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New Amoeba Presents Show: The Growlers, Plus Amoeba Presents Revenge of the 80s

Posted by Billy Gil, November 30, 2012 10:49am | Post a Comment

The Growlers AmoebaAmoeba has been teaming with Goldenvoice to present some shows in Los Angeles, and the latest is one I’m pretty excited about: locally bred garage-rockers The Growlers are playing The Fonda Theatre Dec. 28. The band’s following has been steadily growing, following the release of two great, ramshackle records that strew together garage, surf and psych influences into a sound dubbed “beach goth.” They have a new album due in early 2013 called Hung at Heart. They’re joined on this date by another local band I love called Dirt Dress, a similarly surf-influenced band with more of a post-punk bent, as frontman Noah’s vocals are reminiscent of Talking HeadsDavid Byrne, while the band’s uneasy, angular way with a surf-rock track is anything but typical. Also appearing are The Abigails, who mine classic outlaw country for their analog-soaked lo-fi sound, as well as Sam Flax, whose sound is a blast of psyched out new wave-influenced lo-fi pop — this guy is seriously good, seek his stuff out.

 

Tickets for the show are $19, plus a $2 service fee. The show starts at 9:00 p.m., doors are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are general admission, and it’s all-ages.

Tickets are limited to quantities on hand, until they sell out. Amoeba stops selling tickets for a show at 5 p.m. on the day of that show. Please call the store at 323-245-6400 for current availability or to purchase/hold.

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Rest In Peace Austin Peralta

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2012 10:10am | Post a Comment

As with everyone whose lives have been touched by Austin Peralta - the gifted young LA jazz pianist / composer whose sudden death last week shocked everyone who knew him - we here at Amoeba Music are similarly saddened greatly by this tragic news of the loss of our good friend who played at the Hollywood Amoeba just a few short months ago.

Austin is gone way too soon. But despite his young age, the talented artist had accomplished an incredible amount in his all too short time on this earth. He was only 15 years of age when he recorded and released his debut album of mostly jazz standards Maiden Voyage (on Sony/Japan) with respected jazz sidemen Billy Kilson (drums) and Ron Carter (bass). Then at age 16 the young jazz artist recorded another acclaimed album, Mantra for Sony/Japan, with respected seasoned jazz musicians Steve Nelson (vibraphone) and Buster Williams (bass).

Peralta, the son of skateboarder and film director Stacy Peralta, proved to be a tireless performer (check out this link to hundreds of YouTube clips) and recording artist. Two years ago he recorded his most attention getting album (Stateside) Endless Planets which was released by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records imprint back in March of 2011. Six months ago Ireland's All City Records released his Views of Saturn Vol. 2 - a shared vinyl-only 12" release with the late great Sun Ra who inspired the record. It was four months ago when Austin stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to perform as part of our Brainfeeder series  (picture above was taken at that Amoeba in-store in July). A week ago on November 22nd just four weeks after his 22nd birthday Peralta died - the result of as yet unknown causes. At this sad time our thoughts here at Amoeba are with his family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace Austin Peralta.


Fantasizing About Lottery Millions Is Next Best Thing To Winning (Dolla, Dolla, Bill Y'all)

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2012 05:04pm | Post a Comment

Abba "Money Money Money"

Waiting patiently in line yesterday afternoon behind a half dozen other dreamers at a downtown Manhattan 7/11 to buy a $2 Powerball lottery ticket for my (very slim) chance to win last night's jackpot drawing of a record $588 million, I fully understood that my chances of winning were almost zero. In fact with the odds of winning at an estimated 175 million to one, I stood a much better chance of been invited by Lil Wayne to make a rap cameo on his next (and final) album than my randomly drawn numbers coming up in last night's Powerball lottery drawing. But even armed with all of this knowledge, like millions of others across America - with that refrain "you got to be in it to win it" echoing in my head, I happily forked over money for a lottery ticket.

Yes even though I fully knew I didn't stand a snowball's chance of being a winner (two people were: one in Arizona and another in Missouri) for those few hours between when I bought my ticket and when the winning numbers were announced I had an opportunity to mentally bathe in fantasies of what I might do with my nearly six hundred million dollars (or $385 million after tax as I reminded myself). For a few escapist moments I imagined what and who I might spend all my easily earned money on and started thinking about all the songs along those lines like the Barenaked Ladies' "If I had $1000000" in which they sang "I’d buy you a house" and "I'd buy you an exotic pet like a llama or an emu" or "a monkey."
 

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Weekly Roundup: Julia Holter, Flying Lotus, Pacific Air, Allah-Las, Spaceships

Posted by Billy Gil, November 29, 2012 02:36pm | Post a Comment

Julia Holter – “Gold Dust Woman”

Julia HolterJulia Holter, who put out this year’s excellent Ekstasis album, sure to be on my top albums of the year list, has contributed a track to Rumours revisited, a Fleetwood Mac cover album (not to be confused with this one, also released this year) with current artists taking on songs from that iconic album. The album, put out with the current Mojo magazine, also includes tracks by Liars, Yeasayer and the Besnard Lakes. (What are the Besnard Lakes up to, anyway? I love those guys.) This cover remains faithful to the original by maintaining and amplifying the scary space in Stevie Nicks’ version, though Holter’s delivery is more slightly detached than Nicks’ sultry vocal. Still, it’s on the warmer end of Holter’s songs, which can range from icy and otherworldly to coy, playful art-pop. Anyone remember the Hole cover of this song (for The Crow 2 soundtrack!) where she messes up the lyric and goes “one less challeoonge” all crazy? Loved that. Find Mojo at Amoeba Hollywood. (See photos of Julia Holter's performance live at Amoeba Hollywood.)

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Ten Days of Savings! Special 10% Off Sale at Amoeba SF & Berkeley: 12/1 - 12/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2012 11:59am | Post a Comment

The Bay Area Amoeba stores are heating up your holiday shopping experience this winter with a special storewide sale! EVERYTHING will be 10% off at Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley for the first ten days of December!

That's right! From December 1st through 10th, take 10% off everything in our Bay Area stores. That's ten straight days of savings in a row!

(Cannot be combined with any other discounts.)

 

Creator of Amoeba Window Display Art Discusses His Creations

Posted by Billy Gil, November 28, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a graphic designer, teacher at FIDM, Art Center and Woodbury University, and artist. He said he visits Amoeba Hollywood weekly to purchase bargain bin vinyl for his art, which involves collage technique to reconfigure old LP covers — some famous, some forgotten — into the creations currently seen hanging in the Ivar St. window of Amoeba Hollywood. I spoke with Moore a bit about how he creates his pieces.

Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles' Abbey Road reimagined

PST: Did you find all the records you used at Amoeba? Were you looking for specific titles or was it more about the way they looked? What records did you end up using?

Moore: I would say that a good portion of them came from Amoeba (hurrah for the $1 vinyl sections), but I am also constantly scouring thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, swap meets, etc. and even have friends find stuff for me when they are traveling or working in different parts of the country! I never look for specific titles, it’s more about the colors, shapes, textures and typography and having a vision as to how I can re-interpret the imagery!

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Super Weekend Sale Plus Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, 12/8

Posted by Amoebite, November 28, 2012 05:23pm | Post a Comment

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On Saturday, December 8thall Amoeba locations will hold a sale with 20% off all turntables (plus get a $10 coupon and goodie bag with your turntable purchase), 20% off all T-shirts and 20% off all headphones! It's the perfect chance to stock up on your holiday gifts, and save some cash while you're doing it.

And get this! Amoeba Berkeley is EXTENDING their sale into Sunday as well! So save big at Amoeba Berkeley all weekend long!

 

Sidewalk saleAlso on December 8th, Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale from noon-5 p.m. Check out the great deals on CDs, DVD box sets, vinyl and more right outside the store on Sunset Blvd.

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.

 

Amoeba Sidewalk Sale

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics

Posted by Rachael McGovern, November 28, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment

Dave StewartThe ever-busy producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Dave Stewart visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an episode of What's In My Bag?. I was most familiar with him because of his work in the Eurythmics and his recent project, SuperHeavy, featuring the unlikely combination of Mick Jagger, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, British soul singer Joss Stone, reggae artist Damian Marley and himself. What I didn't know about Stewart was his extensive history producing albums for other artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bryan Ferry and many more. In fact, he won a Brit Award in 1986 for Best Producer.

During our shoot, he told a few stories about his experiences filming with R.L. Burnside for his 1991 documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads; Mick Jagger being "Mick Jagger on stage" even in the recording studio; and the genesis for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #10: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live, Dinosaur Jr., Prop Anon/Outernational Live to D.I.Y. + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2012 11:36am | Post a Comment

For visitors to New York City with a limited time to explore the city that never sleeps (and neither should you if you only have a few days here) is at the Grand Central Terminal I Love NY Tourism booth in the main concourse area where you can get lots of info not just on this historic rail terminal (where they have 35 different eateries and six and a half dozen stores including the recommended MTA store) and on NYC in general, including such spots as the nearby New York Public Library Main Branch, Empire State Building, and the constantly-changing Bryant Park.

Welcome to another installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple for both visitors and residents of New York.  As we head out of the post-Sandy devastation and further into the holiday period, things are looking really good here in New York with a lot of shows coming up in the week ahead as outlined below.
 


Brooklyn based Outernational's new video "Empty Lives" (2012)

Under the fitting show title of Live to D.I.Y. is killer lineup at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday (11/29) featuring the super-talented, politically outspoken artists Prop Anon (a.k.a. Propaganda Anonymous, who has built a career out of attacking the social injustices in New York City housing, among other social inequalities), conscious rapper Mike Ladd, Rebelmatic, and hometown heroes Outernational (whose attacks on immigration in particular have won them a strong following and who have been written about here on the Amoeblog). Also on this talent-packed bill are Beans (of Anti-Pop Consortium fame), Sarcasmo, and Undeniable. The theme of the show, says Prop Anon, is "Elevation. Every artist on the bill seeks to elevate people's mind states; whether it be politically, aesthetically, or energetically. Thursday's show will elevate people."

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Amoeba Presents Alec Byrne Rock Photography Exhibition in Los Angeles Dec. 1

Posted by Amoebite, November 27, 2012 05:17pm | Post a Comment

Photographer Alec Byrne has been covering rock music since 1960s London, starting when he was just 17 years old. Over the next 10 years, he photographed everyone from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie, and Mott the Hoople. Bryne's archive of 50,000 images has mostly been in storage for the last 40 years and has never been seen by the public. You can view some of these amazing photographs and meet the photographer himself one night only, December 1, at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. Admission is free and you can RSVP here.

Amoeba is proud to sponsor this incredible event, along with LA Weekly, Uber ARCHIVES, KCRW, Smashbox Studios, and BowHaus.

What: Alec Byrne: Rock & Roll Time Capsule
Where: Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA
When: Saturday, December 1 7-10pm
Cost: Free

A pre-sale for limited edition archival quality prints will begin December 1, but you can buy limited edition show catalogs and lithographs online now.

Find out more about this one-night only exhibition.

Alec Byrne Rock & Roll Time Capsule

Bay Area Bands Plan Benefit for Sandy Devastated Norton Records

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2012 09:12am | Post a Comment
     

As reported here on the October 31st New York State of Mind Amoeblog NYC indie record label Norton Records was among the hard hit victims of Superstorm Sandy and at that time were reaching out to folks in the immediate area to help out in their recovery. The beloved label's Brooklyn warehouse suffered what they described in the days following the storm as "devastating destruction" (see the video by Dust & Grooves above to get an idea) from Hurricane Sandy that they sadly reported "destroyed most of Norton's catalog stock."  The revered record label, that celebrated its 25th anniversary this time last year when they revived the career of Dave "Baby" Cortez. boasts a rich and extensive catalog with lots of great  obscurities and a list of diverse artists that includes Esquerita, Charlie Feathers, Figures of Light, Flat Duo Jets, Rudy Ray Moore, Doug Sahm, Gene Vincent, Gino Washington, Andre Williams, Link Wray, and Roy Loney.

