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KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017 at SFJAZZ Center, February 2 - 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 30, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kronos Festival 2017

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association will present KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now at the SFJAZZ Center, Thursday, February 2nd - Saturday, February 4th. With six concerts over three days, Kronos’ third annual hometown music festival will showcase the innovations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music community. With Kronos taking center stage for three evening concerts, as well as a Saturday morning family concert, performances will feature some of the region’s most engaging composers – from Minimalism pioneer Terry Riley to renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath – and transcendent guest musicians – from the breathtaking Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat to the ethereal sounds of traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

This year’s festival will highlight the ingenious and arresting work of Iranian-American composer and San Francisco resident Sahba Aminikia, who will serve as the festival’s artist-in-residence. His work will be featured throughout the festival, as well as at an intimate afternoon survey that concludes with a conversation with the 35-year-old composer. “My music is inspired by human stories around me,” says Aminikia. “I am struck by generalizations about cultures unknown to us. We hear mostly about hardship and oppression, despite the fact that people of every nation find their own balance between hardship and pleasure. I would like to demonstrate a drop of the ocean of beauty that exists in every one of these cultures, including those in my home country. To make strong human connections and build understanding, I do this by telling stories. I am a storyteller. My compositions are, in fact, like One Thousand and One Nights: a human story within a human story within another human story.”

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Four Books to Read This Black History Month

Posted by Amoebite, January 30, 2017 03:10pm | Post a Comment

4 books to read this black history month

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read! These books don't flinch; they're powerful, motivating, and more important than ever. Our roundup includes one classic, two newer releases, and the must-read biography that inspired the Oscar-nominated picture everyone has been buzzing about; that's right, Hidden Figures. As they say, knowledge is power, so this February tuck into one of these excellent paperbacks -- maybe even surprise a friend or a family member with their own copy.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The non-fiction book that inspired the critically-acclaimed, box office-topping film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae was written by Margot Lee Shetterly, herself the daughter of a scientist at Langley Research Center. This #1 New York Times bestseller goes into vivid detail about the groundbreaking, brilliant mathematicians who changed the world through their work on the space program.

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

"Product of Post Watts Rebellion" LA Rapper Threat's Early 90's Promo Material Adapted Creative Mug-Shot/Rap Sheet Style

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment


The 1993 record company publicity/promo shot of LA rapper Threat above and its accompanying one-sheet bio is an addendum to the recently published 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog Part VI (see Amoeblog post on previous page). From that same era this more detailed post focuses on just one 1990's rap/hip-hop artist promotional package.  Mailed out in ye olde pre-Internet promo days of the early nineties via snail mail from the publicity offices of Mercury / Polygram Records on behalf of Da Bomb Records, the package accompanied the CD or cassette copies (by this stage vinyl was only mailed to DJs) of the SoCal rapper's 1993 debut album Sickinnahead. Threat had already built somewhat of a rep for been down with Ice Cube and other major players (many Ice Cube affiliated) on the burgeoning West Coast G-Funk scene back then,

The record label's novel promotional approach for this Los Angeles area rapper was to make his two panel (front and side) press photo look like a police mug shot while the accompanying bio/press release was styled to look like a criminal's rap sheet: even including what looked like a paper clip over a small photo on the top left of the page. Further creating this imagery it was cleverly broken into a little sections including one headed "Non Criminal Information" noting that the artist was born in Hawthorne California and was a "product of post Watts' rebellion LA" (note how it avoided the more controversial so-called "Rodney King riots" from a year earlier) with additional information "accusing" him of "collaborating with Yo-Yo, Eazy-E, King T, Tupac and [female rapper] Nefertiti.

