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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Outkast's Big Boi

Posted by Amoebite, November 28, 2017 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Big Boi (Outkast) What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Hip hop artist, actor and producer Big Boi stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and went shopping for records by some of his favorite artists, including British art-rock/singer/songwriter, Kate Bush. Though he found several limited edition Kate Bush LPs, he was especially drawn to the deluxe edition of Before The Dawn, a four-disc live album from her monumental residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo, which Big Boi himself attended. "It was one of the greatest concerts," he told us. "It's not even a concert. I would say it was a presentation of excellence." Quite a statement coming from someone as acclaimed as Big Boi, who was more than happy to share memories and anecdotes about the influence each record had on him.

Big Boi Boomiverse

Antwan André Patton (aka Big Boi) is known for his solo work as well as his role in the critically-acclaimed hip-hop group Outkast. Formed in 1991 while he and co-founder André 3000 were still in school together at the Atlanta-area Tri-Cities High School, Outkast burst onto the scene with their first single, "Player's Ball," in 1993. The single shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. Their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was certified platinum. The duo continued to rack up the hits, with chart-topping, much-hyped albums ATLiens(1996), Aquemini (1998), and Stankonia (2000). The group's 2003 release, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, was a double LP featuring the solo work of each artist: Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is Southern rap while André 3000's The Love Below is a mesh of psychedelia, funk, electro, and jazz. The pair joined forces once again for 2006's Idlewild, a soundtrack of sorts to the group's film of the same name, in which they both star.

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Soul Slam SF XII: Prince & Michael Jackson, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 30, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

June is truly turning out to be the Month of Prince, with so many Prince related events to participate in! On his birthday proper, Amoeba Berkeley is throwing a righteous party with special guest DJs, treats, and more, plus all Amoeba store locations will be offering 20% off all Prince music & merch in his honor that day. And let's not forget that the epic Purple Rain soundtrack is getting reissued in four different versions on June 23rd.

But no Month of Prince would be complete without the Bay Area annual dance tradition SOUL SLAM SF: Prince & Michael Jackson, which returns to San Francisco's Mezzanine on Saturday, June 10th. Globetrotting superstar disc jockey DJ Spinna headlines the 12th installment of this epic dance party featuring the music of Prince and Michael Jackson’s essential compositions, covers, and goodies. King Most and special guest DJs Constellations: Wonway, heyLove*, Nina Sol, and your host Hakobo will set the mood and build the anticipation for what is set to be another amazing Soul Slam!

Get your tickets now at soulslamsf.com!

Soul Slam SF

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

2016 was a strong year for reissues, with many now classic LPs getting dusted off and spiffed up as vinyl releases. Some of these releases were remastered, some have been out of print on vinyl for awhile, and some are just straight up excellent tributes to our late, great, favorite artists. From R&B to rock and even one very special television soundtrack, join us for a look back at our biggest sellers for the year and what makes each one essential listening.

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

20. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Cure's seventh studio LP was their first album to break into the Billboard Top 40. Featuring beloved tracks "Just Like Heaven," "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?," this recent 2-LP reissue is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Kill 'Em All

 19. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ Spinna

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 12:24pm | Post a Comment

DJ Spinna What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'm gonna give away a little b-boy secret...this record by Cerrone, 'Look For Love,' is a very popular b-boy break," says DJ Spinna of the 7" released by the Cotillion label. But be careful, he warns us, sometimes they edit the breaks out of the singles. The accomplished and much sought after DJ was recently at Amoeba Hollywood, giving away some great record collecting advice and offering up killer recommendations.

Wonder-full LABrooklyn-born hip-hop producer DJ Spinna is a genre-bender whose work dabbles in rap, soul, funk, electronica, and jazz. He first came to prominence in the late '90s underground hip-hop scene thanks to his work with The Jigmastas. He has produced and remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the contemporary music scene, including Mary J. Blige, Nightmares on Wax, Guru, J-Live, De La Soul, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and many more.

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