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Show Recap: Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2013 07:05pm | Post a Comment

Savage Republic VarvakiosL.A. art-punk band Savage Republic have always existed on the fringe, but they've managed to hold on to that fringe well past their '80s supposed heyday. They reformed to release 2007's fine 1938 album and now have released Varvakios, recorded in Greece using field recordings, traditional Greek instruments and the band's own apocryphal noise.

The band's show at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 30 showed just how much fervor the band has, tearing through "1938" with its ominous opening lines "Wave of destruction, a wave of aggression, it's 1938 all over again" over searing, reverbed guitars and tribal drum beats. The band's percussionist/singer Ethan Port bumped into me from behind on his way to the stage, playing maracas over the din. Port banged on a tin-sounding box that added a desolate thump to the songs, beating it like he was leading a viking ship. The band traded instruments and vocal duty, with guitarist/bassist Thom Fuhrmann handling deeply intoned vocal declarations and Port barking like a barbarian. They played the Ceremonial record's gorgeous "Year of Exile," which led into the chaos of Furhmann beating his bass in unison with drummer Mark Erskine's rumbling roar before going back to the song's rubbery bassline. The band thanked Amoeba for having "a bunch of old guys" play, but they rocked like dudes half their age.

See all the photos from the in-store here.

Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Thee Oh Sees, Rhye, LIZ, Secret Circuit, Francisco the Man

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2013 03:19pm | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Demon to Lean On”

wavves amoebaL.A.-based Wavves has released the second single from his forthcoming album, Afraid of Heights, due March 26 on Mom+Pop/Warner. The big leagues haven’t softened Wavves’ crashing sound, but “Demon to Lean On” is also one of the most refined pop songs he’s released thus far, with nice touches like the occasional castanets and milky guitar in the verses. But those crushing Blue-album Weezer chords in the chorus should bring many more kids into the Wavves fold. Wavves previously released the “Sail to the Sun” single and video. They’ll be touring with FIDLAR in the Spring.

 

Thee Oh Sees Announce New LP

thee oh seesAnother year, another Thee Oh Sees album. If that sounds like a knock, it isn’t — San Fransisco garage kings Thee Oh Sees have released three albums in the past two years (including last year’s Putrifiers II), all of them great, so there’s no reason to think this one won’t follow the same route. Between these guys and Ty Segall, there must be something in the water in San Francisco that makes garage bands incredibly prolific and solid at the same time. Acid, maybe. Floating Coffin is out April 16 on Castle Face.

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Come Crate Digging With Us at the Pasadena City College Flea Market & Record Swap 2/3

Posted by Amoebite, January 31, 2013 02:59pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, February 3, Amoeba returns to 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.
 

PCC Flea Market & Record Swap 2/3

 


49ers Fans/Siblings Rapper Don V. & Video Maker Nick Tannura Rush Produce Their Latest Niners Anthem In Time For Super Bowl XLVII

Posted by Billyjam, January 31, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment

Don V. "Niners In It (49ers Super Bowl Remix of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools")"


San Francisco 49ers fans don't fool around when it comes to getting work done on a strict deadline in support of their beloved team. Instant proof of this lies with dedicated Niners fans/brothers Nick Tannura and Vince Tannura from San Francisco who recorded and produced their latest Niners rap video ("Niners In It") in a matter of days so as to have it done ahead of Sunday's (Feb 3rd) anticipated Super Bowl XLVII game in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens for which the Niners are the across-the-board favorites.

Vincent, aka rapper Don V., recorded the track "Niners In It" over a Kendrick Lamar instrumental last Thursday night and over the following couple of days did some post-production tweaking and mastering on the track. Then on Sunday last (Jan 27th) his brother, recent SF State University film school graduate / up-and-coming music video maker Nick came up with a storyboard and a list of San Francisco locations for Don V. and a group of their friends/fellow Niners fans from the Mission District (and their cool rides) to travel to and shoot some scenes at - including Kezar Stadium (former home of the 49ers), down near the Wharf (where I interviewed them), and on the Bay Bridge.  Then from Sunday night, between school work and other commitments, Nick put in as much time as possible to edit the music video to have it completed by late Tuesday night and uploaded to YouTube by early yesterday (Wednesday) morning - all in plenty of time for this Sunday's big game.

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Happy February -- here's your line-up of month-long observances and ways to celebrate with music, movies and games

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 30, 2013 06:27pm | Post a Comment

IT'S FEBRUARY

 

Gloomy Day 1565 Artist: Pieter Bruegel (1525?-1569)
Gloomy Day 1565 by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder

As with all of the months of the year, even short February is packed with its share month-long observances. There are well-known observances, obscure ones and frankly some ridiculous ones whose very existence annoys me. If you live somewhere with a temperate climate in the Northern Hemisphere then by now you might be well over winter and in need of some levity. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, of course, it's summer and you're hopefully outside getting stink blown off. If you’re staying indoors, here’s a list of February’s month long observances and some of my favorite films relevant to the subject. What are yours?

 

AMD/ Low Vision Awareness Month

There are quite a few TV series and films where blindness has been a plot point. I bet that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of other good films to enjoy in February but here are a my recommendations: the Zatoichi (???) series, Wait until dark, The Color of paradise (??? ??), and See no evil (aka Blind terror).

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Amoeba Presents OFF! Live at the Fonda Feb. 8

Posted by Billy Gil, January 30, 2013 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Off! Amoeba FlyerAmoeba, Goldenvoice and FYF are presenting punk supergroup OFF! live at the Henry Fonda Theatre Feb. 8, with Negative Approach, Bad Antics and a special guest. Tickets are $17.50, 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.

Amoeba Off!Off! was formed in L.A. in 2009 by punk vets Keith Morris (of Circle Jerks/Black Flag) on vocals, Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) on guitar, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) on bass and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The band released a series of EPs, corralling them into the First Four EPs release in 2010 before releasing their official first album in 2012. The widely acclaimed releases each consist of 16 lightspeed hardcore punk songs at about a minute long each.

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Show Recap: Local Natives at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 30, 2013 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives AmoebaThe line wrapped around the block to see Local Natives play one of the biggest Amoeba in-stores in recent memory.

The L.A.-based band appeared Jan. 29 in support of their sophomore album, the epic Hummingbird, released the same day. Despite having released only one previous album, Gorilla Manor, in 2009, it was clear by the shouts of screaming girls and dudes alike that the band’s cult has grown sizably over the years.

Local Natives HummingbirdThe band opened with “You & I,” the majestic opening track of Hummingbird, with singer Kelcey Ayer booming his throaty voice through the store in the song’s opening lines and the band engaging in solid harmonies. “Breakers” sounded intense live, inspiring a clap-along.

From the get-go, it didn’t sound as though the band needed time to find their footing or were still trying to work out kinks in new songs; they sounded well-rehearsed and ready to go. They paused to sweetly give a shoutout to their hometown, offering gratitude and reflecting on the times they were on the other side of the stage.

In an offering to their fans, they launched into “Wide Eyes” from Gorilla Manor, a song they’re probably sick-to-death of playing, to huge response — a kind move in a show meant to promote their new album. They moved back to Hummingbird for standout “Heavy Feet,” which features some of the liveliest drumming and singing on the album, doubling that strength live in the show’s best moment.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #19: Photo Episode

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

For this special edition of the New York State of Mind Amoeblog, I'm posting a series of pictures (mostly taken in recent weeks around Manhattan as well as a couple of other spots not far from Manhattan) that tell a story of what New York City has to offer. If you move your cursor over the photos most of them have some accompanying text that will identify their location or offer other related information.
 








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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2013 08:54pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells 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:

Klubfoot USA the Fonda

The Klubfoot USA
Fonda Theatre
March 15 - March 17

Netsky The Fonda

Netsky
The Fonda Theatre
April 5

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)
Hoodie Allen El Rey Theatre 03/24/2013 $23.50
The Black Lips El Rey Theatre 03/21/2013 $22.00
Billy Bragg El Rey Theatre 03/28/2013 $32.00
Cloud Cult El Rey Theatre 05/11/2013 $17.00
Daedelus
with Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth & Samo Sound Boy
The Fonda Theatre 03/29/2013 $17.50
Django Django The Fonda Theatre 03/23/2013 $23.00
Frightened Rabbit The Fonda Theatre 03/13/2013 $19.99
G-Eazy (SOLD OUT) El Rey Theatre 03/09/2013 $16.00
James Hunter El Rey Theatre 03/07/2013 $22.00
IAMX The Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Killing Joke The Fonda Theatre 05/05/2013 $27.50
Kindess El Rey Theatre 03/14/2013 $18.00
Kip Moore El Rey Theatre 04/09/2013 $25.00
Klubfoot USA
with Frantic Flinstones, The Whammy, Gamblers Mark, The Mosquitos, Hayride to Hell, and Stumpwaller
The Fonda Theatre 03/15/2013 $60.00
Klubfoot USA
with Mad Sin, King Kurt, Rezurex, Graveyard Shift, Cold Blue Rebels, and The Quaranteds
The Fonda Theatre 03/16/2013 $60.00
Klubfoot USA
with The Klingonz, Coffin Nails, Spellbound, Los Gatos Locos, and The Mosquitos
The Fonda Theatre 03/17/2013 $60.00
KMFDM The Fonda Theatre 03/10/2013 $26.50
Lianne La Havas El Rey Theatre 3/19 & 3/20 $22.00
Living Colour El Rey Theatre 03/30/2013 $30.00
Los Amigos Invisibles The Fonda Theatre 04/26/2013 $22.50
Lotus
with special guest VibeSquaD
El Rey Theatre 03/22/2013 $20.00
Mavericks El Rey Theatre 03/26/2013 $30.00
Moe The Fonda Theatre 3/8 & 3/9 $30.00
Netsky The Fonda Theatre 04/05/2013 $28.50
Shuggie Otis El Rey Theatre 04/27/2013 $32.00
Josh Ritter The Fonda Theatre 03/19/2013 $27.00
Shlohmo The Fonda Theatre 04/06/2013 $20.00
Starfucker
(SOLD OUT)
The Fonda Theatre 03/02/2013 $22.00
Lindsey Sterling The Fonda Theatre 04/04/2013 $22.50
Texas Is the Reason The Fonda Theatre 03/30/2013 $19.99
Toro y Moi
(SOLD OUT)
The Fonda Theatre 03/03/2013 $25.00
Watsky/Cardboard Castles Tour El Rey Theatre 05/04/2013 $17.00

 

The Future Is In Our Hands: NAMM 2013 Report by Shing02, Exclusive to The Amoeblog

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2013 05:46am | Post a Comment

Shing02's Amoeblog Video Report from NAMM 2013

Once again my man Hip Hop Slam correspondent Shing02 graces the Amoeblog with another in his ever informative digests in the ongoing exclusive Amoeblog reports (video above, text and pics below) from NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) - the annual DJ/producer/music-tech trade show that happens each January at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year's was held over the past week/weekend: from January 24th to 27th, 2013. Thanks to Shing02 and all of the folks he talked to for their contributions to this piece including DJ Q-bert, OP-1, Yoga Frog, DJ Platurn, DJ Quest, Mista B, DJ P-Trix, DJ A-1, Vestax Spin2, PDJ, Numark Orbit, Apogee Quartet McDSP, Stylophone, Elektron AnalogFour, Gittler Guitar, Chord Dice, Wheel Harp, and Koichi Sanchez aka Nightshift.





Shing02's Amoeblog Report on NAMM 2013

The NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA proved to be on par with previous years as it featured hundreds of exhibitors showcasing digital and analog instruments,    complete with colorful participants who packed the convention floor. Despite the cloudiness for most of the days, the feverishly festive mood is an annual destination for music industry heads worldwide.

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Albums Out 1/29: Local Natives, Ducktails, Amor de Dias and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2013 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Local NativesHummingbird

HummingbirdLP $16.98

CD $12.98

Deluxe CD $16.98

Deluxe LP $24.98

The second album by Local Natives is such a lush expansion of their sound, it could as well by the work by another band. This is not to say they’ve ignored their strengths — the active percussion work is still there, on the drums of “Heavy Feet,” which rumble like old train tracks — but they’ve pulled back a bit energy-wise, allowing for a more mature and world-weary sound, especially lyrically and vocally, and they’ve filled out some of the empty space with keyboard warmth and renewed dedication to gorgeous vocal harmony. Opener “You & I” follows in Fleet Foxes’ recent tradition of glowing openers, the kind of music you want to wake up to. The time the band has taken to put Hummingbird together is apparent, in the way “Black Spot” unfolds unhurriedly or how “Breakers’” alternating surge and respite gives a sense of its oceanic setting without putting too fine a point on it. For fans who are willing to grow up with them, or for those just coming into the fold, Local Natives’ Hummingbird is simply stunning. Catch them at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.!

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Amoeba to Celebrate Fat Tuesday Feb. 12!

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2013 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Mardi Gras

Every year Amoeba kicks off Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday celebration, and this year once again a portion of the proceeds from all three Amoeba stores will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Taking place Feb. 12, the celebration will include a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 2 p.m., DJs spinning New Orleans sounds starting at 1pm and our annual Second Line Parade follwing DDBB. The family-friendly event draws crowds every year.

This year Amoeba will be exclusively distributing the CD Congo Square Vol. 1, the first of six planned volumes tracing the development of New Orleans music, with all proceeds of the sale benefiting New Orleans relief efforts. Read more about The Congo Square Project in Billyjam’s interview with Congo Square producer Fabian Jolivet. Additionally we invite you to check out Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults, featuring more than 100 remastered songs by blues great Louis Armstrong, from the years 1923 to 1932, many exclusively available from Amoeba to download for the first time ever. Read more about our Louis Armstrong archives here.

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Music History Monday: January 28

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 28, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: January 28, 1968 - Genius rapper and lyricist Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr. in Wyandanch, Long Island, NY). Happy 45th Birthday, Rakim!!


