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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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The 3rd Annual Mid City Arts & Music Festival Saturday, June 8 in Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2019 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Mid City Arts & Music Festival 2019

The third annual Mid City Arts & Music Festival is Saturday, June 8th in Los Angeles on Washington Boulevard between Vineyard Ave and Rimpau Blvd. Enjoy live music on two stages, artists painting live, delicious food trucks, local vendors, a beer garden featuring locally crafted beers, kids activities & more from 12-7pm. Plus, we'll be there with a booth and the Amoeba prize wheel

Music on the main stage kicks off at 12:30pm and will feature The Pharcyde's Fatlip & Slimkid3 with DJ Cee Brown and special guest 2Mex, KCRW's Anthony Valadez, The Delirians, DJ Battlecat, Rocky Dawuni, Novena Carmel, and a live illustration battle with Secret Walls

This festival is free and all-ages, although you must be 21+ to enter the beer garden. 

Check out the full schedule of events here.

Mid City Arts & Music Festival 2019

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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Just Announced 2018 Hiero Day Lineup: Pharcyde, eLZhi, PUTS, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Chali 2na + hella more

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2018 03:13pm | Post a Comment
 

This afternoon Oakland's legendary hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics crew (feat. Souls of Mischief,
  Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, DJ Toure etc.) announced the lineup for Hiero Day 2018 that will,once again, take place in The Town on Labor Day Weekend. Scheduled for Monday September 3rd the all day event will take place on a few different stages centered at 3rd and MLK streets in Oakland with the exciting and nicely balanced just-announced lineup outlined in the flayer above.

These many acts, several who performed last year and/or previous years returning, will include (in alphabetical order) Another Party Fam, Astu, B.A.G. (Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab),  Black Thought (of The Roots fame), Chali 2na (of SoCal's Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame), Cult Days, DJ D Sharp, DagheDante 
Ross, Dollas Up, Nero, Durag Dynasty, eLZhi, Freddie GibbsDJ Fresh vs. TraxamillionGeorgia Anne Muldrow,
  Guapdad4000Ill Camille, J-Cutt, J. Walt, J. Rawls, AWLS, DJ Lex, Livewire, Mannie FreshMike Relm, Mind MotionOld Man Saxon,  People Under The Stairs, The Pharcyde,  Ray Reck, Red Corvette, (no longer incarceratedlegendary Oaktown rapper) Richie RichRuby Ibarra, Sean G, Shellheart, SleeprockersSpencer StevensTalib Kweli, DJ Toure, Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets fame) Walt Liquor, Word Up!,  X Slapz, and Young Bari.

10 Vinyl LP Reissues to Look For in Early 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2016 04:10pm | Post a Comment



It’s not just new albums that we’re excited about. Check out this list of reissues we’re looking forward to spinning in the new year.

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality
Out Jan. 22

Does all this cold, wet weather makes you want to listen to classic proto-metal on vinyl? Well, you’re in luck. Black Sabbath’s classic first three albums are coming to us on deluxe edition 180-gram two-LP sets. (Seriously, turn the volume all the way up for the full effect of this video.)

 

Talk TalkLaughing Stock
Out Jan. 22

Talk Talk’s 1988 album, Spirit of Eden, and its successor, Laughing Stock, virtually created their own genre. It’s a hushed expanse of jazz grooves, arty guitar tangles and Mark Hollis’ inimitable, shivery croon. Anyone who only knows the hits (e.g. “It’s My Life,” “Talk “Talk”) should pick it up and hear the other side.

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