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Join Us for Sips & Sweets in Downtown L.A. Dec. 7

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2014 01:58pm | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, Dec. 7, we’ll be at LA Weekly’s Sips & Sweets, a dining, drinking and shopping event happening from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at new nighttime destination The Majestic Downtown and The Reserve. Look for the Amoeba booth—we’ll have holiday gift certificates and our prize wheel.

Tickets are $40 for presale general admission or $45 at the door (children’s tickets are $25, $30 at the door). A ticket gets you unlimited sweets sampling, eight sips from the mixologists and access to the holiday vendor village.

Sips & Sweets features drinks from local mixologists and sweets from bakers and pastry chefs that work at various places around L.A. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Food Forward, which provides fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste to people in need.

sips & sweetsSweets will come from A.O.C., Auntie Em’s Kitchen, BLD, Buttercelli Bakeshop, Clementine, Cooks County, Craft, Field Trip, Flores, Gjelina, The Gourmandise School, Heirloom, Huckleberry, Little Dom’s, Republique, Rockenwagner, Lucques, McConnell’s, Pizzeria Mozza, Tavern, Nickel Diner, Patina Restaurant Group, Proof Bakery, Semi Sweet Bakery, Sugarbird, Valerie Confections and The Village Bakery and Café.

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Dub Club's Tom Chasteen Discusses New Release: "Natural Numbers In Dub" on Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2014 10:10am | Post a Comment
Recently the ever prolific and consistently diverse Peanut Butter Wolf headed Stones Throw Records label unleashed yet another great release: Natural Numbers' dub reggae Natural Numbers In Dub. The excellent album joins the label's reggae dub catalog that also includes such other Dub Club related releases as Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club that was released earlier this month, This  Generation Dub (the Tom Chasteen remix of The Lions) from June, and the Dub Club presented compilation Meaning of Dub LP, featuring such artists as Tippa Irie, Josey Wales, and Dub Club, that Stones Throw released back in August.

Natural Numbers' Natural Numbers In Dub, which features members from Wilco and Mazzy Star, is the newest solo production from the same hard-working, highly revered Tom Chasteen from the ongoing party Dub Club in LA at The Echoplex - happening tonight (November 26th - see flyer below or click here for details). With the lead single "Dub and Blind" the full-length, ten track dub album follows a series of other Chateen produced dub releases under the Dub Club name. For this latest project by the skilled producer Chasteen pushes the envelope by stretching the musical boundaries beyond the usual reggae dub flavor and incorporating such other elements as Middle Eastern, African, and even some country music into his mix.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Coldplay's 'Midnight'

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2014 09:26am | Post a Comment

coldplay midnight lpThis week's Weekly Wedensday Steal is Coldplay' Midnight 7", regularly $10.98 and on sale for $5 on vinyl.

"Midnight" is the second single from Coldplay's recently released Ghost Stories album. The electro-pop track, which calls to mind Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" by way of Bon Iver, has a heat-saturated psychedelic video clip, which you can watch below.

A bit about our Weekly Steal: A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

Watch the video for "Midnight":

 

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Novelist Michel Faber

Posted by Amoebite, November 25, 2014 07:40pm | Post a Comment

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Dutch-born author Michel Faber is best known for the novels Under the Skin (2000) and The Crimson Petal and the White (2002). In 2013, a film version of Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Jonathan Glazer was released to critical acclaim. 

Michel Faber recently visited Amoeba San Francisco and picked up an eclectic and esoteric selection ranging from folk to rock to experimental and beyond. He kicks things off with a vinyl copy of Santana's classic, Lotus, and waxes poetic about the beauty of vinyl packaging. Faber also digs up an interesting mixtape called Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs by DJ Female Convict Scorpion. Turn that on for some psychedelic turntablism madness! From obscure Norwegian black metal to the folk and country of Judy Collins, Michel Faber digs for it all.

Watch the full episode below to check out the rest of his awesome picks. 

Michel Faber - What's In My Bag? 
Watch and comment on YouTube. 

 

Top 20 Songs About Heroin

Posted by Billyjam, November 25, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Upon hearing the incredible, engaging new single "Bag A Gear" from the Dublin, Ireland-based rapper Tommy KD (formerly known as Man & The Machine) on the topic of his former heroin habit that he is grateful to have finally kicked, I was reminded of the numerous songs tackling the topic of the highly addictive opiate.

I have put together a Top 20 Songs About Heroin list - some seemingly pro but most definitively con. These songs (with accompanying videos) are culled from different genres and different eras but all share views on the same topic - one that has destroyed way too many great musicians' careers and lives over the decades. Just as there are countless terms and nicknames for heroin (horse, smack, H, skag, junk, dirt, brown sugar, golden girl, hell dust, white nurse, thunder, etc. etc.) there are also seemingly endless songs about the drug. This subjective top twenty list could easily be extended into a Top 100 or Top 200 list, so feel free to post any songs on the subject of heroin that you think should have been included. Since I tried to keep it down to 20, I had to cut out duplicates by artists included and did not include such greats as "Ain't it Fun" by both The Dead Boys and Guns N' Roses.

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