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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Logic

Posted by Amoebite, February 29, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Logic What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood The Incredible True Story

Logic may be in the midst of a massive world tour right now, but Amoeba Hollywood had the pleasure of sitting down the with rapper/singer on a recent visit to the store. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic started his musical career young, releasing his first official mixtape, Young, Broke, and Infamous, in 2010 when he was only twenty. In 2011, his follow-up, Young Sinatra, won accolades from numerous fans, as well as the influential publication XXL. His music video for "All I Do" was Logic's first to chart over 1 million views on YouTube. A year later Logic released a third mixtape, Young Sinatra: Undeniable, which led to a successful European tour, an XXL cover, and the announcement that he had signed to Def Jam. 2015's The Incredible True Story debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, for which he is currently touring both the US and Europe.

Logic Incredible True Story

Logic has a lot to say about all of his picks, the first of which is a DVD of Community: The Complete First Season, which stars fellow musician and actor Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). He also chooses some classic hip hop albums from the '90s, including OutKast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, as well as more current favorites like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterflywhich he calls "a great album for hip hop, and for mankind." Logic also talks Quincy Jones and producing, and why The Incredible True Story hadn't been pressed on to vinyl until last week.

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Kosha Dillz Preps for Another "OY VEY SXSW" Showcase + Upcoming 2016 Album "What I Do All Say And Pickle"

Posted by Billyjam, February 29, 2016 12:39pm | Post a Comment

2016 looks like it will be an even better year for hard-working, talented and unique rapper Kosha Dillz. "I'm already crushing it. I've been so busy lately. And I'm really lucky on many levels including just being a working rapper and making a living from doing what I love," he told the Amoeblog yesterday by phone while taking a break from planning his upcoming popular annual showcase in Texas. The one of a kind Jewish freestyle rapper is returning to Austin in a couple of weeks for the annual SxSW music festival to throw another one of his popular OY VEY! SXSW showcases, happening March 17th at Sledge Hammer. Dubbed the "#1 Jewish rapper in Korea Town that raps in Spanish Hebrew and English" (see last year's entertaining video for "SPAN-HEBRISH" down below) has been working hard and building his career for the past decade, and building an arsenal of accolades along the way. Last month he was at the Sundance festival for the screening of the indie movie Scumbag that he made his acting debut in. While in Park City he made a point of doing some of his trademark street performances. Both fun and lucrative, they're a key part of how the 100% independent hip-hop artist has managed to carve out his unique career path, and make a good living from it. A year ago outside the 57th Grammy Awards, he figures his street performance netted him over $50,000. It also landed him in a Chevrolet commercial where he said "pretty dope dude." A few years back his song "Cellular Phone" was licensed for a Budweiser ad that premiered during Superbowl. And last year he landed a spot on Vans Warped Tour, performing all over the US on over forty concert stops.

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Happy 88th Birthday Fats Domino!

Posted by Amoebite, February 26, 2016 01:33pm | Post a Comment

Fats Domino

Today marks the 88th birthday of Fats Domino, one of the great living legends of American music. To mark the occasion PBS will be airing a one-hour documentary entitled Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock and Roll. Check your local schedule here.

When we speak of the birth of rock and roll, the names most often cited in popular culture are probably Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley or Carl Perkins, but Fats Domino’s contributions to rock are no less important. Fats Domino was rockin’ on 88 keys before the term "rock" became synonymous with guitars. His name belongs among other great Louisiana piano men such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Fats Domino’s early recordings with Dave Bartholomew and legendary drummer Earl Palmer at Cosimo Matassa’s studio are among the most influential in early rock and roll history and are worthy of all the recognition they receive. He pioneered the sound of early Rhythm and Blues by blending together the sounds of swinging Big Band jazz and Cuban rumba and mambo records.

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Album Picks: School of Seven Bells, Quilt, Yuck

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2016 09:06am | Post a Comment

School of Seven BellsSVIIB

school of seven bells sviib lpSchool of Seven Bell’s fourth and final album is a beautiful tribute to the band and its founding member Benjamin Curtis, who died three years ago after battling a rare form of lymphoma, leaving co-member Alejandra Deheza to finish the album they’d started with another producer. But SVIIB isn’t an overly sad affair, though knowledge of the story behind it certainly cast the lyrics of sadness and longing in a different light — most of them were written before Curtis’ diagnosis, in the wake up of the breakup of Curtis and bandmate Alejandra Deheza’s romantic relationship and their forging forward as friends and bandmates. SVIIB looks back fondly on their time together. The band’s combination of dream-pop and electro-pop has never been more lucidly realized than on songs like “Ablaze,” which opens the album on a rush of teenage emotion and big synth-laden beats, like Erasure’s new-wave optimism reimagined for a generation weaned on M83 and Chvrches. “There was a you before me, there was a me before you,” Dehenza sings with hip-hop inflected delivery on “On My Heart.” “A Thousand Times More’s” New Order-style heartfelt synth-pop and the freestyle-flavored “Signals” call to mind happier times for the band, when they were a trio on albums like Disconnect From Desire. On the devastating “Confusion,” Deheza sings wearily over a billowing cloud of synths and organs, exhaling the line, “I understand nothing of these changes,” with the sense of sitting at rock bottom and staring upward. That impression of a light in the tunnel that SVIIB leaves you with makes the album feel not like a sad ending, but a celebration of their work.

