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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eddie Richards and Steve Bug

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Eddie Richards and Steve Bug Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Influential house music DJs Steve Bug and Eddie Richards teamed up for an Othersound event in Los Angeles recently and, luckily for us, also stopped into Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? video. The two mused over records that shaped their musical tastes and discussed how the DJ scene has changed over the years. "Nowadays everyone's just staring at the DJ, instead of listening to the music and getting into it," Bug lamented after finding a 12" single that reminded him of his first club experience in the late '80s. "At the time it was normal that people would dance facing each other," he continued. Richards shared the same sentiment, saying, "I'd prefer, actually, to be out of the way and for people to face one another." Between their stories and commentaries the two made for an interesting and educational interview.

British DJ Richards has been active in the dance scene since the 1980s and is sometimes referred to as the "godfather of house." At times going under the monikers Evil Eddie, Jolly Roger, and Kode, Richards became a prominent mover-and-shaker thanks to a residency at Camden Palace in London. He went on to perform at legendary events at Clink Street, Heaven, and Manchester's Hacienda. "Acid Man," released in 1988 under his Jolly Roger alias, reached number 23 in the UK charts and has become a club classic. He has released work via End Recordings, Hypervinyl, Matter/Form, SoCo Audio, Northern Lights, LHB, and through his own labels Lunar Tunes, dy-na-mix, and Storm. He spins regularly at London clubs Wiggle and Fabric.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Detroit House Producer & DJ Andres

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2014 12:34pm | Post a Comment

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There is no disputing the impact Detroit city has had on American music history. From Motown founder Berry Gordy to iconic Hip Hop producer J Dilla to the legendary rock band MC5, DJ Dez (aka Andres) is directly influenced by the Motor City's deep musical history. He received his first drum set from his father at age three and began studying percussion. He fell in love with turntables as a pre-teen and by the time Andres was in high school, he had already cut his teeth rocking underage house parties in Los Angeles. 

Fast forward to the '90s when Detroit was already on the map, making lots of noise with their local dance scene (rivaling the famed scene in Chicago). Andres finds himself working in a record store with house producer Moodymann. The two eventually go from co-workers to labelmates with Andres releasing three solid albums for Moodymann's Mahogani Music label. On top of the Moodymann credibility, Andres was tapped by J Dilla himself to DJ for the group, Slum Village. From Hip Hop to House music, Andres has become one of Detroit's modern torchbearers. He's since founded his own imprint, La Vida, which he launced with a his new 12 inch single titled "New For You." 

The Amoeba What's in My Bag? crew caught up with Andres on a recent visit to our Hollywood store. He found some really cool movies and picked up a few great vinyl finds. Andres grabs a copy of the documentarty film Searching For Sugar Man, a story about Rodriguez, a forgotten Detroit musician who, in some countries, is held in the same regard as Elvis. Definitely a must see! He also gets his hands on a vinyl copy of 24 Carat Black's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth. Check out the full episode to see all his cool picks!      

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What a wild, wild scene - A look back at Ditch Parties for Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 8, 2012 04:12pm | Post a Comment

INTRODUCTION TO DPS



Truancy is presumably exactly as old as education. Some 800,000 years ago in the Middle East, people learned how to start fires. Though an important skill and an entertaining subject, I’m sure that some frustrated student thought to her or his self, “Lame. I’m outta here.” Later truants organized parties during school hours. My research for this blog entry turned up accounts of actress Sharon Tate and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa frequenting them in the 1960s. I myself -- though something of an advanced ditcher of high school -- only attended one organized ditching event (it wasn’t really a party. The drumline I was in all went to a restaurant and played tabletop shuffleboard. My punishment was having to work in the school library for a spell).

In the early 1990s, a ditch party scene emerged as a phenomenon on LA’s Eastside (for clarification: the region east of the LA River). That is the subject of this entry. DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to glorify drug abuse nor truancy; neither is it meant to suggest that I’m an authority on the subject. I didn’t even move to Los Angeles until well after the scene had faded. 

I have searched for firsthand accounts of the “Old School Ditch Party” scene but, aside from a couple of blog entries, and scanned images from Street Beat magazine, almost all of the information in this post is derived from the sensationalistic and comically disapproving FOX Undercover stories from the era. So far only one of my friends has told me about her firsthand experiences with the scene. So this isn’t mean to be taken as anything remotely suggesting a serious study but rather an invitation for readers to share their memories and help fill out the picture of this seemingly scarcely documented but fondly remembered era.


