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August 31, 2012: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Posted by phil blankenship, August 31, 2012 10:13pm | Post a Comment
Celeste and Jesse Forever movie ticket stub

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 8/31 - Modular Cowboy, Basic Soul Unit, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish on Running Back, & tons more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 31, 2012 12:21pm | Post a Comment
Cheap And Deep
Rides Again 12” (Norman Nodge / Jonsson/Alter rmx) 12"
Modular Cowboy

This inaugural release on Modular Cowboy features brand new material from Cheap and Deep (a.k.a. Jay Ahern) alongside two remixes of “Words, Breaths and Pauses,” a track originally released as a limited edition 12” via Berlin’s Hard Wax shop, just prior to Cheap and Deep’s live debut at Mutek 2010. The remixes come courtesy of Berghain resident DJ Norman Nodge as well as duo Jonsson/Alter (Henrik Jonsson and Joel Alter) from the Kontra-Musik label in Sweden. The release also marks Cheap and Deep’s return to the scene, with the new track “Beautiful,” a modern take on the Chicago acid house tradition, featuring vocals by Crissy Liu with additional production by Morgan Packard.

Purchase Rides Again here:





Basic Soul Unit
Swept Up 12”
Nonplus Records

A fixture on Toronto's techno scene for nearly a decade, with releases on MATHEMATICS, CREME ORGANIZATION, and MULE ELECTRONIC, this debut on BODDIKA's NONPLUS, marks the label's move toward 4/4 techno. The title cut & "MINDSTORM" are both engaging compositions of deep techno!

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Local Stuff: Videos from Trash Talk, Army Navy, ESP. Tracks from Particle Kid, Sam Flax, Fresh & Onlys

Posted by Billy Gil, August 31, 2012 11:56am | Post a Comment
trash talkTrash Talk – “F.E.B.N.” video

In the spirit of Amoeba Hollywood’s new Punk section, I’ll post about Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk and the first video, “F.E.B.N.,” from its upcoming album Odd Future Records, 119, on Oct. 9. Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator directed this bit of black-and-white mayhem in some sort of parking garage. Everything about this music/video is probably upsetting to lots of people. Which means of course that it’s pretty great. The song is less than two minutes long and somehow builds unbearable anticipation in its extended intro — all you want to do is turn it up and face the noise you’re about to hear head on.
 

 

army navyArmy Navy – World’s End video
 
L.A. indie pop band Army Navy have a video for the song “World’s End.” I had never listened to this band before; I only knew I might like them because their band name shares a name with a Camera Obscura album. And I do! The song is really nice, kind of sounds like “Blue Bayou” but is less dramatic, more morose, and there’s a key change, which I am a sucker for. The video is awesome for a number of reasons — it’s an old fake talk show, which is a done premise but is done funnily here, as this bizzaro, kind of bleak ’60s swinger thing, and features Freaks & Geaks Martin Starr, who I had no idea could be kind of sexy. The singer also kind of looks like Steve Carell. You have to watch it on Entertainment Weekly’s EW.com; I guess this band is getting pretty big. The song appears on a seven-inch with a B-side cover of Yaz’s “Only You,” which is awesome, duh. Their new album is due early next year.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: 08.31.12: Top 5, Chris Lighty, Freeway, Bill Ortiz, Labor Day W/E In Da Bay

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2012 05:15am | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:31:12

1) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
 
3) REL Out of View (SWTBRDS)

4) Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop (Psychopathic)

5) Aesop Rock Skelethon  (Rhymesayers)

For this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart thanks goes out to Michelle at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store where, as at the other two Amoeba stores, the latest MF DOOM related release is selling extremely well.  The Lex Records  Key to the Kuffs  project, that was recorded over in London, finds DOOM teaming up with Jneiro Jarel similarly to how he had collaborated with both Madlib and with Danger Mouse on past projects. Other new releases include the ever popular Aesop Rock Skelethon  album on Rhymesayers (his first in five years) and the phenomenally popular 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story album on Def Jam that, like so many releases nowadays, comes also in a Deluxe Edition CD version.

August 30, 2012: The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Posted by phil blankenship, August 31, 2012 12:21am | Post a Comment
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure movie ticket stub

August 30, 2012: Step Up Revolution

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Step Up Revolution movie ticket stub

Redd Kross Live at Amoeba Photos Up Now

Posted by Billy Gil, August 30, 2012 05:30pm | Post a Comment
L.A. original power-pop-punks Redd Kross showed up for one of the most fun sets at Amoeba Hollywood in recent memory. The band performed material from their new album, Researching the Blues, as well as from across their catalog, from “Annette’s Got the Hits” to “Stay Away From Downtown.” Fans shouted for favorites and obscurities like “Star Lust” while the brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald still looked and sounded youthful, whipping their long hair around and preening with rock star glee. The band, which also includes Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald, sounded as invigorated live as you might have guessed if you’ve heard Researching the Blues. The more sugary tracks have extra bite live, while songs like the new album’s blistering title track really are meant to be heard live. Amongst the irresistible wahoos and kicks and stick tossing, it became clear, if there’s one thing these vets could show the young guns, you know, besides songwriting and knowing how to play your instruments, is that when you look like you’re having a lot of fun onstage, that energy is infectious. See more photos from the set here; check out my interview with Steve McDonald here.

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White Arrows Talk "Dry Land" as the Band Preps for FYF Fest

Posted by Billy Gil, August 30, 2012 02:03pm | Post a Comment
white arrowsL.A. band White Arrows released their awaited debut album Dry Land Is Not a Myth earlier this summer. Songs like “Roll Forever” and “Coming or Going” hit hard and take off before floating through a summer cloud on the band’s throbbing beats, spacey vocals and swirling electronics. For a party rock record you won’t hate yourself for liking, look no further.
 
I spoke with frontman Mickey Church a bit before the band’s performance at FYF Fest, taking place at L.A. State Historic Park Sept. 1-2 — that’s this weekend, people. They’re playing at 12:30 p.m. on the main stage on Saturday, so get there early to check them out. You can see the full schedule, announced this week, at the show’s official site. And tickets are still available at Amoeba. Buy them here so you’re only charged at $4 service fee; check here for a full list of available concert tickets at Amoeba, although you can always ask and we may just have what you’re looking for. Enough plugs, onto the White Arrows interview:
 


PST: You guys have played live now for years all over the place and just now settled down to make your first album. Was it the kind of thing where stuff just started taking off and you got wrapped up in all the touring and festival shows and whatnot, or did you just want to give it time to develop your sound and figure out how and what to record for your first album?
       
Church: We've been a band for about two years now, and we did an EP, a 7-inch, a couple of covers and some remixes for people. Then it just got busy with touring ... we’ve been out now a number of times. Our first tour was with Cults, then we did a West Coast run with Those Darlins, a full U.S. tour with The Naked and Famous, Northern Europe with White Denim. These were all amazing tours that we couldn't turn down, so we’ve been very fortunate to have had those opportunities to tour the world, and now finally after two years of work, we’ve put out our debut full-length. In hindsight, we definitely didn’t have any idea of what direction we were headed, so it was good that we took that time to grow as a band.
       
PST: How did the band form? Mickey, you were writing songs all along, how did that change when the rest of the band came into play?
       
Church: Now it’s more collaborative. Andy (Naeve, keys) and I wrote all the songs on the record, but my brother, Henry (Church, drums), and JP (Caballero, guitar) played on the record. These are the first recordings with live drums, and all sorts of the other stuff that weren’t accessible to me when I first started writing.
       
PST: Having seen the band play live and hearing old recordings, it’s been a pretty intense evolution to the sound of the album. Can you talk a little bit about how the sound developed?
        
Church: Ah man, those old, old recordings were never meant to be heard ... ha. They were just demos that I gave away for free before I had any intention of being in a band, or trying music for a full time gig. Our first official release I consider it the 7-inch with “Get Gone” and “Save Me a Place on it.”
       
PST: In particular I remember hearing “Coming or Going” and thinking, this sounds a lot different! A lot more electronic, and a much more fun feel. The songs are pretty densely layered too. How did you decide what to edit and change as you went along?
       
Church: I don't know if it was conscious of specifics as to what to change, as much as just wanting it to go in that general direction. We worked with Remix Artist Collective (RAC) on that song as a precursor to see if it would be a good fit for him to produce the record, or at least some song son the record, and it was a perfect fit, I think.
       
PST: It’s very tempting to compare your upbringing, in which you were visually impaired and experienced things in an “impressionistic smear,” to the sound of the album, where things cut through sharply and then get more impressionistic. Like how “Roll Forever” starts so balls-out and has those penetrating riffs throughout, but also these lush verses. Is that something you try to do with your music?
       
Church: No, it’s not intentional. You just start with one rough idea and keep smoothing it out, and adding and subtracting things until hopefully you have something you're satisfied with.
 
PST: And speaking of your background, can you talk a bit about your degree in Ritualistic Shamanism and if/how your studies affected the music you were writing?
       
Church: When I went to school I was assigned an advisor, and it just so happened that he taught a course called Shamanistic Ritual. He encouraged me to take his class to get to him, and so I did. He showed up 30 minutes late to the first class, and was covered in dust with a flashlight on his head, and doctors mask around his mouth; and said, “True story, true story, I just got back from burning man. Janis Joplin was in eagle form flying over the RV the entire way.” Naturally, my mind was blown. Coming from a high school where I had no choice in electives, and got suspended for my hair being to unruly, or my shirt not being tucked in, it drew me to such left of center studies.
       
PST: One of my favorites on the album is “I Can Go.” I love the riffs and melodies but also those flutes at the chorus are just killer. It sort of transforms this more straightforward rocker on the album to have this otherworldly, nostalgic quality. With something like that song, or say the loping piano riff on “Golden,” do you usually start with a guitar-based song and then add those details, or do you get those ideas at the same time?
       
Church: Every song almost starts with something different. A piano line, guitar line, drum beat, synth sound, or bass line ... since we don't write in a live setting you kind of just lay something down and build off of that. “I Can Go” started with that guitar line you hear in the verses, and “Golden” started with that tinkering little piano melody and a drum bit
 
PST: Are you guys playing in LA again around FYF?
       
Church: I don’t think so, but we never really turn down house parties, so something usually comes up.

The Fresh & Onlys Premiere "Presence of Mind" Video

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2012 12:34pm | Post a Comment

The Fresh & Onlys "Presence of Mind" (2012)

San Francisco indie outfit The Fresh & Onlys today premiere the Dawn Carol Garcia directed, zombie themed, music video for "Presence of Mind" (the audio of the song was posted here by Billy Gil a few weeks ago) taken from the band's new album Long Slow Dance which is scheduled for release by Mexican Summer next Tuesday, Sept. 4th. In support of the new album by the band that features Amoeba SF's own Tim Cohen, who founded the group back in 2004, will kick off a North American tour that begins next Wednesday (Sept 5th) in Santa Ana and will include dates at The Echo in LA on Sept 7th and at The Independent in San Francisco on Sept 8th.

Also on the tour will be Terry Malts, Grass Widow and Quilt. The new album has the distinction, according to the band, of been recorded on the same reel-to-reel that Warren Zevon recorded "Werewolves of London." There is a documentary on the making of the album in the works which you can get a sneak peek below. And for a preview of the album you can pick up releases from the Fresh & Onlys back-catalog here + stream a preview copy here c/o Hype Machine  Fresh & Onlys tour details.
 

The Making of new Fresh & Onlys album (2012)

IAW's Melonie Green & Aima the Dreamer on Importance of Independent Artists' Week

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2012 09:30am | Post a Comment
In this digital age artists are bestowed much more freedom than in any previous era to control their own destiny with precision, and to get their work out there to a much larger global audience. However this modern age gift can be a two edged sword since with its ease of communication comes a lot more competition into a market that is flooded with both good and questionable contributors. So to get one's work out there these days an artist must be extra innovative and knowledgeable with all of the tools available to help make their work stand apart from the crowd.  Hence an event like the upcoming Bay Area's Independent Artists' Week (IAW) - now in its fifth year - that kicks off next Monday (Sept 3)  is so important.

The San Francisco event bills itself as "a week long celebration dedicated to ensuring that artists, arts organizations, and the businesses that support them have a means to celebrate and network" and in its event-packed week it will offer lots of opportunities at networking /consulting, numerous panels and showcases, live performances, and other events which are all listed below - and all of which are completely free or very affordable with minimal charges. 

This week I caught up with IAW co-founder Melonie Green to ask her what initially inspired her event? "When Melorra - my twin and business partner - and I moved to the Bay we kept hearing about how San Francisco and the Bay is the mecca of independent art," she said. "It was a reverb that continued throughout our first couple of years in San Francisco attending Academy of Art University. We started hosting art mashup events in 2007/2008 called BYOA (Bring Your Own Art) featuring artists of just about any genre including Salsa dancing, break dancing, fine art hanging on the walls, clothes and jewelry vendors, etc. The momentum from these events sparked our desire to start something that boldly said Independent Artists." The next step, she said, was to make it official with the city. "We submitted a proclamation to [SF] Mayor Gavin Newsom's Office, listing all of the qualities the arts community provides to the betterment of San Francisco (and any city for that matter) and he signed it, proclaiming The first week in September as Independent Artists' Week"

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Secret Society of the Sonic Six Northwest Tour With Headless Lizzy September 7-14th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 30, 2012 01:50am | Post a Comment

(((6)) is making the northward trek!!

September 7th
the Icebox
Oakland, CA
$5 21+ 9:00

September 10th
Psychopomp Presents @
Plan B

Portland, OR
$7 21+ 9:00

September 12th
THREAT @ the Mercury
Seattle, WA
$6  21+ 9:00

September 13th
Religious As Hell & SES presents @ New Frontier Lounge
Tacoma, WA
$5 21+ 9:00

September 14th
Cryptatropa Bar
Olympia, WA
$5 21+ 9:00



Of course, you can mail order (((6))) newest 12" Pick Up from Amoeba Music Hollywood.


