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A Band Called Death Documentary Opens in SF and Oakland on 7/5!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2013 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols, or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before a band called death punkpunk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs, and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music and band name-too intimidating, and the group was never given a fair shot. They disbanded before they even completed one album. 

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

This one-of-a-kind documentary opens on July 5th in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater (tix HERE!) and also in Oakland at Broaklyn Film & Theater Company (tix HERE!).

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June 30, 2013: White House Down

Posted by phil blankenship, June 30, 2013 06:38pm | Post a Comment
White House Down movie ticket stub

Amoeba Presents Dr. John at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by Billy Gil, June 28, 2013 11:58am | Post a Comment
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Dr. John

Amoeba Music is proud to present New Orleans music legend Dr. John at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, July 31. He’ll be paying homage to another legend, Louis Armstrong, in this show dubbed “Props to Pops: Dr. John’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong.”

At this show Dr. John will be joined by guest trumpeters, singers and other musicians, including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Telmary Diaz, Anthony Hamilton, Terry Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Marcus Belgrave and Wendel Brunious. Expect Armstrong’s well-loved works like “Mack the Knife” and “Wonderful World” to be given the grimy swamp-blues treatment. Buy tickets here.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.28.13: Wale, Dessa, Quasimoto, Evidence, E-Lit, Skrip, De La Soul, Blunt Club Oakland + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment
     
E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley with new Hip-Hop for week ending June 28, 2013


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:28:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) Dessa The Parts of Speech (Doomtree)

3) Wale The Gifted (Atlantic)

4) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

5) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

 Thanks again this week go out to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for both providing the new Top Five Hip-Hop chart for Amoeba Berkeley and the video breakdown (also above) of the latest hip-hop releases (CD and vinyl) to arrive into Amoeba over the past week. Scroll down to see accompanying/corresponding videos for many of these new chart entries and new releases referenced by E-Lit including Dessa ("Call Off Your Ghost" from The Parts of Speech on Doomtree), Quasimoto ("Youngblood" off of  Yessir, Whatever on Stones Throw), Wale's "Bad" featuring Tiara Thomas from The Gifted on Atlantic), and The White Mandingos' "Mandingo Rally" off The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats. Also below is brand new video from Skrip for the new song "Stop It" of which the artist said, “Music was made for more than perpetuating negativity, and if you’ve got the gift you don’t need to try to copy anyone else; give people a breath of fresh air," adding that, "Music with a meaning is what lacks in popular Hip Hop, and “Stop It” is bound to step on some toes-deservedly.” Yes indeedy! Scroll down to see this and the other new music videos - plus the EPK (electronic press kit) for the classic from De La Soul taken off their (recently reissued on double vinyl) Prince Paul produced golden era hip-hop album 3 Feet High & Rising. (also re-reissued on CD)

In Oakland tonight there's a lot of shows and parties happening including the premiere East Bay presentation of (Arizona founded) Blunt Club Oakland at hot new Oakland spot The Legionnaire Saloon (Telegraph near 22nd) with DJs Saurus, Max Kane, Platurn, Teeko, Pickster plus Pep Love (Hieros) and Foreign Legion both performing (FL's Prozack Turner is one of the new club owners). There will also be art on display by Dump La Rock and Griffin and the new East Bay monthly party will be hosted by The Night Clubber Lang. 21+ more info here. Meanwhile about 18 blocks down towards Oakland's Jack London Square on Broadway near 3rd/4th Streets at The Night Light will be Aztlan Nation alum DJ Delgado spinning party music with friends from early evening late into the night. Starting at 5pm and going non-stop until 2am there is no cover for this night of an eclectic mix of hip-hop, various schools of reggae, funk, breaks and beats - all billed as the Fresh Jamz Friday party. 21+ More info here.

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Buffalo '66 15th Anniversary Tonight At Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, June 28, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment
Buffalo '66

BUFFALO '66
Friday, June 28, 2013 // Midnite


“Gallo’s battle cry makes for a fiercely humorous slice of unreality that soars even when it’s crawling in the gutter and puking on itself.” – Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle

It’s been fifteen years since Vincent Gallo’s powerhouse feature filmmaking debut splashed across theater screens, and in 2013, it still retains every last bit of its amazingness through its
electric writing and direction, pitch-perfect casting and performances, a killer soundtrack and all-time cinematography by indie hero Lance Acord. A semi-autobiographical tragicomedy, Gallo plays an ex-con fresh out of the clink: alone, desperate, and in dire need of a restroom. When he kidnaps doe-eyed ballerina Christina Ricci, he may have finally found the perfect date to bring home to Mom and Pop — if only he can get that shifter car to work first. Part of what really makes this festival sensation so memorable are the mesmerizing flourishes (stand-out moments like a Ben Gazzara pantomime, and Ricci’s tap dance number), and a stellar supporting cast that includes Anjelica Huston, Kevin Corrigan, Jan-Michael Vincent and Mickey Rourke. Buffalo ’66 is a modern classic that spans time to remain moving, beautiful and the epitome of absolute cool.
Dir. Vincent Gallo, 1998, 35mm, 110 min.

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

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Perform Live at the Grammy Museum

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment

The alternative folk rock husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion celebrate the upcoming release of Wassaic Way with a live performance at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA on Tuesday, July 16 at 8pm. It's all a part of the Drop Series sponsored by Amoeba Music.

Hear Guthrie and Irion discuss how their music departs from a folk duo and enters a dynamic soundscape of loud guitars, lushness, pop, and edge. Moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the duo will also take audience questions and perform a selection of songs.

Get your tickets HERE!
 


Sarah Lee and Johnny - "Hurricane Window"
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Weekly Roundup: Weekend, White Dove, Bleached, Medicine

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2013 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Weekend – “It’s Alright”

weekend bandIt’s better than alright, it’s downright RADICAL. Bay Areans-in-Brooklyn Weekend have unveiled another new track from their upcoming album, Jinx, which is due July 23 on Slumberland. Starting with an industrial beat, the song moves into a laid-back groove and dishes out the sort of heavily effected guitars and heavenly, ethereal vocals this band has become known for. It’s been a few years since their debut LP, Sports, was released, and it sounds like the band has progressed quite a bit in that time. In fact we know that’s true, given 2011’s excellent Red EP. Shoegaze fans, get ready to get Jinxed.

 

White Dove – “Sister”

white doveWhite Dove are a breath of fresh air for the L.A. music scene, producing lo-fi pop with hints of Low, Lower Dens and Cat Power. It’s rare to hear something this delicate and with such depth touted as a single from a cool new band (well, they were called Monster before) in a time when even the smallest bands seem to be jamming synths and dance beats into their sound, if they’re not going full garage. Such a nice, sweet surprise, with a sort of wavering trill to Alex Johnstone’s vocals that hint at deeper darkness. The Host, The Candle is due July 16 on RSRCH.

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Let's play Guess That Concert with James Mollison's The Disciples!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 27, 2013 02:40pm | Post a Comment

James Molliner Disciples book rock music concert portraits fashion

Over three year period photographer James Mollison captured fans outside different concerts.  Fascinated by what he saw as "the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity" the project now known as his Disciples series began to see how the concerts became fellowship events where people could gather together in a sort of surrogate family, relive their youth for the span of a few hours or become part of a scene that thrived before they were born.The results are as inspiring as they are comical. A rad 128-page book documenting the project was published in 2008, but because I live for making fun out of fluff on the fly, I've assembled thirty-one images from the Disciples series below for Amoeblog perusers to play with. 

That's right kids! It's time to play Guess That Concert based on the super-fans' fashions (you'll find answers in the alt-text i.e. when your mouse cursor hovers over the image).

50 cent rapper concert fans fashion music james mollison photographer


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Pride Weekend Starts Early In The San Francisco Bay Area Including Mykki Blanco Concert Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2013 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Mykki Blanco "Wavvy" (2012)

The big San Francisco Pride Parade 2013 may still be a few days away - Sunday, June 30th - but in the San Francisco Bay Area - similarly to other major metropolitan areas like New York City - the Pride celebrations are all weekend long with the Pride Weekend kicking into gear Thursday, today June 27th, with a bunch of parties and events including the Flamboyant Specimens at the Project Lab, Faetopia - the Pop-Up Queer Arts Festival at Noe and Market in the old Tower Records space, plus the talented rapper Mykki Blanco (pic left, video above) at the Mezzanine in San Francisco all happening later today. In fact Bay Area Pride 2013 celebrations began last night (Wednesday) in Oakland's Uptown district where Telegraph Ave near 19th was blocked off to traffic for the Hella Oakland Street Party: Gay Marriage Rally & Celebration - organized by the promoters of the long running, popular, (and ingeniously titled) Hella Gay Oakland party at the Uptown club in that same block. Note that the same proud promoters of the award winning "Oakland queer dance party" will be throwing their big Hella Gay party at the Uptown on Saturday which they are billing as "Beat the BART" and the "Dyke March Afterparty."

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June 26, 2013: Twenty Feet From Stardom

Posted by phil blankenship, June 26, 2013 10:34pm | Post a Comment
Twenty Feet From Stardom movie ticket stub

Where the samba takes you out of nowhere -- Visiting Santa Catalina Island and Avalon

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 26, 2013 07:38pm | Post a Comment
Two weeks ago I made my first visit to one of California’s Channel Islands, Santa Catalina Island. For those that don’t know, Southern California is home to an archipelago of small, rugged islands off its coast. My 2012 New Year’s resolution was to visit one or more of the Channel Islands. Having failed to realize this wish by December of that year, I instead resolved to learn to tie a bow tie after being berated (jokingly, I think) for not knowing how do so despite operating a gentlemen’s shop. For the record, I accomplished this last minute resolution and wore a bow tie a few nights later New Year’s Eve that I tied all by myself. Any, since transportation via Catalina Express is free on one’s birthday, I decided to have another go at island life.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Santa Catalina Island
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Santa Catalina Island 

Accompanying me in her debut appearance was Una. In order to get as much out of our adventure as possible, we departed at some pre-dawn hour. After a hastily-devoured meal from McDonald's (which, though simple and clarified three times, managed nonetheless to be both screwed up and roof-of-the-mouth blisteringly hot) we raced down the docks and leapt aboard the boat with about two minutes to spare.

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Sam Vincent Foundation Punk Rock Benefit, 7/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 26, 2013 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Sam Vincent was a talented chef and musician who tragically passed in 2011. The Sam Vincent sam vincentFoundation carries on his passion by working with at-risk youth in the culinary arts.

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the Sam Vincent Foundation Punk Rock Benefit featuring Fang, Bonecrusher, and more at the Oakland Metro on July 26th at 7pm.

Get your tickets HERE!

 

 

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/26 - Rong Music, Juan Atkins/Moritz Von Oswald, Gemini, Moon B and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 26, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment

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Originals Vol. 7 CD

Claremont 56

Stunning entry in the essential Originals series. This is the missing Vol. 7, compiled by Ben Cook and Jason Drummond (DJ Spun) of Rong Music. Moreso than the legendary Originals discs compiled by Mark Seven and Sean P, the tracks here are firmly rooted in memory and place. Rong describes Aardvark's "The Return of Rasputin" as a quintessential SF rave track, credits the 1992 F.M. Inc version "Dub Me Anytime" as responsible for his desire to produce, and imparts the stoned wonder of hearing an Electro-Harmonic pedal demo record for the first time. Texas punk iconoclasts Big Boys and SF culture-jammers Negativland feature without interrupting the vibe. 

Buy Originals Vol. 7 (CD)

 

Terekke - YYYYYYYTerekke

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L.I.E.S.

The mysterious Brooklyn producer returns with his second 12-inch for L.I.E.S. Top-notch dub house. Tape hiss adds to the overall atmosphere and soul samples are given the hauntological treatment. Listen to "Amaze" for an apt summary of Terekke's appeal - a somewhat pedestrian Maze sample becomes an isolated voice on a tripping, analog bed.