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Bay Area Rapper, Cannabis Activist / Entrepreneur Berner Unveils First Episode In New "Marijuana Mania" Series [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, February 25, 2016 08:35pm | Post a Comment

Berner "Come On" from his 2014 Bern One Ent album Drugstore Cowboy


That old adage "do what you love" is perfectly applicable to the weed loving, nationally acclaimed prolific Bay Area rapper Berner. For the past decade plus this rap artist, weed activist/entrepreneur born Gilbert Anthony Mano has crafted a unique and phenomenally lucrative and fun career, all the while balancing his two main life passions of weed and rap music. Having built a strong rep as rap recording and performing artist, to date Berner's rich back catalog boasts 14 albums including his most recent full-length release found at Amoeba,  Drought Season 3, which is just one of many dropped on his own prolific Bern One Ent. record label. Equally respected by rap fans and peers, Berner's countless studio collaborations over the years include full length releases with such fellow Bay Area artists as Messy Marv, Equipto and the late great rapper The Jacka with whom he recorded the three part aforementioned Drought Season trilogy. Others in the really long list of Berner collabs include B-Real, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Young Thug, and Too $hort. Perhaps even more widely known in hip-hop is his longstanding relationship and collaborative work with Wiz Khalifa. Having been down since day one with the Pittsburgh, PA based, fellow weed loving hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, the Bay Area artist counts himself as among those part of Khalifa's elite Taylor Gang Ent. label crew along with such others as Project Pat, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tuki Carter.

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Countdown To Sale of Prince Concert Tix @ Paramount Oakland (Feb 28) - US Kick Off of Piano & A Microphone Tour

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2016 11:31am | Post a Comment

Ever since last night's last minute announcement of Prince's two back to back (7pm & 10pm) concerts at Oakland's Paramount Theater this coming Sunday evening (Feb 28th), fans have been anxiously awaiting the moment to cop coveted tix to see the Purple One. That countdown is in its final half hour now for the paperless-only Prince concert tickets (reportedly no hard tix to limit counterfeiting) that go on sale at 12 noon today, Wednesday February 24th, only through Ticketmaster (so don't go to Paramount box office on Broadway).

Ticket prices range from $99 to $275 for the two "intimate solo setting" Oakland concerts by Prince, who in previous years has played last minute shows at Bay Area venues such as the DNA Lounge, kicking off the artist's North American Piano & A Microphone tour. That new tour coincides with the 57-year-old singer's latest/39th studio album HITnRUN Phase II (the sequel to the September 2015 CD released album HITnRUN Phase One). Famously disgruntled with the music industry for many years now, this latest Prince album is being released digitally only via Jay Z's Tidal music platform. While no one knows (likely even Prince himself) exactly what songs he will perform in Oakland this weekend, odds are they will include a tribute to his Bay Area-based former collaborator Vanity, who recently died at age 57, as well as such Prince classics as “Little Red Corvette” (see video below of song from his 1999 album), “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “Controversy.” The artist performed all of these songs at a recent Australian concert as well as a  cover of (another Bay Area act) Sly & the Family Stone’s “Stand.”

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Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa Play First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum March 4

Posted by Amoebite, February 23, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Lower Dens

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series continues March 4 with acclaimed indie-rockers Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa. Tickets are $18.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a DJ lounge featuring KCRW resident DJ Aaron Byrd and Val Fleury. Come early and swing by the Amoeba booth, where we’ll be selling $20 Amoeba gift certificates for just $10 (limit two per customer).

There’ll also be tours starting at 5 p.m. with the KT Hajeian, the museum’s collections manager of anthropology, on the bizarre props and rare specimens in their collection that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. And there will be a oceanographic discussion at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, president of the Ocean Conservation Society, and Dr. Chris Thacker, NHM’s curator of Ichthyology (aka fish).

Baltimore’s Lower Dens play with deliberately retro synths and new-wave beats on their most recent album, Escape From Evil. But the songs are every bit as intricate and mysterious as those on their previous works, offering cinematic soundscapes for Jana Hunter’s elegant voice to wind in an out like a disintegrating reel. Hear “To Die in L.A.” for a taste.

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New York City's Beloved The Magic Shop Studios, Where Bowie Recorded His Final Album, Forced To Close After 3 Decades

Posted by Billyjam, February 22, 2016 11:31pm | Post a Comment

Beloved longtime New York City recording studios The Magic Shop, where David Bowie's final album Blackstar was among the many projects recorded over the past three decades, will be closing up shop in a few weeks. The latest music / arts victim of the out-of-control Manhattan real estate market, the announcement was made a couple of hours ago via Facebook by saddened studio owner Steve Rosenthal. "After an amazing 28 year run, I will have to close The Magic Shop Recording Studio. March 16, 2016 will be our last day open. Everyone knows why I have to close, so there is little point in rehashing my story," posted Rosenthal to the studio's Facebook page tonight under the heading "CLOSING TIME." 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dungen

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2016 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

Swedish psych rock band Dungen stopped in to Amoeba Music Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. Gearing up for a US tour this March, including a stop in Marfa, Texas for the Marfa Myths festival, the band's picks prove to be as eclectic as their own music.