Secret Society of the Sonic Six
Blame and Blood from Pick Up EP



Headless Lizzy & Her Icebox Pussy Chasm Creeper


August 29, 2012: Paranorman

Posted by phil blankenship, August 29, 2012 09:36pm | Post a Comment
Paranorman movie ticket stub

In Search Of... is finally coming to DVD

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 29, 2012 04:37pm | Post a Comment
Leonard Nimoy - in Search OfBack in June I hipped readers to the fact that one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Get A Life, is finally getting a proper DVD release after previously only being afforded two four-episode volumes from Rhino Home Video. Well, another great, mostly-forgotten, cult show has recently been announced, and that's In Search Of..., which is scheduled to be released on 23 October by VEI (Visual Entertainment Inc).

In Search of... was a quasi-documentary TV series that ran in syndication from September, 1976 through March, 1982. It focused on the paranormal; ufological, supernatural, and cryptozoological subject matter -- but it also included episodes about real missing persons, historical events, cults, &c.

Each episode included the disclaimer,“This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer's purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine." Nonetheless, the "possible explanations" were often pretty absurd, which for me is part of the fun. In the 1990s, paranormal TV shows were often hosted like news shows, which is also fun.


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Set Times Announced for This Weekend's FYF Fest in LA + Tix Still Available at Amoeba

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 29, 2012 02:07pm | Post a Comment
FYF Fest released set times for this weekend's festival in downtown LA. Download the pdf version to help plan your days (and get damp in your sweaty pockets). Still don't have tickets? Get 'em while you can at Amoeba Hollywood! They're $89 +$4 fee and you can pay with cash or credit card.

FYF Fest set times

Album Picks: Wild Nothing, Swans, Divine Fits, Plus Albums Out Today

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2012 07:37pm | Post a Comment
This is it, we're entering the hot season for new releases. Next week sees the release of new albums from Cat Power, Animal Collective and Deerhoof, to name a few. But plenty of great releases snuck up on us this week too; here are a few of my favorites:

wild nothing nocturneWild Nothing - Nocturne
 
Wild Nothing’s Gemini was a warm, digitally enhaned indie-pop love letter to its inspiration, college rock of the 1980s. Since that release, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum has had a couple of releases, the Golden Haze EP and the Nowhere single, that have further proven Tatum an equal to his forebears, and that continues with Nocturne, which sands down any outlier sounds and offers a solidified statement of purpose for Wild Nothing. As you might guess from titles like “Nocturne” and “Midnight Sound,” the album is full of swooning nighttime pop, with swirling, delayed guitars, lovelorn vocals and synth washes lapping underneath it all. While the album’s opening three songs (“Shadow,” “Midnight Song” and “Nocturne) set the tone thematically, the more you listen to Nocturne, the more the shier songs stay with you, like “This Chain Won’t Break,” with its freestyle beat and bassline a weirdly perfect fit to its twee synths and melodies, or “Paradise,” a glorious New Wave totem that sounds like whitewashed memories of an ’80s prom. However, Nocturne doesn’t fall into the trap of sounding overly reverential to the ’80s because Tatum’s songs have become more confident, as he pulls off a refrain like “only Heather makes me feel this way” on the Cure-ish “Only Heather.” Nocturne gets so many things right, with its sneaking melodies, dreamy guitar textures and dreamier lyrics are Tatum’s alone, that everything feels like inspiration rather than pastiche.

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"Rap is like the lowest art form of art on the planet earth," Says MURS in latest WIMB

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2012 11:40am | Post a Comment

MURS What's In My Bag? (2012)


  Since the above What's In My Bag? (WIMB?) Amoeba video clip with MURS was uploaded to YouTube yesterday it's been drawing a lot of strong, mixed reactions mostly focusing on the bold statement on the art of rap made by the longtime Cail emcee. "Rap is not good enough to be associated with great music," said MURS when asked if he might sample an Ethiopian album he had picked up at the Hollywood Amoeba store. "Rap is like the lowest art form of art on the planet earth," he continued, semi-apologizing, "Sorry. I love it. But it's true." He then qualified this statement by saying that, "There's no other form of music in the history of music that totally denigrates women and promotes violence and killing of one another for senseless reasons." "We have to call it what it is and hopefully by calling it what it is we can improve it." he said adding, while he sincerely felt that way, that he was also a fan of rap and was about to pick up a Waka Flocka Flame album. YouTube comments related to this video, which rated 67 likes to 1 dislike at time of posting this Amoeblog, ranged from "haha this guy is awesome! best explanation of rap ever" and "this guy seems really cool. his views on his own genre are really interesting," to "Completely idiotic point of view" and "WTF?….if you think that murs why the fuck do you want a Wocka Flocka cd?"

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Music History Monday: August 27

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 27, 2012 05:20pm | Post a Comment
To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Remembering blues guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990.


On this day in music history: August 27, 1966
- "Blowin’ In The Wind" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on September 3rd. Written by Bob Dylan, Wonder records his cover version after receiving many requests from fans who have heard him perform the song in his live show. Stevie’s producer Clarence Paul will sing co-lead vocals on the track. The song originally appears on Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Uptight. “Blowin’ In The Wind” will be the then 16-year-old Motown stars’ third R&B chart topper and third top 10 pop single.


On this day in music history: August 27, 1967I Was Made To Love Her, the seventh album by Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Henry Cosby and Clarence Paul, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1966 to mid 1967. Titled after his recent R&B chart topper and top five pop hit, the album features covers of Ray Charles' "A Fool For You" and James Brown's "Please, Please, Please," as well as several Motown standards such as "My Girl" and "Can I Get A Witness." I Was Made To Love Her will peak at #7 on the Billboard R&B album chart and #45 on the Top 200.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, Sept. 15th: Soundtrack Clearance, Classical Blowout, Latin Sale & More!

Posted by Amoebite, August 27, 2012 04:47pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleJoin us in front of Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, September 15th from 12pm-5:00pm for our next Sidewalk Sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, box sets, books, and more - all at great savings.

Look for our Soundtrack Clearance Sale with some great offerings at CHEAP prices as well as some nicely priced Latin titles.

The sidewalk sale will also feature a Classical blowout with vinyl for 50 cents or three for $1 and CDs at $2.99 and $3.99 that are buy-one-get-one-free! What a deal! There are many great bargains among these titles, but we just need to clear them out for new merchandise. 

Come out and see the many other deals to be had at the sidewalk sale. Can't make it? Shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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King Khan Tells Your Future Before His SF Show, Sept. 4th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment
King Khan knows all! Are you a big fan of King Khan & The Shrines AND tarot cards? Want King KhanKing Khan to read your future? If so, please email the folks over at Great American Music Hall at  info@gamh.com and describe why you want King Khan to do your personal reading.

If you win, the reading will take place on Tuesday, September 4th before their Great American Music Hall show in SF. All entries must be received by Great American Music Hall by noon this Friday, August 31st. 

Get tickets to the show HERE!

King Khan shows off his tarot skills to Tim Cohen


King Khan live at Amoeba SF

Poster Sale at All Three Amoeba Stores this Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Amoebite, August 27, 2012 12:16pm | Post a Comment
All three Amoeba store locations are having a giant poster sale over Labor Day Weekend! All posters will be 25% off September 1-3, 2012. Poster sale is for in-store purchases only and does not apply to online posters.

With our amazing selection of vintage and modern concert posters, movie posters, and reprints from all music genres, we have something perfect for dorm rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and everywhere in between. Plus, we've handpicked a few new images especially for the sale that have never been in-stock before.

Types of Posters We Carry
Vintage · Blacklight · 3D · One-Sheets · Cult · Head Shop · German Subways · European · Concert · Mexican Film Prints · Historical Reprints · Fillmore · Goldenvoice · Avalon · Autographed · Framed · Limited Edition & Collectible

Sample Poster Artists We Carry
Kozik · Emek · Kii Arens · Coop · Tara McPherson · Randy Tuten · Darren Grealish · Wes Wilson ·
Bonnie MacLean · Chuck Sperry · Shepard Fairey

Poster Sale at Amoeba


Velvet Underground & Nico Lips Poster   Born in the USA poster


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The Art Of The LP Cover- Accordions, Accordéons, Acordeóns, Akkordeons, Fisarmonicas...

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 26, 2012 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Most of these LPs came from the recent east coast and latin blowout events.  We still have great product left from both events, stop by the Hollywood store and dig up some treasures.

The Amazing Rufus Thomas

Posted by V.B., August 26, 2012 02:39pm | Post a Comment
Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Rufus Thomas

Rufus Thomas led a storied life. He started in show business in the late 1930s with a traveling minstrel show. By the early ‘50s, he was a renowned DJ on WDIA Memphis and was also recording on Meteor, Chess, and Sun Records.  

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“Bear Cat” - Sun Records 1953 

 
His daughter, Carla, had one of the first hits on the fledgling Stax Records with “Gee Whiz.”  Two years later in 1963, Rufus had a monster crossover hit with “Walking The Dog.” Later he recorded “Jump Back,” which became a R&R standard. 

“Walking The Dog”


Noise Pop Record Collective Party w/ Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave & Churches! Tuesday, August 28th.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 26, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment
Everything you've heard about the vinyl resurgence is true...and we're celebrating! Noise Pop and Amoeba Music continue the biweekly Noise Pop Record Collectivevinyl party Noise Pop Record Collective on Tuesday, August 28th in Oakland at Bar Three-Fifty-Five!

Here's how it works: fans are invited to bring their own record for the carefully selected celebrity host DJs to play over the course of the evening. When you come, just check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll be all set to party. 

On Tuesday, August 28th, we welcome special guest DJ and host Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave and Churches! The party goes from 8pm till midnight!

Be sure to RSVP for HERE, and get an exclusive Record Collective coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

PS: Sorry young vinyl fans, but Record Collective is 21+ only.



Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up 08.25.12: Top 5, Summer Park Jam, JJ Doom, LL Cool J, RTB, Nas, Humpty Hump's Head, KnowItAll's Kickstarter Drive

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2012 12:00pm | Post a Comment
JJ Doom Guvnor (2012)

Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:24:12

1) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam)

3) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
 
4) DJ Khaled Kiss The Ring (Cash Money)

5) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

Thanks to Edwin in the Hip-Hop department at the Amoeba Hollywood store for this week's top five chart which includes with a bullet in the number one slot care of Lex Records  Key to the Kuffs  which is the highly recommended new album from JJ DOOM (aka the collective talents of Jneiro Jarel and DOOM along with some special guests) which is excellent from start to finish with tracks like "Winter Blues," "Banished" (the first track leaked from the album early this year), and "Guvnor' (single - see video above).  This latest MF Doom project follows in the tradition of such previous killer Doom collaborations as when Doom teamed up with Madlib as Madvillain and with Danger Mouse as DangerDoom. The 15 track new JJ DOOM project was conceived over the past twelve months while Doom was "in exile" over in London, England (something he references on the release including on "Borin' Convo" when he raps "The super villain get kicked out your country"). As well as the two main artists the album features such guests as Damon Albarn, Khujo Goodie and Portishead's Beth Gibbons. The album's distinctive cover art (above) is by Steve Powers (aka ESPO).

Amoeba Hollywood Unveils New Punk Section! Check Out 10 Classic Punk Records.

Posted by Billy Gil, August 24, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment
Following the lead of Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley, Amoeba Hollywood has debuted its own punk section. The section, located in the main room, straight back and on the left from when you walk into the store, has loads of CDs, LPs, Punk T-shirts and patches. Genres include Punk, Hardcore, Oi, Crust, Thrash, Metalcore, and more.

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The video below shows some of the shirts you can find at Amoeba.

 
Check out a list of classic punk and hardcore records you can find in the store, many of which have their roots right here in our little corner of the country (more specifically, L.A., especially The South Bay, and Orange County).
 
adolescentsAdolescents – Adolescents (CD or LP)
 
A supergroup of sorts formed in Fullerton, with members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion, Adolescents’ first album influenced legions with a sound that remained tuneful and dynamic within the hardcore punk rock frame of mostly short songs played hard and fast. It’s difficult to imagine Orange County descendants like Pennywise, The Offspring and No Doubt solidifying the So. Cal. punk sound without this first combustible blast of a record. Plus, their first single was called “Amoeba,” so that’s awesome too!
 

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Local Stuff: The Soft Pack, Pinback, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, August 24, 2012 12:14pm | Post a Comment
soft packThe Soft Pack – “Tallboy”
 
Every taste we’ve gotten thus far of the new Soft Pack album, Strapped, has been an indication that the album presents a leap forward for the band in terms of songwriting and production. “Tallboy” is no exception, with its gently tugging melody and subtle horns that come in halfway through. Strapped is out Sept. 25 on Mexican Summer (preorder here). They're also playing FYF Fest Sept. 1-2; tickets are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood!











 

 
 

pinbackPinback – “Proceed to Memory”

 
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Pinback, since their last album, Autumn of the Seraphs, in 2007. I grew up loving this band and am excited to have them back with a new song and album, Information Retrieved, out Oct. 16 from Temporary Residence Ltd. The same elements I fell in love with before are still intact — great guitar and vocal interplay, intimate sparseness — but I haven’t heard a soaring chorus like the one on “Proceed to Memory” before in a Pinback song. Leaves me hungry to hear the rest of the new album!
 

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Show Recap: Everest Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, August 23, 2012 06:10pm | Post a Comment
everest live at amoeba 1L.A. psych rockers Everest proved they’re really a band to be seen live, with a set at Amoeba Hollywood to promote their new album, Ownerless. Beginning with the first song off of that album, “Rapture,” Everest’s five members hit the harmonies close to perfectly that softly line the song, but the real showcase comes with a heavy guitar freakout that appears in the last third of the song. Such guitar noise breaks are sometimes difficult to convey on record; Everest does, as Ownerless attests, but live, the reverberations from their three-guitar psych attack are more even more untamed, lacking compression and studio sheen. The same went for the band’s second song, and second on the album, “Into the Grey,” whose heartfelt vocals and whistling melody make it a hooky, easy to latch onto song in the band’s catalog. Russell Pollard’s vocals, which compare favorably with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, make the song a standout, but live, again, guitars take center stage, with the song’s freakout part a lot freakier, lifting off the song’s nicely building momentum and great underlying guitar ambience. Pollard switched to acoustic guitar for some of the set’s relatively lighter numbers, including “Give a Little,” highlighted by nicely ascending melodies. “It’s always nice to come back home,” Pollard said, who used to work at Amoeba. A head-bobbing crowd welcomed him back warmly, appreciative of the band’s lush melodies and spirals of guitar noise. (See more pics here.)