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June 25, 2013: World War Z

Posted by phil blankenship, June 25, 2013 10:14pm | Post a Comment
World War Z movie ticket stub

Two New Videos from Julieta Venegas

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2013 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venegas

Multi-Grammy Award winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas recently released her sixth studio album, Los Momentos, an 11 song journey into '80s influenced dance beats with her signature pop sensibilities. From stories of drug violence to cheating lovers, Julieta cleverly manages to take melancholy content and transform it into an appealing sound easily consumed by the masses. Julieta VenegasShe is one of contemporary music's most eclectic pop artists. The music she currently makes is light years away from her early contributions as a member of the '90s Mexican ska-punk band, Tijuana No!

Amoeba cameras caught up with Julieta on a recent visit to our Hollywood store and she gave us a little insight into why her musical output tends to be so eclectic. She is a big fan of electro/dream-pop artist Youth Lagoon. She is also a classically trained piano player and gravitates to the sounds of Chilly Gonzalez and his Solo Piano works. From French house music producer Kavinsky to British soul singer Laura Mvula, Julieta listens to it all! Check out another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? with Julieta Venegas.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #37: Cameo Play Central Park, PS1's Warm Up Series Begins, NYC Pride March & Events, 4 Knots Music Festival + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Above is public art by Jackie Chang titled Signs Of Life (1999, ceramic and mosaic) that is on permanent display underground in the Metropolitan Avenue / Grand Street subway station in Brooklyn. It is an example of the many commissioned pieces of art on display throughout the MTA subway system that once (but alas no longer) was filled with bright, colorful, often visually stimulating graffiti art that was not commissioned and that the MTA would rather forget all about altogether.

Welcome to installment #37 in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog series in which I take a look at some of the fun (many free) events happening in the Big Apple in the week ahead.

Funk band Cameo is playing a free show in Central Park on Tuesday, July 2nd, presented by the producers of the Freedom Dance Party club - the weekly diverse music party begun one decade ago by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth. The party celebrates their ten year anniversary and is happening at Central Park's SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield near 72nd Street on the East Side. It should be very well attended, so if you plan on going try and get there by 5pm.

Another free park concert happening that same day, but up in the Bronx, is a performance from the "King of Latin Soul" Joe Bataan, plus Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue - both playing at Soundview Park from 6pm to 8pm. More info on both of these shows at City Parks SummerStage Productions.

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Album Picks: Smith Westerns, The Three O'Clock, Bass Drum of Death

Posted by Billy Gil, June 25, 2013 06:08pm | Post a Comment

Smith Westerns - Soft Will

smith westerns soft willCD $12.98

LP $18.98

Chicago’s Smith Westerns buck the sophomore slump trend with a second album that’s cleaner and more streamlined than their first, with the same irrepressible energy and dedication to hookiness. While Dye It Blonde felt like garage rock touched by classic pop impulses, they indulge their pop sensibilities full-force on songs like opener “3am Spiritual,” which true to its name feels like impossible orchestral pop half-remembered from a dream, with George Harrison-style solos and a hymnal chorus. Smith Westerns are also great at crafting modest guitar pop — “Idol” finds the band trading in gleaming melodic rock, full of effected guitars and soft harmonies, while “Glossed” is sprightly and sweet, channeling early R.E.M.-style jangle. But the band also can’t help going big. Instrumental “XXIII” is a slow-burning epic of Dark Side of the Moon proportions. “Fool Proof” has dizzying layers of guitar, piano and vocal melody. Even a lovely ballad like “Varsity” has grand ambition tucked away in its shy-seeming veneer. That passion makes poring through Soft Will a thorough pleasure.

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Amoeba Presents The Green Children

Posted by Billy Gil, June 24, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to present Norwegian pop band The Green Children in concert at The Roxy July 20. Tickets are available now at Amoeba Hollywood for $12 (plus a $2 service fee) with all proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.

the green children connectionThe Roxy show is a release party for their new album, Connection, coming out on July 23. The CD will be available exclusively at Amoeba Hollywood, but you can pre-order signed copies of the album now on Amoeba.com. 

The Norwegian duo of Milla Sunde and Marlow Bevan met at university and have been making haunting, ethereal electronic dance music since. Since the beginning, they’ve had a history of charity work — their first single, “Hear Me Now,” was released as a charity single in the United Kingdom and Norway and raised more than $500,000 to help Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus open a hospital in rural Bangladesh. The proceeds from their first record, Encounter, benefitted the Whole Planet Foundation, and they continue to support global (and local) causes with their live shows and releases.

Watch the new video for “Posessed” below.

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Music History Monday: June 24

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 24, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

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

On this day in music history: June 24, 1967Headquarters, the third studio album by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for one week. Produced by Chip Douglas (aka Douglas Farthing Hatlelid), it is recorded at RCA Music Center of the World Studios, Studio C from February 23 - March 22, 1967. By early 1967, The Monkees are at loggerheads with Screen Gems, the company responsible for producing their hit television series. Though highly successful, the band is unhappy (especially Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork who are both accomplished musicians) at having virtually no creative input or being allowed to play on their records. They will lobby for and win the right to play on their own records, which leads to the ouster of music supervisor Don Kirshner. The Monkees will lock themselves in the recording studio for four weeks while working on their third album. Writing a lion's share of the material included on the LP, many of the songs will be worked out while jamming together live in the studio. No singles will be released in the US, but it will spin off a major hit single in the UK with the Micky Dolenz-penned "Randy Scouse Git" (re-titled "Alternate Title") (#2 UK). The album will be another major success for the band, quickly rising to #1, but will be bumped from the top spot by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the following week, spending an additional 11 weeks in the runner up position. In time, it will be regarded as one of The Monkees best albums. Headquarters is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Queens of the Stone Age's 'My God is the Sun'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 24, 2013 09:33am | 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 Queens of the Stone Age’s "My God is the Sun," from the band's sixth album (and first in six years), ...Like Clockwork (available on CD, LP and LP with alternate cover). The song features the band's trademark heavy, intricate riffery and hard-hitting drums, courtesy of Dave Grohl, who makes a welcome return here after famously appearing on the band's landmark Songs for the Deaf album. After a long absence from the band, "My God is the Sun" is that slab of volcanic rock 'n' roll that fans have been craving. Watch the completely insane video for the song below.

queens of the stone age like clockworkA 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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Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults Present Kenny "Kenneth" Rogers' Earliest Solo Recordings

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment

This week Amoeba Music adds another important American music icon to the ever-growing Amoeba Music Vinyl Vaults, which specializes in preserving valued vinyl releases by carefully transferring them to digital files for you to download.

Now available are newly unearthed and remastered digitized Kenny Rogers tracks. The renowned country/pop music artist born Kenneth Donald Rogers, who has sold over 130 million records in his five and a half decade strong recording career, joins the likes of such other artists as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday who had 30 (mostly live) tracks published to the Vinyl Vaults last week.

The Houston, Texas-born  singer who scored 120 hit singles over his illustrious music career. These new Vinyl Vaults additions are culled from his first two releases on Carlton Records and come to us by way of Timeless Entertainment. One very early and rare 7" single, titled "That Crazy Feeling," is a most noteworthy Kenny Rogers release. Not only was it Rogers' first ever solo record released when Rogers was still in his late teens in 1958, but it technically wasn't a "Kenny Rogers" release. It's actually a "Kenneth Rogers" record since he recorded it under the first name of Kenneth. Not long after, he switched to the stage name that the world would come to know him by: Kenny Rogers.

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Dog Day Afternoon 2013 at Amoeba SF: We Love Your Dogs!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2013 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Today Amoeba San Francisco celebrated man's best friend with our second-ever Dog Day Afternoon!

Amoeba always invites you and your dog to shop together in our store, but on Dog Day Afternoon we party on the Amoeba stage with special treats for doggies and their humans. Our doggie photo booth (designed by artist and Amoebite Aaron Arakiwas quite popular this year as were our $5 off coupons, which were given out to every person who brought their dog or donated to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Check out these adorable pet portraits by Amoeba's own in-house photographer, Kaitlin Layher. See you next year!
 

Score this Saturday with Score! Pop-up Swap Party

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2013 05:59pm | Post a Comment

This Saturday, June 29th, is the second West Coast edition of Score!- a pop-up party/department store where everything is FREE. Intrigued? Of course you are. Here's how it works:

1. Bring your old clothes, books, accessories, or vinyl records to the event
2. Pay a $5 entrance fee (proceeds are donated to awesome local charities)
3. Walk around and take whatever you like... for free!
4. Grab a drink
5. Repeat

Plus there will be live screenprinting (WorkshopSF), photobooth (curated by 31RAX), style partners (Amoeba Music, The Bold Italic, San Franpsycho,), DJs (King Most & Freddy Anzures), and excellent food (Tamale Los Mayas). Leftover items are donated to Goodwill, and proceeds from the event benefit Surf For Life, CUAV, and Larkin St Youth Services.

Saturday, June 29th
1564 MRKT - 1564 Market St., San Francisco
1pm - 4pm
$5 advance tickets (grab those tickets before they sell out!

Find out more about Score!: www.heyscoreswap.com

San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival 2013 Happens Today Between Golden Gate Park and The Mission

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

Bay Area cyclists should head to San Francisco today for the seventh annual, always free and always fun San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival that runs all day (noon to 9pm) today between Golden Gate Park and the Mission District. Rightfully lauded by organizers as "the world’s largest human-powered mobile music festival that’s 100% powered by bicycles," the first part of today's fun event takes place at the Pioneer Log Cabin Picnic Area of Golden Gate Park at Stow Lake Drive East from noon to 5pm before the entire festival (the concert stage with all the speakers powered by 14 bike pedals, as well as the musicians and the festival goers) packs up and pedals off on a bicycle music parade through the city for one hour. They will arrive in the Mission at 6pm where the ready-to-go stage parks and begins part two: the 6pm to 9pm evening concert. In addition to the music and the cycling, there will also be art bikes on display and bike-blended smoothies and old-fashion hand-cranked ice cream.

Music scheduled for the noon to 5pm Golden Gate Park segment of the day will include folk/bluegrass from Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, reggae act Justin Ancheta Band, SF band Manicato who meld Puerto Rican plena, reggae, rock, and hip hop, folksinger John Craigie, bassist Uriah Duffy, beatboxer/cellist CelloJoe, and DJ Real. Then for the LiveOnBike Parade between 5pm and 6pm from the Park to the Mission, as everyone cycles, there will be live music on wheels from Jason Brock (hometown finalist from The X Factor). And then when the bicycle parade arrives in the Mission (Bartlett St. and 22nd Street) there will be sets from New Orleans music rooted band Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review, Oakland hip-hoppers Earth Amplified, electronic meets rock act The Seshen, Classical Revolution, and Shredder who'll perform on her glowing aerial hoop from a branch of El Arbol – the tree bike. There will also be food from local vendors, courtesy of the Mission Farmer’s Market.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.21.13: Kanye West's Yeezus, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Quasimoto/Madlib, The White Mandingos

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2013 04:15pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:21:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) J. Cole Born Sinner (Columbia)

3) Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Rostrum Records)

4) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

5) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

Thanks to Amoeba's E-Lit for the above latest top five hip-hop chart and the video below with the Amoeba Berkeley staffer running down all the newest CD and vinyl hip-hop releases this week.  And a lot of good stuff too - from small indie to big major label releases - including the ever topical latest from Kanye West, Yeezus on Def Jam with the simple cover artwork. Some love the album - many hate it, while others are too caught up in the  public persona of the artist to show true objectivity. But they have a point too since the artist himself is seemingly so far up his own arse that it is hard to separate the person from the artist. I liked the Amoeba.com review that accompanies it that sums up Yeezus as, "a response to everything Kanye West has previously recorded — and to hip-hop, and popular music, in general. In short, it sounds like nothing else around, a fusion of harsh industrial production and some of West’s most aggressive lyrics to date." Agreed! Many listeners, true rap/hip-hop fans especially, are balking at the out-there experimental rock/industrial leaning production value (thanks to Daft Punk) of this new album but to me that is what I love the most about it and commend Kanye as pop artist for not serving up what he could get away with merely follow the cookie cutter rap template that so many others of today churn out.