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Controversial New President Sparks Hip-Hop's Newest Subgenre: Anti-Trump Rap

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment


To say that the newly inaugurated commander in chief is a less than popular figure with most hip-hop artists would be an understatement. So disliked by the hip-hop community at large is the reality TV star turned politician that he inspired a new subgenre of hip-hop: anti-Trump rap. Any newly elected president would have faced a challenge taking over office from America's "first hip-hop president" but Trump's divisive presidential campaign, that included his dissing and dismissing of the entire genre for being just "talking" and "lewd" (his response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Hillary rally performance immediately before the election) reinforced an already negative view of the man among most hip-hoppers. Not only on his very day of inauguration earlier this week did a prominent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ release an anti-Trump rap: "Land of the Free" with lyrics including the line “Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over," but long before he even took office negative songs were being written and recorded about Trump. Indeed in this unprecedented occurrence in the history of the American tradition of presidential protest music (EG: anti George W. Bush hip-hop and anti-Reagan punk rock),  long before Trump had even been nominated as the Republican candidate the new wave of protest music against him had already taken root.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Young The Giant

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2017 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Young The Giant What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were stoked to have Orange County indie rockers Young The Giant perform a special live set at Amoeba Hollywood recently in celebration of their new album, Home of the Strange. The quintet went record shopping before the show and we got a chance to check out their cool picks which included some of their old favorites, as well as some new ones. "This is something that I recently stumbled upon, even though it's from, like, the late '80s," says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, referring to Talk Talk. Gadhia picked up two reissue LPs from the band - Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden - whose similar tones and characteristics he compares to Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

Young The Giant Home Of The Strange Originally known as The Jakes, Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, CA by a group of longtime friends. The current lineup of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois crystallized in 2010; the band spent that year finishing up their self-titled debut with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Frank Zappa) at Sunset Sound Studios in LA. The album's first single, "My Body," peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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Exuma, the Obeah Man

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2017 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Exuma

Old Absinthe House

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"They tied ten onions 'round my naval string,
Then they cut it and they baked it and made it into a ring.
Come on Shango, Satan come to me,
Let me speak what I can't see"
-- Exuma, "Mama Loi, Papa Loi"

Do you believe in time-travel? I do and this evening I plan on putting on my baby-blue corduroy suit, slipping on my Swatch watch (with twisted rubber guards), stuffing some old currency in my shabby wallet, and laying on top my bed sheets like Christopher Reeve in Somewhere in Time. There, after deep meditation and astral-projection, I will transport back in time to the French Quarter in 1983, where I will stroll to the Old Absinthe House and pleasantly "Chase the Green Fairy" till I’m beyond inebriated, while listening to the haunting Obeah moans and melodic hoodoo folk songs of the musician Tony McKay, who played there often while he lived in New Orleans in the early '80s. Tony was known to most, but far too few, as the musician called Exuma.

Somewhere in Time

Noise Pop 2017: February 17 - 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2017


Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 17 - 27! The festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an array of amazing performances not only from national music acts, but also from an impressive variety of established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Hanni El Khatib, Deafheaven, MSTRKRFT, BadBadNotGood, Dawes, The Radio Dept., Los Campesinos!, Cloud Nothings, Shannon and the Clams, Rogue Wave, and so many more. The film portion of the festival also promises to be amazing with screenings of 11 films, including Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Hired Gun, and The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.

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2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2017 04:17pm | Post a Comment
moonlightWe are once again deep into Oscar season. The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, January 24th. Jackie and I tend to obsess about these awards all year long. But the time has come to put down our final predictions for the Oscar nominations. I do my best to see all these films every year in the theater. I have seen all the films I am predicting for best picture except for Fences and Silence. My favorite film of the year was 20th Century Women. I will be so happy if it gets nominated for anything on Tuesday. But the only thing I am really predicting it for is best screenplay. Another personal favoritela la land of mine is Nocturnal Animals. I am hoping it gets a couple of nominations like it did at the Globes and BAFTAs. But Tom Ford's last film A Single Man only got one nomination for Colin Firth. Everyone seems to be predicting La La Land to win best picture and take home the most awards of the night. But I will be hoping that the film is divisive enough to help Moonlight win best picture and best director. The Oscars are on February 26th and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There really is no way that we will have another #oscarssowhite year. Films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences are just too good and acclaimed to be ignored. Below you will find our predictions for the bigger categories. We each listed one alternate for each category. Best Picture could be 5-10 nominees. I am predicting there will only be 8 this year.


Best Picture

brad jackie
Moonlight La La Land
La La Land Manchester By The Sea
Manchester By The Sea Moonlight
Arrival Lion
Lion  Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water Hell Or High Water
Nocturnal Animals Fences
Silence Captain Fantastic

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Game Curious? Here Are 5 Under $15 To Try.

