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DJ UFO! + Vocalist Audio Angel Revive 90's San Francisco Jungle / Drum 'n' Bass Culture with "The Jungle" @ Public Works

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2017 12:58pm | Post a Comment

Do call it a comeback, a most welcome comeback from DJ UFO! who, tonight along with vocalist Audio Angel, will rewind things to two decades ago in San Francisco jungle / drum'n'bass music and club culture when they present the one-off club night: The Jungle at The Loft in Public Works in San Francisco tonight, Thursday August 3rd at 10pm (21+ Tickets $10 - $15). In ensuring that they truly take things back to the vibe of a place and time of long ago (the 1990's in SF jungle / drum 'n' bass club culture), not only will UFO! play an exclusively all vinyl drum'n'bass/jungle music set (a rarity these days, and for four consecutive hours) but he and longtime Bay Area based vocalist Audio Angel are making it a "CELL-PHONE FREE ENVIRONMENT by Yondr" by not allowing people to bring their smart phones as distractions. While some offered concern as to how they might order their UBER ride home, most people planning on going to The Jungle party tonight apparently have reacted most positively to the no-phone rule. They welcome a return to a simpler time before Instagram and all the other distractions on these handheld devices that have become an inseparable extension of most people these days.

The talented San Francisco born Ed "UFO!" Garro was among one of the Bay Area's earliest ambassadors of jungle and drum'n'bass music back in the early/mid 90's when many dismissed the UK imported ragga rooted, bass-heavy, frantic BPM fueled dance music as some weird mutant outgrowth of rave and techno rather than a soulful natural progression of reggae, hip-hop, and bass music. Originally a hip-hop DJ, with a history in the local SF battle scene, UFO! could see/hear all of these qualities of jungle music. He also saw the potential  for what future musical paths it could take. Hence he embraced the music and ran with it, going on to become an internationally revered DJ/producer. 

Positive Attitude + Successful GoFundMe Drive Propel MC Zumbi's Rebound from Armed Robbery During Recent Zion I Video Shoot

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2017 10:02pm | Post a Comment

"Thanks to the love and support of so many great people, our GoFundMe drive has reached its goal to replace the camera and [to] re-shoot the video,"  MC Zumbi of Zion I told the Amoeblog. The longtime Oakland based hip-hop artist born Steve Gaines was referencing the successful ongoing crowd-funding drive he hurriedly set up a couple of weeks ago. His GoFundMe was set up after he and his film crew were robbed at gunpoint of valuable camera gear, during a music video shoot at 11th and Willow streets. That West Oakland neighborhood, where Zumbi himself had previously lived for many years, is an example of another rapidly changing East Bay community in the throes of gentrification.  Made to accompany the song "Calm Down," off the new Zion I EP The Wake Up, the short-movie styled music video's theme, Zumbi explained, was a commentary on the lack of opportunity for longtime residents of communities like the West Oakland one he'd chosen for his location shoot.

"I'm not mad at the community and I'm not scared of the community. I love Oakland," stressed the ever resilient and positive artist by phone this week. A year ago, when the artist and his family were priced out of their longtime Oakland home with no rent control, he recorded the reactionary song and music video "Tech $" about the negative effects of the Bay Area tech boom: one that's resulted in the displacement of so many longtime residents over the past number of years.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Justice and Busy P

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2017 11:50am | Post a Comment

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"You can't go wrong when you hang out with Beavis and Butt-Head," Busy P tells us sitting in the Amoeba Hollywood green room. The DJ, producer, and label head is talking about the lineup of bands featured on the soundtrack to the animated duo's 1996 cult movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which includes White Zombie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, and Rancid. Busy P and French electronic duo Justice visited us recently to share their finds in this "What's In My Bag?" episode. As you would imagine, the trio picked up some pretty interesting records, indeed.

Formed in 2003, French duo Justice rose to prominence off the strength of their 2007 debut LP, Cross, after attracting attention early on for their remix of the Simian track "Never Be Alone." The pair received two Grammy nominations related to Cross: one for Best Dance Recording (for the single "D.A.N.C.E.") Justice Womanand one for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Their sophomore LP, Audio, Video, Disco was a departure for the band, which they described as "daytime music." Their latest release is 2016's Woman, another upbeat disco/funk/house hybrid. LA fans can see Justice perform a special DJ set this Saturday, August 5th at the HARD Summer Music Festival.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood August 2017

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2017 11:31am | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $3 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $3 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Fair Winds and Following Seas Aboard Numero Group's Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht compilation

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 31, 2017 10:11pm | Post a Comment
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Is popular music pounding a hole into your Summer soul? Are you tired of your local "light rock, less talk" radio station slicing out the same old top-forty farts? If you're looking for deeper-than-deep Soft Rock cuts, other songs titled "Sailing," and generally more "yacht," less Lil Yachty in your life, then Chicago-based label Numero Group has got you covered. Welcome aboard Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht, the latest addition to their stellar Wayfaring Strangers series of compilations and a twenty track bounty of sonic solutions for anyone in need of a latitude adjustment à la boxed pinot grigio soaked, gently-rolled joints of poolside AM GOLD.
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Numero Group's knack for mining oddities and essentials from America's private press netherworld and beyond is legendary at this point and, given the scope of known and unknown genres already showcased in their broad range of compilations, Private Yacht feels as delightfully inevitable as it sounds immediately right-on at first listen. In many ways it plays as if it's picking up where their Record Store Day 2012 compilation WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze left off, each track possessing similar stylistic qualities whether they skew more towards AOR, Modern Soul, lite Disco/Funk, dockside singer-songwriter Folk, or Smooth Jazz-tainted Southern Rock session throwaways.

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