Dungen Allas SakFormed by singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, who plays the majority of the instruments in the studio, Dungen draw much of their their influence from Scandinavian folk music, prog, and indie music. With guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard as Ejstes' live band and studio collaborators the band has been recording and touring since 2000. 2004's Ta Det Lugnt brought the band international acclaim and led to two US tours, an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and a performance at Bonnaroo. Last October Dungen released their eighth album, Allas Sak. Catch them May 5 at The Echo in Los Angeles and May 6 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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Morose and Lugubrious, "Mista Thug Isolation" is Back on Wax

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 21, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Lil Ugly Mane, Mista Thug IsolationBy doubleay

Lil Ugly Mane’s classic, Mista Thug Isolation, has returned for it’s first pressing since 2012. Back by popular demand, Italian DIY label Hundebiss Records brings Mista Thug Isolation’s fourth reissue to the people. The two-disc LP is pressed on 150 gram vinyl and features cover art created by Lil Ugly Mane himself. The cover depicts an industrial assortment of dead animals and daunting gothic font, which has been used for the third and fourth reissues of the album. The album, originally released in 2011, is an underground classic that makes for a stunning gem in anyone’s vinyl collection. Its lean fueled production and unforgiving lyrics makes the album one of Lil Ugly Mane’s stand out releases over his career spanning from his Raider Klan origin.

Back in 2015, Lil Ugly Mane (real name Shawn Kemp) announced Lil Ugly Mane was no more and there was to be an anthology of the rapper’s release due at the end of the year. In November a package deal of all his digital releases became available via his Bandcamp offering 19 projects for $43.50. In addition, record label, Ormolycka, delivered the Gone and Forgotten RIP Lil Ugly Mane box set at the end of 2015. On Ormolycka’s Facebook the contents for the RIP Box Set were listed as followed: "4 LP’s of brand new unreleased material. One of said releases being a brand new full on Ugly / Shawn Kemp crusher. The other a surprise collaboration full of secret(s). 1 LP compiling all of the singles. 1 LP edition of Playaz Circle. As well as 4 cassettes: 1 edition of the new LP on cassette, 1 edition of the other cassette, a cassette of instrumentals, oddities, whatever the fuck fits.”

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Author Christian Farrad's Tips on How to "Protect Ya Neck!" from "Vampires" in The Cut-Throat Music Business

Posted by Billyjam, February 20, 2016 11:51pm | Post a Comment

No doubt hip-hop artists and aspiring artists of any genre will find interest in Protect Ya Neck!  [A Music Industry Survival Guide]. To be published in late March, the Christian Farrad authored non-fiction book promises to reveal "tips to survive (and thrive) in the cut-throat world of entertainment." 

A New York City-based business manager specializing in music and entertainment, Farrad's background includes being GM of Miami independent rap label Slip N Slide Records. While by no means the first tome to tackle the topic of the snake-filled music industry (Fredric Dannen's 1990 book Hit Men remains one of the best in that genre), it does put a contemporary (as in digital age) and hip-hop generation themed spin on its subject matter. This it does via the scenarios cited in its many what-not-to-do tales of the music industry like why Eminem had to sue his record label for miscalculating digital sales of his music or Lil Wayne filing a $51 Million lawsuit against his label over unpaid royalties. Beyonce firing her manager for stealing money from her tour and Rihanna suing her accountant for mismanaging her money are among the other cautionary tales examined in the book that promises to teach, among other things, "defensive strategies to protect ya neck!"

Books like Farrad's offer invaluable tools to navigate the pitfalls of the tricky music business. And there are many, from the importance of management to the ins-and-outs of publishing, and the unforeseen challenges of long term music distribution in the digital age. Unfortunately, it seems, most young artists starting out in their careers (i.e., those who need to read books like this the most) likely will not read them, at least not until after the fact. Typically they'll be too preoccupied with jumping headfirst into their music careers to stop, read, study, and take a sober look at the big picture of what lies ahead. This week I reached out to author Farrad to ask him about this and other topics related to his forthcoming publication.

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Album Picks: Wild Nothing, Seth Bogart, The Shivas

Posted by Billy Gil, February 19, 2016 09:39am | Post a Comment

Wild Nothing - Life Of Pause

wild nothing life of pause lpWild Nothing’s third album is a glorious thing. It’s an album that transcends any genre tags like dream pop or indie pop that dogged Jack Tatum’s work in the past — it’s simply a first-class pop album in the vein of Roxy Musics sophisticated artpop classic, Avalon. Life of Pause is Tatum’s most varied release thus far. “Reichpop” opens regally with a wall of vibraphones, slick new wave beat and Tatum’s cool breath of a vocal. “A Woman’s Wisdom’s” ethereal soul moves into sugary, MBV-inspired shoegazer Japanese Alice” and through the lush, synth-heavy title track, the languidly sexy “Alien” and “To Know You’s” motorik beat and cinematic guitar shimmer. Neil Young-inspired folk songcraft inform “Adore,” and things return to slinky grooves for “TV Queen” and “Wherever I,” touches of sax and strings adding an air of cheek and class. In the past, you could have pinned Tatum down as someone who admirably filtered influences like C86-style college rock and dream-pop but ultimately wore them on his sleeve. Life of Pause sheds any such limitations and is easily one of the best indie rock releases of the early new year.

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Seth Bogart Talks L.A. Losers, S&M Songs and New Self-Titled Album

Posted by Billy Gil, February 18, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment

Seth Bogart hunx

Photo by JJ Stratford

Seth Bogart made a name for himself calling out lame boys who don’t like rock ‘n’ roll with bubblegum garage-pop gems in Hunx & His Punx. Since taking a break from releasing music (his last was Street Punk in 2013), Bogart has kept plenty busy. He moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area in 2012 to focus on his visual art and open a store based on his own clothing line — if you’ve driven down Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park, you’ve probably seen Wacky Wacko, an explosion of bright pinks with a Pegasus head that looks like it’s screaming adorning the top.

