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Dumpstaphunk Play Grand Performances on July 11

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor New Orleans band Dumstaphunk at for Grand Performances on July 11.

The free, all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth to spin our Prize Wheel.

Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk incorporates jazz, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll into their eclectic sound. They're also rock royalty, with Ivan Neville on vocals and his cousin, Ian Neville, on guitar — Ivan is the son of R&B singer Aaron Neville, and Ian is the son of Art Neville, who was in The Neville Brothers with Aaron. Together with bass players Nick Daniels and Tony Hall and drummer Nikki Glaspie, the younger Nevilles have evolved from what was once Ivan's side project to being called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by The New York Times.

Hear a taste of the band's music with the tune "Dancin' to the Truth" from the album Dirty Word below:

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With His Song "Satan's Government" Irish Rapper Tommy KD Articulates Frustration Felt By Nation With Its Political/Economic System

Posted by Billyjam, July 6, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Ireland's current poor economy may not be in quite as dire a state as that of some of its fellow European nations such as Spain or Greece where current unemployment rates are 22% and 25% respectively, compared with Ireland's (still high) 10% unemployment rate. But with constant economic cutbacks, diminishing public programs, and increasing living costs including the controversial proposed water charges that drew huge protests in the nation's capital, Ireland is far removed from its bygone economic boom years  the so-called Celtic Tiger. Long gone are those lush years of its economic growth when everyday conversations focused on purchasing second and third homes. Nowadays austerity is the word you're more likely to hear along complaints about the Irish government and politicians in general who, along with bankers that got rich off the short-lived boom years, are disliked by so many in the Emerald Isle. Tapping into and perfectly articulating that national feeling of contempt for the elite powers (government and corporations) is Irish rapper Tommy KD whose latest single "Satan's Government" (video below that was shot in part during the aforementioned water-charge protests) vents the feelings felt that so many in Ireland and across Europe. The powerful single - his follow-up to "Bag Of Gear" (also produced by Hazo) previously featured on the Amoeblog - contains the chant along refrain "The Goverment I hate them. They belong to Satan. Everything the people own; they've gone out and taken. And we are all forsaken at the hands of these greedy statesmen." Mincing no words he also raps "Fuck them in The Dail [Irish government] and "Fuck the Mayor and the President." Elsewhere he offers that, "No political party will bring about change until we change the system"  and how, "The government rebuke every promise they make and doctor the truth…and they say fuck the working class, no hopers……..The good old days of the Celtic Tiger are over!" Via email, with assistance from his Anam Recordings label rep Patrick Neary, I caught up with the artist born Thomas Kiernan Dunne earlier today from Ireland to ask him what he sees (if any) as a possible solution to the current political/economic situation in Ireland? "[It] should be an emphasis on community spirit, affordable housing, and an outright change to a system where people come before profit," he replied. Observing the impressive turnout for the recent water-charge protest in Dublin (where part of the video for "Satan's Government" was shot) I wondered what Tommy KD felt it takes to get the people of Ireland to sit up and protest effectively? "The more they enforce these world wide austerity programs the more people will unite and protest," he replied, adding that, "It may just reach, or need to reach, a tipping point like the ongoing events in Greece where everyone will have had enough!" 

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Sales at Amoeba Stores Every Sunday in July

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2015 04:20pm | Post a Comment

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Every Sunday in July our stores are having a different 20% off sale.

On Sunday, July 12, it is 20% off shirts and posters. July 19 take 20% off books, comics, mugs and toys; and on July 26, enjoy 20% off all used DVD and Blu-ray.

If you haven't been to Amoeba in a while, it's a great excuse to come out and pick up fresh merch, get some new movies, or peruse our new toy sections in LA and SF. See some of the products we have for sale in the photos below.

We hope to see you every Sunday this month!

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One album wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 6, 2015 01:25pm | Post a Comment

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967)

This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt Rhodes

The Merry-Go-Round band photo
The Merry-Go-Round, taken from a promo photo

Emitt Lynn Rhodes was born 25 February 1950 in Decatur, Illinois. In 1955 the Rhodes family moved to Hawthorne, California, drawn by a job in the aerospace industry. When he was fourteen, Rhodes played drums in a high school dance band, The Emerals, with Bill Leeder, Dennis Troll, and three brothers from MontrealDon, Dave, and John Beaudine, The Emerals split but Rhodes soon rejoined the brothers Beaudine alongside Chuck McLung, Mike Conley, and Don Grady (Don Agrati) in the decidedly Anglophiliac band, The Palace Guard.

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Music History Monday: July 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 6, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 - John Lennon will meet Paul McCartney for the first time at the Woolton Village Fete in Liverpool. They will be introduced to each other by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn. The then 16-year-old Lennon is there with his skiffle band The Quarrymen, who are performing on a flatbed truck in the church garden. McCartney (15 at the time) will attend the fete at the invitation of Vaughn. Following the band’s performance, Lennon and McCartney meet. During this meeting, McCartney will sing and play the Eddie Cochran song “Twenty Flight Rock” (along with several other songs). He’ll also show Lennon how to properly tune a guitar. Impressed with McCartney's musical skill, Lennon will ask him to join The Quarrymen a short time later and he will accept. The first meeting between two teenagers will mark the beginning of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships and the genesis of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history.

 
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On this day in music history: July 6, 1964 - The Beatles first film, A Hard Day's Night, will have its world premiere at the Pavilion Theatre in London. With thousands of fans jamming Picadilly Circus in London, the premiere will be attended by the band, and members of the royal family including Princesss Maragret and her husband Lord Snowden. Filmed for a modest budget of $500,000, the 90-minute-long black & white film (originally released through United Artists) also stars Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, and Anna Quayle, and is a fictionalized "day in the life" account of The Beatles' lives. Written by screenwriter Alun Owen, produced by Walter Shenson, and directed by Richard Lester, the film will break new ground visually for its innovative camera techniques, jump cut editing style, and use of music throughout. Upon its release, it will be rapturously received by Beatles fans and critics alike, breaking box office records at the time. In June of 2014, the film will receive its first release in high definition when it is released on Blu-Ray disc by The Criterion Collection with it being fully restored from the original camera negative and fine grain interpositives. A Hard Day's Night will go on to become one of the most influential rock films of all time.

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