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Albums Out 11/27: Raime, Wu-Block, Alicia Keys

Posted by Billy Gil, November 26, 2012 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Albums out Nov. 27:

 

Raime – Quarter Turns Over a Living Line

Raime Quarter Turns Over a Living LineLP $29.98

Dubstep has been an intriguing if polarizing new genre thus far, at some point encompassing artists as disparate as Skrillex and Andy Stott, much in the same way a new, seemingly precise but ultimately nebulous genre like emo or grime ended up describing very different music. If Raime are dubstep, they’re the murky bottom of its pit. Songs like “Soils and Coils” offer little in the way of humanity or respite from the brutality of its funeral-march beats and stark, alien sounds. Which means it’s one of my favorite things from the genre I’ve heard yet. Anyone with a taste for bleakness should check this out.

 

 

Wu-Block – Wu-Block

Wu-BlockCD $14.98

Wu-Tang Clan and The Lox team for a hip-hop superstar collaboration, featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killah, Jadakiss and Styles P.

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The Big Bang Theory of Jazz - Louis Armstrong Arrives

Posted by Sherwin Dunner, November 26, 2012 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Louis ArmstrongIn what might be dubbed the Big Bang Theory of Jazz, the world began in April 1923 when King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band with Louis Armstrong in tow stepped into the Gennett Recording studio and cut nine sides. The Oliver band had been knocking 'em dead for several months in nearby Chicago at the cavernous South Side dance hall Lincoln Gardens, and these recordings would become the gold standard for early New Orleans jazz. Even more significant for the future of jazz, although Louis would play his first recorded solos on these sessions, he would soon outgrow the limited space for him in such ensembles of collective improvisation. He just wanted to cut loose and blow, and as people heard him and his fame grew, he would evolve into the first star of jazz and almost single-handedly transform jazz from a dance music to that of improvising solo performance.

You can witness what Louis had become by 1933 in the first Louis on film – that year he was captured in a live performance on a Copenhagen concert stage – no Hollywood gimmicks or studio post-dubbing of music. And you can explore that transformation in Amoeba's new Vinyl Vault.  In honor of, and as tribute to Louis, we have added digital files of virtually all of Louis' early records from 1923 to 1928, remastered directly from the cleanest original 78s available. So have fun exploring the Louis Armstrong archive in Amoeba's Vinyl Vault.
 

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (April 1923 to December 1923)

King OliverWhen I first started collecting 78s, I avoided early “pre-electric” discs because the sound was a bit distant and thin compared to the electric process, which was still a few years off in the future, and I passed up many of these 1923 King Oliver Gennetts. Now I look back on my screwed up priorities and feel it was akin to throwing away a hundred dollar bill because it was too wrinkled. Musically, if not sonically, these early King Oliver Gennetts still hold up as some of the most exuberant discs ever recorded. Every player attacked the thread of melody at once, each adding fuel to the fire without getting in each other's way – never mind that you're not a jazz fan, and don't confuse these recordings with later derivative white revival “dixieland” (or “dorksieland” as some of my friends call it).  Early jazz was first and foremost dance music, the rock 'n' roll of its day, and New Orleans style was loud, brash, rock solid dance music, activating hormones and posing the same kind of threat to middle America that rock 'n' roll would in the 1950s. Check out this1925 headline from a Cincinnati newspaper zeroing in on the insidious influence of jazz.

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Amoeba Thanks Abbot Kinney First Fridays Retailers

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2012 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music participated in Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice Nov. 2, handing out flyers with discounts at various retailers. We’d like to thank those retailers for participating in the promotion. Check ’em out!

 

LF Abbot KinneyLF Abbot Kinney
1312 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KoluKolu Clothing
1653 Abbot Kinney Bl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

primitivo wine bistroPrimitivo Wine Bistro
1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local 1205Local 1205
1205 Abbot Kinney Bl.

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Music History Monday: November 26

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 26, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Music History MondayOn this day in music history: November 26, 1962 - The Beatles record "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" in Studio Two at Abbey Road in London. It will be the band's second attempt at recording "Please," having previously recorded it on September 11th (during the session for the second version of "Love Me Do") in a different and slower arrangement, influenced by Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely." Producer George Martin is initially not fond of the song and suggests that the band's next single be the Mitch Murray-penned "How Do You Do It?" That song had been passed over in favor of "Love Me Do" and is once again up for consideration. In the interim, Lennon and McCartney will  dramatically re-arrange "Please Please Me" and play it again for Martin. Duly impressed, "Please" is issued along with "Ask Me Why" as The Beatles second single on January 11, 1963 (and February 25th in the US). "Please" will reach #2 on the UK single chart. While the song goes on to be a big hit in the UK, it will flop on its original US release. After The Beatles break in the US with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Vee Jay Records will re-release "Please Please Me" (b/w "From Me To You" on the second issue) in January 1964, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on March 14, 1964.
 

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Cyber Monday World Music Picks of 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 26, 2012 06:13am | Post a Comment

Today (Monday, November 26th, 2012), Amoeba.com is offering 20% off all purchases along with free shipping for Cyber Monday. Here is your chance to take advantage of the discount offered to expand your horizons. Today, we feature the hipster bar room vallenato of Very Be Careful and the lush anthem rock of Mexico’s greatest rock band, Café Tacuba. Check out Brazil’s equivalent of Sly Stone, Tim Maia. Also recently released is Latin Jazz legend Poncho Sanchez’s Live In Hollywood and African reissues from Tunji Oyelana and Super Biton De Segou.

Perhaps you want to take a chance at the incredible "indigenous meets futuristic beats" of The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires? How about Jukebox Mambo, a collection of Latin inspired R&B from the '50s and '60s? What to try some Funk and Boogie from the country of Surinam, a former Dutch colony located in northern South America?

These are a few of my picks but the choices are endless at Amoeba.com

Cafe Tacuba El ObjectoVery Be Careful Remember Me From The Party?Tim Maia
Le Super Biton National De SegouGhetto BrothersJukbox Mambo


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November 25, 2012: Cloud Atlas

Posted by phil blankenship, November 25, 2012 06:23pm | Post a Comment
Cloud Atlas movie ticket stub

Piko Piko - A look at Picopop on the 34th birthday of Yellow Magic Orchestra's debut

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 25, 2012 12:44pm | Post a Comment
Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978)

Back in 1978, on 25 November, pioneering Japanese group, Yellow Magic Orchestra released their influential, eponymous, debut full-length. The album and group are widely credited with being very influential on the development of several music genres, including ambient, chiptune, electrohip hop, house, J-pop, synthpop, and techno, to name a few. 


The band (also known as YMO) were also on influence on another Japanese scene that emerged around the dawn of the 21st Century, picopop (or ピコポップ). Bands and performers such as EeL, Hi-Posi, Motocompo, Plus-tech Squeeze Box, Sonic Coaster Pop, and Strawberry Machine updated the shibuya-kei (渋谷系) style popularized in the 1990s by Cibo MattoCorneliusFlipper's Guitar, Pizzicato Five, and Original Love by adding some good, old fashioned, electro elements with a sensibility that often recalls YMO.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.23.12: Too $hort & E-40, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, RZA + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:23:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

2) E40 & Too $hort  History: Function Music (Heavy On The Grind)

3) 9th Wonder & Buckshot The Solution (Duck Down Records)

4) E40 & Too $hort History: Mob Music (Heavy On The Grindl)

5) RZA The Man With The Iron Fists Score (Soul Temple Entertainment)

If you have not already been over to Amoeba Music (Hollywood, Berkeley, or San Francisco) this Black Friday weekend (through Sunday 25th) be sure to do so to avail of the many great deals and bargains like turntables on sale, the exclusive Black Friday RSD releases, and all of the releases on this latest hip-hop chart from the San Francisco Amoeba store.  These include Kendrick Lamar's phenomenally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City which is selling equally well in its DeLuxe CD format (bonus tracks) of the Dr. Dre presented release on Aftermath that has put Compton back on the music map. Meanwhile across the country in NYC Duck Down Records, who have had both a very prolific and successful year to date, are back in the charts again this week with the 9th Wonder and Buckshot collaboration that finds the producer and emcee as the perfect match. The 12 track album includes a couple of guest spots on two different tracks: "You" with Dyme-A-Duzin, and "Shorty Left" with a nice feature from North Carolina female rapper Rapsody who is signed to Wonder's label.  Scroll down below to see the video for this track.

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The Late, Great Larry Hagman

Posted by Charles Reece, November 24, 2012 09:32am | Post a Comment

One of the more fascinating shows about gender politics from the 60s, I Dream of Jeannie. In this episode, Tony (Larry Hagman) basically prevents Roger from raping Dr. Bellows' wife by molesting her himself in a closet. And he blames it all on Jeannie, making her stay in the bottle! J.R. isn't the biggest cretin Hagman ever played. He died yesterday.

Shopping for Black Flag, Black Sheep, and Black Sabbath on Black Friday

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2012 07:35am | Post a Comment
1) Black Flag       

2) Black Sheep

3) Black Sabbath

4) Black 47

5) Black Grape

6) Black Bug

7) Black Madonna


Inspired by the wonderful Black Friday appropriation of Black Flag's famous logo (above left) I started thinking that, in addition to all of the great exclusive releases issued for this Black Friday Record Store Day that you will find today and over this Black Friday weekend at Amoeba (through Sunday Nov 25), while in one of the three Amoeba stores look out for some of the numerous other bands/artists whose names begin with the word Black because there are a lot of talented artists in that category that span different genres. Along with the punk legends Black Flag (whose T-shirts as well as music you will find in the new Amoeba Hollywood Punk Section) these include hard rock pioneers Black Sabbath * (check for such other Sabbath items as their Sabbath Bloody Sabbath poster), and golden era hip-hop trailblazers Black Sheep. - especially their albums Non Fiction and Wolf In Sheep's Clothing.  Then there's the Irish tinged rockers Black 47 whose Home of the Brave is not half bad, 90's UK rock group Black Grape featuring former members of Happy Mondays, Black Bug who released the 7" "Shard of Glass" / "Police Helicopter" on Hozac Records last year, and Black Madonna who released the 12" "Alright This Morning" a month ago. And of course at Amoeba you could also pick up Steely Dan's album Katy Lied with the opening track "Black Friday."