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Show Recap: Lust for Youth and Pharmakon at The Complex

Posted by Billy Gil, June 21, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment

Holy shit, I love this place. Besides that it’s in Glendale, which is weird and cool, it smells like a gay bar (deodorant free) and it’s basically one room with a bar and that’s it. It’s like a really nice warehouse, and that’s awesome. The Complex was just opened last year by John Giovanazzi, who also does industrial/goth night Das Bunker at Jewel’s Catch One. His new venue has a lot of that same vibe, minimally decorated and with great sound.

body of light
Body of Light

The first band I saw was called Body of Light. They were a two-piece; one guy played moody synth chords and triggered primal drum machine beats while the other sang. I was really struck by the singer’s charisma. Besides being very handsome, he really owned the stage, clutching the microphone intensely and raising his tattooed arms up like he was laying back in a hammock. A couple of their songs were really catchy — one saw the singer delivering a repeating vocal with no less passion each time, over a stately four-chord part; another had a three-note bassy riff driving the song, while the keyboardist piled sound above and the singer held out long intoned notes and kneeled before the audience, raising the mic skyward. This was some real rock star stuff. The singer even came into the crowd and sang into my boyfriend’s face.

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Takako Minekawa emerges from a thriteen year hiatus with Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 20, 2013 05:26pm | Post a Comment
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Sometimes the wait for new material from a beloved recording artist can feel like an eternity, especially when their last album presaged a significant shift in one's personal musical tastes. In February of 2001 I picked up Takako Minekawa's Maxi On! on a heavy vibe-induced hunch (the cover art called to me for reasons I'll never understand -- this kind of thing happens to me all the time) and it forever changed the quality of pop music I seek and enjoy. I spent the next few years digging into her extensive back catalog, digesting it rapidly while anticipating a new release that never came. So began my fascination with an artist that had seemingly just shelved her career as a keyboard-collecting, color obsessed, cat-loving experimental electro-pop singer/songwriter indefinitely.
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Twelve years later and I honestly can't remember the last time I checked Minekawa's near dormant website for news or scoured the interwebs for any new transmissions indicating fresh airs from one of my forever favorite recording artists. Then the other day a co-worker (and kindred spirit who knows me very well) uttered the words, "hey, have you seen that new Takako Minekawa album? We have two!" Gobsmacked. Yes, gobsmacked is the best word for my reaction to this query. No, I hadn't seen it. I hadn't heard it or heard of it, but I am listening to it, again, right now, all fifty seven minutes.

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Weekly Roundup: Scraper, Whirr, Youth Code

Posted by Billy Gil, June 20, 2013 03:34pm | Post a Comment

Scraper – “Alien Eyes”

ScraperDrag City imprint God?, which has thus far released an album by Trin Tran and a White Fence reissue, will next release an EP by San Francisco lo-fi punk band Scraper. Recorded by Ty Segall and Eric Bauer, it's full of fuzz and great non-sequiturs like "when you're naked, there's nothing to do." Check out Scraper's 7" EP July 16.

 

Whirr - "Swoon"

whirrBay Area band Whirr released a great shoegaze album last year called Pipe Dreams. Now they've got a new one coming out called Around, and we have the first song, titled "Swoon." It's an aptly named bit of smashing shoegaze noise, with pulverizing guitars opening things up for a pretty and cavernous tune full of melodic riffs and rumbling drums. Fans of Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse and My Bloody Valentine, line up here. Around is due July 9 on Graveface.

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New Murs & Fashawn Video Live from Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2013 01:32pm | Post a Comment

Murs and Fashawn

One thing is for sure, Hip Hop is not dead! Not as long as Murs and Fashawn have something to say about it. The two beloved West Coast emcees teamed up for an epic collaboration on This Generation (Duck Down Records). The album boasts excellent production from the likes of K-Salaam and Beatnik with the dynamic duo supplying many memorable moments on the mic. This is definitely a release deserving of a permanent spot in your record collection.  Murs and Fashawn This Generation

Not only did they give us a free in-store performance to celebrate the album back in September 2012, the emcees also collaborated with Rock The Vote to encourage young hip hop fans to register and vote.

The message was loud and clear as Murs flaunted a retro styled Rock The Vote t-shirt. A proper album release with a proper message...Hip Hop is not dead!

Check out Murs & Fashawn perform "Heartbreaks and Handcuffs" from their performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Keep an eye out for DJ Quik in the audience! Visit amoeba.com for the full performance and to check out some cool show photos from the show.

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Andy Warhol's Album Covers

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2013 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Dave Dyment has been killing it recently with his blog posts about the album covers of Andy Warhol. Check them out on his blog "Artists' Books and Multiples" I hope he continues with this series.

Emotions In Motion Billy Squire
Emotions in Motion
[1982]

“Went to Madison Square Garden (cab $4) to see Billy Squier, he was just going on. Backstage there were about fifty nude girls serving hot dogs and beer and mud wrestling. Took pictures, then realized I didn’t have film in the camera.” - The Andy Warhol Diaries,  page 453. Read More...
The Story of Moondog Moondog
The Story of Moondog
[1957]

It is the 22nd album cover designed by Andy Warhol, created when he was still employed as a commercial designer, before his later success as a pop artist. The credit, though, went to Reid Miles, the designer of hundreds of albums on the Blue Note label. Read More...
Sheila Take A Bow

The Smith
Sheila Take A Bow
[1987]

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #36: Staten Island is Punk Island, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Make Music New York + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Above is a photo taken on a recent early morning of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Greenmarket - the twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am to 7pm) farmers market inside the Staten Island Ferry building. The market is located all the way downtown at 4 South Street Ferry, where commuters on their way to work or tourists on their way to a free Staten Island Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty can pick up fresh fruit, live plants, veggies, and maple syrup from the local farms of Wilklow Orchards and Remsburger Maple Farm.

The farmers market also presents cooking demos, seasonal celebrations, and "family friendly activities," but this Saturday will be a very different vibe at this location as thousands of punk rock fans will throng through the open terminal space on their way to the Punk Island festival on Staten Island's Pier 1 where over 90 punk bands will perform on several outdoor stages from 10am til 10pm. That's just one of the many wonderful events happening in New York City in the week ahead and previewed here in the latest (#36) installment of the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog.

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Die Antwoord Outdo Themselves with Latest Song & Video "Cookie Thumper"

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2013 11:32pm | Post a Comment

       

The rap-rooted act Die Antwoord never fail to continually impress with both their supercharged rap/techno music and accompanying other-worldly videos. Their latest single/video "Cookie Thumper," which was published to YouTube earlier today via noisey, is a production of pure brilliance by the trio comprised of Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Ninja, and DJ Hi-Tek. And I just love how this South African group can so effortlessly take all the various extremes of American hip-hop/rap - from nasty sexy to scary eerie - and somehow do a better job of serving it up it than their American pop/rap counterparts; and all the while rapping/singing in their own tongue with just some English words thrown in including some hip-hop references to Naughty By Nature and Ol' Dirty Bastard.

I love these guys, always have, and appreciate how they never attempt to sanitize or water down in any way their whole vibe for mainstream appeal. And this video and song just drive that point home for me. The song is a single from Die Antwoord forthcoming album Donker Mag (to be released by ZEF Recordz in February 2014) while the video, with cinematography by Alexis Zabe and Paul Gilpin with production by ZEF Filmz in association with VICE, is expertly directed by band member Ninja who picked up David Lynch's Eraserhead among his finds in the crates at Amoeba Hollywood - as seen Die Antwoord's entertaining What's In My Bag? below - filmed round same time (Oct 2010) they did an instore at Amoeba San Francisco - pictured left.
 

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Vinyl Vaults Proudly Presents Billie Holiday

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2013 11:35am | Post a Comment

We have added Billie Holiday to Amoeba Music's ever expanding, much-lauded Vinyl Vaults. This Amoeba-exclusive, historic vault of American music icons, which specializes in preserving valued vinyl releases by carefully transferring them to digital files, already includes such icons as Louis Armstrong.

Our curated collection of digitized vinyl and 78s will also unveil Kenny Rogers this month, but more on his inclusion into the Vinyl Vaults in a later Amoeblog.

For now let's take a look at the jazz/blues legend that was Billie Holiday and whose Vinyl Vaults additions will include approximately 30 different tracks (most emastered and now available from Amoeba) "Lady Day's" short 44 years on this earth (1915 - 1959) was filled with the blues and her musical legacy is a part of American music history. Amoeba deserves major props for helping preserve. One of the folks responsible for the tedious task of digital transformation of Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults is Gregory Griffith. I talked with him over the past couple of days to find out more about these Billie Holiday additions to the Vinyl Vaults that are now available in three digital files: mp3, M4A (lossless), or WAV.

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Album Picks: Kanye West, Sigur Ros, Primal Scream, Austra, Spectrals, The Mantles

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2013 10:02am | Post a Comment

Kanye West - Yeezus

kanye west yeezus coverCD $12.98

Much as 808s & Heartbreak was a reaction to personal drama that led to a cold, mechanical album unlike anything he had previously produced, Yeezus seems to be a response to everything Kanye West has previously recorded — and to hip-hop, and popular music, in general. In short, it sounds like nothing else around, a fusion of harsh industrial production and some of West’s most aggressive lyrics to date. We had already heard the controversy-baiting “Black Skinhead,” its Nine Inch Nails-style beat giving a tribal flow to an otherwise entirely antagonistic first single. The rest of Yeezus follows suit; West as his collaborators keep you guessing what’ll happen next throughout. Listening to opener “On Sight” feels like staring into a glaring light, its synths overdriven to a digital roar, as West claims he doesn’t give a fuck, before West and producers Daft Punk drop an R&B sample that sounds like it was recorded from another room. “New Slaves” takes bling-obsessed hip-hop to task, along with private prisons and implied white privilge, ending with a gorgeous, lo-fi outro sung by Frank Ocean — it’s way too much for one song to handle, yet it’s thrilling to hear the song teeter back and forth. Ven the tracks here that don’t sound particularly interesting at their outset, like the slow-to-start “Hold My Liquor,” eventually do something that make your head spin — in the case of this song, it’s the way those sirens and West’s cadence bounce off the bubbling, ethereal synthesizers beneath. The greatest faults in Yeezus lie in West’s lyrics — heightened braggadocio and claims of manhood are nothing new to hip-hop, which is exactly the problem with some of the more repetitive lyrics about his sexual conquests, compared with their riveting delivery and the production surrounding them; furthermore, “Blood on the Leaves” questionably cops anti-racism classic “Strange Fruit” for a track that doesn’t amount to much lyrically. Yet even beyond these issues, Yeezus is so thoroughly exciting that complaints largely fall by the wayside — in fact, West’s free-for-all attitude to making music here is what fuels that burning feeling in the pit of your stomach when Yeezus is on. Even as the spectacular My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy stretched the limits of modern hip-hop, Yeezus doesn’t sound tethered to any particular time or genre, nor does it sound particularly concerned with radio airplay — even the Rick Rubin-produced “I Am a God,” one of the closest tracks here to straight-up hip-hop, seethes frustration and anger, dissolving into a series of screams and Twin Peaks-style synth strings, with nary a catchy sample or synth riff to rope in the average listener. For someone who receives (and invites) endless flack for things that have little to do with his actual music, Kanye West continues to be the most provocative and exciting artist in modern pop music with the imperfect yet undeniably brilliant Yeezus.