On this day in music history: January 28, 1984 - "If Only You Knew" by Patti LaBelle hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks, also peaking at #46 on February 25th. Written by Cynthia Biggs, Kenny Gamble, and Dexter Wansel, it is the first solo chart topper for Philadelphia-born R&B vocalist. Philadelphia International Records staff writer and producer Wansel will write the music and then collaborate with Biggs who will come up with the title and write most of the lyrics. Label co-owner and producer Gamble will help finish the lyrics. Gamble will also suggest that Patti LaBelle record the song. The track is originally recorded in 1981 during sessions for LaBelle's previous album, The Spirit's In It. The song will be shelved until it is pulled from the vault and included on what will be her final album for Philadelphia International Records. Released as the first single from LaBelle's sixth solo release I'm In Love Again, it is an immediate smash at black radio and becomes her first solo #1. LaBelle will quickly score two more hits with the follow up "Love, Need, And Want You" (#10 R&B) as well as the duet "Love Has Finally Come At Last" (#3 R&B) with Bobby Womack. LaBelle will suddenly become a hot property and is quickly signed by MCA Records, where she will go on to even greater success.
 

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Local Natives Set to Play Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Southern California’s Local Natives are playing Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Prior to that, and the release of their much-anticipated second album, Hummingbird, that same day, I caught up with lead singer Kelcey Ayer about the band’s development, the nearly four-year break between their albums and what went into creating the band’s new album.

PST: Some bands force a second record out quickly, while you guys have seemed to take your time, refining and changing your sound over the past couple of years. Did you aim to take your time with this record, or was that a byproduct of touring or other priorities and obligations?

Local nativesAyer: It’s kind of both actually. People think we took all this time off, but we practically didn’t take any. We toured all of 2009 and 2010, and planned to start writing at the beginning of 2011, but then these offers came in that we just couldn’t say no to (opening for Arcade Fire, playing the Walt Disney Concert Hall with an orchestra, traveling and playing throughout Mexico, etc.). We finally locked down our own rehearsal/recording space together that summer, but diving into writing got postponed yet again because of a death in my family. From there we spent a year writing and making the record, and by the time it was finished last September, we decided it would be better to release it the beginning of this year. But none of that bothered us since we’d always told ourselves that we wouldn’t rush things. We thought if there was any way to avoid the sophomore slump, it would be by taking our time and not giving ourselves that unneeded pressure. We figured that it doesn’t matter when a record comes out if it’s not your best effort.

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Some Records That I Liked in 2012

Posted by Charles Reece, January 28, 2013 12:50pm | Post a Comment
I'm going to get back to my top 11 film list, but I'm interrupting it for the standout music of 2012, which was really a bunch of reissues of stuff that wasn't so readily available before (and because most of these reissues are limited, the music will continue to be not readily available in a few years).

possession score lp
Andrzej Korzyński - Possession (Finders Keepers)

The recent interest in the cinema of Andrzej Żuławski is a joke, but as far as it goes, Possession is probably this halfwit auteur's pretentious masterpiece, a risible prime example of Eurotrash art horror. Although the film oeuvre deserves to stay forgotten, Korzyński's electo-orchestral score is brilliant, and certainly the best argument for the director's faddish resurgence.

the beyond score lp
Fabio Frizzi - The Beyond (Mondo Tees)

One of the top 5 horror scores of all time. It doesn't get any better than the choral cues on this record.

halloween iii score lp
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Death Waltz)

Forget how shitty the movie is and how disappointed you were upon first seeing it; this is the best score Carpenter ever did. With Howarth as his co-composer this time around.

Le Triedre fertile
Pierre Schaeffer - Le Trièdre fertile (Mego - Recollection GRM)

Really, the whole line of GRM electronic reissues should be on here, but my favorite so far is Schaeffer's first and only fully synthesized album. At a proper volume, his tones will turn your skeletal structure to warm honey. The sound quality of these LPs is as good as you'll ever hear.

dockstader electronic volume 1
Tod Dockstader - Electronic, Vol. 1 (Mordant Music)

Dockstader's never made a bad album. He's one of the best electronic composers, always creating a full aural environment. Here he proves himself to be one the best composers of library music, too.

January 27, 2013: Amour

Posted by phil blankenship, January 27, 2013 05:44pm | Post a Comment
Amour movie ticket stub

The Art Of The LP Cover- Foggy Notions

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 27, 2013 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Interview with Producer Fabian Jolivet of New Orleans Benefit "The Congo Square Project" Distributed Exclusively By Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2013 03:02pm | Post a Comment
It may now be eight years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast but that does not mean that Amoeba Music has in any way abandoned its continued commitment to doing its bit in the still much needed recovery and rebuilding in the area. On the contrary; we've up the ante, and so this Fat Tuesday (Feb 12th) Amoeba invites you to celebrate Mardi Gras in style with us while simultaneously helping the city of New Orleans in its long, slow uphill road to recovery and rebuilding - with a portion of proceeds from all sales at Amoeba on Fat Tuesday going directly to NOLA and benefitting Tippitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic. For Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood there will be  big celebration that will include a very special performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (they play UCLA later that night with Allen Toussaint), DJs spinning rich diverse mixes of New Orleans music, plus another popular Line Parade (see video below of last year's Line Parade at Amoeba Hollywood). And in its continued homage to New Orleans as cultural center of American music and in helping preserve and protect its musical legacy, Amoeba.com's Vinyl Vaults now feature more than a hundred remastered rare songs (circa 1923-1932) of N.O. legend Louis Armstrong. Additionally Amoeba will exclusively be distributing six volunteer/benefit releases compiled/produced by Fabian Jolivet for The Congo Square Project Foundation with all proceeds benefiting New Orleans relief efforts. 

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Concerning Hobbit Rock: Exploring A Beloved Micro-Genre

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 25, 2013 06:41pm | Post a Comment
Given all the hubbub this past holiday season surrounding the opening of Peter Jackson's newest venture into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I think it's time to shift the spotlight onto a little known sub-subgenre tucked away, much like a hobbit hole snugly abutting a hillside, within Amoeba Music's extensive Rock Various Artists section: Hobbit Rock.

amoeba music genre subgenre rock various artists compilations fringe cult hobbit rock tolkien lost seventies classic mediaeval mediaval english j r r tolkein lord of the rings frodo bilbo baggins


Now, I have to admit the first time I clocked the Hobbit Rock bin card I was taken aback, gagging on the  question: what the heck is this? Browsing though the titles it began to make sense. Much like unfolding a map of Middle Earth to explore a visual representation of the diverse cultures and histories that Tolkien invented to people his fictional universe, browsing Hobbit Rock is to peruse a Led Zeppelin hobbit rock lord of the rings lyrics robert plant hippy hippie rock collection of music that either inspires sincere impressions of Middle Earth or is unequivocally informed by Tolkein's fantasy writings.

In other words, if an artist makes blatant Tolkien-esque references in lyric  (apparently Led Zeppelin couldn't resist slipping more than a little Middle Earthliness into practically every album) or otherwise artistic content (see my list below) then that, friends, is pure, gem mint ten Hobbit Rock.

Show Recap: FIDLAR at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 25, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR AmoebaLA’s FIDLAR ripped through most of their new self-titled album at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 24 with hardly a pause for breath.

From the outset, when they broke into the four-chord, “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone”-style stomp of “Stoked and Broke,” things were loud, loud, loud. That continued through the next couple of songs on their album, the breakneck-speed “White on White” and quirky surf riffery of “No Waves.” It was a shame that you could hear barely a word of vocals from the band and its two singers, Zac Caper and Elvis Kuehn, whose true-to-life detailing of being in your mid-20s, in a band, without a proper job and getting drunk every night is a big part of FIDLAR’s appeal. Musically, though, the band never faltered, inducing trance with the looped opening notes of “Whore” before smashing through the song’s nasty, Sabbathy punk rock. Things came through loud-and-clear enough for the band’s shout along chorus to closer “Cheap Beer,” echoed by the sizable audience: “I! Drink! Cheap! Beer! So! What! Fuck! You!”

The show was a perfect example of FIDLAR’s ethos (“Fuck it Dawg, Life’s a Risk,” is what their name stands for). They don’t play the volume they should. They don’t wait to make sure their vocals are loud enough or fuss with the sound guy. They just play. And the kids went wild.

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Get a Ticket to See Tegan and Sara on Jimmy Kimmel With Purchase of 'Heartthrob'

Posted by Billy Gil, January 25, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Tegan and SaraTegan and Sara are releasing a new album, Heartthrob, Jan. 29, and Amoeba Hollywood is giving away tickets to see the band Jan. 31 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Limit one guest list spot per album purchased (limit two per person). As these are guest list spots, you must have the name of the person attending the show at the time of purchase. This works with in-store Amoeba purchases only — sorry, no online orders or holds. The offer is good while supplies last — there are 100 guest spots available, so get your butt to Amoeba early if you want in.

Tegan and SaraInfo for the show:

When: Thursday, January 31 – 5:45pm check-in

Where: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Check-in located off Hawthorn Ave.

How: You'll be on the House Guest List and will get a wristband when you check in.

Details: All guests must be 16+ (must show ID at venue). No cameras or bags are allowed.

 

Hip-Hop That Encourages A Healthy Diet

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2013 12:34pm | Post a Comment

Sam Stomach "80 Bites" (2013)

Rap may have a bad rap for being negative but there are lots of positive raps out there including ones about diet and healthy living: the latest of which is the song/video above - "80 Bites" by Sam Stomach in which the cartoon character encourages healthy eating habits while wisely suggesting limiting ones intake to the amount of bites on a daily basis. "80 Bites, 80 Bites, 80 Bites" repeats Sam in his advice rap on only eating 80 bites of food throughout the day, and thereby retraining your stomach container to return to its original size which in turn will lead to fewer cravings for food / calories. "Puff said it's all about the Benjamins. He was wrong. It's all about the bites my friend," raps Sam who disses most diets. However he instead encourages downloading the "80 Bites" App and signing up for the new diet (at a $50 membership no less!). So really the video/song is just an ad. But still it's coming from a good place and it got me thinking about hip-hop and healthy eating. Beyond movements like the kids oriented Healthy Hip-Hop organization and individuals like "The Hip-Hop Chef - Cooking Tyrone"  who cross-pollinate hip-hop with cooking and who endorses vegan diet and healthy cooking/living, there are numerous hip-hop tracks that rap about diet.

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Weekly Roundup: Alexander Spit, Warm Soda, Feeding People, Deap Vally, Painted Palms, Wildcat! Wildcat!, FIDLAR

Posted by Billy Gil, January 24, 2013 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Alexander Spit – “Artesia” (ft. Action Bronson)

Alexander SpitLike most with the travel bug, my desire to visit faraway places takes a backseat to a lack of funds or time to go anywhere. So I’m glad to have this new song by SF rapper Alexander Spit, who along with Action Bronson, “got the summer planned” and takes us on a train across Europe to eat, drink and flirt around the continent, ending up in Queens and Boise. I love how the end goes all Blade Runner cyberdelic with robot voice effects and eerie keyboards. It takes you on a trip, even if you’re just chillin’ in Artesia, California! His album A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside is out Jan. 29 on Decon. Check out the recently released "That's Spit" as well.

Alexander Spit - Artesia feat. Action Bronson by Decon

 

Warm Soda Announces Debut LP and Tour

Warm Soda albumWarm SodaGreat power-pop isn’t easy to come by, and Warm Soda spray out fuzzy guitar confection like it’s been bottled up and shaken — how’s that for an overblown metaphor? The Oakland band’s debut LP, Someone for You, is due March 26 on Castle Face Records. Their tour kicks off Jan. 25 at Oakland’s Night Light; they’ll be at SF’s Hemlock Feb. 1, Hidden Temple Feb. 16 and LA’s The Smell Feb. 20. Check out all of their dates on Facebook, and hear their song “Reaction” below.

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Free Tickets to Two Gallants at The Fillmore in SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 24, 2013 12:35pm | Post a Comment

We have a very limited number of FREE tickets to the Two Gallants show at the Fillmore on February 2nd! Hurry down to Amoeba San Francisco and buy a Two Gallants album to get your free ticket TODAY! These are going to go fast! ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.25.13: E-Lit, A$AP Rocky, Moe Pope & Rain, DJ Toure, Mod Sun, Let's Side fanzine, Bay Area shows +

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2013 10:45am | Post a Comment
       


AMOEBA MUSIC BERKELEY HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 25, 2013


1) A$AP Rocky Long.Live. A$AP (RCA)

2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3) 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)

3) Moe Pope & Rain Let The Right Ones In (Brick Records)

5) Mixed Blood Majority S/T (Mixed Blood Majority)

Special shout-out to E-Lit from Amoeba Berkeley who, despite being under the weather with a nasty cold, took time to do the above video of the detailed run-down of what's new in hip-hop at Amoeba and supplying the latest top five chart. Topping the chart (no surprise) is the hotly anticipated new A$AP Rocky official debut release following the hella hyped Harlem rapper's mixtape. Note that A$AP's major label outing, care of RCA, comes in regular CD version of  Long.Live. A$AP plus DeLuxe CD version, as well as the vinyl LP version. Other new chart entries include the brand new self-titled release from power trio Mixed Blood Majority that is made up of Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures, Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, and Doomtree producer Lazerbeak.
Other new releases (non chart entries) mentioned by E-Lit include MF Grimm's Good Morning Vietnam
and The Dag Savage EP - both vinyl releases. Be sure to check out E-Lit's two KALX shows this weekend when he will be playing some of the aforementioned new releases. On Friday, Jan 25th, he will be doing a best of 2012 show on the UC Berkeley station from 9am to noon and then on Sunday night (Jan 27th) at midnight for the one-hour Yo! KALX Raps show he will be playing the best of 2013 so far. Tune into KALX on the radio dial if you are in the Bay Area on 90.7FM or online at kalx.berkeley.edu

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Show Recap: Jessie Ware at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, January 24, 2013 09:43am | Post a Comment

Jessie Ware Amoeba

British songstress Jessie Ware emerged dressed down, looking like Stevie Nicks in a black ensemble and hoop earrings, Jan. 22 at Amoeba Hollywood. It’s only worth mentioning as it coincided with the difference between her live show, raw and organic, and her more digital records, on the covers of which she appears glossy and glammed up.

