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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with BJ The Chicago Kid

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2016 05:44pm | Post a Comment

BJ The Chicago Kid What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I believe most of this stuff is going in my studio," says soul signer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid (aka Bryan James Sledge) after his recent trip to Ameba Hollywood. BJ picked up a cool collection of records, movies and posters at the store that piqued his interest or had particular meaning to him. "It's all about the circle of the inspiration for me."

BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind Amoeba MusicBJ The Chicago Kid hails from Chicago, IL. He released his debut album, Pineapple Now-Laters, in February 2012 before signing to Motown. In February 2016, he released his second studio album and his major label debut, In My Mind.

"I've seen everything else of Prince but this movie," says Sledge holding up the iconic singer's directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon. Next up in his picks is the concert DVD James Brown: Live at Boston Garden. Filmed in 1968, the footage captures Brown not only during his creative peak, but also performing the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. While riots were starting across the country, Brown's show was broadcast live on Boston's public TV channel in an attempt to unify the city. Sledge also had to pick up a 10" reissue of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" featuring a new duet with a name that might sound a little familiar: BJ The Chicago Kid.

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Double Whammy: The Life & Death of Lonnie Mack

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2016 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Lonnie Mack-- By Brett Stillo

Rock & Roll guitarist Lonnie Mack died the same day as Prince. Call it fate, call it show business... whatever, but the death of a big name celebrity will always overshadow the death of a lesser name. C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Farrah Fawcett, or Groucho Marx all were pushed to the back pages as well.

Lonnie Mack and Prince share a connection beyond a date in an obituary. Both of them played the electric guitar like proverbial bats out of hell. They were players among players with a command of the instrument beyond mere technique. Indeed, their fingers seemed electric, boosting the sound and texture of their guitar solos to stratospheric levels.

Mack, born in 1941, was a first generation Rock and Roller -- part of an echelon of pioneer guitar heroes of the early 1960s that included Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, and Link Wray. Among his peers, however, Mack was ahead of the curve with a cutting-edge guitar style born from the formative sounds of Blues, Gospel, and Bluegrass. Mack took these traditional elements and supercharged them to create a raw, electrifying sound that screamed from his trademark Gibson Flying V, “Number 7” (the seventh model to come out of the factory in the Flying V’s original run in 1958).

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Prince Fondly Remembered By Amoeba Employees

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment

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Few artists have meant as much to us as Prince has here at Amoeba, and his death has been hard on us, coupled with the passing of David Bowie just months prior. A few of us shared memories of our first Prince albums, seeing him live and what he meant to us beyond the music.

Patrick O’Donnell

It has been tough. Prince has been and always will be a huge part of my life. It's hard 2 put into words the depth of the emotional connection that I made with his music. Over the years I would use his music as a source of strength and joy 2 get through tough times, enhance great times, and just generally inspire me on multiple levels. In addition 2 the music, the man himself has been a huge inspiration 2 me as well. Prince would work his ass off, never give less than 300% and wouldn't settle until he had as close 2 perfection as possible. His standards were impossibly high, his creativity endless and his style impeccable.

I was lucky enough to witness him do his thing on a number of occasions. SO lucky. I've been playing many of those moments over and over in my mind. Every time I saw him was different, unique, surprising and just flat out incredible. During the course of one night, he could work you up into a frenzy of dance, make you laugh and then have you on the verge of tears from the sheer beauty of a song. His talent, his presence and energy were unparalleled. He could play just about any instrument at a virtuoso level. During one show, I saw him play guitar, piano, bass, drums and a saxophone ... FLAWLESSLY. He could hold a note while running across the stage, drop into the splits, pop back up spin around 360 degrees and then jump on top of a piano. ALL IN HIGH HEELS. And he'd do it for four full hours — then, more than likely, play a second and maybe even third show later that night. There is, was and probably will never be again, anything/anyone like him. I really thought I was going to be able to experience him again. R.I.P Mr. Rogers Nelson u will be sorely missed but absolutely NEVER forgotten.

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Prince Vinyl Reissues Coming This Year

Posted by Billy Gil, May 10, 2016 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Though we're still mourning the passing of Prince, it's welcome news that Warner Bros. will reissue nine of the Purple One's albums on vinyl this year.

prince around the world in a day vinyl lpFirst up is Prince’s seventh album, Around the World in a Day, which comes out July 5. The album followed his hugely successful Purple Rain album and saw Prince experimenting with more psychedelic sounds on songs like “Raspberry Beret.”

Out July 19 is Parade, Prince’s eighth album and soundtrack to the film Under the Cherry Moon. Though the film wasn’t a hit, its soundtrack was, winning him critical acclaim for its minimalist funk jams like “Kiss.”

prince sign o the times vinyl lpDue Aug. 23 is Sign o’ the Times. The double album is considered by many to be Prince’s best, including socially and sexually provocative material, with sped-up vocals representing his female alter ego, Camille, on songs like “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Bay Area DMC Battle, WFMU Record Fair, Prince + Hip-Hop, New Releases, Yung Jake @ MoMA + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment
DJ TRAPS - once again wins Bay Area DMC Regional - photo from the 2016 DMC Bay battle by James Mak - c/o Joysco Photos and Joysco Studios

Props to DJ Traps (pictured above c/o  James Mak / Joysco Photos) who won the recent 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle. Repeating the feat he accomplished exactly three years ago in the same battle (2013 Bay DMC was held in SF), he will again head to NYC this upcoming August to rep the Bay for a chance to take the USA title. Held in Fremont on April 22nd and presented by both Official Rane DJ and Adisa, the Bishop's Hip-Hop Chess Federation, who hosted the event, the runners up in the battle were AkikoLUV - Akira Funabashi in second place, and Primo, Adrian Primo Silva in third place. Meanwhile the results of the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals also held at same venue on the day were winner DJ IQ, with runners up Prolifix in second place and DonPaco in third. Congrats to all the participants! Scroll down to end of this Amoeblog to see group picture of the Bay Area DMC event by hardworking Bay Area hip-hop photographer James Mak. Upcoming 2016 DMC Regional battles include next Saturday, May 7th, in Austin Texas. More info.

 
Shattering the (sometimes true) stereotype that rappers with "Yung" in their stage name are mostly superficial, lacking in intellectual merit, and low in substance, Los Angeles based rapper Yung Jake blew minds and stereotypes last night at NYC's MoMA. There the CalArts grad took part in MoMA’s adventurous Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute: series by performing his engaging multi-social media show that melded Tweets, YouTube viral videos, memes and GIFs, and more including of course rapping. The presentation, that lasted three hours, was s mixed media statement on life in this Internet age by the West Coast artist who hails from Long Island, NY. 

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