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Latest Healthcare Repeal Derailment Won't Silence Kayln Heffernan's “Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid” Protest Chant

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment


Despite the derailment this week of the Republicans’ latest (Graham-Cassidy) stab at dismantling affordable health care after enough senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, publicly voiced their opposition to this latest repeal and replace attempt by Trump’s White House, many Americans remain wary and watchful of their government.  For example low income disabled Americans dependent on Medicaid and those with pre-existing medical conditions continue to anxiously follow the news of each attempt by the Trump administration to take away their healthcare, something that’s more than a mere political issue to them.

“It’s a matter of life and death for many people out here,” said Denver artist/activist Kalyn Heffernan of hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp. Earlier this summer the popular emcee, along with several other wheelchair protestors who are part of the group ADAPT, got arrested and jailed following a sixty hour sit-in protest at the offices of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner demanding the senator vote against the Republican-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). “After we had seen the healthcare replacement plan that was going to gut $800 million from Medicaid in the next ten years, that was when we began our protest,” said Heffernan.

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2017's Top 20 Best Selling Albums...So Far

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2017 So Far

Now that summer's in full swing, we're just a little past the midpoint of the year in record sales. So what's been hot at Amoeba? Our best sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with indie, pop, a killer soundtrack, metal, electronic, and hip-hop albums all posting up within the Top 20 CDs and LPs released in 2017 so far. Take a look at what has been flying off our shelves -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar. You can expect to see many of these albums on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year!

Beach Fossils

20. Beach Fossils - Somersault

With every new record, it seems Beach Fossils have been continually evolving their indie/post-punk sound. Somersault, their latest, shows a band working at its fullest potential. The songs are lush and dreamy, thoughtful and warm. This is not the same band who was making angular, propulsive post-punk just a few years back — instead there’s a hazy, modern New Romantic meets shoegaze vibe, which gives the album a deeper, more emotional allure. This album is pure romantic pleasure.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with BadBadNotGood

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment

BadBadNot Good What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have the eclectic Canadian jazz / hip hop / electronic group BadBadNotGood visit us recently at Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. They brought along soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, who collaborated with them on the track "In Your Eyes." Having joined the ranks of varied artists who have recorded a song entitled "In Your Eyes," Wilson and drummer Alexander Sowinski both grabbed different albums with that same title. "It's a pretty classic title," says Wilson, "which, I think, matches the tone of the song that we wrote." Of course not all the records they picked were of that same theme, and between the four of them they managed to hit up nearly every section of the store.

BadBadNotGood are a Canadian jazz quartet known for their interpretations of modern hip-hop tracks and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, and Tyler, The Creator. Originally a three-piece, Matthew Tavares (keyboards), Alexander Sowinski (drums), and Chester Hansen (bass) met and began working together through Humber BadBadNotGood IV College's jazz program in Toronto. After uploading video of the trio performing a piece based on an Odd Future track, they began attracting worldwide attention and caught the ear of Tyler, the Creator. In 2011, they released their debut LP, BBNG, recorded a live session with Tyler, opened for Roy Ayers, and performed for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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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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