Ware, known as kind of the hipster Sade, began with “Devotion,” the title track to her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, which will see a physical release in the U.S. later this year. Her voice sounded quiet against her band’s booming basslines, but by the set’s second song, the title track to her EP, “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” everything locked into place as she began loosening up, and tried to loosen up the audience too, who laughed when she called out their serious faces. “Sweet Talk,” which appears on both the album and EP, sounded lush and bassy as her four-piece created an approximation of the recordings, with one guy handling both guitars and keys. Her voice sounded incredible on “Sweet Talk” as well as “What You Won’t Do for Love,” a cover of the Bobby Caldwell quiet storm classic.

Ware’s voice and manner grew more confident over the course of the show, with each subsequent song, like “Wildest Moments,” sounding better than the last. She hurriedly introduced her band and gushed about playing with The Roots on “Jimmy Fallon,” pulling the audience in with endearing gratitude for her success. The show demonstrated how Ware is still developing as a central performer (she rose to prominence guesting on tracks by Joker and SBTRKT) and learning how to work a stage, but her voice was impeccable, reserving her belting for a spine-tingling finish in “Running.”

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Welcome to friendly El Monte, the end of the Santa Fe Trail (or at least some trails)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 23, 2013 08:00pm | Post a Comment
INTRODUCTION TO EL MONTE 

City of El Monte
Valley Boulevad and Peck Road -- Welcome to El Monte


El Monte is a city in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley. As of the last census (in 2010), its population was 113,475. It contains the neighborhoods of Arden Village, the Auto District, Downtown, Five Points, the Flair Business District, Hayes, Maxson, Mountain View, the Northwest Industrial District, Norwood Village, and Park El Monte.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of El Monte
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of El Monte



El Monte is neighbored by Temple City, North El Monte, and Arcadia to the north; Irwindale to the northeast; Baldwin Park to the east; City of Industry to the southeast, Avocado Heights and South El Monte to the south; and Rosemead to the west. Although El Monte's top three employers are school districts, its economy seemed to me to be dominated by auto shops and smog checks as well as nail and beauty salons.

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Get a $20 Gift Certificate for Just $10 at Amoeba Happy Hour, January 30th!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2013 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Back by popular demand...it's the return of Amoeba Happy Hour! Swing by any of our three Amoeba locations on Wednesday, January 30th between noon and 2pm and buy a $20 gift certificate for just $10! That's enough savings to make anyone happy!

Please note: limited to two gift certificates per person. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Amoeba Music Happy Hour

 

Cinefamily's Friday Night Frights: NEAR DARK w/ Special Guests IN PERSON

Posted by phil blankenship, January 23, 2013 10:51am | Post a Comment
Near Dark

NEAR DARK // Friday, January 25, 2013 // Midnite

1987 was an amazing year for young vampire love stories, with the release of both the flashy, angsty The Lost Boys, and this gritty ‘n gory western — one of the best fanged flicks ever filmed. Written by Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts), and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (who would later win a Best Director Oscar with The Hurt Locker, and might again with Zero Dark Thirty), Near Dark was underappreciated at the time of its release, but is now regarded as a bona-fide cult classic, thanks in no small part to Bigelow’s muscular direction and Red’s crackling, ultraviolent script. Drawing from James Cameron’s stable of character actors (he and Bigelow were married at the time), the film boasts career-high performances from Lance Henriksen, Joshua Miller, Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright and a scene-stealing Bill Paxton as arguably the greatest loose-canon psycho redneck vampire of all time. Wrap it all up with an ethereal Tangerine Dream score and you have one of the best horror films of its time. Join us in re-appreciating this blood-soaked gem from a director still on top of her game! Co-stars Joshua Miller & Jenette Goldstein will be here for a Q&A!
Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 1987, 35mm, 95 min.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #18: Jamie McCormick @ Abraco Espresso, Former Mayor Ed Koch, Transit Exhibit & other Events/Shows

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2013 09:30am | Post a Comment
     

For this week's installment of the New York State of Mind Amoeblog I interview East Bay to NY transplant and old friend of Amoeba Music Jamie McCormick of renowned East Village coffee mecca Abraço Espresso (including some of Jamie's top five music lists and picks), discuss the new documentary Koch on former NYC mayor Ed Koch, take a look at a transit themed exhibit inside Grand Central Terminal which turns 100 years old in two weeks, and a quick rundown of some of the shows and events in the week ahead in the city of New York. These include the free, all ages NYC Parks Winter Jam this Saturday, Jan 26th from 11am to 3pm in the Bandshell area of Central Park. More info here.

Although her track record for concerts has  been sketchy to put it nicely Cat Power has left all that erratic behavior behind her nowadays reportedly. And the artist born Chan Marshall plays Terminal 5 at 610 W 56th St. next Tuesday (1/29), in support of her current highly recommended album Sun. Angel Haze is the opening act. 8pm show. All ages. Tickets $25. More info.

Meanwhile on 125th Street in the heart of Harlem the Studio Museum, always offers some wonderfully engaging exhibits with an emphasis on art and artists of African descent,  currently on exhibit is the excellent photo show: Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 that follows one family around on their daily grind and features such shots as the one below. Note that Sundays is free day at the Studio Museum.

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'Beware of Mr. Baker' Celebrates One of Rock's Greatest (And Wildest) Drummers

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2013 04:03pm | Post a Comment

Ginger BakerAt the beginning of documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, we’re introduced to the titular character when the misanthropic elderly man bashes his biographer in the face with a cane. Filmmaker Jay Bulger gets out of the car to show us his bloody nose, and from there we’re whisked back through not only the story of Ginger Baker, famed drummer for Cream, but also the story behind the creation of the film.

Bulger bills himself as a writer for Rolling Stone in order to get an interview with the reclusive Baker — this is a lie. However, the article Bulger comes up with once he meets with Baker in his South Africa compound does get published in Rolling Stone, providing the catalyst for the film. The brash Bulger, and his interactions with Baker, become a hilarious side story to that of Baker, the red-headed wild man who helped pioneer rock drumming as a member of Cream, with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. Baker’s unique, African and jazz-influenced style would go on to be widely used in hard rock and heavy metal in years to come. But Baker’s personal life is beset by drugs, family issues, several wives and money problems.

Beware Mr. Baker

However, Beware of Mr. Baker is no predictable “VH1 Behind the Music” story, nor is it a sob story. It’s more a celebration of a life thoroughly lived, and of a character whose lust for life and for drumming supersedes his ability to live normally and care for anyone else. It’s riveting viewing, even (and perhaps especially) for those unfamiliar with Baker. The film’s editing, full of animated bits, stock footage and interview footage, jump-cutting and fading with psychedelic aesthetic, is nothing short of brilliant. It also includes enlightening, often funny interviews with the likes of Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana, Lars Ulrich and Neil Peart.

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New Deftones Vinyl Release of The Sac-Town Alt-Metal Band's "Koi No Yokan" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2013 11:20am | Post a Comment
In addition to all the exciting new releases listed by Billy Gil in the Albums Out Jan 22nd Amoeblog (immediately below this) there is also a new vinyl release by alt-metal kings the Deftones (pictured left) being released today. It is a vinyl version of the longtime hard rocking NorCal band's current Koi No Yokan album that dropped a couple of months ago on CD and, most agree, is a return to form for the band that ruled things in their sphere of metal back in the 90's.

The new vinyl format of Koi No Yokan, being released by Warner Brothers, is a limited edition (3,000 units) pressing in 140-gram black vinyl. There are some other exclusive pressings too including an international edition (import) of the record that is being pressed up a on 180-gram vinyl configuration. The CD version of Koi No Yokan is still readily available at Amoeba and worth picking up. The Sacramento band's seventh studio album, it debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released November 13th and was equally popular at Amoeba for such songs as its first single "Tempest" (lyrics video below). In support of Koi No Yokan the Deftones are currently gearing up for a spring headlining tour of the East Coast, the South, and Canada that spans the whole month of March. No West Coast dates announced as of yet but check out the Deftones' official band website for updates on that.

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Albums Out Jan. 22: FIDLAR, The Growlers, Toro y Moi and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2013 08:55pm | Post a Comment

It’s the first big release date of the year, with tons of much-anticipated albums hitting shelves.

 

Album Picks:

FIDLAR - FIDLAR

FidlarCD $12.98

LP $19.98

FIDLAR’s long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash’s first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up in songs with names like “Cheap Beer” (the chorus of which consists of the shouted lyrics “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!”). But all the funny lyrics in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the songs themselves didn’t captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR’s 14 tracks. There’s nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that’s waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism on the ferocious “Wake Bake Skate” or reflecting that said young hedonism can “kind of suck,” on the exhausted-sounding closing track. That’s a telling moment — for all of FIDLAR’s gleeful celebration, the record’s honed hooks are the sound of very hard work, and it pays off in spades.

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Amoeba SF's Dog Day Afternoon: Bring Your Dog & Save on February 9th!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 21, 2013 05:38pm | Post a Comment

Update! See the photos from this event HERE!

 

Amoeba loves your dog! In fact, we want to celebrate man's best friend with our first-ever Dog Day Afternoon on Saturday, February 9th! Bring your doggie down to Amoeba SF between noon and 4pm to get a valuable coupon for $5 off $25 or more AND get your dog photographed in our special Doggie Photo Booth

Music History Monday: January 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 21, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: January 21, 1938 - Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack (born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this radio and television icon on what would have been his 75th Birthday.

wolfman jack

Born on this day: January 21, 1965 - Hip Hop icon DJ Jam Master Jay (born Jason William Mizell in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this pioneering DJ and producer on what would have been his 48th Birthday.

jam master jay

On this day in music history: January 21, 1978Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 24 weeks. The 17-track double album to the film starring John Travolta features six tracks by The Bee Gees as well as ones by Yvonne Elliman, Tavares, Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, David Shire, MFSB, Walter Murphy, Ralph MacDonald, and The Trammps. Like the film itself, the album’s success is unprecedented with demand for the record being so great that RSO Records distributor Polygram cannot keep up with the demand on its own and must contract pressing facilities from rival record labels in order to keep adequate stock in stores. It will spin off six hit singles (including four number one singles, in addition to three others that topped the chart prior to the albums' release), spending over 2 1/2 years on the charts, and winning three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year.Saturday Night Fever will be certified 15x Platinum in the US by the RIAA and over 40 million worldwide.
 

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Alan Bishop Of Sublime Frequencies Joins Discostan This Wednesday

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 21, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
Discostan January Flyer 
Wednesday, January 23rd, Discostan invites you our first party of the year. We are proud to present two very special guests, Alan Bishop from Sublime Frequencies and Son Zoo of Ethio Cali. 

Alan Bishop was the bassist of The Sun City Girls, a legendary rock/experimental trio that had hundreds of releases, from rock covers, surf instrumentals, psychedelic freak-outs, puppetry, Asian-inspired theater, just to name a few excursions. From the absurd to the most magnificent, the unpredictability of The Sun City Girls made music fans either love or hate them, but never left anyone lukewarm. 

Alan is also the co-founder of Sublime Frequencies, a label that releases music from all over the world in the tradition of  Alan Lomax. The music that Sublime Frequencies releases is not for the pretty, easy-listening Sunday morning "world music" set.
Likewise, it's collections of international artists performing western pop covers would make any ethnomusicologist cringe, which makes me like them more.

Whether it's music from North Africa, pop covers from Thailand or wedding music from Syria, it's music that would leave most people from those regions scratching their heads wondering, "why would you like that?" I always find the exchange of regional music fascinating. Whether it's westerners getting down to Dabke, Germans dancing to Norteño or Japanese having Chicano oldies nights, once we are exposed to a wider palette of music it only serves to enrich our lives past the mundane. It becomes a springboard for the love of other cultures and a deeper appreciation of ones own culture as well. 

Also joining us is the always-dope Son Zoo from the group Ethio-Cali, who is ready to unveil a mother lode of hypnotic dancefloor bangers from east Africa for your pleasure. Get ready for the madness!

One of my favorite films from 2012: Lincoln

Posted by Charles Reece, January 20, 2013 10:16pm | Post a Comment
lincoln poster

Intellectual critics tend to hate Steven Spielberg's films, and Lincoln is no exception. The nastiest laceration I've come across is from one of my favorite social critics, Thomas Frank


Spielberg & Co. have gone out of their way to vindicate political corruption. They have associated it with the noblest possible cause; they have made it seem like harmless high jinks for fun-loving frat boys; they have depicted reformers as ideological killjoys who must renounce their beliefs in order to succeed. This is, in short, what Lincoln is about.

It is true that the film dramatizes Lincoln's greatest achievement by showing the less than pure, even immoral, underbelly of the politics involved: the cajoling, lying, shaming, threatening and bribery. In doing so, it also argues that a radical "killjoy" like Thaddeus Stevens has to publicly repress his own views in order to get things done -- in this case, passing the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery. (Imagine radical voices not being heard in this country! Hard to believe.) Frank condemns the film for what it doesn't show: those times when such morally compromised methods lead to or support political corruption. But he never really gets around to the fundamental point here: politics is always compromised, even when on the side of angels. And contrary to his take, the film does make distinctions in compromise: Lincoln goes beyond the law with the intention of freeing the slaves (who are legally enslaved), but doesn't compromise with the Confederates in order to end the war when it wouldn't serve his (very moral) goal of changing the law. And, more importantly, the film shows us what's needed when democratic compromise breaks down. Adam Smith argued that slavery could be more easily ended under a "despotic" rather than "free government" when it was the "freedom of the free" that was "the cause of the great oppression of the slaves," that is, when "every law is made by their masters, who will never pass any thing prejudicial to themselves." [quoted in Liberalism: A Counter-History, p. 6, by Domenico Losurdo] Sure enough, it was extra-legal measures that vanquished slavery: a war and Lincoln's temporary dictatorship (e.g., his suspension of habeas corpus). For this, his critics called him a despot. They weren't entirely wrong, but he proved to be the kind of despot we needed. We haven't really had Abe the Dictator presented to us in the movies, for which I found the film -- whatever creative license Tony Kushner took with the script -- refreshingly honest.