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Monopoly Deal

- By Chris Curtis

In tabletop gaming parlance, a “gateway” game is a title that is accessible and fun to new players, hopefully sparking their interest in trying other modern games. It should be easy to learn and teach, it should play reasonably quickly, and it should be fairly light-hearted and not too intensely strategic. Here (in no particular order) are five titles we stock at Amoeba Hollywood that fit the bill! They’re all inexpensive to boot, with none over $15.00. These games all have interesting mechanics and provide compelling choices for each player on every turn. You still will encounter a bit of the “luck of the cards,” but not at the expense of strategy. These titles also have solid visual design and quality artwork and components, along with interesting themes. But should a particular theme not interest you (maybe you don’t care for Tolkien-derived fantasy scenarios), don’t let it put you off from trying a particular title. Themes are usually essentially window-dressing for a quality game; effective mechanics and gameplay are what ultimately make or break it. Should you have any questions about rules or procedures, a wealth of information is available online, including video tutorials.

A final note: though all of the games on this list can be played with only two players, they are better with three or more. So let’s dig in, shall we?

Love Letter1. LOVE LETTER

This Japanese delight, designed by Seiji Kanai, launched a movement of “micro-games” - games with minimal components in compact containers but full of deep playability - after versions in English and many other languages were released. The premise involves getting amorous messages to the Princess, and earning tokens of affection from her. Only 16 cards are used, and the rules are direct and straightforward. Everyone is dealt one card. On your turn, take another card and play one of your two. Each card, however, interacts or affects the other cards in different ways, and it is here that skills of strategy and deductive reasoning enter the picture. With so few cards in play, you can start to make educated guesses as to what your opponents hold. This is the game that brought your humble blogger into the world of modern games, as its brilliance of design and efficiency is truly impressive. Most of all, Love Letter is actively fun and involving, and its quick rounds allow for speedy changes of fortune. Amoeba Hollywood carries the original edition, as well as a charming Adventure Time re-themed version. From the same designer, we also stock the quick two-player duel Braverats.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

15 Albums to Look for in Early 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 17, 2017 03:19pm | Post a Comment

15 albums to look for in early 2017

New year, new tunes. If your New Year's Resolution was to make your record collection bigger, bolder, and better (a common resolution, surely), then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of our top picks for albums coming out in the first few months of 2017. Featuring special colored vinyl releases, some of the most buzzed-about names in popular music, and some old favorites returning with new tricks, each of these LPs is available for pre-order now. 

Kehlani

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage (out 1/27)

Nominated for a Grammy (for her You Should Be Here mixtape) before she even had a full-length out, Kehlani's debut LP is hotly-anticipated. Produced largely by hitmakers Pop & Oak, the album features singles "CRZY," "Distraction" and "Advice."

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound (out 1/27)

What the Heck to Do With Yourself on Inauguration Day In The Bay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2017 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Inauguration Day

As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.

Robert Reich

However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your Inauguration Aggravation umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nergal of Behemoth

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

Nergal of Behemoth What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."

Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.

A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.

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Renewed Relevancy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches & The Music They Inspired

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King Jr.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"
- MLK

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK


These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.

Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."

At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.  2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.

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Jacques Tati's "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2017 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

By Nazeeh Alghazawneh

Jacques Tati was quite the oddity for French cinema, especially for someone whose career began as Monsieur Hulot’s Holidayearly as the 1930s. Here comes a man standing at 6’3” who is creating absurd, French slapstick comedies in which he stars as a bumbling, gauche oaf who lumbers about society with as much subtlety as one can who is 6’3”. Yet he was an auteur, a man whose grasp of comedy functioned in this lovely space of purely good intentions despite his inherent tendencies to cause amok everywhere he set foot. One couldn’t possibly find a trace of malice anywhere in the droop of his large eyes that hang comfortably onto the prominence of his bulbous nose, which only furthers his overall demeanor through the wide-set stance of his incredibly long legs that can’t help but remind someone of those inflatable mascots outside of car dealerships.

