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Join Amoeba for 2014 Halloween Festivities

Posted by Amoebite, October 22, 2014 03:30pm | Post a Comment

dog costume contestHere at Amoeba, we're gearing up for Halloween with fun festivities at all three stores.

At Amoeba Hollywood, starting at 2:30, DJ Skeletuna will be spooking us with some ghoulish tunes.

Then at 4 p.m., it's time for Amoeba's annual Pet Costume Contest, starring the Ghost of Miss Annie Hanley! Even if you don't have a dog to bring, who doesn't love seeing dressed-up dogs?

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Then we'll continue with more scary tunes from DJ Zombirob at 5 p.m.

Since we like to celebrate just as much as you do, we'll be shutting our doors at 8 p.m. So come by early to shop and jam out to some funky cool Halloween tunes, see the adorable costumed dogs and show us your own awesome Halloween costumes. It's all happening on the Friday of Halloween. See more adorable pictures from one of our last contests here.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Royal Trux's 'Hero Zero'

Posted by Amoebite, October 22, 2014 09:10am | Post a Comment

royal trucks hero zero 7"This week's Weekly Wednesday Steal is Royal Trux's Hero Zero on gold vinyl for $10 (regularly $14.98).

This limited-edition 7" is a reissue of Drag City's first-ever release, originally pressed back in 1989. It has two songs by the legendary alt-rock band: "Hero Zero" and "Love Is..."

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.

Hear "Love Is..." below:

 

 

Mayer Hawthorne DJs Wax on Wax at Madame Tussauds Nov. 5

Posted by Amoebite, October 21, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

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A very cool event is happening Nov. 5 called Wax on Wax, pairing a record swap with the wax figures of celebrities found at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.

The event is FREE, it’s 21+ and it starts at 8 p.m. RSVP here.

It’s a celebration of all things vinyl, featuring a DJ set from soul man Mayer Hawthorne, along with sets by Dirty Dave, Dan Wilcox and a performance by L.A.’s Beach Party. Amoeba, along with Origami Vinyl and The Record Parlour, is proud to be a part of this pop-up vinyl swap and dance party.

It’s all part of Red Bull Sound Select’s amazing 30 Days in LA series, whereby Red Bull is putting on a new, awesome show every day of November at venues around the city, for a low admission price. Tickets are still available for such shows as Dum Dum Girls Nov. 16 at The Well; Real Estate Nov. 18 at The Belasco; and A$AP Mob Nov. 30 at the Palladium.   

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The Top Ten Merle Haggard Albums

Posted by V.B., October 21, 2014 02:50pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

It’s been said that during his heyday, 1966-1976, Merle Haggard wrote a good song every day.  I’ve Merle Haggardonly heard that said about one other artist: Stevie Wonder.  Indeed, Merle’s albums during this period showcase his talents as a songwriter and performer.  When he wasn’t recording his own tunes, his covers of mostly Bakersfield songwriters further displayed his unique ability to get to the heart of a song.

Merle started out playing bass in Wynn Stewart’s band and soon cut some singles for Tally, a small Bakersfield label.  After scoring a top 20 country hit with “Sing a Sad Song,” Merle got signed to Capitol and was teamed up with producer Ken Nelson.  Ken let Merle use his own band, supplemented with some L.A. studio guys like James Burton, to get his Bakersfield sound.  The key components were the hot but sparse sounds of guitarist Roy Nichols, steelers Ralph Mooney and Norm Hamlet, and the stark harmonies of Merle’s then wife, Bonnie Owens.  Merle had more hits when he moved on to MCA, Epic, Curb, Anti- and others, but the hard-biting brilliance of his early Capitol works defines Bakersfield C&W music.  There were also five excellent, mostly instrumental albums by Merle’s band, The Strangers, that are worth seeking out if you like slinky West Coast country pickin’.
 

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Album Picks: Jessie Ware, Scott Walker + Sunn O))), Thurston Moore, Allo Darlin', Nude Beach

Posted by Billy Gil, October 21, 2014 11:07am | Post a Comment

Jessie Ware - Tough Love (LP, CD, Deluxe CD)

jessie ware tough love lpTough Love finds the singer who made her name in the world of dubstep stretching further into pop environs, with help from the likes of Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Miguel and Ed Sheeran. The Kate Bush-inspired title track that opens the album is already brighter and warmer than anything she has done before. The radio-ready but cool throbbing beats of “You and I” successfully split the difference between her “indie Sade” past and the pop horizon she now faces. Still, she’s really in her element amid the chilled out synths and digital handclaps of the sumptuous “Cruel.” Ware’s voice is in top form throughout, working wonders on the soulful “Say You Love Me,” amid gospel touches and a skittering beat. Her biggest issue is still somewhat anonymous lyrics, but the music and her voice always seems to make the most of them, driving home lyrics of heartbreak with a nuanced touch, while the tenuously sexy “Kind Of … Sometimes … Maybe” shows off her personality brilliantly, coming off as an update on Janet Jackson’s coy sensuality, filtered through Ware's old soul. Musically, Ware and her collaborators manage to move all over the map and make it seem like they’re travelling a straight line, keeping things rhythmically intriguing on tracks like the sultry “Sweetest Song” and even making room for a throwback disco track like “Want Your Feeling.” If it’s less cohesive than her debut, Devotion, it’s also a lot more fun, and perhaps more consistently rewarding. Tough Love should find Ware expanding her audience beyond the soul, electronica and indie fans who have already discovered her and into the pop realm without losing a shred of her estimable cool.

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