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Interview with Sacramento Rapper Chuuwee re "AmeriKKa's Most Blunted 3" with Trizz & duo's LA show @ The Airliner Sat, Sept 1st

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2018 11:51pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for Chuuwee and Trizz’s forthcoming third installment in the popular AmeriKKa's Most Blunted (AMB) album series the acclaimed West Coast collaborative rap duo recently unveiled the video for the anticipated album’s Money Montage-produced lead single “Superbowl” (below). Additionally on Saturday night in Los Angeles they’ll headline a talent packed rap showcase at The Airliner Nightclub along with Traffic, Dreebo, Roc$teady and DJ Kieroglyphics. A longtime Amoeblog favorite, whom we first wrote about back in 2014 and last interviewed in 2016, this week once again Amoeba caught up with Chuuwee to talk about the forthcoming AMB album, Saturday's Airliner show, and his prolific career.

Uniquely talented the tireless 27 year old Sacramento born, San Diego based rapper is constantly working on his art. In the last nine years he's impressively prolific career he’s recorded over thirty mixtape and album releases. Mostly digital only found on his Bandcamp these also include such physical releases as his critically acclaimed 2015 full-length collaboration with the European production duo JR & PH7: The South Sac Mack

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2018 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Grails What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Portland experimental rock band Grails goes record hunting at Amoeba Hollywood, you can expect them to find some obscure records. "I picked this record out purely based on the cover," said Ilyas Ahmed while pulling out Nuits D'Été Avec Naima Samih by Moroccan organist Abdou El Omari. "When I find something like this it makes me really excited that I can go home and listen to it, and have to learn to live with it," he told us. "I think that's something with music that's kind of underappreciated these days," he continued, comparing the process of appreciating records to getting know friends. All of the guys picked up some interesting and esoteric records and shared their personal insight with us in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Grails - Chalice Mymnal

Originally named Laurel Canyon, Grails began playing shows together in 1999, self-releasing two EPs before signing to Neurot Recordings for the release of their debut full-length under the Grails moniker, 2003's The Burden of Hope. The core lineup of Alex John Hall, Emil Amos, and William Zakary Riles was refined over time, with previous members sometimes joining the trio for live performances and guest collaborators contributing to their recording sessions.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2018 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

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The Strange Magic of Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 20, 2018 05:24pm | Post a Comment

ELO

By Brent James

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the opening night of Jeff Lynne’s ELO world tour. The massive Oracle Arena in Oakland, California could hardly contain the excitement of the sold-out crowd that had traveled from as far away as New Zealand just to witness the return of one of music’s most unique and mainstay institutions in the flesh.

On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, they were not disappointed…

Opening with “Standing In The Rain”, the 14-piece powerhouse band pummeled the crowd with blast after blast. “Evil Woman” kicked off an operatic hard rock cavalcade, and by the time “Do Ya” was over the fans could take no more! “When I Was A Boy” slowed things down so folks could catch their breath or perhaps refresh libations.

“Living Thing” was the band’s showcase, redefining the word “orchestra.” Iain Hornal was one of many VIP’s this evening and shined through on “Handle With Care,” channeling Roy Orbison with an almost eerie precision. “Xanadu” brought the house down, and “Shine A Little Love” demonstrated the technologically visual prowess that ELO has been known for since the very beginning. A show within a show.

The third “act” kicked off with “Wild West Hero,” and galloped all the way through classic staples “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Turn To Stone” before finally settling down. The encore, “Roll Over Beethoven” written by Chuck Berry but basically owned by Lynne and ELO, left the crowd on their feet and begging for more. Like an orgasmic, euphoric roller coaster ride, you want to ride it again and again.

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2018 MATATU Festival of Stories: Saul Williams at Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre, 9/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2018 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams

Amoeba is proud to partner once again with MATATU for the 2018 MATATU Festival of Stories, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm with an evening with Saul Williams at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Part film, part performance, everything is on the table in this conversation with one of the world's most prolific artists.

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to perform with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.

Wednesday, September 26th, includes a special film screening of The Third Part of the Third Measure The Third Part of the Third Measure(2017), a new audiovisual composition commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Sharjah Biennial 13. The Third Part of the Third Measure creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist, and vocalist Julius Eastman. The film focuses on what The Otolith Group describe as “an experience of watching in the key of listening,” invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement-building that participates in the global struggles against neo-reactionary authoritarianism. The Third Part of the Third Measure invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as “full of honor, integrity, and boundless courage.”