Of course the man as a director and the man as an actor are two very different personalities, as one is who he actually is while the other is fictional; however, Tati’s decision to star in his own films as opposed to hiring someone else was a very bold artistic choice because nothing about the man’s physicality fit into the elegant sophistication that French society had based its identity on. It’s this stark juxtaposition of societal decorum subverted by benevolent incompetence in which Tati not only found and excelled at his humor, but absolutely reveled in. He constructed a world that allowed him to indulge in his many idiosyncrasies as a physical comedian and performer, while simultaneously poking fun just how seriously people at the time took themselves and their social hierarchies. It’s here that Tati’s most famous character, Monsieur Hulot, was born and forever ingrained into the bellies of anyone who laughed at the silly Frenchman.

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Remembering Experimental Music Artist and Amoeba Music Family Member: Jim Kaiser

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2017 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Recently a dark cloud has been hanging over Amoeba Music Berkeley since the sad news of the passing of longtime Amoeba family member Jim Kaiser who died last week at age 46. Experimental music fanatic, talented  and ever creative experimental music artist, and universally beloved guy Jim, who moved west to the Bay two decades ago, had worked at Amoeba Berkeley since 1997. In the years since he made quite an impression on those he met. "He was an incredibly special human being. [That's] why so so so many of us are in mourning," said Gregory Scharpen who performed with Jim in Thomas Carnacki, one of a few local experimental ensembles Jim had been a member of. Among those who worked alongside him at the Telegraph Ave. record store was Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein who today recalled how, "Jim was at once an uncompromising artist and a sweetheart of the highest order; everybody loved him. As a buyer at the front counter for over 15 years, he got to know a huge percentage of our customers. And as our experimental music buyer and expert, he was an unparalleled resource for people interested in unusual sounds. We will all miss him greatly."

Former Amoeba Berkeley employee Sam Lefebvre wrote an insightful and touching tribute to Jim in the current East Bay Express. Under the heading Jim Kaiser: Eccentric Champion Of Incredibly Strange Music Dies At 46 the article, which you can read here, noted how Jim's various experimental instruments included playing a bicycle wheel ("lithely bowed contact-mic'd bicycle spokes to absorbing effect") and how he had released limited edition solo recordings such as Blood Has Taste and Swept Through & Nullified on mini CD format via the Oakland Petit Mal label. In the comments of that EBX piece Steve Cain, an old friend of the artist's from his Kansas City days, wrote how: "He was the guy at the record store that could get me anything I wanted. Always a kind soul, almost always had a smile, even when things were rough. …He was a unique soul, one the world will miss." Below and above are a series of photos of Jim, courtesy of Amoeba's Lori Katz, taken in the store and at a bunch of different Amoeba events over the years with various co-workers and friends. Rest in peace Jim Kaiser.
 

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Legendary West Coast Rap Producer DJ Crazy Toones (WC and the Maad Circle) Dead at Age 45 Following Heart Attack

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2017 07:54pm | Post a Comment

Legendary West Coast producer / DJ Crazy Toones passed away earlier today from a heart attack as confirmed by several sources including Ice Cube. The artist born Lamar Dupré Calhoun, who was the brother and collaborator of WC (WC and the Maad Circle and Westside Connection) came to national fame initially via his membership of WC and the Maad Circle (along with Coolio, Chilly Chill, Big Gee, Sir Jinx, and his sibling WC). Crazy Toones had additionally worked with such other key 90's West Coast hip-hop figures as Kurupt, Mack 10, Daz Dillinger, Coolio, MC Ren, and Xzibit. But the DJ/turntablist and producer was perhaps most associated with both WC and  Ice Cube and Cube's Lench Mob Records whom he and his brother worked extensively with. Further the talented turntablist was Ice Cube's tour DJ in recent years.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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Reissue Alert: First Seven Chemical Brothers LPs Drop This Week

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment

The Chemical Brothers vinyl reissues

The legendary Chemical Brothers helped change the face of dance music, popularizing the big beat subgenre and fusing it with psych rock elements. Starting out in the mid-'90s, the duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons worked with some of the most beloved names in Britpop and alternative/indie music to create beat-heavy, star-studded, wonderfully cohesive electronic albums. On January 13th, Astralwerks is reissuing the first seven studio LPs in their dazzling catalog on standard black vinyl. On that date, we'll also have a very limited quantity of hand-numbered, indie exclusive color vinyl versions available in-store only -- while supplies last.

