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Sunken Continent Mental Vacation Needed

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

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

"Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth,
On board were the Twelve: The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist,
the magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were...
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind,
Let us rejoice and let us sing and dance and ring in the new...Hail Atlantis!"
~ Donovan, "Atlantis," 1968

Were you too thwacking the side of your head to get the salt water and crummy dialogue out of your brain after seeing the new DC AquaDude movie? Good grief, give me a 1966 Marvel Sub-Mariner cartoon on VHS any day over that overload of computer-graphic garbage...for nothing beats the fear of being trapped in the Quagmire of Doom!

Not to mention, the fear of being killed by a giant man-eating clam, much like the lyrics to "Leah," my favorite Roy Orbison song.



Like many, my first introductions to Atlantis as a kid were from watching In Search of with Leonard Warlords of AtlantisNimoy and Arthur C. Clarke giving his theory on the lost continent while twirling a rainbow parasol and strolling on a beach in Sri Lanka. It was not till I was in my mid-20's that I discovered such breathtakingly "beautiful" films as Beyond Atlantis (1973), The Giant of Metropolis (1961), Warlords of Atlantis (1978), and the George Pal classic Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961) with the menacing Giant Death-Ray Crystal! Mind you, what takes my breath away may just give you bad breath...but it's worth it, much like chewing on Riley's delicious Jalapeno beef jerky.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ice Cube

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Ice Cube - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited when hip hop legend Ice Cube visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special meet-and-greet event to celebrate his latest album, Everythangs Corrupt. Before he met with fans, the LA rapper, actor, writer, and producer did a little shopping for his wife and sat down with us for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "Man, If you wanna stay married 26 years like your boy," he advised, "buy your wife some shit sometimes, alright? Not just you." 

Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube's music career began in 1984 with the hip-hop group C.I.A.; after the Ice Cube - Everythang's Corruptgroup disbanded, Cube formed N.W.A. with Dr. DreArabian Prince, and Eazy-E. The group would go on to become gangsta rap legends, dropping classic albums like Straight Outta Compton (1988). Ice Cube and N.W.A. parted ways in 1989 and Cube struck out on his own as a solo artist, making a mark with smart, sharp socio-political albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991). 

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Weekly Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kid Koala, RAT BOY, DJ Kay Slay, Lil Baby [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2019 02:27pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Albums Top Five New Arrivals [Jan 28, 2019]



#5 Lil Baby
Street Gossip (Quality Control)

Among the many great new arrivals into Amoeba's hip-hop section this week is the latest from Lil Baby. On the heels of Drip Harder comes Street Gossip by Atlanta, GA rapper Lil Baby (signed to ATL powerhouse record label Quality Control) is this late 2018 release (one of three full length projects in the year) that’s now available from Amoeba in physical format. The prolific young artist’s fourth mixtape to date it features lots of high profile collaborators that, in addition to his frequent studio buddy Gunna, includes Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Offset, 2 Chainz, and even more. Noteworthy tracks include “Time (feat Meek Mill),” “Anyway (feat. 2 Chainz & Gucci Mane) and “Pure Cocaine” (audio-only video below).


Lil Baby “Pure Cocaine” (Audio) from Street Gossip (Quality Control)

Top Ten Countdown of Moog Featured Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment
 


In conjunction with the simultaneously published New Sirin Synthesizer + more @ Week Long "Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up" in LA + New Arturia MicroFreak @ NAMM Amoeblog, this accompanying piece takes a look back at the past half-century of Moog-featured song in a top ten countdown. A subjective list, culled from the endless number of popular recordings recordings in different genres over the past five decades,; it focuses primarily on popular songs that prominently featured various models of the Moog.

With such a vast library of Moog featured songs to draw from, obviously many excellent contenders are not included in this list of of ten. Hence honorable mentions include the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” off the White Album (avail in new Super Deluxe Edition), Parliament’s "Flash Light" from Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977) with Bernie Worrell playing synths, Portishead’s inspired interpretation of ABBA’s hit "SOS" featured in the 2016 film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, Nine Inch Nails"Head Like a Hole" off the Pretty Hate Machine LP,  the late great  Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” off his self-titled 1979 second album, and Herbie Hancock’s 1983 hit “Rockit” with both Hancock and synthesizer/drum machine programmer Michael Beinhorn on Minimoog. 

