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Top 10 Hits of Summer 2018 + Song Lists c/o Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Quest, DJ Platurn, Rickey Vincent, Eric Arnold, Mr Fine Wine +

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2018 11:23am | Post a Comment

Hello Fall 2018 and farewell to the Summer of 2018;  a season that seemed to fly by quicker than ever this year. Luckily here in California the summer type weather traditionally continues for a bit longer, even as the days get shorter. Meanwhile this is the perfect time to look at the upcoming Fall picks (see next Amoeblog) as well as to look back over the past few months of summer and review what music (songs & artists) ranked as the most popular on a mainstream level, and thereby acted as the soundtrack to Summer 2018 for the average music consumer.

Below is a top ten list of the most popular songs/artists of the season; one dominated by rap/hip-hop  (but also with rock, pop, EDM etc.) that was heard at  BBQ’s, beach parties, clubs, radio and streaming services and so ubiquitous and ingrained in heads (future triggered memories) that a whole music consuming generation will forever associate these songs with the Summer of 2018!  This top ten below, not surprisingly includes  Drake, Cardi B and of course  Childish Gambino whose politically charged Summer 2018 hit single "This Is America" was equally as much of a visual/video entity (and cultural moment) as it was a song. Full Summer 2018 Top Ten list appears down below, immediately following the Cardi B music video.

Of course a summer soundtrack is both subjective and personal. Hence for many it is non mainstream or under the radar music, not necessarily new current popular releases. Hence this Amoeblog also includes s series of summer song lists contributed by various tastemakers; DJs, journalists, authors and producers. These tastemakers, whose picks range from all time classics to new, include Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Quest, Eric Arnold, Mr Fine Wine, Jeff Harris, Marty McSorley, Mad Max, Marlowe emcee Solemn Brigham, and DJ Swirnoff.

October Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2018 06:05pm | Post a Comment

October may be the spookiest month of the year (well, besides April...TAXES!) but it's also the most fun. Even if you don't plan on dressing up in costumes and demanding candy from neighbors, you can still party the whole month through with Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley. We've got enough live in-store shows, listening parties (including one for the Halloween soundtrack!), and hair-raising sales to keep things festive. And don't forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our stores will have the special pink logo Amoeba shirts on sale for just $12.99 all month. Proceeds will benefit the Bay Area Cancer Connections.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eddie Ruscha

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2018 04:36pm | Post a Comment

Eddie Ruscha - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Southern California visual artist, musician, and producer Eddie Ruscha recently went digging for records at Amoeba Hollywood. A regular DJ, he is always on the lookout for 12" vinyl to work into his sets. While showing us a 12" by Private Lives, he pointed out, "this particular record's on 45, so often I'll play it on the wrong speed, so it sounds slow and trudgey." Ruscha's selections ran the gamut from experiemental and electronic to post-punk and smooth jazz, making for a cool and educational What's In My Bag? video.

Eddie Ruscha makes music under the monikers Secret Circuit and E Ruscha V. The son of pop artist Ed Ruscha, Eddie the younger has blazed his own trail as a visual artist and a cosmically-E Ruscha V - Who Are Youinclined musician. He has worked with the likes of Mia Doi Todd, Medicine, The Radar Bros., and Bebel Gilberto. His work as a producer and musician trafficks in space-age soundscapes, Balearic beats, house vibes, and psychedelic flourishes. 

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Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival in SF, 10/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2018 11:12pm | Post a Comment

The Super Shangri-La Show, the mysterious entity that brought you the hit fringe film events Bigfoot Bonanza and The Space Visitors Film Festival, presents Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival -- a whole day and evening of witchcraft films at San Francisco's haunted Balboa Theater on Saturday, October 13th! See nine films dealing in the dark arts, as well as special guest speaker author Maja D'Aoust and a burlesque performance from The Devil's Debutante, Szandora LaVey. Additionally, cosmic artist Rocky Angel will be on site providing magical face painting!