Here's why each album made an impact on the worlds of electronic, indie, and beyond.


Exit Planet Dust

Exit Planet Dust (1995)

Months after changing their name from the Dust Brothers, the newly-rechristened Chemical Brothers released their debut LP. (Exit Planet Dust is a reference to the name change; album track "Chemical Beats" inspired the moniker.) The LP epitomizes the big beat sound with which the duo's name would become synonymous. Also available on limited edition clear vinyl.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Floating Points

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2017 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Floating Points What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Manchester producer, DJ, and neuroscientist Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) recently enlightened us at Amoeba Hollywood with his record knowledge, while sharing his personal history with some of his favorite records, like Chick Corea & Return to Forever's Light as a Feather. "One of the first five records I ever had in my life... I used to just try and copy Chick Corea's solos, and just play along with this record."

Floating Points Elaenia What's In My Bag?Combining techno, jazz, funk, house, and R&B to create a unique dance music hybrid, Sam Shepherd first ventured into the world of music with the 2008 release of a handful of white label singles and a bootleg remix of a Sun Ra track. Momentum began building after Gilles Peterson broadcast the new work from Floating Points on his BBC radio program. In 2009, Shepherd teamed up with Rinse-FM DJ Alexander Nut to found Eglo Records, home to Fatima and FunkinEven.

In 2011, Shepherd led the sixteen-member Floating Points Ensemble on "Post Suite," a single for Ninja Tune. After a steady stream of 12" singles, Floating Points released a debut full-length in 2015, Elaenia, out in the US via David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. Floating Points will be touring Australia in early 2017.

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SF Sketchfest Presents Susanna Hoffs & Friends and The Grawlix Yacht Rock Party with Mustache Harbor (+ Chris Hardwick & More)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2017 04:50pm | Post a Comment

SF Sketchfest

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Susanna Hoffs performance at SF Sketchfest has been canceled due to illness. Susanna regrets not being able to perform for her fans.

The San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 16th year and runs January 12-29 at Susanna Hoffsvarious venues around the City. This year the fest features over 250 shows with some of the top comedians and best up-and-coming talent around. Amoeba Music is proud to co-sponsor two stellar events: Susanna Hoffs & Friends, with Petra Haden, Chris Price, Tamara Yajia & More on January 15th and The Grawlix Yacht Rock Party with Mustache Harbor (+ special guests Chris Hardwick, Jessica Kirson, and Mike Phirman) on January 20th.

Susanna Hoffs & Friends, with Petra Haden, Chris Price, Tamara Yajia & More
Sunday, January 15, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, $30, 21+
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St, SF
Tickets

Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) brings her friends to SF Sketchfest for an intimate night of music and comedy, where she has the freedom to pull her favorite songs from her entire discography as well as some choice covers. With special guests stopping by to jam with her, each show will be a one-of-a-kind adventure for both her and the audience.

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Rhino Announces Details of Soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's Acclaimed Iggy & The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger"

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2017 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Four different Stooges studio outtakes including one of "Lost In The Future," the David Bowie mix of Iggy and the Stooges'."Gimme Danger," plus tracks from Iggy Pop's pre-Stooges bands The Iguanas and the Prime Movers Blues Band are among the tracks included on the upcoming soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's Iggy/Stooges documentary  Gimme Danger.  Announced today by Rhino Custom, who recently released the colored vinyl version of The Stooges (left) for Black Friday/RSD, the new soundtrack will be released first on CD and then in LP format.  The CD version of the soundtrack will arrive in Amoeba on February 24th with the LP vinyl version following it on April 7. Scroll all the way down to see tracking of each format. The shorter slightly truncated LP version features Stooges songs and has a selection of tracks previously only available on CD or digital formats, such as the aforementioned "Lost In The Future" studio outtake. 

