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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Laurel Halo

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2017 06:18pm | Post a Comment

Laurel Halo What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Unless I'm going in with a specific thing in mind I try to always buy a mix," Laurel Halo tells us while shopping at Amoeba Hollywood. "When I DJ on the weekend I like to always play a blend." The electronic composer and producer says that when it comes to hunting for records, "sometimes it's just one track that you hear on the record...and you actually will buy it for one tune." She certainly did find an eclectic mix of records at the store, most of which were off the beaten path.

Laurel Halo (born Ina Cube) began writing music when she was nineteen, drawing inspiration from Detroit dance music, time spent performing in free jazz groups, classical theory coursework, and her on-air DJ shifts at the University of Michigan's college radio station. She released a handful of EPs Laurel Halo Dustbetween 2006 and 2009, garnering a larger audience with the 2010 release of the King Felix EP on Hippos in Tanks. A year later, she collaborated with labelmates GAMES on the Hour Logic EP. A full-length, Quarantine, followed a few months later via Hyperdub.

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billy woods, Who Plays Amoeba Berkeley Today @ 2pm, Typifies Current Wave of Underexposed High Caliber Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment

I've said it before but it bears repeating, especially in the case of underground Brooklyn, NY based hip-hop artist billy woods who plays Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today in support of his brand new album Known Unknowns. Far too frequently the most amazingly talented hip-hop artists of today are the ones we hear the least about. Which is why so many longtime fans of the genre are constantly heard moaning about how "hip-hop sucks these days with nothing but auto-tuned mumble rappers cranking out lyrically shallow, hook driven rap that's presented as hip-hop and is just crap rap. Not like in my day." Wrong! But correct if you only go on the stuff that you hear on the commercial radio, or that makes the Grammys, or that pops up on your (sponsored) social media feeds. Just dig a little deeper and in 2017 you'll discover more quality hip-hop been made than in any previous time in the development of the Bronx born street art. These under the radar producers and emcees and DJs, who are content to craft quality music and not concerned with chasing commercial acceptance, truly transcend that unfair (but understandable) stereotype of modern day rap all being crap.

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Mozzy Records’ "Baggage Claim" an Evident Reflection of Pure Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 22, 2017 08:10pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy Baggage ClaimBy doubleay

Sacramento’s Mozzy has one of the most flavorful vocabularies in contemporary rap music, but beyond that his knack for wordplay expands and redefines language itself. From sayings like “what It izery” to “bladadah,” Mozzy could publish an entire book of his colloquialisms and immensely quotable quips alone. Let’s call them Mozzyisms. One of the most imprinting Mozzyisms has to be his use of the words "pure love." As Mozzy continues to garner more national esteem outside Northern California, the saying is being used far more frequently. His incomparable work ethic and the sheer quality of his lyricism has artists and industry figures along the likes of author/media mogul Karen Civil and radio host of Sway in the Morning, Sway Calloway to MMG’s Wale and 300’s Tee Grizzley all riding for him. All of whom are giving him more and more reasons to express 'pure love.'

Before the industry attention and well deserved 320,000 Instagram followers, the ‘pure love’ was reserved for his devoted day-ones and most promising collaborators. When fame comes about some artists outgrow their roots, while others may see a change in the way they’re treated by their early peers. Mozzy RecordsBaggage Claim album simply defies both cases. As Mozzy progresses, he keeps his brothers right on track with him, knocking down doors and paving lanes for original Mozzy Records members and young, promising spitters he has co-signed. From the more prevalent seasoned members, E-Mozzy and Celly Ru, to the freshly co-signed acts like Fairfield’s Young Mezzy and Sacramento’s Shootergang and Baby Face Gunna, all featured on Baggage Claim, Mozzy’s love remains pure.
 