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Amoeba Music Sponsors the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2012 05:53pm | Post a Comment
monterey jazz festival
Amoeba Music is proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival and to be on-site with a Mini-Amoeba store!

The 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) includes a stellar line-up of more than 500 artists performing on eight stages over the course of two days and three nights. See live sets from Tony Bennett, Eddie Palmieri, Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Trombone Shorty, Pat Metheny, and so many more!

Swing by the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their catalog CDs at our booth after their performance. We have confirmed signings with these stellar musicians at the Mini-Amoeba:

Friday Saturday Sunday
Tammi Brown -- 8:00pm
Pedrito Martinez -- 9:30pm
Robert Randolph -- 3:00pm
Ali Ryerson / Mimi Fox -- 4:00pm
Trombone Shorty -- 5:00pm
Mingo Fishtrap -- 5:45pm
Tierney Sutton -- 8:15pm
Christian Scott -- 9:00pm

Ambrose Akinmusire --  2:30pm
Esperanza Spalding -- 4:45pm
Kyle Eastwood -- 7:30pm
Meklit Hadero -- 9:30pm

Please check back for updates on our signing schedule and further coverage! Also, check out out interviews and coverage from last year's MJF HERE!

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4th Annual Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival, September 2012

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2012 04:43pm | Post a Comment
Mission Creek Oakland (MCO) returns in September for a month-long festival packed with shows featuring dozens of local bands and showcasing fifteen venues such as the Uptown Nightclub, The Stork Club, and even AMOEBA BERKELEY!

The festival will feature many exciting bands that were selected from a public call for entries, such as DempseyWindham FlatCoast Jumper, and  ++++. Highlights include an all-ages in-store performance from Micachu & the Shapes at Ameoba Berkeley on September 22nd at 2pm, a short film night at Rooz Café, and an art show curated by “Oakland Under $100.” Plus, several shows will feature local standup comedians as opening acts! What more could you ask for?! 

For the complete calendar, click HERE!

More info on the festival HERE!

Micachu & the Shapes


Windham Flats:

Detroit's Stereo Boyz Build Via Underground Releases, Tours, & "Monkey Barz" Cipher

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2012 10:20am | Post a Comment

Stereo Boyz "RayBanz (feat. Shoua Kue)" (2012)

Detroit underground hip-hop crew the Stereo Boyz just dropped a new single/video (above) titled "RayBanz" with a vocal feature from Shoua Kue and production by Nick Speed (G-Unit) with scratches and cuts by DJ Los. "RayBanz" is the lead single off the upcoming album Carz, Clubz & Theaterz (the follow up to last year's Live from the Ghettoblaster EP) from the Michigan duo that features the two MCs Mixo (aka Applauze Beetz) and Mic Audio (aka Perfect Hell) who for close to a decade pre-Stereo Boyz were part of another Detroit group called Rhyme Asylum. Wholeheartedly embracing the  DIY hip-hop ethos the Stereo Boyz have traveled round the US and also over to Europe to do a series of underground shows - all the while slowly building their rep and fan-base. I met up with the pair a few months ago when they traveled by car from Detroit to New York City to do a series of shows including one at the Bowery Poetry Club and another in the park. That (informal) park set was one of their infamous Monkey Barz cipher sessions - a true traditional hip-hop event that they hold on a weekly basis back in their hometown. See the video below of their first 2012 Monkey Barz session. For the one-off NYC Monkey Barz session the visiting Stereo Boyz headed to Union Square on a balmy Saturday afternoon with their big white boombox in tow to provide beats, and there attracted a huge crowd - many of them also emcees who joined in the freestyle session.

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Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap, Sunday 9/2

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
On Sunday, September 2nd, Amoeba will be at one of the Southland's biggest and best record swap meets, the Pasadena City College's Flea Market and Record Swap. With over 500 vendors, the Flea Market features antiques and collectibles, records, tools, clothes, toys and much more, not to mention food and good company. And admission is always free!

The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 7am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the third level. We always have a great selection of vinyl, from dollar records to collectibles in every genre. Come out and enjoy your Sunday with us!

The LA Weekly calls the show “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.

More info HERE.

   

PUSSY RIOT Benefit Show Held at The Smell With Vivian Girls and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2012 05:38pm | Post a Comment
pussy riot benefit show vivian girls

At some point in the past few weeks, Pussy Riot became the most important band in the world. They’re not “important” in the 9.0 review on Pitchfork kind of way. Rather, Pussy Riot is a band that reminds us that music can, and does, have a very real worldwide impact.
 
I won’t attempt to re-report the tons of great coverage the Russian feminist punk band has received since reaching international attention, but here’s a summation: the Moscow-based band has held public performances wearing colorful masks and clothing while playing songs that directly criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church. These quick concerts are filmed and then put online, having appeared in places like the band’s livejournal page. One such performance, at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, on Feb. 21, 2012, landed three of the collective’s members in jail, and after a widely publicized trial, they were found guilty of hooliganism and inciting religious hatred against the church. 
 
The verdict has been widely criticized as overly harsh. The United States State Department, The U.S. Embassy in Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, among others, have expressed disappointment or disgust with the decision. Artists including Bjork, Madonna, Tim Minchin, Zola Jesus, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney and others have expressed public indignation over the decision, while on Aug. 16 a demonstration was held in New York, where actress Chloë Sevigny, writer Eileen Myles and others read writings and court statements from the detained members of the band — Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich. Vice Magazine editors got tattoos of the word “hooligan” in Russian to show their support. The Guaridan (U.K.) edited together a montage of Pussy Riot supporters with their song “Putin Lights Up the Fires.” Marches and protests have been held around the globe, with supporters donning similar attire to that worn by the band during its performances.

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Rapper Cozzy: Who You Know Helps, but it Ultimately Comes Down to Talent & Hard Work

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2012 10:19am | Post a Comment
In the music business who you know helps but it isn't enough to get you ahead. You have to have substance to back it up. 20 year old Pensacola, Florida rapper Cozzy found this out when, first starting out recording hip-hop a few years ago, the burgeoning young rapper hit up his successful uncle in the rap biz - Tobin "TC" Coston who was Master P’s manager and VP & GM of his No Limit Records label - thinking his well connected relative would get him a record deal right away. But that was not the case initially.

"I have had many relatives hit me up for record deals," said TC who has turned them all down including Cozzy, at first. But he liked how consistent the young rapper was in both his work ethic and his "promising" vocal flow even though it still had a ways to go. "I told him to keep working because it was really raw. He continued to send me music and I heard something from him I liked." Then after several goes around TC heard his nephew freestyle over some popular tracks that Cozzy totally made his own. So impressed was his uncle he that he signed him to Me & Mine Entertainment; the label known for releasing (among many others) Lil’ Troy’s platinum Sitting Fat Down South. He also signed his rap crew F.B.N. (Fresh By Nature) to the label and is committed to sticking by both and developing them as artists over a long term - something you don't hear of much these days in the financially stressed & ever fickle music biz.

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Discostan Returns Wednesday, August 22nd

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 21, 2012 11:22pm | Post a Comment
 Discostan Returns

D I S C O S T A N
Music from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay

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DISCOSTAN returns with a unique brand of glamorous shadow disco, drawn from the cross-cultural sounds that stretch from the eastern edge of the Bosphorus, throughout the Maghreb, under the Balkans, down the Bekaa Valley, and all over the Subcontinent. 


Golden-era Bollywood filmi tunes
Turkish funk and disco
Arabic dabke stompers
Balkan brass attacks
Dangdut edits
Bhangra bangers
Hot soukous

...and endless more.

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SPECIAL GUEST DJ:

Bei Ru (Musa-Ler Music)
www.beirumusic.com


RESIDENT SELECTORS:

DJ Aruna Irani (Radio Sombra, Sublime Frequencies)

Gomez Comes Alive (Radio Sombra/Discos Inmigrantes)

Album Picks: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Bill Fay, Lorelei, Plus Albums Out Today

Posted by Billy Gil, August 21, 2012 06:46pm | Post a Comment
ariel pinkI haven’t had any picks per se over the past couple of weeks. Truth be told there just wasn’t that much I was excited about. Then this week comes Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s new album, Mature Themes. I was concerned about this one — reports of the band breaking up, then not; an inter-band lawsuit; and a lovely yet somber cover (“Baby”) chosen as the first single. But not to worry; Mature Themes proves to be a tongue-in-cheek title, though its title track does tuck quarter-life crisis neatly into clever lines and jaunty ’70s AM Gold (“I wish I was taller than 5-foot-four/Thirty-five years old/My life spent computing it all”). Ariel Pink has a way of making even self-destruction sound amusing, bouncing lyrics like “Who sank my battleship? I sank my own battletrip” off gooey guitar riffs and organs on Mature Themes’ opener, “Kinski Assasin” (another sample lyric: “suicide dumplings dropping testicle bombs”). It’s as much fun as its predecessor, Ariel Pink’s lo-fi pop breakthrough, Before Today, but with more of a focus on songcraft. “Only in Dreams” has its fair share of neat production flourishes, but it wouldn’t need them to send its ’60s pop hooks into your brain. And with repeated listens, the breadth of bargain-bin pop and forgotten sources reconfigured through Ariel Pink’s art school lens becomes more apparent, and more bewildering. Is “Live it Up” meant to sound like the dream-pop soundtrack to an early NES game? Is “Symphony of the Nymph” both the name and theme song to a sexy straight-to-VHS ’80s comedy? Is “Schnitzel Boogie” actually a boogie, and does that mean I should learn more about boogie? With Ariel Pink, every song seems to occupy its own little sound wave, and surfing between their brilliant colors makes all others seem monochromatic in comparison.
 
bill fayAlso out today is the first album in 40 years from British singer-songwriter Bill Fay. I hadn’t heard Fay’s music previously, but after hearing the stunning Life is People, I’ll be sure to check out his earlier work. “There is a Valley” is a spiritual of sorts personifying the trees, sheep and flowers that surround humanity, detailing how they’ve born witness to the destruction caused by humanity. It doesn’t come off as preachy, but rather, when taken with the album’s title, allows its listeners to see the bigger picture of humanity as one element that impacts its environment more than any other. It helps that Fay’s voice evokes rare wisdom, like a subtler Leonard Cohen or calmer Patti Smith. While many of the songs on Life is People invite somber meditation, based around ominous orchestration, there’s also a fighting spirit that saves Life is People from too much cynicism — even as lines call to mind the struggles of the working poor on “This World,” a collaboration from admirer Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco, who covered Fay’s “Be Not So Fearful” in their documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), the song benefits from a sunny, alt-country delivery. Similarly, “The Healing Day” is so lush that even its bittersweet tone feels comforting, as Fay sings a simple line like “it’ll be OK” and sends shivers down your spine. But you don’t have to take my word for it — listen to a full album stream below and pick up a copy of Life is People.
 

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Amoeba Holds Listening Party for The Darkness' "Hot Cakes"

Posted by Billy Gil, August 21, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood held a listening party for the release of the glamtastic new album from The Darkness, Hot Cakes. Auntie Em’s provided hot cakes of their own with its delicious mini cupcakes, and attendees were encouraged to enter into Amoeba’s Darkness contest, in which one winner gets a signed guitar from the band, an autographed CD booklet, a white label vinyl copy of Hot Cakes, two tickets to the band's show Oct. 24 at Club Nokia and a cowbell! Five runner-ups win autographed CD booklets. Winners will be chosen tomorrow. There’s still time to enter!

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The Darkness Guitar

Darkness listening party

Another contest will be held for tickets to the Club Nokia show closer to the show date via Twitter. Those who buy the album in store also will get a free Darkness patch while supplies last. Read more about Hot Cakes and order it here.

"Push Girls" Needs to Push Back! By Guest Amoeblogger Leroy Moore

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2012 02:45pm | Post a Comment
As a Black, disabled, community activist, journalist and lover of disability and music history, I’m always sitting on my hands when mainstream media gets on the disability wagon or more like it picks out the flavor of the year / month / day, or minute. As a columnist of Illin-N-Chillin on Poor Magazine and founder of Krip-Hop Nation (an international project of Hip-Hop and other musicians with disabilities), I have written about movies, artists, and journalists who write, act, and sing about disability and many times it has been from non-disabled artists. On the other side you have what I call “Me Too Media,” where people with disabilities in lead roles lack any politics or anything that is representative of the vast disability community. This happens just to get two seconds of bling bling or because the media can’t handle it and have control over what is produced.

Taking what I’ve said above, when the Sundance Channel network's Push Girls first appeared on my Google Alerts long before the show came out, I was worried because it was under the mainstream media cloud that does not have a good record of representing disability issues. That shaped my assumptions way before it came out. I have to say, I don’t have cable and, like so many people with disabilities, I can’t afford living in reality television. Today mainstream media likes to play in other’s shoes without the real life issues, like the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. I saw only the first episode of Push Girls because it was on the Internet for free for a very short time, so I can only talk about my short contact with Auti Angel, one of the Push Girls way before the show, the pre-media frame around the show, and the time before the first episode.

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A happy birthday, of sorts, to radio

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 20, 2012 08:56pm | Post a Comment

As regular readers of my blog (if there is such a thing) probably know, I’m a bit of a radio junkie – spending many hours every day listening to Old Time Radio dramas, public radio, AM radio and podcasts. Therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 20 August is a pretty big deal to me because it was on this day, back in 1920, that the first radio station began regular broadcasting. Back then, 8MK (now WWJ) began operation in Detroit, Michigan and in doing so it became (by my definition) the first real radio station -- regularly and ultimately continuously broadcasting news, religious and sports programing.



