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Instrumental Sounds Somewhat from the Orient

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2019 06:50pm | Post a Comment

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


In these modern times where audience snapping is the new clapping, where it is normal to have your cat get a reiki healing for depression, and where "Oriental" has been replaced by "Soy Sauce" flavor on Top Ramen packages, I offer you a non-controversial read about instrumental music somewhat from the Orient.

When one closes their eyes and thinks of the word "Orient," they may dream of a bustling Persian Martin Denny's Hypnotiquemarketplace with spice traders and fakirs gathering crowds, a Shambala-ish temple garden with mewing peacocks, or perhaps a rickshaw ride through a mysterious dark alley in old Hong Kong. But when you open your eyes and see the "Orient," it is usually on a party supply catalog full of plastic junk for Saint Patrick's Day, a fancy-pants hotel in Waikiki that you cannot afford to stay in but maybe steal some beach towels from, or perhaps even that amazing Vladimir Tretchikoff painting (as shown above) that your friend scored at a thrift store in Fresno that's still sitting in the trunk of their rusty Valiant. When it comes to music "from" the Orient, you may drift to thoughts of such exotica tunes as Tak Shindo's "Port of Trinkitat" or Martin Denny's "Hypnotique." I hope to open some new doors for you.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lee Fields

Posted by Amoebite, November 27, 2019 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Lee Fields - What's In My Bag?

We were honored to have Soul legend Lee Fields here at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of his favorite records and artists, such as the iconic jazz, R&B singer/songwriter Nina Simone. Fields picked up a vinyl reissue of her album Black Gold, which features the song 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black.' "In the turmoil of the '60s, it was inspiring. It was needed at the time," he told us. "She wrote the right song at the right time," he proclaimed, continuing, "people of color didn't have too many role models, and she was one. It seemed like she had attitude, but she was smooth enough to be in control of her attitude. And at the time, a person like that, being black, was someone we could look up to." Lee Fields found a killer stack of records, and lots of insightful things to say about all of them, making for a fun and meaningful What's In My Bag? video.

Lee Fields has always lived ahead of his time -- he hired Sharon Jones as a background singer and brought Charles Bradley on tour as an opener -- and his latest album, It Rains Love, drenches his time-Lee Fields - It Rains Love - Amoeba Musictested sound in the kindness, wisdom, and unyielding groove that have affirmed his position as the new godfather of soul.

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Join Our Holiday Food Drive at Amoeba SF, December 2-16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 25, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco is partnering with the SF-Marin Food Bank this holiday season. Please join us and make a difference!

Donate non-perishable food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank at Amoeba SF December 2nd through December 16th and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $30 or more in store and 10% off on Amoeba.com! Please bring your donations to the Info Counter at the center of the SF store to receive your coupon.

The most-needed food items are nut butters, tuna, chicken & canned meat, and low-sodium chili & stews. No glass containers, pet food, or perishable items, please.

DJ News + Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl LP Reissues: DJ Shadow, Pam the Funkstress, DJ Platurn, D-Styles, DJ Premier, DJ Delroy Cornick +

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2019 07:13pm | Post a Comment

Follow @AmoebaMusic on Twitter for more pics of DJ Shadow and endless other daily posts
 

DJs and vinyl collectors scroll down to see latest top five hip-hop album vinyl reissues at Amoeba Music where yesterday at the Hollywood store DJ Shadow was in the house. The longtime NorCal turntablist/producer, whose latest album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (also avail as 2CD) was released on Friday last via via Nas' Mass Appeal record label, was at the Hollywood Amoeba yesterday evening doing a meet-and-greet that included signing albums and taking photos with fans. Note that for a limited time there are DJ Shadow autographed copies of Our Pathetic Age 2LP available from Amoeba.

Above are a few of the pics of artist born Josh Davis meeting SoCal fans that were posted to Amoeba’s Twitter where you can see more photos from yesterday. Then tomorrow (Nov 22) at 8pm at the LA area Amoeba Music, as part of the ongoing weekly guest DJ “Rotations” series, will be longtime DC club DJ Delroy Cornick who built his rep for spinning deep house, underground disco and dance pop remixes. More info here.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raphael Saadiq