But at the same time, he’s also still been recording music. For this outing, Bogart hooked up with longtime friend and producer Cole MGN, who’s also worked with such fine folk as Julia Holter, Ariel Pink and Dam-Funk. Bogart’s first solo release under his own name, out this Friday on Burger, mostly ditches the guitars for deliberately chintzy synths and drum machines on a weird, wild glitterbomb of an album, with help from friends like Chela, Cherry Glazerr’s Clementine Creevy and Tavi Gevinson. Check out the video for the song “Forgotten Fantazy” that was released today, which features Bogart dominating himself (!) in a hot clip that puts that “50 Shades” bullshit to shame.

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The 1975 Listening Party & Early Sale at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 18, 2016 05:10pm | Post a Comment

The 1975 Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

The 1975 are releasing their new album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, on Friday, February 26th but fans in the Los Angeles area get to hear it and buy it the night before! Please note the band will NOT be in attendance.

Amoeba Hollywood is hosting a listening party on Thursday, Feb. 25th at 8pm! Come hear the new album all the way through and enjoy some tasty treats. Plus, the first fans to purchase the new album on CD or vinyl at the event will also get a poster and a pink "Love Me" / "UGH" cassette tape (while supplies last; limit 1 per person; in-store purchase only). 

Can't make it to the party? Pre-order the new album on CD or clear 180-gram vinyl from Amoeba.com and it'll ship for FREE to the U.S.

The 1975 cassette

School friends Matty Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald formed The 1975 in England back in 2002. They released their first EP, Facedown, ten years later, followed by three more EPs and their self-titled debut full-length. Leading up to the release of their debut, the band toured with Muse, The Neighbourhood, and even opened for the Rolling Stones. Upon release, The 1975 entered the UK album chart at No. 1 in September 2013 and went on to be gold-certified.

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Talent Show: The Creepy Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 17, 2016 06:32pm | Post a Comment

For the Amoeblog's third installment of Talent Show, a place to show off new projects and acts that will The Creepy Podcastundoubtedly change life as you know it, we bring you The Creepy Podcast. If you love to hate and hate to love the user-generated horror ramblings of Creepypasta sites, fanfiction, and the like, you need to follow DJ4AM’s prolific The Creepy Podcast, which both mercilessly skewers and pays homage to this puzzling literary phenomenon. Listen to The Creepy Podcast on Bandcamp or Youtube.

DJ4AM (aka Jason Nevermind, aka Jason Chavez) has been an active DJ and musician for over 20 years. Formerly a member of Octavius and San Francisco indy band Black Fiction, he is currently a member of Dopestyle 1231, The Beta Macs, and Opal Heights. However, for his latest project this life-long cratedigger, storyteller, sound engineer, and aficionado of the obscure sample has funneled his numerous talents into a new and heretofore uncharted format: the comedy horror podcast. DJ4AM sources amateur tales of horror from Creepypasta sites and gives them the MST3K treatment, which is to say he furnishes them with simultaneous running commentary, over his original genius soundscapes. Sometimes he adds special guest readers/commenters to the mix and it feels like you’re trying to watch a movie with your funniest friends. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself jumping in with commentary of your own.

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Rob Hatch-Miller Discusses His Documentary "Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows" [California Premiere During Noise Pop 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

"A lot of people may not know the name of this man, Syl Johnson, but they know his music," accurately notes RZA in the engaging documentary on the highly influential and widely sampled, yet little known, soul legend. Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is the new Rob Hatch-Miller-directed film that makes its California premiere this weekend as part of the Noise Pop 2016 festival's Film Series, co-presented by Amoeba and the SF IndieFest, when it screens at the Roxie Theater. Tickets for the Saturday, Feb 20th, 7pm screening, that is followed by a Q+A with the film's subject and its director, are available here.

The  Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who's sampled the artist's records for the various Wu tracks, is among the many Syl Johnson devotees interviewed in the film. Others include Prince Paul, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jazzy Jay, and (45s king) DJ BreakBeat Lou, each of whom have nothing but the highest admiration for this prolific yet largely slept-on musical great.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Diane Warren at Amoeba Hollywood

"If you won't die if you don't do it, don't do it," Diane Warren, the GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominated songwriter told us on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. As a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Warren was determined to become as respected a name in songwriting as Carole King or Jimmy Webb. In 1983 she found that success when she penned Laura Branigan's "Solitaire" and has since become one of America's most prolific and esteemed songwriters.  

Over the course of her career Warren has worked with luminaries such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey. She has also worked with some of the biggest names in the modern pop music arena, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and thirteen GRAMMYs. Diane Warren and Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens To You" recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards on February 28.

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Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Wins Grammy in Best Rap Album Category (Video)

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2016 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Congrats to Kendrick Lamar for winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year in the ongoing (started at 5pm PST) 2016 Grammys for his album To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on explicit CD version and 180 gram vinyl LP version). See video clip below in which Ice Cube announces the win for the fellow Compton, CA rapper who also won Grammy Awards for rap performance, rap song, and rap sung/collaboration categories.

Presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the 58th Grammy Awards saw the gifted hip-hop artist receive eleven nominations, bypassing such other big music stars as The Weeknd and Taylor Swift (both of whom got seven nominations each). In the Best Rap Album category Kendrick Lamar beat out other nominees J.Cole (2014 Forest Hills Drive), Dr. Dre (Compton), Drake (If You're Reading This It's Too Late), and Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint).


First Sidewalk Sale of 2016 on February 20

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 04:17pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale amoeba february 20

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Feb. 20, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., right outside the store. This time around, our prices are even lower than last year! We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • Fresh 45s at three for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
  • Blu-rays at three for $10
  • DVDs for $2 each, or three for $5
  • DVD box sets at $5 each, or two for $8
  • And more!