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Music History Monday: June 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 17, 2013 12:30pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: June 17, 1943 - Singer, songwriter, producer and musician Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, NY). Happy 70th Birthday, Barry!

 


On this day in music history: June 17, 1978 - "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. Written by Barry, Robin, Maurice, and Andy Gibb, it is the third consecutive chart topper for the singer and songwriter from The Isle of Man, UK. While his debut single "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" and the accompanying album Flowing Rivers are steadily climbing the charts in the US and abroad, singer Andy Gibb, with the assistance of his older brothers The Bee Gees will begin work on his second album. All four brothers will collaborate on the Shadow Dancing album while The Bee Gees are filming Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in L.A. in mid-1977. Recording will begin at Wally Heider Studios in Los Angeles with overdubs and final mixing completed at Criteria Studios in Miami. Released as a single in April of 1978, it will quickly become a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #69 on April 15, 1978, it will rise to the top of the chart nine weeks later. Gibb, at only twenty years old, will become the first solo artist in history to have his first three singles reach #1 in the US, achieving this feat in just 11 months. "Shadow Dancing" is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA, selling over 2.5 million copies in the US alone, and will be ranked at the top single of 1978 by Billboard Magazine.
 

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Converse Represent Free Concert Series Launches in SF on 6/23! How to Get Tickets!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 17, 2013 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is very proud to announce the Converse Represent free concert series in San Francisco. The five-day concert series celebrates musical diversity and will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming artists.

The series kicks-off June 23rd with over 20 artists performing throughout the week, including performances by Hot Chip, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Quicksand, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Blackalicious, DIIV, Deltron 3030, Metz, and many more. The five day series will lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28th!

HOW TO GET TICKETS:
Music fans can register today for a chance to win tickets to attend one of the five Converse Represent shows. Submissions to win tickets closes June 18th at noon (PST) and winning ticket holders will be notified by emailTo register for a chance to win tickets visit conversemusic.tumblr.com/represent!

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The Cooper Do-nuts Uprising - LGBT Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 17, 2013 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Cooper Do-nuts sign

Cooper Do-nuts sign (image source: Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson's film, Young Turks (1982)

May 1959: Seven years before Silver Lake's Black Cat Riot and ten before New York's Stonewall riots, a group of drag queens and hustlers clashed with LAPD officers at Cooper Do-nuts (also often referred to as Cooper's Doughnuts or Cooper's Donuts) usually considered to be the first gay uprising in modern history.
 




Before nearby Broadway arose as Los Angeles's premier theater district (around the 1920s), most of the nickelodeons and theaters were along Main Street -- two blocks east. In the 1930s and '40s, Downtown declined when Jews -- shunned from the downtown protestant establishment, moved their residences, businesses and investments to Hollywood, Midtown, and the Westside.

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Malcolm Mooney Chats With Amoeblog After The Tenth Planet Oakland Show

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2013 11:05am | Post a Comment
As previewed here on the Amoeblog over the weekend famed former Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney visited the Bay Area to team up with his band Tenth Planet,which features members of Negativland, MX80, The Mutants, Neung Phak, Crack:WAR, and Le Flange du Mal, to play two select NorCal shows: Friday, June 14th at The Lab in San Francisco and the following night at The Layover in Oakland. I was among the lucky ones to make it to the latter, Saturday, June 15th, intimate setting East Bay concert which by all accounts, including Mooney's himself, was the better of the two Bay Area exclusives. For the early show, which was scheduled to start at 8pm sharp and had to be over by 9pm (it ran til 9:15pm with an encore) to make room for the regularly scheduled Shockwave DJs night (Tim Diesel and Max Kane), Mooney was supported by the tight four piece The Tenth Planet - including Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein on drums.

"I've been playing with Malcolm in various forms for 20 years now and this current band is perhaps the tightest most inspired lineup. It was a fantastic show," said Weinstein of the tight, supercharged set that included both new tracks and reworkings of such Can classics as the crowd pleasing "Yoo Doo Right," "Outside My Door," and "She Brings The Rain." Immediately following the show and before he rushed off to get a few hours of  sleep before heading to SFO by 5am I had an opportunity to chat with Malcolm Mooney for a few minutes on Franklin Street right outside the downtown Oakland Layover club. That short dim street light lit video clip (below), that includes a few words from Marc Weinstein, has Mooney talking about the latest Tenth Planet lineup, the Lab versus the Layover shows, and comparisons between making music and painting - Mooney's other artistic passion.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: The National's 'Graceless'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 17, 2013 08:46am | 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 The National’s “Graceless,” from the new National album, Trouble Will Find Me. The song is a prime example of how The National have upped the energy on their new album, as a steady post-punk groove charges along relentlessly, allowing a bleak piano line and bowing guitar to set the tone for Matt Beringer’s deeply intoned voice to paint a vivid image of self-doubt. A perfectly blended concoction of grit and class, “Graceless” is anything but.

the national trouble will find meA 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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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/14 - Head High, B-Tracks, Kode9, Mark Ernestus and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2013 08:05am | Post a Comment

Head High- BurningHead High

Burning

Power House

Shed returns under his now-infamous Head High alias. Rene seems less bent on destroying the dancefloor this time out, retaining the huge kick but focusing instead on drum swing and reverbed pianos. Corroded percussion and dub atmospherics nuance the King Street/MK-channeling rollers. Expect this one to fly of the shelves as quickly as the vaunted "Rave" release.

Buy Burning

 

 

Joey Anderson - Diagram SolutionsJoey Anderson 

Diagram Solutions 

Inimeg

Terrestrial, burbling EP from Joey Anderson on his own Inimeg records. The NJ/NYC producer starts deep with "Musical Tentacles", which works with a insistent bass line to create an subtle peak time monster. "Storm Valley" is more ethereal - Anderson's take on the restrained dub-house sound. "Rise Senth" could have been released on Editions Mego or Spectrum Spools and has Anderson is otherworldy cipher mode in a way similar to fellow NYC house mystic Madteo.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.14.13: White Mandingos, Gavlyn, The Alchemist & Prodigy, Cut Chemist, sayknowledge, Main Attrakionz

Posted by Billyjam, June 14, 2013 10:53am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:14:13

1) The Alchemist & Prodigy Albert Einstein (Infamous Records)

2) Gajah & Mute Speaker On And Offspring (Acid Lab Records)

3) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

4) Gavlyn Habit That You Blame (Broken Complex)

5) French Montana Excuse My French (Geffen)

Big ups to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five hip-hop chart (based on sales at the Telegraph Ave store for past week) and also doing the video interview below to discuss these and all the other new hip-hop releases coming out in both CD and vinyl formats at this time - of which there are a lot of really great new (mostly indie) hip-hop releases dropping right now. These include the hot-selling, guest heavy, official debut (after two dozen unofficial mixtape releases) by French Montana Excuse My French on Geffen, and the power duo teaming of The Alchemist & Prodigy for the album pictured above  Albert Einstein on Prodigy's Infamous Records label of which the Mobb Deep member told MTV News in an interview a few months ago that, "At Infamous, I'm looking for artists that, #1 have their own movement goin', they got their thing goin' already." And with The Alchemist he certainly got that! This is actually the second collaboration for these two since Return of the Mac and the fourteenth year that Alchemist has been working with Mobb Deep (he first collaborated - producing for 1999′s Murda Muzik on the tracks "Thug Muzik" and "The Realest"). Fans of Mobb Deep will dig this new collaboration since it recalls some of the old dark grimy Mobb Deep sound.
"At Infamous, I'm looking for artists that, #1 have their own movement goin', they got their thing goin' already," the Mobb Deep - See more at: http://www.vibe.com/article/prodigy-signs-actor-rick-gonzalez-infamous-records#sthash.ZzDJj4zg.dpuf

Among the other new hip-hop releases either included in the chart above or the video with E-Lit below include Homeboy Sandman's vinyl only release (with digital download code) Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent on Stones Throw, Gavlyn's Habit That You Blame on Broken Complex, Gajah & Mute Speaker's On And Offspring on Acid Lab Records, and The White Mandingos' not to be missed The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats for CD and vinyl versions respectively.  This interesting new collaborative project from the ever prolific Murs, which takes its name from the 1994 Master P release of the same title. The Amoeba online store review of this new album states: “I’m too black for the m*thafuckin’ underground/The white fans barely tolerate my black ass/If I embrace them, I catch a backlash from the black fans,” Murs states plainly on “Black N White Revisited,” from his collaboration with Bad Brains guitarist/singer Darryl Jennifer and editor/artist Sacha Jenkins. For artists caught between worlds, The White Mandingos is a brilliant foray into musical freedom, combining Murs’ cerebral underground hip-hop with the hardcore ferocity of Bad Brains. Jenkins’ guitars cut, shred and destroy on tracks like “Warn a Brotha,” with a great line from Murs — “f*ck the Rolling Stones, and f*ck you, too.”

Heavy Midnites One Year Anniversary Party feat. Heavenly Bodies at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, June 14, 2013 09:22am | Post a Comment

To celebrate my 1 year anniversary of programming midnite movies at Cinefamily, I'm screening my all-time favorite Canadian aerobics movie PLUS hosting my 35th birthday party after. Stop by TONIGHT!!

Watch the custom trailer for tonight's festivities:



HEAVY MIDNITES 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY (featuring HEAVENLY BODIES)
Friday, June 14, 2013 // 10:00pm

NOTE: A very special 10PM presentation by Heavy Midnights!

We love all things colorful, spastic and elastic, especially when they’re hardbodies in motion. Flashdance! Jazzercise! Cardiac arrest! We’re breaking out the big guns and kicking off our totally-not-bummer summer with the most transcendently ‘80s fun factory in Canadian film history — PLUS, a triumphant mega-party celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Heavy Midnites madness at no extra cost! Filled with wide smiles, spandexed bods and a driving pop soundtrack, Heavenly Bodies is the crown jewel in the short-lived aerobic-sploitation explosion: a non-stop, sweat-fueled mix of mesh, bump and grind. The story is an age-old classic: when Samantha and her small dancercise studio are threatened by the unscrupulous owner of a rival club, who will come out on top of their televised, winner-takes-all, dance-till-you-drop marathon workout? Grab your leotards & tights to find out — there’s bonus points for attending in your finest exercise gear!
Heavenly Bodies Dir. Lawrence Dane, 1984, 35mm, 90 min.

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

Robert Mitchum Film Noir Double At New Beverly Cinema This Friday & Saturday

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 13, 2013 07:05pm | Post a Comment

This Friday and Saturday, The New Beverly presents two of Robert Mitchum's finest noirs, Out Of The Past and Crossfire!  These films are must sees for any aspiring Noir buff and both feature stellar casts. 

Out Of The Pas
t is the lovely Jane Greer's finest film moment, playing one of the genre's touchstone femme fatales Kathie Moffatt. Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Virginia Huston and kiddie star Dickie Moore round out the cast.

Father who knew best, Robert Young, leads the ensemble for Crossfire.  The film also includes Gloria Grahame and Robert Ryan, giving his full throttle, maniacal best.








NEW BEVERLY CINEMA 
7165 West Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 
(One Block West Of La Brea)

Friday

Out Of The Past 7:30
Crossfire 9:30

Saturday

Out Of The Past 3:30 & 7:30
Crossfire 5:30 & 9:30

$8 Admission
Box Office Opens 15 Minutes Before Showtime

Can's Malcolm Mooney Performs Two Shows This Weekend in the Bay Area

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2013 06:13pm | Post a Comment

Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth PlanetMalcolm Mooney, original singer for Germany's musical pioneers Can, will perform at two shows this weekend in the Bay Area with his band The Tenth Planet, which features members of Negativland, MX80, The Mutants, Neung Phak, Crack:WAR, and Le Flange du Mal!

