-fi. Jessica Pratt's sophomore offering On Your Own Love Again is one such record. Built in part of nearly inaudible ambient street sounds indicating a subtle genesis rooted in home-recordings, the layered, spacial delivery of Pratt's soft-plucked folk edged in opaque psychedelia eddies and billows in a cosmos of mellow zones, at times reaching near-exotic levels of effect, but ever retaining a familiar quality. Here and there accompanying lyrics seem to reveal something of the singer-songwriter's personal inspirations, but these revelations are islands in a stream of vocal stylings, lilting like tendrils through a tapestry of rhythmic strums, droning, hums, and filigree. A muted monument of home-spun, dyed-in-the-wool California by way of the Milky Way sound, Jessica Pratt may be compared to many a laudable singer-songwriter forebear, but she is most definitely in a league of her own.

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Lemmy Kilmeister's (Live Streamed) Memorial Service Reminder To Live Life To The Fullest

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2016 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Rest in Peace Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister 1945-2015

When the above video of Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister memorial service took place, fans worldwide of the beloved Motorhead front-man made a final toast to the ultimate rock and roller whose life was a constant reminder to fully embrace and live life to the fullest -- and fastest.  Guinness World Records ranked Motorhead the fastest and loudest band of all time. Live Fast, Die Old is the aptly titled documentary below on the rock icon who died December 28th at age 70 from an aggressive form of cancer. 

Part of the reason for today's funeral being streamed live is out of concern for crowd control. There's justified fear that too many Lemmy fans might plan to descend upon on the Hollywood cemetery today. So from earlier this week via social media bandmates have requested fans to not attend the funeral but tune in online instead. Fans were also invited to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name to Ronnie James Dio's Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

"Watch with fellow Motorheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.”

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Album Picks: David Bowie, Jaill, No Parents

Posted by Billy Gil, January 8, 2016 11:40am | Post a Comment

David BowieBlackstar

david bowie blackstar lpDavid Bowie’s 25th studio album shows the nearly 70-year-old artist is showing no signs of slowing down. Far from it — Blackstar is one of the most adventurous albums of his career. That’s saying something, given Bowie’s remarkable history, from his Ziggy Stardust days to his hallowed Berlin trilogy to his days as an unlikely ’80s pop star and subsequent movements thereafter. The epic-length title track combines a shuffling jazz beat and electronic throb with strings, horns and Bowie’s eerie doubled vocals. The whole thing moves creepily, a little like Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song,” but breaks into a typically gorgeous yet still intense second portion — it’s hard not to get goosebumps when Bowie sings “how many times does an angel fall?” over floating guitar lines. “Lazarus’” languid jazz-inflected atmosphere calls to mind the aforementioned Berlin albums and reminds us he was the original post-rocker. The previously released “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” plays the album’s jazz-noir theme most strongly; its horns trill fabulously while Bowie turns the suburban dream into a waking nightmare. Comparisons to Scott Walker’s later albums or Tom Waits are sure to abound, but Blackstar is still Bowie at the core. While some late-era Bowie albums have seen him try on ill-fitting guises or attempt to recapture past glory, Blackstar finds him maturing gracefully without losing an ounce of his creative mojo and finding something new, even revelatory, once again. Check out the creepy new video to “Lazarus” below. And celebrate D-Bizzle's 69th b-day and album release with a listening party at Amoeba Hollywood tonight at 6 p.m.!

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Seth Bogart of Hunx and His Punx to Release Album Feb. 19

Posted by Billy Gil, January 7, 2016 10:35am | Post a Comment

seth bogartSeth Bogart of sassy garage rockers Hunx and His Punx and electroclashers Gravy Train!!!! is set to release his debut self-titled solo album Feb. 19 on Burger. It's up for preorder now.

Though he's previously released an album under the Hunx moniker (Hairdresser Blues) this is his first solo album under his own name, and accordingly, the style is much different than the classic-garage-pop stylings of his previous work. The new song "Forgotten Fantazy" actually is more like the introverted cousin to Gravy Train!!!!, a woozy electro-pop song built on a chintzy beat and weary lyrics about the magic wearing off in a relationship ("surrounded by your thoughts/but I'm not listening"). Though we've loved Bogart's previous work, this is the most sincere thing we've heard from him yet.

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Anticipation Further Builds For Third Run The Jewels Album from Killer Mike & El-P

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2016 04:59am | Post a Comment
   
 

This week's appearance by Run The Jewels (RTJ) member Killer Mike on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert further builds anticipation for the 2016 release of the third album by the killer hip-hop duo comprised of Mike and El-P.  

If you have not already seen it, peep the video above from Tuesday's appearance on the Late Show by the Bernie Sanders supporter who is always most engaging whenever he appears on talk shows. On the show, they mentioned how it had just been announced that RTJ would be at Coachella 2016 (tix went on sale yesterday), indicating that (hopefully) their anticipated third album will be released by then since they would be promoting it. However, four weeks ago El-P posted an audio clip via Instagram with the caption "RTJ3 is just getting started." In the Colbert clip above Mike said, "We're working on part 3 right now." Bummer as this means that RTJ3 will likely be a 2017 release. Back in October to celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of RTJ2, the group published the video below for "Angel Duster" that they wrote encapsulated the amazing year they've had on the road.

