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Jidenna Truly Is "The Chief" As Demonstrated On The Hip-Hop/Soul Artist's Recommended 14-Track Debut Album on Wondaland Records

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2017 03:03pm | Post a Comment

Future megastar Jidenna truly is the chief as readily demonstrated on his all killer / no filler 14 song debut album The Chief (Wondaland / Epic) that arrived into Amoeba Music in the past few weeks. Although filed under "soul" the endlessly talented and charismatic artist born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is equally hip-hop, and more including hints of roots reggae and strong traces of African highlife. In fact, if you only recently discovered the 31 year old NYC based singer/rapper/producer via his just published "Bambi" music video (see below), with the song's distinctive, soothingly hypnotic highlife harmonies that drive the song, you could be forgiven for thinking that he is a Nigerian highlife music crossover artist. Turns out that the Wisconsin born teacher turned professional musician, who has spent parts of his adult life living in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and the Bay Area where he attended Stanford, is of Nigerian descent and grew up listening to both Nigerian and American soul and hip-hop music.

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Four Books to Read This Black History Month

Posted by Amoebite, January 30, 2017 03:10pm | Post a Comment

4 books to read this black history month

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read! These books don't flinch; they're powerful, motivating, and more important than ever. Our roundup includes one classic, two newer releases, and the must-read biography that inspired the Oscar-nominated picture everyone has been buzzing about; that's right, Hidden Figures. As they say, knowledge is power, so this February tuck into one of these excellent paperbacks -- maybe even surprise a friend or a family member with their own copy.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The non-fiction book that inspired the critically-acclaimed, box office-topping film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae was written by Margot Lee Shetterly, herself the daughter of a scientist at Langley Research Center. This #1 New York Times bestseller goes into vivid detail about the groundbreaking, brilliant mathematicians who changed the world through their work on the space program.

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Internet

Posted by Amoebite, January 27, 2016 01:15pm | Post a Comment

The Internet What's In My Bag?

LA-based soul band The Internet is comprised of Odd Future members Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, along with Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith, and Steve Lacy. The group was formed in 2011 and they released their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, that December via Odd Future Records.

The Internet Ego DeathThe band's sophomore release came in 2013 with Feel Good, which was followed by 2015's Ego Death. A joint release between Odd Future Records and Capitol Records, Ego Death features guest appearances from Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, and Kaytranada. Ego Death is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. In early 2016, The Internet will be touring through East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. If you live in the U.S., you can catch them later this year at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo.

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2014 in Photos

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 6, 2014 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Words and photos by Lauren Clark.

In its eighth year running, Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be a massive success. The festival brought together a great line-up in a gorgeous location while maintaining a laid-back atmosphere. Saturday featured an electronic-leaning schedule, with performances by Jungle, St. Lucia, Janelle Monae, Classixx, and Outkast to name a few. Sunday featured sets by The Growlers, Chet Faker, Washed Out, TV On The Radio, Polica, Massive Attack, and more. Festival-goers were also provided with a multitude of activities including interactive art installations, arts and crafts, field day contests, local vendors, and, of course, food.

Festival highlight: Polica’s ethereal performance as the sun set over the beautiful San Francisco skyline on Sunday.
 

Bleached, Treasure Island
Bleached
Jungle, Treasure Island
Jungle
Classixx, Treasure Island
Classixx
St. Lucia, Treasure Island
St. Lucia
Washed Out, Treasure Island
Washed Out
 
 
 
 
Poliça, Treasure Island
Polica
Chet Faker, treasure island
Chet Faker
 
 

 

Treasure Island Music Festival, October 18-19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 11, 2014 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival, that magical musical weekend in the bay on (you guessed it) Treasure Treasure Island Music Festival 2014Island, returns October 18th - 19th! This year's line-up includes performances from Outkast, Massive Attack, Zedd, Alt-J, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, Washed Out, Jungle, and so many more!

Don't miss the festival's spectacular 60-foot Century Ferris Wheel, surrounded by an eclectic mix of interactive art installations and roaming performers.

Tickets are on sale now! Starting September 30th, enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival right here on Amoeba.com! 

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