Friday, June 14th, catch Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth Planet in San Francisco at the DIVISION OF LABOR Festival (The Lab). Also playing are Fairlight Empress, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways with special guest Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Ethyl Meatplow, The Geraldine Fibbers), and Allegory Chapel LTD. More info HERE!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Fred Armisen

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

From music to acting, Fred Armisen does it all! Did you know Fred Armisen played drums for the '90s post-hardcore band Trenchmouth? Did you know he once played drums with the Blue Man Group? There is so much more to Fred Armisen than his SNL fame alludes to. He's a huge music buff and the Amoeba cameras caught up with Fred in our San Francisco store to take a look at what's in his bag. He's pretty eclectic in his musical taste and, of course, as a drummer he pays close attention to the beat. From world artist Joyce to oldies rockers The Turtles, Fred digs deep. Check it out!

Fred Armisen - What's In My Bag?
Watch and comment on YouTube

Armisen is reportedly leaving Saturday Night Live, acording to the New York Post. But never fear - IFC just renewed Portlandia for two new seasons, so there will be plenty more sketch comedy to come from the actor. On May 18, Armisen's last night at SNL, he performed a musical number with his castmates Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam. They were joined midway through by Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), J. Mascis, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Watch this amazing send off below:

Weekly Roundup: No Age, Imperial Teen, Superhumanoids, Cold Showers, Hunx and His Punx, Soft Metals, Flaamingos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

No Age – “C’mon Stimmung”

no age an objectLast week No Age revealed the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming An Object, out Aug. 20 on Sub Pop — you can preorder the album now on CD or LP. Now we’ve got the stunning first song from the album, “C’mon Stimmung.” It seems to carry the relatively cleaned-up sound of their last album, Everything in Between, as drummer Dean Spunt’s vocals come through with more clarity and depth than before, while guitarist Randy Randall indulges in the sort of My Bloody Valentine-style guitar mangling that snags us every time. No Age have also announced an upcoming tour, which will come through L.A. July 25 when the band plays Santa Monica Pier. They’ll also be in Berkeley Aug. 23 at the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where they’ll appear with Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross.

"Raiders of The Lost Ark" screening in Dolores Park Kicks Off Film Night in the Park Free Summer Series

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2013 11:23am | Post a Comment

This Saturday night marks the continuation of a Bay Area summer tradition of free outdoor movies in parks in San Francisco and Marin: the always free Film Night In The Park series. The series, which began last weekend with a screening of Chasing Ice at the Fairfax EcoFest,  kicks into full gear this Saturday evening at 8pm (or dusk) with a free screening in San Francisco's Dolores Park of Raiders of The Lost Ark (trailer below of this 1981 Steven Spielberg fantasy adventure flick) - projected onto a huge screen with the perfect backdrop of the San Francisco skyline. Attendees are invited to bring picnics and blankets (no chairs so as to not block views) and advised to arrive early to secure a good vantage point. Also bring warm clothes in case that pesky SF fog descends on the hillside park - Dolores and 19th, San Francisco's Mission District.

All screenings are free but "donations are accepted" according to the organizers of this wonderful series that will include such films as Martin Scorsese's recent Hugo in Old Mill Park in Mill Valley on June 21st, School Of Rock with Jack Black at Creek Park in San Anselmo on July 19th, and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Union Square San Francisco on July 13th where on August 17th the American musical classic Singin' In The Rain will screen. Other scheduled screenings in the upcoming Film Night In The Park 2013 series, that concludes on September 21 with a screening of Skyfall in Dolores Park, will include The Avengers in Creek Park, San Anselmo, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom in San Francisco's Washington Square Park on September 7th, and The Birds in China Camp in San Rafael, Marin County - screening at the beach at Chinese Village which is the perfect setting for this 1963 Hitchcock suspense classic that was filmed not too far from there in Bodega Bay in the next county over from Marin, Sonoma County.
 

Dragnet - The greatest police procedural and realest of the real

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 12, 2013 06:27pm | Post a Comment
DUMMM DAH-DUM DUM

Though nowadays the Dragnet franchise is best  emembered today as a TV series (or two TV series), it began existence as was most exceptional as a radio dramaDragnet starred Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday, an LAPD detective who, when the series began, lived at home with his mother and later on his own in a Silver Lake bachelor pad. It first aired on 3 June, 1949. The day was a Friday; it was warm in Los AngelesDragnet Fatima

Amoeblog Interview with Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp

Posted by Billyjam, June 12, 2013 10:47am | Post a Comment
Kalyn Heffernan and Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC) are currently in the midst of their intense two-month, cross-country US tour opening for Flobotson which they'll have covered 10,000 miles by the time it ends up back in WSC's home state of Colorado on June 28th and 29th. The first leg of the tour the Denver CO act played San Francisco's Cafe Du Nord which is not wheelchair accessible - something Kalyn, who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta and is in a wheelchair herself, was unaware of until it was brought to her attention right before the show date. Her solution? Do an impromptu free show outside the venue for those in wheelchairs who were denied denied access. "Since this tour a lot more disabled people have been coming to see me that I've never met which is awesome to me. But it seems like the most inaccessible places is where they want to come," said Kayln who weighs just over 50 pounds and is 3 1/2 feet tall and can easily be carried up and downstairs with her small wheelchair at the SF venue and other venues that are non-wheelchair accessible.

I talked with Kalyn via emails back last month at the time of the Bay Area WSC date for an Amoeblog. And last week (June 4th), when Wheelchair Sports Camp arrived in New York City for their gig at Santos Party House, I caught up with the rapper/producer who loves to smoke the weed, clearly loves life and music, and proudly sports a CRIP LIFE tattoo on her stomach. When we met up the upbeat good-humored Kalyn was wearing a black T-shirt with the bold pink lettered message "Blow up dolls, Not countries." The video interview was conducted with Kalyn just as she had arrived with her crew (including her longtime girlfriend and assistant on the road Jennah Black - pictured above) outside and round the corner from the downtown Chinatown district Manhattan club before their concert - which was off the hook.

June 11, 2013: This Is The End

Posted by phil blankenship, June 11, 2013 10:00pm | Post a Comment
This Is The End movie ticket stub

Amoeba Contest Winners Share the Love

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

she and him contestWith all the happenings at Amoeba, it’s easy to miss some of our contests, but we’re always holding some sort of contest. In fact, right now we’re holding two — enter to win tickets to see She & Him June 23 at the Hollywood Bowl (enter by June 17; more info here) and enter to win a pair of passes to the First City Festival Aug. 24-25 in Monterey, Calif., with Modest Mouse, Beach House, Passion Pit, MGMT and more (enter by June 24; more info here).

richard amoebaOur recent winners have been enjoying their spoils from various contests. Richard E. recently won tickets to see Mumford & Sons at the Hollywood Bowl. Says Richard: “The show was great! I was only really familiar with Mumford & Sons from their Grammy appearance, but my wife has been a fan for quite a while. Her enjoyment was really infectious and I’ve found myself humming songs since the show. We had a fantastic time. I have always been a person that would see any kind of live music, and this show really paid off!”

Amoeba's Dog Day Afternoon: Bring Your Dog and Save on June 23rd!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

In the spirit of Take Your Dog to Work Day, Amoeba is holding Dog Day Afternoon on Sunday, June 23. Bring your dog down to any Amoeba location from 2-4 p.m. to get a coupon for $5 off when you spend $25 or more. We’ll have special treats for both shoppers and their dogs, and we’ll also have a Doggie Photo Booth in LA and SF — donate to No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) at Amoeba Hollywood or Muttville at Amoeba SF and get your picture taken of you and your dog. Don’t have a dog? Donate to the charity and you can still get a $5 off $25 coupon.

No Kill LANKLA is coalition made up of animal welfare organizations, city shelters and individuals concerned for the welfare of animals. It is led by Best Friends Animal Society and is dedicated to ending the killing of healthy pets in L.A. shelters, providing spay/neuter services and helping to increase pet adoptions. Best Friends Animal Society also is providing grants to coalition partners for every pet they get adopted to a new home over the number they adopted last year.

muttvilleMuttville is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs, rescuing them to find them homes, and providing hospice and education for caring for older dogs. Senior dog adoption and more information can be found at www.muttville.org.

Album Picks: Boards of Canada, Surfer Blood, The White Mandingos, Sonny & the Sunsets, Lust for Youth, Disclosure, Deafheaven

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment

Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

boards of canada tomorrow's harvestCD $13.98
LP $24.98
Download $9.98

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, the aphorism goes. For Boards of Canada, their absence from releasing music over the past seven years has left their fans rabid for something, anything from the band. Then it came — a series of codes released through various media that, when entered into a website, revealed the release of the duo’s fourth studio album. The long wait for new music and the duo’s willful obscurity about its release isn’t manipulation; it’s warranted, as part of the greater mysterious appeal of Boards of Canada, and for the fact that Tomorrow’s Harvest features some of the band’s greatest work yet. It begins sounding like the opening of a science film on “Gemini,” pointing to their early influence from Canadian nature documentaries, but “Reach for the Dead” directly follows with more epic, ominous tones. Boards of Canada have always been able to imbue their wordless music with just enough suggestion that listeners can invoke their own meaning from the music, and as such, one can’t help but think of countless awful news stories or meaningless status updates when listening to a track like “Sick Times,” which strings ghostly recorded samples of voices speaking in the background behind minor-key tones that hint at global dread. Tomorrow’s Harvest isn’t all doom and gloom, though. Even with a name like “Cold Earth,” it still the strong scent of nostalgia that carried such releases as the In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP to great heights, and their cut-up beatwork on tracks like “Jacquard Causeway” entrances. Tomorrow’s Harvest is long and loaded with great tracks, like the scenic “Nothing is Real” and pulsating “New Seeds,” which both appear in the album’s final stretch, making it the kind of record you want to spin again immediately when it’s over to let its finer points sink in. With luck we won’t have to wait as long for another Boards of Canada release, but Tomorrow’s Harvest is the kind of record you can pore over for years, rich enough to rank highly with the rest of the band’s estimable catalog.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #35: T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York), The Roots & Jim James, Shakespeare In The Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2013 06:36am | Post a Comment

Above and below are photos taken recently at the most unique T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York) large-scale, art installation that is on exhibit (for free) through this Sunday (June 16th) at the Marina at Pier 57 (Westside Highway at end of 15th Street on West side of Manhattan) where Garson Yu, the curator of this fun (and free) installation inside an old pier building, invites visitors to completely throw themselves into the interactive multi-media installation and to "engage in a sound hunt and discover your own story." Los Angeles resident Yu is the founder of yU+co: a design company specializing in film title design and motion graphics for film/TV and new media. He was born in Hong Kong but did live in New York about 20 years ago, where he began his art career, when the acclaimed video artist developed a love for the city and a keen appreciation of the sounds, sights and all the senses and feelings given by the streets of NYC and its intense subway system on which he bases this large scale art installation housed in a series of shipping containers.

I stopped by last weekend and joined the, surprisingly few, attendees taking advantage of this highly entertaining and completely free, vast interactive exhibit that is designed to interact with all of your senses as you walk into the big cavernous space surrounded by shipping containers - some 36 hanging above, others open for people to walk through and designed to resemble a subway car in length and scale with text and simple art, drawn by installation attendees (or “straphangers”) with the colored chalk provided, on its walls. Inside speakers pump out ambient sounds of the noises of the subway with city street sounds mixed in while video images of the city (all of which he meticulously filmed across the boroughs of NYC) flash by on the walls. Outside in the main opening videos are projected onto the containers on one side, and microphones are set up for folks to make loud "WOO" or "BOO" sounds into which, in turn, can speed up or slow the down the corresponding nearby video projections of city street and subway images (complete with sounds) - all done via the latest in interactive sound and motion technology.