Then in the Moog rich prog rock field there’s such tracks deserving of honorable mention as Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Lucky Man” featuring Keith Emerson’s Moog synthesizer solo (reportedly recorded in one take) off their self-titled 1970 debut album,  “The Cinema Show” by Genesis off their 1973 album Selling England By The Pound (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) featuring Tony Banks on Moog, and Yes’ “Starship Trooper” from 1971’s The Yes Album (also on 2LP 180 vinyl) (Tony Kaye on synth) as well as “Wonderous Stories” featuring Rick Wakeman on Polymoog from the 1977 Yes album “Going For The One. (also avail on picture disc vinyl/LP)  Now onto the countdown with accompanying YouTube video clips.


New Sirin Synthesizer + more @ Week Long "Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up" in LA + New Arturia MicroFreak @ NAMM 2019

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2019 02:29pm | Post a Comment


Attention LA area musicians and fans of the fat sound of Moog synthesizer: make time to visit the week-long Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up museum in the King Sim Theatre in the Chinatown district that offers a wide display of models of the pioneering electronic musical instrument that altered the face of pop music over the past half-century. [See the accompanying just published Top Ten Countdown of Moog Featured Songs Amoeblog].
In celebration of  the newly launched Sirin Moog synth model that oscillates in the higher octaves of experience, The Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up is an interactive museum and workshop space dedicated to the all things Moog.

Scheduled to coincide with the big annual NAMM show in Anaheim, that also opened yesterday, the Moog museum is at 712 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 the pop-up will be open everyday to the public for free from noon-8pm through next Wednesday, January 30th. At the interactive hands-on Synth museum all are welcome to pull up a seat and play from the wide variety of Moog synths on display including the aforementioned brand new Sirin polyphonic Moog One synthesizer, as well as check out the various interactive sculptural synthesis installations. Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso/Made Of Oak) will be on hand demo’ing the new model’s various features (see him in video demo above using Sirin and DFAM analog synths) while Bana Haffer will be giving daily synthesizer workshops. Register here ASAP to ensure enrollment as workshop space is limited.
The one week only pop-up is designed to promote the limited production run (2500 made) of the Sirin by Moog. According to the Ashville, NC company the new Sirin synthesizer module is based on the iconic
  Moog Taurus sound engine. “Presented in the familiar compact form of the Moog Minitaur--Sirin is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus family of bass synthesizers designed to generate pitches far above above middle C, with an extended frequency range that reaches notes up to D8,” is how the makersdescribe the Sirin that can be connected directly to any MIDI-note controller. It can also be “hooked up to a computer via USB to explore even deeper layers of sound design, where every parameter can be manipulated, automated, and recalled using Sirin’s dedicated Editor Librarian Software (free download for PC and Mac),” they say.  

The Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up museum is located at 712 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012  where it is located in the King Sim Theatre in LA's Chinatown district, open from noon-8pm each day through next Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.  Read previous Amoeblogs on the history of Moog and its festival, as well as the Moog Thermini that landed at Amoeba SF a few years back. And be sure to check out the accompanying just published Top Ten Moog Featured Pop Hits Amoeblog.

Avant-Garde Cinema “Godfather” Jonas Mekas, Who Influenced Andy Warhol, Velvet Underground + More, Has Died At Age 96

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2019 08:34pm | Post a Comment
Jonas MekasThe Velvet Underground's First Appearance, 1964 NYC”  

Influential, counter-culture era, avant garde filmmaker, poet and critic Jonas Mekas died today at age 96. Founder of The Anthology Film Archives in 1970, that announced his passing via Instagram earlier today, Mekas is widely considered the “Godfather” of American avant-garde cinema. His groundbreaking unorthodox film style played a major influence on such artists as The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, and John & Yoko

Major fan of the radical filmmaker John Lennon summoned Mekas to travel from NYC up to Montreal in May 1969 to film the then controversial John & Yoko Bed-In (see film clip below). In that same year Mekas made his acclaimed film piece Walden that perfectly showcases the artist’s unique non-linear, cut and paste, mixed media, choppy visual style that's further distinguished by his monotone voice over narration and experimental music soundtrack. View Walden excerpt clip below.
 