We'll also have free lemonade from the kind folks at Hubert's Lemonade. Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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

Hubert's Lemonade

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Amoeba Top Five, K-Def, San Quinn, Saul Williams, Kevin Gates, K-Def

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2016 03:07pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 02:15:16
 


1) K-Def The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini (Redefinition/Fat Beats)
 
2) Kevin Gates Islah (Atlantic)

3) J. Cole Forest Hills Drive Live (Roc Nation)

4) Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing (Fader) - also on LP

5) San Quinn The Fillmore Lion (Legacy Mafia)

Shout-out to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five chart that features in the top slot longtime NJ-based hip-hop producer K-Def with the two album, 33 track (on one CD disc) set The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini on Redefinition/Fat Beats.  As seen in the accompanying video below of E-Lit running down these five and other new/recent releases, there is also a single album vinyl version by K-Def.  Other popular new releases at the East Bay Amoeba store include longtime Fillmore district of San Francisco rapper San Quinn's latest full length The Fillmore Lion on Legacy Mafia, and Louisanna rapper (previously prolific mix tape producer) Kevin Gates' official major label debut Islah on Atlantic Records

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Noise Pop's Film Series, 2/18 - 2/23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 14, 2016 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, has an amazing line-up of music-related films this year, February 18 -- February 23. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present four fantastic documentaries on February 20th: We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows, and a screening of Morphine: Journey of Dreams followed by a live set by Vapors of Morphine (former members of Morphine)!

Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears RevisitedWe're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
2/20, 2pm @ ATA  (992 Valencia Street, SF)

In 1964, Johnny Cash – who up to that point was known solely as a country singer – recorded Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album of folk songs about the treatment of Native Americans. It was not a great commercial success, primarily because radio stations and disc jockeys were unwilling to play such socially engaged protest songs. Angry and disappointed, Cash called Billboard Magazine to account in an open letter. “Where are your guts?” he wrote, and drew a parallel between the treatment of Native Americans and blacks – the Civil Rights Movement was at its height in 1964. In response to criticism that he had very rapidly transformed into a folk singer, he explained, “As times change, I change.”

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The Lowest Form of Music: Los Angeles Free Music Society's "How Low Can You Go"

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2016 11:49am | Post a Comment




Following recent select screenings of How Low Can You Go, the new short documentary film on the long-running Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), it has now been posted online. The Holly Thompson and Mark "Frosty" McNeill-produced and edited film, posted above, includes music by the Society's Le Forte FourTom Recchion, Airway, and Dennis Duck. Founded in 1973 by Tom Recchion, Chip Chapman, Joe Potts, and Rick Potts, the pioneering avant-rock artist-musician collective published the magazine Light Bulb in addition to music and concert production and events. Over the years the LA underground collective has built a dedicated following of fans of weird/outsider music, as well as influencing many artists. Among those artists directly influenced by LAFMS are Sun City Girls, Caroliner Rainbow, and Hijokaidan.  Last year during KFJC's annual Mayhem programming month, the Los Altos radio station's DJ Naysayer produced an indepth special on LAFMS culling music from the 11 CD various artists LAFMS collection, The Lowest Form of Music. In 2009 WFMU's Brian Turner featured another LAFMS special with studio guests including the collective's Tom Recchion, Dennis Duck, Rick Potts, Joe Potts, and Vetza Trussell. The film features these members as well as LAFMS members Ace Farren Ford, Fredrik Nilsen, Joseph Hammer, and Mitchell Brown.

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10 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas From Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, February 12, 2016 03:45pm | Post a Comment

valentine's day amoeba

Who else hasn’t thought of anything to get their significant other for Valentine’s Day?

V-Day is a tough one. You don’t want to go too extravagant ’cause hey, there’s still birthdays and other holidays to think of. But a lil’ something is nice too! Well, let us help you figure out how to find that perfect cool gift for Valentine’s Day that says “I didn’t go to Rite Aid at the last minute to get you chocolates, I actually put some thought into this.” Here are 10 ideas for a nice Valentine’s Day gift.

Turntables

Through this Sunday, we’re having a sale for 20% off all turntables at all three stores. Plus, when you buy a turntable this weekend, you’ll get a $10 gift certificate for used vinyl to start that collection. Either our Red Essential II turntable or red and white Crosley Executive turntable (as pictured above) make for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift that will last. They’re some of the nicest and certainly most aesthetically pleasing turntables we carry — they’re statement pieces as well as a great way to listen to music.

mayer hawthorne heart vinylHeart-Shaped Vinyl

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Album Picks: Diiv, Lucinda Williams, Rihanna, Cavanaugh, Lissie

Posted by Billy Gil, February 12, 2016 09:41am | Post a Comment

I missed last week since I was on vacation, so here are my picks for the past two weeks!

DiivIs The Is Are

diiv is the is are lpBrooklyn’s Diiv are back after four years with an album that delivers on the promise of their debut, Oshin. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co. still dole out shimmering guitar-pop nuggets that surf on waves of reverb and atmospheric distortion. Songs like “Under the Sun” offer a pure rush of new wave beats and summery melodies, even as Smith’s lyrics delve into his struggle with addiction. It follows one of The Cure’s best tricks: sounding lively even at their bleakest. Songs like “Dopamine” are far from numbed out — Smith’s jaunty vocal is as close as he’d let himself get to Tom Petty, while still encased in a fog of reverb. Is The Is Are is a bit sprawling at 17 tracks, and after a dynamite opening, some of its shorter tracks in the middle don’t sink in, compared with the relatively taut Oshin. But that also gives Is The Is Are room to roam and the feeling of some alt-rock record of yore, like a Guided By Voices or Sonic Youth album (speaking of the latter, Smith’s girlfriend, Sky Ferreira, shows up to play Kim Gordon on the breathy “Blue Boredom”). Smith also should get credit for expanding his guitar palette while keeping things trim and stylistically consistent, adding My Bloody Valentine-style bends and distortion to his crisp, Felt-ish tones only when necessary. As layers of heavily distorted riffs close out “Waste of Breath” like interlocking corroded piping (epic by Diiv standards at nearly six minutes), Smith’s talents are firmly re-established.