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Remembering Hip-Hop Icon Prodigy of Mobb Deep Through His Music

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2017 11:57am | Post a Comment

Since word of the passing of Prodigy of Mobb Deep broke two days ago, the proliferation of news reports and tributes to the famed New York hip-hopper has been surprisingly widespread.  Media, from small indie hip-hop outlets to mainstream news organizations around the globe, have all reported on the tragic passing of the 42 year old Queens, NY rapper/author/actor, who died suddenly in Las Vegas where he and longtime Mobb Deep partner Havoc had been in town for a concert a few days earlier. While the exact cause of death has not yet been announced it has been confirmed that the artist born Albert Johnson had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia, the degenerative disease that he has battled for much of his life and often publicly discussed including in his song "You Can Never Feel My Pain" off his 2000 solo debut H.I.N.C.  In a recent radio interview with the Breakfast Club, in which he addressed the disease that can creep up out of nowhere and make one ill, Prodigy said that, "I feel like I'm dying most of my life." Indeed periodically he would fall ill and have to be rushed to the hospital for treatment that included been administered morphine for relief from the pain. So much so that even his musical partner, the other half of duo Mobb Deep, Kejuan "Havoc" Muchita couldn't believe the fatal news of this week, telling TMZ that he assumed it was a "weird rumor" when he first heard it.

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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party, August 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2017 02:33pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop, 20th Street Block PartyOur good friends at Noise Pop have just announced the line-up for their fifth annual 20th Street Block Party, which is taking place on Saturday, August 19th from 11am-6pm. The FREE neighborhood celebration brings an eclectic mix of music and entertainment, food and drink, and art to multiple stages just outside the doors of Noise Pop HQ along 19th and 20th Streets, between Harrison and Bryant Streets. While admission is free with an RSVP, suggested donations will benefit the Mission Language and Vocational School.

Leading this year's line-up are headliners Neon Indian, Kilo Kish, and Hoops. Additional artists include Oakland four-piece The Tambo Rays, San Francisco dream-pop outfit High Sunn, and Oakland duo Big Thursday.

Amoeba Music will be on the scene too with killer used vinyl at prices that can't be beat! Come dig in our crates and find some treasures at this unique street party.

More info HERE!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cold War Kids

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2017 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Cold War Kids Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids at Amoeba Hollywood to show us what they picked up on their most recent visit. "To come into Amoeba was the biggest deal in the world," says lead vocalist/guitarist Willett about the opening of the LA location in 2001. "I think we came opening day; I know I did," adds Maust.

Indie rock five-piece Cold War Kids formed in Fullerton in 2004 while the members were students at Biola University. The band took their name from an experience Matt Maust had while traveling in Budapest, visiting a park with a children's playground and several missing statues from the Cold War era. The band released their debut EP, Mulberry Street in 2005; the release drew its name from a Cold War Kids LA Divine Amoeba Musicrestaurant below multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jonnie Russell's apartment where the group would regularly meet. In 2006, Cold War Kids signed to Downtown Records and released their first full-length, Robbers & Cowards. They embarked on an extensive North American tour to promote the album, joining the White Stripes on their summer 2007 tour.

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Burger Boogaloo with John Waters, Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X & More, July 1st & 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 19, 2017 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo, hosted by the one and only Czar of Bizarre John Waters, returns to Oakland's Burger Boogaloo John WatersMosswood Park on July 1st and 2nd! For their fifth year, Burger Boogaloo makes history with an epic two-day line-up that includes Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X, Guitar Wolf, Redd Kross, and many more.

You just can't afford to miss this Dionysian celebration of rock, roll, food, booze, and shopping. Visit the Amoeba booth for great deals, hot vinyl, and fun prizes.

Get you tickets now HERE and check out the full line-up, plus info on all the kick-off and after parties HERE!

SATURDAY, JULY 1

IGGY POP
GUITAR WOLF
REDD KROSS
NOBUNNY
BABY SHAKES
PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS
BLOODSHOT BILL
WOUNDED LION
LOSIN' STREAKSBurger Boogaloo
VERTIGO
CAR CRASH
DJ SEAN SPITS
DJ'S SID S. PRESLEY & OMAR PEREZ

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Brown Bag AllStars Prime Example of How Some Of The Best Hip-Hop in 2017 Is Often The Most Overlooked

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2017 10:08am | Post a Comment

In 2017's vast and prolific, rapid paced music world, there's more new music being recorded and released than ever before. Consequently navigating all this new music has become an increasingly harder task, even in just one genre. For example in hip-hop, due to the sheer volume of music coming out, the quality underground stuff typically gets lost in the mix and pushed aside for the heavily promoted and sponsored artists. Even though there's more great new hip-hop being made than ever before, the casual music fan never gets to hear most of it. In 2017 it is harder than ever to filter out the gems from the deluge of music been unleashed, and at such a fast pace.