Gaze upon the bewitching schedule for the day:
11:50am - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
12pm - In Search Of - "Salem Witches" (1980)
12:45pm - City of the Dead (1960)
2:30pm - Incubus (1966)
4:15pm - The Witches (1966)
6pm - Special Guest Speaker Maja D’Aoust
7:10pm - The Witch: A New England Folktale (2015)
9pm - The Love Witch (2016)
11:20pm - Season of the Witch (1972)
11:30pm - Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Get your tickets now HERE before they vanish into thin air...

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Cornerfest in Berkeley, 9/30

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2018 07:52pm | Post a Comment

Berkeley's Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music hosts Cornerfest -- the free, all-ages, outdoor live music festival -- on Saturday, September 30th. The party kicks off at 11am and will feature food, over 40 craft beers on tap, art, local vendors, and free live music on multiple stages at 2367 Shattuck Avenue (at Durant) in Downtown Berkeley. This year, the musical line-up includes live sets from Proxima Parada, John Courage, and King Dream.

Amoeba Music will be on the scene with a booth full of vinyl goodness. Make sure you stop by to say hi and dig through our crates.

CornerFest

Hip-Hop Talent Lending Itself to Oakland Mayoral Candidate Cat Brooks’ Campaign Part of 2018 Reactionary Political Movement

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2018 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Ras Ceylon, Alia Sharrief and Kev Choice, who are among the Bay Area hip-hop artists lending their talents to Oakland Mayoral candidate Cat Brooks’ campaign, including tonight’s fundraiser at downtown Oakland’s SoleSpace at 1714 Telegraph, are further evidence of the reactionary positive byproduct of America in 2018 under 45. In the latter years of the Obama era, Democrat leaning voters became so comfortably complacent that the majority of them didn’t even bother to participate in the 2014 midterm Senate elections. That complacency and non participation resulted in the GOP gaining the upper hand and setting the stage for what was to come; the current regressive reality of America under the Orange administration.

But that radical shift in the national political climate was the smack in the face needed to wake and motivate many into action. One particular noticeable result of this new reality has been the significant increase in more grassroots involvement in the political process with more community grounded representatives entering the political arena; many continuing Bernie Sanders' political beliefs and many repping previously underrepresented groups.

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New Stereolab Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2018 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Stereolab reissues

Thoroughly entrancing English/French electronic band Stereolab's career lasted almost two decades and yet it still seems like they left us too soon. Fusing elements of '60s French pop, lounge, and krautrock music, the band won over a legion of fans through their avant-pop take on swinging sounds and propulsive Motorik beats with the vocals of Lætitia Sadier and the late Mary Hansen weaving a gorgeous, spellbinding sense of atmosphere. The band went on hiatus in 2009 but their influence on such disparate genres as post-rock, electronic, indie, and hip-hop can still be felt today. Luckily for fans, Duophonic is releasing a series of reissues on September 28th. You can pre-order them now on Amoeba.com or visit our stores on 9/28 to snag them in person.

Here's what to watch for in each.

Switched On

Switched On [Clear Vinyl] (1992)

The first of three remastered clear vinyl LPs, this early career compilation includes the group's first three releases. The name is a nod to Switched-On Bach and other synth-heavy '70s era easy listening comps.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Fu Manchu

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2018 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Fu Manchu - What's In My Bag?

Southern California stoner rock legends Fu Manchu celebrated their new album with a killer in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with the group and check out what caught their eye at the shop. Lead singer and founding member Scott Hill kicked off this What's In My Bag? episode with The Expression of Power by the Santa Cruz punk band Bl'ast!, saying that he "probably listen(s) to this record, or Black Flag's Damaged more than any record ever." He also recounted seeing the group for the first time in 1985. Describing the show as the "best thing I've ever seen," it even changed the way he thought about his own music. 

