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Videos by La Santa Cecilia and Helado Negro that Deal with the Immigration Experience

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 30, 2013 08:35pm | Post a Comment

La Santa Cecilia will be performing at Amoeba San Francisco on Thursday, May 5th in celebration of their latest release, Trienta Dias.

There are two videos that caught my interest of late, dealing with the subject of immigration. One is overt and the other, a bit subtle. The first is a video from La Santa Cecilia from their new album, Treinta Dias. The song "El Hielo" (ICE) The video shows the daily lives of various undocumented immigrants as they go on their daily routine of getting ready for work and school, living in the shadows in order not to be detected. The tension of the workers as they watch the news of  ICE raids and look at photos of loved ones left behind weigh heavy on their faces. It also shows an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officer also getting ready for work. It's not the usual face one puts on the Immigration officers, rather the new faces of first or second generation Mexican Americans who often work in deporting immigrants. The tension of the video comes to the climax at the end when the work place of several of the immigrants is raided by the ICE force, who look just like the immigrants themselves.
 

 

 

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"What's In My Bag?" Won a Webby Award

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 30, 2013 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba won a Webby AwardOur "What's In My Bag?" series won a Webby Award today for Best Online Film & Video: Variety Show! We were up against some brilliant, funny, and thought-provoking shows by SoulPancake (who won the People's Voice Award in our category), Conan O'Brien, MIT and Fandango. It's amazing that our little series - of which we are so incredibly proud, don't get me wrong - would be nominated with those folks, let alone honored by the Webby judges with the win.

If you're not familiar with the Webbys, it's an annual international award that's been dubbed "the Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times. Some of the other winners this year include The Onion which won its 18th and 19th Webby for Best Humor Website; The Creators Project which won a Webby (and a People's Voice Award) for Best Art; Pinterest which won a Webby (and a People's Voice Award) for Best Social Media; and Dumb Ways to Die which won for Best Viral Video. Additionally, the Webbys have named Amoeba faves Grimes the Artist of the Year and Frank Ocean as the Person of the Year. See all the winners here

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Tim & Eric

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2013 02:46pm | Post a Comment

Tim & Eric

The awkwardly hilarious comedy duo Tim & Eric are some of the busiest funnymen in showbiz. Gaining legions of cult-like fans from their successful Adult Swim shows (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes to the Mayor), Tim & Eric continue to bless us with more left field content via their popular website, timanderic.com. They also recently partnered up with fellow comedians Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and Michael Cera to launch the new Jash Network YouTube channel. If you simply can't be fulfilled by Internet videos, then pick up Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. If you need even more Tim & Eric, grab the new film that stars the pair alongside LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, The Comedy

Tim & Eric wandered into Amoeba Hollywood in search of very specific and maybe even peculiar selections. We got it all on video for another awesome episode of What's In My Bag?. Find out which of the two is a fan of a famous Mexican comedian and which one needs two copies of a 30 Seconds To Mars album. Oh yeah, and check out their very funny impromtu cover of Smash Mouth's "All Star."

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Happy Beltane! Your guide to observances and Beltane in popular culture

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 30, 2013 01:34pm | Post a Comment
Happy Beltane!

Queen Guinevere's maying by John Collier, 1900
John Collier's Queen Quinevere's maying (1900)

Tonight at sundown begins Beltane (also spelled Beltain, Bealtaine, Bealltainn, Boaltinn, and Boaldyn), a Gaelic holiday marking the beginning of summer (which in the Gaelic calendar takes place at the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice). Historically it was observed throughout the British Isles.

Sanas Cormaic
Detail of Sanas Cormaic


Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest surving medieval Irish literature (eg. Sanas Cormaic and Tochmarc Emire) . It was one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals along with Imbolc, Samhain, and Lugnasadh. but was, not surprisingly, attacked by intolerant Christians. By the mid-20th century, Beltane observances had almost died out although there have been efforts to revive it.

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Betlane observers (image source: Twilight Language)

On Beltane rituals were undertaken to ensure a good year in the fields. This was done with the burning of bonfires through which farm animals would be driven. According to 17th century historian Geoffrey Keating, animal sacrifices were made to the god, Beil, on the the hill of Uisneach in Ireland. Additionally, farmers led processions around their fields whilst carrying grains, farm implements, Beltane well water, and vervain or rowan. Rituals were performed along the way at each of the four cardinal points of the compass.

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Album Picks: The Haxan Cloak, !!!, Akron/Family, Hanni El Khatib

Posted by Billy Gil, April 30, 2013 09:34am | Post a Comment

The Haxan CloakExcavation

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The Haxan Cloak’s Excavation is an aptly named trip into the other side of the human ego. It takes listeners on a ride through dark ride, requiring several listens for its movements to sink in and rewarding the patient with a unique listening experience. Starting with deep bass drum hits on “Consumed,” it moves into the two-part “Excavation,” which at first feels like travelling at the deepest part of the ocean, drumless and with little light let in, but deep sonar blasts of bass, heartbeats and backward sound guide us as if we’re seeing the unseen. Part two opens the chasm a bit, with squelching beats you could almost dance to, were they not so brutal and irregular. “Mara” sounds like the exact moment the protagonist finds the body in film noir or horror film, build on unseemly strings and a door-slamming beat. The two-part “The Mirror Reflecting” gets even deeper, with a beautifully decayed last quarter, and the nearly 13-minute “The Drop” actually finds The Haxan Cloak’s Bobby Krlic at his most open and easy to follow, with melodic synths that sound like a synth-pop song slowed to quarter-speed. Though it provides few easy entry points and demands much of its listener, The Haxan Cloak’s Excavation is a worthwhile journey, even just to say you made it to the other side.

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Amoeba Celebrates International Jazz Day on April 30

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2013 02:11pm | Post a Comment

International Jazz DayThe second annual International Jazz Day takes place Tuesday, April 30. Amoeba has made available signed copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project on vinyl for sale in-store or on Amoeba.com for $35. Released in 2010, the double-disc Imagine Project features collaborations between the jazz legend and artists including Pink, Seal, John Legend, Susan Tedeschi, Tinariwen, Los Lobos, Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan and many others. The versions recorded of standards and classics incorporate musics from around the world, including a version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” boosted by the beats of Congolese group Konono No. 1 and a version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are a Changin’” featuring the West African kora, the Celtic flute and Uilleann pipes. The album was complemented by a documentary about the recording process called Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, which Amoeba screened last year.

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DJ Traps Wins 2013 SF Regional DMC Battle

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

DJ Traps working his winning routine @ last night's 2013 San Franciso Regional DMC DJ Battle

Proving that you really can make lemonade out of lemons DJ Traps - last night's winner of the  2013 San Francisco Regional DMC DJ Battle - shared during his acceptance speech that his personal life had not been going so good lately but that, via his craft, he had managed to turn all that negativity into something positive. "I been through a lot of shit recently," admitted the winner of the prestigious DJ battle without going into detail. "But I took it all out here," he said gesturing towards the two turntable and mixer set up on which he had just done his stunning six minute winning routine of the heated, high caliber DJ battle.

The competition - the second annual Bay Area DMC Regional in a row after a noticeable six year gap of any DMC battles in the Bay - was a fun and talent-packed turntable competition that was as much a DJ battle as it was a reunion and gathering of Bay Area hip-hop DJs of the past few decades. In addition to young DJ cats like Santa Rosa competitor DJ Lazy Boy (aka Gregory The Great) there were OG Bay Area DJs like DJ Apollo, Pos Red, DJ Quest, and QBert who all started out in the 80's as well as next generation DJs like Teeko, Snayk Eyez, and Golden Chyld who arrived on the scene in the 90's. The whole event, that ran from mid afternoon into the evening at Neck of The Woods on Clement St. in San Francisco, exuded good vibes and a shared love by all in the house for hip-hop DJ'ing and scratch music. DJ Lazy Boy, who placed third in the competition, said during his acceptance speech onstage with DJ Apollo - the MC of the night - that he had grown up listening to the Triple Threat DJ crew (the Bay Area supergroup featuring Apollo along with Shortkut and Vin Roc - another one of the night's judges) and that he used to practice his DJing to, using routines done by Apollo as his template, noting that "it was an honor" to now be onstage alongside his turntable hero.
 
Following a great warm up set by Mista B, who dug deep in his crates to spin lots of old school and golden era classics (Grandmaster Flash + Furious Five featuring Melle Mel, Run DMC, Audio Two, etc.) plus a bunch of throwbacks from the Bay Area including IMP/Cougnut and Rated X/C-Funk, the SF DMC battle started with the first round of each of eight DJs doing two minute routines.

Music History Monday: April 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 29, 2013 10:55am | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: April 29, 1899 - Composer, bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington (born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington DC). Happy Birthday to this jazz giant, born 114 years ago today. We ♥ you madly, Duke!!


Born on this day: April 29, 1922 - Jazz guitarist/harmonica virtuoso and whistler extraordinaire Toots Thielemans (born Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidor, Baron Thielemans in Brussels, Belgium). Happy 91st Birthday, Toots!!
 


Born on this day: April 29, 1945 - Motown vocal legend Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, PA). Happy Birthday to this "Sweetheart of Motown" on what would have been her 68th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: April 29, 1968Ridin' High, the fifth studio album by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas is released. Produced by Richard Morris, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from mid-1967 to early 1968. The album will be the group's first since the departure of producers William "Mickey" Stevenson and Holland-Dozier-Holland from Motown. Staff producer Richard Morris will fill the void, collaborating with songwriter/producer Sylvia Moy (Stevie Wonder). The pair will write the groups' last two top 40 pop hits "Honey Chile" (#5 R&B, #11 Pop) and "Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone" (#14 R&B, #25 Pop), with the album spinning off a third single "(We've Got) Honey Love" (#27 R&B, #57 Pop). The album will also mark the debut of Lois Reeves (Martha's younger sister), replacing longtime member Betty Kelly (1963-1968) from the group.  Ridin' High will peak at #167 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Rilo Kiley's 'It'll Get You There'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

oheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it’s Rilo Kiley's "It’ll Get You There." The L.A.-based band was an underground favorite for much of the early 2000s, led by charismatic the charsimatic Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett, both child-stars-turned-musicians. Though now defunct, their recently released Rkives corrals fan favorites not found on their albums, including standout “It’ll Get You There,” fully displaying the power of Lewis’ voice over a simple-yet-effective four-chord arrangement and explosive performance by the band. Sample or download the song here, and check out the rest of their album Rkives on CD, LP (out 4/30) or download.

rilo kiley rkivesA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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What We're Doing With What They've Done: Amoeba's "Vinyl Vaults"

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 28, 2013 07:15pm | Post a Comment

If you don't already know, we here at Amoeba are very much underway with our monumental archiving project for our website Amoeba.com, simply called the "Vinyl Vaults". It's a really spectacular beginning to what is and will be a huge undertaking in offering to the public digital transfers of the most remarkable older, oblique and hard to find works of creative peoples around the globe throughout the history of recording. I myself, am curating a large part of this, and have been very excitedly pulling out many, many unique pieces of vinyl out of the used LP buys that we take in at Amoeba's buying counters, and sending them into the ether (ie,our great team) to be archived and considered for sale on Amoeba.com. Our sound team takes these copies of the LPs, 7" singles and 78 rpm discs and digitizes them via ProTools, into 24-bit files, and then make mp3, mp4 and 16 bit .wav files (CD quality) from the 24-bit master and split up the sides into tracks for folks to download. We sometimes offer of the highest resolution 24-bit file as well for a certain title. And in many cases the original LP or 78 or 45 we used to digitize the sides is available right there next to the download. 


How do I decide what we save to digitize and offer to the public as I go through all these LPs? The records almost speak to me as I sift over the aquisitions we've purchased in the collections we buy. If I don't  know the record, I'll see the look of the cover, the paper texture, and the era of manufacture as the first things revealed. Even the weight and smell of the "thing". Exotic LPs have a feel to them, a way they communicate to the holder that they are something interesting, distinctly special, and a thing to be investigated further. If you've held a phonograph record in your hands  you know what I mean. Often the packaging will tell me what's inside, but how many records say "vocals" or "guitar" or "piano", and yet how different can all these records be? The actual sound on the disc is an exciting mystery of immense promise before I hear it. So then, to play a little bit, I "needle-drop" (sample bits of) so many records in a day. And it just so happens that Amoeba offers 1 1/2 minutes of free sample listening for all the records' songs, so this is comparable to how I listen to potential pieces for the Vaults. Once chosen, a disc will undergo a discerning ear's analysis and judgement for condition, and a little research to see if folks already know about this record. Ultimately, the bliss of finding a transcendent musical performance by a deceased or obscure artist or on a long-defunct label is intoxicating. And to think that others can later enjoy these provocative sounds via the "Vinyl Vaults"  is exhilarating.

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Snowball's Chance in Hell: Django Unchained (2012)

Posted by Charles Reece, April 28, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment
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Along with Inglourious BasterdsDjango Unchained forms something of a diptych for Tarantino insofar as both are revenge fantasies set in two of history’s greatest atrocities: the Holocaust and American chattel slavery. In the interview he gave at the screening I saw last week, he certainly thinks of them that way. But before either film could begin to be written, one crucial difference in their respective historical situations delimited the possibilities of fantasy: one can fantasize about the end of the Holocaust by killing the highest members of the Nazi party, whereas there is no easily imagined personalized end to slavery through a few targeted acts of vengeance. Thus, the use of explosives against the Nazis seems a tactical act, a logical means of warfare. The use of bombs against slavery would border on what we call terrorism these days, or “irrationally” violent outbursts against a society (targeting civilians who can’t do anything to change the way things are, or think of the portrayal of the Watts riots, for example: why did they destroy property?). Slavery was a deeply structural violence, an ontological domination of a people that didn’t obtain in the instance of the Holocaust. Any heroic narrative set in the slave-built Southern economy is going to have a major hurdle to overcome: there is no real end in sight, the villain remains like the renewable heads of a hydra, nor is there a place to go where the hero’s limited victory will be recognized, much less celebrated (excepting the audience who might applaud at the film’s end). As Frantz Fanon famously wrote in Black Skin, White Masks:

The Jewishness of the Jew, however, can go unnoticed. He is not integrally what he is. We can but hope and wait. His acts and behavior are the determining factor. He is a white man, and apart from some debatable features, he can pass undetected. [...] Of course the Jews have been tormented — what am I saying? They have been hunted, exterminated, and cremated, but these are just minor episodes in the family history. The Jew is not liked as soon as he has been detected. But with me things take on a new face. I’m not given a second chance. I am overdetermined from the outside. I am a slave not to the “idea” others have of me, but to my appearance.

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Jack White's Third Man Record Booth

Posted by Billyjam, April 27, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment
      

Jack White, via the above video, recently unveiled his cool Third Man Record Booth project which is, as he points out, "the only working vinyl recording booth open to the public in the world." That's a pretty amazing fact considering that at one time in relatively recent history these wonderful machines were commonplace. In terms of restoring and accurately reconstructing this newly operable machine based on the original model (a 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine) Jack White and company did an excellent job. "Wow! As a collector of personal records I have seen pictures of these kinds of recording booths and kiosks which were omnipresent in arcades, amusement parks, department stores and lots of other locations," said my buddy/fellow WFMU DJ Michael Cumella (aka MAC), who lauded Jack White with praise for doing such an accurate job. "It looks pretty authentic. Down to the mailing envelopes available after recording for easy posting. It really is a cool part of our popular history and getting one of these machines into working condition is truly fabulous to see." Fittingly it was exactly one week ago on Saturday, April 20th (aka Record Store Day 2013) that Jack White chose to unveil his new toy for the public to come in and check it out in person at the Third Man Novelties Lounge in Nashville, TN. Jack White and Neil Young are among those established recording stars who have already recorded in the little booth. You can too if you make it to Nashville. For more information visit Third Man Records' website

New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/26 - ADR, Jacques Renault, Ejeca, Anthony Naples, Silent Servant, Isolee and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 26, 2013 07:06pm | Post a Comment

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Chunky Monkey

Hippos In Tanks

While visual artists have been quick to adapt to the internet's Babel of information, musicians have been slow to comment directly on the vast digital buzz. Hippos In Tanks, as a label, has admirably pushed this conversation forwards while also displaying a fierce devotion to the traditional mediums of CD and vInyl. James Ferraro's "Farside Virtual" (Hippos In Tanks, 2011) was seen as a comment on emerging personality types in the face of rampant technoconsumerism, but in retrospect, can be seen as Ferraro's first step out of the cassette underground into sleeker rnb/hip-hop influenced production Gatekeeper's "Exo" had them abandoning the Carpenter-esque VHS aesthetics of their previous releases, even hiring internet artist Tabor Robak to create a playable game for reach song. The most successful effort in creating a musical analog to endless internet-meme driven communication is ADR's "Chunky Monkey". 

