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New Vinyl Reissues from No Doubt, Bob Dylan, Metallica & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 10, 2017 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

Some of the biggest and most beloved names in rock music dropped reissues this week. Expect remastered and expanded releases, plus one that's in a whole new audiophile format: Dolby Atmos. It's the first time this high-quality sound format will be commercially available, so it's definitely intriguing. Rediscover some old favorites, delve into the classics, and immerse yourself in deluxe versions of genre-defining albums.

Here's what's hitting our shelves.

Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming

Originally released in 1979, Dylan's nineteenth studio album has been repressed onto 150-gram vinyl. Heavily influenced by his recent interest in Christianity, the album includes the Top 30 hit "Gotta Serve Somebody."

Shot of Love

Bob Dylan - Shot of Love

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with K.Flay

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2017 01:05pm | Post a Comment

K.Flay What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Alt-pop/hip-hop artist K.Flay visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to perform songs from her new album, Every Where is Some Where. While she was here, she grabbed a few records by some of her favorite bands and chatted with us about getting over her fear of heavy metal. Pulling out Metallica, the self-titled, fifth, and best-selling album for the legendary heavy metal band, K.Flay attributed her recent interest in heavy music to playing on the Warp Tour. "I realized there's so much cool, complex stuff that's part of metal."

K.Flay is the stage name of genre-hopping American songwriter and vocalist Kristine Meredith Flaherty. She began writing music in 2003, when she enrolled at Stanford University. Her early work was a response to the "simplistic, misogynistic, and formulaic" rap songs played on the radio. She released a mixtape called Suburban Rap Queen in 2005 and then began performing live.

K.Flay Every Where Is Some WhereAfter a string of self-released EPs and mixtapes, K.Flay signed to RCA in 2012, releasing two EPs for the label: 2012's Eyes Shut (featuring production from The Prodigy's Liam Howlett) and 2013's What If It Is. After leaving RCA, she crowdfunded 2014's Life As a Dog, which reached number 14 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart and number 2 on the Heatseekers chart. In 2015, she collaborated with Louis the Child on their track "It's Strange," which peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and received extra attention after it was praised by Taylor Swift. In 2016, K.Flay signed to Interscope subsidiary Night Street Records for the release of her EP Crush Me. In spring 2017, she released her second full-length, Every Where Is Some Where.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:15:17: Dream Day, Milo, Hiero Day Tix, "White Face" LA screening, Shortkut in JA, Hip-Hop at 44, Flash to Herc

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment


It's now seventeen and a half years since beloved Bay Area aerosol art legend Mike "DREAM" Francisco was senselessly murdered on an Oakland street: : the victim of a botched armed robbery.  He not only left behind an art legacy but also a ten month old son Akil that he never got to see grow up. Even more tragically, nine years later Akil would lose his other parent when breast cancer took his mother's life. In an ideal, cancer-free and crime-free world, all would be still here together enjoying life together. DREAM, known for his unbridled passion for life (especially art and hip-hop, should today have been celebrating his 48th birthday.

"KIng "DREAM, as many refer to him by, may be gone but will never be forgotten. This is thanks to the legendary TDK crew member's importance in the history of West Coast hip-hop and street art. Examples include his piece that graced the back cover of Saafir's 1994 landmark album Boxcar Sessions: on which he is also heard on the grooves of the album on a track shouting out fellow graf artists . But his legacy has also been kept alive by his old crew members, his many friends, and of course his family. These include DJ Willie Maze of the Local1200 and his most importantly his brother John Francisco.  These two were both instrumental in having the City of Oakland proclaim every February 17th "Dream Day."   That was the date his life tragically ended. But August 15th, his birthday, is also considered DREAM Day.

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Outside Lands 2017 Preview / Top 20 Acts: ATCQ, Dr Octagon, Metallica, Gorillaz, Lorde, Thundercat, The Who, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2017 11:53am | Post a Comment
Props to the folks behind Outside Lands, the cool diverse long running independent music festival that takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every summer (which means weather might be sunny or foggy) and that this year marks its tenth successful year.

Outside Lands has become the largest independent music festival in the country. And for this year's 10th anniversary that begins today and ends Sunday (August 11 - 13), festival bookers have curated a refreshingly diverse bill that as well as all the big name acts includes up-and-coming bands, an Epic Rap Battle, breaks B-boy/DJ event,  DJs (inc. Josh Wink and Jazzy Jeff), stand-up and spoken word (inc. Nick Kroll and Henry Rollins) all the while covering many different popular musical genres.

Too many amazing acts to focus on them all in one  Amoeblog but take a look at the flyer left to see most of them listed. Note that, due to injury, that Queens of the Stone Age have cancelled their listed appearance this weekend. [EDIT UPDATE  Saturday announced that A Tribe Called Quest, who had already been postponed by one day, have been cancelled]  Also check out the Outside Lands website for more details and help in planning who to see and when. Generally speaking today is predominantly more beat driven acts while tomorrow/Saturday is more hard rock acts overall. Then Sunday offers more of a mish mash of genres.  Below I have put together a list of 20 of the acts (with videos and days/times of each act) that are worth catching. A subjective list from the perspective of a hip-hop fan foremost, it admittedly only scratches the surface and omits many great acts. But it gives an idea of the wealth of talent to expect this weekend at Outside Lands, as well as a rough guide to planning who to see on what stage over the 3 day festival weekend.

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