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Amoeblog Interview with DJ Fuze on DJ History, Digital Underground, Raw Fusion, 2Pac, Dave Chappelle + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2016 10:28pm | Post a Comment


Digital Underground was not merely an amazing funk fueled hip-hop crew out of the Bay. They were also the pranksters of hip-hop. D.U. member DJ Fuze recalls what may have been their best public prank from back in the day on a visit to New York City. It was one of the times they played the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. "Hosted by Mark Curry, during the Amateur Night part, we came out with bags over our heads as The Unknown Rappers. We got booed and Sandman started pulling us away. Then the curtains opened revealing Digital Underground band to a huge applause, followed by a great performance of "Kiss You Back" and later "No Nose Job." We basically beat the Apollo crowd at their own game," Fuze told the Amoeblog recently when we caught up with the longtime Bay Area (East Coast transplant) hip-hop producer and turntable artist.

The Syracuse NY DJ born David Elliot is known for a myriad of associations and projects over the past three decades but most notably for his membership of both Digital Underground and related duo Raw Fusion with fellow D.U. member Money B. In addition to his membership of D.U. and Raw Fusion, Fuze, who is a trained chef as well as turntablist, is also known for his production and performance DJ work with such artists as fellow Bay Area hip-hop acts The Luniz, Dru Down, and comedian Dave Chappelle with whom he has done a ton of shows over the years (since Chappelle left his TV show). Fuze just did 15 shows with Chappelle in Chicago. He opens for him at the Punch Line in SF tomorrow (Jan 7).  Bay Area clubbers know DJ Fuze for his eclectic solo DJ sets including his residency at Oakland's SomaR bar in the Uptown district where he spins African amongst other styles. 

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Amoeba Hollywood Teams With Teragram Ballroom for Ticket Sales, Tickets Available for Sold Out Ty Segall Shows

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment

Ty Segall Tickets at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is proud to announce a partnership with Teragram Ballroom in which we’ll be the only place in town to buy physical tickets besides the venue itself. And we’re kicking things off with tickets to garage rock overlord Ty Segall’s two sold-out shows at the Teragram Jan. 15-16! We will have a limited number of tickets to both nights for sale in-store at Amoeba Hollywood starting Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets will be available for all shows at the Teragram the day they are announced with our low $2 ticket service fee. We will have a small amount of tickets for every show available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Teragram Ballroom has been lovingly created by the same folks who own the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom in New York City. With a capacity of 600, it’s one of the best places to see an intimate show in Los Angeles.

Teragram also has a great selection of beers, including Lagunitas IPA, Angel City IPA and 805 on tap in addition to a full bar. If you're in their neighborhood during the day, they have a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch items as well as Lavazza coffee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Teragramballroom.com has a complete list of upcoming shows. Check back here or call the store to find out about ticket availability at Amoeba. 

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Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2015

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2016 02:33pm | Post a Comment

amoeba hollywood best sellers of 2015

Amoeba Hollywood shoppers had diverse tastes in 2015, snapping up popular albums by Adele, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift as well as critical favorites by Sufjan Stevens, Kamasi Washington and Beach House in equal measure, plus those essential records that never go out of style. Check out the year's top sellers below.

1.  Tame ImpalaCurrents

tame impala currents lpTame Impala's third album was a critical and commercial triumph. It's both as a fascinating headphones album for production junkies and as a set of immaculate psych-pop songs that feels endlessly giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Adele25

adele 25 lpAdele's third album was a across-the-board hit with people of all ages. With pipes like Aretha and insightful lyrics, she’s our premiere pop chronicler of relationships and breakups.

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NOIR CITY 14: The Art of Darkness, 1/22 - 1/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2016 03:41pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 14

The Film Noir Foundation's world-famous yearly film festival NOIR CITY returns to San Francisco's majestic Peeping TomCastro Theatre for its 14th edition January 22-31. This year's theme is "The Art of Darkness," delivering 25 noir-stained films exploring the pressures, pitfalls, paranoia, and pain of being an artist in an indifferent and cruel world. This time the tortured protagonists aren't felons or fall guys, they're writers, painters, dancers, photographers, and musicians. I think we can all relate.

The festival features a fascinating line-up of films, including noir must-sees like Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place (1950, with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame), Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (1945, Edward G. Robinson, Dan Duryea, Joan Bennett), and Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954, James Stewart) to several welcomed surprises like Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960, Carl Boehm), Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966, David Hemmings), and Howard Franklin's The Public Eye (1992, Joe Pesci).