BIRTH OF RADIO
 


The idea of using radio waves to transmit information was first proposed by Serbian-American inventor and geek god, Nikola Tesla, in 1892. He applied for the first radio patents in 1897. Tesla’s main rival, Thomas Edison, backed Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1901 conducted the first successful transatlantic experimental radio communications. As a result, Tesla’s patent was reversed, thus depriving him of royalty payments. On Christmas Eve of 1906, Reginald Fessenden reportedly (accessible documentation is questionable) broadcast the first radio program, consisting of some violin playing and passages from the Bible and thus invented AM radio. Shortly after, in 1907, Marconi went on to establish the first transatlantic radio service between Clifden, Ireland and Glace Bay, Canada.

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Behind the Scenes with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 20, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment
Dave Stewart shot an episode of What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood recently. Atlhough he may best be known as half of the Eurythmics, he is an incredibly accomplished producer and songwriter, not to mention being an author and filmmaker on top of all that. The man has worked with legends, from Nelson Mandela (on the 46664 campaign) to Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and a ton of others. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Stewart also started a band called Super Heavy with Mick Jagger, A.R. Rahman, Damian Marley, and Joss Stone?

Super Heavy

Needless to say, he had a lot of great stories to share with us, including how Mick Jagger can't help but behave like "Mick Jagger on stage," complete with all his signature dance moves, even when he's in the recording booth. Can't wait to see the video when it's finished!

Dave Stewart

Rest in Peace Phyllis Diller

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2012 01:05pm | Post a Comment
         

Rest in peace to actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (age 95) who died this morning (Aug 20th) at her Los Angeles Home as reported by her longtime manager Milt Suchin to The Hollywood Reporter.  Above is a clip of her on the Liberace Show in 1969 and below is a stand up bit (a non-stop flow of funny one liners) from her farewell tour released on DVD six years ago as part of the recommended documentary on Phyllis called "Goodnight, We Love You." Look for it at Amoeba and for such other Phyllis Diller items as her album Laughs on Verve Records.


Phyllis Diller from Goodnight, We Love You (2006)


The Late, Great Tony Scott

Posted by Charles Reece, August 20, 2012 06:26am | Post a Comment


People don't fuck standing up any more, nor do they fuck while driving cars. They certainly did in Tony Scott's Revenge, the perfect capstone to 80s cinema. So here's to the ridiculous sublime in his art. (And how about that clothes closet with billowing curtains?) He jumped off a bridge yesterday.

August 19, 2012: Side by Side

Posted by phil blankenship, August 19, 2012 08:06pm | Post a Comment
Side by Side movie ticket stub

August 19, 2012: The Expendables 2

Posted by phil blankenship, August 19, 2012 01:05pm | Post a Comment
The Expendables 2 movie ticket stub

Herman Stein - Architect of the Sound of Science-Fiction

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 19, 2012 07:45am | Post a Comment
Composer Herman SteinThough his name isn’t widely recognized, Herman Stein was a very influential American composer. Though he composed hundreds of film scores, he was most influential in for his work within the genres of horror and science-fiction. Some of his most recognized scores were created for Creature from the black lagoon, The incredible shrinking man, It came from outer space, Love slaves of the Amazons, The Mole People, The Monolith MonstersRevenge of the Creature, and This island EarthTarantula.



Herman Stein was born 19 August, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began playing piano at the age of three and made his concert debut when he was six. Reportedly he was almost entirely self-taught, having spent many hours studying scores at his local public library.
He became a professional arranger when he was 15. In the 1930 and ‘40s he arranged for bands, including those of Blanche Calloway, Bob CrosbyCount Basie, David Rubinoff, Don RedmanFred WaringGus Haenschen, and Red Norvo. He also composed for radio programs, cartoons and commercials, as well as absolute music like 1967’s A sour suite.


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Meta P Shares Insights on Heartfelt Tribute to His Late Twin Sister Lindsay Sbardella

Posted by Billyjam, August 18, 2012 04:14am | Post a Comment
Meta P “Dragonfly (My Other Heartbeat)" (2012)

Some of the greatest pieces of art come from a place of pain and hurt and the new Matty Mischief produced track by Rhode Island rapper Meta P (aka Metaphysics) is a prime example of this. "Dragonfly (My Other Heartbeat)" (song/video above) is dedicated to his twin sister Lindsay Sbardella who passed two months ago on June 23, 2012 at age 28. The hip-hop song is a heartfelt, truly touching tribute with the surviving sibling rapping lines to his "best friend" like "nobody loves you like your twin brother in the womb together….I can't believe you're gone….. I can see you in the stars. I can see you in my mom …I hold you in my heart till me meet on the other side."  Meta P, who recently got named Providence Phoenix's "Best Rap Act 2012," is giving the song away for as a free download but he encourages people to donate in Lindsay's name to the RISPCA. "She loved animals," said the artist who has dropped such albums such as 2010's Off the Rock and Edison's Ink earlier this year. His forthcoming project is called Evolution and will such tracks as "Kill Swag" featuring Celph Titled (Demigodz). I caught up with the artist to ask him more about this touching tribute to his sister.

Amoeblog: What was the most difficult thing and what was the most rewarding thing about writing & recording this song?

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Dreamy Shoegaze reissue from your new old favorite band Dreamscape...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 17, 2012 03:46pm | Post a Comment
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I always hope that there will be another reissue of some sort of some band that I never even knew existed. I figure that there has to be at least a couple dozen bands of the dreampop or shoegaze era that I have never heard before. Some band that only put out a couple of limited 7"s and EPs . I know they are out there! I just rely on some label such as Captured Tracks, Darla or Slumberland to reissue them and bring them out of their obscurity. Kranky has gone and done it this time. The band is Dreamscape. A perfect name for what the music sounds and feels like. I will be honest and tell you that I had absolutely never heard of this band until this week. Kranky is putting out a collection from Dreamscape called La-Di-Da Recordings on both CD and LP. The previously had an EP on the label La-Di-Da. This collection comes out next Tuesday 8/21. And you can pre-order them now on amoeba.com.

I really probably should have known who this band was. Two of its former members went on to be one of
dreamscapemy favorite bands of the era, Secret Shine. Dreamscape was around in the very early 90's and basically done being a band by the time I would have been into them. They are the perfect mix of all the best of shoegaze. A mix of The Cocteau Twins and Lush. Not as heavy as My Bloody Valentine. Not as amazing as Slowdive. But still a band that deserves your attention. Much more on the lighter and more ethereal side of shoegaze. This band obviously deserved much more recognition then they had at the time. I am glad to now have them in my life and I look forward to see what other barely known shoegaze bands might be out there. Thank you Kranky for bringing this album to us! Here is what Kranky has to say about the contents of this collection from Dreamscape...

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Local Stuff: Flying Lotus, Deerhoof, King Tuff, The Soft Moon, Cold Showers, Ty Segall

Posted by Billy Gil, August 17, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment
flying lotusFlying Lotus feat. Erykah Badu – “See Thru to U”
 
This sumptuous, propulsive track comes from L.A. beat maestro Flying Lotus’ new album, Until the Quiet Comes, due Oct. 2 on Warp (preorder here). Expect more excellent pair-ups, such as another with Thom Yorke, on the album.
 

 

DeerhoofDeerhoof – “Fête d'Adieu”

 
So excited to share a new track from S.F.’s Deerhoof, one of my all-time favorite guitar bands. For a while there, it seemed minus guitarist Chris Cohen, the band was losing steam on the lackluster Deerhoof vs. Evil. “Fête d'Adieu” is very promising, however, employing the poppier balance of melodicism with awkward time signatures and chirpy vocals that they moved toward on the Cohen-less but still excellent Friend Opportunity. Here’s hoping Breakup Song is awesome! (Preorder the album here.)

 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.17.12: 2 Chainz, Dopestyle, Nas, La Coka Nostra, Ron Artiste, Has-Lo + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2012 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:17:12


1) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
 
3) Nas Illmatic (Columbia)

4) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)

5) Nas Life Is Good Deluxe edition (Def Jam)

Nas rules everything around him this week at Amoeba Hollywood where life is good for the legendary Queesnbridge NY artist. The emcee once known as Nasty Nas' latest album Life is Good on Def Jam is both number one and number five on the SoCal store's latest Top Five Hip-Hop Chart. The latter entry is the Life Is Good Deluxe CD edition of Life Is Good which boasts four bonus tracks over the regular version. Note that there is also a Life Is Good LP vinyl version (it has exact same 14 tracks as regular CD version) available of this tenth studio album by Nas with featured appearances by Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige and the late great Amy Winehouse. On top of this Nas' landmark 1994 critically acclaimed debut Illmatic has re-entered the chart where it is on the number three slot this week. The other two chart entries are 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story on Def Jam from the Playaz Circle rapper formerly known as Tity Boy,(see his new video for album track with Nicki Minaj cameo down below) and Aesop Rock's much heralded return after a five year hiatus with Skelethon on Rhymesayers Entertainment which is also available from Amoeba in LP/vinyl format. 

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Redd Kross' Steve McDonald Talks to Amoeba About "Researching the Blues"

Posted by Billy Gil, August 16, 2012 04:02pm | Post a Comment

redd krossRedd Kross have been the quintessential underground band for the past three decades. The band has nearly always eschewed both pop and indie convention by staying true to its sound, likely angering as many pop fans with its snottiness and random references to Tatum O’Neil and Shonen Knife as they would indie purirsts with its insistence on lacing its acidic songs with undeniable pop hooks.
 
From Hawthorne, Calif. and based around the duo of brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald, Redd Kross first released music in 1980 with a self-titled EP, after opening for Black Flag as teenagers for its first gig. Other musicians came and went as the band released records throughout the ’80s and ’90s, hitting their stride with 1987’s Neurotica and 1990's Third Eye. Following 1997’s Show World, the band all but disappeared, with its members occasionally surfacing for other projects — Steve McDonald famously added bass parts to The White StripesWhite Blood Cells, redubbing it Redd Blood Cells, which saw thousands of downloads and press hubbub. The brothers McDonald separately produced albums by other artists as well.
 
researching the bluesThe elusive band returned in 2006 to play a set at REDCAT in Los Angeles covering the band’s entire catalog, featuring the Neurotica-era lineup of the McDonalds, Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald. They toured and played a killer set of the entire Born Innocent album opening for Sonic Youth, who played all of Daydream Nation (I was there! Yessss.), at the Greek Theater in L.A. In 2008 they played Coachella, among numerous other festivals and appearances over the past few years. Now, finally, Redd Kross have released an album of new material, entitled Researching the Blues. The album has seen some of the band’s best reviews, garnering an 81% on reviews aggregator Metacritic, and it’s not hard to see why, hearing the enlivened swagger the band displays on songs like the title track (download free here), while maintaining the dynamism that has always set the band apart, also including shimmering power-pop ballads like “Dracula’s Daughter” and “Winter Blues.”

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College Radio Day A Grassroots Movement As Much as A One Day Celebration

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2012 06:13am | Post a Comment
In the aftermath of the US losing several key college radio stations over the past couple of years including KUSF 90.3FM at the University of San Francisco and Rice University's equally beloved college station KTRU in Houston, TX - parties directly affected along, with the countless others that are similarly endangered, have banded together to protest these injustices are still fighting the good fight.

Many of these same individuals are also celebrating the stations they still have while simultaneously building awareness of the cultural value & importance of college and community radio as an independent media voice. This they are doing via College Radio Day which for its inaugural event last year witnessed the participation of over 350 different radio stations. And this year's College Radio Day, taking place seven weeks from now on October 2nd, is shaping up to be an even bigger event in every way with approximately 500 radio stations already signed on to participate in this grand scale broadcast event.

Just as Record Store Day was started by struggling brick and mortar record shops round the country who joined forces, College Radio Day was begun in a somewhat similar vein. The main man responsible for College Radio Day is Rob Quicke of New Jersey's William Paterson University station WPSC who, in celebration of the second edition of this annual event, is compiling a special benefit compilation album by a wide array of artists. Side A reportedly will feature unsigned artists selected by a committee of stations while Side B will feature signed/known artists that are down for the cause and want to acknowledge the support they received from being played on College Radio over their respective careers.  All proceeds will go directly to a transparent College Radio Defense Fund established by Quicke. This week I caught up with Rob to find out more about College Radio Day and this compilation which will be available through Amoeba upon its release.
  
Amoeblog: For those who don't know the full background on College Radio Day; how did it come about?

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Amoeba Hollywood Vinyl Insider- Huge Latin Collection Hits Store Friday Morning!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 15, 2012 12:14am | Post a Comment

Check out Gomez Comes Alive's write up regarding this amazing batch of records, click HERE.


August 14, 2012: Killer Joe

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Killer Joe movie ticket stub

New Albums: Dead Can Dance, 2 Chainz and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 14, 2012 06:47pm | Post a Comment
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Starting out with a slice of guitar nirvana as Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis joins Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and his band for a trip through the early instrumental Fleetwood Mac jam “Albatross,” a highlight of the period before Stevie and Lindsay joined the band and helped launch them to worldwide fame, Just Tell Me That You Want Me hits all the marks as a tribute album. Ubercool artists are called upon to tackle an intimidating catalog full of both iconic songs and gems buried beneath those tall trees. Antony takes a done-to-death cover with “Landslide” and somehow breathes new life into it with his quivering shivery croon. Up-and-coming singer Trixey Whitley puts on an extraordinary performance of Peter Green’s “Before the Beginning,” while Best Coast provides not her cover of “Storms” — that honor goes to Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, who put their own Appalachian spin on the Stevie Nicks torch song — but instead inverts the darkness of “Rhiannon” and makes it into a jaunty, piano-led singalong. Artists like Washed Out, MGMT and especially Tame Impala infuse Mac classics with psychedelic eletronics, and the collection also excels by its possibility of introducing bands who more obviously follow in Fleetwood Mac’s footsteps to fans of Fleetwood Mac, especially L.A. darlings Best Coast and Haim. Just Tell Me That You Want Me succeeds by taking a few chances while staying true to the band it covers.
 
dead can danceDead Can DanceAnastasis
 
Dead Can Dance’s music is one of high concept, sewing various world musics across centuries into its black cape of 4AD goth glory. So given the duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard haven’t released an album since 1996’s Spiritchaser, and the demise of their relationship as lovers, it seems only fitting to hear Anastis (Greek for “resurrection”) in terms of the band as a concept. The death march drums and elegiac stringed instrument that open “Kiko” give way to a powerful, mournful vocal from Gerrard. Similarly, “Anabasis” moves on the sound of relentless, clanging percussion and unsettling melodic lines that rise to a climactic cry from Gerrard, but it’s also a perfect example of DCD’s ability to appeal both to world music and underground rock fans — both goth and gothic, if you will — as its synths blend with stringed instruments that predate the use of electricity, and its melodies would sound perfectly fitting played on electric guitars. However, despite the music’s usual grimness, there’s also that sense of revival hinted at by the title, and it comes through on tracks like opener “Children of the Sun,” which builds an expansive chamber sound on which Perry intones “We are the children of the sun/Our journey’s just begun.” Perry has said Anastasis is the beginning of a new era for the band, which will continue with a “regeneration” period; if Anastasis is the sound of death, it is one draped in the most beautiful attire and stately ceremony.
 
