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From "Give Peace A Chance" to "Fuck Donald Trump" - Top Ten Protest Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2017 02:10pm | Post a Comment

 
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again" - Edwin Starr "War" (1970 Motown) *
The above sentiment of Edwin Starr's popular anti-Vietnam protest song was right about war but with one key exception. War, along with other periods of serious social unrest, historically trigger some of the best reactionary art of all schools including music and some of the most powerful protest songs. Even before last Thursday's bombing of Syria and the inevitable future fallout it will cause, the Trump era had already helped kick start the latest renaissance of revolutionary protest music.  Like Edwin Starr's Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned 1970 single, recorded during the counterculture era, the latest wave of protest music is a form of artistic expression born out of passion and necessity. Traditionally protest music acts on two primary levels. It's the soundtrack to the actual protest / rebellion / revolution, as well as being as a medium to vent and share feelings of discontent. As well as being a catharsis for its creators offering listeners some sense of relief or bonding, good protest music can also provide a message of hope during historically challenging times. Since the beginning of time history has a habit of repeatedly presenting its citizens challenging times, with war and social injustices being recurring themes.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with White Lung

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2017 11:01am | Post a Comment

White Lung What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Mish Way and Anne-Marie Vassiliou of Canadian punk band White Lung were recently at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of the killer records they picked up, including a Van Morrison LP box set of his 1967 New York sessions. "Van Morrison's my favorite musician of all time," says Way. "This is not my fault, it's my dad's fault," she continues, stating that she was forced to listen to Morrison throughout her childhood. "But I truly do love Van." In addition to the Morrison collection, Way also picked up Bo Diddley's Big Bad Bo album, which features a cover of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working." "Bo Diddley singing a Van Morrison song would make me very happy."

White Lung Paradise White Lung consists of Mish Way-Barber, Kenneth Williams, and Anne-Marie Vassiliou. Formed in 2006, it wasn't till four years later that the band would release their first studio LP, It's the Evil. In 2011, White Lung took home the Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group of the Year award at the Canadian Music Week Indie Awards. They began attracting even more attention with the release of their sophomore LP, 2012's Sorry.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:09:17: Joey Bada$$, Slugabed, Tech N9ne, More Jail Time for Bobby Shurmda, 5Pointz Aerosol Artists Win

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2017 02:03pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop New Arrivals 04 07 '17

1: Joey Bada$$ All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (also on LP/vinyl) (Cinematic Music)

2: Tech N9ne Dominion (also avail as Deluxe CD)

3: Nines One Foot Out (XL Recordings)

4: Slugabed Inherit The Earth (also avail on LP/vinyl) (Anticon)

5: Starlito & Don Trip Step Brothers Three (Grind Hard)

He's back! Joey Bada$$ is back with his second official album release All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ in analog and digital formats.  Fans old and new are loving the new album that has features from such fellow rap talents as ScHoolboy Q and J.Cole. Released this week by Cinematic Music the anticipated new album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ can be found at Amoeba in both CD and LP/vinyl versions. Longtime LA hip-hop DJ and Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop department member Monalisa took time this past week to carefully go through the twelve track album to write the following review: Joey Bada$$'s sophomore release still keeps him in place as the bridge from the golden era of hip-hop to the new age. He picks up where he left off lyrically, but on this effort his topics include America's current status and the powers that be. It's the variety of beats and the delivery of his message that pull you in to listen and feel where he's coming from. Just as the albums before this one, B4.Da.$$ (also on LP/vinyl) and 1999, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is a record that will stay in your rotation without being retired anytime soon. Standout songs: "Rockabye Baby," "Legendary," "For My People," and "Babylon."

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DJ True Justice's New "Superb" Live Music Series, featuring Martin Luther and DAWNARI, Fills Vacuum in Bay Area Club Nightlife

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2017 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Saturday nights out on the town in Oakland or San Francisco present a dizzying choice of clubs/bars to head to with endless venues. The only thing is that most feature DJs spinning pre-recorded music, typically hip-hopr/rap or some strain of electronic dance, and generally geared for a younger demographic. But for "grown folk" who love music (especially live) and hitting the town on the weekend but are not fans of say mumble rap or the latest rapid BPM, thumping electronic dance music, when it comes to live music outside of overpriced concert halls and live music venues, the choices tend to be slim.

Hence tonight's premiere production of the progressive quality RnB/soul themed Superb music series at Oakland funky-but-fun NIght Light bar with performances from both San Francisco's neo-soul king Martin Luther and Oakland's on the rise stars: the hardworking jazzy tinged, R&b/soul fueled with a hip-hop sensibility instrumental & vocal ensemble DAWNARI.  Both live acts for only $10 tickets  (advance) is a welcome alternative to the Bay Area's often pricey weekend club nightlife scene.

New Green Room Session with Gemma Ray

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2017 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Gemma Ray Amoeba Green Room Session

We recently had the pleasure of listening to British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray perform in our Green Room with drummer Andy Zammit. Between Ray's Twin Peaks-esque guitar tone and effects pedals and Zammit's ambidextrous drumming and keyboard skills, the duo were able to create a rich atmosphere of twangy, dark folk/pop, mixed with menacing psychedelia. Ray performed three songs, two of which are off her latest LP, The Exodus Suite.

Gemma Ray The Exodus Suite Amoeba MusicGemma Ray starts off her set with the slow burning journey of a tune, "Ifs & Buts," which starts as a dark slow dance but builds to a layered, sonic space jam. Be on the lookout for Gemma's kitchen knife strumming skills in this track!! Next is "How Long" a blues-y ballad with a subtle, midnight train rhythm. The session ends with "The Switch," a vibrato-y, shimmering gothic folk tune that shifts into a melancholic march of tinkling guitars. 

Ray will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Watch Gemma Ray's Green Room Session below:

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