The record succeeds first and foremost because Aaron David Ross (1/2 of the Gatekeeper) is a completely badass producer. I woudn't be suprised if legitimate pop production is in his future based off of the seemingly effortless genre tourism on display here. Opener "Casual Friday" places  samples of sitcom saxaphones against a loping 303 and eerie processed piano that could be lifted from a Prologue release. "Sumo" seems to be an oblique comment on 90s boom-bap, while "What It Takes" could be lifted from a sinister Sprite commercial. "Stray Dog Strut" could be seen as ADR's reading of Sly and Robbie digidub, but in this tune, the comment on internet culture is palpable. In the midst of innocuous and expertly produced genre-exercises, ADR is prone to interrupt with unsettling samples (e.g. a screaming chorus of roller coaster riders) to fray the edges. The effect has an uncanny resemblance to cruising through life with 15 tabs open.

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Shop DVDs and More at Amoeba Hollywood's Sidewalk Sale May 11

Posted by Billy Gil, April 26, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleIt’s time for another Amoeba Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 11. Taking place just outside of Amoeba Hollywood, the sale will include deals such as DVD box sets for $7, or 2 for $10; and a buy-two-DVDs-get-one-free deal.

Additional deals include music and culture magazine grab bags of three for $1, soundtrack CD grab bags of 10 for $5, and 12-inch dance and hip-hop singles at four for $1.

Other deals will include:

-7-inches for $1

-Blu-ray Discs at three for $15

-Classical CDs at buy-one-get-one-free for discs $4.99 and under

-Classical LPs at three for $1

-Buy-one-get-one-free on all clearance CDs

-Discounted LPs of all genres

-Select posters at $5 or three for $10

-Books, toys and accessories up to half off

-$5 T-shirts

 

The whole shebang takes place from 12-5 p.m. Get there early for the best deals!

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale.

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Show Recap: Fol Chen at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, April 26, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment

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In contrast with some of their arty antics off-stage, L.A. band Fol Chen began their set at Amoeba Hollywood merely declaring, “Hi, we’re Fol Chen,” before launching into the digital sitars and Janet Jackson-style coos of “A Tourist Town,” from the recently released The False Alarms.

With a four-person set-up, their detailed pop songs came through remarkably clearly and intact. Frontwoman Sinosa Loa wore a purple dress and white gloves like Madonna, though her more demure stage presence is more befitting of the band’s digitized, skewed brand of pop.

It was hard to hear Loa on “The Fifth Season,” one of the pitfalls of their complex sound being that they occasionally don’t clear enough space for the singer, who looked a little lost. It got better halfway through when digital manipulation of Loa’s voice seemed to give her more confidence and the band’s creepy digital space becomes quite effective. The band fared better altogether on single “I.O.U.,” an irresistible pop tune with a bubblegum chorus — albeit an intelligent one. Loa made those gloves work for her as she clutched the mic close and gesticulated with one hand.

Their keyboardist came out front to play trumpet to nice effect on “Winter, That’s All,” from their album Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. It helped humanize and demystify some of the band's methods, nicely displaying their guitarist’s noise-making capabilities on an effected acoustic guitar as Loa eerily sang “Lately I don’t feel so hot/Could it be the winter, that’s all.” While the newer songs are better-written, they seemed to be still getting the hang of them, while on older songs, like “The Holograms” and “In Ruins,” from their last album, Part II: The New December, they seemed more confident and louder.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.26.13: Ghostface Killah, Apollo The Great, Los Rakas, Hieros, DMC, Medusa, Streets of Rap + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2013 01:39pm | Post a Comment
        

Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 26: 2013



1) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)

2) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)

3) Trek Life Hometown Foreigner (Mello Music)

4) DJ Neil Armstrong Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set (Turntable Lab)

5) Kev Brown Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2 (Green)

Special thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley  for taking time to record video above and run down the latest new hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba which include goodies such as Mello Music's Trek Life  (Hometown Foreigner) and Kev Brown (Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2). Then of special interest to DJ/turntablist fans are both the Beat Junkies Record Store Day leftover vinyl release plus the beautifully done box set by DJ Neil Armstrong (Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set). Speaking of the craziness of Record Store Day last Saturday, E-Lit reports that two of the hottest hip-hop RSD 2013 exclusive items at the Berkeley Amoeba were the Notorious B.I.G. vinyl reissue of Ready To Die and the GZA chess set - both of which were snapped up and sold out in record time. Continuing to sell well at Amoeba Berkeley and the other two Amoeba stores this week are both the new Kid Cudi (Indicud on Dreamworks) and Ghostface Killah's Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple). And below is a video from this hot new collab with Adrian Younge.

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Weekly Roundup: Classixx, IO Echo, Kisses, GRMLN, The Ross Sea Party, Sonny & The Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees, and more

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2013 03:36pm | Post a Comment

Classixx Releases ‘All You’re Waiting For,’ Featuring LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang

classixxClassixx’s recent singles in advance of Hanging Gardens, the L.A. act’s upcoming debut LP due May 14 on Innovative Leisure, have gotten their fair share of press, but now they’ve gone and dropped their best jam yet, featuring cool as F vocals from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang. Here’s your early summer jam.

 

IO Echo Unveil Interactive Video

io echoI’m already a fan of L.A. group IO Echo and their recently released shoegazey electro-pop album, Ministry of Love. Now they’ve released a cool interactive video for the title track that just makes them that much cooler. Wow. Why don’t more bands do stuff like this? And more importantly, do I win something if I rearrange singer Ioanna Gika correctly in the beginning? Check it out on VICE’s Noisey blog.

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Tumbleweed Wanderers' New Video is a Love Letter to SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2013 12:43pm | Post a Comment

tumbleweed wanderersIn anticipation of their April 26th EP release party at the Independent, Bay Area hair-folkers Tumbleweed Wanderers have released the single "Troubadour," featuring their signature combo of folk, soul, and rock & roll.

Check out their video for "Troubadour," which unfolds like a love letter to their home town of San Francisco.
 

 

Tumbleweed Wanderers -- Watch & comment on YouTube.

"A Community Event" - DJ Cue on Sunday's 2013 San Francisco DMC Regional DJ Battle

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2013 11:45am | Post a Comment
The renaissance in the turntable arts and all it entails, including skratch music and hip-hop DJ battles, that began in the past couple of years - following a bit of a lull for close to a decade - continues its resurgence in San Francisco this weekend when, for the second year in a row after a noticeable six year absence, the prestigious DMC (now celebrating 30 years) DJ battle returns for a Bay Area regional battle. And considering that the Bay Area has long been viewed as one of the main epicenters of turntable culture and battle-DJing this is a most welcome return.

"We're excited for this one," said veteran San Francisco DJ/producer DJ Cue who as well as working behind the scenes will also be a special performer at the event. The 2013 DMC San Francisco Regional Battle takes place on Sunday afternoon/evening (April 28th) at Neck Of The Woods on Clement Street in The City. For his anticipated performance DJ Cue will be joined onstage by his longtime turntable crew partner DJ Quest who two decades ago, along with Eddie Def, formed the legendary San Francisco turntablist crew the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (BPSH). At that time the BPSH crew made history by releasing the first DJ battle record, Hamster Breaks, something no doubt that will be on DJ Cue's mind on Sunday.
"I would say that this year marks a good twenty one years now that the Bay DJ's have been really solidly in the battle scene. Hamster Breaks came out twenty years ago. Invisbl Skratch Piklz won DMC twenty one years ago. And the DJ's from here have been strong ever since. Our history is strong here and we are together supporting the event and forward movement of the battle scene and to wherever it goes," said the Bay Area proud DJ Cue who is also one of the organizers of this weekend's event which he describes as a true group/community effort.

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Heavy Midnites: RIKI-OH The Story of Ricky at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, April 24, 2013 06:00pm | Post a Comment
RIKI-OH: The Story Of Ricky

RIKI-OH The Story Of Ricky
Friday, April 26, 2013 // Midnite


The greatest gore-soaked Hong Kong prison breakout love story of 1991 — and STILL the Category III (HK’s equivalent to “NC-17”) mug melter that tops all international brain smashers in its ability to make an audience pump their fists in an orgiastic ecstasy of blood and violence! In the dystopian future of 2001, the prison system has been privatized, and is run by monsters far worse than the criminals they rule. Enter martial artist/former music student/invincible headcrusher Ricky, sent to prison for avenging the death of his girlfriend. As Ricky’s innate sense of justice repeatedly sends him into battle, piles of prosthetics and well-stocked blood hoses are put to good use, for he murders with his bare hands every single baddie in the whole clink, in ascending levels of gory absurdity. What we’re getting at is: never has the term “must be seen to be believed” been more appropriate than when communicating the radness of Riki-Oh. With every frame filled to previously-unimagined levels of ultra violent insanity, it remains the most eye-popping, over-the-top martial arts gut-buster ever conceived!
Dir. Lam Nai-choi, 1991, 35mm, 91 min.

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Madero, Pier 23

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 24, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment
On this date (23 April) back in 1947, the radio drama Johnny Madero, Pier 23 made its debut. It
 was the second detective drama that resulted from the collaboration of Jack Webb and Richard L. Breen

St. Regis Hotel in 1904
St. Regis Hotel in 1904

Jack Webb was born 2 April, 1920, in
Santa Monica, California, the son of Margaret (née Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. Samuel split before Jack’s birth and and thus the child was rasied by his mother and maternal grandfather, who lived together in Bunker Hills St. Regis Apartments.


Fol Chen Play Amoeba SF Tonight, Amoeba Hollywood Tomorrow

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2013 02:19pm | Post a Comment

fol chenExperimental pop group Fol Chen are as known for their innovative music as they are for their artistic activities outside of merely performing onstage. The Los Angeles-based band has given interviews with their faces obscured a la The Knife, invited guest singers onstage via Craigslist, had a metal band perform its songs, performed reconstructed, long-form versions of their albums in Russia, held a workshop in which attendees could get their own song made, and partnered with an electronics manufacturer to produce a sound device, writing and recording two songs with it.

All of that is a mouthful for a band who’s still on the up-and-up. It certainly makes for a great backstory, but it only works if the music does as well. Thankfully, Fol Chen’s music is as bright and intriguing as what they do with it, a hyperactive, dynamic electro-pop sound informed by world music, new wave, dance-punk and other sources both cerebral and celebratory. Their latest album, The False Alarms, is their most pop-oriented statement yet, with group vocals and some of their more avant-garde instincts eschewed in favor of giving singer Sinosa Loa a platform on which to perform as an alt-pop diva. I spoke with Fol Chen’s Samuel Bing before their two performances at Amoeba, first in San Francisco April 24 at 6 p.m. and then in Hollywood April 25 at 7 p.m.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #28: NYC as TV Central, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, & Concert Picks

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2013 12:25pm | Post a Comment

Since the recent official confirmation by NBC folks here including City politicians have been talking excitedly about the return to New York City of The Tonight Show with new host Jimmy Fallon. The show, which will move cross country from Burbank CA to take up residency in NYC next year after NBC wraps up its coverage of 2014 Winter Olympics, will be yet another of many TV shows recorded and broadcast out of New York. As well as Fallon's current show (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC) other live studio TV shows made in New York City include Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart (John Oliver will take over this summer when Stewart takes a break) and Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dr Oz, The Early Show, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Rachael Ray Show - to name but some of the long list.

Then there are the numerous comedy and drama TV shows shot in NYC including NBC's long running popular series Law and Order SUV, CBS's Elementary and Person of Interest, HBO's Girls and Empire Boardwalk, and FX's The Americans - to name-check but a few.  Add to that the return of MTV's VMA's this year when it will be broadcast for the first time out of Brooklyn's Barclay Center on August 25th - after being held/broadcast out of LA the past two years. In short a lot of TV shows are already shot in New York and that number is exponentially growing. Part of the reason for the increasing number of TV shows being made in New York has to do with - you guessed it - money; namely the attractive tax breaks that the State and City of New York offer television producers. Couple that with ample facilities for TV (and film) producers, not to mention NYC's famous backdrops and locations, and you have a winning formula for New York as the perfect location for television shows.

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April 23, 2013: 42

Posted by phil blankenship, April 23, 2013 10:11pm | Post a Comment
42 movie ticket stub

JEFF the Brotherhood Visits Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Amoebite, April 23, 2013 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Jeff BrohoodNashville's psychedelic/ garage rock duo, JEFF the Brotherhood, dropped by Amoeba for an exclusive What's In My Bag? episode.  Brothers Jake and Jamin have been releasing records since 2001 and they've been collecting vinyl ever since they were kids. From rock records to world pop selections like, Idjah Hadidjah's Tonggeret and folk songwriter Will Oldham's Goya, these brothers love to dig! They don't just talk vinyl, they've got a few interesting book selections too. One in particular is Slim Diamond's book of Pimpoetry.  Oh yes, JEFF the Brotherhood is big pimpin' when it comes to digging for vinyl!

JEFF the Brotherhood - What's In My Bag?
Watch and comment on YouTube.

 

Check out their official music video for "Sixpack":

From Rap Editor to Filmmaker: California To New York Transplant Thembisa S. Mshaka

Posted by Billyjam, April 23, 2013 04:48pm | Post a Comment

A couple of weeks ago in New York longtime Bay Area to NYC transplant Thembisa S. Mshaka, through her company SEEIT Films, held the premiere screening of her first movie, the short The Divorce Counselor (pic above with Rachel Noerdlinger, CEO, Noerdlinger Media is from the red carpet of that screening that received positive reviews). Already busy working on her follow up projects the LA born, Mills College alum, renaissance woman who used to oversee the rap department at now defunct San Francisco radio trade magazine The Gavin Report and later in NYC worked at SONY Music's headquarters as Advertising Copywriter, recently took time to chat with the Amoeblog about her decision to get into film making and about her career to date which she described as, "a series of amazing, blessed experiences.  I was fortunate to be the first woman and African American Rap Editor for Gavin, and held the position longer than anyone before or after me--from 1993-1998."

The role of rap music editor in 1990's hip-hop was an extremely important and influential one to hold. "Being able to connect artists, radio, and record execs through Gavin during arguably hip hop's most intriguing, diverse and profitable time was incredible. It taught me the power that comes with being a member of the media. I take that power very seriously and don't take it for granted. That has guided me through all my roles as campaign writer, promo producer, and now, filmmaker," commented Mshaka whose bylines have appeared in such magazines as Honey and BLAZE where she was contributing editor penning a column that addressed the convergence of gender and hip-hop culture. Four years ago her book Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business was published by Business Plus.