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Raphael Saadiq - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to have singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq do some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of the cool records he found, along with some interesting stories from his prolific career. "My first tour, in '86, was Sheila (E.) and Prince," he told us, speaking of his beginnings as their bass player. "We used to play (Sheila E.'s) 'Holly Rock'...I still don't know what 'Holly Rock' is, but I was signing it." Saadiq was excited to find a copy of Originals, a collection of demos that Prince wrote and recorded for other people to sing, including 'Holly Rock.' "I wanna hear him singing (it)," Saadiq proclaimed.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq learned to play bass guitar at age six and started singing with gospel groups at age nine. When he was eighteen, he took the name Raphael and successfully Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Leeauditioned to play bass in Sheila E.'s backing band. He then hit the road as part of Prince's Parade Tour. After this tour, he returned to his hometown of Oakland and joined Tony! Toni! TonĂ©! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group became R&B superstars, with their greatest commercial success being 1993's double platinum Sons of Soul.

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21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for on November 29th

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 12:03pm | Post a Comment

21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Is it awesome new tunes, out in unexpected formats, filled with "previously unreleased" promise? Head out to Black Friday at Amoeba on November 29th and you'll be counting your blessings, whether your "blessing" of choice is a picture disc, first-ever vinyl pressing, or limited edition 7" single. This year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases feature some of the most exciting titles to pass through our stores on any RSD -- both the annual April extravaganza and the November retail rocker included.

Part of what makes RSD Black Friday so spcial is the limited nature of many of these releases, so take a look at this year's .pdf menu of titles and plan ahead. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/29, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/30 at 5am PT.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019

Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. RSDBF titles are available in-store only on Nov 29. Remaining titles will available for sale online starting Nov 30 at 5am PT.

In addition to these spectacular new titles, we will also special Black Friday sales on headphones, posters, select turntables, green tag DVDs & Blu-ray, and a gift certificate sale between 5-6pm only. Find out more about the Black Friday deals and happenings at Amoeba.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 7

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2019 11:50am | Post a Comment

Day of Silents, Phantom of the Opera

Celebrate the holiday season in style with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual A DAY OF SILENTS on Saturday, December 7th! This all-day live-cinema event takes place at SF’s historic movie palace Castro Theatre and features five programs with live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Donald Sosin, and Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. This day of stunning silent cinema and thrilling live music is not to be missed! Get your individual film tickets HERE or an All Day Pass!

Here's what's on the bill for December 7th:

FATTY + BUSTER
11:00am | $17 general / $15 member
Live Music by Donald Sosin
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle discovered Buster Keaton and these three sparkling shorts demonstrate the striking chemistry between the two geniuses. The program includes THE COOK (1918), GOOD NIGHT, NURSE (1918), and THE GARAGE (1919).

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Hip-Hop Vinyl: Top 5 LPs + Pre-Order LP Pick of Week [Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, Blu & Fat Jack, Crimeapple, Pete Rock & Skyzoo +]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2019 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP New Arrivals: Nov. 2019, First 2 Weeks


#1: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

The anticipated new DJ Shadow double-album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl is in stock at Amoeba as of its November 15th release via  Mass Appeal Records. Note the Our Pathetic Age 2CD version (also out 11/15) contains one additional track ("We Are Always Alone") not found on the vinyl version.

The follow up to 2016's The Mountain Will Fall LP and last year's Live In Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen LP, all via Nas' Mass Appeal imprint, Our Pathetic Age 2LP/viny clocks in at 78 minutes and 22 tracks.  Amoeba reviewers describe this latest full-length from the NorCal artist born Josh Davis as “urgent, pleasurably menacing, and smart……..atmosphere is generally dystopian, with moments of light accentuating the shadows, and glimpses of beauty peeking through the intensity of Shadow’s subject matter.”

Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Ultraman Saves The Universe!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2019 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Ultraman

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month I get to review two of my all time favorite Blu-ray releases.

Ever since I was a child my two favorite TV shows have been Johnny Quest and Ultraman. Even though I am an adult, I still watch them regularly. In the past six months, both were released on Blu-ray in remastered high definition. I am now officially a happy camper. Sure, I watch plenty of "adult" shows like The Sopranos, The X-Files, or the latest HBO or Netflix series, but I only watch those once or twice and these are the shows I watch over and over. I have long been a fan of Mill Creek Entertainment's releases but not necessarily their production values. All that changed with these releases and their recent Mothra Steelbook Edition. Mill Creek has officially redeemed themselves. According to reports I'm reading on the internet, over the course of the next couple years Mill Creek plans to release the ENTIRE Ultraman franchise on Blu-ray. It will be over a thousand episodes and twenty movies. If you are an Ultraman or classic Kaiju fan, this is a dream come true. If these first two releases are any indication, fans can finally throw out those blurry internet bootleg DVDs and bathe in the glory of their favorite Japanese monsters in glorious remastered hi-def! This October, Mill Creek started with a bang by releasing the first two Ultraman series at once. These are the shows that started it all and while Ultraman is beloved the world over, Ultra Q will be more of a revelation to the uninitiated.