Go Niners....To Super Bowl XLVII - Rap Music To Celebrate Today's Victory by The San Francisco 49ers Over The Atlanta Falcons

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2013 10:15pm | Post a Comment
Was today's important victory over the Atlanta Falcons for the Niners one of the better games played by the San Francisco team? No it certainly wasn't as any San Francisco 49ers fan will readily admit after watching today's game with that nail-biting first half when the Falcons held a 17-0 lead and the 49ers defense looked far from strong.

In that stressful first half many SF fans secretly feared that today's game just might end up being a replay of last year when the 49ers fell a game short of the Super Bowl with a stunning loss to the NY Giants. But all ended well today with the Niners beating the Falcons with a 28-24 victory which means, for the first time in almost two full decades that the San Francisco 49ers will go to the Super Bowl when, on Feb 3rd in New Orleans, they will face the Baltimore Ravens (who defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 today) in Super Bowl XLVII.

In celebration of today's victory by the 49ers here are some Niners rap songs/videos to salute the Bay Area team and wish them the best in New Orleans next month. They range from the 1986 "49ers Rap," when team members including Jerry Rice got on the mic to spit some fly old school verses, up to the brand new "Niner Nation" rap by 5 year old Niners fan Sarah Redden. Also included are three rap songs from last year when hopes were high for the team. These include "City Of The Niners" by Rappin 4 Tay, San Quinn, and Tony Tag, the ever popular "Who's Got It Better Than Us?" by Bailey, and the J-Def produced "Faithfully" by Equipto, Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, Curt Sak, Ike Plump, and Sellassie. These are just a handful of the numerous rap songs about the Niners recorded over the years. And you can bet, in the two weeks ahead leading up to the big game, that there will be a slew of even more new rap songs about the San Francisco 49ers being recorded. GO NINERS!

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February at CIIS Public Programs & Performances: Suzanne Vega (2/8) and Eric Bibb & Habib Koite (2/16)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 20, 2013 07:25pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances have an action-packed month this February with two amazing shows:

Catch Suzanne Vega on Friday, February 8thsuzanne vega at the Herbst Theatre in SF. Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known halls. Get your tickets HERE!

On Saturday,  February 16th, Eric Bibb and Habib Koite join the rhythms of their guitars and voices in some transatlantic blues at the Herbst Theatre in SF.

"I watched my parents and it rubbed off on me", this is how Habib Koite traces the origins of his profession and talent as a 20th century griot. He is the heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa. Eric Bibb, who also absorbed some of his talents from family, is the god son of Paul Robeson and has established his name in the new generation of blues-men without renouncing the legacy of folk and gospel. Get your tickets HERE!

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Hard French Winter Ball in Santa Cruz, February 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 20, 2013 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's good friends over at Hard French, the all-vinyl 60′s soul dance party experience, present their third yearly weekend Winter semi-formal getaway by the sea. Join them on Saturday, February 2nd for the Third Annual Hard French Winter Ball, an extravaganza made of live performances, all-vinyl soul music, and a formal dance party at The Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom -- a turn of the century grand ballroom on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

Check out what the Winter Ball has in store for you this year:
The Hard French DJs Brown Amy & Carnita
Live singing performances by Dulce De Leche, Rotimi Agbabiaka, DavEnd, and Ebony Jett
Special guest performance by Glamamore
Coronation of the Hard French King and Queen hosted by Lil Miss Hot Mess
Photobooth by Shot In The City, design by Tommy Tuff
The Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes

Get your tickets now for the event of the season.

And nominations are now open for King and Queen, click HERE to vote! Nominations end on Wednesday, January 23rd.
 

HARD FRENCH WINTER BALL 2013: ¡SACAMELO! from Dirtyglitter on Vimeo.

The Art Of The Lp Cover- Magic From The Mystic East

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 20, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment

January 20, 2013: The Last Stand

Posted by phil blankenship, January 20, 2013 01:33pm | Post a Comment
The Last Stand movie ticket stub

See a 'Backbeat' Performance at Amoeba Hollywood and Win a Pair of Tickets to See the Show at the Ahmanson

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment

BackbeatAmoeba Hollywood is hosting the cast of the stage show Backbeat direct from London Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m for a performance and CD signing. You can also win tickets through Amoeba to the show, which is running now through March 1 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Enter to win a pair of tickets for the Feb. 7 show here. You can buy tickets as well at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/RINGO or call  213.972.4400 and mention code RINGO — special pricing runs through Feb. 3.

The show tells the story of The Beatles before they were famous, when there were five members (even before Ringo was a member) and they were five working-class lads from the docks of Liverpool, playing seedy nightclubs while honing their epic new sound. The London press loves the show, calling it “edgy and cool” in the Sunday Express. The hit show is written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys and directed by five-time Tony award nominee David Leveaux.

The show features renditions of Beatles songs such as “Twist and Shout,” “Love Me Do,” “Long Tall Sally,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Sample two songs from Backbeat below.

 

Montage: Love Me Do, PS I Love You, Twist and Shout by Center Theatre Group
Long Tall Sally by Center Theatre Group

He's My Brother, She's My Sister to Celebrate Album Release With Show

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2013 02:05pm | Post a Comment

He's My Brother She's My SisterL.A.-based outfit He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister are seeing their album Nobody Dances in This Town get a wide release Jan. 22 via Park the Van. The album features the brother-and-sister vocals of Rob and Rachel Kolar singing over an amalgam of outlaw country, folk-rock and rockabilly that should tickle the fancy of any fan of such genres. At times they sound like Johnny and June; others, Exene and John. To kick it off, the band, which also includes Lauren Brown (tap-dancing drummer), Oliver ‘Oliwa’ Newell (upright bass) and Aaron Robinson (slide guitar), is performing an album-release show at L.A.’s The Troubador Jan. 19 (with Jenny O., Tommy Santee Klaws and Ramshackle). I caught up with the band, whose will take their twangy sound up the West Coast and around the country in the coming months.

PST: Is the first thing people usually ask you about your name, even though it’s usually spelled out right in the press material (much less the band name) that you are indeed brother and sister?

Rob: Yes, Rachel is my brother and I am her soul sista’.

Rachel: They do. I think The White Stripes made journalists question the authenticity of the sibling band.

The Kolars. Photo by Zane Roessell/LA Record

PST: Do you think there’s something particularly special about sibling vocals and the way they mesh?

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Show Recap: Yo La Tengo at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2013 11:24am | Post a Comment

The line wove down the block to see Yo La Tengo at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 17, on the heels of their 13th album release, Fade. Ripping chords and solos greeted the full house, which may have not expected such noise, given Fade's somber feel. But this is typical of Yo La Tengo, who read an episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" and covered songs by The Urinals the last time they were in L.A. Yo La Tengo mixed a couple of rougher cuts with Fade's mellower songs like the rolicking lo-fi of "Is That Enough?" A hush fell over the entire store during acoustic country ballad "I'll Be Around" and its extended atmospheric passage. "Ohm" found the trio singing in unison to the song's wandering melody and insistent thump. Lead singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan went apeshit on the guitar and returned to singing with the others nonchalantlly while still whammying away in the show's most thrilling moment. The band plays Amoeba SF Saturday Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. See more photos from the Hollywood performance here.

 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.18:13: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Price, E-40, A-1, Agerman, Cool Hand Lukey + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2013 08:38am | Post a Comment
AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 18, 2013
 
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City DeLuxe CD (Aftermath)

2) Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam)

3) Wiz Khalifa O.N.I.F.C. (Atlantic)

4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

5) 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)

This latest hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store features all current releases from the past month or more including the latest Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa albums (Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors and O.N.I.F.C. respectively) both released last month. Note that this week Def Jam also released a vinyl version of Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. The other top five entries include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' runaway indie success story The Heist, Kendrick Lamar's universally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City --, and 2 Chainz' official debut Based On A T.R.U. Story which, since its release last August has been a steady seller at Amoeba. Both 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar are among the guests on the new A$AP Rocky full-length album Long.Live.A$AP on RCA: another hot new rap artist, whose official (as distinct from mixtures) debuted this week. More on it in the weeks ahead here on the Amoeblog. Another new release this week is DJ Mugg's Bass For Your Face on Ultra Music which finds the longtime hip-hop production talent venturing off into some electronic territory in addition to straight up hip-hop beats and includes cameos from a nice mix of talented emcees including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Dizzee Rascal, Freddie Gibbs, Danny Brown, and Roc Marciano.

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Weekly Roundup: Victory, Tera Melos, The Little Ones, Wax Idols, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Papa, Houses

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2013 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Whew, there was a ton of crap released this week. I’ll have to make this snappy.

 

Victory – “Play It” video

VictoryI have never heard of Victory before, but he’s LA-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming and he makes really catchy, well-produced lo-fi pop. His video for “Play It” is similarly minded with its VHS vibes. It’s not just more ’80s worship, though — there are some serious psych waves moving through that fuzz bass. His self-titled EP is out now; his first full-length record is due April 23, just after SXSW! That’s kind of coming up, guys, we’re into 2013.

VICTORY - "Play It" from Victory on Vimeo.

 

Tera Melos – “Tropic Lame”

Tera MelosSacramento-based Tera Melos have a new album called X’ed Out coming April 16 via Sargent House. “Tropic Lame” is streaming now via RollingStone. I’m such a sucker for this tasteful, shoegazey alt-rock via Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. but also lesser-known bands like American Analog Set, Lilys and Ides of Space. “Tropic Lame” is not lame. It seriously rocks.

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Heavy Midnites: The Neverending Story at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, January 17, 2013 04:29pm | Post a Comment
The Neverending Story

THE NEVERENDING STORY // Friday, January 18, 2013 // Midnite

For everyone that has ever made a wish, believed in a fantasy, or had a dream — hold on tight as an atom bomb of imagination, innocence & amazement bursts onto the Cinefamily screen in 35mm! As an existential Nothingness threatens the land of Fantasia, a young hero is assigned to complete a hazardous quest. As much a magical fairytale as it is about the magic of how an epic tale unfolds, The NeverEnding Story remains one of the most exciting and idea-filled adventures of the 1980s. Experience a pre-CGI fantasy trip of dazzling wonder (brought to you by the director of Das Boot) and revisit your old friends Bastian, Atreyu, Artax, and Falkor (the cuddliest flying dog monster this side of your deepest slumber), as they brave the most unforgettable journey of them all. C’mon, who doesn’t want to ride a luckdragon?
Dir. Wolfgang Petersen, 1984, 35mm, 102 min.

$12, Free For Members
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Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

FIDLAR to Take Amoeba, 2013 in General by Storm

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2013 02:57pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR's long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash's first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up. But Fidlarall the funny lyrics in the world wouldn't mean a thing if the songs themselves didn't captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR's 14 tracks. There's nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that's waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism or reflecting that said young hedonism can "kind of suck."

The band has been selling its debut record at shows for some time now, but it's officially out in stores Jan. 22. FIDLAR is playing Amoeba SF Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. They're also playing a release show at LA Fort Jan. 22 with Pangea, Meat Market and Spaceships. I caught up with Carper as the band was set to play SF. WARNING: This will be a bit NSFW (Not Suitable for Wussies). There's poop involved.

PST: Fidlar has some of the best song titles in recent memory (such as “Cheap Beer,” “Stoked and Broke”). Do those usually come first before the lyrics and sort of guide them, or do you guys kind of joke and throw stuff around to see what sticks once the songs are written?

Carper: It kinda matters. Sometimes the title will just pop out and we’ll think of a chorus with the lyrics and base it around that. Sometimes we’ll jam it out and think of a topic to sing about. I remember with cheap beer, I said “I dunno, I just wanna write a song that says I drink cheap beer so what fuck you,” and someone said “why don’t we just yell that?” Sometimes we’ll just hear someone talking and say something funny and we’ll use that. It’s all a collaborative process and super fuckin’ fun.

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Author Of "Keep On Pushing" Denise Sullivan Celebrates MLK Day With Reading & Singalong @ YBCA in SF

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2013 08:01am | Post a Comment
When the Amoeblog last caught up with Denise Sullivan in September 2011 it was to have an in-depth discussion with the Northern California author about her then recently published book Black Power Music (From Blues To Hip-Hop). At that time the Crawdaddy columnist and self-described "record geek" discussed her engaging book that effortlessly intertwines American history of the past numerous decades. The book nicely covers a wide range of protest/revolutionary music from early folk-blues, through the musical soundtrack of the civil rights movement (soul/funk/rock), and up to the contemporary hip-hop protest music. In that earlier Amoeblog interview Sullivan discussed many things including how she went from writing a book on the White Stripes to a book on Black Power Music. "Matters of race and the sexes, the Great Migration, what was once called the "American Dream," industry, ingenuity, and the entire great American songbook are of deep interest to me and all are tied up in the White Stripes story," she said at the time. "Keep on Pushing is a similar story, only it has a lot more people (many of them black, others are Native American, women, or economically strapped, most all of them are trying to survive America), and music is big part of their toolkit. Specifically though, in the case of both books, it was fine art photography that initially inspired me to launch my investigations: American Ruins by Camilo Jose Vergara, and The Black Panthers by Stephen Shames."

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #17: Up in Harlem @ Apollo & Lenox Lounge, GZA, Dessa, & The Relatives, Concerts & Events

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2013 02:50pm | Post a Comment

In this installment of the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog I take a visit up to Harlem where the Apollo Theater (left) is holding strong. Unfortunately, another African American cultural landmark, the nearby legendary Lenox Lounge jazz club, recently faced eviction. In addition to a run down of some of the concerts and events (including NY Restaurant Week and free national monument admission day next week) in the week ahead, I also report on last weekend's WFMU benefit concert with The Relatives and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Bell House, and the GZA headlined show at Stage 48.
 
