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Don't Call It A Vinyl Comeback

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2015 02:48pm | Post a Comment

Last week under the heading What the Vinyl “Comeback” Really Looks Like the Digital Music News website an official RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) sourced vinyl sales graph tracing record sales over the past four decades. The piece  seemed like a direct attempt to put a halt to those recurring news stories of the past several years that have been ceremoniously heralding vinyl's return to grace and sales. The article seems to join the opinion of many insiders who say that these typical "Return of Records" stories, usually published around Record Store Day, over-hype and overemphasize the so-called vinyl renaissance. Yes, vinyl has made a slight resurgence in general interest as well as sales (especially over the past decade) but these reports oft make it seem like vinyl might be making bigger strides in the market than it actually is. 

Hence why, it seems, that Digital Music News (DMN) published the above graph showing the actual figures and percentages of increase in vinyl sales dating all the way back to 1973 - aka the heyday of LP sales, back when the there were no CDs or digital downloads to compete with vinly LPs, EPs, and singles (only cassettes and 8-tracks). Interestingly no article accompanied the graph but the comments for the article quickly filled up with varying opinions been weighed in. Many agreed with the article's overall message but argued such points as the fact that the
graph only figured in large scale and major label record releases (ones that are registered via SoundScan) and did not factor in all of the small label and self-released vinyl pressings out there (a lot!) that may not register with the RIAA, and the fact that it was based on new records been pressed up and not included the healthy used record business.

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So Many Wizards' Nima Kazerouni Talks Being in Four Bands Before Performance Jan. 29 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2015 03:17pm | Post a Comment

so many wizards amoebaSo Many Wizards frontman Nima Kazerouni is easily one of the hardest working guys in the L.A. music scene. Other than SMW, his long-running indie-pop project, he has another full-time band, Crown Plaza, and two more new ones. I asked Kazerouni about how he keeps it all straight before So Many Wizards’ show at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. They’re handing out a split 7” at the show with Tennis System, as part of Converse Rubber Tracks’ free recording sessions for up-and-coming artists. They’ll also be signing their previous 7”, Night Chills, at the show.

So I heard you started a new band, Nectarine, and now you have GNTLMN, too, bringing the total to four (I think). Is that just to try out different directions, play with different people or something else?

Yeah, totally. Nectarine is a super fun new band that started with homegirl Allie Bumsted. We would just jam together and write songs on the fly in her Long Beach garage while drinking beers and coffee. It turned into a thing pretty naturally. GNTLMN, which is now officially called Others, is a two-piece electronic dream-pop project created with S.F. transplant and homegirl Natalia Rogovin. The two are totally different sounds, and I play different roles in each band. It’s a lot to juggle four bands, yes, but whatever, I love them all.

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This Is Black History

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2015 02:32pm | Post a Comment


In honor of Black History Month, which is celebrated each February in the US,  is the above video from the UK where Black History Month is celebrated in October of each year. Enlightening and uplifting and brimming with black history facts (including a lot of African American history) in its seven and a half minutes, this video and song loudly celebrate black history with mic performances from Jody McIntyre, Logic, Big Ben, Jaja Soze, bigCAKES, Genesis Elijah, MC D, Cerose, Big Frizzle, Wordplay, Haze, USG, Rodney P,  and (my favorite) Akala with production courtesy of Last Resort.

The track, which was released a few years back by Global Faction,  showcases the collective talents of a large group of London rappers who each spit informed lyrics such as the emcee Wordplay who raps: "I went and picked up a book, took an hour to read through. Learn about a party that’s empowering the people. About Huey P and Bobby Seale, the Panthers. Not the media spin, I’m reading Howard [Bingham]. How they try and discredit these guys’ names. FBI, Cointelpro, the CIA. But I never forget my man dem, bredders like Fred Hampton. Died for the rights of my people, I’d like to thank them"


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With New Order

Posted by Amoebite, January 28, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

New Order

New Order is often hailed as one the most influential bands of the '80s. They took their developing post-punk sound and combined it with electronic dance music, making them one of the pioneers of the newly coined "synthpop" era. The English band was formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. Gillian Gilbert (Stephen Morris' wife) was recruited to round out the new group, playing keyboards, guitar and synthesisers. New Order's EP, 1981-1982, received a nice all white vinyl reissue for Record Store Day last year. The pressing was limited to 3,500 in the U.S., but will be given an unlimited run in black vinyl this year! New Order signed with Mute Records in September 2014 and are working on their tenth studio album.

Founding members Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris sat down with our cameras at Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable What's In My Bag? episode. Gillian picks up a T-shirt by '70s rock legends Television. To Stephen's surprise the two realize they both love the band's debut album, Marquee Moon (Elektra). Stephen follows up with Fiesta Songs, a covers album by German producer Senor Coconut. It's got a great merengue cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and The Doors' "Riders On The Storm."  Stephen also digs up a copy of Desmond Dekker's classic The King Of Ska on vinyl. Gillian also picks up some pop favorites with Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and Lady Gaga's The Remix, both on vinyl.

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Amoebapalooza SF: February 15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 27, 2015 09:33pm | Post a Comment

Prepare for a Mardi Gras-meets-Valentine's Day-meets-the-zaniest-music-festival-you've-ever-seen kind of celebration. Amoebapalooza -- our annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands composed of Amoeba SF employees and friends -- returns to Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Sunday, February 15th!

See live sets from The Chocolate Cake Incident, Shenobo, Platypus, RE: Lover, Bears & My Body, Nicki Jizz, Aaron Araki & Guests, The Ningy Stingees, Pretty Poisonous Predators, and more. The evening will be hosted by the fab Brent St. James and features DJs Ken Kubala, Julian M, and Donnell Hilton.

Doors open at 8:00pm and admission is just $5.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the fourth year in a row! We highly recommend SIR for all of your equipment needs.

Amobapalooza San Francisco

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