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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 09:22:17: Macklemore, Apathy & O.C., Lacrae, Rock, DJ Kay Slay, Lil Debbie, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2017 01:48pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 [09:22:17]


1: Macklemore Gemini (Bendo/Warner)

2: Apathy + O.C. Perestroika (Dirty Version) (also avail in Vinyl/2LP set)

3: Lacrae All Things Work Together (Columbia/Legacy) (also avail in Vinyl/LP)

4: Rock Rockness A.P.: After Price (Digital Deja Vu)

5: DJ Kay Slay The Big Brother (Streetsweepers Ent.)


Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The Message LP (8th Records)


Sans longtime musical partner Ryan Lewis, with whom he won four Grammys for the Seattle duo’s 2012 debut studio album The Heist (famously and controversially beating out Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city in the Best Rap Album category), Macklemore is now back to being a solo act with the new album Gemini. Released today on the Bendo label (via Warner) Gemini is the follow up to last year’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by the duo, and/or the follow up to his last solo album a dozen years ago, 2005’s The Language of My World. Titled not after an inexpensive DJ mixer brand but the rapper's zodiac sign, Gemini is an improvement on last year’s somewhat lackluster release but not near as good as the album that brought him (and Lewis) widespread fame. Highlights of the new album include such tracks as “Levitate” and “Good Old Days (feat. Kesha).” Scroll down to see the hugely popular music video for the feel-good, pop-rap, new album track “Marmalade (feat. Lil Yachty).”

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Huge East Coast LP Haul Brings 4,000 Vinyl Pieces to Amoeba Hollywood June 13

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2015 03:07pm | Post a Comment

East Coast LP Event at Amoeba Hollywood

We’ve just acquired a choice collection of records from the New Jersey area to resell in our Hollywood store. On Saturday, June 13, we’ll be offering the first of these records for sale to the public, on sale at the Amoeba Hollywood stage.

There are some great classic records from all genres in this collection, and some obscure pieces as well. Coming to us from an iconic industry family, the collection includes well-kept original pressings, a substantial number of reggae and hip hop records, astounding test pressings, rare and import soundtracks, and one-of-a-kind items from major acts.

Check out a sneak preview of some of the pieces we’ll have for sale below:

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amoeba east coast collection sale

So come down to Amoeba on Saturday, when we’ll be having our next Sidewalk Sale as well. Don’t miss out, as this collection will only be separately sold through Sunday.

17 Movie Soundtrack Motivationals to Facilitate your Fitness Resolutions

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 25, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment
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It's way past mid-January, do you know where your fitness goals are? Have you found that your get-up-and-go up got up and went? Are you looking for that perfect mix to pump [clap!] you up? Whether or not the holiday pounds have still got you down, chances are you or someone you know is looking to get motivated and stay fit in '15, even if it's just for one more week. To that I say: JUST DO IT! Push those New Year's resolutions to the limit and stay physical with this list of schlocky soundtrack anthems, Scotti Bros. label classics, and movie montage motivationals! 

[note: this post is dedicated entirely to the one and only Danimal, without whom this list would not have been so inspired nor exhaustive (however incomplete) as we have, during the course of our respective overlapping Amoeba journeys, spent countless hours extolling the many wonders, peaks, and pitfalls of these storied stimu-jams!]

Frank Stallone - "Far From Over"
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From the soundtrack to Staying Alive (1983), Sylvester Stallone's second ever directorial effort and follow-up to the successful Saturday Night Fever, comes this undeniable force of motivational rock courtesy of baby brother Frank Stallone. In more ways than one this track is the the leaping-point from which this film takes flight, providing a desperately high-impact canvas for the opening credits/dance-or-die audition montage. Catching up with Tony Manero's dreams of "making it" as a professional dancer in the cutthroat theater scene of the big apple has never been so sweaty, or lean.

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Fleeting Phases: Falling for Once and Future Band

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 28, 2014 07:25pm | Post a Comment
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Sheesh, it's been a minute since I've thrown my two cents into this here pot and I've got a lot of pennies to spend. So far, 2014 has been a damn good year for new music and I would like, if I may, to take you back to May when a local band dropped one hell of a debut EP for the ages.

Seemingly fixed somewhere between derivative approximations recalling the Crimson courtiers of Progressive Rock and master multi-part harmonizers of yore like, for example, maybe Wishbone Ash or Bubble Puppy, it could be said that Oakland's Once and Future Band has calculated dead reckoning in waters more well known than uncharted. However, this assessment is flawed. Roughly two minutes into the sprawling eponymous opening track of their debut EP, Brain, when lead vocalist, guitarist, high synth-sayer, and man behind the dream Joel Robinow (of Howlin' Rain, also wearing an exceptionally well designed OAFB tee, right over there) sings, "everyone knows ‘cept yourself that these phases are fleeting, time to take stock and face up to the path life is leading", it's time to give up and give in. The nearly nine minute saga advances not unlike said fleeting phases, progressing along most unpredictably in stone grooves, lucid pulses, transitory textures, and ascending arpeggios, executed with a passion for sound and vision so palpable that any trifling comparison made to apparent forebears would seem a dull and heartless pursuit. Considering the first track alone, it is clear that this band possesses something of a sonic timelessness, a quality that perhaps gives some credence to wanton Steely Dan-ish, CSNY et cetera Classic Rock banalogies, but is rather more a result of a fortuitous confluence of unabashed creativity and masterful musicianship. Fact: these guys make music magical, fanciful, adventurous, and valuable -- every second worth the effort. Once and Future Band simply rules. And they would still rule even if Rick Wakeman had said "no" to Yes.

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Psych Folk legend Eiichi Ohtaki dies at 65

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 10, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment
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Japanese singer-songwriter and producer Eiichi Ohtaki passed away at a hospital on Monday, December 30, 2013 after having collapsed at his Tokyo home while eating an apple, a piece which had apparently stuck in his throat causing him to choke. He was 65.
Ohtaki's influential contributions to Japanese pop and folk rock music worldwide could not be more legendary. Born on July 28, 1948, he was perhaps most famous for being the singer/guitarist and founding member of Happy End (pictured left above),  a band he formed with fellow Japanese rock heavy hitters Takashi Matsumoto (Apryl Fool), Shigeru Suzuki and Haruomi Hosono (Apryl Fool/Yellow Magic Orchestra). From 1969 to 1972 the ensemble produced three studio albums that pioneered a highly revered heavy acid folk sound that made them Japan's most beloved and critically acclaimed classic rock bands of all time. More recently the ensemble won notoriety stateside when their song "Kaze wo Atusmete" was featured in the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost In Translation.

Happy End disbanded in 1973, but Ohtaki enjoyed a very successful solo career as a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer working with mid-'70s rockers Sugar Babe as well as prominent artists like Tatsuro Yamashita (pictured below to Ohtaki's left) and Onuki Taeko. His 1981 album A Long Vacation was named "Best Album" of the year at the Japan Record Awards and went on to receive both 20th anniversary and 30th anniversary reissues. [A mildly interesting fun fact:  A Long Vacation was also the first Japanese album to be released on CD.]

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