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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 2: Hip-Hop WIMB? + Top Turntablist/Producers + Top Collectives

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2019 04:30am | Post a Comment
Slick Rick shopping @ Amoeba Music, Los Angeles and doing WIMB? profile. In 2019 Def Jam released the hip-hop veteran's The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick (30th Anniversary Edition)
in CD2LP black vinyl and 2LP blue vinyl formats.

The long-running, award winning and ever popular Amoeba Music What’s In My Bag? (WIMB?) interview series (now up to Episode # 632) had another successful year of one-on-ones with a wide variety of music-collecting artists and entertainment figures as they went crate-digging at Amoeba. Among the hip-hop artists interviewed in 2019 were Canadian turntablist/producer Kid Koala WIMB?,  Atlanta based hip-hop due EARTHGANG WIMB? and hip-hop/electronic DJ/producer KAYTRANADA WIMB?

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 1: Top Five Billboard Albums + Top Five Amoeba Albums

Posted by Billyjam, December 29, 2019 04:36am | Post a Comment


This first part in the Amoeblog Best of 2019 Hip-Hop contains two objectively compiled top five hip-hop albums charts based primarily on sales; the Amoeba 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Billboard 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The former is based on sales of albums at the Amoeba Hollywood store over the past year while the latter is culled from the recently published Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That multi-genre chart is based primarily on national sales both at retail and of digital sales of albums. However since it reflects all album sales over the past year, that in addition to 2019 releases also includes a large number of previous year titles that continued to sell significantly into this year.

Most of these carry-over titles (but not all due to certain technicalities such as specific timelines of an album being released digitally in'18 and physically in '19) have been omitted to focus on the top selling 2019 released hip-hop albums. Included in the many carry-over 2018 released albums were Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys and Drake’s Scorpion (also on 2LP) albums that ranked #5 and #6 respectively on the 2019 Top 200 Billboard Album chart thereby outselling most 2019 album titles of all genres. [Note that the non hip-hop album, Billie Eilish’s  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (also on yellow colored LP/vinyl) that was the overall top selling album of the year].

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SF Sketchfest Presents Bill Frisell, Rhett Miller, Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & more

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment

SF SketvhFest 2020

San Francisco's comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 19th year and runs January 9-26th at venues all around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present three hilarious and seriously kool musical events:

The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers, with Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & Caitlin Gill
Saturday January 18, 2020 4pm-5:30pm
Punch Line Comedy Club
Tickets
Brought to you by the people behind Record Store Day, The Record Store Day Podcast is a bi-weekly celebration of "record store culture" hosted by acclaimed musician and journalist Paul Myers, featuring news and events from around the Record Store Day world, plus Paul's interviews with a wide variety of guests, all of whom share their own love of records and record stores of the past and present. $20, 18+

 

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller, with Ben Acker, Dave Hill, Janet Varney & Jean Grae
Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30pm-11pm
Swedish American Hall
Tickets
SF Sketchfest is thrilled for the return of Wheels Off with Rhett Miller (Old 97s) and his all-star friends. Modeled after old-school variety shows, Wheels Off features music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $35, 21+

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Jon Longhi's Best of 2019

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2019 05:07pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

I could have written about 20 or 30 Blu-rays and CDs this year, but here are just a few of my Best Of/favorites from 2019. In my case, “best of” often means “most entertaining.” I watch a lot of Oscar-winning movies every year but that’s not necessarily what I end up plopping down my money on and watching over and over. As the shark movie I’m about to review proves, taste is in your mouth.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Lionsgate:
Dumbest shark movie ever! We're talking Sharknado sequel level dumb! I'm not sure if this is a best or a 47 Meters Down: Uncagedworst of 2019 review. The first half hour of any shark movie is a tiresome chore I refer to as "getting to know the bait." This movie starts by introducing you to four of the most annoying teenage girls in cinema history. Seriously, you just can't wait for these people to die. I was tempted to fast forward through their character exposition just to see them get eaten quicker. After the agony of getting to know them, you see these girls make a series of cascadingly bad scuba diving decisions. I'll just lay out a few of them: First they leave the dive boat expedition they are supposed to be on so no one knows where they are. Then they go to some hidden water hole in the middle of the Mexican jungle where no one REALLY knows where they are. They think there's a path down to the watering hole but instead they just jump in off the sheer cliffs because who cares about getting out again? There is a raft in the middle of the watering hole covered with scuba gear that has been left for archeologists who are going to explore the underwater Mayan ruins beneath the surface. They decide to use the gear to check out the ruins themselves, because hey, two of the girls have never dived before and the other two are amateurs and cave diving is the most dangerous diving there is because you go ten feet into a cave and make a wrong turn and then are lost in the darkness where you drown but hey, life is short and even shorter when you're a total idiot like these girls. They make their way into the underwater ruins and then they run into a plot twist that's even dumber than their bad decisions. It turns out that the cave is home to a species of blind giant Great White sharks that became trapped in the submerged catacombs in the distant past and have evolved to the lightless conditions. Now I don't know how these sharks evolved into twenty to twenty-five foot apex predators with no seals to feed on and only little cave fish to eat but by this time we've suspended our belief to the point that we would believe up is down so who cares? Despite the ridiculous premises and unlikeable characters you still find yourself rooting for these idiots just because the producers manage to create an entertaining amusement park ride where you find yourself jumping and shrieking at one shark after another looming out of the Mayan darkness. Because this is a sequel, the film makers feel they really have to ramp up the ridiculousness in the last half hour and we are treated to an over the top thrill ride that gives even the last Sharknado sequel a run for its title of Stupidest Shark Movie Ever. I'm beginning to think this movie is a cinematic masterpiece in disguise because it actually got me to care about these people and sit through a roller coaster ride of utter stupidity till the final credits rolled. Despite being utterly manipulated to the point where I feel deeply ashamed of myself, I have to admit that I loved this movie.