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Albums Out April 23: No Joy, Phoenix, Junip, Young Galaxy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2013 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

No JoyWait to Pleasure

No Joy Wait to PleasureCD $10.98

LP $16.98

A mistake some neo-shoegaze bands make is avoiding the loud guitars the genre is partially based upon without making up for it in melody or some other distinguishing feature. Not so with No Joy, whose debut Ghost Blonde was slathered in distortion and reverb — so much so, in fact, that it did tend to wash them out. Not so with follow-up Wait to Pleasure, which ratchets up the songwriting without sacrificing much in the way of pulverizing guitar power, in a way previewed on their Negaverse EP last year. “E” tunnels along on the strength of a heavily distorted bass that gives anchor to Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd’s guitar feedback and cooing vocals. “Hare Tarot Lies” crushes through with heavy power chords and femme vocals that recall the best of ’90s female-led alt-rock bands (underrated acts like Lush and Veruca Salt) while paying homage to their usual checklist of influences, such as Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine. With the sonics in check, No Joy seem to feel free to explore their pop side on the rest of the album, on the church-like melodies of “Prodigy” and Strawberry Switchblade-esque '80s pop of “Lunar Phobia.” Not all of their gambits work, as they miss a vocal cue on “Slug Night” that could have made it a single, and “Blue Neck Riviera’s” rapping is questionable, even if the song is saved by a melodically charging second half. But even these foibles are mostly endearing, as Wait to Pleasure never wears out its welcome across its 11 tracks. They sound like a band secure in their own sound and trying out new things here and there, occasionally coming up with a power-pop gem like “Lizard Kids,” featuring sweet vocals akin to Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval over muscular, bass-driven riffs. One expects them to continue tinkering with their sound; Wait to Pleasure suggests No Joy can become a great pop band. For now, they’ll have to settle for being one of the best shoegaze bands around.

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April 2, 2013: A Good Day To Die Hard & The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Posted by phil blankenship, April 23, 2013 10:08am | Post a Comment
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Record Store Day 2013 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2013 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Saturday, April 20th marked the sixth annual Record Store Day (RSD), the holiest of holy days in the record store day san francisco 2013 amoebarecord store biz. Of course, Amoeba was the hub of action in San Francisco as we are the Mecca of many a music fiend. Additionally, because the Universe works in mysterious ways, April 20th (4/20) also happens to mark the celebration of a particular herb important to many San Franciscans. Like peanut butter and jelly, the two holidays meshed together on Haight Street, creating a mystical sandwich of epic proportions.

The first Record Store Day fans on the scene lined up at 4:30am outside the doors of Amoeba San Francisco, which is pretty admirable considering the store was not scheduled to open to the public until 10:30am! Early risers were rewarded with scoring the limited edition RSD release they came for and were the firsts to get our special limited run commemorative t-shirt, which was being silk screened right on the stage by our friends at Free Gold Watch. The proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the SF Rock Project, which is a performance-based music school for kids age 8-18!

If you missed out on the fun, watch this video below and check out these great pictures taken by our in-house photographer! It's just like being there.

Also check out our selection of limited edition Record Store Day items for sale on Amoeba.com HERE and drop by or call Amoeba to see what RSD gems are remaining. 

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Buy Tickets at Amoeba SF to See Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2013 03:39pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba San Francisco is now selling tickets to the Yo La Tengo show at The Fillmore on May 10th and 11th!

Tickets are just $27.50 and there is NO SERVICE CHARGE! Get in here quick before they're all sold out!

More info on the show HERE!

Yo La Tengo in Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" -- Watch & comment on YouTube

Music History Monday: April 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 22, 2013 01:52pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: April 22, 1922 - Jazz music icon Charles Mingus (born Charles Mingus, Jr. in Nogales, AZ). Happy Birthday to this visionary genius on what would have been his 91st Birthday.
 


Born on this day: April 22, 1936 - Singer/songwriter/guitarist Glen Campbell (born Glen Travis Campbell in Delight, AR). Happy 77th Birthday, Glen!!
 


On this day in music history: April 22, 1968The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees, the fifth album by The Monkees is released. Produced by The Monkees and Chip Douglas, it is recorded at RCA Studios, Gold Star Studios and United/Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1967 - Early 1968. The bands' fifth release will see them beginning to go their separate ways with each producing their own tracks with studio musicians, rather than working as a unit as on the previous two albums. The album will also be the last from The Monkees to be issued with separate mono and stereo mixes, with the former containing unique mixes and being pressed in such small quantities that they will become collector's items. It will spin off two singles including "Daydream Believer" (#1 Pop) and "Valleri" (#3 Pop). The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees will peak at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Charles Walker & The Dynamites' "I Just Want To Know"

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it’s Charles Walker & The Dynamites' "I Just Want to Know." The Nashville-based soul revivalist group gets into a deep groove on "I Just Want to Know," while Walker pleads with a depressive lover, declaring, "Sometimes I feel like you're pouring concrete all around my shoes." Despite its subject matter, Walker & the Dynamites avoid heavy-handedness and keep the whole thing light and funky. Sample or download the song here, as check out the rest of their album Love is Only Everything on CD, LP (out 4/30) or download.

charles walker dynamites love is only everythingA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

Record Store Day 2013 at Amoeba Hollywood - Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day moved into Saturday afternoon at Amoeba Hollywood with a DJ set by Lance Rock, a former Amoebite and current Yo Gabba Gabba! ringleader. Lance has always had exceptional musical taste and it was a treat to hear his soundtrack for one of our busiest days of the year. A handful of kids turned out, excited to see DJ Lance Rock in person.

Lance Rock at Amoeba Hollywood Record Store Day

Lance Rock at Amoeba Hollywood Record Store Day

Next up was Lucinda Williams, who chatted with fans and picked out a playlist of her favorite songs, including gypsy jazz, Mark Lanegan and Chelsea Light Moving.

Lucinda Williams at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day

Lucinda Williams at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day

Lucinda Williams' playlist

It was been an incredibly busy morning (and afternoon) with the lines wrapping around the store. The main line for the registers even extended into the jazz room and bumped up against the prize wheel line at one point! But by about 5pm, things had slowed just enough to let us move the line for RSD13 titles into the store and put the remaining releases on the floor.

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Record Store Day 2013 at Amoeba Hollywood - Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2013 03:21pm | Post a Comment

The sixth annual Record Store Day kicked off early this morning at Amoeba Hollywood, with some folks getting in line for the limited RSD releases as early as midnight the night before. We started passing out the RSD menus around 7:30am, shortly before the steaming hot Coffee Bean coffee and pastries arrived to fortify the early birds in line. 

Record Store Day line at Amoeba Hollywood

Coffee Bean at Amoeba Hollywood Record Store Day

Huge thanks to the Coffee Bean for providing our customers (and our staff) with hot coffee and delicious pastries this morning. Happy 50th anniversary, CBTL!!

 

As in years past, we collected the menus and began filling orders, letting the first wave of RSD customers in around 9:30am. The hot titles were gone in a flash - the Drive soundtrack LP, Bayside Live at The Bayside Social Club LP, Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun 10", Title Fight/Touche Amore split 7", Dave Matthews Band, Their They're There LP, the Poltergeist soundtrack, Captain Beefheart's Frank Freemans Dance Club LP, Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die LP, and many, many more.

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Checking the master menu in front of Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day 2013 @ Amoeba Berkeley, Part Two

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2013 02:19pm | Post a Comment

Since the doors opened at 10:30am this morning, Record Store Day 2013, at each of the three Amoeba Music stores it's been hectic and hella busy. Above and below are some photos from Amoeba Berkeley in the early afternoon today a few hours after opening. Also below is a video clip of E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store talking about some of the most popular Record Store Day items. And if you have still not made it out to Amoeba for Record Store Day 2013 - there is still lots of time (and goodies) left. More Record Store Day at Amoeba Music info here.


E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, Record Store Day 2013




















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Like Christmas In April: Record Store Day 2013 @ Amoeba Berkeley, Part One

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2013 12:11pm | Post a Comment
     
Outside Amoeba Berkeley an hour before opening on Record Store Day - April 20th, 2013

Like Christmas in April is how some of the dedicated music fans I talked with outside Amoeba Berkeley this morning described Record Store Day. And today's Record Store Day seems to be the biggest and most popular yet. When I stopped by Amoeba Berkeley earlier this week to chat with Steve Cirelli about Record Store Day (RSD) he recommended RSD fans get there an hour before the 10:30am opening. So this morning I arrived at the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba Music at 9:30am expecting the line to be just beginning to form. However there was already a long line by that time with those at the top of the line there since before dawn [for a rare Dave Matthews Band RSD release]. A lot of RSD fans won't divulge exactly what RSD titles they are specifically looking for - as you will see in the video above in which I chat with a bunch of the music fans from as far away as Indonesia - all outside Amoeba Berkeley this morning, Saturday, April 20th, 2013.

Check back on the Amoeblog for updates from the Berkeley, Hollywood, and San Francisco Amoeba Music stores throughout Record Store Day 2013.

April 19, 2013: Oblivion

Posted by phil blankenship, April 19, 2013 10:27pm | Post a Comment
Oblivion movie ticket stub

Record Store Day Countdown: Cheech & Chong 12"

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2013 06:14pm | Post a Comment

For our final preview in our Record Store Day countdown (and in honor of RSD falling on 4/20), we're ending with Cheech & Chong's amazing foray into glam rock from Up In Smoke. Cheech is androgynous glitter cyborg Alice Bowie belting out "Earache My Eye" (b/w "Turn That Thing Down")! Total heaviosity that's as hilarious as it is thunderously hard rockin'. No self-respecting stoner should be without this exclusive green vinyl 45. See you at Amoeba tomorrow for Record Store Day!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Cheech & Chong Record Store Day

Record Store Day at Amoeba

Shifters and sugarcubes -- Happy Bicycle Day!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 19, 2013 03:53pm | Post a Comment
Albert Hofmann Bike Ride Blotter 1943

Today marks the day that Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann discovered the properties of LSD, on 16 April, 1943, and rode his bike home.

THE DISCOVERY OF LSD

Sandoz Laboratories - Basel, Switzerland (demolished)
Sandoz Laboratories - Basel, Switzerland (demolished)

Albert Hofmann first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in his Basel laboratory in 1938 working for Sandoz Laboratories whilst studying scilla and ergot in an attempt to purify and synthesize the active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals.

siberian scilla
Siberian scilla (image source: Digging RI)

He set aside his discovery for five years at which point he accidentally absorbed a quality through his fingertips and reported feeling dizzy, intoxicated, stimulated and seeing kaleidoscopic shapes and colors when he closed his eyes.


HOFMANN'S TRIP AND BIKE RIDE

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.12.13: Kid Cudi, Tyler, The Creator, Ghostface Killah, Record Store Day & 4:20 Celebrations + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2013 12:17pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 19: 2013


1) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)

2) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)

3) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die DeLuxe (Soul Temple)

4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

5) Wu-Tang Clan Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP (Loud/RCA)

Special thanks to Edwin at Amoeba Hollywood for the latest top five hip-hop chart that includes the brand new, third official solo album from Kid Cudi which is a return by the hip-hop artist to a more straight up rap production after the Cleveland artist's last outing - the rock/rap crossover project, WZRD. It is also a break from his Man In the Moon series (initially this was supposed to be part three in that ongoing series). And while the new Cudi album has some guests throughout it is not overburdened with them - hence allowing its star to shine with minimum distraction from guests on the mic. Exceptions include Kendrick Lamar who joins Cudi on “Solo Dolo Pt. II," Too $hort who joins him on "Girls" which is about - you guessed it,  and RZA who joins Cudi on the killer track “Beez.” A more low profile guest is fellow Cleveland artist King Chip (aka previous collaborator Chip Tha Ripper) who is featured on  both “Brothers” and “Just What I Am.” Lyrically Cudi covers a lot of ground including being on the battle tip as in the album track “Cold Blooded” in which he calls out his detractors with lyrics like: “One two one two, assholes now please listen close. I live for the day to watch all you pussies roast. Woosah woosah, So I don't slit nobody throat. Aaww it ain’t my fault. Homie thought he had the juice!"

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Steve Cirelli @ Amoeba Berkeley Prepares for Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 18, 2013 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Steve Cirelli @ Amoeba Berkeley Talks About Record Store Day 2013

With Record Store Day (RSD) 2013 almost upon us and vinyl collector fiends counting down the hours left before they can descend upon one of the three Amoeba Music stores on Saturday (April 20th) to cop some of the numerous RSD only releases I thought it would interesting to see what the folks behind the scenes at Amoeba had to say about Record Store Day. So I headed over to the Berkeley Amoeba Music store on Telegraph Ave. to chat with Steve Cerelli, to talk a bit about Record Store Day. That short video is above. Below is another new video made by Chris at Bull Moose about some of the Record Store Day 2013 releases being unveiled on Saturday.

Meanwhile to find out more about the long list of RSD 2013 releases check all the latest on the official RSD website  or simply download the 8 page list from here. And as far finding out about the events planned at the three Amoeba stores for this Saturday check here. Don't forget to enter in the Amoeba RSD contest here. See you at Amoeba on Saturday for Record Store Day.
 

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Record Store Day Countdown: 45s

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2013 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is almost here! Check out these mouth-watering limited, exclusive 45s... remastered Zappa single available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years; Pink Floyd on pink wax; an amazing David Bowie "Drive-In Saturday" picture disc; and the Rolling Stones 5x5 EP, re-pressed for the first time since 1964! You're gonna have to line up early for these. See you on Saturday for RSD13!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Record Store Day 45s

 

Celebrate Record Store Day at Amoeba

Benefit for School of Seven Bells Guitarist/Producer Benjamin Curtis' Battle With Cancer

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment

School of Seven Bells

Earlier this year Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Bandmate Alley Deheza released a statement via the band's Facebook page.

Dehezra: "It feels so surreal to be writing this to you. In fact I still can't wrap my head or my heart around it, but here it goes. A few nights ago Benjamin was admitted to the hospital for symptoms that have been getting worse for a few weeks now. After a dozen tests and scans (which he's endured like a champion), the doctors say it's T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. It developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it's TREATABLE. These next few months will be tough, but he is the toughest person I know (even while here, he was trying to figure out a way to sample the MRI). I wanted to share this with you all, because you guys are such a huge and important part of our lives. Send all of the light and love that you can his way. Every bit will count towards a strong and fast recovery. I believe that with all of my heart. I will be doing the same. Love, Alley."

seven bellGlasslands in Brooklyn, New York wil be hosting the Support Benjamin Curtis concert fundraiser May 9, 2013. The lineup includes performances by Creep, Exitmusic, Adam Green, Rewards and DJ sets by Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, Blood Orange and Certain Creatures. All proceeds will help to pay for Benjamin's medical bills. Event admission is $12 and will be 21 and over. More info

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April 17, 2013: Warm Bodies & Movie 43

Posted by phil blankenship, April 18, 2013 12:27am | Post a Comment
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Record Store Day Countdown: The Glove LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 17, 2013 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2013 is nearly here! We're counting down by highlighting some of the exclusive, limited edition titles available only at independent record stores on April 20. This one is a really lovely exclusive, the mid-'80s classic from Robert Smith and Steve Severin, Blue Sunshine, available for the first time on double blue vinyl! The Glove is the goth-psychedelic nexus, and this album features some of the most affecting and mysterious songs from the Cure frontman and the Siouxsie bassist. Get this and tons of other amazing releases on Saturday, April 20. But get there early because they won't last long!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

The Glove Record Store Day

Ready, Steady, GO! My picks for RECORD STORE DAY 2013!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 17, 2013 06:16pm | Post a Comment
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Hey kids! Do you know what this Saturday is?

