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Madonna Top 15 Videos: Queen Of Pop Birthday Celebration Today 20% sale + DJs Nikki Finn & Material Boy @ Amoeba SF & LA

Posted by Billyjam, August 16, 2017 01:58pm | Post a Comment

Happy 59th birthday Madonna Louise Ciccone from Amoeba Music who today will be honoring the “Queen of Pop” with in-store sale of 20% off all Madonna materials (from CDs and vinyl to merch) plus DJs spinning all Madonna music at both the SF and LA stores. At the Haight Street, San Francisco store DJ Nikki Finn will be spinning an all-vinyl tribute set to Madonna at 5pm. Meanwhile at the Hollywood store, starting at 6pm, DJ Material Boy will be doing an all Madonna set. As well as offering 20% [in-store only] off all Madonna materials today both stores, promise raffles, treats and special surprises.

As a primer for DJs Material Boy and Nikki Finn’s all Madonna sets at Amoeba Hollywood and San Francisco respectively, I’ve compiled a subjective Madonna Top 15 Video list below. For Madonna, more so than most other artists, her videos have traditionally been as important as the songs themselves. That’s because Madonna has always been a multi-media pop star who cannot be separated from her visuals that showcase her all of her art: her choreography, fashions and social or political statements.  Plus like fellow reigning 80's pop stars Prince and Michael Jackson, she rose to fame during the golden era of MTV when videos were an exciting new medium for fans and artists as well as a proven promotional tool for record labels.

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The Queen Is Dead Reissues Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 16, 2017 11:35am | Post a Comment

The Smiths The Queen is Dead Reissues

One of the most influential post-punk records of all time is in line for a very nice little reissue campaign. On October 20th, The Smiths' masterpiece The Queen Is Dead is getting remastered and reissued in multi-format expanded editions with demos, b-sides & alternative takes. Originally released in 1986, the album has been critically acclaimed since day one, thanks to the enduring strength of album singles "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." And those are just the singles -- several other classic tracks can also be found here.

Here's what you need to know about the three different versions coming this fall, all of which are available for pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the US.

The Smiths Queen is Dead reissue

The Queen Is Dead 2-CD Set

The 2-CD set includes the original album, newly remastered in 2017. The second disc contains a multitude of additional recordings, including demo versions and alt takes, plus b-sides "Unloveable," "Money Changes Everything," "Rubber Ring," and "Asleep."

Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:15:17: Dream Day, Milo, Hiero Day Tix, "White Face" LA screening, Shortkut in JA, Hip-Hop at 44, Flash to Herc

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment


It's now seventeen and a half years since beloved Bay Area aerosol art legend Mike "DREAM" Francisco was senselessly murdered on an Oakland street: : the victim of a botched armed robbery.  He not only left behind an art legacy but also a ten month old son Akil that he never got to see grow up. Even more tragically, nine years later Akil would lose his other parent when breast cancer took his mother's life. In an ideal, cancer-free and crime-free world, all would be still here together enjoying life together. DREAM, known for his unbridled passion for life (especially art and hip-hop, should today have been celebrating his 48th birthday.

"KIng "DREAM, as many refer to him by, may be gone but will never be forgotten. This is thanks to the legendary TDK crew member's importance in the history of West Coast hip-hop and street art. Examples include his piece that graced the back cover of Saafir's 1994 landmark album Boxcar Sessions: on which he is also heard on the grooves of the album on a track shouting out fellow graf artists . But his legacy has also been kept alive by his old crew members, his many friends, and of course his family. These include DJ Willie Maze of the Local1200 and his most importantly his brother John Francisco.  These two were both instrumental in having the City of Oakland proclaim every February 17th "Dream Day."   That was the date his life tragically ended. But August 15th, his birthday, is also considered DREAM Day.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When you have all seven members of the Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shopping Amoeba Hollywood, you can be sure that there will be some interesting finds. "I know all the cool-kid hipsters are into their African music at the moment, but...I assure you I was there before," Joey Walker dryly quips as he pulls out an LP by Ethiopian musician, Hailu Mergia, whose record Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument features the artist "mucking around with some Moogs and some synths." "Ethiopian kind of scales are something that I find really bizarre," continues Walker. "There's some kind of x-factor in it that is very, very good." From world to exotica to jazz to oldies, the guys in the band compiled a healthy collection of records, some of which were classics, while others were more off the beaten path.

Heavy psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard formed in Melbourne in 2010. Longtime friends, the band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vox/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vox/synths/harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (percussion), and Michael Cavanagh (percussion). The bandmates settled on their name as a compromise; one member wanted to call the group Gizzard Gizzard, whereas another was in favor of naming the band Lizard King, after Jim Morrison. The newly-christened King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut EP, Anglesea, in 2011.

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