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

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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Controversial New President Sparks Hip-Hop's Newest Subgenre: Anti-Trump Rap

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment


To say that the newly inaugurated commander in chief is a less than popular figure with most hip-hop artists would be an understatement. So disliked by the hip-hop community at large is the reality TV star turned politician that he inspired a new subgenre of hip-hop: anti-Trump rap. Any newly elected president would have faced a challenge taking over office from America's "first hip-hop president" but Trump's divisive presidential campaign, that included his dissing and dismissing of the entire genre for being just "talking" and "lewd" (his response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Hillary rally performance immediately before the election) reinforced an already negative view of the man among most hip-hoppers. Not only on his very day of inauguration earlier this week did a prominent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ release an anti-Trump rap: "Land of the Free" with lyrics including the line “Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over," but long before he even took office negative songs were being written and recorded about Trump. Indeed in this unprecedented occurrence in the history of the American tradition of presidential protest music (EG: anti George W. Bush hip-hop and anti-Reagan punk rock),  long before Trump had even been nominated as the Republican candidate the new wave of protest music against him had already taken root.

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Record Store Day 2016 Mix: Run-D.M.C., Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Vinnie Paz, Geto Boys, Sugarhill Gang

Posted by Billyjam, November 25, 2016 02:51pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the 2016 Record Store Day Black Friday (Nov. 25th). Besides all the exclusives for this annual crate digger holiday (see PDF list and head to your local store now) there's a ton more, regular non RSD hip-hop releases to chose from. As seen in the Top Five below, these include the number one album this past week everywhere including the Billboard chart and at Amoeba Music. That of course is the universally popular return / farewell album from A Tribe Called Quest: their sixth album We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records). Not just an excellent ATCQ album that scores top points by being simultaneously true to their roots and new and original sounding, but is also the perfect salute and farewell to revered member Phife Dawg who passed away earlier this year.

Note many if any of these highlighted RSD Nov 25 releases do not sell on the day they will be avail online as of 5am, tomorrow morning: Saturday Nov. 26th. There's a lot of vinyl of different genres as outlined in the recent overview 14 Vinyl Releases To Look For On Black Friday Amoeblog. That noted the limited run Erykah Badu album But You Cain't Use My Phone. 12" LP clear vinyl RSD exclusive, with 1,500 copies pressed. Even better is the Jungle Brothers RSD vinyl pressing of Done By The Forces of Nature album. Then there is the special 12" colored vinyl reissue of Run-D.M.C.'s  "Christmas In Hollis" which has the distinction of being one of those rarities: an original Christmas / holiday song that was a hit and went on to become a classic/standard, now three decades later. Many first got it as a single or track on the classic 1987 Christmas various artists compilation A Very Special Christmas album with the iconic Keith Haring cover art. It also appeared on Profile Records out-of-print hip-hop holiday compilation, Christmas Rap. 29 years later and it's still a tight track thank to co-production of Rick Rubin and that killer sample of Clarence Carter's funky 1968 single "Back Door Santa."

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Top 5 Charts, Music Videos, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, 2Pac, Dinco D, DuBBle-OO, Baby Bash, Lex The Hex Master

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2016 07:23pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 New Hip-Hop Albums (New CDs + Vinyl Reissues)


1: Baby Bash  Don't Panic It's Organic (Bashtown Records)

2: Lex The Hex Master Contact (Majik Ninja)

3: DuBBle-OO Next Level (Space Age Entertainment)  

4: 2Pac 2Pacalypse Now 2LP (Interscope Records)

5: The Roots Illadelph Halflife 2LP (Geffen)

 
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Top Five Upcoming Nov 18th Hip-Hop [Pre-Order] Releases


1: A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records)

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