The Art Of The LP Cover-Keyboards Pt 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 11, 2013 01:25am | Post a Comment


Check out my original gallery here


June 10, 2013: Lost & Found in Armenia

Posted by phil blankenship, June 10, 2013 10:28pm | Post a Comment
Lost & Found in Armenia movie ticket stub

World War Z Advance Screening & Soundtrack Signing with Marco Beltrami on June 19 in Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2013 05:57pm | Post a Comment

World War Z SoundtrackAmoeba Music welcomes Academy Award nominated composer Marco Beltrami to celebrate the release of the score for World War Z and the movie’s release! Join us for a special advance screening of World War Z on Wednesday, June 19 at Arclight Hollywood! Plus, he'll sign copies of the film's score at the event.

The film revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself. 

To get into the screening, be one of the first 100 fans to purchase a World War Z Fan Pack ($30) at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday, June 18.

What:  Advance Screening of World War Z and Signing with Composer Marco Beltrami

When:  Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30pm

Where:  ArcLight Hollywood

Tickets:  Purchase a World War Z Fan Pack ($30) at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30am.

Each fan pack includes:

  • Ticket to the advance showing of World War Z in 3D at ArcLight Hollywood 
  • In-theater signing and meet & greet with Marco Beltrami
  • CD of the score
  • Movie poster

Due to the special screening and event timing, the signing will be limited to purchasers of the World War Z fan pack only. All Sales Final.

Raymond Pettibon's Ubiquitous Black Flag Logo

Posted by Billyjam, June 10, 2013 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Ever since  Black Flag's instantly identifiable logo first surfaced several decades ago it has remained a ubiquitous image in popular culture. The simple yet distinctive logo, consisting of of four black bars, was designed back in the late 1970's by Raymond Pettibon - Black Flag founder Greg Ginn's brother who also came up with the band name and who can be credited for most of their artwork. Pettibon's Black Flag logo, which he reportedly hand drew in a brief session,  has long being an iconic symbol of Black Flag and the American hardcore punk movement itself - one seen and recognized all over the world - on T-shirts, stickers, and tattoos (lots of them like the neck Blag Flag tattoo on guys' neck pictured left).

Many people have their own take on the logo; one of my favorites is by director and motion artist Matt Lambert who views the barcode like logo as "one of the strongest marks ever created is the four-barred, minimalist rippling flag captured…..the antithesis of the white flag of surrender, symbolized the riotous youth of the LA and US punk scene." Lambert also noted how the logo can, which can be easily transposed to a stencil, has been adapted and appeared in spray paint across the world over the years. 

As well as fans the logo has also been copied and appropriated by many bands, party promoters, organizations, and individuals including the selection shown on this Amoeblog that include the feline themed "Black Flag / Cat Flag," the Yak Flag, the Batman themed Bat Flag, the Obama Barack Flag, Drag Flag, and (my favorite) the Snack Flag. Then there is the unlikely Justin Bieber Black Flag T-shirt - among the oddest appropriations of the logo here and  the sort of use that no doubt led to the caption below "You don't actually like Black Flag....You just think the logo's cool."  And down the very end is the Undefeated fashion company logo which looks like the Black Flag logo with an additional/fifth bar drawn across it.
 

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in June

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2013 01:14pm | 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:

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula
El Rey
September 17

Seu Jorge

Seu Jorge
Fonda Theatre
July 13

 

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)
Amadou & Miriam Fonda Theatre 07/10/2013 $30.00
ArtDontSleep Presents
A Celebration of Fela Kuti
Mayan 07/21/2013 $15.00
Baths El Rey 06/28/2013 $17.00
Best Coast El Rey 08/18/2013 $25.00
Blonde Redhead El Rey 09/03/2013 $25.00
Caravan Palace Fonda Theatre 07/17/2013 $25.00
Cimorelli El Rey 08/06/2013 $17.00
Circa Zero El Rey 07/25/2013 $25.00
Depeche Mode Convention Avalon Hollywood 08/11/2013 $50.00
(weekend pass)
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
Dodos El Rey 10/15/2013 $18.00
The Eric Andre Show
(Free poncho & poster w/purchase
- while they last)
Fonda Theatre 07/16/2013 $20.00
Michael Franti Fonda Theatre 10/12/2013 $35.00
FYF Fest LA State Historic Park 08/24 - 08/25 $102.00
(+ $3 service fee)
Godflesh Fonda Theatre 10/27/2013 $30.00
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 09/20/2013 $20.00
The Green Children The Roxy 07/20/2013 $12.00
The Heavy Fonda Theatre 08/08/2013 $20.00
Hockey & Saint Motel El Rey 07/26/2013 $19.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Icona Pop Fonda Theatre 08/29/2013 $25.00
JJ Grey & Mofro El Rey 08/02/2013 $22.50
Sue Jorge Fonda Theatre 07/13/2013 $35.00
Chico Mann (21+ event) Los Globos 07/11/2013 $15.00
Morgan Heritage El Rey 07/31/2013 $22.00
Peter Murphy (7/27 SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 7/26 & 7/27 $27.50
Laura Mvula El Rey 09/17/2013 $20.00
Kate Nash Fonda Theatre 11/23/2013 $22.50
Passenger El Rey 07/19/2013 $22.00
Gregory Porter El Rey 09/25/2013 $30.00
Lisa Marie Presley El Rey 09/01/2013 $25.00
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Rogue Wave El Rey 07/20/2013 $20.00
RX Bandits Fonda Theatre 07/06/2013 $20.00
Slackers El Rey 09/20/2013 $20.00
Smith Westerns El Rey 08/10/2013 $20.00
Souls of Mischief El Rey 08/16/2013 $20.00
Stereophonics Fonda Theatre 10/10/2013 $30.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Tricky El Rey 06/26/2013 $25.00
Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott El Rey 08/01/2013 $23.00
Vintage Trouble El Rey 09/07/2013 $18.00
Yeasayer El Rey 08/11/2013 $25.00
Waterboys El Rey 10/07/2013 $27.00
Wax Tailor El Rey 09/21/2013 $20.00
White Lies El Rey 10/10/2013 $25.00

 

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, June 22

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2013 11:40am | Post a Comment

Come down to Amoeba Hollywood for our next Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 22 from 12-5pm! We'll have a ton of sale items, including country & folk CD grab bags, vintage music and culture magazines priced to move, mega DVD deals, Classical CDs, and lots more!

  • Country & Folk CD grab bags: 10 for $5
  • Vintage Music & Culture magazine grab bags 
  • DVDs: 3  for $10
  • DVD box sets: $7 or 2 for $10
  • Blu-rays: 3 for $15
  • T-Shirts: $5
  • Clearance CDs: buy one get one free
  • Classical CDs: buy one get one free
  • 45s: just $1
  • LP & 45 deals
  • $1 Records
  • Posters (Modern & Vintage): 3 for $10
  • Novelty & vintage collectibles, toys and knickknacks

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

Sidewalk Sale

Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Alice Russell's 'For a While'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2013 11:11am | 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 Alice Russell’s “For a While,” from the British singer's fifth solo album, To Dust (available on CD, LP or digitally). The song's funky, stuttering electronic beat provides a perfect backdrop for the Russell to deliver neo-soul harmonies and sing with a nuanced intensity. Russell recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood. You can see photos of the performance here, and you can read my recap of the show here and watch a video of the performance below.

alice russellA 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.

Music History Monday: June 10

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 10, 2013 10:03am | Post a Comment

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

On this day in music history: June 10, 1972 - "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis, Jr. hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks on May 20th. Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, it is the biggest hit for the Harlem, NY-born singer, actor, and entertainer. The song is originally written for the film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory in 1971. The original version of the song is sung by actor Aubrey Woods in the film. Entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. will record "The Candy Man" shortly after the release of Willy Wonka and is included on his album Sammy Davis Jr. Now! The track is produced by MGM Records president Mike Curb, legendary producer/arranger Don Costa, and Michael Viner (Incredible Bongo Band). It also features background vocals by the Mike Curb Congregation who had previously recorded it before Davis, but failed to chart with it. Entering the Hot 100 at #97 on March 11, 1972, it will climb to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. "The Candy Man" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, selling over two million copies in the US.
 

Fun and Games until Someone Loses a Life: Louder than Hell, the Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal (2013)

Posted by Charles Reece, June 9, 2013 11:55pm | Post a Comment
louder than hell cover

This book was pretty hard to put down. Here are a few choice quotes:

gary holt

Gary Holt and Exodus do some charity work: We left a party once in San Francisco, and a few of us were heading to my friend's car and we saw a bunch of guys jumping some dude. At first we ran up to help the guy and it turned out the guy was just some crazed lunatic homeless guy. So we ended up joining in on the fun and next thing you know the cops showed up and we scattered into Golden Gate Park and hid until the cops left. I guess we kind of encouraged violence. [p. 242]

chuck billy

Testament's Chuck Billy shows compassion: On our first tour ever we were out in a van, and me and [guitarist] Alex [Skolnick] got a couple of ladies in our van in Richmond, Virginia, and we were hammered on Jack Daniel's. One of the girls started mouthing off to me and I got pissed off. We were parked right on the boat dock so I opened the door and flung her into the water. It was about a twenty-foot drop into the bay, with no stairs to get up. So she's holding on to the wooden pier. The water's hitting hard. She's crying. She keeps getting rubbed up and down, and she's getting slivers all over her arms and her chest. She's getting cut up. So we got ropes and hauled her out of there. She was so pissed, and all the fans were around the van cheering us on. [p. 258]

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June 9, 2013: The Internship

Posted by phil blankenship, June 9, 2013 10:40pm | Post a Comment
The Internship movie ticket stub

Show Recap: Quadron at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, June 7, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Quadron AMoeba HollywoodPerforming as a five-piece, Quadron began by starting the sutble groove of “LFT,” a highlight of their recently released Avalanche album. Singer Coco O emerged to give the song its ascendant melody. They quadron avalanchemoved into the funky “Favorite Star,” and Coco said it was a “dream come true” to be playing Amoeba. They kept things mellow, playing the sultry and emotional “Sea Salt,” one of the softer songs on Avalanche, which Coco said was one of her favorites on the album. They called out hero Michael Jackson for “Neverland,” possibly named after the King of Pop’s ranch home, while the music calls to mind smooth Jackson jams, such as “Man in the Mirror.” They finished the quick, soft set with “It’s Gonna Get You,” which nicely featured the band’s backup harmonies over the song’s mechanical groove. See more photos of the show here.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.13: Digable Planets , Ugly Horses, Kendrick Lamar, Aceyalone, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2013 08:48am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending June 7th, 2013


1) Digable Planets Blowout Comb LP  (Modern Classics)

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

3) Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

4) Aceyalone Leanin' On Slick (Decon)

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

In case you did a double take on the new number one album and its corresponding cover art image in the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood, yes that is the same 1994 album from jazz hip-hop trio Digable Planets who broke up a year after the release of this sophomore release of theirs. The current Amoeba album chart entry version of Blowout Comb is a new vinyl only 2LP set (originally released by Pendulum/EMI Records) from Modern Classics which is a part of Light in the Attic Records - the Seattle based reissue label that is tight with Amoeba Music (their road trips from Seattle down the West Coast always stop into Amoeba where their quality releases are stocked). Coincidentally Seattle is also the home of Ishmael "Palaceer Lazaro" Butler of Shabazz Palaces who formerly recorded/performed  under his "Butterfly" moniker. That was when he had teamed up with Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving as the short-lived but influential Digable Planets who were based out of Brooklyn, NY two decades ago. They also heavily identified with the NYC borough as is evident throughout this incredible reissued album of theirs - check out the video below of the album track and single (the group's third) "9th Wonder (Blackitolism)" with all the great shots of BK. (Also note that the graffiti-ed  subway and street images also marked the end of the "old New York City" the city would experience a dramatic makeover under new Mayor Rudy Giuliani who got into office that same year and would soon after begin to gradually transform the whole city).

