Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Halloween Week 2013: E-Lit, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Casual vs Eminem, Wolf Haley

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment

Hip-Hop Top Five Amoeba Music Berkeley Week End Nov 1st, 2013

1) Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)  Bend But Don't Break (Weightless Recordings)

2) Quelle Chris  Ghost At The Finish Line (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

3) Jon Wayne Rap Album One (Stones Throw)

4) Ohmega Watts Pieces of a Dream (Mellow Orange)

5) Jel Late Pass (Anticon)

Above is the latest Amoeba hip-hop top five chart plus video of Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit in costume recorded last night (Halloween) before the store closed early for the holiday. As E-Lit noted the new Jon Wayne Rap Album One (as distinct from his instrumental output) is just out on Stones Throw Records and is available on vinyl too. Other new vinyl releases include LA based longtime Detroit hip-hop ambassador House Shoes who just released the two record set "based around J-Dilla" House Shoes Presents the King Jam Version: Chapter One Verses One - Four. Ohmega Watts, whose last albums were on Ubiquity, have just released Pieces of a Dream on Mellow Orange.  The number one album is the return of Greenhouse - Blueprint and Illogic's Bend But Don't Break featuring tracks such as "Microwave America" below. 

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51Oakland Brings Music And Art Back Into The Oakland Public School System

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2013 08:15am | Post a Comment

With an  emphasis on music, art, and community and a mission statement of ensuring that, "all Oakland public school students have equal access to Art and Music education" the small but hard-working non-profit 51Oakland ("51" + "Oakland") organization has had a most positive impact since its creation a little over a year ago. Co-founder/ executive director Jason Hofmann (interviewed above for the Amoeblog) along with Yoshie Akiba  - co-owner of the famed Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's - 51Oakland is doing for the Oakland public school system what, due to continual cutbacks in funding, has been unable to do for itself; present much-needed music and arts programs in the classroom. This the charitable organization has done by working with the schools in Oakland directly and responding to their stated needs. 

As word spreads on 51Oakland more and more people in the community are getting involved. One of 51Oakland's volunteers is Oakland resident Joe Kemper who said he decided to volunteer time out of his week with the non-profit because, "I really admire how much of an impact the organization is making. Obviously bringing back music to the Oakland schools is going to have a positive effect on kids who want to learn and play, but more than that, it's significantly helping to increase overall attendance, kids who are involved in music and 51oakland are doing better in their other classes, and it's having a positive impact on graduation rates and affecting kids in their lives far beyond just musically." Kemper added that he cannot stress enough the importance of music and arts programs in schools. "Having gone through the public school system and having the opportunity to participate in music and sports programs made a huge difference for me, and to see that those opportunities are no longer there for these kids is a real tragedy," he said.

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Mix Masterpiece: Yoshi's San Francisco's Monthly Art Expo, 3/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 6, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Mix Masterpiece Yoshi's San Francisco

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:00pm - 1:30am
Yoshi's San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St.
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Yoshi's San Francisco is hosting a multi-media extravaganza of talented Bay Area artists. These cutting-edge artists will have their fresh work on display and some for sale. It is FREE to the public with proper DJs and drink specials to boot. Old Russian Embassy House of Legends San Francisco Matthew Dara

Here's the superstar line-up!

House of Legends: The Old Russian Embassy 
Footage from the documentary by Matthew Dara Alavi

Souls of Splendor 
Trailer and clips from the short film by Audra Wolfmann & Desmond MillerSouls of Splendor San Francisco Desmond Miller Audra Wolfmann