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Hip-Hop July 14 2017: Fresh Kid Ice, DJ Shadow, Brian Coleman, Shabazz Palaces, Missy Elliot, Mr. Lif, The Roots, Ozomatali +

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2017 07:59pm | Post a Comment


The Roots, who did a killer Amoeba Hollywood in-store a decade ago, headline a Bay Area show tonight at the Fox Theater. (2 Chainz will be at the same Uptown Oakland district venue on August 14th).  Just a couple of blocks nearby in this vibrant nightlife section of the East Bay city is another excellent show. At the New Parish tonight will be the "collective of Black-Chicano-Cuban-Japanese-Jewish-Filipino musicians" Ozomatali headlining a bill with Pasto Seco Band plus local longtime emcee El Kool Kyle. Yes, it's mid summer and therefore there's lots of great hip-hop events going on in the East Bay in both Oakland and Berkeley, as well as across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. That's where The Roots' hardest working member, drummer and busy DJ Questlove will be jetting over to after his Oakland show tonight to do a DJ set at San Francisco's The Independent on Divisidaro following a set by DeeJay Theory. Speaking of deejays Bay Area legend DJ Shadow over past week unexpectedly dropped the impromptu (digital) 4 song EP The Mountain Has Fallen which is a sequel to his summer 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall (also on LP/vinyl). He'll no doubt be performing from both releases when he brings his ongoing tour this weekend to Berkeley's UC Theatre on Sunday July 16th with Bay Area turntablist DJ Teeko opening. Next month show to look forward to: Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, and Brother Ali all play Berkeley's Greek Theatre on August 22nd.

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Watch The Buttertones Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 14, 2017 06:50pm | Post a Comment

The Buttertones Live at Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have local garage rockers The Buttertones live on stage performing songs from their latest record, Gravedigging, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. The quintet drew a rapt crowd as they tore through their surf and psychobilly influenced tunes.

The Buttertones GravediggingFirst up was "Pistol Whip," a mid-tempo, night-stalker of a song showcasing vocalist/guitarist Richard Araiza's David Byrne/Bryan Ferry-like vocals. Next was the manic "Sadie's A Sadist," featuring a Cramps-y guitar groove and some killer saxophone trills. "A Tear For Rosie," a dark ballad with staccato guitar and organ hits followed third, and ending the set was the titular track, "Gravediggin'" which begins with a chaotic muted "Peter Gunn" by way of "The Twilight Zone" guitar riff which suddenly drops down to a subdued groove with chilling, falsetto-accented vocals, before spinning back into the riff-y vortex.

Watch the performance below:

The Buttertones - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:012:17: Jay-Z, RTJ, Kenny Dope, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Necro, Z-Ro, & Macklemore

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2017 10:37pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 July 12 2017


1: Jay-Z 4:44 (Roc Nation)

2: Logic Everybody (also avail on vinyl/LP)  (Def Jam)

3: Snoop Dogg Neva Left (Doggystyle)

4: Z-Ro No Love Boulevard (1 Deep Entertainment) 

5: Twista Crook Country (CMG)

 
 DUAL VINYL PICKS  OF THE WEEK

Kenny Dope "Cuckoo Clock" + "Crime Cut" 7"
             +   "Down By Law" / "Subway Beat" (7") (Kay Dee Records)

Necro
   Die! LP
             + Death Rap [Bonus Tracks] LP   (HHE.de Records)          

Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation), which is the number one hip-hop album at Amoeba this week, was officially released for sale Friday last (July 7, 2017) even though the album had actually been unveiled a week earlier via (Jay-Z's) Tidal streaming company as well as via Sprint, following a profitable deal he shrewdly signed with the corporation. That combined exposure of 4:44 resulted in the RIAA registering it platinum status two days in advance of its actual (traditional) "street date." As such the unprecedented move was yet another reminder of  just how radically the music business has switched up and changed in these ever-evolving digital days. Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation) has something in common with another chart entry above: Snoop Dogg's Neva Left (Doggystyle). Beyond both being by maturing hip-hop artists in a young man's game, each of the two artists shared the experience of been lambasted for losing their edge in reviews of previous recent era releases. In response, both artists set out to instantly defuse these negative impressions of their careers. Each address the haters on their respective albums' opening tracks in which they insist that they're neither washed up or irrelevant. 

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2017 01:26pm | Post a Comment

Deafheaven What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Who knew Johnny Marr's soothing voice could lull you to sleep on a tour bus? At least that's what happened when Deafheaven's Kerry McCoy tried to listen to the audiobook of the famed Smiths guitarist's autobiography, Set The Boy Free. After repeatedly nodding off to the recording, McCoy picked up the hardcover book during a visit to Amoeba Hollywood, where he and bandmate George Clarke grabbed a healthy stack of records and books showcasing their influences.

San Francisco metal band Deafheaven was founded by singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy in 2010. After releasing a demo, the band was signed to Deathwish Inc. Their debut, Roads to Judah, was released in 2011 and Deafheaven embarked on a packed touring schedule, with stops at Deafheaven New BermudaSXSW, Sound and Fury Festival, and support gigs for Russian Circles and KEN mode. They set off for Europe in 2012. Their breakthrough LP, Sunbather, arrived in 2013 and charted at #130 on the Billboard Top 200.

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NightLife LIVE 2017 Starts at SF's California Academy of Sciences on July 13th with Connan Mockasin

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 11, 2017 11:56am | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife LIVE summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into a 21+ oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2017.

Connan Mockasin
Connan Mockasin


On Thursday, July 13th, the summer music series kicks off on the Academy’s outdoor stage with a night of lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin and LA's Morgan Delt. And don't miss DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club.

Also featured are art installations all around and outside of the building, including trippy work by Santiago Insignares and Camilla Valdez, plus a “zome” dome by Zomadic. Make sure try out the NightLife signature cocktails and browse local vendors as you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum!

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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