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November 22, 2012: Silver Linings Playbook

Posted by phil blankenship, November 22, 2012 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Silver Linings Playbook movie ticket stub

Weekly Roundup: Kowloon Walled City, Incan Abraham, Jessica Pratt

Posted by Billy Gil, November 22, 2012 01:14pm | Post a Comment

Kowloon Walled City – “Container Ships”

Kowloon Walled City

I can read about megastructures, proposed and existing, and other urban oddities for hours. Yemen’s Shibam, King Abdullah Economic City, the Burj Khalifa and the Ultima Tower have taken up significant amounts of my time. These San Franciscans go a step further by naming their band, album and its flagship song after such things — Kowloon Walled City has a long and fascinating history as a densely populated continuous cluster of buildings in Hong Kong evicted and demolished after years of lawlessness. It’s a perfect name for a post-rock-style outfit, coming from a genre that seems to relish in the wonders and horrors of real life, compared with say the fantastical nature of black metal. “Container Ships,” from their album of the same name, due Dec. 4 on Brutal Panda, creates a grounding out of croaking fuzz and seems to shoot out from the ground like said structures in bursts of ugly yet contained noise. It does sort of feel like driving down the 710 and failing to exit the freeway before arriving in the Los Angeles harbor and being surrounded by these alien and massive ships carrying loads of seemingly pointless cargo, like grotesque tumors of excess — but in musical form. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Giving Thanks For Music

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment
Between celebrating today's Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones I take a break to give thanks to all the great music in my life; for if it were not for that music my life to date would be a whole lot emptier. Come think of it my home would be a hell of a lot emptier too since it is packed (literally) with a life filled with record, tape, and CD collecting. But regardless of the square footage my physical music collection may take up I am so grateful to have had all this music in my life that has helped get through the bad times, and enhanced the good times. And so for this Thanksgiving blog I want to play a few loosely themed give thanks to music songs/videos - all on the classic soul/funk tip - below and all available at Amoeba. See you tomorrow, Saturday, or Sunday at one of the three Amoeba stores - Hollywood, Berkeley, San Francisco - for this special Thanksgiving Record Store Day / Black Friday Weekend @ Amoeba 11/23 - 11/25. Thank-you!


Sam & Dave "I Thank You"


The O'Jays "I Love Music"


Sly & The Family Stone "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #9: Macy's Parade, 12-12-12, Buckyball, Tracy Morgan, John Cage, Madison Square Park, Rev Billy +

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2012 02:08pm | Post a Comment

Now in week four of Superstorm Sandy recovery mode New York City takes another major stride in its return to normalcy by making a significant statement this week that things are well on their way to getting back on track with the big 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade all set and ready to go this week. Since this past weekend, when I took the photo above from the Herald Square front of the the world's largest department store (well until 2009 when the South Korean chain Shinsegae opened an even larger store) Macy's parade organizers had everything in place - much to the approval of the business minded Mayor Bloomberg who knows the bottom line dollar value of such tourist attractions for his city that will attract an estimated 3 million sightseers along its route.

Expect to hear many references to Sandy and the resilience of its victims during Thursday's big parade TV broadcast that an estimated 50 million will watch. If you are in NYC on Thanksgiving Day the parade starts at 9am in the Upper West Side at 77th Street by Central Park West and heads down to Columbus Circle, then left onto Central Park South, right on Sixth Ave and down to Herald Square by Macy's. This year’s performers and celebrities will include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Trace Adkins, Big Apple Circus, Chica and the crew from Sprout, Colbie Caillat, Rachel Crow Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Isaak, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin, Kidz Bop, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss USA 2012 – Olivia Culpo; the Muppets and cast of Sesame Street, The Wanted and many more. More guests and general parade info here.

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Show Report: Lord Huron at Amoeba Hollywood; Tame Impala at the El Rey

Posted by Billy Gil, November 20, 2012 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Lord HuronWestern-themed rockers dressed for the part Lord Huron began their set Nov. 19 at Amoeba Hollywood with “Ends of the Earth,” the opener of Lonesome Dreams, the band’s recently released debut record. The fact that the band brought the bongos that appear on the song to the crowded stage shows what detail means for the band, who didn’t skimp on additional instrumentation beyond the typical guitars-and-drums setup. That attention paid off, as Ben Schneider and his band’s music was nicely layered without sounding cluttered. The set made the most of the band’s five-man makeup, utilizing starry guitar lines and soaring harmonies to great effect. The band turned in a splashier version of “I Will Be Back One Day,” rocking out a bit harder while making the vocals less of a priority. The sound of ocean opened to the galloping rhythm of “Time to Run,” a clear crowd favorite. “The Man Who Lives Forever” proved the band’s most impressive song live, beautifully syncopated and stuffed with gorgeous guitar work, complete with slide guitar and harmonic playing. It was amazing to hear what they could accomplish with just a handful of guitars, echoing the sounds of banjo, southern rock and Eastern-influenced tonality. See more photos of the show here. Read my interview with Schneider here.

Friday I caught Tame Impala at The El Rey Theatre. I’ve been sick for over a week with a stupid head cold that makes my eyes start to shut around 10 p.m., but I was determined to see my favorite current band — and El Rey shows end early. The first thing I noticed was that the show was packed, and not entirely with your garden-variety hipsters. Older folks and lots of BROS. But like, cool, sensitive ones. Cause Tame Impala have left their Australian lily pad of coolness with their latest album, Lonerism, which has garnered the band great widespread acclaim and support from Pitchfork, KCRW and the like. So they upgrade to The El Rey from The Echo, where I think they played the last time they were in these parts.

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Nature's a language, can't you read? -- Seasons in the Southland

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 20, 2012 03:45pm | Post a Comment
A FEW GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT ANGELENOS

While I caution anyone attempting to make generalizations about a group as diverse and large as the 13 million or so people known as “Angelenos,” I have nonetheless made a couple of observations about a much smaller subsection, my Los Angeles friends, that I assume share more widely-held views with Angelenos with whom I'm not personally acquainted. Just one example; as far as I can tell, only in LA do people say things like “only in LA” about things that happen everywhere.

In this entry I'd like to address and reflect upon another completely nonsensical but widely held view – that Los Angeles (and presumably at least the entire Southland and possibly all of SoCal) has no seasons or weather.


Los Angeles's The Byrds weighing in on seasons...


IN ONE CORNER -- THE SPOILED BABIES

View of Griffith Observatory and Downtown Los Angeles

As far as most people are concerned, temperatures in Los Angeles are usually quite pleasant. The daytime average is 24 °C (75 °F). The warmest days rarely exceed 32 °C (90 °F) and rarely dip below 15°C (59 °F). When temperatures deviate from this narrow comfort zone, legions of thoroughly-spoiled (and acclimated) complainers express their indignation on various social media and to their friends. As someone who has truly suffered through 48 °C (118 °F) heat and -42 °C (-44 °F) I have little sympathy -- we have it so easy!

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Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap, Sunday 12/2

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2012 02:39pm | Post a Comment

Pick up some stellar holiday gifts on Sunday, December 2nd, when 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.
 


WONDER-FULL SF 9: A Tribute to the Wonder of Stevie featuring DJ SPINNA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2012 02:36pm | Post a Comment

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Bay Area, get ready for some kinda WONDER-full! KeiStar Productions, fresco, and Massive Selector present WONDER-Full SF 9: A TRIBUTE TO THE WONDERS OF STEVIE on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at MEZZANINE (444 Jessie St, SF).

For the past nine years, Brooklyn's DJ SPINNA has blessed us with songs in the key of life. in return, stevie wonderwe've has embraced the event with beautiful energy and love that has made San Francisco’s WONDER-Full one of the best on the planet! Please join us for a special evening celebrating soulful music in all forms inspired by the genius of Stevie Wonder. If you've ever been to a WONDER-Full, you know it's more than just a party… It’s an experience!

Get your tickets HERE!

New 12"s at Amoeba Hollywood, 11/19 - Anaxander, Ike Release & Hakim Murphy's Innerspace Halflife project & much more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 20, 2012 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Anaxander
Dirty South of France 12"
Love What You Feel

Following up his killer cut "Moons of Jupiter" from LWYF-003, Anaxander is back on Love What You Feel with a full EP of his crazy French twist on house and techno. Titled "From the Dirty South (of France)", this record will solidify his standing as one of underground dance music's up and coming stars. Rocking out his distinctive arrangements and flexing his feel for mixing classic house sounds with modern production aesthetics, Anaxander shows great poise across the diverse cuts on display here.








Innerspace Halflife

Astrodynamic 12"
Episodes

Following successive solo outings on EPISODES, Chicago-based producers Hakim Murphy and Ike Release come together as Innerspace Halflife for the 'Astrodynamics EP.' Cold, raw, and cosmic. Limited quantities.

Purchase Astrodynamic here:








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Cha 12”
Apron

Whereas "CHA" is a slice of proto-techno which goes heavy on the unfiltered analog bass & galloping drum machine beats, B-side "DRACULA" is a stuttering 303 acid jam reminiscent of the brilliant "ROLAND'S JAM". Pressed on red vinyl.

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7" Record Releases for Black Friday, Record Store Day 2012

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2012 08:40am | Post a Comment

This year's Black Friday Record Store Day (RSD) - the day after Thanksgiving - brings with it a slew of  new 10" record releases, as well as a bunch of RSD exclusive 7" singles.  Below please find a list of ten recommended 7" records from all different artists.

Many are new reissues of older recordings. For example, there's a new  David Bowie picture disc of "Jean Jeanie!" The Rolling Stones have a four song 7" EP. There are three Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band singles being released. The White Stripes also have three different 45's for this Black Friday's RSD:  “Fell in Love With a Girl” b/w “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself" + “Hotel Yorba” (Live at the Hotel Yorba) b/w “Rated X (Live at the Hotel Yorba)" + "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” b/w “Stop Breaking Down.”

The Rolling Stones 7" EP cover artwork/layout (above) is real nicely presented: a great old black and white photo of the Stones with song titles done in throwback 7" EP font style, classic Decca logo, and the "mono" tag. The record features the songs "Poison Ivy," "You Better Move On," "Money," and "Bye Bye Johnny."  Meanwhile, the three Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 7" singles for RSD are "Abba Zaba/Yellow Brick Road" + "Plastic Factory/Where There's A Woman" + "Upon The My-O-My/I Got Love On My Mind" - all released by Sundazed.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays, December 8th in Oakland

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2012 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays on December 8thHoney in the rock at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Internationally renowned a capella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock presents a one-of-a-kind seasonal concert, celebrating music from many faiths and religions of the globe through stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African, and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey In The Rock has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world.
 

CIISDon't miss your chance to see this dynamic group! Get your tickets HERE!
 

Albums Out Nov. 19: Led Zeppelin, Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin, LA Vampires/Maria Minerva and More

Posted by Billy Gil, November 19, 2012 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Tim Hecker, Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist

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LP $19.98

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never’s Instrumental Tourist brings out the best in two major figures in electronic music, producing a musical endeavor that’s as interested in pleasing its audience as it is turning over new stones. “Uptown Psychedelia’s” mechanical noise ebbs in and out while an eastern-influenced synth line wriggles chaotically. While more glacially paced, “Scene From a French Zoo” eschews the notion that ambient music need be peaceful or serene; its foreboding tone indicates some unstated melancholy. “Vacation for Thomas Mann” grows more ethereal as the pair set their synths skyward. Appropriately titled “Intrusions” tracks back to themes introduced in “Uptown Psychedelia” with industrial noise bursts, though it retains the ethereal feel of “Vacation for Thomas Mann,” until it gradually gets nastier and disintegrates. “Whole Earth Tascam” builds tension with noise and synthesized vocals before breaking apart to the sound of birds chirping, but then it gets even tenser than before. The song’s intriguing push-and-pull makes it the most soundtracky song on the album and definitely a highlight. “GRM Blue II” makes for a quick, strangely melodic respite full of glassy tones, while the more aggressive “GRM Blue III” is full of squelching sounds like an alien response to earthling radio signals, challenging the listener as the song stretches to nearly six minutes. The albums final tracks continue pushing the album’s ethereal and unsettling qualities in seemingly equal measure, particularly on the Eastern touches and wind instruments of “Grey Geisha,” never losing listener attention, though Instrumental Tourist can be a demanding listen. By keeping things unfussy and not overly layered, Hecker and Lopatin create excitement in their interplay. Their union proves not to be a collective patting on the back but rather another notch in the post of excellence for both artists.