WHAT, THEN, WAS A DITCH PARTY

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ALL FRESH HOUSE 12"S AT AMOEBA HOLLYWOD!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 12, 2009 11:52am | Post a Comment
 

THE HOUSE SECTION AT AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD HAS BEEN SWITCHED OUT WITH FRESH PRODUCT! GET SOME!

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/23/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 19, 2009 03:38pm | Post a Comment
 
New Techno/Electronic 12"s Coming This Week:

DJ Koze
MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12" 
LTD001

White label remix 12" from GET PHYSICAL's DJ KOZE. One side is his minimal smokey remix of ELVIS PRESLEY's cover of "FEVER" -- techno meets cafe jazz. The other side is a chopped up minimal remix of MICHAEL JACKSON's "BAD."


Aphex Twin
DUMB DAN REMIX 1-SIDED 12"
APX101 

1-sided remix of "ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH" done by DUMB DAN (who also remixed JUSTICE vs NEW ORDER and DAFT PUNK recently). As an added bonus it's pressed on clear vinyl!    


Boys Noize JEFFER-MODESELEKTOR RMX 12" BNR038 

Excepter 
FRKWYS VOL. 2 EP 12" FRKWYS02

Flying Lotus 
WHOLE WIDE WORLD 12" RAMP016

Fever Ray 
IF I HAD A HEART REMIX 12" RABID38T

Fever Ray 
WHEN I GROW UP REMIXES 12" RABID40T 

MFA 
THROW IT BACK 12" 26BC      


New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Ronny & Renzo
ME, MYSELF, GOOD RMX 12" 
KKFR74005

The latest 12" from Belgium's KING KUNG FOO. Limited one time only pressing of 1000. Slow-mo Balaeric disco with a 9 min original mix on one side and a trippy "VOODOO RITUAL DUB" mix from QUIET VILLAGE on the flip. A song and 12" dedicated to the plight of the silverback gorilla. Full pic sleeve.



Idjut Boys 
DROID #3 12" 
DROID0309

Another deadly duo of cuts, taking basic raw drum track elements & twisting them into FX laden new shapes. Their patented dub ethic is woven into these club friendly tunes, hypnotizing and sporadic. Limited pressing, no repress on these, folks!
 


Art Of Tones CALL THE SHOTS 12" VIS189

Holger Czukay ODE TO PERFUME LTD. 10" C56014

Silicone Soul LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL 12" SOMA272

Smith & Mudd HVALA & ENOS 12" C56015

Various SPATIAL DISCO LP ETS007LP

DJ Sneak
HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS12" ROBSOUL78

Daniel Wang PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 1 DLP RH108LP1

Daniel Wang
PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 2 DLP RH108LP2

Eddie C MAKE A CHANGE 12" FB003

Jackpot RVNG OF THE NRDS #9 12" NRDS09

Jorge C MAS MUSICA EP 12" MATRIX21

Kink PSYCHE FUNK EP 12" UT03

Machine FUSE-AME & DIXON REMIXES 12" IV23

Spencer Parker YOU GOT ME 12" NRK153

T&K MUCHO SWASH 12" IDIB022

Timo Maas BITE THE DUST & PAYBACK 12" TIMORE001

W+L Black SOUL CLAP POP EDITS 12" WLB03

White Days GOSPEL DRUMS12" WHITEDAYS002

Wolf Music I WANNA SEE..EP-REVENGE 12" WOLFEP003



New Jungle/Dubstep 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Moody Boyz
FREEDOM (WITH PETE SIMPSON)12"
STUDR004


MOODY BOYZ (aka TONY THORPE) team up with soulful vocalist PETE SIMPSON for a bumpin' UK funky meets dubstep workout, with the dubwise mix on the flip.

Chasing Shadows
ILL 12"
HENCH011


Twisted beats, a punishing bassline,and sweeping atmospherics on this intensely nosiy dubstep effort from the HENCH label. B-side "AMIRAH" is equally dark & intense as well.



4 Hero PRESENTS EXTENSIONS DLP RCRLP03

Calibre
LET ME HOLD YOU 12" SIG015

Cluekid & LD
I DON'T WANNA CRY 12" CAS004

Digital & Outrage
RED LETTER 3LP CHANELD01LP

Emalkay
WHEN I LOOK AT YOU 12" DP034

FaltyDL
PARTY12" RAMP025

Goldie & Commix
ENVIOUS12" METH080

Junior Murvin 
NUMBER 1 SOUND (REMIXES)12" LIR01

Mungos Hi Fi 
INTERNATIONAL ROOTS (LD REMIX) 12" DP032

Sub Focus SUB FOCUS LP SAMPLER D12" RAMMLP13
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