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Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five: Lil Baby, Gunna, Ski Mask The Slump Lord, Ceschi, People Under The Stairs' Final Album "Sincerely, The P"

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2019 11:13pm | Post a Comment

#1  People Under The Stairs  Sincerely, The P (avail on CD, cassette, and 2LP pre-order) (Piecelock 70)

While most hip-hop acts 20 years into their career might have have lost their edge and/or passion for an art form that won them over back in their youth, People Under The Stairs have remained consistently fresh and relevant with each anticipated release by the SoCal act. Further it seemed like PUTS would be recording and performing forever.  Hence when consistently independent duo, comprised of Thes One and Double K, announced that their new 2019 release Sincerely, The P would be their final/farewell album their dedicated fanbase were understandably sad. On a positive note however the new 56 minute album is one of their strongest full-lengths in an illustrious twelve album career spanning two decades. Released physically this past Friday via  Piecelock 70 on both CD and cassette, with colored double vinyl to follow next month (2LP pre-order one per customer) Sincerely, The P continues the pure underground hip-hop vibe that PUTS fans have grown to love since the hip-hop pair first arrived on the LA scene back in the late nineties.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Trixie Mattel

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2019 05:29pm | Post a Comment

Trixie Mattel - What's In My Bag?

Singer, actor, comedian, and drag queen Trixie Mattel did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and kept us laughing throughout the entire What's In My Bag? interview. Trixie's '90s nostalgia was on full display, as was her wit, charm, and ability to recall countless movie lines. Not only that, but she talked about some of her favorite music and comedy records and shared the unexpected album that inspired her to start playing guitar.

Trixie Mattel first attracted notice as a contestant on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2015. She made a triumphant return during the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she won the competition in the final lip sync battle. She also competed in 2018's RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular.

Outside of her Drag Race fame, Mattel has teamed up with fellow contestant Katya Zamolodchikova for the comedy web series UNHhhh and the Viceland program The Trixie & Katya Show. She has toured extensively with her comedy act, with her newest tour, "Now with Moving Parts" captured in the forthcoming documentary Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts. In 2017, she released the country-folk album Two Birds via ATO Records. One Stone was released the following year. (The two albums are available on one LP as Two Birds, One Stone.) She has named June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton as two of her greatest musical influences. 

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Tickets to Special Wax Trax! Events with Ministry & Cold Cave Available at Amoeba on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screenings

TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS: Purchase the Industrial Accident Record Store Day soundtrack LP in-store at Amoeba on 4/13.

** 2 VIP tickets will be included with the LP.

** The LP is available on a first come, first serve basis and will follow the Record Store Day purchasing setup at each store. There will not be a separate line for this LP.

** Supplies are limited. 

Please read all of the details below carefully.

One of the many Record Store Day releases we're excited about this year is the soundtrack to Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary follows the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records, the record store turned label that introduced the world to industrial music and bands such as Ministry, Front 242, and My Life With Thrill Kill Kult. The RSD release is pressed on blue vinyl, includes a 40-page book, and is limited to 800 copies.

In conjunction with the release, a few lucky cities will get special screenings of the documentary that also include a panel discussion, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave! The Bay Area event is on Monday, April 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. SoCal fans get their chance the next night, Tuesday, April 23rd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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Turn Music Lovers into Musician Lovers: New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 1, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

By Shona

I love New Orleans, and if you’ve been there, you do too. (If you’ve never been, get yourself down there!) New Orleans is the birthplace and repository of so much important music and, more importantly, so much music is alive and swaggering there. It’s Jazz, it’s R&B, it’s Cajun and Zydeco, it’s Funk, it’s Mardi Gras Indians, it’s Rock & Roll, it’s brass bands, it’s Bounce and Hip-Hop, and we could go on. Let’s just say it’s all that and a bag of Zapp’s potato chips! It’s our past and present, but how do we keep it going for our future? We add Musician Lover to our identity as Music Lover. We support the music and culture by supporting the health and well-being of the people who create it.

Amoeba Music has a long history with the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) and the clinic they support, New Orleans Musician’s Clinic (NOMC). Their mission is to save New Orleans Music and one of the ways they do that is “preventing death by lifestyle.” If you’ve seen an episode of the David Simon HBO drama Treme, then you saw their work depicted. We are a business run by music lovers that caters to music lovers and, let’s be real, we gotta be Musician Lovers.

Every year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival happens the last weekend of April. It’s an epic music festival, mixing big name, internationally known acts and hyper local artists. Last year they had almost 450,000 attendees over seven days. This year is their big 50th Anniversary, and the line-up is insane. Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Herbie Hancock, Leon Bridges, Logic, Big Freedia, Santana, Trombone Shorty, and more. NOMAF is holding a raffle and tickets are only $10 each! The grand prize is two Brass Passes (7 day access, VIP perks) to Jazz Fest. Trust, you want that prize. (They don’t take any federal funds, so they rely on year-round donations and special events to fund their programs.)

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Ghost Tiger Rider in the Sky

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 31, 2019 05:36pm | Post a Comment

Dick Dale Tiger

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

When I was a young lad of 18, I went to see Dick Dale on his Tribal Thunder tour. He was amazing, yet he was also the most boastful "showboat" I had ever seen on a stage. After the show, like many others, I went to get his autograph on the back of an old Esmeralda Fortune Teller’s card. When it was my turn in line, he stopped his autographing routine, put his hands firmly on both my shoulders, looked me straight in my eyes, and started telling me intensely about how one of his pet tigers recently died, and that when he was holding his beloved giant cat during its passing he too ventured to where the animal's spirit was heading.

It was only darkness he saw, there was no vision of the tunnel of light that he had been told about time and again, and from that moment on he was now scared of death and had doubts about the afterlife. Eventually he took his hands off me, signed my card, and went back to handing out his signed picks to the waiting bewildered line of fans behind me, who questioned me after about what he was talking to me about. I The Phantom Surfers & Dick Dalewondered recently, where did his spirit go when it left this Earthly plane? I like to think he is now riding on his tiger with his guitar swung around his back, like He-Man atop Battle Cat, similar to a Frank Frazetta painting. A ghost tiger rider in the sky.

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