Now, before you get all greenied on bleezing out in a cloud of puff-puff-pass for "Weed Day" or whatever the kids are calling their ritual observance of April 20th, you might just want to put a foot into your local Amoeba Music to participate in the sixth annual Record Store Day extravaganza! The limited and exclusive releases that drop especially for Record Store Day seem to increase with each passing year and the 2013 list is packed with tons of funky-fresh wax for all us vinyl nerds to gag and brag on. The Last Unicorn vinyl soundtrack movie anime america jimmy webb jeff bridges mia farrow joanna newsom man's road record store day dream album reissue german rare

When it comes to sifting my picks from the torrent I can't help but imagine how I would stack the offerings if I were HBIC of selecting RSD releases.Just off the top of my head, if I had my druthers, I'd demand a proper reissue of Don Cherry's Brown Rice LP for starters, but then I'd also have to have something berserk like a vinyl, possibly picture disc reissue of the rare Jimmy Webb written and America recorded soundtrack to the animated film The Last Unicorn, featuring vocals by the one and only Jeff Bridges. Maybe I could even convince Joanna Newsom to cover "Man's Road" for inclusion as a bonus track just to push the whole package over the top. Oh, if only I could have Record Store Day my way...but I can't complain, really. A girl can dream and there plenty to enjoy this year, here are some of the items I'm particularly excited about:

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/16 - Miles, Virginia, Alexander Lewis, Carlos Nilmmns, Desolate, Zed Bias and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 17, 2013 03:14pm | Post a Comment

Miles - Fainted HeartedMiles

Faint Hearted

Modern Love

Expansive debut full-length statement from Miles (aka MLZ, half of Demdike Stare and Pendle Coven). This album builds on Miles Whittaker's dub techno pedigree, but also pulls liberally from jungle, corroded big room techno and all manner of experiment esoterica. Opener "Lebensform" pits dub atmospheres against a massive breakbeat recalling a more blown-out version of Pan Sonic's transportative music. By contrast, the meditative "Sense Data" is a drone in search of a drop that eventually comes not with drums, but dubby, plaintive chords. While "Rejoice" recalls AFX's lucid ambient work, "Queuing" takes the beatless formula down into the dungeon, it's reverbed darkness blackened  by sheet metal samples. "Loran Dreams" takes things out on a positive, new-age note, its pristine arpeggios recalling Steve Moore or Ricardo Donoso. For travellers.

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Virginia - Loch and HillVirginia

Loch and Hill

Ostgut Ton

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New Django Django What's In My Bag? video & The Webby Awards!

Posted by Amoebite, April 17, 2013 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Britsih rockers Django Django visited Amoeba Hollywood for another special episode of "What's In My Bag?." These guys are serious about their wax selections. From classic '90s house vinyl, including the likes of Roy Davis Jr, to rock favorites like the Meat Puppets, it was strictly vinyl for this bunch. Watch and find out which Django Django member is a Golden Era Hip Hop head and a lover of disco greats like Giorgio Moroder!

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Django Django - What's In My Bag?
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Our amazing “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for Best Online Film & Video: Variety Show in the prestigious Webby Awards!!! We’re the underdog facing stiff competition from Conan O’Brien and Rainn Wilson. Not to mention MIT and Fandango rounding out the field. Please vote and help us win the People’s Voice Award!

Record Store Day Countdown: Gary Clark Jr. 12"

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2013 08:45pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down to Record Store Day 2013 with some of the great vinyl exclusives that will be out on April 20! Texas guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. took the blues world by storm with his Blak & Blu record, and here is a second helping of rare outtakes, HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. II, featuring a live version of "When My Train Comes In." The 12" will be randomly shipped on gold, white or clear vinyl. Serious southern soul fire. Get yours at Amoeba on Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Gary Clark Jr Record Store Day

 

Iron & Wine Comes to the Grammy Museum, May 6th

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2013 06:09pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music and the GRAMMY Museum in welcoming acclaimed singer/songwriter Sam Beam, iron and winemore popularly known as Iron and Wine, to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate his most recent release, Ghost on Ghost.

Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost, his fifth studio album. The album follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim. Hear Beam discuss the evolution of his impressive career, how he manages to grow as a musician and what went into the making of his latest album in an intimate interview with Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Beam will take audience questions and will perform a selection of songs.

Buy your tickets now for just $20. We are delighted to sponsor all Drop programs at The GRAMMY Museum.

Pasadena City College's Flea Market & Record Swap: Sunday, May 5

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, May 5th, Amoeba Music 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.
 

 

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Illogic & Blockhead Discuss Their Brand New Album "Capture The Sun" (Man Bites Dog)

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2013 08:03am | Post a Comment

Columbus, Ohio poet/emcee Illogic and New York City producer Blockhead, who first collaborated back in 2000, recently teamed up again to record two EPs and their first full length album project together - the TK via Man Bites Dog release Capture The Sun which arrives in Amoeba Music today. The 16 track album is an all killer, no filler hip-hop release that finds these two talented artists at their best with select special features from such artists as Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. I recently caught up with both Blockhead and Illogic to chop it up with them about the new album that I learned is dedicated to Illogic's grandmother who, he told me, passed away just a few weeks ago after battling cancer for the past few years. "Even before that [though] I was planning on dedicating this record to her because the whole album title and the concept is inspired by something she would always tell me. And that is that your dreams that are delayed are not denied. And that is something I try to impart to my family as well; just to go after their dreams and no matter how long it takes that they can always achieve them. And that is something that my family has imparted in me as well," said the father of three sons who holds family dear to his heart. In fact his mother, who when he was just a little kid used to give him the  dictionary to study, has being perhaps the most influential person in his life as an artist. "My mom is an interesting person," shared the emcee/poet. "She was a black nationalist in college. She studied Islam. She was very intellectual. And I actually learned to speak French before I could speak English. She always made sure that I understood the power of language and the power of words. And that is something to this day that I am grateful for because here I am: Illogic the rapper, the writer, the poet. And that is mainly because of what my mother instilled in me at a young age."

"With the concept for Capture The Sun Blockhead was the perfect producer for what I was trying to accomplish," said Illogic noting that what has always attracted him to Blockhead's production style is his meticulous attention to detail. "He will take a two-second part of a song and put it into a beat. And he will take a whole bunch of those; two, five, ten second parts and create a complete backdrop of something completely beautiful that you have never heard before…..he just makes a symphony out of everything that he does!" 

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Albums Out April 16: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips, Jessie Ware, Andrew Wyatt, Thee Oh Sees and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2013 10:24pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

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Deluxe CD $19.98

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sultry fourth record starts with a bang, a big soul-rocker complete with gospel choir called “Sacrilige.” From there it’s a smorgasbord as colorful as their mosquito-attacking-a-baby album cover, including moody, atmospheric sound pieces (“Subway”), Banshees-esque post-punk rockers (the title track), dubby soundscapes (“Under the Earth”), “X-Files”-inspired new age ballads (“These Paths”) and rockers (“Area 52”). And that’s all before you get to a dark collaboration with Dr. Octagon and James Murphy (“Buried Alive”), as well as breathtaking new entries into Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ pantheon of after prom-style bittersweet ballads in the form of the picturesque “Always,” the slow-burning, oddly uplifting “Despair” and touching “Wedding Song.” Mosquito is a very different beast from the previous YYY’s albums and takes some getting used to, for sure, but repeat listens offer new rewards (as with every album the band has produced since its debut). Its eeriness and campiness at times call to mind a Cramps record, while its hollowed-out space represents something else entirely, something new and alluring. You might miss some of their previous raucousness (or continuity), but hearing them fling new ideas to the wall to see what sticks is intriguing enough. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the few bands who know how to make its constant tinkering with its sound both interesting and entertaining. Hearing them restlessly forge new ground on Mosquito screws with your head in the best way possible. It inspires you to shake old notions of what stadium-size rock bands can and should do, and that lone is something to celebrate. Pick up "Mosquito" at any Amoeba store 4/16 and get a limited edition autographed lithograph and a special 7” (while supplies last).

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Italo-Disco star Ken Laszlo is Coming to SoCal on Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 15, 2013 08:43pm | Post a Comment
On 26 May, 2013 Italo-Disco star Ken Laszlo is coming to Orange County. On that date he and Ken Laszlo
fellow Italo performer Fred Ventura will descend upon Avec Nightclub in Huntington Beach, thanks to Keep On Music. The event will be hosted by TQ and DJed by DJ BPM. Tickets are $20 in advance (from Bleu Nightclub in Westminster) or $25 at the door.

Ken Laszlo is the primary nom de guerre of singer Gianni Coraini. In European pop – especially Italian pop of the 1980s – it has long been the common practice to hire one or more singers to provide vocals for producer-driven music projects (often credited to imaginary performers with vaguely Anglo-sounding names) whose faces on album covers, videos, live performances, &c was usually that of a dancing and lipsynching model. Despite usually singing in English, most of these acts have found limited success in the Anglosphere (although there have been notable exceptions like the German Milli Vanilli and the Belgian Technotronic). Coraini has been a very prolific clandestini and sorting out which “singers” he’s been the voice of is rather time-consuming and hair-graying so please leave corrections and/or additions in the comments!

Record Store Day Countdown: Daniel Johnston LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 15, 2013 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Our Record Store Day countdown is in the final stretch! Lovable, deranged Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston spent much of his career in and out of mental hospitals, but that hardly diminished his huge influence on underground rock. His most poignant, naive and bizarre album is surely 1994's Fun, never before on vinyl. Pick up this and tons of other classic rarities at independent record stores on Saturday, April 20 -- see you there! 

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Daniel Johnston Record Store Day

 

Record Store Day is this Saturday, 4/20! What's Happening at Each Amoeba Store...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 15, 2013 06:05pm | Post a Comment


The countdown continues! With the sixth annual Record Store Day just around the corner, all three Amoeba locations are gearing up for the biggest and best one yet! If you are reading this Amoeblog post, then you probably have already celebrated a few of these and know that this is our Xmas. It's the one day of the year that hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating their culture and the unique place that they occupy in both their local communities and the world. THINK GLOBAL, PEOPLE. 

Special vinyl, DVD, and CD releases are made exclusively for this holy day! This stuff is LIMITED and is destined to go up in value (for people who value limited, exclusive, and amazing stuff). Find out just what sort of exclusive stuff I'm talking about by viewing or downloading this RSD EXCLUSIVE RELEASES PDF. You'll also want to know what's happening at the Amoeba closest to YOU, so check out what we have planned for you record fans and fiends...


 

• Hundreds of limited-edition Record Store Day titles.

• Record Store Day Gift Bags (with purchase, while supplies last)

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Stream 10 Record Store Day Songs

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2013 02:25pm | Post a Comment

Record STore Day 2013Record Store Day, taking place this year on April 20, will see seemingly countless reissues, but younger bands also take part, most of the time releasing new material on 7” vinyl. Below are a few that you can already stream and sample ahead of their release on Record Store Day. See a full list of releases we’ll have on RSD here. See what Amoeba will have in store for RSD here.

Dan Deacon – “Konono Ripoff No. 1”

The DJ/producer who’s known for producing colorful, ecstatic production takes a stab at Afrobeat, specifically the kind produced by the great Konono No. 1. The 7” will feature two versions of the track, performed by two sets of dual drummers: Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on Side A; Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on Side B. The cover art features the photo by the winner of an Instagram contest; you can see more submissions here.

 

Dutch Uncles – “Slave to the Atypical Rhythm”

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Public Enemy In LA This Week With Series Of Events In Lead Up To Their Induction Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment


Yo! Bum Rush the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!
In celebration of their long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame - ever outspoken, pioneering political charged, legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy are celebrating this week in Los Angeles in style with a three day celebration of the Chuck D led group's historic induction into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. And when they are inducted this week [the actual induction ceremony happens on Thursday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles] PE will be the fourth hip-hop / rap inductee into the Hall Of Fame - now in its 28th year - taking their prestigious place alongside many legendary rock and roll contemporaries. To kick things off for the three day celebration tomorrow afternoon from 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday April 16, they will host Revolverlution The PE Film Festival at The Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills. This will be followed tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 8p by Welcome To The Terrordome: A Night At The Grammy Museum where, in the spirit of a town-hall meeting,  Public Enemy will host a meet-and-greet with the public that has supported the band for 26 years with what is billed as, "a vibe session with music videos, commentary, and an up-close and personal conversation with PE members and collaborators, including a Q&A session and unexpected surprises." There will also be music spun by DJ Johnny JUICE Rosado.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Bonobo's 'Pieces'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2013 11:38am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station. 

This week it’s Bonobo’s "Pieces," in which the U.K. producer teams with Swedish singer Cornelia on an effervescent track from Bonobo's recently released album, The North Borders. Stream the song below; pick it up for download from Amoeba.com, and check out the rest of the chilled-out album on CD, LP or download

bonobo the north bordersA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, Final Week at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 15, 2013 01:10am | Post a Comment


The Mrs. and I were fortunate enough to catch three of last week's showings, including the fantastic Saturday night tear jerker Chicago Calling.  Unfortunately we'll be gone for the final week of the festival.  Hopefully some of you will make it out as there are some stellar pictures being offered!

Wednesday brings the powerhouse all star combo of Cry of the City and The KIllers.  The Cry cast includes Richard Conte, Victor Mature, Shelly Winters and most importantly Hope Emerson KIllers stars Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster at their most ravishing and William Conrad at his creepiest.

Thursday brings a pair of lesser knowns in Undercover Man and So Dark The Night.  So Dark has quite a cult following and could prove to be a goodie.

The Native Son and No Way Out combo on Friday should be spectacular.  No Way Out is a gritty, racially charged classic, featuring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Bellaver.  The criminally underrated Bellaver, best known as Detective Frank Arcaro from the Naked City TV series, is great as the deaf/mute brother of Ray Biddle, Widmark's maniacal, psycho racist.  Richard Widmark throws his whole self into character and really summons up some demonic forces in this film.  Native Son is an Argentinian/French production based on the well known Richard Wright novel.  Directed by Pierre Chenal of Le Dernier Tournant (1st adaption of Postman Always Rings Twice) fame, this is a very rare screening and is well worth the price of admission.

April 14, 2013: Scary Movie V

Posted by phil blankenship, April 14, 2013 07:10pm | Post a Comment
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Record Store Day Countdown: Rhino 45 Series

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2013 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Rhino is putting out tons of amazing stuff for Record Store Day including three new installments of their "Side By Side" 45 series, featuring two different versions of the same song by different bands! This one has The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" on the A-side, and X's equally epic cover on the flip. Also available will by "Skulls" featuring the Misfits AND the Lemonheads' version, and a mystery 45 with a surprise pairing inside! Arrive early at your local independent record store on April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

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April 13, 2013: Ginger & Rosa

Posted by phil blankenship, April 13, 2013 10:11pm | Post a Comment
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Record Store Day Countdown: Tegan and Sara 12"

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2013 07:53pm | Post a Comment

Next up on our Record Store Day countdown... hot off their gigantic Heartthrob album, Tegan and Sara give you a mega 12" single of their hit tune "Closer," featuring 10 remix versions by Yeasayer, Ted Gowans, Morgan Page and many more. Super beat mania essential for indie dancefloors! See you at Amoeba on April 20 for this and hundreds more exclusive releases!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Tegan and Sara Record Store Day

Record Store Day is Coming...And We've Been Saving Some Juicy Stuff for April 20

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2013 12:45pm | Post a Comment

 April 20 is almost here and you know what that means... RECORD STORE DAY!!! Our favorite holiday, celebrating the glorious musical community of independent record stores! Real record stores are where music lives and thrives, and anyone who works or shops at a neighborhood record store deserves their very own day of glory.

For Amoeba it's one of our best days of the year, when we throw open our doors and welcome one of the biggest communities of music lovers ever assembled under one roof. YOU ARE Record Store Day!

Of course there are hundreds of exclusive RSD releases, and folks line up hours in advance to grab the rarest of the rare. This year features the biggest lineup of exclusive releases yet, featuring records by everyone from The Cure to the Grateful Dead to Notorious B.I.G.. As always, line up early to snag those exquisite jams! The Coffee Bean is providing coffee for the early birds at Amoeba Hollywood, so they'll keep you nice and caffeinated that morning.