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my top 50 albums of 2019

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 22, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Heather Woods Broderick 50. Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation (Western Vinyl)

This is the first of many great amazing ladies in my top 50 albums this year. So you if you don't like ethereal and haunting female fronted indie rock you probably won't like most of my list this year! Heather is one of the great new artists I discovered this year. It's like a folk artist landing on the label 4AD. Magical and a little bit spooky.

 
Molly Sarle Karoake Angel 49. Molly Sarlé - Karaoke Angel (Partisan Records)

Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Godzilla Box Set Warts and All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2019 05:35pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the last Having A Movie Moment of 2019. This year I go out with bang and review one über box set...

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954-1975, The Criterion Collection:
This is arguably the biggest Blu-ray release of 2019. It is the one thousandth Criterion Collection release, Godzilla Box Setand what could be a bigger subject matter for a big release than a Godzilla box set? This is all fifteen films from the original classic era of Godzilla. Godzilla is probably the world's most well-known monster. Only Dracula or Frankenstein are on the same level. Godzilla is the ultimate metaphor of the Cold War and the atomic era, an uncontrollable monster that we ourselves created by our warlike ways. Only a few other pop culture creations resonate this strongly in the modern mind of the human race. Over the course of the past 65 years, this giant radioactive lizard has stomped his way through 35 movies. There is a good reason he has been dubbed "King Of The Monsters." Generations of children and adults have grown up watching his movies. For decades they were the staples of Saturday late night horror shows and afternoon matinees. I don't think I've ever met a person who hasn't seen a Godzilla film.

The Big G has always had a special place in my life. I've been obsessed with his films since early childhood and watched them on television whenever they aired. I've bought every Godzilla movie ever released in the US in every format going back to Super 8. When I was in fourth grade, our year-end project was to give a fifteen minute speech to the entire school on a subject we had heavily researched. The topic I chose was Godzilla and his cultural relevance. I gave a good speech and got a good grade, but I'm not sure that everyone in the audience got or agreed with my point. So this Criterion Collection release, and a release of such importance, feels like a kind of personal validation to me. My fourth grade self was right.

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The 15 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 20, 2019 03:27pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

2019 was a big year for soundtracks. Some of the contemporary film industry's most distinctive voices released career high scores. Beloved cult classics got dusted off and reissued. Color vinyl added some excitement to the mix, an Amoeba exclusive won over fans, and star-studded music biopics dominated the charts. With releases ranging from the haunting and experimental to the era-defining and eclectic, there's something for every music and movie fan on this list.

Read on to see our 15 best selling soundtracks of 2019 and find out what made each release so special.

Climax soundtrack

15. Various Artists - Climax [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP on 3/1/19

The soundtrack to Gaspar Noé's stunning Climax is just as edgy, vibrant and distinctive as you'd expect. Featuring dancefloor fillers by the likes of Thomas Bangalter and moody works by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter, this LP was one of the year's best mixes.

 

Velvet Goldmine soundtrack

14. Various Artists - Velvet Goldmine [Orange & Blue Vinyl] [OST]
Release Date: LP on 4/5/19

The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2019 10:06am | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2019

With just two weeks left in 2019, the time is right to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the best selling albums of the year. (Fifty of 'em, in fact!) The albums flying off the Amoeba shelves are a varied group, ranging from forgotten Japanese pop music to classic reissues to new releases in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and soundtrack music. There's something for everyone here, so you may discover a new favorite or see how your personal picks fared among your fellow music fans.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019.

