New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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2018 Death of The Moody Blues Founder Ray Thomas Follows A Year Of The Passing Of Too Many Music Greats

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2018 03:59pm | Post a Comment

The passing of The Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas, whose Jan 4th death was announced two days ago, follows an intense year in which we lost too many other music greats; many of whom are saluted in this Amoeblog. In 1964 flute player and vocalist Ray Thomas formed the British rock band The Moody Blues who would go onto to worldwide fame with such hits as "Go Now" (their 1965 breakout #1 hit single), "Nights in White Satin,” "Tuesday Afternoon,"  and "Question.” Coincidentally the Moody Blues will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. 

In addition to Thomas, others who’ve already died in the first week of 2018 include iconic French pop singer France Gall, actor/singer Jerry Van Dyke, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest producer Chris Tsangarides, producer/songwriter Rick Hall of FAME Studios, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, influential violinist and composer Robert Mann who died at age 97 one week ago on New Year’s Day. Also deceased on January 1, 2018, was 1960's soul singer Betty Willis whose tragic end, as a homeless person in Southern California, been murdered from strangulation following an attempted rape by a homeless man.

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Five Year Anniversary of Passing of Pioneering DJ Grand Master Roc Raida

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2014 12:04pm | Post a Comment
On this date, September 19th, five years ago the hip-hop world was shocked to learn the tragic news that super-talented DJ Grand Master Roc Raida had died from cardiac arrest at age 37. The totally unexpected death, following a week of being hospitalized, was due to medical complications relating to an accident that the DJ encountered a few weeks previously while training in the contact combat self-defense system known as Krav Maga. Later today on my weekly hip-hop radio show on WFMU I will be honoring the legacy of the DMC world champion DJ who most got to know via his membership of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners but who, over his illustrious prolific career, worked with a wide array of artists that included MF Grimm, Big Pun, Pink, Linkin Park, Jungle Brothers, Nelly, Opio, The Beatnuts, Mike Patton, and Dilated Peoples.

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