But it's more than just the RSD releases. We've been saving up treats and collections and goodies and rare stuff for months, and it's all hitting the floor on April 20th. It'll be a bonanza you won't want to miss! Our pricers and our warehouse staff have been prepping tons of rare records, posters, DVDs, books, 45s, toys and collectables, and piling it high in the warehouse in preparation for the big day. We're putting out bins and bins of fresh CDs in every department. Boxes and boxes of fresh 45s. It's like a whole holiday shopping season in one day and you're a part of it!

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Record Store Day Countdown: Dazed and Confused Soundtrack Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, April 12, 2013 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Another gotta-have-it exclusive vinyl release for Record Store Day 2013! It's the 20th anniversary of everyone's favorite summertime stoner movie, Richard Linklater's mighty Dazed and Confused. Celebrate with the proper release of the soundtrack on green vinyl (of course)! Fourteen spliff-sparking classics from Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Kiss and more. You'll get a contact high just putting it on your turntable. Available ONLY at independent record stores on April 20. Hope to see you at Amoeba!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

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Paramore Visited Amoeba Hollywood On Release Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 12, 2013 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Last night Hayley Williams, the frontwoman for Paramore, tweeted that the band was coming down to Amoeba Hollywood to buy their new album and invited the fans to join them. And sure enough, the fans turned out!

Hayley from Paramore Twitter

Paramore at Amoeba Hollywood

Hayley Williams on Twitter

Paramore at Amoeba Hollywood

Paramore at Amoeba Hollywood

Paramore had been down the street performing at Jimmy Kimmel Live! and wanted the physical experience buying their new self-titled album from a record store on release day, as Hayley said after posting photos of their trip to Amoeba on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks for supporting independent record stores, Hayley!!

Hayley Williams on Instagram

Paramore at Amoeba Hollywood

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.12.13: Tyler, Tyga, Wayne, Blu, Macklemore + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2013 10:51am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 12: 2013


1) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

2)  Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)

3) Tyga Hotel California (Young Money/Cash Money)

4)  Lil’ Wayne I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II (Cash Money)

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


Holding down the number one slot for the second week in a row is the new Tyler, The Creator album Wolf  on Columbia Records on the latest chart from Amoeba Music Hollywood. Chart re-entries include Blu's No York!,), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, and  Lil’ Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II  on Cash Money Records.  Also being released through Cash Money on Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment imprint is the brand new chart entry from Tyga Hotel California which is the rapper's third album to date and features the aforementioned Lil Wayne among the many artists making cameos. Others include 2 Chainz, Chris Brown,  [The] Game, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, Future, Jadakiss, and Rick Ross who appeared on the lead single "Dope" (scroll down to see video). When the artist first announced the album last year he had promised that it would also include a track featuring Tupac Shakur on a verse or two - culled from some lost tapes - but this highly anticipated posthumous 2Pac feature never materialized.  Meanwhile the new album title he said was a dedication to his Cali home state with the production theme of the album to be based on the samples utilized in popular 1990s West Coast rap.

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First Fridays at the Natural History Museum With Javelin and Helado Negro, May 3rd

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2013 06:55pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for May'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 May 3rd from 5-10pm for live performances from Javelin and Helado Negro, special DJs, and a guest lecture on dinosaurs from Sean B. Carroll!

PLUS: Check out the Amoeba Music booth to purchase a $20 Amoeba Gift Certificates for just $15! Limit 2 per person.

Find out more HERE!

 



Pick Up 15 Coachella Releases Digitally Before the Show

Posted by Billy Gil, April 11, 2013 05:01pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba.com has many of the bands playing at Coachella this weekend and next available digitally. Pick up some of the albums below before your drive out to the desert!

 

Dinosaur Jr. - Chocomel Daze (Live 1987)

Dinosaur Jr. Chocomel DazeRecently released live set from 1987 from the legendary college-rock band, in all their You're Living All Over Me glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

Divine fitsA surprisingly strong side project featuring Spoon's Britt Daniels and former Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs barker Dan Boeckner.

 

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Record Store Day Countdown: Notorious B.I.G. Double LP Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2013 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is almost here and we're previewing some of the hot exclusive releases. The classic Notorious B.I.G. album, Ready To Die, will be available on double white vinyl. A legendary record, in a numbered edition with rarely seen alternate cover art, it's just too fresh for words. At independent record stores April 20 -- see you there!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

 

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Weekly Roundup: The Mantles, The Soft Moon, Thee Oh Sees, Le Youth

Posted by Billy Gil, April 11, 2013 03:35pm | Post a Comment

The Mantles Release “Brown Balloon,” Long Enough to Leave Due June 18

The MantlesLovely new stuff from San Francisco’s The Mantles. “Brown Balloon” echoes a bit of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label (with bands such as The Chills and The Clean) with clean guitars dripping reverb, but the vocals are nicely left largely rough and untouched, giving it a garage feel that goes a long way to set it apart. Loving those pristine guitars that come in about 40 seconds in, as well as the power chords at the chorus — remember those? Long Enough to Leave is out June 18 on Slumberland.

 

The Soft Moon Unveils “Want” Video

The Soft MoonThe Soft Moon’s Zeros is a deeply dark, cinematic record, so it makes sense that the video for one of its best songs, “Want,” would follow suit. Feeling somewhere between a nightmare, drug hallucination and horror movie, “Want” calls to mind classic videos like Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” (and similarly to that video, “Want” is very much NSFW, so don’t click if you may be offended by drug use or brief nudity and violence).

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Gregory Scharpen Discusses Documentary on Pioneering Electronic Music Inventor Don Buchla

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2013 03:22pm | Post a Comment

      

Don Buchla may not be a household name but the pioneering electronic music instrument inventions of this avant-garde artist have shaped what modern electronic music is today.  His creation in the 1960's of a unique analog synthesizer (the Buchla) completely altered how people think about, compose, and perform music. To tell the Don Buchla story and to help make the general public more aware of this oft overlooked, avant-garde, modern music innovator, Bay Area filmmaker Connie Field set about making a documentary on Buchla.

"He has been called a mad scientist, a genius, an innovator, a recluse, an iconoclast, and has gathered a horde of fiercely loyal admirers by following his own visionary path, and dancing to his own muse," wrote Field on the Kickstarter page she set up to fund the filming of the documentary. [To date only 5% of the shooting has been done.] Working closely with Field on the film is editor Gregory Scharpen (a longtime Bay Area theatrical sound designer, musician, and KALX DJ) who has worked on eight other films with Field to date. Earlier today I caught up with Scharpen to ask him about this film and the importance of its subject to modern music.


Amoeblog: What is it that makes Don Buchla such a unique and worthwhile subject?

Gregory Scharpen: Don is both an engineer and a musician; a very unusual combination. Plus he has an innate sense of the theatrical, as well as an extreme dedication to craftsmanship. And there's the small matter of him being a genius.

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Get out your handkerchiefs... and give them to me.

Posted by Job O Brother, April 11, 2013 08:41am | Post a Comment
You guys, it's been half a week and... I'm still not over this.

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April 10, 2013: Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Posted by phil blankenship, April 10, 2013 10:41pm | Post a Comment
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor movie ticket stub

Record Store Day Countdown: Phoenix 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2013 07:36pm | Post a Comment

Another Record Store Day exclusive! Brand new anthemic stomp from beloved French synth-poppers Phoenix, their new single "Entertainment" on grey swirl wax with an exclusive b-side. This tune busts out with one of the biggest hooks in recent memory, with a full choir and the band pounding away frenetically. Pure pop ice cream that will have dancefloors and festivals shakin'. See you at Amoeba for this and other limited RSD delights available only at indie record stores on Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

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Coming Out of Five Year Coma, Woman's First Words are a Wish to See Bob Seger. Wish Is Granted.

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2013 05:39pm | Post a Comment

     

After reading the story about the Michigan woman who awoke from a five year semi-coma with the first words out of her mouth being "I want to go to a Bob Seger concert" my first reaction was really? Of all the things to utter after that long time and of all the artists to pick: Bob Seger? But such was the choice for 79 year old Evie Branan of Flint, Michigan who had already seen the Michigan born Seger in concert and was already a diehard fan. But still even she wondered why of all the things to say after five years of silence that those would be her first words. "Why would I say that?" she laughed. "Maybe my last thoughts were Bob Seger before I had my stroke," she told Michigan Live who reported the story yesterday about Branan abruptly awaking  from her five-year semi-coma back in May 2011 and how this week (tomorrow Thursday April 11th) she will finally have her wish granted when she goes to see Seger in concert at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Not only that but she also got an invitation to the private after party and will be riding to and from the event in a rented limo thanks to the generosity of an administrator at Willowbrook Manor, the long term care unit, where she lives and where many folks see her recovery as "a miracle." Below are the videos for live concert versions of a couple of Bob Seger's many hits they he will likely perform at tomorrow's show: "Still The Same" and "Hollywood Nights" - both from his 1978 album Stranger in Town.
 

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Vote for "What's In My Bag?" in the Webby Awards

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 10, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Webby Award Nominee

Our amazing “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for Best Online Film & Video: Variety Show in the prestigious Webby Awards!!! We’re the underdog facing stiff competition from Conan O’Brien and Rainn Wilson. Not to mention MIT and Fandango rounding out the field. Please vote and help us win the People’s Voice Award!

Voting ends Thursday, April 25 and you can only vote once. It’s super quick and you can log in easily via Facebook, Twitter or email. Vote here.

Described by The New York Times as the "Internet's highest honor" and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. We are very proud of this series (now in its sixth season) and are incredibly honored to be nominated. It sounds cliche, but it is also so very true.

Thank you for voting! And for watching, subscribing, sharing, liking, commenting, reblogging, tweeting, and generally helping us get the word out!

New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/10 - C.L.A.W.S./Vereker/Demdike Stare/JTC/Shakarchi & Straneus and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 10, 2013 03:54pm | Post a Comment

C.L.A.W.S. - That MagicC.L.A.W.S.

That Magik

Ecstasy

Substantial Bay Area house overview from the Northwest/LA-based Ecstasy crew. The title track is a hypno-house epic with subtle drum programming and atmosphere which belies C.L.A.W.S.' day job as the drummer in RVNG Intl. act Bronze. "John Hetero" plays the convincing diva over the classy Fingers Inc./Gottsching influenced arrangement. 100% Silk mainstay Bobby Browser turns in an excellent rework of the track which sounds like an unremembered Hacienda classic. "It's Tragic" keeps the quality level high with a psychedelic hardware jam enveloping the descending bassline. John Barera takes the track to big room territory. 

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Third Man Records Parked Outside Amoeba Hollywood Today

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2013 12:31pm | Post a Comment

The Third Man Records Rolling Record Store is parked outside Amoeba Hollywood on Cahuenga Blvd today until 3pm. They are on their way the desert for the first weekend of Coachella, but you can catch them here with all their goodies for a few hours. Follow the truck on Twitter to find out where they'll be next.

Third Man Records truck at Amoeba

15th Annual Festival of Film Noir Continues at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 10, 2013 11:13am | Post a Comment



Wednesday, April 10th begins the second week of the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre.  Wednesday brings us a pair of Fritz Lang rarities in the gothic melodrama House By The River and Joan Bennett vehicle Secret Beyond The Door.  The stunning Ms. Bennett was a Lang favorite, appearing in Woman In The Window and Scarlet Street.  She had a long and varied career including notable roles as the headmistress of both Collinwood in the original Dark Shadows TV series and the boarding school in Dario Argento's Suspiria

Thursday offers up a couple of not-on-DVD rarities in The Case Against Brooklyn and City Across The RiverCIty is considered amongst the earliest film to deal with street gangs and juvenile delinquency and features a young Tony Curtis as well as familiar character faces in Stephen McNally, Jeff Corey, Anabel Shaw and Thelma Ritter

Friday promises much in the double feature Street Of Chance and Night Has A Thousand Eyes, both based on Cornell Woolrich novels and boasting casts featuring Clare



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20 Essential Records You Need on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2013 09:21am | Post a Comment

Use the promo code vinyl10 to get 10% off any new and used vinyl on Amoeba.com.


In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day 2013, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to idontcare@makeyourownlist.com. Or just leave a comment!

 

The BeatlesRevolver

The Beatles RevolverIn my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #27: Greenwich Village Pillow Fights, Manhattan Mad Men Party Drinks, and more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment

Welcome to installment number 27 in the weekly Amoeblog report New York State of Mind direct from the Big Apple where events of the past week included the eighth annual Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village near NYU on Saturday when hundreds of New Yorkers descended (with pillows under their arms) to partake in the goodhearted annual fun day that is simultaneously celebrated in other cities round the world. On Sunday evening at several bars and clubs around Manhattan, there were Mad Men themed costume and booze parties to celebrate the kick off of the new series of the popular AMC TV show. Dressed like Don Draper and company, fans gathered at places such as The Millesime at the Carlton Hotel on (where else but) Madison Ave. and The Carnegie Club (situated on 56th St. just behind Carnegie Hall), dressed in '60's chic and enjoying period-appropriate music and newly-invented retro-styled cocktails such as the Sterling Cooper Spritzer (Aperol + Grand Mariner + Veuve Clicquot Champagne + soda) and the Womanizer (bourbon + Galliano liqueur + grapefruit bitters) before and during the 9pm airing of the sixth season premiere of Mad Men. 

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Tera Melos To Play Amoeba San Francisco April 14

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

Tera MelosSacramento avant-rockers Tera Melos will play Amoeba San Francisco April 14 at 2 p.m. Their latest record, X’ed Out (due April 16 on Sargent House), is a blast of tightly coiled riffs unraveling in all directions while sweet melodies keep the whole thing grounded in the eye of the storm. “Weird Circles” chugs along on math-rock riffery, while “New Chlorine” starts like some demonic cover of “Chopsticks” before unveiling a big, acidic rocker. “Bite” balances nasty, nauseous riffs with big, dreamy choruses, while “Sunburn” is the band’s clearest entry point, with non-stop riffs tapping underneath the band’s bright melodies. They chill out for ballads like “Snake Lake” and “No Phase,” as concerned with heavenly harmony as the guitar trickery beneath the surface, and they ease the tension with the sunshine pop of “Tropic Lame.” It’s been a while since we’ve heard a band as unabashedly guitar-centric as Tera Melos that can also write a decent pop song, recalling their Northern California brethren like Deerhoof and Hella, and while X’ed Out has its share of heady noodling, Tera Melos never sound self-indulgent. It’s a feast for guitar geeks and a reminder that indie rock need not be a laid-back, tepid affair. They make indie-prog that’s as fun to listen to as it is impressive, and that’s no easy feat.

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New Jessie Ware "What's In My Bag?" Episode & Live Performance at Amoeba SF

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2013 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Jesse Ware

What started out as a chance gig singing backup for an old friend quickly blossomed into a bona fide career as a leading lady. On the cusp of  pop startdom, Jessie Ware delivers the highly anticipated Devotion album. Already a hit in the UK, the single "Wildest Moments" has given Ware major buzz and promises to help make Devotion a hit with her growing US fanbase. Taking musical cues from the likes of  SADE and  Annie Lennox, Ware creates polished electro/neo-soul influenced songs that translate well in her live performance. Catch Jesse Ware live at Amoeba in San Francisco, Thursday April 11th as she performs songs from her new album, Devotion (out 4/16). Performance starts at 6:30pm. Free, all-ages show.

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Watch the music video for "Wildest Moments" by Jessie Ware.  

 

Earlier this year Jessie Ware performed at the Hollywood Amoeba store and took some time to do a little shopping. Check out what other contemporary R&B crooners the London soulstress is into.

Beatles on Ukulele Project Comes to L.A. for Benefit Concert

Posted by Billy Gil, April 9, 2013 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Roger GreenawaltRecord producer and musician Roger Greenawalt is going to play 50 Beatles songs in condensed format on the ukulele at Los Globos in Silver Lake Thursday night as part of a benefit for J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

The April 11 concert will be a smaller, three-hour version of the project by Greenawalt, who has worked in the past with such artists as Iggy Pop, Rufus Wainwright and Nellie McKay. Greenawalt will be joined by guests as a backing band and as vocalists, including members of Queens of the Stone Age, Circle Jerks and more.