2Chainz

In the 2017 music industry business model the discrepancy, in terms of exposure, between popular and underground artists is greater than ever before. And nowhere is that gap more evident and calculable than on YouTube, the online destination where virtually every song (music video or audio-only versions) will get posted and rated by the number of views and percentage ratio of thumbs up. It's an uneven playing field where popular hip-hop stars routinely get millions of clicks in weeks while non mainstream, quality hip-hop artists might only garner several thousand views.

In the case of the Brown Bag AllStars' latest YouTube posted single "11  Steps (feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks)," the amazing new (digital only but physical version on its way to Amoeba) track has only mustered up a miserable 78 YouTube views since the artists posted the audio on May 30th. And even with Soulspazm, Inc reposting the audio clip of the song to YouTube in past week, it's only gotten an additional 83 views. That's a total of 161 views in over two weeks for a killer new hip-hop track from the longtime talented Brooklyn collective comprised of The Audible Doctor, J57, Soul Khan, E Holla, and Deejay Element, and on a track featuring the mighty Tash from Tha Alkaholiks crew who is truly in top form on this new track.  Damn!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:17:17: 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Flobots, Jonwayne, Kool G Rap, Ras G, Twista, Kay The Aquanaut, Fat Joe, Nappy Roots

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2017 08:30am | Post a Comment


                                                 Hip-Hop Top Twelve: Week Ending 06:17:17

1: 2 Chainz  Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (Def Jam)

2: Big Boi   (Epic) (upcoming vinyl LP version)

3: Various Artists Boombox 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83 (Soul Jazz)
 
4: Flobots  Noenemies (Flobots Music)

5: Kool G Rap  Return Of The Don (Clockwork Music)

6: Jonwayne Rap Album Two (avail on LP/vinyl) Authors/Order Label)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with BadBadNotGood

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment

BadBadNot Good What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have the eclectic Canadian jazz / hip hop / electronic group BadBadNotGood visit us recently at Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. They brought along soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, who collaborated with them on the track "In Your Eyes." Having joined the ranks of varied artists who have recorded a song entitled "In Your Eyes," Wilson and drummer Alexander Sowinski both grabbed different albums with that same title. "It's a pretty classic title," says Wilson, "which, I think, matches the tone of the song that we wrote." Of course not all the records they picked were of that same theme, and between the four of them they managed to hit up nearly every section of the store.

BadBadNotGood are a Canadian jazz quartet known for their interpretations of modern hip-hop tracks and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, and Tyler, The Creator. Originally a three-piece, Matthew Tavares (keyboards), Alexander Sowinski (drums), and Chester Hansen (bass) met and began working together through Humber BadBadNotGood IV College's jazz program in Toronto. After uploading video of the trio performing a piece based on an Odd Future track, they began attracting worldwide attention and caught the ear of Tyler, the Creator. In 2011, they released their debut LP, BBNG, recorded a live session with Tyler, opened for Roy Ayers, and performed for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:14:17: J.Stalin, billy woods, Blacastan, Stu Bangas, Apathy, Biggie & Faith, De La Soul. G Perico + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 14, 2017 08:21am | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Releases Week Ending 06:11:17




1: J. Stalin My Dark Passenger (Livewire)