2 chainz2 ChainzBased on a T.R.U.Story
 
The onetime Playaz Circle rapper formerly known as Tity Boy knows he’s no youngin. The MC went through a number of difficulties before breaking through with Playaz Circle’s “Duffle Bag,” which featured then rising star Lil Wayne, and now sees his own star rising at the age of 35 following a string of successful guest spots. His solo debut bears these past experiences but doesn’t force itself on its listeners with excessive boasting or self-seriousness; rather, Based on a T.R.U. Story is excellently executed and a lot of fun. “Birthday Song,” featuring Kanye West, gets by on the line “All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho.” All of the guest spots are heavy hitters (save for up-and-comer Cap1) who bring something to the table, from The-Dream’s lushness on “Extremely Blessed” to Nicki Minaj, who comically saves the otherwise repetetive “I Love Dem Strippers,” even if she rehashes in part “Beez in the Trap,” on which 2 Chainz previously guested. 2 Chainz’ flow is dynamic throughout, occasionally breaking into faster passages, as on the awesomely strange “Dope Peddler,” though he usually keeps things mellow, favoring economic phrases and quick jokes, perhaps most effectively on “No Lie,” rapping over creepy theramin and sparkling synths before Drake takes over and lends the song his trademark singing-into-rapping style. By playing it cool, surrounding himself with equal talent and not overreaching, 2 Chainz creates a highly effective debut that establishes him not just as a righthand-man rapper but a skillful creator of a consistent hip-hop album.

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Berkeley's LastSundaysFest on Telegraph, August 26th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 14, 2012 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Sunday, August 26th, from 12pm - 6pm, kicks off the fourth season of Berkeley's LastSundaysFest, a showcase of the hottest indie bands, street food, artisan crafts, and handmade jewelry. Telegraph Ave. is closed to traffic from Dwight and Durant for shopping, strolling, and festivities.

The hottest, most talented East Bay and San Francisco-based bands are playing this year, so get there by noon to hear the music! Oakland's Dark Beach features original material by songwriter Faith Gardner on lead vocals and guitar, and Melissa Dale on drums. The world’s youngest rock band HAUNTED BY HEROES,  Miss Lonely Hearts, The Fashion Slaves, and The Dandelion War will all play the LastSundaysFest stage for a day of all-ages fun. A surprise guest band will be announced on LastSundaysFest's Facebook and Twitter pages on Saturday, August 25th!

Find out more: www.lastsundaysfest.com


Saluting San Francisco's Subterranean

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2012 03:35pm | Post a Comment

Flipper at Amoeba San Francisco, Feb 2008

The 1980's was a good decade for Bay Area indie rock music - especially the first half of the decade with labels like legendary small but influential San Francisco record label Subterranean Records who gave the world one of the greatest albums from one of the greatest bands of all time: Flipper's Generic Album which will forever have a welcome place on my record shelf. In recent years when the legendary SF band got back together again and played at Amoeba San Francisco in February 2008  (see video above) they played "That's The Way of The World" and "(I Saw You) Shine" off the influential 1982 album.

Other artists that were released by Subterranean back in the day included the Inflatable Boy Clams (their song "I'm Sorry" - a 7" was a mainstay on KALX and KUSF radio for years) and Polkacide (the polka punk beer fanatics who recorded such songs as "In Heaven There Is No Beer"). The label, that can be found nowadays online here, mainly released music by San Francisco Bay Area artists, Subterranean Records was formed by Steve Tupper in 1979 and immediately became central to the burgeoning wonderful post punk era in San Francisco music - a great time both in the clubs and in recording studios.

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MASSIVE METAL Vinyl Collection Acquired by Amoeba SF Hits the Shelves This Weekend!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 14, 2012 01:05pm | Post a Comment


Attention all METAL heads
: last weekend a behemoth metal vinyl collection descended upon Amoeba Music's San Francisco location!!! Hundreds of records spanning from roughly 1980 to the early-1990's era of vinyl production disruption, including virtually every style of metal imaginable from heavy, hard, hair (glam), thrash, speed, sleaze, and everything in between, including some far-out regional private press pieces. This hoard of remarkable bangers are in excellent condition or maiden (i.e. factory sealed). We're busy readying the beast for release in stages with the first wave to be presented for sale this weekend on Saturday, August 18th. Come feast your eyes, and beware of Stevil and metal Ben's "Buy Or Die" maxim!

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The images that follow are only a taste of the overall scope and breadth of this collection, from Accept to Znöwhite. While details concerning the who, what, and whyfores behind the collection remain deliciously mysterious, I can relay (on a personal note) that confronting the prowess and megaforces latent in this darkened pain cave's worth of vinyl treasure is enough to render one's powers physical regulation helpless. I went rogue. And much like attempting an impromptu dual-impression of Nitro's Jim Gillett and Michael Angelo Batio, I found myself short of breath, overwhelmed, and somehow unworthy.

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Latin LP Blow-Out Sale Starts Friday, August 17th

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 13, 2012 10:30pm | Post a Comment
 
Los Corraleros esta si es salsaOk, so the title is a little misleading. This is really not a blow-out sale in the classic sense. It's not like we are trying to discard a bunch of stock that has been sitting in the store for awhile. Rather, I like to think of this sale as a perfect storm of Latin LPs that has built up at the Amoeba Hollywood store and is ready to downpour on Friday, August 17th. The sale, which will be located at the bin west of the information counter, continues until August 23rd.

The selection is as incredible as it is diverse. Great selections of Salsa, Rancheras, Boogaloo, Corridos, Flamenco, Cumbia, Spanish Pop, early Latin Rock & Roll, many in pristine condition. Plenty from all your favorite Latin record labels such as Fania, Tico and Discos Fuentes, as well as others that most aren't that familiar with. Labels such as the classic Cuban label, Kubany and old school Corridos from the label, Anahual. Other record labels, such as Musart and Caytronic, which released a variety of Latin Music from Mexico and the Southwest. Lastly, great records out of Central American from the labels Profono and Dicesa.

August 13, 2012: The Bourne Legacy

Posted by phil blankenship, August 13, 2012 10:19pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
The Bourne Legacy movie ticket stub

Jovanotti Amoeba Performance Up for Streaming

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2012 09:07pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Italian rapper extraordinaire Jovanotti just performed at Amoeba Hollywood, and the performance is up to stream now. For the unitiated, the dapper performer raps over over loungey Italian pop-rock, with the swagger of both a rapper and an Italian baladeer. In his words, "I mix romantic flavor in a typical Italian melody with the hip people sound of global technology." A best-of compilation of sorts called Italia 1988-2012 was released stateside last week. Watch as he wins over an enthusiastic crowd, speaking both Italian and English "like a New York City taxi driver" and even a bit of Spanish, performing songs like "Tutto L'Amore Che Ho," "Fango" and a molto italiano cover of "Rapper's Delight" near the end. Bravo!



"The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas" Plays SF's Balboa Theatre, 8/14 & 8/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 13, 2012 05:08pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas captures a stop on the Rolling Stones' 1978 Americanrolling stones some girls tour in support of that year’s Some Girls album. The tour followed immediately on the release of Some Girls and by the time the band arrived in Texas in mid-July, the album had hit the No.1 spot on the US charts. The tour took a “back to basics” approach, with the band and their music very much at the forefront. Filmed on July 18th, 1978 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, this concert is typical of the tour, with The Rolling Stones delivering a raw, energetic performance in front of a crowd that is clearly loving the show. This is undeniably the Rolling Stones at the peak of their form!

See it at San Francisco's Balboa Theatre Tuesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 16th. Get your tickets HERE now!

Music History Monday: August 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 13, 2012 02:42pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
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On this day in music history: August 13, 1952 - The original version of "Hound Dog" by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton is recorded. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. The single will be biggest hit for the Alabama-born Rhythm & Blues singer. The track features legendary R&B bandleader Johnny Otis (featured on drums) along with members of his band. Otis will co-produce the record with Leiber and Stoller. Released on the Houston, Texas-based Peacock Records in March of 1953, the single is an instant smash spending seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B Best Sellers chart, selling nearly two million copies. Four years and one week to the day that the original version is recorded, Elvis Presley's cover version of the song will hit #1 on the Pop chart. In time, "Hound Dog" will be regarded as one of the most important and influential songs music history.


On this day in music history: August 13, 1966 - "Summer In The City" by The Lovin' Spoonful hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, it is the biggest single for the New York-based band. The song originates as a poem written by Mark. Sebastian and bassist Boone will put the words to music. The band will hire a sound effects expert who will add the trademark "sounds of the city" effects to the records' break from acetates he has in his sound library. The single is engineered by Roy Halee (Simon & Garfunkel) who will also play a vital role in the overall sound of the finished record, particularly its explosive drum sound. "Summer In The City" will be certified Gold by the RIAA, becoming their first million selling single.

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Register to Vote at Amoeba Music

Posted by Amoebite, August 13, 2012 02:06pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share

Register to vote at AmoebaThe 2012 general election will be here before we know it. On Tuesday, November 6 people will enter the voting booth to decide who will be the next President, as well as our Congressmen, Assemblymen, and many important ballot initiatives.

Are you registered to vote? If not - or if you've moved or changed your name or political party choice - it's time to register. Pick up a voter registration form at any Amoeba Music location by October 22 in order to be eligible to vote on November 6. We'll even send it in for you. Or, even easier, register to vote online. Stand up and be heard!

Not sure if you're registered? Check your California registration status online.
 

 

Registering to vote is sexy

You've Got Another Thing Comin': 30 Years of Screaming For Vengeance!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 13, 2012 11:45am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
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When it comes to metal, whether it be heavy, hard, or hairy, the one thing that really hurts my feelings is a poorly mastered recording. While I admit I possess very little knowledge on the subject of mastering (however informative this link should prove) it would seem that time and inevitable technological developments have redefined what a properly mastered record should sound like, nevermind that my reckoning of a ill-mastered metal record has everything to do with volume control. Putting on an exemplary recording like Judas Priest's Screaming For Vengeance only to discover the maximum volume setting worthy of a dental visit is an insult to the ear and the slap to the id; "why can't I make this any louder", you lament. I feel your pain, people. I too am screaming for vengeance!

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Which is why I am particularly stoked about the upcoming September third celebratory reissue of Judas Priest's Screaming For Vengeance - the 30th Anniversary Special Edition, containing not only the remastered original album plus six bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US festival show filmed in San Bernadino, CA on May 29, 1983.I know, you're probably thinking, Priest has already seen to the digital remastering of most of their catalog in 2001, no? Sound hounds and intense listens have generated a clash of opinions concerning just how beneficial the overall remaster treatment was. While I don't pretend that my ears are trained to recognize minutiae apparent in the thankfully LOUD 2001 Priest remasters, my favorite complaint directed at the "creepy, crawly knob-twiddling" Jon Astley inflicted upon the reissue of British Steel compares the end result to "Edith Bunker being gang raped by a swarm of castrated locusts" -- an observation that potentially bodes ill for any serious audiophile.

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Outernational's Music Takes On New Significance With Announcement of Ryan as Romney Running Mate

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2012 03:36am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
In celebration of their brand new Tom Morello produced Future Rock EP (available at Amoeba Hollywood) the group Outernational are currently on a two month tour with stops this week in Texas, Arizona, and California where they will play Fulton 55  in Fresno on Thursday (Aug 16), El Callejon in Salinas on Friday (Aug 17), and at The Satellite  in Los Angeles on Saturday (Aug 18) along with Las Cafeteras and Los Hollywood - all before traveling up to Canada, down South, and back East for more dates on the current tour that goes through the third week of September.

Along the route of this tour Outernational have been attracting new and old fans of their instantly likable world music flavored revolution rock. This is the second tour in the past few months by the hardworking Brooklyn NY based band. Their earlier 2012 concert trek was a unique two month, 2000 mile, tour along the Mexican border when they played venues not typical for touring rock bands including "the farm fields of California" as part of their Todos Somos Ilegales: We are All Illegal' tour 

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Near Perfect LPs from Death Waltz

Posted by Charles Reece, August 13, 2012 01:42am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
I'm pretty much committed to getting every release so far announced from Death Waltz Recording Co.. They're putting out LPs for great cult scores, which are either newly remastered for these editions. Some are appearing for the first time on vinyl (e.g., Zombi 2 and Let the Right One In). I'm really happy that the additional cues from Carpenter and Howarth's Escape from New York can now be heard sans dialog interludes on vinyl (the inclusion of which was what I didn't like about the Dagored release from about 10 years ago). The company has also hired a great bunch of artists to do the covers:

Out Now:

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Johan Söderqvist's Let the Right One In - art by Candice Tripp

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Fabio Frizzi's Zombi 2 - art by Graham Humphreys

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John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's Escape from New York - art by Jay Shaw

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Wacky Packages!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 12, 2012 02:04pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share

August 11, 2012: The Campaign

Posted by phil blankenship, August 11, 2012 11:45pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
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Local Stuff: Earlimart, The Fresh & Onlys, Kisses, Thee Oh Sees, Kim Free, Wavves

Posted by Billy Gil, August 10, 2012 01:12pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
EarlimartEarlimart – “97 Heart Attack”
 
Earlimart is back! You may remember the Elephant 6 associated band’s 2000s releases like Everyone Down Here and Treble & Tremble. Well the L.A. band based around singer/guitarist Aaron Espinoza and keyboardist/singer/bassist Ariana Murray is back with a lovely, somber new track called “97 Heart Attack” and an accompanying album called System Preferences, which is due on physical CD and LP Oct. 16 from the band’s label, The Ship. So glad to have them back, although they never really went away — after releasing their last album, 2008’s Hymn and Her, they collaborated with Grandaddy members for the 2010 release of Admiral Radley’s I Heart California, followed by headlining tours and a support slot on Band of Horses’ tour. The band had kept busy composing soundtrack work and producing other artists, but now they’re back in full force and will appear with Grandaddy (Who are back too? Hell yes!) at the Henry Fonda Theater Aug. 13. So into all these L.A. indie pop bands getting back into the fold. 
 

 
fresh & onlysThe Fresh & Onlys – “Presense of Mind”
 
Here’s another new track (after the previously unveiled “Yes or No”) from The Fresh & Onlys upcoming Long Slow Dance, due Sept. 4 on Mexican Summer. I liked their last album, Play It Strange, but from the sound of these two songs, this is a huge step forward for the band, with a newfound confidence in its vocals and songwriting.
 

