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New Hip-Hop inc Top 5: Mac Miller, Marlowe, Blockhead, Blu & Shafiq Husayn, Sims, Fat Albert Einstein, A.G., Funky DL, Fugees, etc.

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2018 02:02pm | Post a Comment
In addition to the new hip-hop album releases in the Top Five below are such other new/recent arrivals to Amoeba as the Fugees vinyl release from Sony Legacy; Refugee Camp: Bootleg Versions LP. As its title implies this is a collection of alternative bootleg versions of tracks by the Fugees (aka Refugee Camp)   including "Ready Or Not [Clark Kent/Django Remix]" and "Nappy Heads [Mad Spider Mix]. Another Sony Legacy trip down memory lane is their 2LP/vinyl reissue of Nas' 1999 album Nastradamus 2LP/vinyl reissue.

New releases on vinyl this week include Fat Albert Einstein's 2U4U LPJake Najor's 7" DJ/producer tailored Dirty Money Breaks on Common Good Records, and Minneapolis artist Sims' Arteria Verite LP. That brand new album by the Doomtree crew member is also available on CD

Additional hip-hop new arrivals at Amoeba from the past couple of weeks include Curren$y & Harry Fraud's The Marina EP (also on vinyl/LP),  Freeway's Think Free,  and Jarren Benton's Yuck Fou. Recent vinyl releases include Knxwledge's Stones Throw 7"  "Gladwemet," a 3LP blue vinyl pressing of Damu The Fudgemeunk's Vignettes, and the super-duo Marlowe's (Solemn Brigham & L'Orange) self-titled album on Mello Music Group, Marlowe LP (more on this amazing album in an upcoming Amoblog interview with the artists).


1: Mac Miller Swimming (pre-order 2LP/vinyl)  (Warner Brothers) 

Following a tumultuous stretch in the public eye earlier this year, including his breakup with Ariana Grande and getting a DUI for a hit-and-run, rapper/singer Mac Miller is back with his anticipated 
album Swimming. His fifth full-length release, it is the follow up the artist's acclaimed 2016 album TheDevine Feminine (avail on vinyl/2LP).  While production-wise the 13 track album is a lush synth-drenched affair, lyrically the album offers the 26 year old artist a cathartic opportunity to bear his soul and face such demons as depression and paranoia, all the while coming to terms with where he is at this juncture in his life.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Signifyin Blues 2018

Amoeba Music is proud to support Signifyin' Blues, a 3-day music and dance event in November benefiting The California Jazz & Blues Museum! Taking place November 9th-11th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA, the benefit event includes live music performances, dance workshops and competitions, as well as interactive talks, all with the goal of honoring the origins of Blues and highlighting the deep impact it has on our culture.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues are available now at Amoeba Hollywood with low service fees. Plus, you'll receive a free $10 Amoeba gift certificate with every ticket purchased! 

Music performers include:

  • RL Boyce
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Missy Anderson
  • Brother Yusef
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
  • Blaux Bros
  • Cheyenne Amen

The dance workshops will be led by instructors Damon Stone, Kelsy Stone, Heidi Fite, Kenneth Shipp and more. More information about the event can be found here.

Signifyin Blues 2018

Songs for the Seasons

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 2, 2018 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Masque of the Four Seasons

By Brent James

Alice Cooper School's Out“And I'm lost, behind
The words I'll never find
And I'm left behind
As seasons roll on by”
- Chris Cornell

As we shift through the seasons of our own lives, we’re constantly reminded of the influence music has had not only on us and our ever-changing desires for rebirth and new experiences, but how it’s also shapes things we sometimes take for granted such as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

“We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time.”
- Terry Jacks

Whether you realize it or not, life has a soundtrack. Think about the music you listened to when you were younger, or in your “Spring” years. It may not be in your current rotation now, but it sure shaped you then, and is guaranteed to be bringing somebody SOMEWHERE to the brink of their realizations now. You pass on what you learn, and hope to gain knowledge of fresh conditions along the way.

“The nights draw in
There's a silky moon up in the sky, yeah
Children are fantasising
Grown-ups are standing by
What a super feeling
Am I dreaming?”
- Queen

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mogwai

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2018 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Mogwai - Stuart Braithwaite

Stuart Braithwaite of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai paid Amoeba Hollywood a visit during the band's North American tour for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "This is probably the thing I'm most excited about," said Braithwaite while holding up the massive vinyl box set Root Hog Or Die: An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute. The massive 6-LP box set of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's field recordings was sure to have something worth delving into. "I love these compilations 'cause you'll just hear something on them and then you can go and find out more about it," Braithwaite explained. He then shared how he discovered American sacred harp singing through another Lomax compilation. "I'd never heard anything like it...I tracked down a lot of that." 

Mogwai was formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch. They took their name from the creatures in the movie Gremlins. The group released their debut LP, Mogwai Young Team, in 1997. Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed was released the following year, featuring remixes from the likes of Kevin Shields, Arab Strap, and Alec Empire. The band's current Mogwai - Every Country's Sunlineup solidified with the addition of Barry Burns prior to recording their sophomore LP, 1999's Come On Die Young. By their third album, Rock Action, Mogwai was moving away from guitars and incorporating more electronic instruments. Rock Action was their biggest commercial success to date, peaking at #23 on the UK album charts. 

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Blue Planet II & The Black Scorpion

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 30, 2018 07:18pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Blue Planet II, BBC Earth:
At Amoeba Music we sell a lot of DVDs of abstract video set to psychedelic music that are used by Blue Planet IIpeople who are bombed on pot and psychedelics to blow their minds to. Well, those stoner viewers have found their new holy grail with Blue Planet II. This is one of the trippiest things I've ever seen; every episode is utterly surreal and mind bending, and the best part is there are no drugs involved -- this is pure straight up reality. The oceans are an alien world to us land dwellers and David Attenborough's high def cameras reveal this reality to a degree we've never seen before. Thanks to recent developments in technology and photography, this is the clearest we've ever seen the underwater realm. In all older ocean documentaries, the light and colors beneath the surface have always been muted or blurred due to that fact that cameras couldn't equal the details of human vision. But photography has finally caught up and all the scenes in Blue Planet II are as crystal clear as if you were there underwater viewing the events through a scuba diving mask. In fact, this Blu-ray is the new gold standard for high def. When I popped this in I couldn't believe how sharp and clear the pictures and details were, they were even better than other recent Blu-ray releases.

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