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Oasis Reissues 5 Albums, Including 'Be Here Now'

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2016 11:52am | Post a Comment

Oasis Reissues

This summer a wave of new Oasis reissues arrived to surprise and delight fans of parkas, brotherly rivalries, and all things Britpop. Don't Believe the Truth and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants appeared in July, with The Masterplan and Heathen Chemistry following a month later. This October, the band's own Big Brother Recordings has something even more special up its rumpled sleeve, however -- a killer new version of Be Here Now jam-packed with all kinds of impressive extras.

Here's what makes each CD and vinyl reissue special. 

Be Here Now

Be Here Now (1997)
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DREAM Day 2016 Attracted Aerosol Art Fans Of All Ages, & Further Fueled Legacy of Legendary Late West Coast Street Art Pioneer

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2016 10:45pm | Post a Comment

It may be sixteen and half years since the death of Mike "DREAM" Francisco, but the dream and legacy of this widely beloved pioneering East Bay artist/activist is more alive than ever. This fact was made abundantly clear at last Saturday's DREAM Day 2016 at the Greenpeace Yards in West Oakland last Saturday.

Organized by friends and family, notably DJ Willie Maze and DREAM's brother Lil' John Francisco, the annual heartfelt homage to DREAM celebrates the life and legacy of the Bay Area aerosol art pioneer who is a Bay Area legend.  That most refer to him as "King DREAM" demonstrates just how revered he is by so many today. 

DREAM was equally artist and activist.  A pioneering figure in Bay Area graffiti history, DREAM was first and foremost a down-to-earth, real good person. He was instantly likable, always sharing and giving props to others, never ungrateful, but readily displaying his passion for hip-hop in all its elements, and for justice in his community. If DREAM were alive today he would be active in Oakland in the fight against injustices.  Back in the summer of 1992, DREAM and Plan B (murdered a month later) were at a Spice-1 video shoot where they painted a big "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE" piece for East Bay rapper's Jive Records single "Welcome To The Ghetto." The following year DREAM, with other artists, continued the theme via the "No Justice No Peace" art exhibit at the Pro Arts Gallery in Downtown Oakland. The message of the 1993 Oakland art exhibit titled "No Justice No Peace" exhibit? "The problems that go on in our community, as far as East Oakland and any other ghetto out there. You deal with police brutality. You deal with the oppression by the city and by the government. You deal with that all the time," said DREAM in an interview with Melinda Bell at the time.

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5th Annual Sunset & Dine Food Festival in Hollywood September 1

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2016 04:59pm | Post a Comment


Sunset and Dine in Hollywood September 1

We're stoked to once again be part of the Sunset & Dine food festival happening at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood Thursday, September 1st from 6-10pm. Presented by The Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs and Stop the Housing Ban, the 5th annual event celebrates the exciting culinary creations on display in Hollywood. Sample food from dozens of local eateries, including The Pie Hole, Fabiolus Cucina, Cleo Restaurant, Beso, and sweetgreen. Then wash down those delicious nibbles with beer, wine, and assorted beverages provided by DiaboloJohn & Pete's Fine Wine & Spirits, and The Well, among others.

Gabriel Garzon-MontanoWe're curating a live concert by singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garz√≥n-Montano. His debut EP, Bishoun√©: Alma del Huila, is out now. One of our faves, DJ Monalisa, will be manning the turntables and setting the mood with her exquisite eclectic taste. Be sure to stop by the Amoeba booth to spin our prize wheel and pick up Happy Hour Gift Certificates

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Sebastian Bach

Posted by Amoebite, August 23, 2016 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Sebastian Bach What's In My Bag at Amoeba Hollywood

KISS super fan, heavy metal legend, and vinyl collector Sebastian Bach recently came shopping at his happy place (i.e. Amoeba Hollywood) and schooled us on things like first pressings and Japanese "obi" editions of the band's discography. "The very first pressing of KISS Alive! was mastered by a guy named Robert Ludwig, and you can only tell if you look at the run-out in the grooves. It's the only one I don't have," says Bach as he opens one in the KISS vinyl section. Turns out Mr. Bach's expertise extends to many other artists, including Rush and Neil Young. This lesson was courtesy of a very personal, whirlwind tour of Bach's typical shopping route here at Amoeba and, boy, it did not disappoint!

Sebastian Bach 18 and Life on Skid Row

Sebastian Bach rose to prominence as the frontman of Skid Row. He performed with the group from 1987-1996, later forming the group The Last Hard Men with members of The Smashing Pumpkins, The Frogs, and The Breeders. In 1999 Bach released his first solo live LP, Bring 'Em Bach Alive! A year later he began performing in Broadway shows, making his debut in Jekyll & Hyde and later signing on for The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also played a recurring role on Gilmore Girls, appeared on Trailer Park Boys, and voiced a character on SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Toots Thielemans [1923 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2016 08:00pm | Post a Comment

Earlier today 94 year old jazz harmonica artist Toots Thielmans died. Reportedly the Belgian born passed peacefully in his Belgian hospital bed where he'd been since last month with a shoulder injury following a fall. "Toots" was born Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans in 1923 in Belgium. He arrived in America in 1952  joining Charlie Parker's All Star band. In the years since he would collaborate with such artists as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Quincy Jones called Toots Thielemans "one of the greatest musicians of our time."

To many Toots will forever be remembered as the harmonica player on his Sesame Street theme (audio below). There is much more including such scores as "Midnight Cowboy," "Sugarland Express," and ''The Getaway," A passionate lifelong musician he was performing up until just a couple of years ago. The aptly named Toots 90 video below of him & ensemble doing John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" is from only four years ago when he was already 90 years of age. Next month in the Belgium town of La `Hulpe, that he grew up in, a jazz festival in his name has been long planned.  

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