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Lots of New Hip-Hop Releases at Amoeba Music for the 2010 Holiday Season

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2010 11:11am | Post a Comment
Flo Rida
Now that we are officially into the holiday shopping period there are more new hip-hop releases than ever arriving on the Amoeba Music shelves. Some are brand new recordings while others are older (slept-on or forgotten) musical material that has been remastered and/or repackaged. As reported in the most recent Amoeba Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up, new hip-hop releases last week included Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No), Shady Nate, and Messy Marv, to name but a few. 

This week's new releases, which are at Amoeba now (Tuesday, Nov 30th), include albums from two of today's more popular, high-profile rap artists: Flo Rida and Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy (aka Soulja Boy Tell Em) drops his fourth studio album, The DeAndre Way (Stacks on Deck/Interscope), which, in addition to the regular ten track CD, comes in a deluxe edition that features four bonus tracks plus a DVD. Meanwhile, Flo Rida's latest Only One Flo (Part 1) (Poe Boy/Atlantic) is the Florida artist's third studio album and the follow up to last year's full-length, R.O.O.T.S. Only One Flo (Part 1). (Note Part 2, which was supposed to drop simultaneously, has been postponed until 2011.) The new record clocks in at less than half an hour and features guest appearances from Akon, Kevin Rudolf, Ludacris, and Gucci Mane and includes the singles "Club Can't Handle Me" and "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)." Black Eyed Peas

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:26:10: Black Friday Edition Feat. New Music from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj + Much More

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2010 11:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 11:26:10

Kanye West
1) Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
(Roc-A-Fella)
     
2) Cee-Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra)

3) Curren$y Pilot Talk 2 (DD172 LLC)

4) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary/Alpha Pup)

5) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)
  
6) Damu the Fudgemunk Supply For Demand (Redefinition Records)
     
For someone who has actually done hardly any interviews, Kanye West seems everywhere lately, including atop the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart with his critically and commercially acclaimed and recommended newest release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, whose album cover art (above) comes in five alternate versions. One cover was so controversial with its racy imagery that many outlets refused to display it or else show a pixelated version. But of course Kayne is no stranger to controversy -- far from it; he simply seems to bounce from one well-publicized controversy to the next. And while sometimes it might seem like his erratic outbursts look to cost him fan support, the artist always seems to come out okay in the end. In fact, the timing of these controversies seem to nicely play into his grand (marketing) scheme -- assuming he subscribes to the "there's no such thing as bad publicity" school of thought.

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Free Talib Kweli Concert @ Roxy in LA Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2010 11:46am | Post a Comment

Tonight, the eve of Thanksgiving, Talib Kweli is throwing a free concert for hip-hop fans in Los Angeles at The Roxy club. All you have to do to attend this MySpace Music-sponsored event is bring with you a canned food good or a blanket for the needy -- both of which will be donated to a local LA area shelter for Thanksgiving.

At tonight's all-ages, free show Talib Kweli will reportedly be premiering new material from his forthcoming album, Gutter Rainbows, which will arrive in Amoeba Music on January 25th. Also on the bill tonight is LA-based Stones Throw act Strong Arm Steady, as well as Tunji & Jayson Rose with DJs Luxerbrown, Uncle Pauly and Jay-P.

The Roxy is located at 9009 West Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. Doors are at 9pm but be advised to arrive early, as a lot of fans are expected to show up. For more information on the club, including driving directions, click here. And meanwhile below, view one of the Talib Kweli's previous free LA shows -- an amazing instore at the Hollywood Amoeba back in August 2007. You can also view images here from an even more recent Amoeba instore when he performed along with Hi-Tek (collectively known as Reflection Eternal) at the San Francisco store in May of this year.

Interview with Florian Gaag, Director of Graffiti Feature Film Wholetrain

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2010 06:15am | Post a Comment
WHOLETRAIN trailer

Today both the DVD and the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed, award-winning and Florian Gaag directed fictional graffiti-feature film WHOLETRAIN are being released via RykoDisc. The film was shot in Poland and is in German with subtitles in English and 13 other languages. The English language hip-hop soundtrack includes all original songs (over beats produced by the film's director) from all American artists including KRS-One, Freddie Foxxx, O.C., Planet Asia, Afu-Ra, Grand Agent, Akrobatik, Tame One, and El Da Sensei. Both the film and its soundtrack are highly recommended for anyone, not just graffiti fans.

The film's title, WHOLETRAIN, comes from the graffiti writers' goal of spraypainting every inch of an entire train. Although the film's young cast will be totally unknown to American audiences, it is dramatically gripping, with a solid story-line, plus a most impressive display of all new graffiti art. Colorfully shot on the trains and walls, throughout the film this graffiti was all tirelessly commissioned by the first time director himself, who is clearly a major graffiti fan. For these beautiful pieces he brought in such established graffiti artists as NEON, PURE, CIEL, WON, and CEMNOZ to do the art work.
Back in February, when the film screened in LA and San Francisco at the Goethe-Institut in each city, I reviewed it for the Amoeblog. I also interviewed the director at that time. He told me about the challenging process of making this film, including the overwhelming obstacles he faced due to making a film that includes an illegal art form, and how WHOLETRAIN turned into a six year project. That interview with director Florian Gaag follows below.
Florian Gaag

Amoeblog:
WHOLETRAIN is a great film and what's most impressive is that it is your first full-length film. So had you done short films or videos before this?

Florian Gaag: Yes, I´ve done a couple of short films, mostly short documentaries though, because that´s where I´m coming from.

Trent Reznor's New 2010 Remastered Version of Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2010 10:04am | Post a Comment

Today, November 22nd, is the release date of the CD version of Trent Reznor's remastered version of his group Nine Inch Nail's groundbreaking 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine (the double vinyl version of this remastered  version follows in two weeks on December 7th). This remastered version of the 21 year old industrial rock album, fittingly retitled Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster, should not be confused with another reissue of the same album from five years ago by his old label (now out of print).

That 2005 version was not overseen by the ever meticulous Reznor, who completely wrote, arranged, programmed and performed the original album and who oversaw the new digital remastering from the newly unearthed original tapes with NIN engineer Tom Baker. The new remastered version (now an eleven song album) includes a bonus track, NIN's version of Queen's "Get Down Make Love." This song, as any true NIN fan will tell you, was originally the B-side to the single version of the album track "Sin" and was produced by Al Jourgensen under the alias Hypo Luxa. This brand new NIN remastered re-release follows Reznor's recent success at scoring, in collaboration with Atticus Ross, the soundtrack for David Fincher's popular movie The Social Network. But what makes this remastered version of Pretty Hate Machine worth getting, especially if you own(ed) the original, is that Reznor has totally cleaned up and revamped the sound. It's now louder and sparklier, with the vocals and instrumental mix sounding more clean and cohesive than ever. I say go to Amoeba and get it, or wait two weeks for the vinyl version to be released. Meantime, here is NIN doing a supercharged version of the album track "Sin" live at Woodstock 1994.

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