"This is where it all started. Before American Idol. Before Star Search and before all of these other great shows that are on, it was the Apollo Theater that really was the springboard to jump everything off," Vanessa Rogers, producer of Amateur Night at the Apollo, told me when I stopped by the Apollo Theater in the heart of Harlem. For close to eight decades (two of them televised on "Showtime at the Apollo") the legendary Harlem theater has been fueling dreams and jump-starting a seemingly never ending line of careers that have been kick-started at the Apollo. Since Superstorm Sandy hit, the Amateur night got put on hold. It will resume in early March with national regional auditions to get to Harlem taking place in the interim. Over the decades countless greats came to shine courtesy of the Apollo.  Billie Holiday, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Michael Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys,and Dave Chappelle are all among those who came to the historic uptown Manhattan venue on 125th Street as unknown 'amateurs' but left as future American superstars.

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The Craziness of the Golden Globes and Finding the Winners on DVD/Blu-ray

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2013 02:41pm | Post a Comment

Golden Globes Mel GibsonFor whatever reason — more alcohol, fewer fawning montages and less strictness in general — the Golden Globes are looser, funnier and generally better TV than their big brother, the Oscars. Years of Golden Globes shows have seen their fair share of nuttiness, from Elizabeth Taylor’s sadly strange yelling of “Glaaaadiator!” in 2001 to the Rat Pack hijacking the show in 1958. Read about more embarrassing moments here.

 

This year, the big story was Jodie Foster and her sprawling, sort-of coming-out speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Whether from the pressure of being in the spotlight for nearly the entirety of her cognizant life, and/or the added pressures of those pushing her to reveal details of her personal life and the criticisms of her friend, Mel Gibson (whose googly eyed expression took to memesville), Foster chose to use her time at the podium to air her frustrations in a defensive, almost bitter but fiercely real speech.

Jodie Foster Golden Globes
Sorry about my jenky screen grabs. Celeb photos 'R' expensive.

I’m still processing what happened — regardless of how blase it may seem when a famous person whom everyone presumes is gay comes out of the closet, it’s still a big deal for its ripple effects. Foster’s speech didn’t make me feel sorry for her, but it did make me like her even more. It’s clear she’s reached the don’t-give-a-fuck stage of her life and career, at age 50, after starring in more than 70 films, directing three and producing several more, and winning two Oscars. Her candidness and awkwardness was a big breath of fresh air during a televised awards show, most of which tend to be rife with unrelenting ass-kissing. Read her entire speech here. See more coming-out speeches here.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 26

Posted by Amoebite, January 15, 2013 01:50pm | Post a Comment

SidewalkSaleJoin us in front of Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 12 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for our next Sidewalk Sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, box sets, books and more all at great savings.

Shop DVD box sets in all genres priced to move at two for $10. Pick up some $5 T-shirts and browse through our Electro table, with CDs and 12" vinyl priced at buy one get one free.

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

Sidewalk Sale

 

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

 

SF Sketchfest Returns! January 24th - February 10th.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment


San Francisco’s comedy festival SF Sketchfest runs January 24th - February 10th and features over 150 shows with some of the top comedians and best up-and-coming talent around.

SF SketchfestSF Sketchfest, the most prestigious comedy festival on the West Coast, celebrates their 12th year with a tribute to Portlandia with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, evenings with Bruce Campbell and Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey, Futurama Live, and so much more!

See the amazing line-up and get your tickets HERE!

Here are a couple of nights we here at Amoeba recommend!

Judge John Hodgman LIVE with John Hodgman & Jesse Thorn, musical guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats
Friday, January 25, 10:30pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
Join bestselling author and self-appointed judge John Hodgman as he listens to real- life disputes and weighs in on such pressing issues as “Is chili a soup or a stew?” This live version of the popular Maximum Fun-produced podcast features Bullseye host and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn and musical guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

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Jimmy O'Neill - LA Radio DJ & Host of Shingdig! - Dies

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2013 08:29am | Post a Comment

Jimmy O'Neill hosted short-lived 60's TV show Shingdig!

As reported by the LA Times Jimmy O'Neill, one time top rated Los Angeles radio deejay and famed host of early days rock'n'roll TV show Shindig!, died on Friday last at his West Hollywood home following medical issues that included diabetes and heart problems. He was 73 years of age.  When KRLA AM switched from country and western to rock formats in 1959 the first DJ heard on their airwaves was Jimmy O'Neill. Still in his late teens he was also the youngest DJ at the station. The phenomenally successful rock radio station helped propel O'Neill into television as host of the 1960's rock'N'roll show TV show Shindig!. Although it only ran for one year and three months on ABC TV it included in its relatively short lifespan such performing guests as The Beatles (see video below in which the Hollywood show based producers traveled to the UK to record), the Rolling Stones, Jackie WilsonBobby ShermanSonny & Cher (see video above), and the Righteous Brothers, to name but a sprinkling of its many impressive musical guests. Read the full report by the LA Times' Elaine Woo here.

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Amoeba Presents Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and La Sera at Bootleg, January 29th

Posted by Amoebite, January 14, 2013 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music presents Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and La Sera performing live on Tuesday, adam green binki shapiroJanuary 29th at the Bootleg Theater in downtown LA.

Adam Green has been recording and releasing music since the age of 18. He has enjoyed critical and commercial success around the world, both as a member of the influential New York folk duo The Moldy Peaches and as a solo performer. Green gave away his experimental movie “The Wrong Ferrari” (his directorial debut starring Macaulay Culkin and filmed solely on iPhone) as a free download on his website in 2011. It was downloaded over 300,000 times. Adam will be releasing a new album in the Fall of 2012 with Binki Shapiro (Little Joy) entitled Binki Shapiro & Adam Green.

La Sera is also known as Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day). She has released two full-length lps, the second being 2012's Sees The Light , which features ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. 

Get your tickets at Amoeba Hollywood! And come on down and look for us at the show. Event is 21+. More info HERE!

Amoebapalooza San Francisco, January 27th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2013 07:16pm | Post a Comment

amoebapalooza amoeba

Amoebapalooza SF, Amoeba Music's annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands comprised of Amoeba San Francisco employees & friends, is back! 
 
Join us on January 27th at Cafe Du Nord for this celebrations of employee creativity. The doors open at 8:00pm and the show starts promptly at 8:30pm. Admission is just $5! Can you believe it?! Just $5 to see all of these bands:
 
Born Petrified
Hank Aaron Williams (featuring the one and only Joe Goldmark)
Sparts
Ceiling Eyes
Death Pajamas
Cliff Diver
Shore Leave

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the second year in a row! Contact SIR for all of your equipment needs. DO it!

Director of 2003's The Hebrew Hammer Raises Funds for Sequel

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2013 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Ten years after director Jonathan Kesselman blew our minds with The Hebrew Hammer (a spoof-driven hebrew hammer"Jewsploitation" made in homage to the great Blacksploitation films of the '70s), he's ready to do it all again with a sequel titled The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler.

In the original 2003 film, the crime fighter known as the Hebrew Hammer (played to perfection by Adam Goldberg) is on a mission to save Hanukkah from the evil son of Santa Claus (Andy Dick in a role he was born to play) who plans to outlaw the Jewish holiday. If you thought Santa's son was formidable, get a load of this...in the sequal, the Hammer takes on non-other than the most-hated man of modern history...Hitler. See, when Hitler gets his hand on Time Sukkah technology™ and begins rewriting Jewish History, The Hebrew Hammer and his partner Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim set out through time to stop him. 

As Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter, "You want to see him go after the big one. Who’s the Jewish Joker? Hitler. It’s implicit that if we are going to take on Hitler, there’s a time-travel element, so once that widened the scope infinitely, I thought it was important that we hook up with the other big Jew in history: Jesus."

Well, he's got my attention, but the film needs your help to get made! Help fun The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler by donating on their fundraising page and by spreading the word.


Albums Out Jan. 15: Yo La Tengo, Christopher Owens, A$AP Rocky and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 14, 2013 01:35pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Yo La TengoFade

Yo La TengoCD $12.98

LP $16.98 [out 1/29]

Deluxe LP $20.98

Digital $9.98

Even within their warm, now familiar sound, we’ve seen many guises from Yo La Tengo over the years, from grounded noise rockers to Burt Bacharach enthusiasts. This latest incarnation of the band on Fade, their 13th album, pulls from several of these but is most in line with their mellowed out 2000 album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. This is great news for fans, as that was one of the band’s classics. Fade begins typically with a long, contemplative piece entitled “Ohm” that sets things up for a subdued affair. The next couple of tracks are consummate minimalist pop pieces, but the band turns up the guitars for “Paddle Forward,” a gorgeous slice of indie guitar pop that reminds us why young bands like Yuck and the Slumberland clan pull liberally from Yo La Tengo. By the time we’re halfway through the album, the droning, breathtaking “Stupid Things,” it’s clear we’re listening to one of the better Yo La Tengo albums, an improvement over 2009’s Popular Songs. Its release couldn’t be better timed, either. You just want to curl up with Fade like an electric blanket and relish in its radiance. Catch Yo La Tengo at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Electronic 12" Releases

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 14, 2013 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Listen to some of our upcoming releases...
 



Vril

8-10 12"
Giegling




Luke Hess

Keep On LP
FXHE


Lamar

Guilty Pleasures 12"
Aesthetic Audio




Doubleheart

Roca EP 12”
Shipwrecked





Music History Monday: January 14

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 14, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

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

On this day in music history: January 14, 1977Low, the eleventh studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville in Herouville, France in Late 1976. It is the first of Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy," the first of his songwriting and musical collaborations with Brian Eno, though the album is recorded in France and mixed at Hansa Studios in Berlin. Bowie will move to Berlin to get away from Los Angeles where his previous album Station To Station was recorded. Many of the songs are about personal issues Bowie is dealing with, including kicking his addiction to cocaine. It will spin off the single "Sound And Vision" (#3 UK, #69 US Pop), and will come to be regarded as one of his best and most influential works. Low will peak at #2 on the UK album chart and #11 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

sOuL, Woodstock, and Headnodic Team Up To Pay Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment
         

Oakland emcee sOul recently teamed up with fellow Oaklanders Crown City Rockers members Woodstock and Headnodic to write and record a tribute to the influential late great Gil Scott-Heron. Simply titled “Gil Scott Tribute” the song was recorded in one take (captured in the video above - a video blog session recording with Headnodic who mixed the track) and features Woodstock playing the beat live on his MPC and sampling Gil Scott Heron's “We Almost Lost Detroit” (off Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson's 1977 album Bridges) as well as recreating previous hip-hop interpretations of the original sample. Intricate stuff, and it works nicely too, with sOul on the mic spitting socio-political commentary along personal life monologue.

The song was recorded simply as a tribute to Gil Scott Heron and is not for sale but available as a free download here. Gil Scott Heron, who died at age 62 in May 2011, has been called the "godfather of rap" - a term he himself dismissed, preferring to label himself a "bluesologist." After the artist's sudden death a couple of years ago Chuck D of Public Enemy saluted Scott-Heron as a highly influential figure saying, in a heartfelt tribute to the man, that, "We do what we do and how we do because of you!" I agree with Chuck D as to the impact on hip-hop and music in general that Gil Scott Heron has made.

Co-Founder of ZZK Records El G In Los Angeles This Week

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 13, 2013 10:08pm | Post a Comment
 
El G ZZK RecordsBack in 2008, after reading many blogs about a happening party in Buenos Aires, Argentina that played Electro-Cumbia music, one of the persons responsible for that party showed up at Amoeba Hollywood with CD copies of The ZZK Sound Vol. 1-Cumbia Digital. We were the first U.S. store to carry any of their product and it quickly became one of my favorite releases of that year. Since then, ZZK Records has released many great CD/LPS/Downloads from such artists as Chancha Via Circuito, Fauna, Tremor and last year's excellent compilation, The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires, which was my favorite release of 2012. 

The sound of ZZK Records combines several electronic movements, such as Electro-Cumbia, Dubstep and other forms of experimental Electro with a sound that goes back to the folkloric groups of Argentina's past. If Atahualpa Yupanqui and Mercedes Sosa grew up listening to Dancehall Reggae, Cumbia Villera and Electro, maybe it would sound like this.

That person that came into the store back in 2008 is Grant C.Dull, also known as El G. He is currently on tour promoting The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires and has three shows in the Los Angeles area. Be sure to check out one or all of them.

The Art Of The Lp Cover- Dogs

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 13, 2013 09:35pm | Post a Comment

January 13, 2013: Texas Chainsaw

Posted by phil blankenship, January 13, 2013 08:19pm | Post a Comment
Texas Chainsaw movie ticket stub

Irvine - Orange County's City of Innovation

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 13, 2013 12:13pm | Post a Comment
INTRODUCTION

Irvine Skyline
Irvine skyline

For a while now Irvine has shared the top spot on my poll (see the end of the post to vote) but I’ve put it off because of the time required to explore such a sprawling, distant city. There was also a time when most of my blog’s non-LA fans were Irvine residents, which intrigued me. All of my business conducted there in the past involved getting lost several times and this time would prove to be no different.


Dead ends in Irvine
Irvine - the Dead End Capital of Orange County

Irvine is a large (170 km2 – the largest city in the county, area-wise), planned, suburban city near the center of Orange County but generally considered to be part of the South County region. In 2008, CNNMoney.com named Irvine the fourth best place to live in the country. It has topped the FBI’s list of safest American cities with populations of over 65,000 for the last eight years.

10 Records You May Have Missed in 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, January 11, 2013 01:39pm | Post a Comment

We’ve already done our fair share of end-of-the-year lists, but with all the hooplah about Kendrick Lamar this and Beach House that, we were bound to miss a few records that some of us really loved. Below are 10 you can download from Amoeba.com.

