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

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

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DJ Umami, Deeandroid, Lady Ryan, Lady Fingaz, ThatGirl & Pony P of Pioneering Bay Female DJ Peaches Crew Celebrate 10 Years

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2019 02:27pm | Post a Comment

This week the pioneering Bay Area all female Peaches Crew, comprised of multi-talented DJs Umami, Deeandroid, Lady Ryan, Lady Fingaz, ThatGirl and Pony P, will celebrate their ten year anniversary with a party/concert on Friday, September 27th at 7th West in Oakland. At the celebratory event, that will be hosted by Aima the Dreamer, the groundbreaking multi-talented six woman turntablist collective promise performances spinning “open format sets with an emphasis on true school hip-hop and #realdjing: deejaying with skills encompassing turntablism and trick-mixing.”

Peaches was founded back in 2009 by then-bartender Masaye "Mama Peach" who initially formed the crew as a part of a weekly DJ party at the Mission District Skylark Bar where they still hold down Thursdays. Crediting “sisterhood” for their inner crew harmony and decade of longevity, the DJs of Peaches Crew are a true representative cross section of women in today's diverse progressive society. As noted by founding member Masaye, the Peaches Crew’s rich diverse membership incorporates, “mothers, business owners, working women, wives, singles, producers, singers; they are Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, White, Muslim; Straight and LGBTQ. Their parties and mixes celebrate music that unites with a homage to the roots of hip-hop and hip-hop DJ’ing.” 

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Beloved Bay Area DJ Lazyboy's Cancer Surgery "Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party" - Tonight @ Madrone in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2019 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Fun, funny and super-talented Bay Area DJ Lazyboy recently received some life-changing news regarding his on-and-off, long running battle against cancer;  one that the beloved battle/party-rocking / radio DJ  mistakenly thought he had won a few years back during his last confrontational bout with the killer disease. " I just got cancer again," recently announced the 7x Regional DMC Finalist DJ adding, "Not sure how it’s gonna end up this time. Losing a big part of my tongue and hopefully not my life!"  Lazyboy was referencing the emergency surgery he has to undergo this week in which doctors will remove a large portion of his tongue.  The devastating after effects of this surgery will greatly impact Lazyboy's ability to speak. This serious surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday September 24th but tonight rather than be alone feeling sorry for himself,  the always upbeat and positive-thinking DJ will instead celebrate life in the company of good friends (many fellow DJs) at a fun "pre-op / last supper send-off party."
"Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party"  happening this evening at the Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco from 6pm to 9pm will be attended (on the decks and in the house) by those many friends of the universally liked Santa Rosa native, born Gregory Indermark Sherell, who were equally shocked by this bad news and rallied their support by planning to participate in this last minute celebration of life and good health and the joy of enjoying eating food.  "Let us gather for what may be my last meal, no really, this could be the last time I'm able to eat food per conventional methods. So come share stories, music, food, the whole gamut of emotions and maybe take a last look at it in all it's shining pink glory before saying goodbye to our old friend (my tongue) in his current form," wrote DJ Lazyboy in inviting folks to tonight's bittersweet gathering.

Rather than linger in self-pity and focus on the negative, in addition to tonight's upbeat send-off party, yesterday (Sunday Sept 22nd)  Lazyboy (who does all types of DJ parties and events) went into productive, forward-thinking mode by booking studio time to record a wide variety of useful soundbites for the future with his voice, while he can still speak. So he wrote up a script to record all of the many things "needed to say" in such future recurring working DJ scenarios as "wedding, night club, birthday, corporate, showcase, Quinceaneras and message to kid(s)." In advance of yesterday's voice studio recording session, the hard-working DJ reached out and invited friends to assist him in case there were any categories he might have overlooked in his script. He also took that opportunity to scold and remind people to not feel sorry for him by offering prayers. "Stop with the prayers please," he insisted. "I don’t need prayers, I need help with this script!"

Desert Daze 2019 Tickets on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 23, 2019 02:56pm | Post a Comment

Desert Daze 2019

The Desert Daze Music & Arts Festival is returning for another magical weekend of music under the desert stars! The stellar lineup includes Flaming Lips, Ween, Wu-Tang Clan, Devo, Stereolab, Khruangbin and many, many more. The festival takes at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th.

This is the eighth year for the festival, which is put on by the good people at Moon Block, and the second at Moreno Beach. There are several ticket options available online including single day tickets, weekend passes, camping passes, and car camping vehicle passes. Or, if you prefer to save some money on fees, you can get the following tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood:

Camping Pass $99
  • Grants admission for one person to the campgrounds Thursday - Sunday
  • Everyone camping must also have Weekend GA, Azurite or Obsidian festival passes.

3-Day Weeeknd
General Admission

Hip-Hop Weekly Top 5 Chart: Pete Rock & Skyzoo's Wake-Up Call + KILLY, GoldLink, Him Lo, Termanology & Dame Grease

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2019 07:51am | Post a Comment

#1: Skyzoo + Pete Rock
Retropolitan  (Mello Music)

#2: KILLY Light Path 8 (Epic)  avail on CD + crystal clear vinyl LP

#3: GoldLink  Diaspora 2LP vinyl (RCA)

#4: Termanology & Dame Grease Set In Stone (Brick Records)

#5:  Him Lo Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party)

New chart entries, hip-hop arrivals into Amoeba over the past two Fridays, include the September 20th release from Toronto, Canada rapper KILLY of the 13 track Light Path 8 that's also available on  crystal clear vinyl LP pressing. Initially released at the start of the summer but now available on 2LP vinyl set is DC artist GoldLink’s highly recommended, ambitious new 2019 sophomore album Diaspora 2LP vinyl. Other chart entries include Termanology & Dame Grease’s Set In Stone (Brick Records), and Him Lo's Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party) and the new number chart entry from two unmatchable hip-hop talents: Pete Rock and Skyzoo.

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