After founding the pioneering film magazine Film Culture in 1954, the Lithuanian-born Mekas would go on to become the first ever film critic at the (1955 founded) Village Voice in 1958. By the 1960’s Mekas was a highly revered key figure on the underground New York City art scene that melded cinema, poetry and music. His role in shaping contemporary pop culture is undeniable. Mekas curated the beginnings of the Velvet Underground, from when they first formed in NYC by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise. Mekas opened up his spacious (then affordable) NYC
 artist live/work loft space for the band to practice in. Consequently he was the first to ever film the VU in performance. See that 1964 film piece above.
 
Mekas would later famously introduce the Velvet Underground to Andy Warhol for what would become a long-running, close knit artist collaboration between the two. The Velvet Underground became the house band at Warhol’s Factory as well as at the pop-artist's multi-media  Exploding Plastic Inevitable events in New York City in the mid-sixties.  

The Velvet Underground & Nico
’s (also available in 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) iconic 1967 debut album cover art designed by Warhol (pictured right) was accompanied with liner notes by Jonas Mekas. In addition to a 2012 MOCA interview with Mekas, below are video clips from the filmmaker's Walden and his 2000 piece  As I was moving ahead occasionally I saw brief glimpses of beauty along with the 1969 filmed John + Yoko Bed-In.

Jonas Mekas “John & Yoko Bed In: Montreal, May 1969”

Hip-Hop New Arrivals: Break Records + Top 5 Albums (Video Version): Paul Nice, Malibu Ken, Trippie Redd, Torae, Statik Selektah + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2019 09:07pm | Post a Comment
 

Welcome to the latter part of January, traditionally a time of the when the first releases of the new year begin. Among the new hip-hop releases profiled in this Amoeblog are some that are technically 2018 releases; 2018 albums that are just now getting their vinyl version release or else either ones that are only now getting distributed or ones that were released online only toward the end of 2018 and are now getting physical releases. Some, not all, of these are included below in this week’s Top Five Hip-Hop Album New Arrivals at Amoeba along with each album’s accompanying music video.

Meanwhile pictured above and left are the two current Weekly Picks in Battle/Break Records. These producer/DJ tailored vinyl battle/scratch records include the 7” Riot Breaks from Pony Records. With handprinted linocut cover art this jam-packed 7" features over 200 samples (many brief spoken word bits from TV news and other sources), four skip proof sentences, and lots of beats for DJs to cut up or juggle to.  Meanwhile ever busy beat digger, prolific drumbeat record producer DJ Paul Nice’s Sure Shot Drum Series Vol. 1 12" LP (Sure Shot Ent)  is the end result of him digging through literally thousands of records to produce this 22 track break record that’s a must have for DJs and producers.

Noise Pop 2019: February 25 - March 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2019 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop Festival, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland from February 25 to March 3! Check out shows throughout the week from renown national acts and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Beirut, Bob Mould, Teenage Fanclub, Saul Williams, Albert Hammond Jr., Baths, Princess Nokia, The She's, Fruit Bats & Vetiver, and many more!

Check out the full schedule of events HERE. General Admission, Super Fan, and Super Fam badges are on sale now, as well as tickets for individual shows.

Win a pair of General Festival Badges HERE on Amoeba.com! Contest ends February 14th.

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The Daly City Rock & Roll Flea Market, 2/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2019 05:33pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, February 10th, head down to DJ Sid Presley's Daly City Rock & Roll Flea Market at the Pacelli Event Daly City Rock & Roll Flea MarketCenter from 9am to 7pm for live music, tons of kool vendors, and all-day good times! All ages are welcome and it's just $5 to get in (proceeds will benefit The Daly City Recreation Scholarship Fund).

Special guest emcee Chuck Ribak of Burger Boogaloo will keep ya laffing between live performances by bands Surfer Joe (Italy), Frankie & The Pool Boys, The Young Barons, The Greasy Gills, after-school Rock & Roll music program Three O'Clock Rock, The IFIC (feat. Jeff from The Hampton Wicks/The Clarke Nova, and Shane from Bomboras), and The Poontang Wranglers!

