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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2019 Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2019 07:16pm | Post a Comment

record store day at Amoeba Hollywood Recap

At Amoeba Hollywood, fans began lining up the night before for their shot at grabbing some of this year's most exciting limited edition Record Store Day exclusive releases. When we opened our doors this morning, we were impressed by the passion, dedication, and celebratory spirit of the folks waiting in line, many of whom have visited Amoeba on Record Store Day for several years in a row! 

Our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf were on hand bright and early this morning, serving up coffee and pastries to the the dedicated crew hanging out on the corner of Sunset and Ivar. Also pictured below is our newest t-shirt with a limited edition floral logo! This shirt made its debut on Record Store Day and is available in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood in sizes XS-XXL.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

RSD Customer in Costume

This dynamic duo celebrated their love for Record Store Day in style!

 

In addition to the usual slew of collectible LPs, 7"s, and picture discs, there were also day-long deals on used DVDs and Blu-rays (25% off). Turntables were 20% off (excluding the adorable and awesome RSD3 Mini Turntable). All mugs and used books were also 20% off.

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Top 10 Record Store Day 2019 Hip-Hop Vinyl [+ links to purchase @ 5am Sunday April 14]: Too $hort, Pete Rock, Ed O.G., RZA, ODB etc

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2019 10:21am | Post a Comment


Today is 2019 Record Store Day (RSD), the twelfth annual music holiday celebrating independent record stores all over including the three Amoeba locations (Berkeley, SF, LA) with all genres represented including, of course, hip-hop; a genre proudly born out of vinyl manipulation and sampling of records. This Amoeblog focuses on the best hip-hop vinyl picks for RSD 2019 including a top ten chart of this year’s exclusive RSD releases available at Amoeba. Note that while all are available on a first come, first served in-store purchase today, that many leftover titles will be available for sale online tomorrow (Sunday April 14th) from 5am local Pacific time. The Top 10 chart includes links to each of these but not that there is no guarantee that all of them will still be available tomorrow morning. Also note that all RSD sales, whether today instore or tomorrow online, are limited to one copy per title per customer.

While traditionally many RSD releases are reissues of long out of print on vinyl titles, special colored vinyl LP & 12" reissues, plus first time 7" pressings of previously released tracks there are also many brand new releases unveiled on Record Store Day or else released the day before (April 12) with an alternate version for RSD. This year these include such titles as the tight Vinnie  Paz  x Tragedy Khadafi Camouflage Regime LP via Jedi Mind Tricks and the Enemy Soil label plus the collaborative album from rapper Diabolic and producer Vanderslice and their anticipated album Collusion. Pictured right this is a must-get for any fan of roots hip-hop; IE golden era and nineties hip-hop layered with clever lyricism and soulful head-nodding production. Released via the always dependable hip-hop label Coalmine the vinyl for this new album comes in two different colors including two ‘pot luck’ color variants; Diabolic’s “Deviled Egg (white/orange color-in-color) and Vanderslice’s Hawaiian Shirt (white w/ blue and yellow splatter) with artwork designed by FRKO (Action Bronson), equipped with a dual-sided insert, as detailed by the RSD curators

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Nipsey Hussle’s “Celebration Of Life” Memorial Today @ STAPLES Center 10am-Noon To Be Widely Live Streamed & Broadcast

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2019 06:00am | Post a Comment

So beloved was Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31st, that tickets for this morning’s “Celebration Of Life” honoring the slain 33 year old artist and activist born Ermias Asghedom at LA’s Staples Center reportedly got snapped up within 20 minutes of being made available online on Tuesday. Luckily for those unable to get tickets for the 21,000 capacity venue’s event as well as those outside the area the event, that will run from 10am until noon local Pacific time, will be live streamed and broadcast via BET with such local LA TV stations as Fox 11, NBC 4, ABC 7 and KTLA all planning on streaming the ceremony live with KTLA streaming the ceremony on its website as well as on Facebook. Immediately following the memorial there will reportedly be a 25 mile procession.

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Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five: Lil Baby, Gunna, Ski Mask The Slump Lord, Ceschi, People Under The Stairs' Final Album "Sincerely, The P"

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2019 11:13pm | Post a Comment

#1  People Under The Stairs  Sincerely, The P (avail on CD, cassette, and 2LP pre-order) (Piecelock 70)

While most hip-hop acts 20 years into their career might have have lost their edge and/or passion for an art form that won them over back in their youth, People Under The Stairs have remained consistently fresh and relevant with each anticipated release by the SoCal act. Further it seemed like PUTS would be recording and performing forever.  Hence when consistently independent duo, comprised of Thes One and Double K, announced that their new 2019 release Sincerely, The P would be their final/farewell album their dedicated fanbase were understandably sad. On a positive note however the new 56 minute album is one of their strongest full-lengths in an illustrious twelve album career spanning two decades. Released physically this past Friday via  Piecelock 70 on both CD and cassette, with colored double vinyl to follow next month (2LP pre-order one per customer) Sincerely, The P continues the pure underground hip-hop vibe that PUTS fans have grown to love since the hip-hop pair first arrived on the LA scene back in the late nineties.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Trixie Mattel

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2019 05:29pm | Post a Comment

Trixie Mattel - What's In My Bag?

Singer, actor, comedian, and drag queen Trixie Mattel did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and kept us laughing throughout the entire What's In My Bag? interview. Trixie's '90s nostalgia was on full display, as was her wit, charm, and ability to recall countless movie lines. Not only that, but she talked about some of her favorite music and comedy records and shared the unexpected album that inspired her to start playing guitar.

Trixie Mattel first attracted notice as a contestant on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2015. She made a triumphant return during the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she won the competition in the final lip sync battle. She also competed in 2018's RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular.

Outside of her Drag Race fame, Mattel has teamed up with fellow contestant Katya Zamolodchikova for the comedy web series UNHhhh and the Viceland program The Trixie & Katya Show. She has toured extensively with her comedy act, with her newest tour, "Now with Moving Parts" captured in the forthcoming documentary Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts. In 2017, she released the country-folk album Two Birds via ATO Records. One Stone was released the following year. (The two albums are available on one LP as Two Birds, One Stone.) She has named June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton as two of her greatest musical influences. 

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