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1995 African American Youth Town Hall Meeting in San Jose with Youth Speakers, City Officials, guests E-40, JT, & Herm Lewis

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"Brothas and sistas...The time is now" read a flyer for the February 1995 African American youth town hall meeting in San Jose that was called in response to rising concern within the community over varying issues (see flyer above). Hosted by Davey D (then of KMEL) the town hall meeting, that included city officials and youth speakers, took place at the South Bay city's Emmanuel Baptist Church. The event also featured  Bay Area hip-hop artists E-40, JT The Bigga Figga, and Herm Lewis who were invited as guest speakers. At the time of the event, E-40's single "One Luv" had been out a few weeks. The Vallejo gamespitter's anticipated second solo album, that included the lead single, In a Major Way (Sick WId It/Jive) would drop a few weeks later on March 14th, 1995.  The sequel to 1993's Federal, the new E-40 album would also feature such standout tracks as the second single "Sprinkle Me" featuring his sister Suga T, and Bay Area rap posse track "Dusted 'n' Disgusted" with 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 all making cameos.  Meanwhile, JT The Bigga Figga was winding up the recording of his third album, Dwellin' in tha Labb, which he fully produced, that would be released in October of that year on his Get Low Recordz, Priority Records, and Straight Out Tha Labb Entertainment.

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Turntable Sale at Our Stores February 11-14

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2016 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntable Sale at Amoeba

All turntables are 20% off at our stores Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14! (Limited to stock on hand; 20% off regular price.) Plus, you will get a $10 Amoeba gift certificate for used vinyl with your turntable purchase! 

Need help figuring out which turntable is right for you? Check out our handy turntable guide or come into the store and ask one of our turntable experts for help.

New to collecting vinyl? Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your records.

See the full list of February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood.

Turntable Sale

 

Thinking of Dilla on 10-Year Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, February 10, 2016 08:32pm | Post a Comment


"One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane,
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder
, and Marvin Gaye,
J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness!" 
- Common  (XXL Magazine)

Ten years ago today exactly the world lost hip-hop production genius J Dilla. Also an emcee, the artist was born James Dewitt Yancey and was also known as Jay Dee.  He died on February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32  following a battle with lupus. But even on his sickbed he worked on music, a lot of it for the album Donuts (Stones Throw) that was released just three days before his tragic passing. The quote above by Common, who was roomies with Dilla after he moved from Detroit to LA in 2004, is typical of the type of reverence Dilla receives from his peers. Similarly to Common, Madlib also made a Dilla/Coltrane cross reference. "Dilla was like a Coltrane," said MadLib who had collaborated with him as JayLib. "When Coltrane was there, everybody tried to follow what he did. And when he died mothafuckers didn't know what to do," said MadLib in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

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Get a Deal on Two Tickets to LA Weekly's 'The Essentials' Food Fest

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2016 05:28pm | Post a Comment

the essentials la weekly food fest

If you’re anything like us, you love food. And, if you’re like us, you haven’t thought of a damn thing to get your S.O. for Valentine’s Day.

But fear not! LA Weekly’s The Essentials comes to the rescue. It’s a food fest happening Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the California Market Center in Downtown L.A.

Now through Sunday, take advantage of their Valentine’s Day Value Pack and get two tickets for only $90 (that’s $50 in savings). There’s a limited supply, so get them before they’re gone!

Amoeba Music will be there. Swing by and get $20 gift certificates for $10 (limit two per customer), spin our prize wheel and score some awesome swag!

champagne ice cream
hand roll sushi taco


 

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James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

james supercaveAfter a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

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Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 2/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 8, 2016 04:32pm | Post a Comment

It's almost AMOEBAPALOOZA -- that magical time of the year when we here at Amoeba Music San FranciscoAmoebapalooza join forces with fellow Amoebites to bring you the BEST variety show in all the land. Now in its mind-blowing 18th year, Amoebapalooza is happening on Sunday, February 21 at 8pm at the amazing Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission Street, SF).

Hosted by local drag superstar Nicki Jizz, the extravaganza is shaping up to be a wild one. WEED PLUS BEER and TOYOTA are on deck to work us into an electronic, experimental frenzy; MISS LIGHTNING will be serving up some cover tunes with their personal "bar room rock band" flavor; and JESUS DUDE MOM are happy to show their "pop punk junk stuff" to anyone who wants to see it! We even have a tribute to the late great Glenn Frey courtesy of GLNDLFRY.

There will be strong drinks, great acts, and even better times this year so please join us! Oh, did we mention face painting and balloon animals too? How could you miss this?

Admission is only $5 for the general public. Doors 8pm / show 9pm. 21+ over only.

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the fifth year in a row! We highly recommend SIR for all of your equipment needs.
 

Jesus Dude Mom Miss Lightning
Jesus Dude Mom Miss Lightning
Toyota Nicki Jizz
Toyota Nicki Jizz
Weed Plus Beer
Weed Plus Beer

 

21 Essential New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 04:01pm | Post a Comment

21 Essentisl New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

If you are just dipping your toe into the mighty muddy Mississippi-sludge sounds of New Orleans music, here is a list to get your mojo workin', courtesy of members of the Amoeba family who are lifelong New Orleans music fanatics.