 

Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Iris DeMent$9.98

Dement’s woozy voice and salt-of-the-earth lyrics have please roots country fans for years, and in 2012 she released one of her best collections yet, Sing the Delta. She can sing a blues ballad to break your heart (“Before the Colors Fade”) or a rollicking country rocker (“The Night I Learned How Not to Pray”) with equal ease, her voice carrying a remarkable tone that pierces through like a biting wind chill.

 

 

 

 

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack$9.98

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 01.11.13: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5, Bay Area Concert Picks, New Kounterclockwise Video + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
Kounterclockwise "Outside The Lines"

Krip-hop crew Kounterclockwise, comprised of husband and wife Kaya Carine Gabriel and Deacon Burns who were interviewed here on the Amoeblog about a year ago, have just released their latest music video. For the duo's engaging track "Outside The Lines" the music video is animated and directed by Jim Lujan and features Deacon spitting such attention-grabbing, emotionally charged lyrics as: "I'm at the bottom of the great black pit covered in piss and shit, can't do a damn thing about it except call out to Kaya,  drowning in fire water, but i can't breath without it. When you're a never was, hard to remember what it was that made you want to do music. I'm being punished for my habits but I can't control what I inherit. I feel like a hobbit trying to get to Mordor in a fuckin wheelchair, i can't make it. I'm form without content, only content when i'm wasted nothing but abuse and substance. I'm giving you my two-week notice, emotional sickness life makes me nauseous. I feel so useless like the dick on a full-blown paraplegic, life's a bitch!"  The MidWest based Kounterclockwise will be in the Bay Area next month for the Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area mini tour.  More instant info, and also here on the Amoeblog at that time.
 
AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 11, 2013
 

January 10, 2012: A Haunted House

Posted by phil blankenship, January 11, 2013 12:31am | Post a Comment
A Haunted House movie ticket stub

Weekly Roundup: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Bleached, Local Natives

Posted by Billy Gil, January 10, 2013 02:59pm | Post a Comment

This inaugural Weekly Roundup features some great new tunes by Bleached, Local Natives and more. Just a refresher: This is the place where I highlight local and up-and-coming artists from around the LA and SF area, mostly. Email me at billy.gil@gmail.com if you would like to be included!

 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)”

thaoSF resident Thao and her Get Down Stay Down have released the first song from their upcoming new album We the Common. It’s a bigger, more fully produced sound and more politically charged song than her previous work, and I think the changes suit her music well. We the Common is due Feb. 5 on Ribbon Music.

 

Bleached – “Next Stop”

BleachedLA punks Bleached, lead by the Clavin sisters Jessica and Jennifer (formerly of Mika Miko), released one of my favorite songs of last year, “Searching Through the Past.” Now their first full-length record, Ride Your Heart, is up for release April 2 on Dead Oceans. “Next Stop” is the first taste of that record and features the hard-charging surf punk guitars and scrappy sister harmonies of their previous singles, honed down into a hearty two-and-a-half minutes.

Where My Ears Went in 2012

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, January 10, 2013 01:33pm | Post a Comment
sandro perri impossible spaces
SANDRO PERRI Impossible Spaces
(Constellation Records)

Easily the most confounding sound I heard this last year. In all truth, this record was released in late 2011, but I didn't find any indicators pointing towards it until this year. Perri is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer from Toronto, Canada who also creates electronica under the name Polmo Polpo. On Impossible Spaces, Perri presents a light, meandering soul in a voice that sometimes reminds me of Michael Franks, sometimes Antony, sometimes Christopher Cross. It's a strange tone to hear in 2012, but it is all couched and wrapped in, levitated and nudged along by a busy production of electronica, (fretless?) bass, warped keyboards and processed saxophone that keeps pulling my ear deep into its sheer inventiveness. Guaranteed to confuse.








MOUNT EERIE Clear Moon
((P.W.Elverum & Sun)  

One of this year's two "sister" releases (with Ocean's Roar), Clear Moon, is issued, as it should be, on clear vinyl. Phil Elverum, the creative force behind Mount Eerie and its former incarnation, Microphones, is a master of mood. His albums are for headphones, for closed eyes, akin to sitting alone (or with silent friends) in the forest or on some chilled rocky outcropping from where you can see no sign of civilization and yet always aware that its there.
mount eerie clear moon

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum with Mary Roach and Adventuretime!

Posted by Amoebite, January 10, 2013 01:28pm | Post a Comment

It's time for February's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs, and more.

Join us on February 1st from 5-10pm for live performances from Adventuretime featuring Daedelus and Mark Frosty McNeil from dublab and The Gaslamp Killer, special DJs, and a guest lecture from Mary Roach ("Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex").

PLUS: Check out the Amoeba Music booth to purchase a $20 Amoeba Gift Certificates for just $10! Limit 2 per person. Valid only at First Fridays on 2/1.

Find out more HERE!




Gaslamp Killer - What's In My Bag?


New Justin Timberlake Album Coming Soon?

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 10, 2013 11:12am | Post a Comment

Justin Timberlake

 

Justin Timberlake has the internet (and me, who am I kidding?) in a tizzy this morning after what appears to be hints that he has a new album coming soon. After a simple message on his Twitter last night telling people to tune in this morning, he tweeted saying just "To Whom It May Concern...I'm Ready" and a link to a video with the same name.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Twitter

The clip features the artist walking through many rooms with his voice over answering the question about whether he is done making music and explaining his process making music. The video ends with him going into the booth in a recording studio, putting on a pair of headphones, and saying "I'm Ready."

Unfortunately it's just a tease as we apparently have to wait until Sunday for the next announcement. I want details! Confirmation that this is actually happening would be nice. Then a first track, album date, tour dates...Is that too much to ask?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, JT has been working on a full album with Timbaland. Their work together on his first two albums was pretty amazing, so I have pretty high expectations, but I'll try to keep my excitement in check. For a few more days at least. Come on JT, the music world misses you!

Boston Actor/Rapper Slaine of La Coka Nostra Balances Active Hip-Hop And Movie Careers

Posted by Billyjam, January 10, 2013 11:11am | Post a Comment

Slaine "The Boston Project" sneak peak (will arrive in Amoeba in March, 2013)

More than any other popular musical genre hip-hop seems to be the one that artists frequently and effortlessly transition from music into acting. The long list of those hip-hop artists who have successfully done so includes (to name but a few) Ice Cube, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, 50 Cent, Mos Def/Yasiin Bey, Common, LL Cool J, Ice T, Ludacris, EminemSnoop Dogg, and of course the late great 2Pac/Tupac Shakur. Add to that list Slaine of rap super group La Coka Nostra. The Boston rapper, born George Carroll, is in the recently released Andrew Dominik directed film Killing Them Softly (starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini) and has also recently completed his second solo album, The Boston Project on Suburban Noize/Commonwealth Records, which will arrive in Amoeba Music in March, 2013.

Slaine considers his forthcoming album (the follow up to 2011's World With No Skies 2.0) his way of giving a little bit back to the city that he loves and that has given him so much over the years. He says that, "When most people think of Boston, hip-hop usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but the level of talent that is coming out of this city is insane. I wanted to create a record that highlights what this city has to offer musically and show how diverse the talent is. This record embodies something much larger than just a Slaine record." To further prove that point he enlisted many of Beantown's finest talents on the The Boston Project including Termanology, Reks, Esoteric, Ed O.G., Smoke Bulga, Lou Armstrong, Jaysaun, and Millyz along with Boston based producer Lu Balz.

And the Oscar nominees are...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 10, 2013 08:01am | Post a Comment

LincolnThe Oscar Nominees were just announced this morning at 5:30 AM. I seriously can't believe some of these nominees. And I am seriously blown away that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were not nominated for Best Director. I know that a lot of people are freaking out right now. I knew that Cloud Atlas would get nothing but I was really hoping a miracle could happen but it did not. The acting categories were all pretty much what we had expected. See how Jackie and I did with our predictions below. I put a "J" for Jackie and a "B" for Brad if we predicted the correct nominee. I gave us a lower case "j" and a lower case"b" if we picked it as one of our strong possiblities...

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Amour” B J
  • “Argo” B J
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” b J
  • “Django Unchained” B J
  • “Les Misérables” B J
  • “Life of Pi” B J
  • “Lincoln” B J
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” B J
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” B J
JACKIE=9 OUT OF 9
BRAD=8 OUT OF 9 + 1 POSSIBILITY

Moonrise Kingdom missing out in the 9 picks. It should have been 10 nominees!

Achievement in directing

  • “Amour” Michael Haneke b
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” Ang Lee B j
  • “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg B J
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell J
JACKIE=2 OUT OF 5 + 1 POSSIBILITY
BRAD=2 OUT OF 5 + 1 POSSIBILITY

New Preorders: Jim James, Beach Fossils, Veronica Falls and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 9, 2013 07:17pm | Post a Comment

Read below for preorders recently made available at Amoeba. I've linked to vinyl LP on all of these, but they're all available to preorder on CD as well. See all of the albums up for preorder here.

 

John Paul White - The Long Goodbye

John Paul WhiteOut Jan. 22

The Civil Wars man is embarking on a solo release. Check out The Civil Wars' live show at Amoeba here. Download the performance here.

 

Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love

ra ra riot beta loveOut Jan. 22

The latest from the indie-pop band features the melancholy synths and vocoder jam "When I Dream."

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Day On, Not Off. Your Guide to LA, SF & Oakland.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 9, 2013 05:39pm | Post a Comment

Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since 1986, every third Monday in January is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and his work. In 1994, Congress named MLK Jr. Day as a national day of service in honor of his objectives. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?" Although you may get the day off of school or work, MLK Day can be seen as "a day on, not a day off."  

If you are looking for a way to be part of the soultion and do for others, or want to observe the great man with a parade or concert, please see our list below of events in the Los Angeles area and in the Bay Area.

Los Angeles Area:

Lancaster: Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day on Jan. 19
The year 2013 marks the sixth anniversary of Lancaster's annual Day of Service event in honor of Dr. King.
Various locations
661-723-6077

Santa Monica: Soka Gakkai International Auditorium Presentation on Jan. 19
Hosted by the Santa Monica College, the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration is free of charge to attend. It is billed as a "multiethnic interfaith program" that features readings, presentations, music and community news. 
525 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica
310-434-4000

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #16: Andy Kaufman, WFMU Benefit, GlobalFEST, No Pants Subway Ride, Beatles @ Carnegie Hall

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2013 10:32am | Post a Comment

Now at the end of month four in our weekly reports from New York City, this is the New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #16 with updates on such events in the week ahead as the GlobalFEST 2013, the unique new Andy Kaufman exhibit/show On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman, the Improv Everywhere's annual No Pants Subway Ride NYC, the Beatles 1964 Tribute at Carnegie Hall, and the post-Hurricane Sandy Recovery WFMU Mini Record Fair and Benefit Concert.

Of all events in New York in the week ahead, the most important one is this Sunday's anticipated WFMU Mini-Record Fair and benefit concert with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Arrington Di Dionyso of Old Time Relijun, Dot Wiggin Band (The Shaggs affiliated act), and The Relatives happening at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The big one day make up event (due to Sandy) is split into two parts: the record fair is from 11am to 5pm and the concert is from 7:30pm to 11pm. 11am is the recommended time to arrive at the record fair because it is expected to be mad packed since the original fair was cancelled and also by the fact that it is being held in the smaller space than where it normally takes place. At the very latest, get there by 3pm when doors close and no more admissions to the record fair will be allowed due to space constraints.

(Wherein we wish woved ones well!)

Posted by Job O Brother, January 9, 2013 10:25am | Post a Comment
jake gyllenhaal swinsuit

dead unicorn
Here's a picture of Jake Gyllenhaal spitting out sea water and a dead unicorn.
You're welcome.

The day after Thanksgiving I was returning my home to its normal layout. (We’d transformed our living room into a banquet hall; it looked good, but I still don’t know how I’m going to repair the dent in the floor left by the wind octet.) In the process of carrying the pool with live swans upstairs to the sewing room (you have to make due when living in the city) I heard a sound come from my lower back that sounded like an excerpt from a composition by Harry Partch


Yes, Christmas came early and Santa brought me sciatica. (Even though I specifically asked for a pony. With sciatica.)

What is sciatica? It is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves, the source of which typically stems from tiny devils prodding the inside of your bowels after the neighborhood witch has cursed you.

January 8, 2013: Seven Psychopaths

Posted by phil blankenship, January 9, 2013 12:45am | Post a Comment
Seven Psychopaths movie ticket stub

January 8, 2013: Life Of Pi

Posted by phil blankenship, January 8, 2013 10:43pm | Post a Comment
Life of Pi movie ticket stub

HOMER's WIMB? (What If Homer Simpson Did an Amoeba What's In My Bag?)

Posted by Billyjam, January 8, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Ever since Amoeba fan/Simpsons creator Matt Groening recently paid tribute to Amoeba Music by including an Amoeba Music Hollywood fashioned building (renamed Protozoa Records) in the Season 24, Episode 7 Simpsons show titled "The Day The Earth Stood Cool" that aired in early December I have been scratching my head and wondering what if Homer Simpson were to stop into Amoeba for some music shopping? What would he buy? What would be included in a Homer Simpson's WIMB (What's In My Bag?) episode if he were to go crate digging at Amoeba Music? Based on the numerous songs Homer has cited (most well worn Top 40 pop/rock hits that the cartoon character supposedly grew up listening to) and have been featured in episodes in the long running animated series, now in its 24th year, this is my stab at what Homer's WIMB might look like.

Bear in mind that this list only scratches the surface since over the years Groening and company have incorporated such a long list of hit songs into The Simpsons. In fact the show must have racked up quite a bill in copyright fees to license all this popular music for the show. But it is worth it since music often plays such an important role in so many episodes of The Simpsons - especially the Homer related songs. For example, when Homer and Marge pop into the open house next door to them and he imagines buying the house and what it would be like living next door to himself, just how horrible that would be, as he visualizes himself always playing Journey's "Separate Ways" and at way too loud volumes.