Weekly Roundup: Crocodiles, Deerhoof, Bloody Death Skull, Kisses

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Crocodiles Stream New Song ‘Teardrop Guitar’

crocodiles crimes of passionShoegaze guitar fans, rejoice — San Diego’s Crocodiles have a new album coming out. Following last year’s fine Endless Flowers comes Crimes of Passion, due Aug. 20 on Frenchkiss. They’re already premiered “Crimes of Passion,” and now comes the melodic rush of “Teardrop Guitar,” a perfectly named slab of classic shoegaze, vibing early Verve and Ride while maintaining their own sense of scrappy rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. It’s streaming now at NPR.

 

 

 

 

 

Deerhoof Releases ‘Breaking Songs’ Video

deerhoofS.F.’s Deerhoof has released a video for its track “Breakup Songs” from the album of the same name. It at first seems like a huge bummer — I worry that “Breakup Songs” is code for the band breaking up, though they’ve had an incredible run — and the video features a crow man seeming to bring death to plague-invested peasants. How this leads to a dance party? You’ll just have to watch.

Other Minds Presents Rhys Chatham and 100 Guitars

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 6, 2013 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Other Minds presents renowned composer/guitarist Rhys Chatham leading his large-scale work A Secret rhys chatham other minds 100 guitarsRose performed by an "orchestra" of 100 local guitarists from West Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The performance will be held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on November 17, 2013. Nicknamed the “G100,” Chatham’s work has been presented at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York in 2009, and across Europe. Attracting amateur and professional guitarists from ages 14-70, this will be a major event in Bay Area music history. 

To kick-off A Secret Rose, which will entail much preparation from now until November, Other Minds presents two exciting preview events:

G3 at THE LAB
Friday June 7th, 8pm
2948 16th St. in SF
Rhys Chatham joins an all-star cast of local Bay Area musicians on June 7th at The Lab in a performance of his groundbreaking 1977 Guitar Trio (G3). The participating performers will be guitarists Ava Mendoza, John Schott, George Chen, Bill Orcutt, and John Krausbauer, along with Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) and Jordan Glenn (drums).
Tickets at door: Sliding scale $7-$15
More info HERE!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cut Chemist

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

Cut Chemist

Cut Chemist has played a significant role in the eclectic music scene of Los Angeles. From his time spent with US Cultural Ambassadors band, Ozomatli, to his membership in one of Hip Hop's most respected "underground" groups, Jurassic 5. Cut Chemist is hailed as one of LA's best when it comes to DJs, producers, performers and vinyl collectors. 

On one of his many visits to his most favorite record store in the whole wide world (we assume this to be true), our cameras caught up with Cut Chemist for another memorable episode of What's In My Bag?. Leave it to Cut to magically dig up a rare break record, when those of us who are in the store daily never come across it! He has some really cool finds from '70s Meditation vinyl to a rare folk re-issue of Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day. See for yourself!

Cut Chemist - What's In My Bag?
Watch and comment on YouTube

Check out Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark rock the stage with Jurassic 5 at Coachella 2013!

Krip-Hop Nation's Seed Growing Roots in Africa by Guest Amoeblogger Leroy F. Moore

Posted by Billyjam, June 6, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

Prudence Mabhena  "Ipi Ntombi"

Ever since I was ten years old I wanted to visit South Africa.  I was involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the US and always thought about my brothers and sisters with disabilities who lived under apartheid and even wrote a paper in high school but back then and even now there is very little information here in the US about South Africans with disabilities.   Now I’m an adult in my forties and still haven’t made that trip to South Africa, however nowadays because of the internet, my journalism and the creation of Krip-Hop Nation, I’m getting closer to finally making that trip to South Africa.   My interest now is connecting disabled artists/activists/poets/musicians who are African Americans to our brothers and sisters who share the same talents and identities in South Africa under Krip-Hop Nation and an organization in South Africa.  The bigger picture/plan is to have an event and networking session in South Africa between Krip-Hop Nation and South African organizations that share our mission. 

As a journalist, I kept in contact with some musicians/poets/activists in South Africa by interviewing them for my columns.  In 2009 I interviewed South African Disabled Musician's Association and in 2010 I interviewed South African Deejay Kabila, and recently I interviewed poet  Mak Manaka.   I was one of the first journalists with a disability in the USA to write about the now famous  African musicians with disabilities like Oscar winner Prudence Mabhena (see video above) and award winning Staff Benda Bilili of the Congo.  Mabhena is even writing for my Krip-Hop book. Krip-Hop Nation’s internet radio started by Binki Woi of Germany has played the music of musicians with disabilities in South Africa.  We are excited about these connections and with our new partnership with G-Tazz Records and the Zululand Gospel Choir of South Africa (as seen in video below). 

Sriracha 101: Dispelling myths and misinformation about Sriracha

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 5, 2013 08:40pm | Post a Comment

Huy Fong sriracha (source: NPR)


As much as I try to resist the urge to be a know-it-all (and recognize the fact that I don’t, in fact, even know that much – especially about the very things most worth knowing), occasionally I have to get all Bobby Fletcher (the famous checkersmaster) and drop some science of the sort that's right under your nose. It's 2013 and everyone loves sriracha now, dear but few have their facts straight.



THE RISE IN VIETNAMESE FOOD'S PROFILE


The Hanoi Cooking Center (image source: Global Travel Mate)

In the last decade or so, masses of semi-adventurous, non-Vietnamese Angelenos discovered Vietnamese cuisine. While many non-Vietnamese Asian-Americans had long known about Vietnamese food (and the rooster sauce that is ubiquitous at Southern California Vietnamese restaurants), Vietnamese food's profile skyrocketed when they it when white folks declared it the new Thai.

10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, 6/22. Catch The Dogon Lights at Amoeba Berkeley.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 5, 2013 06:26pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music is proud to once again be part of the Berkeley World Music Festival, which offers a full day of FREE live concerts in Berkeley, starting from 12pm at Caffe Mediterraneum and ending at 9pm at the Village. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, and at People’s Park. This year, the Festival celebrates ten years of showcasing the Bay Area’s rich world music scene with an amazing line-up!

At Amoeba Berkeley:

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The Dogon Lights - Live at Amoeba Berkeley on 6/22 at 6pm

Join us at Amoeba Berkeley at 6pm that evening for a special Berkeley World Music Festival performance from The Dogon Lights (Pronounced "Doe-Gone”). This dynamic galactic groove machine is from right here in the Bay Area. A high-energy world fusion group, Dogon Lights creates an infectious and energetic dance atmosphere transporting the listener straight to the stars.The band members play traditional Moroccan and West African harps, lutes, shakers, and djembe drum with electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, drums, sax, and flute. The West African tones and upbeat rhythms blended with electro hip-hop beats and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar provide layered dimensions to this exciting music.

Gorge on Tacos on Sunday, June 23rd at Tacolandia!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 5, 2013 06:12pm | Post a Comment

la weekly On Sunday, June 23, LA Weekly invites Angelenos to come out for Tacolandia, their first annual celebration of our city’s favorite food, at the Hollywood Palladium parking lot from 12-5 p.m.

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Amoeba's Prize Wheel

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event, and we will be on hand with free swag and our prize wheel — come by and give it a spin to win Amoeba swag and Amoeba gift certificates, as well as concert tickets and promo prizes.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, which includes sampling from more than 30 food providers, and $40 for VIP, which also gets you unlimited beverages. Get your tickets here.

The fest includes a selection of taco crafters from Los Angeles, Orange County and even some from Baja, Mexico, as curated by renowned food blogger Bill Esparza. In addition, there’ll be music, a tequila garden and more.

Food providers include Cacao Mexicatessen, Cafecito Organico, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jaliscos, Mo-chica and more; see a full list of who will be on hand here. Music will be provided by Mariachi Los Reyes.

Burger Boogaloo Hits Oakland, 7/6 - 7/7. Join Amoeba Berkeley for a Blast-Off Bash with Pangea & Gravy's Drop on 7/5!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 5, 2013 05:37pm | Post a Comment
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Burger Records has teamed up with Amoeba Music and Total Trash Productions to bring you the best Burger Boogaloo ever! This year's fest is happening on July 6th and 7th from Noon to 9pm at the Mosswood Park amphitheater in sunny Oakland. Catch Redd Kross, Jonathan RichmanThe Oblivions, The Trashwomen, Traditional Fools (with Ty Segall), and so many more! Get your tickets HERE!

pangeaIt all blasts off at Amoeba Berkeley on Friday, July 5th at 5pm with a FREE in-store show featuring Pangea and Amoeba Music's Home Grown artist Gravy's Drop! Pogo your way into the best weekend of garage, punk, and cheeseburgers this summer has to offer!

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Pangea is an insanely fun bubblegum punk band from Los Angeles California. Since their Burger Records debut in 2012, they've been turning youngsters everywhere into "Slop Pop" fanatics and as their fans scream for them like the Beatles. 1964 never felt soooo goooood!
 

Free Screening of "A Band Called Death" Documentary in Los Angeles June 20

Posted by Amoebite, June 5, 2013 01:37pm | Post a Comment

A Band Called Death posterWe are proud to present a free advance screening of a new rock documentary, A Band Called Death, at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles on June 20! The documentary, released by Drafthouse Films and hitting theaters nationwide on June 28, is 42 years in the making.

In Detroit, 1971, three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney, dabbled in playing funk music, but after attending an Alice Cooper performance, they transformed into an entirely different band...a band called Death. Their sound was tight, compelling and formidably unique, but they were rejected by record companies until eventually someone reached out to the group with an offer...if they agreed to change their name. They declined. Years later the band sold their instruments and disbanded, with their recordings collecting dust in an attic. Then in 2008, their songs were released online, unbeknownst to the band, and fans went crazy for it.  This is one of the most unlikely true stories you’ll ever hear, and one of the greatest triumphs in rock history.

Death albums have been picked by numerous bands in our What's In My Bag? series. See what the Crystal Antlers and Steve Agee (from The Sarah Silverman Program) said about Death in their videos. 

To attend the advance screening at Cinefamily, RSVP here. You may RSVP for up to 2 tickets. Please note that RSVP does NOT guarantee entry, as seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to secure your seats.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #34: Weed and the City, Wheelchair Sports Camp in NYC, Park Jam, Governors Ball Fest, Tony Awards +

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2013 09:10am | Post a Comment


Welcome to installment number 34 in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog. This past week here in NYC witnessed the first non-stop, uninterrupted week of hot weather (finally), the launch of the wonderful new CitiBike bike share program to mostly positive feedback (more on this in a future NY Amoeblog), new NYPD released statistics that the subways are safer than ever with robberies on the mass transit system (typically iPhone grab and runs by opportunist thieves) down 30% from this time last year.  And while this past week's tabloid news of Amanda Bynes getting in trouble for weed smoking and bong tossing in New York City dominated most headlines, on Monday up in the state capital of Albany the New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill (for the fourth time) that would allow medical marijuana, passing with a 95-38 vote.

If this new medical marijuana bill makes it through the Senate New Yorkers with "severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions" can be legally prescribed weed by their doctors. As it stands now the difference in attitude towards weed (medical and recreational) in NYC and such California cities as Los Angeles or Oakland is like night and day and has been such since the early 90's. It is radically different here with the NYPD enforcing a zero-tolerance towards any public weed activity. It has been this way ever since the reign of Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani who initiated the "broken window" theory which meant that that small crimes like weed smoking in public (once a common non-issue thing in NYC) were now an arrestable offense. People get arrested in NYC and thrown in jail for the weekend over half a joint and many of these are young black and Latino males who fall into the net of the NYPD's controversial, often illegal 'stop-and-frisk' program whereby the cops randomly stop someone for no reason other than they fit a profile, have them empty their pockets, and arrest them for small amounts of pot.