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Emily Jane White's Immanent Fire

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2019 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Emily Jane White
Photo by Kristin Cofer.

By Matt Kramer

To describe Emily Jane White’s music as valuable would be an understatement. The Oakland-based Emily Jane White, Immanent Firesinger/songwriter has been creating and releasing poignant works of music since her debut with Dark Undercoat in 2007. Emily’s music has a distinct sonic flavor, easily dancing the lines between genres like so many melancholic waltzes. On November 15th, Emily’s sixth full-length studio album Immanent Fire will be released via French indie label Tailtres.

Throughout her career, Emily has created music crossing musical boundaries and exploring a variety of potent themes - politics, feminism, love, loss, suicide, mourning, family, and environmentalism. With Immanent Fire, she brings the best of her sound - a commanding yet soothing melancholic tapestry - and paints the themes so pressing to our contemporary world at the forefront.

“The word immanent means something having inherent value, essentially, because it exists,” Emily explains. “For example, there’s the immanent value of a river. A river has immanent value as an entity in and of itself, of nature. It’s of its own composition essentially.”

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MuFTA Presents The Wall: A Tribute to the Legendary Album, 11/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2019 06:22pm | Post a Comment

November 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's iconic album, The Wall. On Saturday, November 16, Music For The Apocalypse (MuFTA) performs the album live, cover-to-cover at The Chapel in San Francisco! MuFTA will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians, singers, and drag performers to create a compelling piece of political theater.

In this new version of The Wall, the year is 2025. The human race sits at the precipice of Apocalypse. Fascism, endless war, and environmental catastrophe plague a planet on the edge of an epochal shift that we have no certainty of surviving. Sound familiar? This performance touches on themes of fascism, war, and the police state; environmental and climate change; immigration and refugee rights; reproductive rights and body autonomy; and technology, depression, and isolation.

MuFTA is comprised of Diogo Zavadzki (guitar, vocals), David Walker (drums), and Lysol Tony-Romeo (bass, vocals), and they will be joined by guest musicians Brendan Getzell (keys, vocals), Kat Robichaud (vocals), and many more. Guest drag performers include Roxanne Redmeat, Raya Light, Trixxie Carr, Andy Arcade, and more.

Get your tickets HERE!

Leonard Cohen's Legacy Grows Stronger With New "Thanks For The Dance" LP (Nov 22) + SF Leonard Cohen Festival (Nov 8-10)

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2019 11:25am | Post a Comment
Pre-order Nov 22 Leonard Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl

Three years following Leonard Cohen’s November 2016 passing at age 82, interest in the Canadian poet/author/singer/songwriter has continued to steadily grow with his legacy getting stronger with each passing year. Current proof of this lies in the popularity of the recently closed five month “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum, anticipation for the upcoming new Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl (Nov 22nd), and wide interest in this weekend’s San Francisco Leonard Cohen Festival (SFLCF).

With headliners Conspiracy of Beards plus fellow Cohen inspired acts Ali & The Thieves and Kugelplex, the SFLCF will take place on November 8th, 9th and 10th at the Swedish American Hall and Cafe Du Nord  that share the same building on Market Street but with separate entrances. TIX + INFO.

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Portland Cello Project's Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 6, 2019 06:25pm | Post a Comment

Portland’s premier alt-classical group Portland Cello Project returns to the JCCSF to pay tribute to one of the most talented rock stars of all time on Tuesday, November 12th at 7pm. With Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, the cellists marry their deep textures to the harmonic landscape of Prince’s catalog, while also paying tribute to music influenced by The Purple One. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance only at the JCCSF.

Get your tickets HERE now and use the code AMOEBA50 at checkout for 50% off!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Orville Peck

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2019 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Orville Peck - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure having Canadian country singer/songwriter Orville Peck visit Amoeba Hollywood recently. He looked through the record bins and shared some of his favorite albums, movies, and artists, including country singer Bobbie Gentry. "I feel like a lot of people don't know about Bobbie Gentry, which is crazy to me," Peck lamented. "She was this incredible singer/songwriter, kind of folksy country musician." He grabbed a vinyl copy of her album Fancy, whose title track is one of his favorite songs of all-time. Though a more famous version was recorded by Reba McEntire, Peck loves Gentry's "beat poet style" of singing. All in all, Peck had an eclectic collection of killer records and films, which made for a sincere and fun What's In My Bag? episode. 