There will be over 30 vendors selling records, vintage clothing, memorabilia, musical instruments, pinball machines, and more! Keep an eye out for booths from McDermott Guitars, Pacific Pinball Museum, and many more.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee will also be available for purchase. Gilman Brewing Company will be serving up some of the Bay Area’s finest brew all day long!

Get your tickets now!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 21, 2019 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls - What's In My Bag?

Label and tourmates Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? interview, giving us some insight into their musical interests and esoteric finds, like avant-garde jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock's Monkey-Pockie-Boo. "I think that it should probably say Sonny and Linda, or Linda and Sonny," said U.S. Girls' Meg Remy about Sonny's wife and musical partner Linda Sharrock. "I love them both," she continued. "Black Woman was one of the first weird records I got into. I heard [Linda] before I heard Yoko Ono." This was our second time diving into Merrill Garbus' bag, as she did a very early What's In My Bag? episode back in 2012. During this recent shopping trip, it was evident the two 4AD artists share an eclectic taste in music, including Turkish rock, hip-hop, soul, Brazilian pop, and experimental electronic folk.

tune-yards - private life

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Decades Later In A Still Divided America, A Look Back At Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech + Top 5 MLK Tribute Tracks

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2019 01:14pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"


- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from his  "I Have A Dream" speech at The March On Washington" 1963






56 six years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech  (scroll down for video excerpt) from the landmark March On Washington on August 28, 1963. The historic speech by the iconic American civil rights leader, who was assassinated at age 39 and whose legacy is celebrated today with a national holiday, is considered a watershed in modern American history. As such it is constantly quoted and referenced, along with other King speeches, as a defining point of change in American politics. Over the decades countless honorable references (and musical tributes - see music videos below with link to purchase albums from Amoeba) have been made to this MLK speech; one with a message that becomes even more profoundly pertinent in 2019.
 

In addition to the all the accurate references to "I Have A Dream" and to MLK's message, there have also been many instances of it been quoted but taken out of context only to be used as a cheap political talking point. The most recent and most egregious abuse/misuse of MLK's words were heard over the weekend when Vice President Mike Pence, in a surreal televised appearance to support his boss's border wall, referenced "I Have A Dream"  quoting the speech's "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." and even comparing Trump to MLK insisting that 45 is similarly using the legislative process to solve social problems. 

Not surprisingly since the VP made this surreal comparison on Face The Nation (CBS) yesterday morning there has been an outcry in the news and on social media by everyone from politicians to surviving 1960's American civil rights activists and even the son of MLK. Earlier today in Washington DC during a breakfast gathering honoring his father, who referenced him and his three siblings in his famous speech, Martin Luther King III strongly criticized the comparison of 45 to MLK. "Love, not hate, will make America great,'” said the community activist and human rights advocate who was only ten when his 39 year old father was assassinated in Memphis TN on April 4th 1968.

Toy Sale at Amoeba SF, 1/25-1/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2019 04:03pm | Post a Comment

The toys and collectibles department at Amoeba San Francisco is fully stocked with those hard-to-find and rare fan favorite items you've been searching for your entire life! For ONE weekend only, it will ALL go on sale!

That's right. Starting Friday, January 25th, all new and used toys, collectible figures, and games (excluding video games) at Amoeba SF will be a whopping 20% off! Sale ends Sunday, January 27th.

Don't miss this shopportunity for fun!

Toy Sale at Amoeba SF

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death Valley Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2019 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls - What's In My Bag?

LA psych/garage rockers Death Valley Girls sat down with us at Amoeba Hollywood to talk about some excellent music, movie, and book discoveries in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. It was a pleasure having the band here, especially guitarist Larry Schemel, who is a former Amoebite. Death Valley Girls fuse elements of garage, psych, and post-punk in their own music, and their picks definitely reflected that. Schemel, along with lead singer Bonnie Bloomgarden and drummer Laura Harris, explored punk, psych, and garage rock with assistance from Numero Group and Soul Jazz compilations, Wayne Kramer's memoir, and a groundbreaking documentary.

