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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Okkervil River

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Okkervil River What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"There's something so beautiful and defenseless about a man singing in a really high voice with other men singing in really high voices," says Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter of Okkervil River. "There's something so masculine/feminine about that sound." Sheff is talking about the album Don't Turn Around by the '70s R&B group Black Ivory, whose title track features some sweet falsetto harmonizing. Don't Turn Around was one of the many records Sheff bought when he visited Amoeba Hollywood, where he found a very eclectic mix of goodies and shared some his musical influences, both present and past.

Okkervil River AwayNamed after a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya, American indie rock band Okkervil River formed in Austin, TX, in 1998. The band started attracting attention off the strength of their self-released debut album Stars Too Small to Use, which led to a series of successful SXSW appearances, greater notice from music media, and eventually, a deal with Jagjaguwar. Their first album for the label, Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See, landed in 2002. Further critical acclaim came with the release of their third LP, 2005's Black Sheep Boy.

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New Video for Kool Keith & MF Doom's "Super Hero" Collaboration from "Feature Magnetic"

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2016 04:12pm | Post a Comment

Kool Keith "Super Hero (feat. MF Doom) from Feature Magnetic  (Mello Music Group, 2016)

Today two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, Kool Keith and MF Doom (aka DOOM), published the music video for their excellent collaborative track "Super Hero." The booming bass track, which is produced by Kool Keith under the alias  Number One Producer, is found on his recent Mello Music Group release  Feature Magnetic (also avail in LP/vinyl format). Meantime the brand new accompanying music video above is directed by Kris Merc for Aardman Nathan Love Animation Studio, and interestingly does not include either of the artists in person in the production.  As such it is accurately described by its makers as a non-stop quick-mix cascade of,  "infinite GIFs, incredible models of DOOMs mask and Black Elvis wigs, Doc Oct surgeries, and space flights." The video's futuristic Sci-Fi visuals are the perfect match for Doom's persona and Keith's left-field, stream of consciousness, comic-book inspired lyrics that reference such things as drinking tea with the X-Men watching chicks with D-cups, eating shrimp, and driving monster truck Lamborghini's.

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New Vinyl Diggin: Beastie Boys, Boom Bip, MF Doom, Drake, Kool Keith, Fela Kuti, PUTS, Roc Marciano, Miles Davis, Steve Miller Band +

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment
2016 Metal Face Records vinyl reissue of Operation: Doomsday : MF Doom's 1999 solo debut


Turns out that all those 'return of the record' stories over the past number of years were quite accurate. Records are back, and in a big way. Between new releases and reissues there's an increasing stream of new vinyl pressings dropping each and every week: from the majors as well as the indie labels who spearheaded this vinyl renaissance. Record Store Day also gets some credit for this resurgence in popularity. Note that this year's Record Store Day (coming up on November 25th) is rumored, as per a Reddit leak this week, to include new RSD vinyl exclusives from such artists as Run-D.M.C., Rudy Ray Moore, The Sugarhill Gang, The Stooges, Prince, Sun Ra, UGK, and The Kinks. But in the six weeks until then, there's no shortage of new vinyl releases getting released every Friday.

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Our Picks for the Week's Must-Have Vinyl Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2016 05:12pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

It's a good week to revisit some old favorites, with a slew of new vinyl reissues hitting the shelves at Amoeba on October 7th. From SoCal pop-punk to Britpop icons, here are our top picks for the reissues you'll want to add to your record collection.

Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys

A couple classics from the preeminent purveyors of '60s era sunshine pop are getting all spiffed up as special edition reissues. In honor of the track's 50th anniversary Good Vibrations is coming out as a 12" EP on sunburst vinyl and Surfer Girl gets a stereo issue on audiophile quality 200 gram vinyl.

Blink-182 Vinyl Box Set

Blink-182

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Old School Indie Bay Area Records By Acts With Names Identical Or Similar To National Stars

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2016 07:44pm | Post a Comment
While recently digging in the 12" crates of Bay Area rap/hip-hop from the late eighties / early nineties I realized how there were a few artists with twelve inch singles at that time who had stage names similar to or exactly the same as other hip-hop artists. One of them I remembered. It was Diamond D who had releases out in late eighties and early nineties including his 1989 single "Diamond Sez." I remember this because when I interviewed DITC (Diggin In The Crates) founding member Diamond D (or technically "Diamond") he told that it was because of  the East Bay rapper that he had to change his name. That was in 1992 when the DITC producer/rapper released his classic hip-hop album Stunts, Blunts, & Hip-Hop along with his crew and under the artist name Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics. Note that Diamond D's record (on Crystal Ball Records out of Hayward) was billed as Diamond D featuring Deryck "D."

Meanwhile back in mid 1988 when Compton rapper The Game was 8 going on 9 years of age, up in the Bay Area Power Records, out of Hercules when that area code was still 415, Bay Area artist The Game released the 12" single "Savin It All For You."  Boasting a total of five different versions the 12" single was produced at Richmond's Starlight Studios which was a popular spot with Bay Area artists for many years. Of course by the time the better known artist The Game first appeared on the rap scene in the first half of the 2000's the other The Game had gone. [Note The Game's latest release is the late January four LP set The Documentary 2/2.5 LP - pictured left]

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