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2019 DMC US Scratch Finals & Bay Area DJ Battle, Oakland May 26 w sets by DJs Shortkut, Quest, Traps, Teeko + MC Bas-One

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2019 01:05pm | Post a Comment


Dual DMC DJ battles will take place this Memorial Day weekend at the Uptown club in downtown Oakland where, on Sunday, May 26th from 6pm to midnight, both the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ battle and the national 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals are scheduled to take place. In addition to these two anticipated turntable showdowns, to be hosted by MC of the night BAS One, there;ll also be showcase sets by DJ Quest, DJ Teeko and DJ Shortkut.

Speaking of Shortkut note that the widely revered Beat Junkies and Inviisibl Skratch Piklz member, who is pictured left at Amoeba Berkeley during his Record  Store Day in-store performance last month with his daughter in tow, boasts a back catalog that includes the recommended battle break/DJ tool Mini Wheels 7" single.

In addition to Short, Quest and Teeko's short but intense six minute turntable sets, another celebrated Bay Area turntablist DJ Traps (pictured above left in flyer) will do a much longer, extended party-rocking set for the Memorial Day holiday weekend crowd Sunday who don't have worry about work the next day.
For Sunday's 2019 US Scratch Finals the contestants will include DJ E Money (Boise, ID), Platinum Floyd (Wheat Ridge, CO), DJ Xcaliba (Stockton, CA), The Beat Molester (Seattle, WA), and (previous US DMC Scratch Champion) DJ PROLIFIX from Los Angeles.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tama Sumo & Lakuti

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2018 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Tama Sumo & Lakuti - What's In My Bag?

We were delighted to have German DJ/producer Tama Sumo and London-based South African DJ and booking agent Lakuti in the Amoeba Hollywood green room recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Digging into the bins at the shop, the partners in life and music found some killer 12" singles, eclectic LPs, and sentimental favorites, including Brenda & The Big Dudes' "Weekend Special." "This one is really close to my heart," Lakuti told us. "I'm South African, so when I saw this on the shelves I literally jumped." Calling her the "Madonna of the townships of Africa," Lakuti went on to explain how important Brenda was to her generation, "particularly if you were gay or queer; she really made it possible for a lot of black kids, that would not have come out at that time, to come out and be proud." It was apparent that both of the artists were very passionate and knowledgeable about their choices, which made for a fun and interesting interview. 

Tama Sumo and Lakuti are a married couple who also frequently spend time together behind the decks and serve as advocates for women and queer folx in the electronic music scene. Tama Sumo (aka Kerstin Egert) specializes in house and techno. She began her career DJing at Kreuzberg (Berlin) club Drama, before becoming a mainstay at Globus/Tresor and OstGut's gay/lesbian Dance with the Aliens parties. She is currently a resident at Berghain/Panorama Bar.

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Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

New Generation USA Battle DJ Champs Dwells & DJ Perly Hope To Repeat National Victories at 2017 DMC World DJ Championship

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2017 06:39am | Post a Comment


Leaders of the new generation of US DMC battle DJ champions - the skilled turntablist competitors Dwells and DJ Perly - are currently over in England where each will participate in today’s big 2017 DMC World DJ Championship. At that prestigious international DJ competition, happening at London’s club Koko, these  reigning American DJ champs each hope to repeat their national victories on an international level. DJ Perly, who was the winner in the 2017 US DMC Finals, (scroll down for review of that August 5th battle) and Dwells, who took the 2017 US DMC Supremacy title, will each battle in their respective categories in the hope of taking a world championship title back home to the USA. In today’s DMC Battle For World Supremacy Dwells will face off against such other international DMC Supremacy champs as Brazil’s Erick Jay, France’s DJ Topic,  Germany's DJ A Plus and Japan’s DJ Yukichi.

Meanwhile for her six minute routine in the DMC World DJ Finals this evening DJ Perly, the first woman to ever take the DMC US Finals title, will be pitted against reigning DMC battle champions from sixteen other countries. These include China’s Kook-L, the UK’s DJ Rasp, Canada’s Jimmy Riggz, Greece’s DJ Freestone, South Africa’s DJ Codax, Hungary’s Sonny Kraft and New Zealand’s DJ Gooda. [See flyer above with full list of the competing country DJs, and flyer below with schedule breakdown of today’s multi-faceted, eight hour event]

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:17: New J Dilla, Ichy the Killer wins Bay DMC, J.Period's DJ Premier Tribute Mix, Record Store Day Vinyl + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2017 10:42am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Releases 04:21:17
1: J Dilla Motor City (avail in vinyl/LP) (Ma Dukes Official)

2: Camp Lo On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo (Persia Records)

3: Cas One & Figure  So Our Egos Don't Kill Us (Strange Famous)

4: Sixo The Odds Of Free Will (Fake Four Inc.)

5: Sean Price Monkey Barz LP + Jesus Price Superstar LP  (Duck Down)

The new releases chart this week includes a lot of older music: some reissued and some recently dug up and released after the fact. The all new releases include Sixo's The Odds Of Free Will on Fake Four Inc. and the new one from Jacob Snider. Snider is rapper Cas One signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous label who, along with DJ/producer Figure, this week drops the album So Our Egos Don't Kill Us. Among the older music as new releases this week is the Camp Lo collection of rare and unreleased demos, via Persia Records, that previously had been floating around in digital and tape versions.  Aptly entitled On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo it is a nod to their 20 year old hip-hop classic Uptown Saturday Night. Included in this new 17 track release of older music is an earlier version of "Sparkle" as well as a rawer sounding demo version of “Krystal Karrington.” There's also  the "Sedgwick Ave. Demo" version of "This Is It (Luchini)" as well as such other tracks as "Superfly" and "Coolie High Is Life."

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