Greenawalt’s complete Beatles on Ukulele show is a New York City and SXSW institution, as he performs 185 Beatles songs in 24 hours. Find out more about Greenawalt’s performances here. Find out more about Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people, here.

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Julieta Venegas Live Performance & Signing At Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2013 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venagas live signingJulieta Venegas celebrates her new album, Los Momentos (out April 9th), with a live performance and signing at Amoeba Hollywood! If you can't be here in person, you can watch the live webcast on Amoeba.com.

Get a free ticket to attend a private concert with Julieta Venegas on April 18 at The Mayan Theater in downtown LA with purchase of Los Momentos – courtesy of Super Estrella! While supplies last. Show is 21+over. One ticket per CD purchase (limit 2 per customer).

The first 300 purchasers of Los Momentos at Amoeba Hollywood (beginning April 9) will be guaranteed a place in line for the CD signing after the in-store performance.  Please note: Admission is first come, first admitted. Line will form on Ivar beginning at 4pm day of show. This event is all ages. 

Julieta Venegas has said that her newest album is inspired by the rampant drug violence in Mexico as well as motherhood. Much like previous releases, Venegas covers a lot of ground lyrically. Los Momentos is an 11 track album full of pop dance jams that will rival everyone from Rihanna to Tegan and Sara.  Venegas once again manages to seamlessly take melancholy themes and present them in a sonically positive light. Check out the videos below!

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Recap: April Charity Auction to Benefit Silverlake Conservatory

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2013 11:40am | Post a Comment

Silverlake conservatory of musicOn Saturday, April 6th, we had comedian Dave Ross as our guest auctioneer for April's charity auction benefiting Silverlake Conservatory. He auctioned off a crazy array of items, from movie and music collectibles to concert tickets and gift certificates. And as always, Amoeba matched all individual bids.

Dave Ross is a stand-up comedian and storyteller in Los David rossAngele. He is the creator of the wildly successful Holy F*ck comedy show and a MOTH GrandSlam winner. You might have seen him on Tosh.0 with his sketch group, WOMEN, or heard him telling stories on KCRW. But up on the podium at Amoeba's monthly charity aution is where he really shined. His extremely dry and droll sense of humor had the shoppers and onlookers chuckling under their collectives breaths and looking over at each other as if to say, "Wait, did he just say what I think he said?"

Silverlake Conservatory is a non-profit organization, created in 2001 to fill a void in the cultural landscape of the community. They offer the people in the area the opportunity to study music with exceptional teachers at a reasonable price, while also donating lessons and instruments to deserving children. They will also be the Hollywood store’s RECORD STORE DAY beneficiary for our prize wheel and the live silkscreening.

Dave Ross helped us raise a great amount of money, all going directly to music education for needy kids and families in Silver Lake and Echo Park, via Silverlake Conservatory!

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Heavy Midnites: THE SANDLOT 20th Anniversary at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, April 9, 2013 11:01am | Post a Comment
The Sandlot 20th Anniversary

THE SANDLOT
Friday, April 12, 2013 // Midnite

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die! It’s boys, baseball and a really big dog, as the Stand By Me of our National Pastime slides into the Cinefamily, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Flashback to the Sixties, and fifth-grader Scotty (narrating in true Wonder Years style) is in a pickle — he’s just moved into town, everyone thinks he’s a dork, and he can’t even throw a baseball right. That is, until he joins a local gang of misfits who welcome him into their scruffy fold, and their neighborhood pickup game. This is a rare sports film that couldn’t care less about who wins or who loses; it’s about growing up and facing your fears, and as the kids try one goofy plan after another to get the ball back, the story gently leaves the realm of the possible, venturing into the exaggerations common to all childhood legends. Join Ham, Squints, Yeah-Yeah and other friends for a magical summer of games, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations — as the warm nostalgia of this freewheeling family classic captures the fun, friendship and possibilities of youth.
Dir. David M. Evans, 1993, 35mm, 101 min

$12, Free for Cinefamily members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Albums Out April 9: The Knife, Kurt Vile and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 9, 2013 10:54am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual

The Knife Shaking the HabitualCD $12.98

Deluxe CD $19.98

LP $27.98

As always, The Knife mean to disturb and provoke you, and Shaking the Habitual is their most adventurous statement to date. They begin the two-disc set with one of the more pop-oriented pieces — of course, The Knife’s defintion of pop involves alien distortion on Karin Dreijer Andersson’s vocals, which are growly and swoop in and out of conventional melodicism to begin with. On “A Tooth for an Eye,” it’s fairly typical, if highly accomplished, fare for The Knife, as Andersson’s warped vocals match her and Olaf Dreijer’s tribal beatwork and synths that bellow and squelch like steam machinery. This in no way prepares you for the set’s second song, the nine-minute “Full of Fire,” whose machine-gun beats are the accessible part of a demonic pop song in which synths bleep atonally like tea kettles and swirl like locusts, while Andersson’s vocals sound like they’ve been run over by tires full of syringes. Even with its mammoth run-time and demanding sound, it never falters in fascinating and keeping a fanged vice grip on the listener. You feel your hair stand on end and you start to sweat with each new turn. “A Cherry on Top” starts with five minutes of wraithlike synths before Andersson comes in with a digitally deepened voice in a sort of gender, culture, genre-bending near 10 minutes that’s both bewildering and bold. Of course The Knife’s freaky sounds can be grating or seemingly unusual for the sake of it sometimes — I opened a hotel website with a man singing in Hawaiian during the flute-laden “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” and didn’t notice for a full minute — and pieces like the nearly silent, nearly 20-minute “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized” are more interesting in concept and as a breather than they are in actual sound. But Shaking the Habitual harkens back to a time when albums were meant to be an experience, something puzzled over, abandoned and returned to and studied, not streamed while searching for hotels. It’s anti-pop, but claims that it is “unlistenable” are unfounded. Even at nearly 10 minutes and with truly messed up sounds housed within in, “Raging Lung” is a pop song, with movements and parts that hit you and break through the din — when Andersson keeps coming in with her “that’s when it hurts” line ranks among the best pop moments on the album. “Networking” drops vocals almost entirely in favor of a Kraftwerkian cold synth rave-up, and it ends up one of the album’s catchiest songs in the process. “Stay Out Here” also features guest vocals from Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess and artist Emily Roysdon that make the song a kind of horror house anthem as the singers’ vocals bounce off one another and come together in eerie harmony in a padded cell of wavelike synths and skittering beats. The Knife make many demands on you — of your time, of your patience and of your willingness to let go of preconceived notions of pop — on Shaking the Habitual. Trust them — you’ll emerge from the experience feeling as though you’ve gained a new understanding of what pop music can be. Few artists alive today can claim the same effect.

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New Oakland Femcee Glam I. Rock Was Born Into Hip-Hop And Born To Rock The Mic

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2013 08:05am | Post a Comment

Glam I. Rock "Feel" (2013)

At Glam I. Rock's in-store performance at Oaklandish last Friday evening the new female rapper from The Town delighted the hometown audience at the downtown retail store, that transforms itself in a concert space every first Friday of the month, as she ran through a string of songs off her recently released debut EP, The Feel (Savvie1ent/The Olive Street Agency). The 21 year old rapper was literally born into hip-hop since her mom is Oakland female rapper Nic Nac who came to fame two decades ago when she recorded with such artists as The LOX and Eve but most notably with Dru Down and the Luniz, and toured and performed with such legends as Too $hort, Ice Cube, and 2Pac.  Nic Nac has been a consistent positive influence in her daughter's artistic growth. "She's played a huge part in influencing me from a young age even before I was rapping.  Just being everywhere she was -- show rehearsals, video shoots, sessions. She had already put me in that element," Glam I. Rock told the Amoeblog in a recent interview noting that, in addition to her mom's music, some of the very first rappers she heard (and likely influenced her) from a  young age included A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, The LOX, Jay-Z and Nas.

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Record Store Day Countdown: Rifle Diet 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2013 08:22pm | Post a Comment

Our countdown to Record Store Day (April 20) continues with this 7" from Profane Existence Records. Rifle Diet is the new crustcore band from Minneapolis fronted by Mariko of Garmonbozia. Abuse Begets Abuse is #4 in the Profane Existence Limited Edition Singles Series of 2013. Although it's not an official RSD release, this 7" comes on gold vinyl, is super limited, and won't hit the floor until RSD. See you at Amoeba on Saturday, April 20!

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Rifle Diet Record Store Day

 

Read a Book! World Book Night at Amoeba Hollywood, 4/23

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2013 05:19pm | Post a Comment

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books! Tens of thousands of people will share books with others in their communities across America, spreading the joy and love of reading on April 23rd.world book night

Join Amoeba Hollywood as we distribute FREE paperback copies of the Ray Bradbury classic Fahrenheit 451 upon request. Just ask for your copy at the info counter on the main floor. Quantities will be limited, so it's first come, first served.

The internationally acclaimed Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Although it was written over half a century ago, this classic is incredibly relevant to modern culture and critical of our dependence on technology.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Music History Monday: April 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 8, 2013 04:12pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: April 8, 1963 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Julian Lennon (born John Charles Julian Lennon in Liverpool, UK). Happy 50th Birthday, Julian!!
 


On this day in music history: April 8, 1975Toys In The Attic, the third album by Aerosmith is released. Produced by Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick, John Lennon), it is recorded at The Record Plant in New York City from January - March 1975. After working with Douglas on their previous album Get Your Wings, they will return to the studio with him in the Winter of 1975 to record the follow up. The end result will be the Boston-based rock bands' commercial breakthrough (and highest selling studio album) in the US, spinning off three singles including "Sweet Emotion" (#36 Pop) and "Walk This Way" (#10 Pop). "Walk" is initially issued as a single in August of 1975 and does not chart. It will be re-released in November of 1976 (following the successful Rocks album) and becomes their first top 10 hit. Toys In The Attic will peak at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA.
 

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RIP Pop Culture Icon Annette Funicello

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2013 11:40am | Post a Comment

Bikini Beach trailer (1964)

As reported by several news outlets including the LA Times, Annette Funicello died earlier today (Monday April 8th) at the Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield. She was 70. 25 years ago Funicello had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Funicello enjoyed major success in both the fifties and sixties, first as original Mousketeer star of television's The Mickey Mouse Club from when it premiered for several years, and in the latter decade as co-star of the phenomenally popular series of "beach movies" she made with Frankie Avalon. Above and below are a few video clips featuring Annette Funicello, including the trailer for 1964's Bikini Beach, a classic 50's clip from The Mickey Mouse Club featuring the Mousketeers that includes Annette looking back in a later decade, and Annette Funicello singing "Jamaican Ska" from 1987's Back To The Beach alongside Fishbone. In Back to the Beach, the grown-up Frankie and Annette go back to the SoCal beach to visit their daughter only to discover there's still fun to be had back on the beach. Also below is the trailer for the original "beach" movie (1963's Beach Party) that kick-started the popular sixties movie series.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Rachael Cantu's 'Trailer Trash'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it’s Rachael Cantu’s entrancing cover of Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash,” from her new album, the aptly titled Covers. Read more about that release here, which is available at Amoeba.com. Despite being acoustic, Cantu’s version doesn’t soften Modest Mouse’s spare, biting original, putting lyrics like “eating snow flakes with plastic forks” front and center and making them feel like hard truths. “Trailer Trash” originally appeared on Modest Mouse’s excellent 1997 album, The Lonesome Crowded West.

Rachael Cantu Covers AmoebaA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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Italo-Disco star Fred Ventura is Coming to SoCal on Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 8, 2013 01:33am | Post a Comment

Fred Ventura26 May, 2013 Italo-Disco star Fred Ventura is coming to Orange County. He and fellow Italo performer Ken Laszlo will descend upon Avec Nightclub in Huntington Beach. The event will be hosted by TQ and DJed by DJ BPMTickets are $20 in advance(from Bleu Nightclub in Westminster) or $25 at the door. 

Fred Ventura was born Federico Di Bonaventura in MilanItaly on 16 July, 1962. He became interested in music when he was twelve. In 1978 or ‘79, Ventura joined An Incoherent Psyche on drums. In 1980 he joined another band, Le Jour Prochain. In 1981 he formed State of Art with bassist Stefano Tirone and guitarist Stefano Mazzola, both formerly of Der Blaue Reiter. The band proved to be short-lived although in February 1982 they recorded a song “Venice” which sounds a bit like the offspring of Joy Division and Chic (or in other words, a bit like A Certain Ratio).
 
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Record Store Day Countdown: Mercury Rev LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2013 06:33pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down one exciting release each day til Record Store Day on April 20! Available only from independent record stores on RSD, Light In the Attic brings you a vinyl-only set of rare outtakes and demos from Mercury Rev's mystical journey, Deserter's Songs. Packed with amazing photos and liner notes, this is a cosmic trip back into the haunted netherworld of an album that recently made Pitchfork's best of the '90s list. It's 180-gram vinyl housed in a hand-numbered gatefold “tip-on” jacket, plus there is a limited color wax edition on white and clear vinyl. Get your copy on Record Store Day Saturday, April 20!

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Mercury Rev Record Store Day LP

 

At LAST: Kyle Field chats Little Wings' latest opus

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 7, 2013 03:20pm | Post a Comment

kyle field little wings Photo by Adam Zeke
 
Photo by Adam Zeke             

Earlier this year worlds collided when Little Wings took the stage at Cafe du Nord, one of San Francisco's best preserved former mobster speak-easy joints that maintains decidedly authentic-feeling with shadowy vibes fully trimmed in dust-covered scarlet velvet. Looking like a costumed "tourist" complete with a plastic lei and something like a Greek fisherman's hat, Little Wings breezed through a delightfully unpredictable set of mostly new songs from his first ever double LP release, LAST, his borrowed backing band (The Range of Light Wilderness I believe, sharing the bill that evening) jamming over a few false starts before eventually leaning into the billowy groove of the nearly seven-minute "Neptune's Next" that opened the show. A hushed wave broke over the crowd, and it was then that I noticed, and I could be wrong, but  I think maybe I could see that Kyle's teeth were painted.
little wings last double lp vinyl new record 2013 kyle field marriage records rad imprint
Accomplished visual artist, avid surfer, and "musician's musician" Kyle Field channels a great deal of his most personal energies and intuitive creative powers into recording and performing music as Little Wings, his ever-fluctuating entity that continues to inspire and challenge audience perceptions with multi-layered song cycles, subconscious-tapping lyrical head trips, and concurrent visual presentations that sometimes embrace an apparent love of adopting guises couched in a language of "the best costume for the day." Seemingly open to collaborations and improvisation, Field continues to garner praise from fans and contemporaries like Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince Billy and Feist who not only named her 2010 documentary Look at What the Light Did Now after a Little Wings tune but also covered and performed it as a duet with Field as well. Though admirers may tend to paint him as something of a folk hero from time to time (this bromantic GQ piece on Kyle being a prime example), Field seems to play it close to the vest when it comes to his self-expression despite having publicly sharing so many personal pieces. I recently corresponded with him and learned a lot about the new album (2LP! out on Field's own Rad imprint via Marriage Records), what he's listening to lately, and "free friction" in surfing. Read on for the interview!

