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Brown Bag AllStars Prime Example of How Some Of The Best Hip-Hop in 2017 Is Often The Most Overlooked

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2017 10:08am | Post a Comment

In 2017's vast and prolific, rapid paced music world, there's more new music being recorded and released than ever before. Consequently navigating all this new music has become an increasingly harder task, even in just one genre. For example in hip-hop, due to the sheer volume of music coming out, the quality underground stuff typically gets lost in the mix and pushed aside for the heavily promoted and sponsored artists. Even though there's more great new hip-hop being made than ever before, the casual music fan never gets to hear most of it. In 2017 it is harder than ever to filter out the gems from the deluge of music been unleashed, and at such a fast pace.

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In the 2017 music industry business model the discrepancy, in terms of exposure, between popular and underground artists is greater than ever before. And nowhere is that gap more evident and calculable than on YouTube, the online destination where virtually every song (music video or audio-only versions) will get posted and rated by the number of views and percentage ratio of thumbs up. It's an uneven playing field where popular hip-hop stars routinely get millions of clicks in weeks while non mainstream, quality hip-hop artists might only garner several thousand views.

In the case of the Brown Bag AllStars' latest YouTube posted single "11  Steps (feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks)," the amazing new (digital only but physical version on its way to Amoeba) track has only mustered up a miserable 78 YouTube views since the artists posted the audio on May 30th. And even with Soulspazm, Inc reposting the audio clip of the song to YouTube in past week, it's only gotten an additional 83 views. That's a total of 161 views in over two weeks for a killer new hip-hop track from the longtime talented Brooklyn collective comprised of The Audible Doctor, J57, Soul Khan, E Holla, and Deejay Element, and on a track featuring the mighty Tash from Tha Alkaholiks crew who is truly in top form on this new track.  Damn!

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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

Three Days 'Til Record Store Day: J Dilla's 'Diary,' Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality Viewer

Posted by Billy Gil, April 13, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

j dilla the diary lp record store day 7"Hip hop heads have a few reasons to celebrate on Record Store Day April 16.

First off, a new posthumous release from the late, great artist and producer J Dilla will be released on LP that day. The Diary comes out on CD and cassette the day before, but April 16’s vinyl release will come with a free 7” inside that includes the song “The Ex” (featuring Bilal) plus an R&B version of the song on the B-side. The song is a Pete Rock production.

The story behind the lost album is that J Dilla (real name James Dewitt Yancey) recorded an album’s worth of vocals back in 2002 that were ultimately shelved his parent label. That lead Yancey to break from the major label system and leave Detroit for California, where he produced his classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib's Champion Sound and Donuts.

Now, following Yancey’s death in 2006, his estate has been trying to get the album released for years. Finally, the album is coming out, with production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins, and guest spots from Bilal, Frank N Dank, Boogie and others.

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ADA's "UFOLOGY" Presents The Bay Area DJ / Producer's Fascination with UFOs and Aliens

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2015 10:36pm | Post a Comment
                                      
  

Vallejo, CA DJ/producer ADA is carrying on the hip-hop production tradition of such groundbreaking Bay Area instrumental hip-hop DJ/producers as Eddie Def, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike, and DJ Qbert - whose approach to music reconstruction is rooted in the 80's cut-n-paste/megamix scratch DJ style.  Born Adam Butler, ADA is a talented turntablist and part of the Bay Area's healthy skratch scene, as well as a gifted sound artist; one perpetually crate digging and looking for that perfect sound to sample. Like the DJ/producer pioneers before him, he approaches every new sound (often the least likely) as potential material for some new production. That new production for ADA is his recently published mixed media piece UFOLOGY that is both a video piece (above) and an audio-only production.  ADA, whose day at ArtistWorks includes overseeing QSU (Qbert Skratch University) for one of his key DJ/producer musical heroes, shares Qbert's deep interest in aliens and UFOs - the themes of both of Qbert's albums Wave Twisters and Extraterrestria.

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DJ Shadow Protege Bleep Bloop To Play Low End Theory

Posted by Billyjam, January 10, 2015 09:49am | Post a Comment
Electronic music fans in LA who picked up Bleep Bloop's excellent 10 Watt Lazers EP that arrived at Amoeba a month ago via DJ Shadow's recently launched Liquid Amber imprint , will be pleased to know that the "outerspace" music artist will be performing at the upcoming edition of the revered Low End Theory (LET) weekly club this coming Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at Airliner. Joining a bill that will include Mike Gao, BLKNZ and resident DJs Daddy Kev, Nobody, The Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, and Nocando, this installment of the LET promises to be off the hook. And if by chance you've never attended a LET party this is the one to make your first. Speaking of firsts, this is the first artist, other than himself, that DJ Shadow has released on his already successful new Liquid Amber label.

Of the new label and this premiere artist on it the NorCal DJ/producer born Josh Davis said, "It's an exciting and challenging phase of the process. I'm learning something new daily, and that's rewarding. With [Bleep Bloop] Aaron's music, it's not hard for me to be motivated to work on his behalf.  He's one of the artists pushing boundaries, and that's a cause I'll always get behind." As for the futuristic spacey music of the Santa Rosa based Aaron "Bleep Bloop" Triggs and what it exactly sounds like - you be the judge by listening to the free download of his spanking new remix of the Clipse track 'Keys Open Doors.' (avail via SoundCloud here) that he says he will be playing at Wednesday's LET gig. As for what else to expect during Bloop Bleep's set on Wednesday in LA? "For my show I'm gonna be playing all originals and collaborations and remixes. Gonna pack em in there and get a bunch tunes played," he told the Amoeblog today adding of his experience of working with his DJ Shadow,"It's incredible and surreal. I'm so stoked to be a part of it [and] feel really fortunate!"

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