Hip-Hop Top Five 11:16:18: Swollen Members, SOB X RBE, Z-Ro, Black Eyed Peas, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 11:34pm | Post a Comment
     Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:16:18

1: Swollen Members Live At The Fox Theatre (Battle Axe)
3: SOB X RBE Gangin II (SOB X RBE)
3: Z-Ro SäDISM (1 Deep Entertainment)
4: Black Eyed Peas Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 (Interscope)

5: Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Mona Lisa LP (already out on CD) (Mello Music)

Swollen Members drop via CD Live At The Fox Theatre on Battle Axe Records that was recorded at a sold-out packed show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado during the Canadian hip-hop group's Black Magic Tour a dozen years ago. The first live album release from Swollen Members, its fourteen tracks include live versions of such songs as "Crunch," "Anthrax Island," "Bring It Home," "Fuel Injected," "Deep End," "Killing Spree," "Lady Venom," "Strength" and "Too Hot." The album cover art was created by Mr. 8 Legz who also designed the iconic Swollen Members skull logo. While  Live At The Fox Theatre is Swollen Members first album since 2014's Brand New Day, last year the group's Madchild released his most recent solo album; the highly recommended The Darkest Hour (Battle Axe) that featured such guest collaborators as Evidence, Alchemist, Domo Genesis, Oh No, and Fashawn.

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LP Pick Of Day: 2Pac's Greatest Hits 4LP Reissue Is Packed With 25 Essential Tupac Songs [+ 2Pac Movies On DVD/BluRay guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 12:15pm | Post a Comment

The LP pick of the day today is the just reissued 2Pac Greatest Hits 4LP vinyl set that's packed with 25 essential songs by the iconic rapper who was fatally gunned down in Vegas 22 years ago at age 25. This Tupac Shakur greatest hits collection was originally released two years following his murder. That was almost exactly twenty years ago on November 24th, 1998 when it was initially released via 2CD, 2 cassette and 4LP formats. The CD version was the most popular with music buyers back then but, with the vinyl version selling out sooner and becoming increasingly harder to find in the years since, this 4LP reissue this month by Interscope is most welcome. 

With just under two hours of music, when the 25 song album first dropped back in '98 it included both 21 of his most popular tracks at that stage plus the then previously unreleased four songs: "God Bless the Dead", "Unconditional Love", "Troublesome '96", and "Changes.” These songs have since become classics joining such other Greatest Hits tracks as “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Hail Mary,” “Me Against The World,” “Trapped,” “Temptations,” “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg),” “Brenda's Got a Baby,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha (feat. Danny Boy),” “I Get Around (feat. Digital Underground),” and “Dear Mama.” 

Another 2Pac album that got reissued this year was the artist’s second album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... 2LP that was initially released in 1993 and that Interscope reissued as a two-record set back in February. That album's tracks include some also featured on the newly reissued Greatest Hits 4LP set, as does 2Pac’s debut album,  2Pacalypse Now 2LP. It got reissued in 2016 but was originally released 27 years ago back in November 1991 when Tupac (fresh from been a part of Digital Underground) was only 20 years of age. 

1991 was also the year that Pac made his big screen debut when, as part of a Digital Underground musical cameo, he appeared in the Dan Aykroyd starring comedy Nothing but Trouble. But it was the following year when he made his official acting debut on film when he co-starred in the excellent 1992 film Juice playing the commanding role of the character Roland Bishop. Other 2Pac starring movies that are also available from Amoeba on DVD/BluRay include the 1993 John Singleton directed Poetic Justice in which he starred opposite Janet Jackson, the 1994 basketball themed drama Above the Rim,  Gridlock'd about two jazz musician/heroin addicts that co-starred Tim Roth and Gang Related in which he played a corrupt cop.  The latter two, like the Pac starring film Bullet, were both released posthumously. 

An interesting Tupac movie side note, that most Pac fans have already read about, is that report about him having been in the running to be cast in  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in the film's early planning stages. The George Lucas movie, that eventually came out in 1999, featured Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Mace Windu that reportedly Pac had auditioned for. Meanwhile newcomer actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. starred in the role of Tupac Shakur in last year’s bio-pic All Eyez On Me. While the film fell short of duplicating the critical acclaim of the previous year’s N.W.A. bio-pic hit Straight Outta Compton, with more than one reviewer labelling Eyez a “Wikipedia-page biopic,” it is still worth getting if you are a true 2Pac collector. There’s a video trailer of the film below, in addition to music videos for the Greatest Hits tracks "Brenda's Got A Baby," "Dear Mama" and "Keep Ya Head Up."

#LPofDay The Beastie Boys' landmark debut "Licensed To Ill" LP Stands The Test of Time, Exactly 32 Years Later

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2018 04:58pm | Post a Comment
The Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill LP (Def Jam) (also on CD)

#LPofDay  The LP pick of the day today is the three-plus decade throwback, mid eighties debut album from The Beastie Boys,  Licensed To Ill (Def Jam/Columbia). Released exactly 32 years ago to the day (Nov 15, 1986) the landmark album by the young trio was reissued in 180 gram vinyl two years ago as the (still available vinyl)  Licensed To Ill: 30 Year Anniversary LP that's also on CD. In honor of its anniversary, a re-listen earlier today to this 45 minute, 13 track (inc. 7 singles), Rick Rubin produced, rock/rap hybrid by the former NYC punkers provided these ears ample proof that Licensed To Ill  has aged well. The album truly stands the test of time even if its three main makers (MCAAd Rock and the late Mike D) have since somewhat distanced themselves from it, citing instead their critically acclaimed 1989 sophomore album release, Paul’s Boutique LP, that they had more production and overall creative involvement in, as a project that they're more proud of.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Country Singer/Songwriter Ashley Monroe

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2018 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Ashley Monroe What's In My Bag Amoeba Hollywood

Nashville singer/songwriter and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of her favorite songwriters and vocalists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. From a young age, Monroe paid special attention to voices, even telling her parents at age 3 that listening to Don Henley gave her a "lonely feeling." Having grown up listening to the Eagles, Monroe was thrilled to sing on Don Henley's 2015 album Cass County.