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Show Recaps: The Milk Carton Kids, Dirt Dress, Femme Soup

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2013 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Milk Carton Kids AmoebaLots of shows in recent days. The Milk Carton Kids recently took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood, giving fans a healthy dose of their acoustic, Simon & Garfunkel-influenced story-folk. Though still relatively unknown, the band has cultivated a healthy following for the Eagle Rock-based duo, garnering fans of like-minded L.A. venues Largo and Hotel Cafe. Their soft, mellowed-out sound contrasts with their comedic, center-stage personalities, inviting you to come sit by their campfire and hear them spin a yarn and sing a tune. Milk Carton Kid Joey Ryan regaled the audience with the history of the ampersand, much to the delight of a few fawning girls in the front, proving that a cute guy with a guitar can literally discuss typographical history and young girls will swoon. They sang the countryish “Honey Honey,” with Kenneth Pattengale really going to town on his miniature acoustic guitar, with the top of it wrapped in a cloth napkin for maximum intimacy. Ryan bragged about his quick fingerpicking and delivered it with finesse on a bluegrass-colored song. He said the band grew up shopping for records at Amoeba, and it was now “quite an honor” to be playing at the store. Pattengale mocked Ryan’s consistently deadpan tone, saying, “Guys, I’m so f*ckin’ thrilled.” “That’s not a good impression,” Ryan quipped back. They sang a few morose tunes to close the set, joking that everyone thinks they’re from Michigan because of their melancholy folk sound. They’ll be at the Largo Theater May 8 and 9. See more picture of their performance here.

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Record Store Day Countdown: Section 25 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2013 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Counting down to Record Store Day on April 20! Factory Benelux presents a brand new 7", My Outrage, from legendary UK postpunk crew Section 25, a teaser for their upcoming album, Dark Light. With gorgeous cover art by original Factory designer Peter Saville and an exclusive b-side. Available only from independent record stores on April 20!

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Section 25 Record Store Day

 

April 5, 2013: Evil Dead

Posted by phil blankenship, April 5, 2013 09:55pm | Post a Comment
Evil Dead (2013) movie ticket stub

Record Store Day Countdown: Scanner CD

Posted by Amoebite, April 5, 2013 04:02pm | Post a Comment

Next up on our Record Store Day countdown, Divebomb presents an exclusive reissue of this classic cult metal release from 1988, Hypertrace by Scanner! A barrage of heavy riffs and Ralf Scheepers' wailing vocals, this helped lay the foundations for much power metal to come. Gloriously remastered sci-fi metal mania for fans of Helloween or Gamma Ray. See you at Amoeba for Record Store Day on April 20!

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Giveaway with Purchase of "Mosquito" Starting 4/16

Posted by Amoebite, April 5, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, Mosquito, is due out Tuesday, April 16. If you stop by any Amoeba store on release day, you will receive a limited edition autographed lithograph AND a special Yeah Yeah Yeahs 7 inch as a gift to you with purchase. But quantities are limited so shop early!

Don't live near an Amoeba store? Pre-order the album now on Amoeba.com on CD, Deluxe CD (with 5 bonus tracks) or on LP.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito

 


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege
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The Late, Great Roger Ebert

Posted by Charles Reece, April 5, 2013 10:21am | Post a Comment

On writing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Roger Ebert died yesterday. I can't say that the thumbs up or down reviewing that made his name a household quantity had a particularly good influence on criticism, but his longer essays and interviews are quite good (cf., Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert). Anyway, I grew up with him, starting with his and Siskel's PBS show, and have continued to follow him online, so pop culture won't feel quite the same without his presence.

We Got You! (Or At Least Some Of You)

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 5, 2013 09:11am | Post a Comment
It's now official. You've been had.

No. Cut Chemist is NOT selling his entire record collection to Amoeba. In fact, we suspect that records just naturally gravitate to his house. But he was in on the joke and part architect of the fake post, along with Nancy 
Arteaga, who helped orchestrate the whole thing. We managed to hammer it out last minute, as the idea came at 11 PM, March 31st. Cut gave us some great quotes about how juicing and meditation was changing his life (Which is actually true) He went as so far as taking
a picture with the infamous Mulatu 7" that he mentioned in blog at the Amoeba warehouse just to throw off some of the naysayers. Like his records, Cut Chemist takes April Fool's Day seriously.

Most people knew it was a prank, some didn't. Some folks started calling the store and became irate once they found out they've been April fooled. Some became inspired, that someone who spent a lifetime collecting records would downsize and simplify life through health and spirituality. Even some of Cut's closest associates got duped. DJ Nu-Mark posted the fake blog on his Facebook page commenting that, " f**kin Lucas (Cut) woke me up on some arm pit sweating sh*t. Ya got me....I'm awake now. Jesus. Can't put it into words. Good one Cut, and very creative as usual" 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.05.13: Tyler, The Creator, Dizzy Wright, Armani Cooper, Iamsu!, Jerry da Hermit, Illogic & Blockhead +

Posted by Billyjam, April 5, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 05: 2013


1) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

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

3)  Lil’ Wayne I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II (Cash Money)

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

5)  Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)

In the number one slot with a bullet this week is the brand new Tyler, The Creator album Wolf  on Columbia Records which arrived in Amoeba on Tuesday this week (April 2nd) in both Wolf regular CD version and in Wolf DeLuxe CD version. Amoeba website reviewers wrote of the album and its maker that he's, "always been an artist and persona as divisive as he is undeniably talented, so why expect (or want) that to change? Sprawling tracklist, angry, occasionally homophobic lyrics and all, Goblin was affecting in its ugliness. The Wolf builds on the Odd Future kingpin’s sound with more manageable beats and R&B touches, but he’s the same troubled joker at heart." 

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Record Store Day Countdown: Roky Erickson 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2013 06:55pm | Post a Comment

Next on our Record Store Day countdown is this lovely hand-numbered, psychedelic swirl wax 7" of a great melodic rocker from Roky Erickson and the Aliens, "Mine Mine Mind." This RSD 2013 exclusive is a limited edition, one time pressing of 4,000 featuring his classic horror jam "Bloody Hammer" on the flip. It kicks off Light In the Attic's Roky Erickson archive series, and 25 random copies of this contain a photo signed by the man himself! It's a must-have for fans. See you on Record Store Day Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Roky Erickson Record Store Day

 

Weekly Roundup: Weekend, Western Lows, Army Navy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Weekend Releases “Mirror,” Album Due in July

Weekend bandBay Area shoegazers Weekend have a cool album and couple of EPs under their belt, but they look to take it to the next level with their next release, Jinx. Contrary to their prior quick-hitting, Jesus & Mary Chain-inspired guitar squalls, the slow-burning “Mirror” takes more than a minute to get going and unfolds at a gentle pace, with vocals only appearing after two out of its five minutes. But it’s anything but boring; rather, it hypnotizes you from the outset with droning, ethereal synths so its nuances hit even harder, like that cool heavy-guitar chorus, eerie background synth and krautrockish beat and bassline. Increased depth and confidence go a long way here toward expanding and improving their sound without dramatically changing it. Jinx is due July 23 on Slumberland.

 

 

Western Lows Unveil “Icicles,” Album Due in June

Western LowsL.A. indie pop band Western Lows thankfully go for subtle on “Icicles,” a track from their forthcoming album Glacial, due June 4 on Jaxart. It’s the kind of song that doesn’t slam you with hooks or tricks but gradually gets under your skin, making it infinitely more intriguing than a lot of indie pop. The sound touches on shoegaze and new wave, with a Robert Smith-esque vocal delivery and a heavy, rolling bass, but they also seem intent on paving their own way and using the aforementioned genres as mere entryways. I’d say it was cool, if that wasn’t an accidental, awful pun. They’re at the Satellite April 15, The Redbury May 15 and the Jubilee Festival June 8.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bonobo

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 4, 2013 05:58pm | Post a Comment

BonoboBritish electronic musician Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released The North Borders this week, his highly anticipated follow-up to 2010's Black Sands. Bonobo stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. He picks up a few world music albums, the Jim O'Rourke project Loose Fur, two LPs for potential sampling featuring harps and folk instrumentation, the new Toro y Moi LP, Anything in Return (which I'm also loving right now), and a few more things.

My favorite moment from this video happens right at the end. He selects the new Johnny Marr album, The Messenger, in part because he saw Mr. Marr's episode in which he bought Bonobo's album. (Johnny Marr actually came into Amoeba that day looking to buy Black Sands and we coincidentally had it playing in the store.) Fast forward a few years, now we have Bonobo, having seen Johnny Marr buy his album in the same store, on the same series, and Bonobo is returning the favor. The WIMB circle of life, or as one person on YouTube called it, "the What's In My Bag Karma game." Pretty cool!


Bonobo - What's In My Bag?
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Johnny Marr - What's In My Bag?
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The 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, April 25 - May 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 4, 2013 04:50pm | Post a Comment
SFIFF 2013

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of the 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 25th - May 9th. Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in America. Held each spring for two weeks, it is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. 

Please join Amoeba for screenings of Twenty Feet from Stardom (USA 2012, 90 min), directed by Twenty feet from stardomMorgan Neville. Focusing largely on African American women whose passionate singing and gospel-inspired sound influenced both popular culture and enhanced British and American rock music from the 1950s to the present day, this film highlights the lives, aspirations, and challenges of some of history’s most talented and gifted background artists.

Playing the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on April 26th and 28th. Get your tickets and read more about the film HERE!

April at CIIS Programs & Performances: The Rumi Concert & Paris Combo

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 4, 2013 04:11pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances has an action-packed April in store for you with two amazing shows:

Catch The Rumi Concert: Lion of the HeartRumi Concert on Saturday, April 20th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the world's most revered mystical poets, produced a prolific range of inspiring and devotional poetry that encapsulates the Sufi experience of union with the divine. Although Rumi was a Sufi and a scholar of the Qu'ran, his appeal reaches across religious and social divisions. This performance unites the classic poetry of the thirteenth century mystic with the innovative music, dance, and story of a remarkable ensemble: poet and Rumi translator Coleman Barks, cellist David Darling, world percussionist Glen Velez, and dancer and storyteller Zuleikha. It is a soul-stirring collaboration. Get your tickets HERE!

On Friday, April 26th, The Paris Combo brings their intriguing sound to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Paris comboFrancisco. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a positive chord with critics and audiences for their fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino, and Middle Eastern rhythms. Get your tickets HERE!

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Check Out Amoeba at First Fridays on 4/5 and Pick Up a Discounted Gift Certificate

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, April 5, Amoeba will be on hand at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. We’ll be selling $20-for-$15 gift certificates (limit four per person) and giving away other goodies. The first 30 people who come to our table and say “boogaloo” get a free Amoeba T-shirt!

The show this Friday features electronic composer Dan Deacon and art-rockers Japanther, as well as talks on the periodic table, with hands-on activities and discussions as to how the periodic table relates to the arts, history and mythology. The discussions start at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., while the performances go from 8-10 p.m. Meanwhile the DJ lounge will feature KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and a DJ set from L.A.-based indie pop duo Kisses from 5:30-10 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for this event are sold out, but a limited number of  tickets will be available at the Museum’s South Entrance the day of the event starting at 5:00pm.

First Fridays Amoeba

The Flaming Lips Prepare to Unleash Their "Bleak, Disturbing" New Album "The Terror"

Posted by Billyjam, April 4, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment

The Flaming Lips performing "Look…The Sun Is Rising" - off their new album The Terror -
on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (4/3/13)

The Flaming Lips' new album The Terror dropped in the UK on Monday, two weeks ahead of its scheduled April 16th, 2013 Stateside street date. You can pre-order it now from Amoeba Music in both CD and double LP vinyl versions. 

The Terror is the band's 13th full-length album and was produced by the Lips' long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. I recently got to hear the nine track release thanks to a label advance streaming of the album and have to say that I like it a lot and consider it their best work in years as it evokes a really powerful, hypnotically dark, grimy feel. "Bleak, disturbing" is how the band's own Wayne Coyne described the record, posing and answering his own question: "Why would we make this music that is The Terror?… I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer." Down in Austin at the recent SXSW festival, the band hosted two events includig a first-ever live performance of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robotsthe band's 2002 gold album, in its entirety. Reportedly, the show was filmed live by NPR for a future broadcast. For their other SXSW show, they performed the new album The Terror at the large scale Auditorium Shores venue where Jim James (of My Morning Jacket, who opened the show) joined the band on-stage for a charged version of "Do You Realize??". Last night in NYC, the band was on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform the new album track "Look…The Sun Is Rising" (video above), and over the next couple of months they are playing a handful of select US shows that will include a performance at the NorCal Bottle Rock Festival in Napa on May 10th. In the meantime, you can pre-order The Terror CD and/or The Terror double LP version.

Beyond Sustainability -- a fundraiser for Creative Migration

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 3, 2013 07:33pm | Post a Comment
Beyond Sustainability

Creative Migration is having a fundraising event called Beyond Sustainability. It's taking place on 6 April, 2013 at Yeh Studio (1064 Myra Ave on the edge of Silver Lake and East Hollywood. Right behind Los Angeles's premier, leather gay bar, Eagle LA) from 6:30 - 10:30. Do not go to Yeh Studio's other location or you will be in HawaiiSemi-formal dress code. To purchase (tax deductible) tickets, click here. To see the Facebook invite, click here.


CREATIVE MIGRATION


Creative Migration
is an inspiring non-profit organization that has produced documentaries that promote various art projects which relate to social activism and change and was founded by Silver Lake-based filmmaker and social activist Susannah Tantemsapya back in 2005. I wrote a bit about Tantemsapya's documentary Post New Bills: The Story of Green Patriot Posters in 2011 (read here for more).

Post New Bills (produced by Hilary White, also the Creative Director of Creative Migration) documented the Green Patriot Posters project -- an art project that employed progressive poster art to raise environmental awareness and inspire action against climate change. It was the only American film accepted into Project Green, a sustainable film-making initiative.

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Record Store Day Countdown: King Tubby LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Our countdown to Record Store Day continues! This one is a classic horn-heavy dub summit from two legends, King Tubby and Lee Perry, appropriately titled At the Grass Roots of Dub. Considered one of the best dub records of the mid-'70s, it's been out of print for over a decade. Now it's finally been reissued, but only in limited quantities for RSD 2013. Get your copy only at independent record stores on Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

King Tubby Lee Perry Record Store Day

Nardwuar vs. Fred Armisen

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2013 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Oh.. no biggie... just gettin' name dropped by Fred Armison in this new Nardwuar the Human Serviette interview.... (2:05) Thanks Fred and THANKS NARDWUARRRR! XOXO

[ Btw.. If you haven't already... do yourself a favor and watch every Nardwuar interview with Snoop Lion  2002 | 2007 | 2010 | 2013 ]

Monte Hellman's TWO-LANE BLACKTOP at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, April 3, 2013 01:49pm | Post a Comment
Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 // Midnite
Friday, April 5, 2013 // 10:00pm
Saturday, April 6, 2013 // 9:50pm

Monte Hellman’s early-’70s stone classic, in the perfect time-slot! Two of the hottest leading men of the seventies — James Taylor, and Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys — pit their souped-up Chevy against Warren Oates’ GTO in a cross-country race, with hippie chick runaway Laurie Bird along for the ride. Oates gives one of his greatest performances as the self-deluding burn-out in pastel sweaters, with a trunkful of drugs, hooked on the next thrill — and the boys, neither of whom had acted before or have since, are supercool, laconic naturals. The point of it all isn’t who wins, but the getting there, and the making of contact along the way. Yes, it’s an existential metaphor for the human condition, if you want it to be, but it’s also the ultimate American road movie, with a brilliant, near-invisible script by Rudy Wurlitzer, and one of the most incendiary endings in ‘70s cinema. Come see why Two-Lane Blacktop was just added to the National Film Registry — these satisfactions are permanent.
Dir. Monte Hellman, 1971, 35mm, 102 min.

www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

New York State of Mind Amoeblog # 26: Rap Quotes, Mary Lou's Lost Cat, Prohibition Music, Midtown Escape, Leonard Cohen +

Posted by Billyjam, April 3, 2013 12:24pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to another installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog in which I run down such things as Leonard Cohen taking Manhattan and other concerts and events around the five boroughs in the week ahead, including a free Saturday afternoon performance in Flushing, Queens by The Toomai String Quartet. I also report on Macy's exquisite South Asian themed floral garden (photos left, above, and below), which offers the perfect meditative escape for those who need a breather in busy midtown Manhattan. Also offered is a look at a hip-hop fanatic's cool homage to New York City-themed raps, plus the (futile?) search by ever-hopeful homeless New Yorker Mary Lou for her lost cat Simon.