Unleashing My Essay and a Few Others on Django Unchained

Posted by Charles Reece, January 8, 2013 07:44am | Post a Comment
Samuel Jackson Stephen Django Unchained

My essay, "Snowball's Chance in Hell," on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is up. I had some problems with the film:

So, instead of a critical reflection of Django’s narrative, complicating his own generically derived existence as black performativity (cf. blaxploitation), Stephen is treated as little more than a blackface projection for white fantasy. As Tarantino has stated over and over in interviews, he clearly wants his audience to take sides, cheer at the ending — not, I conclude, reflect on the problematic that the house negro presents. Django is the oppressed that white folk would like to be in such a situation, fighting for freedom (just as they would now, of course), with Stephen’s freely working for subjugation the negation that gives such freedom meaning — as if chattel slavery and its concomitant subjugation of black identity were a choice made by the subjugated!

Ishmael Reed
really didn't like the film:

Throughout the movie,Tarantino reminds us that the Foxx character is unique. Comic book white racists, when reacting to Django, say things like “I ain’t never seen a n—– like you.”Or “I ain’t never seen a n—– on horseback.” In case you didn’t get the message it’s said twice in the movie that Django is “one in ten thousand” blacks. It might have been Django producer Reginald Hudlin who introduced Tarantino to the “Talented Tenth” concept originated by W.E.B DuBois. I wish that Hudlin had written the movie. As it stands, Foxx is chained to this stupid screenplay.

January 7, 2013: Not Fade Away

Posted by phil blankenship, January 7, 2013 09:48pm | Post a Comment
Not Fade Away movie ticket stub

Albums Out Jan. 8: Broadcast, Solange and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 7, 2013 04:53pm | Post a Comment

It's a pretty light release week leading into the new year, but a few notable releases are hitting stores, including Solange Knowles' much-anticipated True EP as well as some big soundtrack releases.

Broadcast Berberian Sound Studio

Broadcast Berberian sound studioCD $13.98

LP $19.98

This posthumous Broadcast album is the soundtrack to an upcoming independent film about a sound engineer who loses his mind while soundtracking an Italian giallo film — think Suspiria. True to its background, the soundtrack is full of ominous organ tones, whispered Italian and the terrifying sounds of screaming into madness. This may not sound like the recipe for a Broadcast album, which typically are more subtly haunting works of droning electonic pop, featuring the ethereal vocals of the late Trish Keenan. It is instead more in line with the “in betweens” in Broadcast’s work — the interstitial instrumental tracks, their instrumental collaboration with The Focus Group — which serves to show just how much depth there was (and is) to Broadcast’s work. Though Keenan’s trademark voice only appears occasionally, mostly as wordless breathing over the proceedings, their ghostlike quality further the foreboding tone of the album. Barberian Sound Studio’s dissonant tones and frightening utterances aren’t for anyone, but Broadcast fans (and fans of giallo films and Italian soundtrack kings like Goblin) won’t be let down by the vampiresque sound world created in Berberian Sound Studio.

2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2013 04:03pm | Post a Comment

argoWe are once again right in the middle of awards season. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, January 13th. The Oscar Nominations usually come out after the Globes are aired, but they are out a bit earlier this year. The Oscars take place on Sunday, February 24th this year. The Oscar Nominations come out this Thursday, the 10th of January. They came out last year on the 24th of January! So this is the time of year when I like to get together with my coworker Jackie and talk about what we think will be nominated. And also what we hope is nominated. I basically like to pretend that we are members of the Academy putting in our votes for the various Oscar categories. If you are feeling nostalgic for last year's Oscars, here is our Oscar Nominations Predictions from 2011. We both did pretty good last year. If you include our possible picks, Jackie beat me in her predictions by 5 picks. She got 45 out of 49 nominations correct. I got 40 out of 49 correct. I never imagined that Extremely Loud would have made it into last year's top 9 Best Picture nominations. But there is always a movie like Crash or Finding Neverland that somehow sneaks into 5 or 10 nominations for Best Picture. I don't think there will be a movie like that this year. There are simply too many good movies this year. But you never know! Jackie and I both see a ton of movies every year and of course have our opinions about what our favorite films and performances were.

Are you ready? Here we go...zero dark thirty

That's not amazing -- California's Gold, Huell Howser, has passed away

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 7, 2013 01:49pm | Post a Comment
Huell Howser California Poppies
Huell in the Antelope Valley amongst California Poppies (source: Cameron Tucker)

I am utterly gutted to hear that Huell Howser has passed away.



I heard the news as I was writing about my exploration of Irvine for this blog, and simultaneously planning on exploring the route of the Expo Line Phase II tomorrow. If it weren’t for Huell, I may not have had the idea of doing either. (When I was approached about working for KCET, one of the names I proposed was California's Fools Gold, a self-deprecating homage -- they went with Block By Block instead). I’m sure he inspired a lot of other people to go on adventures in their back yards too (this page has a map showing the communities he visited). Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I will miss him terribly.

Huell Howser on Mono Lake
Huell canoeing on Mono Lake (source: Cameron Tucker)

Back in November, Huell announced that he was retiring amid rumors that he was seriously ill. Just last week I was chatting about him with a customer at my shop and the customer expressed his dismay. I too was saddened by his retirement but expressed that he'd earned it and that even his biggest fans have, in most cases, hundreds if not thousands of episodes to catch up on. Still, the customer hoped that someone would soon fill his shoes. I expressed doubt that any single person could.

Huell Howser at Pasadena's Cobbler Factory
At the amazing Gourmet Cobbler Factory in Pasadena -- in the San Gabriel Valley (image: KCET)

It's impossible to know how many adventures Huell Howser inspired. I suspect that he's one of John Rabe's biggest heroes. (Check out Rabe’s episode with him here). I loved his earnestness, enthusiasm, unpretentiousness, boundless sense of adventure, energy, and intelligence. Despite the fact that Angelenos are constantly told that we are obsessed with celebrity, glamour, fame and fortune; Howser showed thankfully little interest in any of that. He even seemed to hint at a healthy disgust with politicians and ambivalence for authority.

Instead he championed the everyday, the immigrant, the ignored, the uncelebrated and in doing so showed what really makes California truly special. 

Gallatin Tennessee
Huell's hometown

Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 7, 2013 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music, Boing Boing, Noisepop, and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on peter hookThursday, January 31st in welcoming legendary bassist Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! Mr. Hook will interview live that evening with David Pescovitz, Co-Editor of Boing Boing, and sign his new book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.

Godfathers of alternative rock, Joy Division, reinvented music in peter hook unknown pleasures inside joy divisionthe post-punk era, creating a dark, hypnotic, and intense sound that has influenced rock ever since. Founding member Peter Hook’s propulsive bass guitar melodies came to define an era and inspire a generation. After iconic lead singer Ian Curtis’s suicide, the remaining members went on to form New Order, creators of synth-pop and one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s.

Amoeba Music is proud to be in attendance with an Amoeba Pop-Up Shop, providing copies of the new book for sale as well as loads of CDs, vinyl, DVDs, and t-shirts sure to captivate Joy Division and New Order fans!

This event is FREE but Advance reservations are required. Call 415-292-1233 or email Arts@jccsf.org. More info HERE!

Recap: January Charity Auction with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2013 11:51am | Post a Comment

Don Barris at Amoeba HollywoodOn January 5, we had our very first auction of 2013, with the inimitable hurricane orator, Don Barris, who managed to rock, rattle and cajole bids out of unsuspecting Saturday Amoeba shoppers. Even though it came on the heels of people being broke from the holidays they still reached down deep and gave, mainly because Don was so damn funny. And his determination to beat his last auction totals helped to keep the competitive spirit going at full throttle. It was raucous and rollicking - and a great success with all of this month's proceeds benefiting the Rainforest Action Network.

Here are some of the key highlights from the day:

  • Herbie Hancock signed LP with Patti Smith signed book (and Madonna postcards!!) - $50.00
  • Bow Wow Wow / Midge Ure tickets - $15.00
  • Ra Ra Riot / Mouse on Mars tickets - $20.00
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! VIP tickets - $110.00
  • Record Store Day special limited edition package - $50.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card with Jimmy Kimmel lunchbox - $110.00
  • Signed Cat Power poster / headphones / action figures - $20.00
  • Bob Marley pack - $10.00
  • Pink Floyd pack - $12.00
  • Beatles bag with Beatles trinkets - $40.00
  • Monkey & Son organic coffee with Amoeba mug - $20.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP ticket - $42.00

All together Don helped raise $526.00 in bids, which means a total of $1,052.00 for our friends at the Rainforest Action Network. We have been working with the good folks at RAN since we opened our first store in Berkeley in 1990. We share concern about the dwindling rainforests and the global environmental impact and we are thankful for the work they do each year.

Music History Monday: January 7

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 7, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: January 7, 1948 - Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins in Everett, WA).

Happy 65th Birthday, Kenny!!
 


On this day in music history: January 7, 1967 - "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 for one week on January 28th. Written by George Davis and Lee Diamond, it will be the biggest hit for the New Orleans-born vocalist. Recorded in 1965, Davis and Diamond will shop the track around to various record labels and are turned down by all of them. Over a year after that, they will start their own label, Par-Lo Records, and release it themselves. The record is an instant smash and will sell over a million copies within two months of its release However, Neville will see no real monetary reward from sales of the multi-million selling single. The owners of the Par-Lo record label will find themselves in dire financial straits when they find it nearly impossible to collect money from various independent distributors, leading them to file for bankruptcy. "Tell It Like It Is" will have enduring popularity over the years being covered by numerous artists including Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Percy Sledge, Nina Simone, Andy Williams, and Heart whose version will return the song to the top 10 in early 1981, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100.

DJ Mixing and Scratching Without Turntables Or Records: The Art of the Tape-Jockey

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
        

These two early 90's video clips (above and below) explain and demonstrate the inspirational Soviet Union "tape-jockey" duo from Latvia featuring Pasaules and jeb Modris Skaistkalns known as Mr Tape. In the above 22 year old clip from the 1991 DMC Finals and introduced by DMC top man Tony Prince the two tape jockeys from Latvia (back then still part of the Soviet Union) demonstrate their craft. In the video below, from the same early nineties time period and produced in Amsterdam by Dutch TV, the two Latvian tape jockeys break down how they do what they do. Both loved techno house and hip-hop music with a passion. They also loved the concept of DJing (spinning & mixing beats, scratching, and beat-juggling etc.). The only problem was that, due to the market restrictions of their communist homeland, they literally had absolutely no access to the three main components that went into doing being a DJ in 1991:  Technics 1200 turntables, records, and a mixer. Most would give up at that point but not them. Instead in an inspired DJ McGyver like move they got two reel to reel tape decks, recorded songs onto individual reel-to-reels, and manually tweaked the tape machines to do some extra tricks: including building in a cross fader, and then then tapping their finger tips on the tape heads to get effects normally achieved on turntables and a mixer. In the DMC video they have no mixer but in the demo from Dutch TV they utilize a simple small mixer. I find this to be truly inspirational stuff because it proves that with a strong unstoppable passion for something coupled with a good imagination that you can overcome lack of resources and achieve your goals. 

Amoeba Music Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 7, 2013 06:48am | Post a Comment

JovanottiTOP 15 WORLD MUSIC NEW RELEASE BEST SELLERS FOR 2012

1. Jovanotti - Italia 1988-2012 (CD only)
2. La Santa Cecilia - El Valor ((CD only)
3. V/A - Original Sound Of Cumbia (CD/LP)
4. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (CD/LP)
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo CD/LP)
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Area 52 (CD only)
7. Cafe Tacuba - El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco (CD only)
8. Ondatropica - Ondatropica (CD/LP)
9. Chicano Batman - Joven Navegante (CD only)
10. Los Cafeteras - It’s Time (CD only)
11. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (CD only)
12. Ana Tijoux - La Bala (CD only)
13. Jenni Rivera - La Mas Completa Collecion (CD only)
14. Yuridia - Para Mi (CD only)
15.  Carla Morrison - Dejenme Llorar (CD only)

January 6, 2013: Promised Land

Posted by phil blankenship, January 6, 2013 10:26pm | Post a Comment
Promised Land movie ticket stub

Four Inch Focus- Ladies Of The Labels Pt 5

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 6, 2013 09:40pm | Post a Comment

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.05.13: E-Lit's Picks N Predictions, BPos, First Light (Opio + Pep Love), Sean Born, Skillz

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2013 04:20am | Post a Comment
The music business may close down for the holidays with hardly any new releases in early January but there are still new videos coming out like the three below.  Also below E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store shares his top ten picks of the past year as well as his predictions for 2013 in hip-hop. Skillz just dropped "2012 Rap Up" but announced publicly and in the song that it will be his very last annual "rap up" after ten years and doing his anticipated year in review songs - and seen others enter the year-rap up field like popular YouTube rapper DeStorm

The videos below include the new Kev Brown produced track from Sean Born "Grandeur," and the brand new (two day old) video for the newest Hiero joint: Opio + Pep Love's (aka First Light) song "Lighters" from the duo's forthcoming debut album Fallacy Fantasy which will arrive in Amoeba March 12th. Immediately below is  the new video from SF hip-hop crew BPos for their song "Balance" (from the group's last release Pos Tapes Volume Three). The video was filmed by Inkfat and BPos during BPos' 2012 Super Hero Pool Party Tour, and the song's beat is by Aspect McCarthy (ghosNOTES) while the video itself was made by BPos member Goodword.