Orville Peck - Pony - Amoeba MusicThe enigmatic Orville Peck is known for wearing a fringed Lone Ranger mask when he performs, which makes him both immediately recognizable yet deliberately obscures his true identity. Although Peck's identity is not known, he has stated that he has toured extensively with punk bands in the past. 

His music fuses velvet-voiced classic country with elements of goth, indie, and punk genres. He counts legends like Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton among his stylistic influences. Peck's first song, "Dead of Night" was released in 2017. This was followed by a series of duets with artists like King Tuff and Mac DeMarco. In 2019, Orville Peck released his debut album, Pony, via Sub Pop, which was longlisted for Canada's 2019 Polaris Music Prize.

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Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi's Oakland, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2019 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Oakland on Tuesday, November 12th from 8pm – 10pm. Performances will feature saxophonist and Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW) instructor Richard Howell, pianist and MC Kev Choice, seven-time Grammy nominated percussionist John Santos, and pianist Marco Diaz, plus outstanding OJW Alumni Elé Howell, Jesse Levit, Ian McArdle, Tim McKay, Ranzel Merritt Jr., Erika Oba, Rafa Postel, Ruthie Price, and the Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Youth Performance Ensemble. All proceeds from this benefit concert will support OJW’s music education for youth across the Bay Area.

Formed in 1994 by the late jazz trumpeter Khalil Shaheed, Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to passing on the tradition of jazz music to young people through music instruction and educational presentations. Located in Jack London Square, OJW continues to promote, preserve, and present jazz music so that youth develop a sense of ownership and pride in this uniquely American cultural and artistic heritage.

Get your tickets HERE!

The Gift Of Coltrane

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 5, 2019 01:30pm | Post a Comment

 


Many has been the day when I would walk around the Amoeba store and try to figure out a gift for someone I thought or was told had everything, musically, and I would be at wits end trying to decide what would make a customer or `friend happy, which by the end of the search, would not be something I would always be proud to give. Of course, the stress of that would only make matters worse with the decision made harder! 


Without a doubt, record store employees are asked day in and day out to provide recommendations to customers of music, after a description of the gift-receiver’s taste, or a step up on a new or rare release. 
 
I’ve found that often times folks are delighted to receive something as a gift that they would never think to buy for themselves. Here’s where a person that lives around music all of their day can determine what might be the perfect idea for a customer searching for something new that would be the right choice.
 
So I’ve put together an idea for people who are harder to buy for, or folks that may not have terribly obvious musical taste. These could be new releases or new issues of music that has some special meaning to me. In any event, music that I would recommend without hesitation! John William Coltrane.
 
The amount of music that saxophonist John Coltrane must have recorded is staggering. Not that all of it was meant for release, but when these giants of their instruments were/are in the studio, oftentimes the recording is constantly going. The music that John Coltrane recorded is a great example: 1963: New Directions by the John Coltrane quartet, a big, five-record set with a gorgeous, heavy booklet by the same group that recorded ‘’A Love Supreme’’ and 7 other records. The complete box set, Coltrane '63, New Directions has a handful of vinyl-only of live tracks well worth the price.
 
Here are sessions that are not for everyone, though. The later-period ‘Trane was an explosion of ‘’free’’ jazz sheets of sound, but here it’s tamed it like wild horses. The riffs and runs are exceptional in their emotional depth and variety. Coltrane was truly experimental, and in 1963 he felt wide open in letting the feelings flow that were coming to him. He was playing what was coming through him, without choosing, without guiding them. The 1963 sessions are available in a complete box set or as a single disc.
 
Some of these takes were available in Japan as B-sides on CDs. These are fine remasters, crisp and articulate. If you or someone you love are a Coltrane fans, you’ll love these takes of a most interesting part of ‘Trane’s life.