What is most striking about the ongoing The Painted Garden: Macy's Flower Show, which effectively captures the landscapes of southeast Asia with lush displays of tropical flora and is on exhibit in a long wide tent set up in Herald Square (6th Ave & 34th Street) outside its flagship store, is how peaceful and meditative it is...provided you arrive early in the day (it opens at 10am) before the crowds arrive and get inside this greenhouse filled with gorgeous lush floral displays with Southeast Asian motifs, soothing water fountains, and a hypnotic soundtrack of traditional Indian flute music playing on the overhead speakers. Even though you are in hectic midtown Manhattan, you can forget that while inside this lovely space. I stopped by the other day when the wait to get in was only a few minutes and the cost: free. Note however that the flower show runs everyday from 10am to 9pm through Sunday, April 7th in Broadway Plaza, Herald Square outside Macy's.

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15th Annual Festival of Film Noir Kicks Off Friday at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 2, 2013 11:59pm | Post a Comment


This Friday, April 5th, kicks off the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.  Things get moving fast with a Cy Enfield double, Try And Get Me (aka The Sound Of Fury) and Hell Drivers. The Film Noir Foundation's newly restored print of Try And Get Me should be a stunner- not available on DVD, this is rare glimpse into Enfield's U.S. career which was prematurely derailed due to HUAC blacklisting bullshit.  Hell Drivers is a Rank Organization picture featuring Irish beauty Peggy Cummins, best known for her roles in Gun Crazy and Night Of The Demon.

Saturday brings a great pair of Hollywood damage tales in Sunset Boulevard and The Other Woman.  Needing no introduction, Sunset Boulevard's brilliance never seems to diminish, it's depiction of desperation and delusion seems applicable to every generation of former greats and their hangers on.    The Other Woman features the criminally under rated Cleo Moore as a scheming second string actress who gets involved in a blackmail plot that goes awry.  Those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Moore should check out the Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol 2 DVD set, we often have used copies for sale at the Hollywood Amoeba.




Record Store Day Countdown: The Man Behind the Molam Sound LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2013 05:50pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down to Record Store Day on April 20, 2013!! Next up is a collection from Light In the Attic Records and Bangkok’s ZudRangMa label. Theppabutr Productions: The Man Behind The Molam Sound 1972-75 is a 2-LP set featuring the work of pioneering producer Theppabutr Satirodchompu, who is credited as the creator of the modern Molam sound. These groove-laden vinyl gems were born of the age-old folk music traditions of northeast Thailand in the second half of the 20th century.

This RSD exclusive title is limited to a one-time pressing of 2,000 copies and comes housed in an old-school gatefold tip-on jacket wrapped in a faux-wood O-card. Plus, it includes an 18 × 24" foldout poster and a download card with the full album and two bonus tracks not available on the previous CD release. Get yours only at indie record stores on April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

Theppabutr Productions - The Man Behind the Molam Sound

 

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood to Red Bull Thre3Style: U.S. National Finals DJ Competition

Posted by Billy Gil, April 2, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Redbull competitionAmoeba Hollywood has tickets to DJ competition the 2013 U.S. National Finals, hosted by Red Bull Thre3Style. The 21+ show takes place Friday, April 5, at Hollywood club LURE, located just around the corner from the store. Tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood for only $20 (with no service fee).

The competition will feature six acclaimed American DJs, will be judged by DJs Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip and A-Trak, and will also feature a DJ set from producer and performer Mark Ronson after the competition. The winner of the competition will go on to represent the U.S. in the Red Bull Thre3style World Championship in Toronto, Canada, in November.

The DJs featured in the competition and their city of origin are as follows: Trentino (Chicago), DJ Phish (Philadelphia), Konflikt (Miami), Donnie Dee (Dallas), DJ Scene (Las Vegas) and Aroc (Orlando). Their sets will consist of one 15-minute performance apiece, with a minimum of three genres per set. DJs are judged based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.

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James Blake Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood Wed, April 3

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

James Blake Listening PartyAmoeba Hollywood is having a listening party for the new James Blake album, Overgrown, on Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm! Hear the album in its entirety nearly a week before it comes out, plus we'll have some tasty organic cookies, free buttons, posters and you can enter to win a vinyl test pressing of Overgrown.

The second album from the 24-year old British singer, songwriter and producer, Overgrown, is due out Tuesday, April 9 via Republic. Musically broad and emotionally deep, Blake's growth on Overgrown is similar to the evolution his debut self-titled album evinced from the mercurial Dubstep of his early EPs. It also reflects how much Blake's life has changed in the past two years. His debut sold over 400,000 copies - quite a feat for a record so uncompromisingly introspective and experimental. It also picked up Mercury, BRIT and Ivor Novello nominations, sent him around the world on tour, and brought him into contact with a wide array of fans and collaborators that includes Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Bjork, Drake, Brian Eno, and The RZA.

Pre-order Overgrown on CD or vinyl from Amoeba.com and, as always, you won't pay shipping to US addresses!

James Blake Overgrown


James Blake - Retrograde
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Saluting Scott Hardkiss

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2013 11:49am | Post a Comment

God Within (aka Scott Hardkiss) "Raincry" (1993)

Since the sad news of the premature passing of DJ/producer/remixer Scott Hardkiss surfaced I have been meaning to post an Amoeblog tribute to this extremely talented man who was so closely associated with the early 90's Bay Area rave scene. Scott Hardkiss (born Scott Friedel), whose sudden death last week shocked the global dance music community, was only 43 years of age and while the exact nature of his death are not yet known many Facebook postings by those who knew him indicated that he had suffered a brain aneurism. What is known is that two years ago Scott underwent serious eye transplant surgery to restore vision in his left eye, which had gone blind from a degenerative disease known as Keratoconus, but the artist had reported how the vision in his new eye was worsening and was causing him problems over the past year.

As one-third of Hardkiss (aka the Hardkiss Brothers along with non-siblings Gavin Hardkiss and Robbie Hardkiss) Scott was instrumental in helping to pioneer the U.S. rave scene via memorable informal rave parties and pioneering productions and remixes that fused techno and house, with psychedelic and breakbeats and other genres. Scott's introduction to rave culture and music began when he and Gavin attended the UK's famed Glastonbury Music Festival in 1990 and were exposed to acid house. Soonafter back in the States they set up their base out West in San Francisco where, in addition to throwing underground parties, in early nineties released their debut album, Magical Sounds of the Underground. Later in 1994 they would set up their own Sunburn label to release other artists music as well as some of their own. Collectively and individually they recorded and remixed a lot of music and in the late nineties Hardkiss landed a Columbia/Sony deal although like many major label electronic music deals did not pan out as well as hoped.

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Albums Out April 2: Tyler, The Creator, Bleached, IO Echo, and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 2, 2013 09:58am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Tyler the Creator The WolfTyler, The Creator - The Wolf
CD $12.98
Deluxe CD $24.98

Tyler, The Creator has always been an artist and persona as divisive as he is undeniably talented, so why expect (or want) that to change? Sprawling tracklist, angry, occasionally homophobic lyrics and all, Goblin was affecting in its ugliness. The Wolf builds on the Odd Future kingpin’s sound with more manageable beats and R&B touches, but he’s the same troubled joker at heart. The Wolf’s opening title track is a slowed-down, reverbed-out R&B track not totally unlike something Frank Ocean or How to Dress Well might produce, provided they told everyone and everything to fuck off for the entirety of the song. “Jamba” finds Tyler teaming with Hodgy Beats for a good ol’ fashioned angsty, nasty Tyler track as he raps about cussing out Siri and Hodgy Beats raps about getting his scrotum on the news, saying “you can drink piss and eat a dick in a few.” However, Tyler has a knack for slipping in heartbreaking detail into his songs (“brain cancer ate my granny up” he says with razor precision near the opening of the deep, dark “Cowboy”). It may not hit with the same menace as previous single “Yonkers,” but Wolf’s “Domo23” gives Tyler the chance to display his wit (and ability to manipulate his audience), taking haters and admirers to task, rapping “came to Pitchfork with a couple Jada pickett signs and said I was a racist homophobic, so I grabbed Lucas and filmed us kissing” in a jumpy cadence that drops the machismo. It’s a brave move, given hip-hop’s glacial pace on the subject, though it doesn’t quite explain the frequent f-bombs, especially given cohort Frank Ocean’s coming out; he gets more sympathy from the funny tirade against the father he never met, “Answer.” Musically, The Wolf gets funkier the further it goes, on tracks like the lush, dirgey medley “Partyisntover/Campire,” featuring Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, combined with “Bimmer” featuring Ocean, in a seeming bid to rival Ocean’s epic “Pyramids” that intrigues for its strangeness, even if it doesn’t fully come together. Tyler’s angry love song “IFFY” (“I fuckin’ hate you”) gets props for having the worst way to tell someone you like them (“The sky is fallin’, bitch let’s try to catch it”), with Pharell’s soothing presence confounding Tyler’s threats of strangulation. Overall, The Wolf is slightly bloated with a few too many experiments and random guest spots that don’t work; when it does, you’re thankful for Tyler’s abrasive presence in the hip-hop world. For instance, “Trashwang” starts with forty seconds of gunshots and screams that continue to interrupt the proceedings and undercut an otherwise seemingly straightforward hip-hop crew track, with Tyler declaring “I want the black kids to like me for this one.” That loaded statement speaks to part of what makes Tyler both divisive and special. His refusal to capitulate to norms of any kind, societal or hip-hop, are a large part of his appeal. You might not celebrate everything Tyler says or attempts musically on The Wolf, but he never feels less than brutally honest and enormously expressive.

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Record Store Day Countdown: PIL 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2013 08:43pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down to Record Store Day on April 20, 2013!! First up is the debut UK 7" by Public Image Ltd. Never before available in the US, this Record Store Day limited edition title comes complete with an exact reproduction of the original foldout newspaper packaging. Get yours only at indie record stores on April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

public image ltd record store day title

 

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in April

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2013 07:39pm | 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:

Watsky live at the El Rey

Watsky
El Rey
May 4

Killing Joke live at the Fonda

Killing Joke
The Fonda
May 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)
Baths El Rey 06/28/2013 $17.00
Bonobo El Rey 05/05/2013 $25.00
Capital Cities El Rey 06/06/2013 $18.00
Cloud Cult El Rey 05/11/2013 $17.00
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. El Rey 05/16/2013 $20.00
The Eric Andre Show Fonda Theatre 06/12/2013 $20.00
Andy Grammar Fonda Theatre 05/17/2013 $25.00
IAMX Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Killing Joke Fonda Theatre 05/05/2013 $27.50
Lights El Rey 05/02/2013 $30.00
Peter Murphy Fonda Theatre 07/27/2013 $27.50
Problem x IAMSU El Rey 05/08/2013 $20.00
Sea Wolf El Rey 06/21/2013 $17.00
Shout Out Louds El Rey 05/24/2013 $22.00
Soul Slam IX with DJ Spinna (21+ show) Arena Nightclub 05/03/2013 $14.00
Turbonegro El Rey 05/25/2013 $25.00
Watsky/Cardboard Castles Tour El Rey 05/04/2013 $17.00
Woodkid Fonda Theatre 05/08/2013 $23.00

 

Music History Monday: April 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 1, 2013 04:01pm | Post a Comment

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Remembering "The Prince Of Motown," Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. in Washington DC) - April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984.
 


Born on this day: April 1, 1948 - Reggae music icon Jimmy Cliff (born James Chambers in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica). Happy 65th Birthday, Jimmy!
 


Born on this day: April 1, 1949 - Singer/songwriter/author and poet Gil Scott-Heron (born Gilbert Scott-Heron in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to Gil on what would have been his 64th Birthday.

 


On this day in music history: April 1, 1978 - "The Closer I Get To You" by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on May 13th. Written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, it is the second chart topper for the R&B vocal duo. Originally written as a solo for Roberta Flack, her manager David Franklin will suggest making the song a duo, calling on her old friend singer and musician Donny Hathaway to duet with her.  The song will be the first collaboration between Flack and Hathaway since their Grammy winning duet "Where Is The Love" nearly six years earlier. Hathaway is actually hospitalized at the time (being treated for severe depression and often unpredictable mood swings) and must receive special permission to leave the facility and record his vocals. Released as the second single from Flack's album Blue Lights In The Basement, it is an immediate smash on both the R&B and pop singles charts. "The Closer I Get To You" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, also driving the accompanying album to Gold status. The song will be revived by Luther Vandross and Beyonce Knowles in 2003, being included on their albums' Dance With My Father and Dangerously In Love. Their version of the duet will win them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2004.
 

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Fools In Love Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment
There are a lot of songs on the topic of fools and even more songs on being in love. But for today, April Fool's Day, I have assembled some random songs about both - about fools in love or people falling foolishly into love. We've all been there and done that and hence can relate, no doubt, to the selection of songs I've assembled below (via YouTube) about fools in love.

Included is the song "Fools In Love" by Joe Jackson - the single off his great album Look Sharp in which he cynically muses, albeit from first hand experience, on: "Fools in love, are there any creatures more pathetic? Fools in love, never knowing when they've lost the game." Other songs about fools in love include the 1956 #1 hit from the very young Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (a live TV rendition from 1956 from WNEW's The Frankie Lane Show with a funny interview beforehand). The song, which has been covered by folks such as Diana Ross and Joe Ely, poses that eternal question: "Why do fools fall in love?"  Also below is Journey-man Steve Perry's 80's pop rock ballad mega-hit "Foolish Heart" (off his Street Talk LP) and Rod Stewart's version of Elvin Bishop's hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."

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For What It's Worth

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2013 11:43am | Post a Comment

For What It's WorthVH1 Classic's new show FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH recently stopped by Amoeba Music Hollywood for a little crate digging.

The show follows Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate and on-air personality John Hein as they travel the U.S. checking out the most diverse and sometimes insane pop culture collections (a homemade Mr. T doll collection... uh.. what?).

Although the show can be a little rough around the edges... (John, you haven't heard of 200 gram vinyl???) it caters directly to the music nerd in me with looks into the Michael Ochs' archive, Jack White's Third Man Records, a factory tour of United Record Pressing and now Amoeba Music! VH1 Classic, for a channel didn't know I had... you've earned a spot on my DVR.


Gary Dell'Abate & John Hein
Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate & John "Jump The Shark" Hein

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Cut Chemist Sells His Entire Record Collection To Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 1, 2013 07:20am | Post a Comment

From the April Fools' Dept...
Photo by Eilon Paz www.dustandgrooves.com

It is now official.

The entire vinyl collection of one of the greatest DJs of our time is going on sale today at Amoeba Hollywood. Internationally known DJ, Cut Chemist, decided to sell his entire record collection a few weeks back to Amoeba Hollywood. The collection is approximately 40 thousand LPs, 12s, 45s and acetates, which has been hidden in the Amoeba warehouse underneath stacks of clearance DVD's so that no employees would get to them before the public. Also, as part of the agreement that Amoeba has with Cut Chemist, we agreed that would keep the sale of his collection a secret until today. This was done at Cut's request, so that everyone would get an equal chance at buying these records with no special preferences given to employees, famous DJs or private collectors.

Cut Chemist in front of his recordsAs you can imagine, the collection is immense, with every record you could ever want from any genre you can name. Rare funk 45s, first edition Reggae and Hip-Hop records, obscure private press Free Jazz and folk LPs, International records from Africa, Brazil and Colombia, with every great Salsa, Cumbia and Afro-Beat record ever made. Also many first edition punk/post punk and goth records (which I didn't know he collected) and every collectible soundtrack, prog and psyche LPs that one could ever want. About seventy five percent of these records that I saw would go for hundreds of dollars on E-Bay, and this is just the first few crates into this incredible collection!

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