New year, new tunes. If your New Year's Resolution was to make your record collection bigger, bolder, and better (a common resolution, surely), then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of our top picks for albums coming out in the first few months of 2017. Featuring special colored vinyl releases, some of the most buzzed-about names in popular music, and some old favorites returning with new tricks, each of these LPs is available for pre-order now.
Nominated for a Grammy (for her You Should Be Here mixtape) before she even had a full-length out, Kehlani's debut LP is hotly-anticipated. Produced largely by hitmakers Pop & Oak, the album features singles "CRZY," "Distraction" and "Advice."
As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.
However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.
Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."
Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.
A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" - MLK
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK
These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.
Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."
At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. 2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.