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New Generation USA Battle DJ Champs Dwells & DJ Perly Hope To Repeat National Victories at 2017 DMC World DJ Championship

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2017 06:39am | Post a Comment


Leaders of the new generation of US DMC battle DJ champions - the skilled turntablist competitors Dwells and DJ Perly - are currently over in England where each will participate in today’s big 2017 DMC World DJ Championship. At that prestigious international DJ competition, happening at London’s club Koko, these  reigning American DJ champs each hope to repeat their national victories on an international level. DJ Perly, who was the winner in the 2017 US DMC Finals, (scroll down for review of that August 5th battle) and Dwells, who took the 2017 US DMC Supremacy title, will each battle in their respective categories in the hope of taking a world championship title back home to the USA. In today’s DMC Battle For World Supremacy Dwells will face off against such other international DMC Supremacy champs as Brazil’s Erick Jay, France’s DJ Topic,  Germany's DJ A Plus and Japan’s DJ Yukichi.

Meanwhile for her six minute routine in the DMC World DJ Finals this evening DJ Perly, the first woman to ever take the DMC US Finals title, will be pitted against reigning DMC battle champions from sixteen other countries. These include China’s Kook-L, the UK’s DJ Rasp, Canada’s Jimmy Riggz, Greece’s DJ Freestone, South Africa’s DJ Codax, Hungary’s Sonny Kraft and New Zealand’s DJ Gooda. [See flyer above with full list of the competing country DJs, and flyer below with schedule breakdown of today’s multi-faceted, eight hour event]

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Propagandhi's New "Victory Lap" (Epitaph) Showcases Longtime Canadian Political Punk Band's Transition into Melodic Maturity

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2017 11:41am | Post a Comment
 Propagandhi's just released, long overdue new album Victory Lap (Epitaph) is the Canadian
rock quartet's seventh album and their first since 2012’s Failed States (also on LP/vinyl)

It’s been a while (five years) since their last album release, but this week Canadian punk/thrash quartet  Propagandhi, who formed back in 1986, dropped their seventh studio album Victory Lap via Epitaph. Their first new full-length since 2012’s Failed States (also on LP/vinyl) it is also the band's first album to showcase new guitarist Sulynn Hago who joined the group to take over from longtime member David Guillas. Note however that Guillas also contributed to several tracks on the new album. Consequently the guitar-driven sound and styles showcased on the new twelve track album are quite varied. Further they display the band's maturity and growth from skate punk to a more complex, melodically-structured ensemble of seasoned pros. These range from the 90’s pop punk feel of "Failed Imagineer" (see music video below) to the more old school metal aesthetics of “Nigredo.” Meanwhile the stylistically varied closing track "Adventures in Zoochosis" includes such stadium ready musical segments as the short breakdown parts in the song that echo the production values of Born To Run era Bruce Springsteen and a pretty-guitar song opener that recalls The Edge of U2

Latest Healthcare Repeal Derailment Won't Silence Kayln Heffernan's “Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid” Protest Chant

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment


Despite the derailment this week of the Republicans’ latest (Graham-Cassidy) stab at dismantling affordable health care after enough senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, publicly voiced their opposition to this latest repeal and replace attempt by Trump’s White House, many Americans remain wary and watchful of their government.  For example low income disabled Americans dependent on Medicaid and those with pre-existing medical conditions continue to anxiously follow the news of each attempt by the Trump administration to take away their healthcare, something that’s more than a mere political issue to them.

“It’s a matter of life and death for many people out here,” said Denver artist/activist Kalyn Heffernan of hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp. Earlier this summer the popular emcee, along with several other wheelchair protestors who are part of the group ADAPT, got arrested and jailed following a sixty hour sit-in protest at the offices of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner demanding the senator vote against the Republican-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). “After we had seen the healthcare replacement plan that was going to gut $800 million from Medicaid in the next ten years, that was when we began our protest,” said Heffernan.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Old 97's

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2017 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Old 97's What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

The Texas band Old 97's were in good spirits during their recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood for a fun What's In My Bag? episode. "I got stuck on a bit of records that I couldn't stop listening to when I was 14 years old," confided lead singer Rhett Miller, before he pulled The Smiths' singles collection, Hatful Of Hollow, out of his Amoeba bag. Another high school favorite of was Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M., which he used to play all night long in his sleep by tricking the turntable's arm into restarting the record once it ended. "I'm making my kids endure the records that I loved from my childhood," he revealed. The longtime bandmates had an easy rapport and camaraderie, levying wisecracks at each other about what they'd picked up.

Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old 97's are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, set them off on a Old 97's Graveyard WhistlingUS tour which led them to Chicago, where they caught the eye of Bloodshot Records. The band inked a deal with the label for the release of their next album, 1996's Wreck Your Life. In turn this release garnered attention from Elektra Records, who released a string of LPs from Old 97's: Too Far to Care (1997), Fight Songs (1999), and Satellite Rides (2001).

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RIP Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend this weekend, the great Charles Bradley. He died on September 23rd, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He had been touring up until recently, and was even scheduled to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival this coming weekend in Long Beach.

We were honored to host an in-store performance with Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2013. Daptone Records had just released the Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD, which documented the months leading up to his 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming -  released when he was 62-years old!! - and his sophomore album was only a few month's old at that time. Everyone at Amoeba was blown away by his talent, charisma, and shining heart, which was evident to anyone who was lucky enough to witness a live performance by the "screaming eagle of soul."

You can get a glimpse of his incredible passion and soul in this video of "You Put The Flame On It" from Victim of Love performed live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It (Live at Amoeba)
 

We also had a chance to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with him while he was at the store. In the video, there's a beautiful moment where he talks about relating to and being inspired by James Brown, saying, "It gives me hope that it's not too late for me to come out of the darkness and come into the light and show the world who I am. I'm a person of character and dignity and respect of all humanity. That's me."

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