In 1985 Fu Manchu began life as a hardcore punk group named Virulence. Over the course of several albums and tours, the band's current lineup began to coalesce; vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill was a Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universefounding member, vocalist/bassist Brad Davis signed on in 1995 with guitarist Bob Balch following in 1996. Sunshine and Smile drummer Scott Reeder joined in 2001. Fu Manchu has attracted a loyal following, thanks in part to their loud, heavy stage shows and tours with the likes of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Clutch, and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Doctor Who Season One & Jack the Giant Killer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2018 07:16pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Doctor Who: Tom Baker - Complete Season One, BBC Video:
These are the episodes that first introduced the Doctor Who franchise to the American public. The series Doctor Who Season Onehad already run for more than a decade in England where the venerable Doctor had long been considered a national icon and a variety of stars had already played the role of the Doctor, but Tom Baker is the face and personality that made him beloved by legions of North American fans. So it makes perfect sense that these would be the first episodes of the long running series to get a deluxe Blu-ray upgrade here in the US. These were originally shot on video so there has been a lot of handwringing online about how good these would look due to the low quality of the original source materials. Many fans have questioned whether it is worth upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray. Well, as soon as I popped in the first disc of this and saw the beautiful sharp picture quality and heard the flawless sound, I realized this was a total no-brainer. This set is a huge improvement over the DVDs and possibly the best restoration I have ever seen of something that was originally shot on video. The image quality is flawless. Once in a blue moon there is a weird lighting artifact that the restoration couldn't cover up, but these are few and far between. Yes, this does reveal many of the shortcomings of the special effects. Now you can see like never before that all the monsters are made of bubble wrap and paper mache, but that is actually half the fun of this set. The production budget for these shows was comparable to what you would see for a local high school play. The special effects crew did the best they could with what they had and there is a funky low-fi style to their effects, which looks charmingly nostalgic in the harsh naked light of this Blu-ray.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Valerie June

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2018 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Valerie June - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were delighted to have singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June visit Amoeba San Francisco for a What's In My Bag? episode. A native Tennessean, June found some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star. "They say sometimes that music coming out of Memphis can only make it so far," she told us, "and that story kind of became a thing with them. To me they're (as) big as The Beatles." Not only does she feel connected to the music, but she also has recorded at Ardent Studios, where Big Star recorded some of their most beloved tracks. June had much to say about all of her eclectic choices, making for an insightful and sincere video. 

Valerie June began her music career at the age of nineteen. Based in Memphis, she first attracted attention through her solo work, which draws on elements of gospel, Americana, blues, folk, soul, Valerie June - The Order Of Timecountry, and bluegrass. In 2010, she recorded the Valerie June and the Tennessee Express EP with the help of Old Crow Medicine Show. She launched a Kickstarter to fund the album that would become her breakthrough, 2013's Pushin' Against a Stone. The LP was recorded with assistance from The Black KeysDan Auerbach and record producer Kevin Augunas.  

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September Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2018 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to September! It's back-to-school time and soon it will be Fall (on September 22, to be exact). Our September sales will help you prepare for the seasonal change. It's a good time to stock up on books, music, and movies for the upcoming colder months, while still enjoying the extended Bay Area Summer!

Treasure Island Music Festival, October 13-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2018 07:51pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival docks at a brand-new location this year at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on 10/13 & 10/14 with performances by Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lord Huron, Courtney Barnett, Santigold, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sharon Van Etten, Cigarettes After Sex, and many more.

Two-Day, Single Day, and VIP tickets are available HERE!

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival HERE

Treasure Island Music Festival

NightLife Live Featuring CLASSIXX & SUMif, September 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2018 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Classixx
Classixx

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences' NightLife LIVE summer music series is back Thursday, September 13th with live performances from LA-based DJ duo CLASSIXX, whose ultra-inventive remixes and original uptempo tracks have earned them a cult following, and SF electro-pop artist SUMif, who will get the party started with infectious, dance-inducing tracks. Before the performances start, groove out with the Sweater Funk DJs and their '80's funk and boogie.

Also, explore a glowing, interactive LED forest by the techno-wizards at Sustainable Magic and keep your senses stimulated with VR experiences by Dream Logic and Vision Quest. Take a live "Tour of the Universe" or explore the immersive and trippy art and music experience that is "Vortex 2.0" in the Morrison Planetarium. And don't forget to visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop and browse our specially-curated quality vinyl!