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"Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics" by Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (aka The Black Kripple)

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2016 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Hard-working krip-hop culture ambassador, activist, and author Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (a regular subject and contributor to the Amoeblog) has just unleashed his latest project. It's the newly published The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics, a book of original poems and song lyrics compiled over the past two decades by the author and sometime hip-hop artist. As with the rest of his body of work, this new project addresses issues that Black disabled people deal with, something the author says still only gets minimum attention. Some of the poems in the book were previously published in 1999 in his chapbook put out by Poor Magazine’s Poor Press, as Moore told me when I recently caught up with him to ask him some questions and invite him to share some excerpts with the Amoeblog.

As for specifically what subjects are covered in the new book, he said, "In this book you will find true stories of discrimination like cases of police brutality to love songs for the Black disabled community, my family, my lady, and poem songs for Black disabled people in history like Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Rev. Cecil Ivory, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Barbara Jordan, Harriet Tubman, and many more.  This book also talks back to the Black community, academic scholars, and the media on why they do what they do and at the same time tries to uplift the work of Black disabled writers, musicians, and others."

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2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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Talent Show: The Francis Lau Experience Featuring Francis Lau

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 4, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Francis Lau

Welcome to the Amoeblog's inaugural edition of Talent Show, a place to show off videos from newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it. For our first act we bring you ten-year-old keyboard wiz and '80s synth pop fan Francis Lau. His brand new video that will blow your mind...with lasers.

Francis has been studying the piano for five years now. That's half his life, folks. It's only fitting that this classically trained vintage electro fiend chose Devo's "Time Out For Fun" as his foray into music video land as that's exactly what he's doing as a student of Oakland's 3 O’Clock Rock after school music program. Now Francis and his three-piece white suit are ready to own the internet.

Catch The Francis Lau Experience this Friday, January 8th, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley where he will be opening for Psycotic Pineapple and The Phantom Surfers!! More info HERE.

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you The Francis Lau Experience...

-- Audra

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in January 2016

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 02:34pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

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. 

We are super excited to announce a partnership with Teragram Ballroom, a new intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $2 ticket service fee.

For Club Nokia and Shrine Expo Hall 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. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (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.
 

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"Entertainment" Screens at SF's Roxie Theater with Live Performances from Neil Hamburger and Secret Chiefs 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 3, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Comedy fans rejoice! Director Rick Alverson (Comedy, New Jerusalem) has given the world the Neil Neil Hamburger, EntertainmentHamburger vehicle of a lifetime with his latest existential zinger of a film, Entertainment. Fans of Hamburger's performance-art-as-stand-up (or is it the other way around?), devotees of his output with the 1990's San Fran punk outfit the Zip Code Rapists (under his legal name, Gregg Turkington), and rabid collectors of his label Amarillo Records' limited releases have been waiting for this moment since the film showed at Sundance early in 2015.

In Entertainment Turkington/Hamburger Secret Chiefs 3portrays a down-and-out comedian on tour in the Mojave desert. He is a fractured man in search of happiness and his estranged daughter as we follow him through a series of novelty tourist attractions, third-rate venues, and volatile encounters.

Entertainment will have two very special screenings on January 8th and 9th at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, each followed by a live stand-up act from Neil Hamburger and music from Secret Chiefs 3!

Amoeblog Interview with Longtime Bay Area Revolutionary Hip-Hop Artist Paris

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2016 07:49pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist Paris, who headlines Slim's tonight (1/2) on a bill with Equipto and Locksmith, has always stayed 100% true to his political beliefs and never shied away from controversy. In fact, the outspoken revolutionary rapper, who famously got dropped by Tommy Boy Records over his outspoken content back in the early '90s, has not softened up one bit. He continues to speak out against the injustices he sees around him, even three decades into his career. Ample proof of this can be found on his latest release, Pistol Politics, which he strategically released on September 11th, 2015. 9/11 is not just a date bound to attract the public's attention but one that symbolizes a topic close to the artist's heart. 

Ever since the history-changing September 11, 2001 event, Paris has utilized his music as a platform to question 9/11, calling it an inside job. The cover art for his album Sonic Jihad, released two years after 9/11, showed a plane crashing into the Pentagon. Meanwhile its tracks featured such "truth music" tracks as "What Would You Do" that addressed the artist's theories on 9/11 as well as the Illuminati's agenda.

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10 Albums to Look for in 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 1, 2016 11:05am | Post a Comment

10 albums to look for in 2016

Now that the year's over, it’s time to look ahead into 2016. There are already several exciting releases announced for the new year, so here’s your preview of what’s coming out in the next couple of months.

David Bowie Blackstar
Out Jan. 8

david bowie blackstar lpDavid Bowie’s upcoming 25th album will be released on the venerable artist’s 69th birthday. It’s a seven-song release featuring a few extended tracks, like the nearly 10-minute electro-orchestral opus that is the title track, which also is being used as the opening song for the TV series “The Last Panthers.” So far, we’ve also heard “Lazarus” and “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” all of which are fueling anticipation for this being one of the best albums of Bowie’s later career.

 

Chairlift Moth
Out Jan. 22

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