June 4, 2013: After Earth

Posted by phil blankenship, June 4, 2013 09:10pm | Post a Comment
After Earth movie ticket stub

LA Street Food Festival Comes to the Rose Bowl on June 29th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 05:08pm | Post a Comment

la street food festHope y’all are hungry — The LA Street Food Fest is back at the Rose Bowl June 29, from 3-9 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor the stage this year, which will feature indie rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids.

The fest features 90+ food vendors, beer gardens, wine tasting, cocktails, live music, a photo booth and more. VIP early admission is $75; general admission from 5-9 p.m. is $50. Get your tickets hereUse code AmoebaFan13 at checkout for discounted tickets.

Both tickets will get you unlimited food and drink. In addition VIP members get a $30 credit to ride service Uber, while general admission ticket holders will get $20 in credit to the service. Parking is FREE at the Rose Bowl for this event.

A sample of some of the restaurants, food trucks and other food vendors from L.A. and Baja, Mexico that will be at the festival: Indian gastropub Badmaash; German sausage purveyors Currywurst; L.A. dining institution Fred 62; L.A. Mexican chain Loteria Grill; makers of veggie tacos and other non-meaty goodness Plant Food for People; and the aptly titled Grilled Cheese Truck. This is in addition to coffee from such providers as Handsome Coffee Roasters; liquor from Greenbar Distillery; a Singha beer garden; ice cream from Chunk-n-Chip, among others; and lots more.

Cool Ghouls to Play The Smell on June 8th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

cool ghoulsWith the glut of great garage rock bands in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls have their work cut out for them. Luckily for us, the young lads have tunes and energy for days, pouring out of their recently released self-titled debut in the form of country-rock licks, hippie harmonies and an infectious, sunny attitude. These aren’t poseurs trying to seem laid-back; songs like “Ballin’” are packed with little whiskey-soaked riffs and suddenly harmonic choruses, while “Natural Life” features subtle horns that give its summertime vibes added depth. Recorded by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, it’s a more-than-worthy entry into the S.F. psych-rock/garage rock canon. The band comes to L.A.’s The Smell Saturday June 8, with L.A. faves Dirt Dress, Santoros and Them Howling Bones. Additionally, they'll be at Phono Del Sol in S.F. July 13 and San Francisco Psych Fest Aug. 3. I quickly caught up with the band, made up of Pat Thomas (bass), Ryan Wong (guitar), Pat McDonald (singer/guitar) and Alex Fleshman (drums), all between the ages of 21 and 24, as they gathered around the phone in their Oakland home.

PST: Let’s start with the name. Was it a joke, is there a specific meaning?

McDonald: We got the name from a live DVD of Parliament Funkadelic playing sometime in the '70s. That’s how George Clinton addressed the crowd.

Is This Love? A Teasin' Pleasin' Glam Metal Wedding Lookbook for June

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 4, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

Though I'm not the kind of person that whiled away my teenage fantasies dreaming up details of my future wedding plans, I will always and forever revel in the particulars of full-on fairy tale weddings of the rich and famous which for me, specifically my teenage self, were the painted faces and teased tresses posing in the pages of Metal Edge, RIP, Hit Parader, Kerrang!, Creem and Rock Scene. Four years ago today I got married to a normal guy with personality traits that resemble neither those of Slash nor Sebastian Bach (in other words, he'd rather not wear hats, never hides behind his hair and has yet to spend one thousand dollars on a single pair of leather pants). Anyway, in a sort of homage to the kind of rockers I loved to love in seventh grade (as evidenced by the names scrawled on my Trapper Keeper™) I choose to celebrate the anniversary of my nuptials by compiling wedding photos of some my favorite mid-late eighties and early nineties rock stars and the models, actresses, and model/actresses who loved them into a sort of Glam Metal Wedding lookbook -- the stuff that power ballads are made of. Enjoy!

Let's kick off this retro eleganza extravaganza with the most famous rock wedding that never happened, that of W. Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour as showcased by Guns N' Roses video for "November Rain."

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As you can see above, Seymour is so obviously owning the hottest-rock-babe-in-the universe bridal attire it's almost a shame she and Axl only video married and didn't get married married, which is what I like to assume they were planning on doing if they hadn't broken up before the "Illusions" video trilogy had completed filming. Just goes to show that in spite of how many times you believe you were "together" with someone in a past life doesn't necessarily mean it's kismet.

The Stamp in Black: Johnny Cash to be Honored with New Forever Postage Stamp

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2013 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Johnny Cash StampTurns out, contrary to those famous Chuck D/Public Enemy lyrics I once believed applied to me, that some of my heroes do in fact appear on some stamps since tomorrow (June 5th) one of my longtime musical heroes Johnny Cash will be honored with the release of a limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp. And in celebration of the new Man in Black stamp tomorrow in Nashville there will be a big First Day Of Issuance Ceremony at the Tennessee city's Ryman Auditorium with be family and friends of the late great country music legend to be either speaking or performing including John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis. The USPS sponsored event is free and open to the public and starts at 10:30am but doors open a little earlier at 9am to sell the collectible stamp. The musical legend's son John Carter Cash said, in a prepared statement, that “It is an amazing blessing that my father Johnny Cash be honored with the issue of this stamp. Dad was a hard-working man, a man of dignity. As much as anything else, he was a proud American, always supporting his family, fans and country. I can think of no better way to pay due respect to his legacy than through the release of this stamp.”

Album Picks: Camera Obscura, Splashh, Future Bible Heroes

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 10:07am | Post a Comment

Camera ObscuraDesire Lines

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It’s been four years since Camera Obscura released their last album and it feels like a lifetime ago when their brand of witty, winsome indie pop was the underground style du jour — does the world need another album from Camera Obscura? One listen to Desire Lines and the answer is a resounding yes, yes, yes. The time off has done them wonders, following a run of great albums that seemed to plateau at 2009's My Maudlin Career. Desire Lines is invigorated with a warmer sound, billowed by warm synthesizers and sultry horns, giving songs like “This is Love (Feels Alright)” a postmodern blue-eyed soul feel, like they’re updating what Roxy Music did on Avalon. Camera Obscura have always been able to do downtrodden-yet-upbeat well (see past singles like “Lloyd, I’m ready to Be Heartbroken”), and they take that winning formula to new heights on songs like the new-wavey “Troublemaker,” the sea-shanty-style “Every Weekday” and their good ol’ fashioned ’60s pop style “Do It Again.” Even when they slow things down, on songs like “William’s Heart,” whereas in the past they’d be charmingly bookish, Tracyanne Campbell sounds rapturous when dwells on the evocative line “to die in the arms of a 20-year-old.” Lyrically, she’s as strong as ever, and her delivery remains the perfect concoction of shy and snarky, singing self-deprecatingly of her “New Year’s resolution to write something of value.” The totality of Desire Lines would qualify as just that.

Recap: June Auction to Benefit My Friend's Place

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment

On Saturday, June 1 we had the mad auction skills of the hilariously droll Matt Ingebretson (yeah, we didn't know how to pronounce it either), who produces his own comedy showcase "Art Fuck" and contributes to Funny Or Die and The Onion. He also has a brand new comedy album Holy Fuck.

My Friend's PlaceThis month's auction beneficiary was My Friend's Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Through their nonprofit drop-in resource center and programs in Hollywood, they offer a comprehensive continuum of care, health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,700 homeless youth and their children each year. They're a really great organization which is close to our hearts here at Amoeba. And of course, as always, we match any bid so the bid is doubled!

We were also accepting donations of new socks for My Friend’s Place – so it was our own "Sock Hop" – and customers donated socks for a $2.00 off coupon.

We started hosting our charity auctions back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000 +) for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. It is a great place to score all kinds of rarities and signed items, as well as concert tickets and crazy promo items.

Matt was addictively funny, with his dry "I don't understand Bjork, do you?" and..."we're all dying!! Dying every single day!! Go to a show already. Buy some tickets to a show! Do something for the youth of LA...buy these tickets!" He was also deceptively wry. Meaning, you didn't even know how funny he was until about a minute after he said something, and then you started laughing out loud. There was a 60 second delay on Matt's dry, deadpan delivery – but it was bitingly hilarious.

Music History Monday: June 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 3, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: June 3, 1950 - Singer and songwriter Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, IN). Happy 63rd Birthday, Niecy!
 



Born on this day: June 3, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Curtis Mayfield (born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this R&B icon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. We love and miss you, Curtis!!

 


On this day in music history: June 3, 1972Obscured By Clouds, the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville, Herouville in Ile-de-France in February and March of 1972. The album features music (six tracks with vocals and four instrumentals) from the soundtrack of director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallee (The Valley). It is the band's second collaboration with the French film director, having composed the music for his 1969 film More. Pink Floyd will record Clouds just prior to the sessions for their next studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, at Abbey Road Studios in London beginning in June. Working under a tight schedule, the band will complete recording of their film score in just two weeks of studio time, following Schroeder's rough cut of the film to create specific music cues and interludes. The albums' enigmatic cover art (designed by regular graphic collaborators Hipgnosis) features a deeply out of focus photo of a man sitting in a tree. Obscured By Clouds will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 3, 2013 10:18am | 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 Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young,” the lead single from the band's highly acclaimed third album, Modern Vampires of the City. The song sees the New York band performing their collegiate rock a Buddy Holly strut and matching their trademark wordplay with warped vocals, imbuing the song both an old-school, surf-rock rock shuffle and an otherwordly feel.

 

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A 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.

Paul McCartney & Wings' Remastered & Reissued new "Wings Over America" Deluxe Edition Is The Ultimate Fan Box Set

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2013 08:36am | Post a Comment

Paul McCartney And Wings "Silly Love Songs" (Wings Over America/Rockshow)


Just got done checking out the new reissue of Paul McCartney and Wings' 1970's triple disc live set Wings Over America that was reissued last week by Concord Music Group and comes in three versions: the two CD remastered set, the triple vinyl version, and the ultimate fan box set Deluxe version. Originally released 37 years ago Wings Over America was Macca and Wing’s ambitious triple live LP concert set release of the group's 1976 US tour that, due to its length of six LP sides, allowed time to shine a spotlight on all the band members' individual musical chops.

The December 1976 release by the former Beatle was the first time that McCartney looked back on his famous Liverpool group and remade/rerecorded such Fab Four classics as “Blackbird” that he wrote. All of these original tracks are here (remastered at Abbey Road) plus there is lots more new bonus material on the new Wings Over America. Although it is pricey the Deluxe version is something that all McCartney fans will feel the need to own since it is just so darn extensive and comprehensive in its inclusion of just about everything a Macca fan could possibly fiend for - and more.

New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/2 - Delroy Edwards, Levon Vincent, Pye Corner, James Blake and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 2, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment

 

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White Owl

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Gripping new entry for LA's Delroy Edwards. The young producer has all but abandoned traditional house signifiers (as last seen on the title track of his excellent "Heart and Soul" 12-inch for L.I.E.S.). On "White Owl" he explores the sounds with which he's been pummeling dance floors DBX's minimal techno and bug in the bassbin Dancemania ghettohouse. It works ridiculously well. Delroy waits until the final track, "Drop Dead", to introduce the record's most memorable bassline, which has remained in this writer's head for weeks. Amped up 140 bpm ghettotechno "for the working dj". 

Buy White Owl

Dolo Percussion

Dolo Percussion

Dolo Percussion 12" 

L.I.E.S.

Max D strips down the aquarium funk of his excellent full length for RVNG Intl. for this limited white-label drumtrax 12" on L.I.E.S. Though Max D's signature New Age/Compass Pointe influenced atmospherics are not the focus here, the pitched toms and human percussion that imbue Max's music with so much character are on full display. The melodic elements simply contribute to the overall crazy rhythm, but the tracks are properly cosmic.