Founded in 2013, the current DVG lineup Death Valley Girls - Darkness Rainsconsists of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bloomgarden, guitarist Schemel, bassist Alana Amram, and drummer Laura Harris. Their first release, 2014's Street Venom was a cassette-only album put out via Burger Records. Their sophomore LP, Glow in the Dark (Burger Records), landed in 2016. In 2018, Death Valley Girls released their brooding third LP, Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze. The album features a rotating cast of guest artists, including Shannon Lay, Laura Kelsey plus members of The Make-Up, The Shivas, and Moaning. The video for single “Disaster (Is What We’re After)” featured the legendary Iggy Pop eating a hamburger. Death Valley Girls are set to embark on a lengthy UK and European tour starting in February 2019.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: The Genius of Dan Curtis

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray Trilogy of Terrorreleases. This month I review three movies created by the brilliant Dan Curtis.

Dan Curtis was one of the most successful director/producers in the history of television. History will always remember him as the creator of the long running TV show Dark Shadows but that was just one of many major achievements. He also produced and/or directed some of the biggest movies in the history of television. Three of these films just got deluxe Blu-ray releases. One of his two biggest films was Trilogy Of Terror, (Kino Lorber Studio Classics). This is a fun little horror flick but no one could have predicted that it would be one of the most watched TV movies of all time. It held the record until Roots was televised later that decade. The movie tells three horror stories that are connected by the main star of the film, the magnificent Karen Black. She pretty much makes this movie. She is the main character in all three vignettes and chews up the scenery so mightily that everyone else in the picture is little more than a bit player. In the first segment she plays a mousy professor exploited by a blackmailer, in the second she's a pair of polar opposite sisters, but it's her role in the third segment, "Amelia," that history will remember her for. "Amelia" is one of the best little horror movies ever made and it scared the viewing public to a degree that few could understand in this jaded day and age. Karen Black's portrayal of the vulnerable, psychologically fragile Amelia makes the horror she suffers even more visceral. The story is fairly simple and all takes place in one tiny apartment. Amelia finds a Zuni fetish doll in a second hand store and buys it as a gift for her anthropologist boyfriend. The doll comes with a curse and, when she gets back to her apartment, Amelia unwittingly brings it to life. What ensues is one of the scariest things I've ever seen on television. This segment really holds up even after all these years. It's tense, harrowing, and genuinely scary. Being attacked by a doll could easily have been laughable, but in Curtis's skilled hands the story becomes utterly terrifying. This was one of the most memorable movies of the seventies and it left an indelible mark on everyone who saw it.

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Top 10 Under The Radar Artists of 2018 To Watch in 2019, Top 5 Slept On LPs, Hip-Hop Hater Of The Year + [Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Pt 4]

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment
2018 Hip-Hop Hater of The Year



Following Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 is this fourth and final year-in-review Amoeblog that includes the Top 10 2018 Artists To Watch For in 2019,  the Top 5 Slept-On LPs (vinyl), Top 5 Slept On Recording Artists, the Most Influential Sociopolitical Music Video, and the Hip-Hop Hater of the Year. As pictured above, the honors for the latter go to Vladimir Putin who recently made it clear that he does not appreciate hip-hop with an anti-establishment message. At the end of 2018 news reports surfaced  of the Russian president cracking taking action against hip-hop music, saying that it needs to be state controlled. 

Reportedly popular Russian hip-hop artist Husky, known for his revolutionary anti-establishment lyrics, irked Putin and others in power and brought about the rap backlash. Following one of his concerts been 
 cancelled at last minute Husky took to the streets to perform atop a parked car to his throngs of fans. Police moved in and arrested and threw him in jail for ten days. In a statement Putin said that rap music was bad for Russian culture due to its promotion of such things as “sex drugs" and "protest.”

