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Album Picks: Diiv, Lucinda Williams, Rihanna, Cavanaugh, Lissie

Posted by Billy Gil, February 12, 2016 09:41am | Post a Comment

I missed last week since I was on vacation, so here are my picks for the past two weeks!

DiivIs The Is Are

diiv is the is are lpBrooklyn’s Diiv are back after four years with an album that delivers on the promise of their debut, Oshin. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co. still dole out shimmering guitar-pop nuggets that surf on waves of reverb and atmospheric distortion. Songs like “Under the Sun” offer a pure rush of new wave beats and summery melodies, even as Smith’s lyrics delve into his struggle with addiction. It follows one of The Cure’s best tricks: sounding lively even at their bleakest. Songs like “Dopamine” are far from numbed out — Smith’s jaunty vocal is as close as he’d let himself get to Tom Petty, while still encased in a fog of reverb. Is The Is Are is a bit sprawling at 17 tracks, and after a dynamite opening, some of its shorter tracks in the middle don’t sink in, compared with the relatively taut Oshin. But that also gives Is The Is Are room to roam and the feeling of some alt-rock record of yore, like a Guided By Voices or Sonic Youth album (speaking of the latter, Smith’s girlfriend, Sky Ferreira, shows up to play Kim Gordon on the breathy “Blue Boredom”). Smith also should get credit for expanding his guitar palette while keeping things trim and stylistically consistent, adding My Bloody Valentine-style bends and distortion to his crisp, Felt-ish tones only when necessary. As layers of heavily distorted riffs close out “Waste of Breath” like interlocking corroded piping (epic by Diiv standards at nearly six minutes), Smith’s talents are firmly re-established.

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1995 African American Youth Town Hall Meeting in San Jose with Youth Speakers, City Officials, guests E-40, JT, & Herm Lewis

Posted by Billyjam, February 12, 2016 07:45am | Post a Comment


































"Brothas and sistas. The time is now" read flyer for the February 1995 African American youth town hall meeting in San Jose that was called in response to rising concern within the community over varying issues (see flyer above). Hosted by Davey D (then of KMEL) the town hall meeting, that included city officials and youth speakers, took place at the South Bay city's Emmanuel Baptist Church. The event also featured  Bay Area hip-hop artists E-40, JT The Bigga Figga, and Herm Lewis who were invited as guest speakers. At the time of the event E-40's single "One Luv" had been out a few weeks.  The Vallejo gamespitter's anticipated second solo album, that included the lead single, In a Major Way (Sick WId It/Jive) would drop a few weeks later on March 14th, 1995.  The sequel to 1993's Federal, the new E-40 album would also feature such standout tracks as the second single "Sprinkle Me" featuring his sister Suga T, and Bay Area rap posse track "Dusted 'n' Disgusted" with 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 all making cameos.     Meanwhile at the same time JT The Bigga Figga was winding up the recording of his third album, Dwellin' in tha Labb which he fully produced, that would be released in October of that year on his Get Low Recordz, Priority Records and Straight Out Tha Labb Entertainment.

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Turntable Sale at Our Stores February 11-14

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2016 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntable Sale at Amoeba

All turntables are 20% off at our stores Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14! (Limited to stock on hand; 20% off regular price.) Plus, you will get a $10 Amoeba gift certificate for used vinyl with your turntable purchase! 

Need help figuring out which turntable is right for you? Check out our handy turntable guide or come into the store and ask one of our turntable experts for help.

New to collecting vinyl? Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your records.

See the full list of February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood.

Turntable Sale

 

Thinking of Dilla on 10 year anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, February 10, 2016 08:32pm | Post a Comment


"One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane,
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder
, and Marvin Gaye,
J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness!" 
- Common  (XXL magazine)

Ten years ago exactly the world lost hip-hop production genius J Dilla. Also an emcee the artist was born  James Dewitt Yancey and was also known as Jay Dee.  He died on February 10th, 2006 at age 32  following a battle with lupus. But even in his sickbed he worked on music, a lot of it for the album Donuts (Stones Throw) that was released just three days before his tragic passing. The quote above by Common, who was roomies with Dilla after he moved from Detroit west to LA in 2004, is typical of the type of reverence Dilla receives from his peers. Similarly to Common Madlib also made a Dilla/Coltrane cross reference.  "Dilla was like a Coltrane," said MadLib who had collaborated with him as JayLib. "When Coltrane was there everybody tried to follow what he did. And when he died mothafuckers didn't know what to do," said MadLib in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

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Get a Deal on Two Tickets to LA Weekly's 'The Essentials' Food Fest

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2016 05:28pm | Post a Comment

the essentials la weekly food fest

If you’re anything like us, you love food. And, if you’re like us, you haven’t thought of a damn thing to get your S.O. for Valentine’s Day.

But fear not! LA Weekly’s The Essentials comes to the rescue. It’s a food fest happening Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the California Market Center in Downtown L.A.

Now through Sunday, take advantage of their Valentine’s Day Value Pack and get two tickets for only $90 (that’s $50 in savings). There’s a limited supply, so get them before they’re gone!

Amoeba Music will be there. Swing by and get $20 gift certificates for $10 (limit two per customer), spin our prize wheel and score some awesome swag!

champagne ice cream
hand roll sushi taco


 

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