KAREN: The New Orleans sound is that rare gumbo of musical complements: a meaty stew of blues, R&B, jazz, African rhythms, Cuban, French, country Cajun, hip hop and so much more. But what defines New Orleans music? That is the unanswerable question. You can say it's this or it's that — it's the syncopation or the bass or the raw, funky rhythm. But really it's the soul of the music — the undefinable "Get Down" or "Get On Up." This is the music that carries your soul down the block on a second-line funeral procession — and gets your feet dancing in a musky club on Frenchman Street. It is playful. Funky. Deep and swampy. Raw and dirty. Mournful. Plaintive. And everything in between. It isn't defined by a drum beat. Or maybe it is. You've just got to listen for yourself.

Here are my top picks for records you need to own. Essential New Orleans listening, in no particular order. This is my own Dirty Dozen:

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rise Against

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Rise Against Amoeba Hollywood

Zach Blair and Joe Principe of Rise Against stopped by recently to grab some records before their sold out show at The Hollywood Palladium.  The Chicago based band, whose other members include Tim McIlrath and Brandon Barnes, formed in 1999 and have since proven to be one of the most exciting and relevant punk bands around today. After releasing 2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revloutions Per Minute on Fat Wreck Chords, the band achieved major label success with 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, released on Dreamworks/Geffen. 2014 saw the release of The Black Market, for which the band has been touring worldwide.Rise Against The Black Market

With picks like Agnostic Front's Live at CBGB and Dischord 1981: The Year in 7"s Zach and Joe clue us in to some of Rise Against's major influences, while picks like Swami John Reis and The Blind Shakes' Modern Surf Classics and Ty Segall's Manipulator give us a taste of their more current interests. Zach, a Texas native, also recommends some bands from his home state while Joe gives us a surprising '80s pop pick and even demonstrates how to drink coffee out of a Ramones Rocket to Russia mug. 

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Recap: Andy Kindler Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for Best Friends Animal Society

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 10:55am | Post a Comment

Andy Kindler Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, February 6th, we once again teamed up with the Nerdmelt folks for a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to benefit Best Friends Animal Society's NKLA initiative. Our friend comedian Andy Kindler was gracious enough to come back and wield the gavel at the auction podium. Andy prides himself on being the most annoying person in the room at all times---and he did not disappoint! A frequent guest and correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well Comedy Central, and Fox's Bob's Burgers, Andy is slyly hilarious (in an annoying way) and he had the bidders chuckling under their breath. A success!! He is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker, but on Saturday he didn't make trouble, he made people bid! There were great items on the auction block and people got some great scores while helping out the neglected and abandoned animals of LA.

Highlights from Saturday's auction:

All together the audience bid $330 and with Amoeba's match we are able to donate $660 to Best Friends Animal Society and NKLA! Yes! Thanks to all of our customers who come out to support our charity auctions. Come to our next auction the first Saturday in April -- they are always a great time!

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Jill Tracy Performs Original Score for Nosferatu at SF's Presidio Officers' Club, 2/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 7, 2016 05:51pm | Post a Comment

Jill Tracy's Nosferatu

San Francisco-based singer, pianist, storyteller, and one-time featured Amoeba Music Homegrown Artist Jill Tracy at Amoeba San Francisco, 2010Jill Tracy brings her mesmerizing score for F.W. Murnau's silent German Expressionist classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors back to San Francisco with a live performance at the Presidio Officers' Club on February 18th. As part of the venue's Presidio Dialogues series, Jill Tracy will perform the score live with The Malcontent Orchestra during the screening of the haunting 1922 vampire masterpiece, preceded by a short musical set.

Murnau’s Nosferatu was the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, but it was unfortunately also unauthorized. The Stoker estate sued for copyright infringement and won, thus ordering for the incineration of all existing prints. Luckily for film history and fans of vampires everywhere, a few copies had already been distributed worldwide.

There is no other composer and performer better suited to musically evoke the eerie sensuality of Nosferatu than Jill Tracy. This event is one night only, FREE, and seats are limited, so make your reservations now HERE!

Hip-Hoppers For Bernie Sanders

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2016 01:00pm | Post a Comment



Killer Mike, seen above with the Vermont senator whom he endorsed and has done a series of appearances and interviews with, may be the most visible hip-hop supporter of Democratic presidential runner Bernie Sanders. But the politically and socially conscious Run The Jewels emcee is not alone when it comes to hip-hop (and rock) artists who have shown support for the 74-year-old Vermont senator whose polls routinely show a large following among both young and minority voters. No wonder since Sanders routinely addresses topics that directly effect or at loudly resonate with the members of these oft ignored demographics. These include slashing the escalating high cost of college tuition, demilitarizing police departments across the US, remedying the uneven ratio of young black and Latino men incarcerated, rescheduling weed from a class A drug, and going after the (currently) entitled so-called 1% by making Wall Street accountable for its central role in the 2008 financial crash.

Other hip-hop artists to publicly put support behind Bernie include Berkeley's Lil B (The BasedGod), Stretch Armstrong, and  Z-Trip, who 8 years ago had endorsed Barack Obama, doing some speech remixes and teaming up with Shepard Fairey (another Bernie supporter). Scarface of Geto Boys fame believes in Bernie as does fellow Southern rap pioneer Bun B of UGK (RIP Pimp C). The Trill creator told the Miami New Times this week that Sanders gets his endorsement for being transparent. Some note Sanders' track record dating back to his college days when he fought for housing equality in Chicago.

