Bay Area Turntablist/Producer ADA Joins Creative Forces With His Hip-Hop Heroes: Cut-And-Paste Pioneers Double Dee & Steinski

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2018 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Super-talented Bay Area turntablist/producer ADA has joined creative forces with his musical heroes: pioneering hip-hop production duo Double Dee & Steinski (DDS) and today kicked off the first in a series of exciting new collaborations; "What's The Angle?" heard below.  Just as previous generation California hip-hop DJ/producers Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow looked for inspiration to 80's hip-hop cut-and-paste pioneers Double Dee & Steinski and their legendary Lesson series, so too has Adam "ADA" Butler.  Initially released in the 80's as non-commercial/promo only 12" singles by Tommy Boy Records, and since then bootlegged countless times, but most recently officially reissued a decade ago by Illegal Art as Steinski's (out of print) What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective, [Amoeblog Steinski 2008 interview] DDS' influential Lesson megamix series include "The Payoff Mix," "Lesson 2 [James Brown Mix]" and "Lesson 3: History of HIp-Hop." A decade later in the 90's both NorCal's DJ Shadow and SoCal's Cut Chemist would individually record their "Lesson 4" homages to the DDS series: DJ Shadow's earlier "Lesson 4" was released in 1991 via Hollywood Basic while Cut Chemist's "Lesson 4: The Radio" on Dave Paul's  BOMB Hip-Hop Records' landmark 1995 Return of the DJ Vol 1 compilation. 

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DJ Premier Interview on Respecting New Hip-Hop, Recalling The Gang Starr Years, New "PRhyme 2" with Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 16, 2018 11:37pm | Post a Comment

PRhyme 2 released today: DJ Premier on Gang Starr & respecting hip-hop's new wave: Pt 2 below

"I'm a fan of this music in general. So I study the era before me, the era during my era, and the ones after me," said eternal crate digger DJ Premier whose anticipated new PRhyme 2 collaboration with Royce Da 5'9" album arrived into Amoeba this week, March 16th 2018.  Now three decades into a long illustrious and influential career that began with Premo and the late great emcee Guru as the iconic hip-hop duo of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is a rarity in hip-hop history: an ever in-demand producer who consistently makes relevant and exciting new music, with an uncanny gift for always bringing out the best in emcees.

Likely DJ Premier's secret to longevity lies in his unbridled passion for music (of all types) coupled with an inquisitive and always open mind. Unlike so many veteran hip-hop artists, quick to dismiss the current young wave of popular rap, Premier embraces and defends it.  “I don’t even call it mumble rap but it is part of the hip-hop culture,” he said, further defending the “rebellious” spirit of today's oft maligned young hip-hop stars. “They might wear tight skinny jeans and all that but it’s still a part of what we did. We used to sag our jeans and everyone was telling us to pull up our pants……I was 19, 20 years old when I signed with Gang Starr,” he recalls in part one of the phone interview (above) recorded this week with the Amoeblog.

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Honoring Legacies of Nokie Edwards, Charlie Quintana, Craig Mack, Stephen Hawking, Matt Dike, Patrick Doyle + Others Gone in 2018

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2018 03:34pm | Post a Comment

“We’re losing too many artists too young like Pam the Funkstress and DJ Stef, and now Craig Mack,” Shing02 told the Amoeblog Wednesday night in New York City. The multi-talented Japanese artist with Bay Area roots was speaking after last night's sold-out Brooklyn concert with his live hip-hop band (including Spin Master DJ A-1) at Rough Trade where surprise guest emcee, Bay Area transplant Kirby Dominant, came onstage for an inspired impromptu rendition of Craig Mack’s rap hit “Flava In Ya Ear.” [see photo above c/o Yoshiaki Miura + left c/o Peter Agoston

Hours earlier in the same day the audience learned the sad news of the passing of the 47 year old Long Island NY native who had died two days previously in South Carolina from “natural causes.”  With a recording career dating back to 1988, when he was MC EZ, it wasn't until 1994 that Craig Mack made his indelible mark on hip-hop history. This he did as the breakout star on Sean (Puffy/Diddy) Comb’s then fledgling Bad Boy Entertainment label with the hit  ”Flava in Ya Ear" and its remix (scroll down for video) featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and a young little known Brooklyn rapper named Christopher Wallace known as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. (RIP).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Finn Wolfhard

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2018 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Finn Wolfhard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some music picks and talked about his band Calpurnia, whose first single "City Boy" was just released last week. "Most of this music is very influential to us," Wolfhard said of his selections, which included his current favorite band, The Lemon Twigs. "They're only a couple years older than I am, which is crazy," the 15-year old actor and musician told us. "They put on an incredible live show," he said before plugging their live video shot during their in-store performance at Amoeba. "Check that out."