       
BPos "Balance" (2012)
E-Lit's Predictions for 2013:

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in January

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2013 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells 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:

Daedelus at the Fonda

Daedelus
The Fonda Theatre
March 29

G-Eazy at the El Rey

G-Eazy
El Rey Theatre
March 9

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)
Cockney Rejects El Rey Theatre 02/18/2013 $20.00
Daedelus
with Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth & Samo Sound Boy
The Fonda Theatre 03/29/2013 $17.50
Django Django The Fonda Theatre 03/23/2013 $23.00
Dr. John The Fonda Theatre 02/09/2013 $40.00
Eels The Fonda Theatre 02/15/2013 $32.00
Feed Me
with Teeth & Mord Fustang
The Fonda Theatre 02/16 & 02/17 $25.00
Frightened Rabbit The Fonda Theatre 03/13/2013 $19.99
G-Eazy El Rey Theatre 03/09/2013 $16.00
Galactic El Rey Theatre 02/28/2013 $30.00
Gojira
with the Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth
The Fonda Theatre 01/25/2013 $22.00
Graveyard El Rey Theatre 02/17/2013 $20.00
IAMX The Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe El Rey Theatre 02/01/2013 $25.00
KMFDM The Fonda Theatre 03/10/2013 $26.50
Lianne La Havas El Rey Theatre 03/20/2013 $22.00
Living Colour El Rey Theatre 03/30/2013 $30.00
Lotus
with special guest VibeSquaD
El Rey Theatre 03/22/2013 $20.00
Moe The Fonda Theatre 03/08 & 03/09 $30.00
NOMEANSNO El Rey Theatre 02/21/2013 $17.00
OFF! The Fonda Theatre 02/08/2013 $17.50
Amoeba Presents: Ra Ra Riot El Rey Theatre 02/12/2013 $20.00
The Residents El Rey Theatre 02/25/2013 $27.00
Josh Ritter The Fonda Theatre 03/19/2013 $27.00
Starfucker
with Blackbird Blackbird
The Fonda Theatre 03/02/2013 $22.00
Lindsey Sterling The Fonda Theatre 04/04/2013 $22.50
Texas Is the Reason The Fonda Theatre 03/30/2013 $19.99
Tomahawk The Mayan 02/19/2013 $27.50
Toro y Moi
with Sinkane and Dog Bite
The Fonda Theatre 03/03/2013 $25.00
Trombone Shorty El Rey Theatre 02/08/2013 $27.00
Victor Wooten El Rey Theatre 02/22/2013 $25.00

 

Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 DVD/Blu-ray Sellers of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, January 4, 2013 03:19pm | Post a Comment

Here’s a list of our top movie sellers of the year, combining DVD and Blu-ray sales.

Drive1. Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn’s brilliant thriller, many people’s favorite movie of 2011, featuring one of the bestselling soundtracks of the year, came out on DVD and Blu-ray in January 2012 and sold better at Amoeba than many movies with much bigger box office takes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avengers2. The Avengers

 

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers managed to deliver summer thrills and smarts in equal measure, breaking several box office records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronson3. Bronson (2008)

Refn’s 2008 film starring Tom Hardy as notorious prisoner and fighter Charles Bronson sold well, perhaps with the release of Refn’s Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunset boulevard4. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"Texas Chainsaw 3D" May Have a Bigger Budget and Special Effects, but Is it Scarier?

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2013 08:38am | Post a Comment

Texas Chainsaw 3D trailer (2013)

Opening in theaters today (January 4th, 2013) is Texas Chainsaw 3D - the seventh and latest in the long running horror flick franchise that began with the extremely low-budget, yet phenomenally successful and influential Tobe Hooper produced and directed 1974 slasher B-movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So how different (better or worse, or more importantly, scarier) will it be from its six predecessors, especially compared to the original that when it was released four decades ago was billed as "the horror movie to end them all"? 

For one thing the producers have noticeably dropped the word "massacre" from the title: the reason for which I am guessing is either A) to distinguish it from the others in the series or B) the more likely reason, in my skeptical mind, that the producers feared offending the American public with the word "massacre" given this very real and tragic age of mass shooting massacres that we live in.


Compared to all its predecessors Texas Chainsaw 3D, starring Alexandra Daddario and singer/rapper Trey Songz among its young cast, was the most expensive to make. But will Texas Chainsaw Version 2013, given all the high tech film technology and 3D special effects of today at its disposal, pack that same edgy intensity of the low-budget original of almost 40 years ago? Will it be scarier? Compare the trailer for the new and original (above and below respectively) to get some idea and judge for yourself.

Amoeba's Top 50 Selling Albums of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, January 3, 2013 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's top 50 best sellers

 

The following is a list of Amoeba Hollywood's top CD and vinyl sellers (combined) for 2012.

 

 

 

lana del rey1. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

All the Internet backlashes and a disastrous SNL performances in the world couldn't wash Ms. Del Rey away. Her Born to Die was Amoeba's bestselling album of 2012 by a longshot. See her Amoeba performance below.

 


Jack White Blunderbuss2. Jack White - Blunderbuss

The main man behind The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs stepped out solo in 2012 with a winner in the blues-lovin' Blunderbuss.

Noir City Film Festival Keeps It Reel in San Francisco, 1/25 - 2/3!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 3, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment

Noir City, the most popular film noir festival in the world, is BACK! Defying media reports regarding the Noir city film festival audra wolfmann eddie mullerdemise of repertory cinema and 35 millimeter film, the 11th edition of the Noir City film festival (at the Castro Theatre from January 25th - February 3rd) will present its most expansive schedule yet! Over ten days, Noir City will screen 27 films, including three brand new 35mm restorations funded by the Film Noir Foundation and the noir-loving moviegoers of San Francisco!

This festival kicks off with a tribute to special guest star Peggy Cummins, legendary for her ferocious performance as carnival sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy (1950). Ms. Cummins, traveling all the way from her home in London, will be interviewed onstage by host Eddie Muller following a screening of the film!

As always, NOIR CITY will present both celebrated classics and wonderful rarities: some newly rescued from extinction and presented in glorious new 35mm prints, others screening for the first time in gorgeous 4K digital restorations. Opening weekend will feature the world premiere of two of the Film Noir Foundation's latest film restoration projects Try and Get Me! (1950) and Repeat Performance (1949).

But that's not all! The hugely popular Noir City Nightclub returns on Saturday night, February 2, 2013. Partiers will time travel to 1949 for an extraordinary evening of scintillating music, sexy striptease, dancing, and drinking ($5 cocktails— beat that price!), all in a new vintage venue, the Regency Lodge (1290 Sutter Street at Van Ness). This year's show, emceed by "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, includes the sizzling jazz of the Dmitri Matheny Group (unveiling its "Crime Scenes Suite"), the sultry pop-noir stylings of Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires ("The Hitchcock Suite"), the return of international striptease sensation Evie Lovelle, torch song temptress Laura Ellis, and the uniquely soulful and sinister serenades of El Radio Fantastique! Best of all, festival screenings are arranged so NOIR CITY attendees can attend the soiree without missing a single film!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With the Cast of The Sarah Silverman Project

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 3, 2013 11:41am | Post a Comment

The Sarah Silverman Program DVDWe recently had the entire cast of The Sarah Silverman Program - Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee and Jay Johnston - visit Amoeba Hollywood for a signing of the new Complete Series DVD Box Set. The television series, which lasted three seasons on Comedy Central from 2007-2010, featured Sarah Silverman as a fictionalized version of herself with real-life older sister Laura playing her younger sister, Brian Posehn and Steve Agee as her geeky gay neighbors, and Jay Johnston as "Officer Jay."

Before their signing, they chatted with us about some of their favorite DVDs including Doctor Who and The Royle Family, comedy LPs, and "some devil things."

Missed some of their selections? Check out their full list of picks on Amoeba.com.

 

The Sarah Silverman Program - What's In My Bag?
Watch and comment on YouTube

 

Sarah Silverman Cast at Amoeba Hollywood

"Dublin" Theme of This Year's "Vibe For Philo" Honoring Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott

Posted by Billyjam, January 3, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment

Thin Lizzy "Dublin" (1971) song + Dublin slideshow

Tomorrow, January 4th 2013, marks the 27th anniversary of the death of Thin Lizzy front-man Phil Lynott who died from complications of an apparent drug overdose at age 36. It also marks the 27th year back in the artist's Dublin hometown that the beloved legendary Irish rocker will be honored again with the big Vibe For Philo celebration. Begun as a humble, heartfelt low-key gathering by fans and friends to mourn his tragic passing in the days following his January 1986 death, Vibe For Philo morphed into an annual event that has steadily grown over the years. It is now a three-day, mini festival like celebration with a slew of Thin Lizzy tribute acts that draws Lynott and Lizzy fans from all over to the Irish capital of Dublin. Coincidentally the theme of this year's Vibe For Philo, which begins today (Jan 3rd), is "Dublin."

According to Vibe For Philo organizer Smiley Bolger this Lynott-hometown named theme was inspired from the song "Dublin" off the 1971 New Day 7" EP on UK Decca. "Philip got it spot on when he wrote: How can I leave this town that brings me down, Has no jobs, is blessed by God and makes me cry. Dublin." Indeed considering the current dire economic state of the recession era Ireland (one that makes today's US economy look almost robust) this 2013 Vibe For Philo theme is most fitting.  

Like the early 1970's era Dublin with "no jobs" that Lynott sang about the current dismal Irish economy is back at that same unfortunate place. The once boisterous Irish economy took a double whammy of a blow when it crashed and burned about five years ago. After enjoying the almost surreal dozen plus years of the bubble that was Ireland's so-called "Celtic Tiger" (1994 - 2007) it crashed hard and fast. To make a bad situation worse this economic collapse coincided with the global banking scandals that brought down other countries. Currently Ireland, which during its Celtic Tiger years was for the first time experiencing an influx of immigrants, is now back to its old status when emigration (usually to the US, UK, or Australia) was the only option for survival for many Irish. So high were those numbers (76,000 for the 12 months leading up to April 2012) that they are now at the highest point since the devastating Irish potato famine of the 1800's.

Pump Up the Jam: Songs to Jumpstart Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Billy Gil, January 2, 2013 05:56pm | Post a Comment

I, like many others, engaged in the cliche practice of going to the gym the day after New Year’s Day (which is reserved for hangovers) in order to “start the new year right” and “get on the right track.” During this delusional first couple of weeks — or if you decide to actually stay with an active workout routine (good for you!) — you’ll need some tunes to get you through the slow crawl back to fitness. Here are some of my favorite workout jamz, most of which you can download at Amoeba.com.

 

Technotronic“Pump Up the Jam”

Technotronic PumpDespite its inclusion on questionable Jock Jams albums, this late ’80s banger is a brilliant slab of early minimalist house pop.

 

Prodigy“Smack My Bitch Up”

ProdigyThe only Prodigy song I ever liked. Its misogynistic overtone is unfortunate, even with the “shocking” video they used to try to counter that (which I think made it worse), but its mid-’90s MTV “Amp”-era beats surprisingly hold up.

Happy (belated) birthday, Joe Orton

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 2, 2013 05:14pm | Post a Comment
Joe Orton

Yesterday, had he not died in 1967, would've been the 79th birthday of my favorite, English, comic playwright, Joe Orton (provided he didn't pass away for some other reason in the intermediate years).

Saffron Lane council estate being built in 1927
Saffron Lane council estate being built in 1927

John Kingsley "Joe" Orton was born 1 January in Leicester to William A Orton and Elsie M Orton (nėe Bentley). Joe's father worked as a gardener for the Leicester County Borough Council whilst his mom was in footwear until tuberculosis (and the subsequent removal of a lung) led to an early retirement. When Joe was two his family moved from Clarendon Park to the Saffron Lane council estate where the family was soon rounded out by the addition of Douglas, Marilyn, and Leonie.

After several serious bouts of asthma, Orton left school and took a position as a junior clerk making £3 a week in 1947. Over the next couple of years he developed an interest in improving his physical stateKenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton and in theater. In pursuit of the former he took up body building, in pursuit of the former he joined several dramatic societies and local, amateur productions. He also wished to continue his education and began attending Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London on scholarship in 1951.

Heavy Midnites: REPO MAN at Cinefamily this Friday!

Posted by phil blankenship, January 2, 2013 01:32pm | Post a Comment

REPO MAN // Friday, January 4, 2013 // Midnite


The life of a repo man is always intense — INTENSELY AWESOME! When deciding which film to kick off a new year of cult midnights, the answer was obvious: Alex Cox’s punk rock odyssey perfectly encapsulates our city and our attitude better than nearly any other film of the last 2,000 years. Emilio Estevez revolts from his no-future Reagan-era life, wanders the streets of L.A. and joins forces with Harry Dean Stanton to repossess cars, do speed, get into tense situations and generally live by the Repo Code. When a mysterious cop-zapping Chevy Malibu enters the picture, things truly get weird. Cox’s debut feature remains his ultimate genre smash-up of post-punk spunk, offbeat philosophy, teenage humor, wild sci-fi and biting satire. Featuring career-great performances from character actor legends Tracey Walter and Sy Richardson, and a raging soundtrack from Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Iggy Pop and Fear, this iconic thrill ride is still as epic as it ever was — and we are flipping pumped to present it in 35mm!
Dir. Alex Cox, 1984, 35mm, 92 min.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #15: The New Year In New York, NYC: From Gritty to Disneyfied, Concerts, Take The A Train + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2013 11:52am | Post a Comment

By early afternoon on Tuesday (January 1st), the estimated 50 tons of garbage left behind by the crammed crowds of approximately one million partiers, who had descended upon Times Square the night before to ring in the new year, had been cleaned up and by this morning when I passed through the "crossroads of the world" you could not tell that such a large scale, multi-faceted event had taken place there at all. Instead, on this first day of business of the new year for most, New Yorkers were rushing in every direction returning to work or maybe to the gym to live up to their New Year's resolution, many clutching newspapers with front page stories on 2013 predictions. At least two NYC papers reported on changes New Yorkers and New York can expect in 2013. These include a better prepared NYC for another Sandy, and a return of the NY Marathon. Also coming in March is the dreaded but inevitable public transit fare increases when flat train/bus fares will increase from $2.25 to $2.50 and monthly unlimited passes increase from $104 to $112, which still not bad compared to the BART or most other US public transit systems. Another much talked about change to take place this year is in mid-March when the new law banning "big gulp" soda drinks from being sold in NYC goes into effect. This has been both controversial and fodder for late night talk shows since the law was pushed in 2012 by the health conscious mayor Michael M. Bloomberg.