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Interview with Sacramento Rapper Chuuwee re "AmeriKKa's Most Blunted 3" with Trizz & duo's LA show @ The Airliner Sat, Sept 1st

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2018 11:51pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for Chuuwee and Trizz’s forthcoming third installment in the popular AmeriKKa's Most Blunted (AMB) album series the acclaimed West Coast collaborative rap duo recently unveiled the video for the anticipated album’s Money Montage-produced lead single “Superbowl” (below). Additionally on Saturday night in Los Angeles they’ll headline a talent packed rap showcase at The Airliner Nightclub along with Traffic, Dreebo, Roc$teady and DJ Kieroglyphics. A longtime Amoeblog favorite, whom we first wrote about back in 2014 and last interviewed in 2016, this week once again Amoeba caught up with Chuuwee to talk about the forthcoming AMB album, Saturday's Airliner show, and his prolific career.

Uniquely talented the tireless 27 year old Sacramento born, San Diego based rapper is constantly working on his art. In the last nine years he's impressively prolific career he’s recorded over thirty mixtape and album releases. Mostly digital only found on his Bandcamp these also include such physical releases as his critically acclaimed 2015 full-length collaboration with the European production duo JR & PH7: The South Sac Mack

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2018 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Grails What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Portland experimental rock band Grails goes record hunting at Amoeba Hollywood, you can expect them to find some obscure records. "I picked this record out purely based on the cover," said Ilyas Ahmed while pulling out Nuits D'Été Avec Naima Samih by Moroccan organist Abdou El Omari. "When I find something like this it makes me really excited that I can go home and listen to it, and have to learn to live with it," he told us. "I think that's something with music that's kind of underappreciated these days," he continued, comparing the process of appreciating records to getting know friends. All of the guys picked up some interesting and esoteric records and shared their personal insight with us in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Grails - Chalice Mymnal

Originally named Laurel Canyon, Grails began playing shows together in 1999, self-releasing two EPs before signing to Neurot Recordings for the release of their debut full-length under the Grails moniker, 2003's The Burden of Hope. The core lineup of Alex John Hall, Emil Amos, and William Zakary Riles was refined over time, with previous members sometimes joining the trio for live performances and guest collaborators contributing to their recording sessions.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2018 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

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The Strange Magic of Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 20, 2018 05:24pm | Post a Comment

ELO

By Brent James

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the opening night of Jeff Lynne’s ELO world tour. The massive Oracle Arena in Oakland, California could hardly contain the excitement of the sold-out crowd that had traveled from as far away as New Zealand just to witness the return of one of music’s most unique and mainstay institutions in the flesh.

On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, they were not disappointed…

Opening with “Standing In The Rain”, the 14-piece powerhouse band pummeled the crowd with blast after blast. “Evil Woman” kicked off an operatic hard rock cavalcade, and by the time “Do Ya” was over the fans could take no more! “When I Was A Boy” slowed things down so folks could catch their breath or perhaps refresh libations.

“Living Thing” was the band’s showcase, redefining the word “orchestra.” Iain Hornal was one of many VIP’s this evening and shined through on “Handle With Care,” channeling Roy Orbison with an almost eerie precision. “Xanadu” brought the house down, and “Shine A Little Love” demonstrated the technologically visual prowess that ELO has been known for since the very beginning. A show within a show.

The third “act” kicked off with “Wild West Hero,” and galloped all the way through classic staples “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Turn To Stone” before finally settling down. The encore, “Roll Over Beethoven” written by Chuck Berry but basically owned by Lynne and ELO, left the crowd on their feet and begging for more. Like an orgasmic, euphoric roller coaster ride, you want to ride it again and again.

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2018 MATATU Festival of Stories: Saul Williams at Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre, 9/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2018 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams

Amoeba is proud to partner once again with MATATU for the 2018 MATATU Festival of Stories, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm with an evening with Saul Williams at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Part film, part performance, everything is on the table in this conversation with one of the world's most prolific artists.

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to perform with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.

Wednesday, September 26th, includes a special film screening of The Third Part of the Third Measure The Third Part of the Third Measure(2017), a new audiovisual composition commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Sharjah Biennial 13. The Third Part of the Third Measure creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist, and vocalist Julius Eastman. The film focuses on what The Otolith Group describe as “an experience of watching in the key of listening,” invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement-building that participates in the global struggles against neo-reactionary authoritarianism. The Third Part of the Third Measure invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as “full of honor, integrity, and boundless courage.”

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