Stranger Things 2 posterCanadian actor Finn Wolfhard is best-known for playing Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things. Born in Vancouver, Wolfhard made his first TV appearance on The CW sci-fi drama The 100. This was followed by an episode of Supernatural, in which he played Jordie Pinsky, a kidnapped boy threatened by a soulless babysitter. He auditioned for Stranger Things after seeing an open casting call. He and the rest of the cast won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2017 SAG Awards.

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Amoebapalooza SF in Photos

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 12, 2018 05:43pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza SF 2018

On February 25th, the staff of Amoeba SF kept things very local and crossed Haight Street after closing in a group migration to Milk Bar for Amoebapalooza SF 2018! Part company party, part talent show featuring acts composed of Amoeba SF employees and friends, Amoebapalooza is a yearly tradition that is always a hoot. This year, the talent ranged from dramatic readings, to novelty rock, to electro-performance art, with lots of musical diversions and slices of pizza in between.

Thank you to our friends at SIR Studios for providing our musical back line and to Milk Bar for being the perfect venue and neighbor.

Jon Longhi
Jon Longhi
Alan's Cousin
Alan's Cousin
MAGA: Make Amoebapalooza Great Again
MAGA: Make Amoebapalooza Great Again
Jesus Dude Mom
Jesus Dude Mom
Plunk 67
Plunk 67
Nicki Jizz
Nicki Jizz


Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, March 17

Posted by Amoebite, March 12, 2018 04:01pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's monthly sidewalk sale returns this Saturday, March 17th. We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, books, T-shirts, toys & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

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

  • DVDs: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • DVD box sets: 2 for $7
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 or $4 each
  • CDs: buy 1, get 1 free (of equal or lesser value)
  • 45s: 2 for $1
  • Classical vinyl: 3 for $1
  • Cassettes: 2 for $1
  • $1 LPs
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts: $5 and under
  • Stickers: $0.75 each or 4 for $2
  • Patches: 2 for $1 (or priced as marked)
  • Buttons: $0.50 each or 4 for $1
  • Books, magazines & comics: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on toys & other merch

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.

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Hip-Hop Report & Top 5: Onra, Cut Chemist, Young Fathers, Apathy, N.E.R.D, OMCA, RSD, ROTC + J5 MC, Boots Riley's Movie Trailer +

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment
#5: Onra Nobody Has To Know (also on vinyl/2LP) (All City Records) (2018)

#5 in the round-up of recent new 2018 hip-hop at Amoeba Music (including new on vinyl) is the brand new full-length Nobody Has To Know  (also on vinyl 2LP) from French producer Onra on his longtime Irish record label home All City Records. Nobody Has To Know follows last year's album Chinoiseries 3 (also on vinyl/2LP) and in comparison this new release is more on the jazzy tip as witnessed on the new album track "The Jam" (audio clip below, before the next four new releases in the countdown (each with accompanying audio or video tracks).

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Record Store Crawl Returns to LA July 21st

Posted by Amoebite, March 12, 2018 12:06pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Crawl LA 2018

All aboard the Record Store Crawl bus! The third annual Record Store Crawl is making its way across the country, returning to sunny Los Angeles on July 21st. Sponsored by D’Angelico Guitars & Deep Eddy Vodka, this year's event promises new friendships, thrilling musical adventures, and a healthy dose of sonic magic. 

Attendees can expect music performances along the route (artists TBA), complimentary Deep Eddy Vodka, tasty lunch specials, a gift bag full of swag featuring a mystery LP, a limited edition Domino Records tote bag, and cool giveaways including test pressings, signed vinyl and more. The itinerary includes stops at Amoeba Hollywood, Permanent Records, Cosmic Vinyl, High Fidelity, and The Record Parlour. Everyone on the bus will receive some pretty sweet discounts, including a coupon for $5 off a $30 purchase at Amoeba.

Please note: this is a 21+ event. You must bring a valid ID to get on the bus. Anyone without an ID or underage will be turned away and will not receive a refund.

Tickets for this magnificent, memorable event can be purchased here.