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Respect To The Late Great Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin 1942 - 2018

Posted by Billyjam, August 16, 2018 07:40am | Post a Comment
 
Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) The Queen of Soul 180 gram vinyl LP (2018 Not Now Music)


American music icon Aretha Franklin (aka The Queen of Soul) has died this morning at age 76 in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan as confirmed in the past hour by ClickOnDetroit. Pancreatic cancer was the cause of death for Franklin who reportedly was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago and was performing up until last year. Franklin’s death follows reports over the past several days of her pending passing. On Sunday last Showbiz411 first reported that Franklin was “gravely ill” with follow-up reports since from such outlets as the Associated Press who confirmed that the beloved artist, reportedly in hospice care, was so “seriously ill” that her death was “imminent.” People magazine quoted a close Franklin associate as saying that, “She has been ill for a long time,” but that, “she did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

New Amoeba Storefront Enamel Pins + A Conversation with Rockin Pins

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2018 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba store enamel pins

Enamel pins continue to be a widely popular accessory these days and we offer a wide selection of pins, ranging from music and movies to pop culture and politics. But we're especially proud of these new enamel pins shaped like the exteriors of our stores, made exclusively for us by Rockin Pins! These super cute enamel pins are available in-store and online for $10 each or you can collect all three for just $20!

Get them here: Amoeba Hollywood pin | Amoeba San Francisco pin | Amoeba Berkeley pin | 3-Pin Bundle

We sat down with the guys from Rockin Pins -- graphic designer Jason Cryer and owner Mauricio Alvarado -- to chat with them a little bit about our new pins and their process.

What inspires you and how did you think to do the Amoeba store pins?

Jason: Our inspiration really springs from our love for music — it’s what brought Mauricio and I together as friends and fuels our work with Rockin Pins. I've been shopping at the Berkeley Amoeba for most of my life — I bought my first LPs there at 13 — so making pins for Amoeba was a no-brainer. The money I make from Rockin Pins usually goes directly into funding my record collection!

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Death Cab For Cutie Wants To Give You A Free Burrito at Amoeba SF, 8/17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 15, 2018 01:00pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of the release of Death Cab For Cutie's Thank You For Today, come in to Amoeba SF on Death Cab For Cuties, Thank You For Todayrelease date (this Friday, August 17) at 4:30pm and get a FREE BURRITO (while quantities last) with purchase of the new album OR when you show us your DCFC shirt, tattoo, or ticket stub! No kidding!

Although Death Cab for Cutie can't be there, you can enjoy a burrito on them. DCFC loves their fans and they also love burritos, so Friday is all about both at Amoeba SF.

Thank You for Today is the sound of Death Cab for Cutie both expanding and refining; a band twenty years into its evolution, still uncovering new curves in its signatures, new sonic corners to explore. The Seattle band’s ninth studio album stands alongside classic Death Cab for Cutie albums including their 1998 debut Something About Airplanes and 2003’s masterful Transatlanticism as a definitive collection -- ten tracks that are by turns beautiful and dynamic, and darkly anthemic and bittersweet.

Exclusive Nick Cave Ticket + Vinyl Bundle Available at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2018 07:36pm | Post a Comment

Exclusive Nick Cave Ticket + Vinyl Bundle at Amoeba

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are coming to Los Angeles and Amoeba Hollywood has an exclusive ticket + vinyl bundle available! Starting Friday, August 17th, fans can purchase a GA floor ticket to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Cigarettes After Sex at The Forum on Sunday, October 21st, pre-order the limited edition Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen EP on 12" vinyl, and get a limited edition tour lithograph poster. This exclusive bundle is available for $110 in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood (starting 8/17, while supplies last).

The poster and tickets will be handed out at time of purchase, but you must return to Amoeba Hollywood to pick up the vinyl EP starting September 28th. (No online or phone orders, no shipping.)

Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen was recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017 and captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Nick Cave Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen

Already have your ticket? Pre-order the Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen EP here. (Online pre-orders do not include a ticket to the Forum or a lithograph poster).

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2018 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Wallows - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA pop/rock band Wallows performed at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of their debut EP Spring and beforehand we got a chance to talk with them about some of their favorite records, including David Bowie's final album, Black Star. "To be 68 years old and making this album," Dylan Minnette marveled, "[it's] completely game-changing, and unlike anything I've ever heard." The singer/guitarist considered the record one of the artist's best, saying, "David Bowie went out with one of his greatest albums in his entire catalog."