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Amoeba Holds Black Friday Sale Nov. 23-25

Posted by Billy Gil, November 19, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Black Friday AmoebaThe day after Thanksgiving perennially brings the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. This year Amoeba will hold a sale with limited Record Store Day vinyl releases (see a list of highlights here, or download the full list [pdf file] here). And the sale goes through Sunday, Nov. 25, though if you want any of the exclusive RSD releases, you better get in early!
 

Skullcandy Ink'd Buds

All headphones will be 15% off the regular ticket price. A special sale will be held on Skullcandy Ink'd Buds, which will be on sale for $12.98 (normally $19.98), while Skullycandy’s Lowrider headphones will be on sale for $29.98 (normally $39.98).

Select models of turntables will be on sale for up to 25% off.

Turntables on sale include:

 
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The Audio Technica LP 60 (Non USB) –  $99.98 (regularly $139.98)

Music History Monday: November 19

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 19, 2012 11:34am | Post a Comment

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: November 19, 1966 - "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #28 on the Hot 100 on December 10th. Written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, It will be the biggest hit for Alabama-born soul singer. The song is actually recorded in the Summer of 1965 (with Booker T. & The MG's, Isaac Hayes on piano, and The Mar-Keys' horn section), but is held back from release by Stax Records president Jim Stewart when he believes that it is too similar to Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour." The record will actually experience resistance from radio upon its release, failing to receive any airplay initially. Stax Records' head Al Bell will hit upon the idea of Floyd performing live in an area where he has a strong fanbase. Washington DC will be city that is chosen. The ploy will work, with the single breaking on radio stations in the DC and Baltimore area. From there, the record will go national. Over the years, "Knock On Wood" will be covered by a number of artists Ike & Tina Turner, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. Singer Amii Stewart's disco rendering of the song will become a worldwide hit, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1979.
 

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Record Store Owner Discovers Rare Robert Johnson Record Amid $50 Box of Records

Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2012 08:15am | Post a Comment

It is the sort of thing that record collectors and buyers at record stores dream about; accidentally stumbling upon that very rare, extremely valuable record, and for a steal. Such was the case for Pittsburgh, PA record store owner Jerry Weber who recently uncovered an ultra-rare Robert Johnson record ("I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" - that his son Willie is seen holding up in accompanying pic c/o Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) that he called "the holy grail of 78s." Weber, in an interview with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said he discovered a copy of the second song ever recorded by Mississippi blues legend in a box of old albums that he picked up for just $50 for his store - Jerry's Records. In good condition the record is valued at anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 to $12,000 - depending on who you talk to.  There are estimated to be about two dozen to thirty copies total of the record out there in similar condition. Weber has no plans of selling the record according to the Post-Gazette and to another report run by the Associated Press who wrote that instead of selling the record his son WIllie will spin the rare Robert Johnson record for Jerry's Records customers at exactly 2 p.m. every Saturday afternoon from now through the end of the year.

The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires-A Review By Gomez Comes Alive

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 19, 2012 08:04am | Post a Comment
Future Sounds Of Buenos AiresThere will always be an argument about where the whole “Digital Cumbia “ movement started. Did it arrive from German electronic composer Uwe Schmidt, (aka Señor Coconut) forays into tropical music that merge German electro-sensibilities with Latin American rhythms? Was it Toy Selectah’s production, mixing urban Hip-Hop with Sonidero that made Celso Piña’s massive hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio”? Was it British world travelers, Up Bustle & Out, whose journeys into Mexico led them to discover Sonidero, mixed with Reggae and Hip-Hop? Was it 2005 white label 12” release of Cumbia Mash-Ups made by Chico Sonido & Toy Selectah, mashing up Missy Elliot and Rick Ross acapellas with Cumbia Rebajada? One can argue it was ZZK’s landmark ZZK Sound Vol.1 Cumbia Digital, which received tons of international press which led every remixer who had an account of SoundCloud to add guacharaca on every insignificant remix they made.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what is good and what isn’t. All those names mention above has its place in the creation of Nu Cumbia, Electro-Cumbia, Digital Cumbia, Moombaton and every-related sub-genre that was created to describe a new sound that mixed the barrios of Latin America and it’s counterparts from academia and entitlement. In the end, barrio kids and the college kids created a baby and that’s what we have now.

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AFI 2012 - The ABCs of Death (2012)

Posted by Charles Reece, November 18, 2012 10:41pm | Post a Comment
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Lets just say this film is NOT for the morally conscious.
-- Timo Tjahjanto on his "L is for Libido"

The ABCs of Death
is a collection of humorous horror shorts from around the world, each based on a letter of the alphabet -- so you know going in that, percentage-wise, some of it won't be very good. However, there are a truly inspired few that make enduring the whole worthwhile. What you'll learn, if you didn't already know, is that Americans aren't very good at making horror these days, Asians are the best, with the French and Mexicans falling somewhere in between.

The best of the bunch is undoubtedly from Indonesia, Timo Tjahjanto's "L is for Libido."  Two men are chained to chairs, forced to masturbate to whatever's put before them on a stage. The last one to ejaculate gets gruesomely eliminated, while the winner goes on to the next round, with something even more heinous being put before him and his new opponent. Without giving any of the shock value away, I'll just say that the forced fetish spectacle was sufficiently evil to get the asshole sitting next to me who couldn't stop playing with his cell phone (a video arcade was coming from his seat) to finally pay attention and leave in disgust. A good horror film can't be ignored. Despite Tjahjanto's claim of amorality, there's actually quite a bit going on here. I'm thinking about the assumption of passivity in gaze theory, both on the part of the spectacle and on the part of the spectator. What's being shown in front of the camera is under its controlling gaze (typically, this is thought to be women, objectified and fetishized), while giving the viewer the false impression of being in control of that gaze, when in fact the gaze has been ("always already") structured for him (men tend to be assumed to be in the role of the scopophiliac). The short manifests this theory as horror: the men are actually subjugated to a spectacle beyond their control. But it's unlikely to win many feminist converts, because it's played for laughs (of the gallows humor variety). The problem in gaze theory is that the spectator isn't passive, a mere product of interpellation, which is made comically apparent through sanguine literality. Intentional or not, Tjahjanto has created a perverse satire of Laura Mulvey's theory.

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Amoebapalooza Berkeley 2012!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 18, 2012 06:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands comprised of Amoeba Berkeley family members returns on Sunday, December 9th.

This celebrations of homegrown music and the enduring human spirit is open to the public, so come on down to Bar 355 (355 19th Street, Oakland)! Doors open at 8:30pm and the bands start promptly at 9:00pm. And get this...no cover! (21+ please.)

Here are the Berktastic bands you'll see that night:

ARTIFICIAL LIFE (A tribute to Operation Ivy with members of Eastern Span, Gnarboots, 100%, and Die Hard)

CABERNET VOLTAIRE (A tribute to Cabaret Voltaire with members of Poontang Wranglers, Sutekh Hexen, Larva, and Petit Mal)

THE TENTH PLANET (Avant-rock jams that are way far out, Baby)

SOFT TUG (A potpourri of sonic interludes, covers, and more from members of Musk)

TOTAL FAILURE (A psychedelic head-trip of originals and covers)

 

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November 18, 2012: Alex Cross

Posted by phil blankenship, November 18, 2012 01:44pm | Post a Comment
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The Art Of The LP Cover- Headphones!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 18, 2012 01:20pm | Post a Comment

The 90s...the best albums of 1993...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 18, 2012 12:38pm | Post a Comment
1993 and 1994 are probably two of my favorite years of the 90s. These were the best years of Britpop. Some amazing years for British music. Suede, Blur, Pulp, & The Verve all had amazing albums out these years. I had always been into British music since I remember ever being into music. New Wave & Goth in the 80s. And now Shoegaze & Britpop in the early and mid 90s. I gave myself a couple of rules when making these lists for the top ten of each year. I made sure to only pick one album for each artist. I didn't want the list to be a Blur and Suede album every year. So I picked my favorite album from each of those artists. And for the most part my favorite album was the album that introduced me to the band. Not necessarily the bands first album. But my first album by that band. The album that I think of when I think of that band. There are three American bands on my list this year. Still outnumbered by the British bands of course. I had for the most part stopped listening to the radio in 1993. Most of the bands I found out about were from 120 Minutes or Alternative Nation. I was also heavily influenced by my friends and roommates in 1993. This was the first year that I heard Suede, Slowdive & The Verve. I think I probably saw a Suede video when I heard them for the first time. I was hooked within the first couple seconds of the video. This was the band for me. I couldn't get enough of them throughout the rest of the 90s. I was already familiar with Blur but 1993 was really the first year that I really got obsessed with them.  Saint Etienne and Catherine Wheel were probably the albums that I listened to most this year. Where You Been by Dinosaur Jr.Star by Belly just barely didn't make my top ten this year. They were also both listened to a lot by me in 93 and 94. Here it is...my top 10 albums of 1993...

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New Johnny Marr Song Indicates Anticipation Well Justified for His 2013 Solo Debut

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2012 08:30am | Post a Comment

Johnny Marr "The Messenger" title track from Marr's 2013 solo debut

As reported here on the Amoeblog influential guitarist Johnny Marr recently announced that he will release his first solo album in the new year. The artist, who came to fame as the backbone of The Smiths sound and who has been listed as one of the top ten best rock guitarists by such entitles as Virgin Media, will both sing and play guitar on the album that he recorded earlier this year in both Manchester and Berlin. This week Marr unveiled a teaser from the album in the form the above music video for "The Messenger." The killer song indicates that the anticipation for the album by fans is well justified. "The Messenger' is the first single from the Marr debut solo album of the same name that will arrive care of Sire/ADA in Amoeba in late February 2013.

What's In My Bag with The Fresh & Onlys' Tim and Shayde

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 16, 2012 05:29pm | Post a Comment
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The Fresh & Onlys, besides presenting in name one of the best bandtonym-worthy word combinations, are without a doubt one of the most pimped-out live performers reppin the Bay Area these days. Currently on tour, and they tour a lot, The Onlys pack plenty of dirty raw party rockin' vibes into every sweaty show. I'd go so far as to say they bring a guaranteed good time to any venue; unadulterated fun at it's most arrested stage of development. What's more, the minds that inform the Fresh and Onlys' sound are like rich wells of music knowledge, deeply dug and flowing wide. I can say this with a certain degree of confidence having known and worked with three quarters of the band off and on for many, many years. That being the case, as happens with colleagues of any sort, their opinions on all things music, film, Amoeba or otherwise have abutted, aggravated, enhanced and influenced mine over time. It's one of those really good things about the working-at-Amoeba experience that I wish we could share more easily. But I suppose that territory best captured and exposed via our What's In My Bag video vignette series.

But before we get into that, get into this:
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A lovely, pastoral portrait of the boys in pastels, looking petal fresh and Easter Sunday garden party pretty in contrast to the live-action, imagery of sloshed, sudorific revelry, above left. Say what you will about the Fresh & Onlys workaday aesthetic, they clean up nice. And though Fresh & Onlys frontman and guitarist Tim Cohen is caught trashing Amoeba SF's Hip Hop section in the video below (for the record: tending said section used to be his responsibility) and bassist Shayde Sartin's picks skewed towards "white guy rock" and his years spent living in Florida on the day this little scene was recorded, I cannot speak more highly about these two dudes' astronomical taste levels when it comes to music, nevermind their particular genus of dusty, road tested rocker species. BUt don't take my word for it, find out for yourself -- check out the video below:


Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.16.12: Meek Mill, Sean Price, Kendrick Lamar, Vinnie Paz + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:16:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

2) Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares (Warner)

3) Sean Price  Mic Tyson (Duck Down Records)

4) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)

5) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

Hard to believe that it is already mid November, just a week away from Black Friday Record Store Day, and a little over six weeks to 2013! For me this year has flown by but along the way 2012 has blessed us with a bounty of non-stop, quality hip-hop releases from such artists as Saigon, Homeboy Sandman, El-P, Aesop Rock, Casual, Killer Mike, and Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D City  on Aftermath which is number one on the Amoeba chart for the third straight week in a row.  Other releases on this week's hip-hop top five, courtesy of the Hollywood Amoeba store, include Vinnie Paz's God Of The Serengeti (on Enemy Soil), Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 on Atlantic), as well as the two brand new chart entries from Meek Mill (Dreams and Nightmares on Warner Brothers) and Sean Price (Mic Tyson on Duck Down Records).

