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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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Happy 46th Birthday Jay Z + "December 4th" The Grey Album vs. The Black Album versions

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2015 09:09am | Post a Comment

Certain dates just stick in your head: birthdays, anniversaries, favorite album release dates, and songs about specific dates. "December 4th" by Jay Z is a good example for me. Titled after the rapper-turned-super-successful-entrepreneur's 1969 birth date (Happy 46th birthday, Hov!) today's date, December 4th,  for me is forever intertwined with that Jay Z song.  But it is not the original version of "December 4th" off the artist's 2003 release, The Black Album (avail in CD and LP, formats) that comes to mind. That track, which was understandably overshadowed by such other album cuts as "99 Problems," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and "Change Clothes (feat. Pharrell)," is totally eclipsed by the far superior remix of the song that Danger Mouse unleashed the following year off his bootleg hit album The Grey Album. 

As you may recall, that universally popular 2004 album expertly melded Jay Z's Black Album A-Capella version with sampled and looped portions of The Beatles 1969 self-titled double LP commonly known as The White Album. The Grey Album, although never legal because of all the unauthorized samples, would win fans the world over and go on to top countless critics' year-end best album lists for 2004. Indeed the album was a game changer for both the (until then) virtually unknown hip-hop producer as well as for the mash-up genre itself. Danger Mouse accomplished what some of Jay Z's own producers could not in bringing out the very best in the emcee's lyrics and rhyme flow. The Just Blaze-produced "December 4th" was a perfect example. Danger Mouse's totally different production of the song, while simpler and musically much sparser, elevated it from a throwaway, forgettable track to immediately commanding one. It made listeners want to hang onto every word uttered by Jay Z (and his mom who is featured talking in the song) in the engaging autobiographical tale.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With the Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2015 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Patrick Carney at Amoeba Hollywood

Blues-rock rivivalists The Black Keys have been on a steady climb to the top. In 2010, the band Turn Blue The Black Keyssaw mainstream success with their sixth studio album Brothers (Nonesuch). From Billboard Top 20 singles and commercial placement to constant radio play and GRAMMY wins, The Black Keys have been everywhere! On their eighth full-length release, Turn Blue (Nonesuch, 2014), the duo once again teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse. The album boasts 11 solid tracks of catchy blues infused rock that remind us how great Danger Mouse and the Keys work together. The band was just recently nominated for Best Rock Song ("Fever") and Best Rock Album (Turn Blue) at the upcoming 2015 GRAMMY Awards.

Patrick Carney recently spent time with two very lucky fans (pictured above) at Amoeba Hollywood, picking out some of his favorite records for them as part of a radio contest for Alt 98.7FMHe tells a hilarious story about hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time after buying a Vanilla Ice record, how trying to rip off a Can beat led to the band's first hit record, and so much more. Watch the full episode below for all of Patrick's picks. 

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Sampling The Beatles In Hip-Hop Music

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2009 10:25am | Post a Comment

"The Grey Video" (Danger Mouse "Encore" Beatles meets Jay-Z)
 
Everyone loves The Beatles, including rappers and their producers, so it makes perfect sense that hooks, drum beats, high hats, stabs, guitar riffs, vocal soundbites, etc. etc. from the Fab Four's vast and varied Wu-Tang Clancatalog would provide an ample sampling source for hip-hop producers and remixers. RIght? Yes, but only if done legally-- provided that the owners of the copyrighted Beatles material were to give permission to the interested producer(s). And this is not something that happens easily. In fact, The Beatles' catalog is often referred to in hip-hop production circles as "the holy grail of samples," since it is so hard to get permission to sample the Liverpool lads' music for hip-hop songs. 

That's why it was such in 2007 when Wu-Tang Clan announced that they had secured the first fully legit sample of the Beatles' music. They reportedly got granted permission to sample the White Album's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for the Wu-Tang album 8 Diagrams. As it turned out, it Dhani Harrisonwasn't technically a Beatles sample clearance, but rather the go-ahead to replay the George Harrison penned Beatles tune with none other than George's own son Dhani Harrison (reportedly a major Wu-Tang Clan fan) playing the guitar bit on the track that also featured guest vocalist Erykah Badu.

Of course, The Beatles' music has been sampled many times in hip-hop (without permission) over the years, most famously on Danger Mouse's career-launching, incredibly popular (albeit totally illegal) 2004 release The Grey Album, where he liberally sampled the entire Beatles' White Album in a masterpiece mash-up that is beautifully blended with Jay-Z's The Black Album. The fact that it was an illegal recording didn't stop people from hearing it either. The album, which was sold as a bootleg, was traded and given Danger Mouse the grey albumaway in CD format and downloaded for free, thus making its way to countless iPods and music collections.

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 07/10/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 29, 2009 02:33pm | Post a Comment



New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend: 

Boys Noize
STARTER 12"
BNR034

The single is a double A salute featuring "STARTER," a classic BOYS NOIZE electro house banger in OI style, and "JEFFER," an all time fresh summer disco hammer to fall in love with.



Siskid
WOLVES EP 12"
MEANT004

SISKID is back on MEANT records, receiving full support from DAMIAN LAZARUS, LAURENT GARNIER, AGORIA, and more. Three brand new peak time tech tracks, plus a fantastic remix by CHLOE. Tight production ready to work out the floor.    