Los Angeles-based Wallows consists of Braeden Lemasters (vocals/guitars), Dylan Minnette (vocals/guitars), and Cole Preston (drums). Lemasters and Minnette, both child actors, met through their work in the film industry, later inviting Preston to play music with them. They have been Wallows - Spring - Amoeba Musicperforming in bands together since they were eleven-year-old students at the San Fernando Valley music school Join the Band. After collaborating musically for almost a decade, Wallows signed to Atlantic, releasing their debut recording, the Spring EP, (fittingly) in spring 2018.

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Just Announced 2018 Hiero Day Lineup: Pharcyde, eLZhi, PUTS, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Chali 2na + hella more

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2018 03:13pm | Post a Comment
 

This afternoon Oakland's legendary hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics crew (feat. Souls of Mischief,
  Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, DJ Toure etc.) announced the lineup for Hiero Day 2018 that will,once again, take place in The Town on Labor Day Weekend. Scheduled for Monday September 3rd the all day event will take place on a few different stages centered at 3rd and MLK streets in Oakland with the exciting and nicely balanced just-announced lineup outlined in the flayer above.

These many acts, several who performed last year and/or previous years returning, will include (in alphabetical order) Another Party Fam, Astu, B.A.G. (Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab),  Black Thought (of The Roots fame), Chali 2na (of SoCal's Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame), Cult Days, DJ D Sharp, DagheDante 
Ross, Dollas Up, Nero, Durag Dynasty, eLZhi, Freddie GibbsDJ Fresh vs. TraxamillionGeorgia Anne Muldrow,
  Guapdad4000Ill Camille, J-Cutt, J. Walt, J. Rawls, AWLS, DJ Lex, Livewire, Mannie FreshMike Relm, Mind MotionOld Man Saxon,  People Under The Stairs, The Pharcyde,  Ray Reck, Red Corvette, (no longer incarceratedlegendary Oaktown rapper) Richie RichRuby Ibarra, Sean G, Shellheart, SleeprockersSpencer StevensTalib Kweli, DJ Toure, Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets fame) Walt Liquor, Word Up!,  X Slapz, and Young Bari.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 18

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, August 18! We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, T-shirts & 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:

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $5 or $3 each
  • DVDs: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 or $4 each
  • CDs: buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value)
  • Posters: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • 45s: 3 for $1
  • Clearance and discounted LPs
  • Classical CD and LP deals
  • Books, magazines & comics: 2 for $1
  • Bargain toys & rare artist 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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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party, August 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2018 04:15pm | Post a Comment

20th street block partyNoise Pop presents their sixth annual 20th Street Block Party on Saturday, August 18th from noon to 6pm! The 20th Street corridor between Harrison and Bryant Streets in the historic Mission District will be transformed into a FREE neighborhood celebration of music, food, local vendors, and tons of other surprises.

This year's musical line-up includes performances from Empress Of, Jeff Rosenstock, The Marías, The She's, FAN (Meric Long of The Dodos), The Total Bettys, Small crush, SAZON LIBRE, B-Side Brujas, and more. Additionally, there will be yoga set to live music on the main stage from Showga, which is presented by SAVA, a marketplace for curated cannabis goods. (Mutiny Radio, on 21st and Florida, will play host to a SAVA delivery hot-spot for anyone who wants to order for delivery during the festival.) 

Amoeba Music is thrilled to be on the scene too with killer used vinyl, enamel pins, and more. We'll be located in the Deep Eddy Vodka's Music Mixer, where attendees can cool down with delicious vodka slushies, peruse our used vinyl, and maybe even dance at the adjacent Silent Disco. Guests are encouraged to buy some vinyl for the DJ to spin for the audience.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Flatbush Zombies

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Flatbush Zombies - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Brooklyn hip hop group Flatbush Zombies visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of their favorite records, including a few important soundtracks in their lives, including the rap mockumentary CB4. "This is a public service announcement to all the current rappers right now," said Meechy Darko. "This movie is literally what is going on right now in the world. Not just rap, in the world. People fakin' it 'til they make it." For Erick "the Architect" Elliott, the soundtrack to Friday was particulary meaningful. "This movie introduced me to Curtis Mayfield, Rick James," he told us, continuing, "Ice Cube is really a genius for him to be a MC and do something amazing like this, being on the screen and writing a script." Darko, Elliott, and fellow bandmate Zombie Juice found interesting music and movies, and had a lot to say about the importance of each, making for a fun and insightful What's In My Bag? episode. 

