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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raphael Saadiq

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Raphael Saadiq - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to have singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq do some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of the cool records he found, along with some interesting stories from his prolific career. "My first tour, in '86, was Sheila (E.) and Prince," he told us, speaking of his beginnings as their bass player. "We used to play (Sheila E.'s) 'Holly Rock'...I still don't know what 'Holly Rock' is, but I was signing it." Saadiq was excited to find a copy of Originals, a collection of demos that Prince wrote and recorded for other people to sing, including 'Holly Rock.' "I wanna hear him singing (it)," Saadiq proclaimed.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq learned to play bass guitar at age six and started singing with gospel groups at age nine. When he was eighteen, he took the name Raphael and successfully Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Leeauditioned to play bass in Sheila E.'s backing band. He then hit the road as part of Prince's Parade Tour. After this tour, he returned to his hometown of Oakland and joined Tony! Toni! Toné! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group became R&B superstars, with their greatest commercial success being 1993's double platinum Sons of Soul.

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Portland Cello Project's Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 6, 2019 06:25pm | Post a Comment

Portland’s premier alt-classical group Portland Cello Project returns to the JCCSF to pay tribute to one of the most talented rock stars of all time on Tuesday, November 12th at 7pm. With Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, the cellists marry their deep textures to the harmonic landscape of Prince’s catalog, while also paying tribute to music influenced by The Purple One. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance only at the JCCSF.

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2019 03:11pm | Post a Comment

EARTHGANG - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of talking to Atlanta based hip hop duo EARTHGANG at Amoeba Hollywood recently, having shopped the store for some of the records, books, comics and memorabilia that have inspired them. "This is one of the greatest albums ever created in hip hop," Olu (aka Johnny Venus) told us, holding up a copy of UGK's Super Tight. Calling it "the first album that made me wanna get into producing," he went on to say, "I really appreciate the way that these records painted life in the south...these cats are really intelligent."

EARTHGANG consists of Olu and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot). The group was founded in 2008 while both members were still in high school. They released their first EP, The Better Party, two years later. While EARTHGANG - Mirrorlandattending Hampton University, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot also founded the Spillage Village collective of rappers, producers, and singers; in addition to the duo behind EARTHGANG, members include J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, Mereba, 6LACK, and Lute. Spillage Village also serves as a record label and is the home to the collective's first three releases, the Bears Like This (2014) and Bears Like This Too (2015) EPs, and the Bears Like This Too Much LP (2016).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Duff McKagan

Posted by Amoebite, May 30, 2019 05:35pm | Post a Comment

Duff McKagan - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Guns N' Roses bassist, singer, songwriter, and author Duff McKagan visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? episode and impressed us all with his musical knowledge, storytelling ability, and ardent curiosity. McKagan has been on a mission lately to restock his vinyl collection that has largely disappeared over the years. He came in looking for some classic punk LPs and wound up sharing stories abut the first album he bought with his own money, the Prince record that gave him the courage to move to Los Angeles, and the music that scares him.

Duff McKagan started his first band, Vains, when he was fifteen. In 1980, he became the drummer for pop-punk band The Fastbacks. He performed with a handful of punk bands before moving to Los Duff McKagan - TendernessAngeles in 1983 and forming Road Crew with Slash (guitar) and Steven Adler (drums). In March 1985, he became the bassist in Guns N' Roses. Two years later, the band released their debut LP, Appetite for Destruction. In 1991, GNR embarked on the Use Your Illusion tour and released the Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums. In 1993, the band released an album consisting largely of punk covers, "The Spaghetti Incident?", and McKagan released his first solo LP, Believe in Me.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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