Chequers GET UP DIFFERENTLY 12" DCLAS15

Detboi Y'ALL WANT MO EP 12" CHEAP009X

Feature Cast ARTIST SERIES 1 12" GG06

Jazzy Jens AFRICA 12" GAMM049

Rephrase SINCE 1939 & MINK 12" REPHRASE002

Various SOUL ALL-TIMERS VOL 4 12" DCLAS16

Analog People ROSE ROUGE REMIXES 12" HYS1697

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band P.I.M.P. 7" 451016

Bright Eyes DANGER MOUSE REMIX EP 7" DM01 

Depeche Mode WRONG-DJ REMIX EP WHITE 12" 12BONG40DJ

Douglass Greed NEW INNERSTATE...12" IF2017

Enola WORDS IN A BOTTLE 12" INITIAL028

Frankie Goes Hollywood MEMBERS ONLY 12" MO14

Frederic De Carvalho ROCK STAR EP 12" BOXON09

Jessica 6 FUN GIRL 7" MSSS01

Killers SPACEMAN REMIXES 12" SPACEMAN001

La Roux BULLETPROOF (1-SIDED, SQUARE) 7" 2705728

La Roux BULLETPROOF (ZINC RMX) 12" ROUX9

La Roux IN FOR THE KILL (CUT N RUN) 12" CAR036

Lefto vs Fela HOOLIGAN (LEFTO EDIT) 7" HOOL1

Luciano VERSUS-G.GERBER, L.VAN DOWSKI 12" CADENZA36

Moby VERY BEST OF MOBY - REMIXED 12" MORX001

Orbital LUSH HERVE REMIX 12" 2564688320

Peaches LOSE YOU REMIXES 12" XLT434

Peter Kruder CHORDAL & LAW OF RETURN 12" MACROM12 

Vincenzo THIZZ IZZZ THE LAB 12" PFR104

Who Made Who KEEP ME IN MY PLANE #1 12" GOMMA128

Who Made Who KEEP ME IN MY PLANE #2 12" GOMMA130

Wigald Boning KOBRA DANCE REMIXES 12" COMP331

Echospace 
INTRUSION REFLECTION LP ECHO7    


New House/Disco 12"s Coming this Weekend:     

Jimpster
SLEEPER 12"
FR123

JIMPSTER comes out of hibernation with some lush grooving deepness to warm up the dancefloor, complete with newcomer FRANC SPANGLER's own chugger of a remix. Also includes "JUST THE KIND OF GIRL," with a slowmo vocal on the break. House heads...get on this.    


Dirty Funker
FLAT BEAT (BANKSY HELICOPTER ARTWORK) 12"
DF08

Massive new 12" from DIRTY FUNKER based around MR OIZO's dance classic "FLAT BEAT."
 

Chalkhill CHALKHILL EDITS VOL. 1 CHALKHILL001

Curtis Vodka HOOK N SLING EP 12" OTB008

Llorca UNRELEASED REMIXES 12" AOT001

Silicone Soul DUST BALLAD II 12" SOMA265

Toby Tobias SPACE SHUFFLE REMIXES 12" REKIDS039

Trinidadian Deep THE OFFERING EP 12" FVR013

3 Na Massa 3 NA MASSA EP 12" NUB12016

Baaz PASS IT ON EP 12" QUINTESSE07

Ben Watt GUINEA PIG REMIXES 12" 043BUZZ

C-Rock RAWSEN-NIC FANCIULLI REMIX 12" STIR1536

Chris Coco SUMMERTIME REMIXES 12" DUMB012DJC01

Dorothy's Fortress DJANGO STRIKES..12" BASTARD002

Eclier ALPHA RIVER 12" BOXON10

Greymatte BELIEVE IN SOMETHING RMX 12" NYSOUL013

H.O.S.H. BETTER & SWEET 12" DIYNAMIC027

Horse Meat Disco EP #2 12" HMD002

Hot City HOT CITY BASS 12" RAMP020

John Daly SPACE WALK 12" MULE039

Nicky Siano THE GALLERY 3LP SJRLP100

Pepe Bradock PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE 12" ATA011

Rick Wade INTELLIGENCE 12" LAID01

Season & Sygaire INNER NAVIGATION 12" R008

Sharod SCHOOLIN 12" SUPRAA005

Soulphiction IN THE LIMELIGHT-TRUSME 12" PHP039

Stereo Heroes NOISOME & POUNDSCAKE 12" BSR003

Twocker STITCH 12" VR011

Wax Poetic BRASIL-MCDE REMIX 12" NUB12015

Larry Levan WEST END REMIXES FROM THE GARAGE LP WES2001-1

Pheek & Stefny JAPAN EXCURSION JOINT 12” ARCHPL017

Euterke 
FRAGMENTS ORNIMENTS 12” MMU001    


New Dubstep/Jungle 12"s Coming this Weekend:    

Ragga Twins 
SPLIFFHEAD (RAMADANMAN) 12"
SJR19712

Seminal rave/jungle anthem gets a serious dubstep remix from RAMADANIMAN and KUTZ! Fully cut up, reworked, and dissected by these modern wizards, who have recorded with BENGA and SKREAM.    


Southside Steppas
WHEN SHE MOVES 12"
SJR21612 

Twisted UK dancehall / dubstep bullet, as KINGSTON MC's meet the sounds of South London inna soundclash stylee! Heavyweight beats with killer MC skilz of 2-ICE and JUNIOR LAWLESS, grimey juggling and dark, very Jamaican stepping riddims. Highly recommended!

Temper D vs Balkansky CLOCKWISE 12" ROCST24

Varoslav I LOVE US (FT.DOP)-DAVID K 12" DIRT034

Von D 
COQUINE 12" ACRE011    
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