Get your tickets HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

Amoeba Music New Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version]: Eminem, Russ, Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, Hobo Johnson, Jedi Mind Tricks

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2018 08:17pm | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop 09:07:18 [Video Version]
 

1: Eminem Kamikaze (Aftermath)

With no fore notice but with a lot of reaction Eminem unleashed his controversial new album 
 Kamikaze (Aftermath) that attacks such younger gen rappers as Lil Pump, Lil Yachty and Lil Xan and pissed off such offended younger rappers as former fan Machine Gun Kelly. The new album follows EM's late 2017 album Revival (also on vinyl/LP) and sales wise this new unannounced album has fared better than it. Despite the fact that the album was a total last minute release and that it has been critically panned by many reviewers it has been one of the most successful selling albums in recent history for any artist with the latest sales figures indicating that it has sold a total of 400K already in its first week. No doubt the very public feud with Machine Gun Kelly will continue to fuel album sales. Below is the offiical music video for the controversial Kamikaze  track "Fall" that is seen as attackingTyler, The Creator. 

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Hiero Day 2018 Today: Top Five Artists Music Preview Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2018 12:47pm | Post a Comment

 
Just begun here in Oakland at 3rd and MLK is the seventh Hiero Day; the annual fun one day hip-hop festival presented by  the East Bay city's very own legendary music collective The Hieroglyphics crew featuring such acts as  Souls of MischiefDel The Funky Homosapien, Casual, and DJ Toure etc.). With gates opened first after 11am and things getting going now thrrough early this evening (til just before sunset and billed as 7pm but usually more like 730pm ending). As usual there's a rich variety of hip-hop artists at Hiero Day which, note,  this year has returned to its favored Oakland location of 3rd and MLK streets.  Here, where it is not as hot as previous years, in the surrounding blocks spread out on a few different stages will be a strong lineup of talented hip-hop acts; both local and national.

Tickets to the all ages event, that also features a myriad of food trucks and tables set up by vendors and non-profits, are $40 at the door.  If you are still on the fence about coming down here to Hiero Day 2018, the Ameoblog presents a quick top five artists music preview out of the dozens of  talented acts scheduled to perform later today. This long list includes  Richie RichSean G, B.A.G. (Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab), DJ D Sharp, Nero, Durag Dynasty, eLZhiDJ Fresh vs. Traxamillion, J. Rawls, DJ Lex, Livewire, Mannie FreshIll Camille, J-Cutt, J. Mike Relm, Mind MotionOld Man Saxon, The Pharcyde, SleeprockersSpencer StevensTalib Kweli, and Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets fame whom Saturday also performed in Oakland at FESTAC Cultural Arts Festival. Meantime below is the last minute pre-Hiero Day top five music picks that are embedded below via YouTube video format (some audio only) and SoundCloud mp3 playback.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Greatest Hits with Club Foot Orchestra, 9/15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 2, 2018 07:59pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) presents a silent movie blockbuster day at the Castro Club Foot Orchestra. Photo by AnneHamersky.Theatre on Saturday, September 15th. With four programs of favorites from the silent era all accompanied live by the legendary Club Foot Orchestra, this is an event you just can't miss!

Founded in 1983 by Richard Marriott, Club Foot Orchestra (named after a nightclub in San Francisco's Bayview) was a pioneer in creating modern music for silent film. Their accompaniment is thoughtful and expressive, showing respect and engagement in the images they compose for. On September 15th, Club Foot provides the live accompaniment for four films in one epic day. The day starts out at 1pm with the sublime Buster Keaton and the mischievous Felix the Cat (Buster + Felix) and then veers into the world of German Expressionism with three masterpieces — The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 3:15, Metropolis at 6pm, and Nosferatu at 9:30pm.

Join Club Foot for this musical journey into the genius of silent cinema. Get an all-day pass or buy tickets to individual screenings HERE.

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