New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ/Producer Jamie Jones

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2019 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Jaime Jones - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Welsh DJ, producer, and Hot Creations label co-founder Jamie Jones did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. One of his current favorites is Negro Swan, the latest album by Blood Orange. Not only is he a huge Blood Orange fan in general, but Jones was especially fond of Georgia Anne Muldrow's guest appearance on the album. "I've heard a few of her songs before and I love what she does," he proclaimed. "I was going to buy this today and there was a vinyl copy which is even better."

Jamie Jones is known for his unique brand of warmer, more melody-driven techno. Named Resident Advisor's Top DJ of 2011, Jones first became a force in the scene through his mid-'00s DJs Can Dance warehouse parties in East London and summer gigs on Ibiza, including the Circoloco day parties at DC10. Inspired by Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage, Jones launched the now legendary Paradise series of parties. Born in Ibiza, Paradise regularly travels the globe. taking place in cities like NYC, Miami, LA, Toronto, and Moscow. 

Hot Creations labelAs a member of the British-American electronic group Hot Natured, Jones found mainstream recognition in the UK, after the group's single "Benediction" landed at #31 on the singles chart. A frequent honorary at the DJ Awards, Jones has been nominated multiple times for Best Tech House DJ, Breakthrough DJ, and Best International DJ. He has been awarded the crown of Best Deep House DJ several times. In addition to his performance career, Jones also heads the prolific Hot Creations label and its subsidiary labels, Emerald City and Hottrax.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:31:17: Madchild, BadBadNotGood, DJ Harrison, Kool Keith Presents Tashan Dorrsett, Howie B

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2017 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five 07:31:17

1: Madchild The Darkest Hour (also avail on LP/vinyl) (Battle Axe Records)

2: Kool Keith Presents: Tashan Dorrsett The Preacher picture disc LP (Junkadelic/Fat Beats)

3: BadBadNotGood Late Night Tales (also on vinyl/LP) (Late Night Tales)

4: DJ Harrison Hazy Moods (Stones Throw)

5: Howie B + Craig Richards "Old Boys (feat. Shaun Ryder)" 7" (Tuppence)

Madchild's new "Black & White" video was shot on location in India as part of the promotion for the
Swollen Members' emcee's excellent new solo album The Darkest Hour (on LP/vinyl) via Battle Axe

1: Madchild The Darkest Hour (on LP/vinyl) (Battle Axe):  Madchild''s new album title, The Darkest Hour, pretty much sums up and sets the tone for the Swollen Members star's excellent new, Evidence produced, solo album. Released by Battle Axe in CD and in LP/vinyl formats the 14 track release lyrically is a cathartic exercise in the former opioid-addicted artist's troubled soul and the painful thoughts that routinely haunt his mind. This ongoing internal mental battle, following an admitted five year intense addiction to the painkiller Percocet, was captured by the album's lead singles/videos "Write It Down" and "BadChild."  Like much of the new album, the narrative of those songs tackled the dark places he has gone in his mind as a result of his out-of-control addiction: one that he once estimated cost him $3million spent on drugs!  On the album track "Broken Record" he notes how the temptation is always nearby, especially when he has nothing to occupy his time with. "Addicts are addicts, there's no way around it," he raps on the song, apologizing for sounding like a broken record, and noting how there are "Bumps in the road, just jump back on the wagon. Everyone slips up once, it just happens." Then on the album track and its new accompanying video, shot to dramatic effect on location in India, he bears his soul and his not so pretty life before as he saw it with "Evil all around and hatred" in yet another song of soul searching and reflecting on life and relationships etc. But it is Madchild's hopeful positive tone of overcoming the darkness that makes the album such a pleasure to listen to: that and its pitch perfect production by Evidence.  The multi-talented LA producer (and rapper) also lends his emcee skills to four of the new album's fourteen tracks including "Green Light," "Corleone," "All I Know" (also featuring guest Krondon from Strong Arm Steady), and "Club 33" that also features Evidence's longtime collaborator The Alchemist.  All of these, along with all the other album's carefully chosen guests (Domo Genesis, Oh No, Fashawn, Aston Matthews and Illmaculate), perfectly compliment Madchild's flow and style. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cold War Kids

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2017 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Cold War Kids Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids at Amoeba Hollywood to show us what they picked up on their most recent visit. "To come into Amoeba was the biggest deal in the world," says lead vocalist/guitarist Willett about the opening of the LA location in 2001. "I think we came opening day; I know I did," adds Maust.

Indie rock five-piece Cold War Kids formed in Fullerton in 2004 while the members were students at Biola University. The band took their name from an experience Matt Maust had while traveling in Budapest, visiting a park with a children's playground and several missing statues from the Cold War era. The band released their debut EP, Mulberry Street in 2005; the release drew its name from a Cold War Kids LA Divine Amoeba Musicrestaurant below multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jonnie Russell's apartment where the group would regularly meet. In 2006, Cold War Kids signed to Downtown Records and released their first full-length, Robbers & Cowards. They embarked on an extensive North American tour to promote the album, joining the White Stripes on their summer 2007 tour.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment

BadBadNot Good What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have the eclectic Canadian jazz / hip hop / electronic group BadBadNotGood visit us recently at Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. They brought along soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, who collaborated with them on the track "In Your Eyes." Having joined the ranks of varied artists who have recorded a song entitled "In Your Eyes," Wilson and drummer Alexander Sowinski both grabbed different albums with that same title. "It's a pretty classic title," says Wilson, "which, I think, matches the tone of the song that we wrote." Of course not all the records they picked were of that same theme, and between the four of them they managed to hit up nearly every section of the store.

BadBadNotGood are a Canadian jazz quartet known for their interpretations of modern hip-hop tracks and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, and Tyler, The Creator. Originally a three-piece, Matthew Tavares (keyboards), Alexander Sowinski (drums), and Chester Hansen (bass) met and began working together through Humber BadBadNotGood IV College's jazz program in Toronto. After uploading video of the trio performing a piece based on an Odd Future track, they began attracting worldwide attention and caught the ear of Tyler, the Creator. In 2011, they released their debut LP, BBNG, recorded a live session with Tyler, opened for Roy Ayers, and performed for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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