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in August

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2012 12:47pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood has started regularly selling tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.


JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Gossip

Gossip

The Fonda Theatre 
October 12
All ages
 
tiger Army

Tiger Army
Tigerflame V
The Fonda Theatre
October 26
All-ages

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name
Venue Show Date
Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Afghan Whigs The Fonda Theatre 11/10/2012 $37.50
Ariel Pink The Fonda Theatre 10/05/2012 $22.50
Austra El Rey Theatre 09/15/2012 $19.00
Ben Howard The Fonda Theatre 10/06/2012 $25.00
Dan Deacon El Rey Theatre 10/20/2012 $17.00
Dr. Dog John Anson Ford 10/05/2012 $30.00
Easy Star All Stars El Rey Theatre 09/20/2012 $20.00
First Aid Kit The Fonda Theatre 10/16/2012 $25.00
FYF Fest Weekend Pass Historic State Park, DTLA 09/01 & 09/02 $89 (+$4 fee)
Gossip The Fonda Theatre  10/12/2012 $27.50
Grimes El Rey Theatre 10/10/2012 $20.00
Kimbra The Fonda Theatre 10/04/2012 $25.00
Owl City The Fonda Theatre 09/24/2012 $25.00
The Raveonettes El Rey Theatre 10/08/2012 $25.00
Rodriguez El Rey Theatre 09/28/2012 $25.50
Swans The Fonda Theatre 09/11/2012 $30.00
Thee Oh Sees El Rey Theatre 09/09/2012 $17.00
The Walkmen John Anson Ford 09/12/2012 $30.00
Tiger Army
(Octoberflame V)
The Fonda Theatre  10/26/2012 $28.00

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.10.12: Amoeba Top 5, Rick Ross, MA Doom, Karriem Riggins, Kool Keith, Keith Jones + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Amoeba Music Berkeley Top Five Week Ending August 10, 2012



1)   Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)

While not pulling quite as huge numbers as anticipated, Rick Ross still takes the crown as this week’s hip hop best-seller and ain’t showing any sign of slowing down in sales with God Forgives, I Don't on Def Jam.  Rick Ro$$ the boss gets my vote as one of the most requested rappers from Amoeba Berkeley customers, so naturally his new official solo joint is a mover. Features songs with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Wale and Drake plus the prime cut beat selections you’ve come to expect from Rozay.  The special deluxe edition of album also features bonus jams with Nas and John Legend. As far as mainstream hip hop goes, this album’s loaded so don’t sleep.




2)    La Coka Nostra Masters of the Dark Arts (Fat Beats)

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In Praise of the “Troubled” Artist and Bloated, Overreaching Album

Posted by Billy Gil, August 9, 2012 05:21pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
smashing pumpkinsToday I woke up with the song “Raindrops + Sunshowers” by The Smashing Pumpkins in my head for no particular reason. I was grateful — despite the dubious quality of that syrupy, electro-shoegaze song, the tunes that usually populate my head first thing in the morning aren’t usually the kinds of things you actually want to hear upon waking. Nu Shooz's “I Can’t Wait” is great and all, but waking up humming it, as I often do, is like being slowly slapped awake. But I digress. Why the hell I was humming a not-great song from my favorite band’s worst album, who knows. But I relistened to Machina later in the day, trying to avoid fast-forwarding to the good bits and listening to the regrettable parts, just as I had with the recently released (and recently troubled) Oceania, and realized part of the fun of a band like The Smashing Pumpkins is the digging. Make no mistake, digging is not necessary on Siamese Dream (or Adore or the recently reissued Pisces Iscariot, in my book), but even on their other great albums, Mellon Collie, Gish and Machina II, yeah, there are parts you want to skip past. I’d say that’s true of most bands. But what sets the band apart is not only how frustratingly uneven they can be, as I’ve had to admit over the years, but how much you still care about that band anyway.

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YouTube Hurting Stand-Up Comics, Battle DJs, & Other Artists

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2012 05:05am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Thanks to the oft-quoted 1979 Buggles hit, we all know that "Video killed the Radio Star"  but increasingly YouTube is killing, or at least significantly hurting, the careers of many contemporary artists including battle DJs, musicians, and stand up comics. This was addressed by Chris Rock on last night's The Daily Show. During Wednesday night's interview with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show, the comedian/actor (on to promote his new movie 2 Days in New York) talked about how difficult the stand-up comedy area of his career is these days. The increasing problem, he said, is due to the proliferation of video recording devices that feature easy and instant upload to YouTube that fans abuse when he is testing new material. "It's hard to go to the clubs because people [video] tape your sh*t all the time, and before it's ready," said Rock clearly frustrated. "I don't mind if I'm at Madison Square Garden or somewhere and people want to tape it, but I'm at The Cellar working on a bit and it ain't ready. Then it's on YouTube!"

Rock's criticism of YouTube has been echoed by many other artists including musicians who are still working out the kinks in new material only to discover that unfinished, unperfected, and unauthorized live versions of songs have been uploaded to YouTube.

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Join Amoeba at Susan Feniger’s STREET Aug. 26

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2012 01:15pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
On Sunday, August 26 Amoeba will be on hand at Susan Feniger’s STREET, spinning global beats from 5-10 p.m., for the renowned restaurant’s Street Food Cookbook Celebration and Feast event. Feniger will be signing copies of her book Susan Feniger’s Street Food and highlighting recipes from her book, which was inspired by her travels and eating street foods in various countries. In addition to ethnic cocktails and agua frescas, Silverback Coffee of Rwanda CEO Jack Karuletwa will be pouring his coffee, and you’ll leave with samples of street treats and coffee for the next morning.

The event is $50 per person and $70 if you buy a signed book. Call Street to make your reservation at (323) 203-0500.

Susan Feniger’s STREET is located at 742 N. Highland Ave. The restaurant boasts such dishes as chicken and waffle croquettes, Korean BBQ short ribs and spicy black bean veggie burgers. LA Weekly’s award-winning food critic Jonathan Gold calls it “a virtual museum of street food, snacks and savories from every part of Asia.”
 

 


Susan Feniger's Street Food book party

Watch the trailer below to hear what’s in store from Feniger herself.

now in stock...new vinyl from death waltz recording co...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 8, 2012 12:28pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
We just got copies of these awesome LP soundtrack reissues from Death Waltz Recording Co.!

The Soundtracks for Escape From New York, Zombi 2 & Let The Right One In have all been reissued with new artwork!

Death Waltz Recording Co. was founded by Spencer Hickman manager of Rough Trade East in London. They will concentrate on delivering high end collectors vinyl that will include extensive liner notes from composers and directors as well as brand new and exclusive artwork from a variety of fine artists.


these 3 LPs are all available now at amoeba and amoeba.com...

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CAT NO DW001 LP
The first time this classic soundtrack to the notorious Lucio Fulci video nasty has ever been made available on vinyl to collectors. This soundtrack is one of the holy grails of Italian cinema with the maestro Fabio Frizzi delivering a dizzyingly brilliant soundtrack that can hold it’s own with anything released by John Carpenter or Goblin.Cover art by legendary UK poster artist Graham Humphreys who was responsible for the original cinema posters for the Evil Dead, Nightmare On Elm Street 1-5 and Return Of The Living Dead.
Exclusive sleeve notes from composer Fabio Frizzi, renowned Italian horror expert Stephen Thrower and artist Graham Humphreys.

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Author Mark Katz Discusses "Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ"

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2012 03:08am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
There's already quite a number of books out there on the subject of DJs and/or DJing but Mark Katz's recently published Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ is a most welcome addition to the book shelf of any fan or student, or practitioner of the art of the hip-hop DJ. The 333 page Oxford University Press published  book exhaustively explores every aspect of the hip-hop DJ from an academic perspective with an emphasis on the history and development of scratch music - delving into technical & cultural areas.

In the book the Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a DJ himself, goes all the way back to chronicle in detail hip-hop's beginnings in the Bronx from hip-hop godfather DJ Kool Herc through Grand WIzzard Theodore (creator of the scratch) and all the way up through the years of this (relatively) new art form to the present. He spends a lot of time on DJ battles and includes interviews with countless DJs and folks affiliated (myself included) with his subject along the way. 

Recently I caught up with Katz to talk about his book that no doubt will be required reading for a long time to come for students of the modern musician that is the DJ


Amoeblog: What was your personal initial introduction to turntablism and when?

Mark Katz: I first encountered turntablism in 1983 when I heard Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” with Grandmixer D.ST on the decks. I was 13 at the time and that wicki-wicki scratching sound just blew my mind. As I learned when I wrote Groove Music, some of the greatest DJs of all time—Rob Swift and Qbert, to name just two—had that exact experience at about the same age. Now if I could only scratch like they can.

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New Albums Out Today: Lianne La Havas, Antony and the Johnsons, Niki & the Dove and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 7, 2012 07:14pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
liane la havasLianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?
 
Liane La Havas’ debut is the kind of globally appealing pop record that comes along so rarely. The title track has the funky bounce of a Meshell Ndegeocello track with a big pop vocal that could land it on radio stations across the dial, while the catchy “Forget,” with its alternately belted and cool chorus, suggests a rockier Kelis. It’s La Havas’ ballads, though, where she often shines brightest. On “Lost & Found,” her lyrics are so bleak that it’s almost shocking (“You broke me and taught me to truly hate myself,” begins the chorus), given how sprightly she sounds elsewhere. Shades of classic soul (“Au Cinema”), bossa nova (“No Room For Doubt”) and jazz (“Age”) color other tracks, while somehow it avoids becoming a mishmash of unmatched ideas — everything sounds ideally effortless and true to La Havas’ identity. It’s a dynamic and addictively listenable debut that poises the 22-year-old as one of 2012’s breakout stars and one who could deliver quality records for years to come.
 
antony johnsons cut the worldAntony and the JohnsonsCut the World
 
Antony Hegarty’s latest release consists of live performances of his work with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. As a collection it is a consummate summation of the incredible work put forth by Hegarty and his collaborators over the course of four albums, as well as some of the messages threaded throughout Hegarty’s music. The title track, which begins the album, is a stunning piece created for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, a theatrical representation of the life of the renowned performance artist. Hegarty then launches into a speech labeled “Future Feminism” which puts forth ideas Hegarty has represented in his music — of ecology, queer identity and feminism, exploring the idea of matriarchal forms of government being the hope for a humanity, even with the rise of Sarah Palin, as it ties to the moon, menstrual cycles and religion. It’s a fascinating, sprawling discourse that provides a setting for highlights from Hegarty’s catalog, including “Cripple and the Starfish,” “Another World” and “I Fell in Love With a Boy,” the long pause of which grows more chilling given the song’s more lush presentation. It’s by no means a greatest hits selection — no “Hope There’s Someone” or “Aeon,” for instance — but it’s a great reinterpretation of material that actually calls for such orchestration. Antony’s quivering voice soars over ballooning strings, and we’re reminded of the healing power possessed by these songs of loss and hope.
 
niki and the doveNiki & the DoveInstinct
 
Niki and the Dove create a sort of fantasy pop on Instinct. It sounds beamed in from an alternate futuristic universe of space tribes and robotic unicorns. In a more corporeal sense, the electronic pop duo drum out tribal beats electronically and unleash claustrophobic chants on “The Gentle Roar,” one of their strongest tracks. Vocalist Malin Dahlström sounds lost in the forest of metallically lush sounds created by keyboardist Gustaf Karlöf on “Mother Protect.” She comes on like one of Prince’s many protoges on the slow funk of “Last Night,” singing intoxicatingly, “last night we got married in a back seat.” Niki and the Dove share some qualities with their Swedish brethren — the warped, chirpy vocals of The Knife/Fever Ray; the space-age disco of Robyn; the alternately dark and naïve introspection of Lykke Li; and yes, the operatic drama of Welsh band Florence & the Machine. However, lyrically and vocally, Dahlström harkens back to Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks in a truer sense than some of her contemporaries — when she’s left spinning through a digital wilderness among the lovely surroundings of “Tomorrow,” you feel like you’re out there with her.
 
elle varnerElle VarnerPerfectly Imperfect
 
Glossy yet classy pop R&B with some surprises — take the fiddle (!) running throughout “Refill.” That song and its refrain (“Can I get a refill of your time?”) are a lot of fun, while other tracks leave a more lasting impression, like the incredibly soulful “Sound Proof Room,” in which Verner’s vocals sound like they could burst through any sound proof that would hold her.
 

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WEIRD AL-STRAVAGANZA! All Weird Al Burlesque Show & Look-A-Like Contest! August 13, Oakland.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Calling all Al Heads! It's time to bust out the checkered Vans and don the aloha shirts for what couldweird al al-stravaganza possibly be the first ever all Weird Al-themed burlesque show. Seems overdue, right? Well, finally Mr. Yankovic is getting his due on Monday, August 13th at Oakland's Uptown as The Hubba Hubba Revue and Pickles Kintaro present The Al-Stravaganza!

