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2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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A Tribe Called Quest's New (Sixth & Final) Album Arrives At The Perfect Time

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2016 10:25am | Post a Comment
In the wake of the emotionally draining presidential election, this week more than ever music offers the stressed citizens of this nation a much needed escape / distraction. Hence the timing of the release today of the hotly anticipated new A Tribe Called Quest album, We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records) could not be more perfect.

Besides the fact that the group, who once recorded the soothing "Stressed Out," are known for their relaxing jazzy brand of hip-hop (hence the perfect music to chill and escape to) this album [pre-order physical from Amoeba] is a landmark hip-hop release. It is the final album from a group that many believed would never record together again. We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service is A Tribe Called Quest's sixth studio album over a 26 year period dating back to their 1990 debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Note, despite ATCQ's continued chill vibe on the new album, lyrically it does not shy from addressing current affairs. Most notable is the new album song "We The People" (scroll all the way down to see the just released accompanying official lyric music video) with such lyrics as Q-Tip's paraphrasing of the president elect's campaign message: "You Black folks, you must go. All you Mexicans, you must go And all you poor folks, you must go Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways So all you bad folks, you must go."

J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment


Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music


1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
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Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

 
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

1990's Promo Pics Pt III: A Tribe Called Quest, O.C., The Beatnuts, Masta Ace Inc., Milkbone, Sha-Key, Sham & The Professor +

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2016 03:26pm | Post a Comment
A Tribe Called Quest JIve/Zomba 1994 photo by TAR

The above A Tribe Called Quest press photo by TAR and sent out by the publicity department at Jive Records/Zomba in 1994: the year following the release of their landmark 1993 hip-hop album Midnight Marauders, (avail LP/vinyl) and a couple of years before 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life (avail LP/vinyl) by the legendary crew featuring Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and the late great Phife Dawg who tragically passed back in March of this year.  Other artists included in this third of a five-part Amoeblog series of 1990's Promo Pics include The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated, MC Madness, Milkbone, Sha-Key, DJ Smurf and P.M.H.I., and Sham & the Professor.  Like 1990's Promo Pics Part 2 and 1990's Promo Pics Part 1, that included such artists as Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, and Black Sheep this installment is from the mid nineties (1993 - 1995) and is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time.

Moby's Companion Album to New Book “Music From Porcelain” Is A 2CD Collection of Both His Music + Some of His Fave Artists

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2016 10:39pm | Post a Comment

Moby's just released 29 track Music From Porcelain 2CD set is a unique retrospective collection that combines both newly re-mastered versions of his own music along with a nicely curated mixed collection of some of his favorite electronic dance and hip-hop tracks from the 90's and 80's.  The new release on Thrive Music is the companion album to Moby's recently published memoir Porcelain (Penguin Press). Next week (June 21) friend of Amoeba San Francisco The Booksmith will present Moby and his memoir  "Porcelain" at DNA Lounge. The new double CD set, that clocks in at two hours, twenty minutes, includes the hit that inspired the book title as well as such other Moby classics as  “Go!,” “Honey,” “Natural Blues,” "Why Does My Heart Hurt So Bad" and “Bodyrock." Meanwhile the second CD is a mix of other peoples music by the artist who will be doing a special DJ set at this summer's talent packed FYF Fest in LA. It  includes such dance club classics as "Break 4 Luv" by Raze, "Plastic Dreams" by Jaydee (not Dilla), "Follow Me" by Aly-Us, "Set It Off" by Strafe, and the pioneering hip-hop house track by The Jungle Brothers: "I'll House You."

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