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Ten Great New International Music Releases from 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 19, 2017 07:15pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

Tony Allen, The Source

10. Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)

Now 77 years old, Allen still plays with the vigor of someone 50 years younger, managing to sound both extremely tight and also suitably loose on this new record. He doesn't miss a beat, carrying the eclectic array of compositions with his fantastically funky rhythms. On top of that, he somehow manages to make his extraordinary playing sound effortless, like he is barely trying. The tunes themselves range from Afrobeat stompers to more laid back, jazzy grooves.

 

antibalas, where the gods are in peace

9. Antibalas - Where The Gods Are In Peace (Daptone)

Brooklyn's now legendary Antibalas are probably the best known and most successful of the modern crop of Afrobeat bands, and for good reason. They've been at it for almost 20 years now, and have released six excellent studio albums along the way. Their new one, on the always reliable Daptone label, is another high mark for them, with some of their most impassioned playing yet, and their politically and socially conscious lyrics resound even more in these troubling times.

 

Three New African Albums You Need To Hear

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2017 06:04pm | Post a Comment

by Michael Henning

Here is a special spotlight on three excellent new African albums that were recently released. Each of them is available at all three of Amoeba Music's stores and on Amoeba.com.

Tony Allen, The SourceTony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)

Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director for Fela Kuti's Africa '70 from 1969-1979, a decade that saw the prolific ensemble release an almost unbelievable 32 albums, including all of their strongest material. He is responsible for inventing the signature Afrobeat rhythm and sound, and contributed his unique brand of propulsive percussion to masterpieces such as Shakara, Roforofo Fight, Zombie, He Miss Road, Up Side Down,Yellow Fever, Kalakuta Show, No Agreement, Opposite People, along with several others. Very little live footage exists of Tony Allen leading Fela'a group, but this 1978 performance from Germany is a high-quality glimpse at what a formidable live band they were at the height of their powers.

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New Vinyl Diggin: Beastie Boys, Boom Bip, MF Doom, Drake, Kool Keith, Fela Kuti, PUTS, Roc Marciano, Miles Davis, Steve Miller Band +

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment
2016 Metal Face Records vinyl reissue of Operation: Doomsday : MF Doom's 1999 solo debut


Turns out that all those 'return of the record' stories over the past number of years were quite accurate. Records are back, and in a big way. Between new releases and reissues there's an increasing stream of new vinyl pressings dropping each and every week: from the majors as well as the indie labels who spearheaded this vinyl renaissance. Record Store Day also gets some credit for this resurgence in popularity. Note that this year's Record Store Day (coming up on November 25th) is rumored, as per a Reddit leak this week, to include new RSD vinyl exclusives from such artists as Run-D.M.C., Rudy Ray Moore, The Sugarhill Gang, The Stooges, Prince, Sun Ra, UGK, and The Kinks. But in the six weeks until then, there's no shortage of new vinyl releases getting released every Friday.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kamasi Washington

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Kamasi Washington at Amoeba Hollywood

Kamasi Washington is a Los Angeles-born jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he played music with faculty members such as Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, and Gerald Wilson. Washington’s skill as a tenor soloist in the Miles Davis/Ornette Coleman tradition has landed him on albums like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and he’s played alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, and Raphael Saadiq.

Kamasi Washington The EpicIn 2015, Washington released his debut full-length, a 3-disc album aptly entitled The Epic, on Flying Lotus's label Brainfeeder. What is even more surprising is how accessible and listenable it is across its three discs without once aiming for a cheap crossover or diminishing Washington’s talents or sound. The Epic has been named one of the best of 2015 by The New York Times and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

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Give a Beat Launches With Electronic Music Event 'A Positive Spin: Remixed'

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment

give a beat

give a beatNonprofit organization Give a Beat is launching with a free event featuring live music, a DJ workshop and more.

A Positive Spin: Remixed takes place Saturday, Oct. 24 at Impact HUB LA in Downtown Los Angeles. It begins with an electronic music production/DJ workshop for youth, featuring gear and instruction from Scratch DJ Academy, from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the workshop is free.

Immediately following from 6-9 p.m. will be a live performance from Pleasuremaker (aka Joey McGuire) of Afrolicious along with Sandra Izsadore, who was Fela Kuti’s muse and mentor, and Gabriel ‘Gato’ Ferrer on percussion. There will also be presentations from Alex Simpson, associate director of The Innocence Project, and exonerated football player Brian Banks.

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