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Three Days 'Til Record Store Day: J Dilla's 'Diary,' Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality Viewer

Posted by Billy Gil, April 13, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Hip hop heads have a few reasons to celebrate on Record Store Day April 16.

First off, a new posthumous release from the late, great artist and producer J Dilla will be released on LP that day. The Diary comes out on CD and cassette the day before, but April 16’s vinyl release will come with a free 7” inside that includes the song “The Ex” (featuring Bilal) plus an R&B version of the song on the B-side. The song is a Pete Rock production.

The story behind the lost album is that J Dilla (real name James Dewitt Yancey) recorded an album’s worth of vocals back in 2002 that were ultimately shelved his parent label. That lead Yancey to break from the major label system and leave Detroit for California, where he produced his classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib's Champion Sound and Donuts.

Now, following Yancey’s death in 2006, his estate has been trying to get the album released for years. Finally, the album is coming out, with production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins, and guest spots from Bilal, Frank N Dank, Boogie and others.

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10 Album Reissues Out This Week on Limited Edition Pink Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, September 28, 2015 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Ten Bands One Cause Limited Edition Pink Vinyl

This week's Vinyl Tuesday releases are from ten bands who have reissued albums on limited edition pink vinyl to help raise money for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization named after comedian Gilda Radner that is dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families. Ten Bands One Cause began during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) in 2014, raising $30,000 for Gilda's Club NYC with its limited pink vinyl releases. This year's bands supporting the cause include Run the Jewels, Al Green, Chet Faker, and more. See the complete list below and purchase them from us - while they last.

Between the Buried and me

Between the Buried and Me
Coma Ecliptic [Pink Vinyl]

Progressive rock heroes Between the Buried and Me reissue their seventh studio album, Coma Ecliptic - a concept album about a man stuck in a coma, journeying through his past lives.

Treasure Island Music Festival, October 17-18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2015 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

That magical musical weekend in the bay known as Treasure Island Music Festival returns for its ninthTreasure Island, 2015 year October 17th & 18th! With no overlapping sets, Bay Area cuisine, and the gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay serving as the festival’s backdrop, Treasure Island Music Festival is like no other festival experience in the U.S. This year's line-up includes performances from FKA Twigs, Deadmau5, The National, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, and so many more!

Plus Funny or Die will be curating a comedy tent called The Blah Blah Blah with a full lineup of comedians including Tim Heidecker, Jerrod Carmichael, and Jonah Ray, just to name a few.

Tickets are on sale now HERE!

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival right HERE on Amoeba.com!

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Miguel

Posted by Amoebite, August 17, 2015 04:50pm | Post a Comment

San Pedro, CA native Miguel is a Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and producer. Active in the music community since he was a teenager, Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. Four years later he signed with Black Ice and began work on his debut album, which was eventually shelved. In 2007, he signed with Jive and recorded All I Want Is You. The album's release was delayed till 2010 due to contract disputes with Black Ice. During this time, Miguel contributed vocals to Blu and Exile's debut collaboration, Below the Heavens, and co-wrote tracks for artists like Jaheim and Usher. Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel's second album, was released on RCA in 2012. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 within its first week of release, its lead single "Adorn" garnering Miguel's first Grammy award for "Best R&B Song." Watch a killer version of "Adorn" (see below) performed live at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2012.

Miguel WildheartMiguel released his third studio LP, Wildheart, in June 2015 and he stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a special CD signing. Fans lined up outside the store with Wildheart and entry tickets in hand. While he was here, Miguel took a moment to sit down with our "What's in My Bag?" crew to share his finds from our racks. He began with two films, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, by Chilean cult cinema hero Alejandro Jodorowsky, explaining that he enjoys watching movies on silent while he creates. Miguel also picked up Run the Jewels' second album lauding its savageness as an aspect of hip-hop that he misses. Finally, he chose the deluxe edition of Jamie xx's newest album, In Coloursharing a story about that one time he danced with the xx.

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Amoeba's Top 50 Favorite Albums of 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 29, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment



All we do at Amoeba is listen to music and talk about music. Take advantage of how nerdy we are with this comprehensive best-of list from the year, which compiles new records from the best albums of 2014 lists made by Aaron Detroit, Brad Schelden, Oliver/Matt/Jordan, Billyjam and myself (click to see invidividual lists).

 

1. FKA TwigsLP1

FKA Twigs LP1 was one of those cross-genre, unclassifiable albums that everyone seemed to love. Not only the best debut record of the year, perhaps the best, period.

“There is miles of ink about Ms. Twigs already, and for good reason – her debut album, LP1, wlessly melds a bonkers electronic experimentalism with mainstream R&B and pop with spellbinding results.” —Aaron

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