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Happy Birthday Amoeba Music San Francisco!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 15, 2012 11:23pm | Post a Comment
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Today Amoeba Music San Francisco turns fifteen years old! Fifteen, that awkward age where all associations with mom make for endless trials of embarrassment and your kid sister's crack attempts at one-upping your status as "family favorite" are just, ya know, not cute.

To celebrate the occasion tributes were made and obligatory pizza pies and butter creme sheet cakes were enjoyed by staff and regulars, not a small number of whom contributed to an immensely successful pot luck style lunch comprised of porchetta sandwiches with cole slaw, eggplant mango sushi, wild rice and mushroom pilaf, vegetable curry, savory meatballs, chips and homemade salsa, cinnamon-y apple crisp, coconut milk rice pudding, ginger snaps, and succulent peanutbutter fudge. Although we refrained from transforming the info counter into a champagne fountain (there's always next year kids!) we managed to keep it classy and sassy for the greater good with plenty of good fellowship and cheer. Happy 15th Amoeba SF! Keep on truckin'!

Weekly Roundup: Poolside, The Fresh & Onlys, Captain Murphy, Cayucas, Trash Talk, Madlib, Starred

Posted by Billy Gil, November 15, 2012 03:06pm | Post a Comment

PoolsidePoolside – Seasons Change mix

The last band I expected to hear from this fall/winter was Poolside. Their Pacific Standard Time album was so perfectly suited for the sunshine that it would seem perverse for them to go wintry, but that’s just what they’ve done with their Seasons Change mix, which the LA-based duo said they put together while driving through the Northeast in October. Listen below. On initial scan, it actually sounds pretty similar in spirit to their other album’s moody electronics, making you realize the power of suggestion. Also it sounds great no matter when you put it on.

 

Fresh & OnlysThe Fresh & Onlys Film “What’s In My Bag?”

SF garage-pop greats The Fresh & Onlys filmed a “What’s in My Bag?” feature with Amoeba, and we have it up to stream now. Check out their album Long Slow Dance if you haven’t yet, one of my favorite rock ’n’ roll records released this year.

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Lord Huron's Ben Schneider Talks to Amoeba, Band Plays Amoeba Hollywood Nov. 19

Posted by Billy Gil, November 15, 2012 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Lord Huron Ben SchneiderOn Lonesome Dreams, Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider creates a soundtrack for travel. Opener “Ends of the Earth” finds him telling his lover “There’s an island where everything is silent/I’m gonna whistle a tune,” among other evocative lines about getting the hell out of dodge. From there his Americana-fueled journey touches on hints of the exotic — the clanging percussion of “Time to Run” calling to mind the East while he sings concurrently about finding a life way out West. Along the way he discovers the loneliness of wide-open space on the spare title track; harmonicas haunt him on “The Ghost on the Shore,” hinting at nostalgia born from hitting the edge of the land and looking back. The whole thing gallops along with country jangle, nightsky atmosphere and Schneider’s throaty, impassioned vocals, and it’s nearly impossible not to get swept in its romanticism.

The whole thing could be thought of as a travelogue for Schneider’s own journey out west, travelling from his home in Michigan to New York, around the world and eventually to Los Angeles, where while pursuing a career in visual arts, his Lord Huron project took off. Comprising songs he recorded back in Michigan at Lake Huron, where he formatively would strum the guitar in his youth, his first EP Yours, Truly gained traction in the blogosphere, and Schneider formed a band to begin playing live in 2010. His debut record, Lonesome Dreams, is out now via IAMSOUND. Lord Huron play Amoeba Hollywood Monday Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. I took a minute to speak with Schneider about his journeys, musical and otherwise.

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Prince Vs. Le Petit Prince

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


Prince,
whose unprecedented name change to an unpronounceable symbol back in the 90's that I wrote about here a couple of days ago, is back in the news this week. This news headline grabbing time the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (1993-2000) is unhappy with the work of Prince fanboy/toy maker Troy Gua - the creator of the cute and clever  homage Tiny Artist and the Le Petit Prince project all of which he created a year ago. But, following a no-nonsense cease and desist order this week by the Purple One, tomorrow afternoon (Nov 16) at 6pm (Minneapolis time) Gua will legally have to erase all online content related to Le Petit Prince. On his Facebook wall this week the Seattle based Gua wrote of his musical hero's unexpected shutdown. "I simply do not wish to fight with my hero, and it is terribly disheartening to think that he may hold ill will towards me and this project" Troy Gua, who is a major Prince fan, blended his appreciation of his favorite artist with his appreciation of the puppetry of Thunderbirds creator / super-marionation pioneer Gerry Anderson.

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7" Fix: Violent Change - Suck on the Gun EP

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 14, 2012 10:32pm | Post a Comment
matt matthew bleye violent change san francisco punk pne man band 7" seven inch ep suck the gun 45 single
Say what you will about the confluence of punk and pop music, the truth is it doesn't suck.

Well, okay, so what even if most of it does suck eggs, local SF punkers Violent Change straddle the void between the punk as fuck and the pop rocks with adroit elan. In an as yet unpublished interview, Violent Change frontman and brainchild "Gladys" describes the VC sonic experience as the Sex Pistols meets the Bee Gees. And, after taking their Suck on the Gun EP for a spin, I'd have to say I agree though I'd map the distance between the Pistols and the brothers Gibb assessment with a little Revolver era Beatles, especially that "I'm only Sleeping" song, doused with the studio version of "Alcohol" by G.B.H.. Add to that some classic Damned jams plus a hint of Vic Godard & the Subway Sect a la "Make Me Sad" and you've got some good-ass, never-say-die punk rock stock.That Violent Change is obviously informed by highly commendable musical tastes and a natural inclination toward the aural obtuseness that comes with the whole basement/bedroom recording routine is a ultimately good thing, all of this ultimately evidenced by the record. Thus (duh!) it's my current favorite new four-song 45. I talked to a guy who bought this on sight the other day because "the safety pin letters look cool" -- don't they though? In any case, bands with an eponymous theme songs pretty much always totally rule.

November 14, 2012: Skyfall

Posted by phil blankenship, November 14, 2012 09:52pm | Post a Comment
Skyfall movie ticket stub

Amoeba Presents John Cale, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Shows

Posted by Billy Gil, November 14, 2012 05:41pm | Post a Comment

John Cale posterAmoeba has teamed with Goldenvoice to present a number of upcoming shows, starting with John Cale and Cass Mccombs at the El Rey Theatre Dec. 11. Tickets for that show are $30 (plus a $2 service fee). Then on Dec. 19, Amoeba presents Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at the Fonda Theatre; tickets are $22.50 (plus a $2 service fee).

Tickets are limited to quantities on hand, until they sell out. Amoeba stops selling tickets for a show at 5 p.m. on the day of that show. Please call the store at 323-245-6400 for current availability or to purchase/hold.

See a full list of tickets available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood here.

John Cale live at Amoeba
John Cale at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 26, 2005

Shifty AdventuresFamed Welsh singer, songwriter, viola player and former member of The Velvet Underground John Cale is performing in support of his latest release, the adventurous Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood. That album finds Cale trying on a number of new guises, occasionally augmenting his baritone voice with autotune and building out his futuristic love songs with electronic production and lyrics about vampires and other strange beasts. He’s also recently been playing songs off of his classic Paris 1919 record.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #8: Tatzu Nishi's Discovering Columbus, Annie, Oorutaichi, MellowHype, Brooklyn + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2012 12:12pm | Post a Comment

The Discovering Columbus (aka The Columbus Circle Living Room) public art installation (pictured above), MellowHype bringing that LA Odd Future flava to New Yawk, Wyclef Jean's new New York restaurant, the CCW convention, a nod to Brooklyn including some of entertaining bygone era Bensonhurst nicknames, Fear's classic's "New York's Alright," and the musical Annie returning to Broadway are among the items covered in this eight installment in the New York State of Mind Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple. 

The wonderful group that is the Public Art Fund, who have been responsible for some truly inspired creative art installations around NYC parks and other public spaces, have outdone themselves with their latest presentation: Tatzu Nishi's Discovering Columbus exhibition which is simply amazing!. Also known as The Columbus Circle Living Room and located at Columbus Circle on the South West corner of Central Park, near 59th Street, this exhibit is surreal. It is a temporary living room that the Japanese artist carefully constructed around the iconic monument of Christopher Columbus.  When you go it not only feels like you are in someone's furnished living room with windows - albeit with the 13 foot high, 120 year old marble statue in the middle of it, but it also offers an amazing view of Central Park - from six flights of stairs up to the exhibit.

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November 13, 2012: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Posted by phil blankenship, November 13, 2012 10:29pm | Post a Comment
The Perks of Being A Wallflower movie ticket stub

Prince's Love Symbol Moniker

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2012 07:32am | Post a Comment
As an artist the multi-talented Prince has always marched to his own beat. Of the many unique and unprecedented things he has done in his long and illustrious career was two decades ago when he changed his name a newly created symbol. 1993 was when he officially changed his name to that unpronounceable symbol that was dubbed "Love Symbol #2" since it coincided with the copyrighted title/symbol of the Prince and The New Power Generation's 1992 album of the same name/symbol (the symbol was engraved into the actual CD case in gold on the outside and silver on the inside of case cover).

As well as being the work of a tirelessly creative mind it was also Prince's way of getting a dig in at his record label (Warner Brothers) who he made it well known he was quite unhappy with. Disgruntled with his contract and wanting to get out of it, he was further aggravated when he discovered that he could not do so. However when he realized he could contractually change his name, this he did as a sort of revenge act. Prince used that symbol, which was a combination the symbols for female () and for male (), up until he finally got out of his Warner contract seven years later.

However the change from word to unheard of (and unpronounceable) symbol presented a headache for his label and a problem for many at the time including radio DJs, record store clerks, and journalists who did not have this unique character on their keyboard in their computer. Hence his label's publicity department sent out floppy disks (like the one pictured below) with a custom font of the unique symbol attached. However most journalists ignored using it altogether as it was troublesome for use in most computers at the time. Instead they called it "Love Symbol" or "Love Symbol #2" - as in the 1992 album that the symbol first appeared on.

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My maiden voyage on the RMS Queen Mary

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 12, 2012 08:49pm | Post a Comment
RMS Queen Mary deck

The other day I went to the RMS Queen Mary for birthday drinks for Lynn Garrett’s birthday. Lynn is the founder and head honcho at Hidden Los Angeles. As the name suggests, Hidden Los Angeles is a highly useful guide to Los Angeles for Angelenos and visitors who presumably have no interest in (or interests beyond) celebrity culture, “The Industry,” or the beaten path in general. It’s also the perfect riposte to Los Angeles’s haters complaints about our fair city. Lynn was staying on board the ship for three a three day non-cruise and the visit to the ship was my first.

View of Long Beach from the Queen Mary



The RMS Queen Mary is an ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic from 1936 (when it was known as the Cunard-White Star) and 1967, when it retired to Long Beach.


