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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sean Price, Rick Ross, DJ Sausage Fingaz, Elaquent, Future, Little Simz, 21 Savage, Smif-N-Wessun, TRDMRK +

Posted by Billyjam, March 8, 2019 09:23pm | Post a Comment

#1  Various Artists Gangster Music Vol. 1 (also on CD) (All City Records)

Topping the hip-hop vinyl from over the past week to arrive into Amoeba Music is the must-get 2LP set Gangster Music Vol. 1 that's also available on CD.  The compilation comes via Dublin's All City Records and was carefully curated by the Irish label's owner O.B. who also runs the record/graff supply store of the same name in the Irish capital.  27 tracks deep of high-caliber hip-hop, this collection is bound to appeal to fans of labels like Rhymesayers, Mello Music Group and Stones Throw. In fact several of the artists on this new compilation have previously released music via those three hip-hop labels.  Among the artists on Gangster Music Vol. 1  are Jeremiah Jae,  Jonwayne,  MNDSGN,  Madchild, Kaytranada,  Blu, Oh No & Madlib, Your Old Droog,  Defari & Evidence, All City regular Onra and Quelle Chris

Speaking of Quelle Chris, whose collaborative album Everything's Fine 2LP (also on CD) with studio and life partner Jean Grae, ranked among the best hip-hop albums of 2018, reminder that the multi-talented artist's anticipated next solo 2LP concept album Guns is scheduled to drop at the end of this month via Mello Music/Sony. Meanwhile below is the music video for the Gangster Music Vol. 1 track "Big Whips" by the power duo of Madlib and Oh No.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with James Lavelle of UNKLE & Mo' Wax

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2019 03:30pm | Post a Comment

UNKLE - What's In My Bag?

We were very fortunate to have DJ, producer, musician, and record label executive James Lavelle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of the music and movies that have shaped his tastes, including a film by a director he says influenced how looks at Los Angeles. That director is Michael Mann and the film is his 1995 masterpiece, Heat. "(This is) a film that I love very much and I love the director," he told us. Lavelle also talked about The Watchmen, Neneh Cherry, and the impact of DJ Shadow's landmark debut album Endtroducing... making for a particularly eclectic and engaging What's In My Bag? episode.

English artist James Lavelle co-founded the Mo' Wax record label with Tim Goldsworthy in 1992, UNKLE - The Road Part I - Amoeba Musicreleasing now-classic records by Money Mark, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon, Luke Vibert, Blackalicious, and DJ Shadow. After the release of Endtroducing..... in 1996, Lavelle and DJ Shadow collaborated on the UNKLE project. The band's first LP, 1998's Psyence Fiction featured guest appearances from Thom YorkeRichard Ashcroft, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, and Badly Drawn Boy. Lavelle teamed up with Richard File for UNKLE's 2003 followup, Never, Never Land, with contributions from 3D (Massive Attack) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA).

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Art & Zombies

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 5, 2019 07:30pm | 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. I figured I’d make things a little more highbrow this month, so I’m starting off with a recent Criterion Collection edition of a classic Orson Wells film:

The Magnificent Ambersons, Criterion Collection:
The Magnificent Ambersons is not a magnificent movie; it's a mediocre movie magnificently made. Orson Magnificent AmbersonsWells was such a genius that he could polish a turd even as weak as this script. As a result, we are just carried along from the beginning of the movie by one beautifully filmed and staged deep focus set piece after another. The cinematography is breathtaking and inventive and flawlessly sharp in this new Criterion Collection remaster. The only problem is that if you stop and think about the movie there isn't much "there" there. The whole thing comes off as the best filmed episode of Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. Wells was trying to create another definitive American myth of wealth and power but unlike his masterpiece Citizen Kane, the central characters of this film are just not that interesting or likable. The main protagonist George Amberson is especially unlikeable -he's really just a spoiled brat and a jerk. Kane at least had obsessions and demons that drove him to memorable scenes of pathos and drama, George Amberson on the other hand is just kind of a dick. The film follows the ups and downs of the Amberson clan, who were the richest family in Indianapolis, Indiana at the turn of the last century. Some of the most engaging scenes are where Wells examines the changing fashions and technology of those long gone times. After describing the city, the era, and the other family members, Wells focuses his attention on spoiled brat and only child George. Unlike the people around him, George is a hedonist with no goals in life. The only career he aspires to is "yachtsman." George treats everyone around him like shit and views money as an endless resource, but times change and fortunes fall. When things start to go bad, this clan of aristocrats are particularly unprepared for it.

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New Green Room Session Video with FEELS

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2019 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Feels - Amoeba Green Room Session

We were super excited to have LA band FEELS in the Amoeba Green Room recently for a killer live set. Playing tracks off their new LP, Post Earth (out now on Wichita Recordings), the quartet was in top form, jamming and thrashing their melodic noise punk sound. 

Feels Post Earth

Starting off the performance was the spacy and textural "Sour," followed by the dirty punk ditty, "Deconstructed." Next up was the ethereal "Awful Need," while the set ended with the epic "Post Earth."

Be sure to catch FEELS perform with Ex Hex April 25 at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood with low feesl!

Watch the full performance below:

Feels - Green Room Session
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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Habibi

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Habibi - What's In My Bag?

Rahill Jamalifard and Leah Fishman from Brooklyn psych rock band Habibi went digging through the racks at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The bandmates and avid record collectors spotted The Paragons' rocksteady/reggae LP On The Beach at the same time, but Jamalifard grabbed it first. "I have been listening to 'When The Lights Are Low,' just over and over," she said. Noting that that the record was in the wrong section, Fishman joked, "I feel like you planted that." It was evident that the musicians and occasional DJs had very eclectic taste, including pysch, Persian pop, soul, garage, punk, and cumbia.

Taking their name from the Arabic word for "my love," Habibi fuses '60s girl Habibi - Amoeba Musicgroup sounds with psych rock. The band was formed in 2011 by Detroit natives Lenaya Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Rahill Jamalifard (vocals), who teamed up with New York musicians Erin Campbell (bass/guitar/vocals), Karen Isabel (drums), and Leah Beth Fishman (guitar/vocals). After touring with King Tuff and earning buzz at SXSW and CMJ, the band signed to Born Bad Records for the release of a self-titled 7".  In 2014, Burger Records put out the band's eponymous debut full-length. Habibi teamed up with La Luz for a split EP in 2015. The five-piece released the Cardamom Garden EP in 2018, featuring two songs sung largely in Farsi. 

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