Weird Wednesdays this November at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2019 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco team up for another month of mammoth movie hits with this November's Weird Wednesdays! Join us at the Alamo's beautiful movie palace in the Mission District for these weird, wacky, and wild classics:

TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994, 4K RESTORATION)
Wednesday, November 6. 10pm
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me), Tammy and the T-Rex is a love story as old as time. This post-Jurassic jam stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Wild Things) and the late Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from Weekend at Bernies’ is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, Tammy’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a kids’ film. Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

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Cops Vs. Aliens: An Evening of Rock & Roll Film with CRIME 1978 & Ziggy Stardust

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2019 06:47pm | Post a Comment

CRIME 1978

San Francisco’s First and Only Rock’n’Roll Movie: CRIME 1978, a short documentary film about the legendary punk band and Amoeba favorite CRIME, will screen at the Victoria Theatre in SF on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, followed by everyone's favorite rock & roll alien concert flick, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)! Introducing the event are CRIME 1978 producer Henry S. Rosenthal (aka Hank Rank of CRIME) and filmmaker Jon Bastian. There will also be live music by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Ron “The Ripper” Greco (original CRIME bassist), and CRIME WAVE (CRIME tribute band with members of Egrets on Ergot, Cheap Tissue, The Richmond Sluts), plus a Ziggy Stardust lookalike contest!

The “rock verite” footage of CRIME was filmed entirely in 1978 by Larry Larson for his local cable Crime 1978access program In Review, and is newly edited by Bastian. Larson found a unique experience in the burgeoning punk scene taking place at the Mabuhay Gardens, a Filipino restaurant and bar-gone-gritty nightclub on Broadway in North Beach. The booker Dirk Dirksen regularly landed local punk and New Wave acts at the club, including the Avengers, The Nuns, The Dils, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, and CRIME. CRIME’s 1976 single of “Hot Wire My Heart” (backed with “Baby You're So Repulsive”) is credited as the first single released by a U.S. punk act from the West Coast. Like some of their punk contemporaries, they took on individual personas and built a group image, wearing police uniforms and billing themselves as "San Francisco's First and Only Rock 'n' Roll Band." The members of CRIME in 1978 were Johnny Strike (Gary John Bassett) on vocals and guitar, Frankie Fix (Marc D’Agostino) on vocals and guitar), Ron The Ripper (Ron Greco) on bass, and Hank Rank (Henry S. Rosenthal) on drums.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Albums + News: Apollo Brown, Boots Riley @ OMCA, Ben Merlis' Cold Chillin book, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 12:22pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Top 5 Hip-Hop Top Albums


#1:
Apollo Brown  Sincerely, Detroit (Mello Music)

#2Homeboy Sandman Dusty (Mello Music)

#3: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae Complicate Your Life With Violence Vinyl LP  (Mello Music Group) (also avail on CD)

#4: Big Shug The Diamond Report  (Brick Records)

#5: Billy Woods Terror Management (backwoodz)

Brand new release in the Amoeba new arrivials this week, via the unstoppable independent hip-hop label Mello Music, is Detroit producer Apollo Brown’s excellent new full-length Sincerely, Detroit. A hip-hop homage to the producer’s hometown, the one hour and 19 minute new album is a Detroit centric, compilation-like album as much as a single artist release. The talent-packed 79 minute album’s 21 tracks feature a long list of guest collaborators from Detroit, acting as yet another reminder of just how much incredible hip-hop talent the Motor City has given and continues to give the world!  Artists joining Apollo Brown include elZHI, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Chris Orrick and Clear Soul Forces. Among the too many great tracks to mention are the upliftingly soulful "God Help Me (feat. Black Milk, Ketchphraze & DJ Los)" and "The Backbone (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fat Ray & Melanie Rutherford)" (scroll down to see the song's accompanying music video).  Order Sincerely, Detroit  HERE

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15 Years After Mac Dre's Murder, Popularity Of Beloved Bay Area Rapper Continues To Grow [includes Mac Dre Top 10 Amoeba Guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 09:01am | Post a Comment
Mac Dre Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics 2LP reissued on vinyl by Thizz Nation example
of the ever-growing wave of interest in the rapper who was murdered 15 years ago on
November 1st 2004, just 3 & a half months after the release of this album.


Today, November 1st, 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of beloved Bay Area rapper Mac Dre who, a full decade and a half after his tragic demise, is far from fading from memory. Instead the charismatic super-talented  rapper born Andre Hicks, whose career began in the 80’s and who at the end of the following decade was leading the charge as one of the chief ambassadors of the Bay Area’s blossoming, hyphy movement, has exponentially grown in popularity with each passing year since his 2004 murder. Today Mac Dre (an artist under appreciated in his lifetime) is widely viewed as an iconic figure in hip-hop history. He ranks up there along with  2Pac and J-Dilla; two other hip-hop greats taken too young from this world while in the prime of their careers.

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