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Chat with Artists including Sky Ferreira, Dan Croll & Joey Bada$$ Ahead of Record Store Day

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 15, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day Amoeba Takeover

Amoeba's Google+ page is being taken over by a handful of artists this week leading up to Record Store Day! We're hosting a series of live chats Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 where you can submit your questions and vote up the ones you want answered. If  you can't tune in live, you can watch them on our YouTube channel after the events.

 

Thursday, April 17 - Dan CrollDan Croll Sweet Disarray
12pm PT / 3pm ET

Watch it here.

English singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Croll will chat with fans and take your questions live on Thursday, April 17 at noon PT. On Record Store Day, Croll will be releasing a limited 10" with two new songs.

As a teenager Croll learned to play guitar, bass, piano, the drums, and trumpet and studied at Liverpool's Institute for Performing Arts. But over time his music has become increasingly electronic and now incorporates both acoustic and electronic elements. His debut album, Sweet Disarray (Capitol), was just released in the States on April 1.

Dan Croll Record Store Day 2014

Dan Croll
Hello My Baby 10"

'American Idiot' Returns to the Stage in L.A., Amoeba Auctions Off Tickets

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2014 03:56pm | Post a Comment

american idiot

The Tony-nominated production of “American Idiot,” the play based on the concept album of the same name by Green Day, comes to L.A.’s Pantages Theatre next month.

The limited one-week engagement runs from May 13 through May 18. Amoeba Hollywood will be auctioning off two tickets to the opening May 13 show at our May 3 charity auction. The tickets also include a meet-and-greet with the cast after the show.

We’ll also have merchandise from the show available to bid on, so head to Amoeba that day for a chance to win. The charity auction goes to benefit Sweet Relief, a non-profit that provides a fund for musicians in medical and financial need.

american idiot dance“American Idiot” tells the story of three childhood friends looking for meaning in a post-9/11 world. The musical features the music of Green Day and lyrics by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, using hit songs from the album like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “American Idiot,” as well as songs from Green Day’s 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown and the unreleased Green Day song “When It’s Time.” The show’s Grammy-winning soundtrack is available now.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Hip-Hop Power Duo EPMD's 1988 Debut Album "Strictly Business"

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2014 12:34pm | Post a Comment
In hip-hop history 1988 was a pretty darn incredible year for landmark releases. Like 1987 it was another landmark time in the development of the genre - an era when hip-hop had shifted from its old-school second phase and had arrived into its new so-called "golden era" that would last through to 1992/1993.  A hip-hop group and album that personified this perfectly was and the power duo of EPMD and their flawless debut album Strictly Business.

Released in August of 1988 on Sleeping Bag Records Strictly Business (not to be confused with the 1991 movie of the same name with an LL Cool J song of the same name on its soundtrack) was the debut album from infamous New York hip-hop duo EPMD whose name stands for  "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars" and who are comprised of the emcee/production power pair of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith (aka PMD).  The album was reissued last year as Strictly Business 25th Year Anniversary Edition CD with five bonus tracks.

Although only ten songs in length the hip-hop styles displayed on Strictly Business - cool laid back rhymes over smooth funky beats that sampled an infectious blend of funk, soul, and rock - remain influential to this day and personify the creme de la creme of hip-hop's much celebrated "golden age" - something that EPMD kept going on their second album, Unfinished Business, the following year as well as on later releases (all in the "Business" titled series). Unlike albums of today, which tend to be smothered in guest emcees and producers, with the exception of DJ K La Boss (who added his turntablist skills to album track that bore his name), Strictly Business was purely the talents of Erick and Parish who both rapped in a similarly almost lazy-sounding, rolling, lyrical flow.

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Album Picks: Thee Oh Sees, Woods, The Both

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2014 11:05am | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees - Drop (LP or CD)

thee oh sees drop lp amoebaThee Oh Sees’ perhaps final LP encapsulates what the band has done so well for the past decade while still forging new territory. The album balances songs that thump around in dark corners with those that bang out brilliantly. “Penetrating Eye” explores spacey moog sounds even as it unleashes an unholy howl of Sabbath guitars. “Put Some Reverb on My Brother” has a terrifically snarling little riff and sneering performance by John Dwyer, with saxophones that add extra pop. The title track has great, big Who-style guitarwork, making it one of the band’s most all-embracing rock tracks yet. “The King’s Noise” tries on some regal riffs and strings for a bit of proggy psychedelia. But for all of Drop’s catchiness, it’s the band’s ability to warp garage-rock guitars into something truly strange and unnerving that gets us every time, as on the spacey, scary “Transparent World.” If this is truly the end of Thee Oh Sees, they’ve gone out with a bang on one of their strongest albums yet.

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Tears in your beers -- Country tunes for Tax Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 15, 2014 09:35am | Post a Comment
Krazy Kat and crew

Income taxes -- they're no fun -- especially when you're poor. 

There are few escapes from them, too. Most of the few countries which don't have them are located in Arabia, where massive corporate taxes on even more massive oil revenue make them unnecessary. In the US, on the other hand, corporate income taxes only account for about 9% of federal government receipts (we may have the highest nominal corporate tax rate in the world but the effective corporate tax rate is much lower) whereas individual income taxes account for about 41%. That might, at first glance, seem high but our individual income taxes are actually low compared to those of most countries. In the developed world, only Chileans, Mexicans, and Turks contribute less to their countries' GDPs... or something (my mind glazed over for a second). 



Enough about percentages and Arabia -- what if you want to stay in America but still avoid taxes. You could always go Unabomber or embark upon a black market career... as Big Daddy Kane told us, "pushers don't pay taxes." But Jesus wouldn't approve of either of those options. The Messiah made his opinions on taxes known in the Gospel of Matthew, and even got a little testy:

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