2. Blacastan The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes  (Brick Records)

3. DJ Spinna  TB Or Not TB 12" (Local Talk)

4. Lupe Fiasco  The Cool LP  (Atlantic)

5. Notorious B.I.G. & Faith Evans
The King & I (also on vinyl/LP) (Rhino)

Topping the hip-hop top five of the latest new arrivals into Amoeba Music is prolific Oakland rap star / label owner J.Stalin's brand new album My Dark Passenger  which follows on the heels of his previous 2017 full-length I Don't Sell Dope No Moe. Unleashed just a scant three months ago, that album similarly dropped on his successful homegrown indie rap label Livewire Records. Although officially not to be released until this Friday, June 16th, the eleven track new album My Dark Passenger  has been available from Amoeba a week in advance. With such select album guest collaborators as Young Doe, Da Hoodstarz, J. Stew and  4rAx, My Dark Passenger delivers more of that uncompromising West Oakland proud rap style/flow that continues the (now) decades old tradition of raw no-holds-barred Oakland street rap that fans love and the mainstream (generally speaking) continues to sleep on. According to those in the know, there's even more J.Stalin music coming in 2017 including a reputed DJ Fresh collaborative full-length.  Scroll down to the videos below for a taste of J.Stalin in 2017 with both the audio-only of the LT Beats produced My Dark Passenger title track featuring regular collaborator/Livewire artist Joseph Kay whose got an upcoming album entitled Rated X, plus the music video for the  I Don't Sell Dope No Moe track "Realist to Run It" also featuring Joseph Kay. 

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Strange Space Sounds, Surf Strums & Muuu-zak from other Galaxies

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2017 07:36pm | Post a Comment

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


There is an old rumor that Don Knotts actually drank seven real Blast-Offs (a Boilermaker with a launch Esquivelcountdown) in the filming of the bar scene in The Reluctant Astronaut, and after the beyond-intoxicating take seven, he staggered off set, mumbling incoherently about the physical natural wonders of the Swedish actress Uschi Digard, until he reached his trailer, put on a Ferrante & Teicher space album (it is still debated by movie historians which LP it was: Soundproof: The Sound of Tomorrow Today or Blast Off, which would have made more sense), and proceeded to get naked, keeping on only his space helmet and knee high black socks. He then performed an interpretive moon man dance with the trailer's window shades open so passing actors and actresses could admire his off stage talents.

Now, some folks love Space Age Pop and they day dream while listening to their Esquivel and Dick Hyman records that they owned a Jetsons space car so they could zip from the moon burger stand to the space shopping mall while a French maid robot cleaned their condo. Personally, I like to practice my pendulum dowsing with a few slices of Mimolette and chilled port while I listen to "Fear" off the Ventures in Space album on repeat.

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With Two New Viral Videos ("Good Cop Bad Cop" + Real Time with Bill Maher), Ice Cube Now Turns Attention To BIG3 Launch

Posted by Billyjam, June 12, 2017 03:41am | Post a Comment

Following Ice Cube's hectic attention grabbing past few days, the rapper/actor and now sports mogul must turn his focus to ready for the launch of his ambitious newly created professional basketball league, BIG3. This past Friday, June 9th, the former N.W.A talent and solo rap star published his powerful provocative, anti-police brutality video "Good Cop Bad Cop" which marks a return to form for the once revolutionary rap artist and is one of three bonus tracks off the new 25th Anniversary Edition of Death Certificate, his second post N.W.A solo album originally released in December 1991. [released in May 1990, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted was Cube's debut solo). In the two days since the YouTube music video posting of the song, which revisits many of the themes addressed three decades ago in N.W.A classic that Cube co-wrote with MC Ren and Eazy-E, "Fuck The Police," the captivating new clip has gone viral garnering over 2.75 million  views by Sunday night.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, June 17

Posted by Amoebite, June 8, 2017 05:38pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 17th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

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.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Comparing Tricky's New Song "The Only Way" With His Maxinquaye Album Quintessential Track "Hell is Round the Corner"

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2017 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Today Tricky unleashed his brand new track "The Only Way" that, upon listening to, longtime fans of the Bristol, England trip-hop  pioneer's will inevitably compare it to the artist's quintessential song "Hell is Round the Corner" off his post Wild Bunch / Massive Attack, 1995 solo debut Maxinquaye. And that comparison would be an honest, accurate one. In fact even Tricky himself describes the new track, part of a recording session series in done recently in Berlin, as "Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2." Further he noted that it's the type of homage to his own work that in the past he never would have dreamed of doing. 

