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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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Danny Brown's "Atrocity Exhibition" (Warp)

Posted by Billyjam, December 21, 2016 09:03am | Post a Comment


  Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition LP (Warp Records) [also avail on CD]

As I wrap up final year end lists for Amoeblog and upcoming WFMU radio annual retrospective show I keep coming back to this album by one-of-a-kind hip-hop artist Danny Brown and realize that, in addition to mentions and list inclusions, that it deserves its own Amoeblog post. This is because perhaps more than any other 2016 release, Danny Brown's brilliant 2 LP set album on Warp Records, Atrocity Exhibition  [also avail on CD], truly demonstrates the sheer diversity within the broad genre that is hip-hop today. From a BPM perspective,  generally most hip-hop is on the slower laid-back beats vibe - as in 100BPM and under. A prime example would be the popular Lil Yachty track "1Night" with its slowed down hypnotic beat. Meanwhile on the opposite end of the spectrum is this 2016 album from Detroit rapper Danny Brown that dropped in September, and just gets better with repeated listens. It is really fast beats and rapping to match, and as such packs a frantic, futuristic, adrenaline-fueled, up all night on acid vibe that's simultaneously disturbingly weird and beautiful.  It's a unique style that can only be described as Danny Brown, but also owes a lot to the album's main producer  Paul White. That's the UK producer who we heard from earlier this year when he collaborated with Open Mike Eagle on Hella Personal Film Festival,  but on that album he went slow and introspective with the beats. This one is polar opposite in speed and overall vibe. With a handful of other producers fleshing things out and complimenting the UK producer's sound for Danny Brown, White produced 10 of the 15 tracks on Atrocity Exhibition. The album's title, as noted in its Amoeba description, is culled from both the Joy Division song and the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name. That review accurately describes the album's varying musical styles, courtesy of several different producers, as containing "elements of trap music, psychedelia, and experimental rap." Standout tracks include "Pneumonia," "When It Rain," "Dance In The Water" and "Really Doe (feat Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, Earl Sweatshirt)." The latter track features just a few of the LP's numerous collaborators. Others, both production and mic guests, include Kelela, B-Real, Petite NoirThe Alchemist, and Black Milk.  Below is the video for the Paul White produced album track "When It Rain." Other Danny Brown releases available from Amoeba include the mixtape that put him on the map XXX, the 2013 Fools Gold release Old (also on LP), and his 2014 album Hot Soup (also on vinyl LP)

Danny Brown "When It Rain" from Atrocity Exhibition (Warp Records) [also avail on CD]

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, Week End 07.11.14: Quasimoto, Big Freedia, G-Eazy, Danny Brown, 9th Wonder, Smoke DZA, Little Simz

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2014 01:09pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:11:14


1)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

2) Big Freedia Just Be Free (Queen Diva)

3) Danny Brown Hot Soup (Street Corner Music)

4) 9th Wonder The Wonder Years (T.e.g.)

5) G-Eazy  These Things Happen (BPG)

Locking down the number chart position this week at Amoeba Hollywood is not an album but a 7" single: the excellent, collector's item, picture disc single, via Stones Throw, from Madlib alter-ego Quasimoto (aka Lord Quas) "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" The side "Planned Attack" is culled from the album Yessir Whatever while the "Talkin Shit" side is a short, previously unreleased track with both featuring and produced by Madlib, artwork by Jeff Jank, and described by the Peanut Butter Wolf headed label as "Quasimoto X-ray record.  Half picture disc, half clear vinyl. Lord Quas with brick on one side, and his "insides" show on the flip.  Delivered in a clear polybag." Also charting are Oakland rapper G-Eazy's major label debut  These Things Happen (BPG), 9th Wonder's The Wonder Years (which has been out for a minute but is a chart re-entry), and the ever-prolific and talented Danny Brown's Hot Soup on Street Corner Music - a reissue of his mixtape from 2008.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #75: Old vs New NYC, WTC B.A.S.E. Jump View, Frankie Knuckles R.I.P., Danny Brown in New York +

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment
        

The above video, produced by the pro-walking for health City Walk series, is a mix of new New York City plus a century old New York City - back in 1901 when the sidewalks were wider than the actual street in the middle. The 113 year old NYC footage was filmed by the Thomas Edison Company and culled by the folks at City Walk, whose goal is to encourage Americans to walk more and utilize their communities in the best possible way with respect to the environment. Compared to today this footage is from a much simpler and more peaceful time in New York City. I say this after last week's most unsettling statement from President Barack Obama who said that stopping "a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan" is the US's top security concern. Say what? He sure caught my attention, and I'm sure everyone else who lives in New York City, not to mention those planning on visiting New York.  I could almost hear the clicks of tourists cancelling their planned trips to the Big Apple.

Even 13 years after 9/11 New Yorkers are still jittery and this type of statement from the commander in chief sure doesn't help. And neither did the news, also last week, of how easy it was for the B.A.S.E. jumpers to break into the site of  almost finished 1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) building to make their jump, and in so doing demonstrating just how poor security is even at the site of 9/11. Meanwhile the stunning video of that B.A.S.E. jump, which took place back in September but was only published last week, is below. Adding further proof that homeland security, at the very place where it should be at its highest, is below par was with another news story last week about a 16 year-old New Jersey youth who easily managed to break into 1 World Trade Center, bypass security (who were asleep), and make his way up to the top of 104th floor of the building.  "I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the sixth floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th floor," the teen told police after getting arrested.
 
       

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