Consisting of childhood friends, Flatbush Zombies formed in 2010 and began attracting attention with Flatbush Zombies Vacation In Hellthe release of their "Thug Waffle" video. The band self-released their debut mixtape D.R.U.G.S., an acronym for Death and Reincarnation Under God's Supervision, in 2012. That same year, Flatbush Zombies made an appearance on the RZA track "Just Blowin' in the Wind," written for the Wu-Tang Clan member's film The Man with the Iron Fists

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New Hip-Hop inc Top 5: Mac Miller, Marlowe, Blockhead, Blu & Shafiq Husayn, Sims, Fat Albert Einstein, A.G., Funky DL, Fugees, etc.

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2018 02:02pm | Post a Comment
In addition to the new hip-hop album releases in the Top Five below are such other new/recent arrivals to Amoeba as the Fugees vinyl release from Sony Legacy; Refugee Camp: Bootleg Versions LP. As its title implies this is a collection of alternative bootleg versions of tracks by the Fugees (aka Refugee Camp)   including "Ready Or Not [Clark Kent/Django Remix]" and "Nappy Heads [Mad Spider Mix]. Another Sony Legacy trip down memory lane is their 2LP/vinyl reissue of Nas' 1999 album Nastradamus 2LP/vinyl reissue.

New releases on vinyl this week include Fat Albert Einstein's 2U4U LPJake Najor's 7" DJ/producer tailored Dirty Money Breaks on Common Good Records, and Minneapolis artist Sims' Arteria Verite LP. That brand new album by the Doomtree crew member is also available on CD

Additional hip-hop new arrivals at Amoeba from the past couple of weeks include Curren$y & Harry Fraud's The Marina EP (also on vinyl/LP),  Freeway's Think Free,  and Jarren Benton's Yuck Fou. Recent vinyl releases include Knxwledge's Stones Throw 7"  "Gladwemet," a 3LP blue vinyl pressing of Damu The Fudgemeunk's Vignettes, and the super-duo Marlowe's (Solemn Brigham & L'Orange) self-titled album on Mello Music Group, Marlowe LP (more on this amazing album in an upcoming Amoblog interview with the artists).


1: Mac Miller Swimming (pre-order 2LP/vinyl)  (Warner Brothers) 

Following a tumultuous stretch in the public eye earlier this year, including his breakup with Ariana Grande and getting a DUI for a hit-and-run, rapper/singer Mac Miller is back with his anticipated 
album Swimming. His fifth full-length release, it is the follow up the artist's acclaimed 2016 album TheDevine Feminine (avail on vinyl/2LP).  While production-wise the 13 track album is a lush synth-drenched affair, lyrically the album offers the 26 year old artist a cathartic opportunity to bear his soul and face such demons as depression and paranoia, all the while coming to terms with where he is at this juncture in his life.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Signifyin Blues 2018

Amoeba Music is proud to support Signifyin' Blues, a 3-day music and dance event in November benefiting The California Jazz & Blues Museum! Taking place November 9th-11th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA, the benefit event includes live music performances, dance workshops and competitions, as well as interactive talks, all with the goal of honoring the origins of Blues and highlighting the deep impact it has on our culture.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues are available now at Amoeba Hollywood with low service fees. Plus, you'll receive a free $10 Amoeba gift certificate with every ticket purchased! 

Music performers include:

  • RL Boyce
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Missy Anderson
  • Brother Yusef
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
  • Blaux Bros
  • Cheyenne Amen

The dance workshops will be led by instructors Damon Stone, Kelsy Stone, Heidi Fite, Kenneth Shipp and more. More information about the event can be found here.

Signifyin Blues 2018

Songs for the Seasons

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 2, 2018 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Masque of the Four Seasons

By Brent James

Alice Cooper School's Out“And I'm lost, behind
The words I'll never find
And I'm left behind
As seasons roll on by”
- Chris Cornell

As we shift through the seasons of our own lives, we’re constantly reminded of the influence music has had not only on us and our ever-changing desires for rebirth and new experiences, but how it’s also shapes things we sometimes take for granted such as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

“We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time.”
- Terry Jacks

Whether you realize it or not, life has a soundtrack. Think about the music you listened to when you were younger, or in your “Spring” years. It may not be in your current rotation now, but it sure shaped you then, and is guaranteed to be bringing somebody SOMEWHERE to the brink of their realizations now. You pass on what you learn, and hope to gain knowledge of fresh conditions along the way.

“The nights draw in
There's a silky moon up in the sky, yeah
Children are fantasising
Grown-ups are standing by
What a super feeling
Am I dreaming?”
- Queen

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