"A few years ago I'd have said I ain't doing this because it sounds like me," said the artist born Adrian Thaws  noting that, "I always had a punk rock attitude: I don't give a fuck if you like Maxinquaye, I ain't doing another Maxinquaye. Now I'm a bit more comfortable giving people what they want sometimes." Listen and compare "Hell is Round the Corner" with the new "The Only Way" that iK7 label, who are distributing the single, accurately describe as "an orchestrated soul-barer" featuring Tricky's "trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop." Both tracks are immediately below. So far no official new album date or announcement that would be the follow up to last year's Skilled Mechanics (also avail on LP) that was also distributed by !K7 for the artist's own False Idols imprint.

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Celebrating 500 Episodes of 'What's In My Bag?'

Posted by Amoebite, June 8, 2017 02:24pm | Post a Comment

500 Episodes of What's In My Bag?

Our "What's In My Bag?" adventure began nine years ago when "Weird Al" Yankovic came shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and caused a flurry of excitement among our entire staff. He graciously agreed to talk with us on camera (in the elevator room!) on his way out of the store. We didn't quite know what we were doing with the show at that point - or even that it would be a show. But even in that scrappy pilot there was still a magic moment at the end when a member of Brian Wilson's band stopped Al to compliment him on "Pancreas" (his Beach Boys "God Only Knows" parody). Al was clearly touched and we felt lucky to be witness that exchange. Thus, "What's In My Bag?" was born.

By 2009, the series had grown into a weekly feature and we were evolving stylistically. The series really found its audience and we had our first runaway hit in June 2010 with Die Antwoord's episode. They were visiting Los Angeles for the first time and Ninja's deer-in-the-headlights reaction to Amoeba was something everyone could relate to. That episode remains our highest viewed video to this day.

In 2013, we were honored to win a Webby Award and just last year we hit another milestone when we crossed 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel. "What's In My Bag?" has become our most popular feature and we are fortunate to be able to talk with musicians from all genres and eras, as well as filmmakers, actors, writers, fine artists, athletes, comedians, and more. Our viewers regularly make suggestions about who we should feature in upcoming episodes and they give us feedback about what they like and what they don't. It's amazing to watch our subscribers comment and compare episodes and provide insight into the series. They love it as much as we do!

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Worry Me: Horror Folk/Pop weirdo Grace Sings Sludge returns with new album Life With Dick

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 7, 2017 11:26pm | Post a Comment
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Back again with another batch of demented home recordings from her very own twilight zone, former Sandwitches and Fresh & Onlys siren Grace Cooper, a.k.a. Grace Sings Sludge, continues to bleed out her uniquely brooding singer/songwriter stylings via Life With Dick, her new confessional LP/CD out courtesy of Empty Cellar Records, thus ensuring that all things strange and amazing haven't entirely vanished from the Bay Area.

Evocative of intimate interiors and a labor for love, or "the weariness of a woman giving in to a love requited" as Empty Cellar so perfectly puts it, the self-produced sound of Life With Dick is neither crunchy nor polished, but seems to teeter on the edge of a reality that alternates between ominous assertion and a sultriness so creepy it'll make you check your six if you dare listen to it alone, headphoned, in the dark (recommended!). Sometimes the vibe tilts toward the otherworldly as raw, layered melodies drift and amble in and out of sonic focus as if attempting to haunt every moment they're allotted—pianos echoing here, guitars heaving there, with now-and-then hallow drum lines (courtesy of Nick Russo) sauntering along beneath Grace’s emphatic vocal clips, plaintive wails, and whispered half-breaths. There is also a pervasive after hours type of jazziness that slinks in and around almost every song, coloring Grace's achingly bare vocals a deep rouge (a darker, redder version of the opening credits for the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes immediately to mind). 

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Interview with Hip-Hop Pioneer Love Bug Starski: Bronx Born MC/DJ Who Coined The Phrase "Hip-Hop"

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2017 10:51pm | Post a Comment