It doesn't matter if you are a "My Bologna" purist or just "White and Nerdy;" the hits will be dropping as fast as the clothes at this burlesque bonanza. And make sure you dress for success to enter the Weird Al look-a-like contest! Can you believe that you get all this quality entertainment for just $5! Cheap!

Hosted By Weird Kingfish & Weird "Kevin" Hancock
With: Honey Lawless,Pickles Kintaro, Lady Satan, Odessa Lil, Lola Martinet, Pearl E. Gates, Mistress Marla Spanks, and JD Limelight.

Doors 9PM -- Show 10:15PM
21 & Up w/ID

THE UPTOWN CLUB
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just 1 block from 19th Street BART!)

Here are some of Al's finest moments in no particular order, so says the Amoeblog!



















Higashi Honganji Obon Festival 2012

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 7, 2012 10:44am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Higashi Honganji Obon 2012

Obon
(お盆) is a Japanese holiday on which observers honor the spirits of their ancestors. Within Japan as well as the Japanese diaspora, Obon has been observed on different dates since Japan’s adoption of the Gregorian Calender in 1872.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Little Tokyo
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Little Tokyo

In LA and Orange County there were also Obon festivities on different dates that took place not only in several Little Tokyo venues but also in Anaheim, Gardena, Little Osaka, Venice, and West Covina. I attended the Obon Festival at Little Tokyo’s Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple (ロサンゼルス東本願寺別院).

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Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival, August 18th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 6, 2012 06:59pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
On Saturday, August 18th, Amoeba and The East Bay Express present a night of rock and roll from three up-and-coming East Bay bands to benefit the Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival

Warm Soda (featuring ex-members of Bare Wires), Bam!Bam!, and Pang will play upstairs at Jack London Square's newest lounge, The Night Light, starting at 9pm! RSVP on Facebook HERE!

While this benefit show has a 21+ restriction, The Mission Creek Oakland Festival, happens throughout the entire month of September and features countless all-ages events. Keep your eyes peeled for updates about September's festivities!

SHOWGIRLS: The Peaches Christ Experience 2012, August 25th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 6, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Peaches Christ brings San Francisco the 15th anniversary screening and pre-show extravaganza ofpeaches Christ showgirls SHOWGIRLS: The Peaches Christ Experience on August 25th at the historic Castro Theatre! For one special night, your hostess Peaches Christ (starring as Cristal Conners) and her company of dancing ghouls, will kick-off the night with the “Volcanic Goddess” pre-show, featuring Rena Riffel (the original Penny/Hope from Verhoven’s film) as Nomi Malone. This musically interactive evening also features a Showgirls costume contest for exclusive prizes that will satiate your inner Vegas diva AND you get personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of "live dude-girls” with every large popcorn purchase! 

And darlin’, you'll be seeing DOUBLE on August 25th because in addition to the 8pm show, Peaches Christ will also present a 3:30pm matinee screening: a San Francisco premiere of Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven, directed by and starring Rena Riffel and featuring Glenn Plummer and Greg Travis (Jimmy and Phil from the original Showgirls). Please note: the 3:30pm show will not have a live pre-show. But get this: if you grab a specially priced THE GODDESS EXPERIENCE VIP TICKET at just $45, you’ll have early entry, preferred VIP seating, cocktails at the Cheetah Lounge, an autographed program, AND admission to the matinee. 

Get your tickets HERE!

Music History Monday: August 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 6, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Remembering R&B/Funk legend Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr): February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004.


On this day in music history: August 6, 1965Help!, the fifth UK and tenth US album by The Beatles is released in the UK (US release date is on August 13th). Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February - June 1965. Serving as the soundtrack to the bands' second film, the first side of the album features all seven songs included in the film, while the second side features seven additional songs including the classics "Yesterday," "It's Only Love," and "I've Just Seen a Face." The US version of the album will differ significantly from its British counterpart. Besides having different cover art, it contains only 12 tracks, which include the seven film songs and five tracks of orchestral score by composer Ken Thorne. The other songs will be parceled out on singles ("Yesterday" and "Act Naturally"), while the rest ("It's Only Love," "You Like Me Too Much," "Tell Me What You See," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy") will turn up on the US compilation Beatles VI and the US version of Rubber Soul ("I've Just Seen A Face"). The album will spin off two singles including "Ticket To Ride" (#1 Pop) and the title track (#1 Pop). Help! will spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

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The Great Chavela Vargas, Dead At 93

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 6, 2012 08:01am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Chavela VargasA few weeks back, while browsing the Queens collection, a private LP collection recently purchased and currently being sold at Amoeba Hollywood, I noticed several Chavela Vargas LPs were a part of it. At this point, I am pairing down my music to the bare necessities. When I see vinyl that I want to buy, I ask myself first, will I listen to it or will it sit in the shelf? Can I play it at a club or on my radio show, Discos Inmigrantes? If not, I don’t buy it.

After a few days of the collection being on sale, with some of the better international vinyl long gone in the selves of various record collectors, the Chavela Vargas records were still in the bins. I saw it as a sign. I had to get them. The day I bought them I had my radio show. I didn’t get to play the records on air, but I played one of the records as I was preparing for the show. Instantly as soon I dropped the needle on the recent purchase, I was glad I went back and bought the Chavela Vargas LPs.

As you read the various obituaries about Chavela Vargas, you will read the same facts. That she was a great interpreter of Mexico’s ranchera music. That she was contemporaries of many Mexican legends, including Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Augustin Lara, Diego Rivera and of course, Frida Kahlo, who she was rumored to have an affair with. That she was overtly gay but not out. She often dressed in men’s clothing and her sexuality was a secret that everyone seem to know. When she finally came out in 2000, it was an afterthought. She lived rough for a while, which only added to the pain in her voice. She recorded over 80 albums, dropped out during the mid-seventies only to have resurgence in the 1990’s, thanks to being included in a few Pedro Almodovar films as well as the movie, Frida. Recently, Spanish singer Concha Buika teamed up with Chucho Valdez to make a tribute album to Chavela called, El Ultimo Trago, in which Buika credits Vargas for teaching her how to "make a monument out of loneliness."

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Recap: August 2012 Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2012 07:44pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share

rock the vote logoOn Saturday, August 4, 2012 we had another great auction at Amoeba Hollywood with mister funnyman, Jason Boggs, who cleverly wooed the people into bidding on crazy and zany items. The energy in the store was amazing, with the sidewalk sale happening at the same time and the buzz of the shoppers and the great music in the store.

This month's auction benefited Rock the Vote, which is a little different for us, but it is timely and anything that gets people involved in understanding the issues and being involved is a GOOD thing. Jason, as always, was patient and urging at the same time and even though some folks were being a bit stubborn--he got the bids out of 'em.

Here are some of the highlights:

All together $311.00 was raised for Rock the Vote, and with Amoeba's match it will be $622.00!! Nice work everyone!

Noise Pop Record Collective Party w/ John Vanderslice! August 14th, SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 5, 2012 06:13pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Attention vinyl hounds! Noise Pop and Amoeba Music continue the biweekly Noise Pop Record Collective
vinyl party Noise Pop Record Collective in August!

Here's how it works: fans are invited to bring their own record for the carefully selected celebrity host DJs to play over the course of the evening. When you come, just check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll be all set to party. 

August's fun starts in San Francisco at Mr. Smith's on August 14th with musician and owner of Tiny Telephone Recording Studio, John Vanderslice! The party goes from 8pm till midnight!

Be sure to RSVP for HERE, and get an exclusive Record Collective coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

PS: Sorry young vinyl fans, but Record Collective is 21+ only.

The Darkness "Hot Cakes" Listening Party in SF & Hollywood, August 21st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 5, 2012 05:50pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
The Darkness return in all their glam glory with the release of Hot Cakes on Tuesday, August 21st. In celebration of the band that knows the true meaning of rock and roll, head on out to either Amoeba Hollywood at 5pm or Amoeba San Francisco at 6pm for a listening party that will rock your world. Not only will you be able to revel in the majesty of Hot Cakes, but you can also enter to win some killer prizes (the only way to enter is to be there live and in person)!

The Darkness Hot Cakes
GRAND PRIZE:
Signed guitar 
Autographed CD booklet
White label vinyl
A cowbell!!!



Five runner-ups get autographed CD booklets!!




 
Darkness patch Plus, you'll get a free Darkness patch with purchase of Hot Cakes (while supplies last) at Amoeba Hollywood & Amoeba SF.
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And as if that wasn't enough, there will also be cake on hand in case you get hungry while rocking out to Hot Cakes.

August 5, 2012: The Watch

Posted by phil blankenship, August 5, 2012 04:31pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
The Watch movie ticket stub

Remembering Norma Jeane

Posted by Billyjam, August 5, 2012 01:52pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
On this anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe (who died exactly fifty years ago today on August 5th, 1962 at age 36), I thought it only fitting to post links to a sampling of some of the items related to the famed actress/singer/model born Norma Jeane Mortenson that are available from Amoeba Music both in the stores and here at Amoeba online. These include the movie poster (left, 24" x 36") of Marilyn In Bathtub, and such movies on DVD as the 1954 big budget musical There's No Business Like Show Business.

The Irving Berlin musical No Business also stars Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Richard Eastham, and Johnnie Ray with Monroe playing the part of Victoria "Vicky" Hoffman who is a hat check girl that gets a break with her singing career singing "After You Get What You Want, (You Don't Want It)." See the clip below!

Other Marilyn Monroe movies include DVD versions of the star-studded 1952 screwball comedy Monkey Business, which co-stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Charles Coburn, and the thriller Don't Bother to Knock with Richard Widmark (also released in 1952). Over her lifetime, Monroe appeared in almost thirty movies. These included the 1956 drama Bus Stop and the popular 1953 thriller-film noir Niagara.

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We Have a Winner! Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable Given Away at Amoeba Berkeley.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 5, 2012 01:25pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
In July, Amoeba Berkeley ran a promotion of historic proportions: if you bought at least $75 worth of vinyl there, you would be entered into a drawing to win a white Pro-Ject Debut III turntable! The Pro-Ject Debut III is a high-quality manual turntable with great sound quality and ANYONE would be besides themselves with joy to go home with a prize like that. Well, we are happy to announce that a winner has been chosen...ladies and gentlemen, congratulations to Mollie Downs, who won the Pro-Ject Debut III! 

In the market for a groovy turntable and need more info about which kind is right for you? Check out our trusty Turntable FAQ.

DJ Precision Wins 2012 DMC US Finals

Posted by Billyjam, August 5, 2012 02:47am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
The winner in the 2012 DMC US Finals DJ battle at Le Poisson Rouge in New York last evening was DJ Precision of the X-ecutioners, which means that as the new US DMC champion the New York-based DJ will travel to London England next month to represent the USA in the world DJ battle that was won last year by  American DJ Vajra.

Coming in second place last night was Virginia DJ I-Dee, while the third place slot was taken by Manwell, who was one of four California DJs out of the eleven contestants in New York last night to partake in the prestigious, long-running DJ competition that US DMC organizer Christie Z Pabon called "the best battle yet."

The other three DJs representing Cali were DJ Cocheze, DJ Lodus, and DJ Sol Rising (formerly known as Skwint), who represented the Bay Area after winning the 2012 DMC Bay Area Regional back in April and came in fourth place in a tie with New Hampshire's DJ Fascinate. All eleven turntable contestants delivered strong sets in a close competition that judge and 1986 DMC champ DJ Cheese called "the best I seen in years" and was rounded out by Florida's DJ Concept and DJ Immortal, Washington State's Waystyles, and Texas DJ Donnie Dee. The 2012 DMC World DJ Championships takes place in London on September 28th.

Jacked Up on the Irons: top ten reasons NOT to miss the Maiden England 2012 tour!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 4, 2012 03:07pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
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Iron Maiden may be senior classmen in the school of rock but they manage to keep outperforming (while, in most cases, shaming to filth) touring rockers the world 'round with their professionalism and showmanship. Last night's show at the Shoreline Amphitheater (even singer Bruce Dickinson seemed perplexed as to just where the venue was supposed to represent, resorting to, "Scream for me Shoreline!" after asking, "Where the fuck are we supposed to be? San Francisco? Oakland?") was so phenomenally epic, a two hour an epoch in my life. And, according to further Bruce banter between songs, due to the limitations of the venue -- I believe he referred the Shoreline as an "old hippie bandshell" -- the band wasn't able to fully bring their show to life. Nevertheless, they certainly seemed to pack as many pyrotechnics, flames and Eddies on stage as they could in the hopes that, as per Bruce's comments, "burn fucker down to they can build a better one!". Here's hoping they achieve their fully realized set up tonight in Sacramento.

Anyway, find yourself on the fence about hopping the Maiden train this summer? Here's ten good random-order reasons (i.e. every reason could and should be reason number one anyway) to drink the kool-aid!

Reason number one: event tees! The Maiden England 2012 California event tee, pictured above, features Eddie riding an unchained bear, ripping the Golden Gate a new one? Yes please! I'm lucky I got me one of these last night as they were sold out even before the show began. Looking forward to wearing this sweet baby out. 
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Reason number one: love that patent twin axe-attack "guitarmony" sound? Man do I ever. And Maiden one-ups the advance with the promise of a triple threat what with Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers on guitar. Add to that the galloping bassmageddon of founding member Steve Harris and there you have the classic recipe for a flaming face-melting of harmonized rifflines.

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Look for the Amoeba Table at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday

Posted by Billy Gil, August 4, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Amoeba will be representing at Tuesday’s Hollywood Bowl show, where explosive Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting the LA Philharmonic and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a performance of Schumann’s “Cello Concerto” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” Amoeba is proud to sponsor the show and will be present at a table near the Bowl entrance, offering coupons, totes, buttons, free samplers, T-shirts and more, including a chance to win a $100 Amoeba shopping spree. Stop by and say hi!
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If you need to brush up on your classical, check out Amoeba’s wealthy classical section.

