Local Stuff: Sweet Valley, Heaven, Wild Eyes, MellowHype, Plus Shows

Posted by Billy Gil, July 20, 2012 12:35pm | Post a Comment
Sweet Valley and Heaven
There’s a new Sweet Valley track out. Who’s that, you ask? It’s Nathan Williams of Wavves, along with his brother, Kynan. “Total Carnage,” from their upcoming debut record, Stay Calm, is warped, instrumental surf rock that makes its looping riff sound like an endless summer. You want to just put it on, lay at the beach and never have that moment end. Stay Calm is out Aug. 7 from Fool’s Gold.

And speaking of Wavves, Wavves drummer Jacob Safari debuted songs from his new project Heaven via Vice’s blog this week. “Hanging Out” is kind of industrial and cool, with a foreboding beat and spacey vocals, while “Can’t Grow Up With Poison” is more of a straight-up shoegazer with a driving beat and a more melodic bent. I’m really digging this, obviously. An EP is due soon!
Wild Eyes – Blue Haze
New band crush: Wild Eyes, a So. Cal. shoegaze band with heart-and-brain-melting tracks that recall the best of the genre — Ride, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine. Found this one over at, where I learned they recorded their Blue Haze EP in a garage and rehearsal space. For such humble beginnings, the thing approaches Creation status. Gotta love those garage-gaze bands!

Mellowhype Tracks
Odd Future’s MellowHype have released two tracks from their upcoming LP Numbers, the followup to their excellent Blackenedwhite. “Fakuoy” has some sweet spectral street vibes, while “La Bonita” features vaguely Latin undertones while Hodgy Beats and Left Brain extol the virtues of spandex on Latina butts. Try to ignore the f-bomb in “Fakuoy” — didn’t you hear about Frank Ocean? Numbers is out Oct. 2.

Shows This Weekend
Friday: Gil Scott-Heron tribute @ California Plaza in Downtown L.A. at 8 p.m. Read about it here.
Saturday: The Happy Hollows, The Union Line, Rachel Fannan andBrandon Intelligator @ Bootleg Bar. ($10, 8 p.m.)

Sunday: Robatanists and Derde Verde play a daytime show @ Royal/T in Culver City. It’s the last day of business for the café, which is moving to a new location. The show’s at 3 p.m.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 05.25.12: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5: El-P, Psycho Realm, Killer Mike, House Shoes, Three Loco, 45 Sessions + other Memorial Day Weekend happenings in the Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2012 07:17pm | Post a Comment

El-P "Stay Down (feat Nick Diamonds)" live on Letterman last week (May 2012)

Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012

1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)

3) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)

4) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)

5) Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2  (Odd Future)

Lots of great new releases on the brand new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store this week including in the number one slot El-P's welcome return, after 5 years with no new releases, with his all killer, twelve track album Cancer4Cure (aka C4C which is avail in both CD and LP formats) via the Fat Possum record company (he folded his Def Jux record label a while back). The Amoeba website store calls this latest El-P release "his strongest work since his debut, Fantastic Damage" and praising the supertalented East Coast producer/emcee for sounding "as energized as he did on that decade-old debut, matching Killer Mike (whose own excellent R.A.P. Music also recently came out and was produced by El-P) rhyme for rhyme on standout “Tougher Colder Killer,” also featuring fellow Def Jux alumnus Despot."

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 04.29.12: Amoeba SF Top Five, Death Grips, K-Rek, E-40, Odd Future, Nicki Minaj

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2012 04:42am | Post a Comment

Death Grips "Guillotine (It goes Yah)" (2012)

Amoeba Music San Francisco Top Five Week Ending April 29th, 2012

1) Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)

2) Nicki Minaj  Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)

3) K-Rek No Roads Can Hold Me (Dyverse Productions)

4) E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 (Heavy on Grind)

5) Odd Future The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)

