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Bay Area Turntablist/Producer ADA Joins Creative Forces With His Hip-Hop Heroes: Cut-And-Paste Pioneers Double Dee & Steinski

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2018 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Super-talented Bay Area turntablist/producer ADA has joined creative forces with his musical heroes: pioneering hip-hop production duo Double Dee & Steinski (DDS) and today kicked off the first in a series of exciting new collaborations; "What's The Angle?" heard below.  Just as previous generation California hip-hop DJ/producers Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow looked for inspiration to 80's hip-hop cut-and-paste pioneers Double Dee & Steinski and their legendary Lesson series, so too has Adam "ADA" Butler.  Initially released in the 80's as non-commercial/promo only 12" singles by Tommy Boy Records, and since then bootlegged countless times, but most recently officially reissued a decade ago by Illegal Art as Steinski's (out of print) What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective, [Amoeblog Steinski 2008 interview] DDS' influential Lesson megamix series include "The Payoff Mix," "Lesson 2 [James Brown Mix]" and "Lesson 3: History of HIp-Hop." A decade later in the 90's both NorCal's DJ Shadow and SoCal's Cut Chemist would individually record their "Lesson 4" homages to the DDS series: DJ Shadow's earlier "Lesson 4" was released in 1991 via Hollywood Basic while Cut Chemist's "Lesson 4: The Radio" was released in 1995 on the premiere volume of Dave Paul'BOMB Hip-Hop Records' landmark Return of the DJ compilations. 

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DJ Premier Interview on Respecting New Hip-Hop, Recalling The Gang Starr Years, New "PRhyme 2" with Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 16, 2018 11:37pm | Post a Comment

PRhyme 2 released today: DJ Premier on Gang Starr & respecting hip-hop's new wave: Pt 2 below

"I'm a fan of this music in general. So I study the era before me, the era during my era, and the ones after me," said eternal crate digger DJ Premier whose anticipated new PRhyme 2 collaboration with Royce Da 5'9" album arrived into Amoeba this week, March 16th 2018.  Now three decades into a long illustrious and influential career that began with Premo and the late great emcee Guru as the iconic hip-hop duo of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is a rarity in hip-hop history: an ever in-demand producer who consistently makes relevant and exciting new music, with an uncanny gift for always bringing out the best in emcees.

Likely DJ Premier's secret to longevity lies in his unbridled passion for music (of all types) coupled with an inquisitive and always open mind. Unlike so many veteran hip-hop artists, quick to dismiss the current young wave of popular rap, Premier embraces and defends it.  “I don’t even call it mumble rap but it is part of the hip-hop culture,” he said, further defending the “rebellious” spirit of today's oft maligned young hip-hop stars. “They might wear tight skinny jeans and all that but it’s still a part of what we did. We used to sag our jeans and everyone was telling us to pull up our pants……I was 19, 20 years old when I signed with Gang Starr,” he recalls in part one of the phone interview (above) recorded this week with the Amoeblog.

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Honoring Legacies of Nokie Edwards, Charlie Quintana, Craig Mack, Stephen Hawking, Matt Dike, Patrick Doyle + Others Gone in 2018

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2018 03:34pm | Post a Comment


“We’re losing too many artists too young like Pam the Funkstress and DJ Stef, and now Craig Mack,” Shing02 told the Amoeblog Wednesday night in New York City. The multi-talented Japanese artist with Bay Area roots was speaking after last night's sold-out Brooklyn concert with his live hip-hop band (including Spin Master DJ A-1) at Rough Trade where surprise guest emcee, Bay Area transplant Kirby Dominant, came onstage for an inspired impromptu rendition of Craig Mack’s rap hit “Flava In Ya Ear.” [see photo above c/o Yoshiaki Miura + left c/o Peter Agoston

Hours earlier in the same day the audience learned the sad news of the passing of the 47 year old Long Island NY native who had died two days previously in South Carolina from “natural causes.”  With a recording career dating back to 1988, when he was MC EZ, it wasn't until 1994 that Craig Mack made his indelible mark on hip-hop history. This he did as the breakout star on Sean (Puffy/Diddy) Comb’s then fledgling Bad Boy Entertainment label with the hit  ”Flava in Ya Ear" and its remix (scroll down for video) featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and a young little known Brooklyn rapper named Christopher Wallace known as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. (RIP).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Finn Wolfhard

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2018 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Finn Wolfhard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some music picks and talked about his band Calpurnia, whose first single "City Boy" was just released last week. "Most of this music is very influential to us," Wolfhard said of his selections, which included his current favorite band, The Lemon Twigs. "They're only a couple years older than I am, which is crazy," the 15-year old actor and musician told us. "They put on an incredible live show," he said before plugging their live video shot during their in-store performance at Amoeba. "Check that out."

Stranger Things 2 posterCanadian actor Finn Wolfhard is best-known for playing Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things. Born in Vancouver, Wolfhard made his first TV appearance on The CW sci-fi drama The 100. This was followed by an episode of Supernatural, in which he played Jordie Pinsky, a kidnapped boy threatened by a soulless babysitter. He auditioned for Stranger Things after seeing an open casting call. He and the rest of the cast won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2017 SAG Awards.

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Amoebapalooza SF in Photos

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 12, 2018 05:43pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza SF 2018

On February 25th, the staff of Amoeba SF kept things very local and crossed Haight Street after closing in a group migration to Milk Bar for Amoebapalooza SF 2018! Part company party, part talent show featuring acts composed of Amoeba SF employees and friends, Amoebapalooza is a yearly tradition that is always a hoot. This year, the talent ranged from dramatic readings, to novelty rock, to electro-performance art, with lots of musical diversions and slices of pizza in between.

Thank you to our friends at SIR Studios for providing our musical back line and to Milk Bar for being the perfect venue and neighbor.

Jon Longhi
Jon Longhi
Alan's Cousin
Alan's Cousin
MAGA: Make Amoebapalooza Great Again
MAGA: Make Amoebapalooza Great Again
Gaktuse
Gaktuse
Jesus Dude Mom
Jesus Dude Mom
Plunk 67
Plunk 67
Toyota
Toyota
Nicki Jizz
Nicki Jizz
 
 

 

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