Record Store Crawl LA 2018

Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Open Water 3, The Devil's Rain & The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 7, 2018 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Having A Movie Moment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the first Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi. In this monthly column I’ll be reviewing recent Blu-ray and DVD releases. Everything in this column came out in the past four months. So without any further ado, let’s get to the movies:

Open Water 3Open Water 3: Cage Dive, Lionsgate
It's a shark movie. So let's face it, when it comes to jumps and scares, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. But sharks are such a primordial fear for all of us that this movie is still quite effective. Unlike the rest of Hollywood's CGI monsters, shark's are real and all of us know in the backs of our heads that at sometime in our lives we will be on or over the ocean and something like this could happen to us. That's why by the time people end up in the water we're rooting for them no matter how unlikable they are, because there but for the grace of god. The first half hour of the movie is insufferable because the main characters are totally annoying people from Laguna Beach. This is one of the tiresome chores of shark movies: you have to spend the first part of the movie getting to know the bait. These people were so annoying I was tempted to use the fast forward, but finally they ended up on a shark dive boat off the coast of Australia and the ball got rolling. And it got rolling fast. First there's some exciting shark cage footage and then everything goes bat shit crazy as the boat is hit by a rogue wave, and it capsizes and sinks. Then all the passengers and crew are in the water bobbing around with a bunch of blood, bait, and hungry great whites. That's when the fun starts and the scares and thrills never let up until the grim ending. This movie is essentially a remake of the first one except that instead of a married couple in the water, it's a three person love triangle. It's a simple formula but an effective one. At times, all the hand held video cam footage can make this feel like the Blair Witch Project gets eaten by sharks, but what the hell -- it's scary and fast moving and the great white scenes are quite realistic and effective.

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Record Store Day 2018 is Coming April 21st

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2018 04:55pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 list of exclusive releases

Record Store Day 2018 is just around the corner! The 11th annual event celebrating independent record stores will take place on Saturday, April 21st. Just today, we got our first look at some of the hundreds of exclusive releases that will be available on RSD18, including Mac Demarco, Prince, Air, The Cure, David BowieWilco, Madonna, Sufjan Stevens, and this year's Record Store Day ambassadors Run the Jewels

Download the .pdf list of Record Store Day exclusives available at Amoeba stores on 4/21.

As always, these titles will be first come, first served and available for purchase in-store only on 4/21. No holds or phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. Remaining RSD18 titles will be posted for sale on the following day, April 22nd after 5AM.

If you've never experienced a Record Store Day at Amoeba, you're in for an extravaganza of  awesomeness! Check out our recaps from last year's 10th anniversary event and be sure to stay tuned for our announcement about the day's special guests, events, sales & more.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2018 04:14pm | Post a Comment

What's In My Bag? Myrkur Amoeba Music

When Danish black metal musician Myrkur needs dark musical inspiration, she seeks out an unexpected source: ABBA. That's right Amalie Bruun, the alter-ego of Myrkur, considers the Swedish pop group to be "the inventors of Scandinavian horror pop." We discussed the dark side of ABBA, along with the rest of her eclectic choices, in this What's In My Bag? episode with Myrkur at Amoeba Hollywood

Amalie Bruun combines the harsh, raw energy of black metal with ethereal, otherworldly vocals via her Myrkur project. She provided guitars, bass, vocals, and production skills to her 2014 self-titled debut EP; Bruun's friend Rex Myrnur played drums. Her first full-length, M, was released a year later, winning Myrkur MareridtMyrkur more critical acclaim and an introduction to a wider audience. The following year, she released a live album fittingly called Mausoleum -- it was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.

2017's Mareridt was recorded in both Seattle and Copenhagen with the assistance of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))), Boris). The album drew inspiration from Nordic fairy tales, Bible verses, and classic mythology and showcases Bruun's newly acquired mastery of the ancient Swedish cow herding call known as kulning, as well as a collaboration with fellow traveler Chelsea Wolfe. Myrkur is on tour throughout North America and Europe this spring and summer.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood March 2018

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2018 12:38pm | 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 $3 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 $3 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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jawbreaker

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2018 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Jawbreaker What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Legendary punk band Jawbreaker went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? interview. Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach and drummer Adam Pfahler were full of dry wit and insight as they gave us a peek into their musical tastes. "I was a little bit overwhelmed because when you come to Amoeba. It's like going to Costco," said Pfahler. "If you don't have a list you're fucked."

Jawbreaker Dear YouJawbreaker was formed in 1986 by New York University students Blake Schwarzenbach (guitar/vocals), Chris Bauermeister (bass), and Adam Pfahler (drums). Considered to be one of the progenitors of the emo scene, the band attracted a cult following thanks to their pop sensibilities and poetic, personal lyrics. The band released their debut LP, Unfun, after moving to Los Angeles in 1990.

Two years later, the trio was in San Francisco, where they released the Bivouac LP. In 1993, they toured with Nirvana and had a major commercial breakthrough with the release of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994. The band had attracted enough attention to sign to a major label for 1995's Dear You. The band broke up a year later, with members involved in new projects Jets to Brazil, J Church, and Whysall Lane.

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