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5 New Disney Soundtrack Picture Disc LPs Just Released

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2016 07:23pm | Post a Comment

Disney Soundtrack Picture Discs

A wave of limited edition Disney picture discs just hit our shelves, all of which feature gorgeous artwork, resealable plastic display sleeves, and 180-gram vinyl. While the soundtracks to the earlier films were available on vinyl on their initial release, for many fans this will be the first chance to cop a crisp, new vinyl copy. This is especially great news for fans of the '90s films, which received European or Japanese vinyl pressings but weren't released on vinyl in the U.S. Until this recent reissue campaign, Disney connoisseurs had to choose between low-quality bootlegs or ultra rare, collector-priced LPs.

Here's what makes each release special:

Aladdin

Songs from Aladdin

Originally released in 1992, for many years the music from Aladdin was a rarity on vinyl. The picture disc features "A Whole New World," the only Disney song to win a GRAMMY for Song of the Year. The original soundtrack album was one of the best-selling animated film soundtracks of all time.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Watch the New Green Room Session with Eliot Sumner

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2016 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Eliot Sumner Amoeba Green Room Session

London-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Sumner dropped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a few tracks off her excellent new album, Information. The band was in top form as they performed a mixture of driving post-punk and atmospheric dream-pop with taught electricity. There are echoes of her father, rock legend Sting, in Sumner's vocals and bass playing, but she undoubtedly has a voice of her own, and a great band playing with her.

With the mysterious, simmering intro on the first song, "After Dark," Sumner's vocals take command, leading the band into the ethereal groove of the chorus. Second is "Firewood" with its electronic backbone up front and center. The anthemic "Come Friday" is next up, a driving song that'll make you want to hop in your car and take a night drive. The band closes with the dirty, riff-y "Halfway to Hell," melding Black Sabbath sludge with '80s synths.

Eliot Sumner will be playing selected dates in the U.S. this Fall, including a set at Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 30. Alas, she doesn't have an LA date scheduled as of now, so this performance will have to tide you over for a while.

Eliot Sumner - Amoeba Green Room Session
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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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