Pacific Breeze 50. Various Artists - Pacific Breeze
Hasta El Cielo
49. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo
All Mirrors 48. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors Almost Free 47. Fidlar - Almost Free
Outer Peace 46. Toro y Moi - Outer Peace Western Stars 45. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Bohemian Rhapsody OST 44. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody OST Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. 43. HUNNY - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Atonement 42. Killswitch Engage - Atonement H.E.R. 41. H.E.R. - H.E.R.
Ventura 40. Anderson .Paak - Ventura Cuz I Love You 39. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Titanic Rising 38. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising I, I 37. Bon Iver - I,I
House of Sugar 36. Alex G - House of Sugar American Love Call 35. Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
Ghosteen 34. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen Widow's Weeds 33. Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds
Lux Prima 32. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima Some Rap Songs 31. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Brutalism 30. The Drums - Brutalism Bandana 29. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Originals 28. Prince - Originals Without Fear 27. Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear
Madame X 26. Madonna - Madame X Everyday Life 25. Coldplay - Everyday Life
I Am Easy to Find 24. The National - I Am Easy To Find Better Oblivion Community Center 23. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Unknown Pleasures 22. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (40th anniversary edition) Violet Street 21. Local Natives - Violet Street

 

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Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums + Top 5 Vinyl: J Rocc, B Boy Hip Hop, Lil' Kim, Czarface, Follow The Leader Re-Imagined as Jazz, A-Scratch + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2019 04:47am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Vinyl Top Five: 12:15:19



#1: Various Artists
B Boy Hip Hop 180 Gram Vinyl 2LP (Demon Records)

#2: J Rocc The Funky President Edits Vol. 7: Flight #2 / Greddy Foot vinyl 7" (Fat Beats)

#3:  Body Music  "Don't Think Twice" / "Give My Love A Try" vinyl 12" (Head In The Clouds)

#4: A-Scratch   Plastic Scratch Tricks  vinyl 7" (Fat Beats)

#5: Pharoahe Monch  "Simon Says" / Instrumental vinyl 7" (War Media)

This week's hip-hop vinyl top five chart includes seven inch, twelve inch and LP formats. The 7" singles include the reissue of Pharoahe Monch's  "Simon Says" / Instrumental vinyl 7" and the DJ scratch record / battle tool Plastic Scratch Tricks  vinyl 7" from A-Scratch  via Fat Beats. Also on Fat Beats is J Rocc's The Funky President Edits Vol. 7: Flight #2 / Greddy Foot vinyl 7". On 12"is Body Music's  "Don't Think Twice" / "Give My Love A Try" vinyl 12" via Head In The Clouds that contains instrumental and vocal versions of both songs.

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Amoeba SF's Holiday CD BOGO Blowout Sale, 12/20-12/22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 13, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

You've acquired the perfect presents, you found all the right festive foods...but what about your holiday soundtrack?! As far as joyous ambiance is concerned, it's more important than those snowman candles you bought. Fear not as there is still time to build up your merry collection!

Buy any red tag Holiday CD at Amoeba SF and get the 2nd one (of equal or lesser value) FREE, Friday 12/20 - Sunday 12/22! Make this year's celebrations one to remember.

Sale is valid in-store only at Amoeba SF.

GERRY TEEKENS, OWNER AND PRODUCER, MUSE OF CRISS CROSS RECORDS HAS DIED

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 13, 2019 12:50am | Post a Comment
 Gerry Teekens, the highly esteemed president, owner and producer of Criss Cross Records, one of the greatest straight-ahead jazz labels ever to mix straight-ahead burning with progressive composition passed away on October 31. He was one bad-ass producer who stuck to his love of swinging, creative, and up-and-coming music and musicians who never let go of that particular sound and style.


Through thick and thin and every trend you could think of, Gerry hung onto his love of that particular style and sound, which the major labels had forsaken unless they found a profitable aspect to it, and keep releasing it year after year. Many times I had thought Teekins would throw in the towel in this regard, but like many of Amoeba's customers who love the label, he hung in there, stayed loyal and kept doing what he loved, and it paid off musically, creatively, joyfully!