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Noise Pop NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences, 2/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 4, 2016 05:46pm | Post a Comment

NightLifeWhere can you enjoy live music, cocktails, the stars, the sea, and even a rainforest with your friends on a night out in San Francisco? No, this isn't about some new concept bar in the Mission; this is about San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences and their magical Thursday night gathering called NightLife.

On Thursday, February 18th, NightLife teams up with Noise Pop Gardens & Villafor a special event kicking off Noise Pop 2016 with live performances from indie rockers Gardens & Villa and opening act Charlie Hilton (of the band Blouse). Get into the groove with a DJ set by Damon Eliza Palermo in the coral reef. Discover fresh and local music with the Bay Area Record Fair and come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

For more info and tickets, visit California Academy of Sciences HERE!

Homeboy Sandman At Amoeba Berkeley Feb 4th 2016

Posted by Billyjam, February 3, 2016 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Hip-hop fans in the Bay Area have an opportunity to catch one of contemporary hip-hop's most innovative emcees when Homeboy Sandman stops by Amoeba Berkeley Thursday, February 4th at 4pm. The in-store will be the Queens, NY emcee's first ever visit to the East Bay Amoeba Music store. The always down-to-earth hip-hop-loving emcee who breaks all negative stereotypes of rappers will perform a few songs from his deep back catalog. That set will be followed by an informal meet and greet with fans.

"With hip-hop they think you can only rap about horrible criminality and misogyny, or else rap about how you don't rap about that, when the truth is you can rap about anything. I have always loved making songs about stuff that people haven't made songs about," Homeboy Sandman said in one of his previous Amoeblog interviews. That quote was from an interview the school teacher turned full-time emcee did back in June 2010 around the time he had just released his album The Good Sun on High Water/Fat Beats before he signed with Stones Throw Records. Since signing with Peanut Butter Wolf's famed record label, he's released a string of solo recordings including his Subject: Matter EP, the Hallways LP, and the First of A Living Breed album.

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Oakland's Unique "Tech and Soul Food 2016 Black History Month Speaker Series"

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2016 06:12pm | Post a Comment


Bay Area Black History Month events in this leap year include the Tech and Soul Food 2016 Black History Month Speaker Series at Impact Hub Oakland. The unique tech-talk-meets-soul-food series takes place over lunch and dinner on Wednesdays catered by Oakland's La Christa's Cafe with a choice of vegan, vegetarian, and meat soul food. The noon to 2pm and 6-8pm programs feature speakers addressing cultural and educational aspects of the modern tech age, all from an African American perspective. Brief talks are followed by a Q&A session. But the main portion of the program is an hour and a half workshop designed to further educate attendees on varied technology topics.

Blacks Online will be the topic discussed by Dawn Elissa Fischer who is a noted professor from San Francisco State University's trailblazing Africana Studies department. Kumi Rauf of I Love Being Black will speak on Online Stores (2/10). Brian Drayton of Oakland Spokes will giving an indepth talk on the innovative ways to utilize crowd sourcing for businesses (2/10). Meanwhile, both Melonie Green (KPOO, Omni Gallery) and "The Uber Rapper" Ashel Seasunz will speak on the topic of Arts and Technology (2/24). Green Technology will be the topic discussed by Ujamaa Villages (2/17).  Kicking off the new series tomorrow (2/3) will be Dream Nefra who will speak during both lunch and dinner sessions on the topic of  Blacks in Technology History.  As well as being a speaker, Dream Nefra is also the organizer of the series that comes under the recently formed Oakland-Berkeley Soul Food Tech meet-up group that is described as a group for people who are "in alliance with the African American community of Oakland, have web development skills to share or be helped on issues in technology" as well as providing soul food.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Flea and Amy-Jo Albany

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2016 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Flea Amy-Jo Albany What's In My Bag?

You probably know Flea as the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. But you may not know him as an actor or jazz aficionado or the co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to music education for kids. In 2014, Flea executive-produced and co-starred in the film adaptation of Amy-Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood, about life with her father, jazz pianist Joe Albany. The biopic stars John Hawkes, Glenn Close, and Elle Fanning, and its soundtrack features jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Albany himself.

Flea and Amy-Jo recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a DJ set and soundtrack signing. They took time to talk with our "What's In My Bag?" cameras and to surprise each other with a few selections. In this episode they talk about falling in love with Bach, Bowie's ability to interpret songs, and the transcendent power of J Dilla.

Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their picks:

Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Reissues, Top 5, The Pharcyde, Too $hort, The People's Tree, Sketch McGuiney feat Sean Price & Ras Kass

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2016 05:55pm | Post a Comment
 

Now that February has arrived, 2016 hip-hop will officially kick into full gear with lots of new releases dropping. January is traditionally a slow month for new releases. This year was a little different since there were additional January releases that were reissues of older classic material, mostly on vinyl but some on CD too. These included latest (and there's been a few!) reissue of KMD's storied second album Black Bastards. The new 2LP pressing comes with gatefold pop-up album cover design and booklet included. Released by MF DOOM's record label Metal Face Records, it was recently profiled here on the Amoeblog.  Another 2016 vinyl reissue is Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation LP c/o Hundebiss, which is among the entries on the latest Amoeba Berkeley Top Five hip-hop chart (see below). That chart, courtesy of E-Lit, also includes the must-get 2LP reissue of the classic 1995 album from The Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, c/o Bicycle Music Company

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February 2016

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2016 12:11pm | 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 have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an 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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