Ashley Monroe grew up in Knoxville, TN before moving to Nashville and signing a publishing deal as a songwriter, which, in turn led to a record contract. Her first LP, Satisfied, featured two tracks that fared well on the Billboard Hot Country charts, "Satisfied" and "I Don't Want To" (featuring Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn.) As a songwriter, she co-wrote "Flat on the Floor" (sung by Katrina Elam and by Carrie Underwood), Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine."

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Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl Releases [Video Version]: Kev Brown, Vinnie Paz, Lil Peep, Pan Amsterdam, Masta Ace & Marco Polo

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2018 11:42pm | Post a Comment

1: Vinnie Paz The Pain Collector 2LP (also red vinyl 2LP set and CD)
Longtime Philly rapper Vinnie Paz has just unleashed his newest project; the one hour, four minute The Pain Collector 2LP (Enemy Soil) that's also been released as a red vinyl 2LP set and on CD.  This is the first solo release since 2016’s The Cornerstone of the Corner Store and the fourth solo album in eight years from the Philly hip-hop veteran who first came to fame as part of Jedi Mind Tricks and later as part of Army of the Pharaohs, and Heavy Metal Kings. The latter is with La Coka Nostra'Ill Bill who, along with Goretex, cameo on the new album track “Hashem on a Pentagram.” The other select album guests include Reef The Lost Cauze on the track “Tongan Death Grip,” DJ Muggs on the song “Floating Goat,” and Crimeapple & Tha God on “Requiem for Black Benjy in 2 Parts.” Below is the music video for the album track “Blood On My Hands.”

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, November 17

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2018 04:11pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, November 17th! We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, posters, holiday music & 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:

  • All DVDs (including box sets): Just $2 or 3 for $5
  • All CDs: Buy 1, get 1 free 
    (Soul, hip hop, classic rock, jazz, etc.)
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • Discounted LPs (all genres): as low as $1.00
  • 7" Singles: 3 for $1
  • Grab Bags
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Record Storage Crates
  • Holiday music

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

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2018 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Pond What's In My Bag at Amoeba

We had the pleasure of interviewing Australian psychedelic band Pond recently for a What's In My Bag? episode, in which the group collectively found a righteous collection of records, books, prayer candles, and underpants at Amoeba Hollywood. Guitarist Nick Allbrook was particularly excited about finding a record by Pakastani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he discovered from a cab driver in London. "As soon as this taxi driver put it on, it melted my brain," he told us. All in all, the band picked out an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, dub, world, and electronic records.

Pond formed in Perth, Australia amid the scene which also spawned Tame Impala. In fact, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker served as Pond's drummer for a bit and Pond guitarist Nick Allbrook and drummer Jay Watson were members of Tame Impala's touring band for years (Watson is still a dual member of both bands.) In addition to Allbrook and Watson, Pond consists of guitarist/bassist Joe Ryan and keyboardist Jamie Terry.

Pond The WeatherPond released their first two albums between 2009-2010 and attracted international attention with the release of their third and fourth albums, 2010's Frond and 2012's Beard, Wives and Denim. After a successful worldwide tour supporting Beard, Wives and Denim, Pond was named the “hottest band in the world right now” by NME. Their latest album is 2017's The Weather, which was produced by Kevin Parker and is the band's seventh full-length album overall. They are currently on a fall tour of North America.

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Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version] Styles P, Quavo, $uicideBoy$, Lil Peep, Kids See Ghosts

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2018 11:36pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Albums 11:02:18 [Video Version]

1: Quavo Quavo Huncho (Capitol) (pre-order vinyl LP version coming Jan 18)

Following the digital only release three weeks ago by Quavo Huncho of his official debut solo finally comes the physical CD version of Quavo Huncho by the Migos member with the vinyl LP version coming on January 18th. [Preorder now). Note that late last year, as the duo Huncho Jack, Quavo teamed up with Travis Scott to release the album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho that featured cover art by Raplh Steadman. While popular with fans the new one hour and six minute album has received mixed reviews from critics (many saying it could have benefited from some editing down in scale) but with all agreeing that it is a distinctly Migos sounding release. No wonder then that fellow members of the famed ATL trio Takeoff and Offset appear on this solo outing. There's many more high profile cameos too on this  album too, even including  Madonna along with an impressive list of popular contemporary hip-hop artists that include Drake, 21 Savage, the aforementioned Travis Scott,  Kid Cudi and Cardi B.  Below is the Daps & Quavo directed music video for "BUBBLE GUM" which is one of three popular advance singles off the new album. The other two advance singles were "Workin Me" and "Lamb Talk."

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