Thanks to those customers who continue to buy the near-$20 import CDs of Gerry's label, he discovered and released many new and unknown musicians' work with his own kind of blinders on, or he gave a chance to many seasoned players who normally wouldn 't have a record contract, and relentlessly released records by artists that had been kicked to the curb by other labels. Artists like Gary Smulyan, Warne Marsh, Peter Bernstein, and many many other first-class players from any style. ECM recently upped Chris Potter's output in recent days, and is consistently reviewed quite well. Chris Potter's first album is on Criss Cross, released in 1992, to give you an example of Teekens' ear. Gary Smulyan could be the torchbearer for the baritone saxophone for many years to come just based on what he's already done on Criss Cross, luscious tone and very creative ideas in his solos and composition. Here's Gary's hommage to Pepper Adams with Tommy Flanagan: 

Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

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


The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.


The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl LPs: Gang Starr, Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk, Nolan The Ninja, NAS, Benny The Butcher, Shadow, Showbiz & A.G.

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2019 11:34pm | Post a Comment
Gang Starr "Family & Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)" from One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD)

AMOEBA HIP-HOP VINYL LP TOP TEN; 12:09:19


#1 Gang Starr
One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD )

#2 Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk Ground & Water LP/vinyl (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

#3: Nolan The Ninja Illphoria 2  LP/vinyl (Mello Music)

#4: Benny the Butcher  Plugs I Met LP/vinyl (Next Records)

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

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Rest In Peace Detroit Jazz Drummer Bobby Battle (1944 - 2019)

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2019 10:58pm | Post a Comment
  1980 Berlin Jazz Festival performance by Arthur Blythe Quartet with Bob Stewart (tuba), Abdul Wadud (cello) and Bobby Battle (who died today) on drums.


75 year old Detroit jazz musician Bobby Battle, known to many jazz fans as the longtime drummer with Arthur Blythe and frequent collaborator of Don Pullen's, passed away from heart failure today, as confirmed to the Amoeblog by his daughter Eboness Battle. Born on January 8th, 1944 Battle passed away at midday in Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital where he’d been recuperating from surgery since last week. 

An ever active recording and performing jazz artist in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Battle had retired in the last decade. He leaves behind a rich legacy that includes his extensive work with Arthur Blythe spanning two decades.  As well as his collaborations with Blythe and Pullen the hard working drummer’s career also included recording and performing with numerous other artists dating back to his formative years in the 60's when he relocated from Michigan to New York City to soon after play with Pharoah Sanders and Roland Kirk. The numerous other artists he worked alongside during his career included Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and Sarah Vaughan. Battle's diverse career also included working with such non jazz artists as Brook Benton and The Mighty Sparrow.

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Noir City Xmas, December 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 6, 2019 06:00pm | Post a Comment

La Otra

Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro La OtraTheatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. It will be a special evening of yule cruelty with a presentation of the dark Mexican holiday classic, La Otra (1946). The entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe coming January 24-February 2, 2020, will also be revealed that night. Both events will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the Film Noir Foundation’s founder and president, as well as the host of TCM’s Noir Alley.

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in the noir-laden thriller La Otra as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips. Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

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Weird Wednesdays this December at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 3, 2019 04:15pm | Post a Comment

The Stuff

Deck the halls with weirdo cinema this December as Amoeba Music joins Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco for another month of Weird Wednesdays! Take a deep dive with us into these untraditional cult classics...

WHITE STAR (1983)
Wednesday, December 4. 10pm.
In the lost years between Out of the Blue and Blue Velvet, an unhinged Dennis Hopper starred in this wildly-unknown downfall tale. Hopper gives a terrifying, coke-infused, and heavily improvised performance as seedy concert promoter Ken Barlow, whose claim to fame is being The Rolling Stones’ tour manager. Barlow aims to get his new synth-punk protege Moody to the top of the charts by any means necessary. Set in the musical underground of West Berlin, Roland Klick’s White Star paints the divided city awash with subcultural dwellers - punks, squatters, musicians, and late-night revellers. Never released theatrically in the US. Check out this new digital restoration.

White Star

BLACK SAMURAI (1977)
Wednesday, December 11. 10pm.
Based on the popular series of adventure novels by Marc Olden, this low-budget karate crowd-pleaser stars Jim Kelly of Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, and Three The Hard Way fame as Robert Sand, secret agent for D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency – Guardian of Nations). When a coven of kung fu Satanists led by the evil warlock Janicot kidnaps his girlfriend, Sand (code name Black Samurai) springs into action with sword, feet, and fists-a-flying! Directed by cult filmmaker Al Adamson, Black Samurai was a box-office hit that played theaters all over the world for over a decade before achieving further success on late-night television and home video during the 1980s and ‘90s. Not seen on the big screen in over 30 years, don’t miss the opportunity to see the restored, uncut R-rated version!

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