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Record Store Day Countdown: King Tubby LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Our countdown to Record Store Day continues! This one is a classic horn-heavy dub summit from two legends, King Tubby and Lee Perry, appropriately titled At the Grass Roots of Dub. Considered one of the best dub records of the mid-'70s, it's been out of print for over a decade. Now it's finally been reissued, but only in limited quantities for RSD 2013. Get your copy only at independent record stores on Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

King Tubby Lee Perry Record Store Day

Albums Out Jan. 22: FIDLAR, The Growlers, Toro y Moi and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2013 08:55pm | Post a Comment

It’s the first big release date of the year, with tons of much-anticipated albums hitting shelves.

 

Album Picks:

FIDLAR - FIDLAR

FidlarCD $12.98

LP $19.98

FIDLAR’s long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash’s first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up in songs with names like “Cheap Beer” (the chorus of which consists of the shouted lyrics “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!”). But all the funny lyrics in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the songs themselves didn’t captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR’s 14 tracks. There’s nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that’s waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism on the ferocious “Wake Bake Skate” or reflecting that said young hedonism can “kind of suck,” on the exhausted-sounding closing track. That’s a telling moment — for all of FIDLAR’s gleeful celebration, the record’s honed hooks are the sound of very hard work, and it pays off in spades.

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The 26th Annual JazzReggae Festival, 5/27 & 5/28

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2012 06:21pm | Post a Comment
jazzreggae festival

Join us at UCLA's Intramural Field on May 27th and 28th for the JazzReggae Festival -- the largest, entirely student-produced and run event of its kind on the West Coast! Enjoy live performances from The Roots, Booker T. Jones, Gary Clark Jr, Shaggy, Don Carlos, and more! And look for the Amoeba booth on Sunday!

Jam Day - Sunday, May 27 Reggae Day - Monday, May 28
The Roots
Gary Clark, Jr.
Thundercat
Booker T. Jones
Selah Sue
Sonnymoon 
Shaggy
Tarrus Riley
Collie Buddz
Alison Hinds
Don Carlos
Cris Cab

UPDATE: Amoeba Hollywood is sold out of JazzReggae Fest passes, but tickets should be available at the gates on Sunday and Monday.

JazzReggae Festival Flier


Big Shot: A SKA/Reggae/Rocksteady Blog

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2011 12:04pm | Post a Comment
Los Angeles has such a unique Reggae scene with various clubs and shows paying homage to the Reggae Scene. New artists and bands are popping up all the time...and the Reggae Community is active and supported. Many DJs spin SKA, Rocksteady and Reggae. However, outside California (and some large cities such as Chicago, New York and across the pond in Spain) the Ska/Reggae scenes are deteriorating. Within these cities there are still Reggae labels such as Liquidator in Spain and Jump-Up Records in Chicago which is run by Chuck Ren who renewed the Ska scene in the Mid-West. NY/NJ based Stubborn Records is a DIY label run by King Django, a legend in the Ska scene who has been in such bands as the Stubborn Allstars and Skinnerbox. Django has run the label independently for over 15 years. In Oklahoma, Megalith Records is a fairly new label run by Robert "Bucket" Hinley, the lead singer of The Toasters and who helped start Moon Ska Records in NY...

Speaking of labels, this blog is named after Big Shot Records which went from 1968
to 1971. Big Shot was a subsidiary of Trojan Records that started in 1968, gaining popularity with releases from Judge Dread and The Tennors. Big Shot released over 130 45RPM singles and a handful of LP releases. The label itself has stayed active due to the popularity of Judge Dread and the iconic image of the Big Shot cannon. Most modern Reggae labels try to achieve the visibility that Trojan Records has and garner the appeal to counter culture kids as Big Shot did in 1968.

Peter ToshPeter Tosh - Legalize It (legacy Edition) [CD] 

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UK Reggae Star Smiley Culture Dead, Allegedly From Self Inflicted Stab Wounds

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2011 01:34pm | Post a Comment
                 
Smiley Culture performs "Police Officer" on BBC's Top Of The Pops, 1985

Word is trickling in from British music media and news outlets that acclaimed UK 80's reggae star Smiley Culture's life came to a tragic end earlier today (Weds, March 15th) from fatal stab wounds. The 47 year old reggae DJ/MC born David Emmanuel, who is known by many reggae fans for his 1985 UK top 40 hit "Police Officer" (a song that ridiculed British police's treatment of blacks), died of stab wounds this morning after police officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey at 7am as part of a planned arrest. The artist was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last along with four other individuals.

According to UK news sources a spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact." These initial news reports also said that it was believed that the artist took his own life by stabbing himself shortly after officers gained access to his home. However the fact that it was several stab wounds has caused many to suspect foul play on behalf of the police officers at the scene. Hence the IPCC UK police watchdog group has launched an inquiry into the musician's suspicious death. "We will be looking into the planning of the arrest, the way in which it was carried out and the actions of all the officers who were present at the time of the incident," said IPCC Commissoner Mike Franklin in a prepared statement this afternoon.

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