SF Sketchfest Presents Reggie Watts & John Tejada, Jonathan Coulton, Rhett Miller, The Milk Carton Kids & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 10, 2019 06:35pm | Post a Comment

SF Sketchfest

The San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 18th year and runs January 10-27th at venues around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present five stellar musical events:

 
Jonathan Coulton. Paul & Storm.
Rhett Miller
Greg Behrendt
Milk Carton Kids
 

Wajatta: Reggie Watts & John Tejada, with Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System
Friday, January 11 • 9pm @ Mezzanine (444 Jessie St, SF)
Tickets
Wajatta – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology. Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. With an opening set by Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System. $30, 21+

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Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 3: Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists + Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues + Top Turntablist Project

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment
Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists of 2018

 #10 Bukue One

In 2018 longtime East Bay underground hip-hop multi-talent Bukue One (known for his solo work and collaborating with such other artists as  Del The Funky Homosapien) continued to his decades deep unwavering commitment to all elements of hip-hop culture. Truly a modern day bboy with an educator-meets-entrepreneurial sensibility, the forward thinking Bay Area artist has long embraced such elements as emceeing, producing and graffiti writing. Among his aerosol art pieces over the past year was the above pictured tribute to Oakland.  "The Town" dedicated piece can be seen on the long shuttered, former Casper's building located where Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues merge near 45th Street in Oakland. The photo captures just one section of a much larger vibrant piece that wraps around the building that was done in late 2018 by the respected longtime b-boy and sometime skateboarder. As such Bukue-One is #10 in the countdown list of Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Acts which is a subjective lis that gives props to veteran hip-hop acts (20+ years in the art form) whom in 2018 continued to display creativity and commitment to various aspects of hip-hop music and culture. This top ten list is followed below by both the Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues and the Top Turntablist Project.

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

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2019 05:33pm | Post a Comment

Interpol - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We kicked off 2019 and our first What's In My Bag? episode of Season 12 with New York indie legends Interpol! The trio went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and chatted with us about some of their favorite records and movies, including Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Apparently the 19th century naval adventure/drama made such an impression on lead vocalist Paul Banks that he maybe, possibly got a tattoo inspired by the film. All three members had a lot of heartfelt and entertaining things to say about their eclectic picks, which ranged from Bad Brains to Roy Orbison and from Aphex Twin to Jesu.

The quintessential NYC indie band, Interpol consists of vocalist/guitarist Banks, guitarist/backing vocalist Daniel Kessler, and drummer Sam Fogarino. Initially formed in 1997, the group self-released Interpol - Marauder - Amoeba Musica series of EPs, and after a brief UK tour in 2001, performed on John Peel's BBC Radio program. Around this time, the band signed to Matador, who released their self-titled EP prior to the release of the critically-acclaimed, career-making 2002 full-length Turn on the Bright Lights. Interpol's sophomore LP, Antics, was released in 2004, reaching gold status on both the US and UK charts and earning them slots performing with the likes of U2 and The Cure. By 2007, the band had signed to major label Columbia for the release of their third LP, Our Love to Admire.

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Free Ticket to See 'The Wall' with Purchase of Any 2 Pink Floyd Enamel Pins at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2019 11:56am | Post a Comment

Pink Floyd The Wall Wiltern Rockin Pins

Our friends at Rockin Pins are sponsoring an upcoming screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall in Los Angeles and are giving you the chance to see this film for free! Buy any 2 Pink Floyd enamel pins in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood and get a free ticket to see The Wall at the Wiltern on Friday, January 25, 2019 (while supplies last). 

Pink Floyd: The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. Based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name, the film centers around a confined rocker named Pink, who, after being driven into insanity by the death of his father and many depressive moments during his lifetime, constructs a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) wall to be protected from the world and emotional situations around him. When this coping mechanism backfires, he puts himself on trial and sets himself free. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.

Rock on Film Series is a salute to the singers, writers and musicians who have created the poetry of our time at The Wiltern. Inspired by Bill Graham’s 18-day "Rock on Film" festival at The Wiltern in 1987, the folks at the Wiltern are bringing the legacy back to where it started.

This screening is all ages. A full bar for 21+ attendees and concessions will also be available for purchase. More info about the event here.