She was built in Clydebank, Scotland and held the Blue Riband (an accolade granted to ships with the fast average speed when crossing the Atlantic) from 1936 to 1937 and then from 1938 to 1952.

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Albums out Nov. 13: Crystal Castles, The Weeknd, Lust For Youth and More

Posted by Billy Gil, November 12, 2012 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Crystal Castles III

Crystal Castles IIICD $12.98

LP $17.98

Early interviews about Crystal Castles' stunning third album have seen frontwoman Alice Glass discussing oppression at length with Bono-ish fervor — not something typically associated with an image-conscious electronic duo known more for its antagonistic records and brawling live shows than its politics. But Glass and synth stud Ethan Kath can have it both ways, as III is another visceral attack of a record from Crystal Castles that ups the meaning behind their furor, both explicitly and implied, without losing any of their hedonistic attitude. In fact, III, while lacking some of the shock value of the first two records, is Crystal Castles’ most consistent statement to date. Tracks like “Plague” and “Wrath of God” still pack walloping beats, but they are more of mood pieces than, say, something like II’s “Baptism,” full of moody, heaving passages that draw you in and keep you rapt across the record. III is also smartly paced, keeping some of its more crowd-pleasing moments for later in the record, whereas previous albums were front-loaded. The fourth song in, “Affection,” shares a chord-scheme with MGMT’s “Kids,” though its warped vocals sound like they’re echoing from an abyss — not exactly radio-friendly material. Glass quits whispering and unleashes her trademark echoed yelps on the spare “Pale Flesh,” sure to be a live favorite, while “Sad Eyes” charges forth with unabashed club glee and hard-hitting beatwork. The album’s final quarter features some of its most remarkable moments, full of seedy club bangers, while its last song, “Child I Will Hurt You,” is a typically gorgeous closer from the band, layering Goblin-style keyboards over Glass’ haunting vocals, which often sing of pain inflicted upon the vulnerable, echoing the statement of that album cover, calling to mind suffering and comfort in equal doses. That concept isn’t as overt as it could have been, but when it does come through, as when Glass sings “I’ll protect you from all the things I’ve seen” on “Kerosene,” Crystal Castles create the aural equivalent of gunfire and a helping hand.

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10 Black Friday Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, November 12, 2012 03:21pm | Post a Comment

As with Record Store Day, the list of exclusive releases this year for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, typically the biggest shopping day of the year) is staggering. A list of the available titles is here. I’ve pulled out 10 releases that are particularly interesting — to me, and perhaps to you. Show up at Amoeba Nov. 23 for your chance to own any one of these.

 

Lee HazlewoodYou Turned My Head Around: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1967-1970 (11 x 7 box set)

Lee Hazlewood You Turned My Head AroundNamed after an awesome duet ’60s psych-folkie Lee Hazelwood did with singer/actress Ann-Margret, this set collects forgotten records issued on Hazelwood’s label, Lee Hazelwood Industries. The singer-songwriter was also a notable producer, perhaps most famously writing and producing Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made For Walkin.’” The set includes 11 45s from such artists as Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd., Kitchen Cinq and Hazlewood himself. From psych to country-pop, the set offers a view of Lee as an aesthetic director of sorts, setting forth a cultish sound that would come to be oft mimicked and appreciated far greater in later years than during its initial run.

 

 

Captain BeefheartAbba Zabba; Plastic Factory; Upon The My-Oh-My

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Thoughts On The Passing Of John Napier

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 12, 2012 11:03am | Post a Comment
John Napier RIPI know many people will be writing about John Napier, who passed away last week. So here are my thoughts. This is not a biography, just thoughts about the times we spent together on earth and the thanks I never got to say to him in person. To read a more thorough account of the greatness (and flaws) of John Napier through the eyes of Carla Bozulich, go here

I met John in 1991.He was in a group called Ethyl Meatplow, together with Carla Bozulich and Harold Barefoot Sanders III (AKA Biff) Ethyl Meatplow was fun and disturbing at the same time. They were an electro-queer-pop-industrial group with occasional nudity and urine flow. It was nothing that Los Angeles had seen before or since. Ethyl Meatplow was a band for several years before I got to know them and  were ready to break out nationally. I had a band that would often play on the same bills as them. John especially liked my band and helped us get gigs and convinced people to release our records.

John was a strange cat, but in a good way.If you were friends with John, you often had to endure long phone conversations with the first fifteen minutes of him speaking in an Elmo-like voice with Tourette's Syndrome. Once in awhile a body part that usually covered would suddenly be exposed, as he’d be laughing in a high-pitched child’s laugh. Normally I’d find that kind of behavior intolerable, but from John, it was endearing. It meant he was comfortable with you. That’s one way he showed he loved you.

Another way he’s shared his love was through music. If he knew you had the same thirst for music that he did, he would stop at nothing to share his vast musical taste with you. It meant a lot to me, being just as thirsty as John for new music in the days before the internet, He introduced me to Can, Neu, Stereolab, The Flesheaters, Sun Ra and countless other artists. He forced me to listen to Pet Sounds from The Beach Boys because I told him I hated The Beach Boys. He made me a fan.

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Daniel Edlen's Vinyl Art Creates "On The Artifacts Of Creativity"

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2012 07:15am | Post a Comment

Thanks to Arizona based vinyl artist Daniel Edlen stumbling upon the recent Amoeblog on the work done by fellow vinyl artist / Amoeba Hollywood customer Colton Tran (Making Art Out of Records with Colton Tran of TransylVinyl & Broken Vinyl Record Art) I was introduced to the equally (although very different in composition) vinyl art of the SoCal born and raised Edlen. "Good to see someone else do something distinctive with records," posted Edlen in the comments of that Amoeblog on Colton Tran. Since then I have been fully introduced to Edlen's amazing vinyl art, like the Prince piece above, for which he utilizes straight acrylic paint and, as he jokes, "a cheap brush" to painstakingly create this beautiful art on 12" records. Edlen, who accurately describes his work as "creating art on the artifacts of creativity,"  has much of his art on view via his main website.

Dave Paul (Bomb Hip-Hop/The Prince & Experience) is among the vinyl artist's many fans/collectors. "The appeal to me of Elden's work was the artist's face hand painted on the record," said Paul who has bought two pieces of Edlen's art. Like fellow vinyl artist Colton Tran, Edlen is also a major Amoeba Music fan: one of the things I asked him about when I caught up with him recently to talk to the Amoeblog. In that interview, that follows below the video clip of him making his art, I also asked him about the details of creation of his vinyl art, his musician subjects, and his work with both the David Lynch Foundation and VH1 Save The Music.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Scooters!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 11, 2012 01:25pm | Post a Comment

I so want Count Basie's ride!


November 11, 2012: The Sessions

Posted by phil blankenship, November 11, 2012 01:24pm | Post a Comment
The Sessions movie ticket stub

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: 11.09.12: Paul Wall, Saigon, Lushlife, Hip-Hop & Obama, Too $hort Hip Hop Dance Experience, Genie Does Wu + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2012 08:43am | Post a Comment
Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:09:12

 
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

2) Paul Wall No Sleep Til Houston SMC Recordings

3) P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)

4) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

5) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)

There was a lot of celebration in hip-hop circles this week since the man known to many as "the first hip-hop president" got re-elected on Tuesday. Among those celebrating the loudest was longtime Obama supporter emcee/mogul Jay-Z who had performed at the president's Ohio rally (along with Bruce Springsteen) on the eve of the election. During his set Hova did his ever-popular "99 Problems" song (off 2004's The Black Album) but when he got to the line “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one" he replaced the word B word with “Mitt." And when he go the line "I got 99 problems and Mitt ain't one" the packed Democratic audience roared in loud approval. Throughout social networking sites this past week the support for both parties was accelerated to an unprecedented level with hip-hoppers (almost) unanimously showing support for the candidate dubbed "the first hip-hop president" four years when he won the first time. Loose knit Obama supporters included "DJs for Obama" who shared the photo below on social networking sites over the week leading up the election day.

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Heavy Midnites: James Cameron's ALIENS at The Cinefamily

Posted by phil blankenship, November 8, 2012 10:12pm | Post a Comment
James Cameron's ALIENS

ALIENS // Friday, November 9, 2012 // Midnite

Before tackling giant ocean liners or the future of 3D, James Cameron blasted out this masterpiece of technical marvel, high tension and peace through superior firepower. Sidestepping the horror focus of Ridley Scott’s first film, Aliens ratchets up the action, full-blooded machismo and mechanical fascination, all while cementing Sigourney Weaver as the female action hero of the ‘80s (garnering her an Oscar nomination and a Time magazine cover) and serving as a critique of America’s involvement in Vietnam. Jam-packed with a sci-fi dream team cast (Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton & Jenette Goldstein as badass space marines; Lance Henriksen as android Bishop; Paul Reiser as an oily corporate representative), thoroughly entertaining, eminently quotable and featuring an impressive array of physical visual effects (pre-CGI overload!), Aliens remains one of the most exciting adventures ever sent into space.Dir. James Cameron, 1986, 35mm, 137 min.

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Weekly Roundup: New Videos from Crown Plaza, So Many Wizards, IO Echo, Line & Circle

Posted by Billy Gil, November 8, 2012 02:02pm | Post a Comment

A whole batch of awesome videos from LA-based artists were released this week. Check ’em all out like it’s 1994 and you’re home watching MTV.

Nima So Many WizardsCrown Plaza – “Reactor” video; So Many Wizards’ “Lose Your Mind” video

The solo project of So Many Wizards’ Nima Kazerouni, Crown Plaza, is dreamier and lo-fier than his band’s indie power-pop. “Reactor” is lonely and lightly melancholic bedroom pop of the finest order, while the video calls to mind visiting your hometown and feeling like a stranger. Chem Waves Volume 1 is out now on tape on LA’s Vanity Projects, while So Many Wizards’ fine Warm Nothing was released earlier this year. That album’s “Lose Your Mind” video was also released this week. Crown Plaza play a free show at the Bootleg Theater Nov. 12. So Many Wizards will be all over LA this month and next, starting with a show at USC with the Allah-Las tonight; see all their dates here.

 

 

IO EchoIO Echo – “Berlin, It’s All a Mess” video

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LA Hearts NY Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief Sunday Nov. 11

Posted by Amoebite, November 8, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment

LA Hearts NY logoIt's been a week and a half since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York and New Jersey and the cities and beach communities there are still working to recover from the storm. To top it all off, they have just been hit with a snowfall and many homes that just had their power restored are back without electricity. A group of Los Angeles residents have formed a collaborative to help grassroots organizations in New York with their relief efforts.

LA Hearts NY is throwing an emergency benefit this Sunday, November 11 at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood (right across from Amoeba). The event runs 2-6pm and will feature DJs from KCRW (Chris Douridas), Cat Power (Gregg Foreman and Nico Turner) & others, along with a silent auction, bake sale, Intelligentsia coffee and more. They still need help too so if you want to donate anything (including auction items) please email them at laheartsny@gmail.com.

 

LA Hearts NY flier

 

New Fusion of Afrobeat and Moroccan Gnawa Unveiled

Posted by Billyjam, November 8, 2012 06:08am | Post a Comment

Fangnawa Feature: Fanga + Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa Fuse Afrobeat & Moroccan Gnawa

As outlined in the engaging mini documentary above from Strut Records Fangnawa Experience is a unique musical hybrid that fuses two distinct African musical styles; North Africa's ceremonial Gnawa Music with West Africa's Afrobeat. This new cross cultural fusion, that sounds totally natural, comes care of the French collective Fanga and Moroccan master musician Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa who each wanted to do something new and uncharted with their respective music. This they ably accomplished with this new cross pollination that they originally unveiled at the Détours du Monde festival in Montpelier, France last year when they realized they shared a musical common ground.

