Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Albums + News: Apollo Brown, Boots Riley @ OMCA, Ben Merlis' Cold Chillin book, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 12:22pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Top 5 Hip-Hop Top Albums

Apollo Brown  Sincerely, Detroit (Mello Music)

#2Homeboy Sandman Dusty (Mello Music)

#3: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae Complicate Your Life With Violence Vinyl LP  (Mello Music Group) (also avail on CD)

#4: Big Shug The Diamond Report  (Brick Records)

#5: Billy Woods Terror Management (backwoodz)

Brand new release in the Amoeba new arrivials this week, via the unstoppable independent hip-hop label Mello Music, is Detroit producer Apollo Brown’s excellent new full-length Sincerely, Detroit. A hip-hop homage to the producer’s hometown, the one hour and 19 minute new album is a Detroit centric, compilation-like album as much as a single artist release. The talent-packed 79 minute album’s 21 tracks feature a long list of guest collaborators from Detroit, acting as yet another reminder of just how much incredible hip-hop talent the Motor City has given and continues to give the world!  Artists joining Apollo Brown include elZHI, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Chris Orrick and Clear Soul Forces. Among the too many great tracks to mention are the upliftingly soulful "God Help Me (feat. Black Milk, Ketchphraze & DJ Los)" and "The Backbone (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fat Ray & Melanie Rutherford)" (scroll down to see the song's accompanying music video).  Order Sincerely, Detroit  HERE

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15 Years After Mac Dre's Murder, Popularity Of Beloved Bay Area Rapper Continues To Grow [includes Mac Dre Top 10 Amoeba Guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 09:01am | Post a Comment
Mac Dre Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics 2LP reissued on vinyl by Thizz Nation example
of the ever-growing wave of interest in the rapper who was murdered 15 years ago on
November 1st 2004, just 3 & a half months after the release of this album.

Today, November 1st, 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of beloved Bay Area rapper Mac Dre who, a full decade and a half after his tragic demise, is far from fading from memory. Instead the charismatic super-talented  rapper born Andre Hicks, whose career began in the 80’s and who at the end of the following decade was leading the charge as one of the chief ambassadors of the Bay Area’s blossoming, hyphy movement, has exponentially grown in popularity with each passing year since his 2004 murder. Today Mac Dre (an artist under appreciated in his lifetime) is widely viewed as an iconic figure in hip-hop history. He ranks up there along with  2Pac and J-Dilla; two other hip-hop greats taken too young from this world while in the prime of their careers.

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Lighthouse Horror Films Galore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much."
~ from Bert I. Gordon's 1960 cult classic, Tormented

If Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse left you intrigued to see more eerie lighthouse flicks, let me humbly suggest you watch or re-watch these classics before you lazily settle your craving by watching the evil tooth fairy in Darkness Falls.

The Monster of Piedras BlancasThe Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Why are the rocks white you ask? Maybe Sturges the lighthouse keeper should have worn a "Damn Seagulls" hat in the movie. Filmed in Cayucos, California (south of Der Tinkerpaw's Nitt Witt Ridge and just north of Alex and Phyllis Madonna's world famous Madonna Inn), the movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas sits close to my heart. The monster had a fantastic look and would have been a great tag team partner with either the Gill-Man from the Creature of the Black Lagoon or the monster from It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The Piedras Blancas monster would return in 1965 on TV in an episode of Flipper...not to be confused with the punk band Flipper, however many of you may recognize the monster from the Angry Samoans' 1982 album cover, Back from Samoa. Personally I never listened to either of those bands, because I'd rather listen to CRIME!

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New Green Room Session with Torche

Posted by Amoebite, October 30, 2019 01:43pm | Post a Comment

Torche - Amoeba Green Room Session

The walls of the Amoeba Hollywood green room shook and rattled as Miami rock band Torche performed a heavy, loud set for our intimate Amoeba Green Room Series. Playing four tracks off their fifth album, Admission, which is out now on Relapse Records, members Steve Brooks, Jonathan Nuñez, Rick Smith, and Eric Hernandez were in fine form, tearing through the tight riffage of "Slide" and "Admission," and the dark and marshy grooves of "On The Wire" and "Infierno." 

Be sure to catch Torche on tour in the U.S. starting Friday, November 1st or in Europe this coming winter and spring 2020.

Check out the full performance below:

Torche - Green Room Session
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Strangelove: Dia de los Muertos, 11/1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2019 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba sponsors Strangelove's Dia de los Muertos celebration at The Cat Club in San Francisco on Strangelove Dia de los MuertosFriday, November 1st! Spend this Day of the Dead honoring those who have passed on with the dark and spooky sounds of DJs Tomas Diablo (Villainy - R.I.P.), Chat Noir (Reverence - R.I.P.), Misfailed (Subculture - R.I.P.), and Amp Pyre (Wicked Lounge - R.I.P.). Stangelove encourages you to bring a picture of a deceased loved one or celebrity for the altar to the dead.

There will be plenty of macabre fun such as skull face painting and a piñata stuffed with goodies. Whoever breaks open the piñata will win a gift certificate and goody bag from Amoeba Music, plus a pair of tickets to see Peter Hook and the Light (11/8). They're also giving away a pair of tickets to see Dead Can Dance (5/7).

ALL PROFITS from this event will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.

See you at The Cat Club (Folsom and 8th, San Francisco)! 21+. 9:30PM-3AM . $5 before 10PM, $8 after.

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