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Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Pt 2: Top 35 Albums, Top 5 Delayed Vinyl Issues, Most Streamed Artist, Top 10 Top Paid Acts, Top 5 Googled

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2019 06:23pm | Post a Comment
 

Ice Cube
, pictured above at his Amoeba Hollywood in-store meet-and-greet in celebration of his new album Everythangs Corrupt, appears in two year in review lists including under in Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Pt 4 in the Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Acts category as well as in the Top 35 Albums list below on this Best of Hip-Hop Pt 2 Amoeblog.  Also below is this more commercially popular Best of 2018 are most streamed artist, top five most Googled artists, and the ten top money earning hip-hop artists of the past year. And what a year it was for the genre; one that thrives on different levels. On one end of the hip-hop spectrum there's legions of underground emcees and producers toiling away in near obscurity, while on the other end popular hip-hop artists are omnipresent pop cultural figures. Hence in 2018 when Cardi B and Nicki Minaj got into a fight at Fashion week, or when Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose, or when XXXTentacion was murdered in Miami, these all became mainstream stories reported alongside the political news headlines of the day.    

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Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2019 05:57pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 17, San Francisco

Dive into NOIR CITY 17 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3 to Trappedexperience (through a lens, darkly) the 1950s -- a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same. Film Noir Foundation president and the man known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' popular weekly series Noir Alley, Eddie Muller, will once again lead audiences on a ten-night excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement." Strap in for danger, desire, and despair!

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

“I call it curated time-travel," says Muller. "We start out in the classic era at the peak of the noir movement and with each successive show we move relentlessly toward revolution—a 1960 double bill of Psycho and Breathless, two movies that effectively changed noir, and movies, forever.”

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Best of Hip-Hop in 2018, Part One; Top 25 Album Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2019 10:23pm | Post a Comment

#25 Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) (Ninja Tune)

This first part of Best of Hip-Hop In 2018 lists is subjective and limited to albums that were available for sale at Amoeba over the past year year. At number 25 is Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers who returned in 2018 after three years with the album Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) via Ninja Tune. Similar to many UK "hip-hop" acts, the Young Fathers' album transcended mere hip-hop by also embracing such  genres as electronic, soul, and alt rock while delivering a satisfying rock/pop fueled hip-hop sound from the Edinburgh crew.


#24  Apathy The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) (Dirty Version)

Longtime East Coast hip-hopper Apathy dropped The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) in 2018, coming less than six months after his last album, the dope O.C collaboration full-length project Perestroika. The  14 track, 50 minute The Widow's Son from the Connecticut emcee/producer known for his numerous collaborations and side projects (The Demigodz, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Army of the Pharaohs) not surprisingly featured numerous collaborative tracks; both emcees and producers. These included Celph Titled, M.O.P., Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, AG, Locksmith, Nottz, and DJ Premier who produced and supplied scratches to the triple-dope album track “The Order.”

#23 Illa J John Yancey LP   (Jakarta Records)

John Yancey LP  via Jakarta Records by Illa J is the California based, Detroit rapper/singer/producer's second collaboration with LA producer Calvin Valentine. On the 2018 John Yancey LP, the brother of J Dilla gets personal and shares about life matters such as the challenges of relationships, and coping with grief over the years since the death of his beloved older brother.
#22  Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz). 

There was a ton of amazing instrumental hip-hop released in 2018, albeit much of it was under the radar online-only hard to find stuff. Among the quality physical releases was Potatohead People's  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz) that served up some retro feeling, groove laden, laid back instrumental tracks. There were also some vocal tracks on this album filled with lush beats and smokey grooves from the Vancouver production duo made up of Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical.

 
 
#21  The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following legendary LA artist/friend of Amoeba the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album album 1984, is the recent / late 2018 album 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the electro pioneer. A little oover an hour's worth of new music it's got 8 solo tracks that include "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and the updated version of the Wham! hit Everything She Wants." it's also got 5 collaborative tracks that include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone.

#20  Styles P Dime Bag (Phantom Entertainment)

Distinctive sounding emcee and diehard weed fan Styles P, who earlier this year released G-Host (feat. such tracks as "Morning mourning"), in 2018 also unleashed his new ten track release Dime Bag via Phantom Entertainment. Featuring such tracks as "Never Fight An African," "Money and Checks," "War N Peace," "Time Machine" and "Couple Dollars" the album demands repeated hits on the replay.