Both forms consist of trance like qualities that seemed destined to go together. The enriching results of their naturally compatible collaboration (even though they don't speak the same language) is seen/heard in the above short documentary film. The artists call their music and their hybrid project the Fangnawa Experience - the title that Fanga and Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa will be releasing their joint project next week (November 13th) via Strut Records. Look for it at Amoeba in the World Music section.

Amoeba Music Holiday Food & Toy Drives! Make a Difference! Get a Coupon!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2012 10:00pm | Post a Comment

This holiday season, Amoeba Music makes giving even more rewarding! Each Amoeba store location is partnering with a worthy charity and will give YOU a coupon for givingAs a thank you for your donation, get a coupon for 10% off on Amoeba.com or $5 off your $25 purchase in-store! Everyone wins! Find out what your local Amoeba is up to...

AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD:

Amoeba Hollywood and Five Acres invites you to share the joy with our annual HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE!

Bring in a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child through December 23rd. Toy should be suitable for ages 7 – teenager (no violent or weapon-based toys, please).

Founded as an orphanage in 1888, Five Acres is the oldest non-sectarian child abuse and neglect prevention, treatment, and education center located in Altadena. 

 

AMOEBA SAN FRANCISCO:

No one in our community should go hungry. Yet every day, about 1 in 5 people in San Francisco and SF food bank logoMarin do not have enough to eat. This holiday season you can make a difference in the life of a family by giving Food: The Perfect Gift.

Amoeba San Francisco joins forces with the San Francisco Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for singles and families in need this holiday season. The drive starts Friday, November 23rd and ends December 21st.

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Remastered Beatles Catalog Releasing on Vinyl Nov. 13

Posted by Billy Gil, November 7, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment

The BeatlesAll 14 albums by The Beatles will be released in remastered stereo on vinyl Tuesday, November 13, following their previous release on CD (remember Beatles Day 9/9/09?) and digitally.

The 12 original UK albums, plus Magical Mystery Tour and B-sides collection Past Masters Volumes One & Two, will be released on vinyl and will include such goodies as a reproduction of the White Album poster. Additionally, a limited-edition box set includes every album and a hardbound book by radio producer Kevin Howlett, with a chapter on each album’s creation and remastering, as well as photographs from across the band’s career.

These vinyl releases mark the first time that The Beatles’ first four albums will be available in stereo on vinyl in North America. Watch for the mono vinyl releases coming in 2013. Each record is available for $22.98, except for Past Masters, The White Album and the box set. Links to preorder each of the releases are below:

 

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beatles for Sale

With the Beatles

Abbey Road

Let it Be

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 11/5 - Joey Anderson, Fishermen, Professor Genius, Norm Talley, Jus Ed, Andy Stott, Hakim Murphy...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 7, 2012 04:19pm | Post a Comment



Joey Anderson
Earth Calls 12”
Deconstruct

New Jersey’s Joey Anderson with some heat on this hand stamped 12” from Levon Vincent and Anthony Parasole’s Deconstruct imprint.


Purchase Earth Calls here:







Fishermen
Fishermen 12”
Skudge presents

"Skudge is proud to present the first release in a new series called Skudge White. Fishermen is a new project created by Martin (MRSK) and his friend Thomas. Inspired by the sea."

Purchase Fishermen here:







Steve Moore
Panther Moderns 12”
L.I.E.S

Massive new ep from Steve Moore which hits hard straight from the get go, as the title track Panther Moderns sees Moore moving into bleaker, mid-tempo musical territories with this brutally haunting, sparse, yet, funk ridden cut. Beyond Tykens Rift is the light at the end of the tunnel with its melodic and uplifting techno/new age leanings while the b-side's Ancient Shorelines I., which opens with heavy arpeggios and a plodding kick, creates desolate landscapes of still to be discovered planets as the song's dramatic narrative unfolds. 

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Noise Pop Record Collective Party with Nathan Blaz of Geographer! Nov. 27th in Oakland.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2012 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop and Amoeba Music present the record party everyone is talking about, Noise Pop Record CollectiveNoise Pop Record Nathan Blaz GeographerCollective, on Tuesday, November 27th. This month the party is hosted by Nathan Blaz of Geographer and goes from 8pm till 11pm at Oakland's 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.

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.
 
See photos from the Geographer in-store at Amoeba Music in SF!

'Dual Form' Cassette Out; Golden Ticket May Be at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, November 7, 2012 10:11am | Post a Comment

Dual FormA little while ago, I blogged about a new release from Leaving Records and Stones Throw Records called Dual Form, a cassette-only compilation of Leaving Records artists to kick off Stones Throw serving as a distributor for Leaving Records. The cassette is on sale now at various LA record stores including Amoeba Hollywood, and a few lucky buyers of the Dual Form cassette will get a golden ticket for an exclusive Leaving Records mixtape! The LA labels are throwing an all-cassette DJ night tonight to celebrate the release at The Virgil (4519 Santa Monica Blvd.), hosted by Leaving Records co-founder Matthewdavid and Dublab's Frosty. If you get the golden ticket, you can redeem it there. It starts at 9 p.m. and is free, though it's part of Dublab's Proton Drive, so donations are welcome. The event will be streamed live at Dublab.com.

Read more about Dual Form here, which includes The Cyclist's "Visions."

 

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #7: NYC's Rapid Road to Recovery, Grand Central Terminal, Fresh & Onlys in NYC + much more

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2012 06:19am | Post a Comment

Compared to this time last week when the New York State of Mind Post-Hurricane Sandy Blues was posted to the Amoeblog in the devastating couple of days following the unprecedented impact of the storm that hit the region with a vengeance and brought the city that never sleeps to a standstill, things are looking a lot better in New York City (albeit far from back-to-normal in all places, most notably in the hard hit Staten Island and the Rockaways section of Queens).

Now the majority of power has been restored in most parts of NYC and a large percentage of public transit service (about 85%) is back up and running. In most places, NYC is getting back on track as fast as it can. However, the fallout of Sandy will still be felt here for a quite some time, especially in places that need to rebuild and/or tackle the daunting task of major flood damage repair. Plus, there's the nor'easter / second storm coming this week. Despite all of this, New Yorkers have worked together and around the fallout of Sandy to get things running despite the obstacles presented to them.

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Preorder Albums Due in the Holiday Season

Posted by Billy Gil, November 6, 2012 09:40pm | Post a Comment

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for some blockbuster releases from the likes of Green Day, who are releasing their second two of three albums this year; pop stars Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Lana Del Rey; and high-profile indie releases from Scott Walker, Brian Eno and Atoms for Peacel. See highlights of albums up for preorder at Amoeba.com below; a full-list of available preorders is here.

Brian EnoLux

Brian Eno LuxCD $14.98 available now

LP $25.98 due 12/11

Consisting of four LP-side-length pieces, the latest from the electronic music pioneer (and one-time Roxy Music member) falls into Eno’s ambient canon. Eno also recently developed an iPhone app called Bloom, which allows the average person to construct their own ambient music without knowledge of how to program or play an instrument.

 

 


Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Due 11/19Led Zeppelin

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Albums Out Nov. 6: Prince Rama, Emeralds, Lindstrom and More

Posted by Billy Gil, November 6, 2012 10:30am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Prince RamaTop Ten Hits of the End of the World

Prince Rama Top 10 hits of the end of the worldCD $13.98

LP $15.98

For their latest release, Brooklyn duo Prince Rama invented 10 separate entities to sing pop songs to soundtrack the end of days. Prince Rama’s apocalyptic thing might be shticky, but it also serves to highlight how the Brooklyn duo’s second album represents the strongest statement yet of their inverted pop aesthetic. “Those Who Live for Love Will Live Forever” channels ’70s and ’80s schlock like “The Hussle” and “Physical” through an art-pop lens that ends with a tribal background and the girls shrieking “forever” until the floor falls beneath them. “No Way Back” resuscitates forgotten new wave pop groups like Shakespeare’s Sister and Strawberry Switchblade in its girlish pop ambition, but the sound of it finds kinship with outsider sounds like the lo-fi pop of Ariel Pink. The way Prince Rama blends simplicity, as on the bare-bones riffery “So Destroyed,” with otherness, as in that song’s exotic call and response, takes them farther than the album’s admittedly fun premise. Hopefully whoever or whatever finds Prince Rama’s Top Ten Hits of the End of the World jammed in someone’s tape deck after mankind is long gone thinks we were pretty cool ’cause of it.

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Johnny Marr To Release First Ever Solo Album

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2012 06:08am | Post a Comment

Johnny Marr stops into Amoeba Hollywood and does "What's In My Bag?" (2011)

Influential British guitarist Johnny Marr, who originally came to fame as the backbone of The Smiths sound and songwriting partner to Morrissey, will be releasing his first ever solo album in the new year. To be titled The Messenger, the 12-song, self-produced album will be released by Sire/ADA in late February, 2013. The long-awaited solo release will follow years of Marr recording with such other artists, besides The Smiths, as The The, Talking Heads, Electronic, Pet Shop Boys, The Cribs, and as a member of the 2007 Modest Mouse line-up for the number one Billboard Top 200 hit We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Marr recently announced that he would join Dinosaur Jr. onstage at Terminal 5 when they play that NYC venue in early December for the 25th anniversary of You're Living All Over Me.

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Tickets On Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in November

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2012 06:45pm | Post a Comment

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. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

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:

John Cale at the El Rey

Amoeba Presents: John Cale
Cass McCombs
El Rey Theatre
December 11

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Amoeba Presents: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
The Fonda Theatre
December 19

 

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)
3LAU The Fonda Theatre 12/14/2012 $17.50
Bad Brains (SOLD OUT) The Fonda Theatre 12/01/2012 $27.00
Paul Banks The Fonda Theatre 12/05/2012 $22.50
Borgore (18+ show) The Fonda Theatre 12/7 & 12/8 $30.00
Amoeba Presents: John Cale
with Cass McCombs
El Rey Theatre 12/11/2012 $30.00
Cockney Rejects El Rey Theatre 02/18/2013 $20.00
Father John Misty El Rey Theatre 12/29/2012 $20.00
Femi Kuti and the Postive Force El Rey Theatre 01/18/2013 $30.00
Gojira with the Devin Townsend Project
and The Atlas Moth
The Fonda Theatre 01/25/2013 $22.00
Graveyard El Rey Theatre 02/17/2013 $20.00
Anthony Green with Geoff Rickly The Fonda Theatre 12/15/2012 $18.00

How the Grouch Stole Christmas 2012:
The Grouch & Eligh with Mistah F.A.B,
Prof and DJ Fresh

Recap: November Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2012 05:54pm | Post a Comment

Auction RecapOn Saturday, November 3 we were all excited to have the inimitable Billy Calhoun step up to the mic and charm the dollars out of the peeps....and....he....DID ! :) Billy did an amazing job of being funny, sincere, and charming while reminding people WHY we do this and what it means---and how each dollar is matched so it feels good. He was also gracious enough to donate several cool, kitschy vintage items from his own collection to spice it up even more. This month's recipient was a new partner for us, Good Neighbors, and they do amazing work around the world. Billy made sure to educate us about the works they do as he was auctioning off Dennis Rodman dolls (with switchable heads, no less! :). So it is even better since we are happy to be involved with what these guys are doing.