Thanks to Suzanne at the San Francisco store for this latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart that features (with a bullet) in the number one slot the anticipated brand new release from Death Grips. Released last Tuesday The Money Store , which is one of two 2012 releases from the Sacramento, CA trio, is a raw in your face release that at once presents Death Grips' unique spin on the horrorcore rap subgenre. Sure its on a major label but you would never know from its lo-fi raw punk rock meets hip-hop sound and accompanying cover art.  Think Brotha Lynch Hung meets Flipper with appeal for fans of (fellow chart entrants) Odd Future. As recently wrote of this release "Death Grips sound like little else around, combining early hip-hop energy with futuristic industrial noise bursts and grimy beats, courtesy of Andy Morin and Zac Hill (the latter being the hyper-intense drummer from Hella and Marnie Stern). Stefan Burnett’s guttural spitting cuts through and then takes to the background when it needs to, getting cut up and spliced into the mix, remaining both viscerally appealing and intellectually stimulating. Songs like the dubsteppy “Lost Boys” and head-spinning electro-rap of “Get Got” feel like putting your ear to a wormhole into the future of several genres." But really talking/writing about music is not the same as simply listening to it. So I suggest - if you have not already heard Death Grips - that you check out the above low, low-budget video (looks like it was done in ten minutes including editing and uploading to YouTube!) for "Guillotine (It Goes yah)" to get a good idea of the band's unique sound. Also below is a band promo video along with videos from the other Amoeba Top Five Chart entrants this week including newcomer K-Rek from San Mateo, Odd Future in San Francisco, and a fan video of E-40 from Saturday night (4/28/12) of his concert in Santa Cruz.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 03.23.12: E-Lit, Odd Future, Tanya Morgan, Copywrite, De La Soul, Rock The School Bells + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 23, 2012 06:34pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 03:23:12

1) Odd Future The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)

2) Ecid Werewolf Hologram (Fill In The Breaks)

3) WZRD wzrd (Universal Republic)

4) Madlib Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape (Madlib Medicine Show) 

5) Too $hort No Trespassing (Dangerous Music)

Thanks to E Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for the latest Top Five Chart and for the run down, in video above, of the new & recent arrivals in the hip-hop section of Amoeba. Number one is the brand new release Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 - the second collaborative album to date from the phenomenally popular young LA hip-hop collective Odd Future (aka OFWGKTA as in Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) who five years ago first came into being when 17-year-old Tyler (The Creator) Okonoma assembled his crew of close friends and collaborators (rappers Hodgy Beats & Casey Veggies, and producers Left Brain & Super 3). That was back in 2007 when the collective merged creative forces to create the original The Odd Future Tape. Fast forward half a decade to now, March 2012, and we have the very high profile sequel to that very underground release. In addition to their profile growth, Odd Future's lineup has also grown. Newer members (all of whom contribute to the new release) include MCs Mike G & Domo Genesis, jazz duo The Internet, and singer Frank Ocean The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 features such standout tracks as "Analog 2," "50," "White," and the lead single (video below) "Rella." You can buy the CD version of this album in each of the three Amoeba stores as well as from the online Amoeba store. Note that the vinyl/LP version of this album will be available in Amoeba on the upcoming Record Store Day; next month on Saturday April 21st.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:10:11: Zion I & The Grouch, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Blueprint, Odd Future, Del The Funky Homosapien + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2011 08:20pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:10:11

1) Zion I & The Grouch Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)
Not surprisingly, the new Zion I & The Grouch album has become a major seller at Amoeba’s Bay Area locations. Both Zion I & The Grouch command a huge amount of respect in the local scene, largely thanks to their work ethic and the consistent quality of their recordings. They’ve garnered a lot of national attention in recent years, but the Bay continues to remain their greatest supporters.
2) Pharoahe Monch W.A.R (We Are Renegades) (Duck Down)

Hot on the heels of the new Zion I & The Grouch album is the latest from Pharoahe Monch, one of the more technically talented MCs in hip-hop as far as voice and cadence go, and who has released a number of great recordings solo and in his group Organized Konfusion. This new one takes Monch back to his indie roots, pitting him against an exciting cast of producers and keeping things progressive in terms of his style and approach.
3) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic)
Holding its major selling position from last week is Lupe’s new one, which continues to receive a large amount of media attention as it walks the fine line between radio friendly pop music and conscious hip-hop.
4) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
E-40 is another Bay Area legendwho’s always on his grind, and his recent release of two new albums in the Revenue Retrievin series seems to indicate that he’s not planning on slowing down any time soon. The Overtime Shift of the series features Bay Area favorites J-Stalin, B-Legit and The Click, as well as a guest shot from the one and only Devin the Dude.  The last time E-40 put out two albums simultaneously, they both went through individual periods of selling quickly, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift ends up on one of these lists in the near future as well.

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