Rides Again 12” (Norman Nodge / Jonsson/Alter rmx) 12"
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”
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!
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 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.
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.
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 "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)
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"
(((6)) is making the northward trek!!
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Psychopomp Presents @
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THREAT @ the Mercury
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Religious As Hell & SES presents @ New Frontier Lounge
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Of course, you can mail order (((6))) newest 12" Pick Up from Amoeba Music Hollywood.
Secret Society of the Sonic SixBlame and Blood from Pick Up EP
Headless Lizzy & Her Icebox Pussy Chasm Creeper
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.
Wild 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.
MURS What's In My Bag? (2012)
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.
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 live at Amoeba SF
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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).
Adolescents – 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!
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!
Pinback – “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!
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:
Tammi Brown -- 8:00pm
Pedrito Martinez -- 9:30pm
Mingo Fishtrap -- 5:45pm
Tierney Sutton -- 8:15pm
Christian Scott -- 9:00pm
Catherine Russell -- 9:45pm
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!
The festival will feature many exciting bands that were selected from a public call for entries, such as Dempsey, Windham Flat, Coast 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?!
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.
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.
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.
"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.
D I S C O S T A N
Music from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay
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
...and endless more.
SPECIAL GUEST DJ:
Bei Ru (Musa-Ler Music)
DJ Aruna Irani (Radio Sombra, Sublime Frequencies)
Gomez Comes Alive (Radio Sombra/Discos Inmigrantes)