Another long overdue Lizzy vinyl reissue finally sees the Light (in the Attic)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 4, 2012 01:25pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
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We the people of Amoeba Music mayn't always hear ear to ear when it comes to mutual enjoyment of preferred musical genres and styles but it would seem that roughly ten out of ten Amoeba employees agree that Thin Lizzy is the hardest, heaviest most essential band of rockers, Irish or otherwise, ever assembled. Though they are perhaps more widely appreciated for their mid-career jukebox jammers like "The Boys Are Back In Town" (c'mon, who hasn't heard this one), the Bob Seger penned rocker "Rosalie" (oft covered by Motörhead), and new takes on traditional tunes like "Whiskey in the Jar" (Metallica, schmeh-tallica), Seattle-based label Light In The Attic Records has lately seen to the proper vinyl reissue of Lizzy's 1971 self-titled debut, an album that plays like a slightly psychedelic folk tinged early dawn portrait of singing bassist Phil Lynott, drummer Brian Downey, and guitarist Eric Bell

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What Sight & Sound (Mostly) Missed: My Personal Top 20 Films of All Time

Posted by Charles Reece, August 3, 2012 06:49pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Sight & Sound has released its "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" list for the decade. The good news is that Hitchcock took over the number 1 position from Welles and Eisenstein was kicked out of the top 10. About time. The top 20 from the list are: (1) Vertigo (2) Citizen Kane (3) Tokyo Story (4) The Rules of the Game (5) Sunrise (6) 2001 (7) The Searchers (8) Man with a Movie Camera (9) The Passion of Joan of Arc (10)  (11) Battleship Potemkin (12) L'Atalante (13) Breathless (14) Apocalypse Now (15) Late Spring (16) Au hasard Balthazar (17/18) Seven Samurai and Persona (tie) (19) Mirror (20) Singin' in the Rain. This got me to wondering: which films do I always feel like watching, regardless of what I'm reading, thinking about or feeling? After about an hour (which is more time spent than these kind of lists are probably worth), the following is what I came up with as the films that have and will likely continue to provide me with the most enjoyment, discarding any historical concern for the aesthetic enrichment of the cinematic commonweal. In no particular order, my 20 list:

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Blade Runner - Ridley Scott

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Sweet Smell of Success - Alexander Mackendrick

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High and Low - Akira Kurosawa

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Local Stuff: Allah-Las, Dum Dum Girls, The Deadly Syndrome

Posted by Billy Gil, August 3, 2012 03:38pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
allah-lasAllah-Las – “Don’t You Forget It”
 
The natty L.A. lads in Allah-Las premiered a new track today called “Don’t You Forget It,” from their upcoming self-titled debut full-length, due from Innovative Leisure Sept. 18. Dig the way the drums come in halfway through and make the bonfire jam into a dance party. They’re on tour this fall with Nick Waterhouse, whose own Time’s All Gone came out earlier this year, and both will play FYF Sept. 1-2.










Dum Dum Girls – “Lord Knows”
 
I’m among those who will pause to listen any time San Diego’s Dum Dum Girls release music. So it’s with great joy that I hear “Lord Knows,” a knockout, mid-tempo ballad that shows lead singer Dee Dee’s growth as a songwriter over the bands couple of albums. The song will appear on the End of Daze EP, due in the fall.
 


 

The Deadly Syndrome – “Whatever Comes Our Way”

 
This first taste from Los Angeles’ The Deadly Syndrome’s third album, the self-released All in Time, due Aug. 7, sounds very L.A. — get up, go to work, traffic, in bed by 10. The song has a way of humanizing an increasingly inhuman existence. Maybe that’s just what I’m drawing from it, but for relatively unassuming indie rock, it’s pretty affecting.
 

The Deadly Syndrome - Whatever Comes Our Way from The Deadly Syndrome on Vimeo.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.03.12: Dark Time Sunshine, Batsauce, GZA, Blu & Exile, MURS & Fashawn, Zion-I @ Oaklandish + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2012 11:54am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:03:12


Dark Time Sunshine Dark "Never Cry Wolf (feat. Reva DeVito)" (2012)


1)  Dark Time Sunshine ANX (Fake Four Inc)

The biggest mover for this week is none other than the new album from rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala, which gets my vote for best hip hop album of 2012 thus far.  The music that these two craft together is something very special, and taps into the edgiest and most provocative elements of the genre in a way that few groups can. Zavala’s beats are like transmissions from a different futuristic dimension where people still bump old school hip hop on occasion, and Onry’s deep vocals fit perfectly in the mix.  Features from Aesop Rock, P.O.S, and Busdriver amongst others. Very highly recommended!



The Chicharones "Burn It Down" (2012)



2) The Chicharones Swine Flew (Camobear)

This new album from Josh Martinez and Sleep delivers more of the fun, clever, infectious hip hop you’ve come to expect from these two. These guys have a rep for amazing live shows that landed them a headlining spot on this year’s Warped Tour, and Swine Flew is an album years in the making that balances their bouncy party songs with some serious songwriting. Great hooks, intricate verses and terrific beats from Smoke of Oldominion make this an album worth checking for.  Bacon.

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NYC's Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend: DMC US Finals, Roc Raida Memorial Gong Battle, & Stylus Sessions

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2012 04:47am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share


In New York City this weekend there's a real treat in store for scratch DJs and fans of scratching and hip-hop DJ battles. Tomorrow (Saturday Aug 4th) the 2012 DMC US Finals National DJ Battle is taking place at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. The winner of this anticipated DJ battle will go onto London, England next month to represent the US in the 2012 DMC World DJ Championships on September 28th. This Sunday (Aug 5th) in New York at the same Bleecker Street club will be the 2012 Grand Master Roc Raida Memorial Gong DJ Battle - bearing the name of the much loved X-ecutioner DJ who began the event years before he passed on in 2009. And to top things off for this NYC DJ weekend, that is been dubbed Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend, later today (Aug 3rd) will be the DubSpot Stylus Sessions # 2. Curated & produced by turntablist scholar John Carluccio this event will be video streamed live from the West 14th Street DJ school's headquarters.

At tomorrow's big US DMC battle, where competing DJs from all round the nation  will include DJ Sol Rising who won the 2012 Bay Area DMC Regional Battle back in April, the host will once again be the ever funny & entertaining Lord Finesse (of D.I.T.C. fame) while the Bay Area's DJ Snayk Eyez,  who is the 2001 DMC US Supremacy Champion, will do be among three DJs doing a special turntable routine performance. The others will be legendary 1986 DMC World Champion holder DJ Cheese, who after a long absence is back performing and recording over the past couple of years, and DJ Total Eclipse of The X-ecutioners. Meanwhile DJ Spictakular of the legendary Allies DJ crew will be doing a long partyrocking series of sets throughout the day long event that begins at 2pm and ends by 930pm tomorrow.

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Beachwood Sparks Reignite

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2012 04:35pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Beachwood SparksA new band is poised to take over L.A. this weekend. No, it’s not some band of upstarts on Slumberland or Captured Tracks, it’s the recently reformed, reenergized Beachwood Sparks. Hot on the tracks of their excellent new album, The Tarnished Gold, the Sparks are playing The Echo Friday night with Tomorrows Tulips, The Abigails and DJ Kevin Fitzgerald. The show kicks off Saturday’s The New LA Folk Festival, at Zorthian Ranch in Altadena (about which Eric Brightwell recently blogged). That show takes place from 1:30 p.m. to about 1 a.m. and also features He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, White Magic, Spindrift, Sea of Bees and Restavrant, among others.
 
You may recall Beachwood Sparks’ early 2000s output, their self-titled debut, 2001’s breakthrough Once We Were Trees and the 2002 EP Make the Robots Cry, which poured psychedelic touches and smoggy haze over faithful country-rock, encapsulating certain histories of California music — 1950s Bakersfield rough country rockers like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Laurel Canyon hippies like Buffalo Springfield and Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, and the San Francisco psychedelia of bands like The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. But Beachwood Sparks didn’t feel derivative, and were more in line with contemporaries Wilco and The Flaming Lips for their incorporation of neo-psychedelic sounds. They also played in a web of related bands like The Tyde, Mystic Chords of Memory, Frausdots and All Night Radio, while founding member and bassist Brent Rademaker, his brother, Darren, and guitarist Christopher Gunst were in the beloved ’90s cult band Further.
 

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New Preorders: Grizzly Bear, The XX, Bob Dylan, Two Door Cinema Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2012 02:02pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
grizzly bear shieldsGrizzly Bear have thus far released two songs from their upcoming album, Shields (preorder here), which comes out Sept. 18 and is now available to preorder at Amoeba.com. Whereas Daniel Rossen sings on the first single, the bizzaro country-jangle of “Sleeping Ute,” warm-voiced Ed Droste lends his vocals to “Yet Again,” which the band debuted today. Like most Grizzly Bear songs, it’s a grower and takes a few listens for everything to sink in. I’m picking up some Radiohead vibes on this one — nice downward-angling melody and shuffling drums, with some of GB’s now trademark harmonies and vocal acrobatics in the background. Judging by these first two songs, there could be a more laid-back vibe than on Veckatimest, which always suits this band quite well.
 
 





The XXAlso, The XX have begun the promotional push for their new album, Coexist (preorder here), out Sept. 11, debuting its first single, “Angels,” and playing it on the late-night circuit. The XX are pretty weird to have gotten this popular, but I think that says something good about people’s taste, right? The first time I heard this song, I thought it wasn’t so great. Kind of too slow and spacious for a single, even for them. Today I listened again and it had me within the first seconds, even before that hallowed out drum roll comes in and lifts Romy Madley Croft’s vocals skyward. Pretty, simple and pure. The fact that it will probably soundtrack a lot of breakup scenes in movies or whatever is irrelevant; the song sounds written from the gut, and that’s why people respond to this band.
 
 


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Mix Masterpiece Features Bay Area Artists, DJs, and Musicians this Friday, August 3rd.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 2, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Mix Masterpiece showcases the vast and vibrant communities of art and music in the Bay Area. Join them on Friday, August 3rd at 144 King Art Cafe in San Francisco for another sparkling showcase of over 20 artists, Djs, and musicians. This show is not to be missed and... it's FREE!
 
Featured artists include Tim Cohen, Leo Docuyanan, Jeff Bostic, June Eng, Ben Needham, Six Nolasco Morsch, Jake Frye, Markus Lin, Katy Vawter, Gabriel Wheeler, Michael Valenti, John Coyne, Berlin Tomas, and more!
 
Featured music and DJs with The selector Dj Kirk (The Revival/Sweater Funk), Boom Bostic (Bostic Arts and Music), Chan Chan (Valencia Radio 87.9 fm), Doug Pagan (Voltage Music), and Psychic Sidekicks (Apollo Records).
 

OFWGKTA's Pyramid Vritra Preps for Debut LP with New Video

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2012 11:40am | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share

Pyramid Vritra ft. Frisco "Drain" from BEARDS + BLACK EYES on Vimeo.

OFWGKTA collective member Pyramid Vritra is gearing up for next week's dropping of his full-length debut Pyramid with the release this week of the new Stella Kae directed video above for the album track "Drain" that features a guest spot by Frisco. Pyramid is the fifth release to date by Pyramid Vritra, the LA artist otherwise known as Hal Williams of NRK (Nobody Really Cares), and Odd Future's Jet Age Of Tomorrow and The Super 3. The 13 track album was recorded over the past two years and features cameos from the likes of Speak!, Gary Wilson, Odd Future's Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, and NRK's Andre McCloud and KC 2.0. Pyramid will arrive in Amoeba on Tuesday, August 7th.

The Dark, Sexy Sound of Minneapolis' Polica

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 1, 2012 06:36pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share
Polica A good friend of mine from Minneapolis introduced me to a local band called Poliça earlier this year via a performance video from Minnesota public radio station The Current. I loved the song (the name "Wandering Star" also caught my attention as it's the name of one of my favorite Portishead songs), but what really got my attention was the double drummers!

But I have to admit I didn't follow through to discover more about the band until I went back to Minnesota this spring. I heard Poliça on the radio there and responded to the music again, this time vowing to listen to the whole album when I came home. Which I did, on repeat.


The band consists of vocalist Channy Leaneagh (formerly Channy Casselle), bassist Chris Bierden and drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson. But the other important person involved with the band is not technically a band member. Instrumentalist Ryan Olson, who was in Gayngs with Leaneagh, helped shape the band from its very start. The two started working on songs together, with Olson providing electronic beats and Leaneagh singing the melodies, even before there were actual words and lyrics. Then Olson brought in Beirden to lay down bass lines, and contacted Ivascu and Christopherson about being the new band's drummers. Together, they became Poliça.

A few things strike you right away when you listen to their music. One is that Leaneagh's vocals are manipulated by effects pedals and auto-tune, which she says adds drama and allows her voice to be viewed more as an instrument. The second, is the overall mood of the album - dark, slightly aggressive, and beautiful. And slinky, if that could be considered a mood. See the video for "Lay Your Cards Out" as an example.

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PhilaMOCA to Present Celebration of the group Sparks featuring Artist Submissions

Posted by Billyjam, August 1, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment Bookmark and Share

Sparks "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" (1974 from Kimono My House)

The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art
(aka PhilaMOCA) is presenting a tribute to the group Sparks on October 6th titled Sparkstacular. In addition to an evening entirely dedicated to the music and career of the Sparks' brothers Ron and Russell Mael, the event will also include Sparks related art submissions (visual and musical) from artists who send in work over the next seven weeks to be chosen by the curator for inclusion in the exhibit. Apparently PhilaMOCA's director/curator Eric Bresler is an obsessive Sparks fan who not only has every release by the duo throughout their long & varied career that began in 1971 but also travels around the world to catch his favorite band perform live. Over the years he has seen Sparks play in such cities as London, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.

The one-day only Sparkstacular event will feature a Sparks-themed art show/memorabilia reception followed by live performances of Sparks songs from local musicians and a screening of rare Sparks performance footage and television appearances presented by Video Pirates. And Bresler is inviting artists to submit Sparks-related work "that either depicts the brothers Mael or was inspired by their work."  Submissions are due by Friday, September 22nd with a submission fee of $25 per artwork. The PhilaMOCA is inviting musicians with an admiration for the music of Sparks to reach out and reserve their spot in the parade of live Sparks covers.

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