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Prozack Turner Video Premiere, Hip-Hop Top 5, Evidence, Boots @ Sundance, Hip-Hop @ Grammys

Posted by Billyjam, January 26, 2018 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeblog Music Video Premiere: Prozack Turner “Girls On A Trampoline” (2018)

Special shout out to Prozack Turner of Foreign Legion and solo fame for granting the Amoeblog the world premiere of his new music video above; “Girls On A Trampoline" from his solo album Not Everybody Sleeps At Night on Hungerstrike Records. With song production care of K Kruze and the cuts by both Irish turntablist DJ Flip and Bay Area turntable talent DJ Halo, the lyrics of this killer track include references to his two Foreign Legion buddies DJ Design and Marc Stretch. Meanwhile the music video's directorial credit goes to Aaron Hartshorn.


Hip-Hop Top Five: 01:26:18

1: Evidence Weather Or Not LP (also on CD)  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

The Fall Top 5 Vinyl + Top 5 CDs: Honoring Mark E. Smith, frontman of The Fall, Who Died Today At Age 60

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2018 04:52pm | Post a Comment
The Fall 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats (Rest In Peace Mark E. Smith)

As this year began, when I made a commitment to document all of the musicians who might pass on in 2018, little did I know how many we would lose just in this first month including Mark E. Smith of The Fall who passed away this morning at age 60. So far no exact cause of death has been officially announced but this upsetting news follows the late 2017 cancellations by The Fall of their scheduled NYC shows; reportedly due to Smith’s failing health. Confirmation of The Fall frontman’s passing came this afternoon from the group’s manager Pamela Vander with the press release; “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”

Not merely another great artist taken before their time, but to me (and all other longtime fans) Smith was most special and beloved. He was an anti-hero in music; an artist who didn’t give a fuck about what others thought. He rapped more than he sang in the expected cookie cutter rock singing traditions, he loved football (soccer) almost as much as music (check out below his hilarious art-piece reading of football scores on BBC), he always had his own unique opinions, had a rep for cancelling shows at the last minute due to his whims, and apparently hadn't gone to the dentist in a while.  For four decades he and his (ever shifting lineup) group remained consistently relevant as he marched to his own beat, never compromising or selling out.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Beth Ditto

Posted by Amoebite, January 24, 2018 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Beth Ditto What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

When the multi-talented singer Beth Ditto stopped in to Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping she was very upfront about her tastes. "I think I have really dollar bin taste," she told us looking at her stack of records, "which is both great and horrible." Sure, the dollar bins may not be alphabetized, but there's still plenty of overlooked gems in them, including Same by British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading. "She's a radical and an activist," Ditto told us, "(and) a beautiful songwriter too."

Beth Ditto first burst onto the scene in 1999 with her garage punk band The Gossip's (later simply Gossip) self-titled EP on K Records. The band's hybrid of gospel, punk, and soul styles combined with Ditto and co's feminist, body positive, and LGBTQ-friendly message created an intriguing hybrid that appealed to a wide range of fans. The band gained steady traction with the release of their debut full-length That's Not What I Heard (2001), their first collaboration with indie label Kill Rock Stars. Movement (2003) and Standing in the Way of Control (2006) soon followed with the latter album Beth Ditto Fake Sugar Amoeba Musiclanding in the #1 slot on the UK indie charts. The band signed to major label Columbia for their next album, 2009's Music for Men. Produced by Rick Rubin, the LP netted the band a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Gossip's final album, A Joyful Noise, was released in 2012, debuting at #100 on the Billboard top 200.

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Hugh Masekela Top 5: In Honor of Pioneering Musical Ambassador / Activist “Father Of South African Jazz” Who Passed @ Age 78

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2018 05:58pm | Post a Comment


1: Hugh Masekela Grazing In The Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela (Sony Special Products)

2: Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is (Verve)

3:Hugh Masekela The Collection (Universal Records UK)

4: Hugh Masekela Hope (Triloka)

5: Hugh Masekela & Herb Alpert Main Event Live (Herb Alpert Presents)

The above selective top five list includes albums currently available from Amoeba by Hugh Masekela; the  78 year old pioneering world music ambassador who passed today (Jan 23, 2018) after succumbing to a ten-year battle with cancer. The South African artist pioneered connecting the musical dots between the township music of his native land with American jazz, pop and beyond. A trumpeter, flugelhorn player, singer and composer, Masekela began playing music as a young teenager, but would go on to build an influential decades-long career that began with 1950’s jazz (swing, bop), be distinguished by his early sixties exile to the USA as part of the anti-apartheid campaign, and to go on to become widely revered as the “Father of South African jazz.”

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Vinyl Matters #01: Starcrawler, tUnE-yArDs, Planet Asia, Sufis, Sun Ra, Elvis, Coltrane, Bowie, Biggie + more in 2018 Vinyl Releases

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2018 11:58pm | Post a Comment

Starcrawler LP (also white vinyl + CD) on Rough Trade (2018)

With the steadily increasing number of vinyl releases each year over the past decade and with 2018 looking primed to witness the most titles released in the music media format once was written off for dead, it turns out that all those “vinyl revival” articles we’ve been reading for years now were spot on. Thanks in part to Record Store Day but more so to shifting cultural habits, records have made a truly healthy comeback with an annual steady growth of approx 10% in vinyl releases. For proof you need look no further than the lists of new vinyl releases arriving into Amoeba every week. Scroll down for a sampling for 2018 releases in such genres as rock, folk, blues, jazz, soul, country, hip-hop and EDM.
 
Noteworthy about this spike in vinyl pressings is that, as one might expect, it is not such DJ oriented genres as hip-hop, breaks, or electronic dance music (EDM) that have seen the largest increase in vinyl output but rock music (in its many sub-genres) which far exceeds every other genre. Rock also tends to synchronize its new release vinyl and CD dates better than hip-hop which typically staggers the vinyl by a couple of months. Exceptions to this have included Sub-Pop’s Shabazz Palaces releases.  Then in the case of many 90’s and early 2000's West Coast rap albums, initially only released on CD and cassette, it is only in very recent years they are finally been released on vinyl. Examples of this include Mac Dre's recent first time vinyl pressings of Thizzle Washington and Ronald Dregan: Dreaganomics. A recent phenomenon, oft associated with rap/hip-hop, is when an album is initially only available as a download or streaming version but then later gets reissued on vinyl only, bypassing CD release altogether.

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