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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2018 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Grails What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Portland experimental rock band Grails goes record hunting at Amoeba Hollywood, you can expect them to find some obscure records. "I picked this record out purely based on the cover," said Ilyas Ahmed while pulling out Nuits D'Été Avec Naima Samih by Moroccan organist Abdou El Omari. "When I find something like this it makes me really excited that I can go home and listen to it, and have to learn to live with it," he told us. "I think that's something with music that's kind of underappreciated these days," he continued, comparing the process of appreciating records to getting know friends. All of the guys picked up some interesting and esoteric records and shared their personal insight with us in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Grails - Chalice Mymnal

Originally named Laurel Canyon, Grails began playing shows together in 1999, self-releasing two EPs before signing to Neurot Recordings for the release of their debut full-length under the Grails moniker, 2003's The Burden of Hope. The core lineup of Alex John Hall, Emil Amos, and William Zakary Riles was refined over time, with previous members sometimes joining the trio for live performances and guest collaborators contributing to their recording sessions.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Huckaby

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2018 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Mike Huckaby What's In My Bag?

Detroit DJ and producer Mike Huckaby went on an epic dig through the bins at Amoeba Hollywood, compiling a healthy stack of LPs and 12"s for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Another digger kept popping up in the interview. "Madlib is highly revered to me," Huckaby said of the prolific DJ / rapper / producer. He also grabbed a couple of Madvillain records and an LP by Madlib's early group Lootpack. "Dude says he makes an album a day," Huckaby marveled.

Mike Huckaby is a key figure in the Detroit electronic music scene who has earned international recognition for his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, his crowd-pleasing DJ sets, and his work with his Deep Transportation and S Y N T H labels. Huckaby has produced and remixed for heavyweights like Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, LoSoul, Deepchord, and Pacou. He gives back to the Detroit community by teaching music production to preteens and teens at YouthVille Detroit. His signature jazz-influenced deep house sound has made him a fixture of clubs in Berlin, Detroit, and everywhere in between.

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2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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Two New Exclusive J Dilla Releases Out April 18 for Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2015 11:42am | Post a Comment

J  Dilla

Among Record Store Day's usual crop of fancy reissues and rare, previously unreleased tracks, standouts include two new 7" releases from legendary hip hop producer J Dilla

J. Dilla Fuck the Police Record Store Day
 

The love and obsession for Dilla's work is unparalleled in the underground world of hip hop. J Dilla is and was a rare gem of a musical icon whose work influenced artists from all areas of the industry. Producers from Kanye West to Madlib will tell you Dilla was the best at capturing the right drum sound. Any time a collector can get their hands on some rare Dilla, it's always a big deal. Dilla's oeuvre was made for vinyl. 

Nine years after the beloved producer and rapper's untimely passing, the Detroit native's classic, long out-of-print single "Fuck the Police" is being reissued as a badge-shaped 7" picture disc. Remastered from J Dilla's original mixes, the single is being put out by Pay Jay Productions, an imprint revived by the Estate of James Yancey. Originally released as a 12", the forthcoming 7" will be released backed with the instrumental track "Funk the Police." The picture disc comes in a Japanese-style clear plastic sleeve suitable for display.

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Dilla Weekend Kicks Off In Miami

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2015 07:10pm | Post a Comment
After years of celebrating the legacy of Detroit's favorite son - the late great, revered hip-hop producer J Dilla - in his hometown of Detroit with the annual Dilla Day, this year Dilla's mom Ma Dukes moves the official main celebration of her beloved son way south of the cold February Motor City to sunny and warm Miami, Florida for not one day but an extended weekend of concerts, parties, and celebrations of her son who died nine years ago on February 10th, 2006. For this year's blockbuster event, that kicks off today (Feb 5th) and runs through Sunday (Feb 8th), there is an amazing line up of artists performing in Dilla's honor.

This impressive lineup includes his old crew Slum Village, kindred producer spirits/friends Madlib and Pete RockMobb Deep, acclaimed new artist Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Tony Touch, Black Milk, ESTA, and Camp Lo. These and many still TBA guests will appear at concerts, BBQs, producer panels, and artist meet and greets.

These events will be held at various venues around the Midtown/Wynwood area of Miami including at The Stage, Bardot, and LMNT. For more information and tickets, both all weekend passes and individual shows (Note: some already sold out), go to JDillaWeekend website that includes all the info on such shows as tonight's opening concert party with Madlib, Kumi, Mr Brown, and DZ at Bardot. Also note that this is the main Dilla event but that there will be many others held over the coming days all over the place including over in the UK. Meantime below are a couple of videos of some classic Dilla tracks. Oh and if you don't already have it in your collection - pick up the recently released Dilla 10" LP Beat Batch series.

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