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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:28:17: Vinyl Edition: Gorillaz, D.R.A.M, J. Cole, Record Store Day, WFMU Record Fair, Vinyl Collecting Videos

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment


This weekly rap report is an all vinyl edition in honor of both this weekend's big WFMU Record Fair in Brooklyn and last weekend's widely successful Record Store Day. Now in its tenth glorious year, Record Store Day has grown into an anticipated annual event for record collectors and general music fans the world over. It's also a welcome reminder the importance of visiting a physical, so-called brick-and-mortar music store like Amoeba Music versus simply shopping online. Early Sunday, the day after Record Store Day, there were some titles leftover that were offered online at the Amoeba web store but since all of those have been snapped up. Scroll down to the vinyl themed videos below to see the Amoeba San Francisco Record Store Day Report or see the full Amoeba SF Record Store Day Amoeblog and the report on Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood.

Similarly important to record collectors is the annual WFMU Record Fair, happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, NYC that attracts collectors from faraway places including San Francisco and Tokyo (including Amoeba fan Nakajima pictured right from Japan) who travel to New York just to attend this large scale annual record fair. In addition to endless booths selling records, CDs, DVDs, posters etc. there are also numerous live performances (many also broadcast live on WFMU) and film screenings in The Movie Lounge. The latter include screenings of the recent era documentaries on both Danny Fields and the late great Sharon Jones (filmed in part at Amoeba). Meanwhile the live performances will include on Saturday  Bloodshot Bill (2pm), The Atlantic Thrills (3:30pm), Baby Shakes (4:30pm), and Ronnie Fujiyama (5:30pm). Sunday's live sets include Matmos with Chuck Bettis (3pm) and Laurice (4pm). The 2017 WFMU Record Fair takes place at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St, in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn Friday 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm. More info here and in flyer below.

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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

Best of 2016 Hip-Hop Lists: Top 7 Lists of Albums, Female MCs, DJ Releases, Reissues, Monalisa's Top 7 Album Picks + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2016 01:42pm | Post a Comment
Top 7 Hip-Hop Albums of 2016 by Billy Jam


1:  A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here,... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

2: De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I. LLC) (also on 2 LP vinyl)

3: Homeboy Sandman Kindness for Weakness (also on LP) (Stones Throw)

4: E-40 The D-Boy Diary Book 1 + The D-Boy Diary Book 2,
           (Heavy On The Grind)

5: Mr. Lif Don't Look Down (also on LP) (Mello Music Group)


6: ElZhi  Lead Poison (also on LP) (Glow 365) 

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De La Soul, Bowie, Ennio Morricone, Sturgill Simpson, & "Compton" OST: Top 5 Reasons 2017 Grammys Don't Completely Suck

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2016 02:17pm | Post a Comment

One of five Grammy 2017's "Best New Artist" nominees Anderson .Paak (above Feb 2015: Amoeba Hollywood following the release of his album Venice)This year the neo-soul singer/producer/musician from Oxnard (FKA Breezy LoveJoy) released both the solo album Malibu (nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album) & collaborative Yes Lawd! (on LP) with Knxwledge as NxWorries.

Predictably within moments of the public announcement of the nominees for the 2017 Grammys been made last Tuesday (Dec. 6th) disgruntled music fans swarmed social media to vent their outrage over why they felt the Grammys sucked. While many positive music fans agreed with such choices as Beyoncé (nine nominations in all!) or Sia (two nominations), or the inclusion of such relative newcomers as Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid (both friends of Amoeba), typically it was the voices of discontent who were the loudest and that dominated the discussions.  These critics were the quickest in expressing their disdain over the picks and, more importantly, the omissions or snubs from the listed nominees for the music biz's biggest annual event: the 59th Grammy Awards to take place on February 12, 2017. "I can't believe that so-and-so [insert their fave artist here] was not included once but that Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each got eight nominations! What the F.." was a stereotypical response by those of the many unhappy music fans to the Grammys announcement. But being incredulous at the lack of new creative alternative music in a mainstream music event doesn't accomplish anything. It's like Trump whining about how "unwatchable" SNL is while still religiously tuning in each week.

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Tickets to the Music Tastes Good Festival on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 21, 2016 12:40pm | Post a Comment

Music Tastes Good Festival

We're excited to announce that Amoeba Hollywood is carrying tickets for KCRW's first-ever Music Tastes Good festival in beautiful downtown Long Beach. The event features local and national acts, plus craft beer, a Bloody Mary brunch, and an optional VIP farm-to-table dinner. Music Tastes Good takes place September 23-25, with scheduled performers including The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Melvins, Dr. Dog, and Warpaint, plus a whole slew of other fantastic acts.

You can choose from several different ticketing options, including single day passes for Friday ($25), Saturday ($75), and Sunday ($35). The 3-day general admission ticket costs $120, and the 3-day VIP ticket, which includes the aforementioned farm-to-table dinner, costs $240. 

Please note there will be a $2 service charge per ticket, and store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

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