 Here are some of the highlights, which are especially impressive since there was a small crowd this time around. Several people overbid and doubled their own bids---which was just the spirit we needed:

 
** Pee Wee Herman Vintage T-shirt and Button Pack  -- $17.00

** Cat Power Concert Tickets and Signed CD -- $30.00

** Patti Smith Signed Horses CD and Poster -- $17.00

** Steve Martin T-shirt -- $5.00

** Monkees Concert Tickets -- $40.00

** Urban Outfitters Gift Card -- $45.00

** Lana Del Rey Signed 45 -- $25.00

** Dolly Parton Doll -- $30.00

** Minus The Bear Concert Tickets -- $25.00

** Gene Simmons Mask -- $25.00

** Amoeba VIP In-Store Pass -- $35.00

** Signed Doctor Who Blu-ray -- $40.00

** Trader Joe's Gift Card with Lunchbox -- $55.00

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Another Reason to Vote!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2012 05:16pm | Post a Comment

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day!

Bring in your voting stub into any Amoeba store on Tuesday and get $3 off your purchase of any item $4.99 or more!

Cannot be combined with other discounts. Only valid in stores on Tuesday, November 6th.

Now get out there and VOTE!
 

Jazz Trumpeter Ted Curson Dead

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2012 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Ta-Tu featuring Ted Curson "Serenade To A Cuckoo" (2010)

Sad news for jazz fans: famed trumpeter Ted Curson, who was perhaps best known for his membership of Charles Mingus' band circa 1960, died yesterday November 4th at age 77. The Philadelphia born jazz musician began his musical career after relocating from Philly to New York City in the mid 1950's. There he recorded with Cecil Taylor before going on to collaborate with Charles Mingus. Along with Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Dannie Richmond, and "special guest" Bud Powell, he performed at the Antibes jazz festival in 1960. That session was officially released as the double album Mingus At Antibes many years later in 1976, and re-released in recent years as a single CD set. In 1960 Curson also collaborated with Mingus on his album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus. From that period on through the following two decades Curson recorded a series of albums as band leader and solo artist including such releases as 1965's The New Thing and the Blue Thing, 1971's Pop Wine, and 1976's Blue Piccolo.  Although not recording as much Curson continued performing up until this year. Above is a recent day live recording of Curson in Finland from a couple of years ago with the line up known as Ta-Tu performing the Roland Kirk song "Serenade To A Cuckoo." And below is the track "Better Git It In Your Soul" from Mingus At Antibes
 

"Better Git It In Your Soul" from Mingus At Antibes

Music History Monday: November 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 5, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment

music history monday To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.


Born on this day: November 5, 1941 - Singer, songwriter, and actor Art Garfunkel (born Arthur Ira Garfunkel in Forest Hills, NY). Happy 71st Birthday Art!!
 


Born on this day: November 5, 1947 - Peter Noone (born Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, UK), lead vocalist of Herman's Hermits. Happy 65th Birthday, Peter!!
 



Born on this day: November 5, 1957 - Mike Score (born Michael Score in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK), lead vocalist and keyboardist of A Flock of Seagulls. Happy 55th Birthday, Mike!!




On this day in music history: November 5, 1956 - The Nat King Cole Show makes its debut on the NBC television network. It will make history as the first nationally aired program to be hosted by an African American performer. The show will begin initially as a 15 minute program, which is then expanded to a half hour in July 1957. The show will feature many high profile guests (and personal friends of Cole's) including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé, and Eartha Kitt. These performers appeared on the show working for either industry scale or for no pay at all. During its run, the program will lack major product sponsorship with many potential sponsors fearing they will offend certain viewers not wanting to see black performers on television. In spite of generating constantly high ratings, the show will be canceled after only 13 months due to high operating costs.
 

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Where the West begins and the sunset ends -- A San Fernando Valley primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 5, 2012 10:55am | Post a Comment


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY STATE COLLEGE 1973 postcard
San Fernando Valley State College postcard (1973)

_THE_ VALLEY - A SAN FERNANDO VALLEY PRIMER


San Fernando Valley panorama

San Fernando Valley panorama


There are numerous valleys in Los Angeles County: the Antelope, Crescenta, Hungry, Peace, Pomona, PuenteSan Gabriel, Santa Clara River, and Santa Clarita, to name a few of the better known ones. However, when one hears mention of The Valley it is almost universally recognized as a reference to LA County's San Fernando Valley.

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AFI 2012 - Interview with Olivier Assayas

Posted by Charles Reece, November 5, 2012 06:49am | Post a Comment

Olivier Assayas discussing his student radicalism and new film about those years, Something in the Air
(which has a better French title translated as After May, but we're not supposed to know to what the
"May"refers over here, I guess).

Amoeba Believes in Halloween Family Values

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2012 07:46pm | Post a Comment

Plymouth can have Thanksgiving and Bethlehem can have Christmas, but Halloween belongs to San Francisco. As you can see from these historic photos (taken in 1921 and 1946, respectively), San Franciscans can't help but parade in costume every October 31st. It's as natural an instinct as rooting for the Giants or complaining about Muni.

Halloween san francisco 1921

Amoeba San Francisco upholds this civic tradition every year with our annual Halloween employee costume contest. If you thought last year's costumes were good, wait till you get a load of this year's collection!

The festivities began with the dynamic DJing duo of Jamie Lee Roth and The Ancient Mariner spinning truly spooky tunes, such as the vocal track to "Running with the Devil" (see the end of this post for that special trick/treat). As customers in a variety of different stages of disguise browsed the aisles, a team of official costume contest judges was assembled (Tarin, Kathy, Suzanne, and Derrick) and Marketing and Promotions rep Tarin Muir took the stage to introduce the staff contestants. 

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Amoeba 8-track Love from Tom Schnabel

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 4, 2012 06:57pm | Post a Comment

 "....Yet Another Reason Why Amoeba Rules."

 
Our pal Tom Schnabel, NPR and KCRW-FM icon and music wizard, posted a  cool remembrance of his day with 8 track cartridges. Remember those? They were cartridges with 1/4-inch tape inside that was divided up into 4 stereo programs (8 tracks) and were looped to play continuously. I had one in my Chevy after the 4-track craze and before the cassette boom. I loved it when a song would fade out mid-chorus and start up again on the next track! Ahhh...where's my dictaphone?
 
Check it out here!! And, Tom's website is right here!!

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.02.12: Kendrick Lamar, P.O.S., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lupe Fiasco + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 2, 2012 09:23am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:02:12


1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

2) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3) P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)

4) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

5) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)

This latest hip-hop top five chart from the San Francisco Amoeba store includes many of the same new releases that have been selling well in recent weeks at both the Berkeley and Hollywood Amoeba stores including Odd Future spinoff MellowHype Numbers , Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 - the sequel to the Chicago emcee's 2006 debut Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, and Kendrick Lamar's universally popular major label debut Good Kid M.A.A.D City   on his mentor Dr. Dre's Aftermath label via Interscope. The album, which looks set to bring Compton back to the center of the rap map, is not only extremely popular at each of the Amoeba stores where it went straight to number one since its recent release but also across the nation. It debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and rap albums charts, and at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart (Taylor Swift's latest mega-hit Red edged it out for the number one pop chart position).

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Irish Group Take Stand By Rejecting Opportunity to Open For Chris Brown

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2012 04:35pm | Post a Comment

The Original Rudeboys doing their popular Irish single "Written Songs (Feeling Good)" (2012)

Up and coming Irish pop group The Original Rudeboys have turned down the enviable career opportunity plus a bucket of cash to be the opening act for visiting US pop star Chris Brown's upcoming Irish concert at Dublin's 23,000 capacity O2 arena concert venue. The reason? The hip-hop/r'n'b/pop trio, whose latest single "Blue Eyes" off their new album Grand Social addresses their opposition to domestic violence, are vehemently opposed to Brown's 2009 physical mistreatment of his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.

"Even though it’s a huge opportunity to play in the O2 with a major hip hop star and a substantial fee was offered, we are completely against Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna," said band member Sean Walsh in a prepared statement adding that, in keeping with the content of their new single, "It goes against everything we are about as a band and supporting Chris would send out the wrong message to our fans." 

Weekly Roundup: DaVinci, Feeding People, Plateaus

Posted by Billy Gil, November 1, 2012 12:40pm | Post a Comment

DaVinciDaVinci – “Cheeba” (featuring Ammbush, Main Attrakionz and The Jacka)

“Walk with a limp like Jason Voorhees.” Perfect line for just after Halloween. That comes from this spacey hip-hop track by Oakland’s DaVinci, with some great fluctuating production sounds from producer Keyes. He’s already released tracks such as “Nothin Finna Stop Me” as well from the upcoming The MOEna Lisa, due Nov. 6 from SWTBRDS.

 

Feeding PeopleFeeding People – “Island Universe”

Feeding People released a 7” of their sweet indie pop tune “Island Universe” last month, and now that song has gotten the remix treatment by Free the Robots featuring Phil Nisco. It’s the rare remix that completely reimagines the song and does so successfully — this time highlighting the song’s sci-fi potential, given that title, reminiscent of camp classic This Island Earth. Listen to it at LA Record. Both the original and remix are available to download at Amoeba.com.

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Amoeba Vinyl Engineer Shai Fishman Talks About Amoeba Vinyl Vaults

Posted by Billy Gil, November 1, 2012 11:54am | Post a Comment

Shai FishmanShai Fishman is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer. He has composed music for museums, feature films and is one of the creators of The Voca People, an international a capella group that has appeared on the Italian X-Factor and has had millions of YouTube views for clips of its performances.

At Amoeba, he’s helped to digitize Amoeba’s collection of vintage vinyl and 78s for exclusive download at Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults. Right now Amoeba is featuring more than 100 remastered songs by jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong, first released from 1923-1926. I spoke with Fishman about the digitizing and remastering process.

Amoeba: Can you take me through some of the basics of converting vinyl to digital? What are some of the concerns when dealing with older vinyl?

Fishman: As far is converting vinyl to digital media, the main concern is high-fidelity digitizing. We need to make sure that the analog recording process is done in such quality that it reproduces the signature vinyl sound we all love so much, in an authentic way, while still enjoying all the benefits of digital media.

Our digitizing allows for 96 KHz and 24 bit audio sampling resolution, which is more than enough to reproduce vinyl and at the same time allows us to have some room to manipulate the wave file, if need be.

When dealing with old vinyl the main concern is eliminating the noise that exists on copies that are older than 30 or 40 (roughly) years. That noise profile may be a simple surface noise, clicks, pops, crackle or any other intricate profile that we have to deal with in order to produce a digital copy that is in keeping with today’s sound standard.

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Dia De Los Muertos 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 1, 2012 07:44am | Post a Comment
Bob BabbittAs I mentioned in previous blogs about Dia De Los Muertos, I look forward to this celebration more than other holidays. The older I get, I feel the best way to celebrate life is to celebrate death without fear; with the same celebratory spirit one would have for a birth or an anniversary. The ritual of Dia De Los Muertos, the ofrenda (altar) the food and drink, and having the time to reflect those who have passed on are all-important components of this celebration. This is the day we party with the dead as we would with the living, some we knew intimately and others we admire and wish we knew better.

Besides celebrating family and friends that have passed on, I like to include musicians and artists who have inspired me in some way. This year, many great musicians have passed. Consider this a digital ofrenda to them. I hope these musicians have inspired you as much as they have I.


The Bass Players

Donald "Duck" DunnTwo amazing bass players passed this year. Bob Babbitt was a member of the infamous Funk Brothers, the backing group of musicians that played on many of the best Motown recordings of the 60’s and 70’s. Donald “Duck” Dunn did the same damage for Stax Records as a member of Booker T And The MG's, playing behind many of the greats on the Stax Records roster. You may not know their names but I bet you can hum their bass lines by heart.

Babbitt played bass on such Motown classics as "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder, "War" by Edwin Starr, "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye, "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne, "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" by The Temptations.

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