Along with DJ Kool Herc (the widely recognized godfather of hip-hop music/culture) and other oft referenced early pioneers of the Bronx born art form of hip-hop such as Coke La Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, and Grand Wizzard Theodore is Love Bug Starksi. The DJ/MC born Kevin Smith is a legendary figure: one of hip-hop's first generation of core contributors. As such he is among the elite genre pioneers who helped shape the Bronx born urban culture from its 1970's beginnings.  Synonymous with the legendary, influential South Bronx hip-hop club Disco Fever, that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and its spinoff label Fever Records for whom he recorded such classics as "You Gotta Believe" and "Starski Live At The Disco Fever," years before then he contributed something even greater to the genre of hip-hop.  Love Bug Starski created the very term "hip-hop" which he worked into his early rap freestyles in the 1970's. It was years before there were rap records, and back when hip-hop was still a street phenomenon limited to the NYC borough of The Bronx.  A music lover from childhood, Note that while Cowboy from the Furious Five has also been credited with creating the term by some, Starski insists that is bull. Starski's career began when, as a preteen, he first became a record boy at the beginning of the '70's. From there his career took off back during the seminal years of hip-hop in the then rundown New York City borough of The Bronx. Now living in Las Vegas, where he DJs, the Amoeblog caught up with the artist by phone to talk on both his own personal history and that of hip-hop.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Karriem Riggins & J Rocc

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2017 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Karriem Riggins & J Rocc What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have drummer/producer Karriem Riggins and turntablist J Rocc at the store recently to promote Riggins' latest album, Headnod Suite. Before their in-store performance the two went record hunting and shared their killer finds, which included some old favorites and an oddball pick or two.

Karriem Riggins Headnod SuiteKarriem Riggins is a jazz drummer, DJ, and hip-hop producer originally from Detroit. As a child, he played drums with his musician father and began producing hip-hop when he was in middle school. After high school, he moved to New York City, where he joined the Ray Brown Trio. His production and performance credits include work with Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Oscar Peterson, Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, KAYTRANADA, and J Dilla. His debut LP, Alone Together, was released on Stones Throw in 2012; his follow up, Headnod Suite, landed in early 2017.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:05:17: Funky DL, Freddie Gibbs, Gensu Dean & WIse Intelligent, Mr. Lif & Akrobatik

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2017 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip Hop Top 5 06:05:17

1: Freddie GIbbs You Only Live 2wice vinyl EP (ESGN)

2: Funky DL Autonomy: The 4th Quarter 2 (Washington Classics)

3: Gensu DeanWise Intelligent G.o.D. (Mello Music Group)

4: Blacastan & Stu Bangas  The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes  (Brick Records)

5: Slum Village Vol. O (Nestra Music Group)

The current top five is topped by the latest (new to vinyl) from the acclaimed hip-hop artist Freddie GIbbs: You Only Live 2wice on ESGN. Initially released two months ago, but now new on vinyl, 2wice is billed as an EP, but the eight track release clocks in at 32 minutes and features eight tracks. These include such tracks by the Gary, Indiana artist  as "Crushed Glass,"  "Phone Lit," "Amnesia" and "20 Karat Jesus."   Gibbs, who along with Ice-T was featured on the brand new EP release Late Night Blvd from $kinny, made headlines in recent weeks when he appeared on the premiere of the Viceland reality show The Therapist that features various celebrities sitting down with Los Angeles therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh to candidly discuss traumatic events and personal experiences.  In the Gibbs interview he openly  discussed his experience from two years ago when, in Austria, he accused of rape and later arrested and jailed and facing a possible ten years in prison. He talks about this case, of which he was acquitted back in September, and how it made him question a lot in his life and give up doing music altogether which, as proven by his 2017 release 2wice, he did not. 

rapist. The show features Los Angeles therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh talking with various rappers and other celebrities about traumatic events and deep psychological wounds.

Recap: Charity Auction for the Sierra Club with Jake Fogelnest

Posted by Amoebite, June 5, 2017 05:24pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction recap Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, June 3rd, we held a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood with a brand new guest auctioneer, the dapper writer and comedian Jake Fogelnest! The auction, benefiting the Sierra Club, couldn't be more timely--with the issue of climate change on all of our minds. We are all hoping to protect our planet for generations to come, and the Sierra Club has been working tirelessly for more than a hundred years to do just that!

Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club was founded by legendary conservationist John Muir 125 years ago in 1892 and it's now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Its successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, they made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Our guest auctioneer knows a thing or two about music and pop culture. Jake started a television show, from his New York City bedroom, when he was 14-years old! Squirt TV made its debut in January of 1994 on Manhattan public access. The show featured Jake spouting off his opinions of music, film and television. Jake wrote, produced, directed and edited the entire series, himself. The one-man show quickly became a cult success in Manhattan. Jake's quirky style, sense of humor and edgy commentary attracted fans and Squirt TV evolved from Public Access to the mass audience of MTV. Jake latest projects include Comedy Central's upcoming series Corporate, Netflix's Girlboss, and Hulu's Difficult People.

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Guide to Summer 2017 Free Outdoor Hip-Hop Events In New York City

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2017 10:30am | Post a Comment
DJ Dollar Bill

With June in effect and the summer season for concerts in the parks and other outdoor events officially underway this week, every city across the US has a lot to offer for the upcoming summer months. But of all cities across the nation New York City, where I am writing this Amoeblog from today, has a bounty of amazing free outdoor concerts and events scheduled for June, July, and August 2017. In fact so good are some that it would be worth spending the airfare dollars and taking a two-day vacation to the Big Apple just to take advantage of such shows as next weekend's SummerStage series free funk, hip-hop, soul concert at Flushing Meadows when the Mothership will land in Queens, NY.  The killer lineup includes George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic, Main Source, Marley Marl, Chloe x Halle and host Roxanne Shante all live in the park for free.  5pm to 8pm at Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. More info.  

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood in June 2017

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2017 08:43pm | 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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Kevin Abstract's Video Series For Upcoming BROCKHAMPTON's "Saturation" Proof His Hip-Hop Collective Is On Brink Of Blowing Up

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2017 02:01pm | Post a Comment

Film-maker/rapper/singer and future pop star Kevin Abstract's engaging new series of music videos he directed for tracks off BROCKHAMPTON's upcoming mixtape release Saturation are further proof that the multi-talented young hip-hop collective he founded are on brink of blowing up big time.  All below, the videos for album tracks "Star," "Gold," "Heat," and "Face,"  that he directed and published to YouTube at a rapid fire rate of one a week over the past four weeks, offer a rich taste of the diverse multi-talented collective of rappers, producers, singers, film makers and designers. Also helping showcase their collective talent and fuel the crew's inevitable stardom is their presence in Abstract's new TV show American Boyband.

The new Viceland reality rap show follows the cross country first headlining tour of 20 year old openly gay Abstract, who dropped his acclaimed solo full-length American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story in late 2016. On tour he is joined by many of the key players from BROCKHAMPTON: the self-described "All-American Boyband” whose multi-talented roster includes Matt Champion, JOBA, Ameer Vann, Rodney Tenor, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Romil, Albert Gordon, Bearface, Black Monday, Connor Barkhouse, Jabari Manwa  and Kiko Merley to name but some of the talented young crew. On the most recently published music video ("Star") from the upcoming Saturation mixtape,  Dom McLennon, Ameer Vann, and Kevin Abstract each spit verses with enough pop culture name drops to catch even an non rap fan's attention. Some of these include Matthew McConaughey, Jason Statham, Tobey Maguire, Obama,  Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks, BeyonceBrad Pitt, Prince, Lionel Ritchie, Ice Cube,  and Chris Tucker.

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June Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 1, 2017 08:38pm | Post a Comment

Keep up to date with all the haps at Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley with this handy calendar! We've got loads of sales, live shows, and in-store events to keep you busy all month long.

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Hear Sufjan Stevens' Planetarium Project...at a Planetarium in Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, June 1, 2017 04:50pm | Post a Comment

Planetarium

Space is the place for the men of Planetarium. The new indie "supergroup" consists of Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister and their debut self-titled release is due June 9th via 4AD. Taking their inspiration from our marvelous solar system, the songs on Planetarium are all named after different planets, the moon, the sun, a comet, and black holes.

4AD and Amoeba Hollywood are excited to launch (get it?) a very special Planetarium listening event in the Los Angeles area on June 7th, taking place at the John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College. (Similar events are occurring in Seattle and New York City.) To hear the album in this incredible setting, all you have to do is pre-order Planetarium on CD or vinyl in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Monday, June 5th. Fans will receive guaranteed entry into the 6:15pm seating.

Limit one admission per CD/LP purchased, limit two per person.

Planetarium albumWhat: Planetarium Listening Event

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