Meanwhile the CD version of the soundtrack will include 14 songs that focus on the group's first three studio albums: The Stooges, Fun House  (also on LP vinyl), and  Iggy and The Stooges' Raw Power  (also on vinyl): featuring Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander, and James Williamson.  As noted in the previously published Amoeblog theatrical preview of Gimme Danger, which will be released on-demand and in various formats beginning at the end of this month, Iggy was instrumental in Jarmusch making the film when he told the director nine years ago, "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you." Read Amoeblog on film and view trailer below plus soundtrack track listing for CD and LP versions.
Gimme Danger directed by Jim Jarmusch trailer 2016


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Schumer & Pelosi Revamp Alice Cooper's "Make America Sick Again" Slogan

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2017 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Earlier today when Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled their "Make America Sick Again" slogan, aimed at the anticipated actions of the GOP, they inadvertently revamped Alice Cooper's similarly worded, albeit tongue in cheek, slogan from the veteran rocker's most recent presidential run. That fun run from last year culminated in Cooper's performance of "Elected" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! a week before the 2016 election. See video below of that fun rockin' performance, which mocked the Trump/Clinton presidential race and was part of Cooper's months long joke run for US president (as well as UK Prime Minister) with a tagline of "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times" on a platform of "no platform" except for that promise to "Make America Sick Again." However Alice Cooper's faux 2016 presidential campaign did feature a 10 point "manifesto." Included in those ten points were such election promises as no more pencils, no more books, getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC, adding the face of Motorhead's Lemmy to Mount Rushmore, putting Groucho Marx on the $50 bill, and a ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day.

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my top 10 films of 2016

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 2, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Brad's Top Films of 2016

I really can't imagine my life without movies. I have been obsessed with them since I can remember being obsessed with anything. Movies are great to escape into. Especially this year. I never got around to posting my top 10 films of 2015. I just didn't get a chance to see everything I wanted to by the end of the year. But I did make a list. So here is my top 10 of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, The Martian, Sicario, Brooklyn, It Follows & The Diary Of A Teenage Girl. The end of the year is always too packed with good films so it is hard to catch up with everything. But I did try and see almost everything this year. I had high expectations for La La Land and Jackie. And I know most people loved those movies. They just didn't do it for me this year. I really tried to like Jackie and I certainly did love some things about it. But I think the more I thought about it the less I liked it. This top ten is what I have seen and loved this year. These are the movies that have stayed with me. The movies that I can't stop thinking about. The movies that I will return to and revisit in the years to come. It was really hard to put these movies in order. I did love all of them. It just kind of depends on my current mood which I liked better. I really liked a lot of movies this year. I really liked Green Room, Julieta, Deadpool, The Neon Demon, Love & Friendship, Miss Sloane & Loving. They all could have easily been on this list too.

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in January 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2017 12:36pm | 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 The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (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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With "2016 Rap Up" Contemporary Culture Observer Skillz Surmises Highs & Lows of The "Bummer" Year That Was

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2017 11:59am | Post a Comment

"This past year was a bummer," is how  Skillz, (aka Mad Skillz) kicks off his just published annual year in review rap: "2016 Rap Up" (audio of song below).  From that opener through its closing line about "2016 you can go, and I'm glad you're gone Felt like a long bad dream" this contemporary culture observer accurately surmises the highs and lows of 2016 while simultaneously channeling how many of us feel at this year's end. Hear the full audio below, uploaded yesterday to SoundCloud, of the artist's latest year-in-review rhyme: something that began accidentally 14 years ago. "It was originally a freestyle for the end of a mixtape that I did in '02 over all Neptunes beats," he told the Amoeblog in an interview last year, adding how "It just grew legs of its own." By now his annual "Rap Ups," that are typically recorded and uploaded in the final two days of December have become anticipated rhyme recaps of the year. 

Skillz' two-decade career dates back to his killer 1996 debut From Where??? on Big Beat f
eaturing production from The Large Professor and Jay Dee (aka J Dilla).  But so popular are Skillz' annual "Rap Up" reviews, they tend to overshadow his other work. They're funny, short, and cater to a short-attention span generation. As Skillz shared in his Amoeblog interview the formula for his annual rap recap is simple:  "Get to it, give 'em the facts, make it humorous, make 'em think, make 'em reminisce, and get out!"  For the backtrack to his newest production Skillz utilizes Young M.A’s ’ “Summer Story (instrumental).” 

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